Let us leave it to God, He will perfect us Himself. He is the potter, let Him form us as He wants. Let us not put up any resistance. Our God is good, we have tasted Him, so let us cling to Him. Nothing can exist without His Will. "For He says, and it happens; He commands, and it exists. (Psalm 33:9) Satan gives you the impression that he controls all things, but it is only God who allows it. Satan is not omniscient because he is an angel who was created. Only God is omniscient because He is the Creator.
2 Peter 1:16-21 / John 17:17-20
It is this Word that puts us in the same condition as them. They had to have the same Word, the same firmness to produce the same thing, the same fruits. "What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us. (1 John 1: 3) It must be exactly as the Lord had given them.
Many speak of the rapture, the coming of the Lord. The Lord is coming to take His Church. On this earth there are many churches. But for which church is He coming back? God must have set conditions for this church? "Who do they say that I am, the Son of Man? They said, "Some say you are John the Baptist, others Elijah, others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. And he said to them, "Who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:13-18) This solves a lot of things. We are not talking about the churches built by men, but the one built by God Himself. "(1 Corinthians 15:2) Faith without works is a dead faith. God does not come to pick up dirt. Satan will rise up against the Church, but he will be powerless. The church is already victorious. This Church has a Pastor who is Jesus Christ Himself. He is the only Church to which we want to belong. It is to this Church that He said: "I will prepare a place for you. And when I have gone and prepared a place for you, I will come back and take you with me, so that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2-3) For this Church, the promises are glorious. God is coming only for His Church, not for all churches! What is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Colossians 1:18 and 24
The Church is therefore His Body. "And he gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry and for the building up of the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-12) He cares for his church by giving gifts. "Therefore it is said, Having ascended on high, he led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men." (Ephesians 4:8) The True One is indeed Jesus, the others are "like". He wants His church to be presented to Him "without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:27) When He looks at her, He sees Himself.
This church is already saved, that is, He cannot lose it. The serpent can come, it will not work. "For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14) He can't come back a second time. God puts something in the hearts of those who belong to this church: love for the Word. God watches over everything so that you will not lack anything. When Adam saw Eve, he glorified God because Eve was a part of him. When you look at your church, you must see Christ. There should be no differences. As He is, so we are called to be! If He is the Word, I must also be the Word. For the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, there can be no doubts, nor can we even look for arguments to justify ourselves. When you justify yourself like that, you are not in the Body. If you are in the Body, that is in the Church, God expresses Himself in you. Jesus Christ is the Word. The Word can never fight the Word. Where does contradiction and doubt come from? The Word does not require any interpretation. When you do that, you are on the outside. "(2 Peter 1:21) When you have the Holy Spirit, then you are in the Body of Christ. "Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures." (Luke 24:45) Your mind must be open to understand the Scriptures. "And my people shall never be confused again." (Joel 2:27)
2 Peter 1:19
"Lord, it is good that we are here; if you are willing, I will set up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. (Matthew 17:4) But when the cloud left, there was only one person left: Jesus Christ. He was transfigured with a face like the sun. Who can be like that but God Himself. We saw His glory. These men did not care about their lives because they understood who Jesus was. That is why Peter at Cornelius' house was able to say, "And Jesus commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he was appointed by God to judge the living and the dead." (Acts 10:42) Peter may have seemed insignificant, but he was the one with the keys to the kingdom. The angel did not make a mistake, he commanded to go and get Peter. Whether you take this lightly, whether you do not believe it, is none of our business. We are certain and we know.
They were confident, they know what they are doing! You must have the same position, nothing can disturb you. In the place where God has placed you, nothing can touch you. The price of redemption, God paid the highest ransom for you to be saved. No one can take you back anymore. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, the blood of a man. He was a man but also 100% God. The demons knelt before Him. He is Almighty. All this was written so that we can take courage. This Word is a power, it changes the lives of men. When you believe this Word, it works. God has never failed.
