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October 8, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Blind Eyes 2


 

Matthew 15:10-12, 14

And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “…Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

 

Thought for Today

This is not one of Jesus more compassionate moments. When the Pharisees are offended by Jesus’ teaching he doesn’t argue with them or even debate the point with the person who told Him they were upset. Jesus simply dismisses them as blind guides who will fall into a pit sooner or later. To be fair, which we rarely are to the Pharisees, what Jesus said was quite shocking. Next to circumcision nothing defined Jewishness, and therefore their covenant with God, more than the dietary laws. Jews had literally died rather than be forced to eat unlawful things. And now Jesus is saying they shouldn’t really be concerned with all of that. He said that their words were more corrupting than pig flesh! They should have been offended! However, Jesus knew that it was no use arguing with them. They would never see His point. They were so steeped in their own understanding of the world that they simply couldn’t process anything to the contrary. The point of all this is that Jesus did not argue with everyone about everything He said. Jesus only took time to discuss things with people who were open to considering what He had to say. We can learn an important lesson. We waste a lot of energy debating with people who are not open to the truth yet. Facebook feeds are filled with spiritual and political debates between people who will never see the other sides point. We should imitate Jesus and save our energy for those who have ears to hear the truth.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, give me the gift of discernment this week, that I would know when to speak and when to be silent. Help me to not let my zeal for You cause me to engage in unfruitful conversations. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible. ― Stuart Chase

 

Quote of the Day

A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it. ― H.L. Mencken

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October 7, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Blind Eyes 1


2 Corinthians 4: 3-4

Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

 

Thought for Today

Have you ever tried to talk to someone about faith and they just didn’t seem capable of understanding anything you were saying? It feels like you are speaking a foreign language. For those who know Jesus it just doesn’t seem that hard. Everyone knows that they do bad things. They know that, if there is a God, He would have reason to be upset with them. Yet they seem completely incapable of grasping that God did something about those bad things we call sin because of His great love for them. It sounds to them like a fairytale. This is not because they aren’t smart enough to comprehend what they are being told. To the contrary, sometimes they think the are too smart to accept it. The truth is that their eyes are blinded to keep them from seeing the truth. The god of this world, that’s code for Satan, is doing everything in his power to make sure that they remain confused, argumentative, and blind. Only God can lift the scales from their eyes. That is why reaching someone for Jesus always begins with prayer. The first battle to be won is a spiritual battle. Who has God placed on your heart that has been blind to the light of the gospel? Begin praying for them today.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I have a burden on my spirit for _________. They seem to be blind to the truth of Your great love for them. Send Your Holy Spirit to remove their blinders and break down their defenses so that they will come to a place of openness to the gospel of Your love for them in Christ. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. —Apostle Paul

 

Quote of the Day

Blindness is far more a state of mind than it is a condition of the eyes. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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October 4, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Heartbeat 5


John 15:9-10

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

 

Thought for Today

How can you have a heart that is passionate about the things God is passionate about and pure before Him? By being in a love relationship with Him. When we understand who we are and identify with our place as a son or daughter of God and a child of His Kingdom passion and obedience become easy. Your identity informs your behavior. As a child of God, who knows and loves his/her Heavenly Father, there are simply things that you do and do not do. Just like as a fan of your favorite team there are colors you do and don’t wear. As a member of your earthly family there are behaviors that are acceptable and unacceptable, no matter what is considered “normal” for other families. So, if you have a passion or obedience problem what you really have is a relationship problem. You are not connected to Jesus as you should be. He is the vine, you grow out of Him. If you lose your connection with Him you lose your identity as a part of the vine. What steps do you need to take to strengthen your relationship with Jesus this weekend?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for making me Your child. I apologize that I have not lived up to that reality. Help me to better understand what it means to be Your child and, growing in Your love, begin to live like it. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Trusting God's grace means trusting God's love for us rather than our love for God. […] Therefore, our prayers should consist mainly of rousing our awareness of God's love for us rather than trying to rouse God's awareness of our love for him, like the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:26-29).” ― Peter Kreeft, Prayer For Beginners

 

Quote of the Day

What makes a man's 80 year-old Irish uncle skip like a little boy? "Me Father is very fond of me! ― John Ortberg Jr., Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

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