A Lesson from Jesus – Rest

 

A Lesson from Jesus – Rest

 I was envisioning the scene in the Bible when Jesus is on a ship that is in a terrible storm. His disciples are chaotic and frightened and Jesus is found asleep, taking a nap.

I smile picturing Jesus, waking up and walking outside, stating, “Peace, be still.” He wasn’t scared, questioned his disciples faith and was not moved by the storm at all. Admirable qualities of Father’s son. I was meditating this morning on the fact that the scriptures stated Jesus was taking a nap. In American society, I feel as though naps are frowned upon and that we live in a world that even promotes the route to success with encouraging that children have extracurricular activities and a calendar as busy and productive as a corporate CEO.

I was thinking about Galatians 6:9 and wonder if it’s ever mis-interpreted? While Jesus would remove himself and probably pray for God’s strength to sustain him when large crowds were following him around requesting healing. Even Jesus’s disciples had to turn people away. Is their a healthy boundary to knowing when you need to rest? Looking at Jesus’s characteristics, one things evident, he rested one day a week on the sabbath.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

If Jesus were tired, would he faint or would he nap?

Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace,  be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Jesus observed the holy sabbath on rare circumstances for common sense and practical reasons he would heal on the sabbath and advise to apply common sense for unavoidable emergencies. Jesus rested on the 7th of the day of the week, Saturday the holy sabbath…. How many Americans rest one day a week with no work or chores at all?

Matthew 24:20 (KJV) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Jesus knew when he needed a time out. He often retreated to the wilderness for prayer and solitude.

Luke 5:15 (KJV)But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

Mark 1:35 (KJV) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

I find it interesting how the characteristics of Jesus Christ completely contradict society. Jesus teaches not to be wrapped up in storing up treasures but that we should be faithful that the Father will provide our needs and that our focus should be focused on the Kingdom to come. I wonder how many Americans become ill each year by following the customs of this world as opposed to  following the characteristics and teachings of Jesus Christ?

Matthew 16:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Matthew 6:32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

JESUS SAYS:

Luke 6:47 (KJV) Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

JESUS SAYS:

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 

 

 

Characteristics of Jesus Christ

Jesus: The Lion of the Tribe of Judah – Just a Few Characteristics

  1. Spiritually Minded.  Alpha Omega and Rabboni of  spiritual mindfulness and was an example by how he focused on the Father and his mission. ( John 19:24) asks the Father to forgive the soldiers that were rolling dice in front of him to see who could win his bloody robe as a souvenir. Sadly while Jesus is staring down at the soldier’s game as he’s dying on the cross they just brutally nailed him to.
  2. Loyal to the Father. (Luke 22:42) “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
  3. Courageous. (see Matthew 26:53) He could have been delivered from the pain of the crucifixion, yet proceeded for the cause.
  4. Sober. He refused wine prior to Crucifixion. He wanted to be sober through the ordeal. He prayed his way through his suffering. (Luke 22:18 & Matthew 26:29) For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
  5. Frequently Withdrew to the Wilderness to Pray. (Luke 5:16 KJV). He knew when he needed solitude to spend time with God and rest.
  6. People questioned his sanity and scribes accused him in (Mark 3:22 KJV) of having Beelzebub or being demonized.
  7. Miraculous healer. (See John 9:6, John 5:8 and many more).
  8. Spiritual Authority. Cast demons out of people. (see Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-31 and many more….)
  9. Envied. Matthew 27:18 (KJV) For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
  10. Rested. Jesus rested on the 7th day Sabbath but understood things happen, emergencies happen and he stood for “common sense.” (Luke 14:5 KJV).
  11. Not the author of shame of guilt. He didn’t shame sinners. (John 4:16-24 KJV) Gently allows people to be reminded of their sin and then states what the Father is recruiting for for his Kingdom.
  12. Peaceful and not moved by chaos. “Peace be Still, while others panicked.” (Mark 4:39 & Matthew 8:23-27).
  13. Resisted Satan and his demons successfully every time.
  14. Intelligent, common sense, practical and could communicate in ways people could understand.
  15. Communicator. Skilled, excellent and great story teller. Spoke in parables to provide a visual aid for people to retain and comprehend, also may have known if he didn’t speak in parables his teachings may not have been circulated in the Bible for thousands of years.
  16. He didn’t seem moved by the opinions or critical thoughts of others. In (Luke 7:39-50) Jesus communicated his reasoning to Simon, but he would not stop what he was doing to appease him.  Please see the Book of Luke, when Simon is not comfortable with Mary Magdalene washing his feet. He questions whether or not he’s truly a Prophet because he thinks Mary is sinner. Jesus doesn’t make Mary stop washing his feet to appease Simon, he merely states, “Simon I have something to say unto thee….” (Luke 7:40).  He also ate with sinners despite how it may have been perceived. (Mark 2:13-17).
  17. Questioned. As a twelve year old, he was smart and could hold conversions with educated men and showed us that even a child can ask good questions. You can infer that he was extremely intelligent even at twelve the scripture said the Doctors were astonished by his understanding and answers. (Luke 2:46-47 KJV).
  18. Spoke in parables because he was clever and understood if he didn’t his teachings would never make it into a Bible.
  19. Forgave. (Luke 7:47 KJV)
  20. Not arrogant or egotistical. (I like his debut on his Donkey.) (Matthew 21:5). 
  21. Disciplined. 40 days and nights not eating or drinking. Sinless. (Matthew 4:2).
  22. He didn’t seem to do any labor besides healing or preaching. People fished, he would tell them where to throw the net. When he was with the woman at the well his disciples went to do the shopping. He would send others to prepare the Passover meal? Did he help his Father who was a Carpenter? Only two scriptures in the Bible that discuss Jesus as a child. The baby in the manger and when he loses his parents and is found in the synagogue conversing with doctors and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46 King James Version).
  23. Drew a fine line between the Kingdom of God and the World’s Government. He was upset when people were profiting off God in the marketplace (Matthew 21:12) and boldly had no issue expressing it. “ (Luke 20:25 KJV) And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s , and unto God the things which be God’s.”
  24. Bold.
  25. Merciful. He showed others mercy. He was the only human qualified to throw a stone at anyone and yet he refused to do it. He had a beautiful heart. (John 8:7) “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
  26. Strategy. He was a strategic thinker. People often tried to trap him with the law and he would be able to rebuttal in a clear, practical way. Examples: Jesus refuses to stone a woman who committed adultery, healing on the sabbath, when accused having Beelzebub, accused of Blasphemy.
  27. Compassionate. Cried he saw others mourn. (John 11:35) “Jesus wept.”
  28. Not materialistic. Encourage working towards obtaining treasures in heaven as opposed to while on earth. (Matthew 6:19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
  29. Faithful. His belief and faith surpassed most human comprehension.
  30. Not controlling. Can you find one verse where Jesus is quoted telling people how to dress?
  31. Exemplifies Leadership. Doesn’t follow the elder’s with traditions like hand washing. He’s asked why he doesn’t make his disciples wash their hands? (Mark 7:5) Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? (Matthew 15:2) Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

