Connect: How To Not Be Offended
And the last time I talked to you, I talked about offenses and reason I’m. And so had Sam come in last week and today I’m gonna do part two of it because I love my wife. And here’s what I love about here. I know when I get done preaching, some of you will come up to me. A lot of you come up to me.
[00:00:16] Some of you will say, pastor Chris was a great message. Oh, that was so good. It was great. But I know that Vanessa’s gonna tell me the truth. And so Vanessa said to me, she goes, honey, that was a good message. It was really good. She goes, but you’re not. She goes, it’s one thing to tell people to not be offended.
[00:00:32] It’s another thing to tell people how not to be offended. She goes, it’s one thing for, because I did, I said, don’t be offended in God. Don’t be offend. Get rid, don’t be offended. In, in Jesus, don’t be offended at others and don’t be offended in yourself that spells joy. I said that don’t and so I said, don’t be offended, it’s one thing is you tell the, tell somebody like, don’t do that.
[00:00:53] And then they. Why. And so I’m gonna give you the why of not being offended, a how to, because it’s one thing for everybody else, because offenses, Jesus said, offenses must come and you need to know how not to be offended. How not. And when you are offended, how to get rid of it, how to stop with the offenses, how do you get rid of offenses?
[00:01:12] What’s the. What’s the steps. How do you do that? It’s one thing you could tell me not to do it, but how does that work last time I talked to you, I said to you that as soon as I have this precious message, I know that I’m gonna be offended at some. And lo and behold, before the day was over, I was offended.
[00:01:30] So I had an opportunity to be offended. It was, it is always, somebody’s usually somebody close to you because you only hurt the ones. Yeah. So anyway, so I, property to get. And here’s what I wanna tell you though, in the spirit. So we went away this week again, as I said, and we were at the American airlines and I looked outside and I saw one of them, not one of those big planes, one of them, little ones, pastor Vernon.
[00:01:49] You know what I’m talking about? You already know where I’m going with that. Yep. You know what I’m saying? One of them little ones that just says. I had to do that little dance, that shimmy dance, where I shimmy in the seat, you know what I’m saying? To get in there? It’s a little dance. I don’t know if that’s a white dance or not, but you have to shimmy in the seat.
[00:02:02] And then you do the hokey pokey and you sucking all in and that what this all, sucking anyway. So I was doing that little dance, but one of the things that I here’s what I wanna tell you, and I want you to get this. I want you to hear this with your spiritual ears, and I want you to see this with your spiritual.
[00:02:16] When we go on trips, Vanessa usually pack our bags and she’s good. I’m talking about, she can roll a pair of pants up. And when I get them, when I pull ’em out, they look like the scroll and they, and she can roll. ’em. There’s no wrinkles or nothing. And then there’s me, I’m packing like this and be like three point, fade, I’m trying to pack it in, then there’s me, jumping on it, trying to zip it in.
[00:02:35] Can I get a witness woman y’all know what I’m talking about, man. Some of you men may be like, I know I make sure that everything, but not me, man. I’m just get it in there. You know what I’m saying? And essential. But one of the things that I was, we were worried about is would everybody worried about this is if the bag will be over overweight, and Vanessa’s get on the scale. And then hold, I was like, woman, dang enough numbers in the scale for me and the bag, you know what I’m saying? There’s gotta be 50, 50 pounds. And so I brought a bag cuz I knew. That it was going to be heavy. I knew it was gonna be heavy cuz we packed more stuff than we needed and we got there and sure enough it was 12 pounds overweight, 12 pounds overweight.
[00:03:13] Now 12 pounds is a lot. Yep. 12 pounds is I’m telling you it’s a lot. . And so I was just thinking to myself, cuz I’m pulling it through the airport. Like you’re quickest guy. I know it, the wheels are hollering at me going they’re too heavy.
[00:03:25] You know what I’m saying? And so I sat it on the deal and the lady goes and the guy looks over and sure enough, it was overweight. And I was like, oh, Vanessa goes we gotta pull stuff out. We gotta pull stuff out to put another bag. What are you gonna pull out? I don’t know, a pair of my boots, maybe, pick up your pair of pants.
