Who Will Go?
- Date: May 26, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
- From Faith That Prevails
We need to come in simple faith and believe for God to visit us, to see His glory manifested as He shows His power. "Those that come to Him must believe that He is and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Are we like Joshua, who wouldn't leave the tent? Are we like Joshua, who stayed up on the mountain there when the glory came-everybody else was afraid and Joshua said, "I want to get as close to God as I can." Can I share something with you? It is scary to get close to God. If you want to be close with God, it will take you out of your comfort zone. If you want to be close to God, they're going to start bringing people to you that are demon possessed and are sick. They're going to ask you to pray for people that are dead. You're going to go, "Dear God, who am I?" I'll remind you of who you are: nobody. The issue is: are we willing to be those vessels that the glory of God can manifest itself through? Are we willing to be a people that get out of our comfort zone? When the Word of God speaks to us and says, "Come," like Peter, we step out of the boat; amen?
Can I remind you that God said, "Come," to every one of us? He didn't actually say, "Come," He said, "Go. Go into all the world and preach the gospel," He said, "I want you to go and I want you to heal the sick. I want you to raise the dead. I want you to cast out devils. Freely you have received, freely give." Stir up the gift that's in us. Let's go back and grab a hold of those very, very clear mandates that have been given to us. "And these signs shall follow them that believe in my name: they will go to church." Does anybody read it that way? "These signs shall follow them that believe in my name, they shall…" (Mark 16:17).
What we want to do in this study is to just go back and say, "Okay, are we doing what we are supposed to do? Are we 'shall-ing'?" Not if you get a chance, not if you've prayed about it and felt led. As we approach this subject, I think one of the things we all need to pray for is-and maybe I'm worse than you guys in this-but I just don't always have the compassion that I should. We're in the midst of this ugly, nasty world with all of these folks and I've got enough problems of my own. "And Jesus lifted His eyes and He looked on the multitudes and He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd." He asked a question, "Who will go for Me?" Remember the question in the old covenant? "Who will go?" He said, "Pray the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth laborers into the harvest." "Who will go for Me?"
The reason most of us don't go is usually because of two things: selfishness and fear. If you've noticed, we've been for months and months trying to deal with selfishness. Has anybody picked that up in the last year, that we've been trying to deal with selfishness? Self-indulgences-all of the different aspects-taking up that cross daily, the denying of ourselves. What we want to do in this study, then, is to deal with that other aspect of fear, the fear of men's faces, the fear of failure, the fear of dealing with spiritual, supernatural forces. As we begin to pray and ask Father, "Lord, help us with this compassion. Cause us again to answer the question within ourselves," as we see some of in the survey here of Matthew. The Lord asks us, "Believest thou that I am able to do this? Do you believe that I am able? Do you believe?" "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief."