30-day Challenge: Day 17

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Day 17: Life Changing Experience

Read Matthew 17

 Listen to the King (1-13)! This event was a picture of the coming kingdom (16:27-28) and a proof that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of the living God. The Law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah) all converge in Him (Heb. 1:1-2). But the thing Peter remembered most was the emphasis on the unchanging Word of God (2 Pet. 1:16-21). The memory of visions will fade, but the Word endures forever. Hear Him!

Trust the King (14-21)! Jesus gave the disciples power to cast out demons (10:1, 8), but their unbelief and lack of prayer (vv. 20-21) robbed them of the power they needed. We cannot stay on the mountain of glory; there are needs to be met in the valley.

Obey the King (22-27)! The tax was an annual assessment of the Jewish men for the support of the temple (Exod. 30:11-16). Jesus affirmed His kingship by controlling a coin and a fish, but He affirmed His servanthood by submitting to their demands. “Lest we offend them” (v. 27) is a good principle when you lay aside your rights, but be careful not to set aside God’s truth (15:12-14)

Prayer:

1. Pray for a deep life-changing encounter with God.

2. O Lord reveal your heart to me that I may not be the dark regarding your plans in my life this year.

3. Pray that the Lord will protect you from every form of embarrassment and shame.

Meditation:

“Nobody could ascend before transfigured.” – Toba Beta

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