Scripture: Matthew 7-Matthew 9
Observation: Faith. Faith. More Faith. Faith enough to believe that we don’t have to judge. Faith enough to obey. Faith enough that Jesus can heal us with a word or if we touch HIM! Faith enough to believe that God will forgive sins. Faith to leave it all behind and follow Jesus. Faith Faith Faith. Also, did you see that Peter was married! Had you ever thought about being Peter’s wife? That must have been hard!
But what hit me hardest was the CEV version of 9:13. Jesus says it when he is at Matthew’s house!. “Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, `Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.' I didn't come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners."’
Application: Too often I look for what the scriptures say instead of looking at what God means by them. Our faith isn’t black and white, its gray. Its not about making sacrifices, its about loving God and loving others. Those are the sacrifices (and often harder than giving up meat for burning!) Its about inviting people to know God and inviting those who are unloved to be loved. I need to invite more, love more, and have more faith!
Prayer: O GOD! Heal us. Heal our spirits! Heal our bodies! Heal our faith! Let us believe like those in these stories. Let us act like you would have us act. Let us heal with your power. May we always see those who you need us to help, to love, and to change. Let our eyes be open to their pain, our tongues be quick to love them, and our hands be ready to help them. Amen
Scriptures Coming UP!
June 9-- Matthew 10- Matthew 12
June 10-- Matthew 13-Matthew 15
June 11-- Matthew 16 - Matthew 18
June 12-- Matthew 19-Matthew 21
June 13-- Matthew 22-Matthew 24
June 14-- Matthew 25-Matthew 27