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Pastor West:
Well, we'll continue your Sunday teaching on the end Times and kind of just going to give a chronological order of where we are, because that's the day that we're in right now. I'm going to go back to a familiar verse and second Timothy chapter two, and here we go. Good evening. Welcome to Gracelife Church. And those of you who, us. We're going to get into the word tonight. Have a good time. If you've got your Bible, if you will go with me to Second Timothy chapter two. And I'm going to read verse 25 and 20, 24, five and six and 24 goes like this. It says in the servant of the Lord must not strive. But be gentle unto all men, apt to teach and patient. Verse five. In meekness, instructing those who oppose themselves. If God prevents your will, give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive at his will. That's a at last verse he says that they may recover themselves. Out of the snare of the devil. Who has taken people. Who has taken. You know, Paul writing this letter to Timothy. Telling them that they they need to understand the truth of certain things. He told them. Timothy, he said, you need to instruct them. He says, because without truth. He said they will be in opposition. To themselves. You know, it's one thing to fight an enemy.

Pastor West:
It's another thing to fight yourself. And he doesn't need much help. We know saying is, you know, if you're stuck in mud after a while. Let off the accelerator. If you're getting deeper and deeper and deeper. Don't just sink the car down to the axle, should you? Well, so he said they're opposing themselves, but God will give them repentance by the acknowledging of the truth. That they may recover themselves. So we taught on this a few months ago. We just really fell to my heart. Maybe it's going to go a little different way tonight. If not, it'd be good just to hear some of this again, because it still applies to us in a big way. What does it mean? What does it look like? And what does it mean for us to oppose not someone else? What does it look like for me to oppose me? Now you have to. When you just read the scripture, you can see here that people aren't even aware that they're in opposition to themselves. So Paul is telling Timothy, you're going to have to give him instruction because their problem is not the devil so much. Although we see he's involved, he'll take them captive, but they had to turn and not acknowledge the truth to put themselves in this position. So the question is, what is it look like to oppose myself? Well, wrong thinking always opposes yourself.

Pastor West:
Wrong. Wrong thinking or not having understanding. Matthew 13 of the parable of the sower. You know, he says, when when the word goes forth, he says, if the one who hears it doesn't have understanding, he says, that's just easy prey for the devil. Not just he might have. He or she might have heard the word, but if they only have an understanding of what they're hearing, he says, then it's easy for him to take the seed away. So oppose means that you're working against you. So how can we how can we do that? Well, just put it in any area of life that you want to, you know, whether it's the financial end, whether it's in relationships or a marriage situation, you know, whether it's a physical situation going on in someone in your family or in your own body when you elevate anything. Of its place in the natural, and you're looking for a spiritual answer, but you're you're gauging this thing, you're grading it by anything that you can touch, taste, hear, smell or feel. Then you're in two different worlds. Two completely different worlds. Both worlds were made by God. You're living as a Christian. You're living in two worlds simultaneously at all times. Now, you may just. We we're in Alabama, so we're we're say, well, no, I'm right here in Alabama, in the United States of America. You are. But you're living in two worlds at all times.

Pastor West:
And I'll say it this way if you ever want to know if the supernatural is present, then all you've got to do is you can either take your two fingers and go up to your neck, or you can go to your wrist. You can just see until you can feel your pulse. And then, you know, the supernatural is happening around you all the time because we're all just one breath away from not being here, aren't we? And so you're living in two worlds, the spiritual world and the natural world. And we and we do live in a both times. It's not like you say, well, I should just be in the spirit realm. Well, you can't just be in the spirit realm. You have to be in a natural world. You have authority here on earth and that's the reason why you're here. You have authority to be an a master in Christ, to be a representative of Christ. As the days get closer and closer to the end, the more I think display, the more demonstration that we'll see of those who know who they are in Christ. We'll see it not just in teaching. It won't just show up in sermons, but those who have the understanding of who they are will begin to demonstrate, not just articulate, but they will demonstrate it. And so we are in. We're not in the end days. We're in the end of the end days.

Pastor West:
We're at that small time frame. Someone said, well, you know, I've heard that all my life, and, you know, I've heard all. Jesus is coming soon. Morning, night or noon. Well, the Bible talked about you when you say that. It said in the last days there will be scoffers saying, yeah, we've heard that all of our life that Jesus comes soon. But then he came. But then it came or they left. I haven't been with a lot of people who said, yep, I'm leaving. I picked this time. Most of them were fighting the tooth and nail, trying to stay here. So not everyone leaves when they when they would pick the time and said, this is the day. We know a few. I mean, Charles Capps kind of it's kind of impressive to hear his story. You know, he met with his family on Friday and he says, I want the Lord said, I can go and I want to go Sunday. So they spent three days together. And he walked down the hallway, told them all goodbye and give him a hug and kiss. And they talked. Bitterness over everything had to be done. The whole family didn't even have a funeral. And the kids said, well, why wouldn't you? Have I, as well known as he was as a national and international speaker, why would why wouldn't you have a funeral? I said, well, we shared our dad with the world all his life and this was our time.

Pastor West:
But we didn't need to have a funeral because dad told us that he was going. And we spent three days with him. So we said to him everything that we would say about him. So there was nothing to do. So the funeral home just came and they already had the place ready. And they said. And so they just came. And within they said two hours. He was he was prepared and put it in the ground. And the family went on. That's. That's kind of unusual, isn't it? That's not the norm. But it could be. But it could be. Well you say well, I just I think that's nuts. Well, you might be someone who poses yourself in other areas when you think something like, that's nuts because you're living in two worlds all the time. You know, Jesus said everything the father has, he said he's given to me. He says, and I'm I'm holding nothing back from you. That means that Jesus acts just everything the father has and knows, and he's willingly, willingly wanting to share it with us. Well. So what do we have? Well, we have the same Holy Spirit, don't we? We do have the word. We have a greater advantage than the disciples did. We have this word? They you know, Peter didn't look up the book of Peter, and John didn't look up the book of John.

Pastor West:
And some of them were too immature. If you told them that they'd had their own book, they'd have been so puffed up they'd never got nothing done. You know, they didn't start off as apostles. They started off with some some roughneck disciples, and Jesus was constantly having to say, you go sit on this side and you go sit on. You're in time out, both of you. And John would cross room. He says, well, I'm still the one he loves most. Well, you know, you can just see humanity everywhere in this book, and I'm glad that he let us see this. I mean, you see, when they went to the tomb, when Mary went to the tomb and she said, the tomb is empty. I mean, John is telling you the whole story about how he ran down there. And then he tells you in his book, he said, he says this. He said that disciple, he's talking about himself. He said, this disciple outran Peter. Well, why did you have to mention that? Did that you that you beat Peter on the foot race? So you see humanity in there everywhere in the Bible. So if we elevate a situation or we elevate a, let's just say, a symptom that you might be having in your body. If we accept that and we elevate it above the truth, we put ourself in a place of opposition. You should never let a situation or a symptom convince you of what you know to be true in your heart.

Pastor West:
Don't let don't let a symptom convince you that you're not healed. Though the situation in your home. You can apply this anywhere you want to. I'm just I just use it right there. But don't take a situation that Jesus paid for. No matter what you're dealing with, then elevate it to the place to where it becomes a reality. I'm not saying it's not happening. I'm not saying that if it's an x ray, it's not on the x ray. I'm not saying faith is never denial. If someone's teaching you, if you have faith, you just you just deny it and say it's not. It's not really true. Well, if if they find a tumor in your body and it's there, then it's probably there. But we're not denying. We're not denying the fact that it's there. We're denying the fact that it's going to stay there. Right. So your physical senses, your five physical senses, they know only physical reality. That's all they can know. Your senses can't pick up on anything spiritual. Your five senses does not even know a scripture. One. Your foul senses have never had a prayer meeting. Your five senses have never operated in the gifts of the spirit. You say, well, I'm going to give the I'm going to give the gift of smell, you know, to give a tongue interpretation.

Pastor West:
Well, you'll have to smell that one out because I don't know how that's going to work because they can't they've only been made to assist you for physical reasons and for physical benefits, but they do not. Your physical senses will not accept spiritual truth. Now say it that way on purpose. I didn't say it would be hard to. I said won't. It's not that it's hard for them to accept truth. It's that it's impossible. Your body. Your body does not accept spiritual truth. We know where our three part being spirit, soul and body. But your body does not do that. So your so your your your spirit's trained. You train your spirit. And you trained your, you know, your human spirit. You renew your mind. And then your body is brought under subjection, Paul said. I put my I, the real Paul, I the real man in Christ. I put my body under. Someone's going to be in charge. So spiritual truth will decimate physical reality every time. If you're not swayed by your situation, if you're not swayed by your by your body, if you're not swayed by the the bad report, then if it's a physical thing or a mental thing, emotional thing, if you're not swayed by that, those situations, they will line up with the truth. How will they line up with the truth? Because the truth of God is in you. It's in the word.

Pastor West:
It's in your spirit. You make the channel open for it to flow into wherever it needs to flow to, whether it's into the physical body or whether into the emotional realm. It has to. It has a channel to get into. But if you put your senses as king, then what's there for you to bless you, to help you to change the situation and the spirit realm? It has it has no opportunity to get to you. So we need to stop imposing our self. The Word of God says, by his stripes you were healed. Now. So here's a few questions. Are we waiting on an event to happen to be healed on this side of Calvary? Are we waiting on an event that would make it spiritually true for us to be healed? Because bias traps for what? We are healed. So would we be waiting on some type of event? Do we have to wait till we get to heaven to be sure that we're forgiven? If you're not sure, you won't get to ask Kevin because you won't. You won't be there. I don't suppose. I mean, if you're if your sins are forgiven the moment that you're saved, you won't make heaven to find the answer. So why? Because these are present tense truths, aren't they? You were forgiven. You were saved. You were healed by your stripes. You were healed. There is no condemnation to those who in Christ.

Pastor West:
It didn't say there will be none. It says there is none. Now, to those who's in Christ. Yeah, but you don't know what's been going on in my life. I don't know what's going on in your life, and you don't have to tell me. But the greater truth is me to tell you this, that in Christ there is zero condemnation. Every evil thing in our life, everything that's not of God. What's evil? Well, that which is, you know, that which is not heavenly. Has its root in evil. Every evil thing in your life has the same source, and it's called lies and deception. What is a demon? Well, demon is a spirit. What does he do? He carries a lie. He doesn't have anything different from his father. You know, Jesus told people, he told scribes and Pharisees. He said, you're of your father, the devil. Can you imagine? You know, they talk about. He's saying things I never heard no one say. He said he called them the father of the devil. You know why I did that? Because they were. Huh? So, so every every spirit he carries, he carries the lie of his father. Every cause of sickness is demonic. I didn't say every sickness was caused by demonic activity. But in the root of it it is. There was no sickness in the world until the fall of man, right? So if you want to just trace it back, every form of sickness or disease is started in the Garden of Eden at the fall of man.

Pastor West:
So every you could say every cause of sickness is demonic because it's alive. When it boils down to is this the lie that you aren't healed? Well, if you ask someone, well, are you healed? They say, well, not yet, but I know God's going to heal me. Well, what does that mean? That means you don't believe you're healed. No, no, no, I believe I'm healed. I'm just waiting on the manifestation of it. You know what I mean? Yeah. I mean, I know you don't believe it. Not criticizing anyone. I'm just saying. Let's. Just. Because the question I beg to differ was where I started. What would need to happen? What event needs to happen for you to be healed? Well, I'm just waiting for God to. Touch my body. Well, well, well. When did he start doing that? What Scripture says that he needs to come touch for you to be healed today in this covenant. Jesus believed they touched his body. And it wasn't just a love tap. So all we can go back to. According to the word is something has already taken place, something that has already happened. What are you doing? You're taking your. You're taking your body back to a place to where this has already happened. You're taking your emotional realm back to the place where something has already taken place.

Pastor West:
My emotions were, was given to us, to serve us, to be a gift from God. Not not to torment me. But you bless me, to help me, to assist you in life, but not to torment you. So it comes down to a truth or a lie. The truth set you free and a lie will bind you. If you say that I'm. I believe that I'll be healed. But I'm still sick. Then you're telling me sickness still has power? Ask you to say that. I believe that I will be healed. But right now I'm not. Well, then you're telling me that sickness is still empowered, right? If you. Oh, yeah. But I believe I'll be healed. Okay, well, then when will you be healed? How will you know it? This is not to critique or criticize anyone. It's just maybe to help them. Sometimes you ask the right questions. I mean, this question came up. Uh, two weeks ago. Here. After service and you know, and I wouldn't have thought I needed to have the conversation. I said, well, then how will you know you'll be healed? And they said, I don't know. That's a good question. And I'm thinking, I know I didn't after ten years. Oh, God. No. I said, no, how will you know when you're healed? I said, well, I don't know. That's a good question. Well, how will you know where your heel.

Pastor West:
Do you know that you're going to go to heaven? When we leave here, or when we or when we leave from this earth. Do you know that? How do you know that? You say, well, I've accepted Jesus. Well, what did Jesus have to do for you to to be able to accept him? Didn't he have to die and go the cross to die for your sin? For you to become new creature in Christ Jesus. Does he do that again? Is he going to go back to the cross for anyone? So you're basing your entire attorney on being salvation on something that has already happened. But in that same verse in Isaiah 53 says, he was wounded for your transgressions, bruised with your iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him. By his stripes you are healed. You had a dual provision happen at the same time, the same moment that he provided salvation for your spirit. He provided healing for our body. That's what we're pointing back to. That's what you're banking your entire eternity on, is what Jesus already did. And then you accepted it and put faith in him. And your evidence is the only evidence that you have going to heaven is you ask him to come into your heart. Based on what? Because he died for you. That's your only evidence. True. Why would you have other evidence for for healing? You don't. You don't say well said.

Pastor West:
Well, but if I was healed, I'd feel better. Well, you ever felt not saved, I have. You say, well, do you do you feel saved every Sunday? I don't know if you all do. I don't feel saved every Sunday. I mean, there are Sundays. If I just went on feelings, I wouldn't even be here. Now I know you all never felt that way, but I'm just going to be honest with you. Tonight's testimony tonight. There had been some Sundays. If I would just on my feelings, I would not be here. I've had people here who wasn't here. But he's glad to have their body and their spirit here. But. But they weren't here. I know I've been. I've been that person myself one time. Once you've worked out outside and it's winter, you've been outside all day. You sit down in the warm room the first time you're like, oh, I'm going, I'm going and going and going. So let's have mercy. Let's give mercy. Well, all we're trying to say down, say, here is what does it boil down to. It's going to come down to the demon carries a lie. But the spirit is the truth. That's where. That's where you have to settle it. If you have to say what faith has to do is it has to settle. It has to put a period there instead of a question mark. Put a period and you put some exclamation points.

Pastor West:
The Word of God settled. Why? Because he said it was. How do we know he's the way? Truth and life. Because he said he was. How do you know? By his stripes, you're healed. Because he said we were. How do you know the mountain will hear you and obey you? Because you said it would. Amen. You say you're so narrow minded. I'm getting narrower all the time. I'm closing the gap up every time, every chance I get. It's been too wide for too long. I thought I was narrow. Listen, I know you need to close the gap. I mean, y'all probably didn't notice. About two years ago, I made a big change in the ministry. He said you got way too much commentary and too few scriptures. And he says, so the more commentary that you have, the more opportunity that you have to talk from your soul. And the more human error that you can make. I don't know if you notice how much more scripture that I use than I do commentary. Because a lot of sermons are just are based out of, you know, it's a story. And and you know, if it's scriptural and it's good and it can be good. Like Brother Hagan know, he could tell stories that help you just as much as the Scripture was. And he goes down the road, you know, go on the side road and then come back to the very place that he started off with, and, and and you'd really get it.

Pastor West:
But sometime people get off down the road, they get lost themselves and GPS can't even find them. I sit in the service one time with a guy who had a he was a he knew Greek and Hebrew and it was interesting. But after a while he got so far down in Greek and Hebrew, we all forgot the topic because he said, well, now, now what? That word actually means that he went to explain it and then that broadened the subject. And he said, and actually, what that word of that word means this. Then that's what we we let the Book of Maps. And we was out there in the pasture somewhere and we forgot what the what? We didn't even know what his title was after a while, but we knew that guy knew some Hebrew and Greek. We flat knew that, you know, because this thought made that thought come. And he's out there and he says, you know, he says, well, just take a little side journey. It's like we way outside. Way outside, you know, when you put a pizza in and it says cook for 35 minutes, don't go two hours with it. It'll be burnt and burnt. So it's got a time. It's got a time limit on it. Now. So for waiting for situation or say something like a symptom to change.

Pastor West:
Can I just be real plain? I talk to me too. If I'm waiting for a sympton or circumstances to change. And I'm really. I'm really not in faith yet. Because. Why? Because I'm not really believing what the word says to me yet. I've got a mental understanding of it. But it's about believing in your heart and saying with your mouth. So I'm waiting. Now we want the situation to change. You can be tired of the situation, whether it be physical, whether it be financial, whether it be mental, whatever it is. And we say, well, I'm just I'm tired of this thing. Well, we joined the club. But if I'm waiting for that circumstance to change, then I'm really not in faith about it. I'm not really believing yet what the word, what Jesus has already done about it. And did it apply to me? And did I make it mine? Because the bottom line I started to say, well, I'll go. The bottom line of faith is it has to come down to just to put it real plainly, is. I got it. Saddle. It means I got it. That's the bottom line of faith. What did you. You said. What did you get here? I shared here. Well, you don't look any better. And I put the thermostat in your mouth. No, you're still 102.9. You couldn't. You couldn't. Got a jet? Well, I thought you said you got it.

Pastor West:
Was he lying? Here. Man. You still burning up? You still got them whips all over your body. X rays still shows it. Which every day. See you're opposing yourself because you're pointing back to the physical. Jesus doesn't heal through the physical, although the physical gets healed and emotions get blessed, but he doesn't. He's a spiritual or a spirit. He deals with you, spirit to spirit. He doesn't go. Jesus didn't say, well, I'm going to go. I'll get with you in a minute. Mean you mean your liver is going to have a conversation first and then I'll get around to you after a while? No, it's not spirit. Deliver spirit to esophagus. Spirit to kidney. The spirit to spirit. All right. You get the spirit in the mind working congruently one with another. Thinking just the same. Then you open up the channel for the life of God to flow now. So it's been shut off and someone's got to open the valve. The only way that you can open the valve is to get the mind. The soul. To think exactly what is actually true in the spirit. I put a thing on. I don't hardly ever post anything on Facebook, but I did today because I just thought it was funny. It's a simple little truth, but. Let's see what. This is called a pause on the video for station identification. I navigate Facebook so well. I to have helped myself.

Pastor West:
Oh, yes. Granny from Beverly Hillbillies. Y'all see granny? Yo! Over here! It says. She says it don't matter what you think. If it don't match up with the Bible, you're wrong. That's great. So? So go eat some more possum stew and think about it. Put Jethro back in that cement pond. Baptize your head. Well, if it don't line up with the Bible, you're wrong. I've had. I've had spiritual helpers before. Mentors, teachers, pastors, whatever. And you know, they're kind as they can be. And that's why he says, he says, well, what's the problem? He says, you're wrong. And I said, well, you know, he says, yeah, you're wrong. You know, my flesh didn't like that when I was real young. I didn't particularly like it any time. But the older I got, the more I appreciated it. Because I'm looking. I'm looking for help. I'm not looking for credit. When you get in a situation long enough, you're not looking to be right. You just want help. You know, Peter, we can figure out how Peter sunk after a while, but right now, he's drowning. You know, it's not the time to find out. It's time to get delivered now. So if you say that. Well, I'm waiting for the situation to change. It ain't changed. And that just means we're having come to a place of faith. See? Faith. Faith knows it, and it becomes fully persuaded about it.

Pastor West:
And then it talks about what it knows. We're not talking about confessing unto healing. We're talking about confessing because of what Jesus already did. See the it's not it's not completely wrong, but a lot of it has to be straightened up. You say, well, I'm by my by my confession. There'll be a possession. Well, it depends on what you mean by that. If you don't come to the place of faith that you receive, that your confession is not bringing it to you. Your confession is as an admission in your in your in your heart that you speak with your mouth of something that has already happened. A real situation has happened through Jesus Christ. And you put faith in that just like you did for salvation, because your banking your eternity on it. And the other stuff don't work any other way. It's just this is in the physical realm. So you see it and feel it. You just don't see the other. You don't see. You don't see salvation or feeling. I mean, you can have, like I say, kid, a while ago, you can feel more saved, more like, ooh, I feel good day. I mean, I feel like I mean, angels are here. Well, they here whether you whether you feel like they are or not. Right. I mean, well, if you don't feel like there's oxygen in the room. Well, thank God there is, whether you feel like it or not.

Pastor West:
I was counting on it when I got here. So it's the same. It's the same exact thing. But we're not confessing to possess. I say, well, I'm. I'm calling them things that be not as though they were. But you have to understand. But but the things that you're calling are. You're confessing is not creating. And they already are. Now you're saying, is it wrong to confess? No, it's not wrong to confess. But you have to. You have to understand that that Hebrews six talked about going back to the very foundations and going back over the same things and calling some of these things, call them dead works. A dead work would be trying to take the faith of God. And cause God to do something with confession that is dead. Works, is taking the Word of God and confessing it, using it as a leveraging, leveraging mechanism to get God to do something that you're really saying he hasn't done yet. I'm mentally ascended. You're close, but you're all the way away from it. You're so close, but you'll never get any of it. I'm going to confess the word by my confession, which I believe to be true, that Jesus did this for me. I believe that, and they do believe it. I do believe Jesus did this. But by my confession, I'm going to leverage God with His Word and agree with God and begin to speak these things and say these things, and until it be so.

Pastor West:
Oh, until it'll be so. Well, it is so. So faith has to come to the place. You know, when God told Abraham, he said, this is your new name. He says, you're no longer Abraham. You're no, you're no longer Sarai. Your Abraham and Sarah. That's just God's mode of operation. When God wants to make a change in your life. He changes something about your speech. He changes your identity. He changes your name. When we moved in 2010, he told me to rename the church and I was thinking, why would I do that? I'm just moving seven miles. Then I was in a meeting with David Ellis, which is. You all know who David is, I guess. But he's Brother Copan's worship leader at the piano and all these major events and David's pastor, and comes from a long line of pastors. And I was in a meeting and, and David walked up to me 2 or 3 times in that service. And he said, in so many days you're going to know what to do about this. Which is exactly what I told my wife in the car on the way to the meeting. She looked at me, I looked at her, and then? Then he said, and then he got back. He says, why eight weeks? Lord, why did I say in eight weeks you'll know what to do. He went on preaching, come back.

Pastor West:
And he said, oh, because eight means new beginning. You're about to have a new beginning. So I said, well, Lord, I mean, I'm not going to argue with you, but okay, if you want me to change the name I said to what? Well to what it is now. I said, well, why would I name this church Gracelife church? I mean, shouldn't it have something to do with your, you know, your the emphasis of your ministry? You know, I mean, you ought to be a ministry of grace, or it ought to be like your main thing. And he'd say nothing. I'm thinking, well, that's just kind of strange. So I'd go check with the state of Alabama and I'd check with the attorneys. I'd go check with all this. They said, well, it's pretty easy for your state. You can do this and do DBA, whatever. So we're still living Word Bible Church, DBA Gracelife church. So he never answered me. So people ask me sometimes, you know, friends of mine, Minister said, hey, no, should change Navy Church. I said, yeah, I said, why did you do? I said, I don't know. I said, what do you mean you don't know? I said, I just felt like this is what the Lord told me to do. You teach a lot on grace? No, I don't. I hardly ever teach on grace. I mean by grace. By grace.

Pastor West:
You're saved through faith. What else is there to know? Then? Then April 2011. Come along. And everything changed. So. God changed my name. Then change me. God changed Abraham. Sarah's name. Then it brought about a baby. God will change your words and it will change your situation. But it wasn't the word that was causing it to come to pass. It was his word. It was his plan. It was his path. My confession is just the recognition of it. I'm not leveraging God to do something that's like, now, Gordon, you got to do this now because I said my, my I said today, I know I said I counted, I know 112 times. I said, by you shall supply all my needs and you know that lot bills to do so 112 times already, Lord. So we leverage. We think we're leveraging God that he's he feels like we have paid the you know you know there are enough payment spiritual payment. Because his scriptures motivate him, because he you know, God has an ego and he likes to hear what he wrote. And the more we can stroke his ego, the more maybe he'll do for us. You say, well, now that God created the world with words. So. But see. And that's right. So you don't want to misunderstand. I'm not saying don't confess the word, but I'm saying. But you can take the word and confess it with the wrong understanding, and it'd be nothing but a dead work.

Pastor West:
See, the confession is supposed to be the. It's supposed to be the fruit of it. Not the root of it. I'm confessing it because it is. So I'm not confessing to trying to make it. So I'm saying what God said because God's right. And how could I? How could I be lying? Telling you what God is saying. You can't be. So if I said, by his stripes I'm healed, you say, well, you don't look healed and the x ray ain't no no different. You still got a kitchen. You get along, you say, well that's just. Well, so my body's just catching up. I'm already healed. I mean, that woman, she was pretty famous, you know, when Smith Wigglesworth came to church. I forgot what part of the world he was in. But she had huge goiter on her neck. Huge. And he and she he prayed for her and he cursed it. And then she'd get up after Smith was gone, and she'd just think before she said, oh, I'm just so thankful. She said, I had that goiter for years, she says. And I'm so happy. She said, you know, you all know. She said y'all was here. You all saw it. She said, you know, three weeks ago, Smith was laid hands on me and she said, curse that thing. And she said, I was just gloriously healed. She she wasn't no different.

Pastor West:
She gave that. She gave that confession for almost a year and the goiter is getting bigger. So they was embarrassed. And, you know, they'd have they'd have they'd have guests come in and they they'd hear this woman stand up and give this testimony. And they, the deacons. Told the pastor said, now this has got to come to a stop. This woman, she needs help. I mean, you know, look, we're four, but we can't have her stand up in our service and thanking God for something that ain't never happened. Now we all can see that. Now, pastor, you went to have a talk with her. So the pastor said, I hate. And I said, I know, but this guy stopped pastor right now. So he he went to go deal with her and she went home crying. And she told Laura, she said just it just hurts me so much that that they can't see what's true. She said, Lord, they can't see that you heal me like I know that I'm healed. She said, Lord, would you just do whatever they need? Will help them to know what's true with our nose. True. The next morning she woke up and the guard was gone. And Schumacher, she said. Will this help you all? And I said, well, you got healed last night. She said, no, I got I got healed when Smith came. And that's like, well, she's still loony.

Pastor West:
But thank God it worked out. Somehow. God just felt sorry for her. You understand the principle I'm trying to say. So faith has to finally get down to the end of the whole thing and say, well, well, how would you know when you get saved? Well, you anyone in this church right now could tell you. Well, I said, give us Bible evidence that you're saved. You say, well, this is this is what it says right here. And I was in church and I was 14 years old. I mean, last week, I mean, on the way here. And then you take us to the verse and you say, and I did this and now I believe. Now I'm saying, I said, and that's what you're going to make your journey on. Well, yeah, but that's what the Bible says. And I believe that Jesus lives in me. I say, well, you heal. No, no, I ain't never been get healed yet. But it. But it's the same verse. That's what he said when he saw this. He said, I went back and I started preaching so I would preach both at the same time. He said, I preach salvation, healing at the same time. And since they didn't know anything, they said, oh, we can get saved and healed same day. Oh yeah, it works that way always. They said really? He said, and he says so his percentage of healings went up about 97%.

Pastor West:
He go. He'd be in India somewhere. He preached salvation and he preached healing at the same time. And they'd say, he said, God, do either one for you. And he'll do it either salvation first or healing first. Well, that was some religious. He's having to overstep some places. You didn't do that in America. That was you had to preach and they got to get their heart right. And they got to qualify and they got to get sent out of their life. God ain't got to heal. No one was in their life. Really? He saved you with sin in your life. Yeah. Have you ever thought about that? Well, God, God can't answer your prayer and heal your body until you get sent out of your life. Well, how'd you get sent out to get saved? Oh. See, we we're just religiously stupid sometimes. Not y'all. Just some some people. So he said he found out that he he did that in India one time and he says so I said, everyone who's blind come up here right now. Someone help him up here. He said, if ever one of y'all aren't healed in just a few minutes, when I pray for you, y'all ought to run me out of your country and get y'all to just put me on a plane and get me out here in just a few minutes if you ever want. Y'all aren't heal every person he laid hands on.

Pastor West:
I popped him boom boom boom boom boom boom boom. Now he's talking to Buddhists. Lindy Garrett salvation called. Who wants to get saved? Just everybody. In other words, what he did. He says it's like going to a fruit stand. I mean, as a kid, I used to sell fruit, you know, and I'd peddle it out. And the guy who owned it, he said now and he said, don't. Not every time he says. But if they're kind of like, decide like, I don't know, he says, then take 1 or 2 peaches and break them open and said, well, here, just try this. And then they said, man, that's good. I said, yeah, you know, these things only hang around for loggers and they're gone. Yeah. Let me have a basket two. What do you do? He whet their appetite. What's he going to do? It whets your appetite. So easily. It's easy to believe when you've seen the goodness of God. It's the goodness of God that leads many people to repent and to believe. So faith has to come to the place that says, well, I got it now. Romans eight six, if I can. We're running out of time. So let me get here real quick. Romans eight six. Y'all anywhere around there? I'm in the Passion Steel. This is the mindset of your flesh. Now I'm going to change the word flesh. I'm going to leave it there, but I'm going to give you some other words to go with it.

Pastor West:
That won't change anything, but it'll just every one will be Scripture. The mindset of your of your senses. The the mindset. In other words, like if let's say your knee hurts, the mindset of your knee hurting. Or let's say, emotions, the mindset of your emotions right now to use death. But the mindset controlled by the spirit is life and peace. Now that's not hard to understand. In other words, the five senses out of control. Not controlled by the Holy Spirit, but but controlled by human thinking. Brings you one thing. Death. But the mindset controlled by the Holy Spirit brings you life and peace. Now somebody is going to be in control. Something or someone's going to be in control. Now verse seven and the passion says, in fact, the mindset focused on the flesh or the physical or the symptoms, I'm getting just as plain as I can get it. The mindset focus on your symptoms right now fights God's plan. Well that's good. The mindset focused. So you got a you got a passion, right? Is that in your Bible? So same thing. I just I want people to know I'm not making it up. The mindset focused on the flesh, which is your physical, all your five senses. Or if you have a symptom of. If you have physical senses, you have symptoms, right? So the mindset focused on your physical symptoms is fighting God's plan and refuses to submit to his direction.

Pastor West:
Your body fights and your emotions is fighting his plans and your emotions refuse to submit to him. Well, tell me what's there, because. Cannot. Say it's hard. It can. Your physical senses cannot submit to God. And won't. Because it cannot watch here. Verse eight. No matter how hard they try, God will find no pleasure with those who are controlled by your symptoms. Your physical situation, your emotional situation, your financial situation. Try as hard as you want to. No matter how hard they try, God can find no pleasure with those who are being controlled by your flesh, by those who are opposing themselves, by giving place to their anything, to their carnal nature. Carnal nature. Flesh. Nature. Census symptoms. But when the spirit of life empowers your life, you're no longer dominated by the flesh or the symptoms. But you're dominated by the spirit. And if you're joined and you're not joined, it says. And if you are not joined to the spirit of the Anointed One, you're not of him. Verse ten. Now Christ lives in you, and even though your body may be dead because of the effects of sin, his life giving spirit imparts life to you because you have fully accepted your fully accepted by God now. Verse 11. Yes. God raised Jesus to life. And since God's Spirit of resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to live by the same spirit that breathes life into you.

Pastor West:
Now, said this other day, I want to say it again. It's not just that the same spirit that raised Christ dwells in you will quicken your mortal body. Does that. But the bigger picture is not. If the same spirit that raised Christ from dead dwells in me, then he'll quicken or he'll heal my body. It includes the healing. But don't make the object healing. What was the what was the what were the what was the subject that he said? It's the same spirit that lives in you. That was in Christ. That spirit raised him from the dead. And if that spirit raised him dead and lives in you. What? Healing? No, that's not what he's talking about. What is he talking about? The same spirit. So if you had the same spirit in you that was in Christ, everything that that spirit has, he just carries with him. So don't make it just about healing or whatever it is that you're needing in your life. Know what you're carrying is the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead. And just so happens that same spirit has everything that you need in the physical and emotional and the financial realm and the relational. It carries everything. Amen. How does it work? I've become aware of it. Right? If it's just paper and ink and pages, like I told you, I mean, I know how they print this book.

Pastor West:
I did it for a living for 2 or 3 years. But this is just a book. That's all this is. Let's just pages and that's. This gives about I know 12 people. 12 different departments make this book right here. 12 different departments. 12 people pay their house mortgage because they know how to put this book together. And they know how to get where that paper comes from. And they know how to make them letters show up on that page. I was the guy responsible to make sure there was ink in there, and there was paper in there so it could go through it, through a cylinder. And the coolest thing is to watch the people who make the templates for the words right here that are embossed in that ink and whatever. But all this is, is a book. So what is he saying? It's the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead is living in you. He says he'll quicken your mortal body. But we don't want to just get to the place where, say, man, I've got healing in me because that's what the life giving spirit does. Well, he does do that, you understand? He does do that. He he'll heal, quicken your mortal body. But the big thing is, the good news was the same spirit that raised him from the dead.

Pastor West:
He's not in heaven. He's in you. He's in you. What does that mean? That means I'm becoming God inside minded. I'm God inside minded. What does that mean? I mean that greater is he that's in me. That he that's in the world. What does that mean? I can do a couple of things through Christ who strengthens me. Now I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Why? Because the greater one lives on the inside of it. Why? Because I'm in union with him. Why? Because he's the vine and I'm the branch. Why? Because I have one life with him. Why? Because I've been enjoying the Lord. I'm one spirit with him. Why? Huh? I've been grafted into Christ. Why? Because Christ in me, the hope of glory. Well, I need peace. Well, I've got the Holy Ghost. Who is. Who is the author of peace? Well, I need joy. He's the author of joy. Well, I need the grace of God. The Bible says he's the spirit of grace. What is it that he's not? He's all that on the inside of you. Where's it at? It's lying dormant on the inside of there. Well, I've been confessing it. I know you've been trying to leverage God. Like, you know, like on the Western. They got there, and they try to get the water. Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo. We thought confession would leverage God. So you hear this or we have a good worship team.

Pastor West:
We've got some really good music now. Lord, you ain't heard no music till you heard our praise team. I mean, I know you got music up there, but you you fixing to be blown away in a good way. We have put together five songs today. I don't even know if you're going to be upset and you're throwing them, or you may just slip out. In other words, go ahead. I probably sound like Ned the reader to him. In other words, is. Here. You know what? I'm through. I'm talking about the reason why we're doing it. The reason why you would speak the word. Because your hearts and minds in agreement with it. But if you just use this as a tool to leverage God, to try to get him to do something that he knows he's already done, or people say, we're going to, we're going to have a worship night and we're just going to seek God and we're going to then the Lord come down, come down, come down, come down. And you're just going to beg his presence down. We're going to the praise is going to go up, you know, before God. And is there anything wrong with praise and worship? No. But what is your motivation for? Are you doing it because you just love the Lord, and you just want to worship him and acknowledge him and glorify his name? Or are you trying to create an atmosphere that you think the glory will now come down? In other words, man has to create a glory that God thinks he could live in.

Pastor West:
And Bam would decide this is adequate for you. Come on down. Yeah. This is like. Well, okay, I want to get some goldfish. Well, baby, you have to have a tank first. Okay, go get the tank. Then we'll bring the goldfish. So we're going to build a goldfish tank for God to come down so he can swim in, so he can survive when he gets here. We're going to put up a fence in the backyard so God don't run out in neighborhood. Man's going to build something that can contain God. And all of our wisdom and all of our glory. And the Lord says, that's good, I'm going to come visit y'all. Hmm. And take a lot of pressure. We're not doing that, he said. We're not saying any more. He said we're doing this different. The others not working. At least he had enough sense to know that wasn't working. He said, from now on, we're going to do it this way. We're going to pray for people on the front end. Because they have a beautiful Koran. I mean, it's got leather, it's gold on the outside, you know, and it looks good. They have nice motivational things in there. They got kind things to say in the Quran.

Pastor West:
They say, you know, you know, we we got a book like, you got our books pretty, your books pretty. We already have a god. How long you had that cancer? Oh, about three years. Your God healed you. Now, God, don't do that. Your God don't do that. No, he said, My God does that where I go? Do what? Oh, yeah. Then they pray for him. Then they get healed. Then they demonstrate the goodness and the love of God. Then do you think they not want to know that God? Of course they do, because they get a sample of him. But the church has been working it backwards. We're thinking we've got to leverage God somehow to come down. Come, Holy Spirit, come. Come Holy Spirit. I was invited to a meeting two years ago and I didn't really want to go, but I went with some friends of mine and they said, we'll just go with us. And it's just going to be a praise and worship, and it's going to be a bunch of leaders in the room. And I said, okay, okay, I'll go. I don't know who any of them are. Let's go. So we went no names and they just. I know they mean well, but I'm not. I'm not criticizing them. I'm just thinking. I just felt sad about it. And about an hour and I said, I'm free to go. I said I'm sorry.

Pastor West:
I had no idea. And as well, meaning people would just I mean ministers and worship leaders, and they were just pulling their shoes off and telling God they're on holy ground and. And they were begging God to come to the church and beg him to meet them there, and making him all kind of promises if he would just come and be in their midst and just tell him how unworthy that they all was. And but if he would just come visit them. And I know they meant it. I know their feelings was real. But I'm just thinking that's that's where the church has been for a long time, that we're coming together to do something. But but you know what that's really called? That's really called manipulation. That we think through some type of religious jargon, that we can manipulate God to come down, or we could and and some don't even know it. I mean, I was with Pastor Buzzy one time and the guy didn't understand his message and he says, man, I'm going to start speaking that word. Get that? He said, what do you call that? He says, our life. He says, yeah, he said, he said, I'm going to start speaking that word. And he says, he says, I'm going to confess. I'm going to confess it in. Pastor Buzz said buddy. He said if it ain't already in you, confessing ain't going to bring it in.

Pastor West:
You know what I'm talking about. Now, if he hadn't already done it. See? Finished is finished. So when you go to court and when attorney. They're always going back to the books. They're a lot like ministers. They're a lot like believers because they have to have proof and they have to have evidence. But a lot of times, you know, to get a verdict on something, they'll have to have a presence for it. They'll have to say, you know, back in the case of Smith versus Johnson, back in 1947, judge, this was this I mean, very similar to our case. And there's presence for what I'm asking you to do here. And then I can tell you about something that in 1963 and I can tell you about something happened 1978. And so the judge has presence to rule a certain way because it's been done before. All I'm doing, I'm sitting here holding a book and said, the judge, George Carter, did it. I'm telling. I'm telling you what the judge already did through his son. Huh? And all of it's already finished. Amen. So my faith just gets lined up with that and says, I'm not. I'm not confessing it. Then I'm not even having to believe it. Then I just believe it. I feel bad, I'd feel bad. I'd feel bad if Dennis come and asked me if church. He says, could you let me borrow $20 till Sunday? And I say, yeah, let me, let me get with you a few minutes after service.

Pastor West:
And he'll say, okay. Then I find out he runs around, asked for you all to agree with him, and Alex would do it for he and Alex. I feel bad about that. If it's the other way, wouldn't you feel bad about that? That that didn't care. So you can borrow 20. That's the. We got to go talk to someone. So we'll meet you over here in 15 minutes. Then I go over here about half dozen. Y'all. Would y'all would y'all agree with me that they'll actually do this in 20 minutes? I used to, that's just nuts. It's the same thing. It's same thing. I'm going to get a human to agree with me that God will do what he said he's going to do. I'm going to get a human to make God do what he says he's going to do. If any two shall agree, we can make God do it. Think about it. I know I'm teaching this just in a sense, it's just kind of whatever, but but if you don't break it down to the most natural state, then then you end up with mental. When you finally get up to the place, you say body. You don't look any better. You don't feel any better. If I was going to put you on a scale of 1 to 10. It don't look good.

Pastor West:
You say, but I'm not putting you on a scale. I went to the word. And this is what. This is what I found out. Now I'm going to adjust my mind. In my believing to be true with God. From this day forward, I'm come to an agreement with God about this. So no matter what you do, emotions, no matter what you do, body, no matter what you feel like. I'll do natural things if I need to do it, to get to do what I got to do. But here's what. But here is what is true. I'm not confessing this to to make it so. I'm just speaking it because it is so. Okay. I mean, how many times does a policeman have to tell you, you under arrest, that he feels like it took. He called, I mean, I was, I was, I was here one night a few years ago, had music practice. Scott was here. I didn't stop him. He got to go home. He stopped me. I asked her, I said, why don't you stop? That guy just left there. He said, well, we just figured, you know, if we get one member of a gang, then, you know, we. I mean, that's what he told me. He said, if you hold one, they'll tell you. The rest of them was. And I said, so you think I'm part of a gang? Well, the policeman was right there, just building down here.

Pastor West:
We was having music practice up here and and I said, well, why would you stop me? I said, well, first off, you didn't stop me. I'm parked. I ain't even moved yet. Well, why why are you why are you in this churchyard with the blue lights on? I got to crank up yet, he said. Do you know why I stopped you? I said. I said you could put that gun to my head. I couldn't tell you. I ain't even cranked up. And he said, so I said, you want to go inside? I said, I probably could show you my name on all kinds of things. He said, well, how do I know that you hadn't? How do I know this is your place? I said, because I'm more open door, he says, if you take someone's keys, you can open up any door. And he says, and if you have their wallet, their name can be on whatever he said. Do you have a picture of you on the inside? I said, well, no. He said, well then how do I know what you're saying is true? I said, how do you know what it ain't? I said, well, he said, well, let me ask you a question. I says, go ahead. I said, this is getting real funny. He says, why did you hit the door locks twice on that vehicle? On my truck out there? I says, because if you want to unlock the front cab, you do the once.

Pastor West:
If you want to unlock something twice, you go to the back, you go to the back. And I had my Bible, I put it, I put in the back seat. I said, my Bible. And so he said, okay. So he let them go and he called his police. Another one in and they come in and he says, oh no, we can't let him go. He said, we need to further question. I said, question me. I said, and that's why I said, did you not see that guy just leave here? I said, no, he's my neighbor. He said, he is. He says, well, we didn't want to stop everybody. Like I said, if we get one, we'll get all of them. He said, the reason I stopped you, because there's all type of cars being stolen right now, that people just coming up and they're stealing the cars. He said we've already had 22 this year. How do I know this is your church? How do I know you are? How do I know you're not stealing the car that someone left at the church and they're gone on to do some type of church event? I said, because I told you and I got my license. And if you want to go inside my office, I'll show you my ordination plaque on the wall, which will go with his driver's license. He has been me.

Pastor West:
Oh.

Pastor West:
So we got all through, he said. Well, I guess you still feel good that we're patrolling it like this, I said, not really. Not not not not to this degree. No, no, I said, man, I ain't crank my car up. And you all have three cars out here in a church parking lot, and I need to crank that truck up. I couldn't done nothing wrong. You couldn't tell me my my tail. I said I didn't have time to crank it, so. So, I mean, I mean, how many times would you have to be under arrest before it took. You're under arrest? Well. Keep on. Then you have another policeman come up. John? Yes, sir. You're under arrest. You say something? Yeah. Well, I know the Bible says 2 or 3 a.m. or two, y'all. So they calling someone else that? I guess I'm under arrest. Now you'd be under arrest for one of them.

Pastor West:
Huh?

Pastor West:
You can bind the devil with one person.

Pastor West:
Huh?

Pastor West:
I'm just trying to fix a few things. In other words, I want you to agree with me. Nothing wrong with agreeing. What? You want me to agree with that I'm healed. You want me agree the Bible is true? No, I know the Bible is true. Well, then, what are we agreeing about? Oh, okay. You may agree with you. God will do it because he ain't done it yet. Well, now I know he's done it yet. But then you do know he's done it. Yeah, yeah, I know he's done it. Okay, well, when did it happen? Well, I know it's on its way. I thought you said it happened. Oh, I know Jesus paid the price. So it's kind of paid. Unpaid? No, it's paid. But, you know, it's kind of. I said, you really kind of confused, aren't you? Is he did. He ain't done. He's done. He's working on it. He's working on it. But he's finished. He was paid. But it's not. But it's not, it's not. Well, you know, we're still working, you know. How does anybody get healed like that? You don't, do you?

Pastor West:
Huh?

Pastor West:
So when you just stand there and say, well, by his stripes, I'm healed. You say, oh. I had someone tell me five years ago. He said, you know, this goes on. He says, you know, you won't ever be able to stand in the year. Well, that's what he told me four years ago. Well, he's gone by medical knowledge. I get that. I wouldn't I wouldn't criticize him, I got that. If this was to go on, this is what it would look like. And one year, that's four years ago. I don't you say, well, what did you do? I just didn't I don't believe nothing you said. Why would I? I don't believe that. I stood on this. If he says, you can't stand. I just stood on this. And if there was a day that I physically couldn't seem like I couldn't do whatever, I just, I just, I just believed it in my heart. Paul was under arrest. He didn't leave his house. He's under arrest. He's under house arrest. He said, but the word of God can't be bound. He said, you can chain me up like a criminal. He said, but you can't chain the word. He says, I'll speak the word of God. He said, try to chain it. Put the Word of God in handcuffs. Frisk the word of God. Tell it's under arrest. That's what Paul said. And Timothy he said, you can't chain and bind the Word of God. He said, you can bind me up like a criminal. You can't stop anything. Hmm. You say, what if you were to lose your voice? You couldn't speak the word. I can think it. Holy Ghost. Goodbye.

Pastor West:
Your thoughts? Huh?

Pastor West:
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Didn't he say speak that time? He said think. You just think this stuff will start happening.

Pastor West:
Praise God. Amen. Well, Hallelujah.

Pastor West:
It's working. It's working.

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Pastor West:
Amen. Let's give him praise. Father, we just praise you this morning. You're so good. Father, we just magnify you. We thank you, Lord, for the Spirit of God in this house today. We lift up the name of Jesus. The name that's above every name. We thank you, Lord, for the precious blood of Jesus. We thank you that he has redeemed us. He has saved us. He has sealed us. And he. From a place as the high priest makes intercession for us according to the will of God, for each of us, individually and corporately. Father, we just put ourselves in your hands this morning. You, we know from the Word of God that you don't look on the outward, but you look on the inward. You see what's on the inside. You see the heart. From our heart this morning. Putting everything aside and everything that we could give attention to, we choose not to do that. We choose to focus on you. We thank you, Lord, for your goodness, your mercy, your love, your compassion. We thank you this morning for all that you have done for us, all that you are doing. We thank you, Father God, that our name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. We thank you, Lord, that your mercy is being great upon us. We thank you, Lord, that even in times of trouble, the Word of God is true. You have truly overcame all the trouble, all the conflict in our life.

Pastor West:
We give you praise and honor and glory. Thank you for the name. Thank you for the glorious name of Jesus. Amen. Amen. You may be seated. Praise God. Thank you Christian. That was really good. God is good all the time. We're going to begin this morning. But we're going to begin with prayer, so we're ready to go whenever you're ready to go. So. Good morning and welcome. Glad you're here with us, Grace Life Church. Glad to have you here. And those of you joining our service, by the way, that you do, that we speak the blessing of God upon you and your family right now in Jesus name. If you have needs, just know, no matter whatever the need is, the answer is Jesus. Amen. Jesus is the best answer. He's the only answer that you need. So we call you blessed in Jesus name. Before we begin our service this morning, we want to. If you have your Bible, if you'll get it out to you and go to Psalms 122, we're going to pray for what the Bible instructs us to pray for, especially what's going on in the world right now. You know, you could be on an airplane and within a few hours, if they'd let you, you could you could go to Jerusalem, but you wouldn't want to be there, would you? As you know, if you've been following the news there and I guess you could call the next phase.

Pastor West:
So Israel has entered into the Gaza with tanks and the ground forces are coming in. I'm telling you, the Bible is coming to pass each and every day right before our eyes. But in Psalms 122 and verse one, he said, I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord. I still think that Scripture is just as true and just as pertinent today. How many was glad? Amen. How about the rest of you? Amen. He said, our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city that is compacted together. Whether the tribes go up the tribes of the Lord unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. For there are, for there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Then the instructions in verse six, pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that loveth thee. And we say unto her, peace be upon thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions sake, I will now say, say that with me. I will now say, peace be. Can we say that together? I mean, I need to hear you, too. So not in your mind. Peace be upon thy walls and prosperity within thy places. For with my brethren and companions sake, I will now say.

Pastor West:
What peace be within thee, because of the house of the Lord our God. I will seek thy good father in Jesus name. This morning we just we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Father, we thank you, Father God, that we understand that we are in the end of the end. We're not in the end times. We're in the end of the end. And we understand that things are coming to pass as they will have to come to pass. But father, this morning we just pray for your peace upon Jerusalem. We pray for your safety and protection upon its inhabitants. Father, we thank you, Father God, for the blood of Jesus. We thank you, Father God, for the love that you have for the Jewish people. We thank you, Father God. We know that Jerusalem is the place that you reign in the millennium reign. We thank you, Father God, that as these things come to pass, we thank you that the testimony of Jesus, the witness of Jesus, can still be shared. And I thank you, Father God, that there are still people in Israel, father, that will still hear the Word of God and be able to see that Jesus Christ is truly the Messiah. Now we just pray the protection upon the people, upon all people, young and old. Father, we pray the protection upon the military, a strength upon them. Father God, it safety and protection that the angels keep them safe and keep them protected.

Pastor West:
We thank you for the wisdom to give to the the military generals and the commanders who command the armies. We thank you, Lord. We speak safety and protection upon them. We thank you, Father God, that the plan of the enemy will be revealed, and the plots that they have for Jerusalem will be exposed to those who need to know what and where and when and how it will be miraculous. We thank you, Father God, that there shall be peace within her walls, safety within her walls, in Jesus glorious name. And everybody said, Amen, Amen. Well, we're in our third teaching. I hope that's okay with you. We're talking about end time events, and certainly there couldn't be a better time to talk about end time events than in the. In times that's real deep in it. And so I'm going to go a little bit slower today on purpose. And so I want you to, if you will turn to your Bible. Well just a minute. If you want to, if you want to go there, you can go to Daniel 724. Give you a little heads up. That's on page 1226. If you have a Bible just like this has to be read to, the Bible has to be read. So if not, do the best that you can. And so we're we're going to kind of continue from last week.

Pastor West:
We were last week our subject was mostly about the the tribulation, the Great Tribulation and the Antichrist. We're not trying to do an exhaustive study, verse by verse, but we're giving you a chronological order of things that will come to pass. It's important that we know these things. This is not history in one sense, because we're doing something. This is a subject when we get into a lot of times when we're talking ministering the word, we're talking about what Jesus has already done. But this is something. Remember the old, the old, the old movies go back to the future. We're going into the future today. For things that shall be that has not happened yet. And so we're looking at these things. Sometimes people say, well, why spend a whole lot of time studying about the tribulation if we're not going to be here? Well, I hope I answered that question a little bit last week because the Scripture says in several places. But first John two, we won't go back there, but it talks about the spirit of Antichrist is already here. You can see the spirit of Antichrist happening every day now unfolding in the news in not not just Israel, but other places of the world, but certainly Israel as the terrorist group Hamas has attacked Israel and its people, funded mostly by a terrorist group of all terrorist group, Iran. And that is that is Hamas, which is the spirit of terror, which is the spirit of violence, which is the spirit of Islam.

Pastor West:
And if I'm still on, I'll try to keep going. So anyway, sometimes they key words into you. So but but in Daniel 924. This is the the tribulation period and which will be the. This is the the fulfillment of Daniel's 70th week. These weeks aren't in consecutive. We haven't taken time just to teach about the the you know, all the Daniel's 70th week. We will get there. But this verse is talking about the 70th week of Daniel that's reserved, which is the Great tribulation. And so we'll just start right here. We'll just dive in. Daniel 924 and it says, 70 weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the holy city. Notice there's there's six things here that Daniel is prophesying the prophet Daniel and he's he prophesies things, things, six things that will happen here. First, he said during the, the the 70th week, the seven year, you know, week being seven days. But actually he's talking about seven, you know, seven years. So number one, he'll finish the transgression. He'll make it. Number two, he'll make an error. He'll make an end to sins. Number three, he'll make atonement for iniquity.

Pastor West:
In other words, they'll accept Jesus as sacrifice eventually. Number four, he'll bring in an everlasting righteousness, which is the reign of King Jesus. Number five, they'll set up vision and prophecy, which is the fulfillment and the prophecy about Jesus in Israel. And then number six, the North, the Most Holy place. And and so that's this is the this is the 70th week of Daniel. Now we're going to go systematically upon this. Things don't want to speed through this. I want you to have an understanding of the times. Why do we need to understand one about the Great tribulation? Because we understand this place. The church has already been removed. She's gone. We're going to hit that in every, every no matter what chronological order. We're going to continue to preach that. And I want you to minister that everywhere that you can. There's still people that believe, you know, you got people trying to leave the planet all during the time. They're pre-trib mid-trib post-trib, no trib at all. Go, go through the whole thing. Well, I'm according to the word and I'm sure I know they're using scriptures also. But but the basic understanding is if you have to understand who is the Scripture is talking to, is he talking to the Jews or is he talking to the Gentiles? He's talking to the church. So when you lift a scripture out of its context and where Jesus is talking to the Jews and not to the Gentiles or something that's being spoken to the church, then you'll totally misinterpret exactly what Jesus is trying to speak.

Pastor West:
And we're going to get into that a little bit today because there is the the the Second coming is completely different than the rapture of the church, isn't it? And sometimes people just throw them in together, but it's two totally separate events. And so the the return of Jesus in the sense of not the second, but when he raptures the church, which is the word harpazo because they, you know, people say, well, you know, rapture is not even in the Bible. Well, I always kiddingly say, well, the word Bible is not in the Bible either. But you believe there is one, right? But it is, you know, in the Latin, Latin teaching in the scriptures that you'll see the harpazo, which means it just means to catch up or to seize. And so it's throughout the Scripture. And so we're going to systematically put some things in order so that we see because the, the coming back where Jesus, when he raptures the church is imminent. In other words, it's it's going it's going to happen. And it doesn't have any events. It has it has zero signs. So the rapture of the church could happen now, at any moment. Someone said, well, there has to be a great harvest. And that would be glorious that we have a great harvest.

Pastor West:
But really when you read the scriptures, you don't have nothing has to happen. No great harvest has to come in. If Jesus were to come today, I suppose billions would leave here, but billions would be left. And when you read the scriptures in revelation, you see basically half the planet will be saved and many will be will have to die as martyrs, many will be beheaded, many will just simply starve to death. Many will die in nuclear war instead of taking the mark of the beast. So we want as many people to go in the rapture. We don't want them to have to be saved in the tribulation. But there will be, there will be. So the greatest harvest that will ever take place is probably going to happen during the seven year tribulation. So we want to go through these, these things because we just need to understand that, that we are so close to it. We are so close to the end. I hope that's good news for you, because the Scripture tells us to get excited about that and I am. How about you? And so the tribulation is a period of time when God Almighty is going to pour wrath. It'll be his wrath and judgment upon the world. And. You can't find in Scripture one instance where God has ever in the old covenant. Of course, in the old covenant where he ever poured wrath upon the world, that the same time he poured wrath upon his own people.

Pastor West:
Can't find one place in the Bible that he did that. In fact, in Second Peter the Apostle writes about how God spared Noah, right? Remember that how God spared Noah and his family, and he gave them safety in the ark before the flood began. In other words, when the rain came down, the ark came up. The rains come down, the ark goes up. Then Peter cites how God delivered. Peter also talks about how God delivered righteous lot from Sodom and Gomorrah before the judgment came. He delivered them. So the same is true of you. Now, without going there this morning, because we looked at this scripture before, we're going to look at several times, but I'm going to quote part of first Thessalonians five nine. First Thessalonians five nine he says, God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation is not appointed you to wrath. The church is not appointed to wrath, but salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Now Second Peter two nine also says that the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of the temptations and rescue the unjust for the day of judgment. God knows how to deliver us. You're not appointed to wrath. God always delivered his people. He took Noah out. He took his family out. He took righteous lot out before judgment.

Pastor West:
Come. If judgment come, you can't find one instance in the Scripture where God ever let judgment be poured out, that he poured out upon his own people, and he is not going to start in our covenant, which is a better covenant. So okay, so the church is raptured. Okay then what? When the church is raptured, the Antichrist will begin to emerge. And this is this is called the tribulation period. And sometimes people say, well, what do you mean the tribulation, the great tribulation? Well, they're both correct. In other words, you have a seven year period, but it's broken into 42 months or 160 days, or if you want to be exact, three and a half years. Each one has a three and a half year period, which is 1260 days. And the first three and a half years is called the tribulation, the last because the intensity of the tribulation is so much worse. It's called the Great Tribulation. And I want us to go in our Bibles this morning, and I'm going to turn with you to Matthew chapter 24. Matthew 24. I'm in the King James I think I am, but whatever you have there. And we're going to see what Jesus said, because he's given us scriptures here that talk about when they ask the questions about how will we know of the times. Now, these scriptures are scriptures that really apply to the Second Coming, not the rapture.

Pastor West:
At the rapture we go to meet him in the air. He never he never touches the ground, so to speak. We go to meet him. So assuming it really no one sees him, but we go to be with him. And the second come, second coming. When he descends, everyone will see him and we'll be with him. Everyone will see all of us. But in the rapture, no one sees him. Only the believers go up. And so in Matthew 24 and then verses four through eight and Jesus answered and said to them, take heed that no man deceive you for many we're going to read through verse eight, for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ. And there's going to be a lot of people. He says, that's going to come and say, I'm him. And shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you be troubled, not be troubled. For all these things shall come to pass. But the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. And all these are the beginning of sorrows. Now, as he said, these are just the beginning of sorrows. And and you could say, well, all these things have happened before. Well, they have happened before, but the intensity will be much greater. In other words, he says, when these things begin to happen, he says, he says, do not be troubled.

Pastor West:
In other words, there has been wars, we've had great wars. And if you ever do the study of the wars, you'll you'll see. I was looking at several things this week. When you look at the different, the different wars that we've had even in this country, but other wars that claimed so many lives, almost every one built upon the other one. In other words, the intensity of has become greater and greater and greater. And so the climate is being supercharged here. And so he says, when you see these things, he says, know this. He said, these are just the beginning of sorrows. It's just the beginning of sorrow. And so we're we're not once again, I'm reiterating the last time. So he's talking about a time where the tribulation has begun. Here. You're not here. You have been totally removed. If you're a believer in Jesus Christ, if Jesus Christ has come to live in your heart, you are not here for anything, I'm telling you. Where are you? You are in heaven with the Lord. You are in heaven with King Jesus. You are in the Kingdom of God. You are at the marriage supper of the lamb, where the you know where the bride and the groom come together and you are at the reward seat, not a judgment seat. You are being rewarded for the things that you have done simultaneously at the same time on earth.

Pastor West:
The worst time ever in the history of the world is taking place while the church is rescued and raptured. Someone said, well, you just preached an escape. Yes you did. You want me to apologize for that? I mean, you say, well, well, I heard your house caught on fire. You just tried to run out so you didn't get burned. Yes you did. You're waiting for an explanation. Sometimes it's just harder to help some people. Do you ever noticed that? So. So what we're reading here in Matthew 24 is really a description of the Great Tribulation period. So it begins with Antichrist and it ends with Jesus Christ. It begins with the Antichrist. But but it ends in seven years with Jesus Christ. Now there's a parallel. We'll come back to Matthew after a while, but let's go to revelation chapter six, if you will. Revelation chapter six and revelation chapter six is the is the parallel Scripture to Matthew 24. When you're studying the Second Coming, this is the parallel scripture that goes back and forth in Matthew 24 through revelation chapter six. And we're going to read verses one through eight. When you get there, say I'm there. Okay. Verse one. And I saw, if you don't know revelations right before the last book of maps. Okay. Revelation six. And when I saw the lamb opened, one of the seals, and I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see.

Pastor West:
And I saw, and behold, a white horse. And he sat on him, had a bow, and a crown was given unto him. And he went forth conquering, and to conquer. And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, come and see. And there went out another horse that was red, and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace, to take the peace from the earth, that they should kill one another, that there was given unto him a great sword. And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, come and see. And I beheld, and lo, a black horse. And he that sat upon him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the fourth beast, saying, A measure of wheat, and for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny. And see thou hurt not the oil, nor the wine. Verse seven. And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast, saying, come and see. We're going to finish the verse eight here. And I looked, and behold, there was a pale horse. It his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him, and power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beast of the earth.

Pastor West:
And so this is the parallel scripture of what Jesus is teaching about the. In other words, in revelation six, you see the beginning of the tribulation. I know I've shared this with you before, but revelation one, the revelation for the church is mentioned 19 times after revelation, for the church is not mentioned again until revelation 19. Now why would that be? You're not mentioned because you're not here. So this is the tribulation time. The parallels with Matthew 24. It's an overview of things that we'll that that are come to pass. Now, these four horsemen are called the Four horsemen of the apocalypse. And the apocalypse, you know, just really means revelation or to reveal or to lift. In other words, to lift the lid off something. To open the seal. To lift the lid off something. And so revelation six is the four horsemen of the apocalypse. And it starts with a rider on a white horse. Now, this rider on the white horse sometimes is mistakenly to be Jesus himself. But it's not because Jesus does come on a white horse. But that's revelation 19. But this will give you a little insight of how the enemy works, because he has no original thought whatsoever, and all he does is take something that God has done and try to twist it around.

Pastor West:
So he would like to show up on a white horse to make you think he's Jesus, but he's not Jesus. So it gives you a little end look into, you know, into his twisted brain anyway. So he's he's he comes in on a white horse, but it's not Jesus. It's not Jesus Christ. It's Antichrist is who it is. And so you see what his agenda is. Just simply widen the right horse. Now remember we talked about this last week last week. Antichrist. Antichrist anti means against. He's. In other words, we see the spirit of Antichrist in the earth now. What are they? What is Hamas? They're Antichrist. Antichrist also means also means doesn't mean just against. It means instead of. We're anti we're against this. But we're not just against it. We're instead of this. So so we see we see the Antichrist coming in. He's Antichrist instead of in his mind. He wants to be instead of Christ. In other words, the Antichrist is sort of like a imitation Messiah as what he is. If I if I may, he's Satan's son. He's Satan's version of Jesus, who he is. Dwight Pentecost, a great Christian theologian, theologian, and an expert on the End Times, made this statement. He said, and I quote. Satan is seeking to give the word of a ruler in the place of Christ who will be in opposition to Christ, so he can rule the world instead of Christ.

Pastor West:
That's his agenda. That's his plan. That's what he'll work towards. It'll never happen. It will never happen. So when the Antichrist emerges and comes on the scene, there's going to be a lot of catastrophe, just like billions of people is going to be gone off this planet. Wow. If you can just I mean, just if you just think of the little things that's happening with people are intersecting all the time doing things. I mean, you could have a you could have a basketball game or you could have a football game, or you could have someone throwing and one's going to catch it. And and then all of a sudden, you know, the receiver is gone or, you know, just people interacting all the time working together. And then one's there, then the other one's not, and they're completely gone. So there's going to be such catastrophe all over the planet for quite a while. And then because every Christian is going to disappear at one time. Boom. Gone. And then there'll be wars in all different parts of the world. And so this man, the Antichrist, he'll come and he'll come as some brilliant politician. In one sense, he'll be, of course he'll be a politician. Like he'll have every kind of brilliant move that the Earth is going to need, because it's going to be a catastrophe. And the Scripture tells us he's a man of great charisma.

Pastor West:
In other words, he's not going to come across as some satanic, crazed wild man. You know, there's just he's not going to have on. He's not going to come with a pitchfork and a red tail. He's going to be suave and debonair, and he's I mean, he's going to fit the part. He's groomed for this day. Is he on the planet, I guarantee you. I can't prove it. I guarantee he's an adult. He's. He's in the earth right now. Today. The Antichrist is is sharing this planet with you. Now you're about to go home. Amen. Praise God. And so he'll have such powerful influence. And he'll be able to do and accomplish what no one, no world leader has ever had. They've tried Alexander the Great tried, and Napoleon's tried. You know, Adolf Hitler tried. And mostly they all tried, but they all failed. They were subjects, I'm sure, of Satan. But this is this is going to be his best. This is the one that he has groomed him for, for such a time as this. And so he can't come on the scene. He'd like to come on the scene sometimes, but he's held back. What is he held back by? He's held back by the Bible, says the great Restrainer. When? Who is the great Restrainer? The great Restrainer is the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost lives where he lives on the inside of you, so he can do nothing until the Holy Ghost removes the restraint and then he can make his play.

Pastor West:
And so until that time, he is totally sealed off from you now. So. But now, Daniel chapter eight. You don't have to turn there. But if you want to make notes, you can if you want to. But I won't be there that long. Daniel 824 and 25 says, his power shall be great. But not by his own power. He shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy my demand in the people. People who are the saints. So we see there he has success. We see he comes with power. It's not his power. Where does he gets his power from? Well, he gets it from Satan himself. In other words, it's just. It's just the puppet. And the puppeteer is what it is. Then verse 25 says, and through his policy he shall craft to prosper in his hand, and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace he shall destroy many. How? How will he destroy? He's going to do it through peace. Can you see that? Can you see the deceiver? Has anything ever changed? What is Satan's number? One tool has always been its deception. So even during the times of the tribulation, here you have you know, you have the Antichrist and then you're going to have the false prophet.

Pastor West:
But here he is going to destroy many, but he's going to do it by peace. And then we know that he orchestrates a peace treaty with Israel and in verse, and they're going to look at this and say, this is the answer. This man with great charisma, great influence, answers to the chaos in the world. All of us are gone. And, you know, he's he's going to bring order to the whole thing. It looks like. And then first Peter, I'm sorry. First Thessalonians five three. This is from the passage translation. But it says, for while some are saying, finally, we have peace and security, our peace and safety, then sudden destruction, sudden destruction will arrive at the door like labor pains seized and a pregnant woman with no chance to escape. So it will come at a time when they're saying great peace and safety, no destruction. Everything's put in order. And so this is first Thessalonians five three and so but suddenly destruction will come. So the tribulation period doesn't begin violently. Actually the first, you know, the first part of the first three and a half years, kind of well, if it could be, if it could be peaceably, it's the most peaceable time. The first part of the first three and a half years comes peacefully because the church has been caught up once again. Did I mention that before? Yeah. The church has been caught up and we're with the Lord.

Pastor West:
Just want you to know that you're at the marriage supper. Lamb. This is a seven year nonstop buffet. But praise the Lord. Carbs doesn't matter. Would you like some pie? Yes. Which one? Yes yes yes yes yes yes and yes. Heavens, I'm going to like this place. Amen. So, so the Antichrist, like he say, he's he's. He'll be a great world leader for a while. A very suave individual. And he gets the Jews and the Arab nations to sign this peace treaty. And it seems to be their answer. And they're actually and they're they intend to abide by this peace treaty, which seems to answer the problems of the world and of that part of the world. And then the Antichrist, he he, you know, he stops the conflict around the globe. In other words, it just looks like, you know, the world's been in chaos. There's just trying to explain, you know, what happened to us. There'll be all kinds of theories out there. That's why Hollywood movies, all kind of movies, I believe about the great disappearance. And, you know, we're going to be on some planet, and the Antichrist will be glad to be rid of us, but they actually won't wish they hadn't been rid of us. Can you imagine without one ounce of Christians on the world for a while? No salt on the earth, no light on the earth? You think some you know, because I know it can be discouraging sometimes as a believer to live, you know, when, you know, I guess every generation has seen things change and seem to be, you know, you've, you know, things move back, you lose ground.

Pastor West:
In other words, how could the world have changed so much in your lifetime? That's with us here. Can you imagine when every one of us is gone and there's darkness? And then after that darkness and after that darkness, what it'll be like. Well, so you can see when he steps up the suave, debonair guy that comes across who's who's very. The Bible says he's very eloquent in speech, well versed in Scripture. He'll be a religious leader. He'll be a political leader. He'll understand world events. He'll understand the economy. He'll be a great leader of people he'll pause himself to be. And many people will believe he's the Messiah because he's a deceiver. And he'll stay on, he'll be on, he'll be on that platform. And so the Jews and the Arab nations will come together and they'll sign this peace treaty, he said. Finally, peace and safety has come. And he says, as soon as that happens, not long after that, suddenly destruction comes right behind it. He set them up for the biggest fall they're ever going to take, and they'll begin to hail him as the Messiah. But he's really a satanic superman at all. He is.

Pastor West:
He will succeed, but it'll all come through deception. And so this peace treaty, you know, he'll get the love. He'll get the support of the people for quite a while. But then after a while, he'll effectively begin to show his true colors. You know, the enemy will always. If you'll just hang on, he'll always show you his true colors. He'll tell you all kinds of things about you your life, your marriage, your this, your this and and then. But, but you know he if he uses scripture, all he can do is twist it and pervert it. He used a scripture. He used it on Jesus. Did God say he used it on Adam and Eve? Did God say? Well, Jesus told him exactly what it said, and all we have to do is tell him exactly what it says. So when he comes to you and he comes to tempt you, he comes to bring harm to you, to your life, to your family. All you have to do is get the Word of God, Word of God, the sword of the spirit, and begin to cut with the sword. And he's been cut before. He doesn't like it, I'm telling you that. And so but so during the end of the first half of the three and a half years, the tribulation, the Antichrist, he'll be there to help the people, it looks like. In other words, he's going to help them rebuild their Jewish temple, the third temple.

Pastor West:
He's going to help them rebuild the temple. And that puts them in his favor even more, because in their in their thinking, you know, we now that we have a temple again and the person Jewish mind you really can't worship God without the temple. And he's going to help them rebuild this temple, and he'll win their favor right then, but then into the at the end of the three and a half years, he's ready to change the whole flow of things. And he goes into the temple and he desecrates the temple at the halfway point of the tribulation period. And this is called the abomination of desolation, which is a whole subject within itself. But this is when this happens, when he goes into the temple at the three and a half year point, he desecrates this temple. And I'll read this to you from Daniel 927 says he will make a firm covenant with many for one week, which is seven years. But in the middle of the week, three and a half years, he will put a stop to sacrifice and offerings, and the abomination of desolation will be on the wing of the temple until the decree destruction is poured out on the desolator. In other words, there will be some type of image here on the wing. There'll be there'll be an image that he'll build many places. It'll be of himself.

Pastor West:
In other words, he'll say, this is who you're going to worship. He'll put an end to sacrifice and offering, and he'll say no more. In other words, he's going to come and say, I'm God. Now the Jews know that they bought something that they can't get their money back on. They now buyer's remorse is really set in. So he's destroyed their temple and he ends sacrifices and offerings. He has this image erected, probably of himself, and commands that you bow down and worship him. Now, the drama of the last three and a half years intensifies greatly. So we'll go on to this point. So at this point in time, this is what called the Great Tribulation. Now let's go back to Matthew 24 and pick up so we can see it better here. Matthew chapter 24. Are y'all doing okay or are we making any sense at all? Okay. Matthew 24, in the verse 21, and this is Jesus talking here. Jesus is doing speaking in verse 21, for then there shall be great tribulation, such as the world was not since the beginning of the world to this time no, nor ever shall be. Can you imagine the the weight of that of that statement? You think about what's happened there in the world as we know it. You remember when Herod had every male born child of two year old down died? He says, not on that scale.

Pastor West:
You think of the atrocities that's happened in the world? And Jesus says, verse 21, for then shall be great tribulation. See these scriptures aren't talking. Pre rapture. This is talking second coming. If you pull scriptures out of context and you put them in the wrong place, talking to the wrong people, you'll come up with the wrong answers. These are second coming scriptures. Once again, what are the signs that we know of the rapture? There is none. Nothing has to happen for Jesus to come today. His coming is imminent. Now for those who say, well. No, we're I believe we're going to go mid-trib or through the tribulation. Then don't you think they should? Don't you? Then why would you tell me that his coming is imminent? But but don't you think some of these signs you should have told us about it if it's coming is just imminent. But are you going to do with all these signs? In other words, if you're telling me that we're going to his coming is imminent. When he comes and receives us even after seven years, don't you think that they should have mentioned some of these signs that we're going to read before he comes? Because these are a lot of signs. For then shall be the great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time. Nor should ever be that way. The world has never been in this bad of shape, ever in the history of the world since the beginning of time.

Pastor West:
Nor should it ever be after this. Do you want to be here? No. And except those days would be shortened. No flesh would be saved. But for the elect's sake. These days are short. Now the elect here he's talking about. He's talking to the Jews he's talking to. Now go with me. Back up to verse 13. But he that shall endure to the end shall be saved. Now? Is that is that how you got saved by enduring? No, no. That's works. See. You're not here. So when he says, but he that shall endure to the end shall be saved, he's not talking to you. He's talking to the people and the Jews that are here, and the world population who's here during the great tribulation. So you and I are living in the dispensation of the gospel of grace, right? He didn't tell you to endure. He told you to believe. But here in the tribulation time. Jesus. What's he doing? Jesus is encouraging people to hold on, to endure to the end. In other words, don't give up. I want you to know that when you're raptured, your Bible won't be. And they'll be searching for Bibles and any notes that you might have. I believe broadcast just like this one is going to be. I know it's going to be. A matter of fact, when I was studying for those things, that's exactly what I heard, he says.

Pastor West:
He says, take your time on this. He said, after you're here. He said, this broadcast will be here, and it'll give hope to people that you'll never know until you until you meet them there. And I tell you, the weight of that came on me is just like I couldn't do nothing for about 30 minutes. But here in tribulation time, he's encouraging people on the planet to endure, to hold on, to don't give up. Verse 14 and the gospel of this kingdom shall be preached into all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then the end shall come. See how that's been taken out of context. In other words, we we have to preach the gospel to every person on the earth. Everyone's got to hear the gospel. Everyone's had to have an opportunity or Jesus can't come wrong. And we'll prove this wrong as we keep on reading. Everyone will have the chance, but it won't necessarily be before we're raptured. So that means the tribulation times, the gospel, what Jesus is talking about the tribulation. The gospel is the good news. What's good news to them during the tribulation? This is going to end. This is going to end. In other words, what is he saying? The kingdom is coming and the king is coming. Amen. It is going to set up his kingdom.

Pastor West:
So he's telling you. So endure to the end. If you endure to the end, you'll be saved. Now some say, well, who's going to do the preaching? Well, God has sealed 144,000 Jews, 12,000 Jews from the 12 tribes of Israel. He sealed them up with the protection that you can't harm him. You can't hurt them. You can do whatever you want to with them. It'll bounce off them like a rubber ball on a wall. You cannot you cannot kill these 144,000 and you got 144,000. While Jews preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Imagine that the Jews preaching Jesus Christ, 144,000 of them are preaching around the world. Who else do you have? Well, then you got the two witnesses that come. We'll get into give more context to them a little later. You got the two witnesses. Many believe theologians believe this to be Moses and Elijah. Don't know that for sure, but they believe it'll be Moses. And Elijah will come back and they'll be preaching. Boy, that's going to be a wild thing to see with 144,000 Jews. Then you got the converse of the 144,000. And if that's not, then if that's not enough, there's angels that are preaching the gospel around the planet. Some. So I don't know about no angels preaching. Or you don't think I'd mention it without scripture, do you? You want you want the scripture? I don't really have one. Just kidding. No no no no.

Pastor West:
Revelation 14 six. Revelation 14 six and I saw another angel fly into the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach. Woe unto them that dwell on the earth to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Angels are crisscrossing this planet preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ with 144,000 Jewish evangelists. The two witnesses, if it's Moses and Elijah and all the converts, and they're saying, hold on to the end. The king's coming back. We don't have much longer. You understand? It's going to be atrocious. Absolutely atrocious. Many won't take the mark of the beast. They'll be beheaded or they'll be slaughtered. Or they'll just literally starve to death. But they that endure to the end. They that endured, then they'll kind of have their time frame when they find this. If you're hearing this broadcast, I wish you wasn't there hearing it, but I want to encourage you, I want. I never preached like this before. But if you're listening to this broadcast and it's the tribulation, I want to encourage you. And we've already prayed for you. I want I want to encourage you to hold out to the end, hold out to the end. You see, we didn't know the exact day or month or hour, but they're going to know this is 42 months at tops. The last three and a half years. They'll know when the Antichrist goes in, when you get word that the Antichrist goes into the temple and the abomination of desolation takes place, and he sets up an image, you know, you have no more than 42 months.

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
So if you look in my cabinet there, there are some crackers. And some other stuff that I'm going to leave around. Praise God! I don't mean to be kidding, I'm just saying. But this is actually going to take place. This is going to take place. And so this is the message during tribulation to hang on, hang on, the king is coming, the kingdom is going to be set up and he's coming back. So and the angels are crisscrossing the nations now he says, so when you verse 15, we're back in Matthew verse 15. Wherefore when you therefore see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Now this is Jesus talking, standing in the holy place. Whosoever readeth, let him understand. So Jesus is speaking to people after you're gone once again, because your Bible is not going to rapture and he's going to be speaking to people right here, and they'll read you who are here. Hang on. You are here. Don't give up. He's coming. He'll save you and he's going to come set up his kingdom. And he is will come back with him. So we know these two witnesses are eventually killed. Whoever they are, they're eventually killed. And they're lying in the street. Well, we're laying you know, we're we for a number of years now, you could turn on your TV. And just like this morning, I was watching, you know, Israel go across and tanks and and bomb Hamas, which has set up their headquarters underneath the hospital.

Pastor West:
Like all cowards do, with tunnels going into the hospital underneath and from the underneath into the hospital so that, you know, people who are who are Antichrist, Antichrist instead of Christ would do stuff like that. In other words, they're counting on you. Being merciful and humane and sane would never bomb the sick and the and the the dying or the children. So they set up their, you know, as a as a shield of protection, a hospital of all places. Well, I've been praying each and every day for those people, and I'm sure that you are too. And there's a way to rescue all of them. And there's a way that God will deliver the evil into our hands, into their hands there in Jerusalem now, so that we know that the two witnesses are eventually killed, and the Antichrist and the false prophet, and we'll get to him later. There's a lot of false people running around the Antichrist and the false prophet. They're having a party. They're like, we have killed the two witnesses. I mean, we we have done the big deal, man. We have. Really. We pulled it over. These two people who's been a thorn in our side. Look at them. They're dead and they're in the street. And then they hang them, even though they're dead. And they will not let you take their, their, their bodies off the off the street because they want you to see that they are absolutely dead.

Pastor West:
So they keep cameras on them around the world so the whole world can see these two witnesses are dead. There's going to be a little problem that because the cameras still rolling and three days later, they're kind of like a pattern. Jesus rose after how many wet days? Oh, that was three. They said, let's do that again. So three days later, they just rise up and say me back. Woohoo! Me back. And then they ascend like Jesus did into there and then and then excuse me for saying this, but then the Antichrist, you know, pulls one of those rebirth things and says, oh, crap. And so here they are, raised up in the air and game on, baby, game on. And so yeah, they were partying. But then the cameras revealed everything. So the future is so bright. I mean, God has made the future so bright and glorious that you can't hardly even make this stuff up, even during the Great Tribulation. He's made it really awesome. And so then verse 16 in your Bible, are you still there? Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains. Verse 17, let them which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of the house, neither let him which is in the field return back to get his clothes.

Pastor West:
Verse 19. And woe unto them that are with child. And to them that give soccer nurse in those days. Now let me stop. Did I mention y'all were in heaven? Okay, I just want to make sure I mentioned that before. Verse 20, but pray you that your flight not be in winter, neither on the Sabbath day. Now he's writing to the Jews about the Daniel's 70th week. Now, don't take this because you're here this morning, but you know, it's not writing to the Jews, because on the Sabbath day, there's no Jew leaving nowhere. You can't hold a gun to a Jew's head to make him not be in the temple. But you give a Christian three day holiday. You won't see him at church for weeks moving around. That's every pastor would be your life. Just head off when he reads that scripture like American. Oh, yeah. We got a Jew. You could put a knife to his throat. Ain't no way you're going to leave the temple. So we go on verse 21 for then moving right along just makes me feel better. Say that, for then there shall be great tribulation, such as the world, not since the beginning of the world for this time, nor shall it ever be. Verse 22. And except those days would be shortened. There should be no flesh be saved. But for the elect sake the Jews, those days shall be shortened.

Pastor West:
Then if any man shall say unto you, lo, here is Christ, or there, believe it not, I'm telling you, if you listen to this teaching, you'll hear this. There'll be many people who come in his name, and they'll say, lo, come here. Christ is here because there's going to be people doing signs and wonders. In other words, Lucifer through the Antichrist is going to be setting people up and it'll look like they're doing than they are. They are they're doing miraculous things by his power. But it's not Christ. So don't go there. Stay where you are. So he says, they'll say, come see. But believe it not, believe it not. Verse 24, for there shall arise false Christ and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Okay. Verse 25. Behold, I told you before, and then verse 26, wherefore if they shall say unto you, behold, he is in the desert, go not forth. Think about this. Why would Jesus be telling us all this? If he's answering the disciples questions and they're not there and we're not here. This is an instruction for whoever's reading the scripture and for the ones who are listening to the broadcast just like this. Don't go into the desert. Behold, he is in the secret chamber. Do not believe that. Verse 27. For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shineth even unto the west.

Pastor West:
So shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. So he's telling them he's coming back to set up his kingdom. That's what he's doing. And in the rapture we leave here. We go to be with him. In the rapture. We got to be with him. And when we come back with him in the Second Coming, we come back with him. We go to be with him in the rapture. But in the Second Coming we come back with him on a white horse. Verse 28 for wheresoever the carcass is, there were the eagles be gathered. Now what's that about? Well, there's going to be maybe dead bodies all over the planet, and there will be a great slaughter of people, and the fowl of the air will be there to do the cleanup job. The Lord thought of everything. Verse 29, immediately after the tribulation, those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And this is believed to be the the evil powers of the heavenlies. In other words, the satanic realm of the power of the air that will be shaken out. Now, what about the church? Well, what's for the church? Well, the New Testament letters are for the church. When God speaks to you, he's speaking to you through the letters of the church.

Pastor West:
So we'll end this morning with these two things. Romans five nine tells you much more. Then maybe you ought to see this. Romans five nine much more then. Being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. God is speaking to you through the letters. You. You've been justified. By his blood. If you've been justified by his blood, you shall be saved from wrath. Through him. Well, you say, what are you trying to tell us? The church will not endure the wrath. The church will not endure the wrath. The revelation 617 says, and this is the sixth seal is opened. This is verse 17 617. This is after the sixth seal is opened. For the great day of his wrath has come. And who shall be able to stand? But this is not the church. This is for the Jewish people, and this is for the people on the planet that did not leave in the rapture. So they cannot they they it says, in other words, when this day of great wrath has come, who shall be able to stand? Well, that will be the message that will be preached by the 144,000. They'll preach Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. The two witnesses will preach. The converts, I believe, will preach. Of the 144,000 angels once again will crisscross the nation preaching Jesus Christ and tell him he's coming back soon.

Pastor West:
Endure to the end. When? The close this morning. Finishing where I started. First Thessalonians five nine says, For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. So we'll we're going to set a chronological order as we go forward, you know, in the Second Coming and the battle of Armageddon, the millennium. And on forums such as this, we need to have greater understanding so that we can minister to people, help them along the way, help them to understand in times of great tribulation, like the world is in right now, and continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, its safety, its protection. I'm telling you, this thing is unfolding so fast. It is going so fast. This is the time not to slow down. This is the time to pick up your pace. This is not a time to lay back. This is time to get up. This is not a. This is not a time to be timid. This is a time to preach like you never have before. Jesus Christ is coming back now. He is coming back soon. Can I get a lot better? Amen than that. Jesus Christ is coming back. Are you ready? Well, if you're ready, then you have. You know, he says, when you see these things happen, he says, don't be sorrowful. He says, look up. Your redemption draws real nigh. Amen. God bless you.

I know, I said. And I will walk with you. Knowing you'll see me through. You and I see.

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Pastor West:
Praise God. You may be seated. Good morning. How are y'all? Great. How's the rest of y'all? Let me ask the third. How are y'all on the balcony and overflow room? You know, Jesus makes everything wonderful. Yes. Amen. Do you know that? He's. He's just. And he's right. The scripture says that the throne of God is established on two principles righteousness and justice. And he'll get your justice because he's right. And when he gives a verdict, it's right. You say, well, not everyone believes it doesn't change that. He's right. He's just right. And heaven's going to be just right. And you're going to be so glad that you went there. Amen. Well, we're glad that you're here this morning. We had a good time yesterday morning with the men. Our theme was The Uncommon Man. But really, we have uncommon people here today. You know, God uses ordinary people, but when you get born again, you're just not ordinary anymore. Amen. I mean, you just ask the Lord you. One time when he ran out of horses, when he outran the king's horses. I mean, the storm was coming up, and. And the king said, we better get out of here. I think the king probably had the best horse. He didn't have a broken down mule. And the spirit of the Lord came upon him. And he says, you know, we really should get out of here. And he passed. He passed the king and his horses, I mean, making a go for it.

Pastor West:
I wonder if that look like, you know, you say, well, he wasn't 18. He was up in the years. So age has nothing to do with it. But the spirit of the Lord was upon him. We'll go back. This is our number two. We're talking. You can call it in in times, whatever you want to call it. But the revelation. But the revelation, it actually tells you, you know, in the, in the very first chapter because, you know, there's several components to it that we'll talk about it, but it starts off and tells you this is not about the devil. This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, not about the devil. Now, he's mentioned in here in the beast is mentioned here, the Antichrist is mentioned in here, several characters in here. And today we're going to be talking about the Antichrist and the seven year tribulation. We can all exhaust all that in one teaching. But we're going to we're going to we're going to leave the dock today and we'll, you know, we'll go out so far as we can go today. But this is the revelation of Jesus Christ. It says, who gave himself to his servants things which he told them, things which must shortly come to pass. And he went and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. And so we we talked about, you know, last week, we know Jesus is coming sooner than he was yesterday.

Pastor West:
Someone said, well, we don't know the exact day or the hour. Well, you might you might wake up one morning and says, I don't even know why I know this, but today is the day. You might not be able to say, it's 1147. He said, When Jesus comes, it'll be it'll be dark and light. Well, what does that mean? Well, it meant it meant that somewhere in the world it's light. Somewhere else, it's dark. So on both sides of the world, they'll both be right. For some, he'll come in the night, and for some he'll come in the noonday. So it could be today. So I'd better pay attention. Amen. Amen. He might ask you, did you have any notes today? I'd like to see your notes for before we can let you come in. You're like, oh, I didn't know I'd have to have that. But just. First Thessalonians chapter four. We left you last week raptured. There are some groups who want to stay here. Or they will stay through half of it. They want to go through the, you know, they want to go post trip and then others want to stay here for for the whole seven. They don't want to, but they feel like, you know, we're supposed to. They they see they see other scriptures different way. Whatever they believe won't change the word. Whatever you and I believe won't change the world.

Pastor West:
I mean, you could say, well, I don't believe God always was. Well, that won't really won't change whether he was or not. What? You can say, well, I don't know if God is really omniscient, knows everything. What would that change anything about him? His IQ won't increase or decrease because of what we believe, so we'll just choose to believe the word right? But we kind of left you in heaven. How many are for being raptured? In First Thessalonians chapter four and we'll start in verse 13 through 18, I'm just going to dive in there from last week and then we'll pick up this week. It should be that verse 13 I'm reading from the ESV says, but we don't want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep. That you may not grieve as others do, who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus. God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and who are left until the calling, the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first.

Pastor West:
Those who are alive, those who are left, will be caught up together with him in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore I said last week, therefore scare one another with these words. So it just scares me to hear about the end times. No, he's talking to believers here. He says, do what? Encourage one of these with these words. Now we know this and we'll just make a few points. So for for the rapture, the signs of the rapture, there's absolutely not one sign for the rapture. There's tons of signs. They're signals, but there's no signs. All the signs that you read in Matthew 24 and 25 is not for the rapture. It's for the Second coming. So in the rapture, we go to meet him in the air, right? The Bible says, in the clouds we rise from the earth. Go meet him in the air. Then we go to be with the Lord. And then we're in heaven for seven years when he comes. So when we hear, when we read Matthew 2425, other places like that, the book of Luke he's talking about when we come back in the Second Coming. And so we'll, we'll he'll descend and he won't actually touch the planet. You might say, well, go to be with him. Then he'll come down and he'll descend to Mount Olivet and we'll come with him.

Pastor West:
We'll be with him forever. And so. So while the worst time in human history is ever going to take place during those seven years, which the Bible says, if God didn't cut it one day short, not one person on the planet would survive. That's got to be bad. In other words, if he goes seven years, that'd be 84 months. If he goes 84 months and a day, there's nothing to come back to. That's not a that's not a recession or depression. That's not just nuclear. That's that's a complete meltdown. So we know that that when you read the scriptures revelations, you'll find out when you put them all together. It looks like basically there's about 8 billion people on the planet today. Don't know what the percentage will be. I hope everyone will go, but we know everyone won't go. If you read the scripture, you know they don't all go. And so we our job is to tell the story, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Give everyone the opportunity to go. I mean, sometimes it's okay just to push the envelope just a little bit. If you knew the Lord was coming this afternoon and we knew that somehow we got the word right now we would just pray and close down and say, I'll see you. I'll see you there in a few hours. And we would all go out and be Paul Revere, wouldn't we? Would you get a little aggressive with somebody? I mean, if they were just like I said, I had to way to prove it to you.

Pastor West:
But I know he's coming. He's coming tonight at 715. And man, you ain't God. And how many you get on the verge of in their face? How many? You might even take Smith and Wesson with you. You believe? Sucker. Now I'm trying to save your life. Well, I mean, it's got to be from their heart. I'm just saying we would get aggressive. I wonder why the church doesn't ever get in that mode anyway. Because they think, well, you know, one day. Well, one day he'll come. And if you never got to that place, it never happens. So we have a job to do, you know, like Joe Morris says, he says we're in the fourth quarter. He says. And when he gives an analogy of football, he said, when you're in football and you get down to two minutes and if you're you're 17 points behind, you got to throw the playbook aside. I mean, you know, you're you're going to have to run plays that, you know, that you wouldn't normally run and you got to do the clock and you got to get to the bounds, and you got to get out, because you ain't got two timeouts and you got to throw passes when you may not be that great a passer, and you got to do things that you don't normally do because it's not.

Pastor West:
It's only because this you're running out of time. So it may not be how you would start the game. It may not be your strategy for the middle of the game. But in the last few minutes we throw the playbook out because time is running out. And so we're at that time now. So sometimes things happen in the world, like what's happening right now. I mean, who would want to be a people on the live on earth who would want to attack Israel? How would you like to be on that side? Attacking God's God's people? You know, that just didn't go good for you. That does not go good for you at all. And so some say, well, why would we study so much about the Antichrist? Because if we're not going to be here and then the whole seven years, then what's the big deal? Because we're not going to meet him because we need to give answers to people so they will know. And you actually will see him because you're coming back at the end. When this whole thing gets wrapped up. I mean, you're you're only going to know who he is for a day. Well, actually, it's about 60 minutes. About 60 minutes. Hollywood never put anything out like this. It'll be about 60 minutes and the whole thing will be over when we get back.

Pastor West:
So I just thought I'd tell you a little bit about him today. He's the worst thing this planet will ever know. And if you took the Adolf Hitlers and the Mussolinis and all the terrorists and all dictators who's ever tried to rule the world, and you rolled them all up into one like a burrito, and you multiply them times 100, they they'd come out like a little whip pump to what this guy's going to come out like. And he's going to come out with great understanding of Scripture. It gives you an indication of what you may. You think, he says, and he doesn't go the way of his family. It gives you an indication that if I can use the word religious, his family was. But he won't go that way. And it says he has no use for women. Which makes you wonder. Maybe he's got some other preferences. That's just speculation here and there. That doesn't really matter. But the reason why we want to talk about this, other than that, we need to know it. He is the Jesus is the central figure of the Bible. But other than that, this is the false Messiah. It is false messiahs today and so we don't. The Antichrist, someone said, well, could he be alive today? Well, absolutely. And and if you're at the end, he is already on the earth. I don't know if he's a teenager. I don't know if he's a 40 year old man because this thing may trigger off next Tuesday or today.

Pastor West:
So he's he's he won't come on as a teenager. He'll be an adult. He won't come across as some kind of satanic madman. He'll come across as a skilled diplomat. Skilled. The fools, the very elect of God who's left here. So. But the Bible says, but you need to understand these things, he says, because you have the spirit of Antichrist working now. So I'm not saying the Antichrist has showed his cards yet and come on the scene yet, but you have the spirit of him already in the earth. So if we could get a seat, if we could look and see what that looks like, then we could recognize it. Well, if you just had a TV, you've been watching any for the last two weeks. You know, you have you have an an evil regime. And and I hope I stay on Facebook today. Praise the Lord. But I'm going to say what I'm going to say, whether we whether we go dark on the screen or not. Because time is changing. Everything's changing. Everything's changing. You know, it's. We are living in times that probably the mass population doesn't even know these things, nor do they recognize them, or they give them any place whatsoever to even recognize the signals that you're at the end that you thought could never happen in the United States of America.

Pastor West:
You thought it would happen in countries, you know, with evil dictators or communist countries and such as that. And then when you get into all these little groups and you think, well, that's just some crazy people picking this and all that. It's much bigger than that. It's just not an isolated location. When you have the beginning of a police state and you think, well, what's that? Well, I'd like to stay on there, so I'll just go real easy about that. Just. But when you can see what happens, when you can see what's happening to a former president, and you're sitting there watching it and you're thinking, how could that be happening? How could that not be illegal? How could someone who comes against who Donald Trump run against for president a female, if I don't call him names, maybe won't show up. But when he ran against her, there's people who have said things about her on a social platform who is serving time in prison. They didn't speak to her. And arrested, not making threats about her, just speaking things that they know to be true of her. And they're in prison. There's no jury. There's no court case. You just. You're on the list. And because you're on the list, they pick you up. That's a police state. That is a police state. And when someone comes to Washington and they're going to attack the. That that. See, that's deep and wide and corruption.

Pastor West:
Believe me, you woke up a sleeping giant. So they're doing all they can to make sure this man won't exist any longer, much less come to the prize of the United States. I'm not. I'm not campaigning for anyone. I'm telling you, the spirit of Antichrist is in the earth. And so, you know, we won't be here with him. And I will tell you some things about him from the scripture that tells you he's serious. No one in history has ever seen the evil that this one person who was the false Messiah will bring to this planet. And. But I'm telling you, his spirit is already here. Has always been here. But it's in greater measure than ever before. And if we sleep through it. And that's what he wants you to do is just not recognize. And you think, well, that's just way over there. Well, yeah, it may be true in some sense of that word when you say, well, it's way over there, just like, you know, you're not going to build a snowman there on a desert. It just can't happen. It won't exist. And but, you know, you're not going to go sunbathing, you know, at the North Pole either. That doesn't work there either. But these things are just coming closer and closer and closer. And then when you see what we went through, you know, and, you know, from, from the pandemic, I mean, I'm sorry, a pandemic then, then you then you see how you see people now getting out of certain cities and they're wanting to come.

Pastor West:
The South is becoming much more popular. Because people getting out who never thought they could lose their business, never thought pastors who never thought someone could tell them your church is officially shut down. Yeah, but we know. No, but but but the Constitution says so. So you're shut down. That's prison or shut down. You think. But you can't do that. You're on the list and then you don't see or hear from them. So you don't really know about it. But these things are happening everywhere. They're happening everywhere. And, you know, there wasn't signs of it that you could really see, you know, going back, you know, a couple of decades ago, no one was. But, you know, when you got the development of social media, you know, my generation saw the internet coming in, you know, and we had electricity, you know, we had all that. So you want to get me off service? We had electricity, praise Lord. But so that's a lot of change. Well, Daniel tells you that the generation who lives during a time where there's so much advancements in technology, I mean, I was I got on my phone for historical dates when I was visiting a cemetery where some relatives are. I was trying to put some dates together, and I was just sitting there thinking, well, now see? Okay, there's my grandmother.

Pastor West:
And there's her mother. So I called my mother and I says, you know, I don't know, you know, why he even ask these questions? Who? Who's whose? Granny's mother. Mother. She says. She told me and I said, well. She's from Alabama. She says, where are you at? I said, I told her, I said, I'm at so-and-so church. And she says, get back in your car. And she says, go about a mile to the next church. And that's where her mother is. You know, you go down there and they're born 18, 40, 50 something. My grandmother was born in 1904. She married a man born in 1895. Her mother was born, you know, 1870 something, 1880, something like that. Well, I mean, Barbara would have been a little bit older. I mean, I think I was she died, what, 90? No gravy. 75. So I would have been 13. And you had been in the fullness of all knowledge. You would have been 18. Yeah. We was ruling the world. Well, if you just go back one more grandparent, you got the making of this nation. You know. You used to make my grandmother my grandmother, not great grandma, but. But my great grandmother. So mad. You talk about NASA would. Come on, you know, if they were doing a shuttle here and shuttle that she just didn't believe that she didn't like it.

Pastor West:
She turned that off. I said, what about that? That ain't happening. She said. They ain't going anywhere, she says. She says, you know what that is? Well, I mean, you know, she she she plowed with a horse and mule, as did my she had four daughters and my mother being one of those. So their dad would never was home. He, he partook a strong drink all the time. So you got four girls who's just basically working and living to survive. And so she didn't have time for any foolishness. So she said, she just said, well, I'm saying she's never traveled out. This is the grandmother. So she my grandmother. So she says that's that's somewhere on Red mountain. Well, when you're when you're when you're getting there by walking or riding a horse, you ain't seen Red mountain much. Much less let the state. And she said, that's just some kind of make believe thing. There's no such thing as a rocket. Or, you know, she said, God don't want you to fly. Don't tend you for the fly. Well, well, you know, even the well, you know, they had a vision of air and, you know, Henry Ford and they said, you know, God, you know him before he was chastised, you know, for even trying to invent the automobile. They said, God wants you to go that fast. You know, he said, they said, man is not designed to go over 30 miles an hour because he would suffocate with the wind down.

Pastor West:
I was going down the interstate 65 and 459, and I was going the speed limit. Someone passed by me like I was hitting that stop sign. And I'm thinking, well, I know you're speeding because it was like, and I'm like, I'm doing speed limit. So. But he did look like he was suffocating. With the nation that's alive. Who says so? Just ask anyone who's. 60 plus 7080. How how much have changed have you seen in the world? I'm just talking about technology. I'm not talking about the good, the bad. I'm just talking about technology. I mean, this, this little. Phone looks like a TV camera. I won't never get one this big again, but that's that's basically $1,000, right? Or more. Now in the lease function it does is call. You can make a phone call on this. Now you say I'm going to get me a phone. Now you're really going to buy a computer that you can make a call on. And there's a lot of great advantages to them. We're able to broadcast around the world. If we didn't even have that camera, we just use this one. So there's great advantages to them, but this close to the borders in much more. So it's a lot easier for people to know who you are and what you're doing because you have one of these that even when they're turned off, they're not really turned off.

Pastor West:
Because if you have a Facebook account or stuff like that, you can talk about things with your phone in the room, sit down, and you ever notice within a few minutes the thing that you're thinking about buying, you're talking about pops up an ad on your phone. They already know, and they had to finally admit that your TV can listen and watch you while you're in the house. Am I still online? Okay. Very good. I'm talking about you. So I just stopped me a prison ministry. Hallelujah. But people need to hear. And they need to be warned. They need to know we're living in. I mean, I mean, wouldn't it make sense to you that the generation that's alive right before Christ comes back is looking kind of hairy out there? Right? I mean, if he was born in and lived in the 1950s, you know, I mean, I go back and watch TV and, you know, I don't know what it was like other than, you know, what I read. But, you know, if he was there during the 1950s and early 60s, you know, when Beaver Cleaver was on, I mean, it looked, you know, like pretty good. You know, it just I don't think that's the way life was just because they all dressed that way, you know, and she'd come home like. I mean, she lived every day, you know.

Pastor West:
What was her name? June. Yeah, I mean, she I mean, she just worked around the house like she's going to a dress party all the time, you know? And it was just everything was in its place and proper. And I know everyone didn't live like that, but, you know, if you just go back. In other words, when I was in school, I could remember one of the things that people got in trouble for all the time was chewing gum in class. And you have to write lines. Of course, there were people fighting and fussing and carrying on about stuff like that. And, you know, you had the unruly all the time, but there was a lot of people who had to write gums or write lines for chewing gum in class, and we never had to write lines. And then we all. I had a friend who taught me how to use three pencils at one time. Did you all ever do that? She said, write 300 lines. I got to where I could take three pens and I write out, you know, so that was. But then the teachers learned that. So she said, give me 600 lines. And then I thought, well, if I could just but you couldn't read, you go with this one. But anyway, it changed. So the good news for the believers is it's all good news. Amen. Now, let me let me get to today and we'll move on.

Pastor West:
I know I'm going to give you some. We're not going to turn to all the scriptures for sake of time, but I want you to have Scripture. I don't want to say, well, pastor, I said this, so it must be that way. I don't ever want you to take that away from me. So I'll make some statements and we'll we'll take time to read some of them, but I will give you the scriptures for it. So here's a statement. So revelation 13, there's a lot of information about the Antichrist in that chapter. We'll read some of these verses after a while, especially during the last three and a half years of the of human history on the planet. Revelation 13 gives you a description of who he is. It gives you a great description of his agenda. It gives you a great description of his strategy for the whole seven year period of the tribulation. The Holy Spirit is a real person. He's flesh and blood. Now this is this. The word Antichrist comes from two Greek words anti and Christos. Ante is a preposition which can mean either to substitute, to be in the place of, or to be in opposition of, or to be against. So ante something right? If you're ante, then it could mean a substitute. But a lot of times ante, you think about being in opposition to rather than in place of or to be against something.

Pastor West:
If you're ante something on a political platform, you'd be ante this platform because of your beliefs and their beliefs, or they don't line up. They're against each other. Christos Christ means the anointed one, so anti Christ. So the anti Christ is against. He wants to be the substitute in place of and he's against the Christ. And that spirit is working in the earth right now. He's anti Christ who is attacking Jerusalem, who's attacking Israel, anti the spirit of Antichrist. Now we would say Hamas. That'd be true. That's the term you put it in. But who's really doing the attack. The anti Christ, not the Christ the anti Christ. And so. The one who will come and whoever the Antichrist is. He's not. He's not doing this right now, but his the spirit of him is is the one who's attacking ultimately, is Satan, right? We're not wrestling with flesh and blood. We're wrestling against him. Principalities and powers. So Satan has structure and authority and organization. He got it from God. That's where he learned it in heaven. You ever read revelation? Said there was a war in heaven. You know how it went. We didn't go. Good for him. And he's going to make a big splash right here. This is like a guy who's like £450 jumps in the pool. They're going to move some water around. Am I going to get wet? But ultimately, when I get to the end of this in just a few minutes, like a fire brimstone.

Pastor West:
But he's going to make a big splash and a lot of people are going to lose their lives. He's going to save even the most elect. But his spirit, the one who of deception. He is the false Messiah. He is the one who will be handpicked by Satan himself. He will be the puppet of the puppet master. And so he will be the one who flesh. He will be the flesh and bone of the false Messiah, the Antichrist himself. Just the puppet. And so. But he'll be in a flesh suit. Okay, so now, Antichrist, you put those two words, they they form a new word that describes a people or a religious system that acts as a counterfeit or in opposition to Jesus, God's anointed one. The Antichrist will be the most powerful world leader in the history of all mankind. And so we're going to talk just a little bit about him. He'll he will come across and he will be seemingly very brilliant. The most evil political leader in human history is what they will find out, not in the beginning of his reign, but through the middle of it. They'll find out just how evil this person is. He will be a military genius. He will be an oratorical genius. His speech will convince and move masses of people across the planet. He will be absolutely a political genius, mind.

Pastor West:
He'll be an economic genius. He'll be a religious genius. He'll be. He's well versed in Scripture and in religious doctrine. He is a genius of the occult. He understands all these things very well. I mean, you know, the devil knows Scripture. The devil knows more Scripture than most Christians do all put together. He just doesn't use them the way that you need to use them. The devil will tell you what the Bible says. He'll quote the word to you. He'll just twist it. He'll in other words, he'll he'll pervert it. He'll just give you a whole different look at it. You know, God said so and so. And God did say that. But. But he's not working for your benefit. He's taken the Scripture and twisted it, just like any of us can take. You know? That's why you need to pay attention. Just don't go to church and hit the clock and say, well, we did that. Well, I could just pull something from the Book of Maps, and I can go over here to the index and I can go to Leviticus, and I can go to revelations, and I can come back and dip in the pistols. And now and I can put four different things together and make the Bible say whatever I want to say. And that happens sometimes every Sunday in pulpits. And you have people whose, you know, they're not students of the Bible.

Pastor West:
So they'll say, well, it must be so. Preacher said it. Well, just because the preacher said it don't mean it. So. Huh? Mean, I have notes of things that I've taught that I burned. In other words, I was walking in the light of what I had, but now I don't agree with myself. I'm like, I'm sorry, I apologize. I saw what I saw for that day and that's that's wrong. I can at least respect someone who does that. You know, to say, you know, I watched someone. I won't mention the name because you all would know him a pastor of anyway. Anyway, so he he had to say what I'm doing wrong and now this is the right way. But he didn't really apologize for it. He just said, you know, I had to go down this road to get to this one. Well, you did you? I mean, you said he said you have to go down. You have to go down that road to ever get to this one, even though that was wrong. That's just like saying I got to be a homosexual before I can be straight. I mean, to me, I mean, that's just the way I think. I just like, I've got to be an alcoholic before I can know how to live sober. I got to be a drug dealer. I have to go to prison, so I don't have to be in one.

Pastor West:
Do you have to do that? Do you have to be anti-Christ before you become. No, you don't have to. That's just a choice. Most people are living their choices, not their destiny. I mean, sometimes you may have a kid that goes straight or a grandkid or whatever. They're not. They're not living their destiny. They're just living. Today's choice. The problem that child has, I don't care what age they are, is because Mom and Dad has already seen them. They can't get the seed off. See. Don't rot. It's incorruptible. So even while they're running around looking like hell, you're acting like all this. That cedes all the time. Just talking to them. And the hardest time they have was at night time. You can try and drink it away. You drug it away. Snort it away. Shoot it in. Take it out. Whatever and you can't get rid of. My mother told me one time at 16. She said, why don't you just give up? She said, because I don't care how. She says you like speed. You like this. You hanging out with these? She says, I'm seeing where you're at. I'm thinking you can't see me. Then she told me what she saw. I'm like, I can't. No one knows that. But you and God. Oh my God. I mean, just me and God. It sounds like, oh my gosh. And I was like, wow, thanks. Of course it landed me grounded for a half a year.

Pastor West:
She said, you might as well give up because she said, you'll never outrun my prayers. Well, I can tell you she was right. She was right. I didn't like it when she said that I was 16. You know, she's trying to make me be some kind of preacher. I ain't gonna be no preacher. I mean, my gosh, what do I want to do something like that for? I said, I said, I'm going to have a real life. As I said, why do you think I'm going to be a preacher? She said, well, the Lord told me he was. I said, mom, I, I guess that's just something that you really want when your kids do. I said, but I'm not going to do that. She said, what do you think you're going to do? I said, well, I just something normal. I'm going to get out and I got connections. I'm going to get on with the power company, and I'm going to work as backup. And, you know, I'm going to go to church, you know, I'm going to go to church, I'm going to I'm a Christian. I won't be a Christian. I'm going to love God. I'm going to raise my kids in church. You know, I'm going to help people and I'm going to die and go to heaven. But I don't know, you got this thing about wanting a kid as a minister, a preacher.

Pastor West:
I said, that ain't mom. It just ain't going to happen. She said, okay. She said. You're still grounded for half a year. She said, don't do the crime if you can't pay the time. Well, she got the last laugh, you know, and that's kind of the way it went. Well, this this guy that's coming, you see, he's all these things wrapped in one. But he's a master deceiver. So we won't turn there. But. And after the rapture of the church, you see the church is removed. And I think I was telling you last week, you don't see any mention of the church past. Revelation chapter four. To verse 19. Because the ones who say that we're going to be here, they're sometimes I'll study both sides because I say, I want to hear your point. I wouldn't suggest everyone do that until you're well versed in some things, but, but but I'm kind of like reverse engineering. I'll take it apart because I want to know how it works. And so I'll take your doctrine. But I will match it up against this. And I want to see how your doctrine works. And and and I can see some validity of what they're saying. But it's like so when you read that that's what you saw. Yeah. Well, yeah, but God didn't take the people in the ark off the earth. He took the other people out, but he.

Pastor West:
But he didn't take them off the earth. I said it wasn't time for them to go nowhere. He kept my point. His point was was solemn and solemn. Gamar lot and his family, except for salty, his wife. She she she she was a lot of trouble, I just tell you. And. Anyway. The goal wasn't to translate them to heaven, was it? It was to protect them when destruction came. So every time there's been major destruction. Sodom and Gomorrah. You know, the flood gods always came in, and he, you know, go back to Egypt. You know, when the death angel came. God had a plan, didn't he? Told Moses what to do. When the death angel came. Who? Who didn't lose any people that night? Israel. Why? They were protected because of the blood. To be a type and shadow of the blood that will come not over your doorpost, but over your heart. Your heart. So no wrath came to those people. Because when wrath came, God protected the people. And the revealer. I mean, he's not been revealed yet who he is, and he can't come do what he wants to because the Bible says he's being restrained. And so he can't he can't play his hand yet because he's, he is restrained from acting out his will till this day now. So when that day comes, God comes. He takes us off the planet. So we find in Romans chapter four, actually, you can't find the church anywhere.

Pastor West:
You can. You can find it in revelation one two he wrote the churches, you know, to the seven churches. He wrote a letter to each one. But after that you can't find the church anywhere from chapter four of revelation to chapter 19, when we're coming back with him. And the reason why he is you can't find the church one time in revelation 419 is because you're not here for any of that. You're there, you're with Jesus. You're with your family. You're at the marriage supper of the lamb. You're at the reward seat of Christ. You're being rewarded. While the worst time in human history has ever taken place right here. Revelation four doesn't record you because you're simply not here. Isn't that good news? That's good news. Comfort. Not scare. We know those words, but comfort one another with those words. Okay, let me move on. So. So revelation four one says, after this I looked and behold, there was a door standing open in heaven. Revelation five says in verse 13 it says, and I heard every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth and in the sea, and all them that in them saying to him who sits on the throne, and to the lamb, be blessing, and honor, and glory, and might forever and ever. That you're part of the people on the throne who's saying this? And revelation? So revelation four were there.

Pastor West:
Revelation five were around the throne, and we're saying 10,000 times, 10,000 times, 10,000 times ten. I mean, you know, billions of people who sits on the throne to the lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever. Revelation six the Antichrist comes riding on a white horse. Some people says Jesus is not Jesus and this is the beginning of the tribulation. Revelation chapter six. And like I said, he's he's he's he's a man. He's not a machine. And he's nothing more than Satan's demonic Messiah. All that he is now in Daniel eight, if you're making notes in Daniel eight, verses 24 and 25, I'm going to be in the ESV and I'll move through this quickly. But I'm just trying to give you a timeline of what happens here. This is the Antichrist. His power shall be great. But not only his own, but not only by his own power he shall cause fearful destruction, and he shall succeed in what he does and destroy mighty men and the people who are the saints. Next verse. By his cunning he will make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall be great. In his own mind he shall be great. I kind of saw that gardein, didn't you? In his own mind, he's pretty great. Yeah, in his own mind, he's pretty great. So you can you can see the character of this guy.

Pastor West:
You know, this is the Antichrist. This is. This is who Satan who has picked. And he's found someone just like him. And who thinks he's great. Remember how Satan wanted to exalt himself above the God's throne? Well, you must think you're pretty great when you tell God, hey, I'm taking over. I mean, I'm glad we get to see him for a day when we come back that, you know, the Ezekiel 38 war, because, I mean, that's like I've never met someone yet who who said, I'm tell God I'm taking over. I've seen people with that attitude, but just I mean, can you imagine? I mean, Lucifer actually told God we are exalting our throne above yours. Basically, we're taking over. And the Lord said, okay, when you want to start, he says, I guess now. And the Lord said, it kicks you in my head and said. What's for lunch? Maybe something like that. Well, so he says he, he shall. In his mind, he becomes great without warning. He shall destroy many, and he shall rise up against the Prince of princesses. Who's that? See. Jesus is the Prince, but we are the prince of the princesses. Hmm. And he shall be broken. But by no human hand. There'll be people being saved during during the tribulation. More than probably ever. I mean, it will be the greatest evangelism going on that you ever saw, because the the Jewish people is going to know instantly that Jesus was the Messiah.

Pastor West:
Many of them. And they're going to turn to Jesus. And so we just read that, so I won't. Second Thessalonians two if we're going there. Are you all doing the screen? Do do the ESV and second Thessalonians two, verses one through 12. And I'll read this. Quickly to you because it's important. I don't want to go so fast that we like. I don't even remember what he said, but we can't take a half a year to do this because we need to get to the the why we're here. Verse one. Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by spoken word, or a letter seeming to come from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Verse three. Let no man deceive you in any way, for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first. And the man of lawlessness, the man of lawlessness is one of the names of of the Antichrist is revealed. He's also called the Son of Destruction. He's also called the son of perdition. In verse four. Watch this. Who opposes Antichrist? Remember instead of. Instead of. Who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called God or object or worship. So that he takes his seat in the temple of God, he will proclaim himself to be God.

Pastor West:
So this was written thousands of years ago, and the Lord tells you exactly what's going to happen in the future. No one can do that but God. He said he will come because he will oppose every force on the earth. Every religious person on the earth, and anyone that anyone's worshipping of any religion on the earth, he will oppose himself against any of them and he'll come into the seat. This is in the three and a half years where he he finally makes his he makes his big play and says the worship is over. I'm God. And so he'll he'll stop the the sacrifice of animals that will go on for the first three and a half years. He'll play up to it. He'll play with it. He'll he'll he'll allow it. But after three and a half years, he'll stop it. He'll go right in there. He'll have every Amos tore down that anyone worships. And he'll say, I'm God, you'll worship me. And if you'd like to eat, you'll take this mark. And otherwise you'll not be able to do any commerce or anything. So verse five, do you not remember that when I was with you I told you these things? Verse six, and you know what is restraining him now, so that he may be revealed in his time. He's so he's being restrained now. Now people say, well, it's us.

Pastor West:
We're doing it well. Well, yes and no, in the sense of who's who's actually restraining him as the Holy Spirit. He? I mean, the Satan's not waiting for by chance. He's not waiting for God to say it's time to go. Then he puts his plan into action. He would like to choose his own time. See, just natural things happen there. What's happening in Israel right now? That's that's him getting the jump on it and trying to get this thing because he he may think he's got his best shot right now. If there's like a team you're trying to win the championship. You're like, well we got the best players right now. So let's let's do it now. So he he tries to jump start this when he feels like he's in best shape to go do it. But the great Restrainer is the Holy Spirit. But but he lives in you. You're the light of the world. So darkness can't come and call the shots while lights in the world. But you're the light of the world. Because the Holy One is in you. And He's the Holy Spirit. He's not the unholy spirit. Amen. He's the Spirit of Christ. He's not the anti spirit of Christ. So you have nothing to fear. He's afraid of everything. That's why you don't have a spirit of fear. He has a spirit of fear. If you had his future, I'd be afraid to.

Pastor West:
So he's anti. He's anti everything that you stand for and you believe and hate you for it. He hates God and you're the object of his love, so he hates you with a passion. Because God has such a passionate love for you. It makes Lucifer. It makes Satan so mad. He hates you because God passionately loves you and gave his son for you. So every time he can hurt you, it's how he hurts. He thinks he hurts God. He comes after you, but his object is against him. Every time he can turn your head and get you to walk the other way and make that decision, that choice, he says, see there. See there? See there. You think they love you. You think you give them this unconditional love. Look what she does. Look what he does. You've got nothing down here. He's got. He's got a little attitude or a big attitude. But but here we see that he's being restrained. Now verse eight, and then the lawless one will be revealed. And the Lord Jesus will will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring nothing by the appearance of his coming. Now here we see that not only do we, we see that he's being restrained, but we see now that he comes, but he gives us a little indication that Jesus is basically just going to breathe fire. Scripture revelation says his eyes will be bright like fire.

Pastor West:
Jesus will and he'll just he'll open his mouth and we'll be with him when we come down. And he'll and it'll be the Ezekiel 38 war. And Jesus will open his mouth on his horse, and his eyes will be like fire. He'll and all them be consumed. I don't think we fight at all. We just like, whoa, you just see the whole show from your horse. You're like, giddy up, man. Let's go to Jimmy. And. He's like, wow. And you got all the birds. You know, the show up now in the Middle East, Israel. They got hundreds of migratory birds and all they do is they're carnivores and they just get fed so well for 184 miles of dead, of dead bodies. The Scripture says where the the blood flows in the streets up to the bridle of a horse. So we're there for that day. How about that? And with all the wicked, verse ten. Deception for those who are perishing because they refuse to love the truth. Oh, here it is. See? Do you see that spirit alive in the earth today? Those who refuse to love the truth and so they would be saved. Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who not, who do not believe the truth but had pleasure. They have pleasure in unrighteousness. That's anti. You have pleasure. You have not.

Pastor West:
You have pleasure in unrighteousness. That's anti. So the Antichrist, he has several names. I'm only going to give you about 7 or 8 actually has 25 different names. Each one will depict a facet of his character. He's called the Antichrist. Of course, in first John two eight he's called the man of sin. The second Thessalonians two three he's called the son of perdition. Same Thessalonians two three he's called the lawless one. In second Thessalonians two eight he's called the beast of revelation 13 four he's called the little horn in Daniel seven eight he's called the vile. And Daniel 1121 he's called the willful king in Daniel 1136. And he's got many more names. So when he comes on the on the scene, like I say, he doesn't come as some kind of satanic madman. He comes as a skilled diplomat. That's how he introduces himself. And we know this an illustrated in Daniel eight. Are y'all. Are y'all okay? Am I going way too fast? Okay, Daniel 823 and 2523 says. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance and understanding with dark sentences shall stand up. Now. So you're getting an introduction to him. So in the latter time of the kingdom, when the transgressions are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance and understanding of dark sentences shall stand up. Now, if you look up that phrase, dark sentences, it has a twofold meaning.

Pastor West:
It means trickery and craftiness. That's him. Right? The same Hebrew phrase was used. Dark sentences was used about the Queen of Sheba when she came to visit Solomon. Remember? And she looked at all his kingdom, and she said, wow. And then the Queen of Sheba asked Solomon hard questions, which is the same thing as dark sentences. So in the same manner, Daniel is telling us that the Antichrist, instead of in opposition to Christ, the Antichrist, will. He'll possess solutions, supposedly solutions to the world's hardest questions. He'll have the answers to dark, the dark sentences. Same thing. You know, when when the Queen of Sheba, she saw Solomon's kingdom and all his wisdom and all the glory and all that he had built the temple of God. She said, wow. And she had all these questions. It was the same thing as saying she had. How is this possible? How did you know this? How could you even have the wisdom to know how to do something like this? And so the the son of perdition, the Antichrist himself, the beast, the little horn, the willful king, the vile one, the man of sin, the man of perdition. He will have answers to the dark sentences he will be. He will have solution to the world's problems because they're going to have many. We're not here. They got they got to explain that. And it's not just the three of us are going to be gone.

Pastor West:
There's going to be a lot of people gone. And so he'll have answer to all those kind of things. And he'll have he'll have the he'll be a political genius. He'll understand religion, every part of it. He'll he'll have he'll have a he'll have an answer seemingly for every problem. And it'll be with such wisdom. They'll say, wow. Well, so they're being they're being deceived all the time. And so he'll he'll deceive them and navigate them through the most volatile situations. Now, here's just a few facts about the Antichrist. His entrance will be peaceful. He'll come on the scene. Peaceful. That's in Daniel 1121, it says, and in his estate he shall stand up as a vile person to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom. But the Antichrist shall come in peaceably. He'll come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by Flatteries. Boy, I wish I had time to talk about Flatteries, but I don't. And then she'll come in peacefully and he'll come in and it'll be a false flattery. And then it says, of course he'll be an orator. Genius. I mean, he'll he'll be his words will persuade everyone. And that's in Daniel seven eight. I won't stop to talk about that. But it says his mouth will speak great things. And then he brings temporary peace to the Middle East. In other words, he's going to broker a seven year deal with Israel or a peace treaty.

Pastor West:
That's Daniel 927, so that you'll know that. Then he sets forth the platform of change in Daniel 725. In verse 25, it says, and he shall speak words against the Most High, and he shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times, and he shall change their laws. So it comes on peaceably. But as time goes on marches forward. He begins to make changes. He begins to become more aggressive. He begins to be intolerant. He's already answered all our questions. He's already put out the fire, so to speak. It looks like he's the solution for the world's problems. But then he sets forth a platform, a change, and he changes. It says their times and their laws. Then, three and a half years into the peace treaty that he made, he breaks his own treaty. He breaks his covenant and he and he proclaims himself not to be a great man. He proclaims himself to be God. He's the puppet. Who's the puppet master? The devil just has his guy down there doing his bidding. And this is called, which is another. So it says, and he shall make a strong. This is Daniel seven 927. Daniel 927 ESV. It says, and he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week. That one week is Daniel's 70th week, that God still owes the Jews and won't get into all that right just yet.

Pastor West:
Because I can take side journeys and I'll get off my point. But, but, but this is Daniel's. You know, one week is talking about seven years here. And so the seven years, the seven year tribulation. That's Daniel's 70th week that God has promised the Jews. And for half of that week, they call it the Scripture calls it a half week. What they mean is the first 42 months or the first three and a half years, he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. That's what the Scripture says. He's going to put an end to that. We're not making sacrifices to God anymore because I'm him, I am God. Stop that. But he but he controls all commerce. He controls all political, all social. He controls the grocery line. And when you when you control the food line, you have control. You know, when you have oxygen and food you control. Do you see the setup for that in the earth today? Do you see that? Well, that's the spirit of this one who is actually going to be. So his spirits are already working in the earth. What is it here doing to you is desensitizing you to this one? So when he comes, no one even knows who he is. I mean, they don't even know who he is after we're gone. That ought to be a big clue. So if we don't recognize this one because of the spirit of him who's in the earth now, today.

Pastor West:
You can see how they're so deceived by when he comes and waxes eloquently. So how the Message Bible says halfway through the seven years he will banish worship and desecrate obscenity and and will set up and remain until finally the Desecrator himself is deceitfully destroyed himself. So we know destruction is the end for him. But at mid tribulation the Antichrist walks into the Jewish temple and he demands to be worshiped as God. Second Thessalonians two four tells you these things in the ESV of it says, second Thessalonians two four says, he opposes and exalts himself against every so-called God and object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. You don't. You don't have to understand revelation to understand Thessalonians de. He stops and says, that's it. There's no more worshipping anything or anyone, no object to be worshipped any longer. I am God, you will worship me. Then. You see the two terms, you hear the tribulation, tribulation, and then you hear the term the Great tribulation. You're familiar with that. And all it is, is just the last 42 months, the last three and a half years after he makes his play and changes the rules and says, I'm God, it intensifies on the earth so bad that if God doesn't come back, Jesus or we don't come back with Jesus.

Pastor West:
And the Second Coming. No. No person would survive it. So things great tribulation means it just intensifies. That's all it is. It's not. It's not two different kind of tribulations. It's bad. But after the last 42 months, it's really bad. See? Now, where will you be? Oh, that's right, you're in heaven. The marriage supper of the lamb, right? Huh? Yeah. Now the Antichrist watch here. He will be assassinated. He'll have the Scripture says he'll he'll have a bad head wound and he's apparently dies. But then he's brought back to life, which will be his fame. He's going to allow himself to be killed. And then the Lucifer, Satan's going to raise him back up from the dead. So that'll just like he has to be. This has to be. I mean, we see he's died. But he will be raised from the dead. Revelation 13 three says, and I saw. And I saw one of his heads, as it were wounded to death. And as his deadly wound was healed and all the world wondered after the beast, and they worshipped the dragon who gave power to the beast. And they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto him? Who is able to make war against him? And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things, and blasphemies, and power was given unto him to continue for 42 more months. That hard to understand.

Pastor West:
And he opened his mouth and blasphemy against God, to blaspheme God's name and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. And power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues and nations. Verse eight, and all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him whose names are not written in the book of Life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads, and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Verse 18. Here is wisdom let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is six, and his six threescore and six, which is six, six, six. And without that number you're not going to buy, you're not going to sell, you're not going to. They're looking for you. And the man who takes the number. Who takes it in the forehead. The hand. He sealed his fate forever. You know that. So at this point, the mark of the beast will be instituted, and all those who refuse will be beheaded. How do we know that? Well. Revelation 24 says, and I saw these things.

Pastor West:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, nor the image, nor the image, nor would they receive the mark upon their heads, their foreheads, or their hands, and they were beheaded. That's revelation 24. Is that hard to understand? Revelation 14 nine through 11. And I got a quote here. Revelation 14 nine through 11 says, in the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead and in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of the indignation. And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the lamb. And the smoke of the torment ascends up forever and ever. And they have no rest day nor night, nor forever. They have no rest. Who will worship this beast and his image? And whoever received this mark in his, in his name. You know you're going to be. You're going to be in heaven. The Antichrist will control the world's economy according to revelations 13, 16, and 17. The Antichrist will desecrate God's temple according to Matthew 2415 and Daniel 1211.

Pastor West:
The Antichrist will cause the Earth's armies to fight against Christ in Revelation 1919. And it says, and I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies. They gathered together to make war against God and his army. And the world will be united under the Antichrist. The remaining world will be united under him, and will wage war against Christ and his army. And the final destiny of the Antichrist we find in revelation 1919 through 21. If you want to go, read that the Destiny of the Antichrist. Revelation 1919 through 21 he is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. So. The spirit of the Antichrist. Where do we see that? Well, all over. But in first John 218 through 23, it says, little children in this last hour. This is John, who is the elevator? The elevator on the island of Patmos. He has this vision. He writes the Book of Revelation. But this is the same John at first. John 218 through 2018 through 23 says little children. It is the last hour, and as you have heard, that the Antichrist is coming, even may many antichrists have come by which you know that is in the last hour. They went out from us. They went out from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us. They would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

Pastor West:
But you have an anointing. From the Holy One. And you know all things I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it. And you know that there's no lie of the truth. See, anti. Anti, he said. But but you have the anointing from the Holy One that you know all things and because you know it. Then you know what? That no lies of the truth. Who is of a liar? But he do not. Who? What is the spirit Christ do? He denies that Jesus is the Christ. He doesn't deny that he was. I don't mean to say this against any people. But I'm going to say it. I don't gear this towards people because people are deceived. But the but the greatest face of people that you that today willingly or unwillingly, knowing or unknowingly who is who would be the face of this or the Antichrist is Islam. They would tell you that Jesus Christ. Some would even say he was a messiah. They will never tell you who's he's the Son of God because they say God needs no son and he was not the Son of God. And that is fighting words to to the people of Islam. Do you know who is attacking Israel right now? Those people. Why is the spirit of Antichrist who's alive in the work in their day? Do you see how close you are? Because see, all the all the signs that you have for the Second coming is in is is in the Gospels, when Jesus answered, how do we know when we're near? He tells them the signs.

Pastor West:
That's not the sign that when he's when he's going to be raptured, that's the sign that when when he's coming back with us. So you have to you have to factor in seven years that we're with him. In heaven. And now you see the scriptures of when he's coming back. So if you can see the signs of what it's going to look like on the earth when we come back after seven years and we're on this side. How much closer are you to leaving when you can see the setup of the Ezekiel 38 war before we leave? So he will control the economy. There will be a one world government. It will not happen while you're here. Oh, but you're seeing the center of it everywhere. The cashless society. Because you can't control the Earth unless you control the food, the political, the religious. And you have to control all the all sectors of life to have control of the earth. When someone's hungry, they'll do what you tell them. They'll get hungry enough. Not every one, but the vast majority will. When you control their, you know, their going and their coming and their oxygen.

Pastor West:
And what are they going to live in? They're homeless or not homeless. They'll bow down and worship a dog or a stick. You know, rather than watch their children go hungry. Our job is not to say, hey, we're going to just be out of here. Our job is to get the gospel preached and make sure that the people know that Jesus is coming. We have to be alive, and the church has to be in as a carrier of the gospel of Jesus Christ, always proclaiming the truth, because there's people who's ready to go now. They just need some time, someone to preach the gospel so they can say yes to the presentation of what you are presenting to them. Amen. Your goal is not just to escape this planet. Your goal is to invade this earth with the gospel of the good news of Jesus Christ. Amen. Because this one. Who's coming. I mean, I mean, this makes Adolf Hitler, you know, look like he's a kid in kindergarten to what this guy's going to do. But they're going to somehow. I mean, I don't know what's going to be, but he's I don't know if it'll be some type of weapon he's going to have. And and it says the scriptures, the whole world is going to see it. Well, how are they going to see it? Well, does anybody have a phone? You know, I grew up in a time where a lot of you, when the news went off, it went off at midnight, and then you had this screen and you just kind of smoky grey, you know, till, you know, till, well, kind of the ball had a milkman came on the radio station, but until, you know, until the news came back on it, whenever it came on, was it 4 or 5? I don't know when it came on, but there was nothing to watch, you know, after midnight, I mean, the nation went to sleep.

Pastor West:
It's like, good night, everyone. I don't even know why you stayed up this late. And they pulled the shade down, y'all. And y'all don't raise your hand, okay? Okay. Well, you might know someone old enough, but I remember all that. I don't care how you turn your rabbit ears. You put tin foil, wrap them 14 times, but that 12:00 is gone. It's gone. But now it's ongoing, 24 hours a day. News goes on 24 hours a day. The gospel being preached 24 hours a day. You can watch I dream, Jeannie, I guess 24 hours a day. If you want to, you can listen to anything you want to. You have no excuse for not knowing the truth. That's why we're doing what we're doing. We're preaching the gospel here into our community, but we're also joined into the world, you know, preaching to at least 40 different countries.

Pastor West:
Don't you? Don't you even imagine somehow, supposedly, that some of these broadcasts right here in 2023, someone will find these broadcasts that have been stored and archived, whose people were going to be alive, and they'll be able to tune in and listen to understand what's happening to them. And they'll know the warning and who he is and what it looks like and what it's going to sound like. God forbid, I don't want you to be here. But if this helps, then, I mean, there's still time for you. The way is not easy, but there's still a time and a way. But the spirit of Antichrist is alive at work today. Where is it at? It's in the schools. It's in the universities. In every political realm that you want to go to, it's being pictured as race. It's everywhere. It's in every sector called life. While most people are just sleeping. Well, you know, my daddy always voted that way and I don't know what's wrong. I just don't get involved in political stuff. I'm not talking about politics. I'm talking about the Antichrist. Most of us could go to Washington right now. We could find someone to be the House speaker. Which most of them wouldn't qualify as up there. They're like, sit down. Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down. If you were able to go to Washington and you were able to see the spirit room, you'd see.

Pastor West:
You'd see demonic spirits, I believe everywhere. You'd think I'm talking about around Halloween time. A haunted house, a haunted house. I'm talking about in your Washington's capital. I think a lot of them was like Miss Smith, the movie Miss Smith. Mr. Smith goes to Washington, and he, you know, he's like, I'm going to do this and do it right. They went up and found out how corrupt it was. I think a lot of them went up there with the intention of wanting to make a change. They just had no idea. When I get out there, this thing is already being run in the back rooms and they're like, that's right, we're going to go on a city on a shining hill, a bright America for today and then tomorrow. And they're like, they make your speech. It goes good for us constituents and all that. He don't know. Come on from Sequim. When we get through we'll tell him how the whole thing works or we'll send him packing. Signed here. Are you done with buddy? Most. Most elections are bought. Am I still on? But they just are. I mean, it doesn't do any good for most people like you. It doesn't do any good for me. I don't care how much you. I don't care how much someone who's anti-Christ. I don't care someone who's anti. What you know to be right and true. I mean, you're like, well, we're going to spend billions of dollars, you know, to change people's votes.

Pastor West:
You don't have to spend any money for me. All I got to ask you is about three questions. And when you can answer them honestly, I mean, I care for you as a person. I'll pray for you. But. But there's no way in the world I'm going to vote for you. You think? Well, y'all just so simple minded, you know? I mean, y'all y'all just about abortion just takes everything out of y'all. No. Well, okay. I'm simple. I'm simple. I could like your economic policy. I could like your foreign policy. I could like your education policy. But if I got to sign up to get that, that I give you the right to kill children and babies. You lost me. I don't care what your education policy is. I don't care what any of that is. And if that makes me simple or stupid, let me be the president of that club. Maybe I already am. I don't know, in this area. So no amount of ash that you that you play during the Super Bowl is going to like. You know, maybe, maybe we ought to vote for old Jim Bob over. You know, I like the way he parts his hair. He looks real honest. What does that mean? What do you think the Antichrist is going to look like? Okay here. So we will close.

Pastor West:
Praise the Lord. Did we get through that verse? Not all of it. You are anointing from the Holy One. Do all things that I've not written to you because you okay? Who is the liar? But he that denies Jesus is the Christ. He is the Antichrist who denies the father and the son. Whoever denies the son. If you want to ask someone. Islam. Is Jesus, the Son of God. Don't stand too close to when you ask him that. Anyone who denies the son does not have the father and the son. He opposes you. He's anti everything against you. And is the attacker who's attacking Islam is what's attacking. The Jewish people. They deny the Son of God. They do not have the father. He who acknowledges the son. Do you. Do you acknowledge the son? Oh, look! Ah, there you have the father. Also you have the son. You have the father. You have the Holy Spirit. Amen. Amen. Now, I hope that made some form of sense to you. You can go back. Watch. There'll be. You know, after a little while, there'll be a PDF. You can go back and print it off if you want to and go back. I mean, I covered a lot of stuff I know that I did, but these are the days that we're in. These are the days that we have to be awake. These are the days that we're like, well, you know.

Pastor West:
Well, I got to be ready. Well, are you born again? Yeah. Well, then you're ready now. Help somebody else get ready. I mean, if it's just as simple as saying, hey, I just want to let you know that Jesus is coming and saying, are you ready? Or something like this. Could I ask you this? If. If Jesus was to come today, do you know that you'd go to heaven? And by experience what I found out through the years, even in the Bible Belt. You'll get you'll get a mixed bag of things, but it'll be something like this. They'll say, well, I believe it would. But you can't stop there. And they said, well, that's great. That's awesome. Greg, can I ask you, why do you why do you believe that you would? And this is almost word for word what they'll tell you. Well, you know, I'm not trying to be, you know, prideful, but I'm a pretty good person. And they might be a pretty good person. Did you know there might be some pretty good persons in hell who never accepted Jesus Christ? As a matter of fact, there will be. And then. And then that's where you can come in and say, I'm sure that you are. But did you know that the Scripture says this, this and this? And this, this and this that all have come short of the glory of God. That would mean Billy Graham.

Pastor West:
Most of them know who Billy Graham is. I met one fella one time who didn't you know? He asked me, you know, did you live around here? And I said, no, but he's in heaven now, so maybe he's met Billy by now. But. So there you can preach the gospel. It's almost like you're using the law sometimes, even though Christ and the law when, when, when they feel like they are a pretty good person, that they go to heaven. They've never heard the gospel. They don't understand it. So they're basing it on, you know, I don't see why. Why God would send me to hell. Well, he won't send anyone to hell. You do that yourself without him. But they're basing it on, you know, they're judging themselves against, you know, the worst of the worst and saying, well, you know, I mean, I mean, when we were out doing a lot of street evangelism a few years ago, I mean, a lot of it. I was always amazed to hear, like, I mean over and over and over again. Two things. Mostly they said, well, of course I'm going to go to heaven. I said, well, that's awesome, but can I ask you why? Oh yeah, well, man, I'm an American. I live in a Christian nation. I said, yeah, but what's your reason? I just told you, I'm an American. This is this is a Christian nation. Or the other one was, oh, yeah, we we give blood at least twice a year.

Speaker2:
Yeah, but.

Pastor West:
Do you know the one who gave his blood? Because your blood won't work. But that was their train of thought. That was their train of thinking. I'm a pretty good person. I'm not shooting anybody. I'm not stealing from people. I'm not hurting anybody. I'm just doing my job. And, you know, just trying to have a good life. I'm just trying to have my best life right now. And God's nowhere in it. But then they never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a responsibility to preach, and we have a responsibility to warn people. Ezekiel said. He said, if you don't warn them, he said, the blood will be on your heads. So we have a responsibility to to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people everywhere that we go. I don't want anyone left here to, you know, one left here. And so we need to be aware of that. I don't mean just to try to get people in church and build up a church. I'm talking about his church. We are the church. We are the voice. We're the ones who's been commissioned. We are the ambassadors. We are the representatives of Christ. And if we don't preach the gospel, angels can't come do what we're supposed to call. We are called to do it. Amen.

God bless you. A shout out. There's joy in the house in the.

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Jesus Is Coming!! Are You Ready? | 15Oct2023: Audio automatically transcribed by Sonix

Jesus Is Coming!! Are You Ready? | 15Oct2023: this mp3 audio file was automatically transcribed by Sonix with the best speech-to-text algorithms. This transcript may contain errors.

Pastor West:
Not only giving us information. But you also reveal and then your revelation. You're revealing truly that you are good. And even when we live in the world, such as time as we are, where things do not look so good. We understand they're not of your doing. They're not of your making. But we understand that the time is short. We understand from the Word of God that the that the word itself says in the book of Revelation. For the enemy knows when his time is short. And so he acts as one. Who's out of time. But I'll thank you, Father God, that you are the God of time. And you have put us in time even when he's out of time. And I hear by the Spirit of God to say to you this morning when I woke up, I heard it when we come in, heard when we prayed together this morning before church together. He said, this is the time of acceleration. He said, I am excelling all that I am and all that I do, and all the word that you have put in to you. He says, no, this I am not a God, that I will be mocked. He said, but for my word is good. And he said, I have watched over my word to perform it. And every word that you have said, yes and amen to every word that you believe in your heart and every word that you speak out of your mouth, and every word that you are holding on to this morning, even concerning the healing of your body.

Pastor West:
Know this, that, that word. I stand behind my word and know this. Now there is a time of acceleration. The enemy pulled the trigger, but I knew that before he did it. But when he pulled the trigger, he pulled it against himself. And now acceleration is going on throughout the planet. It's going into the nations of the world. And now you shall see some some miraculous signs and wonders. You've seen it before. You've seen it here. You've seen it there. You've read about it. You've even seen it in your own midst, here and there. But now you shall see. It shall become the norm. It shall become the norm. So great. Great, great expectancy this morning. Great expectancy you should have in your heart. Great expectancy for the miraculous. For Jesus is my son and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And he is the head of the church. And you are his body, and you are the body of Christ. And I will do this work, and I will give a complete. Expression of who I am through you. I'm here this morning and I have it. Your praise. I know you, I see your heart, I receive your praise. Father. I thank you, Father God, that there is an acceleration taking place right now in every person in their body, wherever they need strength, wherever they need healing.

Pastor West:
In the name of Jesus. I curse every thing against them. I curse everything that's come against them. I curse every demonic spirit that comes against them, not only in the physical realm, but in the mental realm and the financial realm. Every area of life. Yes, seed, time and harvest shall remain as long as the earth remains in the word. The seed is the Word of God. And now, by the Word of God, it is being accelerated, as it said in the book of Amos, that when the man puts the seed in the ground, the plowman coming right behind the reaper comes right behind him. As soon as he puts the seed in the ground, you say, how is that possible? Well, I can only tell you this with God all things are possible. Glory be to God. So great. Thank God. Thank God that we're in the time of great harvest. We give him all the praise and the honor and glory in Jesus mighty name. Amen. You may be seated. Good morning and welcome. Praise God this is the day that God hath made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. Well, is the rapture near? Amen. Jesus is coming soon, isn't he? Are you ready? Are you ready? Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready? You don't have to turn there.

Pastor West:
But this morning I want to read a little part to you out of the book of Ecclesiastes. If you want to make notes and look at it later that you can. You can go there. By the time you get there, I'm going to be gone, probably. But in Ecclesiastes chapter two, verse 26, I'm to read this from the amplified. It says, for the person who pleases God, he gives wisdom and knowledge and joy. But to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping up that he may give to the one who actually pleases God. In other words, everybody's got a job to the one who pleases God. You know, he gives you joy, he gives you peace, he gives you wisdom, and he gives you knowledge. But the one who doesn't give, the one who doesn't love God, the one who who's not seeking his knowledge, the one who has at this point refused him. He said, I'll give him a job to what's going to be his job. He said, I'll give him the work of gathering up the resources. Gathering up all the world's resources. It's going to take resources to bring in the last time harvest. I'll give him the work of gathering and heaping up that he may just give to the one who actually is pleasing God. Then it goes right into Ecclesiastes chapter three, where we know so well there's a time in every season.

Pastor West:
See? There's time again. There's time once again talking about Ecclesiastes 20. Ecclesiastes three. It talks about without going into it. It says, there's a time. Well, it starts off, you know, to everything. There is a season, a time, a purpose under heaven, a time to be born, time to die, a time to plant. Time to pluck. Time to plant. Time to kill. Time to heal. Time to break down. Time to build up. Time to weep. Time to. There's 26 opposites. How many have mourned? How many have wept? Huh? How many have you been? How many have hurt? How many have lost? How many you feel like you cast away. How many? You felt like you know a time of war. Anyone ever felt like. But on the. On the negative side of time. Why are y'all here? This is. Yes. This is. No. This is. Huh? Well, if you've been there, I'm telling you an acceleration today. You're on the opposite time. You're on the opposite time of the world. Come on, man. You're on the opposite time of what will happen when Jesus come catches his bride away. You'll be on the opposite side of things. Amen. So I'm going to stick really close to my notes, which I don't like doing, but I'm going to. Or I won't get this done as I need to.

Pastor West:
It could be informational, but I don't want it to be just informational. I want you to catch the spirit of this. So it's in times now God has set a time to deal with the nations of the world. He's always set the time and Israel as we know it is. And you've heard many people say Israel in that history is God's prophetic time clock. Israel is. If you want to know what time it is, look at Israel, see what's see what's going on with Israel at any time. Then you'll know what time it is on God's clock. And the clock didn't start until the Jewish people come back to get their land. And and so we believe that we are in the birthing pains. You know, birthing pains is not birth. Jesus talked about the beginning of sorrows. Well, we are in the beginning of sorrows. I mean, how do you believe it gets better than this? How have you believed that? You know, I've heard. Sometimes I hear people say, well, actually, we are in heaven now. How many know this is not heaven? How many hope? This ain't heaven. How many? Sometimes it felt like. Almost like the other side. Well, it's because you're in the birthing pains. And the birthing pains is the Gog Magog war, which is the Ezekiel 38 war is what it is. Now, why should we care? Why should we know these things? Why should we study these things? Because we need to know and understand the time because of the rapture of the church takes right place before the Ezekiel 38 war.

Pastor West:
And in Psalms 102 three, you don't have to go there, but Psalms 102 three speaking of this, this is the reference to it. This verse gets used a whole lot. And people talking about favor and it could, but that's not what he was talking about. But in Psalms 102 three he says, you will arise and have mercy on Zion. How many know Zion's symbolic of the church for the time to favor her? Yes. The set time, the God. The God has set a time, and he is going to favor his church. Now I know we live in favor, but he's talking about pre rapture days. Now don't turn to this either but familiar scripture. But in Isaiah 46 verse 910, and this is the ESV, do we ever see if we have that, we got it. But anyway, Isaiah 46 910 the ESV says this. He says, remember the things of old, for I am God, and there is none other. For I am God, and there is none like me. I declare the end from the beginning and from ancient times not yet done. Saying, and this is the one who's who says, there's none like me. My counsel will stand and I will accomplish all of my purpose.

Speaker2:
Hallelujah!

Pastor West:
So. There's the prophetic time clock. And I won't get much into this scripture today, but there is going to there is going to be a generation who's going to be alive on the earth when Jesus comes back. Everyone wants to be that generation. Well, there is going to be a generation of people. So he gives us signs. You might say there is no signs for the rapture. The rapture can take place before I can get through reading the scripture, because there's not one sign for the rapture. There is signs for the Second coming when it comes back after the seven years. But there is no signs for the rapture. You can see the setup of the Second Coming, and if you can see the setup for the Second coming, the seven years while the world, while the earth and the people who is left here on tribulation. If you can see the setup for the Ezekiel 38 war on this side before we leave. No, we're going seven years before that. So if you can see the parts coming together for the Ezekiel 38 war while you're still here, no, we have to go there for seven years and come back before that to happen. So how close are you? What time is it? In Matthew 24, verses 32 to 34, he says, now learn the parable of the fig tree, when his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh or near. So likewise, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at your door.

Pastor West:
Jesus said, for verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass till all these things shall be fulfilled. You know, Israel is the only nation on the face of the earth that's actually been in and out of existence twice. A little bit of. When the whole world changed. Annihilator. And in the last time, as we know, she became a nation that recognizes the nation, a sovereign nation. May the 14th, 1948. So I ask you today, what time is it? Is the rapture near? I want to tell you, Jesus is coming soon. Amen. They used to. I grew up in church and we had a lot of hymns. Jesus is coming soon. How many went? Morning, night or noon? Many will go to heaven. Well, but him told the truth. But it was always on the negative side. Many will meet their doom. Troubles all around. Well, you know, a lot of people want to stay out of the book of revelation because it says it scares me. I've seen a lot of Hollywood movies. A lot of people say, even ministers say, I just don't. I don't have a prophetic type of ministry. I stay out of revelations because who can understand it? Well, the Lord said. You can understand it because I named the book revelation. Which means revealed. Why would God write a book that you can't understand and hold you to it? Does that make sense? No. So we're going to take some time today and and we want to say what time is it? We're going to give you a picture of what it looks like at the rapture versus the seven year tribulation.

Pastor West:
And we'll see our time that we're in. But we need to know this, that everything for the believer is good news. There's a lot of problems in the world, but everything for the believer. If you're a Christian, if you're a believer, if everything that's going to happen for you forward is good news. I mean, it is great news. You don't have very long to ever live in a mortal body for eternity. You do realize when you leave here, you'll never have a mortal body for eternity. Amen. I know that don't mean much to you when you're nine years old, but I'm talking. I'm telling you, when you get closer to 99. Amen. So what time is it? And do we understand the time and seasons that we're in? Because history is unfolding, which is God's redemptive plan, which is the beginning. It's always beginning. God's plan is beginning till end. Now everyone's aware of what's going on in the world. If you have a TV. History is unfolding is what is happening. The events that happened in Jerusalem, Israel, the Gaza Strip, you understand Iran's part and all this. And in other countries, which I won't name like Russia. Oh, I'm sorry. And we know that Israel was attacked, wasn't they, by Hamas terrorist group? These aren't friendly people. They don't like Israel. They don't like you. They don't like God. They like nothing to do with it. So if we understand, if we can have understanding of the times that we're in, then then we're just better equipped.

Pastor West:
We're like the men from from Israel, called the tribe of Issachar, that you could read about in first Chronicles 1233. It said these were men that had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do. Don't you think that the church today should know the time that we're in, so that we know how to to to know what to do? How should we respond and not just respond? That's let's playing defense, but how we should go on the offense. There's no need to fear. I want to I want to keep interject. There's no need to fear. Jesus said, when you see these things happen, he says, get excited because now this your redemption is going, is drawing real near to you now. So do not fear. You probably heard of the Corrie ten boom and it was quoted for saying years ago, never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Amen. God's not in the dark because he is light. Now, you know, Iran has publicly stated, and I know you know this many times, that their objective is to destroy Israel. And I don't mean just win a war. They said they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Their parliament and lawmakers have chanted, I know and I don't know here recently, but in 2020, under a different administration, who dealt with them differently. They chanted Death to America and burned him. You know, and as a what do you call it? You know, a make believe of President Trump? Oh, yeah.

Pastor West:
That word right there. Yeah. An effigy right there. So they I haven't heard them because right now they've got it seemed like a friend in the white House. But anyway I'll get right off that. So the Bible has but the Bible has accurately predicted all this. This is not come on as some type of. Well, we didn't know. We couldn't see it. It was always here. So he told us thousands of years ago and about terrorist. That's what they are. But did you know that we're also terrorists ourselves? Yeah. Did you know that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil? Destroy? You know, we didn't come to give the devil a bad day or a bad day. We come to terrorize him. You're just a Holy Ghost terrorist, is what you are. That's right. Huh? That's why you get up some mornings barking. I don't mean like a dog. I mean, you got a little growl in your voice. What's wrong with you? I'm a terrorist. I'm. I'm. I'm a terrorist, you know? And so all these things, these end time events, they're all revolving around Israel, Jerusalem and Jerusalem is this little bitty, tiny city about the same size, approximately to new Jersey. Her Jerusalem's population is 970,000 miles, or 970,000 people. Jerusalem. And she covers about 48.3mi². And the whole world is trying to put her put her lights out and can't do it. Now, you know, we're around 5 million. And to give you a little to give you a little difference, you know, square mile Alabama covers eight, 8522 miles and Jerusalem covers 48.

Pastor West:
She's 16.25% the size of Alabama. And God loves this place and has his eyes on it all the time. Amen. Now, what has God said about Jerusalem? There are several things, but I want to read you one verse. If they they might put this up on the screen for you. But Zechariah and 12, in verses two through four, and this is going to be in the New Living Translation. And I'll tell you if you want to look at the screen. If not, you can turn to it. But Zechariah 12 verses two through four says, I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I'll make Jerusalem an immovable rock, and all the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. On on that now. Now you understand their analogy was camels, horses, stuff like that. Right. So I'm going to do a little reiterating. I'm just going to kind of just play with some, you know, this is how many you got. Half a camel. No one has a camel. So well here it uses horse talk. But that was, you know, several years ago. So he says they will they will only hurt themselves. Verse four on that every horse. I'm also a tank, rocket or missile will panic in every rider, which is every tank missile will lose its nerve.

Speaker3:
Amen.

Pastor West:
Could it lose its nerve? When you read about the Red sea, when it saw God approaching it. It said. It said the water. The Red sea became terrified. Well, I didn't make it up. I mean, just I'm quoting the Bible. You say, how could that happen? It's not a person. Well, Jesus said, if you don't want to worship me, he said, it's okay. He said, I'll just have the rocks do it. He said, the trees will clap their hands and the rocks will cry out. So if if a rock can worship the Lord, the Red sea could be terrified. And it was, he said, and I will, I will, I will blind all the horses, bombs, and the ides of their enemies. And in other words, he said, I will cause I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. Every driver. Not just the one who sends the missile, but the one. Not just the missile, but the one who sends it. He'll deal with both of them. Now, give you a little thing. It's like, well, if all this is going to happen, then just let it happen. Why take time to talk about it? Why should we study prophecy? Well, only because 30% of this book that you brought today is prophecy. So that's just one little reason. Just 30% of this book is prophecy. That's why we should study prophecy. And of the 30%, the vast majority of the 30% is talking about the very end times.

Pastor West:
See, we're not in the end times. We're in the end of the end. We're in the we're in the we're in the rapid up stage. We're in there. Just. Just don't have much time left. And so when we understand that, it affects our thinking, but it also affects our actions. When you know you're running out of time to do something, sometimes you just can't do all the other particulars. In other words, you just like what I want to do this, this and this. You know, you've got guests coming. You know, I didn't have time to paint the whole house and get rid of every leaf out of the yard and do the bushes and da da da da da. So we're just going to have to give it a little makeover and put the rest and throw in the bedroom and on the bed and in the closet till they all go. Then when they go to the closet, don't go getting everything falls out again. It's not your fault. They shouldn't have come over. But anyway. So. But why should we study prophecy other than it's 30%? Well, revelation one three would tell you one good reason. It says, blessed is he that readeth. And you can read. We have a class starting in a couple of weeks. For the rest of you that didn't raise your hand. So. So it'll help you. So he tells you.

Pastor West:
Blessed is he that just readeth he didn't say even understands. Blessed is he that readeth and that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in for the time is at hand. Now the Apostle John penned those words two millennia ago. How much closer are we now? If the time is at hand, why study prophecy? Because the end is near. How do we know that? Because Jesus himself gave us signs to know what that day would look like. And then the apostle Paul said in first Thessalonians five four, but, brethren, that includes Sister Sistren you are not in darkness. Don't fear. He says, you are not in darkness, that. Day. Not a day, not some day, not some. He said there's going to be a day that day. He said, do not be in darkness. Don't be in fear of that day that would overtake you as a thief. He's not talking to you. You're not a thief. When you read the. When you read the scriptures in the Gospels, they're always talking about the Second Coming. When you read the scriptures in the epistles, they're always talking about now they're talking about the rapture. People think it's quite opposite. Now there are scriptures that have double reference to it. I'm not saying that that they equally mean the same thing. I'm just saying. But you can say something sometimes it's like you can say a word like I can say hello, dear.

Pastor West:
You think, well, who are you talking to? Your wife's not here. Now, I was talking to the dear. That's outside the door right there. Outside the window. Well, a dear could be a dear. Could be a person, or it could be an animal. Well, the Scripture has things that has double reference to it, in other words. Or Jesus would talk in parable or it'd be an allegory. And in that parable, in that allegory, he would teach a lesson, and he would use a natural illustration to teach a lesson, which would be a parable or an allegory. So when you're when you read the what we call end time scriptures in the Gospels, they're not talking about pre rapture, they're talking about pre second coming. When you go into the pistols like in Thessalonians like we're talking about he's talking about pre pre trib. Now I know there's people who want to go think they're going to go in the middle of it, and there are some people who just determined they're going to that we're supposed to live all the way through it. So if I can convince you, I'm not going to go into all those theories. If you want to study down that road, you can go down there. But if I can't convince you, I'm just going to go ahead and say bye now. Amen. And we'll hold your seat and believe that you'll make it so. So First Thessalonians is don't let that overtake you as a thief.

Pastor West:
Why study prophecy? Hilton Sutton has gone to be with the Lord, but in his he was one of the foremost authorities of of end time eschatology taught around the world. Many Bible schools use his his teaching for for their schooling. And he wrote he's got a study guide called Revelation Reveal. He said in the Old Testament, Jesus was known as the Messiah. In the Gospels, he's known as the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sin of the world. In the epistles, the epistles reveal Jesus as the risen Savior in the head of the church, but only revelation unveils him as the triumphant Lord. Only revelation. When you study the book of Revelation, you will see Jesus as the conquering King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He's the King of kings. Who's the other king? That's you. Who's the other Lord? That's you. And only revelations will tell you that every knee shall bow to him. Everyone. The day will come when Lucifer himself will will bow before Jesus himself and say, you are Lord. You say? Do we get to see that? Yes. And if not, I'm going to ask to praise the Lord. Amen. Now. A real modern day census taken says that 40% of Americans believe that we're living in the end times. Well, I don't mean 40% of Christians. I mean 40% of Americans. Secular or not. So we're living in different times.

Pastor West:
We're living in difficult times. We're living in the Bible says in perilous times. Of course we are. They are difficult. They are severe, but they're nothing compared to the seven year tribulation. So I'm going to do a little contrast here. And so at this point Jesus has come and we have been raptured. And I know people say, well, you know, the word rapture is not in the Bible. You're right. It's not. Neither is the word Bible. But in the Latin the word is rapture or harpazo. And that means to catch away, to snatch quickly, to seize to yourself, to be caught up. So yes, it is in the Bible. And so when these things happen. Because we're living in the dispensation of grace now, that will end when the church is wrapped with the dispensation of grace. What is the dispensation of grace? Is God's kindness and God's goodness. We're singing a song about how good God is, a good, good father. In the years. Good. And he'll always be good. So he's not dealing with you according to your sins. He's dealing with you according to what Jesus paid for your sin. He's not judging you right now. I know there's many churches who will and many people who will, but. But he's not. And he's the head of the church. God thinks that Jesus paid the price for all sin. He thinks it's paid for. He thinks it is. And so Jesus paid the whole sum total of our sins past, present, and future.

Pastor West:
Not that we can just go live any way we want to, because that's not what grace was given to you for. Just go out like a fool. Was it? I mean, would Jesus go to the cross and die for our sins so that we could just do whatever our flesh wanted to do? No, that's not what it is at all. He doesn't want you to be. He doesn't want you to live in such a way that you that you you have to live with addictions and all such as this. No. He came to free us, not to bind us. Amen. So, so so. We are living in perilous times. So here are some scriptures. I want you to see them. Let's go to revelations six eight. These are all going to be in the ESV. Uh, we're going to start off with revelation six eight. And here's what you're going to find out about some things that transpire quickly during the seven year period during the tribulation. In revelation six eight, we're going to see that the rider of the pale horse, he will kill one fourth of mankind. One fourth of mankind and it goes like this. And I looked and behold, there was a pale horse, and his writer's name was death. And Hades followed him. And they were given authority over one fourth of the earth to kill with a sword, and with famine, and with pestilence, and by wild beasts on the earth.

Pastor West:
One fourth of mankind dies like that. There's approximately 8 billion people on the earth. So right now to be and just died right there. Gone. Boom! That fast. Revelation 918. You see that three plagues kill a third, another third of mankind. Revelation 918 ESV. Verse 18 says, by these plagues. A third of mankind was killed by the fire, the smoke and the sulphur coming out of their mouth. A third of mankind killed by fire, smoke and sulphur coming out of their mouth. Some listed. Some believe this to be a meteorite or a comet. As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. They believe that would be a meteor in revelation 16 three. Just giving you some reference. Not here to preach on that. Revelation 16 three we see that every we see all life. See all. See life dies. Gone. Revelation 16 three ESV. The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea. Well, Bill won't be here anyway. But, you know, if it was. Ain't nothing to fish for. It's gone. That's enough reason other than the love of Jesus to go. Brother bill. Yeah. Now you do. So while this is happening simultaneously, you're not here simultaneously. You're in heaven simultaneously. While this wrath is being poured out. The worst wrath that the earth has ever known.

Pastor West:
The worst of the worst, as bad as you think it's today is, which is not bad by any standards of if you went around the world we think about as Americans because we live in America. But I'm talking about in countries where you go to some countries where where they still deal with capital punishment. I mean, what would you think if they brought crucifixion back? You would think, surely the end's come. Well, before Saddam Hussein was killed, he he chemically killed thousands of his people. If they lied to him, he would have their tongues cut out of their head and nailed to a poster. Everyone would know it. And him too. You say that's barbaric. Yes. Well, that wasn't the United States of America. So here, you know, we got a lot of problems, you know, like people can't decide what the bathroom to go into. But that's not what's going to pause Jesus to come back because there's confusion over a bathroom. That's just all that we know about. And there's a lot of things going on here in the world. But in comparison, if you go to Saudi Arabia and you go there and the women still wear and they, you know, their heads covered and all such as this and, and if you steal over there, the way they deal with you is they just cut your hand off, that stops stealing. It's a great deterrent to crime.

Pastor West:
It's worked for them really well. They keep the law very well. So if a man doesn't know how to treat a person or hurts a woman or rapes the woman, they just cut off certain things and that cures that problem. It's a great deterrent from crime. And there's a lot of people. Bring it back, bring it back. So we want to be on the wrong side of that. So but this is seems difficult. But it's not difficult compared to what we're talking about here. So during during this seven year tribulation where a fourth of the mankind dies, then another third dies, then everything in the sea dies. In the Scripture says that if God didn't cut the seven days short, if he didn't cut the I'm sorry, the seven year short, he says not one person left on the earth could survive it. Can you imagine? If God didn't, if God didn't come back and he knows exactly when he has to come back. If I don't come back within that seven year, the day he says, there will be not one person left on the earth to survive. Do you want to be here so you will not be here? So what are you going to be doing? Well, you're going to beat the marriage supper of the lamb. We're the bride of Christ. Then when you do that, then you go into the reward seat, which is also called the Bema Seat. That's where you're rewarded for all the good that you have done, all the things that you've been called to do, that you've done.

Pastor West:
You go there and you're rewarded. So when we go to the judgment, you know, you know, know you was in Christ, you're judged. Yeah, but won't there be a big screen up there? No. I'm sorry. If you want one, you might dig one up for you, you know. But no, he's already dealt with all of your sin. See, you're not in sin. You're in Christ. You're not in Adam. You're in Jesus. Amen. He's put that away, and he's nailed your account to the to his cross. And then he closed your book. Amen. He's. The Lord's not keeping up with your sins, right? That's the message. I don't know why the church won't preach it because they're scared. Well, you tell people that they'll go do all kinds of crazy things. You just give them a license to sin. We said no, man. They don't come to me to get no license to sin. They do it without me. And they. So simultaneously, here we are in grandeur. So what time is it? Where will you be on that day? Luke 2136 says, watch ye therefore, and pray that you might be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass. He's not talking to you. He's talking to the people that's on the earth, because you ought to see a third of them die.

Pastor West:
You ought to see a fourth of them dies. You ought to see it so horrific that almost no one, no one would survive if he doesn't come back. He said, if you're left here, he said, you better pray. Pray that you will be able to escape this. Well now, Jesus was asked when the end was coming, and I'm going to read some verses here about that. We won't take time to turn to them, but if you make notes, Jesus was asked when the end is coming. And this is Luke 1728, 29, and 30, then I'll back up Mary 27. Now I want you to notice that the conditions were the same as it was for the time during Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus draws a comparison because they want to know what will it be like? How will we know when the end is coming? In verse 28 he says, likewise, as it was in the days of lot, they were eating and drinking and buying and selling and planting and building. But on that day. See here. There it is then that day. But on that day when lot went out from went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all. So will it be on that day, that day when the Son of Man comes? Not sometime on that day. There is a time appointed. It's not a day, but it's that day. So he's saying there'll be business as usual.

Pastor West:
People will be marrying. People will be building. People will be working. People will be investing. People will be having children. It'll just be Tuesday. It'll just be Thursday. It'll just be whatever it is. Life will go on just as normal. What are the signs of the rapture? For the rapture, there's no signs whatsoever for the Second Coming. There's tons of signs. The rapture is imminent. It will happen. Nothing triggers it off. There is no sign ever. For Jesus can come before we can even get out here. There's no signs for that. All the signs are for the second coming. So when you read these things, you say, well, but he said these signs right here, he's talking about the Second Coming. The Second coming. See, when we're raptured, he doesn't come. Touch the Mount of Olives. He's in the air. He's in the clouds. And the Bible says we go to meet him. Where? In the air, in the clouds. But when we come back, we come back with him. And we come down to the Mount of Olives, and we are with him. But now, as we go to rapture, we go to be with him. Second coming. We come back with him. Meet him. Come back with him. So when you see these signs that he talks about, these are not signs of. Here's how you know he's about to come. When he tells you about the signs, he's telling you this is the signs of me, of you and I coming back to the earth before the seven years or after the seven years.

Pastor West:
So there again, if you can see the setup for everything that will happen Ezekiel 38 war and you can see it from where you're sitting right now. How close are you to leaving? And how do you prepare yourself, and what do we do and how do we how do we minister the Word of God to other people? Is there any urgency? He went on to say in Luke 1726 he said, it will be the same as the day of Noah's day, just as it was in the days of Noah. So it will be the days of the Son of Man. Verse 27 says, they were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark and the flood came and destroyed them. Let me read that again. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage until the day. Because when Peter, it talks about scoffers who talk about. We've heard all this before. We've heard Jesus is coming. We always we've heard this is going to be this rapture. We heard all these things, and they just scoff about it. They were scoffing Noah. How old was Noah when the Ark sailed? 600 years old. How long did he preach? A really long time. Did he have any converts? He had zero.

Pastor West:
Well, if he was a bad preacher or just some really, really kind of have a rough crowd, didn't he? But 600 years old. And it said. And it said they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. Until that day. Until or until the day. Not someday. Not whenever there was a day when Noah entered the ark. So when did the rain start? Did the rain start while he was building? Maybe when he was outside policing the grounds around the ark. Did the rain start then? No. It says when he entered the ark. In other words, when he was finished with the ark, he completed it. And all the animals come two by two, you know, whatever that looks like. That would have been a clue for everybody, you know, like this man is wild, crazy preacher and building this large boat. There had never been rain on the earth. You know it all came from the ground. Had never come from the sky. So when you got a man say it's going to rain, which means it's actually going to flood and the rain is going to come from the sky. They're like, man, this old dude, his son, I mean, his brain's been baked in the sun. He's out there building the ship, and he has no utility trailer to get it to the ocean. You're thinking this guy, this guy is tripping. There ought to be a sign when you see two skunks.

Speaker4:
Huh?

Pastor West:
And they're wagging their tail like. And they're like, we're going first. Let the skunk go first. You know, just that ought have been a clue, but it didn't move anyone enough to act. He finished. It was loaded. God closed. God sealed the door. The rain came into store. What does God do when calamity comes? He comes in Noah's day. He put him in. He sealed him. He protected him. He kept him away from the wrath that was on the earth. What does God do when wrath is going to take place on the earth for you? He catches you up. He removes you from the wrath. What did he do with Sodom and Gomorrah when they was going to be destroyed? Because there was not one righteous man. He took them out of the city. The angels told lot says we can't do any damage. We can't destroy this city while you're here. How come the Antichrist has not come and taken over yet? See, he he does preemptive strikes. That's what. That's what's happening right now in Israel. That's a preemptive strike. He would be like the one who decides when I'm going to send my Antichrist. Think about it. Satan's always had to keep someone, always had to keep someone in the bullpen to be the Antichrist all the time because he doesn't know when it is and he's had some good ones. Hitler would have been a good one. Mussolini would have been a good one.

Pastor West:
And and there are some others. So he has someone that's always ready. He has to have them ready. I believe he would. This. This is Eric. This is not. But this is my opinion. I believe that he would like to do the preemptive strike instead of having to react to what God's order of plans. He would like to get God out of his order. But you can't get God out of the order because he created order. When God created you, you don't change order. I mean, when you're the mother and you have a child, you don't get the next day. So I'm going to be the mother, and you're going to be the child. I mean, you might can do that for fun. You wouldn't have done it to my mother. But once. But anyway. So he got in and then it quit writing. It started raining. Now, here's the rapture of the church. Let's go look at this. First Thessalonians 413 through 18. In the ESV, y'all doing okay? Now. The rapture of the church is what Christians, the believers in Christ and it becomes. It comes before the time of wrath, which is also called the day of the Lord. Judgment upon the wicked. Dispensation of grace is over. Could you still be saved? Yes. You're going to be saved. Where's the Holy Spirit? He's not in heaven. He's on earth. All during the tribulation. Oh, no.

Pastor West:
He couldn't be here because we're not here. Then how does anyone get saved? You can't get saved without the Holy Spirit. Well, isn't the Holy Spirit afraid that a meteor might hit him? Probably not. Isn't he afraid of the wickedness? I don't think so. But the Holy Spirit remains here on the earth, even while we're in heaven, because the greatest revival will ever take place will be after we're gone. Then they'll know. Then the Jews will know who the Messiah was. Then you'll have the, you know, the trail drive in the 144,000 preaching boy. That'll be some sermons. So the rapture of the church. We see it here in first Thessalonians 413. The ESV says, we do not. We do not want you to be uninformed. King James says, ignorant brothers about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do and have no hope. That starts off good, doesn't it? We don't want you to be ignorant. We don't want you to be uninformed. He says, we don't want you to grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, though Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, and the voice of the archangel with the sound of the trumpet of God.

Pastor West:
And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Those who are alive and are yet are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will also will we always be with the Lord? Amen. I like that so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore scare one another with these words. Oh, no. Encourage, encourage. No scare in here, right? Because it's only good news for the believer. Believers have no need to fear. We are removed from all the wrath from the seven years of tribulation. Now, can I swap gears just a little bit? Here's here's some things to think about this. Because in revelation chapter one, if you read revelation one, you'll see this. You'll see the glory of Christ in the church. You see the glory of Christ coming down in the very end of time. When you read revelations two and you read revelations chapter three, which you'll see there is you'll see that John writes a letter to the seven churches, to the saints that are Asia minor. He writes one to each of this. Not only was it to the churches, but the churches were to take the letter and to read each other's letters. Those letters need to be read.

Pastor West:
Today. I want to say this, if you will read the the letters that Paul wrote to the seven, to the churches, the the seven different letters to the churches, you will find yourself in one of those letters. That's a whole series right there. And that could be a warning to you if you find yourself in the wrong church in the wrong letter. You need to move your letter. That's right. Amen. Not from here. Because you're not going anywhere. Praise the Lord. I got the FBI watching you all the time. And. But you'll find yourself in the in the mindset of the kind of people, the mindset they had in each one of the churches, everywhere. I'll just say this as a side note, everywhere they were doing good. The Lord Jesus Christ said, I commend this. But where they were off and they were off in your thinking, they were off in your doctrine. They were off in their their morality, everything. He dealt with them harshly, but first he told them what they were doing well. So you will find yourself in one of those mindset of one of the churches. Now let me go past that. So now here's something very interesting. When John continues to talk about this, that's revelation two and three that I was talking about. Then you come to chapter four. Chapter four through chapter 18 of revelation describes the end time seven year tribulation. Chapter four through chapter 18 describes the the tribulation in its entirety.

Pastor West:
Chapter one through chapter three. The church is mentioned 19 times in chapter four through chapter 18. The church is never mentioned one time. Now why is that? It's because the church isn't there. The church is with him. Amen. Amen. Now, where are we mentioned again? Where we're mentioned later after that in chapter 19. Because in 19 we come back with him at the end of the Second Coming. But there's the whole absence of the church from chapter four to chapter 18, because you're seeing what's going on on the earth in the tribulation. But you're at the marriage supper of the lamb, you're at the Woolwich seat. It's a great time for you. You're reunited with your family, you're with the Lord Jesus Christ, and you are in your you are in your, your your brand new body forever, your resurrected body forever. And those who have died and went on before us, they come back and they get their new body put all put together. People all used to say, well, I just hope I live until Jesus comes back because I wanted to be able to go out with him. Well, let me give you a little insight in that. I mean, you probably know this, but let me remind you this. Even if you even if you go by the grave when Jesus comes back, doesn't it say the dead in Christ will go first? Well, that means the ones who died first.

Pastor West:
He comes. He takes their spirits with him in a spirit body form. He brings them back with him to catch us up. But before he takes us up, he comes to their grave. There remains wherever they are. He takes that, puts it with the spirit. And they get a brand new body. And they get to go to heaven in a rapture first. And we're just right behind him, like, hey, I fixed a pasture. So they still get to go first. Amen. So there's just no dying. God's just cool. He's just cool from inside and out. He's always good. He's so good. He's telling you how to miss all this other stuff. Amen. Amen. So just a powerful way to diminish the people is tell them that God loves them. Teach them the gospel. If they say no, then just ask him. Are you stupid? No, I mean, that probably wouldn't be real effective, but I mean, it's just like, well, you know, when you run out of time and you care about what happens to people sometimes you got to get a little bit of both. Just like that little dog Smith Wigglesworth talked about when he was talking about demeaning authority. He said Smith said he'd go to the boss and the little little dog would come behind this woman, and he was talking about this lady that was getting on the bus.

Pastor West:
Smith Wigglesworth was and he says this is how authority works and this is why it don't work. He said, sometimes the little pup will follow them all the way to the bus station and she'll say, go back, baby. Go back home. Go back home. And they'll walk and they'll look behind. And that puppy, she'll go back home, go back home. And then he said, finally the woman got to the bus and got to get on the bus, and the pup was right there. And she said she looked down and she said, get it, dog? Sometimes you just have to have it. Did say fool. Amen. They'll thank you forever. Don't you think so? Amen. So 19 times you can find the church, but after four you can't find them anywhere because they're not here. We come back in chapter 19 because Jesus comes back with us to settle things on the earth. He brings the church with him. Now, how did we get there? Well, we were raptured. We were caught up in the clouds. First Corinthians 1551 and 52 says this. Behold, I tell you a mystery that we shall not all sleep, but in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this body must put on imperishable, and the mortal body must put on immortality.

Pastor West:
When the perishable puts on imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then it shall come to pass the saying that is written, hey, death, you've been swallowed up in victory. Amen. You've been swallowed up in victory. So this is the rapture again. This is what this is talking about at that time, those who's dead. Christ, they're going to they're going to reunited once again with their body to be a spirit body. We're going to go while we're on the web. He says he's going to come in a twinkling of an eye. I'm just a guy who does facts. Sometimes the twinkling of an eye is 1/40 of a second, so you won't have time to pray. 1/40 of one second is a twinkling of an eye. Make your decision today. If you haven't made it, decide today. Today is the day of salvation. The scripture says so. That's the rapture. Now let's finish this morning because I'm out of time. Let's go to John chapter 14 and I believe you'll enjoy this John chapter. Y'all doing okay? Is this okay? Let's finish today. John 14 one through three. El Rey. Jesus said, do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in me. In my father's house are many trailer parks. It's not the revised translation, that's the reversed. Don't get mad at me. I lived in a trailer for years. There was a lot of fun. Especially, I would say, when we were washing clothes and it started spinning.

Pastor West:
I was on the other side of the trailer and it's anchored down. It's like she said, what's that? I said, she says, is there a tornado? I said, no, we're just washing clothes. But they got machines to put around your stomach. And I said, we're just losing weight right here. So let me change that. In my father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, he said, I would have told you. In other words, he says, I'm in the habit of telling the truth. Yeah, right. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself. And there where I am, you will be also. See, he has this thing of saying, where I am, you are. He's always with you. Remember he said where 2 or 3 are gathered here. Where's he at? Greater is he, that's where. See? He's always with you. Amen. I mean, would he marry a bride and say, I love you so much? I love you so much, but I'm going to leave you for seven years, and it's going to be hell down there. And I hope you survive. Don't. Don't start liking seafood, because there won't be many days. There won't be any. But now I love you. I love you, I love you, I love you.

Pastor West:
Watch out for meteors. But no, darling, I love you. So if you want to go through the trip, I guess if I can't talk you out of it. And. I go to prepare a place for you? Does that sound like wedding talk to you? It does to me. You know why it was. Jesus was teaching this to a Jewish person. To a Jewish young man. He understood that Jesus was describing a Jewish wedding ceremony. This is what Jesus described as a Jewish wedding ceremony. Now, so the word phrase I shall receive you to myself is the same Greek word that we read in Matthew 2442 41, where one is taken and one is left. Remember that Scripture mean it means to take to joy one to join oneself. The Greek words para limbo or para limbo. So every Jewish boy understood that Jesus is talking about a Jewish wedding ceremony, and but the Bible is actually talking. Jesus is talking to you about the rapture, what he's talking to you about. I know this gets used in the funeral, but but this is this is a really good way to share it if you're going to share it at a funeral. Here's why. There's different steps to the to the to the Jewish wedding ceremony. There were several steps to it, and I can quickly give them to you, but we won't go there. But in Genesis 24, Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to find a bride for Isaac.

Pastor West:
Do you remember that? And Rebecca agrees to marry Isaac, and she doesn't, and she never meets him. So step one of the Jewish wedding ceremony is this. The groom's father always chose the bride to be. He chose his son's bride, and he sent an agent to go do it. That's what Abraham did for Isaac. Step number two. When the couple meet, after the father decides who she's going to be when the couple meet, the groom has to pay a would call a bride's price, or some countries, they still do this. They pay a dowry. I know Pastor Sondergard talked about when he got married. I didn't realize that there he paid a dowry to her family for his wife. I've been on the payment plan for 40.5 years and I'm still paying. Amen. Amen. Check their mama. Check their mama. So I know I'm still paying. Because every time when we're together and she's going, she's going to go into usually Publix more than Walmart. She always says, I'll be right back. I'm going to get a couple of things. I remember when I used to believe that that she was going to go get a couple of things. Now, to a man, when you say we're going to go get a couple of things, you know, how am I going to get we're going to get a couple of things and we're not shopping. We're buying.

Pastor West:
We're not walking up and down saying, well, look at how where are you? Now I understand. I understand that that we get ourself in a mess. And without y'all, I understand that we couldn't even find ourselves walking around, you know, because, you know, y'all are shopping and you're looking and you're you're whatever. But we we was at a she told me this about a month ago. We was in clear at Publix and I said, just go ahead and I want the car. I got some things I can do in here, and I'm reading some things here on my phone. I'm studying. I'm reading something all the time. I don't I don't know what the top 40 is. I don't I used to know. Casey Kasem used to tell us I did that as a kid. I don't. Is probably not even alive. Surely he's not. He'd be 184 years old. He was alive. I mean, he was borrowing oxygen when I was here. I mean, you know, and I was listen to him. So she. She was gone for about 40 minutes. I knew there was more than two things. So she comes out pushing this whole buggy. And so I get out the car and I pop the trunk. And about 20 foot behind her, there's this. There's this young boy, and he's pushing this buggy and and I'm looking to see who he's following. He's following my wife and and all I said to her, I didn't say nothing.

Pastor West:
I said, hey, as they were coming to the car, I said, are you with her? He said, I said, yeah, I knew it a couple of things. And she said they had some really good sales and she said, I saved this much money. Now I work retail all my life. You don't save near as much as they tell you that you save. I know in retail they can tell you this normally is whatever the normally means. I can set it up to say anything. I want to say what it normally was. That means normally we would like to get this if we could find someone a fool enough to buy it. So we just said we could just say normally like this, and we're taking 70% off of it in the industry that I was in for covering, you know, mostly back then it was more carpet than it is hard tile or laminate floors back then. They always run sales. So, you know, get carpet now the best time. Free padding, free installation. Well, I have sold millions of dollars of floor covering, but I have never bought pad free and I've never had an installer work free. So I'm like, man, they must have some really nice folks work with them. Free help. You know, Nathan, I'm sure you got people just working for you all the time, because the bottom line is they're just there to help you.

Pastor West:
That's right. So you just have to find the right employees. Matthew, you've been fishing out the wrong pool. Yeah, they're just there just to please mister Nathan. That's all they're there to do. Now, I don't know how come you all got me off on all that, but. So the groom eats, he pays the dowry, and then this is what actually happened. They spoke words of covenant, and they sealed the covenant with a glass of wine. In the covenant. They were betrothed. They weren't actually married, but legally they were. They were betrothed, but it had not yet been consummated with the wedding yet. So he meets his bride to be. They meet. He pays the father the dowry. They speak words of covenant. They seal it with wine. He leaves the house. The wedding doesn't take place yet. Now notice. Notice the cross over. Jesus left his father's house. He came to the earth. He gave his life for our sins. And then he paid the bride's price. The groom now says to the betrothed in a Jewish wedding, after sealing the covenant with a glass of wine, he tells his bride to be, I will not drink wine. I will not drink this again until I drink it with you in my father's house. And then the groom leaves. Where have you heard that before? Yeah. Third step. The groom goes back to the father's house where he builds a Hoopa.

Pastor West:
In a bridal chamber. A hoop is a thing that they'll stand under and say, have their wedding ceremony. And it has. And he builds a bridal chamber. This generally takes a year to do so. And so Hattie builds the hoop, which is a canopy. It's a Jewish couple stands during the wedding ceremonies. Father's house. Now, after he builds that, his father again has to come to inspect it to see if he approves of what's been built by his son. If he if he if he inspects it and gives them the approval. The father now sets the time. This is a Jewish wedding for a man. The father sets the time to go get the bride. He can't say, well, dad, on three, I'm gone. No, the father still tells you. Now you can go get your bride to bring her home for the marriage ceremony. Watch you. So he tells his son when to go back for the wedding ceremony. Nobody knows the time the son will go back. Not even the son. Only the father. At the proper time decided by the father. He tells the son to go get your bride. Once the son was given the command to go get the bride, he and his company would go through the streets with bright shining torches, blowing torch or blowing trumpets to announce his coming. What does that sound like? He generally came during the night time.

Pastor West:
Now. The bride never knows when it's going to come, so she has to stay in her bridal gown. She sleeps in it. And so do her bridesmaid. Man, I wouldn't want to be in someone's wedding if I had to sleep for a year. But, I mean, I have a lot of questions when I get there. Like, what did that dress look like? Well, I'm assuming she knows it takes about a year, so I don't know the ins and outs. I'm just telling you what I've known and what I've heard, what I've read and what I've studied. I don't take people's word for anything. It's like, that sounds really cool, I said, but I have to find out for myself. That's right. That's just the way I made it. I just can't preach something because someone said, this is what happened. You know, someone said, what's a hoop? And I'm like, well, how do you spell it? I had to go look at hoop and see. I mean, I know about throwing hoops, but I found that they went about doing hoops, so I need to know for myself. So the father tells the son to go get his bride. The commands given she is wearing her bridal gown, so are all her bridesmaids, and they have to have torches lit because they have to be ready at any time. So they'll be ready when he comes. 24 hours a day. She keeps the lamp ready and it's usually at night.

Pastor West:
Like I said, it's usually a year in the making. When the groom arrives, he takes her back to his father's house and they have a seven day wedding. That's almost like you'll be gone for seven years. Oh. So when Jesus says in John 14, I'm going to go away to my father's house, build a mansion. As surely as I go. I'm going to come back to receive you. Palumbo. I'm going to come back and take you. I'm going to come back and snatch you up. I'm going to come back and I'm going to take you out of this. Be ready. It's a picture of the rapture of the church as a Jewish man left to build a house for a year. Remember to God, a thousand days is a year. Our days are a thousand years. A thousand years is a day. So he's been gone two days. Can you imagine what your mansion is going to look like? At the Last Supper before Jesus was crucified, he made covenant with his disciples. They had they made communion with the wine and the bread. And Jesus said these words to his disciples in Matthew 2628, this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until the day, until that day, that that day which, when I drink it new with you in my father's house.

Amen. Amen. Hallelujah.

Pastor West:
So I'll finish where I started. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command. With the voice of the archangel, with the trump of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. After that we who are still alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. Can I get an Amen in the house? Amen. Praise God! Amen. I'm telling you, it's nothing but good news for you. There's no sorrow here, but it needs to put us on ready? It needs to not only put you on ready, but it needs to put you on busy. Who would you want to be here on the earth for seven years? No. We have a story to tell. We're going to do it in love. But we got to be bolder. And we. And we got to understand there's not much time left to work. There's not much time. Elliott said when we receiving the offering, we have some time left. We have some time for preparation time. There's still some things we got to do, but we got to pick the pace up. The enemy pulled his hand. He said, I'm going to go this. I'm going to go trigger this thing. Our thing is we're going to the Iran is set for years. We want to annihilate them. We want to annihilate who? Who? Therefore we want death to America.

Pastor West:
We want every American person to die. We want America to go away, and we want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Now we don't wrestle with flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. So who actually is telling you that? The enemy himself. He says, I hate God and I hate Israel, and I hate Jerusalem, and I'm anti everything he is. I'm anti Christ, and there will be an Antichrist. That is the seven year tribulation. It's broken into 42, three and a half year sections. The first is called the the tribulation, the second is called the Great Tribulation. You say what's the difference? It's tribulation all the way through. But the last, the last three and a half years, the intensity is so bad that if once he didn't come back before the end of the 42 months, no man could stand it. When it comes on the scene, when the Antichrist comes on the scene, which he can't come on the scene until you're here. That's why you see everything coming together. That's why you see war coming together. That's why you see Israel being attacked. That's why you see the homeland. All the Jews who's been scattered out through a whole that now have now come back to their homeland. What are they getting ready for? They're getting ready for the Ezekiel 38 wars. What they're getting ready for.

Pastor West:
There'll be such chaos on the on the world. And can you imagine what the news is going to be like after we're gone? I mean, try to explain that on CNN. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. So the Antichrist, he'll come. He'll come as a man of peace. I don't know if he'll be the peace for the whole 42 months, but he'll come as a man of peace. He'll come. Be eloquent. He won't come as some sadistic madman. He'll come. He'll be eloquent in speech. He'll be well refined. And he'll seem to have a peaceable solution for every problem on the face of the earth. And then that's where he will draw people to himself. What does he want? He wants control of the entire planet. He'll never get control of the entire planet. Actually, he'll. He'll fight wars against those. Who's against him? He'll have war in his own war of those who fight against him. But his game will be to control the entire world. He still thinks he's going to win this thing. He still thinks he's got a hand in this thing. He still thinks that he can get there. So he'll do this. So he'll. He'll be this diplomat. He'll come and he'll have solutions. And then to buy and sell, you're going to have to make decisions. Are you going to take the mark? Are you going to do this? You're going to do that.

Pastor West:
But the end of the 42 months, you'll walk back into the temple and he'll say, no more sacrifices. He says, actually, I his tune will change. He says, actually I'm him. And he says, what you worship from now on is me. And they'll like, oh, and then he'll have war on his hands. That last 42 months, even the first 42 months, no one on the planet has ever seen the horrific living conditions ever, ever in the existence of mankind. I know that you're saved if you're here. But even if you're not saved, today is the day of salvation. And I want you to know that today is the day that you can you can know that you know. How do you escape these things? How do you make sure that you're you're not here? All you do is you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you haven't made that decision, if you're watching, you're listening. In another time, you're in another country. We broadcast over 40 countries. If you don't know with assurance that you're born again. I don't mean that you had a perfect A grade last week that you don't ever think, right. I'm talking about do you know Jesus? Have you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? Have you asked him to come into your heart and to be your living Lord and living Savior? If you've done that, your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

Pastor West:
And if the rapture happens this afternoon, you're going to go to meet Jesus in there just like that. And so you shall ever be with him. At the end of seven years, he comes back on the white horse and the Bible says, we all come with him. So giddy up. If you don't like courses, you're going to learn too. I mean, can you imagine all the attempts that people go to the different planets, whatever, rockets and all this kind of stuff? But you're actually like, you know what NASA can't do? You're going to do on a horse. I mean, they're like, well, we got this. We got it. I know there's people like, they've never been to the moon and all that. And maybe they had I don't, I don't know and I don't care. I don't even want to have that discussion. I could care at my age. I could care less about stuff like that. I mean, when I hear about all that, all I want to do is go eat Mexican food and forget about it. But I can tell you this whether they went or not, we're going to do it in space on a horse like NASA's, like we was trying to get it. What's the trajectory and what do y'all do for oxygen? And when you got to the ozone layer, it's like, I don't know. We just kept saying giddy up.

Pastor West:
We're just following our commander in chief. Then we got them here with them, like. And here's all here's all the countries that's arrayed around Little Jerusalem. And if Jesus didn't come on that day, she'll be gone. It'll look like all hope for her is gone, and it will be the countries that surround her, which will be Iran and probably Iraq. Turkey for sure. Syria, Russia, all of them will come to destroy little bitty Israel. Little bitty Jerusalem. But all of a sudden, you and I come back with the King of kings and the Lord of Lords, and we say, not so. And the blood will flow. And the Bible says, the blood will flow for 184 miles to the height of the bridle of a horse. If you do any study, you can look at Joe stuff. Joe Mars stuff on the end time things. The birds, for now have been migrating. Over 184 species of birds or so have been flocking into Israel for the last two decades. Don't even know why they're all there. It's the setup because the Bible says the birds, the vultures are the clean up crew for all the dead bodies of those who will be laying in the streets for hundreds of miles out of the Ezekiel 38 war. And then we'll have a new heaven and new earth, and we'll live with him forever. There so be it. In Jesus name, Amen. God bless you.

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Pastor West:
Good morning and welcome to Gracelife Church. Glad to each one of you here. And we want to welcome those who joined us on the Internet, by whichever way you do that. If you have your Bible, will you go with me to Psalms? 122. We want to pray before we. Get into our our teachings. Psalms 122. You're very much aware. I know, of what's going on in the world today in Israel. And how do we know that? We're closer than we've ever been. Yes. Psalms 122 I'm going to read all nine verses. Said I was glad when they said, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates o Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together, whether the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord unto the testimony of Israel to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. For there are set thrones of judgment and the thrones of the House of David. Verse six, he says, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls and prosperity within thy places. For my brethren and companions sakes, I will now say peace be within thee. Because of the House of the Lord our God, I will seek thy good. What you say this with me concerning concerning here, the instructions that we've been given to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We know there's n times. We know we know things that they asked Jesus, his disciples, How will we know when the end is near? And he gave many indicators of those things.

Pastor West:
And of course, he said there will be wars and rumors of wars. War within itself is not good for any country, is it? Would you want to be the would you want to be someone who started war with with Israel and. No. So here we're instructed to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. And let's say this together. Peace within thy walls and prosperity within our places. In verse seven. Say it with me. Peace be within thy walls and prosperity within thy places. Peace be within thee. So, Father, in the name of Jesus, we have assembled ourselves here together to honor, to worship and to acknowledge you this morning. Father, we pray for the peace. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray for the the peace of your people. Father, we pray protection. We thank you, Lord, that the angelic host encamps around the walls within the city and the people. We plead the blood of Jesus over them, over their hearts and minds. We pray that this will also be a ways and means that eyes will be opened to hear truth. Even in in times of hardness and even in times of enduring such things as war. Jesus is still always present, and he's always answers the cry of those who ask him to be Savior and Lord.

