Are you Judas?

Are you Judas?
“They were all eating. Then Jesus said, “Believe me when I say that one of you twelve here will hand me over to my enemies.” The followers were very sad to hear this. Each one said, “Lord, surely I am not the one!” Jesus answered, “One who has dipped his bread in the same bowl with me will be the one to hand me over.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:21-23‬ ‭ERV‬‬http://bible.com/406/mat.26.21-23.erv

These past few weeks I was practicing to participate in our Resurrection production at my church. Of course I know the story of Judas and his betrayal. it’s a known fact that to be considered a Judas is a terrible thing, or is it?

Most of us can quote bible scriptures that we hear all the time. If I start by saying “All things work together” most people will know the rest, ” work together to the good for those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose”. Do you really believe the stuff you quote? The new buzz is the song that goes ” All things are working for my good, he’s intentional”. Do you believe it?
“When Judas took the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus said to Judas, “What you will do—do it quickly!””
‭‭John‬ ‭13:27‬ ‭ERV‬‬http://bible.com/406/jhn.13.27.erv
Judas had an assignment that was just as important as Jesus’s. His life was intentional if you believe God at his word. If Judas had failed in his purpose where would we be? Would Jesus had been turned over to the people to be executed if Judas did not betray Jesus? Would someone else had done it? Could it have been you? 
If you believe that all things work to the good, that things are intentional in the kingdom; then I have to believe that my positive and my negative actions has ushered someone into thier destiny. I asked could you be Judas? Have you ever betrayed someone you loved? Have you ever told someone business to someone who it was not thier business? Have you lied on someone to save yourself? Or just because?  Have you cheated on your spouse or significant other? Have you slept with a friends significant other? I don’t want anyone to confess to me but the reality is we have all been Judas.  
Here is the good news, I’m not condoning sin or betrayal but I also know that “All things work together “. I know that my actions cause a reaction in the people and things in my sphere of influence so, positively or negatively. But the things that are meant for bad, our Lord and Savior can make them for our good.  So yeah Judas betrayed Jesus but somebody had to do it so he could be killed and then resurrected for our sin. Jesus took on Sin so that you could be free and I can too. 
Hallelujah amen, he is Risen and I’ve been redeemed by the blood of the lamb. 🙏🏽❤️

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Really?

““I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other just as I loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.””‭‭John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭ERV‬‬http://bible.com/406/jhn.13.34-35.erv

Do you love me? Can you love me knowing all my secrets, knowing my past, knowing my mistakes? 
Jesus said people will know we are his followers if we love each other. That’s deep because people are not always easy to love. 

I wonder if he meant you had to love the man who abused you sexually when you were a child? I wonder if he meant you had to forgive the father or mother who abandoned your family and left your family economically challenged? Do you think he meant you have to forgive the person who used your body and broke your heart? Could he possibly expect you to forgive the person who murdered your child, your brother, your father or even your mother? Oh, my could he expect you to forgive the person who was knowingly or unknowingly sleeping with your spouse and caused destruction in your home? Do You have to love the child that your spouse created outside the marriage? Does he want you to love the person who betrayed you time after time in friendship? Could he really expect you to love all these people?
I think he did! He does not expect you to do it in your own power. God’s love will heal you and his power will allow you to love, even when you don’t want to or can’t believe he would expect you to. 
“He heals their broken hearts and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and knows each of them by name. Our Lord is great and powerful. There is no limit to what he knows.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3-5‬ ‭ERV‬‬http://bible.com/406/psa.147.3-5.erv

So I challenge you today, Love somebody on purpose today.  Ask God to heal you so You are able to love somebody who hurt you. Don’t do it for me, don’t do it for them, don’t do it for the vine. Do it because Jesus said that is how the world will know we are his people. It won’t be easy but if it was, you would need Jesus. 

The Write Off 

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What happen to real friendship? You know the, I’ll have your back no matter what, when you’re down I’ll lift you up, the we in this no matter what you’re going through kind of friendships? 
It’s crazy that society has us thinking that soon as somebody does something we don’t like, we need to cut them off. When somebody hurt our feelings they are a hater or not real. 

I know I’m guilty at times. If my friends don’t do what I feel they should be doing I would get angry and not talk to them. Tell them about their selves. Or whatever. 

But the word says… “Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 

That’s deep right…. Meaning, give people a chance. If they are your true friend don’t just write them off because they pissed you off. They are human just like you. 

Think about all the times you’ve messed up and somebody forgave you. They let it slide when you missed an important event, forgot to call on a birthday, said something you shouldn’t have said. 

I know, it’s easier to point out what somebody else is doing wrong. Rather than looking in the mirror and realizing you mess up to at times….  

So take it easy on the people you claim to love. Jesus is love and he is very forgiving!! You should be too!! 

Love you ❤️

A scripture prayer on faith

“Since the day we heard these things about you, we have continued praying for you. This is what we pray: that God will make you completely sure of what he wants by giving you all the wisdom and spiritual understanding you need; that this will help you live in a way that brings honor to the Lord and pleases him in every way; that your life will produce good works of every kind and that you will grow in your knowledge of God; that God will strengthen you with his own great power, so that you will be patient and not give up when troubles come. Then you will be happy and give thanks to the Father. He has made you able to have what he has promised to give all his holy people, who live in the light.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:9-12‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/col.1.9-12.erv

“I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be good to you and give you peace.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/gal.1.3.erv

“My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind. People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-8‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/jas.1.2-8.erv

“You began your life in Christ with the Spirit. Now do you try to complete it by your own power? That is foolish.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/gal.3.3.erv

“So I tell you to ask for what you want in prayer. And if you believe that you have received those things, then they will be yours. When you are praying and you remember that you are angry with another person about something, forgive that person. Forgive them so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:24-25‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/mrk.11.24-25.erv

“Fear can be a trap, but if you trust in the Lord, you will be safe.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:25‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/pro.29.25.erv

“But let those who trust in you be happy forever. Protect and strengthen those who love your name. Lord, when you bless good people, you surround them with your love, like a large shield that protects them.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:11-12‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/psa.5.11-12.erv

““ Lord, you made this promise to me and my family. Now, keep your promise forever. Do what you said you would.”

‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭17:23‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/1ch.17.23.erv

“Listen closely to what I say. Listen to me so that you will live. I will make an agreement with you that will last forever. It will be an agreement you can trust, like the one I made with David— a promise to love him and be loyal to him forever.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:2-3‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/isa.55.3.erv

““So remember that the Lord your God is the only God, and you can trust him! He keeps his agreement. He shows his love and kindness to all people who love him and obey his commands. He continues to show his love and kindness through a thousand generations,”

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/deu.7.9.erv

“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell about the wonderful things you have done. You make me happy, so I will rejoice in you. God Most High, I praise your name.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:1-2‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/psa.9.1-2.er
In Jesus name, Amen

Real simple

“I trust God, so I am not afraid of what people can do to me! I praise God for his promise to me.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭56:4‬ ‭ERV‬‬http://bible.com/406/psa.56.4.erv

It sounds real simple, because it is.

Dear Father, 

I love you, you are a promise keeper, a way maker, a healer and my King. I stand before you this morning in awe of your greatness. I am not asking for much today because I don’t need too. Your word already told me you would supply all my needs. Your word already told me that I was healed, by the blood of your son. Your word already told me that I was set free. Your word already told me that you have plans for me that give me a future and a hope. Your word already told me that you would never forsake me and my seed would not have to beg for bread. Your word already told me to be strong and of good courage. Your word already told me that you keep your promises to me. So this morning I’m just saying hallelujah Amen. My only ask is that you remember that I love you too!