Thursday, September 22, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 25

So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.

Matthew 18:26-27

This is where things begin to happen in our lives when we fall to the ground.  We prefer standing or sitting but it’s when we come to the end of our strength our rights and our thoughts that we begin to see the authority and power of our Master and Lord.  He has the power with the passion to forgive and heal.  But even in this moment of brokenness this man only wants patience, believing he can repay his debt.  Our human spirit can hold on to poverty and hold off the power of the King to our own demise.  Jesus holds the power and the passion to forgive and to free us if only we will release our grip on the debts we’ve accumulated.  Even God can only help the one who wants His help.  He wants to help you today, let Him!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 24

But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.                                                               Matthew 18:25-26

Sin is never selfish; it touches everyone involved.  The same can be said about unforgiveness.  Unforgiveness touches not only our own life but the lives of everyone around us in some way.  Everyone around us pays the price for the unforgiveness in our lives, either the forgiveness we need to receive or the forgiveness we need to release.  The Master can and will forgive but even God can’t release forgiveness to the armed and arrogant heart.  We must want forgiveness to receive forgiveness.  And it’s not just something we believe in; it must be something we live in.  The power of unforgiveness is strong enough to scorch the life and lives it touches but the forgiveness of God is stronger to save the life and lives it touches.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 23

But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.                                                               Matthew 18:25-26

Don’t be discouraged but there is a time when God will let us be sold so that we might be saved.  Some of us never realize that we’re selling ourselves away by living in debt to this world.  And it’s not till we hear the words of judgment that we begin to see the judgment we’re in.  It’s when we see our need, that we will fall on our knees.  That’s when we begin to see the power and passion of God.  In our pain and poverty, we call out to the Lord of passion and power to save us.  It doesn’t have to be this way, but it happens this way so often.  There comes a time when we’ve got to want what’s real, not just really nice to think about.  That’s the kind of forgiveness we must want and know from the One we walk and work with in this life.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 22

But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.

Matthew 18:25

This man is about to discover that he has two options: man’s options and the Master’s option.   Here’s the thing, judgment is woven into creation, and we will reap what we sow.  Once we’ve acted, we cannot redo it.  What’s been said and done and spent is said and done and gone.  And no one has the means to repay.  All of us need a Savior.  No one can repay the debt.  That’s the pain, the price, and the peril of sin.  Man wants a payment when what man needs is a pardon.  Payments remind us of our past, while a pardon releases us for our promise. 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 21

When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Matthew 18:24

We all have issues!  We really do, there is no one who stands clean or perfect.  All of us need mercy.  And when we get honest with ourselves about ourselves, our need is greater than ourselves.  But the Master brings us in any way.  Every one of us will stand before the Lord.  James writes So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. (James 2:12)  Our God is the God of mercy and grace to those who love Him.  God wants to settle our account so that we can settle into His affection.  We all have needs and He has all that we need but get used to going to Him every day and you won’t be afraid of seeing Him someday.  He is about to show us His heart.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew `8

Day 20

For this reason, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.

Matthew 18:23

There are no unresolved issues in the House of Heaven.  It’s an amazing thing what results when things are resolved.  All the blessings of heaven are free to flow where conflicts are resolved.  And Jesus is the One who opened the door of forgiveness for all of us who believe.  But the comforts of heaven don’t flow where the conflicts of the earth are allowed to live.  Forgiveness is the only answer to the conflicts of man.  God wishes to settle the accounts, our accounts.  It will start with Him and end with us.  Forgiveness begins by receiving God’s forgiveness and ends with us releasing that forgiveness to others.  Settle your accounts, it will keep heaven flowing to us, in us, and through us.

Monday, September 11, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 19

Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.       Matthew 18:22

How much forgiveness is there?  In the house of heaven, there is no limit to forgiveness.  In fact, when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He released forgiveness to anyone who would receive it for all things and all times.  There is no limit to the forgiveness of God.  And His forgiveness isn’t requested, it is received.  Here Jesus is preparing Peter for the other side of the cross.  On the other side of the cross, on this side of the cross, forgiveness is unlimited and once we can receive His unlimited forgiveness, we can begin to live this unlimited life.  However, it all begins with forgiveness and forgiveness is the key to every other door in heaven.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 18

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21-22

We’re so quick to set limits.  “How many times must I forgive my brother.?” We set a limit as if we will find some sort of joy at the end of mercy.  The House of Heaven has no end to mercy and grace.  There is no peace or pleasure at the end of mercy and grace but rather resentment and regret.  Seven times could be because it’s a perfect number, but seven times only takes us back to Cain, not Christ.  Why go back to the beginning of sin rather than to the end of sin.  Limits take us back to the beginning of sin, not to the end.  The end of sin is the limitless love of God where Christ stands with His arms of mercy and grace stretched open to us who are in constant need of His love.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 17

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21-22

It’s easy to talk about heaven and the Kingdom of God until it involves us and our own existence.  Anybody can talk big but not everybody can live big.  Coming into agreement with God will require embracing the forgiveness of God.  Forgiveness is the master key to the house of heaven.  Forgiveness is the key to every other door of heaven.  And forgiveness is not about what we can accept but about what we agree with God about.  We work with limits, but God works with the limitless.  When we agree with God, we can live and love in the limitless peace, power, passion, perspective, and purpose of God.  We live and work in the limits when we make it all about us and we live and work in the limitless when we make it all about God.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 16

For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”           Matthew 18:20

When the Bible repeats itself, it is revealing the importance of something we need to know.  Three times Jesus has spoken of the power of agreement here.  Where there is agreement, there is authority, and the more agreement, the more authority.  We can see this in the family and in the fellowship of believers.  The more faith, the more followers.  As faith grows, the Lord’s presence and power appear in us, through us, and around us.  This is one reason why the church is important.  Where there is agreement, there is the attendance and authority of God to crush the drama, darkness, and disease of sin and Satan.  And here is where we find the freedom to live forgiven, forgiving, and free.