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Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 4:12—For the word of God is alive, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Jesus Was A Master Swordsman…He Used The Sword Of The Spirit!


In the wilderness Satan tempted Jesus, saying, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to turn to bread.”  Jesus said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone.”  Three times Jesus said, “It is written.”  He didn’t say, I’m thinking positively about it.”  He said, “It is written…” and He quoted the Word of God. 

The word drove away Satan—but only for a season.  I can tell you that if you whip the devil today, you’re going to fight him again at a later time.  Jesus did and you will, too. 

Your spiritual, emotional and physical life depends on your swordsmanship.  The sword has two functions.  First of all, it’s a weapon of attack.  It is the only offensive weapon in the armor of God.  Secondly, it’s a weapon of defense for the whole body.  While the helmet only protects the head and the breastplate only protects the chest, the sword can protect you from the ground to over your head. 

David said, “Though a host should encamp against me, my hart shall not fear:  though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” Psalm 27:3.  Every time Satan attacks you—high, low, wide—you can defend yourself with the power and the authority of the word of God.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:10,11,14,17

Ephesians 6:10,11,14,17—Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Above all, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
There Is Only One Thing You Can Do With A Sword, And That’s Fight! 

The Bible says to “resist the devil, and he will flee form you” James 4:7.  St. Paul instructed us to “fight the good fight of faith”  1 Timothy 6:12.  Paul was a fighter.  One of the last things he wrote to the church was “I have fought a good fight.” 2 Timothy 4:7.  Another place Paul says he did not fight “as one who beats the air” 1 Corinthians 9:26.  In other words, “I’m not throwing a series of wild punches hoping I hit the devil.  If he gets close enough, it’s lights out.”   Have you ever seen one of hose boxing matches where the fighters are up there swinging over the other guy’s head, like they’re trying to create a draft to give the other guy pneumonia?  Paul said he was not swinging wildly; he was ready for combat.  He was confident that through Jesus Christ he was more than a match for the powers and principalities of darkness.  You can have that kind of confidence too…it is available for every one who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Matthew 5:20

Matthew 5:20—Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Legalists Are Not Concerned About What You Are, But What You Do.  You Can Gossip And Slander, Lie And Live A Double Life, Just As Long As You Keep Their Rules!

There are three dimensions of righteousness in scripture:  Selfrighteousness, imputed righteousness and imparted righteousness. 

The Pharisees were selfrighteous.  They were legalists who kept manmade rules to obtain righteousness with God.  They fasted, prayed and tithed yet they were smug, arrogant, heady and highminded.  They were religious, but very lost.

The second kind of righteousness is imputed righteousness.  “Imputed” means “credited to my account,” and it refers to the righteousness we receive at the cross.  Romans 4 says, “And therefore it was imputed to him Abraham for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him, but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe in Him that raised up Jesus our Lord form the dead” verses 2224.  When I accepted Christ, He gave me a dazzling white robe of righteousness that covers all of my imperfections. 

The third kind of righteousness is imparted righteousness.  “Imparted” means ‘that which is done in me.”  When I got saved, God handed me his book of standards, the Bible, and said, Make your daytoday choices based on my Word.  Imparted righteousness is living by the standards of God as specified in the Bible, the owner’s manual for the soul.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33—Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all of these things will be added unto you.
What Exactly Does Righteousness Mean Here?  To Be “As You Ought To Be,” That Is, To Live According To God’s Standard!

Our standard of righteousness is the word of God.  “For I am not shamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” Romans 1:16.  How do people hear about righteousness?  From the gospel.  The gospel of Jesus Christ makes men aware of righteousness or ‘the way it ought to be” as God sees it.  You know we have the crazy idea that our opinion matters.  Let me give you some shocking news.  Your opinion doesn’t matter about anything.  Only God’s opinion matters and His opinions are found in the Bible. When you die and face God, He’s not going to judge you by the opinions of the professors of your Ivy League school; He’s going to judge you according to His standards of holiness as expressed in His word.

That’s why the ungodly and liars and whoremongers and homosexuals and witches and murderers and pornographers and abortionists and feminists and secular humanists hate the gospel and hate the people who preach the gospel.  They hate the Bible, because every page of this book screams, “You’re wrong.”  If they were to accept this as truth, they would have to change their lifestyles—and they simply do not want to do that.  Therefore, you can either please the world, the flesh and the devil, or you can please Jesus Christ, who called you to be a soldier in the army of God.  Stand upon the word by the grace of God.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Isaiah 48:22

Isaiah 48:22—There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.
There Will Never Be Any Peace In Your Life Until You Reconcile Your Life To The Prince Of Peace, Who Is Jesus Christ, The son of the Living God!


Where is peace found?  Peace is not found in drugs or alcohol…peace is not found in meditation or your daily horoscope.

Peace is the fruit of reconciliation with God!

You cannot be at war with God and have the peace of God.  The Bible says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” Isaiah 26:3.  There is no peace to the adulterer…there is no peace to the fornicator…there is no peace to the abortionist…there is no peace to the pornographer…there is no peace to the wife abuser or child abuser…there is no peace to the fearful and unbelieving…there is no peace to the gossip or talebearer…there is no peace to the cold, casual, carnal, compromising Christian. 

In the heart of every human being is sense of inner wrongness and uneasiness.  The word of God calls it guilt.  It is your conscience.  University professors teach us that conscience is an unnecessary primitive leftover.  They’re wrong.  Conscience is the watchdog of heaven and it says in the word of God that you cannot dupe it and you cannot drown it out.  Conscience is the voice of God that says,” You are not living according to My standards.”  You cannot stop your conscience and the pain thereof by explaining it away with new morality.  You cannot silence your conscience by giving new names to old sins. 

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1.  There can be no peace until you reconcile your life with God.  The Bible says, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.  Then the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Hebrews 11:32, 38

Hebrews 11:32, 38—…and of the prophets…Of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains and in dens and caves of the earth.
We Must Be Prepared For Conflict, Not Comfort!

People fail to stand in the evil day because they have succumbed to the comfort syndrome.  Everything in America today, including the church, must be absolutely, positively comfortable.  We want to be cool when it’s hot and hot when it’s cold.  We have to have cars with posturepedic seats, steam-heated doorknobs and engines that run by computers and cars that talk to us.  We have homes that by third world standards are palaces.  Our clothes cannot just be things that go around and meet in the front, they must be in fashion.  This is the generation with Calvin Klein on their behind and nothing on their mind. 

But our objective in the army of God, Paul says, is to please Him who called us to be a soldier.  Our objective is not to appease CNN or make the ACLU feel comfortable or make the secular humanists love us—it’s to please the Living God and nobody else.

God’s highest goal is not your comfort.  God’s highest goal is that you conform to the image of Jesus Christ—and Jesus Christ was a servant who was called to sacrifice.  When you sell out heart, soul, mind and body to Christ, you may be called to sacrifice.  That’s what Jesus did.  Calvary is not the name of a picnic ground just outside the eastern wall of Jerusalem.  It is the place of a battlefield where Jesus Christ made a stand against the hordes of hell.  Thank God He won the victory!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:15

Ephesians 6:15—And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

You Can Be A Great Soldier, But If You Can’t Walk To Where The Fight Is, You’re Useless!

Shoes give mobility.  But there’s a difference between motion and progress.  Many Christians are going around in circles, but they never arrive.  They are continually in motion but making no progress.  They’re always on the move…drifting from church to church…from group to group… from doctrine to doctrine.  If you’re like that, get in a church and stay in it.  Be planted by rivers of living water and produce fruit.

Shoes give stability and mobility.  Paul calls the shoes “the gospel of peace.”  What is that?  Gospel means good news, so the shoes are the good news of peace.  He is not talking about world peace; he’s talking about peace between God and man.  From the fall of man in the Garden of Eden until the cross of Calvary, man was at war with God.  The Bible presents man as being at war with God, because sin must be punished.  Then Jesus Christ went to the cross and united sinful man to God.  Peace was made at Calvary by the sacrifice of God’s own son.

Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  The fact is, if you have not received Jesus Christ, peace is not possible…stability is not possible…progress is not possible.  But because of Calvary, there is peace between God and man.  God is now on my side.  If you forget everything else I say here, remember that. Because of Calvary, God is now on my side.  The Bible says, “And having made peace through the blood of His cross,” we are reconciled to God Colossians 1:20.  Remember that when Satan roars against you, you are not alone.  God is on my side because of Calvary. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:10

Ephesians 6:10—Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of hi might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Every Day Of Your Life You’re Involved In An Emotional, Physical, And Spiritual Fight.  You’re Either Going To Win Or Lose; You’ll Either Be The Victor Or The Victim!

Millions of people live in perpetual defeat and humiliation because they do not understand spiritual warfare.  Why is it that some people constantly struggle and never reach their goal?  Why is it that some people are perpetually frustrated with sickness and financial reversal and emotional crises?   Why is it that some people seem to have continued success without any effort at all, while others seem crushed by endless litanies of unexplained tragedies? 

We were brought up with the idea to believe that fighting was the exception, not the rule.  But that is not true.  Everyday, you are going to be involved in some sort of fight.  You’re either going to wear a crown, or you’re going to live in chains.  You’re going to live in shame and despair or you’re going to have the shout of victory in your mouth and the choice is yours.  You must know who your enemy is, and how to fight and win.

The army of God is led by Jesus Christ the author and the finisher of your faith.  He is the captain of our salvation.  You are to be what He is –not a whiny pacifist defeated by every adversary, but a conqueror. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

1 Corinthians 3:13

1 Corinthians 3:13—Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If You Are A Christian, There Is Fire In Your Future!


There is a fire in the future of every man, woman and child in the church.  Paul wrote that every man’s work will be tried by fire in the day of God’s judgment.  He said your work will be one of two kinds of material:  wood, hay and stubble; or gold, silver and precious stones.  Wood hay and stubble are burned up by fire instantly.  Gold, silver and precious stones only become more valuable in the fire.  When we stand before God in the Day of Judgment this is the judgment seat of Christ for the righteous, God will take your works and your motives, and He will put the fire of His righteousness on it.  If you serve God with a pure motive, it will withstand the fire, as gold, silver and precious stones.  But if you serve God out of your own vainglory, it will go up in smoke like wood, hay and stubble.

Are you bowing before the gods of this world?  There’s a fire in your future.  It’s called the lake of fire.  It’s for ever and ever.  It’s the fire that’s never quenched, the place of torment according to Luke 16.  It is the place of remembrance; it is the place of recognizance.  You’ll know who you are, you’ll know where you are, and it will be forever and forever and forever.  There’s no escape. 

So there’s a fire in your future.  If you’re saved, it’s at the judgment bar of God, and the fire will test your works.  If you’ve rejected Christ, it’s the fire of eternal torment, the fire that nobody can put out!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:17

Daniel 3:17—If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Sing In The Midnight Hour Like Paul And Silas!


The three Hebrew children told Nebuchadnezzar, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.”  Are you in trouble right now?    Are you in the fiery furnace of sickness?  Are you in the fiery furnace of financial crisis?  Have you been mastered by worry and depression?  I have good news for you.  “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver you.”

Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had been taught the word of God by their parents.  They knew that the God of Israel is the God who delivers.  He’s the God who conquered mighty Pharaoh down in Egypt by turning the water to blood.  He brought death to all the firstborn.  He’s the God who drowned Pharaoh and when his bloated corpse drifted to the shore, Moses pointed to Pharaoh’s lifeless body and said, “Our God is able to deliver us.”

But notice the words of the text. “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.”  God does not deliver those who do not serve.  God does not come to deliver deadbeats; they become crispies in the fire.  He comes to deliver servants.  So how are you serving God?  Do you tithe?  Do you pray?  Do you serve?

Jesus said, “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant” Matthew 23:11.  Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”  Where are you serving?  How well are you serving where you are serving?  If you are not serving, when you get in the fire God won’t come for you.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Malachi 3:8

Malachi 3:8—Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed me.   But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee?  In tithes and offerings.

If you don’t tithe, God sees you as a crook!

Tithing is God’s financial plan for you.  The money you spend for lunch today will last about four hours.  Money spent for a car will last 36 months, maybe.  But money spent for the kingdom of God will last forever.  The Bible says to lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.  The day is going to come when all that you will have is what you’ve given to God.

Why should I tithe?  Because God commands it.  The Bible says to bring all the tithes into the storehouse.  Not “if you feel led.”  He says do it.  Do you pay the IRS because you feel led?  No, you do it because it is the law.

If you don’t tithe, God sees you as a crook.  He’s got your picture on his “most wanted” bulletin board in heaven.  Some of you go to church wearing stolen clothes and stolen jewelry, riding in stolen cars.  You took God’s tithes and offerings and bought those things.  And God’s computer in heaven has a red light flashing beside your name.  Beep…beep…beep.  Poverty…poverty…poverty.

If you don’t believe that, read the ninth verse of Malachi e.  “Ye are cursed with a curse:  for ye have robbed me.”  I didn’t write that, God did.  If you don’t give, you are living under a curse.  You will work harder and make less.  You will financially struggle regardless of your income.  Whatever you make, it will not be enough.  Why?  Because you’re in rebellion to the will of God.

You say, “Look, I know a guy who never tithes and he’s rolling in money.”  No you don’t.  You know a guy who’s storing it up so he can to the Methodist hospital where a surgeon will split him open like a fielddressed deer and get all his money in one day.

The people who prosper longterm, are the people who obey God’ word and who qualify for success according to his principles.

Matthew 10:33

Matthew 10:33—If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father.
 
It’s Time For America To Rise Up And Speak Up With Such Passion That The Political System Melts At Your Resolve!

Take an honest look at America, if you dare.  Look at how far we have fallen in the past 40 years.  Forty years ago the top problems in American schools were talking in class, not lining up properly and not putting your waste paper in the garbage can.  Now the top problems in the public school system are assault, rape and drug addiction.  We’ve come a long way…in the wrong direction.

God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for sodomy.  The Governor or Texas has said in a political speech concerning homosexuals, “What you do in your bedroom is your own business.”  And I agree.  But what you do on Main Street is my business.  What you do to recruit my children and my grandchildren is my business.

America is bowing to the gods of this world.  We are no longer a nation under God.  We are a nation under many gods.  When Hollywood labels the Son of God as a lustdriven, sexcrazed, demonized lunatic, as portrayed in the Last Temptation of Christ, it’s time to speak. 

A lot of Christians are running around trying to blend in like lizards in the work force Monday through Saturday.  Then they come to church on Sunday and sing like they’re on fire for the living God.  It is time to live out during the week what you receive on Sunday because there’s coming a day when your real commitment will go through the test of fire and you don’t want to stand before a holy God, with nothing to show but smoke on your clothes!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:16-18

Daniel 3:16-18—…Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said…if it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
 
It Is Those Who Take Bold Stands That Go Into Fiery Furnaces; Cowards Are Never Challenged!


The sensational drama of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3 portrays the supernatural power of God to deliver the righteous in their day of trouble.

King Nebuchadnezzar erected a 90foottall golden statue on the plains of Dura in Babylon Iraq.  He commanded all the leaders and all the citizens to bow and worship this image at the sound of the music.  Those who did not were to be burned alive.  At the precise moment when the conductor brought down the baton and the music started, the sea of people became a massive wave, bowing on their faces before the god of Nebuchadnezzar.  But standing ramrod straight in the front of these thousands of people were three righteous Jews—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who would not bow before the idol. 

This politically incorrect behavior was instantly noticed by those who were in charge.  The three Hebrew children were brought before Nebuchadnezzar who then commanded the fiery furnace to be heated seven times hotter.  The three Hebrew children were thrown into the fire, bound hand and foot.  The fire was so hot that the mighty men who threw them into the furnace were burned alive, just by being near the fire.  But then came the most sensational display of supernatural power Nebuchadnezzar had ever seen:

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.  
Daniel 3:24-25

This famous Bible drama contains good news and bad news.  The bad news is that those who make bold stands for the word of God will be tried by fire. The good news is that when you walk through the fire, the fire won’t burn because the Lord will deliver the righteous in the day of trouble.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

1 John 3:15

1 John 3:15—Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
 
Slander and defamation of character are murder committed with words!

The most illiterate, illinformed, mental midget in town—who couldn’t get a hearing on any issue on planet earth—that idiot can draw a crowd if he’ll start slandering somebody.  We put to death a man who takes a gun and blows another man’s head off.  We call him a murderer.  But the man who will criticize and castigate another person’s reputation…a man who will destroy in moments what another man has taken a lifetime to build…that man we applaud.  We shake his hand.  We ask for more verbal garbage.  We do not call him the murderer that he is.


Words spoken in anger, bitterness and retaliation cannot be taken back; the damage cannot be undone.  A peasant slandered a friend and later went to the priest for confession.  He said to the priest, “I want to make peace with God for my vicious words.”  The priest told him to fill a big sack with goose feathers and drop them on the door of every home on the village.  So he did it.  Then he came back to the priest and said, “Now what must I do?” the priest said, “Take your sack and go collect all those feathers.“   When the peasant tried to collect the feathers, he could not find a one.  He went back to the priest and told him the wind had blown the feathers away.  The priest said, “And so it is with your words; they are easily dropped, but you can never collect them again.”

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Psalm 39:1

Psalm 39:1—I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue:  I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
 
Your tongue cannot move neurologically without your brain telling it to!

A bridle is an instrument of force that makes the horse obey.  You put it in the horse’s mouth, and if you want him to go right you pull on the right side, and if you want him to go left, you pull on the other side.  If you want him to stop, you pull straight back and he will stop.  David said that God would put one of these on you if necessary, if you can’t control your own mouth.  So he says, “I will put a bridle on my mouth before God does.”

People say something mean or stupid and they say, “Oh, I just said that before I thought.” Wrong.  Your tongue isn’t connected to the parasympathetic nervous system.  The only things connected to the parasympathetic nervous system are your breathing apparatus and your cardiovascular system.  Everything else requires thought.       

You may not have thought long about what you said, but you thought before you said it.  Therefore, you’re going to answer to God in the judgment for everything you say.  That’s why I think judgment day’s going to last several million years!

 There are four tests that should judge every conversation.  First, is it absolutely true?  Next, is what you’re saying absolutely necessary?  Third, is it kind and will it bring glory to God?  For the Bible says to let everything you do or say bring glory to God.  Fourth, will everybody be blessed by your saying it?  If it doesn’t pass those four tests, don’t say it!  

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Proverbs 18:21

Proverbs 18:21—Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
 
Words Cannot Only Hurt You, Words Can Kill You!

It was a fool who said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” 

Notice the extremities in Proverbs 18:21:  Life and death…nothing in between.  Nothing neutral comes out of your mouth.  Life or death.

The fact is, those who love the fruit of the tongue will eat it.  That means you cannot sow wild oats and then pray for crop failure.  By God’s command you will reap what you sow.   That’s God’s law.  If you plant bitterness, you’re going to reap bitterness.  That’s God’s law.  If you plant criticism, that’s what you’ll reap.  If you are a talebearer, you yourself will be the object of talebearing all the days of your life.  Those who gossip to you will also gossip about you. 

My father said the reason a dog is man’s best friend is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Mornings— Part Three

2 Timothy 1:7

2 Timothy 1:7—For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Be Bold.  Be Strong.  God Is On Your Side.  Charge The Enemy And Say, “Let God Arise And Let His Enemies Be Scattered.  The Victory Is Mine In Christ The Lord!

Church, we are soldiers in the army of the living God. We are at war with the powers and principalities of darkness.  Compromise with the world, the flesh and the devil is high treason in the courts of heaven.  You might as well make up your mind that you can’t please everyone all of the time.  If you please God, you will offend the world.  If you please the world, you will offend God.  As for me and my house, we have chosen to serve God and it matters not if we offend the world in every way possible.

The sword of the Spirit is the word of God. And when Satan attacks you, counterattack with the word of God.  When Satan roars against you with fear—fear of the past, fear of the present, fear of the future, fear of the unknown, fear of dying—run him through with the word of God. 

When Satan comes and says you’re defeated, attack with the sword.  The word of God says, “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world” 1 John 4:4.  The Bible says we are “more than conquerors” through Christ Romans 8:37.  The Bible says that faith is the victory, which overcomes the world 1 John 5:4. 

