THE BELIEVER’S COMMISSION:
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:38
We as Christians have the same commission to fulfill as did the believers in Acts. We also have the same promise of power. It is of utmost importance that all Christians understand that this commission to convert the world is given to them by Christ individually.
Every believer has the responsibility to win as many souls as possible to Christ. This is the great privilege and duty of all Christ’s disciples. There are a great many departments in this work — whether we preach, pray, write, run a business, take care of children, or administer a government office. But in every calling, we may and ought to possess spiritual power — whatever we do, our whole life and influence should be permeated with this power to impress the truth of Christ upon men’s hearts.
The needs of the church in this hour are:
- Realizing conviction to the commission to convert the world is given to every believer as his lifework, not just to ministers.
- The realizing conviction of the necessity of spiritual empowerment. Far to many believers suppose it belongs to those who are called to preach. They fail to realize that all are called to preach the Gospel, that the believer’s whole life is to be a proclamation of the good news.
- An earnest faith in the promise of the empowerment. Many believers seem to doubt whether this promise is to the whole church and every believer. Consequently, they have no faith to lay hold of it.
- Persistence in waiting upon God for it that is commanded in the Scriptures. They give up before they have prevailed and are left to satisfy themselves with a hope of eternal life for themselves. they don’t get ready to accept the great commission to work for the salvation of others.
THOUGHT: The pastoral ministry is weak because the church is weak. And the church is kept weak by the weakness of the ministry. Our dependence is upon the Holy Spirit, but how little is this dependence realized. Oh for a conviction of the necessity of this empowerment of power and faith in the promise of Christ!
PRAYER: Father, how often has my desire for spiritual power been for myself rather than for Your glory. Break down what is selfish in me, and use me for the salvation of others. Amen.
Things you should know – before you go to college
“ This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
- It gives you the power to overcome sin. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might sin against you.”
The way to overcome sin is with the Word of God, found in the Bible.
- It gives you direction and clarity for your future. Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and light on my path.”
The Bible is a text book that gives you information about the principles that develop your moral compass.
- It is your weapon against temptation. Matthew 4:3-4, “And when the tempter came to him, he said, if you are the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”
When the enemy puts wrong thoughts in your mind or brings someone across your path with wrong ideas, having the knowledge of the word of God will give you the wisdom you need to fight the enemy with words and action.
- It will bring you freedom from hurts, habits, and hang-ups. John 8:31-32 says, “31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The Bible provides the heart of God and the desires He has for us. When you know his word, the lies that the enemy may bring to your mind or send by a messenger will not deceive you, because you have his word in your mind and heart.
- It will lead you to prosperity and success. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
God intends for his people to prosper. Jesus said He came that we might have life and life more abundantly. If we do not learn his will for us, we may be deceived by the tricks of the world.
- It will lead you to salvation and show you how to live God’s way. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Reading the word of God daily will lead you to a closer relationship with God. That relationship will provide strength, comfort, wisdom and direction for your life.
Usually it takes twenty-one days to form a habit. Please begin today reading the Bible each night before you go to sleep. My suggestion is that you start with the gospel of John.
Now, how might this save your life? As you read the word of God, you will begin to know His voice when he speaks. That voice will keep you from hurt, harm of danger. You must be trained to listen and respond. You must know His word, to know His voice. That voice can save your life.