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Lessons of Discipleship

October 18, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT of Jesus for His Disciples

AS Christians we should always be growing. We all need cultivation. We don’t just happen. Eph 5:1-2 This is the likeness of Christ in the human heart and life—and our neighbors are waiting to see Him in our lives. Do your neighbors see you as a follower of Christ? How do you see yourself? We need the lessons of this passage to help us be followers. He makes this announcement. It is an announcement that is to help us understand the Gospel. Luke 9:31.

Teaching His disciples. This is the second and shortest of three passion announcements in this Gospel (see 8:31; 10:33-34). In all three, he predicts his suffering, death, and resurrection.
Jesus wants to prepare His disciples and us for a Gospel centered life that brings us to focus on Him / not ourselves and it helps us see others and seek others to bring to Him.

After this fantastic announcement we see this argument.

ARGUMENT that Jesus ends and uses to teach. Luke 9:33-37

Here he sits down, assuming the posture of a rabbi conducting instruction and signaling the importance of the teaching that follows.

“If any man wants to be first, he shall be last (eschatos) of all, and servant (diakonos) of all” (v. 35b). In this context, the Greek word eschatos (last) means last, lowest, or least.

Diakonos (servant) is the Greek word from which we get our word “deacon.” The way that the word is used in the New Testament makes it clear that this kind of servanthood is a humble position. Paul uses the word frequently to show that he is merely a servant of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:5, 9; 2 Corinthians 6:4; Ephesians 1:23; 6:21; Colossians 1:23, 25). He also calls Christ a diakonos (servant) (Romans 15:8)—and even a doulos—a slave (Philippians 2:7)—an even more humble status than diakonos).

The child became in Jesus’ masterful teaching an example of believers who have humbled themselves and become like trusting children.

a child has no influence at all. A child cannot advance a man’s career, nor enhance a man’s prestige. A child cannot give us things; it’s the other way around. A child needs things. A child must have things done for him. And so Jesus is saying, “If a man welcomes the poor, ordinary people, the people who have no influence, and no wealth, and no power, the people who need things done for them, then he’s welcoming me. And more than that, he’s welcoming God.” In this teaching Jesus unfolds and teaches the agenda he desires for His disciples to follow.

The AGENDA of Jesus for His Disciples Mark 9:38

Waging the battle against Satan, demons or unclean spirits is a central theme in Mark. There is no neutral ground regarding Jesus Christ; those who are “not against” him are on his side, but by the same token, “whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matt. 12:30). We are called by Jesus into a cosmic engagement against the powers of evil and injustice and to serve our neighbor in love.

Whoever causes – believer to stumble. SERIOUS Be at peace with one another.” Today, Jesus still desires and commands His followers to strive to be at peace with one another in order to protect their witness and their work for Him.

  1. What does it mean to be the salt of the world? What’s the saltiness level in your life?
  2. Who are you not at peace with in your faith family? Silently make a list of those individuals, and allow someone in the group to pray for hearts of forgiveness and for the grace of God in those relationships.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Is the Gospel complicated or simple to
communicate? What keeps us from sharing the message of the Gospel? Are you living a Gospel-given life? Why or why not? Listen, Learn, Follow, Serve.

To My Own Son …

October 8, 2020

On October 4th, 2020 I had the opportunity to have a part in the ordination services for my son Ransom with our church Community Baptist in Stuart, FL. It was a blessed occasion. Below are the notes for the part I had during this ordination.

During my last few years I have been very involved in training young men and working to mentor them in the gospel ministry. Over more than 4 decades I have planted churches and then continued to help the men who have stayed behind in these ministries. I continue to do that. Ransom, my son has been by my side with many of these opportunities. I recall him saying to me as we traveled between ministry sites that our time on the road was like a traveling seminary. Ransom participated as a student, an apprentice and even a teacher. This is New Testament training. He graduated from Bible college and has continued his education and studies. I am thankful for him and blessed by the spiritual growth and maturity I have seen as he has taken his place in the ministry of his local church body. He has been actively involved in learning as well as applying what he has learned and is learning into his teaching, discipling and preaching ministry. I have been asked to observe and participate with the elders of this local body to see whether Ransom is ready for this step of his life as an ordained minister of the Gospel. In my observation I see him in this way: “But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.” Philippians 2:22

I would also like to add the following words and this charge to Ransom from 1 Corinthians 4:15-17: “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.”

