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Rainbow Divider
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TV Broadcast #1096

Unity and Deliverance
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October 6, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1096 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Ben Johnson: Praise God! I don’t know what the mind of the Lord is for the service tonight. I don’t exactly what He’s got for us, but I just believe that He’s here to meet needs and to help us tonight. I appreciate Him drawing near us in our worship. I tell you what, there’s just special times when the Lord really draws close to us, and I believe it is for a reason. I believe He has gathered us.

You know, we started with that Scripture Wednesday night about two or three people being gathered together by Him in His name. And I believe He has gathered us here tonight. I just thought of one Scripture today when I was out praying. I don’t know what the mind of the Lord is for the service, but I think as we just wait on the Lord this would be good to keep in mind. It’s in Luke chapter 5.

And, He’s talking about here where He had healed somebody who came to Him with leprosy and He had healed him. And after He had healed him, He told him, don’t go tell anyone, but just show yourself to the priest. But it’s in verse 15, we’ll just start there. Verse 15, it says, “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (NIV).

You know, that’s wonderful that people were being healed, but Jesus…I believe He recognized where that healing was coming from. He knew that He couldn’t heal people and help people on His own. It had to be the Father in Him doing the work. And there was something in Him that drove Him continually away from everything else to get alone with His Father and pray.

And I believe the Lord is exhorting us in a special way to get alone with our Father, and pray, and to seek His face. If this was the way for our Lord, isn’t this the pattern for us? Isn’t this the way that, if we’re gonna have something to give to others, the way Jesus had something from the Father to share with others to heal?

But then I wanted to go on here. It says here is verse 17, “One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there.” And this is the phrase that came to my mind. It says, “And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.

You know, it’s not all the time that the Lord comes down and meets with us in a particular way. The scripture says, call on Him while He may be found, seek Him while He’s near. There’s a time and a place where He comes down and meets with us face to face in a special way and the power of the Lord is present to heal the sick. It might be something physical, but I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of sickness in this heart.

Jesus told the Pharisees, He said, you look good on the outside, but inside there’s corruption. It’s like a white grave, marble that’s beautiful, but inside there’s all kind of corruption. And that’s the way our heart is. But there are times when He comes to meet with us in a special way. The power of the Lord was present to heal the sick on this occasion. I believe the power of the Lord is present here tonight to heal the sick. There’s something about when He gathers us together.

There’s a place in 1st Corinthians…yeah, 1st Corinthians 5, where Paul was exhorting them to…they had to deal with a situation they weren’t dealing with in judgment. But he told them, he said, when you’re all gathered together, I’m with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus Christ is present, then you do this. Because nothing the church does is gonna be effective except the power of Jesus Christ is there present, and His authority is backing it up.

But I believe here tonight, just like when…they sang the song the other night about the woman with the flow of blood that wouldn’t stop, and Jesus came by. There was something in her that recognized that this was a time when the power of God was there. It wasn’t off somewhere where she had to go find it, He came to her. She couldn’t get to Him, He came to her! But there was opposition, wasn’t there? There was something that would have kept her away if she would have let it.

But just like the words in that song they sang, there’s a line there where they said, ‘it’s never or it’s now.’ I believe the Lord has one of those opportunities for us tonight where He is passing by. And what a tragedy would it be for the power of the Lord to be present to heal the sick and we not avail ourselves of it. Or like the blind man that cried out when Jesus came, and those around him told him to be quiet, and it just made him cry out all the more. He said, I don’t know if Jesus will ever come this way again and I need something that I can’t get from anybody else. He would not be quiet.

And I just thought as we were sitting here…you know sometimes as we wait…we have to wait on the Lord, we can’t do anything in ourselves. Nobody can just say, well, I guess we’ve got to say something and get up here. That will waste time. That was the cry of my heart tonight. Lord, I don’t want to waste this service. I don’t want to just come have a church service. I want your power present tonight to heal and to deliver.

( congregational praise ).

Because we need it! The things we’ve been exhorted in this meeting, we can’t do on our own. We need His power to come enable us. We need deliverance from things that have held us back from what He has set before us. I believe He’s here tonight to give that, and I want that. I want it for every one of us. And as we sit here and wait on the Lord, God help us…don’t be thinking about what we ate for lunch today or where we’re going tomorrow, or what’s waiting for us at work. Let’s wait in an attitude of prayer.

