John 8:44 – Satan The Abusive Father

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44 ESV)

From Ryan:

Before we had a child and my wife worked outside the home, she worked with abused women. In fact, she even had a good friend that was in an abusive relationship. From my view on the outside and that of many others who see these relationships, we can’t help but wonder why women in these situations don’t leave. When one works with these women, it becomes apparent that there is a tremendous amount of psychological abusiveness and fear in the relationship. It isn’t necessarily that the women don’t want to leave, but that they are afraid. As I was studying and reading this text, these women and relationships came in to my mind.

Jesus was talking to the Jews and telling them that God really isn’t their father, but Satan is. He went on to describe [Read more…]

Mark 1:40-42 – Learning From The Leper

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. (Mark 1:40-42 ESV)

As we read the account of the leper in the first chapter of Mark, there are a couple things we can learn from it. The first thing we can learn is how to come humbly to Jesus. We read that the leper came to Jesus with the words, “if you will”. There wasn’t a demand, but a humbleness in his asking to be made clean. It wasn’t for him to decide, but for God to decide, as with anything in our lives. Unfortunately, there is teaching that God will bring healing if we ask with the right amount of faith. If this were the case, Jesus would have rebuked the leper for his “lack of faith”. We also read that the Apostle Paul asked God to take away his thorn in the flesh and God didn’t (2 Corinthians 12:8).

Secondly, we learn more of the compassion of Jesus. Jesus could have easily just said the words “be clean”. [Read more…]

Luke 8:15 – Time to Ripen

Daily Devotion Bible Verse

As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15 ESV)

The parable of the sower and the seed is ever popular, and it’s likely you’ve heard it before. After telling the parable, Jesus proceeded to explain it’s meaning to the disciples. It is the last sentence in his explanation that we will focus on today: the seed that falls on the good soil is the seed that bears fruit in accordance with the Gospel. It is the seed that decides to follow Jesus during thick and thin.

What we learn through is that [Read more…]