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.

Daniel 4:2 Excited To Talk

Excited boy

It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. Daniel 4:2 

When something great happens in the life of a person, he is excited to talk about it. He will begin to tell everyone and anyone about what has happened. He does not care what others think about it.

People are very quick to talk about getting a new car, a new job position, a new house, a new child or grandchild, and the list goes on as to what they want to talk about. They will also talk about the latest events in the news or the latest sports game.

The passion and excitement about what is talked about can run high. Some will agree, while others may disagree with what is said.

King Nebuchadnezzar was excited to talk about what God had been doing in his life.

Every believer has a story to tell about what God has done in his life. Many believers act as if there is nothing exciting that has ever occurred in their lives. They do not see any miraculous workings of God in their lives. Yet, they do have miracles in their life.

Just being forgiven and saved is a miraculous story itself. However, there is also the miraculous work of provision of food, clothing, housing, and more in each person’s life. The daily life of being able to breathe and live is a miracle in itself. God’s amazing provision for places of worship and other believers to worship with is something to be talked about.

Along with all of these, there are the miracles of overcoming sin and temptations that occur on a regular basis. Many also experience miracles of healings and recovery.

When the believer thinks about it, he has many things that God has done in his life to talk about.

Take a moment to take note of all the things great and small that God has done in your life. The blessings are as numerous as the sands on a beach.

Now go out and tell others about those things. Be bold to stand up and talk about God and what He is doing in your life. Be willing to boldly talk about what God has already done in your life.

The world needs to hear your story about God. Do not be afraid of the world, but let them know.

I pray today that you will see the work God has done in and through you; that you will see all the miracles God is performing around you; that you will talk about what God has done and is doing; and that many will come to know Jesus because of your testimony about God. 

Ezekiel 39:8 It Will Happen

Almost midnight clock

It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. Ezekiel 39:8 

When something big to occur is in the works, people will talk about it coming and promote it. Months before a big movie is to be released, there are trailers being released to pump it up. Days are counted down to its release. Millions of people get excited about it happening, because they know it will happen. There is a high level of expectation.

It is common to see things being promoted that will happen in the future. Some things are a year away, while others things are within months. Either way excitement is drum up to get everyone ready to be a part of the new event.

God was preparing to bring judgement upon the nations. Although it had not yet occurred, God was telling the people it is coming, pumping them up to be ready for it.

There are yet prophecies of what God has promised in the Bible that are yet to come. Yet, they are coming.

At some day in the future Jesus will come again as He had promised. At that coming, there will be judgement upon all people for what they did or did not do. That day will be unlike any other day in all of history, because it will effect and change the entire world with everyone in it.

Knowing this, believers need to be telling and warning people of what is to come. They need to know that they can escape the harsh judgement of God against them by repenting and believing in Jesus.

For the believer, the return of Jesus will be the greatest thing that could ever possibly happen. For the unbeliever it will be the greatest horror that could happen.

It is coming! It will surely take place as God has promised.

You know that Jesus is returning as a believer. With that knowledge, first, live for God with all of your life. Second, let people know about what God is going to do. Give the world the warning of what God will do to those who do not obey and follow Him.

Do not allow doubt creep in and remove the excitement of the coming return of Jesus to leave you. Stay excited and looking forward to it. As you wait, let others know and build His kingdom. It will surely take place.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you look forward to the return of Jesus; that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; and that you will live your whole life for God. 

Ezekiel 3:18 Accountability In Warning

Dead end sign

When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. Ezekiel 3:18 

Warnings are found everyone and on everything. The government has required that companies give all types of warnings for nearly every possible situation that could occur negatively.

When there is no warning and something bad occurs, the company can be held reliable for the bad situation and be made to pay for it. These warnings must include every thing, regardless of how simple or complex it is, or whether it is common sense or not.

God told Ezekiel that he would have to go and speak to the people whether they would listen or not. If he was told to warn them about their sin and he did not do so, he would be held accountable for their death in sin, because he did not give the warning.

God still gives people warnings. As Jesus left the earth, He charged the disciples, and all believers, to be a witness. They were to bring the gospel news to every person. This gospel message would be that they were dying in sin and needed to repent and turn to God, believing in Jesus for their salvation.

This message is a warning. Every believer is still held accountable for when they obey that commission or do not obey it. If they do not bring the gospel message to a person, when given the opportunity, they will be held accountable for that person’s death in sin.

Doors to be a witness will be opened every day by God for every believer. Each one must be willing to do his part, whether the people will listen or not. Every person needs an opportunity to choose to accept or reject Jesus.

