I want to teach on harlotry. I hope I can get through the first part without being stoned. If I can get through the first part with out being stoned by the men and the woman then we will maybe make it through the rest of this teaching. I want to teach on harlotry tonight and I may not be able to teach everything this week so if I don’t I will just stop and pick it up next week. In the last days it talks about harlotry in the book of Revelation. We have got to understand what that’s talking about and we certainly do not want to be the harlot. We do not want to be the harlot church or the harlot people. So we need to understand what this spirit of harlotry is all about. So I am going to begin to teach this tonight and lead up into the book of Revelation and then when we get into Revelation then you will understand what we are talking about when it comes to harlotry. So right off the bat I am going to talk about harlotry in the marriage. This going to be interesting. Everywhere I go in either Guatemala or Mexico the marriages and the churches are in trouble. I mean it’s bad, and I am just being really honest, and its time we address this. Now we have been addressing and we keep learning more as we go on how this thing is working, and we have see God heal a lot of marriages and we have seen some that haven’t been healed to. So I want to look at this picture of Christ and the church. I want to go into spiritual harlotry and then eventually we will go into the book of Revelation and make sure that we are not the harlot. Are you with me so far? This going to be a little hard for you to handle if you are not used to hearing this type of word. For some of you who are new here, you have not heard a lot of the preliminary teaching that lead up to this, and some of you may get sick at your stomach when I am teaching; or you may want to get up and run out. You may get mad or whatever. That’s okay, but if you get mad don’t throw anything.
Lord let your word be true. Let God be true and every man be a liar, and let your word be exalted Lord. Let your word be exalted above even your name you have exalted your word in Jesus name amen.
Turn to Ephesians 5:1-3. Now this first part is going to take a little bit get through it so please just bare with me as we kind of trudge through this. I always have a lot of introduction before I get to the message. This is introduction, it will go for about 45 minutes and then we will get into the message. Now if your walk with God is perfect and if your marriage is perfect then you can probably get up now and go home now you probably do not need to hear this. So I will give you a chance now to go ahead and get up and leave. Everyone who is walking perfect before the Lord and your marriage is perfect you can go home right now. Well it looks like I do not have any takers tonight on that so I must be preaching to the right crowd. Let me ask y’all a question? Has anyone had a really difficult or bad week for any of you. Good so I am not the only one that’s had trouble. This week has been hell for me. I mean in my own life, wife’s life, and in peoples lives I have been ministering to, everybody is having trouble. So the fire is turned up. Some of you may remember me teaching on the fire and how the fire is coming. Brother the fire is here, and I guarantee you the fire is going to get hotter, brother when the fire gets turned up in your life all the junk in your life starts coming to the surface. Have any of you seen some things come to the surface in your spouse? Has your spouse seen some stuff come to the surface in you. Has anybody been in that situation this week? Well I have. It hurts! It hurts a lot! So lets look at Ephesians 5:1-3 and we will try and get through this first part and then we will get into proverbs and I really want to get into the harlot and harlotry and there are a tremendous amount of things you can see and some revelation that will be interesting to you if I can get into it tonight. If I do not get into it tonight, then I will get into it the next time. 5:1- Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children. Are you imitating God? Be imitators of God, boy that is a big statement right there. You could preach about year on that, couldn’t you. We are supposed to imitate God, but most of the time we imitate everything else under the sun. Most of the time we imitate the devil. Imitate God. 2: walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us. The hardest thing on the face of this earth is to give yourself up, surrender, quit fighting a lot of stuff you are fighting and just go ahead and die. Everybody wants to save their life. Especially in your marriage right? The husbands want to save their life; the wife wants to save their life. Everybody wants to win the argument. Everybody wants to be right. Paul says just as Christ gave himself up for us.
Now watch this. As an offering and a sacrifice to God. Why did He do it? It was a offering to God. You have got to get this picture of how you are suppose to walk. When you give yourself up, you are making yourself a offering to God. This is what Jesus did. He gave himself up. He laid his life down. It was as a offering to God, and this is what we are supposed to do. You have got to get this picture that when you lay your life down either for your wife, or for your husband, or whoever that you are doing it as a offering to God. When you get that picture it will start changing your motivation for things. Do you know that? That is how Jesus did it. He did it as a offering to God. So when He died on the cross he was offering Himself up to God. When you die to the flesh, and when you die to the me, my, and I and all his stuff, you become a offering that is acceptable to God. You know it. That is how you make a offering to God today. It is not your money and it is not all that other stuff that we try and offer to God. It is not all those other sacrifices. It is yourself. That is the offering that God is looking for. That is the one that is acceptable to God. Most of us will offer everything else up but we won’t give our self up will we. Do you see what I am saying? God has really been speaking this to me. Paul says as a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. In other words it smells good. Most of us today smell bad don’t we? We are not offering up anything that smells very good to God. God is going man that thing stinks you need to spray a little cologne on that. It does not smell very good to Me.
Look at this now. 3: But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints; Now I want you to look at that. That means that most people in America is going to hell. Look at that statement. Any immorality, impurity, or any greed. You know that most of the churches that I go into I start right at the top and work down praying for people in deliverance, and immorality, and physical immorality is right in the middle of this thing. It is everywhere. Not only is it in the members of the church its it’s in the head of the church, it’s in the praise and worship team. It’s everywhere. And we wonder why we got hell all over the place. Guy’s I am just telling you like it is. I have been around the block a few miles and a few times, I know what’s going on, nobody can fool me. I am not saying that is going on in your life or this particular place, but out there brother where I go most of the time I am dealing with all this stuff. And it’s good that people are coming here because we preach a pretty tuff word and people are trying to get pure before the Lord and that is what I am hearing from everybody coming here is I want to be holy, I want to be blameless, I want to be pure, and that is what people are coming for and that is what God is coming back for is a Holy blameless, bride. Brother we got to get there and God’s going to take us there.
