John 6:35 Are You Hungry & Thirsty?

Water and Bread

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

The people were talking about believing the scriptures of God, the Old Testament. They were unwilling to believe in Jesus, even though Moses talked about Him, yet they were willing to follow Moses. Jesus then tells them that He is the bread of life and all need to come to Him to be satisfied.

All over the world there are people who are physically hungry and thirsty for real food and water. The reasons for not having enough food and water are different with different people. Some of the cases it is the result of the actions of other people. In some cases it is the cause of draught and famine in the land, natural causes.

There are many people who have more than enough food and water, but are still hungry and thirsty. They have a spiritual hunger and thirst. People want purpose and meaning in this life to feel fulfilled and satisfied. The majority of people seek things of this world to bring them this needed satisfaction. However, they can never get enough, they continue to hunger for more, never being satisfied.

The spiritual hunger that they are feeling can only be satisfied in Jesus. Believing in and following Jesus will give a person purpose in this life. With Jesus one will never have a spiritual hunger for something that does not satisfy. Believing in Jesus will give a person the desire to do the mission that God has for him in this world–to seek and save the lost.

Along with the food, they will also receive God’s Holy Spirit. They will be able to drink in His Spirit and be filled with strength, power, and a refreshing that allows them to keep going. They will be satisfied.

If you are going through life hungry for more in this life, seek Jesus. Take in His words. Then follow His mission in this world. As you fulfill the purpose God has for you in this life, you will be satisfied more than anything this world can offer.

God will fill every need you have as you follow and trust in Jesus. Do not allow yourself to continue to be hungry and thirsty. Believe in and trust Jesus with your life.

I pray today that you will believe in Jesus; that you will do the work God has for you; that you will find satisfaction and fulfillment in following Jesus; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

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Mark 3:35 Are You A Part Of His Family?

Family

Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:35

As Jesus was talking His mother and brothers came up wanting to see Him. Some people told Him that they were waiting. He then asked the question of who His family was. Then He answered His question with stating that those who do His will is part of His family.

Family blood runs deep with some families. Those who are related by blood will often do whatever is needed to protect and take care of other members of the family.

One illustration of dedicated family is of the mafia families that are often portrayed in movies. They are seen to take care of family members, as long as the member does his part as a member of the family. If one member of the family betrays the other members of the family, he is often cut off from the family. In the movies, that person is often killed.

People are born into being selfish and sinful, doing their own thing rather than what God wants them to do. At that point, people are not a part of God’s family. They are a part of the family of the devil or this world.

To be a part of God’s family one must do what God wants that person to do. God wants people to believe in His Son Jesus, who died on the cross for their sins. He wants them to listen to Jesus and obey all that He says. 

Once a person gives his heart to Jesus, he has repented of his sins and begins to obey God. This obedience is doing God’s will. At that point he is now a member of God’s family. He is either a brother, sister or mother to Jesus, with God the Father being the Father of all.

Doing His will is easy, if you allow it to be. It comes down to two simple rules: love God and love everyone else. This is exactly what Jesus did when He came and walked upon this earth. He loved God by obeying what He wanted Him to do. He loved everyone else by dying for their sins on the cross.

How are you doing at doing what God wants you to do?

The more you do what He wants, the more you are a part of the family of Jesus. Are you a part of His family?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God; that you will do what He wants you to do; and that you will love God and everyone else.

Matthew 11:29 How To Get Some Rest

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

Jesus started talking to the disciples about finding some rest. He tells them that the way to do it is take up His yoke and learn from Him. In that way they would find the rest that they are seeking.

Wanting rest is something most people are searching for. They want to be able to slow down and get some rest, while ensuring everything gets done that needs to be done. Yet, in the process of seeking rest, very few are finding it.

People like to relax and rest in various ways. Many take up some type of hobby to find their rest, others will just sleep. Others will take some type of drug to help them calm down and rest. In all of these ways, most are not finding what they really desire for rest.

Jesus had a yoke for the disciples to take up and carry. This meant that they would not have to carry it alone. He would be right along side of them carrying the weight of it with them. The yoke that Jesus wanted them to carry was to follow and trust Him for salvation and be a witness to this world. His purpose in life was to save all people from their sins.

Prior to Jesus, people had to follow the law perfectly and hope that they were going to be saved. Many today are seeking various religions and hoping that they will live a better afterlife. As they strive to follow the OT law and other religions, they are restless. They cannot find the peace and rest they are searching for, because it is not in Jesus.

There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus. You have to trust Him fully for your salvation. Then you must do what He came to do, seek the lost out for God. Jesus found strength and rest in doing what the Father wanted Him to do. You can find the same strength and rest also in doing the Father’s will.

Being a witness is not hard work. Following Jesus is not hard work. And both will bring the needed rest for your soul. You will not be fighting for salvation, but resting in it.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will do the work God has for you to do; that you will have peace and rest in your soul; and that you will be a witness to this world for Jesus. 

Matthew 7:21 More Than Just Talk, Do It

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

Jesus makes a very harsh statement that not everyone who calls Him Lord will be saved. It is only those who will do the will of God the Father in heaven.

Words and statements can sound very good. If a person can word it correctly, he can make the best sounding arguments or thoughts. The words can make a person look or sound very good, even when they are not.

People who kidnap or abuse children, often use kind, nice words to trap them. They speak as though they are the best person on the earth, yet are filled with evil. Their actions do not match their words.

