Meditation

02/04/2020

“Then Jesus replied, ‘Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.’” (John6:70)

Close relationship to God’s people and their activities does not guarantee salvation. Even one of Christ’s closest followers proved dedicated to Satan rather n to God. The difference between Peter and Judas, was that Peter sought forgiveness while Judas did not.

Jesus created the circle of twelve disciples to serve His special purposes, not the purposes of he disciples. Like the twelve, we are to serve Jesus’ purposes, not those of our own invention. Understand the difference?

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Jesus’ disciples were selected for the expressed purpose of doing those things Jesus asked them to do, not because they were all theologically and spiritually superior to others. They were taught by Jesus, how to minister to others, how to heal others, and all of this was done not because they were somehow special; rather, it was because they allowed God to work through their words and actions. The exception was one who was not truly a disciple for he allowed Satan to come into him. Each day, beloved, we must set aside our personal wills and allow the will of God through Christ Jesus, to work through us and not by us. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger!

KNOWING GOD:

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.” (Luke 6:12-13)

An apostle is a person commissioned to act with full authority for another. Jesus chose the twelve apostles from His larger group of followers so they could learn His ways and teaching from their closer fellowship with Him. He could then empower them to work in His name and extend His ministry in Israel. They preached His message of the coming of he kingdom and were given the necessary power—-authority over demons—-to fulfill their task. Because the apostles were His agents, those who responded to the apostles were in effect, responding to Jesus Himself.

I AM:

Church Leaders, The Twelve”: (Mark6:30)

Messengers cannot consider themselves greater than their message of the One who sent them. The apostles had been authorized by Jesus to share in His work and were required to give an account of their work to Him. Apart from Him, they were nothing more than human beings who were open to allowing Jesus to work through them.

Second Thought of the Day:

“He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” (Matthew10:1)

Jesus was sent to renew the people of Israel. Jesus chose twelve men from the wider group of disciples to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. God began His people Israel with twelve sons of Jacob and twelve tribes.

He began His church with twelve apostles as witnesses to the saving activity of Jesus. The twelve were chosen to present Jesus to Israel through their preaching and healing. They proclaimed that in Jesus the Messianic Age had dawned upon Israel and the world.

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