“When we say yes to Jesus, we are transformed first in our spirit.

Last week we began a study of Romans 12, which is a look at how we will conduct ourselves, as we are transformed when we have given ourselves to Christ.  We do not have a rehearsed plan of how we will change when we accept Christ, as Lord.  It just happens from the power of new life that comes into us in the Holy Spirit, and we are born again when we say ‘yes’ to Christ Jesus.

  When the Apostle Paul (who was called Saul at that time) first met Jesus, he was on the way to a place called Damascus, a commercial city that was about 175 miles from Jerusalem.  This was a key center trading place in Syria, and would be where he planned to operate from.  Paul, (Saul,) a young, determined, highly educated, very religious Israelite had declared he was going to stop a movement called “The Way”, that lifted up Jesus.  The Movement had sprung up after Jesus was crucified, and died.  The word was being spread that Jesus had been raised from the dead and transformed after three days in the grave.  It was being spread that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, and was now on the throne as a King in Heaven, and that great and wonderful things were happening to and for those who believed.  Paul did not believe any of this, and was doing everything in his power to kill the whole story through capture, imprisonment, or execution of those who professed to believe.  But all of that changed when the power of the Spirit of Jesus knocked Paul down to the ground, and said to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”  “Who are you Lord?” Saul asked.  “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied. “Now get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”  (Acts 9: 1-6)
Most of us do not have this kind of experience when meeting Jesus, but each of us have one.  In this case, Paul was transformed immediately.  He lost his vision, when he was knocked down to the ground to get his attention.  He was led by the hand to the place where he would learn about what was going on.  He was given a new vision as he received his sight back and was told what his assignment would be in the days to come.  He never looked back.  After a period of time, Jesus took him to Arabia, where He taught Paul personally the things he would need to know to do what he was being called to do.  When Paul returned to Damascus he began to “Preach Jesus”.  The Word began to go forth as Paul quoted those preaching from ‘The Way.’  They said, “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” (Galatians 1:23)
Some will have large transformations, – others may be small, but everyone shall be transformed.  I shall never forget the transformation that took place in me as I received our Lord.  I went to Church that day to ‘join the Church’ because my wife asked me to.  Our daughter was 5, and her Mom wanted her to at least know who Jesus is.  I thought it would probably be good for Business, so I agreed.  I had no trust of Christians from things that had happened in my youth; I thought they were all hypocrites.  But that day, when I said yes to the invitation to accept Jesus as Lord, my spirit was born again, and a transformation began to take place that I could not, then or now, explain.  I have never looked back.  What an amazing journey it has been – I am excited about it every day – I know where it will take me.
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“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2

The definition of the word “transform” from Webster’s is:  ” a change in structure, appearance, or character.”   There are several ways to transform something.  We can change the appearance with a re-model on the outside. We can change the structure, and rooms within.   We have seen people be transformed in appearance with plastic surgery.  We have seen  buildings, vehicles, and many other things be transformed by altering or adding on something, or taking something away; and the list goes on.  All of this is something we can see, and all of it is something that can be changed again.  But the only way a permanent transformation can happen is from the renewing, the transforming of the object, or the person, and sealing the change within by God Himself.

