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A Hospital for Souls and A School for Learning in Righteousness
Christian Life Fellowship Church
Matt 23:37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. NIV
I. When we read this verse (Matt 23:37) we can see the mind and heart of God. To gather and protect His children against the world, flesh and Satan. To protect against the ways of life that makes us less than what we can be.
A. It is Godís nature to gather a person and a people for a greater purpose.
1. It is a battle for God to get us to gather onto Himself! Our mind set, our wrong determinations, and our misguided plans can block Godís plans for us.
2. Often we fight God and are unwilling to let go or go in another direction because of familiarity or habit.
B. Willingness is one of the most awesome powers in all of creation.
1. Willingness will cause us to walk amongst sin without being influenced by it.
- Willingness lets you accept the reality of the word of God to the point that it becomes flesh and blood in your life
3. Willingness opens our hearts to Godís heart and from that comes such a deep desire to be holy and separated unto Him.
4. Willingness lets God do what He wants and permits Him free access to our whole being and not parts of my being.
II. Carry through and completion is the visible reality of willingness. Talk alone never brings substance to faith, but heart felt walking out your faith does. 2 Cor 8:10 And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. NIV
A. God doesnít need our abilities He needs our availability, flexibility and stability. Are you available to God?
a. The amount of time we give to God is an indication of how available we are to Him.
b. What we spend our time on, with or have time for is an indication how important God is to us.
c. The Lord doesn't ask about your ability, only your availability; and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability (a∑vail. 1. To be of use or advantage to; help. 1. To be of use, value, or advantage; serve, benefit.)
2. Flexibility: Mark 14:36 (KJS) And he said, Abba, Father, all things [are] possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
a. One of the great realities of flexibility is the heart of ďneverthelessĒ.
b. Flexibility is willing to bend when it will serve the great good for God and others.
c. Your flexibility in the hands of God lets Him mold you into His instrument of worth and accomplishment.
d. If we will learn to be flexible in life so that God can use us we will learn to be more soft, understanding, and loving.
3. Stability: Jame 1:5 (KJS) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.
- Stability keeps a constant guard on the heart to insure nothing will pull you away from the greater purposes in life
- Stability comes as we have set the standards that we will live by that have been learned of God.