Monthly Archives: April 2014

Good Intentions


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13; Psalm 68; Matthew 17

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Chronicles 13:1-14

 

I read a story the other day about a man who wanted to get his children goldfish.  He went to the pet store but found that aquariums are fairly expensive, so instead he found a used, dirty aquarium and purchased it for five dollars.  He took the aquarium home, cleaned it up, and made it look like new before adding four new goldfish to his children’s delight.  Sadly though, over the course of the next two days three of the four goldfish died.  He called the pet store to find out what was wrong, and he quickly realized his mistake.  He cleaned the aquarium with soap, which turned out to be toxic to the fish.  The man had the right intentions, but when he acted on his intentions, he did not do it in the right way, which led to the death of the goldfish.  In today’s key passage, we see a similar story of good intentions producing disastrous results.

For years the Ark of the Covenant was kept at a man named Abinadab’s house following its capture and return by the Philistines.  Now that David was finally king, he wanted to bring the ark back to Jerusalem, so he conferred with his officers and went with a small army to retrieve it.  When they reached the ark, they placed it on a new cart pulled by oxen and started the journey back to Jerusalem.  At one point, the oxen stumbled and a man named Uzzah reached out and touched the ark to steady it and keep it from falling off the cart.  In verse 10 we read, “The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.”  Upon first reading this, it may seem like a pretty stiff punishment from God, but we need to understand a few things.  First, God provided strict instructions from the beginning that the ark should only be moved by the Levites (priests) using poles that held the ark by rings on the sides, and non-Levites should never touch the ark itself.  David and his group did not follow these instructions and instead transported the ark on a cart in the same way the Philistines transported the ark years earlier.  Secondly, we must realize that God is perfectly just and he cannot tolerate sin.  While David had good intentions in bringing the ark back to Jerusalem, he went about it the wrong way and sinned.  In addition, while Uzzah had good intentions in steadying the ark, he went about it the wrong way and sinned.  While God’s punishment of these sins may be hard for us to read about, we always have to keep in mind that as much as God loves us he is still perfectly just and severely punishes sin.

Both of these illustrations teach us a valuable lesson about intentions.  Having good intentions is important, but intentions alone are not enough.  We must act on our intentions, and we must act in the right way.  The best way to ensure we are acting in the right way is to seek guidance before we ever begin.  If the father in the story above sought guidance before cleaning the aquarium, he would not have used soap and would not have killed the goldfish.  If David sought God’s guidance before transporting the ark, he would not have used a cart and non-Levites and would not have killed Uzzah.  Seek to know God’s will before you act on good intentions and you can avoid disastrous results.

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Defining Jesus


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 4,5; Psalm 139; Matthew 16

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 16:13-20

 

How are you doing?  What do you do?  How old are your kids?  Will you marry me?  Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?  Are you listening to me?  Do you know how fast you were going?  We are asked many questions in this life.  They start as early as the day of our births, and continue at a constant pace all the way through our last day.  Some of the questions are mundane, while others are amazingly important.  Some will change our lives forever, while others will be forgotten almost as quickly as they were asked.  In today’s key passage, we see what is perhaps the most important question you will ever have to answer.  How you choose to answer this question will define your entire life, and will dictate how you spend eternity.

Jesus was walking with His disciples when he asked them how other people were defining Him.  The disciples told Jesus that some people were claiming that He was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.  That is when Jesus popped the big question.  He asked the disciples, “Who do you say I am?” (Vs. 15)  It seems like an innocent enough question, amazing in its own simplicity, but the answer to this question is indescribably important.  Peter immediately spoke up for the entire group and answered Jesus by saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Vs. 16)  To this, Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Vss. 17-18)  Peter correctly defined Jesus, and in return, Jesus defined Peter.

