If you’re struggling in sin, you will continue to struggle, and your walk with the Lord will not and cannot get better.
If Jesus is Lord of your life, you must be willing to forsake it all!
Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
We have to be willing to give all of our time, all of our strength, and all that we have to the Lord as a living sacrifice.
I’m giving you the truth.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It’s God’s will for you to offer Him 100% of your life today.
Who is Jesus to you?
II. Can others see Jesus in you?
Matthew 5:13-16 13 ¶ Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Is your light shining today? Are you still excited about the things of the Lord as when you first believed?
The problem with most of today’s churches and the Christians that attend them is that the majority of them are spiritually dead, and they have lost their saltiness, their savor, and the unction to preserve the world and stand up for the things of God.
The Devil has taken the fight out of you, and you won’t pray for your lost family members, and friends, you wont witness in the stores and on the job, and you can just sit day after day and hour upon hour not laboring for the Lord, while all of these people are on the way to Hell.
The excuse that I’m just quiet, or that’s part of our geological culture is nonsense!
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
That’s not what Dan Roller says, it’s what the Word of God says, and it applies still today!
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Many of those who claim to follow Jesus Christ are ashamed of Him.
Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
a) Are you choosing to bow your head and pray in public before eating? b) Are you compromising the Lord’s statutes and standards to keep the peace in the home or at work, family gatherings? c) Are you witnessing to those who you come into contact with?
Listen we can attend church all of our life and have the best attendance out of everyone in our congregation, but if all we do is attend church and there is no praying for the lost, or reaching out in fellowship and being encouragement to others, then we had better search ourselves and our hearts.
It is possible to lose your saltiness and you will be non effective for the Kingdom of God. You will be good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled on.
We must cause ourselves to become an impact on the world for Jesus Christ. We must shine our lights so that the lost can see our joy in the Lord.
If Christianity is just attending a building and fellowshipping with those who we are comfortable to associate with then we have lost the call church!
Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
The truth will bring division. It will cause you to make a choice, and we as the body of Christ have to lay down our wills and come together to for one common goal, and that goal is Jesus Christ.
John 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
Seeking Jesus Christ and taking a stand for Him will always bring division when the desire for sin is present.
Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
We can try in the flesh to add this new way to our service or to bring these people in to show us how to get God to move in our churches. We can have the greatest worship team and have all of the devices that money can buy. We can use all the methods of the world to bring the people to our church, but the key thing here is allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to have dominion in our lives.
If people see Jesus in us that’s enough for them to question what we are doing that their not. Hard times don’t discriminate, they come to us all. When we’re in prayer for the lost, the Lord will provide opportunity for us to bring glory to His name.
When other’s see you do they see Jesus?
III. Does Jesus know you?
Are you seeking Him daily? It’s not enough to just claim to know Him. Millions of people claim to know Jesus, but the majority only knows of Him.
God is omnipresent, He knows all things, but does He know you as His child? Are you bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ? Have you made Him your personal savior?
Are you going about His business? Are you laboring for Him daily? Is He Lord of your life? Do others see Him in you?
Luke 18:18-23 18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. 20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
This person was rich not only physically but in a sense religiously too. He knew of God and His Word, but he was not willing to give all that he had and to lay down his life and follow Jesus.
Many of you sitting here today have chosen to only know of the things of God but not go all the way and sacrifice your desires and wants and totally sell out to God.
You will never really know Him and He will never really know you.
Luke 9:23 ¶ And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Knowing Jesus and Him knowing you requires a personal relationship with Him.
Matthew 7:20-27 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 ¶ Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The storm of life is here and now, and the only true shelter is in the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone. There is no man , no system, no religion that can save you, but only Jesus Christ and a real personal relation ship with Him.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Jesus is knocking today on the door of your heart, but there will come a time when the knocking will stop.
Dan Roller is a former pastor from the Midwest. After careful study of the Bible the Holy Ghost put it upon Dan's heart that some of the things going on in the...