Sermon from our Red Deer Church – All Systems Go Part 1 – Pastor Nick Andrushko

Do you have your Bibles with you? Turn with me to 1 Timothy chapter 6, and we’ll begin reading at verse number 11. As we read, as we start at verse 11, of course, this is in conjunction with the previous verses where Paul was talking about riches, he was talking about the love of money is the root of all evil, and he was talking about how wealth, if you seek after those things they will lead you astray, they will cause heartache and problems and so forth. In fact, verse number 10 of that same chapter says, “For the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. And some, by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God who gives life to all things and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without staying a reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the proper time, he who is the blessed and only sovereign, the king of kings and the Lord of lords who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion.” Amen. Let’s pray.

 

Father we thank you for your word. We thank you Lord God for the opportunity Lord again to be able to share and to get into your word. And I just pray Lord God that you’d open our understanding, and Lord I pray that God as people listen to this message that Lord it will bring a challenge to us to realize what you have accomplished for us and how important it is for us to get connected to this truth. And so I pray Lord God today by your spirit that you’d help me Lord God. Illuminate my mind, may I be able to have a clear mind so I can speak Lord God under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and I receive it right now in Jesus name. Minister to your people today, cause them Lord God to rise to the place where they need to be, to live for God, to serve you. Lord I praise you and I thank you Lord God that we haven’t been called to be mediocre, but Lord God that we are people that have the supernatural living in us Lord God, and I thank you for that this morning, in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

I get excited. Praise God; hallelujah. Well anyway I just wanted to… just to mention I’m pastor Nick of course, most of you know. But I just want to say this too that I am approaching a certain – what will you call it? Time in my life where I’ve never been before. I’m going be 70 this week, I’ll be 70. 70, just a big number 7-0, praise God. But I’ll tell you what, I have an excitement for Jesus. I have an excitement for the Lord, hallelujah. Today’s message, All Systems Go – Part 1, and I want to really somehow help us connect with this truth. This is a very interesting phrase. This phrase “all systems go” has been incorporated into various areas of life. As I went to the internet I found out there’s a musical band called All Systems Go, there’s an office furniture in Scarborough, Ontario named All Systems Go. This is just a few of many. Then there’s a book called All Systems Go written by Dawn Richardson, sold by Amazon, it talks about fine-tuning your life and reconnecting to what really matters most. That sounds pretty good.

 

The origin, where did this phrase began? Well it began in the 1960’s. It was during the heyday of space flight and referred to the launching of missiles and other space vehicles. But when you think about the phrase, what in the world does it mean, all systems go? Well it simply means everything is ready for proceeding, a state of readiness for immediate action, example, your proposal has been approved so it’s all systems go. When missiles were launched, you might recall some of you that are old enough to remember this, I do, I’m old enough. When missiles were launched you might recall that when everything was checked, when everything was ready to go then you would hear the words “all systems go” and then the countdown. It would start at 10 and go all the way to 1, and then it would say “ignition” and then it would say “lift off,” and away it’d go. But when I think of this phrase, I wonder how can it apply to us, how can it apply to the spiritual realm of our lives, to the spiritual dynamics. Well, I want to demonstrate to you how this actually works. And this is kick off Sunday, and so we’re going to have a barbecue right after and there’s some other things that are being planned, and so everybody is welcome, you don’t even have to provide any kind of… the only thing you you’re welcome to provide is lawn chairs, and if you haven’t got lawn chairs well we’ll provide you with chairs because there’s plenty of chairs here as well. So everything will be ready and ready to go, amen.

 

But this is kick of Sunday, and when you think of all systems go I want us to really look at it and I want you to really pay attention. Don’t quit on me; please don’t quit on me this morning. I want you to really follow me and you’ll have to follow me this morning, and I really mean that, you’ll have to really follow me, because this morning there’s two important points that I want to talk about will illustrate about this particular topic called all systems go – number one, God’s plan unfolded, and number two, connection is required. So let’s begin – God’s plan unfolded. And where do we begin? We begin right in the book of Genesis. In Genesis chapter 3 there was a prophetic word that was uttered for redemption right after man had rebelled against God, and God said this in Genesis 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” This is of course talking about one day, one day down the road when there would be redemption, a redeemer would come. A redeemer would come who would redeem mankind. This is a prophetic word that was started back then.

