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Build up and encourage Disciples of Jesus Christ, as they reflect His image to others.
Our Focus for this week:
Allow God, through His Holy Spirit to shape and sharpen us
Day 2 – Automatic Responses
Daily Verses - Matthew 26:47-56
“And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up, accompanied by a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I shall kiss, He is the one; seize Him." And immediately he went to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you have come for." Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? "How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?" At that time Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me. "But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled." Then all the disciples left Him and fled.”
Anger is a very powerful, automatic response. Peter was just told he was going to deny Christ. Peter thinking this would never happen, chose the response of anger when they were arresting Jesus. This was an automatic response, that could have got Peter arrested and killed. Here is a true picture of the love of God, and the power of God. Jesus protects Peter at His own expense, the true love of God. He allows Peter to go free. The power of God is seen in the healing of the ear that was cut off. As we ask Jesus to deal with, and heal our automatic responses, we must remember His love, and His power, Jesus reveal both for the growth of Peter. How about His love? When Jesus was being beaten in the court yard, and Peter was denying Him, their eyes met. When their eyes met Peter saw the love in Jesus eyes, (A look Peter knew well from being with Jesus) and Peter ran away and cried. Often when we see the love of God we run and hide because, we see our mistakes that are a result of these auto responses. Too many times satan wants us to feel condemned, and so instead of running to healing, (because we feel there will be suffering or pain) we run away from it. How about the power? Jesus restored Peter, on the shore of the lake, connecting once again in person, and engaging the power. The power of not just personal healing, and restoration for Peter, but there was a purpose for that restoration. “tend to, shepherd, My sheep” John 21:15-23. May I put this in my own words. Peter, there are many people out there Peter that have been where you have been, Peter go find them, and restore them in My name. This message is not just for Peter, but it is for you today. God’s love, and power are amazing things. The power of God is transforming, because it is connected to love. Love constrains the power, and releases it as needed, so as to not overwhelm or consume us. Let the love, and power of God heal your automatic responses today.