We heard this in the men’s meeting this morning…we are all participants in what’s happening, whether you get up here or play an instrument or not, every one of us is a participant. And I believe if we are, as one people, we’re waiting in an attitude of prayer, saying, God, I need You. I’ve got to come out of here with something tonight. Just like that blind man, I need something tonight. I don’t know if I’ll get another chance or not. But I’ll tell you what, Your power’s here tonight to heal the sick, and I can’t come away from this place and not get what I need from you.

If we take that approach, if we say, like Jacob, I won’t let You go here until you bless me. If we wait on Him like that, as we’re waiting here for the Lord to speak, I believe He’ll hear and He’ll answer. But I just appreciate the way He drew near to us tonight. He’s here. I don’t know what He wants to do, but I know I need Him and I know I need Him to do something.

( congregational amens ).

So let’s wait in prayer. Let’s not just sit here and stare off into space. Let’s pray and wait expectantly for Him to work.

( congregational response ).

— Brother Steve Sharpe: Praise the Lord! I appreciate that. Turn with me back to Luke. I couldn’t get this Scripture out of my mind, and I just kept struggling with it there, and had the same thoughts that Benjamin had. I don’t claim to be a man that has a whole lot of discernment. But it didn’t take a man with a lot of discernment to recognize that the Holy Spirit is in this place tonight. Jesus Christ Himself is here tonight to help us. I don’t know what your need is, your particular need, but He’s here to meet it.

And it made me think of this Scripture. After He’d been tempted of the enemy, let’s begin in verse 14. And it said, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.” (KJV). I believe He’s here in power tonight.

It says, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.…”

Are you needy tonight? Are you poor? Do you feel empty? Well, He’s here tonight to meet that need. He’s here to give you riches beyond what you could dare believe. “…He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted.” Are you brokenhearted about something tonight? The Lord is here to heal your broken heart. “…To preach deliverance to the captives.…”

Are you in bondage to something tonight? Be honest with yourself! You can hide it from me, or your husband or your wife, or your brother or sister, but you can’t hide it from God. When the presence of the Holy Spirit is here, He’s here to help. He’s here to deliver us! We just need to simply draw…like was said, I had the same thought. I don’t believe we need to press the crowd to touch the hem of His garment, He’s here close by tonight, to meet our particular need.

“…And recovering of sight to the blind.…” Are you blind? Do you have a…you don’t know where to go, which way to turn. God can open your eyes and show you direction in your life. “…To set at liberty them that are bruised.…” Have you been wounded, hurt? The Lord is here to help you, and to heal, and to bind you up and to pour in His Spirit.

“To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

I believe that same Jesus that read Isaiah in that day is here to do these same things for us. I just don’t know…I know we all are here, we all have a need, and I don’t know how God’s gonna meet your need here tonight, but I believe if you just reach out to Him, confess Him, and claim His presence, He will answer your cry tonight. Amen.

( congregational amens ).

— Brother Gary Liberty: Praise God! We need to sensitive to the Lord and what He’s speaking tonight. What Ben and…Lord, help me, Brother Steve got up and said…if you’ve got ears to hear, if you can hear what the Spirit is saying, Jesus Christ is here tonight to bring deliverance to us, and to set at liberty, free the captives. If you’ve got that sensitive ear to hear what the Lord is saying. We don’t need to be distracted. I’m gonna tell you myself, I’m looking forward tonight to being delivered from some things that I’ve been in bondage to for a long time.

God wants to help us. We need to be still—be still and know that He is God. He’s here to help us, tonight. Can’t you just sense Him present here, right now? Just listen. Just listen to Him. God is here. He’s gonna do some…He says, I’m gonna do some great and mighty things that you don’t know anything about. God’s gonna do that tonight. I believe it with all my heart.

The Holy Spirit is here from the time we came in, I just felt God’s presence here. I’ll tell you what, the enemy don’t like this. He don’t like the unity the brother mentioned. He don’t want that. He don’t want us to be unified. But praise God, where there’s unity, He commands a blessing, life evermore. I don’t want to say too much. I just felt led to get up and say that. Praise the Lord!

— Brother Carl Johnson: I believe with all my heart one of the ways that the Lord is present to heal tonight, to deliver, to set at liberty, is by His Word. He’s here to, again, meet with us and speak with us face to face, and to help us to realize that He desires a response. And the thing that’s been much on my heart is, Lord, we don’t want to give a lip response. We want this to be response from the very depths of our heart. And not a response that stops short of what you long for us, but a response that grows day by day by day.

