As a Coach and a father, I often feel like I’m repeating the same words to my kids or players. I could choose to view the person or situation as an inconvenience and or as an annoyance…irritating me. Or I could view each situation as a student who needs more learning. My continued repetition reveals my love and concern for each of them. If I didn’t love them, then I’d allow them to continue in doing life the incorrect ways, and in the long run we’d all experience certain levels of regrets.
When you come across the word “again” in the following passages, what do you think that reveals about God’s character? That He’s committed, persistent, faithful, patient, concerned, loving, and is repetitious in His approach of growing others in Himself. Can you think of any other characteristics that come to your mind as you skim over some of the following verses? Now, consider how you are with others… Are you willing to tell them something again, even if you’ve told them a hundred times already? Are you willing to do something again, even if you’ve done it for someone several times before? When you feel like you’ve done enough or said enough, what should you do per His example? Is God “again” and “still” loving you? Forgiving you? Teaching you? Showing grace to you? Etc.
What is God speaking to you about concerning this word and practice of “again”? How can you focus on it and apply it to your life as you continue to grow in your walk with Him and in your relationship with others?
Practicing His Presence,
I did my research in the NKJV and only in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Don’t feel like you have to read every verse…I’m pretty sure it won’t take you long before you get the idea and get to know the heart of the One and Only True God. But feel free to read each verse if time allows. Enjoy!
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Matthew 4:7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
Matthew 5:33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’
Matthew 13:44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Matthew 13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,
Matthew 13:47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,
Matthew 18:19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
Matthew 19:24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
Matthew 20:19 and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
Matthew 21:36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.
Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:
Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’
Matthew 26:42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Matthew 26:43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
Matthew 26:44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Matthew 27:50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Mark 2:1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.
Mark 2:13 Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.
Mark 3:1 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
Mark 4:1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.
Mark 5:21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea.
Mark 7:31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee.
Mark 8:13 And He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to the other side.
Mark 8:25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
Mark 8:31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 10:1 Then He arose from there and came to the region of Judea by the other side of the Jordan. And multitudes gathered to Him again, and as He was accustomed, He taught them again.
Mark 10:10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter.
Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:32 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:
Mark 10:34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
Mark 11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
Mark 11:27 Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him.
Mark 14:39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.
Mark 14:40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.
Luke 10:35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’
Luke 13:20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?
Luke 15:24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
Luke 15:32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”
Luke 18:33 They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
Luke 20:11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
Luke 20:12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
Luke 24:7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
John 4:3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
John 4:13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
John 4:46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
John 4:54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.
John 6:15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
John 8:2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
John 8:8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.”
John 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
John 10:18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
John 10:40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed.
John 11:7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
John 11:8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”
John 11:23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
John 11:38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
John 12:28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
John 13:12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
John 16:16 “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”
John 16:17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’ ; and, ‘because I go to the Father’ ?”
John 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’?
John 16:22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
John 16:28 I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”
John 18:7 Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
John 19:37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
John 20:9 For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
John 21:1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself:
John 21:16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
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Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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