You know we have been praying for people this week and I saw some tremendous deliverances with people getting delivered because they received discipline, they got a godly sorrow, and they repented, an stuff started coming off of them, just boom. It is amazing to watch God do this.
4: There must be no filthiness or silly talk or coarse jesting which are not fitting but rather giving of thanks. Now watch this! 5: For this you know, now these guys knew this. The Ephesians knew this but for some reason the people of God today do not know this. For this you know with certainty. Paul said you know this with certainty. They knew things that we don’t know because it hasn’t been preached and taught and people are suffering today because of this. You are going to be real surprised, when you start walking the way you are supposed to walk and talking the way you are supposed to talk that all the junk that you have been dealing with this years and trying to pray off of you is going to leave you. But as long as you walk the way He says don’t walk you are going to have hell in your life brothers. It is going to be hell, but God wants to take this off of us. Look at this! For this you know with certainty that no immoral or impure person. Now do you know what that word no means in the Greek. It means no, nada. No immoral or impure person or covetous man. Uh Oh! Covetous man, you can put woman right beside that in your bible. It means both. Who is a idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. You know all those things immorality, impurity, covetousness is all idolatry. An when you have a idol in 1 Corinthians 10 it says you are serving a demon behind the idol. No one who is a idolater has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Do you see that! That you have no inheritance in the kingdom of God. Do you know what that word impure means. Have you ever looked that word up in the Greek. I looked that word up. You see we think we know what these words means. Sometimes you need to go and look up and the actual meanings of these words and then you will get a picture of what words like impure means and what God is saying when he says impure. Impure in the Greek means ceremonially impure or morally lude, specifically demonic. It means demonic! Now Paul is preaching to the people of God isn’t he. No immoral or impure person, in other words no person that is walking with this demonic stuff operating. It’s amazing here what he is addressing. Impure also means foul and unclean. Now how many unclean spirits did Jesus cast out of people in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? A lot didn’t He? I just looked impure up in the Greek and that is what that word means.
Paul goes on to say 6: Let no one deceive you. Now watch this! That means, and I preach this all the time, when it says don’t be deceived you know what that means? You can be deceived. That’s why he says that. Let no one deceive you means that people can and will deceive you on this very thing right here. You can be deceived in this area. I see this almost every where I go today. Let no one deceive you with empty words. I am going to show you in a minute what empty words are because we do not know what empty words are. Because you get deceived by empty words. Remember we talked about the flood coming and taking everybody away and how the flood was the false teaching and false preaching and all that. The empty words that takes them away. Here it is right here again in Ephesians. Let no one deceive you with empty words. In other words, somebody can deceive you with empty word, preaching, or teaching and telling you it’s okay to be like this. For because of these things. What Things? What did we just read. Immorality, impurity, covetousness, idolatry! Because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Let me tell you what. If you walk in this you are a son of disobedience and you can’t be a son of disobedience and a son of God at the same time. You cant. It’s impossible. We have been taught a lie and many, many people are going to got to hell because of this, but you’re not because you are going to know the truth, and I am not going to have your blood on my hands because I am telling you the truth, and we are all going to get there together, but I am telling you this is a big deal. Because of these things the wrath of God, you want to have the wrath of God on you? Walk in these things right here and the wrath of God is on you.
Do you know what the wrath of God is? It’s the powers of darkness, and I have taught before on the anger of the Lord and the wrath of God. The wrath of God is the powers of darkness, and when you walk that way! Boom they are on you, and that is what has happened and that is what we are coming out of right now and that is why God is bringing the ministry of healing and deliverance to his body to get His body ready, because I believe He is getting ready to make a appearance. The consequences of walking according to that impurity and immorality is that you are a idolater because when you are covetous. Whatever you covet becomes a idol. When you have covetousness in your life, when you covet something it becomes a idol and you are a idolater. The bible says don’t even eat with a covetous man who is a so called believer. Have you ever read that? So most of us today could not have dinner with anybody. That is how serious this thing is. It is a very serious thing. You have no inheritance, the wrath of God comes on you, and you open yourself up. Here is what happens. When you walk in that manner, then it says let no one deceive you. You know what happens when you walk in disobedience and harlotry. It is very easy to get deceived of false teaching, false preaching, and false words. Do you understand what I am saying? It is very easy to be deceived when you start walking in rebellion, and immorality, idolatry, and covetousness. You get deceived when people will tell you it’s okay and you will accept that because it satisfies your lifestyle, and they say you can do this. They will say stuff like God knows your heart; He knows you can’t do this. Then why in the world would God tell us to not do it. Let no one deceive you with empty words. When you look up the word empty in the Greek you will see that it means vain. Now I want you to see the context that the word empty means. I am going through a lot of detail here to get you to the place when I start teaching on harlotry that you can understand what I am saying and you will be able to start walking in obedience to what God is saying. You have to see this. So it takes some detailed teaching here.
Turn to Philippians 2:3 When you see this word empty you are going to see what it is tied to almost every time. It is usually tied to selfishness; it is tied to conceit; it is tied to deception; it is tied to worldliness. Every time you see that word empty you will see most of the time that is what it is tied to. Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than himself. Do we regard one another more important than our self? Do we do that? No we don’t do we? Who’s the most important? Me! 4: Do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others. Do we look out for the interest of others? Not very often. Again it using that word empty. Turn to Colossians 2:8. Now if you receive this in your heart and you begin to make changes, it will change your life. Now I have prayed for people, many of you here in this room probably, and I pray for people all the time. And I have seen many people delivered of all kinds of things and I also have prayed for people and they did not get delivered. And I have prayed for people who did not get delivered and three or four months later I prayed for them and they do get delivered. Isn’t that amazing? You say what happened? Their heart changed. There was a change of heart. There was repentance. There was Godly sorrow and you know what happened? The demons said we are leaving. We are checking out. But until the change of heart happened they did not leave. So you have to hear the word of God and sit under the word of God to begin to know what the truth is and begin to make changes in your heart and in your life then you can get delivered. This is why people don’t get delivered. Okay!
