Watch and Pray

20931167_1754424497918224_1024887147_oTwo simple words that carry such power. Why? Because the power is not in the words, or the action of them, but in God Who works with power to perform His will in the earth. Of all the LORD’s commands, I believe these to be the most difficult to obey, not because they are difficult to do, but because it is difficult to do that only and not want to do something more. When an expert says, “watch me and learn.” It’s always a good idea to pay close attention to what they do and how they do it. Much can be learned by watching a professional do a task. I feel just like this sitting at the feet of Christ. Completely in awe of Him, as He does what only HE can do! I know that I will never be able to attain to His perfection and abilities (at least not on my own), nevertheless I desire to learn as much as I possibly can from Him! So what does He tell us we can learn from Him?

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”‭‭ – Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‬

So first He tells us to come to Him! Then He tells us to rest from all our own labors (because that profits us nothing), then He tells us to take His yoke upon us (because without Him we can do nothing), next He tells us to be meek and lowly like Him (for He came to serve not to be served), then He says we’ll find rest for our souls (no more needless striving for things we could never hope to achieve), just rest (be still and know that He is God) leave those impossibilities to our all powerful God and learn to trust Him with all our hearts and yoke up with Him in prayer How? Simply agree with Him! Agree that if He said it then it shall be! Stay connected to Christ Jesus and move when and where He does. Then and only then, can we become useful to Him! All we need to do is trust and follow walking in complete covenant agreement with all He wants to do, when, where, and how He wants to do it! The difficulty comes when we think we know what He is doing and want to help Him! (Great intentions but that only slows down or halts the process) The difficulty is in doing all this and nothing more! Of all the lessons of Scripture, this, at least in my opinion is the most difficult. Trust, pray, and obey! Nothing more and nothing less! This is truly being led by the Spirit and not walking in the flesh or emotions of our soul. I know in my own life, when I get excited about what God is doing I want to press that gas pedal and go a little faster, but if I feel fear, or am simply lacking in faith, I want to hit the breaks a little. Both of these responses are wrong, they throw you out of God’s timing and may cause you to have to repeat the course, instead we should cling to Jesus and trust Him in every moment of the journey. Only He knows best how to get you to the finish line right on time!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”‭‭ – Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-7‬ ‬

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”‭‭ – Romans‬ ‭8:2-8‬ ‬

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”‭‭ – Galatians‬ ‭5:16-25‬ ‬

“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”‭‭ – Romans‬ ‭8:10-15‬ ‬

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”‭‭ – 2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‬

“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.‭‭” – 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:15-24‬ ‬

Submitted by @ Heather Wright

Wake up! It’s Time For Dead Men To Live!

miracles-of-jesus-raising-lazarus-from-dead-1104381-wallpaperI don’t want likes and shares. I want dead men to live!

What if today was the final page of you or I’s story, and then God closed the boo What does that mean for the “right now”? Right now with all of it’s empty distractions?

“You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis said.

What’s gonna happen when everything that the devil used to distract us in this life is stripped away, and we have nothing standing between us and God? Nothing but all of the remembrance’s of the times we did not forsake everything to seek his face, to get alone with him. All of the moments when we could have put it down or turn it off, or bent the knee to pray, and we did not. We just did not.

If your reading this, your still here, and you can still put it down, turn it off, walk away. You can now seek his face, can now bury your head in your hands and beg for help. What do you have to lose, when all you really have of value is your soul, because that is who you are after all, a living soul, WITH a body. With eyes, with ears, with a voice, but nonetheless, a soul, and that’s why he pleads with you every day. “SEEK me while I may be found.” “Seek me WHILE I MAY be found.”

One day when your vehicle dies, the soul riding in it will go to one of two places. That’s all that matters in the entire world, no matter what language you speak or what color you are, what political party you stand with. Where your soul goes when you die is the only thing that matters right now.

Are you awake, and are you awake? Or are you sleep walking your life away, while the devil distracts you just one more day. All he needs is one more day to distract you on to hell. Please take off in a full sprint to God right now. YOU ARE A SOUL. And this body, it will die. Where will it abide for eternity? You have nothing to lose BUT your soul, and that’s everything. That’s YOU!

You still have time to seek refuge in Jesus. He is waiting for your call, but the devil wants to distract you onto hell. All he needs is one too many “today’s” and it’s all over. Please run to God. Please repent. Seek refuge while it can be sought.

The last sand WILL drop, and it will be over. Please don’t let the devil distract you even one more day. He’s building his kingdom too, and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth without end. God WILL save you if you call upon His name and repent.

Please stop sleep walking. The devil doesn’t want you to be awake. God continues to send you alarms and you keep snoozing. Over and over and over again. WAKE UP. All the devil needs is one too many days of distracting you from coming to God and it will be all over.
When he shuts the door, it will not be opened again. Seek him today. Repent, Repent, Repent, and you shall be saved!

