The All Nations Conference theme at STP this year is "Having A Biblical World View." I have always taught that we are to make disciples of every nation and every nation must reciprocate by doing their part for God's intention. While in the Philippines this year, the Holy Spirit gave me a word for the Filipino youth: Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo I am with you always even to the end of the age.”
When Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations, He meant that all nations should go into all other nations to accomplish His work. He did not designate just a selected few. The discipling of nations entails more than the salvation message only. Ephesians 2:19 tells us that we have dual citizenship; "fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household." God's government and kingdom carries social, political, environmental, spiritual and economic implications. This is God's intention in every area of His government and kingdom. Genesis 1:28 "We are to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule in all the earth."
Jesus' word in Matthew 28 is a command of sending. This means there should not be a nation on the earth that would have the authority or power to restrain the people of that nation to boundaries, limits and governmental laws. No nation (when enlightened by the Word of God) should hold their people hostage. Keeping them from fulfilling their Kingdom responsibility in all the earth is a stronghold against God's people; When He ascended on high He sent the Holy Spirit with power, authority and gave gifts to men to accomplish the intention of God through all who call Him "Lord." This will be the work of the Holy Spirit until the end of the age.
If the United States of America can take Navajos and make them Code Talkers that change the direction of World War ll, God can take Navajos and make them Code Breakers and send them to other nations and break the code of affliction, bondage and oppression.
"Having A Biblical World View" requires serving the Holy Spirit and believing the Kingdom of God in heaven will be done on earth. We have tendencies that often make us think if we ask God and He doesn't answer right away, it must be His will for us not to have what we ask for; however, this is contradictory to His word. Mark 11:23 "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says."
Many people stop short of an encounter with God because they are satisfied with their theology of God. In this culture we have an "appetite for answers" rather than an "appetite for an experience." Jesus taught by His Father's standard which was unfathomable and incomprehensible at times. We must live and teach by His standard and rules. In the book of Acts, Luke tells of his investigation about all that Jesus began to do and teach before He was taken up to heaven. If I teach you from the word, my experience with God, I should also teach you from the word what I have not experienced. WHY? Because the word is the standard that Jesus lived by. Jesus, called the twelve, sent the 70 and filled the 120 and saved the 3,000. Then, Acts 1:8 began to be fulfilled. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
If we are going to understand the sovereign move of God in the earth, we must also heed the words of Gabriel who said, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God" and he gave Mary these words: "For nothing will be impossible with God." I want to take that one little verse, Luke 1:37, and look very closely at what it is saying. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” The two words (the preposition and the noun) “with God” is called a “noun phrase.” “With” is a preposition and is defined as a function word. We have interpreted this as if we are going to “trust in the Lord with all of our heart and soul and lean not unto our own understanding (and He will direct our path.”) We feel that all we have to do is to sit back and trust. That is true; but sometimes it is misconstrued when it comes to the fact that you are included in this work of the Spirit. The preposition "with" is YOU.
It is imperative to comprehend this fact. God is the Thinker of the Trinity. I know the plans I have for you. Jesus is the Speaker of the house (because, He says only what He hears from His Father.) The Holy Spirit is the action behind what Jesus is saying (inasmuch as He is The Counselor, Comforter, Helper and Teacher.) The Spirit pushes on your spirit in order that you would go into action. We get a vision, a dream, a thought, or an impression and begin to move forward in God by the Spirit. This is what we find in the book of Acts: The Apostles moving by the Spirit and learning every step of the way.
"Making disciples of nations" must start with the transformation of one person. If you can transform one person you can transform a family; and if you can transform a family, you can transform a nation. It is time to investigate what God has done, is doing and shall do through you.
Dr. Herb Hutchinson