Co-Creators with Christ

Posted on 02/11/2007 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Welcome to Abundant Living Ministries CyberChurch. It's truly an honor to be able to join in this gathering today, as we come to seek the presence of the Lord and to draw closer to Jesus.

As the praise team comes to the front, let's all stand to our feet and start this service with prayer.


Lord God, thank you for another week in which we can praise you. Thank you for bringing us all together here today to draw us into your presence.

Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to pay the price of our sins on the cross. And thank you that he rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, so that we too can have a brand new life in him.

We pray for the prayer needs that have been posted publicly this past week.

We pray for Joyce's sister Betty who recently lost her job and needs a new one. We ask that you open doors for her, and give her guidance and direction. And may she be drawn into your presence to seek you like never before.

And we also pray for Joyce's daughter April. You know the stress she goes through at her job, and you have a path for her to follow. We ask that you move by your Holy Spirit to lead her clearly in the direction she should go. We also ask that you begin a healing, restorative work in her husband's body.

Lord, you see Darryl's heart and his desires, and you feel his longing to be with the one he sees as his soul mate. You also see his belief that he's not on her level spiritually. We ask that you give him peace as he pursues you, and that you show him your path for him plainly.

We lift up Brittney to you, whose sister was hospitalized and getting worse. We ask that you give Brittney peace and comfort, as you wrap her up in your presence and your love, and we ask that you step into that room with her sister, Great Physician, and touch her, making her completely whole. And we pray for her Second Life mother about whom she's concerned. You know where she is and what's going on in her life, and we ask that you put your angels all around her and keep her safe from harm.

We pray for Albert, whose mother had a heart attack and has gone home to be with you. You have our times and our seasons in your hand, and you work all things out to our good, if we'll just love and seek after you. We ask that you comfort Albert, reassuring him that everything he needs does not come from any person, but comes through others FROM God. Be with Albert and his family in this time of sorrow and loss, and reveal to them the joy that awaits them all, both in this life and the life to come, as they continue to follow after you.

We pray for Larry's friend Raymond who is in a wheelchair because of a disorder affecting his legs. We pray for his Salvation, Lord. May your Holy Spirit hover over him as he hovered over each of us who have come to you. Do what it takes to bring him into the Kingdom. We also ask that you perform a miraculous healing of his kidneys, pancreas, liver, and his eyes. You are the great physician, and many times you have healed those who don't know you, and as a result they have come to the cross. We call Raymond into the Kingdom, in Jesus' name, and we thank you Lord for Raymond's Salvation and his healing.


And now Lord, be with every person here in a special way today. You know every single need here, every single dream, every single desire, every single disappointment and pain; and you promised that as we keep our eyes upon you, centering our lives around you and your Kingdom, then you will keep us in perfect peace, you will meet all our needs, and you will give us the desires of our heart.

Have your way with us today. And it's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


Click-touch the pulpit for a notecard, and please remain standing, as we worship God with song.


KING OF KINGS

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Glory, hallelujah!
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Glory, hallelujah!

Jesus, Prince of Peace
    Glory, hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace
    Glory, hallelujah!

I WORSHIP YOU

When I look into Your holiness.
When I gaze into Your loveliness.
When all things that surround
Become shadows in the light of You.

When I found the joy of reaching Your heart.
When my will becomes enthralled in Your Love.
When all things that surround
Become shadows in the light of You.

I worship You, I worship You.
The reason I live  (The reason I live)
Is to worship You.


I WORSHIP YOU

I worship You Almighty God
    there is none Like You
I worship You O Prince of Peace
    that is what I want to do

I give You praise
    For You are my righteousness

I worship You Almighty God
There is none like You

Thank you for your presence here today, Holy Spirit. Help us stay in your presence, continuing to worship God by looking into his Word, as we seek his mind and his heart.


You may be seated.

The message today is titled, "Co-Creators with Christ." And we'll begin by reading from Jeremiah 18, verses 7 through 10, which says:

7. At what instant I will speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8. If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

9. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10. If it does evil in my sight, in that it does not obey my voice, then I will repent of the good wherewith I said I would benefit them.


I'd like for us to look at a few things here.

First of all, God says, "At what instant I will SPEAK concerning a nation..." The last two weeks we looked at some of the differences between thinking and speaking, and saw that God created all things by speaking his Word.

So when God speaks that he will do something to a nation and a people, to build them up or pull them down, to plant them or to pluck them up, he is creating their future with his words.

And we might be tempted to end here and say, "So if God has determined something, our choices make no difference."

And yet we read on that if a nation he has said he would curse will turn from their evil ways, then God will change his mind, and their outcome will be changed.

And if a nation God has said he would bless will turn from him and start living in disobedience, then he will change his mind, and that nation will be cursed instead.

So we see that while God has the final word, and that whatever he speaks is what comes to pass, we also have a part to play in the creation of times and outcomes.

Because Jesus is the Word of God, and we have a part to play in what God continues to speak over our lives, our families, our circumstances, our situations, our nation, and even our world; because of this, we can say that we indeed are co-creators with Christ.

What is written in Scripture will not change. The grand scheme of things God has ordained for mankind will not change. And Scripture itself is not only a predetermination of what must be, but also a prophetic utterance of things that will be partially determined by the choices we make.

