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TV Broadcast #1062

Let Our Lives Worship Him
Part One

February 10, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1062 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Paul Campbell: Praise the Lord! Hello, family!

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It’s good to be here.

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I don’t have a clue if I’ve got the mind of the Lord, but we’ll just aim and we’ll shoot and if it don’t hit no target, we’ll sit down and we can find out what the Lord has for us. I just have had on my heart all day…got up this morning and as my wife and I were sharing breakfast, she made the comment to me…she says, you know, Paul, after the service last night, there’s been a soberness in my spirit and even this morning as I get up…’cause usually we get up and we get our things going and sometimes we’ll flip on the TV for just noise, not that you sit down and you look at anything. But she said, I don’t know, I believe that God’s just trying to get us still so that we can hear what He’s saying.

And that was bearing witness to some things that had already come to my heart and to my mind. And after the service last night, I really went home and I asked God…I said, Lord, there’s, I’m sure, areas in my heart You desire to open those rooms and You go in to search them. And I said, God, I believe that You are searching those rooms and I said, I don’t what to be like over there in the Old Testament where it speaks of the house that was empty, swept and garnished. We hear truth and we try to clean that house up. We open the doors, we sweep it all out, but we never get God to come in and fill those rooms, so there’s a reality to it.

And, I said, Lord, what is it that we need? What is it that You’re wanting to say to us? And the thought just kept coming back to me that there is a lack of the fear of God. That’s what it all boils down to in our lives. Do we really fear Him? And I thought of that scripture that’s over there, and I was gonna read it, but I’ll just kind of paraphrase. But it was talking about Noah…it says, when he was warned of God, he moved with fear.

And I believe that God is warning us now. I believe He is speaking to us face to face. He’s saying, you’re My children and I love you. And this is My plan and My purpose that I have for your life. But there are so many things like…over there in Joshua where Achan…you know, they had a victorious battle. They went out into Jericho and they fulfilled what the Lord had given to Joshua to do, and they had a great, mighty victory there. And you know, it was Achan…he tried to save some of the spoils that he thought was gonna be valuable to him, or whatever it is. And he came back and he hid it in his tent.

And I asked myself, I said, Lord, what have we hid inside that nobody knows that’s there…only but You. And as I thought…tonight as we sat here and we had this wonderful freedom and liberty and singing, and the young people were singing, and I’m saying, God, we’re singing about how awesome You are and how great You are, what You’re done in our lives. What does that really look like when we get out here where the rubber meets the road, when we’re with someone that we don’t know, and someone that’s not in our assembly right here that’s seeing us…what does this glory right here in this assembly look like in our lives?

And that’s where it counts. Because you know, we can come together and there can be such a presence of the Lord, and there’s such a liberty there, that I’m telling you, any old piece of dead wood could get up here and raise their hands and glorify God. But do you know what, when the going gets tough, and I’m telling you what…when we’re really down and out, and we’re facing our trial, and we’re in that time of being tried, I want my life to look just like that as we’ve been here tonight…

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…That we can raise our hands and say, God, I know You are real. I know You’re on the throne. I know that You’re ruling and You’re reigning, and You are changing my life!

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I believe it! Sometimes I don’t see it, but I know that You’re…and as someone mentioned last night, I believe we’ve come to a place and we look back and we say, Lord, look how far You have brought us! Amen! And I thought of…I was listening to a tape sometime back of Ravi Zacharias and he was talking about this professor friend of his that had another colleague, another professor friend, that he had been trying to get to come and listen to Ravi minister. And he called Ravi and told Ravi, listen, tonight I finally talked him into coming, and said, I’m really praying that God can touch his heart.

And then after Ravi had delivered his heart and the message from the Lord…the next day Ravi happened to meet the professor and said, well listen, how did things go? Was there any comment? And he says, yes, I asked my colleague, and he says, boy, that was powerful. It was moving and it was very stirring. He said, I wonder what he’s like in real life.

