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Command 49 : Make Disciples | Day 341

Be Enthusiastic!

In 1994, a host of diseases threatened his life. Seventy doctors in seven nations tried to help, and hundreds of treatments were followed, but his condition grew worse. His weight dropped from 180 to 104 pounds. Then he decided that God must have some significant things to say about health, since He is the One Who made us. He discovered Biblical answers, which he followed, and within four months his health had been restored! As he enthusiastically told friends and others about what God had done in His life, the news spread like wildfire. He even wrote his story in a book and millions of copies of it have been sold.

When we find answers and enthusiastically share them with others, they will want to experience the same results.

To be an effective discipler, we must be enthusiastic, and others must see Christ's commands working in our lives. Enthusiasm is God's energy in our spirits expressing itself through the mind, will, and emotions. We may be experiencing sorrow, but our spirits can still rejoice. Believers are to “... worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus ...” (Philippians 3:3), “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4), and “rejoice evermore” (I Thessalonians 5:16).

Enthusiasm is contagious. Whatever we are excited about and interested in we tend to share with others, and as a result they begin to share in our enthusiasm. How has your life been impacted by keeping these commands of Christ before your eyes during the past months? Many of you have shared with me the great spiritual benefits you have received as a result of your study of Christ's commands and meditation upon them. One man wrote: "The Daily Success e-mails have been incredible! I am amazed at how perfectly the truth from Christ's commands that are shared address the deepest needs of my life." Another wrote: "God has used the daily e-mails to speak to me right where I'm at, and with such wisdom. I just wish everyone I know could benefit by them."

This man's wish can become a reality. You can invite your friends and others you know to receive the Daily Success e-mails at no cost. Just visit http://iblp.org/programs/daily-success/invite-friend to send an invitation. When you contact your friends to encourage them to participate, why not enthusiastically share:

* How Jesus has revealed more of His nature and work to you through His commands. (See John 14:21.)

* How Jesus has increased His love in and through you. (See I John 2:5.)

* How God has answered your prayers according to His will. (See I John 3:22.)

Maintaining enthusiasm requires continuous fellowship with the Spirit of God through the Word of God.

When you introduce others to the Daily Success program, they can begin to receive daily encouragement from the Word of God that will aid them in becoming Christ's disciples. Today, the floods of sin and iniquity in the world are overwhelming many believers. God's answer is to “exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13). Now that you have nearly completed this series, I encourage you to go through the e-mails again, this time with several others as you enthusiastically share what God has done and is doing in your life!

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard