A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

Believe Him

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 7:1-9
“For even his own brothers did not believe him.” John 7:5

- Observe
They knew all His miracles: from turning water into wine to raising a little girl back to life from the dead. But they still did not believe in Him. There is an old proverb: “Familiarity breeds contempt.” The contempt of Jesus’ brothers illustrates this proverb very well. Being familiar with Jesus is clearly not enough, we need intimate knowledge in order to truly love Him.

- Do
Ask God to give the knowledge of Jesus that you need in order to truly love Him.

- Share

Positive Reasons

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 6:66-71
“Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’ “ John 6:68-69

- Observe
Simon Peter’s reasons for staying with Jesus were not just negative, “We have no where else to go,” but also positive, “you have the words of eternal life.”

My original reason for asking Jesus into my heart was negative: I do not want to go to hell. Forty plus years of watching God work in my life has given me dozens of positive reasons to stay.

- Do
Praise God for the work He has done in your life. Use that work as motivation to follow Jesus.

- Share

Overcoming Resistance

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 6:53-65
“He went on to say, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.’ “ John 6:65

- Observe
Coming to Jesus is not easy. Like drawing water from a well, there is a natural force that resists (v44). God has to actively intervene and enable us to come to Jesus.

- Do
Praise God for enabling you to come to Jesus OR Ask God to enable you to come to Jesus.

- Share

Desire Understanding

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 6:43-52
“Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ “ John 6:52

- Observe
This last bit of Jesus’ speech is very obtuse. Even though I know that Jesus was referring to His crucifixion giving eternal life, I still find this whole paragraph very difficult to follow. Obviously, His original audience could not understand it either. I suspect that was His purpose: to throw the Jews into angry arguing so that they would be ready to crucify Jesus when the time came.

- Do
Ask Jesus to allow you to be among His friends who understand instead of among His enemies who do not understand.

- Share

The Last Day

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 6:32-42
“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him at the last day.” John 6:40

- Observe
The last day of what? Some have claimed it is a reference to the last day of the current church rage. But that is a relatively new idea that became popular in the early twentieth century – about 100 years ago. Earlier Christians understood this more literally – the last time the sun would appear in this sky on this planet. This latter interoperation fits will with Revelation 20:5 “The rest of the dead will not rise until the thousand years are over.” A new heaven and a new earth appear then at the end of the millennium, making that day truly the last day.

This is one reason why I no longer believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. Interpreting the Bible literally is more possible if I let go of that belief and focus on what each verse is literally saying in context. A few problems remain, such as “How can the beheaded souls reign with Christ for 1000 years, if Christ does not return until the 1000 years are over?” (Revelation 20)

- Do
Ask God to reveal to you the answer to your puzzles.

- Share

Right Appetites

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 6:22-31
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.’ “ John 6:26

- Observe
And what’s wrong with getting enough to eat? Nothing, unless it is the only thing motivating you. Jesus criticized them because they were motivated by the physical, not the spiritual. They failed to see their spiritual starvation.

- Do
Ask God to give you a hunger and thirst for righteousness.

- Share

Quick Trip

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 6:12-21
“then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” John 6:21

- Observe
So, we can add teleportation to the list of Jesus’ miracles. In this case, a boat full of people was teleported instantly from out-on-the-lake to at-their-destination-on-shore. The Sea of Galilee is about eight miles wide and they were less than four miles into the journey, so this instant teleportation erased over four miles of their journey.

- Do
Let Jesus take care of all your needs. Just make sure you take Him with you.

- Share

The Main Subject

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 6:1-11
“He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” John 6:6

- Observe
Did Philip pass the test? John never says. So, why did John mention this? To make sure that we understood Jesus was only pretending to not know what to do. John is writing about Jesus, not about Philip. Jesus remains John’s focus throughout the book.

- Do
Keep your focus on Jesus today, not on any of His disciples.

- Share

Foreshadowed

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 5:41-47
“If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.” John 5:46

- Observe
Moses wrote the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. Either Jesus is a liar, or Moses wrote about Jesus in those first five books. But where?

- Do
Ask God to show you where Moses wrote about Jesus. Then read it and see the answer.

- Share

Committed

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Written by Kelly

- Pray

- Read John 5:28-40
“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.” John 5:36

- Observe
I guess that Jesus was referring to the miraculous healings that He was doing. Add the Scriptures to that and the Jewish leaders trying to kill Jesus are proved to be the enemies of God that Jesus claims them to be.

- Do
Tell Jesus that you love Him. Ask Him to give you the power to keep that commitment.

- Share

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