by Keith Daniel
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, in earth as it is in heaven. Oh our Father come, let thy word be done in this building tonight; in our hearts. Have thy way Lord. this with all my heart I say, I'll obey thee come what may; whatever the cost. Thou art the potter I am the clay; oh God take what's left of my life, have it for thyself. Every breath in my body, every faculty of my being, take my moments and my days. Come our God, take my life; everything.
Come visit us through this sermon. Speak to every heart in a way we will all become conscious; we don't have to do with man here, but with God. Visit us. Keep us under the blood of Jesus the Christ. Cleanse the atmosphere with the blood of God the Son. Cleanse this poorly base, unworthy preacher with the blood afresh; for nothing but the blood can give me the right to stand again and preach. Expecting God to take me as a vessel, and meat for the masters use; nothing but the blood.
Come our God and by the Holy Ghost speak to our hearts, every heart as only God can through the weakest of men. For without thee we can do nothing. Our expectation therefore is in thee, and thee only. Come, and honor thy name in Jesus Christ's name; in Jesus Christ's name we all unitedly agree and ask these things of thee our Father in heaven. Amen.
In Luke 8:5 Jesus said, "A sower went out to sow his seed:" (*a sower: a man hired by the farm owner/the land owner to go out and spread, and scatter seed on the ploughed field.) "A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the wayside;" (*some fell by the wayside: the trodden footpath which ran along side of the field; the ploughed field.) "…as he sowed some fell by the wayside; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it." (the birds ate it up.)
"And some fell upon a rock;" (in Matthews version in chapter 13:5 he says, "Upon stony ground which had not much earth", but Luke's account of this parable he says, "Some fell upon a rock") "…and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare *fruit" (Halleluiah. *That's the one word that matters.) "…other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bear fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience" (Literally fruit that endures. Endures, last's, survives, not just for a time they bring forth fruit with patience. Enduring fruit Christ says.)
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Guard yourself now, that you don't close your heart and mind to Gods word, to Christ's warnings and revelation; because you can, you can. Be careful, guard yourself to listen to the convicting word of God by the Holy Spirit. Don't close your mind and heart now, and become angered by a confrontation from Christ about your true state in the light of eternity. Guard yourself.
I know a godly man in South Africa, who shared with me how he had been to a funeral service where he had to give the urology the thanks. For all who came to comfort and to honor the loved on that had died, it was his eldest brother, and he said the preacher trying to comfort all the friends, and the family quoted certain verses to comfort. On and on with these words, concerning someone whose died in Christ; and the preacher said he's been released from his suffering. Don't want him back the way he suffered; he's suffering no more. He's in a better place. Oh, and he gave scriptures this preacher in his attempt to comfort the family of the lost of their loved one.
Now here stands one of the family, this man stands to give the urology and in tears trembling he turned to this preacher and said, Sir you are wrong. My brother has not been released from his suffering. My brother is in more torment than any human on earth has ever experienced. My brother is in hell. My brother is not in a better place, if this book is to be believed. I love my brother more than anyone in this world; he was like a father to me, my father was gone. He brought me up. I loved him. I would do anything to embrace what you've said, but I cannot let the last moment my brothers memory is now be a lie. My brother never repented from a life of sin. My brother was religious; to many he would be regarded as deeply religious. My brother came out in a meeting and responded to the gospel of Christ, my brother had a testimony, but I confronted my brother through the years with this book concerning his testimony; he never, ever turned from his sin. He died in his sin. He never repented. He never became a new creature in Christ where all things pass away, and all things become new. Everything God condemns concerning what was in my brothers life, my brother died living in sin, and you might be angered, he said.
I look at you now shocked, he said. Angered at me at doing what is most unethical where time of comfort is expected, but isn't it wrong where there's a hope that a moment of truth might make you just search your hearts everyone of you. Just once in your life with truth. Maybe you're angry, maybe you're shaking you're head at me gasping in shock yes, but maybe just once through this anger, this shock you might be just honest for one moment in your life everyone sitting here. Just once in your life before you die to see in the light of this book, to look at your life in the light of this book; to know where you stand in the sight of God concerning eternity. No matter what you profess you've done concerning the gospel. Just this book.
I believe the Lord Jesus Christ was attempting here to something so similar to what that man said, something that would shock, and anger if anyone who was ever to do expository preaching on verse after verse; in the light of the rest of the scriptures, which is the only way you can preach. I believe Christ knew this would infuriate, shock, stagger, and condemn the hearts of multitudes through the ages to this month when this was being spoken of, (if it was preached in truth, and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit). In his longing that somehow in your shock, you might just have one honest moment. In case somehow in the age you live, you've got to go past a thousand preachers to find one that might preach truth, that you might never hear again, and that preacher might just preach this. To make you know in gods eyes what you really are, and not wait until you die to acknowledge it and to do something about it, but to open your ears to God. Especially, when He's stopped and warned when you hear this throughout the ages. You that have ears to hear, for your souls sake hear. Don't close your heart, be honest. Even if it's one moment in life you allow yourself to be; be honest now.
