CBC World Ministry
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Contributor: Rev. Ashton
CBC World Ministry
October 12, 2020
Luke 9:62, “Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
We must remain steadfast in our decision to live for the Lord. There can be no wavering, straddling the fence, half-heartedness or double mindedness in our living for the Lord. Either we are for Him or we are against Him. There is no middle ground when it comes to living for Him. After all there was no wavering, straddling the fence, half-heartedness or double mindedness in the Lord when He sent His only begotten Son to die in our stead.
He is the Lord God and He changes not. As His servants we must strive to be like Him. Once we have made the decision to live for the Lord we must not let self, any man or any circumstance cause us to turn our backs on our decision. We must never compromise when it comes to the Word of God. We must be an example in the earth that reflects the image of our Creator. We must live so that God is glorified, man is edified and the Kingdom of God is advanced.
Therefore we must be determined to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh, to be serious about seeking Him with our whole heart and be steadfast in standing on the promises of God. We must be adamant in our trust in God and not in ourselves, we must be unshakeable in our walking by faith and not by sight, let nothing get in the way of our service for the Lord, be firm in relationship to our responsibilities as a child of God and continue to yield to the direction of the Holy Spirit and be resolved to train our mind and heart with the Word of God so that we may live a spiritual life.
As we stretch our hands towards Him in prayer let us be purposeful in making our supplications, requests and thanksgiving be made known unto Him, let us be resolute in the power that God has given unto us, be resolved to operate in our God given gifts, be persistent in our praising of Him from the rising of the sun until the going down of the same and be unwavering in our worshipping of Him in the beauty of holiness. Let us make up our mind to live for Him and then be resolved to let our heart follow.
Prayer for the Week:
Heavenly Father, I stretch my hands to thee for there is no other help I know. Lord please equip me with all the resources you offer so that I might stand firm in my decision to live for you. Holy Spirit teach me to live in the power that God has given unto me. Let me not look back so as to go back to that which you have delivered me out of. Let your Word saturate my mind and heart so that I will follow you, in Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.
“Thirst To Grow”
Contributor: Rev. Diane Taylor
CBC World Ministry
October 6, 2020
Psalm 42: 1-2 "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and stand before him?"
God has created us to thirst in the natural. We cannot go very long without having to drink something to quench our thirst. It helps to protect our body from dehydration and other illnesses. Here we can understand the need to satisfy thirst when it arises in us. Even small children can recognize when they thirst.
God in His infinite wisdom has created us with different mechanisms to help us strive in our body Likewise, in the spirit man, God has placed a desire in us to thirst and hunger after His righteousness. Our inner man should continually be thirsting after the Spirit of God.
God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and truth. If we are not trying to connect to the spirit of God daily, we will find ourselves dehydrated and wilted in the spirit. Our spiritual growth is directly connected to our thirst. Our daily thirst must be for the spirit of God through the Word of God. Our spirit man needs to be filled everyday so we can grow stronger in the Lord and draw closer to Him.
Our desire must be for the true and living God to fill our hearts, minds and souls with His joy and peace. Nothing else should occupy that space reserve for God. We must be true seekers like the Samaritan woman, who wanted a change in her life. She did not exactly know how to go about it, but God knew what was in her heart.
Jesus told her in John 4 :14 "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." We can count on this promise from our Lord Jesus Christ. He knows when our hearts truly desire Him and He is faithful to respond to our panting after Him.
Prayer for the week:
Lord Jesus, give us strength to chase after you. We know, we don't always thirst after the right things in life. Deliver us Lord and help us to thirst after your righteousness. Fill us and let your Holy Spirit guide us into all truth so we can walk in your promises and live a victorious life. This I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Quality Time With God
By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton