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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Jesus Knows Where You Are

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 1:43-51 KJV
(43) The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
(44) Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
(45) Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
(46) And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
(47) Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
(48) Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
(49) Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
(50) Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
(51) And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Jesus finds Philip and tells him to follow him, and he did. Scripture does not say if Philip knew of Jesus before he told him to follow, or if his profession lead him to follow, as if Jesus had some task for him to do. Yet we know Philip did not hesitate but followed. Philip finds Nathanael under a fig tree. He declares to Nathanael, he found the son of Joseph who Moses and the prophets wrote about. Philip understands that Jesus is prophesied about. No doubt the story of his birth still lingered as well as any miracle he might of performed or maybe his teaching in a synagogue. How Philip understood his importance is unclear but what family line Jesus was from seem to be importance to Philip as long as the prophecy. Nathanael did not apparently believe the prophets or did not know the prophecy around Jesus for he would not of ask if anything good could come out of Nazareth. Jesus where he would grow up was prophecied about. Jesus would be called a Nazarene according to Matthew 2 last verse of that chapter or around it. Anyway the knowledge of who Jesus was is important for when Nathan heard Jesus say I saw you under a fig tree, when Philip called him, it was enough to convince him that Jesus was a King Of Israel and also the Son of God.

Nathanael was not convinced by testimony of Philip, he was convinced by the testimony of Jesus seeing him. How important is it for God to be the one to call and convince. For Jesus to speak to our hearts our worth to Him. He paid the ultimate price for our sin through his death and crucifixion. He loved us enough to buy our pardon before any of us living on earth was even born. In other words His death was not just for His time but even today. His death be the price paid for eternity to come for all that believe. How important is it for you to have God call to your heart before you repent as evidence of his existence or that he even sees you upon this earth. How important is it to be found by God, or to have him call tenderly to our hearts to follow. To know one belongs to Jesus to know we have a place can be important to a lonely soul, but when it comes to eternal salvation to belong to God is more then just having someone before us, but have Him in our life through out the ages to come. To know our home is with him. To know what He expects from us. To know He will never leave or forsake us. The most important thing is to know we are a child of God and part of the family of God. To know God came after us and sought us out.

Jesus did not seek Nathanael, he knew where he was. Instead someone else brought him to Jesus. The way we come to Christ is either by the wooing of His Spirit only or with the help of another person, who brings the person to the cross. Yet it is final decision of the individual. At nineteen when I left home, my parents knew where I was. Though some distance away, I was not runaway, but a person on journey, not abandoned, but struggling to find myself, and answers to questions in my life. I think in general sometimes our best struggles are those that finally have answers. Nathanael did seem to be struggling only resting under a tree, but as soon as Philip came Nathanael had an issue. The issue was who is Jesus. Was he who Philip claimed he was along with the prophets. He got his answer, when he meet Jesus. Your first meeting of Jesus might be through scripture or by testimony of a follower of Jesus. Until you seek Jesus, you will be on the outside looking for understanding and wondering who this Jesus is. Invite Him into your life today. Ask him to teach who He is.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to know you prepare us for salvation. You know where we are, and that you care about us. Prepare people to share the Gospel of Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Psalms 139:1-24 KJV
(1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
(2) Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
(3) Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
(4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
(5) Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
(6) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
(7) Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
(8) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
(9) If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
(10) Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
(11) If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
(12) Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
(13) For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
(14) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
(15) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
(16) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
(17) How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
(18) If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
(19) Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
(20) For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
(21) Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
(22) I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
(23) Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
(24) And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


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