THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

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Sally was a 12-year-old attending her first "youth camp." She had a friend in her home town that was dying of cancer. Sally asked one of the counselors to pray for her friend. The counsellor knelt with Sally, and prayed, "Dear Lord, we ask you to be with Sally's friend, have mercy upon her, and if you will heal her. And Lord, we thank you for Sally, and ask you to help her overcome the sorrow that she has."

When the counselor finished praying, Sally was in tears and shaking. The counsellor asked why. Sally said, "That's the first time anyone ever prayed for ME!"

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Mark 2:3-12
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
KJV

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Do you remember the first time someone invoked your name vocally in a prayer? Was it not a sensation that left a lasting impression?

Here was a man, totally incapable of helping himself. Some of his friends not only prayed for him, but decided to personally take him to Jesus. I call this story "The Day They Tore The Roof Off For a Sinner!"

The house was crowded, but that didn't stop the paralytic's friends! They found a way to bring him to Jesus! They literally tore the roof off! Now I can imagine this was a SHOCK to the homeowner! But, the compassion they felt for this paralytic would allow nothing less.

How much compassion do we have for our friends who are totally paralyzed by sin? Are we willing to spend a few moments in prayer for them each day? Would we literally tear the roof off the church to get them there?

Our Lord not only showed compassion, but also exemplified the purpose of His coming to earth. He gave the man forgivness AND healed him. This is what God wants to do. His desire is that ALL sinners come to repentance and salvation (2Peter 3:9). No matter WHO we bring to Jesus, we know that He is willing to receive, forgive and save!

Now, who are you thinking about? YEAH! THAT person!
Pray for them daily.
Then go and see if they won't come to church with you.
Just "find a way," even if you have to "tear the roof off!"

Love ya,
Bruce