Luke 10:16-24

Luke 10:16-24

Understand, it is not up to us to save people. It is not up to us to change this world. It is up to us to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.We need to take this world, in the love of Jesus, through boldness. Not concerned about what we’re going to get out of it. Not concerned about what we’re going to look like. Not concerned about how we’re going to be received…

Jesus said that His Father is interested in each and every one of us right now. That the Father loves in each and every one of us right now. That the Father knows in each and every hair on our head right now. And Jesus, being full God, even though He is fully man in the flesh, standing there with His disciples, knows the love and the power and the Word of God, His Father, and He is telling us you can not believe in God and trust in God without first believing in Him, because the fact is, He is God. It is part of the mystery of the Trinity. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A mystery that we may not fully ever understand until we’re standing before Him in His Presence, and even then I’m not sure that we’re going to fully understand, because He is eternal and has always been eternal. We’ve just started. When we’re standing before Him in eternity, we’ll just be starting. We’ll have a beginning, and though we may never have an end, it may take that forever to figure out really Who He is and the depth of His love and the depth of His greatness. The depth of His creativeness. It may take that eternity. But for me to sit here and tell you I understand completely about Who God is, I’d be lying to you. If I said I understood what the Trinity was, I’d be lying to you. I just know that there’s a Father, there’s a Son, and there’s a Holy Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit was left here with us to comfort us and to teach us, to be our blessing and our strength, to help us through our hard times right now, and that the Son came and He walked on this earth and He gave us His Word, and He sent us out to proclaim that Word to the world that is around us that is lost and dying, and then He went back to prepare a place for us. I understand that. My mind can wrap itself around that. But how He’s doing it all, I can’t tell you that I understand it all, and I’m not going to try to. But the one thing that I do understand, these are His Words, “He who listens to you, listens to Me. He who rejects you, rejects Me. He who rejects Me, rejects Him Who sent Me.” You can’t believe in God, you can’t accept God and reject Jesus. You can’t believe in One without the Other, because they are One…

Understand something. The only way that we will have any effect spiritually on the lives of those that are around us, is if we do it in Jesus’ name. It’s not in our strength, it’s not in our power, and it’s not in our authority…

God’s Word is going to work, God’s Word is going to have an affect, and when we stand firm in Jesus’ name, Jesus is going to do a work through the power of His Holy Spirit…

What is it that we’re to be excited about? That we have some great spiritual authority and strength over this world? That I can stand up, and, “In the name of Jesus” chase demons out? Is that what I’m to be excited about?…

I have asked Jesus to be my Savior, and because Jesus has moved in, His Holy Spirit has come on me and come into me. Now, because He is indwelling me, He can do His work through me. It is not about me doing it, and it’s not about me having a great ministry. It’s not about you building some great work for God so that people and God would be impressed. It is simply about making yourself useful as a vessel to the Holy Spirit of God. And the only way you are useful to the Holy Spirit of God is if your name is written in heaven; is if that Book of Life holds your name. That is the only power and authority you need…

Understand, it is not up to us to save people. It is not up to us to change this world. It is up to us to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Each one of us in this room have to come to the place of saying, “I believe.” That’s all we’re responsible for. Once we come to that place of saying, “I believe. Jesus, come into my heart,” then He steps in and takes over. He makes us a part of the body. He, then, makes it work. He, then, endows us with the power and gives us the courage and the strength to move forward in this world.

Dave Elkins

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