The Shofar Man's Newsletter Volume 7 - Part 2
In our last update I shared with you:
At our Regional Unity Gathering on January 4th 2014 ,I taught on God's Government,Order and Gifts. During the teaching I said, "I have been saved for 20 years and I have heard a lot about this thing called revival, but I cannot say that I have ever seen it! "
On Sunday morning Jan 5th, 2014, as I awoke at 4 A.M., it was like I saw a video clip of the night before. I saw myself saying, "I have been saved for 20 years and I have heard a lot about this thing called revival, but I cannot say that I have ever seen it! "
As I saw this, the Holy Spirit said ,"That is not so! That is not a true statemen ! You walk in a State of Revival, You walk in an Attitude of Revival! "
At that time and several times since then God has said to me repeatedly "Teach my people to walk in a State or Attitude of Revival."
To this I have said repeatedly, "God, I do not know how to do that!"
To this God said, "Keep it simple, review your life and simply tell people how I taught you to walk in a state or attitude of revival and encourage others to follow these principles out of My Word.
So, Principle Number 1 :
Twenty years ago I heard a teaching, 3 days after I was saved. That teaching was given by a young man of 78 years old. That young man of 78 years old, Ray Moore, asked me to join him for lunch that week.
As we ate lunch, Ray explained to me the importance of the Great Commission and how it was the responsibility of every Christian to be prepared to tell others about Jesus during their everyday lives, everywhere they would go.
Ray told me this is why I teach people how to write out and share their personal testimony, their story about what Jesus has done for them with lost people.
While having lunch with Ray, he gave me a book called "You Can Hear The Voice of God " Within a few short days I had an understanding based on that book and the Word of God on how important and how easy it could be to hear from God.
Do you see what was happing here??
New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Yes! I was being discipled !!!
What is a Disciple?
The original followers of Jesus, were called disciples!
Another definition is ;
One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
So, Ray who was a follower, or a disciple of Jesus, who had embraced the teachings of Jesus was passing those teachings on to me. Ray did this with the hope that I would also embrace the teachings of Jesus, become a follower of Jesus and that I would some day allow God to use me to disciple someone else.
20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Ray was being obedient to the above scripture and teaching a new disciple.
I thank God that Ray was there for me!!
While Ray was following a Kingdom principle and was busy discipling people to disciple others, the church was busy training people to be ushers, greeters, child care workers, singers in the choir, and whatever other programs it would take to get people plugged in, to keep them as a part of that local church.
The bible says make disciples, it does not say anything about making greeters, ushers , childcare workers and the hundreds of other positions and programs in the church as we see it today.
Have you ever been trained as a greeter, usher, childcare worker, or some other position or program in the church?
I would guess that almost everyone reading this has.
Have you ever had a follower of Christ, a disciple of Christ build a relationship with you and disciple you, teach you, train you, equip you on a one on one basis??
My guess would be, most of the majority of Christians have never been discipled !!
If you have never been discipled would you like to be?
Do you think the 1st step to getting people to walk in a State or Attitude of Revival could possibly be to disciple them?
Think about this!
Principal Number 1 to Walking in an Attitude of Revival: " Make Disciples "
Therefore, Go and Make Disciples of All the Nations ( of all people )
Saints, pray for us as we learn how to teach Gods people to Walk in a State or Attitude of Revival
If you have any thoughts on this subject please share them with us.