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Given at the Last San Antonio Forum
First of all I give all honor and glory to God. God is in charge of anything that happens in our lives. God is in charge. He rules and He reigns, and it is only what He allows that will happen. If we are His children, we should be able to know that.
That is why those of you who have been around me for a long time know that I don't worry myself about things that I don't understand. If I don't understand them, I don't worry myself about them. When God wants to let me know about it, He will let me know about it, and then I'll understand.
That is why I don't know too much. It is wonderful not to know too much. Amen? Because the less you know, the more of God you seek. And I have not arrived yet. There are some that have arrived. Personally, I have not arrived yet. I'm still here. People that have arrived are no longer here. Amen! Thank you Jesus.
I want to thank everyone who helped to make our trip to Nigeria possible. I want to publicly thank all of those who supported either directly or indirectly through their prayers or their gifts, and charity, moral support, and for being there for us. For my family, as I wasn't here, I want to thank the Lord for all of you. Our journey to Nigeria was something that was known world wide. Many people heard about Brother Wayne Simon and Brother Ebenezer going to Nigeria for a missionary trip. Yes we did. It was more than I expected. Never in my entire life, mind you I have been a minister for over 20 years, and I have seen God do many wonderful things. I've seen many things happen. But I never thought in my life, that the things that I've read in the books, the things we have read from history and the bible, about how God moved, how the Spirit of God came down, the tremendous and marvelous things that mindboggles people, -- I never thought I would see them face to face. Brother Simon and I had a wonderful time, recognizing that God is not limited to our little opinions and personal understandings. What He does is beyond our imaginations. You see God can do anything, anyplace, anywhere, anytime. But, what God does NOT do is go against His word. If God says go, He knows why He says go.
I couldn't figure out what we were to do over there. I prayed. I said God, what is it, what is going on over here, how are we going to do it? But God knows what He is doing. By the time we got there, He had people in place, that were taking us from place to place. The schedule was so packed up that we didn't have time for ourselves. The only time I had was when I was in the back of the car. Then I could study and sleep. When we were in the places where we had to be in hotels, I took that time to pray, and to seek God and stay up all night. Initially it was a little confused as to what we were to do.
Brother Simon and I met at Amsterdam. He was there before me. He was standing there waiting for me when I got there. I saw him. We hugged and sat down and talked a little bit. We walked around the airport and talked a couple of hours before we could get into the airplane leaving for Nigeria. I remember telling him, when you get to Nigeria, things will be a little chaotic. To them, it is what being organized is. To you over here it is what being disorganized is. He thought I was kidding, until we got to the airport in Nigeria. He saw how things disorganized things were there by our standards, here. There it was as organized as it could be. He was really speechless. I said brother, please, don't say anything, stand over here, I'll do the talking.
Now my first experience in January, taught me a great deal of lessons. This time around, I was not going to take no for an answer. I was ready to fight. What I mean by that is this: Over here your no means no. There some of the times they say no, it can be yes. Both of you bargain it and you say no, I don't want that. You keep saying no, I don't want that, and before long, you come to an understanding. If they tell you yes and you go with it, you are in trouble. If they say no and you go with it you are in trouble. They expect you to fight. I guess that Brother Simon never thought that I could be that forceful. I did not know that I could be that forceful either. It was like, God had schooled me and said, "this time go over there and open your mouth."
The police officers and the military men were all heavily armed, in the airport, and on the roads. Everywhere, they stop you, and they search you. When I told them we were here on Missionary work, the first question they asked was, "can you give us a bible." Even the Muslims, too wanted a bible. They want to make sure that you are telling them the truth. They want to rob you. They want to disturb your journey. But, God covered us with His glory. Whenever they stopped us, they did not do anything. We opened the bibles, and gave them one bible, and they were happy. So we got to Port Harcourt. The people were waiting there to pick us up.
We went to the village. I wanted Brother Simon to have a village experience. Because what you call a village here is not what a village is over there. It is different. When we got there, Praise God, they had a place prepared where we would stay. They had a place well kept. It was all done very well. But it was nothing like any village over here. I enjoyed staying in the village because it was more quiet staying in the village, and the atmosphere was a little more conducive than staying in the big cities.
We began the work of the ministry in this first place. They waited for us and had a place prepared for us and were doing everything they could to give us V.I.P. treatment. When we got into the service the first thing that I saw was too much flesh. It is very difficult to get me to dance. I'm not a dancing person. If you are dancing around me, I'll be watching you making sure you are not dancing in the flesh.
Anything that is done in the flesh, does not profit anyone. We have spent our lifetimes walking in the flesh. These few moments that we have is no longer a time to do that. For me it is not. I've lived my life in the flesh for so long; but in these last times, I don't want it anymore. All the years I've lived in the flesh, walked after the flesh, they did not profit me anything. The few times I have walked in the Spirit, I have had much gain. So, unless you are very foolish and stupid, you compare and contrast. I compared and contrasted. I found out it is more blessed to walk in the Spirit, than to walk in the flesh. What the scripture says is correct. To walk in the flesh is death; but, to walk in the Spirit is life. Amen?
We got there they did all the introductions and it was time for me to minister. I stood up there and cussed all of them out. They could not believe it. I told their pastors to go to hell. Ask Brother Simon, he will tell you. I called them a bunch of hypocrites. Ignorant people who don't know anything. Believe it or not, the dancing kind of subsided. Because, ladies came to show out. We came from the US, and to impress us. I don't care anything about someone trying to impress me. I did not come to receive any person's impression. I came to serve God. As we ministered, things began to change.
I want you to know that people are hungry for the word of God. People need the truth. The only thing that can set people free, is not an emotion, it is the truth. It is not how bad your feelings are hurt. Yes, as long as we are human beings, we will get our feelings hurt from time to time. You know what I also learned? In such situations, especially for those of us who are preachers or in the ministry, feel sometimes as though we have passed from death to life. We feel we are not affected. It may be that we have passed from death, to life, and back to death again. We think we are not affected by the things that should hurt our feelings. But a dead mean can't feel anything. So we think we are dead and sometimes, God would want us to know, hey, "what you think is not in you is right there hidden. So what He is going to do is bring someone who will poke you. Poke you -- BOOM! And then it begins to show up. You think you had gotten rid of this long ago, and in reality, it is still there. God is looking for a clean unblemished people. Whatever He has to do to bring the rottenness out of us, into the open so we can repent of it, He will do it.
Some of you are sitting down here and listening to me over the radio. What will be shaken, will be shaken. God will keep on shaking us, until we get rid of the dross, and get the self and flesh characteristics out of our life, to make us pure before Him. How do you know if there is no pride in you? How do you know if there is no anger in you? How do you know that there is no wickedness in you? You won't until someone does something to you, it is then that you find out. Married people, you think you are in heaven yet? Wait until your wife does something wrong to you. Then your carnal mind begins to work.
