Scripture: In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds,search your hearts and be silent. Psalm 4:4 NIV
Scripture: Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? Luke 11:39,40 NIV
Observation: Sin starts deep inside. How easy it is to hide our sin from others and even from ourselves if our outside looks good.
Application: It’s my responsibilty to look within myself and ask the lord to reveal sin hidden in my mind and my heart. This time must be taken in his presence away from the world and it’s distractions.
Prayer: Father, search me deep within and show me the sin I hide behind “my Christian disguise.” Help me lord make my inside full of you…then the beauty others will see will not be mine but yours. Amen
Scripture: I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. Psalm 6:6 NIV
Observation: The Psalmist is experiencing great distress and crying out to the Lord.
Application: King David was in anguish. He was tired and his enemies were many, real enemies that wanted to kill him. I don’t know the exact reason for David’s distress, what exactly was going on at that time in his life, but I do know that when he was at his lowest he turned to the Lord; “…for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.” Psalm 6:8b,9 David turned to the Lord when he was at his lowest and he received comfort. We can see that when it feels like there is no hope, when all is lost, when we are on our last leg, we have but to call on the Lord and He will comfort us and give us the strength to continue.
Prayer: Father, thank you for being my strength. When I’m weak, you are strong for me. Help me to be an encourager to guide others to you for their strength when they are weak. Amen
Scripture: He replied, “You give them something to eat.” Luke 9:13 NIV
Observation: Jesus’ words to the disciples are words to us as well.
Application: Jesus was literally telling his disciples to feed a multitude of townspeople. His words to us are to figuratively feed, “therefore go and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19a. We are to share the word with those in our sphere of influence. We are to mentor young Christians as they grow in their faith. We are to grow in our faith and as we grow we are to guide others to the Lord. We are to lean on the Lord for our strength and teach others to do the same. We are to spread the word, the “good news” of Christ. Go feed the world.
Prayer: Father, help us to carry out our great commission. Help us to feed the world your gosple. Amen
Scripture: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. Luke 6:32 NIV
Observation: We are to love our enemies.
Application: As I write this the local news is on. A story about the killing of Dr. Tiller has just run. This passage speaks to me of the hatred for his enemy which drove Reoder to murder being in direct contrast to the Lord’s teaching. While abortion is wrong–the punishment for that crime is the Lord’s to give, not ours. Our responsibility is to pray for Tiller’s heart change, not ending his life.
Prayer: Father, help me to love those who hate you and me. Amen