Luke 22 … Consider Him, the Fulfillment

“For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And He was numbered with transgressors’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment,” (22:37).

Fulfillment: the act or state of fulfilling

  • to fulfill:
    • to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise
    • to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands
    • to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.)
    • to bring to an end; finish or complete, as a period of time

Consider Him, the Fulfillment

“For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me …for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment,” (22:37).

  • To fulfill: to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise
    • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty,” (John 19:28).
    • For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
  • To fulfill: to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands
    • Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done,” (22:42).
    • Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross, (Philippians 2:8).
  • To fulfill: to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.)
    • For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit, (Romans 8:3-4).
    • And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world, (1 John 2:2).
  • To fulfill: to bring to an end; finish or complete, as a period of time
    • Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit, (John 19:30).
    • For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly, (Romans 5:6).
    •  But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons, (Galatians 4:4).

How do we respond to Him, the Fulfillment?

So much in this world is uncertain, except Him, the Fulfillment. We can trust Him because all He has said He will do. In Him, the Fulfillment, every promise is realized, every duty achieved, every requirement satisfied… it is finished!

From His own mouth He has declared Himself the Fulfillment.

“But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth,” (22:69-71).

And His payment for our sin is finished, but He is not. Jesus Christ, the Fulfillment, is coming again. Let us be ready!

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is, (Ephesians 5:15-17).

Let us grow in our fear of the Lord, in our reverence and obedience, that we may receive His instruction to walk in true wisdom as we trust in Him, the Fulfillment, to enable us to make the most of every opportunity until He returns.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding, (Proverbs 9:10).

For further study on Him, the Fulfillment, you can visit the following site listing 355 Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ and recorded in the New Testament. That is one prophecy to meditate and study for almost an entire year!

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Luke 21 … Consider Him Who Aligns Our Vision

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins, (21:1-2).

We see His tenderness; as our Savior looks and sees a poor widow’s meager offering, His assessment contradicts what the natural eye beholds. But Jesus always sees into the heart of the matter.

 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;” (21:3).

And He, Who knows the heart of every man, woman and child went on to explain the reality behind what His followers had observed with the natural eye.

for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on,” (21:4).

And from the heart of man He moves to the culmination of all of history, His second coming. And in His compassionate grace and lovingkindness, He Aligns Our Vision as He goes beyond the natural to reveal His reality.

Consider Him Who Aligns Our Vision

  • He Aligns Our Vision that we not be misled.
    • And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them,” (21:8).
  • He Aligns Our Vision to recognize the fulfillment of His Word.
    • “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled,” (21:20-22).
  • He Aligns Our Vision that we not give way to fear.
    • “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken,” (21:25-26).
  • He Aligns Our Vision to live by faith, with conviction and assurance of His return.
    • “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory,” (21:27).
  • He Aligns Our Vision that we live in expectation.
    • But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near,” (21:28).
  • He Aligns Our Vision to know His kingdom is near.
    • Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near,” (21:29-31).
  • He Aligns Our Vision that we live alert and ready to stand before Him.
    • “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man,” (21:34-36).

How do we respond to Him Who Aligns Our Vision?

Life can easily cloud our vision. It is critical we seek the Lord daily and Align Our Vision, to live with our eyes on Him and eternity.

Even Jesus, the Son of God, while on this earth felt it a necessity to seek His Father in prayer, early in the morning and often all through the night.

Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet, (21:37).

After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone, (Matthew 14:23).

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there, (Mark 1:35).

It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God, (Luke 6:12).

Luke 21 ends with a perfect prescription to Align Our Vision:

And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him, (21:38).

Oh that we would truly recognize our desperate need to meet with Him each and every day; that we too might get up early in the morning to come to Him. May we come to listen to Him and see His reality; that we will believe and obey Him Who Aligns Our Vision.

Let’s Grow Together!

Luke 20 … Consider His Defense

The attacks were incessant; the chief priests and scribes were ever equipped with their confrontations, deceptions and scheming. But Jesus was ready; He was always ready.

Three times in this short passage of Scripture, the chief priests and scribes challenged Jesus, hoping to somehow trap Him, to invalidate Him. But Jesus was never caught off guard; He was always ready with His Defense, the Word of God.

Consider His Defense

When the religious leaders confronted His Authority, His Defense was the Word of God.

 On one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders confronted Him, and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?” And He began to tell the people this parable: 14 “But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!” 17 But Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

‘The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the chief corner stone’?

When the religious leaders denied the Resurrection, His Defense was the Word of God.

“But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” (20:37-38).