I believe that is what Christ knew would be the result of this: "A sower went out to sow his seed". Now, Jesus said the seed is the word of God. That is so lovely. "A sower went out to sow" (to spread the word of God). James says, "Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your soul". He cries out "Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls". Peter says, "Being born again by the word of God; of His own word begat He us, gave He us spiritual birth through the word of God". It's the word. The word, the seed is the word of God which is able to save your souls. "Don't close your hearts, receive it with meekness; it's able to save your soul", is the cry from the pages of this book when you hear the word. Oh, being born again by the word of God. Romans 1:16 "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth". It is…when you preach the gospel, the word, what God says from this book concerning Christ, it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, Halleluiah.
The word, "A sower went out to sow his seed". Listen, what the word of God does, and why a sower must go, why God must send men forth. In Romans 10: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". What a promise God holds out to the world! "How then (Paul says) shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" You see, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the word of God and by grace are ye saved through faith. Without the word you can't be saved. "How then can they hear without a preacher?". The sower must be commissioned by God. The sower must be hired, taken to go out onto the ploughed ground; preacher. The prepared ground which only comes through a life sacrificed in prayer. Not a life sacrificed in preparation. Otherwise the ploughed ground is not ploughed, it can't take the seed.
Oh preacher, God cries out concerning the word, and beloved, being commissioned by God is not an easy road; as every preacher here will know. Otherwise, you're not of God. Whether you're Bill Gothard, or Denny Kenaston, or Don Corvell. How come the devil doesn't worry about you sir? It's not an easy road. It's privileged road, and if I had twenty lifetimes, God knows I would say, no other road; it's so privileged. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Halleluiah, God trusted me with the gospel of Christ (Paul said, "He entrusted the gospel to me"). Oh what a privilege we're conscious of, above everything, "Don't stoop to be a king if God calls you to be a missionary" –William Carry said. It's stooping to nothingness, because that's nothing in comparison with being separated by God to the gospel of Christ. Oh, it's a great and wonderful honor God gives to the bassist of men, and he only chooses the bassist, and weakest, and despised so that no flesh can glory in His presence. Very few will He ever choose that really have any abilities, apart from the ability to get grace from God to be used; that they've never had in their own human capacity. Or could it?
It's not an easy calling as we all know, but God promised us, God has promised us, "They that sow (I love this verse) in tears…". Why would God say that? "…shall reap in joy", that's a promise preacher. "They that sow in tears…". If you're really of God you know what that means, that's the language of the preacher, that he identifies with others who really know what it is to face this enemy, but you must preach. "They that sow in tears (Psalm 126:5) shall reap in joy", God promises us. "He that goeth forth and weeping, bearing precious seed…". "He that goeth forth and weeping…" God warns us, that there's weeping involved if you're going to serve me child. "…bearing precious seed…": caring, oh when the word we carry in our hearts makes us unable to hold back, it burns in our hearts weeping, but we have to go on carry precious, bearing precious seed. " He that goeth forth and weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him". "My word shall not return unto me void", God promises you and me preacher, and anyone else whose just as good as a full time preacher in secular work, because that's why he goes to work. I make boots to be a missionary, that's all. I go to work to win souls not to get money, the money's secondary; when you're right with God anyway, cause you'll know God put you there not for the money as much as just the souls, otherwise you wouldn't be there. Oh, but we who take Gods word, we will have to sow mostly in tears, as every preacher sitting here will know; otherwise I doubt you're called, but we will reap in joy. 'So send I you, to labor one rewarded… To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown… To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing… So send I you, to toil for me alone. So send I you, to leave your life's ambition… To die, to dear desirous self will resign… To labor long, and love where men revile you… So send I you, to loose your life in mine. So send I you, to hearts made hard by hatred… To eyes made blind, because they will not see… To spend though it be blood, to spend and spare not… So send I you, to taste of Calvary. But as the Father's send me, so send I you.'
But the sower must go. Woe is me if I preach not the gospel of Christ. Woe is me if I warn not the sinner of the ere of his way. That sinner shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. If I sent you, and you failed to warn the sinner to turn from his way, that wicked man, that sinner shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will require at thine hand. Do you honestly think, theologians, that Ezekiel was the only man in history that had that to face, and we're exempt of it? Oh pity you theologian, pity. To think that God would single out only Ezekiel in chapter 33:7, and not mainly for me and you to know our responsibility. If we failed the blueprint of God for our lives; woe is me, woe is me if I preach not the gospel of Christ.
