TOTAL COMMITMENT TO GOD (PART 1)

 

 

Scripture:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2.

 

Message:

As Christians we are committed in various aspects of life: to our families, neighbours, employers, the church, our health, and in all things we do and say. But the Bible also teaches that the chief commitment of our lives is to God Himself. Ultimately, what our Father in Heaven will require of us is more than a contribution; it is a total commitment, a complete devotion, all that we are and all that we can be. This means that we must hold nothing back from Him because God holds nothing back from us John 3:16.

Total commitment is not commitment to the Church and its activities. It is more specifically a commitment that is shown in our individual behavior, in our personal integrity, in our loyalty to home and family and community, as well as to the Church. Being totally committed to Christ, may apparently bring opposition and trouble to our life. Being totally committed to God may even cause us some trouble out of the very people that are supposed to be on our side.

Total commitment to God means that Jesus is our sole authority, our guiding light, and our unerring compass. Being committed to Christ means being fruitful; it means being a servant. Our axiom is simple and succinct: “For me to live is Christ” – Philippians 1:21.

Today we bring you Romans chapters 12 and 13, which urge us to live vibrant, practical and fruitful lives through our total commitment to God characterized by love and care for one another as well as loyalty to our nation.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF ROMANS CHAPTERS 12 AND 13

  • ROMANS 12:1 – Total Commitment Is Presenting Ourselves As A Living Sacrifice To God

Being a sacrifice is surrendering ourselves to the Lord. It is putting the Lord first in our life. It is making Him our priority. That is total commitment. That might mean giving up something precious to us in order to put the Lord first. Out of gratitude to God for His mercy and salvation, we should be completely devoted to loving Him, living by His standards and serving His purposes for our lives.

  1. Our goal should be to show God’s holiness (moral purity, spiritual wholeness, separation from evil and complete dedication to God) in all we do. This requires separation from the patterns and practices of the world so we can pursue a deeper relationship with God.
  2. We must offer our bodies to God as dead to sin and alive to God and as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  3. We must realize that true godly worship involves a lifestyle that brings honour to Christ in words and actions. It is not necessarily a great sacrifice to voice our worship to God in a church service where people are gathered for that very purpose.

 

ROMANS 12:2 – a) Total Commitment Means Being Totally Transformed. 

There is a very real pressure to conform “to the pattern” of this world and be squeezed into its likeness on many different levels. Christians must firmly resist the temptation to accept and imitate the world’s ways of thinking and behaving. Our refusal to conform to this world’s values, must go even deeper than just behavior and customs; it must be firmly planted in our mind.

The reason we must resist adopting the world’s way is because it is evil, it is under satan’s rule, it is hostile to God and His people and it is built on wisdom and values.

Christ’s kingdom is not of this world. This world’s kingdom is full of spiritual darkness, deception and seduction. Christ’s followers are called to be light in the midst of this darkness. Our lives should reflect a positive difference that those in the world cannot help but notice. This includes resisting the temptation to conform to the varied types of worldliness common in society, including greed, selfishness, humanistic thinking, a desire for power, envy, hate, revenge, filthy language, sexual lust and impurity, ungodly entertainment, fashions that are immodest and seductive, substance abuse, relationships that do not honour God and other such things that defy the standards of God’s Word.

Our minds must continually be renewed and transformed (changed) to God’s way of thinking. This can only happen as we spend time reading and meditating on His Word (pondering over and over what it means and how it applies to our lives). This will allow our visions, values, behaviours and plans to be directed by God’s eternal truth, rather than by the world’s temporary and deceptive pattern.

  1. b) Total Commitment Means Submitting To God’s Will.

By having a spiritually renewed mind and transformed life through a growing relationship with Christ, we are able to discern and follow God’s will – His desires, plans and intentions based on His character and purposes. This is His highest best way of life for us (though not necessarily the easiest). Some mistakenly regard the references to “good, pleasing and perfect” as three levels of God’s will, but this is really a single description of God’s ultimate purposes. God’s will is “good” because it leads to a Christian’s spiritual and moral growth. It is “pleasing” to God because it serves His purposes, even though we may not always understand it. It is “perfect” because we cannot improve on God’s will; it is absolutely what is best for us in relation to fulfilling His purposes.

