Monday, June 6, 2016

BELOVED ENEMY

Today’s Reading: Matthew 5 

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The Mount of Beatitudes is located near the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee. It was in this area that Jesus delivered the longest recorded teaching we have on record, Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. The Church of the Beatitudes can be seen in the distance.

 

Key Verse: Matthew 5:44

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

 

“Love” and “Enemy” don’t fit together. Sue and be sued! Get even! Jesus makes a demand which is humanly impossible. In verse 39, Jesus tells us that “Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” A while back at a meeting of our Crossroads U.S.A. Board, Rev. Albert Vaters commented on John 15:5, “Without Me you can do NOTHING.” He said that no matter how hard we try on our own, it is worth zero. But he assured us that “With God NOTHING will be IMPOSSIBLE.”

Jesus, the true Revolutionary, is “LOVE.” This is His DNA.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I invite You to live in me. Only You have lived 100% the words You taught us. I give myself to You. Because of You living in me, “NOTHING shall be IMPOSSIBLE.” Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

It has never been hard for me to pray the prayer that Jesus said would make me right with God, “God be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). The word “sin” originates as an archery term. It means missing the target. My aim, my focus, my prayer is to be like Jesus. Most of the time I miss the bullseye, but there are times when I am conscious that Jesus in me is helping me to hit the mark.

One day I met a young man named Gord at the YMCA. His face was buried in a paper bag. He was sniffing glue. He lifted his head just long enough to spit in my face. Amazingly I felt nothing but love for Gord. I’m 100% sure that was not just me. Jesus was living and loving from within.

In Christ’s love and service,

David

40 thoughts on “Monday, June 6, 2016

  1. Ahh, amen! Loved the video, this morning, of you, David, and the scripture. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself up for me. Thank you for your prayers. I have been struggling with pain these past few days. Blessings, dearest saints in the Lord.

    You will show me the path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever. Psalm 16:11

    Lord I Need You – Matt Maher (Worship Song with Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e37m3I5eH8g

  2. Mt. 13:14a “You are the light of the world…” Jesus calls us to be His representatives, His mouthpiece and His diplomats to a lost, sinful, and dying world. To those who believe on Him and have accepted Him into their heart, to these same individuals, Jesus has given a mission. We are to be His light, His love, His touch and His voice to those who need to be connected with God’s gospel. God not only loves us as Christians, but He loves all of His creation, for He made it and declared it “good”. I am going to try to consciously live today in the “light” of His love and perhaps see if I can spread some of that “light” around me. Blessings.

  3. Thank you for your words of encouragement Rev. David and for shedding light on today’s reading. Our Lords blessings and strength to all!

  4. Learned the Beatitudes in Sunday School when I was young. Wonderful words of Our Lord.

    Off to try to live in His light.

    Blessings and prayers for Beverlee.

  5. Thank you Pastor David, enjoyed seeing you on the Vlog and for the message that we must love our enemies. You are looking so well, praise God Almighty that he has healed You.
    Beverlee, I am praying that the Lord will take away your pain, through all of this you are such an inspiration to all of us. It wouldn’t seem right if I didn’t see you on the blog each morning. Blessings to all on the Monday morning, may the Lord be our guide and support as we seek to do his will today and everyday.
    Eleanor M.

  6. Father God I pray for Beverlee heal her take every pain from her wrap
    your healing arms around her, and give her the peace and rest she
    needs
    In Jesus name
    Amen

  7. Thanks for your wonderful devotions you send us each and every day. We are with you again in the next 2 year trip through the Bible.
    Gord and Wendy Clyne

  8. Bless you David and bloggers. I Read the 2 chapters in Matthew this AM (thinking David was going to speak on Matthew 5 and 6 instead of 5 only) I discipline myself to read the scriptures first and foremost before doing anything else just in case something else crops up as it did this am.I lost electrical power to the exterior of my house this morning and The GOOD LORD (HE really is GOOD) showed me exactly wherein lied the problem and I was able to correct it P.T.L. I will enjoy the remainder of the joy searching for “someone” I can share CHRIST with. The LORD has never failed to bring that person across my path and today is no exception. Thank you LORD for YOUR delicious tasting Bread this morning, it was very delicious.(O taste and see…)

    Rev.Terry – Grassie

  9. Thank God for the teaching this morning. I am so excited that I can also share your vlog on my facebook page this morning. Being just 2 minutes, trust I will get more responses. Thank you David for making it easy to share. God is good! Lord Jesus touch Beverlee today and relieve her of her pain, in Your Name. Amen!

  10. Marilyn ánd I use your blog each morning as part of how we start our day with God and each other. We will continue to enjoy God’s Word and your insight to learn.

    Thank you for Blessing our lives.

    • Lord God, wash Your blood over Marilyn and clear her of her headaches that she may feel light and free in the Spirit. In Jesus’ precious Name, we pray, amen, amen, and amen.

  11. Was a pleasure to hear your TV vlog this morning Pastor David
    …a confirmation of your words of wisdom and prayer, in this mornings early bread. God bless you and all who put their hands to the plow in preparing this manna daily.

    What a beautiful landscape Reynold…more like a beautiful painting of God’s creation. I pray the Lord Bless you and keep you and your family safe in all you do!!

  12. Praying for everyone on this blog that our Heavenly Father would meet all
    their needs, in Jesus Precious Name, Amen!!

    May we always remember John 15: 5
    “Without Me you can do NOTHING” Amen!!

  13. Thank you Rev. Mainse for the daily bread! I will start with you and for the rest of 730 days, God willing. God bless you, Pastor!

  14. David
    Lord willing I will continue for the next two years
    Such a blessing, and thanks to all who work so hard to complete this for all of the readers
    Blessings to all
    Joyce

  15. I’ll be continuing reading this blog with you David, never think you are doing a small work by the numbers you see or don’t see! You are helping this exhausted and broken saint continue limping along the path 🙂 I really need your prayers for help to genuinely love my enemies. and strength to do the work I am being asked to do. Today every muscle aches with depression and fatigue. Thank you for your prayers.

    • Praying for you, May, that the Lord gives you the strength you need to carry out the work He has called you to do.

  16. We started with you the last round, David, but we stopped part way through then started up again. We are starting with you again this time and, God willing, we will stay with you the whole way this time!! 🙂

  17. Hi David, I definitely want to stay with you for these next two years! This will be my 3rd year. When I joined up the 1st year, I didn’t start right at the beginning. I went through all of last year. I love your blogs! My days do not seem complete unless I go through your blog each day! Thank you for your faithfulness and I am so excited that God has chosen to bless you with good health and has healed you. I will continue to pray for you that good health and strength will continue to be yours for a few more years yet!

  18. Please say a prayer for my brother Danny. He has gone back to his drug addiction. My heart is breaking for him. Please Dear God touch his soul and watch over him on the streets of Vancouver.

    • Lord Jesus I pray for Donna’s brother Danny…Holy Spirit I ask that you draw him out of the Kingdom of darkness into your Kingdom of Light.
      And I pray for peace of mind for you Donna as you release Danny into the hands of the Lord. Amen!

  19. Yes Amen and I pray for Marilyn and her migraine headaches that you will touch her today Lord and relieve her of these in Jesus Name, Amen!

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