Tuesday, April 23, 2013

John 21

I sometimes wonder what the baptist stigma is about - then I remember back to the dysfunction throughout my youth, and how that specific dysfunction has transcended into a bias against the baptist denomination.  As a Messianic believer, one of the core foundations of my personal faith (and of the faith of many I know) is love; both the need to experience it, as well as the desire and need to give it to others.  It is common in the world of different faiths to "make fun of", or pick on other denominations and Messianic religions; that is, however, a direct violation of the word of G-d, who lived His life in the flesh to promote an exact example of how to live in love for the human population.  Even to those who do not believe, we must not strive to give them love, but let it come to us naturally, through the prophetic voice and touch of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).

This evening, I listened to a wonderful sermon by a baptist minister; a man I am loosely connected to, but have turned a deaf ear to since he ministers within the walls of  a church that had played an indirect role in facilitating hurt throughout my childhood. This, of course, is the very thing we as a believing community should try to pray against and seek healing from.  There should never be any kind of alienation of those who either did not intend to, or did not cause a problem to begin with.  We as a community should never let hurt keep us from hearing the word of the L-rd...

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." John 21:16-18, NIV
Thank You L-rd, our Father and our G-d.  Thank You for Your unceasing and overwhelming abundance of love that You gave to us - not freely, but with the price of Your life.  I bless You, Honor You, praise You, and magnify Your name.  For it is Your love that endures forever!  I ask that You do not leave us alone, that You will be a sign and symbol upon our foreheads, and  a band of ownership around our arms - that no one, not of this earth or any other kingdom will take us away.  I ask for your mercy upon the unsaved - for they know not of what they do.  I ask and bestow blessing upon blessing for those who so freely choose You, or who've chosen You with their life and freedom.  I pray against the adverse, and all those who are not aware of what they do - for when we are hurt, L-rd, it is not because the world hates us, but because they hate You.   L-rd, You are an amazing G-d, and Your love never fails; it never gives up; it never runs out on us.  You are the river of life, that we have been given to play in, to wash in, to exercise and renew our strengths!  In You, G-d, we are mighty warriors! In You, G-d, there is no failure, and in You there is no fear! In Your presence we dwell, and You dwell in the praises of Your children, that You G-d are never alone!  Please break our hearts with what breaks Yours, that we may grow infinitely closer to You!  Bow down you deserted nations, that the L-rd your G-d may sit upon your throne! Bow down lowly servants of the dead, that the L-rd, G-d of Israel will bring you into life! Bow down sons of Jacob, that you may know your G-d! Bow down Babylon, that your king will be humbled!  Bow down to the Grace and Mercy of G-d - rest, be still, and know He is G-d...  L-rd we Magnify Your Name, and with humility, we bow down to Your feet, that You may lift us up with Your infinite and Holy Spirit.  L-rd, we give You our lives, we give You our souls - we live for You alone!  Let every breath that we take, and every waking moment be glorifying to You Name! Let every nation make mention of You, and let all those who have ears let them hear, for the day of the L-rd is upon us! And in that day, there will be singing, dancing, and stomping in the streets, an every breath will praise You L-rd.  Every mountain shall move and make way for the Presence of You, our G-d and King.  Selah...

L-rd we give You all the Glroy, that we may dwell in Your Presence.  Amen, and amen.

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