Paul was aging and rightly so he began to consider the passing of the mantle to Timothy, his son in the ministry. He addressed him with various descriptive adjectives such as calling Timothy his beloved son, follower, faithful and fruitful. Ransom is MY beloved son and I charge him with these same words.

I also want to add these things from 1 Tim 1:2 – 3, “Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.” -things that will surely be needed for your ministry – grace, mercy and peace – you won’t get these on your own, these cannot come from me or your other mentors, nor from the church – but from the Lord.

Finally, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” (2 Timothy 1:1-7)
The younger preacher Timothy, was admonished to be STRONG in verse 1. He is also to be SHARING in verse 2. What God gives us we must give to others. I wrote some years ago in my book, CHALLENGING THE DARKNESS, I wrote: “Many missionaries I speak to and even stateside pastors operate their ministry as if they plan to continue on forever in their pastorate. They have no one they are training who will be able to step in to fill their place when they wear out, age out or have to leave the ministry. The normal excuse is “I have no one to train”. This is a large area of failure. We must constantly inquire, “Where are my men? Who am I training and mentoring?” The young preacher also must be STABLE. And as we read in verse 3 “endure hardness”. Further he must be SEPARATED. Verse 4, 5 speaks of him as being chosen, and not entangled with things that would compromise his effectiveness and purity in the ministry. Be THAT man God has called you to be! You are God’s SOLDIER. You are part of His army. And one last word: It is an interesting one – SAGE verses 6-7 (this means: a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom, someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.) Ransom, it all has to capture you first. It has to be in you, working in you before others get it.

Prayer Rules

September 17, 2020

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.” (James 1:2-10)

The title of this post “Prayer Rules” really had a double meaning here. Not only, as we might first think, that there are certain “rules” that we may follow as we pray, but also that prayer itself actually should have a place that “rules” in our life. A top priority as it were.

But first, let us consider the former: some “Prayer Rules”.

1. Perhaps we could begin with when to pray and our text may suggest that we ought to come to the place of prayer if we are feeling lost or lonesome. Perhaps this theme of prayer is the result of James thinking of all of his brethren, far off and scattered. He lets us know that it is written to his brethren in that very situation.  When have we not had times in our lives when we felt like they must have felt. Rule one: Pray when you are lonely.

2. We certainly would want to also pray when we encounter troubles of any and all sorts. Prayer at such a time could change our outlook from fear and frustration to “joy” instead. “count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.” Got problems? Lack joy? Rule two: When in need of joy: Pray!

3. It might also be a good time to pray when we have been worn down, when we are at our wit’s end, when we feel empty.  “let patience have her perfect work” Feel burned out? Need patience? Rule three: When needing patience: Time to pray!

4. Then James bears down on our need for wisdom. He says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God”. We all need the great wisdom that can only come from God. When we ask Him he does not lecture us or “upbraid us” but he answers our prayer “liberally” and gives us what we need. Are you uncertain of the way? Are there things coming your way you don’t understand? Rule four: When needing wisdom: Pray!

5. When you pray be sure that you ask in faith without wavering. Set your heart not upon your own abilities or strengths – that will get you nothing. You will never have “enough” faith. But we can be sure about the “object” or our faith – the Lord! Be single-minded and steadfast in your prayer in order to receive what you ask for. Rule five: To get the help of the Lord, pray in faith!

So above we see five simple, yet important prayer rules. Now, practice it and you will find out that PRAYER RULES!

From my book PRAYERLINK – from a missionaries heart. Available on Amazon in paperback and kindle.

¡REGLAS DE ORACIÓN!

September 17, 2020

“Hermanos míos, tened por sumo gozo cuando caigáis en diversas tentaciones; Sabiendo esto, que la prueba de tu fe produce paciencia. Pero que la paciencia tenga su obra perfecta, para que seáis perfectos y completos, sin falta de nada. Si alguno de vosotros tiene falta de sabiduría, pídala a Dios, que da a todos abundantemente y sin reproche; y le será dado. Pero pida con fe, no dudando nada. Porque el que se mueve es como una ola del mar impulsada por el viento y sacudida. Porque no piense aquel hombre que recibirá nada del Señor. El hombre de doble ánimo es inestable en todos sus caminos. Que el hermano humilde se regocije por ser exaltado; pero el rico, en que sea humillado; porque como la flor de la hierba pasará. (Santiago 1: 2-10)

El título de esta publicación; “Reglas de oración”; realmente tenía un doble significado aquí. No solo, como podríamos pensar al principio, que hay ciertas “reglas” que podemos seguir mientras oramos, sino también que la oración en sí debería tener un lugar que “gobierne” en nuestra vida. Una máxima prioridad por así decirlo.