It is not a problem with God to deliver you from impurity immorality, or all of these things. Okay it is not a problem for God to do this. He can do this but it is a heart issue. By the way this is still al introduction. Now then Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy. Oh dear look at that! Philosophy with empty deception. He said don’t let anyone deceive you with empty words, empty deception, again remember the word empty means vain. It is vanity. According to the tradition of men. How many people bow down to tradition of man because your momma and your daddy did it? And your church did it? Your denomination did it? And you bow down to it! You know what Jesus told the Pharisees? He said you invalidate and make of no effect the word of God for the sake of your traditions! If you bow down to traditions you make the word of God of no effect where it will not work in your life. It will not work. That is why the word of God does not work in most peoples lives because they hold on to traditions of men and they do not bow down to the word of God. And they bow down to their family or religious traditions. They say well my Great, great granddaddy said this. Well, maybe your great, great granddaddy was wrong. I know what my great, great granddaddy did and it was wrong. It was bad wrong! Just because someone in your family says it’s right does not make it right. Let’s make everything line up with the word of God. Brother, I tell you what. I do not bow down to any of that stuff. I pick it out right here in the word of God and let this say what it says. According to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Do you see that? Paul is saying let no one take you captive, so the enemy comes to take you captive through all these empty words, and they are everywhere you turn. Turn on the T.V. and you see empty words. Go to a lot of teaching and preaching, empty words, and it will deceive you. And it is vanity.
Look at 1 Timothy 6:20. Like I said this is probably a little tuff maybe for some of you. Now this here is Paul speaking to his son in the faith Timothy. This is the last two verses in the book. Usually the last thing someone’s says is usually the most important. It is like when you are getting ready to check out of the earth and go to heaven or hell or wherever you are going to go. The last thing you are saying is usually pretty important isn‘t it? I mean you are not sitting their telling jokes probably. 20: Oh Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoid worldly and empty chatter, and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Gone astray from the faith. Now brother if it says gone astray from the faith that means you where their and you went astray. I am cutting down this once saved always saved doctrine so anybody who is dealing with that, you know where I stand right now. I have been on both sides of that coin, but the more I read and study the word of God, I do not see that. Paul says right here that they have gone astray from the faith. You cannot go astray from something unless you where once there. There is your empty words again.
Turn to 2 Timothy 2:16. He is writing to Timothy a second time, because he did not get it the first time. Avoid worldly and empty chatter for it will lead to further ungodliness. Do you see that? Empty words, empty chatter, vain chatter. Remember him talking about the gentiles using vain repetition in their praying. Vain is the same thing as empty. So it is empty repetition. Empty praying, no substance in the praying. He said avoid it because it is going to lead to further ungodliness. You are going to get worse, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Look at verse 18: men who have gone astray from the truth, there he says it again. Empty words are going to lead you astray. So if you listen to empty words; brother it is going to take you away and that is where we where talking about the flood comes in last days to carry you away. It is the flood of empty words, false words, smooth words, that are the words of the harlot, which is where I am going with all of this, but I am laying a foundation and preparing you to receive this. Are you with me so far? Titus 1:10 For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers especially those of the circumcision. You see empty talking, empty words, there is deception with it all the time. That is the purpose of the empty words that come at you today. I am telling you if you can hear what I am saying. There are empty words, there are smooth words, there are false words, there are false teaching coming to take you away and lead you astray. I am warning you and telling you this is the way it is. You better be on the alert or you are going to down the wrong road. And you are going to miss it. The people who walked or walk in this manner do not know God. Look at verse 11: Who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families teaching things they should not teach, for the sake of sordid gain. In other words these are teachers, teaching the people of God, and they are teaching for the money because they are covetous, and they use empty words of vanity telling you it’s okay to walk the way you have been walking, and nothing is going to happen. That is the way that works.
Look a verse 15 and 16. 15: To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience is defiled. Now look at this! 16 They profess to know God, now these are professing believers. Do you hear what I am saying? I believe Jesus Christ died on cross and rose from the dead and I speak in tongues and halleluiah I am saved. They profess to know God but buy their deeds they deny Him being detestable and worthless for any good deed. Remember Jesus saying if you deny me I will deny you. People just think that is saying I deny you Lord. That is not what it means. You deny the Lord by your deeds. That is how you deny the Lord. So you can deny the Lord by what you do and if you deny Him, what does He do to you? He denies you. So by their deeds they deny the Lord. So even though they profess to know the God they deny Him by their deeds. It is like are you a professing Christian? Yeah I am a professor of Christianity. I have said the sinners prayer and even got water baptized. Well let me ask you then what do your deeds do? You answer, well I do what I want to do! Well you do not know God! It is getting quiet in here.
I told you guys from the beginning if you could make it through this, then you will make it through the rest of this. This is very serious isn’t it? Look guys if you can get this word down into your heart it will change your life. I can guarantee you this if you can get this word into your heart and do what it says it will totally transform your life and you will be delivered and you will be delivered of all the demonic, you will be delivered of the flesh and you can go to cast out devils in Mexico with us. I can tell you though this going to take a long time to teach all of this, but I am going t teach it all the way through verse by verse so we get it. Are you all okay with that? Because when I get into teaching harlotry you have got to know where I am coming from so you will not go down that road of spiritual harlotry or physical harlotry, either one.
