Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man
(one upright and in rightstanding with God) and he will increase in learning.
As I come before you my brothers and sisters I purposely come with an earnest intent into following Holy Spirits direction;
and I do so by inclining my ear to whatever He would have me say today. I will speak His truth, free from any obscurity, free from any worldly nonsense. For speaking Gods Word with integrity and in purity is a must. For it is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. And it must be treated as such.
So, let us be mindfully attentive to what Holy Spirit has to say to us today. Do away with any preconceived notions about what you will hear from this pulpit today. Allow yourself to receive the comprehensive insight that only comes when you listen to His words respectfully, not losing sight of them. In doing so, give yourself an advantage by authorizing them to penetrate deep within your hearts, enabling the life and healing that they contain to enter into those who find them, Amen!
We will begin by going to the Scriptures that Holy Spirit has given me as my directive for the times. They are Scriptures that we must acknowledge before we enter into today’s teaching.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness.
The Scriptures move us towards living holy, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action.
WHY!!! Verse 17 answers the question.
17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
You will be thoroughly equipped for obedience to God.
So, what these Scriptures are telling me is this, (I pray that you agree with me).
That from the first word written in the book of Genesis to the last word written in the book of Revelation and of course every word in between came straight from the Fathers mouth.
Now, if you agree with me, we can proceed.
Proverbs 9:9-12 (AMPC)
9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man (one upright and in right standing with God) and he will increase in learning.
In ministering the Word of God, I have been instructed by Holy Spirit to save my breath for the wise, and to speak only what He directs me to speak. I welcome His Wisdom! And in obedience to His directive, that’s exactly what I am going to do. To welcome His Wisdom and in turn impart the Wisdom of God to all that desire to receive.
I assure you it has become a habit of mine in allowing Holy Spirit to mentor me in life, especially when it comes to teaching Gods Word. And this relationship continues to grow only because of my consistency in seeking His counsel during my Study and Meditation of His Word. And Gods motive for having me to do it His way, is that it is good for the people.
I have learned through my experiences that those who open the eyes of their heart and incline their ears to what Holy Spirit imparts, well, those are the ones that will indeed profit from it.
So, let us profit, let yourself move into the light of God’s Word.
For verse 10 says
10 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.
The insight and knowledge of the Holy One will definitely move you into the arena of excellence thus profiting from Gods Word, because it is an arena that contains a superiority that teaches us the art of living skillfully, holy and wiser. And its beginnings come with us having a reverent and worshipful fear of The Lord.
Here’s a tip, Fearing God will come easy as you seek His Face daily.
Consistency, teams up with desire to move you into God’s arena of excellence.
For in pursuing His ways and purposes, you will also learn about Who He is. His Character, His integrity and attributes, those things that bring perfection into one’s life. You will find that there are many benefits in coming to know your God and His Wisdom.
Look at verse 11
11 For by Me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
It is through the Wisdom of God, that your life deepens, and the years of your life come to maturity. In other words, your life will attain and sustain a Scriptural maturity, a fulfillment of everything godly, leading to a life of enjoyment and perfection.
You will come to love being in His Presence. For it is there in His habitation that the inspiration and instruction for living skillfully and wisely originate. There should be no doubt about it. Being in God’s Presence and taking ownership of His Wisdom will definitely improve your life.
So, do not dishonor the life that He has given you, this life that you have been blessed with, for if you dishonor life, life will dishonor you.
If you are wise, wisdom is its own reward. If you mock what you don’t understand, you alone will suffer the consequences.
So, my brothers until next time, “he who has ears let him hear,”
Remember my friends, "Jesus is Lord!"
Dr. Pancho Valenzuela
The Doctors Stethoscope
A Teaching in Discipleship
We begin todays teaching with;
AND JESUS summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity.
There is a question that came to mind as I read this Scripture and it pertains to us as followers (disciples) of Christ.
How do you see yourself as a disciple of Christ?
First of of all, do you even consider yourself to be a disciple of Christ, much less a disciple equal to the original twelve?
Do you see yourself as a disciple that walks with the same power and authority that Jesus gave to the original twelve?
Do you tend to see a difference between you and the original twelve?
To help you answer these questions allow me to give you the definition of disciple.
A disciple is one who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
Here are some Synonyms to help you understand: Teacher, believer, convert, apostle, and student.
Are grasping on to who a disciple is?
Allow me to put it into a different perspective, in context to what the Bible says, a disciple one of the personal followers of Christ during His earthly life. (including his 12 apostles)
Becoming a disciple of Christ was one of the prerequisites in spreading the Good News.