"The sower went out to sow his seed". The sower must be born again. The qualifications of this man have nothing to do with university to be used of God. Nothing to do with degrees, academic intellectual achievements that stager man, and bring awe and reverence from man, no. They that be wise, they're different, they turn many to righteousness (Daniel says), and many academic degrees can't turn any to righteousness with all their dogma, and intellectualism. Oh my, "He that wineth souls is wise". Outside of that sir your wisdom is folly, even if it's a university that gave it to you. If you don't win souls! What are you doing with Gods word?
Oh the sower must be born again though. He must be born again, or else he will become what Christ says, "A blind leader of the blind". You know the devil is so terrifyingly powerful, (don't say he's not, this isn't glorifying him. We have to know with whom we have to do, without glorifying him, or been taken up too much with him.) but look, somehow Satan has caused so much confusion, that he has most pulpits in this world to profess to be the Christian message, who are lost and going to hell, and I ask you, anyone to tell me that isn't the truth. Somehow the world goes to hear men who've never been born of God. They're blind leaders of the blind, and they lead everyone who follows them to hell with them. You have to be born again. The bulk who believe they have the right to sow, that are sowing, that are spreading the word of God, tell me, how can you? Unless you're born again. God, this is spiritually indiscernible God tells you, or is He lying? You can't even handle it. You've got no right to. All you're going to do is take people who come to hear you, and think this is all God has to offer them, this is the way, this is everything there is, and all will go to hell with you! Somebody's got to say it somewhere along the line loud and clear in this generation, because the bulk who believe that this is what God says, are going to hell, because it isn't truth that's being preached, and that's tragic that we allowed Satan to do that, and not make one cry that the lost know it isn't the truth.
Oh beloved, the sower must be born again, or he'll become a blind leader of the blind. Eventually he will feel threatened by those who preach truth, because he hasn't experienced it, and someone comes along now, and his flock hears truth and wants it. He'll oppose truth if he dares to start thinking he can sow the word of God, if he's not born again, sow the seed of God. He'll oppose it! 2 Peter 2:2: "…by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of". He's not talking about people out there Godless, people who are deeply religious he's speaking about. He'll oppose the gospel if he hadn't ever experienced it. 2 Peter 2:12: …and speak evil of things they understand not…". Oh beloved. 2 Corinthians 5:17 said, "…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all new things are become new(if any man be in Christ), and all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation". But, if you haven't been reconciled by Jesus Christ to God, yourself, how can you take the ministry of reconciliation? All you'll be is a blind leader of the blind, and that is a tragedy today. Oh. 2 Peter 2:19: "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:". Can you believe it? It's possible. These be they that separate themselves not having the Spirits! It's possible! They eventually be those who preach to men having itching ears, wanting anything but truth, and they themselves will be opposing truth. Oh, get out of the pulpit for God's sake if you're not saved, lest you be an enemy, and fight God himself that you say you defend. You can't handle the word of God unless you know you're born again, and except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God, let alone preach it. Or is Christ not worthy enough to consider taking seriously, preacher(whose still going to hell)?
But, let's look now, carefully, at what happens as the sower spreads the word of God. Let's look carefully at what Christ says happens, to those who are truly born of God, truly separated by God, truly anointed by God, unctionized by God, taken by God, given, sent in the love of Christ, constraining them never to give up, because the cross burns in their being more than anything in life. They can't pass; for He tasted death for every man, so they can pass none. The world is my perish. Not just my little congregation, or I'm not right with God. The whole world is my responsibility. Maybe I have the right now, but if I haven't got the whole world in my heart I'm not close to God, for only God loved the whole world, and a man close to Gods own heart will love the whole world; or he's not close to Gods heart. He's far from it; if he just loves what's in four ward, and has no responsibilities to anyone else.
Oh a sower went out to sow his seed (Jesus said), and as he sowed; some fell by the wayside, and it was trodden down and the fowls of the air devoured it. Now, in His interpretation to the disciples He said, "Those by the wayside are they that hear". Those by the wayside are they that hear, like you here right now. So He's speaking about you. Those by the wayside are they that hear; then commeth the devil.
Mark tells us, "Satan commeth immediately" in his account of this parable. Satan commeth immediately! Do you think Jesus lies? Do you think this isn't to be taken deadly serious, and tremble at? Do you think he said these words for nothing? For you to listen to right now, and don't close your heart to, but consider with every faculty of your being in case this is happening to you.
"Those by the wayside are they that hear; then commeth the devil and taketh away the word out of their hearts lest they should believe and be saved". Can the devil do that? Can the devil stop a man from seeking God to save his soul from hell? A man who hears the gospel, can the devil stop a man, take it out of his heart? Oh yes. Oh, you have a terrible enemy soul. How? How does the devil do that? How does the devil stop a man who hears the gospel, hears there's a heaven and a hell, he's going to hell, he can have the gift of life(eternal life), what does the devil do? How does he do that? Oh, Satan will use any means available to him; any means available to him.
