ARCHBISHOP AND PRESIDING PRELATE
His Beatitude Sir Godfrey Gregg DD
He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. – 2 Corinthians 5:15
Let me remark that being “led by the Spirit of God” is a remarkable expression. The Bible does not say, “As many as are driven by the Spirit of God.” No, the devil is a driver, and when he enters either into me or into hogs he drives them furiously.
God turned down David’s offer to build Him a house. David lived in a really nice house himself. Second Samuel calls it a “house of cedar,” an Old Testament way of saying “blingin’.” Meanwhile, God dwelt in a drafty old tent, so David thought he would do a favor for God and upgrade His abode. But God said,
In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word… saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’… I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name… And I will give you rest from all your enemies… Will you build me a house? The Lord declares to you that He will make you a house. – 2 Samuel 7:7-14
God did not need David to build a house for Him. In fact, God was building one for David. God said David’s offer did please Him, however (2 Chronicles 6:8), because it revealed two things about David’s heart — two things that should characterize any believer’s heart: he was filled with a desire to sacrifice for God’s kingdom, and he was completely yielded in surrender to God. These two characteristics embody the posture of “active waiting”. Let’s look at them one at a time.
To our beloved Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel Healing School Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson, Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England; Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean, Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, Queen Abbess Dr. Patricia Hackshaw, Cardinal Sir Eric Alleyne, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.
A Desire to Sacrifice
David felt so overwhelmed at what God had done for him that his heart overflowed with a desire to give back to God.
This pleased God, so while God told David he could not build the temple, He did allow him to collect the materials that his son Solomon would use to build the temple. The writer of Chronicles records that David provided “a large amount” of materials, more than could be counted, and “at great pains” to himself (1 Chronicles 22:4, 1 Chronicles 22:14).
A heart that truly understands the Gospel overflows with gratefulness to God. Extravagant grace produces extravagant givers.
David knew he had been nothing when God chose him to be king: a shepherd, the lowliest occupation in Israel, and the “least” of eight sons. Are you a David today? God moved David from the keeper of sheep to the King over Israel.
God gave him everything. And even more than an earthly kingship, God gave him forgiveness of sins and an eternal inheritance in Heaven. David was declared a man after the heart of God’s own heart. So where are we standing today? The years roll on and steals away.
David’s heart burst with thanksgiving.
Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? – 2 Samuel 7:18
He had to do something. Something big. With all the blessings that God poured out on David, in good times and bad times David was determined to do something for the Lord and something very BIG. So here I am about to pour out my heart and my complaints to God and I want to do a big thing on your behalf.
Have you ever stopped to think about how much you “owe” to God? Where would you be had Jesus not come to earth to save you? He had no obligation to come. What were you when He came for you? You were condemned, having sold yourself to sin. Yet, God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). He voluntarily absorbed the sting of your rejection and died in shame upon a cross in your place, going through hell itself for you, just so you could live with Him in indescribable joy forever. When you understand that in your heart, it changes your attitude toward what to do with your life. How could it not? My beloved brothers and sisters of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel the Grace of God will sustain us and all it takes is putting your trust in the Lord and let Him direct our path.
Realizing the love of God for us produces love for God in us. Extravagant generosity compels extravagant response. Are we willing to give of our best to the Lord today. I call on you to lift up the Name of the Lord even in the worst of the circumstances.We are called to give to the Lord and without reservation. You will receive of the Lord pressed down, shaken together and running over. A little of your time to read this email, a little time to pray. You don’t have to make yourself righteous before God in prayer. That is one good reason why we approach the Throne of Grace where only Jesus hears and can answer our prayers. Lord just as I am without one plea.
When we realize how great a debt we owe to God, we become willing servants, eager to be poured out for God and His Kingdom. If we do not feel that way, we might never have truly understood the Gospel. I think a major problem is we do not want to serve but be served. As ministers we hold a very high office but yet servants. We are called to serve the people and not to take advantage of their innocence. Many people are being robbed daily of their inheritance by leaders in the name of service. Hear what the word of God says freely you received and freely you give. I am so happy that the God I know is one of justice and mercy.
Gifts that please God express a heart of deep gratefulness and passionate worship.
Jesus praised the woman, for example, who poured out the expensive perfume on His feet, not because He needed that perfume — after all, it sweetened the air for only a few minutes, and was wasted in an economic sense — but because it expressed His priceless value to her. Jesus didn’t need the perfume; it was she who needed to wash His feet with her tears and offer her most expensive possession. Jesus would wash her soul with His blood; she needed to declare His worthiness. What would you have done if it were you? You still have moments to share the same sentiments with your time and possessions. God does not need what we have, it our duty to give to Him as He has blessed us and so He can give us more of the things He has in store for us.
God calls us to be generous, not because He has needs, but because He wants us to become generous, as He is. Generosity is not something God wants from us, you see, as much as something He wants for us. He wants us to be consumed with His glory and filled with compassion, just like He is, moving instinctively to a world of need around us.
Toward the end of his life, David wanted again to give something to God — a field on which God would construct the temple. The owner told David he could just have it. But David responded, No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing. (2 Samuel 24:24)
David would not give to God an offering that cost him nothing, because by this point he understood well that his offerings were not about meeting God’s needs, but about expressing God’s worthiness. If the gift had been about meeting God’s needs, then a free field would suffice. But to give God a gift that cost David nothing would not express to God how he felt about Him.
So, is your heart ready to be led?
The first question to ask is this: Have you offered your life to God in grateful sacrifice? When last have you given an offering to the work of the Lord and this ministry? How about your time and experience? Have you ever given a widow’s mite? Then this is your opportunity to show God’s gratefulness and gratitude for your life. That is all He ask of you in these dark hours. You asked for a job and you got it, Have you given back anything? Whatever your need today just give and see your blessings come down.
God steers moving ships — ships driven by the winds of worship, gratefulness, love to God for what He’s done, and compassion for those He cares about.
Not only did David present his life back to God as a grateful sacrifice, he also yielded himself to God in complete surrender. Whatever God would command, David stood ready to obey. So later, when the prophet Nathan told David what God wanted from him, he obeyed with great zeal. His exuberance in obedience became so contagious that he brought all of Israel along with him into his offering 1 Chronicles 22:2-19.
Following Jesus means a full surrender of our wills to God. He will not accept anything short of the fullness He requires. You need to surrender one hundred percent. To whom shall we go, so why are you holding back?
David likely remembered how his predecessor, King Saul, had failed so badly in this. Rather than giving God what he asked, Saul had offered a substitute — although a generous one — in place of surrender. God rebuked Saul with these harsh words, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22
At the end of the day, obedience is what God desires most from us.
The first command Jesus gave for those who follow Him is the complete surrender of our wills. He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me” Matthew 16:24.
“Deny yourself” means a total surrender of every desire in your heart to God. Every dream, every desire, every ambition. You say “no” to all that you want from life so that you are ready to say “yes” to all that He wants from it. “Take up your cross” means you embrace His agenda in life rather than your own. The cross is the best-known Christian symbol, but for many Christians it has become little more than a sentimental piece of jewelry to hang around their neck. For the first disciples, it was no piece of jewelry. The cross was an instrument of oppression, torture, pain, and death. Crosses struck fear into the hearts of all who beheld them. Yet this is the image Jesus says should characterize the lives of His followers.
To follow Jesus means that you die to any control you maintain over your life. Like a man on a cross, you place yourself under Jesus’ complete domination, with no more dreams of your own. Dead men have no more ambition for their lives.
Have you ever presented your life to God that way — with no conditions, no restrictions?
This Is the Will of God for You
Grateful sacrifice and complete surrender. When Paul summed up in Romans 12:1 what God wants from us, he called for those exact two things:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1
We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God as an act of worship. Notice that we do this in response to something — the mercies of God. The mercies of God in the Gospel, Paul believes, should cause us to be so overwhelmed with gratefulness that we joyfully die to everything we have wanted from life so that we can live to fulfill His desires.
So again, I ask you to consider: Where would you be without Jesus?
Short answer: Lost. Forever. The only way others will hear about the gospel is through us. Others are at exactly the same place that we would be without Jesus. We may not speak the Gospel but we are to be living it daily. Let our lives be the only book that some people read and as Matthew putts it “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good work and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
As I often said, “It wouldn’t matter if Jesus died a thousand times if no one ever heard about it.” It is impossible to understand that and not have your heart rise up to say, “Please, Lord, send me! Use me! I’m ready! Give your command.”
The true Spirit of Jesus serves the mission of the cross. His goal is to make the cross larger in our hearts and to compel us to yield our lives in service to its purpose. The Holy Spirit, you could say, is always leading to the cross or from it, to carry its message of healing to others. Let us go out in peace and save those that are lost and heading the downward path.. This is our time to shine and meet the requirements that God set out in His word. You will always be in my heart and as I close this message Let the Grace of God saturates your hearts and give Him praise.