THIS WEEKS MESSAGE
RIGHTEOUSNESS PEACE & JOY - Part 4
Presented by Pastor John S. Torell from his home church
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21 December 1997
GOD'S SPIRITUAL LAW OF PEACE AND HARMONY FOR THE BODY!
In the gospel of John chapter 14 verse 27 we read: Peace I leave with you, 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. [Jesus is the only one who can give us peace.]
As we have been looking at the financial market in the Asian countries, Thailand came to my mind. It has been a powerhouse for the last ten years financially. They have been known for their prostitution. They have businessmen fly into the country from all over the world, just to visit the prostitutes in Thailand. There are no laws in their country regarding prostitution. Men and women can come into that country from all round the world. If they want to have a child to abuse, they can do that in Thailand. They're offered boys, girls, women, anything they want. They can buy any type of merchandise they want, expensive cars, to anything they want. There are hundreds of thousands of people working in their financial institutions. In less than one week the Thai economy was wrecked. The country was plunged into total chaos. On the streets marched the bankers, tellers, clerks, financial advisers, people that had been powerhouses. In Thailand today you can buy a Jaguar for a song. Not many are bought because no one can afford them. I thought about one thing. Buddha will not give them peace. They are Buddhist. They give tribute to Buddha, but Buddha cannot give them peace. The Buddhist people have no place to turn when their world is collapsing. There is a judgment of God here. Thailand also has one of the highest AIDS rate among the people that work in the sex industry. It is all collapsing.
Turn to John chapter 16 verse 33. [Jesus said] These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. [There is a spiritual law of peace and harmony for the believers. I want to also talk about the body Christ today. Peace that means, unity, concord, togetherness.]
Turn to Romans chapter 5 verse 1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Verse 17: For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [We have received the gift of righteousness. The abundance of grace. This is a free gift that God has given to us. All of us are susceptible to contacts every day. If God would have made us without emotions, than Satan could not touch us. Do you understand that? If you and I did not have emotions, we would simply walk like a straight arrow, because we have emotions we are vulnerable. We can be attacked. When we are attacked, we are attacked in our emotions. We are never attacked in our intellect. It is always in our emotional realm. These are powerful forces surging in our body. The first thing Satan says is, "Give me your joy, your peace, and I will give you turmoil instead." Why do we have bad days? We have bad days because we have had the visitation from a demonic force. They can come through a person, a letter, a telephone call, whatever it maybe, where circumstances do not lineup. We fall apart.
Today I want to talk to you about the immune system, that is second to none. Jesus has a physical body on this earth, it is visible and can be touched. It is composed of all believers in Christ who are currently living on this earth and is also known under another name - THE CHURCH. Jesus does have a body on this earth. Yes! We know He is in heaven. He still has a physical body on this earth. That body is composed of all the believers in Christ who are currently living on this earth and is also known under another name, The Church.
Turn to Romans chapter 12 verse 1. I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. [The body of Jesus Christ.]
I want us to look upon the body of Jesus Christ in Korea for a few moments. I want us to back in time, to about 1935. When the Japanese had taken over Korea. They had imposed one of the harshest military rules on the nation. Korea at that time had experienced a revival. The church in Pyongyang, which is now the capital in North Korea, was among the strongest in Asian. It was a powerhouse church. Yet, it had to suffer. 1945 came, the war ended. The Koreans thought they would be free. The United States double crossed them. We did it because of the world government. If you go back into the records and check them, you will find out that the United States did not have enough troops, so they asked what was left of the Japanese government, after Japan had surrendered, "We want you to keep the Japanese troops in Korea, keep them under control until we can place American troops over there." The next six to eight months after the war was over the Japanese were still in control, but being paid by us. In the meantime the United States opened the road for the Communists and we divided Korea. Korea was not divided because the Communists were there. We brought them in and divided Korea in half. We told the people in the North that they were now Communists and the people in the South we told them that they were now free. As soon as the Communists came into North Korea they wiped out the church. The church in Pyongyang and the strong church North Korea were totally wiped out. There was no church in the South. The South was Buddhist. The North were believers. That is why the world government wanted to wipe them out. God had a different plan. Do you remember the Korean War? The Korean peninsula was invaded time and time again, with extreme destruction. After the Chinese were defeated there was a truce.
