No Excuses- in His Word 5/20/13

No Excuses.. in His Word!
It seems that people today are looking for any reason to ignore what God says in His Word; there is no excuse to ignore the Gospel.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 28 to go to all the world and share the Gospel, telling every nation, every person that God has come to save them is not an option.
What is however an option is where He has chosen for us to share!
Some are sent, some stay behind to pray for those who are sent and some are told to speak to those round and about them. Wherever you are at any given moment is your 'mission field'. Jesus wants you to tell His story!

He proclaimed his covenant—the Ten Commandments-- which he commanded you to keep, and which he wrote on two stone tablets. It was at that time that the Lord commanded me to teach you his decrees an regulations so you would obey them I the land you are about to enter and occupy. Deuteronomy 4:13-15

He gave us directions in how to behave; so we would obey them and be the people He intended us to be.
He gave us directions in where to go; to the ends of the earth. He prepared us with His Word so that we
wold know what to do, and what to say; now we need to pray and ask Him where to go.
Some people will be sent to the ends of the earth, some will be sent to their neighborhood to witness to those who do not know of Jesus; wherever you go, wherever He sends you; you are to be a witness to the things God has done both in your life and in His Word.

This may scare you but God called you to share the Gospel with someone. Yes you! He did not give you this great eternal life thing just to keep it to yourself. Its like a lantern that you do not put in a closet but you use to see.
I am reminded of going camping years ago at a camp called Morning Star Outreach. Today the camp is held in cabins but back when I went it was at the  Middle Creek Camp Ground in Stanislaus State Park. We camped beside a stream and it was beautiful; but there were bears. This made me uneasy at night.
One night I did my normal read myself asleep and my last scripture before I fell asleep was “I will let no harm come to thee” kjv. I prayed and thanked God for protection and fell asleep only to wake up around 4:30-5:00 am wishing I had not had that last water bottle before I went to sleep. It was still dark but the path was clear so I grabbed my flashlight and slipped on my shoes.
Climbing out of the tent I turned on the light and began walking quietly so as not to wake other campers. As I walked I found my cheap flash light kept going out; I shook it to turn it back on focusing on the light it gave as much as possible. At about the middle of the camp I heard something near the mess tent. In the moonlight, because by now my flashlight was useless, I saw as I heard it, a bear was devouring the forgotten garbage in the can.
My breath stopped. The bear was enjoying our left over meal so I slowly and silently slipped backwards to my tent and got inside. I tried to zip up the tent without making a sound and slid into my sleeping bag; I guess I figured if I were inside the bag I would be safe should he find me. I was praying as I walked, and when I got into the bag I recalled the scripture and opened directly to that scripture.
“Lord, your words say that you will let no harm come to me; protect me now.” I kept praying over and over as I heard the bear sniff the air and start walking toward my tent. The ground shook gently but firmly as he approached us. One of my campers snored and it made me shake. My heart was pounding so loudly I could barely hear the sound as he stopped, stood on hind feet and sniffed the air some more. Some sounds you just never forget. I heard, and felt, him go back on all fours then stroll away running through the creek and splashing the water as he went. I slowly let out my breath that I had been holding for so long and stayed there until the sun rose and I knew I could get out of the tent safely. I kept praying the rest of that time thanking God for His protection.
God had brought us to the camp to share the Gospel with some kids who may never have gone to camp, or heard the Gospel had they not gone to MSO. We were being obedient to His operative for us and He protected us all in the process. Many young teens gave their hearts to the Lord that week. And though I had to learn of His protection in such a fearful way, I am glad I went.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me every where-- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:7-9

The end of the earth may be at 'Kid's Camp' California, or it may be at Phuket, Thailand; but if God tells you to go, then He will make your way straight. He will provide the needed funding, and the needed protection. Your job, and mine, is to go!

Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him they worshiped him—but some of them doubted. Jesus came and told his disciples. “I have been given all authority in heaven and on heart. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this; I am with you always, even of the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:16-20

He did not send us into the woods alone to fight the bears; He came to protect us from them. Bears are important in my life and God uses them to instruct me both in dreams and in life. He may not put a bear outside your tent, but He may put a homeless man in the back of your truck. Whatever God gives you; whomever God gives you to talk to, to share His goodness with: He will be there with you and the Holy Spirit will guide you in what you should do or say. Our job is to listen, and do.
Wow that was easy!
Why no excuses? We have a God who will provide all our needs according to His riches, what could we have to use as an excuse not to do what He told us to do? Nothing.
He prepares us, so that He can send us, so we can lift them up.
We lift them up in Him, so that He can save them, and in turn they too can go out and share the Good News of new life in Christ! How cool is that?
If you have never shared the Goodness of the Gospel's effect in your life maybe you have not really experienced the true salvation of Christ. I know when I received Christ I shared with a coworker. When I was baptized I told the world! My family, the grocery clerk, whoever would listen. Jesus is real! Go tell someone today!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your provisions, your protection and your pushing us into a better life. Some call it guiding, but some of us need a nudge. Nudge us today to be more active in sharing what You are doing in our lives that those around us could come to the saving knowledge of Christ too! In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading: Matthew 28:1-20, Acts 1:1-22, Acts 13:1-32 and Romans 10:1-21