ONE MOMENT IN TIME
Earthquakes, Floods, Wars rumors of wars all around us. Pakistani uprising Iran trying to get nuclear weapons. We are living in perilous times. But in spite of all of this we are living in the greatest times man has ever seen. In every age there have been great events and there has been men or women that God spoke to to bring to fruition his will. Some God has shown dreams, visions, burning bushes and even spoke to them directly. One does not know the moment that suddenly God directs his attention to them speaks to them and in that moment a decision has to made. I would call it their moment in time.
Endtime Ministries Editor Rev Irvin Baxter made a startling statement on youtube.com recently. It was entitled 2 billion people to die. If you have access to the internet you can go to my church web site and click on prophesy menu then click on the 69 billion to die. Even more startling was when Bro. Baxter stated that he felt it would be within the next 2 years. I listened as he told how he was awakened at 5 am and felt the Lord telling him that 2 billion people would die soon and he wanted him to warn people about it. Is God using Bro Baxter to bring a warning to a people that appear to be headed in a direction of the lake of fire. Even in church I see people that can sit during the move of God and not even be moved. They appear to represent the song I shall not be moved. There was a time that they were moved by the power of God but now they are the spiritually dead that occupy a space in a chair but appear to be somewhere else. If you are here today and know that you are not where you used to be with God I pray that God will raise you up and get you on the right path again.
Last Monday the Lord spoke to me about this message. I had my mind set on just teaching again this Sunday. But God said I want you to preach and all of a sudden the sermon he wanted me to bring just started coming to me. At the end of what he gave me I looked at the message and was amazed.
Luke 19: 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
This moment is for you Today is your moment in Time
Zacchaeus, only wanted to see Jesus he had heard many things about him. Trouble was when he got to the place where Jesus was people had crowded him out and as he was so short he could not see above them. Looking over to the side he saw a tree and so he climbed up the tree to be able to see Jesus. All of a sudden his moment came his moment in time that lives on in the word of God. Jesus says Zacchaeus, come down for today I must abide with you.
As we read our bibles we find that many men experienced that one special moment when they came face to face with the Lord and their lives were changed forever.
Just think for a moment when it came what would have happened if they had not responded or if they failed to answer that call.
When Jacob ran from the presence of men he came to Beth-El and it was there that a man appeared to him and the bible tells how that he wrestled all night and in the early hours the man told him to release him. Jacobs words I will not release you until you bless me. Jacobs moment came and he had responded. NO! He would not let go till God blessed him! Maybe we should allow this story to speak to us today and tell God I will not let go till you bless me . Is there anyone here that needs a blessing this morning? Well bless the Lord and he will bless you!
Hadassah would never have been known today and would never had movies made about her had her moment in time not came and she listened God speak to her thru the voice of Modecai who was sent by God. Mordecai spoke and said who knows but that you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. Yes Esther had her moment in time and can anyone wonder what would have happened had she not accepted the challenge and call that God had for her. Facing the possibility of death she goes before the King and today is remembered for her bravado in facing down death for the sake of her people.
One day Peter is mending his nets and all of a sudden a man looks him in the eyes and tells him Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Peter simply got up from where he was and began to follow Jesus.
The man named Saul was on the road to Damascus when God spoke to him. A bright light blinded him and a voice spoke to him Saul Saul why persecutest me, Saul responds Lord who art thou and the voice cries out I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. Lord what will thy have me do. Go to Annianias and he will tell thee what to do. Saul listened to that voice and later he tells how he was told to be baptized calling on the name of the Lord. Later we read him say I am glad that I speak in tongues more than any of you. Saul became known as the Apostle Paul all because he obeyed that one moment in time when God spoke to him and called him.
Even Jesus had that moment in time. Jesus was God because that is where the Lord chose to dwell but Jesus was also a man just like you and I. The man had to have his moment also. It was not when he went into the Temple, it was not when he called his disciples, it was not when he ministered, it was not when he responded to the true call and purpose for his being here.
