Bible Devotions

Pursue Love

Read 1 Corinthians 13. 

What Love Isn’t

Love isn’t the warm, gushy feeling you get when being romanced by your sweetheart.  Love is not a sexual desire or longing for physical interlude with another person.  These are examples of mere feelings.  While feelings may accompany love, they are not love.

 

What Love Is

According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  In addition, we know from 1 John 4:16 “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”  These attributes of love are really attributes of God and those who love God. 

 

Steps to Love

We need to realize we have a choice to love.  Love isn’t easy or free of effort.  It takes a decision to love.  It takes determination to continue to love.  Most importantly it requires the Holy Spirit to love.  As God is love, we can not love without God’s presence.  That’s where the Holy Spirit comes into play.  For those who believe Jesus died for our sin and rose again for our eternal salvation, the Holy Spirit is given to us and enables us to love. 

 

Results of Love

There is no doubt when someone loves.  You can see it in their life.  Love exhibits it self in your life and the lives of others around you.  Jesus gave us lots of examples to follow: washing His disciples’ feet, feeding thousands, denying His will and following His Father’s will, and laying down His life for His friends, as well as many other examples.  Love changes things.  Love forgives.  It extends mercy rather than judgment.  Love builds up rather tearing people down.  Love seeks to restore rather than destroy.  Just look the relationship of God and His people.  Although His people repeatedly sinned and rebelled against Him, He still made it possible, through Christ, to be saved. 

 

Above all else we can choose to do in this life; the greatest of these is the choice to love.  Pursue love today. 1 John 4:7 NKJV says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

 Lord, thank you for loving us and enabling us to love you and others.  Help us choose to love and follow your example.  Thank you for your Holy Spirit in us to lead us in your love.  In Jesus’ name Amen. 

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Way of the Righteous

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:6 NKJV 

Read Psalm 1.  This is a wisdom psalm.  Its purpose is to provide us with wisdom for godly living.  If we carry out what is described in verses one and two, then verse three will occur.  We are also to remember this doesn’t apply to the ungodly.  Their path leads to destruction declares verses four through six. 

 

Let’s look at each verse in more detail. 

 

Verse one:  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;” What kind of attitude does one who walks in counsel of the ungodly have?  They probably have a self-centered attitude caring only about satisfying their own desires.  How about the one who stands in the path of sinners?  They may have a “live and let live” attitude that says everyone is entitled to do what they want.  What kind of thoughts does a person who sits in the seat of the scornful have?  I imagine the scornful have critical, judging and condemning thoughts.  The Bible teaches us we will be blessed if we don’t follow these patterns of living.

 

Verse two: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” The more we read of God’s Word, the more delight we take from it.  As we’re faithful to seek out God through His Word, He will fill us with delight.  Please notice the delight doesn’t come unless we read His Word.  It is conditional.  If we want the delight, we need to meditate day and night in His Word.  Romans 12:2 says be renewed in the mind by allowing God to change the way you think. His Word and His Spirit in us are the agents that renew our minds.

 

Verse three:  “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Here we have more benefits of focusing on God and His Word.  Look at what Jesus said in John 4:14 NKJV “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  The Word is God’s water and source of life.  Without God’s water we can not bear fruit, but with it we shall prosper.

 

Verse four: “The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.” The ungodly will not endure.  There is a time when they will be no more.

 

Verse five: “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”  Those who choose to go their own way will have a difficult time when judgment comes.  This verse clears states they won’t be able to stand.  They will be removed from the assembly of the righteous.  Next time we clash with the ungodly, we are to show mercy to them. Just as Jesus cried out on the cross “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing” we too should seek the Father’s forgiveness on their behalf.  They really don’t know what’s coming.

 

Verse six:  “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” The way of the righteous is secure but the ungodly way leads to death.  Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  The ungodly do not understand the path their on.  Pray for the ungodly around you.  While you’re at it, continue your own steadfastness.  Keep yourself in the love of God by continuing in His Word, meditating day and night, and practicing what you learn in your life. 

 

Jesus told us we are the light of the world; therefore we are to let His light shine from us to everyone around us.  In this way, many more may come to know the Lord as their personal savior. 

 Lord Jesus, thank you for dying in our place.  Thank you for making it possible for us to have a relationship with God.  Thank you for leading us deeper into your truth.  May we be mindful of your Word and pray for those who do not know you yet.  In your name we pray, Jesus.  Amen.  

