Through the New Birth, we come to know Jesus personally as Savior and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling presence of God who makes His abode in our hearts.
But we must also get to know God the Father in a deeper, and more intimate way. And the best way to do so is through His Word!
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and MY
FATHER will love him, and we will come and make our abode with him. - John 14:23
I would like to pick up where I left off last week on this wonderful and important subject. As I closed we were discussing an interesting point as recorded in Matthew 6: 31. “Therefore take no thought …” (the King James Version can be a little bit vague to us here in America). The British just speak a little different than we do. After all, we have to take thought about some things.
For instance, if you have a written examination or a term paper coming up at school, you’d better take some thought about that exam. So there are some things you naturally have to be concerned with because you need to make provisions ahead of time. But that’s not the point in this verse.
Jesus was not saying, “Take no thought whatsoever about these things.” He is saying, “Be not anxious about them.” In other words, “Don’t worry about what you need. Don’t be filled with anxiety about those things.” God doesn’t want His children to be fretful and full of worry, because He loves us.
There is one paraphrase of this same verse which reads, “Be therefore not faithless, saying, What shall we eat? Or What shall we drink?...” You see, when you talk that way, out of worry, or anxiety, questioning the uncertainty of tomorrow, you’re not in faith. Notice again what Jesus said in these verses.
MATTEHW 6: 32, 33
32 … YOUR HEAVENLY FAHER KNOWETH THAT YOU HAVE NEED OF ALL THESE THINGS.
33 BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; and all these things shall be added unto you.
I think sometimes people act as though verse 33 said, “Put God first and you won’t ever have anything – all these things shall be taken away from you!” No, the Word doesn’t say they’ll be taken away from you; it says they’ll be added unto you!
Your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of certain things. So do not worry. Don’t fret or be anxious. If God is your Father, you can be sure of this one fact: He will take a Father’s place and perform a Father duty. He is your Heavenly Father, and He loves and cares for you.
In fact, God the Father didn’t love Jesus more than He loves us. That is hard for some folks to believe, but I can prove it by Scripture. Notice in John 17: 23 what Jesus said to the Father when He was praying for His disciples just before He was betrayed.
JOHN 17: 23
23 I in them (believers), and thou (God the Father) in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, AND HAST LOVED THEM, AS THOU HAST LOVED ME.
Word for Today: "Seeing Things Differently"
What made Jesus the greatest impact on people and nations the world has ever known? That’s the question we’re examining as we explore “The Leadership Secrets of Jesus.” One trait Jesus always exhibited was the power and courage To See Things Differently. For example, on two occasions in which He raised someone from the dead, He resisted using the term “dead.” Let’s look at what He said to one grieving father, “She is not dead, she is sleeping.” His perception
of the challenge He faced was different from everyone else’s. My question for you is, “What problem do you need to start seeing differently today?”