23. September 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU GIFTED BUT FRUITLESS? · Categories: Anger, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship, Spiritual Growth

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have (1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NLT).

Beloved, the gifts of the Spirit or the fruits of the Spirit? Which do you think is more important to God?

Literally speaking, a gift is something free given to someone and in our feature text, while Apostle Paul says… you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31 NLT), he also says… but now let me show you a way of life that is best of all (1 Corinthians 12:31 NLT).

He went on to say… If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is PATIENT, love is KIND. It DOES NOT ENVY, it DOES NOT BOAST, it is not PROUD. It DOES NOT DISHONOR OTHERS, it is NOT SELF-SEEKING, it is NOT EASILY ANGERED, it KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Love DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL but rejoices with the truth. It always PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUSTS, ALWAYS HOPES, ALWAYS PERSEVERES (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NIV).

Beloved, love is a fruit of the Spirit but unlike a gift which is freely given, a fruit is produced from within… the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [THE WORK WHICH HIS PRESENCE WITHIN ACCOMPLISHES] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence)… (Galatians 5:22-23 AMPC).

So, what am I trying to say? The fact that some people are heavily gifted doesn’t mean they are spiritually mature. If truly our lives are not governed by love, joy, peace, patience, an even temper etc., then we have got some growing up to do. As born-again believers, we have the Holy Spirit working inside of us to produce fruit. While gifts are important, let’s ensure we are producing fruit. Let’s focus on being fruitful and not just gifted.

Selah!

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15. August 2017 · Comments Off on HE LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship, Thoughts, Truth

And behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Matthew 3:17 AMP)

Beloved, I just finished a project looking at the Fatherhood of God, where I had to look at the various things that have set our minds to approach our Father in Heaven with a performance driven mindset where we think we can only get His approval by the things we do.

As part of this project, I held a meeting in Nigeria in April where we discussed the topic at length and one of the participants reminded me of a poem our secondary school principal used to make us recite every morning with lyrics that said: FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE’S AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION. THE REACTION FOR GOOD ACTION IS REWARD. THE REACTION FOR BAD ACTION IS PUNISHMENT. We began to discuss how after reciting this for years, you can imagine how your mind becomes set to think that way. The unfortunate thing is that we then bring this mindset into our relationship with God.

She went on to say that for us, that’s how we have lived our lives and so, when we begin to relate with God, we relate with Him where we do things and then we are looking for His approval… God is it good?” If it’s good, then you are waiting for your reward and if it’s not good, then, you are waiting for your punishment.

Beloved, when she said it, I was also reminded of my primary school Arithmetic teacher who would flog you according to the number of questions you got wrong. For example, if you got two out of ten wrong, you got flogged twice. If you got one out of ten wrong, you got flogged once. So, you had to have perfect scores to avoid being flogged. He did that every single day and the funny thing was that he was also my after-school lesson teacher. Well, I ended up finishing primary school with very good results but you can imagine how I went on to approach life… nothing you do is good enough until it is perfect… God is it good?” If it’s not good, then, you are waiting for your punishment.

We then start to perform to be in His good books. We also want to be highly ranked in His books based on our performance and like the disciples, we ask questions like… “WHO IS GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?” (Matthew 18:1 NLT). However… Jesus called a little child to him… Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:2-3 NLT).

Jesus was basically saying you have to reset your mind back to that point in your life when you were a child where you didn’t have to perform to get approval.

Beloved, in our feature text, God loved Jesus unconditionally even before the start of His public ministry (Luke 3:22, 4:1-21). Jesus didn’t have to perform to receive this approval. God just loved Him just because God is love (1 John 4:8) and today, He wants you to know that He loves you unconditionally.

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14. February 2017 · Comments Off on THE CHARACTER OF LOVE · Categories: Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Love, Marriage, Relationship

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening] (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 AMP).

