Over the last few weeks in the study of Luke, noted were some thoughts and ideas that we can apply today as we journey through life. Some difficulties and adversities seem impossible to overcome but if we give up control and plug into His power it makes a huge difference. Each devotional here at “This Day with God” is designed to start each day with God; trusting in His plan so that before long we are doing what we once thought was impossible.
Applying our faith starts with one step. A step towards teaching, learning, asking, and doing the work God has laid out for us to do. Studied over the last few weeks were some of the miracles of Jesus such as the “Healing of the Leper” and “Healing of the Paralyzed Man”. Each person healed, were strengthened in faith and overflowed with thankfulness because faith in Jesus made their future much better. Our future can also be much better as we are strengthened in faith.
The Gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it that sets us free. Something new always meets some resistance. The new way Jesus taught is all about getting done what God wants done which requires a lot of prayer, the willingness to listen, and the ability to make decisions that we stick to. Our time in prayer should be a time of preparation and planning just as Jesus shows us when making a decision on who would be His twelve Apostles. We should want to know the things we do are leading us in the right direction.
God’s word became flesh and the lessons learned guide us in our relationships, our career, and in everything we do. Living the way Christ teaches is about joyfully offering our time, our attitudes, our energy, and our words to God. It is not so much about knowledge but about how to apply our faith in life and also knowing that when difficulties come, faith will protect, provide joy, and give direction.
I’ll be continuing the study in the book of Luke next week 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 weekend my friends! As the journey through God’s Word continues, below are questions for reflection for the study of Luke 7-8 which will help focus some thoughts to share in posts over the next few weeks.
What does the centurion recognize in Jesus? What extraordinary power does Jesus display at the funeral? How do the people respond to the actions of Jesus?
What is Jesus’ attitude toward John the Baptist? How does Jesus characterize John (See Mal 3:1)? What is Jesus’ attitude toward the poor? How can you honor true wisdom today?
Visualize the scene. How does the scene reveal that Jesus’ ministry is not one-sided? How does Jesus commend the woman’s love but make clear that her love has not saved her? How can you show the same attitude toward others as Jesus did?
Imagine you are a disciple who has left a lucrative fishing business to preach. How do you look on this means of support (vv. 1-3)? What is the purpose of the parable of the sower? How is the word of God like seed? Are you responsible for how you receive the seed? How can you have more insight into the truths of God’s word?
Over what realms does Jesus show authority? Describe the demon-possessed man before encountering Jesus? Describe the demon-possessed man after his encounter with Jesus? How is your faith in Jesus eliminating fear of circumstances, others, and Satan in practical ways?
How do you know that Jesus’ healing is not magic (v. 46)? How are miracles and our faith related? What qualities of Jesus are revealed by his attitudes and actions in this passage? How does the Lord’s knowledge of situations strengthen your faith in his specific commands to 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