Die to Your Will so God Can Work Through You
- Date: August 7, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 6:11)
- From Built By God
We have been talking about the renewing of our hearts, a refreshing of the spirit for this hour, the age that we're living in. The Lord is building and working on His tabernacle for us, both individually and also the corporate body of Christ here and we are to be encouraged that He is the Master builder, and He's building that that will be for His glory. He said, "Upon this rock I'll build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). We're coming into an age when the Lord said that nothing is going to stand that He isn't supporting. There's just nothing that's going to stand. An hour when it's hard to imagine, when Satan's powers will be irresistible. Think about that age. When the church is caught up and that restraining force of His church no longer exists, Satan's will will no longer be resistible. What a place to live, huh? Now that spirit, that age, we're in it. We've talked about this before. If, in innocence, our father Adam never having tasted sin, no sin in his members like you and I have, not a tendency within him towards sin, was seduced and fell, how much preparation do we need for this age? I think we get overconfident many times. We're not talking about being paranoid or thinking of ourselves less than what we've been declared legally in Christ. We, for sure, have spent a lot of years building ourselves up in that doctrine, the doctrine that says we are sons of God, heirs and joint-heirs, that if God is for us, no one can be against us. We love all of those biblical truths, those legal declarations of who we are in Christ and that, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). And then He says, "When I come, will I find faith on the earth?" We have taught on the need for us to co-labor with God in the building of this tabernacle. God is not just going to do it for us, and yet at the same time, He is the one doing it.
One statement I made in the last session bears repeating. I said, "Nothing that we do for God is as great as what He can do through us." I was thinking about that in preparation for this session, just that we need to continue to encourage ourselves in that. We're so prone to want to do things for God, especially when we're up spiritually and we're out now "championing God's cause." The greatest way to champion God's cause is to die to your own will and let Him work through you. To let Him do what He wants to do, how He wants to do it. That's part of what we're talking about in this session. If God isn't building the house, the laborers are laboring in vain. We'll never build anything that's acceptable to God that's not by Him and of Him, for without Him, we can do nothing. Without Him, we can do nothing that's accepted of Him. Oh, we can do a lot of stuff, man. We can build churches; we can preach the gospel, but if it's not done by Him, it's not acceptable. Without Him we can do nothing that pleases Him because, "without faith it is impossible to please [God]." Faith is when you're moving beyond yourself. Anything that you're doing in your own strength isn't necessarily pleasing to God. It's not of Him. Our boast isn't in Him. We're not seeing His strength perfected in our weaknesses and that's what really honors God and glorifies Him.