Summary: People today are coming to church service after service and going home just like they came or worse because nothing happened.
WHERE CROWDS GATHER----DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
MATTHEW 11: 28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We are living in a day that is different from any other day in the history of time. The churches are coming together Sunday after Sunday and Wednesday after Wednesday or whatever days and doing the same old things over and over.
Now we almost all work and the big majority of the people that come into God’s house are heavy laden. And I believe that it goes without saying that we need rest. I’m not talking just about physically, even though most do, but I am talking also about spiritually.
In this last day we are in, the devil is wearing us out. He is smart enough to know that if he can wear us down physically it will affect us spiritually.
The devil is not as dump as some suppose him to be. Just stop and look around at the condition of the people around you today. I’m talking about out there in the world you live in. Satan is attacking in every area that you can think of. If you think I am just talking, then think for a moment about anybody you can think of. It may be a friend or a family member. See if you don’t discover in your mind that things in their life are hecktic in the hour we are living in.
Most of the people you think about are labouring, heavy laden and they need rest.
The words right out of the mouth of Jesus was come unto me. If you are in that catagory, come to me and I will what? He said I will give you rest. Do you think He was just kidding around? Do you think He was just joking? Why did He say those words if He didn’t intend to do what He said?
You say, "I’m coming to church. That’s what he said and I am doing it. I’m here on Sunday and I’m here on Wednesday, but I am tired, I neen rest. What is wrong? Why is it not coming to me when I need it so badly?"
Before this morning is over I am going to tell you why I think so many people that are so faithful, come time after time, so tired in body and spirit, and return home the same way they come.
Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you." In other words receive my open, free, and loyal relationship. Let me come upon you in Spirit and you will find rest in your soul.
He is saying to us this morning that there is nothing He can’t do for us if we will just learn how to allow Him to. I know----some have been in this thing so long they know all there is to know about the way God opperates. They don’t need some out of town little fat preacher like me to come waltzing in and try to tell them what to do.
But that is not the case. If we’re coming and going time after time, not receiving the rest we came for, and we can learn how to get it, then I think we ought to try and listen.
It’s more than learning how to be debt free, it’s more than learning how to receive thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold, it’s more than new clothes, it’s more than new automobiles, it’s more than new houses, it’s more than all that and much more. Church, it’s about being set free, it’s about being delivered, it’s about being healed, it’s about being free from the bondage of this wicked world and being delivered into the arms of a Saviour who loves us enough to come and die for us and then live again and go to prepare a place for us in glory so that we can forevermore
be with Him and our Heavenly Father.------That’s what it’s all about. (Glory to God)
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few weeks trying to figure what is wrong. I am sure that God has shared with me some information that would propably shock most of the church world and I am also sure that most wouldn’t want to agree with me or accept it.
As best as I can this morning I want to try and tell you what God has spoken to me concerning the issue of receiving from Him whatever it might be that we need.
We all know the formula don’t we?--------FAITH! And not just faith alone, but putting it to use.