THIS WEEKS MESSAGE
Presented by Pastor
John S. Torell from his home church
Your responses and
comments are always welcome.
4 January 1998
Todays sermon is a follow up of last week's message - Insanity-Lucifers Disease. This is an area on which I have not been doing a lot of preaching.
Lucifer is insane. God's definition of insanity is not the same definition as the American medical community. Gods definition of insanity is in a totally different realm. It is much more refined. You can actually be a total idiot and fly an airplane. The world will say you're doing fine, but you can be totally insane as far as God is concerned.
Knowing the TRUTH-but choosing a LIE is insanity.
Most people, today living in the world, will choose a lie. It is everywhere.
Not knowing the TRUTH-but proceeding without the TRUTH is insanity.
Have you ever asked people, "Do you know what you are doing?" They will answer you, "No, I don't, but I will try it anyway." That is insanity. We're not talking about faith now. God will give us revelation knowledge. What I am talking about here is not knowing the truth. Proceeding without the truth is insanity. About a year ago a young lady died in the city. She was about 18 years old. As a young 16 year old girl, she decided to have sex for the first time without being married. She did not know the truth, but she proceeded anyway, and her first partner was an older man who had AIDS. On her first night of fornication she was infected with the AIDS virus. Four years later, she died right after graduating from high school. That is insanity! Not investigating the consequences of what will follow is insanity. This week we saw one of the Kennedy family men killed. He did not have to die. He died of insanity. The second day after his death there was an autopsy report released saying that his blood-alcohol content was very high. Any person that would have any sense would know that you do not drink, and try to play American football going down a ski slope. If you do this you most likely will hit a tree, which he did and he died. There are now three children without a father. He died because of insanity. He never investigated what the consequences would be. Take for example a person who is on death row in prison. This person committed this crime because his brain was fried or destroyed. He should have thought about this the first time he took drugs. What will the consequences be five years, ten years, fifteen years from now. I might murder or steal. Not investigating the consequences that may follow is insanity. A person who is careless or reckless is insane.
A person can be brilliant, wise and very intelligent, yet insane!
Why am I preaching on the subject? What God is doing with this church is that he is taking us to a deeper understanding of the word God. This is so that we will be able to be effective in the world that is going insane.
Lucifer became insane, he lost his mind and became totally crazy!
Turn to Isaiah chapter 14 verse 4. [I have read this many times over the past thirty years. I have never understood verses 4 through 11 until now. The king of Babylon was possessed by the devil. You'll also find that the king of Tyer was also possessed by the devil. The anti-Christ will be possessed by the devil. Judas Iscariot was possessed by the devil. The devil only possesses certain people. Through them he tries to work out his old wicked plans. Listen to what the prophet Isaiah said 700 years before Christ.]"That thou shalt take up this Proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the Golden City ceased!" [Let me ask you this question this morning. What was the first city that Satan tried to build as a world empire? It was the new city of Babylon. It was under the leadership of Nimrod before the flood. He tried to build an empire. He's still trying since that time.] "The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the Cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Hell from beneath [This is another confirmation that hell is deep in the earth.] is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? Art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" [God is speaking to and about Lucifer here.] "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne about the stars of God: I will sit also upon mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:" [I want to make a correction in what I have been preaching for over thirty years. For thirty years I said that Satan tried to put his throne above God. That is not right. What Satan tried to do was build a parallel kingdom. He wanted his throne next to God. He wanted a parallel kingdom. I do not know how I could have been so blind. I must have read Hal Lindsays book too many times before I found it out. Lucifer tried to establish a parallel kingdom with God kingdom.]
Let us read verse 13, again. "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: [This means outside of the universe. That is where the capital of God is.] I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high." [Satan said, "I want to be just like God and I want to put my throne next to His."]
King Solomon had built the temple of God in Jerusalem. What did King Solomon do? He never ceased offering at the altar of God. What did he do? He placed a number of other altars next to God's altar. What was the sin of Israel? They never left God. All they did was add every idolatry they could find, so they could worship not only God but every demon god at the same time. America is deeply religious. We have not left God. We have just added every demonic tradition we can find. Do you see the sin of Lucifer? He is the author. What happened to him? He was brought down to hell.