So, all February we’ve declared war against lust in church and there was something the Elder that preached on Sunday said that caught my attention. He said “Lust has the feeling of love, lust has the emotions of love but lust does not have the character of love”.

Hmmm… so what is the character of love, well our feature text tells us… Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end (The Message).

Using Amnon as an example (2 Samuel 13:1-19), he was so consumed by lust hence the reason he could rape Tamar, his half-sister and not care about her feelings despite all her pleading but that’s because lust cares more for self than others… Lust wants what it doesn’t have… lust forces itself on others. Amnon had the feeling of love, had the emotions of love but did not have the character of love. What about David, his father? Same thing. He could care less that he destroyed a loyal servant’s household and even killed him in the process (2 Samuel 11)

‎Beloved, perhaps you are saying that this is not for me. I am not consumed by lust but on this special valentine’s day, it would be an opportunity to evaluate your relationships. Does it lack the character of love? Perhaps you want to sit with your other half and discuss the character of love listed in our feature text so you can decide how you can love better and then allow the Holy spirit go to work in you.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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13. February 2017 · Comments Off on LET LOVE ALWAYS BE YOUR MOTIVE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Love

For God SO LOVED THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NKJV).

Beloved, love was God’s motive for sending Jesus Christ. In the same way, Jesus expects everything we do to be done out of love. He said… ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV). Jesus also said… A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 NKJV)

But then, He writes to the church in Ephesus… “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out. 4-5 “But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall! “Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle (Revelation 2:2-5 MSG).

Here, Jesus is saying I see everything you are doing but what is your motive? Remember, He sees the heart of man and as Christians, do you know that you could be doing all the right things but for the wrong reason? Do you know that rather than draw people to Christ, by their actions some have driven people further away from Christ?

Personally, I reflect a lot. I have to go over and over my actions to check that it’s not coming from a place of bitterness, unforgiveness, manipulation, revenge, pride etc. I’m not there yet but I’m not where I used to be because in the past, there were so many times I’ve said things to people… I’ve told them the truth… given them a piece of my mind and felt really good about it; “You ought to know that I’m right and you’re wrong” but then, immediately after, I hear the Lord saying… “you know you’ve just made that person feel this little or feel so bad” and I find myself saying, ‘please forgive me Lord’.

Beloved, LET ALWAYS LOVE BE YOUR MOTIVE for whatever you do. Love is the greatest virtue… not being right or following rules… Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV).

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12. February 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU DESPERATE FOR LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND VALIDATION? · Categories: God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ, Love, Marriage, Relationship, Thoughts

Leah’s eyes WERE WEAK AND DULL LOOKING, BUT Rachel was BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE. And Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, I will work for you for seven years for Rachel your younger daughter (Genesis 29:17-18 AMPC).

Beloved, once upon a time, there was a lady called Leah. Unfortunately, she was beautifully challenged and society being what it’s like judged her based on looks… And to make it worse, they compared her to her younger sister. Imagine what this must have done to her self-esteem. Its tradition that she marries before her younger sister but she was overlooked because she wasn’t BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE.

Anyway, daddy comes up with a plan. Get in to his bed when all the lights are off so he can’t recognise you… But in the morning [Jacob saw his wife, and] behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, WHAT IS THIS YOU HAVE DONE TO ME? Did I not work for you [all those seven years] for Rachel? Why then have you deceived and cheated and thrown me down [like this]? Genesis 29:25 (AMPC)

WHAT IS THIS YOU HAVE DONE TO ME? (LOL). Am I that ugly? Again, imagine what this must have done to her self-esteem, but then, the Lord intervened….And when the Lord saw that Leah was despised, He made her able to bear children, but Rachel was barren. And Leah became pregnant and bore a son and named him Reuben [See, a son!]; for she said, Because the Lord has seen my HUMILIATION AND AFFLICTION; now my husband will love me. [Leah] became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Because the Lord heard that I am DESPISED, He has given me this son also; and she named him Simeon [God hears]. And she became pregnant again and bore a son and said, Now this time will my husband be a COMPANION to me, for I have borne him three sons. Therefore he was named Levi [companion]. Again she conceived and bore a son, and she said, NOW WILL I PRAISE THE LORD! So she called his name Judah [praise]; then [for a time] she ceased bearing (Genesis 29:31-35 AMPC).