I see people coming to me saying, "what am I going to do about this?" They say I don't like this. This is no good. I say, "Oh really?" How do you know it is no good? Maybe it is something that is in you that God wants to bring out. You are trying to keep it back, and God wants it out of you. You keep it back. I am saying this because there are many people out there, who need the truth of the word of God. Believe it or not, the truth, most of the time, hurts. It hurts real bad. Are you hearing me? So if it is hurting, perhaps, it is the truth. If is uncomfortable, perhaps it is the truth. If it is always delicious and wonderful, you better look at it again, it might not be the truth. The truth sets free. When the truth sets you free, you are free indeed. I know that there are still things that God has to work out of me. I am willing. I don't care if God would do it through my wife, through my children, through anyone else. I may not accept it right away, but with time, I will. I have to do what God wants me to do.
God began to move in that place. He began to touch people's lives. That was our first experience and I enjoyed the place. Like always, I don't go into a place because I wanted to. If I had my way, I would go no place. When God says go, there is a reason why He says go. There is a reason why He wants us to be there. All the places where we went, I had no hand in choosing them. They were all chosen before we ever got to Nigeria. The places were all chosen where we were to go. I did not make these choices. They were already chosen, so that is where we would go.
We then went to a place called Ahoada. The power of God showed up even that night. It was so spectacular that I began to doubt myself. I began to doubt what was going on. It was like a can't believe that God is doing these kinds of things in this place. Who are we? Who knows us? Now I know what it means to "fight a good fight of faith." I had to fight. I had to fight to maintain faith. Because it was so spectacular that I got frightened. You don't hear preachers saying that. I am willing to tell you what happened to me. To tell you how I felt. It is not because that I don't know that God is working. The working was so tremendous that I began to shake. It got to the point that I said to God, "are you trying to set us up, or what? Do you want to kill us or what? What is going on here? Do You think our blood would fill a cup for You?"
The power of God was so great. People were falling on their faces, asking God to forgive them, asking God to change their lives. Know that the truth we have here, and take for granted, many people don't have it. Many of their churches, and their pastors don't know anything. They have no idea of what is going on in the world. Most of them don't have TV's, or radios. They don't read newspapers, so they don't know what is going on in our world. So if you talk about the things happening in Israel, they don't know. If you talk about nuclear weapons, they don't know. If you talk about the economic crisis, they have been economic crisis all their life, and don't know which one is which again. If you tell them the antichrist and the mark of the beast is coming, they don't know. Just like the pre-tribbers in the US. If you tell them about the Y2K crisis, they ask you "what's Y2K?" They have no clue.
It was then that I realized that our job was cut out for us. I want to make it clear to you, that I am willing to go back tomorrow. I am willing to go back the next day, because, there is too much work to do and too few people doing it. The Ahoada experience was an eyeopener.
Then we went to Akabuka. It was there that I saw something else. I am glad that they did not tell us that people do NOT go to Akabuka for an "open air." We thought we were going to be in a room or a church house. But, they could find no place big enough to contain the people. Therefore we were going to stay in the open air. Now the occult people never allowed anyone to come over there and preach. The occult people were waiting for us. I did not even know. The people who took us there did not tell us that the devils there were having their Christmas party. These devils and their version of a Christmas party to celebrate their version of the winter solstice, were waiting for someone that they could use as a sacrifice. They were waiting for someone whom they could pounce upon. The first night there was something of a funny feeling. I only spoke for about 10 minutes. And the Spirit of God spoke to me and said "STOP!" I stopped. I did not even pray for them. I told the pastor of the place, you take over. I came down and got Brother Simon. We got into the car and took off to our hotel room.
That night I was asking God, "What's going on?" He did not answer me anything. He said wait till tomorrow. For a little bit, I was a little scared. I'll have to admit, I was a lot scared. Because I had some funny feelings around there. So as I sat down in that hotel room, and all of a sudden my sister that was with me began to pray at about midnight or 1:00am, and that prayer woke me up. I began to feel the presence of God. I said, "God Almighty, I don't know what is happening. But I am ready to go. And if I die, I die. You brought us here for a reason. I'm not going to chicken out. You know I am not going to chicken out. You did not bring us here for a show. So we are going there tomorrow to tear down the strongholds."
So I went to sleep. I couldn't wait for evening to come. When we got there that day, the occult people had arranged to bewitch us. So they set up their people in places, and were doing some enchantments and incantations against us. They had surrounded the whole place. How did I know this? The Spirit of God had made it known to me. When the meeting was over the people confirmed what was going on.
As I mounted the pulpit that day, we had a little bit of a language barrier. The people who interpreted for Brother Simon that day could not interpret him very well. They said about 75% of what he said wrong. I could not interpret for him because I could not even interpret my own language. I understood what they spoke. But I couldn't speak it fluently like before. I had been away for 16 or 17 years. I had gotten a little bit rusty.
I began telling the people of Akabka the end of all things is at hand and to prepare to meet your God. As I put my hand this way, in the posture of being forceful, the Holy Ghost spoke to me and said, "STOP right there!" And I stopped. Every eye was upon us as I held for about 30 seconds, maybe a minute. I then said I had a deposit in my spirit that there were some demon representatives around here. It is time to show Who is Who. Is God Almighty, God Almighty, or those dumb, stupid, demon, devils?
Right away the Lord told me what to say. I kind of get excited when it is time to confront the devil. Especially when God says do so. In me, in my flesh, I was scared to death, because I did not know what I was going to get.
Now it was about to rain. They wanted to cause it to rain to fall. All of a sudden the wind began to blow. The atmosphere changed. I said, "God Almighty, what's going on here?" I could hear the Spirit of God say, "Don' you know what to do? OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND SAY SOMETHING!!" I stood up there and said "well I know you want to have this rain fall tonight. But there will not be a drop of rain in this place until we are done. As a matter of fact rain will not fall in this place for the next 3 days. I pointed my finger at the cloud, I said, "In the name of Jesus let the cloud disappear! There will be no rain!!" And right away BOKWOOOOOSHHH!!! The huge cloud disappeared.
I could see right away that those demon worshippers, in their boots, SHAKING! What's going on here! I told them, "you are so powerful, SHOW UP, THE ARENA HAS BEEN SET! BRING YOUR GODS! BRING YOUR DEMONS! I'M GOING TO WHIP THEM TONIGHT! I REPRESENT GOD ALMIGHTY! I AM HERE IN HIS NAME! I AM GOING TO WHIP SOME BUTTS!" That is what I said. I said that "I AM READY TO WHIP SOME DEMON'S BUTTS! LET THEM SHOW UP" I said "HOW STUPID CAN YOU GET! YOU ARE COMING TO FIGHT FOR A DEMON??? WHY DON'T YOU ALLOW HIM TO COME AND FIGHT FOR HIMSELF! I said, "I will not fight for God! All I will do is speak the word and then let God do what He is supposed to do! Why do you want to take the matter in to your hands to come and fight us because your stupid little old devils, I am talking about your dumb, stupid, little, old, devils that can't do anything. If their mad at me let them show up. YOU DEVILS CAN'T YOU HEAR ME! SHOW UP! I SAID SHOW UP! YOUR DEVILS ARE DUMB, STUPID, IGNORANT AND FOOLISH."
