Peter: And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison and to death. And he said: I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. (Luke 22:34).
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
Here we have the most dedicated of the Apostles saying he will follow the Lord without a doubt. However, Yeshua looks within Peter’s heart and informs him there will be three denials before the cock crows the next morning. The questions the Holy Spirit is showing to ask goes as follows: How deep do you believe your commitment to Yeshua runs in you? How well do you know Yeshua personally? How close is your walk to the spoken commitment? Which of the ten maidens with oil are you? It’s easy to proclaim, however when the chips are down where will you be? Remember you’re up against who was considered the best (Peter) whose stated commitment was measured and fell short.
I was sent this video which I firmly believe reveals the state of our modern day churches, undoubtedly not Yeshua’s Assemblies (In case you’re wondering historians verify there were no churches the early followers were known as Believers and gathered in Assemblies). I believe it personifies the Three Denials being issued by those in the Worldly Churches following their god of love.
The caption which accompanied this video “Now I realize why we need to search out scriptures for ourselves. I never could understand and get why until I saw this video experiment.” Randy P. I wonder how many others might confess this hole in their walk.
I am inserting what represents my first article of the ongoing series of articles, which I used to initiate this revealing journey, it was published June 14, 2017. I firmly believe God is, with all His love and compassion for us, again calling out to us. The video in a small way identifies the why, and the real condition of those He is reaching out to.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father in humility we come before your throne, asking for you to search our hearts and reveal the true state of our journey. The true position, we hold with Yeshua within our personal relationship. Bring our weaknesses forward to be identified, show us our vulnerabilities to temptations, fill us with humility so we might accept your findings. Bring forward the depth of our Integrity and wisdom of our determination in demonstrating ourselves as humble, meek, servants committed to your service. Bring into our lives the secrets of heaven, that we might be emboldened to serve with all of our hearts, our minds, and most of all our Spirit and Soul. This we pray in your name Yeshua, Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
“Ye are they which justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. (Luke” 16:15) So, where do you fit in this declaration by our Lord? There it is in plain English God knows your heart and so do you. Now, the previous article “THE SACRIFICE” Published July 25, 2018, becomes even clearer, the role our sacrifices play in our current walk. The article “TRUTH WILL BE EVIL, LIES WILL BE TRUTH,” Published June 14, 2018, revealed there were two options to choose from who it is we will follow if it’s God then follow Him. If it’s Baal, then follow him. It clearly showed there was no middle there is no room for complacency or altering the commitment to make it easier to be a part of. Once your choice is made if with God, then be the best at it, if with Baal then be in fear of what your choice will determine your just rewards will bear as fruit in the end.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) commentary on Luke 16:15. “The true riches signify spiritual blessings; and if a man spends upon himself, or hoards up what God has trusted to him, as to outward things, what evidence can he have, that he is an heir of God through Yeshua? The riches of this world are deceitful and uncertain. Let us be convinced that those are truly rich, and very rich, who are rich in faith, and rich toward God, rich in Christ, in the promises; let us then lay up our treasure in heaven, and expect our portion from thence.“
“Our Lord added a solemn warning,” Ye cannot serve God and the world, so divided are the two interests. When our Lord spoke thus, the covetous Pharisees treated his instructions with contempt. But he warned them, that what they contended for as the law, was a wresting of its meaning: this our Lord showed in a case respecting divorce. There are many covetous sticklers for the forms of godliness, who are the bitterest enemies to its power and try to set others against the truth.
The design of Yeshua in giving himself for us, is, that he may purchase to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and true belief is the most durable bond of friendship. Here are earnest exhortations to several Believers duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and commitment is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves.
Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with mean things here. Those who cannot be so, would not be content though God raised their condition. Adam was in paradise, yet not contented; some angels in heaven were not contented; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content. Believers have reason to be contented with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promises; “I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee.”
The professed love of Believers to each other should be sincere, free from deceit, and insignificant and deceitful compliments. Depending on Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and delight in whatever is kind and useful. We must not only do that which is good, but we must cleave to it. All our duty towards one another is summed up in one word, love. This denotes the love of parents to their children; which is more tender and natural than any other; unforced, unconstrained. And love to God and man, with zeal for the gospel, will make the wise Believer diligent in all his worldly business, and in gaining superior skill. God must be served with the spirit, under the influences of the Holy Spirit. He is honored by our hope and trust in him, especially when we rejoice in that hope.
The last verse suggests what is not easily understood by the world; that in all strife and contention, “Those who seek revenge, are conquered, and those who choose to forgive are conquerors.” Be not overcome of evil. Learn to defeat ill designs against you, either to change them or to preserve your own peace. He that has this rule over his spirit is better than the mighty. God’s children may be asked whether it is not sweeter to them than all earthly good, that God so enables them by his Spirit, thus to feel and act.
Believers must avoid a useless expense, and be careful not to contract any debts they have not the power to discharge. They are also to stand aloof from all venturesome speculations and rash engagements, and whatever may expose them to the danger of not rendering to all their due. Do not keep in any one’s debt. Give every one his own. Do not spend that on yourselves, which you owe to others. But many who are very sensible of the trouble, think little of the sin, of being in debt. Love to others includes all the duties of the second table. The last five of the ten commandments are all summed up in this royal law, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; with the same sincerity that thou lovest thyself, though not in the same measure and degree. He that loves his neighbor as himself will desire the welfare of his neighbor. On this is built that golden rule, of doing as we would be done by. Love is a living, active principle of obedience to the whole law. Let us not only avoid injuries to the persons, connections, property, and characters of men; but do no kind or degree of evil to any man, and study to be useful in every station of life.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
Throughout this article, we are shown the two sides of our walk and commitment, what is revealed are the different situations by which we unwittingly deny Yeshua. The second side is like Peter, our commitment is known to Yeshua measured and noted. Even though Peter denied knowing Yeshua three times he was continually blessed with wisdom discernment and the courage to demonstrate his love and devotion to Yeshua and demonstrated his relationship, he never fell short in his commitment. Through Peter’s demonstration, we are able to recognize the compassion our Father has for us as well determination we will see His light and forgiveness.
This does not give us permission to sin or fall away from truth and our journey learning how to share God’s saving grace. Our aim must be like Paul, who learned to be content in every state, in any state, to be content. Yeshua offers us the ultimate promise “I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee.” What more can we ask for, as in this realm we have Yeshua’s precious gift of His presence assured? This article reveals there are many pitfalls we will encounter which represent our denials of Yeshua. But we now know who it is picking us up and dusting us off and reassuring us there is a special victory waiting for us at the end of this journey.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father, thank you for your steadfastness in maintaining your promise of being with us to the end. Thank you, Lord, for reaching down through the Holy Spirit to lift us when we are downed by the enemy. Thank you for advancing our understanding of our journey that it allows us to shine your light on this world. We honor those heavenly gifts shared with us and the instruction from the Holy Spirit on how to use them. We thank you, Lord, for the knowledge to recognize who and what our enemy attempting to achieve. This we pray in Yeshua’s name Amen and Amen.
Remember these articles are just messages of a humble, obedient Servant called to be a Watchman sounding the Trumpet to make the flock aware. God’s blessings to those who hear the Trumpet. And know true messengers cannot be delegated they must have the spirit of God in them as Peter did when, with eyes full of heavenly light and heart glowing with sacred fire, declared Yeshua, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!” May God bring blessings to all who walk in the name of Yeshua as Adopted children. “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; (For we walk by faith, not by sight). We are confident, I say, and willing rather be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” (2Corinthians 5:6-8)