What More Do You Need?

Saturday, January 15, 2022

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Jonah-Evidence

38 Later a few religion scholars and Pharisees cornered him. “Teacher, we want to see your credentials. Give us some hard evidence that God is in this. How about a miracle?”

39-40 Jesus said, “You’re looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. The only proof you’re going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. Like Jonah, three days and nights in the fish’s belly, the Son of Man will be gone three days and nights in a deep grave.

41-42 “On Judgment Day, the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about ‘proofs.’ On Judgment Day, the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that will condemn this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon’s is right in front of you, and you quibble over ‘evidence.’

-Matthew 12:38-42 The Message

The Desire for Signs

Verse 38: Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

Verse 39: But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves a sign; so no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet;

Verse 40: for just as Jonah was in the stomach of the sea monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights

Verses 38-40 studies: The Pharisees were asking for another miraculous sign, but they were not looking to know Jesus. Jesus already knew that they saw enough miracles and proof to convince them that he was the Messiah. But the Pharisees wouldn’t open their hearts. They decided they weren’t going to believe him, and more miracles wouldn’t change that.

People have said, “If I could see a miracle, I would believe in God.” Jesus’ response to the Pharisees applies to us. The evidence we have to believe Jesus is the Messiah is Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, ascension, and centuries of his work in believers around the world. We shouldn’t look for additional evidence or miracles, let us accept what God has already given and move on. He may use your life as evidence to reach another person.

Verse 41: The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

Verses 39-41 studies: Jonah was a prophet sent to the Assyrian city of Nineveh (see the book of Jonah for more). Assyria was a cruel, warlike nation, Jonah tried to run away from his assignment and ended up in the belly of a huge fish. When he did get out, he grudgingly went to the Nineveh, preached God’s message, and saw the city repent. Jesus is clearly saying that his resurrection will prove he is the Messiah. Three days after his death, Jesus will come back to life, just as Jonah will come back to life, just as Jonah was given a new chance of life after three days in the fish.

Verse 42: The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Verses 41-42 studies: In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian empire, and it was as powerful as it was evil (Jonah 1:2). The whole city repented at Jonah’s preaching. The Queen of the South aka Queen of Sheba traveled far to see Solomon, the king of Israel and learned about his great wisdom (1 Kings 10:1-10). The Gentiles knew the truth about God when it was presented to them, unlike the religious leaders who ignored the truth even though it stared at them right in the face. Have you responded to the evidence and truth that you have?

Cross References

12:38

Matthew 16:1; Mark 8:11, 12; Luke 11:16; John 2:18; 6:30; 1 Corinthians 1:22

12:39

Luke 11:29-32; Matthew 16:4

12:40

Jonah 1:17; Matthew 8:20; Matthew 16:21

12:41

Jonah 1:2; Jonah 3:5; Matthew 12:6, 42

12:42

1 Kings 10:1; 2 Chronicles 9:1; Matthew 12:6, 41

Father, what more do anybody need to believe in you? Indeed, most people won’t believe in you unless they see miracles. The problem is, they see miracles, but they don’t see them in front of them. I pray that as we teach others, they think back on miracles they have seen and realize it is your work. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Heart of Words

Friday, January 14, 2022

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33 “If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.

34-37 “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

-Matthew 12:33-37 The Message

Words Reveal Character

Verse 33: “Either assumes the tree to be good as well as its fruit good, or assume the tree to be bad as well as its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.

 Verse 34: You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, express any good things? For the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart.

Verse 35: The good person brings out of his good treasure good things; the evil person brings out of his evil treasure evil things.

Verse 36: But I tell you that for every careless word that people speak, they will give an account of it on the day of judgment.

Verses 34-36 studies: Jesus reminds us what we say comes from the heart. Do you have any kind words from your heart? Your words are what your heart is. You can’t solve your heart’s problems, but you can speak in good words. Let the Holy Spirit fill you with new attitudes and motives, then your words will be cleansed as their source.

