Knowing and Believing
Jesus helps the people understand the significance of John the Baptist and his ministry.
"Don't confuse me with the facts; my mind is made up!" Sometimes unbelief can't be shown enough proof of God and His Word. No matter how much evidence is compiled, if a person refuses to believe, nothing will convince him. The scribes and Pharisees had already rejected God before Jesus or John ever came on the scene. That is why they reject John when he comes preaching a message of preparation for the Messiah and reject Jesus when He comes. We must know in order to believe, yet we must also believe in order to know. Many truths in the Bible may puzzle us. To begin mastering them, we must first rest completely in the character and power of almighty God.
As you consider God's willingness to use you, offer Him your praise through this passage:
Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings (Jeremiah 32:17, 19).
As you seek to keep your life free from sin, pray this confession to the Lord:
But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word (Isaiah 66:2).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pause to pray this affirmation to the Lord:
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).
As you make your requests known to the Lord:
- Pray for the renewing of your mind by the power of God's Word
- Openness to be used by God
- The needs of your extended family
- Your activities for the day
Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Amen (Psalm 16:11).