Tag: turned back
Scripture reading for October 29th: Ezekiel 16-18, John 6
Key Scriptures: John 6:66-71 “After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray Him.”
Jesus had just given His disciples and followers a strong teaching declaring that He was the “Bread of Life” and that His followers would eat His “flesh” and drink His “blood”. He was not advocating cannibalism, but close communion with Him spiritually. At this, many disciples turned away. Jesus asked the “Twelve” about their commitment. It wasn’t that Jesus did not already know their decision. He was well aware that Judas was not a believer but a son of the devil. Because He loved him, Jesus was seeking to draw him to saving faith so that he would not be lost. He did not chase down those who had turned back, however.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You alone have the Words of Life! I trust in You and desire to never turn back. Continue to draw me to You and guide me with Your Word to live out Your truth and share it with others.
Ezekiel 18:21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.”
Scripture reading for April 1st: Luke 22
Key scriptures for over-comers: Luke 22:28-31 “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as My Father conferred one on Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
The disciples had stood by Jesus in his many trials and He promised them great reward! They would receive a ‘kingdom’! They would join Jesus at His table in His kingdom, eating and drinking with Him as His trusted friends! But Simon also received a warning concerning an attack on his faith! Satan would come to sift him and wheat is sifted to separate the grain from the chaff. Jesus promised Simon (Peter) that He personally had prayed for him that his faith would not fail but would hold up in the sifting. He even told him that he would be restored and then he must strengthen his other brothers. This is what is called a ‘word of knowledge’ used by Jesus to strengthen their faith.
Observations for over-comers: Strong faith is required for over-comers. Jesus prays for His disciples and we must strengthen and encourage each other to lay hold of the kingdom! “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.” (Proverbs 12:24)