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June 24: Luke 10:1-24

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Start by finding a quiet spot to study, and be sure to have a notebook/journal and a pen. Then ask God for guidance and focus as the Holy Spirit works on your heart through this special time with Him.

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Today's Passage: Luke 10:1-24 (NLT)

The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Don’t take any money with you, nor a traveler’s bag, nor an extra pair of sandals. And don’t stop to greet anyone on the road.

“Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you. Don’t move around from home to home. Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay.

“If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ 10 But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ 12 I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day.

13 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 14 Yes, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. 15 And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.”

16 Then he said to the disciples, “Anyone who accepts your message is also accepting me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me. And anyone who rejects me is rejecting God, who sent me.”

17 When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!”

18 “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving

21 At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.

22 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23 Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. 24 I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”

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SCRIPTURE

21 At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
22 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. 24 I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”

OBSERVATION

What a great gift Jesus gave to His disciples and to us. I’m finally beginning to realize and appreciate the amazing opportunity I’ve been given. Jesus is offering to reveal the mysteries of God and heaven to me personally! All I have to do is spend time getting to know Him better and my Friend and Savior will show me things to be envied by prophets and kings. WOW!

PRAYER

Lord, what an honor to know You personally! The more I learn about You, the more I NEED to know. Your incredible love astounds me. Your desire to make me a better man humbles me. Thank You for being my friend and guide and for bringing me closer to heaven while I still live in this broken world. Please help me be a worker for You. I want to share this amazing journey. In Your holy name I pray, amen.
Jesus recruited help to spread by he word. Sending out the 72 among the lands with detailed instructions. This is an example of how to help people even today. Go out and spread the work to help harvest people that are willing and wanting to hear the word of God. As Christ followers it’s in our mission to help teach and show love to bring people to or back to Jesus.

Lord, help us be a light that shines brightly for you and to help harvest all the awaiting people. Amen.
Keep trying to submit and when I submit it disappears.
OBSERVATION
Imagine a farmer who’s worked diligently to prepare the ground, plant the seed, and care for the crop. Now it’s time for harvest, but he doesn’t have the manpower he needs to gather it. He knows the harvest will spoil in the field if he can’t find the laborers to gather. Then all of his preparation will be in vain.
APPLICATION
God has carefully planned for a great number of people to be brought into heaven through Jesus. Now he’s looking for people who will carry the message of the gospel to as many as possible. The harvest is huge and its ready. We must be people who are diligent about sharing the gospel in as many ways as we can.
PRAYER
Father, I don’t want your harvest of souls to spoil in the field. Use me in every way possible to gather them into the kingdom of heaven. Open my eyes so see them. Empower me with your Spirit to reach them. Also, Father, I pray you send more laborers into the fields. Call them, equip them, and empower them to gather your harvest.

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