Verse 37: For by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.”

Cross References

12:33

Matthew 7:16-18; Luke 6:43, 44; John 15:4-7

12:34

Matthew 3:7; 23:33; Luke 3:7; Luke 6:45; Ephesians 4:29

12:35

Matthew 13:52; Colossians 4:6

12:36

Matthew 10:15

I ask myself the question every day are my words meaningful? I have to admit that it is not always pleasurable. I’m a little too bold, not in sharing your word, but bold as in telling people what they need to hear. I’m not bold enough to talk to people about you as much as I should be. My words would not be comforting when I’m confronted with a non-believer. Father, I pray I can be better at my words. Let us all be that way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Follow Him or Don’t

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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28-29 “But if it’s by God’s power that I am sending the evil spirits packing, then God’s kingdom is here for sure. How in the world do you think it’s possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out.

30 “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.

31-32 “There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God’s Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.

-Matthew 12:28-32 The Message

Verse 28: But if I cast out the demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Verse 29: Or, how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

Verse 29 study: When Jesus was born, Satan’s powers and control were disrupted. Remember that Jesus outpowered the devil’s temptation in the wilderness when he was fasting, and he defeated Satan’s main weapon, death. Jesus was resurrected. Satan will be constrained forever according to Revelations 20:10, and evil will no longer rule the earth. Jesus has complete power and authority over Satan and his forces.

The Unpardonable Sin

Verse 30: The one who is not with Me is against Me; the one who does not gather with Me scatters.

Verse 30 study: When you are deciding to join Christ, you can’t be neutral. Those who don’t actively follow Christ are rejecting him. Anybody who wants to remain neutral in the struggle of good against evil is choosing to be separate from God, who is alone is good. To refuse to follow Christ to choose to be on Satan’s team.

Verse 31: “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.

Verse 32: And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

Verses 31-32 studies: The Pharisees blasphemed against the Spirit by attributing the power by which Christ did miracles to Satan (12:24) instead of the Holy Spirit. This unpardonable sin is one of many ways of refusing to acknowledge God’s power in Christ. This shows no reverse and hardness of the heart. Sometimes, followers worry they have accidentally committed this unforgivable sin. Only those who turned their backs on God and rejected faith have any need to worry. Jesus said they can’t be forgiven, but it is not because the sin is worse than any other, but because they never asked for forgiveness. Whoever rejects the attention of the Holy Spirit removes themselves from the only force that can lead them to repentance and restoration to God.

Cross References

12:28

1 John 3:8

12:30

Mark 9:40; Luke 9:50; 11:23

12:31

Luke 12:10

12:32

Luke 12:10; Matthew 13:22, 39; Mark 10:30; Luke 16:8; 18:30; 20:34, 35

Father, every day, we go through some sort of doubt, even in you. Will you ever come through? Why am I going through this situation? We may not understand that you are preparing for us to be better and ready for the future. Let us open our hearts to be prepared. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jesus Under Satan’s Spell?

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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No Neutral Ground

22-23 Next, a poor demon-afflicted wretch, both blind and deaf, was set down before him. Jesus healed him, gave him his sight and hearing. The people who saw it were impressed—”This has to be the Son of David!”

24 But the Pharisees, when they heard the report, were cynical. “Black magic,” they said. “Some devil trick he’s pulled from his sleeve.”

25-27 Jesus confronted their slander. “A judge who gives opposite verdicts on the same person cancels himself out; a family that’s in a constant squabble disintegrates; if Satan banishes Satan, is there any Satan left? If you’re slinging devil mud at me, calling me a devil kicking out devils, doesn’t the same mud stick to your own exorcists?

-Matthew 12:22-27 The Message

The Pharisees Rebuked

Verse 22: Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to speak was brought to Jesus, and He healed him so that the man who was unable to speak talked and could see.

Verse 23: And all the crowds were amazed and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”

Verse 24: But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.”

