Tag: will of God

Relationship with Jesus!

Scripture reading for January 16th:  Genesis 39-42, Matthew 12

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 12:46-50  “While He was still speaking to the people, behold, His mother and His brothers stood outside, asking to speak with Him.  But He replied to the man who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”  And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!  For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”  

Jesus used a visit by His own family to illustrate a point to His disciples.  They were in Christ’s family because they had responded to His call and followed Jesus and learned from Him His will and ways.  Joseph in Genesis followed God to do His will and his brothers came before him!

Genesis 42:6-7  “Now Joseph was governor over the land.  He was the one who sold to all the people of the land.  And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground.  Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them.” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I want to know You and walk with you in intimate relationship.  I want Your will to come first in my life!  Thank You for the new birth and adoption into Your family!  Amen!

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The necessity of preaching!

Scripture reading for March 9th:  Luke 4

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 4:42-43  “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them.  But He said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.“”

Jesus based all His ministry on prayer.  He often withdrew from the crowd and His own disciples to seek the Father’s will and direction.  People were motivated by His ministry to seek Jesus out.  They tried to keep Him with them and begged Him to stay with them longer.

But Jesus had a good grasp on the mission given Him by the Father.   He must seek out and save lost people and give all a chance to see and hear about the kingdom of God and the good news of repentance and forgiveness of sins. (Luke 19:10)   He did not let crowd pressure determine His agenda, but followed the Father’s plan to reach out to all men.  He set an example for all His followers and for us today!  God chose the foolishness of preaching to save those who would believe!  (1st Corinthians 1:21)

Observations for over-comers:  We must be careful of crowd pressure and the desire to please men.  Prayer and obedience to God’s call to preach the good news must always take precedence!  “”. . .but let the one who has My word speak it faithfully.  For what has straw to do with grain?”  declares the Lord.  “Is not My word like a fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”  (Jeremiah 23:28-29)

 

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