Go back now to Ephesians 5:7 Therefore do not be partakers with them, in other words don’t do what they are doing. Now he is talking about people who supposedly profess to know God. 8: For you where formerly darkness but now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of the light. 9:For the fruit of the light consist in all goodness and righteousness and truth, 10: trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. The Bible says without faith it is impossible to please the God. 11: Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead expose them. Do you know how you expose them. You expose it in yourself. The first place you want to expose the unfruitful deeds of darkness is right here in yourself and not in every one else. Let God expose it. I guarantee you if you seek the Lord with all your heart, He will start bringing to the surface all your darkness. It will start coming to the light. It will come to the light, and if you receive the discipline and repent He will deliver you from it. 12: For it is disgraceful even to speak of these things which are done by them in secret. 13: But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Listen you can not get free; you can not know the truth when you are walking in the darkness until the light comes.
What is the light? The light is the Word of God. He said I am going to search Jerusalem with a lamp and I am going to punish all those who are stagnant in spirit. The lamp is the Word of God. It takes the Word of God to expose the darkness. Just going and praying for somebody does not fix the problem most of the time. People everywhere are wanting a quick fix and it doesn’t usually work that way. If their hearts already right and the deeds are exposed then thy can be free and delivered. But most of the time people have to sit and hear the light and see the light before they can get to the point that they repent and be healed and delivered from it. That is why if you do not preach the whole Word of God people will never see the light. Because the Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Philosophy, empty chatter, empty words will not expose the darkness. So if you are in darkness you do not know you are in darkness. I mean if you are walking in darkness and you have never seen the light you will never know.
14: For this reason it says, Awake sleeper, and arise from the dead. What he is saying is most of the people of God are asleep. Now what did we preach about in the parable of the virgins? Did it say wake up and come out to meet Him? Now this is the last days that this is going forth which means that the people are asleep. Now if you are asleep then guess what? You are in darkness. It is hard to see the light when you are asleep. Do you see what I am saying? So the last days is going to be a time of darkness when people are asleep spiritually and they are not going to wake up. Most people are going to wake up! That is what is coming. That is why we are teaching this. That is why this right here is very important. Arise from the dead, in other words when you are asleep spiritually you are dead. It is just like being dead. Remember when Jesus was talking about Lazarus and He said he is asleep and later on it says He was not talking of literal sleep but he was dead. So he is saying awake sleeper you are dead. Wake up! Now look what is going to happen. Christ will shine on you. What does that mean when he says Christ is going to shine on you? To shine if you look that word up in the Greek it means to illuminate or to give light. What that means if you wake up and start seeing. God is going to start giving you revelation on this whole subject. He is going to give you revelation of His word and who He is, but you have to wake up first, and He will shine on you.
15: Therefore be careful how you walk. Now he is talking to the Ephesians church. He is saying you better be careful how you walk, not as unwise, which means foolish, and that is the same thing as the foolish virgins in Matthew 25, not as unwise men but as wise 16: making the most of your time. God has really been speaking to me about redeeming the time and so I looked up the word most. Let me ask you how many of you run out of time on everything you need to do? Do you ever just run out of time and just can’t do it? When I looked up the word most I found that the word means to buy up or to redeem. It is the same thing where it says to redeem the time. It also means to rescue from lost, to improve opportunity. In other words here is what we got to do guys. We have got to start making the most of our time and get everything done we, you, or I need to do because we are in a time now where every moment is really going to count as it relates to the end time harvest. We have to be careful how we spend our time these days. I am telling you this guys and I hope you can hear this.
You are going to have to get rid of everything that doesn’t promote Godliness or does not get you tuned into God. There is a lot of stuff that has got to go. There are a lot of things that we are doing that is going to have to go and you have got to buy the time back. That is the only way I know how to buy the time is back is you need to let go of stuff that you should not be doing and concentrating on the things that are important because the days are evil. Back to Ephesians 16: Making the most of your time because the days are evil. If the days where evil 2000 years ago how much more evil do you think the days are today then they where then. You better make the most of your time because the days are evil. 17: So then don’t be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. So in other words, if you do not make the most of your time, if you do not redeem the time, you know what you are being? You are foolish. You are a foolish virgin. Guys this is very important. You better start buying the time back. You better do whatever it takes to buy the time back. To me right now time is more valuable than money. So if I could spend money to buy the time, then that would be a pretty good investment. How many people on their death bed would spend a little money to buy a little more time. So lets buy it now. If you could spend money to buy time and then you use the time for what you are supposed to then that would be a good thing wouldn’t it. Make the most of your time.
Are you guys with me so far? Guys I haven’t even scratched the surface on this subject yet guys. I am still on page 1 of my notes here and I have like 22 pages to go. Lord help me make the most of my time. I do not know how o do this any faster if I could I would. I am talking as fast as I can. My daughter said dad you talk more than 120 words a minute. And I am from the south. It is good thing I am not from New York. I trying to redeem the time, I am talking as fast as I know how to talk to get in as much as I can.
Okay now then verses 18-33 is how you do what Paul said in verses 1-17. Did you hear what I said? In Ephesians chapter 5 verses 18-33 is how you do what Paul was addressing in verses 1-17. This is what is so amazing in the Bible, if you seek to the Lord he will begin to show you how to do these things, and if you don’t hear God you will miss this. Now then starting in verse 18 he starts telling you how to do it. 18: And do not get drunk with wine. Okay so everyone who is getting drunk quit it. Any drunkards out here wake up? For that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit. So what do you need to do? Quit getting drunk with wine. You need to quit drinking the wrong wine. You know what the wine is referring to most of the time in the Bible? The wine is referring to the teaching. I am telling you guys the wine is the teaching. The wine will make you drunk and it will put you to sleep if you get the wrong teaching. Remember when we have talked about the drunkards in the last days. Do not eat and drink with the drunkards. That is what you will do when you get the wrong teaching and the empty words. It will make you drunk. So do not get drunk with wine spiritually or physically. You have to look at it both ways, but be filled with the Spirit. So when you are filled with the Spirit you are not drunk. I said WHEN YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT YOU ARE NOT DRUNK! All right you can think about that for a little bit. Some of you Charis-maniacs out there now what I am talking about don’t you? Okay I just thought I would throw that in there. You see I want to make sure that I make everybody mad if I can. Not just a few doctrines or traditions of men here or there. I do not want to play favorites.