And it still is. Aren’t you a believer, a follower, a student, an ambassador, a teacher? If you answered yes to anyone of these, then you must be a disciple?
Why can I say this, because God is not a respecter of persons. What he gave the original twelve, He has given us.
Acts 10:34 Good News Translation
Peter began to speak: "I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis.
We are all equal in the eyes of God, even when He sees us as the disciples He has mandated us to be.
Romans 1:7 KJV
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Called to be saints. We are called to be disciples of Christ.
Hers another question for you!
If we are called to be saints as the apostles were.
Why are so many of us so moved to think of the original twelve as someone more special than ourselves or any other child of God.
Didn’t we just say that God treats everyone on the same basis?
Let me ask you this.
If you lived in that time with Jesus, would you not have been in the same situation that the original disciples were placed?
Are we all not saints whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit;
Yet, knowing this we are still inclined to look upon the disciples as extraordinary beings, not subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves.
And in doing so, we are forgetful of this truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely does he have to watch over his own heart.
The more his Master honors him in his service, the more the evil of ones flesh provokes and teases one day by day.
The very fact is, if we had seen the apostle Paul, we should have thought of him to be so remarkably like the rest of the chosen family.
If we had talked with him face to face, we would have found that his experience and ours are so much the same.
He may have been more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than we are, but he himself had the same trials to endure.
In some respects he was more painfully tried than ourselves.
So we must not look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins;
Let us not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolaters.
For I tell you this, the holiness they attained is attainable even by you.
Are we not called to be saints by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation?
It is a Christian's duty to force his way into the inner circle of discipleship; and if these 12 original apostles were superior to us in what they achieved, then let us follow them; let us model ourselves with their passion and holiness.
For we have the same light that they had, the same grace they had is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equaled them in heavenly character?
They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus.
Let us do the same!
Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, "looking unto Jesus," and our saint-ship and our discipleship will soon be apparent.
But really my friends, before we go on, and after all that you’ve heard so far,
I must yet ask another question of you, what else is there that is needed for one in becoming a disciple of Christ?
As we said before, a disciple is someone who follows the teachings of another person and then usually ends up leading others in the way they were taught.
Here's a tip for you, there must be some spiritual growth through MEDITATING Gods Scriptures in achieving discipleship!!
So in meditating God's Word and according to this definition, you as a disciple of Jesus Christ will follow the teachings of Christ and then in turn you will end up leading others in the way that you were taught.
Seems easy enough, so why do many of us find it so hard to do?
Just how hard can it be?
Well, in searching for the truth, I came to find out that there are certain prerequisites that must be attained before you can call yourself a true disciple of Christ.
In other words there is a time for qualification. A time which may not be easy for some, especially for those who have very little knowledge of Gods Word.
In qualifying one usually comes into battle against ones flesh and the worldly attitudes that one has developed during the years of not pursuing God.
The adversary does not want you to know your God, much less become a disciple of God.
So where does the qualification begin.
First, you have to accept the gift of salvation. OK, that’s easy for someone desiring to receive it.
But how many of you have run into people that don't want to be saved?
There are many out there in the world that have no desire of being saved.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.....................
They are lacking the knowledge of salvation, thus to them there is no reason for salvation, to them it’s just a religious figure of speech.
There are even some out there that are what I call hell-bent. And they will be the hardest ones to bring to agree wih this divine blessings.
They have no idea that Salvation must be seen as a gift that God has offered us through the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Salvation comes according to Romans 10:9-10, which declares that to obtain the new birth of salvation, you have to confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Because with your heart you believe unto righteousness and with your mouth you make a confession of salvation.
If there are so many that will not believe you will have that many that will not confess, they will not take hold of this divine blessing and perish.
But to those that are saved and become disciples of Christ, you must as a disciple give rise and produce other disciples.
And to do that you must impart the Word of God unto other born again Christians thus training them as disciples.
The Gospel to a true disciple of Chris is not meant to be kept to ones self, there must be a constant impartation of God Word unto others.
And as I look back to this teaching my question wasn't merely, "What must I do to be saved?"
My Question was about discipleship. The act of following the teachings of Christ.
But how can you follow someone unless you allow them to lead you?
Now we go to the second qualifier. The Spirit of God!
This is precisely why God sent Holy Spirit to dwell inside of those of us who receive Him.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
We must get out of control, for once you start being led by the Spirit of God, you must give the Spirit of God complete control.
