Understanding…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3:

9Nakdimon (Nicodemus) replied, “How can this happen?” 10Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “You hold the office of teacher in Isra’el, and you don’t know this? 11Yes, indeed! I tell you that what we speak about, we know; and what we give evidence of, we have seen; but you people don’t accept our evidence! 12If you people don’t believe me when I tell you about the things of the world, how will you believe me when I tell you about the things of heaven? 13No one has gone up into heaven; there is only the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 14Just as Moshe (Moses) lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

*Words in parentheses are the English word for the Hebrew placed by the author.

Many still do not understand things of the earth.  And miracles thrill but they are not truly understood.  Until one enters into the Spirit by believing what Jesus says, one cannot understand. Things of the Spirit confound those outside Christ.

Miracles and signs are pursued and the Christ on the cross and its message are lost.  Jesus was lifted up and gave himself for all mankind.  All mankind continues to be split between those who believe and those who do not.  Anyone who trusts in Christ may have eternal life.

Wisdom says come to God daily to worship Him and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding as one searches scripture.  Jesus is there; throughout the Word he is presented and can be seen.  Who he is and what he does informs the seeker of truth and a way of living that lasts from now till and through eternity.

Pray – Teach me, Adonai, the way of your laws; keeping them will be its own reward for me.

Repent – I repent for often seeking the ways of mankind for understanding.

Ask – Give me understanding; then I will keep your Word; I will observe it with all my heart.  Guide me on the paths of your ways for I take pleasure in it.

Yes – See how I long for your precepts; in your righteousness, give me life!

Source: John 3 and Psalms 119:34-37

What do you seek?”

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome

From John:

 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.  And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”  He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). One of the two who heard John [speak], and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

What are you looking for?  And given a new name.  All humanity is born with an inner drive to seek something of meaning.  Christ asks “What are you looking for?”  Answers will vary depending on the situation or state of being.  Whatever the answer, the Lord can supply what is being sought.

It would be good to start at this place and ask – “What am I looking for?”  The place to find the answer is in Christ and His Word.  When this meeting takes place, do not be surprised if a new name is given.  An encounter with Christ that is accepting of Him will result in a new creation with a new name.  Give up the old nature, old conditions and accept Christ’s new nature, one that can deal with any conditions thrown their way.

Pray – The fulfillment of a total being was found in You, Lord.  Reconnected to the Creator brought peace and trust.

Repent – I repent for looking in all the wrong places for what I had in You.

Ask – Keep me from wandering in that direction again.

Yes – Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.

Source: John and Psalms

Seeking…

Seeking to know God;

not just of Him.

Seeking to realize His constant presence;

not just the evidence that He has been there.

Seeking to understand how who He is and what He does impacts us;

not just awareness of circumstances past, present, future.

Seeking confirmation of His involvement in our affairs, our selves;

not just words spoken by others whether in prayer, song or message.

Seeking intimate relationship not unlike that shared by husband and wife, parent and child;

not just lip service, effort and works.

Seeking the genuine love of God manifested in our beings and consciousness;

not just empty desire met by the stuff of creation.

Seeking to know God.

-gracie