Matthew 8

S- Matthew 8:18-22 18 Now Jesus, when He saw the great throngs around Him, gave orders to cross to the other side [of the lake]. 19 And a scribe came up and said to Him, Master, I will accompany You wherever You go. 20 And Jesus replied to him, Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have lodging places, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. 21 Another of the disciples said to Him, Lord, let me first go and bury [[a]care for till death] my father. 22 But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and leave the dead [[b]in sin] to bury their own dead (AMP). Matthew 8:18-22 18 Jesus saw the crowd around him. So he gave his disciples orders to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him. He said, “Teacher, I will follow you no matter where you go.” 20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens. Birds have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 21 Another follower said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me. Let the dead bury their own dead (NIRV).”

O- 8:18-22 One of the scribes was too hasty in promising; he proffers himself to be a close follower of Christ. He seems to be very resolute. Many resolutions for religion are produced by sudden conviction, and taken up without due consideration; these come to nothing. When this scribe offered to follow Christ, one would think he should have been encouraged; one scribe might do more credit and service than twelve fishermen; but Christ saw his heart, and answered to its thoughts, and therein teaches all how to come to Christ. His resolve seems to have been from a worldly, covetous principle; but Christ had not a place to lay his head on, and if he follows him, he must not expect to fare better than he fared. We have reason to think this scribe went away. Another was too slow. Delay in doing is as bad on the one hand, as hastiness in resolving is on the other. He asked leave to attend his father to his grave, and then he would be at Christ’s service. This seemed reasonable, yet it was not right. He had not true zeal for the work. Burying the dead, especially a dead father, is a good work, but it is not thy work at this time. If Christ requires our service, affection even for the nearest and dearest relatives, and for things otherwise our duty, must give way. An unwilling mind never wants an excuse. Jesus said to him, Follow me; and, no doubt, power went with this word to him as to others; he did follow Christ, and cleaved to him. The scribe said, I will follow thee; to this man Christ said, Follow me; comparing them together, it shows that we are brought to Christ by the force of his call to us, Ro 9:16.
A- I will continue to follow the Lord because he has great plans for my life even though I am not quite sure what they are yet. I will just follow his leading the way for me.

K- Lord, thank you for having my back, and that you will never leave my side. I pray that whoever reads what I write will be encouraged by it, and if there are people who don’t know you while reading this I pray that they will come to know you and seek you with all of their heart. Lord, you are an amazing God who loves us so deeply. Lord, help me to cast all my cares on you because you care for me. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be, and continue to prune out anything in my life that is not bearing fruit for you.

Matthew 7

S- Matthew 7:7-11 [a]Keep on asking and it will be given you; [b] keep on seeking and you will find; [c]keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent? 11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and [d]advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and [e]advantageous things to those who [f]keep on asking Him (AMP)! Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask, and it will be given to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find. The door will be opened to the one who knocks. “Suppose your son asks for bread. Which of you will give him a stone? 10 Or suppose he asks for a fish. Which of you will give him a snake? 11 Even though you are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him (NIRV)!

O- Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need. Pray; pray often; make a business of prayer, and be serious and earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms. Ask, as a traveller asks the way. Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost; or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls. Knock, as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. Sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer we knock. Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? This is made to apply to all that pray aright; every one that asketh receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, all are alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith. It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask. Parents are often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful.
A- I need to remember that I need to keep praying often, and I need to continually seek him because he has great plans for my life.

K- Lord, help me to keep seeking you in the Word. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you, and mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be. I know lately Lord that I have not been praying and studying your Word as much as I should be doing, but help me to get back into your Word and seek you with my whole heart because I know that you have great plans for my life.

Matthew 6

S- Okay normally I would bring you parallel translations of the Bible verses, but since both are long. I will only bring you the NIRV translation today: Matthew 6:25-34  25 “I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than eating? Aren’t there more important things for the body than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air. They don’t plant or gather crops. They don’t put away crops in storerooms. But your Father who is in heaven feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Can you add even one hour to your life by worrying? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work or make clothing. 29 But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was dressed like one of these flowers. 30 If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won’t he dress you even better? Your faith is so small! After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire. 31 So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’ 32 People who are ungodly run after all those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. 33 But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

O- 6:25-34 There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns his disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life. This often insnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases. Food and raiment God has promised, therefore we may expect them. Take no thought for the morrow, for the time to come. Be not anxious for the future, how you shall live next year, or when you are old, or what you shall leave behind you. As we must not boast of tomorrow, so we must not care for to-morrow, or the events of it. God has given us life, and has given us the body. And what can he not do for us, who did that? If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less. Improve this as an encouragement to trust in God. We must reconcile ourselves to our worldly estate, as we do to our stature. We cannot alter the disposals of Providence, therefore we must submit and resign ourselves to them. Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of thoughtfulness for the world. Seek first the kingdom of God, and make religion your business: say not that this is the way to starve; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even in this world. The conclusion of the whole matter is, that it is the will and command of the Lord Jesus, that by daily prayers we may get strength to bear us up under our daily troubles, and to arm us against the temptations that attend them, and then let none of these things move us. Happy are those who take the Lord for their God, and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to his wise disposal. Let thy Spirit convince us of sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts.
A- I need to stop worrying about everything and pray before my anxiety comes I tend to be a worrier even though it may not show on the outside on the inside I do tend to worry about everything, but I know that I need to place my trust in the one who knows everything. I need to remember 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

K- Lord, help me to let go of the things that I cannot control, and place them in your hands because as you have said to cast all my cares on you care for you. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be, and continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you.

