Scripture Reference: (Isaiah 45:22, KJV)
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
We’ve completed the first seven messages in this series, and I don’t know about anyone else…but I am glad we are. I think we’ve gotten some really good stuff from this series so far, and I believe it’s only going to get better. I don’t have a whole lot to talk about here so I think that’s a good sign that we need to just get into this next message…and as always trust that the Holy Ghost will help us to hear, see, and receive what He’s about to speak to us through this message.
Today’s Message: “Am I Looking to God?”
There’s a lot of ways to look today isn’t there? If you need to find something these days…all you have to do is “Google it”…and you’ll have hundreds of references to what you’re looking for. You can even Google God…and there’s tons of things that you’ll be given in reference…but how many of you know you cannot find God by searching Google. The ONLY place to find God is a lot closer than you think, but many of us don’t really believe that. I think if we truly believed that God was living on the inside of us two things would happen.
- We would all live differently.
- We would not accept defeat.
After all, the Bible says “Greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world.” So, if we truly had a revelation of Who was living on the inside of us…I would like to hope and belive that we would all live and treat one another better, and we wouldn’t walk around thinking the devil is attacking us all the time. Here’s the truth about the devil. He only has the power over our lives that we allow him to have. Satan has been defeated and stripped of his power, but we run around here like he has all the authority and Jesus has none. Let me help you. Jesus said upon His resurrection that all authority had returned to Him. He took the authority back from satan, and then He turned around to give the authority back to us by giving us the power of His name.
If you’re having devil troubles…tell him to get behind you in the name of Jesus…and he has no choice but to leave. Here’s the key though. If you’re going to empty your life from satan’s power…you have to then ask the Holy Ghost to fill the empty places with His power…otherwise you’re inviting satan to come back and bring a few more of his friends.
NOW is the appointed time for the church to rise up and take hold of it’s authority in the earth…we have the power to bind or loss things in the earth because of the name of Jesus. We also have the power to take a stand against the devil, and there’s nothing he can do against a Christian who truly believes that the devil is no match for the God that lives within them. Never more has the Bible been under assault more than it is today, and when we stand idly by allowing things to continue for the sake of not stirring the pot…we are basically saying that we don’t believe that the God we served has ALREADY won the battle. We certainly are saying that we don’t believe He will back us or protect us or defeat those who rise up against us…the truth is we have the most powerful force on the planet at our disposal and the majority of us just sit back and let the devil and all of his people just have their way. That should not be folks…and that’s all I have to say about that. When the Grammy’s turn into a place to promote homosexuality…and the church is ridiculed for not wanting to support that…it’s a sign that the judgment of God is getting ready to fall…and I would like to suggest that the church get their heads out of the sand and start being what God called us to be.
WE are the salt and light of the earth. WE are the ones who preserve the earth. WE are the ones who have been given the authority to use the greatest power in the world. THE NAME OF JESUS. Yet, we just cower in the corner some where quietly praying that we’ll be spared the wickedness that’s happening. How about taking a stand in Jesus name against it? How about taking a stand for the Word of God, and saying this is not going to happen any longer. How about putting on the FULL Armor of God, and taking that authority that has been given back to the church…and USE IT.
Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, “Look to Me, and be saved . . . .” The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ. “Look to Me . . ..”
Here’s that word “expect” again, and this time it’s used the way I think of when it comes to God. When a woman finds out she’s pregnant she doesn’t just hope there’s a baby at the end of the nine months…she’s expecting a baby. Along the way, there are doctors appointments and ultrasounds to be done which confirm the presence of a baby in that mother’s womb, eventually they can tell you the gender of the baby, and as the pregnancy goes on the level of expectation grows. That’s how we need to be with God. When God calls us to do something that’s like the moment that a woman finds out she’s pregnant. I remember when my wife told me she was pregnant I had the same feelings when God spoke to my heart that He wanted to use me.
I remember feeling overwhelmed thinking about how I could be worthy of such a responsibility. I remember worrying about how good of a parent I would be considering I’d failed with my previous daughter. I remember being excited about being a father. There’s more feelings than just that, but along with all those feelings was a certain level of expectation that there was going to be a baby. When God finally told me that He was calling me to be a pastor there came with it a level of expectation that if I was qualified by God to be a pastor that He was going to be the One to bring the ministry He called me to into light.
