Luke 1:39-55

Luke 1:39-55

There is no greater prayer than the one that says, "God, I need You." Plain and simple. And then let Him do what He wants to do, what He needs to do in your life.I hear a lot of people try to justify themselves. They don’t want a Savior because they don’t need a Savior. That, “Salvation is for those bad people out there. I’m only a good person. I do good things. I help the little old ladies across the street, and I carry their groceries for them, and I shovel their sidewalks for them. If that’s not good enough for God, I don’t know what is!” I hear people talk like that…

Have you ever wondered why you may not be experiencing the mercy of God? I can guarantee you, by the way, there is not one of you sitting in this room today that has not experienced the mercy of God. The fact that you have breath in your life right now, the fact that your heart is beating right now, shows me that you are the byproduct of God’s mercy because I can tell you, each one of us in this room are vile enough in God’s sight, that He would have the right to strike us dead. The fact that He has not yet struck us dead is because He is extending mercy to us… We are in need of God’s mercy, from the youngest to the oldest. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” There is not one of us that is righteous, no, not one…

All men who are born from the flesh of Adam and Eve are in need of a Savior and have sin in their life, and sin has been a part of their life the whole time they’ve grown up. The only One Who did not have the flesh of Adam and Eve was Jesus Himself… The rest of us suffer and are in need of mercy, and His mercy extends to those who what? Who do good deeds. Is that what it says? Who pay lots of money to the church… It amazes me how many people thing this way! They think because they do something good, they do something nice, that all of a sudden they “deserve” God’s mercy, but it has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a good person. It has to do with the fact that you come to the point of understanding that there’s a God in heaven Who at any moment could zap you, could squash you like a bug, could end your life this very moment, and you realize that fact, and you come to the place of saying, “I am alive today because You love me, and You have shown me mercy,” and that is the fear of the Lord. I don’t believe that the fear of the Lord means you have to say [voice quaking with fear], “Ooooh, I’m so afraid! I’m so afraid!” That’s not the fear of the Lord. That’s being a coward. The fear of the Lord is understanding Who God is and understanding who you are and respecting Him for Who He is and coming to grips with your need of salvation. That’s fearing the Lord. And He extends His mercy to those who fear Him…

People say, “If He would only show me a miracle!” Miracles are happening around us every day! If we would open our eyes and look, we would see the miracle of God… God has done great things. He has performed mighty deeds, and He does this from generation to generation. You look at your life. If you would take stock of where you’ve been and where you are today, I guarantee you, that you will see the mighty deeds of God…

But [God] will humble those who insist on being proud, who insist on telling God what to do, who insist on proclaiming, “God made a mistake where I’m concerned!” God has not made any mistakes, and in your arrogant pride, you make the statement, and in your arrogant pride, He humbles you. He doesn’t not love you, but because He loves you, He humbles you…

He’s watching. He knows. He knows the hearts of men. He knows what men are striving for. He knows the status that men want to have in their life. And those who put themselves at the forefront are the ones that get dealt with the harshest. The ones that meet God, and oftentimes are disappointed because they have to look at their own heart, and we are humbled. I have been humbled many times when I’ve looked into the mirror. I thought I was one thing, but see something else standing in front of me. It’s not fun. It’s not pleasant, realizing who you really are. Seeing yourself as God sees you. As Paul puts it, as filthy rags. It’s hard to deal with. God doesn’t want us walking around beating ourselves up, though… He just want’s to deal with our heart. He wants to humble us. He wants us to take stock of who we are and what we have, where we’ve been and where He’s brought us to, and acknowledge Him for it…

If you are feeling the discipline of God in your life, if you are feeling God humbling you today, it is because He loves you. If He is allowing you to go through struggles and hard times, it is because He loves you and wants your attention and wants you to glorify Him and to allow Him to work out the details of your life…

If we are truly the Lord’s servant then there are things that God will have to use us to do. Cleaning up behind people. Being there when there’s illness and being there when there’s mess. Sometimes the vileness of life that needs to be cleaned up after, God may put you there as a servant. A servant who’s going to give testimony to the greatness of Who He is and His faithfulness in our life. He may ask us to be some where that we don’t want to be. He may ask us to do something that we just don’t want to do. But He’s great, and He is mighty, and He wants to humble us, and He wants us to be His servant. He’s not the great Santa Claus in the sky, that when we want something, we just throw up a prayer, and [in an excited, preachy voice], “We believe in faith and it is going to happen to us today!” I don’t care how spiritual you sound, how religious you make it sound, God is not going to bless you for it. God is going to bless you because He desires to bless you, and you can pray a flowery prayer, or you can just simply, humbly look up to God and say, “God, I need You.” There is no greater prayer than the one that says, “God, I need You.” Plain and simple. And then let Him do what He wants to do, what He needs to do in your life. And then, you let your lips part and you tell people, “I am so extremely blessed because God has touched me, because God has moved in me. He has been gracious to me, and I rejoice because of it. I have been the byproduct of His mighty deeds in this generation. Look at the miracle in my life. You don’t believe that there’s miracles? Look at me! I am the byproduct of His miracle because I am alive today. I have breath in my lungs today. I have seen God do great things today.” And not everybody is going to believe it. And not everybody is going to accept it. The fact is, if we’re doing it, that’s all God is asking for. He’s not asking us to make results. He makes the results. He’s asking us, like Mary, to be firm in our resolve to trust Him, and then to give testimony when He does those things in our life.

Dave Elkins

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