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DAY 17: "COME AND SEE": The Chosen 40 Days with Jesus: "NO DECEIT" …

Good evening … Great is His faithfulness …


DAY 17: COME AND SEE

Philip and Nathanael

43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[a] you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”


NO DECEIT: οὐ ou, oo; a primary word; the absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not:—+ long, nay, neither, never, no (X man), none, (can-)not, + nothing, + special, un(-worthy), when, + without, + yet but. See also G3364, G3372 : δόλος dólos, dol'-os; from an obsolete primary verb, δέλλω déllō (probably meaning to decoy; compare G1185); a trick (bait), i.e. (figuratively) wile:—craft, deceit, guile, subtilty.


Being a person of no deceit can come from having a pure heart and being completely truthful to all who you encounter … Nathanael seems like a man of honor living this way isn’t easy and is where many of us fall short, but that is the beauty of the Gospel and how the Lord was able to use the different personalities of the disciples to compete His Will His mission for all to come to salvation, and being redeemed by their Creator reconciling themselves - and ourselves back to God … Looking at the Scriptures we can’t get a clear indication what actually occurred under the fig tree because it was not stated … St. John Chrysostom teaches this was the meeting place of Philip and Nathanael – (vv. 45, 46), and that Jesus was praising Nathanael for being extremely diligent and extremely careful in His search for the Messiah … Christ having that foreknowledge and His ability to see into Nathanael’s heart stir him to this confession of faith – (v. 49) …


1: Write out your come – to Jesus – story … How did you meet Him??? How did He change your mind about who He is and what’s true??? I was chrismated back in 2019 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, but that wasn’t when I fully surrendered to Christ, because He hadn’t chosen me quiet yet … He was only helping to lay the foundation in which, He allowed my free will to take place … I truly met God, for the first time in 2021, when something pure entered my heart and it said, “feed my lambs and tend to my sheep”, but I did not understand that meaning until I find it in the scriptures, letting me know He was in fact the One True God … I was watching THE CHOSEN, and ever since than I have had this hunger each morning and evening to feed His lambs and tend to His sheep daily through my readings and reflections … That’s how He changed my mind and my heart when I realized I was being called by something that is truly divine, and it’s a calling and a feeling you can’t not get away from, you will know it when you feel it stay patient and continue to seek Him and only Him …


2: Since Jesus is no longer walking and talking on earth, what does “COME AND SEE” mean now??? Who said Jesus no longer walks or even talks to us here on earth, He dwells in our midst and even in the Old Testament He would come down and even had a meal with Abraham … “COME AND SEE” hasn’t changed one bit, find a spiritual leader who is truly filled with the Holy Spirit and COME AND SEE their wonders in teaching the greatness of God … Those who say the Bible isn’t real, I say “COME AND SEE” for yourselves and here is your Challenge pick up the Bible and read it and study it for yourselves, and here is the last challenge take 40 days and live by it, I’m convinced it will change you, but you must put your heart into it …


3: Who is someone in your life who needs to “COME AND SEE” Jesus??? Pray for that person, then go make the introduction … Trust Jesus to do the convincing … This is private for me; all I will say is that I’m already praying for these individuals …


PRAYER FOCUS:

Thank God that He allowed you to “COME AND SEE”, and ask Him for direction: who can I introduce to Jesus and how???

Psalm 45 (46): Part of this evening’s prayer focus …



Numbers 6:24-26:

“The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’

In Christ Love Jared W Campbell


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