And good place to start in that response has already been shared here tonight and that’s to get honest before the Lord. And He’s the only one that can help us to do that. The truth is we can’t even see the depth of our need. He has to pull the veil back. He has to help us to see. But you start with what you do see. I see plenty that I need in the Lord—plenty, with respect to my need of deliverance. So you start there and you get as honest as God will help you to get.

And I was thinking, Lord, as we do that, help us to find that place of repentance. And Lord, genuine repentance…not just a godly sorrow that the conviction of His Spirit brings, and that’s needed…a godly sorrow that brings that honest confession, but a crying out of our heart as never before. God, I don’t want to just confess my sin, I want to forsake it!

( congregational amens ).

I want to forsake it! The Lord would not instruct us and teach us how to walk with Him if it were impossible. Now for this flesh, yes, it is impossible. And this is something the Lord has been, little by little, opening our eyes to. Ron was mentioning wrestling with the need to respond. And I can’t remember exactly how he worded it…but desperate, God, help us to get desperate. And at the same time as he was crying out, the Lord spoke to his heart and said, you can’t do it, but I can. Believe. Rest. Yield. Surrender. And we are to surrender all. I want to do that, don’t you? I want to surrender my all. And God only knows what all I hold to in here.

But here’s the key. When He comes like He has in this meeting and He speaks face to face to us in love and in mercy, and God shines the light on that need, let’s don’t run from it, folks. Let’s, as the Scripture says, let’s rend our hearts, and say, Lord, shine it deeper. Help me to truly see, and to truly repent, to confess and forsake. There’s only one way we can do that and that’s as this old man dies.

I was thinking of that flaming two-edged sword that the Lord set at the Tree of Life. And the only way to get to the Tree of Life is through that double flaming two-edged sword. And we know that the sword is a type of the Word of God, flaming because it’s anointed. That’s the only word that ever ministers life. And it’s a double-edged sword.

And it’s like…you remember Brother Thomas talking about the gory side and glory side of the cross. Going in it slays. That Word will slay this old man if we’ll submit to it. If we’ll submit to that sword, it will slay this old man, and coming out, it gives us the life of God. God, we want You. We ain’t able to change. We are not able to fix us, only You can.

But I’ll tell you what, folks, the Lord is here to minister faith to us to believe and to know that He is more than able. He yearns to, and He’s more than able, and when we come in faith and we fall on our faces before Him and say, God, God, forgive me! God, work in me. He is more than able, and He wants us to lay hold of that promise day by day by day just like Dean was just saying. That’s something the Lord has made precious and real to me, and I want to lay hold of it, folks.

We…and the Lord Himself has said don’t take thought of tomorrow. Sufficient is the evil of the day. The Lord Himself said that. And so, today, if we’ll hear His voice, let’s don’t harden our hearts. Let’s yield to that sword. Let’s be willing to die. And He will empower us to do that. It’s by His Spirit. It’s, “…Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord…” this mountain shall be removed.

And you know what? This mountain right here…I don’t know what the highest one on earth is, Kilimanjaro, Mt. Everest, but there’s no higher mountain I know of than this one right here. But God can remove it and He can minister, and He is ministering. He is here tonight to minister faith to us to believe.

( congregational amens ).

We can walk closer with Him. We can walk in the Spirit because His Word declares that in Him, through Him, by Him, we can do so. And I’m believing God to do that. Not just for me, but for this Body, for my brother and my sister. And as we confess our sin and we cry out to the Lord, change me, my Lord, we can cry out for one another.

( congregational response ).

We can pray the prayer of faith, fervently and effectually by His Spirit, for one another. Lord, change us—change us, every one. Change us. Make us more like You. That’s His promise! That’s His promise, to mold us and make us into His image. God, help us be the clay. God, help us be the clay, and just yield. I want to be changed, don’t you?

( congregational response ).

He’s here tonight to change us, and I thank God for that.

( congregational amens ).

I’m believing Him for that. Praise God!

— Brother Ron Peters: Praise God! Do you believe Jesus is here tonight?

( congregational response ).

I believe He’s here. And, you know, I was sitting back there and ‘course I was hearing everybody, and we all have needs, every one of us. I don’t think…are you in here and you don’t have a need tonight? Anybody?

( laughter ).

We’ve all got needs. But you know, we’ve also got what we need to take care of that need.

( congregational amens ).

Because He’s here and He’s not just here, but He’s in your heart, if He’s your Lord, if you’re His child, that Word is living in you, and that Word is what you need to be delivered. And I was almost grieved back there because I said, God, we’ve all got so many needs, what if we wait until we’re delivered of our needs before we get up and try to help one another? God wants us to help one another. He wants us to quit worrying about our needs and start focusing on your brother’s need, and getting concerned for him, and reaching out to him to help him.

You know, Carl was talking about that two-edged sword. I just had this picture…when you cut the chains or the strings off your brother, that sword’s gonna cut yours off, too. You know? It’s two-edged.

But I thought of this. I’m gonna read just a little bit over here in John 15. And you know this is about…Jesus is saying, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (KJV).

Purging is probably not a fun thing. You don’t ever hear the plant scream when you’re clipping them, but I wouldn’t imagine that would be too pleasant. But it says, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” You’ve got needs, I’ve got needs. We’re clean through the Word that He has spoken to us.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” You want to bear fruit? You want to be free of these things? Abide in the Lord.

( congregational response ).

Give Him your heart. Give Him everything.

( congregational response ).

Like the song we sing, ‘give them all.’ “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” That’s pretty plain, isn’t it?

( laughter )

We can’t do anything without Him. “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” But He says this in verse 7, He says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” You’ve got needs, you want to be delivered? Ask Him!

( congregational amens ).

Be specific!

( congregational amens ).

That Word that He’s talking about here that abides in you, does His Word abide in You? It’s one thing for it, I guess, to be in there, but do you have faith to believe that, “…He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” See, “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” And if we have faith and just believe Him, we’re gonna be delivered. I mean, the Word is set in motion. All we have to do is be positive and thank Him for it.

You know, I was thinking about some of those people…Brother Thomas went to a meeting and they’d all pray…they joined hands and prayed and cast the devils out. And he said, the woman came up there and she was choking, and he said, you just need to…and she was stomping her feet and telling the devil to go, and stomping her feet and telling the devil to go, and stomping her feet and telling him. He said, no, no, no, no, no. He said, if you keep telling him to go, you’re saying that he ain’t gone yet. You need to believe that the Lord…when you tell him to go, he has to go!

( congregational amens ).

You don’t have to sit there and beg him to go, and you don’t have to beg God to have it to go. All we need to do is believe God. But he said this, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”

He loves us, beloved. He said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” He’s not doing this to put heavy burdens on us. His yoke is easy! His burden is light!

( congregational amens ).

You know? What is that song we sing? “All you have to do, is believe that it’s true and the battle is won for you.” Well, they are! They are. But He says this. He says, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” You think of the life of Jesus Christ while He was down here on the earth. His life was completely given up for us. Everything He did was for us. Everything He said, everything He spoke was for us, for our benefit. His life was completely laid down for us.

So He’s saying, you love one another like I loved you. That’s a tall order. He said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” And what His commandment is, is that we love one another.

I guess my burden tonight is not so much my needs, as my need to be concerned for my brother, my need to pray for my brother, and to engage with him, and engage for him, and do battle for him, and be one with him. That’s my desire. I know that God’s Word is true. And I know that if I have needs, you have needs, we have something. We have the Word of God. The Word of God is sharp, it’s active, it’s living, and it’s able to deliver us. If we don’t believe that, we’re never gonna be delivered, because that’s the way you’re gonna get delivered, is by standing on His Word and claiming it. Believe only and you’ll see the salvation of God. You’re not believing baselessly. You’re believing on the Word of God that lives and abides forever. We can’t go wrong.

( laughing ).

When God opens His mouth and says something, it’s gonna happen! And He said, I’m gonna complete the work that I’ve begun in you. If He’s gonna complete it, that means that all those things that are in there that need to go away, are gonna go away. Just take His Word. Stand on it. Be positive. Thank Him for it! Praise Him for it!

( congregational praise ).

Don’t wait until it happens. Praise Him for it! That’s faith!

( congregational praise ).

Saying thank You, Lord, for delivering me! Thank You, Lord, for all these things that have held me in bondage, all these strongholds, Lord, I thank You for delivering me from them.

( congregational praise ).

Just thank Him and start praising Him, and I’ll tell you, when the enemy comes and kind of throws it in your face, just say, God, I don’t believe this, I believe You and I believe Your Word!

( congregational amens ).

Don’t ever turn back. You keep your face and your mind and your spirit and your soul just completely wrapped up in God and in His Word. He’s not gonna fail you.