Be Found Doing What God is Working in You
- Date: September 9, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world…” (Philippians 2:13-15)
- From There Is Yet One Man
We're talking about the age that we're living in. It's an evil and perverse generation; isn't it? The verses come to mind, "For … God [is working in us] both to will and to do of his good pleasure. [And] Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:13-15). It explains where we are; doesn't it? A crooked and perverse nation-we're as bad, really worse, than Sodom and Gomorrah because of the godliness that has been given opportunity to a nation who has snuffed at it, who has mocked it, who knowing God chooses not to retain Him. God gives them over to reprobate minds. We live in a nation of reprobates, people who have known God, who have known of God and have chosen to walk after their own lusts. And not only do these things but take pleasure in them that do them and become inventors of evil things. Isn't that amazing that's where we're living today? It says, however, we're to shine as lights in midst of this.
Do you feel weary sometimes? Just weary of the warfare, I'm not even talking about specific trials, but you just walk out into the midst of this society and there's a heaviness, there's a perversion, there's a darkness. The spirit is so offended by our nation's new religion -- secular humanism -- the worship of the creature more than the Creator. It becomes more and more acceptable and we become more and more vexed. I think that one truth we need to get a hold of is that just like righteous Lot, every time you go out there you're getting vexed. We need to continually clean ourselves up with the washing of the water of the Word. We have got to get ourselves alone and quiet before the Spirit of God and hear what the Spirit is saying to the church today. We are constantly fighting in the midst of this crooked and perverse nation. We're just riding this thing out. We are to occupy until He comes!
So, what does it mean to stand in this hour? Some of us seem to think that standing means to retreat into some kind of a monastic environment, "We can't go out and touch this ugly world. We've got to retreat!" Some of us think that standing is just a complete involvement in evangelism and outreach, but we need to realize that for you to stand is to be able to hear the voice of God for you. Some of us will be secluded intercessors and some of us will be bold witnesses, but we have to realize we're one body, there's only one church, and we're to be supportive of one another in the gifts and in the callings that God's working in our midst and not be critical. He said that there would be no murmuring or disputing as we shine as lights in the midst of this crooked and perverse nation. He is calling us together into a unified body, into a body that's being purified, a chaste virgin, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing-in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Righteous Lot was vexed on a daily basis as he sat in their gates. It's tragic that righteous Lot became wise in the world's wisdom and almost missed out on the voice of God. In fact, he did. God mercifully sent the ministers of God and jerked him out of it. Some of us may not be that fortunate. We need to hear when the Word of the Lord speaks to us and act on it immediately.
First Timothy says it this way, as we're receiving that admonition in this last day, "In the last days, many are going to depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils" (1 Timothy 4:1). What are those doctrines? False doctrine is knowing the truth and not doing it. False doctrine says you can have a knowledge of God and yet you decide on its application in method or in time. False doctrine is being able to quote the Word and not do it as it pertains to believers.