You don't speak like this if God has not spoken to you. But when you speak in the authority of God Almighty, you fear NOTHING! Then I knew why God told Joshua, "Fear not, be of good courage! As I was with Moses, so will I be with you. All you need to do is to not be dismayed." There is nothing for us to fear, especially when we see things that are beyond human understanding. So the people could not show up. They couldn't come. I said, "Lord, what do you want me to do?" He said, "you come down from that platform, and walk towards them." Ooh! Ugh Oh! He said, "COME DOWN FROM THERE AND WALK TOWARDS THEM!!!" I said, "OK, its up to You now," and I came down. I started walking towards them, and I said, "I AM COMING TOWARDS YOU!!!" And they took off running. They all took off running. And while they were running, the people who saw them, and who were afraid to go to the gathering, came out to hear the word of God.
God healed a lot of people. God set a lot of people free. So the third day, the last night, I was preaching again. As I was in the same forceful posture, I proclaimed doom and judgment on the people, cussed them out, told them that every one of them were going to hell, even their pastors, everyone of them. I declared the word of God to them. And all of a sudden the Lord stopped me. I said, Ugh Oh!, here we go again. And He spoke to me. He said, "If any of my people say you are lying, you will just keep quiet if they say you are not telling the truth. I will deal with them." So if what I am saying goes over the short-wave, it is being heard by those whom we have told about the short-wave of the Overcomer Ministry, and most of them are listening right now. Brother Simon is also listening, wherever he is right now, by the grace of God. So he knows that the things that I am saying is the truth.
So as I stopped the Lord said that there was one of them who had run off the night before. One of those demonic occult people was there tonight. He is here tonight because God had struck his mind when he saw that someone could just open his mouth and all their power could just disappear. Right then, I said, "I know what you guys were about to do last night! There is one of you that is here tonight! You tried and you found out that the power of Almighty God is much more powerful, that all the power of your little old stupid demon devils! And you are here tonight because you want to confess!" And the guy came out saying, "Its me, its me." While he was coming the people ran away. They knew how dangerous this man had been all these years. I said "What did you come to do?" I said, "if you want to fight, I'll punch you out, I'll knock you out right now!" He said, "no don't, don't!" I said, "where is your demon, I'll punch him too!" He said, "No don't, don't, no, no, no, no! Last night we tried everything we wanted to try. It didn't work! So I came here to ask for what you have. I want your Jesus!" I said, "You don't want Him." He said, "I WANT HIM!!!" I said, "No its not for you, go and serve your devils." He said, "I forsook them all last night, I turned away from them all last night, I stopped serving them all last night before I came! I am not going to serve them any more." I told him, "You've come to the wrong person. I am not going to pray for you." He said weeping and crying, "WHY???"
I said, "Hey, I thought you said God did not exist. You want to serve your demons?" I said, "No way will I pray for you." I wanted to make it so hard for him. I wanted to make it so hard on him that if there was any other person looking for salvation, they would know it would not be easy. While we were talking he was already on his knees crying and wailing begging me to pray for him. I did not pray for him. The other ministers wanted to pray for him. I did not pray for him. I did not! I said, "You expect me to come and pray for you, you lying devil?" He said, "Please, I am serious, I want your Jesus!" I said, "If I tell you to receive Jesus as you Lord and Savior, you will?" He said, "YES!!!" If I tell you to denounce your demons, you will? He said, "YES!!! I denounced them last night, before I came." I said, "They are going to kill you!" He said, "I don't care."
The pastors and other ministers with me went over and were praying for the people. When that night was over the pastor said we should come to his house. We did. He told us that since he had been in this place he had never seen such a crowd. Nobody comes out at night because of the power of the occult demon worshippers. The people are very fearful of these highly empowered demonic occult members and what they do at night. He said, "Do you know what God did here? The thing that scares me is that in this place, at this hour, that God would visit us, that He would visit us out of all the people in this place that God would choose our town, AT THIS HOUR!!" He asked if we could stay two more days? We said no, that we have other places to go.
We left Akabuka and we went to Owerri for one night. There was a woman there who was dying. As I was ministering the Spirit of God spoke to me, that there was someone in this place listening, who was at the point of death. The Lord said He was going to heal her, to show the people around her, that God Almighty is God. I didn't see her. But I said it publicly. "If you are hearing me, God will heal you. You're not going to die. And I want to hear about it." So the following day the news came. As we were leaving, the pastor told us "while you were talking a woman was dying last night and she did not die." I told him I did not want to see her. I don't want to go there. The Lord did not tell me to go over there. I will not take any initiative by myself. What I will tell you is that the people will come to your church as God began to work.
We left Owerri to go to Iho. That place was so packed up that we became exhausted. We spent two days over there. The power of God was so very present. People were coming out publicly to confess their sins. Nobody disturbed or made any noise when they saw the power of God move. Everyone was scared in their boots. They were shaking. It got to a point that the musicians quit playing because I told them, "I don't know who is playing here. Are you playing to show off, or is the Holy Ghost moving on you?" And they quit playing. They just stopped playing. So when they were asked to play they were a little bit hesitant. I had to tell them that I did not tell them they could not play. All I wanted you to do is make sure you were playing in the spirit and not playing in the flesh.
There was a lady there who had been sick for about ten years with a hernia. She did not have money for surgery. The thing had caused her so much pain over the years. As I was ministering the Lord spoke to me that there were about four people that had problems with hernias. Hers was very acute. He said He was going to heal them. And God healed them. And she came running and screaming and jumping up and down. "That pain is gone! That pain is gone!" She came the next day and gave testimony of what God did.
There was one blind man there. I want you to hear this very correctly. He was there while people were coming up for prayer, and he did not come up with the others. When we were finished and leaving, someone brought him outside. They said, "Please would you pray for him." I said, "why?" He said, "He is blind." I said, "Are you just coming now, after we have been here all day? How come you did not come for prayer while we were praying for others? I am not going to pray for you. If you can not come out before the people, where everybody else was, and you want to come outside here, where there is no people, I will not pray for you. I said the same God that was moving there is the God you want to move here. Now I am leaving. It is not time to pray for people. I want you to know that God is not a respector of persons. If you think we are going to give you special attention, its not going to happen. Go on and let the people inside pray for you."
"Please!!" I said no. You see it is time for the people of God to know that we have to do what God says. It would not have taken anything for me to lay hands on him. But it would not have made any difference. Because the Lord was not telling me to do that. I am not going to stand here and tell you that I did everything perfectly wonderfully. There must be some things that were fumbled. But we were very careful that there would not be too many of them. We left not knowing that the blind man had been fighting with his wife and his sister because they had to drag him to come. He did not want to come to the meeting. They wanted him to come out for prayer, and he said he was not going to come out for prayer because he did not believe that God was going to heal him. I said, "So why did you come out here?" He said that they forced him to come out. I said, "I am not going to pray for you because they forced you to come. If you want God to touch you, you come willingly. Who do you think I am, God Almighty?"