19: speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Have you ever spoke to one another in psalms and hymn s? Well you are supposed to. George, I am going to speak a psalm to you. Because if I speak a hymn to you, you will probably want to hit me, because I do not sing very good. But speak to one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs. Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20: always giving thanks for all things, Uh oh! look at that! You know how many people I hear complaining? Always giving thanks for all things. Oh Lord I just want to thank you for that boss who just hates my guts! I thank you for, I better stop right there or I am going to get in trouble if I keep going. I better watch out. Thank you Lord, for saving my life right there! Giving thanks for all things in the name f the Lord Jesus Christ even the Father.
Look at this 21: and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ, or in the fear of the Lord. Be subject to one another. Men do you ever see that happening. Well I am the boss man; I am not submitting to anybody! I am the leader; I am the authority! You know what that verse means guys? The fear of the Lord is one of the seven characteristics of the Spirit of God in Isaiah 11:2. It is one of the seven personality traits of the Spirit of God which is the fear of the Lord. Spirit of wisdom, Spirit of counsel and strength, Spirit of knowledge. So guys when you get a chance go look at Isaiah 11: an you will see that the Fear of the Lord is one of the seven personalities or characteristics of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, Spirit of counsel and strength, Spirit of knowledge, fear of the Lord, and Spirit of truth. That is the seven eyes before the throne, that is the seven Spirits of God in Revelation. Now guys listen there are not seven Holy Spirits but there are like seven different components that make up the Holy Spirit, and the fear of the Lord is one of those.
So back in verse 21 Paul is saying submit yourselves to one another in the fear of Christ or in the fear of the Lord. You know what that means? Here is what that means. Come here Rex! How old are you Rex? 23yrs old, well I am a few years older than you Rex give or take a few decades. Okay Rex is a lot younger than me, but if I see the fear of the Lord working in him, then I can submit to the fear of the Lord in him. In other words I submit to the fear of the Lord working in my brother. I do not care if he is five yrs old or a hundred and five years old. Submit yourselves one to another in the ear of the Lord. So if I see someone in the body of Christ who the fear of the Lord is moving through and they are coming to me with a word and maybe it is even a corrective word, I will say okay Lord I submit to that in the fear of the Lord. Now somebody comes and wants to kill me and beat me up then that is going o be a problem. We might have a little problem there. But you know what I am saying where you see the fear of the Lord working on a brother or through a brother submit to it. Do we ever do that? Not a whole lot! But I know a lot of people in authority who say you better submit to me brother or else. I am sure a lot of you listening right now or reading this right now have seen hat and know exactly what I am talking about. We do not want that in the body of Christ. That is manipulation and control.
22: Wives, Uh Oh! I new I was going to get in trouble here. This is the part if I can get through without being killed we might get through this teaching so I am going to go through this real fast hopefully without being killed. I will get the men later but I am just reading this guys and girls. Help me! Now when we go down this road it is going to be good. It is going o be hard but it is going to be good. God is going to heal the marriages some day, but we have got to know some things first. Men and women, we have got to know some things.
Now Paul is telling us now how to walk as beloved children and imitators of God, and how to avoid walking as foolish men. He is telling us what to do. If you do these things you will be a wise virgin. If you do not do these things you will be a foolish virgin and you are going to miss the boat. You are going to miss the love boat. You are going to get the hell boat! You will be taking a cruise to hell. We want to get the love boat. Let’s get the love boat brothers and sisters. Look folks all you have to do is die. That is all you have to do then you can get there. If you want to live then you are going to have to lose your life. If you are willing to lose your life then you will save it. Oh Lord help me please right here! 22: Wives, be subject to your own husbands, not somebody else’s husband. Paul through that in there your own husbands. Well I will submit to that other husband but I will not submit to my own husband; I do not like him. If my husband was like so and so I would submit to him. Yeah right! Yeah you do not live with them. Everybody thinks the grass is greener, you know what I am saying here.
23: For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. Isn’t that amazing! Christ is the savior of the body and the husband is really supposed to be the savior of the body for the women. Because the husband is supposed to be a representative of Christ on the earth. Which most of the time we do not do a very good job of that. Here is something that ladies you need to listen to right here. Now I am not trying to pick on anybody because I pray for ladies all the time and I have seen God do some tremendous things with the ladies. God is really wanting to heal the marriages. He is wanting to heal these marriages, and I am wanting to see them healed. I really am and I am letting you know right now that this passed week was hell for me. I am serious my wife and I had a few difficulties this week. But I repented and everything is okay! You know how that is don’t you guys. I had to die a little bit. You see I have the same problems you ll have. Just because I am standing up here teaching does not mean that I do not go through the same problems you do. It does not mean my wife does not go through the same stuff you gals do. So we all have the same flesh. We all just have a little different wrapper around it is the only difference. Inside though it is all the same.
Listen to this ladies. A woman will be no more submissive to Jesus than they are to their husbands. Ya’ll think about that! Uh oh! It got really quiet! I am not trying to hurt anybody; I am trying to help you. Don’t hurt me now or throw anything up here at me. A woman will be no more submissive to Jesus than they are to their own husbands. I will show you more on this later as we go on. 23: For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church. Well are we the church? Is the wife part of the church? The head of the man is Christ, the head of the woman is the man. If a woman prays with her head uncovered she dishonors her head. This is one of the problems in marriages and ministry is that if a woman is not really submitted properly in her heart to her husband then she dishonors her husband and disgraces her husband which means they do not have the grace of God working in their life and they are outside of the covering and they will be beat up all over the place, in their job, at home, with their kids, in ministry or wherever. So ladies all of you who want to be in ministry. I am going to tell you what; the best place in ministry is underneath the cover of your husband and his authority and doing what he through the Lord is telling you to do. It does not mean that he has to be with you every where you go and it doesn’t mean that he does not release you to go sometimes and he stays, but you have to be underneath his authority and be in agreement. 24: but as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
Now then lets just take this for a little bit. Now I am trying to help everybody including myself. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands. You know when I deal with husband wife relationships, with almost every wife, you know what they tell me? I want to submit but I just have a hard time doing it. You know how many times I have heard that? Almost every time. They tell me I want to submit but I just have a hard time doing it. I am not going to ask you to raise your hand, but you all think about that. That is probably true with a lot of ladies is it not? I want to but I just have a hard time.
