April 30, 2023
Finding a Weekly Rhythm
Luke 6:46 NIV
Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
Luke 6:49 NIV
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 was the last time you heard from God and did what He said?
Luke 5:33 NIV
(The Pharisees and their sect) said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."
Luke 5:34 NIV
Jesus answered, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?"
Luke 5:35 NIV
"But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."
Fasting is where we deprive ourselves of something we need in order to chase something we need even more.
Prayer is the ongoing conversation with God our Father where we both talk and listen for The Holy Spirit's leading in our lives.
Luke 5:36 NIV
He told them this parable: "No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old."
Luke 5:37 NIV
"And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined."
Luke 5:38-39 NIV
"No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, 'The old is better.'"
Jesus is letting them know the final and official interpretation of God's law is here, and His name is Jesus.
Luke 6:1 NIV
One Sabbath, Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.
Luke 6:2 NIV
Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
Luke 6:3-4 NIV
Jesus answered them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions."
Luke 6:5 NIV
Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
Luke 6:6 NIV
On another Sabbath, he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.
Luke 6:7 NIV
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.
Luke 6:8 NIV
But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there.
Luke 6:9 NIV
Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?"
Luke 6:10 NIV
He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored.
The original purpose of the Sabbath was to heal and restore the human body and mind.
Luke 6:11 NIV
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
"There must be a quiet place where all is in order, a place from which comes the energy that overcomes turbulence and is not intimidated by it." – Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World
Which of your circles is overdeveloped, and which are underdeveloped?
What is getting squeezed because of that?
What is God calling you to do about it?