Those who truly believe

(Read last post for the back story)  So often I don’t feel like doing what I know I need to do.  It’s really clear in my mind what it is that I need to accomplish, but feelings take over and it takes a conscious effort to carry out the task that I know I need to complete.  It appears in John 7 that Jesus had some moments like this too.

In spite of the lack of belief of his disciples Jesus kept moving forward with his mission.  Even though he was unwilling to go into Judea (Jn 7:1), he went anyway, by himself, in secret.   He didn’t feel like going, but he knew that it was what he was supposed to do.  When he got to Judea a lot of people were talking about him.  He ignored the chatter and went into the temple to teach.  The air was thick, the religious leaders were hanging on every word in order to trap him, yet “many of the crowd believed in Him.”  (v 31).  Jesus competes his teaching on the last day of the festival by saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (v.38)

Two belief statements, one promise: rivers of living water will flow from within those who truly believe.  I want that!

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Today I was reading John Chaper 3 and I saw where Jesus told Nicodemus that He came down from heaven v-13. Then I saw how much He loved me. He left heaven and came down to reveal the Father and explain how the kingdom of heaven operates. He explains how the wind and the spirit are similar, “you cannot tell where it is going” v-8, but like wind you know it is there.
I am at a point where I cannot tell where the Holy Spirit is blowing. I have put forth much effort in finding work. I have re-invented myself, applied for new jobs, interviewed in Guam, Japan, and all over the US. I have sold my car and every asset I have to feed my family. Today, my wife sold her car.

Because we have put forth so much prayerfull effort, I found this truth:
“The plan that my Father laid out for my life is coming to pass no matter what. He has such a tight grip on my life and He wants to be sure I get all He has planned, that He will not let me mess it up”.
You know how you tell your kids get in the car we are going whether you like it or not! Then when they get there they have a so much fun that all you hear is joy and laughter.

I found the truth that Paul wrote about in 2Corinthians 1.8
“We do not want you to be uninformed about the hardships we suffered…we were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. BUT THIS HAPPENED that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God”.

Linda and I have been under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure BUT THIS HAPPENED that we might not rely on our skills, our contacts, our education, our fighting spirit, or our material resources, but on God.

I cannot find a better place to be than dwelling in the secret place of the Almighty.

Just remember, “BUT THIS HAPPENED”.

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