Well if the church is supposed to be subject to Christ and wives ought to be subject to their husbands, and if the wives are not walking in that submissive spirit to the husband. Then what do you think that says about the church today? Do you think that is a barometer of the church? I guarantee you it is. It is a barometer of where the church is. What you see physically is what you are going to see operating spiritually. When we see this in the marriages and the church. I guarantee you what you are going to see is the church is not submitted to Jesus. Not very much! I is getting quiet. I really believe it is a barometer. The Bible says in Matthew 18:15-20 and it gives a story about a sinning brother. It says you go to your brother if he sins and you reprove him. If he does not listen to you, you take one or two people and you go. And then if he does not listen you take him before the church. So there was a earthly procedure for dealing with a problem. Do you understand? Then He says if he doesn’t listen let him be as a tax collector and basically kick him out. I tell you whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth is loose in heaven. In other words here is the way it works.When you operate on he earth the way God says and you come into agreement by doing it on the earth. God hears and sees from heaven and He comes to earth. When you do it right on the earth. Heaven comes to earth. This is how the kingdom comes. When they did it God’s way and then they went before the church. They said buddy we are doing it the way God says and you can’t be here anymore. Then it was bound in heaven now. He says I will agree with you because you did what I told you to do, and therefore I’ll agree and I come to earth and it is a done deal. And so when we start operating on the earth the way God tells us to then guess what will happen in your marriage. Heaven will come into your marriage. Wouldn’t that be good guys and girls. Wouldn’t it be good if heaven showed up tonight in our marriage. I tell you what, I really feel like the ladies if they want to see God operate in their marriage. And they start walking in the way that God tells them to, from a pure heart then God will show up in their marriage. I really believe that.
Now that does not relieve the husband of their responsibility. 25: Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. Uh oh! That means take the trash out without complaining. Men how many times has your wife reminded you to do something. Anybody have that problem? Don’t forget to take the trash out honey! My wife will say don’t forget today is trash day. Yeah it has been for 35 years. I am just trying to help you. Okay, okay! You guys know what I am saying don’t you. Then she will ask later did you take it out. I forgot! So we call it nagging and they call it helping. Is that right guys. Amen! So I am learning. Yes you are helping me, you are my helper thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus. Because I do forget sometimes. Look at that. He gave Himself up for her. Men do you ever feel like you are dying in your marriage sometimes. You know what I am saying. It is like gosh if I die any more there won’t be anything left of me. Jesus gave Himself up for a disobedient people didn’t he? This is hard guys. Is this hard guys? Come on men don’t you lie to me. I will cast that lying devil out of you. Is this hard? I hear three honest men out there who are going to heaven the rest of you I am not so sure. This is hard isn’t it guys? Look He gave Himself up so that He could sanctify her. In other words, He gave himself up so He would have the power to sanctify His people.
So that means, I believe husbands if we can ever get this thing right and truly die, that we can begin to sanctify and wash our wives. Now I am not saying I am there, just talk to my wife and she will tell you. But I believe this is where we are supposed to go. I do not have it all put together but we have got to get here. 26: That He might sanctify her having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word. It did not say He drown her with the word. You know how some men are with the word. They take that word and they say, Now you submit, and they take that word and stick it down her throat and drown her with that word and they did not wash her very good with it did they? So we can drown them instead of washing them. Isn’t that amazing?
Where are the Godly men and Godly husbands? That is what God is looking for. Godly men and Godly husbands! The way that husbands, in the church, love their wives is the way the church feels about how God loves them. You know how many women I talk to that do not think their husbands love them? You know how many people I talk to and pray for that do not think that God loves them in the church? Just about everybody. They do not feeel like God loves them, and so many times the women do not think that their husbands love them. And the husband is the representative of Christ. It is kind of amazing isn’t it? I have learned this as I am studying and as I am ministering to people. I am trying to sort all this stuff out so we can help one another. It says the believing spouse can sanctify the unbelieving spouse. If a believing spouse can sanctify a unbelieving spouse then how much more can a believing spouse sanctify a believing spouse?
The way the husbands love their wives shows how much the church in general loves their neighbor as themselves. The marriage I believe is a barometer. It is a mystery it says. 27: that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having n spot or wrinkle, now this is pretty amazing! He is going to present the church, the real people of God, without any spot. Now then have you looked in the mirror lately at your spirit and your soul? Have you seen any spots? So I do not know how this thing is ever going to work unless we get this right in the home and in the marriage because the marriage and the home is a picture of the church. It is a reflection. The church in all her glory having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she would be holy and blameless.
The more you look at this men, it almost looks like we have a responsibility for our wives to be holy and blameless. Everybody got really quiet on me. 28: So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. You know how much self hatred we deal with today in everyone? And so the way you love yourself is the way you will love your wife typically. 29: For no one hated his own flesh but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church. So I think as husbands we have got to get to the place that we nourish our wives like Christ nourishes the church. We are way short of doing that. 30 Because we are members of His body. This going to get really interesting as we go on.
