Matthew 16:12-18 (NIV)
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?”16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in Heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades will not overcome it.
In this Scripture, Jesus is stating that when we understand and get it correct. We stop missing the mark. We are in understanding with the Spirit of God. We have opened our heart and eyes to the the Truth. If something isn’t right then it’s wrong. Basic and as simple as that. When, God comes around then and He asks you who you follow, you should recognize who He is. Jesus also says that there is only one way to know that He is the Messiah, by the Holy Spirit.
Currently, I have a struggle in my life. God asked me this afternoon (about an hour ago honestly) when I was iterating with my co workers. ” How will they ever believe in the Cross if you conform to their standards?” BE OF THE KINGDOM!!! Do not have any doubt or hesitation for who you are representing to the world, when you are the ambassador for Jesus. At time it will get lonely, and the world will look at you crazy but GOD….. allow me to repeat…. BUT GOD is with you. I rather have God in my corner than any person. BE who you say you are in Jesus!!! LIVE who you say you are in Jesus!!! STAY in the Kingdom and forget the world.
I’m up. .. can’t really sleep. Body is exhausted but my mind is sparked with excitement. So many things, progress and future. Jesus and blessing. Truth and lie. I struggle with things. … walking in faith is way easier said than done at times. Shane used to tell me all the time, “anything worth anything is something you have to fight for.” This means future, prosperity, families, relationships, jobs, time, ect….. freedom. What is freedom? Most of us work to live, survive, and support our families. Seeking the next pay raise to upgrade our social status. The same goes for most of us spiritually. I once used to think that I was the real deal. Oblivious to the reality of being in a cage. Wondering why I was having the same issues and problems and worries and fears. I was stuck in my incorrect ways. Even if a few things were correct and other things were off that made EVERYTHING wrong. Something I heard once was this, ” if my husband called me I would know it was him without asking who was calling. Because I spend so much time with him I know his voice. This is also how I know God’s voice.” Grasp that. Meditate on it. Do you know God’s voice? Know His voice when He guides you, and you’ll know it if you gone Him time and ready His Word.
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20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”
So this hits the point to a “T”, how often do we as Christians ask God to speak to us? I can tell you that I have been here. I still get to this point at times. When I don’t want to put in the work to listen, and seek God to “just tell me”. Our lives become so busy. We get caught up in the aspect of living we forget to make time for God. B.I.B.L.E. BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH. How many of you understand this? I was a “know it all” before meeting Shane. He had his work cut out with me. It took months of fighting and tears and praying before I finally asked God to open my eyes. And literally, right there on the spot at 10 p.m. at night sitting in my car, God shed the scales from eyes. When understanding hit me I wept. The Truth of correct doctrine is absolute. I had remorse for the hard time I gave Shane and subsequently Jesus Himself. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Depth and understanding comes when you read the Word of God. Ask for it! Anything you ask in the name of Jesus to Father God shall be done if you believe and do not doubt! God has been moving rapidly in this season of my life. Things that He seeded in me almost 10 years ago, now has a horizon. His will in my life is doing a hostile takeover!! As nervous as it makes me, I walk by faith. We all want to see the outcome! We all want to know the future. The truth is this……. we aren’t meant to know. THAT is the POINT of faith. Faith in God means faith in His timing.
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Matthew 22 : 29
29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
This is for the Christian. The entire Bible is for the Christian. This staple Scripture, is reality. Why do we as Christians fail? Because we don’t know the WORD of God……. AND/OR…… the POWER of God. Yes! Right here Jesus Himself clearly identifies why we fail. Many things lead up to this. Scripture tells us to study to be approved. (2 Tim 2:5) We are to do as Jesus did and MORE. This prompts the question, what did Jesus do?