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    The Key to the Missionary’s Devotion

    …they went forth for His name’s sake… —3 John 7

    Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the…

    The Key of the Greater Work

    . . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12

    Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher …

    The Key to the Master’s Orders

    Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. —Matthew 9:38

    The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task…

    The Key to the Missionary’s Message

    He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. —1 John 2:2

    The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing limitless about those. But—…

    The Key to the Missionary’s Work

    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…” —Matthew 28:18-19

    The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His…

    The Vision and The Reality

    . . . to those who are . . . called to be saints . . . —1 Corinthians 1:2

    Thank God for being able to see all that you have not yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not yet to …

    The Place of Ministry

    He said to them, ’This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting’ —Mark 9:29

    His disciples asked Him privately, ’Why could we not cast it out?’ ” (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. …

    The Place of Humiliation

    If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us —Mark 9:22

    After every time of exaltation, we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they really are, where it is neither beautiful, poetic, …

    The Place of Exaltation

    . . . Jesus took . . . them up on a high mountain apart by themselves . . . —Mark 9:2

    We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But …

    The Assigning of the Call

    I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24

    We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes …

    The Awareness of the Call

    . . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16

    We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you …

    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification

    Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ —Mark 10:21 

    The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never …

    The “Go” of Renunciation

    . . . someone said to Him, ’Lord, I will follow You wherever You go’ —Luke 9:57 

    Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I …

    The “Go” of Reconciliation

    If you . . . remember that your brother has something against you . . . —Matthew 5:23

    This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you . . . .” …

    The “Go” of Relationship

    Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two—Matthew 5:41 

    Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a …

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