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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 26, 2022
Fellowship With Christ

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

John 21:1-16 KJV
1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

When you dine with Jesus you get meat and bread and fellowship of faith. When you start your morning devotion, either reading this site or some other source, hopefully always Bible include in your devotions, or quiet mediation at the minimum talking to Jesus in private prayer, you can guarantee you will have food to eat of his word. Something to meditate on or something to ponder in otherwords. Something for the human soul to feast upon. Jesus is calling his disciples to physical nourishment and to spiritual manna and meat. Both are need for the journey. Our daily nourishment of food from God is important and knowing whether it from God or not is important too. Anyone can post a devotion but not every meditation is of God. Beware of what you read, hear and speak about God. Do not play the monkey see monkey do game. Unless it to hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil. If you reshare something make sure you have examined it yourself whether it be of God or not. Examine it with your whole heart, mind and soul. Just an add warning to readers of scripture, material often not selected by a church group you might be attending and so forth. Even closely examine material you receive in your church. If you are spiritually minded see if it lines up with what should be the orignal source of scripture, sometimes it just might not. Or the author is seeing something that perhaps does not fit in to your think even if it correct and your thinking is correct. What I am saying pray over examine it and ask it be of God. Do rely on source that can change as fast as man, Scripture is the oldest possible text that is still Spirit called manuscript known to man, yet it compares nothing to all God can speak to the heart about, but it is a best test line of what going through our hearts, mind and soul available in a physical format. A work of God's relationship with men of faith and opposition. An inherent story of faith. We might not be eating on the fresh word of Jesus as the disciples were able to in regards to dining over a meal and talking to Jesus in a physical way, but we still talk to Jesus through prayer and mediation.

Back on target of the message, the disciples were dining with Jesus both physically and spiritual after the cross and resurrection. Jesus comes passing by like he always did and calls to his friends, his disciples. Peter hearing the voice knew who was as they cast their nets to the other side of the ship and began to pull hundreds of fish in. Leaving all behind he jumps in the water to go to Jesus. He the first one there and there is a meal waiting on them. Yet all the fish were in the net. Scripture does not say where the fish on the barbecue came from. Was it writen out of order, I think not. It shows something Jesus already had meat for the disciples on shore, the meat they carry was for those who also would be gathering to eat. Of course scripture does not say anything about other people dining with Jesus that day, but Jesus always drew a crowd.

Jesus tells Peter to feed his sheep(congregation), Sheep again(the followers of Christ adults) and then he says to feed the lambs(the babes in Christ). To nourish all three groups in his word. He was telling them to take what he gave them for food and feed the people. There was plenty of food to eat.

We get caught up in the physical it sometimes hard to see the spiritual meaning of God's word. There is a lot of spiritual meat if you apply it. Like Peter it was frustrating for Jesus to repeatly be asked if he loved him, because he did. It was not hearing the feed my sheep. Peter had been out fishing and about his work and not about the flock of God's people. Jesus was preparing them to feed the sheep spiritually, though they knew how physically. Often we know how to care for someone else physical needs, but do you know how to spiritually feed a person spiritual needs. The answer is though we feed them physically, and provide spiritual lessons, the Holy Spirit is the one that speaks to the soul.

Jesus when talking to Peter in Matthew he wanted to know who he believed he was, after hearing what the crowd said about him by Peter. Is there a difference in Peter view and the worlds view. There was. Jesus believed Jesus to be the Christ and this was before the resurrection and the cross. What the importance of this, Jesus told him the Holy Spirit was the one that told him who Jesus was. I can type out a devotion every day, so can many other men and women in ministry, yet what they can not do is convince someone who Christ is, the words spoken that one receives might come from the minister, but it the Holy Spirit that speaks directly to your heart. I am just a person like you, I am not God and only Jesus was and is the Messiah, the word of God, King of kings and Lord of all. I can show you many things about who Jesus is, but unless you believe personally, and receive what God speaks to your heart of who he is, you will never believe. You might think you feed someone spiritually because you can quote and understand a few Bible verses, but until Christ gets a hold of your heart you will never feed anyone and in truth neither will I, because I believe the true sower of God's word is His Spirit, that speaks to all of us. Some reject the Spirit of God and others embrace the Spirit of God. Your choice to receive the truth of God's word and to feed his Sheep. To receive who Jesus truly is as the Son of God and Messiah to the world.

Dear Heavenly Father teach us that we can teach other your word in truth and in faith. That you will you will provide both the manna and the meat of your word for us to share with others. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Continual Scripture Study: Matthew 16:13-18 KJV
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.


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