Pastor West:
And so right now we just pray for protection upon Israel, upon his people. Father, we just pray protection upon his military. We thank you, Lord, for giving the right strategy. We thank you, Father God, for giving insight and wisdom to the military leaders, to the president of that nation. We thank you, Father God, that for complete protection upon Israel. We thank you, Lord. We bless her. We bless her in the name of Jesus. And we say peace unto her. We give you praise for it in Jesus mighty name. Amen. This morning, we're going to talk about something that that I know you should be familiar with, but sometimes what you need is a little tune up. Have you ever had. You ever had a need for a tune up? And sometimes you don't need an overall, you just need a tune up. Of course, if you need an overall tune up won't work. And but if you want to give it a title, we're going to talk about the enemies or at least one of the enemies of faith. And so we're going to start this morning in Romans chapter ten. If you want to go there, Romans the 10th chapter, and we're going to read verses four through ten. So there's several things that we could talk about, the enemies of faith, but we're going to kind of focus in on on one part this morning and kind of go line upon line precept upon precept and not in a hurry to to cover everything today.

Pastor West:
But we want to start and lay a good foundation for this. Romans Chapter ten, verses four through ten says for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, that the man which do these things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise say, not in your heart, who shall ascend into heaven, that is to bring Christ down from above, or who shall descend into the deep, that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead. But verse eight says, But what? Saith it. The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart. That is the word of faith which we preach. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart, that God hath raised him from the dead. Thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man, believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Notice, he said in verse eight. The word is near you. Well, you had. You have a problem. You have a situation. You always need to know that the answer is real. As a believer, the answer is always real near. Where's it at? Well, it says we can find it in two places in our mouth. The word of faith, which Paul said, we preach.

Pastor West:
He said, the word is near you in your mouth and in your heart. Jesus said, Man shall not live by word alone, but or by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. So we can't we can't just live by natural means, can we? Well, there's a natural part to it. You know, part of our life is natural. But he said that the word, the word of God or the words that came by Christ. One translation says is found in two places. It's in your mouth and it's in your heart. If it's not found in in both places, it's not faith. It will be the enemy of faith. Once again, verse ten says, For with the heart, man believes unto righteousness. With the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. We're going to talk about this one for a few minutes. Is a term that we'll give it 2 or 3 different terms, but one that John Wesley called something he said that was so close to faith that few men could recognize the difference. He said, But it's not faith. But even though it sounds like faith, it may even look like faith. It's so close to it. Most people can't tell. That's not faith. And he called it mental faith. Are the words for this. You could call it head faith versus heart. Faith. And so he went on to say, John Wesley said he said this is he called this mental assent.

Pastor West:
He said, this is a substitute for faith. By some it looks and sounds so much like true faith that few people can tell the difference. Faith that is of the person's head, but it's not in their heart. It's mental faith. And he said it's dangerous to live that way. Well, someone said that you can miss heaven or you miss your healing, miss your blessing, Miss your inheritance by 18in. What's the 18in it's about? It's the approximate distance between your mouth and your heart is 18in. You can miss the best by approximately 18in by living from your head and not in not in your heart. So what does mental assent look like? What does it sound like? What is some of its characteristics? Well, this is some of it. M.s. claims the whole Bible is true. It says, I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. I believe it's the truth. Well, when someone says that you most time take them at their word might be a very good person. And they say, well, I just believe, you know, if God said it, that's the way it is. Well, that sounds the same as a person who who does actually believe that. But could they actually believe that in their head but not but don't believe it in their heart? Absolutely they can. We know this that they'll say that they believe every word of it.

Pastor West:
But the thing is, do they ever make it a part of them? Or in other words, do they act upon the word that they say they believe every word of Second Corinthians five seven? Paul said, We walk by faith and not by what? Not by our sight. Or we walk by the the Bible kind of faith. The real faith, the faith of God. But we do not walk by our senses. Everyone in here, every one of us here has walked by our senses. At some point, we picked our senses more than we picked the Word of God. We could have come. We could have raised our hands and shouted and sang, clapped and, you know, and did all the things that we do, but yet still be living in our senses. I didn't say that was easy. I'm not saying it's easy not to live by your senses because you know you are a three part being. You're not just all you know, you're not just all spirit. You. You do have a soul and you do have a body. And one day, you know, if you don't even know it Now, some some people are so young. I remember an 18 year old told me one time, he says, Man, I got this healing thing down. He says, He says, I've never had to deal with any sickness. He says, my faith has just kept everything at bay. And I said, How old are you? He said, 18.

Pastor West:
I says, You don't even know you have a body yet. He says, Not really. I says, Well, just keep on living, brother. I believe you. Just keep the word in your mouth and in your heart. But I said, But give it just a little bit more time, just to give it a little bit more time. And so and that's not to say that, you know, you have to become a wreck and fall apart, but we're just saying the five senses, you know, being the you know, the physical, Paul said we cannot live by the things as Pastor Matt was saying. We cannot make our choices. We cannot let a decision move our heart away from what we truly do believe. And you'll have many opportunities in life to let go and let your focus and your attention go another way when everything is pulling for your attention over here. But it's exact the exact opposite of what? Of what. The truth is, is Pastor Matt was saying a while ago, in other words, you make your experiences the word of God and then you'll couple that by justifying it somehow saying, well, you know, God just expects us to use common sense. Well, I've just never read that verse. Now, there's nothing wrong with with common sense, but no common sense sometimes gets you killed. God has had me do some things that are very uncommon. If I use common sense, I would have stayed in a world of hurt.

Pastor West:
So since knowledge faith requires, if you're going to live in the sense of a person is in sense knowledge, faith or mental faith or mental agreement, in other words, they're mentally they're mentally agreeing in their mind that the word is the word is truth. That that I believe the Bible. I mentally agree that by his stripes I am healed. I mentally agree that as I've given it will be given back to me. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together. I mentally agree to every bit of the word. I believe that in my mind. But yet in their heart, it has not taken root. It has not become their core belief. And so this is kind of what Thomas had. He had what some called the Thomas kind of faith. And we can see that in John. You can read all of its entirety in John 2024 through 29 when he said he told the disciples who had seen Jesus, whom he had not yet seen. Thomas said this, he said, Except I see in his hands the print of the nails. And I put my finger in the print of the nails and I put my hands in his side. I will not believe. This is one of Jesus's disciples unless I see seen for myself and I place my hand where they put those nails. I will not believe. Eight days later, after he made that statement, eight days later, they were all together, the disciples with him.

Pastor West:
And Thomas was there also. And it says, Jesus just kind of appeared in the room. He didn't open the door and come in. He was just he just kind of came into the room and it kind of got all their attention. When someone just walks through the wall and comes into the room. And so he appears in the room and he and the first thing he says is peace. Well, he had to peace be unto you. Then he said unto Thomas, Reach hither thy finger and behold my hands. And reach hither thy hand and thrust it into my side and be not faithless. But believing. Be not faithless. See. Thomas would have said he was a believer in Jesus. And he was. Thomas would have said he was a believer in Christ. And he was. But Jesus says, But you are faithless. And I'm asking you not to be faithless. I'm asking you to be a believer. This is by Jesus's own words about Thomas and Thomas. Thomas answered and said to him, My Lord and my God. Jesus said to him, Oh, now that you have seen me, you have believed. But blessed are they which have not seen and have believed. So the man ruled the man or the individual man? Woman that's ruled by the census. Only only believes what they can hear and feel and see and touch. Faith is the product of the spirit.

Pastor West:
Faith is of the heart. It's not. Not of the mind. Faith is of the spirit. You're born of the Spirit. You are a spirit. God is a spirit. You're born of the spirit. Faith is the byproduct of the born again heart. Faith means you actually believe the Word of God. You're in agreement with God in your heart. Apart from your senses. And generally it's going to be apart from your senses. If there's not a conflict, then you haven't come into a situation yet to where you need to imply faith. Quit. Why? Because faith is the substance of what? Thinks. What? Hope for. But what? Not seen as of yet. Where? Where do you see it? Where you can't see it in the physical realm at that moment? It hasn't appeared in the physical realm. But if it doesn't appear in the physical realm, does that mean it does not exist? No. It's just as real as everything. I mean, you can't you can't see the oxygen in this room. But if it's not here, we're going to be in trouble in about 2 or 3 minutes. We're all going to be gone. Well, we know, but no one woke up this morning and said, I'm just going to go to church and believe in God. There'll be enough oxygen in that room for me to survive. No, we don't do that because we know that it is God's provided it. So the spirit real man, what he what he does is he walks completely apart from his his five physical senses.

Pastor West:
He's aware of it. He has all the feelings that you have. He has the same experiences that you have. He could give sway to any of those things, like maybe you have. But yet on the other hand, it's not because he has greater faith. We all have the same faith Jesus gave to each one of us. What the measure of faith. It's not that someone has small faith and someone has large faith and someone we don't have all these sizes. Now. A person can exercise their faith more than someone else. It's the same way when a child is born. You know, we we have somewhere around 206 bones in our body, somewhere around there. And so if someone doesn't have 400 and someone else to have 180 and someone to have 200 and something and somebody else have 1500. Now we all have the same amount of bones in our body the way that we're born. We've all been given the measure of faith by Christ. But some people have developed their faith more than others. They don't have more faith. They've just more developed. So some people are just more highly developed, some people are less developed. Well, here here we are seeing this, that the spirit ruled man who's not walking in mental sin. Not only does he believe it in his mind, not only does he believe it in his in his thinking, but it's rooted into his heart.

Pastor West:
It's his core belief, his absolute core belief. And you say, well, I don't really see much difference in this. Well, the difference is receiving and not receiving. The difference is being a believer and really not being a believer. I don't mean that you're not saved. I mean, a person is they say they believe in God and it's so closely associated, just like John, just like John Wesley said. He said it's almost hard to recognize at first, in other words. They're saying the people are saying the right things. You know, they're saying everything that agrees with the person who believes it in their heart and in their mind, but their actions do not support it. Eventually they'll come to a place where they will not take the action that the person who believes in their heart and their mouth believes. So born again man is a spirit. Well as a born again spirit, that that means that your you is created in the same class of God himself. First Peter three four. We won't turn there. But it says our spirit. In first. Peter. Three four says your spirit is called the hidden man of the heart. The hidden man. The heart's not the physical blood pump that sends blood throughout the body. But your spirit, your human spirit is the hidden man of the heart. In Romans 722, that's called the Inward Man.

Pastor West:
He's the hidden man of the part, the inward man. And so you've been made in the same class of God himself. You're. He's a spirit. You're a spirit. You have his life. You have his nature. You have his ability. It's with the spirit that we contact. God. Jesus said they must worship me. How? In spirit, not in truth. You can go through all the motions of worship. You could lift your hands and praise God and shout Amen. And run around the room and it can be completely in your flesh. You could have someone over just as quiet as I say, as a church mouse, seem to have no expression whatsoever. And they could and only God would know the difference. And from their heart they could be the biggest worshiper in the entire room. The Word of God says in First Samuel. He says, God does not look on the outward man. He looks right on the on the inner man. He looks into your heart. So we're talking about the difference once again between someone who says, I believe God in their in their mind and someone who believes God in their heart. In their mind. John Wesley once again called this. He said it's mental assent. He said it's hard to detect at first. And then we'll I want to read to you this morning from first Corinthians 214. It says, the natural man understands not the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him.

Pastor West:
Neither can he know them because they are spiritually understood. Now let's look at this a little bit closer. The Natural man. He understands not the things of the spirit of God. To him, they're just. They're foolish. Well, there's some scriptures that coincide that First Corinthians chapter one. You know, that talks about the difference between. The wisdom of God and the wisdom of man. But you can't. You can't spiritually, you can't understand with your natural mind. This word. You can interpret it. You can't discern it. You can't get the truth from it. It's a book. I mean, I know I used to work in a printing company. I understand every I understand every aspect of how this physical book is put together. I worked in every department. I know how they put the binding on here. I know where the letters came from. I know what the plates look like. That impresses the letters. I know what it looks like when it goes through the ink. I know what it looks like when the paper and the ink touch together. I know this press is at least 100 foot long. It takes six men to run it. But this book by itself is is just paper and ink. Just paper and ink. But it's like all of us. We have a Bible falling apart. It's like, well, what do you do with them? You know, no one wants to throw a Bible away, do they? And just like but, you know, it's fell apart in every place, but we don't know.

Pastor West:
So we just stack it up somewhere or we take it to the thrift store. You know, we just pass the problem on, but we just can't throw the Bible away. So the the natural man, he just can't understand you sometimes. Why are you doing that? Why would you do that? I mean, that doesn't make any sense at all. Why would you be saying those things? My God. Can't. Can't you see? Can't you see what's going on here? How could you actually believe that? Well, you know, what's your opinion? Well, I don't really have an opinion. Well, you've got to have some kind of opinion. Well, you're right. Let me go read my opinion. Oh, I see. My opinion is right here. Then you read the word of God. You see, Then you begin to separate. So the natural man cannot receive the things, the spirit of God. I didn't come up with that. This is not my opinion. The natural man cannot receive the things, the Spirit of God for to him, they are foolish. He can't know them because they are spiritually understood. So when you separate the spirit, soul and the body, you could say it this way with your soul, with your mind, your will and your emotions. You contact the intellectual realm. With your physical body that says you contact the physical realm, but your spirit with your spirits.

Pastor West:
You're. You're in contact with the spiritual realm all the time now. So the problem is knowledge of the mind or intellect has taken the place and and or thrown. It was the the soul of man. The soul of man is wanting to put the crown on and wear the crown. And the spirit has been locked away and put in silence somewhere. Well, this is out of order. It's spirit, soul in body, spirit, soul and body. In other words, your. Your spirit is supposed to rule. Your spirit is of God. So that is the divine order. That God's spirit. I'm a spirit. Yes, we have a soul. We have a body. But the spirit is supposed to rule your life. The difference between someone who says We believe God and now the person who says I believe God to one's a mental agreer and the other one is a spiritual believer. They sound just alike the same time. But there's oh, what a big difference. Now living from your mind can cripple you. Revelation knowledge is when you do this, when you live from your mind, then you stop the flow of revelation. Knowledge come into your life. Revelation. Knowledge does not come into your body, doesn't come into your mind. It doesn't come into it doesn't come through intellectual facts. So revelation now ceases to flow from your spirit and then alienates yourself from the life in your spirit.

Pastor West:
Well, who wants to be alienated from the life of God? Well, no one does. And from the life that's in your spirit. Your spirit has life in him. Is life in him. Is life in Him is life. And that life was what? The light of men that lights up the whole world. Amen. Amen. So since knowledge, faith has faith in experiences, this is what Pastor Matt was talking about. Since knowledge, faith has faith in experiences he didn't know what I didn't know what he was going to minister on this morning. He didn't know what I was going to minister on this morning. It's almost like, well, I'm almost close to preaching this. I'm about ready to bring it out. After years of study, it looks like God knows everything. It almost looks like that. I know that's kind of strong, but I'm going to put it out there. People with sense, knowledge, faith always require some type of physical evidence or they won't believe. Why are we saying this? If you notice, I'm going in a circle this morning. I've really I've almost said everything I'm going to say. Now I'm just going back around and saying it again and again and again. Why? Because faith comes by hearing. Hearing by the Word of God. Brother Hagan said, If you want a church to get something, if you want a group to get something, he said, it has to be preached at least 14 times. Say the same thing, use the same examples, use the same scriptures, and then you'll get close to getting about half of it.

Pastor West:
Because people are people. Sometimes people go to church to make their grocery list. Sometimes people go to church, you know, and because it was just, you know, they felt like they ought to do it. Some people go to church to get a rest. Whatever they go to church for. And sometimes, you know, you just, you know, you've had a long week. Well, that's where we get robbed from because we're living in a natural world. But I'm still speaking to your, you know, your spirit can get fed even if your your body is out of contact right now. Your your spirit's just. Just jumping. You know, your spirit doesn't need any. Never needs rest. What you arrested last night was your physical body. But your spirit has never taken, nor will ever need a lamp. We think about what that must be like sometimes. Say, I know in heaven we don't require sleep. Maybe if that's our hobby, God will let us do it. He probably will. But if that's your hobby, he might let you sleep for a couple eons of years. I don't know. I mean, it's not like you're going to waste time because there's. There's time. Then after that, there's time. And then after that, there's a whole lot more time. And so there's just a lot of time. So we think it's kind of hard to grasp what it's going to be like to be in heaven and not have require sleep.

Pastor West:
Well, your spirit is thinking, that's not hard to grasp. I do that all the time. Your spirit has never went to sleep. Hmm. Never. I mean, how many knows that your physical body hasn't. Hadn't got on that yet? I mean, it's not a it's not a whole different program. Yeah. And so the sense knowledge person always requires some type of physical evidence or they just won't believe. They do not believe they're healed until the sickness or pain leaves their body. Now, a good word person knows how to talk about it. Or not talk about it. And you think if I don't mention it, I'm in faith? No, not necessarily. Well, because I refuse to say I'm sick. That remains. I'm in faith to be healed. It doesn't mean anything. It just means you ain't talking about it right now. It's so close, you know? Identical twins is. Sometimes it takes their parents to say, no, this one's Frank, This one's, you know. But the rest of us, we don't know which one's which. Faith in mental assent are identical twins. They're hard to tell apart, but they'll always give little clues along the way. And so they don't believe God heard and answered their prayer until they seen some physical evidence of it. How do you how do you know? Whether your in faith about your healing.

Pastor West:
Well I'm still believing God, you know, for the full manifestation of it because I know by his stripes I'm healed. I know Jesus took my you know, Jesus took my place. I know Isaiah 53. I can quote I know first Peter 224 I can I can quote it. I know Matthew 817 I can quote it. I know about the atonement. I know about the blood. I know that he was raised up. I know the same spirit raised Christ from dead dwells in my mortal body. I can quote that backwards and forwards and 3 or 4 different translations. Well, are you healed right now? Well, not yet, but. But I'm telling you what I know. It's mine. You don't know anything yet. You said everything that was right, but you're all together wrong. Y'all. Y'all quit shouting because I'm doing such good preaching now. Since physical knowledge people who's living in their carnal mind. Carnal means the physical senses. Carnal is not a it's not a bad word. It's not. I mean, if you ever if you ever ordered chili con carne, you know, you've. You've done carnal, right? If you like any kind of meat, you're carnal, right? Carnivores are, you know, they're meat eaters. Right. So the physical. But the the person who's ruled by their physical senses is always needing some physical evidence to know that they're healed. If they're saying, well, I believe that I'm healed by faith, but but I haven't received it yet in my I'm waiting on the manifestation of to come.

Pastor West:
Well, then how will you know when it comes? Now you have to answer me. And the only answer you could give me when you say that is because things will change in my body. And then when things change in my body, I'll know I received it. So you're telling me you're waiting on a physical manifestation to believe with your heart? You're telling me you're waiting on the. You're telling me. You're telling me you're waiting on a natural. Something natural to change so that you can believe this by the spirit? Now, we've all heard that. I believe. I'm just waiting on the manifestation. So you're waiting on something physical? Well, by by your stripes you were healed. Were If I. Unless they changed the English definitions. I think it's past tense. You can't. You cannot receive. You cannot receive healing through the physical. Everything you're healing is always spiritual. It's not. It's never physical. When I when Isaiah spoke of these things, of speaking of Christ before he was born, Jesus had not even been born into the earth as of yet. And all these things he saw, he saw by the Spirit. When he saw Jesus on the cross and Isaiah 52 and he says, this person who who will give their life when when they have crucified him, he will not even resemble a human being. When they talked about the stripes, how many stripes have they placed upon Jesus's back? Zero.

Pastor West:
So this was by the spirit. She was healed? Yes. There was a physical part. Jesus come too. But it can't be a natural remedy. It can't be a physical thing that a Roman did to God to be how we would know whether we're healed or not healed. All year. Healing comes to you first spiritually before it gets to your natural body. Always. You can't wait on the manifestation of it. Will there be a manifestation? Absolutely. There'll be a manifestation, but that will not be your evidence. What is the evidence that you know that you're healed? Because the word says by his stripes, we were healed. That is your evidence that that is the evidence. Faith is the evidence of things. What not seen? Faith is the evidence of things not seen as of yet. So if you have evidence of something, that means you have to you have to have some kind of proof. If you go to court and they require evidence, that means you have to have some type of proof. What is the proof that you would know that by your stripes you are you are healed? What would be the evidence that you would know that what you have prayed for actually belongs to you? Well, first, John 514 said this is the confidence that we have. If we ask anything according to his will, we know that he hears us.

Pastor West:
And if we know that he hears us, then we know that we have. We know that we have. Does that mean that it showed up in the natural realm the same time that we know that we have? Possibly. But more times than not, usually not healing sometimes denotes a process, but faith has to receive it. When faith is the definition, if you want to give it the most simplest definition, I know how to give it it. If it's ever going to be faith, it has to come down to this. I got it. I received it. Right. Think about it. Mark 1124 What things soever ye desire when you pray. Do what? Believe that you have received them. What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that you have received them. When was I supposed to believe that I received? When I prayed. Well, when you pray, did you receive then? Well, you didn't receive it naturally. She was believing God for a different vehicle. You go out on the yard and the vehicle is not out there. Well, when did you actually believe? You believe it when you prayed. But what is your evidence based upon? Well, I just really want one. Well, that's. That's natural. Well, we just really want to move into a different home. Well, that's just natural. But when do you actually receive the promise? You have to have a promise from this word that says it's yours, that it's been paid for.

Pastor West:
That it belongs to you in the New Covenant. That has to be your evidence. That has to be your proof. When you have two attorneys going at each other, they're always bringing back judge. Back in 1947 and the Kate and the versus, you know, Smith versus Johnson, there was a precedence for what I'm asking right now, that there was a real they're always bringing you back to where something has already happened to say I have legal precedence to ask for this or to do this. What we're doing is we're always going back to this word because the Bible says this word of God is settled in heaven. Now what are we going to do? We've got to settle it on the earth. This is my evidence. This is my proof. This is how I know. You can't ask your body. How's it doing? Now your senses will tell you how your body is doing. It's given the report all the time. But the scripture says, Whose report are you going to believe? You can't change the spirit realm. You can't change the spirit realm with your body. But you can change, huh? But you can change your body with the spirit realm. Who made what? Did our bodies make this world? No. The spirit realm did. Which one existed first? The spirit existed first. Which one takes precedence over the other? The spirit does. So that's why the natural man cannot receive the things of God.

Pastor West:
They're just foolish to him. He can't understand them. He can't discern them. Y'all doing okay? Yeah. So there will always be a conflict between our senses and the word. The word demands that we walk by faith, doesn't it? Y'all, y'all hear the five senses demand. But your five physical senses demand that you walk by sight. Does the demand on both sides. The word demands. No. We walk by faith. Body says no, we don't. No, we want proof. Walking by faith is simply walking according to God's word, believing and then being steadfast. Faith is just being steadfast. And what what you believe in your heart to be true. It's by faith that you're led away from the sensorium and to the realm of the spirit. Second Corinthians 418 says, While we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. Man How do you look at things? Something's not seen. Now when I was quoting a while ago. First Corinthians two, the natural man can't receive the things of the spirit of God because they're spiritually understood. There's a good example right there. Ask a natural person, What does this mean? While we look not at the things which are not seen, but we look at things that are not seen, They're like, That's crazy. You can't look at things not seen. Now, how would you naturally understand that scripture? No, I don't. Don't be looking at what you're seeing.

Pastor West:
Look over here to what's not saying. It's like chicken. You want some kind of medication? Yeah, I've been heavily. I'm. I'm under a heavy anesthetic of meditation. I'm in medication right now. Medication. Thank you. Jesus. Heavily medication. But that's where the conflict begins. Now, watch here in Second Corinthians. Will you put this up for us? I didn't ask for it. Second Corinthians ten verses three through five. Would you stay in the King James? If you want to. It doesn't really matter. There's there's a there's. 12 more Sundays this this year. If tariffs lasted two hours, that's as 24 hours. The rest this year to have. If you don't miss a service. And then we got to do Thanksgiving and Christmas out of all that, you know, and, you know, and we got to sing Santa Claus Ain't Coming to Town. No, it ain't. It ain't just Daddy's and Papa's wallets. What it is. It's usually pop on because I can't say no. They don't have any no genes in them. We had it in the first go round. We don't have too much of the rest. Just leave us alone. They said, Well, that ain't good for the kids. Well, you all work it out anyway. Second Corinthians ten verses three through five. I don't know if this is King James or not. I wrote it down, but let's just for though we walk in the flesh, we don't war according to the flesh for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal or the not flesh, but they're mighty through God and the weapons of your warfare.

Pastor West:
The weapons of your warfare are not physical. They're not flesh. They're not natural. They're not sensorial. God wants you knows you're going to be in a war. He says the only way you could succeed is put down physical weapons. Get away from sense knowledge, get away from mental faith, mental assent. You'll have to get away from that, because all those are tools of the flesh. None of those tools are mighty before God. To the casting down of strongholds, casting down reasonings. Now where do we reason? In our mind, we reason things out, you know, like this. And, you know, I think two of these be better than three. You know, let's see. Seven times four, 28, 28, 29, 22, 56, 56, 56. Okay. And then I don't know because, you know, yesterday, you know, well, we could go down there, but gosh, if we did that, let's see. So we think about things just like this attack on Israel. They said that. They said they didn't see it coming. Best intelligence in the world. Well, who created their intelligence? Man. He. You can have a $70,000 vehicle and it works fine until it don't. Then it's sitting in the shop. Well, who created that vehicle? A man. Now you need a man to try to fix it. So the greatest intelligence of the world couldn't pick up what was about to happen.

Pastor West:
But did God know? Was God in the dark? Did they catch God napping? The scripture says, I don't know how this works. He said, God, the Scriptures to God. The dark is just as light as the light is. Now, do you know anyone who could make that claim? He's just as bright to me, you know, at midnight as it is, you know, 8:00 in the morning. I see. Just as good. God has more than cat eyes. Right. So. So they just look went in on him. What's actually happening. The fulfilling the prophecy which which must be fulfilled. And it will be fulfilled. And there will be the war that one day will come. Israel. This little bitty, little bitty place on the map. Shi shi shi. So minute, so little compared to the rest of the world. But God has such love for this, this, this land and these people that the world, when it comes to the attacker, He shall come defend her himself. And then in the skies. It won't be these things and all this great inventions that they've made, you know, to shoot down rockets. It'll be you and me on horses. God's going to take a step back in history and put you on a horse. Huh? You see, I don't know much about horses. Will, you need to start reading up on them a little bit? You going to come back on one? Amen.

Pastor West:
Well, so it says still casting down regions and every high thing that exalts itself against the Word of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Now, so to walk according to this verse, I'm going to break it down to walk in the flesh. To walk in a sense. Real mind. To walk in a carnal mind. To walk in a natural mind is to walk in agreement with your senses, which is an unrenewed mind. Now he tells you there's a battle going on and you can't win it with natural weapons. So he says, if you walk in the flesh, you're walking in the natural, you're walking in a sensual mind, you're walking in mental ascent, which means you're not walking in agreement with God. You're walking in agreement with your soul. To walk in the spirit means exactly that. To walk by your spirit, in your spirit, which is God. Because the Word and the Spirit agree, the Scripture says the Word of God is Christ, and Christ is the power of God unto salvation. The weapons of our warfare are the weapons of the word. Every strong coal comes through the channel of your five senses. What is a stronghold? It's. It's a mental fortress. It's a house of thoughts. You ever heard, Bill? House of Cards. It can come tumbling down. He said you have to cast down. The stronghold. The channel is the five senses. We bring every contrary thought into the obedience of Christ.

Pastor West:
The vain reasonings and the vain imaginations are the enemies of walking. In the spirit vain reasonings and vain imaginations is the enemy of walking in the spirit and truth. The moment you see these things and you get them in your heart and in your mouth, your body will respond. You're not waiting on a time. You're not waiting on an anointing. You're not waiting on a special day. You're not waiting when someone comes to town with just the right anointing. You're waiting on you. I'd rather know that I thought I was in faith to learn that I wasn't. Than just keep on thinking that I was and not, you know, not spare my feelings get hurt. Since knowledge is always worried, it's always scared. It's always afraid. It's always a need. It's always a lack. It's always got a poverty of mind. It requires you work hard, try harder, use your wits, make something happen. Sense knowledge. Faith tells you mental faith tells you to use all your cognitive skills. But faith. Trust. Faith believes. Faith knows. Faith rests in the finished work of Christ. Faith is born of the human spirit, not of the mind. Mental sin or head. Faith can be one of the greatest enemies of the life of faith. I want to read. Let's go here, guys. Matthew, 16. If you put that up for me, I want you to see it. I'll give you an example of it right here.

Pastor West:
Matthew 19. Excuse me. Matthew 1916 through 22. Can y'all hold on ten minutes? How many watched the ball game yesterday? I held your attention for three hours. Surely we can go 60 Minutes talking about things. It's like, surely. Well, yeah, but I was being entertained there. Okay. That's what I'm talking about. Matthew. 1916 through 22. Y'all ready? When you found it, say, Got it. If you're not there yet, say, Oh, me. Okay, we got them. Verse 16, and behold, one came and said unto him, Good, master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why do you call me good? There's not one good but God that is God. But if thou will enter into life, keep the commandments. And He said unto him, which Jesus said, Thou shalt not murder. Thou shall not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shall not bear false witness. Honor thy father and mother, and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man said unto him, Jesus, all these things have I kept from my youth up. What lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If you will be perfect, go and sell what you have and give to the poor. Then you shall have treasure in heaven and then come and follow me. When the young man heard these sayings, he went away sorrowful for he had great possessions. This is one of the poorest mans on the planet.

Pastor West:
See he mentally agreed to all these things. I've done all this from my youth. I know there can't be anything lacking, but if you see something, let me know because I'm ready. Jesus offered him a discipleship. Now, you would have a hard time if Jesus come to your home and said, Would you come be with me? Would you come go with me? And he says, Well, I want eternal life, but I but I'm going to have to hold on to natural life. Because I have a lot of stuff. I can't bring my Ferrari. Well, he didn't have. I can't bring my double humped camel. And that's luxurious, you know? I know y'all. Some of y'all don't even have camels. Some of y'all doing pretty good. You just got your first hump. One humper. We got a carport full of double humpers out there, and he wants me to sell all that and just follow him and give to the poor. Oh, boy. Instead, he went away. Sad, grieved for he had great possessions. He didn't have nothing. They had him. Here's a here's a man who goes to him, calls him good master and believes that he is who he is. Mentally. Mentally. He believed it. Mentally. He believed it in his mind. He believed it. Jesus says they honor me with their lips. They say, Hosanna. Glory to God on the highest peace on earth. Good will to men.

Pastor West:
Hallelujah. And Jesus says, But I only know that their heart is far from me. Depart from me. You workers of iniquity. I don't even know who you are. No one wants a shadow of that verse. We know this man had mental faith by the way he reacted. He proved it, didn't he? Mental assent Going to close here, Mental assent is a subtle form of deception because you're just one step away from hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is knowing what we ought to do, but choosing not to do it. We know what's right. We know right from wrong, but we choose not to do it. Mental assent is just is just one step away from that. But it's even harder to detect sometimes. It's believing something in your head. In other words, you agree. You approve, you confirm it's right. You confirm it's purpose, you confirm it's the righteous holy thing to do. In other words, the idea carries your endorsement. It bears the seal of your approval. The problem is you'll never commit to the offer and you refuse to sign the contract. But you agreed to it. You mentally agree with it? In Luke 12 one, Jesus said to his disciples, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is choosing not to practice what you preach yourself. Mental sin is just a crippling, more than it's more than crippling. It's more hidden from the awareness of it. In other words, it doesn't.

Pastor West:
You say it and no one sees it. You've come to believe it in your in your yourself. But, John, I think it's 647, somewhere in there. It says, he says a believer is a possessor believing is having believing is possessing. Believing is not just. I agree to that. So. So what if you believe that and you died? Well, I'd be in heaven. I would be here. I am. He'll. Huh? We're going to get into some of these things. Not that they're altogether wrong, but they need to be they need to be cleaned up a little bit like, you know, confession brings possession. Not necessarily. I know a lot of folks confess to all kinds of things, all the way to the grave. They didn't possess nothing. I mean, you can't just say this and necessarily, I mean, can can you make some if you put a gun up to someone's head and made them say something against their will, might they? They might say, right. If you had a gun up to their head, does that mean that they agree with that and they choose to agree? No, they're just saying, well, you may not be doing it because you're coerced or, you know, with a gun up to your head, but you might just be saying something mentally. In mentally, it makes sense. But it doesn't mean it's of the heart. Remember. We believed in our heart. And we said with our mouth, we believed in our heart.

Pastor West:
We said it with our mouth. What Paul said. He said, The spirit of faith. We have the same spirit of faith, which is what we believe. That's why we spoke. Well, there it is. What is the spirit of faith do? Paul It says, we believe we have the same spirit of faith, which is we believe. That's why we spoke. We wasn't confessing to possess. We already saw it and possessed it in our heart. That's why we're just saying these things. Because we know to call something is to summon something. When you summon something, it better show up. If your summons the court, unless you got an excuse, you better show up there or else you'll have your own court case. It'll be your court case, you'll be fined, called means summons. I'll call things that be not as though they were. Well, they don't be, not they be not insensitive. You don't see them with your physical. But, but, but in the spirit they do exist. It's yours. It's already been provided. Hello. So Mendelssohn is just as crippling, but it's more hidden from your awareness. Only by acting, which is signing the contract do you actually express what you believe. Healing can be blocked by mental assent and will give you the three witnesses in close here. What are the three witnesses? It could be anything but what to say have to do with healing? Well, the word because the word declares what? By stripes you're healed.

Pastor West:
That's the word of God. Is that true? Then there's another witness, y'all. This is a little bit foreign to some people, but, you know, let me give it to you. There's something called pain. The pain is the sensual, physical evidence of the body and the pain. The pain makes a declaration which says, I am. I am not. He'll. I know I'm not. I know I'm not. And I went and got an x ray and see, I'm not I'm not healed. I'm in a lot of hurt. But the word says, Yeah, but you were healed. The pain says, Not yet. I wasn't. I mean, I'm in a lot of pain. Yeah, the pain versus. I just. Believe this and say this. Believe this in your heart. Get in the word. Meditate on the word. Find out what belongs to you. Find out who you are. Get your heart established on the Word of God. The Pacers. I'm not going to believe anything until I can feel it. I'm going to go with Thomas on this one. Maybe Jesus walk in the room like he did for him. The sick one declares. Then you got the person who's sick. But they're a person of the word. The three. This is the third witness. The sick one declares by his stripes. I'm healed. He or she declares this in the face of sense. Physical evidence. Their confession, agrees with God, agrees with the word, and then the body has to come into physical alignment.

Pastor West:
When you are born again, the Bible says your spirit was made alive with Christ. Your spirit was. Which means you're a new creation in Christ Jesus. Now your spirit is in fellowship with God. Who is spirit, right? Now your spirit can grasp and lay hold of what your mind cannot grasp before. Now your spirit can take the proper place because your spirit has been crowned king and your spirit is the master of your being. Boy, this is good preaching, and I'm about to begin. Here, y'all going to be saying, please don't do that, but I'm going to have to. Romans 811 in the Nlt says, so you should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin. Towards the power of sickness or to the power of doubt, or to the power of lust or to any kind of the result of sin. Consider yourself dead to those things and alive unto God through Christ Jesus. Verse 12 says, Do not let sin control the way you live. Do not. Do not let doubt control the way that you live. Do not let sickness control the way that you live. Do not let a poverty mindset control the way that you live. Do not. Let it control the way that you live. Do not give in to it sinful thoughts and desires. Verse 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin.

Pastor West:
Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead. But now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what's right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law because you're under the tree. You're under the freedom of grace. Oh, you switched. You switched? Amen. Now we have a great promise in Romans 814 said it said If the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dead, it's the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in your mortal body. What can happen. What's happened. If the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead, from hell, from the grave and raised him up. He said he will quicken your mortal body. This is a whole new I'm in this with a whole. This is a whole teaching. But I'll make an end statement with what should be a beginning. It's the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in your mortal body, which it does in your spirit. He said That same spirit shall quicken make alive your mortal body. The day will come when you go from a measure of what Christ had that's in your spirit now to the full measure, and your body will be changed in a twinkling of an eye. In other words, mortality will put on immortality, right? This flesh will have a spirit body.

Pastor West:
You have a measure of that already in you right now. Now, what we're not doing to be healed is we're not. We're not releasing an object. From your spirit into your body. We're releasing the person. But at the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead quicken your mortal body. What makes you alive? The same spirit. Now what comes with that spirit? Who not what lives in your mortal body, in your spirit. Holy Spirit. Not the object of healing. We're not moving a benefit from from there and say, now I need you to go over here and I got a boo boo here and I got out here and I got, you know, we're not moving healing throughout our body out of our spirit. We think that's a great revelation. And it is. So now we're going to move objects around. Now it's the it's the spirit of God. He's on the inside of you. He says it was Christ. It was him that raised Christ from the dead. Now, now, if he's alive in you, he said he can quicken all your mortal body. He. He can quicken all your mortal body. Doctors don't know what to do, but. But he hasn't even been to school yet. He doesn't need. He created school. He just lets them in all the things right here. And they think they invented some. Like this just came to me. No, it didn't come to you.

Pastor West:
He didn't come, you dumb as a rock. It didn't come to you. God just awakened a part of your natural brain. And you thought you created something. Hello? Well, you know, man had invented anything. The poorest countries on the earth. A lot of times the third world countries, not all, but most of them are. You know why they are? Because they never see Christ, you know. Is he punish them? No, they don't. They don't have the born again spirit of Christ. They have no their intellect is dead. That's why they're in such poverty. It's not it's not because they don't have resources. Some of the poorest people on the earth have some of the greatest resources on the planet. I mean, you go to India, some places where they're starving, but they can't eat a cow because that might be Uncle Ned. I mean, they're not going to eat a chicken. I mean, that might be their brother who passed two years ago. How are you going to eat? You know, brother Chick. I mean, of the heart. They believe these things. So here they are, starving. And a bull could walk right through their house. And you could slap a whole case of A1 in their hand. And they won't. They won't even make a stab at it. Well because their spirit is dead. But when their spirit becomes alive unto God, they begin to see what he sees. No, what he begins. They begin to know things that he knows.

Pastor West:
They begin to have spiritual discernment for the things that they could not discern before. And they begin to say, Oh, I see. Because now I'm not a natural man. The natural man receiveth not. But we're not of the natural. We are of the spirit. We are of the spirit. Because you are spirit. So we don't mentally agree. We agree. Who's taking orders are you? Does your spirit give orders to your body or does your body give orders to the rest of you? Well, you may not do that because you know you know, now, that didn't go good with your mom and you. And you remember Granny? Well, she always said. Well, she always did. Now you better rub some of that. Concentrate, you know, go get your fifth of this, a little of this and a lot of this. Get you a little bit of honey for that cough and, you know. Go on. You know now. Well, we know you don't drink, but get you a little Jim Beam and then put it in there with that honey, stir it all up like that. That's how you get rid of that cough. That's just a good excuse for drinking. Jim Beam. That's right. You don't know about your cough because you're stoned. That's all. That's all that is. You. You just want to take. You just want to partake of strong drink. Call it a bottle of cough remedy. Hello? Well, praise God. We've won on every side. We've won on every side. Who has heart? Faith instead of head faith? Who believes God still have mental sin?

Pastor West:
Huh?

Pastor West:
I believe Paul said, therefore. Have I spoken? Amen. God bless.

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Pastor West:
You don't know sometimes because it's just internal. You can't. Sometimes it can be seen, sometimes it can be felt, sometimes it's not. But right now, this morning, someone came here believing God for a turnaround, believing God for a miracle, believing God for a breakthrough. And the Lord says he says the breakthrough is already in the house from this time forth. That's over. From this day, from this time forth, that's over. You say, Well, I want to believe that for a long time. Yeah, well, forget about yesterday. Today is the day of salvation. Amen. From this time forth, that is over. Thank you.

Pastor West:
Lord.

Pastor West:
Now we're just in the increase in the overflow. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. So just ride the wave out so you're healed in Jesus name. So, Father, I bless you this morning. Praise you, Lord, and give glory and honor to you, Lord. Father, as we give this morning, we know that it's already been given to us. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over shall men give into our bosom. But we thank you, Father God, that you're the God of increased, not decreased. You're the God of addition and multiplication, not the God of subtraction and division. We thank you, Father God, that everything that you have done and everything that you do is greater than you're not the lesser than the hope to be then equal to you. You're the more than enough. You're the exceedingly abundantly above increase. So we command increase to come forth into the hands of the people, into the homes, of the people, into the lives of the people who put their self in agreement with this word in Jesus name, that you won't be just good to them because you're already good to them. But Father God, that you'll be able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that all all that you have in your heart because of the power that worketh in us and worketh in you, which is love. Love is a giver. Grace is a receiver by faith. So we receive your goodness With Thanksgiving, we receive it with praise. We give you glory.

Pastor West:
Come on, someone say we give you praise and honor. You know the Scripture says the Lord goes up with a what? A shout, not a holy hush. The Lord, the Lord hears high. He said He inhabits your praise, not your holy hush. He said, Well, it's not my personality where the Lord didn't say, I'm going to come to bless your personality. Blind Bartimaeus you know, he heard about Jesus and he was blind. That's why they call him blind Bartimaeus I learned that Bible school that's deep one them and they said, That's Jesus of Nazareth coming down the road. And they said, That's him. That's him. He said, Yeah, this is Jesus. And he started crying out, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, how many ever read that story? And you know, you know, you know who taught me to be quiet? Jesus disciples. They said, we're trying to have church. My God, this is a holy man coming down the road here. We're trying to have church. Pitch to a judge and he's just. Oh, it is Jesus. Yeah, yeah, yeah. He. He just screamed Jesus. And Jesus stopped. He says, I'm getting my message. He says. Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus, when he heard Have Mercy on Me, Jesus said, Oh, no, you did. And he turned back around to see who said that. He said, Come to me. He threw off that. He threw off that beggar's garment. It's time for you to cast off some garments, the garment of heaviness and put on the garment of Woo hoo! Woo hoo! Glory to God, Huh? Smith said if the spirit's not moving, I'll move it.

Pastor West:
I'll move him. Hallelujah. Did you know you can command your body and your mouth and your hands and your legs into obedience? Oh, they tell us that you have to, in your brain with the impulse of the brain, has to give command to the body for the hand to go up. Can you, without a struggle with your brain, make your arm, your hand go up. My God, I'm not some sharp, intelligent people. I didn't even hear. I didn't even hear it like. Ah, hallelujah. Praise God. Well, glory to God. You happy? Are y'all happy? Happy. Are y'all happy? Who's the happiest? Amen. Hallelujah. Thank you, Lord. I can beat all that. I got a microphone. Hallelujah. Yeah. There you go. Get the offering free. Run away with it now. Glory be to God. Blessed in Jesus name. Being forever. Amen. You can be seated this morning. Praise God. Hallelujah. God is good all the time and all the time. Good morning and welcome to Gracelife Church. All of you here and those of you who joined us by ways that you do that. Glad to make you part of our service here this morning. If you have your Bibles with me, let's go to Psalms 145. Psalms 145. We're going to put up some scriptures. I'm going to read this from the passage translation, starting at verse one through nine and.

Pastor West:
I know this will be a blessing to whoever is going to really help. I had a friend call me last night said, What are you doing? I said, I'm in the office. And he said this after 8:00. What are you doing in the office 8:00 at night? I said, Well, I was through, I thought Friday and I looked at some things Saturday, Friday to go do some things. And then all of a sudden on Saturday it disappeared. And I says. Or what about this? He says. Oh, you think you're studying this week? He said that was for you. And I said, Oh, so I'm out there and this is what the Lord gave me. Amen. Well, I just need to. You ever heard of oral knowledge? You'll make it come to you, but you just get it. We don't. We don't ever know if it's here or someone watching. We broadcast about 40 different countries. So you don't you don't ever know. They could begin it in audio format at another time. I command the deaf spirit. A deafening spirit if you're dealing with situations with a lack of hearing. I deal with the deaf spirit. In the name of Jesus, I take authority over you. You have no place in their body. Their body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. In the name of Jesus, I arrest you. I command you to stop.

Pastor West:
Gone, be removed. And I command them to be able to heal or hear normally without any aid. In Jesus name. Amen. Amen. Some said. Is it that simple? It's actually simple in that I use about two times. Two times too much words. I found out when you go into the hospital, sometimes if they have something that's called real severe by those who say, well, this is minor and this is major. People want long prayers for long illnesses. And I understand. But but if you really just read the scriptures and Jesus never ministered that way when he when he's when he's dealing with devils. He just said two things. He said, get out or come out. Right. That's all that I did. And so they had to obey him. Not because of all the scripture you could quote, but they obey you because of who you are. Psalms 145 And we're going to talk about. The compassion of Jesus. The goodness of God. How do we know God is good? And you'll say amen. And I think and I appreciate that you say amen, but sometimes we just say amen because that's just what you say. I mean I mean, you really can't disagree. You shouldn't disagree with anyone. And let's say God's good. I don't care what your denomination is. I think across the across the board church world would say God is good, right? But do you really know how good he is? I said this a few weeks ago when someone asked me a number of years ago.

Pastor West:
They said, Now that you've been in the ministry, I said, Yeah, almost 30 years now. They said, if there's one thing that you could go back and teach, the younger you that you wish you would have known more about starting out is if you just had to pick one thing, could you could you just say that this is the one thing or would you have to think about it? I said, No, I wouldn't have to think about that at all. I said the one thing that I wished I had a better understanding of than I did when I was starting the ministry and even up to the last ten, 15 years, as I wished, I had understood more about the goodness of our God. Amen. We say God's good, but we really don't understand how good he is. You see, you know about things and can give testimony from things that he's kept you out of, that he's delivered you from how he spared your life of things that you know about, but you don't know all the times that he spared you the things that you don't know about. Amen. When the car didn't crank, when when you when you heard you was having a bad hair day and it wasn't going to go this way and go that way. I mean, I remember when I was 17 because I had mine down by here and I curled it because I didn't want it to flip up like Marlo Thomas on that girl.

Pastor West:
I didn't want to be that boy with that girl's hair. So sometimes you're at the house a little bit longer and you're, you know, you're just like you're wondering, you know, how did that happen? And yeah, I was thinking about Dennis. He got a phone call apparently from Pastor C a few weeks ago, and they're at the house. And so, you know, he answers and they talk for a while. And then, you know, Pastor C kind of wondering why Dennis called him and Dennis said, I didn't call you. But they didn't. Neither one call each other and his phone was just sitting off to the side. He's not sitting there holding it. And it just it just kind of goes off and it's like, well, sure, you call me. No, I didn't call you. Well, I mean, you don't really know, but how do you know? How do you know that those little things that happen just like that, just to keep you out of something for a five minute span? Amen. That's the things that you don't know what God's done for you. Amen. So, Psalms 145 we're in the passage. Translation verse one, he says, My heart explodes with praise to you now and forever. My heart, my heart bows in worship to you, my king and my God. Every day I will lift up my praise to your name with praises that will last throughout eternity.

Pastor West:
I want you to get the spirit of what I'm reading and not just words. See what he's saying. Every day I will lift up my praise to your name with praises that will last throughout eternity. Lord, you are great and worthy of the highest praise. There's no end to the discovers of the greatness that surrounds you. Generation after generation will declare more of your greatness and declare more of your glory. Your magnificent splendor in the miracles of Your Majesty are my constant meditation. Your all inspiring acts of power have everyone talking. I'm telling people everywhere about your excellent greatness. Are you? Our hearts bubble over as we celebrate the fame of our marvelous beauty bringing bliss to our hearts. We shout with ecstatic joy over your breakthrough for us. Amen. Wow. Verse eight You're kind and tender hearted to those who don't deserve it. Can I get an amen? Amen. And very patient with people who fail you. Can I get a double? Amen. Amen. I mean, I'm not about you, but, you know, you know people. Yeah. That's a joke, right? Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness. God, everyone sees your goodness for your tender love is blended into everything that you do. Your tender love is blended together like making a recipe is blended into everything that you do. So Psalms 145 talks about his gracious. But King James said, you're full of compassion.

Pastor West:
Said he was slow to anger and of great mercy. The King James said the Lord is good to all of his tender mercies are over all of his hands. I'm just going to read you a couple of verses here that I wrote down. We won't turn there. It's for the Psalms 105 said, The Lord is good. The Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting and his truth endures to all generations. So you have to be in one of those generations if it's all generations. Can I get a better. Amen? Amen. I know I'm doing a lot better preaching than you all doing. Amen. And praise the Lord. Now, if you sit on your Amen and your hallelujahs, you will expand somewhere, either in the jawline if you're a man or in the hips if you're a lady. So, you know, I'm giving you an opportunity to to get it out. You can come to church and lose weight. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah. Psalms 107 one says, Give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his love endures. Until Friday. I'm sorry. Forever. I'm sorry. So God is good. But. But what does that mean? That God is good? We say it. It can almost be a slogan. God is good. It could be a bumper sticker. We would agree with it. But, you know, it's just like if someone sneezes, we say, God bless you. And that's just that's a response to a sneeze.

Pastor West:
But what does God bless you really mean? You know, bless means you have been empowered by the most high to prosper in anything that you need prospering in that would include your include your sneeze. But it goes far beyond that. So when we say God is good and his love endures forever, what does that mean? God is good. God is good is really just his essence. It's who He is. It's God's nature. God is good all by himself. Amen. If God never did anything good for mankind from this day forward ever again. The essence of who he is, the nature of God is just good. He's not good because he does good. He's just good. Amen. Right. And so. But thank God he does. Good. Amen. But good is not what he does. Good is who he is. So God's nature is His essence is his divine attributes of goodness. He's not considered good because he does good things for us. And thank God he does. Psalms 34 says the Lord thy God, merciful and gracious and long suffering and abounding in goodness and truth. Abounding in goodness. What does abounding look like when you have something abounding and you have a surplus of it? I mean, could you handle a surplus of what God thinks is good? Amen. I mean, if you were to ask a millionaire on Earth or a billionaire on Earth, what's a lot of money, they could tell you what they think a lot of money is.

Pastor West:
But if you ask God, what would you consider rich to be? Well, I don't know. I mean, this man couldn't grasp. Of the mind of God or what God thinks is other than Genesis, chapter one, when he created the world, not just Earth, the world, he says, That's good. That's good. God likes what he does. And he bragged on himself. He said, That's good, that's good. Then he made it. He made Eve or made Adam. Putting to sleep. Took a rib out created. He says he woke Adam up and he says, This is your wife. He said, what you want to call her? He says, Whoa, man. He says, God said, Well, just put that together like one syllable. He says, Well, man, well, woman. He says, Well, that'll work. Woman He's like, Whoa, man. Amen. Amen. When I met my wife, she was engaged. I knew she was engaged, too, but I just. We worked at. I was an assistant manager at a Fred store, and she she worked there. And I just eventually I just told her, I said, we use an employee. You have to have management. If you wanted to buy something in the store, you know, during your off time or use on break or whatever, you had to have a member of management to to check you out. It couldn't be another clerk by a store policies so she buy these things and and I just kind of messed with her and I says well that's nice.

Pastor West:
I said, What in the world are you going to do that? She says, I put that on my hope chest. I said, What? You mean your hope chest? She says, You know, hope chest, what you do when girls do you know when they get married? And I says, Well, who do you hope to marry? And she told me his name. And I says, No, you won't never marry him. She looked at me like, What do you mean ain't gonna marry him? I says, You're not going to marry him. She said, How would you know? I said, Because I've already decided. You're going to marry me. She said, You're nuts. I said. Could be. I'm just telling you what's going to work. So I grew up in the years of Steve Urkel, but I wore her down. It did take a half a year. It took a half a year. And I was kind of just kind of shameful, one sense, because she completely gave up. She she she she wanted to get married. And she asked me it scared me because I'm a hunter by nature. Right? I'm like me, hunter, you know, like me, Tarzan. But she turned the table on me and she says, she said, Will you marry me? And I said, Oh, oh. I said, I think maybe we need to see some other people. And she had a date and I had a date.

Pastor West:
And when you're in Clanton, you know, 31 got wore out all the time and I passed her twice. I kid I said I knew who that little cabin boy was. I says he was sitting on what to Sears catalog just to see over the steering wheel. But I could see, you know, she's in the car with him. And it made me mad. It made me mad. So I took my date home. She said, You want to go somewhere? I said, No, I don't want to go nowhere. I took her home like ten minutes too late and that was late. So we found each other later on in town that night and drove into the yard, her mom and dad's yard. And that's when it happened. So we was married in six months. But. She was putting things away for the future, for a hope. You know, and. Sometimes people put things on layaway in their life like they're going to get to it. We're going to do this one day just after this, this and this. Then we can start doing this, this and this. And you live your life away waiting. Barring your tomorrows. That's what dead is. You're borrowing on your future. Right. I'm not saying it's wrong to borrow, but I'm just saying. But that's what it is. You're saying I'm going to borrow this money against my future. But then when people get older, they look at their capability or ability to produce income.

Pastor West:
Then that that can flip, that can change. So then they make different decisions based on their ability to produce income. Now, I don't know why this is not on my notes, but I don't even know why. We would want to live that way. It's good to have a plan. It's good to use some basic understandings. But if you were going to. Finance and evangelistic effort that would change the the landscape landscape of a country or or a community. When we started working in Africa just a few years ago, that just started off with helping someone during Covid, you know, just I was helping someone else. I just said, here, here's two $300 to help buy people rice during Covid. Who's in Africa? Who doesn't have anything? There was no intention of building a church. There was no intention of building a pastor a home. And he wasn't even a pastor. I basically had to help him understand that you are a pastor. You have the pastor's heart. And then through several hours of just spending time, you know, ministering online, not in person. And so like three, three, four weeks ago, we we started helping with other partners, a school where they don't have any they don't have any school for their children and girls aren't allowed to go to school. I mean, they legally can go to school, but but because they're so little ability to do it, they think if one's ever going to be the breadwinner, then we need to get whatever education we can to the man.

Pastor West:
So we it started off with up to age three, but then the problem was two weeks ago. But how how do we feed them when they're here? What do we feed them with? And I said, Well, can't they just bring something from home? Because if they was home, they would have something. Can't they bring that? He said, You don't understand. They don't always get to eat at home. They don't eat three meals a day like most people do. Sometimes they do, but a lot of times they don't. So I sent me some pictures last week because they were at school and they had rice one day and a little bowl with some with some broth in it. And the next day they got a banana and some kind of melon and milk and to get milk was whatever. So then we we're paying teachers to come to that school. And but these teachers, because they have a they have a college education to teach these 50 kids, you know, you have to pay them. And because they have a college degree, I mean, it's going to be $30 a week. Code. But that's so far out of their reach. They can't do it. So you're helping us. You don't even know that you put a school in place that's been in place now for about three weeks and you're feeding kids. That doesn't always get to eat, even even if they're at home.

Pastor West:
And I don't stand up here and tell you all these things all the time, but it's just through your faithfulness and your kindness and your generosity that puts us in a position to even do that. See? God is good to all. Amen. It may look different from this side of the world to the other, but God is good to all. Amen. The Bible says the mercy of the Lord is new every day. You might have felt like you spent all years yesterday. Well, it's okay if you did, because today you've got a whole new batch. He daily loads you with benefits, right? Amen. So God is just good because he is good. It's just his nature. It's his divine essence, who he is. And but we read in Psalms 145 that his gracious compassion, he's slow to anger. Aren't you glad he's slow to anger? Amen. How many know? I know some people who's been quick to anger. Don't mention no names. No, no, no, no. The Lord is good to all. And his tender mercies are over all his works. Now the phrase compassion and the phrase merciful. Not every time, but most of the time they're interchangeable words. If you study in the Strong's or just look up the Greek, the Greek words, you'll find out the word compassion and mercy. Most of the time are interchangeable. So when you say the Lord's merciful, you just said he's compassionate.

Pastor West:
If you say compassionate, you say the Lord is also merciful or so mercy and compassion are always interchangeable. Almost, almost always. And so I want to read it this morning to Hebrews four. Want you to see this. Hebrews four. In verses 14 through 16 Again, I'll be in the passage Translation So we'll put this one up, I suppose. Hebrews 414 through 16. We'll give them just a moment. Verse 14 says So then we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. We have a magnificent King priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God who rose into the heavenly realm for us and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. The Arabic says, who has sorrow with us in our affliction. Verse 15 In Jesus Understands Humanity. For as a man, our magnificent King priest was tempted in every way, just as we are and conquered sin. Verse 16. So now we draw near. Freely and boldly to where Grace is enthroned. I like that. We. We draw how freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned or the throne of grace to receive Mercy's kiss and discover the grace that we urgently need to strengthen us in our weakness. The amplified translation says that that last verse that we might receive mercy for our failures and find grace to help in good time. Now listen to this. For every need, this is the amplified, appropriate help. Well-timed help! Help! Come and just when you need it.

Pastor West:
I mean. It might not be the the best time, but. But when we need help is when we need help. Right. I mean, you couldn't put it on the calendar. You couldn't have planned it that way. But sometimes we just need help when we need it. The good news is you can come to the throne, the throne of compassion, the throne of all grace, the throne of all mercy. Now, if you're going to the throne of mercy, should you be expecting judgment? Should you be expecting God with a big stick and say, Why would you think I'd give you mercy? The way that you do, the way that you act, the way that you been. Does God have the big flyswatter? Does he have a slingshot to put it between your eyes? No, he's. He's the God of all mercy. He's the God of all compassion. God is good. He's infinitely good. Let that sink. Let's go forward now. When the Bible speaks, us speaks this It clearly shows us that Jesus spoke to the Father on our behalf. I want to read you this in. Romans You don't have to turn to Romans. 834. It says, Jesus is now today. What is Jesus doing today, October the 1st, 2023. Today Jesus. Now today is at the right hand of God who indeed is interceding for you. Take that personally. We can take it corporately, but let's take it personally. What is Jesus doing right now? He's at the right hand of the Father of God, where he is interceding.

Pastor West:
Jesus is in prayer for you at this moment. I always say it this way Do you think Jesus gets his prayers answered? Do you think that Jesus has an expectation of having his prayers answered? I don't know. I mean, it's good. I mean, make you feel good, know people are praying for you. But I'm telling you, Jesus, the king of King, Lord of Lords is praying for you this day. Right now, today verse John two one says that we know Jesus is our advocate with the Father. So now we know he's interceding for us. He's praying for us. But we also know that he is our advocate. He is our attorney. Amen. He's the one who looks out for you and then Hebrews seven. And this is going to be the passion. If you want to put it up, you can. Hebrews 722 through 28. Hebrews 722 through 28, it says. So all of this magnifies the truth. Amen. We have a superior covenant with God. Then what they experienced about the Old Covenant. For Jesus himself is this guarantor. So why is it superior? Because Jesus says this one. The father said this one. I'm going to guarantee because I'm going to make I'm going to make my covenant with my son. Jesus. Amen. It's it's, you included, but it's not based on you. It's based on the father and the son. Why did he do that? So man can't break this one.

Speaker3:
Hey, man.

Pastor West:
You didn't make so you can't break. Amen, man. Man, He been breaking the covenant with God. But God made this one with his son, Jesus. You included. It's all inclusive. It comes with the package. It comes with the package. All you have to do is say yes. I mean, there's some things. It's supposed to come with a car, right? You wouldn't think nowadays. I mean, some of us who's a little bit older can remember when you bought a vehicle, it didn't necessarily have electric windows. It had the real deal. It didn't necessarily have. I don't want to age myself, but my first new vehicle was a little Ford Courier truck, 1981 Red. Cheapest thing I could buy $6,300 a Am Radio four speed and the floor heater. But are not having heat. And the heat worked in the summer, too. It worked. It seemed like sometimes the summer I didn't even have to turn it on for it to work. It was just working all the time. Good little heater I had in that truck. But you know, what does our covenant include? So he said, Here Jesus is the guarantor of this covenant, verse 23, as additional proof. We know that there were many priests under the old system, for they eventually died and their office had to be filled by another priest. Verse 24. But Jesus, he permanently, permanently holds his priestly office since he lives forever and he doesn't need a successor. All these priests, naturally, they died. Jesus, he said, I've already died through dying. Amen. So he is now alive and well forever.

Pastor West:
And he's still holding office as the high priest. He is your high priest. Amen. Amen. I had a lady years ago. Many years ago. Many years ago. I was about three years in the pastoring. And she said she said, I want to give my tithes to you personally. And I said, Well, come again. She said, I want to give my tithes to you personally. And I said, Well, there's the time in the service to do that. She said, No, I don't want it to go and I want it to go to you personally. I said, Why would you want to do that? She said, Because you're my high priest. And I said, No, I'm not. No. I found out later. I was just young, you know, I said I was about 32 or 3. And so I found out that she she was paying me to do yard work. Or whatever kind of works that she could think of. Yeah, the high priest was raking the leaves and all. Like, I would just help you. But, but, but we're not going to move the tithe over here and call me High Priest. I said, because high Priest also can rebuke. Why not? I'm not paying for no rebuke. I said, I know you're not well, you know I know a thing or two. Because I've seen a thing or two. Hallelujah. So he's permanently holding this office. Verse 25. So now watch here. So now he's able to save fully from now throughout eternity. Anyone who comes to God through him. Why? Because he lives to pray continually for them.

Pastor West:
Isn't that good? That's a big claim. Say, I can help anyone who comes to God through him. Verse 26, He is the high priest who perfectly fits our need. Holds us without a trace of evil, without the ability to deceive. Incapable of sin and exalted beyond the heavens. My gosh. Verse 27 Unlike the former high priest, he is not compelled to offer daily sacrifices. They had to bring a sacrifice first for their own sins, then for the sins of the people. But he finished the sacrificial system once and for all when he offered himself. Verse 28, last verse. The law appointed flawed men as high priests, but God's promise sealed with his oath, which succeeded. The law appoints a perfect son who is complete forever. Amen. So you can come boldly to the throne of grace to get compassion, to get mercy, to help you in your time of need. I don't care what the need is. The doctor don't know how to help you then. Then just look to the right doctor. Amen. He's not a guesser. He's just not a guesser. He's a knower, you know, And the Lord knows he's a know it all. But some people think they are. But the Lord is a know it all. Holy Spirit's a genius. And if you listen to him, you could be genius. And. But if you don't, well. Okay, so now how many other God doesn't change? How will you improve on perfection? You can't improve on perfection. How many know Jesus is the same Yesterday. Today. Forever. Right? So he's not in heaven with this big stick to whack you.

Pastor West:
So if you want to know what the will of God is in minor, all we have to do is always just look into the Ministry of Jesus. You always know the will of God by looking to what Jesus did, because people say, Well, you know, the mysteries of God, you know, we don't ever know what the will of God is. Well, that's not true. I grew up hearing that all my life. All my life go to church. And I said, Well, Lord, we don't know what the will of God is. I'm thinking, okay. It's a shame I had to be much older to find out that those were untrue statements. How many know the Bible simply means the will. Amen. I mean, if you if you have a Bible, you have a copy of God's will. Amen. It would help to read it and not just have someone else read it for you and tell you what it says. I mean, that's like going to a restaurant and then you're sitting there deciding what you want to eat and then the guy over sitting next to you, he says, I'll decide what y'all having. You may not unless you're buying. I told Win when he was here last week. We took him out to eat our last meal and I said, Now this is our last meal together. I said, So you feel free to get anything up to $12. I did it real serious and going to looked at me like I said, it's just a joke.

