For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (ESV)

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.esv.org

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For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting]. (AMP)

Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (WEB)

  • In this context, yeast represented the teaching and constructs of men alone, apart from God. Too often traditions become more important then hearing His still small voice. Who are you listening to today?

The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven. But he answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ In the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you can’t discern the signs of the times.” (WEB)

Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry outs to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them? I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. (NET)

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For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him. (AMP)

Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

But the boat was by this time out on the sea, many furlongs [a furlong is one-eighth of a mile] distant from the land, beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch [between 3:00–6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. (AMP)

  • Have you ever wondered why it look Jesus so long to rescue his disciples from the storm? I certainly have. By arriving at the fourth watch, Jesus arrived near the end of night, the end of the storm. For the disciples, this meant a night that surely seemed like it would never end. Are you in a night without end? Hold fast! Your answer may be just beyond the next wave.

Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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