Over the last few weeks in the study of Luke, written about were some thoughts and ideas that we can apply as we journey through life. God has unlimited power and this power is demonstrated in the actions of His Son. When we see and hear that positive results occur, then we become a believer. As our belief grows, it is then clearly revealed in our hearts as faith.
The world can be a confusing place but can be made clear if the proven way is followed. This is the right way and God’s way. The positive information of God’s Word helps us to see more clearly and do things as they ought to be done. The plan of life that Jesus teaches is the proven way that leads to freedom. A couple of weeks ago, the United States honored veterans on Veterans Day. There actions define courage and have paved the way to freedom.
One question we tried to answer over the last few weeks was how can we show the same attitude towards others as Jesus did during His ministry? We can start by seeing potential in others and being motivated to action by deep respect for Jesus as Teacher. With a desire to help others accept His love, let us pray for openness, humility, and a loving attitude.
The word of God planted in a soul with integrity is like seed planted in fertile soil that flourishes into a banner crop. In getting our heart ready to be receptive to God’s Word, find a place and time where there are no distractions. Have a desire to hear from God, escape the distractions of the world, be still, and just listen to God’s voice.
Written about over the last few weeks was how Jesus showed authority over all phenomena. The lesson learned is that we can take in the Word to help us put into practice the teachings of Jesus. We can trust instead of worry and fill each day with obedience, gratitude, and humility. Each day with God, we can be energized by knowing that Christ has authority over all realms; He is before us and within us.
Jesus did out of the ordinary things but knew that the credit belonged to the Father. The miracles happened before and they will happen again. We can just be a part of the crowd or we can reach out and “touch Him” by faith; being recharged with power and new life.
Bible study and prayer should be a top priority in our life. That’s why 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 9 which will help focus some thoughts to share in posts over the next few weeks.
What is the twofold ministry of the twelve? What leadership principles can you learn from this passage? List areas in your life where the demands seem much greater than your supply. What help do you find here?
What are the various opinions of Jesus’ identity? What are the requirements of one who wishes to follow the Christ of God? In what ways will you deny yourself and follow Jesus today? What effect does the transfiguration have on the development of the three disciples’ understanding and character? In what ways has God recently enlarged your understanding of Him? How has this understanding been revealed in your character?
What do the disciples know about Jesus (v. 20)? How does the statement of Jesus in verse 44 contrast with their expectations? In what ways does individual and group pride distort what you and others know about God?
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