Every day, a word from God to encourage, edify, enlighten and empower you; designed with the express purpose of SPREADING THE Word of God. When God calls us into His fold, it is for a purpose. The expectation is "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" -Col.1:10
ALL are welcome. It is for the believer and unbeliever; those that are seeking to increase their knowledge and relationship with God.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen YOU, and
ordained YOU, that YE should go forth and bring forth fruit, and that YOUR fruit
should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may
give it YOU.(John 15:16)
an individual believer, WE are part of the corporate body of Jesus Christ known
as the Church. If the Church is to fulfill its mission in the world, then each
member must recognize their part in God's plan. WE have a personal
responsibility for the world. That responsibility goes beyond mere church
affiliation or membership. It is more
than the giving of an offering and even more than tithing.
mission becomes our personal responsibility to the world as we move from being
a spectator to becoming a participator in God's plan for the nations.
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Matthew 28:19
Jesus said "Go Ye into all the world and preach the Gospel" and
"YE shall be my witnesses," He was talking to a group of His
followers. But as with every group, this group was made up of individuals. When
Jesus said "Go Ye", it was not meant in just a collective sense, it
was not only a group challenge, but also an individual challenge. Each member
of the group was to accept the challenge personally. If the individuals within
the group failed to respond, then the group would fail.
challenge to go to the nations of the world is now assumed by the body of
Christ; the Church. But the Church is made up of individuals and it will only
be effective in meeting this challenge as each person personally responds to
the Great Commission.
the early church, each person took personal responsibility for spreading the
Gospel. Cross-cultural evangelism was done by laymen who were not full-time
clergy. Some of the greatest evangelistic campaigns were conducted by these
laymen. Acts 6 and 7 illustrate this with the accounts of Philip and Stephen.
They were both laymen, mightily used of God to spread the Gospel.
persecution came against the Church at Jerusalem, believers were scattered
throughout Judaea and Samaria. The Bible records:
Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every
where preaching the word.(Acts 8:4)
believer accepted the challenge to teach faithful men and women who would be
able to teach others also:
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.(II Timothy 2:2)
unbroken cycle of spiritual reproduction resulted in continuous multiplication
idea of the home as a center of spiritual development is not new. From the
giving of God's law to man, the home was intended to be a training center:
And these words, which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt
teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou
sittest in thine house. . .
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house
and on thy gates.(Deuteronomy
home in the early church was a center of evangelism. Believers taught the
Gospel not only in the temple, but daily in the home:
And daily in the temple and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.(Acts 5:42)
evangelistic thrust of the home groups was apparently so successful that when
Saul was trying to crush the church he did not feel he could do it by just
concentrating on the temple. He also entered every house to stop the spread of
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering
into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.(Acts 8:3)
vision of God's plan for the cross-cultural spread of the Gospel was given in a
home as Peter prayed on the rooftop. As
a result of the intervention, the first message to the Gentiles was preached in
the home of Cornelius (Acts 10).
great cross-cultural evangelism of Paul was discipled by Ananias in a home (Acts
9). Paul taught both publicly and also house to house during his ministry:
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed we, and have taught we publicly, and from house to house.(Acts 20:20)
final days of ministry were in a rented house where he received all who came,
teaching and preaching to them:
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired
house, and received all that came in unto him.
Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern
the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.(Acts 28:30-31)
declared that His house was to be called of all nations a house of prayer:
And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written,
My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?(Mark 11:17)
were the results of this "every person" and "every home" approach
in the early Church? They reached their world with the Gospel. The enemies of
the Church themselves declared:
These that have turned the world upside down are
come hither also.(Acts
would be the results if every believer followed this pattern today? If
each believer would reach just one person each year, disciple them, and have
them pledge to disciple one person each following year, the world could easily
be reached with the Gospel.
of the population of the world is yet unreached by the Gospel. But God has
provided a strategy that, if employed by each professing believer, would easily
complete the task of spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom.
is a new movement growing throughout the world today. It is not a
denominational or an organizational movement. It is a group of believers who
have come to recognize their personal responsibility in spreading the Gospel to
the nations of the world. This group is
composed of people of many races, cultures, languages, and religious
denominations. The one thing they have in common is their personal commitment
to become a World Christian. A World Christian is one who. . .
the God revealed in the Holy Bible as the one true God
the Holy Bible as God's written Word.
personally accepted God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
adopted a Biblical World View.
personally accepted the challenge to take the Gospel to the nations of the
does not necessarily mean a World Christian will leave their own nation to go
to another culture, although they are willing to do so if God should so lead.
What it does mean is that they are committed to spreading the Gospel right
where they are, in their own village or city. They are also committed to
sending others to the unreached peoples of the world. Whether in full-time
ministry or a secular occupation, the first priority of a World Christian is
spreading the Gospel.
people who have accepted this personal challenge have made a special commitment
to God. This is what they have pledged:
"By the grace of God and for His
glory, I commit my entire life to obeying the commission of Jesus Christ :
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven
and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even
unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
Make up your mind that wherever and
however God leads you, giving priority to those peoples currently beyond the
reach of the Gospel; endeavor to share this vision with others.
have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should
build upon another man's foundation: But
as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that
have not heard shall understand.(Romans 15:20-21)
believers ready to accept the challenge of Jesus and become actively involved
in God's plan as a World Christian we must be in right position:
ØPREPARE FOR THE CALL
yourself a living and sanctified sacrifice to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2)
sure there is no sin which will interfere with your spiritual hearing or
1:18; Colossians 1:9)
preconceived personal plans and ambitions (Psalms 25:9)
the habit of daily prayer and Bible study (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 77:12; 119:15,25,45)
patiently on the Lord and expect Him to direct every step of your everyday life
and activities. He will make His will and calling sure (Proverbs 3:6; Psalms 23:3; 32:8; 37:5,7)
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 1:10-14
Praise God for yet another day that He
has made. We should certainly rejoice
and be glad in it. Every morning when I
open my eyes I thank God for another day in which He chose to keep me.
I will bless the
Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! And again, thank God for Jesus, the
sacrificial lamb, who made salvation possible for us.
There are many believers in Christ who have been wounded and have never allowed that wound to heal. The wound may have come before Christ or after but when ever it came, we must take the steps to allow God to put us in a position to be healed. We can not serve God in a broken or hurt state. My
prayer today is directed toward spiritual healing among believers in the body
of Christ. Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."John 4:10 – 15
If the body of Christ, those of us who are proclaiming the
name of Jesus, would think on Jesus, as He instructed the Samaritan woman, and the well of living and eternal water and tap into it, we would have a
consistent flow of the Holy Spirit and all that comes with it. Out of that well flows hope, peace and power which fills us with such joy in the power of the Holy Spirit that it transcends
all understanding. Through that
well of living water, we
do not have to be anxious about anything. When we tap into that well, our
fruit in the holy spirit, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, faith, goodness,
gentleness, meekness and temperance blossoms.
When we tap into that well, we put our faith in God, we trust that we
can do all things through and in the name of Jesus Christ. We trust that what is impossible with man is made possible with God. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) We understand that Jesus paid it all; that he
was the final sacrifice and that when He ascended into Heaven, He sent the
comforter to keep and sustain us; Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7 If only we will tap into Him; the source; the well that
contains living water. The well that
never dries up, never becomes stagnant; never becomes tainted; our eternal ever flowing source. God
said that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He is not dead; He is eternal; He is alpha
and omega, the beginning and the end and He sent us the comforter; the spirit of power, not fear! For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 There is absolutely nothing that we may go through that when we call on the name of Jesus, He won't help us bear. God tells us in in His word that we have nothing to worry about, nothing to fear for; that we
should be of good cheer because He has already overcome the world.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 We just need to place our faith in Him and lean not to our own understanding. Having said that, this is my prayer on this morning:
heavenly father, we come to You this day with grateful hearts and praise on
our lips that You kept us just one more day; that You allowed us to wake this
day with our health and our strength and clothed in our right mind. We thank You because we have a continued mind
to serve You. And because we serve and
trust You Lord, we have a blessed assurance that You are our refuge and our
fortress; no battle is too big or too small for You to handle; and heavenly
father when our situations, cares, concerns and issues overwhelm us, we thank You because we can hide in the shadow of Your wings, o mighty God, we can have
safety in the shelter of the most high. We can say with assurance that this battle
belongs to You God; in You will we trust.
