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EASTER RESURRECTION SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 68 I BELIEVE

EASTER RESURRECTION SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 68 I BELIEVE

JESUS IS ALIVE THIS MORNING…

THE TOMB WAS EMPTY

HE IS RISEN JESUS IS ALIVE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

HE IS RISEN JESUS IS ALIVE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning to all of you my dear Brothers and Sisters, and a happy and joyful Easter Resurrection Sunday Morning, Jesus is alive and well this Easter Sunday this “I BELIEVE,” my question is, “WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?  For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son, that whosoever believe in him shall not die, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)  Do you believe?  What an awesome gift of love that one person sacrificed his own life for the good of all our lives, took on the burden of all our sins that we may enjoy the fruits of this life and live on through eternity.  You ought to be lifting up your holy hands in high praise and thanksgiving to have this opportunity to say, “I thank you Lord, I love you Lord, I honor you Lord, I praise your Holy Name, because you are worthy to be praised.  Glory, glory hallelujah for the Lord is truly good.

NOW ENTER INTO THE LORD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER AND TOGETHER LET US PRAY FOR EACH OTHER:

LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER AND SHOUT FOR JOY JESUS IS RISEN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER AND SHOUT FOR JOY JESUS IS RISEN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

LET US PRAY:

Most Holy and all wise God, our Heavenly Father, In the name of Jesus, the name that stands high above all other names, I lift you up in praise and honor this day for your mighty works and awesome power of love, giving freely of yourself that a dying world living in sin and dishonoring all that you have provided for us through the gift of Jesus Christ may live on through all eternity.  Father, how many ways can I say thank you, how many ways can I teach your children how to say thank you?  Sometimes in my spirit I feel lost for words when I think of all the suffering that your son Jesus had to endure for my sins and the sins of this world. I thank you Heavenly Father for allowing each of us to experience the reality of being a part of the resurrection this Easter Sunday Morning. My heart, and I am sure so many of your children’s hearts are heavy this morning, but as we come into the full knowledge and power of the truth of the wonderful teaching of Jesus Christ when he told us, that if you tear this house down, he would rebuild it in three days, this is the third day and he was truthful to his word when he rose up out of that tomb and this day, we as believers can truly say, Jesus is alive and He lives in us.  Thank you Father, for your marvelous gift of love to the world, for you are worthy to be praised, in Jesus name, Amen!

TODAY’ SCRIPTURE:  (John 20:24-25 MSG)

But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.”

But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”

TODAY’ MESSAGE:  What do you believe?

Prepare your hearts and minds to receive the word.  Just click on the video and together lift up your holy hands and get your praises on.

 

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers.  You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us.  We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions.  May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

 

 

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SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 66 MANIFESTING YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 66 MANIFESTING YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

Our featured church this week is the Airline Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Our featured church this week is the Airline Baptist Church in Gainesville, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Good Morning Children of God, welcome back to our SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE. It is once again we are privileged to share the good news of the gospel with all of you this morning. Take a moment to focus on the message of thought for today and open your hearts to receive a blessing. We have come into the presence of the Lord in high spirit with praise and worship in our hearts, just to say thank you. Embrace the fullness of the message, ponder the words carefully in your hearts and grow in grace and knowledge. All praise is to our God, for he is worthy to be praised!

LET US PRAY:

Heavenly Father, it is with sincere hearts we approach your throne of grace this day. We pause for a moment to honor you for all that you have allowed us to share in honor of your glory and who you are. As we come, we ask that you forgive us for our sins and shortcomings as we strive to walk in reverence to your name. Oh Lord, the days are often filled with uncertainty, chaos and confusion in many parts of the world, as well as our own lives. We ask that you teach us how to humble ourselves and learn to rely on you for our needs and guidance. It is at this time we come asking you to bless the sick, the poor and those in need, strengthen them and help them to understand that you will always provide there for them. We pray for the brave and courageous souls who are willing to stand in faith and share the gospel with those seeking to know more about you and your love. This day, this moment, we honor and praise you for you are worthy.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

OUR PRAISE SERVICE:

Because of the many different time zones that are taking in the service from all over the world, which includes over 175 different countries, we are now presenting our praise service a day earlier to meet the needs of those that are in time zones that are more than eight hours ahead of us here.  This portion of our service will now be listed as: “SATURDAY/SUNDAY DEVOTIONAL PRAISE SERVICE!”  You can get it simply by clicking on this link:

http://wp.me/pf75v-33i  We encourage you to take advantage of a great devotional service.

OUR PRAISE AND WORSHIP MESSAGE IS TITLE:

MANIFESTING YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY FROM THE BOOK OF            (1 KING 3:5-15)  Now think on the goodness of the Lord, what He has done for you and more importantly what he is going to do for you as you listen and comprehend the message that he has blessed his servant, our messenger for this day with:

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers.  You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us.  We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions.  May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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THE TIME IS NOW TO RENEW YOUR SPIRITUAL VITALITY

THE TIME IS NOW TO RENEW YOUR SPIRITUAL VITALITY

Experiencing Fall on the Ranch in Sautee, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Children of God, listen up, because time is not waiting on any of us.  There is much work to be done.  The time is now to renew your spiritual vitality.  You must revitalize your ordinary life, your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and just walking around life, and place it before God as an offering.  You must stop living in the traditional way of just doing what has been acceptable as part of your culture, that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead the time is now for you to fix your attention on God.  Get into the Spiritual Race and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you from the inside out.

You can take what I have to say to you here right now as mean less, are you can get up from sitting in front of that television screen are just lounging around in your bed.  The choice is yours.  It is time to stop making excuses are blaming others for your lack of energy and enthusiasm for overcoming your weakness in being a true Christian that God has ordain you to be, because God wants you to renew your Spiritual Vitality and do it NOW!

Now listen to what the scripture teachesus, it says, “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”

In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children?

My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,
but don’t be crushed by it either.
It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;
the child he embraces, he also corrects.

God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; its training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. (Hebrews 12:1-11 MSG)

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.

If you have not experienced the life saving blood of Jesus Christ, stop and take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your life. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life. It you have received and experience His Life saving blood, remember this, “THE TIME IS NOW TO RENEW YOUR SPIRITUAL VITALITY!”

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

JESUS IS ALIVE AND WELL WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

JESUS IS ALIVE AND WELL WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

HE IS ALIVE (Photo by Pastor Davis/Master Teacher)

 Good Morning to all of you, and a happy and joyful Easter Sunday Morning, Jesus is alive and well this Easter Sunday, and we are here to tell the world about how great He really is and all the good things He has done for us.  We will begin this message today from the GOOD NEWS BIBLE.  We will teach this morning from John 6:27-35.  Now let us begin with our topic for discussion title:  JESUS IS ALIVE AND WELL, WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Here is what the scriptures tell us, it says, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.  Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?  Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”  So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?  What will you do?  Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written:  He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

There is a lot going on today in science and technology.  The recent discovery of what some say is the tomb of Jesus with his bones and the bones of other family members, the cracking of the DNA code, which can now clone life and prove or disprove what anything is or is not.  We have to be excited about what science and technology is doing and not be frighten about the great discoveries it is making.

We must always remember that we have the mind of God.  That is, God created us in his on image and likeness.  The Bible tells us that if we seek we shall find.  So man is seeking answers to his own existing, forgetting what God has told him about his existing.

So no matter what man’s discoveries may be or what DNA testing may prove or disapprove the questions that Jesus is asking you right now are, “what do you believe.”

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Do believe that Jesus can give you eternal life?

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and your sins?

Do you believe that Jesus was put in a tomb and after three days he got up walking like a natural man?

Do you believe that Jesus lives today and he is directing the affairs of the world from heaven?

What do you really believe?

Now allow me pause my questions right here in a non believer’s village for a moment.

Look with me for a moment in verse 29.

It says this, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Jesus came into this world, born of a virgin, do you believe?

He spent his life teaching us about his father who could do all things but fail, do you believe?

He heal the sick and raised the dead, do you believe?

He feed the hungry and gave sight to the blind, do you believe?

Turn to your neighbor right now, and say to your neighbor, “Neighbor; do you believe?

Now let’s pause once again and look with me for a moment at verse 30;

It says, so they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?  What will you do?

Aren’t some of us in here this morning just like that, always asking Jesus to give us a miraculous sign before we will believe the miracles he is showing us every day right before our eyes?

After the Lord has shown us time and time again that he is who he says he is and he will do just what he says he will do, along comes Satan with all his glitter and glamour flashing breaking news reports how Jesus never went to heaven to be with his father and our minds become cloudy and disbelief sets in.

Who do you believe?

Turn once again to your neighbor, and say to your neighbor, neighbor, who do you believe?

Now look at verse 31 and you can see further evidence of their disbelief:

Here’s what they said, “Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

Now let’s look at how Jesus answers them in verse 32.

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God, is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

What do you believe?

Do you believe that Jesus came down from heaven and gave life to the world?Do you believe that you now have eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus?

Do you believe that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God?

Do you believe that Jesus lives this morning and he lives in each believer’s heart?

Now look at your neighbor and say to your neighbor, neighbor, “I am a believer.”

Say it one more time, neighbor, “I am a believer.”

Jesus declared in verse 35, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Do you believe today church that he is who he says he is?

Do you believe that he can feed the hungry with two sardines and three packs of saltine crackers?

Do you believe that he can create in you a brand new creature?

Do you believe that he can provide you with prosperity beyond that which your bank account will not be able to contain?

Now look at your neighbor and say to your neighbor, neighbor, I believe, I believe.  Do you believe?

And finally my brothers and sisters listen to what Jesus had to say over there in Isaiah 55:1.

He said, “Hey there! All who are thirsty come to the water! Are you penniless?  Come anyway, buy and eat!  Come, buy your drinks, and buy wine and your milk.