 

But you know what? If you study scripture you’ll find that it in the portals of heaven before creation ever came into being God already knew that man would fall, and God had already a plan. Way before creation ever came into being God had a plan that one day his son would come and he would be the sacrifice for our sin. But the ultimate plan of salvation really began later on and had started with Abraham. In fact, God – this is after the flood of course, and so we find these words in Genesis 12:2, 3, and this is what God said to Abraham, he chose Abraham, he called Abraham because God had a plan and this is where it would begin to unfold. He said, “I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great, and so you shall be a blessing. And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” It’s amazing, because this is not the only place where it says that, because when you flip over all the way to the New Testament in Galatians chapter 3 it talks about this very thing, it talks about how the blessings of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles; hallelujah. That’s what the Word of God says, so this is very important, this is where it began to unfold. And then some 500 years later we have Moses, called of God, and through Moses, God gave the law and the sacrificial system to deal with the sin question, the blood of bulls and goats will be used for cleansing, for purification.

 

But this was only a temporary measure of the ultimate sacrifice that would take place in the future. In fact, Hebrews 10:3 & 4, 9 & 10… by the way, let me just pause here for a moment. We give you handouts, and I know sometimes we look at these handouts and we just kind of take it and we do nothing with it. They’re given to you for a purpose so you can actually take it and follow, and there’s places, there’s blanks in there so you can fill it up or fill it in and then take it home. And in fact, I purposely chose this time not to have Bible… I just did just where you can find these Bible verses so you can go home and study it. Because you know what happens when you take this and study it, guess what? It will reinforce what I was talking about, and in fact it will help you down the road. It’s crucial that we are not just simply listeners but we are actually doers of the word. And how can you be a doer of the word? You’ve got to take the word and you’ve got to study it. Glory to God. It’s vital for you. Now, where did I stop? Hebrews 10:3, 4 and 9 to 10. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. Just think of it, back in the Old Testament when they had this sacrificial system every year the high priest again would come into the very Holy of Holies, and again it’s a reminder of the same sins year after year. And the Bible says this in verse 4, “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” It was only a temporary measure. Then it says, “Then he said, ‘behold I come to do your will.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second, but this while we have been sanctified to the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all. This was the ultimate plan of salvation; it would unfold in Jesus Christ.

 

But let’s go back to the Old Testament again. Then we come to the Book of Psalms. In the Book of Psalms again we have all these prophecies about Jesus, Jesus the Son of God. There’s something like 68 prophecies concerning the birth and his suffering, and what was the ultimate plan, why Jesus would come. Isn’t that amazing? All throughout the Old Testament God would reveal his plan, every book of the Bible in the Old Testament God would reveal his plan, what God was planning to do, because why? God cares for his people, he loves us, that’s why he would do this time and time again. Hallelujah. Then we come to the prophets, and you find in the Major Prophets and the Minor Prophets you have different prophecies concerning Jesus coming down the road, and especially Isaiah chapter 53, which would be the messianic suffering of Jesus, the whole chapter is devoted to it. In Isaiah 53: 5 & 6 it says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.” All of us like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the inequity of us all that’s what Jesus… this was prophesied that it would come to pass down the road; hallelujah.

 

And then amazing part, see God continued to unfold throughout the Old Testament. Then as we come towards the end of the Old Testament we have something else, God was preparing, he was preparing the people for this great event that was going to take place. And so it says this in Malachi 3:1, “Behold I’m going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple and the message of the Covenant in whom you delight, behold he is coming, says the Lord utmost.” God again is preparing because he wants someone to introduce the Messiah when he comes, hallelujah. This is how God is, he cares for us and so he’s preparing, because there needs to be a transition from the old to the new and God has called a specific person. Then in Malachi 4: 5 & 6, the very last chapter of the Old Testament says this, “Behold, I’m going to send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Hallelujah. This man was going to come in the spirit of Elijah, he was going to come and he was going to make a way for the Lord to come. He was going to communicate the message that the people needed to hear so that they would be ready to receive the Messiah when he came; hallelujah.

 

And so we then we come all the way to Matthew 3:2 & 3, the message, that very chapter introduces John the Baptist. He comes on the scene, he’s been called of God, and one of his first things that he talks about, he says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Repent, meaning that the hearts of the people at that particular time were living like in the wilderness and their hearts needed to get ready to receive Jesus who is coming; hallelujah. And the Bible talks about… in fact, verse 3 says, “For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said the voice of one crying in the wilderness make ready the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” And then he said this in verse number 11, “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance. But he who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not fit to remove his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” See, what John the Baptist, he’s getting the hearts of the people ready, they need to repent, they need to receive Jesus. But then John the Baptist says “He’s greater than I. He’s greater than I who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Hallelujah. Something new is going to happen, something that never took place before is going to happen. And it’s going to happen through this Jesus, the Messiah, Yeshua Jesus Christ; hallelujah.

