What On Earth
Are You Going To Do With Yourself?
Text: Mt. 6:10 – “Thy will be done in earth, as it is
Aim: To get God’s people to obey
is a game that children used to play when I was growing up called “Simon
The game is played where one person gives a
series of commands, which are preceded by the words “Simon Says.”
Accordingly to the game, the other children are supposed to do everything that
“Simon Says,” but if a command is given that is not preceded by the
words “Simon Says,” then the players are not to obey that command.
The object is to increase the speed of giving the commands, which are preceded
by “Simon says,” such as Simon says to touch your nose, etc., then
to slip in a command that is NOT given by Simon. Every time
a command is executed properly the child may advance a step towards a goal
line. The first one across gets to call the commands. IF the child obeys a
command that is not given by Simon, they have erred and have to take a step
God’s children, if you want to succeed in life, if you want to advance your life, which brings the Creator glory,
you need to obey the commands that are given—NOT by Simon, but by the
uninvited player in this serious game of life is a fellow named Lucifer. He constantly tries to “throw in a command here and there to
trip us up and get us disqualified. It should go without saying that we are
definitely NOT to obey commands given by Satan. Every time we do, our forward
progress in our walk with God is halted and often we backslide from any
advances we have already made.
this message, we re going to play a game, only
it’s not really a game; it is real life.
We’ll call it, “Satan
says;” and “the Saviour says.” Remember, we only move forward
when the “Saviour says.” DON’T LISTEN to the voice of Satan;
LISTEN to the voice of God.
Want To Be Sure To Do God’s Will — Not Satan’s.
Some of the
things SATAN SAYS;
A. Satan says, FRET THYSELF.
God says in Psalms 37:1 – “Fret not thyself”
FRET – literally: “to be hot,
furious, burning with angry, it is to worry, to have the heart-burn — God
does not want us to get heated up in annoyance envying the wicked.
times the word fret
is used in this Psalm. Firstly it is found in:
Vs. 1 – Fret
not against evildoers, against the workers of
iniquity – The prosperity of the ungodly is unsure and definitely not
permanent. >> See vs. 2
I think this also
can apply to those who make more money than us, or who get a rise in pay when
we don’t, and who get a promotion that we think we deserve.
We ought to let
our souls feed upon the faithfulness of our God to do right by us >> see vs. 3.
The antidote to
envious discontent is patient trust and persistent well-doing on our part.
Vs. 7 –
Fret not because of him who prospereth in his
way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. They will
eventually get justice and what they truly deserve.
Vs. 8 – Fret
not – in any wise to do evil.
“Never do wrong in order to do right.”
discontent in not only foolish and useless, BUT dangerous, as it may well lead
When we look
around us we see the world full of evil-doers, that flourish and live in ease,
we are tempted to fret at this, to think that they are the only happy people, and
so we are prone to do like them: but we are warned against thinking like this.
When we look
forward, with an eye of faith, we shall see no reason to envy the wicked.
Those loyal to
the Saviour must not copy the tricks of the lawless.
B. Satan says, JOIN THYSELF – 2 Chronicles 20:35-37
Here we have the
brief account of Jehoshaphat’s trading venture with Ahaziah, the king of
Do we know what
the ships were going for? 1 Kgs. 22:48 tells
us they were going for GOLD.
But it was not
for wealth that God destroyed Jehoshaphat’s plans, it was that he
compromised and was JOINED himself to
Ahaziah was an idolatrous
prince, with whom Jehoshaphat should not ever have had any
fellowship—even in civil things. To do so, was both an approval of him,
and an exposure of Jehoshaphat and the people he ruled to danger.
The word joined
in vs. 36 has an interesting twist
to Jehoshaphat’s alliance with Ahaziah when we learn of some more
background to this story.
In 1 Kgs. 22:49 we see
that Ahaziah was Ahab’s son.
related to Ahab by marriage >> SEE
2 Chron. 18:1.
The word affinity in this verse has
to do with IN-LAWS.
son Jehoram had married Athaliah, wicked Ahab and Jezebel’s daughter (2 Chron. 21:6; 22:2b) who were worse
Jehoshaphat went down (1 Kgs. 22:2) and made an alliance with
Ahab which was prophesied by Micaiah to doom, but was ballyhooed as a success
by the false prophets of Ahab >>
SEE 2 Chron. 18:18-22.
