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Why Cannot I follow thee Now?

24-5-16

“Peter said unto Him, Lord, why cannot I follow Thee now?” John 13:37

There are times when we cannot understand why cannot do what we want to do. Of course, we assume we know how to do and what’ll happen? But, do we really know the consequences of our panic actions? No.

So what to do?

When God brings the blank space, see that we do not fill it in, but wait. The blank space may come in order to teach us what sanctification means, or it may come after sanctification to teach us what service means. Never run before God’s guidance. If there is the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt-don’t.

In the beginning we may see clearly what God’s will is-the severance of a friendship, the breaking off of a business relationship, something you feel distinctly before God is His will for you to do, never, never do it on the impulse of that feeling. If you do, you will end in making difficulties that will take years of time to put right. Wait for God’s time to bring it around and He will do it without any heartbreak or disappointment. When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move.

Peter did not wait on God; he forecast in his mind where the test would come, and the test came where he did not expect it. “I will lay down my life for Thy sake.” John 13:37 (impulsive reply)

Peter’s declaration was honest but ignorant.

“Jesus answered him….The cock shall not crow, till though hast denied Me three times.” John 13:38 (solicitous reply)

This was said with a deeper knowledge of Peter than Peter had of himself. He could not follow Jesus because he did not know himself, of what he was capable.

Natural devotion may be all very well to attract us to Jesus, to make us feel His fascination, but it will never make us disciples. Natural devotion will always deny Jesus somewhere or other.

Self realization is the key to faith.

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Love Perfected

God's love

“No man has at any time (yet) seen God. But if you love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!” 1John 4:12

Do you know that love is intended to flow to us and then through us? It begins with God’s love for us and is brought to completion when we learn to love one another. Being able to love is a process that I believe God has put in place, and it involves four steps.

First, God gives His love to us.

Next, we accept and receive that love.

Third, we love God in return.

And fourth, we allow God’s love to flow through us to other people.

Thus the love circle is perfected. A continuous flow. Without all four steps, love is incomplete, so let’s look at each one of them a bit more closely.

The first step is God’s love for us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

It all starts with Him, and it begins with the fact that He loves us unconditionally.

The second step is for us to respond to God’s love.

The only proper response is to receive God’s love, knowing it’s something He freely gives, not something we can earn or otherwise secure for ourselves. His love is in us, it is ours, and we will learn that loving ourselves properly is God’s will.

The third step is to give our love to God.

This includes worshipping Him with our life, spending time in His presence, studying and honoring His Word, praying, praising Him, and expressing gratitude to Him. Of course, the ultimate way we show God that we love Him, according to His words, is to obey Him.

“If you love me, keep my commands”. John 14:15

The fourth step in love being perfected in us is to let it flow through our life to the people around us. The spirit of God will lead us and prompt us to do things that will demonstrate love to the people around us.

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