Pero primero, consideremos lo primero: algunas “Reglas de oración”.

1. Quizás podríamos comenzar con cuándo orar y nuestro texto puede sugerir que debemos ir al lugar de oración si nos sentimos perdidos o solos. Quizás este tema de la oración sea el resultado de que Santiago pensara en todos sus hermanos, lejanos y dispersos. Nos hace saber que está escrito para sus hermanos en esa misma situación. ¿Cuándo no hemos tenido momentos en nuestras vidas en los que sentimos que debían haberse sentido? Regla uno: reza cuando te sientas solo.

2. Ciertamente también querríamos orar cuando encontremos problemas de cualquier tipo. La oración en ese momento podría cambiar nuestra perspectiva del miedo y la frustración a la “alegría”. "Considere todo gozo cuando caiga en diversas tentaciones". ¿Tienes problemas? ¿Falta alegría? Regla dos: Cuando necesite gozo: ¡Ore!

3. También podría ser un buen momento para orar cuando estemos agotados, cuando estemos al final de nuestro ingenio, cuando nos sintamos vacíos. “Deja que la paciencia tenga su trabajo perfecto” ¿Te sientes agotado? ¿Necesitas paciencia? Regla tres: Cuando necesite paciencia: ¡Es hora de orar!

4. Entonces Santiago enfatiza nuestra necesidad de sabiduría. Dice: “Si alguno de vosotros tiene falta de sabiduría, pídala a Dios”. Todos necesitamos la gran sabiduría que solo puede venir de Dios. Cuando le preguntamos, no nos regaña ni nos “reprende”, sino que responde nuestra oración “generosamente” y nos da lo que necesitamos. ¿No estás seguro del camino? ¿Hay cosas en tu camino que no entiendes? Regla cuatro: Cuando necesite sabiduría: ¡Ore!

5. Cuando ore, asegúrese de pedir con fe sin vacilar. No pongas tu corazón en tus propias habilidades o fortalezas, eso no te dará nada. Nunca tendrás "suficiente" fe. Pero podemos estar seguros sobre el “objeto” o nuestra fe: ¡el Señor! Sea resuelto y firme en su oración para recibir lo que pide. Regla cinco: ¡Para obtener la ayuda del Señor, ora con fe!

Así que arriba vemos cinco reglas de oración simples pero importantes. Ahora, practíquelo y descubrirá que ¡REGLAS DE ORACIÓN!

Tenemos un Salvador

September 9, 2020

Juan 17
Introducción: En este capítulo llegamos justo antes de la crucifixión de nuestro Señor. Ahora el Señor ofrece la verdadera oración del Señor. Revela las profundas emociones que siente mientras se encuentra en el umbral de la humillación y el sufrimiento de la cruz. Es una oración que sigue el patrón de la oración del discípulo en Mateo capítulo seis. Es una oración que cubre varios temas. Este es un momento tierno. Este es un momento en el que escuchamos el clamor del corazón de nuestro Señor. Observe primero:
1.Una oración para glorificar. Juan 17: 1-5
A. Habla de ascenso. Juan 17: 1 – “glorifica a tu hijo”
B. Habla de poder. Juan 17: 2 – “le dio poder”
C. Habla de promesa. Juan 17: 3 – “esta es la vida eterna”
D. Habla de rendimiento. Juan 17: 4 “Yo he glorificado … terminado”

2.Una oración para edificar. Juan 17: 6-13
A. Recibir la palabra edifica. Juan 17: 8
B. Descansar en la palabra edifica. Juan 17: 8 “ciertamente conocí”
C. Confiar en la palabra edifica. “Creído”
D. Regocijarse en la palabra edifica. Juan 17:13

3.Una oración para santificar. Juan 17: 14-19 (siendo apartado)
A. Santificados por sus pruebas. “Odiaba … el mal”
B. Santificado por la verdad. “Tu palabra es verdad”
C. Santificados por su testimonio. “Yo los he enviado”

4.Una oración por la unificación. Juan 17:11; 20-23
A. Unidad por protección. “en el mundo”
B. Unidad por la perfección. “Perfeccionado en uno”
C. Unidad por prueba. “El mundo puede creer … enviado … amado”

  1. Una oración para testificar. Juan 17: 23-26
    A. Testificación de su vida. “Tú me enviaste”
    B. Testificación de su amor. “Los amaba … a mí”
    Conclusión: Nuestro maravilloso Señor orando por nosotros. ¡Oh, qué Salvador!

