Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 23 - Text & Audio

Matthew 11:16-30   

"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions and say, 'We played the flute for you, and you didn't dance. We mourned for you, and you didn't lament.'
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."
Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn't repent.
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
You, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, you will go down to Hades. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, on the day of judgment, than for you."
At that time, Jesus answered, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants.
Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight.
All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him.
"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Insight- There were many who would neither accept what John said nor what Jesus said. They were like children who could not decide whether to play a game of marriage or a game of burial. Jesus rebuked the people of the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum for not repenting of their sins despite Jesus doing great miracles there. Jesus wants to give rest to those who are weary and burdened and he invites them to himself.

Question- Have you made a decision regarding accepting Jesus as Savior? Are you resting in Jesus?


Prayer- Dear Father in heaven,take my burdens and grant me the rest that Jesus gives. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 22 - Text & Audio

Matthew 11:1-15 

It happened that when Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
and said to him, "Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?"
Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me."
As these went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John, "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in king's houses. But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.
For this is he, of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'
Most assuredly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
If you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, who is to come.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Insight- John's faith was blunted when he did not find deliverance after being imprisoned. He wondered whether Jesus was truly the Messiah. Jesus answered the question by telling about the great miracles that he was doing. Jesus spoke very highly of John, telling his listeners that "among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John", but he also told them that "yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John".

Question- Do you waver in your faith easily? Think about it.

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, do not let me waver in my faith, but help me to be strong and stand steadfast despite the trials that come my way. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 21 - Text & Audio

Matthew 10:29-42 

"Aren't two sparrows sold for an assarion? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father's will, but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.
Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
"Don't think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn't come to send peace, but a sword.
For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
A man's foes will be those of his own household.
He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isn't worthy of me.
He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me.
He who finds his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward: and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.
Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most assuredly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward."

Insight- God has his eyes even on sparrows which have not much worth. Jesus told his disciples that they were of more value to God than many sparrows. Everyone who confessed Jesus before men, he would also confess regarding them to his Father in heaven. He warned his disciples that divisions would come in families because of one loving him and the others not. Jesus spoke of rewards to those who received prophets and righteous men, even for giving a cup of cold water to a disciple of his.

Question- Do you confess Jesus before people? Do you take up your cross and follow Jesus? How do you deal with other believers and ministers? Think about it.

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace to confess Jesus before people, pick up my cross and follow Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 20 - Text & Audio

Matthew 10:16-28 

"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will scourge you. Yes, and you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, don't be anxious how or what you will say, for it will be given you in that hour what you will say.
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
"Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.
But when they persecute you in this city, flee into the next, for most assuredly I tell you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man has come.
"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord.
It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!
Therefore don't be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops. Don't be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

Insight- Jesus wanted his disciples to be wise when they went out to do the work they had been called to do. He warned them of dangers and evil men, but also told them that the Holy Spirit will strengthen them of what to speak when brought before rulers. They were not to fear men who could kill only the body and not the soul.

Question- Have you been witnessing for Jesus lately?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me heavenly wisdom while I deal with people of this world and witness about Jesus Christ. Let me live my earthly life with the fear of the Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 19 - Text & Audio

Matthew 10:1-15 

He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee; John, his brother;
Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus; and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Jesus sent these twelve out, and charged them, saying, "Don't go among the Gentiles, and don't enter into any city of the Samaritans.
Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!'
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.
Don't take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts.
Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food. Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.
As you enter into the household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn't worthy, let your peace return to you.
Whoever doesn't receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet. Most assuredly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that ci

Insight- Jesus gave authority to his twelve disciples to preach the kingdom truths, to heal the sick, cleanse lepers and cast out demons. We who abide in his Word are his disciples too and have been given the same authority.

Question- Do you believe that God has given you the same authority that he gave his disciples?

Prayer- Dear father in heaven, empower me to do the works that the disciples of Jesus did and bring glory to your name. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 18 - Text & Audio

Matthew 9:27-38 

 As Jesus passed by from there, two blind men followed him, calling out and saying, "Have mercy on us, son of David!"
When he had come into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They told him, "Yes, Lord."
Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you."
Their eyes were opened. Jesus strictly charged them, saying, "See that no one knows about this."
But they went out and spread abroad his fame in all that land.
As they went out, behold, a mute man who was demon possessed was brought to him.
When the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke. The multitudes marveled, saying, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!"
But the Pharisees said, "By the prince of the demons, he casts out demons."
Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest."

Insight- Two blind men received sight when they answered affirmatively to Jesus' question of whether he was able to heal them. Jesus cast out a demon which had caused a man to be mute and possessed by it and people marvelled at the miracle.

