Hi guys!!! Sorry I missed you all last week. I was dealing with the third round of a cold that turned into a sinus infection. Let me tell you this has been a rough cold season. Thank God that I am feeling better and I am back on the grind. Last week while I was recovering I had a chance to catch up on some reading with my First5 community. For those who do not know First5 is an online community developed by Proverbs31 Ministries. It is a community of women who study the bible and are committed to giving God the first 5 minutes of the day. Okay I had gotten behind so while I was home doctoring myself I watched the last weekend wrap up. The lesson was “God is a covenant keeping God” ohhhh how I needed to hear that on last week. She began to teach how God made a covenant with Abraham and was now fulfilling that promise in the book of Joshua. The one teaching said something that sparked my attention, she said that Israel received the inheritance but they had to drive out the enemy who still occupied the land but some did not. They allowed the enemy to stay, so ultimately they surrender part of the inheritance. I thought about what was said and it dawn on me how often do we give or surrender our inheritance to the devil? How many times have we given away what God has given? We surrender to the pressures of the world instead of ridding ourselves of the enemy. I believe that is time out for the believers living below the promises of God. We have to hold on tight to what the savior has given to us.
Sometimes if we are honest we do not truly understand what we have. Our minds have not fully connected to the fact that God has given us prime real estate. So we do not understand the value of what we possess if we did we would not give it away so easily. This month I am going do something a little different. February will be a series called “prime real estate.” As children of God we possess something far more valuable than money, cars, fancy clothes and idols. We have prime real estate that must be held onto. In this season we cannot afford to surrender what God has so graciously given to those whom believe. So I hope that you follow with me on this journey to understand what we truly possess. Once God reveals these truths my prayer is that we never surrender our inheritance ever again.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
WIN, GROW, SEND
For the last 5 weeks I have been taking a discipleship class. This class is part of the seminary curriculum. Let me tell you I have learned so much in this class and I have come to the realization that I am personally falling short. This class is about disciples sharing the gospel with a purpose of multiplying disciples. This is not a class that is about church growth or how to have another program but it is about the church fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION. Yes the Great Commission Jesus told the disciples before he left earth to ascend to heaven. Here are the words of Jesus.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I have read this verse many times before but it has not resonated to me like it has through this class. Jesus left us a job to do and I wonder I am the only one that has fallen short in this area. Am I the only one that wonders has the church lived up to its responsibility? I would guess to say that I am probably not the only one. For some time now I’ve had a feeling of ‘there has to be more than this’. I know that sounds a little ungrateful like what I have is not enough. What I mean by that statement is there has to be more in my Christian life than what I am doing or experiencing. Church has become more of a ritual than a spiritual experience. Sometimes we become so familiar with things and people that we do not appreciate it like we did at the beginning. I believe that is what has happen to me and so many others. Lately the feeling of wanting more than what I have been experiencing and now through this class I know why. My focus has not been where it should have been. I should be busy doing the will of the Father and that is sharing the gospel. Don’t get me wrong I preach the gospel and I will be transparent here, I have not had that intimate relationship where I have led someone to Christ without being in a church setting. Now before this class and writing this blog I would have been ashamed to say this but I think I have to be honest in order to help someone. I believe that God wants us to get out of our comfort zone and embrace the lost to reveal Christ to them. We are supposed to be ambassadors and display God’s glory in the earth in order to do that we must interact with sinners. When you look at Jesus he always interacted with people whom others frowned upon so it is our job today. Our goal is to win, grow and send out disciples. Win them to Christ, help them grow in spiritual disciplines, to help them become mature Christians and then send them out to make other disciples. The process is continuous, win, grow and send I believe this is what the church is missing. Sometimes we are so focused on our problems and what we want than what God has called us to do. Think about where you are spiritually and ask God what you can do to start winning people to Christ.