¿Serás una respuesta a su oración? Quiero ser. ¿Podrías?

La Respuesta Para los Tiempos

September 3, 2020

No hay duda de que vivimos tiempos tumultuosos. Vea los titulares de la mañana. Incluso si TODOS estos titulares fueran solo para crear exageración en los medios o tuvieran motivos políticos, ¿aún causan cierto pánico incluso entre los más decididos? ¿A dónde podemos acudir? NECESITAMOS algo, o mejor NECESITAMOS A Alguien.
Salmos 46 dice:
“DIOS ES NUESTRO REFUGIO, y fortaleza, una ayuda muy presente en los problemas. Tenemos la oportunidad durante tiempos difíciles de presentarles a los demás AQUEL que es …

  1. UN DIOS MUY PRESENTE. Él es fuerte y capaz de cubrirnos y ayudarnos en nuestros tiempos difíciles. Lea en el Salmo 46 acerca de Él. Porque nuestro Dios está MUY PRESENTE, “Por tanto, no temeremos, aunque la tierra sea removida, Y se traspasen los montes al corazón del mar;” Por tanto, no temeremos aunque la tierra sea removida, y aunque los montes sean llevados al medio del mar; Aunque bramen y se turben sus aguas, aunque tiemblen los montes con su hinchazón ”.
    No importa la calamidad, no importa el desastre natural, plaga o enemigo, tenemos un DIOS MUY PRESENTE “con nosotros”. (versículos 7 y 11) Nuestro Dios no es un espectador cósmico (Espectador cósmico). Él no es un icono simbólico (icono simbólico) para nuestras meditaciones y oraciones – Él está aquí y podemos alcanzarlo cuando venimos a Él en oración.
  2. UN DIOS MUY PROBADO. Para Martín Lutero, este Salmo fue su inspiración para el conocido himno, Una fortaleza poderosa es nuestro Dios. (Castillo fuerte es nuestro Dios.) Un baluarte que nunca falla; nuestro ayudante él en medio del diluvio de enfermedades mortales que prevalecen. Porque todavía nuestro antiguo enemigo trata de trabajar con nosotros; Su habilidad y poder son grandiosos, y armados con odio cruel, en la tierra no es su igual. También me encanta el tercer verso de este himno y lo uso aquí para animarnos y edificarnos: “Y aunque este mundo, lleno de demonios, debería amenazar con deshacernos, no temeremos, porque Dios ha querido que su verdad triunfe a través de nosotros . El Príncipe de las Tinieblas sombrío, no temblamos por él; Su rabia la podemos soportar, porque he aquí, su destino es seguro. una pequeña palabra le caerá ”.
    Así que en este maravilloso Salmo, conocido como un tercio de una Trilogía de Triunfos junto con el Salmo 47 y 48 tenemos también las indicaciones de Un Dios Muy Probado MUY PROBADO DIOS en todo lo que vino en su contra. vs. 5 “Dios está en medio de ella; ella no será movida: Dios la ayudará, y eso desde temprano “.
  3. UN DIOS MUY PODEROSO. ¡Todos estaríamos de acuerdo en que en nuestro mundo de hoy, con todos nuestros enemigos y con todo lo que parece apilado en nuestra contra, necesitamos OMNIPOTENCIA! Y con nuestro Dios y solo nuestro Dios tenemos omnipotencia disponible para nosotros. “Hay un río, cuyas corrientes alegrarán la ciudad de Dios, el lugar santo de los tabernáculos del Altísimo”. Su poder se revela en el versículo seis: “… dio su voz, la tierra se derritió”. ¡Eso ES poder! “He aquí las obras del Señor … él quebranta el arco … corta la lanza … quema el carro …” A MUY
    DIOS PODEROSO. Él es nuestro refugio y fortaleza.
  4. UN MUY PRECIOSO. (Un Dios muy digno de alabanza). Habiendo mencionado que Su presencia está con nosotros, que Su habilidad está probada y que Su poder es absolutamente formidable, eso nos lleva a ser conscientes del hecho de Su dignidad de alabanza. Dios mismo nos habla desde el Salmo 46:10 donde dice: “Estad quietos, y sabed que yo soy Dios; seré exaltado entre las naciones, seré exaltado en la tierra”. Las primeras palabras de ese versículo son instrucciones para hacer una pausa, detener el pánico y reconocer la soberanía del Dios Todopoderoso. Él no será derrotado, por lo tanto, encuentre refugio, consuelo y consuelo en Él. Los siguientes versículos del Salmo 47: 1 deberían ser nuestra respuesta constante a este Dios tan digno de alabanza. “O AGREGUE LAS MANOS, todos los pueblos; Cantad a Dios con voz de triunfo … (versículo 6) … Cantad alabanzas a Dios, cantad alabanzas: cantad alabanzas a nuestro Rey, cantad alabanzas. Porque Dios es el Rey de toda la tierra: cantad … ”Es muy PRECIOSO digno de alabanza en verdad.
    Conclusión: Nuestro Dios lo tiene todo cubierto. ¿Virus Corono? Si. Protestaciones? Si. Cualquiera que sea su problema, debilidad o necesidad? Si. Deja que Él sea tu refugio y fortaleza.

