Bible Study & Devotional (Day 85)
🔴 A Blessing Over God’s Word
Contributing Writer: Broderick Slaughter
He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
Praise For Knowledge
Lord, we are grateful for your wisdom, for teaching us your ways. Lord, we all have a responsibility to improve ourselves, study God’s word, and live by that word. Most time, we are so focused on the issues of others that we can not even see what our problems indeed are.
By us learning daily the Word of God, we can be better prepared for the trials of this world, to have the ability to deliver the Word to the ones in need. We can become humble servants, learn how to Love each other as God loves us.
I am thankful we have a loving God that is patient and shows us grace even when our faith in him wavers. We all hear God speaking to us; we know when we are doing things we shouldn’t be. DO YOU UNDERSTAND YET? God knows, God knows our choices but still loves, God knows our faults, but still Loves us, God knows our weakness, but still loves us, and God knows we are going to fail, but still, He loves us. So why not simply live for him? Nobody on this earth will ever love you unconditionally like God.
Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you have so much faith in God that your worries, fears, and uncertainty flow away?
The Centurion’s faith was remarkable; he had so much faith in Jesus that he knew that Jesus could heal by just speaking it. Do you trust Jesus enough to just ask for what you need? That’s having a healthy prayer life; we need to talk to God at all times when things are good, and when things are bad, Jesus is our redeemer, and it is time we indeed showed Him how we truly love Him.
Broderick is a man of God, devoted father, and loving husband. He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration and transitioning into entrepreneurship. Broderick enjoys art, photography and is a fitness enthusiast. He loves to motivate people to push past their struggles to reach the purpose God intended them to have. He often reminds others, “Never limit yourself, we are here for a purpose.”
This devotional was submitted by Broderick Slaughter, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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