Turn to Ezekiel, chapter 28, verse 1. I'm going to show you today why we are doing things we should not do. How we can begin to guard our mind. A hundred years after the prophet Isaiah came Ezekiel. "The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of this seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:" [The English here is not as understandable as the Hebrew because everything is not translated. Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, (He was speaking here to Satan who was ruling this man. A note, Tyre is the capital of Free Masonry. This is where they go when they want to worship Lucifer, because this is his throne, in Israel.) "Thus says the Lord [Adonay]Yahweh (God is identifying himself here, which means the existing one. This is the most holy name that God is given. The Jews will not even pronounce it.) Because your heart is lifted up, in you have said, I am Almighty [El] (Satan said, "I am El, Almighty. I sit in the seat of Gods [Elohim] (This is the same name you find in Genesis, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost. Satan is saying I sit in the seat of Elohim in the heart of the sea. In the book of Revelation John describes the throne room as a glassy sea. Lucifer tries to copy everything. God said this, "You are a man." The name for man in Hebrew is Adam. What did God tell the devil? "You are created. You are a man. You are not God (El) Almighty. Though you set your heart as the heart of God (Elohim)." If you want to do a deep study in the old testament, look up the word God. It has six different meanings. They are actually six attributes of God.]
A note to you about E. W. Kenyan. He was father of the faith movement. He taught that Jesus Christ did not pay for our sins on the cross. He said he had to go to hell and take on the nature of Satan. Being whipped for three days and three nights in hell to pay for our sins. His thoughts and statement are this. Jesus went back to heaven as a man so that we can become gods. Where did he get this from? He got it from his master Lucifer. This has been the story of Lucifer from the very beginning. He wants to be just like God. He cannot, because he is an Adam. Which means he is a created being. As created beings we are not divine. We will never become divine.
Lucifer was wiser than Daniel. How wise was Daniel? Daniel was smarter and wiser than king Solomon. There is no secret that can be hid from you. This is why Satan can do fortune telling. Look at the attributes that he has. He has wisdom, secrets cannot be hid from him. He's able to hoard much silver, gold and power. Satan possessing the king of Tyre worked through this man and possessed a wealth untold. Look at the world today. Where do you find wealth? If you go to Nevada you'll find gambling casinos and hotels. The organizations that own the casinos have enabled to bring in billions upon billions of dollars. Who's behind them? It is evil spirits. Money is flowing. Do you know who was financing the anti-gambling legislation in California? The casino owners in Nevada. It isn't that they don't want us to gamble. They just do not want us to gamble in California. They want us to gamble in Nevada.
The Corporation of the Mormon church is the largest corporation west of the Mississippi. They own more property, insurance companies and even 50 percent of United Airlines stock. You'll find the Mormon tentacles in many businesses. It does not matter what you buy. There is always a cut going to Joseph Smith's organization in Salt Lake City. It is a rich Corporation. Satan gave them wisdom how to get the money. Here's how Satan works. When the money is hoarded up in his reservoirs, how much is left for the gospel? Little! This has been a trademark of the devil for centuries. Since the creation of man.
Ezekiel chapter 28 verse 6. "Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;" He tried to be as Elohim. At the end of time. During the tribulation we're going to have the unholy trinity..
Turn to the book of Revelation, chapter 13, first one. "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon [Satan] gave him his power, and his seat [position], and great authority." [That is the anti-christ] Verse 11. "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon [devil, a false prophet]. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." The demons will impersonate the Holy Spirit. This will be the unholy trinity; the anti-christ, the false prophet, and the spirits from Satan that will deceive the world. This is coming upon us.
God said in Ezekiel chapter 28 verse 7. "Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness."
Verse 6. "Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;"[Elohim the creature.]
What did Mohammed say 600 B.C.? Mohammed said, "Jesus was a prophet, not the Son of God. Jesus failed, but I Mohammed am anointed. I'm going to do what Jesus could not do." The same old lie as Lucifer. He said, "I am God." Joseph Smith came on the scene about 1830. What did Joseph Smith say? He said, "Jesus failed. Everyone has failed, but I, Joseph Smith have been anointed and I will succeed where the Son of God failed." He made himself equal to God. He call himself Elohim. People bought into it. Another man came on the scene by the name of Charles Russell. Russell said, "Everyone is wrong. I am the person who can bring the truth out." He started the Jehovah Witnesses. As you look back in history you'll find man after man, woman after woman giving the same old lie, "I am going to do what God could not do." What a tragedy. These people always have disciples.
There was a time when Lucifer was leading the worship before the throne of God and he was perfect until sin was found in him.
