Reinvigorate Your Walk with God on the Mission

Going on the mission may just be the thing to reinvigorate your relationship with God. While we extend God’s grace to others, we may find ourselves experiencing God’s grace in new and fresh ways.

But not only does going deep with Jesus soon lead us to reach out to others, but also reaching out sends us deeper with him. In other words, getting on board with Jesus’s mission to disciple the nations may be the very thing he uses to push through your spiritual slump and jumpstart your stalled sanctification.

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Leading By the Holy Spirit

What makes a Spirit-led leader powerful is his cooperation with God himself. Bob Logan shares why its important for leaders to be dependent on the Holy Spirit.

Our being in cooperation with what God is doing in the lives of other people is what can truly make our leadership powerful—not our own skills or insights. As Henry Blackaby has written, “Find out where God is working and join him there.

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Missionary Zeal

What is zeal?  It is the kind of passionate and jealous love that a man has for his wife. It is passionate, but it can also be angry and violent.

People will show this kind of love for all sorts of things. A man may have jealousy for his wife. Advocates will have this passion for their cause.

It is easy to show this kind of passion for things that are not eternal. Football fans will have a zeal for their team’s victory. Businessmen will have a passion for their company’s profits.

As Christians we should have zeal for the things that are eternal. Throughout history, many Christian believers expressed their love for God’s glory and for the mission.

The famous missionary, C.T. Studd once said this:

Some want to live within the sound
Of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop,
Within a yard of hell.

Hudson Taylor said this:

If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China

Even in the Bible, there are many instances where men of God proclaimed their passion for God and His Kingdom. One such example was David when facing Goliath.

In the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines, Goliath stepped forward for 40 days and 40 nights and taunted God’s army. He challenged the Israelites to fight him. No one responded. While the rest of the Israelites could tolerate this, David’s zeal for God wouldn’t allow him to see God dishonored any longer.

Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?

David’s zeal for the things of God allowed him to step forward and face Goliath. We should imitate the same zeal to step forward and face our own Goliaths.

The same should be with us. Not only do we need faith to step out and make radical decisions for God and a love for Him and His people, but we also need to have zeal. We need zeal to see God’s glory reign in the earth. We need to have zeal against every blotch of rebellion against God that still exists in the nations.

Do you have zeal for the things that are eternal? Do you have zeal for God’s commission to us to make disciples?

Begin your journey by registering for a One Year Challenge. Go to oneyearchallenge.org to start.

What We’re Reading Today

From Paul David Tripp’s Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change:

Mark records Jesus’ words this way: ‘The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!’ It is tempting to think that this is merely Jesus’ way of introducing himself, but this announcement is more than that. It gives all of us who endure the harsh realities of the Fall the only valid reason to get up in the morning. It offers hope that is wonderfully practical and intensely personal.

Prioritize Godliness

What does it take to plant a church? Skills? Knowledge? More than any of these things is Godliness.

We need church planters who prioritize godliness. You don’t have to be a type-A macho man to plant a church, and you don’t have to be the most skilled. But you do have to pursue godliness. You have to reflect the Chief Shepherd.

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God Uses Our Suffering

God uses our suffering to transform us and refine us. He uses it to help us become more dependent on Him and less dependent on ourselves.

We don’t often think of trials as our servants. But surprisingly, they drive us from our insufficiency to God’s all-sufficency. Like a spiritual uber driver, they chauffer us to God’s blessings.

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