Matthew 10 – MISSION

Matthew - a journey through MatthewHi!  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.

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How to follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method.

You can read your own Bible or read an online version like the one below.  I like to use my own Bible so I can highlight, circle and underline those things that stand out for me.

You can find Matthew 10 online here.

BEST VERSE:

What I am doing is sending you out like sheep among wolves.

Matthew 10:16

Even though we are WOLF – Women of Laughter and Faith – God is calling us to be like sheep. Sheep gather together for protection, they listen to the voice of their shepherd, they trust their shepherd, they follow their shepherd, they are gentle towards others, their wool keeps them warm or cool and protects them from rain and injury, and they are just so soft and cuddly looking!  If we are called to go out like sheep among wolves, then Jesus is calling us to witness to others by our very lives and to stand true to the truths that we learn from Jesus.  He will protect us.

CHALLENGE VERSE:

Go instead after the lost sheep of Israel.  As you go make this announcement:  “The reign of God is at hand!”

Matthew 10:6-7

Our mission is to find other sheep among those wolves.  Yes, we need to witness with our life and stand firm with God, but we also need to witness to others with our words.  We need to announce that the reign of God is at hand.  So many people want God in their lives and don’t know how to do it!  And sometimes they don’t realize even what it is that they are searching for.

My challenge is to look at my life and see what I am doing to witness.  Writing it down will help me to see what I am doing, and how God wants me to grow or change those areas.  I’m being called to do less, but do it more effectively.

YOUR TURN!  What has God spoken to your heart today?

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Matthew 9 – STEPPING FORTH IN COURAGE

Matthew - a journey through MatthewHi!  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.

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How to follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method.

You can read your own Bible or read an online version like the one below.  I like to use my own Bible so I can highlight, circle and underline those things that stand out for me.

You can find Matthew 9 online here.

BEST VERSE:

When Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralytic,  “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.”

Matthew 9:2

 

But of course Jesus does much more than heal our hurts, He forgives our sins.  Jesus is God, one part of the Holy Trinity:  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is so much more than a teacher and a preacher and a healer:  He is God.  And He speaks of courage again, the courage to face life and whatever trials come our way, knowing that Jesus is not only with us, but that He has forgiven our sins and make us worthy to approach God the Father.

CHALLENGE VERSE:

The harvest is good but labourers are scarce.  Beg the harvest master to send out labourers to gather His harvest.

Matthew 9:37

 

 

God is calling us to labour for Him.  It is us who needs to respond to His call.

I started jotting down all the ways that God has helped me to grow – through people, through situations, through books, through opportunities, through scripture, through prayer… – and just the act of thinking about this journey with God has filled me with so much gratitude.  My heart actually feels like it has swelled in my chest.  Who am I, that my Lord has come to me?  Or my Saviour, that He is mindful of me?  I am nobody.  Yet God has touched me and wishes to use me.

The summer is always a great time to look back on what the Lord has done, and also to plan for the next year.  I look to see what ministries I can serve in, what books I can read and study, how to arrange my personal schedule for bible study and prayer.  So that’s my challenge again this year – to take time to pray and take time to plan.

YOUR TURN!  What has God spoken to your heart today?

Matthew 8 – GRATEFULNESS AND COURAGE

Matthew - a journey through MatthewHi!  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.

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How to follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method.

You can read your own Bible or read an online version like the one below.  I like to use my own Bible so I can highlight, circle and underline those things that stand out for me.

You can find Matthew 8 online here.

BEST VERSE:

Where is your courage?…complete calm ensued.

Matthew 8:26

Courage – when faced with illness or storms or attacks by evil spirits – brings calm.  And not just any courage, but the courage to trust that Jesus will act.  And not just any calm, but complete calm.

CHALLENGE VERSE:

Jesus took her by the hand and the fever left her.  She got up at once and began to wait on Him.

Matthew 8:15

“Jesus took her by the hand.”  That’s how close Jesus is to us when we’re suffering.  We are not going through it alone.  And when the time comes that we are healed – of physical, emotional or spiritual pain – we shouldn’t waste any time acting.  It’s Jesus who healed us, people!  We are HEALED!  Now is the time to show Jesus how grateful we are. By how we treat others.

Building on my challenge from yesterday, I will make small acts towards those who’ve hurt me – keeping the truth behind my actions a secret.  Just because Jesus has healed me of my hurt (and I trust that He has!), doesn’t mean that the relationship still doesn’t need healing.  For my part I can begin this process of healing the relationship with kindness and serving.  This too takes courage, because there’s always the danger that I’ll be treated the same way again, but without the past hurt still there, I can now react differently and take the new situation to prayer.  And really, if someone does hurt me, it should be their problem and not mine.

YOUR TURN!  What has God spoken to your heart today?

Matthew 7 – WISDOM AND FREEDOM

Matthew - a journey through MatthewHi!  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.

ABC Bible Sharing Method with blue heart

How to follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method.