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord , and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:6-7

“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:12-13

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 4:17

“Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord . [5] Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live” – Ezekiel 37:4-5

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” – Ephesians 5:14

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

If You Trust Him, You Will Praise Him!

Praise stromPraise God in the storms. Most of the time we say that we trust God, but really we are just merely speaking words and our hearts really don’t trust Him. We say, “God give me faith”, but when the first little wind blows and messes up our plans we say, “No God, not this way!’, or “Why God why?”. Why is that? It is because we don’t actually trust Him.

We acknowledge trust with our mouths but deep down inside trust is really not there. We serve a big God but yet we think He cant help us physically or spiritually, or we just don’t believe that He wants to. In reality we are just leaning on our own understanding. We serve a God who spoke the world into existence, but yet He can’t provide for us? Whether it’s to help us spiritually, financially, health wise, or whatever may be the case. How many times do we put God in a box? How many times do we hinder our own blessings and victories? All because we truly don’t trust Him.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” – Matthew 6:25-34

Praising Him in the storms will bring us to a deeper trust in Him because we are drawing closer to Him and if we truly trust Him at all, we will praise Him. Praising God gives Him what He truly deserves. whether He pays that bill or heals that sickness, its trusting that no matter what happens, He is worthy to be praised. Not just so that He will move on our behalf, but because we truly love Him and if we truly love Him we will trust Him and we will praise Him, no matter the outcome.

“Praise ye the Lord : for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” – Psalms 147:1

I would say that no matter what we go through, praise Him because you love Him and you trust Him. Praise Him because He is worthy to be praised, and no matter what, He will take care of His children. It may not be the way we want it to be but we have to trust that His way is better. He loves us and He truly knows what is best.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” – Psalms 91:1-4

Submitted by @ Priscilla Bazer

You Must Forgive To Be Forgiven

Black-Man-Praying-1“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” – Matthew‬ ‭5:44‬ ‭

We as Christian’s need to be an example, but how can we be an example to people if when they hate us we hate them back? When they persecute us we persecute them back? Thats not the right example. Out of all the people in the world that hated Jesus and persecuted Him ,did Jesus hate them back? Did He persecute them back? Well here’s your answer for those questions:

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” – Luke‬ ‭23:33-34‬ ‭

There is your answer after they beat Him and then crucified Him on the cross, instead of Him hating them, He said; “Father Forgive Them For They No Not What They Do“. If we are Christians, then we need to be like Christ. If you are a Christian, you have no excuse to not forgive somebody because we have to be like Christ!

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” – John‬ ‭15:18-19‬ ‭

This is saying that the world will hate Jesus’s followers. You can’t expect the world to love you. The second you surrender your life to God you are no longer of this world, He adopted you into His family, and because He adopted you out of this world, this world is going to hate you. I mean, you can’t expect the world that is of the devil to love the people that are of God!! So being that the world is going to hate you (or already hates you), you have to learn to forgive because God did the same for you. So I will leave you with Jesus’s words in Mark 11:25-26 which says that you need to forgive people and if you don’t, then neither will God forgive you.

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” – Mark‬ ‭11:25-26‬ ‭

Submitted by @ Marissa Bazer (age 12)

A Peculiar Glory

girl-dancing-rainAren’t we so quick to despise the “ways” God chooses to supply us with the patience and those things that we so earnestly pray for that we lack? We pray “Lord give me patience”. “Lord give me wisdom.” “Lord sanctify me. I hate this flesh! Lord Give me a balance of emotional strength but give me compassion. Enable me to do your service. Make me like you Lord.” All of the things we pray for, because they really are important, and we do lack them.

It is God Himself who urges us to pray for these things. But, with every stripping away process, new mountain top, or multiple aggravations brought on by the things of this world, they make us weary. They make us cringe at the thought of what tomorrow’s means of learning will bring, we tend to shrug our shoulders, forgetting the whole reason. The beauty of every flat tire. The beauty of every moment we realized we really are so helpless without him. Without all of these planned out, as we see them “disasters” how could He teach us to wait, to smile, to love, to believe, to climb?

Can’t we see He is answering our prayers? He’s giving us every thing we lacked, all of which we prayed for. He is so faithful to us. We don’t appreciate His methods because we are so sickeningly greedy. We want the patience and wisdom and courage right now. We want faith that moves mountains but we’re too lazy to climb more than one stride. We forget that the process/es are very much a part of those fruits that we pray for. They are literally supplying the necessary ingredients that make up the perfect dish. Every single one matters as much as the other. That’s kinda encouraging right?

I pray that whoever is reading this knows, truly knows, that this trial or trials your experiencing are not permanent, but the fruit God gives you from them will be exactly what He chose for you. To bring Him glory in them, to praise Him in them, and most importantly, to make you more like Him.