Verse 24 study: In chapter 9, verse 34, the Pharisees already accused Jesus of being in league with the ruler of the demon. They were trying to discredit Jesus by using an emotional argument. When they refused to believe that Jesus came from God, they also said that Jesus was in league with Satan. Jesus exposed their foolish arguments easily.

Verse 25: And knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will stand.

Verse 25 study: Jesus gave up his unlimited supernatural abilities in the incarnation. He still had profound insight into human nature. His discernment stopped the religious leaders’ attempts to trick him. We can speak to resurrected Jesus in ways we don’t realize because he knows our thoughts, so we communicate better than we believe. It is comforting to know that he knows what we really mean when we speak to him. But, it is also threatening because we can’t hide, so he knows our selfish motives.

Verse 26: And if Satan is casting out Satan, he has become divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?

Verse 27: And if by Beelzebul I cast out the demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges.

Cross References

12:22

Luke 11:14, 15; Matthew 9:32, 34; Matthew 4:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9

12:23

Matthew 9:27

12:24

Matthew 9:34

12:25

Luke 11:17-22; Matthew 9:4

12:26

Matthew 4:10; 13:19

12:27

Matthew 9:34; Acts 19:13

Father, how religious leaders thought of Jesus being under Satan’s power is how non-believers feel about following you. Non-believers need our help, whether they admit it or not. I can’t imagine that their lives are not as great without you in them. So, I pray for Father today to be a shining example to non-believers worldwide. Let our light speak for us instead of our words. That is powerful than speaking words to those who refuse to listen. They can’t avoid looking. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Follow Jesus!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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In Charge of Everything

15-21 Jesus, knowing they were out to get him, moved on. A lot of people followed him, and he healed them all. He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, following guidelines set down by Isaiah:

Look well at my handpicked servant;

    I love him so much; take such delight in him.

I’ve placed my Spirit on him;

    he’ll decree justice to the nations.

But he won’t yell, won’t raise his voice;

    there’ll be no commotion in the streets.

He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings,

    won’t push you into a corner.

Before you know it, his justice will triumph;

    the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even

        among far-off unbelievers.

-Matthew 12:15-21 The Message

Verse 15: But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,

Verse 16: and warned them not to tell who He was.

Verse 15 study: Jesus was aggressively confronting the Pharisees’ hypocrisy. At this point, he decided to withdraw from the synagogue because a major confrontation was about to go down, so it wasn’t Jesus’ time to die. However, Jesus’ mission wasn’t done as he still needed to teach his disciples and people.

Verse 16 study: Jesus knows what he is doing. He told people he healed not to tell others about his miracles. The reason for that is that he didn’t want people going to him for the wrong reasons. Doing so would have hindered his teaching ministry and caused false hopes about the earthly kingdom. But the news did spread fast about Jesus’ miracles; so many people came to see for themselves (Mark 3:7-8).

Verse 17: This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled:

Verse 18: “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;

My Beloved in whom My soul delights;

I will put My Spirit upon Him,

And He will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.

Verse 19: He will not quarrel, nor cry out;

Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.

Verse 20: A bent reed He will not break off,

And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish,

Until He leads justice to victory.

Verse 21: And in His name, the Gentiles will hope.”

Verses 17-21 studies: People expected the Messiah to be a king. The quotation came from Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 42:1-4. That passage showed he is a king, but it also showed what kind of king he is; a gentle, quiet ruler who brings justice to the nations. Like the crowd in Jesus’ day, we may want Christ to rule as our king and bring many victories in our lives. But, Christ’s work is quiet, and it happens according to His perfect timing, not ours.

Cross References

12:15

Matthew 4:23

12:16

Matthew 8:4; 9:30; 17:9

12:18

Isaiah 42:1; Matthew 3:17; 17:5; Luke 4:18; John 3:34

12:19

Isaiah 42:2

12:20

Isaiah 42:3

12:21

Romans 15:12

Father, like in the passage we just read, crowds followed Jesus. We have crowds following Jesus, but not enough. People are following the wrong people. I pray for our sense of direction as a country. Let us go back to the fundamentals of life; you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Healing of the Withered Hand

Monday, January 10, 2022

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11-14 He replied, “Is there a person here who, finding one of your lambs fallen into a ravine, wouldn’t, even though it was a Sabbath, pull it out? Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!” Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out, and it was healed. The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus.

