Taking the Pressure Off

by Rick

(Read John 6:35-43)

 

This morning we continue our series “Grace that is Simply Amazing” by continuing to teach on “Minimizing Your Humanity and Maximizing Your Divinity.”  Yesterday we looked at a passage in John 6 where Jesus was talking about being the “Bread of Life.”  Today we pick up the passage where we left off.

 

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.  Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me.  However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.  For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.  And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.  For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life… no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.”

 

So what does this mean to you today?  Let’s take a closer look at this passage and find out.

 

1.  Accepting the grace for your assignment will help build your confidence.  Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.  Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  Jesus embraced the grace for His assignment and He spoke about it with complete confidence.  His confidence was rooted in the Father and not His own human abilities.  Since Jesus modeled how we are supposed to live, we can do the same.  Once we know what our God-given assignment is, and we tap into God’s grace to fulfill it, we can speak about it with divinely inspired confidence.  And this confidence will not be shaken, because it will not be rooted in our own ability, but rather in God and His grace.

 

2.  Keeping your focus on God will keep you connected to God’s grace for your assignment.  Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.”  Jesus constantly reminded Himself and His followers that He was not on the earth on a self-seeking mission, but rather on a divine assignment from the Father.  Likewise, you and I are not here, on the earth, to perform our own will, but the will of the Father who sent us.  We are not just here to suck-in and blow-out air, and to seek every sort of human pleasure.  We are here for a purpose and our goal must be to FIND, FOLLOW and FINISH that purpose before we die.  Not by our power, but by God’s grace.

 

3.  Knowing your God-given purpose takes the pressure off of you for things that only God can do.  Jesus said, “This is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me” and “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me.”  Jesus did not accept any pressure to make people follow Him.  He just focused on doing His part and He knew the Father would do what He could not do, and that was to move on the hearts of others to follow Him.  Likewise, you and I can only do what we are called to do.  There is a part of our assignment that God has graced us to do, but there is also a part of our assignment that God has not graced us to do, and that we must simply rely on Him to do.  This keeps us humble and reliant on God.  So do what God has graced you to do, and believe Him for the rest.  Do what you can, and trust Him for what you can’t!  When you live this way you will live in a stress-free zone, not accepting pressure for things you can’t do.

 

Closing Confession:  Father, I thank You for taking the time to teach me about Your amazing grace.  The more I learn about Your grace, the more I embrace Your grace for my assignment.  I am now able to speak about my assignment with confidence, because my confidence is not in me, or my abilities.  My confidence is rooted and grounded in You and Your power.  I decrease daily, that You may increase through me.  I die, that You and Your purpose may live through me.  I surrender, so You can reign through me.  I live my life focused on my divine purpose.  I am not here on a self-seeking or self-pleasing mission.  I am here to perform Your will and by faith I declare that I do.  I will FIND, FOLLOW and FINISH my purpose before I die.  I will do all You have graced me to do, and I will trust You for the rest.  I do what I can, by Your grace, and I believe You to do what I can’t.  I refuse to accept any pressure to do things I am not graced to do.  You open doors for me that I cannot open, and when You do, they become doors no man can close.  You close doors for me that I cannot close, and when You do, they become doors that no man can open.  I live stress free because I only do what I am graced to do, and I totally rely on You to do the rest.  I declare this by faith.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

This is Today’s Word!  Apply it and Prosper.

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