Buy without money, because today everything is free!

Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard earned cash on cigarettes, liquor and drugs?

Listen to me, and listen well:  Eat only the best fill yourselves with only the finest.  Pay attention, come close now, and listen carefully to my life giving, life nourishing words.

I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you, the same that I made with David:  sure, solid, enduring love.

I set him up as a witness to the nations, made him a prince and leader of the nations, and now I’m doing it to you:

You’ll summon nations you’ve never heard of, and nations who’ve never heard of you will come running to you because of me, you’re God, because The Holy of Israel has honored you.”

Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand.  Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking.  Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.

Do you believe he is holy and merciful?

Do you believe he is lavish and filled with forgiveness?

If you believe this you ought to be on your feet praising God.

You should be screaming, I believe, I believe, I believe, do you believe?

Thank you Jesus for this message, I am now and forever a believer.  You delivered me from my sins, my depression, my unforgiving spirit, my sickness, my weakness, my lack, my limitations and you gave me eternal life.  I stand before the world today and declare, you are alive and you are living in me.  No more heartache, no more pain, or sorrow.  I stand filled with a heart of gold, love, pure joy and happiness.  I can declare this day that I am redeemed and I believe.

This message has been ministered to you this day from God’s Throne of Grace, filled with his love, peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I am and will always remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE (PART 5 of 5)

THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)

We have shared with you a deep and clear path for you to follow if you are truly committed to being that one disciple who will pick up his cross and follow the path that Jesus has laid out for those who truly do love him.  I encourage each of you to go back and study each one of these lessons in its entirety, watch the videos and allow your mind to be taken on a journey as they prepare you to go into the vineyard and retrieve the harvest that has become ripen and ready for you to bring into God’s market place.

Now understand clearly what Jesus is saying to you when he says these words, “I am the Vine, you are the branches.  When you ‘rejoined with me and I with you, the relationship is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.  Separate, you can’t produce a thing.  Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire.  But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.  This is how my Father shows who he is when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.”  Through the study of this lesson, I am certain that each one of you has matured as one of Jesus Disciples and you are now ready to be obedient to his word because your state of mind is now one of maturity.

Therefore, allow me to conclude this lesson with the following remarks:

1. This state of mind that we have been discussing is as obligatory upon sinners as upon saints. All men ought to feel this compassion for souls. Why not? Can any reason be named why a sinner should not feel as much compassion for souls as a Christian? Or why he ought not to love God and man as ardently?

2. Professors of religion who do not obey the true spirit of these precepts are hypocrites, without one exception. They profess to be truly religious, but are they? Certainly not, unless they are on the altar, devoted to God‘s work and in heart sincerely sympathizing in it. Without this, every one of them is a hypocrite. You profess to have the spirit of Christ; but when you see the multitudes as He saw them, perishing for lack of Gospel light, do you cry out in mighty prayer with compassion for their souls? If you have not this spirit, write yourself down a hypocrite.

3. Many do not pray that God would send forth laborers because they are afraid He will send them. I can recollect when religion was repulsive to me because I feared that if I should be convertedGod would send me to preach the Gospel. But I thought further on this subject. God, said I, have a right to dispose of me as He pleases, and I have no right to resist. If I do resist, He will put me in hell. If God wants me to be a minister of His Gospel and I resist and rebel, He surely ought to put me in hell, and doubtless He will.

But there are many young men in religious colleges today who never give themselves to prayer for the conversion of the world, lest God should send them into this work. You would blush to pray, “Lord, send forth laborers, but don’t send me.” If the reason you don’t want to go is that you have no heart for it, you may write yourself down a hypocrite, and that is no mistake.

If you say, “I have a heart for the work, but I am not qualified to go,” then you may consider that God will not call you unless you are, or can be qualified. He does not want unfit men in the service.

4. The ministry for the last quarter of a century has fallen into disgrace for this reason; many young men have entered it that never should have entered. Their hearts are not fixed, and they shrink from making sacrifices for Christ and His cause. Hence, they do not go straight forward, true to the right, firm for the oppressed, and strong for every good word and work. By whole platoons, they back out from the position which they have sworn to maintain. The hearts of multitudes of lay brethren and sisters are in great distress, crying out over this fearful defection. To a minister who was complaining of the public reproach cast on his order, a layman of Boston replied,
“I am sorry there is so many occasions for it; God means to rebuke the ministry, and He ought to rebuke them since they so richly deserve it.” Do not understand me to say that this vacillation of the ministry is universal; no, indeed; I am glad to know there are exceptions; but still the painful fact is that many have relapsed, and, consequently, as a class, they have lost character, and this has discouraged many young men from entering the ministry.

Let this be so no longer. Let the young men now preparing for the ministry come up to the spirit of their Master and rush to the front line of the battle. Let them toil for the good of souls, and love this toil as their great Lord has done before them. Thus by their fidelity let them redeem the character of this class of men from the reproach under which it now lies. Let them rally in their strength and lay themselves with one heart on the altar of God. So doing, not one generation should pass away ere it will be said — Mark the faithful men; note the men whose heart is in and on their work; the ministry is redeemed!

5. With sorrow I am compelled to say — Many don’t care whether the work is done or not. They are all swallowed up with ambitious a springs. Who does not know that they do not sympathize with JesusChrist?

Beloved, let me ask you if you are honestly conscious of sympathizing with your great Leader? I never can read the passage before us without being affected by the manifestation it makes of Christ‘s tenderness and love. There were the thronging multitudes before Him. To the merely external eye, all might have been fair; but to one who thought of their spiritual state, there was enough to move the deep fountains of compassionChrist saw them scattered abroad as sheep that have no shepherd. They had no teachers or guides in whom they could repose confidence. They were in darkness and moral deathChrist wept over them, and called on His disciples to sympathize in their case, and unite with Him in mighty prayer to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth laborers. Such was His spirit. And now, dear young men, do you care whether or not this work is done?

6. Many seem determined to shirk this labor and leave it all for others to do. Indeed, they will hardly entertain the question what part God wants them to take and perform.

Now let me ask you — Will such as they be welcomed and applauded at last by the herald of judgment destiny, crying. Out, “Well done, good and faithful servants, enter ye into the joy of your Lord?” Never; no never!

7. Many say — I am not called, but really they are not devoted to this work so as to whether they are called or not. They do not want to be called — not they!

Now the very fact that you have the requisite qualifications, means, and facilities for preparation, indicates God‘s call. These constitute the voice of His providence, saying, Go forth, and prepare for labor in my vineyard! There is your scholarship; use it: there the classes for you to enter; go in and occupy till you are ready to enter the great white fields of the Savior‘s harvest. If providential indications favor, you must strive to keep up with their summons; pray for the baptisms of the Holy Ghostseek the divine anointing, and give yourself no rest till you are in all things furnished for the work God assigns you.

It is painful to see that many are committing themselves in some way or other against the work. They are putting themselves in a position which of itself forbids their engaging in it. But do let me ask you, young men, can you expect ever to be saved if, when you have the power and the means to engage in this work, you have no heart for it? No, indeed! You knock in vain at the gate of the blessed! You may go there and knock, but what will be the answer? Are ye my faithful servants? Were ye among the few, faithful among the faithless — quick and ready at your Master’s call? O no, no; you studied how you could shun the labor and shirk the self-denial! I know you not! Your portion lies without the city walls!

Let no one excuse himself, as not called, for God calls all too some sort of labor in the great harvest field. You never need, therefore, to excuse yourself as one not called to some service for your Lord and Master. And let no one excuse himself from the ministry unless his heart is on the altar and he himself praying and longing to go, and only held back by an obvious call of God, through His providence, to some other part of the great labor.

Many will be sent to hell at last for treating this subject as they have, with so much selfishness at heart! I know the young man who for a long time struggled between a strong conviction that God called him to the ministry and a great repellency against
engaging in this work. I know what this feeling is, for I felt it a long time myself. A
long time I had a secret conviction that I should be a minister, though my heart repelled it. In fact, my conversion turned very much upon my giving up this contest with God, and subduing this repellency of feeling against God‘s call.

8. You can see what it is to be a Christian, and what God demands of men at conversion. The turning point is — Will you really and honestly serve God? With students especially the question is wont to be — Will you abandon all your ambitious schemes and devote yourself to the humble, un-ambitious toil of preaching Christ‘s Gospel to the poor? Most of this class are ambitious and aspiring; they have schemes of self-elevation, which it were a trial to renounce altogether. Hence with you, your being a Christian and being saved at last will turn much, perhaps altogether, on your giving yourself up to this work in the true self- denial of the Gospel spirit.

9. Many have been called to this work, which afterwards backslide and abandon it. They begin well, but backslide; get into a state of great perplexity about their duty; perhaps, like Balaam, they are so unwilling to see their duty and so anxious to evade it, that God will not struggle with them any longer, but gives them up to their covetousness, or their ambition.

Young man, are you earnestly crying out, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?” Be assured, God wants you in His field somewhere; He has not abandoned His harvest to perish; He wants you in it, but He wants you first to repent and prepare your heart for the Gospel ministry. You need not enter it till you have done this.

Many are waiting for a miraculous call. This is a great mistake. God does not call men in any miraculous way. The finger of His providence points out the path, and the fitness He gives you indicates the work for you to do. You need not fear that God will call you wrong. He will point out the work He would have you do. Therefore, ask Him to guide you to the right spot in the great field. He will surely do it.

Young men, will you deal kindly and truly with my Master in this matter? Do you say, “O my God, I am on hand, ready for any part of the work Thou hast for me to do?’

