And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it

Wig’s Word of God Today 2-22-2011

Tend the flock of God in your midst, (overseeing) not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. 1 Peter 5:2
 
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
 
1 Peter 5:1-4, Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6 & Matthew 16:13-19
 
We are all charged as Christians to tend His Flock in a loving, gentle way seeking not to bind the Spirit but to eagerly allow the joy of God to encourage and guide us to be true examples of Christ’s Gospel. These manners come to us by way of faith in His Truth enabling us to share the love of Christ with confidence and passion. Let us not focus on the prize of heaven in the sky but the prize of heaven here on earth to accomplish good deeds of faith, hope, charity and love. For as 1 Peter 5:3-4 teach us, “Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”
 
Simon Peter responds to Jesus’ question of “But who do you say that I am?”  “Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” You’ve just been told by the Messiah you are the chosen leader of whom He will trust with building up His Church. I’m sure many of us are thinking, “he must have been scared” and I’m sure he was but Christ choose Peter even knowing Peter would soon deny Him three times. He gave Peter the authority to make decisions about Christianity that is still in practice today 2000 years after His death. Jesus stood by His words “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 In loving his love of Christ, Peter built a church that took the Gospel to “the ends of the earth.”
 
So we ask in prayer: Dear Lord, we pray today to eagerly share Your Son’s Truth for the Glory of You in heaven. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
 
God Bless,
Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
Romans 8:28
“Spirit led God inspired Christ fed”
 
Bounded on Earth for Heaven’s Creation
 
Are you His witness?
Suffering in His Truth
Seeking not your own desires
But Heaven on earth to use
 
His revealed glory will reach you
Confidence in His lasting love
Sharing the joys of heaven
His Crown of Glory from above
 
Simon Peter stood and exclaimed
The Christ the living Son of God
You are the Rock of my Church Foundation
Bounded on earth for heaven’s creation
 
© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins February 22, 2011 @ 4:57 AM EST

About Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

My name is Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins. I first recognize Christ as my Savior in all things. I am married to my best friend and Soul-Mate in Christ, Antonia Cruz-Wiggins. I am a University of Florida graduate of Public Relations, a US Navy Veteran and a Montessori Elementary School Teacher. I love life and God's help of living it! I follow the Light of Christ in everything I do! I love writing poetry about the Lord and I create a new poem from each Scripture I discern in my daily mediations. You can almost follow the poem by looking at the readings for each day. I started sharing this small yet personal scripture study four years ago when one day I was reading the bible and the Holy Spirit moved me to share the verse with a group of about 40 Christian Men in my Emmaus Ministry who get together weekly to celebrate the Lord and talk about His Truth. Since then the number of people I share my study with has grown to over 650. I enjoy an open loving dialog about anything I write and I have strived to write what I know the Lord wants me to share steering clear of offending anyone’s spiritual beliefs because I share my work with people I meet in public when I strike up a conversation about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It took almost 2 years to begin writing what the Holy Spirit leads me to say. I believe that all Christians must unite as One Body of Christ’s Love to accomplish the joy of living with love, honor and respect. I reach out to Humanity to share His Salvation be it Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Episcopal or any other religion or belief. I seek to mirror His Compassion, His Simpleness, His Charity and His Love. While I am Catholic, I believe we must all unite in the Lord to become One Body in Christ to bring our children back to The Church. I am humbled to share my study with you. Please feel free to comment any time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my Joy because I am a Disciple of His Truth. I am honored to share my Bible study with anyone you may recommend. As always, I remain, Yours in Christ, Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
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