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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A Father’s Prayers for His Children - Purity 1327

 

A Father’s Prayers for His Children  - Purity 1327

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of an Eric Carle illustration of a Penguin with its young comes to us yours truly as I captured this work of art with my iPhone camera during my visit to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst Massachusetts this past weekend.  Although I saw this illustration used to wish moms a happy Mother’s day in the past, I would encourage you to check out the classic documentary film, the March of the Penguins to understand the importance of the father’s role in the Emperor Penguin’s life cycle. After the egg is hatched, it is the father who protects the egg from the cold. As the penguin grows and grows, the mother leaves the father with the egg to search for food. It’s truly an incredible testimony of the importance of the whole traditional family unit as life for the penguin just doesn’t happen without a mother and father working together to survive.

Well, It’s Tuesday and although I returned to work after a week’s vacation yesterday, my shift tour has me home to enjoy another day off today, as I am scheduled to work on Saturday.   Because of a late-night reviewing more teachings from Light University for my Mental Health Coaching certification (my quest of knowledge, equipping, and validation, apparently, knows no limits) I decided to shift my daily workout down the road and enjoy an extra hour’s rest and am similarly “mailing it in” this morning with the blog and podcast in a sense, but not really.  

The consequences of administering “tough love” to my adult son recently resulted in his choice to move out of my home to go to his sister’s place in Troy.  He has been suffering from joblessness (he lost his job after not showing up on January), listlessness and depression over the past few months and I tried to inspire a change of mood by making him accountable for being responsible for himself both mentally and financially. Although he initially agreed to seek employment, he decided to move out when he determined some of my demands to be unreasonable, I suggested he get a haircut and when he resisted, I feared his reluctance was a sign that he wasn’t really with the restoration program and I made it a condition for staying in my home. Rather than taking my money to get cleaned up, he opted to move out. Despite a few attempts to reestablish communication, I haven’t heard from him since.  While I am relieved that he is with loved ones who can support him and that he isn’t isolating alone in his former room upstairs, my heart goes out to the Lord for him in prayer each morning with the request that God would turn things around in his life to make flourish again. 

While I worried that I may have pushed too far in trying to remedy my son’s problem, the mental health coach training lesson on depression that I viewed last night caused me to be reassured that allowing him to sit and fester in my home as I had been during his “gap” year(s) after his high school graduation and dropping out of community college after a semester or two, and for the first months of his unemployment this year was only enabling him.  His purposelessness and depression didn’t improve when left on its own and I am hopeful that the change of venue will cause him to either get the help he needs, decide to get a job to care for himself, or both.  The lesson on depression I viewed last night gave the example of a 35-year-old man living at home, who had formerly functioned normally in his high school years but who suffered losses and didn’t adapt to the transition of college. He left school for home and never left home and approximately 15 years later he was still being cared for by his parents.   

I don’t know how my son is fairing with his sisters or if he is improving but I know that his story will not be the same as this 35-year-old man whom I heard about. I had been practicing what I thought was patience and understanding, and maybe I was but now I realize that my letting my son “find his own way” could be considered enabling his irresponsibility and feeding the conditions of his depression.  But no more, for better or worse, no more.  And I’m almost ashamed to admit the tremendous peace I have about his choosing to “find his way” somewhere else.  

But it doesn’t mean I don’t love my son, or I don’t care about him.  Fatherlessness and strained or estranged relationships with dads are a big crisis in our society and as I minister to men I have heard plenty of testimonies regarding prodigal children who have rejected their Christian faith and Christian fathers.  

One such father who has felt the pain of separation from his children is my friend “Rafe”.  Rafe was a participant in the Freedom in Christ course I facilitated this spring, and I was honored to see the Lord work mightily during the course and in his freedom appointment to give Rafe his freedom in Christ.   When we lead others to experience their freedom in Christ, we often learn from them.  In hearing about my problems with son, Rafe shared the following prayers and bible verses that he composed to pray for his children and for himself from the things he had learned and applied to his life from the freedom in Christ course:

I share them today with his permission and encourage you to use them or to share them if you have difficulties with your children.

Prayer for My Children

By Rafael Guajardo

 

I worship You Lord I praise You and I say thank You, Father. You’re so loving and kind and good and I thank You so much for Your grace and Your kindness and Your unchanging love for me and my family.

 

“Jesus, Jesus You make the darkness tremble. Jesus, Jesus You silence fear."

 

My gracious Heavenly Father, and Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ and mighty Holy Spirit,

 

There is nothing too difficult for You. You are so gracious. You’re so full of compassion and goodness.

 

You love my children much more than I do. They are Your children first and foremost and I thank You for each and every one of them. 

 

I come in boldness to Your throne of grace, to lift up my children (and grandchildren) to You. (List Each Child by Name). Please save and deliver them for the glory of God.

