Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Friday, March 24, 2017
ALL THESE THINGS
This post was my teaching as we came to pray over our city.
Peter, Thomas, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee,
and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples had fished all
night and caught nothing; and Jesus was standing on the shore, called to them,
“How’s the fishing going?”They said,
“Not so good.”
John 21:6 And Jesus said unto them, Cast the net on
the right side of the ship, and you shall find (what you need.) They cast therefore, (changed their method) and now
they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
do you imagine that Peter felt after toiling all night and catching zero?Now his net was so full they could hardly get
it to shore.
he happy?Was he thrilled?Was he excited?Peter enjoyed what he was doing and he “loved
had a fire going and prepared a meal for the tired men.
John 21:15So when they
had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more
did Jesus mean “THESE?”Do you love me
more than these?
time, Jesus was calling disciples to follow Him.One man said, “Let me go and bury my father
first.” So he could not follow.Another
said, I must plow my ground first – then I will follow (later.)Another said, I have great possessions and I
must manage my business, so I can’t follow.
suppose the reasons were valid, and caring for your family and your self is
important, but in each case, Jesus was testing to see it they loved Jesus or if
they loved “THESE things,” more than they loved him.
many citizens of our city are loving “THESE things;” more than they love
Jesus.What is “THESE” to them?These things can be anything that is put
FIRST instead of allowing Jesus to be number ONE.These things are different to each person.We will be praying that their desire for
Jesus increase and that they will be willing to drop those things that bind and
keep them chained.
some it will be “selfish desires, including greed.”To others it will be habits that prevent them
from a full surrender - - or addictions so personal and so loved that they are
held tightly instead of embracing Jesus.Is it ONE thing or many things that are loved more than Christ
Jesus?Jesus called it “These” which
must mean a LOT of things.
continued speaking to Peter asking “do you love me?”Peter was a rough fisherman, not used to
displaying his emotions and probably did not like to say the word LOVE.So Peter replied, “You know I like you.”
(The way we love ice cream and cake.)
asked him again making his request stronger – Do you love me?Peter said, “You know I love you like a
friend. (affection almost love.)
Third time Jesus asked Peter:“Do you
ADORE me enough to worship me and lay down your life for me?”Peter had to think for awhile, because this
was serious business and Jesus wanted a straight answer.
Jesus wants a straight answer from each of us.Can we lay those trappings aside, those things that still bind us ?? - -
To lay them down once and for ever - -AllTHESE things AND lest we miss
one, ask God to reveal anything we forgot to surrender??
my heart Oh Lord and reveal to me what I am having trouble seeing.