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Weekly Devotion – May 15 – 19, 2017

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm in .

May 15, 2017

I believe in the holy catholic church.

Read: When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:13-15 NIV

Think About: Students all over the Orange County system are being inundated with tests. From FSA, EOC, to FCATs, questions abound. Intense pressure hits students, teachers, and parents because so much is riding on the results.

Unfortunately, these tests are only the beginning. SAT’s, ACT’s, college exams, and then the professional ones kick in. The CPA, the Bar, and beyond, people are always being challenged to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts.

No matter how many questions we answer, or how many essays we write, none will have greater importance, more significance, or a longer lasting outcome than the one Jesus asked his disciples.

He is still asking it, but this time of you. Who do you say that He is? Your answer makes all the difference.

Pray: Oh Lord, help me to know who you are! Thank you for your patience as I figure it out. I don’t need to know how others regard you but only determine for myself your true identity. Help me to use all of my mind, heart, and soul to come to a decision. Amen.

 

May 17, 2017

Read: I believe in the holy catholic church.

Read: When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. Matthew 16:13-16 NIV

Think About: Imagine the scene. Jesus and the disciples are sitting around, and Jesus, perhaps casually, but with serious intent, asks them what people are saying about him. After a variety of responses, he looks at Peter and repeats the question.

Peter, through divine inspiration, responds with the million dollar, extra credit, bonus beyond belief, answer! “You are the Christ!” You are the Messiah, the one we’ve been waiting for. You are the deliverer, the redeemer, the Holy One who has come to save us. That’s who you are!

He gets it right, and Jesus responds with a blessing and an acknowledgment. God the Father has given Peter the revelation of the character and nature of Christ. Heaven-sent discernment unlocks the mystery of the identity of Jesus. Peter knows!

Pray: Oh Jesus, I want to know too. Reveal to me who you are so that I may move beyond speculation and doubt into faith, surety and courageous proclamation that you are Lord. Amen

 

May 19, 2017

I believe in the holy catholic church.

Read: When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it. Matthew 16:13-18 NIV

Think About: Three facts about the church become apparent in this passage. One is that the church belongs to Jesus Christ. It is his church; check out the possessive pronoun, “my” church. Another is that nothing will overcome it; no power of evil will defeat it, but primarily that the church is built to last because it stands on a strong foundation. It is founded not upon Peter, the man, but on the statement the man makes. The church is based on the truth of who Christ is, the Son of the Living God. To be a part of Christ’s church is to acknowledge his divinity.

The Apostles Creed begins with a belief in God, then in Christ, then in the Holy Spirit and then in the church Jesus established, universal and eternal, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pray: Lord, I believe! Count me as a part of your church. I stand on the rock of affirmation of your divinity and claim you as my Savior and Lord. Amen


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