Looking for Jesus

Today’s Date: February 05 , 2010

Where’s Jesus?

Reading: Exodus 21:22-23:13, Matt 24:1-28, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 7:6-23

Blackaby: Mark 1:36 Seeking Jesus

S – Scripture:

And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. (Mark 1:36)

O – Observation:

Blackaby’s devotion today, “Seeking Jesus” is key to one of my favorite scriptures which is Mt 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and he will make your path straight.”  In Blackaby’s devotion he talks about how Simon Peter didn’t always say or do the right things, yet he was always seeking after Jesus.

Read it here for yourself:

Simon Peter is well known to us for his foolish, extemporaneous statements throughout the Gospels (Matt. 16:22; 17:4; 26:33). But Peter was always seeking after Jesus. Peter followed Jesus from afar during the night of Jesus’ crucifixion (Matt. 26:58). Peter ran to the tomb when he heard Jesus had risen (Luke 24:12). Peter swam in the sea in his haste to get to Jesus (John 21:7) and even walked on water in order to join Jesus (Matt. 14:29).

Whenever we see Peter coming to Jesus he is always accompanied by others. Because Peter was seeking Jesus, others sought Him too. What are you known for by those who know you best? Do they see you searching for fame, power, success, or happiness? Are you known as a person who seeks after Jesus? God promises: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

Did you begin today intent on encountering Jesus? Is your search for Him halfhearted, or are you seeking Him with all your heart? Have others grown closer to Jesus because they followed your example and sought Jesus? If your heart is set on pursuing Jesus, you will always find Him. “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come” (Rev. 22:17).

You’ll notice that often times I will comment on another devotion while reading my One Year Bible, as the additional devotions can always be used in my SOAP.  The time I spend “Seeking Jesus” is not only what I write or don’t write but how I spend the time in his Word, reflecting upon what I have read, thinking about how to apply at least one verse to my life, and prayer.

A – Application:

I will remember Simon Peter and his search for Jesus when I read these scriptures and remember that I am not perfect, never claimed to be, yet I can continue to seek Jesus even when I make mistakes I know I can go to the Father for guidance and be redirected.

As the scripture says, Jeremiah 29:13 (see above)

If you’re “seeking Jesus” and you’d like to know Him as your Lord and find the peace that only God can give, click on the link under “Blog roll” that says, “How to know God.”

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your love and mercy. Forgive me for my sins. Help me to continually be seeking you in all things and to bring others with me. In Jesus name, amen.

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All Things Possible

With God All Things are Possible


Reading: Exodus 8-9:35, Matt 19:13-30, Psalm 24:1-10, Proverbs 6:1-5

S – Scripture:

Matt 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

O – Observation:

The story of the rich man wanting to know what he needed to do to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus told him that he would need to obey all the commandments. In addition to that, Jesus told the rich man to go and sell all his possessions and give to the poor so that his treasure would be in heaven. Jesus said that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. The disciples said, “who than can be save?” Mt 19:25 Jesus replied in v 26 that “with man this is impossible, but with God all thing are possible.”

A – Application:

In much of our lives we are lead to believe that if we work hard – we will and can achieve everything and anything we put our mind to.  Its’ interesting to know that we often don’t go to God until we feel that we have tried all we could and our last resort is God. Yet – all along, God wanted us to go to him first.

Here’s an excerpt from SeekGod.org

(Mark 12:30 NKJV) ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. The more we come to know God, the more we come to know love, because God is Love. The more realization and awareness we have of God’s love for us the more we will love Him. (1 John 4:19 NKJV) We love Him because He first loved us.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for accepting me as I am. Mold me, and shape me, even when I needed to be a cracked clay pot, pounded back into dust of the earth, only to have you add water, mold and shape me again, and fire me in the kiln to build strength back into my character – Lord help me to endure all that comes my way. Help me to know and do your will. In Jesus name, amen.

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Today’s Date:  January 29, 2010

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Blessings Under Fire

Today’s Date: Jan 5, 2010

Reading: Gen 11 – 13:4, Matt 5:1-26, Psalm 5:1-12, Proverbs 1:24-28 NLT

Title: Blessings Under Fire

S – Scripture: Mt 5:11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. v12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven…”

O – Observation: Matthew 5:1-10 recalls that Jesus saw crowds gathering and went up to the mountainside and sat down. Then his disciples gathered around him and he began to teach them (the blessings of God). There are many times in our life that we will be judged. No one promised that when we gave our hearts to the Lord and accepted him as our Lord and Savior that our lives would be at peace and we wouldn’t have any problems. Accepting Christ is a choice, God gave us free-will. With that said, it’s a challenge to have people mock us for being Christ followers. v11 says that “God blesses you” when people do bad things against you, just because you are a Christian! Then he says we are to be happy about it? Yes, that’s what it says, yet we all know it’s not as easy done as it is written. Many Christians are persecuted by their own family and friends, some are disowned and some killed. What can we do in situations like these?

A – Application: There’s no one simple answer for me. However I am fortunate that I live in a country that allows me to freely worship Jesus Christ. I see the mocking and persecution affecting me in several ways – verbally, physically, and spiritually. Words, I could ignore. Lies, I would want to defend my honor. Physical attack, I would want to self-defend. These can all contribute to what the devil really wants, which is the fight for us to turn away from God. Living the ways of the world is easy compared to living a life based on Biblical Worldviews (See Truth Project links below)*. This is why some people go back to the ways of the world, and worse yet live a façade, giving the impression to people that they are Christian but they make life choices, often behind closed doors, that are easier for them, and are what the bible calls, “lukewarm”, however God would rather we be one or the other, not both. The reason I have continued to choose Jesus is that I know my reward is in heaven. This is my calling. I have been chosen as one of the King’s kids. The bible says that I am not to retaliate, vengeance is his, says the Lord. Mt. 5:16 says that “I should let my good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise my heavenly Father.” I need to watch my words and actions as they reflect who I am as a follower of Jesus.

P – Prayer: Father, thank you for choosing me to be one of your followers. I want to know you and do your will. Help me to turn the other cheek, to live by Biblical values and truths*, and never be ‘lukewarm’ in my walk with you. Help those who have chosen to follow you and are being persecuted for their faith. Protect, guide, and strengthen those of us who know your Truth yet are challenged by the world to seek ourselves instead of Mt. 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

I pray Romans 12:2 – God’ will – I strive to, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

*The Truth Project, Biblical Worldview, What is WorldviewDr. Del Tackett

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