DOING GOD'S WILL - GOD'S WAY

                
Reading: 1 Chronicles 13
 

 INTRODUCTION

 
(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
COVENANT!
(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!
 

                             POINT 1

 
(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
rightful place.
(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
INTENTIONS!"
(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
already there!
(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!!
 

                             POINT 2

 
(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
today.
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
common place??
IS IT DONE ANY-OLD-HOW, WITHOUT REGARD FOR GOD'S WAY OF DOING IT?
 

                             POINT 3

 
(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
WAR ON!!
(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
Christian's charter.
 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
feet.
 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
contents.
 "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
for God!
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!!
 
 

                           CONCLUSION

 
(a) Ussa tried to do things  in  his  own way, and God judged him
for it!
(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!!
 
SALVATION ARMY SONG BOOK & HAPPINESS AND HARMONY
 
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55 in Happiness and Harmony
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