When I shared a testimony to 40 pastors in a seminar in China two years ago about the standard that God set for His disciples to place God first above family, most of the pastors were trembling on their seats under the fear of the Lord. The host’s wife angrily stormed out of the meeting, as the message specifically spoke to her.
A true disciple will place God first above everything else including family as anything we value above God is considered idolatry (Matthew 22:37, Rev 3:15-16). Abraham placed God above his most beloved only son, Isaac, by obeying God's command to sacrifice him as a burnt offering. Abraham obeyed because he feared the Lord and God put him to a test.
A fully surrendered heart is God’s requirement of His disciple to be vested with power and authority to drive out all demons and to heal diseases. The demons recognise and will submit to the power and authority vested on a disciple of Jesus Christ, by a word command like in the book of Acts and not going through lengthy process and counselling.
D. L. Moody quotes:- “The world has yet to see what God can do through a man who is totally surrendered to Him.” William Booth, “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.”
Luke 18:18-30 is the model of the standard that Jesus has set for His disciples:-
A certain ruler asked Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ ” “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.””
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In the Great Commission, Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations. Every disciple is a believer but not every believer is a disciple. It is a personal choice. If every believer chooses to be a disciple, we can easily and rapidly win the world for Jesus.
To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
God bless you!
Paul K P Ang 洪 光 炳
Arsenal of Fire Ministries, California
Arsenal of Fire Global
Dec 9, 2020
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