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Don’t Front

Luke 7:1-10

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Observation

There is no need to put on a front with God. Be vulnerable with Him. It is safe to let your guard down. God knows your weaknesses already and He cares for you.

Application

Honesty and faith are key ingredients in a healthy prayer life. A critical aspect of humility is acknowledging your lack and trusting in God’s ability to do things that may not even make sense to you.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, help my unbelief. Show me the things in my life that hinder my walk with You and help me to grow closer to You. Show me how to be more honest with You. I want to trust You more and demonstrate my faith every day. Thank You for loving me and saving me from myself.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Don’t Front

Luke 7:1-10

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes, and to another, `Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, `Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Observation

There is no need to put on a front with God. Be vulnerable with Him. It is safe to let your guard down. God knows your weaknesses already and He cares for you.

Application

Honesty and faith are key ingredients in a healthy prayer life. A critical aspect of humility is acknowledging your lack and trusting in God’s ability to do things that may not even make sense to you.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, help my unbelief. Show me the things in my life that hinder my walk with You and help me to grow closer to You. Show me how to be more honest with You. I want to trust You more and demonstrate my faith every day. Thank You for loving me and saving me from myself.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

The Honest to God Truth

Galatians 1:1-12

Paul an apostle– sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead– and all the members of God’s family who are with me,

To the churches of Galatia:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!

Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Observation

The truth is the truth and it should not be diluted or reduced in the name of convenience.

Application

What do we lose when we try to make the gospel fit our standards? 

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord,

I want to be transformed. I want You to fill every day with moments where I am being drawn closer to You. I want my life to reflect my relationship with You in every aspect. Help me to be kind, to be loving, to embrace others as You embrace me. Empower me to be a comforter, strengthen me in Your ministry of presence. Use my life as an example that no one has to journey alone. Let me be a friend.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Brian Mooney

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