How Jesus Interacted with the Father

John 7:27-30 WEB

However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from.” [28] Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, “You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don’t know. [29] I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” [30] They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.


Do you believe you are from God? Jesus did. He believed he was from God (John 7:29), and he believed he knew God well enough to discern his will (John 6:4). He also believed he was sent from God (John 7:28-29). Being sent is a concept we are familiar with today. We get called by God, we get sent from God, we get sent from Church bodies. Jesus believed he was sent from God and that he was doing exactly what the Father wanted.

All practicing Christians long to be in the Father’s perfect will. These verses give me hope it is possible to know God’s will. Additionally, if I want to do the things Jesus did, I need to be familiar with the tools he used to interact with God and accomplish God’s will. Jesus developed a relationship with the Father through prayer (Luke 5:16), fasting (John 4:34), and obedience. I have access to these same tools.

I can pray for as long as I need to hear from God. I can also fast. Finally, with God’s help, I can obey the Bible and the Spirit of God. I can do what Jesus did. I can hear from God and obey. These verses give great hope to those endeavoring to be in the Father’s will. Jesus trusted himself to the Father. He trusted the Father’s motives. From this place of trust, the Lord is able to do great things for the Father.


Lord Jesus, please give me the grace to seek a relationship with the Father. Help me pray, fast, and obey so that I can learn to discern the Father’s voice, and some can be saved. Help me release my life so that I may enter a healthy relationship with God. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

The Mind of Christ Before the Voice of Christ

John 1:3 WEB

All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.

In the first two verses of John we are confronted with the idea that Christ was present with God as the creative voice of God in the beginning. Now, in verse 3, the author comes out right and says it, nothing was made except that it was made through Christ. What does that mean? In the context of what the author is discussing it means that through the voice of Christ everything was created. This is an important doctrine for us to fix firmly in our minds. If we are devoted to Holiness, righteousness, fasting, and prayer, then we have the mind of Christ. So it’s reasonable to take the next step and believe we have a creative voice. Now, I am qualifying that. Without the Spirit of God dwelling richly within yourself how can your voice possibly be creative? In the sense that we are created in the image of God, then yes, even in our wrong relationship to God we have creativity to our voice. That’s why positive affirmations are so powerful to those in Christ and those out of Christ. All people’s words release both life and death. However, if we want to release the voice of Christ, we have to have the mind of Christ. This is a beginning point on the journey of becoming a mature Christian. Weeping has value, but the fervent prayer of the righteous is even better. In this truth we move from being victims to the difficulties of life to being victorious conquerors in all things through Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, please help me to have the mind of Christ so that I can release the voice of Christ. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Giving Birth

John 1:12-13 WEB

But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: [13] who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


Are you trying to give birth to something in your life right now? What goals and dreams are you pursuing? We all have goals. The question is are we striving in our own strength or are we resting in God? (Hebrews 4:11) It’s not hard to see striving. In our own strength, we may try to work too much and our relationships are probably going to suffer as well. On the other hand, we can rest and trust in God.

Resting in God is a spiritual path. Resting enables God to do the work of bringing our dreams alive. When we rest, we do not have to work ourselves into exhaustion or strain our relationships. We may pick up a few hours at our job as God directs, but we don’t have to work 60 or 70 hours a week. Also, we need the support of our family and social groups. But, asking for help occasionally is different from leaning on another person in place of God. (Isaiah 48:2-3)

Depending on the strength of our body or depending on the strength of our relationships should not replace depending on the strength of God. How do you do that? How do you depend on the strength of God? For me, I depend on the strength of God by praying (Eph 3:16), reading the Bible (Rev 3:8), obeying God (Psa 103:20), declaring the truth (2 Cor 6:7), fasting (Acts 13:2), and worshipping (Rom 12:1). These are my personal tools that I use to depend on God. I’m sure there are others but these are the tools I reach for the most.

I use these tools to run to God (Phi 3:13-14). In moments of doubt (Jam 1:6-8), in moments of confusion (1 Cor 14:33), and especially in moments when I feel like I need another person (John 12:43), I run to God. I do believe we all need each other, but we have to have ourselves aligned properly with God if we want God to be the one that births our dreams (Ja 4:16).


Lord Jesus, please forgive me for leaning on my own strength. Please cover me with your grace and teach me to lean wholly on you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.