August 2006


Deu_17:18

Extremely interesting that the king was to write his own copy of the law. He was to read it but more than that he was to write his own copy. If God’s leaders here on earth right now would take into account the need to be in the in the Word on a daily basis it would make a definite difference in our ministries. How long would it have take to write your copy of the law. How much would you have to concentrate on what it said to make a faithful copy. Let us be known as men and women of the Book.

Num_30:2

Commitment! What a strong word! Many people have a real problem with their level of commitment. Since much of what we do as Christians today revolves around how it makes me feel we often will flippantly commit to God to do something that will be forgotten in the coming moments. Some of our commitments do not last from the altar to the church door. God expected a man to keep his word. We are not to lightly promise things. Jesus said that our yea should mean yea and our nay nay. Mat_5:37. The Psalmist said that we should swear to our own hurt and change not. Psa_15:4 That requires maturity and character but we will never reach the gospel message until God’s people can be all of that. We must put our hand to the plow and not look back. Luk_9:62

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Revelation 21:4 Peter said that of all the disciples he would never deny the Lord. He was sure that if all others left him that he, Peter, never would leave or deny him. But then as he stood there waiting on him as he was tried Peter in the heat of the moment did indeed deny him. He went further than he would have ever imagined possible. He ended up denying him with an oath. Now he hears the cock crow. His conscience screams at him. His heart sinks. He knows he has failed then his eyes meet the eyes of the Lord himself. All he can do is run away weeping bitterly.Peter knows the shame of having failed his great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Could that ever happen to you or me?

There He is seated on a Great White Throne. Judgment day has come. The Lord Jesus Christ is seated and ready to begin the judging. Behind him as though in a great choir loft is the Church that has been with Him since the Rapture.

The angels have made preparation. The books are there. The Book of Life is opened with an angel ready to begin searching for the names. The other books are there also. The books that contain all that those who are to be judged have done.

Slowly the prisoners are brought forth to be judged. John Smith from Lexington, North Carolina steps forward with great fear etched on his face. The judge looks down into the eyes of John and then turns to ask the angel if John’s name is to be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

The angel responds saying that no his name is not in the Book of Life. The Lord then asks for the other books to be opened and begins to hear the story of John’s life. He grew up in a Christian home. He heard gospel preaching on a regular basis. As soon as he could he decided to make his own life. He wanted to do want he enjoyed. He wasn’t interested in the way his parents lived or that leather lunged preacher and what he had to say. John refused the gospel message Sunday after Sunday. He mocked the preachers. He mocked his parents. John had been his own man and now he was facing judgment.

The Lord Jesus looks at John and says, your name is not found in the Book of Life. Depart from me you worker of iniquity for I never knew you.

John is in shock. He is crying and begging for another chance. He had already heard about this but would just not believe it. Now it was actually happening.

Please give me another chance. I will believe this time. I will submit my life to you, but the Lord reminds him, you would have none of my counsel or reproof. I called you time after time and you refused. I stretched out my hand to you and you ignored me.

Angels cast him into the lake of fire. He deserves Hell that I prepared for the Devil and his angels. He has rebelled and ignored me.

I see tears as they begin to form in the eyes of God’s people there in that great choir loft. They are a compassionate people. It hurts to see anyone cast into to that awful place but he did mock God and the Bible.

Tom Jones steps forward next to be judged. Again the angel looks in the book of life but his name is not there. The story is repeated again but Tom wasn’t raised in a Godly home. He didn’t have the privilege of having a preacher that cared about him.

Tom steps forward very timidly, obviously very afraid, and says Please give me another chance. I want to be saved. I want to go to Heaven. I do not want to go to Hell but the Lord says Tom you had your chance because according to the books you received gospel tracts on numerous occasions, you saw TV programs that where preachers were preaching the gospel, you mocked the men who preached the gospel on the radio. Tom you had your chance.

Cast him into the lake of fire. Tom I never knew you. I wanted to. I sent my people to see you. You had many chances. You turned down every invitation to go to church. Depart from me you worker of iniquity.

