John, The Love of God

We choose up sides on the playground to play a game. One team against the other, they battle to win. In life, there are two sides and only two sides. We get to choose the side we’re on! We can choose the side who offers us the material world to get us to come over to his side, then works to destroy us bit by bit, devaluing who we are, destroying our families, throwing barriers down to block us from our Creator. He uses what little power in life we think we have and suggests that we must and can rule the world. Everything is done in the dark behind closed doors. “I’ll do it my way” is the mantra of life. Then the hammer falls, we lose it all and die wondering why? There is no future. There is no hope. Satan is the father of lies.

OR we can choose the side who offers Truth, where everything is exposed to Light. The great I AM, God, the Father, is honest about our worth and values us as His child. He created us for purpose and loves us. He wants the best for us and knows exactly what that is. His love is unconditional and unchanging. He gives us freedom like no one else can. He breaks all chains of bondage to sin and the addictions to sin. We are set free to love like He loves, be in His Presence, call on Him day or night and be loved forever. We have hope, freedom, acceptance, belonging and worth as His child. Jesus, Son of God, explains this freedom to the religious leaders who knew The Law but missed God in all this.

John 8 set free

John 8, The Message (Read it all for I can only quote a portion)
27-29 They still didn’t get it, didn’t realize that he was referring to the Father. So Jesus tried again. “When you raise up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am—that I’m not making this up, but speaking only what the Father taught me. The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn’t abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing him.”

30 When he put it in these terms, many people decided to believe.

If the Son Sets You Free
31-32 Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

33 Surprised, they said, “But we’re descendants of Abraham. We’ve never been slaves to anyone. How can you say, ‘The truth will free you’?”

34-38 Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls. I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”

39-41 They were indignant. “Our father is Abraham!”

Jesus said, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would have been doing the things Abraham did. And yet here you are trying to kill me, a man who has spoken to you the truth he got straight from God! Abraham never did that sort of thing. You persist in repeating the works of your father.”

They said, “We’re not bastards. We have a legitimate father: the one and only God.”

42-47 “If God were your father,” said Jesus, “you would love me, for I came from God and arrived here. I didn’t come on my own. He sent me. Why can’t you understand one word I say? Here’s why: You can’t handle it. You’re from your father, the Devil, and all you want to do is please him. He was a killer from the very start. He couldn’t stand the truth because there wasn’t a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with lies. I arrive on the scene, tell you the plain truth, and you refuse to have a thing to do with me. Can any one of you convict me of a single misleading word, a single sinful act? But if I’m telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Anyone on God’s side listens to God’s words. This is why you’re not listening—because you’re not on God’s side.”


Whose side do you choose? It’s a matter of life or death.

Dear Heavenly Father,
You sent a part of You to show us Your Light in the darkness. Thank you, dear Jesus! Thank you for explaining freedom. Thank you for redeeming us. Now help us to live as redeemed people with joy in our hearts and smiles on our faces! I choose You because You first loved me. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I choose to be on Your side of Truth and eternal life with You. My hope is in You!
In Jesus Name, Amen

And I’m singing…

My life is in You, Lord
My strength is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
In You, it’s in You

My life is in You, Lord
My strength is in You, Lord
My hope is in You, Lord
In You, it’s in You

I will praise You with all of my life
I will praise You with all of my strength
With all of my life
With all of my strength
All of my hope is in You

My life is in You, Lord

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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