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TV Broadcast #1094

Reverence for a Holy God
Part One

September 22, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1094 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Tony Talbert: You know, we need to redeem the time, and it’s important that we have the mind of the Lord, too, so this is by faith. I had some scriptures come to me in my prayer this morning. I’m just gonna … I’ll share a few thought with you and if this is the Lord, praise God, and if not, we can move on.

You know, one thing that Sean said there was, we need to have our mind renewed. And I think … I want to just ask you a question. The Word says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” (KJV). And I wonder how much in our lives we really, we have a fear of the Lord? If we don’t understand how great God is and where we sit in the picture, if we don’t understand the difference between Him and us and that we are … Phil mentioned last night we are, without Him we are nothing! And if we don’t see that need, beloved, we don’t have a need of Him. Do you know that?

I’m just gonna speak out of my heart a little bit and read a few verses. This is in Job. And you can turn to Job 42. I’m gonna read just about a few examples here of how God brought into our focus, into these men, He brought into focus who He is compared to us. And we need a reverence—we need a reverence for the Lord! We need a reverence! We don’t need to just come in like we’re saying, hey, Pop. God is God! Listen! If He did not, in His mercy and His sovereign grace, choose to open your blind eyes and my blind eyes, we would not even be here tonight. Do you know that?

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And I don’t know, in my heart I feel like there needs to be a distinction. We need to exalt Him for who He is!

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And we need to come in through His throne … we don’t need to be coming in broad … in a sense … I know God don’t want to condemn! He don’t want to beat us down, but there needs to be a reverence. There needs to be a respect. He is almighty God! He is the Creator of everything we have! We come into these services here, and I’m not trying to get into … you know, form is terrible. But we need to have a reverence in our heart. When we come, we need to be quiet, looking to Him. We’re the ones that are in need! We need Him to come, to meet with us here, to give anointing through lips of clay, to speak to us!

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Listen, it’s more than just a time to pass time by here. It’s life! Do you know His words are life to us? They minister hope! They give us faith that we might be able to walk through the next day. Without Him, listen, people are blowing their brains out all over the world because they have no hope. Christ is our Hope, Beloved!

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We need to see that He is our constant supply. We need to see that, if we do that, if we really see Him for who He is, when we begin our day, we’ll begin our day on our knees asking Him to help us, to have mercy for us, because we are the ones that stand in need of mercy!

I thought about Job here. A lot of things were said there. I’m not gonna go back. You can read these things … many of you know about these things, and a lot of things we’re talking about. You know Job said he would demand of the Lord to answer his questions, to find out why this and that and the other. We are not in a position to demand anything from God. And he soon found this out.

This word is for us, Beloved. I’m wondering … I’ll just ask you a question. This is off the record, it don’t cost you anything. How much time do we read the Word to be able to learn about our Lord? How much time to do we do that? I’ll just ask you that question. I don’t want an answer. You just consider in your own heart.

But this is Job. He’s going on saying about this and that and the other. So the Lord answers him. And he says, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?” (NIV). What kind of wisdom are we gonna give God? His Word says that the very best thought of man is foolishness in His eyes. Where are we going to give Him wisdom? How are we going to tell Him what needs to be done? Oh God, we need to tap into the resource of wisdom.

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 And that’s Him! He goes down and he talks about different animals. One of them was, I believe, a crocodile, I’m not sure, but anyways, said, who’s gonna take him … God created Him. God can speak to the waves. He told the water to stay back. He gave them a certain distance. This is the God that we serve, Beloved. He gave them a certain distance that the waters could not come beyond, told the sun to stay where it was at. Do we realize God for who He is? Have we ever taken thought about how great He is? Do you know He holds the stars in place?

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 I believe there’s gonna be a day coming and He’s gonna allow them to collapse, and He’s gonna destroy this whole thing. But right now, they are sustained because of His greatness!

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What kind of power are you gonna compare His greatness with? Oh God, can we see how great He is, Beloved? He knows them by name. There’s millions of them, and yet He knows every one of them by name. Do you know that He knows every one of His children by name? Do you know He knows where you’re at? He’s given an angel charge over our lives. Do you understand that? He has given an angel charge over our life so that we won’t be destroyed. Have you thought about that? We’ve got an awesome God!

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His love is so much toward us that everything He has done, everything, is for you and me! Do you know that? Anyways, he comes on down in Job 42 and he says … Job makes a little reply to Him, and he says, “I know that you can do all things …” I want you to listen to this next part. It says, “… No plan of yours can be thwarted.” His plan is gonna be carried out. It’d be a good thing for us to get on His side, wouldn’t it?

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Because His plan’s gonna happen whether we like it or not. This world can make all the things, all the changes it wants to do, get its committees together, and they can make all the decisions, but God’s plan is gonna be carried out.

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And there is no power, all the demons in hell, there is no power that’s gonna thwart His plan. He says, “You asked, Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?” We’re gonna take our little old carnal minds and we’re gonna try to reason with a spiritual God?

And then this is what Job says. He said, “Surely I spoke of things …” Oh God, help us to see this. We need it,. Beloved. “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. You said, Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me. My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Go over to Isaiah. Phil mentioned this last night. Isaiah 6. I don’t want to read a whole lot, I just want to … I hope and trust the Lord will help these men to add to this. Isaiah 6, verse 1, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne ….” Now can you imagine this? There’s no other time that shows any record that Isaiah ever had this vision, this time. He said, “I saw the Lord seated on a throne ….” Where was He at? He was looking at him eye to eye? He was, “… high and exalted …” Everything else was looking up to Him because He was in charge.

“… And the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces ….” You know what? Well, let me finish this and I’m gonna say what I think that the Lord has quickened to me. “With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.” Do you know why, I believe, the Lord used that type? There was no flesh that could be seen in the presence of God! Do you know without the blood of Jesus Christ, we can’t even come before Him?

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When Jesus was hung on that cross, that is when the veil was rent from top to bottom. Otherwise, there was no way, Beloved, that we could even come to the Father. Do you see how awesome He is, how sovereign, how mighty He is? We are the ones that are the recipients of His grace and His mercy!

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He says, “And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty.” I wonder, as we come together, each time we come together, do we have that in mind, that He’s Holy? He’s Holy! Do you know He’s Holy?

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“… The whole earth is full of his glory. At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” So this is what Isaiah saw. So what do you think he had? Whenever he saw the Lord, what do you think his vision was at that time, his understanding was? He began to say, “Woe to me!” Woe is me!

We ought to be saying the same thing, Beloved. Woe is me without Christ and His blood. Woe is me! “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King ….” Oh, God! My eyes have seen the King! This is not some dignitary that we classify as the President, we see get on the news or whatever. This is the King of Glory!

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He doesn’t share His throne with no one. His Word says He sits above the armies of heaven! Above them! And, “He does as He pleases.” And no man can stay His hand! It says, “Woe to me! I cried. I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty. Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Turn over to Daniel … Daniel 4. Beloved, we need to have our minds renewed as Sean said. We need to see God in the light that He needs to be seen in. I believe that we’ve been … we have been tainted by the world and the world system. God’s renewing His Truth to us in this hour, for us to begin to approach Him and be able to receive what we need.

But you know, before we can receive anything from Him, there is a certain approach that we have to have. Do you know that? And that is, approach … His Word speaks of it in Isaiah 57. He says, “I dwell in the high and holy place …” But also—but also He dwells, “… with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit …” (KJV). And He doesn’t do it to condemn us, He comes to revive. That’s what He does.

When we find that low place, listen, He will … let Him worry about the exalting of us. We need to humble our self. That’s the place we need to find. To humble our self under the sight of God and He will exalt us in His own due time. But the place that we need to come to Him is in a place of humility, a place of need, a place of taking our petitions before Him, and saying Lord, they can’t be answered if You don’t answer them, that we stand in need.

Something happened to me over there in India. I’ll just throw this in. I never have given a … I’ve shared more with India since I’ve been over at Brian and Debbie’s with people there than I ever shared with anybody yet, even my wife and my son and my daughter. There was a situation over there where we were praying. You know, everybody, when we’d have a meeting, the people would come up wanting us to pray for them. There was needs! I ain’t talking about just wanting us to go through the form of praying. There was needs, physical needs in people! And this older woman, she comes to my mind from time to time and when she does I go to the Lord to help her. I remind Him of her, because we have nothing in our self. Do you know that?

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People come to us and they want us to pray for them. We don’t have no magic. We don’t have no power in our self. We need a God!

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And what we need to do to get a hold of that power is to talk to Him!

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Get in that low place and say, Lord, I don’t have what this woman needs, or this man needs, and all I can do is ask You, Lord. She’s coming to me. I don’t have anything. I don’t have nothing to help her. She was grabbing her stomach. I don’t know, I had some thoughts about what it was, but it didn’t make no difference, I still couldn’t help her!

And so, I had to take her before the Lord. And I told the Lord, I said, Lord, she’s coming to me and I don’t have nothing to help her with. I don’t have any power in myself. I need You, Lord, to intercede for me for that lady. And listen, I’m telling you, it changes things when we take the right approach to a Holy and an awesome God. We take that low place. Listen, He hears the cries of His people.

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His ear is open to them. We come proud and boastful, He resists us.

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And that’s what man does without understanding. He thinks that … we get too hooked up on Truths that tell us that we are His people, that He’s done all these great things for us, but that don’t change who He is!

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And it doesn’t change who we are. We don’t just go burst into the doors and demand of God anything! We have to approach Him in respect. He’s our Father.

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He’s our Lord! He’s our Savior! And if we want to get anything from Him, we need to take that low place. That place of needy, contrite ‘cause that’s the one He’s gonna come to. He’s gonna resist the proud, as I said. Anyways, let me move on here. I don’t want to waste time here.

Daniel 4. There was many others there, too, that we prayed for, and these people didn’t have access to doctors like we have. They needed a divine intervention from God Himself to help these people. And we were the only source that was there at the time. I don’t know if you can understand what I’m talking about, but these people had no hope. They had no doctors. All the hospitals were miles and miles and miles away, which they had no access to get to. God is real!

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God is real and He can touch! We can intercede for people, Beloved!

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God, help us to understand where we need to be at. He says in verse 34, “At the end of that time …” (NIV). This was after Nebuchadnezzar had been driven out. He got proud about how big he was and how great he was. That’s the first way, boy, to find trouble. It’s the mercy of the Lord if he does that to us. He could leave us to our self and just let us go on in our own stubborn, proud way. But in this case, thank God for Nebuchadnezzar’s sake, He didn’t let him do that.

“At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven ….” He had a different outlook then. He wasn’t boasting in himself, not even thinking about heaven. He didn’t even see the intervention of God gave him that throne, had raised him up to give him that throne! He had caused him to be used, I believe, to conquer Babylon.

And do you know the wisdom that he was given there? Oh, God! I want you to look at the God that we serve! He reserved men, young men. Do you know who those young men were? Daniel was one of them. He preserved … God preserved them. They could have been destroyed, killed! But God preserved them for later on, a purpose that God had planned. Do you see God’s awesomeness?

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Even in the situation like that where you’d think a war would happen, and they’d just wipe out people! God put on his heart to reserve and preserve a certain people, and it was His people!

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I believe Phil’s mentioned before, when they went into, I believe his name was Titus … when he went in and wiped out Jerusalem, God had a little people that He had preserved. You know what? God had spoken to them people, and they had a heart that was turned and was listening. They had a heart.

Do you know that’s the heart we need? We need to have a heart before an almighty and a sovereign God that’s listening. We need to … there’s a reason why He gave us two ears and one mouth. We need to shut up. Shut up trying to tell Him everything, and let’s listen, ‘cause He can tell us. It says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (KJV). We need to understand what His wisdom says. God help us!

He says, “I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored.” (NIV). Who do you think gave it to him? Who do you think took it from him? And who do you think gave it to him at that specific time that He had purposed for him? “Then I praised the Most High.” He’s got a … God adjusted his focus on his eyes. They wasn’t looking so much at himself, they were looking up. “… I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures ….”

We live and die, do you know that? Generations have lived and died. “… His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: What have you done?” (NIV). At that same time his reason returned unto him, and for the glory of his kingdom, and his brightness returned unto him and his counselors. Who do you think sent them back over to him? He’d reserved them men. Caused them to leave Nebuchadnezzar, to be driven out, and then He moved back on their heart.

Look at Pharaoh! God hardened his heart time and time again. When it came time, He softened it. It was all God—it was all God in the scene. It wasn’t man. Man doesn’t have any power to do anything. “At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.” (KJV). So now where’s his mind at? “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

And I think about one more and I’ll sit down. Paul, the apostle, he was on the road to Damascus. He had letters in his hand. He had letters to put people in prison, to destroy them, to put people in prison. And he thought he was doing good! But God, in His mercy, and I’m telling you it was God in His mercy … He came down and He smote him with blindness.

It’d be God’s mercy if he would smote us with blindness, to keep us from running in our own strength. Whatever it takes, Beloved. Listen, it’s worth it to know Him. It’s worth it to know Him. I don’t care what kind of problems He may have to send to us. I’m telling you, His way is gonna be done, and we are not gonna thwart His plan. We need to understand where we stand in the big scheme of things. It’s God. He’s in control. There is nothing taking place outside of His control and we need to find our place low before Him, humble before Him, realize that we are the ones that are in need of Him every day.

We need … it says over there in 1st Corinthians 1, it says, He is, “… made unto us wisdom ….” We need Him for wisdom. We need Him for sanctification, keeping us set apart for His own purpose. Do you know that? If He would pull His hand back, Beloved, we’d be just like the world. It’s His mercy to have His hand upon us.

Go over and read Psalm 139. David said … oh God, it was awesome to him that God’s hand was upon him. He put a hedge about him to protect him. Do you know there’s a hedge about us? God loves His people. Let’s humble our self, and let’s come the way we need to come before Him to acknowledge Him for who He is. He is God Almighty and we need to come low before Him. Listen, if we come low before Him, and we come honest, with a humble heart, with our cry, He will answer us.