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The Impossible is Possible! – Part 2: What Manner of Love

January 30, 2005
Dubuque, Iowa

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We are so traditional in our thinking.  We are so traditional in our thinking in that we think a certain way and it seems like it takes a great deal of God coming into our midst in order to break us out of that way of thinking, especially in the praise.  I appreciate the people that can play music.  I appreciate the people that can sing.  You don’t know how much I appreciate it.  I wish that I had a voice so that I could really sing and be a blessing in that arena.  I wish that I had that particular talent.  I’m sure that coming into the Kingdom, God is going to change my ability in that arena; I trust that I will be able to minister to Him in that way.  One of the problems in the ministry of music is that, when we get a song, we will take the song for granted; it’s like it’s just a song, and we sing it because we are familiar with it.  It’s not that we don’t feel the presence of God, it’s not that we are not aware of the presence of God, because we are, but we’re not so much aware of God’s intent, God’s desire, God’s moving and where He wants to move us from and to.  Hallelujah. 

I thought for a minute that Sister Myers was going to preach my sermon, and I wouldn’t have to get up here.  Now, I’m not just throwing this on the musicians, so musicians, don’t get angry with me if I step on your toes.  It’s not just the musicians, it’s the overall intent of God and being aware of that intent congregationally.  Now, the musicians have a very important part in all of that, because they are up there in the front.  They are leading, they have a responsibility to hear from God.  One of the areas that we seem to need to work on is how to make the transition from one song to another, whether it is in the same key or not.  It seems like whenever we want to change into another key that isn’t anywhere near the key we’re singing in, it is never a smooth transition.  It’s like being in a car and it’s going on with stop and go action, actually quite jerky, either that or it just stops and the Spirit falls.  It is something I have been praying and meditating about and I haven’t really said too much about it up until today.  But there is something about all that that I believe if someone could find the flow, it would help improve our times of praise a great deal.  There is a move that you can make, and I’m aware of it in the Spirit.  I don’t know how they do it in the natural, but I’ve heard it done.  They make that transition; it just flows.  It’s like water coming off of a cliff and cascading down into a pond.  It can go from something very effervescent, very, very energetic, to something very quiet and tranquil, but it flows.  Very much in the same way that water moves down a stream.  It’s not this jerking like you are in a car and you’re pushing the gas, pushing the brake, gas, brake, gas, brake.  Have you ever ridden with somebody who was learning how to drive?  That’s the way it is, always in that mode of go and jerk, go and stop, go and stop, and consequently it’s jerk, jerk, jerk, jerk and in the jerkiness, we lose the anointing. 

There is an intent, there is a desire that God has in the midst of the praise service that is very essential.  I noticed that as the Spirit began to lift, some of you got your Bibles and began to look into the scriptures.  God will begin to speak to you in the midst of the praise.  I am sure that if you were to ask different ones in the service, they would say, “Oh yes, the words of this song came into my mind,” or, “This scripture came into my mind.”  What that means is you are opening up to God and God is beginning to move toward you.  He begins to flow into you, and what begins to flow into you begins to prepare your heart, and in the midst of that preparation some of you begin to break forth in prophecy and some of you begin to see visions, some of you begin to move in the gifts and callings that God has placed in the Body for the edification of the Body.  Hallelujah.  We have missed that.  It is not something that we are practiced in; it is not something that we are experienced in.  We get up, sing this song, sing that song, and if no other song comes, we sit there and kind of twiddle our musical thumbs, if you can do that.  But God already knows.  We should have some idea.  You know, I don’t look at the ministry of music any differently than the ministration of the Word.  I don’t look at it any differently.  I don’t believe that it operates any differently, because it’s the same God.  There is an intent and a desire that God has in His mind.  He’s Alpha.  He’s Omega.  He knows every one of your personal circumstances.  He knows what you had to go through, what you wrestle with during the night, what you got up to this morning, plus, He knows what’s out in front of you.  And so, He’s very cognizant of His position, His place of responsibility and He’s very diligent with regard to that.  He doesn’t take it lightly, because He cares for you, He loves you, He wants you to be prepared and fortified and ready to go when you hit the road.  When you hit the road, He wants your wheels turning, your motor revved up and gas in the tank.  You can have all of those above, but if you don’t have gas in your tank, it’s going to be just a flash in the pan. 

So, there is something in all of what I am saying and it’s a lot of work, brethren.  We have been sitting back on our heels and taking God for granted.  I believe one of the maladies that the Body is suffering from, and there are many, is what I call the RKS.  They have the RKS disease.  It’s the Rich Kid Syndrome, hallelujah.  Because, you know, a man that has made his fortune in the world…I am speaking about a man that wasn’t born with it.  He knows how to appreciate what he has.  Well, at least some of them do.  They know how to appreciate what they have because they know what it cost them to get it.  But the children that are brought up with wealth are not quite as fortunate.  They didn’t have to persevere, they didn’t have to go hungry, they didn’t have to go without clothes, they didn’t have to go into the financial hole of despair when there wasn’t enough money.  All they know is they’ve always had a roof, they’ve always had clothes, they’ve always had health and vitality and when they didn’t have it, they were taken to a doctor and they were given the best of care.  So it is that they begin to take for granted the fact of where they are and what they are involved in as though by some miraculous way, it’s their lot, it’s their portion.  I believe that is the way that we handle the Word of God and the business of God, or the things that God has planned with regard to His church. 

You know, I think we have to come away from the thinking of being church, because church has a connotation that brings with it a certain environment, a mental environment, and we begin to think a certain way.  We begin to think like church.  Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday, Tuesday, Thursday, whatever it may be, those are the times that we “go to church,” when God has created us to BE the church.  Not only has He created us to BE the church, but He has created us to be Sons of God!  Hallelujah.  He has created us to be Sons of God, and all of what I am saying about the music end of it goes in line with what God is saying to you and I and the position and the responsibility that is being put upon our shoulders.  He’s the head!

