Oct 10, 2016 - Hearing From God    8 Comments

GOD DOES NOT CALL COLLECT!

Where did the summer go?  We spent Labor Day Weekend with family.  As we were all sitting down having dinner, I began to share the message that I had preached on Sunday with them.  Our church is doing a Bible series on when God calls a person’s name twice like Abram, Abram or Saul, Saul.  When God calls many of us don’t hear Him simply because we aren’t paying attention or we don’t realize that it’s Him who’s calling us.   I thought of the Verizon Television Commercial as my title, “Can You Hear Me Now.”  I went on to explain how I used their slogan to segue right into my message.  My brother-in-law imageimmediately chimed in, “That’s a great introduction.  It really speaks volumes to your message.  Why stop there?  You could of gone even further and said, “God Doesn’t Call Collect” because He’s already paid the price.”  He was so right!  My next sermon was going to be on the Apostle Peter from Luke 22:31.  Peter was also known as Simon before Jesus gave him the name Peter.  Names given to people in the Bible were of great importance and would often define their character; if not their purpose or who and they would become.  God knows you by name.

GOD KNOWS YOU BY NAME.

God knows you by name and when God calls you, “God does not call collect.”  He calls you direct.  I’m here to tell you God paid the price through the precious shed blood of His Son Jesus.  Yes!  Jesus paid the cost so that you and I can come boldly before the throne of mercy in the hour of our need.  Simon, AKA Peter, and the other apostles walked with Jesus and had direct access to God in the flesh.  Yet like us they still faced the same struggles with sin.  Trials will come, but Jesus never leaves us or puts on us more than we can bare. Listen closely and see how Jesus deals with Peter during a very weak time in Peter’s life.

TRIALS WILL COME

Luke 22:31

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

God knows us and calls us by name.  He doesn’t call collect.  His Son Jesus paid the price for us.  When Jesus called “Simon! Simon!” instead of Peter,  it was to get his attention and to prepare him for something great … something monumental.  God was about to bring a monumental change that would impact Peter for the rest of his life … those around him … and even the world as they knew it.

I believe that Simon represented Peter’s old nature and Peter represent God’s new born again nature.  Satan had asked to sift Simon as wheat, why would Satan ask to do that?  To see what Simon’s faith was made of.  But Jesus had prayed specifically for Simon’s faith not to fail.  Jesus could relate to being tempted.

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. 

Jesus  realizes that our mouths often write checks that our heart’s cannot cash. But even still the Lord deals with us ever so gently.   He know that these earthen jars of clay are fragile and ever so weak.  It is for this reason that God sent his son as a living sacrifice for our sins.  It was sin that separated us from God in the first place.  And it was His love that provided the way to bring us back to Him.  God’s redeeming power of Calvary’s Cross paid it all and through faith is Jesus we receive redemption.

WHY FAITH

Hebrews 11:6

Why faith, without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Romans 10:10

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not by works , so that no one can boast.  The prayer of faith is crucial to the Christian faith.

Jesus prayed for Simon’s faith not to fail, knowing full well that God, the father, would answer His prayer for Simon.

When Peter recognized the error of his ways, he sorrowfully wept.  And when God restore him he became a pillar of faith that strengthen others by the same way he was strengthen, in the saving grace of Jesus who now sits at the right hand on God the Father interceding for us in prayer.

So if we confess our sins, God is always faithful to forgive us because He only sees the precious shed blood of his son.  Peter is a witness of God’s salvation for the sinner who learns to trust in God.  So when the Lord speaks be still and know He is God.  Speak Lord your servant is listening.  Amen

 

 

 

8 Comments

  • So it has been months since I received one of these and a couple years since I saw you last. Praise God you are still doing well in His service.
    This was a good message that encourages us to know that God wants to be a part of our lives just like with Peter.
    And to think of God praying for me at times,makes me weep.

  • Amen my brother. God answers prayer and prayer changes things. Prayer builds our relationship with God, prayer gives us the right perspective about God and others, prayer molds and shapes the hearts of people. Prayer is the heartbeat of Jesus, for He is our intercessor.

    Good hearing from you and I’ll be more diligent in spreading the word.

    God bless you Chuck,

    Billy

  • Your faith is connected to obedience. As you become more obedient your faith grows. You are doing things that at times you don’t know what the result will be. Because it you may not see the reason for sometimes years and sometimes never will in our life time. The apostles saw a bit of what The Lord was doingbut I’m sure they didn’t even realize what was going to happen after their life was through. We’re priveledged to see what we see in our lives let alone what we will see in erenity inour home in heaven. The shoe salesmen that witnessed to Moody probably didn’t have a clue what he was going to do with his life. He just did what he was asked to do. So just do what your called to do and the Lord will do with it what needs to be done.

  • Very interesting contribution about God not “…calling collect ….because Jesus already paid the price” by your bro-in-law.

    Is it me or does it seem that what we’re too often afraid of is God’s “Calls” (though it’s not collect) could cost us more than and contain more commands than we want to hear about? Could it be there’s not so much one “big” call and conversation to fear and it’s more so the daily and mundane “calls” of God we devalue like praying, working on a routine task like we work for Christ, talking to my neighbor, etc…? As Dennis wrote, while the Apostles experienced amazing in their “calling,” it doesn’t seem that Jesus ever told any of them as they were having the experiences, “Hey, Matthew, Mark, Peter,…. write this down.” and there was a lot of daily mundane, go and do what you know and have been told again and again.
    Luke 16:10 inspires us that it’s fact that those who are faithful in “little” things will be faithful in “big” things.

  • Dennis you are so right, the people did not have a clue on how they would impact the world around them. The call of God is always bigger and move important then we could ever imagine. Just answer the call it will not only save your life it will give you life eternal. Amen

    Blessing,

    Billy

  • Demetrius I loved what said, “It’s more more so the daily and mundane “calls” of God that we devalue like praying, working on a routine task like we work for Christ, talking to my neighbor, etc…?” We all needed to recognize that Jesus didn’t call us and save us without a purpose. The least we should do is shared the gospel of salvation. Instead of the faithful few we should have the faithful many. Amen

  • we miss you billy please give our best to your family

  • Thank you Rick for thinking of us. Miss you to and pray all is well. The family is great and God is good, All The Time. 🙂

    Billy

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