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Ephesians 5:1 ” Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children…”

It tells us in John 1:12-13, “Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”  When we are born again into the family of God we become His children.  And just like little children we learn by our Heavenly Father’s example.  We’ve all seen tiny toddlers attempting to mimic adult actions…it’s how children learn to do things…they model and copy their parents.  We are to be imitators of God…modeling our lives after Him, and living as His beloved children.

John 11:44 ” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Jesus had called Lazarus from the grave, and out  he stumbled.  But he was still bound  by the grave-clothes wound around his body and face.  Others had placed these winding cloths on him, and now it took others to free him from them.  When we become a Believer we are raised from the dead unto eternal life, but for many of us, we continue to wear the trappings of the tomb.  These hindrances  cling to us like grave-clothes, impeding our movement forward and blinding us from the truth.  And just like Lazarus,  it was someone else that placed them on us, binding us up in sin, addiction, and pain. So it takes others to free us from these grave clothes…to come along side  to encourage, exhort, and unloose the sins that still bind us to the past.

John 21:1-3 ” Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. ‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them, and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’ So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.”

The disciples were being tested and challenged in their faith…Jesus was no longer at their side instructing them, and they were now being forced to depend on what they had learned .  Even though Jesus had told them to,” stay in Jerusalem  and wait for the gift My Father promised.” (Acts 1:4)  Simon Peter reverted back to what he knew and felt confident and comfortable in…fishing.  We always need to be  careful when we go back to things of the past.  And we need to be ever questioning our motives for it.  Is it out of laziness, or insecurity, or consolation that we revert back to past things? One of my very favorite quotes from Oswald Chambers in his Devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest is, “Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been.”

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”

Why do some decisions come easier than others?  And why are there times when we are so indecisive and timid we can’t pull the trigger on anything?  John 14:27 tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  For it’s when we allow our emotions to rule us, we walk around, wringing our hands and crying, “Woe is me!”  over the smallest decision.  Couple that with fear of the unknown, and it’s amazing we  make choices at all.  Major life decisions will face all of us, but it’s only after seeking God’s counsel first and receiving His peace that we can confidently make the best choice.

John 17:17 ” Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”

In this chaotic and deceptive world today, how do we know what’s true and what’s false?  With fake news and questionable anonymous sources spewing misleading information…where are we to find balance and  authenticity?  So I ask you this,  how can we not search for the truth from the Creator of all truths?  God’s words are trustworthy, (II Samuel 7:28).   The truth found in the Bible is absolute, transcendent, and divinely revealed to you…if you but open the book.  When you are armed with God’s truth,  you will not be easily swayed or deceived…for when God’s word is your bedrock,  you will be able to look past confusion and see God’s hand at work.

John 1:48 ” Jesus answered, ‘I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Phillip called you.’ “

You were on the Lord’s mind long before you had ever heard of Him.  He saw you saved and made whole when you were at the very lowest point in your life.  He saw you doing great things for Him way before you had the confidence to step out in the abilities He had given you.  For the Lord not only knew your name… He saw the person you would become through Him.

John 1:38-39 ” They said, ‘Rabbi (which means teacher), where are You staying?’ ‘Come,’ He replied, ‘and you will see.’ “

“Come and see”…the Lord’s invitation still stands true for you today.  He beckons you to draw near and discover who He  really is.  He challenges you to put aside self and begin a quest for all things holy.  “Come and see” is His call to the depths of your soul to scrutinize, probe, and delve deeply into what it means to be a Believer…for in the end, old beliefs, falsehoods, and biases will be turned upside down in the light of His truth.    “Come and see.”