“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
The context of this passage talks about the Lord Jesus Christ ministering from city to city, village to village, and in the course of that, He saw a multitude. His reaction to the multitude was very peculiar because it was based on the kind of consecration or commitment He had in the Almighty God. It was based also on what God had shown Him. It was based on revelation.
The passage has a big portion of compassion in it. If you read some of the other verses that followed, you will discover that the Lord Jesus Christ encouraged the disciples to join Him in praying, that the Almighty God might send labourers into the harvest In Matthew 9:35. 38, there are about five concepts that can measure the kind of minister you are or the kind of ministry you have We will look at these before we begin to deal with compassion which is one of the five concepts.
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the
multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
The first thing that was called in the life of Jesus Christ, who is our example, is HIS CONSECRATION. That is, His commitment. We see His dedication to the Father in verses 35 and 38. First of all, He recognized God as the Lord of harvest and He was committed to the Lord of harvest. Secondly, He was also committed to the work.
Your commitment to God and to the will of God is the measure of the kind of the minister that you are or the kind of ministry that you have.
The second thing we find is REVELATION. Revelation is the ability to know the mind of God. That is, to know the will of God. We see this in verses 36 and 37. He saw the multitude not as most other people saw them. Also, He was able to see a harvest that other people were not seeing. He was able to know the will of God, the purpose of God for the time and the situation.
The measure of revelation you have is a clear indication of the kind of ministry you have. In fact, the man who does not hear from God has no ministry. You need to know the will of God and know the purpose and walk according to the purpose. It is then that you can say you have a ministry
and a ministry that is effective. The third concept is the one we are going to dwell upon, which is COMPASSION. We can see this in verse 36. Compassion is to feel with God for man. That is to feel the way God is feeling concerning man. It is a good measure of the kind of ministry you have.
The fourth concept is INTERCESSION. This is in verse 38. It says, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He may send labourers into His harvest.” This is to pray for those who will labour and to pray for those who are involved in the harvest. The ministry that has no intercession is a small ministry.
The last concept is the concept of MINISTRATION. This is in verses 35 and 38. Ministration is to work with God in the lives of men. Ministration is not to work for God. It is not to just labour in the midst of men. The measure with which you work together with God in the midst of men is an indication of the kind of ministry you have.
Compassion implies love. When you do not have compassion, you are not ministering like the Lord Jesus Christ. In verse 36 we are told that when He saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion. Compassion was the first that moved Him.
What happens when somebody has other concepts without having compassion? I will just try to describe it with illustrations. I think when there is consecration without compassion, it means there is dedication without compassion. A person with such a character, to me, is like a Pharisee. Such a person has a pharisaic ministry. When there is revelation without compassion, to me, a person with this character is like a spiritualist who sees visions but there is no empathy. There is no identification with the problems of the people. Compassion has to be where consecration is. Compassion has to be expressed even when there is a revelation.
What about intercession without compassion? To me, it is just like the work of some of these witch doctors. It is a form of witchcraft. Such a person is interceding, with no compassion. There is no real and deep feeling, the kind of feeling that God has. Such intercession is mere formalities and because of this, the person could intercede in any direction, positive or negative.
What about menstruation without compassion? Where there is menstruation without compassion, the person to me looks like a businessman, project-oriented, and not concerned about the people involved. If you are ministering to people without compassion, to me you are just what the people will call an entrepreneur. All you are searching for is your goal or your project. Compassion makes a lot of difference.
Let us see what happens if compassion is added to each of the five concepts mentioned. If a person has consecration plus compassion, that person’s heart is in order. Such a person’s ministry is rooted properly. It will draw from the resources of Heaven because it is dedicated towards God and also has a feeling towards man. The person is hooked up to Heaven and is realistic on earth. There must be compassion and consecration for the heart to be right. If you see someone whose heart is right in ministry, he will not only be dedicated to God but he will also be dedicated to the good of man. He will have compassion. Consecration and compassion will mix together.
Anybody who has revelation and compassion, has outstanding potentials because he can hear from God and he can feel towards human beings so that the will of God that he has received could be accomplished in the lives of men.
When there is intercession with compassion, you cannot be stopped. In most cases, those that pray that God should send laborers to the vineyard, who intercede for the lost and begin to have compassion, are the ones that God sends out. Where there is intercession plus compassion, the person is like an explosive that you can not stop. Such a person will accomplish things.
He will move beyond that closet and accomplish the will of God. Where there is ministration plus compassion, you will have an ever-enlarging coast. If your menstruation has compassion, it will not have a limit. People will come just because they are sure that you will show them love The Lord Jesus Christ is our example and, in our text, we see the fantastic example He gave, preaching in the cities, preaching in the villages, and doing everything with real compassion.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was compassionate. He saw the multitude because God showed them to Him. He saw them based on revelation, and that was why He could have compassion on them. If He saw the multitude just like any other human being, He would not have had compassion.
There was revelation and for that reason there was compassion. In fact, ministry is as great as how much of God you see and your life is as great as the image of Jesus Christ that you see.
2 Corinthians 3:18:
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Actual spiritual growth is based upon revelation. What we are saying here is that if you see the multitudes with revelation, there will be compassion. I pray that God will open our eyes that we may not see men as trees walking, but as people for which Jesus Christ died.
Jesus Christ did not see the multitude as a financial opportunity. A number of ministers will look at the multitude and imagine the kind of offering that would be collected. The Lord Jesus saw the multitude as a sacrificial challenge. It was an opportunity for Him to give to them to multiply fish and bread and give to them.
When He saw the multitude, as far as He was concerned, it was not an image projecting platform but rather it was a platform on which to bring salvation to more people. As He saw the multitude, He saw a burden for their own image to be salvaged. It was not a place to project His image but a place to save the images of these people because they were created in the image of God and God would want to restore them totally to His image.
As the Lord saw the multitude, it was not a chance to manipulate them but it was a call to serve. It was not an opportunity to play on the mind of people but it was an opportunity to deliver and to renew the minds of the people.
The harvest He saw, because of compassion, was not a harvest of materials but it was a harvest that was spiritual. He did not see a harvest of the gifts that will come to Him. He did not see a harvest of how much will draw to Him. The harvest He saw was the spiritual harvest that had to do with the Kingdom of God.
How do you measure your ministry even with the concept of compassion? Do you have compassion on people? I was reading one book and the author said that there are many people who love to preach but they do not love the people they are preaching to. This is mechanical ministration. Nobody has a right to preach to a group of people that he does not love. You have no right because it is not the gospel that you bring to them. Even when you bring the truth to them, it will be like a letter that kills. The truth must be spoken in love. How could a man preach to a group of people that he does not love? May God fill our hearts with compassion, in Jesus’ Name.
When Jesus saw the multitude, it induced in Him a call to pray and a call for more labourers. Jesus has not changed. He is still the same and because of this, He will answer our prayers in Jesus’ Name. The Lord will hear us as we call on Him because He is still compassionate. He still sits at the right hand of God the Father, making intercession for us. The way He felt about the multitude is the way He still feels about us.
The Lord Jesus is concerned about whatever form of ignorance you have been involved in. He says His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Jesus is willing to give you the revelation. He knows that when people dwell in darkness, they fall into the pit. For this reason, He wants to give you the light as you call on Him to show you the light. He is going to show it because His compassion does not fail.
He is still translating people from the kingdom of darkness into His dear Kingdom with compassion. The Bible says while we were yet sinners that Christ died for us because of His compassion.
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Is Masturbation A Sin? What Does The Bible Says About Masturbation
The world is facing a lot of problems today, problems that seem unsolvable. But some of these problems also look absurd, both to the eyes and to the ears.
One of these problems is Masturbation.
What is masturbation?
Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure.
Basically, masturbation is just about self-pleasure for sexual purposes.
So, the main question now is….is Is it wrong or right?
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Is masturbation a sin?
Before looking at the biblical aspect of this, let’s see this logically.
- If masturbating was just to relieve sexual urges, then why have sex….when you can do it yourself?