They asked if he could be healed. I said, "I couldn't heal a rat if he had a headache! And you expect me to make the blind see?" They said, "The things I saw in that place convinced us." Well go on in there and tell them to pray for you. Me, I will not. Now while he was doing this, watch this, the people, everybody surrounded us. There was too much attention. I knew that was not from God. The attention was focused on us, and not on God. The last thing I wanted to do was stand there and say, "OK, I'm the man of God, bring him." No way would I do that. I almost got tempted. I have to be honest with you. I had compassion on him. Oh poor blind man. How can I refuse him. But do you think my touching him would have made any difference, if God did not touch him? Then our brothers realized this was a circus right now. The devil is the one who gathered these people around, because he wants to focus attention on us, and not God Almighty.
We got into the car and drove off. Why am I saying this. You see there are people who give their lives to Christ. How should I say this? I don't believe that anymore we are going to see large numbers of people genuinely giving their lives to Christ. We will see many pretended signs and wonders. The genuine salvations will be few if any. This will be especially true in places like America where the people have had every opportunity and rejected the genuine Christ for a false apostate churchianity. The big numbers are shams and false shows with self glorifying ministers.
Yet there are still places like we saw in Nigeria where they never have heard the gospel. They don't even have radios. They can not listen to the prophet without a radio. The few radios that Brother Simon brought did not go anyplace. They did not last. The few bibles that I came with, they did not last. We were finished and out of them real quick. There was too much demand. We go to many churches and maybe only one or two people have bibles. How can they read if they don't have a bible. The pastor does not even have a bible. It is on his tongue completely. All he has is what he has memorized from preaching he has heard. What is he going to preach? It broke my heart. I gave out all, even my own preaching bible. It broke my heart that I had no more bibles to give out. I had to pick and choose. In each place I could only give one or two. I told them to please, after you read it let another person read it too.
The work before us is very tremendous. We have got a job to do, a big job to do. The countries in Europe and North America don't know what they have. You don't know what God has done in your country. One of the churches where Brother Simon went had no bible. We gave them two bibles for the whole church. There are a few who have bibles but very few. Because it is expensive. Too expensive. They can not afford it.
There some wealthy churches filled with wealthy people in the cities where we studied. But in the villages, the villages are cut off from the mainstream, and those are the people we were sent to. The temptation to go to the big city and the big congregations was there. I told the Lord that I would not allow my flesh to come in. I will go where you sent us. To the villages. And in those places, God's power hit the ground. God's power hit the ground, hit the floors, hit the people. People were crying out for God Almighty, confessing their sins and repenting, the pastors, the deacons. Every one of them on their knees, on their faces, crying out for God's mercy, God's grace, and repenting. I've never seen so much tears in one place. Because what we take for granted here is what people are looking for and they are hungry for the word of God.
When I told them about the coming together and living in communities of faith. It was not a problem. They wanted it. They said, "Hey, we don't have anything anyway." We don't have anything to sell. They don't have life insurance. They don't have pension plans. They are peasant farmers. They don't have any clinics or hospitals. They could care less about doctors. No electricity. No radios. Only a few of them. You see among many people only a very few have a radio. Those who have radios don't even know how to tune them. So you see how tremendous this work is. That they will be reached. All I am asking is that for God to give us the resources to get it done. We will do it. I am committed. By His Grace we will do it.
I went to a place called Ozuzu. That place was a big one. They wanted to kill us. I took Brother Simon there to see the shrine. It is a very notable and famous shrine all over the river state. Americans fly airplanes to go and see and take pictures there. It is a very big and famous place. The people there protect it with their lives. As Christians we can not even live up to it. The dedication those people have given to their demon god, is a shame. If we Christians would show that sort of dedication to our God, we would see God move. We don't even believe in our God. I tell you Jesus Christ is coming back in your lifetime. You say, I don't think so? You walk out of this place and something happens to you and you first call on your wife or your husband. You really want to know who has first place in your life, wait until something hits you suddenly the first name out of your mouth, that is how you know. When I was a child if my mom got scared, she would call my dad's name. Now that has changed. She calls the Lord now. Many Christians don't have God first in their lives. Whenever something happens watch the first thing out of their mouth. That tells you who their God is.
We went over there to see that place in the daytime. The people heard we were coming and they were ready to fight. They said we will not let you come here. I told them we just wanted to see the place. They said we will kill you if you come again. They told everyone there were some people from America who had come here to give them trouble. And they were over there praying and we weren't praying. We were minding our own business just like casual tourists,
I wanted Brother Simon to see it so that he would have a feeling of where he went. They stopped us. We left and went back, with them following us until we left the place.
So they had a meeting. They decided that when we would have a meeting that they would come and snatch us. They would take us and do great bodily harm to me. Well we did not know, but God knows. That night Brother Simon went first and it was time for me to start ministering. They were waiting because they did not want to do anything to him because he was an American. They wanted to snatch me and do me bodily harm. In that process they planned to take every other person on the platform and harm them. They were waiting to do that. They had planned it was ready and they were in place. They had their knives, their sticks, and their guns. Alleluia, freely, and not knowing what was going on, but God knew. In the middle of it, the Lord stopped me again. I said, "Ugh Oh, here we go again." Then the pastors who were with me knew because they knew and has experienced for quite some time now. Brother Simon also knew that something was up in the air.
I was charged up. I could literally feel the presence of God all over me. That is all I needed. I said, "Hey, there are people here right now, RIGHT NOW, you have been hiding. You have been sent by demon gods to disturb this meeting. You have come here to snatch us away and do us great bodily harm, and perhaps kill us. If I were you, I would show up. Come here in public and let the people see you. I ridiculed them. I began to speak in the name of the Lord and ridicule them dumb devils. You know if you hit me with that stick, you have an advantage over me. If you shoot me with a gun you are a coward. If you think you are so powerful, come. Hand to hand, man to man, if you are not a coward come. If you can't come by yourself, send your demons to come. Lets see them. If the demons are not afraid, if they are so powerful, why don't they show up. We want to see them. They were not coming. I say you and your demons are cowards. You don't want to come out here. The same thing the Lord did at Akabuka happened again as I started to walk towards them. I dropped the microphone, started to walk toward them. I said, "Since you will not come, I am coming after you. I am fixing to beat up some people tonight. I am going to whip you. I am going to whip your gods. I am going to whip your demons. I am going to kick you any place I see to kick you. You better steady yourself. I am coming now. ZOOM! They took off. They all ran away. I said look at them.
When that happened, people were dropping. People were falling on their faces, crying out to God Almighty. God was not doing that because of any body. God was proving Himself, that to this many people, who have no clues at all, what God can do. But brethren, know when that moment was over, I was shaken. I was afraid. I said, "Oh my God, what is going on here?" That is when I knew that none of us had anything to do with it. Because that is what makes preachers crazy. That power. They try to have God to repeat that power at their will. They want to force it. And it never comes in again. This is very dangerous.
