Category: Daily Battle Orders

  • The Calling of Kingdom Men in Church

    via TJC “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. [...] They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:42,46-47 NIV) We see the zeal of the early church in the Book of Acts. Luke and Paul heard stories of Jesus from eyewitnesses--those who were with Jesus, who saw Him, witnessed his miracles and felt what it was to be in the presence of Emmanuel, God with us. Together they proclaimed the exciting news of Jesus to both Jews and Gentiles (those who were not Jews). Imagine your father or mother telling you the wonderful events they saw of Jesus--raising a man from the dead or allowing a blind man to see for the first time. Many were filled with the Holy Spirit and became witnesses "to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8). Once the early believers received the Holy Spirit, they were tasked to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The Gospel of Jesus is for everyone; those who saw Jesus crucified in Jerusalem, those in Judea who rejected Jesus’ ministry, the outlaws and “half-breeds” in Samaria, and the Gentiles with no hope who lived at the ‘end of the earth’ to the early Christians. We are reminded that Jesus tells us to go to these places as witnesses to those who live there. We are reminded that it is not only “missionaries” who are called behind enemy lines, but we as a Church body are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus both where we feel comfortable and where we don’t. Are there places we are afraid to bring the light of Jesus? God calls us to be his witnesses, and the love that characterizes the Church body is how Jesus says we are identified as His. In Acts 1:21-26, we see that when Judas was no longer with the Apostles, there was an open seat. The remaining leaders (eleven Apostles) looked to those who have been serving alongside them, since the early days with Jesus. Two were nominated. Now, this is interesting: instead of making a human decision to choose one of the two nominees, they picked one at random, essentially rolling the dice. They had full reliance that God would guide them to the new Apostle. This is opposed to having the decision driven by emotions, human logic, carnal desires, feelings, or some other human state of mind. As we explore deeper into the working of the early church, a key element is how opposition within the church was handled. At the beginning of Acts 6, we find two groups of people in conflict relative to the feeding of widows. One group believed the other group was neglecting their widows in the daily distribution.  Today, we see situations like this split churches across the nation. Conversely, the Apostles gathered a counsel of people and requested the number of people it would take to alleviate the pressure on everyone. Seven were chosen to assist with helping the widows and the conflict was resolved. Daily Battle Order Do any of these stories resonate with how you see your church? Has a desire to be a witness become stagnant or do you see division, where you stand on the sidelines as opposed to bringing union? Reread the passages mentioned above and pray to the Lord. Ask where you can act as a disciple, helping bring God’s glory to others and being a witness. Be the Kingdom Man you were created to be. Tomorrow we will wrap up the week with a focus on our personal discipleship response.

  • What is the Goal of the Great Commission

    via TJC Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 Yesterday, we dove into how the Great Commission instructs us to be disciple makers. While we are to be disciples (dedicated students and ardent followers), we must also lead others into this type of relationship with God.  We shared that being a disciple and a disciple maker are long pursuits, a process and not a destination or a title. Today we will look at why Jesus gave us the commission, what is the goal?  Have you ever wondered why Jesus gave us this command, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Why was that important to Him? Recall that Jesus said “ I tell you the truth, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12).  Jesus commanded and expected that His work of glorifying the Father would continue after He went to the Father. In order for that to happen He needed commissioned ardent followers, students who ventured on the long pursuit, in other words Kingdom Men! In order to do that we must first be trained, disciplined and discipled. Jesus wants us to be mature disciples. He trains and disciplines us through His love, not His wrath (Hebrews 12:10-12). Our Creed echoes Christ’s goal: “I am a Kingdom Man, with a Kingdom vision. Commissioned by Christ. My life is the Father’s. I am intentional.”  This means we whole-heartedly accept His command and His commission. We are excited about it and train and study as we carry it out. A few years ago I attended a military promotion ceremony. This was a base wide assembly recognizing our enlisted members as they promoted through the ranks. In the military, Sergeants are also known as Non-commissioned officers (NCOs). Becoming an NCO is a big deal. It means the military and the individuals leadership has confidence in their technical abilities and see potential in their ability to lead their peers and subordinates.  It’s a big deal, an honor and a privilege. At this particular ceremony, two members were being promoted into the NCO corps.  The promotion is accepted and affirmed by the members accepting the NCO Charge. At the end of the charge, the new NCOs respond with a loud “I WILL!” However at the conclusion of this particular Charge, the “I WILL” from these two new NCOs was b”arely audible, to say it was mumbled would be a compliment. It was said with indifference, “Will you accept this Charge?” Mheh…Sure I guess… The Chief Master Sergeant stopped the ceremony and asked them again, similar response. Then he told them, this wasn’t about their testing, or their scores or the pay increase, this is about the mission and the people. If they can’t see that, he would rather them not accept it.  Daily Battle Order: Jesus gave us a similar but even more important Charge. He gave us a Command and a Commission. He did it because it was important for His Kingdom’s work. He wants us to join in and play a part.  He left it to us because he emphatically wants us to continue the work he began and due it even greater than He did. Yes, have a greater impact than Jesus. But we must sound-off when we respond. We must be engaged. There is no room for “Mheh, sure I guess”. We are intentional! We are ardent followers and dedicated students!  We have the Kingdom’s vision, it drives our own: Love God, Love People, Glorify the Father in all things!  So today ask the Father to give you clarity to understand His goal. With that clarity you will be able to ward off the pitfalls we will discuss tomorrow that finds us saying “Mheh, I guess so” instead of a resounding “I WILL!”

  • What is a Disciple-Maker

    via TJC Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 Yesterday we focused on the nations, the wide, varied, sometimes difficult and plentiful field of harvest to which Jesus pointed us as disciples.  Today we are going to look at what it means to us as Kingdom Men to take action to Go and Make Disciples of those “nations”, whether around the globe or across the street.  The imperative in this verse is actually the word MAKE not the word GO, so what exactly are we making? Back in our November 7th battle order, we looked at what it means to be a disciple.  We gave the most simple and core definition - “A disciple according to the Bible is simply someone who believes in Jesus and seeks to follow Him in their daily lives.”  True, but as we dig deeper we see that the Bible points us more specifically toward becoming mature disciples as we live out our relationship with Jesus and become more like Him (James 1:4, Colossians 1:28, Luke 6:40).  Jesus modeled for us what it looks like to make not just disciples (there were hundreds if not thousands of people in the gospels who could have been counted as disciples - many of whom walked away when His teachings got tough) but mature disciples. These are men and women who spread the gospel to the world and were willing to die rather than not obey the Great Commission.  He invested deeply into a few, leading them to a mature relationship with Him, His Father and later the Holy Spirit.  They did the same thing with others which changed the world. Here is a secret we miss too often as Christians when we consider becoming mature disciples.  Being mature is not the key to becoming a disciplemaker - becoming a disciplemaker is the key to becoming mature in your relationship with Christ.  When you, as Kingdom Man, take a step of faith and begin to pour the truths Jesus has given to you into another man it is you who will grow, mature, the most.   You don’t have to be an “expert in the law” as scripture describes the Pharisees, and who Jesus called out as being in error even though they knew the most about the words of scripture (Matt 22:29), to share what Jesus has taught you.  In fact when it says “teaching them all that I commanded you” in the Great Commission it does not mean being able to teach the whole Bible.  It literally means sharing the truths God has given you personally.  This often means just sharing what Jesus showed you during a morning quiet time.  As a Kingdom man you are commissioned to provide this relationship to others and to help them begin to do the same.  This is how we become mature disciples and make mature disciples of all nations. Daily Battle Order: Kingdom Man, this week make it a priority to share one truth God has given you from His Word with a friend, a family member or a neighbor.  Pay attention to what it does in your heart when you do it.  Don’t just quote a verse to someone, tell them what it means to you and how it is impacting your life.  Making a disciple is not a mysterious or even difficult assignment once you step into it. I am a Kingdom Man with a Kingdom vision. Commissioned by Christ. My life is the Father’s. I am intentional. I will grow in my faith, be consistent in my actions and leave a  legacy worthy of the race I have run.