Speaker3:
Just a joke.

Pastor West:
Oh, praise the Lord. But God doesn't change. You can't improve on perfection. So we look at Jesus, the heart of God, in a matter because Jesus, the Bible says, is the complete expression of God. The complete expression of God. What is the complete expression of God? The verse. You know very well, John 316 For God so loved the world that he gave his only son. He gave his best. So Jesus was the will of God in action. That's what it is. The will of God in action. And in His earthly ministry, Jesus moved with compassion. In Matthew 936 to 8, 36 to 38, it says. But when he saw the multitude, he was moved with compassion on them because they fainted and they were scattered abroad as sheep, having no shepherd. Then said he unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Jesus said, Pray ye, therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into the harvest. These are scriptures that talked about how he healed the sick. Not because he was had the power, which he did. He did it because the motivation was he was moved with compassion for those who were hurting. If you're hurting in any way this morning, the Lord is very aware of it.

Pastor West:
And he's moved easily. Moved by the feeling of your infirmities. The enemy would like to tell you that he doesn't care. And and we don't say that. But that thought comes sometimes when people are dealing with something for a long time, the enemy just comes. He doesn't come to you with a red suit and a pitchfork and he's never going to come that way. That's too obvious, right? But he comes to you through thoughts and feelings and emotions, and he says, you know, where's God and where's this and where's that? And look how long this has lasted and all that. He he's trying to question in your mind the goodness of God. But you're working on a very limited revelation. When we do that. We've all had the temptation to go there Sometimes when things didn't go the way that we thought they would or that they should. And so it begins to question the same thing that Adam and Eve did in the garden when the serpent came to them and says, God knows that if you just do this and you would just eat this, then you would be just like him. But they were just like him, even though they didn't understand, they were like him.

Speaker3:
Mm. Amen.

Pastor West:
They partook of the fruit because I guess they were fruit nibblers. They saw that they were naked and God asked the question to him. He said, Who told you guys that you were naked? Who told you that? Who told you you wasn't going to make it? Who told you that? You're at the end of your wits. Who told you you can't take any more of this? Who told you there's no way out? Who told you you can't live without this, this or this or without that person or this person or whatever. See, the Lord is my strength. He is my source. He's my supply. My heart's supposed to belong to him before it goes to another. The Lord. You know why? Because he's good.

Speaker3:
Amen. Amen.

Pastor West:
He's your manufacturer. He should know everything about us. When you know someone before they're born, you know something? We've known people after they were born. I like to know. Who did you know? Now, you mothers have a little insight into that because you've had these kickers. You know, in the first few weeks, you know, we down there and you're hugging the portion of receptacle like, oh. I always said I mean, I know y'all heard me say this downtown, but I always thought on a kid's birthday when they get old enough, that kid ought to buy their mother a birthday present, too. Because, you know, mother was kind of highly involved in that day. Way involved. Well. God this morning. Is just want to get across just the idea. To tell each one of you that he he personally understands your situation. He he is already anticipated your need before your need arose. He's already been at your crossroads before. They put two roads together. Hallelujah. He knows the way from here to there. It may seem to you and to us to be very complicated. And it can be sometimes very complex when you begin to think of how this and how that and how this could be and how that could be. But I want to tell you, the answer generally is pretty simple. Kirsten. Now we're talking about something this week about a question that comes up in people's minds sometimes, even if they don't say it. About even in America and those who have been Christians all their life.

Pastor West:
And sometimes it begins in childhood or they get older, they say, well, how do we know the Bible is true and how do we know that God's God and how do we know? And if we was born in Islam or if we was born in a family of Buddhist, would we just believe like this? Or wouldn't we believe like that? How do we know that God is actually God? And then if you're going through some situations, you could feel like you could feel maybe the feeling of his absence. We were talking about that this morning or the other day. And while she was telling me some things that she had studied along those lines, the Lord said, he said, now listen real closely to what she's saying, because we obviously weren't in conflict about it. But she said he said, listen closely to what she says. He says when she gets through, he said, I'll give you the answer to that question forever. And I'm like, I think you said that, but that's pretty deep. I mean, if you're going to give me an answer to that forever. And I said like, okay. So she talked and she was telling me about some things that she was studying along those lines. And and now this is so simple. But to give it to me, it had to be simple. So if you're looking for something deep, it won't come deep. Have you ever heard or you know, someone or maybe you've even felt those feelings before? Some age, like, I mean, how do we know what we believe is true? I mean, if you was on the other side of the world and you was right this way, we might all be down on the road going, you know, whatever, right? So how do we know? You know, if use the wall and kiss the rug and kiss the finger and whatever.

Pastor West:
For me, it's been real easy to know. I mean, the same way that Jesus said. He said, if I hadn't done the miracles, then he said, then it wouldn't be held against you. But. But you've seen the miracles. So. So you had to know. I've seen so many miracles. How can I not know? When you've been privileged to put your hands on people's eyes as blind, and then when you pray and they're not, you know, I went to Christian camp, by the way. I went to the trade school for three years to learn carpentry. That's funny, Scott. He knows. He knows of all people how funny that is. But you got three free credits and whatever. You know, I went to AG AG Department. Anything that would get me out of, you know, school. I did like school, mostly lunch. And in the bell that said I could go home study hall so I could get a little rest. I landed in summer school quite often by necessity. And and I landed there for sure when they said this. Your whole grade will be an oral book report which you'll stand up and give.

Pastor West:
I said, I ain't going to do that. She said, You'll flunk. She said, with your grade point average. She says if you don't get up and do this, she says, you're going to flunk. You have to go to summer school. I says, Well, I guess I'll be going again this year because I ain't going to stand up, speak in front of nobody. I can't. She says. That's just ridiculous. She said, You're going to let yourself fail just because you won't stand up and be uncomfortable for a few minutes. I says, Yes, ma'am, I can't do that. And I said, You know, I said, Miss Talbot, I'm never going to do anything like that in my life. I'm more for Alabama Power Company. I'm going to work for Alabama Power Company. I will have me a brick house is going to have a two car garage. I will have a color TV and I'm going to have a dog and and two kids. Life will be good. I will have pizza on Friday night. We're going to go to the movies now and then, You know it's going to be good. We'll save money for a boat. We may go skiing. I don't need to stand up and give no report to anybody. I said, So just give me an F And I put my head down on my desk like this and I went to sleep. When I went there, there wasn't no air conditioning. There was just box fans. And she had a voice that was like.

Speaker3:
Mom.

Pastor West:
You the hospital, When someone dies, go home. She read like that. So she just let me sleep. I woke up one time, 4:45, Explain that to your mother, how you missed all buses. But I went to summer school because the summer school, they don't have time for you to do book reports. And I got past it. Except for today, last 28.5 years. How me? Right. Well. That plan for your life, see, is just as awesome and it's just good. It's packed full of goodness is what it is. It's packed full of surprises. And it's not just in your youth. It's all through the life. Sometimes until you get older, you don't even know what to appreciate. Hey, man. I mean, you really don't. I mean, you understand things, but I'm saying until you get older, you don't even know what to say yes or no to sometimes. So you just do all kind of stuff. But when you you know, it's really fun when you have kids, they have kids because that is a form of payback. Just go ahead and just say that. So now it's not really that, but but it's just fun to watch them like, like, Oh, you just don't know. Said Yeah we would. Yeah we know, we know we can remember so but it's just there's so much there that God wants to enfold into your life and to bring to you to show you his goodness. Not just for you, but for those in your life, those in your midst. You can't even get to all the layers of it.

Pastor West:
When we get to heaven for eons and eons of years, God will just be unpacking his goodness to you over and over and over and over again. Let me finish here this morning with this. In Matthew 1532 says Jesus or Matthew 1414 says Jesus was moved with compassion and he healed the sick. In Matthew 1532, says, Jesus compassion led to the feeding to the 4000. In Matthew 2034 said in his compassion, Jesus healed the blind man and Matthew one 4241 Jesus led to the healing of the leper and Matthew eight verses one through three. One of my favorite stories. It says when he Jesus was come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. Verse two says, And there was a leper came to him and knelt before him saying, Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. In other words, Lord, I know you have the ability to do it. I know you have the power to do it. I hear of all the things that you've done. I know that if you just wanted to, if it was your will, I know that you could. And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, I will be clean. And immediately the leprosy was cleansed. The Passion Translation He said this. He said, Of course I want to heal you. Can you hear that? Of course I want to heal you. The message says, I want to be clean. The amplified said, I am willing be thou cleansed. So our God is more than willing. It's not what God can do.

Pastor West:
I mean, what is it? God can't do. It's not what God can do, but it's what he yearns to do that inspires our faith. Modern theology magnifies the power of God over the willingness of God. A lot of modern day preaching and God is powerful. God is power. But there is no scripture that says God's power. But there are all kinds of scriptures said that God is love. God's ability. What is God able to do? All things. God's ability always listen. God's ability always, always equals his willingness. Amen. Whatever he's able to do, he's willing to do. Amen. For this is the confidence that we have in him. That if we ask anything according to his will, which he wills, we know that we have the petition that we desired of him. That is so good. Amen. So the Bible reverses the order of the power. To want us to see the willingness of God's heart. The Bible magnifies his willingness to use the power more than the power itself. It's not faith in God's power that secures the blessing, but faith in his love and faith in his goodness. Micah, 718, says he delights in mercy. Not only is God able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, but He's willing to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think. He's no respecter of persons. What God has done for one He'll do for another. If God ever healed one person, He's willing to heal you this morning. Amen. I'll let that sink for a moment.

Pastor West:
The Lord is good to all. He's no respecter of persons, and his tender mercies are over all his works. Paul said in Second Corinthians, He says, the God, the father of mercies and the God of all comfort. Jesus said, Blessed are the merciful. Interchangeable with compassionate, for they shall obtain mercy. Amen. This morning. I want to tell you this morning. And this is a very simple message. When you say God's good, you say, Well, we knew that before we came here. But I want you to hear it. See. Many people here, but they don't listen. But they don't hear. I'm telling you, when you feel like you're in, you're in that crisis.

Speaker3:
Remember.

Pastor West:
Remember once again, what do you do when you're in the crisis of your life? The simplest answer is this Remember that heaven has never been in crisis mode.

Speaker3:
Amen. Amen.

Pastor West:
You know, all the problems that you have. You're just one of his kids. And the law is not on some Prozac somewhere, you know, trying to like, woo. He's like, let me have three days. We'll open up the lines again.

Speaker3:
Hello?

Pastor West:
He's not smoking herbs somewhere, you know, just trying to like. Whoa! God has never been in crisis mode. He's just been in mercy mode. Compassion mode. The more that you begin to think about those things and feed your thoughts on those things. See, because your life will always flow in the direction of your most dominant thoughts. The more you think about the God as the God of all mercies, then you'll be looking for mercy. And if you know that He would give mercy to you, then you know you should know that he wants to give mercy to someone else. The Scripture says the God lets the rain fall on the just and the unjust. Now, with our lack of rainfall, I hope I hope we still should be the just But but I'm just saying. But the sun shines every day on all of us.

Speaker3:
Amen.

Pastor West:
He doesn't have any favorites. But we put ourselves when we're trying to earn God's love and earn his mercy and earn his goodness. Which one of your kids, if you have one or more, which one of your kids did you require? Did you require something of them for you to love them? Did you have some list of requirements that you must do this, this, this and this and this and this before I will love you with all my heart. And we're better than him. Did you love him when they made a mistake? Yes. Did you love when they made it again? Yes. Did you love when they made it again? Again and again. Again. Again. Amen. Well, are we better than God? Well, of course we're not better than God. So his mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. Don't disqualify yourself for what Jesus has already qualified you for.

Congregation:
Amen. Amen. That's good.

Pastor West:
Quit trying to analyze why the problem is and just look to Jesus who is the answer of all problems. If you feel like you're drowning, don't sit there and think, I should have took swimming lessons and trying to figure it out. You're doing the dog paddle and you're running out of oxygen quick and you're thinking, Well, I should have done three years ago. They tried to get me. It's too late for that. You just be like, Peter, Help! Peter always had a whole lot more to say than that. He wouldn't run out of words. He's running out of time. I don't even know if he got the whole word out. Jesus picked him up, walked him back to the boat. If you just knew how much God really loved you. And I have no way to tell you I can read to you, but I have no way to tell you, even in my very limited, limited vocabulary. But even if I could expound on it in great ways and methods, no one would be able to tell you the length, the breadth and the height and the depth of God's love towards you. Amen. Of how your picture is in the throne room. And every time he looks, he's got that smile on his face. That's my kid. That's my girl right there. That's my boy. That's my kid. That's my family. Amen. That's right. Peter and John had a little different viewpoint of this. You know, Peter was always quick, you know, to speak. Before Jesus was crucified, Jesus told them what was going to happen, and Peter basically rebuked Jesus.

Pastor West:
I wouldn't go that route if I was you. But he basically rebuked Peter. And what happened was Jesus was reading the Scripture. I think it's in Matthew 24, but he was coming out of the Old Covenant and he was talking about when they strike the shepherd, he said, the sheep will scatter. And he was telling them what was about to happen within a few hours. And Peter says, And so they're all here in this disciples around the table hearing how they will not be faithful to him. And Peter says, that is not so, Lord. He said, If every one of these around here fails you, he said, I'll go with you to them. I'm willing to die with you. Do you think that Peter actually meant that? I do. I think he actually meant it. But of course, he was the first to say it. He said, In other words, if everybody here fails you, which they might. Jesus, you still have me. Who was the first to fail him? Peter. But you know what? It was different about John. They all ran, including John. John came back at the end to be with Mary's mother. Right. But they all was afraid for the life. They all ran. John knew more, probably had a different relationship with Jesus and intimate relationship with Jesus. We see him with his head upon Jesus's chest. And he said, I'm the disciple that Jesus loved.

Speaker3:
Peter.

Pastor West:
Put his faith in how much he loved Jesus. John put his faith in how much Jesus loved him. Amen. Amen.

Speaker3:
Amen.

Pastor West:
Peter was self-focused. John was Christ focused. When yourself occupied with yourself, then you'll do all kinds of things to try to earn the father's love. But you would never do it to your own kids or your grandkids and will miss it every time. When I say God is good, I mean God is good.

Speaker3:
Amen.

Pastor West:
Mercy is when you don't get something that you deserve to get.

Speaker3:
Oh.

Pastor West:
Thank God his mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. Now, it doesn't say his mercy is from October 1st to October the 7th. After. Then it's you know what to pay. It's from everlasting to everlasting. Praise God. So that doesn't make you want to fail, does it? That. We love him. Why? Because he loved us first. If we could see like John saw. Instead of what Peter saw. Did Peter come to know the love of the Lord? Yes, he did. But he all his focus on I will not fail you. I will not fail you. That's not a scripture coming from human to God. That's a scripture from God to us, to his family. I will be with you to the end of the earth, and I will be with you always. I will never leave you nor forsake you. I will. I will stick closer to you than a brother does to a brother. If all others forsake you, I will still be with you. I will lift you up. I will hold you. I will mend your heart. I will heal your diseases. I will supply your every need. Father, we thank you this morning. As this sign says, who shall separate us from the love of Christ that was revealed to us in Christ Jesus? This is the angels Can't.

Pastor West:
The demons can't. Your problems here today, your worries about tomorrow. Nothing can separate you from the love of God that's in Christ Jesus. Amen. In this room today. There's many facets of healing, and they're not all physical. Some are things of the past. Some things are those of the emotions. Some of the things that you have felt in some of the things that be, quite honestly, is just disappointments. All disappointment is, is just you expected something different and it didn't happen that way and you became hurt or disappointed because of the outcome, because you surely thought it was like this. But you don't know all the variables. You don't know the whole equation. You only you're. You're working on a limited knowledge. And God doesn't need me to defend him. He's the defender. I'm not the strong tower he is. All I do on Sunday morning and what I do. I'm just like on the interstate. I'm just the sign that says, Get off right here. This is Cracker Barrel. Get off right here. There's a Shell gas station. Get off over here. There's a Hampton Inn. I'm a pointer. All I'm doing is just pointing to him. And then. Because he's the one who's good. He doesn't have to do anything once again to be good.

Pastor West:
He just is good. It's who he is. It's his nature just to be good. God so loved the world. There's people that we all had in life that we said, I just can't, you know, me and them, that's it. That we would cast them from our relationships every which way. That's it. But the Lord never stops with anyone. He never quits with anyone. He's always looking for a crack or some way to get in some way to go forward with this relationship. Some way to save. Some way to heal. Some way to redeem. Some way to heal the hurts of the past. Some way to bring them into the glorious future. This morning, I want you to take your heart to God. We can't do this for 30 minutes. We have to go. But I want you just to give God. Your heart. We've all had times where we've doubted. And that something we can say amen to and I say amen to. But everyone in here has been like Peter. Everyone said what they wouldn't have said, and they did what they said they wouldn't do. But God, it says even though we fail Him, even though that we're unfaithful, it says God will not deny himself for God himself is faithful.

Speaker3:
Amen.

Pastor West:
God himself is faithful. This morning. Father, we just cast our cares upon you. Father, I so thank you for the opportunity to be in the presence of. Your children, those that you love so much. Those that you gave father your best. Your only begotten son. Father. You know every situation, you know every need in this room. You know everything that represents, you know every situation. You're easily fooled. You're easily moved with the feeling of their infirmities. This morning we come and we bring our heart to you. We come to the place not just to God, but we come to the place of ABBA. Father. We come to the throne of grace. Become set upon the father's lap. We come with all of our needs and all of our frailties and all of our weaknesses and all of our our hopelessness, sometimes all of our lack of faith. Sometimes. And father, we say, as the man said to Jesus one time, I believe, but Lord, please help my unbelief. And we come to you this morning and Father God, we thank you that we're going to come to the throne of great mercy and compassion and grace where we are received with love. We don't come as the prodigal, but we come as the son. We come as the daughter. We come as those who's the closest to the bosom of the heart of the Father. Father, I thank you, Lord, that you see every need. I pray for each one under the sound of my voice and those who are watching or listening at another time. And, Father, I thank you, Lord, that as they bring their heart to you.

Speaker3:
Hurting.

Pastor West:
Broken. Their feelings, their in their body this morning. They need healing. They need strength. Maybe it's a financial need. Maybe it's something in their home. Maybe it's their marriage. That seems like there's just no way for that marriage. Seems like there's no way for it to be restored. But you are the great restorer. You're not a restorer, but you are the restorer. You'll make it better than it ever could have been. So this morning, we're asking you to do what only you can do. To be only who you can be. And so we give our heart. I want you to be able to see in your mind's eye just you taking of yourself, of your heart, sitting in the father's lap and just handing him your heart, handing him that situation, handing him that care, handing him those, that hopelessness, feelings that you have, sometimes handing him that depression that you feel sometime that weighs down upon you. That situation that has gone on for so long, that just feels hopeless. Like there's just no way it's going to be answered. He knows all about it. He understands everything about it. He knows what you don't know about that.

Pastor West:
He's not chastising you for it. He just saying, trust me, trust me with all of your heart. Don't don't lean to your understanding, but just trust me. I will direct this. I will cause my word to come to pass. All my promises are yes and amen. So, Father, I thank you, Lord, for healing everyone this morning. Healing their hearts, healing their homes, healing their families, healing their children. That child that has gone the other way, the other path that looks like there's there's not a way for them to be reached. It looks like the taunting thoughts of what may happen, the phone call that may come in. No, no, no. We thank you for sending the laborers to that child. We thank you for the blood of Jesus keeps him protected. We thank you that you speak to them in the day and in the night seasons. We thank you, Lord, you're bringing that child back in. We thank you for all the God that you are restoring relationship and fellowship with us in the mighty name of Jesus. We thank you. You're so good. For the Lord is good. In his mercy endures.

Pastor West:
Forever.

Pastor West:
Amen. God bless you. We appreciate you coming today to be a part of the service. Good to see everyone here this morning. We will have service this Wednesday night. First and third of every month. If we don't see you, then, man, if you if you sign the list, if you know that you can come or think you should can come so we can know how to prepare for the men's meeting in October. God bless you. Have a great day.

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Pastor West:
Begin. Quick announcement for the men. May the that I may. October the 21st would be a Saturday. I'm going to have a men's meeting. Pastor Billings is coming. We will we will have donuts and coffee, but we're actually going to serve a lunch. But, you know, if you if you eat a big breakfast, eat before you come, it's going to start at 9:00. We'll have we'll have coffee and and donuts, but we'll have a lunch going to have three sessions to two sessions break and then a lunch. I think the men from his church are coming to join us. If you never met them, they're going to come be a part. Going to be a mini man of fire conference. That'll be October the 21st, 9:00. If you can't stay for all of it, then maybe you can come to eat lunch. And if you have to take off, then I would think we'd be through by 1:00 with all of it. And then he'll give us some details on next spring's magnifier conference where several churches come together. But that's October 21st, Saturday at 9:00, two sessions. And then we'll have a lunch together, then one session after that. So let's get right into the word in Matthew chapter 16. Hello, Good morning. Welcome to those of you who've joined us. However you join us, praise God. If you have a car, you're close. You could do it in person. I'm reading from the passage translation verse 13.

Pastor West:
Whatever you have, do the best you can. Verse 13 says, When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi. He asked his disciples the question, What are the people saying about me, the son of man? Who do they believe that I am? And his disciples answered and said, Well, some are convinced that you're John the Baptizer. Others say you're the Elijah reincarnated. Or Jeremiah or you're. Or you're one of the prophets. That's. That's who they say that you are. And then Jesus asked a question. He said, But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter spoke up and said, You're the anointed one. You're the son of the living God. And Jesus replied, You are favored and privileged. Simon, Son of Jonah, for you didn't discover this on your own. But my Father in heaven has supernaturally revealed it to you. I give you the name of Peter a stone. And on and on and on. Isn't it funny how when they ask the question, he says, I know you're hearing things about me, rumors about me, speculation about me. Tell me what they're saying. Well, they did. And maybe there were some other things said about them they didn't share with you. But what he really want to know is. Who do you say that I am? Who does the. Who does the family say that I am? Who does the inner core say that I am.

Pastor West:
It seems as if he was looking for a different answer, don't you think? I mean, if you turn on the news right now, if you just listen to the you just looked at the report of the world, if you just someone asked me one time, they say they asked me recently, I said, what's which news network do you watch? And I said, Right now, none of them. Right now. I don't want to get any news from any of them. Right now, I mean, this is just me right now. This is my news. Amen. You know Jesus is not fake news, huh? And he knows the past and the future. That's right. So when he says, who do? Who do men say that I am? It. Look, it looks as if he's looking for a different response. So if you were to if you were to watch the news and they say this, this and this, that and it's going to be like this and and there's going to be a recession and there's going to be all this stuff going on. Jesus might ask you, what do you say? Well, are you going to grade them? There's going to be recession for your life. Absolutely not. If the world wants to go through one, I guess the world can go through one if they want to. But we don't have to, do we? You know why? Because we're in the family.

Pastor West:
Like the song we just sang. We're in the royal family. Amen. Amen. And everything about it is supernatural. You ought to get hold of the supernatural part. Are you all here or not? Yes. How do you believe the Holy Spirit is a is a miracle. Holy Spirit. Amen. There's no such thing as a non miracle Holy Spirit without such a thing. God is not just supernatural, he is also miraculous. Why? Because he's miraculous. Miraculous just by his nature. So that means that everything he does has to be miraculous. To have the Holy Spirit living within you is to expect the miraculous. There ought to be an expectation because you have a miraculous spirit on the inside of you. Why do we say these things? We're always bringing to your remembrance the things that have already taken place. Most people a lot of times or a lot of people when they when they think about these things, they go to church. They talk about what God can do as if he has done anything. They said, Well, I know he went to the cross. Well, he went to the cross, but don't stay at the cross. I mean, if you went to the cross, you that's a place of defeat in one sense. But how many know that he was also buried and how many know he actually paid the price? How? You know it was your price. My price? How many know he got up? How many know he walked away? He walked out.

Pastor West:
Amen. Have you ever read anyone who went to hell and walked out of there? No. Jesus walked out. He was at the lowest place and he got elevated. So we'll talk about that a little bit. Elevating or moving up higher. So to believe in the spirit is to believe in the miraculous spirit. To walk in the spirit is to walk in the miraculous. Why? Because you're made for signs. And you're made for wonders. Thank you. Those two people who believe that praise God, the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised you is a miracle spirit. That's the only promise He made you the Holy Spirit himself. Like I said, there's no such thing as a non miracle spirit if you claim to. If you claim to possess the Holy Spirit and deny his very work that he does, which is always distinguish him when He created this world. The power of God by the Holy Spirit created that which we see, and that's what we see around us. And so he operates. Three individuals. He operated in a different way through Moses. He came to Moses and he said and Moses said, Well, who are you? And he says, I am. Our names at. He said, When I go when I go and I tell and I tell the fairy to let two and 2.5 million free employees go, they want to know who who's asking, who made the request.

Pastor West:
He said, Tell them I am making the request. And it's not really a request. Think about it, 2 to 2.5 million free employees. And Moses was a stutterer. Moses said, I'm not eloquent in speech. I always said, no one's that eloquent to tell someone to let go with 2.5 million free employees. No, not not that eloquent. Now we might look. Ordinary. We might look inconsequential. Innocuous. Real time. We might just look sweet. And we are. But because the Holy Spirit in you. It's the same miracle. Holy Spirit, remember you didn't get a non miracle. Holy Spirit. So if you didn't get a non miracle Holy Spirit and greater is he that's in you than he is in the world. Then how would you live a non miracle life? You are a carrier of the supernatural realm. The carrier. For the last three years, we've had so much thought about diseases and and all the things. It's not minimizing, you know, things that happen with people. And some people lost their life. But there's been so much attention on the news about a, you know, a an infection or Covid, Covid 19, not Covid 2023. This. Let's come into the day that we're in. You know, I don't know. Could you see the Holy Spirit on the inside of you wearing a mask on the inside of you? You think he's concerned about disease or a germ? What we're going to talk about just a little bit.

Pastor West:
We've talked about several times in different ways is is putting into our thinking and let let what's send your spirit elevate and come out into your soul and into your body. Most of the problem is or all the problem is not if you're born again, it's not your spirit. You've been made one with him. Everything that God is. He is in you in your spirit. If you got one more drop of God in you from this day forward, you'd have more God than he is. Thank you, Mr. Elliot. Praise God. You say. Now, now, now, wait a minute. Well, Is God 100% God? When now, When Jesus came to the earth. Was He. Was he God and man? Yes. Well, some people say, well, I think it was like a 7030 split or an 8020 or maybe he was 6040. Now he was 100% God and he was 100% man. The Scripture says in heaven, Jesus will always be known as the son of man. He had to become human so that he could die as a human to represent the human race. We know that. But he couldn't be born of any man on the earth because every man was sin. So he had to be born of his father. But Jesus didn't come out of his mother's womb walking on the water.

Pastor West:
I never read those scriptures. Hmm. He wasn't turning water into wine. He wasn't cursing fig trees, you know, when he was 18 months old. Was he? He wasn't. He wasn't healing the withered hand. He wasn't doing any of those things. He wasn't multiplying fish, and he probably was thinking about it. So he didn't even know who he was for a while. How did he come to know who he was? He found himself in the word of God. That he found himself in the Word of God. Let me say it one more time. Just a little bit better. The Word of God. Jesus is the word, John one. Jesus is the word, right? And the word was God and the word. And nothing was made without the word. Jesus called the Word of God. So Jesus, the Word of God found out that He was the word of God in the Word of God. Guess who? Guess. Where you going? To find out who you are. Not Reader's Digest. Nothing. Not The Enquirer. Not watching Oprah Winfrey. Huh? Man, they don't even know who they are. You know, when I was reading this thing, it says when electricity was discovered, it was considered to most observers to be the most amusing novelty. Keith Palmer knows much more of this than I do, but the Alabama came into being somewhere around 1904 to 1906 is what I may be wrong, right? It's what I what I looked up.

Pastor West:
But different parts of the United States, you know, had usage to some form of what we would call electricity. But everyone just thought this is just some kind of crazy fare. This is nuts. I mean, it's like it was the same like, you know, we have crude oil. You know, we have kerosene. We have wood stoves. It was good enough, Granddaddy. It ought to be good enough for you and good enough. My dad. I'll be good enough for your dad. And why mess with this? And farmers was greatly concerned about it. If the world was going to go this way, you know, would it be profitable to their farms and to the into the industry and all such as this? I mean, this was a huge change. Just like if you owned the industry and you're and you're using electrical manpower or whatever it is and they're wanting you to swap over to the cost of this and it's what it's called What now? So you didn't. I know my grandmother was born in 1904. Not my great great grand grandmother. My grandmother was born in 1904. When she was born, she didn't have electricity. Now you want to look at how fast and quick the world has sped up in technology. Well, Daniel told you that's what it was going to be like. That generation who sees so much advancement or what we would call technology in a span of a generation.

Pastor West:
We are that generation. I mean, 19. Well, so it was if you look, you can do a little research, but electricity wasn't really prevalent in the United States and it still wasn't even some places into the 1930s and a few 1940s. There's a few states that fought it. But 19. In the late 1920s, most of the United States had some form of. That's just 100 years from now. When you think about our country, it's young. I mean, you think about the Roman Empire being, you know, it's you know, it goes into the thousands of years. You know, the United States is just 200 something years old. She's a baby. But yet she's led the nation. She's led the nation's. The baby has led the nations. That can only be for one reason. It's because of the people that was here before you and before them, before them. And when they came here, what they had in their heart to do and how God used this nation. Isn't it amazing how God has used 6% of the population to bless 94% of the world? You. And actually, we're the six. The 6% controls 94% of the world's wealth. That as a former president said, you have enough crude oil under your feet. If you never had electric car, which they'll be here. But I mean, there's enough crude oil under your feet that would last for, you know, your kids and their kids and their kids that we wouldn't even have to source these things out.

Pastor West:
I mean, why would you deplete your oil supply and depend on foreign nations who hate you to be at their mercy? Anybody in this room has got more sense than that. Unless you go through some kind of scanner in Washington, D.C., after you've ever braincell that you ever had, I don't know how that works, but. But it seems like that's the way it works. I think you ought to send Joe lunch bucket up there, you know, just clocks in, clocks out. He'd have more sense. I may be off already. I don't know. But. We're talking about the potential of electricity. Electricity is here to bless you. It was harnessed to bless you. But Unharness is deadly. When the Holy Spirit is in you and you're the conduit, it flows through you is to flow to and to flow through. Now, we've had a lot of teaching and thank God it took a while to get there. But Christ in you, the hope of glory and the Body of Christ has done a fairly good job of preaching that message. We always have to be reminded of the Christ in you, but what we're sadly lacking is getting the Christ out of you. Christ in, but Christ out. And it's just it just sits there. Well, it's it's got to be accessed.

Pastor West:
So we want to go to a higher place. I don't know that everybody in this room really wants to go to a higher place. You may just want to go to lunch right now. I don't know. And we're going to give you time to do that. So we're going to just look at a few things this morning. I mean, just a few things of that process, what it might look like to elevate. According to the Word of God, Jesus found himself in the Word. Now, lest you and I find ourselves in the Word. Okay. So to elevate means to lift up, it means to make higher. Just simple terms. It means to raise in rank or or status. It means to increase the level of something. It means to increase the amount of intensity. And so. We are in a day that's very similar. It's a prophetic chapter in Matthew chapter 12. It gives us a timeline so that we would know when the disciples said, How will we know the ends come? And he gave them several things in the Book of Matthew. But in Matthew 24, verse 37, and the NIV says it this way, as it was in the days of Noah. So it will be in the coming of the son of man. Well, that was a that was a a snapshot of the past that Jesus said, here's how you'll know when these times that you're asking about are soon to come.

Pastor West:
The way it was in the days of Noah. So it will be at the coming of the son of man. Well, how was it in the days of Noah? Well, it was terrible. Had to be. If it wasn't terrible, you wouldn't need an ark. Right. And but the part that I think that we leave out sometimes we and it's rightfully its right to make the connection there because it was bad in Noah's day. Right? Obviously it was bad. It's bad in our day. I mean, the consciousness of our culture today is it seems to be absolutely seared. Well, it had to be steered there. God couldn't find but a handful of people there to rescue. But it didn't say anything about Noah. And there was what the church seems to be doing is they're they're taking the scripture and say, well, just I mean, it's just now the way it was. I mean, there's you know, there's homosexuality. There's there's all the, you know, all these things that cross reference with Noah's Day. You got adultery, homosexuality, you got perversion, you got everything going on in our day that you had and more than you had in Noah's Day. But here's the thing. Noah didn't major on the sin. The church does. No majored on the grace. See, God said. But he found grace in Noah. Oh, that would be good. The Lord would write that about you.

Pastor West:
They're seeing all over the place. It's rampant. The days are evil. It isn't our day. I mean. I mean, I remember. I mean, these things were already in the earth. But. But. But they stayed kind of behind the scene. They stayed in the closet. Now they don't even mind being out of the closet. They look at you like, What's wrong with you? Yeah, right. And so, I mean, it's in your face, but that's okay. That's all right. Because greater is he. That's in us. The heat is in the world. We're here to minister to them. We're the ones from the Heavenly Kingdom. We have authority over all the powers of the enemy. And so we're here to to minister to them if they oversee the ministry. So Noah found grace while the church finds sin. But I read in my Bible that we're seeing abounds. Grace does much more abound. I read that in there. It's in there somewhere. Have you all ever come across that scripture we're saying abounds? Oh, that's right. It's the Second Corinthians where sin abounds. Grace does it? It doesn't say a abounds more. It's just much more. Some translation says super abundance when grace comes, when sin comes in the door. Grace says you ain't nothing. And grace super abounds over sin. I mean, he puts the light out. The darkness of sin. The righteousness is light. Darkness never extinguishes light.

Pastor West:
It just can't. I mean, Charles Couch used to always say, he said, go to your local hardware store. And you say, I just got I got a room. Just got too much light in it. He says, go in there and ask him, do you want to buy some dark bulbs because you want to put out the light. They don't sell dark bolts, but they do sell light bulbs. You can't get you can't buy a dark bulb to put it in a room to make it go black. But if you're in a basement or you're in a cellar and you strike a match or flick the Bic. The most distinguishing thing in the whole room is that one. That one flame, right. You may be living or ministering or living around some people. That's in darkness. Well, when you walk in the room, I imagine they're squinting. You ever been somewhere where it's real dark or going to a The last time in a long time since I've been to what's the in childersburg The. The Soul Caverns. You ever been to a cavern like that cave and you come out and just for a few minute or two, you're squinting your eyes because it's been so dark in there. Well, that's what happens when you go into a little dark places. There's darkness everywhere. Then here you're the light of the world and you just show up. They're all like, Oh, what is that? What is that? Well, that's who you are.

Pastor West:
That's what's in you. So if I could just help us to understand a few things, or at least bring your attention to it. Then we would see. Uh, how to go from this place to that place. How many wouldn't mind elevating going to a higher place? Now, if it took a little effort on your part, you still won't do that. I lost several hands when I said that. Okay. Well, I just make sure. But you have to see it first. See, people always they seldom sees what they fail to recognize. If you don't recognize it, you won't see it. So moving up higher or reaching that summit elevation requires a shift in your perspective how you see things. So we have to go from seeing the way the world sees it, the way natural man sees it. We have to see things from God's perspective. The only way you can do that is go to His word. God does not look at things the way people look at things. He does not make decisions based on natural information. The Lord has never talked to you through your brain. He's used your soul. If it's been renewed to the Word of God to speak to you, but God never ministers to you through your brain and through your body. He's a spirit. You're a spirit. He speaks to you. Spirit to spirit.

Pastor West:
The more that you renew your mind to think like he thinks, the more he has to work with to bless you, to help you, and to shift your perspective. Some things that are that we have what we call troubles, so some things that we think are just almost impossible. When you put them on God's plate, you think he's bothered by him to that? You say, well, he don't have to be. He's not here. Well, no, he's here. He's here. So you think I can't think of one way to fix it? He can think of 2 million. You say? Well. Well, then ask him. Ask him. See? See things from his perspective. Now. And then this requires not only a shift in our perspective, but it requires that we understand that the covenant that we're in is the new Covenant, not the old Covenant, not a mixture of two covenants, but the New Covenant based on better promises that the old things of who you are passed away so that you begin to see yourself with a brand new identity. Paul was Saul. True. He wasn't the Apostle Paul at first, but he became the apostle Paul. Who was Saul of Tarsus? Saul was. Saul was a doctor of divinity. You could say double doctor. He was. He was the most educated man that they knew of. He was trained by the very best. But yet, on the road to Damascus, he had a shift in perspective.

Pastor West:
And boy, he was a shift. I mean, he met he met Jesus. He didn't go and watch. He didn't go and watch The Passion of the Christ. That that's not what happened. He met Jesus. Face to face. It was a it was a it was a shock. Knock him off of his horse. He became blind. And then he asked Jesus, He said, Who are you, Lord? And Jesus says, What? You just call me? I mean, I mean, it's pretty good when you get knocked off your horse and then you answer your own question Who are you, Lord? Then the next thing he says, What would you have me to do? Because he had, you know, he had he bore the seals and the papers to go and arrest people, stoned people. And he was the one who held Steven's or held their coats while they stoned Stephen. He gave the word to stone. Steven But yet when Paul came to know Christ and he become to understand who we are in him. Paul had to shift his identity from Saul to Paul. So if you're born again, you're not who you used to be. And that's not just a song. That's just not a little sermon title. I'm really not who I used to be. And we should know one another just after the flesh. Because we're spirit beings. You can know mannerisms and you can know personality.

Pastor West:
You can know how they like, whether they like ketchup on it, whether they don't like ketchup on all that's just natural stuff I'm talking about in the spirit realm. There's God on the inside of you. So. So, Saul. Came to the place of being Paul the new man in Christ. So Paul wrote in the Scriptures out of his new identity. He says, Now I the new man. He's talking about the new man. He says, I have wronged no one. And they're all looking at him like no. One. I mean, remember Steven and you remember the other one. You put these people in jail, you had them stoned, you killed people and you wrong. Nobody. He said, That's right. I have wronged no one. Now, what is he basing that on his whole life? Or his new life. Now, I know that you guys know this, but. But are we really living it? Are you living out of your new identity or your old. Some people give their testimony like just like they want to go back and live it. Oh, man, I used to be a drunk like this. Well, that ain't blessing nobody. Huh? Sometimes your testimony can help some people. But. But. But. I'm not going to give any glory to the devil out of that. I mean, the good story is you once was blind sucker, but now you can see. Isn't that isn't seeing better than being blind? Yeah, right.

Pastor West:
The best testimony was, you know, I guess I remember one time when I was four, I stole my sister's sucker, and. And I sucked all the red off of it. That's all you ever did? Well, it didn't matter how good you was, you had to be born again. Like I said, who wants to be the best sinner? Who's in hell without Christ? You're hell bound, right? But so we have to see our identity and who we are to him. Your value, the sum total. So you can see it in other people. If you don't see it in you, you're not going to see it in nobody else. If you don't see how much he loved you when we weren't. When we didn't qualify for that love, then we won't see someone else with that kind of value or someone that worth. So if you fail to recognize the value of who you are with your with his love and value and acceptance over you, then you will misjudge. The why of your existence. Ephesians 111 says Through your union with Christ, you have been claimed by God as his inheritance. His inheritance. God calls you his inheritance. Before you were born. He gave us our destiny that we would fulfill the plan of God, who always, always, always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart. That's a very powerful scripture. And so, you know, we don't want to be the crowd because sometimes people, you know, like, I just want to fit in.

Pastor West:
Well, if you're going to walk with God, then you're not always just going to fit in. You're not always going to be just accepted by the mass of the people. Sometimes it could be a lonely road to walk for a while, but God always put people in your life, put people in your path. But. But you're not always just going to fit in with the crowd. Matter of fact, I generally this has always worked for me. I'd say about 99%. I watch with the crowds doing where they're going and I go the other way and that seems to work about almost 100% of the time. Just see what the masses of people are doing and go the other way. I think you'll find that out yourself. Oh. So, I mean, that's the bad news. Some people say, well, if I'm going to become a believer and become a Christian, then I'm not going to be able to fit in. I'm not going to be able to join the crowd. Uh, but the good news is, the great ones never do. They seldom, ever do. Following the crowd is seldom a winning approach. Because the Bible says you're a workmanship. You're an original. You're your God's Mona Lisa. You know, your he didn't create he created you not to fit in. He created you to stand out.

Pastor West:
He doesn't want you to be, you know, if if, if, if, if I just want to be Mr. Mr. Beale again or I want to be Brother Dennis again, then. Then if I'm trying to be Dennis. Because I was like, Man, I like how he does this and I wish I like this. And then if I'm trying to be him in my identity. And then if it becomes if something happens that one needs to become obsolete, guess who they're going to call out? Me because he's already a dentist. I'm not supposed to be like Dennis. I can like Dennis, but I'm not supposed to try to be Dennis. I'm not supposed to. I'm not supposed to try to be you. You're not supposed to try to be me. We can. We can. We can look at people and say, well, we like how they do this and how we do that. And there might be something similar to that, but God, God made you to stand out, not to fit in. And, and, you know, you've seen these things on knees before. I've seen on some new station you can go reporter goes and I mean they couldn't tell you who the the last three presidents was. They might say Michael Jackson. No, he never was. Oh, I thought him and the Jackson five. I thought. I thought they was the whole administration. No, no, no. Dig a little deeper.

Pastor West:
No, that's not what it was. So Jesus was a 100% God. 100%, man. We only got a few minutes, so let's get to the meat of it. Now, sometimes people say, well, I think he was 5050. He was 64. He was 73. He was 83. No, he was 100% God. And he was 100% man. So how did he turn water into wine? How did he heal the sick? How did he raise the dead? How did he control storms of elements of creation? How did he. How did he walk through doors? How did he walk through walls? Now, if we just stopped and turned the camera off and I got you to answer me, you would tell me what you thought. Some people would just say, well, because he was Jesus, he was the son of God. That sounds like a reasonable answer. But you'd be absolutely wrong. According to the word, not because of me. Jesus did not perform any miracles as the Son of God. Philippians says that he deliberately stripped himself of any deity and became man. And then he had to be if you remember when he was anointed, he went to John the Baptist and he water baptized him. And then the heavens opened up and the dove came down. And the Bible says he was anointed of the Holy Ghost. Well, if he was God, then tell me who's going, knowing God. I'll wait on that a minute.

Pastor West:
If he needs to be anointed and he was God, who's going to do it? Gabriel. Could he anoint God to be God? No. So he had to be anointed of the Holy Ghost, which is the way that you're anointed. See, because he laid God down. Deity down. He was born of God. Was it born of man? So he was 100% God in that way. But he was 100% man. He was tired. He was thirsty. He had to have sleep. You know, he had a shower. He had to do all these things. And so. So what I'm the point I'm trying to make to you is how how did a man walk on water? How did a man walk through a wall? How did a man multiply the fish in the loaves? That's what I want you to think about for a moment. Because if you're going to give me a 60 over 40 split or 7030 split, you're not going to have any scriptures on that. The scriptures. He's the son of man. And he didn't come to reveal to man what he could do, the miraculous. He he came to reveal to man who man would be because of him. Now we're all familiar in John 14, where Jesus is the works that I do. You'll do the works that I'm doing. You'll do the same works and you'll do greater works. So all these things that he did, he did his man.

Pastor West:
And he told us, and now you can go do it. But you have to have a total shift of perspective and identity of who you really are. See, most people live in frailty weakness. They think I'm just human. Well, if you're born again, you're not just human. You have a human side. Jesus had a human side, but you can't say scripturally if you're born again. You can't say, I'm just human. You are part human. You are human. You have feelings. Jesus had feelings. Jesus had emotions. But he ruled. Man should not live by bread alone, but by what? Every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Did he live now? Was Jesus born doing miracles? No. So what he had to do, he. He progressed. Now here's what we do. How do we elevate? Jesus had to progress. He did not come. Like I said, he wasn't born. And six months later, he was walking on water. We know this because Luke, we won't go there. But. Luke 252 says Jesus grew in wisdom. He grew in stature, and he grew in favor with God and man. Jesus had to grow, grow, mature. Jesus had to grow. He was born a human, 100% God, but 100% man. Jesus had to grow in wisdom and stature in favor of God and man. How can you grow if you know everything? Who told him he was the son of God.

Pastor West:
How did he know he could do the miraculous? Who told him how he would die? How does any of this apply to us now? For sake of time, we read this and we'll make a few statements. Let me go to Hebrews. I'm going to be in the Passion translation of Hebrews chapter two. I want you to get this. And we're going to read. I think starting to verse 14 through 18, Hebrews Chapter two. I want you to see the human part now. Passion Translation Hebrews two verse 14. Since says since all his children have flesh. And blood. So Jesus became human to fully identify with us. It is up there. I want you to know I'm not making this up. Since all his children have flesh and blood, Jesus became human. To do what? Fully identify. You got to put your name in there. He did that so that he could experience death and annihilate the effects of the intimidating accuser who holds against us. The. Power of death. If you go. By embracing death, Jesus sets free those who live their entire lives in bondage to the tormenting dread of death. For it is clear that he didn't do this for the Angels, but he did this for the sons and daughters of Abraham. This is why he had to be. Oh, there it is. He had to be a what? Jesus had to come be here and be a man and take hold of our humanity in every way.

Pastor West:
He made us his brothers and sisters and became our merciful and faithful king priest before God as the one who removed our sins to make us. Kind of like him. Sort of like him. Look at him through a distance. Through a telescope. Look at the front. He had to become a man. He had to take. He had to take every part of humanity. He knows the Bible says he's easily moved by the feeling of your infirmities because he understands it. He knows them. He knows every temptation because he was in a human body. But he had to be a man to do it. Man was spiritually dead. He had to be born to a man for people who had in sin, who broke the law to pay the penalty for man. But because every man was spiritually dead, he couldn't be born as a human. He had to be born as a son of God. But he didn't come here knowing he was a son of God. He didn't. He didn't do any miracles. He was 30 years old. He had to go to the word to find out that he was actually the word. I mean, I can't wait to hear that sermon today. He tells us this is the day that it happened and this is when it came to me that I found out who I was.

Pastor West:
Amen. Mm. Don't miss that day. Uh, so yeah. And became our merciful and faithful high priest before God as the one who removed our sins to make us one with him and last verse. He suffered and endured every test and temptation so that he can help us every time we pass through the ordeals of life. Wow. Now, so he had to increase in wisdom. But once again, if you know everything, you don't need the increase. Now we all know someone who thinks they know everything. I don't need to grow. I'm here. I've arrived. You remember when I was on the journey, they was traveling and they got separated from Jesus. Couldn't find him, and his mother and father went looking for him and found him, you know, on a two day journey. And they went and found him 2 or 3 days journey and they found him. And he was in the temples with with the priest. And it says he was asking questions. He was 12 years old. 12 years old, and he was asking his priests all these questions. And the high priest said they were astonished at the questions that he even knew to ask a 12 year old were astonished that he would even have these questions. And his mother and father got to him. And, of course, you know, they was beyond concerned about him. And they says, where have you been? He says, Mother, Mother.

Pastor West:
Don't. Don't. You know, I was going to be about my father's business. Was he talking about Joseph? So we don't have all the scriptures, but Jesus had to go to the synagogue and. And they're still waiting on the Messiah and not knowing as Him. Jesus read the scriptures about the Messiah when he's going to come and and He knows, He knows by the Scriptures that the Messiah is going to be born of a virgin. His mother must have told him how he got here. Yes. Berry didn't know anyone else who had that situation or experience. Have you met anybody? I know I won't tell you who it is, but I know a pastor that he had some unusual he had an unusual lady in his church. And she got tired of waiting on her husband because she really wanted a child for she got past the age and she said she got tired of it, She says. She says husband or no husband, I'm going to have me a baby. Aw, man. No, man. I'm going to have me a baby. Well. Well in our world. They'll do some of that now. Now they'll look at cloning. I met a bunch of people. They don't need to be cloned. No more of that. No, no, no, no, no. So Jesus had to grow. He knew he was born of. Because Isaiah 714 says, Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel.

Pastor West:
These are some of the scriptures that he read. What did he do? He elevated. He began to see who he was even when he started doing miracles. I can't say this is for sure. I can say this is interesting. This is not Dr.. But when Jesus began to step out onto the miraculous. They were. We have instances. We know he raised the debt. He didn't start religious. Virus been dead for days. The first one he raised, the dead had been dead just a few hours. Then a day, then four days. If maybe I'll break this down for you next week or whenever, if we ever do it like this. But if you put the miracles in different categories, every time, you'll see this. This is just interesting. I'm not making doctrine, but you can see it goes here and then it elevates to another place and then it goes to another place and to another place. He had to grow into the place that he was. Luke, two, says he grew in stature. He grew in wisdom. Jesus found himself in the Word of God and found out he was the Word of God. Now. The that's what we're supposed to do. Not just say I'm a Christian, got my card punched. I miss Hell, thank God for that. Oh, and then just do the best we can.

Pastor West:
Go to heaven. No, you're actually supposed to be Jesus with skin on. When they see you, they see the Christ. Everyone heard in Bible school. This little light of mine. I'm gonna let it shine. And then we say, Jesus is the light of the world. But Jesus told us now. But now you're. You're the light of the world. Hmm. Aren't you? People sometimes have a hard time just accepting that, saying, Well, I wouldn't want to just, like, say, I'm the light of the world. But then what are you are the darkness of the world. Well, no, I'm not that, but I wouldn't want to say on the light. Well, I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm a light. I said, Well, how far would you go to say what you believe? Well, I'll get back with you. They don't ever come back with you. They don't ever get back with you. You're the light of the world. So. So we do this by progression. You do this through substitution, you do it through identity. You do it by speaking the word and confessing that you do these things by stepping out in action and becoming that. In other words, Peter and John finished right here. Peter and John said, Went to the gate. Beautiful. There's that man just laying there. I mean, he has a right to beg. He's never walked his entire life. And so he goes right to the light, you might say, right before the temple where all the good people are supposed to go in and pray every day, and he can beg for alms.

Pastor West:
And Peter just passed by that day and he's right there. Well, so he he says and Peter says, now look on us. In the Bible says in Acts chapter three that the man looked on them expecting to receive from them. Now we know what he was expecting to receive because he's there to ask or beg for money. So when John, Peter and John says, Look on us, what is he thinking? They're going to help me out and give me some finances to help me feed me stuff like this. And the first thing Peter says after he says, look on us, he says, we don't have any money on us. He might be thinking, Well, why did you want me to look on you? He didn't say that. But why are you going to bother me if you're not even going to help me? Peter says, such as I have in me, I can give it to you. Big talking. Such as I have, I can give to you. All I have to say is rise up and walk. What do you have? Do you have? Less than what Peter had? Peter didn't even know the message that I'm preaching to you right now. Peter had no understanding of Christ in you.

Pastor West:
Paul did. Paul, who wasn't there with Jesus in his humanity. They didn't even understand why he even had to go to the cross. Paul wasn't there to see it with his natural eyes. He saw, he says, No man gave me this revelation that came to me personally through Jesus Christ. He said, Now, here's the mystery that's been kept secret for all humanity. And you find it in Colossians chapter one, Paul said, I'm going to give you the revelation that's been held back through all times, but now it's going to be revealed. He said, This is the mystery, the revelation greater than any revelation in this book. And here it is. Christ now is in you. The hope of glory. Now I see you was born in such a time with as possible. If you say something like that back in that covenant, in his day, they stoned you. If you said, Well, God's in me. I mean, the Sadducees would have made you real sad. They had got some biscuit rocks and bouncing across your head. I mean, you couldn't say, God, talk to me, to a priest. You come to him and he'll tell you what he thinks God is saying. But if you told them, Oh, God, give me. I'm here, son. Well, the many translations King James does, too. It says it says in Romans, it says, You are the offspring of God. One translation says, you were womb mates with Jesus.

Pastor West:
He's your elder brother. Now. In other words, he came first. You understand? So what are you going to do with that? Well, that means such as I have, I can give it away. You're a need. I have something I can give. What I have will help you. What I have will bless you. I have the ability to give it away. All you have to do is receive it. Now, I think Peter had to speculate. It says Peter went and took his hand because the man's like he's still in his mind. I know this because I've seen a lot of miracles and a lot of times, even after ministered to him, prayed for him, they're still, in their mind, captivated, whether they're handicapped or whether they couldn't stand or whether they couldn't walk. In their mind, they were still like the girl I told you about too many times with the knees. She was healed, you know, shaking on the floor for several minutes violently. Well, she ended up with two brand new knees and she and she said, What am I going to do? I said, Well, let's walk and run. She said, I can't do that. Why? Because she ain't walked around in three years. She has two brand new knees, but in her mind she's still in prison. So Peter reached down, took his hand and picked him up and they said he walked and leaped and was praising God.

Pastor West:
Amen. Caused quite a stir. You don't just read Act three and out before it got Peter and John a lot of trouble, but they didn't care. Now, if Jesus had to grow in wisdom, don't you think we'll have to? And you'll have to step out sometimes. That's what Supernatural is. If you're just going to stay in natural, you won't need no super. This. Just stay in the super or just stay in the natural. Yeah, there's no praying. I mean. Why pray unless you're looking for something supernatural to happen? Because if it's natural, you could have already done it. Is that plain enough? If your answer was natural, then why don't you just go do it? Well, I'm just kind of lazy. Were you probably going to get it from God either. So if your answer is just natural, you could do it. But you did not get baptized with a non miracle spirit. The Holy. The Holy Spirit is a supernatural being. So we call it supernatural. Know what happens on Tuesday? He calls it Tuesday. In your world. So we we should be appreciative, but we shouldn't be shocked to see the supernatural. We should be shocked if we don't see it. Right. Amen. Now, that's that takes a shift in perspective. Tulsa. Well, what if I pray for someone that was dying and. And they. And they. And they still die? Well, you did kill them.

Pastor West:
They were already dying, right? What if you prayed for me and I don't? You'll have to elevate. You'll grow in it. So in Ephesians chapter four and my last comment, Ephesians chapter four, it said that we will that. We've been given the ministry and the gifts in the ministry and the offices in the ministry to help to equip us to do the work of the ministry until we come to the place of what full maturity in Christ. Jesus had to grow. He had to mature. He had to grow in wisdom. Now, Ephesians four says the mark for you. It's not a it's not a minister. The mark for you is not the evangelist. The mark for you is not Billy Graham. The mark for you is not. You know, whoever. George Meyer. The mark for you is Jesus himself. And. The disciples before Acts Chapter two did not have what you have. Sit in your seat right now. They had to grow. You can prove. You can prove that just by this. You ever heard of the Apostle Paul? You ever heard the Apostle John? Huh? But you'll see all their names. You know, whether they're a pastor or whether they're apostle or whether you ever heard of Philip the evangelist? Does anyone call him? The evangelist and the disciples? Was anybody was any Jesus's followers or disciples. Did they have a five fold title? Something happened after. His death and resurrection.

Pastor West:
There was a progression of things. We don't call him disciple Paul. We call him the Apostle Paul. Now my thing is not titles, but I just want you to see there's a progression of things. So, you know, you don't teach a kid by sending them to ride a bike, by just sending them down, you know, a hill, you know, 50 foot down and just say, learn. Then when they get really good, put training wheels on, you put the training wheels on first to learn balance, right? Then after a while, you take the training wheels off. He always starts with a training wheel, but one day you got to get him ripped off because we got people who've been saying, I've been in the way of the Lord for 50 years, but most time you've just been in the way and you get the training wheels off and go do something. Amen. Now, so so if we're going to grow, then we got to go. We got to there's got to be a go in to grow. But there is a progression here that takes place. Jesus found out who he was in the word. Now you find out who you are in the word, and then you emulate the very thing that he is. You look in the mirror to find out who you are. That's James chapter. What? So, James one. It's called the Perfect Law of Liberty.

Pastor West:
You look in the word. He said the word is like a mirror. He said just to look and see this is who I am. He said, But don't be don't become a forgetful hearer or a looker because you walk away from the mirror. You know, we go to the mirror sometimes with us at home or in the car. If you're outside and your hair blows or storm or whatever, people always look and they're adjusting, they're putting on the makeup and they're putting on their rouge or rouge or, you know, doing the pencil thing and the blush and all that kind of stuff. You know, we're shaving like this, you know, and like this, and you ain't got to shave. I mean, he's just praise the Lord. If I could grow that, I wouldn't have near as much ugly to look at. But anyway, I'll probably have to have some chemicals to get that going. But anyway. But I mean, people always looking in the mirror to make adjustments, right? So he says look in the mirror to make the adjustments. Find out who you you already are, not who not who you're going to be. Find out who you already are. Then tell your soul about it. And your soul said you are. You are. You are fruit loop. You are crazy. And say, Well, just wait until I take you to class tomorrow and tell you some more about you. After a while, your soul will go, I don't know. Maybe he's right. And then your body just had to come along for the ride because it won't have no control. Amen. God bless you.

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Pastor West:
We know of right now, four states, people coming from four different states to be there. And of course, we're going to live in Wales. So they're hopping on a plane and they're going to fly 4200 miles to be with you. That's a that's a lot of line. If it matters to you at all, a number of years when pastored. But he's he's been in the traveling ministry and he he's not going to introduce himself this way but he stands in office of the Prophet Stone throwers to be with us. And morally we do doing the worship for us. And Sandy also will be ministering, I'm sure. And she stands there as a prophetess. And so God's going to be speaking. He's going to be saying some things to you, limited room in this place that we was able to rent a nice room, but we have very limited seating that we know we might be 15, 20 chairs left. So you need to come and take your place. Amen. So that'll be next next Sunday or next Saturday and Sunday, 2:00. And someone said, well, what about the ball games? Well, from what I saw, they ain't nothing to watch. So anyway, there's something far more exciting going on. You know, we we sing that song suddenly makes you just think about it when Jesus before he was ascended back on high, he told the disciples, he said, Go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father.

Pastor West:
What was the promise of the father that he would send the Holy Spirit? Well, we know in Acts Chapter one, he sent the Holy Spirit. And how did the Holy Spirit come? He comes suddenly nowhere. Are you ever instructed to wait again. People still waiting on whatever. Waiting. Waiting on a you know, things to to get better. Waiting on a move of God. Waiting for the glory to show. Waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting. But the scripture never tells you to wait ever again. The Holy Spirit's already here. So I want to just stir you up this morning. It'll work for you. But I want. I want. I want us to be prepared in our heart and our mind for this year and the balance of this year. I believe these meetings will catapult what God wants to say. We didn't plan it this way. People, especially in prophetic ministries like they are, you know, probably some some are more attention to some of these things than other places or other people. But next next week, we'll we'll begin, you know, the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah and God's Way of Thinking. That's the new year. And he doesn't go by our calendar. God doesn't turn the page on January 1st. He turns the page next weekend. So I guarantee you the prophets will begin to they'll begin to speak and say things that God is saying about the new Year coming in.

Pastor West:
So it just it just so happened it just so happened that this this meeting was put together on the weekend of the beginning on the new calendar. On God's calendar. Amen. Probably just a coincidence, right? But that's just the way that it worked out. So it's going to be really good. I want to just I really felt in my in my in my heart when I was things, it just I could minister any way I wanted to. I could We could just we could do a teaching. We could do it. We could add to. We could. Here's another layer. Nothing was coming. And I learned when nothing is coming, nothing is just, you know, if you've ever ministered, you know what I'm talking about. I mean, it's all there, but nothing is like you ever looked at the menu somewhere and you're like, Well, it all looks good, but, you know, she's going to come back, you know, sometime today. And I've got I've got to make a decision. So, you know, when most people do when they can't make a decision, they look for somebody to say, what are you going to have? And I say, I don't know. What are you going to have? Well, I don't really know. The last Frank, what are you going to have, Frank? Well, I really don't know. What are you going to have? And all we're waiting on is for someone to make a decision.

Pastor West:
So these plans are put together because the decision was made and the Lord is going to honor that. But it's vitally important that we prepare ourselves, because success always happens in life where preparation and opportunity come together. Amen. In other words, you have to be you have to see it and be prepared for the opportunity that's going to be presented to you. So I'm going to say some things that really felt like I was supposed to say or a couple of years ago. And you should remember some of these things here. But they'll they'll be a springboard that'll be ready for the day that we're in. And for next week as we start these meetings. If you remember this, this is something I was given a couple of years ago. We started off New Year with, and this is something I heard on the inside. It said everything you want or need in life is already in your life. You might say, Well, not me. Well, let me finish. Everything you want or need in life is already in your life. It's merely awaiting your recognition of it. You see? You. You never sees what you don't recognize. You can't. You can't access something that you can't see coming. Well, I know we've done this before and I've used poster board paper and all this, but have you ever, whether it's a kid or you're just on a long trip somewhere? I remember we used to do this as kid.

Pastor West:
We'd be on a on the interstate for hours and we'd be traveling back and forth from Michigan to Alabama and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth til we til we moved here. But have you ever. You ever you ever been on an interstate as a kid, you know, or just done this yourself and you had a long trip and you begin to count how many cars are not how many cars or how many this you passed or you just bought another car, a new car, and then you begin to see how many cars are just like yours or how many vehicles are just like yours on the interstate after you bought it. Well, if I was to if I was to say, look here, we're going to we're going to drive for 50 miles and I want you to count every every white car that there is. And if you get the you get you get them out, Right. We're going to give you $10,000. How many? At least we'll try. You're going to be the car right here. Right. And when I got to the end of it, you might you know what? If I change it up? And I said, well, how many red cars were there then? What would you say? You're so. I don't know, because you told me to count the white cars, but, you know, red cars passed.

Pastor West:
You, too. But you know why you didn't count them. You know why You don't know the answer. You're not looking for it. You're looking in another direction. And that's where the enemy really was to work in your life. Is he? He wants to point you away from what you're supposed to be looking at. Because what you look at long enough, you'll look like, Hey, man, so he wants you to look at red when you supposed to be looking at white. And he says, See the tree over here? See, it's good for eating. And he said, Yeah, she saw it was whoever said the tree was good for eating. The guy that ever say this tree is good for eating? Matter of fact, he said, this tree right here gets you killed. That's what he said about that tree. You eat this tree. Bye bye. So then we have you looking in a whole nother direction because it's not the path that you're supposed to be on. So but everything that you want need in this life is going to be merely waiting for your recognition of it. But you can't seize it until you recognize it. The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of that opportunity. Leonard Raven-hill said. In other words, there's a there's an open window for it. There's things that physically that's the way it works.

