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Daily Bible Verse | Grace | James 4:6

Have you ever considered the dangers of pride? With pride, it is easy to be in danger and not realize it. Life is full of traps that we can fall into, and pride is one satan uses repeatedly to appeal to our sinful nature.

 Pride is defined as: a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. [1] We can be deceived by our own pride and many times it takes others bringing it to our attention. Sometimes God Himself brings it to our attention through the work of the Holy Spirit.

A Pharisee was Filled with Pride

A certain immoral woman had come to Jesus while He was at the house of a Pharisee. She humbled herself before Jesus and wept at His feet. As she put expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus the religious leader was filled with pride instead of compassion.  Luke 7:39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner![2] The Pharisee’s pride blinded him so he could not feel any empathy toward this desperate woman. 

God Opposes the Proud

Pride is a sin because it gives a self-centered perspective on life. God desires us to have a God-centered perspective. In our story the Pharisee has fallen into the pride trap. We often find ourselves extremely proud of what we have accomplished and who we are. In turn, we don’t give thanks to the Lord, our true source of strength and skills. The Lord is the one who gave us these abilities and opportunities for the purpose of growing His Kingdom.

God Gives Grace to the Humble

James 4:And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.[3]

Are you struggling with pride? Ask the Lord Jesus to help you. As we pray and meditate on God’s word, He will transform our life and lead us away from pride into humility. To hear more on the dangers of pride, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-sinful-woman


[1] https://www.dictionary.com/browse/pride

[2,3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Have you ever thought about the importance of humbling ourselves? If you have, you know it is not easy to humble yourself. When we admit we are wrong and apologize it takes great courage. When we take those steps to humble ourselves it also impacts people around us. I believe this is because every person knows how difficult it is to admit their wrong in front of others.

All of us have done things we need to ask forgiveness for, but we don’t always humble ourselves and do so. When others take that step of humility it sets a good example for everyone and may give us the courage to humble ourselves.

A Sinful Woman Humbles Herself Before the Lord

Jesus was invited to a home of a Pharisee, but an immoral woman in the community heard He was eating there and came to the house. Prior to her arrival she purchased an extremely valuable and beautiful alabaster jar of perfume.

It took courage for her to come to a home of a Pharisee. Pharisees would have considered a woman like her to be worthless. I’m sure she received disapproving looks as she went into the house. But it is what she does next that gives insight into her heart.

Luke 7:38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. [1]

Place yourself in the story and be the woman. As she kneels before Jesus, I believe she is very repentant about her lifestyle. She sheds tears as she humbles herself before the Lord. In many ways when we come to the Lord, we are ashamed of what we are confessing. As we confess our sins and repent of what we did, the Lord brings healing to our soul as we are forgiven.

The Lord Calls Us to Humble Ourselves

The first step in humbling ourselves is listening and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit. As we open our hearts to the Lord, He will prompt us when we need to humble ourselves. To humble ourselves takes courage and the Lord provides us with courage by the work of the Holy Spirit. God will give us the strength to do what He is calling us to do as we depend on Him for our strength.

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. [2] Is the Lord calling you today to humble yourself? If so, take His hand and let Him lead and encourage you. To hear more about the importance of humbling ourselves, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-sinful-woman


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Pesan untuk 2014: Sudahkah yang Terbaik Kuberikan?

What do you think about giving the best to Jesus? When people give the best to the Lord what does that say about them? When we give what is left over to the Lord what does that say about us? It is our heart that motivates what we give to Jesus.

If you could give a special gift to Jesus, what would it be? When someone gives you, a special gift how does that make you feel? How does the Lord feel when we give Him a special gift?

If you were to describe your giving to the Lord, how would you describe yourself? If you were to pray about your giving, what would you ask the Lord about?

Jesus Receives the Best

One day Jesus was eating at the house of a religious leader called a Pharisee. On this day a woman would seek out Jesus and come to the house of the Pharisee to give Jesus a gift.

Luke 7:37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. [1] It would have taken years to save the money needed to buy this perfume. What does the gift tell about this woman?

Giving the Best to Jesus Frees us from the Chains of Materialism

Giving our best to Jesus puts what we own in perspective. When we give the best to Jesus it begins to break the chains of materialism that often grips us.  Material wealth is temporary and is only for this earthly life.

