Daily Spirit & Word, 495: Vision Corrected by Revelation.
40 Days With Jesus: Day 11: Vision Corrected by Revelation of the Scriptures.
Luke 24:25-27, 32.
Good morning my friends, well Friday turned out to be a great day. Our Brother from Pakistan shared what’s been happening to the Christian brothers ans sisters, but also what the Lord is doing too. It’s really encouraging to know, that even in the face of severe persecution and brutality often ending in the murder of innocents, people are still prepared to risk everything for the Lord Jesus Christ and they are able to reach out in LOVE and react to this evil violence against them, the way that Jesus did. They are able, in His strength, to forgive and share Jesus in loving ways. Most recently, Christians were being stopped by marauding groups of Muslims and being asked, “Are you Muslim or Christian?” If they responded by saying, “I am Christian” they were either beaten or killed.
Why would anyone want to react like that? Would you be prepared, as some of our brothers and sisters are in Pakistan, to give your life for the Lord Jesus?
Some of the reasons are to do with what we’re going though on 40 Days With Jesus. Today, Day 11: The focus today is upon how Christ is revealed in the Bible (Scriptures). You know my friends, many Muslims are being converted today because even their own Koran mentions that if they have any doubts they should ask the people of the book: Christians and Jews. So what is it that’s happening today? Well, we get an indication from Jesus encounter with the followers on the Road to Emmaus. Jesus, didn’t reveal himself to them, his identiy was kept hidden, the were kept from knowing who Jesus was until He’d taken them through the Scriptures. Jesus was doing that so they’d understand from an already accepted and reliable source that the Messiah must suffer and die and rise to life again after three days in the grave. Jesus did it by taking them carefully through the Scriptures.
Luke 24:25-27 (NIV)
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Luke 24:32 (NIV)
32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
How awesome, the Scriptures have power to bring REVELATION of who Jesus is, what He came to do and to enable us to believe the testimony of those who witnessed the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
I encourage you today, to come afresh to God’s Word and believe it as Jesus did, as the Apostles and early Christians did, then your own faith will grow much stronger. The Holy Spirit will give you revelation and enable you to understand what you are reading.
Keep going with 40 Days With Jesus. Take time today to dwell in His presence and sit in silence and listen to Him. What’s Jesus saying to you today my friends? As you read the Word, meditate upon it, don’t rush off and be too busy to be in the world. Sit with Jesus a little longer and praise Him, worship Him, glorify Him. Jesus LOVE will grow stronger in your heart and your own love for Jesus will enable you to walk and serve Him with your life.
Every blessing for a glorious Saturday with Jesus. I’m praying that your own hearts will burn inside you as you spend time with Jesus and in His Word.
Points to Ponder:
- Do you read the Scriptures daily? If you do, then how well are you connecting with Jesus during your reading? If you aren’t reading the Bible every day, then what changes can you make to your routine to include a time to be with the Lord Jesus and to feast upon His Word?
- Perhaps you are reading the Bible regularly, but it has become a bit dry and routine? Why don’t you ask the Holy Spirit to give you fresh revelations, to speak to you before you read and to show you how what you are reading from God’s Word applies to your own life?
- How are you making sure that you are applying the Bible to your life? What changes to your life have happened recently because God has shown you something from His Word?
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thank you so much for taking the time to open up the Scriptures to those first followers and for the way that You do the same for me today by the Holy Spirit. Oh Lord please correct my own vision by Your revelation from the Scriptures. I’m coming to you this morning Lord and asking that You’ll be with me and open up Your Word to my heart, show me today Lord Jesus how to be Your ambassador and live my life for You. Amen.
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40 Days With Jesus: Day 11: Vision Corrected by Revelation.