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TV Broadcast #1063

Let Our Lives Worship Him

February 17, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1063 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Jim Easterly: Chapter 7, I just want to read verse 37 and 38. This is Jesus again, “In that last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly…” out of his innermost being, “…shall flow rivers of living water.” (KJV). Beloved, listen, for God to work and use us…not any of us in this room needs any more resources than we have. You know what we need? We need the thirst.

( congregational amens ).

We need the thirst. God, create in me a hunger and a thirst for You and for Your Word and for Your righteousness. When You break the bread, God, cause me to be so hungry for it that I don’t just inquire after it, I require it. I can’t go on without it. I don’t need more resources, I need more thirst.

“If any man thirst, let him come unto…” Who? To Jesus. “…And drink.” Beloved, we can drink tonight. We can drink tonight. You know, and He says this, “He that believeth on me.…” What is it that you so long for? What is it that you so long for that you’ll do anything to get it? Will a certain husband or a certain wife? Will a certain degree in education?

And, all of these things are right and proper in their time and place. But would any of that…would more money…would it satisfy you, to where out of your innermost being could flow rivers of living water? Would it, honest? Would it? We say that here, but what do we do with our life when we go out of these doors? What do we crave? What do we long for? What do we put everything we have into? There’s only one place that treasure is not gonna be stolen. There’s only one place that’s not gonna rust. There’s only one place that it’s gonna last forever and that’s in the kingdom of God.

And these rivers of living water that flow out of your innermost being, I’m not gonna get into the details on this, but Jesus, it says, was speaking of the Spirit which God would give to those that became His, those that believed on Him. Beloved, what fruit is our…not what these are saying, what fruit is our life bearing?

You know, we’ve got men here, Joel Kennedy and Stevie Johnson, and they could probably find a plant, a living plant with sap in it, with roots that are tapped in and taking in nourishment that looks just like that—just like that plant right there. You set it beside that plant and over a period of time the plant they brought in, the living plant, would change. That plant would change, it would grow.

Is there growth in your life? Is there spiritual growth in your life? That plant right there will never change. It’ll look just like that a year from now. It’ll look like that—what does your life look like, looking back? Does it look like what Paul referred to? Do you look back and you say, you know, I see myself in the mirror of God’s Word everyday and I just don’t see…and then you look back and you realize you’ve changed, you’ve grown? Is that the case or not?

Now let’s be honest, because see, God knows—God knows. We don’t fool God. When we try to hide these things in our heart and we try to come up here and we put on our church face and we know just when to put our hands up, you know, the truth is, you’re not even fooling the audience. You know who we’re fooling? Ourselves. Oh, God, help us to be real. Help us to be real.

Jesus says, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” God is using His Word to purge some of us tonight. Purging us so that we’ll bring forth what? More fruit. God help me to realize, I don’t need anything changed about me, I need change in me. I need to be purged if I want to bring forth more fruit. I need the thirst. I don’t need more stuff, I need more Christ.

And for more Christ to flow out of me, I need to be purged and bring forth fruit. And then, when we come back next year, that plant will still be that size. The other plant I’m talking about has got life in it, it’ll grow. And you know what it’ll do in proper season, in the right season? It’ll bring forth after its own kind. And I’m gonna tell you what, that fruit remains. That fruit remains.

Nothing else remains. All the other—our education, that’s great if God leads you that way and you can use it for His glory. But that won’t remain. Nothing remains but Christ and His Spirit. It was…who was the last one that got up here? Anyway, that’s the kind of fruit that remains. That’s the kind of treasure. That’s the kind of treasure that we need. We need to sell everything else and get the pearl of great price. We need to sell everything else and get the treasure that’s hid in this field right here—this field right here.

Again, beloved, what I need, I don’t need more stuff, I need more thirst. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me…out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Praise God!

— Brother Steve Sharpe: I guess I’m like everybody else here. This is very sobering. It’s the time for us all to take a truly honest assessment of our commitment in our lives to God. And, I think it’s the time the Lord wants us to be introspective, and I think it’s the time where He can bring us to these places that maybe are holding us back from truly serving Him.

Let me just read this in verse 25. This is on the heels of Him giving the parable of the great supper. I think for years we’ve come here and we’ve been privileged to be under the sound of the Gospel, the appeal of the Holy Spirit upon our lives as people. But, on the heels of this, he went on to tell them more. The people followed him because of that. In verse 25 it says, “There went great multitudes with him.” They followed him because of His appeal to them.

Then “He turned, and said unto them.” I want you to listen to this. This is the King James Version. It says, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” I think He covered every human relationship that we could have, including our own selves. He doesn’t want any other gods before Him.

