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The Gospel of Luke Devotional

  • Day 17 Luke Chapter 17
  • Bible Reading Luke 17:1-37
  • Focus Scripture: Luke 17:6 “And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and be planted in the sea; and it would obey you.”

God’s great and wondrous gifts came alive through our athletic, academic, creative, or musical talents, these passions are our purpose to pursue. With the many innate abilities God gives us, we could have a hard time focusing on just one.

I recently read an article about mustard seeds; it was personification of living and growing in Christ. What was so interesting was learning how to plant mustard seeds. For optimal results seeds are placed one-fourth of an inch down in soil and be spaced three inches apart, with a foot of spacing between rows. WHEW! So much for just scattering seeds! Planting in this fashion is meticulous and organized. A gardener would know exactly where to weed and how much water to give each section. I believe faith is like this. The Holy Spirit planting purpose (belief) in us and we trusting God to produce something tangible (faith). Co-operating (gardening) with the Holy Spirit to know what to give extra attention (water, nurture) and what we need to get rid off (weed out), brings us into the process.

With the power of the Holy Spirit as our guide we can overcome the obstacles that prevent us from living God’s word. Seeking forgiveness and accepting others apologies is what we must do to keep growing. If we think we’ve been treated unfairly it will can cause us to stumble but, we can turn to scripture and ask ourselves: am I being spiritually proud?{Luke 17:7-10} What should I learn from this? Am I expecting a reward for doing my job?

It would be insincere to pray for forgiveness from God if we haven’t forgiven our neighbor. God wants us to use the forgiveness He gives us. When we are forgiven and feel it, we move freely and can do great things. When we hold on to what someone has unintentionally done to hurt our prideful feelings, it fester and creates bitterness. Hurt hearts leads to hurting hearts. If we have not closed the wounds from previous encounters we will always be defensive and unable to forgive, even ourselves.

The enemy does not forgive, he seeks to destroy relationships that could foster more growth and be fruitful in God’s kingdom. Whose garden are you working in? Do you notice the bondage your unforgiving attitude has on the people around you? Let’s not settle for what Satan wants us to have but on the glory that God’s kingdom gives. God will take your mustard seed faith, grow it, and allow you to plant more seeds. Grow His kingdom not your rubbish.

~Torrie


Discussion Questions:

  1. Who have you neglected to forgive?
  2. Where is your mustard seed planted?
  3. Do you feel entitled to God’s blessings for being obedient?

A Few Points:

  1. Luke 17:1-10 Jesus teaches about forgiveness and faith. To allow Him to help us grow in Him through our tiny faith. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit we are powerful and are able to overcome many challenges that our minds may place as road blocks. Our faith will give us clarity and how to do things effectively. 
  2. Luke 17:11-19 Jesus heals ten men of leprosy. Jesus teaches us about gratitude, although saying thank you to answered prayers is not necessary we are able to enjoy the added grace of his mercy because it increases our faith in Christ. Only one man returned to give praise and thanks for his healing, even though nine others had as well. Jesus pointed this out which should remind us to be grateful for everything we have been given and the promise of blessings to come. ***APPRECIATION an earlier post discussing Luke 17:11-19
  3. Luke 17:20-37 Jesus teaches about the coming kingdom of God. He warns us not to be fooled by false teachers and that His second coming will be seen by all. Jesus references the day of Noah and the flood, and the destruction of Sodom. These were both catastrophic events. If we look for signs we are to reference Luke 17:37; while one vulture may not be significant, several vultures would signify a dead body. When several things are happening all at once we can know the second coming is near. Our duty is to be prepared. 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings, my name is Torrie and I am an obedient God fearing woman, wife, and homeschooling mother. Our household is filled with men and it is important that we all continue to grow in the fruit of the spirit. Through this blog I hope to reach others as we journey closer to God and embrace our relational purposes.

2 Comments

  1. Amen my Queen. With forgiveness how can we do the greatness commandment…..LOVE. God watches over us, as we fail daily, he continues to grace us with another chance. So thankful for every opportunity God gives us. ❤️🙏🏾

  2. Wouldn’t it be tragic for us if God held a grudge against us and not sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins. Life would be pointless. So what’s the point of harboring unfogiveness over someone who wrongs us. What have they created from nothing. What place have they gone to prepare for us. What heaven and earth and all that is within do they own. They like us are nothing but a sinner saved by grace by the choice made to be Christlike and follow Jesus.

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