But there’s a shoulder ministry.  What would your body be without shoulders?  You know, you go to tote a load, some of you can carry it like this on your shoulder, and some of you can drag it, but if you want to tote it any distance you throw it up on your shoulders and you bear the brunt and the weight of the thing on your shoulders.  Now, the whole body is supposed to be working together.  Your brain is working, sending messages to different muscles in your body, trying to keep you in balance.  I don’t know how it all works, but it must work something like that.  My car has this little electric air pump and every time one part of the car goes down, you hear this bzzzzz and the car goes up.  It compensates and I’m always level.  Not because the road is level, but because the pump is always going bzzzzz, bzzzzz, bzzzzz.  Your body is like that.  The load goes on the shoulder, it bears the contact, it bears the roughness and sometimes, you know, if you’re carrying a lot of stuff,  it begins to cut into your shoulders and all of that, but the body is always working.  They have something called equilibrium, right?  It’s like a fluid or something that’s in your ear and anytime that fluid goes a certain direction, I believe that it sends a message to the brain.  There’s these sensors or something in there?  Sensory devices?  You know, we’re being tapped?  Hallelujah.  With those little sensing devices, some little sensory detector says, “Uh oh, he’s tilting to the right.”  It sends a message to the brain and the brain goes into action, and the muscles in this leg maybe tighten up or the muscles along the back begin to tighten up, and the shoulder comes up, the bone responds, hallelujah, or this hand comes up, or the other hand comes up to readjust the load.  All of that we take for granted!  We don’t know of the mechanism, we don’t know of the operation that is going on inside of us.  Now, we can’t walk around with a stethoscope and one of those lamps that look inside of you all the time.  “Oh, wow!  Look at this!  Look at that!”  Even if we had that, we wouldn’t understand the electrical impulses that are going back and forth shooting millions of them a second, probably.  Because my body is complex, it has many different parts and they are doing many different things.  My little toe over here could be hurting while I’m walking, or there could be a little pain up here in my wrist somewhere that has nothing to do with what I am doing as far as the feet are concerned, and yet a message is coming, it’s sending a message out and it’s all going to my brain.  My brain is not just sitting there, “What do I do now?”  It doesn’t sit there and wonder, “What do we do next?  Oh, my goodness.  Hey, I got a pain down here, what am I going to do?  What am I going to do?”  No, no, it moves, it functions because it has been programmed by the Creator.  The Creator knows what needs to be done, so He programmed within our brain the action that needed to be initiated in order to compensate.  It sends a message and that’s the way it is.  Now, when those messages get interrupted, you have such things as what I would call a spastic reflex.  Just all of a sudden, the message is cut off and what we get is something that I would call spasmodic jerking, arms going this way and that with the legs and limbs going the opposite directions.  It’s just going out here flopping like this, and this one goes like this, like this over here, and oh, my heavens!  My neck is going like that!  Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation like this?  “What’s wrong with him?”  Well, that’s the way God sees us!  We are a Body, and there are certain maladies in the Body and God confronts us in the natural arena.

Some people bear certain infirmities for the sake of the Body.  Did you know that?  People bear certain infirmities that there might be a confrontation, that there might be an awareness, that there might be an opportunity for revelation to come forth in the midst of the Body.  Now, it’s not that God wants those people to walk in that manner the entirety of their life, but some people do because the Body does not respond accordingly or because the Body doesn’t get the message! 

I wonder what’s the list of accountability that I may have with regard to what I have met in a natural arena and just said, “Well, that’s ‘karma.’”  You know, that’s what the Indians have, what they call “karma.”  Isn’t that what they call it, George?  What will be, will be.  That’s your fate.  There’s nothing you can do about it, you’re resigned to that position, that place.  “Well, I’m just glad I’m not walking in your shoes.”  Or we say it another way.  We say it another way.  It sounds a whole lot more spiritual, “Except for the grace of God, so go I.”  What does that do to alleviate?  What is the revelation, what is the Word that is being spoken in the midst?  We need to shed the religious garment of our theology and begin to put on the Spirit of Christ.  The Spirit of God needs to come forth out of the midst of our being!  Hallelujah.  Hallelujah! 

I want to go into Hebrews.  This business of church is work.  This business of church is work and this is what Hebrews 4 is addressing.  I want to give you a scripture for what I have been saying to you about the Body and the place the Body is in and how the Body responds.  We are a lot like those Hebrews 4 people.  You know, God brought a revelation to me years ago over there in the Czech Republic.  There was this home that we went to.  My God, there were people with all sorts of nervous and muscular disabilities, trapped, as it were, within their own bodies.  They were very cognizant, very intelligent people, some of them were very educated people, but because of the condition of their body, the state that their body was in, they were like prisoners; their consciousness, their intellect, their emotions, everything was being held captive within their bodies!  My God!  As it is in the natural, so it is in the realm of the spiritual.  It is first the natural and then the spiritual.  The problem that you and I have is that we have the ability to regulate, or put the spiritual out there somewhere in the great by and by.  Hallelujah.  Out there in that realm we call heaven.  Oh, we used to sing that song, “What a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all get to heaven.  We can sing and shout the victory!”  Come on, come on!  Oh yeah!  Come on!  That “song” mentality!  That’s what we think when we think church.  Quite frankly, we’re no different, no better, no further along for the fact of the revelation that we have, because we’re still acting like a spasmodic and disconnected body where the messages that are trying to go to the brain and come from the brain are being interrupted and interfered with and this is the kind of reaction you get.  Have you ever tried to walk and your feet won’t move?  The brain says, “Walk!” but the feet won’t budge.  That’s what we’re like.  Come on!  Come on!  We’re like that!  We’re like that!  We’re like that!  We’re stuck in the mud.  I can even hear the schchtuckk!  Hallelujah!  We’re stuck in the mud.  We’re not listening; we’re not involved with the business of God.  GOD WANTS SONS!  If you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s my message, by the way.  GOD WANTS SONS!  I’m not changing themes from last night.  GOD WANTS SONS!!  God wants sons!  

In Hebrews, the fourth chapter, verse 1, he says,  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of itThat means there is a very real possibility of you and me not measuring up, not making the grade, not making the position, the appointed place.  Now, I am not bringing fatalism, I don’t want you going out of here saying, “Oh, my goodness, I’m not going to make it.  I am absolutely, absolutely no good.”  Well, something’s wrong with your message center, there is some blockage, because that’s not what I’m saying.  What I’m saying to you is that God wants you to be there!  And the only reason that you will not be there is because you refuse to cooperate with God!  Is that an eklektos doctrine or not?  Is that an eklektos doctrine?  Is that an elitist attitude?  Hallelujah.  If I have the opportunity and I choose not to participate because I want to choose and participate in something else, does that make the individual that wants it a spiritual snob?  Absolutely not!  It just makes him smarter than me.  They once made a movie called “Dumb and Dumber.”  Boy, I never saw the movie, but I can sure relate to the words, dumb and dumber.  It’s one thing to be dumb.  What is it?  “First time around, shame on me.  Second time around, shame on you.  Third time around, what?  Forget it, you’re toast.  Forget it, you’re out of here!  Three strikes and you’re out!”  We don’t believe in the spiritual reality of the existence, the place that we are in.  The Bible says that you and I are supposed to be LABORING!  Laboring.  Have you ever really worked hard?  I’m sure you have.  Sweat pouring down, energy burning inside of your vessel, and you’re moving, and your feet are burning, your hands are burning, and you’re working, working, working, and the sweat is pouring out of you and your strength is draining out of you.  That is what it means when it says, LABOR therefore to enter into that rest!  (Hebrews 4:11)  It’s not, “Well, oh my.  If God wants it.  Who can resist the will of God?  It’ll just come by and by in a magical way, in a magical wand, abracadabra, Holy Ghost.”  Show me one place in the Bible, show me one place in the Bible where the men and the women of God did not have to persevere!  Where they did not have to labor, did not have to work, did not have to sweat, did not have to expend themselves, their finances, losing a family and loved ones.  How many are there in the Bible?  Tell me one!  One!  Just give me one example!  You can’t, because there is none!  Every one of the saints that we know about did not die of natural causes.  I am talking about New Testament saints.  They didn’t die in bed with their grandchildren wrapped around them and the fire crackling in the furnace.  Now, I’m not talking about Baptist, I’m not talking about Pentecostal, I’m talking about the end-time message where God says, “I want sons!”  I’m talking about a message that says, “I want to be a SON.”  Hallelujah.  Oh, hallelujah.  Hallelujah.