- If sex is available why do you do it yourself when you can have someone do it for you?
You might not be able to answer those questions without thinking deeply.
So, is it right or wrong? …. Before you continue reading ponder on those questions, then state your views in the comment zone
Now let’s get to the main question
Is masturbation a sin?
Since this question is bible related, let’s see what the bible says about masturbation.
Now the bible did not outrightly speak about masturbation, but the bible did speak on something that covers it….
What does the Bible says about masturbation
1Thess.4.3 – For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1Thess.4.4 – That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;
- Now, look closely, the bible said abstain, and also referred to Masturbation as Fornication.
Let’s see another part of the bible
Col.3.5 – Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
- Here the bible talks about it as idolatry!
1Cor.6.18 – Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
- Now the bible see it as a sin against your own body
This clearly states that masturbation is a sin. The bible also refers to it as “Works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19).
Generally, the works of the flesh can be seen as tools of the devil, so basically Masturbation is a tool of the devil. This is one of the things the devil uses to draw people to himself and still give you reasons why it is right for you to do it. This is why people see it as a norm and make them come to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong. But looking at it closely, both logically and spiritually, it does not make any sense.
Now, what is the real meaning of masturbation?
Before getting to the meaning, let’s see a few facts to this, just to prove that this is a sin and one should abstain from it.
- Masturbation causes depression, loneliness, and lowliness: This is mainly because one can’t come out with it, it’s not something the society approves. So one just finds solace in Masturbation, even though one Is tired of doing it, coming out with it would be quite hard because of the stigmatization one might face, therefore, making one think nobody understands him and he becomes sad. Biblically, this is seen as slavery (John 8:34)
- Masturbation has the tendency to Man whore…such as male prostitutes, pedophiles, rapists, etc. A good example could be seen In 2 Samuel vs 13. Amnon had always wanted to take his sister to bed, so he devised a plan, just because he couldn’t control his sexual urge he was known as a rapist!
- Most people would always advise that frequent socializing would help get rid of masturbation….Lol, that’s just part of the solution process, if something is done in private then it must end in private, so if masturbating is done in private it must end in private. This can be done by daily reading and meditating on the word of God….in private!
- As earlier stated, Masturbation is a tool of the devil, that he uses to draw people to himself so they would not make heaven.
Now with these few facts what is masturbation?
Masturbation is a spirit that enters into the body through the emotions as a feeling of sexual urge (i.e, when one is “h0rny”) that you can’t resist, making one to sexually pleasure yourself. Basically, masturbation is a spirit
In conclusion, Yes, masturbation is a sin. You don’t just sin against God but you also sin against yourself. Masturbation reduces your self worth, your dignity and makes you look completely worthless in the sight of God. The bible refers to it as “works of the flesh” (Fornication, Idolatry). Your body is God’s temple. Don’t buy and sell in it!
200+ Christian Quotes That Will Inspire and Encourage Your Faith
Christian Quotes That Will Inspire and Encourage Your Faith
here’s a list of Christian quotes to inspire your everyday living and also encourage your faith. one way or the other, we need something to encourage or boost our Christian lives because the race is not an easy one. That you’re still standing in faith is simply because of the grace of God.
1.Except you are money, you can please everyone. So stop trying. If you really want to please everyone, go and make money and learn to be generous, because:
“Every person is a friend to one who gives gifts”-Proverbs 19:6
Money makes breaks the ice
2.The reason David was a man after God’s heart is that money and power did not change him. The way he danced for God as a shepherd is the way he danced for God as king (2 Sam 6:16). But some ‘humble’ people become tyrants when they hit pay dirt
3.Saul was so humble when he was broke, that he took instructions from Samuel. But when he saw wealth and power, he turned to a tyrant. The man shaking for you now may shake your confidence when he sees a small change. Broke humility is fake humility!
4.Scripture says wise people speak in a language everyone can understand. Cor 14:19 and 1 Cor 2:4.