 

ROMANS 12:6 – Total Commitment Means Requiring Different Gifts, According To The Grace.

The gifts if grace are God-given inclinations or desires, as well as special enablement’s or abilities. The Holy Spirit equips us with these gifts so that He can use them to build up God’s love to others. Every Christian has at least one such gift. However, one’s primary gift does not mean that he or she cannot exercise other gifts as needed. We need to use our gifts to serve Him and others.

ROMANS 12:8 – a) Total Commitment Means Serving…Teaching.

“Serving” is the God-given desire, ability and power to lend practical assistance to members and leaders of the church to help them better develop their gifts and fulfill their responsibilities to God.

“Teaching” is the God-given desire, ability and power to examine and study God’s Word and to help others better understand and apply it. Teaching involves defending and proclaiming the truth of God’s Word in such a way that others grow spiritually and develop godly character.

  1. b) Total Commitment Means Encouraging…Contributing…Leadership…Showing Mercy.

“Encouraging” is the God-given desire, ability and power to uplift others and inspire them to trust God, use their gifts or take positive action. Often associated with teaching, this gift involves delivering God’s Word in such a way that it touches the heart, conscience and will of the hearers, inspiring greater faith and producing deeper devotion to Christ. While a teacher shows others what should be done, the encourager helps them do it.

“Contributing” is the God-given desire, ability and power of one who has the financial or material resources to give freely so that others’ needs are met and God’s work is advanced.

“Leadership” is the God-given desire, ability and power to guide and oversee the various activities of the church for the spiritual benefit of all.

“Showing Mercy” is the God-given desire, ability and power to help and comfort those in need or distress. All of these abilities should be exercised “cheerfully” – as God-given opportunities – not grudgingly or reluctantly, as if they were a chore.

ROMANS 12:9 – Total Commitment Means To Hate What Is Evil.

It is not enough for God’s people to love what is right and true; they must also, like their Saviour, hate evil. We see this reality of Christ’s devotion to righteousness and His hatred of wickedness in His life., ministry and death.  There are two things that increase our love of righteousness and our hatred of evil:

  1. Growing in genuine love and compassion for those whose lives are being destroyed by sin
  2. Experiencing a deeper relationship and greater union with our God and Saviour, who “loved righteousness and hated wickedness”

To Be Continued!!!

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GOD’S PEACE IS UNFAILING.

 

 

Scripture:

“Who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?

 

Message:

Often when people are experiencing problems, or if they need advice, they turn to a friend for help. But human effort always falls short.

If you find yourself in a difficult situation, don’t underestimate the power and love of God. Complete healing flows from an absolute and unconditional trust in, and surrender to, the living Christ. It doesn’t matter what your problem is, the only lasting solution is to be found in the unfathomable love which God, through Jesus, bestowed on humanity.

Never be too proud or too afraid to turn to Jesus. Lay all your problems at His feet. He gave His life for you and will grant you the healing balm of His peace.

 

Prayer:

I want to hold on to You, Lord, when the storm winds blow and I feel insecure. Grant me Your peace. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

GOD IS SOVEREIGN AND FAITHFUL.

 

 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.  Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceit of their minds no limits.  They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.  Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.  Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?”  This is what the wicked are like- always free of care, they increase in wealth.  Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been plagued, I have been punished every morning.

If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed your children.  When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.  Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.  How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!  As a dream when one awakes; so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.  But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. – PSALM 73.

This psalm deals with a disturbing problem. Although God is sovereign (He has absolute power and authority to do as He desires) and His justice is complete, still wicked people often prosper while those who serve God seem to suffer more. The psalmist, who serves God faithfully, has become discouraged as he compares his troubles with the ease and happiness of many who reject and disobey God. However, his confidence in God is renewed when God reveals the tragic destiny of the wicked and the true reward of those who remain faithful to God.

