Every person on the face of the earth is a tsunami, it can be good or it can be bad. You have one of two options, your presence on this earth can be the reason why some people go to hell or heaven. Let the tsunami of your influence wash people to Jesus. Every course of action has a two-fold character and importance it is virtuous or vicious, right or wrong, according to the motive which prompts it. A wrong action by frequent repetition, leaves a permanent mark upon the mind of the actor and also on the minds of those that are connected with him in any relation at the spiritual or temporal. The society of unbelievers will do us no harm if we mingle with them for the purpose of connecting them with God, and are strong enough spiritually to withstand their influence.
A tsunami warningMemorize
1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made (Genesis 2:1-3),
Say it with me now, 8Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: 10But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it (Exodus 20:7-11) .
And so, I say God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good. Try it again, God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good. Let me hear the ladies, God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good. Where are the men, God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good! The family of God, God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good, as they say in Kenya and that’s His nature.
Good morning everybody, thank you happy Sabbath to you. How did you sleep? You sleep well? How many of you dreamed of Jesus may I see your hands? Nobody dreamed of Jesus? It’s alright, He has no grudge against you He loves you. Do you realize you and I are awake and alive now because of the mercies of Christ? The Bible says, in Him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28) , in Christ. In Matthew 5:45 the Bible says, 45… for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Because of that verse, every day I asked God, be merciful to people who are suffering even for those who don’t follow you because that exercise of mercy may lead them to follow you. I ask God every day be merciful to those who are suffering including those who do not follow you, why because your word says, he maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. And as long as probation continues you can pray for those who suffering, you can pray for the evil, for the evildoers and sinners because God’s grace still extends to them.
I am happy to see you, let me thank you for your cooperation yesterday, I rebuked you rather sharply none of you rebelled as far as I could see. I complained about the constant walking around and I believe you made a concentrated effort to stay in your seats. I want you to repeat that particularly on these holy hours. Discipline yourselves stay where you are I won’t be long. I’m not given enough time to be long.
Who is with us for the very first time since GYC began, may I see your hand? Very first time? God, bless you, God bless you. I mean the very first time this week? God, bless you, God bless you wherever you are and I mean it when I say God bless you, it’s a word a prayer made up of three words which I offer with my eyes open, God bless you.
Now is there anyone with us now you are not a Seventh – day Adventist? May I see your hand? God, bless you, God bless you. Anyone else? Just move your hand so I can – ah, God bless you, God bless you. Anybody else you’re not a Seventh-day Adventist, but you’re with us, just move your hands so I can see it, anyone? Anyone, in my mind – ah, I see you way in the back, God bless you and I mean that with concentrated seriousness, God bless you. Now say amen for our guests, amen. Ah, that’s weak. Say it again, Amen! One more time, amen! God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good.
Yes, I love God, how many of you love God? Was that the truth? Yes. Well confirm it by raising your hand again, ah, God bless you. You know God is the God who confirms. He gave two dreams to Pharaoh and Joseph explained to Pharaoh, the dream was given twice that it might be established of God. So, when you ask God for something and you think He’s leading you in a direction you say, God confirm it. God is a God who confirms. What does the Bible say, in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established (2 Corinthians 13:1) Ask God is this the man for me? If you think He said yes, Father confirm it.
Our subject for this morning a tsunami warning, what did I say? What was our subject yesterday? You’re little slow, what was our subject the first morning? I knew you’d get that when quickly all right, LOL. I love you, I said I love you. I wasn’t fishing, but thanks for that. You know the Bible says, this is my commandment, that ye love one another (John 15:12) , so I am obeying God, I love you not because I’m commanded but because you’re so lovable and you look so nice in those dresses God gave you and those expensive suits. Thank you very much.
Now before I begin since you in a mood to cooperate, what’s this (a phone), what’s that (a Bible). What’s the proper name for this (the Holy Bible), what is this (a cell phone). What is this not? It is not the holy iPhone so please put it away as I’m putting mine away, turn it off. Now very seriously every time I make that request there’s some person saying I don’t care what he says, I will leave my phone on. Don’t do that, practice, cooperate. By the way anytime a leader of the church especially, asks you to do something, if it is not a sin and it does not affect your conscience, try to cooperate. If it is not a sin and it does not offend your biblically informed conscience, try to cooperate. All phones off and iPads, open your Bible.
Bible book recitation – challenge
Who can recite all 66 books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, oh my how nice, come, come, you raise your hands come. How do you get up here, this is my time you come, find somewhere to get up here and come, there’s some stairs around here somewhere come? Next time someone asks you a question be careful how you raise your hand, come sister come, I’ll wait for you.
While she comes let’s recite the fourth commandment again, 8Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: 10But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it (Exodus 20:7-11) . And of all the commandments that one is commandant one, did you hear what I said? Of all the commandments that one this commandment one.
Sister what’s your name? Alexis. You look like a nice person, are you married? No sir. Well, learned to cook and you’ll get a husband. All right the books of the Bible Genesis to Revelation go ahead the whole world is watching you: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel , 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (Canticles), Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation. Amen! What’s the name you said? Alexis. Alexis God, bless you God bless you, God bless Alexis.
Favor number, two while I’m speaking pray for me and say what? Lord put your words in that man’s mouth. By the way that’s a very serious request, I make it every time I stand; my words cannot save you:
- the words of God will transform your life,
- the words of God will bring back that child that left the church,
- the words of God will heal your marriage
- the words of God will improve your health
Loving Father in Heaven, I surrender myself into your hands. If I’ve offended, you in any way forgive me dear God. Father use me as a tool, as an instrument, Father if necessary use me like a disposable razor but just use me first dear Father. Put your words in my mouth dear God, help me to speak with boldness with fearlessness, with courage but with compassion Father for I too am a sinner.
Bless this beautiful congregation dear God, everyone you love you sent your son to die for them, in the name of your son Jesus Christ bless them with the presence of your Spirit Father, the Spirit that enlightens the mind the Spirit that guides us into truth. In a very special way bless all those who are not Seventh – day Adventist, we are so honored by their presence dear God and hasten the day when they will say, yes, I am a Seventh-day Adventist. Bless this entire service to your glory exclusively Father and to our blessing, I offer this prayer in Jesus name, let God’s people say amen and amen.
Acts chapter 4 we shall read from verse 34, our subject a tsunami warning. Acts 4 reading from verse 34. While you’re searching for Acts chapter 4, there are some personalities in the New Testament that always pop into the mind we think of outstanding servants of God. We think pre-eminently of course of Jesus Christ but He’s in a class by Himself, so we will exclude Him. Of all the New Testament characters that are outstanding who pops into your mind? The Apostle Paul, Steven the first martyr, we think of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, but there is a man that is not frequently mentioned and I want him to be the person who introduces this message this morning and that man is called Barnabas. Our subject a tsunami warning. Let’s learn a little about Barnabas, acts 4 reading from first 34.
Before we read let me set it up. In the early church, whoever had a need had that need met by the generosity of other church members, let me say it again, no one in the early church suffered because all other church members came together and gave what they had to meet the needs of those who were in crisis. And so, verse 34 says, 34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. And so, the Bible says those who were wealthy they sold land, they sold houses they, sold to meet the needs of those in the church less fortunate. Ah! how the church would be different today if we function that way. 36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, the son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.Who was Barnabas?
- A generous man, a giving man
Let’s look at Barnabas again, we go to Acts chapter 9, we read from verse 26. This is the chapter in which Paul or Saul as he was then, collides with Jesus Christ. He’s knocked off his horse, he’s made blind, he goes through conversion, he meets with the church at Damascus. Now he preaches in Damascus, his life is threatened he leaves Damascus and he comes to Jerusalem.
Verse 26, Acts 9, a tsunami warning, 26And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. This man used to arrange for the killing of those who followed Christ. He had a reputation as a very cruel man, if you go to verse 1 of Acts chapter 9, 1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord. He was constantly seeking out Christians to have the murdered killed destroyed. The Apostles knew of Saul so when he came to Jerusalem and tried to join them the Bible says they were afraid. Verse 27, 27But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus
Barnabas took soul when all the other apostles were terrified of Saul and Barnabas took him and brought him to the Apostles and said this man is ok.
- We have a generous man
- We have a giving man
- We have a fearless man
When Stephen was martyred, the church at Jerusalem scattered – Cyprus, Antioch, Cyrene, and as they ran they preached and their preaching had effect. And in Acts 11 when the church at Jerusalem – because the leaders remained in Jerusalem – when they heard what was going on in the area for Antioch the Bible says in verse 22, 22… and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. Now Barnabas was sent by the church to assess what was going on in the area of Cyprus, Cyrene and Antioch. Now when the church chooses a man to assess a spiritual situation the church chooses a man who is grounded in the Word, who is grounded in the writings of the prophet of the Lord, Ellen White, who knows how to discern.
In 1900 September 13 to September 23 there was a camp meeting in Muncie Indiana. The church had heard of a disastrous movement called the holy flesh movement which essentially said, to prepare for translation, this body had to go through some suffering, it had to go to the Garden of Gethsemane experience, that through the suffering the flesh might be perfected in readiness for translation. And at those services the people worked themselves into a frenzy, loud music was played just like in the days of Nebuchadnezzar and people would fall down and faint and then they were declared to have passed through the Garden of Gethsemane experience and they were now sinless in the flesh and ready for translation.
When the church heard of that the church sent two men to investigate just as the church at Jerusalem sent Barnabas to investigate the evangelism going on in Cyprus, Cyrene and Antioch. The Seventh-day Adventist church in 1900 sent two men: S. N. Haskell and A. J. Breed to confront this error called the holy flesh. But a point I’m trying to stress is when you send someone to assess a situation, to meet it and to confront it, you must send a man or a woman who can defend the teachings of the church, can you say amen. They sent Barnabas.
- He knew the Word,
- He was a man of balance,
- A man of discernment,
- A man who could see the workings of the enemy where no one else could,
- A man of fearlessness.
Let’s look at Barnabas a little more, Acts 13 reading from verse 1, our subject a tsunami warning. 1Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have what? Yes, have called them.
Now by the way let me digress meaningfully and briefly. They are some among us who believe the Holy Ghost is not an intelligent personality. When you hear that go in the other direction. The Holy Ghost is fully divine, the Holy Ghost is God. I didn’t say the Holy Ghost was the Father, I said the Holy Ghost is God, Jesus is God, the Father is God, don’t keep giving me these anemic amens, say amen! Amen. The Holy Ghost is God, the Holy Ghost is divine. The Bible says the Holy Ghost said – He communicated with those prophets and teachers and He selected Barnabas and Saul, not Saul and Barnabas. If you read the early history of the Apostle Paul he traveled initially with Barnabas but they are mentioned as Barnabas and Saul first, meaning at some point Barnabas was a mentor to Saul. How do you mentor the Apostle Paul unless you’re Jesus? Barnabas was a mentor to Saul. The Holy Ghost hand-picked Barnabas. I am stressing this:
- Loved the brethren
- Could defend the Truth against error
- Hand-picked by the Spirit of God for a work that God desired he and Saul should do
Let’s go to Galatians chapter 2 we read from verse 11, thank you for holding your seats, I just thought I should remind you to continue to be nice, we forget very quickly. What book did I say? Galatians. What chapter 2. What verse? 11, 11But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him how? To the face, why? Because he was to be blamed. 12For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
What is Paul saying? Peter that great Apostle would mingle with the Gentiles when no Jews were around, when the Jews showed up Peter backed off and Paul didn’t like that. 12when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. Now listen to verse 13, 13And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him. Now we have a chain of events, listen to verse 13 microscopically, read with me if you have the King James Version, 13And the other Jews did what? Dissembled or acted hypocritically, how? What’s the next word? Likewise, what does that mean? Just like Peter.
