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A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 17, 2015

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Peter interferes

Interfering With God’s Plan and Purpose

Being a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, I realize those of us who are called to share the Gospel are rejoicing in our calling with thanksgiving and praise. True, Matthew 28:19-20 commands all of His children to share the Gospel, the Great Commission, so it is a blessing to do the work of the Lord God. But is it right, or conducive for everyone to speak into or over someone’s life or situation without hearing from God first? I find that so many people have a word from the Lord, as prophetic as it may sound or mean, but they don’t realize if it truly is for that season or moment in that person’s life or situation. I’m reminded of a passage in scripture that gives a good example in Matthew 16 . . .

“From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, 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.” (vs. 21-23)

I respect Peter’s desire in defense of Jesus, His Lord and Savior, but Jesus had a purpose, intentions that He needed to fulfill and Peter was interfering with that plan. Although Peter didn’t know or understand at the time, you could tell his desire was to defend the Gospel at all cost. His intentions were honorable but Peter didn’t understand what was about to happen even when Christ tried to explain it. He was quick to defend, ready to offer comfort and assistance but his timing was off. It wasn’t the time for a word to interfere with what was going on Jesus’ life. And I see that in life today. God has a plan and purpose for all of us, and puts certain people in our lives to speak that Word we need for that particular time but not every word from someone is beneficial or relevant for our circumstances or situations. Jesus rebuked Peter. And sometimes I believe we need to make a stand and realize that we too need to “rebuke” some folks, out of love of course, because every word isn’t for everybody. If we want or desire to speak in or over someone’s life or circumstances, I believe coming into agreement through prayer, supporting that brother or sister in every way possible is more advantageous for any circumstance. Then, if the Lord speaks to your heart about that situation then share that Word and what the Lord God placed on your heart. This way, it will be received as it was truly spoken, out of love with purpose. Just some encouraging thoughts from a concerned writer. I’m just saying . . .

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 17, 2015

DevotionalNOT PHILOSOPHY BUT CHRIST

“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”   –  COLOSSIANS  2:1-10

 

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