Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jesus' Training Through Prayer, Teaching And Acts of Mercy

Jesus’ greatest ministry was to His disciples, training them to carry on the work of the gospel when He would go into heaven.

With His disciples now learning from Him, Jesus added teaching to His preaching, explaining what scripture was saying, and how it pertained to Messiah, what Messiah was doing and would do:
And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom [Matthew 4:23a]
Jesus taught with authority and with power
...healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. [Matthew 4:23b-24]
Everywhere Jesus and His disciples went He brought the gospel, blessing and restoration to everyone who came to Him.
And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.[Matthew 4:25]
God's word is living and powerful to direct our lives
If you have the Holy Spirit, then you will have something to show for it. Fruitfulness in someone else’s life follows faithfulness in your own private life, for remember that before He would teach, preach and heal the Lord Jesus would find a way to get alone with the Father and pray. Jesus received from the Father all that He needed in power and wisdom to carry out His mission.

In what ways is God’s word bearing fruit in your life, and bringing blessing and restoration in others’ lives?

Jesus knows what it is like to be in the press, to go through the painful process of disciplining His appetites, and resisting temptation. The obedience Jesus learned He taught to His disciples and He is ready to teach to you if you will only ask Him. He will fill you with His life so that you will know the Father’s pleasure as you call out to Him for rescue and ask Him to help you hang onto obedience.

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