John 18:11 Take What God Gives

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11

No one likes to be improperly abused or have anything done wrong against them. As soon as abuse or wrong is done, most people rise up to fight back the one who did the wrong.

This fight is often with words, but can also be physically fighting back. The fight is for their rights and to get back at the person to try and stop the wrong. Very few will just sit back and take what comes.

Jesus was in the garden with the disciples being arrested. Peter strikes one of the arrestors with a sword. He is told to put the sword away. Jesus is willing to take what has been give to Him.

Believers are often quick to say that they will follow God, but are also quick to fight back against what He sends their way or allows. Everything that occurs in the life of a believer is for a purpose. It can be to build the believer or to build others.

Jesus had to be arrested in order to fulfill His mission on this earth. Along with the arrest would also come the crucifixion. It was all in God’s plan for Him.

Most believers love the idea of following God, but will fight back against giving their lives for Him or others. They want a rosy, easy path to heaven, not willing to accept God’s plan for their lives. They will pull out a sword to stop God’s plan in order to save their own lives.

Every believer needs to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and in tune with what God is doing. God is in control and will allow ‘bad’ things to happen in one’s life to accomplish the greater goal–salvation of souls.

As you go through life, God will allow the enemy to attack you at times. These attacks may be to move you to somewhere else, build you, use you to be a witness or to stop you. Regardless of the reason, you must trust God’s allowance.

Seek God to find out what you must do in every situation. Do not be like the world and automatically fight back. Be will to accept what God has for you.

Allow God to use the negative situation to bring about a positive.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal what He has for you; that God will give you strength and wisdom in every situation; and that you will allow God to use you to build His kingdom.

John 6:27 What Are You Working For?

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father as placed his seal of approval. John 6:27

Every day millions of people go to work around the world. Their goal in working is to provide the need or desired money. This money is desired to have in order to get the food they eat, clothes they wear and toys they want.

Some have very simple tastes in what they want, so don’t work that much. Others are willing to put in extreme hours to get high-dollar items.

Shortly after feeding about 5,000 people, the people found Jesus again. He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for food that will last for eternity.

While every person needs food, clothing and shelter, these things are not the most important things in life. All of these things are very temporary. Shortly after eating food, a person needs more. Clothes wear out after a short time. Housing will eventually fall apart. None of them last for eternity.

The only thing that lasts for eternity is the souls of men. Although Jesus fed and healed thousands of people, when He walked on the earth, that was not His primary focus. His focus of work was to do God’s will to save the souls of people.

Over the centuries God has not changed that focus of work. Every believer has a commission to preach the gospel message and make disciples. They are to be working for God at reaching the lost, focusing on what is eternal.

God gave His seal of approval upon Jesus because He was doing His will. God will also put His seal of approval on every believer who is doing His will.

As you go through your days, ask yourself what is your focus or goal. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day living for temporary things.

Ask God what work you can do that will have an eternal impact. Then be willing to do what God places before you. Don’t allow yourself to be focused on the temporal dead things of this earth.

Aim for the things that will last for eternity–the souls of men and women. Put all your efforts in being His witness and making disciples as you work for the needed food, clothing and shelter.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will be His witness; that you will make disciples for Jesus; and that your work will see eternal results for God.

John 4:34 The Fulfilling Food

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34

It is common to most people to have some type of food that is considered their comfort food. It is a type of food that one loves to eat when going through a stressful, difficult time.

For each person the type of comfort food can be different. Some like chocolate or other types of sweets, others like salty foods, and yet others may like some pasta or breads. Each person is unique in their desires.

Jesus had skipped a meal to help a Samaritan woman. He told the disciples that His food was to do the work that God, the Father had sent Him to do.

While the world looks to temporary things to find comfort and fulfillment in their lives, believers must look to eternal things. Physical food meets a temporary need. It fills the belly for a short while, then fades away and more is needed.

Every believer is to hunger and thirst after the things of God. Doing what God desires will fill a person with more comfort and satisfaction than eating any food that this world can ever offer.

