Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
From believing in to believing…
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, NLT)
“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink!” I am sure at some point in your life you’ve heard that phrase. Here’s my version of it, “You can show a person Jesus but you can’t make them believe.” One of the saddest stories in the bible can be found in chapter 10 of Mark. “Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” (Mark 10:21–22, NLT)
There are times when I believe John 6:35 should end like this, “Whoever believes me will never be thirsty.” I say that because the man in Mark 10 must have believed in Jesus or he wouldn’t have gone to him in the first place. However, he went away sad because he didn’t believe Jesus. Remember, “The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24, NLT)
It wasn’t that long ago when the under-tunes of prayers for myself and family went something like this, “Miracles are for others but not for me or my family.” For me those prayers ended with the amen. While in reality when we believe in prayer and believe prayer when we utter the amen the prayer is just beginning. Jesus teaching on effective prayer said, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7–8, NLT)
It is the Holy Spirit that makes the difference between believing in Jesus and believing Jesus. It almost as if the Holy Spirit comes to us with an eraser and erases the word “in” and suddenly we find ourselves at a deeper level of intimacy with Jesus.
When you pray God is not going to be offended or hold it against you if you say, “LORD I believe help and forgive my unbelief.” Things happen when we believe!
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”
**Romans 15:13, NLT