This will result in you being divinely led! A must for a disciple of Christ.
In this process of being divinely led, your relationship with Holy Spirit will begin to prosper as you begin to set up and open up the communication lines that are vital for you to distinctly hear His voice and thus His leading.
The small still voice must be heard and obeyed by a disciple of Christ. It is a mandate given of God.
Deuteronomy 27:10 (AMPC)
10 So you shall obey the voice of the Lord your God and do His commandments and statutes which I command you today.
In being able to hear His voice you allow yourself to enter into a walk of obedience, when you do, it will open the door to the arena of excellence that Jesus walked in.
That's where your goal lies, in the arena of excellence that Jesus walked in.
In doing so you will live with Jesus, you will live for Jesus, therefore you will walk like Jesus.
And if we are to call ourselves His disciples, it's mandatory for us to walk in that same excellence that Jesus did.
Lets not settle for second best. Why? Because there is a God given decree to be met.
He has given us a divine command. We must be obedient, for it is preferable not to sin. For sin is a failure to obey a divine command.
We as disciples prefer and do not want to fall into sin.
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We have been given as disciples of Christ an extraordinarily powerful and supernatural commission.
A commission which empowers us and gives us the office as Ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
We know now that salvation is a big part but discipleship is just as big.
For example teaching someone to swim. You just can’t throw someone into the water and expect them to swim properly without showing them the basics and the fundamentals on how to swim without drowning.
How many new born believers are drowning out there in the world, because they have never be discipled in the Word of God?
So the question is how do we prep ourselves as ambassadors or disciples of Christ so that we can move towards accomplishing this profound assignment?
As we learn, we teach but learning also comes easier when we become teachable.
Lets move on. How many of you can say that you have the faith of God?
You were born in His image so you must have some faith in you. He apportioned a measure of faith on all of us.
Romans 12:3 (AMPC)
3 For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.
Faith: it is synonymous with being a disciple.
And to I believe in order to expedite your duties you must go to the Scriptures. And you must truly have faith in this one scripture, before moving on.
2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Inspired with the very breath of God.
As a disciple you need to come to the point in your spiritual senses where you see the Scriptures as perfect, so that you also realize that the revelation they bring is perfect.
Why do I say this, because everything is so divinely adjusted by God Almighty.
So well balanced so that every person who comes into an infinite revelation touched by God, begins to see that the whole principle of Scripture is perfect from the beginning to the end.
Not a single thing in the Scriptures clashes with or contradicts Holy Spirit.
And if there is to be any contradiction, it is usually the flesh, our carnal nemesis that does its best at deceiving us and keeping us from hearing the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
The Word of God gives a disciple comprehensive knowledge of holy living that is in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action.
A disciple must gain knowledge of the Holy Scriptures.
2 Timothy 2:15 (AMPC)
15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved tested by trial, a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing the Word of Truth.
This is where a disciple rightly comes to handling and skillfully teaching the Word of God. By definitely knowing the Word of God.
You come to a position in life when you definitely know what you are talking about.
A disciple must seek God on a daily basis, thus acquiring the discernment of the revelation knowledge that he will receive from God.
This must happen on a daily basis.
Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
What is the everything you need.
In seeking God what did Solomon ask for above all else. He asked for Gods Wisdom!
Having Gods Wisdom has its advantages in succeeding as an Ambassador of Jesus Christ.
In seeking God in prayer and in His Word you must be diligent in doing it day and night as the Scriptures advise us to do; because the more you get into His teachings, the more truth you will come to know.
A disciple will be set free, thus being able to set others free.
31 “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The more your faith grows in truth, the more it sets you and others free!
A disciples faith is constantly growing.
Romans 10:17 (AMPC)
17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself). (King James translation)
The more that you move in these Scriptures the more you will do in the Name of Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:2 NLT
2 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
And that's what disciples are about. They learn and do.
Remember this, that on the other side of every act of obedience, there is a blessing awaiting you.
For in your relationship with Him, God honestly desires the best for you. That's where His blessings come in.
But there's no way you could accomplish all He has for you to do without you being in right standing with Him first.
A disciple must learn to teach as the Master taught.
A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) will be like his teacher.
The teaching of disciples begins at the home. Discipleship begins with the Father and mother teaching their children.
"Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation."
In this simple way, by God's grace, a living testimony for the Gospel truth is always to be kept alive in the land.
We who are the beloved of the Lord are to hand down our witness for the gospel, and the covenant to our next in line, and they in turn must hand it down again to their descendants.