[00:03:40] Yep. Those weigh about 10 pounds. You know what I’m saying? So here’s what I wanna tell you. I want you to hear this. I didn’t know it, but I was the one that was causing the weight on the luggage because I was leaning on the stand and putting my foot on the scale. And so we were overweight because some extra weights okay.
[00:04:03] Some of you are laughing, but I here want you to, I want you to hear this. I want you to hear this in the kindness. The reason why some of you are holding on to some of that baggage is because some of you are causing the problem yeah. Of you not being able to go to your destination, simply because of this, you won’t get rid of your baggage and you won’t get rid of offenses and you’re leaning on those offenses and you’re embracing those offenses and you’re putting your own weight on the fact that you’re carrying those offenses and God is.
[00:04:36] As soon as you pull up and get off of that scale of fence and let God check your baggage at the gate, you’re gonna be free. That’s good. You’re gonna be free. Stop causing the weight. And he wants you to check the bags at the gate. And you know what, when the best part about flying is I come in with that luggage.
[00:04:58] And soon as I check it, all I have is my carry. And I’m free of that luggage. And God is saying, I want you to get free of those offenses. I want you to get free of them in such a way. That I can take you to new Heights that you’ve never gone before. I want to take you to a destination so that you can be free to move about the country and do what I’ve called you to do and be who I’ve called you to be.
[00:05:25] Some of you have been stuck in the same destination for a long time, and you don’t realize that God has already stamped your ticket and say, I’ve already provided a way I’ve already blessed. You I’ve already gone before you have already provided a way for you to go. But if you don’t get rid of these offenses and check that luggage and check that baggage at the.
[00:05:42] And just say, you know what, I’m gonna, I’m gonna choose to be free until then you got your ticket. God says I got your destination plan, but you still stuck here at the baggage bin. And ladies and gentlemen, I used to work at the airport. I used to work at Delta airlines. I worked there for eight years and I’m telling you what, I’s what I did.
[00:06:02] I stacked luggage in those belly of the. Delta used to spend about $80,000 a month for no, it’s not 80, $40,000 a month on luggage because we would tear the luggage would get caught in a belt, snag it, and I’m telling you it would just, we spent all that money in luggage because people were packed stuff.
[00:06:20] And Lord says you’ve been packing stuff in that he never intended for you to go with. You never intended your past. Can’t go with you. Your offenses. Can’t go with you. Your hurts. Can’t go with. Your pain. Can’t go with you. All that stuff. He goes, I’ll give it here. I’ll take it. I’ll take it, sir. Let me have that.
[00:06:40] Let young lady, let me have that. Let me have that offense. You give it to the Lord and it’ll cause freedom to come. That’s why we called. That’s why we, it was Delta. Don’t expect luggage to arrive. That’s what it stood for. we should make jokes about that. Delta stands for don’t expect luggage to. Yeah, it used to stand for it.
[00:07:00] Don’t ever leave the airport. That’s what it she was like, that’s what it stands for as well. Don’t ever leave the airport and we had all kind of stuff. But I remember the fact that all throughout that deal just stacking luggage. The holy spirit just says, it’s just, people are carrying offenses.
[00:07:14] You’re carrying offenses. You’re carrying that luggage. And God says, I want it. Let me have it even right now. This is bearing witness with some of your spirits today. Right now, let the spirit of God just say, I’m gonna be. You to be free. I got so much for you to do. I got so many things in store for you. I got so many thi I’m telling you the sky is the limit of the stuff.
[00:07:34] I want to take you to the places I want you to go. The people that I’ve destined for you to see, and if you can’t get free of that and let it go, you’ll be stuck. Don’t ever leave the airport, Don. I’m not expecting my luggage to arrive. I don’t want, I don’t want to carry that baggage. So who. Who is it?
[00:07:55] And you gotta raise your hand, but I’m serious about this. I want you to look up here at me. I want you to see this. I’m serious about this. Why? Because as you’re shepherd is my job to, to help you to identify those things that are keeping you from God’s very best in your life. I didn’t want you to be stuck.