-Matthew 12:11-14 The Message

Verse 11: But He said to them, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?

Verse 12: How much more valuable then is a person than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Verse 13: Then He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.

Verse 14: But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him as to how they might destroy Him.

Verses 10-12 studies: The Pharisees placed their law above human need. The situation showed that Jesus performed a miracle, and the miracle he performed was to a man with a withered hand. Which did the Pharisees care about? They didn’t care about the withered hand; they cared about Jesus possibly breaking the law. So that’s what the Pharisees did, place their law over human need. What’s your attitude toward others? If your convictions don’t allow you to help people, your convictions may not be in line with God’s Word. Don’t allow dogma to blind you to human needs.

Verse 14 study: The Pharisees plotted Jesus’ death because they were angry. Jesus overruled their authority (Luke 6:11) and exposed their evil attitudes in front of a crowd in the synagogue. Jesus showed them that the Pharisees were more loyal to the religious system than God.

Cross References

12:11

Luke 14:5

12:12

Matthew 10:31; Luke 14:1-6

12:13

Matthew 8:3; Acts 28:8

12:14

Matthew 26:4; Mark 14:1; Luke 22:2; John 7:30, 44; 8:59; 10:31, 39; 11:53

All of these miracles should give us hope and reason to believe in you. It should also provide us with reason to share the Word with others. So, father, I pray that we help others when it is time and teach others that wrong your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Study of Laws and Rules vs. Who is Greater!

Sunday, January 9, 2022

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6-8 “There is far more at stake here than religion. If you had any idea what this Scripture meant—‘I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual’—you wouldn’t be nitpicking like this. The Son of Man is no yes-man to the Sabbath; he’s in charge.”

9-10 When Jesus left the field, he entered their meeting place. There was a man there with a crippled hand. They said to Jesus, “Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?” They were baiting him.

-Matthew 12:6-10 The Message

Verse 6: But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.

Verse 6 study: The Pharisees missed the whole purpose of the temple because they were too busy worrying about religious rituals. The purpose of the temple is to bring people closer to God. Jesus Christ is greater than the temple; imagine how better he can get people to God. To say that God is far more important than the created instruments of worship is an understatement. If we are more concerned with the means of worship than with the One we worship, we will miss God as we think we are worshipping him.

Verse 7: But if you had known what this means: ‘I desire compassion, rather than sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

Verse 7 study: Jesus reminded the Pharisees of the words the Jewish people heard time and time again throughout history (1 Samuel 15:22-23; Psalm 40:6-8; Isaiah 1:11-17; Jeremiah 7:21-23; Hosea 6:6). Our attitude that comes from the heart towards God comes first. Then, we can obey and observe religious regulations and rituals.

Lord of the Sabbath

Verse 8: For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Verse 8 study: When Jesus said he was the Lord of the Sabbath, he claimed to be greater than the law and above it. According to the Pharisees, this was heresy. They didn’t think that Jesus created the Sabbath. The Creator is always greater than creation, meaning Jesus had the authority to overrule their traditions and regulations.

Verse 9: Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.

Verse 10: And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might bring charges against Him.

Verse 10 study: As they pointed to the man with the withered hand, the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus by asking him if it was legal to heal on the Sabbath. Their Sabbath rules said that people could be helped if their lives were in danger. As seen in these parables, Jesus did heal on the Sabbath, and none were emergencies. If Jesus had waited another day, he would have submitted to the Pharisees’ authority, showing that their petty rules were equal to God’s law. If he had healed the man on the Sabbath, the Pharisees would have accused Jesus of breaking the rules; his power was not from God. Instead, Jesus made it clear their rules were petty. God is a God of the people, not rules. We all know the best time to reach out to someone; when they need help.

