MAY 15 / Sunday – Read Luke 8:26-39
Overview: Are we more concerned about pigs and profits than with our hurting neighbors?
16 / Mon – Pigs & People | Read Luke 8:26-39
They saw him as a dangerous lunatic but Jesus recognized someone he could help. The people saw what he was, but Jesus knew who he could be. He restored this man to his right mind, but the pig owners could only see their financial loss. This man met the Son of God and wanted to follow him. The villagers met the Son of God but fearfully asked him to leave. Are you looking at people and situations from your perspective or from God’s?
17 / Tue – More than the obvious is going on | Read 2 Kings 6:8-17
The prophet Elisha was in the crosshairs of an enemy king. When the army surrounded Elisha, his servant was beside himself with fear. Have you been in a similar situation? Maybe not in physical danger but financial, emotional or relational? What did Elisha pray in verse 17? What was the result? Is this a prayer you could pray over yourself or for someone you know? There is great peace when you can see things from God’s perspective.
18 / Wed – Your thoughts? | Read Isaiah 55:8-9
Some of the most interesting conversations come from asking questions and listening to another person’s perspective. Isn’t it amazing what you can learn? Isaiah’s words are a striking reminder that God’s thoughts are not like our thoughts. They are so much higher than what we can even imagine. If you could sit down over coffee with the Lord and have a literal conversation, what things would you ask his thoughts about?
19 / Thu – Transformed thinking | Read Romans 12:2
How can you know what God thinks about you, about life, about the struggles you may be facing, decisions you have to make? You start by listening. But how can you listen to someone you can’t actually hear? Something powerful happens when you ask God to speak to you through scripture and you read his words with an open heart. If you will then take time to reflect on what you have read, you will gain new insights and understanding. It will change the way you think.
20 / Fri – Clear the way | Read Lamentations 3:24-26
Having a difficult time ‘hearing’ God lately? Here are some questions to help you identify barriers. Are you giving him undistracted time? Do you think you already know what he will say? Does any unconfessed sin block your hearing? Has bitterness or resentment hardened your heart? Are you afraid of what you will hear? Is there something he’s already asked you to do but you haven’t done it yet? If there is nothing between you, it may simply be a time to wait patiently for him to speak.
21 / Sat – The final test | Read 2 Cor 11:14 / John 14:27 / 2 Thess 3:16 / Phil 4:7
When you have done all you know to do, and when you think you have heard something, how can you be sure it was really God speaking? We know the devil is a master deceiver and can appear as an angel of light, suggesting what seems good or right. Ask yourself, does it line up with scripture? Then ask input from others you trust. Finally, do you have peace? Even if it’s something you did not want to hear? The devil can duplicate many things but he cannot duplicate the peace of God.