Get Off The Sidelinesby Pastor Dale Carter on 08/25/16
Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose the caliber or quality of men that He anointed with super-natural power to be His disciples and preachers and sent them into the world to carry on the ministry of Jesus? My observation is that Jesus knew that we’d be coming on the scene and He did away with every excuse that we could come up with 2000 years ago. Peter denied Christ to His back, Thomas denied Him to His face and all the others ran away in time of trouble. None of them believed Him which they proved by going to the empty tomb, including His own mother.
The reason Jesus gave these men the greatest commission a human being could receive is that Jesus saw what He could make of them. Perhaps even after all the doubt and fear in their hearts, all the faithless events and statements, Christ knew that one day every one of them would surrender their anemic abilities and courage completely to Him. When that occurred then Christ, through the power of the Holy Ghost made Super-natural anointed channels within them which would explode into a River of Living Waters and would have an eternal effect on every person touched by it.
So here we are today in the same position and, having to make primarily the same decisions as the disciples. The disciples had the verbal words of Jesus. We have an advantage over them. We have to written Word and that is what Jesus used to defeat Satan three times in the wilderness. If there ever was a wilderness today, we are in the middle of it. We have a Rainbow, a sign of a covenant between the earth, man and God that the earth would never be destroyed by a flood again and that all living things would not have to die.
When Christ came out of that tomb, He established a new covenant with the world and all men that He had spoken of even prior to His death. But it took His resurrection to consummate this covenant. (Covenant) John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Covenant) John 6:40. “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Covenant) Rom 10:13. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
There is great prosperity and benefit of this written covenant. On many occasion men hear the words that are spoken but some words or meanings quickly escape their minds even as they repeat it. This written covenant will never change, it is the same for all men of all nations, creeds and origins around the world. It will never be re-written. It is the same yesterday, today and forever. This Word “was” Jesus, “is” Jesus, and will “always” be Jesus.
What is My Part or Purpose in Gods Army?
Well, your part or purpose in God’s great Army is not to sit on the sideline and watch and hear the victorious army pass by. It’s been said that there are three kind of people. 1. “Those that watch things happen,” 2. “Those that make things happen,” and 3. “Those that wonder what happen.” Now God the Father and God the Son sent us God the Holy Ghost therefore providing us with all the tools, weapons and power we would ever need to attack, conquer and over-come all the weapons, lies, deceits and wiles of the Devil. Satan was defeated at Calvary when the Precious Blood of Jesus ran down that “Old Rigged Cross” and flowed upon the earth beneath it. When that Blood touch the earth which had been Satan kingdom, it destroyed all the power Satan had, has and ever will have. He became a defeated foe subject to the Word of God not only to Jesus but unto every Blood bought, redeemed by the Blood Child of God. Jesus took back what Satan had stolen and now he has no dominion over the children of the Most High God.
So now if you believe what is written, get up off the side line, quick watching and wondering what is happening and make things happen. By Faith step out into the ranks of God’s Army. One very important thing you will need, that is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, “as the spirit gives the utterance”. If you haven’t received the baptism yet, maybe you are trying to receive your way and not God’s way. As you pray for the infilling, what are you looking for? Don’t look for or seek anything but Jesus. Jesus is the baptizer, not an imagination in your mind. Your Baptism of the Holy Ghost is in the mind of Jesus. You won’t find it anywhere else It’s in the mind of Jesus so seek Jesus. Lift Him up, worship Him, praise Him and surrender your mind and tongue to Him. It is by the Spirit that we receive power to do the works of God. Now if you truly believe and want to be a vital part of God Army then by Faith surrender your complete “Will” to God. Receive what God has for you. How do you know what God has for you? “For it is Written.”
Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Now as you step out and join the ranks of God’s Victorious Army, you will need the same desire, belief, determination, persistence and faith of the woman with the issue of blood, (Matt. 9:20) and the ruler that while knowing that his daughter was now dead ask Jesus to come and lay His hands on her and she shall live. (Matt 9:18) (Covenant) They (You) shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. (Mark 16:18). (Acts 8:17) The disciples laid hands on the believer and they received the Holy Ghost.
So now with that in mind look at your hands as we have done many times before and say from your heart, mind and spirit, “These are the hands that will do the works of God, and Father by faith, as life my hands up to You, Lord Jesus, holding nothing from You I surrender my complete, and my total will and all that I have unto You, and by Faith I lift up my hands to You that they become anointed hands, capable of doing the works of God.
We asked the question, what is my part and purpose in God’s Victorious Army? Your part is to get off the side line and join the ranks. Your purpose is to do the works of God whenever, where ever and whatever. When will these things happen? They are happening right now as by Faith you take your position in this platoon of God’s Army. As you march to the tune of “Onward Christian Soldiers Marching as to War With the Cross of Jesus Going on Before. Marching to the same tune is very important. If we bind together, pull together and then march together we will add more and more of God’s created children to the Kingdom of God.