Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 10.
Today's Reading: John, Chapter 10
Author: Jeremy Wells
Have you ever looked into a kaleidoscope? With each degree of turning, there's something new to discover and interpret. The same can be said for John 10. Jesus' parables confused the Jews then, and are still confusing many of us today upon first reading them. But, good teaching isn't always meant to be understood right away; it's meant to be wrestled with. Jesus had a way of illuminating God's power and love through each parable.
In John 10:34-38 (NIV), Jesus asks the stone-wielding Jews,
"Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'? If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."
You may be thinking, "HUH? We're little gods?" NOT EXACTLY!
But God did create us in His image, to be like Him in spirit (moral awareness) and in truth (righteous decisions).
In Genesis 1:27, it tells us that God made mankind in HIS image, to be like Him. Then, he gave us dominion over the earth. Since the very first chapter in the Bible, God is telling us we're infused with power FROM Him. Then, He later became flesh and dwelt among us by sending us His Son, Jesus, into the earth to be a demonstration of that same creative power.
With Jesus came many miracles, and worldly people didn't know what to think. Jesus was showing them God's creative power working through Him with each and every miracle. They thought it blasphemy for a human being to be so bold to perform these miracles. They couldn't grasp the concept of Jesus claiming to be God.
Not only did Jesus walk in the power of God, but He gives us all the ability to walk in that same power.
In 2020, challenge yourself to walk more in your God-given creative power! What have you given up on? What dream have you stuffed deep down? What talent have you not taken seriously?
You walking in your abilities with confidence could be the key to your own breakthrough or someone else's.
Sometimes the most important thing you could do for God is to invest in yourself, take yourself seriously, and be who He called you to be.
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