Jesus’s Intern

The world is so different to me. I don;t live much in it. I live from Heaven, and I highly recommend that. However, you must know, that when you do, you will indeed be tested. The fires of hell will hunt you, but Jesus will extinguish them. He is a conqueror. Even when we fall, and skin our knees, He is a victor. HE keeps on going and HE alone can win the race. So, who are we? What is our purpose exactly?

The disciples, were a lot like interns. Here is the definition of intern.

in·tern
noun
ˈinˌtərn/
  1. 1.
    a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.
    dis·ci·ple
    dəˈsīpəl/
    noun
    1. a personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.
      synonyms: apostle, follower

      “the disciples of Jesus”

      Do you see the difference? JESUS

      He is the KEY, and only HE makes the difference in our hearts.

      I watched a movie yesterday, with one of our kids. We were out, celebrating my birthday. I really wanted to watch this movie, but something drew me away. It was crazy to get there. We were late, and I was seriously exhausted. Yet, I was the only driver, and for various reasons, could not go home. I had no choice, but to just keep going. To keep riding the wave of Heaven, on earth. Despite, how it felt to my flesh. So, I kept going, ONLY by the Grace of God.

      Why? Because, my first job is a disciple of my KING. I am a holy intern. I work through Jesus, and with HIM. Often, it is not one or the other, but both. I constantly have to surrender my expectations, of everything. Because, if not, then I can become a hindrance to God, and not a blessing. That is not to say, I stopped being loved or cherished. Because, He will always LOVE me. ALL good parents LOVE their kids. But, in that LOVE often comes discipline.

      Interning For Jesus

      John 3:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

      “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

      Zechariah 7:1-14 ESV / 4 helpful votes

      In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men to entreat the favor of the Lord, saying to the priests of the house of the Lord of hosts and the prophets, “Should I weep and abstain in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me: “Say to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted? …

      Revelation 7:1-17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

      After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, …

      Revelation 3:1-22 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. …

      Revelation 2:1-29 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. …

      Revelation 1:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

      1 John 4:1-21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. …

      1 John 3:7-8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

      1 John 1:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

      1 John 1:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

      1 John 1:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

      Hebrews 4:15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

      2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

      1 Timothy 2:1-15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, …

      Philippians 2:14-15 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

      Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

      Ephesians 5:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

      2 Corinthians 6:17-18 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

      1 Corinthians 7:25-38 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, …

      1 Corinthians 7:12 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.

      1 Corinthians 7:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.”

      Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …

      Acts 2:41 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

      Acts 2:38 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

      Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. …

      Acts 1:1-2:47 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” …

      John 17:1-26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. …

      John 11:25 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

      John 1:46 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

      John 1:1-51 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. …

      Luke 22:42 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

      Luke 15:1-32 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. …

      Mark 16:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

      Matthew 18:20 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

      Hosea 1:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.”

      Daniel 12:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.

      Isaiah 52:11 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.

      Isaiah 3:1-26 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. …

      Psalm 119:1-176 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! …

      Genesis 3:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

      Genesis 3:1-24 ESV / 2 helpful votes

      Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” …

      I was thinking of when Jesus was in the boat. The storm was ALL around HIM. He slept. I had a similar experience just today. Now, getting to sleep, was a feat, but finally I slept. I did not just REST I was able to sleep in peace. I knew and KNOW that my God, and boss has everything covered. Does that mean I never react in a negative way? I would love to say no. But, to be honest, sometimes I do. What I also do, is go to HIM about it.

      He then remind me, “My Grace is sufficient for you. My power is perfected in your weakness.” So, by now you have probably guessed, that the movie we saw, was “Intern.” This film was really tough for me to watch, in parts. God has a habit of sending me, and us to films that contain our life. I suppose to prepare us, for the day when the story, that is ours, is ON that screen. The movie, primarily was about an older intern, who has to adjust.

      He gets paired with a boss, with a VERY type A personality. Many of us have experienced this before. In my case, my husband was that way, before we married. Even now, that tried to rear it’s ugly head. But, I have seen God change his heart. My husband, since our youngest daughter passed, has not been the same. Neither have I, but his has been very different. When something like that happens, eventually we have to come out. We have to take Jesus’s hand together, and move forward.

      Back to the movie. It was tough for me, because the man who was her intern, was like a dad. My dad went home o Heaven, 4 weeks after our daughter. I miss him. As I watched the film, I realized how much. But, yet, it gave me hope. As I watched LOVE tear down walls. It encouraged me, yet drained me. Have you ever experienced that? Life is not perfect. AS “interns and disciples” of Jesus, perfection is not guaranteed, right away. But, it is a promise, eventually. How much are we willing to learn? How much are we willing to grow? How much are we willing to consider?

      These are questions, that Jesus is asking us. Just being a COG, qualifies us for the JOB. But, to do it well, requires surrender, receiving HIS LOVE, Grace, Mercy, Peace, Hope, and all the good things. THE GOD STUFF, the gifts and blessings. They come and came at a HIGH price indeed. So, are you ready, to say NO to everything but Jesus?

      In His Grace and Glory,

      E and Fam

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