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Monday, September 1st
Today's Daily Verse is found in Proverbs 1.4
"These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young."
There is an assumption that "if only the whole world believed in GOD, there would be no preparation for war, there would be no jealousy, envy, or rivalry - because all men and women would be bowing before Him, worshiping Him, and living to His glory and praise.."
Not so. It takes a lot more than "believing in GOD".
Judas walked with Jesus physically for over three years. Judas heard Jesus teach, heal, and work wonderful manifestations...
Did Judas change? No. He did not. Physically hearing Jesus day by day, and seeing His works did NOT transform Judas Iscariot
Peter was deeply involved in the miracles and manifestation of GOD's power through Jesus.
Did the "physical" walking with Jesus transform Peter? No.
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you, that he might sift you as wheat : but, I have prayed for you, that your faith fails you not : and when you are "converted", strengthen your brethren." Luke 22.31-32 KJV
Who was Peter? - Peter was a disciple.
What was the message to Peter? - "Peter, your thinking needs to be changed. When your thinking has changed, your experience will stabilize other believers. They must change their thinking too!"
Peter was at a great moment in history. GOD was able to finally get through to Peter and show him a great truth...
Remember, when Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do men say that I am?" - Peter received a revelation from GOD the Father when he said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living GOD"
Jesus said, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven". Matthew 16.17
How did GOD in heaven, get the truth to Peter?
This is so important!
GOD sent a thought directly into Peter's mind. It was a divinely inspired "thought".
Peter had received a "GOD-thought"
This is very very exciting, and very encouraging.
The "process" of receiving "GOD-thoughts" had begun in Peter's life.
But, was Peter "converted" yet? No. Look again at the verse above... "and when you are converted..."
Peter had received one GOD-thought - Matthew 16.16 So, Peter, answers the Lord, "Thou art the Christ"...
A little while later - Peter gets another thought - in verse 22 "Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
Whoops! This thought was NOT a GOD-thought like the first one... this thought, in fact, was a satan-thought. Jesus dealt with this one very severely...
This is the problem we all have.
We all have a mixed bag of "thoughts" until the wisdom of GOD can be fully established in our thought-life.
The ultimate goal is found in Hebrews 5.14
"But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
In being "converted" - we learn how to "bring every thought into captivity"
It is a process.
2 Corinthians 10.4-5 " For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,.."
Here lies the value of the Bible, as the one source of instruction, and the alone "treasure-house" of the "words of knowledge."
This is the battle we face.
Our thought-life is developed through the "information" we feed on.
See you tomorrow...
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