SUNDAY AUG, 3,2014 MATTHEW 14:13-21 Multiplication of fish and loaves When Jesus heard of it, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. 14When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, […]
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
2 Corinthians 4: 18 “…as we look not to what is seen, but what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.”
John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as scripture says:/ ‘Rivers of living waters will flow from within him.’”
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us set things right,/ says the LORD:/ Though your sins be like scarlet,/ they may become white as snow….”
Shame is a terrible thing. Guilt can be beneficial if it leads us to the Holy Spirit and becomes a catalyst for repentance. Unfortunately, the enemy uses shame as a vehicle to defeat us and immobilize our Christian walk. We stop evangelizing and ministering to others, because the accuser wants us to focus on our sins and feeling unworthy.
The reality is that we are all sinners and thus unworthy of receiving grace in our lives. However, it is Jesus dying on the cross that makes us worthy through His blood and redemption. Jesus is our defender before the throne of the Father in heaven.
If Satan wants to reminder us of our past, remind him of his future!
Lord, I praise and thank You for washing me clean. Help me to always reflect on Your mercy and to let Your light shine through me, for others to see.
How do you defend your joy and love from the Lord by praising God the Father? Do you realize when you rely on the Father and put Him above all things your joy cannot be taken?!
Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the fainting;/ for the weak he makes vigor abound.”
Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;/ I have called you by name: you are mine.”
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.a 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.