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March 20, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 18 (ESV)

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”....Continue Reading

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  1. Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

  2. This chapter highlights 4 important attitudes we should have as we approach God and the Christian life. It starts with the principle of persistence. We should never give up presenting our requests to God just in case He is testing this principle or through it giving us a chance to reveal just how much we really need or want something. Next we see in the juxtaposition of the tax collector and the Pharisee the importance of humility. Although a challenge for us as humans, it is easy to recognize our humble standing before God when we recognize our sinfulness and weakness and His righteousness and power.

    Jesus uses the children as a reinforcement of faith, because this is the primary quality that I see in being like a child. What else do you see? The rich ruler shows us that God values sacrifice and giving, especially finances because God recognizes the appeal of riches and how they can steal our hearts and warp our priorities. It is fitting that Jesus would follow the interaction with the rich young ruler with a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice He will make for all mankind. we can never out give God and Jesus never asks us to sacrifice more than He has.

    The chapter closes with Jesus healing the blind man which reinforces the value of faith in God’s economy as well as the miraculous power of Jesus. As we apply these 4 attitudes to our hearts, we too will see more of an expression of God’s power in our lives!

  3. “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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