What a friend I have in Jesus Part II
Synopsis of Bible Study 06/17/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Remember our term Christocentric. This was the term we learned in Part I and it told us that it was having as the theological focal point, the teachings and practices of Jesus Christ. As we grow, our relationship will be tested by a variety of things. You will find out how genuine your relationship with Christ really is.
The hope we have is found in Christ. No matter what we go through, we hold on to our hope. No matter what we go through, it is important for our witness to be strong. When we proclaim that we have a relationship with God, it is important that it shows up when we go through our trials.
1. When you got saved, you received the Holy Spirit. It is important to understand where the companionship in this relationship comes from. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph 1:12-14 (KJV)-After you heard the word of God and accepted Jesus, you were completed by receiving the Holy Spirit. We are sealed by the Holy Ghost and we recognize that Christ will come back for us and afterwards, we will be in glory with him. We have the Holy Spirit that sustains us while we are yet still here. We allow the Holy Spirit to sustain us despite what we go through, because we know we have something better waiting in glory. We have to see the Ministry of Holy Spirit working alongside Jesus’ work.
2. When Jesus left, he left us with some companionship. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. John 14:16-18 (NLT)-Remember that in this scripture, Jesus is about to make his early departure. He said he would not leave us alone, but instead he would leave us with companionship. In verse 17, we find that this companion would be that of the Holy Spirit. The world doesn’t understand the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides in our life. Looking at verse 18, we have to see the totality of the God head in our relationship. The Holy Spirit brings us into all truth, by guiding and leading us.
3. If Jesus is sitting at the right hand of father, what did he leave to instruct us? It was the Holy Spirit left inside us. We are codependent of others, because we don’t understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
4. You don’t belong to yourself. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor 6:19-20 (KJV) God paid the price that you might have the precious gift of the Holy Spirit inside you. If God thought enough of you to put that precious gift inside you, it must be an insult to refuse to listen to the Holy Spirit of God.
5. Who would Jesus give the power to? 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt 28:18-20 (KJV)-Jesus said all power was given to him in heaven and earth. Who would Jesus, give the power to? It is us. This suggests that God is not going to send you out powerless. It is then impossible to have the gift of the Holy Spirit and not go when God says to go. God saved us to empower us so that we may empower someone else. The same power that saved you is able to save someone else. They can only know this power if share the power you have received.
If you go, God will not send you by yourself. God empowers you to go and do his will. God said he is only going to be with people that are busy doing their kingdom assignment. You cannot be doing God’s assignment and be out there by yourself. What a friend we have in Jesus. Whatever the assignment is, it still falls within the call of the Great Commission mentioned in Matt 28:18. For example, even if you are called to be a dentist, this could be your kingdom assignment, because it teaches others to observe what you have been taught. Someone will look at the Christ in you and wonder how you are able to keep your peace when things are in disarray. This gives you the opportunity to save them. All calls to kingdom assignments are not necessarily found in the church. This is what makes us different from others. God saved us to give us a teaching opportunity. Some people are teaching people about God without even opening their mouths. You should be a living example of what it is like to live for God. You ought to make people wonder how you are able to still give God the glory and still keep your peace during trying times.
As long as we are fulfilling our kingdom assignment, we are never alone. We can call some folk from the bible days and they will testify of the opportunities that God gives to us. For Hebrew boys, they would testify that they were not left alone. David found out that when he was in the valley of the shadow of death, he would fear no evil, because he knew he wasn’t alone.
1. Some people minimize the power of the word they received. In the last election, people were cynical of the word “Hope” and its concept. They wondered how a person could push the concept of hope as a theme. Well they pushed it all the way to the White House. Hope stretches past our right now, until it gets to our not yet. We are not defined by where we are. We are defined by who we know. Hope gives us things to talk about, something to look forward to, and something to hold on to.
2. People talk about their plans. They talk about plans for college and they talk about their planned vacation. Older folk hope for their retirement. Hope gives us:
a. Hope once embodied gives us something to work toward. Example: Our vacation is an example of exercising our hope. We put up with stuff that we normally wouldn’t, because we have the goal in mind. Without hope, you have no goal.
b. Hope motivates work. Where is God? He is here with us, as long as we are fulfilling our kingdom assignment. Our kingdom assignment is not always easy. Our kingdom assignment is where we experience most of our demonic interrogation. This is because our assignments are a threat to Satan’s kingdom, but remember that Jesus grabbed authority over two dimensions when he was raised from the dead. Jesus said all power in heaven and earth was in his hands which means his power will win in the earth realm.
