Give me grace to follow Thee, abounding grace to follow Thee, give the grace to follow Thee, Your grace is enough for me 2x. You are highly lifted up, there is no one like You, alleluia  allelu allelu, alleluia.

Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, Thank You for an eventful week, full of Your Presence and Power, Thank You for Your manifestation in our lives via Your Word, Thank You for showing forth Your glory in our lives and situation, blessed be Thy Holy Name forever and ever,

You never fail. You are beautiful for every situation. Your Splendor covers the universe. You are Awesome Lord. You are Awesome.

Beloveth, this week is a crowning week for me and I believe many all also have testimonies that are terrific, Glory be to God. Is only God Who can do that, on one else can. Be glorify in the heavens, be glorify here on earth. Jesus Jesus be Thou glorify.

This is the last Friday of this month and we are here for another Friday tonic from the Throne of heaven. Hope you are excited. Our first lesson this week pointed to Christ, our life. We discussed the reason for pruning in the life of every child of God and the resultant effect of the same in such lives. Then God Himself took the center stage and manifested His Sovereignty by declaring His Goodness. He showed forth as per the theme of the month. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!

He manifested His Goodness in our lives by declaring a season of answers to prayers. And yesterday, I saw a God of war, Who had decided to fight our battle independent of our faith and fears. He declared war on our enemies, beloved, this our God is too much.

“Behold what manner of manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called children of God and such we are.” 1 Jn 3:1, beloved, that what we are.

For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. And that’s where our responsibility takes effect.

That is what the lesson of today come to deliver to us. To make us herald of goodnews about J-E-S-U-S to our present generation. Someone is excited about this and if you that individual, hear this, God is happy about you too. Hear what His Word said concerning you in Rom 10:15- “how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

The book of Proverbs 11:30 called you wise because of your large appetite for “soul-winning,”

Much more is your reward because God will surely reward you, He will bless you. He will deliver you because you are one of His workforce. Your health insurance is authentic because he cannot afford any of the solider to be absent from duty. Your daily needs are supplied because a worker must earn his pay. Your family is secured because He will watch over them. Your home coming is guaranteed because that is His own free gift to you (Rom 6:23).

Am sure you are double excited as you are reading what the Spirit of God is saying concerning you.

 This is another opportunity for enlargement be among the reformers of our time. A lot of things have gone wrong and you cannot afford to watch people go to hell in their ignorance.

Also in this package you have six principles from the life of Jesus that will be of a great benefit to you as you make-up your mind.

Make a decision today and see God calve out a niche for your influence. Be wise: join the reformers:

The first reformation put the Bible in the hands of laymen; the second reformation will place the ministry in the hands of laymen.” – John R. Stott

Ever wonder why we are so sluggish in reaching the world for Christ? If so, consider this:

A few years ago I was attending a conference of Christian leaders, when a businessman stood up and asked, “How many of you came to Christ through a full-time Christian worker?” Out of the 5,000 delegates, (98% of whom were “full-time” Christian workers) about 50 people stood up.

He then asked, “How many of you came to Christ through a layperson?” The rest stood up.

Historian K. S. Latourette observes that throughout the history of the church, whenever the Word of God was put into the hands of laymen, the Gospel tended to spread like a prairie fire. When however, the Word remained in the hands of the clergy, evangelism ground to a near halt.

It is significant to note that Jesus’ primary approach to world evangelization was to selectively invest His life in 12 laymen for three years. When He had completed His task of discipling, He then commissioned them to go out and repeat the process. The command of course applies to all of us:

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… ” (Matthew 28:19-20a)

They obeyed, and that next generation of believers “turned the world upside down.” (Acts 17:6)

So, which method, do you think would prove more effective in impacting the world with the Gospel: (1) 20 Billy Grahams daily reaching 20,000 people for Christ, or (2) One layperson discipling another for a year, after which the two of them would split off and each disciple another, etc., etc.?

The answer: In 30 years the Graham method would reach 2.9 billion people with the Gospel, while the one-to-one approach would reach 8.5 billion.

QUESTION: So, tell me, are you, as a lay person taking Christ’s “Great Commission” seriously by investing your life in others with a view toward their salvation and/or spiritual maturity? If not, what explanation do you plan to give your Heavenly Father the day you face Him in eternity? (Adpated from FOTM)

Six Discipling Principles From The Life Of Christ In John 17 That We Can Also Apply:

  1. Jesus’ first concern was for the glory of the Father and the Son: “FatherGlorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You.” (John 17:1; also verses 5, 10, 24)

Therefore, everything we do in the ministry must focus on Him rather than us. (Galatians 6:14)

  1. Jesus appropriated His God-given authority in order to do the ministry: “For You granted [Christ] authority over all people… ” (John 17:2)

Therefore, as sent ones, we must not be deterred by the fear or opposition of man. (John 20:21; Proverbs 29:25)

  1. Jesus was given men as a gift from the Father: “I have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me… ” (John 17:6; also verse 2)

Therefore, we are to prayerfully ask God to give us the people whom we are to disciple.

  1.  Jesus’ mission was to get people into an intimate relationship with Himself and the Father: “ Now this is eternal life: that they may know Youand Jesus ChristI have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world.” (John 17:3, 6; also verses 21-23)

Therefore, we must focus on developing intimacy with God over engagement in activities.

  1. Jesus recognized the centrality of God’s Word in His disciples’ spiritual growth: “I gave them the words You gave Me and they accepted themSanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:8, 17; also verses 5 and 14)

Therefore, we are to make every effort to build God’s Word into our disciples’ lives. (Acts 20:32)

  • Jesus’ disciples came to understand that they were to be “in” the world but not “of ” the world: “The world has hated themMy prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil oneAs You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:14, 15, 18; also verse 11)

Therefore, we must prepare our disciples to utilize the weapons of spiritual warfare in order to win over the enemy in his territory. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

 Who are pointing your followers to, yourself or Jesus? John the Baptist pointed His followers to Jesus. Jesus pointing men to His Father, are going to do same?

Is going to be a great weekend, mediate on these things and prayerful ask God to help you in your quest to bring souls into the kingdom.

Be ready to be among the reformers. “The harvest is plenteous, beloveth but the labourers are few. Pray yourself into the fold.”

Have a blessed weekend. See you next week by God’s grace.

Remain ever blessed in the Lord.

 

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.