Debbie’s Devotionals


 

JOHN 6:64-71

 

64 “…there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 “Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

 

I was stunned to read in verse 66 that some of them walked away from Him! I have had need of His drawing me back over and over again but it caught me off guard to learn that those who walked with Him, saw His miracles and heard His words…..lived with Him…..experienced Him in the flesh would walk away.

 

Jesus didn’t plead with those who left. He didn’t say, “let me explain further.” He neither ran after them nor reasoned with them because He knew they could not understand unless the Father had drawn them.

 

Sometimes we spend hours talking and days dialoguing when we should be following the example of Jesus~ realizing that unless the Father is drawing, no one can come. I sense such a relaxed-ness in Jesus’ ministry. Not striving, not struggling, not straining to persuade, He simply shared the truth, knowing the Spirit would give application in the hearts of those the Father had drawn.

 

Dear Lord~ Thank you for showing me the truth in this passage today. I ask that you help me drink deeply of this truth and teach me to follow your example while I am sharing Your truths……help me hold those I love with a very loose grip when I share…knowing that the seed I sow will fall into soil that you have prepared……In Jesus Name Amen

 

 

Safely In His Grip

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Matthew 7:5

 

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

 

Recently I was visiting with a dear sister in the Lord who happens to be related to me! We love to share about what the Lord is doing in our lives with one another……the fellowship is so so sweet! We were talking about how much we learn from our children and she told me a story about her sweet daughter.

 

Her daughter came home from an event with friends and declared that one of her friends was “just a sin sniffer”! My friend and I unraveled in laughter over the cuteness of this statement her daughter made…we laughed hard! I tell you though….since that conversation…the Holy Spirit has not left me alone concerning this topic! Every single time I find myself tempted to judge a conversation I might be having, or watching someone go through a challenging time….the minute I begin to think *Well that’s not the way I would do that*……the faithful Hound of Heaven pricks my conscience and my neck bows in repentance.

 

I am all grown up physically…..but spiritually, I continue to grow in God’s grace. I wonder why I am so tempted to compare my walk with that of others around me….I wonder why it’s easier for me to see the error of ways in others. I can learn from others mistakes but I think it’s deeper than that. I’ve grown up in a world that judges ones life by accomplishments that can be measured….accomplishments that can been seen, felt and touched. Learning to be content with the *fruit* that is being grown by the Master Gardner of my life has been foreign to me.

 

Dear Lord~ Teach me to *see* others through Your eyes…..eyes that see the promises, potential and possibilities that have been woven into the precious people you have brought into my life. Change my heart oh God….make it ever new….help me support people to grow to their FULL potential in You! In Jesus name Amen…..

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:2

‘For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified’

 

In His Gracious Grip~

 

Acts 13:48a

When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord;

 

I ran a day care while my children were younger. I rarely let the children play out in the front yard because we had a wonderful and beautiful fenced backyard for them to play in. One day, some of the older children, and by older I mean, the 8-10 year olds were petitioning me to let them play out in the front yard. Against my better judgement….I allowed two of the older boys out to play in the front yard. There were other children in the neighborhood shooting hoops, riding skateboards and such, so I didn’t think the idea was all that bad. We live on a street that is one short block long with no through streets on either end so traffic was not a real concern. The boys were elated! I ran down a list of rules to follow…they nodded their heads to each and every one of them…..they promised to honor my word…….were good to go!

 

Thrilled with their new found freedom…..the day ended….their parents came for them and all seemed well. Later that evening we heard a knock on the door. It was our neighbor Ron from across the street. He had come to let me know that the front seat of his car had been filled with pine cones and dirt clods. Apparently he had left the passenger side window down all day long (it was mid-summer). Ron told us that after interviewing some of the other neighborhood boys that he was reasonably convinced that the offender lived in our house.

 

Now…I have 3 boys of my own…..quite a bit older than the two that begged for their freedom that day. Our own boys all had solid safety nets…..two of them were at work and the other was away at summer camp. Uh-oh…..the list of suspects had been narrowed down to only two. Michael and Josh.

 

After hearing Ron and chatting with him a bit….I told him that we would get to the bottom of the mystery the next day…..and we did. The boys arrived and ate breakfast. I began to tell them about neighbor Ron and his complaint. Immediately Michael said….*It was Josh!* Josh began to whimper and offered a full fledged confession.

 

I walked hand in hand with Josh over to Ron’s house…..he knocked on the door and asked to speak to Ron. Ron came to the door…..(he is a giant of a man, standing 6’6″ tall) Trembling and voice shaking…Josh squeaked out his apology. Ron forgave him and put him to work cleaning up the mess. Hard lesson learned for a young man. Years later….after Josh graduated from high school….he and his parents came for dinner. He shared that he had never forgotten that lesson and his parents shared that it had a huge impact on him going forward as well!

 

I am telling a story about a young man named Josh who didn’t honor my words…..and the consequences he paid for not doing so……but when I read the verse above…..I have to notice how very much like Josh I am! The Lord instructs me in His Word to do things His way and so often I don’t…..often times with disastrous consequences.

 

Food for thought:

 

Scripture is the Lord’s word of instruction. When you read scripture and hear the Lord’s voice are you “glad”? What have you read or heard recently that has been difficult to do or apply? Did you do it your way or the Lord’s? What was the result? Will you “honor” the Lord’s Word? In what area is the Lord instructing you today? Will you listen and apply what you have learned? Or, will you continue in your own way? The way of the follower of Christ is to listen for and do God’s will.

 

In His Gracious Grip~