Today's verses are John 7:35,36: "The Jews said to one another, 'Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him?  Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?  What does he mean by saying, 'You will seek me and you will not find me, and, 'Where I am you cannot come'?" My child, the people then continually misunderstood my teachings.  In this Gospel writing alone, it happened over and over again (3:4;4:15;6:52).  Here, when I referred to the fact that I was going to a place where they could not find me, to a place to where they could not go, they were confused.  They asked if I was going to the Dispersion, a common Jewish expression to refer to the scattered Jews throughout the Roman Empire and beyond its borders, those not living inside of Palestine.

But I was speaking in terms of spiritual truth.  I was addressing a spiritual reality.  After my death, I was to be raised from the dead and then ascended into heaven.  They would not be able to follow me there unless they believed in my gift of eternal life, by grace through faith.  I was referring to my eternal home.

My child, spiritual truth can only be seen through spiritual eyes.  Spiritual insights can only be gleaned by spiritual understanding.  The Holy Spirit must dwell in your heart to glean spiritual truth.  When he does, he guides you and is your earthly GPS system.  He leads you into all truth, convicting you of sin.  He shows you the path of righteousness for my name's sake.  He conforms you into my image, daily giving you my eternal fruit, my Christlike character.  He shows you my will and purposes for your life.  Ultimately, he gives you your way home to me.

That's what was wrong with my listeners then.  They only had earthly understanding, an earthly vision.  They could not understand the spiritual realities of what I was trying to teach them.

But when you are born again, born of the Holy Spirit, his powerful presence indwelling you, you know spiritual reality.  You have spiritual discernment.  You know the true meaning of my teachings.  You know my spiritual promptings and impressions.  You are led by my Spirit, not by human flesh.

Listen to my leading today.  Listen to my voice.  Discern what I am trying to teach you.  Read my Word with spiritual eyes.  Hear my voice.

You will then know the depth of my love for you.  You will see, discern and appreciate my eternal purposes for you.  You will know that I am more concerned for your eternal development than your momentary satisfaction.  I am making you into an eternal creature, for my Father's glory.  Though you can't see it now, I am using everything for your good and my Father's glory.  Not one thing is beyond the scope of my Father's plan for your life.  But you must be able to look at all that happens to you through spiritual eyes.  Only then can eternal discernment be given to you.

You can trust me today.

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