What are we like in real life? This Truth and the Word of God that comes down and asks us, are we hearing Truth? Are we being obedient to what God is speaking to us? What does that look like in our lives? My, my…I stand before You, saying, Lord, I know that I’ve got a long way to go, but I look back and I see that You’ve brought me a long way.

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Praise God! I thank God that He loves us enough that He tells us the truth!

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He don’t leave us where we’re at!

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It is not too late for us to change our course and to allow God to bow our knee, and say, God, I need my course changed. I bow before You because You are the only One that can turn me around and straighten me out. Praise God! He is faithful!

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You thank Him tonight for being truthful to us!

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— Brother Jerry Krummrich: I just had a quick scripture and a thought that I trust the Lord gave me. I never had it before. It’s in Hebrews 12, verse 28, the verse I’d like to read. It kind of goes along with the verse Carl read last night in the first part of 2nd Corinthians, chapter 7, ending with giving ourselves to the Lord with a fear for the Lord…a good fear, knowing that our fear of Him keeps us in the right place.

Verse 28 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” (NKJV). You know, we could preach a whole sermon on serving God, and what does it mean…laying down our lives for the brethren, or doing whatever it takes for God? My point is, “…Our God is a consuming fire.”

And I thought when Paul was talking about…could we have as much just uninhibited praise and worship no matter what happens to us, because we have our eyes fixed on the One who did everything for us. And He is our source of everything, no matter what. And for some reason when I went to this scripture and remembered our God is a consuming fire, I thought about those times…every now and then I go back and read a few accounts in “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” about people who gave their lives as martyrs.

But I’m always reminded, these people…for the most part this book is about people who we should really revere as heroes because they did it willingly, out of love. There was a love and fear of God all wrapped up in one in them. But they…raised their hands to God while they were dying. My thought was, could we do that as we die in this life? Many of us…we want to believe that we’re willing, like has been said to take a bullet for the Lord, but can we willingly lay down our lives now with the same kind of joy?

If our lives are just…if God Himself...and we have to believe God speaks to us, that God is speaking to us here through lips of clay. If He’s speaking, if He tells us right now to lay down our lives, totally lay them down, can we do it with that kind of joy? Can we do it with uninhibited joy like I was saying?

There were people in “Foxe’s Book of Martyr’s” that said, put more sticks on the fire to make it hotter, to give God more glory. And there were others who said, just put a few sticks on, make it smolder, so that my suffering can be seen…in their mind, they didn’t care. Their mind was fixed on God. Can we live our lives that way? Can we die and live at the same time? I’m just asking the question for all of us, but I’m asking it to me, too. And God help us to ask it every day, as we commune with the Lord…saying, God, show me how to live and die for you ‘cause You’re worthy.

— Brother Carl Johnson: Just want to share a quick thought. I was reading back where…the reference there that Brother Jerry gave. It was the 12th chapter of Hebrews. And, I read something there that I’d never seen it in the light that I read it tonight. In verse 25 there, he’d been talking about how that the Israelites had been brought to the mountain there and God had come down upon the mountain…the whole mountain had shook. They were so afraid, they told Moses, you find out what God wants from us and then come tell us. They were fearful.

It says in verse 21, “The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, I am trembling with fear.” (NIV). And then the writer of Hebrews says, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly…” I believe they were here with us tonight, and they were worshiping our God with us. “…To the church of the firstborn…” Praise God. “…Whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men…” Folks, this is where we have come tonight. “…The judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect…”

I believe there were some righteous men made perfect on the other side, here with us tonight worshiping the Lord with us, rejoicing in what God’s doing for us. “You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant…” Thank God for that New Covenant! “…And to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” And then he says, “See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks.” You know, the Lord was sharing with us last night our need to have ears to hear and that it’s important how we listen—how we listen. Do we believe it’s His voice? If it’s His voice, folks, God help us listen.

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“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?” I don’t want to turn away from Him who has spoken to us here in this meeting. I want to hear and I want to obey. I want to walk with Him. I want to respond with all my heart, don’t you?

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We need Him. “At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” I read that tonight and I just rejoiced. I said, God, this old man, he was created. You can shake him right out of here, right out of my heart. Those places, like Paul was sharing with us tonight, those things, both that we know and that we don’t know of…this created being…praise God, we died in our Lord on the cross.

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This old man was buried and we are to reckon that so. By God’s grace, I want to hear Him, I want to listen, I want to learn how to, by faith, take Him at His Word, that He’s gonna shake the created things loose from our lives, so that that which cannot be shaken, the life of Christ that He has put within us can grow and can be seen and He can be glorified in our lives.

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I long for that, don’t you?

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Praise God! “…So that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore…” Listen. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…” That’s what we’re receiving. We’re receiving the Kingdom of God in our hearts and our lives, as a body, as a people. “…A kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful…” First order of business—first order of business is to be thankful. God help us to be thankful, day in and day out, to be thankful that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

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He is growing this new life that He’s birthed within us, bringing us to maturity and I praise God for that. “…Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” He is a consuming fire. Praise God, He will consume that dross, and that gold that He has put within us, He’s gonna refine.

I’ll tell you, when it says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” I thought, Lord God, help us. We have the privilege, yes, and we’ve had it here tonight to worship You from our hearts and from our lips. But, God, help our lives to worship You.

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Just like Paul was saying here tonight that’s been shared, I want my life to worship Him.

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Day in and day out, trusting and believing to remove those things that can be shaken when He brings in…and God knows when we pray and we say, Lord, whatever it takes, we have to pray it with that reverence and that awe. But He can take us through whatever it takes to consume this dross, to shake away that created…that old creation and to bring forth that that He has birthed within us. I’m rejoicing tonight that He is doing this.

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He’s doing this. And here’s the thing, He is sharing His heart with us in this meeting and I so long to respond with all my heart. Don’t you want to do that?

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I want to respond with all my heart and say, Lord, we want to worship You, 24/7. We want to worship You with our lives, and if comes to martyrdom, praise God, His grace is sufficient. He’s promised that. But I think…it’s like Brother Thomas said. He was sharing one time how he was walking and just lifting his heart to the Lord and he told the Lord…he said, Lord, I love You. The love of God was so real in his heart, he said, I love You, I want to die for You, Lord. I want to be willing to just lay down and die for You.

And he said, the Lord says, you will…not the way you’re thinking right now. And I want you to die for Me. But it’s line on line, precept on precept, here a little, there a little, day in and day out. His grace is sufficient for us, folks. He’s promised, He’s gonna shake those things. I’d never seen that quite like that tonight. Those things, that old creation, He’s gonna shake it out…He’s not just shaking earth. Praise God, in this hour, He’s shaking the heavenlies. He’s working in our hearts in ways that we’ve not experienced before and I’m praising Him, I’m thankful for that. I want to cooperate. I want to be a worker together with Him in working in the new man, and growing the new man up, don’t you?

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I thank God for what He’s doing. Praise the Lord.

— Brother Jim Easterly: Turn to John chapter 15. This process these men have spoken of, I feel like it’s so condensed, and summed up, and distilled into the words in this verse. The first two verses of John chapter 15, this is Jesus speaking. He says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” (KJV). Now listen to this. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away.”

Let me ask you this. Who in here could raise their hand and say, I bear all the fruit I’ve ever wanted to bear? ‘Cause I’ll change places with you right now. Should we…I mean, that should bring us to a fear of God. God I need You to do something to change my heart and my desires and my ambitions and the ways that I spend my time and what I long for and what I desire, because I don’t want to be taken away. I want to be Yours. And He says, “And every branch that beareth fruit, he…” What?

— Congregation: Purges it.

— Brother Jim Easterly: That it may what?

— Congregation: Bring forth more fruit.

— Brother Jim Easterly: Now is this something to be afraid of? Or is this something every single Christian is in dire need of?

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Amen, that’s the process right there. If I don’t want to be taken away, then I understand that His Word teaches me I need to be purged, that I might bring forth more fruit. Turn back to John chapter 7.