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 5:17 Are You Also Working?

In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

Work is something that some people love to do and others try to avoid it as much as possible. However, most will work, when needed, but stop as soon a possible. Many are always looking forward to the weekend, so that they can be off and away from work.

People love to relax and have a good time, leaving work behind. They dream of a day when they will no longer have to work.

After healing someone on a Sabbath day, some leaders began to persecute Jesus. He told them that His Father always working, so He is also working.

Being able to stop working and do whatever one wants to do is the desire of most people. Work is often seen as a necessary evil that people are required to do. Rarely does anyone see it as joy or a privilege.

God created the heavens and the earth and people to give life and abundant life. Jesus came to the earth with the purpose to save all people from sin and to give them life after they had sinned and brought about death.

Neither the Father nor Jesus have ever stopped doing the work to save people from their sins. It is still their focus and goal, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Too many believers will do work in the church, but as soon as church is out, they put down the work of God. They are focused on personal pleasures and life, but not the mission of Jesus, to save the world.

Just as the Father is always at work, the believer must always be seeking ways to be a witness and touch the lives of others.

You may be weary from working and desire to stop working. Seek God’s strength, wisdom and guidance to continue His work upon this earth right where you are.

God has you in the place you are to do a work that He has for you. As long as there are unsaved people on this earth and God is still working, there is a work for you to do.

Jesus did not stop for any law or reason, but kept working the job His Father was doing. Are you willing to keep working?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do the work God has for you to do each day; that you will not grow weary in working for God; and that you will see the need to reach the lost for Jesus.