Now, be careful now as to what God means by that. He'll use your closest friend right now; immediately. What are you saying preacher? You think he doesn't do that? That your closest friend in the light of eternity, is your worst enemy. Do you think if your closest friend is not available, do you think if he's available Satan will not take him up?
I have been throughout twenty-eight years of preaching; staggered at who comes to meetings. Staggered at what reason they're there. Do you know how many come to play the fool? You say that's not possible! Do you think the devil won't use them? If you now want to seek God desperately, and they don't they're here for the playing.
I remember as a young preacher, watching some young fellow, while a man was weeping, preaching on hell, quoting the verses of damnation, and I knew a lot of these youth were going to hell, and they were listening. But, one boy(Good looking boy. Oh my, that's why he got away with it) kicking the girls feet, and all the little crowd around him distracted; listening up to a point, but suddenly all giggling. Do you think that just happened? Do you honestly think that if you make yourself available, if you're available for the devil to use, that he won't? "To take the word out of their hearts, while they listening", that he couldn't of if he didn't have you! Tell me, I want to be careful now: are you available right now? How many conventions have you come to young people, and others liked up with family that you're here, but you're not for God. You never sought God with your whole heart. What are you coming for? Are you really right with God through all these meetings you attend? Or, what did you come for if you aren't? To play the fool? Everyone was distracted while a man wept, crying out about the judgments of God; they laughed through one person Satan found. Oh by the way, as a young person he was chopped in half, his whole body dead.
I've been in a meeting, where the preachers son(Not a little boy, a big boy) so despised the preacher he mocked him. He wept with laughter. I looked I couldn't believe, at this boy. You think the preacher was at fault? Well, Paul says to the Corinthians(concerning many of the people who hated him) "They despise my speech, and mocked me". This young preachers son so despised this man, he sat there crying with laughter, and mocking, and everyone of elder group of boys was distracted by him. Do you honestly think the devil can't use a preachers son whose playing the fool with God? Tell me, I wonder how many will be in hell through him alone, who couldn't receive the word in their heart(the devil took it out through him).
I was in a church once, where youth, a group of youth(a little bit older than youth), were joking about visitors in the church, and I looked, and I saw those visitors(conscious of what was going on) get up while the word, and walk out. Do you honestly think Satan can't use you to keep souls from eternity, and send them to damnation? He'll use any means available to him. Any means available to him.
He can use Christians. In a convention like this how? How could he use a Christian? Oh, because those aren't saved know you're Christian. You're the one who says you're born again, you're the one who sits there ready. But, he creates circumstances now, in front of those the seed is sown that hear the word; it's getting in their hearts, it's there, but now before it can bring out eternal life what happens? They know you profess, and the devil orchestrates circumstances, you think he won't? You think he doesn't? That you fail. You walk out there with your professing, and you really are saved, and you fail, and that person knows and stumbles, and in a total instance no; walks away. Do you think the devil doesn't do that?
He can use preachers! I seen him use preachers who fall apart, and begin to fail when the devil orchestrates circumstances, and the lust look at this, and walk away from what was preached. He can use a preacher in this convention if I'm not careful. Paul said, "Guard yourself preacher. As when you've preached to others you yourself become a cast away", and imagine what happens. Oh, oh Paul was disciplined; deeply disciplined. He can use preachers, don't doubt that. "I bring my body into subjection", and he calls out to all who preach to be doubly careful to guard themselves, and carefully be disciplined. "I keep under my body and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means when I have preached to others; I myself shall be a castaway, and then what will happen to the souls that heard me?" If I'm not disciplined and careful, do you think the devil can't use a man who's preached? One of the greatest preachers in South Africa just a few years ago, fell into the most depraved sin, and do know how many have stumbled across our land through that? Do you honestly think he isn't going to aim at you preacher, because you are preaching? You've got to guard yourself, from anything he orchestrates.
He can use churches. Who, suddenly want war with each other. Be careful you don't devour each other(Paul says)if you bite each other. "Be careful you are not devoured one of another", be careful. But, what happens to the lost who walk away? And how many churches have I witnessed, the lost walk away never to come near Christ's people again. Having tasted that war when they should have known you were His disciples by love one for another. Oh, if the devil can find anyone to cause that, you think he won't?
He can use babies. Oh, I'm treading on soft ground; tender ground here. So, don't think I'm preaching at you, but listen: this is going to shock you if I start. I'm going to write a book one day; I better ask you to please print it when I'm dead(otherwise I'll die prematurely, they'll kill me). Well, let me start just torching the tip of the ice burg, the book will come later when I'm dead ok? If someone like Don would print it please. So much on writing. I was in a church where a preacher was pouring his soul out, and a baby screamed, and screamed to the degree that you couldn't believe it, but the mother wouldn't get up and go out. At the door(this is the shock)the minister of the church(not the one who preached but the minister, and I was standing right close by), he looked at this woman, and tears came down his face, and he said with a loud voice, "Lady, I watched you pinching that child, and pinching it cruelly. What sort of a mother are you? You didn't know anyone could look, but I got up and I looked around, and I came to where I could watch you, to see what, you pinched that child again, and again. To make it scream uncontrollably. That virtually no one in this building tonight could have received the massages. You've sent people to hell. Why? Was it because you were under conviction? That, you couldn't tolerate it; you didn't have any compassion for your child you're so scared about your own feelings. You became cruel. Why did you do that?", he wept. She just looked and ran out. Do you think the devil can't do that?
A sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed some fell by the wayside, and it was trodden down and the fowls of the air devoured it. Those by the wayside are they that hear then commeth the devil(Satan commeth immediately) in this convention, there you are. Those by the wayside are they that hear. Is this what's going to happened to you? Then commeth the devil. Straightway Satan commeth immediately. How? Is he going to do to you? Is he going to use you to do it to others? Are you available? Dare a preacher preach such things you say. Oh yes. Even if it's one left on earth. Taketh away the word out of their hearts lest they believe and be saved. Oh he'll do it, or Christ was just talking words that couldn't happen. You choose whether to say, the Lord Jesus Christ wasn't warning us, you and me to listen carefully; everyone.
They on the rock are they, which when they hear receive the word with joy. Now that's staggering. Is that you? Did you hear, like people are hearing, there was a moment you received the word with joy, you didn't fight it. The devil didn't use anybody to stop you hearing, to close your heart, to fail in front of you, to cause chaos that you walked away from him and you said not for me. No, you received it with joy. Is that right? "…and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away". Hebrews 3:12: "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God". Don't you dare tell me I'm making a statement of doctrine. I'm just quoting the scriptures, for Gods' sake, let me without accusing me.
"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing for the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end" Can I repeat that? Will the church of Jesus Christ allow me to repeat that please? To repeat what God in this book: "…we are made partakers of Christ if(IF)we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end", God says. And if that offends you, you're offended of God, not of me, so don't name me when you walk out there and say it's heresy. Name God's book, and for God's sake, start cutting out the verses you don't believe in, but don't carry a book around that you cannot preach every verse. Because, you've labored your calluses unmasked, that can't afford to even quote certain verses when they desperately needed to be quoted; to this generation anyway.
Hebrews 10:38: "Now the just shall live by faith; but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
1 John 2:19: "They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us."
"They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy" did you? "…and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away" did that happen to you? And you're still holding onto the testimony? But you fell away from anything real, that this book(the whole book that is)could make you feel safe anymore. If you're honest that is, and not bias.
2 Peter 2:20: "…if after they escape the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them".
Now, I want to cry out to you: there's no such a thing as that God's grace isn't hovering over you wanting, you define vital reality. There's no such a thing. No such a thing. That word: …they cannot repent if they've tasted everything, and gone now back(there's no repentance). Oh, it's while. That word seeing is while in the Greek. Look it up. There's no such a thing as "permanently there's never any groaning of grace". For God's sake, if that's your experience seek God with truth. Seek God desperately. Don't dare close your heart, and think "well that's the end, the latter end is going to be…" that isn't what God wants. There's still longing in His heart for you, that's why He's giving this to you. What's the point of warning a man if he hasn't got any hope? Do you honestly want to blame God to do that? Don't blame man for God's decision. I would! that's the will of God that ye would not the will of God didn't happen. Can a creature dare say that? Well Christ said it. Forgive me for just telling it. "He sent for His servants to call them that were bidden(invited)…and would not come". Do you honestly think He didn't want them to come, inviting them? Do you honestly think man has no free will, because God is sovereign? Do you honestly blame God for man rejecting Christ, who died and tasted death for everyman? Is that honestly your doctrine? Pity you. Before you read Romans 9, for God's sake, read Romans 1,2, and 3. "For this Cause God gave Him up. Even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them up". Don't dare tell me Romans 9 said God gave them no choice. There's a cause before you get to Romans 9. no man will stand before God and say, I had no choice; it was thy good pleasures to make me, to send me to be damned for eternity, and that made thee have pleasure. That isn't my doctrine sir, and I pity you if it's yours. Does that make me loose ground? No, because if there's on verse I quote out of it's context, for God's sake, walk away. Am I Wesley Arminioust? Am I a Calvinist? Sorry, you'll never know. All I am is someone who quotes everything, because it must have been for a reason to be there, in the full revelation of Christ there must be a time you do quote it. Or don't you quote passages sir that shouldn't be there? I'm diverting.
Then, he comes to this: "…And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with, and chocked it", that's tragic. "… that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.". Now, in it's context as a verse, and the whole parable, and the light of the rest of the scriptures, there was a response. There was fruit. There was a reaction, there was something of an effect, but what chocked it? What destroyed it this time? Well, the fruit was never brought forth. It never came to perfection. It never became something that could survive, and last, and endure to the end, and not just for a while believe and fall away when things, temptations, and accusations, undermining from the devil through his influence. Oh no. Here we have a moment that God stops people, who won't throw away everything to receive that one pearl. Do you remember that lovely parable? Oh, you'll find it all in Matthew 30, and all in Luke 8 the whole lot, these parables. I wish I could just bring all the parables; we must do that one day.
