As you decide to give yourself fully to Jesus, a great battle quickly ensues as satan and his minions pursue you to kill, steal, and destroy you. You must quickly recognize this and not only go to Jesus, but also remain in full submission to Him. Jesus is not out to destroy you but rather to destroy the works of the devil. Be encouraged to see the devil’s design, and make that determination in your heart to go all the way through with Jesus and allow Him to utterly transform you.
In this short clip from a sermon from our Brother David Sampson, he lays out the secret to this place of standing as the battle inevitably heats up. Be encouraged in the midst of the fire that you’re in, that Jesus loves you! (Note: The audio quality isn’t great, but don’t let that distract you as you listen.)
The risen Christ’s second admonition to the church at Laodicea is to buy “white garments.” Like Adam and Eve, those in the church were naked because of their sin–unlike Adam and Eve, they didn’t realize it. We receive these garments by faith from Jesus when we completely consecrate ourselves to him and remain consecrated. The finished work of holiness is not an absolute perfection, but a moral perfection from which we can fall. Do not trust in a past experience.Are you overcoming in Jesus, right now?
(NOTE: Although the broadcast was live online, it did not air on the radio due to some technical difficulties. We will be re-airing the broadcast tomorrow.)
In this vulnerable testimony, Pastor Ray shares his experience of entire sanctification. Entire sanctification is not some mystical experience: it is simply a covenant confirmed with Jesus that, “I disown my life, and I will receive from Jesus only what he chooses to give me.”As we deny ourselves the right to provide for ourselves, the Holy Spirit leads us down a path of suffering that eradicates selfishness and produces real righteousness. Have you made this covenant with Jesus? Are you living by faith that, if you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, everything will be added to you? Or is your life still filled with what you’ve created?
What does growing up in Jesus look like? It begins with submission to Jesus and self-sacrifice. Then, instead of doubting whether we’ve been born again and beating ourselves up over our failures, we determine to take our honest failures to Jesus in the prayer closet, renounce that way of walking, and claim the victory in Jesus. As we train ourselves to distinguish between good and evil, Jesus steps in to assist, vindicate, and defend us from every evil!Beloved, doesn’t having such a precious high priest fill your heart with love and yearning to live holy for Jesus?
The battle for your soul needs to be settled so that you can pull sinners out of the fire. This three-stage process is depicted in the exodus of the children of Israel, their time in the desert, and their entry into the promised land. The first stage is an external battle with sin. When we leave Egypt and go to the desert, the battle turns inward. Many Christians die in the desert. To win–which is sanctification–we must submit to the Holy Spirit and His efforts to build a tabernacle for Jesus in our heart. Sanctification is not the work of a lifetime. After we determine that nothing will turn us from Jesus, and His blood wipes out lust and pride, we move into an external battle as we cooperate with God for the salvation of the lost. Has this inner battle for your own soul been won? Are you ready to go up and take the promised land?
The story of Rees Howells shows the necessity of entire sanctification after the new birth. In order for Jesus to live in our bodies, as he intends to do, we must give him complete control of our lives. Revival in America hinges on individuals who will make this total consecration to Jesus. Beloved, will you go on to perfection? Or will you refuse to submit completely and unconditionally to Jesus? This welcome and sermon were originally preached on October 23, 2016.
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?
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)?
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?
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?
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.)
Is your faith a mere mental assent, or do you operate as if the promises of God are reality? God is willing to save and sanctify us completely. Do you believe it? Will you confess your pride, and let God do what he has promised?
Using the text of a John Wesley sermon and Romans Chapters 1 and 6 (and many other scriptures), Pastors Ray and Jan explain why being born again is not enough. Listen closely and determine where you are in this process. I leave you with the words of a chorus written by John Wesley.
“Break off the yoke of inbred sin, And fully set my spirit free! I cannot rest till pure within, Till I am wholly lost in Thee.”
In today’s Saturday sermon, Pastor Ray discusses Chapter 5 (The Holy Spirit Takes Possession) of “Rees Howell: Intercessor” by Norman Grubb. As we begin to abide in Jesus, He takes us all the way to the bottom. We must then go to the same place as described by Rees and Pastor Ray, where finally our lives are fully given to Jesus. In that place, the Holy Spirit comes and asks us if we’re willing and will make us “willing to be made willing” if we willingly go to the cross. Are you willing to move out of your life and will you trust the Holy Spirit to pull you through?
Pastor Ray lays out the new covenant and the role of Jesus as our High Priest, as well as His dual role as the King of Kings. Make a decision in your heart today that you allow Jesus to function in both roles. “Therefore he is able to save completelythose who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 Let the King of Kings rule and reign over your heart and your life through every circumstance and you will be amazed what He will begin to do in your life! He will give you peace and His righteousness, what a mighty God we serve.
Today’s Saturday classic is a Springs of Living Water radio broadcast with Pastor Ray and Pastor. They succinctly and accurately lay out the process where God begins in earnest to transform our character. What a wonderful work to be transformed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there’s nothing more precious. Have you made that decision to “go through” with God?
Today’s broadcast continues with the exposition of Hebrews 4. Here’s the key verses: Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:11-12).
There must be a time and place where we come into a place where we can fully rest in Jesus and we’re no longer medicated by the things of this world. Miguel taught that the soul is the center, habitation and kingdom of God. He believed that the temple of God cannot be pure in the absence of peace. That peace only comes as we fully give ourselves solely to Jesus Christ. Listen to this story and be both convicted and encouraged to enter in to His rest.
On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray discusses the life of a dear brother named Freeborn Garrettson, a contemporary of John Wesley and George Whitfield. In the broadcast, he details the marvelous transition this brother made in dying to self and fully giving himself fully into the hand of Jesus, it’s a very sweet story as you might expect.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Brother Freeborn himself to whet your appetite. “I want to live and die at the footsteps of the blessed Jesus. O what a bright grace is humility. I want more of it. I’m not saved from ignorance or shortcomings, neither from mistakes and infirmities of various kinds.Yet I believe it to be a Christian’s privilege to love God with an undivided heart and his neighbor as himself.“ Amen!
An alternative title of today’s broadcast could be “The Path to a Clean Heart.” Using another biography from the series of books entitled “They Knew Their God” Pastor Ray describes the journey of John G. Govan on the path to a clean heart. God gave this dear brother a divorce from sin and a new life in Christ ensued. As God is no respecter of persons, He wants to do the same for each one of us. May His kingdom come, His will be done. Amen!
Today’s broadcast involves another biography from the series “They Knew Their God.” This one concerns a dear brother named George Railton. This brother made a choice very early in his life to only care what Jesus cared about, in a real substantive way not in a sentimental way that many view Jesus. This exacted a very high price, which he willingly paid. Do you care about what Jesus cares about? That’s exactly where he wants to bring each of us but it requires a full consecration and a decision to longer waver.
There is a transition happening to those who are part of the National Prayer Chapel, whether you physically go there or you’re listening to the broadcasts and sermons. Jesus focus is to build the kingdom of God. He’s taking us to a place where we give up the need to be somebody and all of the pride of our heart has been emptied. The painful point in all this is that the transition comes through suffering.
There’s one primary idea that Pastor Ray conveyed which is critical to understand in our spirits is that when things don’t work out like we think it should, then don’t turn against Jesus but humble your heart and submit to that still small voice. We must lay down all demands, all anger and simply allow Jesus to do whatever He wills. Here’s what Jahazel said to the king of Judah in 2 Chronicles 20 “You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”
This is the first sermon we’ve uploaded from Pastor Jan Greenley, who went home to be with Jesus in May 2010. She had boldness and a God-given ability to swing the sword. The sermon correlates to Monday’s broadcast. God brought Joseph to that dark night of his soul, when he was thrown into the pit. In that pit, Joseph made a determination to stop fighting God’s work. Surely that same thing happened to Peter, after he denied Jesus three times. Will you stop fighting God’s work in your heart and let Him have the victory?