Day Five: To Whom Shall We Go?

John 6:66-69 (NIV) From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Jesus alone has the words of eternal life because He alone is the Source of all life (John 1:3-4). Eternal life begins now. It is a quality and length of life the begins the moment we first “believed” and were born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, and continues on forever in the new heavens and new earth. How could Peter, representing the Twelve, recognize this so clearly at that moment when many were deserting Jesus? It is only by God’s grace for no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws them (John 6:44). Therefore, let’s not be presumptuous. Let’s be humble before the Word of God in all of its forms – read, preached, prayed, and sung. Throughout this series, may we come to Jesus as regularly as we eat physical food, thus expressing our trust in Him.

Let’s worship to the song, The Blessing by Elevation Worship.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for drawing us to Your Son. Jesus, we declare that you alone have the words of eternal life. Through the Spirit, may you draw to Yourself those we are ministering to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– CR

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Day Four: Believing Is Eating

John 6:53-56 (NIV)Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.

 Augustine of Hippo, who wrote, “Believe, and you have eaten.” What is the work that we must do to receive this bread, and how do we eat it? They are one and the same. Believing in Jesus is the work that the Father wants from us, and believing is eating. The person who places their trust in Christ will direct their whole way of life according to that trust. Biblically, “believing” is more than just mere intellectual ascent. It is primarily the attitude by which the believer attaches him or herself to Jesus, their Savior, with all of their heart. He who “believes” in this way abides in Christ, and Christ abides in them.

 Let’s worship to the song, “Build My Life by Housefires.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for Your salvation in my life. I pray, help me to abide in You that my whole way of life may be directed by Your Spirit. I also pray for my friends and family that they would find life in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

– CR

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Day Three: Grumbling Under My Breath

John 6:40-42 (NIV)For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” 41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

“But just as the Israelites murmured and grumbled, even after God had delivered them, so in his long discourse Jesus’ claims to give God’s life to the world provoke increased murmuring and grumbling about him (6:41, 60). Their grumbling increases the more that Jesus focuses on his identity as the means of receiving God’s life, and on the necessity of his death in his life-giving work (6:41, 52).” [Marianne Meye Thompson, John: A Commentary, p. 146, 161]

The crowd’s dissatisfaction with Jesus’ answers as expressed through grumbling revealed their disobedience to God and their unbelief in the One God sent. What are the areas of discontent, grumbling, and complaining in our lives that show our disobedience and lack of trust in Christ?

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times when I grumble and complain against You. Help me to see it for what it is. I repent today for any areas of disobedience, lack of trust in You, and Your goodness and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship to the song, Mercies (New Every Morning) by Matt Redman.

– CR

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Day Two: I AM the Bread of Life

John 6.35 (NIV) – Then Jesus declared,I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

“The motif of thirst recalls Jesus’s dialogue with the Samaritan woman (see 4:14). By combining hunger and thirst in the metaphor of the bread of life, Jesus embodies in his person all promises of satisfaction and satiation. Jesus is the recipe for the soul…The ‘bread of life’… serves to convey the absolute necessity of Christ by linking the most basic and foundational needs of human life to his person and work. In a manner not yet fully described, the phrase signifies that in Jesus, there is an eternal sufficiency in which there is no want. In Jesus, there is an ‘eating’ that provides deep rest for one’s whole being, ‘even if all about me should go to pieces.’” [Edward W. Klink, John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary)]

Let’s worship to the song, Abide With Me” by Matt Maher.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your promise and your continued provision in my life. Lead me into an encounter with You today, the only One who truly satisfies. Help me to trust in You alone for from my most basic needs to those of meaning and fulfillment in life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– CR

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Day One: What must we do?

John 6: 26-29 (NIV)Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

“Throughout the Gospel, many persons seek Jesus, often for the wrong reasons or unaware of what they are looking for or why. In such cases, Jesus guides them into a new understanding of the goal of their quest… Jesus has told the people to work for, or devote their energies to, the food that brings eternal life. They inquire what constitutes the ‘works of God,’ meaning the deeds that God desires and commands. Jesus compresses the plural ‘works’ (6:28) into a singular ‘work’ (v. 29): God desires faith in the one whom he has sent (cf. 4:23).” [Marianne Meye Thompson, John: A Commentary, p. 157]

Let’s worship to the song, This I Believe (The Creed) by Hillsong Worship.