Cross References

12:6

2 Chronicles 6:18; Isaiah 66:1, 2; Matthew 12:41, 42

12:7

Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:13

12:8

Matthew 8:20; 12:32, 40

12:10

Matthew 12:2; Luke 13:14; 14:3; John 5:10, 7:23, 9:16

Father, let us take time to just thank you for all you do for us. Waking us up, food on the table, jobs, health. We are alive and should be thankful. Our task on earth is not done yet, and we continue to work for you every day. Thank you for your love and dedication to us every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Study of the Sabbath

Saturday, January 8, 2022

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In Charge of the Sabbath

12 1-2 One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: “Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!”

3-5 Jesus said, “Really? Didn’t you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests was allowed to eat? And didn’t you ever read in God’s Law that priests carrying out their Temple duties break Sabbath rules all the time, and it’s not held against them?

-Matthew 12:1-5 The Message

Sabbath Questions

12 Verse 1: At that time, Jesus went through on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat.

Verse 2: Now, when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath!”

Verses 1-2 studies: The Pharisees set 39 categories of forbidden actions on the Sabbath, based on God’s law and Jewish custom. Harvesting is one of those prohibited actions on the Sabbath. According to religious leaders, the disciples’ picking harvest by picking wheat and rubbing their hands were harvesting. Jesus and the disciples picked grain because they were hungry, not because they wanted a profit. Therefore, they were not working on the Sabbath. But the Pharisees did not want to see past the law’s technicalities. They did not have compassion, and they were determined to accuse Jesus of breaking the law.

It is important to understand context, and these five verses are an excellent example of why context is essential. Not all situations are the same. So understand the problem, have compassion because you never know why things happen; if they look like they were breaking the law, they may not be. Don’t get caught up in law that it blinds you of the actual situation because it could be you looking for the same empathy when others accuse you.

Verse 3: But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions—

Verse 4: how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?

Verse 4 study: The consecrated bread story is in 1 Samuel 21:1-6. This is the bread that is replaced every week. The old loaves were eaten by priests. The loaves given to David were old loaves that were replaced with fresh ones. Even though the priests were the only ones allowed to eat the bread, God did not punish David because the need for food was important than priestly regulations. Instead, Jesus said, “If you condemn me, you must also condemn David,” which is something the religious leaders would never do without causing an uproar among the people. Jesus wasn’t condoning disobedience to God’s laws; instead, he reminded discernment and compassion in enforcing the laws.

Verse 5: Or have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath, the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?

Verse 5 study: The Ten Commandments prohibit work on the sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11). That’s the letter of the law. The purpose of the Sabbath is to rest and worship God, but the priests were allowed to work to perform sacrifices and conduct worship services. This “Sabbath work” was serving and worshipping God. Jesus always reminded people intent of the law, the meaning behind the letter. The Pharisees had lost their spirit of the law and were rigidly demanding that the letter and interpretation be obeyed.

Cross References

12:1

Deuteronomy 23:25

12:2

Matthew 12:10; Luke 13:14; 14:3; Jon 5:10, 7:23; 9:16

12:4

1 Samuel 21:6

Father, I have an issue when sharing your Word with others. It’s also mentioned in the Bible, and I see it when talking to other believers. They make you look like a scary person like they don’t belong because they are not perfect. There is no empathy for those wanting to know you; instead, it is you are not good enough and constantly keep bringing up sins and past affairs. I pray today that we can enter any situation with love and care and tell the truth with empathy. It is a difference between ignorance and politeness. Let us be polite with love and wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Change Your Attitude!