Again the people of God hurt and agonize. They are loving people. The swollen bellies of Africa brought tears to their eyes. God’s people have never been able to watch people suffer but ….now!

One by one they came for hours. Each one had his story but every time the Lord told them you had the gospel, you had a preacher, you rejected my message. You deserve the Lake of Fire as much as Satan himself.

Next the angel calls forth Jose Perez. Jose is obviously terrified. He literally has no idea what is going on.

Again the angel opens the book. His name is not on the roll.

They open the other books but no mention is made of a preacher, teacher, gospel tract, radio broadcast or any other means of getting the gospel to Jose.

The Lord says Jose I never knew you. Depart from me into the Lake of Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.

Jose begins to weep. He falls to his feet. He screams in agony. But Lord I don’t understand. Why? Why are you so cruel? Why would you condemn me?

I do not condemn you. You had your chance. You should have accepted me. I put it in the creation it is obvious that I exist. You are without excuse.

You cannot accuse me I also wrote it in your conscience. Your conscience accused you. You knew you needed me.

Lord please forgive me. Yes I knew there had to be a God. I knew that something was wrong but I didn’t know how to come to you.

Well Jose, I wrote it in the Creation and in your conscience. I also gave the message to my church to take to you. I gave them the power of the Holy Spirit, the prefect Word of God and all they needed to get the gospel to you.

Sir they never told me. I never saw one preacher. No one came to me with the gospel message.

The church of God is still standing. They are in awe. Hundreds and thousands have been thrown into the lake of fire. Everyone screaming and begging but it is eternally too late.

Now Jesus slowly turns and looks at His church. His eyes are filled with hurt and shame. He tilts his head lifts his hands and says Why didn’t you tell them. How can you let them throw it in my face that they never heard.

I trusted you. I committed the ministry of reconciliation to you. I gave you all you needed.

The church of God begins to weep uncontrollably. As they look down at their hands they see the blood of Jose Perez and thousands of others who could have heard, should have heard but didn’t.

They can’t believe their failure. They have failed the great God of their salvation. The one they preached about. The one they sang to and worshipped but now it is eternally too late for so many.

They did have the Word of God. They had the power of the Holy Spirit of God. They knew that they had a responsibility but had just gotten caught up in the everyday life of the temporary world.

Bloody hands and tear filled eyes. Broken hearts but too little too late

They I awoke. Thank God it wasn’t too late. I still have a chance. I thank God for letting me get a glimpse of what it will be like.

I will not allow that nightmare to be a reality in my life. By God’s grace I will do all in my power to get the gospel to the entire world.

Currently 106 people die a minute. Thank God that of the 106 that die a minute about 20 of them are under the age of 5 and so therefore probably under the age of accountability, At best the world is less than 10% saved. That means of the 86 that are left about 9 may be saved. That is a very liberal estimate. That means that 75 go to Hell every minute. 65% of the world has not even heard of the Lord Jesus Christ. 40% of the world do not even have the chance to hear the gospel because the message has yet to arrive where they are. Do you realize what that means? Of the 106 who die each minute 70 do not even know who the Lord Jesus is and 42 have no chance to even get to know him because the gospel hasn’t arrive where they live.

There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year. That means that to spend one second with everyone in China you would need just under 42 years because there are 1,325,419,200 seconds in 42 years. That is if we could stop the population exactly where it is now with no deaths or births for the next 42 years. Now take that same statistic and give yourself one hour with each person and you would need approximately 151,200 years if you could work day and night. That is approximately 2160 lifetimes at 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for 70 years.

The problem isn’t the numbers nor the barriers it is the desire, dedication, and strategy.

The question that we will talk about now is whether or not we will have blood on our hands or whether we will stand their with shame for having failed to get the gospel to them.

Read Rev_21:4 and consider what happened with Peter in Luk_22:61-62. Since the rapture in 1Th_4:17 we are ever with the Lord. All judgment has been committed to him Joh_5:22. We were given a job to do. The ministry of reconciliation is ours 2Co_5:18-20. We will have blood on our hands Eze_33:6 or will we be able to say with the Apostle Paul that we are free from the blood of all men Act_20:26

Num_11:1

Complaining is a common disease among all people but seems especially prevalent among missionaries. Our God is looking for a thankful people. People who realize what a privilege it is to serve God. Things maybe different on the mission field where God called you but He knew that when He called you and He wants you to be thankful for what He is doing in your life. Complaining will soon kill your spirit and the spirit of all those around you. You are definitely getting more and better than you deserve.

