Feed don’t Squeeze Part 1

FEED DON’T SQUEEZE
‘Greater Life Moment Radio Broadcast’

I am sure we are all familiar with the ‘Do you love me’ agitating exchange between Jesus and Peter in John 21:15-19

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Jesus has given the leadership mantle of the church to Peter and he wants him to know what the job is all about.

Four things he highlights:

* FEED MY LAMBS (v15)
*TEND MY SHEEP (v16)
* FEED MY SHEEP (v17)
* FOLLOW ME (v19)

As leaders and those coming up in leadership , the pattern given by Jesus to Peter the first leader of the church should be a blueprint we all follow and keep revisiting as we take on this responsibility
of feeding , tending , feeding and most importantly following Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith .

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The Grace to Walk through It

The Grace to Walk through It…..June 2017
Andrew Paul Kizito

We are living in an era where we can get results in minutes, you can now get approved for a mortgage, loan on the spot, get approved for a car online, almost anything these days. The same goes for pastors and preachers promising quick breakthroughs, miracles to their audiences. Some even use God’s name and claim God is telling them to you that your healing is here, your husband is coming, your money is coming etc…(Am not against Genuine Miracles and breakthrough)
Does God work in an instant? I believe he does, does he do it all the time? Not always……. even though he is capable if he chose to. Is he less powerful than he was then? NO
What happened to the life of a believer according to Jesus, he says you will be persecuted, in fact those who follow and believe in him will get 100% of the persecution just as much as the blessing…
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:29-31 (NIV)

We all love Paul, read his letters for inspiration and devotion for growth and establishment in the faith, but look at the life he lived. Constantly persecuted, imprisoned, falsely accused and at one time had to be whisked out of a city in a basket!
But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. Acts 9:25 (NIV)
Was God with him through all this stuff? Yes he was, was God glorified through all his troubles? Yes he was! The same to all the apostles and other disciples, the only difference is that they asked for Grace and boldness to walk through all this, even as they continued on with their mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus even when they had every reason to fear and hide.
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Acts 4:29 (NLT)
God did exactly that, He gave them the grace to walk through even at the darkest times of their lives, they were able to share the gospel with kings, emperors , prisoners, great and small and those who would never have heard it. They established the church, they performed miracles, signs, wonders and brought thousands upon thousands into the kingdom of God and the church grew tremendously!
So while we want to run away from any kind of trouble and have God wave a magic wand and make all our troubles vanish, we need to ask God to give us the grace to walk through it.
David said it best in Psalm 23….Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Psalm 23:4 (AKJV)
The key here is having God with you as you go through….(whatever your situation may be)
While we know David as a mighty warrior, musician, dancer, king and anointed leader, we also realize that his life was not on the mountain top always. When he was going through the valley of death (Hard times in Life) he knew where to look, who to call and most importantly knew that he was not alone and whatever was going on in his life was not going to change the way he looked at God and his faith in him.

Today as you go through, ask God to give you the grace to walk through whatever it is……..after this process you will learn many lessons, you will trust God more than before and will help many, because of your obedience and willingness to walk through it, knowing that God is with you.