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Discipleship

 

At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself--the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. ~Oswald Chambers

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."  ~Maya Angelou 

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." ~Steve Jobs

The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet - that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.   ~Oswald Chambers

 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  ~Joshua 24:15

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do."      ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"       ~Anne Frank

"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller

 

God's Work  &  Our Work

Times & Seasons Vol 4 Chapter 5:73  "Lord God spake unto Moses, saying, The heavens they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man, but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine, and as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof, even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words,

Behold this is my work to my glory, to the immortality and eternal life of man."  

  • Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 2:97  "Behold I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life."  
  • DC 42:5a  "And again, the elders, priests, and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in which is the fullness of the gospel;" 
  • 2 Corinthians 4:7   "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 

GOD IS WILLING TO GO TO ANY LENGTH

TO HAVE A COVENANT WITH YOU AND I!

  • Psalm 86:15 "But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth."
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands."

  AM I WILLING TO GO TO ANY LENGTH

TO  KEEP MY COVENANT WITH GOD?   

  • Acts 17:28  "For in him we live, and move, and have our being"  
  • Moroni 6:5  And their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word ofGod, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.
  • Mosiah  1: 119 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been, from the fall of Adam, and will be, for ever and ever; 120 But if he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man, and becometh a saint, through the atonement of Christ, the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

DO I RESPOND WITH ALL THE GIFTS, TALENTS & KNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE?

ARE THESE SCRIPTURAL KEYS IMPORTANT TO ME?

  1. Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
  2. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  3. DC 16:1c . . ., behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written; for in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church, my gospel, and my Rock;
  4. DC 52:4b And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; . . . 5a . . . he that is overcome and bringeth not forth fruits, even according to this pattern, is not of me; wherefore by this pattern ye shall know the spirits in all cases, under the whole heavens. 
  5. DC 81:3b I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

                               DO I HUNGER & THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS?  

        Counsel from Doctrine & Covenants 

  • D&C 6:13b "and in the mouth of two or three witnesses, shall every word be established."
  • 2nd Corinthians  13: 1 "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."​
  • D&C 6:3a Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion:​
  • D&C 10:3a Now as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.
  • D&C 11: 3a Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, 3b Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.
  • D&C 11: 4a Behold, I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work; 4b and no one can assist in this work, except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things whatsoever shall be intrusted to his care.
  • D&C 12: 3a Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion.  3b Keep my commandments in all things; and if you keep my commandments and endure to the end, you shall have eternal life; which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.  4a And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance, that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall both hear and see;  4b and also, that you may declare repentance unto this generation.
     

Further Studies into Our Calling as Disciples  

http://gillistriplett.com/articles/content/purpose.html

http://www.pursuingthetruth.org/sermons/files/yourpurpose.htm

http://bible-truth.org/msg86.html

http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/Topics/DiscipleshipConcepts/Discipleship.html

 
 

Other Discipleship Links: http://www.allmyfaves.com/brotherjohn#tabs-420133

The Cost of Discipleship Quotes: https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2723088-nachfolge

Inspirational Quotes: http://jesusalive.cc/quotes.htm

We Need One Another:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agiVegzaW_I 
 

 

 
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