March 29

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‘The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”’ (Luke 8:25 NLT).

From: March 29, 2018

THE WIND AND WAVES OBEY HIM
A fierce storm blew down onto the Sea of Galilee threatening to sink the boat with Jesus and His disciples aboard. Even the professional fishermen like Peter, James and John were afraid. Yet, Jesus remained asleep, untroubled by the storm. The disciples woke Jesus with shouts of “We’re going to drown!” Jesus raised up from His nap, rebuked the storm with a word and an immediate calm fell upon the sea. The disciples were amazed. Their fear of the storm outside the boat was replaced by fearful awe of the One inside the boat!
 
If even the wind and waves obey Him, so will I.

“For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden” (Deuteronomy 11:10 NKJV).

From: March 29, 2017

Farming in Egypt involved the use of irrigation. The river Nile was the source of water for the region and the fields were “watered by foot,” meaning they were watered by the effort of those who either carried the water or dug the irrigation ditches.
 
But the Promised Land was not like the land of Egypt. It was not a huge plain watered from a river, but a land of hills and valleys, fed by the rains of heaven. It was a land that the Lord Himself would water and care for; therefore, the people would need to focus on obeying and worshiping Him in order for their fields to prosper.
 
The Lord wanted to raise up a people that would learn to completely depend on Him. He sought a people that would look to Him to supply all their needs. They were not to trust a land, or a river, nor their own ingenuity for irrigation, but the Lord.
 
The Lord still seeks those who will fully trust Him.

“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV)

From: March 29, 2016

Teaching the commandments of God to our children is to be a way of life. When we compartmentalize the teaching of God’s Word, so that we only mention it on Sundays and holidays, our children don’t see how to apply it to their everyday lives. It becomes an academic knowledge rather than an applied wisdom. However, when we teach and talk about God’s Word at the breakfast table, when traveling to school, at bedtime and all through the day, we show them how God’s Word is to affect their lifestyle. The responsibility to teach children to obey God’s Word is not to be assigned or delegated to the school or even the church. It is the responsibility of the parents to train up a child in the way of the Word.

“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you” (Luke 8:39 NKJV)

From: March 29, 2015

When Jesus freed the demon-possessed man living in the tombs of the Gedarenes, he begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus instructed him to go home and bear witness to “what great things God” had done for him. This was also the instruction Christ gave His disciples before He ascended when He told them to begin in Jerusalem (Acts 1:8). We are still called to begin our Christian witness at our “own house.”

“So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them” (Deuteronomy 12:32 NLT)

From: March 29, 2014

The addition and subtraction from God’s Word began even in the Garden. When the serpent questioned God’s command, Eve added to it saying, “You shall not eat of the fruit of this tree, neither shall you touch it lest you die” (Gen. 3:3). God never said anything about “touching” it. This was her addition. Then the serpent made his subtraction saying, “You shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). I wonder did the devil hand it to her so that she might “touch it” first? And after touching it and not dying, decided it was good. It is no surprise that the devil works to subtract from God’s Word, but isn’t it surprising that our flesh works in league with him by adding to it? I suppose we think we are doing a good thing when we add to God’s commands, that we are moving the railing back farther from the precipice. But external law cannot control the flesh. Adding to the law, we make it so hard that we break the spirit of the law and instead become utterly lawless. Be careful not to add or subtract from God’s Word, turning neither to the left or to the right (Joshua 1:7). Instead, receive the righteousness of Christ Jesus, who kept the law perfectly, so that the commands of God are written on your hearts.

“And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:39 ESV)

From: March 29, 2013

The demoniac whom Christ had set free immediately began witnessing to the “whole city” what Christ had “done for him.” On this Good Friday may we all bear witness to what Christ has done for us. For on this day over 2000 years ago, Christ was crucified between two thieves on a hill called Golgotha. Christ died for our sins, so that we could inherit eternal life. Now, let’s go tell the “whole city how much” Jesus has done for us!