Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 6

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire.                     Matthew 18:8

Don’t be afraid to deal with the offensive part of your life.  Don’t be afraid to look at it, name it and cut it off.  That offensive thing is like a thorn or an open wound, and if you don’t deal with it, it’s going to get infected, stink and become offensive to the people around you.  Have you thought that maybe the greatest put-off to others is the thing you’ve been putting off yourself?  When we get like that are offensive to ourselves and those around us.  Now come the excuses for why we don’t like people and don’t like the church.  That offense lingers in our minds offending our spirit and undermining our confidence.  Call it out and cut it off in the name of Jesus.  That offensive thing is tripping us up and bringing us down.  Jesus said that there is a better way to live and there is because He made a way to live better, it’s called forgiveness.

Tuesday, August 16, 2002

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 6

And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.                               Matthew 18:5-6

We have to read ahead and know that this whole situation is leading to the subject of offense.  We stumble when we are offended.  It just happens.  This is why the sin of offense is so offensive and serious.  Stumbling hurts and hurts harm the heart.  Stumbling (being offended) can leave us more self-centered than Son-centered and that leaves us off center.  So, don’t live your life by excuses (the fruit of offenses), and don’t leave excuses for others to live by either.  Remember this, forgiveness is the key to every other door in heaven and forgiveness kills the power of offense.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 4

Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;   

Matthew 18:4-5

Don’t doubt, depend!  A child depends on his father and mother to supply what is needed.  Their mind is developing, it’s not already determined.  It’s a great place and time to learn about what love is and does.  It’s in that place and time of dependence that we receive from God as we look to Him rather than ourselves for what we need.  We receive Him and we receive all that He has for us.  There’s no muscle here, only meekness from a heart that depends on the Father.  It’s  from this place and time that we learn to live loved.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 4

Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;   

Matthew 18:4-5

Don’t doubt, depend!  A child depends on his father and mother to supply what is needed.  Their mind is developing, it’s not already determined.  It’s a great place and time to learn about what love is and does.  It’s in that place and time of dependence that we receive from God as we look to Him rather than ourselves for what we need.  We receive Him and we receive all that He has for us.  There’s no muscle here, only meekness from a heart that depends on the Father.  It’s from this place and time that we step into the work and witness of His children on His creation.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 3

Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven                   Matthew 18:4

Humility isn’t a work of heaven but of the heart.  It’s something that happens within each of us when we’re willing to drop what’s in our hands to have what’s in His hands.  Our thinking won’t work with His thinking.  His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  Isaiah said, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. “ (Isaiah 55:8-9)  Only the humble of heart will see the honors of heaven.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 2

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-3

You’re a child of the Most High!  Don’t let that understanding slip out of your heart.  And this life isn’t about being in charge, it’s about being His child.  That changes everything.  Jesus said that unless we are converted and become like a child, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.  A child must be taught, let Jesus take you and teach you today. 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Matthew 18

Day 1

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Matthew 18:1

We have this awesome privilege of walking into the presence of Jesus.  His love leaves the door open for us.  Come in with the right questions.  The best way to do that is to come with empty hands understanding that His plans and passion for us is good.  Empty hands are a sign of wonder; full hands are a sign of worry.  It’s not about how great we will be but how great He is.  It’s not about being in charge, it’s about being a child, His child.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

The Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 40

It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’” Luke 15:32

The Father always keeps first things first and best things best.  Problems begin when the parties end.  We were made to celebrate the goodness of God.  That’s what the church family worship gathering should be about.  But it’s hard to celebrate when we lose sight of what’s first and what’s best.  In fact, many, maybe the older brother, will resort to celebrating what’s worst and call that good, but it’s not.  And there are those who have just given up celebrating and that’s no good either.  If the Father celebrates, so will His family.  There’s nothing greater than being redeemed and restored.  God is good!  If we keep first things first and best things best, we will celebrate the right things and escape the wrong things. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 39

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.                                    Luke 15:31

Be grateful for what you do have.  The one thing that will ruin resentment is rejoicing.  It might be impossible to be resentful and rejoicing at the same time.  It might also be impossible to really rejoice when we’re really resentful.  It’s exasperating to live around those who think they are entitled to happiness.  It’s easier to share a room with a sorry sinner than a blue believer.  Here we have everything that the Father has given us and we can’t be happy because others are happy.  Sometimes we’ve just got to get re-centered so we’re not so unbalanced and unpleasant.  Life’s not that hard.  Be grateful for what you have today and you can grateful for what God does for others.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Kitchen Table Devotions

“The Prodigal”

Day 38

but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your  wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.

Luke 15:30

Don’t let resentment ruin your heart because it will.  When our attention is captivated by what others have or have done, we expose the poverty of our own hearts.  Somewhere down the line we quit living our own lives and we didn’t even know it.  Maybe it happened when the younger son became disengaged and disrespectful and the older son just lost any respect and concern for his brother.  It happens.  Every person we meet is worthy of respect just because God made them.  We don’t have to respect what they did but we must respect who God made them to be.  Resentment will leave us in ruin, even when we haven’t lived in rebellion in our own actions.  We can’t find the love and life of God when we live in the curses and competition of the godless.  Take it to Jesus!