 

Please forgive them of any and all sin they have committed against You. I stand in the gap for them. And as their earthly father I decree and declare in faith that they are saved, healed, and delivered by the mercy of God, the blood of Jesus, and the power of the cross.

 

May they hate their sin and may it be loathsome to them. May nothing of this world satisfy them. May they get sick and tired of what the world has to offer. Please grant them repentance.

 

Open up their eyes and soften their hearts. May they sense Your presence and be drawn to You this day. May they hunger and thirst for righteousness.

 

I call upon their holy angels to do battle on their behalf. I put a hedge of protection around them now, a wall surrounding them.

 

By the truth of Your word and the authority I have in Christ, I take my stand against Satan, his demons, and all forces of darkness. 

 

I come against and bind the spirit of evil influence on them and I loose the power and influence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. 

 

I come against the spirit of confusion and loose godly wisdom to them in Jesus' name. 

 

I break down every demonic stronghold, and power of the enemy over them in the mighty name of Jesus. 

 

I come against the spirit of rebellion, the spirit of pride, the spirit of religion, the spirit of unbelief, the spirit of hypocrisy, the spirit of witchcraft,  (the spirit of homosexuality), the spirit of sensuality, the spirit of perversion, the spirit of fear, the spirit of anti-Christ… and any other ungodly spirit that is not from the Lord Jesus Christ. By His name and His authority, I command You to get off my children now and go to a place where Jesus Christ sends you!

 

They are children of God, children of light, lovers of Christ and all that is good in the sight of the Lord. 

 

Father expose the lies that they have believed about You and themselves. , May they see the truth of You and Your word. May they repent and seek Your face

 

May they know and understand that they are in rebellion against you. May they know and understand that they are prodigals. May they know and understand their need for salvation. May their hearts of stone be broken and may they be softened by Your everlasting kindness.

 

I condemn any ungodly words or curses spoken over them. I pray that You will take everything and anything out of their lives that is holding them back from having a personal relationship with You. I pray that You would take away ungodly relationships and friendships out of their lives today and replace them with godly people.

 

I pray and condemn all ungodly demonic, spirits, influencing social media sites, books, shows, and ungodly influencers that are holding them back from the truth. I curse those demonic and heretical sites in Jesus' name. May the enemy’s camp be in confusion and destroy themselves.

 

Expose the darkness and the wickedness and give them eyes to see the truth and the light.

 

Take away any ungodly or unholy things or objects ( i.e. tarot cards, crystals, ungodly, art, or music…) from their lives. I break the demonic curses over them in Jesus' name.

 

Now would You bring in all that is holy, true, and righteous in their lives. Draw them to the truth of Your word. May they seek out goodness instead of evil. 

 

Please bring messengers of the gospel to them, wherever they turn may they hear the gospel. Bring your people to their schools, (and workplaces ). Everywhere they turn may they run into people that will love them with the gospel.

 

May they be drawn to godly social media sites and speakers, teachers that they would admire and respect. Bring in everything that is godly and holy so that they will be influenced to do what is right and good.

 

I pray that Your holy angels would continue to watch over them and keep them safe from all harm.

 

Holy Spirit please bring conviction of sin and grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of Your truth so that they can experience complete freedom in Christ. 

 

May they be healed from every wound they have experienced in the church and by their Christian family and friends. May they truly forgive those who have offended them and brought them harm. May they see that there are good Christians out there who live in Your truth and walk in Your ways.

 

Have mercy on them and bring them back to You. Use all of their gifts and talents for Your glory. I commit them to your service. You are worthy of their lives. Glorify Yourself in them.

 

May they know who they are in Christ. May they know their true identity in You, Oh Lord, May they be completely free in Christ!!

 

May they serve you in whatever capacity that You would want them to.

 

By faith, I hold onto the vision You gave me of all of us standing before Your altar with our hands lifted high praising and worshiping You. 

 

Lord as their earthly father. I pray that I will represent You in the most authentic way. Give me the father heart of God. Pour in and through me Your divine love, mercy, grace, compassion…. Love them through me!

 

According to Your word, Your promises, goodness,  mercy, and faithfulness may they glorify You in all that they do. For You alone are worthy. 

 

I thank You in advance for doing Your work of grace and redemption in their lives and for answering this prayer. 

 

I trust You completely with them.

 

May You be glorified in their lives.

 

In the mighty name of Jesus, I Pray.

