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A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 4)

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No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:

SIH’s Think On These Things: John 6:44-47”

 

John 6:44-47 (KJV)  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.  Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.   Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God.
When we stop and think about the many workings of God that we should appreciate, one of these must be His drawing us to Himself (a part of our salvation experience).  As sinful mankind, we cannot come to an understanding of our spiritual poverty without the Lord (Jer 13:23).  Any of us, who have seen our need of salvation, has seen our need of His grace and forgiveness only through His involvement in our life.   What a blessing it is to realize that the Father loved us with such a great love that He chose to actively intervene in our life, show us the truth of His Word and, finally, bring us to Himself…
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.(Jer 31:3)

Every man therefore that hath heard,
There are two different aspects to His bringing us to Himself… the first involves actively bringing the gospel message to us.  The Lord sends out His gospel message to His people in a variety of ways… through preaching from the pulpit; through the message of a missionary sent to a foreign field; through the words of a friend or colleague; through an internet, radio or tv ministry; or through a Bible found in a motel room… the list is endless.  My point is this, no matter what method God used to bring us the gospel message, it was given to us through His sovereign control of human events, His active intervention in our lives and His use of human instruments. (Roms 10:12-17)

and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.  Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
The second aspect of this calling takes place after the gospel has been brought to the lost individual.  It is then that the Lord opens the spiritually deaf ears, applies the gospel message to the heart and actively draws the lost man to Himself.   This is what makes the difference between a hearing the gospel but never responding to it and coming to a saving knowledge of Christ following the receipt of the gospel message….
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.  John 6:63-65

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
His active involvement in our life results in us coming to faith in Him and our receipt of everlasting life.

Let us thank our Lord today, for  bringing us to a saving faith in Him.

1Thess 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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16 Comments

  1. terry1954 says:

    I am not sure where I read it in the bible, or if it is simple words that I heard at a bible study, but is there somewhere in the bible, that states, God will come back after every person has been approached about the word of God?

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I think the verse you are thinking of is Matt 24:14…”And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”. I believe what it is saying is that the gospel will BE AVAILABLE to the entire world before Christ comes back. We already have that with the different satellite, radio, TV and missionaries of our day. The gospel is available to any citizen if they choose to access it.

      I believe Christ could come back at any time…. this verse doesn’t stand in teh way of that.

      Thanks for a great question… Lord bless.

  2. >> “Let us thank our Lord today, for bringing us to a saving faith in Him.”
    AMEN! Rob – today and every day!

    I have no doubts whatsoever that HE drew me to Himself. I did not really believe there was such a being as God. I hoped there could be, but at the same time hoped there wasn’t. I didn’t really seek Him, mainly because I knew that even if there was a God, He wouldn’t want me. I was too evil. So I went my own way . . .

    One night, I “accidentally” (read a number of circumstances purposed by Him) heard the words “Christ died for your sins . . . your personal Saviour”. I had no idea what they meant and fought against them, but they gave me no rest at all for a whole week. They ceaselessly pounded in my head, until finally He gave me understanding. He revealed the Lord Jesus dying for MY sin, paying the penalty that I owed. He gave me faith to believe. He changed my life completely.

    Now, 54 years after that wonderful night of 8th June 1958, I am still praising my amazing God for bringing me to saving faith in Him. It was ALL His work – and He has continued that work in me and still continues.

    What an amazing God!

  3. What a blessing it is always to come to your site, dear brother, and rejoice in the Word of God expounded. The Lord was so gracious among His people today in our small congregation that it was such a delight to worship Him surrounded by such a humble and hungry lot. Reading your thankful devotional article tonight will send me to bed tonight with a heart overflowing with thanksgiving to God in Christ. Love you, my dear friend… and most especially grace of our Lord Jesus Christ abounding in and through you.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thnak you for the kind words, brother Jon. I enjoy your postings equally as well. It is such a blessing ot see others who are in doctrinal agreement with me. Lord bless you, dear friend.

  4. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful thing to be thankful for, Pastor Rob! Thank you and God bless you for this month’s series!

  5. glane8029 says:

    Reblogged this on Through the Eyes of This Calvinist and commented:
    Thanksgiving

  6. glane8029 says:

    Bob, your thanksgiving messages have been a real blessing, I am reblogging each one and they post to my Facebook. I have been getting responses on my Facebook from different people and what they are Thankful for. So your words are reaching out to many people. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. ptl2010 says:

    But for His grace I would not be His today. Thankful to the Lord for His love and care.

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