Your Kingdom need You! 12th Nov 2017

Your Kingdom needs You!!

 

 

John 15:9-17

 

Mark 8

31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Jesus calls us to follow him personally. This call is at the very heart of the Gospel

 

Over the last 4 weeks I ave had an overwhelming burden for God’s word and not to preach in any wishy washy manner, because I feel where God is taking us, we need bold preaching to get us ready for the task ahead!!

 

This image, designed by Alfred Leete (1882–1933), and famous for Kitchener’s pointing finger and the words ‘Your Country Needs You’, has become an icon of the enlistment frenzy. However, it did not appear in poster form until the end of September 1914, after signing-up peaked

Join your countries Army,  God save the King

 

  • This call is a call is a call to leave everything behind

 

“One of the disciples said to him, ‘Lord, let me go first and bury my father.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead'” (Mt 8:21-22).

 

 

How may times do we say “ I will give my all to Jesus, when this happens or I’ll wait until”….

  • This Call to follow is a call to self denial and even to death…………

but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

  • This call is a call to a future of uncertainty

Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head”  Matthew 8:19–20;

  • This is a call to sometimes have nothing or at times no-one, but to have everything

 

1 Corinthians 4:11

11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless

 

  • This call is a call to boldness

For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

 

  • This call is a call to warfare

2 Timothy 2:4

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier

Show Picture….Your Kingdom needs You

 

 

 

  1. This call is a call is a call to leave everything behind

“One of the disciples said to him, ‘Lord, let me go first and bury my father.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead'” (Mt 8:21-22).

This is a drastic way of saying: leave everything, immediately, for me.

 

Story of Geoff Blease

How may times do we say “ I will give my all to Jesus, when this happens or I’ll wait until”….

“God, how can I plant a Church with no Job – I was made redundant and God told me not to go back to work

“ I have bills to pay, I have no money to plant”?

1 month before the plant God told me that a woman in Church would give me £5,000

I did not even question it, I felt it overwhelmingly .

A woman grabbed my hand in Church before I went to play the drums” Jimmie, I would like to talk to you about money that God has told me to give you”

I embarrassingly and proud, said, oh its ok, I need to go

She approached me straight after the service and said I would like you to come over as we need to talk, I knew what was going to happen, but was so proud.

“ Jimmie God has told me to give you money before you start ministry”

Has God laid on your heart about an amount”?

Me – NO

God has told me to give you £5,000 I broke down in tears

2 weeks later, someone came to me and said that God had told them that they were to pay any outstanding debts I had

They were all paid

 

That “leave everything, immediately, for me.”

Was a “ You follow me now and ill take care of the rest”

 

 

  1. This Call to is a call to self denial and even to death

but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

 

The work of these missionaries began in the plains and valleys at the foot of their own mountains, but it extended far beyond these limits. With naked feet and in garments coarse and travel-stained as were those of their Master,

 

These were called the Waldenses

This group turned away from the teachings of the catholic Church and turned to protenstend aism. They were hunted like animals and went to the Itaalian and swiss mountains to hide in caves.

When winter came, no one would come up to the mountains to search for them as the conditions were so harsh.

The wadenses used these winter times starving, with severe hypothermia, only to study the scriptures more and more and when the snow cleared, they would be full of the Gospel and God’s word to go down mountains into every town and village preaching the gospel.

Their life expentancy?

10 days!!!

In 1655 there was a great massacre called the Piedmont Easter

I wouldn’t even repeat what 1,700 men woman and children were subjected to. It was sickening and horrific!!

 

but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

 

 

 

 

  1. This call is a call to a future of uncertainty

 

 

Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head”  Matthew 8:19–20;

Jesus made the point that there is a cost to following Him. The scribe who said he wanted to follow Jesus wherever He went was not considering the lifestyle Jesus led. Our Lord was functionally homeless; He and His disciples stayed in the homes of those who would take them in (see Luke 10:6–8). The scribes were among the wealthier citizens. It was as if Jesus were saying, “Are you sure you want to be homeless with Me?” Even the animals have a place to stay—foxes have holes and the birds have nests—but Jesus literally had “nowhere to lay his head.” He wanted the scribe to truly count the cost of what he was proposing. It is always wise to count the cost (Luke 14:28)

 

After 47 years in ministry, here is what I’ve found: Often, the flawed reality that initially angered me about my church or city, that very place was where God desired I become Christlike. Upon seeing the need, typically my flesh reacts first with criticism. But if I repent of just finding fault – if I pray and submit myself to Christ’s heart – I soon discover there are many ways for me to participate in redeeming this situation, all of which fuel my spiritual growth. Indeed, by approaching the area of need with Christ’s redemptive heart, the “flawed reality” I initially criticized ultimately became the land of my anointing. –In Christ’s Image Training

When I went to Bible College I swore I would never come back to West Lothian

“ You will have to take me back kicking and screaming”

Never say that to God!!

I came back kicking and screaming.