Well, my daughter is closing in on being 6 months old, and I’m coming up on 2 years of doing this ministry. Just like I was expecting a baby to arrive around the first week or so of August…I expected that with God giving me the title of Pastor…He was going to bring me people to shepherd. I have to share this because I was checking my site stats, and I’m extremely excited to announce that we have now reached nearly 1200 people in 150 nations. That’s what happens when you go from hoping God will do something…to expecting God will do something…expectation goes along with your level of trust.
The more I’ve learned to trust God the more I know that when He speaks something to my heart to expect that He’s not only going to do what He said, but it’s going to be exceedingly abundantly more than I expected. You’re all probably sick of hearing me say this, but when this ministry began I wasn’t expecting to reach more than many a hundred people. God’s exceeded my expectations…abundantly.
The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere.
The greatest thing in my life I’ve learned is that when I am able to look to God regardless of the circumstances that’s when I am most at peace. Whether things are awesome or horrible when I trust and keep my eyes upon the Lord instead of my circumstances…that’s what God wants. He wants me to trust Him no matter what. He wants me to worship Him no matter what. When I do that the blessings and peace flow. When I don’t do that is when circumstances and situations get worse.
Listen. Relying upon yourself instead of God is never going to make a bad situation good nor will it make a good situation better. Until you reach that place of total surrender and trust and the ability to worship regardless of the situations…then He will direct your paths and make them profitable.
So many of you are wondering why you’re struggling so much…well…are you looking to God or are you looking to yourself? The answer to that question should help you to understand why you’re continuing to struggle instead of overcome.
Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christian should be, and looking at this image in other Christians’ lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation—it is not simple enough. He says, in effect, “Look to Me and you are saved,” not “You will be saved someday.” We will find what we are looking for if we will concentrate on Him. We get distracted from God and irritable with Him while He continues to say to us, “Look to Me, and be saved . . . .” Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God.
Everyone has a picture of how you should live your life if you’re a Christian don’t they? I’ve had people who profess to be Christians cast me aside because I didn’t look or act “churchy” enough for them because I do certain things that they disapprove of. Excuse me, but God has made it clear what He expects of me and what He doesn’t want me to do. When He tells me that He doesn’t want me to do something…then I will stop…and only then.
I have certain things that God allows me leeway to do because they allow me to relate to people in a way and in places the church is afraid to go. Listen, just because you’re afraid to get cooties from being out in the world…that doesn’t mean I am. I have learned to understand why being in the world, and not of the world is different.
I some times refer to myself as a sheep in wolves clothing. The devil has many wolves in sheep’s clothing. A lot of them stand up to preach on Sunday’s. Just because someone is preaching from a pulpit doesn’t necessarily mean God has called them to be there. If you’re standing in a self-appointed position…you’re not doing the will of God…you’re doing the will of yourself.
Oh, friend, I’m not going to go down that road. The Holy Ghost will allow me to some times, but I don’t want to in this series. I know there are preachers who should be evangelists and apostles that should be teachers and prophets that should just simply not say anything at all.
Look, the Holy Ghost is the One who places people in the positions in the church in a way that pleases HIM. That’s all I’m going to say on this subject…that’s as far as the Lord is allowing me to go. This isn’t the place or time or message to really meddle. So, I’m not going to.
Instead, we’re going to leave this point and close this message here by giving Mr. Chambers the last word.
Wake yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter how many things seem to be pressing in on you, be determined to push them aside and look to Him. “Look to Me . . . .” Salvation is yours the moment you look.
Lord, unto You do I look up. How I know that “in me dwelleth no good thing”; and how marvelous is Your grace that I now find in my heart no motive save for Your glory.
No matter how many things seem to be pressing on you, be determined to push them aside and look to Him.
No matter what is happening, no matter the circumstances, or the situations…we have to learn to fix our eyes upon Jesus. There isn’t anything that can come against us…if we will trust Him. He can’t help us if we don’t let Him, and that’s the greatest challenge for me in my life.
Learning how to stay out of God’s way is difficult, but when we do that’s what leads us into the most peace and blessings. Proverbs 3”5-6 and Matthew 6:33 tell us that if we’ll seek God first…then He will see to it that the results are better than what we could get on our own.
We have to learn that the only way to walk in victory is to abide in Him…and we do that by maintaining a healthy relationship with His Word, taking time to pray, and most importantly taking time to sit at His feet.
The power to overcome isn’t us…it’s in us…and that power only comes when we surrender to Him. Greater is He that’s in us than he that’s in the world.
Salvation is yours the moment you look.
God bless you and thank you for being a part of the Christlike Ministries NWA family. I truly love and am thankful for all of you.
Bryan J. Kizer
Pastor/Founder Christlike Ministries NWA