Summary: This is part two of a series WHO TOUCHED ME? Let us study how important touch is to the church. Set good safe guards, but touch others for the cross.
WHO TOUCHED ME? Part #2
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I. REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE LORD.
WE SERVE A GOD THAT CAN BE TOUCHED AND HE LOVES TO TOUCH HIS PEOPLE.
A. Jesus met many curious people. Some followed Jesus for the free fish and loaves. Others followed to see miracles.
The crowds would at times be smothering, but often the crowds were near the Son of God, but they did not touch Him.
B. Just because the crowd was there, did not mean much. Many were happy to be observers and not reach out to touch.
C. Others will be happy to discuss God and religion they just don’t want to make an effort to reach beyond here.
D. WE TEND TO GROW SO FAMILIAR WITH FREQUENT SITUATIONS THAT WE MISS THE HOLINESS OF AN ALMIGHTY GOD?
E. We can walk in dangerous areas when we accept the everyday occurrence of the Holy Spirit as routine and we accept the Divine presence with superficial
F. We can see God as the big brother in the sky, and miss how precious His Holy Presence is to the church.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
G. We serve a God that can be touched.
God loves to walk and talk with His people.
H. God walked and talked with Adam and Eve, and they just took His presence common and unappreciated.
I.God walked with Enoch.
J. Abraham was counted a friend of God.
II. ONE OF YOU? DO YOU KNOW? DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
A. I am told and preacher was dying.
He had pastored the church for over 40 years.
He was well respected and loved in the community as a man of God.
As the old preacher was dying, someone leaned over his frail body and heard him say:
THE MESSIAH IS ONE OF YOU!
B. This puzzled every one in the room, and the news traveled among the people, THE MESSIAH IS AMONG US? HE IS ONE OF US?
C. At the Preacher’s funeral there were many whispered messages among the people, who could the Messiah be?
We never recognized he is here, could He be brother so- in- so?
Someone seemed to think it was Old Sister Jones?
D. The people started treating each other with greater and greater respect and love, who knows they might be the Master in disguised?
E. Revival came into the camp because the people were touching each other with great love, hope returned in the church, the Messiah is with us.
F. Do we recognize: THE MESSIAH IS ONE OF YOU?
Do we treat each other like one might be an angel?
There are angels among us!
III. WHEN GOD TOUCHES A PERSON, ONE DIVINE TOUCH CAN CHANGE THE THE PERSON, AND OUR FUTURES CAN BE REWRITTEN.
A. JACOB MEANS SUBPLANTER --- CHEATER, DECEIVER, to undermine authority, a lack of proper respect.
Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Chosen by God --- TO BE WITH GOD ON THE SAME PAGE ---
Prince with God, --- A person chosen by God to have Divine favor, --- One that is allotted wisdom and power by the hand of God.
C. What if Jacob had not been touched by God’s plan?
D. Israel, prince with God, will walk different the rest of his days.
E. THE TOUCH COST A NIGHT’S SLEEP, A WRESTLING MATCH,
A LAYING HOLD ON A DIVINE TOUCH.
IV. IT DOES NOT GET ANY EASIER!
A. I am told a long distance runner had entered into one of the hardest races of their area. The runner was in agony and pain as his muscles screamed for
B. The runner rounded a corner, and there was a sign that said: IT DOES NOT GET ANY EASIER.
The runner was pondering the cost of the race, no easier?
C. The runner rounded another corner to read another sign: YOU JUST GET STRONGER.
D. My friend, the race does not get any easier, but you are climbing, and you are getting stronger.