Do You Love Jesus
John 21:15 – “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’ ”
Take note that Jesus did not ask Peter if he was a gifted speaker. Jesus did not ask Peter is he was a talented leader. Jesus did not find enquire about Peter’s seminary training or Bible knowledge. These things are important but they are not the issue. The issue is quite simple. The essential quality you need is found in Jesus’ question, “Do you love Me?”
Three times Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Note that Jesus asked Peter this question before giving Peter the commission to shepherd His sheep. Jesus wanted Peter and us to know that the main force for lasting, enduring success, achievement, prosperity is loving Him above all else. The love for Christ is central or the main thing; all else is peripheral.
Too often, we think that the primary requirement for serving God is the gift of spoken language, oratory, great talent, high qualifications or impressive academic credentials. Peter and the other disciples were ordinary fishermen from a lowly part of the country. They were nobodies till Jesus called them.
This means there is hope for you whether you are educated or not, whether you are a farmer or a professor. Stop talking about your limited education and start loving Jesus! Stop complaining that everyone in the family is poor. Stop repeating stories of those who failed you. Stop pointing your finger at the economy. Stop meditating on your flaws or weaknesses. If you hope to accomplish anything good in the future, it will only be because of your love for Jesus. The main requirement for making a difference for Jesus is being in love with Him.
– Prophet T.B. Joshua
CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WITH CARE
Do not be deceived. There are four categories of people in our life and these are:
People that add to our lives by helping our faith to grow and bring us closer to God thereby.
People that subtract from our lives by pulling us out of faith and removing our minds from the things of God.
People that divide our lives by coming around you as parasites only to divert or derail our focus from God.
People that multiply our lives by helping us to water the seed in your life for your future abundance.
Each relationship you have will either affect you positively or negatively.
Proverbs 13:20 says it all; ‘Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people you will be destroyed’.
Find what God has to say
“Many today have ignorantly changed the course of events in their lives without finding out what God says about it. Why? Because they are afraid of the pain and suffering they would go through in the course of their trials. God sometimes uses disappointment to achieve His purpose in our lives. Consider the case of Peter at the seaside after the fruitless effort all night. Imagine the disappointment that could have been written all over his face as he washed his empty net by the riverside. Little would he have known that his failure to catch fish that night was meant to preserve him for a new level in life. Were he to catch fish early enough, he would have gone home earlier, thus missing the Saviour who would change the course of his life forever (Luke 5:1-11).
“From my personal experience for instance, many things I went through eventually turned out to be necessary conditions for the grace of God in my life today. Which area will I mention? Is it my circumstance of birth, parentage, education, lean finances? All these were sufficient to make any other person seek shortcuts in order to change the course of events. Assuming I allowed my situation to dictate my direction, I would have been tempted to seek a shortcut and thus change the divine plan in my life. From what you see in my life today, certainly there was an unseen hand directing the affairs of my life, then and now.”
– Prophet T.B. Joshua
“As a Christian, your situation is only a weapon God is using to preserve you, to prepare you for the challenges ahead, to reform you for a better position in Christ or to keep you for a new level in life. Remember as Christians, whatever level we find ourselves, we believe the best is yet to come.
“Don’t despair! Unfavourable circumstances are the arguments satan uses to make people of God question their sonship. He aims to shake our faith and nothing more. For example, a situation where you begin to lament, murmur, complain, whine and question your faith in the presence of others, instead of honouring God before men as Daniel did.
“Ask Daniel and he would tell you what happened in the lion’s den. Ask Paul and Silas and they would tell you what happened in the prison. Ask Job and he would tell you what happened when sores and boils covered his skin and everything he had was taken away. Even if God allows it as a trial, you must not think it strange and doubt your Guard. Don’t because of your situation cut off your dependence on God, your duty to God, your communion with God.
“Do not say because you are in trouble, poverty, unfavourable situations that you are not a candidate of Heaven. Do not measure your Christian life by your situation!”
– Prophet T.B. Joshua
Jesus knows there will be times fear will overwhelm us – the fear of loss, failure, false accusations, sickness and disease, today’s politics. Fear changes our focus. Fear is a more deceptive enemy than satan. Fear stops us from admitting our guilt. Not even your natural gifts, talent, education can help you to overcome fear.
The only way to overcome such fear is to build God’s character in your life. If you want to become God’s person, you must follow His process. For me, I meditate on the Word of God day and night and whatever I do prospers. No matter how unsteady your life appears to be, meditate on the Word of God day and night and whatever you do will prosper.
Your consistency in prayer and faithfulness is the way out. Please, constantly pray in your heart; pray without ceasing – in hymns, spiritual songs and making melodies in your heart to the Lord. A break in prayer would mean a break in faith and a break in faith is a break with God.
Remember, your enemy loses no time in plotting against you, so you should lose no time in committing yourself to God in prayer.