Matthew 16:13-18 “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’
He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’
Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.’”
Matthew 13:21-23 “From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and … be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’”
“So many words have been written about this first passage, much of it focusing on the meaning of the word “rock,” which is the same word as “Peter.” Are they separate words with separate meanings, or are they really the same word? And if so, what does that suggest?
What do we really want? What are we willing to invest?
Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
On Sunday, Pastor gave us a good place to start in our prayers and everyday living. A cross movement committed to:
Loving without bias, prejudice or condition.
Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Reconciling the Lion’s perfect justice and the Lamb’s great mercy and sacrifice to a broken people in a broken world.
Healing people AND our communities in the power of the Holy Spirit
Withstanding the tide of anti-christ activism and intimidation.
What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you?
Father, draw us into Your perfect love and acceptance that we may demonstrate to those, in our realm of influence, who You really are and who we really are in You.
Why haven’t you called?
Growing up, my relationship with my Mother wasn’t all that either of us had expected. So, needless to say, after I was married at a very young age, our relationship was better because I lived far away. Later though, when she moved into my town and we were both much older, she wanted to be friends. That was never addressed up-front but implied, and I wasn’t really listening very well. Anyway, to make a long story shorter, my mom would get upset with me if I didn’t call her on the phone often enough.
But when I did call, she scolded me for not calling and that made me not want to call her at all. Is it any wonder that every once in a while when I haven’t spent as much time with my Jesus as my conscience tells me I should, that I have that feeling that when I do “call” Him, He may be upset with me? Oh foolish girl, remember who you are calling. The one who knows you better than you know yourself, the one who knows your Mother and all that made her the way she was. The very one who knows how His love is healing and helping you “grow up, in all things.” I know I’m not the only one who has issues that sometimes get in the way of allowing our precious Heavenly Father and Elder Brother and Savior from lavishing their love, patience and wisdom on us. It’s hard not to impose the characteristics of our earthly relationships on our Heavenly relationship.
Thank you Lord, that I can “call “ You any time of the day or night, in my times of self-inflicted bad moods, or unfounded self-pity, or unnecessary loneliness. You will always answer and be overjoyed to hear from me. Ready to listen, never to judge or condemn, but always desiring to heal and make me whole, wrapping me in Your loving, restoring presence. Thank you, thank you , thank you.
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” – Proverbs 18:2,
“Most of the discussion of this verse is on the fool, who prefers expressing himself to anything else. A related verse is Proverbs 13:16: “In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.” It’s true that someone who continually expresses himself verbally is foolish. This person expresses not only all his thoughts, but advertises his foolishness at the same time.
But hidden in the verse is a gift we can all have. It’s the pleasure that comes with understanding. It’s true that “God gives us richly all things to enjoy” (I Timothy 6:17), and one of those rich gifts is the pleasure of understanding. There is a joy to “getting” something, to having true enlightenment and wisdom about things.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Rev 3:20-22 (KJV)
“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors! “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.” Rev 3:20-22 (The Message)
Last Sunday, the Lord made it very clear through the prophetic word that we may not be hearing all that He has intended for us to hear. This verse above makes it so clear that His desire is to have intimate fellowship with each of us.
When we pray and give our concerns to the Lord, do we take time to listen to what He would like to share with us? If we do and it’s not what we are expecting Him to say, we may discount it as “not my answer”. It may very well be the beginning of a dialogue with Him that will help you find the answer. Short answers don’t give Him the opportunity to reveal His heart and deep affection for you.
Do you ever find yourself longing for someone to just spend time with you because they want to be with you, sharing your heart and feelings? Jesus spent years trying to show his disciples the heart of His father while He was with them here on earth. Now, because He loves us more that life itself, He is calling us to “dine with Him,” learning how to overcome each and every thought and situation that would hinder us from the intimate fellowship that we both will cherish. Listening is more that hearing, it’s responding, doing, and telling.
“Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and who keep the things which are written in it [heeding them and taking them to heart]; for the time [of fulfillment] is near.” Revelation 1:3 (Amplified)
“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 (KJ V)
Father, our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Manchester. Please cover them with your sustaining love and comfort.
Understanding at this time is unfruitful so we ask that your Wisdom and Magnificent Presence reassure them in Your Peace that passes all understanding.
Protect them from all the influences of the panic and fear that the enemy of our faith would attempt to project on their devastated mind and hearts.
May the comfort of the Holy Spirit manifest His healing touch to every wounded body and soul. Keep them in the shadow of your majestic love and comfort .
Please, Holy Spirit empower each Believer to allow the power of your Love to radiate to all those who do not have their divine resource; their relationship with the King of Kings and their trust in Jesus, who has already been touched with the feeling of their sorrow.
Reveal to each heart the knowledge that they do not mourn alone. The thoughts and heartfelt prayers of the Body of Christ ascend to the Faithfull Father of us all. We pray for peace, blessing and restoration of His healing, strength, joy and confidence. Amen