I encourage you to get the tapes that we’ve been making with regard to the thirty, the sixty, and the hundredfold.  There has been some very good revelation that God has been giving to us in that arena that is very pertinent to you and me and the place that we are in.  Because I want to tell you something, in every level except the last level, which is the Holy of Holies, there is always thirty, sixty and one hundred percent, and it’s only the one hundred percent that get to graduate!  Hello?  Come on!  It’s time for the church to wake up!  It’s time for the individual parts of the Body to begin to wake up! 

If you don’t think that God won’t do something about the problem in the church, you’re mistaken.  We have in the natural what we call transplantation.  That’s when you take out the defective organ.  But they don’t have it as refined as God has it, because God can take an organ out of a body and put another one in there and the body does not understand or is not aware that there has been a change made!  He puts the body on the Holy Ghost I.V. drip.  The Blood of Jesus Christ begins to flow into that transplanted organ, and all of a sudden there’s new life, new strength, new vitality that begins to come to the body because something that wasn’t working is now working!  Hallelujah!  I don’t know.  If there was an instantaneous transplantation that went on right now, poof!  How many of us would be here?  It’s a very real question.  It’s a very real fact.  It’s a very real reality.  I’m telling you, God is moving and if we are living in the time frame that we say we are living in, and I believe that we are because I believe that God spoke to me individually, personally, that we are living in the last days, then time is running out.  All of the stories in the Bible that refer to the last days say that there is going to be a major transplanting going on.  God has always called a people out of a people.  And if that people weren’t enough, He went out there into the highways and the byways and picked those that could be used and that would do what God wanted them to do, and put them into the Body!  Because the Body is not really centered on the individual as much as it is on the basis of the will of God and God’s desire to bring it forth on the whole!  Oh, hallelujah. 

We have to labor.  There has to be a lot of fasting and prayer.  A lot of fasting and prayer, and I don’t mean sending out these corporate letters saying, “Okay, brethren, it’s another call.”  There’s nothing wrong with that if that is motivated by the Holy Ghost.  But I’m talking about the Holy Ghost as it moves in the midst of the congregation of people and the burden of the people’s sin comes up before the consciousness of the individual, not of the ones that are around them, but the sin that is within them, and the inability to respond in a correct manner, and the burden comes upon them and they say, “Oh, I need to get into the presence of God.”  And they begin to push and they begin to fast and pray.  They begin to work and labor at it.  Sweat.  He said, Ye have not yet resisted as unto blood (Hebrews 12:4).  Can you imagine the course, the action, the position, the responsibility that was upon our Lord when He was there in the garden?  He was a perfect man up to that position, up to that point.  Everything He did, He did not do it because He wanted to do it in His own way, in His own might, in His own will.  He did it because the Father wanted Him to do it, and yet there was still a place of tribulation, there was still a place of pressing, there was still a place of resisting.  I don’t know if what went on in that garden area was what they depicted in the “The Passion,” but what I do know is that there was some confrontation, there was some conflagration going on in His soul with regard to where He was, hallelujah.  My God.  Brother duCille says it was the fact that He wanted to smash the devil, and I can very well see, if the devil was there in actuality in the way that they depicted, how it would have been very easy for the man to rise up and bind him!  But it wasn’t the Father’s way, it wasn’t the Father’s will, it wasn’t the Father’s work, because the Father was looking, not only at that moment, but down through time, to a Body of people that He was going to rise up to rule the earth! 

You know, as long as I have a closet, I don’t need a throne.  You understand what I mean?  As long as I have a closet to go into and shut the door, I don’t need a throne, because I’m immediately at the feet of the Master.  I’m immediately at the feet of the Creator of the Universe.  I’m at the feet of Him who has the desire to bring forth righteousness.  I’m immediately in His presence, I’m before Him!  We spend so little time there!  What do we have?  Five minutes?  Ten minutes, maybe?  Fifteen minutes, that’s stretching it.  It’s like these instant waffles.  You pluck them out of the freezer, rip the pack open, stick them in the toaster and then, ping!  We got a good waffle.  Oh yeah, good.  Have you ever read the ingredients on the box?  Good.  It’s quick, it’s fast, it fills our appetite, it takes the edge off our hunger!  Hallelujah.  But there’s no lasting power, and all you get is something like a sugar spurt, a sugar high, and you get up and your motor is revving, revving, revving and you no more than get out the door when your feet and your heels are dragging again because there was no substance, there was no life, there was no ability of God to flow into your being, and you find yourself in a position of being knocked around, knocked down and down in the depths of depression.  “Oh, woe is me!”  “Oh, woe is me!”  Of course, this probably isn’t for you people at all.  I’m just here, you guys really need to pray for me.  You don’t have this problem.  Well, I’m glad it’s on tape, we’ll send it around to enough people until we find the right party, right?  George, you be sure to send this out, now!  You’re going to all the trouble to tape this for somebody else. 

The Bible says that we are to labor!  Knee time is important, hear me?  Knee time is important, but sometimes knee time isn’t available.  But does that alleviate the burden?  Does that alleviate the responsibility?  What is it that your mind should be centered upon?  Can your mind do two things at one time?  I certainly hope so.  I certainly hope so.  It is created to do a million things at a time, did you know that?  That’s why God can be anywhere and everywhere at the same time, because there is something in the manner of His mind that gives Him the ability to be God and to be that way!  And you know, we were created in the image of God and we’re supposed to be coming forth in His likeness, but we’re coming forth in the likeness of our father, and not God.  We’re coming forth in the likeness of our mother.  Or we’re coming forth in the likeness of our grandmother.  I was listening to a tape by Brother duCille.  He says that the church needs to rise up and be delivered of their grandfather.  Isn’t it amazing?  Families always amaze me, are always such a revelation to me.  You get into these family gatherings, of course, yours is probably always so sweet and harmonious, no trouble or difficulties, no personality conflicts, no differences, everybody is so lovey-dovey, so wonderful to each other and when you leave, you feel so good.  You just talk so encouraging about this cousin and that one and that one over there, you’re just so edifying and so full of God’s love!  Isn’t that the way it is?  No, it’s not.  Why, that’s strange.  I’ve seen families that can’t stand each other, they just can’t abide each other for five minutes.  One thinks this because that one thinks this, and this one thinks that and because these two think this way, this one thinks an entirely different way, and if there’s another one, he makes something up so he can be different from all of them!  But they’re family.  Family.  They talk bad about each other when they’re not around, but they’re FAMILY!  It’s an amazing thing to me, amazing thing!  Let someone outside of the circle touch one of those siblings, just let somebody do that, and all of a sudden the John Paul Jones flag goes up.  “Don’t tread on me!  That’s my brother!  That’s my sister!  How dare you say that kind of thing about them!”  And all the time, it’s true, it’s true, what they’re saying is true, “But you can’t say it!”  You never had that experience.

Or how about your children?  Lovely little things, aren’t they?  So obedient all the time.  Just absolutely, totally walking in the things of God.  Manifesting the spirit of joy and love.  Hallelujah.  They’re just so wonderful.  Of course, when they speak to you there’s a little disrespect, but we can overlook that.  They’re such lovely little things.  And besides that, they’re our own flesh and blood!  What do you expect?  “I have to be that way!”  Poppy-cock!  Let somebody touch one of those lovely little things, let somebody say something like, “Boy, that’s kind of a rowdy little brat.”  Gasp!  Gasp!  Gasp!  We have to call the paramedics!  Or we have to call the fire department!  Or we have to call the police department!  We’re going to have a fight!  We’re going to have a riot!  Trouble!  Trouble!  Trouble!  Of course, you probably don’t have to deal with that. 

I’m talking about the Body, I’m talking about a position, a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I’m talking about a position, a place, not by virtue of what you want but by virtue of what God the Father wants, and all of these things in the natural are working contrary to that premise.  Now, I’m not telling you you’re not supposed to take care of your family.  (Boy, these tapes, we’ll just put them in the archives.)  The word will go around, “Burt says we should destroy our families!  Not to feed them, not to worry about putting clothes on their back, to kick them out into the street!”  I’m telling you, you wait, you wait.  Hallelujah.  There is an attitude that we have that is not spiritual, it’s not in line with the theme and the desire of God.  You all have desktop computers, you have this little screen and you put a theme on it, right?  Some of it’s just blue, some of it’s Windows XP, but some of you have those nice little pictures of families and events and things going on all over it.  Okay?  If you don’t have that computer, how about your refrigerators?  Plastered.  Plastered!  I can go into any home, I can guarantee you the refrigerator is plastered with pictures.  Baby pictures.  Growing up pictures.  Party pictures.  The first swimming lesson picture.  All those little pictures.  Honeymoon pictures.  Whatever!  Pictures!  Pictures!  Pictures!  Pictures!  Pictures!  They’re of little or no value, do you hear me?  Sentimental?  Oh my, they have a lot of sentimental value.  But how eternal is that?  If you put a match to it, what is going to happen to the substance of the thing that is on the refrigerator?  What is it that you have done with regard to those entities or personalities that will ensure for them a position, a place that Jesus said, “Where I am, you might be also (John 14:3)?”  Hallelujah. 

It’s a lot of work!  It takes a lot of effort.  It is not a part-time job.  What was the term, brother?  Moonlighting.  Brother duCille brought us a word here a while back and he said, “We are all moonlighters.”  Well, I never did like the word moonlighter, because I always had the connotation of the man that goes out and gets him a nighttime job in the Seven-Eleven or in the bar.  Hallelujah.  It has nothing to do with the position, the place, the reality of where God has called you and I to.  Not as a church, but as Sons!  Romans 8 says that the creation was subjected to vanity, not willingly; it wasn’t subjected because it wanted to be subjected.  It was subjected by Him.  Who’s Him?  God.  You know that God knew from the very beginning what was going to happen to Adam before day one, before He looked down into the abyss and He saw darkness and chaos and hell itself moving about in that arena that He had created for His habitation?  He knew what man was going to do, but it was part of the plan, it was part of the purpose.  That is why He established man in the position that He established him in the beginning and it makes no difference that he fell from it.  The plan, the purpose of God was to bring man back again through the process of Christ into that position, not as a servant, not as a subject, but as a son!  Hallelujah.  He had to allow the time frame, He could not birth out of Himself in some fashion in some form, I don’t know why He couldn’t, but He just chose not to do it.  He chose to do it the way that He did it.  Moreover, man, when He created him, was not bone of His bone or flesh of His flesh, do you hear me?  There had to come a process, there had to come that instigation of God in the midst of humanity where God could come forth out of humanity and displace the humanity that was in humanity.  He wanted Sons!  He did not just want Christians.  He didn’t want members of church.  You know, if that were the truth, then God could have created the best, the biggest organized church in the world, and the whole world would have been His congregation.  He did not desire to have what they call, and what we think of as church!  God desired a son and He set all of the mechanics in place and He put man in a surrogate form, in the womb of the earth.  Do you hear what I’m saying?  Hallelujah. He knew that in the process of time, out of that seed that He planted in the earth, and in the realm of the garden, out of that seed would come an issue that was Him.  He would come to a point where He could overshadow humanity, and in the midst of humanity create life, hallelujah, in the way that He had determined it from the very beginning.  You know, when He made Adam, He saw Mary.  When He made Mary, hallelujah, He saw us.  Hallelujah.  Hallelujah. 

Let’s turn over into I John, because that’s really where I’m preaching to you out of.  I John, the third chapter, verse 1, Behold, this is one of the thoughts that Sister Myers was saying, Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon usMy goodness, we can’t even fathom, we don’t even know, we don’t even appreciate, we mumble, we grumble, we’re in tribulation, we wonder when it will ever end, we can’t see the daylight, we certainly don’t see the sun, and all of the time, it’s the SON process, all the time it’s the incubator in which God has placed us.  We mumble, grumble, we fumble and stumble around as in darkness.  You know the scripture in Matthew where Jesus says, The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.  If therefore the light that was in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!(Matthew 6:22-23).  You know what He’s talking about?  Our misunderstanding or not understanding or not coming to grips or comprehending the fullness of the light that is within us.  It is our ignorance, our position of decadence to God and humanity.  How do you think God looks at you and I in light of Christ? 