This is our first duty as disciples, we are to begin in our family home: he or she who does not commence his ministry at home is a bad preacher.
Those lost are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but the ministry of teaching those in the home has a prior claim, and those who reverse the order of the Lord's arrangements will meet with nothing but adversity tribulation.
To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot and must not delegate it to Sunday school teachers, yes they may assist us, but they cannot deliver us from this sacred obligation.
There is no room for substitutes in this case: mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, direct their households with an authority the teaches the family in honoring, worshiping and giving glory to God.
Furthermore they must speak with their children concerning the wondrous works of the Jehovah.
Parental teaching is to be seen as a natural duty—who are more better fit to look after their child's well-being as those who are the authors of their actual being?
To neglect the instruction of our offspring is worse then failing to sustain their physical being by not feeding them the proper foods that sustain life.
A Family well informed in the revelation knowledge of the Gospel is necessary for the nation, it is vital for the family itself, and especially for the church of God.
False teaching by the thousand are secretly advancing in our land, and one of the most effectual means for resisting its attack is left almost neglected, namely, the instruction of children in the faith.
It is time for parents to awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter.
For it is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be pleasing to God, for God has saved may the children through the parents' prayers and counsel.
May every house into which this teaching enters honor the Lord and receive His smile.
There are warnings from Jesus given to the disciples, one comes in
Matthew 10:16 (AMPC)
16 Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves.
And to do this we mus take on the culture of Heaven!
Here is a email that I received from Dr. Maceo Smith. It ministered to me in a powerful manner. I would like to share it with you.
While researching for information on "The Authority of the Believer" I came across a message by Billy Graham. Some of you are ministers of the Gospel and you may find something in the message you can share at a home-going service. For others, you may find something in the message to strengthen you in an area of your life. Set aside about 9 minutes to read and hear what Billy Graham delivered in this message. IT WILL EMPOWER YOU!!
Christ Has Conquered Death By Billy Graham • April 2, 2014 •
Christ has risen from the dead! And because He lives, we who know Him shall live also. In the resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and is alive forevermore.
All over the world, churches are filled with worshipers because there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem
We worship a risen, living Savior, who has promised to give immortality to all who believe on His name.
No longer do men and women need to stumble in the fog and the darkness of hopelessness. A Light shines brighter than the noonday sun, offering hope to everyone who has been born again.
Jesus promised, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
Long ago Job asked, “If mortals die, can they live again?” (Cf. Job 14:14).
We expect death, but we always have a glimmer of hope that medical science will discover something that will keep us alive a little longer.
Death carries with it a certain dread. From the day that Abel was killed, people have dreaded death. It has been the enemy, the great, mysterious monster that makes people quake with fear.
The Bible always links sin and death.
It says “the sting of death is sin” (1 Corinthians 15:56) and “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Death stalks the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated. Death is no respecter of race, color or creed. Its shadow haunts us day and night. We never know when the moment of death will come for us.
Is there any hope? Is there a possibility of immortality?
I take you to an empty tomb in the garden of Joseph of Arimathea.
Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome had gone to anoint the body of the crucified Christ. They had been startled to find the tomb empty.
An angel sat on the stone by the door of the tomb and said, “I know you are looking for Jesus.” Then the angel said, “He is not here; for He is risen” (Matthew 28:6).
The greatest news that mortal ear has ever heard is the news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead as He promised! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith.
It is the truth that lies at the very foundation of the Gospel. Other doctrines of the Christian faith are important, but the resurrection is essential. Without a belief in the resurrection there can be no personal salvation.
The Bible says, “If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved” (Cf. Romans 10:9).
In the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have the answer to the great question of the ages: “If mortals die, can they live again?” The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live.
The greatest truth that you can ever hear is that Jesus Christ died but rose again, and that you, too, will die but can rise again into newness of life.
The Bible teaches the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not a spiritual resurrection, as some would have us believe. Jesus’ very body was raised by God from the dead, and someday we will see Him.
The resurrected Christ also lives today in another very real sense: in the heart of every true believer. Though He is in His glorified body in Heaven, yet through the Holy Spirit He dwells in the heart of every Christian.
The Scripture says, “Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory” (Cf. Colossians 1:27).
The Christ of God, in whom “the fullness of God lives in a human body” (Cf. Colossians 2:9), condescends to live within the hearts of people. This is a mystery that is beyond comprehension and yet gloriously true.
