Pastor Steve left off last week sharing about the amazing miracles, signs, and wonders that Jesus performed and how they testified of the reality of His Father.It is so easy to get caught up in seeking God for hand outs when what He really wants is our fellowship.We need to get beyond grabbing what is in His hand to knowing Him face to face.
This is the purpose of the Intimacy series to draw closer to God and to be used to draw others closer to Him.
It is so cool to experience the supernatural manifestation of healing, deliverance, and divine provision but that alone doesn’t transform us it is knowing God intimately that changes us within.We are going into John 6 as our teacher the Holy Spirit further elaborates.
Feeding 5000 (vs. 1-15)
We are not to be moved by natural limitations as long as God is leading supernatural provision is within reach.
Faith opens the heavens, all we need to do is take whatever is in our hand and use it and it will multiply.
If we are not walking close to God we will be moved by circumstances.
Signs point people to the reality of God but we are to point people further to knowing the person of God if they are going to reach their eternal destination.
Walking on Water (vs. 16-21)
When we move ahead of God, we will quickly step into a storm.
It is those who wait upon the Lord that live above the storm (Isaiah 40:31).
Jesus in His mercy will walk right on the crashing waves of our present darkness and as we acknowledge Him, He will come right into our situation and calm the storm.
The Bread of Life (vs. 22-59)
A good question to ask before making a commitment like marriage is why am I in relationship with this person and why are they in relationship with me?
If the reason is more on what someone can offer the other than simply loving the person for who they are the commitment will never go beyond the surface.
The Miracles in our ministry will never be enough to satisfy the true longing of the heart which is for fellowship with God.If the signs we perform don’t point people into a relationship with God then we have done them a disservice.We have used the power of God for our own gain and judgement will follow.
Jesus the bread of life is the only thing that can quench the longing of our soul.We can help people meeting the needs of their current problems but if in the end they don’t come to know God it will be meaningless.
Intimacy with the person of Christ is the only means of finding contentment, confidence, and completion.We will remain discontent, insecure, and incomplete until we live in a covenant relationship with God.
To walk with God is to walk according to His will, it is in this place that we never hunger or thirst again.
The outward sign of someone being hungry is complaining and murmuring.
Eating the flesh and the blood of Jesus is when we make holy communion a lifestyle.It is a living experience of oneness with Christ.
Are You Committed? (vs. 60-71)
The marriage commitment is not an easy one to make it means giving yourself completely to another.
If you have not given yourself completely to God you are not saved.Believing in God is not enough, one must become His disciple, a true devoted follower.It is a way of life not a religious experience.
The hard truth of the words of Jesus caused many disciples to leave Him.Maybe some churches have been filled with crowds because the truth has been watered down.
If you are someone who is offended easily you have not surrendered your heart to Jesus, a dead man is not offend-able, and those who are followers of Jesus have died to themselves, yes it is a daily death, a daily choice to pick up the cross, so let today be the day that you make sure you are truly a child of God.