Sometimes this journey can get a bit rocky, but His word remains my sure foundation.
DAY 8: COMPASSION
Passage: Luke 7:11-17
Reflection – Lord, I need your compassion in my situation. Breathe new life into the places which look and feel dead. Help me to: (Hebrews 12:2 NIV) fix my eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
DAY 9: ARE YOU THE ONE WHO WAS TO COME?
Passage: Luke 7:18-35
Reflection – Sometimes I doubt whether or not Samuel will be healed in this lifetime. But then God’s word says that all that come to Jesus were healed. It also says that “by his stripes we are healed”. Not only that, there is evidence today of people being healed. These all should lead me to curb my doubts.
DAY 10: RECEIVE GRACE IN FAITH
Passage: Luke 7:36-8:3
Reflection – Lord I need your grace when it comes to my family. I can see that I have been very impatient and short with them lately. Please forgive me. Please restore our relationship and bring harmony and peace back into our family life.
– Ames –
Slowly making progress…
Day 7: LORD, BUT JUST SAY THE WORD
Passage: Luke 7:1-10
Reflection – Lord, please give me the faith of the centurion; help me not just to say prayers to you but to also be still to listen to your response and then have the faith to walk in obedience even when it doesn’t make sense.
One thing I know that you have been pressing on my heart is to quit watching TV programs that do not build up my spiritual life. I’ve been resisting and giving excuses but Lord, I want to do your will. I don’t want to let an addiction to TV keep me from my God-given destiny! Please help me to overcome the desire to just sit down and vege out. Help me to make better use for my time on a regular basis. Amen.
– Ames –
Still keeping up with the Journey devo though been a bit slack with the posts…
Day 4: CHANGING CULTURES
Passage: Luke 5:33-6:16
“Jesus did not come just to ‘patch things up’ but intended to establish a completely new way of living.”
Jesus went again the grain of what culture expected and shook up the religious people of the day. In the same way, as a Jesus follower, we are to stand out of the crowd, marked by a different way of living.
Reflection – things I would like to change:
my gym or lack of gym habits, establish some new routines; help Samuel more at home.
Day 5: IN THAT DAY
Passage: Luke 6:17-26
Reflection – I want to live with fearless abandonment towards God. May my eyes be heaven focused, knowing that this life is just a temporary one.
Day 6: KINGDOM LIVING
Passage: Luke 6:27-49
Reflection – So much in this passage… Loving those who reject you is so counter-intuitive. And yet that is what Jesus preached and lived; living that went beyond feelings. That’s how he calls us to live – only made possible through the revelation of God’s unfailing love.
Lord, let my life reflect yours. Show me areas where I need to empty of self so that you can fill it with you.
– Ames –
Day 2: THAT IS TODAY
Passage: Luke 4:16-44
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
– Luke 4:18-19
Reflection – Through Jesus, we don’t have to wait for blessings to come every 50 years (the year of Jubilee). The time for blessings is now! Freedom from this that can oppress us i.e. intimidation, fear, inadequacy, is found in Christ who, having overcome all things in this world including death, empowers us to overcome.
– Ames –
A friend introduced me to a devo app called, “Journey: According to Luke”. I won’t go into the background of why it was created but if you download the app (it’s free!) then you’ll find out…
I thought I’d give it a go and see if I can blog alongside to reflect on the passages – hopefully also a way to jumpstart my blogging muscles.
DAY 1: JESUS UNDERSTANDS YOUR WEAKNESS
Passage: Luke 4:1-15
(Jesus is tempted in the desert)
Jesus was tempted in every way, just like us but did not sin (Hebrews 4:15) so that he can sympathise with our weaknesses.
Thank you Jesus, that you are interceding on my behalf – that you pray for me (Romans 8:34) and empathise with me; that you understand the temptations I face today and everyday. So thankful that you are a personal God, a God that is relatable.
– Ames –