Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Go and Do the Same

Digested Sermon from Sunday Morning at Open Door Church

Pastor Allan was speaking:  If this is your first time here, “What you see is what you get.”

(Pastor's cell phone rings. And he lets it go to message and remarks.)  Even though God is not the author of confusion, sometimes things pull us aside trying to get our attention.  Our relationship with God must be maintained.  

We must follow what God is saying about our city.  Isaiah 62:4  It will no longer be said of you, "Forsaken," Nor of your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; But you will be called, "My delight is in her."

God desires to pour out the Holy Spirit upon our City, with power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Be bold and courageous and not worried about what others say or believe.  God will be God regardless of what we believe.  God is doing great things outside our walls.  All must be done in love. 

Pastor read from, 1 Corinthians chapter 13 (the Love chapter.) We must operate in love as we allow the gifts to be manifested through us or we become a clanging cymbal. Chapter 14 challenges us to follow after love, but desire spiritual gifts especially that you may prophesy.

Luke 10:30 tells us the story of “the good Samaritan.”  A certain man fell among thieves and was left hurt, bleeding and half dead.  Passing by were a Priest and a Levite both looked at the poor man but passed on leaving him there.  Then along came a Samaritan who had compassion on him, binding up his wounds and carrying him to an inn to care for him.  

If we prophesy or use the other “Gifts” but do not have love, it counts for nothing.  Do all with love in your ministry or encounters with others.  Love covers it all.  “Go and do the Same.”  Some may ask you, “Why did you do that?”  The answer should be, “Because God loves you and so do I.”

It is not always easy to face some people, but we are to love others as Christ does. 

We often think, God’s love is not fair.  Why are some blessed more than me?  Do not harbor jealousy, but allow God to bless others and you will be blessed. 

When you were a young child you got away with some stuff, just because you were young, but as we mature and grow, God expects better things from us.  Such as to love your neighbor.

You are welcome here  no matter where you live; be it a palace or the River Bed.
When I arrive at church each Sunday morning, the homeless are waiting for the coffee and donuts.  The neighbors worry about vandalism, and we pray protection for our neighbors.

If you are frustrated about some things, I must admit that I too am frustrated about things, however God requires us to love. 

We are not the “Hope Center,” but we must contribute and assist them in their ministry, because, they are doing a great work
Love God and love people.  There are so many poor, and I am reminded that Jesus said, “The poor are always with you.”  Regardless each of us can show love for who ever comes our way perhaps one person at a time.

This is the only way we can experience “Revival,’ is to Love God and love one another.  We show them our faith by our love.

Go and Do the Same.

1 comment:

TC Avey said...

love this part, "God will be God regardless of what we believe. "

We can't take away from God or add to Him.

As I read your post about loving others I thought of the book "Love Does" by Bob Goff. Great book about love in action. How that looks and how God will use a person willing to love others as He does.

Thank you for your blog and sharing God's Word with others. I wish I had more time to blog/comment and write but with 2 small kids and serving in the church I just don't have the time. I will continue to read/comment as I can. Praying you have a blessed holiday season.