Over the last few weeks in the study of Luke, noted was how John the Baptist had a way of relating to those he was speaking to and made it easier for them to understand what they should do as he prepared the way for Christ.
We are never alone in our journey through life. At times it may seem like we are alone but God is with us at all times. In Luke 3, Jesus seemed to be alone but then He began to pray. Then heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. Noticed was that His ministry began after great preparation, prayer, and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray to help others follow the Way. Prayer is our greatest power because we are talking to the ONE who has all the answers. Jesus faced many challenges during His ministry on earth and He used prayer to help fulfill His purpose. He was tested by Satin but remained hopeful and more concerned for God’s glory than His own. He had a desire to carry out God’s plan and used the crisis as a faith builder.
Think of how we can have a sense of release or freedom. One way is receiving assurance through prayer that we need to take action. We then are decisive and take action with all our heart and soul. Through reading God’s Word, study, and prayer, we receive the resources needed to overcome any situation.
Stay in the fight, remain hopeful, and know that we are not alone. Let’s dive deeper into His Word and pray as we journey along the way. I’ll be continuing the study in the book of Luke tomorrow and sharing a few thoughts. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. You can keep up with my spiritual journey by clicking http://wp.me/1ar6D.
Have a great rest of the week my friends! As the journey through God’s Word continues, below are questions for reflection for the study of Luke 5-6 which will help focus some thoughts to share in posts over the next few weeks.
Why are the people gathering around Jesus at the lake? What command does Jesus give Simon or later named Peter? Describe Peter’s response? When faced with responsibility beyond your capabilities, what do you do?
On what basis are the leper and the paralyzed man healed? What social and psychological problems result from the physical problem of leprosy (See Lev. 13:45-46)? What do you do when the pressures mount? Think of how life is changed by the Words of Jesus, our faith, and actions?
Luke 5:27 through 6:1-11
What is the point of the two parables? Can the new be combined with the old? What “patches” do we try to put on our life? Do you allow the Son of man to control your life or do you bind yourself and others by your tradition? Do Christians save or destroy life – doing good or doing nothing?
Jesus chose apostles to take future leadership. What did He do first and what can we learn to help us in assuming leadership roles? What specific actions are commanded? What is the basic principle of these actions? What in your present attitudes and daily living will you change as a result of what you have learned here?
What is required in your life before you can help others? What is the cause and effect relationship in both nature and in us? What do your actions reveal about you?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast