Power of obedience

My advice to you is that you will remain faithful to the church no matter what other people do. Whether that person is your father, your mother, your spouse, your cousin, friend, your enemy – do not ever leave the church (the Remnant Church) – for any reason. Jesus said in John 6:70 – 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” Jesus had a devil among the twelve disciples, but the disciples were still the early church.

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Power of obedience – R. Skeete

My advice to you is that you will remain faithful to the church no matter what other people do. Whether that person is your father, your mother, your spouse, your cousin, friend, your enemy – do not ever leave the church (the Remnant Church) – for any reason. Jesus said in John 6:70 – 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” Jesus had a devil among the twelve disciples, but the disciples were still the early church. The church does not cease to be God’s church because, there are devils in it. The place to find devils is in the church. Devils don’t waste time going into the casinos, and to bars and into the whore houses – the devil already has those places, the devils come to church. No, even though your pastor may be a well-dressed hypocrite, you are still in God’s remnant church. Don’t leave and go start up a church where no body commits any sin – you will be wasting your time. Don’t leave, stay in God’s church.

And why should you stay? When a lot of disciples were leaving Christ in John 6:66 – 66 From that time many of His disciples went [a]back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the [b]Christ, the Son of the living God.” – What Peter was saying, we are staying, because of what you preach. Not because you have a building because Christ had none. Not because members drive Mercedes Benzes and Lexus and BMWs – No we are staying because of what you preach.

For those of you who don’t have a church, when you contemplate joining a church, don’t ask, is the pastor handsome. Don’t ask, where do members work. Don’t ask is the church in the suburbs. Ask, what do they teach? And what they teach, must correspond to “thus says the Lord” . If they do not teach “thus says the Lord”, you will simply be enjoying a social experience, not a worship experience. Because the foundation of worship is obedience.

What did God say to Saul, with Samuel as His spoke person? –
1 Samuel 15:22 – 22“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
Keep your special music, obey me. Keep your large offerings, obey me. Obedience is better than sacrifice to an extent that obedience is profitable to any sacrifice including the sacrifice of Christ. – Let me explain.

Why did Jesus die? Sin. If Adam had not sinned, would Christ had come to die? No. Before Adam sinned, was there obedience in the Universe? Yes. In the new world where all sin is removed and sinners are no more, only the righteous and obedience, will there be obedience? Yes. Isaiah 66:23 – 23 And it shall come to pass
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.
There was obedience before there was sacrifice. There will be obedience after the sacrifice is no longer necessary. To obey is better than sacrifice.

So, going to church, you know what Jesus said? In Mark 7:7 – 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ This worship is useless in my eyes, why? It is based on the commandments and doctrines of men. Now you turn that around, what is the worship that God accepts? Worship based on the commandments of God. Listen again to what the verse says – In vain do they worship me – why is it vain, why is it useless? Teaching for doctrines, the commandments of men – Christ is saying their worship is based on man-made commandments and so I classify it as a waste of time.

Do you know many churches on weekends are wasting time? Now, if that is the case, if your turn that around, you realize what Christ is saying is worship me, based on my commandments. Which. obedience, the corner stone of worship. Because according to 1 Samuel 15:23 – 23For rebellion is as the sin of [d]witchcraft, – because rebellion is sin. Jesus said in Mathew 12:30 – 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. Which means, every human being is either for God or is for the devil. There are two kingdoms in the Universe: The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan. And so, Jesus said, if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself, how then shall his kingdom stand? – Mathew 12:26. In verse 28, Jesus said, but I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come unto you. Now, we have the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan. Every human being is in one kingdom or the other. Every human being either worships God or worships the devil. Now, you may worship the devil through your career, you may worship the devil by being obsessed with a husband or a wife, you may worship the devil by being obsessed with money or wherever, but you either worship God or the devil, that is it.

Now when the bible says for rebellion is as the sin of [d]witchcraft, – to disobey God, is to be in harmony with the devil – that is witchcraft. Not all witches look strange and live in the forest. Some of them are deaconesses, some of them health temperance leaders, some are wherever – not all witches look strange. Rebellion which is sin against God is the same thing as working with the devil, because every time someone disobeys God, the person obeys the devil. There is no middle ground.

