Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Truly God Devotional 6

Truly God Devotional 6

As we gaze up at these Giant Sequoia trees let's think about Christ leaving His throne and coming down from Heaven to live the earthly life of a servant slave. The power of a God and the frailty of a human being all rolled into one perfect man. Jesus had a mission! He was a missionary God. Self-grandeur such as becoming a king had no place in Christ's thinking. Jesus was grace and truth in perfect harmony. We should all strive to be more like Him. We are seeing that Jesus spoke a lot about who He was. Let's look at our next passage:

John 6:37-40

"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

Those are some reassuring words right there! Amen! Praise God! Once He has us He never lets go! Once a true believer is chosen....you are chosen for good. The trinity has been secretly drawing you to Christ all along. Once you have your "come to Jesus" moment, Jesus promises here to NEVER lose or destroy you. Isn't that wonderful? Makes me think of my favorite Psalm!

Psalms 139: 7-12

"Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Shoel, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night, even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you."

Awesome! Amazing! Miraculous! Don't try to hide in the dark because He will see you as clear as day. And we know from this weeks devotional that He'll never ever ever let go. He has a tight grip! AND....He is going to raise you up at the last days and we will all have eternal life. No death. No pain. No sickness. Just Jesus! I love that picture!

Jesus is protector, securer, holder and the raiser-upper of the faithful. Jesus is our last days champion! Oh what a joyful day that will be! Now that's something to be awestruck about! Praise God for sending His wonderful son Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Truly God Devotional 5

Truly God Devotional 5

When we make our cookie dough it is made with lots of love. The cookies remind us of home and hearth and of family and friends. Food can be a comfort when we aren't feeling well and is a necessary component of human life. But what of our spiritual life? In John 6:33 & 35, Jesus explains just exactly who He is in terms that ALL people can understand.

"For the bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world." Jesus said to them, " I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."

Jesus says that He is food and water. These are both major necessities for sustaining the human body. Food and water gives us energy and as children allows us to grow. It is the foundation of human existence. It fills us up, comforts us, and renews our strength. It quenches our need or emptiness.

Through Jesus, God has continued to give the bread, but rather than the Manna of the Old Testament, it is a sustaining and eternal spiritual bread in the form of Jesus, God's only Son.

Much like the woman at the well who understood "the living water" literally, so too was the message of the "bread" taken. Utilizing the example of a basic human need, Christ tells and shows who He is. Jesus, "the bread of life" gives eternal life to everyone. In Him all of our basic human needs and spiritual needs are satisfied. Jesus is the bread of life! Believe in Him and live!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Truly God Devotional 4

Truly God Devotional 4

This is the fourth in this devotional series and we're hoping that you are enjoying it as much as we are. So many people today are more comfortable thinking of Jesus as a prophet only. But that's not at all who Jesus said that He was. The Bible has allowed Jesus to communicate with us over the centuries and its pages are full of prophecies of Jesus' coming and the actual words spoken by Jesus while He walked this Earth. Let's look again at John and see how else Jesus describes Himself.

John 5:19-23

So Jesus said to them, "Truly truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father."

When Jesus says, "Truly Truly" He really means it! We see in vs. 19 that Jesus and God work together in perfect harmony. Jesus was incapable of doing anything different than what the Father was doing. This could only be said of one who is the same as the Father; one being. God loved His son Jesus so much that He shared ALL of His power with His perfect, but fully human son. The Jews didn't like that Jesus made himself equal with God. They considered it blasphemous. They didn't see the divinity of Jesus' healing and resurrection power. It was a hard concept to understand. The dual nature of Jesus and God in one person was made quite clear in the Old Testament also.

In Deuteronomy 32:39 we see that only God has the power to raise the dead and heal. "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand."

I Samuel 2:6 states, "The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Shoel and raises up."

II Kings 5:7 says, "And when the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy?"

Healing and resurrection power are the sole prerogative of God proving that Jesus was fully human and fully God. Jesus and God are fully interchangeable.

How wonderful! Jesus is one with God and IS God. He is Healer. He is deity. He is judge. He is wonderful isn't He? Yes He is!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Truly God Devotional 3

Truly God Devotional 3

Sometimes Jesus spoke in parables using symbolism to communicate with those who would understand. Those who wouldn't understand....well, they just didn't get it. Other times He was soft, sharp and to the point. He didn't waste time or words. Ever. So lets visit John 4:25 & 26 and see what else Jesus said about who He was.

John 4:25,26

The woman said, "I know that Messiah is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us." Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am He."

Well, that was simply said. There was no way the woman could have missed that message. Jesus says that He is Messiah. Messiah is a term that means "anointed one." In the Old Testament the term was used as a summary of a coming king who would lead, teach and save God's people. He would be a great king of David's lineage.

Deuteronomy 18:15 says, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me among you, from your brothers-it is to him you shall listen."

Verse 18 goes on to say, "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him."

In this passage from John 4, the Messiah is here and revealing His deity to this lone Samaritan woman. He knew her truth! She certainly was impressed with Him because she returned to town to tell others and get them to come and see Him. How wonderful to have met the savior! As Christians, someday we will meet Him too!

So far we have covered quite a few descriptions that Jesus has spoken about who He is.

He indirectly told Nicodemus that He was the "son of man."

He told the Samaritan woman at the well that He was a gift of God, a life-giver and the anointed-by-God Messiah. Now that's a hallelujah moment right there people! Have a blessed week!