What say you? Are you prepared to take this ground? Will you consecrate your education to this work? Are you ready and panting to consecrate your all to the work of your Lord? Do you say, “Yes, God shall have all my powers, entirely and forever?”I do beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” The altar of God is before you. A whole sacrifice is the thing required. Are you ready to fore go all your selfish schemes? Ye who have talents fitting you for the ministry, will you devote them with all your soul to this work? Say, will you deal honestly and truly with my Master? Say, do you love His cause, and count it your highest glory to be a laborer together with God, in gathering in the nations of lost men to the fold of your Redeemer?

Now, I ask you to please take note of Jesus final words to you, he says, “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.  This is my command:  Love one another the way I loved you.  This is the very best way to love.  Put your life on the line for your friends.  You are my friends when you do the things I command you.  I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning.  No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil.  As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.

“But remember the root command:  Love one another.

Our hope is that you have received this message in the Spirit that it was meant to be given, and now you are in a unique position to accept the challenges that are provided to you in this very special lesson and grow with us as we will with you and together we can bring about a much needed change in lives of the people of this world.  Working to lift them up out of poverty, to the possibilities of all things that are new in Jesus Christ, because we all are our brother’ keeper.

The VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES is taking the GOSPEL to the world and taking the WORLD one soul at a time.  Pause for a moment, and say, “BLESSED.” Because, you are truly BLESSED, and we minister to you from a position of PEACEPOWER, PURPOSE AND PROSPERITY!!!  Jesus is the true Vine and we are His branches and together we become, “THE VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES.”

OUR MISSION is to reach the world through the Word of God, with truth and power.  Allow the branches of this ministry tree to grow and spread to every corner of the world, and sow a seed of salvation in one soul at a time, in doing so; we will transform the world and the lives of each person into a brand new flower in Jesus Christ and one of us will bear much fruit as Jesus has commanded us to do.  Our purpose in this world is to live fruitful lives and to become fruit-bears.

OUR VISION:  is for every person to encounter the supernatural life changing power of Jesus Christ.  This is the gospel I share with you that you may accept it, grab hold of it and take it into the world and share it with others.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TEMPORARY STEWARDSHIP OVER GOD’S RESOURCES

YOU OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD

It is truly a humbling experience to realize that nothing that we are or nothing that we possess is really our own.  Our time, talent, material possessions and the relationships we have been given are merely consigned to us by God for a few decades.  To what degree are you conscious of God’s ownership of everything which you call your own?  Now think about those words for a moment, and yes, allow them to rattle your brain as you question this writer’s knowledge and wisdom for making such a bold statement.  Have you developed a “stewardship mentality” a growing awareness that you will one day give an account of how you have used the trusts you have been granted?

Now let us explore this theory for a moment by first looking at Genesis 1:27-28 (AMP), it says, “So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

And God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.  This verse has been realized to a far greater extent during the past century than ever before.  For the first time in human history, we face the crisis of global pollution and wholesale destruction of irreplaceable resources.  Much of this is due to human greed and presumption; people have assumed that the supplies of earth are inexhaustible and that we are free to use them for personal gain.

However, let us understand this simple truth that scripture cautions us that we really own nothing that “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”  A steward manages the possessions of another.  We are temporary managers of God’s resources because God created us for that responsibility. Remember, God has no needs, and he did not create the cosmos because he was lonely or bored.  Instead, the created order is the overflow of the fountain of love that has always existed within the triune God head.  As stewards, we participate in a world that derives its being and sustenance from the infinite, personal Creator.

God has entrusted to us the dignity and responsibility of being stewards of the resources and creatures of this planet.  When we shape, refine and creatively utilize the minerals, plants and animals that God has placed at our disposal, we are accountable for the results.

As a steward of the resources that God has placed in our hands, we are expected to realize the maximum possible return on the resources which the master has entrusted to our care.

Now let us pause and consider for a moment that everyone on this earth has the same amount of time in every day.  President or paper boy, housewife or executive, farmer or financier, they all have exactly twenty-four hours in each day.

What differentiates people isn’t the amount of time available to them but the manner in which they exercise their gifts and talents within the available time.  That’s what stewardship is about; faithfully developing and using our gifts, talents and resources within the amount of time God has allotted to us.

Within every stewardship relationship there are two parties involved: the master who hands out the resources and will one day ask for an accounting; and the steward who is entrusted with the resources and must eventually answer for how they were invested.

When Jesus taught about his second coming, he drove home one important lesson.  Only faithful stewards will be prepared for his return.  The parable he used to make this point involved three servants who each received a sum of money from his master before that master departed on a long journey.  Upon his return the master discovered that two of the servants had invested the money and that one had buried it.

This is truly a remarkable story of how to invest wisely what has be entrusted to you as a temporary steward over God’s resources.  Now I encourage you to think deeply on this story, and allow your thought patterns to reflect upon what you would have done if you had been given the same opportunity.

Now here is the story, “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.

After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’

The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’ (Matthew 25:14-30 MSG).

Remember this, leaders are stewards.  They manage multiple resources because they direct others in using their own resources. You also are a steward; you have been given the responsibility to manage the resources that God has placed in your hands.  No matter how small are how large those resources maybe, you are the one that is in charge of them.  How you manage them will be determined when you are called to account for what you did with what was in your hands.  These resources are not yours, because you own nothing, and never will own anything.  You are a chosen vessel, the steward of God’s resources, understand your role in this life and except your duties and responsibilities and do them well.  Do not worry about how someone else is managing their resources, do what you are suppose to do and do it to the best of your abilities and you will be rewarded accordingly.

In closing, I encourage you to stay focus and keep your eye on the prize.  Jesus is the prize and he is the one that will call you to account for your actions as well as give out the rewards for those who were responsible stewards.  Remember, “YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TEMPORARY STEWARDSHIP OVER GOD’S RESOURCES.”  YOU OWN NOTHING IN THIS WORLD.  Today, I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

 

 

JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE (PART FOUR)

THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)

Today’s lesson will conclude with the fourth and final precept as we deal with the state of mind in salvation. We encourage you to return to the three previous lessons for an in-depth study of this subject matter and remember to make it a complete part of your state of mind.

IV. Let us remember that this state of mind is an indispensable condition of salvation.

The Church, are many of them are dreadfully in the dark about the conditions of salvation. I was once preaching on this subject, and urging that holiness is one condition of salvation, “without which no man can see the Lord,” when I was confronted and strenuously opposed by a Doctor of Divinity. He said, The Bible makes faith the sole and only condition of salvation.  Paul, said he, preached that faith is the condition, and plainly meant to exclude every other condition.

But I answered, why did Paul press so earnestly and hold up so prominently the doctrine of salvation by faith? Because he had to oppose the great Jewish error of salvation by works.

Such preaching was greatly and specially needed then, and Paul pressed into the field to meet the emergency. But when Antinomianism developed itself, Tames was called out to uphold with equal decision the doctrine that faith without works is dead, and that good works are the legitimate fruit of living faith, and are essential to evince its life and genuineness. This at once raised a new question about the nature of Gospel faith. James held that all true Gospel faith must work by love. It must be an affectionate filial confidence, such as draws the soul into sympathy with Christ, and leads it forward powerfully to do all His will.

Many professed Christians hold that nothing is needful but simply faith and repentance, and that faith may exist without real benevolence, and consequently without good works. No mistake can be greater than this. The grand requisition which God makes upon man is that he becomes truly benevolent. This is the essence of all true religion, a state of mind that has compassion like God‘s compassion for human souls; that cries out in earnest prayer for their salvation, and that shrinks from no labor to effect this object. If, therefore, true religion be a condition of salvation, then is the state of mind developed in our text also a condition.

This concludes my argument on the four precepts of the Harvest Field.  In the final lesson, I will present you with my final remarks on this subject matter.  May God bless you and keep you close in His present.  I encourage you to think globally and work locally.  I minister to you from a position of peace, purpose, power and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE (PART THREE)

THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)

How can we be in real sympathy with Christ unless we love the work of laboring in this Gospel harvest, and long to be commissioned to go forth and put in our sickle with our own hand? Most certainly, if we were in Christ‘s spirit we should say — I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I straitened till it be accomplished? We should cry out, Lord, let me go! let me go — for dying millions are just now perishing in their sins. How can I pray God to send out others if I am in heart unwilling to go myself? I have heard many say — O that I were young; how I should rejoice to go myself. This seems like a state of mind that can honestly pray for God to send forth laborers.

The spirit of this prayer implies that we are willing to make any personal sacrifices in order to go. Are not men always willing to make personal sacrifices in order to gain the great object of their heart‘s desire? Did ever a merchant, seeking goodly pearls, find one of great value but he was quite willing to go and sell all that he had and buy it?

Moreover, an honest heart before God in this prayer implies that you are willing to
do all you can to prepare your selves to accomplish this work. Each young man or young woman should say God requires something of me in this work. It may be God wants you as a servant in some missionary family; if so, you are ready to go. No matter what the work may be no labor done for God or for man is degrading. In the spirit of this prayer, you will say — If I may but wash the feet of my Lord‘s servants, I shall richly enjoy it. All young person’s especially, feeling that life is before them, should say — I must devote myself, in the most effective way possible, to the promotion of my Savior‘s cause. Suppose a man bows his soul in earnest prayer before. God, saying, “O Lord, send out hosts of men into this harvest-field,” does not this imply that he girds himself up for this work with his might? Does it not imply that he is ready to do the utmost he can in any way whatever?

Again, this prayer, made honestly, implies that we do all we can to prepare others to go out. Our prayer, will be, “Lord, give us hearts to prepare others, and get as many ready as possible and as well prepared as possible for the gathering in of this great harvest.”

Of course it is also implied that we abstain from whatever would hinder us, and make no arrangements that would tie our hands. Many young Christians do this, sometimes heedlessly, often in a way which shows that they are by no means fully set to do God‘s work, first of all.