DESTINY OF THE WICKED.

  1. This revelation helps the psalmist view his problems in a more balanced way. He realizes that he and other godly people will enjoy the best for eternity, but they also have the greatest benefit in the present life as well. They have access to God’s power and presence. In the end, everything will be made right. All God’s people will be victorious with him, while the wicked will perish.
  2. Considering how short life is, if we evaluate things simply from our limited, earthly, human perspective, we will almost certainly become discouraged. We must depend on God’s Word and His Holy Spirit in order to complete our life’s journey with faith and confidence in God’s goodness and justice.

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US

No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Joshua 1:5

God’s foundational promise to Joshua – “I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” – is the same promise God gives to all of His followers as they go through the struggles of life walking by faith. God’s constant presence is now a reality through His Son and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8.

The New Testament applies this promise to all who sincerely receive Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Believers are assured that if they love God above all else and depend on Him rather than on material security, the Lord will never desert nor forsake them. He will be their helper.

Because of this promise, we must “be strong and courageous”, persevering in trials, resisting temptations, trusting in the Lord and fully obeying Him.

 

THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR – MHB 525

1 Through the love of God our Saviour,

All will be well;

Free and changeless is His favour,

All, all is well:

Precious is the blood that healed us;

Perfect is the grace that sealed us;

Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us;

All must be well.

 

2 Though we pass through tribulation,

All will be well;

Christ hath purchased full salvation,

All, all is well:

Happy still in God confiding;

Fruitful, if in Christ abiding;

Holy, through the Spirit’s guiding;

All must be well.

 

3 We expect a bright tomorrow;

All will be well;

Faith can sing through days of sorrow,

All, all is well:

On our Father’s love relying,

Jesus every need supplying,

Then in living or in dying,

All must be well.

Mary Peters, 1813-1856

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HEAVENLY PEACE.

 

 

Scripture:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.” – John 14:27

 

Message:

The peace that Jesus offers His followers differs from human peace and allows us to look at life through God’s eyes. When we do this, the worldly things do not seem to be that important. What God thinks of you, and how you relate to God, forms the foundation for your peace.

We need His peace in our everyday lives as well as in our inner beings. The Lord does not want us to stress about what is happening around us. So in all the confusion and chaos of daily life, look away from the world and look up to God. He is waiting to grant us His peace and love.

 

Prayer:

Prince of Peace, thank You that I know for certain that You have not only redeemed me, but that You also grant me Your heavenly peace. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

PEACE IN THE STORM.

 

 

Scripture:

“You will keep in perfect peace Him whose mind is steadfast, because He trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3.

 

Message:

If you allow your thoughts to dwell on the things that are happening in the world today, you run the risk of being caught up in a whirlpool of hatred, bitterness and fear.

Yet, when your faith threatens to falter, God gives you the power to believe that all things will work out for the good of those who love Him. Peace is the direct result of trust. When your faith in God is sure, you receive an inner calm that brings balance to your life. Put God first in all things and you will know His peace and joy, even in the most trying circumstances.
Prayer:

Almighty God, thank You that with You at the center of my life I fear no storms, not even problems as threatening as hurricanes. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotionals.

HEAD FOR THE LIGHT.

 

 

Scripture:

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; where unto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” – 2 Peter 1:19).
Message:Sometimes when we need insight into a problem, we try to get it by focusing our attention on that problem. We study it. We ponder it. We examine it from every angle. But the Apostle Peter gives us a different approach. He says we should take heed (or focus our attention) to the written Word of God until the answer to that problem dawns on us through the light of revelation.

We use the term “seeing the light” in natural things all of the time. We say, “Have you seen the light on that yet?” meaning, “Do you have insight into that situation?” Well, the entrance of God’s Word into our hearts brings spiritual light (Ps. 119:130). It brings the insight we need.

