Beloved, Our God is a missionary God, He is outreach oriented. Because of His character and passion to reach the lost we also should be mission active.
It was the Apostle Paul who said “yes” to the mission God had given him. Paul was all in and the world was all out. He said this in Philippians 3:7-9, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”
This week we get to see a missionary in action and the beginning fulfillment of his mission. Beloved, God has a mission for your life. Are you willing to see it to its completion? It has been said that some people make things happen, others watch things happen, while others are left wondering what happened. My prayer is that you would answer, “yes” to God’s call on your life to make things happen in you and your family’s life! You’ll never be the same because the things of this world will grow dim and the eternal will grow rich in your heart!
Beloved, Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:18- “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Beloved, despite public persecution, a prophesized famine, a difficult economy and a deranged madman the church goes on. Throughout church history many have proclaimed the demise of this grand institution, many except our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who instituted the Church and on whom the Church is built.
Kingdom growth cannot be halted by difficult physical circumstances or by intimidating persecution. God is still on the throne; Almighty God is He and He cares for His own through all eternity. Beloved, the promise of Jesus that His church will not be overcome also leads us to trust the same truth for our lives
Brothers and sisters as we dip into the book of 1 Timothy today. May we be reminded that the theme of 1 Timothy is that the Gospel leads to practical, visible change in the lives of all those who accept and believe it, and that the true Gospel as opposed to false teaching will ALWAYS lead to godliness. I hope that we allow that change in our lives everyday and that we encourage it in one another especially in our young adults, youth, children and those new to the faith.
In His Service,
Beloved, as quoted in Operation World, “When man works, man works; but when man prays, God works.”
In today’s study we see the power of a praying church and God at work. Beloved your prayers are powerful because there is power in prayer.
How can prayer be described? Prayer is an Act of Faith. Prayer is an Act of Obedience. Prayer is an Act of Worship. Prayer is an Act of Warfare. Prayer is an Act of Sacrifice. Prayer is an Act of Labor. Prayer is an Act of Love. Don’t give up praying.
Beloved, in the midst of that period of intellectual history called, The Enlightenment, a philosophy known as deism was sweeping Europe. In the midst of this development, the famous skeptic, Voltaire, proclaimed that within 25 years, the Bible would be forgotten, and Christianity would be a thing of the past. However, 40 years after Voltaire’s death in 1778, the Bible and other Christian literature were being printed in what had once been Voltaire’s own house! Here is Voltaire's actual quote "Another century and there will not be a Bible on earth."
The truth of the matter is that the Word of God will go on forever. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” This New Year may our lives be saturated with the Word of God!
Happy New Year!