Luke 18:26-27 Impossible Without God

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Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:26-27

Jesus had a rich person ask Him how to be saved. After telling the man to go and sell everything he had, the man went away sad. Many then asked who can be saved. Jesus pointed out that this is impossible for man, but with God anything is possible.

During the biblical times, wealth was seen as the favor of God upon someone. If they were wealthy, they were favored. If they were not wealthy, they did not have the favor of God upon them.

When the people heard Jesus say that it is difficult for a wealthy person to get into heaven, they were confused. If someone who had God’s favor on him had a hard time getting into heaven, who could be saved?

Throughout the world there are many different religions that show ways of getting into heaven. Each one is based off of the work of the person. None of them have a guaranteed way into heaven. If a person works hard enough, he may get into heaven.

In God’s sight, no man can work hard enough or long enough to earn heaven. It is impossible to be saved by works once a person has sinned against God.

Only in Christianity is there a guaranteed way to enter into heaven. God set it up so that it is not based upon the works of a person. How much a person does good things does not have a bearing on his getting into heaven. Each person is given the exact same method of getting into heaven. It is by faith and through the work of Jesus.

Only by the work of God can a person get into heaven. God is the only one who can make it possible to get into heaven.

You may put your trust in your confession or your works to get into heaven, but you must trust in God to ensure your ticket into heaven. Jesus made the way for you, do not ignore it. Do not try to get there on your own, it is impossible for you.

God, in His great love and mercy, has made a way for you where there was no way. It is impossible for you, but it is possible for God.

I pray today that you will know the work Jesus did for you; that you will trust God for your salvation; that God will remove fear of not knowing His salvation in your life; and that you will share the news of Jesus with others. 

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Luke 15:10 Rejoice

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“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Jesus told several parables about something being lost and getting found. When the lost item is found, there is always a lot of rejoicing. With each of the parables He stated that the angels are in heaven are rejoicing over the one person who repents.

People lose things all the time, keys, wallets, cell phones, and many other little things. Getting stressed about losing something, they often make frantic searches to find the item. The higher the value and importance of the item, the more people will search for it.

The longer the item remains missing, the more frantic the search becomes. Sometimes, people will give up hope of finding the item and quit searching for it. They will then try to replace it with a new item. 

Once that item is found, most people will rejoice with great deal of rejoicing. The longer it had been missing and the higher the value, the greater the rejoicing will be.

In this same way, all of heaven rejoices over one person who turns to God and repents of his sins.

There are times, however, when believers will see a person repent of his sins, but they do not believe it. There is no rejoicing, but lots of questioning. It is believed that the person was so bad, that there is no way he could be saved or have repented. This is especially true when looking at people who are famous.

Believers are to be filled with God’s love, which hopes and trusts all things. Love will believe that a person is saved when they claim to repent and follow Jesus. Love will rejoice with great rejoicing over hearing that, instead of questioning and doubting.

Jesus had the goal of seeking out the lost and saving them. You must also have that same goal.

And when Jesus finds that lost and they are saved, He, along with all of heaven, rejoice. You must also rejoice when you hear of someone turning from sin and this world to follow Jesus.

Be willing to encourage them and build them up, rather than doubt and cut them down.

If all the angels in heaven rejoice, why can you not rejoice over someone being saved?

I pray today that you will see people with God’s love and eyes; that you will seek to find the lost for God; that you will rejoice over those who turn to Jesus; and that you will encourage those who turn to Jesus.

Luke 14:28 Consider The Cost

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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

Jesus was giving a parable about the cost of being one of His disciples. He used the illustration of a person wanting to build a tower. Before a person builds a tower, he must consider the cost before building, unless he wants to take a chance on being short on cash.

Starting a building project is easy. In America, a few years back it was very easy to get a loan to build or purchase a house. Banks and the government were pushing loans for people to be able to own their own house.

Many people rushed out to get a home loan and were able to start buying their own home. However, later many of those same people ran into trouble with paying for the home. They did not realize the costs involved of owning their own place. Homes were being repossessed by banks, because people could not afford them.

Along with new homes, there were many buildings being worked on and companies or individuals ran out of money to build the place. Some of those buildings sat half done for years before being completed, or never completed.

In both these cases, people did not consider the full cost of purchasing a home or building.

In the same way, there are many people who become Christian without really considering the cost of following Jesus. When a person begins to follow Jesus, he is to do it with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength.

It is common for people to follow Jesus, just to escape hell. They do not look at the full cost of following Him.

Following Jesus means that you will be sold out to Him, mind, body and soul. It will mean giving up a lot of your own personal agendas and dreams. It seeking what He wants and doing what He wants.

The cost can be very high, though worth it in the end. The reward for the high cost is eternal life in heaven with God.

Each day, consider the cost of following Jesus. Being willing to pay the price so that you will not be embarrassed when you hit a time of high price. The cost is high, but worth it!

I pray today that you will know the cost of following Jesus; that you will dedicate your life to following Jesus; that you will not fear the cost of serving God; and that you will be God’s servant for life.

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Luke 12:35 Be Dressed And Ready

 

 

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Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, Luke 12:35

Jesus is teaching the crowds about various topics. He had just finished telling them not to worry about anything. Now He tells them to be dressed ready for service and to keep their lamps burning. They are to be servants that the master can leave alone, knowing that they will do what they are supposed to do and not slack off on the job.

Everyday millions of people get up and get ready to go to work. Each one may start at different times of the day or night, but each do very similar things to get ready.

Each person must get up and get dressed for work. Depending upon what type of workplace a person works in, depends on what he wears. The person working in an office may have to wear a suit and tie, while the construction worker wears steel-toed boots and jeans.

Along with being dressed, each person must be willing to work. They have to remember what they need to do and how to do it. They need to do their best on the job, with a positive attitude to get the best possible pay raises.

Not everyone goes to work in this way. Some refuse to dress for the position. Others have a poor attitude or try to slack off on getting the work done correctly. They are not ready to work.

Believers have to also get dressed and be ready to be a worker for God with the correct attitude.

It is not the outward clothing that a believer must be dressed with. It is the characteristics of Jesus and His righteousness that a person must be clothed with. He must have compassion, love, truth, faithfulness, whole hearted, and more. Anything that makes him look like Jesus is clothing that is important.

He must also keep the lamp burning. Be filled with God’s Holy Spirit, ready to serve God and others. Walk and work in His power and might. Be excited about sharing the gospel message. Know that God is faithful.

These are things that you, as a believer, must have on to be ready for service each day. Look at your life in a mirror and see if you look like Jesus.

Are you dressed with the righteousness of Jesus?

Is your lamp light and shining bright in this world?

I pray today that you will be dressed like Jesus; that you will be ready to serve God and others; that you will do the work God has called you to do; and that you will be a witness to this world of Jesus. 

Luke 12:8 Publicly Acknowledge Jesus

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“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8

Jesus was talking to His disciples right before getting ready to speak to a crowd of thousands of people. He had given them several warnings about what to watch out for and what will happen. Now Jesus tells them that everyone who goes public about their knowing Him, will be made known in the heavens by Him.

People are often willing to talk about what they feel about many different subjects in the public. They will talk about their favorite movies, sport team, the latest news, and even the political thoughts about certain politicians or presidents. They will even openly talk about the great adventure they just had or the new thing that they had recently purchased.

However, many people are very quiet about what they believe when it comes to spiritual beliefs. It is often said that their spiritual beliefs are their own personal beliefs and that they do not want to impose them on anyone else.

Fear of what others may think or say runs very high in the lives of most people. In some nations, it is even against the law to publicly speak about what they believe in spiritual beliefs.

Some people will say that they will not physically speak about Jesus, but will let people see their life as a witness.

Without words, people cannot really get to know who Jesus is. They will not know the reason why a person is the way he is. They may see the person is different, but will not know why.

Jesus said that if a person wants to be acknowledged in heaven, he must acknowledge Him here on this earth in public. This is telling others that you believe in Jesus. This is telling others that you follow Jesus. This is telling others about Jesus.

