Posted by: missionventureministries | May 28, 2020

YOU CAN RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE IF YOU CHOOSE TO KNOW AND OBEY GOD’S WORD – John 17:3

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) 

In order to truly know God, we must first receive Him into our life as our Lord and Savior. Because, “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). 

There is nothing of greater importance than understanding this truth when it comes to knowing God. Jesus makes it clear that He alone is the way to heaven and to a personal knowledge of God: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). 

As we see, Scriptures was given to us by God so we could know Him; and in order to know Him and be transformed we must read the Word and apply what it says to our lives. 

Every born again believer should have the desire to read Scripture and learn from it. We need to learn to meditate on God’s Word, and not just read the words written there in. 

It is vital that we do not twist God’s Word and commands to try to make a rebellious spirit and sinful lifestyle conform to our desire to receive approval for sin in our life. 

Meditation is the process by which we learn to focus and listen to the Lord through His Word; applying the learned biblical principles to our life, and then watching God work. 

When we do not comprehend, we must ask God to reveal to us what we are reading and clarify for us through His Holy Spirit what we do not understand. 

The Lord has divinely preserved His Word throughout history so that every generation can read, hear, and apply it. However we must understand that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). 

God’s Word gives us wisdom, insight, understanding, and protection from sin and every false direction we might take if we don’t consult with Him first. It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path to guide us through life (Psalm 119:105). 

Whatever we choose to put into our mind influences our behavior, and that is exactly what the Scripture will do if we tune our hearts toward it rather than the world. 

When a person trusts Jesus Christ as their Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell and seal us as children of God, empower us to live righteously, and teach us to believe and understand His Word. As we meditate on Scripture, the Holy Spirit applies its truths to our lives according to our needs, giving us the right perspective and direction for every circumstance we face. 

People without Christ lack God’s guidance and are like a person drifting in the ocean without a compass or map. However, as believers we have access to divine direction for life, because, in meditation we think about what God has said and plead as David did: “Teach me Your way, Lord, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name” (Psalm 86:11). 

Meditation requires time alone with the Lord in His Word and prayer without external distractions; and as we quietly seek to understand the Word, God brings truths and insights to mind that we need to consider before making any decision. 

Jesus is our greatest example. After feeding a multitude of over 5,000, He sent the crowds away, and made His disciples go ahead of Him across the sea, and went up on the mountain by Himself to pray for an extended time as we read in Matthew 14:21-23. 

On another occasion, He rose early in the morning to find a place of solitude in which to pray (Mark 1:35). If the Son of God needed time alone with His Father, we certain do as well. 

When we are troubled we should be wise by taking time to seek the Lord; because, God’s Word calms our hearts, assuring us of His faithfulness, love and sovereignty over our lives. In the process of speaking to us thru His Word, He gives us a sense of peace, confidence and trust. 

When we are weak, we find strength in God’s Word if we let Him guide us instead of the world, because, He knows exactly what we need and will provide it according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). 

Meditation on Scripture reveals aspects of His nature that we may not have seen before. His love in saving sinners, His capacity to forgive those who don’t deserve it, and His care and interest in every detail of our life assure us that He is trustworthy and good. And as our view of the Lord is enlarged, we will realize how dependent we become of Him and how much we need to humble ourselves before Him rather than walk in pride. And our trust in God grows as we learn of His faithfulness and experience it in our life through answered prayer. 

When you read the Bible, do you take time to think about what it says and how God wants you to apply it to your life? If not, why not start now by turning to God’s Word, because “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

One of the first things Jesus instructed believers after His resurrection was, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Christ commissioned us to continue His work here on earth, to encourage people to read His Word and to teach about His atoning death and how to have a relationship with the Father. 

Remember that as long as there are unbelievers, we face the unfinished task of leading them to Christ. We are salt and light on this earth (Matthew 5:13-14), intended to bring God’s flavor and to serve as a shining light to a darkened world. Not only must we read and understand God’s Word, we must apply it obediently and remain faithful (Hebrews 12:1-3). Jesus Himself placed the greatest importance on loving God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:37-39). This command is impossible to keep without the commitment to reading and applying His truth revealed in His Word.

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