Bible Study on Leaving A Worthy Godly Legacy according to Luke 5, Luke 16, Luke 19

After we are gone, what you want others to remember you for? Do you want to be remembered like the American steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie who founded the Carnegie Mellon University. How about Armour Institute Of Technology, which was founded by Philip D. Armour who faithfully answered the call of God through Pastor Dr Frank W. Gunsaulus. Although both of them are now with God, but future generations will forever remember them for their deeds. 4 factors are required to leave a lasting Godly legacy for future generations to come I.e. Partnership, Stewardship, Discipleship and Relationship. We all live in this world for a brief few decades, what we do or not do in these few tens of years will hopefully create a lasting legacy that we leave behind after we are gone.

When it comes to partnering with Christ to catch fishes of men, it is only 1 choice and never 2 options. For the case of Simon, James and John who were fishermen in the below scriptures. When they decided to join Jesus Christ in His ministry, they had to leave their nets and abandone their boats by the request of the Lord.  Luke: 5. 10. and so were also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. As partners we need unity in order to do great works as two are in unity, they can sent 10,000 enemies to flight.

To be a good steward of Christ when we are given little or a lot of finance and resources to take care of. Good stewardship of God’s possession is about managing what we are entrusted with a pure hearts and clean hands. What is considered as righteous and clean in managing your entrusted accounts can be seen in the repentance of the unrighteous steward in Luke: 16. 1. And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods. 2. And he called him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward. 3. And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, seeing that my lord taketh away the stewardship from me? I have not strength to dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. 5. And calling to him each one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? 6. And he said, A hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bond, and sit down quickly and write fifty. 7. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, A hundred measures of wheat. He saith unto him, Take thy bond, and write fourscore. 8. And his lord commended the unrighteous steward because he had done wisely: for the sons of this world are for their own generation wiser than the sons of the light.

Discipleship is about the sheep following your Shepard and trusting in His directions and advice. If the sheep refuses to follow the Shepard, it might go astray and get lost to the wilderness and worse end up as some beast’s dinner.
Luke: 19.28. Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29. It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30. saying, “Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it. 31. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say to him: ‘The Lord needs it.'” 32. Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them. 33. As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34. They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35. They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them. 36. As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way. 37. As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen. In obeying God along our journey, we might not get what we want but unexpectedly get things which God wants. In the end, we will still feel good and blessed to see God working through us. Many followers of Christ gave all they had to build the Christ house of God and might not get what they wanted but they left behind a Godly legacy for others to see and follow. As God is the Alpha and the Omega and the author of our lives, perhaps that is what God wants for us, which is to praise Him and leave behind a Godly legacy.

To create a strong relationship with someone like husband as and wife requires mutual understanding and tolerance, doing things together, sharing of happiness, pleasures, worries and sorrows together, pursuing common aspirations as a family.Likewise, we also frequently hear long time couples sharing about how their spouse supported them, nursing them when they are down, becoming their venture partner, ideas bouncing board and soul mate. The formula to a strong relationship is fundamentally
Partnership + Discipleship = Relationship
Similarly, a neighbor is defined by what we do with them and perceive them to be and it works both ways. If we treat our neighbors badly, they might not perceive us as good neighbors, therefore not treating us well. The same principles applies, to make good neighbors we need to partner and diciple them in our daily lives.

Bible Study on Enlarging Your Tent For Greater Things In The Word Of God according to Isaiah 54:2-5

Isaiah: 54. 2. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations; spare not: lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes. 3. For thou shalt spread aboard on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. If we want to enlarge our tent we need to submit to Him. With this special anointing, there will be extra ordinary evangelism, knowledge of the Word of God. With these annointing, we can read people’s mail without opening it and see their heart that has been shove away. And we can interceed for others in the name of God.

When enlarging our tents, we are going to be stretch by God. As we are the ambassador of God, we bring along the Kingdom of God wherever we go and change the Christ atmosphere so that God can move in. On the spiritual level, by being His servant come with the annointing and power of the Holy Spirit because of Jesus.

On the corporate level, we have the gifts of resources, abilities and time to serve in the House of God and to bless others. All these blessings are given to us feely, so as to be a blessings to others. The more we give, the more we increase in our blessings. Blessings are not just in finance or provisions, but also love, peace and grace of God and gift of miracles that has been witness by Jesus followers during His time and will continue to happen by the will of God. We want a bigger gift of miracles because we want to be so big a blessings for others.

The stretching of your tents is also increasing your heart for other and by practicing hospitality, caring and sharing with others, listen more and have compassion for others. When we pray for others, it makes them feel good because it’s about God operating in their lives.

