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"So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed."

Reflection: Having just understood the fact that Jesus was sought by "great multitutdes" in Luke 5:15., we come to see here that Jesus took the time to seek solitude and prayer. Even when word about Him was spreading and large numbers of people sought Him, He knew He had to seek time alone and to pray.

Application: If the Son of God needed solitude and prayer, what does that say about us? It appears that this was an active "withdrawing" on His part. If Jesus did it, so must we. If you have a busy day planned, could it have been any more busy than the schedule of Jesus Christ when large numbers of people were seeking Him out? Even then, He took the time to seek solitude and prayer.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 5:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

"And pall who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed;"

Reflection: Even as a young child, Jesus Christ had an impact on those around Him. They could se there was incredible wisdom and insight from Him. In the Scriptures, it says He was "listening to" His "teachers" and He was "asking them questions." What they heard "amazed" and "astonished" His hearers.

Application: Jesus Christ was the "God with us" and the amazing thing is we can know the God of the universe and ask Him for His wisdom. Read James 1 and see what it says about wisdom. Have you asked Him to do this for you?

The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 2:47–48). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

And pall who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed;

"And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon."

Reflection: To think that "men of all nations" who were "the kings of the earth" were hearing about the "wisdom of Solomon" and it had spread throughout the lands. Something interesting to note is that being around wise people is helpful. You want to surround yourself with wise counsel and receive wise instruction. These people had received information about such a wise king as Solomon and they wanted to be around Him.

Application: To think that we have the words of Solomon in the Bible and we can read it each day. What a blessing! Then, on top of that, we also know that "One wiser than Solomon" is Jesus Christ and we can read what He said and did in the Bible. Have you read the Bible today? Are you reading it each day to grow and understand? Seek His counsel.

The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Ki 4:34). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

"This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"

Reflection: From a cloud, the voice of the Father sounded while Jesus was on the mountain with three of the disciples. It must have been an incredible experience to see the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "they were afraid." What we fill our minds with can have a lasting impact on us.

Application: Who and what are you listening to today? Is it spiritually beneficial? Are you reading the Word of God? Attending Church? If not, make a concentrated effort to do so. "Jesus said to him,  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"

The New King James Version. 1982 (Mark 9:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.; Ibid., (Jn 14:6).

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?"

Reflection: You could have all the riches in the world, have all the most incredible things money could buy and still be poor spiritually. If you gain the whole world and find out the God of the Bible is true after you pass out of this life, it will be too late. Your soul is much more precious to you than all the riches ot this world. The Bible says, Do not fear him who is able to kill the body, but cannot fear the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.

Application: The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Flee to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and receive the gift of everlasting life.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Mk 8:36). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The time is fulfilled, and tthe kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.

Reflection: The words in Mark 1:15 give an insight into the early words of Jesus' ministry. He was telling His hearers that the Kingdom of Heaven was being declared to their ears. He called on the hearers to repent and believe in the good news of the gospel. The message is still the same today and the words of Jesus are timeless and still apply today as if they were spoken right now.

Application: Who can you share these same words of Jesus with? Pray and ask the Lord to help you find that one person He wants you to tell about Him and speak the words that Jesus said here when He launched His ministry.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Mk 1:15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

"For there is one God and hone Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus..."

Reflection: Perhaps you have grown up in catholicism or have a catholic background and you have been told you need to pray to dead saints or to Mary in order to be heard by God. In John 14:6, "Jesus said to him,  'I am fthe way, the truth, and hthe life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" Taking 1 Timothy 2:5 and John 14:6 together, the Scripture says there is only One way to God and that is through Jesus Christ.

Application: Do you know someone who prays, exalts, and worships saints or Mary and has placed them in a position that only Jesus alone should be in their life? Why not share the truth with them in love and help them to see from the Scriptures that God's Word explains there is only One Mediator, Christ Jesus.

The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Ti 2:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson. Ibid., (Jn 14:6).

So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word.

Reflection: David faced much opposition in his life. Those who were against him had come against him with what would appear from this Psalm to be words against him. In the midst of the difficulty, David sought to place his trust in the Word of the Lord.

Application: Are you facing opposition? Where are you looking for truth? God's Word, the Bible, is our source. When we are facing opposition, be like the Berean's were in Acts 17:11 and consider how they "...and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so." Are you looking into the Scriptures to find the answers? Let it be your guide and then when reproach comes, you can know you are grounded in the truth of God's Word and be able to withstand attack and difficulty brought on by others.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Ps 119:42). Nashville: Thomas Nelson., Ibid., (Ac 17:11).

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