There is an interesting scripture, and I would encourage you to go to it and read it, write it down and look at it.  There was a question that He posed to His disciples, and it was, “What think ye of Christ?” (Matthew 22:42).  I believe that it is a pertinent question for the end-time and for the sons of God.  “What think ye of Christ, whose Son is He?”  It’s pertinent to you and my situation; it’s pertinent to the Word that we are hearing.  What are you going to do with so great a salvation?  There’s some place in the midst of our circumstance, brothers and sisters, that we have to begin to stir ourselves.  Paul’s admonition to Timothy was to stir up the gift that was within him that came by the laying on of hands (II Timothy 1:6) and if you haven’t had anybody lay hands upon you, there have been spiritual hands that have reached out in the Spirit.  It says the Holy Ghost is inside of you, walking about the inward parts of your being, and He is examining what your infirmities are (Romans 8:26-27). 

There is an operation of God going on.  It says He makes intercession for you before the Father (Romans 8:27,34).  You know, many times when we are in our personal, private place of worship or prayer or intercession and we begin to speak in tongues and we begin to labor before the Lord, we’re really, most of the time, not praying for the world at large as much as we’re praying for the things that are inside of us that God knows need to be changed.  You know, I think, a lot of us, if we prayed in the understanding as well as in the Spirit, would be shocked at what we’re praying.  What if, all of a sudden we heard, “Forgive the liar, forgive the cheat, deliver him, oh Father, from lust!  Deliver him, oh GOD, from murder!”  We would probably jump up and say, “Devil, get behind me!  I rebuke you, devil!”  Yet, all of the time, there are things that the Holy Ghost is saying and praying before God that are just as critical and just as bad as something of that magnitude.  Believe you me, brethren, there is a last resort of defense that God has and that is when He comes to you from outside of your personal, private environment and begins to confront you with your sin and you have to make a decision.

You know, there are three levels on which God confronts you and me as individuals.  Did you know that?  There’s the personal, private time of confrontation.  God comes into your mind, He comes into your soul, He comes and begins to talk to you about your problem.  God talked to me many years ago.  I was drinking coffee like you would drink water.  He talked to me, and He talked to me.  He talked to me and I would say, “Well, God, yes, yes, yes.  I know, but it can’t really be that serious.  I will take care of it someday, sometime, Lord, I’ll really take care of it.  I’ll really take care of it.”  This went on for a couple of years, you understand, because God is longsuffering.  But one day, I was sitting in the midst of a congregation.  The meeting had not yet begun, I can tell you where I was sitting and what I was doing at the time, I was just sitting there kind of meditating, enjoying the presence of the Lord, and all of a sudden, I felt the presence of God come up and sit down right behind me.  He didn’t sit beside me, He didn’t approach and say, “Well, hello, son!”  He just came and sat down behind me, and it was kind of ominous.  All of a sudden He reached up, and He said, “I’m not going to tell you again!”  OOOOhhhhh!  I stopped drinking coffee.  I mean, I stopped drinking coffee.  I stopped drinking coffee, and I haven’t had a drop since that day!  I’m telling you, there are three levels that God will deal with you on individually.  He’ll work with you, work with you, work with you until He can’t work with you anymore.  Hello?  We reach a point in hardness of heart, we reach a point of stiffness of soul, we reach a point of mind resistance, emotional resistance, where we are no longer touchable in that arena.  But God doesn’t forsake us, He doesn’t leave us because He loves us.  He loves us! 

He has people in the Body that love us, too, and so He will go to those people and He will lay that individual upon the heart of some intercessor, and that intercessor will begin to plead and move into a place of labor before the Lord, beginning to cry out for the individual’s deliverance and for the redemption, and the thing that is going on.  Somewhere in the Body, God is moving because of the intercession that is going forth.  I’m telling you, I have been around the world, and I have met people with whom God has dropped names into their hearts of people that I know!  And they don’t know them!  As that intercessor gets down before the Lord, hallelujah, there must be something in the natural body that is comparable.  He gets down before the Lord, and he begins to intercede, God’s Spirit begins to emanate out of that place of worship and travail and laboring before the Lord, and it goes out and it begins to touch the extremities of the Body in the position or the place that the transgressing person is in.  Maybe if there isn’t anyone, God will go outside of that arena of fellowship and use the natural arena.  That’s what the Bible says.  It says that God uses law and order to bring correction, to bring the establishment of authority.  That’s what the Bible says.  That’s why we have the mandate to pray for the people that are in authority.  The Bible says they are to what?  Execute the judgment of God in the land (Jeremiah 33:15).  Doesn’t it say something like that?  Look it up.  If I’m wrong, correct me.  But I believe that it is in that context and God will work it out, but I’m talking about a Body situation.  God will touch this one with a burden and all of a sudden, one time he’ll wake up, “Boy, (I hope I’m picking a name that nobody has here)  I really have Harry on my mind this morning.”  I could have called some other names.  “I really have Harry on my mind this morning.  I really feel like God is wanting something, there’s something going on.”  So as His burden gets on that individual and he begins to get down into prayer, God begins to reveal the problem.  Or, you know what?  The Holy Ghost might bring the problem to Harry, because the problem has a problem with Harry, hallelujah.  And the problem is of no consequence because there is a responsibility in the individual to hear God, because he has the Holy Ghost.  Hello?  But you know, we have worked on God to bind Him up and to stuff Him into a place.  It’s like stuffing rags into His mouth.  We can’t hear and our personality flares up and rises up and it eliminates our ability to perceive and understand.  Have you ever put your hands over your ears and begun to sing a song?  Or stuck your fingers in your ears and just went, “Da, da, da, da, da, da.”  I would be talking to you the whole time you’re doing that because I want to see how much of what I am saying  you understood.  How much of what I say in the midst of that type of environment do you hear?  Somehow, that is the way it is.  That is the second level.  God will bring you into confrontation with those that love you and want to see you redeemed.  You have a responsibility!  Do you know the funny part about it?  You could be right, but your attitude and the environment of your soul is wrong and you still have a responsibility to hear God.  Balaam had a responsibility.  Do you know that God could slay him on the basis of his position of knowledge and relationship with God?  Do you know that?  He had a relationship; he knew God.  Did he not advise the king on how to defeat the people?  Why?  Because he knew God, and he used his knowledge contrary to righteousness, and God had the right, had the obligation to smite him.  Yet the mercy of God was extended to a dumb ass.  I heard a saying one time, “He gave the dumb ass the mind of the Son so that he could speak to the son that had the mind of an ass.”  Hallelujah.  How much more could the wrongness of our position be corrected and demonstrated to us if God used the very thing that we were in opposition to, to bring correction to us?  Yet, He does it all the time and we do not recognize it to be of God. 

