Daily Read - Ruth 2:1-4:22; John 4:43-54; Psalm 105:16-36; Proverbs 14:26-27
For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.
Sadly, there are those in My body who do not receive the full gospel of who I am. They receive Me in part, but those parts that make them uncomfortable and uneasy, they conveniently shove off to the side.
Those from My own family in Nazareth chose not to receive Me for who I Am and as a result, I chose not to move in the miraculous because of the pervasive unbelief in that city. I would not succumb to their negativity and scorn, so I left there shaking the dust of rejection off My feet and headed to places of faith. Unbelief excluded the people of Nazareth from receiving the dynamic disclosure of God's power and grace.
As long as I played the role of Jesus, the carpenter's son, things flowed smoothly. Everyone thought they knew Me and were quite content to leave Me as Joseph's son, but once word got out that I was Messiah and the Son of God, that's when things got messy. The Nazarenes just couldn't wrap their heads around the idea that little Jesus grew up and traded in My hammer to walk out My calling to save them from themselves. Familiarity breeds contempt.
The Galileans on the other hand openly received Me and welcomed Me into their lives. As a result, signs, wonders, and miracles flowed abundantly. Faith was so pervasive in this city even the nobleman's son was healed by the Word of My mouth. I respond to faith, but most importantly, I respond when people receive and recognize who I Am in their midst. There are parts of Me that You may not understand, but do not disregard and dismiss them as menial or insignificant because they make you uncomfortable. This is one of the highest forms of dishonor and disrespect.
Receive Me, receive all of Me and I will bring understanding and revelation to those areas of concern. Don't allow old mindsets to bind you up robbing you of My miraculous flow. Familiarity can lull you into a place of slumber causing you to sleep right through revival!
Wake up and receive what is standing right before you. Never take one miracle for granted for each one is sent straight from the throne of God. Embrace My presence and never disregard it because it has become familiar. The more of Me you receive and cherish the more of Me I will send.
Honor Me and I will honor you with more of Me!
Lord Jesus, forgive me for taking Your presence for granted. I am so honored You choose to manifest Yourself to me in so many ways. Forgive me when I disregard one miracle over another. Each touch from heaven is life changing and precious because they come from the heart of Father God. I never want to become so familiar with You that I disrespect who You are as the Son of God and Creator of the universe. I don't want only a portion of who You are, but I receive You in Your fullness. I honor who You are in my midst! Amen.