When the religious leaders rejected His Deity, His Defense was the Word of God.

Then He said to them, “How is it that they say the Christ is David’s son? 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
43 Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’

44 Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?” (20:41-44).

How do we respond to His Defense?

Let us follow His example. Jesus quoted Scripture. When Truth was confronted, denied or rejected, His Defense was the Word of God.

Let us worry less about what we must say and depend more on what His Word can accomplish in the heart of man.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart, (Hebrews 4:12).

Let us follow His example, as we depend on Him as Lord, that we be ready with His Defense, the Word of God.

…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; (1 Peter 3:15).

Let’s Grow Together!

Luke 19 … Consider What He Did Not Hide

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes,” (19:41-42).

The hardness of their hearts, their rebellious unwillingness to humble themselves and accept His way over their own preconceived notions about His kingdom had severe ramifications; and it broke His heart.

But before this heartbreaking judgment, before the hiding from their eyes, there was much He revealed, so very much He Did Not Hide.

Consider What He Did Not Hide

  • He Did Not Hide He is Savior
    • When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”… And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham, (19:5,9).
  • He Did Not Hide His Purpose
    • “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost,” (19:10).
  • He Did Not Hide He will come again as Judge
    • So He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return… 15 When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done… 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.’… 27 But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence,” (19:12-27).
  • He Did Not Hide He is Triumphant King
    • They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. 37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, 38 shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;” (19:35-37).
  • He Did Not Hide He is Worthy of Praise
    • Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” (19:39-40).
  • He Did Not Hide He is Lord of the Temple
    • Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘And My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a robbers’ den,” (19:45-46).
  • He Did Not Hide the Power of His Word
    • …the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him, 48 and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging on to every word He said, (19:47-48).

How do we respond to What He Did Not Hide?

Although there is much about Him we do not understand for His thoughts and ways are high above ours (Isaiah 55:8-9), there is much He Did Not Hide; so very much He has made evident about Himself, that all of us are without excuse.

…because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse, (Romans 1:19-20).

Remember yesterday, the blind beggar in Luke 18? Though he was blind, it was clearly evident to him that Jesus was his only hope for mercy.

As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. 37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-39).

In his desperation, this lowly beggar would not be silenced. He was willing to lose his dignity before man, and in his dogged determination he gained the attention of Jesus, the Son of David.

And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, 41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Luke 18:40-41).

We too are in desperate need of His mercy to open our eyes of faith to see Him in His preeminence, purpose, praise and power. Let us be dogged in our appeals to the only One Who can open our eyes to see What He Did Not Hide.

And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God, (Luke 18:41-43).

May we continually seek Him, our powerful and merciful God, to open our eyes that we may see What He Did Not Hide.

Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me,
(Psalm 119:18-19).

And when in His grace and mercy He turns to us to open our eyes, may we never hide what He has shown us, what He has done in us. May our Father in heaven be glorified every day as we make evident to those around us What He Did Not Hide.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven,”(Matthew 5:14-16).

Let’s Grow Together!

Luke 18 … Consider Him, and Be Encouraged!

I couldn’t escape these thoughts of the Son of Man as I followed Him through Luke 18: knowing fully the excruciating and humiliating suffering awaiting Him, He was not consumed with concern for Himself, and He was never deterred from using every possible opportunity to care for and minister to those in need.

Everything He did was to benefit others, strengthening and encouraging His followers, preparing them for their own futures.

Luke 18 follows Jesus through a short period of time; but in these brief scenarios our Eternal King is eternally encouraging His own.

Consider Him, and Be Encouraged!

  • He Encourages us to pray and not to lose heart.
    • Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart… now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (18:1,7-8).
  • He Encourages us towards humility, for only His opinion has value.
    • And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves… 13 But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted,” (18:9,13-14).
  • He Encourages us to come to Him in childlike faith, in confident assurance of His love and acceptance.
    • But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” [18:16]
  • He Encourages us towards our heavenly reward.
    • And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! …29 And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life,” (18:24,29-30).
  • He Encourages us though His accomplishing all prophecy concerning His ultimate sacrifice: His death, burial and resurrection.
    • Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, 33 and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again,” (18:31-33).
  • He Encourages us to ask Him what we want Him to do for us!
    • “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” (18:41).

How do we respond to Him? Are we Encouraged?

If not, why not? He knew life would have its abundance of trials, sorrows and sufferings, but He instructed us in the ways of fearless courage; heed His Word and pray at all times!

Today, let us dwell on Him and Be Encouraged!

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:32-35,37-39).

