"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." Psalm 105:4
Lifelines Outreach shares the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
and by making disciples in the greater Nashville area.
I posted an article on the back page about my old seminary taking time to seek God for revival. The older I get the more I realize that seeking God is not just a substitute for doing things for God. Early in Jesus ministry after He called some of His disciples, Jesus had a hard day of ministering to people. He got up early in the morning before dark and went to a secluded place to pray. The Bible says that Peter and his companions missing Jesus began searching for Him. Mark 1. Peter found Him and said to Him, “What are You doing praying while all these people are looking for You?” They could not understand why He was praying and not doing! This is a common mistake of young believers. It is just as important to wait before God as it is to be doing ministry for God. The lesson is that you are not really prepared for ministry without spending a long time in the presence of God. We need the mind of Christ and only the power that God can give to do His work in His way.
In Luke 10, we find the key to having the power of God for ministry. Jesus has just sent out the 72 disciples for ministry after teaching them the things that they should know as they went from town to town. We always use this same pattern in Luke chapter 10 for planting groups. The 72 returned to Jesus and reported to Him what had happened. They were astounded that they could defeat Satan and had power over evil. Jesus immediately makes this important statement. He said, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” Luke 10:20 The key to power over sin and a powerful ministry for Jesus is to continue to live in the knowledge that you are saved and to continue to give Him praise for that salvation. So take the time to praise God for your salvation each day and He will automatically give you the power to be obedient to His will. You do not have to beg Him for His power, He will freely give it to you! Thank you for your prayers and financial support! -Richard Gay
Every time you choose convenience and go through the drive-through for your meal, the drive up to the bank, the window service at the pharmacy, use self-checkout, get your groceries delivered right to your car; you are exchanging opportunities to share the GOSPEL with those you come into contact with such as the waitress, the teller, the pharm aide, the checkout folks, etc. Even the chance meeting of someone over the reaching for a loaf of bread, you may miss the opportunity of that God has put you there to share the Bread of Life!
Interactions and relationships are needed opportunities to share the Gospel which is the Good News of Jesus Christ. Sharing what you have with someone that does not have what you have. You are sharing life! So be inconvenienced! Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst." John 6:35 -Shahe Nahler
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