From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Sometimes shorter words are better and more powerful, I think. Such is this first word of the year from Rick Joyner. The Great Commission is at hand.
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The Great Commission Is About To Be Fulfilled
We are in the times of the beginning of a new epoch for Christianity. True apostolic Christianity is being restored to the earth. This will result in nothing less than the greatest manifestation of Christ on the earth since He Himself walked the earth.
The last and greatest charge that the Lord gave to His disciples before His ascension was to fulfill "The Great Commission." The single greatest failure of Christianity has been a devotion to making converts instead of making disciples. This has led to superficial Christians and superficial Christianity. This is about to change, and The Great Commission is about to be fulfilled.
We could easily spend all year exploring the depths of understanding in just the first sentence of The Great Commission, and it would be a year well spent. We will spend the whole year on the entire commission, and we will not come close to exhausting all that is contained in this message.
There is a spirit of revelation being released that will help us to see the depths of God and His purposes. Along with this, we will see a hunger increasing for knowing Him better and deeper. So our devotion this year to understand The Great Commission with more depth is to seek to walk in it and do our parts to help the Body of Christ fulfill its mandate. Let's begin by reading it:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
When the Body of Christ recovers this basic mandate, it will arise and mature into all that it has been called to be. That day is now at hand.
The Great Commission focuses and encompasses our full purpose in Christ. First we must become His disciple. A disciple is a student, but in Biblical times it was much more than just a student. A disciple lived to know their master and to become like their master. A disciple of Christ lives to know Him, to become like Him, and to do the works that He did just as He commanded us. Until we do this, we have not matured as we should. Regardless of how superficial our Christian life has been, this can change now and will for all who seek to walk in their full purpose.
Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of MorningStar Ministries and Heritage International Ministries and is the Senior Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church. He is the author of more than forty books, including The Final Quest, A Prophetic History, and Church History. He is also the president of The OAK Initiative, an interdenominational movement that is mobilizing thousands of Christians to be engaged in the great issues of our times, being the salt and light that they are called to be. Rick and his wife, Julie, have five children: Anna, Aaryn, Amber, Ben, and Sam.
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January 17-19, 2013
Revival Tides Conference
Speakers: Rick Joyner, Tom Hardiman, Randy Cutter
New Dawn Community Church
11030 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, FL 33076
1439 East 71st St., Tulsa, OK, 74136
February 15-17, 2013
Awake Youth Conference
MorningStar Fellowship Church
375 Star Light Dr. Ft. Mill, SC