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1 Week Bible Immersion Experience – Day two!

October 20, 2009

Luke 4:14-30: Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18″The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them,”Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. 23Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'” 24″I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

28All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. 30But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Jesus returns home, but not the same Jesus who left. Now He is full of the Spirit and completely focused on doing His Fathers work. He explains His purpose with an amazing quote from Isaiah 61:1,2 :

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Wow! I feel drawn to this challenge to preach the good news to the poor. Which isn’t just referring to those struggling with very little money, but the greek word for poor also covers those struggling with very little faith. I feel challenged to proclaim freedom to those who are imprisoned, whether within old destructive patterns, an abusive relationship, or a dead end career. To pray for healing, and to be involved in releasing the oppressed; this refers to seeing people being freed from the bondage of sin. And finally, to turn people towards serving and glorifying God.

I want to be part of this. I want to preach the good news, proclaim freedom, pray for healing, see the oppressed released and encourage people to serve and glorify God! I am going to print Isaiah 61:1,2 off and stick it on my office wall!! Wonderful!

But the key to succeeding in all of this isn’t that I read it every day on my wall.. but that: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me.’ I need to pray, to actively seek the Spirit of the Lord. I cannot force this! But certainly I know that as I draw close to God through reading His Word, and as I face my sin, I am well positioned to receive that anointing.

Lord I seek to walk in your Spirit, to continue to receive that anointing so that in your power I might serve and glorify you.

And Jesus finds himself in His own town where He is known (“Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” v.22) and rather than seek to please those He knows, he chooses to speak the truth, and to reveal His true identity. And the locals don’t respond well! There are moments where I have the choice to speak the truth amongst those who know me well, to be open about my faith. And the temptation is to stay quiet and seek their approval, not ‘rock the boat’. So I find this massively challenging, to be open about my faith and speak the truth when I can!

I would love to read your thoughts on this amazing passage.

PS The more than 600 comments left on yesterday’s passage here and on Facebook were stunning! Wow!

God bless,

Rev Mark

http://www.facebook.com/MarkBrown.page

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135 Comments
  1. Melissa permalink

    This study is unbelievably hitting the mark with me right now. I am struggling with a failed marriage and am finding such comfort in this passage. Thank you for making this passage so clear to me.

    • David permalink

      So true, so true. Why am I so afraid to stand up for what I believe in and be what He knows I am? Because I don’t want to face the same truth myself. God hear my prayer: help me let you into my whole house, not just the few feet I give you inside the front door.

    • Brian permalink

      I have made a pretty big mistake lately and almost costing me a great marriage. I had to make a change in my life and am dedicated to it. It is difficult because people around me know I am not the same. I love the Lord and even goinv through tough times in marriage I can proclaim my faith and find joy in the Lord.

    • Crystal permalink

      I agree with you Melissa. I’m experianceing the same thing. And it does give comfort and guidance to keep walking in faith… Thank you Rev for doing this. Without it I don’t think I would have ever got back into studing the bible on a regular basis..Thank you so much!!

  2. Why is it that we are always afraid of our family members? These are the ones we should feel the safetiest around to share our faith and the love of Christ. These are also the first to cut you down and hurt the most.

    • i think it is harder for us with family because ,family knows us. We are sinners saved by the grace of God we are not any better. We are just trying to do better by repenting of our sins and allowing the Holy Spirit to come in. Before talking to your family or anyone about the good news ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. We can not do anything alone but we can do all things through Jesus Christ our lord and Savior. Keep preaching to them and maybe the Holy Spirit will do the rest GOD bless you sister spread the good news.

    • I understand. Feelthe same too. With exception to my wife and son, my family looks at me funny now that they know i am trying my best to walk with the Lord, and give up my old ways. I have even found out my own father has now proclaimed to be Agnostic, i have a hard time with that.

      Do not give up. I hopoe that one day soon i will be able to speak to my family, my father and get him to realize he is wrong and he needs to believe and serve as i want to.

    • Britta Kilby permalink

      I heard a great sermon once, talking about how we might be tempted to hold back our praise in front of those who know us best, because we are afraid we will look like hypocrites, because they see us when we are at our worst, and know we have the ability to be less than holy. We are afraid they will look at our worship, and think “yeah right”. Don’t let the devil use that to accuse us! Don’t hold back your praise or speaking God’s word in your home and to those closest to you. We are imperfect. We just have to rely on God to perfect us and our situations. God bless you!

    • Jackie Quillen permalink

      I have this same problem….two children (28 and 30) whom I can’t approach. I hope that my life style will influence them and then I pray daily for someone to come into their path to share the Lord with them.

  3. I was baptized and began my walk with Christ a little over a year ago. I love the new path I’ve taken and work hard to study God’s word each and every day. I wandered across this work of yours today and read the two days worth.

    Thank you kindly for taking the time to do all this work.

    God Bless!

    Wayne

  4. I find it a joy to preach the gospel of God’s word for it is through the word we are kept it is one thing to encourage, inspire and set free but his word has to continually go forth in order to attain and retain and it is the annointing that destroys the yolk that has us bound, blind, captive, sin sick. The annointing of God through our faith is a powerful thing, it helps us to go forth and proclaim freedom in truth no matter what. I can’t worry about what my friends, neighbors may think of me because the word will do the work itself, we plant the seed and God will help it to grow or do what it has been sent forth to do.

  5. Valerie permalink

    I love this,I pray also that God annoints me! We have got to be annointed by his spirit to go out and reach the lost if we try to reach people without the annointing of the holy spirit we leave ourselves open to just being the people we are trying to reach! When Im ministering and not prayed up,its me and not God,I could do more damage than good! Thank you for the reminder!

  6. Liya permalink

    What is the year of the lords favor and how do you undertand it.

    • Britta Kilby permalink

      try the website toeverymanananswer.org
      really friendly pastors who do a radio show, answering all kinds of questions about the bible and the Christian faith. There is a phone number you can call in on the raido too.

  7. I like very much this immersion experience studying the Bible. I pray that the Holy Spirit can intervene in my favor to devote time every day to my Bible study so that I can “proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. I am going to take time to read the relevant verses and hopefully come back with comment. Today, I must confess that coincidentally, I read the following verse (Is 61:1,2) about being annointed by the Spirit of the Lord…

  8. Dear Rev Mark, You have a way of bringing Gods word to life application. I had a friend send a message the other day about Foot Ball Games . Wouldn’t it be great if Christan were like Football Fans. Gods Children sitting in the stand and Cheering on the the unbelievers. Letting them know that we want them to become a child of God. Supporting them all the way. Helping them in the process of winning the Challenge. We seem to get them there but lack the time to continue standing beside them . I guess what I am trying to say is a born again Christian is also like a newly planted tree. They need to be nourished by the help of Seasoned Christain. Mentoring would be a great way to help this new Child of God become a seasoned Christain. God Bless,Claudia A. Jones

  9. So-shu permalink

    My own husband doesn’t like me at least half of the time…It’s hard but I am waiting on God and I am waiting on the Holy Spirit to change whoever needs to change in whatever way to heal our marriage, to change our patterns. I am waiting. And praying.

    • Connie permalink

      I will remember you in my prayers also. The greatest gift of God is love and marriage. It is what satan hates the most. He attacks, divides and destroys. I will pray for your patience and understanding in Him and that you find His love to extend to yur husband as an example of who God is. I will pray also for your husband to be drawn to Him and to have the eyes of his heart opened to the truth. God Bless you both..Amen!

    • Tracey permalink

      So-Shu,

      You need to take action. I think God will help YOU to do whatever it takes to turn your marriage around. God is not going to magically do something for you but instead, give YOU the STRENGTH to take action. You can begin by praying for wisdom and guidance, but you and your husband are the only ones who can start repairing your relationship. Do you know what he wants to do, do you know how he feels about the state of your marriage? Take courage from God and do something.

      • Britta Kilby permalink

        Point of interest. The book of Esther never once mentions God’s name. All the actions are taken by annointed human beings. Keep walking with Him, and He will give you wisdom and guide the actions you take. God bless you!

    • kathy permalink

      i am waiting on my husband as well… i am praying and i am also believing the promise that god gave me when he said that my household would be saved… i will pray for you and your family.. may god bless you

  10. This study is totally what I am going through right now. I am struggling with standing up for my faith or keeping quiet. I am challenged everyday with that decision.