 

Amen 🙏 

 

 

Scriptures for Me to Pray for My Kids 

 

”Evil people will surely be punished, but the children of the godly will go free.“

Proverbs 11:21 NLT

 

”The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.“

Proverbs 20:7 NLT

 

”For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.“ Isaiah 44:3-4 NLT

 

I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near.“ Isaiah 54:13-14 NLT

 

”But the Lord says, “The captives of warriors will be released, and the plunder of tyrants will be retrieved. For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children.“ Isaiah 49:25 NLT

 

”But now this is what the Lord says: “Do not weep any longer, for I will reward you,” says the Lord. “Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy. There is hope for your future,” says the Lord. “Your children will come again to their own land.“ Jeremiah 31:16-17 NLT

 

”Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”“ Malachi 4:5-6 NLT

 

”“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:35 -36 NLT

 

”Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Acts of the Apostles 2:38-39 NLT

 

”They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.Acts of the Apostles 16:31 NLT

 

”May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. Psalms 115:14 NIV

 

All your children ( Insert Your Name) will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. In righteousness you will see them be established: Tyranny will be far from you and them; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you or your children and your children’s children.”   Isaiah 54:13-14 NIV

 

The Lord loves my children more than I do.”

 

So, I hope Rafe’s prayers and Bible verses encourage you and inspire you to pray for your children and to trust our heavenly Father to help them in the way they should go.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Death and Eternal Life

Romans 14:8 (NASB)
8  for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

Today’s verse falls under the ninth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Death and Eternal Life.  

9. In life and death we are the Lord’s.

Today’s verse encourages us that in both life and death our purpose and our identity is grounded in Christ.  The disciple’s path is the surrendered life. We choose to live for God and shape our lives to follow Him, for better or worse, in life and in death because we know that in Christ – we are the Lord’s, and nothing can separate us from the Father’s love. So we need not fear.. for God is with us wherever we go regardless of the circumstances.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

MORNING READING: JOHN 19

“They took Jesus and led Him away.” – John 19:16

Isaiah prophesies the same matchless grace of the Lord Jesus when he writes, “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isa. 53:7).

Peter also says, “When He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Pet. 2:23). A little before this verse are the words, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Pet. 2:21).

“They took Jesus and led Him away” (John 19:16). What grace and humility are here manifest. He did not refuse to be led to the slaughter. Indeed, sacred love caused Him to be led in utter weakness that I might learn by His matchless example.

 

Lord, give me a measure of Your grace and humility
when I face those who would persecute me.[1]

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Why God Chose You - Purity 1326


 Why God Chose You - Purity 1326

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of an Eric Carle’s illustration of the dove returning to Noah’s Ark carrying a freshly picked olive leaf in its beak, proclaiming good news that the flood waters had receded, comes to us from yours truly as I imperfectly captured this work of art and a reflection of my wife and myself in the glare, during my visit to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst Massachusetts this past Saturday.  Eric Carle’s illustrations were featured in Issacc Bashevis Singer’s children’s book that answered the question: Why Noah Chose the Dove?

I can’t tell you why Noah chose the dove just yet, because I never read that book. My wife and I only learned of its existence on Saturday – and yes even though it is out of print, TammyLyn did track it down and ordered a copy of it before we left the exhibit displaying this work from it. So maybe I’ll take some photos of it when we receive it to reveal what Singer came up with.   Stay tuned.

Anyway, it’s Monday, and after a week’s “stay-cation” at my place down by the river that gave me time to rest and recuperate after a particularly busy first quarter of the year, I am ready to get back to work as my vacation gave me the opportunity to rest my body and mind but it also allowed me to lose focus with my health goals as I compromised in the discipline department when it came to fighting the good fight against my food addiction by indulging in foods that should be avoided and to eat too much in general.  

When it comes to overcoming an addiction, we really have to change our lifestyle, and to do that we have to change the way we think.  Unfortunately, the beliefs that “Vacations are for Taking a Break” and “You mustn’t waste food” combined their efforts against me and caused me to “clean out my freezer” of foods unhealthy and forgotten – now they're gone! – and to give up and just give in general with “comfort foods” by the week’s end.   So I am ready to repent and get back on track.  

My “idle time” also gave the enemy plenty of opportunity to attack me as I was plagued by frantic thoughts concerning the future, condemning thoughts about the past and present, and had a couple of disturbing dreams as well! I rolled with the punches of course but this morning upon waking I said some quick prayers of confession to cover anything I had done or left undone that could be considered sin and I also prayed and chose to forgive those who have offended or hurt me – including myself and God just to be on the safe side – and to be able to be free of any guilt, shame, or condemnation for my shortcomings and to rise to newness of life. 

The enemy’s anxiety-laden attacks caused me to doubt my future, my adequacy, my identity, and my purpose in life and even caused me to ponder the question – Why would You ever choose me, God?     

My demonic-driven or self-inflicted anxious ponderings was declaring the antithesis of a “Stuart Smalley” affirmation: 

“I’m NOT good enough, 

I’m NOT smart enough, 

And Doggone It, people DON”T Like Me!”  

So why would You choose me, or any of us Lord?  

