Bible Devotions

A Comparison Part 1

Study the life of Jesus Christ as shown in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).   Create for a picture of God’s character and then consider the character of man.

 

Jesus Human

Sinless, perfect, pure, spotless

Sinful

 

This comparison helps us recognize our need for a Savior.  Romans 3:23 says we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  John declares the good news: “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NKJV).  Jesus is the perfect lamb, pure and spotless given as a sacrifice to pay the price for the sinful world.  Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ.

 

Jesus Human

Aligned with the Father’s will

Manipulate to get our will done

 

Jesus knew His purpose and did not waver one bit.  He was all about doing His Father’s work.  He did only what His Father wanted done in complete and perfect submission and obedience to God’s will.  Ours is a self-centered nature that clashes with God’s will.  We want our way and usually manipulate and scheme to get it.

 

Jesus Human

Consistent with prayer

Occasionally pray (especially with the ‘big” stuff)

 

Jesus was always praying.  He made time for prayer.  He never made decisions without praying first.  He stayed connected to the Father through prayer.  As a result He was strengthened and enabled to carry out God’s purposes.  We, on the other hand, pray sometimes.  The Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  However, we forget to bring all things before the Lord in prayer.  Somehow we think God is too busy to hear even our smallest concerns.  We tend to call out to God when there’s a crisis or in a stressful situation.  But God longs for us to turn to Him in all situations.  Do we come to Him when we need to make a decision?  Do we ask for wisdom and guidance?  We do not come to Him as much as we should.  Therefore, Jesus is a good example of bringing everything to God in prayer.

 

May the comparisons we’ve drawn today encourage you to seek Him in all you do.  Know you are saved by His death and resurrection.  May Jesus’ example of following God’s will be our desire in our life.  May we bring everything before Him in prayer to stay connected with God and His will. 

 

Lord, Jesus thank you for your example to follow.  Thank you for leading us on the path of righteousness.  We ask for your guidance day by day.  Give us the desire for God’s will in our life. Help us turn to you so often in prayer not one area of our life is unexposed to your light.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

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The Faithful are Answered

 Part 1 of  3

Read 1 Samuel 1-3.

 

The Lord is good.  The Lord is kind.  The Lord is just.  The Lord rewards those who are faithful.  Just look at Hannah’s story in 1 Samuel 1.  She is distressed because she has no children.  He husband’s other wives had plenty of children and were very cruel towards Hannah’s barrenness. 

 

Every year Hannah would go to the Lord’s House to worship.  She prayed, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the afflictions of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 

 

Later we see, her petition is granted.  1 Samuel 1:20 says “So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and his name Samuel, saying “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.””  The story doesn’t end there.  No.  Hannah had promised to give the child back to the Lord.  And so, we see in 1 Samuel 1:24-28 Hannah fulfilled her promise to the Lord.  After Samuel was weaned, she brought him back to the house of the Lord, so he would live with Eli, the priest. 

 

This is one example of how the faithful are answered.  Tomorrow we will dive deeper into these chapters. 

 Lord thank you for your faithfulness to hear our heartfelt prayers.  Thank you when our prayers are aligned with your will, you answer.  Thank you for the mercy shown to Hannah relieving her sorrow of barrenness.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

 

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Believe and You Will Receive

And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. Mark 5:22-24 NKJV 

Can God’s work in our life be limited or restrained?   I think it can, but don’t misunderstand.  I’m not saying the all powerful and all knowing God can’t do a certain thing if He wanted to.  What I am saying is our choices make a difference in how God works in our life.   

Take for example one ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, in today’s verse.  He came to Jesus asking to have Jesus come and lay hands on His daughter so she would be healed.  What’s wrong with that request you might ask?  Nothing, however, think of this:  Jesus was God who could heal by speaking a word.  He didn’t really need to go to their house, touch the girl so she would be healed.  He could have just spoken the word and she would have been healed. 

Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house and in those days it took time to get anywhere.  If his daughter was severely ill to the point of death, you might think Jairus wouldn’t have wanted to waste time traveling to his house, but rather would request Jesus say the word so she may be healed, like the centurion did in Luke 7:7 NKJV: But say the word, and my servant will be healed.” 

However, that’s one of the wonderful things about Jesus.  He meets us where we are.  If our faith only goes so far, that’s where He’ll meet us.  Over time, as we grow in His love our faith grows too.  I wonder how many times we’ve called out to God to help us, but our requests are so small compared to what God is really able to do.   

What have your prayer requests been like?  Are you asking for small things or big things?  We have a great big God who is able to do what we can not even imagine.  Think big.  As Mark 11:24 NKJV says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them”, believe and you will receive.   

Don’t think your small request is really limiting God, because He can work around your small faith.  Read the last part of Jairus’ story in Mark 5:35-43.  In a nutshell, God’s glory shines forth even more dramatically because the girl, who dies, is raised to life again!  Which would have been the greater miracle?  Healed by speaking a word while not being near the girl or being raised from the dead?  Everything has a purpose to demonstrate God’s glory.  In this case, Jairus’ small faith allowed God’s glory to shine forth to a greater degree. 

Lord God Almighty you are able to do things we can not even imagine.  Help our faith increase by asking you of what you are capable of.  Help us believe we will receive what we have asked for so your glory may shine forth in our lives.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

 

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How to Start Praying

In this article you will learn:

(1)How to cultivate an intimate relationship with God

(2)Why is prayer important

(3)About the blessing we receive through prayer

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