TODAY’S PROPHETIC NUMBER – 7/3/2023
Matthew 7:3 – And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
Comparison kills. It kills friendships, marriages, ministries and testimonies. Righteousness and good deeds are a poor measuring stick. When is enough, enough? Before you judge the fruit of others, look in the mirror. If you have no fruit or what you have is rotten, repent. You are saved by grace. Put the measuring stick down and love others into the Kingdom.
Declaration: I am not the righteous judge. I am a fruit inspector. I consider my own fruit before judging that of others.
BETWEEN THE FATHER AND SON
Jesus wants us to find our position in the Kingdom. He wants us to line ourselves up with this definition of love:
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” – John 15:9
Before God created anything, the thing that coexisted, or abided, was the Father’s love for the Son and the Son’s love for the Father.
That’s first love. First love is not your love for the Father when you got saved. When Jesus revealed Himself to John on the Isle of Patmos, He was telling the Church of Ephesus that they had fallen – or more accurately – had removed themselves from a place they were never suppose to leave.
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And 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; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” – John 17:20
What was that place? Unity. Communion. Abiding.
Jesus said the Father loved Him “before the foundations of the world.” The Church of Ephesus had left the place of first love – the positioning between the Father and the Son.
The Ephesian Church got out of alignment with the love the Father has for the Son and the Son’s love for the Father. Believe me, standing in a place between the Father and Son means the Father sees Jesus when He looks at you and vice versa.
Can you picture that? It’s the place of first love and it’s where you were designed to be. Have you lost your first love?
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