The scripture for today is Matthew 16:13-20, NIV.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Phillipi, he asked his disciples,"Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
"But what about you?" he asked. " Who do you say I am?"
Simon Peter said," You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
Jesus replied, “Blessed be Simon bar Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by the Father in Heaven. And I tell you you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. " Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
Wow, can you imagine that scene. I often feel like Peter. I say things that I wish I could take back. Peter often made huge claims about his love for Jesus only to goof it up by a stupid action. I can't even begin to count the times in my life I have done that. But There Was Jesus. That is my latest love song to Jesus. It is done by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton. No matter what trouble you got into, THERE WAS JESUS. He makes it all better.
Our world is in a great mess, but what can we expect. We kicked GOD out of everything in our lives. Schools, courts, churches, life. He said OK, let's see how you like it, but stays in the background to help you when your plans fail.
I am getting better in my latter years to try to keep Jesus First in my life. I am waiting for Him to decide to take me home. We are in a great divide in our society. I can see anarchy on the horizon. Then I remember that Jesus is right by my side, no matter what.
It is time to get into really reading your bibles and making a decision on which side you are going to be. The world as we know it now or on the side of Jesus. it won't be easy. but you will be walking with Jesus all the way. Remember, He is the Christ, the Son of David (Messiah), the Living Lord.
Whatever you do here will be done in Heaven. We have to stand up for Jesus....NOW.
Lord, help us to draw closer to you and make the right decisions in life.
Frances Torgerson firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – That we can please make Jesus part of our society again!
Alt: Psalm 138----Isaiah 51: 1-6----Romans 12:1-8 Read them all, it will be a blessing