Luckily, I have learned that when we want wisdom we are to ask God for it and the depository of God’s wisdom to mankind is contained in His Word, the Holy Bible, and is delivered to man through His Holy Spirt.  So as I seek to be built up in my faith again and started to wonder about this question of Why God would choose me? – The Holy Spirit – brought a few verses to mind reminding me why He would choose us.  

Part of the condemning dialog that low self-esteem or the enemy brings to us, has us to consider our more worldly and successful neighbors.  Coveting is a sin for a reason – it drives us to sinful thoughts and actions to obtain what our flesh considers to be precious – so we perceive ourselves to be less than in some regard and condemn ourselves for not being good enough.   To which the Holy Spirit pointed me to.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT2) that tells us:
26  Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.
27  Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
28  God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.
29  As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

We are not to put our self-worth in the things of this world for we are rich in Christ and although the world thinks of Christians as fools to be pitied – God intentionally chose us to show the wise that it is not through earthly wisdom, wealth, or accomplishments that we are approved by God.  It is by grace and faith in Christ alone that we are accepted by God.  So that answers – the “not good enough” and “not smart enough” condemnation – No, we are not “good enough or smart enough” by the world’s standards – but we have been given God’s goodness and Divine wisdom that will confound the sinful and prideful world when God brings His kingdom to earth. Instead of being dragged into despair over our shortcomings, we should rejoice that God accepts us in spite of them and invites us to walk with Him to accept them and possibly overcome them through Him. 

Another poison pill in the whirlwind of condemnation that blew in my direction this past week was in the area of purpose. In my zeal to serve the Lord I often beat myself up that I “blew my chance” or that “I’m not doing enough for the kingdom” and when I face difficulties, rejection, or uncertainty of “where my life is leading”, I see my inadequacies and wonder if I can ever do anything right and worry about the future.    To which the Holy Spirit gave me:

John 15:5 (NKJV) where Jesus tells us:
5  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

That tells me that it is only because of God that I will be able to do anything for the kingdom, so I should give myself a break and just let go and let God in the sense that I should stop striving and gripping over what “I can do for the kingdom” and instead just follow the Lord and let Him do what He wants through me. 

And finally, in my condemning ponderings, I thought of the broken relationships I have suffered and the chilly receptions I sometimes receive because of my faith, or lack of skill walking through this world.  I’m not thought well of by some and when I think of my performance or attributes I can’t necessarily blame them.   But to this the Holy Spirit reminds me of: 

John 15:18-19 (NKJV) where Jesus told us plainly:
18  "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

God chose us. Jesus chose us. And this passage indicates that there may be something beyond the visible in the world’s rejection of us and it ultimately shows us that the world’s opinion of us and their persecution of us don’t matter.  God chose me! And you know the Lord Jesus, He chose you too.   And if you are asking why, let me remind us:

In John 3:16 (NKJV) , Jesus tells us why:
16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God loves us and reveals the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ to save us and to give us eternal life – and we have it now and God’s word tell us in:

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT2)
38  … that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
39  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are chosen, made alive forever, and loved by God and if you are still wondering why He chose us – or what He wants us to do now or with the rest of our lives,  Jesus tells us in

Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT2) where he says:
19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
20  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

God’s word assures us that, in Christ, we are chosen and loved and given a purpose. His word is filled with other directions for us to obey and other promises to fill us with hope. So if the world beats you up or you are putting yourself down, stop it! – by remembering that you are chosen and free to live in the love of God forever and the only purpose that you have to worry about is in enjoying and sharing the love of God with others. 

In Christ, you are “good enough, smart enough, and MY LORD – the One who matters most loves you. SO rejoice, don’t lose hope, and don’t forget who you are now that God has chosen you to live for Him.

 

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Death and Eternal Life

2 Corinthians 5:1-8 (ESV)
1  For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2  For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling,
3  if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.
4  For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5  He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6  So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
7  for we walk by faith, not by sight.
8  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Today’s verses fall under the eighth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Death and Eternal Life.  

8. Believers who have died are absent from the body, but at home with the Lord.

Today’s verses tell us that we need not fear death for we will be present with Him.  That’s our worst-case scenario, right? Death?  But, in Christ, we live – FOREVER. We have peace with God so enjoy it. Don’t be afraid the Lord has us in the palm of His hand and we are forever safe in His love and in His kingdom. 

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: JOHN 18

“Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would
come upon Him, went forward and said to them,
‘Whom are you seeking?’” – John 18:4

What grace is this! What love! “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends” (John 15:13). But this Man handed himself over to His enemies, not His friends. They had come with lanterns and torches and weapons – they were His enemies.

It was night when this greatest of incidents took place. Judas knew that the Lord Jesus resorted to the garden, but probably could not distinguish Him right away in the dim light of the torches and lanterns. But the blessed Master, with His face set to do His Father's will, never flinched, but walked out to meet His enemies, saying, “I am He” (John 18:5).

Lord, give me the love that knows no fear
– the perfect Love.[1]

---------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship