Matter of Choice

John 6:5 (NKJV) – Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” A great multitude followed Him. Jesus always had a great many who followed Him, though for different reasons. Some followed Him to listen to Him, some for the…

Sink or Walk?

Matthew 14:31 (NKJV) – And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Jesus sent His disciples in the boat. The disciples had just witnessed one of the most stupendous miracles where Jesus fed five thousand people with just five loaves of barley and two…

Only When

Luke 5:5-6 (NKJV) But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. Now Simon a veteran fisherman had just returned…

Choose to Remember

Psalm 106:7 (NKJV) – Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember the multitude of Your mercies, but rebelled by the sea—the Red Sea. The psalmist in the above verse is confessing the sin of the entire Israelite nation. The Lord had brought His people out of Egypt with many…

A Rebellious Heart

Joshua 22:19 – Nevertheless, if the land of your possession is unclean, then cross over to the land of the possession of the Lord, where the Lord’s tabernacle stands, and take possession among us; but do not rebel against the Lord, nor rebel against us, by building yourselves an altar besides the altar of the…

All About You, Jesus

Luke 9:23 (NIV) – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Peter had just made his famous declaration of the fact that Jesus is truly the Messiah. Immediately after, the Lord predicts His imminent rejection, suffering, death and resurrection….

When My Head is Bowed

Psalm 37:7 (NIV) – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Young Joseph’s life was going great, but not for too long. His dad, Jacob, loved Joseph more than all his children. But that made his brothers hate him. To…

Depart to Stay Aligned

John 6:15 (NKJV) – Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. Jesus feeds the five thousand. In the previous chapter Jesus had just healed the man at the pool of Bethesda and taught the teeming…

The Battle Cry

1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV) – David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. The battle lines were drawn! The daily cry of the philistine giant “this day I defy the…

Question God?

Habakkuk 1:2-3 – How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Have you been there? Asking questions, wondering…