The same measure of your availability will dictate God’s response to you.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Pastor George M. Matthews, II
• Examples of natural things being consecrated for supernatural usage
1. Peter’s fishing boat
– 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.
2. Six water pots of stone
– St. John 2:1-10 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
1. Jesus was sociable; Jesus did not attend the wedding to be like them (the world) but to be a light (verses 1-2).
2. When you have consecrated all to the Lord you can do whatever He saith (verse 5) – Your miracle may be inside that which you have not consecrated to the Lord
3. The water pots natural usage was to refresh Jews.
4. When the water pots are consecrated to Jesus, the water was made into good wine (verses 7-10).
A. Judges 13:1-12 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. 9And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am. 12And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?
B. Availability to God
1. God will use the person that is willing to be used.
2. Available individuals have three qualities:
a. They are reachable
b. They are ready (to serve)
c. They are resilient (the ability to endure)
C. An individual that is available is also resilient or flexible – one who is willing to move or go wherever God leads.
D. Jonah was not available; he was not reachable nor was he ready to serve or go to Nineveh; he created a host of problems for himself and others because of his attitude.
E. On the other hand, Ananias was available and instrumental in the salvation of Saul.
F. Isaiah, Jacob, Jeremiah, Paul, Luke and many others were greatly used of God because they were willing to go wherever the Lord directed.
I. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE RESILIENT
A. Endurance is a synonym for resilient
1. St. Matthew 24:13 13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
2. St. Matthew 10:22 22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
B. Endure or endurance defined…
1. To bounce back from a problem
2. To preserve, to be patient, to hold out, to stand firm, to stand your ground, to put up with, to press on through the opposition
3. To stand against the attack of the enemy
C. St. Matthew 28:19 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
1. The Great Commission demands availability and resilience if it is to be fulfilled.
2. You will not ‘go for the Lord’ if you are unavailable.
3. The mission is more important than the opposition (impassioned by the mission).
D. Questions to help you gauge or evaluate your availability
1. Are you willing to go where God leads or are you the type of believer who always has an excuse?
2. Are you available to God or do your availability has office hours?
3. Are you available to those who need you; to those whom God will send you to?
4. Are you available to your church?
• St. Luke 6:38 38Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
1. The same measure of your availability will dictate God’s response to you.
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