Theses are the message note for those of you who could not attend the most recent Sunday service.
The Follower’s Test
(Tested, Tried, and Still Blessed)
Open: Read Matthew 8: 18-27
The Cost of Discipleship (VS 19-20)
(Foxes Have holes and Birds Have Nest but the Son of Man has nowhere to Lay his head)
This Scribe said I will follow you wherever you go: willing to be a lifelong disciple.
Jesus – who is God in Flesh: John 1:10 says he was in the world and the world was made by him.
**** What Jesus wanted the Scribe to know is Your Priorities Must be in Order and Our Priority is the Kingdom of God.
**** If you choose to Follow Jesus, it will require for you to Trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6) For All your needs – Philippians 4:19.
The COST OF DISCIPLESHIP: You will still pay a cost no matter if you follow after righteousness or unrighteousness but the end result is what you need to be paying attention to:
Will you build a House on Sand or a House on Rock? (Matthew 7: 24-29)
Delay of Dedication VS 21-22 (Let the Dead Bury the Dead)
There will Always be something that will want your attention and try and cause you not to follow Jesus: JESUS was letting this man know that the spiritually dead are capable of caring for and meeting the needs of the physically dead.
***** A delay in your dedication or Allegiance to God can cause you to miss out on the blessing of God*************
EXAMPLES are The rich young ruler (Mark 10: 17-27)
The 5 Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
The Man Who Built a Bigger Barn to hold all his Crops he had gathered and then, Thou Fool this night your soul is required (Luke 12:20).
A Test of Your Faith (Verse 23 -27) Let us Go to the Other Side.
****Being a follower of Jesus does not mean you won’t have any Test!
**** Being a follower does not guarantee you a life without Tribulation.
What we need to remember in the Test is the Word of God: It was Jesus who commanded LET US GO TO THE OTHER SIDE!
Heaven and Earth will pass away but his words will never pass away – If he said it then he will do it. Our Stance must be on the Word of God.
The Test is a teacher: It teaches you something about yourself and it teaches you something about God. (Look at their situation)
***** Go Through the Storm!!! BECAUSE the Storm is between you and the Other Side. A miracle waits on the Other Side. Someone needs deliverance on the other side. Other people are depending on you on the other side. *****
Again, The Test calls for Trust:
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
So choose this Day whom you’re going to serve: As for ME AND MY HOUSE – WE’RE GOING TO SERVE THE LORD
OH TASTE AND SEE that the Lord is GOOD! GOD is good all the time and all the time God is Good.
HAVE YOU TRIED HIM? HAVE YOU TRIED JESUS?
He is a friend that sticks closer than a Brother…. He won’t let you down.
COME ON THROUGH THE STORM – PAST THE TEST – YOUR DIPLOMA IS WAITING WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.
Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Close: Jesus said in John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.