Month: July 2016
29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
If Jesus is God, if Jesus and the Father are one, and if Jesus indwells us at salvation, then we have God in us. If Jesus is God, if Jesus and the Father are one, and if Jesus indwells us at salvation, then we have God in us.
I am pretty sure that we don’t live our lives with this realization. Since we don’t realize this we don’t live with any real expectation of God doing mighty works through us. We don’t expect God to act on our behalf. We don’t think He cares about us when things don’t go well. We don’t call upon Him first, we fret and worry and get depressed first.
Do you see the problem in our lives? We don’t live with the understanding that the God of heaven, the God of creation, and the God of salvation lives in us at all times. If we really understood this biblical truth we would turn to Him much more often, we would wait upon Him to work before we worried or panicked into error, and we would have greater peace in all of the chapters of our lives.
The Jews who heard Jesus say this were so astounded at his claim that they wanted to kill Jesus for blasphemy. They certainly did not believe that Jesus was equal with God but Jesus knew this to be true. My friend, Jesus is God! Jesus lives in those whom He has saved. God lives in us. Let God change your life into the man or woman that He created you to be. Let God direct your path according to His eternal wisdom and power.
And then consider this, God is in us now preparing us to be with Him forever.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Remember to pray one for another. Several families in our church need to see the power of God work His miracles of grace and peace in them. Pray that God will make Himself known and be glorified in our church families today.
Pray for those who heard the gospel Sunday night. We long to see people come to the Savior and be saved from their sin by God’s grace.
Pray for God’s provision for our church. Yes, we need to see the mighty power of God in every part of our lives.
Have a great day in the Lord,
22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”
Imagine witnessing the healing of thousands of people, hearing the most amazing teaching of all time, and then being told that a man born blind had been miraculously given his sight. Were that to happen today the world would know that there was a miracle worker named Jesus. But in Jesus day there was still doubt in people’s minds. Was this the Christ, the anointed One of God? Was he the Messiah-Servant of Isaiah’s prophesies? Was He the One? So they asked Jesus again, are you He?
Jesus patiently took the time to answer them and then let all of us for all time know that the only ones who would accept Him were those who belong to Him. “My sheep hear my voice” Jesus said. This indicates that there are those who are His sheep and those who are not His sheep. When we, who know Him, hear Biblical teaching, we hear the voice of God speaking to our hearts. We agree with God’s truth in that we hear it and know it is from Him. Others, who are not His, hear the same messages and get nothing out of it. Those who get nothing from God’s word do not know the Shepherd and so cannot hear His voice.
Then Jesus goes one step further and tells us for all time that those who hear His voice belong to Him and possess eternal life given them from Him. Those who possess eternal life will never perish and will always be in God’s place of protection. I am so very thankful for this teaching and for God’s call upon my life. I am thankful that as one called by Him I hear His voice. I am thankful that I am kept by Christ and secured by the Father. No one can snatch, or kidnap, any of the sheep of Jesus from the hands of God. We are eternally secure in Him.
Are you eternally secure today? Have you heard the voice of the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus? I have and will be eternally thankful for His call.
As you know, I took a week off and went to see our son, Justin and his wife Katelyn and their boys, Joel, Hudson, Owen and Carson. It was a wonderful week of family time. What a joy to spend time with them all just doing life together. One of the joys of being grandparents is the influence we can have on the grandsons. We did lots of fun stuff together but most of all just spent time loving them and being a godly influence in their lives. It all ends too quickly yet will be remembered for a long time.
I am thankful to be back at Grace for Life. We sure to do love our church which is the people who make it up. It was a joy to be back with everyone sharing God’s word and His love to all. Then last night going out to the Riverwalk to point people to Christ was a thrilling time. Many people opened up for spiritual conversations and we are praying today for God to bring the seeds to fruition.
Pray with us for God’s financial provisions. We owe the daycare employees another payroll to finish off our accounts there. God knows this and we are seeking His provision.
I reminded the church yesterday that God does not see people’s color or culture but sees people made in His image. It is high time that we as Christians see people from God’s point of view. This prejudice mess that our country is in can be fixed if all of us would see each other as made in God’s image and in His likeness. We are people. We are not different to be treated different but different by God’s design to accomplish His purposes. Embrace the differences and rejoice in the people around you that are different from you.
Have a great day in the Lord,