The third level is that God exposes it.  Exposes it on the congregational level.  Then the congregation has a responsibility to discern the movement of God in the exposition of the thing.  They have to move in reconciliation and redemption; they have that responsibility.  But it says, if he will not hear the church, what?  Cut off, cast out so that he might be dealt with as a sinner.  No longer is he dealt with as a son but he’s dealt with as a heathen.  That’s what it says.  I think it uses the word heathen (Matthew 18:17). 

It’s like Paul.  We’re coming into that same place, did you know that, brethren?  We’re coming into, oh boy, I can see you guys flexing your muscles.  Oh boy, power.  We’re coming into that place where the church is going to have that authority to deal with issues, but they’re going to have to deal with them in righteousness, because what you judge and what you execute may definitely come back in the same form, only more so, if your attitude or your position is being misused.  Hallelujah.

Behold what manner of love, how do we treat it?  Secondary, third place, fourth place, fifth place, sixth place, seventh place, eleventh place, twelfth place, somewhere, sometime down there in the midst of everything else, I might have the time to do the business of God.  What was the song we sang?  “I was born to be His dwelling place?”  Do you know what the sons of God are supposed to do?  Do you know what your ultimate objective is as a son?  Go back over into Genesis chapter one.    He said He gave power unto them to become sons. Genesis 1: 26, And God said, Let us make man in our imageafter our likeness: and let them have dominion. Do you know what dominion means?  It is an absolute position of absolute authority.  You and I are supposed to be ruling the world.  How much world ruling are you doing?  How much individual dominion are you taking in your personal set of circumstances?  How much dominion do you have over the onslaught of hell as it rises up in the midst of your home?  How much individual dominion are you taking in the midst of your soul?  As hell rises up, how much dominion do you have over that anger?!  How much dominion do you have over that depression?  How much dominion do you have over that lust?  How much dominion do you have over your own body?  We’re supposed to rule the world!  Rule the world!  Do you know what that means?  That means that whatever is happening in Jamaica is accredited and afforded to our position of responsibility.  Do you know that?  What doesn’t go right, put down on the minus side.  What goes right, put down on the plus side.  Whatever happens over there in Iraq, do you know what?  It’s our responsibility.  Did you know that?  It’s our responsibility!  “Oh well, I’m not in Iraq.  I’ll never get to Iraq.  I’ll never get over there.  I’ll never be involved.”  You never thought you’d be in Jamaica, did you?  Did you ever think you would be in Africa?  Absolutely not.  Do you ever think you’ll go back?  Probably not.  But I’m telling you something, you’re going back, hallelujah.  Come on.  We’re supposed to be ruling the world and we can’t even rule our own souls!  We can’t even rule our own body!  Why?  We don’t take the time.  We don’t take the energy.  It’s too hard.  It’s too tough.  We’re too frustrated.  We’re too worn out.  We’re too aggravated, irritated.  We’re too much us.  I’m too much me!  We have other things to do that are more important than working at the things of the Kingdom.  We have to go out and do this and do that.  And we have to take care of this business over here and that business over there and all of a sudden something happens and an atomic bomb goes off somewhere and lives are shattered, the government over here falls and this government over there falls.  Why is it falling?  Because hell is still in control and you should have been in a position, you should have been in a place where you could have been wrestling along with the Spirit of God!

You know, God has a time schedule and I don’t understand the mechanics of it, but I want to tell you, there is something very important about it and we have something to do with it!  We have a responsibility.  Do you say it’s just because God said, and that is what it’s going to be and it’s going to work out that way, and that is the way it’s going to be?  That is not the way it is.  God has people and He puts them in certain places.  God showed me thrones of dominion that were set up all over the world that have never, ever been challenged!  And any resistance, any position or place that made it look like the enemy’s position was being usurped, he squashed unmercifully.  He killed and slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people that he might maintain that position of supremacy and work the fear of him into the hearts of the people.  No wonder creation is groaning and travailing for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:22)!  “When are you going to manifest?”  We’re too busy squabbling.  We’re too busy with our eyes focused on the wall.  Too much of the reality of the molecules in this natural realm are stronger than the molecules inside of you.  Hallelujah.  And there’s nothing I can do about the molecules in here that will give me the power to overcome the molecules that are in there.  Are you understanding what I’m saying?  We are thinking on a natural level, a natural plane; we do not have spiritual position of insight.  Oh, we get little glimpses.  We get Divine intervention.  We got to get so worked over, or worn out that we just fall into an exhausted heap and God says, “Finally.”  You ever had one of those kids that just wouldn’t go to sleep?  You put him down, put him down, put him down.  His mouth is moving a mile a minute.  “Oh, you know what, Grandpa?”  “What?”  “Blah, blah, blah.”  “Go to sleep.”   “Okay.  You know what, Grandpa?  Blah, blah, blah.”  “Okay, go to sleep.”  “You know what, Grandpa?”  “What?  What?  What?  Shut up!  Go to sleep!”  We’re like that with God.  “Oh, God.  I got so much trouble.  I got so much trouble.”  And He says, “Go to sleep.  Get into My rest.”  “You know what, God?  I have this problem.”  He says, “Go to sleep.  Lay down.  Go into rest.  Work at getting into rest.  Don’t work at waking up.  Don’t work at ‘you know what.’”  And finally He says, “Just shut up!”  I had God tell me, “Just shut up!  Just be quiet!  Just don’t say another word!”  I wish God would talk to you like He talks to me sometimes.  He said, (back to Genesis 1:26) Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…It’s a plural thing, it’s a harmonious working of entities and personalities merging.  Isn’t that a lovely term? 

