John | That by believing you may have life {FREE DOWNLOAD}

**New Study starting on Monday, May 1, 2017**

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” {John 20:30-31}

Do you remember as a youngster how easy it was to believe?  Someone would say something that sounded pretty darn good and you would be convinced. It didn’t go through a series of filters or need to be checked against a plethora of experiences, mainly because you didn’t have many yet.  Am I right? And you certainly didn’t have a succession of counter beliefs clouding anything new coming in.

As an adult, we tend to pile life experience on top of life experience and sometimes, when we’re not careful, those experience can start to overshadow God’s Truth. It rarely happens on purpose and usually sneaks up on us before we even realize it’s happening.  

John was writing to a church that was being persuaded by some false beliefs circulating in the church.  The culture around the church had shifted due in part to the fall of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD, many of the Jews at that time had been dispersed. The church would have been predominantly Gentile at the time John was writing his Gospel.  And therefore he was writing to a new generation of believers that weren’t as familiar with the Jewish customs, old testament scriptures, and teachings.

As I studied the people and the culture during the time when John wrote His Gospel, I could see many parallels between the challenges in our culture now and the culture of John’s Gospel.  They were being swayed by the Greek Philosophies of Gnosticism, Docetism, and Cerinthianism, which all believed in some way that Jesus couldn’t have been fully man and fully God.

Gnostics believed that all matter (including the body) was evil so God couldn’t inhabit a fleshly body.  Docetism believes that God was tricking them and was a really a spirit or phantom.  And Cerinthianism believed that the spirit of God fell on Jesus at his baptism and left him when he cried out on the cross. Each one of these philosophies takes way from the Truth of our Salvation in Jesus Christ.

We may not have such extreme beliefs rolling around in our head but if we’ve ever said, “God is really good to someone else but He’s just not good to me,”  or  “God doesn’t hear my prayers”, or “God must not love me as much as He loves so and so…”  These beliefs can start to slowly chip away at our hearts and our ability to believe the Truth about who God really is to us!

It causes our faith to be swayed by our situation instead of our faith being the foundation in which we stand up in our circumstances.

The sole { and soul }  purpose of the Gospel of John was to ferociously protect the church and the Truth of who Jesus is.  John wanted the readers of his gospel to know the heart and tap into the understanding of the depth of the love of Jesus so he strategically handpicked his first-hand experiences with our Savior as a testimony to the Truth so that we might be strengthened in our belief of Jesus, the One and only Son of God, and be unleash into abundant life!

That’s why John writes: “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  He purposefully picked the stories and testimonies for His Gospel “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” {John 20:30-31}

Jesus, the shining beacon of LOVE, had entered the world, bringing salvation, and a new way for us all and we need to not only follow Him but also believe Him!

We are meant to live with our eyes fixed on Jesus, letting Him be the filter in which we look though. So when the hard stuff of life hit, we can look to God for his greater purpose rather than be fixated on a temporal discomfort. Thereby, making our lives a testimony to the goodness of God and living in more belief and understanding of our God!

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.” {Isaiah 43:10}

Let’s journey through the Gospel of John together as we study John’s hand-picked stories of our Savior, the great author, and perfecter of our faith.  And let’s allow God’s Word to unleash us into believing God more for the incredible and abundant life only He can provide when we do!

Is there anything about God you are questioning or not believing as purely as you once did?  Are you wrestling with doubt that wonders if God really is who He says He is to you?

Take your answers to God in prayer today, He cares for you!…..And then join us on Monday as we dive into the Gospel of John together!

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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