Mark 11

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“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

– Mark 11:25.

Apart from His grace and empowering, I am an unforgiving and hard man. But by God’s grace, and His enabling Spiritual power, we have the ability in Christ to fulfill this command to forgive.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Mark 10

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And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!

– Mark 10:24

Though it is difficult for us—at times—to trust wholly in the Lord (remember the text in Mark 9, yesterday), we so quickly find ourselves trusting in the riches of this world. The tangible (though fleeting) wealth of this world can be a massive barrier keeping us from the Kingdom of God. Beware that you not be ensnared by the folly of trusting in riches.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Mark 9

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Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!

– Mark 9:24

The words of this fearful father are words that I think many of us could utter on a number of occasions. There are many times were we find our faith challenged by circumstances beyond our level of trust. And yet the Lord is so gracious with us. I believe He does help when our faith is small.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Mark 8

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And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.

– Mark 8:31-32

I’ve always found this to be comical. “Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.” In Matthew’s account it is recorded that Peter said, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” How bold and audacious we can sometimes be in our communication with the Lord. We would do well to be reminded that He is our Lord and Master.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Mark 7

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He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

– Mark 7:9

How much of a shock must these words have been to the Pharisees and scribes—to whom they were spoken—and to the disciples and general people that must have heard them? The Pharisees and scribes were honored in the Jewish world of the first century. They were committed and ardent followers of the law, and the traditions. But, as can so easily be the case, they had wrongly exalted their traditions to a level God had never intended.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Mark 6

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 So they went out and preached that people should repent.

– Mark 6:12

The message of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2) was the same as the message of Jesus (Matthew 4:17), which then became the message of the early disciples. It was the message Petter preached at Pentecost. It was the message that Paul gave upon his conversion in Damascus, in Jerusalem, in Judea, and then among the gentiles, too (Acts 26:20).

Jesus’ commissioning words in Luke still stand today, “Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:46-47).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Mark 5

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While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

– Mark 5:35

I cannot even begin to imagine the devastation and despair that this message would have brought to the ruler of the synagogue. He had sought the Lord and bid Him to come to His home. He believe that Jesus could heal his sick and dying daughter. But then a distraction had come and hindered the Healer from a timely arrival. “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” Each word was no doubt like a blow striking deep.

The obvious implication of the messenger was one of hopelessness. But the situation was not hopeless. The seemingly hopeless situation was a setup for God’s power and glory to be revealed.

I’m not saying that every despair producing circumstance in this fallen world will be undone by God’s power, but every one of them is and opportunity for God’s power and glory to be revealed.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Mark 4

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And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.”

– Mark 4:26-27

Earlier in Mark 4 Jesus explains that the seed (at least in the previous parable of the sower) is the word (of God). It is not a stretch to apply the same interpretation to the seed of this later parable too. In doing so, we are presented with an interesting truth.

The minister of God, like a sower scattering seed, gives forth the Word of God, which ultimately sprouts, grows, and produces fruit. In twenty years of preaching and pastoral ministry, I can attest that this is observationally true. But I can also say that I, myself, do not know how it works.

It is a miracle of God’s grace. I faithfully sow the seed of the Word of God, and every Sunday night I sleep, and then I rise on Monday to prepare and plan (throughout the week) to do it again. But how it sprouts, grows, and produces fruit … I do not know how. Grace, upon grace! God gives the increase.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Mark 3

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And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

– Mark 3:5

From this passage it has many times been pointed out that with God’s commands come His enabling power, too. There are over a thousand New Testament commands given to the Christian. These are not given merely to show how incapable we are, and emphasize God’s great grace, though they do that. These commands are given that we, by them, might “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). And as we engage in this exercise, we begin to experience the enabling power of our God who “works in us to will and to do His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Mark 2

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When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

– Mark 2:5

In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, the LORD said to Samuel, “The LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Mark 2:5 is a New Testament reminder of this great truth.

Yes, the man brought to Jesus at the open of Mark 2 was in need of a physical healing, but the condition of his heart was of a bigger concern to Jesus. Therefore Jesus said, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon