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Remaining Faithful To Jesus

John 6:60-66 (NIV)

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

Jesus taught some hard and even offensive principles to those who were around Him. When He spoke of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, no one understood what He was talking about. He was talking about giving His life for the salvation of the world. Yet people could not grasp it and they began to leave Him.
We sometimes are tempted to leave Jesus behind when life gets hard or circumstances change. When we face the threat of persecution or even in times of prosperity, we feel like the old hymn says, “prone to wander.” We feel the tug of the world on our coats. We hear the siren call of the world. We struggle with faithfulness versus turning our backs on Jesus.
We are not the first to be tempted in this way. Even those who were closest to Jesus were tempted to betray and deny Him. Those who knew Him best ran and fled when the going got tough. So how will we remain faithful to Jesus?  We have to remember His promises to never leave us nor forsake us. We need to remember that He gives strength for the journey. We need to remember that He is returning soon. Let’s remain faithful to Jesus one day at a time. Let tomorrow worry about itself.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, help me to remain faithful to the Lord Jesus today. Whatever this day holds, You are at the end of it and waiting for me. Give me strength to overcome difficult circumstances and situations. Remind me of Your great love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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