So you know, and I learned by my own experience, why Elijah after slaying the hundreds of prophets of Baal, was so frightened when he heard the Jezebel was after him. He ran away. People say, "How can he do that?" You see they never realize that he could not have done what he had done unless the power of God was on him. He knew that God was working through him. He knew he was covered by the power of God. There was no way he could do that unless he knew that God was doing it. So that his flesh would run away. His flesh had to run away if he knew that he was just in his own human strength. So he had to run away when he felt the power and presence of God had left him, when Jezebel was threatening him. He even went to God and cried for God to take him away or to kill him. He had killed 450 prophets of Baal. He had just killed hundreds of men. The only thing he ran away from are the threats of a woman. What does that tell you? Now there was a man of God. He did not want to force it. Not one of the men standing there with him was a man of God.
He did not want to say, "Aw come on, I just killed hundreds of men, let's get rid of this woman right now." He did not know there was another there man of God in that whole land. Believe it or not, even though he had just killed those hundreds of Baal prophets, he did not know that there was another man of God standing there with him. He was not going to force it. Because, in his own flesh, as he stood there now, he had reason to be afraid of the threats of that one single woman. That is where we are at. WE MUST COME TO KNOW WHEN WE ARE IN THE POWER OF GOD AND WHEN WE ARE IN THE FLESH. We must come to know when God is sending us and when God is not with us. From now on, if we dare move when God is not with us, we are dead meat. We must come to know when God is with us and when God is sending us and when God is not sending us and when God is not with us, just like Elijah knew it.
When he was under that tree alone shaking, he said, "Don't blame me, I was alone." He was scared also because he still had flesh. He was still a man of flesh and blood, and in flesh and blood, HE HAD TO FIGHT TO KEEP FAITH. So he was shaking until the Lord came, and said to Elijah, "what are you doing here?" I can now relate to that. I was shaking. They had all run away, and there were none of those demon worshipers left, and I was shaking. Now I can relate to why, after such a great victory the great men of God will shake in their boots with humility and the fear of God. That the men of God will seek God and shake until they know that the fear of God has brought the Angel of the Lord to encamp round about them.
While we were leaving, I had some young men surrounding me. Mind you, I was surrounded by good men, yet I was still shaking, my hands were sweaty. I had my little flashlight and was shining it here and there. You see we have GOT TO KNOW when the power of God is with us, when God is sending us, and when we are going and doing anything in the flesh. If we discern that we may be in the flesh, we had better stop. When we went to the house, I am still scared. I am thinking, some of them could come tonight. While others were sleeping, I was not sleeping very well, because I was afraid. I said, But God, why do you do things like this? Why would you just leave us to come home empty handed?" You see, we really did not go home empty handed. The angels of the Lord were surrounding us. They could not do anything to us. But He did it for me particularly, and you can learn from what He did for me.
He did it so that I should know that, NO FLESH COULD GLORY IN HIS PRESENCE. So that there would be no chance that I would glory before Him, is why He had to do that. And I thank Him for it. Just imagine how that experience of His power could have made me feel. Imagine what could have happened to me if I had gone back to that house and still felt the power of God. I could have thought, "oh, what a wonderful powerful man of God I am." Do you see why God had to do that? That kept me humbled. That kept me seeking God. That kept me useful to Him because I knew that no one else was doing this.
Finally, that night we received a message that we were to leave early in the morning to go to Port Harcourt. Brother Simon was to go back to Ahoada. I was to stay at Port Harcourt. When we got there Brother Wokomah told me the place I was to minister. This place is the BIG place. In my experience this is the biggest of the churches of which I am aware. This is the place where the Billy Graham's, the Jimmy Swaggart's, the James Robison's, the R.W. Schambach's, the Pat Robertson's, the big mucky mucks, the big names. The people that draw the hundreds of thousands go there. That is the place where these guys go when they go to that country. This place does not bring dwarfs like us to that pulpit. Who gave us a name?
Yet when God says He is sending you, you better believe He is sending you. I was told that, "you've been invited to come and minister to these people." THAT PLACE? Are you guys out of your mind? Are you sure? They said yes! I said, " Well, God, now I know You want to set me up. I am going." We arrived, they introduced me, and when I mounted the pulpit, the first thing that came out of their mouth is "Isn't God great!" While I was ministering, the whole place, the WHOLE PLACE, was LITERALLY shaken. The power of God hit that place.
There were a bunch of rich people there. These rich people controlled what preachers were brought in and they TOLD THEIR PASTORS WHAT THEY COULD PREACH! When I got there the Spirit of God spoke to my heart, "If you know how to hit it, ON THEIR HEAD!!! DON'T MISS ANY PUNCH!!!" If the Lord says so, who am I to say no? Brethren, it was OFF WE GO!
It did not take long before they were crawling on their knees. God was convicting them of their sins. We are talking about people WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE RICH BUT THEY DID NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAD NOTHING. We are talking about people WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE CLOTHED WHILE THEY WERE NAKED. We are talking about people WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE SEEING WHILE THEY WERE BLIND. We are talking about people WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE ALIVE WHEN THEY WERE DEAD. All of those kind of people. And they were in CHURCH. It was an Assemblies of God Church.
It is the Assemblies of God Church of Port Harcourt. One of the BIGGEST! One of the richest. They don't bring people who have no names there. They bring THEIR dignified ones. The bring the legends. The BIG GUYS! They did not bargain for what God was going to do with this little old dog here. God hit that place. It was not anything that I said. Because God wanted to prove Himself glorious. God had some remnants in there who He wanted to have hear His word.
There were about 15 to 20 pastors on the platform. The platform was so big it could contain up to fifty pastors, just on the platform. That is how big the place is. They wanted to give me the center chair. I told them I was not going to sit there. The Pastor said, "You're supposed to sit there." You expect me to sit there? We were close to what could be called an argument, until the Lord said, "SIT DOWN THERE!!" Oh, OK, and I sat there. I prayed, "OK Lord, since you allowed me to sit here I'll sit here. What is it? Why is it like this?"
When I sat there the pulpit covered me completely. You see God is wonderful. God did not want me to look at their faces. GOD DID NOT WANT ME TO LOOK AT THEIR FACES! He wanted to cover my eyes from looking at their faces. He did not want me to be intimidated. He put me in the right spot so that I wouldn't see them, and they couldn't see me. Since I wasn't able to see them, I was seeking the Lord on what He wanted me to say. I could FOCUS ON WHAT HE WANTED ME TO SAY.
When it was time and when they called me up, I heard God say, "Its time, HIT 'EM!!! If you don't know how to punch, KNOCK 'EM. Hit 'em so hard they don't know where it is coming from. HIT 'EM TODAY!!!"
It was just like the Lord Himself went in to clear the temple, and kick over the tables of the money changers. It came on me like that. That is exactly what it was, the Lord was again going to clear the temple! CHAOS! THERE WAS CHAOS!