[00:08:13] None of you, you watching online, I’m talking to you too. I don’t want you to be stuck. And that’s in the crevice of their heart and their, how my heart of hearts. I want you to walk in. I want you to be free. I want you to be stuck because you’re holding onto your past and holding onto something that that you have been holding onto for so long.
[00:08:32] God is saying, will you let it go? Some of you had money stolen from you. Some of you have had pain of being hurt by certain organizations. Some of yous been a family member or somebody close to. some of you has been I’m just gonna say it because we wanna speak the truth some kind of sexual sin or something that’s been done to you.
[00:08:53] Yeah. A hurt. It’s a pain suffering and I’m not trying to belittled, please. Don’t hear me just saying, just shrug it off. I’m saying, God knows exactly what you have gone through and he wants you to walk into. I want you to walk in the freedom of the Lord. Yeah. I want you to walk in the freedom of the Lord.
[00:09:16] So what offenses are you holding on? What does somebody say to you? Is it a ex-wife? Is it a, some pass a father who’s trying to motivate you a mother who never said anything. Good to you. Is it a coworker slander you? I don’t know. Who what was it? Who was it? What organization, what somebody told, who was it that told you that you.
[00:09:35] Who was it that spoke the lies to you and you believed it. I’m asking you don’t have to raise your hand, but you, I want the holy spirit right now, the holy spirit. I’m asking you to help us to deal with this right now, before we even go to help us to deal with this and Jesus. Now I’m serious about this folks because God wants you to walk into freedom.
[00:09:56] Yeah. Of the Lord.
[00:10:02] Holy spirit. I’m asking. To help us to really see this for who you are for who see you for who you are. So I’m thankful for that.
[00:10:17] I just, I’m not gonna leave this place until I’m telling you. I believe that God wants you to walk in that free man to pull it out. What is it? What is it? Who is it? He wants you to be free of it with your eyes closed right now.
[00:10:36] Supposed to, I’m gonna read scripture here in just a minute. If God’s identified it in your heart, I just want you to lift your hand right now. I know who it is. I know what it is. Just go ahead and lift your hand over all over. Lift your hand. Just go ahead. I’m not gonna make you do anything else.
[00:10:51] You know who it is, you know what it.
[00:10:52] I’m asking you Lord to free us today in Jesus name. Amen. Amen. I’m gonna do a little bit of more of that ministry here. That’s what we do in free. Indeed. I want you to turn your Bibles to Matthew chapter 18, two places in your Bible, Matthew chapter 18, and Luke chapter six. How many of you feel this presence in here right now for this presence in.
[00:11:14] And before we go on I, some of you guys send me a lot of stuff. You send me a lot of stuff. Some of it’s funny, some of it’s not go ahead and tell you that some of it’s not, but some of it is funny. But you guys, did you guys see this part about how many of you guys remember the family circus?
[00:11:27] Did I show this second first service? Have I showed it yet? First service. How many of you remember the family circus comic books? How many guys remember? Those are pretty fun. I used to read all those, but somebody sent me something this week I thought it was pretty funny. Go ahead and put it up there.
[00:11:39] So what’s the magic word to get what you want? I’m offended. That’s what. Now here’s the deal, the world, leave that up there. The world, we have trained the world to if they want something, if they want to get something, they get to call out a and say, just say I’m offended. Yeah. And so the church and other, or whatever ministries or whatever.
[00:11:59] Saying, I don’t want to offend you. So therefore we’re gonna stay away from some of the topics and we’re gonna keep away from some of the things that try to hurt you. We’re not trying to say those things, not this church. I’m gonna go ahead and tell you right now, not this church, we’re not doing that.
[00:12:13] We’re not gonna tip toe around some of this stuff. I don’t know how to tip toe. I break my toes trying to tip toe. I got time. The tiptoe. The reason why I don’t have time to tiptoe around the subjects is because you are busy doing what God’s called you to do and being who he’s called you to be. And you need to hear the truth because if you hear the truth, know the truth, you’ll walk in truth.
