Philippians 3:10 What Do You Really Want To Know?

I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10

Knowledge is something that most people are searching for. Search engines are one of the greatest tools on the internet, that are used billions of times every day by people around the world.

People are wanting to know how to do nearly everything and anything. They want to be able to understand nearly everything. One common thing many search for is how to really live a life that is full of purpose.

As Paul talks about the need for faith over works, he points out that he really wants to know Jesus, both his resurrection and his sufferings, so that he may be more like Him.

Churches are filled with people who have placed at least some faith in Jesus. These people want to be saved from their sins and from judgement. While this does save them, many stop right there and don’t go any farther with their walk with God, not really wanting to know the power of the resurrection bringing out a new creation, nor knowing and understanding the sufferings Jesus went through.

The moment suffering starts, most will cry out to God asking for it to be immediately stopped or else they get mad at God and walk away. Instead of embracing suffering for Christ, they turn angry and bitter. During times like this, instead of growing in their faith and becoming more like Jesus, they become more like the world.

Going through suffering for the sake of Jesus, will help a believer grow stronger in his faith in God. He will see God’s hand strengthen and provide for him in ways that could not be seen or learned without suffering. It will make him more like Jesus.

As a believer in Jesus, you must ask yourself what you really want to know about Jesus. It is easy to know the stories of Jesus from the bible, but that does not give the same knowledge as going through the same types of sufferings He did.

To fully understand and appreciate what Jesus did, you must be willing to walk the same path He did. Be willing to lay down your life for others to know Jesus and go through pain and suffering to get the message out.

What do you really want to know?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the power of His resurrection; that you will participate in His suffering to spread the gospel message of salvation; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.

John 9:25 Just Tell What You Know

He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:25

Talk is something that is easy for most people. For some people they can talk about anything and everything, regardless of how much or how little they know about the subject.

People like to talk in such a way that it makes them look like they know what they are talking about, even when they don’t. They will make up information, just so they will look intelligent on the subject.

After being healed of blindness, by someone he did not know, a man was being questioned by the Pharisees. He tells them that he doesn’t know whether the man is a sinner or not, but tells them that he was blind but can now see.

Believers are often questioned by non-believers about things God has done in their lives or in the lives of others. The bible is often questioned as to the truth of it.

Sometimes these questions are beyond the knowledge of the believer. Some will try to make up information to make it appear that know everything about God and His ways. This will often cause a bad argument and lead to no where.

Instead of talking about what one does not really know about, he should just say what he knows. Two things that every believer knows is what God has done in his life, and why he believes in Jesus.

There is no believer who knows absolutely everything about God or the Bible. Speaking the basic truth that one knows will keep one from falsehood and getting into a trap that the world tries to set for a believer.

As one speaks this way, he is revealing truth.

As a believer you have your own story to tell of what God has done in your life and what you know about God. There will be many things that you do not know or understand about God and the bible.

Do not try to appear super intelligent, but speak only what you know is truth in your life. The simplest thing you can say that no one can refute is your telling what God has done in your life. Anything beyond that can lead to falsehood or wrong motives.

Go and tell people what you know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others what God has done for you; that you will speak God’s truth at all times; that God will guide you in understanding His word to you; and that God will guide you to keep you from falling into the traps of this world.

Matthew 28:5 Where Are You Looking For Jesus?

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.” Matthew 28:5

Everyday people are searching for something. Often it is something that they have misplaced and are trying to figure out where it was put. Others are searching for something that they had in the past, an experience or a feeling, and desire to have it again.

While they may search for that experience in the past, it is often gone forever, or it has moved on to something new and different. Many fear that it is completely lost with no hope left.

After Jesus had died, He rose again a few days later. Some women chose to go to the tomb and see the tomb of Jesus. When they got there an angel told them to not be afraid, though they were looking for Jesus and He was not there.

In the beginning of the life of a believer, he often has experiences with God that are outstanding. Jesus appears to be especially real and alive to him when he first believes. Later in life some bad circumstance occur and he may feel that Jesus is missing. Often he will go back to the old ways of being with Jesus, rather than seeing that Jesus has moved on forward with new things.

God is not one to just stand still and stay in the same spot forever. He is always on the move, working to build His kingdom that will last forever.

Jesus had died and did the job of purchasing salvation for all who believe. Now it was time to move forward and build the kingdom.

One needs to be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit to know and understand where God is moving and move forward with Him.

As a believer you have met Jesus in your past. You may be wondering where He is today in your life. The initial joy of following Him has gone away and you are searching for Him again.

Do not go back to the tomb, but move forward in where God is working today. Jesus is no longer dead, but alive and working hard. Seek to be led by His Holy Spirit in the place that He is today.

Allow yourself to grow and mature as you work with God on building His kingdom. Where are you looking for Jesus today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God in your life every day; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit as to where God is working in your life; that you will keep your eyes open to what God is doing; and that you will be doing the work God has for you to do.