13:45: "The kingdom of heaven unto a merchant man seeking goodly pearls, who when he found one pearl of great price, went and sold everything". All he had, and bought it. Are you willing to let go of everything sir? "…and choked with cares and riches, and pleasures of this life" they're destroyed by these things. It devours the word of God, that can't bring fourth fruit because you just won't let go, to obtain eternal life! "For what does man profit if he gains the whole world and looses his own soul". Loose everything, but don't loose your soul. Rich man be poor like Lazarus, but don't land up in hell, and Lazarus in heaven; because you wouldn't let go of what was your God. What kept you from God? Oh be careful. They choked with cares, and riches. Pleasures of this life, is a tragic, tragic, tragic, tragic statement. They just won't let go of everything.
1 Timothy 6:9 "They that would be rich fall into temptation, and a snare, and many foolish and hurtful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition". They go back in a destroyed spirit, before it really comes to true eternal life. For the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some have coveted after they've heard from the faith, pierced themselves with sorrows. They've just thrown it all away. Oh, it's the beginning of all the hurts, that can come to the spiritual side of life. It's the destruction, and perdition of your; any profession you might make. If you're not willing to let go of the things that God told you to let go, because these things are going to keep you from God.
Listen, 1 John 2:15 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lusts thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever". You cannot serve God and mammon, you cannot serve God and be materialistic, there isn't a millionth of a chance, let a lone one chance. There's no chance. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth. That's a command. Oh, you say, you keep the commands "Thou shall not commit adultery". Tell me, lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, is a command. Where moth and rust doth corrupt, where thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Where, neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, where thieves do not break through, nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. You cannot serve God and mammon. You cannot serve God and be materialistic, you cannot. Set your affection on things above, not on things upon the earth. For God's sake, don't love money, don't let the riches, the desire for them drown you. When God say's, let go of this child, I'll give you what you need. You'll find you'll be happy with very little, and so miserable with lots. Cares, and riches can be linked you know, you've got so much, and the more you have the more you drown, because you're scared to loose it all. How am I going to keep it all? Some people are so insured, that they die of heart failure, and worry how they're going to pay their insurances. You can get so complicated without just taking no thought for tomorrow. It's a command. Consider the lilies of the field how the grow. Oh, don't allow yourself to look at things in fear, and anxiety, and scaredness, and fear, and cling, and throw yourself in that you drown Spiritually before it comes to truth for which is Salvation. Oh, be careful, God is saying.
They hear, they hear, they go forth, and are choked with cares, and riches. Has that happened to you? And pleasures of this life, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. You know what that means? There was a choice. There was a time they really had to make a choice. They felt love for God as they looked at the cross, there was this love, and appreciation, but there was also love for pleasures. You think you're saved? Well wait, you've got to let go of everything, the riches, you've got to let go of everything, the pleasures. Everything that keeps you from true vital reality with God. Let go, for God's sake. The Holy Spirit tells you, "Let go, or you'll drown". You'll be choked, you'll be destroyed before this can become real.
They're lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Are you? Answer God. Have you given up your pleasures that you know this book says, you're going to hell. Be not deceived, no unrighteous person shall enter the kingdom of heaven, nor that defiles shall enter therein, and then He names the sin. Well, I keep that sin God, but I'm getting in. Is that what you're saying to God? Don't deceive yourself, you can't, you will not be, not that defile. He names. You ought to go look for your sins, and look is there anything there that I'm just holding on to? I'm a lover of pleasures more than a lover of God. I choose pleasures. When it came to the actual genuine choice. It wasn't when I choose to come out in a meeting, and say Jesus Christ saved my soul. It was when I walked out there, and there were the sins, and there was the Bible, and there were the people of God, and there were the people of the world, and I was a lover of pleasures more than a lover of God, and I was choked, destroyed. That which fell on my heart, didn't get there to bring forth eternal life, as it ought to have, and could have if I was willing to let go. Oh, Moses in Hebrews 12:24 "Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season". Oh, no matter what it costs, he let go of all that, cause nothing matters, but God, if you're going to come to salvation. True salvation.
The minister that led me to Christ said, "They say It's free Keith". They lie! It will cost you every single thing in life, or you're wasting my time, you're wasting your time, you're wasting God's time. Are you ready for that? Count the cost, or you'll go for a while, and just become someone who will find it ten times harder to ever respond again. If you don't count the cost now, and be willing to say, "God everything I let go of, for this pearl called salvation of my soul, by grace through faith.
