September 9, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

Psalm 34_8

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Luke 7:22 Don’t Stumble, Be Blessed

 

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“Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Luke 7:22

Jesus had been going around healing the sick, casting out demonic spirits and giving back sight to the blind. John the Baptist sent some men to find out if Jesus was the one they were to expect. Jesus told them to report what they see and told them that any who does not stumble because of Him will be blessed.

People all over the world hear of things that Jesus said and did. As they hear these things, some will choose to follow Him, while others will reject Him right away.

There are many who choose to follow Him, but only for a time. As they read the Bible more and go to church more, they begin to hear what Jesus said. As they hear the things Jesus taught, many will begin to stumble and fall away.

The words and teachings of Jesus are not always easy to follow or accept. His words go against the main thoughts and ways of this world. The world is always talking about looking out for self. Jesus taught one is to deny himself.

The world teaches that a person can strike a person back who has hurt him. Jesus taught to love that person, rather than striking back.

The world teaches to get all the money one can for himself. Jesus taught to give generously to God and everyone in need.

These are just a few of the teachings that Jesus taught that go against the ways of this world. Many people have a difficult time accepting them or actually putting them into practice. Every week people go to church and hear about what God says in the Bible, but only a few actually do what He says to do.

This is a stumbling in their walk with God. To love God, is to obey Him. Not following His commands is not loving God and they are stumbling.

Think about your life and how well you follow, or don’t follow, God’s commands for you. Are you allowing yourself to stumble?

If you are not stumbling over His words, you will be blessed. God only has your very best in mind when He gives you a command. Trust Him and follow Him with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not allow yourself to stumble over His words and be blessed.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart for you; that you will trust God’s commands to you; that you will not stumble over the words of God; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Proverbs 31:10-27 The Right Wife

The passage that I have chosen today is too long to want to copy all of it here. Please click on the link Proverbs 31:10-27 and read the passage.

There are many views on who the right wife is for a man. Each person, man, woman, mother, or father, has a different view. In this passage a description is given that is often ignored.

The wife described here is not one who is a door-mat, that just gets walked all over by her husband or her children. Nor is she one described as the boss of the household.

Often wives have a career and are focused on moving on up in that career. They are focused on how to look better in this world. It may be to look better in this world for her husband or children, but the focus is still on her. The wife described here is focused on making life better for her husband and her children.

She is willing to work with her own hands to provide the best for her family, not for herself. Many marriages are built around the concept of his and her own stuff. Each one has their own checking account, own vehicles, own food, own life and are not together. Everything done is for self, rather than for the family.

This is not about women’s liberation, but about love for family. When a woman puts her family first and meets their needs first, she will be blessed in the end. Her family will see all the hard work she does and bless her. Her husband can trust her to make all the right choices in this life and for the family.

If you are a wife and are reading this today, what is your focus in your family? The first level of focus must be on God, the second is on your husband, and third is on your children. The last area of focus is to be on yourself.

God will provide for your needs as you pour out yourself into the needs of your family.

The method of meeting your family needs will be different for each wife. Seek God to know how you can best do that and be the wife that is blessed.

I pray today that God will give you the strength to work for your family; that God will guide you in what to do for your family; and that your family will see a treasure in you.

Luke 7:23 Don’t Stumble

“Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Luke 7:23

John the Baptist had sent some of his helpers to Jesus. He wanted to know if Jesus was the one to come, the expected Messiah. Jesus told them to look at what He was doing and report that. Then He added the statement that whoever does not stumble because of Him would be blessed.

Looking back at what you can see of Jesus today in the Bible, it is difficult to understand why someone would stumble because of Him.

Looking at it from the Jewish point of view, you must remember that they were serving God who could not be seen. Now there was a man, whom they knew, claiming to be God. This was blasphemy in the Jewish mindset.

Many people would stumble over this fact. Ultimately, Jesus would be crucified on the cross for making the statement that He is God.

Even today, there are many who stumble over the fact that Jesus was a man. If Jesus was a man, how could He be God? How could He, as a man, save the world? On top of that Jesus had died.

Along with being a man, Jesus also seemed to add to the Law. Jesus pointed out that the law said don’t kill, He added to that to not even think about killing. He added problems of the heart, not just physical actions.

Many people, then, and today still struggle with these things.

Some of the teachings of Jesus are very strict. They can be very hard to accept. Even though this is true, you still need to accept the teachings of Jesus.

Do not stumble over what Jesus taught. Be willing to accept and live by His words. Know that they were spoken to help, not hurt you.

I pray today that God will touch your heart with His words; that you will be able to accept all the words of Jesus; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to strengthen you; that you will not stumble over anything in Scripture; and that you will allow God to change you into the image of Jesus.

Mark 11:8-9 Praising Him

“Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of Lord!” Mark 11:8-9

Jesus was heading back into Jerusalem for the last time. He knew that He was ultimately going to His death. As He came riding in on a colt, the people gave Him praise.

The people went to the extreme in praising and honoring Jesus. They would lay their cloaks on the road for the donkey to walk upon. They felt He was of such high honor that the donkey should not even touch the dirty ground.

Along with laying down their cloaks, they also shouted praises. Hosanna means to save. They were wanting Him to save them. Although at the time, they were looking more at salvation from Rome, than from their sins.

They also shouted that He is blessed and was coming in the name of the Lord. They saw that God was blessings Him. They also knew that Jesus was coming in the name of God, in His power and authority.

These people went above and beyond what was needed. They were in a sense going extreme on their honoring Jesus, although He deserved it. In the eyes of the world, Jesus was just a good teacher or prophet, nothing more. No other prophet or teacher had received this type of honor.

How should this affect you today? Are you going a little bit crazy about Jesus?

If you realize who Jesus really is, and what He is doing, and has done for you, you will be crazy about Him. You will be willing to do crazy things to let others know about Him.

How many people go crazy about a famous celebrity or sports team? What do they do? Many crazy things are done.

How much more does Jesus deserve? Shout out loud praises of Jesus. Let the world know about Him and who He is. Let the world know He is coming again. Let the world know Jesus is there for them.

I pray today that you will have no fear in praising God openly; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; that you will tell the world who Jesus is; that you will tell the world Jesus is coming again; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.