Daily Word

Matthew 13

Read Matthew 13 – Fresh fish today! I like parables. I like it when a picture is painted with words to illustrate a truth. I have grown immensely from each of these parables, but today, the Holy Spirit is drawing my heart closest to The Parable of the Net.

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.” :47-48

I once had a piece of halibut in Alaska that was so good I think I cried! It sat like warm butter on my tongue, with just a hint of sweetness. I could hardly chew and swallow because I wanted the perfection to last. I am certain that fish was swimming in the sea just hours before he made it to my plate. I was grateful to experience him.

I’ve also brought fish home from the market only to realize it was bad fish. It looked delicious in the market, but even through the wrapping it stunk up the kitchen. It went straight to the garbage. It was not worthy of being in my house, much less served to my family.

Beloved, we love people who are bad fish, they may look good on the outside, but their hearts are not redeemed. They will be cast down into the fiery furnace. No one likes to think of themselves in this way, but Jesus is not fooled. A bad fish reeks of foulness and a good fish is a delight in every way.

Now, imagine that you and I are having a conversation. We have both just read Chapter 13, and now we get to talk about what hit home. Beloved, that is what I imagine when I post… that the chapter stirs up something in your heart, and that seeing what was stirred in mine inspires you to share as well with whomever is around you. May your joy keep you fresh and inspire those around you to seek Jesus for themselves.

Daily Word

Luke 18

Read Luke 18 – What do you want? 

Consider our parable, when the blind beggar was told Jesus was passing by he began shouting on faith:  JESUS, SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!  This was a cry to be heard.  The crowd didn’t like it and told him to be quiet, yet he shouted all the louder: SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!   Jesus asked that the man be brought to him and as he came near, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The man was specific – he wanted to see.  Jesus made it so, and the man followed Jesus, praising him with a joy and reverence that was contagious throughout the crowd (:31-34). 

Beloved, learn from this blind beggar.  Cry out!  Shout!  Be heard in your pleas.  Be specific with what you are asking for.  The man’s first request for mercy was broad and when he got specific, that is when the miracle happened.  Is your prayer too broad to even know if its been answered?  Get as specific as you can in your prayers. 

Intercessory prayer, prayers for others, is important, but make sure you pray for yourself as well.  Your own testimony is for God’s glory; your joy for Jesus should be personal. 

In our chapter, we see people with specific needs…The widow wanted justice.  The tax collector wanted forgiveness.  The children wanted Jesus.  The rich man wanted to be good enough on his own terms.  And the blind man wanted to see.  What do you want?  Beloved, pray.🙏🙏🙏