We must be reachable, ready, resilient and willing to be used by God.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Pastor George M. Matthews, II
A. Consecration is to set aside a natural thing for holy purposes and usages.
B. Holiness is our distinction to God.
C. There is a recompense for a consecrated life:
– St. Luke 5:1-6 1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
1. The two ships represent lives that Jesus has His choice of.
2. Jesus only enters into lives that are set apart for Him.
3. Jesus obligates Himself to pay for your consecration.
4. The degree of your consecration will dictate the degree of your compensation.
5. Consecrating the entire ship dictated a full compensation for Peter (retiring Peter from the fishing business) based on his total obedience.
6. Peter had not yet learned that the Lord is a Master. We consecrate our lives to the Master which means He has mastery over every challenge we face.
7. We come up empty when we do not consecrate our lives to the Master.
INTRODUCTION – (What it means to avail yourself to God)
A. Part of consecration is to bring us back to a realization our time is the Lord’s.
B. You did not nor do you understand consecration if you do not walk away understanding availability.
C. The greatest gift in the world is not the anointing but availability.
A. Available individuals have three qualities.
1. They are reachable.
2. They are ready (to serve)
3. They are resilient (able to endure) and are willing to be used.
B. Understanding availability through the Scriptures
1. Judges 13:1-8 1And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. 2And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 3And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 4Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 6Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 7But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. 8Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.
a. Manaoh did not understand the angel of the Lord, but availed himself to God by praying to God for another visitation.
b. We may not know all that God wants to do in us and through us, but we avail ourselves for further explanation and instructions.
c. We must say back to God that we are reachable, ready, resilient and willing to be used.
C. A Picture of Availability
– Genesis 22:1-3 1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
a. Are you available, as was Abraham, to give Him your Isaac – the thing that you love the most?
b. The availability of your Isaac is twofold:
1) To prove that you are not attached to anything more than you are to your relationship with God.
2) There are phases in your life that God must detach you from things to connect you to Him.
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