Connecting With The Word
I am wanting all the time for us. I’ve said this from the beginning, that, and I could continue to say it until you get it until you understand what I’m saying. I say, pastor, cuz you always say that I’m gonna keep on saying it because it’s important, not just to me, but it’s important for you to get this.
[00:00:13] And that is that I am interested more interested in you being and you growing and being a disciple and a follower of Jesus Christ more than I am, or just trying to fill a church up and fill a building up because it’s. The believers, the true, the followers of Christ, the disciples of Jesus Christ during this time that I believe is gonna help change the world.
[00:00:34] It is not about cuz we, it realize that God doesn’t ride the backs of donkeys or elephants, but he is about getting his kingdom agenda done. Do you understand what I’m saying? His kingdom agenda and his kingdom his kingdom purposes are important for us during this time. You find out what that is.
[00:00:54] The Bible says that Jesus came preaching and teaching the kingdom of God. He says this, the kingdom of God is at hand, therefore repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ to believe in the gospel. That’s what the, that was what he preached. He started with the kingdom and he ended with the kingdom and we are in this kingdom and his kingdom, even if you don’t know it, even if you don’t see it, even if you don’t think that you see it, the kingdom of God is advance.
[00:01:22] It’s moving, it’s expanding, it’s growing. And so some of you would be like I can’t see it. Turn off the news and get into the and get to into what God is do is saying and what God is doing. You will see the kingdom of God advancing. The question is this is the kingdom of God advancing in your life is the kingdom of God expanding in your.
[00:01:43] Is there, that’s a question only you can answer is the kingdom of God expanding in your individual life. I can’t answer that for you all I can do Vanessa, not my job is to equip you to be able to do the work of the ministry. Sometimes you gotta minister to yourself. You gotta minister to yourself and be able to find out is the kingdom of God expanding in your mind in your heart because the kingdom of God is.
[00:02:06] Amen. The kingdom of God is here. Yeah. The kingdom of God is now. It’s not cuz you, you say pray when Jesus said pray. He said, pray your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And so as his kingdom, we’re praying that his kingdom is here on in earth. This is earth. This is the earth that the kingdom of God needs to be expanding in.
[00:02:26] Amen. I’m thankful that I look at my life right now and that I’m not where I used to be. How many of you glad that you’re not where you used to be? How many of you glad that you can see that God has brought you from a, as an old saints? My mama and daddy said brought me from a mighty long way, brought me from out of darkness and into his marvelous light.
[00:02:41] That you’re not the same. I look back on that guy back then. And I’m just like, man, I don’t even know. How he made it, never would’ve made it. I don’t know how he made it, but then when I turn around and I look and see where I believe God is taking us and where he’s taking me, I’m like, Lord, I’m gonna need your strength to be able to go to where you’re taking me.
[00:02:58] Amen. And you do too. Yes, because you’re not gonna stay here at the same place that you’ve been in God is going to, and is continuing to bring you forward. If as you say yes to him, he’ll bring you forward. As you yield to his spirit, he’ll bring you forward. He’ll bring you from glory to glory, from place to place.
[00:03:14] And you gotta just say yes to him. I don’t know what it looks like. Doesn’t matter. It’s always good. Amen. No matter where he just like, God, I don’t know. I don’t know where you’re taking me. I don’t know where you’re leading me, but I wanna say yes to the spirit of God. I don’t, I wanna be like Moses, who said, Lord, I don’t wanna get off this mountain.
[00:03:31] Unless your presence go before us. I ain’t going anywhere. I know that’s bad English. My mama will not be proud. She’s an English teacher. I ain’t going nowhere. Unless your presence go before us because I need, we need your presence. We need your word. And the only way that I believe that we are going to grow.
[00:03:49] as believers and followers of Jesus Christ is through his word. The word of God, being connected to the word, everything else is shifting and sinking sand on Christ, a solid RockEye stand. The word of God is what’s gonna be able to, as we build our house, he says, whoever hears these words, or this is Jesus, whoever hears these words of.
[00:04:12] And does them. I will liken to him to being a man who built his house upon the rock and the waves came and the wind blew and the rain blew up against that house. And it stood still because it was founded on the rock, which is Christ. I’m gonna ask you this morning, where is your house being built?
