My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to him who finds them, and healing to all his flesh. ~ Proverbs 4:20-22 Dutch Sheets, A Lesson From Gethsemane
“If you had known”—God goes direct to the heart, with the tears of Jesus behind. These words imply culpable responsibility; God holds us responsible for what we do not see. ~ Oswald Chambers, If You Had Known!
Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” ~ Luke 19:41-44
Before today, death was the final note in the score. Before today, the difference between men and boys was always the price of their toys. Before today, first was first and least was least…by the only account ledger man had ever known. But Truth turned the ledger upside down, pierced the final darkness, and split the temple veil in the most glorious moment and greatest comeback the world has ever known…
Imagine the moments leading up to and through these three days in Peter’s life. How do you follow Truth beyond what you are willing to accept in yourself? The answer is you can’t…not a one of them could…until you are willing to give yourself up. Think in terms of our present day. Their reality took a complete 180-degree about-face on Good Friday…imagine the darkness of their Holy Saturday before the dawn. And here we are again. Why? Because Winds & Tides repeat. If FAITH changes everything, lack of it does too:
The Godhead through Jesus came to this earth 2,000 years ago to expand their kingdom. The Ecclesia was birthed to rule in that kingdom…and the Lord didn’t come to lose. The plans of the Godhead were not to form a weak church that gets shaken when there’s devil activity. They planned to win. They didn’t leave heaven and come to earth to be beaten by a reprobate, rebellious fallen angel…they came to destroy the works of the devil. They came to activate angel armies to assist a glorious church, not a whimpering church over in the corner begging to survive. They didn’t come to assist a scared, intimidated, bullied church, or one bound by feckless hypocrites. They did not come to nurse a church shaken by government tyranny or demon propaganda. ~ Tim Sheets
Actually…the difference between men and boys is baked into the story of the difference between the modern-day shepherd and the sheepdog. The very same Holy Spirit that turned the Disciples into Apostles on that first Pentecost is back with a literal vengeance in what Scott Kesterson has described as our Exodus 2.0 moment, where we are all facing the “Wide/Narrow Gate” choice.
…You can tell a lot about which direction your life is heading by looking at the people with whom you’ve chosen to spend your time and share your ideas. ~ John C. Maxwell, April
Discernment…Fear or Faith? On one side you have the makers of Infanticide, Covid, Cure and Mark, Censorship, Equality Act, and Cultural Relations-Sustainability. On the other, the Good Shepherd who on this very day Himself conquered death…to save our souls. I hope this helps.