We also need to lengthen our cords and we will feel stretch but we will not snap or be broken. But when we have Jesus, He will anoints us the supernatural strength, full power and resources of God through an open heaven to do great things for His Kingdom on earth.

We also need to strengthen our stake so that we do not drift away. We need to anchor ourselves to the Word of God. We need to be unseezing in prayer and practice a lifestyle of prayer. We need to listen to God and talk to God in our daily lives and day to day business. All because God wants to protect us and prevent us from losing big.

God want us to have order in our lives, as He does not like double minded persons. He wants us to focus on Him and seek Him first and not the Worldly things. Isaiah: 54. 4. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth; and the reproach of thy widowhood shalt thou remember no more. 5. For thy Maker is thy husband; Jehovah of hosts is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is thy Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be called. There is no shame in trusting God and confessing all our sins to God. Because what we do in His glory and submit everything to Him, we are lowering ourselves and lifting God up and may the name of God be glorified.

Activate our faith by trusting God. However, we need to be honest in our hearts in our requests and not being selfish. When we do things for God, it’s going to be messy. Because we are depopulating hell and populating heaven. Be prepared to be hindered by obstacles, boobee traps and set backs thrown in by God’s enemies. Rest assured with strong faith and God’s timing, He will bring you over victoriously.

Bible Study on Holding Tight To Your Miracles according to Luke 23:8, Galatians 3:5

Hold on tightly to your faith so that you do not miss your faith. Sometimes we pray for other for miracles but we look at ourselves that we have no miracles. It’s feels empty, clueless and faith recking. But only perseverance will prevent us from missing our miracles.

Jesus is not here to judge us or punish us or angry with us, but He wants to love us and wants our best for us. We might have drifted away or grow cold with God, He always wants us to have the best,  so that we can be a blessing to others. As told in the scriptures below that even the King of the Jews foresaw the miracles that yet to come from Jesus. Luke: 23. 8. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was of a long time desirous to see him, because he had heard concerning him; and he hoped to see some miracle done by him. Indeed, Jesus has done many ‘miracles’ in today’s definition I.e. helping the sick and lappor, opening the eyes of the blind, raising the dead during his few years of  discipleship, yet none of it was not mentioned as ‘miracles’ in the Bible. Because what he did was expected of a Messiah and a Savior.

The ingredients needed for God to yield Miracles in your lives requires the accompaniment and working of the Holy Spirit. The second ingredient is to have faith that the Holy Spirit will take care of us provide we are willing to obey him and do as instructed. The ingredients for God’s miracles is recorded in Galatians: 3. 5. He therefore that supplieth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

On this Good Friday, we acknowledge that Jesus is the hope of our lives and anchor of our lives and the God of breakthrough for miracles. Because Jesus is the person who is beside you always, no matter whatever your circumstances and situation. And he is forever the hope in your heart.

Bible Study on Over Coming The Storm Of Our Lives By Focusing On Jesus And Let Him In according to Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus asked them to row across the sea of Galilee after feeding the multitudes with 5 loaves and 2 fish. The disciples were rowing against the wind and tides and were feeling very tired and confused. When  When Jesus disciples saw Him on the sea, they were afraid and called Him ghost. As recorded in the following scriptures. Matthew: 14. 22. And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away. 23. And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone. 24. But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 25. And in the fourth watch of the night he came unto them, walking upon the sea. 26. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear.

Sometimes in life, somes stones of miscommunication, misunderstanding will hit our heart and we will suffer shattered vision and cannot see clearly the things ahead. We might also feel disappointed and angry with our surroundings and even the church for leaving them helpless.

When we are confused and disappointed with people and feel the pain, we do not wish to continue with the relationship, or see that person’s face. We continue nursing our wounds and  hurts and continue to feel more depressed and resentful. However, if we take action to leave the boat and step out and let God into our lives. The storm might stop and God’s peace and calm will come as witnessed when Jesus aboard the disciples boat. Matthew 14:31. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and took hold of him, and saith unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32. And when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased. 33. And they that were in the boat worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

When we are very hurt, we tend to go hiding and become invisible to the world. We might need some personal time heal and reflect. As long as we focus on Jesus and not focused on the surrounding storm, Jesus will bring us out of our storm. For the Lord has enough grace for all of us and He will bring us to a better place. We need to grow up and grow to be better Christ disciples through His Word and salvation as showned in Matthew 14:27. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto the upon the waters. 29. And he said, Come. And Peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters to come to Jesus. 30. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me.

For the Lord is a loving God, when he asked us to step out into the sea. We will step out by faith, for His grace is enough for us cos He has overcome the grave. When He comes to us on the 4th watch in the midst of our storm, no storm will last forever if we declare the name of the Lord over our lives. Remember to call out His glorious name for help for our God is able.