You have also been given the same mission to be a witness for Jesus to the lost. As God opens a window of opportunity to be His witness, you must take it. Do not allow the opportunity to pass. If you do, that person’s death in sin will be on your head. God will hold you accountable for not being His witness.

Be willing to talk about Jesus to everyone you meet. Do not allow yourself to become accountable for the death of a soul, because you chose not to speak.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal opportunities to be His witness; that God will give you His boldness to be a witness; and that you will speak God’s word to everyone you meet.

The Fruit Of The Spirit: Faithfulness

Faithfulness word

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

Thank you for returning with me to this study on the fruit of the Spirit. I am sorry I had to miss a study last week due to busyness of things in life with my family.

We have already looked at the fruit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness and goodness. Today I want to look at faithfulness and what that looks like in the life of a believer.

Faithfulness is being true to one’s word in both word and action. It is being able to be trusted in every way.

In this fallen world, faithfulness is very difficult to find. People are faithful only as long as it is beneficial to them and they can see the benefits. As soon as the benefits can no longer be seen, people quit and change their mind, words and actions to go against what they were originally saying and doing.

Woman searching

Employers are no longer strongly faithful to their workers. It is only about making the business look good. Workers do not remain faithful to the employer. They only want to make the most money for the least mount of work.

Proverbs 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? 

Solomon brings up a very good point. People all over the world claim to have unfailing love, yet, that love often fails. The person is not faithful to their word. If you don’t believe it, look at marriages. How many people claim undying love at the wedding, in and out of the church, only to end in divorce and hate a few years later?

People are quick to change their minds and hearts towards someone or some task. They choose to step away, rather than stick it out and being faithful. Every excuse under the sun is given to be able to cancel former promises and vows. It is difficult to find a person who is truly faithful.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10-23

The beginning example of faithfulness is found in God. From the first day of creation until this day God has proven Himself faithful. God has always done what He said He would do. God promised salvation to Adam when he was kicked out of the garden. Several thousand years later, God fulfilled that promise in Jesus.

Jesus was faithful to God and to His mission of saving people as He walked on this earth. He did not allow Himself to be deterred from the mission to die upon the cross to save all people.

As a believer and follow of Jesus, we are to be just like Him. This means we should be faithful in everything. God and others can trust that what we say we will do, we will do it. We will always act in love and care for others and God.

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. Hebrews 3:5

Moses was one who is seen as being faithful to God. Even though he did slip up at times and make bad choices, he, as a whole, remained faithful to God. He led and taught the Israelites as God wanted them to be led.

Sharing the gospel

Our lives should have the same epithet that Moses had–that we are faithful to God. This means we are being His true witness of who Jesus is and what He has done and will do for every person. We are to do the work God has called us to do–be His witness.

Being faithful in being His witness means that we will be that witness every time we can in every situation. We will not back down from being His witness because we are faithful.

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

As soon as you began to believe in and trust in Jesus for your salvation, you were given a trust. It was an investment in you that was to be built up and increased. You have a work to do.

It is easy to just hold on to salvation and not do anything with it, just as it can be easy to hoard money in order to count it as wealth. However, salvation is given to be also passed on.

Passing on something

Being faithful is not an option. We do not get to choose whether we are faithful or not, we must be faithful just as Jesus was faithful.

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23

Jesus gave a parable about faithfulness. Those who are faithful with what God has given them will be rewarded. Those who are not faithful with what God has given them will lose everything.

We have been given salvation and the gospel message. We have been given the duty to be His witness to everyone. Being faithful means that we will pass that message on to others and we will live as though we are saved.

Old faithful geyser

You can ask yourself if God would be able to say that you are a good a faithful servant. Being filled with His Holy Spirit, you will be able to answer yes to that question.

In our own strength, we will fail in being faithful. It is easy to be led astray and change who or what we are following or doing. The world is following their own desires at the moment, changing all the time, unfaithful to anything.

As a believer, you are to be faithful. Jesus has given you His Holy Spirit to give you what you need. As you walk by His Holy Spirit, being led by Him, you will be faithful to God and to others. You will always think, say and do the right thing. God and others will be able to trust that you will always do the right thing every time because you are faithful.

Going back to Galatians you can see how the fruit of the Spirit works in your life. It begins with love that brings about joy, leading to peace, leading to forbearance, which then causes you to be kind and full of goodness. With all of these things you will then be faithful to keep doing them and walking in those fruits of the Spirit.

Again thank you for continuing with me on this little look at the fruit of the Spirit. Next week I plan to look at the next fruit: gentleness. I hope to see you then.