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Discipling Nations by Influencing the Marketplace.

Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

SUMMARY

The scripture repeatedly apprises us that the Lord has a special plan and purpose for our lives. Wherever we are placed, be it our workplaces, families or church, the Lord has kept great effectual open doors and opportunities to influence the nations! As St. Paul talked about great and effectual door that was opened for him, he talked about the enemies as well. St. Paul was a man of God, waiting for the breakthrough in his ministry. Hence, as children of God we should also ask God for a great effectual door and a breakthrough irrespective of any challenges. Oppositions will be there but when we trust in God and work hard,, the door which we are looking for will be opened for us.

SERMON POINTS

In the Bible we read in Genesis chapter ten about the beginning of the nations and in chapter eleven we read that the nations come against God. Therefore, what did God do? He confused the language in the tower of Babel and so now the nations were scattered all over. But a merciful God had a heart for the nations and He called Abraham at the age of seventy-five, and asked him to come out of his father’s house and call God his Father. Remember, our blessing is in our calling. If we want a blessing from God, it’s in our calling!

The Great Commission– Going to the Nations.

Matthew 28:19,20 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We are not called to increase the number in the church but we are called to make disciples. We are the disciples of Jesus. Jesus called Peter to be fishers of men, The Lord promised Abraham that He would make Him a great nation and if we are true disciples of Jesus we will embrace His commandment in going to the nations and teaching them.  The nation that God told Abraham is us. We are all one in Jesus to bless the nations which is the main purpose of our salvation.

Revelation 7:9 (KJV) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

The result of the great commission is that a great multitude from every nation will be added to the Kingdom of God.

Three spiritual principles to disciple nations.

A true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ has no caste or creed. We need to change our outlook towards people and take them as our flock whom the Lord has entrusted into our hands to lead them towards the Savior with our walk, works and words.

1) Through our walk.

  • Walk in love: Ephesians 5:2 (KJV) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweets melling savour.

We read in the Bible that we need to walk in love just as Christ did. A true disciple of Jesus will have no enemies, just as our Lord forgave the greatest enemy with His greatest love we  also need to love and forgive one other to disciple the nations.

  • Walk with self-respect:Ephesians 5:15 (KJV) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

As disciples of Jesus we need to walk carefully with self-respect. Apostle Paul emphasis us to walk circumspectly like wise men because the whole world is watchful of our actions and deeds and not in any way falter into anything foolish.

  • Walk in the calling: Ephesians 4:1 (KJV) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

We need to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. The Bible teaches us to bear one another in lowliness. His love must radiate through us and within us breaking us out of our selfishness. Our walk should be pleasing and worthy to the Lord.

Colossians 1:10(KJV) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

2) Through our works.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are created to do good works. Our Good works where we are placed shines as a light in the darkness. Our priority should be to excel in good works so that our heavenly Father would be glorified.

(Mark 7:37) And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

Jesus Christ  went around doing good and as His followers we need to heed to His calling by doing good works.

Matthew 5:16(KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Let’s be sensitive to the need around us and it is through our good works we can shine as the light of this world and glorify the Father in heaven.

3) Through our words.

Luke 4:22 (KJV)And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

Jesus Christ, spoke gracious words to everyone while He was on earth. We also need to learn to be gracious in our words to our spouses, family, friends and people around.

Proverbs 15:4(KJV) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Colossians 4:5,6(KJV) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The Bible teaches us to be kind and gentle with our words that can uplift and encourage the spirit. Words that can disciple people and open the doors of their spiritual eyes.

Being an Ambassador of Christ in today’s marketplace.

  • Be Skilled:

Proverbs 22:29 (KJV)Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

The Bible teaches us to be men and women of skill. We need to learn and increase our skill level not to please men but to bring in the flock to His kingdom. Let’s be quick to learn and eager to grasp the new things that can help us perform better for the extension of His kingdom.

  • Working with all our heart:

Colossians 3:23,24 (KJV)And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ

The Bible instructs us to work with all our heart for the kingdom of God. Give the best to the Lord and His word says we will receive the reward of His inheritance.

