Co-authored by Larry Chkoreff and his wife Carol Chkoreff
What is so important about a blood Covenant?
"Grow or Die" will walk you through the blood covenant into His presence!
Our provisions are in His presence -
Philippians 4:19 Says "But my God shall all your need acording to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Our needs and the purposes of Jesus to reach this world are supplied by the fruit bearing process, Which starts in His presence.
"Grow or Die" is about coming into His presence and walking through the process of bearing fruit, Acording to God's plan.
This book is shown here in part to give you a flavor of what the book is about.
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Table of Contents
Introduction - scroll down
|Seminar 1||Individual Lessons|
|Chapter 1 - Fruit|
|Chapter 2 - The Flowing River|
|Chapter 3 - Prisoners in the Promise Land|
|Chapter 4 - Who God is||Individual Lessons on “Who God Is”|
|Chapter 5 - Sit||Individual Lessons on “Sit”|
|Chapter 6 - Walk||Individual Lessons on “Walk”|
|Chapter 7 - Stand||Individual Lessons on “Stand”|
|Seminar 2/Chapter 8 - Running the Race||Individual Lessons on “Inner Healing”|
|Chapter 9 - The Cross|
|Chapter 10 -Deliverance|
|Chapter 11 - Baptism in the Holy Spirit|
|Appendix A - List of ISOB Lessons/End Notes|
ISOB - Grow or Die-Seminar Series
Version 8.4 October 2010
Original Version 5.6 August, 1999 English
Grow or Die is published by and is a discipleship curriculum of the International School of The Bible
Marietta, GA USA
ISBN # 0-9676731-3-5
Copyright © 1999 by Larry Chkoreff
Published by International School of the Bible, Marietta, Georgia, U.S.A.
All rights reserved. This book is the sole property of the author. It may not be reproduced, altered, or transmitted in whole or in part without the express written consent of the author. Any unauthorized reproduction, alteration, transmission, or printing of this book, or any material contained in this book, is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce, alter, transmit, print or reprint this book, or any materials contained in this book, may be requested at the above email address. Any reference to the materials, ideas, or direct quotations taken from this book must be cited appropriately to this published edition.
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from the NKJV of the Bible. Copyright 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, publishers. Used by permission.
After passionately following Jesus since 1979, He has commissioned me to document the process that He has taken me through time and time again. While there are no short cuts in bearing fruit, or in developing your relationship with Jesus, and there are many things that you will just need to experience for yourself, there are principles that I have learned that could take years of pain and discouragement off of your life.
This book contains the first 11 lessons of Grow or Die. There are more than 80 additional lessons in the course which can be downloaded from our website.
Some groups have organized into ISOB discipleship schools. Some groups are using the materials for group study as they meet. Individuals are doing self-study in many cases. Others have seen the Lord start a church-planting ministry as a result of leaders being built up and bearing fruit through this curriculum.
The Lord has given us the vision for exponential increase of disciples. Psalms 68:11 says, “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” Amos 9:13 says “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it.”
We have seen rapid growth of disciples through this book and our other books being widely distributed freely. Instead of us or someone else coming to train disciples, this book will train and equip you to train many. Then many of those will go and do the same. Our experience has been thousands of churches and disciples trained just by leaders teaching other leaders. The Holy Spirit has raised up leaders whose lives have been transformed by this and our other books. Through their fire, more churches and nations are reached, and the growth goes on and on. We are watching with absolute amazement at what the Lord has and is still doing.
What is different about this book?
Grow or Die is anointed to teach any believer how to relate to God on a personal basis. That personal relationship then causes God's Word to be planted as a seed into the believer's heart (Mark chapter 4). Then that seed grows, when the ground is cared for, and fruit is the result. We were created for bearing fruit. As you read on you will see that this fruit gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This is not just something that I have learned from the Word of God, it is something that I learned from Him in my desperation, and it has brought me into the abundant fruit bearing life as Jesus promised. Jesus is glorified when we bear fruit (John 15:8).
The exponential mathematics is something that only God could have conceived. Time is short. Catch the fire!
We bless you in your adventure with Jesus,
International School of The Bible – 1999 –updated 2009
This book is dedicated to my two best friends, Jesus and my precious and godly wife Carol, who for years has encouraged me to write these lessons, and finally to assemble them in book form. I am also thankful to the ISOB Partners around the world who, since 1998, have taught these lessons and encouraged me with the fruit of their labor.
Forward by Dave Moore
"You shall not go out with haste for the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard." - Isaiah 52:12
It is clearer than ever before, that God's call for us is to create disciples.
A common question is, once we are saved and have been given the Gospel now what? To follow the example Jesus left us, we are to create disciples, and commit ourselves to them!
