“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord...” Jeremiah 29:12-14
There are those who seek Jesus, but they fail to come to Him. For whatever reason they never take the time to know Him. They simply know of Him.
Why might someone seek Jesus?
Seeking Him...Coming to Him...Following Him...Obeying Him...is really a lifelong pursuit!
How does someone begin? God says that if you pray, He hears; if you look for Him, you will find Him; once you come to Him, you begin to know Him. “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
“Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35
This begins a lifelong journey of following Him and obeying Him. Remember: “The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” Lamentations 3:25. Also, “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” Psalms 119:2
Come to Jesus...He’s waiting for you.
Sunday - Jeremiah 29:12-14
Monday - Romans 10:9-10
Tuesday - Matthew 6:33
Wednesday - John 6:44-45
Thursday - John 6:35-37
Friday - Luke 6:47-49
Saturday - Matthew 11:28-30
Prayer: Lord, thank you for drawing close to me as I draw close to you. Amen
How would you respond to the question: “What are the results of your salvation?” If you’re like most believers, chances are you would answer that question with one word: heaven. And it’s true that heaven is a promised future result of salvation. But, what about the here and now? Aren’t there things that happen in this life as a result of your salvation that have an impact on the way you live your life?
Paul writes in Philippians 2:12-13: “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
Paul says to “Work hard to show the results of your salvation…” He’s referring to how we live out our faith. You see, once we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, obedience to God is the way in which we live out our faith.
I know you’re probably thinking, “but that is so hard to do...obeying Him in absolutely everything.” It is impossible if we try to do it in our own power and strength. But the scripture reminds us that while we have a responsibility, so does God. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”
Trust in His power. Ask Him to plant within you the heartfelt desire to do, think, and say what pleases Him.
Here’s a question to ponder: “What is my level of obedience to Christ?”
Sunday - Philippians 2:12-18
Monday - Ephesians 2:8-9
Tuesday - John 14:15
Wednesday - Psalm 51:10
Thursday - 1 John 1:1
Friday - Psalm 51:12
Saturday - Matthew 11:28-30
Lord, remind me as I go through this week of the desire and power you are giving me to obey you in everything I do. I love you, Lord. Thank you for loving me. Amen
“John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” Matthew 11:2-5
“Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting…?”
How did they know to expect someone?
The Messiah’s coming was not a secret left in a corner, but the repeated revelation of God to His people in the Old Testament.
What were they expecting from the Messiah?
The Jewish expectation of the Messiah was of an earthly rule as King. He would make a difference through the restoration of the nation of Israel.
Jesus did make a difference, but it went way beyond any of their expectations. He restored sight…made the lame walk…healed the leper…gave the deaf their hearing…raised the dead.
What Jesus did for these He can do for you…
You see, (spiritually) I was…
Jesus makes a difference in my life everyday!
How about you?
Sunday - Matthew 11:2-5
Monday - John 9:1-41
Tuesday - John 5:1-15
Wednesday - Matthew 8:1-4
Thursday - Mark 7:31-37
Friday - Luke 7:11-17
Saturday - Ephesians 2:1-22
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for making a difference in me. Amen
What is God to you?
In Isaiah 12:1-6 the prophet sings the praises of God by declaring that God has come to save him and that God is his strength and his song.
I pray this is true for you as well...that you are experiencing the joy of salvation...that you are living in his strength...that God has given you His song to sing - the song of your salvation that only you can sing. We are to sing it to Him as well as to others.
“With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! In that wonderful day you will sing: “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is! Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.” Isaiah 12:3-6 NLT
Who do you know that needs to hear your song of salvation? Who in your life needs to experience the same truth that you know and live?
Have you told them what He has done for you?
We have been charged with making known His praise around the world. We do that by sharing our song of salvation with others.
You may be thinking, I’m not sure how to sing my song. What comes to your heart and mind when you think about the Lord and how He saved you?
There’s your song...share it...sing it unto the Lord.
Sunday - Isaiah 12:1-6
Monday - Psalm 40:1-3
Tuesday - Psalm 18:2
Wednesday - Psalm 27:1
Thursday - Psalm 42:8
Friday - Psalm 9:2
Saturday - 1 Chronicles 16:11
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving me a song to sing - my song of salvation. Lead me to someone today with whom I can share your saving grace. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts