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 do the will of the Father

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God’s will is much spoken about as it should be and plenty of us including those who feature in God’s Word have managed to make a mess of it at some point in time. Disobedience seems to be the root of not allowing God to fulfil His will or purpose in our lives, but we are incredibly thankful to God for His grace and mercy because as we regularly divert from His route, He has already found a way back to His plan and purpose. Many never get back to the road because they find the path too difficult or they struggle with obedience, then there are others who God carves a new course out for which is an amazing example of God’s tender love for His creation. So why do so many live unfulfilled lives?

The simple answer is that believers tend to see God as a genie or a grandfather in the sky. That’s why the atheists are busy laughing and calling God a fairy but if we were busy seeing God for who He is (No man has ever seen Him) then there is a chance that we will see the genuine fulfilment of His will on earth. Below I look at what believers do:

Expect monthly handouts – Like the UN World Food Programme
Expecting instant miracles – Like Maggi Noodles
Expecting blessings to land on their laps – Like babies needing their daily feed

God can do any of the above but they are extremely rare, and they aren’t ever part of a daily lifestyle that we should be living in Christ because I never saw the disciples live like it. Below I look at what disciples do:

They hear God – Relationship
They are obedient to God – Purpose and Desire
They are guided by His Word – He becomes a light to our feet
They overcome expected challenges on the road marked out – Understand spiritual warfare

This is how you can do the will of the Father, and if you want that tight, family-like relationship with God, then you must live like this all the time. Jesus told us in His Word that whoever does the will of The Father is a family member to Him. Your path isn’t meant to be easy, and there rarely is a free ride but if you want to expect then expect the impossible God’s way. God won’t move outside His Word so if you’re expectation isn’t found in His Word then you will never be able to see His will let alone fulfil it.

The blind lead the blind, and it is now time to open your eyes.

Have you been chosen?

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‘Many are called, but few are chosen’ is a noteworthy scripture that Jesus spoke about through a parable to His followers, disciples and the Jewish people. This passage of scripture helped me understand the call to leadership from God to His creation. Over the last 15 years, I learned that everyone who commits their lives to Christ has the potential and opportunity to be a leader; The disciples of Jesus were instructed explicitly to make disciples of the nations so I knew my thinking was correct. However, I see the gap widening between followers of Christ and disciples of Christ. Today followers are those who compromise and disciples are those who desire obedience.

I finally understood that many are called, but few are chosen. Only God can choose who his disciples will be, as we read he did this in His Word, and nothing has changed since then. This then begs the question, “Why hasn’t He chosen you?” Those who are chosen by Jesus are those who are obedient to the call of Jesus without reasoning or questioning Him. This sounds quite tough but it is the brutal and absolute truth which Jesus speaks about continuously throughout The Gospels, and He requires the condition of total obedience to become a disciple.

A few questions might have arisen within you such as, Is it too late for me? Where is God’s goodness, grace and mercy in what Amit is writing? Let me tell you that if you aren’t walking total surrender, obedience and seeking then there is no hallmark of discipleship YET. Many are called which indicates we all have an opportunity to be chosen depending on how we respond to Jesus. It’s all in the response we give and that is where we find His goodness, mercy and grace.

I love that God is a good giver of perfect gifts, and opportunity is the greatest gift He has given His creation. Today ask yourself, are you taking the majority of opportunities given to by God in your lives? I want to emphasise that it is never too late to walk as a disciple but the more you are a follower, the more comfortable you will be in your church and coffee mornings and the less you will be able to share the truth of Jesus. If you want to be chosen, then you need to have a desire to be obedient.

Finally, I have heard many criticise the 12 disciples, and I have heard many preachers call them ‘idiots’, which I find utterly offensive. They pick at the sins and imperfections of the 12 to make themselves feel better about their lives but there was an excellent quality to the 12 that is missing in today’s Christianity, and that is the desire and willingness to listen, hear and be obedient to EVERYTHING Jesus had to say.

It’s not too late, but time is running out. Prophecies also cease.

The Epistles – What’s happening today

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I have given a fair indication of how I have lived my life since converting to Christianity in the previous blogs, and it is only fair to describe what is happening in my life today. This scripture comes to mind:
(2 Corinthians 4:7-9)
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
This scripture is a description that Paul was writing about as he faced death in Asia while preaching the gospel and sometimes when we are moving in God’s plan it can feel very similar. In all honesty, it isn’t a real comparison but each person has their own grace and strength to cope, and I certainly haven’t had to live like the Christians in difficult areas of the world.
Success can be found in your career, ministry, family and friendships but try success is loving Jesus. I have realised that everything I have gained in this world is vanity and will perish one day, but one thing that will remain is the Love of God and in this season of my life that is what I am holding onto. God has pushed the restart button on my life, and I am looking forward to a new season, new blessing and new disciplines.
God is releasing me into a new identity
God is releasing me into a new domain
God is releasing me with a new authority
Right now my single commitment is to train up leaders for success through this website tool which I have developed. Get on the train!
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Peace!