4 Part Harmony of Prayer

August 27, 2020

A Sermon Outline on Prayer

Text: Romans 8:26-27

Introduction: In a world out of tune, it is evident that many of us who need to pray, need to get on the right page, hit the right notes and learn the importance of 4 part harmony of prayer.

  1. The Father Knows, Waits & Listens To Hear Us. A. Demands surrender to the revealed will of God.
    B. Demands being in tune with the right motives of God. i.e. Things that bring Him glory.
    C. He invites us to pray.
    The prayer of the upright is His delight,
    Proverbs 15:8. will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him, Psa 145:19.
    D. Abba – assures us of our adoption.
  2. The Son, Jesus Christ Intercedes At the Right Hand. A. It is a work of His Priesthood.
    B. It is the act of His exaltation. (earthly humiliation)
    C. It is the perpetual application of His blood to the Father.
    D. It assures us of our heir status with Jesus Christ.
  3. The Holy Spirit Pleads & Intercedes Within Us. Heb 2:17; 9:28; 7:25 A. Demands the filling of the Spirit. Eph 5:18
    B. The Holy Spirit is a person, has the will and feelings
    of a personal agent.
    C. The only way we have access. Eph 2:18
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    D. It assures us of our seal and leadership by the Spirit.
  4. The Believer Strives For Fellowship & Prays For The Promises. A. Two problems: infirmity & ignorance
    B. Calls for purity (1 John 1:5-7); renewal Rom 12:1-2; persistance; faith;

Conclusion: You can know assuredly that the Holy Trinity is in tune and practiced up for every prayer performance. What about you?

La Armonia En 4 Partes

August 27, 2020

La armonía de la oración en cuatro partes!

Un bosquejo del sermón sobre la oración

Texto: Romanos 8: 26-27

Introducción: En un mundo desafinado, es evidente que muchos de nosotros que necesitamos orar, necesitamos estar en la página correcta, tocar las notas correctas y aprender la importancia de la armonía de la oración en 4 partes.

  1. El Padre conoce, espera y escucha para escucharnos.

A. Exige rendirse a la voluntad revelada de Dios.
B. Exige estar en sintonía con los motivos correctos de Dios. es decir, cosas que le traen gloria.
C. Nos invita a orar.
La oración de los rectos es su deleite,
Proverbios 15: 8. cumplirá el deseo de los que le temen, Salmo 145: 19.
D. Abba: nos asegura nuestra adopción.

  1. El Hijo, Jesucristo intercede a la diestra.

A. Es una obra de Su sacerdocio.
B. Es el acto de Su exaltación. (humillación terrenal)
C. Es la aplicación perpetua de Su sangre al Padre.
D. Nos asegura nuestra condición de herederos con Jesucristo.

  1. El Espíritu Santo ruega e intercede dentro de nosotros. Hebreos 2:17; 9:28; 7:25

A. Exige la llenura del Espíritu. Efesios 5:18
B. El Espíritu Santo es una persona, tiene la voluntad y los sentimientos.
de un agente personal.
C. La única forma en que tenemos acceso. Efesios 2:18
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D. Nos asegura nuestro sello y liderazgo por el Espíritu.

  1. El creyente se esfuerza por tener compañerismo y ora por las promesas.

A. Dos problemas: enfermedad e ignorancia
B. Llama a la pureza (1 Juan 1: 5-7); renovación Rom 12: 1-2; persistencia fe;

Conclusión: Puede saber con seguridad que la Santísima Trinidad está afinada y practicada para cada oración. ¿Que pasa contigo?

War Is Coming!

