Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Matthew 9 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 9:20-22

Just then, a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

 

This passage is about Christ making someone who is unclean clean, but this morning, the Holy Spirit showed me something different about this verse, so here goes. This healing is different than some of the other healings Jesus had performed. In other healings, He forgave their sins first (which is the most important healing we can get) and then healed their physical ailments, but not here. Why? That truth, coupled with the fact that she believes and has faith in Him, tells me that she is a believer.

 

So, one way I see this story is that this is a believer who has already come to Christ but is still carrying around pain, a hurt, a wound, guilt, or shame from their past. She knows that He is her only hope of healing, so she fights through the crowds and touches His cloak. But the question is, would we do the same? Are we satisfied with salvation just at the end of our lives, or do we want to walk in His complete healing today? Are we willing to put ourselves out there in order to be made whole again?

 

This woman would have been a social outcast despised and scorned by almost everyone around her, but she didn’t care because no one and nothing was gonna keep her from Jesus! Can we say the same? Are we willing to let Him come into every part of our lives, or have we sectioned off the parts for the Lord and the parts we want to hang on to? I promise you that the Lord wants to heal that old wound, bind up that deep pain, and cover over that great shame and give you a completely new life in Him, one that is free from the past and filled with His Presence! Will you reach out and touch His cloak today?

 

Psalm 147:3 - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

 

Jeremiah 17:14 - Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our Healer, and the Holy Spirit who rests and refills those who belong to the Lord! 

 

 

Matthew 9:29

Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you."

Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It’s not a wish or a dream, but a confidence and complete trust in something. As I was reading today, this verse stuck out to me, and I wondered what would happen if Jesus said this to us today. What if our faith was the deciding factor in our lives? Would we be better off?

Yesterday, I did a little study on faith and here are a few things I found.

Ephesians 2:8 says that we are saved by grace through faith.

Ephesians 6:16 says that faith will quench every attack from the evil one!

Your faith can save your whole family, as Hebrews 11:7 talks about Noah’s faith saving his family.

Matthew 17:20 says that you can change the entire world with a grain of faith!

2 Corinthians 5:7 and Romans 1:17 says the righteous will live by faith

I feel like if we don’t live by faith, we will die without it! Faith is not a feeling, but a powerful tool God has given us to change lives and this world!!! Fear told Peter to stay in the boat, but faith told him he to step out of it! Peter wanted to get closer to Jesus, and he couldn’t do that by staying in the boat, and I feel like now more than ever, we are in the boat and Jesus is telling us to come out to Him! The question is, will you take that step out toward Him or stay safely in the boat away from Him? He loves you either way. I don’t think Peter regretted stepping out of the boat, but I have a feeling he would have regretted staying in it!!

Be vulnerable, Be loving, Be faithful, Be His, and most importantly, Be more like Jesus each and every day!

I love you all, God bless, Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!!

 

Matthew 9:36-38

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”

Christ’s compassionate heart for the lost, the weak, the oppressed, the helpless, and the outcast is beautiful. His heart and all that it is filled with then leads Him to command His disciples (this includes us) to pray for more workers, but do we? Do we ask God to raise up more brothers and sisters to help carry the load and spread the good news? Or are we too inwardly focused to see the bigger picture?

God can raise people up out of nowhere; He can bring divine revelation if He so chooses, but oftentimes, He chooses to send people to preach to other people. So, when we pray for God to raise up others around us, we better be ready to go out and meet them right where they are and share with them the goodness of our God. Jesus ate with sinners, but He didn’t sin with them, and we are to follow in His footsteps.

Now, this calls for wisdom; we don’t throw ourselves in front of a moving truck and cry out, “Save me, Lord!” and expect Him to move at our command, but if He tells us to walk out into traffic, then we can do it with confidence knowing that He has us!

This analogy applies to our spiritual lives as well. Let me explain a little more. I was an addict before Christ set me free. If Christ calls me to go preaching in the dope houses, then to the dope houses, I will go. But if He doesn’t send me there and I just got on my own accord, how much confidence can I have in my success - both to stay sober in Him and share the word effectively?

We have to go where we are called, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be where we have been. Yes, the Lord uses everything in our past to prepare us for the future, but we still must be guarded and rely solely upon Him and, at the same time, be available to those around us. If we follow the path He lays out for us, we can be confident we will end up right where we are supposed to be! Jesus made Himself available to those who needed Him the most; do we?

Matthew 9:10-13- While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

God bless! I love you all, but His love is available even to the worse of us! Thank You, Lord! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!

 

Matthew 9:37

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."

 

Yesterday as I was working out, I was praying and thinking about how can I change the world. Then God hit me with, “You don’t have to change the whole world; just try to change someone’s whole world!”

 

See, I can’t save anyone, but I know the One who can! It’s not my job to fix or save anyone, but my job is to show them the One who can!! I feel like if each one of my brothers and sisters would just pick 1 person and invest in them – not monetarily but invest the important stuff – invest your knowledge and love of God, your time, your love, and your successes and failures, that’s where I think we can make a real difference for the Kingdom!!! If I can help one person come to know Jesus, then it’s worth it. That’s a 100% increase!! There used to be one; now there are two. We just doubled, and by the grace of God, maybe we can double from there as well!! 

 


My point is that Jesus Himself said that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few!! Jesus has been hiring for 2000 years and you don’t have to pass a background check or have a college degree!! All you need is Jesus as your king, humility in your heart, and perseverance in your mind!!!! I encourage you to pray and ask God who He wants you to Invest in today!!

 

I love you all, God bless, and most importantly, glory to God!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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