We thank You heavenly Father for a steadfast desire to serve You despite whatever obstacles come up against us -
knowing that You say in your word to arm ourselves for suffering even as
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ suffered.
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1 Peter 4:1
We know that this is a suffering way, that
even as Jesus suffered, we must suffer also.
But Lord, we thank You that we have a well of living water. A place where we can go and find rest and
shelter and be replenished by that living water.
We thank You heavenly Father for Your wings of comfort and protection. You tell us in Your word to be careful for nothing; but in everything we do, by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving, we are to let our requests be made known to You. We thank you because we know You hear our prayers and our supplications and that You will answer us. We thank You Lord, for we know that if we seek Your kingdom first and Your righteousness, that You will come down and see about us. Help us to run this race with perseverance. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith. We want to hear You say, ‘well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into my rest’. A place where there is peace and joy forever more. Help us not to grow weary in our good works, to have patience and wait on You for all things. Help us to change our desires from material to spiritual.
Help us dear Lord to throw off everything that hinders us and break
every yoke of sin that so easily entangles us.
We ask Lord that You help us to keep our minds stayed on You.
Help us to be prayerful in our actions so that we are pleasing in Your
sight. There is none greater than You
Lord. It was You who sent us Your son to
purchase our salvation. We thank You
Lord for the comforter, the precious gift of Your Holy ghost that was sent to keep us and
intercede on our behalf. And with the
Holy ghost and the name of Jesus, we are victorious, we are more than
conquerors because there is power in the name
of Jesus, that in the name of Jesus there is victory, there is healing,
there is salvation. At the name of
Jesus, demons flee, yokes are broken, strongholds are cast down, souls are
saved. Through the name of Jesus and the
precious Holy Ghost within us, we are more than conquerors, we are overcomers and we are no longer victims – but we are victorious through You! Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37
Dear heavenly Father, in the name of
Jesus, we plead the blood against everything that is not like You. We ask that You command Your angels to guard
us in all our ways;
in our coming in and in our going out; to protect us from all hurt, harm and danger
of those things seen and unseen. Lord we ask that You continue to watch over our spiritual leaders and that you keep us lifted up and sustained in You as we complete the assignment you've given us.
Dear God, we thank You for great and
everlasting faithfulness! We thank You
for Your goodness and for Your mercy. We
know that when we walk in obedience according to Your word that You will supply
everyneed we have according
to Your riches in glory. We thank You for providing the living water
that flows through us. It is through You that
we live, move and have our being.
We need You, oh God, in our lives.
Remember all the prayer requests that have gone up before you; all of those who are suffering both physically, mentally and emotionally. We pray, oh Lord God that You
bring peace and deliverance to those that are troubled, that You bring comfort
to those in sorrow, healing to those who are sick. We pray, in the precious name of Jesus, that You bind everything that is contrary to Your will.
And now as we prepare to begin our day, Lord
we pray that You be with us, that you lead us and guide us, give us wisdom and
knowledge to speak and act according to Your will; that we may be laborers in Your field today; that Your manifested glory be revealed through us dear God.
We ask all these things and we thank You for
all things, in the matchless name of Jesus we pray, amen.
Thank God for this prayer today; hopefully something was said that will bless us and keep us today and that
our minds will be in perfect peace with the Lord. The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it? “God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change. He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead.”Acts 17:25-31 [msg]
God bless you all and have a wonderful Jesus-filled day. Elder C. L. Henry
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven
and in earth.(Matthew
Jesus came to mankind for one specific reason and that was to reconcile man back to God's original intent. Jesus was given to us by our Heavenly Father so that who ever believes in Him; the son, would not perish but would have everlasting life through Him. This was an awesome responsibility and one that could not be carried out through human strength and might; a supernatural power was needed.
Power is given to achieve a purpose.People do not delegate power to others unless they have a reason for doing so. There is always a purpose when authority is delegated.