I like that, merge.  They have merge mail, merge this, merge that, you just press a button and everything just comes together.  Boy, I wish we had a button in the Body!  I got this thought and idea that is on this paper over here, and I’ve got this list of names over here, and I want this thought and this idea just to merge with these names and all of it become one.  All I have to do is BOOP!  And all of a sudden these names are running for the Word and the Word is running for the names, and they just mingle and collide and wrap all up and every names got a Word!  And I just press another button on my computer and it just starts spitting them out, pttt, pttt, pttt, pttt, pttt, pttt, pttt, pttt, pttt.  Envelope comes out, the only thing they haven’t invented is the way to get the note into the envelope.  Boy, wouldn’t that be something!  That would be a revelation!  Deliverance is coming to the Body!  You know, you have the computer because of a spiritual principle.  The computer runs and operates on a spiritual principle and it runs on the aspect of how your body or your mind works.  Do you know that?  It’s a spiritual thing.  You don’t live in an isolated, segmented environment that is an entity unto itself.  You live in an entity that is here because of the spiritual reality of the eternal realm around it.  It’s just been reduced in the frequency, brought down, brought down, brought down, brought down, brought down to the lowest point at which it could be brought down to.  And it wasn’t the intent of God that we would begin to build tabernacles in that dimension when God all the time intended for what He created down here to be up there.  Behold what manner of love the Lord has bestowed upon us, it says, that we should be called…We’re not spiritually cognizant of our environment.  Hallelujah.

The Bible says first the natural, then the spiritual (I Corinthians 15:46).  I’m just going to touch this little thing a little bit here.  Hallelujah.  There is a principle in the Bible that is stated in Proverbs when it talks about the woman.  I’ve been looking for something of the nature and what it speaks about as it would apply to the universal Body, but it seems to apply to one segment.  It says that a wise woman, what’s it say?  It talks about a foolish woman has the ability to pluck down her house.  Do you know where it’s at?  Do any of you women know where it’s at?  Hallelujah.  It says, Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hand (Proverbs 14: 1).  I don’t know if you understand the position of authority that you women have and how sometimes the devil will use that authority in a very destructive manner to bring desolation to your home and oftentimes when that happens there is no revelation that comes to the individuals, their participation in it and the thing that they have perpetrated and the destruction that they have wrought.  Now, I believe that God put it in there, first of all, on the natural level, because there is something of a spiritual reality to it because when God looks at the church, He does not look at the church as a “him,” He looks at the church as a “her.”  You have the bride of Christ, you have the handmaiden position, the place of relationship when you first come into the knowledge and the saving grace of Jesus Christ and as it is in the natural where the devil will come into a home situation and begin to minister in a negative manner and a negative fashion to the wife, hallelujah, and the wife begins to respond in a spiritual way, but not a good spiritual way, because there does not seem to be the discernment that she needs in that position and that place of trouble that is being created.  Now, what is the remedy for that situation?  It says, every wise woman buildeth her house, so there seems to be something of an avenue of wisdom that God has made available to the wives.  If the woman has that potential and the power of destruction, then there has to be something that is greater than that position and that place of destruction, something that will give her the ability to deliver herself of that propensity.  Now, we’re talking about women per se, and wives in actuality.  I don’t know if you understand the position of authority that you have and the ability of the devil to use that position to wreak havoc in your home.  As it is in the home, so it is also in the church.  Men can be as guilty of that position of rebellion and subversion as women can, or wives can be guilty on the church level, but God is saying that the remedy to the problem for the entity that is involved is to have wisdom.  Proverbs, in the beginning, says, “In all of your getting, get wisdom and understanding” (Proverbs 4:5,7).  Hallelujah.  Isn’t that what it says?  Hallelujah.  My beloved brethren, there is a lot of destruction going on in the church that is being worked by the woman nature that is the church.  Now, don’t go out of here and tell people that I said that the woman was the problem with the church.  Don’t go out of here and say that I have a score to settle with women.  What I’m telling you is that there is a spiritual malady that is manifesting in the church, because it is manifesting in the home.  There is the need of the individuals in the home, the women, as well as the men, but especially the women, to have discernment with regard to their position of authority.  Now, that doesn’t mean you have to be telling your husband what to do.  I want you to go into Proverbs where it talks about the virtuous woman; that is not only talking about a woman in the natural arena, but it’s talking about the church as it collectively comes together and begins to walk in that position, in that place of responsibility.  There is responsibility that is being delegated to us as husbands and wives in the church and we are to be working at our home in order that it might be an ensample and an example for the church.  Hallelujah.  It’s all part of being a son.  Hello?  Boy, I didn’t get very many amens on that one, Brother Wade.  It’s all part of being in the church, it’s all part of being in the sons of God company.

I want to go back over into I John.  Let’s go to the last part of the first verse.  It says, (I John 3 :1) Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Turn with me over into the Gospel of John.  It is John the seventeenth chapter.  You want to measure where you are as to the plans and the purposes of God?  You want to measure where you are in relationship to the Sons of God in the environment that you are in?  Just read John chapter 17.  It says, verse 5, And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.  6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world.  He lived it.  He breathed it.  He slept it.  He ate it.  Everywhere He went, it says, “I have demonstrated, I have demonstrated, I have demonstrated.”  What demonstration do you and I have with the kingdom Word?  I’m not talking about the do’s and don’ts.  I’m talking about walking and working in the realm of the heavenlies with God, bringing forth the will of God, not only in your life for an end-time objective but for an objective for the here and now and in the environment in which God has planted you.  He says (John 17: 6), I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me;  and they have kept thy (My) word. Oh boy, that was a statement of faith.  7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.  8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me…Do you know there was an expectation that He had as to how they would live and what they would do from this point on?  And they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.  9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

Well, we know the end of the story because we can read Acts, we can read Romans, we can read John, we can read Jude, we can read Revelation, and we know what they demonstrated and what they were about with regard to the Word that they heard.  There is a responsibility that we have, because we are destined, we are designed to be sons.  Brethren, I don’t know how it is that we can be so easily satisfied with lollipops when God has got a dinner, a table full of delicacies that are absolutely delicious and beyond our imagination.  We settle, as it were, for a lollipop.  Romans the eighth chapter, I want to read that verse.  You need to go back and to read the eighth chapter, read it, and read it again, and read it again, and read it again, and ask God to imprint the message, the revelation of the Spirit of God that is in it upon your soul.  Because it talks to you and me about the position of destiny and the path by which we might walk in order to come there.  Hallelujah.  And so he says down here in the nineteenth verse, For the earnest expectationLook up those words in the Greek, For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of GodYou know what?  I hear the cry of vengeance that comes up out of the land, out of the sand of Iraq.  I can hear it, “Oh, God, how long will it be before Thou avenge our blood?”  We act as though it is none of our business and all of the time, it is the business in which we are to be involved.  Come on.  Turn with me over into Matthew 20.  I want to go to the twentieth verse.  Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s childrenIt’s the spirit that’s in the church, do you hear me?  It’s the spirit of the mother that’s in the church!  I don’t know why it is that a woman doesn’t want to be a mother, or considered to be a mother, in Israel?  There is a spirit of intercession in the church that wants the Son to come forth.  Loose!  There’s a spirit that’s in the church and this woman was coming to Jesus on a natural plane with the burden of her sons upon her heart.  And she says, “Oh God, I would that You would grant me my petition.  I would that You would grant me my petition.”  He said, “What is it that you want?”  Talk about extending the scepter.  “What is it?  Whatsoever thou desirest even unto half of my kingdom!”  How important are all of the daily things that we get so bogged down in and begin to cloud our hearing, cloud our vision, cloud our thinking and begin to eradicate the position of responsibility that we have for God?  There is a cry that is coming up out of the earth that says, “Oh God, how long?”  You don’t think there wasn’t innocent blood shed over there?  You don’t think that there wasn’t innocent blood shed in Africa?  South America?  You don’t think there hasn’t been innocent blood shed across this land?  I don’t know what it is, thirty-seven million babies slaughtered?  By the will of man!  All because someone didn’t want the inconvenience?  They poured blood out upon the ground that was innocent!  It’s all talking about you and me, that’s our responsibility!  There is a position of accountability that we have with the things that pertain to God.  Hallelujah.  Hallelujah.  You know, we should have been in fasting and prayer.  When I woke up this morning, God convicted me. He said, “You should have been in fasting and prayer for what’s going on over there in Iraq.”  But, you see, it’s over there.  I don’t have any plans of going over there.  Me, go to Iraq?  You got to be kidding.  A guy could get killed over there.  Of course, you never thought that way right?

