Scripture Reference: Matthew 2:1-12
Greetings Christlike Ministries NWA Family.
This is already the third message in our Christmas series. We’re actually going to wrap this one up tomorrow. That way we can spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with our families. I wanted to be sure that any series I started wouldn’t interrupt our family time.
So, today’s message is about the three wise men. I’m not sure what to title this one yet. When ever anyone talks about them the usual title is “Wise Men Still Seek Him”…and unless God gives me something else…we may go with that title too…but for now…I think I’ll get started writing…and see if the Lord gives me a different one.
So. Let’s get into today’s message…and see what the Lord has to say to us.
Today’s Message: “Trust And Obey It’s The Only Way”
Another part of the Christmas story that’s not really talked about unless we’re approaching Christmas are the three wise men. We know they were the first to bring Jesus gifts. This is where we get the “We Three Kings” carol.
For a moment, I feel like we need to focus our attention on verse 11:
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
This verse can preach, can’t it? When they came into the house and saw Jesus they (1) fell down and worshipped Him, and (2) they opened their treasures and gave Him gifts. This can preach for an offering message in that they gave out of their treasures, and it can also preach a worship message. Either way…this verse can preach.
What I’m looking at is that their treasures were given out of a heart of worship to Him. That’s the offering message in a nutshell. We treasure what we are willing to put our finances into. I’m not going to make this a tithe’s and offering message…I just saw that and knew that it was necessary to write about it.
While the Wise men may not have been present at the birth of Christ in Bethlehem as portrayed by modern-day manger scenes, it is does not dilute their contribution to the Christmas story. They saw the same star the shepherds did. Instead of debating what they saw or wasting time deciding how to act, their obedience was immediate.
I mentioned a few times that the only regret I have about the eleven years it took God to get me to where I am today is that it took eleven years. I wish that I’d have had the sense to obey God immediately, but the truth is…I wasn’t quite ready to do what He’d called me to do and while I find it bothersome…He knew all along that it was going to take years for me to develop into the person that’s able to write these messages today.
The thing is, friends. We need to learn to trust God, and when He gives us something to do we need to learn to do like the wise men and obey Him immediately. Imagine how the story would’ve been told had the wise men been like us, and waited until we got five other confirmations of what they saw.
Think about it. Many of us when God speaks something to us we think we need to pray on it and wait for more instruction from the Lord. When God spoke to Abraham to go…he didn’t pray about it and consult his wife and Bible study group and ask his pastor for advice…he did what the Lord spoke to him to do. He packed up and left…and as he was on his way…then the Lord gave him more instruction.
Another thing we like to do when God speaks something to us is ask our pastors, maybe other people, and we discuss it over and over asking people to pray about it and believe with us that God will give us further instructions. When I started doing this I looked at other blogs and pages, and I knew that my writing didn’t look anything like a professional. The thing of it is when God spoke to my heart to start doing this…I just started writing. This is what’s meant by obedience being immediate. Over time, my ability to write, the format, and everything has grown and gotten better. What’s come from just starting to do what God was calling me to do has turned into a ministry that reaches far beyond what I imagined.
So…if God is speaking to your heart to do something…may I encourage you to just start doing it? He’ll help you along the way, and I know that because He’s done that for me. Don’t believe me…go back and read my beginning messages…and look at them today. God not only helped me to develop as a writer, but He helped me to pick out everything…even the theme and design of my blog page.
Just get started…God will fill in the blanks…all He wants is for us to trust and obey Him when He gives us something to do.
Their response was to worship Christ. They did not let things like the length of the journey or the struggles they may endure on their journey distract them from their sole focus of worshipping Christ. Furthermore, their dedication to worshipping Christ with every fiber of their being created a desire within them to bring their best in the form of beautiful and valuable gifts. They would not settle for giving Jesus anything less.
Friends. This journey I’ve been on hasn’t always been an enjoyable one. From 2001 until now there have been many struggles along the way. However, what that didn’t stop me from was worshipping and trusting God. I admit that many times along the way I questioned myself, and I questioned at times whether God was ever going to get me where He wanted me…and the answer to that question is…He’s still working to get me where He wants me, but I’m getting there. Day by day…I am getting to be the person God has always desired for me to be, and the truth is I won’t “graduate” until He brings me home. This is a lifetime journey, friends.
Today, I think of each message as not only a message, but a gift that I’m giving back to God. He blessed me with this ability, and my desire is to use this ability to write to glorify Him. That’s why I am dedicated to making sure that when I write…I write from the anointing…and not out of obligation or because I feel like I have to. I want it all to be from a heart of worship and desire to serve and bring glory to God.
It’s wonderful when people like what I write. It’s awesome that so many people from the corners of the earth have followed or become a fan of what I’m doing. That encourages me. However, the reason I do this isn’t because I want to be popular…but because I want God to be glorified. He gave me the ability to write. He called me to this ministry. He saved my life and set my feet on a path called straight…and therefore the real reason I do this is because I want to offer each and every message I write back to Him.
