Rina's Devotion for Today:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19).
While this sounds straightforward and relatively simple, Jesus warns us that is won’t be so easy: “In this world you will have trouble,” (John 16:33). He gives us this warning because He knows in the moments of rejection, persecution and suffering, we may “go astray,” (John 16:1).
But our heavenly Father is so good. He is the master planner. He knows we need help and once again He promises to be “with us always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20). Hallelujah! We have been given the Spirit of Truth to guide us. We are never alone in those tasks for which we have been redeemed. Moreover, the Spirit of Truth has the job of convicting the world in regards to people who do not believe in Jesus. It is not our job to point out their sin, as that is the work of the Holy Spirit.
So “go and make disciples” of the people of Vancouver, but be mindful of the warning of Jesus that you will be rejected and you will have difficulty. In those moments remember His promises: “your grief will turn to joy…. the Holy Spirit will guide you in all truth… The counselor will convict the world…. the prince of this world now stands condemned… Jesus has overcome the world and He will be with you to the very end of the age.”
“…go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own. May the Lord your God be with you…Be strong and courageous,” (Josh 1:11,17,18).
Over the last two days, we have been reminded that God is always with us, and we need only to seek Him and we will find Him. He is calling us to take this city from the enemy, with encouragement to be strong and courageous, knowing that we will face obstacles.
Continue to pray for strength to persevere, for protection of all the saints, for those who are searching, and for those on the front lines taking a stand for His glory.