Will You Be A Disciple Of Jesus?


To be a disciple requires a decision and an act of the will.

The Purpose of Disciple—Mark 3:13-15
• Spend time with the Master
• Be willing to be sent and walk in obedience
• Join the mission and serve in ministry

The Demands of Discipleship
• Luke 9:23: Denying self, Cross Bearing, and following the Master
• Luke 14:26-28: Loving Him more than anyone else and placing His expectations above all others.
• Matthew 10:34-39: Willingness to face opposition.
• Matthew 16:21-27: Surrender to the will of the Father.
• John 12:23-26: Placing Jesus above all other things.

The Possibility of Discipleship–Matthew 4:19:
• Deny yourself—not my will but His.
• Take up your cross daily—sacrifice and service. A living sacrifice.
• Follow Me—relationship and obedience.
• And I will make you—change and equip you.
• Fishers of men—engaged in the mission of Christ.

Are you willing to count the cost and pay the price?

Overcome Evil With Good


Romans 12:17-21: “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shall heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”


Be not overcome of evil: If we repay evil for evil then we have been overcome by the evil and our behavior is being controlled by the evil that was done unto us. We are not to avenge ourselves, but step aside and let God deal with it. God says “Vengeance is mine; I will repay“. He will avenge His children. He will repay. If God repays it could be a lot worse than what we would do. I think this is why Jesus said, “Pray for them” (Matthew 5:44).

Matthew 5:44–Jesus said:

  • a. Love your enemies.
  • b. Bless them, do good to them–”if he hungers feed him…if he thirsts give him to drink”.
  • c. Pray for them.

By doing this we are acting responsibly, from the spirit and not from the flesh. This way we are not overcome by the evil but overcome the evil with good.

Receiving The Promises


Romans 9:13: “The promise, that he (Abraham) should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”


The promise was to Abraham and his seed through the righteousness of faith. Abraham’s seed is all them that believe (Romans 4:11). Abraham’s faith was counted and reckoned to him for righteousness (Romans 4:3, 5, 9). God has given unto us exceeding great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). They are ours through the righteousness of faith.

Romans 4:19-25: Abraham was not weak in faith. He considered not his own body. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief. He was strong in faith. He was giving glory to God. He was fully persuaded that what God had promised he was able also to perform. Therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

  • Romans 4:23-24: It was written for us, to whom it shall be imputed if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. Herein lies the way to receive what God has promised.
    • Don’t be weak in faith.
    • Don’t consider the limitations of our self and the things in this world–lean not unto our own understanding which is itself limited.
    • Don’t stagger at the promise of God through unbelief.
    • Be strong in faith.
    • Be giving glory to God.
    • Be fully persuaded that what God has promised he is able also to perform.
    • It will be imputed unto us for righteousness.

Wisdom’s Children


Matthew 11:19: “Wisdom is justified of her children.”


Wisdom is a quality associated with a person. It is connected with learning and knowledge. People tend to be products of the knowledge and wisdom that they possess. It influences their decisions, words and actions. It impacts their attitudes toward things and people. In this respect wisdom produces children.

There are two kinds of wisdom.

The earthly wisdom: There is the earthly wisdom; that wisdom which is of man. “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19). “The world by wisdom knew not God” (1 Corinthians 1:21). “The foolishness of God is wiser than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25).

The wisdom from above: This wisdom comes from God and is received through the teaching and revelation of the Holy Spirit. This wisdom far exceeds that of this world. This is the wisdom that Jesus had and displayed. Luke 2:40–Jesus was filled with wisdom.

The children: The type of person we are depends on which wisdom we are the product of.

The children of earthly wisdom have bitter envying and strife in their hearts. Their focus is on earthly things. They tend to be sensual and even devilish when going to an extreme. This of course is not a detailed description of the characteristics of the children of earthly wisdom.

The children of heavenly wisdom tend to be peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated. They are full of mercy and good fruits. They are without partiality and without hypocrisy. This of course is not a detailed description of the characteristics of the children of heavenly wisdom.

Wisdom is justified of her children: The quality of wisdom is proven by the children. The children prove the level and source of the wisdom from which they are made. The wisdom spoken of here is that which is of God and it is justified. It is proven to be just and right and of a higher level because of the children that are produced by it. Its high quality is proven by the nature and characteristics of the children of God which are the product of the heavenly wisdom. Praise be to God.

Fight A Good Fight, Finish The Course, Keep The Faith


2 Timothy 4:7-8: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”


Paul has come to the end of his life here on the earth. He said, “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand” (2 Timothy 4:6). His being ready is defined by the next two verses.

I have fought a good fight: Every Christian has his or her fight. We have to contend with the flesh, the world, and the devil. We have to face temptations and trials. We are engaged in a spiritual warfare. We must fight a good fight in our struggle with these. We must live our life as God would have us to live it and where He has placed us. We can be victorious because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

I have finished my course: Each of us has our own course that is set before us. In the past we walked according to the course of this world, but when we got saved God put us on a new course. In Hebrews 12:1 Paul referred to it as a race. We are to lay aside every weight and every sin that would hinder us in completing our race in victory. We must finish the course that has been set before us.

I have kept the faith: Keeping the faith means that we guard it and hold on to it no matter what comes our way. Keeping the faith also includes the defending the word of God and obedience to it.

The crown of righteousness: This is the victor’s crown. It is given to those who successfully complete the course that is set before them, to those who have fought the good fight and have kept their faith. This crown is given by the Lord Himself. What an honor this will be.

Unprofitable And Profitable Conversations


2 Timothy 2:16-18: “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.”


Shun profane and vain babblings: Avoid conversations that show disregard or contempt for sacred things. Avoid conversations that are not in line with God’s word. Avoid conversations that have no real value and are fruitless. Keep away from people that habitually talk unwisely or too much. We should find a way to politely excuse ourselves and get out of and away from these things.

They will increase unto more ungodliness: These kinds of conversations and people will proceed further away from that which is godly. The words of these people will spread corruption and eat away at our own spirituality. Their words will weaken us spiritually. They are not in line with the word of God and their words will overthrow the faith of some.

Seek the positive conversations and people: Let us seek out and find conversations that focus on things that are sacred and spiritually profitable. Let us spend time in conversations that are fruitful and profitable and that build us up spiritually. Let us find those people who will be supportive and increase our faith. Let us find those people who will direct our thoughts toward God and His word.

The Scriptures Were Written For Us


Romans 15:4 “Whatsoever things were written were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”


Whatsoever things were written before: These things were written under the revelation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21).

Were written for our learning: God had those things written for us. They were written for our learning to teach us and instruct us. They were written that we might have patience to persevere. They were written that we might be comforted. Seeing what those of the Bible went through and how they went through, can give us this patience and comfort us when we are going through some difficult times. Those scriptures reveal how God was with His people and how He worked to help them. We see how God led His people and supplied their needs. We see how God protected them in their troubles. We see how God instructed them and guided them. This produces in us patience and comforts us because we know that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will work in our life as He did in the lives of those mentioned in the Bible.

That we might have hope: Through the patience and comfort we receive from the scriptures we can have hope and that hope is in the one true God. That hope is in the reality that He will be with us forever and will not forsake us to the things that we have to face in this life, because He said so.

Christ Is Our Peace


Ephesians 2:13-16 “In Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”


Christ Jesus is our peace: In Christ (in the Spirit) we have peace with one another. It is when one or the other is in the flesh that there is strife and conflict. “We are to endeavor to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). “We do this in lowliness and meekness with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). In love for the person, we put up with and tolerate that which bothers us. Peace is a bond that binds and holds us together.

Christ Jesus broke down the wall: This is speaking of the wall that stood between the Jews and the Gentiles, that separated them. This wall was the law of commandments contained in ordinances. Jesus put an end to this wall, this enmity through His death. He thereby created one body so making peace. “He is the head over all things to the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22-23). From time to time there are walls built up between Christians and between a Christian and an unbeliever. We must try to restore and maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Where the non-Christian is concerned we must try to restore and maintain our relationship with them.

Our Blessedness In Christ


2 Corinthians 1:21-22: “Now He which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God; who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”


God has established us: He has made us firm with other believers in Christ. We should therefore not be easily moved or shaken, but steady determined and positive. We have to stand on the promises of God and receive from Him that strength, knowledge, and wisdom we need to face whatever comes our way.

God has sealed us: He has placed His mark of ownership and security on us. “We are not our own but are bought with a price and our body and spirit are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

God has given us the earnest of the Spirit: Earnest means down payment. God has given us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the Divine pledge of all our future blessings and blessedness. The Holy Spirit is our security. As we walk in the Spirit we shall be firm, steady, determined and positive. As we walk in the Spirit we shall be secure.

“Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

Overloaded


Luke 10:38-42: “Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”


Cumbered about much serving: Martha was over-occupied with much serving. She complained that her sister had left here alone to do all the serving. She was full of care and anxiety and was troubled about many things. She had no joy in her serving. We often take on more than we should. We become overloaded physically and or mentally. We became filled with care and anxiety and are troubled about many things. Therefore we have no joy in serving. We become irritable and begin to complain about things or other people much as Martha did here.

What is the one thing needful?: Jesus said that Mary had chosen that good part, that one thing needful. We too need to spend some time at the feet of Jesus as Mary was doing. We need to cast our cares upon Him and listen to what He has to say. Then we need to prioritize the many things we have to do according to their importance and as to which need to be done first. Then we can to focus on taking care of the things one at a time, be in a better frame of mind and experience joy in them.

Joy in serving comes from a right relationship with Jesus and as an expression of love for Him.