Scripture: 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great
number of fish, and their net was breaking. 11 So when they had brought their
boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
Observation 1: With obedience comes great reward.
Observation 2: It is like Jesus was doing a little foretelling
here. They caught a massive amount of fish and then Jesus tells them they are
going to fish for men, and catch just as bag a catch. Larger even, God is way
more worried about our souls than our stomachs.
Observation 3: Before any of this could happen though, one man
had to be obedient. He did not believe that there would be any fish, but he
said, “nevertheless at Your word I will…”
Observation 4: We cannot continue to hold tight to all we have
and still follow God. “They forsook ALL.” We have to give it ALL to
Application: I want to be blessed because I obeyed God, even
through the doubts and lack of understanding. I do not feel like I have a
problem handing my possessions over to God. My husband and children is a
different thing. I KNOW they are better off in His hands, but we have a huge
fear of the unknown.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be obedient in every
Week 5 Tuesday
Scripture: 13 Then He put out His hand and touched him saying, “I
am willing; be cleansed.” 14 And He charged Him to tell no one, “But go and show
yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony
to them, just as Moses commanded.” 16 So He Himself often withdrew into the
wilderness and prayed.
Observation 1: Verse 13 is another one of those verses where you
need to understand the verse before. This leper lowered himself before Jesus and
showed amazing faith, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus
rewards faith so strong, if it is His will.
Not sure about verse 14
Observation 2: Though I am not sure how much attention I have
paid to this verse in the past, I now love it. Think about poor Jesus. He was
like an actor with the paparazzi always around them. It says in verse 15 that
“great multitudes” came to hear Him preach and to be healed. He must have been
exhausted! I am sure that He needed to draw on God’s strength, a lot. And be
renewed by the Spirit so He could continue to preach God’s word and heal people.
He leaves the people and heads out to pray “often”. If the Son of God needs to
pray often it seems to me that we should be praying even more than
Application 1: I want to be like Jesus, taking my concerns to
God, often and over everything.
Prayer: Lord, I can do nothing without You! Help me to turn to
You in ALL things, to rely on Your strength. I can do all things with You and
nothing without You!
I love the Courageous song, especially the part that says, “They
only way we’ll ever stand is on our knees with lifted hands.”
Week 5 Wednesday
Scripture: 20 When he saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your
sins are forgiven you.” 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered
and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier to
say, “Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you
may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” –He said to the
man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your
Observation 1: Again we see Jesus rewarding great
Observation 2: The beginning of the Pharisees testing
Application 1 Jesus wants us to have a strong faith in Him. This
is sometimes very hard. We see a physical barrier and do not believe that a
Spiritual God can move it. I struggle with this. The people of this day were so
blessed to have Jesus there with them. We must remember, though, He is here with
us also. And if we really open our eyes and look we can see him in
Prayer: Open my eyes, Father and help me to see You! To see You
working in a very real way in my life. I want to feel You presence Lord and know
that you are with me. ~Amen
Week 5 Thursday
Scripture: 31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are
well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to
call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Observation 1: I cannot stand how the Pharisees thought that they
were better than everyone else. Jesus knew just how to handle them though. What
wonderful words He spoke here. He came for us! All of us! Little did they know,
for they thought that they were righteous, but He came for them as well. “As it
is written, there is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10
Application 1: There are times, if I am honest, that I
feel that I am a better Christian than someone else.
Maybe their sin is more visible or deliberate than mine. I need to
remember that I am not righteous or good. I am a sinner and I need God’s grace
and mercy every day just like everyone else. I praise God that He sent His Son
for my sinful soul, and that He will not give up on me and will continue to
work in my heart and life.
Prayer: Father, thank you for a Bible study that shows me that I
need to remember to be humble in my walk with You. It is by Your grace that I am
saved, not of myself. It is a gift from You, and one that I do not deserve, and
not of my own works. I have no right to be proud or boast. Thank You Lord for
Your gift of salvation! ~Amen
Week 5 Friday
Scripture: 34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of
the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come
when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those
Observation: bridegroom=Jesus and friends=disciples; other than
this, I really do not understand.