Abide Together: Reflections on Luke 8

In Luke 8, God through Luke records how some women were following Jesus and contributing support, Jesus tells the parable of the sower, the parable of the Lamp, stresses the importance of hearing and doing the word of God, calms the storm, cast out the demon from the man from Gerasene, heals the woman with the hemorrhage, and raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead.  As I read these words this morning I was convicted of my own lack of faith in the greatness of Jesus.  He showed over and over again HIS power over the natural and the supernatural, yet I often am anxious about many things  going on in my life that are nothing compared to HIS power.  I need to be reminded that the LORD loves me and has the power to overcome or walk me through any difficultly in my life.  HE also does so for HIS glory and to make me more like Jesus.  Lord, thank you for Your power and Your love for me to use it to make me more like Jesus.

– Bryan McKenzie

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  1. Janice Canning
    Janice Canning says:

    Ref. The parable of the seed and the sower – Jesus referenced the seed planted in good soil in stands for “those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” (ESV) I was reminded that the way I need to handle the word (reading it, thinking on it and hiding it in my heart) and apply it in my life (an honest and good heart before God and man) and that the fruit comes from comes by patience (while waiting on God I should grow in dependence on Him and faith in His Word and His will.)
    Then when I read about Jesus calming the storm. Jesus was in control even when He was asleep in the boat, but the disciples thought He didn’t know about the storm and didn’t care that they were all fighting for their lives against the elements. Jesus asked them after He calmed the seas, “Where was your faith?” I ask myself where is my faith? Is it in the boat (my resources and abilities)? or is my faith in the One who is in the boat (my Savior and Lord Jesus)?

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