Daily Word Buddies – January 13 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 13 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 31-32

Jacob Flees From Laban – Genesis 31:1-21 | v.3 God showed up to guide Jacob. v.7 God has not allowed allowed Laban to hurt him. v.14 Rachel and Leah told Jacob to do whatever God told him to do – they yeilded to the Will of God. v.19 Rachel stole the her dad’s household gods – why?

Laban Pursues Jacob – Genesis 31:21-55 | v.22 Laban went to chase Jacob but God came to Laban and warned him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.” God told Jacob He would be with him and here we see that. v.29 Laban heeded God’s Words. v.32 Jacob didn’t know Rachel stole the idols. I’m sure he wouldn’t want to kill her! Lies are never good. v.35 Rachel continued her deceit. v.49 God is always watching. v.55 Laban blessed his family and gave them a proper goodbye.

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau  – Genesis 32:1-21 | v.1-8 Jacob recognized God was with him, but even he was afriad – great fear and distress. v.9 I love the prayer here – it models repentance, humility, honor, praise, expectant hope, and holding on to God’s promises.

Jacob Wrestles With God – Genesis 32:22-31 | v.22 from night until dawn Jacob wrestled with God. v.25 the man (God) wrenched Jacob’s hip. {This reminds me of a time when I was prayerfully debating whether or not God was leading me to enter a fast. And then randomly my hip starting hurting but that’s a post for another time} v.27 Again God asked a question He already knew the answer to. v.28 God changed Jacob’s name to Israel – just like He had done with Abraham and Sarah. v.30 Jacob acknowledged he saw God face to face.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 9:18-38

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Women – Matthew 9:18-26 | v.18 in the middle of teaching a religious leader interrupted Jesus. The man’s actions  reminded me of Matthew 8:1.
1) the man came to Jesus – acknowledged his weakness and need for divine intervention. 
2) the man knelt before Jesus – sign a honor, humility, and a sign of respect for Jesus’ Authority.
3) the man verbalized his request, “My daughter just died but come and put Your hand on her and she will live.” This demonstrates his faith. He knew that Jesus could revive her.
Skip to v.25 to stick with this story – Jesus took the dead girl by the hand and she got up! Praise God!
Go back to v.22 for the other story – a woman with an issue of bleeding for 12 years demonstrated her faith by believing that if she only touched Jesus’ cloak she would be healed. She followed through and Jesus told her, “your faith has healed  you.”
Again faith is key.

Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute – Matthew 9:27-34 | v.27 two blind men came to Jesus seeking mercy.
1) they came to Jesus – acknowledged their weakness and need for divine intervention. v.28 Jesus asked if they believed He could heal them. They replied with an empathic YES! This demonstrates their faith. v.29-30 With one touch to their eyes, Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be done unto you.” and their sight was  immediately restored. v.32 Jesus also drove a demon out of a mute man and then the man spoke.
Faith, faith, faith – faith is key.

The Workers are Few – Matthew 9:35-38 | v.35-38
1) Jesus went throughout ALL the towns and villages.
2) teaching and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing EVERY disease and sickness.
3) Jesus had compassion on the crowds because they were harrassed and helpless, like a sheep without a shepherd.
4) the harvest (harassed, helpless, lost, sinners) is plentiful but the workers (disciples – teaching and proclaiming the Good News) are few and we should ask God to send more workers into harvest His field. {This makes me evaluate if I’m doing all I can as a disciple of Jesus. The sad answer is that I’m not, but if I ask God for His help. He is faithful to help me do more for His Kingdom. Thank You Lord!} 

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Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready? 
            

                           《—-Start here—-》

A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study – include book, chapter, and verse.
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!

Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!

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Jesus, thank You for helping me complete today’s post. With Your help, I managed to accomplish my 6PM CST submission goal! I love working with Jesus every day – He is the Best Boss Ever! Thank You Lord!

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I hope you enjoyed day 13 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you all!

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

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