Beloved, she didn’t want much. All she wanted was to get rid of the feeling of HUMILIATION, AFFLICTION, DESPISE and replace it with LOVE and COMPANIONSHIP. She wanted to be cherished but a time has to come when you realise that you have all of that in Jesus… NOW WILL I PRAISE THE LORD.

There are many Leah’s out there. You don’t need to spend the rest of your life doing things to buy a man’s love. Turn to Jesus. He’ll quench your thirst. He did it for the Samaritan woman by the well (John 4). Unfortunately, she was judged for being promiscuous but there could be many reasons for her 5 husbands. It could just be that she grew up facing situations that made her develop very low self-esteem and the devil may have built strongholds in her mind…YOU ARE NO GOOD…causing her to attract the wrong kind of men. Maybe HUSBAND NO 1 made her feel worthless…HUSBAND NO 2 was violent…HUSBAND NO 3 was cheating because she wasn’t BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE like Rachael…And in a desperate attempt to find love and acceptance, she moves from husband to husband…

AND THEM SHE ENCOUNTERS JESUS and finds that He can give her all she is looking for. You too can do the same. Focus on Him this valentine season and He would give you all the LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE you would ever need… This is not just for the ladies; it’s for the guys as well. Society has made you turn to various things in search for validation but you need to turn to Jesus.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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11. February 2017 · Comments Off on DOES IT MEAN GOD DOESN’T LOVE YOU? · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Love, Pain, Relationship, Suffering

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that HE [EVEN] GAVE UP HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN (UNIQUE) SON, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life (John 3:16 AMP).

Beloved, any parent that circumcises their little baby boy knows the pain they’ve got to go through but they still allow them go through the procedure to cut off the unwanted flesh. How does the parent explain that to their crying baby? How do you explain to someone that has been through so much pain in life that God loves you?

However, the question to ask is if God loved His son when He gave Him up to suffer and die for you? God didn’t stop what was happening when Jesus cried “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Does this mean God did not love Jesus? When Jesus appeared on the scene, the Lord made a public announcement… “This is my Son, WHOM I LOVE; WITH HIM I AM WELL PLEASED.” (Matthew 3:16-17 NIV). He repeated this statement again on the ‘Mount of Transfiguration’. By this time, Jesus had started predicting His own death but He didn’t die because His father didn’t love Him. He knew it was only a temporary situation… to save you whom His father so loved.

Unfortunately, because we have an enemy, bad things happen to us all… some more than others but nobody’s excluded. However, there’s always satan’s reason why things happen and God’s purpose why He allows them. The reason Jesus died on the cross was because satan wanted him off the scene but God’s purpose was so He could die to save you. The reason Joseph went to prison was because he was accused but God’s purpose was so He could meet the vessel that introduced him to the king. The reason Job lost everything was because satan wanted him to curse God but God’s purpose was to prove his authenticity and this became strengthened by a personal encounter with God. Job said… I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You (Job 42:5 AMPC). But there may have been a time Job felt “how can God love me and allow me go through this?” However, God had weighed the situation and said… “I created my son so I know the stuff he’s made off so Satan go ahead give it your best shot and let’s see whose laughing last”.

Beloved, God placed a boundary though and the reason you are still alive is because God has told satan how far he can go so don’t believe satan’s lies that God doesn’t love… that He isn’t watching over you. Cutting off flesh is painful but if you know God’s purpose for your life now and for eternity, you would know He so loves you. God’s love can only be revealed not explained so why not ask Him to reveal… this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19 NIV).

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10. February 2017 · Comments Off on HAVE YOU GOT A ‘CONDITION OF WORTH’? · Categories: God's Plan, Identity, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship

WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35, 38-39 NKJV).

