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20 August 2020 Word by Honorary Pastor Rev Alicia Teo

Today's Inspiration: Just as The Father who dwells in Jesus does the works and Jesus speaks only on His Father's authority, we should do likewise now that the spirit of Jesus dwells in us as believers. John 14:10. Many of us are hesitant in acting on our calling for fear of ineffectiveness. We should not demean the power of the Holy Spirit given to us and who dwells in us. Till our mind is renewed that it is not us but the Holy Spirit dwelling in us does the work through us, we will not be effective in our calling. All He wants is our availability that our Father's name be glorified.

How important it is to have the understanding of God's word for our empowerment! It is our faith that brings us to the desire of our expectation like the Canaanite woman who told Jesus that even if she received the crumbs of the bread given to the Jews will suffice in bringing healing to her daughter. Matthew 15:27. By this she demonstrates a point that even faith as small as a mustard seed can move the mountain of trials her daughter is facing. We do not need to desire a loaf of bread of faith to see miracles working in our life. Even crumbs will suffice.

Jesus only want us to believe in Him that we might have the fullness of life. The woman's faith as a gentile woman demonstrates that Jesus has a greater mission on Earth. He did not come to the Earth to save the Jews only but to bring everyone regardless of race, religion or background to salvation that they might live with Him eternally. Those who not believe is inviting the wrath of God to their life. John 3:36.

The Bible also said that Jesus only baptised his disciples John 4:2 whereas John baptised all who came into repentance. Here is another truth worth considering. It's not the numbers we are baptising which is important but only those who have proven faithful to be His disciples and who have understanding of who Jesus truly is. Let us look out for those fertile ground where the seeds of faith could be planted to yield a harvest. Mark 4:8. We can bring many to the Lord but how many disciples are we making?

For this reason He left us with the Great commission of making disciples, baptising then in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all the things He has commanded us then He will be with us even to the end of the age. It is His presence that matters in our life, without which we cannot perform the impossible. Matthew 28:19-20, John 15:5.

It is only by our close relationship with God abiding in His love and He in us that we can make disciples. Let us examine this morning the number of disciples we have made and the lives we have touched. The measure of it determines our maturity, our fruit and effectiveness in ministry. God be praised.

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