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Notes and excerpts from past sermons - these are not complete narrative texts but notes and excerpts from past sermons that are full of spiritual food for the soul.
1 Cor. 3:1-4 & I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2I have fed you with milk, & not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, & strife, & divisions, are ye not carnal, & walk as men? 4For while one saith, I am of Paul; & another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
Paul is speaking to those playing church – already saved & filled with the Holy Ghost.
Gifts were operating in the church but fascination with tongues, sign gifts, & there were divisions there too – He couldn’t feed them with meat. They were still babies – saved but not grown up.
Heb 5:12-14 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; & are become such as have need of milk, & not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good & evil.
You are still seeking to be taught when you should be teaching by now.
We know that we have the promise of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2 promised – Acts 1 promise fulfilled) – BUT THIS IS NOT THE END – THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF A WORK OF PERFECTION.
We say that we have the Holy Ghost baptism but we are still babes – still weak.
John 15:7 If ye abide in Me, & My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, & it shall be done unto you.
Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, & be thou cast into the sea; & shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Have we come to this point YET? Have we reached the fullness of the promise?
The only thing we are seeing is so called apostles laying empty hands on empty heads
(in other words, playing church) No anointing, no real goods, just playing a game.
But if God’s Word really abides in you & if you are REALLY IN THE VINE then your hands are not empty & you are bearing fruit – people are being ministered to.
--God’s Word abides in you only to the extent that you practice it. We must be doers, not
hearers only. We must live it & let that Word dominate us.
--God has chosen us as precious stones to be cut & shaped – rough rock with rough edges
& splinters must be sanded down.
--I urge you – get near – intimate – involved with God, & things will begin to happen in
your life, prayers will be answered.
GROWING, STEPPING OUT, ARE WE FEARFUL?
--I change not, God says. Jesus said I am the same yesterday, today, forever.
If He ever did anything (save, heal) He is still doing the same.
These (today) are still the times of Jesus
My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
NONE OF THIS HAS CHANGED
--If ye obey ye shall eat of the good of the land
--He has given you the power of a sound mind –My peace I give unto you, Jesus said
They say HE DID – but HE WON’T – HE CAN’T
But the same Word of God is still true.
I say HE CAN – HE IS – HE WILL – HE STILL DOES.
1 Sam 2:7 The Lord maketh poor, & maketh rich: He bringeth low, & lifteth up.
Yes, God raises up & puts down.
--He chooses you, you don’t choose Him
--You are where you are because of God, not your own doing alone.
--God does it, not yourself, as you allow Him
--It is only as you yield – You choose your way or God’s way
--But also God has set certain laws in motion – He has chosen the results. It is only as
you yield that you can fit into His plan – You can rebel or you can obey. Your actions
have an effect on the outcome.
Have you failed to receive from God or to be used of God?
--You closed the door on God somewhere (the knob is always on your side of the door)
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, & to kill, & to destroy: I am come that they might have life, & that they might have it more abundantly.
The devil’s job is to keep you bound, keep you in bondage, in depression, in fear & anxiety, in confusion, in unbelief, in worry.
--The enemy is still there because you haven’t resisted him.
--In all things (not, for all things) praise God ( even in sickness because of faith that
God will bring you out.
The enemy can’t stand to hear you praise God, so he will fall back.
Let me say this – If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you can stand the heat, then get cooking. Don’t stay in the kitchen just to pick at the food or in the church just to be blessed without effort. God has a work for us to do.
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, & be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Stand up & be counted. Take a stand for God.
God wants His due: 10% or more of your pocketbook, 90% or more of your day, 7 days
or more of your week, 100% of yourself.
ELIJAH WENT UP ON MT CARMAL & CHALLENGED THE PROPHETS OF BAAL
--Choose this day whom you will serve
--God of our fathers will answer (He neither sleeps or slumbers)
--He answered our fathers – He answered Elijah – He hasn’t changed, God will answer us
Why did God answer Elijah? Because he took a stand.
HEAR ME – God is looking for those who will take a stand, live by the Word, stand on the promises of God.
Ezk 47:1-5 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; &, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, & the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. 2Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, & led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; &, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. 3& when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, & he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles. 4Again he measured a thousand, & brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, & brought me through; the waters were to the loins. 5Afterward he measured a thousand; & it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
Like Ezekiel you have to get in over your head in the water.
--Near the shore you are just slinging mud
--Ankle deep or waste deep you can still dig up mud & deal with sharp stones.
--Get into swimming water & you can’t reach the mud – too busy swimming. If you are
out there in swimming water you are going with the flow/tide, where the Holy Ghost
leads, there is nothing else out there to hold on to.
The baby church was fascinated with gifts & tongues etc but not grown up.
LISTEN, grow up but don’t give up tongues, gifts, manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
--We need the gifts operating in the church
--But we need to grow up
--If you are short changing God or your brother, of what use are the gifts
--If your feet are still dirty (bogged down with mud) of what use are the gifts.
We need to grow up.
Even though you have the gifts, if satan can bind you with these other things, he has
done his job.
If I can stir you up & get you to grow up & claim what God has for you & get you to
move in close to God & get you to put His Word into active practice, then I have
begun to do my job.
GROW UP – LET THE HOLY SPIRIT DO HIS WORK IN YOU.
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