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TV Broadcast #1293

The Day God Shut The Door

July 16, 2017

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1293 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Tony Talbert: You know, this is our last service here, and I know that God may give this opportunity again, but we don’t have a promise of tomorrow. Do you know that?

( congregational response ).

We have no promise of tomorrow. That’s not trying to scare people. You can’t do that anyway. If God isn’t dealing with a person’s heart and bringing about conviction you can’t scare people, period. But that’s the problem, is people need to come under conviction. They need to see that they stand in need of the Savior that we’re talking about here tonight.

I thought about…I had a scripture come to me, it’s in Revelation. You don’t even need to turn there. This is one of the letters to…you know, part of the problem is that we think we know our hearts. This is part of the problem with people, period. I would say it’s part of the problem, not with just young people, it’s part of the problem with a lot of people that have been going on for years, and they’ve been sitting in our own midst here. And they think, because they think they know their own heart that they’re all right. The problem is that the heart is deceitful above all things.

( congregational response ).

Do you know that?

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Unless God helps us to get to a place to where we can examine ourselves, we will never really see ourselves. I thought about this scripture…I just want to read it. I know this was written to the Church in Laodicea, but I want to say it to us, as a people, period. It says, verse 17, “Because thou sayest…” (KJV). This is in Revelation 3. You don’t need to turn there, but we’ve heard it a million times, “Because thou sayest….”

I wonder how many times, whenever we’re confronted by people and they say we have needs—they say we have needs. What do we say? It says “Because thou sayest….” That’s talking about us!

What do we say about our own selves? That “…I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.” We think we’re doing good. We think we’re just floating along flowery beds of ease, and you know what? That is…we’re deceived, deceitful. The enemy has blinded us.

Do you know what the problem is, if we don’t have the Lord? If we don’t…and the Lord has given a message like this to us…if we do not have God to deal with our heart, the enemy could be blinding us. Do you know that…where we don’t even know? We’re actually calling things good that are actually evil.

He says, “Because thou sayest…” He didn’t say that He was saying this. The Lord wasn’t saying this. He said, you were saying this about your own self. That “…I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not…” The Lord sees our hearts, beloved. We can fool anybody in this world. You can put on a cloak of righteousness. You can put on all kinds of religion. You can lift your hands up, but God sees the heart.

( congregational amens ).

We cannot fool Him. And He says, this is what the Lord says. He says, “…knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Does he leave us there? No! “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich.” He said, you don’t even understand the things that I’m talking about, the things concerning the Kingdom of God! They’re greater than the riches of this world! That’s the riches.

“…Buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve….”

Unless God comes and helps us…and it’s because of a heart that’s being turned toward him…unless we see our need of Him, beloved, unless we see our need of Him and He opens our eyes, we will never see. Do you understand that? We need to examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word.

Examine ourselves, beloved. Are we really happy? Do we really think that we’re happy with the things that we have? Or, are we fooling ourselves? I’m concerned. I have a burden, like Ron does. I have a burden for people! Beloved, we are in a late hour. We don’t want to keep on going like we’ve been going. This is an hour that we need to examine ourselves as Corinthians said. Examine ourselves, and we can only do that if our heart is really in a place to where it’s turned toward God…because He has to take the veil away. He has to take the veil away.

I don’t know, just in my heart I’m burdened for people that need to hear, and they’ve got their ears closed. They don’t have their ears open where they can hear. God, help us examine ourselves in this hour. This is a late hour. I do believe that God is not gonna plead with people always. There is a ‘time accepted’ and I believe the invitation is open for people to hear what ‘thus sayeth the Lord’. Amen.

( congregational amens ).

— Sister Dawn Corder: Hopefully I make this quick. As most of y’all know, I think I came to the church when I was five-ish and I left when I was 17. And honestly, I didn’t get any of this, none of it. It was like people were speaking a foreign language to me. And, I remember hearing services like this every convention growing up, and I didn’t get it.

Most of you young people know my story. You’ve heard it before. Some of you don’t. I’ve never seen some of you before this meeting. But, I don’t need to go through it all tonight. We’d be here forever. But, God dealt with me for 39 years and that was a rough, rough 39 years. And when He finally started convicting me, and I was at a place where I was the very end of myself.

And I wasn’t even going to church. I was not even going to church on a regular basis. I was going on Wednesday nights. I was gone from the church. I was gone from God. I was gone from all of this for 22 years. And when I asked him to help me understand, He answered and here I am.

Y’all who know my story and know me, know it is a miracle beyond. I am so thankful for it, beyond thankful. God will meet you where you’re at, you young people, especially young people. Because I was 17 when I left my house and the protection of this ministry, and I lived 22 years of a living hell that you can’t even imagine.

