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Salt and Light

Scripture reading for July 22nd: 2nd Kings 4-6, Matthew 5

Matthew 5: 13-16 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the World. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.”

Jesus began to teach His disciples and followers about their identity as designed by God. He used familiar examples of salt and light to help those in darkness of sin understand God’s plan for their lives. Jesus had earlier demonstrated God’s plan to salt the earth’s people with miracles of healing and deliverance and to bring light to those in Satan’s darkness of sin. Each human life is to be like salt–adding God’s “flavor” to their surroundings. Each person is to bear the light of God’s life wherever they are in this world. God’s light shines through us in the good works we do in response to God’s goodness and the infilling Holy Spirit. Christ’s disciples were to be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ bringing glory to Father God!

Matthew 5:43-45 “”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father Who is in heaven.””

Prayer: Father God, I often find it hard to believe that my life can be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ to those around me. Fill me again with Your Holy Spirit and bring out the preserving and flavoring ‘salt’ of Your love and goodness. Flood my inner man with Your Word which is a light to my path and brings light to the World. Help me to love my enemies and pray for those who would persecute me and Your followers. Amen!

2nd Kings 5:13-14 “So he (Naaman the Syrian with leprosy) turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you: will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash and be clean’?” So he went and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the Word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

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Displaying God’s Works!

Scripture reading for November 3rd: John 9

Key Scriptures: John 9:1-5 “As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him Who sent Me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

When the lights are turned on, everything in the room becomes visible! When Jesus came into the world, He came as the “Light of the World,” to illuminate the darkness over men’s souls and reveal His Father’s glory Jesus used this man that was born blind to illustrate for His disciples and us how God’s heart to bring light into this dark world works. Jesus performed a creative miracle, making some mud from dirt and saliva, and putting it on the man’s blind eyes. He was told to wash in the pool of Siloam and when he did, he was healed and light flooded his life! The Pharisees and religious leaders got upset over this miracle because it was done on the Sabbath. They called the formerly blind man in and questioned him and his parents, seeking to discredit Jesus and the miracle. The darkness over their own souls was visible!

John 9:39-41 “Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near Him heard these things, and said to Him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt, but now that you say, ‘We see’ your guilt remains.””

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for displaying the works of healing, miracles, and forgiveness of our sins that we may have light in the darkness of our sinful souls. Thank You for Jesus, the Light of the World! May His light in me illumine every area of my heart and shine out to illuminate the darkness of others who are blind to Your grace and love.

John 9:25 “So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God; We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

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Light for God’s Work

Scripture reading for November 3rd: Ezekiel 25-27; Psalm 85; John 9

Key Scriptures: John 9:1-5 “As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.””

A common misconception in Jesus’ day was that if a person was sick or had deformities that it was the result of sin. Either they sinned or their parents sinned and the deformity was a result. Jesus spoke plainly to this misunderstanding. It was not the result of sin in the person or in the parents lives, but that God might display His works of healing and restoration in his life. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and He stated that He and His disciples must be about the Father’s work as long as it was day. Jesus is the Light of the world. Light overcomes darkness.

Psalm 85:6-7 “Will you not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You. Show us Your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for showing us Your steadfast love through Your mercy and compassion on the blind and feeble. Empower me to work in Your light while it is still day. A day of wrath is coming when no more work can be done.

Ezekiel 25:17 “I will execute vengeance on them (the Philistines) with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay My vengeance upon them.”

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Keeping God’s Word!

Scripture reading for April 20th:  2nd Samuel 14-16, John 12

Key Scriptures:  John 12:46-48  “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness.  If anyone hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.  The one who rejects Me and does not receive My words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”  

Jesus made it clear to His followers that He had a mission of salvation.  He came as the Light of the world, bringing revelation of the will and word of God.  The word of God that He spoke would save those that believed and bring judgment on those who rejected Him and His word.

2nd Samuel 15:21 “But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the light of revelation.  I believe Your word!  Help me to cling to You and follow Your leading today. Amen.

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The Lord of “Break-through”

Scripture reading for April 17th:  2nd Samuel 3-6, John 9

Key Scriptures: 2nd Samuel 5:19-20  “And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines?  Will You give them into my hand?”  And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”  And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.””

King David was victorious when he inquired of the Lord and carefully obeyed His instructions.  David also gave God the credit for the victory.  He proclaimed this victory as the “Lord breaking through my enemies like a breaking flood.”  

John 9:24-25 “So for the second time they (the Pharisees) called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God.  We know that this man (Jesus) is a sinner.”  He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for breaking through against all Your enemies and bringing light to a darkened world.  Enable me to walk in Your light today and reflect it to this dark world. Amen.

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The Light of the World

Scripture reading for April 16th:  1st Samuel 31, 2nd Samuel 1-2, John 8

Key Scriptures: John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:28-29 “So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but speak just as the father taught Me.  And He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” 

2nd Samuel 2:1, 4  “After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?”  And the Lord said to him, “Go up.”  David said, “To which shall I go up?”  And He said, “To Hebron.”. . . . “And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing Your Son as the Light of the world!  Direct me today as I seek to sincerely follow the path You have laid out for me.  Amen.

