Jesus has reached the mark, set, and opened His mouth. Here we go! Now is the time to be blessed as only truth, love, and freedom can bless.
What Jesus says gives liberty. What Jesus says gives self-acceptance with worth. What Jesus says gives power to forgive. What Jesus says gives God’s wisdom. What Jesus says gives peace to pass human understanding. What Jesus says gives courage in the midst of, and in the face of, raging storms. What Jesus says gives love. This is not the temporal self-absorbing love, but the true, everlasting, never failing love. What Jesus says gives faith—incredible, phenomenal, mountain moving!
There is nothing namby-pamby about Jesus or His teachings. He brings real answers for real people with real problems. Jesus brings strong truth for weak people who need real help. He brings tough love that doesn’t coddle or pamper, but compassionately stays until the hurt is soothed and healing has come.
Throughout this year consider these sayings, hand-picked for you.
Almighty God, I have real problems and I need real answers. Help me draw closer to You through Your teachings. I can trust You to guide me in faith. I want incredible, phenomenal, mountain moving faith! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows my hurts and pains—and He cares!
MATTHEW 5:2_And he taught them…
Whenever Jesus taught, multitudes came. Multitudes filled with variety. The desperate came to find freedom from demonic bondage. We think of demonic possession as something very graphic and frightening, but demons are at the core of hate, unforgiveness, bitterness, and stubborn rebellion, just to name a few.
Some came with hope of physical healing. Perhaps their diagnosis was “incurable.” Perhaps there was no money to pay for a doctor. Whatever the reason, they had heard of the miraculous power of The Great Physician.
Some came out of curiosity. Who was this man who attracted multitudes whenever He spoke? Was He genuine? What kind of magic tricks might He perform today?
Others in the multitude were Jesus’ enemies. Their hope was to find a loophole in His teaching and to expose Him before the crowd. Jesus had not come on the scene in the usual method. He spoke differently. He taught differently. And what His enemies hated most, He attracted more followers than they. When Jesus spoke people listened, were freed, and healed.
Dear Jesus, Please teach me to listen when You speak to me through Your Word. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ speaks to me—I will learn to listen!
MATTHEW 5:2_And he opened his mouth…
These devotions are based on the Holy Bible, specifically Matthew chapters five through seven. Devotions can be based on many things—they just may not be called devotions. Setting aside time to read requires some devotion. What you choose to read during that time is a part of your heart’s devotion.
This blog is devoted to the Bible as the true source of spiritual power. Yes, power! To live a defeated life is to live without power. In this sermon Jesus teaches how to receive power from the truths of the Bible.
Jesus is ready for His go.He opens His mouth. Not to take a deep breath, or to eat, but to teach. All the words in this sermon are the result of one act—Jesus opened His mouth. He could have made a decision not to open His mouth. There are more relaxing ways to spend a day than teaching a multitude of people. Jesus taught because the strongest force known to man overflowed within Him—love. Infused in the love was freedom. There were too many unmet needs in the multitude for Jesus to keep His mouth closed. He possessed their cures.
The Bible is the key to open a treasure box of love and freedom. The wealth in the box is unattainable without the key.
Loving Jesus, Please teach me how to be devoted to You and Your Word. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is devoted to me—I want to be devoted to Him!
MATTHEW 5:1_his disciples came unto him:
I really love once Jesus was ready, on His mark, and set, His disciples came to Him.
In preparation to begin life’s work, there was one more thing Jesus had done—called disciples. Jesus had many followers. He called twelve specifically. These twelve were set apart from the large number of disciples who chose to follow Jesus.
The Twelve were chosen to be Jesus’ close champions, to be deeply instructed in the truth. To reach the mark, they followed Jesus. To reach the set, Jesus taught them. At His ascension into heaven Jesus gave eleven their go: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15. (KJV)
Jesus’ truths accomplish two things: how to love, and how to live free. Love and freedom are inseparable. As with yoked animals, one cannot function properly without the other. Love and freedom are the strength of this powerful sermon you will study for a year. You may reach some high hurdles. They appear overwhelming. They are. Love and freedom give needed strength. Don’t quit!
Holy Savior, I am a disciple You have called. I need Your truth. Please teach me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is love and freedom—He gives them to me!
MATTHEW 5:1_he went up into a mountain: and when he was set…
Have you ever heard, “On your mark, get set, go?” In this verse Jesus reaches His mark, which is up on a mountain. You must reach your mark before you can begin the race, and you must have prepared yourself before you reach the mark. Once the mark is reached you get set—ready to begin the work.
Baptism was a part of Jesus’ preparation for His mark. Another was testing and endurance. Jesus endured a wilderness experience away from home, family, and friends. He suffered. He suffered physically because He chose to fast during this time—to deny the body in order to strengthen the spirit. He suffered temptation of the flesh to break the fast—in order to satisfy the physical over the spiritual. He suffered a power struggle—to test God’s Word rather than believe it. He suffered the struggle of fame—to seek the praise of men over the praise of God.
You will face tests and sufferings throughout life. Suffering can break you or make you. The making or breaking is a decision, and the decision is yours.
Holy Great God, Help me endure my struggles in life. Let Your Word teach me wisdom that I may reach the mark and be set for Your go. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ suffered—He will help me be strong in suffering!