Have you ever been in a dark room and tried to find your way out? Or lost outside in the night? What is the first thing you look for in these situations? Light!
It could be coming from under the door or shimmering from a lamp in a house far off. But either way, you head straight for it. You don’t waste your time studying the darkness. You don’t focus your attention on that. You fix your eyes on the light because you know its brightness will drive out the confusion of the darkness and orient you to your surroundings.

If you need insight on some problem or situation you’re facing, pay attention to the Word. Head for the Light and the answer you need will dawn on you.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Elolam Networks International.

BROKEN FOR USE.

 

 

Scripture:

“Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” – Luke 6:9
 

Message:
Many Christians interpret the fourth of the ten commandments – keep the Sabbath day Holy – to mean that we should go to church.

Now while going to church is a good and necessary part of Christianity, it is not the totality of the fulfillment of God’s will. Neither is it a license to behave badly for the rest of the week.

But unfortunately many of us Christians treat people badly from Monday to Saturday…and sometimes on Sunday. We steal from taxpayers by consistently failing to work the full 40 hour week, we pollute God’s earth with poorly disposed of trash, and then we proceed to church on Sunday in the name of “keeping the Sabbath day holy”

What we fail to realize is that doing good, being honest, and treating people right every day including Sunday is the best way to truly practice our religion and fulfill the will of God.
Visiting a sick friend, mentoring a young person, actually doing the job for which we signed a contract, fulfilling our promises…that’s how we act like Jesus.

Let us remember that “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” James 1:27

Prayer:
Dear God, I know I cannot fool You by living a life that is unworthy of You and then pretending on Sunday to be a good person by worshipping You. Remind me always that service to others every day of the week is service to You. In your Son’s name, Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from True Religion Devotionals by Rev. Akua.

WHAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD?

Scripture:

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love – John 15:9-10

 

Message:

Remain in my love – Jesus calls us to a life of holy intimacy and personal devotion to Him. This is possible because of God’s love for us, which he has poured into our hearts by the holy spirit (Romans 5:5). God demonstrated His great love through Christ’s dying for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). We remain in Jesus’ love by pursuing spiritual intimacy and communication with Him, and by obeying His commands, just as He did with the Father.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. – 1 John 3:1

CHILDREN OF GOD

The truth that God is our Heavenly Father and we are His children is one of the greatest revelations in the New Testament.

  1. Being a child of God, adopted in Christ as His very own (Ephesians 1:5), is a high honour on privilege of our salvation. (Galatians 4:7).
  2. Being a child of God is the basis for our faith and trust in God (Matthew 6:25-34) and our hope of glory for the future. As God’s children, we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:16-17; Galatians 4:7).
  3. God wants us to be increasingly made aware through the Holy Spirit, the “Spirit of Sonship” (Romans 8:15) that we are His children. The Spirit produces the cry “Abba, Father” in our hearts (Galatians 4:6) and gives us the desire to be “led by the Spirit” (Romans 8:14).
  4. Being a child of God is the basis for our discipline by the Father (Hebrews 12:6-7-11) and the reason we live to please God.

God’s ultimate goal in making us His children is to save us forever (John 3:16) and to conform us to the likeness of His Son (Romans 8:29).

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is an activity and behavior and not just as an inner teaching or motivation. Other aspects of love are characteristics of God Himself who has been revealed by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The love of God is His passion to sustain and uphold and exalt His holiness and His Son for your everlasting enjoyment. If you put yourself at the center, you’re suicidal because it robs you of the very glory of God and his enjoyment.

1 John 4:8 describes one of God’s primary attributes as love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” This verse does not define God as love; it describes God’s love as permeating His essence in all He is and all He does. As for today’s headlines tout stories of scandal, tragedy, and war; believers can be confident knowing all they need is God’s love.

I agree with the Theologian A.W. Tozer once stated, “Nothing God ever does, or ever did, or ever will do, is separate from the love of God.” Everything He has ever done has been out of love.

THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOVE OF GOD

  1. God’s Love Is Incomprehensible. – “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” – Ephesians 3:17-18.
  2. God’s Love Is known and Proven – “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”. – John 3:16.
  3. We Can Trust In God’s Love.
  4. God’s Love is Pure
  5. God’s Love is Perfect:
  6. Our Salvation Is An Expression Of God’s Love.
  7. Our Ability To Love Is Enabled Through God’s Love.
  8. We Can Rest In God’s Love.
  9. We Can Have Confidence In God’s Love.

REMAINING IN THE LOVE OF GOD THROUGH OBEDIENCE

Jesus tells us four times that this love is of such a nature that it results in the keeping of Jesus’s commandments (John 14: 15)

Verse 15: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

  • Verse 21: “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me.”
  • Verse 23: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word.”
  • Verse 24: “Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.”

The first thing to notice is that loving Jesus is not the same as keeping his commandments. It precedes and gives rise to keeping the commandments. Keeping his word is the result of loving him, not the same as loving him.

  • Verse 15: “If you love me, [the result will be that] you will keep my commandments.”
  • Verse 23: “If anyone loves me, [the result will be that] he will keep my word.”

John 15:9 says: “As the Father loved Me, I also loved you. Remain in My love”. Jesus knew that His disciples would not find love in the world. He knew that the world would hate them and His message. Jesus declares to His disciples that as the Father loved Him, He also loved them with the same love. In other words His love for each of His disciples is patterned after the Father’s love for Him for He said “Just as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you.”

Jesus commands us as He did His disciples, to “remain” or continue in His love by keeping His commandments.

We should understand that “obedience does not bring us into God’s covenant grace nor makes us a citizenship in the kingdom of God for salvation is by grace through faith alone. Faith in God’s atoning work on our behalf at the cross through Christ Jesus which is a gift from God to all who would believe.

Obedience is our obligation and expectation from God to us. Jesus gives His disciples a picture of what love looks like in a relationship with Him.  It is seen in the love relationship between Him and his Father. Love for God and love for one another is what we are commanded to daily pursue and in doing so our obedience will reflect our relationship with Christ.

When asked what was the greatest commandment. Jesus said the first is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and the second is like unto it and that is to love thy neighbor as thyself”. Upon these two commandments hangs all the laws and the prophets.

Loving others as God loved us is the heart of Christian discipleship.  When we love one another we fulfill the second of Jesus’ two Great Commandments. When we love Jesus, He becomes our true best friend. Friends have our best interests in mind, just like Jesus does. Friends will be with us in good times and bad times just like Jesus is.

When we are obedient to Christ the result is that we will bear fruit that will remain and the final result will be fellowship with God that is united in love. The mark of a true disciple of Christ, a born again believer is that they will bear the fruit of obedience to the commands of Jesus.  John 15:10-When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

As Christians we follow the example of Christ by the power and leading of His Holy Spirit that is within us.  Just as Jesus obeyed through the power of the Spirit, so we too must obey so we too could walk in the newness of life given us by grace through faith. We must daily submit to the power of the Spirit of God so that we may obediently follow the example of Jesus.

Love obeys God’s commands. We love Him because He first loved us!

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LIFE OF PURPOSE: CHOSEN AND APPOINTED TO BEAR FRUIT

 

 

 

Scripture:

I have spoken these things to you that my joy might be in you, and that your joy might be complete.  “This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.  I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not know what his master is doing.  I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I heard from my Father. You have not chosen Me but I have chosen you, and I have appointed you to go out and to bear fruit, of such a kind that it will remain. I have done so that the Father will give you whatever you ask Him in My name. These are my orders to you, that you love one another. – John 15:11-17.

 

 

Message:

INTRODUCTION

The central words of this passage are those in which Jesus says that His disciples have not chosen Him, but He has chosen them. Out of this passage we can compile a list of things for which we are chosen and to which we are called.

  1. CHOSEN FOR JOY – However hard the Christian way is, it is, both in the travelling and in the goal, the way of joy. There is always a joy in doing the right thing. The Christian is the man of joy, the laughing cavalier of Christ. It is true that the Christian is a sinner, but he is a redeemed sinner; and therein lies his joy. How can any man fail to be happy when he walks the ways of life with Jesus?

 

  1. CHOSEN FOR LOVE – We are sent out into the world to love one another not to compete, quarrel or dispute with one another. We have been filled with love and we must live it out.

 

 

  1. CHOSEN TO BE JESUS’ FRIENDS – intimacy with God which surpasses the relationships which the great men of old never knew – including servants of God such as David, Joshua, Moses etc. This calling to be friends of God and friends of the Lord Jesus means that Jesus is no longer a distant stranger but a close friend.

 

  1. CHOSEN TO BE AMBASSADORS – sent out to represent Jesus in our generation. Great privilege to be ambassadors, considered to be the true representatives of our Triune God.

 

  1. CHOSEN TO BE ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THE LORD JESUS – He chose us to go and bear fruit which will stand the test of time. The wear to spread Christianity is to be a Christian. The way to bring others into the Christian faith is to show them the fruit of the Christian life. We are not sent out to argue people to be Christians or threaten them with hell but to attract them into it; our lives should be so wonderful others will deserve to belong to Christ.

 

  1. CHOSEN TO BE PRIVILEGED MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY OF GOD – The Lord Jesus chose us so that whatever we ask in His name the Father will give to us. We will receive everything for which we pray for.

 

 

WHAT KIND OF PRAYING MUST WE DO

  1. Prayer of faith (James 5:15). One praying must not be a formality, a ritual a routine or a conventional repetition of a form of words. We must pray as people with an invincible belief in the all-suffering love of God.
  2. Prayer must be in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This means that we cannot pray for things we know that Jesus would disapprove. If what we are asking for will hurt others. We cannot pray in the name of Jesus who is love for vengeance on our enemies. We cannot turn prayer into something to satisfy only our ambitions and desires.
  3. Our prayers must always say ‘Your will be done” not “Your will be changed”. Our prayer must always be in recognition that God knows better. He loves us so much He won’t do anything to hurt us. (Romans 8:32).
  4. Prayer must never be selfish. The world is not a population of ourselves so when we pray, we must ask ourselves whether what we ask for in prayer will be for the good of all people. (1 John 5:14-15).

The Lord Jesus chose us to be privileged members of the family of God. We can and must take everything to God in prayer but we must accept the answer which God in His perfect love and, perfect wisdom sends to us and the more we love God, the more it is easier to do that. And how do we love God more. The Lord Jesus shows us how in this passage. We remain in Him the Lord Jesus!

  • Bible study
  • Meditation on God’s Word
  • Live practical Christian life
  • Maintain fellowship with God and believers

Church is not a social club. It is a place we go as brothers and sisters in the family of God to meet with Him and hearing Him speak to us.

TO PONDER

Disciples (followers, students, learners) in Jesus’ day usually choose the particular rabbi, or teacher, whom they wanted to follow. But Jesus chose His inner core of disciples, and for a purpose – to “bear fruit”. All Christ’s followers have that purpose. This fruit-bearing refers to:

  1. Spiritual values and godly character, such as the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
  2. Working for the spiritual salvation of others who do not yet have a personal relationship with Christ.

Remain Blessed!

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TAKE YOUR WORRIES TO GOD.

 

Scripture:

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

 

Message:

Many people like to sit and brood over their problems. If we do this, we allow worry to flourish and then we lose hope.

Write down your worries clearly and simply. Then calmly pray about each one and and scale them down to their real size. Prayerfully confirm that God is in control of every situation and that worry will no longer affect your tranquility and peace of mind.

The secret is to take your burdens to God in prayer. If you take this step today you will discover that you are prohibiting worry and anxiety from clouding your future because you will discover that Christ is all-sufficient for your needs, today and tomorrow.
Prayer:
Savior, I praise and thank You that You protect me and lead me into a pleasant future. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.