MARK IT DOWN – Any
enticement to disobey God comes from a lying spirit.
it home safe from this disastrous battle and is promptly rebuked by God’s
prophet Jehu >> SEE 2 Chron. 19:2.
Satan says, “JOIN THYSELF!”— GOD, on the other hand, says, “WITHDRAW THYSELF!”
1 Timothy 6:5 tells us of “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt
minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness, and warns
us, from such withdraw thyself.”
C. Satan says, TAKE THE GOODS TO THYSELF >> Genesis
the king of Sodom was saying was – “Go for the gold; Live for
material things. The goods you acquired are from the spoils of battle—you
The word for
“goods” included all the substance and possession of a man, gold,
silver, cattle, and all transportable items.
refused this offer SEE >> Gen.
14:22-24. He accompanies his refusal with a good reason, “Lest thou shouldest say, I have made
Abram rich,” which would reflect upon the promise and covenant of
God, making it appear as if God could not have enriched Abraham without the
spoils of Sodom.
If you know
anything about the life of Abraham you might remember that God had promised to
bless Abram in Genesis 12, and to make him rich and great, as He by this time
had begun to do, and still would do more and more.
The phrase “I have lifted up mine hand unto the
Lord” (vs. 22) was both a gesture of praying and of swearing, and
both may be intended here.
When Abram set
out on his expedition, it is very probable he prayed to God for success, and
swore that if He prospered him, that he would receive no profit or advantage
from it to himself.
If Abram would
now take any goods in the presence of Melchizedek he would have violated these
The people of God
MUST, for their own sake, beware of
doing any thing that looks mean or mercenary (doing things for personal gain),
or that smacks of covetousness and self-seeking.
new he could trust the Possessor of Heaven and earth to provide for him.
—The question is CAN YOU?
always offers us what is good as a substitute for God’s best.
D. Satan says, AVENGE THYSELF.
When you are
wronged, Satan wants you to get even.
He wants you to
get down on his level and to those that have wronged you.
19:18 – “Thou
shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge again the children of thy people, but
thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.”
Romans 12:19 – “Dearly beloved, avenge not
yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written.”
Deut. 32:35 – “’Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith
E. Satan says, ABUSE THYSELF; HARM THYSELF & OTHERS
– 1 Cor. 6:9, 10
says to do thyself no harm. – Vs. 15a, 18.
Acts 16:27 when the keeper of the prison where Paul
was held a prisoner, awoke “out of
his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would
have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud
voice” in vs. 28, saying, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all
Look At Some Things God Says:
A. God says, PRESENT THYSELF.
told Moses to do this.
34:2 – And
be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and
present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
There are those
who profess Christ who refuse to present themselves for baptism and church
There are also
church members who fail to be faithfully present in the assembly or who become
lazy excusing themselves from church, as they are tired.
interesting is that no matter how tired they are they seem to be able to go
back to work.
If one didn’t
know better you would think they were putting work ahead of God. There should
be time for every that is important.
excuses are given: “The services start too early or too late,”
“It’s hard to get all the children to get ready,” “travelling
to each service is too far,” there is nothing for the children,”
“it’s too long,” etc.
d. My friends, attendance at church is commanded by the
Lord in Heb. 10:25 – “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is.”
While on the
subject of presentation, What if you knew you were to meet God in person the
next time you attended church, how would you dress? Would you be careless about
you appearance as you presented yourself to your Creator Lord?
B. God says, BEHAVE THYSELF.
3:15 – But
if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in
the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground
of the truth.
C. God says, EXERCISE THYSELF.
Timothy 4:7 –But refuse profane and old wives fables, and exercise thyself rather
discipline that is why there are few great athletes.
Perhaps that is why there aren’t more godly Christians?
You and you alone
have to exercise for yourself in the area of holiness.
No one else can do it for you.
D. God says, HUMBLE THYSELF.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he
may exalt you in due time.
Satan prefers we be obstinate,
stiff-necked and rebellious to the will of God.