See Peter's courage, the fear is gone. Man can kill the body but he can't do anything to your soul. But God has the power over the soul. Jesus has conquered death, that is, He is above death. "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (John 2:19) He was found to be dead, He went down to Hades because Job was there, "I would that with a chisel of iron and with lead They were engraved in the rock forever... But I know that my redeemer lives, and that he will rise last on earth. When my skin is destroyed, he will arise; when I have no flesh, I will see God. I will see him, and he will be favorable to me; My eyes shall see him, and not the eyes of another; My soul shall long for him within me. (Job 19:24-27) Job has seen Him. You don't have a little redeemer but you have The Redeemer, the mighty Overcomer!
The devil can no longer defeat you. You may be shaken in your body, but healing you have. "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that says to you: Give me a drink! You yourself would have asked him for a drink, and he would have given you living water. (John 4:10) God knows His own. When God speaks to you, He knows what He is saying! Never rebel. You think you know, you may know, but you will never know more than the pastor. For if God has chosen him, He has given him something more, to shepherd the flock. The Body cannot have two heads. If there is one head, you cannot know more than the head.
Jesus asked her to go get her husband. When we have this Jesus, let us enjoy like Mary at the feet of the Master. Since this woman was the seed of God, she was known by God. The high priests insulted Jesus, but this woman had respect. Jesus was there at the well as if He was waiting for someone. This woman feels the desire to go to the well. Jesus is good. He will never abandon you, He is God, He is wonderful. When everyone abandons you, despises you, God takes care of you. Our Lord is a paradox. When we saw Jesus, we saw someone who did not respect the traditions, He even violated the Sabbath, but He was the Master of the Sabbath. The demons themselves did not understand Jesus: Is he a man? Is he God?
Jesus had come for this woman. She had fear and respect. "I have no husband. Jesus said to her, "You were right to say, 'I have no husband. For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. In this you have spoken the truth. (John 4:17-18) When you are a son of God, you feel the atmosphere change. But when you are of the evil one, you remain a bull. When you are a child of God, you are sensitive to the presence of God. "Lord," the woman said to him, "I see that you are a prophet." (John 4:19) The flame ignites, the conversation has changed, the water has begun to rise. "Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem. Woman," Jesus said to her, "believe me, the hour is coming when you will not worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and has already come, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for these are the worshippers whom the Father requires." (John 4:20-23) This woman knew that the Messiah was to come. "I who speak to you am he." (John 4: 26) When the flame is kindled, one does not remain the same person.
Peter spoke with such assurance, he was in the thing. He was on the mountain and he saw. Moses and Elijah were not there, but only Jesus Christ. Everything can be taken from you but you have real possessions up there. Even if there is contagion, we know who we are. You have to show your faith. It is a test. God can change the laws. "Behold, our God whom we serve can deliver us from the fiery furnace, and he will deliver us from your hand, O king. If not, know, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you have set up." (Daniel 3: 17-18) This is the time to exercise your faith.
The devil knows that man's weakness is his wallet. Touch the wallet and it will crack. The Lord said to Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one like him on earth; he is a man of integrity and uprightness, fearing God and turning away from evil." (Job 1:8) Can God say that about you? And Satan answered the Lord, "Does Job fear God unselfishly? (Job 1:9) "But put forth thy hand, and touch all that is his, and I am sure he will curse thee to thy face." (Job 1: 10) "My righteous man shall live by faith" (Hebrews 10: 38) Job's heart was not in all these things, he had put a distance. The Lord said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has, I will deliver to you; only do not lay hands on him." (Job 1:12) Satan could not get past the barrier. Believe in God, He will never abandon you.
What makes money valuable? Money is paper. It is man who gives value to paper. How can a piece of paper have more value than me? Paper can't be more important than your brother or sister. Don't put your heart into these things.
You are called "Heavenly Father", so you are his son. Now every father must take care of his son. Worry is for the heathen, not for you. Worry gives you tension problems, but God wants you to be at peace.