We hear with our ears, but you need to use your mind and heart to listen.

Mark 4:9

9 And He said, He who has ears to hear, let him be hearing [and let him consider, and comprehend].

Some people in the crowd were looking for evidence to use against Jesus; others truly wanted to learn and grow. Jesus’ words were for the honest seekers. We hear with our ears, but there is a deeper kind of listening with the mind and heart that is necessary in order to gain spiritual understanding from Jesus’ words.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You fort his new day and all that will be in it. I pray for Your protection over my family and the team this weekend. Lord help us all to be good examples that will create praise and glory for You. Help me Lord to bring some peace and direction so that everyone can come together in unity. Lord, may my words and actions bring You praise Lord. Help me Lord to be an encourager. Help me Lord be shine for You in a way that others may ask what has gotten into me and Lord provide me the right answer for each person that they may receive the love of God and find hope through conversations. Lord, thank You for Your plans and may I bring You the praise, the honor, and the glory to You that You deserve and I will give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Verse of the Day

18 The wicked man earns deceitful wages, but he who sows righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) shall have a sure reward [permanent and satisfying].

Proverbs 11:18

Mark 2:1-12

1 AND JESUS having returned to Capernaum, after some days it was rumored about that He was in the house [probably Peter’s].2 And so many people gathered together there that there was no longer room [for them], not even around the door; and He was discussing the Word.3 Then they came, bringing a paralytic to Him, who had been picked up and was being carried by four men.4 And when they could not get him to a place in front of Jesus because of the throng, they dug through the roof above Him; and when they had scooped out an opening, they let down the [thickly padded] quilt or mat upon which the paralyzed man lay.5 And when Jesus saw their faith [their confidence in God through Him], He said to the paralyzed man, Son, your sins are forgiven [you] and put away [that is, the penalty is remitted, the sense of guilt removed, and you are made upright and in right standing with God].6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, holding a dialogue with themselves as they questioned in their hearts,7 Why does this Man talk like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins [remove guilt, remit the penalty, and bestow righteousness instead] except God alone?8 And at once Jesus, becoming fully aware in His spirit that they thus debated within themselves, said to them, Why do you argue (debate, reason) about all this in your hearts?9 Which is easier: to say to the paralyzed man, Your sins are forgiven and put away, or to say, Rise, take up your sleeping pad or mat, and start walking about [and keep on walking]?10 But that you may know positively and beyond a doubt that the Son of Man has right and authority and power on earth to forgive sins–He said to the paralyzed man,11 I say to you, arise, pick up and carry your sleeping pad or mat, and be going on home.12 And he arose at once and picked up the sleeping pad or mat and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and recognized and praised and thanked God, saying, We have never seen anything like this before!

Have you ever experienced a tragedy (big or small) and found that someone that you love was there for you? How did it make you feel when that person was there to meet your needs? In the passage you are about to read, the paralyzed man had to humble himself. As you read, think about how he showed humility. Also, take note of how his friends expressed sacrifice.

When times are tough, there are two sides to experiencing Christ through community. On the one hand, you may be the one that helps someone, giving your time, talent, and/or treasure. On the other hand, you may need to be humble enough to receive the help. Regardless of your situation, God loves it when his hurting children come to him and are brought to him for help. Spend some time evaluating your heart and life. Think of some ways to experience Christ through community during difficult circumstances.

Do you have enough faith for somebody else’s miracle?

Sometimes it takes doing something that has never been done before to get to see something that has never happened before.

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