 

And then we have in John’s Gospel chapter 1, you see, he has to introduce Jesus to the world. And so we find in John’s Gospel chapter 1:29, the very next day he saw Jesus coming to him, it was in the single occasion, he says, “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus being introduced to the world, this is who he is, he’s going to come and die for you, he’s going to deal with your sin. He calls him, “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” And then we come, we come to the ministry of Jesus, because it would start right after that. In fact, Jesus had to be prepared before he even started to preach, before he began to share, before he began to minister to people he was baptized with water, he followed exactly what John the Baptist was doing, he followed that. And then the Bible says he was filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit and with fire, hallelujah. And then right after that he was sent into the wilderness for testing for 40 days; 40 days. Can you imagine being tested for 40 days, fasting and praying for 40 days? Wow. But that was because he was being tested for that period of time; then it’ll be all systems go for Jesus, he had to be tested. And when he came on the scene after that he chose 12 disciples. He would train them for three years, they would see the miracles that Jesus would perform, all the various events that would take place, all the dealings that Jesus would have with people individually, big groups of people, they would be exposed to the teachings of Jesus. All these various things they would be exposed to. They were being trained, they were being prepared because one day they would be the messengers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

In fact, 1 John chapter 1:3 & 5 says this, John was saying this, he said, “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us.” So that wasn’t just for them, it was for everybody. Whoever would hear the gospel would have to have the same opportunity and experience, hallelujah, same opportunity. And so he says, “And indeed our fellowship is with the father and with his son, Jesus Christ.” And verse number five, it says this, “This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” Hallelujah. This is the message, the experienced they encountered, and now they were sharing with the people around. And they were saying as I’ve said already before, the opportunity is given to all of us to be able to experience.

 

Then we bring it down to the last week of Jesus life on this earth with his disciples before the crucifixion. He would spend the last week, and it’s recorded in John’s Gospel, chapter 13 to chapter 18 or 19. Amazing stuff took place during that time. Jesus would spend time with his disciples, there will be further teachings and the preparation because they needed to hear certain things, certain truths. He talks about, for instance, “I’m going to leave, but I’m going to send you a comforter. I’m going to send someone who’s going to be with you.” Hallelujah. He talks about love, an incredible amount of time is being spent in those chapters about loving God. “This commandment I give unto you, that you love one another,” he kept saying that over and over again in John’s Gospel in those chapters. And then we come to the last evening, this would be the Last Supper commemorating the Passover. It was in this particular supper that Jesus would institute the New Covenant; the New Covenant would be instituted, that Jesus was the one who was going to die, he was going to be sacrificed for all mankind.

 

And then we come to his sacrifice. After the meal was over and before he was captured he would spend his time in the Garden of Gethsemane agonizing. What was he advertising about? What was he troubled about? Because he was about to die for the whole world, he was about to face this, it was an incredible thing. And one particular gospel talks about that he was so much stressed that actually there would be perspiration that was in the form of blood coming out of him – that’s how he was agonizing over this whole situation. He was troubled, he was a human being like you and I, but he was going to die for us. Then he would be captured. He was tried, he was beaten, he was mocked, he was tortured, then eventually taken to Golgotha where he was nailed to the cross. And there on the cross he would suffer more.

 

When I think about this whole thing that Jesus went through, even before the cross, how he would be whipped. He would take 39 stripes in his back. Do you know what that means? Those stripes are for your healing, it’s for your restoration. He did it for you; he didn’t do it for himself. He gave his body to be broken for us, for us human beings, not just for those people back then but for all people of the world, whatever color people might be, what nationality, he did it for everyone. But the suffering would increase because between the hours of 12:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon darkness would come upon the face of the earth. This is the most incredible suffering that Jesus would ever experience, because it was during those three hours that the father that he had a relationship for all eternity would leave his son, would turn his back on his own son, and Jesus would suffer alone;  for who? For us, because he loved us so much, and that kind of suffering was required. So Jesus knows what it means to be alone because he was separated from his father during that period of time; hallelujah. He loves us that much. Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord.

