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Pray Asking Redeemer To Nurture Everyday Readily So Have Indestructible Partnership!"(P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I..P)

Ramesh C. Reddy

Editors Note: This devotional was originally published in Pittsburgh Standard on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. The background songs can be from any era including the present and are accessible using Internet Explorer! Any revisions will be ITALICIZED!

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:3-6, NIV)

Approach Question:
What would you like to have a partnership in and why?

I asked myself what does Paul's prayer consist of?
1. Thanking God every time He remembers the Philippians.
2. Praying with joy.

I asked myself what is the cause-effect relationship I see in Paul's prayer?
BeCAUSE of the Philippians partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now,
the EFFECT is that in all his prayers for all the Philippians, he is always praying with joy!

I asked myself why does a partnership in the Gospel matter so much to Paul?
It is because Jesus matters so much to Paul and his love for Jesus wants to be shown by his actions of proclaiming the love of Christ to others. And, he realizes he cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ on his own while he is in chains, so he welcomes the help the Philippians are giving him. That is why he always prays with joy knowing the Philippians have partnered with him from the FIRST DAY he met them UNTIL NOW. Their partnership is not a one time-one day thing but consistent when it comes to the Gospel.

I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
I learned that true joy comes from having a partnership in the Gospel as I love Jesus Christ and want to make Him known. It should not be a one-day-one-time thing. I need to attain that partnership in the Gospel to give others joy especially the Lord Jesus Christ on a consistent basis. I should always make myself available to be in a partnership when it comes to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ instead of doing it alone. Paul did not go at it alone and neither should I. Also, it is important for me to remember that prayer is tied in very closely with having a partnership in the Gospel.

I ask you now dear friend, how can you attain a P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?

Dear friend,  a partnership in the Gospel can take different forms such as a prayer partnership, financial partnership, co-laborers partnership, etc.

I don't know specifically all the types of partnership in the Gospel that Paul was thankful to the Philippians for but it was a partnership filled with joy. I want to give joy to others too when I am in partnership with them when it comes to the Gospel first and foremost. You should want that too because it is worth it and brings joy. Paul is an example that God has shown me through His Word.

You can attain a partnership in the Gospel too where you are even without moving many times. It involves a powerful 4 letter word: PRAY. You can be partnering with campus ministry staff, missionaries, pastors, etc by praying for them where you are that God can use them in His infinite wisdom, strengthening them to proclaim His love in Word and deed. You can also do that with a 5 letter word: MONEY by supporting them so they do not have to be burdened with financial costs but can focus on proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

At other times, the partnership in the Gospel will involve moving and effort on our part, as we depend on the Lord, where we are directly involved in ministry even as we PRAY, give FINANCIAL SUPPORT, etc.

Apart from Jesus Christ, we can do nothing for we are the branches and our nourishment must come from Him and Him alone who is the Vine. (John 15)

We need Jesus to have a partnership in the Gospel. It starts with us realizing our own sinfulness and wickedness before an all Holy and Awesome God and taking His free gift of grace that showers us with His faithful forgiveness and redemptive restoration. I praise you Lord. Thanks so much Jesus! Even praying and financial support should be done in the Name of the Lord for He is before all things and in Him all things hold together! (Colossians 1)

You and I need Jesus Christ and understand the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its impact to save if we want to have a direct partnership in the Gospel with others.

For the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not just about 'Jesus dying for our sin and coming back to life to save us' but addresses all facets of our daily life and being, that can only be transformed by the power of the risen Christ through His transforming grace as Pastor Ed loves to put it. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that justifies us and also it is this same Gospel that also sanctifies us.

Until we come to realize our own worthlessness and have Jesus Christ work in us so we can do a F.A.C.T check: Be faithful, available, compatible, and teachable as Pastor Hugo says, our partnership in the Gospel will become futile and will damage people along the way instead of building them up. However, when Christ is the focus over ourselves then amazing things can happen! Praise the Lord!

Last year, on Sunday, May 13, 2012, Paul Pruitt, a missionary supported by Pittsburgh Chinese Church-Oakland/Oakland International Fellowship shared about a young woman named Suchria from Indonesia who went on to get her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Princeton University. She also passed the bar exam with flying colors and was recruited by a powerful law firm which was willing to give her a 6-figure salary. Yet, she turned all that down one day when she was praying to the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead she decided to be a MAID in Hong Kong so she could be used of God to reach other maids there.  That is awesome! She wanted to exemplify Philippians 2:1-18 taking Jesus as her example.

I was really touched by this story because it reminded me of my loving wife Chandra's testimony about wanting to be a lawyer but because her daddy wanted her to help the weak and sick, she decided to become a nurse and partner with her best friend to reach Muslims for Christ in Saudi Arabia.

Her testimony brought back memories of how much I wanted to go to law school and work for the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) with Jay Sekulow. I emphasize it is ACLJ and not ACLU (Anti-Christian many times). I even studied for the LSAT couple of times but I just could not shake the feeling that the Lord Jesus wanted me in student ministry with the mission of Counseling Broken Hearts with the love of Christ.

With that in mind and the support of my staff worker Kent Walley of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), I decided to go into full time ministry many years ago. Kent had told me, 'Ramesh, if you go into law school without ever filling out the application for staff, you would always look back and wonder, did you do the right thing. Now, fill out the staff application and wait on the Lord to see where He leads you. If He leads you into student ministry, you will be appointed to staff with IVCF."

 I did take that exhortation and wrote my application which came to 28 typed written pages. I never looked back again and proudly did student ministry with IVCF for 6 years as a volunteer/staff having a partnership with wonderful staff like Kent Walley, Chloe Papke, Paul Hassell, Oliver Ferguson, Thomas Grosh IV, etc.

Sadly, due to character issues and ministry challenges which was affecting student ministry, I had to leave the ministry of IVCF. I wrestled with law school again but , to this day, my heart and excitement for student ministry has not been diminished. Even though, I could not be with IVCF anymore, the Lord Jesus gave me a job in campus food services where I would literally come in contact with thousands of students each day to befriend as many as I could in the hopes to reach them for Christ.

It did not stop there but the Lord Jesus gave me Pittsburgh Standard to use as a means to ministry as I had the privilege of partnering with Jeremy Day, Kensley Lewis, Andrew McMullen, Matthew Bell, etc to reach students with the love of Christ through our monthly paper edition of Pittsburgh Standard. Right now the paper continues as an online edition to reach the masses with the Gospel of Jesus Christ even though there are server issues and challenges that made me lose 12 years of work on PS. But with the Lord's help, it will  be restored completely in His timing.

Most importantly, the Lord impressed upon my heart that He would use the Pittsburgh Standard to reach souls for Him. It has happened to when students have given their life to Christ by reading the devotionals on Pittsburgh Standard. Thank you Jesus!

Being in foodservice and being part of Facebook has given me different opportunities to influence different numbers of people by God's grace through Pittsburgh Standard.

What is exciting is that my loving wife wants to join me to minister to students the Lord places in our lives in His timing whether it is through a college ministry or church ministry. It all started with different partnerships in the Gospel whether it was with IVCF, PS, etc.  It is very exciting that Chandra and I can have game night every Saturday night at our residence for our Indian friends through the partnership of Oakland International Fellowship and currently Pastor Hugo Cheng, Cecilia, David, Yvonne, Wei Dai, and my mommy who have partnered with us.

Also, I am so thankful to the Lord Jesus that my loving wife Chandra has been in a partnership with Kristen, Anne, Yvonne, Jesse, Rodney, Edwin, Marie, Darren, Elias to reach people with the love of Christ through songs of worship. She has also decided to partner with Linda, Heather, Connie, Kristen, Suzanne, Christy, Yvonne, Karis, etc on the prayer team on Wednesday's to pray for the needs of the congregation, etc whenever she can.

As stated before, partnerships can take different styles and forms but the best partnership we can ever have is being in a partnership for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It should start with having a partnership with Jesus Christ ourselves.

Come as you are and always rest in Christ and the power of His resurrection to transform you by His grace so you can begin a partnership in the Gospel. You do not have to have it all together to partner in ministry for God uses weak vessels to show His insurmountable glory and does not look for people who think they have it all together.

Jesus chose 12 ragged disciples who did not have it all together for His honor and glory showing His strength made perfect through their weaknesses! Praise the Lord! As an example, Jesus Christ used the apostle Peter who denied him 3 times to bring the Gospel to nations and Saul of Tarsus who persecuted Christians to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, etc. This same God is the same God that wants to use you friend as you make prayer a priority in life.

We all need Jesus in our lives to fight the enemy so Satan does not control us in our sin but instead we are led by the power of the Holy Spirit who establishes the perfect partnership.

Speaking of partnership, I plead with you  friend to have a partnership in life with Jesus Christ whose partnership will be the perfect partnership you will ever have if you have not partnered with Jesus yet!

No matter what happens around you, when you rest in the arms of the love of our Lord and Savior, He will give you strength and wisdom to move on by His grace. So ask Him to reign in your life and in all your dreams and you will always praise the Lord when He is central to your life. I want Jesus to be central in my life so help me Jesus. Thanks so much Jesus. You should too!

"But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners,  and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:6-8, NIV)

Humble yourself under the mighty Hand of God and He will lift you up! (James 4:10, paraphrase)

Friend, only Christ can wash us clean by His precious cleansing blood and wants to do that for us to have a partnership with Him. That is so exciting to know! Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus!  You can have that partnership too.

Our partnership in the Gospel should always start with spending time with Jesus everyday in prayer, meditating on His Word, and applying His Word in our lives as the Lord Jesus leads us to a Bible-believing church and fellowship where we do not forsake the fellowship of believers but join together as the apostles did in Act 2:42-47 for His honor and glory.

May you have a blessed partnership in the Gospel as you rest in the Lord God Almighty now and forever more remembering to pray asking Redeemer to nurture everyday readily, so have indestructible partnership! Praise the Lord! Amen!

"Pray Asking Redeemer To Nurture Everyday Readily So Have Indestructible Partnership!"(P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I..P)/"How can you attain a P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?"

