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Q60: Jesus

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Who do the crowds say I am?" - Luke 9:18.

There are always many theories and concepts of who Jesus was and is. Some say a prophet, others a holy man, and still others a religious leader. Yet Jesus Himself claimed to be the Son of God and proved it with miracles and HIs resurrection from the dead. Are you influenced by the latest popular but erroneous thinking about Jesus? Read Colossians 2:6-15 and work to develop a clear, biblical understanding of who He is in truth.

Q59: Love Like God

What would Jesus ask you today?

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?" - Luke 6:32.

God loves those who are unlovely, who don't love Him first or in return. He wants you to learn to do the same, which requires that He work His love in you first. Your love cannot depend on the worthiness or actions of others for it to be like His love. How well do you love others who don't reciprocate, or who are not worthy of that love? Read Romans 13:8-10 and then ask God to help you carry out what Paul described in those verses.

Q58: Familiarity

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Have you never read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry?" - Luke 6:3.

Jesus wanted to teach the people, but they needed to know where He was coming from as He taught. How familiar are you with the Old Testament, and the New for that matter?  What are you doing to become more familiar?  The more you know, the more God will able to impart to you.  Are you in a systematic Bible reading and/or study program? Read Romans 15:4 to further understand why it's important that you know the Scriptures.

Flying by Instruments

I asked permission the other day to mention in church that we are in need of money for our upcoming Kenya trip, and received permission to do so. When it came time to say something, however, I could not do it!  There were other needs mentioned before our need, and I decided against saying anything.  Instead I put the need in God's hands and decided to trust Him.  That doesn't mean I won't ever tell anyone and it doesn't mean that I should not be telling you right now. At the time, however, I knew it was the right thing to do.

These are the dark days of faith as I believe the Lord for the money we need to bless the people in Kenya.  The days aren't dark because of oppression or opposition; they are dark because nothing much is happening.  Faith requires me to act like the money is already here when my senses are asking, "Where is it?"  Faith requires that I thank the Lord for the money rather than begging and hinting for it. Faith requires that I talk about the money with the people in Kenya as though I already have it, which in a sense I do, but I don't know from whence or when it is coming.

It's similar to a pilot landing by instruments when he or she can't see; they are trusting their instruments to be correct even though they are in a cloud or fog. I am flying by faith instruments right now, concluding what I am sensing is correct (the money is on its way) even though I can't see it.

We have a long way to go before March 15, and I intend to live every day in the joy of what God is doing and already done.  If you can help the widows and orphans, please do so at your earliest convenience.  You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA  15221-0882.  I thank you and needy in Kenya thank you as well.

Q57: Satisfaction

What would Jesus ask you today?

"What did you go out into the desert to see?" - Luke 7:24.

The people traveled out to an inconvenient, inhospitable place to see John the Baptist, and mankind still travels to the latest, hippest place in search of an experience. Yet that search is really a quest for God and the lasting peace and joy that only He can provide. What are you looking for these days? Are you restless and in pursuit of something that cannot ever satisfy your spiritual hunger? Read John 6:35 and come to Jesus to have your hunger and thirst satisfied in every area of life.

Q56: Sleeping

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why are you sleeping?" - Luke 22:46.

It is easy to get caught up in all kinds of things and let your spiritual life wane.  Or you can give so much physical energy to other things that you have none to devote to your spiritual life. When that happens, you can go to sleep spiritually and become dull to the things of God. Are you too busy to conduct the basic devotional exercises like reading and prayer? Read Ephesians 5:13-16 and do what you must to invest some of your time and energy in spiritual things.

Q55: Fear of Man

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How can you believe if you accept praise from one another,
yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?" - John 5:44.

You are here ultimately to please God and not be a people-pleaser. While there is nothing wrong with accepting praise from others, that cannot be your motivation in life, especially if it is for conduct contrary to God's will or Word. Are you compromising some aspect of your faith in order to be popular or accepted? read Proverbs 29:25 and reflect on where the fear of man may have crept into your walk and work.

Q54: How Is It?

What would Jesus ask you today?

"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world,
yet forfeit his soul?" - Mark 8:36.

Be careful you aren't climbing a ladder that is leaning against the wrong wall! You may be making progress, but it may not be toward where you want to go. How is it with your soul?  Are you growing or stagnant? Learning or coasting? Closer to the Lord or more distant? Investing more time in career than the Lord or family? Read Joshua's vow in Joshua 24:15 and then decide if that is a commitment you can make today with your whole heart.

Q53: Condemnation

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Has no one condemned you?" - John 8:10.

When you sin, you can encounter feelings of condemnation and not fight them, concluding that you deserve to feel that way. That is wrong thinking!  Do you struggle with condemnation when you mess up? Do you feel like you deserve condemnation when you do? Read Paul's conclusion about sin and condemnation in Romans 7:21-8:4 and then determine to resist and refuse condemnation whenever and wherever it shows up in your life.

Q52: Lack

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why are you talking about having no bread?" - Mark 8:17.

What you don't have can become your focus and limit what you can do and accomplish. It can also lead to discouragement, depression and despair.  If you think about what you do have, however, and ask God to bless and use it, you will be happier and more productive. Where is your focus?  On what you lack or what you have? Read Judges 7 and see how the Lord used a little to accomplish His purpose; He can do the same in your own life.