Turn to Ezekiel chapter 28 verse 11. "Moreover the word of the Lord came on came onto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tambrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy Mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire." Where was Lucifer? He was one of the highest ranking angels existing, a cherub. He was actually the worship leader in heaven. He had seen God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost. Lucifer had seen them. He had communicated with them. He worshiped them. He stood on the glossy sea and led the worship of all the Angels in that place toward God. Elohim! As a created being that is the highest position you can reach, to be in charge and lead the worship of the most High. You cannot go any further in rank. He became insane. He said, "I am not satisfied to be here on the glassy sea; leading worship and bowing down to Elohim. I want to make myself a throne next to Elohim. I want to sit right by Him. I want to be worshipped." Satan craves worship. Demons crave worship.
Look at the alcoholic. They will sell the last thing that they have to have one more drink. Look at the person that is addicted to nicotine. They would rather die than be without their smokes. The same goes for the drug users. These are worship demons. The people are worshipping them. This is how Satan became insane.
Verse 15, "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." Listen closely. Here's how you and I went insane. As a little child we looked up to daddy. We loved mommy. We were obedient until one day insanity entered into our mind. We rebelled against our Dad and Mama that loved us, that cared for us, that wanted the best for us. We turned away and said, "Dad, you know nothing. Mama, shut up. I want my rock music. I want my friends. I want my booze. I want this and that. I want out." That is just like what Lucifer did. He left the beautiful setting of a home. We were lured into a lunatic ward called the world. There we stood with a drink in one hand, a cigarette hanging out of our mouth, looking at pornography and saying, "This is life man." I have been cramped up all of these years. My parents were religious. They wanted me to sing songs. Who wants to sing that stuff? Let's do some rock-n-roll. That is insanity!
Lucifer left the most glorious place ever to be. The city of God. He exchanged that for the Lake of Fire. How many young people do you know today that have exchanged their home for hell on earth? They walked out to a world that destroys them. They call that life. We have all done this to a degree. This is real insanity! The definition according to God, is to walk away from God's goodness and to buy into the lies of the devil.
The following items corrupted Lucifer and made him insane: 1) Trade (business); 2) Violence; 3) Pride over his beauty; 4) Corruption because of his pride over his wisdom and brightness; 5) Defiling the Sanctuaries of Lord; these are described in vs. 16 through 19. "By the multitude of the merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire." [I want to ask a question this morning. Who has started all wars on this planet? The businessmen. The businessmen control the government. Why are we in the Middle East? We're there to protect our business investments. Why did the British go down to fight in the Falkland islands and defeat Argentina a few years ago? It is because of the under sea oil beds that surrounds the Falkland Islands. The reserves there would make the oil fields in Alaska look tiny. This is why they went to war. Trade and business that is corrupted brings war.
It doesn't matter what we buy today there is always a label on it that says made in China. China is the next Germany, the next Soviet Union. China has the worst human rights records. China is one of the worst countries in the world for abusing and murdering. What is the cry in our Congress? It is, business. We will wipe out a small country, but China we pamper. One day China is going to come against us and we will have to fight them, as we fought the Germans and as we have fought the Soviets. We have been corrupted.
Pride over his beauty. Verse 17, "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of the brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before Kings, that they may behold thee." Pride over beauty. How many young teenage girls have you seen that are pretty? They do not need all the cosmetics to make them look good but they still paint themselves up. They are so proud of the beauty of their body. It corrupted them and destroyed them. Who made us? God!
America is bright and smart, yet we are corrupted.
Verse 18. "Thou hast defiled the sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that knew thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more." Beloved, go to any church building here in America today and you will find that the sanctuaries have been defiled and polluted. Would you accept it if I said I took a part-time job to help out the churches finances? Or I would take a job working at one of the gambling casinos in Nevada, Monday through Friday. Or I would be a M.C. I would be introducing dancers and different show people. Or I would say that I'm not going to become part of their organization, I'm just going to work there. You say, "That is okay pastor. Come down Sunday morning and give us an anointed sermon." How can Pat Boone sing the glory of God and work in the nightclubs at the same time? How can you work the nightclubs and the bars and say, "I am there to witness? Witness what? Flesh? We'll become corrupted.
If we are able to lead one of the Madame's in Sacramento to Christ, we would tell that Lady, "Praise God." How many women do you have working in your whorehouse?" "Oh, about fifty five." "Praise God we're going to have you lead them to Christ." Would you tell that woman that you would like her to have a Bible study in the morning with all her ladies, before they go to work? That would not work would it? This is what we have done because you and I have not understood that we have to be holy. You cannot be a partaker of the world and at the same time worship God. It is insanity! We have to cut it. Remember, Satan wanted to sit next to God, parallel. He did not say, "God you cannot be God. I just want to be God with you." God said, "NO!" How many businessmen have lost their soul because the trade consumed them? Anything that comes before God is an idol. Your business, job, is secondary to God. Are you sane or insane?
