Mark 1

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Devotional

They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

– Mark 1:18

What would it take to move you to leave your livelihood, and everything you have, to follow Christ, and faithfully serve His mission and Kingdom? Jesus simply said, “Follow me” to Peter, Andrew, John and James (and others too), and immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

It’s unlikely that Jesus is calling you to leave your livelihood to come and follow Him today. But He may call you to step out of your comfort-zone to shine as a light for His kingdom. May the example of Peter and Andrew be an encouragement to you to step out in faith today.

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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

Matthew 28

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And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

– Matthew 28:18–20

This commission of Christ was given 2,000 years ago, and we (the Church) are still committed to the mission. A mission that is continuing, but not finished after 2,000 years is an indication of at least two very important things. First it is an indication of a huge mission and task. And second, it is an indication of great faith and faithfulness.

The mission of world evangelization is massive. So massive that—in and by our own strength—it can appear impossible. But the church, in great faith and by sincere faithfulness, has reminded on mission for 20 centuries. And ultimately, according to the book of Revelation (chapters 5 and 7), the task will one day be complete.

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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

Matthew 27

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Devotional

But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

– Matthew 27:20

How much do you have to hate someone to stir up people to destroy another individual? The striking thing is that they could justify it so much that they (as religious leaders—including the chief priest) thought themselves to be doing the will of God.

Be afraid when your disdain for another moves toward malice.

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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

Matthew 26

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Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

– Matthew 26:38

We need to have the full picture of Christ’s nature, as we read and study the Gospels. Jesus is fully God, but He was fully man, too. In His deity we see Him raise the dead, fead the multitudes, walk on water, cast out demons and heal the sick. But in His humanity we seem him exceedingly sorrowful and distressed in the garden of Gethsemane. Don’t miss the humanity of Christ. Jesus, “being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8).

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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

Matthew 25

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His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

– Matthew 25:23

It is my desire—and I think the desire of many (if not most) Christians—to one day stand before our Lord in heaven and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” How can we assure that we will hear Him say this? Be faithful!

You have trusted in Christ for Salvation, now trust in Him by walking in faithfulness to Him. Be faithful and you will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” as you enter into the joy of the Lord’s paradise.

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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

Matthew 24

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And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.

– Matthew 24:4

When it comes to eschatology (and many agree that Matthew 24 and 25 are dealing with future eschatological issues), there is [unfortunately] a whole lot of deception. Therefore, it is essential that you become a student of the Scriptures more than a disciple of sensational books, articles, and YouTube videos. The best way to identify a counterfeit is to become obsessively familiar with the genuine.

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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

Matthew 23

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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under herwings, but you were not willing!

– Matthew 23:37

It makes you wonder, could Israel have received their Messiah at His first coming? Christ certainly desired that they would.

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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

Matthew 22

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Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

– Matthew 22:29

How often we are mistaken and in error, because we too do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

I’m so grateful that you’ve made the Scriptures a priority in your life this year, by reading (or listening) through the Bible. I am certain that it will produce good fruit in your life.

You’ve made it through the first month! And, we’re almost through the first Gospel.

Helpful Resources

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

Matthew 21

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“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

– Matthew 21:22

If we truly believe this, then it will affect the frequency and focus of our prayers. And I have discovered that the more I pray—even for little things like parking spaces, and headaches—the more I rejoice in answered prayer.

Helpful Resources

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

Matthew 20

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‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’

– Matthew 20:15

It is hard for us to accept that has the right to do as He pleases with His goods. It is especially difficult for us to accept it when we begin to realize that we belong to Him, and He can do with us as he pleases. Diffulct until we realize that He loves us and desires greater things for us than we have ever desired for ourselves.

Helpful Resources

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