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#49 Stirring up Rivalry

John’s popularity is waning, so Satan sees an opportunity to stir up rivalry. Some rabbis ask John’s disciples why Jesus’ disciples should baptize, since that is John’s thing. They “notice” Jesus’ crowds growing, while John’s are dwindling daily.

Upset and defensive, John’s disciples ask him if he is aware that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing–that Jesus is stealing the show.

John is subject to entertaining their suggestions, their feelings. But he chooses to live on a higher plane of perception, above debilitating jealousy.

He says, “A man can only have the honor God gives him.  Jesus is Messiah, and I am not.”

Then he helps them understand. “I am the friend of the groom bringing his bride to him. Now my job is over, and I rejoice at his happiness. He must grow greater than me. My job is over.”

John knew who he was–a result of knowing God intimately. God wants that relationship with you, too. And besides self-worth, it makes you emotionally bullet-proof.*

John ends with “He is the only one who has the Spirit without measure. If you don’t see God in Him, God’s wrath is all there is.” Or said another way, God has nothing better to attract you.

“God’s wrath” is defined in scripture as “God letting go” of us–He doesn’t torture us, He lets us have our way. We destroy our selves with His enemies help.**

John 3:22-36   *2 Corinthians 7:10, Romans 8:28   **Many scriptures define God’s wrath as God letting go, or giving persons or nations over to the enemy (over 30 in Isaiah and Jeremiah. Romans, chapter 1 has three).

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