I was so hurt before I left n- Church hurt me, leaders looked down on me

I went down to Bible college with a family and came back myself?

Pride consumed me “ I cannot go back to that place, my wife has left me and taken my children”

God im confused, people will criticize and look down at me again

It happened

But…. ultimately became the land of my anointing

Uncertainty!

God will place something in your heart that burns , a promise, dreams

Because when the times of uncertainty comes, you need to look at that burning, His promises, His dreams and you cling to Him

Times of uncertainty will overshadow you, but cannot overshadow God’s promises

 

 

  1. This is a call to sometimes have nothing or at times no-one, but to have everything

1 Corinthians 4:11

11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless

 

What do the prosperity Gospel say about this by Paul?

I am not at all looking for sympathy, but being honest about the call to follow Jesus.

When responding to His call, I gave up my job. I have been homeless 4 times – Yes, me a minister of the Gospel homeless four times. I have moved 6 times because of financial circumstances, but never – not once walked away from what Jesus is calling me to do.

Why? Because the call of God on my life is not defined by salary, location or comfort.

 

I have been offered ministry jobs with a large salary, that is not my call.

My call is to the lost, hurting, broken and to go into dark places.

Sometimes friends and family have questioned me….WHY do you do what you do for so little?

But I have everything that I need. I have Jesus and He is enough!!!

My reward is seeing people saved, set free and transformed.

 

This call wall not guarantee you riches, but will give you the unsearchable riches of Christ!!

 

 

  1. This call is a call to boldness

For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

 

Paul wrote to Timothy, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8, emphasis added). It is the testimony of Jesus that causes “sufferings for the gospel

Notice that He said, “Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words.” No, we don’t have a problem with Jesus. It’s His words we have a problem with

Jesus spoke of those who would be “ashamed” of Him and His words.

“Ashamed” means to be “unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval.” Doesn’t that pinpoint the problem? If “fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval” makes us unwilling to testify of the words of Jesus to this lost and sinful world, then we are ashamed of Jesus and His words

Oh no” I need to be truthful here”?

Then we compromise…………this being ashamed of HIS WORDS and that is being ashamed of Him who said them

 

Have you ever looked at Revelation 21:8 and wondered why the “fearful” are aligned with the “unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [fornicators], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars” and will be cast into the lake of fire? All these are obvious sins. Is being “fearful” therefore a “sin”? The word used in Scripture for “fearful” is the Greek word deilos, which is also used in Matthew 8:26 where the disciples became fearful during a storm. Jesus said, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” The “fearful” is a specific reference to those who lack faith in God, and it’s used in a negative sense.

God has not given us the spirit of fear, but He has instead given us one of power, love, and a sound mind (see 2 Timothy 1:7). We have been given “power” to witness for Christ. We have “love” to cast out all fear, and we have “a sound mind” in Christ to faithfully testify to the truth of the gospel–that God is holy, that hell is real, and that the cross is the only way of escape.

 

 

 

  1. This call is a call to warfare

 

2 Timothy 2:4

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier

 

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 

“ Christ was the first to suffer” Pastor Li De Xian said “ We just follow him. There are many thorns, but we are just injured a little on our feet. This suffering is very little”

His mission statement “ I will preach till I die”

He has always stuck to his word. In 7 months he has been arrested 15 times and said over two years, it would be impossible to count how many times he has been in prison, tortured and mistreated horrendously for preaching the gospel.

This has taught him to have no fear, but to be prepared against the enemy of His calling.

He goes around with a rucksack at all times, with a blanket and a change of clothes in case he is arrested.

His wife supports him in everything he does, God will take care of him, why worry, we do not worry”

In 2000 they welded the doors of His Curch shut and in the same year 450 Churches were blew up or demolished.

He says “ Don’t feel sorry for us” his wife says about their lifestyles “ At least we are constantly reminded that we are in a spiritual warfare. We know who we are fighting. We know who the enemy is and we are fighting. Perhaps we should pray for you Christians in the west. In your leisure, in your affluence, in your freedom, sometimes you no longer realize that you are in spiritual warfare”

 

Warfare is going into dark places to show the light of Jesus

That pushes the enemies territory back

 

It is a call to the front line of battle

That is why we are going to plant in Armadale next year!!

Im fed up and tired of hearing “ Oh the enemy, the enemy has this stronghold over such and such a place”

“ Ok, then, are you going to do anything about it apart from glorify what the devil is doing”?

 

“Men, materials & money are the immediate necessities. Does the call of duty find no response in you until reinforced – let us rather say superseded – by the call of compulsion? Enlist today.”

This image, designed by Alfred Leete (1882–1933), and famous for Kitchener’s pointing finger and the words ‘Your Country Needs You’, has become an icon of the enlistment frenzy. However, it did not appear in poster form until the end of September 1914, after signing-up peaked

Join your countries Army,  God save the King

Your Kingdom needs You

 

Are we observers or followers?

Your Kingdom needs you

 

Author: Bathgate Elim

Share This Post On