Luke 18:1 In Praying Don’t Faint

Luke 18:1 (KJV)
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

  • Don’t faint in praying 
  • In praying don’t faint

It seems to me that the context is clear. 

Jesus spoke this parable to teach His disciples not to faint or to quit praying 
We are too often quitters on God. Believing that we can get our desires and wants through hard work and cleverness, we tend to pay God a bit of lip service and then set about getting what we want our way. Sometimes we don’t want to bring the matter before God because we suspect He might indicate He doesn’t wish us to have the thing we want. 

But there is another way to apply the teaching of Jesus. 

It is in praying that we find the strength not to faint 
Prayer is the most powerful spiritual weapon at our disposal. No wonder that the devil uses even well-meaning Christian people to press us into service and away from sitting at the feet of our Saviour. 

Get on your face before God in prayer. Stay there, don’t faint. The longer you are there the more strength you will find not to faint in prayer.

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Luke 18:1 In Praying Don’t Faint

Luke 17:3-4 The Onus Is On The Offended

Luke 17:3-4 (KJV)
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

God’s plan for dealing with offenses and trespasses really is simple. But notice that Jesus places the onus on the offended, not the offender. As a Christian my focus should be on how I handle being offended and not how the offender is to be handled.

When someone trespasses against us
Rebuke him. 
There will be trespasses. We simply are not perfect. We will be trespassed against. We will trespass against. 

If he repents
Forgive him. 
Most of the time. At least a lot of the time, they will repent. They will turn from their trespass. They will stop doing it. When they stop, forgive them. It’s over. It’s done. 

If he repeats the trespass, and you repeat the rebuke and he repeats the repentance 
Forgive him again and again

And he will trespass against you more than once. He, like you, is human. That he repeats the trespass does not mean it was false repentance. It means he failed to continue in it. If and when he repents, forgive over and over and over. It is the only way any of us can actually survive in a multi-people community. 

If he does not repent, then the Bible teaches in other places how to deal with that

  • Remove him from the Fellowswhip of the body
  • Refrain as a member of the body from his company 
  • Pray that, at some point he will repent

Trust God’s plan. It will work if we will follow it. 

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Luke 17:3-4 The Onus Is On The Offended

Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

Luke 16:15 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Of the Pharisees Jesus said these three things:

  • They justify themselves before men
  • They are highly esteemed among men
  • God knows their hearts and it is an abomination in the sight of God

He spoke directly to these Pharisees but is there not a warning for us?

We must be careful not to justify ourselves
I believe we do this too often when we create a culture that in the sight of others appears to be righteous but hides to truth that resides in our hearts. 

We must be careful not to seek the esteem of men
The heart is so desperately wicked that this is a bigger issue than we generally wish to admit. We like our heroes, and it is even better if we are one in someone’s eyes.

We must take care that we have not deceived ourselves into accepting the esteem of men 
Because this will certainly come at the price of being an abomination in the sight of God. 

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Luke 16:15 Justifying Self

Luke 15:25-32 Mercy, Properly Employed

Luke 15:25-32 (KJV)
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

One of the most challenging things people deal with is forgiveness. Therefore, one of the most difficult things to communicate to them is mercy. 

The father had done his eldest son absolutely no wrong. He still had all that had ever been promised him. He still maintained the role of the first born. His father had love for him, respect, and appreciation. 

But the eldest was upset with the younger son. Because of his bitterness, he could not see the blessing of his return. He could not understand why his father would celebrate. 

Mercy, properly employed, is a picture of our Heavenly Father’s love for men and women. We ought to practice it even when people do not understand it. Indeed, the fact that they come to ask us to explain it may be the best reason to practice it. 

Could it be there is someone living in the pig pen of unforgiveness who will finally come home because of our mercy toward others?

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Luke 15:25-32 Mercy, Properly Employed

Luke 14:7 Publicly, Directly, Immediately

Luke 14:7 (KJV)
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,

Jesus marked, observed, He took note of, how those who were bidden behaved
Jesus was neither indifferent to it nor ignorant of it. He purposely paid attention to the behavior of those who attended this supper.

Jesus spoke directly to them at the moment of their behavior concerning their behavior 
He corrected them publicly, directly, and immediately. He gave them no time to separate themselves from their own actions. He was not unkind. But I imagine someone was offended because it was so obvious of whom He spoke. 

