From Daniel's Desk on 12/11/19
My Title: Be a Disciple-maker!
My Verse: 11-12
"For you know how, like a father with is his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory."
Is your heart so focused with YOU and YOUR call and YOUR work that you forget that you have been called to GOD's story, to do HIS will, to allow HIM to produce fruit THROUGH you?
When you face trials. When God tests your heart. When you TOIL for the gospel, remember that you are a big brother, a mentor, a father... an example to the brothers (and more importantly ORPHANS) around you!
Those that you bring to the next life WILL BE your joy and your glory! God is using you to create a testimony of what it's like to walk with a living God inside you. NEVER FORGET THAT.
Are you suffering? Good. It means you are standing for something.
Plant your flag. Stand your ground. Fight for truth. You WILL be shamefully treated for it. Be strong and courageous, watch your God fight for you.
God has ENTRUSTED YOU with the gospel! - We do not aim to please man, but GOD!
God TESTS the hearts of man! <- Don't miss this!
SEARCH your heart. Are you seeking glory!? Even the APOSTLES didn't seek glory.
Your example and your conduct will be important to instruct and guide those following in your footsteps on how to lead, teach and guide.
Vs. 9 - DO YOU TOIL FOR THE GOSPEL? - What are you willing to sacrifice that the gospel might go forward?
The only way to lead is to lead by the way that you live!
Not only in word but in deed also BUT it is also VITALLY important that you ALSO visa versa do it not only in deed but call people to do it by your words also!
Exhort those that are walking.
Encourage those that are walking.
Charge believers to WALK! - Remind them that it's GOD who calls them into His OWN kingdom and GLORY!
Always THANK God for this. ALWAYS THANK GOD for the situation that you are in WITH Him.
This story, the Bible, truly is GOD's WORD to mankind. > It is AT WORK IN those who believe.
KNOW those that persecute you, they KILLED both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and drove out the apostles... what makes you think it wont be exactly the same for you. You are God's... the world hates you for that.
Remember that wrath that lasts forever is for them if they do not repent.
Desire to love and serve the church. What is your heart feeling about those that God has called you to disciple!?
The glory and joy in the next life depends on WHO you bring with you.