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The Lord’s Heart for His People

Read Isaiah 1.  

The message from the Lord is so clear, logical, and reasonable although so many refused to hear it.  Although this message was to the Israel, it does give us a better understanding of God’s heart towards His people and how His people responded to Him. 

 Their Choice to Rebel

God made Israel, although He is their Father, the children rebelled against Him.  They wandered away and didn’t realize their sin.  They provoked the Lord’s anger as they turned away from Him.  In verses two through four we see the Lord saying even the ox and donkey know their master, but not my own children.  Nothing hurts like your own child shunning you.

 Their Desolation

In verse five through nine, God goes on to outline His children’s sickness and describes the desolation because of it.  He reminds them they would not exist had He not saved a remnant. 

 Their Worthless Worship

He further outlines the problem with the children’s worship and how wicked it had become to Him.  God is Holy, therefore, He is forced to hide His eyes from His children and refused to answer their prayers.  They worshiped Him with their mouths but their hearts were far from Him.  Can you hear God’s heart breaking as He describes this?

 

God’s Expectations

God reminds the children what is expected of them in Isaiah 1:16-17 NKJV: “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”   Notice how the first four items are geared to the individual’s responsibility:  (1) Wash yourself, (2) cease doing evil, (3) learn to do good, and (4) seek justice.  All of these are aimed at changing their inward heart and mind.  Next, God says (1) rebuke the oppressor, (2) defend the fatherless, and (3) plead for the widow.  Notice how these three items appear to be outward reaching and geared towards helping others.  God’s message has always been the same:  Love God and love others.

 

Reward for Obedience

Isaiah 1:18-20 NKJV says “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” God says let’s work together, “if you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.”  The reward for obedience was exchanging their scarlet sin into white wool.   Again, we see God showing the way to forgiveness. 

 God’s Work

Sadly, the children of Israel didn’t want to obey, so God takes matters into His own hands.  He explains in verses 24-31 He will take vengeance on His adversaries, He will purge away the dross and alloy from His children, He will restore the judges and Zion will be redeemed with justice.  Consider what the Lord said He will do.  Know the word “will” is in the present tense.  The Lord is doing these things within the moment of today. Next God describes happens to those who don’t turn to Him.  All those who forsake Him shall be consumed.  They shall be ashamed.  They shall be embarrassed.  They shall burn together in the end and no one shall quench them.  Consider the future tense of the word “shall”.  Notice how the statements about judgment are all future tense.  The Lord is patient and doesn’t want a single one to perish.  But in order for there to be justice these things must happen to those who do not return to the Lord. 

 Lord, thank you for your word.  May be better understand your heart and choose to draw closer to you as we study your word.  Renew our minds and enable us to live for you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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A Matter of Choice

 

Have you ever noticed how the routine hurts of life can lead us to think we don’t have any choice?  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Life is all about choice.  We have more power to choose than we give our self credit for. 

 

We make choices all the time.  We choose to make a friend, get married, or have children.  We also choose to give love or give respect.  We choose to commit to a relationship and to put forth effort to maintain that relationship.  We even choose to believe God or not.

 Choice in Attitude

The easiest and most cost effective method of make-over is by adjusting your attitude.  Believe it or not you have a choice about how your attitude affects your life.  You can choose to let the circumstances of life cause negative thoughts to rule your mind.  Or you can choose to think on all you have to be thankful for.  Who is easier to be around someone who is always negative and complaining or someone who always thinks positively and gives people the benefit of doubt?  Philippians 2:5 says “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” He was humble and servant-hearted.  Are you?

 

Choice in Speech

Our words have a major impact on everyone around us.  We can use our words as weapons tearing down people with harsh, uncaring sayings.  We can use our words to build people up, encourage them with God’s Word.  A pleasant word at the right time is like honey for the soul (Proverbs 16:24). 

 

Choice in Marriage

You may have decided to get married.  Part of this commitment was to love and respect your spouse for the rest of your natural life.  This commitment requires work to maintain.  When wives choose to respect their husbands the man is more likely to respond by loving his wife.  Likewise when husbands choose to love their wives, the woman is more likely to respond by respecting her husband.  When both choose to give the other what they need, both are satisfied and God is honored by their obedience. Refer to Ephesians 5:22-33 for biblical instructions for husbands and wives.  Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ Cracking the Communication Code, the Secret to Speaking Your Mate’s Language is a great resource for helping us understand each other better.