Consider the incident in the wilderness when Moses was on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments from God. The people thought he was dead, and decided they would make a golden idol and worship it instead of God.

We read about this in Exodus 32, starting with verse nine.

9. And the LORD said unto Moses, "I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
10. "Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of you a great nation."
 
11. And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, "LORD, why does your wrath wax hot against your people, who you have brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, 'For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?' Turn from your fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against your people.
13. "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and saidst unto them, 'I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.'"

14. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.


Remember when the people grumbled against God, and the ground opened up and swallowed a great number of them? Or when he sent snakes to them because of their disobedience? Or the times he allowed them to go into slavery because they withdrew themselves from his hand of protection by withdrawing themselves from his hand of leadership and authority?

It would fit right in to read about how they worshiped a golden calf, and had orgies and all got drunk, and God sent brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all; and then God made a great nation from Moses, his servant, who sought his face and received his commandments.

And yet Moses stood in the gap. He interceded for his people. "LORD, why does your wrath wax hot against your people," Moses said, "who you have brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Turn from your fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against your people." And the Lord changed his mind, and did not destroy the people after all.

Moses stood in the gap, interceding for his people. And he became a co-creator, changing history from what it would have been if he had only not chosen to do so.

Just as we read that our disobedience will change God's blessings into cursings, and how our repentance and obedience can change God's cursings into blessings, our choices can move the hand of God and alter the current course of things in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Consider the plight of every human who reaches the age at which he or she can discern right from wrong. We all have sinned, and so we are destined for hell. Jesus already paid the price for our sins. And yet our decision to not follow him will keep us off the path of life, and will result in eternal separation from God, which is an eternal lake of fire.

If, however, we choose to yeild to his calling to us, his drawing, and the conviction of his Holy Spirit, and we throw up our hands in surrender and tell him, "Yes, Jesus, I believe you are my only hope, and I choose to follow you," then our future has just been drastically altered.

Today God is calling you to step up to the plate. He has already placed upon your life the role of co-creator, and you have been active in that role for many years. You have made both good and bad decisions, and those decisions and choices have altered your life, your circumstances, and the lives, circumstances, and eternal destinies of others around you.

Perhaps today he just might be trying to open your eyes, to show you that you are not a helpless victim to fate, but hold within your hands the power to alter your eternal destiny and that of those around you.

You may not believe that God would entrust you with such a delicate task. And yet he has. You are a co-creator with Christ, and what you choose today will set things into motion that you cannot even begin to comprehend.

If you have not given your life to Jesus, then your decisions have taken you every single day of your life further on the road of destruction.

And so today God is making plain to you the power of your choice here today. And what you decide today will set in motion the direction in which you will be traveling tomorrow. And you will take others with you.

Choose life today. Choose to change your eternal destiny. Choose to co-create life and liberty, instead of death and bondage to sin.

Choose Jesus.


For those of us who are already Christians, we continue to have choices presented to us every day. Choices to start our day with Bible reading, prayer, and praise and thereby set into motion a day charged with the activity of his Holy Spirit, or to sleep in late and thereby set into motion a day dominated by the carnal flesh.

Choices to react to a situation as the Word of God would have us react, thereby releasing God to perform miracles, or to react as our carnal nature would have us react, thereby releasing the enemy to bring death and destruction.

Every moment of time, we're making choices. And those choices promote and further either God's will and the life he wishes to bring, or the enemy's will and the death and destruction he seeks for us.

This is a weighty realization, but it is true. We are either for Christ or against him, and our choices either gather with him or scatter.

I don't know what choices and decisions you may be facing today. But I do know that the decision you make is not without consequence. And neither you nor I nor anyone else involved know the ramifications of your choices, and how many thousands of lives will eventually be effected for good or for evil by even a seemingly small choice you make today.

We've all made bad decisions, and I just might win in a game of "Who's Made the Worst Decisions" with almost any of you here today. But we know that even if we've made wrong choices, God will turn them around for good, for he says in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose."

What you've done in the past is not what matters. It's what you choose TODAY, from this moment forward, that matters to God.

Will you start seeing your options, choices, and decisions as acts of co-creation of the future? Will you begin to realize that what you choose to do with your time, with your thoughts, with your words, and with your actions will set into motion forces that penetrate forward through time and change the course of others?


The ministry team can come to the front as we prepare for a time of prayer and ministry.

Whether you've been walking with the Lord for many years, or you have not yet given your life to Jesus, if today you choose to start using your power of co-creation to further the Kingdom of God and to please him, bringing life to yourself, your situations, and those around you, come to the front as a statement to yourself and God that "I accept the invitation to be a co-creator with you, instead of with the enemy."

So if you wish to choose life and to become aware that the consequences of your decisions go far beyond your own life, if you choose to start making decisions that are in line with God's Word, then come to the altar and spend some time with God.

If you need prayer or ministry, please instant message one of the ministry team. In a few minutes we'll all meet next door for our time of fellowship, so please stick around.

And may God bless you with the wisdom, the boldness, and the will to make sound decisions, so you are a co-creator with Christ. Amen.