Category: Getting Closer To God

Today’s Growvotion

1014 The Key to the Missionary Oct 14
Companion to “My Utmost For His Highest”
By Oswald Chambers
“All power is given unto Me in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and teach all nations” (Matt 28:18-19)
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The Missionary Command
The compelling imperative of the word “Go” is spoken to all committed disciples. It is a command, not a request. It is not a statement to be debated.
The concept of God’s Sovereignty or the doctrine of election may be debated but the imperative of going to all nations is clear.
Acts 1:8 however, qualifies the “go”. It means to leave your place of comfort with the purpose of sharing the Gospel with those outside your doors.
While Matthew 28 is the great missionary command, it is also the evangelistic directive for all Christians.

Prayer: That I be a missionary, not just a good Christian.

(These notes are by John Griffin.
To more fully understand these comments, read the daily devotion for the day dated the same as this in “My Utmost For His Highest”).

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A Time to Go and a Time to Wait

Eccl, 3:1 says that everything has its season. But, Jesus in Matt. 28 says “Go”. It is an imperative command. We do not have a choice to go or not to go. But the imperative does not give a set time.
We recognize it as a Missionary Command and it most certainly is. However, we must not be so impulsive to run ahead of God. First, we must recognize it as a command that has no time restraints. There may need to be proper preparation and/or resources.
However, the word “go” is not limited to a time period. We should interpret it an “as you are going”, command. That means we are to be obedient at every opportunity to be “missional”. It may be as we are buying groceries or putting gas in our car. It may be at our office and even in our daily life when we come into contact with people. But, it must be intentional. We must not wait for the opportunity to be obvious. We must keep it in the forefront of our minds so as not to miss an opportunity to practice obedience.
Think “go” at all times as we watch for opportunities to share a word of witness.

Today’s Growvotion

8-8

“The Holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

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 The Spirit Controlled Life

The natural tendency in the life of most Christians today is to let Christ in but not relinquish control.

The reason so many professing Christians are living carnal lives is they recognize His presence but not His Lordship. They consider Jesus Christ as a factor in their lives when it is convenient but never let Him be the major factor.

The committed Christian puts Christ in the driver’s seat instead of Him just riding along as a passenger. It doesn’t make life easier, however. In fact, it becomes somewhat harder but infinitely more joyous.

Prayer: That I relinquish all control over my life to the Holy Spirit’s control.

(These notes are by John Griffin. To more fully understand these comments, read the daily devotion for the day dated the same as this in “My Utmost For His Highest”).

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Obedience

OBEDIENCE

Obedience is knowing God’s will and doing it.

Disobedience is knowing God’s will and not doing it.

Do I always know God’s will?

When you became a child of God by believing and accepting Jesus as your Savior, you were given the gift of knowing God’s will. That gift was given in the form of the Holy Spirit which is Chris’s indwelling Spirit.

Among sanctifying us and teaching us of the character of Jesus Christ, His job is to convict of sin and of righteousness. That amounts to making you aware of God’s will at all times.

When we plead ignorance, (I don’t know God’s will).  that is grieving the Holy Spirit in that we are denying His presence and doing His job.

When I am in a quandary and can’t really decide God’s will, it is time to get into a quiet place and pray until you know God’s will. If we still do not get clarity, it is His signal to wait. Don’t make a decision and don’t do anything until you do know. His silence is our signal that there is something spiritually wrong and until it is rooted out, confessed and repented, we will not be able to be clear on God’s will.

Therefore, not hearing God’s will is evidence of disobedience. If and when we are in that position, we can know that something in our life is out of place. Somewhere we have gotten off track with the Holy Spirit because of sin.

The next question is, is it possible to sin and not know it? That takes us back to the same situation as above. As it is the Holy Spirit’s job to “blow the whistle”, (that is to convict of sin). We can be sure that as a Christian, possessing the Holy Spirit means you will know, and be convicted.

The believer can harden His heart to the convicting Spirit. That means that he has habitually ignored that “still small voice” until he is no longer sensitive to Him. That Christian has some serious repenting to do. The Christian who no longer is disturbed by the Spirit’s voice has drifted so far away that he can scarcely call himself a Christian. (That is a whole different doctrinal issue).

Fruit of the Spirit

How do I pray?  

When in prayer, request the best:Pray for the Fruit of the Spirit:

Fruit of the Spirit – That which brings forth the righteousness and truth of the Holy Spirit when growing us through His Sanctification process. They are the things that define us as Spirit-filled disciples of Christ. They are the things that depict the holiness that has been imparted to us in this growth process. They are the attributes that others see as we reflect the image of Jesus Christ.

 While all Fruit of the Spirit are not listed per se, they are implied in several places.

Colosians 3:12-17 Is a listing of the Fruit of the Spirit

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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Can the Christian sin and not know it?

As a committed disciple of Christ, one of the things we can be sure of is the conviction of sin. When we are saved, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the things the Holy Spirit does is to convict of sin. John 16:8 (NKJV)
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

That means, that when we commit sin, we know it. If not immediately, the next time we try to pray, we will be convicted of that sin. To not be convicted of unconfessed sin calls into question the truth of our salvation. He will convict us if we are open to the fact of our sin.

A person can go on denying that something is a sin. He often does this to cover up his conviction of that sin because he is reluctant to give it up. If he is truly a child of God, he will eventually feel the undeniable conviction of the Holy Spirit in his life.

If he doesn’t, at some point, yield to the Holy Spirit’s continued conviction, then a logical conclusion is that person has not received the Holy Spirit, been saved and/or has rejected the Spirit’s work in his life. All of this boils down to a vital fact, he has not truly been saved.

This is not a discussion on whether a person can lose his salvation, but whether what he has counted on as his salvation was real salvation. One of the statements the writer of Hebrews makes in Heb. 6:4 is that part of their enlightenment is the obvious realization of the Holy Spirit in their life.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit . . . to renew them again unto salvation.

 

(Can a person sin and not know it – continued)

The real question is not “once saved, always saved”, but rather “once saved”. There are a lot of people who claim to have accepted Christ as their personal Savior but do not display that claim in their life. One of the ways a lost person will call to question his salvation is by the life he lives and by his sensitivity to the working of the Holy Spirit. That sensitivity will be the conviction of sin (and of righteousness).

This article is not intended to cause a person to question his salvation, but to make each person aware that his salvation includes an awareness of the conviction of the Holy Spirit. To deny that conviction is often a sign that the Holy Spirit is not present and effectual in our life.

It behooves every person who claims to be saved to also acknowledge an awareness of sin. His first prayer each day is that he be able to feel and hear what the Spirit is saying. That most certainly includes the conviction of sin.

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