[00:04:33] Yeah. Is it on the rock or is it on man? On and on the cunning deceitfulness of this world, these things of this world are passing away. That’s right. Yes. The Bible says that the grass Withers and the flower fades, but the word of God will remain forever. It will remain forever. Everything else. It just said his word, the word of God is forever settled in heaven.
[00:04:56] Yes. It’s the word of God. I’m asking you this morning. are you, is your house being founded, being built on the rock? Don’t settle for the beach front property. It’s I like being on the beach. I like the beach too. I enjoy the beach, but I’m telling you just as soon as you enjoying the beach, the weather can turn for the worse.
[00:05:19] I can see the weather turning for the worst for the body of Christ, because there’s a storm coming. The church is, I don’t know if the church is ready, but there’s a storm coming. Oh, wait. The storm is. There’s a political storm. There’s a racial storm. There’s a denominational storm. There’s a cultural storm.
[00:05:38] There’s a, all the things that are storm that’s going on. And you say, is it brewing? I’m telling you it’s here. The stuff that we’re seeing right now, going on in our world, some of the older saints, which I’ve never seen this in all my life. My daddy said it all the time. I ain’t never seen nothing like this in all my life.
[00:05:51] We’re seeing it right now unfold right before our eyes. So I’m asking you, where’s your house built? Yeah. Where’s your foundation. We sang about the firm foundation this morning. Where’s your foundation. Is it on the world? On the world? Is it on the word? Both of ’em starts with w but I’m asking you, is the w that yours is founded on, is it the word of God, or is it the world today?
[00:06:17] some of that I enjoy fishing. I love to fish. Whenever I get a chance I’m going fishing. I like to go fishing cuz the Lord speaks to me while I’m fishing. And I was fishing a couple of weeks ago was reason I wasn’t here. I was with her in Alaska with a couple of PA few, not a couple, but a bunch of pastors from gateway church and gateway network.
[00:06:35] And we were fishing in Alaska and I wanted to show you one of the fishing conditions that we were in. The last day of our fishing trip. I’m gonna show. Here, and I want you to look at how crazy it got.
[00:06:53] Yeah. This definitely. Now that was absolutely some you’re just crazy. It was nuts. And we were fishing in that. It wasn’t just, I had a pole out. I was fishing cuz I’m like die hard. I’m gonna die hard. And. I remember some of the other guys had gotten sick on the boat because the waves were all just, they were like, oh, I’m like breakfast, anyone, you know what I’m saying?
[00:07:12] They’re just like, they provided a lot of chum in the water for the fish. There’s lot of they were just chumming the water. So like you missed a spot, just chum, chumming the waters over here. And so it got, I knew we were in trouble when I looked up and I saw I was, we were on the boat and I saw the waves taller than the.
[00:07:28] And then, and I re I went back to all the guys that were sick in the bottom of the boat. And I said, one of y’all was supposed to go to NVA and you didn’t, and I’m telling you right now, one of y’all was supposed to make it to NVA and you didn’t do it. And I’m about to throw somebody off this boat, And they had the audacity.
[00:07:46] One of ’em all had the audacity to be like you, the only black person on this boat, , we’ll throw you off. I said, I’m bigger than all. Y’all we going down? Everybody going down? I’m going down, everybody. I’m just kidding. I didn’t say that. Now some of your, and it is good to laugh, but I wanna tell you that some of you have that going on in your life going right now, you have the boats and the waves and the wind and the rain and all of that is beating up against your house.
[00:08:13] You have you’re in a storm. You’re not one of those pastor Cris. There’s a storm coming. You are absolutely in a storm. You may be in a financial storm. You may be a storm in your marriage. You may be. Storm that’s going on with your children. There may be a storm on your job. There may be a storm in your neighborhood.
[00:08:26] There may be a storm in your community, but I want to tell you this morning, it is now not the time to Torie back. It is time to know that your house is founded on the rock of Jesus Christ. It is time for you to be surefooted flat footed on the word of God. It does not change. It does not move. It does not shift.
[00:08:44] It does not change. The word of God remains forever. And you have got to be founded on the rock, which is Christ. Jesus. And you can’t be trying to think about where I’m gonna build. You gotta build on the rock because the storms of life will come. If you are breathing, if you are alive, if you are here right now, you’re watching online and wherever you are, the storms of life will come.