 

Choice in Parenting

Whether you decided to have children or are around children a lot, you have a choice to make.  Will you commit to being a godly influence? Will you raise your child in love and admonition of the Lord? Or will you continue to worry about yourself and leave your child to figure things out on their own?  If God’s given you children, you have a choice to be a good steward. You can either build them up and encourage them or neglect them.  Which is honoring to God?  Proverbs 22:6 NKJV says “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

 

Choice in Relationships

Regardless of type of relationship you’re in, you may choose to display God’s character or not.  You can choose to love others as God has loved you.  Or you can try manipulating others to get your needs met.  Where two people come together without expecting anything in return are good relationships.  These people extend grace, forgiveness and mercy.  They seek to understand before being understood.  They seek the other’s best interest over their own (Philippians 2:4).  As they put others first, they fulfill God’s command.  Blessings come when we are obedient.

 Choice in Salvation

God honors our decisions.  If our decision takes us down the path of eternal destruction, God will be crushed by your decision but He will allow you to continue in your own way.   Just like in every other area of life, you have a choice for salvation.  God’s plans and purpose are not to harm us but to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).  We can choose to accept God’s way, Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins and His resurrection which brings us life eternal or not.  He won’t force you to accept His truth but He surely hopes you will recognize the extent of His love for you and come to Him (Matthew 18:14).

 

In every aspect of life, we have a choice to follow God’s way or our own way.  Have you noticed when ever you choose your own way, things don’t turn out exactly how you planned?  That’s because you don’t know everything, like God does.  He knows what’s best for us and He longs to lead us down the path of righteousness. 

 Lord, you alone know what’s best for us.  Help us to turn to you with all our choices.  Equip us to make the choice to follow you in all areas of our life.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

 

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He’s Watching Everything

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.  Proverbs 15:3 NKJV 

Does this bring you comfort and encouragement?  Or does it strike terror in your heart?

It depends on whether you are being obedient or not, doesn’t it?  If a child knows his parents are not looking, he may reach into the cookie jar when he’s not supposed to.  If the child knows he’s being watched, he may not attempt to take something he’s not supposed to. 

 

It’s the same with our spiritual walk.  If you’ve given your life over to Christ’s rule, by recognizing your sin, seeking forgiveness through Christ, then His Spirit lives within you.  You know He is with you everywhere.  He is there in your thoughts.  He is there in your outward actions.  He is ready to step in to help you when ever to you turn to Him for assistance. 

 

One of the problems is we forget He’s so close, because He’s not visible like a human being is.  We think we can handle things on our own.  But when we do we are shunning God.  He wants to be the first thing we think about.  He wants to be the first one we consult when faced with a decision.  He wants us to seek Him for daily direction.  Proverbs 15:11 says “Hell and Destruction are before the Lord; so how much more the hearts of the sons of men.”  This speaks of the Lord watching us.  He’s checking us out to see if we’ll do the right thing.  He’s watching our move to see if we’ll choose to draw closer to Him or continue doing things our own way.

 

The Bible says “fear of the Lord” hundreds of times.  Fear of the Lord is to have proper reverence for who God is.  Remember, He spoke this world into existence.  He can easily speak it out of existence if He wanted to.  He is merciful and patient as He does not want a single person to perish but all to come to know Him and be saved.

 

Fear of the Lord keeps us in proper perspective too.  If we reverence God for who He is, we will clearly see us for who we really are.  We are sinners needing forgiveness.  With that securely in our mind, we are more dependent on God to walk with us to deliver us from continuing down a path of sin. 

 

Proverbs 15:33 says “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom and before honor is humility.”  A key to gaining wisdom is fear of the Lord.   Before we can attain wisdom, we must humble our self before the Lord. 

 

What do you think?  Are you willing to humble your self before our Lord?  He’s willing to forgive your transgressions and guide you along the path of righteousness. 

 Lord, thank you for watching over us and being in us who believe in Christ.  Help us have proper reverence of you.  Enable us to be quick to run to you for counsel.  May we continue to humble our self before you and attain your wisdom.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

 

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Seeking a Spirit-Filled Life

The Bible has much to say about a Spirit-filled life.  Every believer wants to be filled with God’s Spirit and the truth is they are.  Today we are going to look at what a Spirit-filled life looks like.  As you read, consider whether these traits are visible in your own life.  If not, pray to our Father and ask Him to help you remove the obstacles preventing this kind of life.  