Follow me closely, one man acted hypocritically and a group followed that man. The other Jews dissembled likewise with him. Listen to me carefully, you have one of two options, your presence on this earth can be the reason why some people go to hell or Heaven. There are people in your classroom in your college, your academy, your university, who may end up in hell or heaven because of you. All the Jews present, watching Peter’s behavior followed him. Now we reread verse 13 and come to the sad conclusion of that verse, 13And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch, what does that mean? To such an extent, finish the verse for me that Barnabas also finish the verse was what? Carried away finish the verse with their dissimulation.
Now what’s our subject? You’re too slow, what’s our subject? A tsunami warning. What does a tsunami do? How many of you are from Indonesia? God bless my beautiful Indonesians, I love Indonesia, I’ve been about six times, I want to go six more times. What happened December 26 2004 I believe it was? A tsunami. Any of my friends from Indonesia from Banda Aceh? You are from Banda Aceh. It perhaps received the worst effects of that tsunami. It washed away buildings. A few years ago, in northern Japan there was a tsunami, you know the Fukushima nuclear plant the tsunami came over a 30-foot wall, washed away villages. Influence is a tsunami. Ah you’re sleeping with your eyes open. Did you hear what I said? What did I just say? Influence is a tsunami.
- That strong man,
- That man the denomination could trust to confront what was going on in Antioch, Cyrene and Cyprus, when I say confront – to determine whether it was genuine or not
- That man who was not afraid of the Apostle Paul,
- That man who was generous,
- That man who was in the early life of Paul’s ministry a mentor to Paul,
- That man of the Holy Ghost – handpicked
And the other Jews dissemble likewise with him; insomuch, the hypocrisy was so great that Barnabas – now the Bible singles out Barnabas, to emphasize the degree to which Peter’s negative behavior affected the Jews and the ripple effect that reached the Barnabas. Barnabas should have stood alone like Paul, because Paul saw it and he was not swept away, are you listening to me? Paul saw it, verse 14, 14…when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, Paul was watching this and he said this isn’t right, 14…when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, Paul confronted this mass hypocrisy, he was a wall to stem this tsunami.
My young friends and my not so young friends, don’t consider yourselves immune to the tsunami of the influence of people around you unless you think you’re stronger than Barnabas, unless you think you have more gifts that Barnabas had. If Barnabas could be swept away – of course not permanently – I’m sure he repented, you and I can be swept away if we are not careful. We need to learn to take personal individual stands for God, nothing to do with the crowd. By the way for those of you in positions of authority, we need to learn to take individual stance.
Listen to Joshua, 15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, pause.
Listen to Joshua, as for me and my house. Joshua could have said as for my house and that would have included him, the house meaning family, but Joshua identifies himself as an individual in his family. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord, meaning if my house chooses not to serve God, if my wife leaves God, if my in-laws leave God, if my children leave God, I will serve the Lord. How many of you will say, if the whole world leaves God, I’ll be faithful to God, can I see your hand? If the whole world leaves Jesus, I’ll be faithful to Christ. We need that mind.
Jesus had that mind, that’s why you and I can be saved. Why do I say that? When Christ was confronted in the Garden of Gethsemane, ah yes, the Garden of Gethsemane by the Roman soldiers led by brother Judas, the Bible says in Mark chapter 14 verse 50 of the disciples, 50And they all forsook him, and fled. Peter, James, John, His inner circle, they ran. Listen to me carefully, the only person you can depend on absolutely is Jesus. God bless your wife and your husband and your mother and your father, the only person you can trust absolutely is Jesus. He does not run when things get hot. The Bible says they all forsook Him and fled and Jesus held his ground, because Christ could have run.
