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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Miraculous Signs, Seven Verses to Guide One's Life

Today's Reading:
  • Matthew 15:29 - 16:12
  • Psalm 20:1 - 9
Matthew 15:29 - 16:12
Today I read about two more miracles Jesus performed.  A large group of gentiles had followed Jesus into the wilderness.  They brought all their sick -- the crippled, the blind, the deaf, the mute.  Jesus healed every single one of them.  He then fed the crowds of 4,000 men (and an additional undisclosed amount of women and children) with only 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish.

Later, his disciples argued about how had forgotten to bring any bread with them on a trip.  Jesus then stopped them from arguing, reminding them of the thousands of people he fed with very little.  It is astonishing to me that these disciples who walked with Jesus and saw all of the miracles he performed would be concerned with something as small as food.  They had seen Jesus feed thousands, with more leftover than they started with!  How can you see something like with your own eyes yet still doubt?

In 16:1 the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign.  Jesus refused.  He said that the only sign he would give them was the "sign of the prophet Jonah" (16:4).  I am a bit clueless as to what that means.  Can anyone fill me in?  It seems I have not yet read far enough in the Old Testament to understand this at the moment.

Proverbs 4:20 - 27
Pay attention to what the Lord says, hold it deep in your heart.  These words will bring you to life and keep your body healed and whole.  Keep your feet from following evil, fix your eyes on what lies in front of you.  Guard your heart above all else, watch what comes out of your mouth.  Those are the lessons of these 7 short verses from Proverbs.  

I think those 7 verses are enough to guide your whole life by.  Read the bible, absorb the Word. Keep it in your heart, protect your heart, let your heart guide you.  Watch what comes out of your mouth, for the words that come out of the mouth are initiated by what is in your heart.  Make good decisions, let your feet keep you away from bad situations.  Always pay attention to what is in front of you to ensure you follow the right path.  Enough said!

Conclusion
Are you waiting for a miraculous sign before following the Lord?  Beware, because for most people that is never enough and is soon forgotten.  Are you studying the Word? What has the Lord shown or told you through the Word?  Are you following it with both with your heart and with your feet? 

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