Luke 9:54-55 No Vengeance

“When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them? But Jesus turned and rebuked them.” Luke 9:54-55

Jesus and the disciples were heading to Jerusalem. At one point they were to pass through a Samaritan village. The people there did not want anything to do with Jesus.

The first thing James and John do was get ready to call down fire from heaven to destroy those people. They saw no reason why the people should not welcome Jesus. Jesus, however, rebukes the disciples for suggesting the idea to call down fire upon the people and then they move on to a different village.

Very often when Jesus or Christianity is mocked or hated by people of the world, the first thing believers want to do is have God destroy them. People of the world will make a rule that goes against God, and believers start praying for their destruction.

Jesus knew the people would be against Him, yet He prayed for them, not against them. God wants to save everyone in the world. If every time a person spoke against God, He was to destroy them, no one would be saved. You would not be saved today, if God were to destroy you for each time you did not welcome Him.

Men like to have judgment right away. They like to have revenge for being wronged.

God will have a day of judgment also, but until then, He has a lot of grace and wants to save people.

Do not seek to get revenge or vengeance on people who speak or act against God. Pray for them. Seek to draw their hearts to God through love and care.

You can also go a different direction as Jesus did. Let the next believer be the witness that they may need.

I pray today that God will give you His favor with the people; that God will fill your heart with His love for the lost in the world; that you will not seek vengeance against those who are against God; and that God will draw others to Him through your witness.

Luke 9:13 Give Them Food

“He replied, You give them something to eat. They answered, We have only five loaves of bread and two fish–unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” Luke 9:13

Jesus had been teaching about five thousand men in a remote countryside area. It was getting late and the people needed to eat. The disciples suggested sending the people home, but Jesus told them to give the people something to eat.

In this story, Jesus miraculously provided enough food for all the people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Everyone was able to eat until they were full, and then there was some food still leftover.

Today, God may allow you the opportunity to feed some or many people with a miracle of provision. Later Jesus stated that you are to feed the poor. This was with physical food.

There is also another food that every believer can provide every person with an unlimited supply. That food is the Word of God and God Himself.

The Word of God is food to feed the empty soul of a person.

Every person is hungry for something. They try to fill their lives with things that they expect to meet that hunger need. Very often it is material things: better cars, bigger homes, larger paycheck, more fame, and much more.

Although all these things can be good, they do not really fill a person up. These things are like eating a snack of some junk food–they taste good, but don’t really satisfy in the end.

Jesus had once told the disciples that His food was doing the will of God. People in the world need to hear the Word of God and get to know who God is in order to be able to do the will of God.

Once a person does the will of God, they will be satisfied in a way nothing on this earth can ever satisfy.

Be sure that you are eating the correct food–the Words and will of God. Then, find ways to feed everyone else the food that satisfies for all eternity. Give the people you meet the Word of God. Introduce them to the Bread of Life-Jesus. Let them eat and never hunger again.

I pray today that God will reveal His Word to you; that you will fill up on the Word of God; that you will pass on the Word of God to others; that you will be satisfied with God’s Word; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Luke 8:30 What Is Your Name

“Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Legion,’ he replied, because many demons had gone into him.” Luke 8:30

The disciples and Jesus had landed in the area of the Gerasenes. In that area a man was living alone that was demon possessed. No one could control the man at all because of the demons.

Jesus asked the man what his name was. The man gave the name of “Legion”. The reason for that name was that there were many demons living inside the man. The word “legion” means many people. His name described who he was.

Afterwards, Jesus cast the demons out of the man. He became a follower of Jesus and went to his home town telling everyone what God had done for him.

In the United States, names do not usually carry the weight of meaning for a person that it did in Biblical times. Some people do name their children with the meaning of the name in mind, but many do not.

However, everyone can have other names that describe who they are. Parents are called “Mom” and “Dad”. Those in authority at work are called “Managers” or “Supervisors”.

You have specific names for who you are also. Each person is somewhat different in their names.

Some names that every follower of Jesus has are that of “Child of God”, and “Anointed One”. Every believer has become a co-heir with Jesus, so they are also a child of God. Every believer has been filled with God’s Holy Spirit, so he is also anointed.

What does this mean for you today? It shows who you are and who you belong to.

The man in the reading today held the name “Legion” because he was controlled by a legion of demons. Who are you controlled by? Who is inside of you?

If you are a “Child of God”, you have everything God has. You have His characteristics, looks, appearance, and favor. Live your life with this in mind. Do not live like the world, but like Jesus. Live up to the name that you have been given.

I pray today that God will reveal His names for you; that you will live your life as a child of God; that God will reveal His plans for your life; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Luke 8:22-23 Keep Going

“One day Jesus said to his disciples, Let us go over to the other side of the lake. So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.” Luke 8:22-23

Jesus had told the disciples that both He and they needed to go across to the other side of the lake. It would not be just Himself, or themselves alone, it would be as a group.

Since Jesus had planned to go across the lake in the boat, he went to sleep knowing He would get across.

The disciples, however, were scared when a bad storm rose up. It threatened to flood the boat and cause it to sink. Read the next few verses and you will see the woke up Jesus in fear, and He calmed the storm, and they crossed the lake.

Today, God may be calling you to follow Him across some lake in life. This lake is probably not a literal lake, but a situation in life.

At first it may look calm and easy, and that you will make it across the situation. Then, suddenly the storms of life rise up and everything starts to look like it is going wrong and bad. Everything starts to fail, and it looks like you will be drowned in the problems of life.