Pastor West:
Naturally, in this world, it works that way. A lot of times we have we have a time or an opportunity. It could be an age, could be a purchasing something, could be a sale on something from this day to this day. And if you if you if you make the deal during that time, then then you get to enjoy the savings. But but it's not ongoing. So the opportunity of the lifetime but it has to be seized within within the lifetime of that opportunity. Robert Kiyosaki was one of his quotes. He said most people have the opportunity of a lifetime flashed right in front of them, and they find out. They find out about it after everyone has got it right. In other words, it came, but you wasn't looking for it. You don't know how many red cars it was because you look in another direction. Well, we don't want to be in another direction. So when when and I talked and we we we was talking on Facebook Live or however we talked that day, we talked about an hour and a half. And he says, what are what's in your heart about these meetings or do they have a theme? Do they have a topic, whatever? And I said, well, we we are we want to have a summit meeting. And he was excited to hear about a summit meeting. He said, I liked I just liked the the thought process of that that you are thinking.

Pastor West:
Summit. So let's talk about just a moment. What is a summit meeting? You've heard the word summit, a summit means the gathering together between heads of government. It's the highest point on the mountain, the highest level, the extreme point of anything but the summit. Generally, what we think about it is either a company come together or nations come together, or leaders discussing ideas that change a company, a state, a government or a nation. So we don't want you just to come to participate and see what leaders do we want you to bring. We want you to bring the leader within you. This this is this is the coming together of the Eagles. I wish I had got a better rate. Thank you, Dennis. Praise God. This is the coming together of leaders for leadership purposes. You see, anyone who's ever ministered and I don't mean this as whatever, because y'all are y'all are rock solid. But, you know, when someone prepares themselves to minister, you know, whether it's traveling or pastoring or whatever it is, generally they've taken time. They've they've prayed, they sought God, they've studied, they've, they've put usually a few days or hours into preparing for a service. Not, not that they couldn't give a lesson in 30 minutes. I could I could fold this and whatever. And I could say, what do y'all want to talk about if it pertains to Bible? And I think I think I could say something.

Pastor West:
I think I could. Now, if you want to get over revelations about the Beast and the Seven Eyes and the Ram's horn, you know, I may not go up for two hours on that, but I can go wireless on it. But that's not my assignment. So there's preparation that's gone forth. Well, the disconnects happens, and I'm just telling you from my side and I'll be telling you from their side next week. They're preparing and have been preparing, seeking God for weeks about this meeting. They're going to have to leave their home and they're going to be jumping in an airplane and traveling 44,000 plus miles to come talk to you. That's the whole reason they're coming. Come to Alabama. I could have had them in June. They would have been willing to come in June when I was coming to Louisiana to do some things. But it would it would have been a whole lot of activity. And I didn't want the wear and tear, and we would be on the caboose in which would I'm sure would have been good. I said, When can you come back and just be, you know, if you want to go somewhere after us, great. But when can you come and you're coming here? You say, Well, you probably couldn't do that unless you got, you know, 1000 people or so.

Pastor West:
Well, we didn't have the qualifications on that. So if it's paid for, he doesn't care what he's talking to. Two people or 2000. I mean, he has to get here. It didn't ask us to pay for nothing. So here's the deal. When they prepare and they're ready. I always like it to be in an airport to where the pilot's ready. He's you know, he's the plane's been checked out. He got the radio tower up there. You got the guy who fueled the place. You got the you know, someone's supposed to check out the mechanics of the airplane. They got stocked full of food, snacks, whatever. And then you just get on the you know, you just get on the airplane, you bought your ticket and you find your seat, your job through. But a whole lot of people was involved to get that plane, to get ready to take you to a place of your choosing to to a different destination. When a leader, especially a prophetic leader who's a voice to nations, has prepared himself to speak to you, even though I don't care how anointed he is, I don't care what the message is given him. If there's no pull on it, if there's no desire for it, if there's not ready readiness in your heart and your mind for it, it will not come forth in the fullness that it can come forth. It just it just doesn't happen that way.

Pastor West:
So I always I always likened it, you know, when you get on an airplane and they get clearance and they begin to pull away from where you loaded and they're making their way to the runway and then they're just waiting for the air traffic controllers to tell them you're now ready for takeoff. And so when you do that, they're ready to go. And when they take off, you know, do they just take off slow so they won't you know, so they won't they don't want to bother you if you're you know, if you're have a problem with high speeds. No, they're going to they're going to go down that that runway wide open a few hundred miles an hour. That's my favorite part of flying is taking off, I guess, because I kind of like speed when I was a kid and which could get you in a whole lot of trouble at any age. But. But when you feel the G-forces of that jet taking off, that airplane taking off and you're going down on the ground, you can't you know, you can't feel it in the air. But when you're going a few hundred miles an hour, you know, on the runway, you can feel that, can't you? And it's just like whatever. But then, you know, the stewardess comes on eventually and she tells you, you know, how to buckle up and what we're going to do this and do that and then wait till, you know, don't unbuckle, don't get up from your seat.

Pastor West:
Don't do this until we get to a higher altitude. Then you remember the students comes up and she says, Now we may you know where we're flying today. You may experience some turbulence. And there's other you know, turbulence is just the action in the air, the heat and the cold, the mix. You know, it's like thunder. It's lightning. But in an aircraft, you know, you know, the law of lift has to supersede the law of gravity. Right? So you have to have enough thrust on the wings and the wind on the wings and speed to get above gravity, because gravity is the law. But so is so is thrust. But but they begin to collide. But you can be 30,000ft in the air and there'll be what you might call a bad air pocket. Have you ever been in a plane that did that? How many did. I don't like it today. I never liked it. Did you? Sometimes it goes, you look out there and it's like, is the wing still on? It feels like it broke off. And it's like I said, I think we lost both of them, but it passed by. You say Hail Mary, full of grace. Give me a Cadillac. That's what you say. So you look out and you see that they're there. But she tells you, she says, Now leave your seatbelt on.

Pastor West:
She says you may experience somewhat turbulence until we get to a more comfortable altitude. So God's wanting to take all of us up to another place, another level, and this is this is what separates the leaders from those who don't want to go anywhere. They're just happy where they are. Not that you may experience turbulence. You will experience turbulence when you want to go to a higher altitude, but it'll be okay. Just stay buckled up in Trinity Express, the father son Holy Ghost Airlines. But you but there's going to be some experience. There's going to be some turbulence because you're going to go what? To the other side Now? Now, either Jesus was having a bad day and he was out of the will of God or Jesus listened to a misinformed meteorologist. I don't know what he did, but he told me, we're going to go to the other side. I believe it was the will of God to go to the other side. But how many know on the way to the other side, things come up. What came up said a storm came up. When you look up in several different or translations, it says of hurricane proportions. I mean, this wasn't a little like, well, we got a little, you know, a little wind, straight straight line winds. Now we got hurricane proportions. Jesus puts people in the boat and sends them to the other side into a storm of hurricane proportions.

Pastor West:
You say, Jesus, I thought you prayed. You see, you thought. You just thought if you had faith, you wouldn't have no problems. No. That's why you have problems. Because you have faith. You have something the devil wants to take away from you, your faith. That's why you're having all these problems. I know the people meant well when they told you that if you just give your life to Jesus, all your problems will be over. No, you're going to get brand new ones. Brand new ones. But Jesus said, but be of good cheer for I've overcome every every one of them be of good cheer. Right. Don't be sad. Amen. Amen. You got a whole church that's ready to do the rapture. Let's practice the rapture every Sunday. Get me out of here. Get me out. I mean, I know the world looks like it's a mess. You know why? Because it is. That's the reason why it looks like it is. It is an absolute mess. Praise the Lord. But the Bible says as the days approach, he says, Our days will be like the days of Noah and and people focus. We saw in the days of Noah, and they think about all the sin that was so rampant on the earth that God just had to say, We're going to start over. And he found he said he found grace in Noah.

Pastor West:
Right. But what we focus on is the part where he says, as it was in those days, so it shall be in these days. So we think about and of course it's true when you think about all the complexities and the situations and the problems and all the things that's going on in our world, even here in the United States, we've got to look beyond the United States because we're only 6% of the population. I mean, this is your whole world, but we are 6% of the population. That's how we are. But we control about 94% of the world's wealth. Mhm. Did you hear what I said? 6% controlled 94% of world's wealth. You know why? Because 6% think different. Remember last week we talked about that? We. There's only two animals in the Bible that God likened himself to. That was the eagle and the lion. And we talked about the lion and we talked about, you know, the lion is different. They said because he's known as the king of the jungle. True. He is the scriptures that talks about that in the Bible. So God likens himself to the lion. Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah. But when you do a little study on the line, you find out he's fast, but he's not the fastest. The cheetah is much faster than he is. He's strong, but he's not the strongest. He's nowhere near the more intelligent.

Pastor West:
You can go down the whole list. We read it last week. You can actually watch it. And so what we found out is the lion is the king of the jungle, not because he's the fastest or the strongest or you know, it says, when I was reading this whole study on thing, it says that an elephant, when it sees a herd or what we call a, you know, not a herd, but a pride of lions, elephants run. Elephants run. When you think about that, the size and the weight of an elephant into a line, even though the lion's ferocious. I mean, but you're an elephant. You've got tusk, sucker, you're big. I mean, and you're running. It says when the elephant sees the pride of Lion come near me, he has fear and he runs. It says when a lion sees an elephant, he sees lunch. They do say one has a victim mentality and one has a victim mentality. So we got this. We got this animal who's not the fastest nor the strongest. You know, he's he doesn't weigh the most. He's not the most intelligent. But everyone in the kingdom knows in the animal kingdom knows he's the king. But it's because of a mindset. It's because of how he thinks. So you don't have to be the smartest. You don't have to have the greatest IQ. You don't have to come from the right side of the tracks.

Pastor West:
When you got born again, Jesus blew up your tracks. Amen. You got a brand new DNA. Amen. Divine nature attributes is what you got. You got a brand new. You're not your mama. You're in Christ. You're not in church. You're in him. So we prepare ourselves to get ready for things that's going to take place. Because I really do believe that this meeting will begin to set things in your life in a whole different perspective if you're ready for them. So you'll find out. You can see what will happen with anyone, but you can see people who have prepared themselves. If we come. Ready, Come, ready in your heart. So what? What do you mean by ready? Well, you're. You know, when you're not hungry, it doesn't matter how good the food is. You said, Well, why, While I trust you on purpose. Success doesn't always happen, you know, when it's the most convenient. We didn't take the meeting far away to make it inconvenient, but we have two churches come together. That's. That's the middle ground. And so, you know, you say, well, I'm having to drive 60 miles. Well, we coming forward to 200 stone throwers are coming. Almost a hundred. Surely we'll get over it. Amen. Praise the Lord. They have hotels and restaurants. I Y'all, you ought to go there. Amen. So we're going to be there in hotels because we want to need to to host the meeting.

Pastor West:
But anyway, so I just want you to be ready. Be ready, and so we can have exactly what we're believing for. Now, remember that everything happens. Everything that you ever need in life. Is already there. It's just awaiting your recognition of it. God created you with potential. He created you with a great plan. He has purpose all about you. And. And so it just merely requires saying yes to him. I mean, once you say no, What? Say yes to you. Then you know what? Say no to you right now. If you think about this, you can go there if you want to. But Genesis 13, I'm gonna read verses 14 through 17 in the NIV and. It says. And the Lord said to Abraham. After Lot departed from him. He says, Look around from where you are to the north and to the south and to the east and to the west. He said, Look at all the land that you see. He said, Look around, because all the land that you see, you and your offspring will enjoy this land forever. That's Genesis 13, 14 to 17. Time to get there. I'll be through and I will make your children offspring like the dust of the earth. So if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I'm giving it to you.

Pastor West:
So God is giving a promise. That will go from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Because he had a covenant with Abraham. That covenant extended to. To what? Abraham. Then to Isaac. And then to Jacob. You're in a covenant promise right now. Amen. Amen. Yeah, we were singing about the blood we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. That's a covenant promise. Amen. God keeps his covenant. Man doesn't always keep. The Scripture says that God is not a man, that he should what? He should lie. He, Jeremiah says he will watch over his word in your life to perform the word his word. Amen. The scripture says that God magnifies. Watch here the importance of the word. The Scripture says that God will magnify his word. Over. What? Psalms 138 In other words, he'll watch over his word and he'll he'll he'll magnify his word over anything else. All you have to do is believe him. When you believe in him, you believe in his word. So the promise or the or possession, the promise is based on the provision of that covenant. The covenant speaking. Now, when you think about like the prodigal son, it says the the father said to the brothers, he said to the older son who got angry when the younger son came back. And he says, I can't even believe you're doing this. He said, this younger brother of mine, he left here.

Pastor West:
He took all he took all the provisions, He took all his inheritance. And he went and squandered the whole thing. The whole thing, he says. And now he's come back with nothing. He said, and I've been here the whole time. I did my job. I did his job. I've never left you. And he says, And now you're going to take the the greatest piece of meat we got the greatest, you know, calf out here and you're going to slaughter it and have a party. And I've never left you. How could you do that? And the father just looked at him, I'm sure, with sad eyes. And he said, Son, don't you understand this is Jesus telling the story? He said, Don't you understand? This is the elder brother. He's mad. He's not happy. This brother has come back. He's angry. He says, Son, don't you understand that everything that I have belongs to you? Don't you understand that you could have had a party any time you wanted to just because you're my son. You see what Jesus was teaching us? You see, the older son saw. This is what I've done. This is what I've done. This is how I've performed. This is how I worked it. This is how I. This is how faithful I've always been. But he hasn't always been faithful. But you see, the younger son was remorseful. The younger son had had a turn of heart.

Pastor West:
He had he had a change of mind. He repented, which means he changed his mind. And it says when he began to come back, he wasn't he wasn't seeking position anymore. He didn't feel like he was worthy of the position because the Bible says when he came back, he said, well, I mean, you know, it says he came to himself. Well, when you read the story, you know, you know where he was at geographically when he came to himself, the younger son, he was he was in the pig pen eating the husk with the pig. Oh, a wealthy young man who had wasted all his all his inheritance. And he's so hungry that he's fighting pigs for the husk. And the Bible says, you know, he's down there going. And he said, Something ain't right about this. That's a clue. He said, I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to go back to my father's house and I'm going to ask him, please, would you give me just could I just be a servant in your house? She got. God doesn't want service. He wants sons. Amen. Sons will serve because that's the attitude of their heart. But God's not calling and God is not calling. He is not calling in this covenant. He is not calling employees and he's not calling servants. He's calling sons. The scripture says the whole earth, the Earth, the Earth itself groans.

Pastor West:
It know the Earth knows the time that it is. We know that's true. I mean, just. I mean. I mean there knows whether it can grow tomatoes in February or whether they can grow it in May or June. The God God put the ability for the earth to know that. In the earth. The Earth knows we're at the end. The Bible says the Earth itself is groaning. Why? It's just waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God to come up and take their place in him to know who they are. The Earth wants that. Yeah. The father's heart was not focused on what the younger son did not do. He was aware of what he didn't do. He aware that he was aware that he was in sin. He was. He was. He understood that his young son knew nothing about his love. He didn't know nothing about his mercy. He didn't know nothing about his compassion. He didn't know anything about righteousness. But the father was desiring for the son to come back. We know that because naturally, in the story that Jesus tells, he said when the son was making his way back, he said the father was looking for him. The father was looking for him. Did you know after Adam sinned and we know that it says he sinned and then he ran and he had it's the first time we ever have any insight into Adam.

Pastor West:
Running and hiding is after sin. See, sin will make you a coward. Sin will take you to a path that you don't want to go on, and it'll cost you a whole lot more to stay there. And it'll keep you there forever if it can. But the father was looking for the son. It says. And when the father saw the son who had wasted everything that he gave his inheritance, he said the father ran to him. He ran to the son. He ran to the transgressor. He ran to the sinful one. He ran to the unrighteous one. He ran to the one who blew it all. He ran to the one who was so high up. And now he was so far down. And so the father comes, it says. And he ran. And he embraced him. And he kissed him and he hugged him. And the son began to weep and cry and say, you know, I'm not worthy. And the father says, shut up. And so he called the father called for the servants. He says, bring he says, Father, if I could just be a servant. He said, I'm so hungry and I don't even have nowhere to get out of the weather. Oh, could I could I just live in the servants quarters? And he's like, no way. He told the servants to come bring the robe, bring, you know, bring the sandals, bring the ring on his hands, which tells us who he is.

Pastor West:
And I don't care how far you've gone or how you missed it, or if it's the 17th 1000 time that you missed it this week, you say I might have sinned. Well, you can't out sin, Grace. Bosses were saying abounds. Grace does much more abound. But don't be content just to take that word and say, well, you know, I cannot send Grace, you know, because that came up in Paul's time. They said, Well, if Grace abounds every time I see it more than my sin. He said, Wouldn't it be good if we just keep on sinning because more grace will come out? Paul said, You are stupid. That's the worst translation, huh? Don't forget that Grace is not just a word. It's not it's not a theological term. The Bible said the Holy Spirit is the spirit of grace. So the spirit of grace is not there to cover things up. It's there to deliver you. Amen to take you out and then to take you up. So the son who went from high, he went to the low, but the father raised him up. I want us to see a new day that's coming that you're not going back to. Because sometimes people get like, Man, I'm just trying to get my life back to what it was, you know, five years ago or 20 years ago. I'm trying to get back to the good old days.

Pastor West:
Well, they might have been good, but. But. But you haven't seen God's, huh? They might have been good then on that. We don't want to knock that. But. But don't settle there. Come on up and let's have a business meeting of summit leaders. Amen. Amen. You know, it's just. It's just not summit talk to say, well, you know, you know, I don't know because, you know, we could get on it. You know, Walmart because they raised hourly rates $14 an hour. Well, that's good. Praise the Lord. I'm I'm glad someone making more money. Leaders aren't talking about that, huh? They're not talking about working for somebody $14 an hour. Who owns the companies? How's the company going to expand? What is it we can do now to not just our market, but get into the international market? So I'm not talking about you working harder and longer. That's what you're already doing. You stop that. You need to find a way to act like the proprietor of a business. In other words, if you're the proprietor, you doing all the work. If something's wrong, you might start out that way. And it may work that way. And I understand small business because I was in one for years. I understand all of it. I worked harder than anybody there because I had more I had more to lose. You know, when everything that you have is on the line like it was with us starting a business, you know, only thing that we lost if we ever quit was just everything.

Pastor West:
Because, you know, you just sign the house over the land, over everything over. So any time you want to quit, you could they just take your house and stuff. So it made it real easy for us to make the decision. You want to go on a little bit further? You think we could? I think we'll go on another day. But but that's not God's best by any stretch of the imagination. By any stretch of the imagination. Matter of fact, the Lord didn't even want us to know if I can say this, you might get upset with me. The Lord doesn't want you to waste your prayers on needs. Don't. Don't waste your faith in prayers on needs. Jesus tried to teach us that in Matthew six, he says. He says, Don't be like the Gentiles. He said They're always going to seek what they're going to eat or what they're going to drink, what they're going to wear, or how they're going to be clothed, what they're going to live. That's how Gentiles think. He said, don't think like that. He says your father has knows what you have need of before you even ask him. I mean, you're not bringing something to the Lord. And he says, Really? Wow. Well, let me check into that. What are we going to do, Lord? I don't know, but I'll get right on it.

Pastor West:
The Holy Spirit's never told you. He don't know. He does know. He knows all things. So why would you waste your your thinking? Time on needs. You ought to get it over into dreams and desires and goals. Huh. What do you think about it? You ever thought about the complexity of the whole universe? Which. Which would be so beyond my ability to even convey it in any terms that would do it any kind of justice? But the earth is large dust, but it's pretty small. It's just a tiny little I mean, it's smaller than the end of your finger when you compare it to billions of galaxies. How does someone who creates billions of galaxies and they're still discovering galaxies and, you know, are we the only life on any planet? Well, if there's more, it doesn't tell it and here that I know of. But if it is, it wouldn't be too hard to believe it, would it? I mean, who knows? It didn't mean to open up that can. But I'm saying. But. But if it is, Brother Copeland said they asked him one time said, Do you believe there's life on other planets? He said, I don't know, but if he is, I know they need I know they need believers. Convention, you know, whatever planet they're on. How do you have an intelligent conversation with someone who creates billions of galaxies? Think about it.

Pastor West:
I mean, I've always wondered, Lord, how are you satisfied with us in conversation? Because we don't really have one that's really can stimulate you that much. Well, the Lord helped me get some new tires and that's awesome. That's good. But I don't think that's something that the Lord really spends much time thinking about which tires, how to get tires. I've been there many times. Maybe you have. Believe me. For essentials, you know, for years. But let's. Let's move on up, huh? If we were to get together at any time next week or any time and just say, how can we how can we see our community change? How can we see 1000 people saved next year? Just just us. And I don't mean just investing into ministries that go out and missionaries. I'm talking about how can we reach the people around us a minimum of a thousand people who today does not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. But tomorrow will, when we engage this new plan with purpose and we're committed to it. See, now that's that's the thought process, unless you're already doing that. But I don't know anyone who's doing that right now. And so that's a that's a God idea. So if you're not ready for a God idea when it comes, then when there's not preparedness and opportunity to come together, there'll be no transaction.

Pastor West:
It'll just be a meeting. We can just say, Hey, man, Lord God, I wouldn't trust. Had a better lunch. But if you're ready, if you're ready in your heart and your mind, if you're prepared to take off the restraints, if you're willing to at least say, Lord, I'm going to pretend like I don't know anything. He might say, Well, you won't have to pretend to me. I've done that before, so I'll pretend I don't know about this. He still had to pretend. I was like, Thank you, honey. We know in your heart at least there's got to be more than what you're seeing. There's got to be more than this, huh? Praying the same prayer. You know, just praying your 20s. And now you're not in your 20s. And we're still waiting. Still waiting. But, you know, you can't say you're waiting because that wouldn't be a good faith confession. Really? Amen. You say, Well, I'm just going to confess to them. Well, baby, if it ain't in, it ain't coming in. It's already got to be in. Amen. See, Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. He's not the author and worker of your faith. He finished it. He's big on finishing. He is the finisher. This is this is the finished message from the finisher himself. Amen. Amen. Most people never understood Paul's preaching because even the disciples didn't. Because the disciples walked with Jesus every day for those three and a half years.

Pastor West:
They knew Jesus. Naturally. They got to see the signs and wonders and miracles. Paul may have known about it, but there's no record. There's no record that Paul ever met Jesus at all, naturally. But he did it in the spirit. First time he met him for sure was on the road to Damascus. And that's one he never forgot. It changed him so much, as Rodney Howard-browne said. He said he said when he met Jesus Saul of Tarsus, you know, he just he was just on the road. He he had letters that, you know, he could go into synagogues. He could go into people's homes. And if you was a Christian, he could have you arrested and need to. He'd have you killed. He had that kind of power and authority. Saul of Tarsus did. But on the road to Damascus, he met Jesus himself personally. Jesus appeared to him, knocked him off of his horse. And. Saul asked a question. He was so put out with what he was saying. He's like, the light was so bright, he said. He said, Who are you, Lord? He answered his own question. And the Lord changed his name. Rodney Howard-browne said, hit him so hard and knock the S off. His name replaced it with a P. He knocked the S out of him, praise the Lord and named him Paul instead of Saul. Y'all thought I said something else? No naming Paul.

Pastor West:
Paul got a brand new identity when he's born again. When you get a when you understand who you are in the spirit, you'll get a brand new identity. You'll raise up to the place of actually who you are. You start living from your spirit instead of out of your natural mind. Your flesh has had had its way long enough. But I mean the flesh. I'm talking about your five senses. I'm talking about everything that opposes you and me is found in your five senses. Because most people, that's what's running the show. And when you get tired of it. So you're not ever going to change anything until you get tired of it, or you might be frustrated with it. But until you're tired of it, until you're willing to say, that's enough, enough is enough, I'm not going to put up with any more. Well, the devil is going to test you on it. I'm just going to tell you who he is. He's not just going to give you a pass. He knows he's defeated, too, but he don't think you know it too well. He's going to make you prove it to him. Yeah. Amen. You know, all really comes down to faith when you know who you are in Christ and what belongs to you. Sometimes there is a stand. But the Bible says, having done all. What? Stand, Stand there. And you put on the whole armor of God.

Pastor West:
You have the weapon. Tree of God. But but we're not in a fight that hasn't been determined. Who won? It's already fought. That's why Paul said fight the good fight of faith. Why? Why did he call it good? Because you already won. You just need someone like me or someone like you to come around and tell people you've already won. You say, Well, I don't feel like I won. Don't look like I won. But I got all kinds of problems. Of course you do. Because you're in this natural world and natural life. There's demons all around you, but more than demons are all around you. There's angels all around you. And finally, how we know all what the people say. Oh, the devil told me this. And the devil told me that They don't ever tell you what God told them. They're more demon possessed. They're more aware. People say, Well, I don't even know. How did you hear from God? But you don't ever have to teach them how to hear from the devil. They're telling me all the time, you know, the devil told me this devil said this. So what did God say? God say anything in there? Well, I don't really know if I can hear God. Well, who trained you to hear the devil's voice? You know, like. Well, you know, it's like Jesus said. My sheep shall know my voice and the voice of a stranger. They won't follow. Yeah. He said that the people who weren't even Christians yet.

Pastor West:
Huh?

Pastor West:
Wow. Romans 814 He says Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God. I know who's leading me. Do you know who's leading you? Holy Ghost is leading me. He's a good leader. He's a good leader. He has. He has one plan for you. That's total success. Yes. Amen. Total success. Hallelujah. So when we get together next week, I want you to walk in the room like, you know, Where's my seat? Those chairs don't look like they're set for royalty. They're not quite as good as these chairs, but they are padded. Praise the Lord. I want you to walk in there. Not. Not layers. Not not pride, not arrogancy. But. But knowing who you are. Man We're getting together. I'm going to have a summit. We're not having patty cake patty game. We're not going to have a little talk with Jesus. Amen. We got a brand new keyboard. Ain't never been played yet in a meeting. So, you know, someone tries to play, have a little talk with Jesus. I'm. Oh, yeah. Praise the Lord. And nothing like that. No, we're going to worship the Lord. We're going to believe God wants to have an exchange. It's like it was put on the calendar and says, I want to talk to y'all.

Pastor West:
He said, Why don't y'all come over here and I'll bring them from over here and I'll bring him from this country and I'll bring them from this state and this state and this state and this state. And I want to talk to y'all about some things that I got on my mind for you. Amen. Whoo! Praise God. God. You know, your whole life is radically changed. Are you ready for such a time as that? Why do we say that? We are. But are we? I mean, think about it. If you if you were 75 years old. 75. No one here is 75. Don't look at me. I'm not 75. I'm waiting. I'm not even 70 yet. So how old are you? Well, you cut your grass. I cut mine. God, God showed up to Abraham or his name was Abraham or Abram, however you want to pronounce it, at 75 years old. Do you know what Abraham did for a living? When God showed up to him, he worked for his father. You know what his father did? He made idols. He carved out idols. Yeah. He had a little place on the interstate. They get off on their camels and they buy these little trinket, you know, gods.

Pastor West:
Oh.

Pastor West:
God. Picked some wild people. I mean. I mean, he picks a weird, wild people. He just saw something in there. He said, Boy, if a man sit there and carve out a piece of wood of God and thinks he's a God, he says, Wait till he meets me. I mean, he waited till he was 75 years old. And God said, I want you to leave your father's house. He said, Sir, he said, I want you to leave your father's house. I want you to go to a land that you're going to have an inheritance for. He says, Where's it at? He says, I'll tell you when you need to know. He said, Just get going. He said, okay, now you know this happened, right? Don't make it a Bible story. He's a 75 year old man working in an idle shop and his dad's still alive. You know, he's cutting his fingers all the time. Aren't you tired of that? They didn't even have band aids back then. Like we got now for the booboos. And he just says, I want you to leave your father's house and come with me. He says, I'm going to give you an inheritance. He said, you're going to be the father of all the children of the earth when I get through with you, huh? He didn't even tell him where he was going. Now, could you. Could you? I mean, forget 75, but if you want 75, would you.

Pastor West:
Would you leave home? You say? Well, I'd like to think I were. I just go and tell you. Most people would never do that. You say, Well, this is the modern world. Well, you ought to be easier. Abraham lived in tents, not even know where he's going. I bet. I bet that felt kind of foolish. And I said, Well, Abraham, where are we going? I don't know. You need to pack everything for what kind of clothes we need to take. I mean, I don't know. Where do you think we're going to spend the night? I don't know. He know anything? He just knew to leave. The only thing the Lord told him not to do. He said, when you leave here, just don't go to Egypt. What's the first place he went to Egypt? The only thing he told him not to do, that's what he went did the first thing. Then he got scared because Sarah was such a good looking woman at that age. You know, he was 75 and she was 65. He says, Pretty is my wife is. He said, We get in Egypt. He said, the kings, they're going to kill me for my wife, take her and put him in his harem. He was right. So he asked Sarah, he says, Now, when they asked you, he said, I need you. He said, I hate to ask you, but you need a lie.

Pastor West:
Tell them. Tell them I'm your brother. So. So here's the father of your faith. He starts off in disobedience and he goes to Egypt. That's the only thing he was told not to do. And then he then he has this conspiracy that tell him that you're my sister because I know they'll kill me for you. And they would have. Naturally speaking, they would have. So he goes there and she tells a lie for him. Then here you got the king, and he brings her in and he says, Honey, this is your new home. And man, they doll her all up and she's 65 years old and got his attention. That's not too normal. She didn't had no suction disc, no torque, no pulls, no stretches, no puffs. I mean, you just I mean, it was a 65, whatever. Now, I don't know what he looked like. He might look like a train wreck. I don't know what he looked like. But the king heard in his chamber that night he got real sick. I mean, he got real bad, sick. And the Lord spoke to him. He says, Abraham is my servant, He said, And that woman that you have now, he says that's his wife and he's called by me. If you touch her, I'll kill you. So we have an evil king who can hear from God. Of course, the Lord probably picked up the volume a little bit.

Pastor West:
He said, Touch your sucker, You're dead. And so he got terrified. He got sick. So he called Abraham and said, Why did you conspire to lie against me? He said, Well, I was afraid you'd kill me and whatever. So to get rid of Abraham and get the plague out of Egypt, he gathered up silver and gold and treasures and more camels. Read the story. More donkeys. You know, more chickens, more goats, more emus, more emus. And he says. And here, have some servants go with you. Abraham left Richard when he went out of a disobedience. That's pretty good for grace, isn't it? Don't go. Go where you're not supposed to go. Lie when you get there and leave Wealthier Lord says. Now, we're not saying this is how you live life, but could you say he was work in progress? Oh, yeah. I mean, you get over in Romans chapter four and, you know, boy, that's one of my favorite chapters. It says, Abraham believed God. He staggered not at the promise of God. He was strong in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully persuaded that what God said he was able to perform. Yeah, he was there, but in Genesis he wasn't. I like how the Lord don't bring up your past. Romans four He he put Abraham and Sarah in very good light. The God they fully persuaded. I just believe God I shake their head.

Pastor West:
But. But God. Pastor But you say. They say God. He said their head as long as like a Shetland pony saying it, they believed God. But did you read in Genesis where God says you're you're going to have a son and you're going to name him Isaac and he's going to be the promised son. And through him will be the lineage that I'll bring my promise. I looked around at their age and said, We're going to have a son. Well, Sarah was never Sarah never had children, never could have children. And they're both kind of old. They're both kind of old. They're not 100, but they can see it from where they're standing. This goes on 24 years. 24 years. You know, when they were born, when that child was born, he was 100 and she was 90. Would you say it's kind of old to have more children? I remember we were in our mid 30s, you know, with Christian. We thought we weren't planning on number four. I was like, Man, I'm 30 something years old. Don't don't ever tell that story to Sarah Abraham when you get up here. Oh, yeah, I know just how you mean. He he's going to laugh at you for eternity. He's like you. 30, 30. My gosh, You would not a kindergarten yet. What are you talking about? You're not old. I asked the Lord one time. You know I believe you.

Pastor West:
Tell him. I said. Why did you wait till 75 years old to even call Abraham? He said it took him that long for him to have any sense. And I said, Oh. I said, will you call me? Wait for then. He said. He said, Don't overthink it. He says, I was like, okay. He said, I'm just more like running out of time now. I was like, Oh, thank you. I was like, I thought I had a lot more sense than Abraham. He said, I don't think that one son. He said, We are out of time. I can't wait on you. I can't wait on you to be 75. So you think like the line. And he just thinks the elephant. He says, Look out there. He says, boy, it's a bunch of lunch right there. Elephant. Just run as hard as he can go. Cheetah. A cheetah is scared. Terrified of a lion and a lion couldn't catch him on his best day with a bad leg. I mean, if a hippo just laid over on I. They'd be all over. It'd just be casserole lined casserole. But the lion knows he's a lot faster than that. He said, Man, when that elephant is trying to turn around, I'm on the three quarter of his leg, you know? Why are we going on the merry go round? You know what? It's just the way that he thinks. We start off with the first worship song we want to do like we did on Kingland.

Pastor West:
When? When goes in his Bible, it says Turn in your Bible or something. So we ought to go. The first time I preached to Kayla and all those guys down there. Easiest place I ever preached to this day. You know why? Hunger was all in the room. Everywhere. Desperation was everywhere. They were losing their families. They were losing their homes. They were losing their children. Drugs and substance abuse and taking their whole life away. And now they're there because they're trying to be straight, because they was out the gate asking and crying because they had needle marks in their arm and they didn't think they'd going to live another day. But someone like Mac, who lived where they lived, thought like they thought, knew how they thought. He took them in. He took them in. So when you go. So he says, this is your answer. That's what he taught him. So anyone who ever come, ministers. Caitlin, I'm sure they'll still do it today. Let's start a Bible lesson. Say, now turn your Bibles on. And so they'll go, Yay, real. I just like to scared me out of my skin, dear. Then when you finish your lesson, you say, Well, let's be finished. They'll go, Oh, I'm thinking, they don't ever do my church. They're like, by the time. Praise God. So we're having a summit meeting.

Pastor West:
Y'all going to come? Amen. Amen. The greatest threat to being all that you could be is satisfaction with who you are. Can I say it again? The greatest threat to being all that you could be is satisfaction with who you are today. It's called complacency. See, the enemy of great is good and the enemy of good is just okay. And the enemy of okay is called double mindedness. A double minded man shall not. What? Receive anything from the Lord. The Lord will speak to you this week and He'll speak to you in the services to come. And you need to take heed to his word. Remember this? Ecclesiastes eight four where the word of a king is there's power. The king has no fear. He is fearless like a lion. Proverbs 30. Proverbs 3030 says the lion is the strongest among the beast and turns not away from anyone. Mhm. Proverbs 28 one says the wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. You see how the Lord uses the lion over and over and over again. Hallelujah. Amen. Well, we're going to. I'll finish this right here. History reveals that individuals who impact their generation and affect their world around them were not expressly gifted or educated. They were not famous. They didn't start famous. No one was seeking them out. Who were they? They were ordinary people who, because of adversity, because of challenges, perhaps desperate or in need of a miracle, they cried out to God like in Psalm 34.

Pastor West:
And it says the righteous cry and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all of their troubles. The Lord knows your situation. The Holy Spirit knows everything about you before you got to this day. He knew what this was going to look like. He's already filtered everything into your life. You do when you read the scripture in Corinthians where Paul talks about no temptation has taken you as such as common to man. And you read it in The Passion translation. It says, The Lord filters out everything. He looks at the whole situation and he filters it out. In other words, that verse is one of the verses that gets misquoted as much as about anything that I've ever, ever heard, things that's just not in the Bible. You know, there's things that people say that's just not in the Bible. They might be good, might be good habits, might be good moral thinking, but it's not really in the scripture. And one of them is, is this God won't put on you more than you can stand. That is not a scripture. The Lord does not put her honor. He's the Lord is the taker. Offer. See the anointing lifts. It doesn't put on. Paul said, Put off the old man. So that you can put on the new man.

Pastor West:
But you know what most Christians do? They put the new man on top of the old man. They don't get rid of the old man. So then they have two minds. And that's why they have double minds. They didn't get rid of the old thinking. They just tried to put the new on top of the old. A dentist will never put a cavity, never put a filling over a cavity. He goes in there and drills it out. And then he, you know, he makes the filling what it has to be to take the place of where the tooth was. They don't they don't put a cap over a diseased tooth. Why would a Christian put on a new life on top of an old one? Why would the Lord take your old thinking and just try to cap it off with some better thinking? No, he said, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You could say the removing of your mind. I mean, if you could do it, that's probably what needs to happen. Just remove it. Abraham had to leave his father's house not knowing where he was going. He is the father of your faith. And the same promises that he made to Abraham. He's made to you everything that he has, everything that you're ever going to need in life has already been prepared. It's just a merely waiting your recognition of it. How many red cars did you pass on the way to church? I don't know.

Pastor West:
I don't know either. You know why we weren't looking for red cars, were we? What are you looking for? Because what you look for, you'll find. And what you look at long enough, you'll look like you're made in the image and the likeness of God. If you interpret your life based on what you are experiencing in your life and you make that the definition of how your life's going to work, that's exactly how it's going to work. But the Bible says, look into the mirror of the Word of God and behold, that image for in the Word you behold the man that you are. James says. But what happens is they become forgetful hearers. They look and they see, but then they walk away. They don't look back. And then they forget, he says. And then they deceive their own self. It didn't say the pastor deceived them. It didn't say their parents deceived them, didn't say their spouse deceived them. Paul or James said, When you look into the mirror, which is the word of God, he said, This is the perfect law of liberty. He says, You're supposed to look into the word and see who you are. You don't get the identity from the world. The the world doesn't have a clue who you are. They don't even know if they're a male or female.

Pastor West:
How can the world tell you who they are when they don't even know what their sexual origin is? I mean, you're thinking, how could we even have a conversation about that, much less be in those days? That's why when I walked into the bank, I was telling you a few months ago and all this. I mean, everyone was talking about it. I went in there with my deposit and she started zipping out. I said, Now, before you open that deposit, I want you to know this. I identify myself as a millionaire. And she said, Do what? I said. I identify myself as a millionaire on my church account. And she looked at it and she said, Well, not today. You know, she was going on just facts. She says, Well, there's always tomorrow. And I said, But but I identify myself. She said, that doesn't work here. You can be that it's available. We'll protect it. We'll grow your investment. But but you have to be that. Well, what is it that you already be that you haven't decided that you be that yet? You are the exceedingly abundantly above all that you could ask or think of God according to the power that worketh in you. But is it working in you? So you'll have to change. We'll have to all change our mind about some things. Everyone has a place where they can go up to. But you have to purpose in your heart to do it.

Pastor West:
So do what you need to do to be necessary, which is necessary to make those changes. And so, come, I would suggest you have something to write with. Have something that you can write on. Because not only will things be said that you need to remember now, these these these meetings will be ongoing. You know, you'll be able to watch them on YouTube and and you'll be able to watch them on Facebook. Also, there are, as you know, if you go to our website, you can every service now you can get a written transcript of everything that's said. So that helps sometimes because you can't remember everything that said, well, you can just go to GLC, Gracelife Church, Jefferson and you you'll find a place to have a transcript. You know, it takes a little bit past the service to get to it, but I mean just you can go there, but you can get a written transcript. Sometimes it misses a few words because it's trying to get out. Alabama, lower Alabama from some of the people who speak here. It's hard to know what to say sometimes, and it's trying to translate in It's an AI program and that's good and bad. But anyway, we're going to go with the good part. So we won't see you here this week, but we'll look forward to seeing you Saturday, Saturday afternoon. Amen. Have a blessed day.

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Pastor Erik West:
Good morning. Welcome to our Sunday morning service. Grace, Love. Glad that you're joining us this morning. And we're going to get right into our lesson this morning. Last week, we if you're looking for a title, I think we call it the God's definition of success. And we looked at the life of Joseph. Is that right? And how he was enslaved. We know if you go back and read about his life, we know that he was loved of his father and we know he had a dream. And God showed him a great plan, a great vision for his life. He was excited. No doubt. He was excited. Why wouldn't he be excited? Except he told everyone he knew about it, especially his brothers. And in that dream, he told them exactly what he saw. And he says it was an awesome dream I had last night. Let me tell you how this works. He's the youngest of all of them. He said, I see that I'm going to be this important person and all y'all going to be bowed down to me, including Father. No one said, Praise the Lord. Actually, they put him in a pit and sold him as a slave. So don't tell everything you know, even if you're right. Well, God, it didn't stop God's plan, even though he got real, you know, out of sync with, you know, how he could have handled it, should have handled it. But he was he was young. And in his immaturity, he made some decisions that that that, you know, put him in a place where I mean, we know where he ended up in the palace.

Pastor Erik West:
Right? So there is a way to go from the prison to the palace. He was in he was in prison for 13 years. You say? Well, I hope God doesn't give me a dream or a vision. Well, the vision came forth, but there was a time in preparation for him to take the place that God had for him. It doesn't mean it had to be prison. It just was prison. And so I don't want you going off say, well, God's got in prison you and break you up and break you down. That might be true spiritually in some dimension. In other words, there's going to be a making and the remaking of everyone. And, you know, just naturally thinking, you know, most people never grow in their life spiritually for sure. Very few people grow when everything's easy. Most growth actually takes place during difficult times. We had this way in America, just like this weekend is the three day weekend. So a lot of people mean I'm gone. Well, you're supposed to stay because it's Labor Day weekend. You just stay and pull weeds or something. I don't I don't know where. It's not beach. It's pull weeds. No, I'm just joking. But anyway, he went to the palace and we read the scripture. We won't go back there. In Genesis 39, it says, though he was in prison, this is this is how God viewed it. Just when you when you read the scripture said Joseph was in prison and God said he was a prosperous and a successful man.

Pastor Erik West:
And so we contrasted that between the world's view of success versus God's view of success. This meeting coming up in Trussville is called the Summit. When large corporations get together with their stockholders and with other leaders, they talk about large ideas. So there was a reason for moving it away from the normal, be honest with you. Not just because it was halfway in between another church. It was moving the venue away so God could talk to leaders. So everyone's invited. So but we're not trying to accommodate. We're not bringing someone from Wales and asking to be through in 45 minutes because there's only two meetings. And so it's going to be really, really good anyway. So I'm y'all ready to go to that next level? Well, the truth is, you'll never straighten out your life until you straighten out your mind. Amen. And we're always talking about the mind, right? Because Proverbs 23 says a man thinketh in his heart that's who he is. Amen. That's not. I didn't write that. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. And where the mind goes, the person follows the body. Go right with the mind. We won't go there. But. Matthew. 1233 1233 It says a tree is known by its fruit. The same is true with your life and my life. Because thoughts bear fruit. All thoughts bear fruit. Good or bad. And so when we have emotional issues, which we'll talk about again this morning somewhat, and we have the census that talk to us. Just know this, that the word of God not attached to your soul, your mind, will and emotions is the is the will.

Pastor Erik West:
They will. In other words, if you don't attach the word to your soul, to your mind, your will and your emotions, it will not affect your soul and your body and your and your. The person will follow always their mind. And I came across this story a number of years ago and it was a really it's true. In fact. But it's a really good analogy. They'll say that what I want to say this morning, I don't know if he was the originator, but I and he might be Myles Munroe. He's in heaven now. He said there's two animals that the creator identified himself with in the Bible. One is the Eagle and the other one. The second one is the lion. I want to talk to you about the lion for just a moment. Of course, we know the eagle is the king of the bird kingdom. In the lion is the is the is the king of the animal kingdom. How many y'all would agree with that? That the lion is known as the king of the animal kingdom? So it begs the question to say this. Why is the lion considered the king of the jungle? I'm just reading you what he wrote here. He said, Why is the lion considered the king of the jungle? He's not the tallest. Giraffes are taller. He's not the biggest because elephants are bigger. He's not the heaviest. Hippos are heavier. He's not the smartest in the kingdom. Animal. Kingdom. Because hyenas are smarter. He's not the most intelligent.

Pastor Erik West:
Chimpanzees are more intelligent. When an elephant sees a lion, an elephant will run. Even though he's bigger. He's. He's bigger. He's stronger, he's smarter. And he's more powerful than this cat. The lion. The elephant is a victim because of how he thinks. When the lion sees an elephant, he charges toward the elephant. Because when he sees the elephant, he believes he's found lunch. Now, what's wrong with that? The lion is the king of the jungle because he has a different mindset. He has a different attitude. The lion's action reflects the way that he thinks. His mindset makes all the animal kingdom respect the lion more than any other animal. So he went on to say, Picture this. Two persons, same skills, same same degrees, same economic conditions, same location, same problem identified by both. One thinks lunch and the other thinks danger. How about that? So your mindset is the result of your beliefs and your actions reflect what we believe. We become what we believe and we limit ourselves by what we believe. Anyway, that's a good little story. So our lives today. Your life, My life, all of us today, they're always. They're always moving in the direction of your most dominant thoughts. That's why it's so important when we talk about renewing the mind. And when you hear a scripture that, you know, sometimes sometimes you we have a tendency to quit here and say, I know that knowing that and doing that was two different things. I know some things about. I know some things about, you know, good nutrition. I know some things.

There we go.

Pastor Erik West:
We try this one?

How about that? You're there.

Pastor Erik West:
I don't hear myself at all. Okay. Sorry about that. Anyway. So. I know some things about the physical body and working out. But without any actions. Me just driving by the gym and the health food store. That'd be awesome, wouldn't it? How much would you pay if you could just drive by saying, Look, I'm going to give you a I'm going to give you a 90 day, you know, I'll pay my membership and I'm going to drive by here three times a day and just and just breathe it in. And what's your goal? Well, I want to lose £50 and I want to build this. And, you know, I want to. Okay. But then when you come by here, you know, put your arms like this, you know, breathe in and shake your legs a little bit, you know, And I want somebody, you know, like this and like that. Well, that is going to be another $100. Okay, well, I'll drive by five times a day. I'm going to drive by the health food store, you know, and and I'll be healthy. Then I can go home, eat pizza because I already drove by the health food store. Wouldn't that be awesome? You know what I described to you? Maybe heaven, because you don't want to miss that. Do you know? You don't want to miss that. So. But we are today the result of our thoughts in the past. And who you become in the future will be determined by your thoughts today.

Pastor Erik West:
Where are you? Where you are today in your life and your is based on how you was thinking yesterday. That's just a biblical truth and you will be tomorrow based on how you're going to believe today. If this is church to you today, if you're punching the clock, if you're making yourself feel better that I came to church. We're glad that you're here, but it probably won't benefit you a whole lot. He said, the truth will set you free. But you have to you have to accept the truth, believe the truth, and adjust your life to truth. You have to be willing to release, let go and say, I have believed this all my life. My family believed this. And but the Word of God says this. Yeah, but, Grandmama. Well, thank God. So what are you going to do about your life? I mean, there's things that. That we walked along in years. This is the way it's supposed to work for anyone. Not fivefold ministry. I mean, there's things I preached, you know, 30 years ago. I don't agree with myself. Why? Because I worked. I went further and I saw more revelation. Most of the time was progressive. Amen. You see this and you see that? You see the church coming to such a place. You know, or Roberts, in his day, you know, had of course, you know, he's known for having a great healing ministry.

Pastor Erik West:
People would come under the tent by, you know, over 10,000 people and they be healed. And his ministry started because he needed healing. He was on the death bed as a kid. Brother Hagan was on a deathbed. Brother Hagan was healed after being in the bed for 16 months, had three diseases. Either one was going to take his life. He was 16 years old and he said never ran and played like a like a regular teen or child. And he had bad blood, had a bad heart. He had paralysis and by all medical means, he had to leave. He had to leave. He had no spiritual help. Everyone told him, you know, every time he was trying to tell him, he said, I only had till like 1030 in the morning because he says, you know, my mind was going this way. Then my vision would be and, you know, I lose good vision and I couldn't read the Bible, he says. He says, And I had so much paralysis, he says, Sometimes it took me ten minutes just to turn one page over my Bible. And all he wanted to know when he found certain things. Is this true? So pastors would come. He asked for pastors, and he says some of them never come. And he got discouraged. One finally came and he and all he wanted to know was he found this truth in Mark.

Pastor Erik West:
11 2324 and he wanted to know, does it mean what it, what it, what it looks like it means? And he was trying to say that and he was saying a and the pastor just grabbed his hand and just went like this. He said, It's all right, boy. It'll all be over real soon. Which is what every 116 years old wants to hear. With no help. By God. Amen. Come on, he said. You know, it didn't take 16 months to get healed. He said it just took 16 to think, right? Even with no help. And like I said before, I'm not trying to endorse him. I'm just saying. But and even though it affected our lives. But every four hours, a new Greymouth church starts somewhere in the world every four hours. From a teenager dying on deathbed. Now, the Lord didn't say, I'm going to heal you and you're going to do this and you're going to do that. And he didn't show them what the life was going to look like. He was just trying to live. Kirsten was talking about because she's wearing some of the stuff and, you know, he could hear him in there. He could hear his mom and his grandparents and the pastor and the pastor was just there trying to console the family. And they were just, you know, he was praying for the family pre-death to comfort them because he was going to die.

Pastor Erik West:
And then they asked him, his parents and grandparents, his mother, his dad left his mom. His mom had a nervous breakdown. There was other kids that had to come live with the grandparents. So he's totally bedridden, but he could hear them in there planning his funeral. And the pastor who came to see him, he was trying to, you know, comfort them. So they all accepted he was going to die. And by natural by natural thinking, he would have died. He was supposed to die. But God. And so they asked him. They said, Well, what song would you want to. What song would you want would you want sung at your funeral? He was just trying to get out in words that they could understand as Mark 11 2324 mean what it says. But they said, Well, what songs would you like sung at your funeral? And he he said, Well, I don't know. He says, he said, I don't guess I'll be there. He said, Well, why don't y'all just sing something y'all like that's like, I can't get no one to answer my question. He finally got some understanding of Mark 11 2324 and he says, oh, oh, I see it, I see it. In other words, I'm supposed to believe that I'm healed while I'm laying here in the bed with paralysis, with a bad heart and bad blood? I'm supposed to believe that I'm healed even when it looks and feels like this in the Holy Ghost.

Pastor Erik West:
Holy Spirit says, he says Now you believe. Now you see it, Now you believe. And he was excited. And no one was in the room with him, paralyzed from the waist down for a year and a half. And then the Holy Spirit said, he says, you know, most people are up at 1030 in the morning. In other words, now faith has to have some action. He said, that's right. So he didn't call for help. They had a little mechanism. He tried to pull himself up sometimes. So it took him quite a while because he was trying to move his legs. He was trying to pull them like this with his hand. He's trying to get them off the side of the bed. Took over an hour or so to do that. And he said when he when he did it and he pulled something to stand up because he hadn't stood up in a year and a half, you can imagine the weakness of the body. He said it felt. So wonderful and hurt so much at the same time. In other words, all the nerves in his body, you know, like with little needles and feeling begin to come into his body because he saw something that he didn't see the day before. And he had to change. He had to exchange information. For Revelation. And I'm getting ahead of myself.

Pastor Erik West:
But most people looking for a breakthrough and God is the God of breakthrough. But what you really need is transformation. You need to transform yourself from information to revelation. You you need exchange information for revelation. And and I'll let me say this. You can have the right information, but it's not relevant to you because you heard it from someone else. But you haven't made it church yet. In other words, you could see a truth and it be the truth. And you could say, Well, that's awesome, that's good. But you never put it into practice. So what you're trying to live you're trying to live off secondhand information. Because you never made it yours. Once again, Brother Hagan, I'll move on. He said. He said even in the ministry, he said most ministers. Most ministers. Not the laity. Most ministers, he said. They're their echoes and not voices. In other words, or most people are thermostats or I mean, they're not they're not the thermometer. They're thermal. You know, In other words, God wants you to be a thermostat in the sense of that back wall. There's a there's a thermostat on it. We can set the air or the heat anytime we want to, right. For what we want to. Now, that doesn't produce the air conditioning. It's on the other side of that wall. But when we say we're we want colder air, we want it warmer, then we put the information there and it gets in touch with it gets in touch with the compressor and the air conditioner on the other side.

Pastor Erik West:
And he says they're asking for more air. Let's go. Get to work. In other words, you're the one who sets the tone. You're the one who creates the atmosphere. Because it's who. Who's in you. Christ is in you. Amen. Where does the Holy Spirit live? In us. But the church has been busy for at least a decade or two. You know, writing songs about All Fall Down on Us. Oh, come. Oh, God, I'm so thirsty and dry. Fill me. Well, but if you and I don't mean to demean anything, I'm just saying. But it's hard to find good music in the scripture. You can find something that's emotional, that moves you, but it's just most of it. It's not scriptural. I mean, you read the stuff they're putting out now, it's just, Oh, there was an ocean and a tree and the the mist just washed over me. There was sin I could see, but God came down. So it's like, shoot that thing in the head. It has nothing to do who you are or what Jesus has done. Andrew Wong said this way, He says, I think he says like this. He says most people believe God can do anything, but they don't believe he's done very much. That is the most true statement.

Pastor Erik West:
You know, Pastor, for 2 or 3 decades and you'll say, I know, I know. That's a fact. That's a fact. Someone called me that day and I had one of these calls in years and they said, and I think they've been here twice. And they said, Pastor, how come you ain't called us? I said, called you for it. How come you ain't been checking on us? I'm like. For what? Not to name any names. And I said. I'm not your pastor. Oh, yeah. You're a pastor. I said no. You came twice. One time you got there ten minutes where It was over. You've been one and a quarter times. And I didn't do this my third. You don't take me that many words no more. As you get older, you'll use less words to get where you're going. A whole lot less words. And I said, This is the way it works for me anyway. I said, Until you take and until you take advantage of my public time, don't call me on my phone and take my private time. This is available publicly at this time. And if you don't take advantage of that, don't think I'm looking for you. If you if you have something, you need something, you call me. Because I do care and I'll be a part of that. Well, I thought pastors are just supposed to keep in touch with all the sheep. I said, Well, you thought wrong.

Pastor Erik West:
Hmm. I'll see. If I was one of those shepherds, I would have a cane with a crook on it, and it'd be around your neck, and I'd be snatching you from left to right all day long. And you wouldn't like that. Then you'd be mad at me for sure. She said, Well, I don't want to think about you. She said, I'll lie. She said, Boy, you tell it straight. I said, You want it another way? See, when I was 20 and I thought someone 80. I thought, man, that's way out there, right? Because two plus six is eight. Woo! Can you see that far? But six plus two is eight, too. So you see the you know, you see it kind of you know, it won't take as much time to say it because you want you want to help people, but you want it to be relevant, not just make them feel good. Not make them just like you or me to like you. I mean, you know who doesn't want to be liked? But, you know, sometimes when you go. I've had doctors who were I've seen doctors who were great doctors, but they had no bedside manner whatsoever. They were just write down. Rude. Rude. I had to have a surgery. What was beginning of this year or sometime last year, a kidney stone had him 20 years before that. This one they said you ain't going to pass is too big.

Pastor Erik West:
So we'll have to shock it. You know, all that kind of stuff. And I got there. They give me some things for pain before I got there and praise the Lord. I'm glad I knew some scripture. Most women tell you who had who had babies and kidney stones. They said, we've had children. We've had kidney stones. We'd have a child in there. They don't help me right now to hear that. Oh, my God. Don't tell me that. And and I got there to the the hospital, you know, and they was getting me ready. And, boy, here it come again. And you don't know what to do. I mean, you're hot, you're cold, you're hurting. I mean, you just want to. I mean, you could bite. You could bite a tenpenny nail in half. You just with your teeth. And this, the surgeon come in and I'm just in pre, you know, pre-op, and he just comes in having a bad day and I wasn't with it too well, and he's asked me all kind of technical stuff. I said, oh he said now is the is it on the left or right. Is the is the. He's asking me things that he thinks I'm supposed to know. And even in that condition, I said, I don't know. Is it not in my chart. I know there's a part that he wants to know that we're talking about the same thing.

Pastor Erik West:
But when I got through, everybody was apologizing for him and a guy came up and he had on shirt like Nathan does, had an auburn shirt, and he walked up and he was real nice and he said, I'm sorry about that. He's usually not like that. He says. And I said, It's no big deal. I said, He says, I'm going to be with you. I'm the anesthesiologist. I'm going to put you to sleep. And I said, War, eagle, war. Some people say say other ways. I said, I said, You good at this? I said, Yeah. I said, I said, I'm an Alabama fan, but War Eagle, man, I'm all for you. I said, let's let's do that quick. Let's do that quick. So they put you to sleep and then they had this machine that comes just shock. Shock, shock. They're trying to break the stone in small pieces. It was a ten millimeter and they're trying to get it down to 1 or 2 fragments. Then you just pass it out of your body. But they left me a five millimeter stone after all the surgery, which I had to pass at home, I sent them the bill. They haven't responded yet with a check. Amen. And I passed it pretty much with these. And I knew what it was and felt it was coming. And because we had to go back in two weeks later or a week later, I had to do a checkup with the doctor and he did an x ray.

Pastor Erik West:
Oh gosh, he says. They still left five millimeters there. He says, I may have to send you back in there. He said, if it ain't passed by tomorrow, I will send you back in there. So he did all kinds of things. It was going to make it pass, but it didn't pass, he says, But I want you to come in the morning. We're going to do this, this and this, because I'm going to try to make it move before I close today. I said, Why? He says, Because I don't want you to be out tonight and not have any help. He says, I'm going to try to make this thing move, and I won't go with what he did to make it move. But it did. After he closed. And all of a sudden this all of a sudden I mean, just I was just sitting there and that initial kind of like a well, you could call it fear, but just like the panic of that extreme pain's coming and they're closed and die and the surgery is over and. All of a sudden, the Holy Spirit gave me a scripture that he knew. I knew that, you know, and y'all are familiar with it here, but I've never heard but one person ever preached on it. And this is in the book of Jeremiah.

Pastor Erik West:
And it says, he says, I will break up the the stubborn places. He says he said, my word is like a hammer that will break up the stubborn pieces. The amplified says my words like a hammer that will break up even the rocks. Even the stubborn rocks will break it. Even those of the most stubborn resistance. And they'll break it into pieces. And I was like, That's right. I went and grabbed my Bible and I read it and I said, That's it. I says, This stone is going to be broken up into small fragments. And in 20 minutes later, it completely passed in little bitty, bitty granules, all that. And then the Holy Spirit said to me, he said, You know, that also works pre-op. Pre operations. I'm like, Oh, so it's good not just to have information, but to have revelation. All right. Let me move on real quickly now. Most people because you want to think like the line, remember, because he's he's the one who's comes and he's he's considered the the king of the jungle, king of the animal kingdom because because of his mindset. How he thinks. You're you're going to succeed or not succeed based on not just your work ethic, not just because you have a degree or don't degree, but because you how you think. True. True story in America. And I'm not saying you shouldn't get education. I think you should get I think you should go to school.

Pastor Erik West:
I think you should get educated. You should take advantage of whatever's available to you. But the honest to God truth, if you ever want to do a study on this, the A student generally works for the B student who works for the C student because the C student's one who owns a company in America. That's just that's just true. It's not true for everyone. But generally speaking, the B to C student is the one who had the dream, who had the idea, who had the work ethic, and he put it into practice when everything said, you know, you would never succeed at this level in doing that because, you know, you wasn't the valedictorian. You didn't graduate top of your class. You didn't go to all these schools, you didn't have all these things. That's why I've been asked by so many times through the years. Pastors would ask me, said, How do you start a church? And I just said, I don't know the way. Well, how did you start church? I said, By trying not to start one. I did everything I could to tell God this is the bad idea. I mean, I know you know everything, but you've been real busy. And if you just look at your records a little bit longer, you can see I'll be a bad choice for you. Because I can look around and see people a whole lot more qualified.

Pastor Erik West:
Huh? And you never know what something is and you never know where you are and things until you're faced with a situation, whether it's, you know, Daniel in the lion's den or is the three Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach and a Billy goat, I mean the Bendigo, you never know until the fire comes where you are. The test. The test will reveal where you are. The test will write. It's the same thing nationally in school. When they give you a test on Friday and it wasn't to tear you down. They're just trying to see, communicate and say, are you are you you know, in other words, are is the teaching going forward getting to you or are you receiving are you accepting? Are you are you learning? That's what the test reveals to them. And if you didn't study, you didn't pay any attention. The test. I guess it does. It might tear you down, but it really it just reveals where we are and we need that. I mean, you got Jonah who wouldn't go do what God told him to do until he got into test? And then he was swallowed by a whale. Right. And had a whale of a lot of problems and. But Jonah knew what he was supposed to do. But when he was in the belly of a whale for three days, he changed his mind. He had a new mindset.

Pastor Erik West:
Then he looked around and says, I'm not supposed to be in here. I'm supposed to be in Denver. He said, In other words, he repented and said, I'll go to Nineveh. Then he looked at his situation in the Bible, says this. He says he called his situation inside of a whale lying vanities. He said. I'm not supposed to be in here. God sent me to preach to people of Nineveh. I didn't really want to go because I don't like them people. I don't like the people of Nineveh. I know God's merciful and he's going to forgive them. I don't want them forgiven. Long short of the whole story. And he was right. God, God is merciful. God is kind. God is loving. So he wanted them to get what he thought they had coming. So he went the other way. It's funny. Who? God. Jesus. In it. And so, you know, Joe was smart enough to get a clue. He says, think I'm going to go to Denver? I think I should go to Denver. Then he called his situation nothing, nothing more than the lion vanishes. And then he went forsake the mercy that was being offered to him. Now, if you feel like a victim, then you're certainly going to act like one. That's just the way it works. You eventually talk like a victim. Develop the mentality and attitude of a victim because what you feed on will grow.

Pastor Erik West:
But what you starve will die. I like this particular if you want to call it a sermon, because it was one I was. I couldn't write fast enough. I hear. I hear and I write. I hear and I write. And Lord, he'll give you things that you know. But he also say, I don't want to talk about that part, what, you know. And so I was writing this down. Is there a connection between how I feel and what I do? Think about it. Is there a connection about how I feel about things and then what I go do about then when I go do after that? In other words, you may feel depressed. You may feel like the words not working. You may feel lonely, hopeless, you may feel afraid. But if you allow yourself to be governed by those emotions, negative emotions, then defeat and destruction for you are probably inevitable. You may say, Yeah, I feel those feelings right now. But second Corinthians five seven says We walk by faith and not by senses. Now, listen to this. This is just me writing down. Feelings are the enemy of faith because they contradict the word. We all have feelings, right? It feels good to feel good. But what if you don't feel good? What if you're going through a mental attack or a mental stress? What if you have problems on every side and those feelings always suggest something to you? In other words, they're not just feelings.

Pastor Erik West:
They're predetermined. They come with a definition. Y'all here? Yeah. So feelings are the enemy of faith because they contradict the word of God. You can't win being governed by how you feel. Amen. I was talking about the line. The mentality, the line. He's not the biggest. He's not the strongest. He's not the smartest. But he's the king. Why is he the king? I mean, can you see a giraffe looking down in the and and then the lion. He's got a big robe. He looked up at giraffe and he says, I am your king. The giraffe could just punt, kick him. All the hippo had to do just roll over on him. But the lion thinks these people are his lunch. Because he has a different mentality. What's your mentality? What's your mentality? What's your attitude? You can't make important decisions based on how you feel. Don't ever make important decisions when your feelings and your emotions are out of sync. Most of the time you'll misinterpret. Feelings didn't go to the cross for you. Feelings didn't bleed and die for you. Feelings wasn't your sacrifice for sins. So feelings can't rule as your savior. Your feelings will never bring victory to you because the walk of sight is the walk of the flesh. When you go back and read Romans eight, 14 and 16, we find out that he says he says we are sons of God and sons of God are led by the spirit of God.