When Satan slithers into your hospital room and says you’ll never be well again, attack him with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  The Bible says, “Unto you that fear my name, the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings” Malachi 4:2. 

Mr. Businessman, when Satan comes to you and says you’re financially ruined don’t cower and hide.  Attack with the word of God and say, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory.  The banks of America may be broke, but God’s not.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and this is the day He’s running them all into my corral, because I’m standing on his word.”

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Psalm 5:12

Psalm 5:12—The Lord will bless the righteous.
Do You Want God To Watch Over You And Protect You?  Then Live Righteously!

Psalm 34:15 says, “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”  Job 36:7 says that he does not take his eyes off the righteous.  Do you want God to provide for your children?  David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread” Psalm 37:25.  Do you want God to answer your prayers?  Then live righteously.  Proverbs 15:29 says that the Lord hears the prayers of the righteous.  But Psalm 66:18 says that if there is iniquity in your heart, God will not hear your.  So I’m telling you plainly, God does not answer all prayer.  When there is iniquity in your heart, God says, “I’m not listening until you put on the whole armor of God.” 

The standard of America is, “If it feels good, do it.”  If there is no absolute right or wrong, then whatever I feel like doing is what I should do.  Ladies and gentlemen of America, there is a standard of absolute right and absolute wrong.  It is the word of God.  Guard your heart with the righteous standard of God’s word.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Romans 4:17-20

Romans 4:17-20
…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
And not being weak in faith…He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.

All great things begin with a dream.
 
What is a dream according to scripture?  It is calling those things which do not exist as though they did and then acting in faith that God will make it a reality.   We can look at the theater of history to see two men, who lived thousands of years apart, dream dreams which not only came true, but changed the world, against all odds, through the power of God. 

One was a Jewish boy who was sold into slavery by his brothers and taken into a foreign land where he was wrongfully accused and imprisoned for many years.  Seemingly forgotten, he could have given up, but his faith was strong and he clung to the dream God had given him—he would one day be elevated to a position of respect and responsibility.  Justice and freedom would be his reward.

The other dreamer was a man who represented the descendants of a people who were taken from their homeland and sold into slavery across the sea.   They, like the Jewish boy, endured terrible hardships in a strange land and though they were eventually given legal emancipation, they continued to experience the wicked fruit of prejudice.  Therefore, the dreamer took it upon himself to stand on the Word of God that declares that all men are created equal Acts 10:34, and publicly demand “riches of freedom and security of justice” on their behalf.

These two men were Joseph son of Jacob, and Martin Luther King Jr.  The first saved his people from famine thus preserving his family lineage which would bring forth our Messiah, Jesus.   The second launched the movement which established real civil rights for a beleaguered people.  Both men greatly impacted the world because they had the courage to dream and believe God.

Do you have a dream?  Dream what seems impossible, for no dream is too big for the Creator of the Universe.  Whatever God has put in your heart to pursue, stand on the Word of God, in faithbelieving and go for it, and watch the King of Glory bring it to pass, in Jesus’ mighty name. 

John 14:27

John 14:27—My peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 
Peace Is The Result Of Facing, Not Fleeing, The Risks And Responsibilities Of Life!

Where was Jesus when he said that?  Not in an ivory tower of detachment.  Not in the presidential suite of the Hilton Hotel.  Not at he wedding of Cana.  He said that the night before he was to be crucified.  Jesus is saying in this verse that his peace is greater than the storm…greater than the trial…greater than our understanding.  It cannot be stopped by the demons of hell.  It has been battletested.  His peace really works.

There is a sloppy, sentimental, spineless notion in the church that the peace of God means tranquility.  There is an idea that the peace of God means total security—absence of risk and a life without tensions.  That is purely unscriptural.  The Bible says, “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you” 1 Peter 4:12.  If you’re out of the will of God when you go through a trial, then Jesus died out of the will of God.  Paul died out of the will of God.  That’s just nonsense.  The Bible says, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12. 

The Bible is a book about trials to face, giants to whip, battles to fight, mountains to climb, seas to go through; it’s about putting you hand to the plow and not looking back.  It’s a book about enduring to the end…about being faithful unto death.  So stop running from responsibility.  Stop running from risk.  Face life with your hand in the hand of God. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

John 14:1

John 14:1—Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Jesus Says Here That You Are Responsible For The Condition Of Your Heart


Heart trouble is the number one killer in America.  Jesus also recognized heart trouble as the number one spiritual problem.  It is what you do with your speech, your attitudes, your thoughts—and the emotions you allow to fester in your soul—that determines the quality of your heart’s condition.

Spiritual heart disease is common, but there’s a simple remedy.  Jesus said, “Ye believe in God, believe also in me.”  The remedy for heart trouble is to believe in Jesus as the Son of God!  Believe in Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Believe in Jesus as the living Word.  Believe in Jesus as the Living Water.  Recognize Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and you will have joy unspeakable and peace that surpasses all understanding.


Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Genesis 3:12

Genesis 3:12—And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
People Fail To Stand In The Evil Day Because Their Life Is An Endless Litany Of Excuses


Why do people fail to stand in the evil day?  They play the blame game.  Everything is always somebody else’s fault…my mother’s fault…my wife’s fault…my husband’s fault…God’s fault…the government’s fault.  It’s anybody’s fault but mine.  Adam was the first one to play the blame game.  When Adam found out he was in deep trouble with God, he looked at God and said, “This woman you gave me did this.”  Adam faced his problems like a man:  he blamed it on his wife.

Excuse:  I’m a woman. 

A woman was the mother of God.  Nothing in human history can ever match that.  A woman named Esther went before King Artaxerxes to expose a wicked conspiracy and singlehandedly saved the nation of Israel.

Excuse:  I’m handicapped. 

Joni Earickson Tada was injured in a diving accident and became a quadriplegic.  In her wheelchair she now travels across the world, telling of God’s goodness and His grace.  She paints, holding the brush in her teeth.  She even sings, and she is a testimony wherever she goes.  Franklin Roosevelt became president of the United States in a wheelchair.  Napoleon was an epileptic.

The teacher of Thomas Edison said he was too stupid to learn.  That ought to encourage some of you parents at report card time.  Beethoven was deaf. The point is this:  quit making excuses and make good.  You are a child of God. God does not manufacture junk, and he does not sponsor flops.  Put on the whole armor of God; draw a line in the sand and say, “I’m not compromising another day.  The victory is going to be mine now, in the name of the Living God.”

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Acts 1:8

Acts 1:8—But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
America Is Not Attracted To Christianity Because It Is Being Presented As Something Sentimental And Spineless


Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” Matthew 28:18.  He gave that power to the disciples—power to cast out demons…power over death, hell and the grave…power over the principalities and powers of darkness…power over the world, the flesh and the devil.  We have the power of His name, the power of His word, and the power of his Gospel. 

The church does not see Jesus as strong because he has been portrayed form the pulpit and by artists as “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild.”  This image of an insipid and pious peacenik misses the real Jesus.  The real Jesus was meek, but he wasn’t weak. 

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.”  There is a difference between power and might.  Power is potential strength that has not been used.  I have the power to take a dart and throw it.  That’s potential strength.  When I throw it, that’s a demonstration of might.  Power is potential.  Might is power displayed.  For that reason, we have every right to sing, “Our God is an Awesome God.”  He doesn’t just have potential power, He demonstrated his power in the genesis of time by creating a living soul.  He demonstrated his power at the Red Sea.  He demonstrated his power in the fiery furnace.  He demonstrated his power when He walked out of his own grave.  He does not just have potential power; He releases that power.  He is the almighty God of the ages, Jesus who is the Christ.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:25

Daniel 3:25—He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have ho hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
When You Get In Trouble, God Does Not Send Someone For You… He Comes Himself!

   
Who was the fourth man in the fire?  When the three Hebrew children were thrown into the fire, Nebuchadnezzar was astounded to see a fourth man in the fire.  The fourth man in the fire was God himself! 

The triumph of the three Hebrew children was that they walked out of the fire unharmed, rescued by the God who delivers.  They were promoted higher than they had ever been promoted before.  They became prime ministers in the most powerful government that had ever assembled.  They were prisoners one day, and prime ministers of a worldwide government the next.  Babylon became one nation under God because of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel.

Right now the church of Jesus Christ is in the fire.  All that we love, all that we hold sacred, is under attack by the media…by the politically correct crowd…by the secular humanists…by the God haters in Hollywood…and by government leaders.  Yes, we’re in the fire.  But the good news is that the fourth man is on the way.  He is not sending someone, He’s coming Himself, and He’s coming in the clouds with power and great glory.  The trump of God shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise to meet him in the air. 

It is spiritually dark, but when it gets dark enough, the stars come out and shine for His glory.  Let it get dark.  Let the fire get hotter.  It only means the fourth man is ever nearer.  “Even so, come Lord Jesus” Revelation 22:20.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:18

Daniel 3:18—But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.\"
The Three Hebrew Children’s Loyalty To God Did Not Depend On Whether Or Not He Worked A Miracle On Their Behalf! 

Notice what the three Hebrew children told king Nebuchadnezzar that they did not even have to think about whether they were going to bow or not.  The answer was “no” because the God they served was able to deliver them Dan. 3:1617.  

They did not demand that God meet their timetable or their faith formula.  The three Hebrew children knew that disappointment would not lead them to disbelief.  They knew God could deliver them—and expected him to –but if He chose not to, they would not become bitter and resentful.     

Job said, “Lord, you’ve taken my health.  Now my dear wife says to me, ‘Curse God and die,’ and with friends like I’ve got, who needs enemies?  But if you slay me, the last ounce of my body is going to bless you”  that’s a real loose translation.  Does that describe you? 

Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, carrying the burdens of the world—all the sin, sickness and sorrow of the world—said, ”Father, if it is possible…” Then he said, “Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.”   

Daniel 3:27 says the fire had no power over them.  “And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.”  Not even the smell of smoke on them.  The soldiers who had thrown them into the fire were consumed by it.  They were politically correct, but dead wrong.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:13

Ephesians 6:13—Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
The Church Of Jesus Christ Has Stopped Preaching The Word Of God And Started Marching With Pagans So They Can Be Approved By The World, Flesh And The Devil!

