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Matthew 9:27-31

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

They were persistent. The blind men followed after Jesus begging for mercy. When Jesus went inside, the blind men kept following. Jesus was their only hope and they were not going to miss the opportunity to see again.

They were faithful. Jesus asked them if they believed He was able to heal them. Their answer was short and to the point, “Yes, Lord.” Jesus touched their eyes restoring their sight. Because of Jesus, the blind could see.

They were joyful. Jesus used miracles to authenticate His message. He came to heal spiritually, to restore light to the darkened heart. So He told the men to keep the miracle to themselves. But…they couldn’t help themselves. Their joy because of what Jesus had done was more than they could contain.

Father, I want to be like these two blind men. Help me be persistent in following You, faithful in trusting You, and joyful in Your work. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Jacob Goes to Egypt

Matthew 9:23-26

When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.

The religious leader needed Jesus. He wasn’t worried about what his colleagues were saying. He didn’t care about breaking protocol. He wasn’t even worried about losing his position. His daughter had died and there was only one person who could help.

When Jesus entered the house, he told the professional mourners to leave. Their wailing turned to mocking laughter when Jesus told them that the girl was only sleeping. And then He raised the girl back to life. Just like that! Jesus took her by the hand and she got up!

It’s time to turn to Jesus and let Him raise you up. Stop worrying about what others may think. Turn to Jesus as the only one who can give you eternal life. Turn to Jesus as the only one who can cause your spiritually dead heart to start pumping again. God, who is rich in mercy, can make you alive in Christ even though you are dead in your sins. You need Jesus!

Father, thank You for Jesus who can raise me to life. Thank You for the gift of new life, which is available to me by trusting in Him. Thank You for making me alive in Christ. In His name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Joseph Sold into Slavery

What you don’t know can hurt you.  And what your heart can’t see, even with eyes wide open, can spiritually destroy.

With that in mind, today, Ron Moore tests your vision and ignites your heart for God.

John 2:7-9
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.

Jesus and His disciples were attending a wedding in Cana of Galilee. For whatever reason, those in charge of drinks underestimated the crowd. The wine was gone. The parents of the bridal party were facing the ultimate embarrassment. Jesus’ mother was there, as a friend of the parents, presumably helping with the arrangements. Mary explained the situation to Jesus.

Responding to her request and the need of the moment, Jesus instructed the servants to fill to the brim six stone water jars used for ceremonial washing. He then instructed them to take the water to the master of the banquet. In the process of delivery Jesus turned the water into wine.

Maybe today you feel like you have run out of wine. Your energy is gone. You feel spiritually drained and dry. You underestimated the emotional toll of an illness, loss or personal setback. Tell Jesus that you need recharged.  Ask Him to restore your physical, emotional and spiritual energy. Ask Him to turn this stale stage of your journey into a fresh and joyous one.

Father, sometimes I run out of wine. People in my life need things that I don’t have to give. Restore my energy. Refresh my emotions. Return my joy. Through Your strength help me rise above my situation and serve those in my life in a way that honors You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 141:5-10  
A psalm of David.

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me —that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.” But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge —do not give me over to death. Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

Why do believers let other believers act like non-believers? Why do followers of Jesus refrain from telling other followers of Jesus that they are not acting like followers of Jesus? Why are some Christians more apt to gossip about other Christians than they are to confront other Christians about their sin?

In today’s psalm David invites what Scripture teaches—as iron sharpens iron so one believer sharpens another. David uses hyperbole to make the point: Confrontation is kindness. It is like refreshing oil being poured over a weary head. If a person is courageous enough to get involved when you step out of line, you know that they really care for you.

So…is there a person you need to have a conversation with? A person who seems to be skating on thin ice—spiritually speaking? A person you love too much to let alone? Remember, confrontation is kindness. If the person you confront doesn’t thank you today, they will tomorrow. 

Father, give us the courage to sharpen each other. Give us the courage to guard each other’s back. Give us the strength to be kind enough to confront. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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