More to follow….

 

 

Spiritual Battles: Old Testament vs. New Testament

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ arms his disciples with treading power and the ability to bind and loose in the spirit realm to defeat the enemy. In what ways is the spiritual authority different from  the Old Testament when David takes down Goliath in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel with a sling shot and a rock? I’ve been contemplating the difference.

Matthew 16:19 (KJV) And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Clearly David was able to take down Goliath with his faith in God and knowing his opponent had a weakness, he was not circumcised.

In my mind, David saw that Goliath was not in obedience to God and he saw this as a weakness attached to Goliath’s forehead. David had faith that God would be on his side and had an intimate relationship with the Lord and a past history of God delivering him from difficult situations. I believe it was the difficult trials that gave this youth the faith and trust in god that he would put Goliath into the palm of his hand.

David verbally proclaims how he will take down Goliath. You see the power of verbal declaration in Proverbs 18:21.

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Jesus told his disciples that he has given them power to  bind and loose and to tread  in the spirit realm. Jesus is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us when we pray. I think the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament is that the sling shot and rock are no longer required? 

 

How’s the World Being Fooled

 

Jesus says:

Matthew 24:24 (KJV) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

The entire world has around 7.8 Billion people in the world according to Google…. (estimation).

2.3 Billion Professing Christians according to Google….. (estimation).

Minus (144,000) God’s Elect.

Total Estimated FOOLED = 5,499,856,000

Five Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety Nine Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand….. and counting…..

Revelation 12:9 (KJV) “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”         

Revelation 7:4 (KJV) And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

   

 

Jesus Christ the Cornerstone the Builder’s Rejected and Still Do

Where does the scripture state JESUS is pointing at Peter in Matthew 16:18? I believe he’s pointing to himself stating “You are Peter and I’m the Rock.” Jesus is the Rock that the Builders Rejected and still reject today. He might give Peter spiritual keys to the kingdom for prayer and to bind and loose, but only Jesus is qualified to be the Rock. In fact, Jesus rebukes Satan out of Peter just verses later in Matthew 16:23  and according to Mark 3:24-26‬ a kingdom can’t stand if it’s divided against itself. If Satan can jump into Peter, he can’t be the foundation of the Church. Also after this chapter Jesus proclaims he knows one of the disciples will deny him three times and it’s Peter? Why would Jesus build his church on someone who denies him and state he’d deny a person to God if they denied him. I truly feel that if Satan can jump into Peter the church foundation would never stand? The only one qualified to be the foundation of the church is Jesus Christ and he’s the “Cornerstone the Builders Rejected” and still Reject to this day. The Church is a body of believers connected to Jesus Christ by spirit. Jesus Christ is the foundation and the only one qualified to be the foundation that overcomes the Kingdom of Darkness.
Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 16: 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.‬
Mark 3:24-26‬
‪24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.‬
‪26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. ‬
They accused JESUS of having a demon? And Jesus states a house can’t stand if he had a demon in him. That would be like the Holy Ghost jumping into Satan, the Kingdom of darkness would not be able to stand either.

