“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.’ ” – John 14:23a

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girlhandsup_1Sadira In Her Own Words

Sadira’s testimony illustrates the results of your prayers and support. May you be encouraged as you read about the abundant fruit God is producing through the unique and courageous ministry of GCM.

Like thousands of persecuted Christians, Sadira lives in a country closed to the Gospel.

“When I was eight years old, my father deserted my family. He was an addict who wouldn’t give up drugs. I loved him very much. I was heartbroken and stopped trusting anyone.

“Years later, I heard that my father was homeless and decided to find him. I saw him on the streets of a dangerous neighborhood. He was so dirt;, I almost didn’t recognize him. He looked older than his age.

“I said to him, ‘I came here to tell you I miss you.’ All he said was, ‘Thank you, dear daughter, but how much money can you give me?’ It hurt that all he wanted was money, but I gave him all I had.

“Later on, a lady talked to me as I walked. She told me stories about God, that He’s merciful and never leaves you. From then on we met every day to read more stories. I found out about Jesus and my identity in God. Because I didn’t have a good relationship with my father, it was difficult for me to understand, but I decided to trust God.

“Then I lost my job. I was responsible for my family and had to pay my university fees. But I wasn’t afraid. I said to myself, ‘God is in control,’ and I told Him about my needs. The very next day, I had an interview and was hired immediately! At that moment I saw God’s mercy and realized that Jesus is alive. He hears and answers prayer.

“Because Jesus is in my life, I forgave my father and shared God’s Word with him. My father is reading God’s stories and is in rehab with GCM. I also go out in the streets and talk about God with people.

“Every day I see God’s great work in my life. Now I’m sure that my Heavenly Father is faithful and will never leave me.”

Reflections

Obedience

“As Elisabeth Elliot points out, not even dying a martyr’s death is classified as extraordinary obedience when you are following a Savior who died on a cross. Suddenly a martyr’s death seems like normal obedience.” – David Platt

God spoke, and the entire universe was formed. The first instance of obedience. God created mankind in His image as an act of love so we could enjoy unbroken and perfect fellowship with Him. Joy beyond our ability to imagine. Joy for eternity.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God for the first time, that perfect relationship was broken. The first act of disobedience. The only way to restore our relationship with God is through Jesus. Out of love, Jesus obeyed God the Father unto death so we again can enjoy personal fellowship with Him. “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19)

Love and obedience are inseparable.

In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus tells us, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” God’s two greatest commandments rest on God’s love and my obedience. (John 15:8)girldad2

I can’t love God unless I first obey by yielding my life to Jesus Christ who makes me righteous and able to love others as He does. And I can’t love others as Jesus does unless I love God first through obedience.

If I truly love God, then I’ll desire to obey Him, and my obedience makes me a disciple of Jesus. As His disciple, there’s no better way to love others than by introducing them to their Savior and personally caring for their spiritual and physical needsin the same measure that I care about my own. That is God’s second great commandment.

So, as Jesus’ disciple, how does He expect me to care for others? “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) Jesus expects me to reach out to others so they too can be reconciled to God, experience His love, and become disciples who also will introduce yet more people to Jesus Christ.

Obedience then love, followed by continued obedience and a greater capacity for loving others. Am I willing to obey every day so that, by God’s grace, I may love as Jesus does?

Encouraging Obedience

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (I Timothy 6:12)

You and I never may be required to walk the road to martyrdom as missionary Jim Elliot did, but we must be willing and trust God for our very life. Elisabeth Elliot, Jim’s widow and author of Through Gates of Splendor, didn’t know ahead of time the enormous cost that following Jesus would exert on their lives. But Elisabeth and Jim knew the risk and obeyed Him, just as GCM disciple makers do every day in Muslim countries.

Because GCM disciple makers love Jesus and, as former Muslims they have experienced His transformational love, they love their countrymen, even those who seek to harm them. In loving obedience they risk their life every day to bring God’s Word to other Muslims and disciple new believers.

Your fervent prayers are the foundation of GCM’s ministry. As you pray for GCM’s disciple makers, please also consider giving financially from what God has given to you to help those on the ‘front lines.’ Then, experience the blessing of peace and fulfillment, knowing you are part of GCM’s ministry.

Daily Prayer Points

Sun     Praise: Humble Hearts

Lord Jesus, you humbled yourself and became obedient unto death on a cross. We praise you for your perfect obedience which glorified God the Father and brought salvation to us. Filled with adoration and gratitude, we join GCM leaders to humble ourselves at your feet.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” – Revelation 5:12

Mon    Evangelism: Bold Declaration

Lord, because it is your truth that sets men free, instill in GCM’s disciple makers the confidence to boldly declare your truth to those who are still bound in darkness, that they also might receive your salvation and walk in your marvelous light.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13-14

Tue     Obedient Replication

Let God’s Holy Spirit richly dwell in each house-church leader, that they may teach and disciple one another in wisdom and love. As they replicate themselves in loving obedience, Lord we ask for perseverance, courage, and joy in carrying out your Great Commission.

“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’” – John 14:23-24

Wed     Church Planting: Sowing Truth

Lord, as GCM sows your Word of truth, make it take root in fertile soil, and bring a rich harvest of yielded, obedient, and fruitful lives.

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14

Thu     Leadership Training: Fortifying Faith

Father, strengthen GCM leaders as they select, train, and fortify teachable disciple makers. Deepen their faith daily so they may stand victorious against Satan’s schemes and bring a hundredfold into your Kingdom.

“My son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:1-2

Fri     Compassion Ministries: Caring Action

Your Word, oh Lord, tells us you are moved by our helplessness, and so many of your children are suffering. Jesus, you are our hope in every situation. Please demonstrate your love and mercy through each disciple maker who ministers to those who long for you.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” – Isaiah 61:1

Sat     Persecuted Christians: Perspective

Oh Lord God, we cry out to you on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are undergoing persecution because of their faith. May they experience honor in their suffering, and love you more than life itself. May they view their trials with an eternal purpose, and endure for the joy yet to come.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” – John 8:51

GCM Depends on Your Support.

You can help change one more life … today! With your monthly gift, you accelerate the growth of the Church in the Middle East. Your impact is now, and it’s eternal.

More than 95% of GCM’s evangelists/disciple makers are volunteers. Its leaders live below the poverty line. There are no buildings or organizational structures to support. It’s all frontline ministry, and your dollar goes a long way.

This winter alone, GCM evangelists and leaders will risk their life every day to share God’s Word with some 5,000 Muslims.

Here’s how you can participate in this unprecedented movement of God:

greek-bludor_11. Give to GCM; visit catalyticministries.com.

2. Pray every day using your GCM Prayer Guide.

3. Host a small group in your home or church and introduce new people to GCM.

4. Share your GCM Prayer Guide with your family and friends.

GCM’s Mission

To transform Muslims worldwide through Jesus Christ, by means of evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership training, and compassion ministries.

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