Beloved, ‘Conditions of Worth’ are the circumstances under which we approve or disapprove of ourselves (Passer et al., 2009, p 678). That’s not a Bible reference (LOL) but referring to our feature text, I remember someone saying that we should notice that ‘YOU’ are not on the above list. That made me think. Now, it’s not that you can stop God from loving you but do you know that you can prevent yourself from receiving His love and what He wants to give you because you are always thinking you don’t deserve it?

Unfortunately, I learnt while studying counselling that this feeling of ‘conditional’ love and acceptance happens to us early in life and over time, our self-concept is formed by the ‘conditions ‎of worth’ put on us by others. Most people want to be accepted and loved and look to others to get this and if we’ve received unconditional acceptance early, then we grow up to accept love easily.

As babies, we are born into the world not having to conform to the expectations of others. Babies don’t have to earn love. If you are hungry or need your nappy changed, you just cry and expect someone to attend to you. If these needs are met, that’s when we develop a fundamentally important feeling of being loved and wanted. We feel that we are loveable just because we exist (unconditional love). The message your mind receives tends to be: “I will love you no matter what you do”.

However, things change as we grow up and start getting told off. Over time, as we start seeing the reactions of others that certain things are not acceptable, we begin to adjust and develop a self-concept in response to the expectations of others.

The message your mind receives now tends to be: “I will love you if…” For example, a parent might say I will kiss you and read you a story if you stop having a tantrum and go straight to bed. Our mind processes that as a ‘condition of worth’; “Mummy would love me and reward me if I’m good”. Over time, love and approval becomes increasingly ‘conditional’ so we tend to adjust our behaviour to meet the conditions that bring love which then sets the pattern for ways we behave in relationships with other people.

Beloved, unfortunately, we bring this mind-set into our relationship with God and it takes a lot of renewing of the mind to know that God loves you regardless of what you do… God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NKJV).

His love for you is based on HIS CHARACTER (1 John 4:8) and not what you do so in this love season, I ask… WHO OR WHAT CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM THE LOVE OF GOD?‏

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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09. February 2017 · Comments Off on THE LOVE TEST‏ · Categories: Action, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship

…I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do. But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me—Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus. I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart (Philemon 1:8-12 NLT).

Beloved, the above Scripture is an extract from a letter Apostle Paul sent to Philemon, one of his spiritual sons. He begins this letter with his usual greetings… Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Philemon 1.3) and then applauds his love for God’s people. He said… I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people (Philemon1.4-7 NLT).

‎Paul starts by commending Philemon for his show of love and I’m sure Philemon would have been pleased to read the contents of the letter thus far but then, Paul proceeds to test that love… I want you to forgive Onesimus and take him back. LOL… What do you think Philemon would say?

I used to have a friend that before she asks you for anything, she would first praise you… “Ah, my friend Ruky… This and this is why I like you… I am always telling people about you…”, but then, after praising you like that, they would proceed to asking you for something; I want to ask you a favour… and because of the way they’ve praised you, you’ll find it hard to say no. That’s was then though.

Beloved, Philemon was put on the spot but Paul knew that though Onesimus went away as one person, however, he was now a changed person‎. Separation is good at times because the Lord has to work on individuals in isolation and I like that Paul said… Perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated [from you] for a while, that you might have him back as yours forever‎…‎ (Philemon 1:15 AMP)

So, what’s it going to be Philemon? Do you need to take give someone another chance? Are yoou going to take someone back? Are you going to forgive and let bygones be bygones? Are you going to pass the love test?

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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08. February 2017 · Comments Off on ON THE TOPIC OF LOVE · Categories: Help, Jesus Christ, Love, Relationship, Restoration, Spiritual Growth

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous [envious], it does not brag, and it is not proud [arrogant; conceited; puffed up]. Love is not rude [disrespectful], is not selfish [self-serving], and does not get upset with others [is not easily provoked/angered]. Love does not count up [keep a record of] wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure [does not rejoice] in evil [wrongdoing; injustice] but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things [bears all things; or always protects], always trusts [believes all things], always hopes [hopes all things], and always endures [endures all things] (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 EXB).