  11. corrie permalink

    got a ? Why do you not use the KJV. These words are not the axact words that God has said. It is a sin to translate Gods word. Iwas just wondering.also words are left out that God has said. It is good that this is going over the word, but you should teach the right translation.
    For instance. Why was this changed. Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath (not has)anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim libery to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; Not any wheres near of what the Lord our God said. You put words in and then took words out. Why would you change the Lords word. You also never mention in the bible it also says, ( This is what God has said). We must be born agian to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The people in this world needs to know this. You cannot enter Heaver by just reading and singing his wonderful words. Also people need to be saved(born again) and be baptized. So many souls will go to hell if God was to return today, and yes he will return and take us to be with him. Gods word also says that.

    • Carol Ann permalink

      You’re kidding, right? Or do you REALLY think that Jesus spoke in the king’s English?

      • on sex sins

        Christ is coming back for a spotless bride

        so not only sex sins (which is a violation of the first commandment really) but all sin, is to be dealt with.

        oops. every time I hit return, the line I drew below keep moving down.

        haha

        PRAISE THE LORD

        so what we do see is that we are all hungry, and we shall be filled.
        GLORY

        —-I shall not type past this line_____

    • jeanne permalink

      Corrie,
      You’ve got to be kidding! The KJV was translated into English from the original Greek. Did you really think God spoke to the prophets and apostles in Olde English? The KJV was the way the English spoke at the time of the translation.

    • Lila permalink

      @ corrie:

      It is a sin to change the meaning of God’s word but if it was a sin to translate God’s word, then the KJV isnt right either.The OT was Hebrew and the NT was mostly Greek with some Aramaic. They were both translated to Latin. Before the Reformation, it was not in English at all.

      Also, the language of today has changed a lot from the time when the King’s James was written. For instance, there are several places where it says “God repent(ed)s” To a person today, that would make no sense. Back then, repent meant a change of mind. Today, we think repent means to be sorry and turn away from sin.

      It’s definitely not a bad thing to be defensive about not changing the Bible, but when it’s said not to change a word in the book, I would say that it means not to change any meanings in it. If the Bible is not up to date with language today, one might even say that’s a sin because the meaning would change over the years.

      Hope that helps =)

    • Stacy permalink

      If you really want to go by the words Jesus said you would need to learn to read Aramaic.

  12. I think this is a great passage as it illustrates how the people that know us the most expect the most from us! I think also that the people in Jesus’ town expected Him to be the same as they remmebered Him but He had changed dramatically and they didn’t now how to handle that! People always ridicule what they don’t understand so they won’t look like an idiot! Jesus also walked in a power & knowledge of who He was & meant to be, He fully understood His destiny on earth. With that knowledge comes mighty power & the venue for God to do great things in our lives. The part I love the best is Jesus telling these people the straight truth, blunt, no sugar coating, great! That’s how it should be. If more people told the blunt truth, we would be a better people and have thicker skins! As always, Jesus is the ultimate example of what we can do if we walk in His footsteps.

  13. keith whitley permalink

    One thing that stands out in these verses for me is that these people all knew Jesus as Joseph’s son. Even though Jesus ” returns in the power of the Spirit” they just see a carpenters son. When we accept Jesus as our savior by faith in the power of his name and he changes our life, people still see us as we were. I have been saved by Gods grace for a long time now and the people I grew up with can’t accept it.

  14. Stephanie permalink

    I have a question and I hope someone can help me. If you are talking to an atheist and want to reach out to them, what is the best way of doing that? I have been talking to a non believer and all we have been doing is fighting…can someone please help 🙂

    • Alison permalink

      Hi Stephanie,

      I dont know how much this can help, but i share from my own experiences. I have not personally dealt with atheists, but my perspective comes through the drug world. I also dont know how far you are in your walk with the Lord because it can make all the difference. I as a hungry christian was very passionate about sharing my faith with others in particular in the drug scene, but the Lord showed me clearly that i was not ready to do this. There were areas in my life that needed to be healed before i could share in certain circles. In saying that though, I would recommend firstly just praying for that person and trusting that God will do it. Sometimes we may not be there to see salvation come to that person, but God may be using you to water the seed that has already being planted. In my life God has stripped me of many people including Christians for various reasons. It is a painful but necessary part of Christian living because God says that light and dark do not mix. We are called to be set apart, that is not to say that we cant share our faith, but remember that prayer removes mountains and when the timing is right Your friend will see the truth and the truth will set them free.

    • Stephanie;
      You can not talk anyone into believing. All you can do is give the data upon which they can believe. Telling them of your stance, and walking out your own salvation before them, is one of the best evidences they will ever see.
      I am convinced that most people simply are not interested in God because they do not want to change their way of life. All we can do is give them the gospel news because it is the gospel that is the power of God unto salvation.

  15. Lisa permalink

    Yes, I agree. It is very hard for people to see us for anything more than our past sometimes. And it is harder to witness effectively to our families. They can be the hardest to reach. BUT God. . . With Him all things are possible. And thank You Lord that you don’t see our past. It is as far as the east is from the west. He looks on our heart and knows our deepest thoughts our deepest desires. He loves us unreservedly without condition. He forgives us and brings us up out of the mire. And sets our feet upon the Rock. And for those who will not accept our witness. We can pray. Pray that their hearts would be softened and that God would place people in their path that they will listen to.

  16. lalala permalink

    As a person, I also find it hard to speak the word of God/truth to the people that I am close with. I have a friend who went to church since the day she was born but she told me one day that she was atheist. After that, I found it hard to talk comfortably with her about God and the Bible which is making me feel hateful to myself. I hope I can also overcome this and become a stronger Christian.

  17. I do not know why I have be come the way I am. I do good thing for others when ever I can. My problem is not being able to fine work. I’ve been out of work for to long a time. The last best job I had was working for the University of Central Florida / Physical Plant as a maintenance mechanic for the paint shop. I got my self in trouble in another county with a young girl. Now doing probation I know what happen was wrong and I’m sorry for it. I feel that I can move forward but I do not somehow I pray for God to help me through this and for wisdom. So because I did not find a job while living with my dad and younger sister plus her husband they made me move out of there to this place. Where they paid the first three months rent $1500.00 Back in July. In November I don’t know were I’ll be. I can go on but running out of room. Thank you God Bless you for doing this.

    • Melissa * permalink

      Joseph, I’m praying for you. Keep trusting God to show you the way.
      God is Good.
      Man is sinful.
      God forgives seekers.
      Seek Him.
      Read His word, and pray.
      Read of His promises. He’s never broken one.
      Read of His will for you. And obey His commands.
      He shows His love to those who obey Him.
      Get to know Jesus.
      Ask Him to show you what it’s all about.
      Pray for discernment.
      I’m praying too.
      🙂
      Melissa

  18. Mark,
    Part of this confuses me. Verse 22 states “And all spoke well of him and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said; Is not this Joseph’s son?” I can see how this part “Is not this Joseph’s son?” can be understood to be questioning who Jesus is saying he is by the statement he just made. However the part that I do not understand is “And all spoke well of him and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth”. If they all spoke well of Jesus why was he be so harsh in his response. I realize it is my misunderstanding but it appears that they react to his harsh words, which are “And he said “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum do here in your home town as well.’” And He said “Truly I say to you no prophet is welcome in his home town. But I say to you in truth, there were many widows in Israel in the days…..”
    Please explain what the folks from his home town meant by the words “And all spoke well of him and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth”

    • Hi Mark,

      vs 22 “…All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son? they asked…”

      I believe that the translation is causing the confusion. When I review that verse in other bibles and through Strongs this is what I find…

      “…spoke well of…”
      Strong’s Number: 3140
      mar-too-reh’-o
      1.to be a witness, to bear witness
      i.e. to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, or that he knows it because taught by divine revelation

      I found in another of my study bibles that this same phrase is translated as “…So all bore witness to Him…” seeming to mean they were testifying or affirming of His works. Now this makes more sense because of the question they asked in the same verse “…Is this not Joseph’s son…”

      There is a little background to this incident in Luke 4:14-27 that is not recorded in bible but elsewhere in History. It seems that Y’shua (Jesus) comes to the synagogue on the Sabbath and reads the what is called “The Prophtes” section of the scriptures. See every Sabbath in the synagogue the “Torah” portions are read. These were the original scriptures during the time of Y’shua (Jesus). (note there was no new testament when Y’shua (Jesus) was on earth.) The Torah Portions included a section of the Torah (Genesis-Deuteronomy) a sections of the Prophetes (the prophets in the old covenant) and the Psalms. This had been done for centuries, and on this day when Y’shua (Jesus) enters the synagogue and stand to read, this is the passage that is set for this day. This is why Y’shua (Jesus) says “…Today this Scripture is fulfulled in your hearing…” But what I think really made them angry is that He prophesied to them from “the seat of the prophet” When Y’shua (Jesus) “sat down” in verse 20, He sat in the seat of Moses or the seat of “The Prophet.” This seat was there for the day this great prophet would emerge. It was reserved only for when that day arrived. No one dared to lean or sit in this seat. Just as a seat & cup are still set aside during the seder each Passover, so too a seat was set aside for a great Moses like prophet. And now we see Y’shua (Jesus) comes into the synagogue as usual & is asked (as a Rabbi), to read the half-torah (the prohets section). The half torah that is read is the same lesson in every synagogue everywhere in the world. Each week a different passage is read, but they all do it simultaneously. They handed Him the scroll of Isaiah & He is told to read what we now call Isa. 61:1 onwards. Yeshua read part of the scroll, closed it up & put it down (verse 20). All eyes were on Him wondering why. He then proceeded to sit in the set of “The Prophet”/Moses’ seat, that’s why all eyes were on Him. He continued & said, (verse 21)“Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” He meant that He was the fulfillment of what the prophet Isaiah had prophecied about in Isa. 61:1-2a. And it was within this seat that He continued in verses 23-27. Though they bore witness to Him (spoke well of Him) and maybe even testified of the works that He had done and the good things they had heard about Him, they did not and would not believe that He was the Messiah. This is why I believe that verse 23-27 were so harsh. Because Y’shua (Jesus) knew their hearts and knew that they were going to hate Him and not believe that He was their Messiah.

      I pray that I have helped you in your question. Peace and Blessings be upon you as you continue to do His Will-Shalom

      • Hi Pheleshia, what a unique name. I am curios what it means. Ill try to look it up.

        That is an interesting take on the account Pheleshia

        but. it don’t say that in the KJV

        it just says he sat down.

        3140
        mar-too-reh’-o ?

        I don’t understand the difference you are pointing out.

        you may be right, I just don’t see the difference, in how it addresses their question.

        they were just home folk and they knew of him.

        and they told that they knew him

        I don’t understand exactly, the difference you are pointing out
        or how much better they could simply.. know him, or know of him, and his works.

        Peace to your too friend

      • Far as what angered them…

        they seemed ok even after he had sat down. in fact, they spoke well of him up till he started talking again. so it wasn’t the scripture that made them mad. it was his words spoken after he sat down.

        at least, that’s my view of how it went downnnn

        Luk 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
        Luk 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
        Luk 4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
        Luk 4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
        Luk 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
        Luk 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
        Luk 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
        Luk 4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,

        maybe he was writing in the proverbial sand about the lepers and widows, maybe it was that he was stealing their fire

        because now, the same people who knew him, or of him and his works, were drawn to him by his authoritative recollection of what happened in Israel, and he was just a church member to the ministers. it made them made.

        It’s a blessing to be able to recognize a blessing.

      • Hello Marvin…
        If you have a Strongs Concordance or a Greek Lexicon you can also look up the Greek Word listed in the KJV for the phrase “…spoke well of…”Strong’s Number: 3140 mar-too-reh’-o. Your KJV of the bible is a translated one. Some from Hebrew to Greek to English and some from Greek to English. And just for info sake there are usually around 8 Hebrew words for one English word. That is why when you study the bible, you should do so with other study materials other than just the KJV of the Bible. Y’shua (Jesus) did not speak greek in the scriptures. He spoke Hebrew/Aramaic. So to truly understand what He is saying (and knowing that there are at least 8 Hebrew words for every English word) you should use either a Strong’s Concordance or a Greek/Hebrew Lexicon.

        The point that I was trying to make to Jonathan and Mark was that if you research and study the phrase “…spoke well of…” it is NOT a literal phrase. Instead the greek word for the phrase “…spoke well of…” is mar-too-reh’-o.

        As far as my name, it has no significance that I am interested in. I am no one of importance. I am only a servant-Shalom

      • Stacy permalink

        Thank you so much for your explanation. I was confused by the exact same thing and this makes it much more clear to me.

      • AWESOME STACY!!!! no thanks needed. For all of us who desire to grow together in truth, we are there to help each other. :O)

      • Thank you Pheleshia,
        I appreciate all the effort you put into explaining this to me. It is a very great help. You are very kind for taking so much time to help me. I will say God Bless You and mean it but by the wisdom you have shown it is evident that God has already Blessed you.
        Thanks,
        Jonathan

      • Thank you Pheleshia,
        I appreciate all the effort you put into explaining this to me. It is a very great help. You are very kind for taking so much time to help me. I will say God Bless You and mean it but by the wisdom you have shown it is evident that God has already Blessed you.
        Thanks,
        Jonathan

    • Jonathan hello

      You say, you’re not sure how things went downhill so fast.
      They spoke well of him, and then they tried to kill him.

      Luk 4:22 KJV And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

      There’s no reference to them actually liking him. it just says his words were gracious, and they wondered.

      Yes, it went down hill when he spoke his own words (funny because those words would also become scripture)

      The Jews were wicked to the core, in that they feasted on the widows.

      I am sure, the widow and leper remarks is what lit their fuse.
      as well as, his words that clearly made him the messiah.

      They knew what he was saying. and evidently they were not tired of their positions of religious wickedness, and they still had some widows lands they had been wanting to have.

      Nite

      • Stacy permalink

        I’m really not sure what you mean by “they feasted on the widows.”

        We all have sin that contaminates us. It is only by the grace of God that we can be made holy. The Jews were God’s chosen people and I think it is very arrogant to call God’s chosen people “wicked to the core”. (btw, Jesus was a Jew, just so you know).

      • Stacey I’m not sure where to post this. I will just reply to my own.

        Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

        Mar 12:40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

        Luk 20:47 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

        far as wicked to the core?

        yes we are all equally depraved, but the heathen dogs where not religious leaders. and there’s no wickedness as wicked as religious wickedness.

      • Stacy permalink

        Well I agree with you on your point about religious wickedness, but Jesus was referring to the “scribes and Pharisees”. Not to mention, he was speaking to specific people within that subgroup. I was offended by your stereotyping all Jews as “wicked to the core”.

  19. Sabrena permalink

    This scripture hits me hard today. I’m struggling more than I ever have financially and am feeling lost and like my prayers are not being heard. I’ve been so totally consumed by the Holy Spirit and the awesome changes and promises that God has made to me within the last 2 months regarding my life, that I feel I am on the starting line, with the bowl of His promises in my hands, waiting for Him to pull the trigger for me to GO. So I have to remind myself of the part of the scripture, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me”. Yes, he HAS anointed me. I will press in and keep my eyes aimed upward to Him instead of on my circumstances.

    • Kim permalink

      You got it! Just remember in his time. He is always faithful. Sometimes you have to suffer for awhile and then He renews you, strengthens you and gives you wings!!

  20. charread09 permalink

    I agree that family is the hardest. I am the only one in my family who is saved. I have been praying for my husband for 14 years and lately I have felt compelled to ask Christian men to pray for his salvation because I believe men know better what may keep a man from surrendering his life. Yes, we are not always taken seriously in our own homes. I do my best to live upright before the Lord but sometimes beat myself up about it because I feel it may be something I’m not doing right but the Lord always reminds me that I can’t accept Jesus for anyone else. It is a personal choice. I can continue to pray and be a disciple of Christ. God’s timing is not my timing. Glad I came across this study.

    • keith whitley permalink

      At one time my oldest son was drinking , doing drugs, and living in this skateboarding counter culture type life style. He got a DWI and lost his liscence and could not work. I would find him with strangers driving his car and him passed out in the back seat. In all of this I chose not to fear, believing the promises that God would keep my family safe. Then one day I was reading Phl. 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing ; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” I realized that I had been doing it wrong. In particular where it says “with thanksgiving let your request be made known.” Praising and thanking God is how we make our request known. I changed the way I prayed for my sons salvation. It was less than a month later that I received a call from him, in tears, that God had delivered him and saved him. This space does not have room to tell all the works of God involved in this redemptive act, scaled down, just the highlights.

