Summary: God has called us to take His message to the world, will we do it or not? It is your decision. As It says in Joshua 1:6&7,9 and 18 “Be strong and courageous!” Let us Seize the day
Seize the Day
Last week we talked about seizing the day and one way to do that and this week we will continue with that thought.
When was the last time you woke up and said “It’s time to get up out of bed, God wants to change the world through my life”?
God does want to change our life and the world around us every day. We talked about God calling us.
God has called us to do something.
19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Psalm 118:24 NIV
24 This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
God wants us to live our lives to the fullest.
John 10:10 NIV
10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 (KJV)
10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Did you see what it said in the KJV? More ABUNDANTLY? Do you know what that means?
1. plentiful: present in great quantities
2. well-supplied: providing a more than plentiful supply of something
God wants us to have a life better than we ever dreamed of and He wants us to have the desires of our hearts.
Psalm 37:4 NIV
4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
The question is what does our hearts desire?
Is it what God wants for us?
God wants us to seize the day because within each day there are opportunities God has given just waiting to be opened.
You may ask how we do that.
1. Use the Jonathan factor
What is the Jonathan factor? Let’s see for ourselves.
3Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, “Let the Hebrews hear!” 4So all Israel heard the news: “Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become a stench to the Philistines.” And the people were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.
5The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash, east of Beth Aven. 6When the men of Israel saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns. 7Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.
Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. 8He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter.
1 Samuel 14:6-8 (The Message)
6Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”
7His armor bearer said, “Go ahead. Do what you think best. I’m with you all the way.”
8Jonathan said, “Here’s what we’ll do. We’ll cross over the pass and let the men see we’re there
He did not know if God was going to rescue them, save them, or if he was going to die. All he knew is God called him to do something and he was going to do it, no matter what the end result was.
The second thing we need to do is use
2. Use the Paul Factor.
What is the Paul factor? Paul started to do what God asked and even when doors were closed he kept going.
Acts 16:6-10 NIV
6Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.