[00:12:34] You should know the truth and the truth. Make you free. I want you to be free. So I don’t have time to talk about I know your feelings are hurt, and I understand that there’s problems, but we’re not gonna talk about that. We gonna talk about it in this church, because God wants you to be free.
[00:12:53] So therefore the organizations and industries that are trying to share, I shy away from the truth. I’m not gonna be that. I’m gonna tell you, Hey, that sin, Hey, stop doing that. Really. God has drew way too valuable in the kingdom of God for this sin easily to be setting you and for you to be able to walk in the things that God has called you to walk in and be in.
[00:13:11] I it’s too important. The weight of what God is doing right now in. Requires you to be free because free people hurt. They do. They hurt people. You ever seen somebody just lash out and you lash back and then somebody, you realize that there must be something going on with them. You don’t realize that till afterwards.
[00:13:31] And so God wants treat a week free. And so we got a whole lot of people and it’s not, they don’t say I’m offended. They go, they’re, we’re triggered, I’m triggered a younger generation. They say that I’m. Yeah, I’m here this morning to pull that trigger. I’m here to pull it. So take the safety off, take the safety off.
[00:13:47] I’m gonna pull it because then, and what Jesus said, offenses must come. Jesus said that he was a rock of offense. The Jews was stumbling over him. If you look throughout all the Bible, look through all the scriptures, everybody, every time you turned around, there was a. The academy Eve was offended because of what the serpent did.
[00:14:04] Kane and Abel were offended at each other. Abraham, all of them were offended, Moses. They were offended him all the way to David. All the way throughout the scripture, they offended at Jesus offended at Paul. They were offended people all throughout the scriptures, and we need to understand how to deal with those offenses.
[00:14:20] So here’s what we look at we look at the scriptures this morning. We’re gonna start at Matthew 18. Here’s what it says. We start at the. at the time the disciples came to Jesus saying who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Look up it just for a minute. I do this a lot. Remember when you’re reading scripture, I don’t want you to just read it just to read it.
[00:14:38] I want you to try to put yourself in this context of the scripture, don’t just read it like a novel just in one of those Quin, whatever mono novels. This is a, this is ano, this is really putting yourself in the scripture. So here’s what it. They were thinking about this. They came to Jesus.
[00:14:50] The disciples came to Jesus saying who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus called a little child to him. Think about this surrounding a little child to him and said him on in the midst of them and said, assuredly, unless you UN said to you, unless you are converted shame and come as a little children you will, by no means into the kingdom of heaven.
[00:15:09] Therefore, whoever, whoever humbles himself, everybody say. Whoever humbles himself is his little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this, and my name receives me now, I love this about Jesus. He’s always doing illustration. That’s why a good preacher or have illustrations in their sermon.
[00:15:29] And so he’s telling him, people call the child, set him down, right in the midst of him said that you only be in the kingdom heaven. You wanna know what the kingdom of heaven lot. But if you read the whole chapter of Matthew 18, it is all about reconciliation. It’s about people coming, being reconciled and come hopping over offenses to bring people back to a place to be connected.
[00:15:49] If you read the whole chapter, it lines that way. I’ll show you that in a minute, but think about a little child. Think about how a little child is. I remember I had a best friend named Henry and back in the day Henry had, and I played together every day after school because my parents worked.
[00:16:03] My mom worked for Southwestern bell at the time my dad worked for a railroad company. And so I would go over Henry’s house every day after school and we would play super heroes. And here’s what I mean. He had a Heman collection. Anybody remember those Heman collection, he had Heman collection and I had a Superman collection and I would bring my Superman collection over and he, and we would play together.
[00:16:25] Anyway, the back of the room sounded like this. I have the power. No, you don’t. I’m Superman. I have I’m bulletproofing, we’d be back our plan. And I remember one day I remember one day he and I got in a SC. Simply because he said to me, he tried to get all spiritual. He goes, Heman is more powerful than Superman because he has a sword.
[00:16:44] And Jesus says that the Bible is a sword. So therefore the past Heman is more powerful than Superman. I was like, are you kidding me? And so that’s how I started. We got in a big, old fight in a fist fight in the back of the room simply because he said Heman was more power for the super. I was so mad.
[00:17:01] We got in a fist fight. His mother came in the room, her name was miss Mary. And she goes, what is going on? And I told him, I said, he said that Heman was more important than Superman. And so if we got in this big, old fight, she goes, Chris, I live two doors down. She goes, Chris, you go home. I go, I am, I took my Superman collection.
[00:17:16] I went home. And some of you are laughing, but that’s how you treat people sometimes. Yeah. Yeah. Wow. They don’t agree with you. They don’t like the things you like. They don’t say the things that that you want to hear and you get mad and you get offended. I’m gonna take my, I’m gonna take my friendship and I’m gonna go home.
[00:17:37] I’m gonna take my joy and my peace and my Jesus. And I’m gonna take him home as if Jesus can be packed up and took him, take him home. I’m taking him home. I’m going my own way. Fine. And then you head off home and that’s what I did went off to the house. And this is why Jesus said, though, unless you come like a little.
[00:17:55] I was sitting there playing Superman all by myself, pastor Kevin. It wasn’t the same sitting there going faster than the speeding bullet. able to leave a grain of rice in a single bound. Yeah, just wasn’t the same because when I was with Henry, sometimes Henry would let me win sometimes, I’d beat up on Heman.
[00:18:20] It wasn’t the same. So I packed my stuff back. I knock on the door. Hey yeah, you in there? Duh. You wanna play? Yeah. Okay. Come on in. You got any snacks? I do. Okay. And we will be back in there playing, you know why? Because a little child doesn’t have time to hold offenses. They forgive quickly.
[00:18:48] They forgive quickly. I remember one time and she’s in here. Oh no, she left. Good. I spanked Braden and I didn’t want to, man. I, her you gotta get in there and you gotta do, you gotta handle your business. And I spanked her and and I’m sitting there feeling all bad about it.
[00:19:04] And Braden comes in the room and she’s looking in the inside and I’m looking at her. She comes in and she crawls up next to me. Yeah. And then she crawled up under me and she nuzzles under my arm. I’m trying to act all big and bad. Like I’m watching the game, but I’m looking at her and she crawls up in my lap and she puts her hand on my face and she says, dad, I love you.
[00:19:27] And I go, I love you too. And daddy, sorry. I had to do that. But it was your mother. Your mother told me I had to do it.
[00:19:39] so if you gonna get mad at somebody, get mad at hers. here’s what I here’s the reason why I told you that point. Here’s the truth. The truth is that guy wants you to get rid of your offense because he doesn’t view you that way. He’s saying to you, I know whom I love I chase and I discipl. but you can slide, right?
[00:19:57] You can do the electric slide and slide right up into his lap and slide right up under his arm. . And before you can say, I love you. He. I love you. Yeah, I got good plans for you. I got good things in stir for you. The sky’s the limit. I know the plans I have towards you saying the Lord is to give you a future and a hope, and I’m telling you what I am gonna help steer you in that direction.
[00:20:20] And so a child, they don’t they don’t know. They have to have that. So unless you return like a child, God says and get rid of those offenses, you’re gonna be forever packing up your stuff and going. Pack it up. Listen, here’s what the Lord just told me this in the notes, the Lord just said this, packing up your relationships and going from one relationship to another relationship, you’re gonna be packing that stuff up and going and never finding peace because you will not let go of the past and the offenses.
[00:20:49] Here’s another enemy of offenses and it’s this rejection. Yeah. Some of you are reject rejected. If you walk around. Lemme tell you what rejection says. Rejection says, I’m gonna reject you before you reject me because I’m gonna be rejected. I wanna be rejected again. And so if I see you coming, and if I feel like, if I can reject you and you don’t reject me, then we just be rejected and walk around rejected, and we just rejected and rejected is what we’re gonna do.
