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When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
Jesus sounds harsh here but He is telling us not to let things in our life interfere with following Him. Too often we let the busy things in our life overshadow what He has called us to do. How many times have you not gone to church because something “important” has come up or you have been up late at night doing something “important”. Jesus is calling us to do what is most important – follow Him. Who do you follow? Who do you let interfere with Jesus’ call? Open your heart and mind and allow Him to lead you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always remember you are more important than the things in this life. Following you must be the priority in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Remember this, you who never think of God.
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I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.
The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Paul knew his life was ending and he could state honestly that he had done his best for the Lord. Will you be able to say these words when your life is over? Do you stand up for Him, speak His words, give Him all the glory? Do not wait, life is uncertain and we never know when it will end. And, then it will be too late. Glorify the Lord at all times, His praise should always be on your lips!
Prayer: Holy Father, thank you for all have done for me. My salvation comes only from you and I will always praise you and never be afraid to speak your truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
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Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
Do you ever feel like Mary when you think you have lost Jesus? You do not hear His voice in your heart and you think He is no longer there? Are you as amazed as the teachers who heard Him speaking? Do you realize then that you had never lost Jesus? Do you realize that He was in His Father’s house all the time, waiting for you to come to Him? Seek Him and He will find you and fill your heart with His love and knowledge of the His Father.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always remember that you are there just waiting for me to seek you out. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
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At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Jesus offers a comforting and loving place to lay our burdens down. He teaches us all that the Father wants us to know and if we know Him we know the Father. Do you know the Father? Are you willing to give your burdens to Jesus? To the one who was sent to us from the Father? Rest in the Lord, He will bring you the peace, comfort and joy that you are seeking.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for being the safe haven in my life. For offering me the gift of life, love and joy. In Jesus’ holy name I thank you, Amen!
The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.
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Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
Where have you built your house? On the rock that is Christ or the sands of the world? Only the rock of Christ will help you survive the false prophets and preachers in our world today. Be a fool FOR Christ not a fool who does not listen to Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the solid rock of Christ. He is my firm foundation and mainstay in my life. In His holy name, I pray, Amen.
For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
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Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”
There are many false prophets in our world today. People who tell us that the truth is relative, the truth changes, what was wrong is not anymore. Who do you believe? Who do you listen to? Those who say what you want to hear, those who allow you to do what “feels good” instead of what is right? Are you bowing to those false prophets and allowing them to lead you away from the only truth? What fruits will you be known by? Will you be cut down and thrown into the fire?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for waking me up and saving me from being cut down and thrown into the fire. Your love saved me from the false prophets I was following. You never gave up on me and when I saw the truth you were there, waiting with open arms for me. In Jesus’ glorious name, I will always be grateful, Amen!
Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.
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When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.
Once again the Lord does as He promises. The Angel of the Lord told Zechariah that his voice would be restored when all that he told him had been fulfilled. His first words were a blessing to God for keeping His promises. John is the first evangelizer of Our Lord. The first to speak of His gospel of mercy, love and forgiveness. We need to model ourselves after Him. To never fear speaking the truth, the Lord will be with us supporting and guiding us. Do you speak the truth of the Lord? Do you proclaim His word to all around you? Think of the mercy and blessings you have received and do not be ashamed to proclaim His glory. Trust in the Lord and your heart will opened, your tongue will be set free and you will be able to speak blessing God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all that you have given to me. May I always be ready to sing your praises, to give you the glory you are due for the life I have in you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.