Matthew 8:23-34

Matthew 8:23-34

It is about following Him. Being a part of Him. Going where He goes. Being where He is. Participating in the miracles that He wants to do, whether they are convenient for you or not.This is the question I have to ask you. When you pray, what do you expect from God? When you ask God for a miracle, what do you expect? You know what? I guarantee you, when you pray, God is listening. God may not answer your prayers the way you think He should, but He’s listening, and God loves you. Do you realize how much God loves you? That He is willing to answer your prayers when you pray them?…

We pray, but you know what? We don’t really expect or believe that God is listening or is going to do anything, and then when He does it, we go, “Oh, man! There must really be a God. I guess He really does exist.” If you didn’t believe He existed in the first place, why did you pray? Why did you ask? Because so often we know that the circumstance is outside of our control, and we hope that there is a God out there Who’s listening, and we hope that there is Someone Who can help us. And this is where our hearts are revealed, and where God would say to us, “Oh, you of little faith…”

And do you realize you have, because of the Holy Spirit in you, the authority in the name of Jesus to stand in that Name and see miracles happen…

How do we interact with Jesus? When Jesus does things in our life, when Jesus interacts with us at those times that we haven’t asked Him to, how do we treat Him? Does your whole life belong to Jesus, or only those comfortable moments in your life when you’re doing things that are acceptable for Jesus to see? And when Jesus shows up at the wrong moment, are we irritated and ask Him to leave? “Leave me alone, God! You don’t understand. I need this time! This is my private time. This is my life. I should be able to do what I want with it!” Oh, until that disaster is happening, but then, “Lord, I need you!” We are…a fickle people. We call on God when we perceive our need, and we get angry at God when we’re running headlong into a situation that could hurt us, that God might call sin…

There are many things in our lives today that needs to be addressed, and we want God when it’s convenient, when we perceive the danger, but when God steps in and gets in our way and stops us from doing something that we want to do, we’re just like these people. “Go away! Leave me alone! Go somewhere else and stop that guy over there. He needs it. I don’t.” Of course, until the next time, until the next moment when we’re hurting, the next moment when we’re broken, the next moment when we stub our toe. Then we’re willing to cry out to Him again and say, “Jesus, come back. Come back because now I need you…”

It is about following Him. Being a part of Him. Going where He goes. Being where He is. Participating in the miracles that He wants to do, whether they are convenient for you or not… You know what? It’s part of life, living in Jesus Christ. You don’t have a private life, a personal time where it’s just you and not God. When you ask Jesus in, the Holy Spirit comes in. He’s always there. He’s always giving direction, and He desires to do miracles and desires to show you love. He still gives us choice. He still allows for us to live our life and sometimes even lives there while we’re dishonoring Him, but He’ll be there. And He’ll show up at those times when we don’t particularly care for Him to be there…

What do we expect when we approach God? What do we expect when we use the name of Jesus? What do we believe is going to happen when we encounter God in the flesh? Jesus desires to encounter us and desires to do a great work in and through us. It’s up to us to respond and to believe that He can do it. And I believe He desires for us to come to Him with a request, knowing exactly what He’s going to do, or even standing boldly and saying, “You know what? I know exactly what Jesus would do in this case. I know how He’ll handle this, and in the name of Jesus, I claim it.” I’m not a ‘name it and claim it’ person, thinking we can get rich and wealthy off of it, but I do believe that we can claim the promises of God’s authority in our life to overcome sin and to overcome the onslaught of the world in our life. We can claim those things, and trust that Jesus desires it for us…

How are our hearts exposed today? What is our commitment to the person of Jesus Christ Who, if you’ve asked Him in, dwells inside of you? What is our commitment to Him?

Pastor Dave Elkins