When we honestly pray God to send out laborers, and our own circumstances allow us to go, we are to expect that He will send us. What! does God need laborers of every description, and will He not send us? Depend on it, He will send out the man who prays right, and whose heart is deeply and fully with God. And we need not be suspicious lest God should lack the needful wisdom to manage His matters well. He will put all His men where they should be, into the fields they are best qualified to fill. The good reaper will be put into his post, sickle in hand; and if there are feeble ones who can only glean, He puts them there.

When youth have health and the means for obtaining an education, they must assume that God calls them to this work. They should assume that God expects them to enter the field. They will fix their eyeupon this work as their own. Thinking of the masses of God‘s true children who are lifting up this prayer, “Lord, send forth laborers to gather in the nations to Thy Son,” they will assuredly infer that the Lord will answer these prayers and send out all His faithful, fit, and true men into this field. Most assuredly, if God has given you the mind, the training, the tact, the heart, and the opportunity to get all needful preparation, you may know He will send you forth. What! is it possible that I am prepared, ready, waiting, and the hosts of the Church praying that God would send laborers forth, and yet He will not send me! Impossible!

One indispensable part of this preparation is a heart for it. Most plainly so, for God wants no men in His harvest-field whose hearts are not there. You would not want workmen in your field who have no heart for their work. Neither does God. But He expects us to have this preparation. And He will accept of no man’s excuse from service, that he has no heart to engage in it. The want of a heart for this work is not your misfortune, but your fault, your great and damning sin.

Now let us pause this lesson and allow your mind to meditate on this lesson and the two previous lessons.  It is very important that you grab hold of these precepts and allow them to become a total part of your life plans.  The harvest-field is no place for those whose heart is not in it.  In lesson four we will help you to understand how this state of mind is an indispensable condition of salvation. Until the next lesson we leave you with our peace that God will bless you give you greater understanding to comprehend these lessons and make them become a part of all that you do.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

TODAY’S GOOD NEWS

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORD THAT CONCEIVED YOUR LIFE?

In the world today we find that people are filled with anxious desires to overcome their present lot in life.  Anxieties are running deep in their veins, being faced with much lack of everything that this world has to offer and in their heart of hearts not being able to have the basics necessaries that God has promised to them that love and believe in the Lord.  Nevertheless, I say to all the people, know that God never makes a promise that he will not fulfill.  Just hold onto God’s unchanging hands and your storehouse will never be bare.  You see, God has provided the world with all the necessaries things for man’s survival in this world.  Remember, there are three basics things that we need for our survival and they are; the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.  These three basics necessities, God provides them in great abundances’ and they are free and without germs are dieses.

But then you would say, I need a job and without a job how can I have food on my table for me and my family to eat, clothes for my children to wear, money to pay my mortgage and car note, money to keep the lights and gas on in my house, money to send my kids to college and of course your list will go on and on.  It is true, that working on a job and receiving a paycheck is one way of providing you with money to help offset these burdens.  However, do you remember what Jesus teaches us concerning these things with his word, how the world was created with his word, how you and I was conceived with his word? If not, please allow the following passage of scripture to remind you of Jesus’ teaching.

Therefore I tell you, stop being [a]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the [b]span of his life?

And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and[c]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [d]magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, what are we going to have to eat? Or, what are we going to have to drink? Or, what are we going to have to wear?

For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

But seek ([e]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([f]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [g]taken together will be given you besides.

So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.  (Matthew 6:25-34 AMP)

You see, in this passage Jesus is trying to bring you into the realization that you are free of all yokes and bondage of man’s rule over you.  It is not man that is going to provide you with the necessities of this life, but it is God who provides all of those who believe.
The first prerequisite of having the great abundances of this life is to be set free.  Your mind has to be free of the bondage that is keeping you from having all the things that you desire in this world.  It is not that man is not providing you with a job to meet your basics needs that is hindering you from having.  It is your own thought process that is keeping you from having; your dependences upon another man to provide you with a job that God has already told you to use your own thought process and you can have anything that you may desire.  Free your mind and be free indeed.  If the Son of God Sets You Free, you must realize the greatest news of all and that is, “You are truly FREE.”  At a time when Jesus was speaking truth to power, this is what he said to the Jews and what he is saying to you and I right here and now, “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will FREE you.” (John 8:31-32 MSG)

These are the words of truth that were birthed in you from the beginning of time.  They are the words that will allow you to create that job that you are concern about in order to be in a position to meet your basic worldly needs.  They are the words that will bring about that change from the old man to the new.  They are the words that you can take to the cashier at your bank, present them with a check with whatever amount you desire at the time and be guaranteed it will be cashed with no questions asked.  You are the ruler of your life, the power given to you by the maker and creator of this world.  No man holds power over you but the one you give to hold such power.  And when you are ready to make the change and your determination is so great that you are willing to do whatever is necessary to be the true ruler of your life, the new person in you will show up and nothing can stop you from rising to take your place in this world of great abundance.

Remember, in the past you have allowed yourself to live in captive, drug down, step on, and the invisible yoke of bondage put around your neck, and the heavy bondage of life worries placed upon your back.  The thief came in the front door and stole all the love and joy away from you.  You were unable to hold onto your job, and therefore all your earthly goods and everything that you had perceived as good was stolen away from you.  Now you are suffering from a lack of determination, no energy and fight left in you to be able to take back what was stolen.  Jesus has warned you that the thief was going to do this.  However, you allowed your mind to set idle, doing nothing good for yourself, becoming a couch potato with the T.V. remote pointing and flicking from channel to channel and the cell phone constantly dialing and gossiping about who is sleeping with who. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORD THAT CONCEIVED YOUR LIFE?

Now listen to the truth of Jesus words as he was warning the people, “Jesus told this simple story, but the people had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.  (John 10:10-12 MSG).

Your life is worth more to Jesus than a job with the money you will earn to pay your bills.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  He is the one that will preserve your mind from the idle thoughts that allows the thief to enter in and still and kill you.  Haven’t you allowed him to do enough damage to you?  DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORD THAT CONCEIVED YOUR LIFE

Now as we conclude this word of truth, it is my hope that this word has stirred up a passion in your soul and given you new life to begin a new way of thinking and living, allow Jesus to have the final word that can make you whole and bring truth and salvation to your soul.  Here then are the words of Jesus.   “Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.
This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.  (1 Peter 1:22-25 MSG)

After this Jesus spoke and then gave us the greatest commandment of all, and this is what he said, “And you shall love the Lord your God [a]out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your [b]life) and out of and with all your mind (with [c]your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. [d]This is the first and principal commandment.

The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31 AMP)

 Now my brothers and sisters, it is with great joy that I am thrill beyond my own imagination that you have comprehended what has been taught here and you will use it to your benefit to rise above where you are right now to the level God is trying to push you to be.  I urge you to think globally and work locally.  I minister to you today from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity because, This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.   I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

 

JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE (PART TWO)

THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW

(MATTHEW 9:36 38)

In lesson one, we concluded with this question; “WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?” Let us understand this teaching in the light of the mission that God has given to all believers, he says, “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them [a]into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you [b]all the days ([c]perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. [d]Amen (so let it be). (Matthew 28:19-20 AMP)” This passage of Scripture is known as the great commission.  It is your command from Jesus to go into the world and help bring about salvation to God’s people. THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW.  Understanding your mission in this life is a critical component to fulfilling your purpose that God has given you.

Pause now and click on this video and allow your mind to be bathe in the thoughts of what God is sharing with you.  Then continue to read study and meditate on the third precept of the Compassion God has for all his children.

III. What, then, is implied in really obeying this precept?

1. A sense of personal responsibility in respect to the salvation of the world. No man ever begins to obey this command who does not feel a personal responsibility in this thing which brings it home to his soul as his own work. He must really feel, “This is my work for life. For this I am to live and spend my strength.” It matters not on this point whether you are young enough to go abroad into the foreign field, or whether you are qualified for the Gospel ministry; you must feel such a sense of responsibility that you will cheerfully and most heartily do all you can. You can do the hewing of the wood or the drawing of the water, even if you cannot fill the more responsible trusts. An honest and consecrated heart is willing to do any sort of toil — bear any sort of burden. Unless you are willing to do anything you can successfully and wisely do, you will not comply with the conditions of a prayerful state of mind.

Another element is a sense of the value of souls. You must see impressively that souls are precious — that their guilt while in unpardoned sin is fearful and their danger most appalling. Without such a sense of the value of the interests at stake, you will not pray with ferventstrong desire; and without a just apprehension of their guilt, danger, and remedy, you will not pray in faith for God‘s interposing grace.

I stand before you boldly and preach this truth to those of you who have ears to hear, Indeed, you must have so much of the love of God — a love like God‘s love for sinners — in, your soul, that you are ready for any sacrifice or any labor. You need to feel as God feels.

He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever should believe in Him might not perish. You need so to love the world that your love will draw you to make similar sacrifices and put forth similar laborslove for souls, the same in kind as God had in giving up His Son to die, and as Christ had in coming cheerfully down to make Himself the offering, each servant of God must have, or his prayers for this object will have little heart and no power with God. This love for souls is always implied in acceptable prayer, that God would send forth laborers into His harvest. I have often thought that the reason why so many pray only in form and not in heart for the salvation of souls, is that they lack this love, like God‘s love, for the souls of the perishing.

Acceptable prayer for this object implies confidence in the ability, wisdom, and willingness of God to push forward this work. No man can pray for what he supposes may be opposed to God‘s will, or beyond His ability or too complicated for His wisdom. If you ask God to send forth laborers, the very prayer assumes that you confide in His ability to do the work well, and in His willingness, in answer to prayer, to press it forward.

The very idea of prayer implies that you understand this to be a part of the divine plan — that Christians should pray for God‘s interposing power and wisdom to carry forward this great work. You do not pray till you see that God gives you the privilege, enjoins the duty, and encourages it by assuring you that it is an essential means, an indispensable condition of His interposing His power to give success. You remember it is said, “I will yet for this be inquired of by the House of Israel to do it for them.”

