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Why Start Your Faith Journey with the Book of John?

Why Start Your Faith Journey with the Book of John?

by Brenda Wood

The Book Of John

The Book Of John (Photo credit: design-gate)

When I first invited Jesus into my life, someone suggested that I start my new journey with Christ in the Book of John. I’ve since offered the same advice to other newbies. Why do we do that?

According to the introduction to John in the Amplified Bible, this book is very different from the other three Gospels. Its purpose is to report the signs or miracles of Christ so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ. In fact, the word “believe (trust, adhere to, rely on)” occurs ninety-eight times in this writing.

As we learn to believe, we will learn to trust, and the more we do that,
the more we will pray and obey. (Tweetable)

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God (Isaiah 50:10, NIV).

So have your read the Book of John lately? It would be a great place to start if you need to rekindle your faith.

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:1-5, NIV).

Prayer:

Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief! (from Mark 9:24) In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
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How To Walk with Jesus

How to Walk with Jesus

by Janis Cox

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One day this past week I had no pressing work or activities; my husband had gone for a couple of days to visit family; I decided to venture into town to see where God would lead me.

Whew! What a wonderful time. Not only was the day perfect, sunny, warm and beautifully coloured, but I watched as God led me where He wanted me to go.

I became aware of every second. I watched for what He was doing.

First I met someone who wasn’t supposed to be in town until the next day. We were able to talk some business and had a good time.

Then God led me to have an inspired idea of how to sell my books and cards and give to a charity at the same time.

God helped me find needed equipment for the charity.

God led me to pray for someone. (That was my highlight.)

I met someone I hadn’t seen since the beginning of summer; someone new to town and who had purchase a book from me. We had a delightful talk when we remembered each other.

God was in each conversation.

My steps during those couple of hours felt light, my heart felt joyful and my smile showed my joy.

Lately I had read about bloggers needing time away from blogging and how burn out is happening.

I had started to take off one week out of seven in my other blog, He Cares For You. Last time I didn’t need to. And this blog, UTCOP, has been running for 3 years straight  – non-stop. (That shows where God’s priority lies, doesn’t it?)

Why?

I think it is:

  •  I take time for God.

Jesus is my Inspiration

  •  I cry out to Him

Jesus is my Helper.

  •  I listen to the Holy Spirit

Jesus is my Guide.

If you are feeling low, stressed, angry, hurt, confused, tired, hungry:

Cry out to Jesus.

then STOP

then LISTEN

and then be AWARE of what He does and is doing around you.

Read this Psalm – Say it slowly, one word at a time. The emphasis is mine.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes (Psalm 37:3-7, NIV).

Prayer: (My prayer today is based on Philippians 4:19)

May God meet all our needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. May we learn to trust Him, delight in Him, commit to Him and be still before Him. We pray this in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Obey

Wednesday’s Word – OBEY

Sometimes I feel like I am stretched to the last ounce of my strength and time. So how can I do all the things that I think God has put before me?

Then He shows me:

Trust me enough to spend ample time with me and I will give you time. “I am able to bend time and events in your favor” (Jesus Calling, February 10).

And it works. In obedience I put Him first every day. In prayer, in study and meditation. And when I feel like I have no more energy left. I stop – and pray – rest in Him for a few minutes. REVIVED. Ready to tackle a little bit more.

So this week OBEY has been at the top of my list. It means to turn to God. I learned three important steps to obedience:

1. Don’t wait for God to come to you.

2.  Your mind is a gift from God – Use it. Choose to obey the Holy Spirit.  Click to Tweet

“we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV).

3.  Prod your memory. Wake it up.

The word “remember” is spoken many times in the Bible. I have joined the Romans Project to help me remember God’s Word. And I also have been learning a Scripture a week in Experiencing God.

So memorize Scripture. You can do it.

“My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,” (Proverbs 3:1, NIV).

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father,and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:21, NIV).

If I want to have a close relationship with God I need to learn to obey.

What do you think? Are there ways that you have learned to obey? I would love to hear from you.

Can we build a community to follow God’s Word

– here at Wednesday’s Word?

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WHERE SHOULD WE PLACE OUR FAITH?

Where Should We Place Our Faith?

by Mary Haskett

Where should we place our faith?  There is an obvious answer to this question for any Christian. Recently diagnosed with a very  rare blood disorder and told I would have to take a heavy duty drug to keep it under control, I went into fear mode instead of exercising faith for my situation.  Irregularity had shown up on blood work some eight years previous; however since I felt fine my “then” doctor  decided not to investigate further.  My new doctor told me she wanted to find out why and sent me to hematology-hence the diagnosis and the very real threat of unpleasant consequences down the road if not treated. After doing extensive research on the recommended drug, and reading of the horrid side effects, fear went into even higher gear, and not only that, I pouted  and asked God why? “Why do you allow this wretched disorder in my body?” Then I thought of Paul’s thorn in the flesh and wished I could be as stalwart as he. (2ndCorinthians 12:7-9)

My thoughts were ordered of the Lord, when later in the  week, a good friend popped into my mind. I had shared with her my reluctance to take the drug.  I decided to fire off an email and ask her how she was doing. She answered immediately.

She wrote, I’m not doing too badly, although the radiation does make me tired. She was going through chemo and radiation for bilateral breast cancer. How are you? she asked. Have you made a decision about your prescribed medication?  And suddenly I felt ashamed. She told me to keep  Mark 16:18, in mind, when Jesus said,“…and if they drink any deadly thing it will not hurt them:… ” My good friend exercised faith and her burden was so heavy, and I who had expounded on faith many times, verbally and in my writings, now wavered.  I know God prompted my friend, and my daughter later on, to remind me of this verse.

I’ve been on the medication now for four weeks, with minimal side effects. I’m smiling.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I will experience situations that will test my faith. Please forgive me for allowing fear to enter my mind. May I look to You and trust You for every trial that comes my way.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.