Changing The World – Part 2 – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Part II

The Interworking of God’s Process

Intro: Last week, we emphasized the fact that before the world can be changed, God’s Power must be Introduced.

Nothing can happen without God’s Omnipotent power.

  • Zechariah 4:6…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Though God’s Power is imperative, He has multiple tools in His toolkit.

God has a process by which He brings about change.

To simply say we need God’s power is to understate the process by which God has chosen to use.

God has a systematic approach to changing the world.

In Genesis 1, He simply spoke the worlds into existence.

His process today is slightly more complicated and involved.

ILLUSTRATION: God could simply step out on the front porch of heaven and say to Calvary Baptist Church, “Be Revived!”, and our church would experience unprecedented, church-wide revival.

But that is not how God chooses to work.

Let’s examine a few of the Interworkings of His Process.

The word INTERWORKING means: to act one upon the other; interact; to work or weave together

This list of things we are going to look at tonight all work together in a Divine Process to bring about change.

               A. God Uses His Presence

  • Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The presence of God is a deep subject for me to try and tackle.

It is impossible to explain how an Omnipresent God can strategically use His presence to bring about change.

God is everywhere. Yet His presence at times are withheld from certain people, places and times.

               Example: READ 1 Kings 19:9-18

What was the difference between the conversation in verses 9, 10 and the one that took place in 13, 14?

God asked the exact same question, and Elijah gave Him the exact same answer. Word for word.

The difference was the manifestation of God’s presence.

With that came several things:

                              1. Specific Communication about his Crucial Responsibilities – vs. 15, 16a, 17

                              2. Specific Confirmation of his Chosen Replacement – vs. 16b

                              3. Sharp Correction of his Childish Reaction – vs. 18

               B. God Uses His Precepts

  • Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

God in His Providence has chosen to change the world with His word.

Not just His spoken word, like He did in Genesis 1.

Not just His spoken word, like He will in Revelation 19:11-21.

But God has chosen to use the WRITTEN WORD to change the world.

It is our primary weapon.

  • Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

It is our primary source of furnishing.

2 Timothy 3

  • 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
  • 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

It is our primary message.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

               C. God Uses His Preachers

  • Jeremiah 1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Notice how God chose to try and save the world from the flood. He sent a preacher.

  • 2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Notice of how God chose to save Ninevah. He sent them a preacher.

  • Jonah 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

Notice how God chose to pave the way for the Messiah. He sent them a preacher.

  • Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

               D. God Uses His People

I Peter 2

  • 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
  • 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
  • 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
  • 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Examples:

  • Joseph was used to save the world. See Genesis 41:54-57
  • Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were used to change the world. See Daniel 3:28, 29
  • Daniel was used to change the world. See Daniel 6:25-27

Conclusion: This list is of only four elements of God’s Process.

However, when you take these four elements, and allow them all to work together, change is inevitable.

When you take the people of God, the preachers of God, the precepts of God and the presence of God all interwoven and intertwined, the world cannot stop the power of the process.