MATTHEW 5:1_And seeing the multitudes…
Jesus also had been baptized. John the Baptist did not want to baptize Jesus. He did not feel worthy (Matthew 3:13-17). As the Son of God, Jesus chose to become the Son of Man—baptism was necessary. John was the appointed baptizer.
John was also one whose birth may have caused much ridicule. He was born to parents who were old enough to be grandparents.
You may have been born into this same situation, or perhaps raised by your grandparents. You certainly should not let anyone cause you to feel shame. You were born for a unique purpose, regardless of how you got here. And grandparents are awesome, wise people!
God is excited about the incredible works He can accomplish through your life – if you will let Him. The very fact you are reading this post in this blog is not by chance. This is a part of God’s plan, a message from God to you.
Your life is not about the circumstances into which you were born. Your life is about the decisions you make and being responsible for those decisions.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me trust in You as I live the life You’ve given me. Help me live it in a way which pleases You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ taught multitudes—many were just like me!
MATTHEW 7:28_And it came to pass…
Many God events occur in life – from birth to death. Some give joy and some pain, but each is designed to strengthen your walk on the narrow path.
With time it will come to pass that you recognize God’s hand in these events. The good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow, are tools in the hands of The Great Deliverer. He uses them to defeat the circumstances of life which can keep you in a pit. I know you want God to just reach in and pull you up without all these God events, but time is how God works. Your life of freedom will come to pass.
Reading this devotional blog is a God designed event.
Designed to bring you to Jesus.
To obey His creation principles taught in this sermon.
To develop a transformed heart able to truly love.
As you read these devotionals you become part of the people who gathered on a mountain and listened to Jesus teach. They were a combination of different personalities with a variety of different needs, hopes, and dreams.
I don’t know if Jesus taught this sermon in a day or a week, but time came to pass for everyone listening.
Prince of Peace, Help me see Your designed events in my life. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ events help me stay on the path—I will!
MATTHEW 7:23_And then…
The day Jesus refers to is the Judgment Day. A day we all face—regardless of whether we believe in it or not. Hebrews 9:27 (KJV), “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Everyone is accountable for their lives. Christians are accountable for their salt and light (or lack of it). Unbelievers are held accountable for rejecting Jesus and His sacrifice for them.
As we’ve often said—life is serious business. It is all about choices. Choices are the great equalizer. The great leveler. Everyone lands on the same playing field because everyone has the same basic choices in life. These are spiritual choices. They are not physical circumstances into which we were born—circumstances over which we had no control. When we make the right spiritual choices they supersede our physical circumstances. Spiritual empowerment is stronger than physical empowerment.
I Corinthians 1:27-28 (KJV), “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen …”
Judge of All, Praise You that my weaknesses make me strong—for You! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ changes my weakness with His strength—Yes!
MATTHEW 7:9_Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask…
You cannot control the circumstances of your birth. You cannot choose the family into which you are born. Neither can you choose your race. Nor your country or culture. Nor certain physical features. Nor can you choose your time in history.
You may, or may not, be born into a religion. When you reach an age of understanding—religion is something you can choose.
Because this entire devotional blog is based on the Sermon on the Mount, the direct words of Jesus, it is my hope you find the answers to life in Christianity. Christianity embraces all people as God’s children. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth, your family, your race, country or culture, or physical features, God wants you as His child.
Jesus says in John 10:29-30 (KJV), “My Father, which gave them [Christians] [to] me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.” Well, there you go! Out of His own mouth Jesus makes it clear that none is greater than your Heavenly Father.
Nothing in life no matter how devastating it may seem to you, can take you from Jesus.
All Powerful God, Praise You that nothing can pluck me out of Your hand. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ says nothing can take me from God—I choose Him!