Mark 6:2 Amaze Them

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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.

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John 5:17 Are You Working?

“In his defense Jesus said to them, My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

Jesus had healed a man on the Sabbath day and told the man to get up, take his mat and walk. The man did what he was told and was healed. The leaders were upset because the Law stated that a person was not to work on the Sabbath. Jesus tells them (in one of His few self-defenses) that the Father was at work even on that day and so was He.

God never sleeps nor slumbers. He is at work at in this world and in the lives of every person. God wants every person to believe in Jesus. He wants every person to be saved. He is willing to do what it takes for that to happen.

For some people a miracle will get their attention to believe in Jesus. For others it may be a tragedy. It is different for every person. God will use people to bring these things about in the lives of other people.

Most people only like to work when it is to their own advantage. When it turns to the advantage of someone else, most will start to slack off or stop. It is all about themselves.

Everyone also likes to relax and have fun, especially after a hard day at work. God is working all day, every day and night. The time to relax will come when Jesus returns and brings everyone home.

Seek God and see what He has for you to do today. There is work to be done. Jesus had said that the fields were ripe for harvest and needed workers to reap the harvest.

God may have you helping someone today. Or He may be having you be a witness to someone today. Or maybe having you pray for someone today.

Don’t quit working. Don’t give up. Rest in Him. Get your strength from the joy of the salvation given you. God is working, are you?

I pray today that God will show you the work He has for you to do; that God will give you the needed strength to continue to work; that you will see progress in the work He has you doing; and that you will look forward to the rest He will bring some day.

Mark 2:27 The Sabbath is For Man

“Then he said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

The disciples and Jesus were walking through a field on a Sabbath day. The disciples took some of the grain and started to eat it. The Pharisees got upset and claimed that they were doing something unlawful on the Sabbath.

Jesus points out how David had eaten some of the consecrated bread with his fellow-men. David was highly admired by the Pharisees as one of God’s favored men. Then Jesus tells how the Sabbath was actually made for man.

When God created everything, He worked for six days then rested on the seventh. The Sabbath was to be a day of rest and a day devoted to God. It was to allow man time to refocus back directly and completely on God as he gets some rest.

Many studies have been done over the years showing how it is not good for a man to work seven days or more in a row without rest. The productivity goes down and the accidents go up.

In America and many other parts of the world, the workforce tends to work seven-day stretches or more to make more money. People are trying to earn more so they can buy more stuff to fill the empty void in their lives.

God wants you to take time to rest. During this time it is to be focused on worshipping Him. What better way to rest then in worship of God? In heaven that is the primary thing everyone will be doing…worshipping God.

In this time of rest, though, God is not demanding you do nothing at all. What is your focus on that day? Is it only about self and building yourself up? Or is it about God and being more like Jesus?

You must take time to eat, which means you must take time to cook. This is work that has to be done on a Sunday. If you are eating just to please yourself, you may be eating for the wrong reasons. If you eat to nourish yourself so that you may do more for God, then you are doing it for God and the right reason.

Be careful about being like the Pharisees and following too many laws too strictly. God is a God of love and freedom. Freedom to serve and worship Him in life.

The Sabbath, (our Sunday now), was made for you. Enjoy it and worship God in it.

I pray today that God will help you to slow down and rest at least one day a week; that God will help you to worship Him on your day of rest; that your focus will be on serving and loving God with all of your life; and that you will honor God in all that you do.

Matthew 12:7 Condemning the Innocent

“If you had know what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.” Matthew 12:7

As Jesus and the disciples were out walking one Sabbath day (like our Sunday), the disciples were hungry and grabbed some grain and eat it. The Pharisees (leaders in God’s Temple) condemned them. This was an unlawful act under the Law. Jesus quotes from Hosea 6:6, and rebukes them. According to Jesus, the disciples were innocent.

People like to point out others that are breaking the rules. Some people seem to be professional at doing this. Attorneys have trained to point out the guilt of another person, it is actually their job to do so.

In churches across the nation you will see people like this. Another believer dresses a little different, or acts different and gets rebuked by the other believers. Sometimes these people are innocent in the actions.

Jesus pointed out that God wants mercy, not sacrifice. This is mercy, not judgment and condemnation. If God desired judgment and sacrifice, every believer would be condemned dead today. What sins are you guilty of? Yet, God in His magnificent love has had mercy on you and forgiven you.

The Pharisees were looking at the sin of breaking the Sabbath. Under the Law, this was a punishable sin.

Through Jesus, honoring the Sabbath is now a matter of the heart, not just actions done or not done. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath day. If Jesus does not condemn, neither should you.

One has to be careful in this to not condone actual sin. In this way, have mercy on the person. Instead of condemning, maybe talk with them about their actions and their heart behind those actions. Work with people to draw them to God, not condemn them from God.

Not every action is automatically a sin. If God has not directly stated not to do something for that person, it is not necessarily a sin. Be careful in judgment and seek mercy first. Work with others, before condemning them.

I pray that God will strengthen you to have mercy on others; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to give you wisdom in dealing with others; that God will show you His will and desire; that God will use you to build His kingdom up; and that God will tear down the strongholds of the world in your life.