  • Be Diligent:

Proverbs 21:5 (KJV)The thoughts of the diligent tend only plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

To be an ambassador of Christ in the market place we should also be diligent in our workplace. We need to make sure that all our energy, time and focus is on the work at hand.

  • Be Faithful:

Proverbs 28:20 (KJV)A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent

Faithfulness which is one of the fruit of the Spirit is very important in our lives. We need to be faithful to those above us in authority and with the work being assigned to us. Our faithfulness should be seen in our relationship with one another , to the church and leadership. We should cultivate loyalty . When we remain faithful to our work, we become a testimony in the world so that they see us as His ambassadors.

  • Be Responsive:

Proverbs 16:13 (KJV) Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Today the world is chaotic and lawless. Everyone is seeking for a solution. We need to take the effort to speak forth and let them know our opinions. Instead of being the trouble makers we need to be problem-solvers for Christ.

  • Be a hard worker:

Proverbs 14:23 (KJV)  In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The scripture says we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. God expects us to be laborers and just talkers. He also expects us to take ownership of the given task and finish  it and by doing so we influence the market place for His kingdom. The kingdom culture should rub in where we are placed.

CONCLUSION.

The Lord has opened a great and effectual door before us. This opportunity is available to us every day, every moment. We need to take up the opportunity and stand up for the work of the Lord. Don’t stay confined to the walls of families, obligations and workplace. The doors to nations are placed wide open between us; We are all ministers of God. We are the pastors in our company. There might not be any sheep now but the Lord will open doors to people’s heart’s to accept  the Lord and we can be ambassadors of Christ in their way to salvation any moment!

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The Basics of Revival.

Key Scripture: 2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)  Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

SUMMARY

The word ‘Revival’ in the dictionary means an improvement in the condition or strength of something. We often hear, believe and pray for a revival in our nation, city or community but seldom know how we can bring about a revival! The good news is God has an answer to every seeking heart and He is telling us today to take courage and not let our hands be weak for our work will be rewarded! Through this sermon you will have an understanding of ushering in a revival through the life of King Asa and prophet Azariah.

SERMON POINTS

What does Revival look like?

2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

Revival starts with individuals who are touched by the powerful presence and word of God. They give prime most importance to His word and orders their steps accordingly. As they obey God’s word, the outlook of the community and society changes. Reading, meditating and praying to God becomes an imperative factor in our life and is reflected through our walk with God. We share the gospel with utmost joy, thirsting for souls to salvation. As we undertake the great commission, God speaks to us and suddenly the love of God fills us and the people around with the presence of the Holy Spirit. People flock into the place to experience the power of the holy spirit. The lives, situations and circumstances are changed forever for good and it becomes so evident through their works! Therefore, let us work towards the ‘Revival’ with courage and never let our hands grow weak.

Requirements for a Revival.

1) The Spirit of the Lord should come upon us:

2 Chronicles 15:1 (KJV)And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

For a revival to take place, the spirit of God should come upon us and once we have the spirit of God we will see things with the eyes of His spirit. Here we see the Spirit of God coming upon Azariah, the son of Oded. He goes to King Aza and declares the word of God boldly. If revival has to come upon a church and community, there has to be individuals fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Once the Holy Spirit lands on individuals, they become game changers for the better. You are anointed by the Holy Spirit to usher in a revival where you are placed. In your workplace you function as a minister of God to bring people to a revival.

In today’s world the greatest deterrent to revival is the technology gadgets; from children to adults everyone is at unrest and are held captive to sin. Remember God has called us to lead our children in the ways of the Lord and we are accountable to Him! Therefore, let the spirit of God come upon us to encourage, speak and to lead. Today the question is, do we desire and prepare ourselves for the Holy Spirit to come upon us and be used by God?

2) Seeking God in prayer.

 2 Chronicles 15:2 (KJV)And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

The Bible clearly tells us that when we seek the Lord in prayer we will find Him but if we forsake Him He will forsake us. The Christian life is meant to be a transparent life, to live in a community sharing the love of God .However, we are in danger zone when we refuse to open our life before God, being honest and transparent. Thus when we forsake His presence and purpose, He would forsake us and it would be detrimental .

