Believe Also In Me
Date: February 8, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study and savor
S - Summarize and Share
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Bible Scripture Verse – John 14:1
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me."
Listen for God’s Voice
Heavenly Father, As I prepare to study and meditate on the scripture in John 14:1, I ask that you grant me a peaceful heart, free from worry and doubt. Help me to have faith in you and in your son Jesus, as I read and seek to understand your word. Give me the wisdom and understanding to grasp the message you have for me. Amen.
Explore History – Who wrote it, when and to what audience? Key people in the story?
The Gospel of John is one of 4 books that make up the New Testament. The apostle John, son of Zebedee, was one of the 12 disciples and was most likely written between 90-100 AD.
John’s Gospel isn’t like the others, as it’s not a biography of Jesus like the other three. It’s more of a theological reflection on who Jesus was and the work that He did. John emphasizes the deity of Christ. It emphasized the deity of Jesus and His divine mission, and was written to both Jews and Gentiles. His main goal was to provide evidence that Jesus was the Christ, the son of God, and that through believing in Him, one day, you may receive and have eternal life.
Study and Savor – Key Words
"Do not let your hearts be troubled" - Jesus is addressing the anxiety and fear of His disciples and encouraging them to have peace and not to be afraid.
"You believe in God" - Jesus is acknowledging the faith that His disciples have in God the Father.
"believe also in me" - Jesus is asking His disciples to extend their faith to Him as well, recognizing Him as the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
Summarize and Share
John 14:1 is a powerful reminder that we can have peace in our hearts, even in the midst of trouble and uncertainty, when we have faith in Jesus. When life feels overwhelming and difficult, it's easy to be consumed by fear and anxiety. However, Jesus encourages us to believe in Him and not let our hearts be troubled.
So, how can we apply this scripture to our lives today? One practical way is to focus on our faith in Jesus, instead of our circumstances. When we believe in Him, we can find peace and comfort, even in the midst of difficult times. We can also pray and ask Him to give us His peace, knowing that He cares for us and is with us always.
Another way to use this scripture in our lives is to share our faith with others. When we share our story of how Jesus has brought peace and comfort to our lives, we can be a source of hope and encouragement to those around us.
John 14:1 is a call to action for believers to believe in Jesus and not let their hearts be troubled. We can find peace and comfort in Him, and share that hope with others. Let us put our faith into action and experience the peace that comes from believing in Jesus.
Bible Cross Reference
Philippians 4:6-7 - "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." This passage encourages believers not to be anxious, but to present their requests to God with thanksgiving and find peace in Him. Like John 14:1, it emphasizes the importance of faith in God for finding peace and comfort.
Isaiah 26:3 - "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." This verse highlights the idea that those who trust in God will find peace, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. It emphasizes the importance of having faith in God for finding peace and comfort, similar to John 14:1.
Matthew 11:28 - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." This verse invites believers to come to Jesus and find rest for their souls. Like John 14:1, it emphasizes the peace and comfort that can be found in a relationship with Jesus.
Psalm 29:11 - "The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace." This verse highlights the idea that God gives strength and peace to His people. It emphasizes the comfort and peace that can be found in a relationship with God, similar to John 14:1.