|Lesson Nine: by turtle
John 3:22-36 KJV
22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same
baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the
bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Has I look at John's life I see a distinction in all ministers. We truly must decrease and Christ must increase in a believers life. Our job is to
point the way. But it is not us to take a position to be God. For we are not the light. Christ is the light of the world. Questions were asked to
John the Baptist concerning Christ who baptized, because people were following Him. John then begins to speak about who he is in
relationship to Christ. That he must decrease so Christ would increase. How hard this must have been. God had to of granted John humility
to be able to stand the decrease in the size of his disciples. John true passion was for people to know the Messiah the true light. A true
minister of God desire is for those to know who Christ is and not who they themselves are. Ministers are often put on a petal stool but John
clearly sets us an example that we need to decrease so Christ will increase in the lives of all we minister too.
My heart desire is for people to have that personal walk with Jesus. That they will grow daily in Him. Not in turtle30cs doctrine or teachings
but in Jesus. Turtle can not save anyone only Jesus can save. I am glad I can share the gospel of Christ with others.