Monday, August 16, 2021

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I hear the 4:00 am alarm going off. Ugh, I complained, getting out of bed to get my water chugged down for the day. Calories burn goal? Check! Exercise goal? Check! Stand goal? Check! At this point, I needed to wake up as the water didn’t kick in yet. I got ready and was out the door by 5:00 am. I’m still dragging a bit, but I got to the gym and started working out. First thing first, I got on the treadmill, then the bike. Did both of them for 20 minutes. I felt good but in a lot of back pain, mainly my lower back. It goes back to my stomach carrying my back, which is why I’m at the gym in the first place. I burned 1,174 calories and did 42 minutes of exercise. I’m determined to change this attitude of mine. I went home, showered, changed clothes, and sure enough, went into the kitchen and ate everything, including breakfast. I will say that exercise does build up an appetite, but what I’m eating won’t help me. Sure, the breakfast was okay, protein such as sausage, eggs, and hot cereal. The rest of the day, snacking as usual. Food addiction is a growing pain to stop the addiction. It is up to me to change the most challenging addiction in the world for me; food. I accept the challenge!

Encouragement

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Ugh! Here we go again. The 4:00 am alarm going off. I took a minute and had to set something straight with myself. I’m battling two complex issues here. One, the lack of motivation. If I am going to achieve my goals, I have to be more optimistic about it. Ready to get up in the morning, ready to chug down water, and prepared to stretch to start out the day. Basically, I have to turn myself into a morning person. Waking up negatively will not help me. Two, the food addiction. The more I wake up in a lousy mood, unmotivated with no purpose, the more I’ll eat. Depression leads to me eating. That’s why food is an addiction, and motivation is difficult to maintain. I finally got up, stretched, drank my water, read a little bit, and felt good afterward, ready to hit the gym.

There is something about me a lot of people don’t know. I have social anxiety. I went to counseling a couple of times and then stopped because of my fear. I felt judged by my counselor, and that bothered me. So I stopped getting treatment. Going to the gym does not help the situation because it is terrifying. Group chats are difficult for me. Social gatherings such as church bother me. You name it; it probably affects me. Doing things in the morning while everybody is sleeping is essential for me. Reading and exercising is helps me cope with social anxiety a little. But enough to get me out there and get going before everybody else shows up. I got to the gym with very few people there and did the usual treadmill and bicycling. I did 15 minutes on the treadmill and 23 minutes on the cycle. I burned 1,005 calories for the day and did a total of 38 minutes of exercising. I really feel good now; working out the stress, tension, and sweat with my body really got me going. I realize that hard work is not so bad if you allow yourself to do it. I went home and ate breakfast, and showered as usual, but what changed was, I didn’t snack throughout the day. I drank water and waited until dinner to eat. Is this the beginning of the process I’ve been missing?

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/social-phobia

The Study of Heavy Burdens

Friday, January 7, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 01/07/2022 8:00am

27 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

-Matthew 11:27-30 The Message

Verse 27: All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son determines to reveal Him.

Verse 27 study: In the Old Testament, “know” means more than knowledge, implying an intimate relationship. The main core of God the Father and God the Son is communion. It’s Son’s choice for God to reveal himself to that person for anyone else wanting to know God. We are fortunate that Jesus clearly showed us to God, his truth, and how we can understand him.

Verse 28: “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Verse 29: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Verse 30: For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.”

Verses 28-30 studies: Yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to equipment that oxen pull. We may be carrying heavy burdens of sin, excessive demands of religious leaders (23:4; Acts 10:15), oppression and persecution, or wearisome in search of God.

Jesus will free you from all these burdens. His promises are life, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.

Cross References

11:27

Matthew 28:18; John 3:35; 13:3; 17:2; John 7:29; 10:15; 17:25

11:28

Jeremiah 31:25; John 7:37

11:29

John 13:15; Ephesians 4:20; Philippians 2:5 1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6; Jeremiah 6:16

Father, we all have heavy burdens. I can’t sit here and lie; I have a lot of heavy burdens, especially things you are against, and it haunts me every day. I pray for understanding and love for these heavy burdens many of us carry. I’m sure I can relate to anybody having heavy loads. Let it be treated with empathy and understanding, and find the root cause instead of slandering others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.