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The gospel empowers our obedience.
When we understand he has secured everything we need we naturally follow him. When we soak in the gospel, enjoying his free grace in his word, we can’t help but obey. As we abide in him and he in us we bear much fruit (John 15:4-5).
It is the “grace of God” that is “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).
When we discover in Jesus “treasure hidden in a field” we find motivation “in our joy to sell all we have to buy that field”. (Matthew 13:44)
Even your repentance ought to be motived by his love for “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
“We are to be perfected by the Spirit not the efforts of the flesh” (Gal 3:3). As we discover in God a loving heavenly father who is pursuing our good we find his commandments are no longer burdensome (1 John 5:1-3).
Being motivated by personal determination and will-power leads us to “honor him with our lips” but our hearts may be “far from him”. (Mark 7:6, Matt 15:8).
Got a fruit problem? Don’t strain to produce fruit. What tree does that? Soak in the soil of Jesus’ love and the sunshine of God’s grace. The nutrients will find their way to every member bringing Holy Spirit empowered fruit that lasts.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5-6
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
“Prayer is the greatest force that we can wield. It is the greatest talent which God has granted us. He has given it to every Christian. We may differ among ourselves as to wealth, social position, educational equipment, natural ability, inherited characteristics; but in this matter of exercising the greatest force that is at work in the world today, we are on the same footing. It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.” -John R. Mott
“When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; when we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. But when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do.” - A. C. Dixon
“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.” (Ps 2:8)
“When the Church sets itself to pray with the same seriousness and
strength of purpose that it has devoted to other forms of Christian
effort, it will see the Kingdom of God come with power.” – Report of
The Edinburgh Missionary Conference
“When the prayer-life of the people of God comes to be the dominant
feature of Christian experience, the power of God will sweep the earth
with the victories of grace.” – Howard Agnew Johnston
“Ask , and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock,
and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he
who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matt
“The power of prayer has never been tried to its full capacity in any church. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine grace and power wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let the whole Church answer God’s standing challenged; “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knows not.” – James Hudson Taylor
“The Protestant Churches owe an immeasurable debt to the Evangelical Revival… it added an intense sense of civic responsibility, and this naturally found its expression both in such movements of reform as the campaign for the abolition of slavery and in zeal for missionary endeavour… At a time when all these movements were showing signs of dying down, the Second Evangelical Awakening crossed the Atlantic from America to Britain in 1858. This was undenominational in character, and produced that new phenomenon of the nineteenth century, the interdenominational or undenominational missionary society.” – Stephen Neill
“In regard to our foreign mission, we are at present in need of almost everything. We are greatly in need of money, and we are sorely in need of missionaries; but what we want most is life and an increase of spiritual power… Money will flow in streams to God’s treasury, and men will offer themselves in companies, and our missionary enterprise will expand into missions worthy of the name, when the enthusiasm of Christ, the fire of the Holy Ghost, possesses the Church – never till then.” – Rev. Archd Scott, The Church of Scotland Home & Foreign Missionary Record
“Following the 1858 Prayer Revival, a world-wide interdenominational student missionary movement began to flourish. In 1886, the Student Volunteer Movement was founded. This movement heightened missions awareness and over the next several decades helped recruit some 20,000 students who went forth to serve on the mission field.” – Timothy K. Beougher, Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
Restore us again, O God of our salvation,and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people,
to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
Psalm 85: 4-9