And so, Eve, she had two words of authority: “thou shall surely die” , the other word was, “ye shall not surely die” . She had two words, one from God and one from the devil. You and I we face the same situation every day. The word of God, the word of someone else. He may the Pope, he may be the husband, politician, but ultimately if it is not God’s word, it is the devil’s word

And God said, “in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shall surely die”. The devil says in Genesis 3:4 – Ye shall not surely die. Two words: Jesus said you either for me or against me. You either gather with me or you scatter abroad. You are either a sheep or a goat. You either lost or saved. You either wheat or tare. You are going to Heaven or hell. It is always either or.

And so, I say again – Jesus said how be it, in vain do they worship me. Question for you – are we worshipping God in vain? When God sent Saul in 1 Samuel 15:3</span to destroy all the Amalekites – the bible says, 3 Now go and attack[a] Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey – Kill everything. That was God’s command to Saul as God’s punishment on the Amalekites, because the Amalekites hundreds of years earlier, they had attacked the Israelites when they were leaving Egypt – they were in the wilderness. And God swore, I will blot Amalekites from under the heavens. But God gave three or four hundred years to repent and they never did. So, when God told Saul to kill them, God was telling Saul to kill a people who had decided they would never ever repent and one of the greatest favors if not the greatest favor, God can do to un repented sinner is to take his life as soon as possible because the longer you sin, the longer you suffer the flames of hell. God is merciful when He puts a sinner to sleep.

And so, God said kill all the Amalekites. Saul went and killed all the Amalekites except one person. What was his name? Agag – what was his position? – the King, and he brought Agag back. God said, Saul has turned back from obeying me. Now God is not a Statistician, God is a Mathematician. You see, a Statistician would say, Saul obeyed God. Let us say, the population of the Amalekites was two million, only one person saved – a Statistician would say a whole place was destroyed. Not God – if God says kill everybody and out of two million, you save one, you have disobeyed.

God is precise – God gave ten commandments. If you keep nine, in the university, 90% is an excellent score, you get honors, nine out of ten. In God’s system, nine out of ten is failure. Because if He wanted nine, He would have given nine. He wants ten. And so, for a risk of being tedious and repetitious, but repetition is an effective way to teach, the bible says in vain do they worship me, teaching the doctrine and the commandments of men. Let me tell you something – the commandments of men, have absolutely no power to save. Our theme is, the power of God. Error has no power to save. But error has a negative power to destroy.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:3 – the bible says – 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; The bible says, God’s will is your sanctification and mind. Now listen to Jesus, He is praying to the Father – and Jesus says, sanctify them how? – through your truth, your word is truth. What Christ is saying in a prayer to His Father, only truth can sanctify. Error contaminates, truth sanctifies. The function of truth is to remove error and to cleanse the mind. Sanctify them through your truth, your word is truth.

Let me present to you the greatest expression of truth in the bible.

Truth & Law
Go to Psalm 119:142 – 142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth . Now Jesus says, in vain they worship me, teaching the doctrines and the commandments or laws of men. Now, if God’s law is truth, what is men’s law? – error. Your law is truth.

Go to verse 151 – 151 You are near, O LORD, and all Your commandments are truth. Go to Malachi chapter 2 – this is God speaking about the Priests and the main function of the Priests was not only to take care of the sacrifices and the tabernacle but to teach the people, the word of God. That was a major function to teach the Levites as Priests -teach God’s word. Malachi 2:6 – 6 The[a] law of truth was in his mouth,
And [b]injustice was not found on his lips.
The of truth was in His mouth, injustice (iniquity) was not found in His lips. I want you to put two things together. Mouth and lips are the same thing in those two expressions. Now, the law of truth is the opposite of what in that statement? – iniquity. Give me another word for iniquity? -sin. Then what is sin? – based on the two statements? – anything that is contrary to the law of God. Look at it again – the law of truth was in His mouth and iniquity was not found in His lips – in other words, if the law is in your mouth, there is no room for iniquity or sin. So, the law of God is the very opposite of sin and a major function of the priest even today, priests being the preachers is to have his mouth his mouth full of the message of the law of God as the basis of true worship.