We are to take them from conversion and help them to become the reflection of Christ, a dedicated, committed, powerful, and fruitful disciple. These disciples in time will be able to repeat this same process with others. This process brings them to a fullness of a life of salvation with the resurrected power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. As we move forward we must assist the disciple to yield every area of their life to God, sold out and surrendered. This is the "Essential Relationship." Then we help them move into a daily lifestyle, a lifestyle of discipleship, a lifestyle of pursuing His presence daily. After teaching "Grow or Die" throughout Africa to pastors and saints, I know that this curriculum is an anointed teaching right from the word of God. It is not a substitute for the word of God, however a guide through scripture that leads us on a journey of a "Disciple Maker." It follows the command and example that Jesus left, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19), thus preparing the "Bride of Christ" for His return! When have we ever witnessed the Groom dressing the Bride? The Bride must prepare herself. Many pastors ask me "what is greater than leading someone to Christ?" My response, "it is observing that person grow and develop into the dedicated disciple that leads another to Christ...and so on...and so on...and so on! " So that the body of Christ may be built up" (Ephesians 4:12).
Pastor Dave Moore River's Edge Church- Acworth, GA
This prayer is declared over every person who reads this book.
The Cross. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for the victory of your Cross. Thank you that we were crucified with you.
Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for going into Hell and suffering death for us.
Resurrection. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, that you were raised from the dead, and that we were raised with you and are seated with you in Heavenly places in Christ.
In-filling. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for filling us with the Holy Spirit.
Suffering. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for considering us worthy to share in the fellowship of your sufferings. Thank you that with your resurrection power we can turn all suffering into a blessing.
Triumph. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for the triumph that you promise us in this life and in eternity.
Have you ever felt without purpose, and without hope?
Have you ever felt as if you were on a wheel like a hamster (or a mouse) in a cage, going nowhere? Have you ever wondered how God expects you to make it through this life? You may feel that God will take you to Heaven some day, but you feel that He has just left you to make it on your own while you are in the here and now. Well join the ranks. Even believers in Jesus Christ feel that way from time to time.
Sometimes just trying to make life work for ourselves seems to be our purpose. For the mother that means raising her children in Godliness, feeding and caring for them. For the wife it means looking for intimacy and emotional security with her husband, a true two-way relationship. For the man it often means trying to provide for his family and trying to find some significance in his life; he wants to be admired. To the young person it may mean finding his/her place in life, his/her occupation and spouse. So often overcoming life’s problems seem to become our purpose. However, when these work out we often feel empty and without further purpose, or if they do not work out we feel discouraged and hopeless.
What is the answer? Yield to Jesus completely!
If we are, as Galatians 2:20 says, crucified with Christ, and Christ is living His life in us, then we are not going to feel right unless our purpose is God’s purpose.
Yielding to Him completely, and asking Him to make His purpose your purpose is the only thing that will bring peace to your life. The Bible says that His purpose for you was completed, finished and in place before the foundation of the world. He has a purpose customized just for your life. He wants you to be whole to have your needs met, physically, emotionally, and spiritually
Take a lesson from Abraham's servant.
All of the servant's needs were met by the father because he was completely yielded and obedient.
Look at Genesis 24. Abraham (representing the Father) sends his servant (representing the Holy Spirit - embodied in you and me) to seek out a bride for his son Isaac (representing Jesus).
Genesis 24:4-9 says, “But you shall go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son Isaac.
You should read the entire account in Genesis 24. The servant finds Rebekah, the one who waters his camels and gives him water when he arrives at his destination. This happens “before he had finished speaking” (vs. 24:15). He was giving God a “fleece,” and before he could get the words out of his mouth, Rebekah showed up and fulfilled the fleece.
We need to learn what kind of servant the Father sent after the Bride.
“He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, ‘Put your hand under my thigh.’” (Genesis 24:2).
Notice, the Father did not just send out any servant, He sent out the one who was in charge of all he had.
Matthew 24 tells us about another servant who was put in charge of all the possessions. Let’s see what we can learn from him. Matthew 24:42-51 is the reference.
First, the servant was ready for His Lord to return. This not only means that we should be ready for Jesus to return to earth someday, but also for Him to “return” now, during this life, to check out how we are being faithful with what we have been entrusted.
The servant was faithful. Being faithful in the small things in life is important to God. God is interested in how we handle the daily affairs in our lives. God never gives us more until we handle the little that we already have with faithfulness. We need to be faithful in the practical things and in spiritual things.
The servant was also a giver. He was taking care of others. Matthew 24:46 says, “It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.”
The servant was not treating other people poorly.
The servant was not living like the unbelievers.
The servant was wise. Obviously, this is not referring to the wisdom of the world, but to Godly wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 says, “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Wisdom, as defined in the Proverbs, is Jesus speaking His personal message to you.
Proverbs 4:5-9 says, “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
When you know for sure that the “world system” and your own efforts offers no hope, then you are a candidate for wisdom. If you fall into this category, lift up your head with hope, because you are a candidate for the supernatural intervention of God!
Life can be difficult, but it can be lived out in victory if we always focus on Jesus.
People, ministers, friends, even churches can disappoint us, but Jesus never will. Hebrews 2:8b-9a says that we don’t see all things going perfect just yet, but we see Jesus who tasted death for us. When we realize what Jesus did for us and who He is, we fall in love with Him.
When we fall in love with Him, we can get our satisfaction out of knowing that what we are living for is His purpose, and that is pleasing to Him.