Again, no one complies with the spirit of this condition who does not pray with his might — fervently and with great perseverance and urgency for the blessing. He must feel the pressure of a great cause, and must feel, moreover, that it cannot prosper without God‘s interposing power. Pressed by these considerations, He will pour out His soul with intensely, fervent supplications.

Unless the Church is filled with the spirit of prayer, God will not send forth the laborers into His harvest. Plainly the command to pray for such laborers implies that God expects prayer, and will wait until it be made, The prayer comes into His plan as one of the appointed agencies, and can by no means be dispensed with. Doubtless it was in answer to prayer that God sent out such a multitude of strong men after the ascension. How obviously did prayer and the special hand of God bring in a Saul of Tarsus and send him forth to call in whole tribes and nations of the Gentile world! And along with him were a host. “The Lord gave the word; great was the company that published it.”

That this prayer should be in faith, reposing in assurance on God‘s everlasting promise, is too obvious to need proof or illustration.

Honest, sincere prayer implies that we lay ourselves and all we have upon His altar. We must feel that this is our business, and that our disposable strength and resources are to be appropriated to its prosecution. It is only, then, when we are given up to the work, that we can honestly ask God to raise up laborers and press the work forward. When a man’s lips say, “Lord, send forth laborers; “but his life in an undertone proclaims, “I don’t care whether a man goes or not; I’ll not help on the work,” you will, of course, know that he is only playing the hypocrite before God.

By this I do not imply that every honest servant of Christ must feel himself called to the ministry, and must enter it; by no means; for God does not call every pious man into this field, but has many other fields and labors which are essential parts of the great whole. The thing I have to say is that we must be ready for any part whatever which God‘s providence assigns us.

When we can go, and are in a situation to obtain the needful education, then the true spirit of the prayer in our text implies that we pray that God would send us. If we are in A condition to go, then, plainly, this prayer implies that we have the heart to beg the privilege for ourselves that God would put us into His missionary work. Then we shall say with the ancient prophet, “Lord, here am I, send me.” Do you not suppose Christ expected His disciples to go, and to desire to go? Did He not assume that they would pray for the privilege of being put into this precious trust?  Now let us pause right here and we will continue this discussion in Part three.  May God bless you and keep you in is ever loving present now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen!

I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE (LESSON ONE)

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THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT THE LABORS ARE FEW (MATTHEW 9:36-38)

Now in light of the current crisis that our country is facing, from our government being brought to the brink of a shut down, our credit rating being downgraded, one side of our political spectrum advocating getting rid of the safe nets that are set up to take care of the poor and less fortunate among us, and just a few days ago, an earthquake rumbles through the North Eastern part of the United States, and now this weekend that same section of the United States is facing devastation from Hurricane Irene.

As I sit in prayer and meditation seeking God’s guidance on the message for this weekend, many different signals past through my thought process, and all day long the message that I wanted to share with you all, God kept saying no, stay focus on the people and how they are dealing with their fears and the leaders are handling the major task that they have been assigned, which is to take care of my people, help to keep them out of harm’s way.  It wasn’t until after 9 pm tonight that God spoke clearly to me and said the word, ‘COMPASSION,’ and you shall find it in the good news message that My Son delivered to the people in Matthew 9th chapter.

From that point on my eyes were open and the message God wanted me to share with you is now set before you as a precept to guide you in your purpose and move you swiftly towards your destination.  But first I encourage you to watch this video and think deeply on the words and images that it is sending into your mind, then continue to read and study this message of the Lord’s compassion for His people.

IN discussing this subject, I propose-

I. To consider to whom this precept is addressed,

II. What it means;

III. What is implied in the prayer required?

IV. Show that the state of mind which constitutes obedience to this precept is an indispensable condition of salvation.

In order for me to provide you with the foundation of this message so that it may be grounded in truth, this is the scripture that the Lord gave me to share with you, “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are fewPray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.”-(Matthew 9: 36-38).

I. To whom this precept is addressed, Beyond question, the precept is addressed to all who are under the obligation to be benevolent; therefore, to all classes and all beings upon whom the law of love is imposed. Consequently, it is addressed to all human beings, for all who are human bear moral responsibility — ought to care for the souls of their fellows, and of course fall under the broad sweep of this requisition.

Note the occasion of Christ‘s remark. He was traversing the cities and villages of His country, “teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” He saw multitudes before Him, mostly in great ignorance of God and salvation; and His deeply compassionate heart was moved,” because He saw them fainting and scattered abroad as sheep without a shepherd.” Alas! they were perishing for lack of the bread of heaven, and who should go and break it to their needy souls?

His feelings were the more affected because He saw that they felt hungry. They not only were famishing for the bread of life, but they seemed to have some consciousness of the fact. They were just then in the condition of a harvest-field, the white grain of which is ready for the sickle, and waits the coming of the reapers. So the multitudes were ready to be gathered into the granary of the great Lord of the harvest. No wonder this sight should touch the deepest compassions of His benevolent heart.

II. What is really intended in the precept, Pray ye the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest?”

Every precept relating to external conduct has its spirit and also its letter, the letter referring to the external, but the spirit to the internal; yet both involved in real obedience. In the present case, the letter of the precept requires prayer; but let no one suppose that merely using the words of prayer is real obedience. Besides the words there must be a praying state of mind. The precept does not require us to lie and play the hypocrite before God. No one can for a moment suppose this to be the case. Therefore, it must be admitted that the precept requires the spirit of prayer as well as the letter. It requires first in value a praying state of mind, and then also its due expression in the forms of prayer.

What, then, is the true spirit of this precept? answer, love for souls. Certainly it does not require us to pray for men without any heart in our prayer; but that we should pray with a sincere heart, full of real love for human welfare — a love for immortal souls and a deep concern for their salvation. It doubtless requires the same compassion that Jesus Himself had for souls. His heart was gushing with real compassion for dying souls, and He was conscious that His own was a right state of mind. Therefore, He could not do less than require the same state of mind of all His people. Hence, He requires that we should have real and deep compassion for souls, such compassion as really moves the heart, for such most obviously was His.

This involves a Lull committal of the soul to this object. Christ had committed His soul to the great labor of saving men; for this He labored and toiled; for this His heart agonized; for this His life was ready to be offered; therefore, He could do no less than require the same
of His people.

Again, an honest offering of this prayer implies a willingness on our part that God should use us in His harvest-field in any capacity He pleases. When the farmer gathers his harvest, many things are to be done, and often be needs many hands to do them. Some he sends in to cut the grain, others to bind it; some gather into the barn, and others glean the field, that nothing be lost. So Christ will have a variety of labors for His servants in the great harvest-field; and no men can be of real use to Him unless they are willing to work in any department of their Master’s service, thankful for the privilege of doing the humblest service for such a Master and in such a cause.

Hence, it is implied in honest prayer for this object that we are really committed to the work, and that we have given ourselves up most sincerely and entirely to do all we can for Christ and His cause on earth. We are always on hand, ready for any labor or any suffering. For, plainly, if we have not this mind,we need not think to pray for any good purpose. It would be but a sorry and insulting prayer to say, “Lord, send somebody else to do all the hard work, and let me do little or
nothing.” Everybody knows that such a prayer would only affront God and curse the offered.

Hence, sincere prayer for Christ‘s cause implies that you are willing to do anything you can do to promote its interests, in the actual and absolute devotion of all your powers and resources for this object. You may not withhold even your own children. Nothing shall be too dear for you to offer on God‘s altar.

Suppose a man should give nothing — should withhold all his means and suppress all efforts, only he says he will Pray. He professes indeed to pray. But do you suppose that his prayer has any heart in it? Does he mean what he says? Does he love the object more than all things else? Nay, verily. You never could say that a young man does all he can for Christ‘s harvest if he refuses to go into the field to work, nor that an aged, but wealthy, man is doing all he can if he refuses to give anything to help sustain the field-laborers.

This will conclude Lesson One of this very important lesson. Pass this on to your family, friends and business associates, then stop by tomorrow read and study lesson 2 and we will continue with part III titled, “What, then is implied in really obeying this precept?”   Until we meet again, I say to you, think globally and work locally. We minister to you today from a position of peace, purpose, power and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.


TODAY’S MESSAGE GOD’S AMAZING GRACE

TODAY‘S MESSAGE GOD’S AMAZING GRACE

Grace is a part of the character of God. Grace is most frequently spoken of as a commodity, that is distributed, and such it is. But first and foremost, grace is a description of the character of God, which is displayed by His gifts to men. God is a God of grace, and He desires to make this known not only to men, but also to the angelic hosts.  Now let us pause right here and watch this video by Leann Rimes as she sings Amazing Grace.

What beautiful and amazing words for all of us to comprehend.  For all of us as believers truly must have felt this way at some point in our lives. He truly is an amazing God, because He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:5-12).

WHAT IS GOD’S GRACE?

The fullness of God’s grace is beyond human appreciation, comprehension or full knowledge. The riches of His goodness cannot be expressed or described by mortal tongue. We can only attempt to describe it, and our best efforts will be a puny approximation. We can admire the beauty of divine grace, but we cannot really explore its depths. At best we can only stand in awe at what we see, and exclaim with the Apostle Paul:

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments and unfathomable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became his counselor? Or who has first given to him that it might be paid back to him again? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen. (Rom. 11:33-36.)

Anyone who attempts to talk about God’s grace must begin, again with Paul, by confessing personal inadequacy for the task (2 Cor. 3:5). We are at best clay pots, entrusted with a priceless treasure (2 Cor. 4:7). Yet God can enable even clay pots to speak his word and glorify his name. “Our adequacy is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5). “We do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor. 4:5). The “surpassing greatness of the power” is from God and not from us (2 Cor. 4:7).