Cornerstone will never do that—not now, not ever.  Most modern churches live so far beneath the New Testament standard you’d have to backslide to be in fellowship with them.  We’re cursed with a casual Christianity that bows to idols.  We go along to get along.  We want comfort but not challenge.  We want the crown but not the cross.  We want the approval of the world, even if we receive the disapproval of God.

Christianity is not a call to cowardly retreat.  We are not a bunch of Bible carrying wimps singing Hold the Fort.  We are the conquering army of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The church is not a retirement center for the army of the Living God.  We’re not here to go along to get along.  We’re here for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Paul said to fight the good fight of faith, to endure hardness as a good soldier.  There are lions to slay.  There are mountains to climb.  There are victories to gain.  The Bible says that the man who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not worthy of the kingdom. 

Ephesians says “to stand.”  Stand in the evil day.  Stand up for Jesus.   Stand up for the word of God.  Stand up for the God of our fathers.  Stand up for America.  It is one nation under God, and that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

3 John 1:2

3 John 1:2—Beloved I wish above all else that you prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.

Jesus Christ gave us thirty-eight parables.  Sixteen of those thirty-eight parables deal with money management.  Do you realize that more is said in the New Testament about money than heaven and hell combined?

Five times more is said about money than prayer.  There are five hundred verses on both prayer and faith, yet there are over two thousand verses dealing with money and possessions.

You will never prosper until you believe and confess that it is God’s will for you to prosper!

It is God’s will for you to prosper.  If God blessed Abraham with lavish prosperity, He can pour blessings of prosperity upon you that you will be unable to contain.  You must confess His Word for your prosperity.

The fact is that you will either master your money, or your money will master you.  Who wouldn’t want God to explode their prosperity?  Who wouldn’t like the windows of heaven to open and for God to bless them with blessings they could not contain?

Psalm 1:13—Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Source:  Mastering Your Money

Revelation 21:8

Revelation 21:8—But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake, which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.
 
There Are Two Kinds Of People—Those Who Are Bowing On Their Faces To The Gods Of This World, And Those Who Are Standing Ramrod Straight In Honor Of The God Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob!

There are those who are bowing to hedonism…and materialism…and secular humanism…and to the New Age… and eastern philosophies…and to occultism…and to Satanism.  And there are those who are standing ramrod straight in the streets of San Antonio, and in Los Angeles and in New York City, because you believe that there is a God who is allpowerful.  He is not a God of wood or stone…not a god of crystal…not a god that’s in a tree.  He is the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and he is the only God.

Where are you in this picture?  Standing or bowing?  Saved or lost?  Wheat or tares?  Sheep or goats?  Are you a child of God—or a cowardly compromiser bowing on your face, trying to be politically correct and run with the herd?  The Bible says you cannot serve two masters.   Better to be on your feet for Christ than bowing with the politically correct crowd. 

Your life is not limited by where you are; your life is only limited by what you are.  A high position does not make a great man.  A pygmy on the top of Mt. Everest is still a pygmy.  St. Paul in prison is a greater man than Nero on the throne. 

Are you bowing with the moral cowards to the golden images of this world, or standing ramrod straight for the Lord? 


Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Luke 9:62

Luke 9:62—But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

Live your life holding the hand of God, following the cloud by day and the fire by night toward the destiny God has for you!

Quit longing for the “good old days” and forget the past.  If the past was great, forget it.  If it was bad, forget it.  You can’t go home again.  The past is gone forever.

Look at Israel.  Two million slaves walked out of downtown Cairo singing Don’t Fence Me In.  God took them across the Red Sea and drowned Pharaoh and his army.  They passed out the tambourines and had a charismatic dance.  Some 75,000 to 100,000 women followed Miriam as they began to praise the Lord for the great victory he had given them.  But just 72 short hours later, following the cloud by day and the fire by night, they came to Marah, the place of bitter waters.  And they ran straight to Pastor Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out her?   We should have stayed in Egypt.”  How quickly we forget the great blessings of God.  In Egypt they were being starved, they were being beaten, an their children were being drowned.  Moses leads them out of bondage, with God’s miraculous help, and three days later it’s his fault this happened.

It’s no different today.  There’s a teaching in the charismatic community that goes like this:  If you’re really living a spiritual life, you’ll never have a problem.  That’s heresy.  It was God who took them from the Red Sea to the bitter water.  How do I know God took them?  Because the cloud by day and the fire by night were controlled by God.  They had no choice but to follow that cloud, no choice but to stay under that fire by night.  Why did God lead them to the bitter waters?  God had to let them see what was in them before they could be what God wanted them to be.  Many of us want God to do something for us.  But God has to do something in us and through us before he can do something for us.

When God brings you to the bitter waters, don’t throw up your hands and say, “God, why did you let this happen me?  Just say, “Lord, I do not understand why you’re doing what you’re doing.  But I trust that what you’re about to give me is greater than anything I ever had in Egypt.  I trust in Egypt.  I trust in your sovereign grace and your infinite love and I receive your blessing today, because I know you’re the God that delivers.”

“Why did you bring us out?” they asked Moses.  Has God ever taken your wellordered, predictable, businessasusual, boring life and turned it upside down?  Did you roll out your lower lip and scream, “Why didn’t I stay in Egypt?”  The words will be different, but the thought is the same.  “Why did I ever buy this new house?”  God leans over the balcony of heaven and says, “Because you got on your face and bawled and squalled for it, Bubba, and I gave it to you.  Forget that the foundation is cracked, the roof leaks, the commode won’t flush and the doors won’t shut.  You asked for it.”  Welcome to the promised land.  “Why did I ever get married?”  Because you told God that if you could have Leroy, you’d be happy for the rest of your life.  Well, you’ve got Leroy.  Rejoice, he’s your choice!

The children of Israel did not go back to Egypt because God closed the Red Sea and forbade them to go back.  You can’t go home again.  Quit longing for the “good old days.”  You can’t go back to the past, no matter how bitter or blessed, so forget it and press on to the destiny God has for you!

James 1:26

James 1:26—If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is in vain.
 
If You Can’t Control Your Tongue, What You Profess To Have In Christ Is Useless!

Here are some Bible diseases of the tongue. 

Disease number one is excessive talking.  Proverbs 10:19 says that when your words are many, sin is not absent; but the man who holds his tongue is wise.  It is a fact that when you talk all the time, sin is unavoidable. 

Disease number two is speaking idle or careless words.  Matthew 12:36 says that men will have to give an account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  Matthew 5:37 says to let your “yes be yes” and “your no be no.”  In other words, don’t say, “Yes, I swear on my mother’s grave…I swear on the Bible…  If you tell the truth all the time, that’s never necessary. 

Which brings me to disease number three, lying.  Revelation 21:8 says that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire.  Jesus said that Satan is a liar and the father of lying John 8:44.  When you lie, you are saying your allegiance is with the devil!  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  And when He is the Lord of your life, truth will come out of your mouth.

The fourth Bible disease of the tongue is flattery.  Psalm 12:3 says, “Help, Lord, everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.  Flattery is excessive praise.  Honor is praise for what you have justly done.  The Bible says to give honor to whom honor is due, but flattery is excessive praise.  And some people use flattery to control other people. 

The Bible goes to great lengths to tell the power of words.  Your tongue can put you under supernatural bondage or emotional distress.  The words “if we say…if we say…if we say” are recorded over and over again in scripture.  Why?  Because what you say controls your spiritual, emotional and physical destiny. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Psalm 98:2-3

Psalm 98:2-3— The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

The Feast of Tabernacles is called “the season of our joy.”  I believe Jesus was born during the time of Sukkot.  He was obviously not born in December, for Luke 2:8 records that at the time of Jesus’ birth there were “shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.”  From biblical times to the present, shepherds in Israel leave the cold of the open fields and pen their sheep at night beginning in the month of October.  Due to the nighttime cold, there were no shepherds in any fields in December.  I believe he was born during the Festival of Sukkot, the season of joy!

The angels gathered on the first Christmas morning and announced, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”  They knew the King of kings had come into the world.

Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah would be God’s greatest gift to the earth.  “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth,” he wrote.  “In that day it shall be—The LORD is one,’ And His name one.”  The Messiah’s coming will bring joy to the nations of the world.

Jesus Christ is our joy.  As we await His second coming when He will rule over the entire world, we rejoice in the power of the name that is above every name.  One of the given names of Jesus, Emmanuel, means “God with us.”  He is the wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.  Our Savior and Deliverer is also our Friend and Comforter.  He gives us joy today that the world will know tomorrow.  In His presence is fullness of joy.

Isaac Watts wrote the following hymn based on Psalm 98:

Joy to the world!  The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.

Source:  His Glory Revealed

Psalm 109:1-2

Psalm 109:1-2 —Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me:  they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
 
The Tongue Is Set On Fire By The Demons Of Hell For The Purpose Of Accusation And Slander!  

Satan’s name means “slanderer.”  He is also called the “accuser of the brethren.”  When you slander a brother or sister in Christ, you are doing the work of the devil himself— so stop it!

Proverbs 6:16 says there are seven things that God hates, and three of them have to do with speech.  One thing God hates is a lying tongue.  The Bible says that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire Revelation 21:8.  Lying is not social adaptation to stress.  Lying is not situation ethics.  Lying is a oneway ticket to the chambers of hell. 

Another thing God hates is a false witness, someone who speaks lies about someone else.  The result of a false witness is the third type of speech God hates. Because that person “soweth discord among the brethren.”

Ham slandered his father Noah and God cursed Ham and his descendants forever.  He was cursed by the speech of his tongue.  Miriam slandered Moses and God gave her leprosy the same day.  Her leprosy was born on the tip of her toxic tongue.  In the Old Testament, a group of children ran out to mock the man of God, Elijah and God sent a shebear out of the woods to eat them alive.  The epitaph of their tombstone could have been, Killed by the Tongue.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Mornings— Part Three

Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 4:12—For the word of God is alive, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Jesus Was A Master Swordsman…He Used The Sword Of The Spirit!


