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The 2019 theme I have chosen for BIMI is
Moving Forward by Faith. As Christians, we
need to be continually moving. However,
just moving is not enough; we must be
moving forward. Obviously, as we move
forward, it is imperative that we do so
by faith. In this editorial, I would like to
emphasize the key words of this theme as
they relate to the Great Commission.

First, the word moving is a word of action.

There is no room for apathy, indifference,
or laziness
when considering the task
of going into all the
world and preaching
the Gospel to every
creature (Mark 16:15).

The first part of the
Great Commission is
the word Go—another
action word. If we do
not obey this part of
Christ’s command, the
rest of the job will be
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President/General Director left undone. Sadly, many
Christians today seem to be motivated and
energized about many things other than
reaching the world with the good news of
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salvation. Considering the fields that are
white already to harvest (John 4:35), we
cannot afford to sit still and assume that
the job will somehow be accomplished by
someone else sometime in the future. Every
Christian needs to take an active role in
winning the world to Christ. As you read
this article, ask yourself the question “What
am I deliberately doing in my life right now
to obey the Great Commission?”
The second word of our theme is
forward, which is a word of direction.

We should always be advancing the cause
of Christ. To stand still or move backward
is unacceptable and unthinkable when
considering the enormity of the harvest.

Sadly, many Christians are “stuck” in the
past. Although it is true that the past is a
wonderful place to visit, it is nonetheless a
terrible place to live. We cannot be content
with what has been accomplished in the
“good ol’ days,” but we must look to the
future and realize there is still much more
to be done. It is important that we forget
those things which are behind, and reach
forth unto those things which are before
(Philippians 3:13). Additionally, just as
going backward is not an option, so also

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wonderful place
to visit but it is
a terrible place
to live.

going around the Great
Commission is
not acceptable. When we know
the particulars of how God
wants us to be personally
involved in praying, giving,
and going, we must never
modify His plan. If Israel
had tried to go around the
Red Sea rather than obey God’s command to “go forward”
(Exodus 14:15), they would have never experienced that
amazing, victorious, and rewarding walk on dry ground.

Whatever specific task the Lord gives us, we should turn
not to the right hand nor to the left (Proverbs 4:27), but
rather move forward in order to experience an amazing, a
victorious, and a rewarding walk with God.

The final word of our theme is faith. Faith is a word of
assurance. By faith we are confidently assured that God
will indeed do everything He said He would do. Faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
(Hebrews 11:1). It is interesting to note that faith, in
addition to being a word of assurance, is a word of action as
well as direction. This is true because the natural result of
faith is obedient action in following the direction God
gives. Thus, it is by faith that we are to move forward,
seeking God’s help and trusting tenaciously in His power,
presence, protection, and provision. As we do God’s will,
our faith will be tested and tried. Therefore, we must trust
God even when He does not answer the way we want Him
to or even when we do not know how everything will turn
out or even when something takes longer than we think it
should. If faith the size of a grain of mustard seed can move
mountains, then surely we can—by obedient faith—please
Christ by accomplishing His Great Commission.

As we look toward the
rest of this year and the
final days before the Lord
returns, please join me in
moving forward by faith. Let
us not allow the world, the
flesh, or the devil to lull us
(Hebrews 11:6)
into inactivity. We cannot
sit still because sitting still is synonymous with moving
backward. It is essential that we go forward and not around
the many Red Sea encounters we will experience during
our Great Commission journey. Moving forward by faith
not only pleases God (Hebrews 11:6a) but also compels
us to earnestly seek God, Who is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6b). W
Without faith
it is impossible
to please God.

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