Pastor Erik West:
They're not led by the flesh. They're not they're not led by the emotions. We have emotions and God wants us to have emotions and emotions are to serve you. To bless you. To help you. I mean, I thank God for the sense of taste. Don't you? Especially when you get to eat something you really like. There are some people who have no taste, and so they eat just to live. But they can taste nothing but seems kind of mean and cruel, don't it? Thank God for the ability to have physical touch. Thank God for the ability to be able to hear. But when? But when the enemy comes. And that's where he invades you because he can't fight you in the spirit realm. He knows that he can't he can't fight you the spirit realm, because the weapons of your warfare are not carnal. They're not fleshy, they're not physical weapons. Your weapons is the word of God, which he has no defense for. So he's never going to fight a war with you based on your terms. He's going to draw you away from everything. He's going to draw you into the realm of the senses. And it says, what are you going to do? I mean, and he's not introducing himself here. I'm here to fight you on the devil. He'll see my pitchfork and here's my ID He'd rather you think that he does not even exist, you know.

Pastor Erik West:
You know you can have. What was it? The Underwood ham years ago, you know, had him with the, you know, red suit, the pitchfork and had the long tail. He's never going to come that way. He would rather think that you don't exist as long as you live by based on how you feel. When you don't feel good, you won't do much. When you don't feel annoyed, you'll never stop. You'll never step out and do anything that that involves the anointed. If your activity is based on how you feel and how you feel, whether you're annoyed or not, then you'll do nothing. You'll have. You'll be dormant, you'll have no you'll have very little, very little to do with activity. So what are you going to do with these feelings? What are you going to do with your emotions? What are you going to do when they get out of check? What are you going to do when fear comes? Because fear comes to everybody about something and your feelings are real in the sense of you feel them and they're there, but it doesn't mean that they're true. So how do you do? Well, you have to bring them into a system of checks and balances. You have to you have to take every thought the Bible says, and you have to determine whether that thought or that feeling is truth based on this book, not based on how you feel.

Pastor Erik West:
Yeah, but Granddaddy died with that fact. Well, Granddaddy may not have known the truth. Fact, huh? Amen. I've done funerals that I shouldn't have. That I shouldn't have done. You say, Well, God called him home. Now, I'm not trying to get on this point because, you know, we got all these things in the South because you got a spirit of religion. If there's a spirit and there is that's over the South, the Bible Belt. It is. It is the it is the spirit of religion. And its biggest message is the sovereignty of God. And if you want to get in a fight with someone over that, you'll have one on your hands. But I just keep on saying, well, if we want to talk, I don't want to fight with you because the Bible says, No, don't argue about stuff like that. But if you want to talk about that, bring your Bible. Bring your Bible. Well, God's in charge. Oh, really? Well, if he was, he'd fill up some of his chairs. If God was in charge of everything, everybody would get saved. We'd go home tomorrow. If God, God was in charge, my deposits would look a lot better on Monday than they do some other Mondays. Because everyone don't give. They don't they don't contribute nothing. You go to a restaurant and you don't contribute.

Pastor Erik West:
They'll haul you off to the county jail, man, if you come in there and eat. So God's not in charge. Is God getting his way about everything? Do you think God is really in charge? Because if God is in charge, then this is kind of what happens is going to look like a mess, right? How many want to believe that God's not running everything the way he wants it run? That's what he puts you on the planet for. Why? Why is it such a mess? Because you're living in a fallen world. Where? Second Corinthians four. Satan is the god of this present world system. Satan is running. That's why it's a mess. He is in charge of the world system now. He has he has limited help in the sense of demons. Demons don't reproduce. So so what he does is, you know, he he sponsors people to do his work and to do his bidding. But if you're just stubborn, that's why I said, you know, Christians ought to get possessed to get possessed with the Holy Spirit. And when the devil tells you to do something, say no, no, I ain't going to do it. No, no. I did that for you for years. Now, if you don't do something quick, I'll just go to heaven. But no, I ain't doing that now. You know you better. I mean, you can't just let this thing go on.

Pastor Erik West:
Yeah, let us. Let it go on. Just let it right now. I ain't doing nothing no more. But you could die from this. Paul said die is gain. So now gain sounds better than profit. Sounds better than no profit. I'm supposed to be a no profit organization. I don't. I don't believe in no profit. Yeah, that's just a joke. But anyway, every believer will be confronted in a situation to walk by faith or walk by your flesh. Romans eight six To be part of that verse says So then they're in the flesh. They that are in their senses, they're they're being ruled by the thoughts of their mind. Cannot please God. You can't. He didn't say it would be hard. He said it would be impossible. If you're walking in your senses, it's not going to be hard. It's not going to be difficult. It's going to be impossible. I don't know how to get it any plainer than that. There's got to be some way. Y'all helped me sometime. Because the carnal mind, the Bible says verse seven is enmity. Now, the word enmity doesn't mean enemy, it just means hostile. It means in opposition to which when we're preaching, you know, a few weeks ago about stop opposing yourself, that's where this this verse was one of the verses we use. The carnal mind. The flesh, mind, the sense mind. The natural mind is in the atom mind. The fallen atom.

Pastor Erik West:
Mine is in opposition. Hostile does not agree with God, for the carnal mind is not subject to the Word of God. Neither indeed can it be. So your mind that that's not transformed, not renewed, does not agree with God. It's in opposition to him. Amen. Did I say that? Okay. Until you have your mind renewed, you might be a great person. Your parents might have been great people. But when you're when your mind is not renewed to the Word of God, your mind is an enemy, is an opposition. It's hostile to God. It cannot agree with God. Amen. Won't. Won't. Jesus was asked by his disciples, Well, would you teach us how to pray? Because your life looks pretty good. I mean, signs, wonders, miracles. I mean, what should we pray? Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth. The way it's been done there. Oh, God wants what's being done there to be done here? How does he do that? He wants to use you. Amen. But how does he get his will done with a mind that opposes him? I know. I get right to the point sometimes. You need to learn to esteem your emotions and esteem the Word of God. Amen. When you're governed by your emotions, the devil has an entryway because you're not resisting. James four seven. In faith. So you make yourself accessible to him when you don't resist the enemy.

Pastor Erik West:
By faith, you make yourself accessible for him to come work in your life. Boy, I'm doing better preaching, y'all doing Amen. I know that the mature believer conducts their life through persistent and consistent transformation of the Word of God, but they're persistent about the mature believer does. They're persistent. They're consistent because the Kingdom of God is real by spiritual laws. So if it's real by laws and you're not consistent with laws, you're going to have wins and losses. Can you see that? That's like in sports all the time, especially since football started. Most coaches say they go back and say, well, they're analyzing film. Well, how did that go wrong? He was he he wasn't in position. To make the tackle or he wasn't in a position to stop the air raid. In other words, we were on the field, but we weren't in position. And that caused that. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord is ready there to put up a banner or a wall against him and stop him. But you've got to be in position. You know the analogy that that well, I don't remember the exact name of the book, but Gloria Copeland read a book years ago that God is looking for a receiver. But in football, again, when you have a quarterback, when he's going to throw a pass, doesn't he? They've already talked about it.

Pastor Erik West:
He anticipates where the receiver is going to be. He throws the ball not to the very second of where he is. He throws it to where he's going to be in the next two seconds. That's the way it's supposed to work. When he throws the ball, usually the receiver is not there at that moment. But but the goal is for him to be there in the next one, two, three seconds. Right. That's the way it does work. So if you're not in position, it's not that God didn't give. It's just we weren't in a position to receive. Amen. Brother Hagan. Later on he said, I laid on a death bed for 16 months because I was in a position to receive what God had already give. God's already given. Now. So we need to disesteem. Sometimes your thoughts and your emotions, but you need to steam the Word of God. Something someone's going to rule. Someone is going to something or someone's going to ruin your life. I just think you ought to be in charge. Amen. Amen. Psalms 2123 says, you know, whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul his mind, as well as motions from troubles. So what does that mean? It means this. Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles. In other words, if I control my mouth, I can rule over my emotions. When you don't have control over your mouth and your mind, your words are just going to say, Oh, it's killing me.

Pastor Erik West:
I can't take no more of this. I just like just like, you know, you know, I forgave him, but I ain't going to forget it. You ain't you ain't forgave nobody because you keep bringing it up all the time. You keep on telling him or her every time you get into a fight. What they did five years ago. Boy, I know I hit something right there. Huh? The fact that you are remembering it means you haven't forgiven me anything. That means your your soul still has all these wounds in it. And you let them know every time it's like that. Aren't you glad the Lord didn't do you that way? Amen. Huh? But you told him about how pitiful you was two years ago, he says. What are you talking about? Aren't you glad he doesn't remember your past? Because we all had one. Without Jesus, where would we any of us be? You on the road to hell is where you and I both was on there. Oh, one might have been a little bit better than the other, but, you know. Well, I never did all those things that you did. But like Andrew Wommack said again, he said, Who wants to be the best sinner who goes to hell? Well, they're both down there, Barnum. Well, I didn't do what you did.

Pastor Erik West:
Yeah, but maybe we both here. In other words, we needed Jesus and we didn't receive him. That's why we're here. Mm hmm. Amen. So if your your habits aren't consistent, you won't just remain neutral. You'll lose ground. It's not just good intentions. It's living intentional. I said a mouthful right there. I'm using the analogy of the lion. You see? See, The lion thinks he's going to be king tomorrow, too. So he lives that way intentionally. He doesn't feel like a kitty cat tomorrow. He feels like the lion. I don't care if he's in the cat family. He doesn't feel like a Siamese cat. He just tomorrow he thinks the elephants his lunch again. He does. And he's not the strongest. He's not the biggest. He just thinks different. Y'all getting this? I know that you know this, but it helps you to hear this. Good, huh? Amen. Well, they say the they're still talking about, you know, that that we're going to go through a recession. We might. I don't know. But I'm not participating. Amen. You don't have to participate. I already knew what I knew. But the year of Covid was our greatest year to that point until the next year. And it was better than that. The next year is better than that with the least amount of people. We have. I don't know, my accountant says. He says, Well, you know, they try to keep it with things.

Pastor Erik West:
You know, they keep it with things, you know, just I guess they're good to have if you need them, but I don't really need them. And so membership and this and that and the other, they said, well look like you you get about $30,000 a year. People don't even come to your church. And I said, Well, I'm not mad at it. You want me to be mad? Mm. They all have reasons why they seem they don't seem like they can attend and some of them can't attend for for logistical reasons that I do know of. But. But they're just givers to the ministry. You know what I do with it? I do what you do with it. I pay bills. I send people to the mission field. We're helping starting the school in Liberia because they don't have they don't have they don't have any they don't have any school. The kids aren't going to school. They can't afford school. There is no school. So me and some other pastors from Michigan and this pastor's wife, she used to be an educator and had Christian school. They actually retired from pastor. And she said, well, we don't have the funds are not allocated. In other words, she went out to pastor anymore. So we don't have any say so about whatever. But the pastor wants to help some, she says. But his his needs are much greater than that, she says.

Pastor Erik West:
So all my friends, you know, she said, they're all retired, living on social Security, but they're all going to take so much of their Social Security to get these kids through school. And I said, Well, that's amazing. That's generous. She said, Yeah, they're all Social Security. And she said, But we had Christian school for years. And and so these kids don't know how to read. They don't know how to write. There's no school for them. The the government is corrupt, but we have five teachers who's going to teach start off with 50 kids. But the teachers in Liberia now, they have they have a degree in teaching and some have a college degree as a teacher. So they have to be paid. So the teacher, you know, says she has to have $30 a week. So they're paying for three. If I'll pay for two, so I can put 5050 kids in school this year if I just have $2,400. You want to know what I do with that money? The people who don't know show up. We're sponsoring kids who don't have a chance to go to school. Five, six, eight. I mean, they're going to have kids that are 12 years old who don't even know the alphabet. But in two weeks, they're going to be going to school because you sent them there. Now, is that important? I just told it because I think you ought to know some of the things that happens.

Pastor Erik West:
How about that? Is it important? I mean, what future will they have if they can't read, write, spell or do math or do anything? Right now, the goal is just go from kindergarten to third grade, you know, using the church that you already built. One day there might be a facility. That'd be great. One day you might have all the books. But it's like I told the pastor yesterday, Pastor Sondergard says faith makes plans. Vice makes plans. So we'll start here. We'll start here. So all the things that come together when the government, whatever, and for it to be legal and everyone and we got four teachers said we're coming, but we we have to have $120 a month to live on. There's some of the highest paid people. So most people in his church and Sondergaard's church works all week and they make $12. So he so they bring $1.20. His total income for the church. Right now, he takes in anywhere from 100 to $150. He has over 100 people. And then they look at your life and think they could think that that ain't fair. It just don't it ain't fair. So you have to teach them, because there's only one Bible for the world. I know it looks different than it does here, but there's a way to. If Joseph can prosper in prison and God say you're prosperous, you know, when you don't own yourself and God says you're prosperous.

Pastor Erik West:
God doesn't think like you think. Amen. I mean, when you're when you're a slave and you don't own you, that's that's seems to me poor. But God said he's prosperous. And he was a success. And it was because even for his slave owner, he saw that God was doing things in him and he put him in charge of the entire prison. They went from the prison to the palace. They'd become the vice president of the nation. With a felony. Yeah. Well, if you get a felony, your life is over. Joseph, don't even know what you're talking about. Well, what do you do? He had a dream. Talked about it. Yeah. You know, he had the. The baker and the undertaker. You didn't go too well for some of them. Okay. Oh, gosh. That lion clock in Jesus name I rebuke you in Jesus name. Stop that. This is kind of some things unusual that don't usually come out of me. I won't get to all this. So the thing is, and we'll get there next time. He wants us to learn how to trust him. He wants to go from trying to trusting. This is a little funny thing. Yesterday I thought about and I believe I just heard it this way, he says, you know, when people die, he says, he says most people talk about and they'll put it on their on their on their tombstone and say, rest in peace.

Pastor Erik West:
He said, But did you know you don't have to die to rest in peace? I said, Amen. Of course, isn't that kind of normal? People say, well, he passed. Well, just rest in peace. But he's telling you today, according to Hebrews four, he's telling you to rest in peace. He said, God work these days. He said he finished all the work of creation and he has ceased his labor from that day to this day. Then he invites you to go do what he did. In other words, all the work's been finished and God has ceased from all labor from that day to this day. Now he invites you to rest as he rest. So you can rest in peace today. Then on your tombstone they said, Rest in peace. Done. Did you, Mississippi? You can get whiter than that. Paul said in Romans 1513. I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. I pray that God the source of your hope. God, the source of your hope will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit so that you know that I'm finishing much here. I'm just writing. Some people pray prayers to me, hoping for a lucky streak. Like throwing dice in a casino.

Pastor Erik West:
Blowing on them and rubbing a red head before throwing. And I guess superstitious. I don't mean nothing, but I've never said that in my life. That's just where I heard it. It's not the dice. It's not the man or the woman or it's not the dice. It's not the blowing on the dice. It's not rubbing on the red head. Right. It's the man or the woman holding the dice looking for a new angle. Heaven. He said, Tell the people heaven has no fail. No failure policy that the king, my kingdom is run by an absolute spiritual being who is nothing but light and has no darkness at all. I am not confused in any shape or form. Praise God. So the mature believer see, he conducts his life. He's persistent. And so when these things come to your life and you just the emotions come in. The feelings come in. It doesn't look like it's going to work. It's not. It doesn't seem to work. Your accountant says it doesn't work. Your body says it's not working. You says, Well, I've been, you know, they've laid hands on me. I've had oil. You know, I had this prophecy. I had that prophecy. When I got that prophecy, everything went backwards. That's how you probably know you're on track. The enemy comes to steal the word. You know, if you go to the meeting when it may speak a word over your life.

Pastor Erik West:
Probably will. If not the stone throwers. If he puts Sandy up there. Sandy. I've had Sandy come in sometimes and she'd minister to people she don't even know. And I thought, my gosh, it's like it's like I wrote it out and said their names George and say this and it'd be exact. And I was like, wow that is exactly you just look at what God brings to someone who knows no one and just speaks to their life, to them. Only thing I've just noticed over the years is that God is a lot kinder. He thinks about them nicer than I have sometimes. I was like, Well, he didn't even mention this about three years ago. And you know, yesterday when he did all this, he said, They're a good old boy. But when the prophecy comes like that, sometimes you. You think it's going to happen that afternoon? Yeah. For me, sometimes it's been weeks, months, even years. I had a woman call me about three years ago. She said, you used to come to church with us years ago. I mean, years ago. Well, Miss Dana, she knows you. When we started in that little video building, the one that y'all came to, your family came to. I mean, we just rented that place because we. We started my home, the Bible study, and I was still, you know, running the floor cabinets that the family owned.

Pastor Erik West:
And so we had Bible study and the floor covering, and then we moved out in that little building. So it was mostly just family. So when the Joneses came in, I was like, What are they doing here? It's like, Oh my God, that looks like a visitor. When are you supposed to have visitors? That's been almost 30 years ago. So she's almost my oldest standard member. I mean, age. I mean, chronologically. So don't mess with her, because I'll be. You'll be in big trouble with me. Faithful. Just faithful through the hard times. Faithful. Faithful through, you know, things that happen in your life and all of our lives. But just. Just persistent. Just just. Just stay persistent. See, there's. There's not a big secret. Everyone's looking for a big secret. You want. Well, heck, I'll just go and give it to you. You want to know what the big secret is? There's not one. Except this. Just. Just don't quit. Just. Just keep going. Go when it doesn't feel good. Go when it does feel good. I mean, what value can you put on feelings? I always say it this way. Everyone's always felt good about something. One day. I mean, something happened to you was exciting. It was a great day. You tell him like, man. I mean, it's fun. You've been waiting on this. Something happened. Something came through. Check came in. People, you know. But did those feelings stay forever? Madden.

Pastor Erik West:
I could tell you about one time the ministry got a check and was we were in the office together and the couple came in the church on Sunday and met with us and said, This is what God's done and this is just the tithe and said, And so Matt looked at it and I looked at it. Remember, it was $275,000. That's just the tithe. And then Michelle and I argued, Who's gonna go to the bank and make the deposit in the morning? And of course, I'm bigger, so I won. So I just played it off and I was like, you know, Monday was like. She went, Well, she says, What's this? I said, What? She says, Oh. She said, Well, you know, you're positive. It's like. I said, Oh yeah. You know. She said, Did your have some big fundraising thing? I said, No, no, we just just church. She said, Just church. I said, Yeah, yeah, just tithe and offerings, which it was. It was a tithe. Just someone received a check for 2.7, $5 million. You know, tired was $275,000. I felt good. I felt real good. I felt really, really good. First thing I did is I send a $30,000 tie that into missions. And then gave a whole lot more than that. You know how much of that I got left? I got nothing. It's all been gone. Years later, I had needs. Financial needs.

Pastor Erik West:
So. So what are you going to do with feelings when you feel good? Well, you can enjoy them, right? But do they stay? Or even does even bad feeling Stay. So how much value are you going to put on feelings? Because they're fickle. You know what's not fickle? The word of God settled. The word of God settled. So every time the thoughts come and the enemy's talking to you. Okay, okay, You're right. That's happening. They did say that it's on the x ray, and I know my kids doing that. Not enough, But. But. But let me tell you about something else. Amen. It just helps me sometimes. I'm not saying it works this way, but when I'm in the church, sometimes what I'll just say I'll say Satan, Since you're here and you want to talk, then I have the ability to bind and loose. I don't even want you to go nowhere right now. I'm not casting you out. I'm casting you in, and I'm bind you to that chair. And in my mind, I just take my Bible. I said, Now I'm going to read the Bible to you. And I can hear him go, Oh, I said, I said, No, no, no, no. Shut up and hear. And I just read the Bible to him. And I said, I like your story that you ran over here with Jesus in the wilderness. I really like that story because you you picked the right time.

Pastor Erik West:
He was tired. He was hungry. He was in a natural body. He left heaven. He stripped himself of deity. He's God, but he's all man. He's the 100% man. But the Bible says he's full of the Holy Ghost is the only way he can win. Which tells you you can win when he says the works that I do. You sure you do? That'd be unfair if you didn't have the equipment that he had. Right? But he was God who became man. He was hungry. He was tired. He was thirsty. He was weary. And they said, that's a good time to attack. So he'll wait if he needs to a year on you and say the conditions are not perfect, the attack will be thirsty, bam! And you'll be like, you'll be, Oh, the devils have to be. Oh, he was after you a long time ago. He just planned it thirsty because he sees a little he sees a little crack in the crevice right there. Right. And then they'll come in. They're all kind of spirits. Lying spirits deceiving spirits, spirit of fear. But all those spirits are just what they are. I don't care. What you feel is you're feeling the manifestation of who they are. If you have a lion spirit and you feel all these things, you're like, I don't even know if this is true. I don't even know if God's true.

Pastor Erik West:
I mean, not I mean, who said it was? I mean, I just grew up they said, you know, they told me the story about being a Christian. I mean, how do I really even know? You know, you know, where you're getting all that from, Lying, deceiving spirits. That's all they are. They're just speaking to your senses of your mind, and you get a spirit of fear. No, no. That little hair thing is always afraid. That's all it is. He's manifesting who he is, which means he's more terrified than anything he's manifesting himself. When a skunk sprays, he's manifest in Skunky. The stink is him, right? The fear is the devil. I mean, see, we focus on the stink. But the stink came out of the skunk. Yeah, that's pretty good, actually. You know, think about the fear of the spirit of fear. Come out of the spirit of fear. Yeah. It's not you, it's him, you say? Well, I'm just afraid. No, he's afraid. You're thinking about you because you're thinking in your senses. What you forgot to do is take him to here and say, Sit down, sucker. Shut up. I said, shut up. Don't treat him like your mother did, not your mother. But these new parents. I stopped that one to seeing all these parents count to their kids. My daddy can count to ten. My mother counted to one. Two. Could be your funeral. She might give you the what option of the yard you want to get buried in. Well, praise God. Amen. Hallelujah.

Well, that's enough.

Pastor Erik West:
Between the offering day if you didn't get help. I don't know what you're going to do. I mean, there were so many answers between the offering today. You ought to just grab 1 or 2 of them. Just grab something, go with it. God's developing you as people and as leaders. The summit is for leadership. The summit is a place where leaders come together to hear God ideas. So if you'll sign up for us out there, if you go see, once you commit to do something, then. Nathan, will you be open next week? Your business. Yeah. Too easy to whatever, right? Well, how do you know? Because you don't know how you're going to feel. Well, I ask you, do you have customers lined up who want their car fixed? Painted? And they got they got, you know, a time frame, 5 to 8 days. Right. But but it could be longer than that because, you know, you don't know how you're going to feel Wednesday or Thursday. You know, something might come up and they just have to whatever. When you fail and you what you do, you crack that. Busted the elbow, had to put in metal and everything in there and risked everything. So you just took off for months and months and just went to the beach. Did the car still need fixing? Yes. Was you involved at all in fixing them?

Pastor Erik West:
Yes, I was.

Pastor Erik West:
Did you with your left hand. You were not left handed. Right. But you painted these cars and they had a pass inspection. But did you feel like doing it? Oh, no. See, now we do that every day because we think we have to, right? And we do. Why would you do it spiritually? He tells you. He says the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, patience, goodness, kindness, temperance. Against this, there is no end to it. But then the work of the flesh is this. Then he tells you there's. There's going to be a war between two of you. I figured that there is a war. There's a war, you said. When did it start? I don't know what? Your birthday. That's when it started. I mean, think about it. When you come out, you just already screaming and crying. Oh, and if that wasn't terrifying enough, they don't do it now. But some of us who's my age or even younger, they picked you up. I mean, you just get into the world screaming, crying. Then they pick you up upside down and beat you and bam. And then you breathe. Then they put suction. Then they get some big scissors and cut off your food supply. Less than a second. I mean, it's traumatic. I mean, it's traumatic. And you want to know why babies cry? Somebody cut off my food supply that fast.

Pastor Erik West:
I'm going to scream, too. I'm going to the Publix, where shopping is a pleasure for reattachment. How many y'all ever went against your feelings? Seriously, mentally, physically, socially. Whatever you ever felt like your life wasn't working, be honest with you. Like it was a big, chaotic mess. Like, what are we actually doing? I mean, are we making any difference at all? It's like, where are we headed? It's like I used to like you. I've even heard this. I'll admit this because y'all was kidding about that day. If you'd have done this when we was dating, you know, we probably would never be married. I was like, Well, I didn't feel like I need to ever do it till I met you. We went to Paris, Georgia, and Miss Phyllis's house a couple of Fridays ago. And, you know, he was just real quiet. Then he asked me a couple of things and I told him I was telling him some stories and I wasn't trying to, but they just all laughing and all these pastors in the room. And he said on the way he says, Eric, I don't remember. When did you get to be so funny? I said, Well, I didn't mean I don't think I was like this growing up. I said, I said, Be honest with you. I said, I think it started when I started pastoring.

Pastor Erik West:
I said it was a survival mechanism the Holy Spirit gave me to survive, just to laugh at myself and not take it so seriously. Amen. Amen. I've seen a few things. I've heard a few things. I love people. I this is the joy of my life like this. But, you know, sometimes in dealing with situations and people, as you know, it's it's wild. It's absolutely wild. I'm sure Jessica, you know, she does massage all like this. I'm I'm glad you got some stories that you could tell us. Like, I wished I hadn't even known that I wished I had never seen that. Oh, my gosh. I imagine Logan's cut some hair for us, have y'all? I mean, you probably never said it, but do you know they have shampoo? Did you think about using it before we got together? But what do we do? We just. We just keep going. See, it's not the big splash that you need to do. It's just the consistent, everyday choo choo. And we forget that because we're thinking it's going to take this big thing. But if you're just like, choo choo. If you just take the chisel and keep chipping at the rock, you know, it's the. It's the. The rabbit and the. What was it? The turtle? Yeah, the tortoise and the hare. Well, you you know, it's.

Pastor Erik West:
It's the lion and the rest of the kingdom. He's. He is the king, but he's not. He's not the fastest. You put, you put. He's fast, but you put him with a cheetah and the lion and that cheetah is going to smoke him in the dust. And when they get then he says, I beat you. And he says, I'm still king. Matter of fact, I think I'm going to eat you for lunch. I ate your brother yesterday. I've been looking at your sister, waiting for her to gain a few pounds. The rhinoceroses says you know how much bigger than I am you. I said, Yeah, That's why you're so slow. That's why I got you all three year old legs for you can even turn around giraffes. He says you ain't nothing to me. He says, Yeah, but I'm going to wait till you get a sore throat. It's going to take a while if you get hill Throat that big. So he thinks different. Same problems, same situation. You have two people sitting, you know, in the same row and one says, well, you know, I could never do that. And I said, we're going to wow, we're going to go do this. Same meat, same people, same word, same same scriptures, two different mindsets. And that the way it works. It's always worked that way. Isn't that amazing? That Tuesday through Friday, Nathan's going to fix people's cars and he don't even know how he's going to feel that day.

Pastor Erik West:
I'm all called Wayne to see if he's actually there. Thursday, I may show up to see if he's actually there, just telling the truth or just telling us the big one. You can't know what you're going to do until you see, I've already decided I'm going to go to the meeting, so now I don't have to rethink it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be here next week. And Wednesday because I borrowed this idea. Where are you going to tithe? Yeah, I remember having to go through that. Boy, that was a big one for me to say because I was like most Americans, I was spending 30% more than I made. You said, How can you do that? It's called credit cards. It's like, oh boy, come church, here's another ten. Oh, boy. Huh? That was a big thing for me. Not because I didn't want to. I see no way I could do that. I got out my little calculator and we barely make it. Now you take ten out of that, well, you're taking a dime away from a dollar. And the Lord said, he said, Are you going to trust me with your salvation? I said, Well, I absolutely trust you with salvation. He said, You're going to trust me with your eternity.

Pastor Erik West:
Yes, sir. He says, You can't trust me with a dime out of $1 and you trust me for your eternity. I said, When you put it like that, that seems kind of silly. He said, That's what I was thinking I saw over three decades. It just seems to me like the people. Because you got the argument, Well, think new custom, New Testament. I can make a case for either side of it. Y'all do what you want to. I'll be fine either way. Amen. But I just it's just been my it's just been, you know, my recollection of just watching the people who were consistent and they were consistent givers. They they just live more blessed lives. They just had all kind of breakthroughs. It wasn't that God owed them something because they'd done that. It's just because they saw that God had already blessed them. And so they were coming out of a place of We're already blessed in Jesus. Our finances will catch up. We'll catch you up. So because Chris was asking me, you know, yesterday about the building and we bought that and I forgot a lot of things and I said, But when I go back and and remember that whole story, I said, that was wild. How do you buy a quarter of $1 million building, which would be nothing today? And I didn't have any money.

Pastor Erik West:
I mean, I had zero money. And when I went to the bank, they said, Well, we need two years financials. I said, Well, we're only nine months old. He said, Well, that's not possible. I went to 3 or 4 banks and I said, Well, Lord, see, I can't borrow the money. He said, Who told you to go to those banks? I said, Oh, well, well, you did, I guess. He says, Oh, tell me what to buy. I didn't want to buy it. I didn't want to buy that building. I said, I don't buy no funeral home. He said, Well, then do what you want to. I said, Oh, I fixed buy me a funeral home. I knew I was that smart. Gave me the prize. The price was 100 and. $65,000. I gave 165,000 less what they asked for. They just laughed him off. In the third time. You know, my realtor, she was embarrassed to make the offer again, which I would have been, too. But it's a friend of mine, so I just said, Well, I woke up one morning about a week later. It looked like nothing work and the Holy Spirit just said, he says, Well, you ready to close on that building today? Buy the building? I said. Really? He said. Oh. Just. How'd that go? What's the question? Do you want.

Pastor Erik West:
Me to show you how to get out of that? Yeah.

Pastor Erik West:
What? He said I woke up that morning. You know, we negotiated this thing, but he gave me the price. You know, negotiation is like, okay, they wanted 375, but all I had was 210. And for 8000 square foot building and ten acres of land, all 65 And they said. So my my realtor said, well, no, you got a counteroffer. I said, okay, to ten. She said, No, that's what you offer. They're still laughing about that. And I said, Don't you kind of offer. I said, I'll counter it again with 210. So they all just go away, Leave us alone. So that a week later, when the Holy Spirit I woke up, he says, Are you ready to close on the building? I says, That building? He says, I only talked to you about one. I said, That's right. I said, okay. He said, okay, now call your realtor and say this and say it exactly like this and tell her to present this offer to them. Use these words right here. Don't. Don't change the words. Say it just like this. And I said, Well, how much will I offer? He said, 210. I was like, Boy, my realtor, she's like, Eric, you just. But I said, Well, I'm sorry, it's embarrassing to you. I said, But but we're going to buy the building and this is the offer. I said, Just be honest with what the Lord told me. She says, Yeah, I know, but you know, you're buying 8000 square.

Pastor Erik West:
I mean, even, you know, 1998, that was, you know, a decent amount of money. But there's a lot to me. I had nothing. I didn't have $2,000. I didn't even have well, we had $1,600. What we had church was two years old. We was buying the first everything, you know, everything. I mean, this little thing right here, this $1,500 right here, that would have been. That would have been three weeks offering for me back then on a good Sunday. So. I picked up the phone and I called the realtor and she said, I said, we're going to want to make another offer on that building. She says, okay, all good. She says, So what are you going to offer? I said, 210. She said, Oh, she said, I can't do that. I says, Well, here's what I want you to offer and I want you to write this down word for word. And basically it was real simple. He just said, My offer you is 210, not the building and two acres, but all of it. The building and ten acres without the ten acres. I'm not interested and I'm only interested for the next 24 hours. It's 210 and ten acres. Or I'm not even interested tomorrow if it's $5. He said, Tell him to say that and you'll close on the building. So she did. She was embarrassed, but she did. And two hours later they called back and they said she said because she'd already told me, she said, well, she's a friend of mine and I had the floor covering store.

Pastor Erik West:
So I did all of her business in her home, personal home. She'd buy them, you know, flip them. And so I had that relationship with her and it was kind of embarrassing for her. I guess it it would have been, you know, and she but she had told me, you know, she was trying. She said, well, you know, it was good experience for you. And the Holy Ghost didn't like that. I knew he didn't like it when she said it. He wasn't mad at her. He just didn't like it. He said, No, the experience is not for you. He said it'll be for them. And you know, I didn't want to buy an old funeral home. And so. But this was the plan of God. And so there's a way to do that. There's a success. But you can't go with your mind and get it. There's no way you can go to your mind and get it. So I'm all involved in this. You know, I'm supposed to buy this building. And so now he says he said, this is how you close it. And so they call back and she says, Man, I've been selling real estate for years and years and years. She said, I ain't never seen nothing like this. I said.

Pastor Erik West:
Why?

Pastor Erik West:
She says they're going to take your offer. And so now, at this point, I'm kind of rejoicing. You know, I have good feelings. I'm like, man, praise God. I mean, it's just like God said. Then it just dawned on me all of a sudden, oh, I ain't got no money. They accepted the offer. I ain't got a penny. So I had to call back. I had to go back. What am I going to do? He says you're going to put a lease purchase on there, but you're going to agree on the price and they're going to come appraise it and the bank is going to give you We will give you a loan when you have, you know, if you can get a year's worth of, you know. So I didn't know the church or the building was almost in foreclosure. And it was not in the bank that I was had went to. And they were already risking because they're going to foreclose. So so I became at least a better risk than who was in there because they wouldn't get paid. Then I guess the Lord knew that.

Pastor Erik West:
He might.

Pastor Erik West:
Know it. It seems like he knows a lot of stuff. And so but I didn't know any of that stuff. So the president of the bank came to look at the building and to meet me. He says, Well, you seem like a sharp young man. I said, Well, I appreciate it. I said, This is the building. And he says, Well, there's a lot of potential. He said, We're going to make the loan, but you'll have to have a well, I have to have a year, you know, he said. He says, we don't make loan less than two years, he says. And now that, you know, he says this, this is almost in foreclosure. So that's the reason why we're willing to take the risk, he said. But we have to have a year. And I said, Well, I'm only about four months away from that and account. I need another month to pull the thing together. I said, I'll have it in six months. So it was a year. You know, two. We'll pay you so much a month. Then in a year or less, we'll pay it off. So when I call back and I presented that to him, he, he, he, he cost me like a dog. He says he come out there and said, You you stole this place. You absolutely stole this place. I said, No, I didn't.

Pastor Erik West:
I just I said, I'll just be honest. The Lord told me to buy this place and tell me how much to buy it for. He says, Well, my dad was a pastor. He said, But you still stole this place, he says. And then. And then after all that, he said, After all that, you ain't even got no money. I said, Well, the Lord has money. And I says, But didn't you take the offer? He says, I guess I have to. I said, Well, then we're all good. I said so you can at least it for this now. I said, So what would be the least every month for the year? And I said I had enough for a deposit right now. He said, Oh God, I had enough for a deposit. I had to sign a $200,000 personal guarantee to get the building. He told me to spread it out for my church and get about 15 families. I said, 15 families I ain't even seen. I didn't want to tell him, You can have 15 people at one time. He's got 15 families all signed, 5 or $10,000. He wanted to spread it around. So if something goes wrong to get the building. But they got more security, I said, No, I can't do that. I said it would be me or nothing. He said, Well, we wouldn't want you to sign the whole.

Pastor Erik West:
I said, Well, if it's going to be signed, I'll sign the whole thing. Because I said, Just be honest with the Lord told me to buy this building. So I'm not worried about it not working because he told me to buy the building. So if he can't make it, then I'm going to go to him and then we're going to trouble. He says, You sure are. He said, you, boy, you're something different. And I said, Well, I don't even want to buy this place anyway. I said, What do you want to buy this place? I said, They've been working down people down in the basement. Everyone who comes there, we try to give. I said, Oh, that's the old so-and-so building. And true. They always did. I spent I spent $200,000 on that building. I kept on saying, Now where are you at? I said, Well, the next board of Education, Oh, the old senior home. I said, Stop it. I never did stop it. And so he says, Well, we have to have $1,500 a month to do that in the insurance. And so I said, okay. So we're two years old. I'm renting a building for $400 a month using all my faith, I think, to pay $400 rent. I just went full time and I'm buying a quarter million dollar building. So I called Michelle back and I said, I need to know right now how much we got in the church that's free.

Pastor Erik West:
She said, Well, ain't nothing really free. I said, Well, I know, but you ain't been sending out in the mail. She said, Hang on. She said, I'll probably make this call back in about 15 minutes. And she says, We have $1,600. And I says, I tell her what we're doing so we can do it. She says, Yeah, yeah. So I went to the realtor and we sat down and had everything notarized and had the bank of intent to make the loan and so many months. And I paid the first month's, you could say rent, but I'm buying it, right? And I signed it and I wrote 1000 hundred dollars check and I have $1,600. And I'm renting another building too. And the people were so excited. I was excited. But they said, Well, when you want to have a work day, what do you want to fix first? And I looked at my checkbook and I'm thinking, Not much. It's $100. $100. We own a building, but we have $100. Because faith makes plans. And if I went by my senses, we never would have bought that building. But I had a word from God, and the plans of man will always fail you. But the word of God will never fail you.

Pastor Erik West:
Amen.

Pastor Erik West:
And within two months. Some of the wildest, craziest stories you ever heard in your life. People came and started giving money to the church. Some people that you couldn't agree with nothing about the Bible but the Lord told them to come give. We had an electrical problem. And I will finish with this because it's almost 1130. We had an electrical issue. And we couldn't go forward. And the guy at the church, he he knew someone and he said he come looked at it and he says it's a mess. He said, but I can fix it. Take me a couple of days. It should be about $3,000. I don't have nothing. I own a building. I'm just believing God to pay the $5,000 next month. You know, you want to get in your new building, but we don't have nothing to fix it with. Nothing? What? I mean, nothing. I mean nothing. And so his name was Duke, if I remember right, Duke come gave us a price. So this guy in the church, he goes to work in Birmingham. They work in downtown Birmingham, down there on what I call University Boulevard. You know, everything's down there, right? So the guy who owns the company asks the guy who goes to church with us, who, you know, really helped remodel the whole thing. Randy, you know, talked about he said, how's it going to the church? He said, well, it's fine.

Pastor Erik West:
He says he says, well, what are y'all doing next? He said, Well. And he said, well, you know, Duke, he works for works for you. So he said he come, looked at it. It needs rewiring. He said he said, well, right now we can't do that. And the boss, his was real kind. He's in heaven now. I believe he's in heaven. He said, How much are you going to cost? He said, 3000. And he said, Well, Randy said, you know, if we Duke doesn't work for us, he's just one of our subs. He said, Yeah, I know. Then just all of a sudden, I mean, just all of a sudden and the World Series had just been like, not before. And his he said his ministry was real prophetical everything number every time, every this, every everything meant something. And he had this book he went by and it was a magazine and I saw one of them. He sent one to the church and it had like this means this and that means that and this means and that means that. And in the World Series last night, the fourth player hit a home run and someone got on, you know, got a double and someone or whatever, and all this numbers meant all these things.

Pastor Erik West:
And I was like.

Pastor Erik West:
Okay. So in his mind, this is how it works. So Randy said, Well, we're kind of stuck. We need $3,000. He said, no. Then all of a sudden he said there was some pigeons that flew. And he says, Oh. And he went. He said, Randy. He said, Oh my gosh, look. Did you see that? He says, What? He says, Does pigeons fly? Well, there's pigeons everywhere. I said, No. They flew right in front of us. He said there was three of them. He says, Go in there and get that magazine. I'm telling my Prophetical magazine. He's he's.

Pastor Erik West:
Oh, wow.

Pastor Erik West:
Yes, Lord. He said, Go and tell my secretary. I checked your church. $3,000, he says. Lord sent them three pigeons. And I believe he did. So you say, Well, how do you get how do you get when you get stuck and you need $3,000? Then what will you do? Pastor? I said, You see how I would answer a question like that? Pigeons. That's how we remodeled the building. Crazy, wild stuff like that. This never happened before or since. But in his heart mind, that meant for him to go do this or whatever. And I know the Lord used him, but. He asked one time. He says, You reckon you want me to come speak? I'm thinking, I ain't no way in the world. And it take me six months to undo what you might do in 30 minutes. So is it possible? It's possible. It's possible. You ought to get excited about that. Amen.

Pastor Erik West:
Amen.

Pastor Erik West:
Amen. So you can buy a quarter million dollar bill with no money whatsoever, you said. What? Did you buy it with? Faith. And I had a word from God. Amen. I had a word from God and I had faith. But I had I had a divorce. All my feelings and emotions because, boy, they were talking to me. I felt like an idiot. I mean, an absolute idiot. I felt like there was no common sense to the I didn't even tell you any of the details, but there was no common sense to any of it. And then the day that Matt and I were there together. Now, in that building, just a few years forward, then there's a check can of tea for $275,000. I thought, God wonder if I quit. And then the people came and you saw them saved and healed and filled with the Holy Spirit and marriages reconciled and people's lives changed. And you thought, What if I quit? It's kind of wild that God used pigeons, you know, just to keep moving things forward. It's kind of wild the way the way things work sometimes. But we just made a decision to keep going forward. We made a decision to not quit. We made the decision that God's word is truth. Amen. Amen. Regardless of what it felt like, it looked like we just said, God said it. So therefore it's true. And what I feel doesn't really mean anything. Amen. And if Nathan can come to work next week and he doesn't even know how he feels. That's wild. Amen. How many y'all might go to work Tuesday? And you think you're going to work Tuesday?

Pastor Erik West:
Maybe.

Pastor Erik West:
Because how is he supposed to know how he feels on Tuesday?

Pastor Erik West:
Amen.

Pastor Erik West:
Well, praise God. That's good. See y'all Wednesday.

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Pastor Erik West:
We're still in the series and you might have thought I abandoned it, but I didn't. But on possessing God's promise, you'll remember that. So we're going to add to that this morning. And if you want a title, we'll just call it well, what would you call it? See if y'all following. God's definition of success. That's exactly what I have down here. It's almost like y'all had insight into that somehow. Oh, you did? That's right. That's right. Yeah, I have to text it before I get here and say this is put it up. I have if it works out this way, I have some things that's going to build one upon the other. They tell speakers, you know, whether you're a professional or whether you just like me, you know, and just ramble on sometimes. But you people have about a 35 minute window of attention. I, I don't disagree with that, but I don't also agree with it. Hungry people have a have a much longer attention span. The satisfy doesn't have 35 minutes but but your Holy Ghost people aren't you and so you have more than just 35 minutes to avail yourself to the Word of God. I have scriptures that I want to give to you. If we if I don't get to read all of them, I'll give them to you. I I've been for the last. Whether you realize, not the last two years I've been changing kind of the way that I minister.

Pastor Erik West:
I used to just throw some scriptures if I had any, and just put them on a little sticky note and take off. And now everything's changed For me. It's like I, I don't know how everyone else does it. And I'm going to have friends who tells me how they do it. It's like for me, it's like I hear the message. And then I write it down and it comes to me word to word. Never was like that to me for years. And so when it comes out, it doesn't always go. Word for word, but it's written down. Like if you just read the book or something and it doesn't always come out that way. But, but, but I hear it. And then there's sometimes I'll go look for a scripture and all that hanging out. Know, like. Oh, thank God for good help. We're going to contrast what success is according to the scripture, and we're going to contrast that with what it looks like in the world. So we can get God's definition of it. Because if you don't have His definition of it, then you'll work to an end that doesn't have any eternal value. The Scripture says that that the Scripture says that life does not consist in the abundance of the things that man accumulates or that he owns. That's so if we can see what not, maybe the world's definition is, we're going to look at all that.

Pastor Erik West:
But. You know, God's definition of success is going to be so diversely different from from what people think about success. If you go to the scripture, so let's first define the world's view of success, or I'll call it corporate America. And a lot of times it could be an exhaustive list. But just to put it in a subtopic, the world or corporate America defines success based on what you have, what you achieved and what you what you've accumulated thus far. And it's also based on your focus of the accumulation of that. In other words, there's natural wealth, there's possession, their position, there's resources, there's people, there's human accomplishment. That is the world's view of success in corporate America. And they keep score with a financial statement, don't they? They have a financial portfolio and there's 4 or 500 companies and there's all these things that they classified as small, medium and large sized corporations. And there's people who come in and say, this is how you can make your company more lucrative. This is how you can change. And so you have analysts who come in and help with companies to streamline what they're doing. Once they define, you know, you can't increase in something until you know what you're doing. That's like the book of I hope I remember it from good to great. I forgot who the author of this. Do you know who I thought you and I talked about that book Keith one time.

Pastor Erik West:
But anyway, it's good to great. But in that book they just send in people to a company who's looking to fix problems in their company and their profit margins are down. And so they come in and study the company. And he says, We really just have two questions when we first come in, this is what is your business? I mean, tell us what you do. And he said, you think anyone could define that? He says, But they'll go and talk about everything forever. And he says they really haven't decided what they do yet. So first tell me, what is the goal? What is it? What is it that you do? And I say, What's your business? And they'll tell them what their business is. And then he said, Our second question is how's business? So we can say it this way to us. What's the business of God? The Kingdom of God. How's the kingdom? We're in what we call our neck of the woods. How's the kingdom where we live? So you have to really understand on two things. Cps just wants to know two things to help you. Where do you want to go? Where are you when you start? In Siri, the male or female voice. Either one of them can take you where you want to go. Now, my phone. I don't know. Maybe the android is different, but mine won't take me down a pig trail.

Pastor Erik West:
Take me through a pasture. If I think it's about a 10th of a mile closer, it's like there's not. There's not a road. Well, it could be. Just go down that road. So. So anyway, let's go from here. So the world system leads to greed. It leads to self focus. You know, saying, get all you can, can all you get. Then what? Sit on the can or barely can. So that model success is worldly, it's self indulgent and it's rooted in selfishness. This is all about self. That's the that's the worldview of success. It's it's the old Babylonian system the brother has been talking about for years, which is really just man's attempt to succeed. Using his own wits. Even without God, he might acknowledge God, but he's still attempting to succeed in life, in his endeavors, to do his way, to do his will. Even without God. That would be the old Babylon system. But we're going to look at just we're going to begin to look at God's definition of success. And this is a scripture that I think you're familiar with, but I want to read it in the PC Translation Amplified Classic. And it's in Genesis 39. We're going to read verses one, two and three in the Amplified Classic. And verse one says, And Joseph was brought down to Egypt. And Polyphor, an office of Pharaoh, the captain and the executioner of the Royal Guard in Egyptian brought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.

Pastor Erik West:
Now you know who Joseph is. And you know you know the story of Joseph. And he was his father's favorite son. And all his brothers hated him for it. And God gave him a God, gave him a dream. And in his youth, he told everybody about his dream. You don't tell everybody about what God told you. Uh, because most of them don't believe you and the other half don't want it to happen to you. They want you to stay where they are. But Joseph did have a dream from God. But in his youth, his immaturity, he shared it with his brothers and the symbolism that he saw. And he said, this is I see this dream. And in this dream, he says, All all you, my brothers, older brothers, you'll be bound down to me. And even Father Will and his father rebuked him. Two. And so it wasn't very long after that dream of that he was given to his brothers that they devised a plan, you know, that said, we're out and about. And, you know, he's a wild animal. Got him. But actually they put him in a pit, didn't they? Then one for long after that. Here's this army come by and he sells them to him, take him to Egypt and he's a slave. So God gives him a destiny of a palace, but he finds himself in a pit.

Pastor Erik West:
You ever had a dream of doing something wonderful and great? And you've had a. Something the Lord has showed you for years about where he's taking you or you've had a prophecies that have been given to you about God. This is what he's going to be doing in your life. And you think, Wow, it was so amazing where you felt in that service. And when it happened, you thought the angels would meet you home and roll out the red carpet. The next day they let you go at your job or something like that, you know? And so that's kind of how that works. And so many times so Joseph went he actually went from a vision of the pit or from the palace and put him in the pit. But we know in the end, God took him from the pit and put him in the palace. And so there's a there's a time and there's a season and there's a maturity and there's a growth. Doesn't matter necessarily what you just been called to. There's not a there's not a short there's not a shortcut to success. Everyone likes shortcuts. Everyone likes the most quickest route. But there are some things that you just can't shortcut. There are some recipes that you ladies know that, Oh, I could do this faster. I could do it quicker. I could not use these ingredients. I could get the instant this and I could put it in the pan, stir it with some water, and it would still be called whatever.

Pastor Erik West:
But it wasn't like he made it. You know, it just wasn't there. And so when you when you do that, you may have a result, but you won't have the best result. You won't have the fullness of what's been set aside for you. The scripture says in Colossians or Corinthians, it says he has made things and kept them ready for for you. Just think about that. God, who knows You knew before you was born. Decided your your time and and your and how you would get here. And he decided your purpose before you were born. So he's made everything and kept it ready for such a time as this. So we're in this moment. So we have to begin to understand that if you don't understand, you'll. If you don't understand your purpose of something, you'll always abuse it. You know, that's true with people, but that's true with you can say tools if you don't understand what the purpose of a tool, you know, you can't fix everything with a hammer. And I suppose a screwdriver is probably one of the most misused tools in the tool chest. But it doesn't fix everything. Sometimes you round off a screw. Well, you know, it wasn't the metric. It was actually, you know, you know, it wasn't called for 11/16. And you're you're one up from that and you wonder why it's all rounded off.

Pastor Erik West:
Well, it kind of grabbed it and it worked. But you changed, you know, the you changed the proportion of that screw head because you didn't have the right fit to it. And when you don't understand your purpose, you don't understand why you're here. You don't understand your calling, then you'll never step into it. I was reading again this week something Brother Hagan. Jesus told Brother Hagan in one of the visions that he I think he has eight visions over the period of his ministry where Jesus appeared to him and peaceful. I don't believe that. Well, let's do what you want to at that part. I'm just telling you what he said. But I'm not going to get into the purpose for the visitation. That's not what I'm making reference to. But it had to do with purpose. It had to do with fulfilling the plan for your life. And he told him, he said that Jesus told me, he says that many, many people He said, even many of my ministers. Those. Even I've called the ministry, he said. They live and die and never enter into the first phase that I call them to. And if I thought that was true, do you think how sad that is? You would think a minister would have some kind of hold on it. But but ministers are people. We're all ministers. And so he told him, he says many, many.

Pastor Erik West:
I don't know if that means most, but he said many live and die and then never enter into the first phase. A member of Andrew Wommack, said one time, I think he Jesus told him something almost exactly to that. I couldn't remember if he was in the ministry of 15 or 20 years by then, or maybe more than that. And the Lord told me, he says, You are now entering the first phase of your ministry. And Andrew was shocked because he had a measurable success. But but he never had entered into the thing that God really had prepared for him. That's where some people talk about permissive will and three different wills. I don't think there's three different wills. I think he has one will, but certainly you can see that people can can do can have a lesser version of the better. I'll see that. So but a lot of it is not you know, if he's if he's allowing you to do something a lesser of what you will be, it's just it's because it's your training. I mean, you might be. Well, there's someone who was drafted or they volunteered into the military or they went into service. You don't go to the battlefield as soon as you get a haircut. Thank God you don't. So someone trains you and they do that by deprogramming you. They pull you out of you. They pull your mind out of you so they can put their mind in you.

Pastor Erik West:
The purpose of that is so that you will think like you're supposed to and not like you have been thinking. Because if you think like you've been thinking in battle, you're going to get killed and you're going to get everybody else killed. That's just the way it is. So boot camp is not fun. It's not hard. It's not a vacation spot. It's just not it's not a place that you take your suntan oil and, you know, and your beach chair and say, we're going to have a great time. No, it's calling for you. It's calling many times for more than you than you think that you have to give and not everybody makes it through it. Sometimes it's just it's too enduring. And so that's the way it is, You know, I know this won't be popular preaching, but that's what it is. If you're actually going to obey the call of God on your life, no one wants to hear this part. But the first week I went, the first week in 1992. Wow, that's been a while now. How time go by so fast? Sitting in room just. 30 years old. 30. Was early used almost 30 and the for the first week. Brother Hagan took a whole week of orientation try to talk you out of being there. He did everything you could to get you to quit. Because he knew if he could get you to quit an orientation, you'd never last.

Pastor Erik West:
Ministry would eat you alive. He knew that. So he started off in Timothy. Endure Hardness is a good soldier. I didn't come here to find no hardness. So you won't have to find. It'll find you. It'll come looking for you. Satan comes for the word, and he doesn't wait a long time. If I read it right, it comes immediately. What's he going to do? He's going to steal the word. How is he going to do it? Going to put pressure on you. You get enough pressure, you'll stop. You know you'll do the uncle thing. I mean, how how much further can I go? He wants to see if you'll scream. Uncle. So Brother Hagan talked about the whole week, about endure hardness as a good soldier. He went on to talk about it in those scriptures that Paul was addressing in the letter to Timothy. He said, You are to deposit these. These truths I give you to faithful men. Not to people. But to faithful people. So it depends on what you're building. If you just build it for for for fellowship, it won't take that. But if you're building an army, it's going to take everything. Amen. And so that's why you have to you have to choose who you're going to hang out with. You love everyone. No one's any better than the other. But strong people and strong leaders don't hang out with weaklings.

Pastor Erik West:
They can't. They have nothing in common. They don't even think the same way. They can't. The thing completely different. They have nothing in common other than they're all people. And so none of this is in my note, you understand? So that's just how that's how it works. So we was in verse one of Genesis 29. So he's he's bought and he's taken to Egypt, verse two. But the Lord was with Joseph. Now we're talking about we're talking about God's business or what God's definition of success. Look at verse two. But the Lord was with Joseph and he though a slave, was a successful and prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. You see up there, That's the amplified classic, though. He was a slave. He was a successful and prosperous man. Now, naturally thinking, would you call a slave a prosperous person and successful? Bobsleigh. Well, according to the Fortune 500 and corporate America, who runs everything by, you know, by their financial statement, who defines success, by accomplishments and accumulation? What did he own at this point? What did Joseph? Oh. Nothing. He was poor. How poor? He didn't even know himself. Isn't that. Doesn't that sound kind of poor? You don't even own you. But God said, though he was a slave, he was successful in the promised land and he was in the house of the master, the Egyptian.

Pastor Erik West:
Now. Now watch here. But you say, Well, God must see something that others don't. Boy, you hit it. You hit the big point right there. Look at verse three. And but now even the master saw that the Lord was with him and all that the Lord had made, all he did was cause to what? Flourish and succeed in his hand. So here you have an inmate, a slave, a prisoner, and his master. His master. He's a slave. She has a master. He sees that everything he puts in his hand causes it to increase and multiply. This guy could organize if a train derailed and a hundred cars went off. He'd be the one you'd want to send out there to get everything back together. And he could do it. They always say, if you need something done, give it to a busy person. That is a truth to that. Find someone who's already busy. Find someone who's already a signal. And you say, Well, they've got so much going on. Yeah, but. But. But they can do it. They do have a lot going on. But you give it to a lazy person and they'll have it just be like with the talents, you know, they gave them one, give them two, gave them five. And then he came back to check on them. And the one with one, you know what happened to him? He come back and he says, Well, I know you're a hard man.

Pastor Erik West:
I knew if I lost this year, you'd be mad at me forever. So I decided I didn't want you to lose anything. So what I did, I just took what you gave me a year ago, five years ago. And I wouldn't buried it. So I'd go get it and give it back to you. Now, Jesus, in that parable, said that that man was wicked. Wicked, rebellious and slothful. And he says take what he has and give it to the one with ten because he took what he had and doubled it. Jesus expects us to increase. He wants you to at least double. How? You say, Well, I went church and they know, you know, we're not supposed to have anything. Well, I don't know what Bible they were using. I mean, I don't know where you find stuff like that at. You certainly can't find it in the New Covenant. You can't. You can't find it. You can't find it. The father of your faith. I mean, Abraham lot has so much they had to separate their herds and crops grew so much that. You know, Law said, what are we going to do? He said, I think we're going to have to separate. I said, It looks like God because he knows everything. He knows the land looks like he would take the survey of the land. So this is so many square acres, so much land. Okay. And I got, you know, this covenant of increases all over them.

Pastor Erik West:
So they're going to increase. But but God produced more. He produced more herds and he multiplied more than they had land to take them. I mean, it's a little stop. A little bit. I mean, let us let us get through. Count this deposit before you bring another one in. The bank's calling me all the time. Say, now, now we only fairly sure the 100,000 and you're running around. Like, which bank are we going to use now? Oh. Somebody say that's a fairy tale. It is listening. Hmm. I know of some people not by a book, but I know because I've been in meetings, business meetings, not not churches. And these. And. That's a true story. You wouldn't know the names, but their businesses of years ago. So this business meeting and one guy was bragging about his wealth. True story. Both of them in the United States. And one of them was bragging about his wealth. And he says, you know, when I go in the bank, he said, every head turns. He said, Every teller stops. And they look at me and they always they greet me. And he said, he said, every loan officer stops and comes to shake my hand. They bring me coffee or they bring me a drink or whatever. So the bank president comes out and greets me. He said. He said. I bet he said. I mean, every time I go to the bank, I make the part.

Pastor Erik West:
That's what I do. He said, I bet they don't do that at your bank, are you? He said, No, they don't. I wouldn't know. He says, I don't go there. They come get mine. I don't have to go there. Well, that was that was a true story. Now, why would that be important? Well, God is a god of increase. We're not talking about currencies. We're talking about increase. Increase with the purpose. See, next year, instead of doing a $15,000 budget and going 18 places to get it, we might just write a check. So now you can go, go, go. It's like the feathers. They're coming, you know, there. And they've been at this thing and. Been faithful for years. Years. And here. Here they out there running around their 80s. They going to drive a thousand miles to come see y'all. You many 80 year olds going to drive a thousand miles to come see you just to spend time with you. Minister the word so they can go. He said, We've got to reach a few more people while we're still alive. We got to, he said he was telling me, he said we got to pick up the pace. He says time is short. We got to pick up the pace. When I was like, Man, I'm talking to a lady girl, man. Plus. And they live in Nebraska and go and drive all the way to come see you.

Pastor Erik West:
I'm thinking I left thinking, man, what am I doing? I better pick my game up. So. So this is what the master saw. He saw the succeeding so clearly. The contrast is not what you own, not what you possess, not your accumulations. But it said the Lord was with Joseph because the Lord was with him. That means he was successful and prosperous. Did you get that? So by just using this one scripture. Prosperity on God's terms is. I'm with you. That was not your situation. So you could have a situation that seems like it's just unnerving you. It's like, but is the Lord with you? Then if you use your succeeding. Or potentially you're succeeding because he's with you. No, I got to hurry up. So. So it's clearly God's presence in your life that creates success, not what you possess. Joseph, as a slave, as we said, owned nothing. He was a slave. He didn't even own himself. Why was Joseph considered prosperous? Because God was with him. So we probably should stop thinking about pursuing. What the creation has created, what man has created, and think about the one who created everything. And we begin to. Put our focus and our attention there. All of our focus on pursuing God in His glorious presence. It seems our relationship with Christ is more valuable than anything we could ever achieve in human terms.

Pastor Erik West:
Now I want us to go to if you can do it up there, I want you to go to Proverbs eight. And I really I know you have your translations and you do what you want to, but I really would like you to, to to see my translations on this Proverbs eight. We're going to go through nine through 21 and 33 to 35. In the Passion Translation. And I want you to listen, if you will. And. If I was reading a secular book, it'd be one thing. If this was a word of a man, it'd be another thing. If it was a word of, you know, wealthy people in our time or if it was the old Rockefeller family. But I'm going to read you. I'm going to read you the words from the creator, the one who created you, the heavens and the earth. And I know a lot of you are very familiar with these verses and the whole chapter is awesome. But I had to narrow it down to just all these verses, just to narrow it down. Listen intently now to these verses. We're talking about God's definition of success and how so much contrast in the world. And I want these scriptures, you know, the scripture says you are clean through the words. I've spoken to you. John 15 Let these words of God anointed, filled with the Holy Ghost. Let them in and let them just wash all over you.

Pastor Erik West:
Now. Here we go. Proverbs eight, verse nine. The passion translation will restart if you have it. Now, just listen. Can you receive these words from God? These words? Okay, here we go. This is God talking just to you. All my words are clear. They're straightforward to everyone who possesses spiritual understanding. If you have an open mind, you will receive revelation knowledge. Verse ten My wise correction is more valuable than silver or gold. Yes, the finest gold is nothing compared to the revelation knowledge I can impart. Wisdom is priceless. That is, that exceeds the value of a jewel. Nothing you could wish for can equal her. For I am wisdom and I am shrewd. I'm intelligent. I have at my disposal living understanding to devise a plan for your life. Wisdom pours into you when you begin to hate every form of evil. For thus with worship and fearing God is all about. Then you will discover that your pompous pride and your perverse speech are the very ways of wickedness that I hate. Verse 14, you will find success. When you find me. Is that different from the world? For. I have insight into wise plans. He didn't say some insight. I have insight into wise plans. They are designed just for you. I hold in my hands living, understanding, courage and strength. I empower Kings to reign and two rulers to make laws that are just. I empower princesses to rise and take dominion and.

Pastor Erik West:
Generous ones to govern the earth. I will show my love to those who passionately love me. For they will search and search continually until they find me. Verse 18. On Ending Wealth. In glory. Come to those who discover where I dwell. The riches of righteousness of a long, satisfying life. Life will be given to them. What I impart has greater worth than gold and treasure. And the increase? I bring benefits more than a windfall of income. I lead you into the ways of righteousness to discover the paths of true justice. Those who love me and great wealth and a glorious inheritance. And I will fill their lives with treasures. Verse 33. Listen to my counsel. For my instructions will enlighten you. You'll be wise not to ignore it. If you wait verse 34 at wisdom's doorway. Longing to hear a word for every day. Joy will break forth within you as you listen for what I say. The last verse 35 for the fountain of life pours into you every time you find me. And this is the secret of growing in the delight in the favor of the Lord. Amen. Now, these words were penned by Solomon, who had a couple of nickels. And for most of his life had wisdom beyond anyone who had ever been on the planet until his later years. And so you could just do a series. I mean, just like I feel like I'm doing a great just justice going to the next point.

Pastor Erik West:
But just the weight of those verses are just the weighty. Yeah. So when you go back and think about Joseph again, he had no degrees, he had no bank accounts, he had no 401 K's. He had no he had no connections with influential people. Except one. He had a connection with one influential person and that would be the Lord himself. So when you have Jesus in your life, you have everything. The Bible says you would be complete in him. You're one with him. You succeed in life because he triumphed over all the works of the devil. Now, when I say Jesus is with you this morning and I say He is with you, I don't mean because you feel it. We're taking a turn here now, or this thing will build just like a brick. Mason But now we're taking a turn. So when I say Jesus is with us this morning and we know the verse greater is he that's in us and he's in the world. So we know that by word. We believe that. But he's worthy whether you feel like he's with you or not. So don't. Don't make decisions based on feelings. Feelings will come and go. The word of God will remain. Like we said before, if there were some way for you to leave here and leave your Bible, sit in the chair next to you and we were gone.