Do not be ashamed of Jesus. You do not have to fear what they can do to you, if you talk about serving Him.

Be willing to share the gospel message with everyone you come in contact with. Do not keep the knowledge of Jesus to yourself. Others need to hear about Him. They need to be given a chance to also follow Him.

As you do this, Jesus will be in heaven proclaiming your name to all the angels.

I pray today that you will know who Jesus is; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will never be ashamed of knowing Jesus; and that many will come to know Jesus because of your words.

Luke 11:34 Are Your Eyes Healthy?

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Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:34

Jesus was talking to the crowd of people. He began to talk to them about a light is not put under a bowl and kept hidden. It is let out to be seen by all. Then He points out that a person’s eyes are the lamp of his body, and his body is the shining light in this world. The eyes have to be healthy in order to shine with a healthy body.

The eyes are one of the most important senses that a person can have. It is easier to survive without smelling or touch, than it is without seeing. Being able to see, can help avoid a lot of problems, if one is aware of what they are seeing and their eyes are healthy.

When a person’s eyes are not healthy, it makes it very difficult to see clearly what is happening or where a person is going. Vision gets blurred and can eventually be darkened. And this is just the physical side of sight.

There is also a spiritual side of seeing. What a person sees can have a great effect upon their life. Many people try to say that they can see any thing and not be affected by it. They will watch movies or look at porn or some other sinful thing and say it does not affect them.

What a person sees does affect them. It can numb them very quickly to what sin is. It can cause them to desire that sin, even to the point of doing that sin.

Sin is darkness no matter how you look at it. In Habakkuk, the prophet says that God’s eyes are so pure that He cannot look upon evil. As a believer you are to be just like Jesus, who is just like God. Your eyes should be so pure that you cannot look upon sin.

Do not allow your eyes to become unhealthy, and then justify why you are looking at sin. Looking at sin will only bring about death. The world will see you looking at sin and see you as just the same as them, thus nullifying the gospel message.

Are your eyes healthy or unhealthy?

I pray today that your life will be filled with the light of Jesus; that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will not desire to even look upon sin; and that you will be shining light for Jesus in this world.

Luke 11:4 A Dangerous Request

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“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:4

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, so Jesus gave them a model type of prayer. Part of it said that the person is to ask God to forgive them, just as or because he forgives everyone himself.

This prayer that Jesus gave the disciples has become known as “the Lord’s prayer.” Many people and churches pray this prayer on a regular basis. There is a Christian radio station that does this prayer on the radio everyday at noon.

Since Jesus taught this model of prayer, it has to be a good prayer to make. However, many people probably pray it without really thinking about what this prayer says or asks.

In this prayer it asks God to forgive them, just as or because they forgive others that sin against them.

This brings up the real question: do people forgive others?

Everyday people are being hurt by others. Some hurt them on purpose, while others do it by accident. These hurts are sins against another person. Many people, not only in the world, but also in the church, are not willing to forgive that person who hurt them. Grudges and vengeance is held against that person.

Many churches and church families have been split because of anger against someone who has hurt them. Harsh judgement is called down upon people who have harmed someone or it did wrong. Chances for restoration and forgiveness are very slim.

Families, that call themselves Christians, are split up because of sins against each other. Divorce, fights, abandonment, and vengeance occur because people are sinned against. The anger sits in the heart for years, often for life. People are hurt and are unwilling to forgive. There are some ‘Christian’ believers who hold hatred for a past hurt for decades, because they are unwilling to forgive.

If every believer was to really pray this prayer from their heart, how many would God actually be able to forgive if He forgives as they forgive?

You have to examine your own life before you make this prayer. Are you willing to do what this prayer asks? Have you done what you would say with saying this prayer?

Be willing to forgive others, just as Christ Jesus has been willing to forgive you. Allow God to forgive you.

I pray today that you will have the love for others as God had for you; that you will forgive others as Jesus forgave you; that God will strengthen you to release all past hurts and pains; and that you will live for God all the days of your life.