In the wilderness Satan tempted Jesus, saying, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to turn to bread.”  Jesus said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone.”  Three times Jesus said, “It is written.”  He didn’t say, I’m thinking positively about it.”  He said, “It is written…” and He quoted the Word of God. 

The word drove away Satan—but only for a season.  I can tell you that if you whip the devil today, you’re going to fight him again at a later time.  Jesus did and you will, too. 

Your spiritual, emotional and physical life depends on your swordsmanship.  The sword has two functions.  First of all, it’s a weapon of attack.  It is the only offensive weapon in the armor of God.  Secondly, it’s a weapon of defense for the whole body.  While the helmet only protects the head and the breastplate only protects the chest, the sword can protect you from the ground to over your head. 

David said, “Though a host should encamp against me, my hart shall not fear:  though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” Psalm 27:3.  Every time Satan attacks you—high, low, wide—you can defend yourself with the power and the authority of the word of God.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

2 Timothy 1:7

2 Timothy 1:7—For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Be Bold.  Be Strong.  God Is On Your Side.  Charge The Enemy And Say, “Let God Arise And Let His Enemies Be Scattered.  The Victory Is Mine In Christ The Lord!

Church, we are soldiers in the army of the living God. We are at war with the powers and principalities of darkness.  Compromise with the world, the flesh and the devil is high treason in the courts of heaven.  You might as well make up your mind that you can’t please everyone all of the time.  If you please God, you will offend the world.  If you please the world, you will offend God.  As for me and my house, we have chosen to serve God and it matters not if we offend the world in every way possible.

The sword of the Spirit is the word of God. And when Satan attacks you, counterattack with the word of God.  When Satan roars against you with fear—fear of the past, fear of the present, fear of the future, fear of the unknown, fear of dying—run him through with the word of God. 

When Satan comes and says you’re defeated, attack with the sword.  The word of God says, “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world” 1 John 4:4.  The Bible says we are “more than conquerors” through Christ Romans 8:37.  The Bible says that faith is the victory, which overcomes the world 1 John 5:4. 

When Satan slithers into your hospital room and says you’ll never be well again, attack him with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  The Bible says, “Unto you that fear my name, the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings” Malachi 4:2. 

Mr. Businessman, when Satan comes to you and says you’re financially ruined don’t cower and hide.  Attack with the word of God and say, “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory.  The banks of America may be broke, but God’s not.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and this is the day He’s running them all into my corral, because I’m standing on his word.”

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:10,11,14,17

Ephesians 6:10,11,14,17—Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Above all, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
There Is Only One Thing You Can Do With A Sword, And That’s Fight! 

The Bible says to “resist the devil, and he will flee form you” James 4:7.  St. Paul instructed us to “fight the good fight of faith”  1 Timothy 6:12.  Paul was a fighter.  One of the last things he wrote to the church was “I have fought a good fight.” 2 Timothy 4:7.  Another place Paul says he did not fight “as one who beats the air” 1 Corinthians 9:26.  In other words, “I’m not throwing a series of wild punches hoping I hit the devil.  If he gets close enough, it’s lights out.”   Have you ever seen one of hose boxing matches where the fighters are up there swinging over the other guy’s head, like they’re trying to create a draft to give the other guy pneumonia?  Paul said he was not swinging wildly; he was ready for combat.  He was confident that through Jesus Christ he was more than a match for the powers and principalities of darkness.  You can have that kind of confidence too…it is available for every one who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Psalm 5:12

Psalm 5:12—The Lord will bless the righteous.
Do You Want God To Watch Over You And Protect You?  Then Live Righteously!

Psalm 34:15 says, “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”  Job 36:7 says that he does not take his eyes off the righteous.  Do you want God to provide for your children?  David said, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread” Psalm 37:25.  Do you want God to answer your prayers?  Then live righteously.  Proverbs 15:29 says that the Lord hears the prayers of the righteous.  But Psalm 66:18 says that if there is iniquity in your heart, God will not hear your.  So I’m telling you plainly, God does not answer all prayer.  When there is iniquity in your heart, God says, “I’m not listening until you put on the whole armor of God.” 

The standard of America is, “If it feels good, do it.”  If there is no absolute right or wrong, then whatever I feel like doing is what I should do.  Ladies and gentlemen of America, there is a standard of absolute right and absolute wrong.  It is the word of God.  Guard your heart with the righteous standard of God’s word.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Matthew 5:20

Matthew 5:20—Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Legalists Are Not Concerned About What You Are, But What You Do.  You Can Gossip And Slander, Lie And Live A Double Life, Just As Long As You Keep Their Rules!

There are three dimensions of righteousness in scripture:  Selfrighteousness, imputed righteousness and imparted righteousness. 

The Pharisees were selfrighteous.  They were legalists who kept manmade rules to obtain righteousness with God.  They fasted, prayed and tithed yet they were smug, arrogant, heady and highminded.  They were religious, but very lost.

The second kind of righteousness is imputed righteousness.  “Imputed” means “credited to my account,” and it refers to the righteousness we receive at the cross.  Romans 4 says, “And therefore it was imputed to him Abraham for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him, but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe in Him that raised up Jesus our Lord form the dead” verses 2224.  When I accepted Christ, He gave me a dazzling white robe of righteousness that covers all of my imperfections. 

The third kind of righteousness is imparted righteousness.  “Imparted” means ‘that which is done in me.”  When I got saved, God handed me his book of standards, the Bible, and said, Make your daytoday choices based on my Word.  Imparted righteousness is living by the standards of God as specified in the Bible, the owner’s manual for the soul.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Romans 4:17-20

Romans 4:17-20
…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
And not being weak in faith…He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.

All great things begin with a dream.
 
What is a dream according to scripture?  It is calling those things which do not exist as though they did and then acting in faith that God will make it a reality.   We can look at the theater of history to see two men, who lived thousands of years apart, dream dreams which not only came true, but changed the world, against all odds, through the power of God. 

One was a Jewish boy who was sold into slavery by his brothers and taken into a foreign land where he was wrongfully accused and imprisoned for many years.  Seemingly forgotten, he could have given up, but his faith was strong and he clung to the dream God had given him—he would one day be elevated to a position of respect and responsibility.  Justice and freedom would be his reward.

The other dreamer was a man who represented the descendants of a people who were taken from their homeland and sold into slavery across the sea.   They, like the Jewish boy, endured terrible hardships in a strange land and though they were eventually given legal emancipation, they continued to experience the wicked fruit of prejudice.  Therefore, the dreamer took it upon himself to stand on the Word of God that declares that all men are created equal Acts 10:34, and publicly demand “riches of freedom and security of justice” on their behalf.

These two men were Joseph son of Jacob, and Martin Luther King Jr.  The first saved his people from famine thus preserving his family lineage which would bring forth our Messiah, Jesus.   The second launched the movement which established real civil rights for a beleaguered people.  Both men greatly impacted the world because they had the courage to dream and believe God.

Do you have a dream?  Dream what seems impossible, for no dream is too big for the Creator of the Universe.  Whatever God has put in your heart to pursue, stand on the Word of God, in faithbelieving and go for it, and watch the King of Glory bring it to pass, in Jesus’ mighty name. 

Matthew 6:33

Matthew 6:33—Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all of these things will be added unto you.
What Exactly Does Righteousness Mean Here?  To Be “As You Ought To Be,” That Is, To Live According To God’s Standard!

Our standard of righteousness is the word of God.  “For I am not shamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth” Romans 1:16.  How do people hear about righteousness?  From the gospel.  The gospel of Jesus Christ makes men aware of righteousness or ‘the way it ought to be” as God sees it.  You know we have the crazy idea that our opinion matters.  Let me give you some shocking news.  Your opinion doesn’t matter about anything.  Only God’s opinion matters and His opinions are found in the Bible. When you die and face God, He’s not going to judge you by the opinions of the professors of your Ivy League school; He’s going to judge you according to His standards of holiness as expressed in His word.

That’s why the ungodly and liars and whoremongers and homosexuals and witches and murderers and pornographers and abortionists and feminists and secular humanists hate the gospel and hate the people who preach the gospel.  They hate the Bible, because every page of this book screams, “You’re wrong.”  If they were to accept this as truth, they would have to change their lifestyles—and they simply do not want to do that.  Therefore, you can either please the world, the flesh and the devil, or you can please Jesus Christ, who called you to be a soldier in the army of God.  Stand upon the word by the grace of God.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

John 14:27

John 14:27—My peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 
Peace Is The Result Of Facing, Not Fleeing, The Risks And Responsibilities Of Life!

Where was Jesus when he said that?  Not in an ivory tower of detachment.  Not in the presidential suite of the Hilton Hotel.  Not at he wedding of Cana.  He said that the night before he was to be crucified.  Jesus is saying in this verse that his peace is greater than the storm…greater than the trial…greater than our understanding.  It cannot be stopped by the demons of hell.  It has been battletested.  His peace really works.

There is a sloppy, sentimental, spineless notion in the church that the peace of God means tranquility.  There is an idea that the peace of God means total security—absence of risk and a life without tensions.  That is purely unscriptural.  The Bible says, “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you” 1 Peter 4:12.  If you’re out of the will of God when you go through a trial, then Jesus died out of the will of God.  Paul died out of the will of God.  That’s just nonsense.  The Bible says, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12. 

The Bible is a book about trials to face, giants to whip, battles to fight, mountains to climb, seas to go through; it’s about putting you hand to the plow and not looking back.  It’s a book about enduring to the end…about being faithful unto death.  So stop running from responsibility.  Stop running from risk.  Face life with your hand in the hand of God. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Isaiah 48:22

Isaiah 48:22—There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.
There Will Never Be Any Peace In Your Life Until You Reconcile Your Life To The Prince Of Peace, Who Is Jesus Christ, The son of the Living God!


Where is peace found?  Peace is not found in drugs or alcohol…peace is not found in meditation or your daily horoscope.

Peace is the fruit of reconciliation with God!

You cannot be at war with God and have the peace of God.  The Bible says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” Isaiah 26:3.  There is no peace to the adulterer…there is no peace to the fornicator…there is no peace to the abortionist…there is no peace to the pornographer…there is no peace to the wife abuser or child abuser…there is no peace to the fearful and unbelieving…there is no peace to the gossip or talebearer…there is no peace to the cold, casual, carnal, compromising Christian. 

In the heart of every human being is sense of inner wrongness and uneasiness.  The word of God calls it guilt.  It is your conscience.  University professors teach us that conscience is an unnecessary primitive leftover.  They’re wrong.  Conscience is the watchdog of heaven and it says in the word of God that you cannot dupe it and you cannot drown it out.  Conscience is the voice of God that says,” You are not living according to My standards.”  You cannot stop your conscience and the pain thereof by explaining it away with new morality.  You cannot silence your conscience by giving new names to old sins. 

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1.  There can be no peace until you reconcile your life with God.  The Bible says, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.  Then the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

John 14:1

John 14:1—Let not your heart be troubled:  ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Jesus Says Here That You Are Responsible For The Condition Of Your Heart


Heart trouble is the number one killer in America.  Jesus also recognized heart trouble as the number one spiritual problem.  It is what you do with your speech, your attitudes, your thoughts—and the emotions you allow to fester in your soul—that determines the quality of your heart’s condition.

Spiritual heart disease is common, but there’s a simple remedy.  Jesus said, “Ye believe in God, believe also in me.”  The remedy for heart trouble is to believe in Jesus as the Son of God!  Believe in Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Believe in Jesus as the living Word.  Believe in Jesus as the Living Water.  Recognize Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and you will have joy unspeakable and peace that surpasses all understanding.


Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Hebrews 11:32, 38

Hebrews 11:32, 38—…and of the prophets…Of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains and in dens and caves of the earth.
We Must Be Prepared For Conflict, Not Comfort!

People fail to stand in the evil day because they have succumbed to the comfort syndrome.  Everything in America today, including the church, must be absolutely, positively comfortable.  We want to be cool when it’s hot and hot when it’s cold.  We have to have cars with posturepedic seats, steam-heated doorknobs and engines that run by computers and cars that talk to us.  We have homes that by third world standards are palaces.  Our clothes cannot just be things that go around and meet in the front, they must be in fashion.  This is the generation with Calvin Klein on their behind and nothing on their mind. 

But our objective in the army of God, Paul says, is to please Him who called us to be a soldier.  Our objective is not to appease CNN or make the ACLU feel comfortable or make the secular humanists love us—it’s to please the Living God and nobody else.

God’s highest goal is not your comfort.  God’s highest goal is that you conform to the image of Jesus Christ—and Jesus Christ was a servant who was called to sacrifice.  When you sell out heart, soul, mind and body to Christ, you may be called to sacrifice.  That’s what Jesus did.  Calvary is not the name of a picnic ground just outside the eastern wall of Jerusalem.  It is the place of a battlefield where Jesus Christ made a stand against the hordes of hell.  Thank God He won the victory!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Genesis 3:12

Genesis 3:12—And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
People Fail To Stand In The Evil Day Because Their Life Is An Endless Litany Of Excuses


Why do people fail to stand in the evil day?  They play the blame game.  Everything is always somebody else’s fault…my mother’s fault…my wife’s fault…my husband’s fault…God’s fault…the government’s fault.  It’s anybody’s fault but mine.  Adam was the first one to play the blame game.  When Adam found out he was in deep trouble with God, he looked at God and said, “This woman you gave me did this.”  Adam faced his problems like a man:  he blamed it on his wife.

Excuse:  I’m a woman. 

A woman was the mother of God.  Nothing in human history can ever match that.  A woman named Esther went before King Artaxerxes to expose a wicked conspiracy and singlehandedly saved the nation of Israel.

Excuse:  I’m handicapped. 

Joni Earickson Tada was injured in a diving accident and became a quadriplegic.  In her wheelchair she now travels across the world, telling of God’s goodness and His grace.  She paints, holding the brush in her teeth.  She even sings, and she is a testimony wherever she goes.  Franklin Roosevelt became president of the United States in a wheelchair.  Napoleon was an epileptic.

The teacher of Thomas Edison said he was too stupid to learn.  That ought to encourage some of you parents at report card time.  Beethoven was deaf. The point is this:  quit making excuses and make good.  You are a child of God. God does not manufacture junk, and he does not sponsor flops.  Put on the whole armor of God; draw a line in the sand and say, “I’m not compromising another day.  The victory is going to be mine now, in the name of the Living God.”

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:15

Ephesians 6:15—And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

You Can Be A Great Soldier, But If You Can’t Walk To Where The Fight Is, You’re Useless!

Shoes give mobility.  But there’s a difference between motion and progress.  Many Christians are going around in circles, but they never arrive.  They are continually in motion but making no progress.  They’re always on the move…drifting from church to church…from group to group… from doctrine to doctrine.  If you’re like that, get in a church and stay in it.  Be planted by rivers of living water and produce fruit.

Shoes give stability and mobility.  Paul calls the shoes “the gospel of peace.”  What is that?  Gospel means good news, so the shoes are the good news of peace.  He is not talking about world peace; he’s talking about peace between God and man.  From the fall of man in the Garden of Eden until the cross of Calvary, man was at war with God.  The Bible presents man as being at war with God, because sin must be punished.  Then Jesus Christ went to the cross and united sinful man to God.  Peace was made at Calvary by the sacrifice of God’s own son.

Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  The fact is, if you have not received Jesus Christ, peace is not possible…stability is not possible…progress is not possible.  But because of Calvary, there is peace between God and man.  God is now on my side.  If you forget everything else I say here, remember that. Because of Calvary, God is now on my side.  The Bible says, “And having made peace through the blood of His cross,” we are reconciled to God Colossians 1:20.  Remember that when Satan roars against you, you are not alone.  God is on my side because of Calvary. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Acts 1:8

Acts 1:8—But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:  and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
America Is Not Attracted To Christianity Because It Is Being Presented As Something Sentimental And Spineless


Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” Matthew 28:18.  He gave that power to the disciples—power to cast out demons…power over death, hell and the grave…power over the principalities and powers of darkness…power over the world, the flesh and the devil.  We have the power of His name, the power of His word, and the power of his Gospel. 

The church does not see Jesus as strong because he has been portrayed form the pulpit and by artists as “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild.”  This image of an insipid and pious peacenik misses the real Jesus.  The real Jesus was meek, but he wasn’t weak. 

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.”  There is a difference between power and might.  Power is potential strength that has not been used.  I have the power to take a dart and throw it.  That’s potential strength.  When I throw it, that’s a demonstration of might.  Power is potential.  Might is power displayed.  For that reason, we have every right to sing, “Our God is an Awesome God.”  He doesn’t just have potential power, He demonstrated his power in the genesis of time by creating a living soul.  He demonstrated his power at the Red Sea.  He demonstrated his power in the fiery furnace.  He demonstrated his power when He walked out of his own grave.  He does not just have potential power; He releases that power.  He is the almighty God of the ages, Jesus who is the Christ.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:10

Ephesians 6:10—Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of hi might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Every Day Of Your Life You’re Involved In An Emotional, Physical, And Spiritual Fight.  You’re Either Going To Win Or Lose; You’ll Either Be The Victor Or The Victim!

Millions of people live in perpetual defeat and humiliation because they do not understand spiritual warfare.  Why is it that some people constantly struggle and never reach their goal?  Why is it that some people are perpetually frustrated with sickness and financial reversal and emotional crises?   Why is it that some people seem to have continued success without any effort at all, while others seem crushed by endless litanies of unexplained tragedies? 

We were brought up with the idea to believe that fighting was the exception, not the rule.  But that is not true.  Everyday, you are going to be involved in some sort of fight.  You’re either going to wear a crown, or you’re going to live in chains.  You’re going to live in shame and despair or you’re going to have the shout of victory in your mouth and the choice is yours.  You must know who your enemy is, and how to fight and win.

The army of God is led by Jesus Christ the author and the finisher of your faith.  He is the captain of our salvation.  You are to be what He is –not a whiny pacifist defeated by every adversary, but a conqueror. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:25

Daniel 3:25—He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have ho hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
When You Get In Trouble, God Does Not Send Someone For You… He Comes Himself!

   
Who was the fourth man in the fire?  When the three Hebrew children were thrown into the fire, Nebuchadnezzar was astounded to see a fourth man in the fire.  The fourth man in the fire was God himself! 

The triumph of the three Hebrew children was that they walked out of the fire unharmed, rescued by the God who delivers.  They were promoted higher than they had ever been promoted before.  They became prime ministers in the most powerful government that had ever assembled.  They were prisoners one day, and prime ministers of a worldwide government the next.  Babylon became one nation under God because of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel.

Right now the church of Jesus Christ is in the fire.  All that we love, all that we hold sacred, is under attack by the media…by the politically correct crowd…by the secular humanists…by the God haters in Hollywood…and by government leaders.  Yes, we’re in the fire.  But the good news is that the fourth man is on the way.  He is not sending someone, He’s coming Himself, and He’s coming in the clouds with power and great glory.  The trump of God shall sound and the dead in Christ shall rise to meet him in the air. 

It is spiritually dark, but when it gets dark enough, the stars come out and shine for His glory.  Let it get dark.  Let the fire get hotter.  It only means the fourth man is ever nearer.  “Even so, come Lord Jesus” Revelation 22:20.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

1 Corinthians 3:13

1 Corinthians 3:13—Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If You Are A Christian, There Is Fire In Your Future!


There is a fire in the future of every man, woman and child in the church.  Paul wrote that every man’s work will be tried by fire in the day of God’s judgment.  He said your work will be one of two kinds of material:  wood, hay and stubble; or gold, silver and precious stones.  Wood hay and stubble are burned up by fire instantly.  Gold, silver and precious stones only become more valuable in the fire.  When we stand before God in the Day of Judgment this is the judgment seat of Christ for the righteous, God will take your works and your motives, and He will put the fire of His righteousness on it.  If you serve God with a pure motive, it will withstand the fire, as gold, silver and precious stones.  But if you serve God out of your own vainglory, it will go up in smoke like wood, hay and stubble.

