Let Go and Let God

 

In today’s culture an ever increasing number of voices claim to know what it will take to build a successful church – the latest strategies, techniques and methods. Yet the Lord has already given us all the instruction we need to build a church in His will. In fact – He told us that we would not have to build it at all. All we would have to do is allow Him to build it through us. “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 16:18-19)

From the very first day of the church’s existence, the Lord has been building His church through those to whom He has given keys – just as He promised. When the multitude gathered after the initial outpouring of the Holy Ghost and inquired, “What meaneth this?” – Peter was suddenly flooded with revelatory keys as the Holy Spirit opened his understanding of various scriptures. It was then that he came to realize that what they were experiencing was that which had been prophesied by Joel – “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.” As He continued to speak further revelation came to him in regards to some of the Psalms of David: “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption…Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.” (Acts 2:27, 29-30) As Peter used these God-given keys – doors of understanding were opened resulting in many of the assembled hearers asking, “Men and brethren what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) That day the Lord added 3000 souls to the church. His building program had begun.

Jesus Himself, in His human aspect, had no plan of action for His ministry – that is, other than to do His Father’s bidding. “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise…I can of mine self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:19, 30) The man, Christ Jesus, did nothing on His own initiative. “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28) Mark chapter one records much of a typical day in the life of Jesus. His normal day saw the needs of many individuals being met – healings, deliverances, etc. But the key to all of this was in how He started each day. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Hundreds of years earlier the Prophet Isaiah was shown what would occur in the typical early morning prayers of the coming Messiah. “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.  The Lord GOD has opened my ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.  I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide my face from shame and spitting.  For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:4-7 NKJV) The man, Christ Jesus, heard from His Father each morning. It was there in prayer that He was taught what to say to the weary who would come to Him that day with their needs. It was there that His ears were opened to His Father’s will for the day – It was there that He came to understand the sufferings He would face – “You will be stricken, they will pluck your beard, they will spit on you…” It was this foreknowledge of the Father’s will that gave Him the resolve to endure these things – “Therefore I have set my face like a flint.” Everything Jesus accomplished on earth was the result of His times spent seeking His Father’s will. He had an inner radar that directed everything He did – an inner voice that guided Him – not only in His miraculous ministry, but also in regards to His attitudes and integrity – even in the face of Calvary.

The good news is that now He has passed that inner radar on to us. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” (John 16:13) The Christ who indwells us is the mediator between us and the Father – and as He hears the Father’s voice He will pass it on to us as we meet with Him at the beginning of each day. It is there that He will give us the tongue of the learned. It is in early morning prayer that He will open our ears so that we might be sensitive to His leading throughout the day. He then can continue His anointed ministry through us and build His church to be so strong that the “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” His promise to us is this: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)

The secret to building a New Testament church is not to be found in human ingenuity, human talent or personal charisma. The secret is to let Him build it through us. The secret is to relinquish control. I close with this great advice from a beautiful old song” “Let go and let God have His wonderful way – let go and let God have His way. Your sorrows will vanish – your night turn to day. Let go and let God have His way.”

Rev. Robert Stroup is the District Superintendent of the Indiana District, United Pentecostal Church International. He is Pastor of Pentecostals of South Lake in Merrillville, Indiana.

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