DEVOTIONS AND SERMONS

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We as disciples enjoyed many victories given by our Lord. As the church grows bigger there are many things to do, our responsibilities grow bigger and we might forget to do basics.

Revelation 2:2-3
2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.


Is this our reputation? Let us not loose our first love. Many of us might be tried of doing the same things over and over {Prayer, Bible Study, Evangelism and etc.,}. Israelites also did the same things year after year in the desert.

1. Manna Or Meat

Exodus 16:35
The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.

Israelites were hungry, God opened the sky and gave manna in the morning, they were fired up. When we were baptized we were happy, were up early in the morning and enjoyed praying to God.

Numbers 11:4-6
4 The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, "If only we had meat to eat!
5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!"


Israelites started grumbling and got tired of eating manna. They needed some taste. They looked for meat, fish, cucumber, melon, leech, onion, and garlic.

We as disciples may get tired of praying, Bible Study and being pure. We sometime desire to taste the world. Though they suffered in Egypt, they still needed that taste. Though we know how we were under Satan, yet we want to taste the world. What is the meat we are looking for?

It is time to be focused and do the basics. Let us not in the midst of responsibilities forget our love for God.

2. No Brakes But Accelerate

Acts 2:41
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

The first century church reached the membership over 3000. However, Peter did not stop preaching or He did not feel that the job is over. He understood that the church needs to grow. We may feel 'Wow! Its all over, I have done enough. It is time to apply brakes on my ministry'. No we should not apply breaks but we got to accelerate. Let us have the attitude of Peter to see the church grow.

Acts 5:14
Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.

The church grew in numbers. It never stopped growing.

Acts 5:42
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

They preached everyday and had a passion to grow. We as disciples should never apply brakes on the ministry. There are many who are lost. We have just started.

Acts 6:7
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

Let us accelerate our ministries so that we can see many more victories for God.