Sunday, October 9, 2016
Go and Make Disciples
Pastor Allan was ministering as I took notes and present an edited message.
We are entering the season of Harvest, and it is interesting to observe the rice farmers bring in their bounty. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and then Christmas, and we are reminded of the ONE who should be included in the celebrations.
In the Spiritual world we are in a harvest where many before us have labored. We have prayed for Revival, and Revival is here. The Holy Spirit is claiming Revival and it is up to us to respond to His wooing. It is so important to heed the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 9:9 And Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
Matthew immediately stopped what he was doing and followed Jesus. When we hear Jesus say, “Follow Me,” we must stop and put all nonsense aside and follow Him. We are so often guilty of not listening to the Holy Spirit, and wanting to do it “MY WAY.”
Little children learn to walk and they fall, we smile and know they are learning. We must have patience and pray for those who are new believers and are learning to follow Christ.
Jesus said, “I am come to call the Lost to repentance. It may be out of season for us, we are so busy and occupied with things, but if Jesus says, put it down and follow, we must listen and do as He says.
Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
What did Jesus do? He taught, preached, and healed, because He had compassion on the people, and saw their need. Because He is God, He took care of it. He was ministering to a people who were tired, worn out and weary of “religion.” He was looking after the Jews at this time and not the Gentiles, yet. He gave them relief physically and spiritually.
Moving to a time ahead, when Jesus told his disciples: Matthew 28:18-19 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
If a leader has no one following him, he is only going for a walk. True followers of Christ will make disciples. Pastor made an illustration by asking Larry to follow him, and others to follow Larry - - soon almost the entire congregation was in the aisles and the demonstration was vivid.
Many are afraid of the moving of the Holy Spirit. They are scared of what they actually need to empower them to live uprightly.
Some are in certain programs with steps and certain progression. There comes a time to learn to walk the walk. Although it is good to have our dinner prepared and handed to us, there comes a time we need to learn to cook and feed our self. It takes preparation, and decisions to learn a trade, take classes for a career to work and be ready to support your-self.
It is the same thing when you come to church to get filled, feel the presence of the Lord, but we must learn to feed yourself spiritually at home. Then go out and make disciples.
We have our ideas, our plans, but what does God want?
I can talk to you about all the moral ways to live, but the Holy Spirit is already dealing with you. The question is simple. Are you willing to submit? Are you willing to put aside those things that hinder your walk with Christ? Do it for God, not for someone else.
You must retain your responsibility where God has placed you. Where has God placed you? Then stay and fulfill what He has called you to do. All must carry the burden and take up your position. Do your job or others must take up the slack. Just do it.
Do not be afraid to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Transformation is coming to this body, but the first step is; to come and follow Christ. - - Then to go out and bring others in.