 

And then after this, after darkness would be lifted he would cry out and say, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” The pain was incredible. And then just shortly thereafter when everything that he perceived was accomplished would cry out and say, “It is finished.” The battle for the souls of mankind has been completed. It is done, it is all done. But all I want you to know, yes, he was taken off the cross he was put in the tomb and we saw that tomb. I want you to know that three days later the story continues, it didn’t end when he died. The story continues, glory to God. Jesus would rise, hallelujah. He would rise from the dead, hallelujah, on the third day, glory to God. He did it, he defeated Satan, he defeated the grave, he defeated… what else? The grave. He would gain victory for all of us. Glory to God. I’ll tell you what, when this was done this was the pinnacle of all systems go, everything has been accomplished. Jesus rose from the grave after the resurrection, I’m not done, and before the Ascension Jesus would appear to many different people proving his resurrection as recorded in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. He would talk to his disciples again and again, reassuring them that he would never leave them, nor forsake them. Then he would give the Great Commission, then Luke’s Gospel chapter 24:44-47 he said this, “Now he said to them, ‘these are my words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.'” Then it says, “You open their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them, ‘thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations beginning from Jerusalem.” He would open their understanding so they would understand all the things that they… the three years they spent with Jesus that they would have an understanding, all these things that Jesus talked about, and all of a sudden they would have an understanding.

 

There was also Matthew’s Gospel chapter 28 gives us the Great Commission, it says go ye into all the world and preach the gospel; that’s what it says. And in Luke’s Gospel chapter 24 he basically said, “Boys you can go, you can go and preach. But you won’t have the power.” And he says this, he says this to them, “Behold I’m sending for the promise of my father upon you, but you are to stay in the city until you’re clothed with power from on high.” They still needed the power of the Spirit of God to fulfill the Great Commission, without it they would be powerless. They needed the power of the Spirit of God; and then it would be all systems go. But I’ll tell you what, it’s not done yet. Acts 1:8, he said, “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is upon you and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Hallelujah. And then after he said those words then it says that the angels came. Well actually even before the angels came Jesus began to ascend, and he disappeared. The angels came, the angels came down and said to the disciples, “Why are you still standing here gazing up into the sky?” They said, “That same Jesus you saw went up, he’s coming back.” He’s coming back to this earth, hallelujah. See, that’s part of the message – Jesus came the first time but he’s coming back again, hallelujah. And you find this truth being explained, being talked about throughout the epistles, and it says… that’s another message at another time, but oh, hallelujah.

 

We need to have that kind of hope. We’ve got to understand and realize yes, Jesus came but he’s coming back again, hallelujah. He’s coming for his church, and if you’re born again you’re a part of that church. Hallelujah, glory to God, hallelujah. Come on, somebody get excited here. Hallelujah. We’ve got something to look forward to, hallelujah. One more thing, in order for all systems go Jesus talked about this, they had to wait another 10 days. In Acts 2:1-4, when the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place, and suddenly there came. Say ‘suddenly’, come on say ‘suddenly’. There came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested in each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the spirit was giving them utterance, hallelujah. Exactly what Jesus talked about they received that very day. When they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit I tell you what, they were ready, all systems go. That’s what the title of my message is. But all systems go is based on what God did for us, not because we have a program. All systems going is based on the Word of God. When we’re filled with the power of the Spirit of God we’re ready, we’re ready; ready to do the work of God.

 

In fact, we see it in in this particular chapter in Acts chapter 2. When they had that experience there was not a quiet voice anywhere, nobody was silent, nobody was silent. It was 120 in the upper room and they all were filled, and the Bible says they made some noise; they made some noise. And this noise was not just somewhere in the back room somewhere, this noise , they were in the upper room, and I’ll tell you what, they moved around. I think they were dancing, they were praising God because the people around that were outside they heard the sound, and some of them said, “These people must be drunk” because they probably look like they were drunk. But they were filled with that new wine of the Holy Spirit, not that old stuff that some always drink, but it was new wine, oh, that changed their lives; that changed their lives. Now we see Peter standing up, because the people were confused they didn’t understand what was going on, and so Peter stands up and he preaches, he talks about this was spoken by the Prophet Joel of old. This was spoken way back then in preparation for this day that would take place. Then he refers to the Book of Psalms and he says some other things, and then we come to Acts 2:36, 37 and 38. (I’m going faster than I thought I would be oh my goodness the time is… I got to say something else. Don’t laugh, it’s not funny. People that know me know that I love to kid around.) “Therefore he says, let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” I’ll tell you what, when the real anointing of the Holy Ghost has come and Peter was standing right here, he was not afraid to tell them, you know what, you folks you were part of that crowd. You were part of that crowd when Jesus was crucified, you were the ones who said “Crucify him. Crucify him.” And Peter was not afraid to tell them, “You were guilty of that very thing that happened that particular day.”

