He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.”
God wants me to help do His work. I should not be afraid to serve others in God’s name due to lack of resources. God will provide.
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.//
May I please the Lord in every way.
Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
Note that the centurion never directly talks to Jesus, and Jesus never meets the centurion. In fact, Jesus didn’t even have to tell the servant to get better. The centurion’s extreme faith in Jesus apparently made it so words weren’t necessary. May God heal me because of my strong faith.
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
This is how I can emulate God, but I can surely not do this without His power and strength.
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.//
Somehow there is a Holy Spirit produced love that goes beyond normal affections. May I discover that.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”
Why do I doubt the Lord until I see Him at work?
Colossians 1:7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf.//
God uses others to teach us how to live for Christ. May I be such a person.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
Note that the devil did not just tempt Jesus at the end. Instead, Satan tempted Jesus each and every day until His hunger made Him the most vulnerable. We must watch out as Satan doesn’t only come once; he builds up to when we are at our weakest.
8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
Lord, grant me wisdom to know the difference.
because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
Isn’t it interesting that even the wicked know who is righteous?