People were falling down. People were bowing down. The pastors were weeping like children. I told them, "YOU BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE! YOU CALL YOURSELVES PASTORS??? WHILE YOU ARE SERVING YOUR DEVILS? WHILE YOU ARE SERVING YOUR OWN BELLIES? LOOK AT YOU ALL HERE THINKING THAT YOU KNOW GOD!!! DECEIVING MANY PEOPLE HERE!!!"
What I was preaching from is: SINCE THEY DID NOT RETAIN THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH, GOD GAVE THEM UP! I said, "MOST OF YOU, GOD HAS GIVEN UP!!!" You pastors have been given up because you have ADDED SOMETHING TO HIS WORD! You HAVE ADDED SOMETHING THAT GOD WAS NOT SAYING!
The power of God hit that place. The pastors were crying. The people were weeping, and I could not help but CRY! The people were confessing their sins to God.
When it was over, the pastor came to me an said, "You know, we needed this kind of preaching. We needed this!" He told me that he was about to quit. He told me that he was about to leave that place because it had become so carnal and so worldly. He couldn't stand it anymore. He had begun to doubt himself. He had become unsure whether he was a man of God or not. God did it!!! He changed the whole place. ALL GLORY BE TO HIM!!!
When that was over, before morning, someone had come and said that they wanted me to address the politicians. I said, "They want me to come and address the POLITICIANS?? You are talking to the wrong person. I'm not going anyplace." And the Lord said, "Go!" The Lord said GO! Go and address the politicians. People, it was like a LIGHTENING BOLT that hit them. These were corrupt politicians. Thieves. These politicians have turned the whole place upside down. They have looted the nation, from the people. It was time for God Almighty to revile them -- to judge them. There was judgment in the place.
After addressing them, some of them went on their knees asking God to help them. Some of them went to their knees asking God to forgive them. The main man called me back into his office. He said, "Pray for me. I want God to touch my life. I've lived a wretched and reckless life. I want God to deliver me." You see that was what God did in that place.
Why am I saying all this. I want to encourage the brethren all over the world, TO KNOW, THAT IF GOD SENDS YOU, HE WILL BE WITH YOU. DON'T TRUST IN THE ARM OF FLESH. GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE UTTERANCE, IF YOU ARE OBEDIENT TO HIM.
You see, God is doing a QUICK WORK! It is QUICK! It is PRECISE! This is not time to waste. This is not time to wait. This is not time to sleep. The day is at hand. For those who sleep, sleep at night. It is time for us to be SOBER! See what God is doing, and GO WHEN HE SAYS GO! We must do it PRECISELY AS HE HAS PRESCRIBED! WE CAN NOT ADD TO IT! WE CANNOT SUBTRACT FROM IT! WE CANNOT EVEN UNDERSTAND IT ALL! All we need to do is go as He tells us. Don't go behind Him. Don't go in front of Him. STAY STEP BY STEP WITH THE LORD! Because, if you stay step by step with Him, we will not miss. YOU WILL NOT GO WRONG! Step with the Lord at the same time. Keep your eyes in FOCUS ON HIM! HE WILL DELIVER HIS PEOPLE!
I have learned, first hand, that God Almighty will step in, even while we are fighting fear in our hearts, to CONFIRM HIS WORD! God will ALWAYS CONFIRM HIS WORD! When He sends you out there, He is with you. HE WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO TOUCH YOU! He will give you the BOLDNESS! I never knew I could be that bold. Bold, so bold that I was even afraid of it myself. I thank the Lord for that.
You see, I am convinced more than ever before, that the work is a QUICK WORK! We saw the land that we will use. I had a problem bringing it to the people to ask them for it. Believe it or not, Brother Simon and I walked the land, about one quarter of it. It was big. When I finished talking with them they have given us from where we began walking even unto the river. I know that he will testify to that. They have promised that if we want the whole thing all the way to the river, they will require a very little amount of money. It is about $10,000 for the land which is almost a mile and a half wide by two miles long. That is about 3 square miles or almost 2000 acres for about $10,000. I am amazed. They even asked us, "When do you want to start doing something on it?" I said this is getting too fast for me. Let me go back home first and get back with you.
You see brethren, this thing is true, that God is doing a QUICK WORK! He wants to do it right now. We don't have much time left. So let us be up and doing. Let us not sleep. Let us not waste our time. Let us not sit back. Let us do what God has said.
I thank the Lord for a clear voice in these last days. THE VOICE OF THE LAST DAY PROPHET OF GOD! I have no doubt in my mind that Brother Stair is that voice. I ask everybody all over the world to LISTEN. Jesus Christ, YESHUA IS OF A TRUTH COMING BACK IN OUR LIFETIME. And what He is doing now days, the Lord promised -- THAT THE FORMER RAIN AND THE LATER RAIN HE WILL GIVE IN THE FIRST MONTH. With the little experience we had over in Nigeria, I am here to tell you that THE STAGE IS SET. I say the stage is set all over the world. The stage is set for the Lord Himself to finish, to make an end of all things. THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND. I am happy that God has allowed me to be alive in this time, to be a PART OF WHAT GOD IS DOING. My prayer is that He will always help me to ALWAYS HUMBLE MYSELF BEFORE HIM. I pray this so that I will not hinder Him. The ONLY thing that can HINDER is when man begins to GO HIS OWN WAY. As long as we FOLLOW HIM, He will FINISH that which He began.
Praise the Lord! Alleluia! Alleluia Yeshua! Thank you Jesus! Praise God.
God, in His infinite wisdom and mercy allowed us to be alive today. If you do not know what it means to be alive in this time, may I remind you that you are still sleeping. It is very intriguing to see what God is doing in our lifetime. Consider yourself blessed to be alive at this time.
Moses looked for this day and did not see it. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, even the great prophet Elijah, David, even Paul the Apostle, they all looked for this day and did not see it.
That is why it is very essential for us to realize the importance of the word -- "To whom much is given, much is required." Most of us have no clue what that really means.
You see Moses lived for us. Abraham lived for us. Jacob, Isaac and all the rest of them lived for us. 1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He went to the cross for you and me. We who were no people, as we were not even to be born for almost 2000 years. We had no god in this world. Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. We were reserved for eternal damnation. So that God would be justified in everything He does, you and I were given a chance that is very unprecedented. We were given a chance to know God as Lord and Savior.
All that Moses knew was the God that came down on Mt. Sinai, the pillar of fire by night, and a pillar of cloud by day. The manna that fell from heaven, the water that gushed forth from the rock, that is all he knew. No wonder most of the prophets could not comprehend, this Messiah, this God Who would become a human being. It was mind boggling, they never understood it.
The angels do not know Him as Savior. They can not even behold His face. The bible says that you and I, the people of today, TODAY, -- that those things which were hidden, hidden from time immemorial, will be made clear to us by the Holy Ghost. We are the people to whom the hidden treasures of God will be revealed. For that reason I say that we are the most blessed generation. Because, Yeshua, the Messiah Himself said, that the generation which would see the things that we are seeing happen, is the last generation. We will see the Son of God coming back in Glory.
