Life Recovery Bible - Page 9

Next the devil took him to the peak of
a very high mountain and showed him all
the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
“I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will
kneel down and worship me.”
“Get out of here, Sa­tan,” ­Jesus told him.
“For the Scriptures say,
‘You must worship the Lord your God
and serve only him.’*”
Then the devil went away, and angels
came and took care of ­Jesus.
The Ministry of Jesus Begins
When ­Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Ju­dea and returned to Gal­il­ee.
He went first to Naz­a­reth, then left there
and moved to Ca­per­na­um, beside the Sea of
Gal­i­lee, in the region of Zeb­u­lun and Naph­
ta­li. 14 This fulfilled what God said through
the prophet Isa­iah:
“In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali,
beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River,
in Galilee where so many Gentiles live,
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where
death casts its shadow,
a light has shined.”*
From then on ­Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the
Kingdom of Heaven is near.*”
The First Disciples
One day as ­Jesus was walking along the
shore of the Sea of Gal­
il­ee, he saw two
brothers—Si­mon, also called Pe­ter, and An­
drew—throwing a net into the water, for they
fished for a living. 19 ­Jesus called out to them,
“Come, follow me, and I will show you how
to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets
at once and followed him.
A little farther up the shore he saw two
other brothers, James and John, sitting in
a boat with their father, Zeb­e­dee, repairing
their nets. And he called them to come, too.
They immediately followed him, leaving
the boat and their father behind.
Making Peace
BIBLE READING: Matthew 5:23-25
We made direct amends to such people
wherever possible, except when to do so
would injure them or others.
We all suffer brokenness in our lives, in
our relationship with God, and in our
relationships with others. Brokenness tends
to weigh us down and can easily lead us
back into our addictions. Recovery isn’t
complete until all areas of brokenness are
Jesus taught: “So if you are presenting
a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and
you suddenly remember that someone has
something against you, leave your sacrifice
there at the altar. Go and be reconciled
to that person. Then come and offer your
sacrifice to God” (Matthew 5:23-24).
The apostle John wrote: “If someone says,
‘I love God,’ but hates a fellow believer, that
person is a liar; for if we don’t love people
we can see, how can we love God, whom
we cannot see?” (1 John 4:20).
Much of recovery involves repairing the
brokenness in our lives. This requires that
we make peace with God, with ourselves,
and with others whom we have alienated.
Unresolved issues in relationships can keep
us from being at peace with God and ourselves. Once we go through the process
of making amends, we must keep our
minds and hearts open to anyone we may
have overlooked. God will often remind
us of relationships that need attention. We
should not delay going to those we have
offended and seeking to repair the damage we have caused. Turn to page 1325,
Luke 19.
Crowds Follow Jesus
Jesus traveled throughout the region of
Gal­i­lee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease
:10 Deut 6:13. 4:15-16 Isa 9:1-2 (Greek version). 
4:17 Or has come, or is coming soon.

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