John 11:4 All For God’s Glory

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4

Sickness is something that no one likes in themselves or in anyone else. It is also something that people question as to why they are sick or how they got sick.

The more sick a person is, the scarier it is for most people. All they can see is the problems that the sickness brings on. In the eyes of most people, there is nothing good to be found in being sick.

Lazarus, who was a friend of Jesus, had become very sick. Jesus said that his sickness would not end in death, but be for the glory of God.

As people view sickness, all they see is the here and now, they cannot see the future clearly. The mountains of problems and pain is all that is clearly visible.

Although God does not really like sickness, since it came with sin, He does use it. It can be used to slow a person down, get a person to look up to Him, and to bring God glory. God gets glory not only when He heals, but also when He brings a person through it to either healing or to eternity in heaven with Him.

If Lazarus had never had the sickness he would never have died, thus Jesus would never have been able to raise him from the dead. In it God was able to receive glory.

Without any problems or sicknesses, one would not know or understand what it is like to be healed or have a problem solved. In not having been healed or a problem solved, they would also not know or understand what God is able to do.

You or someone you know and love may be going through some sickness. While it is painful to feel or see, you must put your eyes on Jesus and trust Him in the situation.

Do not give the devil a foothold with complaining or fear of the sickness. Allow God to get all the glory in the sickness. Trust Him to either heal or bring you through it by His strength and power.

The ‘worst’ thing that can happen in sickness is death. For the believer, death brings about eternal life, which is far greater than life on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will heal you and your loved ones of all sickness; that God will get glory in any sickness you may get; and that you will trust God in every situation in your life.

John 8:44 Who Is Your Father?

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

In most families, in which the father stays, the children often grow up acting like their father. Many of the thoughts, actions and words of the children are repeats of the father. This includes both the good and bad actions and words.

Jesus speaks against those falsely trying to accuse Him of wrong. He tells them that their father is the devil, because he speaks lies and has no truth in him.

Just as Jesus is truth and life, the devil is lies and death. He is the exact opposite of everything that Jesus is.

Unless there is a major change in a child’s life, it is good to expect that the child is a good representation of his father. He will act and speak very much like his father.

At some point after birth every human chooses to sin and be like the devil. It is not usually a conscience effort to be like the devil, but it is giving into his ways.

One of the most common sins among people is lying. People lie about how they really are, about there not being a God, about how they really care about others, about what is good and bad and many other ways. The lies show up in deception and ignorance of truth. Their father is the devil.

The one who follows Jesus, will follow truth and allow truth to be a part of his life. His father will be God and it will show in his life.

As you examine your life, ask yourself how much truth is in your life. It is easy to allow deception and lies in, covering up mistakes and wrongs as though they were acceptable and good. Living like this is living like the world, and allowing the devil to be your father.

Immerse yourself in God’s word, living as Jesus lived. Jesus is truth and if you live as He lived, you will live in truth, not lies. As you live in truth, you will also make God your father, not the devil, the father of lies and deception.

Who is your real father?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow the truth of God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that God will be your father in every area of your life; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in keeping from all lies.

John 6:58 What Are You Feeding On?

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever. John 5:58

Food is one thing that people love. There are thousands of different types of food to eat all from all around the world to satisfy the different appetites that people have.

With having so many different types of food, there are also many different diets to follow. These diets are to help people control their health by controlling what they choose to eat. Alongside the health issues, is the pleasure factor in determining what to eat.

Jesus had just described Himself as the bread of life. Then He tells the people that whoever eats of Him will live forever.

Physical food has its value. It gives the body the nutrition that is needed in order for one to grow and live upon this earth.

Although many people practically live to eat, this food is only of temporary value and pleasure. It gives a temporary pleasure and satisfaction for a short time. Within a few hours one will need to eat again. And no matter how much one eats or how healthy he eats, he will physically die some day.

Jesus provides food that does not fade away or stop satisfying. He is the bread of life. Jesus is the One that can give eternal life.

Eating the bread of heaven is choosing to believe in what Jesus says. It is making His words a part of one’s life, not just hearing them or ignoring them.

