Salvation to be Revealed in the Last Days #4
Well ladies and gentleman if you have made it this far you are really mad at me, or you are a glutton for punishment, or perhaps you are learning something. Whatever the reason I love you and my Lord and Savior does to.
Okay guys lets look at a definition of who goes to heaven. Do all dogs go to heaven? Who goes to Heaven? Who is in the family of God? Who has eternal Life? Now if you jut want to mark down a Salvation scripture then turn to Matthew 7:13and watch this. Now Jesus has just told the people the Law and the Prophets is summed up in these two things; Love the Lord with all your heart and treat your neighbor as yourself and then He begins to explain this right after that in verse 13- Enter through the narrow gate for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction. Here the deal guys. He is telling them you have got to get to the narrow gate. There is a wide gate that leads to destruction and there are many who enter through it. Now he is using the word many to describe how many are going to try and enter through it. When he is describing many here is not talking about the hookers and prostitutes or the drunks hanging out at Joe’s happy hour. That is not the many He is talking about. He is talking about professing believers. 14- for the gate is small and the way is narrow. Now He is saying this way is narrow that leads to life and there are few that find it. You say well I don’t like that word few. What does few mean? how about not that many. In Noah’s day a few meant 8 people. You say man you are making this hard. No I am not I am just reading the Bible. You know why only a few make it? Because many have listened to the wrong gospel. That is why only a few make it. If people hear the right Gospel and they love God then they are going to head down the narrow road. It is a narrow road. It is so narrow that it is the same footprints that Jesus walked in. That is how narrow this road is. That is the narrow path. It is what it is. I know most of you reading this do not like what I am saying, but guys you need to hear the truth.
Now right after Jesus as addressed the two roads, one narrow leading to life, and one broad leading to destruction He says this 15- Beware of the false prophets. What is a false prophet going to try and do? He is going to tell you it is okay to do all this other stuff. That is what a false prophet is going to do. They are going to lad you down a wide road and say it is okay. That is exactly what a false prophet will say and do. My father was praying for a teenage girl in Mexico who was wanting to serve the Lord, when a particular demon who called itself hell, manifested in the girl. My father asked the demon what its name was and it said “hell“. My father asked the demon what it’s function was in the girl was and it said “ I am going to take this girl to hell”. This was a believer, she was trying to serve the Lord and the demon was in her. Now there had been a lot of abuse in her life that we had to deal with. She also had spirits called death and the grave working in her and it took six hours to get this girl totally delivered, and when she got through she was a completely different girl. This was one of the pastors daughters. The Bible when addressing prayer speaks of three stranded cord is not easily broken. We found out that day that a demonic three stranded cord is not easily broken either. Back to 15- Beware of the false Prophets, that come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. A false prophet will look just like a sheep. He will even smell like a sheep, but inwardly is a wolf and you will know them by their fruit. Go on down to verse 21- Not everyone who say to Me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom, but he who What? Does the will Of My Father. So not every one who says Lord, Lord. I have seen demons say Lord, Lord in deliverance sessions. I have had demons say Jesus is Lord. You say that can not happen! It absolutely can. They can say it. They can say those words just like you can say those words and not mean it. They can say the words and not mean it. Because I have had demons say Jesus is Lord, but He is not my Lord. You can say the words, but it does not mean anything to just say the words. 21- So not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, but he who does the will of My Father will enter. So who goes to heaven? The one that do the will. Not the ones that believe the will. It is the one who does the will of the father. That is Jesus very own words not mine. 22- Many will say Lord, we prophesied, we cast out demons, we did many miracles. 23 and then He is going to say. I don’t know you. Depart from Me who practice lawlessness. 24- Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house upon the rock. Go down to 26- the one who hears my words and does not act on them will be a foolish man who built his house on the sand 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds came and slammed against the house and it fell and great was its fall. So in other words you can hear the word of God for twenty years or even all your life and not act on it, and your house is going to come down. If you ever get this message. All the junk you have been dealing with your whole life is going to start coming off of you, and you will get free from this stuff, and you will start walking in freedom and liberty like you never saw before. You will start loving your enemy. You will love your enemies even if it’s a member of your own house or somebody else’s house.