 But God can use our resources to do something that is eternal. Our giving can be used to build the spiritual kingdom of God as we help others and tell them about Jesus. The Lord does not need our resources. Psalm 50: But I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens.10 For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.[2]

As we give our best to Jesus, we realize all we have is a gift from God.  Our hearts are refined, and we begin to hold loosely the gifts God has given.

The Lord Gave Us His Best

When the Father sent His only Son into this world, He sent the best! God did not hold back because no one can out give God, and no one is more generous. When Jesus died for our sins on the cross, He extended to us the greatest and most valuable gift we will ever receive. The Bible calls it a great treasure.  

James 1: 17 Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.[3]

To hear more about giving the best to Jesus, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-sinful-woman


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Matthew 11:28 — Today's Verse for Friday, August 21, 2015

Have you ever noticed how the broken are drawn to Jesus? Perhaps you are the one who had been far from the Lord and He has drawn you back. What did the Lord teach you through that situation? How did that change you?

A few years ago, I remember seeing a man in church for the first time. He was about 60 years old and wearing a pair of gray sweatpants, but was thin and looked to be in rough physical shape. He moved slowly up the isle using his crutches before he sat down. Over time I got to know this man quite well.

When he was growing up his parents diligently brought him to worship and Sunday school, but after high school he drifted away from the Lord. He had a successful career, but at the cost of his own family. Due to his health his career was over. He was a broken man and after many years away from the Lord he was drawn back by the Holy Spirit. The prodigal had returned.

A Hurting Woman was Drawn to Jesus

Jesus had been invited to home of a Pharisee and there He would encounter a hurting woman who was seeking Him.

Luke 7:36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” [1]

What happened on that day that this woman felt moved to seek out Jesus? The Scriptures paint a picture of a woman desperate for Jesus’ love, compassion and forgiveness. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to draw us to Jesus, but we have free will to listen and obey His voice. This woman listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit and her life was forever changed.

Broken People can still Seek Jesus Today

Are you hurting today? Is the Holy Spirit moving on your heart to come to Jesus? No matter our condition, or what we have done the Lord wants you to come to Him. When we come to Jesus, we can humbly confess our sins and asked to be forgiven. There is no hurt or sin too large for the Lord to repair.

Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” [2] To hear more about how the broken are drawn to Jesus, listen here:  https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-sinful-woman


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Does God Want me Healed?

People maybe surprised to learn that Jesus still heals today. For about two years my two index fingers bothered me because of arthritis. Some of the people of my church gathered around me one afternoon and placed their hands on my hands. I could feel heat coming from their hands as they prayed for me. Ninety percent of this arthritis went away right after they prayed, and the remaining ten percent went away in the next twelve months. This was about five years ago, and the problem has never reoccurred. Praise the Lord. Our Lord still heals today!

The Paralyzed Man was Healed

The friends of the paralyzed man brought him to Jesus, but when the house was too full for them to get in. This did not stop them, soon they were up on the roof making a hole in it so they could lower their paralyzed friend.

Luke 5:24Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!” [1]

Jesus Wants to Heal You!

Do you need healing today? Healing can be emotional, spiritual, or physical. When it comes to healing don’t be afraid to ask someone to pray for you or pray for yourself. Sometimes, God heals people immediately or sometimes the Lord chooses to help us walk through the problem we are enduring. My father was healed of cancer when he went to heaven. He was healed, but in the way the Lord desired, not what I desired.

Unresolved sin or disobedience can block God’s healing power. We must make sure our lives are fully submitted to God in order to successfully resist satan (Ref. James 4:7). But because Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil” (Ref. 1 John 3:8), we can have victory over sin, disease, depression, poverty, and every other attack, when our lives are under God’s authority.

Remember not to give up when you are praying for healing. The Lord hears our prayers and honors those who faithfully seek him.

