January 13/Matthew 8

Wow what an action packed Chapter! Jesus really shows himself to be God in this chapter. There is so much here that I hardly know where to start. Help me Holy Spirit!!

Jesus shows us that God is right here rubbing shoulders with us in the everyday life. He is willing to get involved even in the tough cases; always helping never condemning. He really is a good, good Father! I believe He is always willing to heal. He told the leper, an unclean person, “I am willing.” He told a Roman officer, remember the Romans would crucify him, “I will come and heal your servant.” God does have authority over sickness.

Don’t you want to believe just like the Roman officer that Jesus had authority to heal? Read this story over and over. Meditate on it and let the read breath faith into your life!

Romans 10:17 (ESV) — 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Is there a storm brewing in your life right now? Call on Jesus he is willing to come and bring peace to your soul!

There is nothing too small for Jesus. From a fever to leprosy to demons to storms Jesus is the answer. He is concerned about every detail of our lives. This is one of the things this chapter tells us. It is encouraging us to always think of Jesus first. Do you see that? Jesus first. Hey lets say this together > “JESUS FIRST”!

There were people that were so impressed with what Jesus did that they wanted to follow him and be disciples > see verses 18-20. Jesus says there is a cost to following him  so one better count the cost first to see if they really do want Jesus to be their savior and Lord >

Matthew 8:20 (ESV) — 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

This world is home to foxes and birds. They put down roots here. Jesus, isn’t saying that he can’t fall asleep or find a good place to sleep; because a couple of verses later we find him sleeping in a boat in the midst of a storm. He is saying that this world is not his home and he will not get too comfortable here. He was on a mission to save people and he could get distracted building things and collecting stuff to make his life here more comfortable. Heaven is his home and true resting place. If we follow Jesus our main efforts in this life really can’t include concentration on the material things. We must be aware of getting too comfortable and fail to carry out the mission of bringing people to Jesus. We can’t afford to get too attached to our stuff that we forget why we are here or we may find ourselves getting more comfort from our stuff than we do from our relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will always remind us of Jesus and what he said. We can get so caught up in making a living that we fail to set aside time for Jesus and his word.

1 Peter 2:11 (NLT) — 11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.

I got a chuckle out of the last part of verse 27 where the disciples said, “Even the winds and the waves obey Him”. The winds and the waves are smarter than most people because they obey Jesus! Hilltop we can’t let the wind and waves be smarter than us; lets obey Jesus. As we continue on in this reading plan lets obey what the scripture tell us to do. There is much reward in obedience.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    The Roman centurion was found more faithful than anyone other Jesus had met. He understood what Jesus mentioned when he said he came to do the Father’s will. Jesus was under the Father ‘s authority and speaking the Father’s will will bring it about.

  2. Melissa Frank says

    I like this a lot. Right now there is a storm brewing in my life with my health and I’m getting frustrated. But I trust Jesus and I called on him to give me peace.

  3. Nicole Hamilton says

    It’s tough not to get too comfortable or place too much of an importance on material things when we live in a culture that is so immersed in a materialistic mindset. This is an area that requires a lot of wisdom and obedience in order to live effectively “in this world” but not become distracted or confused by all the things “of this world.” What would the life of Jesus look like if He lived in America today?