Decree and Declare: A Prayer from Pastor Trevor for Communion at Catch the Fire… I engage in the DNA of God I embrace the transformation power of the Body and Blood of Jesus I engage the reco…
“In Christ alone we place our trust that we may glory in the power of the cross. For every victory, let it be said of me, my source of strength, my source of hope is Christ the Lord” (Chorus from the song; “In Christ Alone,” song by Michael English).
Genesis 43:8-9 NASB
Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the lad with me and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones.
I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever.
A surety is someone who stands in and stands up for someone when difficulty arises. This person not only vouches for the other person, but also stands in the person’s place.
Christ is our surety.
Like the story in Genesis of Judah standing as a surety for Benjamin and telling the prime minister to take him instead, so Chirst stood in our place and said take my life instead.
When man sinned, The Son of God…
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It was God who authorized, commanded and commissioned Christ to instruct us to “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. … (Matthew 28:18 – 20, The Message Bible), And the Amplified Bible records the Great Commission in Matthew 28:17-20 as follows:
17 And when they saw Him, they fell down and worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).
I’ve done a little research and came across an interesting article on the topic of discipling others which was written in the Relevant Magazine and my prayer is that you will be encouraged by some of the information I am about to share with you.
The author, Ann Swindoll writes as follows:
To those of us who follow Jesus, discipleship should be a central aspect of our faith. This is because Jesus commanded His followers—in what is commonly referred to as “The Great Commission”… (Matthew 28:18-20).
It’s not a suggestion that Jesus makes here. It’s a command, a charge.
What is discipleship? Put simply, discipleship means intentionally partnering with another Christian in order to help that person obey Jesus and grow in relationship with Him—so that he or she can then help others do the same.
Jesus taught His disciples to follow Him and obey His commands so that they could lead others to do the same after His death, resurrection and ascension.
The Apostle Paul continues the pattern with Timothy and encourages him to keep the cycle going: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Put simply, discipleship means intentionally partnering with another Christian in order to help that person obey Jesus and grow in relationship with Him.
But how do we live out this command and actually do what we’ve been called to do? It can help, I think, to look at what we might be getting wrong about discipleship in order to understand how to get it right.
The author points out that:
Discipleship isn’t easy
To be a disciple of Jesus means that we have given up our lives in order to follow Him wholeheartedly and unreservedly. It means that our lives are no longer our own—they are His.
Discipleship isn’t “Just Jesus and Me”
Discipleship is relational, and to fully respond to the Great Commission, we need to be disciples who are making disciples of Jesus. This means we need to spend consistent time with other believers.
While we are all called to become disciples of Jesus, we become disciples with one another, learning how to love God and each other as we go.
We need to allow others to disciple us by letting them challenge us and encourage us in our walk with God.
This is why church and honest relationships with other believers are so central to the Christian life—we need one another in this journey of becoming wholehearted disciples of Jesus.
Discipleship is not mentoring
Mentoring has to do with what the mentor can offer to someone else through their own wisdom and experience; discipleship has to do with what Jesus can offer to someone else through His wisdom and presence.
Discipleship isn’t a method
To be a disciple of Jesus doesn’t require attending a certain church, participating in a certain Bible study or praying a certain way. But it does require doing the things of the Kingdom, just as the 12 disciples did.
The responsibility of the disciple hasn’t changed. We are still called to do these things—alongside of other believers—by sharing the Gospel in our communities as well as praying for the sick and hurting.
The above information gives us much to ponder upon … Selah
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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ…”
The Book of Revelation itself is not primarily the revelation of what the end of the world will be like (although we do learn that), but is the Revelation and Testimony of Jesus Christ. We are immediately confronted with a vision of Jesus Christ standing in the midst of the Ekklesia: it is quite different from the image of the suffering Messiah, despised and rejected of men. So, this is a further unveiling or revealing of the Lord Jesus and is genuinely prophetic.
The rest of the book, its symbols, and its meaning may be unclear, and we may disagree with the interpretations thereof, but the main gist of the book, the revealing of Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, is beyond dispute.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden
For God so loves the World that He sent Jesus the Christ who was and is and is to come, the True Messenger of the Living God … Shalom
Dear World, I want you to know that God is calling for you to return to Him while He affords You the Mercy and Grace to come to Him as Abba, as Father, as Dad as a Papa who is longing for His children to be with Him for all eternity. His lovingkindness and His everlasting arms are reaching out to you right now.
He so loves His children who still abide on the face of the earth that He sent His Son, Jesus, over two thousand years ago to die in our place by paying the price for our sins which was death. Do you realize or can you even begin to comprehend the horror of such a death by crucifixion under the Roman Empire.
But yet Christ was willing to embrace His cross for the cause of His Father and for our sakes. I know many upon reading…
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“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus,
who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness
and sanctification and redemption.”