Turn to Revelation, chapter 12 verse 7. "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his Angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his Angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found anymore in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into earth, and his Angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibitors of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Satan waged war in heaven but he lost. He was thrown down and confined to the planet earth. He was sentenced to the Lake of Fire.
Turn to Matthew and, chapter 25 verse 41. "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels;" Because of his insanity, Lucifer is making war with the church of Jesus Christ. A question for you. Let's say you committed a crime. You have been to court and sentence to prison. You have been given a reprieve before you are to carry out your sentenced. Would you be dumb enough to go out and commit more crimes, if you knew it would add to your sentence? Of course you would not. Satan does not understand this. That is insanity! He does not understand this, that is why he makes war with the saints. Every day he is piling more punishment upon himself. He is so stupid. He doesn't understand that the more he fights, the more he is going to burn.
Turn to Revelation, chapter 12 verse 13. "And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child." Verse 17, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which kept the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." He makes war.
Turn to First Peter, chapter 5 verse 8. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." He is trying to destroy us.
Man is insane. Right now Burger King and McDonald's are having a war over french fries. The big fry war is not a joke. They're putting millions of dollars into it. They each claim that they have the tastiest fries you can have. What they don't value is this. If you keep eating their french fries for twenty years, your arteries will be clogged, you'll be guaranteed a stroke or a heart attack. You may be in a wheelchair. How many people have you seen that have had strokes which only have movement on one-half of their face? This is not funny. You ask them, " How did you get this way?" They say, "I don't know." Ask them what they ate for the last thirty years. Tell this to a young person and they do not want to hear it. They say, "I'm going to die anyway, give it to me." Insanity! It is total insanity!
Christians cannot love the world-the cosmos system.
Turn to James, chapter 4 verse 1. "From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they are not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight in war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteress, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." We cannot be friends with the world. We must say, "In the name of Jesus, I'm not your friend. This world is not my home, it is temporary." It is insanity to embrace the world!
Turn to First John, chapter 2 verse 15. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." I want you to examine yourself today. You worked for many years. You have acquired a few things. What did you work for? Did you work to acquire possessions? Or did you work to put bread and butter on your table so that you could spread the gospel? Most people today are in debt to the max. They are slaves to their possessions boats, motorcycles, travel homes, Jet skis, automobiles, horses whatever it may be. They have to work day and night to maintain their gods. What a life! Does this mean that we cannot have the things that we need? Don't love it. How could any of you love the world? I could prove it but you might get upset. Give me a hammer and let me be alone with your car for two minutes. I will rearrange your fenders and then we will see how much you love the world. Seriously, if someone nicks your car in the parking lot, we become angry. We lose our joy. If you love it, you'll surely get up set. Dents will come and dents will go. Don't love the world. This does not mean that we're not to be careful with our things. Do not love them. Verse 16, "For the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." Look at the keywords, "he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." That is what God wants us to do.
We had a scare in our family this past week. I received a phone call on Monday about my brother. I was told to page him on his beeper. I did, and when I heard his strong voice I almost started to cry. I thought, will I ever hear his voice again? You and I must understand that we're here today but tomorrow we might be gone. All the tangible things that we have now do not belong to us. They are loaned to us, by God. Let's not get entangled with them. They do not belong to us. We are going to walk one day and leave all this behind.
JESUS IS TRUTH-INTEGRITY IS TOTAL TRUTHS!
Turn to John, chapter 14 verse 6. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Jesus is truth. He integrates total truth.
This past week I went and had my automobile lubricated. I had been trying to witness to this certain man. He is about 35 or 40 years old. He has tattoos over his body. He may have been imprisoned. I found out yesterday that he has a family. He is divorced and has children. I thought about this man whos working so hard. I thought if someone would have come to him when he was around 15 years old and said, "Son, don't do drugs. Son, don't go out and do these things. You will have an unpleasant life." You cannot go back and relive your life. Today he is alone, a chain smoker, probably hooked on booze, sees his children every second week. IS THAT LIFE! NO! That is life for millions of young people, 35 and below. They get burned. They get married. They have children. They get divorced. They are tossed, they have nothing and live upon the streets, because insanity over came them. We need to go out and tell this dying world that Jesus saves. The Holy Spirit is a spirit of truth.
Turn to John, chapter 14 verse 16. "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth not him, neither knoweth him, but you know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." The Spirit of truth. God has given us the Spirit of truth, if we will now focus on Jesus Christ we can have that victory. If we say no to the world.
