What is Virtue?Virtue is the strength of the character ofChrist internalized into my life as I followHim. His virtue brings worth and value tomy life. Without His virtue I am weak andineffective. Virtue grows from an obedient relationship.
Discipleship is Life-Changing only if it is Life-Giving Discipleship which focuses on knowledge will always lead to pride and self-effort. Discipleship which focuses on virtue will always lead to humility and dependence.
Discipleship“the intentional process ofmaking the virtue of Christ myown, through submitting toHis Lordship and Direction, andthe daily Hope of Gaining Christ”Simply – “Gaining by Trading”
From the Man After God’s Heart…2 Samuel 23:5 (NKJV) "Although myhouse is not so with God, yet He hasmade with me an everlastingcovenant, ordered in all things andsecure.For this is all my salvation and all mydesire ), will He not make itincrease )?
David Grew to be a Man of God1. Heart Ps 57:7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! 1 Ki 3:6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you.2. House Ps 101:2 I will walk with integrity of heart within my house…3. Hope Psalms 71:5 (NIV) For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
DAVID DISCIPLESHIP FOCUSES ON:1. Your Desire (Heart) Proverbs 13:12 (ESV) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.2. Your Dependants (House) Hebrews 11:7 (ESV) By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.3. Your Development (Hope) Ephesians 4:15 (ESV) …we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ… Psalms 92:12 (ESV) The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Is This God’s Plan for Discipleship?Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESV) Thus says theLord: “Let not the wise man boast in hiswisdom, let not the mighty man boast inhis might, let not the rich man boast inhis riches, but let him who boasts boastin this, that he understands and knowsme, that I am the Lord who practicessteadfast love, justice, and righteousnessin the earth. For in these things Idelight, declares the Lord.”
WHAT DOES GOD DELIGHT IN? God’s Covenant Virtues1. Unfailing Love – Hesed2. Justice – Mishpat3. Righteousness – Tsedaqah
Hesed DefinedHesed is the active force of God whereby he actively seeks to come to the aid of those with whom He has established a relationship. He displays His strength in showing mercy and loving kindness in a steadfast way. His love and mercy never fail because it is impossible for God to be weakened to the point of failure. (Unfailing Love)
Mishpat DefinedMishpat is God’s Kingdom design in place within man through the reign of Christ in our hearts. His Kingdom design must grow to encompass our life, our family, our church - our ‘House’. (Justice)Mishpat begins in the external and transforms the internal
Tsedeqah Defined Because of our right relationship with God, we are free to embrace His righteousness. His righteousness transforms our lives and our environment. The righteousness of Christ within prevails and causes us to outwardly triumph! Right Behavior and Attitudes that grow from a Right Relationship. Conquering Righteousness In Action Tsedaqa begins in the internal and transforms the external.
Discipleship 201 Standing Dependants With God HouseMishpatJustice
Discipleship 301 God’s Success Development HopeTsedaqaRighteousness
Disciple or Worthless?2 Samuel 23:6 (NASB) "Butthe worthless(belîya‘al), every one ofthem will be thrust awaylike thorns, because theycannot be taken in hand…
Psalms 1:1-4 (ESV) Blessed isHe is like a tree… the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
• Prayer •Meditation Hesed Heart Steadfast Love Faith Desire • Ways of• Salvation God
•Intercession •Outreach Mishpat House Justice Sword Dependants•Injustice •High Places
•Paths of God •Words Tsedeqah Hope Righteousness •Ways Armor Development• Warfare •Walk