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The Value of
 Nothing

November 11, 1999

Re: The Value of Nothing

Hi Jane:

Jane you expressed to me your frustration over your life. You see others around you who have everything but you can barely keep your car running let alone buy a new car. They have all the good jobs and all you can seem to find is a job that just pays over minimum wage. I spent some time in prayer asking the Lord to minister to me what to minister to you about your concerns. The answer He gave me was to share with you, "The Value of Nothing". Jane, there are three reasons why we come to nothing in our lives: 1) So Jesus can get us where He wants us; 2) Because of our obedience to Jesus; and 3) because of disobedience.

First we come to nothing so Jesus can get us where He wants us. After completing junior college with two associate degrees in electronics and liberal arts, the Lord dealt with me that he wanted me to go to a Christian University and complete my studies in theology. At this point I had completed 5Ĺ years of college. During the third semester at this Christian University, something happened: I accidentally broke my back. This led to my having to leave school for a time.

About a month after being back home, while I was having my Quiet time with the Lord, I asked the Lord why he pulled me out of school. He told me two reasons: that I needed a rest from school and because he wanted me to write a book on evangelism interrelating the conservative, evangelical and charismatic Biblical concepts of evangelism. So Jesus brought me to nothing, closed the door on me in school temporarily, because writing this book on evangelism, at this point in my life, was more important to Him than currently finishing my education. There was a reason for that: later when I did go back to college at that same university, I used this book to teach and train Layman students in Evangelism. So Jesus used nothing to get me where He wanted me to write this Textbook on Evangelism.

It took me four years to complete the writing of that 400 page textbook. About the time it was finished, my life dried up financially. No matter what I did, I couldnít seem to get sufficient employment in my hometown. So I prayed and asked the Lord what he wanted me to do. The answer I got was it was His time for me to move back to where that Christian University was to complete my college education. So a second time Jesus brought me to nothing to move me back to where he had removed me earlier. These are examples of Jesus bringing us to nothing to get us where He wants us.

Second, we come to nothing because of walking in obedience to Jesus. Paul said and wrote:

"Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)

"And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." (2 Tim 3:12)

When I was young, I led my younger brother to Jesus and my parents threw me out of the home. Because of my obedience to Jesus, I was brought to nothing. Many times I lost a job, not because I was not a good employee, but because I shared Jesus with employees. This happened once when I was starting Junior College. The only job I had been able to secure was in a close nearby town. That caused it to be some what of a hardship going back and forth to work and being in school at the same time. One day during my lunch break at work there was an employee sitting at another table. I thought I would go over and share Jesus with him. Suddenly I saw my manager off the side. He was hostile to Christianity, and so I started to hesitate. As I did, however, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "Do not fear him, go over and share the Gospel with this man!" So I did. As a result that man prayed and received Jesus into his life that day. An hour later my boss called me to his office and fired me for sharing Jesus with another employee. This is an example of coming to nothing through obedience to Christís commands in His word. The Lord had allowed this because going back and forth was taking too much of my time that was needed for studies, so He provided me a job that was closer to campus. Jesus used nothing to improve my situation.

The third reason we come to nothing is because of disobedience. David was king of Israel. He became king through trusting God to put him in that place because he had called and anointed him for that purpose through Samuel the prophet. It was twenty-five years later, however, before he actually sat on the throne. During that twenty-five years Saul, the current king of Israel, seeing Godís anointing on David, kept trying to kill him. David, in order to save his life, had to flee Israel. This resulted in his coming to nothing for a while. During this time in the wilderness God provided David three opportunities to kill Saul, but David chose to put his trust in God to fulfill His call in his life and not touch Godís anointed. In time Saul was killed in battle and David was made king. God blessed and prospered David as king and gave him victory over all their enemies and for the first time in Israelís history they lived in peace.

However, later in Davidís life as King, one night, while his men were out in battle at the front line, David decided not to go. David decided not to obey the Lord in his use of time and became idle as a result. Have you ever heard the expression "An Idle mind is the playground of the Devil"? Well there was never a truer statement than that. David should have been on the front lines doing battle with his brothers. Instead David was idle, not using his time as God wanted him to. It is when we are idle that Satan will surely bring temptation our way. David went up on the roof and "Woah!!! Look at that beautiful woman!" Not only beautiful but bathing in the nude on her roof for David to see. David found he couldnít resist the temptation; so he called for Bathsheba, had sex with her and got her pregnant. Oh no! Her husband, Uriah, was on the front lines doing Godís will, so David called him from the front lines so he would have sex with his wife to cover his sin. Uriah, however, would not go into his wife as long as the rest of his country men were putting their lives on the line, and so slept on the doorstep of his house and wouldnít go in. Rather than being convicted by this manís character and example, David instead sent him back to battle and made sure he was placed right in front of the rest of his men. He then gave orders to his generals to have the men pulled back while leaving Uriah exposed. The end result was he was killed in battle.

