What is our biggest problem? TRUST! Why? Because we don’t know that we are loved. We don’t live in that revelation and therefore it’s all on us.

You can only live a high level of Christianity if you trust because you KNOW that you are loved.  

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. 

The truth is that we ONLY love him, because he first loved us.

The story of the last supper is packed with suspense and filled with powerful principles. How to treat others, how to respond in pressured situations, what to say and when to say it. It reads like a Hollywood film script. It shows what keeps friendships together and what separates them. It shows how betrayal destroys a community and how to respond to acts of treachery. It’s a bird’s eye view of the heart and actions of Jesus at his most vulnerable moment. It contains principles and power on how to love and to live.  

Interwoven amongst the main characters of Judas and Jesus are the characters of Peter and John.  2 men whose understanding of Christ is divided by one seemingly insignificant yet life changing point of difference. 2 men whose point of reference represents the 2 points of view about Jesus of the people in this room today. Peter the disciple who focussed on his love for Jesus and John who understood Jesus love for him. These 2 perspective are about to take these 2 men down different pathways and their lives are about to change forever. Jesus has just finished washing the disciples feet and teaching them about loving each other and greatness in God’s kingdom.

John 13:21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.

Notice that in verse 23 John calls himself the disciple whom Jesus loved.

John wrote that about himself!

Jesus loved all of his disciples, but John knew it. Jesus cared about all his disciples and loved them all but it was John who had a revelation of Jesus love for him.

Peter on the other hand throughout the gospels constantly professes his love for Jesus. Peter had a revelation of who Jesus was, but John had a revelation of who HE was to Jesus. Peter tried his best to love Jesus, but John knew Jesus loved him.   

I’m believing that as we approach the conference, as we approach this spiritual encounter, this intentional spiritual retreat, that we would have a revelation of God’s love for us, instead of striving to get his love or love him.

Peter typifies every believer who rely on themselves and their love for God, whereas John typifies the Christian who lean on God’s love for them.  

When everything depends on your love for God, you will be constantly up and down.  One moment pledging allegiance, the next moment failing.

1.  Stability comes into your life

2.  You become an overcomer

Matt 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. Then heaven opened, and he saw God’s Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him.”

a) Before Jesus ever did a thing for God, God showed him his love.

b) This revelation released power in his life to be effective for God.

c) This revelation empowered him to win the battle over temptation.

d) The devil tried the only ploy that could have possibly worked: Make Jesus forget that he was loved.

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