  21. dadge permalink

    i like this reading we need to go out and do Gods work as if we are annointed………not lazy…………

  22. Calvin permalink

    Our friends and family will reject the gospel if we do not live the life we aspire to (and preach about) to the best of our ability with God’s good grace. Rest assured that our past will be a hurdle to the unbeliever, keep living the new life and they will witness the change in you. This alone will lead them to want to know more. When they see the sincere and trustworthy change they will know it is possible for them to change as well. To change is to also known as repentance. Trust God that while we live in this world we will be His witness, live close to the Word and be prepared for the questions from some and persecution from others. Trust the Spirit to be our guide and Jesus to be at our side.

  23. Stephanie permalink

    Thank you all for your comments :). It is just extremely hard to read and listen to some of the things that people say…and to know where they might be headed if they do not change. It saddens me to even think how many lost souls there are in hell. I worry about my own family and if they are all saved as well…I don’t even know if my own father is saved. As much as I would like to shake the people who do not believe in the lord I must try to reason with them and let them make their own decisions in the end, but at least I will have known that I tired. Isn’t that a Christians job, to try and turn as many people to the lord as possible? It’s one of the hardest jobs ever. God Bless everyone and have a terrific week!!

  24. Carla Williams permalink

    I too find it hard to speak openly about my faith around the people who I know and see daily. There are so many times when I hear family members or co-workers going through and in my heart I know what the right or the Christain thing to do, but I sit silently and say nothing. I pray daily for the power and ability to speak God’s word to my people and to pray for my people.

  25. Alison permalink

    Despite the challenges of facing others in sharing of our faith,( and i am speaking very much to myself here too). We are called to fulfill Isaiah 61v1-2.
    What an awesome thought to embrace and how blessed we are to be given such a challenge. As we pursue a deeper relationship with our heavenly Father, we will come up against adversaries. God says in His Word that in the last days darkness will come but the light of Christ will breakthrough. The battle is not ours, but Gods and only God can equip us with the appropriate tools to overcome. We must be prepared to face adversities from others , but walk tall knowing that we are fill with the Holy Spirit, (as long as we are seeking of course). This is a time when we must address in our lives (fear of man) God tells us that the righteous are as bold as lions, so lets become that.

  26. Ah, the art of being invisible. Go Jesus!

  27. jessica mabry permalink

    thank you for this message, i have the same issues about “rocking the boat” but feel that i have been called to teach a bible at my school; which scares me sooo badly. I havent shared my thoughts with anyone yet but am trying to get God’s annointing and guidence before i press forward.

  28. Billye permalink

    Thank God I don’t have to walk this path alone. My loving God is with me every step I take. It is so wonderful to share my faith with my family and co-workers. I will be bold to tell others of the mighty God I serve. Praise God for answered prayers.

  29. Carolyn permalink

    It is a truth that “poor” means lacking faith more so than lacking money. Also it is very often more difficult to discuss God with your family than with strangers. It was in my family as I was growing up. However, I have tried to bring my children up with such a love for the Lord that it is a natural thing to talk about. I have 2 “children” ages 30 and 27 and there is rarely a day goes by that we don’t discuss some bible verse. Praise the Lord.

  30. Jonathon permalink

    This scripture is exactly what i need to read today. Ive been struggling with my faith alot lately.Im in my 20’s and im tryin to get away from all the drinkin and partyin that most ppl in their 20’s do i was doin real well in not participating in these actions, but i still feel as if i need to shine as a Christian and not just stop doin all the bad things i was doin but also be an example to all my friends and co workers. When in reality non of them probably even know why ive stopped. So now after reading this scripture i can try to speak more openly about my faith and maybe help my friends to do the same.

  31. I find it very difficult to witness to my family it seems to me as hard as I try they only see wat used to be, before I started serving Christ with all my heart an soul. I read my word daily it is manna for my soul an spirit I pray daily for all members of my family that they would come to know the Lord intimately that is the desire of my heart. I love them all so much God truly has given me a heart for all, our family has sustained losses (mother,3 brothers,nephew) with each loss the Lord has drawn me closer to him, I pray daily an ask God to allow them to see a reflection of who Christ is in me it seems like we live in a time where everywhere you turn there is heartache an I know Christ is the answer….praise God for this site

  32. Robin permalink

    I Pray That I can become stronger in sharing my faith with all. And not let any conversation i get pulled into let me do otherwise.

  33. Lori permalink

    What a challenge! We all know the “right” thing to do, but “What will others think of me?” We should be more concerned with “What will God think of me?”

  34. May I say something, and I mean this with all brevity and sincerity and genuine love.

    We talk about… helping others, challenges to preach, desires to help others basically.

    There is only one way to help anyone, live the life.

    When we do not live holy, and when we do not believe, then it’s no wonder we have a difficult time getting anyone to come to Christ.

    To me, and I believe I am right, to the Christian, it’s all about having a good conscience, and rightly dividing the word of truth… er.. probably in reverse order, but I put conscience first, because the New Testament Christians were still writing the New Testament and they were just fine in their faith and works. So all the more power for us.

    When we do and say things that we should not as in sin, then sin has it’s own penalty. Incidentally Christ dealt with sin once and for all.

    So to all Christians, put away the idea that God sees any sin in your life.
    And, one can have faith in spite of the sin that may go on in our bodies.

    It’s not you it’s no me, it’s the sin in me.

    There is no condemnation to the Christian.
    This salvation is free.

    I bring up sin because, sin will beset us, I think it is correct to also say, and God correct me if I am out of spirit here… but not having faith will beset us.

    And we all know that when we feel guilty we don’t have that confidence and faith like we do when we have a clean conscience.

    The good news is, falling into some sin does nothing towards your standing with God, but it does effect your state with God.

    Each of us know in ourselves if we are in good standing with God, according to our conscience, and judgement in part is according to the accumulation of guilt. (the book of Romans)

    There are some who should and could be in a good state with God, but their conscience will not allow, because they are weak in faith.

    Faith is the key. Faith is greater than sin, rather the blood of Christ is. Christ has put an end to sin. Enough already, go do your sin and get the tribulation and anguish God promised with each sin we do, but do not stop preaching, do not stop teaching, do not stop sharing and so on. This is a trick of the devil.

    Do not confess your sins to men, take them to God, except for when and where you are able to confess them only to other close Christians, for the world will not understand.

    Not trying to brow beat here, but, there’s a whole lot of folk stranded on the raodside of faitih because they see some sin in themselves not realizing that God does not and never will see the sin. What sin? Christ put an end to sin. He dealt with sin.

    Having said all of that, there is an exception to the above doctrine, and it’s this. There are some sins that are sins unto death. Don’t go preaching if you just left the hotel with a prostitute. You can, but I believe you will come up with nothing as, empty hands on an empty head produce nothing.

    All told, let us lay aside our sins, except God’s provision for our righteousness (which in part is our own faith – can I get an amen)

    consider some religions, they don’t believe in eating certain meats on certain days. We know that all things are good, and what God has called clean, nobody can call unclean, and while tradition, and observance can enrich us, we only need faith. However to the one who thinks he is sinning, he is.

    If you do something with an evil conscience, then you are doing an evil thing.
    It doesn’t mean that what you are doing is actually evil, but if your conscience is bad, then you’re going to have a hard time asking God for what we need.

    All we need is Jesus.

    Love ya’ll

    • Lila permalink

      I dont really fault this (or any of your following long blurbs lolll), but about the sex sins part:

      “Sin unto death”

      Eh, i dont really agree with that. sex sins are different from others in that they are in our own body. but you could say drinking is sort of the same thing. so is smoking and drugs.

      I just dont think you can segregate it like that. You make it sound like thats something that cant be forgiven. “once you’ve done it you’re doomed forever” sort of thinking. As far as i believe, and i certainly hope im right here, the only sin that cant be forgiven is denying the Lord.

      Sexual sins certainly have harsh consequences that can be very lasting, but it doesnt mean you’re forever on the blacklist.

      Thats the only thing i sort of frowned at.

      Ah well.

      God bless~

  35. I have to add here.

    I just posted and said, Go do your sin and get it’s penalty

    I am not saying go sin. I really meant to say…

    wow. such a huuuuge subject.

    I really meant to say, that, God does not see sins, because Christ put an end to sin and it’s penalty seeing that he bore that penalty. nooo don’t go do no sins, just because Grace will abound.

    What shall we say then, shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound?

    no.

    My point is, just because you fell on monday, get back up. and realize that, yes we do fall short sometimes.

    And, God still loves you even through your tribulation and anguish that your sins put on you.

