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 7:28_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 7:22_and in Thy name cast out devils…
Can these people actually cast out demons? Or do they think they can just convince Jesus they can? I don’t claim to know a lot about demonic possession, but I don’t believe there is any power to exhort them but the power of Jesus.
Because life is spiritual as well as physical, we need to have knowledge of both. We primarily focus on the physical until we have had an encounter with Jesus and answer that knock. John 15:16 (KJV), “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
You didn’t become a Christian because it was your idea. You answered the call, the knock, the pursuing of Jesus. You responded, and now you are doing the asking, seeking, knocking, pursuing. You enter a strait gate and a narrow way to gain wisdom, understanding, and knowledge … of truth. And why do you want truth? By now you’ve got this—to live free!
We must face the reality that the spiritual world consists of darkness as well as light. Jesus calls us to be light and light must be free.
Any encumbrances to light keep it from overcoming darkness.
God of Heaven, Please keep my light free to serve You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s light is free from encumbrances—He frees mine!
MATTHEW 7:18_neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Jesus drives the final nail to secure us in the truth. It is not enough just to know that good is good and evil is evil. We must grasp that the two cannot cross over into each other.
Good can never be evil, nor evil ever be good. If we’ve made the broad path to destruction our source, and we want to get off—it will require a total change. Repentance. We can’t just remain on the broad path and some day it will lead us to a life of freedom. The broad path always leads to destruction. That’s how this creation principle works. A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit.
The total change to get off the broad path is to leave it, enter the strait gate, and walk the narrow path. You cannot remain on the narrow path and fall into destruction. The narrow path always leads to a life of freedom. That’s how this creation principle works.
One more time—it’s about the source! The broad path is the source to destruction, and can be nothing else. The narrow path is the source to life, and can be nothing else. Don’t get confused that people are the source. People will become what their source is—but it is a process. Mistakes may be made along the way.
Those whose source is the narrow path can be trusted—mistakes and all.
Savior, I need discernment to know the people I can trust. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ can always be trusted—I will follow Him!
MATTHEW 7:14_and few there be that find it.
You enter the strait gate when you answer the knock of Jesus on your heart’s door. Some baggage automatically drops off at that time. I have known people with strong addictions who were instantly set free through the power of Jesus in their heart.
The baggage that Jesus does not relieve instantly goes with you through the gate. The narrow path, like the Needle’s Eye, can become narrower as you travel. When you reach these narrow passages, which are tight places, they force you to make some changes. You may need to turn sideways to pass through. In some places you’ll have to bend down, because to go through also requires going under a large rock formation.
The changes you make as you pass through the tight places require two things—repentance and humility. When you repent you’ve changed your position. You no longer see value in earthly pain relievers. You are filled with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. You walk free through the narrow path and exchange all your baggage for true love.
True love is not baggage. It is something you give away—to keep it to yourself would not be true love.
Holy Spirit power reproduces love daily and daily you give it away.
King of Kings, Help me to repent and worship You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ calls us to repent and be humble—He helps me!