MATTHEW 7:8_and he that seeketh, findeth…
Proverbs 20:27 says my spirit is God’s candle. We’ve talked a lot about candles in these devotionals. We’ve talked about the purpose of light—to dispel and overcome darkness. We’ve talked about candles set on candlesticks. We’ve talked about replacing the smaller candle and candlestick with larger ones as life moves on, and more light is needed. In this verse, a candle is used to in a different way – to gain insight into who I really am.
Now, the candle (my spirit) is used by God not to share light with others but—to search inside of me. God uses my spirit to shed light into my heart, and all that I am. He uses it to see what my heart seeks. Does it seek to know Him and make Him known, or does it seek to make me known?
Jesus told me to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Is that where He finds my spirit shedding light—on God’s righteousness? If God finds me seeking how to turn the other cheek, go the second mile, give to those who ask, and do good to those who hurt and use me, then He’s found me in the right place.
According to Jesus, if I’m seeking to live that kind of life—I’ll find it.
Almighty Father, I’m seeking the truth of Your kingdom. I’m seeking Your righteousness – to dwell in me. Thank You that I’ll find it. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows if I seek righteousness—If so, I’ll find it!
MATTHEW 7:1_Judge not…
The kind of freedom Jesus teaches is not about keeping out of prison (although Jesus’ type of freedom could save you from that). Jesus wants to free souls.
A free soul gains wisdom.
Therefore a free soul has the ability to make wise decisions.
Wise decisions save from many forms of harm.
Wisdom is able to forgive and not carry the baggage of bitterness – which so often leads to physical sickness.
The wisest man who ever lived, the phenomenal King Solomon, teaches this principle in Proverbs 2:10-13 (KJV), “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness.”
Notice where wisdom enters – your heart. There is more to learn – Proverbs 4:7-9 (KJV), “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”
God of Wisdom, Help me be free from judgment and make wise decisions. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is wisdom—He wants me to learn to be wise!
MATTHEW 6:34_Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Focus on who God is and who you are in Him! Receive extra power for the hard days. Worry only makes the hard days harder. In this verse Jesus says something to the effect of, “Life in this world is hard enough—why make it harder?“ Jesus lets you know He’s with you all the way.
Jesus can provide.
That doesn’t mean you may not go through lean times. If you have no needs you will never experience how God can meet them. He’ll hold and guide you on the path of discipleship and add “all these things unto you.”
Proverbs 4:18 (KJV), “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Once you’ve committed to becoming salty-lit-up disciples for Jesus—that light just keeps on shining! I Thessalonians 5:5 (KJV), “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.”
All days are not hard, or bad, or evil. The devil would have you believe otherwise. He tempts you to worry about the future. Live free by focusing more on who God is, His grace and mercy, and His phenomenal power to transform any circumstance!
God Who Transforms, Thank You for the bright days I’ve had, and the ones on the way! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is full of light—He fills me with His light!
MATTHEW 6:24_Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
The word mammon in this verse is translated wealth or treasure. The double vision saga ends. Jesus and material wealth cannot reign in your heart. The heart can only give itself to one ruler. There is no balancing the two – one must reign, the other must serve. Allegiance!
Jealousy is a terrible emotion. When left unbridled, it consumes. Shakespeare named it the green-eyed monster (The Merchant of Venice, 1596 / Othello, 1604).
There is a time jealousy can be good – when God has it. God speaks strongly of His jealousy in His Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:5 (KJV), “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them [idols], nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God …”Also in Deuteronomy 4:24 (KJV), “For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.”
God’s jealousy is protecting. His jealousy is consumed with keeping you from straying from the path – into darkness.The apostle Paul understood this kind of jealousy. He wrote about it to the Christians in Corinth. II Corinthians 11:2 (KJV), “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband [Jesus], that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.“
Paul’s jealousy saves disciples from double vision.
Holy God, Thank You for being jealous over me. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is jealous for us—He wants to save me for Jesus!
MATTHEW 6:23_therefore if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Darkness can be dangerous. To the body. To the soul. To the spirit.
Darkness of soul causes deep depression, an absence of hope. Hope gives light.
Without hope there is an absence of security. Security overrides fear.
Without security there is an absence of power. Power defies weakness.
Without power there is an absence of peace. Peace prevails over despair.
Without peace there is an absence of confidence. Confidence resists doubt.
Without confidence there is an absence of love. Love conquers all!
Darkness of the spirit is to be void of Jesus.
Giants cannot be slain.
Mountains cannot be moved.
Waters cannot be parted.
If you allow your light to become darkness – it will be dark indeed!
Jesus Who Conquers, Praise You there is no darkness You cannot conquer. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ has already conquered darkness—I must believe!