If you would meet Him, the LORD of Lords, we wouldn’t have to put forty programs together to try to teach you to follow Him. As much as I believe in discipleship, most of us didn’t get properly discipled. I try to tell leaders all the time, "I can alleviate a lot of pressure from your life, by teaching you that you cannot disciple people that do not want to be discipled, regardless of how great your discipleship program is.
You also can’t stop people from getting discipled who want to get discipled regardless of how sorry your discipleship program is."
That’s not a license to have a sorry discipleship program, but it is a revelation that when you get ready and you get hungry and you get serious about standing in God’s face, you don’t have to have a thousand people in the room, you don’t have to have the best youth building, you don’t have to have the highest budget, you don’t have to have the coolest music, you don’t have to have relevant pastors, you don’t have to have smoking lights. When the Spirit of God is in the room with a hungry soul, discipleship will take place!
"Has God been gracious? Be gracious. Has God forgiven? Forgive. Has God healed? Then heal. The Church is to mirror the Savior - the Bible calls it a reflection of His glory. The result is a community of grace. It lives grace, breathes grace, speaks grace." ~ Chris Tiegreen
The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics. ~ Oswald Chambers
An understanding, loving heart is the pinnacle of all human emotions…. We come closest to becoming Christlike when we are charitable and understanding of others. One may have many talents and knowledge but never acquire wisdom because he does not learn to be compassionate with his fellow man. Christlike love must be continuous and contemporary. ~ Marvin J. Ashton
Jesus takes to heart the sufferings of His friends. ~ William Hendriksen Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. ~ Psalm 55:22 (NLT)
You need to be liberated. Don’t carry over experiences from the past. In fact, don’t carry over good experiences from the past either. Learn what it means to experience something fully, then drop it and move on to the next moment, uninfluenced by the previous one. You’d be traveling with such little baggage that you could pass through the eye of a needle. ~ Anthony de Mello
"The father of lies will try to deceive us in many ways. But he seems to have an over-arching strategy that is two-fold: (1) He wants to tell us we are more than we are. (2) he wants to tell us God is less than He is." ~ Chris Tiegreen