In the book of John, chapter eight, verses forty two through forty seven, Jesus questions the unbelieving Jews and gets right to the point, He tells them like it is!
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:42-47 NKJV)
And this is my favorite quote, “Why do you not understand my speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. (John 8:43 NKJV)
Most of us have a hard time believing in something that we don’t see, we need to have visual and physical proof, we need to be able to touch things. The original Jews had all the proof they needed. They actually saw and could touch Jesus! They witnessed the signs and miracles that He had performed! But they were stubborn, and Jesus knew in their hearts that they were more concerned about their own desires than that of God, so they refused to believe that he was the Son of God. They could not believe because their desires were more important!
In order for us to experience God’s grace and forgiveness we must be of God, we must set our hearts and desires on the things that are Heavenly and not the things of this earth. Believe in the Gospel and believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Have faith even though you can’t see or touch Jesus. Have faith by His written word, He does exist! The Bible is our proof that He is alive and He is alive today! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV) You can understand Jesus! Just listen to Him through His written word! Trust in Him and listen closely to what He has to say! Grow your faith by picking up a bible and reading it daily! Learn from it! Meditate on it! Breathe It! live it! Follow in the footsteps of Jesus and let Him lead the way! Jesus tells us in John 15:7 (NKJV) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” Keep Jesus and His words close to your heart; pray daily and follow in all His ways and your desires will be given to you! Jesus also tells us in John 15:11 (NKJV) “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” Continue steadfast in the things of God and your life will be full of joy no matter the circumstances!
Thank you for giving us Your word, thank you for giving us a way to learn what Your will is for our lives! Thank you for Your one and only son who died on a cross for our sins and gave us a way to enter into Your presence. Father we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we let Him lead the way! The way to you! The way to life! The way to your Heavenly Kingdom! Father, we know from Your written word and the history of your people, that if we have faith, and we put our trust in you, we will succeed, we will overcome all things, good or bad! We will persevere! We will have abundant Joy no matter the circumstances! Father we accept your will! Make it so! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen!
Craig L Bradshaw Jr – August 5, 2013