3:16 Plan - Week 5 - Day 4 - Year 3 - Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43

Don’t let anyone’s rebuke keep you from calling out to the Lord for help. 

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Mark 10:48 - "Be quiet!" many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Read - Matthew 20:29–34; Mark 10:46–52; Luke 18:35–43

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Perseverance means we don’t let rebukes nor peer influence keep us from what God has for us.  We ask in faith and we keep asking when our faith is not yet sight.  Blind Bart is a great example for those of us trusting God for something we have yet to see. 

Yield

Lord, I will not bend to the will of the world but to You and You alone. 

Extra Discovery

Read Matthew 9:22 for another ‘faith has healed you’ word from scripture. 

Revelation

How many times do we sit and wait for God to do something for us but we haven’t actually asked for it nor trusted in Him to do it.  The Scriptures often show us that God responds to faith.  This is not us bending His will but it is us accessing His will and faith is the key.  To be Mended by Christ we put faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Sitting and waiting for Him to do it without that act will end in Misery.  To be Morphed by His Spirit we Ask Him to fill us as we surrender to His will.  Without that bold Ask we will miss that blessing.  Do your part.  Have faith.  Ask boldly and repeatedly.  Trust that the giver of good gifts will give to you. 



3:16 Plan - Week 5 - Day 3 - Year 3 - Matthew 20:20-28, Mark 10:35-45

A great prayer for those we love:  Lord let them be close to You!

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Matthew 20:28 - the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Read - Matthew 20:20–28; Mark 10:35–45

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Maybe this mother was a bit too forward but her heart idea was right…asking that your children be close to God (now and forever) is a great prayer.  However, never let this type of thing lead to pride or title or entitlement.  

Yield

Lord, I ask You to keep me and those whom I love close to You. 

Extra Discovery

Go back to yesterday’s teaching on the last being first…Matthew 20:16. 

Revelation

Jesus reveals that those who are to be close to Him will deal with the same problems He did…not just the same blessings.  Suffering can be part of the Lord’s sanctifying work for the Mended follower of Christ.  How can one endure such things?  When we are Morphed by the Holy Spirit then He transforms us so that we can not only endure but can thrive in the face of such struggle.  Do you have struggles and suffering in your life that are beating you down?  Ask for more of God’s Spirit in your life. 


3:16 Plan - Week 5 - Day 2- Year 3 - Matthew 20:17-19, Mark 10:32-34, Luke 18:31-34

Jesus is the perfect King, Priest and Prophet.  In today’s text He gives a powerful prophetic glimpse of His coming death and resurrection. 

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Matthew 20:17 - As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him.

Read - Matthew 20:17–19; Mark 10:32–34; Luke 18:31–34

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Why is prophecy (God giving us insight into what is coming) important in the church?  Because our faith is bolstered by what God has done in the past we are able to place bold faith on what we can expect God to do in the future (Hope).  When God gives us a glimpse into those future things we can have more certainty, trust and faith in Him.  

Yield

Lord, I will commit my way to You because of Your great love for me. 

Extra Discovery

Read back to Mark 8:31-38 to see that Jesus faithfully taught on what was coming.

Revelation

The death of Christ was for the punishment of our sin but if He had stayed dead we wouldn’t have been Mended.  His Resurrection is what actually defeated sin for us and means we no longer have to be deceived, divided and destroyed by the Marring of that horrible curse.  We can now have the life that Christ rose to give us.  The same power that rose Jesus from the dead now lives in you if you follow Him and surrender to His Spirit. 



3:16 Plan - Week 5 - Day 1 - Year 3 - Matthew 20:1-16

The benefits of God’s grace are not based upon merit or length of time but upon His boundless love.  

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Matthew 20:16 - "So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last."

