Give Thanks

Verse for Today

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭107:1‬ ‭NIV


Key Words

  • Give
  • Thanks
  • Lord
  • Good
  • Love
  • Endures
  • Forever

Reading for Today

Psalm 107-108

Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.
They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish. Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭107:1, 4-13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 28, 32, 37-39, 43‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.

Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” – Psalm‬ ‭108:1-6, 12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Prayer for Today


Morning awesome Father. I am truly humbled when I read your Word and liok up to the stars. Waking up in the morning I can hear the birds sing in the bushveld. It is so great to have companionship with people in the gospel who really is our spiritual family. 
Thank you Father for calling me to be a disciple through your Word. When I head to be a christian I had to be a disciple (Mat 28:16-20) I was sad that no one told that to me before 26 years ago. Father it seems like a lifetime and is. Help me to grow in my faith and character so that I might be blameless in your sight. That I may live a life worthy of the gospel by which I am saved. 
My friend and I had such a great time last night reaching out to people for our Bible discussion. It was his first time doing evangelism. I can still remember the library at Tukkies where I invited my first person to our Bible discussion. It was truly fearful and challenging, but you helped me become a real disciple.
I do pray for those who do not yet know you Father. I pray that we might have the courage to share our faith with them and persevere to help them become your disciples. The scripture does say in Mat 28 to make them your disciples, baptize the disciples and teach the disciples to obey. 
Help to be obedient to that scripture every day and that we will have faith. We know that faith comes from hearing the message (Rom 10:17)  help us to have great bible study and pray using the Lord’s prayer as a framework.

Yoh love You Lord. Amen and Amen

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Reasons Churches Less Evangelistic Today


Why are churches less evangelistic today ?

I think there is a very simple answer to the question.

Just before Jesus ascended into heaven He gave the disciples the last charge. Just before you leave the earth you would want to let people know what is most important in life.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” – Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In Mat 28:18-20 Jesus said to the disciple’s they need to go and make disciples, baptize the disciples and teach the disciples to obey.

It is simple; a disciple makes disciples. If you are not doing that, you are not following Jesus (Mark 1:17). If you are not following Jesus, are you then his disciple ? If you are not a disciple, are you then a christian ?

A disciple baptises people. Why ? Acts 2:38 says baptism is for the forgiveness of sin and that you can receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit. In short; where you die to your old life and rise to live the new God filled life. (Rom 6:4) The response to baptism can be seem in how the Ethiopian eunuch responded in Acts 8:39 he went on his way rejoicing knowing that he has been clothed with Christ at baptism. (Gal 3:27).

Lastly is what Jesus said in Mat 28; is to teach them to obey. Are you teaching the new disciple that you have made and have baptized to obey God ? Are you in a discipling relationship where you confess your sins to each other (Jms 5:16) and encourage each other daily to live the life to which Jesus called us ? (Heb 3:13) Sharing your faith two by two as Jesus sent out his disciples ? (Mrk 6:7)

Was Jesus trying to be politically correct or did he share God the Fathers message with them that will judge them on the last day ? (Jn 12:48-50)

You be the judge of what Jesus said if it was from God and if you will obey the call of Jesus starting His ministry by calling His first disciples to be fishers of men and then ending His ministry by commanding them to go and make disciple’s.

Check out other responses on the original article.

http://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/298943-fifteen-reasons-churches-less-evangelistic-today-thom-rainer.html

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Christian or a Disciple ?

Is Discipleship a ministry in your church or the ministry of your church ?

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This question has been hitting me like a brick for a while.

A question comes to mind?

Am I a disciple if I don’t make disciples?

Scary thought if you think : Disciple = Christian = Saved !!!

Is your purpose in life to be a Disciple or a “Christian” ?

“Then Jesus came to them (The disciples) and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” – Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭niv

I had to come to the realization that although I reached out to people and studied the Bible with them no one became a disciple in 21 years. Surely I should have seen this long ago or got a solution to me, not being fruitful.

So what has changed from when I became a disciple and were fruitful with making disciples to not being fruitful as a disciple?

  • Not feeling leadership is worthy of respect. Their lives did not inspire me. Well you can most probably say I was imitating them and their attitude. 1 Cor 11:1
  • Not making every effort. Luk 13:24
  • My heart wasn’t fully committed to the Lord. 2 Cron 16:9
  • Making disciples wasn’t my purpose in life anymore. Luk 19:10
  • Not being healed because confessing sin was not a priority. Jms 5:16
  • Not seeking first the kingdom and His righteousness but the comfort for my life. Mat 6:33
  • Sharing an invite and not the gospel. 1 Cor 15:1-4
  • Not believing the harvest is plentiful. Mat 9:37. Not being a workmen. It is hard work to make disciples or would you rather just be comfortable?
  • Not asking the right questions to people about their relationship with God and being too scared and not knowledgeable. Acts 19:2
  • Not really care if people are going to hell. Jude 1:23
  • Not having a compassionate heart. Mat 23:37
  • Not denying myself and taking up my cross. Luk 9:23
  • Not having deep, meaningful discipling times where I bear my heart and my discipler being concerned about my righteousness!!! 2 Tim 4:2-4
  • Not overcoming sin, struggling all the time. Heb 3:12
  • Not believing that we can reach the world in our generation. 1 Disciple make 1 Disciple per year for the next 35 years then the whole world is evangelized reaching 17 billion people. Acts 19:10
  • Not realizing I was lukewarm and about to be spit out of God’s mouth. Not being self aware and seeing myself from God’s perspective. Rev 3:14-22

There is really only one of two choices!!! Luk 13:1-9

Repent

Or

Perish

So I was faced with a decision and repented !!! Amen !!!

http://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/294447-desperate-times-call-disciplemaking-measures-robby-gallaty.html