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Matthew 28:19 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.”

Jesus gives us (every born-again believer) a command. We are to make disciples and teach them.

So many times, the church as a whole, invites people to get saved, but they don’t have anything to make these new Christians disciples. Just because a person gets saved doesn’t automatically make them disciples. As we can see, they must be taught.

Some people have a violent background, come from an abusive situation, or have been abandoned and we (Christians in general) expect them to live a holy life without being discipled. That’s unfair.

We have been called to disciple and teach our brother and sister. That means encourage them, pray with them, and teach them the bible in context. As they become disciples, eventually they’ll disciple and teach someone else.

Don’t neglect your duty to be a disciple and make disciples.

Inspired by Charles Stevenson

“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Luke 17:26‭-‬27‭, ‬30 NLT

When Jesus returns, people will be taking out the trash, brushing their teeth, getting over a hangover, or washing their clothes. When He returns, some people will be living honorably and some people will be acting foolishly.

Jesus is returning. We don’t know when, but He’s returning. Believers have been saying this for years. We’ve been saying this for so long until people are doubting His return or don’t believe in Him altogether. That’s a trick of the enemy. He’s using delay to get people to doubt.

Trust and believe He’s coming back. And when He returns, make sure you’re honoring Him with your life.

“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Luke 17:14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

  1. The lepers asked for help from Jesus.
  2. Without any physical evidence of their healing, they were instructed to do an illogical thing and show themselves to the priests.
  3. As they followed illogical instructions, they were cleansed.
    Note: Showing themselves to a priest was a sign that they were healed and it meant they could be reinstated into society. Before they followed instructions, they still had leprosy.

To get our desires, of course we must believe. As we believe, God may have us do something extremely illogical. He may have us go through the house buying process knowing we don’t have the money for it. He may have us move a body part knowing we just experienced pain in that body part. He may have us get off of social media and dating websites to obtain a spouse.

Regardless of His instructions, as we obey, things will begin to fall in place. Some how, some way God will put pieces together to manifest our desires.

Don’t tune it out just because it’s illogical. Follow His unusual instructions. He forewarned us by saying, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”-Isaiah 55:8-9.

Their descendants will be recognized and honored among the nations. Everyone will realize that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
Isaiah 61:9

When we come into the Kingdom of God, we become the people of the Lord or children of God. As children of God, there are special privileges we have. One of those privileges is recognition. Some people call this favor.

When we enter a room, start a new job, or meet people for the first time, there should be “something different” about us. They may not know what it is, but there should be a peace or joy surrounding us. What they can’t describe is the blessing on our lives.

We have to know and believe in this blessing ourselves. We can’t walk into a room thinking we’re ugly, unqualified, not special, or unworthy. We must know the blessing is on our lives and because of this we’ll experience recognition, preferential treatment, and opportunities we didn’t have to work for.

Let’s have a confidence about ourselves because of this blessing and expect favor in every area of our lives.

Galatians 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Through Christ Jesus, the blessing of Abraham is on our lives. We’re not blessed because we have a lot of stuff. We’re blessed because the word of God says we’re blessed.

We may not have all the money we want, but we’re blessed. We may not have a great marriage now or a marriage at all, but we’re blessed. Our health may not be at its best, but we’re blessed.

The blessing works through faith. Faith works by belief and confession. We must believe we’re blessed and confess we’re blessed. Look at those low finances, problematic marriage, or any other negative thing, and say “I’m blessed.” They may be treating you poorly at work but say, “I’m blessed.”

Through our belief and confession of the blessing operating within us, our lives will eventually line up with what we desire. Any negative thing we’re experiencing HAS TO improve. It’s a guarantee.

Believe in the blessing and tell yourself and anyone else, you’re blessed.

Proverbs 16:3 NLT Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

Do you have big dreams and goals you want to accomplish? Well, commit your actions to the Lord and those dreams will come to fruition.

Committing our actions to the Lord simply means doing things God’s way. If He said it in His word, in the new covenant, in context, do it. If He said to love, forgive, or cheerfully give, that’s what we should do. It also means being led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to purchase something, where to go, and how to respond.

Don’t go through life making decisions based on how you feel or logic. Do things God’s way and EVERYTHING you desire will come to pass.

Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

The scripture tells us to imitate God. To do that, we have look through the scriptures to know the heart of God and the actions of God.

The heart of God is love (1 John 4:8). God is love. All He knows is love. As imitators of God, we are called to love. We don’t only love when we feel like it or when someone loves us back. We make the decision to love because we’re imitators of our Father.

God calls those things that be not as though they were (Rom. 4:17). Since God believes that His words have the power to change situations as it pleases Him (in Genesis) and we have power in our words, according to Proverbs 18:21, we can change our world with our words.

God forgives (1 John 2:12). God has forgiven everything we’ve done wrong because of Jesus’ sacrifice. We too can forgive our brother or sister who has wronged us. We’re not above God where we can’t forgive. If He can forgive, we can too.

These are just a few ways we can and should be imitating God. Look through the scriptures to see others ways we can imitate God.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP) for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—

When a loved one doesn’t feel well, don’t keep staring at them, especially if they have a look of pain or sorrow. Continuing to look at them, feeling sorry for them, is counterproductive to our faith. If both of you believe God’s word, both of you should know we’re healed (1 Pet. 2:24). If you’re going to look, look at them as if they are their healthy selves.

The same goes with our finances. If we have more bills than money, it does us no good to stare at our checking account. That’s walking by sight. Look to God’s word where it says all our needs are met (Phil. 4:19).

This also applies to our children’s behavior or grades, marriage issues, or other desires. If we focus on what’s wrong, we’ll never have the faith to obtain God’s best.

Let’s not be moved by what we see in the natural. Be moved by the word of God.

Luke 17:3‭-‬6 NKJV Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

In order for us to forgive someone who has severely hurt us, it’s going to require faith. We may not feel like we can forgive them, and that may be true in our own strength, but by faith we can forgive.

Jesus illustrates how to apply our faith to forgiveness using the mulberry tree. The tree represents unforgivness. Once we identify unforgiveness within us, using the belief in our hearts and the power in our words, we can say to unforgiveness, ‘be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. In other words, we’re telling unforgiveness to leave our souls.

In order for us to get this mustard seed sized faith to forgive, it requires hearing the word of God on forgiveness. Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). The more we hear on forgiveness, the more we’ll want to forgive and the stronger our faith becomes to forgive.

Let’s not live with bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts. It’s only negatively impacting our lives and limiting what God can do in our lives (Mark 11:22-26). Use faith to forgive.

Inspired by Charles Capps

Psalm 86:5 “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in loving kindness to all who call upon You.”

God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good. Since He’s always good, His goodness can become common to us. It’s something we expect. It’s like a father giving a child $100 every day. At first, they may be excited about the money, but eventually the appreciation wears off. If we’re not mindful, it can be the same with God. We can become ungrateful because we’re expecting more.

We may be a little upset that we didn’t get that job. Even though we didn’t get that job, God’s goodness is still present and should be recognized. We still have our health, food, clothes, family, and all we need. His goodness is still at work in our lives.

Don’t devalue God’s goodness because it’s not a huge gift or a major desire. Recognize the seemingly little things He’s always doing for us. This will keep us from being spoiled Christians.

Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Mark 11:22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

Have faith in God. Not in your own abilities, not in your finances, and not in anyone else. Have faith in God.

Faith in God encompasses having faith in His word, in what Jesus accomplished for us, and in what He personally says to you.

Faith is more than believing. It’s acting on our belief. He may tell us to do a specific thing to obtain a desire. Acting on what He told us is a display of our faith in Him.

If He didn’t give us specific instructions yet, we can easily act on our belief through confession. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, we believe therefore we speak. We say what God says. We say we’re healed, protected, loved and accompanied by God. We say we believe we have received a specific desire. Whatever God says in His word, believe it and act on it.

Have and keep your faith in God. Don’t look to anything else. Have faith in God.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Submit means to come under a certain way. When we submit to God, it means we’re doing things God’s way.

We may submit to God in certain areas of our lives, but God desires complete submission. Don’t just submit in one or two areas. Completely submit to God. This includes in the areas of forgiveness, giving, loving our enemies, and humility.

Submission is all about trust. If you don’t trust the One to whom you’re submitting, you’ll never fully submit to His ways. Trust that whatever God is requesting us to do is not going hurt us or make us weak. It’s going to make us better people and better vessels for God.

When Adam was first created, God only gave him one command. He was not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17). Notice, God didn’t give Adam an excessive amount of rules like He gave to Moses. More than rules, God desired a relationship with him. He wanted to walk and talk with Adam. God wanted Adam to go to Him if he had any questions. God’s original plan for man was relationship, not rules.

