Numbers 21:1-22:21 / Luke 1:26-56 / Psalm 57:1-11 / Proverbs 11:9-11

Standout verse:

Luke 3:8-9

“Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin saying to yourselves, ‘we have Abraham as our father’…(v.9) therefore, every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

This passage challenges us not to rely on the faith of those around us (our parents, family members, pastors, leaders in our lives) but to allow the Lord to work in us specifically and individually.  Let’s be careful not to rest in a “corporate faith” rather, let us concentrate intently on our individual relationship with the Lord.  Group connections such as Bible studies, prayer groups and church are wonderful supplements to our spiriual lives, but they should in no way replace the consistent and daily devotion we need with the Lord individually.  It is in that time of intimate connection that the Lord deals with us, transforms us, changes us and causes us to begin to bear fruit!  The deeper our personal relationship with Him becomes, the stronger and healthier our fruit grows.