MATTHEW 7:29_ For he taught them as one having authority…
Freedom is the underlying principle of this entire sermon. You can add this to your freedom count as to how many times I’ve said this in the past year.
Jesus taught this sermon as The Great Healer. He gave lessons to ease worry and anxiety, and heal the soul. The healing of the soul is an important part of healing the body.
Jesus taught as The Great Hope. Apart from Him I can do nothing good or righteous. With Him—nothing shall be impossible. Something else to add to your how many times this has been said the past year is, God controls the time table. Only He knows when my impossibilities will become possible – but I have hope! Hope keeps me on the straight and narrow while I wait.
Jesus taught as The Great Deliverer. He has shown me that He can deliver me from darkness to light! Not only that, He can use me to be light!! He can use me to be salt! I can cause others to thirst for truth only Jesus can give.
Jesus taught as The Master Stonemason. One step at the time He taught me to build my life. Truth is the setting and freedom is the foundation. The architectural design for a home is reflected in a beautiful setting.
Jesus taught me how to achieve that.
Lord of Lords, I want to build my life in Your setting of truth. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gives me all I need to live like Him—Hallelujah!
MATTHEW 7:26_And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not…
In Mark chapter 8 (KJV) Jesus feeds over four thousand people with seven loaves of bread and a few fish. “8 So they [the people] did eat, and were filled: and they [the disciples] took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.”
Later, when Jesus was wearied of the Pharisees’ nagging, He enters a boat with His disciples, “14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.” Jesus begins to teach the disciples about the character of the Pharisees. The disciples thought He was fussing at them for forgetting the bread. “17 And when Jesus knew it [that the disciples were nervous], he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?”
We feel like criticizing the disciples. They not only had witnessed the miracle of feeding over four thousand, and previously witnessed Him feeding over five thousand, but —Jesus used them to pass out the bread!
Let’s not be too hasty to criticize. In a tight spot, we quickly tend to side with anxiety over the power of our Rock.
Righteous Lord, Help me remember Your greatness and power every day. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants us to remember His power—I will!