John 21:22 Poking Your Nose Into Other People’s Business

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:22

Putting their noses into another person’s business is a common problem that many people have. Sometimes it is done to be able to control another person. Often it is done out of jealousy.

Most people want every thing to be fair and equal to every one, especially when it involves themselves in the comparison. When things do not appear to be fair and equal, people see it and jealousy often arises.

Jesus had just told Peter to feed His sheep, if he loved Him. Peter then asked about John. Jesus said He could keep him alive until He returns, but it has nothing to do with Peter.

Men and women in the church are no different than people outside the church. Many are often ‘concerned’ about another person getting something that they did not get. It is an undercover for the feeling of jealousy.

They will poke their nose into the business of others to see what they are getting they are not getting. Or why one person gets a blessing from God, while another does not. Some will question God as to His choices on handing out of blessings.

How God is blessing another person is of no real concern to any other person, unless one is willing to give God the glory for the blessing. Believers should rejoice when they see someone else being blessed.

Along with that, believers should accept their assignment from God. There should be no jealousy as to what God gives as an assignment to another person. God works with each person differently, but in the same way in guiding that person in the best way possible for his life.

As you go through life, you will see God bless others or give certain jobs to that you will not get. When you see these things, do not allow yourself to become jealous about it.

Give God all the glory and praise for what He is doing in another person’s life. While doing that, you can focus on what God is doing in your own life. Be more concerned about what God is telling you to do and how He is blessing you.

Don’t poke your nose into the business of others when it does no good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is calling you to do; that you will focus on what God is saying to you; and that you will not be jealous of what God is doing in and for others.

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

Title: Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men
Author: J S Shelton
Publisher: J S Shelton
Date: 2019
Pages: 250

Unmuzzled: Escaping Sexual Sin, Satan’s Grip On Men (book review)

One of the most common struggles that men have, both in the church and outside the church is with sexual sins. The author begins the book describing his life experiences on how he was muzzled by Satan with sexual sins. He reveals how it started out with just some thoughts and later led to actions.

Shelton calls it a muzzling, because when a Christian man falls into sexual sin, he does not want to talk about it or even admit it to anyone. Satan holds him captive to the sin.

Once this sin is admitted, he shows what the Bible says on how to get away from it. He points out how God always makes a way to get away from sexual temptations, but that a person must be willing to accept and choose that path. In the process of choosing God’s path, it takes the muzzle off of the man and allows him to talk about it and change, rejecting the temptations.

The acronym that he uses to help one remember the steps is: S.A.F.E. Stay away. Flee. Escape.

One of the things that I really enjoy about this book is the amount he uses scriptures for all of his points and calls to action. Not only does he use scripture, but he applies it to every day life of most people.

Shelton is a husband and father who has struggled with sexual sin to an extreme degree, but has been set free by the power of God’s word and Holy Spirit guiding him. His desire is to set other men free from being muzzled by Satan with this sin.

This book is a simple read, without any high level, college speaking. He asks many questions and calls for action in each chapter. Each chapter is only a few pages, so it makes for short time to read a chapter and give you time to think and act on what you read.

Whether you struggle with this sin or not, I highly suggest reading it. It can help you overcome it, if you struggle, or it can help you help someone else that is struggling with this sin.

John 20:16 Knowing When He Calls You

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20:16

In today’s society most people have a cell phone. One of the advantages of a cell phone is that when someone calls the phone can usually identify who is calling. This helps when one cannot see the person calling.

Hearing a person call in person is much easier to identify who is calling. Although in a large crowd, some will not always recognize the voice of a friend calling, unless it is a close friend that is well known.

After Jesus rose from the dead and before everyone knew about it, He had met up with Mary. At first she did not recognize Him until He called her name, then she knew who He was.

Couples who have been married for many years have learned to recognize each other’s voice, even in a large crowd. This is just like mother’s who can recognize their child’s cry in a room full of little children all calling at the same time.

The only reason people can recognize the other’s call is because they have spent time with the person and know that person very well. They know the voice of those who are close to them.

Believers who have spent time in prayer and communication with God will recognize His voice when He speaks. This is something that does not happen over night, but over a long period of time of a building of the relationship.

One should strive to build his relationship with God so closely that he knows as much as possible about God and will always recognize His voice. God is willing and ready to speak, but His people need to know His voice and be listening for it.

As a believer you should desire to be led by God in every area of your life. In order for this to occur, you must be able to recognize God’s voice when He is calling you.

He will call you to tell you what to do next, guiding every step and action. There will be times when He will also call you to stop you from an action.

Throughout your life there will be many other voices calling to you to lead you into sin. Listen for God’s voice and follow what He says. It is the best path for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice when He calls; that you will be listening to hear God speak; and that you will obey what God is telling you.