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I am your host Christina Farris coming live from turtle30cshell home. Today is November 11, 2016. Today message is entitled:
Faith In Stages
Today scripture reading comes from:|
Mark 8:22-38 KJV
Jesus asked the disciples who he was, but the truth of the matter he was showing them how the people believed that he was a good man, a prophet and teacher. Jesus then asked his disciples who they believed He was. Peter spoke and said the Christ. Christ means anointed. Did Peter understand anymore then the crowd. Only that Jesus had a special task from God to do. Was it more then a prophet, did Peter understand. Jesus began to talk about his death and resurrection and Peter rebuked him. Peter did not understand the purpose God had anointed Jesus to fulfill. He understood not that he Jesus would have to die to rise again. Perhaps he knew and understood there would be resurrection for judgment but he did not understand the resurrection that Christ spoke about. The resurrection that brought eternal life. The resurrection that must come to bring hope to all of eternal life in heaven with God. Peter was growing in faith in stages. He and the other disciples did not fully grasp all Jesus spoke. The human instinct to protect was Peter. Not understanding Jesus had to die to be resurrected and have victory over the grave.
Jesus went on to say one had to be willing to take up his cross and follow after Jesus. What does that entail going about doing good, caring for people and teaching about God and the Holy Spirit. To teach about Jesus. To tell of his love for man and that He died loving mankind. To show compassion for another is a risk one must take. If one walks by the Spirit of God the love one shows is more then just the normal means of compassion, but going the extra mile to help even if it at risk to oneself to show the love of God. Common sense sometimes has to be put into play here, and then other times it about self sacrifice for the sake of another. It being on a housetop in a flood and only room in a boat for one more person. Do you send the person that sitting with you or claim that seat for yourself. You might live to see another boat and then you might not. Spiritually the person you has the opportunity to share Christ with might be fixing to drown. Do you risk sharing Christ or do you shut your mouth once more. Never fear sharing Christ and his love for mankind. Never be afraid to put a person in the boat of safety while you are standing on the roof not sure if the next boat is heaven or ark to dry land. Either way you are saved, what about the person sitting beside you in a class, work, or a bus. What about the person in store or doctor's office. Always ask of God how can I minister today. Be like the blind man needing two healings. One to have the hope of faith and then result of faith fully come. Ask God to give you the faith to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus. Take each step of faith in stages. Understanding you will one day understand more clearly then you do even now.