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Don't you believe that the Father is living in Me... Oct. 9th 2017

John 14:10 Don't you believe that the Father is living in Me and that I am living in the Father?

Even My words are not My own but come from My Father, for He lives in Me and performs His

miracles of power through Me.[TPT]

     Jesus gives us this incredible lesson in humility and submission in this one verse.

Read verses 1-14. Jesus is instructing His sons with words of comfort and truth. He is describing

who the Father is, who He is, and who we are to be through faith in Him. Jesus tells His sons

that they too will be able to do the same mighty miracles that He did and even greater.

     Jesus gives the ultimate lessons by speaking the gospel followed by the miraculous.

1 Why do you think we are not able to walk in His path?

2 How does the combination of the  Word and the miraculous work?

3 What must we do to become a fully functioning follower of Christ?

               Father I asked that You touch each of us with revelation and wisdom as we consider Your ways. 

                                                                 For His Kingdom,

                                                                    Don Banis

Keeping My Word and Following Through - OCT 1st 2017

One important way to witness my faith is to keep my word. I came across a scripture a few years ago that really sounded strange at first; “…A righteous man swears to his own hurt and changes not.” Ps 15:4. When the Bible talks about swearing to my own hurt and not changing, it's referring to being a man of my word. If I make a promise – I must keep it - even if it takes great effort or it hurts me. God places a very high priority on me being a man of my word. Scripture makes reference several times to cheap talk. It is plain that my “Yes” should mean yes and my “No” should mean no. Adding words like, “Trust me”, “I guarantee”, etc. should not be needed. Some of these come out of habit, but over time, when people learn to trust what I say without the qualifiers, I will become known as a man of my word.

To follow up on that, several years ago I did something to hurt my wife. My quick response was, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.” She turned around and walked off. I knew she had not forgiven me and I couldn’t understand why. I tried, unsuccessfully to place the burden on her, that as a Christian, it was her duty to forgive me. Later that evening I went to bed and picked up a book that I had started a few days before. The title of the book was “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Steven Covey. I flipped open the book at random, still smarting from my wife’s rebuff, and the first sentence I read was, “You can’t talk you way out of a situation you have behaved yourself into.” I cried. Dear God, that’s me! I wanted forgiveness but was not ready to change my behavior, and she knew it. Later on I told her that I finally got it. In order to receive her forgiveness, she had to know I was going to follow my words with changed behavior. Her comment upon my confession was, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Fair enough! It took a while, but over time I proved I really had changed.

When we learn that talk really is cheap and that both our words and our behavior matter, we can then become men people can trust and depend on. As the saying goes, “Preach often and sometimes use words.” Christ is the perfect example. We can trust His word completely and our history with Him bears that out.

- Don Hodges