There was a young man in Korea that had tuberculosis. They did not think he would live. This man who was a Buddhist, dying, he heard about Jesus Christ. He put his faith and trust in the living God and renounced Buddha. He was gloriously saved, healed and filled with the Holy Ghost. When God works, there is a parallel work of the devil. There's always a parallel work going on at all times. God was raising up His man. Satan was raising up his man. Two Koreans, Yangcho and Sungyangmo, they were raised up at the same time. Yangcho walked in Soul Korea and looked upon the devastation, where the country and industry were destroyed. In the middle of the rubble God told him to build a church. Korea has had the greatest revival in this century, compared to the amount of people living there. Out of the ashes came not only revival into churches. Parallel to that was Moo's unification church. Today it has penetrated most of the world. I want you to understand this. God has a body. The body of Christ will survive. God has a plan for us. At the same time Satan has a parallel work that will do damage against us. Today Korea is again in shambles. Her economy crashed with massive unemployment. Korea has one thing going for itself, Jesus Christ. Korea was one of first Third World countries that did not take support from United States. They generated enough revenues by themselves, that they could send missionaries all over the world. Korea's spiritual believers in Christ are doing mission work in the world. God is able! God's body is going to survive.
Turn to Ephesians chapter 1 verse 15. [I want you to know who we are.]
When I was a little boy someone showed me a magnifying glass. I was told that they could start a fire with it from the sun. I said, "That is stupid. How can a little glass start a fire?" This person said, "Let me prove it to you. Let me have your hand." I said, "Sure." He said, "Hold your hand out under the magnifying glass." He held the magnifying glass just right and it only took about three seconds before my hand began to burn. He said, "Do you believe now?" I said, "Man that is neat. You can start a fire with that."
We get derailed, unfocused and think that we're going to all these things today. When we become unfocused procrastination comes in and says, "Why don't you put some of the things off until another day. You can do all these things some other time." If you try to do it all in one setting you'll never get anything done. You might as well forget even trying. We have to learn to focus. The demon of procrastination has to be dealt with and driven out. How long are we going to wait before we take action? Until Jesus comes back? Until the tires of your car rot and fall off? Until the roof on your home is caving in? When will you move? There is a demonic power that clouds us, because we have good intentions. We know we should, we say we're going to, but we never take action and do it. You might as will say this, "I have good intentions. I meanwhile but I'm never going to get to it." Most of us should carry a little piece of round wood with us. When someone ask us what that is we can say, "This represents the things that I never get around to doing. This my procrastination coin." Do know no what is going to happen to you when you go to be with the Lord? Someone is going to come to your property and rip it a part. They will take all the treasures and things that you promised that you were going to do, and put them in a big trash can. Someday all your things will be at the garbage dump. The bulldozer is going to finish what you never got around to do. Procrastination! A spirit that works with procrastination is the Hindering spirit. Hindering spirits are masters. You may start off in the morning, and before you know it you become derailed, and you don't even know it. They have you running in circles never accomplishing anyone task all day long. They are hindering you with procrastination and suddenly four clock comes along and you are so frustrated you say, "I got nothing accomplished today." The demons just laugh at you. Another batch of demons come to you called, emotional drain. You say, "Oh, my God I wasted one more day. I needed the money. I just wasted it." These demons coming in now are playing the violin and singing, "You are so tired. Have a little sleep." You say to yourself, "I am exhausted. I'm totally wiped out. I do not want to pray. I do not want to read the Bible. I want to go to bed. I want to pull the covers over." The demon say, "We will kiss you good night and we will meet you again in the morning." This is how many Christians live! This is the reason why we are never able to really function. Praise the Lord! Just like the human body has an immune system, so does the body of Christ. Jesus Christ has an immune system second to none.
Turn to the gospel of John chapter 10 verse 27. [I'm going to show you now the immune system of God. God is determined to get you to heaven. If you have accepted Christ He is going to get you there. He may have to take you through the key hole and he may have to mold you to fit the key hole, but you will get there. God is not sentimental. If He has to take you through a county jail, prison, a hospital, a wheelchair or whatever it may take. He will prepare you, so you might as well praise God for what you're going through.] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give onto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and know man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. [This is part of God's immune system. God says this, "When I save, I save. There is not a problem when I save. I know how to save. I know how to keep you. I know how to discipline you. You will fit when I'm done with you. You will be well done." It is nicer to walk with God, not to be dragged by God.]
Turn to Jude verse 24. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God your Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. [You might us will set back and relax knowing that God is in charge of your soul. God is in charge of your salvation.]
Turn to the gospel of John chapter 16 verse 7. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. We shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew unto you. [The Holy Spirit.]
God had a plan for the Korean people. No demon in hell could stop them. No Japanese, no Chinese communist, no American or world government could stop them. When God mightily moved on Yungushw no one could hold that man back. South Korea today I believe has more than 50 percent of its people are Christians. The Buddhist are losing big-time. As you look upon men and women in times past that have been used by God, there are two things that they had to conquer; procrastination and hindering spirits. Procrastination and hindering spirits must go. We have good intentions. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The people had good intentions. They will not make it to heaven on good intentions, unless they come to Christ. What would hinder you and I from taking off and really having righteousness, peace and joy? We must learn to lean on the Lord Jesus Christ and refuse to be emotionally disturbed. Ring the neck of procrastination and hindering spirits. Say, "In the name of Jesus we shall overcome. We will overcome. " The spiritual immune system antibody of Christ is supreme in its power. It is absolutely fabulous.
Turn to the gospel of John chapter 17 verse 1. [The immune system of Christ gives eternal life to each cell believer in Christ.] These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son, that the Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. In this is life eternal, that they might know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. [We have received eternal life. That should make us immune to all kinds of bad news. So what the American stock market crashes. We are unemployed. The stores are cleaned out of all food. There's what happened in Korea last week. The food stores were cleaned out. The people panicked. What is the big deal? This is the worst thing they could happen to you and I. We lose our home or apartment. Praise God, we can huddle together and we can stay warm together. No big deal! We're still safe. We lose our job, car, we lose everything. Glory to God, we can be together. You do not have to rush home now, because you have nothing to rush home to. Alleluia! You have no television to watch. You and I well now be like the church in the book of Acts where they met together daily, worshipping the Lord having all things together praying and supernaturally God did all kinds of miracles. Maybe God would have a better church if we lost it all. Have you ever thought about that? We would not have to worry about burglar alarms, someone stealing our car, or paying taxes. We would have nothing to pay our taxes with or taxes on. We could now read our Bible, pray, worship God, witness unhindered and we are together. What is the panic? It is sad that as God is blessing us with so many things, that most of our time is spent on things, instead of God. We think we have to maintain our standards. What do we worship? Look at the homeless. We can all get a cart or some cardboard boxes and build a little shelter. Have heavenly manna from heaven. I believe God can supply and will supply wonderful eternal life for each one of us.]
This immune system is going to glorify Jesus Christ. John chapter 17 verse 4. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, 0 Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. [Are you bringing glory to Jesus Christ? When people see you, do they say, "Glory to God here comes so and so." Or do they say, "Here is procrastinator No. 1?" How are you are you known when you walk around the community? Are people saying,
"Praise God, here's one man, one woman that loves the Lord." Or do they call you other names? Do they say, "Here comes that complaining wimp again. The one that never finishes anything, always giving a lot of good words, but never finishing what he starts." How many hot air people do you know? They say, "I'm going to do this and that." When you say, "When are you going to start?" It is goodbye. Are you glorify Christ?]
It is God who will keep each believer safe. John chapter 17 verse 9. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. [God is going to keep you and I safe.]
He is going to give us joy. John chapter 17 verse 13. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. [Jesus said, "I want you to have joy." When can we become joyous? When we focus on the Father, through Jesus Christ. When we don't think about ourselves. We think about Jesus. That is when we have joy. God wants us to have joy. Joy brings healing to our physical body.]
This immune system power is going to keep us from the evil of the world. John chapter 17 verse 14. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, [You might as well settle down because the world is going to hate you. When you come up to unbeliever and they say, "Merry Christmas to you and you say, sir, I don't do Christmas." They look upon you and say, "What! You don't do Christmas?" They might not believe in Christ. They've never read the Bible, but they sure do Christmas. Then they say, "What kind of an animal are you? You don't love the little children?" I have learned this, a man can come home to his wife and say, "I have been set free. I have been delivered. We're no longer going to do Christmas here." She will kill him or vice a versa. If either one comes home and says I have committed adultery, they will say, "I will forgive you for that." The world will not forgive you if you do not do Christmas with them, unless you tell them you are a Jew. Do your Chanukah. Jesus told us that the world would hate us.] even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. [Praise God, this immune system is going to keep us from the evil of this world. You might as will relax. Don't be paranoid. The world will hate you. So what! I would rather beloved by God, going heaven, then being loved by the world and going to hell. It's like when someone comes up to you and criticizes you for what you are wearing. You say to them, "You do not pay my bills. So please do not say anything. This is what I have to wear."]