Prayer for Healing

Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May Your healing hand rest upon me, may Your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom. Amen.[2]

To hear how Jesus still heals today, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-paralyzed-man-friends


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Lk 5:24–26). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] https://www.womansday.com/life/g25224950/healing-prayers/

The Unexpected Jesus - Asbury Church

Have you ever had something happen to you that was totally unexpected in a good way? Jesus does the unexpected in today’s story. Perhaps you have been surprised by birthday party, an unexpected call from a friend, or unanticipated encouragement. Life can be full of the unexpected, and Jesus often does the unexpected as we read stories about His ministry in the Scriptures. 

The Unexpected Forgiveness

A group of men carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus, but the house was so full they could not get in. Not to be deterred, they went up on the roof and made a hole in it so they could lower their friend in front of Jesus.

Place yourself in the story. What would have been going through your mind when these men were making a hole in the roof?  Soon right before your eyes they were lowering a cripple down in front of Jesus. You may have thought the first thing Jesus would do is to heal him. No, Jesus first forgives his sins.

Luke 5:19Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” [1]

Jesus Interrupts our Lives when He does the Unexpected

The Pharisees and the teachers of the religious law were offended when Jesus forgave the sins of the paralyzed man. They were even more surprised when Jesus healed the man and he picked up his mat and went home. Through this miracle the people that loved the Lord were overjoyed.

Luke 5:25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!” [2]

Jesus Still does the Unexpected Today

A few years ago, we did a small crusade in a town in the mountains of Honduras. In a crowd of about 100 people our speaker sensed from the Holy Spirit that the Lord wanted to heal a man who was in an accident. A young man’s mother moved her reluctant son forward.

He was a young man of about 19 whose left arm was crippled in an accident, and he could not use it. The muscle in the arm had already began to wither away. After our speaker prayed for him, he began to jump up and down and throw his left arm up in the air. The Lord had completely healed him. He was filled with joy. Not only that, but he confessed his sins and placed his faith in Jesus.

You are more special to God than you know. Look for Him to do the unexpected in your life! To hear more on how Jesus does the unexpected, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-paralyzed-man-friends


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

He Knows - In God's Image

What are you thinking about right now? I may not know what you are thinking about, but Jesus knows what we are thinking. No matter how your day is going, Jesus is aware of what is going on. He is not a God that is far away or does not care.

Our God is a loving God who is continually watching over us. Like a good parent, sometimes watching over us means bringing correction or conviction of sin. The Lord does not do this to hinder or make our life difficult, but because He knows we all need correction at times.

Jesus Knew What the Pharisees Were Thinking

In the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John there is an ongoing tension between the Pharisees, the teachers of the religious law, and Jesus. While those leaders knew a lot about the Scriptures, they did not personally know the God they studied about.

Their hearts remained hardened and distant from God. They had knowledge but their hearts were not transformed by God’s word. Jesus called them whitewashed tombs. They looked good on the outside but were dead on the inside like bones in a tomb.

When Jesus forgave the paralyzed man, they were angry because they did not believe Jesus could forgive sins. When Jesus healed the paralyzed man, it demonstrated who He was.

The Story of the Pharisees and Their Thoughts

Luke 5:19Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

21 But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 23 Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” 25 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. [1]

Jesus Knows Your Thoughts

What does the Lord want you to think about? Our mind is a wonderful gift from God and one thing I have learned over time is to focus on good things. I may fail to do this consistently, but when I do it makes an amazing difference. 

Philippians 4:And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.[2] Jesus knows what we are thinking. To hear more about this, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-paralyzed-man-friends


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Forgiveness: The Key to Healing and Happiness - ASPIREMAG ...

Have you ever thought about what your greatest need is? Our greatest need is forgiveness. We may think about our physical needs of food, water and shelter. Although those are great needs, throughout our life our greatest need is spiritual.

When we think of food, Jesus is calls Himself the bread of life. Jesus is not only food but water, living water. When we think of shelter we think of the Lord as our refuge. Psalm 91:This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. [1]

Forgiveness Opens the Door of Eternal Life

When Jesus was crucified, there were two criminals that were crucified with Him. Both criminals knew when the sun went down, they would not be alive. One criminal’s heart softened as he was nailed on the cross and he cried out to Jesus. Based on Scripture, that criminal repented and was forgiven. His entire eternity was changed in one day.