  • Compassion for all Nations

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    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

    Matthew 28:19 [expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

    This week we will be focusing on going and making disciples of all nations and what that means in our realm.  By realm we are speaking of what, as Kingdom Men, our Lord has given us authority to be stewards of on His behalf: family, the work of our hands, finances, relationships.   Our King has given us an assignment that extends to all parts of our immediate realm and to all of the nations.

    In God’s Kingdom, there are no races or ethnicities but one people.  We often size things up, draw lines of distinction, even separate the haves from the have nots. We so often, and so quickly view things from our earthly perspective. Christ demonstrates to us the difference between things that are heavenly and those things that are earthly. 

    Christ as King views things from an even playing field or one realm, His realm, which includes all things in heaven and in earth (Matt 28:18). While Christ identified as Jewish in His time on earth, and sees the Jews as His chosen people, there were no limits, no exclusions for anyone regarding the hearing of the truth of the Gospel. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28-29).

    There are no limits being placed on us to who we should be sharing the Gospel with and discipling. If you’re putting limits on that; that’s you, not Christ. So, Kingdom Man, if you find yourself within the limits made up in your own mind, are you truly capable of being “moved with compassion?” 

    But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (KJV)

    Christ saw large gatherings on many occasions, seeing the blind, the week, the hungry. Every time He was MOVED, He was stirred to pause, truly see the people before Him, to see their hurt, and would not turn away. And what did He do? He sat down with them. He spoke with them. He taught them. One of the many definitions of ‘teach’ is: “encourage someone to accept (something) as a fact or principle.’ Now, think about the word ‘encourage’. Its definition is: “give support, confidence, or HOPE to (someone). Now put the two together in a different way. What do you get? You have Christ sitting down and giving hope, support, and confidence in a way that someone would accept his Gospel as fact. So, what does it take to do that? Love. “For God so LOVED the world” (John 3:16) and that he gave! He gave in every way imaginable, time, compassion, His blood, etc.

    Now, in our “realm” we have neighbors, some of all different walks of life. All with hurt. All carrying something that diminishes hope. So, are you moved with compassion? Does the love of the Father move that compassion within you by conviction brought about by the Holy Spirit? How is it possible to love someone you don’t know? Fact is you can’t! If we claim to love our Heavenly Father, we must know Him, and He must know us. It’s a relationship. You must take time to build these relationships with those in your realm, our immediate reach. There are going to be differences. Will you allow compassion to override those differences? It goes a long, long way. Sometimes you will be in the fight of your life because we all know that difficult person. However, as a warrior, keep the sword of the Spirit at the ready. Compassion driven by the Spirit can cut through the thickest of walls. 

    Daily Battle Order:

    Be a King over your realm and take care of those around you in your immediate reach. Teach, not that we school anyone, rather we give hope and support. Fight to establish even the toughest of relationships, the victory is as sweet as honey. Love, not that they’ll love us, but that we first loved them, and they will know we are Christian by our being moved with compassion! There is no limit on who or when. There is no other nation than the lost.

    Now that we know and have directions for where we are to go, tomorrow we’ll continue our discipleship series focusing on what is a disciple?[/expander_maker]

  • We will Reign with Him

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    Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:16-20[expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

    This was a great week of looking into Jesus’ authority. We spoke about the Authority of Jesus in each of our lives and what it means. We examined Jesus’ roles as Creator and Sustainer, while also digging into His Control of Nature, His Control over the Supernatural and His Incarnate Authority. Today, we close out with how “We will Reign with Him”.

    “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure,we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13

    We may not see ourselves as Kings who rule over creation, but God made us to rule in His glory. (see Gen 1:26-31).  Because of Adam and the Fall, we forfeited the ability to fulfill this vocation. Thankfully, by God’s grace, He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that we may be redeemed and reunited with Him. Our redemption, through Jesus’ sacrifice, provides us with the opportunity to realize salvation and step back into the role God intended for us. We are now able once more to achieve our purpose as righteous rulers of the world in His name (Rom.5:12-21).

