Reading 20150114

The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com

GIVE HIM THE KEY TO THE CITY

“Before long the whole town was gathered outside the door.” —Mark 1:33
Bethsaida was like most towns. Many of its people “through fear of death had been slaves their whole life long” (Heb 2:15). Of course, there were many “who were variously afflicted” (Mk 1:34), including Simon’s mother-in-law who “lay ill with a fever” (Mk 1:30). Also, demons had oppressed the people of Bethsaida for as long as anyone could remember (see Mk 1:34).

However, this day was going to be different. Jesus came to town and demons, sickness, and fear left town. This was the best day in Bethsaida’s history.

Jesus got up very early the next morning. His Father told Him not to stay at Bethsaida but to “move on to the neighboring villages” and “proclaim the good news there also” (Mk 1:38).

Jesus is willing to come to your town. Will you give Him the “key to the city” and the key to your heart? Let Jesus be Lord of your life and your town.

Prayer: Father, I will let You have Your way. Promise: “Rising early the next morning, He went off to a lonely place in the desert; there He was absorbed in prayer.” —Mk 1:35 Praise: A local church gave witness to Jesus as members processed together praying the rosary walking from one end of town to the other in a pro-life march. (For a related teaching, order our tape on Spiritual Blindness, on audio AV 65-1 or video V-65.)
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The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net
Who do you take your troubles to? Jesus’ disciples freely brought their troubles to him because they found him ready and able to deal with any difficulty, affliction, or sickness which they encountered. When Simon brought Jesus to his home, his mother-in-law was instantly healed because Jesus heard Simon’s prayer. Jerome, an early church bible scholar and translator (c. 347-420), reflects on this passage:
“Can you imagine Jesus standing before your bed and you continue sleeping? It is absurd that you would remain in bed in his presence. Where is Jesus? He is already here offering himself to us. ‘In the middle,’ he says, ‘among you he stands, whom you do not recognize’ (Cf. John 1:26) ‘The kingdom of God is in your midst’ (Mark 1:15). Faith beholds Jesus among us. If we are unable to seize his hand, let us prostrate ourselves at his feet. If we are unable to reach his head, let us wash his feet with our tears. Our repentance is the perfume of the Savior. See how costly is the compassion of the Savior.”
Do you allow Jesus to be the Lord and healer in your personal life, family, and community? Approach the Lord with expectant faith. God’s healing power restores us not only to health but to active service and care of others. There is no trouble he does not want to help us with and there is no bondage he can’t set us free from. Do you take your troubles to him with expectant faith that he will help you?
“Lord Jesus Christ, you have all power to heal and to deliver from harm. There is no trouble nor bondage you cannot overcome. Set me free to serve you joyfully and to love and serve others generously. May nothing hinder me from giving myself wholly to you and to your service.”

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