July 16, 2020

Today in our studies we are looking at James 4:1-6. And I want to speak to you about the coming war. I know that we are hearing much today about the end times and nations rising against nations. We are hearing about pestilences and earthquakes, floods and famines. Many are speaking about the coming war – world war 3 or the end of the world war – but today I want to speak to you about a different war. The WAR that is on us right now. The war within – James 4:1-2 But truly as we speak about this war – we need to realize that this is war we speak of today, this war within is where all these other wars come from. They come from the heart. They come from lujuria lust within our hearts, from our dissatisfaction with what we have and the envy we have for what our neighbors have. These wars come from our hearts, grow within our communities and nations until it is all out of control. Prov 21:10-12

As we continue to read James 4:2-3 we see the WEAPONS used in our warfare. James is writing to spiritual people but they are misusing the greatest weapon we have in our war. Prayer. He says 2 things: First, you have not because you ask not. The lack of using our weapon of prayer is our great cause for defeat. Eph 6:11-18 Prayer is the weapon. But secondly, Ye ask amiss. We ask for our own pleasures – remember verse 1. Lord give me what my neighbor has. We seek the wrong things. We seek things for our glory and benefit and not the Lord’s glory or the blessing for the church.

And then James 4:4 we get a closer look at our ENEMIES in this war. He plainly calls us adulterers and adulteresses. We have been guilty of violating the sanctity of our holy relationship with God. We have been unfaithful. We have enganada cheated on God with the world and all that is in it. 1 John 2:15. The world is our enemy yet we spend all our time with the world. Little time with the Lord. We go over to the enemies side.

Another thought in this coming war is our ALLIES in this war. James 4:5 The Scriptures try to help us. Try to teach us and guide us – but James says “in vain”. And the Scriptures try to help our spirit by right – bear fruit – Gal 5:22 stay faithful etc, but instead we are pulled away from God by our lust and desires toward the world.

Finally, where can we find VICTORY in this war? James 4:6 tells us our only hope is GRACE and more grace. In our pride we lift ourselves above God, but pride causes God to resist us. Humility moves God to give us his graces. Rom 5:20; 1 Pet 5:5-6; Friend, let us win the victory in this war. We can win the war within. Humble yourself before God. You will only win with God. Isa 57:15; 66:2

War is coming. War is raging inside you now. James gives us the facts about how to win. Come to the Lord. Tell Him your weakness. Give your life to Him today. Don’t wait too late.

The Commission, Commands, Connections & Communication of Christ.

July 12, 2020

One of the most amazing features of the Gospels, and of the ministry of the Lord Jesus, is the men He chose to be His disciples. If you and I were putting together a ministry team, these are probably not the kind of people we would choose to represent us. Consider these men for just a moment.

    Some were fishermen. One was a former tax collector. A couple of them were quick tempered. One of them was a revolutionary. One was a traitor and not a true believer at all. All were very common men.

    These men were spiritually immature. They were not humble. They lacked faith. They were not committed. They lacked power. These men were always getting into trouble; they had trouble grasping Christ’s teachings; they spoke out to people who were different; saying the wrong thing; they failed to keep their  commitment to Jesus; among other failures and problems.

    In spite of all their weaknesses, the Lord used these men to turn the world upside down for His glory. If He can use them, surely He can use us too! That gives me hope today!

    Jesus called these men to follow Him a good while earlier, Mark 3:13-19. For some time now they have been following Jesus from place to place. They have been listening to Him teach and watching Him perform miracles. Since He called them, they have been training. Jesus has been teaching them so that He could send them out with the message of the Gospel. The passage before us today gives us the details of our Lord’s commissioning of His disciples for their first missionary outreach.
  1. His Commissioning. Mark 6:7; Mat 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; We have this commission. It is the commission of the disciples of the church.
  2. His Commanding. Mark 6:8-9 – Take nothing. Staff. No bag. No bread. No copper. Wear sandals. Not two tunics.
  3. His Connection. Mark 6:10-11 All about faith. Gave them power. (v 7) Shake off the dust.
  4. His Communication. Preaching. Mat 10:7 Repent! What does it mean? “to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins”. It refers to “a change of mind that leads to a change of action.” It can literally mean “be converted”

Conc: Our Savior is in the life-changing, soul-saving business! He desires us to have a part in His ministry. When we hear His call, accept His commission, walk in faith and share His message with a lost and dying world, we can expect Him to honor His Word, Isa. 55:11, and save the lost.