No generation is more blessed than that generation who would see what we are seeing. We are the most blessed generation of all time. For that reason we must understand, "To whom much is given, much is required." We have to be meticulously serving God. They asked the Apostle Paul, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. And in Acts 22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born. People that do not make full use of what privileges of freedom we have are to be pitied.
If those who lived many years ago looked forward to today, and never saw it. How much more will you and I, who have seen it, should make good use of it. That is what I am trying to say. So we do have an opportunity to make better use of what God has prepared from time immemorial. If we don't use it, we will be of all men most miserable.
5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from
the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
1 Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1 Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1 Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
Let us. It is not talking about Moses, or Abraham, it is talking about us. Let us, WHO ARE OF THE DAY, BE SOBER. A dead man can not be SOBER. He has lost soberness if he is dead. If you think LET US BE SOBER is talking about Abraham, you are making a mistake. He lost soberness a long time ago. Let us who are living today, children of light, us who are of the day, be SOBER. I am going to key on that word SOBER. We are going to understand what that word SOBER means.
We may say it is not being drunk. Well, are you drunk? Why would God want you to be SOBER if you are not drunk? This is not just talking about not being drunk. Are you crazy? It is only those who are crazy that you want to take to a mental hospital to SOBER them to get them to behave well. Let us be SOBER. Why do I need to be SOBER. What does this word and command to be sober mean in this context for the people of God in this day?
First we read, awake from sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Again we see therefore let us not sleep. It is telling those who are sleeping to wake up. It is telling those who are dead to arise up from the dead. That Christ will give them light. It telling this group of people to sober up, let us not sleep, let us be sober. This is not for everybody. This is for those people who are of the day. It is not for those who are of the night. It is not for those who are of the darkness. If you are of the day, it is for you.
Putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. How does this match up with being sober? Do you have to be sober to know how to put a helmet on? Do you have to be sober to know how to love? There is a reason why this word is put in there. We need to know that reason today.
What does the word SOBER mean? I have come to the point in my life that I no longer worry about what I am going to say. If God want me to say something it is not my word anyway. If He doesn't give it to me, I will shut my mouth. There are many preachers that always want to say something, even when God is not speaking. I ask God, please don't allow me to speak unless you want to speak through me. The last Sunday, before I came back, I had 3 places to preach. I couldn't hear a word from God, so I stayed home. People gathered everywhere. They were waiting for me. I didn't show up. The pastors came to me saying the people are waiting for you. Me? Aren't you supposed to come and preach today? Me? You are talking to the wrong person. Don't you think that if God wanted me to be there today He would send me there? So why are you worried? That is why you preachers are so foolish and so stupid. So instead of being back home, you are telling me I am supposed to be there? GET OUT OF HERE!
He told me, "Didn't you accept the invitation?" Yes I did. Does that mean that God accepted it? What, are you trying to make me equal to God Almighty? Forget it! I could have accepted and if God does not want me to go, He won't let me go. If He doesn't want me to go, I could go over there and put on a show, and it will not profit anybody anything. If I jump up and down and spit, and you think something is happening, it would just be a show. I don't want a show. The time for putting on a show is over. If it is a show, I don't want any part of it. There are still those who are putting on a show.
So we are going to look at the word SOBER. The pastor came back again early Monday morning. He said my people are waiting for you to come. Really? Did you have church? Well, we postponed everything and we sat and kept waiting. Well, praise God for sitting down and waiting. What happened? I said, "Look at me, sir." I am an elderly man. Whose servant are you? God's servant. Now, if God doesn't want you to move, would you move? Even if everybody wants you to move? He said, "I am sorry. Now I understand." I told him, "Good, you are one of the pastors who can think."
There were three of them. The other one came. He said, "We were disappointed." I said, "Why?" He said, "You didn't come." Me? Why do you think I didn't come. You didn't see me? He said, "No, we didn't see you. That is why they sent me to come and see you and check if everything is OK." Everything is not OK. If everything was OK, I would have been there. He said "What do you mean by that?" Do you believe that God overrules people? Isn't it wonderful that God will overrule us sometimes, and we listen to Him? He said, "OK. You know one thing that happened today? My people prayed like never before." Good. Do you think that if I would have been there they would have prayed like that? Don't you see that what the people need to see is that if it is of any value it is because of God and not because of man?
The other one told me while we were driving around, "I don't know if your coming to us was a blessing to us or not? You know we received more offering for today than we have ever received for the whole year." I said, "OK, If I was there what would you have done?" He said, "We would have given it to you." Do you have people in your church who are poor and needy? He said, "Yes." There is your answer. God wanted you to sit down and collect offerings for the poor people in your church and if I had shown up you would have given it to me and your people would have their needs met. I could have take the money and perhaps gone and given it to the wrong people. You see how God knows better that we know what we are doing? But we will never do that unless we are SOBER.
That why it is put in those verses and it is in the context of the last days. WE MUST BE SOBER. The people of God need to be SOBER. We need to know what it means to be SOBER. It is not having cool headedness. It is not being intelligent. It is not being quiet. The Apostle Paul would say, "Understand what the will of God is." UNDERSTAND WHAT THE WILL OF GOD IS.
There are dimensions of it. The height, depth, the width. Understand what it is to know the will of God. It is in understanding what the will of God is, at this particular time, we will better serve Him.
I went to the dictionary for understanding because when I looked up the Greek word, I did not understand it. I am not a very good Greek student. I am proud of it. I looked at it from the Hebrew word and I didn't understand it either. I am not a Hebrew scholar either. I am proud of that too. I am not ashamed of not being good at Greek and Hebrew. I am not even good at the English.
If you want God to move you must be SOBER. You need to have come to the end of your self. Because if God is not in it, it will not make any difference. Lives will not be changed. This is why I don't prepare sermons. I don't know how to prepare sermons anymore. I have stopped trying, because every time I have tried, it did not change people's lives. If we are SOBER we will know what God wants us to say and do. God will be in it. If God is leading and directing, if we have come to the end of our self, then the right and powerful things happen. The work will not be in vain. People will be changed and God will be glorified. If God does not speak to me, I just sit back and believe that God wants me to listen to someone else preach. For all you preachers out there, learn to be SOBER. All you believers, learn to be sober also.
Sober means - habitually temperate, not intoxicated, not drunk, quiet demeanor, serious, grave, solemn, free from excess or extravagance, self controlled, sane, rational, not dull, straight forward.
For some people it means to stop drinking. That is not what it means for the people of God. To be temperate is to exercise moderation and self-control. So is SOBER in the last days context meaning self-controlled? No. Let us watch and be sober. You can exercise self-control and not be watchful. You can watch and not exercise self control. You can watch and still not be sober. We are talking about children light, people who love God. Straight forward in character. Serious, being sober means to be serious. There are those who are expecting Yeshua Messiah to be coming back but they are not preparing for His coming. There are not serious. The churches are filled with them. Watch and be sober means to be serious in your watching. It is possible to watch and be sleeping at the same time. The policeman in the parked patrol car could be an example. You may think he is watching but he could be sleeping. He is watching but he is not serious if he is sleeping and he will not catch any law breakers if he is sleeping.