Hebrews 5:8, Listen to this verse! 8- Although He, that’s Jesus, was a Son, He learned obedience from the things that He suffered. Did Jesus suffer? If Jesus learned obedience through suffering, how are you going to learn obedience? If Jesus had to learn His obedience through suffering then do you think it is going to be a easy thing for you to learn obedience? How do your children learn obedience? Do they learn obedience by everything just going well for them all the time? No they learn it by suffering. How did learn suffering as a child. Why do you think the devil has fought so hard to take discipline out of the schools? Let’s just give them a time out to think about it. Listen guys life is not a some ball game that you can just say time out. Things are not going the way I intended them to go so I need to take a timeout, so I can rest and develop a different strategy. Your learn obedience by the things that you suffer, and if you where not disciplined properly as a child then you will have a much more difficult time trying to walk out the sanctification by the Spirit, because you will spurn or hate the discipline of God. I thank God for the discipline I received as a child. They where not afraid to discipline me when I needed it, and I did not like it one bit. I did not like it at all, but I am praising God for it now, because it has given me a much better understanding of what the discipline of the Lord is. We learn our obedience by the things we suffer. If Jesus, a sinless and perfect man, did not get a free pass you think you should get one? On judgment day when you have to stand before Jesus are you going to try and tell Him; I thought you where being a little to hard on me here or there and I did not think it was fair. So I chose this short cut over here and took myself off the cross here or there. I just know you understand Jesus, right? How do you really think that is going to work out for you? Jesus I know I was double minded and prostituted myself for money, but I still want to be your bride and your grace is sufficient for me! I know I did not teach my children to fear the Lord or obey you Jesus, but I did teach my son idolize Tiger woods and now he is a PGA golfer. He had to make a living somehow, and I did not think that walking just like you Jesus was a very profitable thing to do for my flesh or my children’s. I still took them to church every Sunday and I taught them the importance of tithing. I really screwed up my first marriage God, but I did much better with my second wife. I controlled my anger a lot better. Now I did not overcome my anger problem because no one taught me I had to do that, but I did learn to control it better. You won’t hold that against me because nobody taught me, right , Jesus? I know I did not forgive my ex-spouse, but I forgave everyone else God! That person did not deserve my forgiveness. Jesus you would have done the same thing in my shoes. Please don’t hold that against me. Okay let’s get back to Hebrews 5:9- and having been made perfect. Jesus was made perfect in love. He never sinned. He became to all those who what? Obey Him the source of eternal life. Jesus is the source of life to those who obey Him and not to anybody else. All of these scriptures about Salvation are saying the same thing aren’t they? How can you miss this? The only way you can miss this Gospel is, if you do not want to hear it. You mean I have to obey God? Yes sir! Yes mam! You better obey Him. He becomes your source of eternal life if you obey Him. Well I was taught all I had to do was believe? I will address that here in a minute in James. Even the demons believe and tremble. They are not saved! Look The demons believe the word enough to get you to disobey it, because when you do they have legal rights to you according to God’s word. Demons believe they just do not obey it because they don’t want to, but they believe enough to make you disobey God’s word so they can take you captive. I deal with this all the time in ministry. You say man I have never heard any of this. Well it is either going to get better or worse depending on what you want to do with this word. This is all over the Bible.
Turn to Romans 2:11- For there is no partiality with God. 12- For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law; all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law; 13- For it is not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law will be justified. Did we not just say over there in Matthew 7 earlier that not every one who says Lord, Lord, but the one who hears the and does it. It’s the same thing right here. The hearers of the law are not just but the doers of the law are just before God. What is the law? It is to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. When you start doing all of that then you will start fulfilling all the law.