    I have to say that reigning with Him is not easy. We are all broken. We all endure some form of anguish, heartache, loss, depression, loneliness, despair, disease, etc. But only through Him and with Him, can we reign over these things. We can overcome these obstacles with Him and the people He has placed in our lives. Upon Jesus’ ascension to Heaven, He let us know that we would not be abandoned; there is a Helper for us on this earth. This Helper is the communicator between Him and us. This Helper also brings us closer to those who are fighting with us. I have started to notice God placing people in my life to help me grow, to help them grow, or usually a combination of both. In return, they are helping me to want Him more. 

    Recently, a friend who I have not talked to for a long time called me up and said that he accepted God back into his life. He has been dealing with a great deal of anguish for the past few months. He said for the first time that he noticed God has been working in his life. I honored him for his commitment and honesty in his journey. He said he fought the feeling for so long, but eventually surrendered it. He said it was the best decision he ever made. He also commented how refreshing it was to speak with someone about his journey that would not judge him about his walk with God and who could understand what he has been through. 

    We cannot reign in his Kingdom if we are not willing to shed away our old skin. Christ did not give us another chance to reign with Him for no reason. He wanted us to achieve our purpose as righteous rulers of this world in His name. Not my name or my family's name. It was so that we can rule in HIS name.

    This next series will help to figure out how we can build His Kingdom by “Going to make Disciples”. Check your friends at the door because we are about to see who is helping you grow and who you are helping grow in His Kingdom. 

    Daily Battle Order:

    Take a look in your lives today and see if you are in sync with his will to reign on this earth. Are you a part of Christ’s plan or your own? Is Jesus the true authority in your life or are you trying to control it? Think about these things and share it with a close friend. We need to have the right people around us to help us grow in His Kingdom. If you do not have that person in your life pray and ask for Him to send someone to help guide you there.

    Take time out and answer those questions. Post them up on our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/joshuacommission) and our Website (“joshuacommission.org). We all have purpose on this earth. What is yours?[/expander_maker]

  • Incarnate Authority

    via TJC Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. ~Matthew 28:16-20[expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"] The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~John 1:14 Earlier this week, we discussed how the Word was with God in the beginning, how the Word was God, and how through Him all things were made. (John 1: 1-3). For us and our salvation, the Creator of the universe came to earth and took on human form. In doing so, Jesus humbled Himself, into a position which was even lower than the angels, so that our relationship with God could be restored because He took on all of the sin, death and sickness of the world. Nevertheless, when Jesus became human, He was fully man and fully God. That means that He still had the authority of God. In fact, Jesus is the only “man” in history who has ever had sole authority over our lives. Yet, even with that authority, He remained obedient to His Father and remained on mission. Jesus created the world, and He created the conditions for men to gain knowledge, power and wealth. And for us, Jesus allowed men (who benefitted from His creation) to humiliate, torture, and put Him to death. Why? Because He loves us and because He was obedient to His Father. Confession time: I have a huge ego. Several years ago on my personality assessment at work, the first sentence said that I have a strong ego. No joke! And I’m not even the Creator of everything, let alone anything. With that ego and my position at work, I often give myself an over-inflated sense of authority over my team and peers. I’ve worked hard, and more importantly, God has put me in positions to be successful, so I have been promoted into a position of authority with my employer. In my position, it’s hard for me to imagine humbling myself to accept being humiliated by my team or peers. In my own home, I get upset when I feel like my wife humiliates me or when my daughter undermines my authority. Yet, Jesus who has authority over all things, did that to the point of a criminal’s death on a cross. That’s seriously an ego check right there. Jesus has all Authority over me, and His example makes me realize that I need to look at my behavior or see what’s going on with those around me. Perhaps, this might be a moment where I need to make some changes or maybe extend them grace because my ego was bruised. I cannot fathom the amount of grace that Jesus had for us when He stood trial or was put to death. Because He was not the issue; our sin was and still is. Daily Battle Order: How do you handle the authority you are given? How do you react when people undermine it? Are you quick to extend grace like Jesus? Or, are you more like me and become defensive or upset when your ego is damaged because you suffered humiliation? Take time out and answer those questions. Post them up on our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/joshuacommission) and our Website (joshuacommission.org). We all have purpose on this earth. What is yours?[/expander_maker]

  • Control over the Supernatural

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    The Great Commission 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20[expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

    And suddenly [the demons] cried out saying, “What have we to do with you, Jesus, You Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.

