Devotion for Thursday August 10, 2017
Topic: They Tested Him
Text: Matthew 16:1 – 4
The sect of Pharisees and Sadducees were opposed to each other in principles and in conduct; yet they joined forces against Christ. They had to put aside all their differences because they wanted to test Jesus. This is how funny the devil and his agents can be. They desired a sign of their own choice, despising the signs of healing the sick, and those that brought succour and comfort to the less privileged (Luke 4:18 & 19). They sought for something else to satisfy their curiosity by feigning a desire for evidence that Jesus was the Messiah, but their real desire was to see Jesus make the attempt to work miracle and fail, that they might betray and ruin Him. It is hypocrisy, when we slight the signs of what God have ordained by seeking for signs of our own devise. However, Jesus knowing their persons countered them (Matthew 16:2 – 4).
Many people by their thought and actions are testing God. Many are still in the church on the condition that God will have to answer them and if He doesn’t answer them at a particular time, they will stop serving Him. Some have given God conditions that if He does not do what they desire, they will drop their bibles and stop going to church. Some test God by getting involved in things that got them entangled and thereafter, they started crying, “God why?’ Beloved, do you test God? Israelites tested Him and paid dearly for it (Psalm 95:9 – 11; Numbers 14:1 – 24). Don’t try it again.
Food for Thought: 1 Corinthians 10:9
Memory verse: Matthew 16:1
Prayer: O Lord and my God, grant me the grace that I will not tempt by my words and actions which I will thereafter pay dearly for them.
Most times Jesus tries our faith before granting our request to know whether we believe in Him or not as He did to these two blind men.
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Devotion for Friday March 10, 2017
Topic: Do You Believe He Can Do It?
Text: Matthew 9:27 – 34
Jesus did everything for a purpose. He didn’t respond immediately to the blind men’s pleas because He wanted to test their resolve and patience in order to find out if they had faith. Such test is necessary because it is not everyone who says he wants help really believes God can help him. The confession of many people ends on their lips.
Jesus may have waited and questioned these men to emphasize and increase their faith. When we think that God is too slow in answering your prayers, consider that He might be testing you to ascertain the level of your faith as He did with these blind men. Do you believe that God can help you? If you really want God to help you, you should trust and obey Him.
A dumb and demon possessed was brought to him. After casting out the demon, the dumb man was able to speak. The crowd marvelled at that miracle confessing that they had never seen anything like that. But the Pharisees, saw something entirely different by accusing Jesus of casting out demons with the power of demons.
The Pharisees are always angry with any good thing Jesus did. Some Christians do same too. We shouldn’t be angry when God is using others. Rather, it should be an opportunity to praise God. What the Pharisees did was aimed at poisoning the minds of those who received the miracles for the purpose of preventing the people from receiving him as the Messiah. Such should not be part of our Christian life. We should always appreciate the good people do whether they belong to our party, church, religion, faith, etc or not. Let the glory always return to God. Have a great weekend.
Food for Thought: Do you believe that Jesus Christ is able to solve that problem?
Memory verse: Matthew 9 verse 28 – When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”
Prayer: Lord God, I believe that you are able to solve all the problems confronting me in Jesus name. Amen.