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DAY 14

— Read: John 6:60-71

I tried a new “nutritional plan.” Not a diet, per se, but a new way of eating healthier. I followed this plan for a while. I cut out the dairy, like the plan told me to. I stopped adding cheese to my favorite foods. It was hard. But I did it.

But then the plan said I needed to cut out grains. All of them. This meant no bread, no pasta, no rice. Not even a little bit. No grains. Period.

I lasted for a little while but then I gave up and had a plate of Fettuccine Alfredo, plus a couple of garlic breadsticks, from my favorite Italian restaurant. And I loved it.

In today’s reading, some of Jesus’ followers decide to leave because they said His teaching was too hard.

“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” (John 6:66)

Following a strict nutritional plan might be hard in the flesh, but following Jesus with our whole heart, in obedience to everything He commands, is even harder . . . if we try to do it on our own.

That’s what the law of Moses taught us. Total obedience in our own human strength isn’t possible. We need the help of the Holy Spirit living inside us to live faithfully according to His Word. This too is God’s grace to us.

God not only saves us, but He gives us what we need to walk in obedience.

Some people turned and walked away from Jesus. But not because His teaching proved too difficult, but because they were not willing to submit to Christ in obedience, trusting that He would help them live faithfully.

This is the decision I must make, today and every day. Will I trust Jesus to see me through? No matter what temptation I face?

My heart’s desire is to lean on Him, wholly, trusting Him to be my strength when I have none.

 


 

— Diving Deeper —

Where do you turn when things just get too hard?

 

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Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of Word Writers Bible studies. Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage. Host of Deeper Waters Retreat.

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