Matthew 7

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“Judge not, that you be not judged.

— Matthew 7:1

This might be one of the most quoted statements of Jesus… by non-believers. If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you’ve probably had someone tell you, “Jesus said you’re not supposed to judge! Don’t judge me!” Well, that’s only partly true.

Jesus did say, “Judge not.” But He didn’t stop there. Judgement is not forbidden by Jesus, but unjust, hypocritical judgment is. If ever you do point the finger of judgment upon another individual for their sinful behavior, make sure you’ve first examined yourself in the light of God’s word, and remember, “with what judgment you judge, you will be judged.” If ever there were a verse that would encourage mercy, that’s it.

Today’s Goal

Be merciful in your judgment of others; Jesus sure has been merciful to you.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 6

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“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

– Matthew 6:9-13

Prayer was a vital part of Jesus’ life and ministry here upon the earth. If the Messiah; the Son of God, needed to spend time in regular prayer, then there is no doubt that you and I do too. Jesus wanted His disciples to follow His example, so He took time to teach them (i.e. Us) a model or method for prayer. That’s what Matthew 6:9-13 is.

Today’s Goal

Take 5 uninterrupted minutes and pray to your Father in heaven. At the very least, you can thank God it’s Friday.

Have a Great Weekend!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 5

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And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying…

– Matthew 5:1-2

This is the opening of one of my favorite passages of the Bible; a section of Jesus’ teaching called “The Sermon on the Mount.” The inspiration for the message was the multitudes of needy, hurting, hungry, lost people that were following Jesus. Knowing that His time here on earth would be short, Jesus moved away from the multitudes to be with His closest followers to prepare them for the time when the work of reaching the multitudes would fall to them.

In the face of such great need there is a temptation to run right out and “get to work” in the fields of ministry. But every minister needs training and preparation, or else their time and effectiveness in the work will be little.

Today’s Goal

Do not overlook or neglect the importance of preparation for the work.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 4

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But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

– Matthew 4:4

Why are we listening through the Scriptures this year? Why should the Bible be apart of my daily life? Because it is spiritual food by which we are spiritually nourished, strengthened and equipped.

Today’s Goal

Don’t miss a meal! Continue to spend time daily in God’s word.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 3

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“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

– Matthew 3:2

Years have passed from the narrative of Matthew chapter 2 to that of Matthew chapter 3. Jesus is no longer a child, but an adult, preparing to step on to the stage, to fulfill His mission. But prior to the advent of His ministry, one has come to “prepare the way of the Lord” in fulfillment of God’s word through the Prophet Isaiah.

John the Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness, making the people ready for the Messiah. After more than 4 centuries of silence, God was once again crying out to His people, and His message was clear, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” As we’ll hear tomorrow, Jesus’ early message will be identical to John’s.

Today’s Goal

Are you ready for the Kingdom of Heaven? Is there anything in your life right now that needs to be renounced and turned away from? If so, repent!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 2

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And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

– Matthew 2:8

Herod posed as a worshiper of Jesus for his own personal gain. He was pretentious and insincere in his approach to the Lord. Thankfully the sham wasn’t successful, but it does bring to light a challenging reality.

There are pretenders among God’s people. Individuals who feign devotion for personal gain. Ultimately, like Herod 2,000 years ago, such individuals will be dealt with justly. But they cause damage nonetheless.

Today’s Goal

Remember, “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way” (John 4:23).

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Matthew 1

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Happy New Year!

Today we begin not only a new year, but also a new journey through the New Testament, which means we are back to the beginning of the Gospels. The Gospels present the life and ministry of our Lord. Though they are not complete biographies, they reveal the glories of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I pray that your walk with the Lord is enriched as you listen through the Gospels with us.

Today’s Goal

Make a commitment to listen through the New Testament with us this year.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Revelation 22

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He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

– Revelation 22:20

These are Jesus’ last words. “Surely I am coming quickly.” And we who look for His appearing wait in anticipation for the fulfillment of this prophetic promise. One day these words will be fulfilled.

Today’s goal

Live in expectancy of the return of Jesus.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 21

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Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

– Revelation 21:15

Thew New Year begins in just 48 hours. I’m not sure what it has been like for you, but 2015 has been a crazy one for me. I’m looking forward to 2016. But more than that, I’m looking forward to the day when Jesus makes all things new.

Revelation 21 speaks of a new heaven, a new earth, a new Jerusalem and all things just plain new. It is new as in “fresh” and “unworn.” In 2 Corinthians 5:1 Paul writes that one day we will also receive new bodies. Again in 1 Corinthians 15:52-54 Paul reveals that this corrupted, mortal body will one day put on an uncorrupted, immortal body. That sounds like good news to me.

Today’s goal

As we step into a new year that has never been lived in, rejoice that one day we’ll step with new bodies into a fresh, unworn world with Jesus.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 20

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Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

– Revelation 20:14

There is a day of reckoning and recompense coming. There will be justice and judgment for the guilty, and there will be no escape from God’s wrath upon unrighteousness. This is a sobering reality. But amidst the awfulness of it, we must not forget that God will be righteous in the execution of His wrath.

Today’s goal

Extend God’s grace and forgiveness to someone that has yet to receive it.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson