Luke 8:26-39

Luke 8:26-39

I believe that God desires to know us and walk with us and indwell us and fellowship with us on an individual basis. He wants each one of us, you and I, to know Him personally. And I believe that He would go out of His way and brave a storm and put His disciples in danger for your sake. Do you believe that? That He loves you so much that He would put Himself and those that He's called into danger to come and rescue you?I believe God cares for us individually. He cares for us as nations, and He cares for us as peoples, He cares for us corporately. But I believe that God desires to know us and walk with us and indwell us and fellowship with us on individual basis. He wants each one of us, you and I, to know Him personally. And I believe that He would go out of His way and brave a storm and put His disciples in danger for your sake. Do you believe that? That God loves you so much that He would put Himself and those that He’s called into danger to come and rescue you? I know there’s some, sitting here probably this morning, who doubt that. “Well, why would He waste His time with me? I’ve prayed many times and He’s not answered my prayer.” I hear this kind of thing all the time…

Sometimes, in order to learn what not to do, we have to suffer the consequences of what we’ve done. It’s not that God doesn’t love us. It’s not that God doesn’t care. And it’s not that God isn’t watching, but sometimes we learn quicker and we draw closer to God after we’ve suffered the consequences of our wrong choices. And just because we’re suffering the consequences does not mean that it is a bad thing. It may seem harsh and hard for you for going through it, and those who have to experience you going through it, but understand something. When it is time for you to be brought back from the suffering of the consequences, Jesus will brave whatever it takes to get there, to bring you out of your suffering…

When Jesus does a miracle in your life, when Jesus interacts in your life, who do you tell about it? How do you interact with those around you when Jesus has done a great thing for you?… And this is what people need to know: that Jesus can do a miracle in our life, that Jesus can work in our life, and not only can He, but He desires to work in our life, and He has done great things for all of us…

How much has God done for you? How many times has God done a work in your life and you kept your mouth shut. How many times has God interacted and directed you and a part of your life, and you kept your mouth shut? When God does a miracle for you, He intends for you to share it. When God is working in your life, He intends for you to step up and let people know because that’s how people learn the power of God, because God has done a mighty work in you, and it becomes more convincing when you share it…

The greatest mission field you have is at home, with your family, with your neighbors, with those around you who know you best. You know, you can ask me, “Dave, what am I supposed to do with my life? Am I supposed to be a missionary and go off to deepest, darkest Africa?” Well, maybe. That’s possible that God would send you there. But I can tell you for sure I know where God is sending you. Right now. Today. He’s sending you home from this place to share with those who are in and around your home. If you’re not willing to share with them, why would you be willing to go half way across the world to share? You’ve got to be willing to share now. The training field is here in the heart where you’re at now, and if you’re afraid to share now, and if you’re not willing to share now, what makes you think that going anywhere else is going to allow you to be able to share any easier?… It’s not a change of location that makes us different. It’s a change of heart that makes us different.

Dave Elkins

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