18 Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be). (Mt 28:18-20 Amp).
15 And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].16 He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.17 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;18 They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well. (See Mk16;14-17 Amp).
4 I charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:2 Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warningand urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.3 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound andwholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,4 And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths andman-made fictions.5 As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.(2Tim4:1-5 Amp).
I give thanks to Him Who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able [for this], Christ Jesus our Lord, because He has judgedand counted me faithful and trustworthy, appointing me to [this stewardship of] the ministry.(1Tim 1:12 Amp)
14 Do not neglect the gift which is in you, [that special inward endowment] which was directly imparted to you [by the Holy Spirit] by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you [at your ordination].15 Practice and cultivate and meditate upon these duties; throw yourself wholly into them [as your ministry], so that your progress may be evident to everybody.16 Look well to yourself [to your own personality] and to [your] teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.(1 Tim 4:14-16 Amp).
11 As laid down by the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.12 I give thanks to Him Who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able [for this], Christ Jesus our Lord, because He has judged and counted me faithful and trustworthy, appointing me to [this stewardship of] the ministry.13 Though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and was shamefully and outrageously andaggressively insulting [to Him], nevertheless, I obtained mercy because I had acted out of ignorance in unbelief.( See 1Tim 1:11-14 Amp)
10Jesus said to them, Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, 153 of them; and [though] there were so many of them, the net was not torn.12 Jesus said to them, Come [and] have breakfast. But none of the disciples ventured or dared to ask Him, Who are You? because they [well] knew that it was the Lord.13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so also [with] the fish.14 This was now the third time that Jesus revealed Himself (appeared, was manifest) to the disciples after He had risen from the dead.15 When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do—with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion, as one loves the Father]? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You [that I have deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. He said to him, Feed My lambs.16 Again He said to him the second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion, as one loves the Father]? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You [that I have a deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. He said to him, Shepherd (tend) My sheep.17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, instinctive, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]? Peter was grieved (was saddened and hurt) that He should ask him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [that I have a deep, instinctive, personal affection for You, as for a close friend]. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.18 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, when you were young you girded yourself [put on your own belt or girdle] and you walked about wherever you pleased to go. But when you grow old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will put a girdle around you and carry you where you do not wish to go.19 He said this to indicate by what kind of death Peter would glorify God. And after this, He said to him, Follow Me!20 But Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved, following—the one who also had leaned back on His breast at the supper and had said, Lord, who is it that is going to betray You?21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, what about this man?22 Jesus said to him, If I want him to stay (survive, live) until I come, what is that to you? [What concern is it of yours?] You follow Me!(Jn 21:10-22 Amp)
8 But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.(Acts 1:8 Amp)
7 I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You.8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.(Ps 2:7-8 Amp).
Ev’ry Means Available
The Lord, promises us when we ask Him anything in His Name, He shall give it us. When we ask we are to ask, and it shall be given us. The Lord’s Heart has always been to draw people to Him, because of the Greatness of His Love. He created all things, through His Spoken Word. He called all things into being. He is Creator of Heaven and Earth. He called those things which be not, as though they were.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. We’re reminded in Job: – We shall decree a thing, and it shall be established for us. We need to speak in line with God’s Word. His Love surpasses all our understanding. His Love nailed Him to the cross. Death would nor could have any power over Him. He laid down His Life, taking it up again.
When we believe on Him (Christ Jesus) confessing with our mouth He is Lord, acknowledge God raised Him from Death; we would /shall be saved.(See Rom 10:8-21). That which seems impossible for us is not impossible for God. Our Lord tells us; all things are possible for them who believe. ’tis by Faith we are saved, working through God’s Grace and Love.
For without faith it is impossible to please God.We need to walk and live through our Faith in Him. He is definitely a Rewarder of those whom dilligently; urgently seek Him. When we dilligently seek Him, He shall be found by us. We’re reminded to seek God first, and His Kingdom, then all these things shall be added to us (see Mt 6:33 Amp).
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.(Mt 6:33-34 Amp).
6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [n fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete andmake you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the dominion (power, authority, rule) forever and ever. Amen (so be it). (1Pet 5;6-11 Amp)
27 You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you, and you will pay your vows.28 You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.29 When they make [you] low, you will say, [There is] a lifting up; and the humble person He lifts up and saves.(Job 22:27-29 Amp).
7 Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.(Mt 7:7-8 Amp)
7 I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You.8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.(Ps 2:7-8 Amp)
Reaching Out_ _ _!