[00:21:14] So it’s just be rejected and God is. You’re not rejected. You’re accepted in the beloved. Yeah. And not only you’re accepted in the beloved, but God says I paid the price for you. You’re a Royal priesthood. You’re a chosen generation. I have sat you. I’ve got seats for you in the heaven. Places have a seat.
[00:21:32] I’m not only that I’ve gone before you. I bless you with every spiritual blessing and heaven. I’ve given you everything that pertains to life in God. I bless you in the city. Bless you in the country. Bless going in. Bless coming out. I have gone. I’ve done everything. I, you are. And anything that you are saying about yourself that is, does not line up with the word of God.
[00:21:50] It causes you to walk in rejection, and God is saying, you need to walk in who I’ve called you to be. I am. And you’re a child of God. Bill Johnson said this. You don’t have time to have a thought in your head that does not line up with who God says you are. That’s good. You don’t have time. You don’t have time for it.
[00:22:13] You gotta sit there and just know. Yeah, no, I, this is who I am. And so get rid of your rejection. Stop it. Pastor. Terry should tell me this all the time. When I get upset about something or somebody, he goes, Chris, I don’t know why in the world, you would let somebody control you with their thoughts and what they’ve said.
[00:22:32] I, who are you talking about? He goes, you’re sitting over here mulling about something they said, and they’re keeping you in bondage because you’re thinking about it all the. and so therefore you’re, they hold, they’re holding you captive by something that they said, and you’re letting that control you.
[00:22:46] And some of you’re doing the same thing right now, where somebody has said something, somebody did something somebody has caused something to happen. And you’re letting that control you, your actions, your attitude, your will, your emotions, all those things of being captivated, simply because you don’t know who you are in Christ.
[00:23:06] What I love about this week is when I went to the. and I set those bags on there and I realized how stupid I was, but leaning on their scale. I said, stupid. Just, it was just crazy to me. I’m I was just like, man, honey, I’m sorry. I didn’t even think about that. I’m trying to be cute and lean on it and I’m causing all the problem, but here’s what the lady said.
[00:23:25] She goes, Mr. McCray. She goes, I see that you’ve had some past tags from some past trips that you had on your bag. I go, I can take those off. She goes, no, let. She starts snapping those tags off snapping ’em off. And as she’s snapping those tags off, I could feel the holy spirit saying, that’s not who you are.
[00:23:43] You went, that was your past. I know this is something that you did and you went through, but I’m taking that off because I have a destination all set in order for you to go to. And so in order for you to go to this new destination, I’m gonna take off all the past things that have. So that I can get you to the new destination that I have for you.
[00:24:00] Yeah. Woo. That’s where somebody in here today, somebody saying I wanna go, I’d like to go, I love those Southwest commercials who like want to get away. Like some of y’all just want to get away. And Lord is saying, I’m trying to get you away from your past, trying to get you away from that hurt and that pain, that shame, all those things that have kept you.
[00:24:21] So I’m trying to get you to a new destination. If you’ll let.
[00:24:28] Y’all won’t say amen, but the little baby in the back did, so I’m just, I don’t like that. but you know what I’m saying is true. God wants you to step into the new destination should become like a little child. I’m about to run outta time. But I want you to turn in, if you read the rest of, if you read the rest of the verses there you’ll see that he says that offenses must come.
[00:24:47] He talks about that offenses. He talks about verse seven, says what to the world, because of offenses, fencing must come, but what do those, the offenses come and the parable of lost sheep dealing with a sinning brother and then Peter, when he talks about forgiveness. But here’s what I want to tell you to get to the three points that I have.
[00:25:03] And this found in dis found in Luke 6 27, says this, get away from this, these events. It says Luke 27 said, but I say to you who here, if you have ears to hear what the spirit of God is.
[00:25:18] let me stop for a second. Holy free told me to tell you guys this is a revelation that I got this week as well. I want you to hear this as I, before I go on, I gotta do this. How many of sometimes that when you get ready to take off in the plane, sometimes anybody ever have the deal with your ears, pop, raise your hand.