You can read your own Bible or read an online version like the one below.  I like to use my own Bible so I can highlight, circle and underline those things that stand out for me.

You can find Matthew 7 online here.

BEST VERSE:

Anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise (woman) who built (her) house on rock.

Matthew 7:24

The challenges we take after reading or hearing Jesus’ words in the gospels is what Jesus is talking about here.  Wisdom is recognizing Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and becoming His disciple:  allowing Him to teach us and mold us.  Then it doesn’t matter what storms will come, because our wisdom comes from God and will keep us strong.

CHALLENGE VERSE:

Your verdict on others will be the verdict passed on to you.

Matthew 7:1

This verse, as well as verse 15 of chapter 6:  “If you do not forgive others neither will your Father forgive you,” really speak to me.  Keeping our thoughts pure is just as important as keeping our actions pure.  Even if nobody knows what we’re thinking, God does.  But eventually our negative thoughts come out in our words or actions.  There are a few people I need to forgive more wholeheartedly.  So what if they hurt me?  I can walk away from the hurt, and if they continue to hurt me, I can walk away from them.  I need to pray for their hidden hurts, the ones very few people know about, because there is a reason why they hurt me.  They probably have no idea that I’m still hurting, or even the extent of the hurt they caused, which I also have hidden.  Releasing that hurt, and the resulting anger and resentment, will bring freedom!

YOUR TURN!  What has God spoken to your heart today?

Matthew 6 – DON’T WORRY. BE HAPPY!

Matthew - a journey through MatthewHi!  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.

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How to follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method.

You can read your own Bible or read an online version like the one below.  I like to use my own Bible so I can highlight, circle and underline those things that stand out for me.

Find Matthew 6 online here.

BEST VERSE:

Matthew 6 34

Your heavenly Father knows all that you need.  Seek first His Kingship over you, the way of holiness, and all these things will be given you besides.  Enough, then, of worrying about tomorrow.  Let tomorrow take care of itself.  Today has troubles enough of its own.

Matthew 6:32-34

These verses remind me of my favourite verse – Proverbs 31:25 – “And she laughs at the days to come.”  We need to focus first and foremost on the kingdom of God, and on “becoming the best version of ourselves” (Matthew Kelly) and He WILL take care of us. We don’t need to worry.  We will no longer be focused on the riches of this world and we will be satisfied with what we have, and with what we have been given.  And really, there is enough to worry about today.

CHALLENGE VERSE:

Matthew 6 10

Your kingdom come, your will be done.

Matthew 6:10

Straightforward and easy during the good times, but this verse, this part of the Lord’s Prayer – the Our Father – can be difficult and challenging during difficult and challenging times.  But the more we practice it, the easier it becomes.

This is an interesting verse, because what it is essentially asking us to do is NOTHING.  Nothing except trust that God will act, that He will take care of us.

Of course, we shouldn’t sit back and do nothing all of the time, but we KNOW when we are in a situation when we should let God act.  That’s the time we should do nothing.  And even though it will seem like we are doing nothing,  the very act of doing nothing is an act of will and can be the most difficult thing of all.

If we can manage to do nothing, we will see God do amazing things!  And we will know it is Him, because we sat back and did nothing, and allowed God’s will to be done.

I recently went to a funeral for a young friend.  The pastor reminded us very gently of the words we pray so often – THY WILL BE DONE.  We don’t need to second guess God, but to trust God.

My challenge is to step back and do nothing when I know that God needs to work.  And always to let His will be done.

YOUR TURN!  What has God spoken to your heart today?

Matthew 5 – BLEST ARE YOU

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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.

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BEST VERSE:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets.  I have come, not to abolish them, but to fulfill them.

Matthew 5:17

How did Jesus come to fulfill the law and the prophets?  In one word:  LOVE.  This whole chapter is about love.

CHALLENGE VERSE:

Your light must shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father.

Matthew 5:16

Our light comes from inside and its source is Jesus Christ.  HE is the Light of the World. He is also LOVE.

When we love, goodness is seen in our acts.  Then we are praising God by these very acts.  When it comes to the laws, we need to look beyond the words.  If we are just looking at the words, we can manipulate them to justify any action (just as the Pharisees and Sadducees did), but when we look beyond the words of the laws, we see the purpose of the laws – which is LOVE.

When we love GOD and love others, we need to do more than the words say.  When we do, we will meet God face to face, in the very ones we are loving.

So my challenge today is to LOVE.  This week I ate way more sugar than usual, and it made me very short tempered.  So the first thing I’m doing is eliminating sugar from my diet.  I usually don’t eat it because of what it does to me.  This will help me to love my husband and my kids as I want to.

YOUR TURN!  What has God spoken to your heart today?

Matthew 4 – REFORM YOUR LIVES

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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.

ABC Bible Sharing Method with blue heart

How to follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method.

You can read your own Bible or read an online version like the one below.  I like to use my own Bible so I can highlight, circle and underline those things that stand out for me.

Find Matthew 4 online.

BEST VERSE:

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!  What has God spoken to your heart today?