I think people spend a lot of time trying to figure out who they are.  They attempt to understand what it is that they stand for in life.  Who are they?  Who are they going to be?  What is the plan for their lives, and how do they get there?  It is important to realize, though, that defining yourself is difficult if not impossible.  Self-assessment is inherently difficult because we simply have too many biases to deal with as we attempt to look at ourselves impartially.  If you truly want to figure out who you are, you must first answer the question of who you say Jesus is.  You cannot simply rely on how other people define Jesus.  I can tell you that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life, and your pastor can tell you that Jesus Christ is the Lord of his or her life, but that does not really mean a lot when it comes to you personally.  You have to answer the question.  You have to define Him.  Moreover, there is no middle ground answer – either He is the Lord of YOUR life or He is not.  Either He is the most important thing to you or He is not.  If you say He was a great man, a great teacher, or a great prophet, you are not necessarily wrong you are simply incomplete in your answer.  Jesus was all of these things, but He is so much more than that.  The only complete answer is the one that Peter gave.  The only answer that truly honors the sacrifice He made for each of us is the one that Peter gave.  The only answer that guarantees eternal salvation is the one the Peter gave.  Interestingly, once you define Jesus as the Lord of your life, He will turn around and define exactly who you are just as He did for Peter.  He will show you who you are today, and He will show you who you will become.  More importantly, He will start to change you to make you the person you can be.  If you really want to define yourself, first define Jesus.  After that, let Jesus take over and make you who He wants you to be.

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Quick to Forget


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 3; 1 Chronicles 12; Matthew 15

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 15:29-39

 

Awhile back, my daughter was running into the kitchen to get a snack when she accidentally tripped over her shoes that were lying on the kitchen floor and skinned her knee on the hard ceramic tile.  While the wound itself was small, her reaction to it was not, and she spent several minutes on the ground crying.  After making sure she was okay, my wife and I picked her up off the floor, and she somberly headed to her room to watch television with her snack in hand.  Minutes later, she emerged from her room laughing and smiling and in the best of spirits.  In the span of only a couple of minutes, she had completely forgotten her run-in with the hard kitchen floor.  Sometimes being quick to forget can be a good thing.  The ability to quickly forget a past hurt or a wrong committed by another person is definitely a good trait.  Being quick to forget a past failure can serve us well and keep us from being mired in guilt or self-pity.  At other times, though, being quick to forget can be a detriment.  In today’s key passage, we see an example of how the disciples were sometimes quick to forget what Jesus had already accomplished.

Just yesterday, we read the story of Jesus feeding over five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish.  It was the type of miracle that would illustrate to others that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, and the story of his accomplishment would no doubt follow him through the land.  Amazingly though, His disciples seemed to have forgotten all about it in today’s reading.  Jesus was teaching over four thousand people on a mountainside, and decided that He did not want to send the crowd away without something to eat.  When He told the disciples His intention to feed the masses, their response was staggering.  They answered Him by saying, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” (Vs. 33)  The disciples were perplexed by this problem even though it was strikingly similar to another issue that Jesus had already solved.  In this example, the disciples were quick to forget what Jesus had already done for them.

While it is easy for us to look back and wonder how the disciples could have possibly forgotten that Jesus had the power to rectify their current situation, it is equally easy for each of us to do the same thing.  When faced with a difficult situation, how often is it that our first reaction is one of bewilderment?  How often do we sit and wonder what we should do next?  How often do we throw up our hands and think that the situation seems impossible?  We are often quick to forget that nothing is impossible with God.  We are quick to forget that He has helped us in the past and will help us again.  When we have needed nourishment, He has fed us.  When we have needed help, He has helped us.  When we have needed saving, He has saved us.  Do not be quick to forget the miracles our awesome God has done in your life and the lives of others.  Remember His perfect goodness, and bask in the knowledge that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.