God is triune in nature; made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The source of
power is God the Father. God delegated power to His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy
Spirit later endued believers with power delegated by the Son.
The main purpose for
spiritual power is the extension of the Gospel. But there are many other
important purposes for this delegated power and authority. Jesus came equipped with power and authority to
carry out the will of God.The religious
leaders of His time recognized it.
Then came the officers to
the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not
brought him? The officers answered,
Never man spake like this man.(John 7:45-46)
Jesus was born in the
power of the Holy Ghost:
the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and
the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing
which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke
Jesus was the visible
manifestation of God's power:
unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and
the wisdom of God.(I
John recognized the
power of Jesus. He said:
preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of
whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he
shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.(Mark 1:7-8)
When Jesus was
baptized by John in the river Jordan the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the
form of a dove:
John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove,
and it abode upon Him.(John 1:31)
God had told John . .
. . Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the
same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.(John 1:33)
This was confirmed
when the Holy Ghost rested on Jesus in the form of the dove. Jesus was not only filled with Holy Ghost
power, He was to baptize with power.
Immediately after His
baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan:
Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from Jordan, and was led by the
Spirit into the wilderness.(Luke 4:1)
Power is proven by
testing. Each temptation by Satan challenged the power and authority of Jesus.
Jesus successfully overcame each one and. . .
Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a
fame of him through all the region round about.(Luke 4:14)
God the Father was
the source of Jesus' power and authority. Jesus said:
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel
to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance
to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.(Luke 4:18-19)
Jesus did not
exercise power independently of God the Father. Continually, throughout His
earthly ministry, Jesus credited God as the source of His power:
answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father.(John 10:32)
There were no limits
to Christ’s power. He was given all power in Heaven and earth:
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven
and in earth.(Matthew
Jesus has power. . .
above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that
is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And (God) hath put all things under His feet,
and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church.(Ephesians 1:21-22)
Jesus is the head of
all other powers:
ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.(Colossians 2:10)
Jesus had unlimited
power. He was given:
TO TEACH WITH AUTHORITY:
The scribes based
their authority on the Old Testament scriptures. Jesus based His authority on
they were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one that had
authority, and not as the scribes.(Mark 1:22)
they were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power.(Luke 4:32)
Jesus had power to
that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins.(Matthew 9:6)
the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils:
and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: (Matthew 8:16)
He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the
wind ceased, and there was a great calm.(Mark 4:39)
OVER ALL FLESH:
thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to
as many as thou hast given Him.(John 17:2)
OVER HIS ENEMIES:
saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have
power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power
at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that
delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. (John 19:10-11)
am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live.(John 11:25)
Through His own death
and resurrection, Jesus. . .
having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it.(Colossians 2:15)
OVER HIS OWN LIFE:
regarding His life:
man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it
down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my
TO EXECUTE JUDGMENT:
God has given Jesus
power to execute judgment:
hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of
Jesus had power and
authority over demonic forces:
they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this!
for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come
they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying,
What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He
even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him.(Mark 1:27)
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went
about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the Devil; for God was
OVER ALL THE WORKS OF THE ENEMY:
The purpose of Jesus in the world was also to destroy all the works of the Devil:
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of
After His death and
resurrection, Jesus returned to Heaven. There He continues to minister in power
and authority at the right hand of God:
shall the Son of Man sit on the right hand of the power of God.(Luke 22:69)
said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the
right hand of God.(Acts
Jesus also continues
to minister through the power delegated to believers. Before Jesus returned to
Heaven, He delegated power and authority to His followers. They were to do the
works He had done, and even greater works:
Verily, verily, I say
unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.(John 14:12)
return to earth in great power and glory:
then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: and then all the tribes
of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of
Heaven with power and great glory.(Matthew 24:30)
At that time all the
powers of Heaven and earth will be delivered up to Jesus:
cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the
Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.(I Corinthians 15:24)
The entire universe
will acknowledge the power of God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ:
with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and
riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in Heaven, and on
the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in
them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him
that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.(Revelation 5:12-13)