Today’s message summary of June 11, 2017 from Pastor Gus Brown:
It is important to note that God is the one who empowers and strengthens us. He is in our midst with even only two of us let alone a small group (Matthew 18:20).
Jesus is in our midst, and with that realization, all fear disappears. We want to see Him and hear from Him as we recognize His presence.
Believers gather together in the name of Jesus. He promises that He never leaves us or forsakes us, and it is a promise for us now and in the future.
There has to be a reason for His presence. He promises that He will be with those who desire to seek Him. We may not physically see Him, but we believe He is present because of faith.
Jesus informed His disciples that He would not be with them much longer, but told them that He would always be with them to the end of the age.
He wants us to know that the prayer and actions of two people is more powerful than that of a thousand people, and He tells us that He is with us.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.
A son was born to Seth also, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.
The heart of the believer has to come to a place to acknowledge His presence, and determine if he or she is in accord with God’s will. If God is in the midst of what you are doing, He is going to speak to you, affirm you, guide you, and even correct you.
Among two people, you can have cooperation, but you can also have conflict and even destruction. Even a small group can have trouble in accomplishing God’s will if there are differences within the group.
At the time those who feared the Lord spoke to one another. The Lord took notice and listened. So a book of remembrance was written before him for those who feared the Lord and had high regard for his name. “They will be mine,” says the Lord of Armies, “my own possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
Those who fear the Lord talk with each other. If the conversation look who is in the midst making corrections.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
With God in our midst, He will speak to us, and we need to train ourselves to listen to Him.
Wisdom is needed. God is in the conversation.
Guidance is needed. Jesus is there.
Understanding is needed. Jesus is there.
1 Corinthians 14:33
…since God is not a God of disorder but of peace.
God is in the midst to bring about order and not to create disorder. He provides guidance for order and proper function.
A person’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps.
Planning is necessary, but God is the one who must affirm the plans. We are to be sensitive to His wisdom and guidance through the process, including making changes when and where they should be made. As we listen to Him and remain focused upon Him, He will make us shine in the process.
The Lord will not leave him in the power of the wicked one or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.
Think of what Jesus means to you in your life.
The name of Jesus is a name of power and authority. He is the one who will clean up your life and order your steps.
The name of Jesus represents the Godhead. In that name, the fullness of the Godhead (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is present. They are all present and all of them are there when we call upon His name. He is there to protect you…His investment.
For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
He will stand and shepherd them in the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord his God. They will live securely, for them his greatness will extend to the ends of the earth. He will be their peace. When Assyria invades our land, when it marches against our fortresses, we will raise against it seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.
1 Peter 5:4
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
A group of servants within a church or organization may call a meeting, but it should be the desire of the group to have access to God.
We are to desire God’s presence, to hear His voice, and to receive His guidance. We want His favor and His peace.
No one gets to God’s presence without Jesus; therefore, we gather together in the name of Jesus.
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
When we come together, Jesus is with us, whether it is two people or a hundred people.
We can do whatever God has purposed for us to do (no matter the number of people).
Nehemiah learned this very lesson. He succeeded in spite of a small group and opposition.
Faith says Jesus is with us, even though we don’t physically see Him.
He has promised to be with us.
He reveals that He is with us.
When it was evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were gathered together with the doors locked because they feared the Jews. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” After saying this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Jesus is in the midst of us. He is there, and we have to trust in it. The promise to believers in Jesus Christ is that when you meet, He is there.
- All authority and power is in His name (Matthew 28:18).
- Every knee shall bow to His name (Philippians 2:10).
- He has a claim to ownership of everything within the meeting (His Lordship).
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.
For it is God who is working in you both according to his good purpose.