Let us go to Romans 2:17 – 17 [a]Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest[b] on the law, and make your boast in God , keep one finger here and let us go to Deuteronomy 32:4 – 4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.

He is called a God of truth. So, God the Father is truth. Go to John 14:6 – 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. So, God the Father is a God of truth, Jesus is the truth. Go to 1 John 5:6-6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. Now, what have you discovered from those three verses:

  1. The Father is truth
  2. Jesus is truth
  3. The Holy Ghost is truth
Now, when you worship in Spirit and in truth, you are in harmony with whom? – the family of Heaven. Now, when you worship based on error, you are against the entire family of heaven. It makes no difference how attractive your tradition is and the biggest tradition in Christianity is that Sunday is the Sabbath. It is the biggest most widespread tradition not one single Bible verse. I haven’t gotten back to Romans 2:17 yet, but let me continue on what I just said – not one single Bible verse. Let me show you what sin has done to our minds go to Genesis 2:16 I’ll show you what sin has done to the mind.

The Bible Genesis 2:16 – 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[a] shall surely die.” – Who said that? – God. What are those things – thou shall surely die? – four words. So, we are looking at the words of God. Let’s look at God’s words earlier spoken. Let’s examine God’s words – Genesis 1:3 – 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; And there was light. What does that tell you about God’s word? – it is powerful, creative, it does precisely what it says – let there be light, and there was light – not fog or haze or cloud – but light. If God’s word says light, you can expect light – that is God’s words.

Now, looking at verse 6-9 Genesis 1:6-9 – 6 Then God said, “Let there be a [a]firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” – the firmament as a result of the word of God 9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. – the word of God 11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. – happened by the word of God 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; – the word of God 20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living [a]creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the [b]firmament of the heavens.” – the word of God 24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. – the word of God 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – the word of God

Whatever the word said is what happened. Now, Eve knew that. She knew that!

Let us use our imagination and go to the garden of Eden. We are looking at Eve and the Serpent having a discussion. They are texting face-to-face if I can put it like that. Now, you are watching Eve. You are behind the tree, she doesn’t know you are there. We are watching her, where is Eve standing? Where do you think, she is standing, what is under her feet? What is under feet- grass. When was, grass made – 3rd day, how? By the word of God. So, she was standing on the proof that God’s word is true. Where was the Serpent? – in a tree. When were, the trees made? – 3rd day. She was looking at a tree evidence and proof that God’s word has power. What was above her head? – the sun shining, sure – day 4 verse 14 and God said let the be lights in the firmament of the heaven. She saw evidence everywhere she looked. She saw proof that God’s word is reliable, powerful, creative, trustworthy and does exactly what it says. She was surrounded.

Now, let’s get another word, Genesis 3:1-4 – Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. ” We will compare this with verse 2:17 – 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[a] shall surely die.” – The serpent said you shall not surely die. Now, Eve was confronted with you shall surely die and you shall surely not die. She had to make a choice between what God’s word and anybody else’s word. You see if it is not God’s word it doesn’t matter who the other person is, it is the devil’s word. If it is not “thus says the Lord” , then it is the devil’s word no matter who speaks it.

So, here is Eve, God’s word, with all the proofs of the power of God’s word, surrounding her and the devil says, she shall not surely die. Now, question for you. What proof did she have that the devil’s word had power? – none, none! Yet without a word from God that she should do this, she made a choice based on the word of the enemy and she took that fruit. She had no evidence at all that the devil’s word had power, yet she accepted his word and of course she died because God’s word cannot fail.

There isn’t one verse in the bible that says the first day of the week is the Sabbath and like Eve most of Christianity chooses a word not spoken by God and it is so widespread it is accepted as truth. So, that those who obey the truth are regarded as funny. If error is practiced long enough, it assumes the status of truth and when you attack that error, you are attacked. Not a verse.

