Part 5 of “Becoming Like The Teacher”
We all want to be great at something. We want promotion at work. We want success in school and business. We want to be recognized and appreciated by our friends, family and co-workers.
It’s not wrong to have those feelings because God has placed in our hearts the desire to be great. Today, Jesus wants to let us know that the measurement of true greatness is by service and not status. A man of God once said, “God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.”
So if you love the Lord & work faithfully to honor Him with your life, promotion is on the way! Be willing to do more for others and do not look at your position. Focus on serving others with all of your heart & you can be assured of the great reward that comes through following God.
[ “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:12 ]
[ He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35 ]
Dealing With Those Who Hurt Us:
God sees us when we are in pain. He knows it when we cry for justice for the wrong things done to us. He wants to assure us today that He understands how we feel & will never allow evil to prosper because He is a just God. But as our Father, He also wants to teach us a different way of dealing with our bitterness. He wants us to learn and follow what Jesus did. Not giving in to anger and surrendering our battles to God gives us the assurance of favor from Him. By letting God avenge for us, we are setting ourselves up for victory over our enemies. So when the enemy is trying to tempt you to fight back, remember what Jesus did.
[ When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. -1 Peter 2:23 ]
[ For the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. – Deuteronomy 20:4]
Importance of Prayer
As followers of Christ, God wants to take us to a higher level when it comes to our character. He wants us to live a life that is not only pleasing to Him but will also bring blessing to others. Jesus was a prayerful Teacher and He wants us to be the same. In this message, we will learn the value of humbling ourselves in prayer and receiving what we hope for through our faith in Jesus.
[ Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. – Matthew 7:7]
The Power of The Word Part 2 – Discipleship & Mentoring Series
The Bible declares that love never fails. If your life is consumed with failure after failure & you can’t seem to find the joy or fulfillment that you are longing for, start following Jesus and show love for others. Make an effort to be blessing to someone. Remember that the smallest good deed is worth more than the biggest intention. If you need help today, you can start by helping others.
[ “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”-Galatians 6:9 ]
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. Everyday, you are given a chance to know God better and experience His promises. If you need assurance and direction today, come to Him and meditate on His Word. Nothing should be more important to you than learning to hear from God for yourself. What you will hear from Him will completely change your life.
[ You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 ]
[ Part 4 of “Are You A Disciple?” (Discipleship & Mentoring Series) ]
Was there ever a time when God asked you to do something you don’t feel like doing? Yes, there may be times that He will ask us to give up something that may hurt. But He assures us today that the safest place we can ever be is in His perfect will. Just like Jesus who showed us the picture of total submission, we can also experience victory in our lives & have triumph over our enemies once we learn how to completely trust that our God has our best interest at heart.
[ “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” -Proverbs 19:21 ]
[ Part 2 of “Are You A Disciple?” (Discipleship & Mentoring Series) ]
Do you sometimes feel that there is more to life than what you have now? It’s true. God has designed a fruitful and a meaningful life for us. We were created to be a blessing! But that purposeful life will only come to pass once we choose to follow God and decide to be a true disciple of Jesus. Let us be wise and choose to follow where He’s leading us. He promised to show us the way.
[ “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” – John 14:12 ]
Contrary to what the world believes, there is freedom, victory and peace in obedience. Our great destiny is hidden behind those little instructions from God that we choose to obey. Being a disciple or follower of Jesus is not just for people who works inside the Church. All of us are called to follow Him. And as we allow the Lord to work through us, little by little, we become closer to Jesus and experience victory like Him.
[ As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect His glory even more.” -2 Corinthians 3:18 ]
[ Discipleship Mentoring On-Air: “Maturity” ]
As a child of God, we were given not only the gift of salvation but also the power to live differently. It is our Father’s will that we live a peaceful and abundant life. Jesus was very clear when He said that if we remain in His love, our joy will be complete. But along with that promise is our responsibility to pursue maturity in our walk with Him. By loving others and making disciples, we’ll be able to live a victorious life that we can enjoy and give glory to our Father in Heaven.
[ “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” – John 15:11 ]
Lies bring people down. Making them lose opportunities and favor. That’s why if we want to be victorious in every battle, we must always tell the truth. Nobody can harm us if Jesus is on our side. If you are in a tough situation right now and you don’t know what to do, do not fear. Just tell the truth and it shall make you free.
[“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”-Deuteronomy 31:8]