Authority – Jesus found during His mission on earth great opposition from religious leaders that continually questioned the authority of Jesus. When they came out and asked Jesus by what authority He spoke and did, He asked them about John the Baptist and He asked them the same question about John that they asked of Him. “The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?” They began trying to reason without knowledge, honesty and the power of the Holy Spirit and the answer they came up with was pretty much, well, let’s go with what protects our flesh and that was non-commital to conviction and committal to protecting the flesh – their cause of the flesh. Hence, they said “we do not know.” Hence, because they were not open to the voice of God, they did not receive from God. Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Matthew 21:27)
Being open to what is of our Father is very important so that a life does not miss out. Jesus told those set on protecting their flesh in conversation with Him about two sons – the first one whom a father approached said “Son, go work today in the vineyard. And he answered, I will not; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, “I will, sir”; but he did not go. Jesus asked “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “the first.”
Why I tell this story is to say that sometimes in the stage of a person’s life, their flesh can seem bent on what is contrary to our Father, but as time goes by, the light of their father’s request dawns and they realize that oh, I get it now and they decide to go with it!!! HOOORAH!!! How awesome is that!!! 🙂
Before the cross happened, there were several that didn’t get Jesus, but after they experienced all that was put before them as He walked, as they watched Him go to the cross, as they saw the supernatural of amazing works of our Father working before them and how it all rang true with Scripture, they came around and they believed!!! WOOOHOOO!!! Get the dancing shoes out for victory dancing is due!!! 🙂 Oh that makes me smile!!!
Sometimes it just takes time for people to get Jesus, so as we are like Jesus and we do our part for our Father before others and we pray to the Father for those we love, trusting in our Father to do His part, do not be surprised when you see them come around to believing in what was put before them by Him earlier!!! We reap what we sow and if we do not sow, how can the reaping happen??? We must continue to sow and trust our Father to bring the reaping!!! I am sooo proud of you for doing the sowing even if mocked or ignored at first!!! Our Father in heaven has a way with His kids that are sooo beyond us!!! Let us keep trusting those we love to our Father and keep stepping as He guides our hearts!!! Let us also know that as we journey in life, our Father will continue to reveal more and more to us so that we, too, have the victory life!!! Our Father’s promise to us as kids of faith is this:
“For He who has began a good work in us will continue it until the day of completion.”
All the while we are learning, our Father loves us and perseveres in putting seeds before us, He waters them and He is the one who brings the harvest of victory in our lives!!! YAY!!! Let us keep trusting in Him to love us and others beyond what we can ask or imagine!!! As Jesus did, let us pray for those we love!!! He tells us in His Word “The prayers of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) Our Father enables us to walk in His ways through His work in our lives and thru our faith in His finished work on the cross, we are seen as holy, blameless, without accusation and with no condemnation. He will be faithful to guide us along the right path to will and act according to His good purpose and He promises that He will work good thru all things as we journey with Him – it’s all part of the process that leads us and others to victory!!! WOOOHOOO!!! Let us rest and trust in Jesus to bring the divine in all of life!!! He has a heart that understands ours and is working beyond us to bring the amazing in all of life!!! 🙂 His love and peace to us!!! Let’s keep going in faith that the light will dawn even when it seems dark as it was before the cross!!! WOW!!! Let us look at all the believers who have believed in Jesus now after the cross compared to right before He went to the cross!!! SHAZAM!!! THAT’S AMAZINGLY DIVINE AND HE IS STILL AT WORK TODAY BRINGING VICTORY!!! YYYEEESSS!!! GOOO FATHER!!! WE BELIEVE IN YOU AS THIS SONG SAYS HERE!!!