The study of Genesis was completed last week and I’ve been sharing some thoughts about this study. Now the focus will turn to the book of Luke. I’ve already shared in previous posts about the first 9 chapters of Luke and within are many examples of people who learned how to apply the principles of God to enrich their lives.
Nothing is impossible with God and this stretches our thinking so we are led to new discoveries. In the first 9 chapters of Luke, we had the opportunity to learn from Mary about faith because in the life of Mary, we get an example of someone who listened to the Lord and carried out His instructions to accomplishment. We learned about humility and an understanding that God’s plan is perfect because He knows the past, present and future.
In studying the life of John the Baptist, it was noted how he fulfilled a specific purpose of God. Like John the Baptist, we can strife to prepare the way for Christ in the lives of many. To give people the knowledge and guidance needed to understand the purpose of the life of Christ.
We can honor God by living the way life ought to be lived. Keeping it simple so God can do the amazing part. Just as with Simeon, we can just take the first step in faith knowing the Spirit will build around us the resources needed. Sometimes, we may feel we are faced with responsibilities beyond our capabilities. It is at these times, that we need to give up control and plug into His power. Start each day with God, trust in His plan, and before long the impossible becomes possible.
In the life of Christ, we see the desire to learn as He stayed behind, listened, and asked questions to the teachers at the temple. In the same way, we can search our heart for skills or talents that may be developed. Christ had a mission or purpose. He knew how to use the time he had. His attention was towards that purpose and this is a great lesson for us as we all set out to fulfill the purpose that God has for us.
Living the way Christ teaches is not so much about gaining knowledge but about how to apply our faith in life. God’s word guides us in our relationships, our career, and in everything we do. It protects in storms, provides joy, and gives direction. When Jesus was praying in Luke 3, 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.
Jesus was always hopeful with a desire to carry out God’s plan. He used crisis situations as faith building opportunities. He received assurance through prayer and we can learn to also receive this sense of release or freedom. One way is receiving assurance through prayer. Then we can be decisive and take action with all our heart and soul.
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 12 Apostles. We should desire to know the things we do are right. 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 this believe grows, it is then clearly revealed in our hearts as faith.
In Luke 8, the storm came up and the men feared for their lives. The lesson learned is when crisis situations come up, desire to receive a plan through prayer and execute it with faith. In Luke 9, Jesus distributed the workload to the 12 disciples. They would report back what they had done as Jesus encouraged them to feed the five thousand and they accomplished it together.
Jesus did out of the ordinary things but knew who the credit belonged to. It was like the miracles had happened before and they would happen again. He saw people as having great potential and we can too if we ask in prayer and are excited about helping others as we work as a team.
A follower of Christ is devoted to the purpose of God; a purpose that is greater than self. Let us be proud of this purpose and of what we can contribute to it. The competition we face is between good and evil. It is not between other groups simply because they may be different. Let us appreciate and affirm everybody that is for good.
The word of God planted in a soul with integrity is like seed planted in fertile soil that flourishes into a banner crop. 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 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 .
As the journey through God’s Word continues, below are questions for reflection for the study of Luke 10-11 which will help focus some thoughts to share in posts over the next few weeks.
Do you pray in accordance with verse 2? What facts reveal that Satan has lost his exalted power? How are the disciples privileged? How are you?
What are the law’s requirements for eternal life? Who is your neighbor? How can you be a neighbor to them today? How does Mary and Martha give us a good example to show us which is more appropriate in a given situation so we maintain a balance between worship and service?
On what basis can you approach God? List the main elements of a model prayer? Is there any reason for hesitating to go to God in your time of need? Is time a barrier to God’s answering? How certain is His answer?
What are the responses to Jesus’ miracle? What tremendous claims does Jesus make here? What can you do to guard against the light in you becoming darkness?
How is the attitude of this Pharisee toward Jesus different from most Pharisees? In what ways does your inner life differ from your projected image? How can a discrepancy have a detrimental effect on others?
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