Jesus, I believe, would have His disciples to do likewise 
The best way to correct a behavior is immediately and directly. We ought never and do not have to be unkind, but we must be forthright and direct. 

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Luke 14:7 Publicly, Directly, Immediately

Luke 13:33 Today, Tomorrow and the Day Following

Luke 13:33 (KJV)
Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

  • Jesus knew there was a threat to His life in Galilee 
  • Jesus knew He had an appointment with the cross in Jerusalem 
  • Jesus also knew He had still work to do between them

Jesus did not let the present threat, or the future reality distract Him from His purpose. Today, tomorrow, and the day following were His to use as His Father had commanded. 

Each of us is journeying toward our own Jerusalem – the appointed time of our death. We all face various dangers and threats along the way.

Don’t allow them to distract you from your walk with God today, tomorrow, or the day following. 

  • God can deliver us from danger if He wills
  • God is perfectly aware of the time when our departure is at hand

Leave those things to Him and focus instead on your next step of faith. 

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Luke 13:33 Today, Tomorrow and the Day Following

Luke 12:41 For Those Who Hear It

Luke 12:41 (KJV)
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

Earlier in the chapter the Bible says, Luke 12:1 (KJV)
In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

He spoke the truths of this passage to His disciples first of all, but Peter understood they were meant to make it to all. 

  • They were not to be hidden
  • They were to be proclaimed from the housetops
  • They were to do as the wise steward
  • They were to have their loins girt and their lights lit
  • They were to judge and discern what is right

The Word of God is for those who hear it first of all. But it is also for those who never hear and do not know every bit as much. 

Luke 12:47-48 (KJV)
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

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Luke 12:41 For Those Who Hear It

Luke 10:20 Rather Rejoice

Luke 10:20 (KJV)
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

I wonder how many Christians today have terrible trouble with this lesson from Our Lord Jesus Christ?

Jesus had commissioned the seventy who returned with glowing reports of great ministry results. 

Jesus informed them that, as a matter of ministry, He beheld Satan fall from heaven. He gave them such power, such effectiveness, and such protection as to decimate the work of the devil. 

And then Jesus cautioned them. They must not rejoice in their power, their results, or even in Satan’s fall. They were to rejoice that their names are written in heaven. 

My guess is that every professing Christian knows he is to rejoice most that He is saved. We’re “supposed” to report that as the best day of our life. But you’d have a difficult time believing it to be true from the tweets on Twitter they give come Sunday morning. It seems pretty apparent that what we’re rejoicing in is full houses, packed pews, salvation professions and baptismals stirred. 

I am not terribly sure myself how to go on and on talking about my salvation without it seeming to be repetitive or self-glorifying. But I am sure our Saviour taught His disciples that it is much more worthy of rejoicing in that the results of our ministries. 

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Luke 10:20 Rather Rejoice

Luke 2:1 All The World

Luke 2:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Consider the phrase, “all the world.” There are a number of perspectives one can consider 

Caesar thought he ruled the world
What arrogance man possesses. Give him just a little bit of power and he thinks he rules all the world. 

The people felt like all the world was under his rule
Their world was only as big as what affected them. It may have been the whole world as far and they knew and as far as they were concerned.

All the world is a reference to that part which pertains to this account. 
God began His work of redemption in that part of the world. He has coordinated that spread of the Gospel from there, through Europe to the Americas and the rest of the world. No wonder the liberal world wishes to change history. It is indeed, “His-story.”

God’s Word is for all the world
And so, what happened so long ago in Israel has a direct application to all the world. 

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Luke 2:1 All The World

Luke 1:21 The People Waited

Luke 1:21 (KJV)
And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

The people were waiting on him, so they wished him to hurry. 
Perhaps he had never before stayed so long in the temple This was not his custom, so they were not accustomed to waited upon him. People do get used to things. Being used to something is not the same as being OK with it. A habit is not the same as a quality of character. 

He had good reason to tarry so long
It is certain he had never received such a message as this. We are not used to waiting. If waiting is the price of God’s message, then wait on!

They did wait
Perhaps with indignation. Mostly out of duty. But they did wait. And, in waiting, they saw what they had never seen before. 

Zacharias preached a message without saying a Word. 
I think maybe the best preachers are those who know they can’t speak. 

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Luke 1:21 The People Waited