Happy Valentine’s Day!
It’s been a great day already. As I sipped on my morning coffee and read posts for the groups, which I follow on social media, I ran across a post from a young lady that declared that she had placed her hope and trust in Jesus last night.
It compelled me to write a response to her announcement in the public forum…
Welcome to the family of God! Now that that weight of sin is lifted from you, make it a point to read a little of God’s Word each day and remember you can speak with the Lord always because He is Living in YOU! His spirit is there to guide and direct your paths.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Revel in your newfound freedom from sin and because His Spirit lives in you, now you can share with Him with as little as a whisper of your heart. So, praying constantly is nothing more than carrying on a conversation with your bestest friend and mentor.
Thank Him for all that He has done already and all that He promises to do. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!
Know the enemy will do everything he can to cause you to stumble and become discourage. Stand firm on the love and grace of our Lord, find a passage of scripture that touches your heart and repeat it in your mind to drive him screaming in frustration from your presents.
Last, dear sister, find someone more mature in the faith to help you become the Disciple of Jesus that He desires. You have much to learn, and the model Jesus gave us in the last few verses of Matthew are a template to help you mature in grace and share the Good News with everyone in your path!
God Bless and Keep You!
Your Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus!
It reminded me we must feed our young. If we do not, someone else will. We don’t want to have them grow up feeding on the lies of apostasy and false teachings.
Becoming ‘besties’ with Jesus is to say nothing else a landmark event in anyone’s life. We may not think of salvation as becoming besties, as the modern slang for the best of friends goes, but as one begins the discipleship journey as a newborn in Christ Jesus, there is an overwhelming abundant joy that is best described in scripture as “a friend who stays closer than a brother.” …
One with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24 (CSB)
That pretty much sums up the modern-day colloquial term, besties.
Beyond launching the abiding friendship with Jesus, these babes in Christ are our new brothers and sisters. More spiritually mature Christians need to assure that these newborns are being nourished in the Word of God. The babe-in-Christ is not equipped to feed themselves, and the enemy wants nothing more than to crush their spirit and prevent them from becoming vibrant disciples of Jesus.
Time and time again we will have new followers of Jesus left floundering in their faith. These newborns are not only unable to nourish themselves at first, but they also are highly susceptible to infection from the slick, popularized, highly polished, anti-gospel; plaguing the church today.
These wolves in sheep’s clothing are ready to pounce on the newborns and subvert their understanding of what God says and what Jesus calls us to.
“Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves.”
Matthew 7:15 (CSB)
This passage tells us we will know these false prophets by their fruit. Their lives will show the apostasy of their guidance and the danger of their message. But these tender young believers are ill-equipped to discern between what is right and what is dressed up to appear right.
It is our responsibility to come alongside these new brothers and sisters and assist them in their growth and development in their newfound faith in Jesus.
If we fail this duty, it increases the probability they will do not grow in their faith. With focused and intentional support and nourishment from other disciples of Christ they are much more likely to grow faster and yield fruit much sooner than they might otherwise. The other thing that happens is that their ability to resist the false teachings that abound is fortified, by the Word we place in their hands and the encouragement we bring to their hearts.
I talk a great deal about our responsibility to be Disciples of Jesus. The Great Commission is something that ever present in my mind. My favorite reference is Matthew 28:18-20. Nestled in the middle of this passage is, “teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:20a (CSB)
This isn’t an option for us. If we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ Jesus, we have a responsibility, a necessity, to teach these newborns and each other everything that Jesus brings to us through His Word. Especially when we are talking about the newborns!
Lack of discipleship
There are two chronic plagues in the Body of Christ today.
The first, which was mentioned above, are the false teachings that are being pounded into anyone willing to listen. It comes through an alarming volume of our contemporary Christian music and the popularized pulpits of the Apostate preachers. Some names that have wavered in their teaching, are broadly established as staples in the faithful’s diet.
For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Take note: I have told you in advance.
Matthew 24:24-25 (CSB)
“Even the elect.” Jesus tells us we will face these false prophets and even the most prominent of our teachers will be deceived, falling into apostasy.
Brothers and Sisters, it is happening right this minute! Those who we would rest in confidence of their message have turned from the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are embracing the deception that is an apostate gospel!
If we are not paying attention and immersing ourselves in the Word of God, we too can fall victim to this plague that is ravaging the body!
The other tragic plague we see in the church today is the lack of leadership by the rank-and-file believer. Discipleship is a lost art form that was cast aside on the path as an old fashion concept. But I am here to tell you it is not. It is the directive provided by our Lord Jesus Christ and every believer is charged to GO and make disciples! (Matthew 28:19)
It’s not someone else’s job
Many of you may say you are unskilled and untrained in discipleship to lead another.
I assure you; you are more skilled than necessary to begin. Even if you have just recently begun your walk with the Lord, you have grown to some extent beyond the point where that new born begins their journey with Christ.
Men especially, it is critical that you take your leadership role in your household and community seriously. If you do not feel you are prepared to come alongside another and help them in their journey with Jesus, it is time you do it now, do what you’ve avoided doing in the past. Prepare, engage, and GO.
It doesn’t fall to our pastors or Sunday School teachers to do this. This charge is for every believer, to be a Disciple of Jesus and to go and make more disciples, teaching them everything that Christ has shared with us.
How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message? So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
Romans 10:14-17 (CSB)
This process of cross-pollination of the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word is a critical component of vitality of the Body of Christ. We have shamefully been lulled into a false sense of security we wrap around ourselves and do not share that blanket of grace with other brothers and sisters in the Lord. This becomes especially heinous when we do not nurture those defenseless newborns among us and those who have yet to grow in the faith.
It does not rest on the backs of our church leadership to nurture others in their walk with the Lord. It is yours and mine!
Men start at home. Lead as you are called to lead in your own household, with your own families. If you’re not prepared than equip yourselves with the entire Armor of God. Then take it to work with you, take it to where you have your pastime activities. Propagate grace in every corner of your lives. Just as Christ Jesus takes the lead in His Church, you take the lead in your world.
Ladies you are not exempt from this calling either. Your ability to loving nurturing nature of another, seldom can be matched by your male counterparts. The architecture of God’s master plan includes you doing your part to reinforce the leadership in your home with your children. As you share with others come alongside and nurture another, with what has been bestowed upon you, by the Spirit of God.
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17 (CSB)
This is the way the Body of Christ is to grow. Immerse ourselves the Word of God and prayer. Bath our souls with the bounty of its goodness. Then take what we glean from it and share that with another, and another; until there are no others to share it with.
Go, make disciples. Teach them, what you’ve been taught. Immerse yourself in prayer and His Word. And never hesitate to “Feed The Babies!”
In His Grace,
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