The Circle
by: LaMeka Howard

Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be."

Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times."

But he spoke more vehemently, "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!"

Before Christ's crucifixion, He had the last supper with the twelve disciples.  During this time Jesus broke and blessed the bread, of His body, and gave it to His disciples to eat in remembrance of Him.  In addition, He gave them a cup which is a representation of His blood that will be shed for many to wash their sins away.  In this moment Jesus taught us that even when you know that you may be facing difficulty, there will be people in your circle that will either betray your or deny you.  Amazingly He shows that they will eat with us, they will be in our presence and they will be dishonest in our face, and we will be able to see things before they even happen.  It is a way for God to prepare us for the expected.  In your circle of friends, colleagues, neighbors, communities, and the like, be aware of those who may not be for you because they may turn against you.  In this moment He is teaching us to be calm, to be cool, and to be collected because there are greater things ahead for you to be the light of His Glory.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, Senior Pastor at the Potter's House, in Dallas, TX, explains three things to remember: confidants, comrades, and constituents.  Confidants you can be honest with, you can be open about anything, and they are with you through your ups and your downs and you can behave as if you are by yourself with them.   "The constituents are with the cause and not with you. Their only attraction is the mission for the cause because they are trying to get something out of the cause, and leave you because they only like the it."  Comrades are the people who are not for you and not for what you do, and they are align to help you fight, and when the fight is over, the friend is gone."

In this new covenant, Jesus' Spirit is with you always, and that His blood saves you from your iniquities and protects you from those who are living in their convictions.   Although many people may not be for you and try to turn against you, God has the last word. Jesus lets us know that He is with you always.   The circle of his twelve shows us about the comrades, the constituents and the confidants.  The circle helps us to identify that Christ knows that there will be people who will be on the journey, but when times become difficult, people may leave and people may have doubt.  Through it all, God encourages us to trust his word, be rooted with Him, and through the bread of His body, He will continue to feed us along our journey because the blood has been shed.  That blood shed became stories of the gospel that changed lives.  Watch the circle, be mindful of the circle, and  know that the circle changes.  It'll rotate and be prepared for when it does, so there will be no surprises.  When that circle changes, it'll work in the favor of God's glory.

Be blessed.

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