When you take pride in only using big grammar to speak to others, you are neither wise nor intelligent. You are communicating your inferiority complex
5. Dear men
How many women did Christ give money? Did that make Him stingy? He gave to the poor. He gave to His disciples. He fed the multitude. Prove your generosity by helping the less privileged, not by helping entitled women you’re not married to
6. Everyone is not equal. Scripture doesn’t say that. There are hierarchies in heaven and Earth. It is not humility to stay at the bottom. Do your best to move up the pyramid. Moses was meek, yet he led Israel. Christ is humble, yet He is our Saviour
7. Dear men,
God made a “companion” (some translations say helper) for Adam-Gen 2:18. God never made a wife for Adam. It was Adam who chose to make his companion his wife-Gen 2:22-23. Don’t let anyone choose your wife, or they may ruin your life too
8. God gave us hands to lift ourselves up and give others a helping hand Sadly, many people prefer to use their own hands to pray for themselves and push others down. Don’t abuse your hands and expect God to bless them. Blessed are the hands that give
9. The worst thing you can do is to go to church, listen to a pastor and believe everything he says hook, line, and sinker. Trust him. Listen to him. But when you go home, read Scripture to VERIFY that everything he said is true. Trust but still verify
10. The fastest prayer answered in Scripture is the woman with the issue of blood. No shouting or drama. She didn’t even speak. She just said in her heart and God heard. God looks for volume in our faith, not our voice. Loud prayers impress men not God
11.You pray for God to bless you daily. But you wake daily. You can see. You slept in a bed. You have clothes. You ate. Yet you never thank God. Your problem is not a lack of blessings. It is ingratitude. THANK God more and your blessings will increase
12.Man’s rejection is God’s redirection. When you understand this, you will never be depressed by rejection. Joseph was rejected by his brothers. The rejection redirected him to promotion in Egypt. Don’t NO as rejection. See it as Next Opportunity!
13.The reason your life is unpleasant may be because you are like Lot’s wife. She looked back and became a pillar of salt. Focus on the present. Plan for the future. Your life is like a car. You‘ll have accidents if you look back while driving forward
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14. Christ spoke and common people understood him. Intelligence is the ability to communicate complex things with simple language. If you speak and half of the people who hear you don’t understand, it is you who are not intelligent, not your hearers!
15.Moses was an abandoned child, yet he ended up as a leader. Don’t let your background determine your future. It‘s called a background because it‘s in your back. If you focus on it, it will keep your back on the ground. Focus on your potential instead.
16.Are you sleepless? Then cast your burdens upon God and you will sleep. The reason you are not sleeping well is that you are not slipping your worries to the God who does not sleep and does not slip. Don’t be a slipper. Let God make you a sleeper.
FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST
“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Since God has decided to set you apart, He has ordained that your life from now should be in Christ. Paul, a man ordained like you, said for him to live is Christ. How can you make your life to glorify Christ? How can Jesus get the best from your life? How can Christ be seen in your life? You need to bring about a determination now that you are ordained, chosen, set apart, and selected Christ for the purpose of His service.
Power has been put upon your life and that power will prosper as long as you remain under authority. As long as you obey instructions, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. When you set your hand upon a thing, it shall prosper.
David for example, in 1 Samuel 16, was ordained and separated by God to be used. From the day the oil came upon his head and hands laid upon him, the scripture says that the Spirit of God came upon him. Whether you know it or not, the Spirit of God has come upon you for the purpose of using you and you will never fail. If you are going to live for Christ, there are things you must know. according to the scriptures. In Galatians 2:18-20, the Apostle Paul spoke about living for Christ in verse 20:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Paul was saying that since Christ died for him because of his former life of sin, unrighteousness, and failure, then he assumed that he was dead and therefore crucified the flesh. What will you do to live the life of Christ? You need determination. You must be determined by the anointing that came upon you. A divine ability has rested upon you and a quality has been invested into your life. It is by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, by the word of faith spoken into you, that life has entered into you. Power has entered into you. The ability has entered into you. You must allow this power to prosper. You must yield yourself so that this power can prosper. If you yield yourself to Him then the flesh will be dead.