What is our passion and purpose today? Is it to establish our kingdom or His kingdom? What is the amount of time we spend with God and what is the mandate when we say ‘amen?’ If saying an amen is just a lousy ritual then it’s time for us to come back and seek the face of God. Let us be determined to find God, immersed in prayer, our knees bruised in seeking Him with a transformed, courteous heart praying out aloud.  A revival is bound to come as we seek the Lord !

3) Having the Law and The Teaching Of God as most important.

 2 Chronicles 15:3 (KJV) Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law

The book of Chronicles says that Israel had no true God, no teaching priest and no law. Sadly, many of our lives, homes and churches are infested with the similar exposition of the Israelites.  We have made a God of our imagination, with no laws in families and churches have become business centers with pulpits echoing a diluted form of God’s word. The true God is not preached or revered . There are no teaching priests as in the time of Asa. However, let us remember that if He is a true God we are His true servants. It is important to receive faithful teaching, setting spiritual principles in families like a family prayer, teaching our children the word of God and setting right priorities in our life.

Remember that our presence and prayers can make a world of difference enough to bring forth a revival when we have a true God, His teaching and His law in our lives.

4) Removing Detestable Idols from our Lives.

 2 Chronicles 15:8 (KJV)And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

The scripture says that king Asa took courage and removed the abominable idols and destroyed it. Revival ignites courage and every detestable idol is removed from our homes and hearts.

Ezekiel 14:3(KJV)  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

The word says that the idols are in the heart and it prevents God from reaching to us and vice versa. The idols also can be  as simple a gadget, a television program which hinders our relationship with God. Therefore, remove the idols today because with the idol we cannot progress in our relationship with God.

Psalms 119:37 (KJV)Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

King David asks the Lord to turn His eyes from the vain things of the world so that he can see the Lord and follow His ways.

Colossians 3:5(KJV) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

As the saying goes “What I see is what I want.” The world today has become greedier than ever. We want to possess everything we see, but the word reminds us that it is idolatry and we should not have an idolatrous lifestyle.

 John 12:25(KJV) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Therefore, let us praise God for the blessings that He has given us and remove the idols that prevents Him from reaching to us.

5) Repairing the altar of your heart.

 2 Chronicles 15:8 (KJV)And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the sabominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

King Asa repaired the altar of the Lord, that ushered in the revival for the land of Judah. Revival starts as we repair the altar of our heart. Let us repair and ask the Lord to create in us a clean heart asking Him to remove any thing held captive for a revival.See Psalm 51 and pray it with a right spirit to rebuild the altar of your heart.

6) Praise and Worship.

 2 Chronicles 15:11 (KJV)And they offered unto the Lord the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep

Many of us believe that number seven in the bible signifies completion and perfection. Revival comes when we find ourselves given to praise and worship. The trademark of a revival is completed and perfected through our praise and worship to the Lord.

7) Seal the covenant with the shout of Praise.

2 Chronicles 15:12 (KJV)And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. And they sware unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.

The scripture says that the people made a covenant with the Lord to serve Him all the days of their lives. They made loud voices of covenant. They were not singing a lie to the Lord. They were given to the work of the Lord. All Judah rejoiced at the oath. Today our praise and worship culture has become too noisy without any meaning. We should be determined to declare our covenant to God when we come to Him.

What was the result?

The scripture says as the people made a covenant and swore unto God and  was found of them. There is nothing greater in life than to find God . When we find Him, our lives become drenched by His presence. We get joy and peace from His presence and He gives us rest from all the attacks of the enemy.

A revival is bound to happen when we seal the covenant and be found of God. We will have joy, peace and rest in the covenant with God.

CONCLUSION

Revival can start now with us today when every requirement is met by us. It is imperative that we get rid of any idols in our life to find God, to seal the covenant and find rest in Him. Let His spirit come upon us, seek Him, have His word and laws in our lives. Prepare an altar to praise and worship Him today; and as all Judah rejoiced at the oath we will rejoice in the covenant with the Lord!