Now, I am talking about the laws of truth. God’s will for you is sanctification. What is sanctification? – removing impurities from the life. How does that happen says Jesus, through the truth. What was the highest expression of truth – the law of God – because the Bible says, let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all (Eccl 12:13) – This is all I want says God. He wanted it before Adam sinned, He wants it now, because God does not lower His standards. He raises a people. Take for instance, the game of basketball – the basketball ring is ten feet off the ground. A coach doesn’t lower the rim, he trains his athletes to do what? – jump high, the rim doesn’t come down.

Now, in salvation before Adam sinned, God’s rim of righteousness was ten feet, that was for sinless man. After Adam sinned, God left it at ten feet and He sent Jesus to teach us how to jump. He sent Jesus, He said, you come stay with me and I will help you reach that rim because God does not lower His standards. As a parent, you don’t lower the standard for your children when you send them to school, because you don’t want your children coming home with the worst report grade in the village. Then you have to move – when other people find out that your child is the only child who flunked you have to move from the area. God does not lower His standards. We are talking about the law of truth- there is the way to practice truth outside of the law of God. You see a law-abiding life is a truthful life.

Let’s go to Romans 2:17 – 17 [a]Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest[b] on the law, and make your boast in God, 18 and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, Let’s try to explain. Paul says, you see in Chapter 1 of Romans, Paul says all the Gentiles need Jesus that is what he is saying. In chapter 2, he is saying all the Jews need Jesus, because sin is sin – Indeed you are called a Jew , and rest[b] on the law – you have confidence in God’s law and make your boast in God and know His will the next statement says and approve the things that are excellent , being instructed out of the law Let me certify approve the things that are excellent – you know how to judge between right and wrong. You know how to distinguish between genuine and false. That is meant by “approve the things that are more excellent” then the verse tells us how because you are instructed out of the law. The law of God remove it and no one has a reliable sense of right and wrong.

Let us look at Romans 7:10 – 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. Paul is saying that, you see when God gave the law – the law is a law of life – it is only death for those who disobeyed, but the law existed before sin. So, the law has originally always been a law of life. Disobedience brings death. Now if you are thirsty what do you do? – you drink water. But if you inhale the water, what happens to you? – you drown. If you inhale the water, you drown.

The law of God is life, mm-hmm. We can work that out very easily. God made Adam and Eve, He put them in the Garden of Even. Describe that environment with a few one-word response – the earth was perfect, the earth was pure, the earth was good, the earth was sinless . Now here comes God, now I am paraphrasing, Genesis 2:16-17 – Adam, my son come, do you like where you are living? – Yes. Do you like living a sinless world -yes Father. Do you like the fact that there is no prisons? Yes, no hospitals, yes, no policemen, yes Father. Would you like to keep it, yes? Ok, what do I have to know to keep it. God says, simple. You see this tree, don’t touch it. You see all those trees, Adam, they are yours. Now, Adam if you leave this alone and I’ll watch you for a little while out of love, this perfect environment will continue. Life will continue if you obey. Adam said, okay.

God went back to heaven and here comes sister Eve. I look forward to seeing Eve in the new heaven. Here comes this nice vegetarian woman and she listens to the serpent and fall.

Ladies, by the way, let me switch the subject quickly, when a man approaches you inappropriately don’t discuss, leave. Don’t find out why did you talk to me like that, that is not your business, leave. Because men have a natural ability to turn your heads. Do not discuss with a man why he is inappropriate, just leave and if you are a married woman, go right to your husband even if the man is in the church especially if he is in the church. Don’t discuss it. If Eve had not stood and discuss, we would not be in this position anyway.

So, even sinned then Adam followed her which brings us to another lesson, follow me closely now because this lesson will make you angry with me. Do you like me a little bit, no you don’t? Okay but do you do. You like me a little bit, but that is all I need. Okay, the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.

Listen to what God said to Adam. Go to Genesis 3:17- 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.

How does that verse end? – there is a curse on the whole earth. God said, because you listened to someone else and not me, there is a curse on the earth, the whole earth. Now keep this in mind, there is a whole curse on the earth, look at the first part of the verse why was there a curse on the earth – because the man put his family ahead of God. Now, that lesson is for us in the Garden of Eden, he puts his family ahead of God.

