Summary: We must count the cost and ARISE, Get up and press toward the blessings. How many times must we get up? Distorted vision can cost greatly!
#2 THE FOCAL POINT: IT IS HIGH TIME TO GET UP --- ARISE...
Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is part two of a two part lesson. I do part one in two parts, and part two in two parts.
I went to Lowes and bought a PLUMMET, or a PLUMBLINE. I hold the plumb line and tell how important a plumb line is as one starts to build.
A GREAT WORK CAN START WITH A SMALL TOOL CALLED A PLUMMET,
OR PLUMB LINE. We need a process to establish the FOCAL POINT.
A plumb line drops or falls perpendicularly.
To make a straight line.
If you find yourself in a hole, part of the solution is to quit digging. My friend, don’t make it any deeper.
One more note: Never drink water from the stream if you are down stream from the herd. Always drink upstream from the herd.
GOD CARES FOR PEOPLE THROUGH PEOPLE!
Great people’s vision see beyond what things are ...
THEY SEE INTO THE REALM OF POSSIBILITIES.
Poor vision looks back --- GOOD VISION DREAMS WHAT MIGHT BE.
I. INTRODUCTION: ONE OF THE FIRST PARTS OF REAL MINISTRY IS TO COUNT THE COST THEN DETERMINE IF WE ARE WILLING TO PAY THE COST, THE SWEAT, THE BLACKEYES AND THE EFFORT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS WORK.
A. Sure --- a thousand mile journey starts with one step!
Yet one step will never get us there! This journey is going to require investment and great effort. Are we willing to pay what it cost?
Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
B. How does a child become a CRIMINAL?
How does D-I-V-O-R-C-E come? IT STARTS WITH SELFISHNESS, HARD HEART!
How does an alcoholic become an alcoholic? IT STARTS WITH ONE DRINK.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
C. WHERE ARE THE WATCHMEN? IS THE ALARM SOUNDING?
The alarm is not always appreciated?
A good storm alarm many save lives?
II. WHY STAY HERE? GOD’S TRAIL LEADS UPWARD!
THE TRAIL TO THE BLESSINGS IS A PROCESS, A PROGRESSIVE TRAIL.
IF WE ARISE --- GET UP --- GOD WILL HONOR YOUR EFFORT!
Ascend, climb, to get up, to begin, to come into being.
To get out of bed, get up, rise and shine.
B. GET UP --- ARISE --- STAKE CLAIM TO WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR YOU!
Genesis 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
Genesis 13:17 Hike in all directions and explore the new possessions I am giving you."
C. LOT WAS CALLED TO ARISE AND GO TO THE MOUNTAIN, INSTEAD HE
COMPROMISED AND STAYED IN THE LEVEL PLAIN OF ZOAR! HE PAYS DEARLY.
Genesis 19:15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot,
saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
Genesis 28:2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
D. YESTERDAY IS GONE! THE FAILURES OF YESTERDAY SHOULD NEVER STOP YOU
FROM GETTING UP TODAY!
Genesis 35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
III. ARISE AND ANOINT! THE ISSUE OF THE HEART IS THE HEART OF THE ISSUE!
A. We are trying to do many spiritual things through the arm of the flesh.
The church operates on a different system than does business systems.
A good business system can build a church, but sustained SPIRITUAL GROWTH
CAN COME ONLY BY GOD’S SYSTEM --- THE ANOINTING!
B. Even the anointed preacher can JUMP TO THE WRONG CONCLUSIONS.
1 Samuel 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.