    Sin is when we do something in bad conscience, so it is of the utmost importance to really know what is required of us as Christians which is…
    found in the book of Romans, do not commit sex sins.

    That’s it.

    I would say abstain from things strangled with Blood (which to me is another way of saying, when you do something in bad conscience, then you really are sinning!

    Every sin a person does is done outside the body, except for sex sin, for he said “The two shall become one” and we are in the body of Christ, not the body of an harlot.

    My point is, if we know our freedoms then there will be a whole lot more of us who will stop condemning themselves and losing faith with God if we will examine the New Testament closely, you will see there are a whole lot of things we call sin that are not sin at all, for example a glass of wine.

    I don’t mean to walk on anyone’s weak conscience, or weak faith.
    I also have no idea to over step the bounds of the intent and spirit of Mark’s blog. Father thy will be done.

    There is a whole lot of things we are told is sin that is no sin at all.

    The only requirement I would ever impose on any Christian is, do not do sex sins.

    Now, there are a whole lot of things we do in ignorance, and doing something in ignorance is no work around for sins penalty. Sin and it’s ways lead to pain.
    It’s built in life, even when God is not looking. (if that was possible)

    God does no dispensing of pain upon a sinner, sin does, it’s setup this way.
    we reap what we sew

    its not that God don’t want us to have fun, it’s that there are bounds.

    Not all so called sin brings anguish, take a person who won’t goto church on sunday because they feel saturday is the real sabbath.

    To that person, they are sinning… but in actuality they are not, and yes that’s my take and opinion, but I can also show the scripture where Jesus died.

    If, man was able to measure up in the flesh like going to church on a certain day, or abstaining from certain meats, or in observing certain days, then Christ would not have had to die can I get an amen please

    can I?

    I can’t get no help up in here ain’t nobody hearing me!

    • dorthy porter permalink

      Amen to Marvin.I enjoyed what he had to say.I believe each of us can grow and achieve the next level.Salvations plan was completed at the cross.Faith in what our savorior did is what sets us free from sin.Acts 16:31 comes to my mind and john 3:16 also does.If people thinks it is works or anything that you do that gets you to heaven you are wrong.It is so simple a child can understand it.Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ ask him to forgive you of your sins.You can be washed as white as snow.We are not under law we are saved under the Grace of Jesus.We do not continue in sin we are set free from sin.Jesus paid the price for all of us.

    • Lydia Reyes permalink

      You say the only sin christian should not do is sex sin. Have you ever read about the TEN commandment ?

      • Hi Lydia,

        The ten commandments are not a sin to keep.
        Keeping them of course cannot save us, because remission of sin only comes through the blood of Christ.

        God gave us them commandments in part to establish sin.

        —–
        After Jesus was resurrected from the dead he went back to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit, and… a little time later… after a series of events as told in scripture…. here is a story about the very Acts of those Apostles and the new church that was involved.

        Jesus was gone by now… The Apostles were evangelizing building churches etc. –(just trying to put the following scripture in context) Paul and Barnabas were Apostles over the Church here…. check it out… it sets me free

        Parenthesis are my own comments inside of the quote ( … )

        this is from the King James Ver.

        Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren (the church) and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

        Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas (Two Apostles) had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. (They went to the big church)

        ….
        ….
        ….

        So they argued, and prayed, and decided this:

        Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them (the church) that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

        Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

        It says if we will abstain from fornication, we will do well.
        That’s it. well, for me it was. because in my country and city, it happens the locals, do not offer up bloody animals in any sort of sacrifice to gods. if they did, I personally would not buy THAT meat.
        I’d get, non sacrificed meat. so. that’s what Paul was telling them.
        Because in their city, the Christians then, were exposed to that sort of idolatry. Their locals were offering up bloody animals to wooden gods.

        So when I read down the list of things that the Apostle Paul felt was enough for any new convert to do. The only one that applied to me and most of us, is, the fornication part.

        here’s why.

        On Fornication from the book of 1st Corinthians

        1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
        1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
        1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
        1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

        Love to the unloved
        Peace to those who are in trouble
        Rest to the weary

        LIVE

      • Act 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

        I should have put that verse on top of verse 29 above.

        the part that stands out to me, is, “no greater burden”

        he’s saying, salvation is a free gift of God.

        I love it.

  36. John permalink

    I am convinced that the problem with the church today is the lack of the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s stop playing church and get down to business. Study the Word and pray daily. Give control of our lives to the Holy Spirit. What would happen if enough people would be surrendered completely to the Lord? I would love to see it before I die.

    • Melissa * permalink

      Amen John.
      Well said.
      Sums it all up well.
      Turn from sin, inviting the Holy Spirit in.
      Amen.

    • Lydia Reyes permalink

      John, you could’nt have said it better When we walk in the Spirit We are given decernment of when we fall into sin. It doesn’t mean that we should just keep on living in the same sin and we are save. Living in the spirit is wanting to be like christ and being transform into his likeness. Marvin writes alot, but you write very little and to the point. Thank you and God Bless

  37. hehe. and I said all that to say

    Get your ass out of the ditch as prescribed in the Old Testament

    stop belly aching and whining about… im not ready to preach or teach or share because I got this little thing Im working on etc.

    Christ put an end to sin as far as God is concerned

    Christ DID NOT put an end to the consequences of sin, the pain sin brings teaches us to not do it again, but it in no way pertains to your salvation

    Salvation is free. Works come from being in him

    focus on being in him, the works will come, if you sin, then repent and don’t do it no more.

    If you do it again, repent and don’t do it no more

    If you do it again, repent and don’t do it no more

    if you do it again, repent and don’t do it no more

    how long can I go on with this???? for as many times as I sin
    because, I am promised forgiveness, first of all but there is one catch
    …. so long as I forgive others of their trespasses against me

    we’re told to forgive others, 70×7 an infinite number of times.
    Surely Christ put an end to sin in God’s eyes, Surely a record is being kept.

    If I forgive then God will forgive me.

    If I sin and lay in that sin, then I have lived beneath my privilege.

    When you me us are tired of the tribulation and anguish then we will learn.

    Man invented things to call sin because … the inventors could actually live up.
    as in, Hey! I can goto church on saturday. I can quit smoking and drinking.
    They could do those things, but they couldn’t forgive their neighbor. hmmm

    Well, it’s all rotten to God, it’s a slap in his face towards the work of Christ.

    The best we could ever do in the flesh, like the afore mentioned works, about sabbaths and meats and holidays… is filthy greasy rags compared to his righteousness

    If all I had to do was show up on Saturday, then why did Christ die?

    I make my point about sin, because, many are paralyzed in their ignorance, where they think they have offended God, they have not. Where they think they have not measured up, God was never expecting anything.

    Why did Christ die. Because even the law of Moses could not save us.

    If the law of Moses could save us, then Christ would not have had to die.
    And I don’t speak of his death lightly. He means all to me.

    I only want to know your faith. Faith in God’s remedy for sin.

    When we can do that, we will move closer to perfection.

    And especially perfecting holiness in love.

    Learn what sin really is by reading the new testament.

    This way, you will not condemn yourself for something you didn’t actually commit as in sin.

    but, as I say, if you think you’re sinning, then you really are.

    but if you with your mind, read the new testament, then you will learn that God is wellllll pleased with his Son, and we will see that we will always be dealing with some petit sin or another, maybe not, some do not, but, we are human, and God remembers our form and takes pity.

    The Blood for sin, and Faith for Works, Faith for the power we need.

    Luv ya’ll hee

  38. Billye permalink

    Thank God I don’t have to walk this path alone my God walks with me. It is so wonderful to walk and share my faith with my family and co-workers. i will not fear man I will be bold to proclaim His word.

  39. I really had to read the entire thing(hiding in the bathroom on clinicals at the hospital)…I’m new to this and being open about my faith I think ppl just get uncomfortable about it..and I sometimes feel uncomfortable too b/c I feel like I’m being judged…I really appreciate this teachings or lesson u are sending across the world for everyone to see that they are not alone even jesus went through it…keep the faith guys..I know b/c I’m trying too…

    • Judgment will come from others, even our own families but the future is bright. What Christ gives is worth all the earthly grief. I know, I was cut from my grandparents will for being a Christian. My treaures are stored in heaven not here on earth. Alone? Never! God is by our side with thousands upon thousands of our Christian Brothers and Sisters! Who could be alone with that many siblings — LOL?!

      • responding to the rest of today’s passage.

