1 The Way, the Truth, and the Life
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus shed his blood and died that we might have our own place with the Father. There are those who think that they will have to wait until they get to heaven to have that place. But I believe that no only do we have a place in heaven, but that we also have a place with the Father right now. In fact the Psalmist referred to it as a “secret place.” The secret place is a place where we are protected and shadowed by the very Presence of the Lord.
Far to many times we have a hope in the future of being with God and yet are hopeless in our present reality. This is so sad. Not only did God promise us a future but he also promised us a “present.” God is with us right now. He is as much our Father now as He will be in the future. I absolutely love what David said; “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” (Ps 27:13 NKJV).
There are way to many brothers and sister of the Lord who are losing heart. And the reality is that they have lost hope of ever seeing the “goodness of the Lord,” in their own lifetime. I am writing this to break that “hopeless” spirit off of our lives.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” (Ps 23:6 NKJV) David believed that the very “goodness” of God was pursuing him. Jeremiah said,
I believe that every Christian needs a revelation of the goodness of God. Hope springs into our lives when we realize that God is going to do good to us while we are still in this world. In fact God through Christ has prepared a “place” for us in the goodness of God. We are called to live in His goodness. We are to have faith in His goodness towards us.
When our natural circumstances seem to be going amuck we have a tendency to doubt God’s goodness. But the truth is that God has promised to “never leave nor forsake us.” The difficulties that we all face are being used by God to bring us into our own “place.” Don’t ever allow the trials or tribulations of this present world to ever cause you to doubt God’s Goodness.
In fact Paul said, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28). Every thing that we are going through will ultimately work for our good. Think of Joseph, his brothers sold him into slavery, his masters wife lied about him and had him thrown into prison and it was there that he was forgotten. And yet overnight he was elevated into a “place” of destiny. God was using all of the trials and difficulties of his life to bring him into a “place prepared for him”.
Joseph’s story reveals to us God pattern of bringing us into our “place.” It is a way that often times takes us through some difficulties and yet the end result is our being established in that “place.” It is from that “place” that we are able to bless others with God’s goodness.
I truly believe that I am speaking prophetically when I tell you that God is taking you through some stuff to get you into your “place.” Don’t give up now. Jesus endured the cross because He could see the “joy” that ly ahead. By understanding the “way” you can make it into the “place.”
“And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus is the “way.” Stay in close relationship with Jesus. Walk with, talk with, rely on Christ and He will take you into your “place.” In fact every trial that you are experiencing is to try and break your relationship with Christ, your faith in Jesus. It takes a daily choice to remain in fellowship with Jesus. Remember He is the “way.”
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