Mark 6:2 Amaze Them


When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?” Mark 6:2

Jesus went back to His hometown to speak to the people and perform miracles there. As He was speaking many people were amazed at Him. All they saw was a little boy who had grown up in a carpenters house and is now a grown man who spoke with authority. They were amazed and wondered how He got that ability.

Growing up as a carpenter’s son, Jesus would not have received training to be a great speaker or to be a preacher. His training was to be a carpenter.

However, when He spoke He spoke with authority and wisdom. No one who had grown up around Jesus could understand how He could do so much. They did not see what could not be seen. Jesus was speaking and doing miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit in His life.

Over the centuries there have been many different great speakers in this world, but most have received some training in how to speak that way. They have worked in the realm of public speaking, getting better and better until they became great.

A believer has something different. Yes, a believer can go to bible college and get a degree, but that will only move a person only so far forward, then fall short. The unseen ingredient is the infilling and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The brand new believer can speak with great authority and do miracles, if he allows God to guide Him and he is doing what God wants him to do.

When you allow God to guide you, you will amaze those who know you. You will be a new creation in Jesus Christ. You will have wisdom and understanding that the world will not understand.  You will be able to perform miracles that the world cannot explain. You will speak with the words of God and not your own words or the words and wisdom of this world.

As you go through this life, what are people saying about you? Do they see a changed person? Are they amazed at what you are doing or saying?

Allow them to see God through you.

I pray today that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will speak only with the words and wisdom of God; that the world will see Jesus through you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.


Mark 5:36 Don’t Be Afraid

On A High Cliff

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36

Jairus was trying to get Jesus come to heal his daughter. While he was talking to Jesus, some people came and told him that his daughter had died. Jesus told him not to be afraid, but to just believe.

When a person has a loved one who is dying, he is often filled with fear. Fear brings on panic. He is filled with panic that the person will not be healed in time.

People often run to the emergency room wanting the sick person to be taken care of immediately. When the ER personnel do not move fast enough, the person panics and gets upset. They are afraid that the doctors are not moving quick enough to take care of their loved one.

In this life people cannot fully see the big picture or the future. They cannot see what is going to happen next. All they can see is the present.

The future can often look bleak and dark with no hope. The doctor gives a diagnosis that is negative with no hope. The answer seems to be that there will only be death in the end.

Having no hope is often seen in sickness, but can also show up in the finances, unemployment, marriages, and many other areas of life. The world tells people to give up and quit because there is no hope. As with Jairus’ daughter, he was told to quit because she was dead.

In Christ Jesus, people have a hope that the world cannot see. He is the God of life and healing. God may not always reveal what is going to happen next, but a believer can know that it is for the best. 

You can know the promise of God that He will provide for your every need. You can also know the promise that God will never leave you or forsake you. Know all the promises of God for your life.

All of God’s promises are based on His perfect love for you. With His perfect love in your life, it will cast out all fear. You have no reason to be afraid, no matter what is thrown at you in this life. All you have to do is just believe the promises of God. Trust God and believe what He said and you will not be afraid.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that God’s peace will be in your life; that you will not be afraid of anything; and that you will believe all God’s promises to you.

Mark 5:19 Tell Your Story


Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19

Jesus and the disciples had got off the boat and a man came up to him that was demon-possessed. No one had been able to control the man because of the possession. Jesus cast the demons out of the man, so the man wanted to leave with Jesus. Jesus told him to just go back home and tell everyone what had happened to him.

One thing that people like to do is talk about themselves. They like to tell their story as to what has happened in their lives. Many times the stories that they like to tell are about things that were negative or the hard times in their lives. Only if it is really great do they begin to tell about the good times.

An area that a lot of people do not like to talk about is what God has done in their lives. Often in today’s society, people are afraid of offending someone with what they believe. Or they are afraid that if they talk about what God has done in their lives, people will think that they are crazy.

If people can talk about the bad things that are happening in their life, or about the latest football game, they can talk about the good things in their life. If they can talk about their favorite team winning a game, they should be able to talk about God working in their life.

What better news is there than to talk about what God is doing? This is especially true when God does a miracle in one’s life.

God has had mercy on your life. Jesus died on the cross for you to be able to remove all of your sins. There is no greater mercy than that!

Not only has He forgiven you and given you life, there are many other things that He has done for you.

Have you been healed of a sickness?

Have you ever had a great day?

Do you have a job?

These are things that God has provided for you.

You must be willing to go out and tell your story of what God has done in your life. People need to hear what God is doing.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will share with others what God is doing; that you will not be afraid to talk about Jesus; and that others will know Jesus because of your story.

Mark 4:24 Consider What You Hear

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“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more.” Mark 4:24

Jesus had just finished talking about not hiding something that needed to be broadcast to everyone. Now He states that they were to be careful about what they hear and how they use what they hear. Whatever they use, will also be used with them.

As Jesus spoke to them He was giving the disciples a lot of good information on how to live their lives. There would be times that they would hear something and they would need to determine how to use that information. 

It is common for people to hear something negative about another person. They then use that little bit of information against the person. They refuse to show mercy, because they ‘heard’ something about them. At times the information heard may not be true at all, but made up or misunderstood.

People love to be shown mercy in situations that they are going through, however, many people do not want to show that same mercy. Many feel that they are worthy of being shown mercy because of something that they had done in the past. Yet, they do not feel others are worth giving that same mercy too.

Believers need to think about how God treated them with the information He knew about them. Each one has a bad past that was rebellious against God, yet, He still loved them and forgave them with an everlasting love and mercy. They need to be willing to show that same love and mercy. The more that they use love and mercy, the more God and other people will give them love and mercy.

