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Archive for August, 2011

Walk the talk…

There are two ways of doing spiritual activities. One is Jesus way and the other is the Pharisee way. The Pharisee way has minute details that are expounded by Jesus. He explains to us in Mathew 23: 1-12. They do not walk the talk (vs. 3), want fame and name for all their work (vs. 5), need prominent places (vs.6). All these methods we see in Christian groups and churches. The messages we hear are good, but the preacher does not live like according to what he preached. People want fame so they give money to get their name printed in pamphlets. People want prominence, so they do not give an opportunity to others. Everything must revolve around them. 

Jesus way is very simple, ‘ those who humble themselves will be exalted’ (Mathew 23:12). God ‘gives grace to the humble’ (James 4:6). If God’s word is true, then those who are doing the Pharisee method are ‘servants’ (Mathew 23: 11) 

Are we doing the Pharisee method or the doing the Jesus method.

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Make Disciples

The true conversion rate is diminishing as compared to past years, not because we lack preaching of the Gospel. In fact, at present, we preach the Gospel using modern technology and with crowd pullers, but what we lack today are the authority of Jesus and the power of Holy Spirit. 

In Mathew 28:18 Jesus says “all authority has been given to me in heaven and on the earth, go therefore and make disciples of all nation.” We are under order of His authority, thus it is our responsibility to make disciples. 

Moreover, Jesus says in Acts 1:18 “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witness”. The authority of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit are required for making disciples. The Lord wants us to do it as we ‘go’, on our journey of life. When is the last time you shared the Gospel to another person? When is the last time you specifically prayed for the salvation of a person?

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Doubts and Worship

A doubtful person cannot be a worshiper of God. In Mathew 28:17 in the first resurrection appearance of Jesus to His disciples it is recorded that “they worshiped Him but some were doubtful”. 

In our daily life Satan brings many doubts and unbelief. As we face difficult situations, problems and issues, we sometime find it difficult to believe that Jesus is able to help us in those situations. It doesn’t matter what those situations are, our Lord is able to carry us through.

When we exercise faith in times of trouble, it leads to worship and adoration. Moreover we see the face of Jesus in the midst of troubles. When Stephen was stoned to death he said “Behold, I see the heaven opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” Acts 7:56. Do we see Jesus in our difficulties and worship Him? Or do we doubt Him in unbelief?

 

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