Scripture reveals much about the grace of God, and we will profit from studying what it reveals. It is possible that sermon subjects, like ladies’ fashions or teenagers’ music, go in cycles. Perhaps we have neglected the grace of God — to our own great loss and harm — because those before us, or around us, neglected man’s responsibility to obey God. Whatever the reason, many sermons, conversations and class discussions these days seem to indicate a lack of basic appreciation for this central theme of the New Testament. Let us give some thought to what Scripture says about God’s grace.

Now bear with me as we pause and watch this next video:

What Grace Is Not

Before we notice what grace IS in the New Testament, we need to see two things that grace is NOT. Both these errors are popularly taught and believed today. Sometimes one of them leads to the other. Sometimes people who have been taught one, and learned better, go so far from that error that they fall into the other extreme which is also erroneous. Let us see, then, two erroneous ideas about God’s grace — and see by the word of God that neither is true or worthy of our confidence, but that both deserve only to be rejected and warned against. These two erroneous ideas about grace relate to the two eternal principles we have already noticed. One of them fails to take into account what we have seen about God. The other does not deal with the truth we have observed about ourselves. These are the twin errors of LICENSE and LEGALISM.

Grace Is Not License

In the first place, grace is not license! The doctrine of “license” says, in effect: “Ignore God’s law and count on his grace.” This doctrine implies that our attitude and actions toward God do not matter at all — that we can flagrantly live in knowing and willful rebellion against God if we wish –and that somehow God’s grace will take care of anyway when we face God in judgment. There are those today, and were in New Testament times, who taught LICENSE in the name of grace. But Scripture plainly teaches that grace is not license.

License is a perversion of God’s grace. It denies what we have seen already about God: that he hates sin and always punishes it. This error ignores God’s just demand for a sinless life. It perverts the true grace of God. It is wrong, and always has been. License is not grace, because license does not take into account the eternal principle which grows out of God’s very nature: God demands a sinless life and always punishes sin with death.

Let us notice the New Testament evidence of three writers which proves beyond the shadow of any reasonable doubt that LICENSE is not the true grace of God. Other Scriptures could be found along this same line. But these will be enough to clearly demonstrate to any honest person that the grace of God is not LICENSE. Grace does not mean “do as you please and somehow God will forgive everything.”

The first witness is the Apostle Paul. When Paul preached on grace, sometimes his critics accused him of preaching license. He answers this charge very clearly in his epistle to the Romans. Paul speaks there of God’s grace to man in these words:

For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. And the law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 5:19-21) .

In these verses Paul magnifies the grace of God. As much as Adam did for harm to the human race — and Paul affirms more about that than we sometimes have wished to acknowledge — Christ did so much more for mankind by His own life of obedience to God. Where sin increased, Paul says, grace increased even more! Satan could not have the last word! His most horrible evil is overshadowed entirely by God’s kindness to sinners through Jesus Christ.

Some of those who heard Paul preach these things responded by accusing him of teaching license. They said that his teaching would encourage people to go ahead and sin, counting on God’s grace to save them. Paul responded to this charge in the very next verses.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? . . . Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. . . . Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts (Rom. 6:1, 2, 6, 12).

Grace does not mean LICENSE! Grace is NOT permission to go on sinning. Anyone who says that it is, is wrong — according to the Apostle Paul in these verses. But this is not all. The advocates of LICENSE — whether they be indulgent “church members” who want to do as they please, advocates of a so-called “new morality” who say that all the gates are now open for unbridled satisfaction of every desire of body and mind, or libertines who preach as gospel a doctrine of “do as you please and God will overlook it all somehow” — are all WRONG! Grace is not license.

This will conclude Part 1 of God’s Amazing Grace.  Watch this last video, and meditate on all you have heard and read here, then share this message with your family, friends, relatives and business associates.  May God’s grace rest and abound upon you all the days of your glorious life as you live and work in his abundances of love and prosperity.

TODAY’S MESSAGE (JESUS TEACHES US TO PRAY WITH SIMPLICITY)

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JESUS TEACHES US TO PRAY WITH SIMPLICITY

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And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

As we seek to be disciples let us consider a second essential building block in addition to continuing in the Word.  The disciple must be a person of prayer!

If we attempt to continue in the Word without prayer, our study of the Word is going to be merely and academic exercise.  What’s more, if we really desire to apply building blocks of discipleship to our Christian life, prayer will be essential.  Prayer is the key to having passion and power in our witness.

For a believer, prayer should be second nature, almost like breathing.  But sadly, in the lives of many believers, prayer is greatly lacking.  Perhaps this is true because many times when we pray, it seems like nothing happens.

When Job encountered his many trials, one thing he cried out was, “There is no days-man for me” (Job 9:33).  What he meant was that he couldn’t find anyone to reason or argue for him, no one who would stand in the gap for him before God.  Job felt as though he couldn’t get through to God.

Perhaps there have been times when you have felt this way.  It seemed as though God wasn’t really listening.  If you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this simply should not be the case, for Jesus has paved the way for us to stand boldly at the throne of grace to find help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).  Today we can approach God through Jesus our Mediator.  “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus(1 Timothy 2:5).  We are also told in Hebrews 7:25 that Jesus “lives to make intercession” for us.

Now let us for a moment consider our motives for prayer; as we look at this passage in Matthew 6, we find Jesus first deals with several common misconceptions that people have regarding prayer.  The first misconception deals with motives.  Jesus said, “When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites.  They stand in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.”

The problem with the “religious” people of that day, the Pharisees, was that they prayed to impress others.  On street corners and in the marketplace they could be seen lifting up their hands and praying in a very ostentatious manner.  Others would walk by and think, “Look at that man of God.  He loves God so much that he can’t even wait to get to the synagogue to pray.”

What they didn’t realize was that the person praying was most likely thinking, “What a man of God I am.  Everyone is looking at me.  Everyone is impressed with my spirituality.  I am so holy.”

That type of prayer won’t be heard by God.  A person so concerned with what others are thinking about him is too full of himself to be effective in his prayer.  He is like the self-righteous Pharisee Jesus mentioned who “prayed thus with himself.”  God won’t hear the prayer of a pride-filled person, for it is nothing less than sin, and the Bible tells us that if we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us.  Make no mistake about it—spiritual pride is every bit as much a sin as lying or immorality, even though it is a more subtle one.

Let me conclude with this word, “come boldly before the throne of grace and pray as Jesus taught us how to pray,” “PRAY WITH SIMPLICITY.” 

If you have received this word today and conceived it in your mind as the word of truth, have no fear; share it with your family, friends and co-workers. Think globally, and work locally, God will bless you abundantly for the work you do in lifting others up. Jesus said, “If I am lifted up I will draw all men unto me.” Be an encourager, and lift someone other than self up today.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

TODAY’S MESSAGE (LIVING IN THE LIGHT AS LIGHT)

LIVING IN THE LIGHT AS LIGHT (GENESIS 1:1-5, 1John 1:5-6)

As we begin this study of Living in the light as light, we begin with two precepts.  First we begin with light as the substance that illuminates the world.  Second we come into the knowledge and understanding as to whom and what the substance that illuminates the world is.

Let me give you a working definition of the word light; it is something that makes things visible are affords illuminations.  In Physics it is also called, luminous energy, radiant energy. electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972 km/sec), considered variously as a wave, corpuscular, or quantum phenomenon.

The state of being visible, exposed to view, or revealed to public notice or knowledge; limelight: Stardom has placed her in the light. A person who is an outstanding leader, celebrity, or example; luminary: He became one of the leading lights of Restoration drama. A gleam or sparkle, as in the eyes.  A measure or supply of light; illumination:  The wall cuts off our light, Spiritual illumination or awareness; enlightenment.

Now let us look at just how this light came into its existence.  In order to do so let’s begin with Genesis 1:1-5 (Amplified Bible) 1IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.(A)

2The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

3And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.  This had to be one of the most profound moments in the history of the universe.  God spoke the word, “LET” and let went into action.  It did not waste any time.  It obeys the master’s command.  Did just what it was told to do and lit up the entire universe.

This was the very moment in time that any form of light existed upon the earth.  Do not allow your mind to become confused with the establishment of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day.  You see it was not until the fourth day that the Lord set the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens as light bearers and as means for establishing a calendar.

4And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.(B)

5And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Now the entire universe has experienced the awesome power and beauty of this light that shines forever to provide us with the light of a loving God who allows His marvelous light to light up the entire universe.

Now we can stand and tell the world that we are living in that light and that same light is reflecting from us to all that see us.  We are truly that marvelous light and in us that believe, there exist no darkness.

In our second precept, we stated that we would come into the knowledge and full understanding as to whom and what the substance that illuminates the world is.  In order for us to do that, let us take a compelling look at the life of Jesus, the son of God who became the living light.

5And this is the message [the message of [a]promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [[b]no, not in any way].

6[So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents]. (1 John 1:5-6) (AMP)

When Jesus was on earth, his divine life illuminated the inner lives of his followers.  Everywhere he was present, he gave light.  This light penetrated people, exposing their sin and revealing divine truth.  No one could come into contact with Jesus without being enlightened.

God is light; He is the light of the world.  For so many of us, we have taken this light for granted.  When we awaken each day, we believe that this light will always be there without ever giving it a second thought of how it got there and how it remains there for our lives to exist from.

Let us reflect upon this thought for a moment; Light enables people to do their work.  It produces growth in crops; it reveals beauty and provides safety.  Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.  Light reveals; light shines.  God is so completely “light” that there is no darkness in him at all.  “Darkness” represents what is sinful and evil.  God is untainted by any evil or sin.  Thus “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that he alone can guide people out of the darkness of sin.

