|Posted by No Compromise Ministries of Deliverance on December 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM|
Obedience will override our feelings so that we will remain steadfast and secure.
We are all called to put our faith into practice. We can now take the relationships, mentoring, and learning, and carry them out in daily life. This is often expressed in service projects and missions, but that is only a small, although necessary aspect of service. Service is how we daily live our lives, modeling His character to those around us. When we are in ministry, we need to realize, it is not what we do, but whom we can equip. As we practice by reciprocating what we have learned to others, we will also be built up. We are called to build a network of relationships so we can build one another up in the faith through friendship and mentoring.
The Word must touch who we are and transform the very core of our being.
We cannot lead others to Him when we do not know the way and in order to know the way, we must have knowledge. Knowledge comes from our experiences and experience comes from discipleship. The will of God is that we study His Word which will change our behavior.
A real impacted beleiver, especially a leader in the church, must have the knowledge and experience to put into practice the work that needs to be done. The beleiver will be studious so that the Word nourishes them. They must study and apply the Scriptures, not just read them occasionally, like a novel. The Word must touch who we are and transform the very core of our being. This is the knowledge that leads and transforms.
From the character of Christ comes the conduct of Christ-if we choose to follow Him.
Then, the values of our daily walk, those which drive our behaviors, will, in turn, influence others. We cannot lead where we have not been, or when we do not know the direction to go. This is why discipleship is so essential to the aspect of being a beleiver, especially a witness.
We are called, not to just visualize faith and discipleship, but to do it, not to just read about it, but to do it, and not to just talk about it, but to do it. One cannot just think about dinner and satisfy hunger; the meal has to be gathered, prepared, and then eaten. The effective church will take Scripture and the call of our Lord seriously, gather, prepare, and then put it all into practice so we partake of His feast.
What do we consider to be the key to finding and developing faith?
A worship-centered heart will help create a church that grows because it is also poured out to Christ and effective in the community, a lighthouse of God’s love and care through prayer and action to the world.
Some passages for us to consider: Psalm 119:89-90; John 3:30; 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21