Have you wasted years of your life in empty talk? Have your words been good while your actions were evil? If so, there is hope: if you give full ownership of your life to Jesus, you will do the will of God from your heart with joy. Jesus does not bless those who know the truth, but those who do the truth. Are you walking in the honesty which comes when your words and actions totally agree? Do you speak truthfully about the condition of your heart? Or are you too afraid of what you will see that you dare not take a good, hard look?
Today’s welcome by Sister Michelle is about Stephen (from Acts 7) and this incredible work that Jesus did in his heart was clearly reflected in what he did and said as he was being stoned. Will you let Jesus use your words, even though it may only be for one person as it was for our dear brother Stephen?
In the sermon, Pastor Ray talks about how our words will either bring life or death to others and ourselves. What do your spoken words reveal about the condition of your heart? Do they bring healing and softening or do they reflect the searedness and hardness of your own heart? Will you make the decision to be both thoughtful and deliberate in your speech, so that you remain in the presence of Jesus, and bring others to Him?
If you’ve fully given yourself to Jesus, the hedge of God now protects you, much in the same way it protected Job. The issue that Job wrestled with (and that we must wrestle with as well) is that due to this hedge we cannot function as if we were gods and all self (our meager attempts to be god-like, to control any parts of our lives) must be totally laid down). If we are to be crucified with Christ (and subsequently resurrected), than this process must come to a final conclusion. This is why God allowed the hedge around Job to be lowered and why he’ll do the same thing in our lives.
On Friday’s broadcast, we ran the welcome and sermon from September 11. Sister Michelle’s focus is upon the transition that Elisha made, after Elijah left. Pastor Ray talks about the fellowship of blood from the book of James and what that actually means to us.
The Christian journey begins with a quick amputation of all outward sin when a person surrenders his or her will to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit then begins the inner work of heart purity, or entire sanctification. But he will not begin this work if we love the world or the flesh: and that includes everything from professional sports to casual jokes and conversation. The normal Christian experience is to walk in the joy of heart purity, knowing that the heart is totally separated from lust for the world and completely consecrated to Jesus Christ. Where are you in this journey? Do you still rebel against God? You may attend church your whole life, know all the theology, and still be a pagan in the eyes of God. If you do not prepare to meet your Maker today, when will you?
Victory! In today’s broadcast, Jesus gloriously delivered $1,285 to meet this month’s cost for radio. Enjoy the hymns, and let your heart rejoice: “He’s never failed us yet!” Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord Jesus! Amen. (We’re not posting the YouTube video, since we had some technical challenges and lost a good bit of it, thank you to each one who obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit!)
Pastor James of the Jerusalem church pins down the source of all fights and shows us the only solution. Unless the conflict is over a moral difference, the core issue is always pride. Even with moral issues, we can still sin if we respond by fighting and degrading the other person, instead of simply acknowledging that we will not participate in evil. This practice destroys relationships and can carry over into our relationship with Jesus Christ. The solution? Submit yourself entirely to God, and trust him, whatever the results may be.
We’ll leave you with a verse from the old hymn “Blessed Assurance”: Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
What motivates your life? Is it the banner of love from Jesus, or is it all about you, in whatever form that may take? The work of God will never be accomplished in our lives until we allow the Holy Spirit total, unconditional possession of our bodies. We must have faith to leave our pigpens and renounce each one, through the blood of Jesus, and claim God’s banner of love over our lives.
O, beloved, this is not optional for any who would name the name of Jesus! If you refuse this work, how will you stand on the Day of Judgment? Holiness isn’t optional. How will you answer those you claim to love and adore, who will go to hell simply because you were unwilling to die to your pride?
In the welcome, Sister Michelle asks the question “What do you think God is thinking about America and your life?” using Psalm 32 and 2 Corinthians 7 as the text. Pastor Ray details what entire sanctification looks like in the life of the believer. The modern church’s denial of entire sanctification is simply a refusal to submit to Jesus. Are you willing to undergo the process laid out in the life of Rees Howells (and the scriptures) to utterly give your life into His control? Do you understand that without holiness, no one will see the Lord (See Hebrews 12:4)?
In today’s 2005 sermon, Pastor Ray goes quickly through the four types of Christians laid out in the Parable of the Sower followed by the story of Ann Preston (a.k.a. Holy Ann or Holy Anna). He provides a synopsis of a wonderful book entitled “An Irish Saint” written by Helen Bingham. Listen intently with the question what is Holy Ann’s secret to her walk with Jesus and you will be both surprised and humbled.
This is the fifth sermon that were all preached during 2005 on this issue of pride. All vestiges of pride must be removed through the blood of Jesus. What is the deathblow to pride?
The Holy Spirit is a person who must live in bodies. If you have been born again, have you given that new life to Jesus? Have you given up not only your sin, but your self? Or have you withheld and stolen from God by keeping that new life in Christ for yourself? It is easy for us to blow off this question, but we must give it honest consideration. Will you give your body to the Holy Spirit? Will you let him live in your body just as really as he lived in the body of Jesus Christ?
American Christians, as a whole, have jettisoned the true gospel. Many teach that we can still be saved even if we love the world and walk according to our own understanding. But the gospel of Jesus Christ requires us to die to our sin in order to be born again. Has the supernatural work of God transformed you into a new creature in Christ? Or have you just used a little bit of Jesus spray paint to gussy up the old man? Has it hit you yet that you are going to be judged by your works–and the only way to be saved is to allow Christ, by faith, to make you and your works really righteous?
