John 7:6 Only At The Right Time

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Therefor Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do.” John 7:6

The Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was occurring in Judea. The disciples wanted Jesus to go to the festival in order to do miracles and present Himself to the world. Jesus did not want to go at the time, because He said it was not the right time to do that…yet.

Timing is very important. Yet, many people ignore timing of things in their lives.

When farmers plant their crops, they must do it at the right time. If they plant to early, the plants will not begin to grow. If they plant to late, the plants will not be able to grow enough. Many people try to grow a garden and do not keep in mind the timing of when to plant or when to harvest the food.

Businesses must be aware of the right timing to sell certain items. Selling notebooks and pencils must be done at the right time. If a store sets the out to be sold in June, they will not sell many, because people are not in the mindset to purchase those items. School is over and it is the wrong time. They look to buy those items in late summer, getting ready for school again.

God has a timetable of when things should occur. Because He knows the past, present and future of every person on this earth, He knows the best time for everything to happen. The disciples may never have understood why Jesus did not go right away to the festival, but Jesus did. He was following what His Father wanted Him to do and in His Father’s timing, not His own.

There will come times when you will ask God to do something for you, a healing, provision, or some other provision in your life. God may hold off for a time, because it is not the right time or He may do it right away. It is to be done at the right time.

Or God may put it in your heart that someday you may do something specific, but not right away. He wants you to wait for the right time to start. God will guide you when the time is right to begin, if you allow Him to do so.

Wait on God’s perfect timing for everything. Trust His timing.

I pray today that you will trust God’s guidance in your life; that God will show you His time for everything in your life; that you will only move in God’s timetable; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

 

 

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John 6:60 Who Can Accept This?

Not Accepting

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” John 6:60

Jesus had been talking to His disciples about Him being the bread of heaven. He had stated that they would need to eat His flesh and drink His blood. As Jesus was saying these things, some of the disciples started pointing out how this was a hard teaching. They could not see how anyone could accept it.

There are many people who will believe just about anything that is told to them. They will believe that they just won a million dollars and can claim it, if they just send in some money to cover the claim costs.

However, while some people can and will believe just about anything, not everyone will. When these people hear something, if it is too good to be true, they won’t believe it. If it is something that is too difficult or impossible, they won’t believe it.

Talking about eating flesh and drinking blood is something that is very difficult for most people to accept or understand. Yet, Jesus was not talking about physical eating and drinking, but a spiritual sense of eating and drinking.

Using eyes and ears of this world will cause a person to hear and see only the physical side of things, not the spiritual. Hearing and seeing physically will cause many things that God has to say very difficult to understand or accept.

God is spirit and works and speaks in the spiritual realm. Some of the words have to be seen that way, or one cannot accept them. Believers are expected to walk by faith, not by sight. They are to trust the teachings of Jesus and use His Holy Spirit to understand them correctly.

As you read the Bible you will come across teachings of Jesus that go against the main thoughts of people today. They are difficult to accept.

There will also be times when God asks something of you that is difficult to accept. It will go against the main thoughts of people today.

In either case, you must be willing to accept them. Seek God to help you understand and trust His words. The cross was very offensive, yet it was the very thing that brought you life.

Will you allow yourself to be offended at the words of Jesus and not believe?

Or will you accept His words?

I pray today that you will know the words of God for you; that God will help you understand His words; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit in understanding; and that you will accept all of God’s word.

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.

John 5:17 Are You Working?

Man At Work

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

Some of the leaders had came up to Jesus and accused Him of working on the Sabbath. Jesus just looked at them and told them that His Father, God, was always working and so was He.

Working is something most people do. They want a job so that they can work and earn a paycheck. Some people love to work and will work non-stop at their job because they want that large paycheck. Others will work just enough to meet the needs they have. There are also some that work at trying to get out of work. They do as little as possible.

Reality points out that there is always something to do. A person can work non-stop all the time, if he really wanted to do so. No matter how much a person gets done at his workplace, there is usually something else that can be done.

However, many people look at those extra things that could be done and state that it is not within their job description. They refuse to life a finger to do more than what is absolutely required of them. They want to relax and have fun.

God is always at work, because there is always something to do. His goal is to save every person in this world. That is a non-stop 24/7 job. Jesus was working in the same way while on this earth. He knew there was work to be done, so He did it.

Believers are to be just like Jesus and God the Father. They are work so every believer should be at work. As long as there is one person in this world who does not believe in Jesus, there is work to be done.

You may look around and not see work that needs to be done, but then you must stop and ask God to open your eyes to the needed work to be finished. There will always be someone who needs to know Jesus. There will always be someone who needs prayer or healing.

Time off comes when you step through the gates of heaven. Until then there is work to be done. Every day, all day, you must be working to build God’s kingdom.

Are you working today?

I pray today that you will see the work of God; that you will be working for God; that God will show you what needs to be done; and that you will find your rest in God and not in the ways of this world.

