Tag: Father

Pledged by an eternal oath

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

In Jesus’ prayer to the Father, he says: “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are” (John 17:11). He was saying, “We agreed that I could bring into our covenant everyone who trusts in me. Now, Father, I ask you to bring these beloved ones under the same covenant promises you made to me.

What does this covenant between Father and Son have to do with you and me? It is a picture of God’s love for his beloved creation. He cut this covenant because he was unwilling to lose a single child to Satan. It is all about his undying love for his people.

The Father gave his Son, the Son gave his life, and we receive all the benefits. By mutual consent, the Father and Son made this covenant to keep and preserve the seed of Christ. It ensures that we will endure to the end and we will be kept safe.

The promise to save and deliver us, then, and our confidence that God will keep it, has a precedent in the relationship between Father and Son.

Did the Father lead and guide Jesus, as he pledged he would? Did his Spirit empower the Son, giving him encouragement and consolation? Did he bring him through all his temptations and trials? Did he keep him from the powers of darkness? Did he usher him home to glory victorious? Was God true to his part of the covenant terms?

Yes, absolutely! And the Father who kept his covenant promises to his Son has pledged an eternal oath to do the same for us. Jesus affirmed this part of the covenant when he said, “The glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me” (John 17:22-23).

If you stay in Christ — abide in him and trust him — you will surely see his glory!

by David Wilkerson

Loving Him More Than

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

In Matthew, Messiah told His disciples, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Why is that? It’s because it’s not enough to love the Lord, to love Messiah. The Lord calls us not just to love Him, but to love Him ‘more than’. The Lord requires us to love Him more than anything or anyone else. It’s the same thing He asked of Abraham with the offering of Isaac. The reason why we have choices and temptations is so that we can use it to choose God over everything else. If you had no choices, how could you choose God? So, take all the temptation you deal with and see it in a new way, as a way to choose God over it. To put away, forsake, reject, and be done with every sin so that you do not grieve Him, but bless Him. Love God, but don’t just love Him. Love Him ‘more than these’, because He didn’t just love you— He loved you more!

Today’s Mission – Today, examine your heart. If you have anything that has taken precedence over loving God, restore God over that thing as your First Love.

by Jonathan Cahn