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Jesus Feeds Five Thousand


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 142; Matthew 14

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 14:13-21

 

In today’s Bible reading, we find one of the most well known of Jesus’ miracles.  Most people have heard the story, and it is illustrated in all four Gospels.  Because it is so well known, sometimes we can have a tendency to gloss over it as we are reading God’s Word, but the lesson we learn from this story is so important that we must do everything we can to avoid that pitfall.  The story of Jesus feeding five thousand people is not just a great story that shows Jesus’ capacity to perform miracles.  It is not just a story about Jesus’ unlimited compassion.  While both of these things are true and are highlighted in the text, there is so much more that we can glean from this story.  The lesson taught is one that can permeate into every area of our lives.  The lesson is about faith.

When our story begins, Jesus has just been told about John the Baptist’s death.  He was filled with sorrow, and decided that He and His men needed a break, so they left in a boat to go to a solitary place.  When they landed, though, Jesus and the disciples were met with thousands of people who were waiting on them.  Instead of sticking to their plan of taking a break, Jesus had compassion for the people and healed their sick.  Near the end of the day, the disciples wanted Jesus to send the crowd away so they could get something to eat, but instead Jesus gave the disciples a seemingly impossible task.  He said, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” (Vs. 16)  The disciples, knowing they were in a remote place, surveyed to see what they had available to feed the crowd.  From John’s Gospel, we learn that they found a young boy who had brought his lunch consisting of five loaves of bread and two fish, and while they knew this was not enough to feed five thousand men plus women and children, they took what they had and gave it to Jesus.  Jesus took the food He had been given, looked up to heaven, gave thanks, and everyone in the crowd ate and were satisfied.  Once everyone had finished eating, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over.

In this life, we know that Jesus wants us to meet the needs of others.  He wants us to meet their needs spiritually by reaching the lost and telling them about Him.  He wants us to meet their needs physically by feeding the hungry and helping the poor.  He wants us to meet their needs emotionally by taking compassion on others and serving them.  Sometimes these tasks can seem difficult, and sometimes they might even seem impossible.  There are many times when we simply feel we do not have a lot to offer.  In those times, though, it is important that we do a bit of surveying to determine exactly what we have available.  Whatever we find, no matter how small, if we give it all to Jesus He can do great things.  He can multiply what we have to offer to create an abundance.  There is a trap in this life, though, that we must avoid.  When we feel like we do not have a lot of money or time, our flesh will say that we should just not give anything.  When we feel like we do not have a lot of energy to serve others, our flesh will say that we should just not serve at all.  When we feel like we do not know enough or are too afraid to reach people for Christ, our flesh will say that we should not even try.  When we feel like we do not have a lot of faith, our flesh will say that we should just turn away from God.  Imagine what would have happened if the disciples had fallen for this trap when they found the five loaves and two fish – Jesus never would have had a chance to perform one of the greatest miracles in history!  In all areas of our lives, when we take everything we have and give it to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, He will multiply our efforts.  The next time you feel like you do not have a lot to offer, give everything you have to Jesus and watch as He does miraculous things.

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The Parable of the Four Soils


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 1; Psalm 140; Matthew 13

Today’s Key Passage –Matthew 13:1-23

 

Jesus often spoke to people using parables, and in today’s key passage, He told the parable of the four soils.  Jesus said, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Vss. 3-8)  After being questioned by the disciples, Jesus went on to explain this parable by saying, “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Vss. 19-23)

Every time I read this parable, I feel encouraged by its message.  As we go out into this world to “sow the seeds” of God’s Word to others, often we can be tempted to feel discouraged when we are not successful in bringing someone to Christ.  As we attempt to reach other people with God’s message, we will often find those whose hearts are like the path, the rocky soil, or the thorns, but we will also find those whose hearts are like the good soil.  While we cannot control the condition of other people’s hearts, we can control two variables – the seed and the scattering.  We can control the seed by making sure we are only teaching Biblical Christianity, and we can control the scattering by ensuring we are broadcasting God’s message to as many people as possible.  What happens to the seed and whether or not it takes root and produces a crop is really up to the Holy Spirit.  In addition, we can feel encouraged by the fact that the “soil” of people’s hearts can change over time.  While my own heart was once like the path, over time it became good soil as God’s Spirit moved me.  Do not ever be discouraged as you are sowing God’s seeds.  As long as you are doing your part, you will find good soil, and when you do the yield of that crop will be amazing.

