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After Jesus fed the 5,000 the crowds grew.

Jesus answered them and said,

Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."

John 6:26-27 NASB

A quick observation today.

One of the names that Isaiah gives us for Jesus is “Wonderful” which at its root is miracle. He is Healer – even today. He is Provider – even today. He is the Gift of God – even today.

And even today, some seek Him for what they might get. They come only to be healed – to be fed – to escape judgment.

Does He today look at the crowds and say: “Do not work for the food which perishes?

Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent. - John 6:29 NASB

I need to get about my Father’s business today.

Lord, give me the faith I need to follow you – to work for the food that is eternal.

Ben NelsonThank you for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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There is a tension in the scriptures between the moment of salvation and the ongoing work of salvation in our lives.

I understand that salvation comes at a point in time.

... that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; - Romans 10:9 NASB

But I also hear Paul exhort us:

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; - Philippians 2:12 NASB

Today I was reading in John 6:

Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." - John 6:29 NASB

…and it occurred to me that this word “work” means occupation. It gives the import of continuing to do something.

My simple thought for the day is that believing is not a ‘one and done’ but something we engage in every day.

This has plenty of implications for us, and we must resist being drawn into some legalism or works based relationship with the Lord.

But it does tell me that my listening  for and hearing my Lord’s voice must be intentional and putting trust in what he tells me must be my daily endeavor. A WALK of faith is daily.

When I was young, my mom used to listen to a radio show from King’s College President, Robert A. Cook. His tag line, which I probably heard him say a thousand times in my life, was

Walk with the King today, and be a blessing.

Ben NelsonSo – there you go.

Ben

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What We Believe is a guest post by Author, Jason Clark, whose new book Prone to Love is now available - enjoy...

What we believe determines how we live. What we believe controls our thoughts, our emotions, and our actions. What’s crazy is that we don’t even need to have all the facts. We live by what we perceive to be the truth.

Jason's new Book

When it comes to our heavenly Father, I think it’s astounding how greatly our lives are determined by what we believe. If we believe our Father is love and His love is perfected in His goodness, then we will trust Him. We will live in the expectation of a fuller, more powerful life. Our days will be marked by hope and joy and peace, even when life is hard, sad, and violent. If we believe that His love settles every need and answers every question that aches in our hearts, then we will step out boldly and risk. Our lives will be marked by love and the dangerous favor of God. We will be radical responders, living in a greater revelation of our Dad’s love.

But if we are unsure regarding our Father’s good love, then we’ll find ourselves living on defense; our days will be marked by fear. Trust, hope, and joy will be fleeting; they will become principles that are impossible to maintain. In the good days we will be anxious, always waiting for the “other shoe to drop.” We will try our hardest but we will live defensive and life will become a reaction to perceived attacks.

I once heard a great analogy that best describes this kind of powerless life. Let’s say I have a million dollars in my bank account but I’m only aware of a thousand. If that’s the case, then I will live in the limitation of the thousand. Every decision I make will be restricted to the lie that I only have a thousand bucks. My needs will go unmet, my family’s needs will go unmet, and giving becomes virtually nonexistent. I live broke and powerless.

When we, by faith, choose to believe that our heavenly Father is always good, that His love is perfected in His goodness and that He only has goodness and love for His us, there is a great shift that takes place in our hearts. We are empowered to discover freedom and authority. The same authority Jesus gave us through His life, death, and resurrection. All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me now go…” (Matt 28:18)

When we see God as our Father and become sure in His love, we are transformed, giving us access to our destiny. When we see our Father and become sure in His love, all impossibilities become possibilities—it’s called heaven on earth.

The fact is, whether saved or unsaved, what we believe about the nature of Father God determines how we relate with Him and directly affects how we live. [Tweet This]

May you become surer in His always good love today.

Jason Clark

About Jason

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters of the King and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children. Jason’s new book Prone To Love is available now: www.jasonclarkis.com

The faith of a child

It was about 25 years ago and Yellowstone National Forest had been burning for months leaving vast tracts of land barren and charred. My son and I were driving in Northern Minnesota and he was agonizing over that fire. Suddenly he folded his little hands squeezed shut his eyes and prayed, "Jesus would you stop the fire?" That night it snowed in Yellowstone and the fire was extinguished.  (continue reading...)

TJ Addington - Leading From the Sandbox : The faith of a child.

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