God has given every believer the assignment to be a witness and make disciples. Each time a believer brings another person to believe in Jesus, he will find fulfillment and comfort that will last for eternity and do more than any thing else.

When a believer is chooses to not do what God desires, he will find himself hungry and thirsty, never being satisfied or fulfilled. As he does God’s will, all the temporary feelings and desires of this world will fade away, being replaced with the eternal.

You may be hungering or thirsting for something and have been looking to food for meeting those desires. Change your focus from the temporary things of this world to the things of God. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than doing what God wants.

Seek out what work God has for you to do, then do it. There will always be someone you can witness to or disciple. Go out and find the eternal food God has for you to eat. It will provide more for you than you could ever want.

Allow God to meet all of your temporary and eternal needs to be met by doing His work.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will find fulfillment in obeying God; and that you will do what God has for you to do.

Malachi 1:5 Great Is The Lord

You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord–even beyond the borders of Israel!’ Malachi 1:5

Over the years there have been various people who have been called great for many different reasons. Each one has done something that has been seen as wonderful or helpful to a group of people or a nation, sometimes even the entire world. These people are often honored in various ways for what they had done.

The only way people are willing to call someone great is if they have seen what the person did and believe in how wonderful it was. Often people do not know what a person has fully done and so do not realize how great they were.

God talks about how He will destroy what Edom builds against Israel. The Israelites will see what He does and call Him great, even great beyond the borders of Israel.

Inside the church walls many people will call God great. They see or feel God doing things inside the church are excited.

However, outside the church, very few see God as great. They have closed their eyes off to seeing what God has done or is doing in this world. People see situations as coincidence or chance, not as the hand of God working in it.

Those who have open spiritual eyes will see God moving in the world. They will see God holding back the enemy and frustrating the plans of the enemy. This will be seen locally and around the world, not just inside the church building.

When these things are seen, every believer will claim how great God is. They will see His loving and powerful hand at work in this world and will tell everyone about it. It will be a testimony to this world of who God is.

As you go through your days, take time to see what God is doing. Ask God to open your eyes to realize how much God is working in your life and in this fallen world.

He is at work holding back the enemy’s attacks upon your life. God is at work saving people and changing their lives all over the world.

As you see what God is doing proclaim how great He is. Tell God how great He is. Tell all those around you how great He is.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God at work in your life; that you tell others how great God is; and that you will be a witness of who Jesus is.

Zechariah 4:2 What Do You See?

Young girl seeing

He asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps.” Zechariah 4:2 

Seeing things takes having open eyes and being willing to look around and be aware of what is going on. While many people have open eyes, most are not really aware of what is actually occurring. They only see the surface of things and take everything only at face value.

They do not see the motivation behind the actions or events and thus are often deceived. Eyes have been blinded to the long term effects of what is occurring.

An angel had woke Zechariah up and shown him some things. He asked Zechariah what he could see.

Every day God is doing things on this earth. Along with God, the devil is also doing things. Both are working with people to accomplish their individual and separate missions to destroy the other.

God is in the process of working to draw all men to Jesus in order to save them from their sins. In doing this, God allows events to happen in the lives of people that are meant to build them up and draw them closer to Him, making them more like Jesus.

However, often some of those events are troubling ones. People do not always see it as the hand of God moving in the situation. They do not see things working by His Holy Spirit,  but by the power of self and man.

The angel had to tell Zechariah the meaning of what he saw, which was God does things by His Spirit, not man’s ability or power.

Believers today need to have their spiritual eyes opened to see what God is doing and then to trust in God’s power and ability.

As you look around you, seek to see God’s hand at work. Understand and know that God is at work and in control. Let God work in your life.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to you what is really going on in the spiritual war all around you. Then seek God to guide you in how to respond and be a part of His great, eternal work here on this earth.

God is ready to show you what He is doing. Are you ready and will to open your eyes and see it?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that God will open your eyes to what the devil is doing; that you will trust in God’s power to work in your life; and that you will be a soldier in God’s mighty army.