John 4:37 Everyone Has A Job

Sowing And Reaping

“Thus the saying, ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.” John 4:37

While the disciples were away getting some food, Jesus talks to a Samaritan woman. When they return, they encouraged Him to eat, but He said He already has food, that is to do the work of the Father. Then He tells them that the field is ready for harvest and that one sows, while another will reap.

A farmer is the one who plants the seeds in a large field and waits for the crops to come in. Later, once the harvest is ready, that same farmer is the one who goes out and brings in the harvest. This will work for short-term growing foods. Foods that will grow within a few weeks or months.

When a person plants a row of oak trees from a small seed, it can take many years before any results are seen. It is usually not the person who planted the oak trees, but others who reap the benefits of those trees.

Jesus came into this world in order to save people from their sins. The world has become the harvest field and there are many people who are ready to be saved.

The work of bringing a person to salvation is not the work of one person completely on his own. It takes a group of people to benefit from it. One or more people start by planting seeds into the life of a person. Those seeds are things that show the person God’s love, pointing out that there is more to this life than what the world is showing, showing the faultiness of mankind, showing mercy, and pointing people to Jesus.

Those seeds need to grow. They grow by others confirming what was said and by other believers working in the life of a person.

Eventually the person says yes to Christ, through the word of one person. That person gains the harvest, even though he did not sow all of the needed seed. The groundwork was done by others.

As you go through your life, there will be times that you will be the one to sow seed into someone’s life. Other times you will be the one that brings in the harvest for God.

Either way, you must be working together with others to bring in the needed harvest. Have the mission Jesus had to save the world.

I pray today that God will show you ways to sow more seed into the lives of people; that God will use you to bring in the harvest that is ready; that you will have the goal of Jesus to seek and save the lost; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to all.

 

John 3:3 How To See Heaven

 

New Born Baby

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee, came to Jesus in private and told Him that He has to be a teacher from God. Jesus did not acknowledge the truth in that statement, but did say that a person must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus was confused at that statement and Jesus tells Him what it means.

A lot of people all over the world want to see the kingdom of God. Different people have different views on what God’s kingdom may look like, but the desire is there all the same. The majority of people believe that if they work hard enough, they may get to see God’s kingdom.

Jesus made it very easy to see the kingdom of God, yet very impossible for a man to do on his own. All a person must do is be born again. Just as with Nicodemus, many might think that means a physical rebirth, however, it does not. This is a spiritual rebirth.

Think of a little new-born baby. When a new baby is born into this world, he is born with no bad past history and no personal sin. He is clean before God. The baby has no preconceived ideas or thoughts. His total trust is in the parents and there is no fear, only love and trust.

Later on people bring in sin, fear, hate, and other wrongs. They are no longer pure and clean before God.

When a person comes to Christ Jesus and repents of his sin, Jesus is willing to remove that sin. The person becomes as though physically reborn again. He is now clean with no sin or darkness in his life. The spirit is now just like when he was born as a baby and is pure before God.

You have to make that choice for yourself. If you are like many people, you want to see the kingdom of God someday. In order to do that, you also must be born again.

Allow God to change your heart, mind and spirit. Allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin and make you pure before God. Become like a little new-born baby before God.

Are you ready to see the kingdom of God?

Are you born again?

I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin; that you will be able to stand pure before God; and that you will be reborn again in your mind, heart, thoughts, actions and spirit.

John 2:4 In His Time

Wedding Feast

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4

Jesus and His disciples had went to a wedding in Cana. While there the host had run out of wine. Mary mentioned that to Jesus. He asked why she tried to involve Him. Later Jesus had the servants pour water into the glasses. As the water was drank, it was turned into wine.

All throughout the bible people are told to ask God for what they need. They are to be bold in what they request and seek God for. There are many examples of people asking for things and God providing the need.

However, there are also many times that a person asks God for something and does not get it. Sometimes he does not get it right away, while at other times he never receives what was desired. This has to do with God’s will and timing.

Mary had asked for some help in a situation that the people had, yet Jesus did not fulfill it right away. He waited. His waiting was to wait on His Father for the right time. Jesus knew that it was not His time to do a miracle in public yet.

Most people who are asking God for something, want it right away. They cannot understand why God wants them to wait or why they never receive it. This is where trusting in God’s timing is important.

God sees the bigger picture of life. He sees the beginning, middle and end all at the same time. Because He sees this bigger picture, He also knows when it is the best time to do anything.

It is the same with parents of little children. Little children will request something and the parents will say not right now, wait. The parents understand why waiting is best, but the child does not. The child must trust in the parent.

As you request something from God, remember to wait for His answer and trust it. You may have to wait a while for that request to be fulfilled. Know that God has your best interest in mind. It may not be the time for it right now, though as a human being you see it as an immediate need.

In the right time, God will turn your water into wine. Wait on Him and trust Him for your provision.

I pray today that you will seek God for all of your needs; that you will trust in God’s timing in your life; that you will not fear God did not hear you; and that you will do all things on His time-table.