Tuesday 10 January 2017

The Power of the Missionary Mandate: Tuesday January 10 2017

The Power of the Missionary Mandate: Tuesday January 10 2017

Memorize Acts 1:8
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Read Mark 16: 15-18
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Bible in one year: Genesis 32-35

Hymn: Sing Hymn 2

O Jesus, I have promised
  To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
  My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
  If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
  If Thou wilt be my Guide.

2 Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
  The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
  The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
  Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
  And shield my soul from sin.

3 Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
  In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
  The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
  To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
  Thou Guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, Thou hast promised
  To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
  There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
  To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
  My Master and my Friend.

5 Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
  And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
  Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
  Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
  My Savior and my Friend.

When our Lord Jesus Christ was going to be with His Father, He gave us a mandate to reach the world with His gospel. However, He said; “wait for the promise of the Father...” (Acts 1:4). Pursuing missionary mandate without the power of the Holy Spirit is suicidal. This is the reason why we have casualties among the modern day missionaries, because some of them are not Spiritually equipped. They have zeal without knowledge.

Presumptuous sin killed Uzzah. This is why David prayed that God should deliver him from presumptuous sin (Psalms 19:13): the type that destroyed King Saul when he performed the sacrifice before the arrival of the designated priest. Samuel (1 Samuel 13:9). We need to be endued in the Holy Spirit before we can be effective missionaries. I pray that as many as are thirsty for the baptism of the Holy Spirit will be satisfied with it today in Jesus' Name.

Action point:
Rid yourself of all impurities that may hinder Him from coming into your life today. The Holy Spirit is willing to baptize you if you are willing

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