January 8, Reading 3 – Matthew 6:19-7:6


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SAA Notes

These passages always search my heart and mind every time I read them. Heed what speaks to your heart today. Jesus calls the Pharisees dogs and pigs. We should never give to spiritual leaders the place that Jesus alone should have!

SJA Notes

Jesus cuts us right through the marrow of our frailty and humanity.

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Do we grasp hold of planning for our future and try and placate our anxieties by making those plans?

Jesus says stop doing that. And do what?

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

This is such a hard word to work out in our lives.

Because we want to know what’s happening tomorrow.

Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

Let’s be encouraged to wrestle with this. Ask yourself the hard questions. Take them to the Lord, ask Him for help.

* God Above,

Please help us to be honest about our reliance – And to be exhorted and encouraged to turn again back to You.

Please help us to rely on You for our daily bread, our sustenance, our planning and hopes and dreams.

For You are God! There is none like You, Hallelujah!


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