Finally a day off but not much time this morning to write. We have our Liam and Kayson with us for a couple days (man they are funny) and we have to get to church this morning to dig into Mission 101 with some great people. Not to mention I have to make pancakes for the boys!!!
So this morning I’m in John 7 – it’s all about Jesus and the Jewish leaders along with the people who are divided about who he is. You can really feel the tension and the fear in this chapter. A couple things really stick out to me today…
- The Jewish leaders want him arrested, Jesus is speaking in the Temple and he is teaching on the will of God and the Law of Moses, he ends his talk with “Moses gave the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.” Now that is the way to end a sermon lol. The crowd replied, “You’re demon possessed! Who’s trying to kill you?” Jesus tells them about how he healed a man on the Sabbath and compared it to Moses Law of circumcising a son if falls on the Sabbath. Then asked the question “So why should you be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath?” and then ends the entire thing with this one little statement that I LOVE — “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly” Not only a fantastic word for the crowd but for you and ME!!! No matter what we say you do, most of us judge by appearance first….even when we try not to…we do! When is comes to spiritual things, teachers, preachers, and when it comes to everyday life as we interact with people, from your family to the guy or girl who ask you for money at the gas station…. we do not know everyone’s story.
- The second thing shows me how they were all so worried about Jesus because they knew where he came from and he had no training. I believe in training and school, I went to school to learn about the Bible… but WITH THAT SAID.. it is the Holy Spirit that teaches, trains and gives revelation, gives us a deeper understanding and reveals the Scriptures to us. I know men and women who have degree’s under their belts, great knowledge of the Word of God, but they are dead to the Spirit of the Word of God. Give me a man who devotes his life to study of the Word through the power of the Holy Spirit any day!! Near the end of Chapter 7 the people was saying “We have never heard anyone speak like this!!”
Have a fantastic day today — if you need encouragement or if you have a victory please share it on the FB page MCC 21 Day Fast