John 14:5-6 – Jesus saith, “I Am…”

John 14:5-6
 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

-Thomas asked the Lord a very good question; “How can we know the way?”  With His answer, Jesus establishes the answer to all of life’s questions.  Simply put, Jesus is the answer.  How can we know the way?  Jesus said, “I am the way.”  To know Jesus is to know the way.  Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38)  Jesus said, “I am the truth.”  To know Jesus is to know the truth.  What is humanity’s biggest question?  What’s the meaning of life?  Jesus said, “I am the life.”  To know Jesus is to know life.  Jesus’ reply in John 14:6 also gives us a destination.  The Father.  What will we find at the end of the way, and the end of the truth, and at the end of life?  The Father; and “no man cometh unto the Father, but by [Jesus].”


Matthew 6:28-30 – If God So Clothe…

Matthew 6:28-30
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 

-We can always expect the truths of scripture to have greater spiritual truths and this is no exception.  Jesus is talking about how He clothes the flowers and grass without them having to do anything.  Think about when and how clothing is introduced in scripture.  Genesis 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”  The first clothes were a picture of the covering that the Lord had to provide to hide our sin, shame and nakedness and that’s just what the Lord has been doing ever since.  Adam and Eve didn’t do anything for their clothes, just like the Lilies don’t do anything for their “clothes”- the Lord does it.  So it is for our spiritual clothes, the Armor of God (Ephesians 6).  Where does the Armor of God come from?  Do we craft it?  Is it our righteousness in the breastplate or our truth in the belt?  No, it’s all God.  If we are properly clothed, it’s because the Lord has clothed us.  So what’s the lesson here?  Just like the Lilies don’t toil and spin, neither should we be trying to work up our own armor.  Don’t put on your own righteousness or your own salvation or your own anything else, let the Lord clothe you.  Don’t worry about how you are going to act today or react tomorrow; put on the Armor of God, it knows how to act.

Genesis 18:20-25, 32 – Mercy, Not For Our Sake

Genesis 18:20-25, 32
 And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.

-I’m sure you’re familiar with this story, the Lord had determined to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of their grievous sin and Abraham begins to plead on behalf of any righteous people left in the cities and the Lord assures him that He would spare both cities for the sake of even 10 people.  Consider that Sodom and Gomorrah are major metropolitan areas in Abraham’s time.  Imagine the Lord saying that He would spare cities the size of Los Angeles and San Francisco on behalf of 10 people; that’s a lot of people who now have a chance at mercy for the sake of very few.  How many times have each of us been that wicked person who was spared much deserved judgment because of a righteous person around us?  Even if we’ve never been in a city that was in danger of judgment, we have all received mercy for the sake of Jesus Christ.  No matter who you are or what your circumstances, we are all products of God’s mercy; remember that whenever you think of the Lord.


1 John 4:2-3 – Jesus Christ is Lord

1 John 4:2-3
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

-It is not enough to be a religious person.  It is not enough to even be a “godly” person with a general awareness and acknowledgment of “God”.  If you choose to serve the God of the Bible, you must believe and confess Jesus Christ Himself.  There is no general god that’s watching over and taking care of us.  There is only one specific God, and His name is Jesus.


Matthew 15:17-19 – “For out of the heart proceed…”

Matthew 15:17-19
 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

-Have you ever heard the expression, “give a person enough rope and they will hang themselves”?  Why would this saying be true?  Simply put, our words and actions will ultimately be defined by what we have in our hearts.  The Bible tells us that whatever we think in our hearts, that’s what we are (Proverbs 23:7) and, unfortunately, the whole human race is full of dark hearts.  But there is hope!  Jesus taught that we can be defined not just by evil in our hearts but by good as well:  “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45)  In that case, how we go about filling our hearts with goodness becomes the million dollar question.  As with all things in God’s economy, the answer is very simple and was given to us by David in Psalm 119:11“[God’s] word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”


Matthew 6:19-21 – Burn Your Bridges

Matthew 6:19-21
 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

-Have you heard the expression “burning one’s bridges?”  Avoiding this seems to be a driving philosophy in this day and age.  Whatever you do, don’t burn any bridges.  The expression comes from Julius Caesar’s march on Rome.  When he and his men crossed the Rubicon river, he ordered the bridge burned behind them so that they could not turn back in fear and would have no choice but to go forward.  Burning your bridges literally means to force yourself passed the point of no return.  We’ve become so wishy-washy in this day and age and self-reliant that we’ve lost touch with such a tactic and dismiss it as negative.  What the world needs are some Christians who are willing to burn the bridge that leads back to their carnality, their pride, and anything else that is ungodly.  Burn every bridge so that we have no choice but to press on after the Lord and rely solely on Him.  “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)


John 1:36-37 – Look Unto Jesus

John 1:36-37
And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

-Lots of people abstain from being a witness for Christ because they think it’s too hard for regular people.  Consider this example from John the Baptist himself.  No fancy arguments or monologues, just “LOOK AT JESUS!”  If you find yourself short on words today- just tell people to look at Jesus!  “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32)


Exodus 23:25 – Health Is Of The Lord

Exodus 23:25
 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

-According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in every 6 people gets sick from food each year.  One single bacteria cell can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours and it can take as few as 10 cells to make someone sick.  We essentially live our lives in a cesspool of bacteria and although I’m a big believer in hand-washing, no amount of cleanliness can guarantee our protection.  Fortunately there is One out there who can guarantee our protection.  If we serve the Lord, infection is one more thing that we can scratch off our worry list.  If a dead Sparrow doesn’t hit the ground without God noticing (Matthew 10:29), and a single hair doesn’t grow on our head without God numbering it (Luke 12:7), then He is more than able to account for each one of the billions of bacteria that constantly exist around us.  Can we still get sick?  Yes.  But the Lord’s people understand that we get sick by the design of God, not by the random chance of sickness itself.


Matthew 14:14-21 – Miraculous Provision

Matthew 14:14-21
 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

-We are amazed with the Lord here in His ability to feed the 5000; and while 5000 is an impossibly amazing number, it is important to remember that Jesus only fed that many because that’s how many were present.  If there had been 50,000 or 500,000, Jesus would have still had food to spare, so I prefer to look at this miracle as Jesus providing for as many as would come.  That makes me wonder if there were any there who refused the Lord’s provision and remained hungry in the very presence of abundant meat and bread.  When Jesus died on the cross, He worked another miraculous provision and made it available to as many as would come.  Yet to this day many refuse the Lord’s provision and remain lost and empty in the very presence of abundant Salvation.  We all recognize how foolish it is to turn down food when hungry, but we must also get to the point of seeing the same foolishness in a hungry soul turning down the Heavenly Manna.


Matthew 5:17-19 – Till All Be Fulfilled

Matthew 5:17-19
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

-Before the Messiah could fulfill His role as Savior of the world, He first had to live the perfect, sinless life that would satisfy every high standard laid out by God’s Law.  Aren’t you glad that Jesus decided to come and fulfill the Law instead of coming to enforce the Law?  Consider that the Lord would have been well within His rights to arrive on Earth and judge everyone according to the Law.  But where God could have manifested justice, He instead showed mercy.  Mercy has only been decreed for a time, though, and the judgment that has been held back for so long is coming.  Even though every sin has been paid for by Jesus Christ, there will still be many who will be cursed to Hell.  Not for sinning, but for rejecting the only Blood that has ever fulfilled every law and prophecy.