In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Jul
28

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After telling Peter to put up his sword, Jesus said, “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53).

Did Peter momentarily forget exactly whom he was trying to defend, or did he lack the faith that Jesus could handle the situation Himself?  Either way, Jesus had everything under control and did not need Peter’s help.  He could do whatever He wanted to do.  He had escaped others who wanted to kill Him (Luke 4:30; John 10:39) and could do it again if He so desired.

Never doubt what Jesus can do!

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
26

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When Peter cut off the ear of the high priest’s slave, Jesus said, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52).

Earlier this same night Jesus made sure the disciples had swords (Luke 22:36), but this was not the time to use one.  Violence simply leads to more violence and ultimately death – what Peter may have suffered if Jesus had not intervened.

Anyone can impulsively strike out against an enemy, but Jesus exhorted us to be “sons of God” and demonstrate restraint and love (Matthew 5:38-46) – something He demonstrated Himself.  Oh, to be more like Him!

Have a great day in His word!

 

Jul
21

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When preparing His disciples for the difficult task ahead of them, Jesus said, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.” (Luke 22:36).  The disciples would face many dangers, and Jesus wanted them to be prepared to defend themselves from those dangers.

I wonder if Jesus were to return to this earth today and experience a few weeks like the last few we have in our country if He would say, “Whoever has no gun is to buy one.”  Jesus believed in having weapons for defense, and our constitution allows weapons for defense.  Just saying.

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
18

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When Peter struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear, Jesus said, “No more of this!” (Luke 22:51).  Then He touched his ear and healed him.

Peter seems to have had the best intentions on this occasion.  Jesus was about to be apprehended, and Peter was willing to fight for Him.  But consider more of the details given.  The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” (:49).  What did He answer?  Peter did not give Him the opportunity and acted without authority.  Good intentions?  Yes?  Authority?  No.  Jesus’ response?  “No more of this!”

People today continue to act as Peter did.  With the best of intentions they do things for the Lord, but they do so without His authority, without Him saying that is what He wants them to do.  I fear that if He were to speak from heaven about such things He would again say, “No more of this!”

Let’s be content sticking to doing for the Lord what we know He wants us doing for Him.  He has told us plenty He wants us to do to keep us busy enough.

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
14

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When Judas kissed Him in the garden, Jesus said, “Friend, why have you come?” (Matthew 26:50).  In Luke’s account He added, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:48).

When you find yourself in a situation in which you know you should not be, remember what Jesus said to Judas.  Hear Him asking you why you have come.  Decide if you are betraying Him by your presence and/or actions.

Judas later regretted what he had done, the sin he had committed (Matthew 27:3-4).  The time will come when you will regret your situation as well, so abandon it – not Jesus – while you can.

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
12

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When Judas and the others came to the garden, Jesus said to them, “Whom do you seek?” (John 18:4).  They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene” (:5).

If asked the same question could you provide the same answer, or would you have to answer someone/something else?  Are you seeking Jesus?  They were seeking Him to take His life, but by seeking Him you can save yours.

“Whom do you seek?”  Your life depends on it.

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
28

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Jesus said to His disciples in the garden, “Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!” (Matthew 26:46).

Just as there is a time for prayer (:39-44), there is also a time for action.  There is a time to get up and go face the enemy.  You can’t always hide from him.  Sometimes you have to meet him to defeat him.  “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13).

There is a battle to fight.  “Get up, let us be going!”

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
23

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Jesus said to His disciples in the garden, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41).  They indicated having a willing spirit when they offered to die with Jesus (:35); but their flesh was yet to be put to the test.  They needed the power of prayer at work for them to help keep their flesh strong enough.

Paul understood this battle firsthand in his own life and explained his struggle in detail (Romans 7:14-25).  When he asked, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (:24), he knew the answer: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (:25).

The struggle between flesh and spirit continues today.  It is a struggle you cannot win alone, but with Christ’s help you can.  The flesh may be weak, but “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
21

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After returning from prayer and finding His disciples asleep, Jesus said, “So, could you not watch with Me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40).

Almost two months ago my son and I made an exhausting weekend trip.  It began by getting up at 2:30am one Saturday morning – after being up late Friday night because of his soccer game – and driving around 4 ½ hours to a forensics tournament.  After the tournament we continued another four hours to Duke University.  After going to church Sunday and spending several hours at Duke, around 8pm we began our 8 ½ hours home.  I did most of the driving (all except two hours of it, during which time he drove and talked – meaning I didn’t get much rest) so he could rest/sleep.  To say I was fighting it to stay awake on the way home would be an understatement, but I did.  I “watched” the road and didn’t fall asleep (at least not for more than a few seconds at a time).  While I cannot say the whole experience was enjoyable, I would go through it all again for my son.

Without a doubt the disciples had a reason to be weary after all they had endured the last several hours, but did Jesus really ask too much of them: “…remain here and keep watch with Me” (:38)?  Difficult?  Yes.  Impossible?  No.  You see, Jesus never asks anything of us that is impossible for us to do.  If He expects us to watch with Him one hour or do anything else it is because we can.  It may not always be enjoyable, but our love for Him should give us the motivation we need to “keep watching” even when it is not easy.

I don’t know if my son will ever know how difficult it was for me to do what I did for him, but my Savior always does.  How much are you willing to “watch” for Him?

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
16

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Jesus said in the garden, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39).  A second time He said, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” (:42).  He even said the same thing a third time (:44).

Sometimes people are described as being strong-willed.  Not Jesus – He was God-willed.  Even when facing the cup of excruciating pain and agony that He would rather not have to endure, what mattered most to Him was the Father’s will.  He wanted the Father’s will to be done no matter what the price He had to pay for it to be done.

Whose will is most important to you?  As the saying goes, if God is your co-pilot you need to change seats.

Have a great day in His word!

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