August 23, 2020Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus and his disciples had been traveling in the country regions. They were in a remote area near the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 15). There the disciples had seen the seven loaves and a few small fish that Jesus had blessed and miraculously multiply as the disciples distributed them to the crowd.
Jesus had earlier asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They gave various replies. ‘But what about you? Who do you say I am?’ And Jesus said Peter’s response was revealed by his Father in heaven, not from people.
Who do you say that Jesus is? Have you been in conversation about your walk with Jesus and heard yourself say something new and significant about that? You recognize you didn’t think that up; it was given and revealed to you as you were speaking it. Like what happened to Peter!
Like those first disciples, there’s so much for us to learn to walk in, exercising faith in using the keys of the kingdom of heaven to change things here on earth as we bind and loose, in the authority Jesus gives us, for God’s kingdom purposes. As with Peter, though, it’s not in our own strength but by the Holy Spirit teaching and training us.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. For it is only through the Holy Spirit that I can believe in Jesus, my Savior. All praise to you. Amen.,