Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 HCSB
Realize now that the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong, and do it.”
1 Chronicles 28:10 HCSB
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”John 16:33 HCSB
I am certain that I will see the Lord ’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord ; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord .Psalms 27:13-14 HCSB
How much of the Lord do you want? Me? All of Him consuming all of me.
A few years back, I determined to make a difference in our fractured family landscape in the USA. 41% of children born with no marriage. 40% of children with no father in the home. Violence, abortion, abandonment, anger, alcohol and other drugs, and anxiety rule against peace and joy. A better life is available.
This journey is expensive financially, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. The Spirit of the Living God pours strength, peace, joy, and comfort in all these areas. He is faithful. He will get it done.
This morning, how are you doing on your journey with Him?
My days are spent face to face with situations that read like horror film plots. Media centers on horrific visible events and turns an apathetic eye to the daily storms that kill, maim, injure, and permanently damage thousands by the minute. We live in a terrorist nation, where we are the terrorists against our own sensibility. Our weapons of mass destruction are the mind, the tongue and the hand and they are bent on violence and manipulative control from the White House to your house. No place is safe.
And in all this, those in Jesus are more than conquerors. We are able in Him.
Last year I spent 10 months studying under top psychologists from the Beck Institute in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT is the best of the best psychological techniques to address addictive, violent, anxious, and depressive mental patterns. Great stuff. Limited. But, a good approach.
Every component of CBT can be found in more effective implementation in core Christian discipleship based on principles documented and established thousands of years ago in the Bible. Jesus said, “Make disciples.” He did not say, “Fill the seats on Sunday.” There is a huge difference in outcomes. Solid discipleship builds solid citizens who build solid families who fill solid congregations who build solid communities of right living, joyful living, and peaceful living.
Sensible Biblical disciples do not need legislation to tell them what to do. The have good discretion, sound wisdom principles, and compassionate intent.
Our next steps include building an onsite and online interactive Biblical learning and counseling center for discipleship. The mass of people overwhelms me. We must enable more who will enable more. We must get serious and urgent.
There is not enough time to share the miracle stories of this week. Let me share one. A young man we are training struggles significantly with suicidal thoughts. He came to me and verbally committed His future into the hands of Jesus and asked how he and his girl friend could be discipled. He did not use all the right words. He just asked. We agreed when and where to meet weekly. Discipleship is personal. It is an intentional, personal transference of wisdom. Discipleship helps a person take one step deeper in Christ-Life every day. He smiled, shook my hand firmly and thanked me. He has HOPE. He has a focus on Jesus. He is ready for a better life forward.
Back to you. I get tired. I get weary. I get exhausted. Maybe you do, too? Then I go back to that incredible history of miracle life change, the Bible. Go there. Find courage in Christ. Find hope in the Holy Spirit. Find faith in the Father. Continue your journey in Jesus.
Like David said to Solomon as he passed the torch, “Be strong and of good courage and get it done.”