“GOD NEEDS MEN!” CONTINUED!

Our nation and this world needs a man who will mean business for God.

I. GOD SOUGHT FOR A MAN!

Could Adam have been that man in Genesis one?  How about Cain, Noah, Abraham, Lot? How about Moses, Caleb, Joshua? How about Saul – could he have been that man? How about Samuel? What about David? How about Ezekiel himself, could he have been that man? God is still seeking men today. God uses men.  Men who are willing to sacrifice, etc.

Remember Revelation 3:20 was written to a backslidden church. He sought for a man, not angels. It is not programs, institutions, fund raising, governments, etc. No, God sought for a man.

Ephesians 2:10,For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

A man for a specific need, ability:  Remember, the best ability is availability. It could be a layman, a full time Christian worker. It could be a preacher,  a missionary, etc.

David was a kingdom builder – Solomon was a Temple builder. John the Baptist was the forerunner for Jesus – Paul was the standard. Noah was just a man, but he was a just and righteous man. Job was an upright man – Abraham was a faithful man. Saul was a jealous man – David was a man who sought after God own heart. Moses was a leader of men – Paul was one who fought the fight of faith.

II. TO MAKE UP THE HEDGE!

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“GOD NEEDS MEN!”

Ezekiel 22:30-31

 We talk about martyrs who died for Christ, but they first lived for Christ. God said that He sought for a man that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap for Him.

The tragedy is He did not find a man. Israel was in a terrible condition, especially in the City of Jerusalem.

In verse  2, God calls it a “bloody city” with “all her abominations.”

In the remainder of the chapter, God repeatedly emphasizes the fact that Jerusalem was a bloody city, shedding blood. God warned of judgment that would come in verse 15.

In the rest of the chapter God speaks of the wickedness of Jerusalem and Judah. The country was in sad condition, and God’s hope was that He could find a man who could lead. Always remember that God works through men. God did not seek a committee or a board – He sought for a man.

His heart was broken because He could not find a man that was willing to be used for His glory. I believe it is true of God today, that He is seeking for a man, and cannot find one who is willing to sacrifice and surrender everything to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our nation and this world need a man who will mean business for God.

God sought for a man!

“GOD IS ABLE” CONCLUSION!

We cannot be neutral about the destiny-determining question:
 
Matt. 27:22, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”
 
Some Practical Applications for each of us:
 
A. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, WE MUST ALWAYS CHOOSE TO DO RIGHT.
 
B. WHEN WE DO RIGHT, WE MUST ALWAYS TRUST HIM FOR THE OUTCOME.
 
C.WHATEVER THE OUTCOME, GOD IS ABLE TO MAKE IT FOR OUR GOOD.
 
D. RIGHT MUST NEVER BE COMPRMISED FOR CONVENIENCE SAKE.
 
E. WE MUST CHOOSE TO DO RIGHT IN OUR LIVES.
 
1. Love God with all our hearts.
2. Live Godly.
3. Learn an apply scriptural Principles.
4. Lean on God’s Promises.
5. Labor to reach the lost.
 
The challenge is to realize that choices equals good or bad consequences!

“GOD IS ABLE” CONTINIUED!

The Hebrew Children said in verses 17-18, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” In other words:”
 
1. We will not bow down and serve your gods.
2. We will serve God; we are devoted to his honor; we will work for him; we will depend upon Him to protect us; provide for us and reward us.
3. We know that “God is Able” to deliver us; whether He will or not is His business. We are sure that God can either prevent our being cast into the furnace or rescue us out of it.
4. We have reason to hope He will deliver us because it would honor His name to do this in front of all these idolitors, and because Nebuchadnezzar had defied Him to do it. But if He does not deliver us out of the furnace, He will deliver us out of thy hand.
5. Nebuchadnezzar can torment and kill the body, but after that there is no more he can do to us. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.
 
THREE IMPORTANT TRUTHS:
 
I. THEIR CHALLENGE WAS TO DO WRONG.
 
II. THEY HAD COURAGE TO TAKE THEIR STAND FOR GOD.
 
III. THEIR COMPANION WAS WITH THEM – JESUS!
 
Dante said, “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“GOD IS ABLE” PART 2

Read Daniel 3:8-18

During the Civil War a man living in a borderline state was divided in his allegiance. He was sympathetic toward both the North and the South, as the story is told. After troublesome thought, he decided upon a novel Plan: “I’ll wear the Confederate gray pants and the blue Union jacket.” Soon a fierce battle spread in the region where he lived. Then the soldiers of the Union Army shot him in the pants and the Confederate soldiers shot him in the jacket. Unknown

The moral of the story is: It can be more devastating to “halt between two opinions”1 Kings 18:21. Jesus said: “No man can serve two masters.”

Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Joshua said, “choose you this Day whom you will serve. “

Matthew Henry said about these three, “Those that make their duty their main care need not be careful concerning the event.”

They trusted in the living God; and by that faith chose rather to suffer than to sin; they therefore feared not the wrath of the king, but endured, because by faith they kept their eyes on Him who is invisible.

Moses made the same wise choice in Hebrews 11:25-27,“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

The Hebrew Children said in verses 17-18, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”In other words:

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“YES, GOD IS ABLE!”

Daniel 3:8-18, verse 18 text

Think about the story of three Hebrew children and read verses 1-7.

It is said of Daniel: The lions could not eat Daniel because he had backbone.  So many today have only wishbone where the backbone ought to be. Daily we are making choices.  The poet was wrong when he said:

Once to every man and nation,

Comes the moment to decide,

In the fight ‘twixt truth and falsehood,

Between the good or evil side.

Not once, but daily we are making choices.  Our tomorrows are determined by the choices we make today.  The continuous choices we make mold our characters and determine our destinies. The three Hebrew children made the right choices, and it determined their destiny.

In his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl wrote of his days in prison: “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been little in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  freedom to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances.”

I like what Shakespeare said:  “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves. Each one of us is free to chart our destiny in the exercise of choice.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WHY DO WE FIGHT ONE-ANOTHER?

As we conclude “GOD ENABLED ME” don’t we ever get tired of fighting good people?

Read 2 Timothy 4:1-9 again.

I. PAUL FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. 1 Timothy 1:12-15.

He was a trophy of grace. He realized it was all God, and it was He that enabled him. And that’s what he thinks of himself.It was God that enabled him, not his own merit. 1 Timothy 1:11, 1 Corinthians 12:18.

“Set and appointed” – same word. God put me here is what Paul is saying. Your ability is God enabling you.

Look at Exodus 11 God is saying, “Moses, I made you and will lead you.”

Look at Judges 6 when Gideon tells God, “Look, I come from a poor family, etc.” But God enabled him.

II. HE FINISHED HIS COURSE.

The course is laid out and must be completed. Finish your course and don’t compare yourself to other people.

Acts 13:25, “And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.” 27:1, “And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band.”

Remember that Luke wrote the Book of Acts, so that means that he was with Paul at the shipwreck. God told him to write about Paul, not himself. He could have said, “I was there too.”

III.       HE REALIZED THAT THERE WAS A REWARD.

For all those that love His appearing. All our praise will go to Him when we get to heaven. Let’s just go ahead and struggle in the struggle until Jesus comes as God gives grace. Let’s endure hardness as a good soldier and finish the course. Are you going to be a soldier who will endure or a coward who will quit because of fear?