Bid to Become

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Bid to Become

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matt. 14:29 KJV

God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). God desires that we believe Him and don’t doubt.

When the disciples saw a figure at the forth watch of the night and being troubled by their outlook, they were fearful for they imagined the figure was a spirit but they were very wrong in their outlook for that figure was rather their friend, mentor and leader; The Lord Jesus. It must be understood that what is seen is not as central as how things are seen. We must get and gain this truth.

Unbelief is a sin with grave consequences that have made light the Word of God whereas must be otherwise viewed as serious. We cannot forsake, object or reject the Laws of God, make light of what God takes serious and expect to live. For the wages, compensation for sin (wrong doing) is death. (Romans 6:23 KJV)

As the Bible story continued, Jesus helped the faith of the disciples as was recorded, “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (Matt. 14:27 KJV). And Peter gained confidence to approach The Lord Jesus “walking on water” except for his doubt he was not sustained. He (again) saw the wind boisterous; he doubted and began to sink.

Thank God for the faith of our Lord Jesus, who shared the same occasion but identified Peter’s problem, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?(Matt. 14:31 KJV) Do not look back. Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Man must believe God and not doubt, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].“ (Heb. 11:6).

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Follow Me

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (John 10:4 KJV)

The primary role of the shepherd is to cater for the welfare and wellness of the flock. As the shepherd plays this role, he leads the flock to haven of pasture and water for the upkeep of the sheep. According to Scriptures, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2 KJV). Notice, the Shepherd “maketh” the sheep to lie down in green pastures and he leadeth the sheep beside the still waters. The Shepherd in a sense is the primary care giver for the sheep.

As the primary care giver, the Shepherd goes ahead of the Sheep, to seek and secure what is both good and comfortable for the sheep. He’s primarily concerned for the upkeep, wellness and security of the sheep and upon the Shepherd do the sheep rest and trust for care and safety. The Psalmist says, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4 KJV). The sheep has a sense of security when the shepherd is near and around.

As the Shepherd has a duty to lead, so do the Sheep has the duty to follow. The Bible says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27 KJV). It is in the Sheep following of the Shepherd that the sheep find the delight and security most needed. This is an important note and notice. Should the sheep not follow the shepherd, the sheep will wander to jeopardy and desolation. The Sheep must know the voice of the Shepherd and follow.

About the children of Israel being led through the treacherous wilderness on the traverse from Egypt to the promised land, the Bible says, “And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21 KJV), God led them and as the followed Him, they were safe and secured. The Bible says, “He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.” (Psalm 106:9-11 KJV).

Beloved, we are safe and secure under the care of God, but we must endeavor to follow. To follow warrants and requires giving up one’s wisdom, choice and preference for the promptings and guidance of the leader, the Shepherd. The Shepherd takes responsibility for the direction and the sheep enjoys the benefit and blessings of the attending safety and security. This is our inheritance in Jesus Christ as our Shepherd; the good Shepherd. We must trust and obey the Good Shepherd; He knows what to do and how to do what. We must be comfortable with the knowledge of His keen care for us; hearkening to the voice of His command as He directs. Praise the Lord

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Light Mandate

Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being (Psalm 146:1-2)

The original Man (in Adam) was the quintessential epic of God’s creation – made for glory to display the grandiose of life, color and splendor. Man was God’s flagship to show forth His praise; the mastery of His excellence and creativity. Man represented and reflected God on the Earth…being His image and likeness. 

About Man and God’s intent of him, The Bible says, “O Lord, our Lord,…When I see and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have established, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:1-8 AMP).  Man was God’s envoy having dominion over other creations. About the mind and details of God’s intent for Man, even Man could not attain, how Man wondered about Man to God; “What is man that You are mindful of him…”  This is an important and needed assignment for each of us, “why is God so mindful of me?”  It will be helpful to apprehend.

Unlike Angels and other creations, God said of Man, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:26-28 KJV) God made Man thoughtfully and decisively.

God’s decision, design and deployment existed before Man. Man was made to fit the template in God’s mind; so fearfully and wonderfully conceived and delivered,  “…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;… and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion”  

What a privilege, a pride and glory to be God’s epic creation.  Little wonder, Man became the natural target of God’s adversary the devil. The devil knew nothing (amongst all created) was dearest and most important to God as Man. The devil sought to painfully inflict God and damage His treasured possession – Man…but this was “intentional” that the seed of the Wo-man may bruise the head of the devil; that God’s epic art may terminate the sworn enemy very cheaply

Beloved, you and I were Intentionally created – not an accident in God’s course and in life’s event, we were made, called and chosen for glory and praise…as long as we have our being.

 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light  1 Peter 2:9.

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