In order to keep our faith relevant in this generation our claims must be matched by our conduct. Christianity is not talk but a walk, we must walk as Jesus did. Biggest barrier to soul winning - Prejudice: Cultural, Racial, National and Religious. The first liberating and empowering truth is that: 1) Jesus Christ is Lord of all. 2) Jesus Christ is a role model for us all because a) his mission was divine, b) his purpose was redemptive, c) his scope was universal and d) his involvement signaled the triumph of love. The purpose of the anointing is to empower people to function: a) Prophets declare, b) Priests provide and c) Kings supply.
A Christian walk must be anointed to be effective. Character will protect your anointing, but your anointing will not protect your character. If you are given before you are made, you will make a big mess of that which you are given (Isaiah 64:8). Character traits required to protect the legacy - 1) Faithfulness to the Lord. Faithfulness to God is our fortification; it prevents the enemy from robbing us. 2) Being legacy-minded - understanding the true value of the legacy. 3) Honouring the Lord more
than people. 4) A heart set on seeking God. We are first ministers to God before we are
ministers of God. God wants to mould us so that we may have the kind of character that will protect the legacy of our fathers.
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Christian walk is not a stroll in a park. A clash of powers of an epic proportion between the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light is raging on over the souls of humans. The goal is to influence how people
Think, Believe, and Behave; ultimately who they Worship. Christian walk must be anointed to be effective. Why do we need the anointing, because 1) We are living in end-times when Satan is trying to influence human culture through seduction; using deception to distort people’s values, priorities, beliefs and behaviours. There are three faces to what we call world system: a) Pleasure, b) Possessions and c) Power.
2) We need to remain true to the tenets of our Christian faith in order to be able to change the course of many people’s future. 3) We have been given the privilege not only to stand for Christ (Truth) but also to save people at all cost.
A Mature Christian Walk is generally characterized by an ardent gratitude to God and a deep concern for His honour. 1) Gratitude to God. "Thoughtful people are grateful people". a) His faithfulness, b) His grace, c) His goodness and d) His mercy. 2) Concern for God’s honour. “Our perspective in life is affected by our perception of God.” a) Relationship - Elohim, Yahweh and Adonai, b) Revelation and c) Revival. “Revival is the awakening or quickening of God’s people to their true nature and purpose". This biblical maturity stems from a commitment to an important question; “What can I do for my God?” This kind of maturity calls for devotion to God, dedication to his will and work, disciplined lifestyle, as well as diligence.
In view of the much anticipated coming age, we should endeavour to make the best use of our time by serving God with dedication as well as saving as many souls as we possibly can regardless of our current circumstances. 1) In a little while: a) we shall close this chapter. b) we shall be reunited with our Lord Jesus Christ. c) we shall be rewarded. 2) In the meantime: a) Let us practice prayer. Prayer is both a means and an end because it is that confidence in and submission to God (John 2:1-3). b) Let us practice love. Love is the royal law without which all our activities become resounding gongs and clanging cymbals. 3) In this way: Our God will be praised in all things through Jesus Christ. Our God gets the glory when we’re prayerful and loving people.
Success does not perpetuate itself by chance; it’s often through instruction and inspiration that any population group attain true development (gradual growth or progress, more useful, better). In order to successfully pass on a God honoring-People empowering legacy, there is at least seven priority needs (necessary duties): 1) The need to be forward-thinking - Pioneering, Prioritizing, Planning and Strategizing. 2) The need to determine one’s ultimate desired outcome. God’s honor and People’s edification. 3) The need to be fruitful. Abide in Christ, Be Christ-like and Do life in a life-giving way. 4) The need to be impactful. There’s no real impact without influence. Influence is a resultant of trust, respect, and like-ability. 5) The need to remain true to the tenets of our Christian Faith. Foundational truths frame our worldview which dictates our behavior. 6) The need to adapt our methods coupled with the courage to not adopt the prevailing culture. 7) The need to courageously seize all God-given opportunities to turn things around for the better.
In Gods economy festivals where designed for three objectives: 1) Thanksgiving - show appreciation and reflect on the things God has done. 2) Fellowship - with God and with one another. and 3) Prophetic - for telling and forth-telling. Why do we respond to the invitation? We respond to the invitation: 1) According to the value we place on the person who has invited us. 2) Based on what we stand to gain. 3) To show gratitude. What will be your excuse: 1) The invitation is worth the sacrifice, 2) There is enough provision and 3) God is saying everything is ready.
"Our biggest struggle in life is to appreciate the life that is truly life as well as our Heavenly Fathers disposition towards us". Religion does not promote relationships. Cause for people to drift away: foolishness, greed, recklessness and rebellion. The course results in people being further and farther in search of freedom and fun. Which leads to crunch time - things beyond human control; hunger and need. Critical steps necessary to head back home: cure, clear thinking (repentance) and concrete steps.
A good shepherd lays his life down for the sheep, he never runs but is always on high alert to save the sheep. A good shepherd has compassion and takes responsibility for the lost. Prophetic shepherd sees the lost and takes action to bring them back home. We need to move from mere evangelism to spirit-led, strategic evangelism. The holy spirit needs people that can move urgently. There are so many man and woman who are ready to come back but need people who can work with the holy spirit to bring them back home.