You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered

•January 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Jesus, in Luke, was rebuking (rather confrontationally) the Pharisees and the lawyers (or scribes) at the end of which He concludes:

“Woe to you lawyers!  For you have taken away the key of knowledge.  You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”

Father,

As You reveal Yourself to us, may we never fail to enter in and may we never hinder others from entering in.

Amen

Today I am reading: Genesis 27, 28; Psalm 4; Luke 11

The One to Whom the Son Wills to Reveal Him

•January 10, 2009 • 1 Comment

Jesus sends out seventy ‘others’ and when they return, naturally excited that, “…even the demons are subject to us in Your name”, He responds:

“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said,

“I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.  All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Son of the Most High,

May we have the authority to speak in Your name.
May we know You.  May we know Your Father.
May we be counted worthy to make You known.
Reveal Yourself.

Amen

Today I am reading: Genesis 25, 26; Psalm 6; Luke 10

Amazed at the Majesty of God

•January 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Jesus took Peter, John and James up a mountain to pray.  On their way down, they were met by a crownd.  A man in the crowd implored Jesus to help his son who was afflicted by a demon.  Not surprisingly, Jesus healed the child.  Luke tells us, regarding this:

“And they were all amazed at the majesty of God.”

Father God,

May we be amazed at Your Majesty today.
Reveal Yourself majestically to us, in us and through us.
Teach us to be servants.
Servants that carry with them their Master’s authority.

Amen

Today I am reading: Genesis 23, 24; Luke 9

The Seed is the Word of God

•January 8, 2009 • 3 Comments

Jesus, explaining the parable of the sower in Luke, concludes:

“But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”

All Powerful God,

Help me to hear Your word with a noble and good heart.
Help me keep Your word.
Cause me to bear fruit with patience.
Reveal Yourself; To me, in me and through me.

Amen

Today I am reading: Genesis 20 – 22; Luke 8

Impressive Faith

•January 7, 2009 • 1 Comment

Luke 7:  Jesus, at the request of an unnamed centurion, is on His way to the centurion’s home…

Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof.  Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.
When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”  And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.

Father,

Would you increase my faith.
Reveal… and remove any doubt in me.
Make my heart know You.
Reveal Yourself.

Amen

Today I am reading: Genesis 18, 19; Psalm 3; Luke 7

God Revealed

•December 15, 2008 • 2 Comments

Lord,

Please Reveal Yourself

Amen

God Revealed

•December 14, 2008 • 2 Comments

Lord,

Please reveal Yourself

Amen