Prayer: Jesus, I praise you as the only One upon whom the Father’s seal of approval rests. I love and trust You. Increase my faith and dependence upon You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– CR

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Day Five: Yahweh

Exodus 3:13-14 (NIV) – Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

When the LORD says “I AM who I AM”, the LORD is revealing himself in terms of his presence and his actions. Therefore, just as the LORD refers himself as “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” he is revealing himself as the ‘I AM,’ whose presence will now also be known to the Israelites. Meaning, I AM the LORD who sees you, who hears you, who is concerned for you, who comes to rescue you, who covenants with you, who heals you, and who will be with you!

This is how we are to know the LORD forever, from generation to generation—Yahweh, the “I AM.” For God is forever our deliverer, our healer, our savior!

Today, spend time in worship as you call upon the name of the LORD—Yahweh, the I AM. As you worship, may you be filled with His presence. Worship with the song, There Is Name by Bethel Music.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that you are forever to be known as Yahweh, the one who saves us with Your very presence. We pray today for a fresh awakening of love and passion for your kingdom. May your church be blessed today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day Four: Salvation Breakthrough

Exodus 3:9-10 (NLT) – “Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

In this passage, the LORD comes to rescue all of Israel, including Moses. Both the Israelites and Moses were stuck in living in a foreign land as either slaves or as a fugitive, and neither could set themselves free. However, when the LORD comes to rescue, His salvation comes with breakthrough from whatever circumstances His people are in. For the LORD saves by His power, shaking the very foundation where our old chains and shackles have been set upon. What are the areas that you currently feel stuck in? May the LORD’s salvation come with His breakthrough power.

Today, spend time praying for the LORD’s breakthrough in the areas where you need to see the LORD’s rescue and power at work.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we pray for the Spirit’s empowering in our lives. May your salvation breakthrough shake the very foundation of who we are. Breakdown any chains, habits, strongholds of fears and doubts in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

– GK

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Day Three: I will be with you!

Exodus 3:10-12 (NIV) – “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

When Moses hears the words “I am sending you to Pharaoh,” in his mind he probably thought he was going alone to Pharaoh, and do the saving work alone on behalf of God. How often do we also respond or have thought similarly? The LORD clearly responds to Moses by assuring that he is not being sent alone, for “I will be with you!”

Today, let’s receive the LORD’s assurance that He will be with us, alongside us, next to us, in front of us, behind us, on top of us, underneath us. “I will be with you!” says the LORD. Worship with the song, I Am Not Afraid by Jesus Culture.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, today we receive afresh your words “I will be with you!” Your nearness to us is our good. May we take steps of faith in obedience to your calling. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day Two: You Have Seen and Heard

Exodus 3:7-8a (NIV) – The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them.’

I have seen. I have heard. I am concerned. I have come down. The language in today’s passage shows that God’s rescue in our lives comes directly from the Lord. Our salvation comes with His very presence. How often must the Israelites have wondered during their misery in Egypt, does the Lord see, does the Lord hear, does the Lord care? How often have we also wondered and thought similar things? As we see in today’s passage, the Israelites are about to experience God’s rescue with His mighty power, thus assuring them that He has indeed seen and heard their cries.

Today, may we be assured that the Lord has indeed heard and seen us in our need, and has come to our rescue. Spend time today praying for specific areas of your life where you need God’s rescue afresh. Worship with the song, “Another in the Fire” by Hillsong.

Prayer: Father, we thank you that you have indeed seen and heard our cries. Your love and care for us is constant, and we pray for your blessing and rescue in all the areas that we are in need—jobs, relationships, health, and ministry. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day One: A People of His Presence

John 1:1, 14 (NIV) – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The theme of the presence of God is crucial to both the Old and New Testaments, serving in fact as bookends to the Christian Bible. It begins in Genesis 2–3 with the creator of heaven and earth being present in the garden with those he has created in his own image; it concludes with the marvelous pictures of the renewed heaven and earth and the renewal of Eden in Revelation 21:1–22:5, in which John says expressly, “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb” (21:22 NRSV). Whatever else, the people of Israel understood themselves to be the people of the Presence, the people among whom the eternal God had chosen to dwell on earth. [Gordon Fee]

Today let’s be encouraged that it is God’s very presence that distinguishes us as God’s people!  Spend time today worshipping and inviting God’s presence as you worship with the song, “This We Know” by Kristian Stanfill.

Prayer: Lord we thank you that it is your very presence that distinguishes us as your people. We welcome your presence into every area of our lives today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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