WEEK 08

January 19 – January 25

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

Luke 5:17-26

Monday

Luke 5:27-39; Psalm 26:1-4; Proverbs 3:4-6

Tuesday

Matthew 15:1-28; Psalm 26:5-12; Proverbs 3:7-9

Wednesday

Matthew 15:29-39; Matthew 16:1-12; Psalm 27:1-6; Proverbs 3:10-12

Thursday

Matthew 16:13-28; Matthew 17:1-13; Psalm 27:7-14; Proverbs 3:13-15

Friday

Matthew 17:14-27; Matthew 18:1-14; Psalm 28:1-9; Proverbs 3:16-18

Saturday

Matthew 18:15-35; Psalm 29:1-4; Proverbs 3:19-21

DEVOTIONAL: READ LUKE 5:17-26

What goes through your mind when you read stories in the Bible about Jesus healing people? Do you think about what it would have been like to witness such things firsthand? Do you wonder if those kinds of things still happen today? Do you ever find yourself scratching your head at the folks who saw Jesus do these great works and still refused to believe?

When Jesus performed these miracles, it was not only an act of healing, but a sign of His identity as fully God and His mission to redeem sinners. When Jesus healed the paralyzed man in Luke 5, He very clearly and directly demonstrated why He had come by saying to the man “Your sins are forgiven.” His first and most important purpose for coming was not to heal the symptoms but to heal the disease. Everyone thought that what this man needed most was to be able to walk, but Jesus knew the man’s deeper need was to have his sin problem cured. Jesus demonstrated His authority over both the physical world and His divine authority to forgive sins. The purpose of the healing was to authenticate the messenger−Jesus−and the message−the good news of forgiveness.

And those who saw this were filled with awe and glorified God!

Sometimes we read stories like this and think that Jesus’ primary purpose was to fix all our problems−heal our sickness, heal our marriages and families, heal our financial woes, heal our society. But those are all just symptoms of the real disease−sin. Jesus came to make it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and to experience lasting healing in all areas of our lives affected by that sin. May we be filled with awe and glorify God as we look upon Jesus and the forgiveness He brings!

REFLECTION

What do you need to bring before Jesus to be healed? What spiritual brokenness can you ask Him to heal today?

How does knowing your sin is forgiven give you hope when your circumstances are difficult? How can you respond to Jesus in awe and worship, glorifying God for what He has done?

The friends of the paralyzed man went to great lengths to see their friend healed by Jesus. How can you pursue God on behalf of those around you? How are you bringing them before Jesus?

DISCUSSION

What is something you have been thankful for recently?

PRAYER

My prayer, O God, is that I fervently seek Your healing for myself and for those around me who are hurting. Build a stronger faith in me and impassion me to carry my brothers and sisters to Your feet for healing. Bless my prayers, Lord, and hear my cries for help on behalf of those who need Your peace. I proclaim the greatness of Your perfect name above any circumstances. Increase in my heart a steadfast endurance to stand in the gap for those who have not yet placed their trust in You.

All that I have in my life is Yours. Heal any brokenness and sickness in my life so that I may live for You and honor You in all things.

Thank You that Your healing goes beyond any physical ailment, addressing my ultimate sickness, sin. Your forgiveness is the healing I need. Heal me, Lord. Amen.

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  1. Sandra Taylor

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