In yesterday’s post I wrote about the message I was giving to the group last night at our quartet concert. I did give it and I accentuated what being a vessel of honor was like from the “inside of self”. This morning’s devotional time brought out the most important ingredient of this that I didn’t see yesterday. I talked circles around it, but God was needing for me to see it clearly. This ingredient is BELIEVE.

In John 6:63 it says: “The Holy Spirit is the one who gives life, that which is of the natural realm is of no help. The words I speak to you are Spirit and life. But there are still some of you who won’t believe.” This crowd of people were the same ones Jesus had fed the day before with the miracle of the fish and bread feeding 5,000. Jesus was wanting them to understand (believe) that natural food was never going to satisfy them–it was the Spiritual food that eternally satisfies. Yet, most of them left not willing to believe.

Today God is challenging me to go beyond obedience to Him and enter into this realm of OBEDIENCE WITH BELIEF. Obedience that aligns with Jesus’ promise that I can do all thing through Christ who gives me strength. So much of the time I do out of obedience wondering how in the world will this ever work out. It isn’t until afterwards that I wonder why I didn’t believe? I see clearly the belief I had was centering on what I saw as my inadequacies. Today God wants me to practice the one S–self-confidence knowing it is all about HIM–not me. Today, I BELIEVE!

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