To God be the gloryBro. David Chancellor
3/31/2002 6:00 PM
"To God be the glory, great things he hath done." Do you sometimes feel that you are insignificant, that you don't have a big lot in life? Think on these words a while, "to God be the glory, great things he hath done." We aren't here to get the glory, but to bring glory to God. You don't have to feel insignificant when you are on God's side. He can do a work in and through your life. Many people are looking to get someone's stamp of approval on them, to know that someone has scheduled them for the work, but if God has spoken to your heart, that's all you need. If he has spoken to your heart and his salvation is in your soul, that is all you need to do a work for God. God's approval and the fire of God in your soul is what you need to be a worker for God, whether anyone else notices or approves or not. We aren't pushing for titles and positions, but to do a work for God. If we will work together with God, we will see great things. God uses the "insignificant folk." Are you ready to be used by God? We need to be. The cry of our hearts should be to be used by him; to be in the place where we can do the most good.
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." God has put greatness in your hand. Step one is, "if you abide in me." He says, "Without me, ye can do nothing." Sometimes it seems people read this, and consequently "plop themselves down on the stool of 'do-nothing'," and in fact accomplish nothing. Yet, he didn't say, "be a do-nothing" or that nothing could be done in your life. Get connected to Christ first. If your life would have the impact God intended, then you must get connected to Christ first. He said, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you..." Get connected to Christ first. Be saved. Be delivered from your sins. Live out his words. Make them a part of you. Have the very law of God written in your heart. This is what happens when his words abide in you. Prayer is available for everyone that abides in him. Yet many people put it to so little use. We may not think we can do anything, yet if you get the Spirit of God moving in you and the motivation that is right, according to the word of God, you have all of God at your disposal. What is the significance of this? People may say, "Well, I'm not a preacher or a minister." John Knox prayed, "Give me Scotland or I die." There was a great stirring in that country. We're not talking about who did the preaching, but who did the praying. You can do a work for God on your knees. This is a work for God that needs to be done and can be done on our knees. He said that we could ask what we will and it should be done. Don't you want to see souls be saved? We don't spend too much time seeking God that others can be saved. What is needed in the world today, more than a great preacher or great campaign, is for people to call on God for the salvation of others. If people would take the time to read about how God has worked when people prayed, it would be a motivation and an encouragement to people to pray. People don't always exactly see the answer, or when God does the work, but prayers have been answered down through the years in God's mysterious way. When you pray, go with the expectation that something is going to happen. We like to see immediate answers, but sometimes it is years before we see the answer worked. Yet, it is unusual. It is obvious that God did the work. People can get so deep and hard in sin, and it may seem that there is no hope, how they could ever change. Yet, people have. We only look on the outward appearance, but God sees the heart. He can bring something along to speak to their hearts and open their eyes. don't you want to ask? The desire of the heart of anyone who knows Christ is that others know him, too. It would be a strange relationship if you had no desire that others know him, too. "Ye shall ask what ye will." Our relationship with God and the motivation that works on us have a great impact where our prayers are concerned. We can look to God for the needs of those about us. It would be a strange person whose prayers were always selfish. "Bear ye one another's burdens..." When we see those that have need, we should begin to pray.
The beginning should be, "I want to tell you what God has done for me." This should be what our testimony is like. Praising God is telling what he has done for us. It is personal, real, and present. It can encourage us that God is at work in the hearts and lives of his people, even today. The sinner needs to hear what God has done for you as much or more than the saints. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, God won't hear us. Many of the workings of God aren't seen today because people are doing just that. Be careful what you say. There is no regard for something you are delivered from. Sin is hateful and destructive. It tears people down and destroys their lives. But God has heard. His mercy makes a difference in your life. His mercy meets our very needs. He helps us in our troubles and problems. Call on God's mercy and you will get a fast answer. His mercy is quick in coming. When people are serious about finding God, it won't take long. He won't turn away the penitent's prayer. Get ahold of God for souls.
"If my words abide in you." We should have a genuine desire for the truth. If you would have your prayers be effective, have a love for the truth. Love the truth beyond the desire for acceptance. Stay close to Christ and keep his words first and foremost in your heart and your prayers will go straight through. God put everything we needed in the word of God. Let's not just have fair sounding words, but get what God has to say. Fair sounding words aren't producing in the heart of man what God would have put there. It doesn't cause what God would have caused there. If we can't take the word and apply it and walk in a holy, straight life, we have missed it. We want to get the answer. We can't play around with God and be a prayer-warrior. Be in tune with what God has to say. When his word abides in your heart, you have a direct line to God. Do you listen when God speaks? Be tuned to what he has to say. We want to see results, to see a change.
There are many prayers unanswered. Why? Because they asked for the wrong thing, or had a wrong motivation. We aren't asking to glorify us, but to glorify God, and to lift him up. Ask for Christ's sake; that he might be lifted up and glorified. We want God to show himself. The biggest hindrance to God's work is to desire to impress others with ourselves. We want people to get impressed with Christ. THAT is what changes lives. When you ask that God bring a soul to salvation, that is not "asking amiss." When you ask God to meet the needs of souls around you, you are not asking amiss. He would have ALL men to be saved. Asking God to save even the worst sinners would not be asking amiss. There isn't one soul you can't pray for with confidence. Pray expecting things to change. Time spent praying for souls is not wasted, but rather it is well-spent. Are you content for your family and friends to die lost? We shouldn't be. We should be troubled by the realization that unless something happens they will die lost.
1 John 5:13-16
Most of those who sought Christ felt that if he heard, then they were in good shape. Bartemeus cried to Jesus, and even more loudly when people tried to hush him. If he hears us, we know that he will answer and help. Do you cry, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me?" Are we silenced when we ought to pray on? He will move with compassion on the scene. "If any man see his brother sin, he shall ask..." Do you ask? Prayer can cause great things to happen. It is what makes the difference. If you would do a work for God, start on your knees. We may not always see or understand HOW God will work, but we know he IS going to work according to his will. The challenge is to get a genuine love and concern for souls that you begin to cry out for them with all your heart, "God, have mercy." God can work. The world needs to see a change. Prayer can make the difference. If he abides in our hearts, if we ask, he will do it. Do we believe this? If we believe this, how can we help but be faithful in prayer?