As we consider Him, believing He is faithful and able to accomplish all He has promised, let us pray in faith at all times and Be Encouraged!

Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Let’s Grow Together!

Luke 17 … Consider His Extreme Forgiveness

“And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him,” (17:4).

His disciples knew exactly what Jesus was saying. Jesus was not telling them to keep a running tally of the times they’d been offended or hurt, and when it reached that magic number “seven” it was time to write that person off.

Simply put, Jesus was telling His followers that the offering of Forgiveness was to be unlimited. That’s Extreme.

Consider His Extreme Forgiveness

His Extreme Forgiveness addresses the inevitable. People will hurt us, unintentionally or maliciously, constructing stumbling blocks that can trip us up and bring serious pain.

How can He demand His followers to extend the impossible to those so undeserving?

Because He did it first.

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing,” (Luke 23:33-34).

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:8).

How do we respond to His Extreme Forgiveness?

  • Stumbling Blocks are inevitable and people will hurt us. Oh, may we be careful to live so as not to offend or cause others to stumble.
    • “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come!” (17:1).
  • Being hurt is inevitable. We are not to ignore sin, but we must be quick to forgive, and repeatedly as needed.
    • “If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him,” (17:3-4).
  • Repeatedly extending forgiveness goes against the natural human grain. The apostles understood this kind of incessant forgiveness Jesus demanded would require supernatural intervention. We must depend on Him, by faith, to grow us in this area of forgiveness.
    • The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (17:5).
  • Left unattended, unforgiveness will expand and consume our lives. Faith, even as small as a mustard seed, has the power to uproot the bitter root of unforgiveness. May we take Jesus at His Word and pray He would grow and strengthen our faith to uproot any unforgiveness before it takes root in our lives.
    • And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you,” (17:6).
      • (Interesting note: mulberry trees are fast-growing trees with aggressive roots; in our modern times they are known to often lift sidewalks and strangle drains beneath the surface. Could this be why Jesus addressed the  uprooting of this particular tree, to cast it into the sea, to rid oneself of the aggressive strangling roots of unforgiveness?)
    • See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; (Hebrews 12:15).
  • How can we withhold forgiveness to our brothers when we come to Him daily, so desperate for His forgiveness of our sins against Him?
    •  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (1 John 1:9).
    • “‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’” (Matthew 18:32-33).
    • “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him,” (17:4).

Extending forgiveness to others is evidence we understand His Extreme Forgiveness we ourselves have received, the mercy we do not deserve and have so freely been given.

May we by faith, quickly and repeatedly, be willing to extend His Extreme Forgiveness. After all, it’s simply what ought to be done.

“So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done,’” (17:10).

Let’s Grow Together!

Joshua 24 … Consider His Generous Offer

“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” (24:14-15).

I tend to read this passage with the emphasis on myself, my decision, my choice. But as I grappled with finding Him, seeing how He reveals Himself in this final chapter in Joshua, it suddenly hit me. He didn’t have to grant us a choice at all; He is God and He could simply demand our allegiance and be done with it all; put an end to man’s rebellious ways.

But He does not desire slaves. He invites us, with His Generous Offer, to a relationship; and relationships are not coerced.

Consider His Generous Offer

  • His Generous Offer is an invitation to serve Him, the LORD God of all the universe.
    • “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth;…” (24:14).
  • His Generous Offer is a bidding away from the empty and futile competing gods.
    • “…and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord,” (24:14).
  • His Generous Offer requires a response…today.
    • “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…” (24:15).

How do we respond to His Generous Offer?

Before the Israelites were asked to choose, the LORD reminded them of their past and His unfailing faithfulness in all His dealings with them. (24:1-13).

Let us begin each day in the Word, recalling His faithfulness to us.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
(Psalm 103:1-2).

He kindly extends His Generous Offer; choose a relationship with the King of the Universe through repentance. Let us never take lightly His Generous Offer.

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:4).

When we receive His gift of grace by faith, His gift of salvation, we are set free from the sin that once held us in bondage. May we not be lured and mastered by the empty and futile ways of the past. Let us walk in His grace as we daily choose repentance, to turn away from serving our flesh that we may turn and serve Him with all that we are.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace, (Romans 6:12-14).

Let us daily remember His Generous Offer, that our hearts would be softened and prepared to hear His voice.

“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me,” (Hebrews 3:15).

May we be like Joshua and take a bold stand, no matter what anyone else chooses.

“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (24:14-15).

Challenge… memorize Joshua 24:14-15 and start each day boldly proclaiming, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Let’s Grow Together!