        Jesus stopped reading after ” …the time of the Lord’s favor has come,” the last line of verse 2 continues “…and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.” Ah ha! We are now under God’s favor; his wrath is yet to come, when Jesus returns to earth again. Those who scoff and judge will themselves be judged. Pray for their salvation, love them but know that ultimately it is between them and God, be it through salvation or through his wrath. I personnally pray that it will be through salvation for all peoples. A-men!

  40. Diane Walker permalink

    Those who knew us before we recieved the Holy Spirit tend to look at us differently. If I were to go to the town I grew up in and start preaching the Good News, they’d do to me exactly what they did to Jesus, they’d run me off. Back where I grew up I have been called a “Jesus Friek” a “Bible thumper” and worse…but I count it a blessing to be persecuted for that most precious of names Jesus Christ. We also have to be careful not to carry our preconcieved notions about others and think “Oh they can never be saved, or they’ll never change”

  41. When we was living for the devil we did it wide open with no restraints.

    why some folk act like they’ve been baptized in pickle juice

    lol

    luv ya’ll

  42. Our friends and family know us better than anyone and will judge us more harshly than someone on the street. I think that is why it is so hard to reach them. I just try to be a light to them. And pray that God will intervene somehow and as long as I stand on His promises I know that all of my family members will be save Acts 16:31 says they will be…

  43. Good stuff. Our pastor this past Sunday mentioned that many of us Christians do not practice the presence of Christ. For example he said many Christians are caught up in pornography but if somone walked into the room they have no problem clicking off the site. Why is that? It shows they can quit and turn it off when another human comes into their space. They are not practicing the precense of Christ. Jesus is there watching all we do. This applies to all aspects of our walk. At our jobs, are we only working to please the boss? He is there! In our homes, are we acting as Christ would have us act? He is there! In witnessing, are we intimidated how people will perceive us? He is there! I know I really need to keep the fact that Jesus is here observing all I do. If I really believe it will affect my behavior. Lord help my unbelief.

  44. Lisa Wallace permalink

    I used the watch the “Jesus” film over and over. It is based on the book of Luke. I can vividly remember these verses being depicted in the movie with Jesus having a prayer shawl over his head while reading (appearing very Jewish) and getting the idea that He had just communicated something very “big” to the people – He was telling them that scripture was being fulfilled right in front of them.

  45. Lisa Wallace permalink

    22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

    Seems like this is where the whole thing turns. Were they amazed because this was a “guy” who had grown up there & he had never sounded like that before? Had he not preached before? I am wondering why they were amazed. I guess they knew he had been a carpenter. Verse 16 says he stood up to read. Says it was normal for him to go to the synagogue on the sabbath but I wonder was it normal for him to read. I am looking at verse 22 very closely – had he not spoken “gracious words” prior to this? If he had not, was it because he was now in the power of the Spirit?

  46. Carol Ann permalink

    I just recently found this bumper sticker laying around my house that I picked up in the Netherlands probably 20 plus years ago – it’s in Frisian – “Doch dyn plicht en lit de lju rabje” – loosely translated it means, do what your going to do and let others gossip. Anytime we take a bold step we risk others scorn and ridicule, but Jesus never cared about that. He did what he did because he was called to it and he had perfect relationship with the Father – his confidence came from that relationship. Immersing ourselves deeper into the worship of our God, building that relationship, strengthens our confidence to do what we are called to do. What a lesson that is!

  47. Corinna permalink

    I think this scripture shows us that Jesus was cast out by his own people, but his faith in God let him walk thru the crowd. We too can walk thru the crowd. There will always be condemnation, we just have to pray to God to get us thru it.
    It reminds me of this:
    Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

  48. I’m confused. Are you saying we can receive miraculous abilities today? I believe scripture is very clear on the purpose of the gifts and how long they would be around. John 20:30-31 and 1 Corinthians 13. The purpose was to reveal the word(since they did not have the completed Bible, proclaim and confirm that they were speaking God’s word. http://www.westarkchurchofchrist.org/library/holyspirit.htm Here’s a link with some more info on the subject.

    With Love,
    Chris

    • Yes we can receive miraculous abilities today.

      I’m off to read just what you believe at the link you gave.
      Thanks

      and, it is a beautiful day here

      USA – Virginia (East Coast)

  49. Matthew Linson permalink

    I have heard bit of this scripture but have not read it til now. It makes me think of how I can influence others lives with the word of the Lord. I am trying very hard to stay right with the Lord and I think this is another way of bringing me closer to Him.

  50. ashley permalink

    I went to a bible study group tonight and there we talked about Comfort. There is so many ways to comfort someone and most people dont even know where to look to get that Comfort. We were taught to look to God for everything. He can comfort you in so many ways that a human being cannot. I stress to everyone. Let your loved ones and friends know that whenever they are walkin through the “valley of the shadow of Death”, which is goin through some hard times, let them know that should should “fear no evil” for God is with them always and will comfort them. If you have the chance to go and comfort someone and tell them that God will be there also, take that step up and do without hesitation. You never know how much that person will appreciate what you did for them. I also see that these passages of scripture in the lesson have been a great help to some people and showed them comfort. Do not be afraid to stand up for what you believe in and try to help someone. That is also something I, myself, needs to work on. I enjoyed the scripture and cant wait to see more!

    • Stacy permalink

      It is sad how often I pass by opportunities to share the love of Christ. Great encouragement!

  51. Beth permalink

    good word today, much to say, but tired today, good word though

  52. Joanna permalink

    hey Rev Mark

    Your lessons on here have been helpful thanks.

  53. Beamer319 permalink

    I love this piece of scripture. God will see His plan come to fruition. My husband and daughter went out Sunday and delivered light bulbs with a tract in it to houses in a neighborhood. Tonight, he went to the mall to speak to people about the good news of Jesus Christ. He met someone who received a light bulb Sunday that he had delivered and the guy was a lost soul. Isn’t it amazing that God brought two people together to have the great conversation in a mall where statistically would have been impossible for it to happen. God is calling my husband and I’m sure it won’t be long before we will be commanded to pick up and move to spread God’s word. We will be obedient to HIM and only to HIM.

  54. Jena permalink

    “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” could relate to the year of Jubilee when all old debts were erased forever and all slaves were set free….Jesus cancelled our sin debt when He died in our place on the cross. He sets us free from the chains of sin and all those bondages that sin can bring.

  55. Robbin permalink

    Rev. Mark, thanks for taking on this challenge to encourage and cause us to seek God more. Truly the Lord has been nudging me to step out of the boat and trust Him. My first step has been to begin teaching others God’s Word in a Sunday School class. What a big step that was! But, I love God’s Word and it is alive and powerful. It is our sword and by it, our minds are renewed and we are transformed. Continue to challenge us with the WORD! May God bless you.

  56. On witnessing.

    What better witness ladies and gentlemen than to be over flowing with joy.

    All hell has broke loose around you and you are weathering just fine, that is a witness.

    put a sign on your desk that says honk if you love Jesus

    when we are right with God, we don’t Caaaarreee what the heathen likes or dislikes we don’t caaaaarree if you reject us,

    The world didn’t give me this joy the world can’t take it away
    once we walk in that joy, we don’t mind the heathen rejecting us
    and lauging, and scoffing, and snickering.

    but. when we try to front christ in our lives, and we and everyone around us knows were being hypocrites. that’s when the devil uses the hypocrite to drive people away from God.

    Love love love

    Love is your name honey, love is your name!

  57. Rozlyn Smith permalink

    This scripture reminds me of what I am going through right now. I was married for 16 years and for all intent and purposes I was not a very good wife. I started this journey with God about 6 months ago and even though I have changed, people don’t seem to think I have, they still see me as the same person I was and for me that is truly their lost because God has shown me a new thing and I am going to walk this walk and talk about God to all that will listen because he as done wonderful things for me.

  58. Rozlyn Smith permalink

    I can relate to this passage because I have made some big changes in my life and many people still see me as the person I use to be and not the person who loves the Lord with all their heart and soul. And I say to those people, that is your lost not mine because God has shown me a new thing and I will continue to strive to walk like him.

