He Took Up Our Infirmities, Matthew 8:1-17

‘ He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases,’ verse 17, closes this section and is a reference to a portion of the prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 53 where in verse 4 it says, ‘ Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering.’ These miracles of Jesus foreshadow something greater than physical healing. The physical healing …

Counterfeit Christianity, How to Avoid: Matthew 7:21—29

Counterfeit Christianity might have an outward appearance of the real thing, but it is really just appearance or form theology. Counterfeit Christianity lacks the depth of a relationship with Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. In this passage is the essential difference between religion and Christianity. Religious people stand before Jesus and point at the things they have …

Enter Through the Narrow Gate, Matthew 7:13-20

The narrow gate is one man wide. This is about my relationship with God. If I focus intently on Jesus, I will find the narrow gate. If I look at anything else, I will miss it. I cannot find guidance from popular culture, my social group, family, or even my church. I must decide to reach out to God on …

Ask, Seek, Knock – Matthew 7:7-12

Ask, Seek, Knock must be viewed in context of seeking the kingdom first and an understanding that God will provide what is needed. Read chapter six again. Ask, seek, knock, and he will give me what I need for the day whether that be material, physical, spiritual, or intellectual. At this point in my study, if I ask, seek, knock, …

Judging George Zimmerman

Judging George Zimmerman has been a national pastime for several months. Yesterday’s post relates to this discussion of judging George Zimmerman. Many love judging people in the lime light and press. Judging George Zimmerman remains the norm. I confess that I must remain vigilant myself each day, identifying, rooting out, and confessing judgmental thoughts. This ugly national pastime of judging George Zimmerman …

Judging Others the Way You Want to Be Judged, Matthew 7:1-6

Judging others is wrong I am told. I hear this and I think perhaps I cannot decide what a person has just done is wrong. This passage doesn’t mean I if I see a bad behavior or hear an unkind word or witness a crime, I can’t think it wrong. What I cannot do is make a decision about that …

Do Not Worry – Devotional, Matthew 6:19-34

“Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“The eye is the lamp of the body. …

Done in Secret: A Measure of Belief, Devotional Matthew 6:1-18

‘ Done in secret’ sometimes has a seedy connotation, but for three things that are considered measures of spirituality, Jesus says that how these things are done in secret is the measure of his reward. He emphasizes that what is important is my relationship with him not how I am viewed by others. Jesus wants me to focus on him, …