'But that on the good ground, are they which in an honest, and good heart'. Did this happen to you? Having heard the word, keep it. Is that you? According to Jesus Christ, you're saved. According to Jesus Christ, the rest; you're lost. Even if you received it with Joy, and didn't endure to the end. An honest, and good heart; having heard the word, keep it, keep it. Be ye doers of the word, James says. Not hears only, deceiving your own selves. But if any of you be a hearer of the word, and not a doer is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass, for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight way forgeteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect love, liberty, and continueth therin. He being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word. This man shall be blessed in his deed. What doth it profit my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and hath not works. Can faith save him? Can faith save him? A man may say, thou hast faith, I have works. Show me thy faith without thy works, and I'll show thee my faith by thy works. By my works thou believest that there's one God; thou doest well the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Totally worthless, literally.
Ye shall know them by their fruits, Jesus Said. Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord. Listen, do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth forth not good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in thy name, preached in thy name? And in thy name cast out devils? Is that possible? Yes. And in thy name done many wonderful works, miracles. Is that possible? Yes. And then when I profess unto them, I never knew you. I never knew you, depart from me ye that work iniquity, you that never repented from a life of sin. You that were lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (even if you preached in my name) there was no fruit.
That on the good ground are they that hear. That, in an honest, and good heart, having heard the word, keep it. Keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience that endures, that lasts, that survives, that doesn't for a while believe, and in time when all the on slots, and everything the devil wants to bring fall away. No. that doesn't close the heart, and eventually depart from the living God before deep work of truth comes out of fruit. It's not just getting done brother, sister; it's the fruit that endures to the end.
In closing, listen carefully, no sorry, listen prayerfully please; prayerfully every single one of you. Matthew 13:24 Jesus says, "The kingdom of heaven is liken unto a man which sowed good seed in his field". It's liken unto a man which sowed good seed. Good seed. In his field. But, while men slept his enemy came, and sowed tares among the wheat. The word tares: it's a weed that looks like wheat, but no fruit ever comes. There's never going to be fruit. You want to destroy a man financially, in the biblical times, go and sow tares while men sleep. Economically you'll ruin him, he looses his crops.
While men slept his enemy came, and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit there appeared the tares also. So the servants of the household where came, and said unto him, sir didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From wence then have it's tares? He said unto them, an enemy, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou then that we go, and gather them up? But he said nay , nay lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them. But gather the wheat into my barn, bring them home to me in heaven, set the prisoners of the earth free.
Oh, that's precious in itself, but I want you all to look back now to this statement: the kingdom of heaven is liken unto a certain man which sowed good seed in his field, but while men slept his enemy came, and sowed tares among the wheat. The church of Jesus Christ, if it ever comes to a situation in any part of history where it is allowed to sleep. You think that can't happen? Jesus warned of it: ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt hath lost its savor wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Forgive me, but it seems that's what's happening in most of the world today towards the church. They don't want it, they just despise it, they're trampling; it's just. While men slept the enemy came, and this enemy in his terrifying power, and liberty, has strewn across this world: in the evangelical churches multitudes, who say their saved, who are going to hell. This is because, the church is not awake, because the church is not on its knees awake, in prayer crying out to God that, no man compromising will be allowed in the pulpit. The preachers will be, no, the churches won't compromise in its music, in its dress code, and its whole testimony, and it's swallowed up in the world to win the world. No, the world's just won you, you didn't win the world. You want crowds, goodness me; was it worth it? While the church is allowed what the devil does, is amazing. I think the world finds it hard to distinguish anything different, apart for that you preach; about being saved from what?
Oh church of Jesus Christ, I cry out to me from my soul (even if you never invite me back to this land) wake up!! Can't you see the state? You blame the souls? I blame the salt of the earth. That the enemy is sowing in our midst, that you better look and wonder: can this man be saved? But we don't question that anymore, it's not ethical to preach the things I'm preaching. You'd never get invited back. Oh church of Jesus Christ, get down before God, before there's nothing left, and you won't know because you haven't given any authority statement from your pulpit or life; when the bulk sitting there are saved or lost. Does that offend you? God forgive you if you are offended.
Preachers, wake; wake that you don't sound an unclear call of the gospel. Come back to the right call. Come back to a clear sound with no compromise, no fear of man; fear only God when you get from the pulpit. Seeking only His will done. It doesn't matter if they bless you, or curse you. It's only God will done that matters. Preachers, get back to that, or you'll just become an entertainer of the crowd; wanting men's applause. For God's sake, preach to those who are really wanting sin, and the world will flee, and not sit in comfort singing halleluiahs with you in this sin; without any conviction. Because, they're watered down, prayer less church. The enemy is just making the unsaved take over. Causing wars within our midst, undermining the preacher, undermining the music that's Godly, undermining the dress code, anything is "legalism". Any standard, even if it's a standard of the New Testament. "It's Judgmental". Oh, even if Jesus Christ said it Himself, "I'll never go near this church again if such things are preached". A woman said after I preached, (just quoting the sermon on the mount, even if Jesus Christ Himself said that) "I'll never come back to this church sir". Walk the centers of the church, the so called "evangelical church of Jesus Christ" will get up, and walk out if we just quote the scriptures as they stand, once across the whole spectrum of the world; evangelical pulpits. Oh, we desperately need revival, and we desperately need to seek God, this church that's asleep, and we desperately need to seek God, those who sit in the pews thinking they're saved, but god cries out to you, "No you're not. There's no fruit, the fruit I wait for, and demand, demand".