The Sin of Complaining or Murmuring

 

1Co_10:1-11

Num_14:1-4,11-12

 

I. It is an attitude

a. Resentment=We think that someone has done us wrong

b. Dissatisfaction=We do not receive what we want

c. We aren’t happy

d. We accuse others of having done something wrong

II. Complaining is like giving praise to Satan

a. We are commanded to give thanks to God 1Th_5:18 b. We are commanded not worry but to pray and give thanks Phi_4:6 c. Our praise and gratefulness is a sacrifice to God

Heb_13:15 d. What happens when we do the opposite of praising and giving thanks and start to complain and murmur against God?

III. Our Accusations

a. We are not satisfied with our salary Luk_3:14 or with what we have Heb_13:5 or the food and clothes that He has given us 1Ti_6:8 or our country’s governmentb. We are not satisfied with our spiritual leaders

c. We are not satisfied with our mate

d. We are not satisfied with our children

IV. How do we fix the problem

a. First recognize it as a sin Phi_2:14 b. Confess our sins

c. Learn to measure what we do have Phi_4:11 d. Meditate on the good Phi_4:8

e. Learn to thank God and others

Exo_18:17-27Steps to accomplishing the task that God has given you.

1. Realize that you are not able to perform it alone. Exo_18:18

2. You must learn how to choose leaders to help Exo_18:21

a. They must be capable

b. They must have character

1. truthful

2. not covetous

c. They must have a close personal walk with God

3. You must learn how to distinguish their abilities and place them in the right position Exo_18:21

a. some will lead over thousands

b. some will lead over hundreds

c. some will lead over fifties

d. some will lead over tens

4. You must be willing to allow them the freedom to exercise their gifts in their area Exo_18:22

5. You must be willing to train them to do the job you delegate to them Exo_18:20

a. teach them the lessons

b. show them how or the way

c. make them understand the work they are to do

6. You must be available to help with their problems and to provide further training on an ongoing basis Exo_18:22

7. You must never be to big to accept advise Exo_18:17

Genesis 45:20 Quit worrying about your stuff. He has so much more for you if you will just decide to put him first and honor him with what you have. He will give provision for your way as you follow him. Your stuff is of little value compared to what He has for you!

Gen_37:20 The thing that most aggravated Joseph’s brothers was not that he was their father’s favorite or that he had ratted on them but that he had a dream. People have problems with folks that have dreams and look for more in life than they have. They decided to kill him and then lie about what happened but look at the reason they give. Their thoughts were that if they killed him that they could see what would become of his dreams. They weren’t killing their brother they were killing the dreamer. They weren’t killing the dreamer they wanted to kill the dream. I wonder how many “men of God” feel inadequate to fulfill the Great Commission and for that reason must kill the dreamer and the dream of world evangelism so as not to feel that they have failed. Don’t kill the dream–learn how to live the dream.

Gen_37:19 Joseph had gotten a dream from the Lord. He expected more from his life than others expected from their lives. They had settled in to live life like “any other man” but Joseph seemed to think that God had something special for him in his future. He talked about his dream. He shared it though maybe not in the wisest ways but he still talked about what he believed that God was going to do with him. Some of his dream wasn’t too clear and maybe a little off in some ways. After all his mother didn’t bow down to him except figuratively. But he dreamed something great. He was willing to do what it took to accomplish his dream also. His dream gave him hope everyday. When he was a slave, then falsely accused, and then a prisoner he never had a bad attitude because he believed that God was going to do something special in his life.I hope that you too are dreaming. God wants to do something special with you. He wants to take you places that you could only dream about. He wants to see you take his dream, his vision of getting the gospel to the world and put it into practice. Do you dream of glorifying His name in all the world? Do you dream of obeying Him to His maximum glory. Just such a dream will cause you to do and be and go where no man has gone before.