Question- Can you answer affirmatively to Jesus' question regarding whether he is able to solve your problem or infirmity? Are you a laborer for the kingdom of God?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace to walk by faith and see great miracles in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 17 - Text & Audio

Matthew 9:14-26 

Then John's disciples came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples don't fast?"
Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch would tear away from the garment, and a worse hole is made.
Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else the skins would burst, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined. No, they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved."
While he told these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live."
Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples.
Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the tassels of his garment; for she said within herself, "If I just touch his garment, I will be made well."
But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, "Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.
When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder,
he said to them, "Make room, because the girl isn't dead, but sleeping." They were ridiculing him.
But when the crowd was put out, he entered in, took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
The report of this went out into all that land.

Insight- The Pharisees were unable to accept the teachings of Jesus. Like old wine skins and old garments they could not handle the new. A woman who had a bleeding disorder for 12 years was healed instantly when she touched the garment of Jesus and Jesus miraculously brought back to life a ruler's daughter who had died.

Question- Are you able to accept the teachings of Jesus Christ? Do you believe in the resurrection?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace to accept what I read in your Word and live according to it. Let the power of the resurrection heal and deliver me continually . In Jesus name. Amen.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 16 - Text & Audio

Matthew 9:1-13 

He entered into a boat, and crossed over, and came into his own city.
Behold, they brought to him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a bed. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, cheer up! Your sins are forgiven you."
Behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man blasphemes."
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?
For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Get up, and walk?'
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins..." (then he said to the paralytic), "Get up, and take up your mat, and go up to your house."
He arose and departed to his house.
But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
As Jesus passed by from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax collection office. He said to him, "Follow me." He got up and followed him.
It happened as he sat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Insight- Jesus healed a paralytic seeing the faith of men who brought him. Jesus showed his critics that he not only had authority to forgive sins but also heal sicknesses. Matthew was a tax collector who obeyed Jesus' call to become his disciple. Jesus desires mercy rather than sacrifice.

Question- Do you believe that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace that others may be set free because I bring them to you in prayer. Help me to be merciful to sinners. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 15 - Text & Audio

Matthew 8:14-34 

When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever.
He touched her hand, and the fever left her. She got up and served him.
When evening came, they brought to him many possessed with demons. He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick;
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases."
Now when Jesus saw great multitudes around him, he gave the order to depart to the other side.
A scribe came, and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father."
But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."
When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Behold, a great tempest arose in the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep.
They came to him, and woke him up, saying, "Save us, Lord! We are dying!"
He said to them, "Why are you fearful, oh you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.
The men marveled, saying, "What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"
When he came to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, two people possessed by demons met him there, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that nobody could pass by that way.
Behold, they cried out, saying, "What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding far away from them.
The demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of pigs."
He said to them, "Go!" They came out, and went into the herd of pigs: and behold, the whole herd of pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea, and died in the water.
Those who fed them fled, and went away into the city, and told everything, including what happened to those who were possessed with demons.
Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders.

Insight- Jesus is our healer and deliverer. He is able to calm the storms of our lives. He sets the demon possessed free. He wants his disciples to be committed to him.

Question- Do you believe that Jesus can set the demon possessed free?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me to be committed in my walk with Jesus. Heal me and deliver me from all my sicknesses and bondages. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 14 - Text & Audio

Matthew 8:1-13 

When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean."
Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be made clean." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Jesus said to him, "See that you tell nobody, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
When he came into Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking him,
and saying, "Lord, my servant lies in the house paralyzed, grievously tormented."
Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
The centurion answered, "Lord, I'm not worthy for you to come under my roof. Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am also a man under authority, having under myself soldiers. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and tell another, 'Come,' and he comes; and tell my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, "Most assuredly I tell you, I haven't found so great a faith, not even in Israel. I tell you that many will come from the east and the west, and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth."
Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way. Let it be done for you as you have believed." His servant was healed in that hour.

Insight- Jesus honored a leper's faith and healed him; he also healed a centurion's servant because the centurion spoke words of faith to him.

Question- How is your faith these days? Do you believe Jesus can heal all your sicknesses?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me faith that I may believe that you are an all powerful God, able to heal all my sicknesses. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 13 - Text & Audio

Matthew 7:15-29 

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit.
A good tree can't produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.
Every tree that doesn't grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire.
Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will tell me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?'
Then I will tell them, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.'
"Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn't fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn't do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.
The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell and great was its fall." It happened, when Jesus had finished saying these things, that the multitudes were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes.

