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Stay Woke! Keep Watch. Remain Vigilant. Watch out for Judases and Peters.

Stay Woke JoaynnStay woke! Who is your Judas, your Peter? Ones who have betrayed you or those who have denied you? Were you surprised by the betrayal or the denial? Did it hurt your heart? Were you disappointed in those who say they are devoted to Christ but their claims are meaningless when they are tested in the ordeal of persecution?

I ask these questions because inquiring minds want to know. How do you handle a Judas or a Peter in your life when you least expect it and are surprised by it?

God never ceases to amaze me. For some reason as I woke to begin my daily Bible reading in the Book of Luke, Chapter 22, I was led to Mark 14, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The Servant. As I’m reading the chapter, I noticed some similarities to the conversation I had with God moments earlier. I had a revelation. After my talk with God, I had a revelation and said out loud, “Stay Woke. Keep your eyes open. Don’t be surprised when people show you who they are. Believe them.”

Let me digress. When I woke this morning I started talking to God. I explained to him the difficulty I am having with the element of surprise. Because I don’t like surprises. I don’t deal well with it. I want to know everything there is to know right in that moment and not be surprised by anything. I explained to him how disappointed I am in people who surprise me when they show me who they are and I don’t want to believe it because of who I think they are when fooled by who they really are.

For the past five days I rose 3:00 am or 4:00 am in the morning wondering, asking God, “Why am I woke this early?! Today, I learned he was trying to tell me something. I wasn’t paying attention because my mind was heavily focused on the past event of the untimely passing of my father two and half weeks ago, of which I was surprised by. Just as I was with the untimely passing of my mother 2+ years ago. And there it was, the element of “Surprise” staring me in my face. It occurred to me God is dealing with me in this area. Okay God. I’m paying attention.

In this life there will be some Judases and Peters who will either betray you at your most vulnerable stage when you are going through what seems insurmountable to overcome or they will deny you in times of great stress only to leave you vulnerable to temptation. Even when your spirit is willing, but your body is weak (Mark 14:38).

Good news! Jesus explains in Mark 14:33 – 38; 40, 41 how to resist. “Keep watch – stay awake and be morally vigilant. Pray to God – this is how you maintain vigilance. Seek support of friends and loved ones – this is how you build up your resistance and help others. Focus on the purpose God has given you – this is how you do God’s will and not your own.” That’s some great advice!

Nothing in this life should surprise you. No circumstance, situation, person, place, or thing. When the surprise comes, even if your spirit is willing and the flesh may be weak, don’t fall into the trap of temptation. Don’t let the element of surprise fool you. Stay focused. Keep your mind right. Do as Jesus taught you. Pray to God. Seek friends and loved ones who support you. Accept it for what it is and move on. It’s life.

Surprises are part of the process. So are disappointments. Don’t become consumed by it. You may become overwhelmed when in distress or stressed.

STAY WOKE, KEEP WATCH, REMAIN VIGILANT!

Be blessed! – JD

Mark 14: 37 “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (NIV)

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The Wisdom of God is Jesus – Don’t Be Afraid to Share the Gospel

wpid-img_20140520_154457.jpgWe cannot be afraid to share the gospel with fear of hurting someone’s feelings. We perish from lack of knowledge. The wisdom of God is Jesus.

When the Holy Spirit dwells in us, it can be hard to not tell others God’s truth. Not to convince them to believe but to help them believe. The gospel is God’s truth.

God gives us all the instructions we need in His Word to live a life righteous and holy. As believers, we are to impart godly wisdom and knowledge without ever being ashamed to tell the Good News of the gospel.

If God had not sent you through the trial, would you have known it was his grace that brought you through? If you stayed stuck in your past and had not visited it, would you have known God’s mercy kept you?

How can you not want to share the good news of Jesus Christ? How can you not want to tell someone else about Jesus so they can experience the love of God and be guided by His principles to experience a better life?

The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news! It is a message of hope for everyone. The gospel is for everyone. It is because of the gospel, through the power of God, those who believe in Christ may be saved (Romans 10:9). It is a message that can give you life, transform, and save. Our desires are removed and replaced with God’s. We desire to do His will and good works. That’s good news!

“Before we can walk in newness of life, we must die to sin. Just as the resurrection gives us Christ’s power to live for him, his crucifixion marks the death of our old sinful nature. We can’t know the victory of the resurrection without personally applying the crucifixion.” (Philippians 3:10)

Keep this as a guiding principle: Live your life in such a way, that God’s love permeates your motives that all you do will be for his glory. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6).” He prepared a place for us.  Because he lives, we also live. Rejoice!

The wisdom of God is Jesus. Don’t be afraid to share the good news with others. Tell somebody about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t be ashamed of the gospel.

Be blessed! -JD

Philippians 3:10 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (NIV)

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