Just Like Them

I read from Luke 22 this morning and some things stuck out to me. Peter is my favorite character in the New Testament (besides Jesus…that’s a given) because I see so much of my character reflected in him through his actions, words, and attitudes. I see his responses and I realize they are so similar to mine. I love identifying with Peter. But, Peter made some serious mistakes. I mean… this man denied Christ THREE times! He could’ve stopped at one denial and repented, but instead he denied Christ three times. Once it was done, he realized what had just happened and he ran away and wept bitterly. There was a conviction that took place in his heart.

On the other hand, in the same chapter, you read about Judas Iscariot betraying Christ by selling him for silver. This man betrayed Jesus Christ and didn’t even feel bad. He was so greedy and corrupt that it didn’t even faze him, probably until it was too late unfortunately.

In verse 24 you read how the disciples even began to argue about who would be greatest in the Kingdom of God. It’s like WHAT?! You are with the Lord Jesus Christ and you care about which one of you is the greatest? OBVIOUSLY that concern shouldn’t have existed, but they were flawed.

That being said, it’s funny to me how we elevate the disciples on such a pedestal sometimes because of how much the Spirit of God worked through them. Although it is true that they were much more mature as apostles, they were very immature as disciples. What I would like to remind us today is this: we are just like them. They didn’t always make the right choices or think the right things.

In more ways than one, the disciples of Christ weren’t that different from us. They were also imperfect. They often feared, worried, and displayed anxiety. They argued and quarreled amongst themselves. They showed contempt on certain occasions. They highly esteemed the wrong thing sometimes. Sometimes they worried about their image before people more than they worried about their image before God. Really though, the list goes on.

I’m not at all saying that we shouldn’t take example from them. What I am saying however, is that we cannot beat ourselves up for the shortcomings, flaws, and problems we sometimes create for ourselves. Realistically we must remember that we are humans; by default, this means we are flawed and sinful. Remember Adam and Eve? It was through them that sin entered the world and forever changed the course of humanity.

Today, I’m sure you might be reading this at home in your comfy spot, maybe you’re at the breakfast table starting off your day with a blog post or two, or maybe you’re waiting for your next class to start and quickly skimming through this for some hope that you might pass your finals in these upcoming weeks, you might even be at work reading this right now because you don’t feel like doing your job.

That’s okay. Take a step back and remember how greatly these men were used by God as apostles, these men who were once immature disciples, FULL of flaws. Even as apostles, I’m willing to go out on a limb here and assume they sinned and made mistakes. After all Romans 3:23 reminds us so wonderfully… “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Let’s take what we see in Luke 22 about Peter, about Judas, about the disciples, and realize that we aren’t very far off from each other. We are just like them. Both are flawed and both need Jesus. Be encouraged today that our Lord is alive. Be strengthened that he is with you. Be blessed to know you have salvation in him. Don’t lose courage or be dismayed about your flaws. Look in the Bible and see what these flaws teach you about yourself and what God thinks of you, even with all of them.

If you took the time to read this post today, I bless you in the name of Jesus and I pray victory over your day today.

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Bearing Fruit: Food For Thought – Day 7

The Lord inspired me today to speak about growing and bearing His fruit! This is a very powerful passage because he lets us know a few important things. In John 15:1-8 God tells us that He is the true vine and that if we bear fruit, we will continue to bear MORE fruit and be even MORE fruitful!

Also God tells us in verse 4 that if we remain in Him, He will remain in us, and that alone is just so powerful and reassuring! It really leaves me in awe that Christ tells us basically “if you follow me and continue to pursue me and live like me, I will be with you wherever you are”. Honestly just having that reassurance is enough to keep me with Christ.

Another thing in verse 4 is how Christ tells us that we cannot do it by ourselves. We cannot do be fruitful and bear fruit alone through our own actions, deeds, thoughts, words, etc., unless we are in Christ!

In verse 5 Christ clarifies that his is our vine and we are the branches that feed off of him! Through Him, He’s letting us know that we can be rich fruits, however apart from him he tells us we can do nothing!

Let’s pray that Christ can really help us to bear His fruit and be humble, yet still seeking more of Him. Also let’s pray that God can truly help us see that we cannot do anything without him!

What To Set Our Eyes On: Food For Thought – Daily Devotional Day 5

I was inspired today to talk about what we as Christians need to focus on. Many times we find ourselves giving too much time and attention to earthly things, not necessarily bad things, just things that take our goal off the main focus in our lives. We need to do as Paul told us in the book of Colossians 3:2, and really focus on things above, and not earthly things! Many times we forget that certain “good” things we do, can actually become routine and aren’t done for the Lord anymore, but done simply out of routine. Let us focus on Gods Kingdom! Matthew 6:33 tells us to “seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” This will not only help us be more optimistic, but will also provide us with hope and sureness that God will come through for us in whatever we may face ahead, good or bad, and any necessity we have, He will provide for it! See Matthew 6:33 & Colossians 3:1-4

When Christ is Faithful & Loving: Food For Thought – Daily Devotional Day 4

It’s hard to believe that a God whom we can be so rude, impatient, unkind, and even unfaithful to can always be loving and faithful! in 2 Timothy 2:13 the Bible tells us that even if WE are faithless, the Lord will remain faithful! Too many times we commit sin and think “oh I’ll wait to repent because God probably doesn’t love me now…”. Well fortunately we have an amazing Lord and savior who died for our sins, so to think that waiting to repent is a good idea, is foolishness from the evil one! Drop to your knees and be a faithful servant to Christ, tell Him your wrong (even though he knows it). Be sincere and repent because God loves us and is faithful unconditionally! See 2 Timothy 2:13 & Romans 8:38-39

Stepping in the Right Direction: Food For Thought – Daily Devotional Day 2

If we put ourselves in the Lord He will bless us with our desires. We need to be faithful in our walk with Him and fully devote our lives each day and trust in Him as well (faith without trust is impossible). Finally we must wait for the Lord and be patient. His timing is best and there is no need to worry! If we do these things, He will make our righteousness shine and people WILL see Christ in us! Refer to Psalm 37:4-7!