Purpose of today's devotional is to understand the importance of having a partnership in the Gospel that turns people's hearts towards prayer in joy.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for teaching me about partnership in the Gospel and how joyful Paul was because of the Philippians partnership in the Gospel even though he is in chains. Oh Lord, please help us to have a partnership in the Gospel that will bring others joy instead of sorrow. For that to happen, we need to have a partnership with you more than anything realizing our own worthlessness and sinfulness before an all awesome Holy God. We do that Lord and ask you to cleanse us by your precious cleansing blood, giving us new life. Thanks so much Jesus you have come back to save. Help us Oh Lord by guiding us in your insurmountable wisdom for our lives that comes from above. Thanks so much Jesus. I need you so much Jesus. We thank you for dying for our sin and you choose to use us in our weaknesses just as you used your 12 disciples and Paul. Thanks for that opportunity. Help us to always rest in you humbling ourselves under your mighty hand so you lift us up. We pray asking you to nurture us everyday readily so we can have an indestructible partnership in the Gospel. Thanks so much Jesus. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

"May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer." (Psalm 19:14)

Lord Jesus, You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace, Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case. Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN! (Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”)

If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a daily part of your life, you can this very moment. You will never be alone. You can claim God's promises for you in the Bible and see them come true, before your eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to wait for a special time to come to the Lord. You can come right now as you pray the prayer below, meaning it in your heart.

God I am a sinner. I am invaded by this deadliest virus. Many times I feel so guilty and yucky inside. I need forgiveness. I am so sorry for my sins. I have not obeyed you with my whole heart! I have gone my own way and done my own things. I still struggle with sin. I need you Jesus in my life so I can receive forgiveness and a new beginning. In the process, I can forgive others as you help me to. Thank you so much Jesus. I accept the antidote you have sent me. I believe Jesus you died for me and your cleansing blood will cleanse me from all my sins. You came back to life to save me. Thank you God I am set free, free from the bondage of sin. Hear my cry Oh Lord. I accept you Jesus into my heart. I make you my Lord and Personal Savior of my life. Thank you Father God for giving me Salvation. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you for being my Lord and personal Savior! I can live a life of peace with you on my side. Thank you that yo
u have heard my prayer and answered me! In your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you when you give Him your heart! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help by His grace alone!

Feel free to email me at if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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Philippians 1:1-3: "How will others R.E.A.C.T towards God when they remember you?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (Sat, June 22, 11:34 a.m.)

Philippians 1:1-2: "Why bother to let others T.R.A.I.N you when you are already a leader?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 21, 10:58 a.m.)

Philippians 1:1-2: "When do you B.L.E.S.S others in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 20, 08:33 a.m.)

Philippians 1:1-2: "Who will you be a S.L.A.V.E to in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 19, 1:26 p.m.)

Philippians 1:1: "Why should you believe you are H.O.L.Y instead of a sinner?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 17, 11:38 p.m.)

Psalm 46:1: "Where do you need R.E.F.U.G.E from?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 14, 08:30 a.m.)

Proverbs 14:12: "Why seek God's R.I.G.H.T over our right?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 14, 08:30 a.m.)

Psalm 42:5: "Why H.O.P.E and praise the Lord in your distress?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 13, 01:36 p.m.)

Psalm 40:1-5: "Where do you need to be L.I.F.T.E.D up in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 13, 01:34 p.m.)

Mark 9:28-29: "What can P.R.A.Y.E.R to Jesus do in your friends lives?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 11, 07:53 a.m.)

Mark 2:2-5: "What kind of F.R.I.E.N.D will you be thought of as?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 10, 07:03 a.m.)

Mark 3:14-15: "Why S.P.E.N.D time with Jesus daily?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 08, 11:07 a.m.)

Psalm 34:4: "What can you do with your F.E.A.R.S in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 07, 2013, 8:43 a.m.)

Psalm 33:4: "What will you do with F.A.I.T.H in your classes?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 05, 2013, 9:31 a.m.)

Mark 1:43-44: "What does your disobedience C.A.U.S.E for others in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 03, 2013, 2:57 a.m.)

Mark 1:41-42: "What past do you need to be C.L.E.A.N from?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 31, 2013, 10:54 a.m)

Proverbs 29:25: "Where will you take a S.T.A.N.D without wavering?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 30, 2013, 07:43 a.m)

Matthew 18:21-22:"Why F.O.R.G.I.V.E when it will happen again?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 29 2013, 09:35 a.m)

Psalm 27:14:"How do you C.O.P.E with your hurt?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 27, 2013, 11:13 a.m)

John 12:24:"Who do you remember physically and spiritually on this M.E.M.O.R.I.A.L day?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 27, 2013, 11:13 a.m)

"What has the law P.E.R.M.I.T.T.E.D you to do but it goes against the Lord?"  By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 09, 2013, 6:57 a.m)

"Who do you become an A.T.T.R.A.C.T.I.O.N to and why?"  By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 08, 2013, 6:58 a.m)

"What has A.N.G.E.R done to your relationships?"  By Ramesh C. Reddy (April 29, 13, 1:28 p.m.)

"How can the L.I.G.H.T impact your life?"  By Ramesh C. Reddy (April 06, 13, 11:48 a.m.)




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