 This is what happens when the transformation of  a true character change takes place.  This is what happens when we are born again after accepting Christ as Lord   We may look the same as before in body, but when we are born again in soul, and spirit, our mind has been renewed; we think differently.  We have been transformed into a new creation.  Old things have passed away – All things have become new within.  Things that were important to us before are not.  Things that were not important to us before take first place in our lives.  We begin a transformation of understanding what is real.  Of what we will use our body, and mind for that we would not even consider doing before.  Things within begin to change.  We are transformed as we begin to ‘grow up’- as our mind is renewed with faith, and truth, and Love.  As we come to realize that Jesus, and all that He is, is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  We come to know the Love of our Abba Father, and the Sweet Holy Spirit, and the Amazing Christ Jesus as we are being transformed by the renewing of our mind.  We become stronger each day as we keep our hearts and minds open to Him, and all that He is.  How blessed we are when we learn that no matter what tries to come against us, victory is ours in Christ.
The enemy is ever trying to take a place in our heart and soul, but as our mind has been renewed, we know without question that he cannot.  No matter what he says, and no matter how it may look. We must remember we are sealed in the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption; and this evil person trying to get in is a liar and a thief.  He will say and try anything to try to convince us he can take over our mind and our body, and we will yield to him.  That was true before we were transformed, but not now.  He knows that, and he is a liar.  Our power to stand against him is in the love of Christ Jesus that is within us.  In that love is where we are to live.  In that love is where sound decisions are made.  In that Love is where we are privileged to live with Him because we have have been transformed to be as One with Him.
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The Gospel, the Good News, as recorded by John, ‘the Disciple whom Jesus loved’. John 21: 20-25

As we conclude this study of the Gospel of John,  I pray that it has been a blessing to you, as it has for me, to walk together with the Apostle John as he recorded his life with Jesus.  We see him called from the life of a Fisherman, and along with James, his brother, devote the rest of his life to Jesus as Fishers of Souls for Him.  He always referred to himself  as “The Disciple whom Jesus loved.”  To my knowledge, he is the only one who called himself that, but I believe that is how we should all see ourselves; for that is truth.  When we accept Christ as Savior and Lord, and become His Disciple, we become a ‘Disciple whom Jesus loves’.(Jesus loves us all, but we are not all His disciples.)  But, back to John, he and James, along with Peter were considered to be among the inner circle of Jesus.  This may have been why he considered himself ‘set apart’, but the fact is we are all ‘set apart’ when we ask Christ to come into our lives, and we become a Temple for His Holy Spirit.  .

In the 4 Gospels in the Word, (the Good News), the Scriptures as we know them, we find a blending of events, sometimes told differently to emphasize that different people see, and hear, different things when telling about an event.  If every word was the same, we would know they were comparing notes instead of just reporting what they saw or heard.  That is why we must read all 4 of the Gospels, and remember there were others written as well, such as Thomas, and different details were included in different writings.  The main thing the Holy Spirit was bringing to surface was the fact the event happened.  Told by the author in different ways brings different details.  As we read them all, we can see a much clearer picture than we would if there was only one account.
I like what one narrator said about John’s writings.  He said, “John provides teachings of Jesus found nowhere else.  This is the most theological of the four Gospels.”   John’s main point as he wrote was to show that Jesus is the true Son of God, and that He was/is the long awaited Messiah. That forgiveness of sins was brought unto us by His blood and death, and resurrection.  John points out that Jesus was and is the bread of life, the water of life, the light of the world, the gate, the door, the great shepherd, the healer, and wonderful counselor.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. That Jesus came that we might have life, and have it abundantly. To Know that All things that came, and all things that will come, came ‘through Him’.  All things come from the Father, and He decreed that all things that have come and will come will be through Christ Jesus as we go forth.  He is our forever Messiah, our Savior,  and intercessor.  He sits on the throne beside Most High. He meets and provides for our every need. He decides what that need is.  He provides unconditional Love,to enjoy and let it pass through Him  He will never leave us or forsake us.  His plans for us are to prosper us – to give us hope and a future here on earth as He teaches us and grows us. When we leave this life, He will escort us to Heaven where we will spend the rest of eternity with Him, and Abba Father, and the Holy Spirit. Thus says the Word,

As The Apostle said, “Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25

Let us share the Gospel of John, and all the Good News written down by those called by the Lord to do so.  Let us share it, and live it with those in our lives as the Lord opens the door to invite us in to tell of His Love, and all that He has done and will do for each of us as we journey on.💚
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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, BELOVEDS OF GOD.