I hope above all the people who are fans and followers of my ministry that above all…my hope is that God is a fan and that He’s blessed by desire to serve Him. My hope is that He’s blessed by each and every message I write…because without Him…there is nothing to write…and so my hope is that He accepts each message as not just my obeying Him…but an act of worship.
Throughout my journey. I’ve always maintained that God’s goodness and faithfulness have been great towards me. He has walked with me every step of the way, and some times…many times He has had to carry me through. I’ve been through a lot, but none of what I’ve been through has kept me from praising, honoring, and worshipping God. If anything…the journey has given me all the more reason to worship Him because what you read today is a direct result of the journey. I affectionately call it Holy Ghost University and In His Image Graduate School.
Oh Lord, I thank You for all You’ve done in, with, and through my life. My desire above all is that You are glorified, and accept each message as an act of both obedience and worship. May You be glorified in all that I do through this ministry. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
When you worship God are you giving Him your very best? Are you just going through the motions? Or does every fiber of your being crave the presence of God to the point that you cannot help yourself in crying out and worshipping the Creator of the universe. Listen to the words of the Wiseman today as he shares how Jesus changed the very rhythm of his life leading him to respond in worship.
I haven’t wanted to just go through the motions for a long, long time, and it’s because I’ve gotten to know God. I love serving Him. I love being His child. I am so thankful that He saved me, and is using my life to reach and impact people around the world.
I can’t help, but wonder how it is in church that people can just sit or stand with their arms folded. It’s amazing to me how many people will stand and cheer at a football game or concert, but when it comes to worshipping the King of kings they can barely muster up the ability to say “Amen”.
I guess if that’s all you want to bring to God in worship that you’re going to have to deal with that on your own. Me. I want to be like the wise men, and give my all in worship. I want to give and do my best with each message I write. I want to give and do my best when I’m standing in praise and worship of my King.
Every fiber of my being does enjoy being in the presence of God because that’s where transformation takes place. I have even come to a place where most of the time I have praise and worship music playing in my home. I’d rather hear music that praises and glorifies God then to watch television. I’ve even gotten to the place when I’m home by myself that there’s either worship music on or there’s silence.
I’m not saying that I never listen to rock music or watch television because I do. What I am saying, however, is that there’s always a desire in my heart to worship God. I’m working to become more and more sensitive to the Holy Ghost so that I can be obedient when God says to come and get alone with Him.
During worship there’s nothing better than when the presence of God falls. Some times it’s His peace. Some times it’s so heavy that I burst into tears. Some times it’s just peaceful, and I bask in the glory of His presence.
Friends…there’s nothing like being in God’s presence. I mean that’s why I go to church. Sure, I like seeing friends, our pastors, and all. I love getting good, solid Bible based instruction and teaching. I love all of that, and it’s a part of what I go to church for.
However, the main reason I attend church today is because I want to encounter Jesus. I want to be in the presence of God, and these days I can’t just leave it to church. I want it in my home, in my car, and even in the bathroom when I’m taking a shower. There’s no where I’d rather be than in the presence of my King.
That’s the story of the wise men…they found Jesus and when they did they were so overcome by being in His presence that they fell on their faces, worshipped Him, and then opened up their hearts (because that’s where our treasures are) and worshipped Him even more by giving Him gifts.
That’s my goal with these messages. That’s why I don’t want to write on my own accord. I have nothing to say without the anointing of the Holy Ghost, and when I write these messages I can almost imagine what it was like as Peter, Paul, James, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were writing their parts to the Bible…I can almost imagine what it was like to have the presence of God fall upon them so thick that they were able to write word for word what God was speaking to them…and the result was the living Word of God.
I don’t have the pride to believe that these messages will have the same impact. I don’t expect these messages to stand the test of time for 2,000 years plus…but I do believe that nations are being impacted by what God leads and helps me to write. I know that there are preachers in other nations that take these messages and use them to help them teach their people…people who don’t have a Bible or know what the internet is.
Anyways. I guess I just wrote all of this to get back to hoping that this message will encourage and inspire you to just get started doing what you feel God is putting upon your heart to do. Don’t worry about the details…just get started.
There’s an old church hymn “Trust and Obey” that I thought of as I was writing this message…and I think the best way to close is to post the chorus to the song…
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
These last few years have been nothing short of amazing. This all really started in November of 2010. It hasn’t always been all rosy and wonderful, but walking with the Lord in the light of His Word has produced such wondrous fruit in my life.
This ministry…I don’t really think of it as a ministry, but a way to worship God for all He’s done in, with, and through my life. This really is more of an act of worship that has become a ministry. I love writing these messages, and I love knowing that it’s impacting lives…but above all as I mentioned earlier my main desire is that God is glorified and blessed by what I’m doing.
Each message is a way for me to share what God’s done in my life, and use them as testimonies to give God the praise and glory and honor He deserves. I really want this to be all about and all for Him…and that I’ll become more like the wise men…and worship Him with every fiber of my being.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Blessings & Grace to you.
Bryan J. Kizer
Pastor/Founder Christlike Ministries NWA