[00:25:34] If you have to deal with that, what do you do? Do you guys chew gum? Do you guys, I have to chew gum to get my ears. And the holy spirit spoke just to me because my ear, I’m you make that funny face, you’re trying to get your ears to pop. And here’s what I feel like the Lord spoke to me and said, the Heights that I’m take this is to you this, so this is a word for somebody, the Heights that I’m taking you to, the higher you go, the higher you ascend, the more your ears are gonna try to be stopped up to hear what God.
[00:26:06] This is for somebody in here. I don’t know if it’s for, but I know the spirit told me to tell you the higher you go, the Ascension, the places that I’m taking you, the height, the experience, the height, the places that I’m taking you, the mountaintop experience that I’m getting ready for you to experience the enemy’s gonna try to stop your ears and pop.
[00:26:27] And here’s what the Lord says. As much as you chew on the word of God, it’ll cause your ears to open. And hear what the spirit of God is saying so that you can go to your destination. That’s and I don’t know who that’s for, but holy spirit time, he told me to stop and tell stop. That’s what somebody in here right now there, somebody watching, God says you got your seatbelt on dude.
[00:26:50] Seatbelt sign is on. Some of you experiencing some turbulence in your life. Whew. I feel the spirit of God, even as I’m telling you this. Some of you experience some turbulence in your life, and God is saying, I’m taking you past the turbulence. I’m taking you up upward onward, upward. The spirit of God is saying, and for that to happen, your ears have gotta be unstop to be able to hear what God is saying.
[00:27:15] Whoever has ears to hear, let ’em hear what the spirit of God is saying to the church.
[00:27:22] Luke 6 27 says, but I say to you who hear, love your. Here are the three points. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you. First point, you gotta continue reading that, cuz he says, I’m gonna go ahead and read it to him. It strikes you on one cheek off of the other.
[00:27:45] Also for him who takes away your cloak do not withholds your tunic. Either give to everyone who asks of you and from him who takes away your goods do not ask them. and just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them, likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you for even centers love those who love them.
[00:28:04] And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you for even centers do the same. And if you lead, if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you for even sinners lend to sinners and receive as much back, but love your enemies. Do. Lynn hoping for nothing in return and your reward will be great.
[00:28:26] Your reward will be great. Then you have sons, you’ll be sons of the most high for, he is kind until the UN he’s kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful just as your father also is merciful. First point. Do good to those who hate you. My mother should say kill ’em with kindness. Like mom, can you.
[00:28:52] The chaos, put a BL, kill him a blindness or something. I just did something to get back, no, kill him, because she would say that to me. Point two, bless those who curse you. It’s one thing to say. I forgive you. It’s another thing to say. I’m gonna bless you. I’m gonna bless you. I bless you because I don’t want to, I don’t wanna bless them.
[00:29:10] I wanna hurt ’em but God is saying, if you have the heart of God, bless him, then he goes on to say only, just bless. But pray for them. Pray for those who spitefully use you do, it’s I hard, it’s impossible for you to have hate and offense and alt against your brother. If you pray for him, it’s hard.
[00:29:32] My daughter was asking me one day, she goes, dad, how do I change this bad attitude that I have? I said, thank God. No, I said I said, be thankful. It’s hard to be thankful and have a heart of hatred at the same. Amen. Do you know that it’s hard to, then it says, pray for them. Do good to them. I remember I was offended that somebody really offended.
[00:29:53] I’m talking about really offended and I told Vanessa about it. And there’s a lot of people that I can go to get sympathy, but Vanessa is not one of them to get sympathy. She just isn’t. I appreciate that about her. I know sometimes it seems like I’m being mean, but the truth is that I appreciate that about her, that she is, she just, she tells me the truth.
[00:30:07] And so she said to me, she goes, you know what we’re gonna do. She goes, you are gonna go to the. And I want you to pull out some money and here I’m thinking I’m like talent. There’s this new rod in R that I’m asking for. So I know I’m about to get that new rod in real. And she was like, I want you to get money outta the bank.