Are you bowing before the gods of this world?  There’s a fire in your future.  It’s called the lake of fire.  It’s for ever and ever.  It’s the fire that’s never quenched, the place of torment according to Luke 16.  It is the place of remembrance; it is the place of recognizance.  You’ll know who you are, you’ll know where you are, and it will be forever and forever and forever.  There’s no escape. 

So there’s a fire in your future.  If you’re saved, it’s at the judgment bar of God, and the fire will test your works.  If you’ve rejected Christ, it’s the fire of eternal torment, the fire that nobody can put out!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:18

Daniel 3:18—But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.\"
The Three Hebrew Children’s Loyalty To God Did Not Depend On Whether Or Not He Worked A Miracle On Their Behalf! 

Notice what the three Hebrew children told king Nebuchadnezzar that they did not even have to think about whether they were going to bow or not.  The answer was “no” because the God they served was able to deliver them Dan. 3:1617.  

They did not demand that God meet their timetable or their faith formula.  The three Hebrew children knew that disappointment would not lead them to disbelief.  They knew God could deliver them—and expected him to –but if He chose not to, they would not become bitter and resentful.     

Job said, “Lord, you’ve taken my health.  Now my dear wife says to me, ‘Curse God and die,’ and with friends like I’ve got, who needs enemies?  But if you slay me, the last ounce of my body is going to bless you”  that’s a real loose translation.  Does that describe you? 

Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, carrying the burdens of the world—all the sin, sickness and sorrow of the world—said, ”Father, if it is possible…” Then he said, “Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.”   

Daniel 3:27 says the fire had no power over them.  “And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.”  Not even the smell of smoke on them.  The soldiers who had thrown them into the fire were consumed by it.  They were politically correct, but dead wrong.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:17

Daniel 3:17—If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Sing In The Midnight Hour Like Paul And Silas!


The three Hebrew children told Nebuchadnezzar, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.”  Are you in trouble right now?    Are you in the fiery furnace of sickness?  Are you in the fiery furnace of financial crisis?  Have you been mastered by worry and depression?  I have good news for you.  “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver you.”

Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had been taught the word of God by their parents.  They knew that the God of Israel is the God who delivers.  He’s the God who conquered mighty Pharaoh down in Egypt by turning the water to blood.  He brought death to all the firstborn.  He’s the God who drowned Pharaoh and when his bloated corpse drifted to the shore, Moses pointed to Pharaoh’s lifeless body and said, “Our God is able to deliver us.”

But notice the words of the text. “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.”  God does not deliver those who do not serve.  God does not come to deliver deadbeats; they become crispies in the fire.  He comes to deliver servants.  So how are you serving God?  Do you tithe?  Do you pray?  Do you serve?

Jesus said, “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant” Matthew 23:11.  Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”  Where are you serving?  How well are you serving where you are serving?  If you are not serving, when you get in the fire God won’t come for you.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Ephesians 6:13

Ephesians 6:13—Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
The Church Of Jesus Christ Has Stopped Preaching The Word Of God And Started Marching With Pagans So They Can Be Approved By The World, Flesh And The Devil!

Cornerstone will never do that—not now, not ever.  Most modern churches live so far beneath the New Testament standard you’d have to backslide to be in fellowship with them.  We’re cursed with a casual Christianity that bows to idols.  We go along to get along.  We want comfort but not challenge.  We want the crown but not the cross.  We want the approval of the world, even if we receive the disapproval of God.

Christianity is not a call to cowardly retreat.  We are not a bunch of Bible carrying wimps singing Hold the Fort.  We are the conquering army of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The church is not a retirement center for the army of the Living God.  We’re not here to go along to get along.  We’re here for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Paul said to fight the good fight of faith, to endure hardness as a good soldier.  There are lions to slay.  There are mountains to climb.  There are victories to gain.  The Bible says that the man who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not worthy of the kingdom. 

Ephesians says “to stand.”  Stand in the evil day.  Stand up for Jesus.   Stand up for the word of God.  Stand up for the God of our fathers.  Stand up for America.  It is one nation under God, and that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Malachi 3:8

Malachi 3:8—Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed me.   But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee?  In tithes and offerings.

If you don’t tithe, God sees you as a crook!

Tithing is God’s financial plan for you.  The money you spend for lunch today will last about four hours.  Money spent for a car will last 36 months, maybe.  But money spent for the kingdom of God will last forever.  The Bible says to lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.  The day is going to come when all that you will have is what you’ve given to God.

Why should I tithe?  Because God commands it.  The Bible says to bring all the tithes into the storehouse.  Not “if you feel led.”  He says do it.  Do you pay the IRS because you feel led?  No, you do it because it is the law.

If you don’t tithe, God sees you as a crook.  He’s got your picture on his “most wanted” bulletin board in heaven.  Some of you go to church wearing stolen clothes and stolen jewelry, riding in stolen cars.  You took God’s tithes and offerings and bought those things.  And God’s computer in heaven has a red light flashing beside your name.  Beep…beep…beep.  Poverty…poverty…poverty.

If you don’t believe that, read the ninth verse of Malachi e.  “Ye are cursed with a curse:  for ye have robbed me.”  I didn’t write that, God did.  If you don’t give, you are living under a curse.  You will work harder and make less.  You will financially struggle regardless of your income.  Whatever you make, it will not be enough.  Why?  Because you’re in rebellion to the will of God.

You say, “Look, I know a guy who never tithes and he’s rolling in money.”  No you don’t.  You know a guy who’s storing it up so he can to the Methodist hospital where a surgeon will split him open like a fielddressed deer and get all his money in one day.

The people who prosper longterm, are the people who obey God’ word and who qualify for success according to his principles.

3 John 1:2

3 John 1:2—Beloved I wish above all else that you prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.

Jesus Christ gave us thirty-eight parables.  Sixteen of those thirty-eight parables deal with money management.  Do you realize that more is said in the New Testament about money than heaven and hell combined?

Five times more is said about money than prayer.  There are five hundred verses on both prayer and faith, yet there are over two thousand verses dealing with money and possessions.

You will never prosper until you believe and confess that it is God’s will for you to prosper!

It is God’s will for you to prosper.  If God blessed Abraham with lavish prosperity, He can pour blessings of prosperity upon you that you will be unable to contain.  You must confess His Word for your prosperity.

The fact is that you will either master your money, or your money will master you.  Who wouldn’t want God to explode their prosperity?  Who wouldn’t like the windows of heaven to open and for God to bless them with blessings they could not contain?

Psalm 1:13—Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful…  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Source:  Mastering Your Money

Matthew 10:33

Matthew 10:33—If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father.
 
It’s Time For America To Rise Up And Speak Up With Such Passion That The Political System Melts At Your Resolve!

Take an honest look at America, if you dare.  Look at how far we have fallen in the past 40 years.  Forty years ago the top problems in American schools were talking in class, not lining up properly and not putting your waste paper in the garbage can.  Now the top problems in the public school system are assault, rape and drug addiction.  We’ve come a long way…in the wrong direction.

God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for sodomy.  The Governor or Texas has said in a political speech concerning homosexuals, “What you do in your bedroom is your own business.”  And I agree.  But what you do on Main Street is my business.  What you do to recruit my children and my grandchildren is my business.

America is bowing to the gods of this world.  We are no longer a nation under God.  We are a nation under many gods.  When Hollywood labels the Son of God as a lustdriven, sexcrazed, demonized lunatic, as portrayed in the Last Temptation of Christ, it’s time to speak. 

A lot of Christians are running around trying to blend in like lizards in the work force Monday through Saturday.  Then they come to church on Sunday and sing like they’re on fire for the living God.  It is time to live out during the week what you receive on Sunday because there’s coming a day when your real commitment will go through the test of fire and you don’t want to stand before a holy God, with nothing to show but smoke on your clothes!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Revelation 21:8

Revelation 21:8—But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake, which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.
 
There Are Two Kinds Of People—Those Who Are Bowing On Their Faces To The Gods Of This World, And Those Who Are Standing Ramrod Straight In Honor Of The God Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob!

There are those who are bowing to hedonism…and materialism…and secular humanism…and to the New Age… and eastern philosophies…and to occultism…and to Satanism.  And there are those who are standing ramrod straight in the streets of San Antonio, and in Los Angeles and in New York City, because you believe that there is a God who is allpowerful.  He is not a God of wood or stone…not a god of crystal…not a god that’s in a tree.  He is the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and he is the only God.

Where are you in this picture?  Standing or bowing?  Saved or lost?  Wheat or tares?  Sheep or goats?  Are you a child of God—or a cowardly compromiser bowing on your face, trying to be politically correct and run with the herd?  The Bible says you cannot serve two masters.   Better to be on your feet for Christ than bowing with the politically correct crowd. 

Your life is not limited by where you are; your life is only limited by what you are.  A high position does not make a great man.  A pygmy on the top of Mt. Everest is still a pygmy.  St. Paul in prison is a greater man than Nero on the throne. 

Are you bowing with the moral cowards to the golden images of this world, or standing ramrod straight for the Lord? 


Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Daniel 3:16-18

Daniel 3:16-18—…Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said…if it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
 
It Is Those Who Take Bold Stands That Go Into Fiery Furnaces; Cowards Are Never Challenged!


The sensational drama of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3 portrays the supernatural power of God to deliver the righteous in their day of trouble.

King Nebuchadnezzar erected a 90foottall golden statue on the plains of Dura in Babylon Iraq.  He commanded all the leaders and all the citizens to bow and worship this image at the sound of the music.  Those who did not were to be burned alive.  At the precise moment when the conductor brought down the baton and the music started, the sea of people became a massive wave, bowing on their faces before the god of Nebuchadnezzar.  But standing ramrod straight in the front of these thousands of people were three righteous Jews—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who would not bow before the idol. 

This politically incorrect behavior was instantly noticed by those who were in charge.  The three Hebrew children were brought before Nebuchadnezzar who then commanded the fiery furnace to be heated seven times hotter.  The three Hebrew children were thrown into the fire, bound hand and foot.  The fire was so hot that the mighty men who threw them into the furnace were burned alive, just by being near the fire.  But then came the most sensational display of supernatural power Nebuchadnezzar had ever seen:

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.  
Daniel 3:24-25

This famous Bible drama contains good news and bad news.  The bad news is that those who make bold stands for the word of God will be tried by fire. The good news is that when you walk through the fire, the fire won’t burn because the Lord will deliver the righteous in the day of trouble.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Luke 9:62

Luke 9:62—But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

Live your life holding the hand of God, following the cloud by day and the fire by night toward the destiny God has for you!

