Tag Archive | Moses

A Preacher from the Dead

 

“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:31

Suggested Further Reading: 1 Samuel 28:3-19

Spirit that hath returned from another world, tell me, how are men judged? Why are they condemned? Why are they saved? I hear him say, “Men are condemned because of sin. Read the ten commandments of Moses, and you will find the ten great condemnations whereby men are for ever cut off.” I knew that before, bright Spirit; thou hast told me nothing! “No,” says he, “and nothing can I tell.” “Because I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; I was sick, and ye visited me not; I was in prison, and ye came not unto me; therefore, inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it not to me. Depart, ye cursed!” “Why, Spirit, was that the word of the king?” “It was” says he. “I have read that too; thou hast told me no more.”

If you do not know the difference between right and wrong from reading the Scripture, you would not know it if a spirit should tell you; if you do not know the road to hell and the road to heaven from the Bible itself, you would never know it at all. No book could be more clear, no revelation more distinct, no testimony more plain. And since without the agency of the Spirit, these testimonies are insufficient for salvation, it follows that no further declaration would avail. Salvation is ascribed wholly to God, and man’s ruin only to man. What more could a spirit tell us, than a distinct declaration of these two great truths.—“O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help found!” Beloved, we do solemnly say again, that Holy Scripture is so perfect, so complete, that it cannot want the supplement of any declaration concerning a future state. All that you ought to know concerning the future you may know from Holy Scripture.

For meditation: The rich man in the account (not called a parable) given by Jesus was full of false doctrine—praying to a saint, seeking some kind of second chance after death, rejecting the sufficiency of Scripture (Luke 16:24,30). Note the place from which these doctrines come (1 Timothy 4:1; James 3:15).

Sermon no. 143
26 July (1857)

 

Groundbreaker

by: Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of July 22, 2012

“The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, ‘He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! Clear the road for Him!'”  -Mark 1:6

Has God ever spoken to you to step up and do something outside of your comfort zone? You may have said, “Yes, Lord,” only to find yourself alone in the journey? Did no one else understand what you were doing or what you were going through—when you were in the midst—except you and God? Was the assignment difficult? Did it even look and feel impossible? Did you have to press forward against the odds? Did you endure persecution? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you could be a groundbreaker.

Groundbreakers are more than influencers. They are transformers through the power of God. They run ahead of the pack. They are forerunners, spiritual bulldozers. They clear the path for others to enter. They confront giants on battlefields and co-labor with God to do the physical work, even when no one else shows up.

Groundbreakers are tenacious people who intentionally choose to step out in great faith for the Lord. They are the people who love God so much they will do anything for Him. They are the ones God assigns to His new movements to get the job done. They are carriers of God’s vision, purpose and commitment. And, by God’s enduring grace, they can handle the aloneness and the burdens of the mission.

Groundbreakers receive revelations and understand that others will see God’s vision manifested in His time. They move forward in obedience and confidence unto the Lord. They work unto Him, not man. And they know their rewards come from God.

Modern day groundbreakers look like entrepreneurs, inventors, church planters, missionaries and other ordinary people who are assigned by God to do powerful ventures. They take new ground, pressing through resistance, witnessing God’s extraordinary miracles and manifestations on earth as it is in heaven.

Probably one of the most obvious groundbreakers in the Bible was John the Baptist. God chose John to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry on earth. John was Jesus’ cousin and champion, the quintessential forerunner. God consecrated this man—who had a heart for Jesus on a blood level—and enabled him to handle the aloneness journey, as is evident by his desert existence. I wonder what exactly happened to John when he leaped in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:41). We know he was filled with the Holy Spirit, as was Elizabeth; but what would he have shared with us if he could’ve spoken about this very early and extraordinary encounter? John was destined for great exploits, commissioned for God’s assignments, a great adventurer, one who could handle solitude.

The Bible is full of groundbreakers. Consider Moses, who led a nation out of slavery. Consider Abraham, who entered into the unknown and became the father of all nations. Consider Joshua who reclaimed the Promised Land, battling giants so that others could be reconciled and live peaceably.

Getting inspired? How is God using you? What is God calling you to do? To love Him with all your heart, soul and strength (Luke 10:27)? To love your neighbor as yourself? To go into all the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)?

You can begin right where you are. Choose to trust God. Surrender your life to Him. Invite Jesus into your heart. Choose to keep Him first in your life. Ask Him where He would like you to go and how He would like to use you to build His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He will take you to new heights and lead you to new adventures. He will issue you assignments that will feel bigger than you. And the Holy Spirit will help you complete them His way. The rewards will be far better than you can choose to accomplish alone. Are you ready to step out more for God?