Luke 11

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But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

– Luke 11:28

In Luke 1 it is recorded that the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary, “blessed are you among women!” In Luke 11:27 it is recorded that an unnamed woman in the multitude of Jesus’ followers raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” Luke 11:28 is Christ’s response.

Yes, Mary was and is most certainly blessed among women, but you and I have the opportunity to be blessed also, and even to a greater extent. How? By hearing and doing the word of God.

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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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 10

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“He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

– Luke 10:16

Rejection is hard. I’ve yet to meet the person who takes it well. Myself included. But when, in sharing the grace and goodness of Jesus, we are rejected, we need to keep in mind that it is ultimately a refusal of Christ, and His great grace.

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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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 9

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Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

– Luke 9:23

Each of the 4 gospel accounts record some form of this powerful word of Christ, but only Luke records that truth of continual, daily self denial. The Apostle Paul (Luke’s close friend, and no doubt his key source) also wrote of the need to “die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31).

With every passing day of walking with Jesus the more I realize the necessity for continual self denial. I look forward, with great expectation, to the day when this fallen nature is gone for good. But until then, I do need to die daily.

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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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 8

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“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

– Luke 8:39

The commission given to the demoniac delivered from a legion of demons is the same given to you and me. “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.”

Who can argue with a changed life? That’s why your testimony is so important and powerful. Don’t ever underestimate the potency of proclaiming the great things that Jesus has done for 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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 7

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

– Luke 7:23

It is easy to become upset or offended with the Lord when He doesn’t meet your expectations. I think that’s where John the Baptist was in his heart and mind when he sent his closest friends to Jesus, while he sat in prison, awaiting execution.

John’s predicament was “for righteousness sake.” He’d done nothing worthy of imprisonment and death, but that’s what awaited him. I’m sure he was discouraged. I’m sure this wasn’t what he expected. Certainly he thought things would be better for him at this point in the game. Jesus’ word to John is challenging to me. Things don’t always go the way I think they should for me (as a follower and servant of God), but “Blessed is he who is not offended” when He doesn’t work the way I think He should or would.

For more thought on this, I highly recommend the book “The Prisoner in the Third Cell” by Gene Edwards.

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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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 6

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“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”

– Luke 6:27-31

If we’re honest we will quickly acknowledge our complete and total inability to (in our own strength) do what Jesus is here commanding. I do not know how to love my enemies. I find it quite impossible to do good to those who hate me and bless those who curse me. But I can confess with a clear conscience that I want to be able to do what Jesus here prescribes.

“Lord, help me to be like You! Give me the supernatural ability to love like You love and to give like You give.”

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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 5

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So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed

– Luke 5:11

After witnessing the power of Jesus, they heeded the call of Jesus and gave up everything to follow Him. This really is an amazing move by the first followers of Jesus. I’m not sure I can fully grasp the weight of what actually took place when Peter, James and John here “forsook all and followed Jesus.” They literally were giving up their lives and livelihood to become “fishers of men.” It is a profound and powerful statement.

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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

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Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 4

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Sorry for yesterday’s lack of a devotional comment…

But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written
And Jesus answered and said to him… for it is written
And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said

– Luke 4:4, 8, 12

Luke 4, like Matthew 4, presents the direct temptation of Christ by the devil. It is an important passage as it presents the humanity of Jesus (“in all points tempted as we are” Hebrews 4:15), but also gives us great insight into how we can stand against temptation and defeat the enemy. Through which we find that simple response of Jesus to the tactic of the devil is the living and powerful word of Scripture.

Three times Jesus is tempted, after the routine pattern of Satan (the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life), and three times Jesus responds with the resounding “It is written!” of Scripture.

The most effective weapon against the temptations we face is the Word of God. Therefore, it is essential that we read, listen to, memorize and meditate upon the Word of God continually.

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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 3

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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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 2

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And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

– Luke 2:49

To me this has always been one of those semi-funny stories of Scripture. Jesus’ family unknowingly left him behind as they departed Jerusalem to return to Galilee. They were separated from their 12 year old son for 3 days before they found Him reasoning with the priests and religious leaders at the temple. Three days! Of course it wouldn’t be the last time He would be lost to His loved ones for three days. And always He was “about His Father’s business.”

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

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim