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by Jason Anderson

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Being Thankful

In Luke 17:11 is a story of ten men with leprosy, who beg Jesus for healing. Jesus tells them to go and show themselves to the Priests, and as they go to do this, BOOM, they are healed. After they are healed, one of them runs back, throws himself at Jesus’ feet and thanks him. This man was a Samaritan. So Jesus says, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” This is a lesson in being grateful. Every day someone will do something nice for you, like wash your clothes, give you some food, hold a door for you, or teach you something new. And every day is a new batch of air for you to breathe, a new sunrise, a new start. Every day God is doing things for you. Gratefulness is the right reaction. Out of ten people, only one is thankful. Today let that one person be you. When something good happens to you, say “Thank you.” Give it a try, right now―say, “Thank you, Pastor Jason…”

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee

Understanding

Psalm 32:9 says, “Do not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by a bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” God wants us to be pliable, teachable and listening for his voice. When God prompts you to do something, do you respond quickly with a good attitude? Do you involve the Lord in your decisions? Do you ask Him for guidance BEFORE you make those decisions? Are you flexible and ready to be obedient to Him, regardless of where He leads you? The Lord wants us to be quick to obey and also have UNDERSTANDING. Where do we get this “understanding?” Actually, it’s hidden in the Bible, but revealed to us by the Spirit, when we read it. If we spend time studying God’s word, praying for guidance and listening for His voice, we will be the type of disciples that don’t need to be told many times to do a task, and we won’t need to be coerced into doing what He desires. When we get to heaven, we want to be the disciples who hear, “Well done good and faithful servant!” I want to be that kind of disciple, and I know you do too!

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee

He Did Good

In Acts 10:38, we’re told that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil.” So what did Jesus do? Well, he did “good.” And He was healing “all.” Yeah, not just some, but whoever came to Jesus for healing got a whole bunch of it. Blind? Healed. Leper? Healed. Lame? Healed. Okay, so pay attention to this last part—it says that He was healing all who were “under the power of the devil.” So let’s make sure we all understand… the junk in our lives that needs healing… it’s from the devil! It’s in his bag of tricks. It is Satan who brings destruction, sickness, disease and cruddy stuff like that. According to this verse, it is Satan that was holding them in their sickness. Jesus isn’t okay with that! And, just so we’re clear, God and Satan don’t share similar traits. You see, it didn’t say that God had made some of them sick. I like how this says it better—Satan did it, and Jesus didn’t like it. So when the junk in life comes your way, remember clearly who it is that is trying to mess with you, and who it is that has saved you… and remember who is stronger.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee

Pearls Of Wisdom

In Matthew 7:6, Jesus tells us not to throw our pearls to pigs. So is He simply trying to stop the unnecessary feeding of fine jewelry to livestock? Well, no. First of all, pearls are defined here as words of great value, like wisdom. God gives us wisdom. Alright, so who are these pigs that we shouldn’t throw our wisdom to? Well, you should know that God doesn’t call people pigs the way we might think. He isn’t insulting His creation. Instead, He’s describing a type of person—one who will eat anything, meaning they’ll take advice from anyone. These people ask everyone they know for advice, including you. And they don’t know Jesus, yet. Does Jesus want these people to know Him? Absolutely. And will giving them your God-given wisdom get them out of their mess? Probably. But they still won’t know Jesus, which is a problem! The wisdom is hidden for believers. So if an unbeliever says, “Hey, what should I do about this problem?” Just smile and say, “Jesus. You need Jesus.” Jesus was the beginning of all the wisdom God has given you. So the first thing they need from you isn’t an answer; they need the answer. They need Jesus.

Pastor Jason Anderson
Living Word Bible Church
Scottsdale | Mesa | Ahwatukee