Devotionals for May 2017


#85 Spiritual Ears that Hear God


We come to the end of Jesus’ discourse on discipleship in Luke 14:35 – ESV: He who has ears to hear, let him hear. AMP: He who has ears to hear, let him listen and consider and comprehend by hearing. … Continue reading

#84 The Disciple’s Spiritual Purity


Matthew 5:13 AMPC You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out … Continue reading

#83 Mixture Is Wanting Something for ME


1 John 2:15-17 ESV Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of … Continue reading

#82 For Love of the World


Luke 14:34-35a AMPC Salt is good [an excellent thing], but if salt has lost its strength and has become saltless (insipid, flat) how shall its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the land nor for the manure heap; … Continue reading

#81 The Conscience of the World


Luke 14:34-35 ESV Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has … Continue reading

#80 Salt, the Unseen Spark


Luke 14:33-34 NASB So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? The true … Continue reading

#79 Salt of the Earth


Luke 14:33-34 NASB So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? Oh, the … Continue reading

#78 The Heart’s Possessions


Luke 14:33 NASB So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. The Lord is ever concerned with the heart, only the heart. All of life is the exposure of the … Continue reading

#77 Priests and Disciples


Luke 14:33 NASB So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. The priests of the Old Testament could own nothing, yet the best was theirs. They could own no land, but … Continue reading

#76 Faith and Surrender Were the Victory


Reading Matthew 4: The Temptation of Jesus    Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on … Continue reading

#75 Soldier of Christ Jesus


2 Timothy 2:3-4 AMPC Take (with me) your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] … Continue reading

#74 We Will Be Sifted Like Wheat


Luke 22:31-32 NASB Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Sifted like … Continue reading

#73 Jesus’ Prayer in Warfare


Luke 22:31 NASB Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail… Jesus’ prayers were bare and to the marrow of the need. This is … Continue reading

#72 Victory in the Vessel


2 Corinthians 4:7-10 NASB But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not … Continue reading

#71 The Cost of the Conflict


There are volumes that could be written about discipleship. The Lord seems to be focused this morning on warfare. Let’s go back to the scripture we have been addressing on the cost of the conflict: Luke 14:31-33 AMPC Or what … Continue reading

#70 God’s Consecrated People


Ephesians 4:12 AMPC His (Father’s) intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church)… Disciples are builders. And builders train … Continue reading

#69 Where Jesus is Lord, People are Church


Jesus declared that where “two or three are gathered IN MY NAME I am there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20). One is an individual in relationship with his or her Savior. That is foundational. But two or three together, meeting … Continue reading

#68 The Presence of the Lord


Ephesians 2:21b AMPC …a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. Church is to be a place where the actual presence of the Lord is evident—His words, His Life, His … Continue reading

#67 An Abode for God


Ephesians 2:21b-22 AMPC …a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the … Continue reading

#66 A Holy Temple


Ephesians 2:21 AMPC In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated and sacred to the presence of the Lord].  … Continue reading