Friday, August 3, 2012

SERVANT OF JESUS REQUIREMENTS

The Lord is coming and the signs are everywhere you know, so we got to make ready for the Lord. And today I want to read you about the words of Jesus and what he says about this. We read today, we read, the Lord says to be dressed and ready for service and keep your lamps burning as though you're waiting for your master returned from the wedding feast. Then you'll be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrived in knocks. The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth he himself will sit them down and put an apron and serve them as they sit and eat.

He may come in the middle of the night or I just before dawn. But whenever he comes he will reward the servants who are ready. Understand this that if the homeowner knew the time and the thief would come he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected. Dear friends Jesus will come when he's least expected. And are we going to be faithful servants? Let's read on: a faithful servant is a sensible servant of one whom the master can give the responsibilities of managing his household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job there will be a reward. I tell you the truth the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant thinks, my master won't be back for a long time, and he started beating up the other servants and getting drunk. The master will return unannounced and unexpected. He will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the hypocrites. And a servant who knows what the master wants but isn't prepared to carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But those who do not know what the master wants and then does something wrong he will be only punished lightly. When somebody has been given much, much will be required in turn. And someone who has been entrusted with much even more will be required. Dear friends it is time for us to be servants of God. A lot of people you know they they say they believe in Jesus but they're not his servant. They're just outsiders and they just want to do their own thing. They're not servants in the household of the master.

But we we want to be servants in the household of the master. We want to be servants of Jesus, we want to do what Jesus said. And we read in the Scriptures what Jesus says about going out into the world and making disciples of all nations. And we read about the disciples who were sent throughout the villages in Capernium and they were told to take nothing and received nothing, but give the good news. And the miracles and signs and wonders follow them. You have to be sent by Jesus if you want to work for him. You have to be commissioned and sent. And everybody has a different path and role to play in the kingdom of God. Some people are great prophets and apostles and disciples and they go around and they perform miracles by the power of God. And other people there, you know, they're just simple people but they do have a job for the Lord and then they go and witness to somebody who needed to be reached for the Gospel. They go and be a light in the world amongst those around them. Regardless of whether you're a great servant who is required a lot or a least servant, everybody must be servants of the Lord if we want to follow him. Because that's what Jesus said, he said that if you wish to follow me and be my disciple, then you must deny yourself and pick up your cross and follow me. That's what he says. If you wants to. Jesus isn't talking about people who don't want to be his followers, he is talking about people who want to be. Like if you really want to be a servant of God. You don't have to be if you don't want to be. You can just go on in the world and live your own life and in the end you will reap death or you can come to the Lord and you can be his servant and have him work though you and you obey his commandments and walk in the narrow way.

Isn't that wonderful! And the Lord Jesus can do these things he can perform a miracle through you, if you have faith and you are led by him. Now I know brethren who go and lay hands on people and they can see and they get healed. I know of people who have asked me to pray together with them in agreement about somebody, and not because of us, we just pray in agreement and then this person gets healed. Now why is that? It is because Jesus said that you should pray together. He said where there are two and three gathered in my name there I am with them. And you see Jesus Christ is the one who does all the healing and the saving and everything. Not me and not you and no great servant or prophet or apostle. It is only Jesus Christ. So you have to get to know him and be led by him so he can lead you as a servant and he can show you things and you can relay what he has shown you. And you know we can be a servant of the least or a servant of the greatest.

It doesn't matter what you are, what matters is what Jesus says you are, and each person should be content with their job what the Lord has given you. Some people we are just here to wash each others feet and some of us are just here to follow Jesus on the narrow way. Other people are told to go places and they have a specific ministry somewhere. Other people are persecuted and put in prison and they are able to reach people in prisons. Some countries are very difficult to be a servant of the Lord because you would face government persecution if you were caught, but it doesn't matter dear friends, wherever you are in whoever you are, it is those who are followers and servants of the Lord who will know what to do. That's why I talk about these things today, because I want you to be a servant of the Lord. Following him doing what he says and not just living your own life. You see this world is gripped in its own way, and that's why there's so few servants in the world. It is very very few people who will be saved you realize that. Most people are going to hell. They are continuing in sin. They follow evil. They condone evil. Most of these people are going to hell which is very sad.

