John 4:19 “The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.”’ This woman is like many religious people today, from every denomination. Jesus had just told her very personal things so it wasn’t by revelation that she received this knowledge of Jesus being a prophet. But the moment she realized that she was dealing with spiritual matters—she starts dumping all her religious theology on Him, (Like us), explaining why we go to this particular church instead of another one and so on. But Jesus set her straight. He isn’t interested in all our phony-balony, that doesn’t even change the way we live our life. If it was merely a matter of where to worship God, this woman wouldn’t have been living the life she was living. If many of our religious beliefs were merely a matter of Lutheran or Pentecostal, submerging or sprinkling, our life should be different—but instead, Jesus might say the same to us—You worship what you do not know. What Jesus cares about is our personal relationship with God, our heavenly Father. How well do we really “know” Him? Is what we know about God changing our life? Many of those who call themselves Christian’s are living a lie, much like this woman—Going to church here and there, but their life hasn’t really changed. If what you believe in and stand for is really what you believe in, then it will change your life. If our beliefs are not changing us into the image of Christ—then we’ve missed it somehow. It wasn’t wholeheartedly. Seek Him more clearly. Look for that life changing Gospel and give it the “wholehearted” search and you will find Him. Don’t just perceive things about Him... KNOW Him personally.
Father, thank you for the patients You have in dealing with us. Open our eyes and ears to Your Living Word so we truly come to know who You are and not just another religious. Your Word promises us that we will find You when we seek you wholeheartedly. Amen
II Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Have you ever knowingly made a promise to someone, knowing you never intended on keeping it? Have you ever known someone else who may have did such a thing? Or have your parents ever made a promise to you they knew they never intended to keep? Me either—Yet time after time again, I hear Christian’s saying that God tells us no to a promise He had made. How can that be? Is God less perfect than His own creation? I want you to think deeply on that. We have given others a false image of who God really is when we say things like this. The truth is, when we don’t receive, instead of dealing with ourself, we blame someone else or just explain it away so no fault falls on us. Or maybe like above, we say God said no. Nobody likes to fail (myself included)—yet all of us fail at one time or another, and more often than once. When learning to crawl, walk, talk, and even starting a new job, we first start out clumsy but if we keep at it, we will improve. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Even in this, God is not saying “no”. He has simply placed within His promises (and openly declares it) that some promises have conditions, but ALL must be received by faith. Most of the time people are not even standing on a promise from God’s Word, when they ask for something—they just pray for what they desire, And that’s okay, but there’s a condition to asking that way (John 15:7) And there are other things in the Scripture that we are never told to pray for, but instead we are instructed to use our God given authority to receive what has already been provided for us. Healing and finances are two of those things. What good would it do for us to pray and ask for things which God has already provided and given to us? How is that faith? That kind of action would only show doubt in what Christ has done. God instructs us to meditate on His Word and know Him for a reason. When we really know God, we will be confident of His answer. This is important. Faith knows, doubt is unsure. Meditate on that a while.
Father, forgive us for allowing doubt and unbelief to remain with us. We don’t mean to hurt you. We are slow learners and it seems difficult at times to hear the Holy Spirit’s directions. We do believe You, help us Lord with our unbelief. We also seem to have a little attention deficit and get side tracked from meditating on Your Word, help us see the importance of Your Word in our life. Keep our mind focused on Your Word. Teach us how to receive the things You have provided for us, so we will be equipted for every good work. In Jesus’ name Amen