After a message like this I know there's such shock, and fear going on. That, to respond is very, very hard. Maybe the fruit of this sermon will go on, and on as people begin to throw aside the lie they're embracing, and get right with God in truth. Pleasures of this life (riches), for a while believe fall away. Receive the word with joy, and all the other things under the blood only God. Is there anyone, angry yes? Who has ears to hear tonight. Who'll obey God, and hear, and I ask you, seek God tonight. Because, I doubt that He'll ever speak to you again like this in your life. So it's your choice. If you know these things have drowned you, choked, destroyed. If you know what you're hung on didn't work, you're as much of the world as the most lost sinner with a testimony, because you for a while believed. But, you don't let go of that, I mean you can't. I want those of you who need to say, "God, tonight with all the devils done, who's doing, trying. With all the failures, and all I've neglected to do, and rejected when I know God was crying out to me daily, everything. Everything would come, for this one pearl, and I've never been willing", and every statement said tonight, whatever reached your heart.
I want those of you that say, "God, tonight no matter what it costs, even if it costs everything in life. I lay everything beside to embrace the cross, and to turn life. No matter what it costs me, even if I loose every friend I have on earth. I embrace it tonight with my whole being, with an honest, and good heart, and I ask you for the grace, that no matter what it costs I will keep it to the day I die. No matter what comes against me, through whom it comes against me. Even if the men's enemy's become the members of my own house against me, I'll keep it. Even if I loose everything God, I'll keep the word of God with my whole being, till I prove to God that this was not something that rejects everything else that's demanded in the Bible, but what God demands, must be seen in my life for me to be at peace. I want anyone who needs to cry that out with their whole soul, (and that'll cost you in this building, but I'll cost you a billion, zillion time more hurt, and shame if you don't. trust me.) I want you to stand up, and say, "God it's me. Whatever it was God said, but tonight it's Christ. Even if I loose everything in life that I've been clinging to. I'm willing for that".
Will you stand? Those that need to. Even though it costs, and you know God said, be careful, don't close your heart while you can hear. Don't close your heart in the valley of decision. That's your decision. Those of you that are standing, I want the ladies to go out that door. The men to go out that door, and soul winners to follow them. Ladies with ladies, and men with men. Soul winners, don't hesitate. What can be greater privilege, than to have a soul to pray through. Don't preach to them, just point them to the cross, and let them cry out by faith, and then tell them about the quiet time; as your source of survival now, if it's the greatest goal of your every day, and life, you'll never backslide, you'll go through.
Please, can the ladies go out there? The men there right now, please just push your way out, and soul winners, don't hesitate now. Don't shame God on me, or any of your people. Go, follow them soul winners, and the rest. While men slept. I want to ask the children of God, who're asleep, and you know this world is in the state it's in. as far as the gospel, and preaching, and the standard is concerned, because you sleep. "No more sleeping God, I'm waking out of it, and I'm going to go through with God myself, and pray through, and be careful to allow no compromise in my preaching, in my testimony, and in my living, in my standard (even though I'm called the most legalistic, separated, judgmental person on earth, let them call me that. Because, if they don't there's something wrong), I want those of you, desperate enough to say to God that at any cost from now on, regardless. A man at war, in the army of God on his knees, and as he walks through this world with the grace of God, to have effect to bring something of vital truth back everywhere I go. I want those who desperately need to say, "God, I require that with my whole heart". Will you stand please? "I desperately need to ask thee this of my life". Those who need to. Yes.
Those who are standing, you bow your heads. I'm praying for you, but pray it in your heart. Oh God, take me, what's left of my life I put on the alter tonight. Wash me in the blood of Christ, from every failure, every compromise, every wasted moment, let alone hours, days, years, wasted opportunity to witness, wasted opportunity, for every compromise in any way God, and anything that I tolerated. That, I haven't prayed out of pulpits, prayed out of churches by groaning before God, that the church won't be asleep Lord, and the devil make the world be quiet at home. Even in the evangelical churches thou they go to hell, because I'm groaning. They'll find a discomfort, and so will my people. Oh God, take me, and let me be the instruments of revival, but begin the revival in me God tonight. By washing me through, and through with the blood, and taking control of me as I lay my life afresh on the alter of God. Train me with thy Holy Spirit. Take complete control, and stagger the powers of hell, through this life by thy grace, till I die. In Jesus Christ's name, Amen.