He chose me
Synopsis of Sermon 04/18/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
There are moments in all our lives where we begin reflecting over our life itself. It’s in those moments of reflection that we come to places of introspection. We begin to evaluate the games we have played and we realize that God must have more for us. We begin to grow up. When we were as a child, we thought as a child and understood as a child, but when we became men (mature), we put away childish things. In this moment we realized how different we really were. You no longer want to play games. Unfortunately the folk you played games with, didn’t get the memo that you are done playing. What happens is we begin to feel uncomfortable in contexts where we used to be comfortable. We actually become nauseated and agitated by certain realities. You know this is true because God has greatness on our life. God is calling us back to what he has chosen us to do, and the devil is working overtime to try and derail us, because we are aware of what God is going to do in our lives. What God is going to do in your life is not because you are so good or because of your connections. It is because he has chosen you in spite of you. Some of you sense the shifting right now. Don’t whine about the fact that people don’t want to be with you anymore. Know that God has something great for you. There is a call on your life.
There is a revelation in being chosen. John 15:15 says 15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
I. Progressed beyond the peripheral
- Many of us have a surface relationship with Jesus. In other words, we simply show up to show up. Our relationship with Jesus has to be an authentic one. John 15:1 says 1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. – Jesus says he wants us to be clear about our connection with him.
- Connection – Jesus wants to be connected to you.
- Concern – John 15:2 says 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. – God is concerned that we be productive.
- Cleansing – John 15:3 says 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.- God cleanses us.
- Commitment – John 15:4 says 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. – God is committed to us.
- There is a Consequence of not providing fruit – John 15:5-6 says 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
- God has a covenant with you. John 15:7 says 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.-do what he says he will do.
- Confirmation – We need confirmation of our discipleship. John 15:8 says 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.- To show people we are connected to God, we should produce fruit.
- Relationship-Our relationship with God must be at a place and with such a connection, it is personal.
- Personal– Our relationship with God must be hinged on experience based knowledge. We know him based on what he is for us.
- Progressive – You can’t be connected to God and not be progressive. Anyone connected to God can’t be trifling. You get agitated with people who are stagnant.
- Productive– This means there is fruit in everything you put your hand to. The result of healthy relationship is revelation. Jesus says he is no longer going to call us servants. He is going to call us friends. John 15:15 says 15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ex – Many of us give folk relationship without the relationship being healthy. The problem is we reveal too much, before we see if the relationship can handle it. As a result, then they start treating us different. People should have to qualify for revelation. We must say to our self, a person must qualify to really get to know us.
- In Chapter 14 Jesus told the disciples not to let their hear be troubled. In Chapter 15, Jesus told them that he would no longer call them servants. Instead he told them he would call them friends.
- We have to get rid of the peripheral and say Lord I want revelation! Whatever God has to take us through, we have to be willing to go though.
- How does God prepare us?
- We have to have character in temptation. In Matthew 4 Jesus was being tempted, but he knew how to handle it (Garden of Gethsemane)
- Consistency in every task- You have to finish what you start. God can’t trust us with revelation, if he can’t trust us to finish the assignment.
- Convictions during trials-What do you believe about God when the bottom falls out. What you going through, we can tell that you are with the Lord. There are others that will drop out as soon as trouble comes. We have made up in our mind that all things work together for them that love the Lord and who are called according to his purpose. We refuse to look like what we are going through!
II. Purpose has been preordained
John 15:16 says 16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
- Many people go through life not knowing what their purpose really is. Many people have no fulfillment because they are not connected with their destiny. God wants us to produce fruit. Remember we didn’t choose him, he chose us. This is nothing new, Jeremiah 1:4-5 says 4Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. – You will never know your purpose by trying to live on the surface. The best indicator you can have to let you know if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing is having peace. We have to wake up every day knowing we are doing what we are supposed to do. God created us to solve a problem and if we don’t know what we are supposed to do, then we are part of that problem. Romans 8:29 says 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. – God knew it; he called me to it, qualified me for it, and then he blessed me in it! He used the bad, the good, and the ugly in us and used it as a thread to draw a greater fabric of your life together. Ex – Bishop explains that we are looking at a grown man (in him) that they said had a learning disorder. When he was little, he said he stayed in trouble in school. He could not sit down and could not be quit. They thought something was wrong with him. One teacher in the 6th grade knew what to do with him. Now this same hyper young man is able to preach 4 – 5 services to you today. God will take all the stuff that makes you who you are and use it. God will take all of you and anoint you. God chooses imperfect people, because he has no perfect people to choose from.
- God chose us for his glory.
- God affirmed us -Every day we wake up, we know we are validated, because he has his hand on us. That thing he performed in us, he will perform until the day of Jesus Christ.
- God wants you to live in Abundance – God don’t want us to live in a state of struggle. We have to know we are above and not the beneath. God wants you to know that you are the head and not the tail! He wants you to know who you are.
- Abundance shall abide – John 15:16b says … and that your fruit should remain: …Know that our blessing is not seasonal. It will remain with us. Post this on your refrigerator and on your Facebook status. Your blessing should be recession proof. Psalm 92:14 says 14They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; – The older we get the better we will get!
III. Pray on the promise
John 15:16c says … that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
- When you have a relationship with God, and you have been pre ordained, just pray in the Jesus’ name. Pray in Jesus name or it is like sending a letter without a stamp. In the Greek whatsoever and whosever is the same word. This means that whatever God gives us cannot be separated from who he is. He give joy, because he is joy! He gives peace, because he is peace!
- We have to ask it:
- Word – We must stay in bounds. We have a right to everything that is in this word.
- Will – His will is in his word. If it is in the word, it is in his will.
- Work– We ask it, because it in his will, then we get it, and then get out of the way to allow God to work.
- After you ask it, know God will manifest it. You got to pray and believe that it is already done. We will give him glory on credit, before it manifests. This is a lay away praise. Just like when we lay something away and put a little money on it from time to time before we get it, we have to do the same with the thing we are waiting on God to manifest for us. We go look at what we are hoping for and then we put a little praise on it from time to time, before God actually manifests it. Just like verse 16c says, whatever you ask the God for, in Jesus name, he will give it to you. Ex – There was a baby girl crying in the kitchen. The Dad asked what she wanted. The little girl continued to cry. Daddy got on one knee to get on the little girls level and asks her the question again. Finally the baby girl says she wants some cake. Dad asked her what he said about her whining. She repeated that he told her to use her words. So the Dad asked what did she want and the baby girl says she wanted some cake. Daddy sliced the cake, put whip cream on top, and then he put some ice-cream on the side. Now notice, she asked for cake and she received cake, ship cream, and ice-cream on the side. The lesson here is if we use our words, God will give to us exceedingly and abundantly above all we ask for. We must use our words.