LET IT START WITH FERVENT PASSIONATE INTERCESSIVE OBEDIENTPRAYER
PRAYERPlease take a moment to prepare your heart
Matthew 16:24-25Then Jesus said to His disciples“ If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”
MY JOURNEY OF TAKING THE GOSPELTO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH STARTS WITH BEING A DEVOTED DISCIPLE OF JESUS. HIS CALL TO SEEK, KNOW AND TRULY LOVE HIM IS PARAMOUNT…AND COSTLY.
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37, HCSB
“I’m realizing that I don’t have to be superhuman to do God’s will, but I do need a heart that trusts Him where He leads me!” Nicole, sub-Saharan African peoples
Will I choose to: • Confess Him as Lord of my life? • Turn away from living for myself and follow Him? • Forsake my own life?
Just as the psalmist states, “As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.” This is the cry of my heart, Jesus.
HE HAS CALLED ME TO DENYMYSELF, MEANING I CHOOSE TO NO LONGER LIVE FOR ME BUT SOLELY FOR HIM.And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24, ESV
“Putting our selfish desires todeath is painful, but it is glorious to live as Christ lives!” Jason, Central Asian peoples
Am I so focused on self that • MY comfort • MY relationships • MY plans • MY desirescome before God?
God, please reveal pride in my life.Teach me to deny myself and giveYou the honor only You deserve.
Whoever does notbear his own crossand come after me cannot be my disciple. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all JESUS WAS WILLING TO DO WHATEVER WAS that he has NECESSARY, EVEN DEATH cannot be ON A CROSS, TO PROVIDE my disciple. Luke 14:27&33, ESV A WAY FOR MAN TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD.
“ May I have a heart that refuses to give to theLord a sacrifice that costs me nothing.” Leslie, Central Asian peoples He is calling me to do whatever it takes to make this way of salvation known to all peoples.
Lord Jesus, help me to understand the gravity of what “ taking up my cross” really means.
THE DECISION TO FOLLOW “Follow Me…go and proclaim JESUS IS A DAILY DECISION everywhere the kingdom of God”— FOLLOWING HIM IN LIVING A Luke 9:59,60, NASB HOLY LIFE, GLORIFYING THEFATHER AND CARING FOR THE OUTCAST AND BROKEN.
Where will He lead if I chose to follow? Jesus cares for the hungry (Matthew 14:14-21) 925 million are undernourished
Where will He lead if I chose to follow? Jesus touches the untouchable (Matthew 8:3) 34 million worldwide live with HIV/AIDS
Where will He lead if I chose to follow? Jesus is broken over lostness (Matthew 9:36) 1.7 billion have little access to the Gospel
“ Sometimes what Jesus asks of us isdifficult, but we have to make the decision to either follow Him or deny Him.” B., South Asian peoples
Jesus, my Lord and Savior, You are worthy to follow! Today I purpose to follow You wherever You lead, no matter the cost.
BY LOSING MY LIFE I HAVE CRUCIFIED MY FLESHLYPASSIONS AND DESIRES. AND I COMMIT TO FOLLOW JESUS TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, NO MATTER THE COST.
Karen Watson’ s last letter (Martyred March 15, 2004, in Iraq)
Am I willing to be like Paul and: • count all as loss for the sake of Christ? • share in His sufferings? • even become like Christ in His death? Father, I completely trust You with my life, even my death. May Your will be accomplished in my life—no matter what that means.
Matthew 16:24-25 How will your following Jesus impact a lost world?