But that's how it is dear friends, but we who know the light and know the truth we are here to do the work of God, and he will work through us. So want to ask you today, are you praying? Are you seeking? Are you walking on the narrow way? Are you leaving behind your own paths and dedicating yourself to the Lord Jesus in faith? Then his work is for you and he will bring you some work to do. You may you may expect to be a great servant but then he only brings you the least work. But you must be content with what the Lord makes you. He may not call you to do many things and then again he might, but we gotta be led by the Lord in all we do, and focused on him all the time. Is not that wonderful! Otherwise we are just leading ourselves and people who lead themselves will not inherit the kingdom of God. People who go on in evil will not inherit God's kingdom. We read in one Corinthians 6:9 where Paul says truthfully that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. You cannot be a servant if you follow the immorality, if you are gay, if you are a thief, if you cheat, if you are a liar, you cannot be a servant of God. You will not have connection with God. You will be blocked. You wont be able to hear God he wont listen to you unless you repent and when you repent he would change you and wash away your past and make it Nil and then you'll be able to live for him.

You know I was listening to another Christian brother the other day, and he was saying how the Lord had been showing him dreams about the future from his childhood. But when you grew up he decided to be a homosexual, gay, and he said that now he no longer hears the Lord. He doesn't have any communion with God at all, he says I don't have any communion with God any longer. Now why is that? It's because when you are living in sin you cannot know the Lord. He won't communicate with you. He will leave you alone after he has warned you, and if you don't heed the warnings of God, he will leave you alone. Dear friend we have to heed the warnings of God and we we have to repent and live holy. You can't be a servant of God if you don't live holy. It is impossible dear friends. You have to dedicate yourself to living for the Lord Jesus Christ, then you will be able to be his servant. Is not that wonderful! You know I heard about a certain person who was going off in sin and the Lord God kept warning him and speaking to him in dreams of certain ways, finally this guy had enough. He told God to please leave me alone. I don't want to hear you doing this to me anymore. Just leave me alone. And you know what? God left him alone and later he died and went to hell. God left him alone. He didn't strive with him anymore and he just died and he went to hell. That is very very very sad that people choose sin isn't it. And it is what cuts people off from God more than anything. Sin in your life. That is why I want to warn you so much about sin and about living a life of immorality that if you do so you cannot serve Jesus.

You cannot be his servant. You will be blocked from God he won't hear you. But if you dedicate your life to becoming the Lord's servant then you will become his servant. He turns nobody away. He says that if anyone wishes to come after me let him deny himself pick up his cross and follow me. And that's what I'm doing and that's what you should be doing. Denying yourself means this, it means to stop following your own paths in life. That's what I used to do. I used to follow my own career goals and dreams and paths. I was striving after the Olympic dream and I was striving after being a good athlete that people could give me glory. But dear friends in the end that path goes to hell. Do you realized that? They think the path of an Olympian is anything wonderful, once their medals are won and gone then they're left with nothing empty-handed before God. You can gain the world whole world what does it matter dear souls if you then just lose your soul in hell? That's what Jesus said. Jesus said that, I will tell you about it.

Jesus said about what happens to the rich who live for themselves and they don't follow the Lord. Listen: Jesus told them the story; a rich man had a big farm that produced a fine crop and he said to himself, what should I do? I don't have room for all my crops. I know I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones than I have enough room to store all my wheat and everything that is good and I will sit back and I'll say to myself, my friend you have enough stored away for years to come take it easy and drink and be merry. That's the mentality of this world. Store away all your wealth, sit back and enjoy your life. Then God said to him: “you fool you will die this very night then who will get everything you worked for?” yes a person is a fool to store up for the world but not to have a relationship with God. And that's what Jesus said. Those are the words of Jesus. He said that if you don't store up a time with God on this earth, a relationship with God and you just live for yourself, you are a fool! He says that your soul will be required of you and you have nothing to give. Nothing. What will happen to you? You will end in hell, that is what will happen.

