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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Time Of Christ: Sheep Our Yours Lord

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 17:5-9 KJV
(5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
(6) I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
(7) Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
(8) For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
(9) I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

One of the best places to see Christís humanity is in the garden when he prayed. As I went through Mark in the video section, Christ healing power as well as his humanity is brought forth. The theme of late has been Christ humanity even down to his prophetic stories being reruns from the Old Testament. Though many of Christ stories were new parables they often reflect Old Testament scripture as well as retelling of some in a more modern way for his error. When it came to the garden and Jesus begins to pray, he prays as a teacher or preacher might over the flock of God, yet one difference remains and the fact is that ultimately Jesus is more then just a son but He being Lord. The disciples were His, but given to him to lead. Yet they were of God and his children who God had given because they followed Christ teaching which were Godís word as well. Jesus was and is the Spirit of prophesy and the word that became flesh. Yet he clarifies in this passage both God and His. If nothing more to define for those who would follow in his footsteps, teaching how those that follow belong to them and God.

The worse part of ministry is those that literally will follow you and you being human. Children follow their parents, and teachers. A natural course of learning is to follow someone with experience in faith. Yet some of the worse teachers are people of faith sometimes, because they do not always do as they should. Yet perhaps this too teaches about Godís mercy and grace. Yet it also could be the one things that destroys another walk for a while.

When following Christ one will claim to be willing to go to the cross too until the reality is truly before them. Then the issue might be is it necessary in oour world. The truth is many of us follow not understanding the full cost of what Jesus must bear or the sacrifice one will make to follow Jesus. It is more then just saying no to sin, but saying I will follow despite what others do to me.

I had a friend many years ago after salvation she got very preachy to the point she began to be hated. I remember her coming to me and telling me she not preaching anymore because no one like her that way. She had not learn grace, or the simple sharing as God gave opportunity. The same way her faith began. No one had told her it was hard to be a Christian, preachy or impeach. No one had told her the cross of a believer when one is in a crowd of none believers or those that disrespect people of faith. I was to young to really know about explaining it to her, because simply I had not realized a difference in how I had been treated, based on how young I was upon getting saved. My rebellious years taught me something about faith and how some people treat people of faith. Though most of my friends had respect for the people of faith that was not the issue, it was more how people did not want to hear the truth of God or his mercy at certain times of their life.

The mistake is that to be a believer means not always being in the in crowd when the majority is not of faith. Yet oneís faith is a choice. Jesus going to the cross though a choice, it was also required by both Him and his Father, to teach about paying the price of others. Yet those that hear about God through you have to learn to follow Jesus, because you yourself can not save them. Jesus prayer demonstrates the prophet followers that hear and that are also Godís. Every minister has a flock of sheep, hopefully that flock follows not them, but God and His Son. His Son being not only his word in the flesh, but God himself the second part of the Trinity. Throughout the writing of the four Gospels Christ humanity is shown. The humanity is what man follows in regard to their own walk. Maybe not purposely, but because we understand God knows we are human, and that as we pray and seek him our humanity at times fails, along with our desire to follow religiously and spiritually.

In Christ humanity these people have become ours, and part of our family and friends, yet they following us is a mistake because I can not save them other then my testimony being a light to God and Christ Jesus. Christ humanity, his feelings as human needs to be examined so we know that what we feel and think is normal part of faith. Jesus is Lord, the minister is not, those things must be kept in check.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for showing your Sonís humanity in the garden as he talked to you about the sheep being yours, and they being his also. Though he was more then just your child, but a part of you by being your Word and not just teaching your word, it helps us to know how we need to pray for your people that are dear as family and friends. I ask you to be with friends and family of faith that you will strengthen their call as believers. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Ephesians 3:14-21 KJV
(14) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
(15) Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
(16) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
(17) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
(18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
(19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
(20) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
(21) Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


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