Wednesday, May 19, 2021

John 3 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

John 3:8

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 

 


I was thinking about my life and how it can be described as a couple things – a brick and a leaf – and how they respond to the wind. For 30+ years, I was a brick. Stubborn, heavy, unwilling to change or yield, I thought I was fine because I looked like every other brick and was doing what they were doing. God’s will blew through my life, but it didn’t faze or change me. So, it blew stronger and stronger until it hit hurricane-level force and smashed that brick to pieces in Madison Correctional Institution. God would not be denied.

 

Now, I’m a leaf. As God’s gentle wind blows through my life, I am carried about in His arms. I go where He tells me because I know He is the one guiding me, holding me, directing my path, and I know I’m not going alone!!! I may not always feel the wind carrying me, but I know it’s there and I know it’s taking me right where I’m supposed to be!! My life often looks like a leaf is dancing with the wind and that’s me dancing in the arms of Jesus because of who He is and how much He has done for me!!

 

The lesson I learned is that if God wants you to move, you’re going to move, either super-fast, scary, and feeling out of control, or you can be gracefully carried about and dance your way through life in the arms of our Savior!!!

 

Be encouraged and be encouraging!!! I love you all, God bless, and glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!!

 

 

John 3:16-17

For God, so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, which whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

 

During the first half of my life, I equated being a Christian with a bunch of rules and boredom. “How could anyone actually enjoy being a Christian or willingly sign up for it?” were the types of thoughts I would have. I had an unquenchable desire for this world and the things of it. I would chase women, chase a high, chase a dollar, chase acceptance, and the list goes on and on. But it wasn’t until I realized I wasn’t chasing things but running from them that I actually stopped and looked around, and you know what I saw? Not what I expected to see, that’s for sure!

 

Everything I valued (the drugs, the woman, the money) was all gone. Everything was gone except for the Lord! The One I ran from was running after me. The One I spoke bad about was speaking life into me. The One I didn’t want a part of wanted every part of me. The One I wouldn’t give an ounce of my life to had given every ounce of His for me! Then, He broke the chains and opened my eyes, and I’m here to tell you that Jesus is still setting captives free, opening the eyes of the blind, and making the dead come back to life!

 

I live and breathe because He breathed His life into me! He is my everything, He is my King, His is my friend, He is my Jesus, and He wants to be yours too!!! My life is more fulfilled and complete because of the Lord than I ever thought was possible!!!! Thank You, Jesus, for saving a wretch like me and calling me from darkness to light!!!! Glory to the Risen King!

 

John 3:17

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Most of us know John 3:16, but this very next verse caught my attention today. It doesn’t mean there won’t be a judgement day – because the Bible is very clear there will be – but it means that Jesus didn’t come to punish us but to rescue us!! Jesus didn’t come to send you to Hell but to open the door to Heaven!!

He wasn’t coerced, forced or bribed. He willingly, lovingly, and mercifully stepped down out of Heaven to save us!! There was not a thing that could have stopped Him. As a matter of fact, I believe He was eager to come and heal His people!! 

I could see Jesus looking at God before He left Heaven and saying, “I’m ready, Father. I’m going to save Your children!! Those children are me and you!

Thank you, King Jesus!!!!!!!!!!! I love you all. God bless, and Glory to the Risen King!!!!

 

John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 

 

Last night at Bible Study, someone used an illustration about us before we come to know Jesus, and it went something like this: Imagine someone running up to you all bloody, bruised, dirty, clothes all torn, and completely bewildered. You ask them what’s wrong, and they say, “You gotta help me. This guy is chasing me and He won’t stop. He wants to give me a bath, clean my wounds, give me the finest clothes to wear, restore my mind, and give me a life full of love, mercy, grace, and peace!!! You gotta hide me; don’t let Him catch me!!!”

 


Sounds crazy when he put it that way, but it instantly resonated with me that I did that with Jesus!!! The enemy had me so convinced that there was only judgment, condemnation, and shame at the Cross that I was afraid to go there. But once I got there, I found there was a love so deep, so wide, and so high that not even all the evil and sins of this world could stand against it or change it!!! Imagine my relief when I realized that God was pursuing me to love me, not to condemn me!!!

 

There was condemnation at the cross, but it wasn’t ours. See, Jesus’ condemnation bought our salvation, and it’s a gift that I cherish more than the breath in my lungs or the heartbeat in my chest. I stood condemned before I ever made it to the cross, but once I made it there, that condemnation turned to salvation, and so can yours!!!

 

Jesus is chasing you today. Will you turn and let Him catch you???

 

 

 

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