[00:09:04] But to those who have built their house up on the rock of Jesus Christ and the word of God, Yeah, come on. That’s why we gotta get back to biblical principles and biblical values. Yeah. We can’t be voting and trying to figure out on things of that, what I feel like and what I, what it looks like, because I am hearing stuff that I’ve never heard before people talking about that God is for abortion and God is for all these other things.
[00:09:25] Where did you get that? You didn’t get that outta the word of God. That’s right. Why are we getting this stuff from? Why are preachers why are preachers and pastors compromis. Now, during this time, why is that? Because they, I found it on the scriptures and the word, which is Christ. And I’m not gonna be a pastor that’s gonna lead their congregation astray by trying to tell you what I, my opinion is and what I think and what I feel, because my feelings change my opinion sometimes.
[00:09:55] Cowboys were playing the other night. My opinions change all the time when it comes to them, wherever I’m at. You know what I’m saying? Somebody’s just I don’t know, to burn the Jersey or to put it on, burn it or put it on. I don’t know what to do. So feelings change, but the word of God does not change.
[00:10:10] Am I telling the truth? I have some Bibles here, Bible. These Bibles have been given to me and they were the Bibles from the 1700. Somebody gave them to me cuz they said that the reason why they gave ’em to me is because they know I value the word and I don’t preach out there with a write in it.
[00:10:25] But I was thinking the other day, as I’m picking up these Bibles and I said to myself, here’s a Bible that came out of a family in the 17 hundreds. Now what in the world was going on in the 17 hundreds that they said that we need this in our house, in our home, in our. I wonder what was going on in the 17 hundreds, where they had to think about the fact that we need something that’s gonna be stable.
[00:10:50] We’re getting away from king George and we’re getting away from all this other stuff. What is it that we need? That’s gonna found that’s gonna help our families be sustained through the storm. What do we need in our home to make sure that we are going to live and be, and not just be sustained and not just survive?
[00:11:07] How are we gonna thrive as believers and followers of Jesus? It is the word of God. So they probably had a t-shirt because they came from England. You know what I’m saying? They had all that other stuff, but nothing like the word of. because it does not change the word of God. Just not changed. That’s right.
[00:11:22] And so they needed the word of God, just like we need the word of God today. There’s something that’s going to all throughout the ages. In the beginning, all throughout the ages, something that’s gonna sustain us and help us to be able to stand in the evil day. It doesn’t all this stand with your Lauren’s good about what truth, what is the truth?
[00:11:40] The truth is not a thing. It’s a. His name is Jesus. Yes. Yeah. Come on. So I’m looking at these and I want you to tell you, these are not two Bibles. This is the old Testament right here. Both of these volumes are the old Testament, so they didn’t go, Hey Siri, can you help me find, you know what I’m saying?
[00:12:01] They didn’t, wasn’t none of that. They had to roll their sleeves. And get, oh, Siri talks to sir, over there talking, is that you Vernon? It was Siri. It was . Hey Siri, can you help me find anyway, can you help me find where Vernon anyway, I’m just kidding. They didn’t have apps. They didn’t have apps back in of the day.
[00:12:21] Can I tell you the only app you need for the Bible? You want to hear this? The only app you need for the word of God is an appetite. You need an appetite for the word of God and a hunger and thirst for righteousness. during this time what’s gonna sustain you. What’s gonna keep you your kids. They’re entering into a storm going into a school.
[00:12:43] Now they’re trying to mask the CRT stuff to try to call it something else. Try to get your kids, try to teach your kids something else. That’s why the home has gotta be founded on something other than the world’s knowledge. Oh, I’m telling the truth this morning where you want to hear it or not. I’m gonna tell the truth here in this church.
[00:12:59] I’m gonna speak the word of God in this church, because you need to hear it. I don’t want to give you stuff, be like, you’re gonna make it. And I said, you won’t, if you don’t have the word of God in your life, can I get a wittedness you gonna need the word of God. Then I thought back that a family in the 17 hundreds.
[00:13:13] And then I thought back about the fact that I have with me this morning. Some of you guys, I know this, but I’m a fifth generational pastor and I found. Some sermons that from my great grandfather from 1945, the word of God was pre was relevant in the 17 hundreds. The word of God was relevant in 19 45, 77 years ago.
