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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 HCSB).

From: January 10, 2021


The proverb gives both a positive and a negative command: “Trust God, not yourself.” How many times have you regretted following your own advice? Your understanding was flawed and you suffered the consequences for relying on it. Have you not understood that your own understanding is negatively affected by your fallen nature? You do not actually have your own best interest in mind, nor that of others. Your thinking is infected with the lust of the flesh.
But we do not have to rely on our own fallen understanding. As the apostle John wrote: “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever” (1 John 2:16-17).
Put your trust in the Lord and in His Word. Rely on Him. He will never fail you. His wisdom is perfect. His understanding is flawless. He will guide you on the right paths.
PRAYER: Dear Father, there is so much that is out of order and upside down in our world today. There is so much chaos and confusion. Yet, we will trust in You. Lead us. Guide us. Instruct us in Your way. For we will not lean on our own understanding. We are leaning on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 8:11 NKJV).

From: January 10, 2020


A Roman centurion came to Jesus at Capernaum asking for healing for his servant. Jesus offered to come and heal the servant. But the centurion replied that he wasn’t worthy to have Jesus under his roof. Instead, he said that he believed that Jesus need only “speak a word” and his servant would be healed.
Jesus was amazed at the centurion’s faith, saying he had not seen such great faith even in Israel. Jesus added that “many” would soon come from east and west to sit down with the patriarchs of the Jewish faith. In this, Jesus was announcing that the Kingdom of God would include many Gentiles like the Roman centurion. He also was teaching that entry into the Kingdom was by faith in Him, not by Jewish birthright. For his next words stated that those who thought themselves “sons of the kingdom” simply because they were Jews, would in fact be “cast into outer darkness.”
Finally, Jesus turned back to the centurion saying, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
There is coming a Day when those who have put their faith in Jesus will sit down at the wedding supper with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, along with this faithful centurion, and with Jesus sitting at the head. For believers from every nation, tribe and tongue who have trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior will be together with the Lord forevermore!
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, we look forward to that Day. Yet, we ask for strength and wisdom to serve You until that time. May we fulfill all that You have purposed for us. Until that time, may You find us faithful. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:4 NLT).

From: January 10, 2019


Abraham instructed his most faithful servant to go to his homeland and find a wife for Isaac, his son. In this narrative a picture of God the Father sending the Spirit to the Bride of Christ, which is the Church, might be seen. Like the Spirit, the servant is fully obedient. He goes where the father sent him, he says what the father told him, and he finds a bride for the son from the father’s own family. Yes, this is a beautiful picture of the Spirit’s work on behalf of the Father, the Son and the Church.
What a faithful Servant is the Holy Spirit! He finds us and prepares us for Jesus, the Son of the Father.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your Spirit. He is our Comforter and Advocate. He helps us and comes alongside us and lives within us to seal and keep us. Dear Spirit, lead, guide and direct us today. In Jesus name, Amen.

“So Abraham bought the plot of land belonging to Ephron at Machpelah, near Mamre. This included the field itself, the cave that was in it, and all the surrounding trees” (Genesis 23:17 NLT).

From: January 10, 2018

The Lord had promised the land of Canaan to Abraham, yet he lived in the land as “a stranger and a foreigner” (Gen. 23:4). But when his wife, Sarah, died. he bought a plot of land for her burial. The first record in the Bible of a man weeping is Abraham weeping at his wife’s death. Yet, the man of faith, did not falter in grief, nor become disheartened in despair. He bought a small piece of land to bury his wife, knowing that one day soon, his body would be laid beside hers. By faith, he bought the plot, believing that his descendants would one day possess the whole land. However, as a sojourner in the land, he longed for that city “whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10).
Four years ago, I bought two grave plots for my wife and I next to the plot for my grandson, Conner, when he passed away. I bought plots that face East. I want to be facing in the right direction when the trump sounds and the dead in Christ rise to meet the Lord in the air.

‘Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour’ (Matthew 8:13 NKJV).

From: January 10, 2017

This was the centurion according to Luke’s gospel that had built the synagogue in Capernaum (Luke 7:5). He was probably the commander of the Roman garrison in Capernaum and was very familiar with the Jewish religion and culture. He came to Jesus asking Him to heal his servant. Jesus immediately agreed to go to the centurion’s home and heal his servant. But the Roman commander insisted that he was “not worthy” of having the Lord enter his home and that if only He would “speak a word” he knew that his servant would be healed. This expressed both his awareness of Jewish reluctance to enter a Gentile’s home (Not specifically forbidden by Moses, but had become a Pharisaic practice), and his faith that Jesus had the authority to heal. The centurion went on the explain his understanding of Christ’s authority, saying it was similar to how he could command his soldiers and they obeyed. Christ commended the centurion’s faith and sent him on his way, having healed the servant according to the centurion’s request. When the centurion returned home he found that his servant had been healed at the very “same hour” that Jesus had spoke.

Oh, to have such faith! To believe that Christ has authority over all things and that His Word has the power to command all things to obey.

“You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell, but you shall go to my father’s house and to my clan and take a wife for my son” (Genesis 24:37-38 ESV)

From: January 10, 2016

Abraham instructed his servant to get a wife for his son Isaac from his “father’s house,” not from the Canaanites which surrounded them. Abraham wanted to make sure that his son’s spouse believed as they did, not only for marital compatibility, but also for the future upbringing of their children. We have to be careful in drawing an application from a narrative passage, but there does seem to be one here. Believers should choose to marry other believers who belong to the “Father’s house,” and not choose a spouse from this world. Another application might be that we should let the Father help in selecting our future mate. These are practical applications. We might also see a spiritual foreshadowing in this beautiful story of God the Father, sending His Spirit to bring the bride, which is the church, to His awaiting Son, Jesus.

And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3 NKJV)

From: January 10, 2015

Notice the approach of the leper. First, he came to Jesus, second, he worshiped, third, he asked for the Lord’s will, then finally, he expressed his faith that the Lord was completely able to heal and make him clean. We can learn much from the order and attitude of the leper’s “prayer.”
Then notice Christ’s response. First, he touched the leper. Don’t miss this. He could’ve just healed him from a distance like He did the centurion’s servant. Leprosy was a devastating disease. It made one unclean, so that they were excluded from Temple worship. Lepers were excommunicated from the community. They were required to yell, “Unclean!” as they approached to warn others away. The disease was progressive and caused sores and white scales to appear, damaging the skin, nerves and eventually muscle tissue. Extremities (nose, ears, fingers, toes, etc.) would die and rot away over time. No one would touch them for fear of catching the disease. Yet, Christ touched the leper, expressed His willingness to heal him, then with a word, said, “Be cleansed.” And he was.
Christ was willing not only to heal us from a distance, but to come to us, touching us, and taking our sin upon Himself and thus cleansing us from all unrighteousness. Christ is willing and able to save those who come to Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

From: January 10, 2014

Following your own understanding will lead to shortcuts that end up as dead ends or worse. Trusting the Lord’s wisdom and seeking His will always takes longer. Yet, following His narrow path leads to blessing and peace. Before you make your next decision about… anything, ask for God’s will and direction. And trust that it will turn out for the best.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

From: January 10, 2013

Rather than depending on your own wisdom, depend on God’s. Put your utmost confidence in Him and in His Word for your decision-making. And as you do, give Him the credit for everything, worshiping and thanking Him in all things. In so doing, we can stop worrying about tomorrow, entrusting the future into His hands.

“And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 8:11)

From: January 10, 2012

Who will be at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb? Here Jesus confirms three names on the list. Invitations are going out worldwide. Have you sent your RSVP?