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God Help Me To Get It

 John 5

 

‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing…’

 

‘for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.’

 

Jesus knew the Father and did only the things the Father permitted, and if the Father permitted it, He did not fear what man thought of it.  The Pharisees were just the opposite; they sought the praise of man.

 

‘You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.  These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.’

 

‘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?’

 

When the Pharisees studied the scriptures, they did not seek the praise of God, they sought the praise of man.  They sought in order that they could impress man.  The end result was that they did not know God; they did not know His heart.  

 

If we who enjoy posting our thoughts are not careful, we can fall into the same trap.  We can study the Scriptures, not to know God, but to have something to write about.  We can focus on the praise of man rather than the praise of God – I can say that because I recently caught myself doing it.

 

Here is what is at stake: we miss God, we miss knowing His heart, we miss seeing what He might have for us to do.  If we are seeking the praise of man, we miss the opportunities to touch those who are disabled and hurting, who wait by the pool for someone to come along.  

 

The church has got to wake up.  We have lived so poor an example that the world has turned away in disgust.  The world waits by the pool for someone to come along who simply loves.  So what, if we know the Scriptures and yet can pass them by. 

 

For the very few who may occasionally read what I write, you may notice the Lord will not let me go on this.  He is wringing me out about it.  This text, along with the aid of a video I saw last night (the final ‘tour’ of ‘The Truth Project’) which included an interview with ‘one who sat by the pool waiting’, has gripped me to the core.  

 

I don’t want it to be said of me by Him, ‘These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life’.  God help me to get it.

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