Verse Meditation: Luke 7.18

A Faith Fight “And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Luke 7.19 NKJV). John the Baptist was the Voice in the Wilderness, preparing the way for Jesus. Very quickly when John was still only about 30 years old, his earth-shaking ministry was over. He was sent to prison, and midway through Jesus’ 3 year ministry, he was beheaded by King Herod. He fulfilled his purpose of being the “voice” for Jesus, but his ministry of faith was still being tested. While in Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Luke 4.22

Confound the Wise “And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4.22 ESV). Jesus went to his hometown of Nazareth and spoke at the synagogue. Although the people marveled at what He said, they still couldn’t see past His normalcy to comprehend His divine. The people relegated Jesus to being simply a carpenter’s Son, and in their own minds they diminished the power of God in His life. God loves to take what seems average and make it amazing because it Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Luke 2.32

Adopted “A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel” (Luke 2.32 NKJV). When Mary and Joseph bring Jesus into the Temple after His birth to dedicate Him to God, two people filled with the Holy Spirit were waiting for Him: Simeon and Anna. Anna spoke of Jesus brining redemption to the Jerusalem, but Simeon’s words were more specific. In his short prophesy, He united a segregated world—divided by Jew and Gentile. The Old Testament chronicled a people beginning with the Hebrew Abraham all the way through his lineage to David and then to Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Mark 15.34

Forsaken “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15.34 KJV). The physical pain of the cross was tremendous. And the fact that Jesus took our sin is incomprehensible. However, the most excruciating aspect about the cross was the fact that Jesus would be forsaken by God. God is holy and can have no part of sin, and because Jesus took the sin of the world, God had to forsake Jesus until Jesus fought for victory over death. Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Mark 10.15

Childlike Faith “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it” (Mark 10.15 NKJV). Parents brought their young children to Jesus, and the disciples rebuked the parents. Undoubtedly, if the parents were bringing Jesus gold, food or accolades, the disciples would have ushered them in. The children were not a welcomed sight and seen as a nuisance rather than a blessing. They needed to be cared for and taught, and they were at a place in life where they had nothing of great value to offer—no Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Mark 3.25

House Divided “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3.25 NKJV). If peace is God’s plan for the Body of Christ, then division is Satan’s main agenda. He does not want God’s people to be united, because only through the hum of harmony can the Church be a light to a dark world. Satan wants to divide not only the Church—he wants to divide peoples, nations, cities, families and marriages. Satan doesn’t care what he uses to pull us a part. He will divide God’s people, throwing any arrow he can get his wryly Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Mark 1.28

Fame “And immediately His fame spread throughout all the regions of Galilee” (Mark 1.28 NKJV). Many people want to be famous, but they may not count the cost of fame. Before Jesus began to speak and work with authority, He fasted 40 days in the wilderness and allowed Himself to be tempted by the Devil. Satan tempted Jesus to work in human selfishness—rather than in accordance to the Holy Sprit—three times. Although these temptations looked different on the outside, the main culprit of each one was disobedience to God and obedience to self. Satan tried to coerce Jesus into defying Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Mark 2.27

Lord Over the Sabbath “Then Jesus said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath’” (Mark 2.27 NLT). The first mention of Sabbath comes after God frees the Israelites from slavery. God requires the Israelites to rest on the seventh day of every week (Exodus 16.23). That Sabbath given in the Old Testament offers us an amazing foreshadowing of the Finished Work of Jesus on the Cross in the New Testament. Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word, Shabbath, which means Day of Atonement. When something is Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Matthew 23.11

The Abundant Servant “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23.11NIV). God’s Kingdom seems upside down, but in actuality, it makes sense when we apply it to real life. Jesus says the greatest will be the one who serves. This doesn’t make sense to us, but when we apply His words to parenthood, we will come to understand. When a baby is born to her mother and father, she is completely helpless. She is unable to feed, clothe or shelter herself. The one who is able to help is the one who has the resources and ability to Continue reading

Verse Meditation: Matthew 21.25-26

Fearing the Mob “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?” They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask us why we didn’t believe John. But if we say it was merely human, we’ll be mobbed because the people believe John was a prophet” (Matthew 21.25-26 NLT). The religious leaders of Jesus’ time were always trying to trap Jesus in His choice of words. When Jesus was teaching in the Temple, they asked Him who gave Him the authority to teach (Matthew 21.23). Jesus can read the Continue reading

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