Wednesday, September 16, 2020

DAILY

Today’s Reading: Luke 9

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Tabgha is situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. This altar is built over the place where it is said that Jesus took the two fish and five loaves of bread and blessed them. I like to think that in His DAILY early morning prayer time, Jesus received His confirmation from His Father for the miracle of the feeding of the thousands of hungry people.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me…”

Peter, Andrew, James and John left their nets. Levi (Matthew) left his tax collecting post. The others left whatever it was they were doing. Now Jesus teaches that this decision must be made DAILY! As God, Jesus made the decision, with His Father, to become Man. As Man, He learned DAILY to live in obedience. “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Isaiah 50:4 says, “He awakens me morning by morning to hear as the learned.” In verse 7 of Isaiah 50, the experience of the Messiah is described this way, “I have set my face as a flint.” This blog is designed to help us all every day in making a fresh decision to follow Jesus.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I confess that most mornings I would like to stay in bed for another hour, but I know that I cannot follow You closely without doing as Jesus did, taking up His cross daily. I praise You for the grace You give me to follow You. Please continue to give me the gift of discipline every day. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

[Written by David September 16, 2016]

As some readers know, I was told by the experts in March 2012 that I had two years to live. Thanks to the professionals and the Lord Himself, as a result of your prayers, that “expiry date” has been changed. God knows! I’ve been in hospital ever since shortly after my 80th birthday on August 13th. They say I have cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. Some speculate that an insect bite might be the original cause. The infection, particularly seen on my right leg, is now in retreat.  Praise the Lord!

I take comfort in that often-repeated Bible verse, “His mercy endures forever.” That’s found 26 times in Psalm 136. God is consistent. I need to learn by making a deliberate decision every single day to follow Jesus more consistently. How are you, my blog partner, doing in this department?

Yours for “daily” following Jesus,

David

P.S. Luke, the Physician, is the primary historian of the New Testament. In Luke and Acts he covers a period of 70 years. Over the next few days, I would like to beg the indulgence of readers as I write in the P.S. some thoughts on the reliability of the historical record of Scripture!

 

22 thoughts on “Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  1. Beautiful scripture, today. “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” His mercy endures forever. Amen. God’s blessings on all the saints.

    “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2 NKJV.

    Psalm 136 (Your Mercy Endures) ~ Greg LaFollette ft. Leslie Jordan (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvNzt9jOMzE

  2. His mercy endures forever! How wonderful. How blessed we are. Praying that people will come to really realize that. No matter what we face, Jesus is there. Off to Burlington this a.m. for the 30 minute visit to see my sister (distancing of course) each week. I would love to be able to touch her but I ask the Lord to do that these days – He is faithful!! Amen

  3. Dear Father, we are so weak, but thank You for Your strength! Please give us the grace we need to lay down our lives and follow You. In Jesus’s great name, amen

    • God bless you, Laur. Agreeing with you for Doreen and sister DonnaLea.❤️ Hope you had a wonderful visit. I sure do miss my sister, Laura. She would have loved it here, too. It has been 23 years since she passed away from cancer. Laura wanted us to go to this spa for a week-end retreat and we were planning to do that in the summer but she passed that spring. Now, I live two doors away from that very spa. It is rather surreal when I think how much she would just love it, here. May you sleep with angels singing in your ear. 😇

      • Thank you for sharing about your Sister, Laura and your new residence near the Spa. God is so Good and so beyond our understanding. He amazes us with what seems ‘coincidental’ but we know it is HIM.
        ThankYou for the sleep 🙏🏽

  4. God Bless all Bloggers.
    Love all your prayers and love for each other.
    Please pray for my family. My niece Cassandra and fiancee John
    are getting married Saturday. It will be emotional. My brother her dad
    went to be with the Lord last Dec.
    God Be With Us

    • Lord You know the whole situation in Teresa’s family; Praise the Lord that Dad is with the Lord right know and he is happy;
      Lord bless this marriage between Cassandra and John; be with them always;
      May the Holy Spirit be with them in their daily lives and in their conversations and growing love for each other; may they Worship the Lord in all ways and build a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and with each other; may they grow a place for them to talk with each other honestly over issues;
      Lord bless this couple with over flowing grace and mercy;
      Thank you Lord in Jesus Name we pray amen amen amen
      CONGRATULATIONS

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