Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life. Come every day to me and you will never be hungry. Believe in me and you will never be thirsty. Yet I’ve told you that even though you’ve seen me, you still don’t believe in me. John 6:35-36,
Have you ever felt blessed by God? Have you ever experienced that feeling of calm, that feeling of the presence of God? Perhaps you have felt the still small voice direct you and you have done something slightly out of the ordinary only to find if you had continued down your usual path something bad could have happened.
Perhaps you have a testimony of a miracle, a healing or an answer to a prayer. Jesus says in today’s scripture,”Come to me and you will never be hungry.” He isn’t talking about rumbling tummy hungry. He is talking about that soul searching, there must be more to this, type of hunger.
He means the hunger that nagging, “Oh God I wish this would be different. Please heal me from that. I need something other in my life.” He means the sort of hunger that is only satisfied by having an encounter with Him. So, let me ask you again, have you ever been blessed, healed, had a prayer answered, been led, felt His presence?
If the answer is yes then that means two things. First of all it means that you have eaten of that life giving bread. You have had its spiritual nutrition and I think I would be right in saying that after you had experienced it, there was a window of time when you simply wanted more. You were so full of the things of God you wanted more and more.
But then life gets in the way. For the Jews, life getting in the way meant their historical belief in who the saviour would be, where he would be from and what he would do. Life was the mundane. They personally knew who the man Jesus was. He was the carpenter. Mary’s boy. He had grown up in the area, there was nothing special about Him.
Does life get in the way of your faith?So they allowed what they “knew” to cloud their spiritual perception. What about us? Jesus said to them, “even though you’ve seen me, you still don’t believe in me.” Can He say the same to us? You, who have received healing for one thing in your body but now wonder if He will heal this next thing. You, who have received a financial miracle at one time, paying off a seemingly impossible bill, or finding the money for something necessary from somewhere, or even being gifted some money from a stranger or anonymous source, why do you now worry about how this bill will be paid?
Will you ever be able to afford the rent, could you ever afford nice clothes, could you imagine a holiday? Could you who have received the answer to one prayer ever see the answer to that big prayer that you have? That dream partner, job, house, car? Could God ever be interested in your wants? There is so much people need in life, who are you to go to God with a crazy want?
Well today Jesus is saying, “You have seen me but you don’t believe in me.” This is the same Jesus that said, “you have not because you ask not”. The same Jesus that said His Father would give good gifts to His children.
Do you believe this? Do you accept these biblical truths? Or is this not what they mean? When the bible says, “Confess and believe and receive your salvation”, well that is literal, but when the Bible says, “Father gives good gifts”, well that means something else, huh?
No! Jesus is saying, “You’ve seen me, you’ve seen what I can do, what I have done, now expect it in your life. Ask for it in your life. Believe for it in your life. Father has no favourites. If He can supply His grace to one then He can supply it to all. But you have to believe.”
Now we say that we do believe. We confess the goodness of God. We declare His promises in our lives but… we do it without deep conviction. Let me use an example.
You have had an operation to cure a life threatening illness. Today is the day that you are to return to the consultant for tests. Has the operation worked? You go in an undergo the tests. You wait nervously for the results. It is all clear, you are healed! WOW! Don’t you leap for joy? The phone is in your hands. Everyone is getting called, the plans are back on, the party arranged. “The doctor says I am healed!”
You believed the doctor when he said you were ill. You believed him when he suggested the course of treatment. You believed him when he declared the outcome of the treatment. But more than that, your actions were in line with your belief. You took the treatment, you underwent life changing circumstances because of what the doctor said.
So why don’t we get excited and leap for joy at the scriptures? The Bible is described as the Word. Jesus is described as the Word. When we read the Bible, we are hearing, through the inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself. He prescribes the answer to life’s ailments on every page of the Bible. We say we believe it, but do we?
Do you hold as much stock in what the Bible says as what man says? Jesus says in His Word, “Come to Me. I not only have the answer. I am the answer.” I challenge you to read though the book of Proverbs in the first person. What do I mean by that? Every where it says, “The one who…” say, “ If I…” Every time it says, “My son do this then…” say, “If I do this then…”
My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20
How about declaring and believing, “If I pay attention to Your Words and listen to what You say, If I keep reading them again and again, repeating them inside, thinking on them constantly they will be like life to me. They will bring total health to me.”
Isn’t that exciting? It should. Reading the Bible, reading Jesus’ Word will bring health to you. His Word heals you. A chapter a day is medicine. Studying His Word is like an operation. If you allow it into you it will change you. Doesn’t that make you want to leap for joy?
But you have to believe. You have to accept that this spiritual truth is as real as the worldly truth. It isn’t easy. This is why Jesus said, “though you see, you don’t believe” We have to allow this truth to sink in to our hearts. We have to allow it, to not just be the truth but to be our truth.
How do we do this? We read the Bible every day. We pray every day . We worship every day. If you do this, little by little faith will rise, hope will rise, excitement will rise and the answers to your wants as well as your needs will rise up out of the spiritual realm into your physical world. How do I know? Because this is how it has happened, to millions of people across the whole of history.
Will you join their ranks. Will you see Jesus and believe in Him?
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