Marked by Humility

Believers who are well aware of their own sin are much more likely to be forgiving of another’s sin.  They are not judging, critical or condemning for they themselves know they are sinners too. They extend mercy and grace to others because they’ve received mercy and grace from God.  Humble people tend to lack pride, self-promotion and wanting their own way. 

 Considered to be Loving

A loving person is one who is servant-hearted and considers others above themselves.   First Corinthians 13:4-8 NKJV says this about love: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.”

 Confident in God

The Spirit-filled believer is confident in God’s ability as proven by what God has already done in their life.  They know they are forgiven, a huge miracle in itself.  They are not bound by past sins because Christ has already paid the price for those sins.  Praying without ceasing is commonplace in this person’s life because they have experienced the power of God and subsequently know how to depend on God for everything. 

 

Obedient to God

The believer who practices daily living God’s commands is considered to be obedient.  This individual knows there is safety and security in submitting to the authority of God.  The one goal of the believer is to love God with all their body, soul, mind and strength and love others as themselves (Luke 10:27). The obedient disciple of Christ will deny self, carry their cross and follow Him daily by putting off the old sinful nature and purposing putting on the new Spirit-directed nature (Luke 9:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17). 

 

In summary a Spirit-filled life will be evident by the spiritual fruit we see in their lives.  Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV lists the type of fruit produced by the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”  If you are feeling discouraged about your progress, do not be deceived but rather cast those thoughts away from you.  Remember no one lives the Spirit-filled life perfectly in this life, but as believers we are called to yearn for it.  God is the one working in us to transform us to His image and He’s not done with us yet. 

 Lord, we thank you for saving us from a life of sin and for giving us you’re Spirit to guide us into truth to live for you.  Thank you for your life-giving word equipping us to live godly lives until Christ returns.  May we bring glory by allowing the Spirit to produce its fruit in our lives.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

 

 

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Why Resistant to God?

We are all resistant to God at some point in our lives.  The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.   To sin is to rebel against God.  Even unintentional sin, is resistance to God.  Today, let us examine several reasons why we may be resistant.  As you read, ask yourself if these scenarios are present in your life.

 Too Prideful

Proverbs 29:23NKJV “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” Pride takes on many forms. It can be selfishness, thinking your better than someone else, false humility, know-it-all attitude, self-sufficiency and on it goes.  Pride hinders us from hearing and receiving God’s truth about our self.  If you have a hard time taking a criticism, offering forgiveness, or saying “I’m sorry” you might be prideful.

 Too Critical

Being critical or judgmental of others can also lead to an inability to receive God’s love.  This is also tied very closely with pride.  Are you measuring others by some impossible standard?  If you were to measure yourself by the same standard would you pass or fail?  What right do you have to judge someone?  Are you God?  Look at what Jesus said in John 8:15 NKJV “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.” Only God can judge rightly because He knows a person’s heart.

 

Too Wounded

Have you been hurt by someone you love?  Having a hard time trusting again?  Do you feel like you have to protect your self from getting hurt again?  We’ve all be wounded.  Let’s face it, we’ve all wounded others.  We’re not perfect.  The Bible tells us in John 16:33 we will continue to have trails and sorrow but we are not to worry because Jesus has overcome the world.  If we allow our wounded-ness keep us from God’s healing grace we are our own worst enemy. 

 

Too Fearful

God’s love casts out fear.  Anyone still fearful is someone who’s not been perfected by God’s marvelous love yet (1 John 4:18).  Does fear have you parallelized?  Are you afraid of discovering the depth of your sin?  Are you fearful of knowing God because you think He’ll send you off to some foreign country to minister?  The Bible is full of “Do not fear” and “Do not be afraid” statements God makes towards man.  God is good.  There is no darkness within Him (1 John 1:5).  His intentions are for our best interest (Jeremiah 29:11).  We can trust He will take care of us. 

