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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

"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 partnership in the Gospel?
Dear friend,
yesterday, 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 and two of her sisters decided to become nurses.

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. 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).  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 5 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 personal reasons which was affecting student ministry, I had to leave the ministry of IVCF. I wrestled with law school again but even though I was not with IVCF, the Lord Jesus helped me get a job as a food service worker where I had contact with thousands of students to show them the love of Christ by my actions and words. To this day, I continue to work in food service with the hopes of reaching students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Lord leads them my way. 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!

 To this day, my heart and excitement for student ministry has not been diminished. 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. 

I thank the Lord for Jeremy Day, Kensley Lewis, Andrew McMullen, Matthew Bell, etc who asked me to partner with them with the print edition of the Pittsburgh Standard to reach the masses with the Truth of Jesus Christ when my articles for the Pitt News were not accepted anymore.

A partnership 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 comes 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. Take it from me for I have been there on both sides of the spectrum.

I have had multiple opportunities to have a partnership in the Gospel because of how the Lord Jesus used my mommy to pray with me to lead me to Jesus Christ on one Valentine's Day in February. Since that day as my mommy partnered with me through prayer, I have been doing ministry in different capacities. I thank the Lord Jesus for the people He has used in my life to be able to have a partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ especially how it started with my loving mommy. You can too friend can have a partnership in the Gospel.

It makes no sense for me to be sharing about a partnership in the Gospel unless I have share my own experiences:

My most recent experiences of having a partnership in the Gospel has happened when we have partnered with our small group leader, Calvin Chiang along side of David, Yvonne, Rebecca, Joel, Johannes, and Cecilia.

I love how Pastor Hugo emphasizes having a partnership in the Gospel with all of us and asks prayer for it.

My best experience regarding partnership in the Gospel happened three years ago at Vacation Bible School when I co-worked with Pastor Hugo Cheng of Pittsburgh Chinese Church-Oakland/Oakland International Fellowship as he played Paul and I played the Roman guard. I was glad to see God using both of us to make an impact in children's lives as we had a partnership in the Gospel for 5 consecutive days.

There are other partnerships I have had through my years of ministry too and it is so awesome when all partnerships have been engulfed in prayer. Praise the Lord!

More than anything I thank Jesus Christ so much for Chandra, my wonderful wife whom the Lord Jesus has given me whose partnership in the Gospel with me is such a blessing. She wants to use the opportunities the Lord Jesus has given her to make an impact for the Kingdom of God whether it is through prayer, worship, sharing God's Word, etc. Recently, she has agreed to be on the worship team and be in a partnership of prayer with Heather, Linda, Connie, etc to pray for the needs of the congregation every Wednesday.

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 ask you now friend to have a partnership in life with Jesus Christ whose partnership will be the perfect partnership you will ever have. 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 the Lord Jesus guide you in His love leading you! Amen!

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! 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 reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com 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 1:3: "How will others R.E.A.C.T towards God when they remember you?" (May 11, 12, 09:53 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1-2: "When do you do to B.L.E.S.S others in life?" (May 09, 12, 7:30 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: "Why bother to let others T.R.A.I.N you when you are already a leader?" (May 10, 12, 9:01 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: "Why should you believe you are H.O.L.Y instead of being a sinner?" (May 08, 12, 8:05 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: Who will you be a S.L.A.V.E to in life? (May 07, 12, 7:06 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy




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