Knowing Jesus by Pamala Thomas
John 6:51 (KJV) -- "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
Have you heard this before and have you thought that it was something people just say, and why does it come from the lips of those who follow Jesus, so easily? Is it true? Is it as easy as that? I would like to say that it truly is just that easy. Do we just believe that God will answer our prayer, or do we believe that God is answering us? As we pray, of course we pray because we need. And during that prayer, we may say that we believe God will answer it. But do we also believe that God is? What I mean by that is do we believe that God is who God is? Do we believe in Him? God says that whosoever believes in His Son shall be saved. If I seek God, then I must believe in Him, is that right? You would think so, but in many cases it is not so. Many just go to God for help with something and that is that. Do they ponder awhile on whom God is and His power, His existence? What about if that person feels God did not answer their prayer, because they did not get what they prayed for...what then? Do they continue to pray, or do they walk away and let their hearts deceive them more into thinking that God is not?
Have seen this in someone I love not too long ago. My heart just crushed when I saw and heard the words from their mouth. They said they had been praying and praying, but God didn’t hear. They then went on to spend months and months and months away from God, away from prayer and I have watched as their heart has grown harder and harder. And, it grew harder not only towards someone else, but also towards God. If we go to God with this preconceived notion that we will get what we want, then our heart is not right. It is sick. It is just another heart that is full of self. I do not mean this in a bad way, but a time comes to every one of us when we must come to terms with our own selves and the condition of our hearts. Our hearts in a right state, would be going to God because we love Him so much and want to communicate with Him. Not because we want something. We would be going because we too want to understand and want the pureness of Christ's heart. This would be how we would go to God, as He created us. But, because of sin entering the world, our hearts have changed. These hearts of ours must change even as we go to pray. But the good news is that if we do seek and truly seek Jesus, then our hearts will grow to change. There will be no stopping our hearts from this change.
It is just like sweet Moses when he went to Pharaoh and delivered his message from God to him. Moses expected a different outcome, but pharaoh's heart hardened and things got worse. Moses then goes to God, questioning what in the world just happened. Moses did not understand God's plan...but what did Moses do? He did not turn away from God, he stayed with God. He still believed and he went right back to communicating with God. He opened his heart to God, asking questions, showing God he did not understand. What a sweet moment. How did Moses' faith grow? By continuing on with God, and he grew closer and closer to Him. A person during a hardship may hit their knees in desperation, asking for some help. This is a great thing, a beginning. The prayer may be answered, relief may come. But, if they just go on in their lives, living the same, not even thinking of Him, then what? Then they have not learned of Him at all. They could spend years and years not even ever going back to God in prayer. This is dangerous. This is sad. They go back to relying on who? They go back to relying on themselves. The question must be faced...did they then just go to God for help, or were they seeking to know God at all? Seeking to know God should become our greatest desire. Whether we have been saved or whether we have not yet been saved, our greatest every day desire is to know God. The knowing grows continuously........Knowing is believing.
Pamala Thomas is a wife, mother of four and grandmother of seven, with one on the way. Her first love is Christ Jesus, above all.
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