WANTED BY GOD, 27.12.18

Scriptures/References:

Matt.17:5- 8

John 15:14-16

Mk.3:13,14

John 14:2,3

Ex.33:19

Gen.17:1,2

Mk.3:13,14

John 14:2,3

Matt.25:23

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

“Intimidad con el Amado – Jason Upton – Ministracion III,” published Aug.2, 2017, by MiSion CEM – youtube

Matt.17:5-8

5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”

6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.

7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.”

8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

In the account of the transfiguration, God the Father declares: (a) that Yeshua is His Son; and (b) that He loves Him; and © that He is well pleased with His Son. In addition to this, He then instructs the disciples to “Listen to Him!” (v.6). When Yeshua commands them to get up and stop being afraid, it is a call to re-focus. He is saying, essentially, that they need now to recognize Who He is, focus on Him, and on following Him.

“You are My friends if you do what I command you. “I am no longer calling you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing. Now I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:14). We do not share secrets, or privileged information, with just anybody/everyone. We share certain things only with those in intimate/close relationship with us, just as Jesus/Yeshua is telling His disciples – they are in a special relationship with Him. They are His friends, followers.

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I selected you so that you would go and produce fruit, and your fruit would remain” (John 15:15,16). In the beginning, God was known to Adam and Eve in a very intimate way, walking with them in the Garden. Yeshua wants His followers to walk with Him in the same way. He has never left any of us; it is we, just as Adam and Eve fell away from Him, who fail to follow Him. Just as they ran and hid from Him, fearful due to their disobedience, so we also run and hide from Him when we are afraid we’ve done wrong.

Our fear is an excuse for our failure to follow Him; but God the Father says, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!” (Matt.17:5).

“I am calling you because I want you, and I want to be with you. You are called by a Loving God Who wants to be with you . . . .” Upton teaches  (“Intimidad con el Amado – Jason Upton – Ministración III). ”We need to wake up to the beauty He has shown us  . . . . . God never stopped talking; humanity stopped listening . . . . .  there’s no 400 years where God stopped talking. God never stopped talking; people stopped listening . . . . .  Jesus comes and says, “God’s talking to those who have ears to hear” – Jesus tells them to take His Hand and get up, go down the mountain with Him, and finish the work” (ref. to transfiguration). Upton extrapolates from the Scriptures that Jesus/Yeshua is essentially saying to His disciples: “Life with Me isn’t on the mountaintops; life with me is in the valleys; you want to tabernacle Me, but I want you to walk with Me; you have to trust Me . . . .” (“Intimidad con el Amado – Jason Upton – Ministración III”). How true it is that we so often miss His voice due to fear. We cry out to Him in crisis, but are we willing to take His Hand on a daily basis and walk with Him? That is how we can hear Him. “As much as you and I want a God, God wants a friend . . . . (God saying) I want you to know Me the way I am . . . . come and take My Hand  . . . . take My Hand and trust Me  . . . . . .”

Upton sings: “We’re waking up to the beauty You have shown us. . . .  God You have always been like Jesus. . . .. From the start You have always been full of grace and mercy  . . . . We’re waking up to the beauty You have shown us  . . .” (“Intimidad con el Amado – Jason Upton – Ministración III”). Yes. So true. Unlike some of the teachings on dispensation/age of Grace, etc., God’s mercy and grace have always been part of His nature: “I will be gracious toward whom I will be gracious, and I will show mercy on whom I will be merciful” (Ex.33:19). God directed Abraham to walk with Him: “I am El Shaddai. Continually walk before Me and you will be blameless. My heart’s desire is to make My covenant between Me and you” (Gen.17:1,2). God’s Heart has always been to have a people He could call His own, who would love, obey, honour, walk with Him, and Him with them. Upton explains:  “All through the prophets we hear the heart of a lovesick God that wants to be with His people – I want to walk with you; I want to spend time with you . ..  ..” (“Intimidad con el Amado – Jason Upton – Ministración III”). “The question from the beginning, has never been where is God? But where is man?” Upton points out that in the Garden it was God who went looking for Adam and Eve, hiding in the bushes after having sinned against God: “God has always wanted to spend time with us; God has always wanted us to be with Him.”

Just as Jesus/Yeshua called to Himself His disciples –  “Now He climbs up on the mountain and calls those He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. He appointed twelve (whom He also named emissaries), so that they might be with Him and He might send them to proclaim the Good News” (Mk.3:13,14) – He calls those appointed as His, to be with Him, to walk with Him, to let Him walk with them. If He didn’t want to be with us, why would He have said: “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may also be” (John 14:2,3).

Upton ties in so many pertinent points: “then Jesus called to Himself those that He wanted so they could be with Him. . .. . you are wanted by God   . . .  Half the time the disciples don’t know what Jesus is talking about; half the time Peter is telling Him that He doesn’t know what He’s talking about . … . . . [God says] “Please don’t distance yourself from Me, and then blame Me for the distance  . . . . . . we’d rather tabernacle Jesus than trust Him  . . . .” Jesus came to walk with us and we are afraid to walk with Him;  It’s so much easier to just worship a God than to follow Him   . . . . get up from your false fear . . . . the real fear of the Lord is actually falling back into Him, actually trusting Him  . . . Jesus hardly said anything about singing; He said a lot about following;  and through Jesus He said: “I want to know you; I want you to know Me. I want you and I to be friends . . . . on the streets where you live; in the homes where you live; in your cities   . . . . come and take My Hand every day, let go of the shame, the false fear – take My Hand, trust Me . . .” (“Intimidad con el Amado – Jason Upton – Ministración III”).  To know what God thinks and how He works is a great privilege. Why would anyone not want to walk with Him? Why would anyone not want Him to walk with them? Why would anyone reject a God Who wants to walk with them?

If God’s people would wake up to this reality and follow in the footsteps of Jesus/Yeshua, then they would be able to look forward to hearing, at the end of the age, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matt.25:23). Don’t you want to hear these words, from a God Who wants to walk with you, lead you, show you His Ways?

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