Matthew 9:27-10:5

Matthew 9:27-10:5

Do you believe God wants to intervene in your life? Do you believe that God cares enough for you to take care of...every detail of your life? Yes, sometimes it takes some faith, but it's a little bit of faith mixed with a whole lot of [God's] mercy and a whole lot of compassion.(Recording ends before the message is complete.)

So never, ever, ever be afraid to share what God is doing in your life. Don’t ever think that the little things in your life are insignificant. There are no insignificant events in your life. If God has done it, God gives you the strength to get out of bed tomorrow morning and you didn’t think you were going to have the strength to get out of bed, that’s an amazing testimony, and it’s good to share. Just tell someone, “You know what? I didn’t think I was going to make it out of bed, but by God’s strength I’m on my feet today.” That’s not insignificant. That is miraculous, because the Holy Spirit gave you the strength and the energy. Share who you are, share what God does in your life, and never be afraid that someone’s going to think that you’re boring or insignificant, because God’s Word is never insignificant, what God does in our lives is never insignificant, and it’s always exciting when we have an opportunity to share…

Sometimes God just desires to have mercy on those who are lost and hurting. Sometimes, when we are in that place where we don’t know where to turn any more, we don’t know how to face life any more, we’re oppressed, …we don’t know what to do any more, God is brought to our attention, and we’re brought to God’s attention by friends…

Do you believe God wants to intervene in your life? Do you believe that God cares enough for you to take care of, not just these big being-blind details, but every detail of your life? You know what? You’ve got to have faith. I’m going to tell you, you need to have faith. And some things that you would ask for, God might say, “According to your faith it will be done for you.” But you know, in the things that really matter, in the things that are really important, in those things that are going to separate you from God for all eternity, sometimes He just steps in and displays His mercy. You still have to make a choice…

What is the good news? The good news for us today is that Jesus Christ lived on the face of this earth as the Son of God and willingly chose to die on a cross and shed His blood that ours sin could be dealt with, that our sin could be washed away, that we could have an opportunity to no longer be separated from God for all eternity, but by the blood of Jesus, have our sins dealt with and that door opened to heaven for us. That is the good news that we have today…

One of the things that happens in society so often, that Jesus saw was a people who, though religion was abundant in their society, there were men who had God’s Word, they abused the people. They harassed the people. They laid heavy laws, rules and regulations and financial burdens on the people. And here comes Jesus, and He sees them, and He has compassion on them because of their harassment and their helplessness. And I know sometimes…that there are those even within this fellowship who feel helpless and harassed. Helpless like nothing is ever going to change in life. Harassed by life itself. Every day, get up, you look outside and say, “Oh, no. Not another day. I have to live through this again?” You know what? You don’t have to live through it on your own. Yeah, you have to go through that day but you don’t have to be helpless and harassed any more. Understand Who Jesus is. He is the One Who came to live and die and become that life for us to help us to overcome our shortcomings. To help us to overcome our blindness. To tell us, yes, sometimes it takes some faith, but it’s a little bit of faith mixed with a whole lot of mercy, a whole lot of compassion. Guess what? Jesus sees you. Jesus understands your heart. Jesus understands the things that you need. He understands where you’re going and where you don’t want to go. He has compassion…

Are you a disciple of Jesus today? Think about it for a minute. If you’ve asked Jesus into your life, that means that you have now become a disciple of Jesus, and now Jesus has given His disciples a directive, and I believe that directive is still the same today, because no matter how many disciples we have in this world right now, I guarantee you, there is a lot of harvest left. The harvest is plentiful even still today. We need to be asking the Lord, “Lord, there’s a harvest around me. Send workers into the field. Let’s go get those people. Let’s not let them die, rot on the vine. God, send people into the field to harvest…” We have a responsibility to pray, and to pray very specifically, “Lord, send out workers.” …Oh, by the way, guess what? You’re the workers. You’re the disciples that He wants to use in the field. So first you ask Him, “Lord, send workers,” but guess what? Be prepared, because He desires for you to be the worker in the field bringing in the harvest.

Pastor Dave Elkins