1 CORINTHIANS 1:30
This is a very rich verse. We have already seen how the Lord Jesus is given to be our Life. Upon that basis we can lay claim to everything else. Here we see that to those of us who are in Christ, He is made to be our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It does not say that He gives these things to us, but that He is these things in us.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden
What are pigments?
What are color complements?
And what is the role of light when it comes to color?
We know that red and blue make purple right, but when they are mixed together, the end result is that they make a dark purple as opposed to a bright, vibrant color.
Since red and purple are primary colors, they do not brighten but darken or take away the bright vibrancy of the color purple that we wanted to create.
So, this is what color purple looks like when mixed with red and blue: PS: Purple is in the middle and almost looks like black doesn’t it?
But if we were to mix magenta and cyan together, this is what the end result would be:
Wow! What a difference in color coordination! Now we have a bright and vibrant purple. While the blue and red primaries take away from or subtract from the end result that we were expecting, the magenta and cyan primaries together give the desired effect that we wanted to achieve.
Who wants to live in continual darkness right? Do you, I know I don’t?
My desire is to walk in the Light as Jesus is the Light!
Jesus in John 8:12 said:
“I am the light that shines through the cosmos; if you walk with Me, you will thrive in the nourishing light that gives life and will not know darkness.”
And Jesus in John 3:19-20 also said:
“Why does God allow for judgment and condemnation? Because the Light, sent from God, pierced through the world’s darkness to expose ill motives, hatred, gossip, greed, violence, and the like. Still some people preferred the darkness over the light because their actions were dark. Some of humankind hated the light. They scampered hurriedly back into the darkness where vices thrive and wickedness flourishes.”
Question: Did you know that end result when mixing cyan, magenta and yellow together would create the color black? How can this be since we have just seen that magenta with cyan makes a bright and vibrant purple?
But yet when the color yellow which is also a bright color was added, the end result was the color black was created!
Yes, just as there are three primary pigments of magenta cyan and yellow, there are three secondary colors.
Since: yellow + cyan = green, and cyan + magenta = blue, and magenta + yellow = red, all of these colors including the mixing of cyan, magenta, and yellow together will produce the color ‘black’ as the end result.
We serve an amazing God indeed! Who would have thought that brightness could have created darkness? But it happened!
Remember Lucifer who at one time was an anointed cherub to lead the heavenly hosts in praise and worship. But he wasn’t content with that, no! He wanted to become like God and to totally overthrow God and reign not only in the heavens but on the earth as well (See Isaiah 14:12-16).
Remember Jesus in Luke 10:18 also said:
“I know. I saw Satan falling from above like a lightning bolt.”
Lucifer now became Satan and humankind fell from grace because of deception and disobedience (See Genesis 3).
But how could darkness deceive the light?
2 Corinthians 11:14 gives us the answer:
“No wonder they are so good at it. Satan himself poses as a messenger of heavenly light,…”
Satan is the god of this world and represents the darkness:
Jesus said in John 10:10a: “The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy;
Jesus said that He “is the Light of the world and He came to give us life with joy and abundance” (John 8:12 and John 10:10b).
And how does Satan come to deceive?
He uses tints, shades and tones!
Humankind has fallen for one the greatest deceptions devised by Satan which was to blind us from the truth that the tints, shades or tones of our skin colors does not define us for who and whose we are!
God created us all different tints, shades, tones and sizes because He wants us to understand that our identity is in Him through Christ Jesus.
Those who have been washed with the Blood of the Lamb have now become new creations in Christ (See 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Yes, we can create the color ‘black’ through using other colors, but it has been advised that we use the color black as its true color, because unless the artist is precise in mixing those colors, it would be terribly difficult to recreate the same shade of black again!
And although the color ‘white’ cannot be mixed from other colors, it is used to complement all the other colors in the color wheel.
Here is a list of colors with their complements”
Teal Green Magenta-Red
Purple Lime Green
Saints of the Most High God, what do these colors remind you of, can you see something in the supernatural that is unseen but yet remains to be seen! It is there day in and day out to remind us of a covenant that was made centuries ago between our God and humankind whom He created in His image and likeness: The Rainbow 🙂
What roles then do light and the colors black and white have to do with the rainbow? Everything!
Unless moisture is added to the light, the colors cannot be seen!
When it is about to rain, all of a sudden you will see the colors of the rainbow which, by the way, has nothing to with any human agenda!
White and black although are separate and unique in color, they have been created to complement all the other colors.
Just like a melody of verses that will blend with harmonious voices, so colors too will blend and complement one another.
They say opposites do attract and a true and pure complement can only come from an original source the way God created it or them to be, not the way to excuse ourselves for what we want to be.
God bless you 🙂
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