Daily Word

Matthew 3

Read Matthew 3 – Revival! Meet John the Baptist – he’s an odd duck, hanging out in the wilderness, eating locusts and honey (which I understand to be quite nutritious), wearing strange attire, preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. ” And yet Scripture records that masses were going out to him to be baptized (:5).

Revival is like that, it sweeps through, awakening souls to the deep need to repent and be saved.

Even the religious leaders came out, and John was not about to let them fake it. He called them a brood of vipers and told them there would be no resting on their pedigrees. John’s simple statement is the true sign of a born again life, “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. ” :8

Beloved, does your life stand up to this? Every day is a second chance for a brand new start.

And in the midst of this revival, Jesus shows up! This was an important moment in his rescue mission. Jesus stepped in the place of sinful man, was baptized and rose from that water… it’s so beautiful… you simply must read it from your bible and not merely this encouragement.

Did you identify with John when he felt ill equipped to baptize Jesus (:14)…. Remember, if Jesus calls you to something, he will make you able. And, as God spoke those words over Jesus, did your heart leap for joy(:17)?

Beloved, pray for revival to sweep through your family, friends, workplace, community, our nation and the whole world. Wear your joy like a banner. The kingdom of heaven is near.

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Deuteronomy 30

Read Deuteronomy 30 – Repentance and Forgiveness
God sees all of time at once. He is outside of time. When he sees a newborn baby, he also sees her going to prom, having her own babies, aging, walking with a cane, and dying. It is a big idea for us, and I want you to hold onto that as you think about our chapter.
God knows Israel will stray and he is already offering restoration. Verse one speaks of a future exile… isn’t that incredible? They are just entering the Promised Land and God leaves this word for the future generations who mess up. God says if they repent and obey, he will restore them. (:2)
Do you know this has already happened? God’s Word is incredible! It happened when they were brought back from Babylonian captivity – It’s recorded in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Old Testament. And in our time it happened when Israel was restored as a nation in 1948! “The LORD your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors!”
In 2019, I traveled to Israel. I saw this first hand. But there’s more to come. God says he will change their hearts so that they love him with all their heart and soul so they may live. (:6) Remember, God is outside of time. Beloved, we live in such an exciting time to see these things become reality. Keep watching!
God says his instructions are not too hard for them. He put them right in their hearts so they can obey. (:11-15) This is the choice between life and death, and the LORD longs for them to choose life. (:19) And this all goes back to the promise God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the LORD God Almighty keeps his promises! (:20)

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Luke 13 take 2

Read Luke 13 again – Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – folks want to know what Jesus has to say.  Jesus is asked about the death and suffering of some Galaleans – and he answers with a question.  “Do you think that these Galaleans were worse sinners than all the other Galaleans because they suffered in this way?” :2  Then he gets right to the point, everybody dies, eternity matters more than death.  Jesus tells them: “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”  He tells them twice (:3, :4)! 

Next, our tender and merciful Jesus heals a crippled woman who had been bent over for 18 years. The synagogue leader did not like this; he used the excuse of it being Sabbath, but it certainly revealed his ugly heart. Jesus pointed out that they untie their donkey’s and lead them to water, even on the Sabbath – and how much more the woman deserved to be untied from her condition(:16).  Jesus calls her a ‘daughter of Abraham’ – Beloved, this is precious!  The priest marginalized her for 18 years, and Jesus reminds him of her intrinsic value because of who she belongs to!  How about you?  Beloved, this is a beautiful illustration of the #2 commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.  The priest failed to do this, but Jesus did it with great love and respect. 

Jesus said we are to, “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter and fail.”  He also says He wanted to gather the children of Jerusalem like a hen gathers her chicks, but they wouldn’t let Him(:34).  Beware of false teachers!  Woe to them, but also a warning to us. 

Beloved, do not take your faith lightly; be discerning; Jesus delights in an earnest seeker.❓💝😍🙏🥰💝💯