So the friends we don't want to be like a fool. We want to be wise and we want to dedicate ourselves to Jesus and work for him, do what he tells you great and small. Maybe he's just told you to go and wash the tables and be a servant for the least. Maybe he's just told you to go and witness to somebody about the truth about Jesus. Maybe in a dream or something like that, or maybe he's just showing you in your heart that you need to repent and get right with him. These are the things we must be doing dear friends, is having a relationship with the Lord. Jesus said that himself he said you are a fool if you store up earthly wealth, but you don't have a relationship with God. That is what Jesus said. And that's what I said about denying yourself and following Jesus. You see I decided that I wanted to follow Jesus and so I had to deny myself I had to turn away from my career and my goals and my dreams. I had to give them a burial and move on. I had to give them a decent burial. I had to bury my sins. All the things that I was wanting to do and all the things I was hanging onto, and accepting, I had to give them all a decent burial, deny myself then I could follow Jesus. Then I was able to follow Jesus. It was when I did this that peace came into my life. I'm not saying that I didn't have trial and tribulation, what I'm saying is that once you do this, then the peace of the Lord will enter your heart and give you strength during times of trouble. And that's what we have to be like dear friends.

There is no use just being in the neighbourhood. A lot of Christians are just in the neighbourhood. They agree with the truth you say. They say amen and amen but they don't actually live it. They are just in the neighbourhood. They say amen amen yet they go and and live worldly with their friends. Or go and join their worldly friends doing worldly things and not being set apart as a light and being led by Jesus about it. What I mean by that is they go along and they laugh and they join in with the foolish ways of their friends, yet they don't stand for the Lord. Sometimes you will have to do things with your friends that is true but you have to be also separate about it unto the Lord. You can't just be acting like them. Because they don't have the light and if you don't have the light either then you're none of Christ in you're worthless salt. And that's what Jesus said. He said that you must have salt amongst yourselves.

I want to read to you about what Jesus said about that in Mark 9, so we read, sorry, in Mark chapter 8 where we read this: where the Lord says that in Mark 8:43; if your hand causes you to sin it is better to enter eternal life with one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It's better to enter eternal life with 1 foot then have 2 feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin cut it out, it is better to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worms never dies nor the fire is never quenched, for everybody will be tested with fire. Salt is good for reasoning but if it loses its flavor how do you make it salty again? You must have quantities of salt among yourselves and live at peace with one another. That is what Jesus said. So if you got no salt and you got no saltiness amongst your worldly friend then you are worthless to Jesus. Only worthy to be cast out and trampled underfoot. Thats what the Lord said, worthless salt. But dear friends, we don't want to be cast out and trampled underfoot. We want to be salt of the earth. Thats what Jesus said. You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour, saltiness? You know dear souls, salt burns and when you're around the worldly people and you stand for the truth, you don't join in their sin, it burns them. It is salty and they don't like it. They won't be your friend, you will lose them. Believe me this is truth. But if you they don't care about you because you're just living like them and you yourself are the same as them and you call yourself Christian, you are in deep darkness and how great is your darkness if you think it is light but it's really darkness. I cannot warn this enough dear friends, I see many believers they go round and I see them I see them living worldly. I see them liking things on Facebook that are extremely worldly. I see them laughing at crass jokes, making ungodly comments uploading wicked pictures and accepting wicked pictures of things that they shouldn't be talking about with unbelievers. They are no salt. They lost their salt. They need to repent if that is you you need to repent. Get right with the Lord and have stopped this.

