Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Peter Revealed- Our Story: Gods Glory

Greetings again everyone, 

I guess I am taking some time to catch up on my Blog Posts today. 

Before I begin to lay out my thoughts on Peter, you must know that I connect with Peter very deeply. I have never denied Christ by any means but the characteristics and words of Peter have long spoken to my heart and made me the believer that I am today. 

In my 'conversation' with the congregation this summer regarding Peter I highlighted the story of his re-dedication to as the rock Jesus would build the church upon that is found in John chapter 21.  I imagined with the congregation how Peter may have felt in the moments after he denied Christ 3 times. We spoke about how we sometimes feel the same way he did.  


Peter was a man that had many traits that were good and bad and we could spend all the time in the world going through those things but in spite of all of these things God still used him to do the most amazing things. The message and calling he gave Peter in John 21 comes down to four simple sentences. 
Feed my Lambs. Take care of my sheep.
                                              Feed my sheep. Follow Me.  
In life we have to deal with our personal feelings getting into the way all the time, as we all know, and from Peter we learn that even when hard times creep up on us that they only come to test that our faith is true, as Jesus was testing Peters faith when he asked Him “Do you Love Me”

We are called to love each other deeply by the scriptures that Peter wrote under divine inspiration from God.  We see the world around us and thing what a waste or man I can’t believe that just happened and complain about everything under the sun, and that keeps us from being united in Christ.

Many years after Peter received those instructions from Jesus he wrote the following passage in 1st Peter 4:8-11. He did not share this passage with us to say we are doing things wrong, but to encourage us to live our lives as an offering of GODS GLORY to the world around us. 

The instructions given teach us to seek Gods love above everything else, (this is the offering HE has given us) and all we have to do is give ourselves and our gifts back to HIM who has given them to us. It amazes me to see that when I give everything to HIM how fast it works out and always a lot better than I could even imagine. 

Thanks again for visiting "The Gathering Room"

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),


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