…And He “will” perfect his work.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher then the earth, so are my ways higher then your ways, and my thoughts then your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many rebound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:15-18

“And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

Never Give Up!

63188eeb1020b18813e4394e9828ae14“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
God says in His word that we have all sinned, and come short of His glory. We all at some point have messed up or will mess up. When this happens, we need to rise up as the child of God that we are, dust ourselves off, repent, and keep moving forward.
God does not condemn His children. When we ask to be forgiven, we are forgiven and we need to move on or the enemy will tear us apart with condemnation. One time I had said something being a new Christian at the time and I felt horrible about it. The Holy spirit convicted me and that’s a good thing. I asked for God to forgive me, but then I kept on asking Him to forgive me, I just felt so horrible. Then God told me, “Did I not forgive you the first time you asked?  I said “yes, You did”. God said, “Then why do you keep asking Me for something I have already done?” Then He told me, “It is condemnation, rebuke it, and move on.”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
God is faithful and just. He loves us and does not want us to stay down as if the enemy has authority over us. As a child of God, we have the authority over the enemy through the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for us. So don’t give your authority to the enemy that’s the only way he can have authority is if we give it to him.
“Neither give place to the devil.” – Epeshians 4:27
Don’t give the devil a place in your life, kick him out! Use the authority that was given to you! We need to stand up against the enemy and stop being defeated by him. Cast down the thoughts and everything that exalts itself above God and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5-6
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14
Rise up stand your ground and fight the good fight of faith!
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called…” – 1 Timothy 6:12
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” – 2 Timothy 4:7
Submitted by @ Priscilla Bazer

Laying Those Burdens Down

5522“Cast thy burdens upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” – Psalm 55:22

Have you ever been to a junk yard? No matter how much random, large amounts of junk you have, there is always a place FOR that junk. There are even different piles for that junk. But mind you, there is always a place for it.

When I go to the Lord, and I just unload, I feel like this is the reality. I am unloading the junk of worry-doubt and fear. I am unloading the many concerns, small and great, whether it be of persons one or many, or it be different struggles I bear in my own flesh, I unload it all! And no matter how much, and no mater of what variation this load carries, I DROP IT OFF and I LEAVE IT THERE! When I walk away, I KNOW it is where it needed to be. There is a place for all of it, and that place is at the feet of Christ, no matter how big it is, no matter how much there is! Go and leave it at the feet of the Lord. PLEASE go. Empty yourself at his endless, load-carrying, junk-taking yard.

HE WANTS US TO GIVE IT TO HIM. We can’t carry it! We will break! We can’t move with all of that on us, ITS TOO HEAVY!Go to him and drop it off at his place.. this place where all of the troubles, no matter the size or story, HAVE A PLACE TO BE SET DOWN. And you walk away carrying nothing more than hope and reassurance.

Where is this place??? It’s wherever you are when in your heart you go to Jesus in prayer. It’s always open! Go there and and drop it all off. There is a place for everything in this load you are carrying.

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” – Matthew 11:28

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you” – 1 Peter 5:7

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

Spiritual Wartime vs Peacetime : Avoiding The Complacency Trap

CoveredbyCloudMany times it may feel like we are at peace in our walk with very light afflictions, burdens, sufferings etc. During this time we may as well receive a multitude of physical and spiritual blessings, prosperity, loved ones doing well, no one in your circle is in some major sin or in need of a dire healing or miracle, economy isn’t all that bad, your local church is doing well and you or your loved ones aren’t experiencing any major attack of the enemy. This is where everybody is OK. This is known as a ” Peacetime” season. This may be the reality for you. Or even worse (as many Christians do and I for one am one of them) MANY times we trick our minds (mostly in American culture) into believing this; “I’m OK, so you’re OK.” Which can lead to spiritual complacency.

God showed me this while explaining what a (US) military personnel does in a Peacetime scenario. “They hone both their combat and MOS skills, they train for war so they are still prepared for war. The military must be able to leap into action immediately, so their training focuses around this fact.” 

The truth is, we must treat our walk as if we are “ALWAYS” in Wartime scenario because truthfully, we ALWAYS are! If we are stuck for too long in our carefree complacency and then the storms of life suddenly come we can find ourselves standing in sinking sand headed for catastrophic peril. Jesus warns us in Matthew 24:43 “If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

It is also important to note prior to Jesus being arrested in the garden he found his disciples sleeping several times and the moment he was arrested Peter wrongfully cuts off a soldier’s ear. Many times we tend to REACT like this when a crisis happens rather than having a PROACTIVE consistent readiness in our walk with Christ.