Now then turn to James 1:19 and watch this! Guys you really need to pay close attention to this. 19- This you know my beloved brethren. Who is James addressing here? The people of God. 19- But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. You know what happens when you preach the message of Jesus? Religious people will start to get angry. But James is telling us to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Why is he saying this? 20- for the anger of God does not achieve the righteousness of God. Well you say I have a little anger. It does not achieve the righteousness. Are you saying that I have to get rid of all my anger? You do to achieve the righteousness of God! Get rid of it! God wants you to get rid of it. You may say well you don’t know what happened to me! It does not matter what happened to you. You don’t know what happened to Jesus for 33 years before He willingly went to the cross for your salvation. You will stand before Him one day and have to give an account for every idle word. He told you to deal with your anger in this lifetime. You going to try and stand before Jesus one day and make excuses for your outburst of anger when He took on the same cursed flesh you have for 33 years and still did not sin. He was ridiculed, mocked, and made fun of maybe every single day of His adult life and He put to death His anger every single day and then allowed His body in the end to be tortured so that you might have eternal life and live with Him for eternity. I would not want to be in your shoes if you do not put to death your anger in this lifetime. Everybody has had bad things happen to them in their lifetime. You have got to get rid of it. No exceptions! This is the only way you will walk in liberty and freedom. You better get rid of your anger because it will not achieve righteousness. If anger does not achieve righteousness then how do you get to heaven? Only the righteous inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Now James is about to tell you how to do this starting in verse 21. Here is why many people can not receive the word of God? They can sit under the word and hear the word and hear the word most of their adult life and walk out the same way they walked in. 21- Therefore putting aside all filthiness, and all that remains of wickedness. The first thing we are suppose to do when we choose to follow Christ, is we have to set aside all our junk. Start getting rid of all your junk. Because you can not serve two masters. If you have all this junk you are carrying around and then you hear the word. You can’t serve both things. You can not serve the devil’s word and God’s word. You have to start getting rid of all this. The first thing you do is to start getting rid of this. 21- Putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness in humility receive the word of God implanted. Listen up guys in order for you to receive the word of God; do you know what you have got to do? You have got to humble yourself and make your self zero with the rim off of it. You can not go where I am talking about until you get humble yourself before the Lord. That’s our problem most of the time is we don’t want to humble ourselves before God. When I go to Mexico and Guatemala you ought to see what I see. You talking about a people that will humble themselves. They are a humble people. I have watched people cry until there was puddles of water in the floor. I am serious! Humble themselves to the point of lying prostrate before the Lord and crying puddles of water on the floor. But here in America we have so much stinking pride and think we are so stinking self righteous we wouldn’t think of humble our self before the Lord. One of your religious friends might see you for goodness sake. They might start talking about you or think they are better than you and we certainly can not have that! God will understand that I have to maintain a religious standard here because after all I have people who look up to me. What would they think of me if they saw me in such a vulnerable position. They might not look up to me anymore. So God says that’s fine; then take your pride and your reputation to hell with you. 21- with humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. In other words the salvation of the soul comes from he implantation of the word of God in your heart. But it wont stay in your heart if you got all this other junk in you heart that chokes it out all the time. That is why deliverance is so important. You have to start getting free of all of this. You have to get delivered so you can get this junk out. Then the word comes in and it will start bearing fruit, but if you have got everything else in there choking it all out. You will never bear fruit and that is why you are sitting there wondering why am I in the condition I am in. I have repented. I have prayed. I have done this. I have done that, but I am still having a sin issue in this area of my life. That is because you have demon that has built a cozy little home in your heart and it is promoting that sin. That demon has enslaved you and owns you in that area of your life.
James 1:22- Prove yourselves doers of the word not merely hearers of the word who delude themselves. Here is what happens. When you hear the word of God and you do not do it. You get a delusion. When you hear and you do not obey and you do not do what the word says you will be deluded in all your thinking. You will get a deluding influence because you do not believe God’s word. If you see a stove top turned on high that has boiling water on it. If you believe you touch that stove top it will burn you really, really bad. You will not touch it because you believe it will hurt you. Here’s the deal! When you don’t believe the truth of the word of God then the next thing you get is a lie. When you get a lie; you will believe the lie, and you won’t believe the truth, and that is where the trouble starts. 23- If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24- for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. You know when you look in the mirror you look to make your corrections. Ladies when you look in the mirror it is usually to make some corrections isn’t it. You usually are not looking in a mirror to admire yourself, or maybe you are. Anyway when you look in the mirror; it usually to make corrections, but you go away from the mirror and don’t make the corrections necessary and you get caught up with another task; it would not take long before you would forget about the correction you needed to make. That is what it is saying here. 25- But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty and abides (abide means to do it) by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man this man shall be blessed in what he does. In other words, if you do the word of God the blessings start coming. You wonder why you are not blessed? You start doing this and the blessings will start coming. The blessings will start coming when you start walking in obedience to this word. If you don’t walk in obedience then the blessings will not come.