Paul tells us for the Jews he became a Jew; for the Romans he became a Roman; for the Greek he was Greek. He became all things for all men, so that at least one may be saved in this hour! We’re presently living in, one of the most unprecedented times of the history of the world. We have this added advantage, a priveleged opportunity! Using ev’ry available chance, opportunity & means; reaching out, to a lost, dying, hurting world.
We are able to tell of all God’s goodness, in this generation, the generation to come! Yea e’en recorded for the generations not yet born. For God is a generational God. He is a Covenant God! He reveals Himself to us, when we dilligently seek His Face. Our Lord revealed His Glory, to Moses. He made His Glory known: –
5 And the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there and proclaimed the name of the Lord.6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord! the Lord! a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth,7 Keeping mercy and loving-kindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but Who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.8 And Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth and worshiped.(Ex 34:5-8 & Ex 33:17-19 Amp).
17 He will regard the plea of the destitute and will not despise their prayer.18 Let this be recorded for the generation yet unborn, that a people yet to be created shall praise the Lord.19 For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary, from heaven did the Lord behold the earth, (see Ps 102:17-20 Amp).
19 For although I am free in every way from anyone’s control, I have made myself a bond servant to everyone, so that I might gain the more [for Christ].20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to men under the Law, [I became] as one under the Law, though not myself being under the Law, that I might win those under the Law.21 To those without (outside) law I became as one without law, not that I am without the law of God and lawless toward Him, but that I am [especially keeping] within and committed to the law of Christ, that I might win those who are without law.(1Cor 9:19-21 Amp).
Arise Shine_ _ _
During these times, seasons we’re living in, the world has fallen into Darkness. This had been revealed to Isaiah in chapter 60; we read this in the following Scripture.
60 Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.4 Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.5 Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged; because the abundant wealth of the [Dead] Sea shall be turned to you, unto you shall the nations come with their treasures.(Is 60:1-7)
The Lord encourages us to arise, shine in these times, we’re living in. The time is for us as the Bride of Christ, to take up our position next to our Bridegroom. As often confirmed, our Lord is coming for a mature Body, without spot or wrinkle.For the whole earth will surely be filled with God’s Glory. We need to be ready, for the Lord to reach out to a lost generation, in and through us.
When the Lord is Glorified in, through us, ie our lives nations shall be drawn to us. When we liftt up othe Lord, He draws people to Himself. His Love far surpasses our understanding. We’re often reminded first; to Seek God’s Kingdom. As we do so; then all these things shall be added unto us. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He is sure to give us the desires of our heart.
Let us arise to the fullness of our stature, fulfilling God’s destiny for us. He is the Head, of His Body. He is the True Vine; we are the branches, the Father the Vinedresser. Before we are able to enter into God’s Vision, for our lives, He dilligently intercedes, prays for us and prepares our hearts. His gifts and calling are without repentance. When we wait upon the Lord, He honours and hears our cry.
Daily He leads us in the way we should go. He orders our steps, although we fall, He does not leave us. He upholds us with His Hand (see Ps 37). Remember when Simon Peter walked on the water, when looking at the storm around him, he took his eyes offf of Jesus, when he started sinking; he cried out to the Lord, He (Jesus) immediately reached out His Hand, then kept Simon from falling. They both returned to the boat!
When it seems as though we are sinking, we need to call on the Lord, He shall hear us. He shall not leave us on our own, neither write us off. Although in man’s eyes, we may be written off, yet our Lord is near us when we call. Let us ask Him to prepare our hearts for the leading, guidance & direction of His Spirit. Before we reach out to others, we need the Lord to prepare our hearts also.
Then we are also able to ask the Lord to show us His heart for the lost nations, generations, sinners of this world. God loves the sinner, yet hates our sin. He is Holy, Righteous, Gracious, Merciful and forgiving. For revival to break out in our nations, we need the Lord, to first start with us, prepare our hearts. When we confess our sin He is Faithful & Just to forgive us our sins. We whom are called by His Name, should humble ourselves and pray, repent of our sin; seek His Face, turn from our wicked ways, then the Lord shall heal our land; our nation(see 2Chron 7:14 amp).
Now let us stand up; arise; shine, for the Glory of the Lord is rising upon us. Now is the time to build, for each of us are living stones which, make up the Kingdom of God and His Righteuosness. We are reminded in Zechariah, to build the temple upon the foundation which has been laid. Paul writes on this matter also. For we are co labourers with God. Each of us as living stones, make up the whole temple of God. Therefore we need to be sure how we build.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, whichtemple you are.( 1Cor3:9-17 NKJ).
To Follow/ Let us arise and Build