    Matthew 8:29-32 NKJV

    The authority of Christ is not only over men, not only over the natural world, but includes the supernatural. The story from Matthew 8 above tells us that even before most humans recognized Jesus as divine, the demons recognized Jesus instantly. They knew who He was, they knew that He had power over them, and their fear was thick. Jesus’ power over them was so complete they even needed to ask permission to enter a herd of pigs, an unclean animal that no Jew would even touch. It’s also fascinating and instructive that Jesus needed no prayers beseeching God to cast out the demons, no rituals or incantations, no magic spells or divination. He simply said, “Go.” and it was done. 

    Men, we serve the most high God. The MOST HIGH God! There is none above Him, and nothing can override His ultimate authority. We see this throughout scripture. The God we serve commands angels as his servants to deliver messages and combat demonic powers. (Daniel 10:10-21) We serve a God who Satan has to ask permission to tempt us. (Job 1:6-12) Our King Jesus cast out demons while on earth and gave that authority to his future disciples. (Mark 16:17)

    So now we must ask ourselves, in the knowledge of Christ’s dominion over the supernatural, what is our place? When we live in Christ’s truth we can inspire the same fear in the demons we encounter. This is why the demonic forces attack us spiritually; to blind us from the truth that the kingdom is at war, and you were created for victory. Sleepers, awake! When we are empowered in the name of Christ we can cast out demons! Living in Christ’s truth comes with a cost. It requires discipline, sacrifice, death to self, and hatred of sin. 

    Daily Battle Order:

    Look into the mirror today and ask yourself. Have I allowed sin to cast doubt on my standing with God? If I encountered evil, would I rebuke it? Or would I do nothing?

    Take time out and answer those questions. Post them up on our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/joshuacommission) and our Website (https://joshuacommission.org/). We all have purpose on this earth. What is yours?[/expander_maker]

  • Control Over Nature

    via TJC

    The Great Commission 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20[expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3 (NIV)

    Where I live, we have four seasons each with its own uniqueness. When surrounded by the natural world, time spent in nature can be truly awe-inspiring. When surrounded by nature, as a human being it is hard to believe that there is not something bigger than just ourselves.  Even in this day and age, when often surrounded by buildings and technology, what is accomplished by man is simply application based on understanding of natural laws.

    Though we try to understand the physical world all around us, are we always subject to what can feel like the randomness of nature? God, who created this world, also came down as Jesus to show us how to live in this created world. As Creator, Jesus has a greater authority over what we think of as natural laws. When healing the sick and blind, Jesus’ miracles (and His disciple’s miracles) are outward demonstrations of God’s power over physical bodies. When Jesus walked on water, it was a fisherman (Matthew 14:28) who responded “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”, and himself walked on water.

    When a modern Bullet Train moves forward, we’re not surprised because we understand a superior force (magnetism) “levitates” the train, overcoming gravity. When Jesus (& Peter) walked on water, gravity and the properties of water were not cancelled, but were overcome by a superior force -- the will of the Creator of the forces of nature.

    The calming of the seas is another memorable story of Jesus’s authority over nature:. “And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!”  He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Math 8:25-27)

     As Creator, Christ has authority over men and over the natural world. Look for tomorrow’s DBO to find out about the authority of Christ over the supernatural world, which picks up with the next verse in Mathew and we see what the storm on the sea was trying to prevent.

    Daily Battle Order: When healing the Centurion’s servant, Jesus proclaimed aloud the man’s faith (Luke 7:10). Peter walked on water, until seeing the wind and waves, then looked to Jesus and was saved. Healing miracles did not end in the Bible with the Gospels, but continued with Jesus’s disciples in Acts. How is your faith? Do you feel overwhelmed by the world around you? Do you feel strengthened by what you read today?