While “light” have many connotations, this reference points specifically to God’s purity.  Therefore, those who claim to have fellowship with God are living in God’s light, trying to live holy and pure lives for him.  To claim to belong to God but then to go on living in spiritual darkness is hypocritical.  Christ will expose and judge such deceit.

Now let’s for a moment take a close look at how John confronted the first of three claims of the false teachers.  When you open your bibles to (1 John 1:8 then to 1 John 1:10), you will see that John was exposing the false teachers who said that people can have fellowship with God and still walk in sin.  False teachers who thought that the physical body was evil or worthless taught one of two approaches to behavior; either they insisted on denying bodily desires through rigid discipline, or they approved of gratifying every physical lust because the body was going to be destroyed anyway.  Here John was stating that no one can claim to be a Christian and still live in evil and immorality.

Those who claim to follow the Son must be living in the light of God’s presence.  They must be illumined by the truth of God’s character.  To “live in the light” requires constant contact with God and no tolerance for dishonesty, hypocrisy, or sin.  Living in the light comes from continuous effort to take on Christ’s qualities.  This involves complete transformation from within.

Living in the light leads to fellowship with each other.  This fellowship among believers results from each believer’s having fellowship with God.  True spirituality manifests itself in community fellowship.  One cannot say that he or she communes with God and then refuse to commune with God’s people.  Such was the case with some of the false teachers of John’s day, and this situation exists among false cults today.  Often their followers and leaders claim to have special relationships with God, but they don’t affiliate with other believers.  They stay isolated and withdraw from everyone else.  John’s point is that the natural result of living in the light (in fellowship with God) should be joyful relationships with other Christians.

Another result of living in the light is that the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.  John emphasized that the death of Christ saves people, not the false teachers’ knowledge.  The verb cleanses also means “purifies.”  Sin is not only forgiven, it is completely erased.

Now as we conclude this message, let us turn to (1 John 2:5-6) (AMP) and here we will close with a final thought on the word “Obedience.”

5But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him:

6Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as [a]a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.

When we talk about Obedience it is linked not merely with knowing God but with loving him.  Those who obey God’s word really do love him.  By this obedience and love, believers can know that they live in him.  They are living in the light.  Jesus portrayed in human terms absolute obedience to the Father.  Anyone who wonders how to obey God can look at Jesus.  Those who truly desire to live in God should live their lives as Christ did.  To “live as Christ did” doesn’t mean choosing twelve disciples, performing great miracles, and being crucified.  People cannot merely copy Christ’s life.  Much of what Jesus did had to do with his identity as God’s Son and his special role in dying for sin.  Anyone’s claim to live in Christ must be backed up by following his example of complete obedience to God and loving service to people.  Then you can truly say that you are living in the light and your life is reflecting that light.  Therefore, in you there is no darkness, no evil exist nowhere in your life.  You are a walking, talking living example of Christ.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  If you have not received the saving grace of God, take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and you now have eternal life. May the grace of God abide in you now and forever, Amen. I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher

HAS YOUR WALK WITH GOD BECOME SLUGGISH? (Romans 12:1-3 MSG)

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HAS YOUR WALK WITH GOD BECOME SLUGGISH? (Romans 12:1-3 MSG)       

NOW IS THE TIME TO PLACE YOUR LIFE BEFORE GOD  

I truly believe that this is a reverently question today because I see too many Christian walking and talking as though they are completely lost in this world that we are living in today.  They are lacking in their faith and talking out of both sides of their mouth.  God is not please with our actions are more importantly, our lack of actions.  It is time for a change, and in this lesson today, I am going to present to you ways in which you can begin to reinvigorate your walk with God.

Now listen up all of you, to what I have to say, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Do not become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You will be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

I am speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

You can take what I have to say to you here right now as mean less, are you can get up from sitting in front of that television screen are just lounging around in your bed.  The choice is yours.  It is time to stop making excuses are blaming others for your lack of energy and enthusiasm for overcoming your weakness in being a true Christian that God has ordain you to be.  Attending more Bible studies, more prayer meetings, reading more Christian books, listening to more teaching tapes without an outlet for the truth we have already acquired, will cause us to spiritually decay.  What we need to do right now, is to take what God has given us and use it constructively in the lives of others.

Let me explain what I mean.  There are many new converts that are coming into the kingdom of God daily.  One of them could be a member of your church, your community, a neighbor, a friend, family member are someone you just met.  It does not matter who they are, or where they might live.  The opportunity for you to begin to renew your spiritual life and help someone else at the same time is always right in front of you.

Now when taking a new believer under your wing, you are not only encouraging a new child of God, but you are saving yourself from spiritual stagnation.  The new believer needs our wisdom, knowledge, and experience, and we need the zeal, spark, and childlike simplicity of faith that a your Christian possesses.

Have you ever led anyone to Jesus Christ?  Have you disciple anyone?  Have you taken any new believer under your wing and helped him along?  If you will, it will reignite your spiritual life as that person discovers the truths of God for the first time and you rediscover them.

Children are the best illustration of this process.  When you are with a child, you begin to see things through a child’s eyes again.  As the child discovers things for the first time, you rediscover the newness of those things.  It is wonderful when a child first discovers the ocean, walks on sand, picks up snow, or tastes ice cream.  These are things we adults take for granted, but when we see a child discover them, we share in his excitement.

In the same way, when we see a new believer discover things from the Word and the excitement it brings, it reignites us.  Often, they will ask difficult questions that will make us search the Scriptures for answers.  And there are always things we have learned but forgotten.  A new believer’s questions can help us to rediscover (or discover for the first time) many important spiritual truths.

The fact is, many mature Christians come to a point where they simply dry up.  When this happens, many begin wondering what is wrong with them.  Some seek a solution in finding a new church,, or some new teaching that supposedly will revolutionize their lives.  In most cases, the real problem is simply spiritual sluggishness.  The person in this position should be passing along what he has learned to a younger believer.

Jesus said that “whoever has [or is passing it on], to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have [is not passing it on], even what he has will be taken away from him (Matthew 13:12).

Proverbs 11:25 says, “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”  I have found that the more I give, the more God seems to give back to me.

At one point, the children of Israel were facing the problem of spiritual stagnation.  God told them through the prophet Isaiah to get their eyes off their own problems and start giving away what they had been given.  Isaiah 58:6 says, “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to lose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?”

His promise to them for being obedient is found shortly thereafter in Isaiah 58:8, “Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily.”

You can be a partaker of that same promise if you will open up your life to disciple someone else!  It can start today, right where you are and with the people, God has brought into your life.  For the sake of those who do not yet know Christ, do not forsake God’s command to “go and make disciples.”  For the sake of a young believer, do not let apathy rob you of being a blessing to him or her.  In addition, for the sake of maintaining an exciting, fruitful walk with God, do not ignore these commands of Jesus.  The promises and the blessings are for those who will apply what I have spoken to you here today.  Indeed, the harvest is plenteous and the laborers are few.  We need more laborers, more disciples.  Are you ready to make a change in your walk with God?  If your answer is yes, then get up and become a laborer on the battlefield for Christ.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.

 If you have not experienced the life saving blood of Jesus Christ, stop and take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

MY MAXIMIZED PRAYER FOR A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Father, in the name of Jesus, I seek you for guidance in being put into a position that will help me to turn my life around.  I now realize that my life has become stagnate as a Christian, and it is not, the way I want to live my life.  I know I can do better, and from this day forward, I will get up and get onto the battlefield.  I will make a difference in the lives of the young babies in Christ.  I will hold onto your unchanging hand, in Jesus name, Amen.

IS YOUR PLANNING FOR TOMORROW IN VEIN?

 

 

 

PLANNING FOR TOMORROW WITHOUT GOD IN THE MIX IS PLANNING FOR A DISASTER (JAMES 4:13-17 MSG)

The grave yards are filled with many great and not so great people who had dreamed of a better tomorrow, but didn’t have the time to turn those dreams into reality because they were always putting off what they could have done today for tomorrow. They were always boasting in themselves, and the main ingredient that could help them to bring their dreams into the manifestation of reality was always, left out of their thinking and planning.  On the other hand, we find people, especially business people making great plans to move their businesses to other countries and their only concern is how much profit they can make for their companies.  Now please do not miss understand me on this point.  I am also a businessperson and I love to make plans for another day and earn a profit for my company and the people who work there. Because we understand how to do things God’s way and know that by following God, planning is not evil—in fact, businesspeople are wise to plan ahead.  The problem that we are addressing here is how God is not included in those plans.

Therefore, in today’s lesson, we are going to discuss with you, three essential facts that makes for good planning.  (1). God is in control of all things.  (2). our lives are a daily gift from God. (3). All our going and doing must be, carried out, with the first two points in mind.

Now let us begin this study by listen to God telling us that our lives are nothing more than a, “Wisp of Fog.”  Think about that for a moment before you start talking about and planning for tomorrow. Then listen to the word as it speaks truth to power, “And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You do not know the first thing about tomorrow. You are nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” (James 4:14-15 MSG).

God wants us to understand that whatever we do, whatever plans we make, we must always make them with Him in mind.  We cannot do anything on our own.  We are God’s perfect creation, created in His image and likeness, to carry out His plans while we are here on this earth.  Try as we may to separate God out of the equation, we will find it difficult to make it all work in the end.

God gave you this day, but never promised you tomorrow.  What God wants each one of us to do is to take one day at a time.  Use our energies on the task he has given us this day.  Be thankful that we have the opportunity to be right where we are today.  Plan for tomorrow, but the things that God has given to you today is for you today.

The merchants in this story were planning with arrogance, thinking they can go wherever they like and stay for as long as they wanted to stay. Their way of planning, doing business, and using money may be honest, but it is no different from the planning of any pagan businessperson.  These Christian business people ought to have known better.

