Why did Jesus tell Peter to “Feed My Sheep” in John 21?

Answer: Jesus gave Peter a three-fold command to “feed my sheep” in John 21:15-17. Each time Jesus said, “Feed my sheep,” it was in response to Peter’s three-fold declaration of love for Jesus. The setting was one of the last of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to His disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus prepared a breakfast of fish and bread for them, and then commissioned Peter with the task of feeding His sheep and tending His lambs.
The three commands, although often translated the same way, are subtly different. 

The first time, Jesus says it, the Greek means literally pasture (tend) the lambs” (v. 15). The Greek word for “pasture” is in the present tense, denoting a continual action of tending, feeding and caring for animals. Believers are referred to as sheep throughout Scripture. “For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care” (Psalm 95:7). Jesus is both our Good Shepherd (John 10:11) and the Door of the sheepfold (John 10:9). By describing His people as lambs, He is emphasizing their nature as immature and vulnerable and in need of tending and care.
The second time, the literal meaning is “tend My sheep” (v. 16). In this exchange, Jesus was emphasizing tending the sheep in a supervisory capacity, not only feeding but ruling over them. This expresses the full scope of pastoral oversight, both in Peter’s future and in all those who would follow him in pastoral ministry. Peter follows Jesus’ example and repeats this same Greek word poimaino in his first pastoral letter to the elders of the churches of Asia Minor: “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers” (1 Peter 5:2).
The third time, the literal translation is “pasture (tend) the sheep” (v. 17). Here Jesus combines the different Greek words to make clear the job of the shepherd of the flock of God. They are to tend, care for, and provide spiritual food for God’s people, from the youngest lambs to the full-grown sheep, in continual action to nourish and care for their souls, bringing them into the fullness of spiritual maturity. The totality of the task set before Peter, and all shepherds, is made clear by Jesus’ three-fold command and the words He chooses.
What is this food with which shepherds are to feed the flock of God? It can be no other than the Word of God. Peter declares that Christians are to desire the pure spiritual milk of the Word so that by it, we can mature in our salvation (1 Peter 2:2). As early as the book of Deuteronomy, we see the Lord describing His Word as food for His people who live not by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from His mouth (Deuteronomy 8:3). Jesus reiterates this thought in His temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:4). The importance of the Word of God as food for our souls cannot be over-emphasized.
Clearly, the job of the shepherds of God’s people is to provide them with the pure milk of the Word of God so they can move on to the meat and solid food of the spiritually mature (Hebrews 5:12-14). Pastoral ministry should be primarily one of pastors feeding their people the Word of God. Only then can pastors declare, as Peter did, their love for the Lord Jesus.

You can have it “All”

You can have it “All” Lord is easy said than done. Some pray Lord you can have it all..but do they really have the courage to fully surrender and totally submit? 

The early disciples couldn’t comprehend this commitment rather wanted the glory by letting everyone know that they were the disciples of Jesus when things were good and calm but when Jesus asked them to give up everything, fully surrender they said this is too hard who is going to listen nor obey these commands and left Him..but the 12 they said through Peter who else are we to follow?! We know that you’re the Holy One..

Can He have it all, now? I ask myself every second of everyday if I am fit to call myself a true follower who doesn’t follow all the time..truth if it matters!!
#followthetruelife

The Ancient & Modern “Elite”, But Love?

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:8-9)

So Paul realized that he was spiritually attacked and started losing sight of God’s purpose for him through satan’s deceptions of feeling puffed up “Preeminence” because of his ministry, in the same way the “Elite” Pharisees and Sadducees lived, and satan convinced them to only focus on the knowledge of the Old Testament and perform outwards ceremonies, uphold an elite self-image and strictly enforcing the laws of Moses. To overcome this attack; Paul sought the Father Jesus’ ways of growing and maturing to be complete in more inward ways through deep and constant relationship -with God the Father- proved that he is a faithful follower.

You see after God opened Paul’s heart to know the difference -between being worldly strongly rooted in vs being heavenly strongly led- Paul had to face his boosting, pride and fought satan back; then made a point to warn the Church in Corinth and all of us regards the danger of self boasting about our knowledge of the Word without living it through thick and thin and actively pursuing His eternity.

