Journey Through The Bible Hero

APRIL 5, 2021 DEVOTION

Deuteronomy 28:1-68, Luke 11:14-36, Psalm 77:1-20, Proverbs 12:18

Jesus – “‘Anyone who isn’t helping Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me.’ . . . As He was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out’ God bless your mother – the womb from which You came, and the breasts that nursed you!’ He replied, ‘But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.’” (Luke 11:23 27-28 NLT)

There are many people who profess to love and know the Lord who aren’t “helping” Him. They’re not involved in serving the Lord with their gifts and talents, witnessing for the Lord by sharing with others what He has done for them, or giving to the Lord’s work through their local church and other ministries. Their excuses for their inactivity range from hurt from the past, illness in the present, lack of direction for the future, and a number of other excuses. The bottom line, however, is that Jesus said our inactivity or our ungodliness causes us to be His opponents and in conflict with Him (Luke 11:23).

Question – “How would you describe your ‘helpfulness’ or lack of ‘helpfulness’ to the Lord – and what do you need to do to become a better supporter, rather than an opponent, of Jesus?” An old evangelist would conclude many of his crusades with a “Quitting Service.” In other words, people would come forward at the end of the message and publicly “quit” whatever they had been doing that was displeasing to the Lord. Some people would “quit” drinking while others would “quit” cursing, carousing or involvement in other ungodly activity. One time a lady came forward and said: “I haven’t been doing anything, and I’m going to quit it.” There are a lot of people who profess to be Christians who “haven’t been doing anything” for the Lord, and they need to quit it, because Jesus said that “Anyone who isn’t helping Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me” (Luke 11:23).

Second Question – “How blessed do you perceive yourself to be?” Most of us would have to admit that we have been blessed in many ways. Some have been blessed emotionally, intellectually or relationally, while others have been blessed financially or vocationally. An old hymn writer wrote: “Count your many blessings. Name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done.”

Third Question – “Who or what especially brings blessings to your life?” We need to thank God and those who have brought blessings in our lives. At the same time, as we reflect on the above question, we need to ponder the words of Jesus in Luke 11:28. In response to a woman’s statement about His mother and the blessing she must have received by being His mother and raising Him, Jesus said, “Even more blessed are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”

Final Question – “Do you regularly position yourself to read and hear the Word of God – and then do you implement into your life what you read and hear?” Do you practice what you read and hear from the Word of God? I have a habit of looking through Bibles when I find them. Over the years I have noted that some of the most “marked up” Bibles (oftentimes containing the most notes) belong to some of the crankiest, harshest, most unhappy Christians I know. How could they be like that if they have consistently read their Bibles or attended church? The answer is that they haven’t applied what they’ve learned. They’ve been “hearers of the Word” but not “doers of the Word” (James 1:22-25), and Jesus said that we will only be happy and blessed when we “hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”

As you pray today: 1) Pray that the Lord will make you a “doer of the Word” and not just a “hearer of the Word”; 2) Pray for the Lord to impress upon you some biblical principles and truths that you need to begin applying to your life on a daily basis; and 3) Pray for the Lord to show you how to utilize your time, gifts, talents, relationships and opportunities for Him, so that you will be “helping Him” rather than “opposing Him” in your life.