Now then turn to Luke 8:19. I am just showing you all of these scriptures. If you have not started to notice yet. All of these scriptures are saying the same thing. When you get finished reading all of these scriptures you are going to know the truth. Now whether you do any thing with it is completely up to you, but my hands will be clean because you will have heard the truth. 19- And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to him because of the crowd. 20- And it was reported to Him, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see you. 21- But He answered and said to them, My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it. So remember the question I asked at the very beginning? Who is in the family of God? Those who hear and do it. In other words you are not His brother unless you hear the word of God and do it. You are not period! If you have been told something different to you; they where lying to you because they have been deceived. And without this knowledge you are going to think that you are okay. Turn to Mark 3:31- And His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him. 32- And the multitude was sitting around Him. Behold Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for you. 33- And answering them, He said, who are My mother and My brothers? 34- And looking about on those who where sitting around Him, He said, Behold My mother and My brothers! You know who was sitting around Him? It was His disciples. Remember when Jesus said you can not be my disciples unless you hate your mother and your father. Jesus was telling them it is not about who your earthly mother and brothers are. It is about your relationship with Jesus. 35- For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother. How many times do you have to see that we are to obey the word God for you to get the picture.
Now turn to John 6:54. Now this passage was so tough that many of Jesus disciples left and only a few stayed behind. In other words Jesus had some disciples around Him and He spoke this one passage to them. They thought they where disciples and He spoke this one word to them and they got up and walked out. This is the Son of the living God speaking to people on the earth. Jesus in the flesh, eyeball to eyeball. I have heard many people tell me that if Jesus came to them in the flesh and told them how to live then they would listen and do everything He said. No you wouldn’t. They didn’t. Not unless you believe this word. Now right here Jesus is talking about who goes to heaven and who has eternal life. Look at John 6:54- He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. You want eternal life? You have to eat His flesh and drink His blood. You may say well that means taking communion. You think so? Are you sure that is what that means? No that is not what that means. You have to eat His flesh. Does that mean you have to become a cannibal? What is He talking about? What is drinking His blood all about? 55- For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56- He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57- As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me. You go man what is He talking about. You know what He is talking about? John 1:1 says in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and we know that the Word became flesh. Jesus is saying eat my flesh. You know what you do when you eat His flesh. You eat His Word. You take His Word to heart. You have a dinner with the Word of God. That is how you eat His flesh. You can not eat His flesh if you do not eat His Word. He sets a table before you, a table of the Word of God.
Now then what does drink the blood mean? Turn to John 6:63- It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. Our flesh guys is no good. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and are life. Now then the life in the flesh is in the blood. What do they do when you go to the doctor? They take a blood test so they can tell what is wrong with you. Because the life of the flesh is in the blood. So He said you must eat My flesh and drink My blood. The life of the flesh is the word which is in the blood which is the revelation of the word. You eat it, and then God reveals it because He says the words I speak . It is not enough to eat the word. You have got to hear it. The words I speak are Spirit and life. So in other words when God speaks the life of the flesh is in the blood. What is the blood? The blood is the life and the life comes when you hear God speak His revealing word to you. It brings life. What did He speak to Lazarus in the tomb. Lazarus come forth. Did he come alive? Here is how you get the life of God. When you start hearing God speak to you then brother it will start changing you. When you start walking by the Spirit instead of walking by rules and regulations. You will hear the Spirit of God. The words I speak is Spirit in life. When you eat the word of God and take it to heart and it kills your flesh. When you eat God’s word it kills you, and then He raises you from the dead by speaking life to you through His Spirit. And it is the Spirit that raises people from the dead and if you will remember it was the Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead in Romans 8. It is hard to hear God unless you die to your flesh. That is why people will have dreams and visions in the night time. It is because their flesh is asleep. It is very hard for people to hear God because their flesh gets in the way, but if you die to the flesh then it becomes much easier to hear God. Now go to verse 66- As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and where not walking with Him anymore. You see many of His disciples left at that time. You say what happened to them? What do you think? Why did they leave? They left because they knew what He was talking about, and they did not want to do it. It is no different today. Well actually it has gotten much worse today.
I will leave you hanging on that one!