[00:30:23] And I want you to put in the envelope and I want you to give it to them because they’re getting ready to go on a mission trip. And I said, I’ll rebuke you in the name of the, her father’s son and the holy spirit. You are not the devil Satan NATA. backwards. Satan Natas I’m not listening. Say tan, and she goes, that’s what I believe the holy spirit is saying, you need to go do it. I’m not doing that. I get some money out. I’m gonna go get me a new RO and reel. So I come to church and I say the same thing. And Terry goes, you know what wonder? And Terry, Ron said this me one time, I was upset with somebody.
[00:30:57] You know how he is? I’m like, and what’d you do? He goes, I blessed him, gave him something. So I’m like, oh, not gonna do it. Holy spirit goes, you are gonna do it. You can do it with a good attitude. So I went to the bank, pulled some money out, put an. Went to their house. And they said, Hey, I know you’re going on a mission trip.
[00:31:13] And Vanessa and I wanted to wasn’t me, but Vanessa and I wanted to give you this gift and and just bless you, and they said, come on in. And I was like, so I walked in and they go, would you pray for us? We’re getting ready to go on this trip. And we’re real anxious and we don’t know what’s gonna happen.
[00:31:29] We’ve gone on mission trips before, but this seems different. Would you pray? So I did. And I’m telling you right as I, I handed them the envelope and I let and held their hand. God did a surgery on my heart and changed my heart toward. Oh, yes. He just, I can’t explain to you. I wish I could tell you that he went go, Rubik cube in it.
[00:31:47] You know what I’m saying? Trying to he, I just don’t, I don’t, I wish I could explain it, but all I know is, as I prayed for them, God caused my heart to be for them. It’s impossible for you to hate somebody, then pray for ’em at the same time, I dare you to go and pray for your enemy and pray for them and bless them and see what God will do in your heart.
[00:32:06] Yeah. He changed it. He changed my. It’s a singer song. When I was a kid at the church, changed my heart. Oh God. Make it ever new change my heart. Oh God. Make I be like you. And so he changed my heart. Changed it. Now I’m gonna be vulnerable with you for a minute. I wanna sure everybody look up. I found myself in the last couple months being super offended at our president.
[00:32:46] Super offended. And you don’t gotta agree with me or anything I’m being vulnerable with you. I’ve been VO. I’m just telling you I’ve been super offended. And I go, God, I don’t like feeling this way. Here’s what he said to me. He goes, you haven’t been praying for him like you were in the beginning.
[00:33:02] So I began to pray for president. Began pray for Kamala Harris. I’ve been praying for him. Every, I got a list of deals I’ve been skipping over that. I’ve been praying for. I pray for the church. Pray for you guys. Pray for my family. Pray for my wife, pray for my marriage. And then I just hop over and start praying for, other stuff, whatever.
[00:33:21] Just, I’m I’m being real with you. Over the last few weeks, holy spirit convicted me about it. And I began to pray for president Biden. Like I’ve not, I pray for him together. Lord, I pray that he would get saved. I pray that he would change his heart. I pray Lord that these things, that he’s decisions that he’s making and all these things, I pray God that you would reach him and the recesses of his mind when he takes a nap, or he sleeping.
[00:33:42] I pray that you would speak to him. I say it started off that way. Lord, would you get it? And then all of a sudden, I just, the Lord give me compassion. I’ve been praying for him. I’ve been praying for our nation, our government. And I cannot tell you that over the last few weeks, I’ve had more compassion for president Biden.
[00:33:58] No, I don’t agree with the things that he’s doing. I don’t agree with all the stuff that’s going on in the world, but I agree with heaven that I believe God’s gonna get ahold of his hearts. Amen. God’s changing that. I don’t man. I don’t. There’s a lot of things I Don. The only reason why I wouldn’t pray for him is because I’m offended.
[00:34:18] And Lord wants me to get rid of that. So who is it? As I asked earlier, what is it? That’s keeping you from walking in the things of God.
Chris is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and The King’s University. Chris first joined staff at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas in 1996, and has served as Pastor of Children’s Ministry, Youth and Families. In January 2020, Chris began serving as Lead Pastor. Chris and Vanessa have been married since 1998 and have four children.