Day 5 – Greater

1 John 3:19-22 (NIV)
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

“Whenever our hearts condemn us, we ourselves, who are distinct from our heart, and stand, as it were, outside it, must set it at rest, or reassure and pacify its misgivings. But how? Partly, as we have already seen, by the fact that ‘we know that we belong to the truth’ (19). But partly also by the fact that God is greater than our hearts, and himself knows everything. Often our conscience accuses us justly. At such times ‘only when it is overruled by the pardoning edict of God can its voice be properly hushed’ (Bruce, p. 99). But our conscience is by no means infallible; its condemnation may often be unjust. We can, therefore, appeal from our conscience to God, who is greater and more knowledgeable” (John Stott, Letters of John, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries).

Prayer: Lord, you know everything and are greater than our hearts. We are at rest in your presence knowing that we belong to the truth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Raised to Life” by Elevation Worship (click here).

-AW

 

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Day 4 – Mercy!

Mark 10:46-52 NIV
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

“There is opposition when we cry out to Jesus, trying to silence and block us. The world tells us that we shouldn’t put our faith in Christ – that healing doesn’t come from God or that he doesn’t care or he isn’t powerful – that we should only believe in things we can see or explain…Despite being physically blind, lacking financially and socially, Bartimaeus recognized who was on the road more than those around him” (P. Jason Han).

Prayer: Have mercy on us, Lord! We need your healing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Miracles” by Jesus Culture (click here).

-AW

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Day 3 – Well

Matthew 9:35-36 NIV
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

3 John 2-4 NIV
2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

“As we see, Jesus taught, preached, and he also healed ‘every disease and sickness’ (threefold ministry). His healing confirmed his arrival as King and how he had compassion. And we know that his healing ministry continued with his disciples and the early church and it continues today with us through the Holy Spirit…Healing is not just about the result, but following Jesus is the greater healing” (P. Jason Han).

Prayer: By your Spirit, we obey your commands to believe in your name and love one another, as your healing ministry continues today in our churches. Following you, Jesus, is our greater healing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Here I Bow” by Bethel (click here).

-AW

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Day 2 – Afresh

Let’s read aloud together:

Lamentations 3:22-26 NLT
22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”
25 The LORD is good to those who depend on him,
    to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly
    for salvation from the LORD.

“In other words, reassurance cannot come from within us, but must come from the objective truth about God and his gracious mercy that sent Jesus to the cross. And because God already knows everything we’ve done or failed to do, we can confess to him both our legitimate guilt for failing to love others as fully as we ought and what may be illegitimate guilt, resting in God’s just and merciful judgment alone” (Karen Jobes, 1, 2, & 3 John, ZECNT).

All can go well because we have relationship with the almighty God who is healing and making us whole. We can know how deep and wide Jesus’ salvation / healing is as we continue to receive afresh every morning his unending love and mercy.

Prayer: Lord, you are faithful and your mercies begin afresh each morning! So, we depend on you, putting our hope in you for all that we need. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Son of Suffering” by Matt Redman (click here).

-AW

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Day 1 – Daughter

Luke 8:47-48 NIV
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

“[Jesus] is fully aware of the woman and her need and here is trying to draw her out. His desire is that she be healed spiritually as well as physically. The latter has already happened, and it is time for the more important eternal touch…Jesus begins by calling her ‘daughter’ to stress the new relationship. She is now part of God’s family. His final words are significant and point to one of the primary thrusts of this story – the power of saving faith (8:48)…Physical healing has become spiritual salvation through her faith…His final ‘Go in peace’ was the normal goodbye in the Jewish world, but here it is filled with spiritual promise and meaning. She is now at peace with God, herself, and all those around her” (Luke Verse by Verse, Osborne New Testament Commentaries).

Jesus is the one who saves, heals and is our peace that “all may go well” in every way.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving us, for calling us your own. We belong to you and can daily live in this healing, loving promise. In Jesus name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Wellspring” by Leeland (click here).

-AW

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