Believing and eating on Jesus gives a person perfect satisfaction and eternal life. In the same way, refusing to eat of Jesus, just like not eating physical food, will only bring about dissatisfaction and death, only eternal, not temporary.

Every day you choose to eat different foods to feed your physical body. This is done for both personal pleasure and health.

Just as you eat those physical foods, make sure you are taking time to eat upon Jesus, make the words He says a part of your life. Each time you eat of the words of Jesus, you will have greater satisfaction in life during troubling times. You will know what God desires of you and you will know the abundant life He has for you.

Do not be like many and become sick because you have rejected feeding upon Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will feed upon the words of Jesus everyday; that you will apply God’s words to your life; that you will know the abundant life God has for you; and that you will know the satisfaction you can have in Jesus.

John 3:36 Life Or Death Choice

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

The majority of people upon the earth feel that they are living life. Many also believe that they are living a good life. Others believe they are not living a very good life, due to all of the struggles and their financial position.

It is most common for people to focus upon what they have as to whether they are living a good life or not. This is a temporary look at things that do not last.

Jesus stated the way to have eternal life, believe on God’s Son…Himself. Anyone who rejects Jesus will only have God’s wrath upon him with death.

As the world is looking for life in the temporary things of this earth, they are missing out on what is true living. Most commonly the things people are looking for life in only bring about death. They give a temporary, short time pleasure, only to bring about death in the end.

Others will look towards good things, such as helping others out for life. Regardless of how good something is on this earth, it is only temporary and will not bring about true life.

True life can only be found in Jesus, God’s Son.

Anything short of believing in and following Jesus brings only death. Many people go to church and can quote the bible, but do not believe in Jesus as their Savior. They are living according to the works or deeds, not faith in Jesus.

In truth they are rejecting Jesus, the only one who can truly save them and give them true life. God is giving mankind mercy in providing life through Jesus. People have to choose to follow or reject Him for life or death.

You are going through life right now making daily choices. Your life may be one that is going well or it may be a difficult struggle.

The real question is which life are you really searching for. It is easy to find the temporary life of this world, but it only ends in death. Put your complete trust in Jesus as your Savior, so that you will know what true life is, regardless of whether you live or die on this earth.

Choosing to trust in Jesus is the greatest decision you will have to make, because it brings eternal life, not death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe in and follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will know the true life God provides you; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from the death the world offers.

Luke 23:46 Committing All To God

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

People sign contracts that commit themselves to someone else on a regular basis. They are committed to perform something or be dedicated to someone or some organization and will not back down without penalties.

While many will commit, many do not follow through on that commitment. When situations change and things get ugly or extremely difficult, many will renege on their commitment or agreement. Many find loopholes to get out of what they agreed to do.

As Jesus was being crucified on the cross, it came to the point of His dying. Right before He died, He committed His spirit to the Father, then died.

Any person who has become a true believer and follower of Jesus, has committed himself to God. He has agreed to allow God to have complete control over his body and soul, no matter what happens. It is trusting that God will take care of him in every situation, no matter how ugly the situation gets.

Even though many make this commitment, many will not completely follow through to the end with that agreement. Before actual physical death is at the door, many will renege on their commitment and deny Christ. They will take things into their own hands, rather than trusting God in the situation.

The believer is supposed to be trusting God with all of his heart, body and soul. This trust is to be in every situation, both good and bad, knowing that God will always do the right thing at the right time, even if it means physical death.

Those who are fully committing their spirit to God will be able to go to their death for Him.

You are already probably committed to different things, such as a job, a marriage, or certain bills. Just as you are committed to those things or more, ask yourself if you are committed to God.

Even more than being committed to God, are you willing to commit your life to God, no matter what it may cost?

Jesus put all of His life and death into the hands of God, rather than hold onto them Himself. Allow God to have all of you, to do as He is pleased to do, trusting and knowing that He will do what is best.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to serving God with your whole life; that you will trust God with your body and soul; and that you will know that God will only do what is best for you.