[00:13:34] My great greatgrandfather was the pastor of lo Bayou Baptist church. And the name of the title of this message. My grandpa I’ve never met him obviously, but the title of this message. The just shall live by faith and walk in the spirit of the word of God. And here’s one of his, one of his points in his message says right here, said he, that has my commandments and keep them cuz he wrote, I don’t know why he wrote in king James, but this is what he wrote it outta the Bible.
[00:14:08] It is he that loves me and he, that loveth me shall be loved by my father and I will love. And I will manifest myself to him. John 14, my PA my great grandfather. Great grandfather wrote that in a church service that he’s preaching to people in Montelo Arkansas at log Bayou Baptist church, 17 hundreds, 1945.
[00:14:35] 2022, the word of God is still relevant and need to be preached. Yes. Sounds good.
[00:14:44] Faith coming by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Be careful what you’re hearing right now during this time, because it’s important for you to hear the word of God to build faith. Because read some scripture this morning, Psalms one, three says this and you, and it’ll be on the screens, but you can read along, says bless it.
[00:15:01] As a man who walks out in the council of the ongo nor stands in the path of sinners nor sits in the seat of the SCOM for, but his delight, her delight, their delight is in the law of the Lord and in his Lord, he meditates day and night, and he should be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings towards fruit in its season.
[00:15:20] And not only that, but whose Le Y also not with her and whatever he does shall prosper. I wanna tell you that when you talk about the word that the meditate upon the word of God day and night can be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Did you know that then the Jewish custom that when they were teaching their children about the word of God, they would put honey on the scrolls and have the kids lick the scrolls and the honey off because the word of God is sweet.
[00:15:46] Like the honey. that’s how they talk the children about the word of God. Your word is honey, on my lamps, your spirit like water to my, so your word is lamb unto my feet. Jesus. I love you. I love you. talking about the word of God. Yes. The word of God is gonna sustain you. It’s gonna keep you in the waves of life and the storms of life.
[00:16:27] So here, my first point is this. You need to be connected to the living word. Amen. The living word, the word is not just black ink on white paper. You need to be connected to the living word cuz the Bible says that the word of God is alive. It’s quick. It’s powerful. It’s sharper than any two edge sword pitching even to the division of the so thunder and in between the joints and the marrow and is a discerner of the.
[00:16:48] Thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifested in his sight, but all things are open and naked into the eyes of him, of whom we must give an account. The word of God is active. It’s alive. It’s powerful. It’s living. When you read it, it should infiltrate your soul and change you.
[00:17:03] Because if it’s not, it’s only information, but you don’t need just information. You need not only just information, but he needs to turn into revelation. And after it turns from information, the revelation should reveal who Jesus is. When you pull back the curtain, it should look like Jesus.
[00:17:16] When you pull back the blinders, it should. Jesus cuz the information turns to revelation and it doesn’t stop there because the information turns to revelation and then turns to transformation. And that is what we are about trying to get you transformed. How do you know this pastor, Chris? How do you know that’s gonna help?
[00:17:31] Because the Bible says that I Bei you there for a brother. And by the S of God that you present your body’s a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, which is a reasonable service and be not conformed to this world, but be you transformed transformation, transformed by what? By the renewing of your mind, how you gonna renew your mind by the word of God.
[00:17:47] If you wanna make new your mind, it’s gotta be revelation and not just by information, but revelation, but transformation. So that you can do what prove that, which is acceptable and perfect will of God. Amen. Come on. So good. Come on. What is the definition of success? Because the word of God says that it talks about this.
[00:18:08] Right here in Josh, Joshua one eight. This is book of the law should not depart from your mouth, but you should meditate in it day and night and you should observe to do according all, according to all that is written in it for, then you’ll make your way prosperous and you have good success.
[00:18:22] What is the definition of success? The world has a definition of success. The society has a definition of success. People have a definition of success, but what is God’s definition of success is that God’s definition of success is doing the will of. If you’re doing the will of God, you are being successful.
[00:18:38] Yeah. How do you know that? Cause it’s outta the word. How do you prove the acceptable and perfect will of God by renewing your mind with the word of God, that’s how that happens. So some of you need to be connected to the living word, or you also need to be connected to the written word. The word that is written when Jesus came up in the willingness against Satan, he didn’t say, I think I feel, I, he said.
[00:19:07] Is written, say it with me. It is written. He said it, say it again. It is written. He spoke the word of God. He’s a word of God. It is written, man. Should I live by word by bread alone. But by every word, the proceeds outta the mouth of God, that word, if you look it up, that word means to hang on every word.
[00:19:24] That means that God is not, he’s not a man that he should lie. Let every man be a liar, but God be true. The word of God is true. Amen. Sorry, honey. I know I said I wasn’t gonna do it, but I forgot about it. I forgot. I love you. We’ll talk about this later. she goes, take that up there with you. And so I anyway, okay.
[00:19:51] Let me guys remember what the rubs cube is. Raise your hand. Don’t leave me by myself. Come on Al. How many of you guys had one? You still guy steel guy. See what I’m saying? Said. Thank. My sister talking about she still got it. I know. I don’t know. We had this in our house. How many of you guys remember how many of you guys solved it and raise your hand if you ever solve.
[00:20:09] Okay. First ever didn’t have anybody solve it. They were struggling. They were like what did some, they didn’t have it. But I remember the first time I got one of these and I was trying to impress a girl. This is what it always is. I was trying to impress a girl. Her name was April and she had one and I had one and I was trying to impress her.
[00:20:24] And so I was going to, I, the thought was that I was going to get this cube done before she did so I could show her voila. You know what I’m saying? I’m gonna be like here, the cube is. And I remember doing, I should have been working on homework, but I remember working on this thing all night. Trying to get it, trying to get it fixed up, trying to figure out I could show her like, man I’m smart.
[00:20:41] You are going to be dating your smartest. Good looking ness and can’t, and that’s not even a word, but anyway, I was trying to tell just, sure. So I remember working on it all night and could not figure it out. I get clothes sometimes, but I couldn’t figure it out. So while as I’m frustrated, I’m upset trying to figure this thing out frustrated because I can’t get the thing to line up.
[00:21:02] Now I’m gonna tell you some of you are frustrated, same way because you’re trying to get, and all it is same thing in, in, in your life. You’re trying to get everything to line up with the word of God, all sides. Your thought life needs to line up with his. Your marriage need to line up with his word.
[00:21:19] Your finances need to line up with his word, how you do your, how you train and teach your children needs to line up with the word of God. It’s the truth. So the holy spirit spoke to me late in the night Mandic and he said, why don’t you take the stickers off, take the stickers off and put ’em off to the side and then put ’em back on.
[00:21:44] Like it’s correct. And I was like, I know that was the Lord. And and so I did, I took all the stickers off, took all the stickers off and put ’em to the side and I started slapping them back on there one by one until I had a complete puzzle. So the next morning I walked up to April and I said, voila, here you go.
[00:22:05] Here you go here, Angela. I said, here you go. Here’s here. Here’s a Kru cube and she goes, you did not. I go, I did too. And so she goes, that’s really great, except for you put the stickers on wrong and they’re still tilted a little bit. And I can tell that you pull the stickers off and put ’em and put it here on the, on, on the side.
[00:22:25] And so she caught me, she realized that and so obviously it didn’t end up good. I that, that relationship didn’t last long. And I found somebody that could rubs my cube and that was that’s Vanessa. So she is the one that’s able to rubs my cube. Now, some of you are laughing, but here’s the truth.
[00:22:38] I am trying to, I’m trying to get you to understand that life is and can be a puzzle. The truth is that as you line up the script line up with scriptures on your life is needs, needs to align with what God says. If you’re aligning with anything else, other than the word of God and what he’s saying, you’re gonna be all mixed up and you’ll never be able to reach the goal and the purposes that God has for your life.
[00:23:01] God is saying, would you line up with his word? So that’s why you need a revelation. You need to be connected to the living word. You need to be connected to the written word and you need to be connected to the spoken word. He is the spoken word in the beginning was the word and the word was with God.
[00:23:23] The word was God. In the beginning, before time began the word that was the. The word of God, the spoken word. Did you know that scientists even right now, they had that big old, quadruple big time telescope. And all they can do is look back on that telescope. And they had thought it had it all figured out.
