The emphasis in the New Testament was to make disciples. This was not just something they thought they should do or something they designed to occupy their time in the early Church. This was the command of Jesus – one of His last comments – and so they took it and Him very seriously. Jesus said to “…go into all the world and make disciples…” and they did just that.
As some of you know I am now working for the next two weeks in north-central and Siberian Russia in three different cities over 14 days of power packed ministries – 3 services a day averaging 4 hours each as well as numerous meetings over meals and before and after the day’s activities begin. It is always a busy time but a very satisfying one as well. People will be saved, baptized in the Holy Spirit, empowered and equipped as well as trained how to walk supernaturally.
Jesus states very clearly that one of the ways He knows that we truly love Him is that we obey Him. Obedience is a big thing with God. And, the opposite – rebellion and disobedience – is something He seriously frowns upon. As true disciples of the Lord we want to please the Lord and obey Him in every way. It is a serious thing to read His Word and then not obey the truth we find contained in that Bible. It is a serious thing to hear God’s voice and then ignore whatever it was that He just spoke.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9-11 and the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City I want to look at less public and more current conflicts that are happening today. I want to focus on the ones where Muslims and Christians are clashing as the struggle for a one world religion moves into full gear. The Jihad is still on and is being fought on many fronts in all nations of the world. I want to highlight some of the lesser known ones… Read more
As we enter a new church season we must be mindful that our one task as disciples of the Lord is to seek and save the lost as Jesus did (Luke 19:10). Wait, don’t turn off, close down and stop reading. Give me a minute or two of your time and it may change your life not to mention your eternity.
What are our basic needs? Essentially, we need something to put on us, something to put in us, and something to put over us. God says He will take care of all three for us if we trust Him. And as part of trusting Him, He wants us to ask Him for these things every day.
It is critical that we develop a strong and deep relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Critical that we do this today – before a great emergency or crisis comes along. Otherwise, when the situation does arise you will not be able to draw strength from your relationship but instead will simply not find help when you need it most. Realize that there is simply no other relationship on earth that can meet our ultimate needs. This is not our fault – it is because of Who created us and how He created us. He created us to be dependent and not independent.
To help us really grab hold of prayer and it’s relational base – you and the Father – Jesus in Matthew 7 gave us an interesting illustration after commanding us to ask and seek and knock:
Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? Matthew 7:9-10
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:8 that we looked at a few days ago? “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” In your thinking, let me ask you to underline one little word there – the word “everyone.” Let it jump off the page at you. God’s eager willingness to answer your prayers is a comprehensive promise that includes every single Christian. Read more
Prayer is everything,” Oswald Chambers wrote. Whatever’s happening in this world for God, prayer is always at the critical center.
Andrew Murray seemed to understand this about as well as anybody, as evidenced in ‘With Christ in the School of Prayer.’ He declared this about prayer: “The powers of the eternal world have been placed at its disposal.” He describes prayer as “the very essence of true religion (faith), the channel of all blessings, the secret of power and life.” Murray looked at the commands and promises Jesus gave us about prayer in Matthew 7:7-8 and called them “the fixed eternal law of the kingdom.” And he added, “Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that the feeblest child can pray, yet it is at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise.”