Availability is something you are willing and happy to do because you are committed to the success or needs of the person you are serving.
Monday, January 25, 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.
1. Jesus needed Peter’s boat to satisfy the law of psychics. In other words, Jesus knew that if He could get out into the water, the sound waves projecting off the water would amplify His voice so that the growing crowd could hear.
2. When you consecrate anything natural for spiritual use that action obligates God to compensate you.
3. A life that is not consecrated to God will result in toiling all night and producing nothing.
4. God will fill that which is consecrated to Him.
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. God can only move supernaturally to the degree you are available to God.
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. “Here am I” is a phrased commonly used by those reachable by God.
1. Are you available to give God your Isaac? Genesis 22:1-3
2. Are you available to bless others? Genesis 27:18
3. Are you available to make a difficult shift? Genesis 31:11
4. Are you available to search for others, the lost, loved ones? Genesis 37:13
5. Are you available to seek the refuge of God from a difficult place or path? Genesis 46:2
6. Are you available to surrender to the call of leadership? Exodus 3:1-4
7. Are you available to deliver a difficult message from God to correct someone’s ways? I Samuel 3:1-4; 5-16
I. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE REACHABLE
8. Are you available to the King’s summons?
– I Samuel 22:12 12And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord.
a. King Saul calls Ahimelech.
9. Are you available for the scheme or the plan that God has for your life?
– II Samuel 15:26 26But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
a. David yielded to God’s will for his life whether good or bad to him.
10. Are you available to spread the Word of God?
– Isaiah 6:8 8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
a. Isaiah surrenders; Isaiah is available for God’s mission in preaching His Word.
11. Are you available to satisfy the needs of others?
– Isaiah 58:9 9Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
a. The Lord is available to hear our prayers and supply our needs.
12. Are we available to speak to difficult people?
– Acts 9:10-17 10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
a. Ananias was instructed to seek out Saul and speak to him.
II. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE READY (TO SERVE)
A. Availability Further Defined
1. Availability comes from a French term that is comprised of two words: (a) avaler which means to add; and (b) valer which means to be strong or of worth.
2. Available then is a person who makes his own schedule and priority secondary to those he serves (strong enough to be for someone else).
a. Availability is the ability to add strength or worth to another person.
b. Availability is the quality of one who stands ready to contribute of his strength and talent to someone else.
c. Availability is recognizing in making others successful (God’s purposes), you become successful.
d. Availability is not always a matter of duty; cursory – to carry out a function without heart.
1. Availability is voluntary.
2. Availability should not be thought of as something you have to do.
e. Availability is something you are willing and happy to do because you are committed to the success or needs of the person you are serving.
1. This controls your attitude.
f. God wants us to not only have this attitude towards others but also towards Him.
g. It is tragic when God’s people are unavailable to Him.
Scriptural example: In the book of Revelation, the seven churches in Asia became unavailable to Jesus.
B. Isaiah 63:5 5And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
1. God looked and there was no one available to help.
2. This is the predicament God find Himself in; He is looking every day for someone to carry out His plan.
3. It’s untold what you can have when you make yourself available to God, unrestricted.
4. The degree to which you are willing to make yourself available to the Lord is the degree to which He will obligate Himself to fill you up (you determine it)
a. Scriptural example: In II Kings 4:1-7, God filled every vessel that the widow woman made available.
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