Luke 23:39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” 40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” [2]

The Paralyzed Man Greatest Need was to be Forgiven

The paralyzed man’s friends probably assumed their friend’s greatest need was physical healing. Jesus knew that his greatest need was to be forgiven. Physical healing is only temporary, physical healing is eternal.

Luke 5:19Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” [3]

We, too, have a Need to be Forgiven

Are you burdened by sin? If you don’t know Jesus, confess your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. If you are a believer and have unconfessed sins, the Holy Spirit is prompting you right now to confess them so you can be forgiven. There is no better feeling than to know that Jesus hears your prayers and forgives your sins. May the Lord’s peace fill your heart! 

To hear how our greatest need is forgiveness, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-paralyzed-man-friends


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Verse of the Day - John 15:13 KJV - Highland Park Baptist ...

Do you have a story about being a friend? One of my friends was fired from his job and because of his position it was on the front page of the local paper. I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to go and see him, which I did. I didn’t really say a lot, but it made a big difference to him.

Often, when life goes sideways, it is not always what we say but that we cared enough to just be there. Maybe you experienced a time like that in your life where someone was there for you when you hit bottom. Possibly you were there for someone else when times were difficult.

The Paralyzed Man had Special Friends

As our story unfolds about the paralyzed man, we don’t know much about the friends that carried him to the house where Jesus was. We do know that when they arrived at the house it was so crowded, they could not get in. These friends would not be put off and they decided to take the risk of opening the roof of the house to let their friend down before Jesus.

Can you imagine the stir it made as they men hacked through the roof and then let their friend down? Opening the roof would cause dust and dirt to fall on those below. There may have been unkind words spoken to these men as they tried to get their friend to Jesus. We don’t know because the text does not say.

Luke 5:18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” [1]

We Have No Greater Friend than Jesus

When things get difficult, we may not have close friends to help us. But no matter the situation, Jesus is always there in the middle with us. When we are down, He is lifting us up. If we feel we are alone, we know He is always with us. When we need strength, we can pray the Lord would strengthen us. Even if we don’t feel loved by others, we know that nobody loves us more than Jesus. When we look down, our friend Jesus calls us to look up at Him. He is the light in the darkness and the steady hand in the storms of life. His love for us is unparalleled.

John 15:13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.[2] To hear more about being a friend, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-paralyzed-man-friends


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

2 Corinthians 12:10 | The Bottom of a ... | 2 corinthians ...

When my sister was a child, she had numerous experiences of overcoming obstacles. She was born with poor vision and had to have glasses before she was a year old. A few years later she was having so many ear infections that they had to put tubes in her ears.

The good news is she was able to overcome all these difficulties and the Lord used those to give her an amazing compassion for kids with difficulties. Today she is a successful Special Education teacher.

Maybe you have also experienced obstacles in your life that you had to work to overcome. Maybe you are experiencing one right now. Many times, obstacles are not fun. They can frustrate or anger us. Sometimes we don’t understand why we have to face such an obstacle in life.

Obstacles may leave us depressed and lonely. We may ask, “Where is the Lord in all of this?” If you are asking that question today, know that our heavenly Father knows what you are going through and is filled with compassion. He always has time to listen to you as you pour out your heart to Him.

The Paralyzed Man Faced Obstacles

Most of us don’t know what it is like to depend on others because of paralysis. The handicapped in the days of Jesus faced a difficult life of poverty. Somehow the paralyzed man and his friends had heard about Jesus. They knew Jesus healed. Perhaps, if the friends could get the paralyzed man to Jesus, the paralysis could be healed. We don’t know how far they traveled to get to Jesus, but they would not be thwarted because of the large crowd.

Luke 5:18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” [1] Not only did Jesus forgive his sins, but he also healed him of his paralysis.

Obstacles Can be Opportunities to Show God’s Glory

For the faithful believer, obstacles represent opportunities not problems. Many times, we only see that in hindsight. The Lord can demonstrate His awesome power in overcoming obstacles. At such times, we grow in our faith and learn more about our Father. If we view hardships simply as troubles, then we can miss demonstrations of God’s love, power, and wisdom.

The Apostle Paul knew this. 2 Cor. 12:Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2]

To hear more about overcoming obstacles, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-paralyzed-man-friends


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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