[00:23:39] They look up and they see beyond some of the cosmos and they’re seeing something that they’d never seen before. And God, and it’s still light because Jesus, because God said, let there be light. And then there was light and light is still reverberating in the Cosmo. These are still being created because he spoke it into existence.
[00:23:59] God has spoken and his spoken word is alive and is a lamp into our feet and a light into our path. John H says, John says, then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, these are people who believed in Jesus said that if you abide in my word, that word means to live in, to dwell in, to stay in, to to consistently dwell in.
[00:24:20] If you abide in my word, you are my disciples. Indeed. That’s what we remember. That’s what we’re said. We’re about trying to make disciples who make a difference to making disciples. And so you’ll be a disciple. How do you know you’re a disciple by abiding in the word? Another one is body your love for one another and you show know the truth and the.
[00:24:35] We’ll make you free. Isaiah 55 10 says this far as the rain comes down in the snow from heaven and do not return there, but water the earth and make it bring forth. And bud, that it may give sea to the sore and bred to the eater. So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth. It shall not return to me void, but shall accomplish what I please and everything he set out for it to accomplish.
[00:24:57] It shall prosper. And the thing for which I sent it, the word of God. It does not return unto him void as he speaks it, it comes back and it accomplishes everything that he set up for it to accomplish. I remember some many of you may be at this place, but I remember the first time, cause my parents I’ve told you, my parents had us as kids read seven chapters a day, every day, except for the weekends.
[00:25:19] And then they had us memorize scripture, seven chapters a day, and then they, we couldn’t come to the table unless. unless we memorize the scripture. That was our routine. Every night dinner, everybody had to remember everybody. I’ve told you some of this. Some of you may not have heard it, but we had to come up with a scripture.
[00:25:36] And my first one was when I came to the table, I said, Jesus wept. And my dad said, you gonna be weeping with Jesus if you come back with that scripture again. So I remember having to come up with these scriptures and I didn’t like it then. But I know why now that my parents had me do that because they wanted to get the word of God.
[00:25:53] We weren’t wealthy. We didn’t have a whole lot of money, but they like such as I have. I give unto you. Here’s the word of God. Here’s what you’re gonna have. And so we were in the word all the time. My dad prayed the word. He spoke the word, he quoted the word. He would ask us, what are you standing? What scriptures are you standing on all the time?
[00:26:07] My dad would do that. He still does it to this day, but I remember opening the Bible for somebody who grew up in church and saying, God, I have no idea. What I’m supposed to be getting out of these scriptures. And when I open the word, I get frustrated. I was frustrated because I was supposed to be reading the word because the pastor told me to, and the preacher said, I’m supposed to read the word and you’ll grow and all these different things.
[00:26:27] And I didn’t, I wasn’t reading the word and I’m like, why in the world, Lord, open up the scriptures, but it doesn’t ain’t do anything cause confusion. It causes frustration because I don’t know what I’m supposed to be reading. I wanna get the best out of the. And so I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing here.
[00:26:40] And I’m reading scriptures, I’m frustrated. And so I stopped reading the Bible. I closed the Bible. I closed the book because I didn’t know what I was supposed to be getting out of it. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t understand it’s verbiage. I didn’t understand what it meant when all the begats what was sad about, you know what I’m saying?
[00:26:53] I didn’t understand what was going on. So I stopped reading the word because I was frustrated. And my parents were telling me to read the scriptures. And after seven chapters a day, they would be like what did you get outta the scriptures? I go, nothing, mom. I got nothing out of it. I am reading the scriptures because you’re telling me to I’m in the word because you’re telling me to, but I get nothing out of it.
[00:27:11] I’m not getting anything out of it. And so I stop reading it and I stop reading the Bible and stop getting and doing my devotional time and all those different things, because I was frustrated. I remember being somebody who grew up, who’d grown up in the church, all my life, being frustrated of reading the.
[00:27:28] I went to my mom. I said, mama. I said, I understand you and dad, when y’all say that, y’all read the scriptures. You talk about the things that God speaks to you and God says to you and you all the stuff that you get revelations, and so our pastor would get up and he’d be like, I want you to read the word of God because God is going to show you great and mighty things.
