Losing our Lives for the Gospel

When he had called the people to Himself, with his disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34,35)

We can see here plainly enough that the recommendations of Jesus Christ fly in the face of everything that our natural instincts tell us.

What We Need to Know about Times and Seasons

At the time of writing, there is a war on between Israel and Lebanon. A lot of people are suffering – Christians, Moslems and Jews. There is tension between Iran and the USA and it is believed that the conflict could escalate. Apparently a islamic terror plot to blow up some airplanes in mid-air has just been foiled, and security measures are being tightened everywhere. The economies of the world are looking shaky, and fear and anxiety are on the rise.

It is at times like this that many of us long for the return of Christ.

Confessions about Prosperity

I return to the LORD and obey His voice and the LORD my God will make me abundantly prosperous in all the work of my hand, in EVERYTHING. For the LORD takes delight in prospering me. Deut 30.9

My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Php 4.19

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. Ps 23.1

I am God’s servant – so, the Lord takes pleasure in my prosperity. Ps 35.27

God wants me to prosper and be in health, even as my soul prospers. 3John 1.2

The Lord my God teaches me to profit, and leads me by the way I should go. Is 48.17

Confessions on the Fear of the Lord

BENEFITS

O fear the LORD, you His saints – revere and worship Him! For there is no want to those who truly revere and worship him with godly fear. Ps 34.9

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. Ps 25.14

The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Ps 34.7

The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. Ps 147.11

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments.

Money and Responsible Handling of Resources

Our series of studies would not be complete without considering the principles by which a true disciple of Jesus should be guided in the matter of responsibly and biblically handling the natural resources which God has given to each one. In this study we will consider Biblical principles that apply to the way we handle the time, money and talents we have received from God. Most of us would like more resources – more free time, more money and more abilities.

God’s Standards vs Man’s Standards

Getting Ready for Eternal Judgment

There is coming a day soon when I will give an account of my life to Jesus Christ. This day is coming for you also. Paul, writing to believers in Rome, said,

“So then each of us shall give account of himself to God”.

Demon Influence in Culture

“We know that we are in God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
(1 John 5:20)

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Ministry Growth Confessions

“Oh, that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not suffer or cause pain.” So God granted him what he requested. 1Chr 4:10

The Lord GOD says that He will also let me inquire of Him to do this for me: He will increase my men like a flock. Ez 36.37

In this the Father is glorified, that I bear much fruit; and I will be Christ’s disciple!

Confessions on Diligence

The blessing of the Lord makes me rich, and he adds no sorrow to it. Pr 10.22

I will not be a lazy sluggard.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. Pr 14.22

In all labour there is profit – but idle chatter leads only to poverty. I get down to business. Pr 14.23

I am not lagging in diligence. I am fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Rom 12.11

Diligence is my precious possession. Pr 12.27

Diligent hands make me rich. Pr 10.4

The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labour. I will be diligent and rule.

Spiritual Fullness Confessions

I am commanded by God to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Eph 5.18

I hunger and thirst for righteousness, and I am filled. Mt 5.6

I believe that God grants me, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may actually dwell in my heart through faith. Eph 3.16 3.17

Being rooted and grounded in love I may be able to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Eph 3.18

Even when full I thirst for more of God and I come to Jesus and drink.

 

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