Blessings that we receive as part of God’s family

1. We become NEW CREATIONS

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2. We receive a NEW NATURE

1 Peter 1:4 An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.

3. We have a NEW SECURITY

Jude 1:24-25 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.

4. We have a NEW INHERITANCE

Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

5. We have a NEW PEACE

Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

6. We have a NEW BLESSING

Galatians 3:13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed iseveryone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

7. We have a NEW SOURCE

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Welcome into the family of God!

If you know you are not a child of God, or you are not sure that you are a member of God’s family and you would like to become one, then carefully read this prayer. When you are ready to sincerely pray this prayer, then get on your knees and pray it. Then sign and date it and keep this as a record of your commitment to Jesus.

“Dear God in heaven, I want to be your child. I admit that I have often sinned against You and others. I’m sorry for my sins. Please forgive me for every sin I’ve committed. Here and now I turn my back on a sinful kind of life. I give my life to You. Please come and live in me and be my friend and my king. I accept You as my Lord and God and will serve you in the future. I pray this with all my heart, in Jesus name. Amen.“

What God did to rescue us

1. GOD INITIATED THE OLD COVENANT WITH ITS SACRIFICES.

The blood sacrifice as the atonement and covering for sin was instituted by God from the beginning of time. Adam, Abel, Noah, Jacob and finally the nation of Israel all offered blood sacrifices for the atonement of sin. God required animal sacrifices, for their blood is pure, innocent and undefiled; it is free from the nature bent towards sin. Under the Old Covenant, the shedding of blood brought a covering and atonement for man’s sin.

Leviticus 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

2. GOD SENT HIS OWN SON, JESUS, TO BE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR SIN!

The Bible makes it clear that no animal sacrifice could ever TAKE AWAY sin. They were only able to COVER sin until the only perfect sacrifice – the sacrifice of Jesus was made.

Listen to the Word of God:

Hebrews 10:4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats [Old Testament sacrifices] could TAKE AWAY sins.

Hebrews 10:11-14 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices [this was the constant task of the Old Testament priests], WHICH CAN NEVER TAKE AWAY SINS. But this Man [Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. FOR BY ONE OFFERING HE HAS PERFECTED FOREVER THOSE WHO ARE BEING SANCTIFIED.”

Hebrews 9:26 ” … but now, once at the end of the ages, He [Jesus] has appeared TO PUT AWAY SIN by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins!

3. JESUS TOOK OUR SINS UPON HIMSELF AND PLACED HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ON US!

1 Peter 2:24 “Who HIMSELF BORE OUR SINS in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He [Father] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

4. HE MADE COMPLETE SALVATION AVAILABLE TO US – FREE, GRATIS AND FOR NOTHING!

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For BY GRACE you have been saved through faith, and that NOT OF YOURSELVES; it is THE GIFT OF GOD, NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast.”

Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of HIS GRACE.”

5. THROUGH WHAT JESUS DID FOR US IT IS POSSIBLE TO BECOME A MEMBER OF GOD’S FAMILY!

John 1:11-12 “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name:”.

THE COMPELLING PASSION FOR DISCIPLESHIP

3“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered.

“He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him. 4All of us

must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.

John 9;

 

  1. Introduction                                                                                                                Indeed each and every Christian has been called by God to fulfil certain ministry    in the Kingdom of God. No one is a freelancer but we all called to fulfill an    assignment in this very same world before we leave this world.
  2. Your assignment is unique
  • God cannot give you something which is too difficult for you to fulfil. When the talents were distributed, the three recipients were given according to their abilities, one was given 5, and the other was given 3 while the last was given only one talent.
  • The first two used their God given abilities to increase what they were “given”. They never gave themselves, but they were given. When you are given, you become the custodian of what has been given to you. That which has been given to you will not be a burden since it was dispatched with the full consideration of your abilities, thus it is your exact weight for what you can handle.
  • The last person, played and never increased his share and had excuses which were not acceptable to God. His end was horrible. Hope this is not what is going to happen to some of us given the opportunity to serve our God wherever you are.
  1. What is needed in serving the Master?

All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.

  • Verse number 4 reflect what has been given to us. “All of us must quickly carry out”
  • Not some of us, but all of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned to us by God.
  • I see no excuse at all, since we are all assigned, thus the secret is to know your assignment. We are delayed and destroyed by lack of knowing what our assignments are.
  1. The danger surrounding us.
  • According to the scripture, verse 4, there is little time left.
  • Please don’t allow other people further to delay you in your assignment.
  • God is not going to excuse you and not punish you since people will be a reason for you having failed to fulfil your assignment.
  • When the night fall and the work will cease or come to an end and many of us will be crying to God asking for an extension of our assignment submission and it will be too late.

5.Conclusion

That is the reason why I am all out with my God given assignment of discipleship in my old age. I fully believe and I am convinced that you too do have a special and unique assignment given to you by God at this point and time. May we be faithful in pleasing God rather than pleasing our delayers!!!!

You need that passion to fulfil that which is burning you within your soul.

 

Shalom

 

Sigudla John

Pastor

originally posted on https://pastorjohnsigudla.wordpress.com/category/the-compelling-passion-for-discipleship-by-rev-john-sigudla/

The Example of Moses

Summary
Living an unveiled lifestyle is the way in which we experience the fullness of what’s available to us in our restored relationship with God. It’s a powerful lifestyle of faith, direct encounters with our heavenly Father, and life transformation. It’s when we live our lives in light of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus that we begin to experience all his death was purposed to bring us. God longs for his children to walk in intimacy with him directly connected to his wellspring of love for us. May you experience a more tangible, loving, and powerful connection with your heavenly Father this week.
Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.Exodus 34:29
The Devotional

We find in the character of Moses a man transformed by a face-to-face, unveiled encounter with the living God. Exodus 34:29-35 says:

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Moses serves as an important example for you and me. Moses was a man chosen to go before God on behalf of his people and relay the will and heart of God back to them. And by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we are now chosen and transformed to live out the same calling. In 1 Peter 2:9 Peter declares that we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that [we] may proclaim the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light.” We are to operate in the same capacity that Moses did. We are to be children of God that bear the image of our heavenly Father and declare his grace, love, power, and goodness to a world in desperate need of relationship with him. What happened to Moses in Exodus 34 holds true for you and me today: when we meet with God we take on the image of his glory. The difference is that the glory of God now dwells internally rather than externally by the powerful sacrifice of Jesus. As Moses’ face shone with the glory of God, our new nature is now meant to shine, declaring the immeasurable grace and power of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” The glory of God now dwells within us. And we are to contain his glory as water in jars of clay, that we would pour out his love and grace for all to see. Just as the people of Israel saw the face of Moses and knew he had met with God, we are to meet with our heavenly Father face-to-face and be transformed by his presence for all to see. Jesus’ death has paved the way for you to meet with God face to face–unveiled. Take time in prayer to see the face of God and allow him to transform you into the likeness of Jesus.

The Prayer:

1. Meditate on Exodus 34:29. Allow Scripture to stir up your desire to meet with your heavenly Father face-to-face.

“Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.” Exodus 34:29

2. Renew your mind to your new calling in Jesus. Allow Scripture to fill you with faith to encounter God unveiled.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

3. Spend time meeting with your heavenly Father face-to-face. Ask him to reveal his nearness to you. Rest in his presence and allow it to lay a new foundation for you. Ask him to make you more like him. Ask him to show you how to be a reflection of his glory to the world around you today.

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

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