    Take time out and answer those questions. Post them up on our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/joshuacommission) and our Website (https://joshuacommission.org/). We all have purpose on this earth. What is yours?[/expander_maker]

  • Sustainer

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    The Great Commission 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20[expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

    Jesus as our sustainer...uniquely mine and yours - each individual’s, while also every individual’s. That’s quite an realization, especially when we begin to break down what it means to sustain. It means strength and support, to bear weight without breaking, to undergo or suffer, continuing or prolonged without interruption, validation and confirmation. 

    When I think about the truth of Christ being our sustainer, I think about a cliche I hear quite often, something to the effect of “God won’t give you anything you can’t handle”. Guess what - WRONG! He gives you tons of things you cannot handle. If we could handle everything, why would we need him? We need Christ in and for us, in order to make it. Thank God we are not on our own to handle everything we face.  

    If there is one thing I have learned going from adolescent, to adult, husband, father...if I try to be all of these things, I fail. Even worse, when I have persisted down a path, regardless of whether Jesus is with me on that path or not, sometimes I've even gotten my way, man that was worse than failing. 

    Have you ever been hanging out with a group of “friends” or in a situation, you get sucked into doing something you know isn’t the right thing to do? You think you can depend on them or yourself to get away with it. All of sudden, something goes down, it’s every man for himself and boom, you’re caught.  This is what doing it alone looks like. This is what the enemy does - the enemy doesn't have what it takes to sustain and neither do we. The enemy wants you to think you do, so as soon as something goes down, you fall short. 

    Christ is everything it means to sustain. HE IS strength and support, HE BEARS the weight without breaking, HE SUFFERS for us, HE CONTINUES with no interruption or end, HE CONFIRMS all of these things in us and in His word. 

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    Matthew 11:28-30

    A yoke is the instrument used to tie work to an ox. They are yoked first at only a few months old so that they can get used to what it feels like to be tied to the weight. Are you carrying your own yoke, or have you let Jesus in and taken his yoke instead? It's right there, black and white in Matthew - His yoke is light. If your yoke is heavy, it's not His. How long can you carry on with all of that weight? There is One who can take it and sustain you. He is. He bears. He suffers. He continues. He confirms. You don't have to, and in fact, you were never meant to. You were created for victory, in Him, in order to spread and defend His kingdom. 

    Daily Battle Order:

    Take time out and answer those questions. Who’s yoke are you carrying? How long have you been carrying it? Are you able to do the work you were designed for?  

    Post them up on our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/joshuacommission) and our Website (joshuacommission.org). We all have purpose on this earth. What is yours?[/expander_maker]

  • What is a Disciple?

    via TJC

    Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  Matthew 28: 16-20

    A disciple is a follower, a true believer. So how do we do it? How do we make disciples of all the nations? Do we duck this part of the Great Commission and say, “No, not my strength, let someone else do it.” NO! As Kingdom Men we Learn how to do it! If you don’t know how you’re in a great place to learn as we will be going through these 4 principles for the rest of the year.

    Do you like adventure stories? Epic battles in a far off or mystical kingdom? It’s the stuff Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings are made of. Adventure, danger, romance, good triumphing over evil. The average guy becoming a Hero and a King! That’s the story we tell to make disciples of all nations. To borrow from Brett McKay in The Art of Manliness,

    ‘The story of Jesus also fits the pattern of the hero’s journey. A son descends from heaven, and with the supernatural aid of his heavenly father, becomes a mortal on earth. He gathers allies for his mission, faces tests and trials, undergoes a sacrificial ordeal, dies and resurrects, returns to the earth to announce that the power of sin and death has been conquered, and then ascends back into the heavens.’ 

    This is great stuff! An exciting story. How did I miss this? Where do I find this story? Of course it’s in the Bible, we all know that however, when you read with the eyes of the King the action, adventure, romance , epic battles, unseen enemies lying in wait to devour you whole; then these stories will leap off the page to you and you will not be able to contain yourself except to tell the story.

    That is one way to carry out the Great commission. Personally, I like this way.

    Daily Battle Order:

    I am a Kingdom Man. I am created by God to bear His image. I am a son and viceroy for my Father’s work. I am a warrior, lover, teacher, and King. Kingdom Man, the best way to tell this story is to live this story! Become a chapter in the story!

    “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

    Next week we’ll look at the authority of Jesus in each of our lives, what does that mean?