Gen_33:14 In leadership and discipleship training the shepherd teaches us many principles that we must practice. First you must know the condition of your flock. Jacob knew that they were tender, had their young with them. He knew where they lived. He knew how their lives were. How can you truly train a man or woman if you do not know them personally? Jesus spent time with his men. It was not a classroom environment. It was not instruction but inspiration. Not only did he give them principles but he showed them how to put it into practice. He lived with his men. It was life on life discipleship. True discipleship is the teacher investing his life in his disciple. You can not descend from the heavenlys and deliver your message and ascend back to the heavenlis if you truly want to impact the world. Obviously you have to spend your time with the right people but you must spend and be spent if you truly desire to have a world impact.Not only does Jacob know the condition of his flock but he is careful in how he treats them. He will not allow himself nor others to overdrive them. How often have we tried to make the external man conform to what we believe he should be without investing in the inward man? How often have we tried to change a man from the outside in instead of the inside out? How often have we preached messages or given lessons that asked more than the tender were able to bear. So often we have a revolving door in our churches. Somehow we must stop this mistreatment or overdriving of our sheep.

Jacob as a shepherd knew that he had to lead on softly. He had to do what the children and the flock could endure. He knew that he would arrive at the desired destination but only if he moved at the right speed.

I am sure that no man of God has ever meant to hurt his people but so many times in our eagerness to be all that we can be we use our people to build our work rather than our work to build our people. As a young pastor I wanted my people to be good Christians. I wanted them to look the part and act it as well. I am sure that I had no idea how much I wanted these things for how it would make me look more than the good of my people but I proceeded to hurt people in more ways than I can explain.

I preached hard messages. I dictated how they were to dress, how they were to give, how they were to carry on every aspect of their lives. I didn’t lead on tenderly. I did overdrive them. Finally when the men came to see me in a group to tell me how I should be a little kinder and preach more than my few favorite pet topics I proceeded to tell them that I was God’s man and that I would preach what God told me to preach. There only concern was not that what I was preaching was wrong, but maybe the spirit I preached it in and the speed at which I wanted them to change. They didn’t ask me to change my convictions, they asked me to consider preaching more than just my pet topics. I was young, I heard the big boys talk to so I was right and they were wrong. I basically told them it was either my way or the high way. They took the high way. In my eagerness to have a product I could show off as a young dedicated pastor, I soon found myself without a salary and with a clean but empty church. I had asked a pastor friend what he thought and he simply said you’re obnoxious. His comment hurt so deeply that I couldn’t quit crying, but maybe that comment put me on the road to changing my philosophy of ministry. I still believe the same things but I know now the flock is tender and with young and I have learned to not try to over drive them. I once heard a great man of God say whenever you preach against sin, make sure there’s a tear in the corner of your eye, because your not against them but rather trying to deliver them from the pain that comes from the sin they are about to commit. Pastor, disciple, spiritual leader, please remember that they are but children and must be treated as such. We must only teach them what they are able to bare today. No one expects a six month old child to feed himself, dress himself, or even use the bathroom on his own. In our wisdom we understand where he is, and therefore have patience and tenderness as we watch them grow up. Pastor could I venture an opinion about what we preach. I know I am treading on dangerous waters but discipleship in my opinion is the place you say so many things that apply directly. Many of us are afraid of personal confrontation so we use a bully pulpit to beat on our people. What we would be afraid to say face to face we say to a crowd and hurt many people, and by the way we lose standing with our people, because many of them figure out what you are saying and to who you are saying it. The people side with the under dog and since you are publicly attacking a weaker brother or a brother who gets no pulpit time you may lose the confidence of your people. Why not develop discipleship in your church. A one on one relationship. Life on Life that changes people. How many times do we preach messages that are true and important but not applicable to the spiritual level of our people?

Gen_30:1

This must be our attitude as Christians; Give me souls or I die. How can we be satisfied taking care of those who are already saved, those that are the children of others? We must be at it. We must have a passion. We must pray, work, and go to do all in our power to reach souls with the gospel message.

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