Saturday, November 15, 2008

Monday Morning Cover to Cover......Do you love Me? Do you love Me? Do you love Me? John 21:15 and Peter answers: "What about John?" John 21:21

There is something that lingers with me from our chronological readings all week about what the people experienced. They were filled with awe. Do I have awe in my life over my God and the release of His Power? Acts 2:46, 47 means a lot to me today. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. I want to enjoy the favor of people not experience their silence or absence. This really meant something to me.

Jesus had just left them and one of his last words was that he left a "new" commandment. Not new in terms of time. But "new" in experience for them. It would be the Spirit of God pouring His love into them. We are totally dependent on His Spirit for life and love. Yet, why is our experience of love today so lackluster? Seems like there are so many programs to make Christianity work. So many principles to follow for blessings. But is it the love of my beautiful God that rules my heart? John 21:15 - "Simon, do you truly love Me"? Jesus asked three times, once for each of Peter's three denials. And our sweet LORD is asking each of us this very day. "Do you love Me?" I've thought so much about this verse over the past two years. What words come out of my mouth, out of my heart this day? Is it the love of my God that rules my heart? If not, celebrate. There is grace for our sin! The problem is our repentance is so shallow, so meager, so intermittent, so scattered, so distracted. Does love rule my heart more than the things of this world. Do we live for this world or another world?

In John 21:21, Peter says: "What about John"? This so happens to me. I look at my own spiritual growth and then look at others and say why can't I be validated like they are or successful like they are. And Jesus firmly said to Peter: "What's that to you? You follow Me."

The question for believers is no longer what will we do with this Jesus but the question becomes what will God do with us when we refuse to trust Him? Will I deal with my doubt and celebrate that there is grace for my sin? Again, some of his last words: "some still doubted but Jesus said: 'Go and make disciples...I am with you always.' " "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your mind? It is I myself! Touch me and see." Jesus is always inviting us to touch Him.

What is going on in me if my mind is not "open" to the Scriptures? Luke 24:45---Jesus opened their minds as they walked the Emmaus Road so that they could understand the Scriptures. Do I have not because I ask not, says James.

What I have loved about reading the Bible chronologically is such a picture of truth in the readings this week. Unlearned and untrained men walked with Jesus face-to-face. They doubted Him over and over, in their hearts and in the marketplace. Yet, when the Holy Spirit of God came on these same decrepit, doubtful, depressed, damaged disciples, they touched the Jesus that invited them to rely on His power. And He began working a work of faith with power. II Thes 1:11, 12---it's my prayer for you this day!

5 comments:

Sheryl 11/17/2008  

I'll be honest with you. I read some of the reading for last week but not all. I'm working it all into my schedule.

However, I did see one thing that just jumped out at me.

In Acts 1:1 the writer of Acts is speaking to Theophilus. He writes, "I wrote about all that Jesus BEGAN to do and to teach." When I was looking up that word BEGAN, I saw that Jesus began His work here on this earth...but it is not finished. He is still working today through us. Now, I really already knew that but it was so neat to see there that as the writer tells about the Acts of the Apostles and the First Century Church we see that His work continues.

This may seem elementary to most but I just thought it was neat and wanted to share it with you.

Nise' 11/17/2008  

Bev, I find myself so like Peter, comparing myself to, asking about others instead of following Him alone and keeping my eyes on Him alone! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

annie's eyes 11/19/2008  

Did you find anything in the mail at the front office yet? I know you are blessed with your sweet daughter home this week. I hope you are having a ball. Love, Annette

Anonymous 11/22/2008  

I have been challenged and grealy blessed by your Monday Cover to Cover posts. Do you have a framework of questions or other "how to's" that might help your readers grow in their relationship with the Lord through His Word?

Lisa

Bev Brandon 11/23/2008  

Dear Lisa, I couldn't answer you by e-mail since you were anon. I have several bible studies that I have written for speaking engagements that I have done but that's it. I really don't have any "how to's" for readers to grow. I really appreciate your stopping by. Thank you for your very kind words.

Praying for Our Friend Joanne Psalm 131:3 Waiting on God. Hope Now. Hope Always.

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