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Looking for a Sign


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 30,31; 1 Chronicles 10; Matthew 12

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 12:38-45

 

In today’s key passage, some of the Pharisees ask Jesus for a miraculous sign.  They want to see Jesus perform some kind of a miracle that can convince them that He is who He claims to be – the Messiah.  Jesus, however, refuses their request.  He tells them that no sign will be given to them except for the sign of the prophet Jonah, and then He explains by saying, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”(Vs. 40)  Jesus knew a lot about the hearts of the Pharisees.  He knew that their hearts were so hardened that they would never believe that He was the Messiah no matter what kind of sign He gave them.  At this point in His life, Jesus had already healed the sick, raised the dead, and driven out demons, but the Pharisees refused to believe.  He would go on to die on the cross and be resurrected on the third day, but the Pharisees would still refuse to believe.  The Pharisees were hoping to see a sign first and then they would believe, and I think many people today still think this way.  They think, “If only God would show me a sign then I would believe in Him.”  Perhaps you are even one of those people.  As you read this today, you might be someone who is investigating God.  Maybe you are trying to figure out if this whole Christianity thing is real.  Maybe you are trying to figure out if God is real.  Maybe you are just looking for a sign.

Before I was saved, I would often ask God for a sign.  I would sometimes pray to Him and ask Him to show me a sign if He was real.  I was not looking for anything flashy like the parting of the Red Sea or anything; I was just looking for some small sign from God to “prove” to me that He was there.  I told myself that if He showed me that small sign, I would believe in Him and give my life to Him, and do you know what happened?  Nothing.  I looked and looked for a sign, and God never gave me one.  Then one day, I heard the Gospel being preached and everything changed for me.  For the first time, the Holy Spirit moved me and allowed me to open my heart and really listen to the Good News about Jesus Christ.  That day, as I listened to those words, I gave my life to Christ.  That day, I was saved.  Fortunately, the story does not end there, because after that day something very interesting has happened for me.  I have come to realize that those “signs” I spent so much time looking for and never finding before I was saved are now all around me.  I see the signs of God’s presence every single day.  I see them in His Word.  I see them in the beauty of nature.  I see them in the changes He has made in me to make me a better husband, father, and man.  I feel God’s overwhelming presence as I watch the children of our church worshiping Him with all their hearts on stage.  I feel His presence as I watch people being baptized.  I feel His presence as I witness people give their lives to Christ in response to hearing the Gospel.  If you have been waiting for a sign, listen to the words of Jesus from John 20:27 when He told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.”  You may never find a “sign” in this life that makes you believe, but I guarantee that if you choose to believe, you will find more “signs” of His presence than you can possibly imagine.

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Finding Rest


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 28,29; Psalm 109; Matthew 11

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 11:28-30

 

As we go through life, we will receive many invitations.  We will receive invitations to weddings, graduations, and funerals, and we will be invited to dinners, parties, and to sporting events.  In today’s key passage, we see one of the greatest invitations anyone will ever receive.  The invitation comes from our Lord Jesus Christ, and it is addressed to each and every one of us on this planet.  In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  There are times in our lives when we all feel like we just need to rest.  When the world seems to be crashing down around us or when we feel weary from our journey, we long for rest, and Jesus invites us to turn to Him.

