By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,obeyed and went,even though he did not know where he was going. Heb. 11
We read the Abraham was called out to leave his secure place behind and go out on an unknown journey not knowing where he was going. This is today's call of discipleship. There is a calling out into the unknown that the Spirit of God is speaking to the body of Christ. This is discipleship in the later days. Have you heard the call?
Later on God spoke to Abraham and said the he would be his shield and exceedingly great reward. Genesis 15:1 Discipleship is placing our security in Gods protection and His presence being our source of happiness and joy.
We are called out from the security of our possessions, our career, our marriage, our home, our family; what ever we have placed our hope and planted our root of trust in. We must leave the comfort and security of our doctrine that we have build our faith around. We have been called to leave behind the security of our church fellowship and walk in the unknown pathway. This is discipleship in the last days.
Discipleship is obeying this call of God to separate ourselves from all the good, that is second best to Gods presence.
Discipleship is going out with God not knowing where we are going and what will happen to us. To those who have their life planned out, it is my belief that this is not Gods pathway for you. God's pathway is into the unknown. God has plans for each of us that are good and will cause us to prosper spiritually but it is for us to seek God in prayer to find this pathway.
Discipleship is into the unknown; step by step, not giant strides into the distance.
Discipleship is a call to come out from under our man-made shields; our doctrines, our future, our career, our family, our Christian work; anything that does not have the finger prints of the cross over them.
God is calling us out from our comfort zones with the promise that he will be our very great reward. Anything that brings us joy and happiness that is not marked by the cross we are called to leave, for God will be the source of our everlasting joy. Where is our happiness placed today? Our home, our spouse, our children, our possessions? Gods call to discipleship is that our prime source of joy and happiness is to be in God alone.
He went out from all he know and loved – he obeyed going out into the unknown. Discipleship is separating ourselves with a serious of moral choices to walk with God alone. We are called in these last days to live in the 'tents' of Gods choosing for we are 'strangers' in the land that we know but do not belong.
As the time of the Lords return comes closer by the day, we are challenged to let go our securities and live and dwell in a land that we know but in reality are strangers and aliens among our own people, for our home is a 'city with foundations,whose architect and builder is God.'
Discipleship is a call where we have to abandon all in unconditional surrender and with a smile and a glow on our face, wash our hands of the consequences.
Discipleship is not resignation to an unknown spiritual force, but to a power and presence that we know and whose character has been revealed to us in the face of Jesus.
Discipleship is either being a fool or one who is obedient to the call of the creator of heaven and earth, for it is a going outfrom all that we know and love, becoming strangers and fools within our own people.
Discipleship is not knowing where you are going with God, but knowing that God knows.
Therefore I tell you, do not worryabout your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Matthew 6
"We are called out from the security of our possessions, our career, our marriage, our home, our family; what ever we have placed our hope and planted our root of trust in. We must leave the comfort and security of our doctrine that we have build our faith around. We have been called to leave behind the security of our church fellowship and walk in the unknown pathway. This is discipleship in the last days. // "Our home, our spouse, our children, our possessions? [u][b]Gods call to discipleship is that our prime source of joy and happiness is to be in God alone[/b] [/u]."
Today's scripture @ the Home page from [b]2 Samuel 22:33 [NIV][/b] reads: "It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure."
How fitting this verse goes with your content, for it is only God, and God alone, who will equip us with the strength to obey His call to discipleship and keep our "way secure." Good blog!
As I read your blog, I thought about a cold November night, nearly seven years ago when I found myself sobbing uncontrollably before God as I drove home from a womens service at church. I pulled into the driveway and cried until I could cry no more and cried out in agony that I would go wherever God wanted me to go... even if it was into a "dark place". Several weeks later, I learned I had cancer.
No, I do not believe God gave me cancer. I do not believe that for one minute. What I do believe is that as I unknowingly stood just before the bend in the road that would lead me into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, God was preparing my heart for it. He was equipping me for this stage of my journey. My heart had to be willing to go wherever He chose to lead me and to trust Him... no matter what! Will we?
The timing of this very powerful blog is ... . Thank you for your obedience.
Good essay with points to ponder. Keep blogging. - fig
Powerful teaching brother John. I pray all who read this blog will be inspired to become not only believers but doers of the word.
I don't think, 'thrilling,' goes to far in describing what you have so eloquently written. Written by the voice of faith in the one, true and living God. God Bless, Phil
So much I want to comment on... but I will choose this... [quote]Discipleship is into the unknown; step by step, not giant strides into the distance.[/quote]. For every believer, God has a specific, designed journey that is carried out in an ordained timeframe; a timeframe that begins before the foundation of the world to bring His chosen ones into discipleship. Unfortunately, many that are called opt out of paying the price of discipleship, which grieves our Savior. Instead, they become disciples of disobedience which carries with it a penalty and a curse. I think we should pray that the Holy Spirit will lead all those that come to Christ into true discipleship.