Are you faithful to Jesus Christ? The book of James is clear that if we love the world–which encompasses anything we love more than Jesus-we are committing adultery against Him. If this is your case, you are an enemy of God and God will oppose you in your pride. You have chosen, by an act of your own will to usurp God’s power and authority in your life.
To be faithful to Jesus, you must allow the body of sin to be destroyed by dying with Christ, and become a new creature in Him, not walking in known sin. Is your life over? Have you come to terms with your own death? Will you make up your mind to love Christ supremely, with no way to turn back?
America’s moral decline has one root: enmity against God. Even as Christians, we can easily allow pride to block our taking an honest look at what’s buried deep in our souls. But there’s no need to remain blind: underlying hatred for God is exposed when we treat our brothers and sisters in angry, abrupt, or uncharitable ways. The only way to deal with this enmity is to lose our lives to Christ.
Perhaps you say that you are dead with Christ: but did you ever take the time to fully grieve over the death of your life? Did you really come to terms with what that means? O beloved, will you get honest with God, and give your heart once and for all and forever to Jesus Christ?
The welcome deals with the life of Jacob and Sister Kathryn points out we must wrestle with God until we overcome all enmity and pride that blocks the grieving process.
The focus on Pastor Ray’s sermon is primarily on Jephthah’s daughter, who agreed with her father that her life was over and spent time mourning over the loss of it. Have you agreed with Jesus that your life is over? Have you completed the mourning over the loss of your life into the hands of Jesus, so that He can come to work in power in your life?
Know that the heart of Jesus is that you and I, through His blood, become overcomers and no longer operate as heel-grabbers.
Are you willing to be patient? To be saved, we must be perfected; and to be perfected, we must be patient. This maturing process begins after Jesus delivers us from all known sin. What do your relationships look like? Do you have a sincere, humble, interest in listening to others–an interest that views conflict as an opportunity to respond with love, kindness, and patience? Or do you resort to bitterness and backbiting in order to plow over people who get in your way? The heart attitude, so often glossed over in modern America, that is exposed in such tongue lashing is utterly unfit for heaven. Will you look honestly at how such behavior and feelings are totally unlike the heart of God? Will you weep, and mourn, and let Jesus heal you?
This is an encore sermon from Sunday, September 4, 2016.
If you’re in covenant with Jesus, God is investing in your life. You are under a process of cultivation with a definite end: for the Holy Spirit, through you, to use the power of the atonement to break the devil’s dominion, bind the strong man, and steal his goods.
What have you done with God’s investment? Have you humbled your heart and determined to quickly do everything that Jesus tells you to do? Or have you stolen the investment and used it for yourself? True love is faithful. If God cannot trust us to be faithful with a little, then how can we be trusted with revival power? And if this is our state, how can we say that we love Jesus? O, how long will we in America continue to practice such treason, while millions are rushing into hell? (Today’s sermon was from Sunday, August 28.)
It’s time to face the hard truth: the only thing blocking God from moving in revival power is our own stubbornness and our lack of obedience and holiness. Are you willing to pay the price for God to bring revival? Or will you be content to watch everyone you know go down to hell? (Note: This is a welcome and sermon from August 21.)
Do you love and submit to Jesus in truth, or have you buried and ignored hostility in your mind towards God? If we think that God exists to help us get what we want, we are in rebellion. Jesus will never be a mere consultant: He will either own and carry your whole life, or He will be absent! Do you experience the joy of the Holy Spirit that comes from step by step daily submission (not by hard work) to Him? Or, do areas of hostility rise up in your mind when you try to pray, or in certain situations? This hostility, if not removed, will take us to hell! But, Jesus is willing to cleanse us totally if we willingly confess and repent of our wicked ways.
Are you so consumed with pride that you fail to help others, because after all, shouldn’t the world revolve around you and your concerns? This self love will create divisions and block the work of God. God designed the church to be an interdependent body of people, not a group of self-sufficient and self-contained individuals. Will you allow God to melt and soften your heart, so that you will sacrificially love Jesus and others?
Sister Michelle’s welcome was from Matthew 22 beginning at verse 41, with the question who is Jesus and how do we view him? Pastor Ray’s sermon deals with pride, which veils this deep inner hatred of God that we must all deal with. Pride is the fruit of the hatred of God. Will you cry out and allow God to deal all the way to the bottom with your pride?
Today’s sermon from 2005 focuses primarily on the life of Achan, who chose to turn victory into defeat. Achan’s sin was that he didn’t want to stay low and he hid things under his bed. Have you hid anything (an unclean thing, an unclean attitude or perhaps a pet sin) from the all-seeing eye of the Holy Spirit? Let the Holy Spirit go all the way to the bottom and go from victory to victory through the blood of Jesus. This requires conscious decisions and a determination to no longer hide from Jesus anything…
Do you fear God or do you live under the false illusion that God is your servant? In this continuation on the life of Mr. Fearing, the virtue of staying low emerges as indispensable for a successful journey to the celestial city, and ultimately our salvation. We can finish our pilgrimage successfully if we stay low, regardless of how we may feel in our inner being. Staying low is the same thing as being “poor in spirit” the first of the Beatitudes, so if you’re low stay there and let Jesus teach you how to walk with Him and let Him make you into a nobody and simply a servant.
Has your spiritual progress been stalled by fear and doubt, even though you love Jesus? If so, the character Mr. Fearing of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress offers great encouragement. If you walk clean under the blood, you do not need to worry about your final acceptance with God. Beloved! The heart of Jesus overflows with passionate love to receive you. Will you just come as a child and trust him?