“. . . For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7

 
Getting Ready!
 

Jamie Carte Ministries, (J.C.M.)

P. O. Box 120, Hico, WV 25854, (304) 658-4720, www.jamiecarte.org 
 
How Far Are You Willing? 
  
 
  
 
         Hello Beloved of God! Dewayne and I love you!  I just wanted to begin this Month by sharing my heart.  The last few Months of my life have been very different for me.  I am beginning to realize something that The Lord has had in front of me for several years and I am just really now having a true understanding of.  When I gave my life to Jesus Christ at 14 years old I had a commitment to Jesus, but I didn’t stay with Him.  There were a lot of painful things going on in my home life and on the inside of me and I began to do what many of my friends were doing and I left the Lord and His Ways.  After many years of excessive drinking, drugs, sexual immorality, rage, depression and a host of other things that left me even more empty than I already was, I came to the place in my life where I had no hope, no will to continue and no happiness.  I was utterly lost.  My life in public and in private was filled with secrets and pain.

Then in 1991 I surrendered.  I gave The Lord my life.  I truly surrendered.  I didn’t realize then, how much that word, “surrender” would be a part of my life then and in the years to come at that point.  Within Months of me giving my life to Jesus Christ in 1991, I began serving in many ways in my Church.  Our Pastor at the time must have seen something in me for he asked me to be the 5th - 6th grade Sunday School Teacher and I accepted.  I was literally thrown right into Ministry!  And teaching at that!  One thing I learned pretty quickly is that if you want to learn . . . TEACH!   And boy did I ever learn!  I dove into The Bible and I have never stopped 27 years later.

 
 
 

I found myself seeing my own self in the very pages I would study and read.  I had no idea how intimate The Word was and how I would read something in it and then what I read was an answer to my “problem” or challenge that day or the very next day or the answer to what I had been praying about!  The Word of God was ALIVE and The Lord was speaking right to me and right into MY life!  I had thought up until then that The Word was about stories and about other people . . . I just didn’t know that God, Himself would speak to me!  My life was changing with every day, because I was in The Word of God every day.  It wasn’t very long that I didn’t even recognize myself!  And others who had known me from before couldn’t believe the transformation they were witnessing!

As I kept growing in The Lord there was a word that I kept seeing in The Bible and it was the word, “Disciple.”  I began to see that Jesus would choose people.  He would ask them to follow Him.  And some took Him up on His offer.  Some did not. 

 
 

There is Matthew who immediately left his very lucrative position as a Tax Collector and decided right on the spot to follow Jesus and become His Disciple!  (I learned recently from a daughter in the Lord, Donna Legg while she was teaching that Matthew was a Jew who would collect taxes from the Jews and that he was very much hated by his Jewish Community because he was collecting taxes FOR THE ROMANS.  Yes, Matthew worked for the Romans who were controlling the Jews and taking their money for the Romans to control the Jews with!)  And, Jesus chose what those around Matthew considered him to be, a traitor.  Which would totally explain what Matthew 9:9-11 states to us and tells us how people saw Matthew.

“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. 10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other  disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” Matthew 9:9-11 (NLT)

 Though some considered Matthew to be “scum” (and probably some of the other Disciples did also for a while who were a part of the Ministry,) do we really see what Matthew did?  He literally got up from his job that he made so much money from and just left.  He decided that quickly to give it all up and become a Disciple of Jesus of Nazareth.  That is something isn’t it?  Can you imagine what his family thought?  His employers (who were the Romans) would not have been happy with him and could have physically harmed him or killed him.  Yet, he just courageously decided to give his all . . . to Jesus and to The Kingdom of God.

         There is Peter who we know was married for his mother-in-law was healed by Jesus, (Matthew 8:14–15) and his brother Andrew who had a fishing business (which would have been very lucrative back then) who walked away from their business when asked to become a fisher of men instead. (Matthew 4:19)

 

 
         Then we see two other brothers, James and John, on up the shore with their father, Zebedee.  They are sitting in a boat repairing their nets.  Jesus calls out to them and The Bible says that, “they immediately followed Him, leaving the boat and their father behind.” (Matthew 4:22 (NLT))  WOW!  Here are just a couple of examples of ones that left businesses, jobs and even family to follow Jesus and be a Disciple of His!

          There are so many others who left their lives like Phillip, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna (Luke 8:2-3,) Luke, Paul, Pricilla, Aquilla and Timothy are just a few.  There are ones that we know their names and so much more that we do not know.  Disciples of Jesus Christ throughout History laid down their jobs, families, homes, conveniences and MANY laid down their lives and were martyrs for they refused to denounce Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Yes, there are many named in The Word of God and in History literature and thousands who are not.   Yet I’m sure they hold high and beautiful Positions in The Kingdom of God in Heaven.  And we know they are cheering us on now!  Hallelujah!

 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

 
         So, what is a Disciple?  Let’s go to the Hebrew.  The Hebrew word for “Disciple” is Strong’s # 3928 -limmud.  “Limmud” means accustomed to something, taught, construct.  The root word to “limmud” is the Hebrew word, lamad, which is Strong’s #3925 which means teach, accept, expert, instruct, instructors, learn, really learn, skillful, teacher, teaching and again, train, trained as soldiers.  A Disciple means to be a Follower of Jesus Christ.  In the Latin it is a learner or pupil.  The word “Discipline” comes from the Root Word of “Disciple” and has the word “Disciple” inside of it.  Which is exactly what a Disciple becomes.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Discipline – instruction, to train, a branch of learning, to bring under control.
 

The “WILL TEST”

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19 (AMP)