“The Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me” (John 5.37 HCSB).
Jesus sat where He shouldn’t be and talked with a woman He shouldn’t talked to according to the Jewish tradition of the time. He wandered into Samaria where the racially mixed Jewish people lived and chatted with a woman who didn’t have the best track record with men.
There is an interesting transition in how this Samaritan woman perceived Jesus.
First, she accused Jesus of being no one special: “You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are You?”
Second, she wondered if Jesus may be a little special: “I see that You are a prophet.”
Third, she hinted to the prospect that Jesus was the Messiah: “I know that Messiah is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”
Finally, Jesus was able to give this woman His true identity because she was open to the possibility that He may be the Savior: “I am He. The One speaking to you.”
Verses gathered from the Book of John Chapter 4.
When you read the Bible, you will find that many people had these three opinions of Jesus: 1) no one special, 2) someone special or 3) the Messiah. But regardless of what people thought, Jesus knew who He was because His Heavenly Father had declared it.
Many times, God gives us promises, but we won’t fully embrace them until the people around us see those promises and proclaim them over us. This, however, does not take faith and will not please God (Hebrews 11.6). We must walk in the anointing that God gives us regardless of what people think. Our beliefs, thoughts, decisions and actions should always be filtered through the witness of God, not the witness of others.
If we truly believed God’s promises for our lives, we would live in those promises by faith–behaving according to what God has declared over us even when they haven’t come to fruition yet. It’s not “fake it until you make it.” Rather, it’s “faith it until you make it.” So many times we are waiting for someone to proclaim our destiny when God already has.
God’s promises are always true, and we must value what He says more than what others say. Jesus said that even the witness of John the Baptist who is one of the greatest men of faith that ever lived is nothing compared to the witness of God (John 5.36). So don’t wait for great men and women to declare what God has already established.
Live your promises by faith, knowing that God Himself will testify on your behalf according to His time and plan. People will have various opinions of you, but stand true to what God has declared and stay humble to His will. If the people around you walk in truth, they’ll eventually see what God sees.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5.6 NIV).