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Stopped from Meeting Jesus

 

(Luke 18:15) “Now some people were even bringing their infants to Jesus to have him touch them. But when the disciples saw this, they sternly told the people not to do that.”

(Luke 9:12) “As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the crowd away to the neighboring villages and farms so they can rest and get some food, because we are here in a deserted place.’”

(Luke 9:49-50) “John said, ‘Master, we saw someone driving out demons in your name. We tried to stop him, because he wasn’t a follower like us.’ Jesus told him, ‘Don’t stop him! Because whoever is not against you is for you.’”

 

 

Just because you are a leader in the church, does not mean that you have the same heart of compassion, the same burden for the lost, and the same patience as the Pastor. Just because you are a Pastor does not guarantee that your love for the sheep is as deep as the one Jesus has for them. We have to be careful not to let the authority God has given us become an instrument in the hands of Satan.

As we read in these verses, Jesus used his disciples as filters and literal bodyguards whenever He was doing ministry. This was vital as people would go to any extremes to get to Jesus and touch Him in order to get healed or receive their miracle. I have seen footage on TV of people getting trampled as thousands try to touch an Idol of Mary being paraded down the streets. Remember the four friends that got on a roof and lowered their sick friend on a bed towards Jesus after they tore open the roof? The roof could have caved in, even on top of Jesus.

However, we see that the disciples often misjudged the heart of Jesus and actually became a hindrance to someone that needed to be blessed, even innocent children. At times we deny praying for someone to receive their blessing because we know they will not give glory to Jesus, but to themselves or their idols, or they will continue further in their rebellion when their serious problems have vanished. We have personally prayed for many Hindus that have received their miracle and never surrendered to Christ. Our hands, however, are free from their blood, as we used the gifts God has given us to help people in need.

Even if other believers were not doing things exactly the way they did or were not part of their group, the disciples of Christ tried to rebuke them and stopped them from casting out demons. This is common when we are from different denominations that have a different interpretation regarding certain doctrines. As long as they are preaching repentance, and salvation in the name of Jesus, they are doing God’s work.

The Church was established by Christ through the disciples in order to teach us and guide us towards Him, not towards any other man, religion, organization or philosophy.  Christ wants us to directly come to Him and receive forgiveness for our sins.  Pastors like myself are just here to help you along, encourage you, warn you, pray with you and clear any doubts you might have in your walk with Him.

 

 

The way you recognize a false religion is when any spiritual leader stops you from directly communicating with God, or tries to be a mediator taking the place of Jesus.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are Jehovah Tsidkenu, The Lord Who is our Righteousness, Jehovah Tsebahoth, The Lord of Armies, and Jehovah Mekaddishkem, The Lord who sanctifies.
• Thank You father for your heart of compassion and that everyone that comes to You does not get rejected.
• Forgive us for being judgmental towards those that are from a different denomination, or weak in their faith, those that do not take your calling seriously, or prejudice towards those that are in constant sin.
• Let us not be like the disciples that nearly stopped the feeding of the five thousand from happening.
• We declare that we will no longer be a hindrance to the work you want to do in the church, in our community, and in our nation.
• We declare that from now on, our compassion for the sheep will give us the power needed to set them free and bring them closer to Jesus.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    24 May 2023 @ 20:19

    Powerful Amen 🙏😊

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