This world is full of fallen Christians. People who believe in Jesus yet they are unbelievers. It us unbelievable. I see so many Christians and so many people who say how Jesus is. They say Jesus is loving Jesus this and Jesus is that, yet they accept sin. They say Jesus excepts sin. They they say that gay is okay. They condone homosexual marriage. They say fornication is fine, sleeping around is fine. They say Jesus understands. Do not discriminate but that you have a log in your eye they say, if you go and warn them about sin. Dear friends these people who profess Jesus yet they go on in sin like that, they will face great judgment and you also if you join them. So I urge you today set yourself apart from sin. All sin, none of its okay none zero. It is all bad. And that goes for me too. All thoughts not even one thought is acceptable not one bad thought. One single bad thought will break your relationship with God. He won't speak to you if you listen to evil thoughts and you think them. He doesn't have any relationship with people who sin. Christians who go on in the evils of this world love sin will have no relationship with God will be blocked and cut off. That's why dear friends I want to warn you so hard about this today, that if you want to enter the kingdom of God and you want to be a worthy servant, then leave the world and stop following it. Turn away from liking all this stuff on Facebook. Turn away from making wicked worldly comments to people. Turn away from arguing with other Christians fighting the truth. Turn away from accepting homosexual marriage which God hates. Turn away from accepting any sin in your life and condoning the immoral ways of this society that loves evil. Turn away and be separate. No wonder there is no revival in the world, in the church. It is because they all condone sin and there's no revivals because God will have no fellowship with those who profess him but they go on and sin. They have homosexual marriages in their churches. You know they even condoned adultery and other things they say that it's okay for people. But dear friends be separate and apart. Have nothing to do with all that.

Separate yourself unto the Lord Jesus Christ before it is too late. Thats all I can say. We have to be serious dear friends, we have to be serious. We have to be serious and be ready to repent at any time and that's what Jesus said. We talked about this. And I want to read here about what happens to these people who go to hell: and Jesus said that there was a certain rich man who had splendid clothes, and he lived each day in luxury and threw parties for his friends and at his gates was a poor man who was begging scraps from his table. Finally the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham in Paradise, and the rich man was also died and was buried and his soul went to the place of the dead. There in torment he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus by his side and he shouted father Abraham have pity and mercy send Lazarus over here to put a drop of water on my tongue for I am in anguish in this place but Abraham said Son remember that during your lifetime you had everything and you wanted. And Lazarus had nothing. So he's being here comforted and you are in anguish and besides there is a great chasm separating us that nobody can cross. So the rich man said them please father Abraham at least send him to my father's home for I have five brothers and I want to warn them so they don't end up here in these fires of torment. But Abraham said Moses and the prophets have warned them. And he said that they won't listen to what he said, but no father Abraham if somebody was sent back from the dead then they will repent of their sins and turn to God. And Abraham said no, of they won't listen to Moses then they won't even listen to these people from the dead, someone rises from the dead. And this is why this rich man was in hell was because he didn't repent of his sins and he didn't turn to God. And that's what a lot of people are doing today. They're like the rich man and they don't repent of their sins and they don't turn to God. So what happens to them? They end up in hell with the rich man. It is very serious dear friends. People they say hell doest exist. They talk about all kinds of stuff and they say well hell doesn't exist.

But dear friends we know that hell exists. It exists all right. And those people who live like the rich man in the luxury and the wealth of this world and they do not separate themselves unto the Lord Jesus Christ they shall end up in the fires of hell. And you don't want to be amongst those dear friends. You want to be separate unto the Lord Jesus being his servant. We are to this servants, as Jesus said: if anybody wishes to come up to me and be my servant be my follower well then let him deny himself pick up his cross and follow me. And that is what we must do. Are you denying your self and following Jesus? Or are you content with just living a life of sin and immorality. Dear friends let us live a life of holiness obeying the Lord in all we do and let us follow him. Is not that wonderful. Deny yourself. You can't you can't follow Jesus and be his follower if you're still doing what you want to do in life, do you realize that?

If you're still striving after your own pursuits you can't follow Jesus. If you want to do that that fine, but if you want to follow Jesus and be his servant then you got to deny yourself and you got to pick up your cross which is all the things you want to do, and put them on your back crucify them, put them to death and go follow Jesus and don't look back. As Jesus says that anybody who puts their hand to the plow and looks back is not worthy of him. When you're not worthy of Jesus that means that you're not worthy of his sacrifice for your sins. You are not worthy of the cross. Jesus said he said he does not deny himself is not worthy of me. He said that it Mark. He said: he who does not pick up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He said he who does not hate even his own family for my sake is not worthy of me. And when he's talking about hating his family for his sake, he is talking about in comparison you should be serving the Lord above all else, and not just wanting to have your your own family and all these things first over the Lord.

Really dear friends if you want to follow Jesus you have to give away everything that you want to do and all these things you strive after in your life and you've got to tell the Lord that look I just want to follow you and he will lead the way. And that's what Jesus did for me. You see he led the way, he showed me what I must do and he continues to show me and I left my old paths. And I decided I wouldn't continue to follow my career and goals anymore. Why? Because I don't want to miss out on the kingdom of heaven, I want to be with the Lord Jesus and have a crown on my head and have him put a white robe on me and say “well done my faithful servant”. Now do you want him to say that to you? Then it's time you leave your sins and repent. People who go on in sin will not hear that, they will only hear: Depart from me you cursed into the eternal fires prepared for the devil and his angels. Do you want to hear that? I don't!

That's what is going to be said to people who go on in their wicked paths of this world like the rich man did and they live in luxury and they just live after their own desires. That is not denying yourself. Denying yourself means you don't live after your own desires, and you instead focus on prayer you focus on seeking the will of Jesus, you focused on doing everything in the name of the Lord whether it's in your marriage or in your home or for your children. We all must work and support our children and our families and he who does not do that is worse than an unbeliever, for at least the unbelievers look after their families, but we must put Jesus first. Jesus knows what you need. He knows the things you need to support your family with and to do the things we have to do. He already knows that, but you got to put his will first and do what he tells you and go where he says to go and he will bless your marriage and your family and all these other things that the world strives after. You see the world wants everything. The world wants the wealth of this world and the things of this world, the house the cars the pursuits. You know the world wants these things and strives after them and that's what consumes the mind of pagans, people who don't believe in God. Their mind is consumed with seeking pleasure and finding things in this world for themselves. Very selfish but that's how it is. Thats how everybody is. Seeking for themselves what will make them happy in this life. But I'm not happy with this life. I want to stay here and I don't care about these things no more, now why is that? Is because I can see the kingdom of God. I want to be part of the eternal kingdom that's coming. I want to be set apart for God and his righteousness and I want him to put a crown on my head and say well done my servant, faithful servant. I want him to say you have been faithful with a little that I gave you I will put you in charge of 10 cities. That's what he said to them in the parable of the city's of the talents. Do you want him to say that you? Do you want him to say come reign with me on my throne even we know that we are just totally not worthy of such a thing. None of us are worthy we've all sinned, but you know it is possible because the Lord said that he who is faithful I will give him a white stone and he shall reign with me on my throne. Do you want that? Or are you just content with the world. Satan's world. You just want your house your car your good families and then that's all. You are happy.

But dear friends these things are only superficial they are passing. In heaven there is no family there is no children and no wives is no cars is no anything. None. In heaven it is about your relationship with the Lord God. Jesus says your intimacies will be with God in heaven not with your wives and husbands and pursuits, pleasures and houses and all these things that people strive after. I get my pleasure in those things I get my pleasure in seeking the Kingdom of God and that's what you should be doing. And you should be faithful serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Is that what we're doing the friends or are we just living the path of this wicked generation who just seeks all these things but doesn't serve the Lord, nor cares for Jesus. They love sin. They don't turn away from it they they say that they're Christian yet they continue in homosexuality and immorality fornication lust persons and idolatry, and many sins yet they say they are Christian. Do you want to be part of them in the lake of fire? Because they will go there. They're the hypocrites. Hypocrites don't enter the kingdom of God.

That goes for me too, and you. If we claim the Lord then we should be living like him. We read that in one John chapter 3 or 1 john chapter five I believe, where we read that if you claim the Lord you must live like him and anybody who loves the world does not have the love of the father in him. That's what we read, so I want to ask you today that if you have the love of the father in you, then you should not be loving the world and the things of this world otherwise you're just a hypocrite and a liar. You say you love the father yet you love the world which means that you are lying when you say you love the father. Many Christians they'll say I love Jesus. But they don't love him they love the world. They say they love Jesus but they want to go and drink. They love Jesus yet they still want to see love sin and accept sin.

I want to read to you what the apostle John writes. And apostle John writes this: he says; dear children don't let anybody deceive you about this when people do what is right it shows they are righteous even as Christ was righteous. But when people keep sinning it shows they belong to Satan who has been sinning from the beginning. The son of God came to destroy the works of the devil who has been sinning from the beginning and those who have been born of God do not make a practice of sin because God's life and seed is in them so they can't keep on sinning because they are children of God. But now we can tell who are the children of God and who are the children of Satan. Anybody who does not live righteously is not of God they are of the devil dear friends. So you'll know a tree by its fruit as Jesus said: can you pick grapes of the thorn bush can you pick the thistles off the fig tree, no you can't. You can only pick good fruit of a good tree and bad fruit of a bad tree. You will know a tree by its fruit. That's what Jesus said. And so if you want to have good fruit and you want to be a good tree then you have to repent of all your sins get on your knees and start praying today before it is too late. And I tell you now, time is going to run out soon and it's going to be too late. It is gonna be too late to call out on God one day, and you will just be faced with the destiny of his eternal fire because you rejected the holy commands of God and you did not turn to Jesus and turn from your sin.

Now I don't want that happen to anybody and none of you nor me. I want to have that happen to me either so we have to be zealous to repent completely focused on the kingdom of God and we got to be his servant. We got to desire to be the servant of the Lord. We got to desire to pick up our cross and deny our pursuits and goals, give them a burial and then go and follow Jesus. Go and pray and seek him and get to know him. It's full-time. When I first came to the Lord I spent a lot of time by myself seeking to know the Lord and that's when he started to come into my life. It wasn't when I was following the world. When I was following the world Jesus was calling me to come out. And I'm glad I heeded. But you know what I heed? I would be still follow the world and I would be just going on in the ways of the society, condoning sin, following along with their wickedness, and I would end up in hell along with all unbelievers and sinners even though I would believe about Jesus. You see just because you profess Jesus with your mouth doesn't mean anything at all if you don't believe in him properly and you don't obey him. You have to obey the Lord do what he says and turn from sin. And then you'll have righteousness in your heart to go on and be holy. Isn't that wonderful!

Few people want to follow this truth. By I tell you truly is this truth that saves and it is the only thing I have, it is truth in my heart. I don't have anything else to give you, but I got this truth and I hope you listen to it. And if you obey it, you go to the Lord your going to use become holy. You are going to stop your sin. You know people say to me well you haven't stopped sin. You know I have stopped sin. I no longer do what I used to do because I don't practice evil anymore. I used to do a lot of sin but decided to turn away from it and even if I go back to sin that doesn't mean you can excuse yourself and say that means that I can go back to sin too. You know if I go and fall it is nothing to do with you. I will reap what sow but if you fall you will go to hell and I will as well if I fall and want to go back to sin and back to my old ways. Dear friends God is not mocked. I warn only of the words of the Lord God and his words judged me and they judge you. I am not above his words and neither are you. The words I give doesn't mean that I have a plank in my eye like some people say.

I warn you of sin which goes for me as well. I warn of God's judgments, God's laws and what God said. And that's what we have to do. We have to be following the Lord God and listen to what he says. Do what he says. The person who does will be saved, the person who doesn't will be condemned…....