You need to remember that if Jesus called you to go somewhere, He will bring you there. If He called you to go through something, you will make it through it.

Jesus never promised the disciples an easy, calm ride across the lake. All He stated was that they were to go across the lake.

Your life will have storms in it that are scary, but you must trust God in bringing you through them. Have faith in God and follow Him all the way. He may calm the storm as Jesus did with the disciples, or He may just help you ride out that storm till you get to the other side.

I pray today that God will calm your heart in the storms of your life; that you will trust God to stay on the path He has for you; that God will give you strength to hold on in the storms; that God will calm the storms in your life; and that God will get you to the other side of your lake.

Luke 8:17 Secrets Exposed

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:17

Jesus had just finished talking about sowing the seed everywhere. Now He starts talking about letting a light shine out for everyone to see. He points out that everything that is hidden will be made known.

Secrets are something everyone has. Children often have secrets that they are proud of. They will tell another child, “I have a secret that I will tell you, if you promise not to tell anyone else”.

Adults, also have many secrets, although they do not like to share them with anyone.

The secrets that many adults have are often secret sinful acts. Since the beginning of mankind, there have been secret acts that men and women have tried to hide.

Cain tried to hide the fact that he killed Abel. David tried to hide the fact of his being with Bathsheba. Today, all the time in the news you can read about a CEO getting caught for embezzlement, men/women caught cheating on their spouses, important people who had previously did drugs, and much more.

In today’s technological society, many are learning how hard it is to keep secrets. With Facebook, and Twitter, people can see or learn of something, post it, and within matter of seconds, thousands of people around the world know about it.

Jesus said everything will be exposed. Those little things you do in private, will be exposed some day. If nothing else, God sees it. If you do not willingly bring it out into the open with God and turn from it, God will eventually expose you openly.

Turn from all sin and turn to God. Let the light of God shine in and through you. When there is light in you, everything will be exposed. Allow Jesus to clean you of all dark spots in your life. Do not be exposed as dirty. Don’t try to hide any secrets from Him.

You are a witness for God. Let His light shine.

I pray today that God will shine in and through you; that you will turn away from all sin; that you will allow yourself to be open before God; that there will be no secret sins that you are trying to hide; and that God will use you to be His witness.

Luke 8:8 Really Listening

“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. When he said this, he called out, Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Luke 8:8

Jesus had just finished telling a parable about a farmer sowing seed. Some of the seed fell in bad places and didn’t grow, while others fell in better place and grew some, and, yet, other seed fell in good places and really grew well. As He finishes this parable, Jesus tells the people who if they have ears they are to hear.

This a first sounds like a crazy statement. Anyone who has ears can hear. The people were standing there listening to Him teach. Of course they heard Him.

Yet, Jesus was talking about more than just physically hearing Him.

Everywhere you go you will hear many things being spoken. Stand in a checkout line at a supermarket and listen. You will hear many people talking. Most of what you hear will not be directed at you. Those statements will not have an effect on you.

Yet, when someone is talking with you, you must listen to what they are saying. Those words should have some effect on you.

God is speaking today. Do you hear what He is saying? Do you see what He is doing?

Some of those things God is saying, is directly for you. Through His Holy Spirit, He may be telling you to talk to someone about Jesus; or to pray with or for someone; or to change your direction. Are you listening?

Listening, here, is more than just physically hearing the words. It is acting upon those words. Doing what God has stated.

You have ears and can listen. Are you hearing what God is telling you today? Are you following God’s words today? Or are you ignoring His words like you would ignore the many people talking in the supermarket checkout line?

I pray today that you will hear the words of God; that you will act upon what God is telling you; that you will listen with action; that God will tell you His plans for you each day; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Luke 7:48 You Are Forgiven

“Then Jesus said to her, Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48

While Jesus was sitting down eating at a Pharisee’s house, a woman who had been a prostitute, living a sinful life, came in to see Him. She had a jar of alabaster perfume with her. She wept at His feet and washed His feet with her tears, then poured the perfume out on His feet.

The people watching were very stunned. They knew who this woman was and could not believe Jesus was accepting anything from her. Jesus then surprises them with stating that she came in repentant of her sins and believing in Him. He then tells her that her sins are forgiven.

Even though the Scriptures do not show that the woman had said anything, her actions spoke volumes. Alabaster perfume was extremely expensive and she had poured it out on the feet of Jesus. She had humbled herself in washing His feet with her tears and drying them with her hair.

These actions show a sign of remorse for harming someone. She knew her sins had hurt Jesus/God. She was now turning from them.

Since she had faith in Jesus, He forgave her.

Jesus still does the same today. If you are repentant of your sins, He will forgive you. The woman showed her repentance by giving Jesus all that she had. She gave up her worldly treasures to show she had no value in herself or her stuff.

Many people are repentant of their sins. They hear Jesus state they are forgiven, but they do not believe it. They continue to hold onto the past and beat themselves up for it.

No matter what you have done in the past, if you have repented and turned from those sins, Jesus has forgiven you. Satan wants you to believe that you are not really forgiven. Do not believe those lies.

God can change you, just like Jesus changed that woman. You can have His peace in knowing that you are forgiven. Do not hold onto those sins and the past. Seek Jesus and turn from your sins. Be forgiven today.

I pray that today you will turn from all of your sins; that you will have a heart of repentance; that you will know that Jesus has forgiven you; that you will live in peace with God; and that you will share that forgiveness with others.