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      All through the scriptures God’s message has been “follow” Him. We can see this message early on with Abram. As a fairly wealthy man living with his father in Haran, God came to Abram in Genesis 12 telling him get up and leave his comfortable life to travel to a land God would show to him. The wonderful thing is that Abram obeyed. The blessing of God fell upon him as a result and the nation of Israel was born.

     The disciples all were called to follow the Lord. They followed, but not always so closely. Peter, for example, vowed to never leave the side of Jesus, but abandoned him a few short hours later. It took time and effort, but they all grew and matured in their walk with Christ.

     We are all called to follow the Lord. Mathew 16:24 says, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” We follow in faith like Abram, and just like the disciples we mature and grow along the way. There may be nothing dearer to God’s heart than the moral and spiritual obedience of those he created in His image following him in obedience. This may be even true when we pick up the cross of persecution and difficulty.

      Christ tells us in Matthew 7:24-27 that those who follow obediently are wise. But, he also implies not so subtly that storms will come that will challenge our devotion. He said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” Those that follow him obediently are wise and able to weather the storms of difficulty.

      As we follow the Lord in 2022, will you follow willingly, eagerly, obediently and with full devotion to our master? Are we doing what Christ has told us in His word? That’s our key to following closely. As we face a new year let’s recommit our lives to following Christ. And, don’t forget to pray for your missionaries today. They need our continued prayers as they battle the enemy and face strong storms of oppostion. Thank you for your faithful support of missions around the world


Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6


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