HERE ARE A FEW THOUGHTS I HAVE RECEIVED FROM OTHERS
8 - The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
If faith is believing what we cannot see, it only makes sense that people who have the Spirit are not always going to see (know) where He is leading. I guess one of the ways you know the Spirit is guiding you is if you have constant surprises in your life.
It always is amazing that Jesus knows what everyone is thinking. Nicodemus has not said anything about the kingdom but that is how Jesus answers him. Nicodemus does not say where did that come from. It also scares me to know He also knows what I'm thinking. Jesus is also taking nic from the physical to the eternal, spiritual.
Open Doors is one of my favorite organizations - helping persecuted Christians. Here is a link to a man who found Jesus from reading the book of John while in prison. I thought you might find it interesting.
John 3:15 - Shows we have a relationship with God now (today) and forever.
I find it very sad when Jesus talks about people living in the darkness refusing to go into the light because they fear that their sins will be exposed. One of the biggest things we need God's help with is the very thing that keeps us hiding from him sometimes. And that is how darkness works. If you never think about it, then maybe it will just...go away?
Verse 34 is a verse that I feel applies to all of us. I once said that I would like to have the voice of James Earl Jones and was told that God gave you the voice that you have, and that is the voice God wanted me to have.
One thing I take from this is verse John 3:31
The one who comes from heaven is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks of one from the earth.
I can't help but think of those who have no belief or influence in Godly values. I can't imagine choosing not to acknowledge what God has done and can do for us.
My heart goes out to those who are truly seeking but have not yet found God. Hopefully the way we live our lives will be a testimony and example to those seeking something greater and it is those times that we can truly serve.
I was struck by John the Baptizer's response to his followers in John 3:30.
"He (Jesus) must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less."
This is an amazing goal/mission statement for all fillers of Christ.
Help me become less of me and become more like Your Son."