When we come to Jesus Christ, we bring everything that we have. Our bodies with all their members, our faculties, our talents, our time, our money, our possessions, our hearts, our will, are all His.
Our faces become the faces in which the resurrected Christ shows forth His beauty and His glory. Our eyes become the eyes of the resurrected Christ, to exhibit His sympathy and His tenderness.
He wants to look on the world’s needs through your eyes. Your eyes should never be lent to the devil; they belong to God. Be careful how you use your eyes!
Our lips become the lips of the resurrected Christ, to speak His messages. The harsh, unkind words remain unspoken.
Other people marvel at the gracious words that come out of our mouths. When He was on earth, the people said, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46). And this is the One who lives within you. Your lips become an instrument for the expression of His message.
His words are spirit and life. The word going forth out of His mouth cannot return unto Him void. Remember, your lips are His; they should never be lent to the devil.
Our ears become the ears of the resurrected Christ. They will be sensitive to every cry of spiritual need. Jesus living in us today listens through our ears and hears the plaintive cry of the world’s needs.
Take heed what you hear. Refuse to hear the voice of the tempter or give your sanction to the spread of false reports and idle rumors concerning others. Your ears are Jesus’ ears; never lend them to the devil.
Our minds become the mind of the resurrected Christ. The Scripture says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Cultivate spiritual thinking. Your intellect becomes His so that He may plan through you and you may be an instrument for the realization of His purpose. Yield your mind to Him so that you may know His secrets and be kept in His will. Never lend your mind to the devil; the mind is the devil’s favorite avenue of attack.
Our hands become the hands of the resurrected Christ, to act on His impulse. He will work through us. The living Christ dwells in our hearts and gives us power to live the victorious life. The Apostle Paul said that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is ours to enable us to live for Him!
The feet of the Christian need to tread the narrow path that the Savior trod, keeping in step with Him throughout the earthly pilgrimage. He lives in you. Let your feet direct you only to those places where Christ wants you to go.
We are to allow the resurrected Christ to allocate our time as His own; to control our money as His own; to energize our talents, our zeal and our ability with His resurrected life; to have complete right-of-way throughout our beings. He does not want an apartment in our house. He claims our entire home from attic to cellar.
Not only does the resurrection give us hope of immortality but it also provides Life with a capital “L” here and now. Before the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came upon individuals only on certain occasions for special tasks. But now, after the resurrection, Christ through the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer to give us supernatural power in living our daily lives. The Scripture says that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead on the first celebration of the resurrection will raise us from the dead if the Spirit lives in us. Call upon His resources. His grace is more than sufficient; He will cause you always to triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil.
Perhaps you do not know the power of the resurrected Christ. You have never knelt at the foot of the cross and had your sins forgiven.
On that first Good Friday, Jesus Christ died on the cross in your place. He took your judgment, your sin, your death. Scripture teaches, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead. That fact is a guarantee that the atoning work of Christ on the cross was acceptable to God in your place.
Now you need to receive Him and to believe on Him. God says that He will clothe you in His righteousness. Everyone can know the power of the resurrected Christ. Through disappointments and trials, through all the circumstances of life, the resurrected Christ will go with you, if you will put your trust in Him by faith.
At this glorious season of His Resurrection, what a time to give your life to Christ, to bend your will to His; to let the resurrected Christ come to dwell in your heart and give you supernatural power to meet the problems of the day. So many people are confused, lonely, discouraged. Give your life to Christ. Let Him transform your life so that you will have a glow on your face, a spring in your step and joy in your soul.
First, you need to renounce your sins. Second, by faith receive Him as your Savior. Will you do that today? If you will, the resurrected Christ will come to live in your heart!
I for one thank God for Billy Graham, what an inspiration he has been to the body of Christ. I ask God to keep on Blessing him with a long and healthy life.
For more on Billy Graham here is his website. https://billygraham.org
The Doctors Library
For those of you who are moving in some area of the Five-Fold Ministry this is a must read. It will help to refine you so that you in turn can refine your ministry. Here is an example of what Brother Copeland presents in this powerful ministry tool.
Focus: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10)
Believers demand excellence from God and have every right to expect the very best from Him. He, Himself, has set the standard of excellence for the Body of Christ. He is the ultimate example of complete success. In the same way, you should be ready, willing and dedicated to demand excellence from yourself.
The same holds true in a ministry. If you are a pastor, you are required by God to demand excellence out of your congregation as well as those who work with you in your ministry. As a minister called out into the field, you will demand excellence from the people who work for you and from the congregations you serve. You must be willing to demand the highest form of excellence from the ministries you are involved in.
