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World Changers

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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What is a World Changer to you? Is it a doctor, school teacher, or a politician? A world changer is someone that is consumed by the fire of the Holy Ghost and is not satistfied with just waiting around to see if revival is coming. They beileve the words that Jesus spoke in the great commission. They believe they have the power to heal the sick and raise the dead. They know what happens when they use the name of Jesus and they know who they are in Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20 

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

-Mark 16:15-18

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe:In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

-Acts 5:12
 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.
-Acts 5:14
And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
-Acts 5:42
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
The Apostles were World changers, it says daily they preached the Gospel. they didn’t do this stuff every now and then. They didn’t plan evangelistic event or crusades. they just went wherever they could and preach Christ. Some times us Christians think that we need to go over on a mission trip to see people get healed, but they went about every day healing people. It didn’t matter what was wrong with them the were healed. in Acts 5:14 it says ALL WERE HEALED. Praise God! they didn’t turn anyone away saying that your to bad off we can help you. NO! they said Be healed in the name of Jesus and they were. In Acts 5 it says that the people would line up in the streets just hoping Peters shadow would come past them and they would get healed. Jesus told the apostles in the great commission (Mark16:15-18) to Go and do the work, He didn’t say wait around and see if anyone asks you about me then tell them. He said go unto all the world, and do it! in James 1:22 it says “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” The apostles took what Jesus said seriously, they didn’t wait around they saw what Jesus did while He was on the Earth and when He said that they could do it, they stepped up to the plate.
You see all this that we read in the Bible about the apostles and Jesus isn’t for us to read and say wow, they were real men of faith. No, it’s an example of what we should be living. When you excepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you accepted the call, the call of a world changer, most people will just get their fire insurance and set back until Jesus comes back or the die. but there are a few of us that will boldly and confidently stand up and that they will take this Gospel to the world and  do the works of Christ. Jesus empowered us with the Holy Ghost to do this, He said “Greater works then these shall you do” Greater works, That means more than what the apostles were doing. There is no difference between you and Peter, you both have the same power, Peter just knew what was on the inside of him. Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus, we know he sank but then he walked back with Jesus. We need to be bold like Peter and Step out of the boat. 
Peter Knew what was on the inside of him, Do you?

Living with temptation is something that we as Christians can not avoid. Temptation is all around us, it comes in various forms. And Temptation can effect people differently. For instance, someone may be tempted to steal, but have no problem rejecting the thought of committing adultery. Or someone may have issues with lusting after women, but has no problem with shooting down the opportunity of stealing. We all have our weakness, we all have our temptations, and we all have our sins. None of us are perfect, we mess up sometimes. But that’s not to keep us from walking worthy of the call God has given us.

Though we might not be able to help the fact that we all are tempted by one thing or the other. We can stop entertaining the thoughts that come to our mind. When a thought comes, we have the ability to keep it and continue feeding the thought with our own thoughts. Or we can cast that thought down and refuse to continue thinking on it.

A perfect example of this was today I went to home depot to pick up a few things for work. The list did not include a new set of drills all though I believe it should have. Anyways I walk through the store and pick up all the material that I need and I proceed to walk to the check out line. When long and behold the drill set that I wanted was on an end cap, on sale. The thought immediately comes to my mind. “What,?! Rigid drill set for $159.99, that’s 20 dollars off!” but then I countered with “But my wife will kill me, I don’t even need them.” ( see, at that moment is where I should have cast down the thought of buying the drills and walked away.) (p.s but I didn’t) “But if I had the them I would use them on everything, I really need these.” I entertained the thought for several minutes before finally deciding that I really don’t have the extra cash for this, and walked away. But this is exactly what we do when we see something that is pleasing to the eye that we no we  need and we begin to dwell on it. The example doesn’t seem that bad, but if I went through with it I would have been of almost $200 out of my pocket and I would have an argument with my wife, etc. But what if the thing that is pleasing to the eye isn’t a drill, it’s a gentleman’s club, or  a drug. What then? Do you set there and think about satisfying  the temptation, or do you leave? This is where we need to learn how to cast down the small thoughts, that way when a dangerous thought like that comes up we have no problem casting it down.

Casting down thoughts are not hard to do, it’s as simple as saying to yourself. “I refuse to think on ……” and sometimes you will have to say it out loud because you mind will talk over you. Think about how Jesus resisted temptation, in the gospels it says that He spoke with scripture. When the thought surfaces, speak out with a scripture. If you don’t know any scripture, memorize a few so you can fight back. There is a battle to be fought in the arena of the mind, and you will be utterly destroyed if you do not know scripture to save you. People lose the battle everyday because they continue to feed their thoughts.  We need to make a conscious effort to discern our thoughts. To realize whether we should continue to think on them or cast them down. Remember you can’t help to be tempted, even Jesus was tempted. But Jesus never entertained them, as soon as the devil proposed something, Jesus always countered with a scripture.

So I challenge you to look up some battle verses and to do inventory of you mind. Throw out the thoughts that shouldn’t be in there. If One comes, don’t feed it just get rid of it.