You know, we have a responsibility.  We’re sons of God.  Okay, let me read this.  She came unto Him and she said, Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sonsPresenting them at the altar.  Hallelujah.  She’s like Hannah, who brought Samuel up to the altar.  Worshipping himShe wasn’t out of order.  Do you hear me?  She wasn’t out of order.  Jesus did not rebuke her.  And don’t you think that He knew already what was in her heart?  How many times have you read, “and perceiving what was in their heart?”  He said, Hallelujah, worshipping him, desiring a certain thing of himYou know, that desire that is in you that says, “Oh God.  I want to be a son.”  It’s the spirit of the mother.  It’s the birthing and the desire of the nature of the woman that wants to be fulfilled and bringing forth a son!  It’s the spirit of travail that is upon the church.  Paul said it, “Oh God, I travail in the spirit again for you little children.  Would that Christ, Christ, Christ be formed in your inward parts.”  Hallelujah.  Hallelujah.  Hallelujah.  You know, I can only by spiritual substitution possibly imagine what a mother must think as she begins to bring forth and as she’s carrying that child, and that child being a part of her being and her thoughts of goodness toward that child, and the desire that begins to well up into her heart and begins to be created.  Oh, my God, I can only imagine, but there is something in the nature of that that is in the Spirit of God, that was upon Paul as he penned those words to that church that he had birthed out of hell.  Hallelujah.  This mother of Israel, this mother of the sons of Zebedee, she desired a thing.  I think it was probably the utmost desire that she had.  She was walking, she talked, she ministered to Jesus and His disciples.  She must have been there listening, and she said, “I want my sons to be along side of You.  I want them to be a part of You.  I want You to be a part of them.  There’s something that You have that I want for them.  There’s a position there’s a place.”  She was approaching Him on a natural plane but I don’t think her thoughts were natural.  I think she had the perception and the ability to discern that this Man was not of this world!  And there was something of the other world, the otherness of God, the otherness of man that she wanted for her sons, so she said, “I have a thing that I would require of You.”  You know, you read on, He did not rebuke her.  He did not rebuke her.  No.  He said, “It is not mine to give.”  That means it’s available!  But He said there’s a process, there’s a means, there’s a walk, there’s a place, there’s an avenue that has to be treaded out.  He said, “Can you drink of My cup?”  Oh, my goodness.  Thank God for rashness, Holy Ghost rashness.  “Oh, yes Lord.  Yes, Lord!  Yes, Lord!”  You know, James and John didn’t have any idea, did they?  He didn’t know that his brother was going to be killed.  He didn’t know that his friends, the ones that he slept with, ate with, ministered with, were going to end up in prison, and in death and in torture.  He didn’t know.  He didn’t know that down the road Patmos was before him.  He didn’t know but yet there was something in him that said, “Yes, we can drink!”  He didn’t know, but you want to know something?  Had you come to Paul, John, at the end of the day, when it was all said and done, and said, “Was it worth it?”  What do you think he would have testified?  Oh my, God!  “If I had it to do all over again, if I had just to walk it out one more time, give me the opportunity that I might be even more, more so, more committed, more determined, more into the things of God, let me not wait one moment, let me not hold back one strength, one bit, one part of my flesh!”  Paul said it, “I count all things but loss, that I (what?) might win, might achieve, might be able to gain the excellency, the excellency (Philippians 3:8).”  What excellency?  He’s talking about being a son!  He’s talking about taking your place in the rank and file of the heavenly host!  Next to that company of people that are called sons of God, in the midst of it, walking as part of it, demonstrating the reality of it.  Come on church, what think ye of Christ?  Whose Son is He?  Whose Son is He?  And what part of that Son do you want?  What place, what position?  Hallelujah.  What point, or place of excellency is before your eyes and before your soul?  What is it that your emotions are attached unto?  What are your desires?  Hallelujah.  Oh, glory to God.  Hallelujah. 

I want to see if this is another verse that I need to read.  Yes.  The scripture I just quoted it is Matthew 22, hallelujah, let’s go to verse 35 first.  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love…You know, the Lord has been hammering on this a lot.  Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  38This is the first and great commandmentBut He wasn’t finished, He took a deep breath.  39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them…Now, why do you think, together in this natural situation, while there was this prevailing religious attitude, that religious environment of religious people gathered together in front of Him, He interjects this spiritual thought?  42What think ye of Christ?  Well, it is because it’s the thought that God would interject into the religious environment of our soul.  We have been church oriented people.  We have not been sons of God desiring people.  Hallelujah.  Hallelujah.  You know, when you get enough of something you can stop doing it.  But when you get so sick of something you can get deliverance from it.  Do you know that there was no force in hell or in the earth that could have cancelled out or kept you from accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior?  Do you know that?  Do you know the spiritual energy that was exerted on your behalf just for you to say, “Yes, I’m a sinner.  Yes, He died for my sins!  Yes, I want His blood.”  It was spiritual intervention.  Oh, my goodness.  42Saying, What think ye of Christ?  Whose son is he?  They say unto him, The son of David.  43He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 

What is your objective?  Why do you come to church?  Why do you want to listen to this message?  Is it not that there is a desire that is being put into your hand, and into your soul, that you might be a company of people that are called sons of God?  If it is not, then you need to find the reality of what it is that you really are seeking.  God bless you.  God bless you.

 

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