[00:27:46] I’m like, you know what I’m saying? Cause I didn’t know what he was talking about. He’s like crazy. You guys are nuts. And my mother’s, I remember this, she said, , this is what I want you to do. The next time you open that. I had that old Gideon Bible, that hard cover Bible. They had to gimme the hard cover.
[00:28:02] Cause I tear ’em up. You know what I’m saying? Cause I was hard on stuff. And so the next time you open the Bible before you open it, I want you to pray and ask the holy spirit to show you something out of the word of God and him illuminate the scriptures to you this time. Don’t just open it to read it just because I told you to, but the holy spirit loves.
[00:28:21] And he wants you to get everything that you’re supposed to get out of it. So before you even open the word of God, before you even sit down to open it, I want you to pray and ask the holy spirit to help you and to show you and illuminate the word of God to you. I go, okay, mama. I’ma do it. And so I remember sitting in that ugly blue chair that was in my room, turning on that ceiling fan that only had two blades wrong or weren’t turning on the, and I sat down, I opened the book and then I closed it real fast.
[00:28:49] I said, okay, holy spirit. I’m getting ready to read the word of God. I’m gonna ask you to show me something in your word that you want me to see, because you love me. And I know you love me, and I know you want me to see everything that I’m supposed to be seeing out of it. So would you show me what I’m supposed to see out of the word of God?
[00:29:08] Then I opened it right here, in right here. Psalms one. And I read this, bless it is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly. And I remember thinking, looking up. and thinking about all the people and all the council that I’ve gotten from the Angoly. I thought about all the council of the world that I had been thinking about all my friends that gave me bad counsel, and I started praying Lord, I know there’s been bad counsel in my mind.
[00:29:30] And some of my friends have given me bad counsel, but I know you want me to get counsel from you because your word says that in the multitude of counselors, there’s safety, not only that, but you told me to get wisdom, cuz your word says that while you’re that get wisdom because it’s a principle. And Lord, I wanna get wisdom.
[00:29:44] And you said that if I asked for wisdom that you would give it to me and you would hold back, not only that, but you said while you’re getting wisdom, good understanding. And then you said that I have the mind of Christ. And I know that if you gimme the mind of Christ, I get to think your thoughts. And I’m not thinking my thoughts, which is bad, but thinking your thoughts, which is good, I’m thinking Lord, that you’re gonna help me to be able to see what you want me to see.
[00:30:01] And you’re gonna open my eyes to not only follow godly counsel, not only follow the ways of the world, the word, but also follow your counsel and what you. Call me to do. And I thank you, Lord, that you’re the one that’s illuminating the word of God to me, for me to see where I’m supposed to go. And then you’re saying Lord, that you would open my eyes and open my heart so that I’ll be able to receive golly counsel, because one thing to get, golly, council is another thing to receive.
[00:30:23] Golly. Counsel is another thing for me to walk in golly council because you’ve given those in my family and my life. To be able to walk in the council that you’ve called me to, and your council is good council. It’s not just a council of anybody else. And I’m thankful Lord to not only that, but you’ve given me wisdom and you’ve given me your word.
[00:30:38] And you’ve given me parents that love me and care about me. And you’ve given me everything that pertains to life in godliness. And you’ve blessed me with every spiritual blessing and the heaven places. And you’ve given me everything that I need to be able to do what you’ve called me to do, and that you’ve gone before you, or before me.
[00:30:50] And you made my path straight. And then not only that, but you blessed me going in coming out when I rise up, when I lay down and I’m blessed on all sides. Said that your glory would be the lifter of my head and would be my rear guard. And you said that you are the glory and lifter of my head and you are Lord or a shield for me.
[00:31:06] And that you, like David said, I can run through a troop leap over a wall, and that you blessed me and you kept my way straight. And that you have kept me in the night and that you kept me because that came to eat up on my flesh and bless it as a man that Walker knot in the council of the ungodly, that phrase right there, I was able to pray simply because the holy spirit began to open up my eyes.
[00:31:27] See something I’ve never seen before. Yes. And that was just one phrase. So then I just kept on going all of a sudden, my mom heard mama mom. She goes, I know she goes, I heard you in there. I go. He opened up the words and me in a way that have never seen before. And since then, I know what it means when he says, I love your law.
