All posts for the month February, 2013

“But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25 NLT)

Do you have any “I was…but now” statements in your life? Something that God has done for you? Something He has changed or provided?

The power of Christianity is not found in the religion of it, or the buildings, or the structure. It’s found in the people whose lives have been changed. Like this blind man who can now see, we have our story. A story of redemption.

Do people know your story? The people you live with, work with, go to school with? That’s where the power is found.

Tell someone today your “I was blind, but now I see” story. It could change a life.

But how could he be? For we know where this man comes from. When the Messiah comes, he will simply appear; no one will know where he comes from.” (John 7:27 NLT)

Point of Origin means something. When you hear that someone was born in Central Oregon that tells you something about that person…Eugene, that tells you something…Southern California, etc. Where we come from has a lot to do with where we end up.

When Jesus starts his ministry and he starts doing these amazing signs and miracles, it’s hard for the people to grasp. He was from Galilee. That meant something. It meant that he was poor, simple, and friends of fishermen. Someone from there didn’t do amazing things. They kept to themselves. Kept a low profile.

Jesus came to change the natural order of things. He redefined so many things (eye for an eye – Jesus told us to love our enemies; women have second place – he gave them first place; power is held by the wealthy and influential – his disciples had more real power than anyone else).

I am from Redmond. That means something. But Jesus takes the weak things and makes them strong; he takes those who shouldn’t make a difference in this world and uses them in mighty ways. Because of Jesus my life has been full and adventurous. As I follow Jesus, he takes my point of origin and turns the table – I am more than I would have been because of Him.

You can be more too!

One of my boys’ favorite sayings is, “Dad, how do you….” One son might ask me a computer question, another son a new piano chord, another a basketball move, how do i pick the right college, etc. As a Dad I love these conversations and their desire to discover.

John 5:20 says, “For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.” (John 5:20 NLT)

When was the last time you went to God for Him to show you how to do life? He has some really good thoughts for you.

For me I often hear God in the day to day, “Go here, go talk to that person…” It’s a thought that comes ‘out of nowhere.’ Another way God shows me what to do is through the first thought I have when I wake up in the morning.

How do you hear His voice?

“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” (John 5:7 NLT)

Have you ever felt alone in your pain? Have you thought, “I’m the only one.” This man in John 5 has spent his whole life alone in his illness.

Today I’m grateful that Jesus reached His hand out to me when I was young. I was a loner, very few friends, and I found in Jesus a friend who was always there. I’m also grateful for the family and friends God has given me. They keep watch over me and love me on spite of myself. If I’m sick they take care of me.

If you find yourself hurting and alone, reach out to Jesus. He is there for you. And find a local church where you can develop friends and family.

Here is a key verse in the book of John to understand the whole ‘believe without seeing’ sayings of John.

Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. (John 3:11 NKJV)

On one hand we know some things and on the other we see some things. The knowing comes from investigating, for ourselves, the claims of Jesus. The seeing comes from personal experience. Both are available to us.

If you’ve never seen God move, then start investigating Him and His people. Collect evidence of who He is.

If you’ve seen the signs of God personally, share with others. Tell them your story.

So, 1) what has your investigation of Jesus led you to know today? 2) what has your experience been with a miracle acting God?