Disciples refuse to be defiled

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Jesus was questioned by the local religious leaders on the issue of being clean when it came to food and His response as always was quite cut-throat because He responded by saying the things that are unclean are found in the heart and on the tongue of a person. Proverbs tells us that life and death is in the power of the tongue, and we are also told in the gospels that if we ask for something from God in the name of Jesus (according to His will) He will grant it. Make no mistake here, what you say will have an impact on you life and in the lives of people that you come across.

If you are a believer who struggles with jealousy, coveting, evil thoughts and you allow them to hit your tongue on a regular basis then you cannot be considered a disciple. This seems harsh, and it is because leaders are measured differently to believers even though the call for everyone is to be a disciple. Everyone struggles with something, but it is the fruit of the struggle which counts. You either deal with the struggle or it deals with you and if you find yourself verbalising inner thoughts that are impure then you are most certainly speaking death over yourself and the people that are in your life.

There is no question that in pursuit of discipleship there are going to be many mistakes, and some doubt but the difference between a disciple and a believer is confession. Peter tells us in Acts that confessing sins brings salvation, and I don’t mean the type of confession you see in churches today. Confession means to be open to God and to deal with the impurity that is within you and Apostle Paul was the perfect example of that. He was struggling with a satanic issue and confessed this to God which allowed The Lord Jesus to bring a solution; “My grace is sufficient for you”. Jesus wanted to strengthen Paul in his weakness, thus through confession, Paul was saved from sin and judgment.

So you see yourself giving in? You may ask yourself why. Below are a few reasons why do you allow inner negativity to become outward realities:

You are unaware of your worth in Christ
You are selfish
You are unhappy with God’s promises
Christianity is not a lifestyle but habit

Giving up is easy, it is what everyone else does so, therefore, fighting against these temptations and feelings are unnatural, but a disciple never looks at the natural. The disciple gains a spiritual understanding of what the reasons for impurity are. They dig deep in prayer, worship and reading God’s Word to search out the matter, find the reason and deal with it. We must compare spiritual things with spiritual things, and every thought is a seed, and those seeds need discerning before it turns you or someone’s life into death.

Choose life, because Jesus came to give it in abundance and be totally aware that evil seeds are contrary to God’s Kingdom. There is every chance if you don’t make it into discipleship, then you will not inherit His Kingdom. You have the chance to make a choice today, and that decision means hard work and not accepting anything less than God’s best.

Disciples will die before they allow themselves to be defiled.

Disciples know their authority

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Knowing authority is a highly important virtue for a genuine disciple of Christ because it will define how successful your walk with God will be. In the book of Matthew, Jesus called the 12 disciples and empowered them to have authority over unclean spirits and diseases, and the disciples then continued the work of Jesus’s ministry. Below I look at the three things that happen to a disciple who knows and understand spiritual authority.
Disciples know the calling of Jesus – Responding to the call of God is the first step of walking and knowing what the authority God is in your life and without response, you cannot receive. Disciples never question God, His Will, His way because all they want to do is please Him through Faith and build the Kingdom. Those who do not know their calling are those who are happy to piggy pack off from other believers hard work. God isn’t in the copy cat business, but the devil is, so take the time to understand what God desires from you as a disciple and take what He has to say seriously. He gives, and He takes away, and your enteral rewards are at stake.
Disciples know what authority means Disciples know their authority – When Jesus gives authority, it is for a purpose. Today so many who receive this unique authority from Jesus underestimate their capability and never use what has been given, and this can have devastating effects on many peoples lives. Authority for a disciple means to operate in the spiritual realm and cause breakthrough on earth. Behind every blessing is a demonic force trying to kill, steal and destroy and the natural believer won’t even notice something being taken. Knowing authority means to take back what the devil has stolen or prevent what the devil is trying to steal. Open your blind eyes, heal the sick and take authority over principalities and powers.
Disciples execute what Jesus gives – Jesus wanted His creation to be doers of the word and not just hearers. Many Christians struggle with hearing God’s Word and this has brought a unique imbalance in God’s kingdom which He predicted. He said that the workers are few but the harvest is great, and the said many are called, but few are chosen. Disciples are busy executing what God has commanded them to do, and that is what sets them apart as leaders compared to the believers who are busy sitting in their pews in the church. There is so much work to be done and the time is to be sent out into the field and the challenge is on you to perform signs, wonders and miracles in your life and the life of those that surround your atmosphere.
Preachers are too busy mocking the apostles and disciples for the mistakes they made, but they choose to ignore the level of authority that was being operated in. You wonder why signs, wonders and miracles are on the decrease?