February 9, 2017 Exodus 21; Psalm 12; Matthew 9
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Let Your Perfect Words Remain | Tara Wiley
S~ And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. Psalm 12:6 (NLT)
O~ God’s Words are always perfect.
A~ I’ve been so concerned lately that my words haven’t been perfect. What if I said the wrong thing at a critical moment? Chances are I did. But Who is perfect? God. His Word is ALWAYS perfect. So when I direct people to Him and His Word, I can’t go wrong.
P~ Lord, I always have loved the prayer many leaders I’ve been under have said – “Let my words fall by the wayside, and let God’s Words be the only ones that remain.” I’m asking that of You now, Lord. Let any foolish words I have spoken fall to the ground like dust. Your Word is flawless, perfect, like the purest of gold and silver. Let Your Word bring fruit in my friends’ lives. Help me to be faithful to fully reflect the truth of Your Word above my own opinions or flawed perspective. Show me each day how to do that best, with my children, my spouse, my friends, and in ministry.
Bring it to Jesus | Luisa Penaherrera
S~ Some people brought him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son! Your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2 (NLT)
O & A~ This verse reminds me that Jesus is the one to go to, the one I need to bring everything to, my fears, my pain, my sorrow, my joy, my dreams.
P~ Thank you Jesus, for reminding me that you’re my center, my rock.
Mercy | Kelley Deases
S~ But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13 (NIV)
O~ Religious ritual is one thing; true faith is quite another. The Pharisees made such a production of their rule-following, their rituals, their fasting, their prayers, their “sacrificial” adherence to the Scriptures, but had completely overlooked the thing Jesus teaches is most important to God’s heart — mercy toward their fellow man. Rather than reach out in compassion and invite others into God’s kingdom, the Pharisees stood in judgment and condemnation of anyone not observant of their “sacrifices.”
A~ Having been raised in the church, I really have to guard my heart against “doing the church thing” and thinking that is enough, or, worse yet, judging others who don’t “do the church thing” as I do. I need to have God’s heart for redemption toward everyone and also realize I am no less a sinner in need of mercy myself.
P~ Father, Just the other day, something ugly came out of my mouth about the kind of people who shop at a certain store. I had to apologize to the person I was talking to, but that was an indicator of where my heart was that day. I confess this wrong thinking in which I esteemed myself higher than others. You have called me to show mercy and love, the very thing You have lavished upon me.
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