Matthew 27:57-28:20

Matthew 27:57-28:20

And the question is, do you believe He has the authority to use you in the way that He has desired? Does He have the ability? Does He have the strength? Are His promises that He made strong enough to be fulfilled in your life? Or are you the one person that's going to overpower God and prove that His promises can't be fulfilled? Not going to happen.If you are living to try to know the Lord, if you are living to serve the Lord…do not be afraid. You know, you don’t have to be afraid of the things of God. You do not have to be afraid of the things that God may call you to do. You don’t have to be afraid of the things that God may have you experience in life. If you are truly serving God, and you are walking forward to know and honor God, you do not need to be afraid…

You know, the greatest discouragement to ministry is doubt. A ministry will never grow, men of God will never become strong, when you allow doubt to dwell in your heart. God’s Word is true. He’s made His promises in His Word. Do you believe those promises? You don’t need to be afraid. You don’t need to be discouraged because Jesus will fulfill His Word. He will fulfill His promises. Even still today, He is fulfilling His Word, and He is fulfilling His promises…

You know, there’s a lot of parts of ministry that are really enjoyable, and everybody wants to be a part of it. But you know what? There’s a lot more parts of ministry that are hard. They’re a struggle, and sometimes you have to face death: the death of your flesh, the death of fear. Sometimes you have to face circumstances that are very, very excruciating. Those are the parts of ministry that none of us want to be a part of…

I know there’s a lot of people in this room, even right now, that struggle with doubt. Well, [the disciple’s] doubt did not stop Jesus from raising from the dead, did it? Their doubt did not stop the promise that Jesus had made to them. Jesus is going to do a work. Jesus desires to do a work. Jesus desires to use you and I to do this work, and you may have doubts. You may struggle with whether or not you even believe, but you know what? It’s not going to stop Jesus from doing what He plans on doing in this world. It is not going to stop Jesus from moving forward and accomplishing His Father’s will and desire on this world. Now, your doubt can hinder you from being part of that, or you can set aside your doubt, and you can set aside your fear, and you can take the advice that the angel gives these women [who went to Jesus’s tomb]… You don’t have to be afraid…

You know, without challenge, we die. Without challenge, we never grow. We never understand the fulness of God’s love. It takes challenge for us to be able to truly represent what Jesus was on this earth, and so He lets us know, regardless of how hard it’s going to be, all authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth. There is no authority that you’re going to come up against that Jesus is not in control of. So, whether you face them in good circumstances and terms or bad circumstances, Jesus is still in control, and the call is still the same. You don’t have the right to say, “But there’s nothing we can do with these people.” It has nothing to do with the people that Jesus is choosing to use in authority. It has everything to do with your heart attitude, and do you believe that Jesus can accomplish what it is that He said He was going to do. He accomplished raising from the dead.

And He told them, “Therefore go and make disciples.” When was the last time you made a disciple? When was the last time you spent time with someone else who did not know the Lord and brought them to the place of giving their life. That is the call, that is the responsibility, and even though it’s scary, we have the authority to do it…

A couple studies that, if you are interested to do in the new year, if you want to see some incredible change in your life, first go through and study all of the verses that have to do with love in the Bible, and see what God has to say about love: man’s love and His love. You’ll become a loving person. And then, go through and only read and study the things that Jesus said to His disciples for them to do. You’ll be amazed in how your life will change…

This is my challenge for you for this new year. If you’ve never studied the love of God through His Word, and if you’ve never studied what Jesus commanded, if you’ve never studied just what Jesus said, I would challenge you to do that, and then I will challenge you to not put it into use. If you take the time to do it, I guarantee you the Holy Spirit is going to take over, and you will find yourself talking to somebody about it and somebody else and somebody else, because it becomes contagious. It’s infective. God’s Word, once it begins to work into your heart and through your life, you can’t stop. And then, you’ll have that experience of having someone bow their head with you and pray to ask Jesus into their life — there is nothing like it…

And the question is, do you believe He has the authority to use you in the way that He has desired? Does He have the ability? Does He have the strength? Are His promises that He made strong enough to be fulfilled in your life? Or are you the one person that’s going to overpower God and prove that His promises can’t be fulfilled? Not going to happen.

Pastor Dave Elkins