John 19:11 No Power

“Jesus answered, You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Jesus had been arrested and brought to Pilate for a trial. The leaders who brought Jesus in wanted Him to be crucified…killed. Pilate tried to give Jesus a chance. He tried to have Jesus defend Himself, but Jesus did not say anything at all. He tells Jesus that he has the power to free Him or crucify Him. Jesus in turn points out that without God giving him power, he would have none at all.

People everywhere like to express their authority. They like to point out how powerful they are and what they can do. This especially happens when they want to use that power on someone else to get them to do something specific.

When a person expresses this type of power, most people get fearful. They look at the situation and feel they are backed into a corner. Many will back down and do what that person requested out of fear, even if they did nothing wrong.

This can often happen in a workplace for Christian believers. A believer does some witnessing and a supervisor states that he must stop or his job is threatened. Many believers will back down and stay quiet.

What you as a believer must do is first ask God on what to do. Does God want you to back down? If not, do not worry about the power the other person has. All the power any person has is what God has allowed them to have.

Pilate would not have had any power to crucify Jesus unless God had given him that power. The same goes for any person today.

Who do you fear more? The person in an authoritative position in this world? Or God?

Follow God and trust that He has the situation under His control. God may be using you to reach someone. Or He may be using the other position to move you so you can help someone else.

Are you willing to be used by God? Are you willing to trust His authority over all men?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will not fear what men threaten; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that Jesus will use you to draw many to Him.

God’s Provision

The last week and a half has been a great trial for my family. It seemed like if something could go wrong it did.

It started with one of the hinges on the back door broke, so the door was hanging by one hinge. The hinge cannot be replaced in itself, the whole frame has to be replaced. Amazingly God is keeping the door still attached till we can get a different frame and door. We have one, but with the rain and business of life, I have not been able to install it yet. God is providing for our needs.

A little over a week ago our main vehicle, a suburban, broke down. We had no idea as to what was wrong for sure. It is about 10 years old, with 325,000 miles on it. I was nervous that it would be down for good. Besides that, I have no extra money to pay for the repairs. I have a large family and need large vehicles to transport them. It takes the suburban and another vehicle to go anywhere as a family.

We had it towed to a shop and was told there that it would be nearly $2,000 worth of repairs. There was nothing we could do about it. It sat there while we prayed and tried to figure out what to do next.

A couple of days later, my van then broke down. It was in some extreme heavy rain storm. My wife and one son was with me. My little baby was home, waiting to be fed. The serpentine belt fell off the pulleys somehow.

Amazingly, a friend was in the area that is a mechanic. He came by and after a few minutes and getting soaked, he was able to put the belt back on and we drove home.

The following day a friend heard about our suburban and had it towed to a different mechanic. That mechanic was able to do the repairs in less than half the other price. Along with that, our friend provided the money for the repairs and we were able to get our suburban back.

Through all of this our needs have been met. God is providing in miraculous ways! I do not understand why these things are happening, I just know who is in control.

I pray that you will trust God in whatever your situation is in your life. I hope that this little testimony of God’s provision for my family will encourage you today. God is faithful and He promised to meet all of our needs. He is doing that for me, and I know He will do it for you.

John 18:34 Who Is Jesus To You

“Is that your own idea, Jesus asked, or did others talk to you about me?” John 18:34

Jesus had been arrested and was brought before Pilate for trial. Pilate did not really want anything to do with Jesus. One of the first things Pilate asks Jesus is if He really is the king of the Jews. Jesus asks him if that was his own idea or from someone else.

Jesus was very popular at this time. People everywhere knew about Him. Many knew Him, or of Him, because of the miracles He had been doing. Many also saw Him as the new king of the Jews.

They remembered the prophecies of the prophets that God would send one to be king and rule over them. While many loved Jesus, there were also many that did not like Him. He was changing their ways of living. Either way a person thought of Jesus, there was lots of talk about it. It was not stated in complete secrecy.

Even today, many people may talk about Jesus. Children are sometimes raised in a Christian home, being told to believe in Jesus. When children get older, often they leave the church, because church was something their parents did, and it was not for them. Believing in Jesus is something the parents believed. The children do not have that belief in their heart. They have not experienced the personal relationship with Jesus.

Who is Jesus to you today? Is He just the One you worship and talk about on Sundays? Is He just the One your friends or spouse believes in? Or is He your personal Savior, and Lord, ruler of your life?

Too many people have all of their belief in Jesus just based off of what others say. You need to have a direct relationship with Him. You need direct realization for yourself as to who He really is in your life.

Are your beliefs in Jesus your own? Or are they just what others have told you? Have you seen the miracles of Jesus in your own life? Or just in the lives of others? Is Jesus your personal Savior today?

I pray today that you will see Jesus for who He really is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior; and that you will tell others of what you know of Jesus.

John 18:27 Denying Jesus

“Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.” John 18:27

The night Jesus was to be arrested and crucified, He had told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed. Peter did not accept that statement. After Jesus was arrested, there were three different people who came up to Peter stating that he was a follower of Jesus. All three times Peter denied it. This happened before the rooster crowed.

Many people want to state this downfall of Peter. They want to say that they will never be like that and would never deny Jesus.

Although many believers in the church would not directly state that they do not know Jesus, there are other ways that they may deny Him.

Probably the most common way is choosing to sin over fleeing the temptation to sin. People like to excuse their reasons why they sinned, instead of stating that they messed up. Often the sin was a purposeful chosen sinful act, rather than an accident in the spur of the moment. For a person to sin, he must choose to deny the power of Jesus and what Jesus has done in his life.

Another common way to deny Jesus, is choosing to not talk about Him to people who may or may not know Jesus. When you chose to believe in Jesus, you also chose to take on the work He is doing. His work is to bring everyone to salvation. Your job is to be that witness in this world.

Every time you choose not to tell someone about Jesus, you are denying Him. You are telling the world that you do not know Him, when in fact you do.

Are you ashamed of Jesus? Are you afraid of what others might do if you did talk about Jesus?

Jesus was not ashamed of you when you came to Him. He is not ashamed of you now. He wants you to be with Him. He wants to make you like Him. Be bold and do not be afraid to claim to know Jesus. Proclaim Jesus in all of your words and actions.

I pray today that Jesus will be more real to you; that you will not deny Jesus in your words or actions; that you will not fear knowing Jesus publicly; and that God will use you to draw more people to Jesus.

John 18:11 Accept What is Given

“Jesus commanded Peter, Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11

Jesus and the disciples were in a garden and had just been doing some praying. Judas and some soldiers came up to arrest Jesus. Peter grabs his sword and fights back cutting the ear of one person. Jesus quickly rebukes Peter and states that He must drink this cup because it is given by the Father.

Peter was doing what was normal. He was defending his leader. Jesus, in his eyes, was to be the king and He had done nothing wrong. It was within his legal rights to fight back.

Yet, Jesus stops Peter from doing this. In another gospel, it is recorded that Jesus told the disciples to pray to not fall into temptation. Here might have been one of those temptations. Peter was tempted to fight back and not do God’s will.

Jesus had to be arrested and killed. It was all a part of the Father’s plan to save the world.

In life today, there are times things may come up that you want to fight back on. You may have a legal right to fight back. Now, today, fighting back rarely allows for physical violence as Peter did. It usually will allow for taking a person to court or some other method of getting back at them for the wrong done.

Before you fight back, pray about it. Find out if what is happening is a part of God’s plan for your life. There may be a reason you have to go through the problem of being wronged. God may want you to drink that cup of pain and suffering.

The reason for it may be to build you more like Jesus. Or it may be, like with Jesus, to help someone else out become more like Jesus.

Are you willing to accept everything that God gives you? It is easy to accept the good, but what about the painful, hard stuff? Find out what God’s desire is, and follow it. Trust that He knows what is best for you.

I pray today that you will know the will of God in your life; that you will trust the leading of God; that you will accept everything God gives you; that you will not fall into temptation to fight back when it is not God’s desire; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.

John 17:9 Praying For You

“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.” John 17:9

Jesus is now praying for all believers. He states that He is not praying for just anyone in the world, but for those that God has given Him. God wants to save every person in the world, but not everyone will believe. Jesus focuses on those who do believe.

In life when things go bad for a person, he often feels very alone. He feels as though he is going through that bad situation alone. He feels like there is no one to help him. Often even feeling as though God has left him or does not care about him.

Many believers will call upon other believers in the church to pray for them. They will call the pastor of their church to state their need.

While all of this asking for prayer is good, it must be remembered that Jesus is also praying also.

Who would be better to be praying for you than Jesus? He knows God perfectly. He knows God’s desires for you perfectly. He also knows what you need most in a perfect way. Jesus knows what you need even better than you do.

The ultimate goal of Jesus is to make you more like Himself, who, in turn, is exactly like God the Father. People on this earth are focused on making your life better in comfort. Very few know and focus on the spiritual growth with God. They are not focused on what is best in your life.

As you are going through a situation, do not stop praying and do not stop asking others to pray for you, but remember Jesus is praying for you also. Jesus is in heaven and never sleeps. He never takes a moment off to do something else. He is constantly praying for you.

Knowing this should bring you peace and comfort in your situation. Knowing that Jesus is looking out for you in His prayers. Everything will turn out for the best in the end, if you allow God to use you and do it His way.

I pray today that God will fill you with His peace; that you will know the care Jesus has for you; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will become more like Jesus each and everyday.

Ditches in The Desert

Tom:

Here is an excellent article on trusting God for the impossible by Karina’s Thoughts. It will challenge you. May God bless you with it as it has blessed me.

Originally posted on Karina's Thought:

DITCHES IN THE DESERT -Karina's Thought

Today, my morning activity in the office begins with an interesting conversation with my secretary. I didn’t know why she suddenly asked about this thing, “Ma’am, do you really believe in what is written in Luke 1:37?” My mind directly drifted to that verse. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” A bit difficult to answer this question. I could answer, Yes! Of course I strongly believe that nothing is impossible for God” but it only will be a stumbling block if my attitude and deeds at a later time not in accordance with my word. Then I try to answer its question carefully. I said, “I always pray ask for strength and wisdom to keep learning to believe everything that God says. I always open my ears wide to listening every of His word then I put it in the deepest of my heart as something absolute…

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