The Apostle Paul recognized the gravity of his calling. He knew that the gospel was committed into his trust. “According to the glorious gospel of the Blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” (1 Timothy 1:11). Paul took the training of his disciples very seriously because he realized they were handling the mightiest power in the universe. He wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is the power of God! The gospel is not only the power by which a person is saved from hell, it is also God’s unlimited ability so save, heal and deliver.
As a minister of the gospel, you are entrusted with God’s strength and might. You are therefore faced with two responsibilities: 1 to develop and maintain excellence of ministry and 2 to deal with Satan.
Excellence in ministry absolutely will not tolerate unbelief, failure or taking the easy way out. A ministry of excellence will pay whatever price is necessary to get the job done and done right—God’s way, based on His Word. This way Jesus will be represented well. Your ministry represents Jesus Christ to the world. Yours is a sacred calling. It must be executed with dedication and integrity. You are expected to demonstrate absolute honesty and commitment. Without a firm decision to succeed with God’s help, you cannot hope to maintain the measure of maturity and perfection that your ministry must command.
Having acknowledged the call and anointing of God upon your life, you pose a serious threat to Satan. In his eyes, you have become the most dangerous living thing on this globe. Your second responsibility is to contend with him.
Satan is not worried about God. He is postponing that inevitable confrontation as long as he can. But since you represent God’s divine power and authority in this world, the adversary must reckon with you. If you were to die now, he would not care whether you went to heaven or hell. Either way, you would be forever removed from the field of battle and out of his way. What Satan does fear is a person who is born again—one who has God’s divine nature in his spirit. Only such a person can wield the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God—with accuracy. You are dangerous to him, and you will have to resist him.
When you strap on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), you must be prepared and determined to use it. The evil one will certainly attack you with all the forces of darkness. But at the same time, be prepared for victory! All the combined forces of hell are not powerful enough to defeat you!
Praise God!! That’s just a modest example of what you will find in this powerful book written by Brother Copeland. If you would like a copy of this book here’s a link where you can go directly to Kenneth Copeland's Ministry shop and purchase it on their website. https://my.kcm.org/?Source=WEB.
Tree of Life does not sell any books that it promotes. I believe that one way of promoting the gospel is by inspiring people to read the books that inspired me. I believe that part of my job is just to encourage people to read books that excel in teaching the Word of God. As time goes by we will let you all know when we come upon a book that has a powerful anointing word to impart. Just as with this book, I recommend it highly, for it will enlighten you to learn more about Who Jesus is and Who He should be in your ministry.
Encourage U-On Ministry
This is a little something from my Thursday morning Christian Men's Fellowship:
A few points from the lesson "Made to Last Forever". (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life).
1. This life is not all there is.
2 Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time
on the other side of death-in eternity-than you will here.
3. The Bible says, "God has ....planted eternity in the human heart." Ecclesiastes 3:11
4. While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell.
5. When you live in light of eternity, your values change.
a. You use your time and money more wisely.
b. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame, or wealth or
achievement or even fun.
6. The most damaging aspect of contemporary living is short-term thinking.
7. God has a purpose for your life on earth, but it doesn't end here. His plan involves far more
than the few decades you will spend on this planet. It's more than "the opportunity of a
lifetime". God offers you an opportunity beyond your lifetime. The Bible says, "[God's] plan
endure forever; his purposes last eternally."
I pray that you enjoyed that. I hope it impacted your spirit as it did mine.
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Prayer of Salvation and Baptism of Holy Spirit
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, simply pray the following prayer in faith, and Jesus will be your Lord!
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Baptism of Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NLT)
13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)
19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NLT)
4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
The Prayer of Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit brings believers into the body of Christ. So pray the prayer and join all those who believe in God, all those who come in obedience, obeying His commands, and seeking Him in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, "If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Matthew 16:16 NLT
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
What is a Ministry? Is it Rules and Bylaws? Denominational affiliation?
Jesus didn't build a building and endow a fund or start a denomination.
He invited people to know Him. Peter saw this in his ministry, that is why He confessed that Jesus was
"The Messiah, The Son of The Living God."
It is a confession-the confident belief in Jesus as Lord-that is the foundation for the Ministries Jesus seeks to build.
Christian maturity means many things, but it starts and continues with a God-inspired declaration of Christ as Savior.
Make sure you and your Ministry stay Christ centered as you live and articulate your beliefs.
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