Yes, we all face strong spiritual times and face weak and dry spiritual ones as well (full of doubts) Therefore, we must be ready to reload, daily equipped to fight the good fight and aim to Finish the race..always be alert for the schemes and deceptions and lies of the common enemy and stay focused on the “Big Prize” the heavenly one, none of us is immuned from facing these spiritual warfares schemes and attacks, let’s continually wear and use His Full Armor as the Father commands..

Paul last words to Timothy “7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course (race), I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7

But “True Faith” is revealed when it is seen in action. Before ascending  Jesus announced that He gave one very simple and profound commandment “Love one another.” But we crave it, we believe that love is one of the main requirement of Jesus’ true followers.

Jesus explained, in John 13:34-36  

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” 36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.

Jesus kept it simple. He taught and demonstrated that love is an action Not just in words and body language. As John explains, “Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

Staying In Good Shape & Healthy 

Why I try hard to stay in good shape & healthy?!

I try very hard to stay in good shape and healthy based on the motivation that I must be in good shape and healthy to be able to pursue the Father’s heart continually and through Faith I will be able to serve Him and be fruitful worker in His vine by doing His preassigned good works for me toward His peoples and become transformed to be like Him in the process.

I try hard to stay in good shape and healthy to honor and to respect His temple and image and to prepare for His Holy Spirit who is always ready for much deeper indwelling in me.

I try to stay in good shape and healthy so I can stay tuned in and in constant connection with the Father, raising and praising His Holy name “Elohim” which is above all names.

I try to stay in good shape and healthy to keep my heart alive and a true source of the springs of life.. for Jesus says “23 (Above all), watch (guard) over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

I try hard to stay in good shape and healthy to be able to stay humble and hungry and strong and courageous and never be dismayed; preparing for His second kingdom to come for the Lord says “Yes, I am coming quickly” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Rev. 22:20

Not Always Smooth Pavent

Broke my heart to see so many of these on the side of the roads. To all who is heavy hearted out there – it is heavy life agree but using all of these fake drugs to hide and mask the pains, hurts and disappointments is not more than an escape to nowhere. 

Physically didn’t feel good running this morning, but spiritually felt good and awakening. Holy Spirit this morning Has showed me that our journey will not always be like running on a smooth pavement, sometimes God commands us to move aside and run on rough gravel and through nasty mud puddles to let danger pass us by, then go back on track much stronger, much matured and steadily prepared to the challenges that lies ahead.

Believe, have Faith rooted in repentance, obey and trust, and walk the talk and do not rust..it is always a choice, isn’t it?

Thank You Jesus.

A Follower who does not follow

Why do we ask others to do something we won’t do?

Before we ask others to invite Jesus and His Holy Spirit to be the center of their Households, we ought to apply the same in our own households as a starter, and do it even when no one is watching..

Are you a Christian Consumer or Christian Multiplier? Christ gave us the free gift of salvation by walking across the path from life to death and back. Then He granted us the Mighty Power of the Holy Spirit through His love to guide, teach and protect us, while we are building His Kingdom (occupy until He comes) descending once again to claim His second and eternal kingdom.

Access to the Father (Fatherhood, love, mercy, blessings, Kingship and spending many days in deep talks..) After this pure ultimate sacrifice, we have been able to stay connected to Him and stay in His presence all the time not just once a year and only through the highest priests while behind closed doors (Holy of Holies) and we don’t need anymore burnt offerings by shedding a blood of an animal sacrifice to have access to Him.

Because of this free gift which He himself paid in full in our behalf; we are called to be His stewards, servants, we are called to proclaim The Father Jesus Christ as our Lord and teach His Good News “CLEARLY” to all nations.

True Godly leaders, have naked, undivided, unshaken, burning feelings, are humble concerning the spiritual welfare of Christians everywhere. Earnestly and constantly praying while heartbroken, longing for all Christians and Non Christians to understand God’s will and purpose for their lives and to live in a way that will only honor and please the Father, then at the end be among the reapers of His great harvest.