 Key Take-Aways

God loves you and doesn’t want anyone to perish.  (John 10:28)

God is not out to get you, but rather to draw you closer to Him. (Matthew 11:28-30)

God wants you to live an abundant live now and live with Him for all eternity. (Isaiah 55:1, John 10:10)

 

What do you think?  Did you discover any areas in your life needing God’s restorative touch?  Call on Him.  Ask Him to come and heal the broken places in your heart.  Ask Him to cut away the pride and criticalness in your attitude.  Ask Him to fill you with His love to cast out all fear.  He is faithful and will answer prayers aligned with His will.  Those seeking Him will find Him.  Taste and see the Lord is good. 

 Lord God Almighty, you alone can make a difference in our life.  Thank you for sending Jesus to take away our sin and open the door to you.  Enlighten us to the things hindering our relationship with you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  

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Liberty in Christ

And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32 NKJV 

Believing in God

Living a life of liberty in Christ is possible by believing God.  The Bible tells us there is no darkness in Him, He can not lie, and His plans are to prosper us rather than to harm us (1 John 1:5, Jeremiah 29:11).  God is good and we can count on that.

 

Understanding the Truth

The Bible is the Word of God written through men as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Bible tells us it is good for doctrine, teaching, rebuking and correcting a man in righteousness that he might be lacking nothing (2 Timothy 3:16).   God gave each believer the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us for the purpose of guiding us into all truth (Romans 5:5, John 16:7-14). 

 

Agreeing with God

A sinner is anyone who chooses his/her own way over God’s way. The Bible teaches we are all sinners who fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23).  As we read God’s Word it becomes obvious how we miss His glorious standard for us.  When we become aware of our sinfulness, we are expected to confess our sins and seek His forgiveness.  The Bible tells us He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

 

Accepting the Gift

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). While on earth, Jesus Christ was God in human form.  He was the perfect, sinless example of how we are to during our life time.  He came to pay the price of our sin and make it possible for us to live for eternity.  In John 14:6 NKJV Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Anyone who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth Jesus is Lord will be saved (Romans 10:9).

 

Renewing Your Mind

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).  Only God’s truth can renew your mind.  The Bible teaches us to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, are of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy – meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).  Reading and meditating on God’s Word is crucial for renewing your mind.

 

Denying the Lies

As God’s Word infiltrates our minds and hearts, the lies we have believed start becoming visible.  We can recognize the lies easier by comparing them to the Word of God.  The Bible teaches us the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  We are responsible for our thoughts.  If our thoughts are filled with lies, we need to capture them, make them obedient to Christ.  God’s Holy Spirit in us gives us the very power we need to make God’s Word dwell in our minds rather than lies.

 

Practicing the Truth

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).  The old life of sin is gone and the new life of the Spirit has come.  If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).  Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).  When you do walk in the Spirit the following fruit will be evident in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

Living in Victory

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin:  He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:2-4).  Christ has freed us from the power of sin, if we will accept His work, and allow His Spirit to renew our minds with God’s Word, we will live obediently and abundantly in truth. 

 

 Lord, thank you for your Word and Spirit.  Enable us to turn to you for forgiveness of sins. Teach us to walk by the Spirit that we may live in the liberty of Jesus Christ.  In His precious name, Amen.  

 

 

 

 

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Do You Believe In The Son of Man?

This seems like a simply question, doesn’t it? My guess many “Christians” might answer that question with a resounding YES!

However, before we answer the question we might consider what the phrase “The Son of Man” means.

Matthew 16:13-17 NIV says:

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”

 

There are 83 references to “The Son of Man” in NIV translation.  Not all are references to Christ, but the ones with “Son” capitalized are.  Here are some for your consideration:

Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 24:27 “For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

Matthew 25:31 “”When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.”

Luke 21:36 “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 22:69 “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”

John 1:51 “He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

John 5:27 “And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”

Acts 7:57 “”Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.””

We can see clearly from these verses, the Son of Man is title displaying authority and Diety.  As we ponder on these verses, we might be inclined to add other fitting titles such as: Son of God, Messiah, King of kings, Lord of lords, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, and Almighty God.

Now think for a moment of all God has done.  He spoke the world into existence. He created all we see from nothing that was seen.  He created all the plants, the animals, the earth, the sky, the stars, the planets, and the sustaining power of the balance of our solar system.  He created people with a free will.  He gave us creativity, communication, and intellect. He holds the waves of the sea in His hand.  He is without time because a day is as a year to Him.  He healed people through touch, sight, and simply speaking it.  He raised people from the dead.  He spoke dry scattered bones back into place and breathed life into them. He caused the sun to stand still.  The earth quakes at His presence.  All of creation cries out in praise to Him.  Nothing is impossible for Him.