When sin entered the earth, God had to implement rules in order for mankind to survive. Jesus fulfilled those rules and now we have a chance to operate in relationship with God.

It’s not about religious rules. That brings bondage. Go back to the original plan. It’s about walking and talking with God throughout the day and letting Him lead us by His Spirit. It’s about knowing our sins have been paid for and we’re in Christ. Have a relationship, not rules.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 NKJV

“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:2‭-‬3 NKJV

We read these scriptures a lot to our children, but as we get older, this scripture gets less significant. Although most of us are adults, it’s still important and beneficial to honor our parents.

Honoring our parents as adults doesn’t mean we do everything they tell us. It means we respect their position as our parents. Whether they did a great or a lousy job at raising us, we still honor them because through them, they gave us life. Even if we didn’t know our parents, we still honor them for who they are. It may be difficult, but not impossible.

As we can see, honoring our parents has a promise attached. We’re promised long life. How is long life associated with honoring our parents? Who knows, but it is.

Whoever your parents are, honor them because this is right.

Then they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David; and they gave him bread and he ate, and they let him drink water. And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. So when he had eaten, his strength came back to him; for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights.
I Samuel 30:11‭-‬12 NKJV

When David and his army retutned to Ziklag, they discovered the Amalekites took their wives and children while they were gone. As they pursued the Amalekites, they saw a starving Egyptian in the field. They could have just passed him by and focused on the mission of retrieving their wives and children, but David sowed a seed of kindness.

Little did David know, the Egyptian was a servant to the Amalekites and told them exactly where they were located. They were able to kill the Amalekites and retrieve their wives and children.

If David would not have sowed a seed of kindness into the Egyptian’s life, he would not have known where his wives and valuables were located.

We never know how our seed of kindness will benefit us in return. It may return in the form of help, favor, wisdom, access, notoriety, or promotion. Even if no one sees your kindness, God sees your kindness and we have a promise from Him that whatever good any person does, the same goodness they will receive from the Lord (Ephesians 6:8).

Be a vessel for God and a light in the earth by sowing a seed of kindness and expect to reap a harvest from the kindness you sow.

So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” -I Samuel 30:8 NKJV

David made an inquiry of the Lord regarding his battle strategy. God responded and gave him direction.

We too, should make inquiries of the Lord about direction in our own lives. Should I apply for this job? Should I marry this person? Should I buy this house? Should I invest in these stocks?

Once we make our inquiry, we wait for an answer. Let’s not be impatient and act before God responds. Once He answers, no matter how unusual it seems, act on that answer immediately.

Inquiring of the Lord will save us from bumping our heads and heartache. We may think we have it all figured out, but the Lord knows all. Let’s seek Him on all our decisions.

Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

Evil thoughts will come. We can’t help that. That’s a byproduct of this flesh body living in a cursed world because of sin. Thoughts, by themselves, have no power. They have no power until we act on them or give them power through our words (Prov 18:21). So, when an evil thought comes, don’t say it. Don’t give it power. Cover your mouth.

Evil thoughts are not limited to killing someone or robbery. Evil thoughts are anything contrary to the word of God. Your body and mind may say you’re sick, but don’t say that. Declare you’re healed (1 Pet. 2:24). Your bank account may be low. Instead of saying you’re broke or don’t have enough, say wealth and riches are in my house (Ps. 112:3). The same thing goes with what they say on the news. We don’t have to repeat it. That only makes the negative report stronger.

Any and all evil, negative, or perverted thoughts should not be spoken. Don’t give it power. Say what God says.

Jeremiah 32:17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!

From healing a headache to healing a marriage, it’s all the same with God. If God blessed you with a good parking spot, He can bless you with a million dollars. There’s no distinction with Him. If you’ve seen Him do one thing, He can do it again.

One problem or request is not bigger than another with God. It’s all the same with Him. It may seem like a big project to us, but with God, it’s all easy. Nothing is too hard for God.

If we maintain our belief in God’s ability to manifest our desires, we’ll have whatever we requested. A lot of times, we look at the situation and think it’s impossible. If we doubt God’s word from coming to pass, it is impossible. However, if we continue to believe in spite of what we see, God’s power will bring ANY desire to pass.

Remember, nothing is too hard for God.

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April 2022
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