Week Thirteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Words of Jesus in Matthew l– Matthew 22: 20, 21

Sunday, March 26

Matthew 22: 20, 21 and he asked the, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription? “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Prayer: Lord God, to you all honor, praise, and glory is due.

Thought for the day: The presidents on paper money really are dead presidents.

Monday, March 27

Matthew 17:27 [Jesus said to Peter,] “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin.  Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for teaching us how to live in the world and under God.

Thought for the day: A debt of gratitude owed to God is an infinite debt.

Tuesday, March 28

Romans 13:6, 7 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants who give their full-time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Prayer:  Lord God, we pray for all public leaders that they would promote peace and good will.

Thought for the day: First century Christians learned how to keep their faith in spite of the dictator Nero.

Wednesday, March 29

Malachi 1:8 When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong?  When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong?  Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you?  Would he accept you? “says the Lord Almighty.

Prayer: Lord God, forgive us when we have given you less than our best.

Thought for the day: The expiration date on some perishable items is more than a warning.

Thursday, March 30

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.

Prayer:  Lord God, this day and each day that follows we choose to serve you.

Thought for the day: Children can safely have more than one valentine.

Friday, March 31

Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thought.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.

Prayer:  Lord God, as the sunflower inclines toward the sun may our hearts incline to you.

Thought for the day:  Prayer can reveal more about our soul than any x-ray.

Saturday, April 1

Matthew 22:37, 38 Jesus replied, “’ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we would love you first and foremost.

Thought for the day: The one who says “I love God” can say “I am blessed.”

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