The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by rRandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:9:38 @ And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

kjv@Mark:9:39 @ But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

kjv@Mark:9:40 @ For he that is not against us is on our part.

kjv@Mark:9:41 @ For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:


What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


see also: kjv@Luke:9:49-50

While kjv@Mark:16:17-18 lists this as s a sign follows believers, kjv@Matthew:7:22-24 states not all those that cast out devils in His name have assured salvation, only those who hear to do these sayings. Just because this man casts out devils in the name of Jesus does not necessarily pertain to the assurance of this man's salvation (yet). It would be better to say from what we know about him that Jesus does not see him as one who would scatter (kjv@Matthew:12:30) the flock, one who would lightly speak evil of Him, and as one who brings glory to the Father who sent Jesus kjv@John:14:13 and kjv@John:15:16

It does not necessarily say that such a person can not speak evil of Jesus only that they can not lightly speak evil of Him.

John assumed that he was in the right to forbid this man. He had the notion that everything being done by Jesus was being done from within the group (which for the most part (all but this one) it was). The mistake on his part (perhaps the others) is that in defense of the disciples debate (which will continue beyond this day as to whom is the greatest), his worth was being placed in the things he had done for his Master in this case forbidding the man. It irked him as well that the man would not give in and follow under the disciples committee. Turn's out that the man was not in the wrong and that John is continuing to make himself wrong by making the case in a futile defense of self exaltation.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. As much as we think that we know about the movements of Jesus, there is in fact ample opportunities to roam crosswise of His actual direction; this among even those most familiar of His daily movements. Scripture gives us guidelines to help determine who is who and where things should be going, but it is the spiritual proximity relationally to Jesus that is found in prayer, in sacrifice and obedience, in sometimes blind trust that brings these more tangible guidelines to best light.
  2. Self defense is a tricky sort before our Master. It tends only to expose it's ulterior motives in the process of attempting to hide them away.

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