13 April 2016

where i am

in my walk with God, i have come to a place in myself that holding on to old grudges and having unforgiveness is no longer what i want or need in my life. i have, thru the years, released all that i know of. and this has become my prayer to God.

the life-lessons learned r life-changing. with all that has happened in my life and what is happening right now in my life, i have learned that God IS the one to run to, trust, and cry out to. His answers r right and lead me ever closer to Him.
with all that goes on each day, i can't imagine my day without Him. i continually chat with Him and include Him in all i am doing. and u know what?! He is here with me. He talks with me throughout my day. i do my best to listen and hear His voice. i can even hear Him laugh with me as well cry with me. MY GOD IS SO AWESOME!!🙂

05 April 2016

a painful question


John 21:17 NIV
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.

portion of commentary:
Unless we are experiencing the hurt of facing every deception about ourselves, we have hindered the work of the Word of God in our lives. The Word of God inflicts hurt on us more than sin ever could, because sin dulls our senses. But this question of the Lord intensifies our sensitivities to the point that this hurt produced by Jesus is the most exquisite pain conceivable. It hurts not only on the natural level, but also on the deeper spiritual level. “For the Word of God is living and powerful . . . , piercing even to the division of soul and spirit . . .”—to the point that no deception can remain (Hebrews 4:12).

there r many things that cause us pain. but one question in John 21:17 causes more pain than the world. the question comes directly from Jesus to Peter. Jesus asks this question 3 times. the third time, Peter was hurt by it. here is that question: "Simon, son of John, do u love me?" (NLT)

have u ever had a direct question asked of u by Jesus Himself? Have u read God's Word and been hurt by what God reveals to u? if not, then u have not really experienced all God is. but if u have, the words God speaks do not go away easily. God's Word sticks like glue. His Words r hard to shake off. the reason is He wants u to face the situation. God's Words r good medicine. they actually heal us from within so we can testify to others. God's questions make us think and ponder. they also make us search for answers.
tho God's Word will "bother" us until we face it, God continues to love us. He continually reaches out, letting us know thatHe is there and can trust Him.
Peter's hurt was becuz He asked the same question 3 times. God does the same with us. God wants us to understand His love and forgiveness.
next time God asks u a question, understand that He has already taken into account all of u. be honest with your answer. DO NOT IGNORE THE QUESTION GOD ASKS. He has ways of making u face it and give an answer. most of the time, we do not recognize it as God's doing.