31: For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. So this is what I have seen in so many marriages. This is not a marriage conference by the way, but we have to go here before I can go where we need to go. Let me tell you what you will do in your own marriage. You are one flesh. When you curse your wife, you curse yourself. When you curse your husband you curse your self. That is the way it works because you are one. When you speak evil of your wife, you just spoke evil of yourself. You know what happens in most marriages. Most marriages curse one another so bad. Most of the problems in the marriages is the husband and wives cursing one another with their words. And the authority level especially with the husbands has such impact that when he speaks evil of his wife, to his wife, or to his children. Our wives if you speak evil to your children or to any one else about your husband or children then you curse your husband and you curse your children, and you curse yourself because the two are one. The curses just keep going back and forth. Do you see what I am saying?
32: This mystery is great. In other words if Jesus said this mystery is great that means that we really do not have a understanding of what it means. It is a big mystery. For I am speaking with reference of Christ in the church. In other words, Christ and the church and the husband and the wife is the same picture. It is a barometer and it is showing you where we are as a church, because where we are in the marriages and the church is not really good for the most part. Do you see what I am saying? God is ready to change that. I am starting to see the changes. It is going to change. But it is going to take repentance and healing and deliverance. All the demons have got to get out.
33: Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband. R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me. A little respect. Isn’t that interesting that is a song sung by Aretha Franklin and she needed some respect. Isn’t it supposed to be right the opposite. But don’t you think it is interesting how in the world, in the church, and in the marriages that everything gets so perverted and so twisted around on which way this thing is supposed to go.
Do you know what that word respect means? Have you ever looked that up in the Greek? Uh oh! This is scary. This will scare everybody. It scared me when I saw it. It means to frighten. It means to be alarmed. It mans to be in awe of. Ladies have you ever been in awe of your husband? It’s more like awe him. That is the kind of awe most people think of. Have you ever been in awe of your husband. Women you are supposed to look at your husbands and be in awe of him. That is scary isn’t it. What are we saying here? Are we a long way away from where we are supposed to be as a church? We are a long way away from where we are supposed to be. That is what that word respect means to be in awe of or revere. It is the same word used in the fear of the Lord. Isn’t that amazing. Don’t hurt me now! I am just trying to preach the word.
Okay now let’s go on. Turn to 1 Corinthians 7. How many single people do we have in here right now? I am going to hit this real quick. Raise your hand single people. Don’t be ashamed. I am going to help you single people right now. I am going to help you married people right now. Starting in verse 17: Only as the Lord has assigned to each one as God has called, In this manner let him walk. And thus I direct in all the churches. 18: Was any man called already circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? Let him not become circumcised. 19: Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is keeping the commandments of God. Isn’t that amazing that the Jewish right of circumcision has no effect or doesn’t really mean anything. Paul says it means nothing what matters is keeping the commandments of God.
Isn’t that amazing that you are supposed to keep the commandments of God? Did you know that you are supposed to keep the commandments of God? You are supposed to keep the commandments of God. 20: Let each man remain in the condition in which he was called. 21: where you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able to become free , rather do that. 22: For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free is Christ slave. Go to verse 25: Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy.26 I think that it is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27: Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Men are you bound to a wife stay married do not go looking. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. I am going to show you he reason why he says that. It does not mean do not get married but he says do not seek a wife. Because the next verse he says 28: But if you should marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin should marry, she has not sinned. Yet such will have travel in this life, sounds like a married man doesn’t he? You will have trouble in this life and I am trying to spare you. I think that is funny! I bet Paul was beat up and kicked out of town when he preached that.
You know what the point is? Okay single ladies, do not go looking for a husband because if you do you may find the wrong one. Because here is what God does for women. He prepares a woman for the man. So you quit looking for the man and let God prepare you for the man. You know what he did with Eve. He put Adam to sleep. Then he fashioned a woman and then what did he do with the woman? He brought her to the man. He did not bring the man to the woman. He brought her and then Adam saw her and recognized wow this is a woman! I have never seen one of these before! I have never seen anything like this, and said this is cool. I like it. So ladies, God will prepare you and he will bring you around and the man will see you and say that’s the one. So woman, we like to do it right the opposite. Woman go out looking for a husband. I am looking for a husband! I got both my guns on and I am going to find that boy and he is going to marry me whether he wants to or not. They look for Brad Pitt and get the arm pit. Men look for Jennifer Lopez and get George Lopez. You will get the wrong thing if you don’t do it God’s way, every time. When you d it God’s way you will get god’s result. These subjects are so heavy I have to add a little humor to them. But do you all get the message here. In other words, ladies if you let God prepare you, He will bring you before that man. That man will recognize the Spirit of God on you and say this is the one. So quit going out and trying to make that thing work. It just does not work very well.
Another thing about marriage. Turn to Genesis 2:25. This is interesting. Man guys I am just now getting started. We are still in the introduction. Okay guys watch this. 25: And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. When you are right with God the husband and wife can see one another nakedness and not be ashamed. When you are right with God you can see the nakedness of your spouse. I am not talking about physical. You know what I am saying? I am talking about you can see the issues, they can be exposed before you ad you will not be ashamed of them or yourself. But you know what happened when they sinned? It says in chapter three verse 7: Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made for themselves loin coverings. 8: And the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God. You see they hid themselves from one another and from the Lord, because of the sin operating in the marriage. Isn’t that amazing? So when you are right with God then the transparency is there and the openness is there and you are not ashamed of one another or God because you are walking right and confessing your sin. This is where we have got to get to. I do not know if this is helping anybody or not, but it is helping me. The sin in the marriage causes you to see the other person’s nakedness and to hide from one another and hide from God. The husbands and wives hide from one another and they hide from God. This is where we are.