3. Paul says he is struggling between being here on earth or with Christ in heaven. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Phil 1:22-23 (KJV). We all hope for the opportunity to go to heaven. Out of those reading this, who would be concerned about making heaven if Jesus came back today? This is a valid concern. If you hope for something, you don’t mind working for it. In like manner, if you hope to go to heaven, hopefully you are working out your salvation.
4. When God tells you something, no matter what happens, your relationship should be so strong, you are not swayed by it. When you have been told a thing by Christ, then you must stop tripping over the stuff in between. If he told you something, then you must hope for it. Don’t let all the discouragement in between, make you stop working.
5. There is still a thin line between hearing from God and schizophrenia. In other words there is a difference between a farfetched claim of what God called you to do and what God told you to do.
13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. 14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. 15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. 16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: Acts 27:13-16 (KJV)-Here the Apostle Paul is a prisoner on a ship. He has been taken captive with other prisoners and is being ferried somewhere while the south wind blew softly Where Paul and the other captives are at this point is not their kingdom assignment. Paul encounters several problems on the way to his assignment. The ship represents that which is supposed to ferry them back to the assignment. It was destroyed which represents a major setback from reaching our assignment.
17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven. 18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; Acts 27:17-18 (KJV)-The people that were carrying Paul, had to take baggage off of the ship in order to make it though the storm. Just like this, you have to lighten your load on your ship when you are trying to make your way to your assignment. The baggage and the cargo were keeping Paul and the captives from getting to their destination.
19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. 20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. Acts 27:19-20 (KJV)-They had lost all hope. They were going through hell and the storm was so bad, they couldn’t even see. All hope was taken away. God saves us to present us with a teaching moment.
21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. Acts 27:21-22 (KJV)-Paul told the captors they should have taken heed to his warning. He had a word for them and they wouldn’t listen, but now they were in a position where they were forced to listen. Paul assured them that no life would be lost, but cautioned them that they would lose the ship. The thing that was holding them is not going to make it to their destination. Likewise, the thing that is holding us from our destiny is not going to make to the end. Your destiny though, has to be bigger than the ship or what you are using to get to your assignment. If you allow your destiny to be hindered to denomination, tradition, and other things, you are limiting what God can do in your life. Remember to trust God. If the ship goes down, your destiny will not.
23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Acts 27:23-25 (KJV)-Paul stated he was promised that God would be with him in his assignment. God sent an angel to remind him of the promise. No matter what would happen, Paul was promised that he would make it to his assignment. He was told that when he made it, the people with him would make it to. Remember when Paul and Silas made it, so did the others. The chains came off of all the prisoners at the same time. The safest place for you to be is with folk that are working in their assignment. Paul reminds them that they would not die there. They were going to be saved, because Paul was going to be saved.
26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. 27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; 28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. 29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. Acts 27:26-29 (KJV)-They couldn’t see the land for a long while. Finally when they did see land, they cast out the anchors so they would not hit the rock.
30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Acts 27:30-31 (KJV)-Paul told the officials that if they did not keep the prisoners with him, they would all die.
32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. 33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you. 35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. Acts 27:32-35 (KJV)-Paul tells them the fast is over and for them to eat some meat, because they would need their strength for what was going to happen next.
39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. 41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. 42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. 43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: 44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. Acts 27:39-44 (KJV)-They decided to take up the anchors. They fell into a place where two seas met. They already dealt with storm above, but now they are going to deal with a storm below. The captors wanted to kill the prisoners to keep them from escaping, but the centurion stopped them from killing them. Some prisoners dropped out, others swam, some floated on boards, but others got on broken pieces of ship trying to get to land.
It doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you get there. You will get to your promise, because God made you a promise. Hold on and sail in to what God has promised you. God will give you a teaching moment. We are going to make it no matter what the economy is. We are going to make it, because God made us a promise. You have to stay in your kingdom assignment. He can’t exempt you from the storm, but God can keep his promise. He can’t promise what is carrying you there won’t be shattered, but you will get there. If you lost your home, the home might not be the house. The home might be you being inside the house. Some of you are spiritually strong enough to swim or surf in. The weak will grab on to what is left and come in. It doesn’t matter how you make it to the assignment, as long as you make it. All you need as a piece of hope to hang on to.