Turned to John chapter 15 verse 18. "If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the words I said onto you, The servant is not greater then his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." The world is going to love its own. We need to pray right now for a person who was delivered. This person was gloriously delivered. They went home and announced to their family, that I am delivered and filled with the Holy Ghost. They thought their spouse was saved. Their spouse was one of those carnal Christians. The person said, "We are now going to live a holy life. That includes everything in our personal life. Spiritual, physical it is going to be a holy life." The spouse became unglued. He said, "I do not like this." The spouse went to a church they were attending. He told the pastor, "There is a cult out in California that is telling people to live a holy life. They even tell them to keep God's word and commandments." The pastor said, "How horrible. How can that be we're living under grace." The pastor and the associate pastor of this person are going to have a meeting with this spouses, spouse and supporters and prove to them that God's word is not valid today. He's going to say that you may sin. If he agrees with us he has to change his own life. He can't do that. Listen closely to what I am about to tell you. Satan's fearcist most vicious fighters are not the sinners, but are the preachers who are telling the flock the old Testament is out. We're living under grace. Don't worry about anything, except when it comes to tithing. Now we're talking money. What a sad day. What a sad day, when preachers go out in a team to prove that people do not live a holy life. I never thought it would happen in America. It is happening. It is happening more often than not. We need the Holy Spirit.
Turn to 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 of 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. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
Beloved when you were still smoking, drinking, doing all the ungodly things of the world, your relatives thought you were very wonderful people didn't they? No one raised a question about you. They said, "You were a fine person." When you began to announce that you had gotten saved, and been filled with Holy Ghost and going to try and live a holy life. They said, "What you mean, a holy life? You're not going to smoke with us anymore?" "No!" "You're not going to do all these sins with us anymore? What is wrong if you? Look at all the other Christians, they are just like everyone else. We have to be like the world to win the world." That is how the world speaks. You say to yourself, "What did I do? I did not kill anyone. Everyone hates me now. They hate me with a passion." They do because the Spirit of Truth has entered your life and changed ownership. You are no longer in the world.
Turn to First Corinthians, chapter 2 verse 16. "For who hast known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." Do you know why we have the mind of Christ and we are sane? We are not sick. We have the mind of Christ. Either you are guided by the Holy Spirit or the spirit of ERROR!
Turn to First John, chapter 4 verse 1. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the spirit is not of God: and this is that spirit of anti-Christ, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." We are of God. He that knows God hears us. He that is not of God hears not. Hereby we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of ERROR." There are two spirits working. The spirit of truth and the spirit of ERROR, which is the spirit of Satan. "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." Who is operating in your life? The spirit of truth or the spirit of ERROR? Which is the spirit of insanity.
What can we do and what should we do?
Renewing of the mind. 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." That is step No. 1 renewing of your mind. The mind is not renewed in front of a television set, watching ungodly stuff. It is renewed, in the word God. Your mind is not renewed by reading pornography or doing some other thing. It is renewed by walking with Christ.
Taking every thought captive. Second Corinthians, chapter 10 verse 3. "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."
Knowing the TRUTH-but choosing a LIE is insanity. When your relatives are giving you a hard time. They are screaming all around you, please do this or that with us. You know the truth. Are you going to be insane and choose a lie? Or not knowing the truth-by proceeding without the truth is insanity. If you do not know what God is telling you, you should tell people this. No! I have to find out what God says first. Not investigating what consequences will follow is insanity. Do not let anyone sweet talk you into anything. Tell them this. "I want to see the bottom-line. I want to see everything first. I want to know the consequences, so I can make a decision." Then you can make a decision.
If a person is careless and reckless they are insane. A person can be brilliant, wise and very intelligent yet be insane.
Question! ARE YOU SANE OR INSANE?
Are you going to obey God or are you going to obey some people just to please them? If you may say to yourself, "How do I pray?" Ask God to forgive you of your sins. If you're not born again, asked Jesus to come into your heart and life, to be your Lord and savior. If you realize you have made some bad decisions in your life, God will forgive you. He will give you another chance. You cannot live your life over but you will receive another chance. It is better to be late than never to make it. How do we pray? It is very simple. Say, Father God, forgive me. I have not been very smart. I have been infected with the same disease that the devil has. Insanity. I want my mind back. I want the mind of Christ. He will give it to you. Let's all pray together right now. Dear Jesus, we ask you to help us to take back our minds. To reject all insanity in the name of Jesus and to heal us right now. This we ask in Jesus name. Amen.
May God richly bless you is my prayer.