We are obligated and must be unashamed (like Paul was) to support the existence and the continuation efforts to the healthy growth of the Christian revival movement, but most importantly we are also called to nourish our local and global church. The church is a great source to build saints and evangelists who are not only to be complete in Christ, but also are well equipped with the full armor and empowerment of the Holy Spirit to Go and fulfill Jesus’s great commission. Remember He is alive and we do worship a God who is alive who defeated death; We are called by design to be no less than authentic children of Light not by any means children of the dark.

We must be true followers who follow while filled up with zeal to follow and die to ourselves daily before preaching and teaching the Word, be true revival ambassadors to Jesus’s ministry, humble and hungry for reaching every tribe, every tongue, every race in every corner of this sinful and broken world.

Is your heart in pieces, or is it just overwhelmed can’t see beyond the fog ahead. What’s your calling, are you applying God’s ways or satan ways? For the day of judgement is no hidden secret, rather it is very inevitable and surely is set to come..

Occupy till I come 

God asks us to (Occupy till I come), but also, He commands us to GO!, not set still in one place, be fruitful and multiply, and make His name known to all of the world!! 

Today, Over 2 Billion people alive haven’t heard His Word or His name, yet! 

Acts 1:8 (NIV)

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

“YOU ARE All WE NEED”

 

Away from you my compass had failed me again and again!

I have told You Father all about the dark places that I once had been,

I was extremely alone, yet, the king of my own.

I have told you all about the places that I wanted once to go, to seize my supreme soul and build a kingdom of my own.

You told me “I LOVE you son, HURRY!, HURRY!, DON’T GO”

I will guide you to where you belong and suppose to be,

There, my Spirit will build you a HOME!.

I have told You Father, You were the One light that led me back, to the place where I had once started from,

Only when I told You “YOU ARE All I NEED”,

In Your Love, You built me a Home!

And then You Lord became the King of my throne,

With You now, I am ever set FREE!!,

and most certainly where I am suppose to be,

“YOU ARE All WE NEED”,

Jesus.

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God vs. Allah!!

The name “Allah” which what Muslims use to call on their god, also this Arabic name is well used by Arab Christians worldwide. 

It is a custom based practice more than doctrine or language issue, it comes from the Muslim culture influence and its dominate Quran teachings and preachings in the Arabic Language more or less. However, Arab Christians still have the choice to call our Father “Rabb” Dad, Lord, God..which another Arabic name of God that Muslims and Quran do not use to describe Allah.    
Muslims do not believe that Jesus is God, the Son and the father (The Trinity) nor do they believe that He was the One who truly was crucified “but it was a lookalike, which Allah provided in Jesus’s place”.  One major issue here is that Muslims believe and claim that the Bible is not a scared book and is not the inspired and breathed words of God to the Christian family, including all tribes, tongues, and nations, rather it is just a book of fairytales and history of mankind which does not dare to mention the old western Christians crusades..

It is very clearly that the Muslim “Allah” is not the same Christian “Rabb”. Even though sometimes both Muslims and Arab Christians use “Allah” to call on their Gods, It is totally different deity. Since we can’t separate the three Godhead, and Muslims do not to believe in this Three Trinity so the answer becomes very clear. 
According to the Quran the story started when Muhammed was sleeping inside a cave and the “Angel Gabriel” (same Angel who God had assigned to bring the news of the coming of the Christ, the Messiah) came down and gave him his prophecy even though he was illiterate he was able to memories Sūrat al-Fātiḥah (Arabic: سُّورَةُ الفَاتِحَة ) which is the first chapter (Surah) of the Quran which contains seven verses (ayats). Then the story of Islam had began..

I have respect to everyone’s belief system and do not rebuke anyone; it is a blessing to be able to discuss and exchange knowledge, views back and forth in regards to different Religions and theologies something Muslim Radicals won’t accept and radically attack and kill.