Before I close I just want to show you a few curses and after this, this will lead into the introduction to spiritual harlotry, but this is preparing you for that teaching. Okay lets look at some curses in the marriage. Deuteronomy 28:30, and some you say well that is the old testament. I have had this discussion with many people over old testament and new testament. You know that the early church in the book of Acts only had the old testament. They did not have the new testament. If you go through the new testament you will see the old testament quoted all over the place. Now for the curses for all of you who are new here. I have been down this road for many years. I have dealt with generational curses, curses that people have brought on themselves. I have seen people healed of curses. I have seen people delivered of demons that bring curses. I have seen all this so. I say this just so you know that what I am talking about I have experienced it. This is real stuff. And curses are operating today in many people and all over the professing church of God. And when you get the heart right and deal with the iniquities, and the reasons the curses are there. You can get the curses off and you can get healed and get delivered of these things. I have seen this many times. I have seen healings take place when the curses go. But until the curses go you can’t. You have curses operating in your marriage. Here are some of the curses from disobedience starting in Deuteronomy 28:30. 30: You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall violate her. That is a curse. When your wife is violated by somebody else. You will build a house; but you shall not live in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not use its fruit. Now skip down to verse 47: Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart. You know you can serve the Lord and not have joy and a glad heart and be under a curse. In other words it is the attitude of your heart while you are serving the Lord that has to do whether you get blessed or cursed in it. A lot of people serve the Lord and not do it out of a glad heart. They may be doing it out of compulsion or something. For the abundance of all things; 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies. In other words if you do not serve the Lord out of gladness, and joy, and a good heart, you know what you will do? 48: You will serve your enemies. You know who the enemy is? The powers of darkness, that is who the enemy is. That is who you will serve. You shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you. And you say “Oh my goodness, would God do that? He will send the enemy against you. This is what is going to happen in the last days. It is already happening. This is why many people are in trouble today. You shall serve your enemy whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in lack of all things; and He will put on a iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. You go “Oh no, I do not like this“. When you read these curses it will make you want to repent. 49: The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, this is the powers of darkness, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50: a nation of fierce countenance who shall have no respect for your old, nor show favor to your young. The powers of darkness don’t care how old you are or how young you are they will try and kill you. You know how many children I have seen demonized? Many! Because of the iniquities. The devil does not care. He does not fight fair. 51: Moreover it shall eat the offspring of you’re herd and the produce of your ground until you are destroyed, who also leaves you no grain, new wine, or oil, nor the increase of the herd or the young of your flock until they have caused you to perish. I am reading all of this to get down to verse 54 but I am just letting you know what this looks like. 52: It shall besiege you in all your towns until all you high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land. You know what God wants to do? He wants to tear down every wall and protection you got. If you got a false wall of protection up there which most of the time it is a spirit that has put the wall up there I the first place; He will bring that thing down, and you will think you got protection, and the next thing you know. You are getting destroyed. 53: Then you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, during the siege and distress by which your enemy shall oppress you. In other words you destroy your children. That is a curse when your children get destroyed. And if you look at families today and the destruction that is going on in the children and in the families. It is great, is it not? Is it not great? We deal with this all the time. 54:The man who is refined and very delicate among you shall be hostile toward his brother and toward the wife he cherishes and toward the rest of the children who remain. This is a curse when the husband is hostile towards the wife. Do we see hostility today? Oh yeah it is everywhere. Not only toward the wife but towards the rest of his children to. Do you see men hostile toward their children today? Yeah! It is a curse. It is one of the curses for not serving the Lord. 55: So he will not give even one of them any of the flesh of his children which he shall eat, since he has nothing else left during the siege. Eating the flesh of your children is talking about where you bite and devour one another with your words and what you say and what you do. It destroys your children. You know how many curses I have broken off men and woman because in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s because of what their mother and father said about them when they were young? Saying things like you will never amount to anything. You can not imagine how many women I have prayed for were their mother or father called them a whore. Curses are all over them because they bite and devour one another and destroy their children. It’s a curse. And we wind up having to break all of that stuff off of them. People are walking with these curses operating on them everywhere today. Then the judgment of the children towards the parents and they reap it back into their marriage and these curses are all over the marriage, and then all over their children and boom, boom, boom the curses just pass on down the family lines. So that is why we are trying to make these things known here now so we can get this stuff off of us. And my goodness we have been seeing tremendous freedom in many marriages and families and children and all this stuff as we deal with these issues. 56: he refined and delicate woman among you would not venture to set her soul of her foot upon the ground. Her delicateness and refinement shall be hostile towards the husband she cherishes and towards her son and daughter. So right here you see there is hostility of the women against the men. So I am bringing this to you here so you can see this is a curse. So if this is happening we are under some curses that we have got to break off. And we break it off by becoming repentant and obedient to God and doing what we are supposed to do, loving our wives, respecting our husbands and get the curse off and then the children start walking in freedom and liberty to. Because it is going to effect your children. The church of all people ought to be walking in this. But we are not. Because we are in harlotry and I am going to show you that later. Like I said this is only a big introduction and is not at all the lesson. And she will be hostile towards her afterbirth which issues from between her legs and towards her children whom she bears, for she shall eat them secretly for lack of anything else during the siege and by distress which your enemy shall oppress you during your town. In other words the woman eat their children secretly by saying things and doing things that are bringing destruction on them and they and their children do not even know it. And we have prayed for many people where that that has happened to them because of what has happened in their family. So this is pretty serious stuff isn’t it. So we want to get passed this harlotry thing. So this is a introduction to where we are getting ready to go. What I am going to go into next time is going to be a continuation because I want to fully teach all of this. When I teach all of this, this will be a introduction to the last days teaching of harlotry in Revelation. So you are going to have to learn all of this before we go in and teach what harlotry is in Revelation. Because doesn’t it talk about Babylon the harlot and the mother of harlots. Well we need to understand what that means. We do not want to be a harlot. Jesus does not marry harlots. We have got to get passed this harlotry thing and understand what it is all about. We have got to get that stuff out of us. We have got to get it out of the men and the woman. Are you okay with all of that. We are going to go into Proverbs, we are going to go into Deuteronomy, and we are going to go into a lot of things on harlotry and teach on that for the next several weeks.