Read - Matthew 20:1–16

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God’s Kingdom isn’t ‘first come, first serve’ it’s ‘all come, all serve’.  He invites.  We respond.  No matter when in the overall sense of time, we are given the same benefits.  We are treated as royally as the Apostle Paul.  We have the same exact gift as the prophet Isaiah.  Knowing this, Jesus calls us accept our gift and serve for whatever time we have. 

Yield

Lord, I will work till You return out of gratitude for Your great gift of salvation.  

Extra Discovery

Read Romans 9:15-16 to get another picture of God’s mercy and grace. 

Revelation

You don’t get just ‘a little bit Mended’ when Jesus saves you.  He treats you holistically and His blood applies to your life completely.  No matter the time, no matter the season, God’s grace is applied to you the same as it is to any other person Marred by the horrific consequences of sin.  Walk in the beautiful freedom of that truth today.  You have the whole thing!


3:16 Plan - Week 4 - Day 5 - Year 3 - Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30

A careful audit of our life against God’s Law will show us our need for salvation in Christ.


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Matthew 19:16 - Someone came to Jesus with this question: "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"

Read - Matthew 19:16–30; Mark 10:17–31; Luke 18:18–30

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God must often deal with our own pride to get us to recognize our need for Him.  Jesus used the commandments, not to show that we can be saved by works, but to show that there is nobody ‘good’ but God and that we all fall short and sin against God thereby needing God’s gracious forgiveness in Christ.  The commandments serve as a mirror to show us where we are out of sorts.  

Yield

Lord, thank you that Your provided Christ to save my from my sin. 

Extra Discovery

https://www.gotquestions.org/rich-young-ruler.html 

Revelation

Sin ‘Marrs’ our soul and keeps us separated from God.  We often think of sin as evil actions and that is true.  However, this Bible text shows us that there are other sins that have become more ‘respectable’ in our culture.  The sin of pride can often be veiled but it can keep us from God.  The sin of the love of money can be presented as ‘motivation’ but can be just as evil as any other.  When Christ died to Mend you that includes from the respectable sins and, truth be told, there aren’t any sins that should be respectable in our eyes for they are not in His.  Repent today of any sin like this in your own life. 


3:16 Plan - Week 4 - Day 4 - Year 3 - Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17

The greatest parenting hack ever:  Bring your children to Jesus. 


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Matthew 19:13 - One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them.


Read - Matthew 19:13–15; Mark 10:13–16; Luke 18:15–17

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These parents are bringing their children to God…to Jesus…to be prayed for and cared for by Him.  How does Jesus respond?  With open arms…as we should when others who are in need of prayer and care come into our lives. 


Yield


Lord, I recognize that my children are yours and that I am but a steward.  


Extra Discovery


https://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/parenting/foundations/spiritual-development/3-ways-to-bring-your-children-to-jesus/ - some great helps for parents. 


Revelation


Mended by Christ.  Morphed by the Holy Spirit.  Given a Ministry.  Remember, our role is as usher not as bouncer.  Ushering others to God (no matter their age, stage or condition) is a vital ministry we all share.  


3:16 Plan - Week 4 - Day 3 - Year 3 - Matthew 19:1-2, Mark 10:1-12

Marriage, the oldest institution in Scripture, is re-affirmed by Christ as for life and between a man and woman that have become one under His authority. 


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Matthew 19:4 - "Haven't you read the Scriptures?" Jesus replied.

Read - Matthew 19:1–12; Mark 10:1–12

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Jesus gives clarity to marriage and divorce making it clear that His perfect will involves being one for life.  He also reminds us that when we have questions the best answers are found in the Scriptures rather than opinion or theory.  

Yield

Lord, I submit to You so that I can better submit to my spouse under your authority. 

Extra Discovery

Read Ephesians 5:21-33 to get a biblical view of marriage to accompany today’s text. 

Revelation

There is no room in a Morphed follower of Christ to be hard-hearted.  When our head, heart and hands are surrendered to God then we will soften to His will and better love others in our lives…like our spouse.  There is much ministry in giving that love well to the one that God has given you.