Now He’s on the cross same book of Mark verse 34 chapter 15, 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, finish the verse, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? For a while the Father turned away from the Son. The disciples were gone, the Father turned away. Jesus was on that cross, what word do I need to use now? Alone. He could have been swept away by the influence of the departing eleven disciples vanishing in the night of Gethsemane, but love for you and the Father held him rooted to the ground. When the Father turned away, Christ could have left that cross because He and the Father had never been separated before and the Father swore that this rending of the Godhead – you take a garment and you rip, your tear – that is what happened on the cross, when the Father turned away and the Father swore it would never happen again, but it happened. Let’s reason together, when the Father turned away, what do you think the Holy Ghost did? Can the Holy Ghost go against the Father? No. What do you think the Holy Ghost did? Turned away. When the Father turned away and the Holy Ghost turned away, what do you think the Angels did? Turned away. And Christ was on that cross, give me the word? Alone.
Listen to this verse, 3Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when he had by himself purged our sins (Hebrews 1:3) . Christ by Himself, the disciples gone, the Father turned away, the Spirit turned away, the Angels turned away, Christ on that cross alone, not being swept away by the tsunami of people leaving Him and He stayed because He loves you, forget the person next to you, He loves you. An individual decision to stay. We must understand the importance of individual decisions. When God made Adam, just listen to the Word, 7And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man, became a living soul (Genesis 2:7) . When that occurred, Eve did not exist. So, when Adam was made Eve was not around, it was Adam and God, that’s it.
When Eve was made, Genesis 2:21, 21And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept. Now could God have left Adam awake to watch the creation of Eve, yes or no? Yes. But notice the language of the Bible, and the Lord God caused what kind of sleep? A deep sleep. What does sleep represented the Bible? Death. In a certain sense, to all intents and purposes, Adam was dead. He had nothing to do with God’s interaction with Eve. Eve had nothing to do with God’s interaction with Adam. So, when Adam opened his eyes who did he see? God, when Eve open her eyes whom did she see? God.
By the way young people see God first before you see your boyfriend. Ah, I’m talking to myself, nobody is listening. Listen to me, see God first before you see your boyfriend or girlfriend or somebody else’s girlfriend. See God because when you see God now you have proper perspective, you have divine GPS to guide you. See God first before you buy that house, see God first before you choose a career, see God first before you decide to have an eighth child, see God what’s the word? First.
God made Adam, Eve was not around. God made Eve, Adam was not around, why? Because God begins at the individual level. Until you understand the importance of individual decision for God, you and I are at risk of being swept away by the tsunami of the influence of others.
- Your church decides to rebel against the general conference and you swept away
- Your church board decides to rebel against whomever, you swept away Your classroom teacher decides to teach that Jesus is not divine all the other students believe it you’re swept away
My brothers and sisters, this message this morning is a tsunami warning.
In Child Guidance page 201 paragraph 3, Ellen White writes, every course of action has a two-fold character and importance it is virtuous or vicious, right or wrong, according to the motive which prompts it. A wrong action by frequent repetition, leaves a permanent mark upon the mind of the actor and also on the minds of those that are connected with him in any relation at the spiritual or temporal. What is she saying? When you are connected to an evildoer his or her behavior affects you.
And so, she writes in Counsels for the Church page 312 paragraph 3, listen carefully, the society of unbelievers will do us no harm if we mingle with them for the purpose of connecting them with God, here’s how it ends, and are strong enough spiritually to withstand their influence.
Every person on the face of the earth is a tsunami, it can be good or it can be bad. Let the tsunami of your influence wash people to Jesus, can you say amen. There are men in graveyards right now who were there because of the influence of a friend. There are men young men in prison because of the influence of friends. Come on join us and you can’t say no you join to be part of the group – prison. There are people in rehabilitation programs now because of the tsunami influence of a friend. There are young people who dress the way they dress because of the tsunami influence of those on MTV or whatever the station is. Take a stand for Jesus, somebody say amen. It’s you and Christ. 4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose how many? One. That’s the one on one you see, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it? So, when He finds it, it is the Shepherd and the sheep, no one else, one to one.
