September 24 – Closure – The Goal of the Gospel

“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…” Revelations 7:9a

God has a plan and intends to fulfill that plan. He is a God of CLOSURE, or COMPLETION. Consider His goals for you in these five areas:

1)  Individually – It’s PERFECTION.  God intends for you to GROW toward perfection. Remember, God did not save you because you were already holy; He saved you to MAKE you holy. (See Matthew 5:48.)

2)  Corporately – It’s UNITY.  Christ is returning for a Church that is holy and in UNITY.  He refers to His Church as a BODY with unique, individual parts that are all working together in harmony. (See Ephesians 4:16.)

3)  Toward One Another – It’s LOVE.  When the Pharisees asked Jesus, “Which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus answered, “LOVE … love for God and for your neighbor.” (See Matthew 22:37-40.)

4)  Toward God – It’s OBEDIENCE.  “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…“ (I Samuel 15:22b)

5)  Toward the Lost – It’s to OCCUPY.  Seize, hold, follow up, and close in on the “Great Commission.”

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, people from ALL nations will stand before Your throne. Help me to gain a clearer picture of the goal line that I might function well on Your team. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

September 23 – Your Testimony

“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony.” Luke 21:12-13

When you make a decision to follow Christ and turn your life over to Him, ALL of your life’s experiences combined, before and after that decision, become YOUR personal testimony, which God uses for His glory and to bring others to Himself. You are to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (I Peter 3:15b, NIV)

You can always be “ready” to open your mouth and give testimony of what God has done for you. Jesus said it was not necessary to meditate about what exact words to use, “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” (Luke 21:15, NIV) Isn’t that a great promise? There is no need to fear. You can move ahead in complete faith that God will put His words in your mouth to accomplish HIS will through YOUR testimony.

Further, in Revelation 12:11, John wrote that the believers overcame Satan “by the word of their testimony….” There is power in the spoken word!

PRAY:  “Father, I understand that You desire to use my testimony and my mouth to accomplish Your purposes. Please cleanse and sanctify my words by the blood of the Lamb so that my testimony is pure. Amen.” 

September 22 – Reproduce Yourself

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14

A “Christian” is not something you ARE; it is something you DO. The world is rejecting PASSIVE Christians in search of winners. Winners GO FOR IT! Besides, the Christian life is simply more fun when you are doing something.

Jesus did not command you to become a Christian; rather, He wants you to become His disciple. A Christian only believes, while a disciple follows, obeys, assists in spreading the Good News, and does something with his faith. Jesus Himself started sharing His faith in the temple at the age of twelve!

You are on a mission (should you choose to accept it) of reproducing yourself. Jesus’ program of making disciples works. He never had an altar call, a show of hands, or led anyone in a “Sinner’s Prayer.” Rather, He sat down by a well and talked conversationally to an ordinary woman in Samaria; and because of her testimony, many more from her town were won to Jesus. (See John 4:5-42.)

Do not be satisfied with sowing seeds only. THIS IS THE TIME OF HARVEST. Reproduce yourself… lead someone else into the kingdom of God!

PRAY:  “I love Your Kingdom, Lord. Help me to recognize Your divine appointments. I know You have given me Your power, but help me to exercise the boldness I need to reproduce. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”