 

Now when they heard this, it says they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the Apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” And the Bible says also that this promise is not just for them, but to all that shall call upon the name of the Lord. And when you look at this, this is amazing because 3,000 got saved. Then later on in the book of Acts it said 5,000 got saved. Then there was others, the Bible says many were added to the church because all systems go was in place; everything that had to take place took place. But there’s another point to this, there’s another point. And I come to that point is connection required. Connection is required, because you have here the disciples could have actually walked, they could have gone ahead, they could have proclaimed the gospel before the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the outpouring of the Spirit of God, they could have gone out. But no, they had to be connected to what Jesus said, what Jesus said they had to be obedient to the last T; and then they were ready. Connection is vital folks, believe you me connection is important. It is true that there were ready as I mentioned before, before the day of Pentecost, but they needed the power the Spirit of God and they had to wait 10 more days. We have a problem waiting one day, 10 more days? Yes, it was 10 more days, and they were praying and seeking the face of God when this particular thing took place.

 

Folks it’s about time that we get connected; it’s about time that we get connected. Number one connection, we got to get connected with being born again. We got to get connected with being born again. Jesus said to Nicodemus, he said to him, “You must be born again.” Nobody can see the kingdom of heaven unless they’re born again. And then there was something else here that that was mentioned by Paul in 1 Timothy 6:11-12, and this is something that he reminded Timothy of, “But flee from these things you man of God, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and you made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” I have a few moments. This is a big concern of mine, because a lot of times we hear people, “Yes, I’m a Christian.” And that term sometimes I wish we would stop using it. There’s so many people who say they’re Christians, but are you up born-again Christian? Because that makes the difference. There are many people who say they’re Christians but do not have any fruit to indicate that they’re truly a follower of Jesus Christ. Being born again, that matters.

 

Many of you that are sitting here today, there was a time in your life, yes, you truly accepted Jesus… there’s some of us who have received Jesus Christ at one time, but what’s happened since? What’s happened since? We get involved in so many different things in life, the circumstances of life, the struggles, the problems and so forth, we get involved with the things of the world, we get involved with possessions, we get involved with money and all these things. And born-again experience seems like it left you somewhere. You had an experience and my heart’s desire today is to stir that up again, go back to the time when you were born again, when you received Jesus Christ into your life. It’s time to get stirred folks, it’s time to be reminded when you accepted Jesus Christ what it meant to you. Did it mean something to you? Yes, it did at that time? It’s time to get this thing revived within us. You need to get back and say, “I thank you Jesus I am saved. That I am a child of God, I am born again.” It needs to become alive once again, once again, once again. I am tired folks of listening to people that talk about being Christians and they’re not Christians. It’s time to get connected because when you are born again you can get connected to Jesus Christ who is the son of the living God, the very reason why he came and died in the cross for you and me, he came so that you would accept him into your life and you lived that life.

 

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 1:15 (I hope I can quote it) this is a faithful saying and worthy of acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world, to do what? To save sinners, and we’re all sinners, we’ve repented. It’s time to revive this, get excited that you’re saved. “I am a child of God, I’m saved,” and don’t be afraid to say it; don’t be afraid to say it. And if you’re struggling with that, you say, “I’m a Christian” but when someone asked you, “Are you saved?” And you might say, “Well, I hope so.” No; you need to know. You need to know. I’ve got a man in extended care, but one day I led them in the sinner’s prayer, I do it every Sunday every time I’m there, I lead people in the sinner’s prayer, I just do it. This man after the service is over he said, “I prayed that prayer. “Two weeks later he says, “How can I know that I’m sure?” So I did it again, and then I had to do it again because he came back to me again, and now he’s not asking because it’s solidified. If you are in that place you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re saved, that you are saved, you belong that Jesus Christ. You’re no longer your own, you’ve been bought with a price. He came for that very reason, he loves you, he wants you to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you belong to him, that you’re saved. And so I’m going to pray shortly after I’m finished with this message.

