Good morning! Some days are busier than the day before. Sometimes our ‘to do’ list is accomplished, while other days we rejoice if we are able to complete one or two things on the list. Can you list five things you need to do today? Does it include prayer or reading the Bible? Well, let’s continue our reading in Matthew 10.
BIBLE VERSE – Matthew 10:34-39 NLT
“34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
As I ponder over these verses, I think about the separation between families when a member of the family does not believe in God and/or Jesus. It is a difficult place to be in. However, do not be discouraged. Because, Jesus said these words to also encourage the twelve disciples. They were being prepared for the mission ahead, just as Jesus prepares us.
Sister and brothers, our ability to keep God first will strengthen us and others will watch or/are watching us walk the talk. The enemy’s desire is to tear apart the family, but have faith and keep praying for those family members who do not know Christ, have turned away from Christ, etc. Continue to lead them to Christ, by being an example of His love, grace and mercy. Ask the Lord for discernment as you minister by example.
Are you willing to put God first? ___________
Are you willing to take up the cross and follow Jesus? ______
Father God, thank you for your grace and mercy toward us. Lord, we don’t deserve anything but death, yet you came so that we can live abundantly. Lord, thank you for the abundance. Thank you for reaching out to us at our lowest, still loving us unconditionally. No one is like you. Lord, forgiver of sins, we ask for forgiveness of our sins. Lord, remove the things in and around us that are not of you. Lord, restore our hope and faith in you on a daily basis. Lord, help us to keep you first – above all things. Lord, pierce our hearts and tongues with your sword so that our heart will be saturated with your love and our mouths will confess your truth. Lord be with us today and give us favor on our jobs, on our job searches, in school, with medical appointments, etc. Lord, bring back the lost sheep. Prepare and equip the church to receive them. In Jesus name, amen!
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