Jesus offers us two different types of rest.  The first is rest from sin.  Each one of us has sinned in our lives.  While most of us have not robbed banks or killed people, we have still fallen short of God’s ideal.  We have been unreasonably angry.  We have been disobedient.  We have had bad attitudes.  We have not done things we knew we should have done.  We have done things we knew we should not have done. We have thought things we should not have thought.  We have all sinned, and with sin, we all have to deal with guilt and punishment.  Fortunately, Jesus offers us a rest from our sin.  On the cross, Jesus made a way for us to relieve the guilt of sin, and it was there where He took the punishment for all of our sins.  He died in our place, but the good news is that He did not stay dead.  He rose from the dead, and He is alive today, and He still says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The second type of rest Jesus offers us is rest from sorrow.  No matter what we might be facing, we can take it to Jesus.  We can leave all of our burdens, issues, and problems at the cross of Christ.  We no longer have to carry them with us.  We do not have to worry.  We do not have to stress.  We do not have to panic.  Through faith in Jesus Christ, we can receive an indescribable peace in our lives.  This peace comes from knowing Him.  It comes from knowing that no matter what we have done or what we will do He will still love us.  It comes from knowing that no matter what we face in this life, we will find a perfect peace in the next life.

Jesus has sent us a glorious invitation.  He has offered to exchange all of our sins and transgressions for His perfect righteousness.  He has offered to bring us an undeniable peace in every situation.  He has offered us rest.  Sometimes when we receive an invitation in the mail and we are not sure whether we are going to attend the event, we leave the invitation sitting on the counter until we make a decision.  I pray that you will not wait to accept this invitation.  I pray that you will RSVP to Jesus today.  I pray that you will come to Him.  I pray that you will find rest.

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Freely You Have Received, Freely Give


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 27; Psalm 141; 1 Chronicles 9; Matthew 10

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 10:5-10

 

In today’s key passage, Jesus is getting ready to send His disciples out into the world for the first time on their own.  He has spent time with them and He has trained them, and now He is sending them to reach others.  He tells them to go to the “lost sheep of Israel” and preach the message that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.  He gives them the power they will need to heal the sick, raise the dead, and drive out demons.  Just before they leave, Jesus gives the disciples a principle that they should use to guide their actions as they go from town to town preaching His message to others.  He tells them, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Vs. 8)  When I first read this verse, my first reaction was that Jesus was talking about generous giving.  God gives us so much in this life and blesses us in so many ways, that the very least we can do is share that wealth with others by freely giving of our time, money, and possessions to help others.  While this is obviously sound advice and something that we should all practice in our lives, the more I read this passage today the more I started to believe that Jesus was talking about a lot more than just material goods.

As I sat quietly today talking with God and thinking about this passage, I tried to focus on all the different things we have received from Him.  The more I meditated on it, the longer the list became, so I began to write down some of the things we freely receive from God that we can freely give.  Below are some of the items on my list:

  • Freely we have received His grace and mercy, and freely we should extend that grace and mercy to others.
  • Freely we have received His forgiveness of our sins, and freely we should forgive others of their transgressions.
  • Freely we have received His encouragement, and freely we should encourage others.
  • Freely we have received His wisdom, and freely we should share that wisdom with others.
  • Freely we have received His love, and freely we should show that love to others.

Perhaps the most important thing on my list that we have received from God is the Good News about Jesus Christ.  Each of us has been saved by His grace through faith in Jesus, and the fact is that at some point in our lives we learned about our Savior because someone somewhere cared enough about us to share the Gospel with us.  God freely gives us salvation, but in order for people to receive His gift, they have to first hear the Good News.  That is where we come in.  Freely we have received salvation through His Good News, and freely we should share that Good News with others.  I encourage you today to make a list of all the things you have freely received from God that you can freely give to others.

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Dealing with a Fool


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 25, 26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 25:1-38

 

It is funny how sometimes God sends you a passage of Scripture right when you need to hear it most.  On the day I wrote this message, I was on the phone with a man I know quite well.  In the interest of time, I will skip the boring details of our conversation and simply say that we were not seeing eye-to-eye.  We disagreed about a course of action to take, and as our conversation progressed he started to demonstrate his irritation by raising his voice and using some rather course language.  Now, I have to admit that my initial reaction to this was not exactly what it should have been.  I began thinking in the flesh, and the more he talked the more my anger began to burn inside me.  My mind raced with thoughts of “how dare he talk to me this way” and the like, and I noticed that my tone of voice was also beginning to rise.  It is at that point that God stepped in and spoke to my heart that I was not walking down the right path.  I was beginning to respond to rudeness with rudeness, and I immediately had to take a deep breath and say a quick prayer for grace.  A few hours later when I read today’s key passage, I had to just stop and smile at the divine providence of God.

