When the disciples decided to follow Jesus, they were also accepting an invitation to enter into a Covenant with Him. As they walked with him, he was allowing them to see, hear, and learn about him, and then finally decide, whether they wanted to be “IN Covenant” (or not).
Judas chose not to do that, as he decided at the end, his answer was “No.”
This morning as I was thinking about the elections, the condition of our nation, and all the things I am hearing about the subject, I thought wow are we really in this Much trouble Lord? It’s scary (I thought) Some of the things we have heard……
Immediately the passage “Let not your heart be troubled” came to heart and mind. I already knew what it said after that, but I looked it up anyway, thinking “teach me Lord” what you are wanting to say to my heart.” ……..
See, I’ve read this scripture numerous times. Today I saw “Oh, so right after You said let not our hearts be troubled,” You said “In my house are many mansions.” Sounds like “don’t worry, because you get to die, then come up here with me, and all will be well!” Great answer! “pray for death?” …….Oh come on, don’t tell me you haven’t thought that at least one time! Where do you think that statement came from, “two things you can count on, death and taxes!” ……(me looking all aghast here!)
Not long after (in John 14) Jesus adds “Ask what you will it shall be done that we might be Glorified” …(paraphrased) OH So .…It’s for his names sake! OH WOW a very big clue as to “how our prayers” should be shaped ……..
Yes yes, he’s the potter we are the clay. but you CAN KNOW what he is up to (if you care to know!). “I want to shape your prayers to think like me……” (more covenant stuff here) so we are in partnership with God himself! and He wants us to know HIS Desires so we can pray HE can be glorified! oh and Greater works will we do than HE (He said) WOW!
Just be careful, “greater things” Is still HIS Ideas not our own ideas! oooo because we still have to watch out for that enemy (satan) who says “I can be exalted and I have better ideas than God does” (OH DEAR LORD!) …….
Formulas: We want them because we are too lazy to pray (sometimes) or it’s just too much bother to “GET TO KNOW THE LORD” ……Oh how sad that is!
Tell you what, Let’s get together and pray Father, what do you want in this situation? What would you like to see happen? This is YOUR earth YOUR PLANET and I am yours!
ALL You have is mine, because All I have is yours Father God! Covenant (like marriage) and let me tell you something, Your MARRIAGE To God takes precedence over every other commitment or, it should………….right? ………..
So we have a lot to look forward to people of God “BEFORE” we go to heaven! “Greater things shall we do “(in HIM) And Amen.
Laura Grace minister of the Lord Jesus and, his servant
Discipline. I believe God uses minimum force. Why Do I believe this?
Well, because I know he is fair, and just. It’s hard to give a teaching based on one scripture, or even two. See, many want me to prove (chapter and verse) where I found out what I am saying. Saying I am “Holy Spirit taught” is just far too scary for many, because how do you know I’m not a nut job, posing as a Christian?
Well, I’ll tell you, because what I am about to say, is going to make sense, it is true, it is Just and, it’s full of Mercy. (All Attributes of God, by the way!).
I learned this, from Him!
As I was saying, Discipline should be fair, and just, for God himself is exactly this way.
So sorry, don’t care what scripture you just “pulled out of your hat” As I know God doesn’t misuse his word either, so he can try to abuse us, or put one over on us, or anything like that. He isn’t into “scare tactics” He does not wish to be “shrouded in mystery” either!
A fair person gives fair warning. (to the individual at hand), and they also take into consideration, any valid reasons, as to why the person cannot seem to cooperate.
So he (God) is the perfect Father (in other words!) He knows what grade level you are at, what you are capable of, what you are not capable of. He knows of your excuses, he knows if you are ill (for real) you can’t pull the wool over him (or his eyes) ever!
IF he is dealing with you, and you cry uncle (and truly mean it) He knows if that is sincere (or not). Do you see why nobody, (and I do mean nobody) can really make the best decisions, or judgement, for your life other than God himself?
so if someone was too hard on you, unfair, judged you too severely (or whatever the case may be) commit yourself, into the hands of the one who Judges justly! It may not be today (or tomorrow) but I can promise you he will bring fairness, equity, and peace!
One of the names of Jesus is ADVOCATE (Defense attorney) who pleas for you before the Father in heaven (his blood speaks!) so you, if you do whats right, keep believing, and Having Faith in your Advocate (Jesus) He will see that, and bring justice to pass.
In the meantime, please let’s remember dear saints, that we must continue on in doing our best to be fair, impartial, and pray about our decisions, not matter what has been done to us. Cause truly, two wrongs, do not make a right. Amen!
And so those who say God is going to roar down on you? Punish you like an angry monster? Not so! That would be the other guy (satan) who is full of wrath….pouring it out on those who refuse to seek God, as their refuge! (and even some who do!) ..
Good God. Bad Devil.
The Kingdom of God is righteousness, Joy and Peace IN the Holy Spirit! Amen.
and God be with you! Peace! (Laura Grace)