Note: I am using the S.O.A.P. Bible study method (Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer) as well as reading each book word for word. While I am studying, I do my own prayer for each verse. I encourage you to pray your own prayer about these verses.
These studies are not a thorough walkthrough of the Bible (I would encourage you to still study on your own!). These are a few scriptures that jumped out at me as something I could use in my life today and want to show you how you can apply it to yours (not to mention the Bible is enormous!). I hope that explains why I leave some stories or scriptures out.
All scriptures are from the NKJV.
Book of Matthew Bible Study (Part 2)
If you haven’t read Part 1, I recommend checking that out before this.
Today I have a small collection of more great things Jesus says in the book of Matthew. Including the wish He had for those disciples He left on Earth. Something that all of us should be taking part in – spreading the good news!
I want to add that today’s Bible study includes my personal opinions as always. But I feel like some of what I discuss here can ruffle some feathers, so I want to note that everything I say is always from the heart and never meant to offend. I’m always willing to discuss anything though, whether I agree with you or not.
That being said, I hope you enjoy this study and the words of our great Savior touch your heart as they have mine.
17 “Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated?
18 “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
19 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
20 “These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
Jesus is putting things into perspective. The Pharisees were confused by the disciples not following the tradition of washing hands when they eat bread.
He’s basically saying that there are much more important things to worry about than washing your hands. That isn’t what defiles a man. What defiles a man is what comes from his heart.
So many Christians worry about the tiny details. God is not out to get us! So many things I see that remind me of these Pharisees who just didn’t understand the real way a man is defiling himself.
It’s fine to watch your P’s and Q’s when it comes to your faith. I get it, we all want God to be so proud of us. But don’t put your focus on what is so unimportant like the Pharisees did.
21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.
22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
I have always found this scripture to be one that simply doesn’t compute.
You can move a mountain with your faith? Like, literally?
When we grow as Christians though, this scripture starts to make more sense to our earthly brains. It makes me start to think, if faith can move mountains, imagine all the smaller things (and larger!) it can do.
Prayer is our greatest weapon against the enemy. But to wield a weapon, it has to be loaded first. Notice how Jesus mentions that by believing, you will receive?
Pray about everything!
If you don’t doubt, what you ask will happen. (Unless God’s got bigger things in store for you!)
Sometimes we pray for the wrong things and it’s important to remember that God always has a plan. And sometimes that plan can be different from our own. This is another dangerous lie the enemy tells – if God doesn’t answer your prayer, He must not be real.
Nevertheless, we can pray to Him about anything. Cancer, smoking, addictions, skin conditions, mental illness. All curable through prayer.
Big things, little things, no matter what, remember to pray about it.
I used to be the kind of person that didn’t want to “bother” God with every little problem. I also felt like I was a grown up and I had to be responsible for my own actions and do my best. On my own.
That’s not what God wants for us. He showed me that it’s okay to pray all the time. There really is no reason not to pray, we don’t have to walk through life with the responsibility all on our shoulders.
10 “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Here’s where my warning comes into effect! These topics I’m about to get into have people in uproar right now, so without sugar coating (but hopefully gently) here’s my input…
Does anyone need any further proof that the word of God is true?
“And then many will be offended…”. Just to start.
This world we’re living in is displaying this verse in spades. Everyone is offended about everything nowadays.
It doesn’t just stop there. The recent election is a disgusting display of how our country (along with the world) is falling prey to the enemy. People marching for a reason they don’t even know? Many of the protesters were asked why they were protesting.
They couldn’t answer. Or if they did, it was the biggest nonsense you’ve ever heard. I will never understand why you would go out in public with a female part on your head as a hat. What in the heck is that proving? How does that help any problem, if there is one?
I’m going to just say it, the so-called “women’s march” hurt my heart. I couldn’t watch it anymore as celebrities I once liked got involved and completely degraded themselves with some really shocking behavior.
No matter who sits in the white house, Jesus will always be King. Sadly, the world doesn’t know that. They get lost to the point of even hating one another for their differences.
I’m only 31. And even in my lifetime, things have declined severely. I think back to shows I watched as a kid in the 90’s and being gay for example was not acceptable. Now if we don’t accept it, we’re called a whole lot of nasty things because let’s face it – the world is not following Jesus.
The followers are shrinking. It’s up to us to get that true word out there and encourage people to follow Him through love and compassion.
We need to step up as Christians. We can be those who endure and not grow cold. Keep doing God’s work and teaching His true word.
We’re not bigots or racist or homophobic. Those nasty words are what people call us who don’t understand our God.
If you stop and think – really stop and think, have you possibly been acting in a way that deserves being called those things? I know I have in the past. I made fun of kids in school that said they were “gay”. While they probably were not really, that doesn’t excuse my behavior.
The right answer is this (or at least a start): We need to show each other love first. We need to stop being afraid of the labels. God knows our hearts, even if society wants to call Christians a plethora of nasty names, it is okay.
A non-believer is going to be naturally skeptical and defensive about God. That shouldn’t surprise us. What we should do is show them the great things He can do through reaching out in love.
Not tolerance, but love. There is a huge problem with tolerance that is another subject entirely!
None of us are perfect. We all need a Savior and we need to stop acting like our sins are less terrible to God than those who don’t believe.
Sin is sin and they shouldn’t be discounted just because in your mind they aren’t as “bad” as other sins. Jesus actually tells us that there is only one unforgivable sin, blaspheming the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:31)
Being gay, changing your gender, having sex before marriage. All these and so many more can be forgiven. But first, you need to start accepting that it’s sin. If you’re openly and even proudly gay, that’s a problem. You can’t repent something you don’t see as sin.
I hope we can inspire those that see nothing wrong with living in sin. The big difference between a believer and non-believer is that we recognize our sin and want to change it and do it no more. (At least we’re supposed to!)
My hope for you today as you think about this is to be kind to all humans. It’s tough sometimes but we can do anything through the grace of our Savior. By showing kindness and compassion, we’ll definitely be doing our part to change the bad name Christians are getting.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Jesus is the only authority we need. He wants us to get others to follow Him! Even though these words weren’t exactly spoken to us, we should all be showing others what they’re missing.
This ties into the previous scripture. Our great nation is losing God. The enemy is growing fast against us but by having strong faith, we don’t have to fear.
Jesus said He will be with you, even to the end. We’re never alone and with His strength, we can do great things in His name.
Rather than shoving gospel down someone’s throat in a condescending or angry way, we can begin by showing others how to be more like Christ. Somehow, the world is doing a pretty good job of shutting us up and forcing us to accept worldly ways.
Dive into His word and don’t worry about how the world will view you. If you’re living for God, I think the world will see you as a pretty nice person. They may even start to wonder what’s your secret. How do you keep it all together?
I’m not a perfect person. Not a perfect Christian. There is no such thing, except for Jesus. Because the sooner we get off our high horse and humble ourselves, the sooner the world just may take notice that being a Christian is pretty darn amazing.
Today I pray that this book of Matthew Bible study blesses your heart. I pray for you to question things in your life. Are you excusing sin you need to lay at His feet? Are you condescending towards those who just don’t understand you? Be loving and kind to your fellow man and shine the light of the Lord on them.
Be so bright that everyone reaches for their shades and has nothing bad to speak of you!