I can truly say that there is a problem with these well-laid plans; no one will know what will happen tomorrow, to say nothing of a year in the future.  In Proverbs 27:1, the Bible says this, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. These merchants were planning as if their future was guaranteed.  We are not suggesting that they should not have been making plans, but what we are suggesting is; because of possible disaster, but to be realistic about the future, as they trust God to guide them.

Now please allow me to share one final story with you to illustrate my point.  This story is told by Luke as a young rich farmer after God had blessed him with an abundant crop, he begin to believe it was all about him and forgot about what God had done for him.  Now listen to the words of Jesus, “Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’

Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barn full of goods—who gets it?’

That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”  (Luke 12:15-21 MSG)

Because the future is uncertain, it is even more important that we completely depend on God.  Our lives are uncertain, like the morning fog that covers the countryside in the morning and then is burned away by the sun.  Life is short no matter how long we live.  We should not be deceived into thinking we have plenty of time left to live for Christ, to enjoy our loved ones, or to do what we know we should.  Today is the day to live for God!  Then, no matter when our lives end, we will have fulfilled God’s plans for us.

We as Believers cannot live independently of God; therefore, our plans cannot ignore him.  We must make sure those plans include the clause, if the Lord wants us to.  We are to plan, but we are to recognize God’s higher will and divine sovereignty.  This means far more than simply saying, “If God wills,” whenever we speak about future plans, for that to, can become meaningless.  It means planning with God as we make our plans.  Our plans should be evaluated by God’s advice.  Such planning pleases God.

Now here is God’s final word to you, “As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and do not do it, that, for you, is evil.” James 4:16-17 MSG.  If God has directed you to do a kind act, to render a service to others, or to restore a relationship—do it.  You will experience a renewed and refreshed vitality to your Christian faith.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking. Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

MY MAXAMIZED PRAYER FOR MOVING SELF OUT OF OUR EQUATIONS

Father, in the name of Jesus we beseech you to help us move self out of the way, and in all we do, put you first in all things.  Guide our minds to a higher level of thinking, that we may bring out the good that you have already granted us in our daily lives, that we may use it to help our fellowman, in Jesus name, Amen.

LEARNING TO USE YOUR AWESOME GIFTS FOR SERVICE TO OTHERS

LEARNING TO USE YOUR AWESOME GIFTS FOR SERVICE TO OTHERS

THE WAY OF LOVE

This lesson begins with Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, being in prison and writing a letter of encouragement to his son Timothy.  Paul begins with these words, 8-10So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. However, we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

This is the Message I have been set apart to proclaim as a preacher, an emissary, and teacher. It is also the cause, of all this trouble I am in. Nevertheless, I have no regrets. I could not be surer of my ground—the One I have trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.

So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. (II Timothy 1:8-14 MGS)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (II Timothy 1:7 AMP)

My question to you today is, do you know what gifts God has equipped you with?  Do you understand that you are a marvelous created person? Each one of you has been given a very special gift.  You were created in the image of God.

You My Friends, you were created for God’s own purpose and service in this life. Do not think that God made a mistake when he purposed you to do great things. God never gives us a task to do without empowering us to carry it out.

Today I want to teach this lesson from three different precepts. 1.  Power,  2. Love and 3. Self discipline.  These three precepts when mixed together with the process and your purpose in this life will provide you with the greatest prosperity ever known to humankind. By taking the time to study this lesson, means that you are truly beginning the process. The process may not be easy, but the process is what you must go through in order to arrive at your destination. The one reason why so many of us fail at the task that has been assigned to us is that we work so hard to skip over the process in order that we may receive the prosperity.  Remember, God created everything in an orderly process, and if we are to receive the benefits of God’s gifts to us, we must do the same.  God created the process for our benefit.

The bible teaches us that God did not bring us this far to leave us, and God will never put on us more than we can bear.  We are uniquely designed, with great powers of our minds to carry us to great heights.

In Jeremiah 33:3, we see that God spoke to Jeremiah and told him these words, “Call me,”  “and I will show you great powers that you never imagined that you had before.” The powers to do great things were given to us before we were conceived in our Mothers womb. We can use these powers to climb great mountains, to build huge skyscrapers, build sophisticated spaceships, which are capable of taken us into space and then returning us safely to earth. These are just a few of those great achievements that God has shown us that the powers of our minds can accomplish anything providing  that we attune our minds with God  mine. In the bible the book of Philippians it states, “Let this mind that is in Christ be also in you. When we connect our minds with the mind of Christ, our blessings of prosperity will begin to flow like an untamed river flowing its waters back into the sea. That is what power and especially the powers of our minds will do for us.

We do not need to have naturally powerful personalities. God gives us strength of character and confidence that wins us respect when we face opposition as we speak, preach, and live the truth.  God supernaturally replaces any timidity on the servant’s part with boldness.  Such power is difficult to discredit. Power, God awesome powers.  Understand the very important gift that God has equipped you with. Learn to believe in it, use the powers of your mind to practice the task you have been assigned this day, and as you grow in God’s grace prosperity will begin to flow to you in great abundance.

The second precept is love. This is one that we could spend the whole day studying and never reach the end.  Scripture for this text states God did not give us a spirit of fear, but he gave us a spirit of power and a spirit of love.  Oh, what a wonderful God, who saw our needs before we entered into this world.  Therefore, he provided us with the awesome powers to love.  God taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Love comes from the inside of each one of us. When we truly learn to love ourselves as God has taught, we can begin to love others  with a spirit of un- conditional love. In John 316 the bible says that God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son,  that whosoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life. My friends that is truly an unadulterated pure love. A love that is unmatched, by anything else that we have ever know in this life.

Now listen to how Paul speaks of the greatest gift that has ever been given to humankind. Paul calls it “THE WAY OF LOVE.” (I Corinthians 13:1-13 MSG)

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

The virtues of faith, hope, and love are necessary in this age, but is the age to call come, faith will be way to sight, and hope will turn into experience. Love alone is eternal, for God is love. (I John 4:8.)

Now we come to the third and final precept, which is self-discipline this can also translate to the art of self-control or sound mind.  However, we may perceive it, we must understand that it is a part of our mind power that God has provided us with and we must learn how to control ourselves under all circumstances.  The power of your Mind is truly awesome.  You can use your mental powers to achieve success that, up until now, you have only ever dreamed of.  It is a Universal truth that life tends to move you towards the physical equivalent of your predominant thoughts and feelings. A great many people are well aware of this fact but most find it extremely difficult to apply this knowledge and put it to work effectively in their lives. Are you one of those people? If you are, then do not worry because I am about to show you how to overcome this little problem.

Now for all of us, our training in the art of self-discipline begin the very moment when we come into the knowledge of the truth of this proverb, “listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”  Self-Discipline means that you are wise enough to obey this proverb and have acquired enough wisdom, knowledge and understanding to begin the process of training your mind as well as your physical body in the art of self-discipline,  Being obedient to the word and able to climb that great mountain of obstacles, and manifest your dreams into reality.

As a Godly leader, and a follower of Jesus, our spiritual lives should form the core of our character.  Our training should be a daily process in building up the spiritual mind in order that it will always prevail against the evil spirits of the devil.  Our training should be like that of a runner or a boxer.  During the course of a race, runners do not stagger from one lane to another.  They rivet their attention on the finish line and run a disciplined race toward it.  So also, boxers train with purpose so they can absorb powerful blows without falling down.  They build up their physical stamina so that their legs will hold out for the final rounds.

A wrestler once asked his coach, “can’t I smoke and drink and have a good time and still wrestle?”  The coach replied, “yes you can, but you can’t win!  We as Christians and godly leaders cannot win the race either, if we are unwilling to discipline ourselves to studying and obeying the word of God.

Now if you truly want to be a godly leader, and learn to serve humanity, you must cultivate your spiritual journey like a world-class athlete.  Why? In order for you to finish the race without being disqualified, you must develop the art of self-control.  By doing this you can and will affect other areas of your life-how we treat others, where we go for answers to major decisions, and the skills we use in accomplishing our daily tasks.

When we study (2 Timothy 1:7), we soon discover that Paul was prompted to encourage his fellow worker to maintain a holy boldness and assurance in his position of spiritual leadership.  Paul had commissioned Timothy to oversee many of the churches in the Roman province of Asia, and this task required “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” Self-discipline is needed to stretch us beyond our own comfort zones and areas of personal inertia.  For some, the needed discipline will be more in the realm of the emotions; for others the focus of self-control will be in the realm of the mind or of the will.

Writing to the Galatians, Paul said that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

While people without Christ can exercise self-control, this quality in its fullest expression of character transformation is a part of the spiritual fruit that only the Holy Spirit can produce in us.

Self-discipline is seldom easy.  Paul’s words to Timothy revealed that this young man probably struggled with it in his ministry.  And most leaders who come across the need for more self-discipline in their lives struggle at times as well.  God’s Spirit is the power source behind self-discipline.

 In conclusion, let me say that all of these three precepts of qualities are gifts of the Spirit, not just natural tendencies.  They function best in harmony.  Under the pressures of leadership, people tend to gravitate toward a desire for power and boldness as the most effective tools for success.  However, used alone, these qualities are self-defeating.  The inclusion of love and self-control clearly indicates that a leader’s effectiveness comes from God’s Spirit.  We may be impressed by a leader who exhibits boldness and power, but without love or self-control, such a leader is little more than a bully.

Now with your understanding of these three precepts, we urge you to come boldly before the throne of grace, preach and teach the word of God with all the awesome powers God has given you.  Preach the word in season and out of season, and never give into the evil spirits that will call upon you to speak otherwise.  You are a servant of Christ, as such, you were provided with spiritual gifts to serve others, and your job daily is to go into the world carry the gospel to those who are in great need wherever they may be.  Do this in the name of Jesus. Amen!

 

 

 

 

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