- You know you should be baptized but your friends are laughing at you and so you change your mind
- You know you ought to obey your parents but your friends laugh at you because they don’t, you change your mind
- You’re trying to act like a demon when God is trying to make you a saint – because your friends
- My friends have a phone why don’t I have one?
- My friends come in at 12 at night why do I have to come in at nine?
- My friends wear short skirts why do I have to wear a gown?
- My friends whatever, go to the theater why do I only go to church?
- My friends allowed to use some vegetarian curse words why do I have to talk like Jesus?
My young brother hiding in the crowd, you need to stop what you’re doing. Stop it no matter what your friends say. Leave that gang, leave those friends who are leading you in the wrong direction. Young lady you know your troubled deep in your heart, what you’re doing is wrong. As you assess your life the past six months, you realize – I am heading in the wrong direction. God sent you here to change directions. Older man, older lady, whoever you are, break the influence that friends have on you if it is negative, by clinging to Jesus Christ. Make a decision like Daniel, I will pray only to God even if it means facing Lions. Make a decision like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, even though they are named together they made three individual decisions. Don’t follow the crowd, follow Jesus.
This message this morning is the tsunami warning, it applies to all ages you adults, putting yourself in the financial debt to get a house as big as your neighbor’s house. Putting yourself in debt, to buy a car that your in-laws drive. Putting yourself in debt to keep up with the Joneses and the Smiths and the Garcias. The tsunami of influence affects every single age, not just the youth. When we hear the term peer pressure we think only of the youth, no it applies to every living being. We do things because we see others do them. I am saying this morning change that attitude and do what you do because the Bible says do it or not do it.
Call for benediction
And so, this morning I’ll ask you and I want you to answer me with honesty, unmixed honesty:
Do you desire a one-to-one relationship with your God, how many will say yes, can I see your hands? – yes, one-to-one? Hands down.
Now this one will take some courage and guts, well not guts they don’t like the word guts in Australia, so forgive me Australia. Who will have gumption and courage. Listen to the call, there’s someone listening to me you are being wrongly influenced by your friends. Listen to me, right now as you listen you are being wrongly influenced by your friends, if that applies to you stand up. I like courage come, come, come, it’s easy to come when you’re standing, come, come, come, come, right here. You are being wrongly influenced and you know it, come, come quickly. Come, you are being wrongly influence and you know it.
When the Israelites came out of the wilderness God told them do not intermingle with the heathen they will turn you from me. They’ll turn you, why? Because we’re naturally that way by birth and so evil appeals to us more quickly than good. My call is right where you sit and stand you know you are being negatively influenced by your friends, come. I’m talking to all ages. There’s a behavior you’re engaging in because of your friends, come and break that by the power that brought death Jesus Christ’s resurrection power is the power He makes available to us to deliver us from any bondage. What’s the call? I am right now, I know I’m in a situation I am negatively influenced by friends, come, come quickly you’re young but I’m calling all ages, negatively influenced.
I have another call for you. Some of you, you know you need to be baptized you haven’t made a decision here but you know you should be. One of the deceptions of the devil is wait until you know everything. That’ll never happen, only God can claim that. You know enough that God wants you baptized, be a member of his body, the sacramental entrance into Christ is baptism. And if you’ll say right where you stand or wherever you are over there, Father I will at least make a public decision let heaven and earth see where my mind is, a decision I am willing to be baptized, willing. If you have that willingness let me see your hand? I’m willing? Okay I see that hand, keep it up, someone come and scan something. Willing, keep that hand up. Now if you’re in the congregation, come, you raised your hand – I’m willing come, if you’re in the congregation – willing, come. I am willing, we’re looking for willingness, in other words is your heart in that direction? Come. I am willing to be baptized, come.
