23/4/2013 0 Comments
He saith unto Peter!
Towards the end of Jesus earthly ministry, Jesus took three of His disciples to pray with Him.
Matthew 26: 36 - 41
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
In the book of Mark the account of verse 40 says:
Mark 14: 37
And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and
saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
From this account, Jesus took three of His disciples along to pray with Him and one of them was Peter. Since there were three disciples, why was the question ‘ why are you sleeping can you not pray’ addressed to Peter only? And if you note it, the Lord called Peter by name. I think it is safe to say that, at that time Peter did need to pray because of the attack and temptation that was coming his way, but he slept.
The Lord is very specific and He deals with us as individuals. He knows what we might each face individually, and He knows the plans that He has for each individually. This is why we cannot afford to run and do like others. Yes they may be Christians, but we cannot afford to disobey what the Lord has
specifically told us to do. Remember that He may not have instructed the others to do the same.
In this account, all three disciples i.e. Peter, James and John (Mark 14: 33) were supposed to be praying, but the Lord addressed the question to Peter because as earlier stated it is safe to say that he was the one who was going to face the more severe attack and temptation. He: i.e. Peter and not James and John denied the Lord. He should have prayed.
So what is the Lord saying to you? But others are not doing it, does it matter? Only Peter fell and not James and John because the attack was towards Peter. Whatever the Lord tells you to do, take it as a specific instruction for yourself and do it. What others are doing around you does not matter. The instruction is for you, and the Lord knows why. Just obey! Thank God for church services and home church meetings, however we must spend time with the Lord ourselves and know what He wants us as individuals to do. We must each know and hear His voice.
So my question is, what is the Lord saying to you!. Whatever it is, just do it!
One of the responsibilities of the Christian believer is to live a blameless, pure and faultless. In our society today and I guess it wasn’t much different in the past it would seem that it is increasingly more difficult to
live a blameless and faultless life, with aggressive secularism and the accompanying “freedom” to do whatever we like as long as it feels good and it’s not hurting anyone.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky Philippians 2:12-15
It seems like such a tall order, especially for the young or new believer to comprehend the blameless and faultlessness of being a Christian. Such a tall order, one would think they could never achieve it and so would not even be worth try in the first place.
However, the Sacrifice of Christ does provide ample provision for the believer to live a blameless life blameless. However, the bible never promises complete sanctification this side of heaven, but we definitely must give it our best shot.
As Colossians 1:21-22 suggests, one of the result of Christ’s sacrificial death is that we would be brought into God’s presence (qualified to come into God’s presence) as holy and blameless
21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him, Colossians 1:21-22 (NRSV)
I particularly like the New living translation version of these verses:-
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.
22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
He has brought you into his presence and you are holy and blameless and you stand before him without a single fault”.
Without a single fault, blameless, Me? Yes indeed you. He has invited us into His presence where sin could not stand, He has invited us in to his presence even though He is pure and cannot stand evil (Habakkuk 1:13)
What does all this mean then? Our spiritual position in Christ is that we are faultless and blameless.
We are indeed faultless and blameless, not by any of our own good deeds, but only through what the sacrificial blood of Jesus has accomplished for us. Our knowledge of, and our faith in this truth is what will enable us to increasingly live out our blamelessness and faultless nature in this crooked and perverse generation.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 24–25 (NKJV)
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Walking with God
Enoch walked with God" (Genesis 5:24). The original Hebrew meaning for walked implies that Enoch went up and down, in and out, to and fro, arm in arm with God, continually conversing with him and growing closer to him. Enoch lived 365 years—or, a "year" of years. In him, we see a new kind of believer. For 365 days each adult year, he walked arm in arm with the Lord. The Lord was his very life—so much so that at the end of his life, he did not see death (see Hebrews 11:5).
Like Enoch, who was translated out of life, those who walk closely with God are translated out of Satan's reach—taken out of his kingdom of darkness and put into Christ's kingdom of light: "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son" (Colossians 1:13).
Enoch learned to walk pleasingly before God in the midst of a wicked society. He was an ordinary man with all the same problems and burdens we carry, not a hermit hidden away in a wilderness cave. He was involved in life with a wife, children, obligations and responsibilities; Enoch wasn't "hiding to be
By: David Wilkerson
Read full article at: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/devotions/2010/walking-with-god
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