God, in the form of Jesus, reigns over everything.  You and I are included in everything, whether we choose to acknowledge Him or not.

If we do choose to believe Jesus is the Son of Man, then we are agreeing to be under His authority.  We willingly yield to His agenda for our life and sacrifice our own.  In order to place our self under His authority we must be willing to accept our position when compared to God.

Let’s think about what position that might be.

He is God.  We are His creation.  He is Author of life. We are alive because He made us.  We can do nothing apart from Him.  He holds our very breath in His hand.  God is holy, without sin, without deceit, and without hypocrisy.  In Him is every good gift.  We are not holy, we are stained. We are not pure, we are tainted with sin. We are not honorable, we are manipulative, selfish and hypocritical.  He is merciful. We are critical and judgmental. The list could go on. Just remember what Romans 3:23 says “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  This sin we speak of has to be dealt with.  Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death.”

We must see this about our self to fully appreciate how great God is.  He loved us enough to do something we could not do for our self. He made a way to cleanse us from every wrong. He took our sin upon Himself, and died in our place to pay for our sin.  The last part of Romans 6:23 says “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The sin is dealt with.  It is finished.  We who believe in Jesus’ atoning work on the cross, are forgiven our sin-dept.  We are dressed in His robe of righteousness, as if we had never sinned to begin with.

If we have fully grasped the meaning of God’s authority and our position under His authority, our life should show some signs that we are different beings.  Jesus said you must be born again to enter the kingdom of God.  Through faith we believe and are saved by His grace.  Our obedience to God’s Word is one outward expression of the inward transformation.  Don’t think you can short cut the process by avoiding looking at our sinful self and just trying to do more good things than bad, for that is evil in God’s sight.  Good works done are done from a heart so radically changed by the grace of God it is done in reverence and love for HIM and nothing from our self.

Now, having looked at the authority of God compared to our sinful state, are you able to answer the question?

Do you believe in the Son of Man?

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How would you finish “If Only…?”

For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Mark 5:28 NKJV 

How many times have you said “If only…”?  If only ______(fill in the blank) I would be satisfied.  If only I were married, I’d be happy.  If only I got that job, I’d be significant. If only I had a baby, I’d have someone to love me.   

In most cases, when we use the “if only” statements in our thoughts we are playing unhealthy games.  The “if only” sentences above are just a few that show how misplaced focus can lead us down the wrong path.   But this devotion isn’t about the wrong path.  It’s about choosing the right path.  

Our example comes from Mark 5:25-34 today.  There was a woman with a “fountain of blood” flowing from her body for twelve years.  This poor woman had suffered many things from the hands of those who claimed to be doctors.  Although none of their treatments had helped her, she grew worse.  I don’t know about you, but I can hardly stand a week of flowing blood.  I don’t know how this poor woman dealt with twelve years of it! 

One day she heard about Jesus.  The Bible doesn’t tell us what she heard, but we can safely assume it might have been about how Jesus healed people.  Whatever she heard, it was enough to compel her to check it out for herself.  She came up behind Jesus in the crowd and touched His garment.  Her thought was “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”  

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.  Isn’t that wonderful? Finally after twelve years of trying everything else, she is healed!   Everything other method was counterfeit.  Only one method could heal her condition.  What she faced is what we face.  All of us have the issue of sin in our life, which can only be healed by coming to Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).   

Recorded in verse 34 is my favorite part: “And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.””  Her act of chasing after Jesus, to catch up to Him in the crowd, and to simply touch the hem of His robe was deliberate and active faith.  Jesus’ healing power was released because of her faith.   

Her “If only” was to touch His clothes to be made well.  Hers was a healthy “if only” because she focused on the One who could heal her.  She had enough faith to try again, after so many failures.  Her faith did not give up.  Her faith compelled her onward to Jesus our great Physician.  Her faith, according to Jesus, made her well.  

 

What kind of “If only” statements are you thinking about?  May your “if only” be the kind which leads you to Christ.  

 Lord thank you for your patience with us as we try so many things before we finally come to you.  Thank you for your healing touch.  May our faith be like this woman that we may be healed.  In Jesus’ name Amen. 

 

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