February 18

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“The Lord will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:3 NLT).

From: February 18, 2019

NEED OR GREED

The righteous look to the Lord for provision. They sow and labor for the harvest, yet they look to the Lord for the increase. They know that both the seed and the fruit are from the Lord, so they work while trusting God for their food. The Lord meets their needs, so they are able to rest in peace when they lay down to sleep.
 
The apostle Paul reminded the believers in Philippi of this beautiful promise, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil.4:19).
 
But the wicked always crave for more than they need. Always craving more than is needed is called greed. The Lord promises to supply our needs, but “refuses” to satisfy our greeds.
 
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for Your constant provision. Yet, forgive us our craving for more, which really points to our greed and desire for control. We are depending on You today for our daily bread. Help us to rely on You more and more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires” (Psalm 37:4 NLT).

From: February 18, 2018

To take delight is to take great pleasure and joy. David wrote this psalm as one who had learned to find his joy and satisfaction in the Lord. As he took delight in the Lord the desires of his heart were brought into alignment with the Lord’s heart, so that he wanted what the Lord wanted. What the Lord wants is not smaller than what you want. But what He wants is harder to obtain. For only the Lord can give you what will truly satisfy your heart.

“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted” (Mark 3:13 NKJV).

From: February 18, 2017

Jesus selected the twelve disciples that “He Himself wanted.” Choosing them was preceded by His going up on the mountain alone to pray. It was there that He must have discussed each of the twelve candidates with His Father. Surely, the Father must have warned Him about the pros and cons of each, yet Jesus replied, “Father, I want them.” And so, knowing their hearts and their propensity for pride and rebellion, the Father sent Jesus down the mountain to call them, that they might be with Him and follow Him.
 
Today, I want Jesus. As the song lyric goes, “You can have all this world, but give me Jesus!” Yet, the only reason I have this burning desire for Jesus is because He first “wanted” me. For me to want Him is easy, for He is all beauty and grace. But that He wants me is astounding. For He knew, as the Father’s love sent Him down from heaven, the high cost He would pay to purchase “those He Himself wanted.” O how much He wants us for Himself that He would die for our redemption!
 
You are not unloved, nor unwanted. Jesus wants you for Himself.

“And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles)

From: February 18, 2016

so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14 ESV).
Christ’s three-prong strategy for reaching the world with the gospel: 1) Appoint disciples, 2) Call them to “be with Him,” and 3) “Send them out” to preach the gospel. Notice that Christ’s first call is to Himself. And so, the twelve followed Him day and night for three years. And after they saw the resurrected Lord, they preached the gospel that turned the world upside down. This simple strategy worked because they had first spent time with Jesus and were filled with His Spirit. I’m glad that Jesus is still appointing disciples “that they might be with Him.” Are you spending time with Jesus? Those who follow Jesus answer both calls: To Him and to the world.

“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach” (Mark 3:14 NKJV)

From: February 18, 2015

Christ’s three-prong strategy for reaching the world with the gospel: 1) Appoint disciples, 2) Call them to follow Him, and 3) Send them out to preach the gospel. Notice that Christ’s first call is to Himself. And so, the twelve followed Him day and night for three years. And after they saw the resurrected Lord, they preached the gospel that turned the world upside down. This simple strategy worked because they had first spent time with Jesus and were filled with His Spirit. I’m glad that Jesus is still appointing disciples “that they might be with Him.” Are you spending time with Jesus?

“You must make restitution by paying the full price plus an additional 20 percent to the person you have harmed. On the same day you must present a guilt offering” (Leviticus 6:5 NLT)

From: February 18, 2014

The Lord taught the Israelites that one who was found guilty of stealing had offended two parties: the one they stole from and the Lord Himself. He gave them instructions on paying restitution to the victim and how to find forgiveness from the Lord too. In this way, the victim was made whole and the thief also. Of course, paying back the full price plus 20% was humanly possible to the victim, but repaying God involved an awareness of impossibility. A sacrifice would have to be made for guilt. In this the Law pointed to the need for a Savior. The Law is still useful in this. It shows us how to be made right with those we offend on earth and also makes us aware that we need Someone to make us right with Heaven. A modern civil question emerges from this: How does our present day prison system accomplish what Mosaic law did? Does putting a thief in prison make the victim whole? Does it satisfy their offense to God? How could a modern society better apply Scriptural principles to its judicial system?

“Trust in… Delight yourself in… Commit your way to… Be still before… the LORD” (Psalm 37:3-7 ESV)

From: February 18, 2013

David wrote this psalm describing ways to offer yourself to God and the outcome of such a life devoted to Him. “Trust” – Put your faith in the Lord. “Delight” – Find your joy in the Lord. “Commit” – Decide in advance to do things God’s way no matter what. “Be still” – Remember to listen for the Lord’s voice in prayer. His answer will quiet your fretting heart. Have you tried approaching the Lord in these four ways?