Come Over And Help Us
Acts 16:9-10 — “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”
This story is the account of Paul being led by the Holy Spirit to change direction, in regards to his missionary journey. This change in direction would lead to the beginning of Western civilization.
A VISION APPEARED TO PAUL
This is a picture of the Holy Spirit giving direction to Paul, in regards to ministry. There is a lesson here that we all must understand. All ministry must be guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. If the work we attempt to carry out for the Lord is not birthed and guided by the Holy Spirit, then the work is of man and will be in vain.
THERE STOOD A MAN OF MACEDONIA
This man that Paul saw was a pagan who needed the one true God. He is a picture of a lost and dying world. All who are without Christ are pagans, in the sense that they don’t know the Lord.
This man represents all the lost souls of the entire planet. The multitude is seen in the one, for salvation is personal. Not all will hear or accept, but still the church is commissioned to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:15).
COME OVER AND HELP US
I pray that you will hear what I am saying with the ear of the Spirit. Hear today the cries of the lost, pitiful, bound slaves of Satan. They are blind, begging destitute, looking for hope, and looking for peace from the torment of sin. They are crying, “Come over and help us.”
Let me turn the cry around, and let me say to you, personally: Come over and help us! My plea today is the same as if Paul or even Jesus Christ Himself was standing before you. The cry would be, “Come over and help us.”
We have a Macedonian call. We have a vision; we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit; we have heard the voice of the Lord; and we have the message that will set humanity free. “Come over and help us.”
Now let me ask you, who are you helping? What are you doing?
The church today is nothing more than a presentation of spiritual harlotry, climbing into bed with every false religion and every lie that hell has to offer. Our modern day prophets and spiritual leaders are nothing more than prosperity pimps, New Age motivational speakers, and pop psychologists who preach lies and are sending people to hell. Today’s false apostles are angels of light. They are blind leading the blind, and they both are not just heading for the ditch, they are heading for hell.
This is what Jesus would say to most of today’s spiritual leaders:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Mat. 23:27-28).
Isaiah said this of false apostles,“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs” (Is. 56:10).
The church doesn’t need another Starbucks in the lobby. The church needs to rebuild the altar. In pleading with each of you that read this, “Come over and help us.” The bottom line is, you can either help the harlot of Babylon or you can help the Lamb of God. “Come over and help us.”
Our children are being victimized and ravaged by perverted predators; 40 million Americans are bound by drugs, alcohol, or both. Poor blind souls are worshipping snakes, cows, crystals, and demon spirits. Lives are being devoured by Satan. “Come over and help us.”
Let the words of Amos be heard today:
p. “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though you offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from Me the noise of your songs; for I will not hear the melody of your viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” (Amos 5:21-24).
And friend, that mighty stream is the blood of Jesus Christ, and His blood still sets men free.
“Come over and help us.” Help us to preach the gospel. That’s our plea. Help us to be able to continue preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ over television, radio, and the many other varied outreaches that the Lord has opened up for us. We have the message; we have the truth. Now, all we need is you. What will you do?
This article is a reprint from the January 2007 issue of The Evangelist.