Matthew 17

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And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. “So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

– Matthew 17:14-16

It happens often that after great spiritual high’s and “mountain-top experiences” we then find ourselves immediately in a demon possessed valley. Peter, James and John had seen the Lord in all His glory on the mountain top, only to come down the mountain into a pressing trial.

It is important to keep in mind that mountain-top experiences and spiritual high’s are preparation for the low spiritual battles that are to come.

Today’s Goal

Be on guard. We are in a spiritual battle, so walk circumspectly.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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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 16

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Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

– Matthew 16:16

This is the bedrock of the church. Jesus is the Anointed Son of the Living God. You can believe Him to be a good teacher, a miracle worker, a social reformer and even a prophet. But until you recognize Him as the Anointed Son of the Living God, you’re not a saint in His Church.

Today’s Goal

Stand strong upon the firm foundation of our faith; Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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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 15

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“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

– Matthew 15:19

Wouldn’t it be great to get rid of the wickedness of murder, adultery, immorality, stealing, lies and gossip? Some people think that if we just had better education or more fair societies, then such things would disappear. But the problem is these things are not the product of circumstance or upbringing. Evil thoughts and evil actions proceed from an evil heart. To deal with these wicked injustices we need completely transformed hearts.

Today’s Goal

Remember, the gospel makes evil men righteous and transforms societies by transforming hearts. Don’t be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the very power of God!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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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 14

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And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”

– Matthew 14:17

Have you every felt as through the mission to which Jesus has called you is just to great? Does the task seem impossible? Do you feel like you are lacking (time, resources, ability, ingenuity, etc.)? That’s great! That’s exactly the kind of circumstance in which Jesus loves to show up, because it is there He gets the greatest glory.

Today’s Goal

Don’t look to your resources, look to your God.

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 13

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Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.

– Matthew 13:3

This is the beginning of the parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. In fact later in the chapter we read that without a parable Jesus did not speak to the multitudes. As a fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus taught the people the mysteries of the kingdom of God in short narratives with deep spiritual meaning.

We could literally spend weeks talking about the parables of Matthew 13. These short stories are deep mines of truth and you’d do well to dig deeper into them. If thats something you’re interested in, here are a few resource recommendations to help you in your study.

The Parables of Jesus” by James Montgomery Boyce

The Parables of Jesus” by William Barclay

Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told” by John MacArthur

Today’s Goal

Spend some deeper time getting to know the Parables of Jesus. You’ll find some deep truths of His kingdom hidden under the surface.

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 12

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And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

– Matthew 12:21

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, but He is also the savior of the world! What do I mean? He was and is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament Jewish prophecies about the Anointed One of God, but the Anointed One of God came not only for the people of His day and locale. Jesus came for all people at any time in every place, and in His name Gentiles do trust; just as Isaiah prophesied 2,800 years ago.

Today’s Goal

Don’t allow your trust in Jesus to be something in the past. Trust Him today! What are you facing? What difficulty at work, school or home is overwhelming you? Trust Jesus in that situation and with that circumstance.

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 11

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“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

– Matthew 11:6

John the Baptist literally gave it all for the call and cause of Christ. He is and will always be one of the great illustrations of a “no compromised life.” Of Jesus he said, “He must increase and I must decrease.” But at the end of John’s life; imprisoned for righteousness sake and death by execution on the horizon, he experience a crisis.

I may be reading too much into the text, but it seems that John’s expectation of the Messiah wasn’t being met. This wasn’t the outcome he imagined, which was why he sent his disciples to Jesus with a question. “Are you the Christ, or should we seek another?”

“John, I know this isn’t the way you thought things would turn out. My plan may look different than how you dreamed it. But I do have a plan, and blessed are you if you are not offended when my plan plays out differently than you imagined it would.”

Today’s Goal

How do you respond when Jesus doesn’t meet your expectations? If He hasn’t yet, He will. Don’t be offended with the Lord if He doesn’t meet your expectations.

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 10

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“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

– Matthew 10:16

The world into which we’ve been called to serve our Lord is a world filled with opposition to Him and His kingdom. As His ambassadors we must maintain meekness, but cunning wisdom too. Christians are called to exhibit and exercise wisdom, and if the foolishness of God is wiser than men (1 Corinthians 1:25), then we—His representatives—ought to be constant examples of wisdom.

Today’s Goal

James wrote, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously… and it will be given to you.” If you are lacking wisdom today, pray and ask God for His.

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 9

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“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

– Matthew 9:38

When Jesus saw the multitudes of weary and scattered people He was moved with compassion. Now, 2,000 years later, the harvest is still plentiful. The laborers are still few. May we be moved with compassion as we look upon the multitudes of our day.

Today’s Goal

Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers!

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 8

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Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.

— Matthew 8:23

True disciples follow Jesus. Just before this verse a follower of Jesus said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father, before I follow you.” Apparently there were things in his life that were keeping him from being a diligent disciple of the Lord. He was unwilling or unable to truly walk with and follow the Lord. He was not (in the end) a genuine disciple, because true disciples follow Jesus.

Today’s Goal

Is there anything in your life that is keeping you from fully following Jesus? Lay it down! Jesus is greater.

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