10:3 – And
Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD
God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? Let
my people go, that they may serve me.
1Sam. 15:23 – “For rebellion is as the sin of
witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…”
E. God says, GIVE THYSELF.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service.”
1 Timothy 4:15 – Meditate upon these things;
give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
God says, TAKE
HEED TO YOURSELF LEST YOU MESS YOURSELF UP.
4:16 – “Take
heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this
thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
Exodus 34:12 – Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a
covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a
snare in the midst of thee.
Again, see the
Satan is saying,
“Ensnare yourself.” Be aware he has laid a trap for you.
He designed it with you in mind.
Satan is saying,
“Entangle yourself.” God says, “See
then that ye walk circumspectly, (carefully) not as fools, but as wise” (Eph 5:15).
God says 2 Timothy 2:4 – “No man that warreth entangleth
himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen
him to be a soldier.”
It seems that
Satan doesn’t have to tie us up; all he has to do is hand us the rope.
can’t serve God because they are all tied up in things that God never
intended them to be involved with in the first place.
G. Another thing God says is “BESTIR THYSELF”
– 2 Samuel 5:22-24
In the Hebrew,
the word bestir in this context means “to decide,
to determine, to move, be decisive.
2 Timothy 1:6 – Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that
thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee.
In the Greeks the
word stir means
“to kindle up, inflame one’s mind, strength, zeal.
What qualifies men for the ministry, it is not anything natural in them, nor acquired by them, but what
is given unto them, and that from God.
The gifts needed for the ministry
gifts were “in” him, NOT on him, i.e. continued with him.
His gifts were
not lost by him, nor taken from him, as gifts may be.
gifts were being neglected and NOT put to use. For some reason his exercise of
them was in some decline, some backwardness and indifference as to the exercise
of them in Timothy’s life.
d. He might have
been too careless, negligent, or forgetful of this.
For this reason, the Apostle Paul puts him in mind to “stir” it up.
There is in the
a metaphor taken from coals of fire covered with ashes. When the fire had grown
cold and the coals were almost gone out, they needed to shaken and blown upon
so that they would once again come into a flame.
Since the gifts
are of the Spirit, the zeal and excitement of salvation may be re-flamed,
re-ignited—make to spark.
HOW? When they
seem on the decline, check we to your devotions. Are you reading, meditating,
and praying over God’s Word? Are you frequently exercising yourself in
carrying out God’s Great Commission of evangelisation?
If you are bored
in your Christian life, try coming out on visitation and talk with people about
Christ and their eternal destiny—that will sure STIR THINGS UP IN YOU!
H. Along with this God says, SHOW THYSELF.
Kings 2:2 – be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man.
Christians need to quit hiding their
testimony and be bold in making it known. We need to walk our talk and step up
to the task when called upon.
God says, DELIGHT
37:4 – Delight
thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
God says, CHOOSE
... WHOM YOU WILL SERVE.
24:15 – Choose
you this day whom you will serve.
Satan says, PUT IT OFF —
you’ve got plenty of time.
SAYS IN 2 Cor. 6:2 –
he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation
have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day
K. The words of 2 Cor. 6 are a citation from Isaiah 49:8
and are spoken by the heavenly Father to Christ, declaring He had heard him, as
He always did.
heard Jesus when He sent up His prayer to Him, as recorded John 17:1-26 << TURN
The Father heard
glorification of Himself – vs. 1-5
Jesus as the man in God’s work,
By raising Christ
from the dead, and setting Him at His own right hand, and giving Him the glory
He had with Him before the world was –
d. For the good of His people, the preservation of those
that were called.
conversion of them for whom He died.
The Father also
heard him on the cross with respect to the deliverance of Christ from man, with
regard to Christ being forsaken by God, and for the forgiveness of Jesus’
Now, this period of time in which Jesus Christ was heard on account of
these several things, is called a “time accepted” (2Cor. 6:2).
It was also a
time of acceptance, or an acceptable time for men — time to get saved and
that time is presently with us!
Satan says, PUT OFF SALVATION— you’ve got
plenty of time.
says “behold, now is the day of
salvation.” WHAT DO YOU SAY?
21 Jan. `98, Wed.