You read Christ came to be baptized, John said no, Jesus insisted. I’m willing, we’re looking for willingness. Who does this scanning, come and scan. Somebody else come. My apologies to 3ABN if I have exceeded my time, God bless you Sammy. Come, come stand right up front. I’m willing, I’m looking for willingness. You know the Spirit is willing the flesh is weak, God understands. Bring me that willing Spirit says God. I’m willing – you come. Somebody else quickly, come. I’m willing, I’m willing.
I have another call. I was baptized but I’ve drifted from God not made a mistake I have drifted and if the church new life I live that bit is fellowship immediately if not sooner. I have drifted, I need to renew that contract with Jesus through rebaptism, come. I need to be baptized come. My life has been anything but representative of God I’m not saying I made a mistake your life has been an insult disgrace to God. I need to start all over with God by rebaptism, come.
In Acts chapter 19 verses 7, 12 disciples were re-baptized.
Evangelism page 375 paragraph 2, Ellen White writes, when the soul is truly reconverted let that so very baptized.
Anyone else? God, bless you. Is the scanning going on, isn’t someone supposed to scan these things? Okay you want them to follow you, where? Ah right in the back, okay. Listen to me carefully, you won’t miss anything, when I offer the benediction follow sisters, two attractive sisters, not listening to me, okay stay right where you are. Follow them right there so they’ll know whose baptism and who’s just a recommitment, are you following me? Do not change your mind for any reason.
Now I have to pray first, brother Sammy stay where you are, let me pray first, let me pray first, okay let me pray first. Anyone else – baptism, I’m willing, I need to be re-baptized – come. All right I see your hand – come, we’re gonna go to the back. Anybody else?
There’s someone listening, you are not a Seventh-day Adventist but you’ve been blessed, you’d like some more information to understand what we believe raise your hand? Ah okay we have one. You are not a Seventh-day Adventist, you’d like some more information raise your hand wherever you are move it so I can see it. I would like some more, ah okay God bless you. Make that known to them in the back so we can get you information that will change your life and then God can use you to change other people’s lives. Three calls:
- I willing to be baptized
- I need to be baptized
- I need to know more about what Adventist believe and of course
- I am negatively influenced and I need to break that
Now I’m going to pray and listen to me carefully, follow those two ladies right to the back, they’ll take care of you. Everyone standing – by the way when appeal is made this is not a spectator sport, you must pray because every time a preacher makes an appeal the devil makes one. His appeal from God come, the devil stay. You must pray, it is not a spectator sport to see who moved.
Closing prayers –
Heads bowed, eyes closed, while I pray out loud you pray in your hearts:
God of Heaven and earth if I preached badly forgive me. If I’ve been hard on your beloved forgive me dear God. You know what’s in my heart, a desire to see people follow you and come to you dear God please, in the name of Jesus Christ stand by your Word. You said in 1Timothy chapter 2 verse 4, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. You said in 2 Peter 3:9, the Lord is not willing that any should perish. You said in John 3:16, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Father that’s what you said. Numbers 23:19, God is not a man he should lie. Father you said those words.
Now defend your honesty Dear God. Grant your Spirit to those who’ve come with such power that the decisions they’ve made now no earthly power will change. Show us dear God How eager you are to save, a soul. Stand by your Word I ask with earnestness but with respect. Do everything Heaven can to guarantee, to secure and to save those who answered the calls. Dear God in mercy save us, sustain us. Now as your sons and daughters fire to the back, let unseen Angels walk with them dear God, let no power on earth change their minds. Hear this humble prayer, save us when you come Father save us, in Jesus name we pray, let God’s people say loudly amen, say it again – amen, say it again – amen.
God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good.
Now listen to me carefully, follow those ladies right now. Just turn that way to your left, follow those ladies back there, they’ll take you to the back, scan and they let you go. Just follow them, follow them, you are walking to the path of right doing – follow those ladies. Don’t let anything turn you back, not even your purse, follow them. God, bless you and may the Lord bless you richly with every program that succeeds this one.