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October 24th, 2015

The Complete Sustaining Nature of Christ

“He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff–no bread, no bag, no money in their belts–but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.” Mark 6:8-9 (ESV)

What an interesting command from Jesus found here in Mark’s gospel. Jesus has called to Himself “those whom he desired” and allowed them to walk alongside Him as they learned (Mark 3:13 ESV). Now, as He is preparing to send them out, He commands them to take nothing with them except what they have on their back. Why would Jesus demand such a thing from His disciples? Why would He not allow them to “prepare” more thoroughly for the task at hand?

Jesus was teaching His disciples (and us) about the importance of fully relying upon Him and His provision for the purposes of ministry. If Jesus sends us under His authority and calling as His disciples, then He will sustain us as we go. If He sends you, He will provide for you. The disciples, like us, had to learn this truth in order to properly submit to the will of the Lord as His representatives, thereby allowing Him to receive all the glory for the work that He would do through them. Further, how could they communicate the complete satisfying nature of Christ without having experienced it themselves? In their mission, they were learning as they were going.

Do you fully rely upon the Lord to accomplish that to which He has called you? Or do you overcompensate, not fully trusting in His ability to work miraculously through you? When we fail to fully rely upon Him to sustain, we often miss the opportunity to be part of something extraordinary, since only in Him is such a work possible.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Mark, Provision, Sustainer.
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October 24th, 2012

The Complete Sustaining Nature of Christ

“He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff–no bread, no bag, no money in their belts–but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.” Mark 6:8-9 (ESV)

What an interesting command from Jesus found here in Mark’s gospel. Jesus has called to Himself “those whom he desired” and allowed them to walk alongside Him as they learned (Mark 3:13 ESV). Now, as He is preparing to send them out, He commands them to take nothing with them except what they have on their back. Why would Jesus demand such a thing from His disciples? Why would He not allow them to “prepare” more thoroughly for the task at hand?

Jesus was teaching His disciples (and us) about the importance of fully relying upon Him and His provision for the purposes of ministry. If Jesus sends us under His authority and calling as His disciples, then He will sustain us as we go. If He sends you, He will provide for you. The disciples, like us, had to learn this truth in order to properly submit to the will of the Lord as His representatives, thereby allowing Him to receive all the glory for the work that He would do through them. Further, how could they communicate the complete satisfying nature of Christ without having experienced it themselves? In their mission, they were learning as they were going.

Do you fully rely upon the Lord to accomplish that to which He has called you? Or do you overcompensate, not fully trusting in His ability to work miraculously through you? When we fail to fully rely upon Him to sustain, we often miss the opportunity to be part of something extraordinary, since only in Him is such a work possible.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 289:  Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Mark, Provision, Sustainer.
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June 16th, 2008

Real Temptation (7)

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.” Heb 4:15 (NIV)

Jesus understands your trials from without and your struggles from within.

In our contemporary vernacular: Jesus has been there and done that. Jesus has been tempted in every way, just as we are. He understands our struggles. Jesus endured temptation and chose to honor God throughout the process. Jesus entered the process and completed the process sinless. Our example is Jesus. Our pattern for victory is Jesus.

God never intended for us to live the Christian life outside of His enabling. In and of ourselves, we are insufficient. Our sufficiency is found in Christ. As we abide in Christ and submit to the Spirit’s control in our life, victory results.

  • “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)
  • “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Eph 5:17-18 (NIV)

Surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Surrender fully to the Spirit’s control in your life. Jesus has been where you are and He knows what you need to walk in victory. Allow Jesus to live His life through you.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, June 16th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Jesus, Sinless, Sustainer, Temptation.
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April 1st, 2008

The Frustrated Life (2)

“Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’” John 4:10 (NIV)

A man was on the side of the road with the hood of his car propped open. Another man drove up, stopped behind the car, and stepped out to approach the scene. The stranger asked permission to take a look and then requested for the stranded driver to try the ignition. The car started and the driver shouted in relief. Then he asked the gracious man, “What is your name?”

The reply came gently, “My name is Henry Ford.”

Can you imagine the creator of the Ford Model T being the very one who showed up at just the right time to repair the car he invented? Little did the woman at the well know, but the Creator of the universe was sitting right in front of her. Had she known what we know by reading the account, the woman at the well would have been asking Jesus for a drink of living water.

As a child of God, you have direct access to the Creator and Sustainer of life. You have access to the living water that Jesus made available to the woman at the well. Pray through the following Scripture:

  • “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
  • “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true–even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus is near. Now choose to draw near to Him. Allow His living water quench your thirst.      

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Creator, Frustration, Living Water, Sustainer, Thirst.
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