🔔💚📣 Ring the Bell, and Shout out the Good News.  It is celebration time!!!💥

This is the Day the Lord has made; this is the day we honor the Mothers in our lives.  Of course this should be done every day, but today is the Official day on our Calendars.
A Mother is typically of the female gender, but the expression ‘to Mother’ is one who cares for or protects.  As a Mother, this of course can be male or female.  There are ‘Mr. Moms’ who do an exceptional job of Mothering; so as we discuss, and honor Mothers, we honor all who do this remarkable work.
We have all heard and read stories of what ‘the Mother’ has done to protect the young ones they are responsible for.  Of phenomenal strength that comes when needed even to the point of lifting a car off a child, or fighting off incredible danger to save their lives, or of being the one who is left standing with the kids when a home breaks up.  Or in the case of Mother Nature, where it is usually the Mother who provides for the babies until they are ready to go on their own.
In Proverbs 31 the Word says,  The Mother’s children “arise to honor the Mother, and to call the Mother blessed.”  This is how it should be.  Anyone who takes on the role of a Mother, be it the Birth Mother, Adoptive Mother, Step Mother, Foster Mother, or principal Care Taker as some Brothers or Sisters become, should be honored today, and every day.   Filling the role of Mother is a divine role, and the role that effects the one being Mothered above all with the exception of the Father.
We honor all Mothers today, and ask our Lord to bless them in all things, and in all ways.  Bless them in their going out, and in their coming in.  Bless all that they put their hearts and hands to.  May they know they are highly favored because they have been awarded this role; they are unconditionally loved by our God of Love, and all who truly know them.
THANK YOU, MOTHERS.  You represent the Love of The Most High.  YOU ARE THAT LOVE.  💚  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!
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Then Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” John 21: 19

We continue our study of the Gospel of John, picking up at verse 18 of chapter 21.  We find Jesus and Peter and John walking on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  They had just finished dinner.  Jesus had called Peter away from the rest of the Disciples who were there.  John was following behind them, but close enough to hear their conversation.  Jesus had asked Peter three times if he loved Him. This was perhaps because Peter had denied Jesus three times the night Jesus was arrested, and the Lord was giving him a chance to redeem himself, and it could have been because the Lord wanted Peter to think deeply about his words.  What the Lord was about to tell Peter, and ask him to do would require a life commitment.  The Lord said unto Peter:

“Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you  and lead you where you do not want to go.”  Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.  Then He said to him, “Follow Me!”
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the Supper and had asked, “Lord who is going to betray You?”  When Peter saw him he asked, “Lord, what about him?”  Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?  You must follow Me.”  (John 21: 18-22)
Jesus was telling Peter some things about the future that he would experience.  He told Peter that he would live to an old age.  This he did, and became the Leader that Jesus knew he could be, and would be.  He became that Rock that the Gospel, the Good News, streamed from.  Thousands were brought the Good News from him and were saved (Acts 2 , 3, 4.)  He became so powerful he raised people from the dead. He was the first Apostle to receive the news that the Gentiles would receive the Gospel, and operate in grace along with the Jews who believed when he was called to the home of Cornelius, a devout Roman Centurion.  He was the first to know that all things edible were clean when blessed, and prayed over – including pork. . (Acts 9, 10 and 11.) The list goes on.  He lived up to expectations from the Lord. He was the Rock the Lord knew he would be. And tradition says he was indeed crucified, but asked to be crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to go the traditional way as Christ had done.
He followed Jesus – all the way.  He was a Rock. Nothing could shake his faith. He was not afraid, He believed.  He had walked with Jesus. He loved Jesus.  He had denied Jesus.  He came back from his fall.  He lived for Jesus for the world to see.  He died for Jesus for the world to see.  I have no doubt he was received with great celebration in heaven when he was raised from the dead, and got home.
Let us decide to follow Jesus. Let us say yes to His, “Follow Me!”  He has a wonderful journey planned out for us.  He shall walk with us; His Spirit in our spirit.  His Holy Spirit filling us with His unconditional love. The Victory He has won is ours to walk in. Let us follow Him.   He is Good.  Always?  Let us share the Good News, and invite others to follow Him as well.💚
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Jesus said, “Feed my Sheep.” John 21: 15-17

We continue with our study of the Gospel of John.  Picking up at verse 17 of Chapter 21, we read:

“The third time He said to him, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?  Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love Me? Peter replied, ‘Lord, You know all things, you know that I love You.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.”  (John 21: 17)
Last week we discussed the different ways the word Love was expressed as Jesus used it the three times He asked Peter, ‘Do You love Me’; and how the word Love, was used the three times by Peter, as he replied.  This week using the same verses, lets look at the other major part of the replies of Peter, when the Lord asked him, “Do you love Me?, and the beautiful response of Jesus to Peter’s replies.
As we have said, it appears Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him, because of the three times Peter denied being one of His disciples, or even knowing Him the night He was arrested.  This may have been part of the reason, because in this exchange we see Peter step up and come to the full realization that he was still on the Team, and that he was being given an assignment going forward.  Jesus made it clear He wanted Peter to understand there was work to be done, and he was asking him to do it.  He told Peter, the first time:  ‘Feed my lambs.’ A lamb is a baby, and needs special attention.  They have a tendency to wander away since they have not learned to listen to and trust the voice of the Shepherd.  Jesus told Peter the second time to “Take care of My Sheep.”  He was saying even the full grown sheep need special attention from the Shepherd. Take care of them.  On the third time, after Jesus asked, “Do you love?” and  Peter responded, “Lord You know ALL things, You KNOW that I love you.”, Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”  Do what you need to do, just ‘Feed my Sheep .’  Of course the Lord was talking about us. We are His Sheep.
We are His Sheep, but Each of us can grow into Shepherds.  We are given opportunities to help the Lord grow our flocks from Lambs, to Sheep.  We “Feed the Sheep.” by encouraging them to eat the green grass, ‘that is the Word’ and drink the still waters – that is to be filled with the Spirit – and we see them born again – that is transformed from a lamb, to sheep, to a Shepherd.  The transformation is not in the body of course, it is in the Spirit.  In our mind, heart, and soul.  We are here to become.  The Word says,  “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. We are here to be what and where the Lord needs us.  We are here to become, to create, to feed, to grow and develop.  We look to the Lord, and He looks to us to help feed and develop (that is body, spirit, and mind) those He has assigned us to.  We may be a lamb, a sheep, a lead sheep that has the bell around our neck that becomes a shepherd, or whatever we have become in this walk.  In any event, He wants us to look after each other, and help each other become what we were put here to be.  There are times to be fed, there are times to feed others.  We continue to grow in Him as we serve wherever, and whoever we are, at the present time.  Peter grew from a Fisherman to an Evangelist to that Rock he was called to be. He helped change the world.  So it is for us as we love and listen to our Lord Jesus. He is the Word. Let us help Him as we “Feed His Sheep”, and are fed by the Shepherds above us.  As we feed, and are fed, we are transformed by the renewing of our Minds . Let us pray for the world today.  We feed His sheep as we do.
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Jesus asked, “Do you love Me?” John 21: 17

We continue our study of the Gospel of John.  We pick up at verse 15 of Chapter 21.  Jesus and seven of His Disciples were having a meal on the beach by the Sea of Galilee.

“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘You know that I love you.’ Jesus said, Feed my lambs.’   Again, Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love Me?’  He answered, ‘ Yes Lord, You know that I love you.’  Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’  The third time He said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love Me?’  Peter was hurt because Jesus asked Him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’  He said, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love you.’  Jesus said, Feed my sheep.’  (John 21: 15-17)
As you recall, Peter had denied even knowing Jesus on the night Jesus was arrested. Peter was filled with love and devotion at the Passover Supper, and felt that he would die for our Lord if necessary to show his love.  He was sincere, but Jesus told Peter that ‘he would deny Him three times that night before the cock crows.’  This happened, and Peter was in tears over it.  He could not believe he had done that.  But Jesus knew Peter’s heart, and knew that he would stand beside Him at the next opportunity, and what the Lord wanted to do was to show Peter that He believed in him.  Peter had denied Jesus three times that night.  Jesus asked him to examine himself three times as He said, “Do you love Me?” to clear the air, and start fresh.  The first two times, Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him,  He used the greek word ‘Agape’ for Love.  Agape means ‘a self-sacrificial love- I give All that I am to you to you kind of Love.’. The third time the Lord asked Peter, “Do you love Me.” He used the greek word  ‘Phileo’, signifying affection, affinity, brotherly love. Jesus was asking ‘are you really my Friend?  Do you want to walk with Me loving Me without reservation because you enjoy being with Me..’ Each time Peter replied with the word translated into ‘Phileo”   He had to examine himself, and realize he had not totally given all that he was to the Lord. Peter loved Him, he wanted to be with Him, but for what Jesus had in mind for him, Peter needed to give all that was – that self-sacrifing kind of love that says, “I am ALL IN.”
Peter made that decision.  We know that from the way he became a great Leader.  From the way we see the anointing that was upon him as he preached the Word on the day when about 3,000 accepted Christ as Savior. (Acts 2: 41)  The Lord had made the following comment unto Peter, after Peter had identified Jesus as Messiah: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of 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. Peter had been given special gifts, as have each of us. He did not realize how he would use those gifts until he came to know who he really was in Christ.  Let that be so for each of us. Let us open all that we are to our Lord. Let us receive His Agape Love, and return it as Agape Love.  Let there be no doubt if the Lord says, “Do you Agape Me?” that our answer will be a sincere, ‘Yes, Lord, I Agape you with all my heart.”  May our life reflect that every day.  💚
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“Happy Resurrection Day.” Rev 1:17-18

Happy Resurrection Day, my Brothers and Sisters.  Happy Easter.

Though we cannot assemble to worship due to the coronavirus, those who believe will still celebrate somewhere today, and give praise to our Lord of Love. This was the day life was changed for Mankind.  This was the day the New Covenant of Grace was brought to life.   Jesus is Grace.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is our unmerited Love. He lives.
As Jesus traveled with His Disciples, and taught them about the Law, and the way it had been taken over by man, He taught about Grace – who He is. The Word says in (John 1:14,) “He came from the Father, full of Grace, and Truth.”  He taught that He is truth.  He taught that He is Grace.  But the Jews rejected grace and refused the truth of it  This is why they wanted to kill Him. Jesus knew that, and so He tried to tell His Disciples what was to happen.  In (Mark 9: 31-32,) we see these words:  “He said to His disciples, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after three days He will rise.’  But they did not understand what He meant and were afraid to ask Him about it.”
What DID He mean about it?  Why Was there a Resurrection?  There were reasons in Heaven, and on Earth.  There were reasons in Spirit, and Soul, and Body.  Jesus was destined to Rule, and to spend time on the throne of Grace until this world as we know it is changed. Before He went back to Heaven to assume that role, He was to ensure there was no doubt as to who He is.  He did that by showing Himself dying on a cross for our sins providing grace for all who will believe in Him.  He showed Himself staying in a grave for three days, and then being given a new body to walk out in.  He worked with His Disciples 40 more days after the resurrection before He left them to carry on.  John says, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.  (John 21:25.)  And then He went to sit at the right hand of our Abba Father on the Throne of Grace.
When John encountered Jesus later as John was brought up from the Island of Patmos on the Lord’s Day in the Spirit, Jesus told John,  “I am the first and the last, I am the living One; I was dead and behold I am alive forever and ever.  And I hold the keys of death and hades.” (Revelation 1:17-18)  We know what He did for us, what happened during the time of death on the cross as Father put upon Him our sins, and after that as detailed in (Ephesians 4:8-10) as He took the keys and set the captives free from the depths and led them back to Heaven.  Death could not hold Him.  It is Love, and Grace, and Truth that empowers Him.  So it is for us. He LIVES as do we in Him. Happy Resurrection Day!!!💚
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“This was now the third time Jesus appeared to His Disciples after He was raised from the dead.”