Some key scriptures about spiritual warfare:

“He teaches my hands to war” -Psalm 144

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” – 2 Cor 10:4

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:10-12

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” – 2nd Tim 4:2

And my favorite!… “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” – Matthew 11:12

Submitted by @ Jason Kennedy

“Feed My Sheep”

sheep-following-shepherd“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.‭‭” – Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“…an expected end” This is saying that God has your whole life mapped out before Him all the way to the end… I think of the verses in John 21, when Jesus is talking with Peter after He was Resurrected from the grave. He was asking Peter if He loved Him, 3 times of course to which Peter broke down and wept knowing that he had previously denied Christ 3 times before the cross. Jesus was preparing him to now go all the way!! Full commitment that would eventually cost his life. He had a job to do… to continue the work that Christ had begun. Jesus was now inquiring how much he loved Him, because he wanted full commitment for the job that Peter was about to do… we are well aware of this because of Jesus’s response “Feed my sheep” “feed my lambs”. Christ knowing he was about to ascend to the Father, was preparing Peter to take his place as shepherd or first pastor ( or Pasturer) of the flock. He needed Peter to care for His flock. I simply love this story the Gospel of John is my absolute favorite Gospel account because of the DEEP LOVE IT SHOWS OF OUR LORD FOR HIS REDEEMED! It really shows the personal relationship with Christ unique to the others. Here in this chapter I see this whole story end in such a beautiful full circle way. Look at it:

“Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.‭‭” – John‬ ‭21:5-15‬‬

I remember how that this was how it all began for Peter: Jesus meets Peter as He’s fishing and calles unto him “Follow Me“. I would imagine that this occurred to Peter as well, after he realized it was the Lord.

It’s as if in a beautiful way, Christ is saying “Hey I called you to follow me it’s not over yet; you’re not going back fishing, I called you to catch me men, not fish.” Jesus wanted Peter to know that the work wasn’t over yet. There was still much more ahead of him, in fact, it had all really just begun. So Jesus begins this really deep intimate conversation with Peter…

“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.”‭‭ – ‬John 21:15-19‬

You can begin to see now how JESUS is making him reflect upon his own commitment to Him… from the very first call reminding Peter that he gave up all to follow Him, but the work was not yet over, and in reality, had only just begun.

Remember this verse:

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”
‭‭John‬ ‭10:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It comes from this passage:

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”‭‭ – John‬ ‭10:14-18‬‬

Other sheep:
We are the other sheep! And still there are more to come into the fold! The work is not finished yet, there is still much more to come! Let us all remember our personal commitment to Christ today and listen to the voice of our Shepherd calling “Feed my sheep” and let us all examine our hearts that we are fully prepared to lay our own lives down for the cause of Christ!

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.‭‭” – 1 John‬ ‭3:16‬‬

If John 3:16 tells us the story of the Gospel (and it does), then 1 John 3:16 gives us our part in it! “Feed The Sheep”. (1 John‬ ‭3:1-24‬‬)

‭‭Submitted by @ Heather Wright ‬‬

Come Home My Child

Run-to-JesusHave you ever lost someone close to you that you talked with every day that was dear to you? And you long just to feel their presence again, hear their voice, or just to see or touch them again. Parents who lost their children would die, give their own lives for their child to live again or just to see their children again.

Well that’s how God feels about us, He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us, so that He would be able to hear from us again. Yet the devil tells us lies that we are not worthy, that we’ve done too much wrong and God doesn’t love us. We sometimes even choose lust over His perfect love as we run away from Him. We spend all our time doing everything except spending time with Him, looking for attention from others because we want to feel loved, but He longs for us, to love on us. His heart breaks for us, He wants to keep us safe at home where He can protect us from satans plans and afflictions.

However we do have free will and when we willfully disobey Him and run away from God, bad things can happen to us because the absence of God does allow evil. So when you let the devil in He’s going to do what He wants to do and He will even talk you into fulfilling His plan for you trying to convince you that it is good.

John 10:10 says “he only comes to kill, steal, and destroy but I (Jesus) have come so that you MIGHT have life and have it more abundantly” (abundantly means over sufficient). He will give you more than you will ever need. But there’s a condition, He said that you MIGHT have life so that means IF you CHOOSE to follow Him! It’s your choice of which path you will follow.

You see God WANTS us to be with Him for eternity. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “it is NOT His will that any shall perish but that all should come to repentance!” REPENT and get right with God! 1John 1:9 says, “IF we confess our sins He is just and faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness!” He is waiting, yearning, and longing for you to come home and stay! Just like a mother or Father that has lost a child would be overwhelmed with joy to hold their child again, God’s heart will be filled with joy to spend time with you again and love on you again. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, He’s waiting with arms wide open to take you back in but it’s YOUR choice. YOU have to CHOOSE to go home. It’s time to make a decision today!

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:2‬

‭ Submitted by @ Elizabeth Vead