David committed two very serious sins: adultery and then murder to cover his adultery. What happened as a result? God judged David and told him that what he did in secret He would do openly. Eventually one of Davidís own sons conspired against him and David had to flee the country for his life. His Son Absalom then went on the roof and had sex out in the open with ten of Davidís concubines for all of Israel to see.

David could have fought his own son, but David knew he was reaping what he had sown and believed if God wanted to restore him to the throne he would, so David submitted to this discipline of God bringing him to nothing. David had already confessed his sins to God when God confronted him with one of his prophets, and when he did, God forgave him. If God forgave him, why then did he have to bring him to nothing then? Because David had stopped diligently seeking the Lord about His life and use of time and in his decision making.  He was no longer acknowledging the Lord in his life and thoughts.  He become lazy and was making decisions without consulting God first.  As a result he started acting out of his own initiative rather than God's and fell not only into sin but into the sin of adultery and murder. As a result God had to rediscipline David all over again to wait on Him and only act out of His initiative, not his own and to obey Him. How did he do this? By putting him right back into the situation he was in before he was king: with nothing and living in the wilderness. So David came to nothing because of disobedience, and God brought him to this nothing to discipline him spiritually so he would rule justly, only as God directed him, and not out of his own initiative and wickedly.

God does the same with us when we do not walk in obedience to Him: He allows circumstances in our lives to bring us to nothing to get our attention so we will seek Him, draw near to Him and obey Him with our lives. He does this so we will depend on Him as our source, not ourselves. We usually disobey God because we stop trusting Him as our source, stop worshiping Him, and instead start trusting ourselves as our source, and worship ourselves instead of God. When this happens God has no other choice but to let us fall and come to nothing so we will return to Him. He allows this because He loves us and so we will only depend on Him for our needs, not ourselves.

Jane, why has the Lord allowed you to come to nothing? Because He has a purpose and a plan for your life. He has brought you to nothing so you will draw near to Him and seek His will and plan for your life, and so that you will rely on Him for your needs, not yourself. If He isnít providing it, you donít need it and donít want it. When we crave things we donít need, those things distract us and rob our time and keep us from fulfilling the will and plan that He has for our lives. Israel craved evil things in the wilderness after they left Egypt. The end result was they died in the wilderness and never entered the promise land. The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 106:13-15

"They quickly forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel, But craved intensely in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. So He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their-soul."

Jane, Ask Jesus to take away those things you desire that are not of Him and to give you His desire for you. If you donít let go of your worldly desires, you will leave the Lord and commit idolatry by seeking the world instead of Him. The Bible is plain: Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God.

"Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, Nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

"For this you know with certainty, that no fornicator or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience." (Ephesians 5:5-6)

"Therefore put to death your members that are on earth to fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil lust, and covetousness which is idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come." (Colossians 3:5-6, see also Isaiah 45 and Galatians 5:19-21)

"So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ĎLord, Lord,í will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ĎLord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?í And then I will declare to them, ĎI never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.í" (Matt 7:20-23)

The writer of Hebrews wrote "And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Jane, the only time we are pleasing God is when we make Him our source and walk in obedience to Him and trust Him for what we need. If right now He isnít providing it, it is because you donít need it, or because He is wanting you to trust Him for what you need; So thank Him for the value of nothing, for bringing you to nothing so you will draw close to Him and seek Him and His will and purpose for your life. If you do this, He promises that he will provide all that you need. Note His promises to you in His Word:

"But seek-continually first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." (Matt 6:33)

"And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19)

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

"You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fulness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever." (Psalm 16:11)

Jesus didnít just die for your sins, but he died for you to free you of yourself so you would depend on Him for everything. Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven." Jesus tells us in this passage that unless we become like a child who depends on their parents for everything, the things of the world we chase will keep us from entering His kingdom and will lead us away from Him. Therefore His remedy for us is to let go of world and our desire for the world and focus instead on seeking His will and walking in His will. He promises us that if we will do this that He will provide all that we need.

This is why Jesus has brought you to nothing, not because He is punishing you, but because He has a plan and a purpose for your life. Therefore what He wants you to do is not worry about how you are going to provide those things, but instead draw near to Him and seek Him as to what His will and purpose for Your life is and then focus on do that, nothing else. If you do that, He promises that He, not you, will provide those things you need in order to do His will.

"Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17)

"But seek-continually first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." (Matt 6:33)

"And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19)

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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