24 Days and Chapters in Luke – 11

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Day 11 of Luke Chapter 11

Jesus teaches how to pray and not what to pray.

  • Our Father and thy will be done (Webster’s Dictionary 1828 defines will as: Divine determination; moral purpose or counsel) be done – this doesn’t mean my wants or foolish ways but our heavenly Father’s.

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

  • Give us day by day our daily bread – this doesn’t say more than or less than but simple daily. For me this means to trust, obey and be committed by faith God will provide daily.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

  • Forgive us of our sins and we are to forgive others of their sins against us.

Matthew 6: 14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  • Deliver us from evil

If you have studied your bible you know the children of Israel ask God over and over again to deliver them from evil.

Judges 10:15 And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.”

Then God sends his only begotten son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and the sins of the world, so we have eternal life with him, as long as you believe and repent of your sinful ways.

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”

  • Lead us not into temptation – we have a choice to do right or wrong. Just as we have a choice to take the free gift of salvation. Just as Jesus had a choice to die on the cross for our sins.  He did this because of his love for us and so that none should perish or go to hell or live apart from God.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Praying will –

  • keep us from temptation
  • keep us in God’s will
  • keep us feed
  • keep us humble to give God all the honor and glory.

Protection from evil

Reprove our hearts

Admonish our faults and wrong practices

Yearn for others to know Jesus

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day eleven of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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24 Day and Chapters of Luke – 10

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Day 10 and Chapter 10 of Luke

Continuing with living by God’s standards and not ours.

vs. 16

He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

Thinking about the world we live in, I know without a doubt Satan realizes his time is short and Christ will be coming any day.  We read in Numbers how not living in God’s will or standards what the outcome in life will be.

Numbers 15:31

Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

 

II Thessalonians 1:6-12

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 11Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 12That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

But Praise God, for his living word and the standards we have to live by and for Jesus Christ to save those from eternal hell.

1 John 5:2

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

In verse 25, we read a question by a lawyer, and in verse 27 the answer which was known by the lawyer, and Jesus confirms this as truth in verse 28. What a joy to understand yet another standard for us to live by in order to be right in God’s will:

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

We then come to the story of Martha and Mary in verses 38 though 42 – which I have blogged about previously and encourage you to take a peek:

https://willow10326.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/living-a-mary-or-a-martha-life

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day ten of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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24 Days and Chapters of Luke – 9

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Day 9 of Luke Chapter 9

God will provide. Are you being faithful?

Luke 9 verse 3: And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.

Just as Jesus called the twelve disciples to preach the kingdom of God, he tells them to take nothing. This is such a beautiful understanding and a picture to remind us to be faithful beyond our comprehension.  It reminds me of, we come into this world with nothing and we leave this world with nothing.  The key to this for me is to be fully faithful and committed to Jesus no matter what the cost.  I don’t know about you but for me this seems scary and means I don’t have control.  But isn’t this the whole point, to lean on Christ for all of our needs, to fully surrender to our heavenly Father to provide all our needs and to use his power and strength in the process.

In verse 23 of Luke Chapter 9 we read:

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

This provides us with the answer: to deny himself and take up his cross daily. Did you read this……. daily.  Unless we deny oneself and take up the cross daily, we have a very good chance of not getting our needs met or the blessings in which God has intended for us.

In Malachi 2:2 God’s word is very clear about blessings:

If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

Upon reading verse 26 and 27, it’s clear to me we are held accountable for our actions and will be judged in the kingdom of God.

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

My question to you and to myself- Are you being faithful? Are you denying yourself daily? Have you surrender fully to Christ today? Are you allowing God total control of your life to provide for you?

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day nine of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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24 Days and Chapters of Luke – 8

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Day 8 of Luke Chapter 8

Which seed are you?

Luke 8:11

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Which seed are you?

  • You hear God’s word and leave it behind. This is when the devil uses us the most. You are vulnerable for his attacks by all those small enticing lies.  If you are studying your bible, you will remember that Satan is the father of all lies and untruth. Let’s read this in the book of John 8:41-47

Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

  • You hear God’s word and place it on a rock. You believe but because you have not planted his word in deep soil with firm roots, you stumble and the devil whisks you away back into the world of false promises and lies.  Let’s read: 1 Peter 2:1-5

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

In order to grow your seed with firm roots, you need to be in God’s word or you will continue to be as a baby never maturing and needing constant care or protection. You will always be at the devil’s door, as he will try everything to convince you his way is better than God’s.

  • You hear God’s word and believe but do nothing with it. These are seeds which are thorns as they bring forth no fruit nor do they get all the blessings which God desires for them.  Let’s read James 1:22-27

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

  • The last seed has been heard, kept, planted, continually watered with God’s word, uses the Armour of God against the devil and patiently waits for prayers to be answered and to know God’s will. Let’s read: Ephesians 6:8-14

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 9And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day eight of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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24 Days and Chapters of Luke – 7

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Day 7 – for Luke Chapter 7

Jesus knows your heart?  What is your heart saying to you and others today?

Let’s read about the standard of forgiving based on one’s heart in verses 41 through 43 of Luke Chapter 7:

There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

The standard of forgiving based on the heart and not the outward appearance or the one who has it all. In verse 36 through 40, Jesus is given all that the Pharisee has available to eat at his home. One would think, a good meal and a good host asking you to eat with him at his house.  This sounds like a person with a good heart and who is doing the right thing. Yet, in verse 37, a woman is also part of this scene with Jesus and the Pharisee. Based on the words of the Pharisee, she was a woman who was not welcomed as she was considered a sinner.

Well how many times have I been to a home, a fine restaurant or a place and not felt welcomed. Was it do to my clothes, my looks or my talk or my ???? you fill in the blank.

The Pharisee only saw and knew this woman to be a sinner and had already dismissed her. Praise God, Jesus does not dismiss any one due to being a sinner or one’s appearance.  This woman did more for Jesus than the Pharisee could have even thought of: she stood behind Jesus (a sign of being humble), she washed his feet with her tears and hair (a sign of giving what she was capable of giving which was of herself), kissed the feet of Jesus and anointed his feet with ointment (a sign of her humility, the love and kindness was from her heart and she gives her all: tears, humility, hair and the ointment).

Do you think Jesus knew the heart of this woman and the heart of the Pharisee?  Do you think others saw the heart of each? Clearly this chapter teaches us, your good works, good looks, good house, good food and you fill in the blank does not get you to heaven with Jesus.  It’s about your heart? It’s about being humble? It’s about giving your all even when you have nothing to give? It’s about living by a set of standards and sharing it with others?

Our standards are revealed in the following:

Romans 8:24

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Ephesians 2: 5,6, 8 and 9

5-Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6- And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

8- For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9- Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 1:7

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

I Timothy 1:15 and 2:4,5 and 3:16

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

II Timothy 1:9

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day seven of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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