But God saw past all of that, and I know if He can see through what I’ve been through, and what I have done, and what I have said, and what I’ve seen, and what I’ve been part of…and many people here can say this, but I can only speak for myself. If He can come to me when I say, please help me, please reveal this to me, I guarantee you, He will do it and you have nothing to lose—nothing.

( congregational amens ).

There is nothing in this world that is worth hanging on to all of it. Not your cell phone, not your boyfriend, not your girlfriend, not your parents, not your clothes, not your house. There is nothing here worth hanging on to. Nothing. I can’t even tell you how important that is. So I’m just…I mainly just came up to say that when you ask, He will answer.

( congregational amens ).

Brother Byron Epting: Praise the Lord! I think I can add a little bit to what Dawn was saying. If you had asked me 10 years ago where I’d be today, I guarantee you I wouldn’t have said I’d be standing right here. I was 18 years old and the most important thing in my life was playing music, becoming a famous rock star. That was all I wanted to do. I spent a lot of time chasing the world and letting the world chase me back. There was never any peace. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love music. I love playing music. I love it more now than I ever did. I get to play for my family. I get to play for God.

( congregational amens ).

I understand now that was His ultimate goal for me. It wasn’t to be a famous rock star, to make a lot of money, and go party, it was to lift Him up.

( congregational response ).

Now I have a very large family and I love you all. Now I have my own little family. I’ve got a little boy. He’s…I just can’t explain how much my life has changed since he showed up. I would do anything for him. And it’s given me a greater understanding of how much God loves me. If I can love my human son this much, how much more does God love me?

( congregational amens ).

It just blows my mind every time I try to think about it. It’s been amazing. I don’t even know how to explain this. It’s amazing. I appreciate God bringing me here. I didn’t grow up with people who would…I didn’t grow up with the Truth, the real anointed Truth of God or His Word. You know, this is a very, very special place, especially you young people. I wish I’d had had somebody telling me some of the things that y’all get to hear. If I could change anything, I would have come to God sooner. Praise the Lord!

( congregational amens ).

— Brother Casey Calhoun: I tried to tell myself, Lord, I really don’t want to get up here and talk, but He keeps bringing it to my mind that I came to this ministry…Brother Thomas had just passed away actually. It was shortly after that that I started coming to the church. I was just thinking back there.

You know, this ministry was built, as I have learned and watched, it was built on an urgency to get out the Midnight Cry. The Lord is coming soon! Every time I listened to Brother Thomas preach about it, you can hear Christ speaking that…such a sense of urgency. My thought is and I’m not…there’s no condemnation in this at all, but I want to say that I feel in myself a renewed sense of urgency.

The Midnight Cry…God has not shut the door yet. He wants this people, us, rag-tag group, and we all…another thought is, we each one play a role in this. Your role may be nothing more than…and I say nothing more, probably the most important, getting on your knees and crying out. But we all play a role. We are all vital parts of this ministry. It’s to pray for these that this Word has come forth for this week. It’s to pray for where we’ve done the singing this week, we’re taping…because we want to get the Midnight Cry out and to let people know in a hurting world that Jesus is the Way!

( congregational response ).

He’s the answer!

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And He is still available, today! So, as we leave…I’m not trying to end or anything, but I just needed to get it out. You know, we need to be energized by God to do His work as He would have it. Ask Him what that is, first and foremost, and then let’s be diligent. Let’s get in the Word, men and women, let’s get in the Word and let’s get on our knees. He’s helping us. We just need to be willing. Praise the Lord!

( congregational amens ).

— Brother Ben Johnson: Praise God! I thank Him for this service tonight. I appreciate His heart toward people. I appreciate what you said there, Jim. I had the same thought as I was listening to these wonderful testimonies. I was so thankful to see that God can redeem. You know, Robert even said something about it. If some go out…when he said it’s okay, what he meant is, for those of us on this side, we can rest in God. We can trust Him.

Lest you be on the other side and thinking that if I leave its okay, thinking of the story of the Prodigal Son. Well, he left, he did his own thing. He had the opportunity to come back. Yeah, he did. That’s in the Bible and it’s true and I thank God for it. I thank God for living examples of it, but you know the part about God shutting Noah in the ark, that’s in the Bible, too, and the judgment fell.

I’ll tell you something else that’s in the Bible that I thought of, Proverbs 29, verse 1. Do you know what that says? “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.” (NIV). That’s in the Word of God, too. We don’t have any promise…because what is it that enables someone to come? When He reaches out His hand…if He doesn’t reach out His hand, if He doesn’t extend to us that grace, we won’t come to Him. It’s not within us to do it.

