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The Disciple Legacy

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled…” (John 14:27)

A Legacy is a gift to the next generation, and all who would follow their example! Its an invitation into one of the most substantial Kingdom realities available to the human heart. Being “in Christ” must never be measured by worldly standards. Jesus and His disciples were generous with their lives…

  1. Forsaking all to follow.
  2. Esteeming others as greater than themselves.
  3. Hearing the rhythm of the Father’s Heart.

Its living in the reality of the Father’s gift and the giving of abundant life, that shapes the character of all who receive. The world gives shadows… God offers us light! The world gives empty promises… Christ gives substance. The world gives that which is not bread, and cannot fill… God’s gifts are good, perfect, and satisfying. The world gives in vain, making wishes and lifeless evaluations. The world’s peace offers only a temporary comfort… while Christ gives the peace that goes beyond all understanding. Only Jesus says, “My peace I give unto you” as a legacy worth stepping into. That peace is a reality from another world… given and felt as a living principle in the soul. It offers roots and allows the rest of His promises to be fulfilled.

The Truth is the disciple legacy… worthy of the cost!

Mystery of Stripes

Jesus – “bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25)

  • “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:4-6)

Here is Jesus… the One who Paid it all!

“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

Healing & Deliverance

…a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at His (Jesus) feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
“First let the children eat all they want,” He told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Then He told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. (Mark 7:25-30)

She was expected her daughter to experience freedom… and she was not walking away without a word!
So many wonderful accounts of faith in action, desperate and unrelenting. Did you catch what Jesus said about freedom from demons? He referred to spiritual freedom as the “children’s bread”. In other words, deliverance is the rightful, normal, expected substance of the Children of God. It’s their inheritance!

Deliverance is our Inheritance:

I have found that many Christians are really not sure if deliverance belongs to them through God’s redemptive plan of salvation. This uncertainty is always an open door for the enemy to sow confusion. Its a breeding ground for fear, doubt and unbelief. As believers, we need to have our feet planted upon solid ground, knowing with certainty all that belongs to us, so that we can apply the Word of God in any given situation and receive the promised benefit.

The Promise is for the Child of God:

Where do you stand? Are you a Child of God? Have you asked Jesus to become Lord of your life? If you answered yes, then the deliverance you need is yours today… right now, in this very moment. Just as it was then, it is still the Children’s bread today.

Biblical Faith:

True Bible faith can only act where the will of God is known. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). That’s why we have the Bible, so we can know His will in written form and act upon it daily for the sustaining Bread of Life. Jesus makes this truth very clear when He stood before Satan and said “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4) Drawing upon what has been written and living by what we know to be the Will of God is the pattern of faith.

Revelation Activates Faith:

This woman had a revelation that Jesus was the Messiah, that He was not only able to deliver, but that He was willing to do so right then. Based on that understanding, she was not going to let Jesus pass her by. She had bold faith that was based upon knowledge and she acted on it. In one sense she was saying – “I know the truth and I will not be denied!” Her desperation was turned into boldness simply because she had a revelation.

Hesitation Exposes:

Most people would have looked at their own inadequacy, their own unrighteousness, their own shortcomings and would have been stopped right there – but not her. She was not stopped by her lack, instead she was moved by His supply. She got her eyes off of herself and onto the Author of Life!

If it matters to us… It matters to God!

There’s no mistaking the fact that it was her faith that stopped Jesus in His tracks. It was her faith that pulled Him into her desperate situation. Faith that knew of God’s will to deliver, would call her to the feet of Jesus. Faith is what makes the heart posture itself against impossible odds and dare to believe in the power of “crumbs”. Faith makes all the difference and moves a person past the obstacles. She may have been a “little dog” in the eyes of the world, but she understood herself to be in line for God’s love to touch her daughter. If it matters to us, it matters to God… Its faith that makes this true!

Extraordinary

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:5-6)

Believe for the extraordinary… by asking for “anything”, something extraordinary; in the Name of Jesus! In order for you to do the extraordinary… you will need to think and speak about the incredible, unbelievable, and the impossible! God wants you to set your expectations as high as you can. He wants to do things in your life that are so extraordinary that some people are not going to believe it. If you will stand in faith for the extraordinary to come to pass, then the extraordinary will become the norm in your life.

Extraordinary means… remarkable, uncommon and rare.

God is good, and He is continually looking for opportunities to express His goodness in your life (2 Chr. 16:9). It is up to you to position yourself to receive this goodness. The way you do this is by eliminating any wrong thinking that you may have allowed into your life. I have 3 simple statements that inspire me to believe for more from God!

  • No Doubts! – Don’t allow yourself to doubt God’s goodness or His love for you.
  • No Outs! – Don’t question God’s desire to give… even things you don’t deserve.
  • No Limits! – Don’t limit God by expecting so little from Him.

Little Vision:

Little vision produces little… or less. If you limit God to the common methods or overly used ideas, you will lack provision. Its the sign of a poverty mentality, when you find it difficult to believe for the extraordinary! You will find that the way you think and see, positions you for God’s blessing and to receive from unusual sources. You should desire greater works, greater Glory and increase on every side. God wants to bless you in ways that are remarkable, uncommon, and rare!

If you don’t expect the extraordinary to happen, your life will remain as it is. However, if you expect God’s goodness and mercy to follow you every day of your life, you will start to see a positive change in your circumstances… believe for the Promises of God!

Dare to set your expectations high and see the extraordinary things of God!

What Worship Is

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:1-7)

If you ask people what “worship” is, you would probably receive many answers related to music, church services, and singing. While worship certainly includes the songs we sing and the services we attend; this common definition limits worship to a time frame or specific activity. Instead, I believe the Bible teaches that worship is a lifestyle… an ongoing response to God in every circumstance and every moment.

Jesus made this statement to the woman at the well outside of Sychar: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”. (Jn 4:24)

The Worship Paradigm:

I have come to understand that worship takes on many forms and expressions, but it always communicates from the heart. Worship comes out of the human spirit as a declaration of truth… to say, “I value God!” Loving Him for who He is and for how He has changed your life. It becomes the compelling desire of “lovers”… to worship God from the heart. The passionate lover of God becomes undivided in their allegience… like a reservoir of love and appreciation for the King.

No Sacrifice is too Much!

While I often bring a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise for entry into His Presence… when I get there I become the sacrifice poured out for His purpose. To set my life upon the altar is no loss; but a yielded embrace to His voice, that encourages true usefulness.

Like the Prophet Isaiah, my heart is captured and I am undone. I welcome the call to go wherever He leads me.

…I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Lord, send me.” (Isa 6:8)

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