Putting Lessons Learned Into Practice

Living the way Christ teaches us is not so much about knowledge but how to apply our faith in life. God’s word became flesh and the lessons learned guide us in our relationships, our career, and in everything we do. It protects in storms, provides joy, and gives direction. Today’s video is about putting these lessons learned into practice: Speak Life – Toby Mac.

Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. – Psalm 86:11

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Jesus Teaches Through Parables

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Reading in Luke 6:39-49, Jesus teaches through three parables. The first is the eye and its focus (vv. 39-42), the second is the tree and its fruit (vv. 43-45), and the third is the house and its foundation (vv. 46-49).

First, we need to not judge others but recognize our own faults first. No one is perfect except for Jesus but that doesn’t mean that we should give up. We should always strive to limit our faults and build upon our strengths. We are to use discernment to see clearly, judge carefully, and to act compassionately.

Second, Jesus explains that a good tree bears good fruit (v. 43). He also explains that each has a specific purpose in the fruit they produce. A fig tree produces figs and a grape vine produces grapes. Shouldn’t we then use our God given strengths to produce what God wants us to produce? Each of us should find that strength and share it with others.

Jesus teaches about storing up good thoughts in our heart so that out of the overflow of these thoughts in our heart, we will provide good for others (v. 45). God’s word provides food for the soul so that we can be all we are meant to be; we are prepared, productive, and a blessing to others.

The last great lesson Jesus teaches in this passage is that we need to build upon the solid spiritual foundation that we are provided in God’s Word which helps us get through the tough times or storms we may face in life. The rock solid foundation which Christ provides is deep, dependable, and durable.

This day with You God, help us apply our faith by using Your word to guide us in life; in our relationships, our career, and in everything we do. Protect us in the storms, provide joy, and give direction.


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Prayer and Plans

Our time in prayer should be a time of preparation and planning just as Jesus demonstrates to us when making a decision on who would be His 12 Apostles. We should desire to know the decisions we make are right.

The plan Jesus gives us as written about in the post Making the Right Decisions is a treasure. Doing to others as we would want done to us or the “Golden Rule” is a plan for life that gives greater returns than any 401K plan ever has.

Lord, we choose above all else to live this day with You. We joyfully offer You our time, our attitudes, our energy, and our words.

Here is an encouraging video to start our day: Magnificent Obsession – Steven Curtis Chapman. Have a blessed day! :)

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:8

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