Sun, Jul 08, 2018
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.
How we interpret a situation is dependent on our worldview. Hermeneutics is divided into two types - superficial and in-depth interpretation. Souls are valuable to God and so should they be to us. The harvest is plenty but God is need of people that can interpret the message correctly, in-depth interpretation. God is asking where are his people who can reach out to the lost souls. God is looking for people that are filled with his word, full of light, to go evangelise diligently until the lost are saved. When a soul comes home the death of Jesus is justified. The value of souls is invariable , it is permanent, it was set before it all. However usefulness is variable on who is in control of your life, who owns you. All souls are valuable but only those in Gods hand are useful.
Jesus always sees value in his people, whether they are sinners, tax collectors etc. When we draw near to Jesus to hear him, our lives begin to change and things begin to happen, as he draws near to us. The thing that distracts you is less important than what it distracts you from. Serving is important but knowing the God we serve is more important (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus was not focused on the sin of those that draw near to him but their lostlessness. We also have to be worried about those that are lost rather than judge them, be persistent in evangelism.