Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Jeremiah 18 - 20; Psalm 93; John 17 (The Message)

John 17: While I return to you.
Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life
That you conferred as a gift through me,
So they can be one heart and mind
As we are one heart and mind.
As long as I was with them, I guarded them
In the pursuit of the life you gave through me;
I even posted a night watch.
And not one of them got away,
Except for the rebel bent on destruction (the exception that proved the rule of Scripture).
13-19 Now I'm returning to you.
I'm saying these things in the world's hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn't join the world's ways,
Just as I didn't join the world's ways.
I'm not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;

Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I'm consecrating myself for their sakes
So they'll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
20-23 I'm praying not only for them

But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they'll be as unified and together as we are— I in them and you in me.
Then they'll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you've sent me and loved them
In the same way you've loved me.
24-26 Father, I want those you gave me

To be with me, right where I am,
So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me,
Having loved me Long before there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known you,
But I have known you, and these disciples know
That you sent me on this mission.
I have made your very being known to them—
Who you are and what you do—
And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me
Might be in them
Exactly as I am in them.

Jesus praying for us……praying
for us to be of one heart and one mind….the church……drawing people into Him…..us THE CHURCH living focused on Him and trusting that HIS purpose…His command to love will be lived out in us because HE LOVED us….
The leadership summit …praying for Church leaders to be of one heart, one mind, united in Christ…..so that the LOST will be found…..united and together…..
Bill Hybels sharing the gospel with LEADERS......Wayne Cordeiro exhorting us as leaders to spend time daily in the word, not for head knowlege but for IT to change and soften our hearts to the Holy Spirit's leading....it's not us to give the WORD to others but to give our hearts FOR the word to others....to be of one mind wouldn't we have to be of one heart...to be of one heart wouldn't we have to be of one WORD His???


DJG said...

It is a common thread today...good thoughts!

Jada's Gigi said...

The Father has answered that awesome prayer prayed by His Son so long ago...the Dream...Dulcinea...beleive...

Bar Bar A said...

Becky, Wow. Love this post. Gonna save it.

Sarah said...

Great post, how is the family????