September 9–Joe–Behold the Lamb

READ: John 1:29

DATE: September 11, 2019

TITLE: Behold The Lamb

HIGHLIGHT:

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ”Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

Explain:

In the King James version this verse reads, “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. John was telling his listeners that Jesus was the Lamb of God. This statement of John has a four-fold meaning which is:

  1. Jesus is the SAVING Lamb—Jesus is the only means of salvation. From the Garden of Eden, there had to be a blood sacrifice for sins. Jesus was the blood sacrifice.
  2. Jesus is the SUBSTITUTIONARY Lamb—Jesus died in the place of the sinner. Jesus substituted for the sinner in dying for the sinner’s sin.
  3. Jesus is the SUFFERING Lamb—Jesus took the full punishment of God for sin. Paul states in 2 Corinthians 1;22 that “He who knew no sin became sin.” Isaiah in his sixty fourth chapter presents Christ as facing the full disdain, disgust and demands of God in punishment for sin.
  4. Jesus is the SUBMITTING Lamb—Jesus willing and voluntarily submitted to the will of God in dying a substitutionary death on Calvary.

APPLY:

Praise God that He granted me the faith to believe and receive Christ as my savior. I am now to share the gospel with as many people as possible. I am to be a preacher, proclaimer and professor of salvation through the Lamb of God.

RESPOND:

Lord, thank you for allowing your Son to be my savior. Please cause me to share the gospel with as many people as possible and may many come to know Christ as savior.

Joe–God Rescues The Believer–September 9

READ: 2 Peter 2:9

DATE: September 9, 2019

TITLE: God Rescues The Believer

HIGHLIGHT:

“then the Lord know how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgement”

EXPLAIN:

The term “godly” refers to born again believers, those who have accepted Christ as their savior. These are people who fear and worship God in truth and Spirit. Peter states that God know how to rescue His children from trials. The term rescue means “to deliver.” God is able, knows how and is willing to deliver His children from trials. The term “trials” means “tests and temptations.” The term could refer to the trials of life or the temptation to sin.” The later usage bests fits into the narrative. God know how and is willing to rescue His children from sin. Christians are not perfect, they are forgiven. God is willing to rescue the Christian whenever they commit sin. Praise God for His gift of forgiveness. God is also able to deliver from sin. God can deliver from sin, no matter what the sin is.

APPLY:

I often need and experience God forgiveness of sin. I commit far too many sins. My self-life controls too often. I must come to my Father for His rescue, deliverance, from sin. I praise the Lord for His gift and grace of deliverance from the pollution and practice of sin.

RESPOND:

Lord, please keep me from the practice of sin. I confess I am like the dog and I return to often to my own vomit. I am like the washed sow that returns to her wallow and I wallow in sin. I confess I need you to keep me from sin so that I will not need to be rescued from sin.

Phil HEAR Luke 22

Highlight
Luke 22:27 CSB
For who is greater, the one at the table or the one serving? Isn’t it the one at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

Explain

Even though Jesus was sent from Heaven, He yielded His power and showed He had a servant heart.

Application

I am so much lower than Jesus but He gives me the opportunity daily to be like Him, to have a Servant heart to serve not only my brothers but the unsaved; so as to be a witness for my Savior Jesus Christ.

Response

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the humbleness and love for the Father you showed during your time in earth; and that you help us to do the same.

Phil HEAR Luke 21

Highlight
Luke 21:6 CSB
"These things that you see-the days will come when not one stone will be left on another that will not be thrown down."

Explain

Jesus was explaining how our time on earth is just temporary and that all ‘things’ will eventually go away; thus we need to focus on the spiritual which is eternal.

Application

In my life I must remember that physical things will go away, and the only thing that is eternal is of God and my relationship with Him.

Response

Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me of my weak mind, and help me continue to grow closer to and in you so that i am ready for whatever happens here on earth and can have full confidence to be with you in eternity.

Phil HEAR Luke 20

Highlight
Luke 20:46 CSB
"Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes and who love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets.

Explain

Jesus continued teaching His disciples by parables even while the pharisees were plotting to ensnare and kill Him; and He clarified that the motive for many is self adornment and to be aware of them and not fall prey to their selfish thinking.

Application

This passage reminds me that all I have is from and owned by the Lord, and I must guard my heart from ever thinking I’m something because I’m nothing except that which is of God.

Response

Dear Father, thank you for your blessings to me even though i don’t deserve anything; and help me to maintain solid footing for You and not be pulled down by the false gods of this world.

Phil HEAR Luke 19

Highlight

Luke 19:10 CSB
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."

Explain

Jesus looked up and saw Zaccheaus in a tree, and told him He was going to his house because Zaccheaus showed a simple heart of love and appreciation for Jesus.

Application

Jesus still seeks the lost and hurting, no matter their riches or situation, to save them and give eternal life; a process I often make too complicated.

Response

Thank you Father for your Love and your Mercy to save wretched humans like me that do not deserve one spec of your grace.

Phil HEAR Luke 18

Highlight

Luke 18:42 CSB
"Receive your sight." Jesus told him. "Your faith has saved you."

Explain

Jesus was traveling when a blind person cried out to him and ask for his sight; and Jesus healed him because the blind man had true faith in Jesus.

Application

How many times has my faith been so low that while God wanted to bless me, He didn’t because of my lack of faith.

Response

Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to grow my faith to where it should be so as to please you and glorify your holy name.

Phil HEAR Luke 11

Highlight
Luke 11:17 NKJV
[17] But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.

Explain

Jesus was responding to accusations that He was of demons which is a tactic of satan to accuse others of his own doings; so Jesus used this to explain even Christian’s divided among themselves will fall.

Application

As I move forward for God I must seek unity with other Christians and we must pull together in serving Christ.

Response

Dear Father, thank you for the wisdom you give us, and please help me to discern decisiveness that will undermine Your Work so that I may correct it in my life.

Phil HEAR Luke 17

Highlight
Luke 17:6 CSB
"If you have faith the size of a mustard seed," the Lord said, "you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Explain

Jesus was teaching his apostles when they asked for him to increase their faith; and he said even a very small amount could move objects such as the mulberry tree!

Application

My faith is often very small and I do not take full advantage of it as God gives it; but as I continue to grow in faith, God will bless abundantly.

Response

Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for my little faith, and help me to grow my faith as the apostles asked .

Phil HEAR Luke 16

Highlight

Luke 16:13 CSB
No servant can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

Explain

Jesus was using parables to open the eyes of His followers and used this example of a servant trying to serve two masters which can not work, for our human minds need to focus on one main thing in life and that is our Savior Jesus Christ.

Application

I have many things that are taking my time and that is ok as long as I hold Jesus Christ as my one and only Master to prioritize all else under and for Him.

Response

Dear Father, please forgive me when I let other things creep in, often with good intentions, that take my focus off of you; and help me to organize so that you always remain number one.