Meditations in Matthew – Day 15

“And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15.9)

The fundamental element of Christian faith is the authority of God’s Word. There is no middle ground here. Either God’s Word is the sole authority or it is not. Either the Bible is God’s Word or it is not. Where I stand on this issue will determine my stability or lack thereof in faith.

The sad truth of the matter is that many “Christians” pick and choose what they consider to be authoritative in the Bible. Others exalt the traditions of men to an equal level of authority as the Word of God. If I want to experience steadfastness of faith, a life of peace, a life of joy, and a life of purpose; then I must understand the nature of God’s Word. God’s Word is the sole authority for life and faith. The door way towards instability is the one that leads to a foundation built upon the traditions and commandments of men. The door to steadfastness and peace hinges on the sole authority of God’s Word – the Bible.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

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Meditations in Matthew – Day 14

“Bring them here to Me‟

(Matthew 14.18)

Jesus taught His disciples a very important lesson in the feeding of the five thousand. The disciples felt that what they had was inadequate to meet the needs of the people. They were correct. It was! But, what they did not realize was that Jesus only needs my willingness and obedience to accomplish the task at hand.

This day He taught the disciples that if they would bring what they had then He would take it and multiply it. He would allow them to accomplish more than the task to which they were called. Today God is asking me to bring Him what I have in my hands and let Him multiply it and use it for His glory. If I will give Him all that I have He will make me everything He wants me to be.

When God calls me to a specific task I need only to look to Him. No matter how insignificant I may appear, if I will look to Him and surrender to Him, He will use whatever it is that I have for His glory.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditations in Matthew – Day 13

“… Sold all that he had and bought it …”
(Matthew 13.46)

Who does not want peace, joy, and security in their
lives? All of us want these virtues. We are compelled by
society to find these virtues in the material realm. We
play the market. We buy low and sell high hoping to
make a profit.  

Society tries to sell us on the lie that money equals
peace, joy, and security, but God’s Word says that it is
not the economy stupid. If I want peace and happiness in
my life I must seek it from God. Jesus Christ said that
He came that we might have life and have it more
abundantly.  

Here’s the question; “How do I find this peace, joy, and
security of an abundant life?” I can only find the life I’m
seeking when I am willing to sell everything I have. The
point of this text is not that I must take a vow of poverty
and become a hermit. The point of the passage is that I
must be willing to let go of my stuff and grab hold of
that which is most precious. I must be willing to release
materialism in order to relish the Master. When I do this
I will find the “Pearl of Great Price” in a relationship
with Jesus Christ.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditations in Matthew – Day 12

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaks.”(Matthew 12.34)

Someone has said that if you want to know who you
are listen to what you say. The character of a person is
revealed by the over flow of the heart. The Bible tells
us “that whatsoever a man thinks in his heart so is he.” 

We must take intentional steps to guard the integrity
of our spirit. If we constantly feed on the junk food of
Hollywood, magazines and newspapers we will speak
and act out of the overflow of our heart, becoming bad
fruit. If you want to walk and talk like Jesus then you
must feast on the goodness of the Word of God.  

Jesus challenges us to make the fruit of our tree godly,
because the tree is known by its fruit. I must ask
myself, “What kind of fruit am I producing?” What
type of fruit am I bearing with my life? If I want to
bear godly fruit then I must be careful what I feed my
heart. “For out of the abundance of the heart the
mouth speaks.”

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditations in Matthew – Day 11

“Come to me … I will give you rest”

(Matthew 11.28)

In our world of fast food, fast cars, overtime, and extra-curricular activities we face frustration, fatigue, and burnout. Often we go on a fast paced, “fun filled”, vacation to get away only to realize that we are just as tired when we get home. We find ourselves the victims of stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease. What we really need is to get off the race track of materialism and get on the right track of God’s will.

The Lord Jesus said that if we would seek first the Kingdom of God that God would meet our needs according to “His riches in glory.” How do we find this place of blessing and security? Jesus invites us to take off the awkward, heavy, and burdensome, double yoke of self and societal expectations. He invites us to find true peace and contentment in life by yoking up with Him. He says to His children “Come to me,” put on My perfect yoke for your life and “I will give you rest,” because “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” His is what is best for our journey through life.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditations in Matthew – Day 10

“And as you go, preach …”

(Matthew 10.7)

Going for our culture today is as natural as breathing. With a car in almost every household Americans go faster, farther, and more frequently than ever. We go to the grocery store, ball games, doctors, restraints, relatives, friends, and work. As we go we encounter others who are also going. In most cases we are so focused on our going that we pay little attention to our fellow goers. Oh, we may nod, wave, say hello, or talk about the weather, but rarely do we ever engage in meaningful conversation with other goers.

We are goers. With very few exceptions our streets, skies, and seas are full of human beings driven by the necessity of going. As Christians we must remember that we have a mission, a message and a mandate. The Lord Jesus understands that we live in a world of goers and that in order for us to survive we must go. He simply commands that “as you go, preach the Kingdom of God is at hand.” So, as we go today let us preach the gospel.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Meditations in Matthew – Day 9

“Yes, Lord”

(Matthew 9.28)

These are the two most powerful words in the Bible. These two words unleash the almighty power of a Holy God to work in the lives of frail men. These two words experienced the parting of seas, the downing of walls, the calming of storms, the healing of sick, and the saving of souls.

If I want to experience the power of God in my life it begins with “Yes, Lord”. I must be obedient to His calling to see His glory work in my life. I must say no to self and yes to Him if I want to experience the fullness of His blessing.

Many Christians miss out on the fullness of life that God intends because of their unwillingness to say “Yes, Lord”. We must be willing to say “Yes, Lord” in the small areas of life if we expect to have an opportunity to say “Yes, Lord” in the greater areas of service. If I want to see the fullness of God’s power unleashed in my life it begins with the two most powerful words in Scripture; “Yes, Lord.”

Grace to all,

Ronnie