So, when God came down on Sinai, what was the first commandment He gave, though shalt have no other God beside me. In many families, the baby is God. Are you coming to church? – no I can’t- why- the baby. Are you contributing to the church building? – no, no, no. Why? – the baby. Listen to me in many families, babies are shrines with parents worship. Or my husband left the church, but I have to follow my husband. No, you don’t. Not if it goes against God. Listen, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, because you have listened to someone else instead of me. When you observe Sunday the Sabbath, you are listening to someone else instead of God. When you tell people, I can have two wives, no, no you are listening to someone else instead of God. When you say, there is a place called purgatory you are listening to someone else instead of God and when that happens, the result is a curse. The whole earth is cursed because a man put his family ahead of God.

Now, who invented the family? – God. Who invented child bearing? – God. Who invented food? – God. But how many of us worship food instead of God? What I am saying to you in vain do they worship me finish the verse, teaching the doctrines and the commandments of men (Mathew 15:9). Ask yourself, is my religious life based on the commandments of men or the commandment of God? I want you to make a decision right where you sit. Father help me to serve you, worship you based on thus saith the Lord not thus saith my tribe. I give you one more Bible example then I let you go. Luke 1.

In this chapter, we read the angel appears to Zacharias who eventually became the father of John the Baptist. He was the husband of Elizabeth. Elizabeth could not have children. Reading from Luke 1:12- 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Who said that? The angel. But the angel was told by whom to say that? God. So, those were God’s words. Listen to me carefully, the angel said because the word angel is from the Greek Angelo’s which means a messenger. No angel has an opinion of his own. All unfallen angels only say what they are told to say. Not because they are robots. It is because they are obedient.

So, the angel told Zacharias, you shall call his name John. That is what God said. Go to verse 57 of Luke 1 – 57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. 59 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. 60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” Who is they? – yes, all her cousins, meaning relatives and her neighbors. Now the two groups that exert greatest pressure on us is not the government and the church – relatives and friends. That is why those who study church growth, they tell you, you have best luck in bringing people to Christ if you are a friend of somebody or relative. Look at verse 59 again – what did they call him? And what did the angel say to call him? John. Now, do we have a problem? Yes. Who said call him Zacharias? People. Who said John? God. Who were the people who said Zacharias? All the friends or relatives. Now, here is an old woman, she couldn’t have children for a long time. I have never had a child but I understand when a woman gives birth to a child, she is out of it for a couple of days. It is such a traumatic thing. Now, she is old, it is tough when you are young. She is old and she is on this bed surrounded by all the neighbors and friends exerting the pressure, call him Zacharias.

When the newborn babies are born, people come around as though they were worshipping in a manger. They come to worship this newborn child Zacharias. But Elizabeth knew her husband had told her, John, read verse 60- 60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John. So, now let me see who is really intelligent. In order for her to take that stand and say not so. What does she have to do? She had to go against her friends and her relatives. Why did she do that? Because God said John. Listen to me, it is not easy to go against friends and relatives. It is not easy to go against friends and relatives. It is not easy, your husband wants to go left and you want to go right, you will eventually go left. It is not easy to go against friends and relatives, but this woman, 8 days after giving birth very difficult birth must have been because she was old, she said no! Outnumbered dozens to 1, she said NO! John. Why? God said John. God said the seventh day, a man-made institution said the first. You must have courage to say God’s word and many people will go to hell well educated, well-dressed nice looking for no other reason that they could not resist the influence of friends and relatives and take God’s side.

Sometimes you have to stand alone and say not so, that is truth. Our prayer should be, Father help me even if I have to stand alone to choose your word above everybody else’s word. Now, don’t go home and fight with your husband or your wife but just let people know in your life God is first. You don’t have to fight and God is first and that never changes. You know there is a saying there is an exception to every rule, except the rule that says there is. With this rule, there is no exceptions. God must always come first always.

Closing prayer:
God in Heaven, thank you for your word. Sometimes it is so challenging, there God. It hits at the very roots and foundations of the life we have built. It makes us dizzy Father, but its purpose is to save us.