Inside the church, there are also many people who claim that Jesus is Lord, know all the verses to say, and can sing all the songs, yet never do His will at all. Some don’t do it out of fear, because what God is asking them to do sounds crazy. Others don’t do it out of rebellion, because they want to still do their own thing. Some start to do God’s will, but when it gets difficult, they give up and go on a different path.

God will never ask a person to do something that He is not willing to give the strength and ability to do. He has perfect love for each person, which will cast out the fear a person may have.

Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. You are to be just like Jesus. Getting into heaven is not just a simple prayer and a few words. It is also actions based off of those words and prayers. If your actions do not back up the words, then the words are of no meaning or purpose.

In your own life, you must take a look at how you look at Jesus. You may call Him ‘Lord’, but is He really your Master?

As you call Him ‘Lord’, are you doing what the Father wants?

Just as you call out on Jesus to save you, you must also be willing to do what the Father wants you to do. Seek God and find out what He wants you to do, then just do it. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will not fear what God asks you to do; that you will do more than just speak to God; and that your actions will show you are a follower of Jesus.

Isaiah 58:2-3 Doing Your Own Thing

For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.” Isaiah 58:2-3

Israel had claimed to be the nation that God loved and was over. They claimed God as their God. When they were going through tough situations, they would cry out to God, yet God was silent with them. God allowed trouble to come into their lives. The reason was because, even though they cried out to God, they were not trying to live for God. They were doing their own thing, rather than what God wanted.

People in churches all over the world are seeking to know God and His ways every Sunday morning. Throughout the days of their week, many cry out to God for help in situations in their life. Yet, just like the Israelites, many are not attempting to live for God.

Believers cry out to God for help, while at the same time refusing to forgive, or holding onto anger, or lying, or stealing, or gossiping. As one does this, they wonder why God is not showing up in their lives. God cannot be around sin and will not honor those who do not serve Him.

You have to take an honest look at your own life to see where you are at. If you are like many people, you are probably crying out to God for some help in an area of your life. You may be feeling as though God is no where near and does not hear you.

Ask yourself if you are really living for God. Are you serving God with your life? Or are you doing your own thing?

Are you trying to get help from God so that you can look good, or get better things?

Or are you asking for help so that you may build His kingdom more?

As you go before God, do what He wants, not as you please. God will hear you then.

I pray today that you will know God’s desire for your life; that you will obey the commands of God; that you will not put God on the side of your life; and that you will truly know God.

Psalm 143:10 It Is Not About Your Desires

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10

Learning things from other people is something that every person starts out in life doing. Every child born begins learning by observing others and imitating them. As children get older, they begin to pull away from learning from others so that they can do their own thing. As adults, most people do not like to learn from others, they feel that they know the best ways for their own life.

Businesses are started all the time. As fast as they are started, many fail and close. The reasons many of them fail, is that most of the owners refuse to listen to those who have been successful in business. They fail to follow the tried and true practices of running a business because they feel they know how to do it.

In the same way many lives fail for the same reason. People do not like to be led by God and follow His ways of doing things. They “know” how to best live this life.

David knew that God’s will and desire was the best,  not his own. He also knew that he had to be taught to do God’s will, it would not just automatically come.

Being taught to do God’s will may mean that some doors are closed. That some paths are rough and difficult to travel.  The largest challenge is that it is not about you, it is all about God.

God is standing by waiting to show you the best way to live this life. He has been teaching for thousands of years and has a proven track record to show He knows what He is doing.

If God is your God, you need to allow Him to be your God. You need to allow Him to lead you in how to live your life. He is right there willing to teach you what to do.

Are you willing to allow Him to teach you His ways, which are the best ways?

Or will you remain stuck in failure mode doing your own thing?

Seek out God’s will for your life. Be willing to let Him teach you how to do His desire. It will be the best thing for your life.

I pray today that you will know what God’s will is for your life; that you will remain open to the teaching of God; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; and that you will do what God wants you to do.

 

Ezra 4:4 Opposition Will Come

Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. Ezra 4:4

After the people of Judah had been released from full captivity in Persia, they were allowed to go back and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Many were excited to be a part of the building project and began immediately setting the foundation. Immediately the groups of people around Jerusalem set out to discourage the people from continuing to build the temple. They would try to make them afraid to build it.

Any time a person starts to do something new or grand, there are people who try to discourage it. Often the people try to stop it because it sounds crazy or too big to really accomplish. Other times it is out of fear that they try to stop the project.

All the other groups of people in the areas around Judah had heard the stories of the Israelites. They knew that when the Israelites were worshipping God as they were supposed to, things would go in their favor. All the nations around would then suffer, because they did not serve God. This would cause them to rise up in opposition to stop the worship of God.

Times have not changed. Any time you begin to do something for God, there will always be an opposition that will rise up and try to discourage you. The world does not want you to succeed as a believer in Jesus. If you succeed, that means that they have failed. You are a threat to their way of life.

You are to be the light of Jesus in this world. His light shines into the dark lives of people, exposing their sin. No one wants to be exposed, so they will try to stop you. This can happen from outside the church as well as inside the church.

Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and do not give up. Continue to go on building God’s kingdom and doing His work while you can. Although the nations may rage against you, you will not fail, as long as you are doing God’s work in His way and time.

Do not be discouraged at the opposition that will come against you. God is on your side.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will do the work of God; that you will not be discouraged; that God will strengthen you to do His work; and that you will continue to build God’s kingdom.