It was when he hung upon the cross, blood dripping from his body, nails in his hands and feet, crown of thorns upon his head, people chanting and reviling him, and while his hands were outstretched and his body lifted up he looked up toward heaven and the man Christ Jesus cried out Father forgive them they know not what they do. Afterwards he gave up the Ghost. As the Spirit looked down on the man I can see the smile upon his face spiritually and the Father was well pleased because the man had met the challenge and had finished for all mankind the terrible judgement that was upon the human race.
I remember my call when I was getting ready to go to work in my police capacity at the Saenger theatre in Pensacola and God spoke to me. I had just got dressed in my uniform but I fewll down on my knees and asked my God to forgive me. Later God came to me in a vision and showed me what he would have me do. I am here today to tell you God wants to speak to you and when he does that will be your moment in time. I believe he is speaking to some of you at this moment.
SO TODAY IT’S YOUR TURN NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO HAVE YOUR MOMENT IN TIME. WILL YOU RESPOND? PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS AND CLOSE YOUR EYES THIS MORNING
WHAT IS HE CALLING YOU TO DO THIS MORNING?
TO ACCEPT HIM AS LORD OF YOUR LIFE
TO BE FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT
TO BE BAPTIZED IN JESUS NAME FOR REMISSION OF YOUR SINS
TO BECOME A WORKER FOR HIS KINGDOM
THIS IS YOUR MOMENT THIS IS YOUR TIME
WILL YOU RESPOND?
Jer 18:18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. 19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? 20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
Have you come today to get a blessing or to be a blessing? I hope that all of us are here to glorify Jesus the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I know that many times we come to the house of God and we come searching. Some for a blessing, some for healing, and sometimes I have those that stop by just for money. Today I want to direct you to the one that is able to really bless you. As a matter of fact he is loaded with blessings for those that will come to him in faith. Trouble is sometimes we come and are unable to receive because we lack the one ingredient that is needed. Faith! Faith to God is kinda like water to the pump that we use to have in the old days. To get the water flowing we had to use a little of the water we had in hand. It is to those that lack that little water or faith that I want to speak to this morning about coming back to Jesus and letting him rub some balm into our lives. Why are you here today? Is there anyone here that feels all alone and that even God had forsaken you and will not hear you?
Old saying is laugh, and the world laughs with you. A new saying is Cry, and you are probably reading the book of Jeremiah. This gloomy prophecy about the conquering and exile of Israel is enough to send anyone searching for some spiritual Prozac. Jeremiah is torn between two great loves. He loves God and serves God as a prophet with great passion. He loves the people of Israel and he is terribly sorry to see what they will have to go through.
Questioning God, Jeremiah asks, “Is the Lord not in Zion? Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no Physician there?” – In other words: “God, aren’t you here anymore?” Have you been there before? Is that how you feel this morning? It seemed a good question for Jeremiah and for us as well when we look at a world at war, countries in crisis from disease, drought and oppression, religion that chooses legalism over compassion, and humanity lost in materialism. It is not hard for us to see Iraq, AIDS, Darfur, church crisis and the latest celebrity obsession and say, “God, aren’t you here anymore?”
The Poet T.S. Eliot looked at the state of culture and society when he wrote “The Rock” in 1934 which said:
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
T. S. Eliot seems to re-order Jeremiah’s question. The problem is not that God isn’t with us anymore – but that we as a people and a nation are no longer near God. We have changed the life transforming power of Christ to a set of rules and rituals. We have traded having a knowing relationship with God for just a knowledge of God. We come to church to fulfil a duty.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, – “wow – Pastor Duke’s sure in a gloomy mood – he’s been reading to much email or listening to too many problems. Maybe a nice pat on the back might cheer him up…” well have no fear. I have a great joy and hope today and so can you – because the New Testament reminds us we are blessed when we weep – for we shall be comforted. We need only look at history to see our future.