Scales

July 24, 2016

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SCALES

The poignant moment of messianic unveiling took place at Caesarea Philippi, when Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do the crowds say that I am?” (Luke 9:18). The disciples told Jesus the scuttlebutt of the mobs: “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Finally Jesus put the question to His inner core of disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” Peter replied with fervency, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:14–16).

 Jesus’ response to Peter’s confession is pivotal to the New Testament understanding of the identity of Christ. Jesus replied: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (v. 17). Jesus pronounced His benediction on the one to whom God had revealed His true identity. He acknowledged that Peter’s recognition of His identity was correct. It had not been gleaned from an examination of external manifestations; rather, Peter had recognized Jesus because the scales had been removed from his eyes by the revelation from God the Father.

Do you have friends or loved ones or even co-workers that have not responded to your sharing the gospel with them?

You bought little gospel tracts, evangelistic books, looked up passages to answer their questions, all to no avail.

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

Unless the scales are lifted from their eyes, unless spiritually they are renewed, it is God, the Holy Spirit that opens spiritually blind eyes and softens hearts of stone.

That doesn’t mean you give up, I’ve lost track of how many 85 plus years of age people I’ve led to the Lord. It is always His time not ours. I lead a real scoundrel to the Lord one day at 97 years of age. He sat there and wept; at first I thought it was tears of joy but it didn’t feel right. I asked him what was wrong and his response was; “I’ve all my years when I could have been serving God, wasted.”

Remember the scripture says that the spirit will give us the right words at the right time. You just have to be willing.

Blessings from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for willie, a life of drinking and carousing and he’s wondering now about the condition of his soul. For the first time he seems to genuinely be curious about the Lord.

Pray for Doug, stage four cancer and has fought and railed against God his whole life and now lies dying. He still won’t’ talk about Jesus or his soul. His whole family is wonderfully saved and serving God in ministry but not him.

Pray for Lillie, 22 years of age and woke up today in someone else’s car in the back seat and realizes she blacked out from drinking. It was worse when she realized she had no phone, no id, and wasn’t even in the right town.

Thank you to all of those that faithfully pray for our folks.

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