“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.”
“He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
God help us to deny ourselves, and pick up our cross so that we can follow you daily.🙏
The psalmist said sin is ever before him, but he prayed that The Lord should have mercy, and create in him a clean heart.
Also renewing a right spirit within him.
Let us also pray that same prayer, and as we draw nearer to the end of the year let us also draw closer to God.
We are disciples of Christ, let our focus be on Him.
He said He has given us power, but we must first deny ourselves if we wish to follow Him.
So we pray for mercy, in this confused and messed up world we need more of His grace.
We cannot do without You Lord, and we cannot be without You Lord.
Brethren be encouraged, it’s His power that gives us the strength to endure, persevere, and follow Him.
It is not easy to follow Christ, many have lost their lives following Christ.
We do not even understand the seriousness of following Christ.
Do you really understand what it means to pick up your cross?
Peter decided to follow JESUS, deny himself and follow Christ.
Peter was persecuted.
Peter was crucified upside down!
For many of us it is only by His grace, I’m telling you.
It is not easy to follow God wholeheartedly, but it is easy to follow God half heartedly because half hearted believers are no different from the world.
Following Jesus is always worth it, do you want to know why?
Because He guarantees you everlasting peace.
Brethren, Jesus chose twelve disciples that did not have the best of backgrounds, that were looked down upon, that were not holier than thou
Jesus chose twelve disciples that were HUMAN, they made mistakes like you and I.
It is not easy to follow Christ but be rest assured it is always worth it.
To follow Christ means to serve others.
JESUS taught the disciples to serve, because Jesus Himself came to serve humanity.
JESUS died so that we can live.
In the same way we must die to ourselves in order to follow Him.
Again brethren, as we draw near to the end of the year I want to urge and encourage you to draw closer to God.
We are disciples of Christ, and therefore we must follow Him.
Jesus taught the disciples how to share, how to have compassion, and most importantly how to love.
“When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.””
“But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.””
“For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.””
You know what, God can never take His Word away from you, but you can allow the devil go steal God’s Word from you.
We can still preach the Word and yet have no anointing if we do not deny our flesh, and strengthen our spirit.
God has given us power, but if we do not work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, then we give satan the opportunity to steal, kill, and destroy it.
Let us also not forget Ananias and Sapphira.
Ananias was a disciple yet he and his wife offended the Holy Spirit, and because of that they both died.
It frightens me because this was not even Old Testament, this was New Testament this was the time where God’s mercy triumphed over all.
Yet something that we would have considered to happen in the Old Testament happened in the new.
We really have to be careful not to offend the Holy Spirit.
Inasmuch as God is the God of grace, love, and mercy, He is also the God of judgement.
Remember the aim is to please God so let your focus be on Him.
God we pray for your power which strengthens us to finish the race well for your glory.
Remember disciples of Christ are empty vessels, empty vessels which The Lord fills to use for His glory.
When followers of Jesus Christ allow the Lord to use us for His glory, then we become vessels of honour.
God will glorify Himself through us, and we shall surely receive honour.
“And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.”
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”II Timothy 2:15
“But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.”
II Timothy 2:16
“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.””
II Timothy 2:19
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.”
II Timothy 2:20
“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, II Timothy 2:21
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”II Timothy 2:22
God have mercy on us, and help us to live a life that is worthy and pleasing unto You.
Help us also to not compromise our spirit for the flesh.
Forgive us, and strengthen us.
Convict us oh Lord, to not offend You.
We desire to be disciples, honourable vessels for your work.
Continue to teach us, and mould us into your very likeness.
And Lord as we draw nearer to the end of chapter 2015, please draw closer to us as we yield our spirit to Your very will.
An honourable vessel of Christ surrenders all to Christ, and withholds nothing from Christ.
Thank you Lord for leading me to this scripture❤️🙏
“O LORD, You have searched me and known me.”
“You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.”
“You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.”
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
“You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.”
“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
“If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”
“If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,”
“Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.”
“If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;”
“Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
“My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.”
“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”
“If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.”
Thank You Lord for Your mercy, thank You Lord for Your grace, thank You Lord for empowering us with Your strength to endure, but most of all, thank You Lord for Your presence.