Self-will has to die. What is self. It is that thing in you hat makes you proud. It may be your height, your beauty, the way you appear, the family you are born into, your position in life, your achievement in life, your wealth or your self-glory. Everything you see about yourself, which you are proud of, must give way.
Paul could not allow Jesus to live in him until he surrendered his pride. He said he wanted to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, therefore the things that were glorious to him he counted as nothing. For those who have been ordained, there is a time Jesus will want to use you and your certificate may stand in the way. There are some of you that God has been calling into full-time work but you are looking at your exalted position in the office. Because of this reason, the glory of God cannot appear. Christ can not live through you until you let that office go
Moses had the throne of Egypt set before his eyes. He had been offered the crown of Egypt but he looked at it and he looked at the Hebrew slaves. He remembered the covenant of God and he preferred to be a slave so he rejected the crown of Egypt. Many years later, he received the anointing of the Holy Spirit and with this anointing, he defeated all the powers of Egypt. He would have become the Pharaoh temporarily and one day an anointed man of God would have conquered him. The position that is not allowing Christ to show forth in your life, one day, you will lose it and the glory will go to another person. Between the crown of Egypt and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which is your choice? Paul had many things to give up. He went to the Barbarians and became like them That he may show them, Christ.
After Moses gave up the crown of Egypt, God gave him the crown of eternal life and the power of miracles, signs, and wonders like he had never given to any other person. Self must give way. There are some things God will never use you for until you humble yourself. You cannot know the greatness and the power of the glory of God until humble yourself. you
The flesh must be disciplined. Samson could not take his eyes off beautiful women. After David had conquered the whole world, Satan conquered him by sending a strange woman into his life. In spite of the wisdom of Solomon and the strength of his army, Satan sent an army of women to make his life foolish. Joseph rejected the offer of pleasure that the glory of God reserved may come up in his life. He’s refusing to yield to the pleasure landed him in jail but the great glory, the crown that was waiting for him, would not have come his way except he had gone to jail.
The temporary pleasure you receive now may deny you the eternal crown of the future but the troubles and hardship of the moment might bring you eternal glory. Joseph rejected the offer of free sex, landed in jail but came out wearing the crown of Egypt. Some men, because of possession and property, will not yield themselves to be used maximally by God. Saul could not keep his throne because of his love for possessions. He preferred to acquire property than to obey the mind of God. In contrast, Moses rejected all the offers of Egypt to receive the anointing. Abraham lost his relationship with his family to obey God. Jesus left so much in Heaven to come into a very deplorable situation on earth.
You must reckon yourself dead that Christ may be seen in you and you must rise up with Christ to live just the life of Christ. In fulfilling the pleasure of God, Paul said we are fools for Christ’s sake. It is a fool that somebody will slap on one side and he will turn the other side. It is a fool that will accept cheating and keep quiet. It is a fool that will see free sex and say no to it. It is a fool that will see easy, corrupt, and unclean way of making millions and billions and will say no. It is only a fool that will reject the crown of Egypt and identify with Hebrew slaves and be treated as a slave. All the fools for Christ’s sake will come up with greater power, glory, honor, and eternal life. Anybody who is not a fool for Christ will eventually be a fool for the devil. I prefer to be a fool for Christ than to be deceived by Satan.
Self-denial will help you to fast when you have abundant food at home. Self-denial will make you stand on your feet and pray through the night when you have a beautiful and comfortable bed to sleep on. Self-denial will make you to choose prayer meetings for pleasure meeting. If Christ must live His life in you, you must be willing to let go. If the anointing that has been put upon your life must prosper, then you must be willing to let go. There are some things that do not look sinful but they hinder the anointing. Elijah was a man of like-passion but he denied himself. Let Christ have His way in you that this anointing may prosper. If I live in Christ then when I die, I receive my eternal reward. The pleasure you give up will be paid back into your eternal account, with greater glory.
In the end, Moses was not a looser. He did not have the crown of Egypt but he had the crown of the Lord. Joseph did not accept the offer of pleasure in sin but he ended u wearing the crown of Egypt and ruled over those who sent him to jail. Samson could not refuse the offer of free sex and he ended up a blind anointed man and died before his time.
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