Noah’s Ark can be found at co-ordinates 39 26.470 N, 44 14.110 E
Noah’s Ark can be found at co-ordinates 39 26.470 N, 44 14.110 E
In other words, “My heart is burning to do something for the Lord, and I’m willing to step out and obey — but there are so many needs and there is so much to do. Where do I start? What next?”
I compiled these ten simple commitments that I believe will really help you move forward in the Lord as a Jesus revolutionary — a Jesus-centered, Spirit-empowered, Word-based, world-changer — so take these before the Lord, perhaps one at a time over a period of weeks or months, implement them on a regular basis, building one upon another, and I believe you will see God do some amazing things in and through you. Feel free to share with others! At some point I hope to turn these into a book, but they are quite usable as is.
1) I will spend quality time with God every day in prayer and the Word.
2) I will walk in purity of heart and integrity of life, in thought, in speech, and in deed.
3) I will not be ashamed of Jesus but will confess him boldly as Lord and Savior.
4) I will commit myself to the Great Commission, looking for opportunities to win the lost, restore the backslidden, and make disciples.
5) I will seek to be a peacemaker and ambassador of reconciliation, forgiving those who have offended me and seeking the forgiveness of those whom I have offended.
6) I will walk in love towards those who despise and reject me, overcoming evil with good and hostility with kindness.
7) I will pursue fellowship with brothers and sisters of like mind and will not separate myself from the Body.
8) I will be involved with a ministry of mercy, through serving or through giving, helping to relieve human suffering in a tangible way.
9) I will stand for righteousness and justice in my city, speaking the truth in love regardless of cost or consequence.
10) I will seek the fullness of the Spirit, availing myself of everything God has made available for His people today.
Dr Michael Brown
When God looked at the world He’d made, He declared it good. Genesis 1:27 summarizes the crowning achievement of His creative work: “God created man in His own image . . . male and female He created them.” Psalm 139 reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
The Lord has given each of His children great potential for service in His kingdom. However, some of us have serious doubts that this is true. When we compare ourselves to other people, we notice the things we lack. At other times, we repeatedly criticize ourselves for mistakes we’ve made. How can we have awesome potential when we see so many ways in which we fall short? Consider these biblical examples:
Moses appeared to have many advantages while he was growing up in Pharaoh’s household. Then he killed an Egyptian and fled the country. No longer did he seem a likely candidate to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But God looked beyond what Moses had done and saw who he could become.
Paul, prior to salvation, had vehemently persecuted those who believed in Jesus. Yet through God’s mercy, the apostle became a mighty evangelist and author of nearly a third of the New Testament.
Peter was a simple fisherman who denied—not once but three times—that he knew Jesus. Still, the Lord chose him to become the leader of the Jerusalem church.
Our Father sees beyond our human frailties to the potential we have in Christ. Because we were made in God’s image and His Spirit dwells in us, we have a greater capacity for spiritual transformation and service than we could imagine. Seek to become the person God has equipped you to be.
“And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.” (John 18:2)
In the 18th and 19th chapters of John’s gospel, there are four “places” where Jesus had to go to accomplish our salvation. The first was the place as noted in our text: He, “knowing all things that should come upon him” (John 18:4), nevertheless went directly to that place, knowing that Judas would meet Him there.
Then He went to the place of trial: “Pilate . . . brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called . . . Gabbatha” (John 19:13). But He did not stay there long; the mockery of a trial was soon over, and Pilate delivered Him to be crucified. “And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull” (John 19:16-17). And in that place called Golgotha, He died for our sins.
He was betrayed in a place called Gethsemane, condemned in a place called Gabbatha, and crucified in a place called Golgotha. But that was not all; He must yet be laid in a tomb. “Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus” (John 19:41-42).
And that also was the place from which He arose, and our salvation was secured forever! Now, just before this amazing four-place itinerary of our Lord Jesus, He had promised still another place to which He would be going.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions. . . . I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3).
Because He went to a place called Calvary, we shall soon be with Him forever in a place called Heaven! HMM
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. —1 Corinthians 1:26-27
Christian believers and Christian congregations must be thoroughly consecrated to Christ’s glory alone. This means absolutely turning their backs on the contemporary insistence on human glory and recognition. I have done everything I can to keep “performers” out of my pulpit. I was not called to recognize “performers.” I am confident our Lord never meant for the Christian church to provide a kind of religious stage where performers proudly take their bows, seeking personal recognition. That is not God’s way to an eternal work. He has never indicated that proclamation of the gospel is to be dependent on human performances.
Instead, it is important to note how much the Bible has to say about the common people—the plain people. The Word of God speaks with such appreciation of the common people that I am inclined to believe they are especially dear to Him. Jesus was always surrounded by the common people. He had a few “stars,” but largely His helpers were from the common people—the good people and, surely, not always the most brilliant.
In our church, Lord, help us to treat all alike as Your servants. Amen.
But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42
Some Christians seem to feel that it is a mark of spirituality to attend banquets and seminars and workshops and conferences and courses, night after night, week after week!
This brings up a lesson from the New Testament concerning the sisters, Martha and Mary. I think it is plain that Martha loved Jesus but her concept of devotion was activity—that because she loved the Lord, she ought to be doing something all the time to show it.
Mary also loved the Lord Jesus but with a different attitude in her devotion. She was fervently occupied in spirit about the love of His Godhead! Our Lord knew the difference then and He knows the difference today.
Jesus commended Mary for knowing the value of the one thing that is necessary—that God should be loved and praised above all other business which may occupy us bodily or spiritually. Mary was fervently occupied in spirit about
the love of His Godhead I like that—although I know it sounds strange and almost heretical to our modern activists!
My plea is that we will not be satisfied to continue on as “external” Christians. I believe that our Lord wants us to learn more of Him in worship before we become busy for Him. He wants an inner experience of the heart as our first service, and out of that will grow the profound and divine activities which are necessary!
Speak every man truth… that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. EPHESIANS 4:25, 29
The Christian minister cannot deny that God has called him to be a prophet to his own generation, for the Church is God’s witness to each generation and its ministers are its voice. Through them, the voice of God becomes vocal!
The true minister, therefore, should know what he means when he says that he preaches “the truth.” It is not enough that the man of God preach truth—suppose he recites the multiplication table? That is also truth. A church can wither as surely under the ministry of soulless Bible exposition as it can where no Bible is given at all. To be effective, the message must be alive—it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.
To preach the truth, the prophet must be under the constant sway of the Holy Spirit. He must be driven to God for wisdom. Otherwise, he will not pierce the conscience of each listener as if the message had been directed to him or her alone. Further, it is necessary that the man of God know the people’s hearts better than they themselves do!
Dear Lord, I pray that You will do a work in the hearts of the Christian young men of this generation. Challenge them to be Spirit-filled dispensers of the truth from our church pulpits.