We continue our study of the Gospel of John. Picking up at verse 12 of Chapter 21, we see and hear the words of Jesus as recorded by John.

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’  None of the Disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are You?’  They knew it was the Lord.  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.  This was the third time Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.” John 12 – 14.

Obviously things were different after the death and resurrection of the Lord. The whole world had changed, but Jesus had not; “For He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Obviously the Lord looked different. His old body had been destroyed by beatings, and crucifixion and laying in the grave 3 days.  But Father had given Him a new body that could do fantastic things.  He could and did appear, and disappear as He did when He first appeared to them after His resurrection.  He could walk through walls, and closed doors .  He could and did eat as He joined His disciples before, and now was there for breakfast with them.  He did things that only a Spirit could do, but also did things that only a person of flesh could do.  This was all by design – as was the case in everything He did.  This was to show us the kind of body we shall have when we get to heaven, and what we shall be able to do.

This was the third time the Lord appeared to His Disciples, so clearly He was doing things other than spending all of His time with them.  We are told in Acts that He spent 40 days after His resurrection before He went to bodily stay in Heaven.  I feel He spent a great deal of time with His Mother, and Brothers, and Sisters since there was a complete turn around for them as shown in the writings of His brothers James, and Jude.  We are not told this, but the results are what we have.  So it is with everything, and everyone He touched.  Life changing.
So it is with each of us when we have an experience with Him. My life was changed forever when He came to me as I know yours was as well.  Each of us had different experiences.  Each of us have a gift to use, and a mission to complete while we are here.  Being human, we often fail at these things, but the Good News is He never gives up on us.  He keeps coming back, and giving us opportunities to grow as He did with Peter.  We will look at that meeting next week which went on right after the Breakfast they were eating.
Have a wonderful week.  Though we are going through a dark stretch in our world right now, this too shall pass.  Let us pray for the needs of all, and  give praise and thanks to our Lord Jesus that He is with us through it all.  Let us be ever mindful of how He loves us unconditionally, and that He is with us always.  💚
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“It is the Lord.” John 21: 7

We continue our study of the Gospel of John.  Picking up at verse 7, chapter 21, we hear and read the words of the Apostle as he writes:

“Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”  As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off), and jumped into the water.  The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.  When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”  So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore.  It was full of large fish,153, but even with so many the net was not torn.  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”  None of the disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are you?  They knew it was the Lord.”  (John 21: 7-12)
We walk in a turbulent time today.  Something has happened in our world that we do not understand.  Thousands and thousands are becoming ill, and thousands are dying from this coronavirus that seemed to come from no where, and that in a matter of weeks has multiplied to be in all of the world.  Some predict that millions will be infected and that millions may die from it.  This we do not know, it is in the Lord’s hands.  We know that God is Good, always, and does not bring that which is bad upon His children; but as the Word teaches in Job, He does permit things to happen that He will use to teach, and ultimately bring Good from.  The Good News is as given in Romans, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose.”  (Romans 8:28) We are in the midst of something incredibly bad if we focus on the horror of it.  But if we live in expectation of something good that God will bring to those who love Him, we live in His Peace as we wait upon Him to reveal it.  He is with us in all things.
Such was the case for the Lord’s disciples in our scripture today.  They were in the midst of a time that brought confusion, now and in what lay ahead.  But then the Lord appeared, and through normal circumstances – like having breakfast with them – He showed them He was with them. As they listened to Him, He told them where to go, and what to do receive what they were looking for. He was there to Fellowship with them, and to reassure them, and also to talk to Peter.  Purpose.  He always has purpose.
Let us go forth and do what is necessary at the moment.  Let us do what we need to do going forward in faith and trust in Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Let us walk with Him blessed in His Perfect Peace, and Unconditional Love, knowing that good shall ultimately come, and we shall see it, and say :”It is the Lord.”💚
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