It will sanctify each believer. John chapter 17 verse 17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. [Jesus has sanctified himself for you and I. He is sending us into the world. He wants us to serve Him. If Christmas is hard to avoid, what about the mark of the beast? Think about it. As it begins to tighten upon us to take the mark of the beast. We already have the beginnings of it. Certain welfare people here in Sacramento County have to register their right hand if they want assistance. If you do not register your right hand, you will not receive assistance. I brought this up about two years ago and people laughed at me. It is happening today. Ministers stand up in say, "It is not the mark of the beast do not worry about it. Just go along with it." This is to close for me to register my hand. Every time these people want to talk to an officer, to receive welfare they have to put their hand in a machine to identify themselves, then they receive their check or service. That is to close for me. There are ministers who stand up and say, "Do not worry about it." There are ministers on television today that are saying that the mark of the beast will not be physical. It is going to be spiritual. So don't worry about a little microchip inserted under the skin of your hand or forehead. It is no big deal. After all you need to eat, pay your bills and so forth. As long as your heart is not into it, it is okay. The Bible says this; if you take the mark of the beast, you are out. There's one thing that God will kick you out for, there's no forgiveness, no matter how much you cry that day. You are out! We need to know this and understand it. Jesus is praying for us. Most people today are so sloppy, that they're not even practicing their faith. You have to practice faith.]
The believer shall be one with the Father. John chapter 17 verse 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou me, that they may be made perfect in one: and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast love me. [Jesus prayed that we might be one with the Father, and be in heaven someday with the Father Son and Holy Ghost.]
John chapter 17 verse 24. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me; for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
Consider these eight points. These are the immune system of the body of Christ, written by Him. If you can understand and know that this is a reality, you will not be shaken. Your life will not be shaken regardless of what is happening, because God is going to take care of us. One of our brothers here gave us a practical lesson on how to behave when demons make a house call. The demons had plans for you to not come to church. The demons wanted you to panic and have fun with you, they lost today, because you and your wife learned who your source is. You have learned to stand on God. God is healing both of you. God is going to come through with mighty things. Remember this, there is a plan for everyone of us. There is no crisis in heaven. God has a solution for every problem that you and I face. There is a solution for every problem, if we would just lean back and say, "God, show it to me."
The SPIRITUAL IMMUNE SYSTEM OF JESUS IS POWERED BY THE SAME PERSON THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD!
Turn to Romans Chapter 8 verse 11. [If you have not read the biography of Yunga Cho you should read it. He is a tremendous man of God. This man in the mid 1950's, in the city of Soul Korea, as Soul lay in reins was able to obtain an old U.S. army tent. He set it up in the middle of the runes. God told him that He was going to use him to raise up a church with millions of people, that would have a world wide impacted.
How would you like to stand in Sacramento as it lays in rubble after bombings and shutting. People living anywhere they can with nothing. You step up to them with your tent and say that God told you that we are going to build the mightest church on the earth here. The glory of God is going to come. PROCRASTINATOR WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Would you have the faith. Yunga Cho did not see the broken buildings and refuges running around. He saw Jesus. When you see Jesus, you don't see anything around you. You don't see the disease, the sickness, the destruction, you see the possibilities of an Almighty God, that is moving in His resurrection power.] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. [That means the Holy Ghost power, the same resurrection power that surged through Jesus in the grave, lives in you now. The power is there. The spiritual immune system of Jesus is powered by the same person that raised Jesus from the dead! Who is that person? That person is the Holy Spirit!]
Turn to Romans chapter 8 verse 12. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [What does Abba Father mean? It means Daddy. Daddy I need you. He is there. Righteousness, Peace and Joy is ours.] For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bearth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we may suffer with him, then we may be also glorified together.
This week I had a little visitation by some pesky demons. They woke me up in the middle of the night. They came and said that I had the flu with all the symptoms. They said, "You are not going to do very well tomorrow." As I was lying there thinking about what was taken place I said to myself. "A lot of people have it and my wife just got over it. It must be my turn next." They were saying to me that I was very tired and I could feel my body start to drain of its energy to fight this. Then I got angry, holy anger. I said, "No, I am not going to have this. In the name of Jesus, get out of me." Praise God, they took off. They were more scared than I was. For we have not received the spirit bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Daddy! I am a joint heir with Jesus Christ. The person that is the immune system of Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit.