  59. Kim permalink

    Have to add wow Marvin, you’ve got alot to say. I hear you. I Hear all of you.
    As far as my family goes, like a lot of you I’ve had my sinking moments. But God reminded me that by our godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, godly behavior.
    Prayer works! Knowing His word works. Keeping His word in you and standing on that word (having complete faith) produces miracles. At least I call watching the transformation in my husband (and others!) a God moving miracles! It had nothing to do with me, all glory goes to Him. The blessings it brings to me and my family are enough to bring me to my knees. God knew us before all this, all He asks of us is to believe, He does the rest…

  60. Lydia Reyes permalink

    Matthew 5: 11-12 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be greater in heaven. Thus, they persecute the prophets who were before you. I look to this verse everytime I speak the word of God and they ignore or poke fun at me. One thing I notice it’s those same people that redicule me are the one’s that come to me when something is going bad in their lives, for Prayers. We are called to share the Gospel. Sometimes we can show it by our actions. Lord Jesus, Fill us with your spirit, that we may be a light in this world for you. AMEN

  61. odiear3rd permalink

    Your worst critics are the people who knew you way back when. That is before God changed you into the New Creation you are now. Jesus faced this delimia. Isaiah foretold that the Lord would bring Light into a dark place – the land around Galilee and Samaria. Isaiah Chapter 9. Most of His ministry was in the Galilee area. The area was a mixture of both Jews and Gentiles. We must minister where God can use us.

  62. Jonathan permalink

    Thank you, Rev. Mark. This portion of scripture is VERY important! It is the record of when Our Lord Jesus is anointed to start his earthly ministry. He lets everyone know right then & there, that He IS The Christ, The Son Of God. He tells them that this is the time of the Messiah, and that He IS The Messiah! As people, we get wrapped up in our own set ways, our traditions, our own outlooks, and our own opinions of ourselves, and of others. Jesus changed all of that with all those there, on that day! It put everyone there in that synagogue on red alert! It told them that the laws and traditions that they had been following for over a 1,000 years, were going to be changed forever! It told them that they needed to repent of their sin, & change.
    There is a saying, “Everyone is entitled to my opinion.” It’s always convenient for others to change, and for others to see things your way, but when it’s YOU that has to change & repent, then that’s different! Look at verse 28 & 29. They would have rather killed Jesus outright, rather than to repent and turn from their wicked ways!
    Have you ever told your testimony to other believers, only to be rejected and scorned? I have. I can’t change my past, and believe me, it’s dark! I’m a sinner, just like everyone else. But when you tell the truth – whether about God or about yourself, you’ll get resistance, and rejection. It hurts the most, when it’s other believers in Christ that resist and reject you. You might lose your best friends because of it. I have. You might lose ALL of your friends because of it.
    That’s why The Word says in John 15:9-23:
    9 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
    10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
    11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
    12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
    13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
    14 “You are My friends if you do what I command you.
    15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
    16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
    17 “This I command you, that you love one another.
    18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
    19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
    20 “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
    21 “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
    22 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
    23 “He who hates Me hates My Father also.
    If we are doing His will, and following His word, and they hate us, then they hate Christ in Us, and they are enemies of God!
    Please turn to John 13:34-35.
    34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
    35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
    We are not just love ourselves as believers, but EVERYBODY! That means you have to have love and compassion for your jerk boss…that scorner on the street, that heckles you every time you go out to be a witness for Christ…that neighbor that does nothing but complain…, the list is infinite. But there is one, and ONLY one solution. Being a believer, follower, and imitator of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He said it wouldn’t be easy. He said it would be rough. But in the end, a crown of eternal life to those who persevere in the faith. Faith in what? Faith in the sinless life, the sacrificial death, and the glorious, physical resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Only through our reception of God’s gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus, can we be more than conquerors. Only through Him, can we show the Love of God.
    There will be people that we will love…that will reject God’s gift of forgiveness & eternal life in Jesus Christ, and will not inherit eternal life. You might say, that we will love them…straight into hell! Yep. There are going to be those who we will love into hell. A sad fact, but true.
    The atheist seeks proof. The agnostic seeks a sign. You, living a Christ-centered life, maybe the Power of God in someone’s life. You might not even see it yourself! It might be that one encouraging word…that one scripture that pops into your mind that you share…that one helping hand…that one time where you wanted to give a person a piece of your mind and you don’t…it could be your testimony, that touches their life, and brings them to faith in Jesus. That would be the Holy Spirit working in you, and is the power of God to get them to turn to Him. You might just be going through the day, and it’s absolutely a normal, mundane day to you, but to others, your light shines brighter than the sun that day! That prayer of grace over your meal at your favorite restaurant. The quiet time with The Word on the bus. Your “Alleluia” when you hear good news, and rejoice in God. When someone asks you for prayer on their deathbed. You never know what the Lord will do….through you. We just need to be ready, and willing to be a piece of wet clay in His Holy Hand, and a servant to His creation.
    We’re not perfect, we’re forgiven. We’re not sinless, we’re sanctified. We are not free, we are purchased…with a price. What will you do this day? Please turn to Joshua 24:15:
    15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
    Your walk with Christ, as well as eternal life for others, hangs in the balance. May the Lord Jesus Christ Bless you all.

  63. Susanna Liew permalink

    Hi, thank you for His word again. Praise the Lord indeed! Let’s proclaim the year of the Lord. Continue to trust in Him and seek Him and let His Holy Spirit constantly guards our hearts and guides us to do God’s will.
    Our church has been praying for revival and be a breakthrough church. Pray for us and pray that individual will be touched and be the light and salt of those around us. Even if circumstances arises, let us stand firm and proclaim His glory. No matter the storm, when we with God, there is always a rainbow waiting. To God be the Glory!

  64. Patricia Henson permalink

    I know ministers in churches who won’t preach on things such as Hell, and satan as they are afraid of offending people. They won’t teach on subjects such as homosexuality for the same reason. I feel that if you are not going to preach the truth for fear of offending that you don’t need to be ministering at all. I got out of todays lesson that Jesus felt the same as he spoke his mind even though he knew it would upset the priests. I don’t want to be told I’m ok or that it’s ok if it’s a sin. It’s only my soul at risk. I think God has a special punishment for leaders who don’t lead as they cause alot of Gods children to go to Hell. Maybe I’m way off base but that’s what I get out of it. Thank God I found a church that isn’t afraid of offending me.

  65. “…The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor….”
    “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at Hand”

    “…He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…”
    “…Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me…”

    “…To preach deliverance to the captives…”
    “…Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed…”

    “…And recovery of sight to the blind…”
    “…But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness…” Matthew 6:23

    “…To set at liberty those who are oppressed…”
    “…For My yoke is easy and My burden is light…”

    “…To preach the acceptable year of the LORD…”
    “…Then you shll cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land…”

  66. As I read these comments I am so hugely encouraged!! God is working through you all!!! God is calling us back to Him, and this will be through His Word – how wonderful!!

    God bless, Rev Mark Brown

  67. stacey permalink

    wonderful job of opening up this scripture.

  68. Gail permalink

    just last evening I was with a group of unsaved women and had opportunity to speak truth to these women and did not do it. I woke up this morning feeling convicted about this and here was your message. How timely! I know I need to pray before I meet with these women again and trust God for what needs to be said.

  69. Janelle permalink

    Thanks for this site, another great way to get God’s Word in my day.

  70. Leah permalink

    i didnt read everyone’s comments, but this scripture touches me. i feel like Jesus in my hometown. not man accepted that God sent me to preach the ‘Good News’…to set the captive free and heal the broken hearted.
    when i say set the captive free, im talking about those that are in jail, im referring to the ones that are in bondage to sin. that are slaves to sex, drugs, alcohol, lying, mental, & physical abuse.
    Paul said it best about ‘i was sold under sin’…” Romans 7;14-25 (KJV)
    14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
    15 For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. Gal. 5.17
    16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
    17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
    18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
    19 For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
    20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
    21 ¶ I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
    22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
    23 but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
    24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
    25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
    Romans 7:14-25 (New American Standard Bible)
    4For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.
    15For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
    16But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.
    17So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
    18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.
    19For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.
    20But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
    21I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
    22For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,
    23but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.
    24Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
    25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

    i put the references here because some people think something is wrong with them that every time they try to do right, bad stuff happens.
    so many of us walk after Christ spreading the Gospel to the poor & down trodden. so when Jesus quote Isaiah and proceeds to live the life of the Word,it means something.
    God sent me (us) to do a work and our qualifications are: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me.’
    Jeremiah was anointed before he was born to be a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). God spoke in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
    so even in the most trying times, God remembers us. God has plans to prosper us, not destroy. so keep preaching, teaching, & reaching people that the prophesy of our life be fulfilled. its time to be in God’s Will & walk in our destiny.

