We consecrate ourselves for the Master’s use because God wants to increase us supernaturally.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
“The Purpose of Tassels” IV
Pastor George M. Matthews, II
A. Numbers 15:38 – 4138Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 39And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.
PAYMENT FOR A CONSECRATED LIFE
A. 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. Two ships are symbolic of two types of lives (1) a consecrated life and (2) an unconsecrated life.
2. The ship’s natural purpose was for fishing; but the ship was called into ministry by Jesus – consecrated for supernatural use.
3. Our lives have dual functions just as the ship: God calls us to consecrate our lives to Him; turn our lives over to Him for His usage so we do not have to toil all night (naturally) and still take in nothing.
4. What you consecrate to God is what God will use. God could not bless nets because only one net was consecrated.
5. God needs an access point. What have you given, consecrated to God?
6. We consecrate ourselves for the Master’s use because God wants to increase us supernaturally.
A. KEY POINTS ABOUT THE PURPOSES OF TASSELS
The tassels served as a reminder to the children of Israel they were consecrated to God.
These tassels were ribbands of blue.
In the natural realm, the tassels serve as physical reminder of the Holy Spirit in us.
These tassels speak of our consecration to the Lord; who we are supposed to be.
B. These Blue Tassels Should Put Us in Remembrance of Certain Important Truths
1. We are pilgrims in a Satan-ruled system.
2. We are a peculiar people (holy, distinctive, living and leading a distinguished life).
3. Blue, a priestly color, reminds us of our position in God – we are children of God and the temple of God.
4. The blue tassels serve as a reminder of the power of God.
5. Compliance to God’s commands is necessary (compliance is obedience)
a. Obedience is the key to growth with God.
b. Obedience is the barometer of spiritual maturity.
– Acts 5:29 29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
– St. John 15:10 10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
6. Concerned about the will and work of God
a. We are to desire to learn His will
– Psalm 143:10 10Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
b. We are to delight to do His will
– Psalm 40:8 8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
c. We must know the Word of God in order to know the will of God
– St. John 7:1717If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
*As truth is applied, new truth is learned.
d. We should have a daily dependence on God’s will or Word
– James 4:15 15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
1. When your spirit is feed, you are easy to lead like sheep.
2. Short tolerance is an identifier of a need for more Word.
e. His will is to be done with our whole heart (give back to God all of us)
– Ephesians 6:6-8 6Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
1. Whole hearted service is not based on what you say, but what the spirit in you says about what you are giving to God.
2. Is your heart available to God?
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