- An opportunity to strive for
- What do we speak in our heart?
- How do we treat our "neighbors"?
- How do we look at different kinds of people?
- What do we look to for a reward?
- Such a big crowd came that He taught them from a ship
- The parable of the planter
- Why the Lord spoke in parables
- There's only a certain limited number of things that could prevent fruit of preaching the Word: if we merely avoid those things, there will inevitably be fruit
...Take heed what ye hear...(v24)
- The kingdom of God is like a man growing grain
- The parable of the mustard seed
...He expounded all things to His disciples.(v34b)
Peace, be still.(v39)
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
John is our brother and companion in several things, including in the patience of Jesus Christ. Today, let's remember to work on being patient in Christ.
- What it feels like to be forsaken
- Compared to other people that the Lord has delivered, I must be a nobody
- Being mocked for the Lord's sake
- I thought that I had a special personal relationship with the Lord
- Entering into the sufferings of Christ
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
As the Lord's servants, this is the way to overcome the devil: We need to remember the blood of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. We should stick to the simple message of His death on the cross to save us from our sins, and His rising from the dead.
Also, we need to be sharing the word of our testimony, bringing people this message of Jesus Christ. Finally, let's make sure to get rid of all of our selfishness and sin. We must even lay down our own lives and be willing to die for Christ and His Word.
So will we sing
- What the Lord has done for His king
- Life and length of days
- made to be exceedingly glad...with the Lord's countenance
- Because he trusts in the Lord
- The Lord lets His king destroy his enemies
- The Lord stops the evil people
- We will sing and praise His power
Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: [so] will we sing and praise thy power.
The Lord does great things like protecting our lives, extending the length of them, and making us exceedingly glad with His countenance. We should take opportunities to sing praises to Him, specifically focusing on praising His power.
I'll work on getting back into singing praises to the Lord on my way to and from work.
Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about [them] walls, and towers, gates, and bars, [while] the land [is] yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought [him], and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.
We should take advantage of times of waiting on the Lord, to build up our lives and our relationships with Him, and to prepare for what He has for us to do in the future.
- Jesus healed a man with a withered hand while the Pharisees plotted against Him
- A great multitude followed Jesus
- The unclean spirits knew that Jesus is the Son of God, but He told them not to make Him known
- Jesus chose The Twelve
- His friends thought He was crazy
- The scribes blasphemed by speaking evil about the Holy Spirit
Who is my mother, or my brethren?(v33b)
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
When we read this, it might seem to be stating the obvious:
follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. However, it is still important for us to keep listening to this message.
In the many small decisions that we make throughout each day, we are often faced with temptations to do what we know is wrong. We need to keep the words of this verse in our minds all the time. Let's remember that the Lord went to the length to remind us and warn us again, to follow that which is good.
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
It's a singular encouragement that the Lord chooses to specifically work in ways that we personally desire. Then, that's a good reminder (v7) that He is real, alive, and active, and we can have a personal relationship with Him.
Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
I'll remember the name of the Lord as the thing to look to for help. Other, worldly things that seem strong, fail (v8).
- The blessing for the Lord to hear, defend, send help, strengthen, remember, and accept
...according to thine own heart...(v4)
...but we will remember...(v7)
- Calling on the Lord to save
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set [him] in safety [from him that] puffeth at him.
When we're in trouble, oppressed and needy, we should call on the Lord in that time, because He will hear us.
I'll spend a longer daily time in prayer.
- All have sinned
- The wrongful speech of the ungodly
- The sharp judgement of sinful speech
- Sinful speech comes from disregarding the lordship of God
- The Lord helps the needy
- The extreme purity of the Lord's Word
- The eternal persistence of those who are kept by the Lord
- The time of the prevalence of the wicked
- Asking the Lord how long
- Appealing to the Lord for the sake of our impending troubles
- Determining to trust in the Lord
- So many came to Jesus that there was no room to receive them
- Forgiveness through faith that persists to seek Jesus
...Why reason ye these things in your hearts?(v8b)
- Physical healing as a symbol of the forgiveness of sins
- Jesus came to call sinners to repentance
- A time to eat and a time to fast
- The Pharisees' misunderstanding of the Sabbath