YOU CAN’T GO WITH GOD AND STAY WHERE YOU ARE!
I am having the privilege of leading an “Experiencing God” group.One of my favorite quotes from the study is “You can’t go with God and stay where you are.” God is always at work around us, He is never “static” It is easy to get in a rut or routine and miss the opportunity to go with God.
If we are going with God we must.
I. WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHO IS IN CHARGE VS. 18
1. All authority : Jesus is saying to us that He is in charge and not us. The text is say “all authority” what part of all do we not understand? Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. Romans 14:11-13For it is written: "As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God." So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way. If He is not Lord of all He is not Lord at all.
2. All authority in Heaven and on earth. Everywhere. Psalm 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
II. WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST GO VS. 19
1. Go to our knees. 2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2. Go to all the World. Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
On May 27, 2001, Islamic terrorists kidnapped Gracia and Martin Burnham on Palawan Island in the Philippines. The couple was from Wichita, Kansas, and was serving with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines. For 376 days, the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group held the missionary couple captive, during the rescue of the couple on June 7, 2002, Martin was killed.
Less than a week before Martin Burnham's abduction, he gave the devotional at a Wednesday evening service at Rose Hill Bible Church in his small hometown outside Wichita, Kansas.
Some of Burnham's last words in the United States were also the last words of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John, said Ralph Burnham, Martin's uncle, during yesterday morning's service at the church. "His very last words were, 'Follow thou me,'" Ralph Burnham said, his voice choking up. "Martin not only spoke of following him, but he took on that responsibility. Of course, at that time neither he nor any of us expected how far he was going to be required to go to. But he was willing to go."
We think going is an option but it is a command. This verse can be translated “As you are going”
III. WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT ARE WE TO DO WHEN WE GO. VS 19-20
1. Make Disciples. Not just converts. The term "disciples" was the most popular name for the early believers. Being a disciple meant more than being a convert or a church member. Apprentice might be an equivalent term. A disciple attached himself to a teacher, identified with him, learned from him, and lived with him. He learned, not simply by listening, but also by doing. Our Lord called twelve disciples and taught them so that they might be able to teach others
2. Baptize. A disciple, then, is one who has believed on Jesus Christ and expressed this faith by being baptized.
3. Teach. He remains in the fellowship of the believers that he might be taught the truths of the faith. He is then able to go out and win others and teach them. This was the pattern of the New Testament church (2 Tim. 2:1-2).
In many respects, we have departed from this pattern. In most churches, the congregation pays the pastor to preach, win the lost, and build up the saved—while the church members function as cheerleaders (if they are enthusiastic) or spectators. The "converts" are won, baptized, and given the right hand of fellowship, then they join the other spectators. How much faster our churches would grow, and how much stronger and happier our church members would be, if each one were discipling another believer. The only way a local church can "be fruitful and multiply" (instead of growing by "additions") is with a systematic discipleship program. This is the responsibility of every believer, and not just a small group who have been "called to go." Acts 2:41-47 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. 2 Timothy 2:1-2 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
IV. WE MUST UNDER STAND THAT WE CANNOT GO WITH GOD IN OUR OWN POWER VS. 20
1. When we go in His power and in His way we will be obedient to God. Jesus is not only "in the midst" when His people gather together Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
but He is also present with them as they scatter into the world to witness. Had He remained on earth, Jesus could not have fulfilled this promise. It was when the Spirit came that Jesus could be with His people no matter where they were. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan told about an experience in his life that involved this statement. Early in his Christian life, Morgan used to visit several ladies once a week to read the Bible to them. When he came to the end of Matthew's Gospel, Morgan read, "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of this age." He added, "Isn't that a wonderful promise?" One of the ladies quickly replied, "Young man, that is not a promise—it is a fact!"
2. He is with us for all eternity. Into the age.
C. T. Studd said. “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice is too great for me to give for Him.”
1.You cannot stay where you are and go with God at the same time.
2. Obedience is costly to you and to those around you.
3. Obedience requires total dependence on God to work through you.