Jesus Calms Storms , Matthew 8:23-27

Jesus Calms Storms, Always Jesus calms storms. Most of the time I read past this section without thinking about it. I read ‘ Jesus calms storms,’ think, ‘okay, well he is God,’ and read on. But today I stopped for a moment after reading it. Does God sleep? Do I think he isn’t aware of what is going on? Like …

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

Do not Worry, A Choice to be Made Before I can follow the command, “Do not worry” or “Take no thought for your life,” I must realign my thinking. Matthew 6:19-34 ESV – 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for …

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 …

The Cost of Following Jesus, Matthew 8:18-22

  Cost of Following Jesus: Matthew 8:18-22 Matthew 8:18-22 ESV – 18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of …

Demon Possessed Men Healed and a Plea to Leave the Region: Matthew 8:28-34

Demon possessed or Jesus? Demon possessed or Jesus? These people later in the chapter appear to prefer the demon possessed. With just a few words, Jesus annihilates their known and familiar. They pleaded with him to leave their region because they were afraid. They feared him more than the demon possessed men he healed. The real God terrified them. With …

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 …

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 …