The good thing is that while we are going through the process, we are always focused on Jesus, doing things for Jesus, going through trials for Jesus, serving Jesus. While our eyes are on Him, He is our reward. We do not have to focus on changing our character, or on getting our needs met, or even on ministry. We just have to focus on Him and being one with and in union with Him. We see the “amazing grace” of God overtake us. I can tell you from experience, this makes even the tough times in life tolerable and even joyful.
Now we need to learn how the Father treated His servant, and how we can expect God to treat us.
I see the Father allowing this servant to bear fruit in three ways.
1. The fruit of the Spirit. This servant developed godly character.
2. The fruit of having all his needs met. Notice in Genesis 24:10 that the Father gave the servant all he needed for the journey, not only 10 camels, but all the goods he needed.
3. The fruit of ministry. This servant participated in pleasing the Father and the Son by bringing home the Bride.
Here is how God is glorified and at the same time all of our needs are cared for. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:8). God is glorified when you bear fruit because it is His power and His Word that causes fruit. Fruit was the original method God had in mind for taking care of His people. Fruit for our lives brings only what He can do, not what we can do with His help!
When we totally yield to Jesus, He brings our lives into the Kingdom of God.
Matthew 16-17 tells us how to live in the Kingdom of God.
In verse 16:21 Jesus tells His disciples about His death and resurrection. That is His Cross. We will focus a lot on His Cross and the blood covenant it represents.
Then in verses 16:24-26 Jesus says that we must take up our cross. That is our cross. We will focus a lot on taking up our cross as it takes two people to shed blood in order to ratify a blood covenant.
Then in verse 16:28 Jesus told His disciples that some would see the Kingdom even now before they tasted death.
In Matthew 17 Jesus was transfigured and seen in His future glory by His disciples.
After some discussion about Elijah and Moses and building a residence there to stay in the glory, God spoke from Heaven and said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him."
When we see His Cross, and take up our cross, we will see Jesus and hear His Word, which will be planted in our heart as a powerful and living seed to produce Heaven on earth. Glory to God!
Are you desperate enough?
Why then do so many complicate Christianity? Why do so few walk the way of the Kingdom and so many miss the mystery? Why is it sometimes so difficult to convince Christians to do whatever is needed to see Jesus, to take up their cross, to hear the Word, and trust that it will do God's work for their lives and for God's Kingdom?
Jesus gives us a very simple answer. I have seen people all over the world get a hold of this and I have seen people totally miss it. I pray that all who read this will catch it.
In Matthew 19 the Rich Young Ruler confronts Jesus. Jesus knew that he had much to trust in; riches, fame, position, religion, etc. He advised him to give it away if he really wanted life. You know what happened; he refused and Jesus was grieved because He loved him.
Then the disciples got anxious about how could anybody enter the Kingdom. Jesus told them a parable to answer their concerns. Matthew chapter 20 contains a parable about a man who owned a vineyard and went to the market place to hire workers for the harvest.
He hired the first man for one denarius a day. This was for a full day's work. I submit that he hired the strongest and most able of the five men. This was Man #5
At the third hour he returned to hire more help and asked Man #4 to work a partial day and he would pay him fairly.
At the sixth hour he did likewise. Man # 3.
At the ninth hour he did likewise. Man # 2.
At the eleventh hour he returned again. Man # 1.
He asked Man # 1 why he was still there. The man answered, "Because no one would hire us." He went out and worked for one hour.
First, these men were not lazy or they would not have been sitting in the employment agency all day. Most likely this one-hour man was the least able of all. Perhaps he had a physical or mental handicap. I submit that he was the weakest of all. Remember, this parable is about the Kingdom of God and how and when people receive it.
When pay time came, the master called the one-hour man first, Man # 1, and the all day man, Man # 5, last saying, "So the last will be first and the first last. For many are called but few chosen."
The one-hour man received the Kingdom of God in the here and now and brought the Kingdom to earth, as in the Lord's Prayer. Perhaps Man #5 went to Heaven when he died and received the Kingdom at that time. But the one who had nothing else to trust in received it now.
What was the manifestation of receiving it now? If you are a one-hour man, you will trust only in hearing the Word of God while fellowshipping with Jesus to supply everything you need for life and godliness – see 2 Peter 1:2-11. While we ministered this in a Spanish speaking country the group of leaders really got it. They came up with a theme and carried signs reading, "El Hombre una sola hora." The one-hour man! "We are one-hour people," they shouted. Are you desperate enough to call yourself a "one hour person" and shout halleluiah?
Many people in this world are desperate, but not all desperate people are broken.
I submit that the one-hour man was both desperate and broken. Broken means that one has come to the place that he/she knows that there is no help available from any human being or agency, not even from one's own abilities. Notice that the one-hour man remained in the employment agency. He was not out begging, or trying to manipulate people to support him. Applying this to your Christian walk, it means that unless your Lord does something, you are done for, you are lost!
At the end of each chapter of this book, please give yourself this quiz:
What is the mystery of the Kingdom?
Who gets the Kingdom first?
That is what this book and discipleship process is all about, bearing fruit in our lives for the Kingdom of God for all three of these areas. May you be blessed!