Pastor Star R. Scott

A Friend of God Strives

  • Date: April 30, 2010
  • Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
  • Scripture: ""The kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matthew 11:12)
  • From Friends

We are looking at the contrast between a friend of God and a friend of the world - - friendship with the world versus covenant friendship within the body of Christ - - and how these relationships differ. "Thou knowest, Lord. I don't know." Be careful when you're too quick to talk about how committed you are and how sold out you are and how willing you are to take up the cross and how ready you are to present your body a living sacrifice. It's not as easy as we would like to think. "The kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11:12). How much effort are we putting into our spiritual walk, or are we like typical Americans, just expecting it to come by microwave, chauffer driven, air conditioned, money back guarantee? "Pressing toward the mark, the prize, the high calling of God" (Philippians 3:14), striving to enter in (Luke 13:24), violently killing self, that Jesus might live through us. "Offer your son, Isaac, your only son" (Genesis 22:2). This is how you become a friend of God: "Early [the next] morning...." When God says, "Okay, I want Isaac - offer him up right now - bring him," are you one of those who says, "Lord, I need to take some time to pray about this"? You do not pray about doing the will of God. You do not pray about whether you're going to obey God or not. You do not linger in holding God accountable to your personality--"Well, you see, I'm a slow mover." "I'm very deliberate." Then maybe you need to stop deliberating and start believing God, because without faith it is impossible to please Him. Abraham went, not knowing where he was going and not knowing what God was doing. He knew this: God had given him a son, and now God wants him back. We know how the story comes out, and it's hard. Does anybody else at times when you've read that, does anybody else start sweating? Has there ever been a time in your life when you read that story and thought you could fool God by saying, "Yes, Lord. Because you know, my theology, I remember the teaching that says if we'll offer it up willingly, He probably won't really take it." Are you lingering? Are you deliberating? Are you analyzing? "Can I give all and still have some left?" The math doesn't work. I'm going to make a very profound statement here, so you're going to have to think a long time about this one. Are you ready? Until you have given all, you haven't given all. How simple is that? How profound is that? Do you want to be called a �??friend of God'? Start doing what you're told to do when He tells you to do it, without deliberation.