Today we’re going to translate the testimony of Jesus through the lens of Father’s heart.
Revelation 19:10 – Worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Your upbringing, your underpinnings, your history, your theology – they all affect the way you interpret what you hear in the Spirit and how you translate that into speech and interaction. Do you see things through the lens of judgment, or redemption? Does Father long to judge and destroy people, or redeem them? Is the assignment of Jesus to show us how bad we are, or to bring us back to Father’s love?
Much of the pervasive theology of Christianity over time has been judgmental and damning. This judgmental influence in Christianity has found its way into the prophetic voices of Christianity as well. Some see the danger of judgment or chastisement due to sin and emphasize that aspect of what they are seeing because of their paradigm of God. Others see the same thing in the Spirit but announce it as a redemptive appeal – connected to hope and salvation.
When the disciples spoke in judgment rather than redemption Jesus rebuked them. This interaction became an insight into the ministry of Jesus as it pertains to prophecy.
Luke 9:54-56 – When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” And they went on to another village.
So what lens do you see through? How do you frame the world around you? Do you see only judgment and destruction, or do you make room for redemption and love? Maybe it’s time we make way for the latter and put the former away. The world is certainly a brighter place when we do.
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