Matthew 5

S- Matthew 5:3-12 These nine verses talk about the beatitudes which is eight characteristics of how a blessed person is suppose to act.

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Our Saviour here gives eight characters of blessed people, which represent to us the principal graces of a Christian. 1. The poor in spirit are happy. These bring their minds to their condition, when it is a low condition. They are humble and lowly in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and thirst after a Redeemer. The kingdom of grace is of such; the kingdom of glory is for them. 2. Those that mourn are happy. That godly sorrow which worketh true repentance, watchfulness, a humble mind, and continual dependence for acceptance on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus, with constant seeking the Holy Spirit, to cleanse away the remaining evil, seems here to be intended. Heaven is the joy of our Lord; a mountain of joy, to which our way is through a vale of tears. Such mourners shall be comforted by their God. 3. The meek are happy. The meek are those who quietly submit to God; who can bear insult; are silent, or return a soft answer; who, in their patience, keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of anything else. These meek ones are happy, even in this world. Meekness promotes wealth, comfort, and safety, even in this world. 4. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness are happy. Righteousness is here put for all spiritual blessings. These are purchased for us by the righteousness of Christ, confirmed by the faithfulness of God. Our desires of spiritual blessings must be earnest. Though all desires for grace are not grace, yet such a desire as this, is a desire of God’s own raising, and he will not forsake the work of his own hands. 5. The merciful are happy. We must not only bear our own afflictions patiently, but we must do all we can to help those who are in misery. We must have compassion on the souls of others, and help them; pity those who are in sin, and seek to snatch them as brands out of the burning. 6. The pure in heart are happy; for they shall see God. Here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together. The heart must be purified by faith, and kept for God. Create in me such a clean heart, O God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God, nor would heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure to look upon their iniquity, so they cannot look upon his purity. 7. The peace-makers are happy. They love, and desire, and delight in peace; and study to be quiet. They keep the peace that it be not broken, and recover it when it is broken. If the peace-makers are blessed, woe to the peace-breakers! 8. Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake are happy. This saying is peculiar to Christianity; and it is more largely insisted upon than any of the rest. Yet there is nothing in our sufferings that can merit of God; but God will provide that those who lose for him, though life itself, shall not lose by him in the end. Blessed Jesus! how different are thy maxims from those of men of this world! They call the proud happy, and admire the gay, the rich, the powerful, and the victorious. May we find mercy from the Lord; may we be owned as his children, and inherit his kingdom. With these enjoyments and hopes, we may cheerfully welcome low or painful circumstances.

A- I’m usually good at keeping the peace when need be, but at times my mouth gets in the way, and I just want to yell at people who have wronged me. I need to work on being meek because when someone insults me I just want to fire off my mouth at them, and give them a piece of my mind. I know that when I was grieving my grandma God was right there to comfort me through the difficult time in my life.

K- Lord, help me to work on being meek to other people when they insult me, and also thank you for comforting through the loss of my grandma last year. You are an amazing God who loves us all unconditionally. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be, and continue to prune anything out of my life that is not bearing fruit for you.

Praying Upside Down by Kelly O Dell Stanley

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The name of the book I am reviewing is called Praying Up side Down by Kelly O’ Dell Stanley this is a great read at first I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book because I have read some books on prayer, and was just not interested in them because it was the same thing over and over. This book was beyond my expectations because she teaches you how to pray in a different way. I love the creative ideas that she gives you for example she suggests doodling or cartooning when words don’t come to mind to write.

Kelly O’ Dell talks about writing your own Psalm by also reading the book of Psalm and pick a verse that stands out to you. I did like the prayer ring idea to buy a bunch of index cards and every time you hear a prayer request jot it down on an index card that was a neat idea to me. I love how she suggests praying for someone by the color of the outfit they are wearing so every time that color comes up you pray for them right away. She also talked about praying through the alphabet. Praying through the alphabet is done by thinking of a person who comes to mind that starts with that letter.

I do love how she suggests you write a gratitude journal that way you can always remember what God has done for you. She also mentions to pick a Bible verse and personalize it. I did try this and it was really powerful to do, and quite simple to do. I had no idea it was that easy. I loved how she said to make a prayer playlist which may sound weird, but what you do is you put songs that remind you of people close to you, and when that song begins you pray for that person.

This book is great and I would recommend it to anybody who is struggling with their prayer life because this gives you a new perspective on prayer. I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I Tried Until I Almost Died by Sandra McCollom

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I will say this was a pretty good read for a new believer who is still struggling with if God really loves me. I loved how thorough Sandra McCollum was with this book because I related to one of the chapters in her book because this book arrived at a time when my boyfriend lost his mother to Septic shock the Chapter that had the biggest impact on me was Chapter 4 because I was trying so hard to comfort my boyfriend and his family. I know that God has called us to help others, but I kept trying to help by my own efforts, and I needed to rely on God, and let him lead me in the direction to help others. The rest of the chapters were things that I already understood because I really don’t wrestle with wondering if God is mad at me because I know that he loves me for who I am, and there is nothing that I have to do to earn his love. As I mentioned in the beginning this book is meant for a new believer who struggles with if God really loves me.

Through this book you can feel her emotion I love her antidote about the yarn where she is trying to untangle the yarn that is a good illustration of just trying to continue to unravel the yarn because it does get frustrating doing that so I know if that were me I also would have kept on going then would have given up.

I have received this book from blogging for books in exchange for my honest review.

Matthew 4

S- I am choosing to focus on Matthew 4:1-11 I will let you look this up for yourself if you are interested. These first 11 verses are about the Temptation of Jesus and how he managed to overcome that temptation.

O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Concerning Christ’s temptation, observe, that directly after he was declared to be the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world, he was tempted; great privileges, and special tokens of Divine favour, will not secure any from being tempted. But if the Holy Spirit witness to our being adopted as children of God, that will answer all the suggestions of the evil spirit. Christ was directed to the combat. If we presume upon our own strength, and tempt the devil to tempt us, we provoke God to leave us to ourselves. Others are tempted, when drawn aside of their own lust, and enticed, Jas 1:14; but our Lord Jesus had no corrupt nature, therefore he was tempted only by the devil. In the temptation of Christ it appears that our enemy is subtle, spiteful, and very daring; but he can be resisted. It is a comfort to us that Christ suffered, being tempted; for thus it appears that our temptations, if not yielded to, are not sins, they are afflictions only. Satan aimed in all his temptations, to bring Christ to sin against God. 1. He tempted him to despair of his Father’s goodness, and to distrust his Father’s care concerning him. It is one of the wiles of Satan to take advantage of our outward condition; and those who are brought into straits have need to double their guard. Christ answered all the temptations of Satan with It is written; to set us an example, he appealed to what was written in the Scriptures. This method we must take, when at any time we are tempted to sin. Let us learn not to take any wrong courses for our supply, when our wants are ever so pressing: in some way or other the Lord will provide. 2. Satan tempted Christ to presume upon his Father’s power and protection, in a point of safety. Nor are any extremes more dangerous than despair and presumption, especially in the affairs of our souls. Satan has no objection to holy places as the scene of his assaults. Let us not, in any place, be off our watch. The holy city is the place, where he does, with the greatest advantage, tempt men to pride and presumption. All high places are slippery places; advancements in the world makes a man a mark for Satan to shoot his fiery darts at. Is Satan so well versed in Scripture as to be able to quote it readily? He is so. It is possible for a man to have his head full of Scripture notions, and his mouth full of Scripture expressions, while his heart is full of bitter enmity to God and to all goodness. Satan misquoted the words. If we go out of our way, out of the way of our duty, we forfeit the promise, and put ourselves out of God’s protection. This passage, De 8:3, made against the tempter, therefore he left out part. This promise is firm and stands good. But shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? No. 3. Satan tempted Christ to idolatry with the offer of the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. The glory of the world is the most charming temptation to the unthinking and unwary; by that men are most easily imposed upon. Christ was tempted to worship Satan. He rejected the proposal with abhorrence. Get thee hence, Satan! Some temptations are openly wicked; and they are not merely to be opposed, but rejected at once. It is good to be quick and firm in resisting temptation. If we resist the devil he will flee from us. But the soul that deliberates is almost overcome. We find but few who can decidedly reject such baits as Satan offers; yet what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Christ was succoured after the temptation, for his encouragement to go on in his undertaking, and for our encouragement to trust in him; for as he knew, by experience, what it was to suffer, being tempted, so he knew what it was to be succoured, being tempted; therefore we may expect, not only that he will feel for his tempted people, but that he will come to them with seasonable relief.
A- By getting deeper into the Word I will be prepared for whatever attacks the enemy throws my way. I must remember that there are no weapons formed against me, and I must always put on my Christian armour so that way I am prepared for Satan’s attacks because in John 10:10 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows).
K- Lord, help me to go deeper into your Word so that way I will be prepared for whatever attacks the enemy throws my way. Help me to remember that the thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. Jesus came so that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).