 

Number two, we need to get connected with God’s Word. It’s time that we get connected with his word. We have more illiteracy in our country today, in our churches than we’ve ever had before because people do not know the Word of God; they hear it. That’s why that flyer has been given out to you so you can take it home and study it, get into your spirit get into your mind. 1 Timothy 6:13-14 he says, “I charge you in the presence of God who gives life to all things, and in Christ Jesus who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Take the word of God, it is God’s Word. Don’t allow the world to tell you what you need to believe. Get into the Word of God, he’ll tell you what you need to believe; it’s the Word of God. You need this, not only Sundays, every day.

 

I memorize scripture every day, same verses that I memorized 40 years ago when I got saved. I still go over it just about every day. I do it because I know how important it is, because back then when I got saved I was told I needed to get into the Word and I needed to begin to memorize scripture, and I began doing it. People say, “How did you do this? How can you remember all these verses?” Because I’ve worked at it. It takes work, it takes work to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Things don’t just happen, sorry to say, it’s not automatic.

 

Number three, get connected with prayer and the power of God. Jeremiah 29:13 and 14 says, “You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart, and I will be found by you declares the Lord and I will restore your fortunes.” The promises of this is in the word of God. Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not get drunk with wine,” that’s not where our focus needs to be for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit of God. We need more filled spirited people, filled with the Spirit of God, filled with the power of God, because that’s when you are effective for the kingdom of God.

 

Number four, you need to be connected with waiting on him – waiting on him, not rushing. We need to learn how to wait, we need to learn how to wait on God. Psalms 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait I say on the Lord.” Some of you have been praying for certain things and they’re not coming to pass. The Bible says wait, keep trusting God when you’re waiting and it will take place. I heard a story just recently, I was listening to CBN, this guy who was… it was a testimony, and this guy was praying for healing and he was praying for healing and nothing was happening. Week after week went by, nothing was taking place. Now one day as he was praying for others, he was praying for others, and all of a sudden as he was praying for this one particular person all of a sudden he sensed this back pain that he had for all those many years was gone; it was gone. You see, when you wait trust God, but keep doing something – pray for others, believe God for others.

 

And lastly, connect with God in the area of surrender. The Bible says in James 4:7, “Submit therefore to God.” In other words, surrender, surrender to God, surrender to his power, surrender to his will, then you can resist the devil and he will flee from you, otherwise he won’t; otherwise he won’t. You need to submit to God, surrender to Him, and guess what? You become a dynamite for God, because that’s what the disciples were, they were dynamites exploding everywhere, it was affecting everybody. Back then in the then-known world, the Christians the disciples scattered all over the place, there were many who got saved in various parts of that world back then because they were filled with the Holy Ghost and they believed in the power of God.

 

I want every head bowed and every eye closed. I want you to really think upon the first part when I talked about connected to being born-again. I’m serious about this, you need to connect with that truth, you to start believing that you are born again. If you’re not sure, you can be, beyond a shadow of a doubt you can know that you’re born again and you are a child of his. You belong to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, you need to have that truth sink into your heart, and it needs to really be stirred up within you and you need to stir it every day and be thankful to God that you are his, you belong to him. When you do that, that truth will manifest itself in your life in a greater way than you ever thought possible.

 

Father I pray right now for the people in this congregation. God I pray there would be a stirring, stirring about this truth that I just talked about. God when we give our hearts to you Lord God, it’s a real thing, it’s not just some fake, it changes our lives. And I pray Lord God that you would stir this truth within us Lord God. And God we get to the point where we get excited about the fact that we are saved, we know that, we know we belong to you, we’re not ashamed of it. Oh God I pray Spirit of God move upon our hearts, in this hour, in this hour that we’re living in Lord, when God’s Christians are being suppressed and Lord the message that we have is being pushed down upon. But God I thank you as Paul said to fight the good fight of faith, and I pray Lord God that we will, that we’ll do it. Right now Lord God I pray that God we are stirred and renewed again. I want you to pray this prayer after me please say, Lord Jesus I thank you. I thank you for the cross. I thank you for the resurrection. I thank you for salvation. I thank you for being born again. I believe. I’m born again. I’m saved. I’m a child of God. I belong to you Lord Jesus, and you are live in me today. I am not the same as I was. I’m a brand new person, with you in my heart. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. I thank you Jesus, in Jesus name, amen.

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All Systems Go – Part 1