Beloved, reading this, one of the first things that came to mind is that we often like to ask people what I now consider to be one of the most foolish questions one can ask… “DO YOU LOVE ME?” Well, saying it is one thing but showing it is something different. Like they say “action speaks louder than words”.

Also, I believe there are more than a million resources out there that try to sell tips on how to know if someone loves you. However, how about what the Bible has to say on the topic? Have you gone through the above checklist to find your answer?

We often tell people we love them but to be honest, do you really love like this? Love does not brag and it is not proud [arrogant; conceited; puffed up]… Love does not count up [keep a record of] wrongs and may I add, does not count scores… does not play games and does not hurt others in the process.

Beloved, right in the middle of this chapter on love, Apostle Paul said… When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I stopped [set aside] those childish ways (1 Corinthians 13:11 EXB). Now, the question is… what is your childish ways costing you? Isn’t it time to grow up and put away those childish behaviours and just be real?

Out of love, though tired and worn out, Jesus sat by the well waiting for the Samaritan woman knowing that she would eventually turn up (John 4:6-7) because love is patient… love always hopes [hopes all things], and always endures [endures all things]…. In the end, she was able to drop her heavy water jar and was free (John 4:28).

Love is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit… the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)

Beloved, do you need to step aside of yourself and allow the Holy Spirit work in you so you can be fruitful. That situation that you’ve currently found yourself in could be a set up for your restoration and fruitfulness.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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30. December 2016 · Comments Off on ANOTHER CHANCE TO RISE… · Categories: Change, God's Plan, Grace, Jesus Christ, Love, Restoration

…Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “You know I love You.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “You know I love You.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time He asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, You know everything. You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep (John 21:15-17 NLT).

Beloved, reading Simon Peter’s story, it’s amazing how the Lord can pick you up regardless of how low you sink and say “You know what… it doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past… It doesn’t matter that you denied me 3 times. All that’s in the past…I STILL WANT TO USE YOU.

Jesus had previously told Peter… you have no idea how much the devil wants to destroy you…But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. AND WHEN YOU HAVE TURNED BACK, STRENGTHEN YOUR BROTHERS (Luke 22:32 NIV) but Peter thought nay…I’m the man…not me…I’m ready to die with You.

So, it’s no surprise that when it happened, Peter decided in his heart…I’ve blown it… I’ve denied Jesus… It’s all over. “I’m going back to fishing” he said and the others agreed to join him. But just like before, they caught nothing all night until Jesus came to their rescue. Then it was a big catch (John 21:3-6).

“SIMON DO YOU LOVE ME?” Jesus asked him 3 times. “Yeeeeeessssssssss”, Peter said…“Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

Beloved, Peter got restored and it marked the beginning of his ministry and on the day of Pentecost,
Peter seized his moment. He stepped forward and started preaching to the crowd… Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”…Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all (Acts 2:37-41 NLT).

3,000 CONVERTS IN ONE DAY… Well, that’s what happens when the Lord wants to show you that you haven’t completely blown it.

I’ve always found it interesting that Jesus didn’t tell Peter that the devil would not succeed. He didn’t say I’ll bind the devil on your behalf. Instead, He said… I have prayed for your faith… AND WHEN YOU HAVE TURNED BACK… meaning when you’ve been restored… STRENGTHEN YOUR BROTHERS…

Beloved, this means that Jesus knew how things were going to end so I pray that you allow everything that has gone before stay in the past and you grab hold of the chance Jesus has laid before you and, just like Peter received restoration and new release of power and was able to do mighty things for the Lord, you too are able to operate in a higher dimension.

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! DO YOU NOT SEE IT?… (Isaiah 43:19 NLT).

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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