Are you available to search for others (i.e. the lost)?
Friday, January 22, 2010
Pastor George M. Matthews, II
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.
a. When you consecrate anything natural for spiritual use obligates God to compensate you.
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?
1. At the base of any miracle is availability.
2. God fills based on the degree of availability.
3. God will not violate your will.
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)
I. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE REACHABLE
A. “Here am I” is a phrased commonly used by those reachable by God.
B. Scriptural examples of those reachable by God
1. Abraham in 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. Abraham makes himself available to surrender his Isaac – that which he loves.
b. Are you available to give God your Isaac?
c. God ask you for our Isaac to (1) to detach you from the world and (2) to prove you are totally dependent on Him.
2. Jacob in Genesis 27:18 18And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?
a. Jacob comes to Isaac for the blessing.
b. God wants us available to bless others.
c. Are you available to bless others?
3. Jacob in Genesis 31:1111And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
a. God calls Jacob to go back home.
b. Are you available to make a difficult shift?
4. Joseph in Genesis 37:13 13And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
a. Joseph is asked to find his brothers.
b. Are you available to search for others, the lost?
5. Jacob in Genesis 46:2 2And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
a. God instructs Jacob to go to Egypt – a difficult and seemingly dangerous place for Jacob.
b. Are you available to seek the refuge of God from a difficult place or path?
6. Moses in Exodus 3:1-4 1Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
a. God calls Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt into the Promised Land.
b. Are you available to surrender to the call of leadership?
7. Samuel in I Samuel 3:1-4; 5-16 1And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 3And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
a. The Lord calls Samuel to speak a difficult message.
b. Are you available to deliver a difficult message from God to correct someone’s ways?
NEXT WEEK – Readiness
1. Jonah was an unavailable prophet.
2. After encountering difficult situations, Jonah becomes available.
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