In “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?” Al Mohler, the President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says “Evangelical Christians understand that, theologically, there is a genetic link between Judaism and Christianity. That is why Christians must always be humbled by the fact that we have been grafted onto the promises first made to Israel. In terms of both history and theology, there is no genetic link between Christianity and Islam. The Qur’an claims that to confess Jesus Christ as the divine Son and the second person of the Trinity is to commit blasphemy against Allah.

Hard times come with hard questions, and our cultural context exerts enormous pressure on Christians to affirm common ground at the expense of theological differences. But the cost of getting this question wrong is the loss of the Gospel. Christians affirm the image of God in every single human being and we must obey Christ as we love all people everywhere as our neighbor. Love of neighbor also demands that we tell our neighbor the truth concerning Christ as the only way to truly know the Father.

We must also understand that the most basic issue is the one Jesus answered with absolute clarity. One cannot deny the Son and truly worship the Father. There is no question that the Muslim is our neighbor, but there is no way to remain faithful to Scripture and the gospel and then claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.” 

I personally believe by us applying the “Great Commission” sharing the Gospel and daily staying tuned in with God’s ways of living allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work by touching their hearts and convincing them of what the truth is! Be Jesus’s light always and beliving that ONLY through our FAITH in (Jesus) as our Savoir we can receive salvation not through Allah!

It is happening now more than ever! Many Muslims are converting, They have had it with their cherry picking radical movements. They are learning the difference more and more everyday! 

Thanks be to God

Faithful to your Faith

Father Abba, please allow me the gift to be faithful to your faith in every single moment that lies ahead, reminding me, not to be philosophic but deeply faithful, understanding who you are and who I am and how our relationship ought to be, who is in charge and who is not, and not to worry about the timeline for this or the timeline for that, rather be humble and be blessed, live, walk, love every second worshiping and counting your blessings, preparing my soul to that day when once and for all, you will allow me to stay in your precious Holy Presence.

Father, keep us Faithful to your Faith, keep us away from being Flawed and Fraud.. 

All the true Praise & Glory to you.

Forever Amen!

The 3 motivations of Evangelism

Paul had never made it to Rome yet! But he had written the book of Romans to share His yearning to visit and share the Gospel and the fruit of the Holy Spirit with them!! Based on the 3 motivations for Christian Evangelism.

– I am under (Obligation)
– I am (Eager) to preach the gospel
– I am (Unashamed)

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. (I am under obligation) both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So, for my part, (I am eager to preach the gospel) to you also who are in Rome. For (I am not ashamed) of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.””
Romans 1:8-17 NASB

Identity 

Losing it, justifies every proposed action, away from the Father’s blueprint of life “The Bible”. Which leads to self death through self distraction.

Now Imagine (RELIGIOUS GROUPS) OR better yet (NATIONS & LEADERS) losing their true identity..by

(Ignoring their History including their ancestors’ sacrifices, the homelands where they originally came from, their principles, what they stand for, what they ought to fight for and their nation’s future!)

And this is my take on our present world’s situation, should anyone dare to agree to ignore it…a wise person can’t deny the fact that all this present chaos is based on utilizing (Religious Terrorism) to achieve (Political Objectives!!) and ultimately dominate the distribution of world powers.

My question is simple but hard to apply, for how long would we be willingly willing to allow mainstream media to brain wash our brains?!! The truth is just one search engine away!

The Armor of God

Disturbed, hurt and having that ugly inner fight which won’t stop this thought..
While Christianity is facing many present challenges and future battles to overcome. Instead of the body enhancing the people’s dimension of worship closer to the Lord and build true saints ready to be send out to spread the Word where the bible has not been heard before, to restore the broken hearts, to feed the hungry, to heal the sick, to cloth the naked, to wipe someone tears and whisper gently saying God loves you in someone ears..
I see the body of our Lord Jesus Christ confused as to who the real enemy really is?! And what is the true mission ought to be?!
Instead fighting from the inside out in idle mode, bleeding through many ligaments and many broken bones, accusing each other on the bases of righteousness, who is setting things right or not with the Lord! Screaming pointing figures saying this domination is all outwards rather nothing inwards..
Who is right or wrong?! who is good or better, or best?! does it really matter, the theologies are many but the book to all the true answers is only one, it is in God’s true Word’s scriptures which are His Breathed words and inspired by the Holy Spirit to the humans authors. 2 Tim. 3:16
The enemy is growing by the hour, is getting closer by day and night, Christians are ignoring this fact while fixing their energy on weakening the body; spreading confusing thoughts based on mere goals which won’t have any positive impact on building strong army of God fully armored with the armor of God completely ready to fight today for the true Word.
The Armor of God
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” 

