6 - His Draw Can Be Rejected

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire. It is possible to reject the draw of the Spirit, like a flame doused with water. Consider the following:

Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

This came on the heels of a multitude rejecting the invite. You and I can not turn God's draw on and off. His draw is a precious gift that should be responded to, immediately. Saving a response for later will not work, if His draw is no longer present.

5 - When God Draws

1. In General, God Is Constantly Drawing – God is active behind the scenes drawing men at all times:

This Is His Active Promise - John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

He Sets An Open Invitation - Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. John 7:37 … “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

He Invites Us To Come Today - 2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

The Draw of Creation - Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Psalm 19:1 The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat

Specifically, His Draw Is Sovereign

Our Experience Requires His Specific Draw - John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him”

He Arranges Divine Appointments - Acts 16:24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.  28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”  29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.

4 - Who God Draws

Does God draw good people? Churchgoers? Americans? Muslims? Children? Adults? Kids? Here's some verses from His Word on the topic:

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

John 1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.

Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.

1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Ultimately, it's the heart of God is to reconcile everyone to himself through the sacrifice of Jesus. God draws ALL men. While it is true that He knows who will respond and who will not – ALL MEN are drawn! We believe that there’s not a person you know that He has not drawn.

God can do the drawing solely by Himself:

Acts 9:3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Acts 9:4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

God more often parters with us to draw people:

Acts 16:13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.

Beware any teaching of man that would say that God does not draw all men. Beware doctrine that teaches that God brought some people into the world to send them to hell

Hell Was Created For No Man - Matthew 25:41 - “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

God Takes No Please In A Man Dying Outside Of His Son's Sacrifice - Ezekiel 33:11 ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’

3 - How God Draws

How Does God Draw People? The fact is, He uses just about anything, anywhere, anytime with anyone. God is not limited in getting our attention.  With that, there are a couple of key things He uses to grab our attention:

1.  through the Person of Jesus Christ – John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. The actual lifting up Jesus on the cross was promised to draw people to Himself, and it did and does.

  • lifted up - hupsoō - to elevate, (literally or figuratively):—exalt, lift up.

This lifting up wasn't just speaking about the cross. It applies to our elevation or magnification of Jesus. When we shine the spotlight on His Person, character, works or deeds, it works as an attraction to draw the attention of other to him as well:

Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

2. through the Process of Revelation

 Matthew 16:15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.

  • apokaluptō - ap-ok-al-oop'-to - to take off the cover, that is, disclose:—reveal.

Galatians 1:15 But when God…was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me…

The revelation process is a "you and God" thing. He shows up on our doorstep and reveals who He is, and often, who we are.

Woman At The Well - John 4:16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”

Rich Young Ruler – Matthew 19:20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

This process of revelation doesn't always happen at once. It can take place through a number of encounters, and tends to be progressive. Truthfully, this process of drawing can be quite painful depending on how “thick headed you are.”

This process is important to understand, especially as a parent or ministry leader. While we do all we can to teach and lead, we understand that god must do His part and draw. As a parent, you should watch and pray for this activity in the lives of your children! It is critical. We are not raising families to know bible facts and figures. We are raising them with the expectation that they will have a born again relational experience with the creator of the universe. We teach our children. But they need a revelation of Him!

3. through the Word of God

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ

We need to incorporate the Word into our lives, discussions, ministries, homes, etc. If we expect God to draw, that drawing is always accelerated with the Word!

4. through the Work of the Holy Spirit 

 John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

The Spirit is unfettered in dealing with a person. He is not limited by space or time. He can deal with a person lying in bed at night. He can ignite a single sentence in a movie. Ultimately, the Spirit of God is the reach of the Godhead that touches man's dead spirit to inflate it like a dried out balloon.

With that, every church should desire the Presence and working of God's Spirit in their gatherings, because He can do what no talent, persona or effort could ever do. He can, and He will grab the hearts of all men. He draws. In our gatherings we expect His drawing.

5.through His Supernatural working - Acts 5:12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.

6. through our Missional efforts 

 Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

7. through life’s circumstances - God uses bad circumstances, usually brought on by our own actions, to get our attention. It can often be the reaping of our own bad actions previously sewn that God uses to get our attention. Knowing that God desires to draw all men, and uses these bad circumstances, we have to be careful not to fix everything for the people you love so they don’t experience some negative circumstances.

Ultimately, God's drawing process needs to be responded to with a decision... the decision that says, "Yes. I believe. Yes, I will abandon my course. Yes, I will follow you."

2 - Why God Draws

1. He Is Actively Relational At His Core - We are who we are. It is who we are at the core. Based on that core, we act. If we are kind-hearted, our actions reveal our makeup. If we are greedy, our actions will show it. God, at his core, is love. It is who he is. God doesn't just love people. He is love. His actions flow out of who He is

1 John 4:8, 16 God is love. (God is more than loving… He IS love)

a) He Created Man For A Loving Relationship - God desired to have a relationship with man. It is revealed in the creation of Adam.

Genesis 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

b) He Desires Reciprocation From EVERYONE - God wants a relationship with every person. He reaches out to every person. He longs for a response. He longs to be our loving God. He is not willing to share that caliber of relationship with other Gods.

Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

c) He Remedies All Blockades With His LOVE - as we study God and man's relationship, we see Adam's sin causing a blockade between the two. God is so committed to the relationship that though man created the barrier, God sent His only son to remove the barrier.

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

God is Ddoing this right now in the lives of EVERYONE!

2. Without His Draw We Would Never Find Him - we learn from scripture that man is so lost and in the dark, that he is hopelessly unable to find God, even on His best day. A veil clouds his mind, and scales cover His eyes so that he cannot even see the obvious. God, still desiring a relationship with all of us, is faithful to reach out to us through His drawing process.

Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;  there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away

1 Corinthians 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

This is how Jesus brought you to Himself. You didn't find Him, He drew you! This is what He is doing in the lives of others also. This is what needs to happen for your friends and family to know Him. This is what we pray for. This is what we rely on as we attempt to win them to Him.

1 - God Draws

Helkuo is a Greek word in the New Testament used to describing the supernatural process by which God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) reveals himself and draws people into a deepening personal relationship.

Consider the following verses in which "helkuo" appears in the original Greek:

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him”

The point of this study is to help you understand the process God uses to call you, your family and your church to partner with Him to see His goals accomplished.

Snapshots Of God's Drawing Process:

 Luke 19 – Jesus Physically draws Zacchaeus into a relationship

  • verse 1 Jesus …was passing through.
  • verse 3 Zac was intrigued, and wanted to see who Jesus was. Being a shorter man, and because of the crowd, he climbed into a tree to catch a glimpse as He passed by. 
  • verse 5, "When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

Acts 8 – God’s Word, the Holy Spirit & and the Apostle Philip were used to draw Ethiopian Eunuch

  • So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”