Quit longing for the “good old days” and forget the past.  If the past was great, forget it.  If it was bad, forget it.  You can’t go home again.  The past is gone forever.

Look at Israel.  Two million slaves walked out of downtown Cairo singing Don’t Fence Me In.  God took them across the Red Sea and drowned Pharaoh and his army.  They passed out the tambourines and had a charismatic dance.  Some 75,000 to 100,000 women followed Miriam as they began to praise the Lord for the great victory he had given them.  But just 72 short hours later, following the cloud by day and the fire by night, they came to Marah, the place of bitter waters.  And they ran straight to Pastor Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out her?   We should have stayed in Egypt.”  How quickly we forget the great blessings of God.  In Egypt they were being starved, they were being beaten, an their children were being drowned.  Moses leads them out of bondage, with God’s miraculous help, and three days later it’s his fault this happened.

It’s no different today.  There’s a teaching in the charismatic community that goes like this:  If you’re really living a spiritual life, you’ll never have a problem.  That’s heresy.  It was God who took them from the Red Sea to the bitter water.  How do I know God took them?  Because the cloud by day and the fire by night were controlled by God.  They had no choice but to follow that cloud, no choice but to stay under that fire by night.  Why did God lead them to the bitter waters?  God had to let them see what was in them before they could be what God wanted them to be.  Many of us want God to do something for us.  But God has to do something in us and through us before he can do something for us.

When God brings you to the bitter waters, don’t throw up your hands and say, “God, why did you let this happen me?  Just say, “Lord, I do not understand why you’re doing what you’re doing.  But I trust that what you’re about to give me is greater than anything I ever had in Egypt.  I trust in Egypt.  I trust in your sovereign grace and your infinite love and I receive your blessing today, because I know you’re the God that delivers.”

“Why did you bring us out?” they asked Moses.  Has God ever taken your wellordered, predictable, businessasusual, boring life and turned it upside down?  Did you roll out your lower lip and scream, “Why didn’t I stay in Egypt?”  The words will be different, but the thought is the same.  “Why did I ever buy this new house?”  God leans over the balcony of heaven and says, “Because you got on your face and bawled and squalled for it, Bubba, and I gave it to you.  Forget that the foundation is cracked, the roof leaks, the commode won’t flush and the doors won’t shut.  You asked for it.”  Welcome to the promised land.  “Why did I ever get married?”  Because you told God that if you could have Leroy, you’d be happy for the rest of your life.  Well, you’ve got Leroy.  Rejoice, he’s your choice!

The children of Israel did not go back to Egypt because God closed the Red Sea and forbade them to go back.  You can’t go home again.  Quit longing for the “good old days.”  You can’t go back to the past, no matter how bitter or blessed, so forget it and press on to the destiny God has for you!

1 John 3:15

1 John 3:15—Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
 
Slander and defamation of character are murder committed with words!

The most illiterate, illinformed, mental midget in town—who couldn’t get a hearing on any issue on planet earth—that idiot can draw a crowd if he’ll start slandering somebody.  We put to death a man who takes a gun and blows another man’s head off.  We call him a murderer.  But the man who will criticize and castigate another person’s reputation…a man who will destroy in moments what another man has taken a lifetime to build…that man we applaud.  We shake his hand.  We ask for more verbal garbage.  We do not call him the murderer that he is.


Words spoken in anger, bitterness and retaliation cannot be taken back; the damage cannot be undone.  A peasant slandered a friend and later went to the priest for confession.  He said to the priest, “I want to make peace with God for my vicious words.”  The priest told him to fill a big sack with goose feathers and drop them on the door of every home on the village.  So he did it.  Then he came back to the priest and said, “Now what must I do?” the priest said, “Take your sack and go collect all those feathers.“   When the peasant tried to collect the feathers, he could not find a one.  He went back to the priest and told him the wind had blown the feathers away.  The priest said, “And so it is with your words; they are easily dropped, but you can never collect them again.”

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

James 1:26

James 1:26—If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is in vain.
 
If You Can’t Control Your Tongue, What You Profess To Have In Christ Is Useless!

Here are some Bible diseases of the tongue. 

Disease number one is excessive talking.  Proverbs 10:19 says that when your words are many, sin is not absent; but the man who holds his tongue is wise.  It is a fact that when you talk all the time, sin is unavoidable. 

Disease number two is speaking idle or careless words.  Matthew 12:36 says that men will have to give an account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  Matthew 5:37 says to let your “yes be yes” and “your no be no.”  In other words, don’t say, “Yes, I swear on my mother’s grave…I swear on the Bible…  If you tell the truth all the time, that’s never necessary. 

Which brings me to disease number three, lying.  Revelation 21:8 says that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire.  Jesus said that Satan is a liar and the father of lying John 8:44.  When you lie, you are saying your allegiance is with the devil!  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  And when He is the Lord of your life, truth will come out of your mouth.

The fourth Bible disease of the tongue is flattery.  Psalm 12:3 says, “Help, Lord, everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.  Flattery is excessive praise.  Honor is praise for what you have justly done.  The Bible says to give honor to whom honor is due, but flattery is excessive praise.  And some people use flattery to control other people. 

The Bible goes to great lengths to tell the power of words.  Your tongue can put you under supernatural bondage or emotional distress.  The words “if we say…if we say…if we say” are recorded over and over again in scripture.  Why?  Because what you say controls your spiritual, emotional and physical destiny. 

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Psalm 39:1

Psalm 39:1—I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue:  I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
 
Your tongue cannot move neurologically without your brain telling it to!

A bridle is an instrument of force that makes the horse obey.  You put it in the horse’s mouth, and if you want him to go right you pull on the right side, and if you want him to go left, you pull on the other side.  If you want him to stop, you pull straight back and he will stop.  David said that God would put one of these on you if necessary, if you can’t control your own mouth.  So he says, “I will put a bridle on my mouth before God does.”

People say something mean or stupid and they say, “Oh, I just said that before I thought.” Wrong.  Your tongue isn’t connected to the parasympathetic nervous system.  The only things connected to the parasympathetic nervous system are your breathing apparatus and your cardiovascular system.  Everything else requires thought.       

You may not have thought long about what you said, but you thought before you said it.  Therefore, you’re going to answer to God in the judgment for everything you say.  That’s why I think judgment day’s going to last several million years!

 There are four tests that should judge every conversation.  First, is it absolutely true?  Next, is what you’re saying absolutely necessary?  Third, is it kind and will it bring glory to God?  For the Bible says to let everything you do or say bring glory to God.  Fourth, will everybody be blessed by your saying it?  If it doesn’t pass those four tests, don’t say it!  

Source:  Twelve Sunday Morning Part 3

Psalm 98:2-3

Psalm 98:2-3— The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

The Feast of Tabernacles is called “the season of our joy.”  I believe Jesus was born during the time of Sukkot.  He was obviously not born in December, for Luke 2:8 records that at the time of Jesus’ birth there were “shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.”  From biblical times to the present, shepherds in Israel leave the cold of the open fields and pen their sheep at night beginning in the month of October.  Due to the nighttime cold, there were no shepherds in any fields in December.  I believe he was born during the Festival of Sukkot, the season of joy!

The angels gathered on the first Christmas morning and announced, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”  They knew the King of kings had come into the world.

Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah would be God’s greatest gift to the earth.  “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth,” he wrote.  “In that day it shall be—The LORD is one,’ And His name one.”  The Messiah’s coming will bring joy to the nations of the world.

Jesus Christ is our joy.  As we await His second coming when He will rule over the entire world, we rejoice in the power of the name that is above every name.  One of the given names of Jesus, Emmanuel, means “God with us.”  He is the wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.  Our Savior and Deliverer is also our Friend and Comforter.  He gives us joy today that the world will know tomorrow.  In His presence is fullness of joy.

Isaac Watts wrote the following hymn based on Psalm 98:

Joy to the world!  The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.

Source:  His Glory Revealed

Proverbs 18:21

Proverbs 18:21—Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
 
Words Cannot Only Hurt You, Words Can Kill You!

It was a fool who said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” 

Notice the extremities in Proverbs 18:21:  Life and death…nothing in between.  Nothing neutral comes out of your mouth.  Life or death.

The fact is, those who love the fruit of the tongue will eat it.  That means you cannot sow wild oats and then pray for crop failure.  By God’s command you will reap what you sow.   That’s God’s law.  If you plant bitterness, you’re going to reap bitterness.  That’s God’s law.  If you plant criticism, that’s what you’ll reap.  If you are a talebearer, you yourself will be the object of talebearing all the days of your life.  Those who gossip to you will also gossip about you. 

My father said the reason a dog is man’s best friend is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue!

Source:  Twelve Sunday Mornings— Part Three

Psalm 109:1-2

Psalm 109:1-2 —Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me:  they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
 
The Tongue Is Set On Fire By The Demons Of Hell For The Purpose Of Accusation And Slander!  

Satan’s name means “slanderer.”  He is also called the “accuser of the brethren.”  When you slander a brother or sister in Christ, you are doing the work of the devil himself— so stop it!

Proverbs 6:16 says there are seven things that God hates, and three of them have to do with speech.  One thing God hates is a lying tongue.  The Bible says that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire Revelation 21:8.  Lying is not social adaptation to stress.  Lying is not situation ethics.  Lying is a oneway ticket to the chambers of hell. 

Another thing God hates is a false witness, someone who speaks lies about someone else.  The result of a false witness is the third type of speech God hates. Because that person “soweth discord among the brethren.”

Ham slandered his father Noah and God cursed Ham and his descendants forever.  He was cursed by the speech of his tongue.  Miriam slandered Moses and God gave her leprosy the same day.  Her leprosy was born on the tip of her toxic tongue.  In the Old Testament, a group of children ran out to mock the man of God, Elijah and God sent a shebear out of the woods to eat them alive.  The epitaph of their tombstone could have been, Killed by the Tongue.

Source:  Twelve Sunday Mornings— Part Three