Re:Verse passage – Matthew 8:1-4 (day five) “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” As we look at Jesus’ encounters with the leper and the centurion, we see great faith being displayed by each of them. But don’t miss their testimony. In both of their statements, there are known and unknown statements about Jesus. The unknown- Jesus’ willingness to heal. The known- His power, His capability, His authority, His majesty and sovereignty. What is it that you know about Jesus? What have you already experienced and encountered? Will you preach to yourself those Gospel truths? (The goodness and greatness of Jesus)
“Preaching the gospel to ourselves is a habit of grace that is both proactive and reactive. It’s reactive as we encounter temptation and frustration and seek to restock in the moment… But it’s also proactive. We go on the offensive when we feed our souls in some regular rhythm before the events and tasks and disappointments of daily life begin streaming our way.”
Re:Verse passage – Matthew 4:1-11 (day five).
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Three times in this passage Jesus answers, “It is written”. When do you suppose Jesus first heard or read these words from Deuteronomy? How many times do you think He read and reviewed them? In His culture and religious context, we know He started when He was a young child being taught the scriptures. And that He reviewed them regularly.
1) God knows the future. He will bring to your attention and heart the scriptures you will need for spiritual growth and strength.
2) Scripture absolutely does what it says it can do- BATTLE SIN- “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.”
PREPARE & EQUIP BELIEVERS– “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”
1) Parents/Grandparents, whatever the age of your children start now helping them read, speak, and hear scripture regularly.
2) Adults/Teenagers/Older Children, make time in the scriptures (reading, speaking, and learning) a priority. They will be more valuable to you than you could ever know.
Re:Verse passage –Colossians 4:7-18 (day five)
“Tychicus… is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.” “Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you.”
What does the work of the Holy Spirit look like in your life? What are signs of transformation that the Gospel has caused? In this week’s Re:Verse passage, we have at least two different indicators that point to the evidence and work of the Holy Spirit. One is faithfulness. The other is change. Tychicus was a faithful friend, supporter, and encourager to Paul and other believers. His trustworthiness and consistency in the faith were a testimony to his life changing encounter with God’s grace and strength. Onesimus, on the other hand, was rebellious, hard hearted, and useless. But an encounter with the living Christ changed him. He became different- useful, faithful, and dear. What a remarkable turnaround! Pause today and ask the Lord to change those qualities that are not Christlike. Also ask Him to build a consistent, faithful, and enduring will and walk in your life. Both will be a testimony of God’s love, His grace, and His power!!
Re:Verse passage – Colossians 4:2-6 (day five) “praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.”
Paul’s personal prayer request is challenging and convicting. Here is a man that has preached, witnessed, and given his testimony countless times. Yet, he is not content. His desire is to make sure that he continues to talk about Jesus and the gospel clearly and continually. Paul is teaching that speaking our faith must be an intentional priority. If he needs to remind himself and ask for prayer, then don’t we need the same reminder and mission? It is easy for us to go through our days conversing with those around us and never give mention of our faith or testimony. Would others know we are believers by the way we talked? Would people know how to find Christ for themselves from the way we speak about Him and the scriptures? Would they want to place their faith and trust in Christ because of our words?
Re:Verse passage –Colossians 3:18-4:1 (day five)
One of the questions I would frequently ask teenagers as we talked about the scriptures and Christian faith was, “If I asked those closest to you to describe your faith, what would they say?” Paul often points to our closest relationships (especially marriage and families) as a litmus for genuine and practical evidence of Christian faith. So, to ask the question again in this context, “How would your family members describe your faith in Christ?” Our faith must permeate all our relationships leaving especially those closest to us with no doubt about the presence and power of the Lord. Our faith not only shapes the way we initiate love and care in our relationships, it also is reflected to the way we respond to that same kind of love and care.
Re:Verse passage – Colossians 3:10-17 (day five) “and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:10
What is the result of “putting on the new self” (verse 10)? It’s certainly to learn and understand who Jesus is. But, there is more. The goal is also for each believer to become more of the person he/she was created to be. Humans were created in the image of God. When sin entered the world thru Adam and Eve, mankind no longer could be completely who God had created them to be- sin tainted and marred the image. But through the life and work of Jesus, we can see that image again, and be transformed into Christ likeness- the untainted and original image. One of the many promises of the gospel is that when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we can become more like Him, and thus become more of the person we were created by God to be. We can be authentic “ Jesus image-bearers”.
Re:Verse passage – Colossians 3:1-9 (day five) We added Cliff (who is a delightful yellow lab) to our family about 16 months ago. When he came to us as a 10 week old puppy, he needed to be trained and equipped (discipled) to live with us and in our house. What I discovered about Cliff was when his focus and attention was on me as his master, he was more easily trained. In other words, he learned quicker. He remembered better. He listened more keenly. He was more eager to please me. He would become the obedient dog that I desired him to be. His progress and abilities to be trained were always related to the consistency and intensity of his attention to me, regardless of distractions and disruptions. Still true today.
I think we have that in common. Our attention and focus on “the master” determines our capacity to obey and please Him. “Keep seeking the things above”. “Set your mind on things above”. Still true today. Does God have your constant and faithful attention/determination? Do you keep seeking the things above?
Re:Verse passage – Colossians 2:16-23 (day five) They have lost connection with the head,from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
The first danger Paul addresses in this section of his letter, is legalism. Deep within the human heart is the temptation to quantify spirituality. Why is there such a lure for keeping rules and regulations? The feeling and desire to be successful is strong the human heart. When that feeling for personal success overshadows most everything else, that is pride. And the results of legalism are mentioned in verse 19. A disconnection from Jesus. No relationship, no friendship, no communication. Also, no growth. No progress. No discipleship. Legalism comes with a strong warning and a great cost
Re:Verse passage – Colossians 2:8-15 (day five) “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,” Colossians 2:13
Paul paints an unflattering picture as to the spiritual condition of the believers in Colossae before they came to faith in Christ. He describes them as dead. Pretty dramatic and drastic. Not lost. Not seeking. Not investigating. Dead. What are the expectations and opportunities of a dead person? Nothing. No hope. No possibilities. No potential. Just “deadness”. It’s very accurate. It’s very humbling. It’s very helpless. Yet when life becomes a possibility, we don’t do anything. We are dead, remember? It is God who does the work and provides the power and possibility of life. Through Jesus. Praise God, that HE MADE YOU ALIVE. “So that no one may boast”.
Re:Verse passage – Colossians 2:1-7 (day five)
“having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:7
Paul practiced what he preached. He lived a life of thankfulness and gratitude. Look at all his letters. Thankfulness and gratitude were always on his mind and heart. Paul reminds the Colossians that thankfulness and gratitude contribute to a maturing faith. Paul describes the consequences of not being thankful in Romans 1:21 “Although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened.”
Who are you thankful for today? What are you thankful for today? Why are you thankful? Will you express that to God and others?