You will have times that you will hear things about other people. Some of those things will be good, while others will be negative. How will you treat that person? What will you do with that information?

God wants you to consider how you were treated by Him. Then consider how you will treat others. Jesus stated that if you cannot forgive others, you will not be forgiven by God. If you do not show mercy, you will not be shown mercy.

The more you show God’s qualities, the more He will show you those qualities. As you hear things, you will be able to show love and mercy to people.

I pray today that you will show God’s love and mercy to others; that God will guide you in what to do with what you hear; and that you will treat others as God treated you.

Mark 4:3 Sowing The Seed

Scattering Seed

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.” Mark 4:3

As was common for Jesus, He began to teach another parable. This one is about a farmer going out and sowing some seed. The seed falls in different places and has various results as to its growth or lack of growth.

During the time of Jesus the method of sowing seed was to carry a bag of seed into the field. The farmer would take handfuls of that seed and scatter it all over the field as he walked along. There was often very little pattern in where the seeds would land.

In modern times, when a farmer is planting a large field of produce, machines are often used to lay out the seeds. It is a very precise planting of the seeds. This is to keep the produce in set rows and at a correct distance from each other to maximize the growth pattern.

A lot of care is placed in preparing the field for the planting. Rocks and weeds are removed. The area is leveled out to be ready for the seeds. Compost and pesticides are often spread out first.

For the average person planting a small garden the same preparation takes place. However, instead of using machines to plant the seeds, they are planted by hand in specific rows and spacing.

The seeds that Jesus was talking about is not just plant seeds, but the word of God. Believers are to go out and scatter the seeds of the word of God wherever they go.

Often some believers will not talk about the gospel message with certain people because they believe the people would not hear it at all. The will tend to be quiet about their belief.

As a believer you must be willing to scatter your seed anywhere and everywhere. You do not know where that seed will take root and sprout and produce a great crop.

If you pick and choose where you will scatter, you will not scatter much seed. Along with that you will not see a great harvest.

The more you spread the gospel message, the better chance of seeing people turn to Jesus. The better chance you will have of seeing the gospel message spreading and God’s kingdom growing.

Do not be afraid of scattering small messages of the gospel. God can work with those seeds. Scatter God’s seed everywhere.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to share the gospel message; that God will show and increase in the growth of your seeds; and that God’s kingdom will grow because of your sowing.

Mark 3:35 Are You A Part Of His Family?


Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:35

As Jesus was talking His mother and brothers came up wanting to see Him. Some people told Him that they were waiting. He then asked the question of who His family was. Then He answered His question with stating that those who do His will is part of His family.

Family blood runs deep with some families. Those who are related by blood will often do whatever is needed to protect and take care of other members of the family.

One illustration of dedicated family is of the mafia families that are often portrayed in movies. They are seen to take care of family members, as long as the member does his part as a member of the family. If one member of the family betrays the other members of the family, he is often cut off from the family. In the movies, that person is often killed.

People are born into being selfish and sinful, doing their own thing rather than what God wants them to do. At that point, people are not a part of God’s family. They are a part of the family of the devil or this world.

To be a part of God’s family one must do what God wants that person to do. God wants people to believe in His Son Jesus, who died on the cross for their sins. He wants them to listen to Jesus and obey all that He says. 

Once a person gives his heart to Jesus, he has repented of his sins and begins to obey God. This obedience is doing God’s will. At that point he is now a member of God’s family. He is either a brother, sister or mother to Jesus, with God the Father being the Father of all.

Doing His will is easy, if you allow it to be. It comes down to two simple rules: love God and love everyone else. This is exactly what Jesus did when He came and walked upon this earth. He loved God by obeying what He wanted Him to do. He loved everyone else by dying for their sins on the cross.

How are you doing at doing what God wants you to do?

The more you do what He wants, the more you are a part of the family of Jesus. Are you a part of His family?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God; that you will do what He wants you to do; and that you will love God and everyone else.

Mark 3:11 Even They Knew Him

Bowing Down

Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” Mark 3:11

It was common for Jesus to go around healing people. As He would do this, many people would come around Him and crowd Him. They wanted to see what was happening or to be healed. The impure spirits would fall before Him and cry out who He really was.

Jesus was an unusual mystery to most of the people. They had never seen someone going around and healing like Jesus did. Not only did He do continual healing, but He also had power over the demons.

While many people accepted what Jesus was saying and doing, there were some who would go around condemning Him. All they could see was a regular man who grew up as a carpenter. He looked just like any other person around at the time.

Yet, Jesus was not just another regular man. He was God’s Son. Jesus had the power and authority that God had and He was using it on this earth. He spoke with God’s authority whenever He spoke. While many people saw this, there were many others who did not.

Times have not changed anything. Talk about Jesus happens all the time, especially around Easter and Christmas. People talk about who He really was. Most accept that He really did exist, but few accept that He is the Son of God. Many do not like to think about the spiritual realm of life.

While people refuse to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, there are demons who fall down before Him acknowledging who He is. The demonic world knows who Jesus is and the power and authority that He has. There is no doubt in their minds.

You, as a believer, must decide who you see Jesus as. Was He just a good prophet? Or just a good teacher?  Was He just a man?

Or is He someone more?

When you realize who Jesus is–the Son of God–you will be like the demons in that you will fall down before Him. You will give Him full authority over your life. You will honor Him for who He really is.

Jesus is either just an ordinary man. Or He is the Son of God.

Jesus is either your Savior. Or He will be your judge.

Do you know Jesus?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power Jesus has; that you will know the authority Jesus has; and that you will live for Jesus.