Spiritual

I AM Therefore I am: The Making of a Disciple Part 3

Peter’s Restoration

            I thank God that Peter’s discipleship journey did not end at the point of his denial and resulting grief and sorrow.  Rather, Peter’s restoration gives every disciple of Christ hope in knowing that Christ has prayed for us and He has come to restore us through the making of another strong, firm, and steadfast disciple.  Like Peter, we need not stay down, but we can get back up again through the tremendous gift of repentance unto restoration.

It is not by chance or accident that after Peter denied Christ three times, Jesus restored Peter through a three-fold profession and command.  Each time someone confronted Peter with the accusation that he was one of Jesus’ disciples, Peter denied Christ by saying, “I am not.”  Likewise, Jesus confronted Peter three times by asking him if he loved Him, and Peter responded by stating, “You know that I love you.”  Each time Jesus responded to Peter’s profession of love with a command, “Feed My sheep.”  Jesus was reaffirming Peter’s faith and acknowledgement not only in who Jesus was, but also who Peter was as His disciple and His assignment as His apostle sent to feed His sheep unto the making of many disciples.

It is time for the making of a disciple!  Let us grow together in the revelation knowledge of who God is, who we are in Christ, and our apostolic assignment through the continual study of God’s Word and pursuit of the manifested presence of God in and through our lives!  Let us boldly proclaim, “I AM; therefore, I am!”

 

Do You Know “I AM”?

Do You Know “I AM”?

When you say,

“Have Your Way in me.”

And when you pray,

“Not my way

Oh Lord, but Yours,”

Do you really know what you’re praying for?

I AM the Door

To life through death to self.

Through poverty of spirit,

I produce Heaven’s wealth

I AM the Way

Of which you pray.

Yet, My Way is to obey

Every Word that Abba has to say.

My Way

Is for every disciple to lay

Down their life at the foot of the cross,

To count the cost

And consider all else but loss

For the excellency of knowing Me.

I AM the Truth written on the parchment of the scroll

I AM the Living Torah

Of which every Christian proclaims to know,

Yet, only a remnant seeks to follow

Rather than to wallow

In the dead waters, oh so shallow.

I AM the Life

Of which I proclaim in my

Wedding vows to my beloved wife.

I AM the voice of the One

And only Son

Who has won

The heart of a spotless Bride

Whose only desire is to abide

In me

So, when you say,

“Have Your way in me.”

And when you pray,

“Not my way

Oh Lord, but yours,”

Do you really know what you’re praying for?

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