Not Being Afraid to Speak Up

Monday, August 23, 2021

35-36 Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the Light is among you. Walk by the Light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the Light, believe in the Light. Then the Light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of Light.”

Their Eyes Are Blinded

36-40 Jesus said all this and then went into hiding. All these God-signs he had given them, and they still didn’t get it, still wouldn’t trust him. This proved that the prophet Isaiah was right:

God, who believed what we preached?

Who recognized God’s arm, outstretched and ready to act?

First, they wouldn’t believe, then they couldn’t—again, just as Isaiah said:

Their eyes are blinded,

    their hearts are hardened,

So that they wouldn’t see with their eyes

    and perceive with their hearts,

And turn to me, God,

    so I could heal them.

41 Isaiah said these things after he got a glimpse of God’s overflowing glory that would pour through the Messiah.

42-43 On the other hand, a considerable number from the ranks of the leaders did believe. But because of the Pharisees, they didn’t come out in the open with it. They were afraid of getting kicked out of the meeting place. When push came to shove, they cared more for human approval than for God’s glory.

-John 12:35-43 The Message.

Verse 35: So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.

Verse 36: While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of the Light.”

Verses 35-36 study: Jesus is always the Light. Therefore, he teaches us to be the Light. We are the Light by following Jesus and obeying. When people see you, they should see the Light. Are you following Jesus to where the Light shines off you? How bright is the Light?

Verse 37: But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in Him.

Verse 38: This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?”

Verse 37-38 studies: I believe that Christians struggle with these two verses. We are responsible for doing as followers of Christ to get people to believe is different from people who make their own decisions. In these verses, there have been so many signs of miracles Jesus performed in the book of John alone. Jesus can perform miracles, and people still will not believe. If you don’t get a follower, it doesn’t mean that you did something wrong; the people can make their own decisions. Stay encouraged to continue to get more followers. It’s not based on how many followers you can get to follow Jesus; it is about quality. Amen?

Verses 39: For this reason, they could not believe, for Isaiah said again,

Verse 40: “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM.”

Verse 41: These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.

Verses 39-41 studies: There comes the point in our lives where we have to say, “that’s enough.” You’ll eventually start cutting certain people out of your life because they don’t align with your beliefs. So you have to cut them off, love them from a distance. God did this with people who still didn’t believe in him. He had to harden their hearts. It doesn’t mean he prevented them from believing in Him; many people are stubborn and stuck in their ways. So like us, you start to cut people off. God confirms their choices. Hardened hearts are found in Exodus 9:12, Romans 1:24-28, and 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12.

Verse 42: Nevertheless, many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees, they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;

Verse 43: for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

Verses 42-43 study: We all know right from wrong. We know what to believe and what not to believe. Assuming people should be considered carefully to make sure you are not accepting people over Jesus. If someone doesn’t think so, be careful. If someone knows the truth about Jesus but won’t admit it, be cautious with these people. We must believe in Jesus, not people. Matthew 10:32-33 reminds us that 32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth will also deny before my Father in heaven. If you believe in materialistic things or being afraid to speak up, fearing something will be taken away, this is just as bad. Take control and continue to believe in Jesus.

Father, thank you for starting the day right, reading and meditating on your word. I pray that we will continue to be honest with you, not afraid to speak in your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.