[00:31:54] I love your instructions. I love it because it is. And I, I don’t know why he made that one profit eat the word. I don’t know about that, but all I know is that I love it because it’s not just black ink on white pages. It’s alive to me. And when I read it, I’m not just trying to do it a devotional. Yes.
[00:32:15] I’m devoting my life to reading the word because it enhances my life. Yes. You’re and it causes strength and life to my bones in ways you want your children to be steadfast immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord because knowing that their work and labor’s not in vain, get ’em in the word.
[00:32:30] Yeah. Amen. You want your children to stand in the evil day? Get ’em in the work, cuz this does not change. Yeah. I’m gonna close with this last night. Can you guys know that Vanessa and I in school and I was writing a paper on, this is one of my favorite classes, because we just got through with systematic theology too.
[00:32:48] And now we’re doing scripture interpretation and proclamation, which is better known. It’s just a preaching class. So I’m having a good time. Vanessa is not necessarily. But I last night I was writing on three, the three views of the preacher, the close up view, I was writing about the The hidden view and the white angle view that a preacher, a pastor is supposed to have of his church.
[00:33:08] And while I was writing his paper in the middle of writing his paper, an aroma came into the room and this aroma, I couldn’t see it. I didn’t know necessarily first where it came from, but it was aroma. Of supper being cooked in the middle of my preparation and working, and I began to smell this smell.
[00:33:30] And the more I tried to write, the more my mind went to that smell. Okay. The white angle view has to do with the preacher having a Ooh Lord. What is that? So I’m too lazy to go in and. And find out what it is. So I text Vanessa from the bedroom. , don’t laugh at me. That’s not that funny. too lazy. So I text her, I said, Hey, what is that smell?
[00:33:50] She goes, supper’s ready. And so what I smelled was Vanessa hadn’t made banana blueberry muffins and she made chicken spaghetti and then she made garlic honey biscuits. And all of it just filled the. And so I would try to write, but all of a sudden, my hands started cramping up. You know what I’m saying?
[00:34:08] They started cramping up and all of a sudden I heard this. This noise outta nowhere. What is that noise? And it was my stomach growling. I thought it was a storm outside. I didn’t know what was going. No, no forecasted rain, but the more I sat and tried to write, the more, my attention grew to those muffins and those biscuits and that.
[00:34:25] Spaghetti. And all of a sudden I tiptoed and y’all know I’m lying. I can’t tiptoe nowhere anyway. So I started walking toward the kitchen and all of a sudden it had drew me in and she said, supper’s ready. And I said, oh Lord, the Lord is my shepherd. And he know what I want. And so I went into the kitchen and there, it was all prepared for me and I sat down and I engulfed and I just, it changed my life.
[00:34:48] That chicken spaghetti change. You ever had a meal so good that it changes your. Changes your, I drew out all etiquette. I’m not supposed to talk with my mouth for, you know what I’m saying? I changed everything changes. And so I sat there and this is what I was thinking about now. I’m, I love laughter and I want you to laugh, but here’s what I’m praying for.
[00:35:05] You. I’m praying that as you continue your day and you go about your day, that the aroma of the word of God would get a hold of your. And the more you try to go throughout your day and the more you try to do what you want to do, that the smell and the sweetness of the spirit would draw your attention toward the word of God and that you would get a hunger for, and a passion for the word of God that you’ve never had before that you find yourself engulfed in the word of God for hours and hours, and you’re eating it and you’re absorbing it and it is coming into your life.
[00:35:39] And. Changing you. I pray that every time you turn on the TV and you’re watching nothing or whatever it is, that’s going on, especially if the Cowboys are playing or whatever it is, I pray that you turn your attention toward the word of God and you realize that it is not just reading the word, but the Puma, the spirit of the word would cause you to come alive.
[00:35:58] And the word of God would cause you to. And you will begin to not only dance with the word, but the word would dance off the page at end of your hearts and your hunger of God would intensify so great that it changes you. And it’s not just information, it’s not just revelation, but it’s transformation.
[00:36:19] Amen. And that it changes you all the way around cuz you know what I’m after, you know what God’s, after it changes you, change your family to change your C. Change your community can change society change. Society can change a state and ultimately change a nation because the word of God is alive.
[00:36:39] Y’all ain’t saying amen, but she is, that’s a word of God is alive and it’s active. Do you hear what I’m saying?
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.