He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep." - John 21:17
After Jesus' resurrection, Peter and some of the disciples had returned to fishing. One day, as they were fishing, someone calls out to them from the seashore. At first, the disciples in the boat did not recognize Jesus. Then John said, "It's the Lord." Even though he had utterly failed the Lord, Peter knew something about Jesus' heart. Instead of holding back, Peter jumped into the water, swam to the shore and was the first to greet Jesus.
Jesus asked, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me....Feed My Sheep." Implied in the dialogue of the text was this – "If you love Me, Peter, then keep following Me. Don't let your previous failure and self-condemnation be the end. Your DESTINY and CALLING is still intact."
The future Jesus had planned was still intact and needed an act of faith from Peter in order for it to be re-engaged.
CONDEMN EACH VOICE OF HELL
Isaiah wrote, "No weapon formed against you will prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of God, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord." Isaiah 54:17
We quote the first part of that verse frequently and yet fail to read the remainder of the verse. What we miss is the part that says that God will condemn the voices of darkness that rise up to condemn us.
If God condemns what is condemning us, shouldn't we do the same? His love is always flowing towards us and can never be diverted by the dam of personal shame and condemnation. God is inviting His people to rise up and join with Him to condemn each voice of Hell that tries to rob us of our DESTINY. That will be our most significant act of spiritual warfare.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY