See Jesus through the Eyes of Those Who Were with Him
- Tuesday, October 10, 2006
* The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-29): Believe that God will not reject you, even though He knows your darkest secrets. Don’t try to pretend to be someone you’re not, lie about your life, or cover up your sins and struggles. Instead, invite Jesus to confront you with the truth about your past, and come clean with Him. Ask God to free you from guilt, shame, and fear. Ask Him to flood your soul with His forgiveness, peace, and love. Remember that, in Jesus, you’re a new creation. Leave the past in the past and embrace your future with enthusiasm.
* The Syrophenician Woman (Matthew 15:21-28): Trust in Jesus’ power over evil. Understand that He intervenes on your behalf not because you’re good, but because of His own goodness. Instead of approaching Jesus on the basis of your need, demonstrate your faith to Him. Know that He will notice and reward sincere faith. Be persistent in asking for His help, and be willing to take whatever risks are necessary to pursue Him. Remember that God, your heavenly Father, has made you in His image and will never forget you because you’re a part of Him. Don’t be afraid to press forward in faith, asking Him for the help you need.
* The Man Born Blind (John 9:1-38): Invite God to open your spiritual eyes to see Him as He truly is – and know that the truth will set you free. Understand that illness isn’t necessarily the result of your own sin; it’s often just a natural consequence of living in our fallen world. Also realize that living a faithful life likely won’t spare you from experiencing physical suffering. When illness or tragedy strikes you, resist the temptation to speak when God hasn’t spoken. Accept that sometimes God chooses not to explain why something is happening to you. Instead of asking God about the cause, ask Him about the purpose – what He wants you to learn from the experience. Ask Him to give you peace in contentment in the midst of your suffering.
* Nicodemus (John 3:1-18): Rather than placing your ultimate hopes in religion, place them in a relationship – your connection with God through Jesus. Know that it’s impossible to earn your salvation. Understand that you won’t be condemned for anything you’ve done, but only for not doing the most important thing in life – placing your trust in Jesus. If you haven’t yet received Jesus as your personal Savior, do so now.
* The Two on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35): Don’t just believe in Jesus intellectually without knowing Him personally. Ask God to help your faith travel from your head to your heart. Be alert for God’s constant presence in your life and notice ways in which He’s working. Realize that life’s mundane moments are just as holy as more dramatic ones. Make a habit of looking for clues all around you that point toward God.
* Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:1-19; Acts 22:1-16): Have confidence that God will go to extremes to get your attention because He loves you deeply. Know that, no matter what mistakes you may have made in the past, God’s grace won’t give up on you. Harness your passion for good instead of evil by discovering God’s purpose for your life and pursuing that purpose with devotion.
* John the Apostle (Revelation 1:9-18): When you encounter difficult circumstances, don’t resent the unfairness and fight against your situation. Instead, make peace with where you are right now, and ask God to use even the worst circumstances to make you into the best person you can be. Don’t be afraid; remember that Jesus will never leave or forsake you. Keep in mind that the fallen world you see is temporary, but the invisible spiritual world is eternal. Rest assured that no matter how grim world situations are right now, the kingdom of God will ultimately triumph, with good overcoming evil. Pray for Jesus to keep establishing His kingdom through you and other believers, and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
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