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To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2016 Issue –  The Presence of God‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11

The text set for today’s reading and meditation:

John 5:31-47 (NIVUK): ”‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies in my favour, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish – the very works that I am doing – testify that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.

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

I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?’”

Today’s reading tells us that there are people who are religious and study the Scriptures, yet do not have the love of God in their hearts – they do not have a relationship with the Father.

Selwyn writes: “In this issue we are setting out to focus on ways in which we can increase our awareness of God’s presence in our lives. …

I feel that I must say that no one can experience the continuous presence of God until he or she has come into a relationship with Him. … No relationship, no true knowledge of God.”

The verse for today on the biblegateway.com website is Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

It is our faith in Jesus that enables us to approach the throne of God and seek His assistance and guidance to enable us to effectively follow Him in our daily walk. Our relationship with God is best described as a Father and child relationship, from our perspective it’s a relationship built on love and complete trust.

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