And I’m coming to the place here where I’m examining my own life. Lord, what is it? Is there some wedge of gold, some idol that I have that I’m holding dearer than serving You? If there is, God, I want it taken away. I want it shaken loose.

And then He goes on to say, “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” That’s that daily crucifixion that we have to have to truly serve Him. To serve God, we have to go against the flow of our own nature! But thank God, He is working that in us. I’m glad to know, “…That he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it.” But he is challenging us, I believe, as a people, us as individuals to count the cost.

And he goes on to say, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

“Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise…” Here’s what it comes down to. “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

I guess God is just asking, what is it that we’re holding dear? I’m having to ask myself that. I don’t know, if there’s something, I want God to show me here. Because I believe that’s what He desires. He’s speaking, if you listen to me, he said. I will do wonders among you. Well, I want to listen like I’ve never listened before.

( congregational response ).

And I want to surrender all to serve my God, ‘cause there is nothing else to live for. And if we do that, then it says, “Salt is good.” We are the salt of the earth. “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill: but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Let him hear. I believe the Lord is speaking to all of us. I think it’s a time when we all need to examine our own hearts and our own lives. God, I want to be delivered. How about you?

( congregational response ).

And I believe He’s here to deliver us all, so that we can, with our whole hearts, serve Him like we never have before. I praise the Lord for His faithfulness.

( congregational amens ).

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God! I’m thankful for His faithfulness to speak to us. You know, we live in a society that breeds sleep, that breeds carelessness, and the challenge was thrown out earlier about how easy it is to be one thing here and another somewhere else. We live in a world that has no fear of God.

And it’s going absolutely the opposite direction. There is a militant rejection of God in many places of our society today. You get out of here and you get among the people of the world, and if you don’t really have something on the inside, it’s gonna suck you in. It’s gonna replace the values and the purposes to which God has called us with something else.

And, you know, I was just sitting here pondering what does it take? What is it gonna take? There’s really two challenges here tonight. One is to somebody that just really doesn’t know the Lord. Because, if you truly are one thing here and another someplace else, it’s what we are out there, that’s what we are.

( congregational response ).

Let’s just mark that right down.

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Because if you’re just doing it here, you’re an actor. And the thing is…Brother Paul was talking about, what are you when you’re with someone who doesn’t know you…and you’re really away from the people? You’re not where someone knows you. What are you there? If we don’t have something on the inside that rules, then we’re gonna be whatever we think pleases men. We’re gonna be men-pleasers, or self-pleasers, or something other than serving God. We’re gonna have to really have something on the inside. And so there’s a challenge to somebody here. If you don’t have a fear of God, you need to realize this is serious.

( congregational response ).

You know, the scripture was begun there early on in Hebrews chapter 12 there. That’s a warning to people. Yes, it’s a promise to us who know the Lord, but it’s a warning that this is real. And you know, I was sitting there pondering, how does this…where does this fear of God come from? You know, God has done some unusual things throughout history. One of them was referred to as the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. Now when God did that, He didn’t just say, okay, here’s your laws. He shook a mountain.

( congregational response ).

That mountain was on fire. The ground was shaking. There was a sound that was just louder and louder and louder. The people were just terrified. I mean, there was a manifestation of divine power that really shook those people and caused them to realize, hey, this God is real and He means business.

( congregational response ).

But oh, it’s easy to get away from that. And God is requiring of us that we serve Him, not necessarily seeing that kind of a thing. You know, God could do something in some miraculous way here in such a way that everyone of us would be on our faces. If He showed himself in real power, we’d, all of a sudden, get it. We’d say, oh my God, it’s real.

But somehow we can lose the sense of that reality, and not understand that there’s gonna come a day when Jesus is gonna split the sky, and this world is going to be burned up and everything that’s in it that’s not in Him. It’s going to be heaven or hell. The destinies are absolutely gonna be sealed. It’s gonna be real! People will be screaming for the rocks and the mountains to fall on them, rather than have to face Him when they suddenly realize who this Jesus is that they have mocked, and ignored and ridiculed. All of a sudden, they’re gonna have to stand there and face Him who sees into the depths of their heart. So I mean, this is that serious. But God wants every one of us to live with a greater sense of that seriousness.

You know, you have the account of what the Lord did in judging Ananias and Sapphira. The power of God, the presence of God was so real in that young church, that God wouldn’t tolerate that kind of hypocrisy. And when they persistently said, yes, we sold the land for this much, and, of course, they didn’t. They were lying. The point was not that they give everything. The point was, they said they gave everything and didn’t. So they were lying, and it wasn’t just to men, they were lying to God! And God struck them dead.

What happened? Everybody who heard about that feared greatly. But the other result was the church grew. I mean, they said, hey, this is real. You go on through the scriptures and you will find occasions when God really intervened in circumstances that caused people, outwardly, to see that God was real.

I’m sitting there saying, Lord, what is it gonna take to wake us up and make us realize how serious this is so that we do go out there and we don’t just lose the…we don’t have this superficial sense that we pick up being in a meeting, and then it sort of evaporates when we get out there? It really gets down in here, that we’ll live with a conviction everyday that we’re gonna be the same wherever we are.

You think of Daniel. You think of a young man who had such conviction in a time of great apostasy among the nation of Israel. Nebuchadnezzar comes and plucks him and a whole bunch of others over to train them for service in a heathen land, and he had a conviction that was not going to compromise with him, or their religion, or anything. He was a faithful servant, but he wouldn’t compromise. Folks, we’re gonna have to have that kind of a conviction in our hearts. Only God can put that in there!

( congregational amens ).

And that’s what we need if we’re gonna stand out as lights in this world. We cannot simply be chameleons. We can’t change colors based on where we’re at and who we’re with. And boy…young people, you’re gonna have to have some convictions in this world. Young people, it seems, are very prone, we all are, but are most prone to want to be liked, to want to be accepted.

But I’ll tell you what, there’s gonna be people who will mock someone who will serve God, who will come back later and say, yeah, I was going along with the crowd, mocking you, but I had to respect what you stood for. But I’ll tell you what, we’re gonna have to have something that’s real on the inside if we’re gonna stand for Him in this hour, because…it’s absolutely as serious as all of that.

But you know, I just…I was thinking, as I said, what is it really gonna take? Is it gonna take God doing something really dramatic? And I looked at the last verse that Brother Steve read. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (NIV). And that becomes the question then. Do you really have ears to hear? Or is this just another meeting, and you’re just kind of taking it in? Yeah, it’s just religion…oh, and I’m gonna go back to my life, and I’m gonna live the way I want to live. Or do we really have ears that are tuned to saying, hey, this is the God who flung galaxies across unimaginable distances, talking to me and He means business.

( congregational response ).

Now yes, He has incredible stuff ahead for us, but it means a radical break with our life and with this world, if we’re gonna have that. We cannot have our life and His life, too. It’s gonna have to be one or the other. Take your choice.

( congregational amens ).

I want His.

( congregational amens ).

Mine has been ruined by sin and corruption!

( congregational amens ).

It’s like Paul said, there’s not one good thing in this guy! Not one! People say that, but they don’t believe it. You look in the mirror and say, well, I’m not as bad as all that. Oh yes, you are. You’re just aren’t measuring by the right measuring stick here. You get one look at the glory of God and you will be on your face, trying to crawl under the carpet to hide. This is real, folks. We have a God who can change us so dramatically that one day we will be so radiant with the glory of God, we will be at home there!

( congregational amens ).

Now that takes some doing, but He’s the Doer. He’s the one who can do it all. But I want to hear Him, and I want to have that kind of a sense…I want to have the sense that David had when he expressed, search me. Oh, it’s real easy to come and sing that nice sweet song, “Search me, O God.”

( singing ).

But do we really mean that? Do we really want to say, oh God, I know there’s things in me that You need to deal with and help me with. Please look. Please Lord, I don’t want there to be anything. Please look. Do you really mean it? Get ready. It’s gonna be wonderful when God gets through, when God delivers us from these things that we cling to. We think they’re so much a part of us, so important to us that we can’t let them go. And once we do, there’s peace, there’s deliverance, there’s joy. That’s what God wants for us.

This is not just to scare us, but it is a sobering thing. This is real! You’ll know it’s real when you see the fire fall on this planet and people running, screaming. You will know that it is real. Do you really believe that that’s gonna happen?

( congregational response ).

It is going to happen as surely as Jesus was raised from the dead, as surely as all the other things that are written, that are recorded in this book that God has done invading history, that’s gonna happen, too. We are careening toward that day, and Lord, may it come soon. Praise God! Won’t that be something?

( congregational response ).

That’ll be shouting grounds. I want to be in a position to shout and rejoice when that day comes!

( congregational praise ).

I don’t want to be one of the ones who run screaming. But now is the day when we get to hear His voice. So what do we do? “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” God can impart the fear that we need, the wholesome fear, the respect that will cause us to be what we’re supposed to be no matter where we’re at…and quit being chameleons and quit being all the other things that we are. God’s gonna be with us and he’s gonna go before us. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).