47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

 

Feed My Sheep….

I spent a good portion of the evening thinking about Peter and Jesus. It started with me contemplating the meaning of John 21:15-17 when Jesus asks Peter to “feed his sheep.” I thought perhaps he means the gospel or perhaps he means this in a literal sense, to feed his people? It’s my understanding that Peter became the first Pope and I believe the Catholic church feeds more people globally then any other denomination in the world? I was wondering if the Lord’s Sheep would be financially secure with Abraham’s blessings or if Jesus really believed his people would require help? Jesus came in poverty and he states in Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

How can a rejected people, hated by the world be financially comforted? Jesus had to borrow a place to have his last supper? He didn’t appear to be wealthy when he made his debut riding on a donkey.  Matthew 21:5 NKJV “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ 

I recently was talking to a believer about Peter denying Jesus three times and whether or not he would see the kingdom of God as Jesus states in Matthew 10:33 KJV But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. The woman I was speaking with suggested that Peter repented and Jesus forgave him in John 21:15-17 (see at the bottom of blog).

Although I feel it’s possible, it’s truly only assumed? Why didn’t Jesus add “if you repent and feed my sheep, you’ll be forgiven? Is it safe for us to believe Jesus was joking? It’s almost like stating that Jesus doesn’t mean it when he says he’ll deny people and say he doesn’t know the workers of iniquity who call on him? (Matthew 7:23). Or it’s like stating Jesus isn’t serious about the unforgivable sin of blasphemy of the Holy and Ghost? (Matthew 12:32). I found it strange that in John 21:15-17 that Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. That’s the same number of times that Peter denied him. Why would Jesus ask him three times? I almost feel as though he didn’t believe him? It’s like catching a kid who ate cupcakes he/she wasn’t supposed to. You can clearly see the frosting mustache on the kids face and when confronted they tell their mother they didn’t eat any. If a Mother knows the kids lying, she might repeat the questions over and over? I also thought about Jesus asking the woman at the well to get her husband in (John 4:16-19.) Jesus asks the woman at the well  a question when he knows the answer. He knows she’s had 5 husbands and the man she lives with isn’t her husband.  I feel like Jesus does this to gently remind her of her sins and subtly  tell her (without shaming) what God is recruiting for in his Kingdom. John 4:23 KJV But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

In defense for Peter, I will add that I thought about Mary washing Jesus’s feet with perfume and Jesus states in Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Perhaps Peter feeding the Lord’s Sheep will be the pardon for his sins? Mary’s sins were forgiven of by Jesus because of the love she showed him. I was also thinking about the verse Exodus 33:19 KJV And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

My conclusion regarding Peter and his denial of Jesus is truly that it’s between Peter and God. Let God judge Peter just as God’s going to judge me and everybody else and it’s probably best to focus on my specs in my eyes.. with fear and trembling. In hopes of seeing New Jerusalem and Lord Jesus. I’ve already told the Lord a mansion in his Kingdom isn’t necessary for me, I’d be ecstatic to have a small cabin or even a tent for that matter just merely to be in his realm is my beautiful dream.

John 21:15-17

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Witchcraft Manipulation

Just wanted to share a quick note. I once listed to a Utube video by Derek Prince on witchcraft and remember him stating in a very practical way that there are three common themes to witchcraft; intimidation, manipulation and domination. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced living in an area where they use the term “Snitches Wind Up in Ditches?” It’s typically a term you hear in poorer neighborhoods or perhaps in jails in prisons? A couple months ago I was thinking about the term and how it is a true example of witchcraft manipulation. Example: A man is walking down the street and witnesses another man being severely beaten. The witness is concerned the man might lose his life and calls the Police. The witness is acting as a good Samaritan and is truly concerned about the victims life. Witchcraft manipulation implements reverse psychology, when the criminal who is then arrested learns that a witness called the Police, he reverses the situation, becomes victimized and is not accountable, it’s the snitches fault. There is then a sense of unity that occurs when a group will join together and collectively shame the good Samaritan that he is lowly, weak, disgraced etc. It’s as though a satanic force is behind the manipulation and people truly feel outraged at someone who was concerned about someone else’s life. I believe the term and it’s use is an example of satanic manipulation. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Can you think of any other examples? Have a great evening.