During His agony in the garden Yeshua said watch and pray. Be serious in your watching. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. In these last days, God wants us to not only watch spiritually, but for us also to be seriously involved in our physical lives. We have to bring your flesh under subjection. Our flesh is causing a lot of trouble.
Weakness to sleep comes from the flesh. The Spirit wants to pray. Have you ever woke up early in the morning wanting to pray but you start to pray and fall asleep? It happens to me. Sometimes I read my bible and doze off. People don't say things like this. I am serious. That is the flesh. We sleep away our time.
Being sober also means being grave, quiet, sedate, plain or subdued. It is characterized by self control. We are to be serenely diligent, and deliberate in character. We are talking about being composed and thoughtful. To be grave means to be extremely serious. We should be dignified in our conduct in these critical days.
So when the bible says watch and be sober, now you know what it is talking about. Be serious brethren. There are many Christians who are not serious today. They hear the word of God and they still are not serious. They are not diligent to bring the flesh into subjection. They are not disciplining themselves. They are not doing their own part. They expect God to do everything. Hear me correctly, there is a job for you and I to do. What God will do He will do. You see God did not put you in your car and drive you down here to be a part of this gathering of saints today. You came. You did something. No angel drove your car for you. You drove it yourself. If you did not drive it you would not be here. There is our own responsibility in these last days. We are to watch out and be serious. Know what God is doing. Know which way the wind is blowing. Go along with God Almighty.
You have to be a follower of God. You have to go with Him. That is why the bible says watch.
60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the
LORD is risen upon thee.
Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
1 Pet 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
Luke 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord,
41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I
am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I
will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isa 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Isa 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.
Zep 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
Exo 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
1 Chr 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.
Neh 4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
1 Cor 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
Rom 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Isa 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Isa 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.
Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Phil 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
1 Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Phil 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
All of these scripture are talking about being SOBER. We have a responsibility. As I read about Jeremiah, when he prophesied, and the things he said. Jeremiah began his work for the Lord during the reign of Josiah, a good king. God temporarily delayed His judgment. The judgment came because of the dreadfully evil works of Manessah the evil king. Brethren, things are changing fast in our time just like in Jeremiah's time. Hear me and hear me well, the events of our time are changing rapidly. Just like they were changing in Jeremiah's time. God is calling us to be sober. Watch out. Put your hands down. Open your eyes wide. Things are happening every day before our eyes that have never happened before. The fulfillment of scriptures are coming to pass right before our eyes. It is passing before our eyes right now. Jeremiah saw it in his time. He saw it in his time. Josiah had began a reform. It included the destruction of pagan high places. The reform had little lasting effect on the people. It did not last long at all. Jeremiah saw the failure of the policies of the kings who came after Josiah. He told them of God's plan for Judah.
None of them heeded the warning. Jehoiakim was openly hostile to Jeremiah. He destroyed one of the scrolls that God told Jeremiah to write and give to him. Does that sound like our time? That was what was happening in Jeremiah's time. The king would take the words of the man of God and cut them and burn them in the fire. They did not want to listen to God's prophet. They had their own stupid prophets who told them that God would never judge them.
Many of us want to fly away and go into glory. There is something else coming for you. You are going to have to wrestle with those scorpions and serpents. Why? Because the word of God MUST BE FULFILLED. See, I would like to fly away and go home. I would like to put on wings today and fly away right now and not have to face the Antichrist. However, in one way or another, we will face him. In one way or the other YOU WILL face the antichrist. If not today then tomorrow.
Zedekiah was a weak and vacillating ruler. Sometimes he sought Jermiah's advice and sometimes he would listen to the false peace and safety prophets. Then Jeremiah was beaten and imprisoned. Does that sound like our time? Sometimes in a crisis they may seek the wise counsel of men of God. As soon the crisis passes, they go back on about their business of selfishness and sin.
It is not new. That is why the bible tells us to be SOBER. Watch and see what is going on. See what has happened before. Be informed. Because if you are not, you will make the same mistakes that those people made. If you watched and prayed and paid attention to God's prophets you would not have to have all the trouble that will otherwise overwhelm you. But because of your ignorance, and stupidity, and foolishness, you were not SOBER. You did not watch. You were not serious.
Jeremiah was compassionate. He saw the actions of the people failing to take heed to the warnings that God sent through the words of his prophets. He prayed for them even when the Lord told him not to do so. Some of us do that. I do that. When I see the faces of the people who are in the churches who are so ignorant. Who are not serious about the things of God. Who do not know what God is doing in these last days. It breaks my heart. I would like to shake them. But there is little or nothing we can do for those who refuse to hear.
There is a clear voice. He is able to be heard on the short-wave every day saying this is the last generation. That voice has been going on. There are those who still don't believe it. To those people, I am sorry, I can't help you. Jeremiah did that. Brethren, look at this. He condemned rulers. He condemned the priests and false prophets for leading the people astray. The false prophets told the people that God would bless them. That is what the false prophets and false teachers tell the people. They told the people of Israel that there would be no famine, no drought, no pestilence. But there was one clear voice. Jeremiah said NO. God will judge His people. They have broken His covenant with them. Because He said that if you break it He would send you into exile and punish you with drought, famine, and pestilence. They did not believe that. They did not accept it. Jeremiah told them. They did not listen to him and even imprisoned him. They even branded Jeremiah a traitor. Hear me, they branded him a traitor, because of his preaching. He had their best interests at heart and they wanted to kill him.
Jeremiah knew that unless God's covenant was honored, the nation would be destroyed. God was also interested in individual responsibility.
My brethren, if you have heard my voice today, I want to ask you this question. Do you know what God is doing today? When you hear the word of God, what do you do with it? Is it just one of those things that you are hearing?
You know what I learned in this trip? The people who are going to heaven, know it. The people who are going to hell don't. Those who are going to hell do not know they are going to hell. The devil will lie to them. He will tell them everything is OK. They will not believe the word of God. The will believe their false teachers an false prophets who tell them that God loves them and that gain is godliness. My arithmetic of knowing who is going where is this. If you drop dead right now, would you go to heaven or would you go to hell. Let me make it easier for you. If your answer is, I don't know, then you are going to hell. If your answer is, I don't know, only God knows, you are going to hell. You are already in hell. Because if you serve God, you will know. If you are his child, you will know. The bible tells me that the Spirit of God will bear witness with your spirit that you are a child of God. If you don't have that witness within you, then you don't belong to Him.
If you are in the church and you don't understand this, it is time for you to sober up. For God is calling out His people from every nation on the earth. He is calling out to those who will hear Him. Another word for being SOBER, -- he that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. That is the biggest meaning of being SOBER. Only those who hear what the Spirit is saying will know what God is doing. Praise God!