Good Evening. Great is His faithfulness.
Sending Out the Twelve
9 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 “Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
Disciples means "Learner" and Apostle means "Sent out" these two terms are interchangeable among the followers of Christ.
Our mission in Christ is to work in the footsteps of our early Church Father's The Apostles and the Disciples. Being disciples and apostles of Christ means our responsibility is to serve others in their will, meaning we serve someone's else's will, that is the true definition of minister. Our faith needs to be a action, living faith of good works and not of dead works and dead faith that leads nowhere. What is truly means to be sent out doing the work of the Lord is only achieved through complete self denial, a life of discipline, obedience, and sometimes this includes struggle, but our struggles which is our weaknesses is how we are made perfect in our faith and devotion to Christ Who is Wisdom.
Reading from Luke 8:22-25:
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus
22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in [j]jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
Christ is intentionally permitting the windstorm to come about while He was sleeping this was too perfect the faith of the disciples' and to also rebuke their weaknesses, in order for them to eventually be unshaken by life's temptations. The faith of the disciples' here is still mixed with unbelief. They were showing faith by when they came to Him, but unbelief when they said, "We are Perishing."
Prayer Focus from the Devotional
Ask God to open your eyes to His constant presence along with all the ways He's been faithful to provide for your needs. Ask Him to grow your faith in His faithfulness and for the courage to go where He sends you.
Questions moving forward from the devotional
When it comes to following and obeying Jesus, what do you fear? I fear failing the Lord because I get frustrated with others at times.
The Disciples shared many of our fears. Can you fear less now that you've seen how God met their needs. Fear is part of being human, Christ is the One who gives us peace when we turn to Him. There are moments I'm at complete peace with the Lord, see my video for the rest of the discussion.
For question 3 I read from 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, I talked bout Paul's thorn in his flesh and talked about the thorns that are in my flesh and how we are made perfect through our weaknesses, Christ build us up our lights must shine through the darkness with no excuses.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
in Christ love Jared W Campbell