DOING GOD'S WILL - GOD'S WAY
Reading: 1 Chronicles 13
(a) Some time ago, on the television, there was the film called
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, which our Phillip thought was quite
wonderful, full of special effects. It is, as many of you know,
the fictional story of various people trying to find the Ark
which is of course made of solid gold, and the greed of various
people in their quest, and the Hollywood type judgement of God
which befall them for their sacrilegious treatment of the Ark.
(b) The ARK in question, is of course meant to be the ARK OF THE
(c) Unfortunately today, there is the tendency to treat Holy
things in an unholy and irreverent and ungodly way!
The fact that God will judge those who do such things, never
seems to enter the mind!
(a) In the days of King Saul, Israel had neglected to seek God's
Will for their nation, and now that David was king, he felt that
this should be done.
(b) So THE ARK OF THE COVENANT which was the visible imagery for
the presence of God, was to be brought again and restored to it's
(c) The Ark was to be placed again in the Holy of Holies in the
temple, and the High Priest would again approach it once a year,
and sprinkle it with the blood of the sacrifice seeking
forgiveness for the sins of the people.
THE TOP OF THE ARK WHERE THE BLOOD WAS SPRINKLED WAS KNOWN AS -
THE MERCY SEAT!
(d) Now as I've already said, in previous days, prayer, and a
real seeking after God had been sadly neglected, so the desires
and intentions which brought this terrible event to pass, were of
the very best.
It has often been said, "THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD
(e) David was saying, "We didn't do very well in the past, we're
going to do better."
GOOD INTENTIONS! But they started doing better in THEIR WAY, and
NOT IN GOD'S WAY!
(f) It's like the many today who say, "We haven't done very well
- we're going to have a revival - more open-airs - more special
meetings - more advertising - more special speakers.
(g) GOOD INTENTIONS, but they forget that it all has to start in
their own hearts and in the hearts of the nucleus of believers
(h) Before we start looking outside, we've got to search our own
hearts and ask some pointed questions:-
i. How well are we knit together in love?
ii. How great an interest have we in prayer or Bible study?
iii. To what extent are the qualities of the Fruit of the Spirit
being shown in us?
iv. How much do we really want a personal revival that will touch
our PERSONALITY our PURPOSE our POCKET?
(I) Until we can answer these questions honestly, GIVING THE
ANSWERS GOD REQUIRES OF US - WE ARE A HINDRANCE TO THE REVIVAL
WE SUPPOSEDLY SEEK!!
(j) Our intentions may be the best, as were David's in verse 3,
BUT WE MUST NOT ATTEMPT TO DO GOD'S WORK IN OUR WAY - IT MUST BE
IN HIS WAY!
(k) We may know what God wants, but unless we are willing to do
it His WAY, in His TIME, with His ABILITY, it's NO USE AT ALL!!
(a) THEY DID THEIR LEVEL BEST!!
They made a brand new cart especially for the purpose.
(b) There was nothing slipshod or careless about the way they
went about it! There was even great pomp and ceremony!
(c) But they took no heed of God's way of doing things!
Let's make no mistake, they were doing what they were doing for
God: THEY JUST HADN'T BOTHERED FINDING OUT WHAT GOD WANTED, OR
HOW HE WANTED IT DONE!
THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF PEOPLE WITHIN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH WHO
ALWAYS THINK THEY KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS, AND HOW HE WANTS IT DONE,
WITHOUT SEEKING HIM TO FIND OUT. THEY ARE QUITE LITERALLY OUT OF
TOUCH WITH HIM!
i. In Deuteronomy 10:8, we find that the Lord separated the TRIBE
OF LEVI to bear the Ark on special poles or staves when it was to
be moved. The Levitical Priests were the only ones allowed to
touch the Ark, and then only in a special way.
NO OTHER WAY WAS AUTHORISED BY GOD!
ii. I think we must question if God has sanctioned all that we
within His Church would seek to do for Him, and in His Name
iii. In fact the Ark was so Holy, that according to Joshua 3:4,
the people had to keep a distance from the Ark of 2000 cubits
which is over half a mile!
BUT INSTEAD OF SOMETHING HOLY, IT HAD BECOME COMMON-PLACE!!!
iv. Has YOUR WORSHIP OF GOD, and YOUR SERVICE FOR GOD become
IS IT DONE ANY-OLD-HOW, WITHOUT REGARD FOR GOD'S WAY OF DOING IT?
(a) Often today, people forget that God's Word is Holy!
Whatever translation you have - IT IS 'THE HOLY BIBLE'!
i. It IS NOT A SUBJECT FOR CHEAP JOKES!!
ii. IT MUST NOT BE NEGLECTED!!
(b) WHEN IT IS PREACHED, THE PREACHER MUST BE PRAYERFULLY
SUPPORTED, SO THAT THE PREACHED WORD WILL HAVE A REAL CUTTING
EDGE, AND TRULY BE SHARPER THAN ANY TWO EDGED SWORD!!
ONLY THEN WILL WE SEE IT BEING EFFECTIVE FOR THE KINGDOM!!
(c) THE PREACHER IS NOT SOME KIND OF SPIRITUAL HYPNOTIST, WHO
STANDS UP HERE EXERCISING THE INFLUENCE TO MAKE PEOPLE COME
FORWARD IN COMMITMENT!
(d) IF THAT PREACHED MESSAGE IS NOT BACKED BY YOUR PRAYERS OF
FAITH, IT WILL BE A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME!! INSTEAD OF A
TRIUMPH OF FAITH - IT WILL BE A TRAVESTY OF FAITH!
(e) You will perhaps remember that there is an instance in
Scripture, where it says, THAT JESUS COULD DO NO MIGHTY WORK IN
THAT PLACE, BECAUSE OF THEIR LACK OF FAITH!!
(f) IN MY MINISTRY, I have come across Christians SO BUSY PLAYING
TOY SOLDIERS and POWER STRUGGLES they DIDN'T REALISE THERE WAS A
(g) WE ARE, MY DEAR FRIENDS, ABOUT SERIOUS BUSINESS IN THIS
MEETING - SOULS ARE IN DANGER OF ETERNAL DAMNATION - AND WE HAVE
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PRESENTING THE WORD OF GOD EFFECTIVELY, IN
MIGHT AND IN POWER!
MAKE NO MISTAKE - GOD WILL HOLD US LIABLE!!
(h) GOD'S WORD IS PRECIOUS!
IT IS TO BE STUDIED!
IT IS TO BE CHERISHED!
IT IS TO BE LIVED BY!
Listen to what L.A. Fryar has to say about the Bible:-
This Book contains:- the mind of God, the state of man, the way
of Salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of
believers. It's doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding,
it's histories are true and it's decisions are immutable. Read it
to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.
It contains, light to direct you, food to support you, and
comfort to cheer you. It is the traveller's map, the pilgrim's
staff, the pilot's compass, the soldiers sword, and the
Here, Heaven is opened, and the gates of Hell disclosed. Christ
is it's grand subject, our good it's design, and the Glory of God
its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart and guide the
Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth,
a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in
life, will be opened at the Judgement, and be remembered for
ever. It involves the highest responsibility, will award the
greatest labour, and condemn all who trifle with it's sacred
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
(*) God's Word is Holy!
Prayer is Holy!
Worship is Holy!
As a Christian, YOU ARE HOLY in the sense that you are set apart
So too is your brother or sister in Christ!
IT IS POSSIBLE FOR CHRISTIANS TO PROFANE THAT WHICH IS HOLY BY
HOW WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER!!
(a) Ussa tried to do things in his own way, and God judged him
(b) Let us never be careless in how we try and do what the Lord
has entrusted to us.
(c) Let us be careful how we treat the inspired Word of God
committed to our trust. It is precious: we must never lose sight
of that fact!
(d) We must be very careful, for even without realising it, we
could be guilty of profaning that which is Holy.
(e) The closer we live to the Lord, the more we become aware of
the mind of God.
(f) A minister friend of mine was once asked how he knew the Will
of God for his life, and he said, "The closer I live to God, then
His Will, becomes my will - therefore, there is no conflict!"
TO KNOW AND TO DO THE WILL OF GOD, SHOULD BE THE TOP PRIORITY FOR
EVERY CHRISTIAN, AND THE ONLY WAY OF DOING THIS PROPERLY IS TO
LIVE CLOSE TO THE LORD!!
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