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS THE INTEGRITY OF A BODY!
There are two immune system's, the physical and the spiritual. The immune system is the integrity of the body. If a person has cancer, does that body have integrity? NO! Unless the cancer is defeated. The cancer or the sickness will hinder the body from functioning properly. The immune system gives integrity.
Turn to Romans chapter 8 verse 9. So they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Turn to John chapter 4 verse 23. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. [The immune system is the integrity of the body. A person that is crippled with arthritis cannot walk. A person that is crippled with cancer cannot function properly. A person with Alzheimer's disease cannot think clearly. If the immune system is compromised, the body is compromised and the integrity is gone. When the immune system is strong the integrity is there. Look upon the church. When a church is preaching pure doctrine and is out of idolatry, that church has integrity. When a church is polluted it has no integrity. Think about that.]
Turn to First Corinthians chapter 3 verse 16. [Do not compromised the immune system.] Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. [Did you know that a large number of Americans are secret alcoholics? This is how they get away with it; when you eat a lot of white sugar, the white sugar turns into alcohol in your system. A person that is addicted to sugar will have a liver that looks like an alcoholics. White sugar destroys every vitamin in your body. It wipes it out. The advertisements that were on television just before Christmas showed people that were very healthy eating chocolate things full of sugar. The advertisements may look very enticing, but in reality they were killing themselves. Look at the public today. You can go anywhere and you will see that most people are overweight, fat, dragging themselves, sick and yet they say this is life. Do not compromise your physical or your spiritual immune system.] Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; [God says, "All right, you destroy your body, I will help you. I will break it down for you." There is no healing.]
Turn to Ephesians chapter 4 verse 30. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. [Do not compromise your physical or your spiritual immune system. Satan wants to attack us in two ways. He wants to break down our physical immune system and then he breaks our spiritual immune system, then we are wiped out. How can we have victory? Through Jesus Christ!
Turn to Luke chapter 24 verse 13. And, behold, two of them went the same
day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that you have one to another, as you walk, and are sad? And a one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come pass there in these days? And He said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done. [Look in verse 21, but we trusted him. Their immune system was down. They were shattered. They lost faith in Jesus.] Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, the day is far spent. And he went into tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us to scriptures? [Can you say that today? Is your heart burning within you because Jesus Christ is walking with you and talking with you and are you are communicating with him? Is your heart burning? Jesus wants to walk with you, on this very day.]
Turn to Philippians chapter 4 verse 6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer supplication of thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [Here is where you start. Be careful for nothing. That means you do not let the world trouble you anymore. We have a person in Europe who has been our station chief for a number years. He lost his job and I had not heard from him. The last two or three months I've been trying to call him but there's been no answer. The Devil told me that he is gone. He is dead. It is over. You have lost that part of your ministry. Finally I wrote a note to him, asking, "Where are you?" He wrote back in a letter stating that he was okay and gave me a number to call him at. I checked it with the one that I had and I had the wrong number. I talked with him yesterday and said to him, "I could have called you until the day of judgment and you would have never answer me." So many of us have the wrong number. We need the right number. His name is Jesus. God has all things under control. All the lies of the devil were scattered.] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. [Alleluia! This is how we get it.]
Turn to Matthew Chapter 11 verse 28. Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. [Only Jesus can give you this peace, Jesus is ready today to give you this wonderful peace and rest for your weary soul. We have to receive it. There's nothing we can do about the economy of United States are. There's nothing we can do about our mortgage or rents that we are paying. It is out of our hands. Who is it that gives us wealth? It is God. It is God that gives us the power to have wealth. Let this go deep into your heart what Jesus said, "Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. That is a surrender. It is a dual surrender. We surrender to Jesus, and at the same time we begin to fight the devil by saying, "You will not take one inch of my life. I contest it." Understand the demonic forces of procrastination and hindering spirits. I go into my office every day and I get side tracked. I have to pray so that I will stay focused on what has to be done for the day. This is how it comes together, so we can have righteousness, peace and joy.]
How do I feel as a pastor? I've done what I could this week. I have been in the word. I've studied. I have prayed. God gave me this message. We ministered to people this week. I have done what I could. I am resting in Jesus. I came here today to minister and worship with you. Now it is out of my hands. Are you willing to receive it?
May God richly bless you is my prayer.