Now Lord, while heads are bowed and eyes closed, I am making a very tough appeal but I think your spirit has led me to make it and make a direct and clear Father, let the spirit do the work. If there is someone listening to me, you know that in your present life you have got family or friends ahead of God by the choices you make and you want to change.

You know by the choices you make, you are putting family and friends ahead of God. You know you are doing that and you want that changed, because the curse came on the earth because a man put his family ahead of God. Bless all families, I have one. I am part of one but there are no circumstances when God must be put second, none, that always result in a curse. If there is someone you know in your heart that you are putting someone ahead of God – you know you are doing that, but God still loves you, but he can’t save you in that condition.

Father give me the courage, give me the strength dear God. The bible says in Hebrews 1:3 of Jesus Christ when He had by Himself purged our sins, the disciples ran and left Him in the Garden of Gethsemane when they saw the Romans, they ran. The Father forsook Him for a while, that is why He said, why hast though forsaken me. If the Father forsook, the Holy Ghost had to forsake Him. The angels had to forsake Him. Christ was by Himself and He stayed. Why? Because He loves us and He loved the Father.

Ask God for the courage to stand alone if that is what you have to do. God needs people He can depend on. The same way we can depend on God. God wants to know, I can depend on you. You know you have got someone ahead of God or something – your career, your education, something is ahead of God and you want change. You can change it with God’s help. Don’t continue this suicidal path – change it. Let God see it first. Put God first and then see how God begins to bless your life.

God wants to be first because He cannot save you from any other position. Put God first, put Him first. You know when God sent Christ. He put your first. He put you first when He sent Christ. Put Him first. Put Him where He belongs because He is creator of heaven and earth, you are alive because of God, not your cousin – God

Another call – There is someone worshipping God based on error. You want to change that. I am worshipping God based on error. Say, Father, it will be difficult, but if you hold my hand I know I will make it. I want to worship you in Spirit and in truth. A lot of people worship in spirit – make a lot of noise but there is no truth. They must be both. Because the spirit that you think you have is the Spirit of Truth

So, if there is someone or something ahead of God in your life and you know you want to stop, but God where he belongs, I am worshipping God based on error and tradition and custom and habit, I want that to stop. Jesus said, it is a waste of time he better he leaves God alone completely than to pretend to be His child. You have life today, we don’t know what will happen on your way home. I pray all of you get home safely, that is my prayer for you, but we don’t know – all you know is you are alive right now and you have a chance to decide. Father, there is someone or something in my life ahead of you I have to change that. Father I am worshipping you based on error, my eyes have been opened, please help me change. Father it won’t be easy but God says with Him all things are possible.

Let us pray:
Father in Heaven, forgive me for my sins. Forgive me for when I have put other things ahead of you whether for five minutes or five years forgive me for that. I ask you to look down upon us with mercy and favor dear God, you gave me this message. It was not what I came up to speak. You must have given this message for a reason. Father someone must have needed it even if it is one person in this congregation might have needed this message, you know, I don’t. If I preached badly forgive me. Father now in the name of Jesus, dear God work on the hearts of those who came that man, that woman who has someone else in your place or something a career money whatever it is work child, Father give that person the courage. Courage from above to change the list of priorities and put you where you belong that is first.

If there is someone worshipping you based on error but error that has been practiced so long it looks like the truth, but their eyes have been opened dear God, give them the guts, the courage to say Father put me in the path of truth. Oh God help us, we need help so badly help us Father. We want what is right, we are week the Spirit is willing dear God, but you know how week the flesh is. You come and help us, all we can offer you Father a willingness to do what is right now, combine that willingness with your power and produce victorious people. Bless us as individuals, bless us as families, Father.

Now bless your people, show them how delighted you are that they have put you first, a double blessing on all the little children Father. As we eat the food you have provided, let us think of spiritual food which is far more important. Protect us in these final hours of camp meeting, Father. Thank you for loving us, thank you for sending your Son to die for us. When you come dear God, let everyone under the sound of my voice and every family member associated with the congregation have a place in your kingdom where we shall live with you forever without sin, without suffering, without death, in Jesus name I pray. Let God’s people say amen and amen.

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