Deut 7:6 “For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own treasure.” We are His treasure! We are costly and precious to Him!
Vs 8: “…it was simply that the Lord loves you,… that is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery…” This alone could be my testimony…no other words needed!
Vs 9: “Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”
Deut 16:17 “All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.” There is no “set” giving. We are each called to give based on how we have been blessed. I want to do/give/bless because God has blessed us so abundantly. My goal for our life is to be completely debt-free so we can live truly financially open and ready for God’s use.
Lk 8:4-21 Parable of the Sower. Lesson for me? Just keep sowing seed. Not everyone is ready to hear about God. I just have to keep following God, doing what He wants of me and those He needs me to touch will be touched!
Vs 8b:”Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Jesus speaking my word…LISTEN…to me! Lord, help me to listen…to truly hear what You have for me and apply it to my life.
Vs 25: Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” Where is my faith? Where is our faith? Going through trials (storms)…being challenged…discouraged…where is my faith?! Do I truly trust in the One that calms the storm to carry me through safely?
Vs 37: “And all the people in the region of Geresanes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them.” After the healing of the demoniac. Why were they so fearful? Was it just the unknown? Of seeing the change they couldn’t explain? Or was it fear caused by a prevalent lifestyle in that town that feared the holiness of Christ?!
Vs 39: “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him. YES!! Be a witness where we are!
Lk 9:17 They all ate as much as they wanted and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! 1) There is never not enough God to go around! There is always enough blessing! Our getting blessed doesn’t remove the ability of others to be blessed and vice versa. 2) When we give what little we have to God, He blesses it and in turn uses it for His purposes. 12 baskets of leftovers? Why? One for each “doubting” disciple? Or maybe to allow them to continue being a blessing? It doesn’t say what happened to the leftovers so perhaps Jesus provided a way for each disciple to give out a blessing to someone (widows, orphans, family…) in need?
Vs 23: Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” DAILY!! It’s a daily decision!
Ps 73:2 “But as for me I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.” ALMOST!!! Praise God for stopping it at the almost! For not allowing me to totally slip, fall and be doomed!
Vs 15: “If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to you people.”
“I wondered if the life of faith was worth the cost. Of course, I never shared my doubts and misgivings with other believers. I knew better than to do that! I often thought of the man who said, ‘Tell me of your certainties; I have doubts enough of my own.’ So I kept all my doubts to myself, lest I should offend or stumble some simple, trusting soul.” -Believer’s Bible Commentary
Prov 12:4 “A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.” Help me to be a worthy wife, Lord. Help me to lie in a way where he feels like a king just for being with me-where I am his crown rather than a cancer to his life.