  71. Helene permalink

    This is a wonderful passage. As a new Christian coming from a non-Christian family, I have struggled with sharing my faith with my family and old-time friends. My mom is visiting this week and I was having dinner with her at home and I wanted to say grace but i was worried about her reaction so i didn’t. The next night I asked my fiance to say grace for us. I think it’s time that i do it myself… and stand up for God!

  72. This is a very real and present problem that all believers have. We find it easy to act “churchy” while around fellow Christians but around family or friends that “know” us we tend to be silent. So the “sin of silence” is something we all have to deal with every day.
    How can we prepare ourselves against the “sin of silence”?

    We prepare to be rejected by anybody at any time. The bible reads in Jeremiah 6:10 “…behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach (or offensive); they have no delight in it.” (KJV)
    To the unbeliever/sinner the Word is offensive and it does not matter if they are family, friends or total strangers. Also in Mark 6:1-6 Jesus himself was rejected at Nazareth, his own home town.
    Mark 6:1-6 reads “
    v.1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
    v.2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
    v.3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
    v.4 But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
    v.5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
    v.6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” (KJV)

    Are we to keep silent around family and friends? No, we are to read our Bible, Pray and live a Christian life everyday. Our life will be our witness to our family and friends. God will open doors to our family and friends for witnessing opportunities in His time.

    Thank you Rev Mark for this website, you encouraged me to update my site with Bible thoughts and Bible trivia.
    God Bless, Carlton

  73. Stacy permalink

    Jesus is so awesome! I’m a little lost for words. I just love how Jesus does stuff. He’s such a cool guy. And He’s my savior. The One who suffered and gave His life for me. Once in a while His sacrifice becomes real to me again. This is one of those times. Praise the Lord!

  74. Shirley permalink

    The spirit of the Lord is upon Jesus as we submit and and draw nearer to God, Christ lives and works through us and we are anointed to preach the good news. WE HAVE THE SAME ANOINTING AS CHRIST. We serve an awesome God.
    Thank you Rev. Mark for your encourgment.

  75. Dorthy Porter permalink

    I walked up in the woods today to pray and think about what the Bible study this week is about.It is about become bold for the truth in our self and in and in our Christain walks. It is about stepping out in our faith for Jesus.It is about learning how to sacrifice flesh standing on the word of God.Be loyal to God it does not matter what the cost even if it is great .We are on a mission ,that is to not make Hell where we spend eternity.The mission is to help get others to except Gods salvation plan. We are to live a life that reflex Jesus.Truth is just as hard for people today as it was a 1000 years ago.Sin has not even changed its face alot ,neither has the punishment for it.We as Gods choosen people do not want to be ashamed of the Gospel or of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.He formed the path in the wilderness that we are to follow.

  76. Sara permalink

    So they wanted to throw Jesus down the cliff? And he walked right through after telling the truth?

  77. Doreen permalink

    Close friends we’ve been praying for, for 10 years+ recently got saved recently. We are so honored to be discipling them in their new journey in their walk with Christ. Still praying for youngest sons for salvation. Lord, help me to know how to pray and what to say! Loved this passage – keep ’em coming!

  78. What I got from this (other than how cool it would be for Christ to stand up and read that passage in Isaiah at my church) is that the truth is sometimes hard to accept. That, sometimes, we only hear from God what we want to believe; not what is actually true. Therefore, we get mad and upset that things don’t always go our way. The people of that synagogue did not readily believe in what Jesus had told them, even when they so readily believed that He was Christ after he read Isaiah 61:1-2. That isn’t much different from many of us today. We so readily believe in Christ and everything that God is, but once we hear something we don’t want to, we become “filled with rage”. Frustration, anger and exasperation all set and in before we know it, Satan has a stronghold built up in our minds.

    • Amen Brian! we do become forgetful hearers, sometimes the word is sewn fine, but the enemy steals it. how many times have I been going a long and believing, only for some unbeliever to come in and start trying to dissuade me. times like those, i want to just scream.

      I am being completely utterly honest here. most of the time, i feel like, or I do cry a tad. because it vexes me soooo bad, because I work sooo hard to believe.

      sure I could just say, bah you’re full of unbelief. to that person, yet I am constrained in love for them to show and teach them a better way, but, sometimes people are very far away from faith.

      no wonder Jesus sought solitude after being around people.

      oh. the other thing you reminded me of. was the Gospel of the beloved John, it declares that, Jesus is God. so, really, it was God who stood up and read his own word. i feel like break dancing now. lol

      for someone who don’t believe Jesus was God, think about when the disciples asked Jesus to show them the father, his next few words tell the whole.

      get ready cause this is mind blowing.

      Joh 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

      Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?

  79. steven dawson permalink

    I would like to say when we read Gods word pray first then no matter which way its transalated you will know what God has said

  80. steven dawson permalink

    let him guilde you you cant go wrong may GOD BLESS

  81. gretchen permalink

    I don’t really have a hard time sharing The Gospel with anyone, but the problem I have is living the Christian life. Any one who even slightly knows me knows I’m a believer, but I find so many times that I don’t give a very good example of just how much Jesus has done in my life.
    “But the key to succeeding in all of this isn’t that I read it every day on my wall.. but that: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me.’ I need to pray, to actively seek the Spirit of the Lord. I cannot force this! But certainly I know that as I draw close to God through reading His Word, and as I face my sin, I am well positioned to receive that anointing”
    Amen!
    Blessings,

  82. Richard permalink

    These set of verses have hit me hard but has challenged me in my walk. I am currently going through a rough time as I was recently in relationship that ended because I was not seeking the Lord. As we are both believers but I was not stepping up to the plate to be the spiritual leader because of fear. So many issues arose between the two of us and I was not going to God to renew my mind or seeking His wisdom as to handle the issues. We both believed that we were the ones for each other to marry and I still know and believe that she is the one I am to marry. She has been everything that I have asked for and desired in the woman I am to marry. Since the break up, I have had this passion and fire to be in God’s word and not stop reading. Thats all I think about as I go through my day and how I can live up to my purpose. I can honestly say that it is hard to overcome your past especially with those that know you best, but with Christ ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. To live fearlessly for God means that we have to accept that people will deny us because of His name and our pursuit after Him. So as God transformed Christ while he was in the wilderness so too will the Holy Spirit continue to transform me and many other believers so we can live boldly and fearlessly for Him and for His service no matter the cost. To die to self and live for Christ, we gain and receive everything that He has promised.

  83. fritz permalink

    I am struggling with work, my relationship and being a good role model for my children this passage really helped me out thanks!!!

  84. Jess permalink

    This hit home for me because I have shared my faith with people I know are believers like me. Yet I feel uncomfortable sharing my journey in God with my family because they are non-believers. I want to be like Jesus and reveal my true identity to the people I love and then move beyond that and reach out to the (spiritually) poor. But the only way I can do that is if I am consistent with my faith, read His Word daily and change my at times sinful behavior.

  85. Gwen permalink

    I am thankful that you have allowed God to lead you in rightly dividing His word, to put it in laymen terms so that even I am getting a better understanding. I read and study for my self, but God always has a way of giving you a new understanding of His word.

    THANK YOU!! Keep seeking Him.

  86. Jagwood permalink

    I loved this passage as well! I am always wanting to spread the Word of Jesus to others, but I sometimes feel inadequate in doing so. I feel as if I need to know everything, but I know too that this is unrealistic. I am a Christian and I love the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to shout it from the moutain tops and teach it to my neighbors and the area kids. Please pray that I will continue to reach out to other people no matter how unbelieveably difficult it is right now with having social anxiety and depression–totally out of my comfort zone, but I have a story to tell! God Bless all of you!

  87. I want to speak Gospels to the poor, and I`ve tryed to speak to one homeless but it was no good in it, `cause he can`t read, he never went to school, so he just wanted someone to speak.
    Then I had only 6 months in Christ. A litle bit I`m scared what kind of aproach must I take to say something…..

  88. Mary Hamilton permalink

    As a Christ-follower, and a child of god, I share in the Joy of knowing Jesus as Lord, and also share in his sufferings. When I think about how Jesus left heaven to come to the earth to live and walk and be mistreated, and then die for me, how can I do anything but “live” for him. I want to be a witness for him, a good witness of all that he is. We are a witness, every day, whether we know it or not, we are either a witness “for Christ” or “against Christ”. I owe everything I am and everything I have, to Jesus Christ and him crucified. He died so that I might live and have life more abundantly, and I thank God that I came to know Him!

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