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Beware of fearing men!

Scripture reading for April 21st:  John 12

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 12: 42-46  “Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him.  But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.  Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but in the One who sent Me.  When he looks at Me, he sees the One who sent me.  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.”  

Jesus came into the world to bring the light of revelation of the Father to all who would receive Him.  There were some who believed in Him among the leaders of Israel, but for fear of man, they would not confess their faith.  They wanted approval from the leaders more than the approval that came from pleasing God.  Today, this same fear causes many to shrink back from a public commitment to follow Jesus.  They believe in Him, but fear men and desire acceptance more than God’s approval.  Because of this, they stay in darkness and miss the full revelation of light!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers boldly confess their faith in Jesus Christ, loving the approval of God over that of men.  “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”  (Proverbs 29:25)

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“I am the Light of the World”

Scripture reading for April 17th:  John 9

I can only imagine what it would be like to be blind from birth.  Living in a world of darkness and not being able to see family, friends, or the amazing world that God created would be a great loss.  But suddenly having sight after years of living in darkness would make a tremendous impact on a blind person’s life!  Jesus gave this opportunity to a man he encountered.

Encountering the man born blind, the disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.  As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  (John 9:2-5)  Jesus taught that in this particular case, sin was not a cause.  God would use this man’s blindness to display His glory to open eyes to His Son.

Jesus made some mud and placed it on the man’s eyes and told him to wash in the Pool of Siloam.  As he obeyed, he was restored to sight.  This caused the Pharisees to question him and then his parents.  They had trouble believing because Jesus restored this man on the Sabbath!  They condemned the man and cast him out of the temple for claiming that Jesus was from God!

There is a deep darkness over all mankind because of sin.  Jesus alone is the light of the world.  When we acknowledge Jesus is the Son of God we can see the light of His life!  Have you had your world lit up?

 

 

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Who sinned?

Scripture reading for May 17th: John 9:1-41

The entire ninth chapter of John’s Gospel is dedicated to the story of a man blind from birth who was healed by Jesus.  This man’s condition initially brought a question from the disciples, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.  As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me.  Night is coming when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:2-5)

Jesus said that in this instance, that the sins of this man and the parents did not enter into the cause of his condition.  The common thinking of that day was that deformity or disability was caused by sin somehow and that God was punishing that person through that infirmity.  Jesus simply stated that this condition was not to be judged, but that it was an opportunity to display God’s work of healing and restoration in his life.  Every day we have here on earth should be an opportunity to glorify Jesus and do the work of reaching hurting people before darkness stops the work!

Jesus proceeded to spit on the ground and made some mud and put it on the man’s eyes.  Some feel that this was a creative miracle in that Jesus here modeled the creation account.  (Genesis 2:7)  The man was told to go and wash in the pool of Siloam and he came back seeing!

This miracle caused much discussion in the community and the Temple with the religious leaders.  They couldn’t believe that this was the man who sat and begged for years.  The man recounted how Jesus did the miracle but the religious leaders were upset because it was a Sabbath when the healing took place.  They insisted that Jesus could not be from God because of this!  (John 9:16)  Still others insisted that this Jesus must be a prophet, because no sinner could do these miracles.

Reasoning and argument will not solve the dilemma!  “One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see.” (John 9:25)  This man quit arguing and placed his trust in Jesus!  (John 9:38)  Isn’t it time for you to do the same?

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Believe–or die in your sins!

Scripture reading for May 15th: John 8:21-31

Jesus had plainly told the crowd at the temple that He was the light of the world and that anyone who would follow Him would never walk in darkness but would have the light of life.  (John 8:12)  He also told them that He was going away and that where He was going, they could not follow.  He was speaking of returning to His Father and the glory of heaven and they were unable to understand.  Some Jews in the crowd even speculated that Jesus was going to kill himself.  (John 8:22)

Jesus is the Light of this dark world and faith in Him comes from hearing and believing His word.  (Romans 10:17) The greatest darkness does not come from a lack of natural light, but from sin’s darkness in our soul.  The light of life shines in this darkness in the person of Jesus Christ and we must settle the question of who this Man is!

“But He (Jesus) continued, “You are from below; I am from above.  You are of this world; I am not of this world.  I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24)  Jesus plainly stated that He was from above and all other men were from below.  He told them that sin would bring death unless they believed that He was who He claimed to be. In the Greek, Jesus had told them He was “I AM”, claiming to be God!

This brought another questioning of Jesus.  Who was He?  Jesus told them that He was just what He had claimed to be all along.  He was the Son of the Father who had sent Him.  He was their true judge, who was trustworthy and reliable because He was the Son of God.  He was the Light of the world that was available for men in the darkness of sin to follow.

They did not understand or would not understand. “So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be], and that I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” (John 8:28-30)  The crucifixion and resurrection would bring revelation!  Have you received the Light?

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