Insight- Every tree is known by it's fruits. We must be able to discern who are true and false prophets. This can be done by watching what kind of fruit they are bearing. Only those who do the will of the Father in heaven will enter the kingdom of heaven. Believers in Jesus Christ must be wise builders by hearing and obeying God's Word.

Question- Are you doing the will of the Father in heaven? Are you a wise builder?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace to do your will by hearing and obeying your Word. Grant me discernment while I build my spiritual life. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 12 - Text & Audio

Matthew 7:1-14 

"Don't judge, so that you won't be judged.
For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but don't consider the beam that is in your own eye?
Or how will you tell your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye;' and behold, the beam is in your own eye?
You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.
"Don't give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
"Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.
For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.
Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent?
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Therefore whatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
"Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it.
How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.

Insight- Jesus tells us not to be judgmental because we ourselves have faults. We can believe God to provide for us by asking, seeking and knocking. Only those who enter by the narrow gate will gain eternal life.

Question- Do you judge other people often? Are you walking on the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace that I may not keep judging others and help me to walk on the narrow path that leads to eternal life. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 11 - Text & Audio

Matthew 6:14-34 

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you don't forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
"Moreover when you fast, don't be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most assuredly I tell you, they have received their reward.
But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;
so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. "Don't lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don't break through and steal;
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon.
Therefore, I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
See the birds of the sky, that they don't sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you of much more value than they?
"Which of you, by being anxious, can add one cubit to the measure of his life?
Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin, yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won't he much more clothe you, you of little faith?
"Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient.

Insight- Jesus taught his disciples on how forgiveness works. When we forgive others, God forgives us. He wanted his disciples to lay up treasures in heaven rather on earth and serve God, not Mammon. He did not want his disciples to be anxious about wordly things, but trust in the Father in heaven who is their true provider.

Question- Is your heart on earthly treasures or treasures in heaven? Is your eye sound or evil?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me to overcome the temptation of laying up treasures on earth; let my eye be sound and not evil. Help me to trust in you for my daily provision. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 10 - Text & Audio

Matthew 6:1-13 

"Be careful that you don't do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don't sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most assuredly I tell you, they have received their reward.
But when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does,
so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
"When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most assuredly, I tell you, they have received their reward.
But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.
Pray like this: 'Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.'

Insight- Charitable deeds done in secret are rewarded by our Father in heaven; so also prayers prayed in secret. Jesus taught his disciples a simple prayer which had profound meaning. We can approach our Father in heaven at any time, any where and pray to him in simple words and he will hear and answer us.

Question- Do you do charitable deeds or pray prayers for gaining personal glory?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, grant me grace to pray to you in secret and let all my charitable deeds be done in secret bringing glory to you. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 9 - Text & Audio

Matthew 5:27-48 

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery;'
but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.
If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not your whole body be thrown into Gehenna.
"It was also said, 'Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,'
but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery.
"Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, 'You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your vows,'
but I tell you, don't swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God;
nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.
But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'no.' Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.
Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Insight- Jesus told his disciples that as members of the Kingdom of God they should be perfect as their Father in heaven was. That would mean total submission to God and not be like unbelievers who have a casual attitude towards sin. It would be a difficult walk, but then they would be children of their Father in heaven.

Question- How do you deal with sin in your life? Do you have a casual attitude towards it?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, bless me that I may not have a casual attitude towards sin and that I may live a life as a true child of God. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 8 - Text & Audio

Matthew 5:13-26 

"You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.
You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can't be hidden.
Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house.
Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
"Don't think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn't come to destroy, but to fulfill.
For most assuredly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.
Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
"You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, 'You shall not murder;' and 'Whoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment.'
But I tell you, that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment; and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council; and whoever shall say, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of the fire of Gehenna.
"If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you,
leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.
Most assuredly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.

Insight- Jesus wanted his disciples to be the salt and light of the earth. That would bring glory to God the Father. Anger and using profane words will incur divine punishment if not repented of, according to Jesus.

Question- Do you have a problem of anger and do you use profane words when you deal with others?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me by your Holy Spirit to be the salt and light of the earth and let my attitude and words be pleasing to you at all times. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 7- Text & Audio

Matthew 5:1-12 

Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
"Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Insight- Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are gentle, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who are merciful, those who are pure in heart, those who are peacemakers and those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. They have great rewards.

