Tag: work of God
Scripture reading for April 30th: 1st Samuel 18-19, 1st Chronicles 3, Psalm 59, Acts 13
Key Scriptures: Acts 13:1-3 “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
The early church sought the will of God by fasting, prayer and worship. In the gathering of believers, some had the gift of prophesy and spoke prophetically to the believers concerning Saul and Barnabas. God had already revealed to them a calling to preach to the Gentiles and now their calling was confirmed during a prayer meeting. The church responded by obediently commissioning them through the laying on of hands.
Psalm 59:17 “O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord, You alone have prepared the good works that You want me to do. Help me daily to see each day’s portion of Your plan as I worship and pray to You alone. Thank You that You are with me always!
1st Samuel 18:14 “And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him. And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him.”
Scripture reading for May 17th: John 9:1-41
The entire ninth chapter of John’s Gospel is dedicated to the story of a man blind from birth who was healed by Jesus. This man’s condition initially brought a question from the disciples, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:2-5)
Jesus said that in this instance, that the sins of this man and the parents did not enter into the cause of his condition. The common thinking of that day was that deformity or disability was caused by sin somehow and that God was punishing that person through that infirmity. Jesus simply stated that this condition was not to be judged, but that it was an opportunity to display God’s work of healing and restoration in his life. Every day we have here on earth should be an opportunity to glorify Jesus and do the work of reaching hurting people before darkness stops the work!
Jesus proceeded to spit on the ground and made some mud and put it on the man’s eyes. Some feel that this was a creative miracle in that Jesus here modeled the creation account. (Genesis 2:7) The man was told to go and wash in the pool of Siloam and he came back seeing!
This miracle caused much discussion in the community and the Temple with the religious leaders. They couldn’t believe that this was the man who sat and begged for years. The man recounted how Jesus did the miracle but the religious leaders were upset because it was a Sabbath when the healing took place. They insisted that Jesus could not be from God because of this! (John 9:16) Still others insisted that this Jesus must be a prophet, because no sinner could do these miracles.
Reasoning and argument will not solve the dilemma! “One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see.” (John 9:25) This man quit arguing and placed his trust in Jesus! (John 9:38) Isn’t it time for you to do the same?
Scripture reading for May 10th: John 6:22-46
Jesus’ miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish caused the crowd to search for Him the next morning. After spending time alone in prayer late into the night, Jesus had walked on the lake and joined the disciples in their boat. The crowd was mystified about how Jesus got across the lake. Upon finding Jesus in Capernaum, they asked Him when He got there . Jesus told them they were not looking for Him because of the miraculous signs, but because they ate the bread and were satisfied. He told them not to work for food that spoils, but to seek the food that endured to eternal life which the Son of Man would give them.
Jesus’ instructions stirred a question in those who heard. “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work God requires is this: to believe on the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29) Jesus was emphasizing that man cannot do any ‘works’ to purchase salvation. God the Father was only looking for humble faith, a trust in the One He sent, His Son Jesus Christ. This was true then and remains the same today! It is only by grace through faith that we please God. (Ephesians 2:8-10) We do good works that God prepares for us after receiving that grace through faith.
Some from the crowd asked Jesus for another miracle to prove He was the One to believe in. They cited Moses and the manna from heaven that God provided for the children of Israel in the desert. Jesus told them that Moses had not given them bread, but His Father who would give them true bread from heaven. “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:33-35)
Jesus Christ is the true Bread of Life! In Him we have eternal sustenance. We can commune with Him each day and truly satisfy our inner hunger and thirst for righteousness, peace and joy. We must come humbly to Him and simply believe that He is the Son of God. Have you found the Bread of Life?