Summary: God will fulfill the desires of those who fear him. God wants to be near to those who publishes his name both in prayer and good news sharing. God will preserve those who love him through obedience.
We greet you this afternoon praising God from whom all blessings are always flowing. We stand before you in the Name of Jesus Christ, the name that is above all names.
I now invite your attention for a short while this afternoon from the book of Psalm chapter 145 and verses 18-20. The hundredth and 45th division of Psalm and verses 18-20, when you have found it, let me hear you say amen. Let us stand for the reading and hearing and doing of God’s Holy word. While we are standing, repeat affirmation for the word of God after me, I believe that God is who God’s word says that He is, I believe that God will do what God’s word says that He will do. I believe that I am who God’s Word says that I am. Thy Word O Lord is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, amen. Psalm 145 and verses 18-20; I am reading from the New King James, please follow along as I read aloud. You may be seated. Thanks be unto the Lord for the reading, hearing and doing of God’s Holy Word.
I want to speak from the thought today a true commitment or a commitment that is true. A true commitment or a commitment that is true. Say that to your neighbor, a true commitment or a commitment that is true. Amen. I want to use our time this afternoon to focus on these three verses to talk about what it means to have a true commitment to God or a commitment that is true unto God. One of the things that is clear throughout the word of God is that our commitment to God drives our availability to God. Our commitment to God drives our energy that is designated toward the things of God. How many of you know that you do designate your energy to things in this life. You may not sit down and say that I will designate my energy to this or that today…but the fact is whatever you engulf and tie up your life with day to day that’s what you are designating your energy toward. Our commitment to God also drives our time that is set aside toward God. In other words whatever the level of commitment in your heart toward God will determine how much time you spend with him, how much time you are involved in God’s business, how much energy you give toward God, how available you are for the ministry and the work of the church and kingdom.
And one of the things that I have found to be a track record in the lives of us as Christian children of God is that our commitment from the deep person inside us toward God is what is going to determine if we grow in God, if we reach new levels in Christ Jesus, and if we produce fruit in the Holy Spirit. And one of the things that I have learned so clearly in pastoring is that I cannot give you commitment. I just cannot give it to you. You and I have to develop for ourselves true commitment to God. I have learned that I cannot give you commitment. I already know that I can’t draw commitment out of us. But I also know that commitment is not transferrable; It is individually developed in each person. I can tell you all about commitment. I can give you information on understanding true commitment which we will do today but commitment itself is not transferrable. You and I have to make up our minds that we understand that our work for Jesus matters more than anything in this life. The fact is, I personally am not working in the church and kingdom work of God just because somebody ask me to do something but I am working for Christ because I am called to Christ, I am committed to Christ I am redeemed by Christ. I am expecting to see Christ one day for myself. And all of us need to make sure that we have a biblical foundation for ministry and work and living for Jesus that you are not doing what you are doing just because Pastor Riggins and other leaders said so. And all of us need to make sure that we have a biblical foundation for ministry and work and living for Jesus that you are not doing this just because your older relatives reared you up in the church and you know it’s just a family tradition that we go to church and we be involved in church. Understand that you have a higher authority that you need to report to…and infact, same authority that I have to report to and my parents who reared me up in the church have to report to and that’s God, that’s Jesus and that’s the Holy Spirit. We are not out here just for culture sake saints. We are not out here just for tradition sake saints. We are not out here just for family sake saints. We are out here because we have to answer to somebody who has paid the price tag for us to be out here and to be in God’s presence and paid the price tag for us to be called the Children of God and that is Jesus Christ.