In today’s key passage, David had to deal with a fool.  Please understand that a fool in this context does not have anything to do with mental capacity.  A fool in a Biblical context refers to someone who is foolish in the eyes of God.  David and his men spent a good deal of time and energy protecting Nabal’s possessions, but when David sent some of his men to Nabal to ask for some supplies they were treated with hostility and rudeness.  David’s immediate reaction when he heard the news was to take an army and wipe out Nabal and all of his men.  Along the way, Abigail, Nabal’s wife, stopped David and talked some sense into him.  From their story, we can learn four valuable lessons about dealing with a fool:

  1. We must recognize a fool for what he is.  Abigail gave David good advice to not let Nabal’s foolish actions ruin his testimony for God.
  2. Even if it is our initial reaction, we must refrain from trying to “get even” with the fool.  Abigail makes it clear to David that it would not be right for him to take matters into his own hands to try to get revenge on Nabal.
  3. When in doubt, receive Godly counsel from others.  Fortunately for David, Abigail was willing to try to talk him out of his foolish response, and, perhaps more importantly, David was willing to listen.
  4. Allow God to deal with the problem.  Instead of taking matters into his own hands, David decided to let God deal with Nabal.  In this case, God decided in His infinite wisdom to kill Nabal.  In other cases, He may simply give you the strength and grace needed to deal with the fool in the future.

The Bible is so good at teaching us valuable life lessons through others experiences.  I pray that the next time you have to deal with a “fool”, you will remember this story and apply its principles to your life.

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Jesus Heals


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 24; Psalms 57, 58; 1 Chronicles 8; Matthew 8

Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 8:14-22

There are many different stories in the New Testament about Jesus healing people.  He healed lepers and He healed the blind.  He cured diseases and He raised the dead.  For as many different stories of Jesus healing others, there are almost as many different responses by the people He healed.  Some people went and told others, while others kept quiet.  Some people thanked Him, while others did not.  Some people followed Him, while others simply walked away.  One of my favorite responses occurs in today’s key passage.  Jesus went to Peter’s house and saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.  Jesus, who is always willing to help others, touched her hand and the fever immediately left her.  I want to stop there for a second and really focus on the language.  Note that Jesus did not have to do any special rituals or anything like that – all He had to do was simply touch her, and when He did, she was immediately healed.  She did not start to feel a little better.  She was not healed the next day.  She was immediately and instantaneously healed by the touch of Jesus Christ.  Now here is the part I really like.  Imagine for a second that you are Peter’s mother-in-law.  You are lying there in bed sick with a fever when Jesus walks in, touches your hand, and immediately heals you.  How would you respond to that?  What would you do?  Peter’s mother-in-law has the perfect response, as we read in verse 15, “she got up and began to wait on him.”  She was sick, she was immediately healed by the touch of Jesus Christ, and she immediately began to serve Him.

In Romans 10:9, we read, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  If you have been saved, you have felt the power of the healing touch of Jesus Christ.  Just as He walked into Peter’s house and found his mother-in-law sick in bed, Jesus also found you.  When he found you though, you were not just a little bit ill.  You were not simply lying there with a fever.  The Bible says in Ephesians 2:1 that, “you were dead in your transgressions and sins”.  You were DEAD.  And though you were dead in your sins, “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ”. (Ephesians 2:4-5)  How will you respond to Jesus healing touch?  Will you jump up and immediately start to serve Him?  Will you serve Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?  If you have already been saved, I pray that you will serve the One who healed you with a single touch of your heart, and if you have not been saved, I want you to know that it is not too late.  You too can feel the joy and freedom that comes from Jesus healing touch.

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