John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.

John 1:1 It Begins With God’s Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1

Scientists are always striving to find out the beginning of the earth and life of mankind. People want to know how and why there is life upon this earth. They want to know the purpose of mankind.

The majority of people hold to the belief that all of this is just random chance. Everything that exists and is today, is by the chance of evolution. Yet, they still seek to find the actual beginning, that remains elusive to their searching.

John writes that is was the Word in the beginning and that the Word is God.

As the world searches for what began everything and the purpose for everything, God’s Word gives the answer. It started in Genesis and was repeated by John, that everything began with God’s and His Word.

For the unbeliever it does not make sense, because then the question comes up as to when did God begin. However, for those who believe God’s word it lines up everything in perfect order.

The good news with knowing that everything started with God and His Word, is that believers can trust Him with everything in their lives. If God has the power by His Word to create everything, then He has the power to take care of everything also in the life of a believer.

One becomes a believer because God called Him. It does not start with the believer himself, but with God. God is at the beginning of all. He is also the end of all things.

Knowing this, the believer must be willing to look to God’s word for guidance in every area of life. God and His word have all the answers to life and its problems.

God has called you to believe upon Him and His Word. Instead of looking to this fallen world and the sin and lies it promotes, look to God and His word. It is perfect and infallible.

With the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and God, you have access to all power and authority in all creation. You have access to wisdom that was from the beginning of all time.

God created everything with you on His mind. He also sent Jesus, His Son, to die for you, so that you may have the life He meant you to have. This was His plan from the beginning.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will seek God’s word in every situation in your life; and that you will know God’s word for you each day.

Luke 18:8 Will You Display Faith?

I tell you, he will see that they will get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

Scientists and engineers are always seeking ways for mankind to be able to do everything that they desire on their own. There is a common belief that man can do anything he sets his mind to do. There are no limits.

All of these people have great faith, but it is in themselves, their abilities and the things they have invented. It is a faith and belief that with enough time, money and effort anything is possible.

Jesus had just given a parable about being persistent in pursuing God’s help, having faith that God will do what is needed to be done. Then He asked if when He returns, if He will actually find any faith on the earth.

Faith is trusting God for what cannot be seen or what has not occurred yet. People have faith in things, other people and themselves every day.

Many claim to have faith in God, but do not really show it. They come up against a problem in life and bring it to God for a moment. As soon as God does not clear the problem immediately, they begin to seek ways to solve it themselves or with the help of others.

Seeking to do it by oneself so quickly is removing faith in God to answer in the best way. One no longer has true faith in God, but more in self and others.

Every believer must put complete faith in God for everything. Things must be laid on the line trusting God so much, that if He does not come through, the person or thing will fail.

Pursuing God for help must be the top priority, not self-help or help from others. This is faith in God.

Each day you will have opportunities to exercise your faith in God. There will be things you must bring to God and lay it at His feet to take care of.

You have a choice as to whether you will let God take care of your needs, or you will strive to do it all on your own without His help. This is a choice of whether you will have faith in God or in self.

When God looks at your life, does He find faith?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God’s abilities and love; that you will seek God first for all your needs; and that you will see God work in your life.

Luke 9:26 Are You Ashamed?

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

It is common for people to be embarrassed by other people that they know. A family member does something crazy in public or completely wrong and the rest of the family members are ashamed of him.

The actions can be done in fun or by accident, but are seen as not good. Others cannot believe that it was done and don’t want to be seen with that person.

Jesus stated that if anyone would be ashamed of Him or His words, He would be ashamed of them when He returns.

While many people will quietly claim to believe in Jesus, many will not openly talk about it. Their belief is often seen as something private, only for behind closed doors. The reason for this is that believing in Jesus goes against the norm of society. The things Jesus teaches goes against the world’s philosophy.

Every person who truly follows Jesus will be very different from the world. They will stand out in a crowd of people, because they do not act and talk like the world. Most people do not like to stand out, so they will hide in shame of what Jesus teaches. They will be ashamed of God’s word.

Despite what the world thinks, God’s word is true and Jesus is the only way to the Father. Jesus and His followers will be different and set apart from this world.

Any one who is ashamed of Him and His word, does not truly trust Him and is not following Him. Believers must be willing to be open about their faith and let the world know about Jesus.

As a believer you must know what you really believe and stand upon it. Do not allow the world’s ways of thinking to cause you to back down and be ashamed for what you believe. Do not be ashamed of the truth that the world is quickly rejecting.

When you choose to hide your belief in Jesus, you are being ashamed of Him. You are not being like Jesus, being bold in your witness. If you are ashamed of Him now, you are really saying that you are not really following Him. Then He will be ashamed of you later.

Don’t be ashamed of Jesus. Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life for Jesus everyday; that you will be bold in your witness of Jesus; and that you will not be ashamed to be known as His follower.