Question- Did Jesus have you in mind when he spoke the Beatitudes?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me by your Holy Spirit to be like Jesus Christ and be blessed in all things as I read in the Beatitudes. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 6- Text & Audio

Matthew 4:12-25 

Now when Jesus heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee.
Leaving Nazareth, he came and lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, Toward the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, The people who sat in darkness saw a great light, To those who sat in the region and shadow of death, To them light has dawned."
From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent ! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."
Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men."
They immediately left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them.
They immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.
The report about him went out into all Syria. They brought to him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and torments, possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and he healed them.
Great multitudes from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and from beyond the Jordan followed him.

Insight- Isaiah's prophecy regarding Jesus Christ came in to fulfillment when Jesus came and lived in Capernaum, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. For people who lived in darkness, light dawned upon them in the person of Jesus Christ. Peter, Andrew, James and John immediately followed Jesus when he called them to follow him.

Question- Has the "light of the world" Jesus Christ dawned upon you and your family? Are you his disciple?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, let the light of your Son Jesus shine upon me and my family always and keep us free from darkness. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 5- Text & Audio

Matthew 4:1-11 

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward.
The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"
Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will give his angels charge concerning you.' and, 'On their hands they will bear you up, So that you don't dash your foot against a stone.'"
Jesus said to him, "Again, it is written, 'You shall not test the Lord, your God.'"
Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory.
He said to him, "I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me."
Then Jesus said to him, "Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'"
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Insight- When tempted by the devil, Jesus used the Word of God to fight and won great victories. His desire was to please his heavenly Father at all times.

Question- How do you respond to the temptations that the devil brings? Do you fight like Jesus did using the Word of God or do you give in easily?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me to overcome temptations brought by the evil one by meditating on your Word and using it as Jesus did. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 4- Text & Audio

Matthew 3:1-17 

In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
"Repent , for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!"
For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight."
Now John himself wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, "You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!
Don't think to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
"Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn't bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire."

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"
But Jesus, answering, said to him, "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him.
Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him.
Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

Insight- Anointed and fearless, John confronted the religious leaders of his day and warned them of the coming judgment. He was there to announce the Messiah. John confessed that he was not worthy to even carry the sandals of the coming Messiah Jesus. Jesus humbled himself and let John baptise him and fulfilled all righteousness. God the father was pleased with his son's obedience.

Question- Are you like the religious leaders of John's time, hard hearted and proud or humble and gentle like  Jesus Christ?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me to be humble and gentle by your Holy Spirit and fulfill all righteousness. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Testament Bible Meditation- January 3- Text & Audio

Matthew 2:13-23   Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."
He arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt,
and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called my son."
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent out, and killed all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding countryside, from two years old and under, according to the exact time which he had learned from the wise men.
Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
"A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; She wouldn't be comforted, Because they are no more."
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,
"Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child's life are dead."
He arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the place of his father, Herod, he was afraid to go there. Being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of Galilee,
and came and lived in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."

Insight- There are bad people in this world like Herod who do evil, but God guides and protects his children like he did in the life of Joseph and Mary. God guided Joseph through several dreams. He is an unchanging God. He speaks to his beloved children even now.

Question- Do you wait upon God to listen to his voice?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, guide me and protect me all the days of my life. Help me to be attentive to your voice and obey you. In Jesus name. Amen.

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 2- Text & Audio

Matthew 2:1-12   Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
"Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him."
When Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written through the prophet,
'You Bethlehem, land of Judah, Are in no way least among the princes of Judah: For out of you shall come forth a governor, Who shall shepherd my people, Israel.'"
Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared.
He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and worship him."
They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Being warned in a dream that they shouldn't return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.

Insight- Despite hindrances, the wise men fulfilled what they had set out to do; to worship the one who was born King of the Jews and offer him precious gifts.

Question- Will you worship God despite hindrances and offer him praise when times are difficult?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, strengthen me to worship you and give you praise all the days of my life. In Jesus name. Amen.

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New Testament Bible Meditation- January 1- Text & Audio

Matthew 1:18-25   Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this; for after his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly.
But when he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
She shall bring forth a son. You shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who shall save his people from their sins." Now all this has happened, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, And shall bring forth a son. They shall call his name Immanuel;" Which is, being interpreted, "God with us."
Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took his wife to himself; and didn't know her sexually until she had brought forth her firstborn son. He named him Jesus.

Insight- Joseph and Mary were both righteous and obedient to God, despite the difficult situation that they were in and thus God's plan was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus as their son. Jesus is Savior, he saves mankind from their sins and unrighteousness. He is also Immanuel, God with us.

Question- How's your obedience to God's voice and to his written Word?

Prayer- Dear Father in heaven, help me to live right, obeying your voice at all times. In Jesus name, Amen.

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