LIFe with God: July 5

Posted on July 5, 2010


John 3 (1) There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. (2) This man came to Him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him.”

(3) Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

(4) “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”

(5) Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (6) Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. (8) The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

(9) “How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus.

(10) “Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. (11) “I assure you: We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you do not accept Our testimony. (12) If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven? (13) No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven–the Son of Man. (14) Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, (15) so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.

(16) “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (17) For God did not send His Son into the world that He might judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (18) Anyone who believes in Him is not judged, but anyone who does not believe is already judged, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. (19) This, then, is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. (20) For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. (21) But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”

(22) After this, Jesus and His disciples went to the Judean countryside, where He spent time with them and baptized. (23) John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. People were coming and being baptized, (24) since John had not yet been thrown into prison. (25) Then a dispute arose between John’s disciples and a Jew about purification. (26) So they came to John and told him, “Rabbi, the One you testified about, and who was with you across the Jordan, is baptizing–and everyone is flocking to Him.”

(27) John responded, “No one can receive a single thing unless it’s given to him from heaven. (28) You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I’ve been sent ahead of Him.’ (29) He who has the bride is the groom. But the groom’s friend, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the groom’s voice. So this joy of mine is complete. (30) He must increase, but I must decrease.”

(31) The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One who comes from heaven is above all. (32) He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony. (33) The one who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true. (34) For God sent Him, and He speaks God’s words, since He gives the Spirit without measure. (35) The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. (36) The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.


What are we told is the reason for Christ coming to earth in the flesh? What was John’s attitude when his disciples told him that Jesus was also baptizing and everyone was flocking to Him?


How can I know for sure that I have eternal life? How does my attitude toward Jesus compare to John’s? What action steps can I take?


Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

“Lord Jesus, I concur with Nicodemus that You are come from God. I thank You that, through faith in the gracious and immeasurable gift of Your shed blood and resurrection power, I am born again and a citizen of the kingdom of God. I thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit, who indwells and empowers everyone who has been born again. Lord, I put my trust in no other, for You alone have descended from heaven and ascended back into heaven, and just as Moses raised the snake in the wilderness, so You allowed Yourself to be lifted up on the cross, so that everyone who believes in You will have eternal life. Lord, may I share John’s attitude that You must increase and I must decrease. May Your holiness, love, grace, and righteousness increase in my life, and may my sinful desires, passions, pride, and selfishness decrease. For You are the One who came from above and is above all. I accept Your testimony and affirm that God is true: God sent You, You spoke God’s words, and You give the Spirit without measure; The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. Amen”

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Amy & Debbie Brueggemann
  • Travis & Hali Davidson
  • Mike & Theresa Daniels
  • Brian Davis family


  • The Tim Penn family, missionaries to Albania

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)


For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23

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