When God Seems Silent HTML version

I want you to open your Bible at John, Chapter
13. We've been speaking on following Jesus,
and I still feel that that's what God is speaking
about: following Jesus, listening to Him. We
talked about hearing His voice. Everyone is
following something. We're either following
Jesus, or we're following something else, or
someone else. The challenge of our life is to
follow Jesus, and to finish our course
passionately following Him, and following His
lead. Jesus said: if you follow Me, I will make
you to become a fisher of men; so we get the
picture straight away, if you are followers of Jesus, you will be vitally interested in
people. It just goes hand in hand.
But I want to speak today, and just share a message on: the Evidence of Your
Discipleship. There's probably a lot of things that give evidence we're disciples of Jesus,
but there's one that He actually makes unmistakable; and I want to get this right out
there, so we could put a checklist: am I a disciple of Jesus? Am I a disciple of Jesus?
How many would say: yes, I am? Okay then, well let's look at what Jesus said it meant,
to be a disciple of Him. So we look in John 13:34-35, He said: a new commandment I
give to you, that you love one another; in the same way I've loved you, you love one
another. By this will all know you're My disciples: if you have love, one for another.
So Jesus clearly, unmistakeably, identifies the evidence you are a disciple of Jesus
Christ. Now notice some of the things it is not. He does not say: anointing and authority
indicates you're a disciple; because you can have a gift, and be totally disconnected
from Jesus, just operating in faith. He does not say: position or title means that you are
a disciple of Jesus. You can be a Pastor, and still not be a disciple of Jesus. Think
about it. He does not say: healings and miracles following you, indicates you're a
disciple of Jesus; because He said to those in Matthew 7: we did signs and wonders in
your name; He said: I never knew you. It does not mean that if I'm being blessed and
prospering, that I'm a disciple of Jesus, because there are people in many countries
suffering, enduring hardship, losing their lives. They are not being blessed, as we would
measure it, in terms of finances and external things.
It does not mean Bible study and prayer; so you can be studying your Bible and praying,
and still not be a disciple of Jesus. It does not mean spiritual experiences, visions or
angelic encounters. You can be having all of those, and still not be a disciple of Jesus.
You're just having experiences - wonderful experiences; but I remember in revival,
some of the people had the most powerful experiences. I remember two of them at