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Misbehaving

  • Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, 'Lord, do you wash my feet?' Jesus answered him, 'You don't know what I am doing now, but you will understand later.' Peter said to him, 'You will never wash my feet!' John 13:5 WEB

    It had been over three years since Jesus had called them His disciples. The twelve of them had traveled together, ministered together, ate together, and saw miracle after miracle while following Jesus. The night that Jesus was betrayed, He poured water, took a towel and washed the feet of His disciples. When it became Peter's turn, Peter said 'You will never wash my feet!'

    Peter tended to correct Jesus when He broke out of the mold that he had envisioned. In Matthew 16:22, Peter rebuked Jesus for saying that He would be crucified. In Mark 14:29 they disagreed and Peter said: 'If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!' then he denied Him. In John 4:27 the disciples marveled when Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman. In Luke 8:25 they marveled saying: 'Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water and they obey Him!'

    See Peter meant well, but sometimes it was his flesh speaking, and not the Holy Spirit. The disciples knew Jesus very well, but they were always surprised by His actions because Jesus did not always act as they thought He should. They kept trying to build a mental box to fit God in, but He always appeared outside of it. Making God behave was a constant problem for the religious pharisees and scribes as well. They seemed to have irreconcilable differences.

    Paul wrote this in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21: 'Don't quench the Spirit. Don't despise prophecies. Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.' I have attended churches that lived the exact opposite of that verse. We try to put limits on what He can do, and want to place God the Almighty inside of a box and make Him behave like we want. We try and tell Him what to do, as if He was our pet. All that will bring is frustration when He does not obey. We are made in the likeness of God, in His image. Yet sometimes we want Him to be behave like He was made in ours.

    Leave room for God to be God in your life and don't try to tell Him how to fix things. No one walked on water until someone did (Matthew 14:29). Donkeys didn't talk to people, until one did (Numbers 22:28). To think that 'My Lord would never do that!' is believing that God was made in your image, instead of you being made in His. To believe that God has to be like you is the ultimate form of pride. God is full of surprises, and the Bible is full of Him surprising people just like us.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please keep me aware of Your Awesomeness. You are the Almighty, incredibly awesome God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Maker of mankind. Let me never forget this, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for guiding us to serve you and the wisdom to understand you! Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Amen
May 21
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Paul Boore
Paul Boore

Amen!!

May 21
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

May 21
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. You are an awesome God. Amen

May 21
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God you are awesome.We love and worship you l. Amen 

May 21
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarezedited: May 21

I never want to forget how awesome and merciful you are Lord! 

May 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, our God is Awesome, All the time

May 21
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

May 21
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

May 21
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Judith B
Judith B

Heavenly Father I pray that my intimacy in you will grow deeper so that I can recognize when you speak through others.  You said that your sheep  knows your voice so give us that discernment. Thank you for the faithfulness of Pastor Todd and may you continue to bless him and work through this ministry that you have birthed through him. In the name of Jesus I pray, AMEN

May 21
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen! Thank you Father ♥️

May 21
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  Allelluia!!  Amen!!

May 21
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you Pastor.

May 21
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Anem 

May 21
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father how awesome are You  my Lord, give me the wisdom to understand when You talk to me and to follow Your word as You command. That Your Holy Spirit be with me in every circumstance to do what You are asking me to do, in the name of Your Son Jesus I pray, Amen. 

Dear Pastor, that the Lord always bless you and Sylvia for all you do for His flock, thank you again. 

May 21
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

May 21
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

May 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 22