Phil HEAR Matthew 19

Highlight
Matthew 19:21 CSB
"If you want to be perfect," Jesus said to him, "go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

Explain

A rich man was trying to work his way into heaven but Jesus knew his heart, and his heart was ruled by his many possessions; so Jesus tested him to give away his possessions in order to let God truly rule his heart.

Application

I have opportunities that God is testing me on with regard to "giving it all to and fully trusting in Him" to see where my heart really is; a test that He will always offer to help make me realize He is in control and wants the best for me.

Response

Dear Father, as the test you gave the rich young ruler, thank you for giving me the opportunity to truly give material possesions all away and fully trust in you!

Phil Alexander, Servant
Move the Mountain Ministries
Serving Churches to Make Disciples
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Phil HEAR Matthew 18

HighlightMatthew 18:22 CSB
"I tell you, not as many as seven," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven.

Explain
When asked how many times we should forgive our brothers, Jesus essentially said an unlimited number of times as He does for us.

Application
Christ forgives me when I ask for it in His name, and I should forgive others likewise.

Response
Dear Father, thank you for forgiving me for my many sins, and help me to always show your love in forgiving others.

Stan’s HEAR for Matthew 18:33

Matthew 18:33
Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you? 

Explain
God has shown great mercy to us, not giving us what we truly deserve. We should extend that same mercy to everyone we come in contact with.

Apply
I sometimes forget what great mercy God has extended to me. God reminds me of this in this verse. My mercy for others sometimes runs short, just like my patience!

Respond
Lord, thank You for reminding me to have mercy for AII!

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Phil HEAR Matthew 17

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Matthew 17:20 CSB
"Because of your little faith," he told them. "For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Explain
The disciples had tried but failed to drive out a demon, and Jesus was able to do it; and then He explained that with a tiny amount of faith they could move mountains.

Application
As He did two thousand years ago, Jesus makes it clear to me today that if I have even a tiny amount of faith, He will work through me to supernatural things like move mountains!

Response
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to develop the faith you want me to have so that I can do the things you desire me to do for Your Kingdom.

Stan’s HEAR for Matthew 17:13

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Matthew 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

Explain
As Jesus was talking about Elijah, the disciples thought back about what Jesus had told them about John the Baptist, and they then understood what He had told them.

Apply
As I listen to what the Lord is saying to me in His Word, He makes things very clear to me.

Respond
Lord, thank You for Your precious Word. Give me a clear mind as I read it, and apply it to my life.

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Stan’s HEAR for Matthew 16:24

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

Explain
It is pretty simple. We must die daily to ourselves, be obedient, and do what He tells us. Apply

I need to tell the Lord, each morning, help me to die to myself, so I can live for Him, today.God minus me = obedience.

Respond
Lord, remove me from the equation today. Let me be about Your business.

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Phil HEAR Matthew 16

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Matthew 16:6 CSB
Then Jesus told them, "Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Explain
Jesus was speaking of the false teachings of the pharisees, that would slip in if the disciples weren’t vigilant in staying close to the Lords teachings, and discerned/refused the teachings of man.

Application
Just as when Jesus walked on earth, satan is still trying supernaturally to slip in and destroy my faith via some men teaching their own makings, similar to but not the simple gospel Jesus gave His disciples.

Response
Dear Lord, help me to stay close to you and discern the ways of satan to distort and combat Your simple Gospel, so that I will share my faith of Your true love with others.

Phil HEAR Matthew 15

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Matthew 15:36 CSB
he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Explain
Jesus desired to feed the people and finding 7 loaves and a few fish, He miraculously turned the limited food into more than enough for four thousand men along with women and children, and gave them to His disciples for them to handout.

Application
God can and will do miracles in my life if I have true faith in Him, and do as He instructs me.

Response
Dear Lord, thank you for your love and grace that you have compassion for me even when I’m hungry; for when I have full faith in You, you will perform miracles above my understanding.

Phil HEAR Matthew 14

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Matthew 14:27 CSB
Immediately Jesus spoke to them. "Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid."

Explain
Jesus had sent them ahead by boat and they were fighting a storm, when Jesus came walking to them on the water.

Application
How many times have I been in a storm when Jesus came to me in a miraculous way but I was so concerned over the storm that I didn’t see Jesus, who was in control the whole time.

Response
Precious Jesus, please help me to stay in constant contact with you so that when the storms come, I keep my eyes on you instead of letting the business of this world distract me.

Stan’s HEAR for Matthew 15:8-9

Matthew 15:8-9
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 9 They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands.”

Explain
Jesus is speaking about tradition. Tradition comes from the external, giving lip service to God through man made doctrine. God’s truth is internal, coming from the heart. Tradition deals with ritual (the way we’ve always done it). God’s truth deals with reality (honoring Him through the love of others).

Apply
I must deal with all through love, realizing that many are holding on to tradition, putting tradition ahead of God. I must realize it is a heart issue with the traditionalists, and deal with it accordingly.

Respond
Lord, give me wisdom in dealing with the older folks in the church that cling to tradition, getting them into Your Word and out of their traditional thinking.