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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 209/260: Peter, Andrew, James, and John

Read Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11

“At Your Word”

Matthew’s account of Jesus calling the two sets of fishing brothers is brief; Luke gives a little more detail into the incident leading up to their decision to leave their livelihood behind. After an unsuccessful day of fishing, Jesus comes and tells Peter, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4). Peter hesitated, but relented, “At Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5).

You know what happened next. The nets became so full that they began to break, and they filled both boats so full of fish that they began to sink! What an incredible display of God’s power accomplished because Peter obeyed!

Have you ever encountered something as you study the Scriptures that you’ve never seen before? Perhaps a command or a principle that someone taught to you differently than the Bible actually presents it? You have a decision to make when such happens. You can either continue to practice what you have always practiced, even though you now know better. Or you can say, “At Your word, Jesus, I will do what You have commanded.”

Do you know what happens when you choose the latter? You will be blessed beyond measure. Even if you lose some things that are important to you, such as friendships, or family relationships, or even material possessions—Jesus will bless you because you obeyed!

“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:29-30).

Peter, Andrew, James, and John “forsook all and followed Him” (Luke 5:11), and because of their faithful service to the King they will enjoy His incredible blessings for eternity. Are you willing to do what Jesus says, “At His word”?

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 129/260: Read Matthew 4

The best defense against temptation is a proper knowledge and application of the inspired Scriptures, as demonstrated by Jesus when He was in the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. Three times Satan attempted to entice Jesus to sin, and three times Jesus resisted by recalling the Word of God.

We can do the same today, but only if we have a working knowledge of God’s revelation. The Psalmist declared, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Have you hidden the Word in your heart?

Here are some specific sins that many face to some extent, and passages that may help defend our soul against Satan’s assaults:

  • Foul language and dirty jokes (Ephesians 4:29)
  • Greed and materialism (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
  • Pride and selfishness (Philippians 2:3)
  • Poor attitude toward employers (Colossians 3:23-24)
  • Racism and sexism (Galatians 3:28)
  • Disobeying God (John 14:15)
  • Disobeying the elders in the church (Hebrews 13:17)
  • Envy (Proverbs 23:17)
  • Apathy (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Can we do better? We must! But we need God’s help, and that help is available in the inspired Scriptures.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 5:9. “Blessed are the ________________, for they shall be called sons of ________________.”


Pray for wisdom in recognizing temptation, and strength in overcoming it through God’s Word.