Leaning on Jesus' Bosom

Good Morning Little Flock,

I do pray that the Holy Spirit bless you this morning and open your eyes to this Bible truth by removing the blinders which Satan has placed on so many heads. Iím not quit sure just where to start and to some it will seem to be the babblings of an old man. But to those for whom God has intended, it will be a blessing of spiritual wealth and wisdom... What I have to tell you isnít about Baptist or any church doctrines, it isnít about religion but a simple truth from the Father...

I awoke from a dream early this morning and sat for a time in my ole easy chair just reading my Bible in the Gospel of John, chapter 13. My dream in part we this: I was in this very large church but no one realized my presence.. I moved about unnoticed as more or less an observer and sometimes hovering above the audience.. The building was under repairs and the preacher was preaching words of the world, eloquent and captivating but not of God...

A balding man then stood and prayed but while his words were beautiful to the listener they never reached two feet above his head and it was then I tried to sing praises.. As I lifted my voice the new air conditioning system kicked on and white asbestos which had collected in the duct work blew out all over the people and I chocked on the dust.. As I looked I could see the white dust covering my arms and I looked across the crowd and into the balconies and all the people looked as though they were covered in the snowy white powder... The people never heard the truth of the song I was trying to sing. They had been blinded and covered with the white dust of this world. It was then that I awoke knowing that this people, though religious, knew not God.

Iíd like to tell you this little story about a little monkey... No, I havenít lost it and Iíll put this all together in a minute as the Holy Spirit leads me, so please bear with me. (smile) It seems that this little monkey had a piece of fruit in his hand and he saw some men coming to capture him so he hid behind a tree and watched them. They had a basket of ripe fruit and in a knot hole of a tree they placed one big juicy piece of this fruit and then left... They knew that the monkey would be curious and sure enough the little monkey dropped the fruit from his hand and went to the tree and reached in and took a hold of the juicy fruit in the knothole.

The knothole was just large enough for his hand to reach in but not large enough to retrieve the fruit and so there he stood holding on but not being able to get his prize. When he saw the men returning the monkey began screaming and yanking but as hard as he tried couldnít get his hand back out of the knothole in the tree... If he had let go of the juicy fruit he could have pulled his hand out of the knothole and escaped his captors. But he held on and the captors put a collar about his neck and he would never know freedom again. And this, by the way is how the natives capture monkeys in the wild. Now if you would, read John Chapter 13... Iíll highlight a couple of verses for you and hopefully make some sense out of all this...

John 13: 1, 8 -- 26, 29.

[1] Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
[2] And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
[3] Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
[4] He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
[5] After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
[6] Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
[7] Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
[8] Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

[26] Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
[27] And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
[28] Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
[29] For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

Now for the dream.. The large church represents America with the false religious leaders, the preachers, who have duped the American people into believing we are a godly nation. But it is all about greed and power ( the repairs of the church) and love of money and not God. The man praying represents the leaders of this country who have passed the laws which remove God from all aspects of our nations foundation... Not allowing our children the teachings of the Bible or prayer or the laws of God, (the Ten Commandments) to be placed in our schools...

They are denying the presents and power of God and replacing it with condoning sins. The murder of unborn babies, alternant life styles, (homosexuality), the mind altering teaching of, if it feels good then do it. Accepting and bringing in false religions. The people covered in the white dust are blinded by their wealth and the few who are trying to get them to return back to God are stifled by the dust of their worldly lust, (trying to sing the truth but couldnít) And just as removing the foundation stones from any building, removing the corner stone of God from the foundation will being total destruction of this or any nation who have turned their back on God and the teachings of the Bible...

We as Christian individuals are the monkeys of the story. We have dropped the fruit, (love of God) and Satan has entered in, just as in verse 27, with promises of wealth and happiness and We have let go of true joy, the fruit the little monkey had first, (in the case of the Christian, Christ) and have grabbed a hold of a promise, our eyes filled with lust, greed, fame, power, or personal wealth, which leads to all manor of sin and a turning away from God...

Jesus has left you and I an example of washing each others feet. Verse 10.. We as Christians are clean but not all. Let me explain; ďThe underlying imagery is of an oriental returning from the public baths to his house. His feet would contact defilement and require cleaning, but not his body. So the believer is cleansed as before the law from all sin ďonce for allĒ (Hebrews 10: 1, 12), but needs ever to bring is daily sins to the Father in confession, that he may abide in unbroken fellowship with the Father and with the Son,
(I John 1: 1, 10).... The blood of Christ answers forever to all the law could say as to the believers guilt, but he needs constant cleansing from the defilement of sin... Typically, the order of approach to the presence of God was first, the brazen alter of sacrifice, and then the laver of cleansing, (Exodus 40: 6, 7) See, also, the order in Exodus 30: 17, 21... Christ cannot have communion with a defiled saint, but He can and will cleanse himĒ... Note: ďtaken from Scofield reference BibleĒ

John 13: 23
[23] Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

I pray our desire be as this dear disciple. And that is for you and I to be so much in love with Jesus that we can rest our head on His bosom, showing this love to Him as we strive to follow in His teachings and footsteps as faithful servants.

You and I as Christians must let go of the fruit in the knothole of the tree of sin, the temptations of Satan, and wash one anotherís feet by first, repenting of our sins daily and then reaching out to our brothers and sisters in our Christian family of God and washing their feet. For we are His servants but we have allowed the sinful dust of the world to cloud our servitude.. Let us wash the dust away and lift our voices high, loud and clear, to all who will listen. Lifting one another up in Christ and then spreading that gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.. Well Glory!


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