If we think I can go do this, do that, I can get my life arranged, or live my life for awhile, and then I’ll come to God. What about the man in the Bible who said I’ve got all these barns, I’ve got all this stuff. I’ll tell you what, I’ve got more than I can hold. I’ll tear them down and build bigger. God called him a fool. He said, this night your soul is gonna be required of you.

Talk about people in Noah’s day who didn’t realize anything had changed when the door to the ark shut. He didn’t realize anything had changed. He thought it was just another day, just another night. I praise God for the urgency of this service tonight, because it’s an urgent time that we live in.

You may get yourself trapped in something you’ll never get back out of. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen some leave that never did come back. We’ve seen some leave that ended up dying as a result of what they were in. And we just have to put them in the Lord’s hands—and put that in His hands. But I’ll tell you what, I appreciate the reality of His presence.

I’ll tell you, folks, if you’re like Dawn, if this is a foreign language to you, I hope it’s, at the very least, I hope it’s evident that the people that have spoken here tonight, they’ve encountered something that is real to them. There is a reality to that. Either these people are crazy, and they’ve made something up, or they’ve had a real encounter with something bigger than themselves. I mean either Drew experienced that or she didn’t. Either she just made it up and it was all in her head, or God touched her. I believe He touched her.

( congregational amens ).

I believe God spoke to some of these just like He did to the Prodigal, when they were at the end of themselves. He said, what about your father’s house? Did you forget what you had there? And then he was willing to say, God, if I have to come back and just be a servant, I don’t care, as long as I can be there. That’s what I believe God wants to minister, a reality of what it is to be in His presence.

I thought about what Margaret said last night that she wasn’t sad about what had happened to Terry, because her conviction was that’s what it took. If that’s what it took, it’s worth everything to be born again. Because, what does this life matter, folks? I’m already 38. I have kids. I have a 10 year old son and a 7 year old. I mean, it’s going by like that.

( fingers snapping).

I mean, it’s just so fast. And what is this life, whatever we achieve, like Solomon…achieved everything he set out to achieve. What was his testimony at the end? It was all worthless. I spent my life chasing after the wind. I don’t want that to be the testimony of anybody’s life here. And I don’t believe the Lord does either.

I just thank Him for the reality of his presence tonight and for the urgency of the Word. I appreciate what Dawn said about leaving here and calling out to Him. Just ask Him. Because I thought about that, I guess thinking about dismissing the service or whatever and wondering, okay, where do we go from here, what do we do with this?

If you’re in a place where you don’t understand, you’re like Dawn, it doesn’t make any sense. Ask God, why is that? Why doesn’t this make sense to me? What am I missing? He’ll meet you there and He’ll show you that.

If you’ve been in this church for 40 years and you can identify with what Ron was saying about…Lord, why do I not have more hunger? Why am I cold in this area? Ask Him. Let’s take it to Him…what let’s not do, is just leave it and just sit, and go back and get back into our lives, back into the things that we normally do.

Because you know, that parable about the sower that sowed out the seed, and there was some of that ground that was hard, it was packed over, and the birds just swooped down and grabbed it, and it was like it had never been sown out. That’s what the enemy would love to do with this Word. There’s distractions in this world. There are plenty of them that we could get our mind back on them as soon as we get out of here.

But I’ll tell you what, let’s just take this and say…wherever you’re at, if you feel convicted, if God is tugging on your heart, and you don’t know what to do, ask him. Say, God, I need You! Meet me! He’ll meet you. He’s met people in this church in all kind of places, crazy places! It wasn’t all in a church house, at an altar somewhere. God can meet you there, too. He met me there. He met me right there. But it doesn’t have to be there. It can be wherever you’re at. The point is, respond. When He gives an invitation, respond. All things are now ready.

( congregational amens ).

They’ve been made ready by the Son of God. He’s made the way. All things are now ready. Come to the supper. He’s got everything we need. He’s got a table prepared for us. I just praise Him. He’s so good. Praise You, God. I thank You for Your faithfulness.

( congregational praise ).

Thank You for Your love. Lord, we just appreciate Your presence tonight. Oh, Lord, seal this Word in our hearts. Lord, that we might go from here, walk in the light of it. Lord, we just thank You and praise You for Your light. Amen. Amen. Thank You, Father. Hallelujah! Thank You, oh God, for Your love. Amen. You don’t have to figure out how to make yourself love Him. We love Him because He first loved us. We don’t figure out how to love God. We respond to His love. I believe He’s shown us His love tonight. I just praise Him. He’s so good to us.