Matthew 4 – REFORM YOUR LIVES

Matthew - a journey through Matthew

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2!

Dear Jesus, I come before you today.  Open my heart and my mind as I read Matthew. Help me to understand what You are trying to say to me, and to see what You are trying to show me.  I love You.

Amen.

Find Matthew 4 online.

Reform your lives!  The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17

In the last chapter, John the Baptist said these words.  Now it is Jesus’ turn to say the same words.  John the Baptist was preparing the way for Jesus, yet they both preached the same message.  “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  We shouldn’t wait, but act on this message now.  We need to become disciples of Jesus, being taught by Jesus himself.  The best way to do this is to read, study and memorize scripture.

CHALLENGE VERSE:

Jesus answered (the devil), ” Scripture also has it…”

Matthew 4:7

Our best defense in fighting Satan – the devil – is by studying scripture.  We will know what Jesus taught and what He proclaimed.  We will be ready to answer His call.  We, too, need to abandon our “boat and father and follow Him.” Matthew 4:22.

Today my challenge is to memorize Matthew 4:17.

YOUR TURN:  Read Matthew 4 and listen with your heart to what God’s Spirit is saying to you.  Then write down what you hear and feel, or what stands out for you in your journal.  You will enjoy being able to see God at work in your life.  If you’re unsure what to write, you can follow the method listed below.

ABC BIBLE SHARING:  A great way to read your scriptures.  Follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method here.

PRAYER:  Thank you God for sending Your Son, Jesus, to lead us and guide us in the Gospels close to Your loving heart.  Help me to listen to Your Word with my heart and allow Your Word to draw me closer to You.  Amen.