Eph. 6:10-18

Christians need to be alert! And quickly find resolutions not accusations!!  
Our earthly life is way too short, but one day we all have to justify who we are, and how we did consume this life! To be able to live the second one!

“Do not be Shaken”

Whenever we are real and true, whenever we are connected to our reality and understanding our human’s flesh from its core to its face value of daily deceptions and lies..

The Word is the greatest gift of guidance that God almighty had given to us Mankind. But yet, how often we lose sight and drift off our path. Then next we lose Faith in Him, disbelieving that by Him and through Him we will not be Shaken.
“As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.
—2 Thessalonians 2:1–4”

Passion week

(Sunday – Day One)
Marks the beginning of Christ “Passion week”

Passion: It refers especially to the suffering of Christ and the afflictions He endured as an innocent victim in the final two days before His death.

The term “Passion week”:
It includes the Last Supper; His prayer and agony in the Garden (Gethsemane); and His arrest, trials, crucifixion, death, and burial.

DAY ONE
According to the Synoptic Gospels Christ entered the city of Jerusalem in triumph and then visited the temple before He retired to Bethany. This represents clearly ALL He did on day one.

ISIS Killing 21 Christians

Jesus Passion. Was living inside of  them during their final walk (as many other Christians who are currently in prisons and under persecutions) I am sure they were comforting themselves with all kind of prayers that none of us can touch the surface of or literally imagine; so I am not even going to try.

Passion: It derives from the Latin word passio, which refers to “suffering” and “enduring.” It speaks of the endurance of a submissive victim to afflictions laid upon him. Jesus passion that is during His last week on earth.. I have no doubt that He was standing before them, with His arms wide open, saying to them “it is time, let’s go, walk with me!” Or may be he asked them to say “it is Finished” or even take it to the extreme they probably would have said speaking in Tongues, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45-46)

The Blind leading the Blind To understand why ISIS even exists at the first place? Their purpose, their future long term goals, one can write a whole book to present the whole true facts..

Simple is better: They believe their Quran is commanding them to spread Islam all over the earth, subdue it, have one and only one Muslim government governing the entire earth. If you are not with us then you are against us and we will kill you even if you are a Muslim, but yet, apposing this command. So to say pray for them, to love on them and to be deeply understanding that there’s a fraction of hope to one day they will convert from a group of killers to a group of peace makers, is humanly very challenging.

They are brainwashed and well taught radical leaders who have  been prepared to attack anytime and will kill parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and put other people to death, for the sake of their imaginary purposed driven calling!

The key question is, How are we to defend ourselves, how are we to protect the lives of our families, when they are standing outside the door on the front porch ready to break into our HOME to kill everyone in the house?

I grew up among & in the middle of Islamic countries, have many Muslims friends that are dear to my heart. However, I truly believe taking in consideration the minimum justice standards; we Can Not say that “All Muslims are terrorist”. But agree all of us must pray for peace, because at the end of the day it is that same old new war between Satan & Mankind.

Standing in your Holy presence with everything, we pray & shout out for peace & mercy. God asks us to forgive & be merciful, for He is the Lord of all & is always right, always is able!

Water baptism

Jesus lived a SINLESS life on earth. John the Baptist, baptized people with water for the forgiveness of their sins!

If SINLESS, WHY then JESUS Was baptized by John for?

  • The Sinless Jesus decided to be baptized by John for:
    The fulfillment of righteousness. He felt the need to be baptized, not to repent, but to identify with sinful people. This also pointed to His death, burial, and resurrection
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  • Jesus decided to be baptized also to embodying the prophecy of Isaiah:
    Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.