Pastor Erik West:
This is hypothetical. If we were gone for 200 years and came back. The Bible would still be sitting in that chair. And I think it would say the same thing then that says now. The chair might have. They might not be green. The pages might be brittle. They might have turned brown, yellow. Whatever they are, it might just be almost dilapidated. But if it was readable, it would stay the same. God somehow wrote a book that he doesn't think needs to be updated. How do you do that? That's why people say, well, I was watching the no, I don't want to get into the names because I'll get monitored and all that. And other was I was watching this interview, someone interviewing a Christian leader and a pastor, and they said, well, don't you think the scripture needs to be put into applicable terms in the sense of this is 2000 years, you know, whether, you know, dealing with same sex marriage and homosexuality, all this kind of things. I mean, I mean, we have to understand, you have to keep up with the times. I mean, you can still have the word and you can still have, you know, Jesus, you're not going to change who he is. But even he ought to understand that for 2000 years, everything has to change. And this pastor had a whole lot more patience than I would have had. And he was kind of stumbling around for answers.

Pastor Erik West:
And I thought, man, he just threw you a question. This is just a softball baseball. The word of God is never going to change. Jesus said, I'm the same yesterday, today and forever. What's good about that is you can always count on it because you know what his position is. You say? Well, death's come to seize me. Well. Well, I've come to rescue you. Right. You know, when you need protection, he's the protector. When you need healing, he's the healer. If you need saving, he's the savior. Amen. He doesn't know where he is the way. But the church didn't seem to do that. We refer people all the time. Well, you need to go see the psychiatrist or they refer you to this. They refer you to that. They refer you to someone who can help you with the finances and this council or that council. The the church has become the great referral system. We were we were supposed to be the ones who have the answers. The government should be looking to us for answers. We're in situations. We've come to ask for your counsel. What can we do in the city? What can we do in this nation like this? That's the way this thing is supposed to operate. It's supposed to not because we're a great people, but because we have a great God. Amen. So feelings is is if you can hear it.

Pastor Erik West:
So I just I wrote down feelings is not how you know he is with you. Quite the opposite, actually. Feelings will take you down a deserted road, throw you out of the car and drive off with nothing more than feeling trying to free it. And they run over you. But back. Back over you and takes off. But the Lord Jesus Christ in Romans Chapter eight, I'm in the Nlt. You don't have to. It didn't really matter, but I'm reading verses 34. 339. In Romans chapter eight, verse Romans eight and verse 34 says. Who then will condemn us. You see, this is the contrast of the world's success. What God thinks. Your feelings. But this is what God thinks about your feelings. Who then will condemn you? For no one for. For for none. For Jesus Christ died for us. Who will condemn us? No one for Christ. Jesus died for us. Was raised to life for us. And He is seated at the right place of honor, at God's right hand, pleading for us. Now, many translations say don't use the word pleading. It uses the correct word, which Jesus said at the right hand of God right now. What's he doing? He's interceding for you. Interceding his prayer. Have you. How does it make you feel that now that Jesus right now is he is praying for you? He's praying for you. The thrust thing. I mean, I'll always makes us feel good to have someone that we that we trust, that we know at least cares for you in some measure is praying for you.

Pastor Erik West:
But I'm telling you, Jesus is praying for you. And he's not reading the book about how to get your prayers answered. He's in the habit of getting all his prayers answered. So it goes on to ask us in verse 35, Can anything separate you from Christ's love? Just think about everything that you're dealing with in your own life family finances, everything that connects life to you, that wants to define you by what's going on to you, around you, with you. See, that's looking to define you, but you are not what you are dealing with. You say, well, I'm having a problem with a kidney. Well, here's the good news. You're not a kidney. You say, Well, I'm having problems with my ears. Well, you're not. Ears. Your spirit. You have a soul and you have a body. Your body has ears, but you the spirit. You're not an ear. You're not a foot. You're not an ankle. You're not a bone. You're not a spine. You're not a brain. You're not a. You're none of those things. You are a spirit being. You have a soul. And the real you just lives in that body. But you are not that body. Amen. You know, it's hard on people when loved ones leave the world. But but when a Christian leaves, that ought to be rejoicing.

Pastor Erik West:
They're out of that body forever. Like forever. Like a really long time. I mean, in a spirit body, young spirit. Body forever. Just the moment they can depart from that. I don't want to go too much on that because you all get excited and you all be trying to leave your body today. And then we have still got some work to do. Like you mean this shed, this thing. Well, he said, can anything separate you, verse 35 from Christ love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity or persecuted or hungry or destitute or in danger or threatened with death? If it meant that I think he hates me. Any of those things ever happen to you? He said, Does this mean because you deal with these things sometimes that he does not love you as the scriptures say? Verse 36. Now they're quoting an Old Testament scripture, you know, from the Book of Psalms. And so Paul is talking about a scripture out of the book of Psalms, where it says, as the scriptures say, well, for your sake, we're killed every day. We're being slaughtered like sheep. Paul fixes that verse. The next verse? No. He said, despite all these things. Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us. Paul said, I am convinced. He said He didn't say. The jury's out. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love.

Pastor Erik West:
He continues. Verse 38, He said, Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither fears for the day or your worries about tomorrow. Not even the powers of hell can separate you from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below. Indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus, our Lord. It's revealed in Christ Jesus, our Lord. The love is revealed in Jesus Christ, Our Lord. From which you cannot be separated from. Now let's make a point out that about this love in first John chapter four, verse ten. Not sure what's translation. Just pick you one. Probably the NIV or the King James. I don't really know. But first, John, chapter four, verse ten says, Herein is love. What is love? He says, It's here. It's right in here. He says, I'm going to show you what love is. Here in his love verse. John 410. Not that we love God. But that he loved us. And he sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins. Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him and he in God. Now, verse 16. Awesome verse. And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love and he that dwelleth in this love dwelleth in God and God dwells in Him.

Pastor Erik West:
So Romans eight tells you, can anything separate you from the love of God is real in Christ Jesus? And the answer is no. First, John 416 says, Well, then believe in that love. Now put faith in that love. Put confidence in that love. Firstly, the fight. So when there's no fire, there's just. There's just. It's just. It's a fun day. It's a play day. I'm talking about when. When the physical and the the senses and the mental part come to attack very strongly, whatever the situation is. It's always saying one thing to you. God is not here to rescue you. Have you noticed? I mean, where is this great God who loves you so much and you're dealing with all this? And where is he at? You say, Well, I don't feel like I have God's presence. Did you breathe? And are you breathing? You have God's presence. Always. So never interpret what God's doing or not doing based upon the situation or circumstances around you. Don't wait to move out till you feel anointed. A lot of Christians, you know, they they remain dormant with all the ability God on the inside of them. They're waiting for the feelings of feel good. They're waiting to feel anointed. If you get the right song, I'll jump with it. I'll shout with it. But if it's not, or if there's not 500 people around me, then I can't go. Woo! Well, you may have to one day by yourself.

Pastor Erik West:
And there's no one around you to help you. It's not Sunday. The Christians aren't here. You might have to learn to go all on your own when it don't feel like. Whoa. Hmm. I hit a corner somewhere. Some of y'all know what I'm talking about. You know the praise teams not out there. And the Hammond organ is not, you know, just. It's just Mondy, and it's you in that situation. And. And all the voices that come and say, What are you going to do now? What are you going to do now? You ain't never seen like this. Oh, I know, I know. Yeah, I know. God. He said, But but. But this time is going to be different. You heard what the doctor said. You saw the x ray. You saw the financial report. They say this is on the way. They say it's imminent, that we're going to have a recession. Well, we might have one. We've had we've had them before. So if you say, are we going to have one? I don't know. But I'm telling you, if we have one, it doesn't matter. Why doesn't it matter? Because you're in the kingdom of God. So if the world is going to have a recession this year or next year, here's all you need to know. Don't participate. Just don't sign up for it, huh? If someone's going to get to work, you are. Why? Because you're a kingdom ambassador.

Pastor Erik West:
Doing kingdom business, the flow never shuts off to you. I mean, you can find out from the old Covenant. I mean, because God made a promise to your. Your father, Faith, Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. And when there was a famine and there was drought, he said, just just stay here. And so you see, well, there's no rain. Who was it? Wasn't. It wasn't. It wasn't. Who was it? Staying sober seed. Was it Isaac? Everyone was going to Egypt. You can't grow crops. And God said, Just stay here and sow your seed. You look at the ground, I look yesterday I was out in yard somewhere because of the heat and it hadn't rained. And there's a patch of just ground dirt and it was cracked, you know, like cracked peanut brittle, like you see sometimes like in a, you know, a desert or dry places where it just gets so dry and it just begins to crack. And the Lord says you have to stay and put your seat in there. He said without any water. He said, what is it going to rain? And but isn't that violating the principles? He says, I am the principles. Well, I don't need to go to Egypt. No, you just stay here. I made a covenant with your father. He died. But I got to keep my word to him. I even keep my word to dead people. Right. So Isaac, when well against all conventional wisdom and started trying to break up that dry ground but seed it with no water.

Pastor Erik West:
He said, Where did he get any kind of harvest? Bible says he got 100 fold return on his seed with no water. Yes. It's not. You know, I'm still studying this. I don't want to preach it. I want to be careful when I come out and say it. It looks Well, don't let no one out there hear me. It looks like God knows everything. You know, you ought to see it in the Word and then you ought to live it out before you just preach any kind of new doctrine. But it looks like God almost knows just about everything. So just don't participate. Our greatest financial year. Since we've been since we moved here 13 years ago this October, our greatest financial year was the year of Covid. Well until the next year. In the next year, it was a greater and greater. We were able to help more people. And more missionaries around the world. While the world lay dormant. You know. Stay home. Stay away from people. Yeah, I don't want to get down there, but I'm just saying. But, but there's a, there's a, there's an agenda behind all that and their agenda. I'm not, I'm not looking to talk about it's this person or this person or person, this party or that party. It's not it's not this country or that country.

Pastor Erik West:
You may have many players in it, but it's only really one player. You don't wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers might. The devil just uses people who's usable. And guess what? You know where he learned that from? He learned it from God. God can only use who's usable. You know, that's why I said, you know, Christians ought to get possessed like, you know, demon possessed people. You ought to get you ought to be criticized. You ought to be possessed by the Holy Ghost. Amen. Me. What kind of logic is it to sow your seed on top of concrete and walk off and say, Blessed God, we're going to have a major harvest this year? You say you're looking at your seed because you can't get the ground opened up. You know, he didn't have a massey-ferguson tractor. He went, no, John Deere. He could just tell the ground that, well, you just beat it with a stick and just beat it back at you. The Bible says, You think I'm going to plow through that? There's no way. Just go and shoot me and have me for supper. You see it on the ground? He just said Just. It just comes up everywhere. And it's a great day. Everybody's gone to Egypt and you just stay at the house. That way, when you go to restaurants, there's no waiting. You're out there on your camel. You know, the traffic's great.

Pastor Erik West:
You say, let's let's get out of our Cadillac camel. This week we're going around the two. We're going to ride the two hump this weekend. That's luxury if you've got a two upper camel. Praise God. So. So he said, You need to know this love and then then believe it. Where love is a person. God is love. Right. So what it says. And you could say. Love is God, but that don't really take you nowhere. Because you need a picture. God is love. And you could say love is God. It wouldn't be wrong, but it's an incomplete picture. It don't take you anywhere. But let me give you an accurate picture of what that looks like, love. God is love and love is Jesus on the cross dying for your sin. See, love has got to take you back to the picture of Jesus. Who is the author and the headship of of his church and of this covenant. Of who he's interceding for. It has to take you to Jesus because he everyone says, says that. Hebrews one. It says that your forefathers, the prophets, everyone in the Old Covenant only knew him in portion. That means Isaiah only knew some things about God. Moses knew some things about God, but they never really knew Him. But when Jesus come, he said, I think I'm in Hebrews one. If you want to look it up later, Hebrews one, I know I'm in verse three at least, and Amplify says He is Jesus is the express image of God in manifestation and a representation.

Pastor Erik West:
He is the express image in the likeness of God. So if you want to know what God is, then you have to look at Jesus. You can't you can't even get a right picture with God without Jesus. Because Jesus is the express image of God. So God is love. But Jesus is the love of God. On the cross. Dying for people. Who's dead wrong? How many people you want, you know, willing to let themself die for people who's dead wrong? Who's against them? Wow. I'm so two mouthfuls right now. First, John, chapter three, verse 1920 says, And this is how we know that we belong to the truth. This is the NIV. Listen to this. This is how you're going to know that you belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence. If your heart condemns you. We know that God is greater than your hearts. And he knows everything. So I put down here. Sin and condemnation will bind us. But love and compassion will free you. From all accusations and condemnation. I want to go back and read that again in the NIV. First, John three 1920 says, This is how we know that we belong to the truth because people say I have the truth. Well, here's how you know, if it's the truth and if you belong to the truth, how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.

Pastor Erik West:
What was Joseph? Why was he successful? Because God was with him. Which means his presence with him. You have God. You have his presence. Joseph Joseph is in prison as a slave and he's successful and prosperous. And one day will take his rightful place as the second highest in command of Egypt when he was sold as a slave in the dream. And the vision that God gave him would come to pass because the brothers did come because they thought he was dead. But he wasn't. And they come down because they were in a famine and they had to go. And Joseph was in charge. They found out who he was and they ended up bound down to the brother. Then a few years later. Now, my story is not about to bow down just like that. What I'm saying is just because you don't see it doesn't mean it's not working. It's still in the process. You don't put a coin in the ground and then you turn back around and say, boo. It's not hide and go seek. You don't put. You don't put a coin. And so what you're going to have for supper tonight, we're going to have coin. I'm going to water it a little bit more. Just don't come up. I'm going to pick you about 5:00. I'm going to shuck the corn and we're going to have corn on the cob.

Pastor Erik West:
Well, you might have corn on the cob, but it won't be. It won't be from that. You don't even have stock here. It's just a seed in the ground and a seed has to die first. Jesus had to go. He had to die and be put into the ground so he could be raised up. That's why the scripture said if they would have known what they were doing, it says they had any idea what they were doing. They would never crucify the Lord of Glory. Why? Because he's the anointed seed that went into the crown, the ground. And so what they planted was what they planted in death was a Christ. What they came up with was the harvest of Christ. Like if you plant tomatoes, you don't get this one. You don't get this one tomato. If you plant a corn, I mean, how many apples are in one seed? They say, Well. You just got a harvest that you can't count. So when you put Christ in the earth and you plant him the anointed one and he raises up. That he has untold numbers of the naughty ones all over the earth. They were trying to stamp out the Christ and get rid of him by killing him. You multiply them. You know, and he's talking metaphors. He's talking in parables. They don't even talk. He said, you know, he says, you know, this is going to happen in three days.

Pastor Erik West:
This whole temple is going to going to come down and I'll rebuild it in three days. They're looking at the building, thinking you a nut, you you going to tear this whole temple down? You going to rebuild the whole thing in three days? Just three days. You're thinking I mean, this guy, I mean, he has some miracles, but, boy, smoking something somewhere, he's going to tear this thing down and we're going to rebuild it in three days. How long? How long? He's raising the dead. Three days. Who's the temple? You are. Did you get raised up? But I read. You did? Yeah. You've been raised up with him. She didn't have heavenly places. So if you stay in your place, in Christ, in him, in Christ. And when the devil comes looking for you, he won't know he's attacking you or him. If you just talk like he talks and think like he thinks and acts like he thinks when the devil pushes on the door, he doesn't know who's going to answer. So. So keep your head down and just say, open the door, he says. You just say it's me. Jesus. You'll see. He's hoping you come the door. But Jesus comes to the door. The anointed Son of God, look at him. He says, You want some more? Because? Because I have a whole lot of mouth. I've got a whole lot of more.

Pastor Erik West:
Come on. If it's a fight you want, it's a fight you're going to get. I mean, you. I mean, you know, you're all familiar with scripture, but you're in Psalms two where it says, you know, they're saying, you know, we're going to destroy God's anointed, we're going to cut him asunder. And God says, you're going to do that. You're going to cut my people. You're going to cut them. You're going to cut them asunder. You're going to disband them. And just and and God doesn't say anything. The Bible says he just sits in the heavens, laughs. He laughs at the devil's plans of how he's going to destroy you, he says, And you're going to take her out. How? Oh, really? How are you going to do that? Huh? Even. Even. Even the devil couldn't get the job, he says. I've tried to get to him. He said. You've got to hedge around that old boy. You know you do. He said, Well, ain't no neat line. I do. If you don't have a hedge around you. You're on the inside. You don't need no hedges. Hinges can be cut down. Mm. Well. So here. So here we are in this low. So he said you might feel like, well, I've done so much and I've done it all wrong and I made so many mistakes. My life is just a mess. And I did this and I did this marriage and this and all that.

Pastor Erik West:
And I'm in my third marriage and God can't love me. I've been divorced two times. What, did he forgive you? Does your forgive, Sofia? Well, he didn't know you had two wives before then. See, we remember people's mistakes. He forgets them. He thinks this is your first go round. Let all be good news to somebody I don't know. That ought to help someone. Is it scriptural? Huh? Even Isaiah 43, I think verse 25 says, I, even I, he says, Forgive your transgressions. He said, I do it for my own sake. I think for your sake he forgives you for his sake. He said, I blot out your transgressions. And he says, And I remember your sins no more. Why do you keep bringing them up when he's already forgot them? Why in Jesus. It's finished. It's a finished work. So when you feel condemned about your life. Or if you make a mistake and sin, you feel condemned. But this scripture says. That we are to be at rest in his presence. And if your heart condemns you, you need to know something. God is greater than your heart. God is greater than your feelings. God is greater than the condemnation that you're feeling. Even if your heart is trying to condemn you, he said. God's greater than your heart. My goodness. What's he pointing to? Your righteousness. Not. Not your mistake. Not the failure. He's still telling you.

Pastor Erik West:
But you're my righteous one. Yes, he is. Can I go a little bit further? I'll hurry. So, verse 18. This is first. John 418. Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. So there is no punishment in him for the born again. You don't need to fear the day that you see him if you're born again. He's not going to talk to you about your past. You have no past. You only have now and present. Jesus took all your past and all your present. So he tells you love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But God's but love's perfection drives out the fear of punishment far from your hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment, has never reached love's perfection or maturity. So if you're always afraid, you're always in fear. You're always afraid for your life. If you're if you're afraid that one day and seeing God, he's going to reject you and you're you're afraid, he says. He says that's because you've never been perfected. You're not matured in love yet. Well, boy, these are. I'm opening up all kind of cans that I'll just be. I'm moving on. So when we start practicing, a better word would be participating, acknowledging his presence. Then you experience his love, his peace, his strength, his joy. You hear him speak to your heart, his wisdom, his counsel, his assurance will begin to flow when you just begin to practice and acknowledge his presence, all these things begin to flow.

Pastor Erik West:
Joy begins to flow back in again, where there was sorrow. When you was when you was afraid, when you was disturbed. Just practicing his presence and knowing he's always with me and he never leaves me, he never fails me, he never forsakes me. God has my picture in the throne room right there. Hmm. Then wisdom begins to flow. All sudden you get counsel and you have the assurance that begins to come in. Your decision making ability will be sharpened. Change for the good begins to flow effortlessly, effortlessly. You don't have to struggle and strain to bear results. Fruit trees do not bear and strain. To produce fruit. If they are rooted properly and if they have proper water and sunlight, they produce effortlessly. We're a peach country right here. You know we are for you. Well, we're coming to the end of it, August. But you can go in any peach orchard where there's peaches. I know something about that, doesn't it? You go in the orchard and be real quiet and listen. Can I tell you what you won't hear? You won't hear Peachtree straining to produce it. Oh, Benita. Peachy. Peachy. And one comes out Peach. Oh, Peach, Don't do that. So why would you want to strain to be what you already are in him. Or it could be comes squash. You'd have to have farmers. They'd have to have headphones on so they don't even know they're hearing.

Pastor Erik West:
Oh, I hate when we have to pick this stuff, you know, leaning down to it. All that noise coming up to me. Oh, the foolishness of preaching. I said, Well, I'm trying to be God. Well, quit trying to just believe you. I'm going to be healed. What did that do? Greg? Greg did what? Oh, but don't you sometimes see that in some measures of healing lines, pick them up again. 47 times more. More. Jesus did rotting in the ground. I've heard 10,000 sermons. What He's writing. You know what? He wrote the ground. I don't know. And they don't know either. You can assume he's writing anything. He wasn't paying attention. He might have been thinking, I'm going to let all these fools talk. See, you want to eat here for lunch? I'm going to go over there. He killed that woman. After 18 years. She has a spirit of infirmity. Spirit of infirmity. 18 years. Notice they didn't call it. Rheumatoid arthritis or something like that because Blue Cross won't pay for a spirit infirmity, but they don't have the code. I mean, Barbara didn't used to work Blue Cross. You ever seen that on? Can you can you code something a tormenting spirit or Blue Cross won't pay for that. But Jesus was always casting out devils to heal the sick. But I mean, that Blue Cross will not pay for that.

Pastor Erik West:
So you have to call it something. It has a name, but it's the devil is what it is. Yeah. And they could ask us for codes and we can give it to them, go and pay it. But it says devils what it is. So Jesus healed that one with the spirit infirmity. She was, what, 18 years? They said she was bowed together like this for 18 years, and Jesus healed her on the Sabbath, which was illegal. Faith in the law. Because. Because she's like this for 18 years and Jesus delivered her on the wrong day. As the wrong day. He says there are six days you can come. Well, she been coming for 18 years. Ain't helped her at all. Now, don't you think that she'd ask for prayer somewhere in 18 years? It don't say, but I just. I can't help. My mind has to think there's more to this story than they're telling us. This ain't the first time she's been there because they know the woman. Morning. How y'all about same. Now, what has year like this? It's a devil, right? Spirit of infirmity. Yeah. 18 years. Blue Cross won't pick up the bill on their time. You put an ointment on it. What did you say? Yeah. You put an ointment on that devil? Give him a cup of Tylenol. Well, he don't want to lose his home. All devils want a home. Even devils don't like being homeless.

Pastor Erik West:
Well, when they find a home, they find rest. Well, if you don't have a home, you don't get rest either. Are you looking for somewhere to go? Rest right now? It works. Same with the devil. He's homeless. It says he's seeking rest. Well, if your home is gone, you know, and I know we take care of one another, but homeless people are always on the move. They're looking for somewhere to lay down, safe and rest. Those devils don't want to lose that body. So devils will. Oh, I didn't mean to do all this. This is true. I'm not even trying to be funny. But devils will be quiet sometimes and back away and they'll go hide over here for a while and let you think what you just did was. Yeah, they will. They'll just move around over here and you'll say. You'll say whatever you're going to say. And they'll say, Well, let's let it because. I don't want to lose my home again. This is my fourth home this year, and I'm tired of all this packing and unpacking. So let's just back off and let them think they whatever. And then we'll come back out in a couple of weeks. And they'll move around, I'm afraid, to people through the years like this. I did it for years until I found out a little bit more about it. And I thought, well, we're praying this. We get the victory over there.

Pastor Erik West:
And then two days later in the hospital and now the dying of that, then I go jump over here and over there and he just runs over there. It's like trying to it's like trying to when you don't understand how to do it, it's like going to the county fair and trying to get a ribbon for catching the grease pig, the devil. He just flies out of your hands, but he just goes over there. So what I do is I have to bring him into the obedience of Christ no matter where he's at. You have to expel him right high and seeks over. The little maze. The walls are gone. Dare you is. Massacre. Hasta la vista, baby. Amen. Okay, let me finish right here. So the chain fruit trees. We did the fruit trees. Hallelujah. Now. Let's finish this with this. Now, remember. Our relationship. With God, as we understand it, in the New Covenant, not the Old Covenant. God never changed with how he relates to you and people is different in this covenant that was in the Old Covenant. You know, David will say some things that was right in his covenant but would not be right in yours. And he did it with a right spirit. And the Lord highly accepted it. But people now take it and preach it. And then they they make songs of it, you know, like God created me a clean heart, which was right in his covenant.

Pastor Erik West:
It's not right in your covenant. I don't care who puts it at Bethel or Hillsong or or who puts it out. Because he believes he has. He has created you with a clean heart. He's on the inside of you. Right? So, David, as a king and a prophet, he saw some things here. He knew some things. So he saw your covenant. A prophet is a seer. They see a portion of things. David saw into the future. He saw your day. He was jealous of the day that you're in. Because really, David pronounced judgment on his own life and should have died. But the Lord allowed him. Really? You might say, to step into your covenant and live. That happened. You say, Well, I don't know that there's scriptural proof of that. Oh. I wouldn't have said it if it wasn't for one thing. You can see people that Jesus accepted and he let them have what belongs to you. Now when they weren't even in that covenant. I think it has something to do with it always has to do with faith. In faith is when. So like the like the the centurion that got healed. He didn't have a covenant. Jesus only talked about two people having great having great faith. And neither one had a covenant with him. That Syrophoenician woman. You remember her? She came and she had no right. Her daughter was grievously vexed with a devil and Blue Cross.

Pastor Erik West:
Don't care for that. And your house insurance won't cover it. I mean, it's like Joe said, you know that woman Grievous, the vector, the devil. He says she was hard on furniture. Hard. Hard on furniture. So? So your insurance won't come when the drapes get tore up, you know, and the scratch and paint off the walls and whatever breaking lamps. And she come to Jesus and she said, Help me. Well, she needed help because she's living with her daughter, who was grievously, grievously, grievously vexed with the devil. And so her disciple says, Send her away. Send her away. And Jesus said, Well, I'm only I'm only sent to the lost sheep of Israel. And, you know, in her kind and those they were called dogs. So Jesus is we don't cast this, you know, to the dogs. She said, I know I'm a dog. I understand who I am. But she said, my daughter is grievously vexed with the devil. Now, remember, faith is right now, right? Faith is timeless. So she does. She don't even have a covenant with God. By faith, she jumps into it, he says. He says, I'm only called to the lost sheep of Israel, which he was. She said, I know I'm a dog. She said, But even dog gets crumbs from the table. And Jesus. My interpretation said, Oh, no, you didn't. What does that mean? He said, By faith. She said, I know who I am.

Pastor Erik West:
I know this don't belong to me. But even dogs in the house don't sit at the table. But even the dog can get the crumb on the table if the master drops it. Would you just give me a crumb of help? And Jesus said, Woman, your faith is great. He said, Go. So when she went home, I mean, it was the first time, you know, that the couch is where it's supposed to be at. And it wasn't upside down. And she she quit tearing the house up. She didn't have a covenant, but faith put her into your covenant. So we have to remember how he how he deals with us in our covenant. And this is it right here. We'll finish it right here in Romans Chapter four, verses six through eight. David said this. He said, Even King David speaks to us. This is Romans four, six, eight. Partial translation. Even King David speaks to us regarding the complete wholeness that comes inside a person when God's powerful declaration of righteousness is heard. Over your life apart from your works. God's work is enough. Amen. Can you all put that up? I want them to see they're here. Me? But I'm past the time of comprehension that told me I violate it, like every week. But anyway. Romans four 6 to 8in the Passion. Translation I want you to see verse six yourself. Okay. You all read it with me.

Pastor Erik West:
Even King David himself speaks to us regarding the complete holiness that comes inside a person. When God's powerful declaration of righteousness heard over our life, apart from our works. Go ahead. God's work is. I mean, what are you going to add to it? What do you need to add to another next verse? Now. Now he's a he's a king and a prophet. So a prophet. Season to the future. Here's what David says. What happy fulfillment is ahead for those whose rebellion has been forgiven and whose sins are covered by blood. I mean, can you put that scripture into King Jimmy? James had a buzzing moment. I'm sorry. He's called King Jimmy. Okay. Saying, blessed are those who sins are forgiven, whose sins are covered. To me. Both of those translations are not quite correct. We call it. We know we're healed because of the atonement. In Christ's atoning work. The sacrifice he permitted our sins. But. But. But your sins in the New Covenant really aren't atone. They're removed. It's the removal. The removal. So the passion was good. I think I actually had it in here, but I wanted you to see it. What? Said it said. Um, verse seven and the passage says, Here's what David says. What happy fulfillment is head for those whose rebellion has been forgiven. True. Whose sins are covered by blood. That is true. But see, but. But. But our sins in the old country. They came once a year.

Pastor Erik West:
Right? Brought their sacrifice. He put the blood there and that covered their sins. There's nothing to cover in our in our. In our covenant. They removed and infirmity and the old covenant, they said because of their sins. Their conscience was never purged from their from their evil and dead. Worse because there was they always remembered, even though they brought the sacrifice, even though it was atoned for and all this, they had a hard time forgetting some things that happened. But he said, in your covenant, not only are they removed, he says they're purged from your conscience. He says, get rid of them. He said, I hold nothing against any of you and I'm not even keeping a record book anymore. So you think, Well, I wish I was born back then. Not me. I like right where I am. Well, praise God. God's God's ways and methods are different in it and our covenant. So if you feel like you're in prison, you're headed to the palace. You know, not always. And don't don't take this because, you know, some people take what they're going through and they say, well, maybe I'm going through this because, you know, and a lot of that is true sometimes. Sometimes the pressure that you're facing, the problems that you're going through is simply Satan coming to do a work and stop you before you begin. I can sit here and tell you about many ministers.

Pastor Erik West:
Um, of things that if it could be stopped, you would, you would kill it in the most important stage that it is. They knew the prophet about the Messiah would come and King Herod, they told him about that. So he believed it would come to pass. So he was going to try to stop that the way he was stopped that he didn't he didn't know who the Messiah would be. So he said, Well, they felt like he was already. On the planet. So he sent his men. To do what? To kill every male child. Two years old and down. So you didn't know who he was? Sometimes you've been preparing for something for years that you don't even realize what you've been prepared for. You're holding something. You're carrying something on the inside of you that that will be birthed at some time. He don't know all what it is. Sometimes he has some indications of it. So he comes to stop. Most of my troubles was in the first three years of ministry. Not just because of lack of, you know, doing something you've never done before. Some of it. But a lot of it was just satanic. It it helped me to go to a few ministers conference. One of the greatest helps that I had was it was we were so glad we went. It was November 1999. We went to a I was told 3 or 4 times and I finally got sharp enough to listen.

Pastor Erik West:
He said, I want you in that conference. I want you to go to Texas and I want you to go to the ministers conference of John Osteen, not Joel John. We win in November. And John Osteen died in January. That conference. It helped me so much. It matured me and things of that day and things to come. It had answers to questions I didn't even know to ask. He said, If you're kind of a new pastor here, I'll just tell you how this is going to work. So you'll know. So you won't think it's strange. Sometimes you're out there by yourself and you just don't know. He's the devil do about everything he can. Usually in the first 2 to 4 years of your ministry to to try to just take you completely out. You know, while you're still on your training wheels. And why are you still crawling around? Well, I mean, I got my mother's Bible at home, you know, and she wrote in it the date. She she says, this is the day that I died in church. Well, that was a different kind of day. I mean, that wasn't just like, you know, Sunday school and, you know, 20 minutes. And let's go to Cracker Barrel. That was that was a different day. Your mother's dead. You know, after I just get through, after I just get through saying, you know, we're going to be coming in two days.

Pastor Erik West:
We're going to see the dead race. I had no idea. We talked about 20 minutes from now. So when I talk to her about that after a few days when she had time to rest. And she didn't know anything because she of course she did. You know, and. She said. I said, Well, what was you aware? She said. I mean, I couldn't tell you. I died naturally. But she said, When you said what you said about coming into the days, the church, this place will will see the dead race even in our service. And she said, I heard this most satanic voice. He said, that will not happen here. He says, Now I will put a stop to this today. And he said, I will do it by discrediting him and you by killing you. And she says, all of a sudden, I had a pain go down my arm, whatever. And she was gone. In other words, how would you like to stand up and preach? We're coming to the days, you know, of the supernatural being natural, just being natural, and the dead are being raised. And then 20 minutes later that your mother died and they have to come pick him up. How would you like to be in one piece? They said those things. So he said for those words. I cannot and I will not happen. And what greater way to stop them than even kill his own mother? After said.

Pastor Erik West:
Well. The same thing was pronounced over my father. I mean, it was just they said, well, he has about 24 hours to live. Tops. Tops. Well, they was. They just missed that by I think it was 27, 27, 28 years, which is more than 24 hours. But he all he needed was brand new nerves in his body. Well, I just. We just prayed over. We just believe God. And God just put all brand new new circuits are authorized by brand new nurse. You know, a complex nervous system is of the body way beyond way beyond my intellect and study and understanding. And the Lord designed it and he just reached in there, just fixed everything in the nerves that was destroyed and just just fixed him. The doctor comes out and calls the medical phenomenon. He says sometimes. We have seen things unexplainable. And I said, Is my father right? Is he okay? He says, Yes. Your father. Very good. He says, That's what I'm trying to tell you. We sometimes in medical. We have unexplainable. We'll have happenings that take place that we do not have medical terminology, he says. And so we call these medical phenomenons. I. What do you tell us? He says, Well, I told you your father must die because his sugar was too high for too long and destroyed his nerves. I said, I remember that. He says, Now I tell you with no explanation other than medical phenomena, your father has brand new nerves throughout his body.

Pastor Erik West:
He not die? I know when my dad's face. I know that. He talked in tongues and interpreted them. Known tongues, mostly four letter words if he was not hot math. So I know. I know when him. I know. Because if His Holiness. I've asked the Lord. I said, Does he have to die? In my in my infancy of whatever I said, this man just told me for the first time in his life, he's sorry for this and that and the other. And he and he said he said he loved this. He loved me the first time, and then he's just going to die. I said, And that is something I mean, we're going to wait till the last 30s and say, you know, I kind of like you a little bit, then you're going to take off. I said, That stinks. I said, Does he have to die in the is like, No. So he'll come sometimes because whether you realize that you're carrying something. And there's a time to give birth to it. So the time. So what he's looking for is an abortion. He wants you to abort it. Well, naturally, if a woman who's pregnant, she does certain activities she shouldn't be doing, She can miscarriage or have an abortion. Right. By accident, not wanting one. Well, Satan is a professional con man who understands abortion very well.

Pastor Erik West:
So he just sets up your circumstances. And you. And you know what they are because he can only do it by he has to use your mind, your body and your senses to work with. It's a great advantage for him because you you feel all that know all that. Chris Now talking about this show yesterday, if you could just remove senses from your body, whichever ones you want to do for a while like if you was in pain but but of all the senses was put on quiet and you couldn't feel pain, then how would you know it? I mean. I had a spine block 3 or 4 times and she said, Are you concerned about us putting your sleep? I said, no. She said, Well, no problem. But, you know, you got to sign a form because there's a very small chance that some people never live from it. And she said, there's no way we can go into the spine and put this block in here without you being asleep. You just move. I said, No, I get it. I want to be asleep. I need. Was about that long? Yeah. You bring a needle sleep. And I'm just thinking. So the worst that could happen to me is I'm totally asleep, and then I wake up in heaven. What are we waiting on? And I said how long it take me? Go to sleep. So you'll be asleep in seconds.

Pastor Erik West:
And I told you that story. And I said, I looked it up and I said, She says, Oh, are you going to be one of those? I said, Well, I said, I don't think I'm going to fall asleep that fast. She says, You want to try? I said, Yeah. I said, I'm going to. They said, She said, about three seconds. I thought, Man, I wish I had so much at home so late already, you know, come in here and the joints right there and then they get ready. She said, okay, the doctor's in here and they mark the spot where they're going to go in and feed you, gown up and think, Oh, I'm sorry, Vice God. And then she said, Are you ready? So I'm laying on mine like this. And she said, Here we go. She's going to count and I count two. Then you wake up about 45 minutes later and you're like, you're in a different room and you kind of like And I said, Oh, she says, How do you feel? I says, I said, like, I could take a nap for about three days. And I said, Oh, how about how about the count? She says, You did better than anyone I've ever seen. I said, Did I make it to the 10th? She says, Oh, no. I said, What did I do? She said, Because she said three. She said, You said one, two, three, four, four, 444.

Pastor Erik West:
She said. Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa. But while you're going through these situations, you don't have to deal with all the problems, the pressure you can cast your care upon the Lord. He can give you that anesthesia while you're going through it, and you can rest even no matter what Satan is doing. You can go. Fdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdf. Fdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdf. Fdfdfdfdfdfdfdf. Fdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdf. Fdfdfdfdfdfdfdfdf. Fdfdfdfdfdfdfdf. To where you have the attitude. So you have this attitude. And this attitude was what Paul had. He said, he said this light affliction. He said, it's just for a season. Then when you when you look at what he calls light affliction, it's like you call that light. He says it's just light. It's just temporary. He said, if you can see it, feel it, touch it, taste it, you can know about it in your mind. He said, It's just it's just this light. It's just light pressure. He said, You can't even compare it to the eternal glory that's waiting for you. And in you, you have an eternal glory on the inside of you. That no matter what the affliction is, whatever the pain, whatever the situation, whatever the torment is on the inside, he says it's light. Just like. It wouldn't be light if you wasn't in him. He said. But when you don't consider things and you consider other things. So you're considering him? You don't consider the fires? They're real.

Pastor Erik West:
They look real. They feel real. They are real. But they're just not truth. It's like I was telling you. Well, this morning we talked about something else. I said if you was in a tent outside camping. And someone pulled a terrible prank on you. And they put a recording. Of a lion or a tiger, and it was roaring. And they would do with your teeth like this. Well, you know, a lion or a tiger just with his nails. They tear that shreds and get to a human in that second. But it'd be a terrible. Prank to play. But if you hit that record. You'd be afraid. You'd be terrified for your life. You're just in a tense. You're not in a block building. You're in a tent. A canvas. But eventually you come out with your little water pistol and got to face whatever you got to face. And you look around, you look around the tent and they're sitting on some firewood. Is a little recording out there of a line. You had all the feelings of fear and death and all it was was a prank. It had no power to harm you whatsoever. But you thought it did. You felt like it did. It looked like it was real, but it wasn't. It was just a facade. So what do you consider. What are you considering? This. Hebrews three says consider this not have you considered the apostle, the high priest, your Lord Jesus Christ? Have you considered him? Mm.

Pastor Erik West:
So the day that we leave here, we leave our bodies. If it happens that way. There's nothing to fear. You see, you've already died once. You'll never die again. Naturally, you will. But first, John three says, here's how we know that we love him because we love the brethren, because we have passed from death to what? If you've been born again, you've passed from spiritual death into spiritual life. Now, I've talked this before. When I found this years ago, it blessed me so much. I preached it at funerals. When you study passed from death into life, you know what it means. It means when death comes to you one day. And I use this example like you have 218 wheelers and lost control and they can't do nothing or two trains on the same track and they can't get off the track. They weren't supposed to be on there. Someone made a boo boo, right. And they're say the throttle is hung and there's no way out. But before those trains collide, he says, you know, you have passed from death to life when you love the brethren, when you when you look up those words passed up, it means it means picked up when death comes to you, one day to your physical body, the father will come in and he will pick you up right before the collision and you'll pass over the collision and you'll be in heaven to God.

Pastor Erik West:
I mean, the Lord even lets you leave in style. He says, So your body may look like a wreck. So that's why Paul said death. Where is your sting? Because you you passed over before. You didn't feel the sting. It's glorious. It's glorious. It's the glory of God is what it is. It's the wonders of his glory and the wonders of his person. Amen. Man Thank God for the glory of God. Thank God the glory is the way to God. The splendor of God, the wealth of God, the preservation of God. Oh, the wonders of His person, the glories of who he is, The wonderful, majestic glory of our father. So he says, Awake unto righteousness. The scripture says sin not. How? How, Lord? He said, By awaking to your righteousness. Who? I made you in me. So wake up and you'll see. Wake up and rise up. Rise and shine, for the glory has come. And it shall be seen. Within you about you and without you. Begin to remind yourself each day of who I am and who I have made you, and that we together are just one. We're just one in spirit. Which means we are to be one in truth. We are one together. When you go, I go. When you sit, I sit. When you rise, I rise when you speak. I as in this prophetic word. I give the words.

Pastor Erik West:
I give the understanding. I am the council. I am the wisdom. I am the might. I am your strength. I am the power. I am the healing. Man's wisdom. Is limited. Man's ability and capability is so limited. To know me is to know no limitations. To know me and to walk with me. To walk in. My presence is to walk in my love and my confidence and my assurance. To walk in my peace and to let the peace, my peace rule your heart. For my son said my peace I give you is not a peace that the world can give and they can't take it away. My peace rules in your heart. So think on these things that are good and pure and lovely and of good report. If there's any praise, there's any virtue. Think, think, think, think on these things. And the peace of God that passes all understanding shall keep your heart in mind, in and through Christ Jesus. Count it all, Joy. When you fall into divers, temptations, tests and trials. Knowing this, that your faith Worketh your faith Worketh your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work that you may be perfect and entire wanting or lacking nothing. For the Lord is my shepherd and I do not want. I do not lack. I lie down. In green pastures. He restores me. He restores my soul. And even when the battle comes on one side and it comes on the other, a thousand at one side and 10,000 at your right hand.

Pastor Erik West:
Yet, yet, yet. Did I not say it shall not come to you? I did not say that you would not see it. I said, but it will not consume you. For my hand is upon you. I am your fortress. I am your strength. I am the strong tower. My word says the righteous run into it and they are safe. And my righteous are as bold as a lion. In the enemy understands. The defeated foe understands. He understands he has been stripped of all authority. He has no he has no authority. He has no rights. Give him no place. Give him no place, for he cannot take the place that is not given to him. So walk. Walk. In me. Walk with me. Walk in, step with me. Walk in, cadence with me. Walk with the understanding of It's not you walking, it's me in you. It's my faith in you. It's my love in you. It's my walk in your walk. My talk in your talk. My strength is your strength. My joy is your joy. My might is your might. My wisdom becomes your wisdom. You two have become 111 in spirit. Joined together. Do not be deceived to look at you in your natural flesh. But walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill. The desires of the lust of the flesh walk controlled by my spirit.

Pastor Erik West:
Put this mind. Put on the new man. Let this mind be in you. That was in Christ Jesus. Put on the new man's mind. Created in righteousness and true holiness. When you do. When you do. When you do every victory. Oh. Oh. Seater. Mocanita. Oh. Oh. Seater. Nabatea. Stonebrook. Asha Bhosle. Tramocar. Shoutaura. Masotta. So they shall come. They shall come in great numbers. They shall come as a mighty force. They shall come. And it shall be so terrifying to many. And when they see it on the news and when they broadcast of all the evil that's taking place, when it seems like it's impossible, when it seems like the church and the prayers shall avail much. Never, never, never, never, never consider what they say as truth. Yes, you shall see it. And yes, some of those days shall be in your times. But you are my church. You are my people. I have chosen you. I have ordained you. I have called you and I have equipped you. So this is the day of understanding of strength. When the spirit of wisdom and counsel and might shall be increased more and more and more. And you shall walk. And you shall live. And you shall be a light unto my people. The light will get lighter. The dark will get darker. There'll be a great contrast between the two. But that's what light is. In the darkness will never overpower the darkness, will never extinguish the light.

Pastor Erik West:
So walk in the light. Walk. In my word. Speak my word in your life. Speak my word into your situations. Speak my word into the calling that I have upon your life. Too many are living in. Too many are living in just. The senses of the natural life, the natural mind. They're living a natural life. When I've called you to be super natural. Not a day to fear. No fear for the Saints. No fear for the family. No fear for I send you forth into the harvest. A mighty harvest is being gathered. Time as you know it. Even as you know it. Was much shorter than what you would understand. So there will be an acceleration of things. Things that used to have taken you a year or two to accomplish Some things that might have took you five years to accomplish will be done in a matter of days and weeks. You will grow and increase in the anointing and in my might exponentially. And I will draw people to you whom I have selected who will strengthen this House. I have called people who will come not only from this area, not only from this state, not only from this nation. I say again, not only from this nation, who will hear my spirit say to them, and in the time that I have chosen will come and they will sit and they were here and they will listen and they will grow.

Pastor Erik West:
And then they will go, Come here, grow. Go, come here. Go grow, grow, grow, grow, grow, grow. Go. And the number shall increase mightily. Though you never saw it. Though you never asked for it. Though you never saw it. Possible. It's my work. All I ask for is a yielded heart. All I need is a yielded vessel. I speak to you as one and I speak to you as individuals. I ask When you leave here, I hear the Spirit of God say, When you leave here, things have been in your heart. And you said, It's not time. It's not time. I'm not ready. I'm not ready. I'm not ready. Things that you've had in your heart, that you've been praying, which is wisdom. But in your heart. In your heart. When you listen to your heart. And the piece. The time to act is now. To whomever that belongs. The time to act is now. Not because it looks like it is. Not because you feel like it is. But the time for you to move forward and to move out is now. Obey. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Time. Is the most precious commodity that you have. In the days are evil. So rise up in my strength in my might. Your eyes upon me. And move out. And go forth and begin to do those things that I have spoken to you. Over and over again.

Pastor Erik West:
He has confirmed these things to our heart. But we thought it wasn't now, and perhaps it wasn't. But now it is. Now it is. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Holy Spirit. Someone's someone's watching or you're hearing this in another time. You're actually not in the United States. But you're going to hear this. This broadcast. And you've had a club foot almost all your life or all your life. And the Lord's healing that club foot right now, in Jesus name. Someone I don't know all the medical terms, but you're the you're a singer. But it seems like there was what I hear or see. I don't know if it was a cancer in the throat. If it affected the larynx, it affected the voice box or whatever we would call it. But you're you felt like. Um. Like your life? Kind of. You. You speak and then and someone may even have some kind of mechanism through you that you speak. But you once was a minister. You once was a musician. And that seems to be lost forever. And now. And now I speak to that person. I hear it by the Holy Ghost. I know you're not in here, but I know you're there. But we're connected to the world. So now I speak healing to that. A recreation of everything that was destroyed in your body. Who? The enemy came in, destroyed, but now made new, made new. And in begins here. And then you'll see improvement. And you'll see improvement. But in a short time, you'll have the fullness of your voice restored to you. And you shall glorify God with the gift that He gave you from the very beginning.

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Pastor West:
Good morning and welcome to Grace Life Church and those of you who join us online. Let me read you a verse coming out of a song we just was doing Praise and Worship. There's a verse in First Peter. Chapter one in verse 19 says, But with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, who Verily was for ordained. Now listen to this. Who Verily was for ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in the last times for you. Who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead and gave him glory? That's your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing you, you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love. And the brethren see that you love one another with a pure heart. Now listen here. Being born again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible by the Word of God, which lives and abides forever. It says for all flesh. All people. All natural human life is as grass, and the glory of man is the flower of grass. The grass will wither and the flower there will falleth away. But the word of the Lord will endure forever. And this is the word by which the gospel is preached unto you. So he said that you're not born again of a. Natural seed, but of incorruptible seed which lives and abides forever. It won't be like grass without flour.

Pastor West:
It's here today. Gone tomorrow. By the Word of God. Huh? You've been born again. It said here in the Scriptures that Jesus or I think it's Revelation 13 won't go there, but Jesus himself. Was the lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world. Before. Why was he the lamb slain before the foundation of the world? God saw your need before you was ever here. Amen. And God provided for your need before you ever came to this planet. Even before you was born as an infant child. Jesus, in the. In the heart and the minds of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit said Jesus was the lamb that was slain before. Let there be light. Now, what is he the sacrifice for? For the redemption of mankind that would fall. Adam, hadn't he been created and Jesus had already been provided as the lamb slain before the foundation? There wasn't even Adam. There wasn't a Garden of Eden. There wasn't even a tree. There wasn't a piece of fruit. The serpent wasn't in the garden with Adam and Eve in the heart and the mind of God. God provided the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son who gave his life. He was the He was as the lamb slain before you and I, before the world ever took day one. Amen. Well, he's also the lamb slain for your healing. So before you ever came here, before you ever knew you would need healing.

Pastor West:
The lamb was already slain. That you would already be healed by his stripes. Amen. I'm glad y'all are so excited about all that. Y'all try to hold it down some, if you will. It's hard to think. Praise God. Well, it's a beautiful day. August the 13th, 2023. There'll never be another August the 13th, 2023. So get everything you can out of it. There's more juice in the seed. Amen. Put the squeeze on it. Sometimes you think you. You've read something and you know something in the scripture and you think, Well, I see that. I know that. Well, you just know something about it. You don't know everything about it. I don't care if it's the word those. It depends on what those is connected to. You know, the Bible says use the word a lot of times. Therefore, Brother Hagan always used to say, when you hit the when you see the word, therefore you better look see what it's there for. Amen. Right. Because there's more in there. Hallelujah. How many know if you didn't know this, did you know that if you actually hear the gospel preached, it's actually a scandal. And did you know the world loves a good scandal? Oh, the world does. I didn't say the church ain't supposed to, but. But the world loves a good scandal. If you don't believe so, just go to the checkout stand. Look at all the magazines, look at the Enquirer, and there's being with 14 heads over here and this one over there.

Pastor West:
And and, you know, and people who are supposedly well known, you know, and and Hollywood and who they're with and who they're not with and who's together and who's breaking up and who all the all these scandals. But the Bible calls the gospel the scandal. It calls Jesus, you know, said he was the he called Jesus the stumbling block. In other words, God's going to get your attention. One way or another. If you go to if you decide to go to hell, you can go to hell. That's because he gave you a choice. But you're going to have to trip over the stumbling block everywhere you go to get there. He's going to put something in your path every day of your life to try to get you to pay attention. If he has to cause you to stumble, to fall to the ground and say what is happening, if you just say what is happening? I mean, if you give Jesus so much as a nod, you're going in a good direction. So the scandal goes something like this, although your sin was so great, although it was completely impossible, all because you was born into this life in sin with in a sin nature. The scandal is that Jesus, whose love was so much greater than your sin, provided for himself, a sacrifice for you. You know, sometimes you're really good scandal like that with the word called a good scandal, it almost make you blush.

Pastor West:
When you read when you read the when you read the pages of this Bible here and you realize what Jesus did for you because of the love of God, it ought to make you blush. Amen. Huh? Y'all okay? Y'all check to see if you got a breath. Hallelujah. I say glory to God. Amen. Amen. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Amen. So be it. Okay. I'll just check on you every now and then. Praise God. So here we go. If you will go to Romans chapter five. I mean, now that you have the mind of Christ. Amen. Amen. We're going to talk a little bit about that and different things. You know, Hebrews won't go there. And Paul has told the church there, he said, by this time you ought to be a teacher. He said, But you're not a teacher. He said, you're still spiritual babes. He said, You're still He said, you're still sucking on the bottle. When he says by this time he said, you ought to be skillful and you ought to be skillful in righteousness. And Isaiah tells us that we need to be established in righteousness. You know, there's a difference between knowing something about it. And can do. There's people who you know. There's professions that some people that is their livelihood, that's how they make their living. There's other people who just do their own work on weekends.

Pastor West:
But when the need arises and maybe it's okay for what they're going to do. Maybe for some mechanic and they call him, what, a shade tree mechanic or, you know, whatever. A lot of people think that they can paint. You know, some of them are pretty good painters, but it doesn't mean that they can make a living somewhere with it, but they might satisfy themselves if they're satisfying their self. It's okay. I used to know a pastor who painted his own cars and he's painting them all the time. He's proud of it. He come to church one time years ago, and he said, Come here and see my I forgot it was a little convertible. And he says, Man, let's get this thing painted. I said, Who painted it? He said, I did. I said, What'd you use? He said, A roller brush. I said, Oh my God, it didn't look that bad for about two weeks. And he thought he said, Well, we'll let the paint get on it real good and let it settle. Then he went to the car wash one day and the car went through the car wash, but the paint didn't. Car come on through paint state he thought, you know, it cured. Well, not so much. He said maybe he used to tell me, he said, I think I used the wrong kind of pain. I said, No, I think you used the wrong painter. But, you know, he couldn't imagine spending over $3,400 to do that.

Pastor West:
So he he never did get a successful paint job, but he's always bragging about how much he saved. Well, you know, God, God spared no expense. He sent his best. So in Romans chapter five and actually, I want to say this. If if you want to understand about the New Covenant, if you want to understand about who you are, if you want to understand and you have to understand your identity. Paul by by unction of the Holy Ghost penned these words in the book of Romans. Romans actually absolutely is a is a masterpiece. It's some of the greatest teaching in learning to help you to understand and of who you was before and who you are now. And then you see the transfer. See people. A lot of times they misunderstand because they read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and you'll see statements that in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John that you can't find in the New Testament. You can't, in other words, you can't find in the Epistles. And that's because when Jesus came, he was born of a, you know, a natural woman had to be you can't be the seed unless you come as a seed. But he didn't come with a seed of man. He came with a seed of God. So he was all God. He was all man. But he had to come as man. Right. He had to strip himself. He had to strip his life.

Pastor West:
He had to strip who he was. He had to strip himself of deity and become a human being. He had to become a man. And so when he came, he came. He came during the old covenant. Jesus came as the Old Testament prophet. So things that even Jesus said in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are recorded that he said does not really belong in the new man. Amen. Because Jesus came under the law and ministered to those who was in the law and by the law. So if you take statements and lift them out of what Jesus said and you try to put them in the new Covenant, they won't mesh. And I could give you several. But that's not our lesson today. You'll see glimpses of what Jesus was going to do, mostly in the Book of John that would reflect what would be true now today in the New Covenant. More John than any other of the writers. But when you get over into the masterpiece of of the Epistles and when you get into the book of Romans, you you have to study Romans mostly Chapter four, five, six, seven and eight. Because remember, this is a letter, not a it's not a book. It's not a sermon. It's not chapters. Paul didn't write chapter and verse. Paul wrote a letter. Man divided this for purpose of study. So when when when they got this letter, it didn't say chapter three, verse 21.

Pastor West:
You know this when you go back and read the you go back and see how Paul addressed them and you'd have to go to Romans chapter one. And he you know, he identifies himself. He says, Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated into the gospel of God, which he had promised a for by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures concerning his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, which is made of the seed of David according to the flesh. And a lot of times he'll start a letter this way, but he'll also address them in the Epistles. You know, and he'll say, you know, grace, peace and comfort be unto you and like this. And he goes on with his letter. But you have to understand, especially Romans four and even closer to that Romans Five to Romans eight. And if you read them, if you get you'll get a wrong interpretation if you read them separately. They have to be understood together. There's there's some things that you it's like a recipe. If it has 12 ingredients, you may understand four of them really well, but. But you'll never get where you're supposed to go with four ingredients when it calls for toil. And and I don't really want to rush through this. So, I mean, we don't if Jesus comes, we'll talk about it in heaven if we want to, but we don't have to do it all today.

Pastor West:
So we won't even attempt to do it all day. But you let me just set the foundation because the next week the Wilsons will be here and then we'll we'll pick up back after that. And so we're going to be part of doing that and going to bless them next week. Their biggest they've already done so much, but they're probably their biggest experience is the one ahead of them. And so they've I know just in this last few mission trips they've been in, they've already seen 40,000 people saved. Amen. There's 40,000 people in Chilton County. How would you like to know? Like if you want to go out and preach, you said we'll save all Chilton County in a week, everyone. I'm just using accounting. Would you support someone who would save a whole county? I mean, so we want to we want to be supportive of that. So. So these are together and they don't want to be we don't want to isolate them. So there's a there's a foundation to these things. There's a flow to it. There's there's a sequence to it. And we want to set the foundation. Now, we talked about this actually, according to my my estimation, and I have to go in and change things that because you see more as you go further. We talked about these things in 2017. Some of you was here and some of you wasn't. So in Romans chapter five, we're going to talk about verse five, and we'll go back to four later on.

Pastor West:
5 to 8 is talking about the subject matter is talking about two states of being. Fivethirtyeight is talking about two states of being. It's talking about two positions that we're in. Romans five through eight is addressing two groups of people. Say that again. Two states of being. Two positions. Two groups of people. And here's the two groups of people. It's either talking about the first item. Or the last atom? Not second atom. Because if you have a second, you might have a third or fourth. So the scripture uses that terminology. It says the first atom, and then it says the last atom. Now we know who Atom is, right? And I think I think the ones of you here, those who are listening, are in another time, another way. If you don't know, the last atom is Jesus Christ himself. Adam was the first son on the earth. Jesus came and finished what Adam blew up. And so in other words, you'll see that through Adam's transgression. He sold us. He sold out mankind because he was the you could say he would be the federal head for all humanity. Adam would be. And Adam, when he entered into sin, the whole sin died because of Adam's transgression. But then God sent Jesus, who was the lamb slain before the foundation of the world. So the first Adam got you in a world of mess. And the last Adam got you out of it.

Pastor West:
Amen. Amen. Now, I know you know that, but there's going to be some things in this next 4 or 5 weeks you may not know it's going to be so good or it's going to be so breathtaking. You might go, oh, my gosh, that could that really be true? Amen. Amen. Now, if we run through it, you won't get it. But if you get this, it'll change your life forever. But people won't like you as much. Some people will love you. The the center will love you. If you get this message. The religious people throw stones at you. The religious people is the one who killed Jesus. The centers loved him. Hallelujah. Right? Yeah. And if I veer away from the scripture, you let me know. I mean, I'm just as human as anybody, so I'm up to human error as much as anybody does. But but I'm not going to say things that I can't find and substantiate in Scripture with at least 2 or 3 witnesses that would be established. So if you come to me, make sure you're established. I'm open to have you know, I'm open to have a conversation, but make sure that you understand your point very well and make sure that you find context in the New Covenant, because you can go into the Old Covenant. And I grew up in those kinds of churches in that church when I was a kid, it said, You're your righteousness is as filthy rags.

Pastor West:
What does it say that in the Bible? Was it true? Absolutely it's true. Is it true today? No, it's not true today. Now there's some micro religious person, real man. Since I'm since I'm out there, since y'all pulled me out there, I'm a squeeze. Y'all driving the boat. So. So just don't go too fast with me. David prayed things that was absolutely correct for his day. He said, Lord, please don't. Don't take your Holy Spirit from me, He said, and create in me a clean heart. You say, Well, what's wrong with that? Everything. There was nothing wrong with it during his covenant. And your covenant just. It's obsolete. Why would David pray? Lord, don't take your Holy Spirit from me. Because he seemed. And he he didn't want to lose. He didn't want to lose the anointing of God. He didn't want to lose the presence of God. And then then because he was seeing he said, Lord created me a clean heart. You've got to be superior because I'm running out of time already. God thinks he already has. So we're going to talk about position and condition. And so you'll have to check in with your position to see what condition you're in. If you check in with your condition in your mind, you'll think you lost your position. I'm going to slow. Make sure I don't mess that up. We are we're going to talk about a position and a condition.

Pastor West:
And your condition can change based on natural circumstances or when you make mistakes. Because when you make mistakes, you feel like the conditions changed and then you think you lost your position. And in all accounts, you should have. But God. But God. Thank you, Lord. So even when you won't feel righteous one day, you're just as righteous as Jesus. When you don't. When you don't feel like you are. The Bible says you have the mind of Christ. He didn't say you have one close to it, but it says, you know all things. It didn't say, you know, a lot of things. In your spirit, not in your soul, not in your body, but in your born again spirit. You know everything that God knows. Thank you, Elliot. Hey. In your spirit, in your born again spirit, which you got from God. Is your spirit. God's spirit? Well, how would you not know all things in your spirit? Amen. You say? Well, that can't be true. I was looking for my keys the other day, and they was in my right hand the whole time I was looking for them. I know. I get that. That's in your soul. Yeah. You know, you don't want to always tell those things to everybody before you ever look for you. You ever be looking for your glasses and you found them right there? And so in the so in the old covenant, you have people that that that they were prescribed to go certain ways and they were to go that way.

Pastor West:
But that's not this day. Amen. A new day is here. A new time has come. Amen. The scripture says that which is old has now vanished away. Except there was somebody, some preacher. He pulls them back from the dead and preaches it all over again. I think this book was written a long time ago. And it says it says it says the Old Covenant. In other words, it said the Ten Commandments is vanished away, but not every week they pull right back. You know, someone does the gets the defibrillators out and boom, it brings it brings the ten back. See you. We only have one commandment in John 1334, Jesus said a new commandment, I give unto you. What was the new commandment? That you love one another as I loved you. Now he says, So you love people the way I love you. Now, if you obey that, do you need Ten Commandments? I mean, if I love you the way Jesus loved me and gave his life for me. Do I need to tell you? Don't steal, don't kill, don't murder, don't covet. Don't know. So the Big Ten got all encompassed in the big one. Hallelujah. Amen. So Jesus came to fulfill the law. Now the law is good. It's holy, it's righteousness perfect. There's nothing wrong with it. It's morally wonderful. Over and over and over again.

Pastor West:
It tells you the purpose of the law was to bring man to the end of himself because man thought maybe he could do it. Man thought maybe he could keep it. God says no. They said, Well, just just tell us what you expect of us. You know, we want to know what you expect. You don't have to be good to us because you're good. Just tell us what you expect and we can do it. He said, okay, here it comes. So the law came with the ten and then God gave him 613 more commandments to go with the ten. So he gave him 623. The 613 are what we call the ceremonial commandments. And so there's a lot of rituals and there's a lot of things. There's you know, you've heard me talk about some of them. We make fun of 1 or 2 of them. It's not fun. It's just but it was they all had a purpose. In other words, you can't eat this. You can't work this day. You can't beat this, you know, on the Sabbath, you couldn't do any kind of work. You couldn't even you couldn't even build a fire for your family and cook. But if you want to get down right down to them and one of them, you can have a bowel movement on seven, which means you need to really watch what you eat for two days before then. Huh? You know, But people want to live two laws at one time.

Pastor West:
But you're not doing it. The Bible says no man's ever kept the law. You're going to be the first one. You're going to be the first one. What if you don't keep all of it? Well, James said. James said you ought to go for the grace through Jesus Christ. You ought to let him be the payment for your sin. James said. But you don't have to. You know, you can keep the law if you want to. He said, But, but. But if you miss just one point, he says, you're guilty of all of it. Well, you know, I didn't I didn't graduate top of my class, but I went at the bottom either. And I thought, well, see, I could just receive Jesus for the payment of my sins or I could. Or I could just be the payment. No, but James said, if you still have that choice to do that, if you think you can keep the law, then. But you've got to keep all of it or you're guilty of everything. But he said, Well, you know, I know people make mistakes, but but, you know, we we're we should keep the law. Well, how many of it they said, well, you should try to keep all of us, but what if you don't? Well, I mean, you need to not do the big stuff, so it's okay to do the little stuff. I mean, they said, well, I mean, I wouldn't go that far and say I said, Well, how far would you go? Say what you believe? In other words, James said, if you don't keep every law, you're guilty of every law.

Pastor West:
In other words, you could be 99% righteous and morally. But if you steal a pencil, you're a homosexual. It didn't take me long to get to my point. I just, you know, I'm trying to let you get the full weight of it. Have I said anything on scripture yet? So James said, if you don't keep every law, then you're then you're you're guilty of the other one. So so you need to become fascinated with who you are in the spirit. Are y'all listening to me? You ought to be fascinated with who God made you in the Spirit, because in the Spirit you're just like him. I say you're not kind of like him. You don't have part of what he has. You have all what he has. Now people say, Well, that ain't true because, you know, like, I lost my keys, I lost my this, I lost my glasses. You know, they was they was hanging on my shirt. Well, that's your mind. So, so so when we come into the heavenly, things come into heaven. Your mind, which is the natural mind, will be brought into submission to that, which is true in the Spirit. But in your spirit, you know all things in the spirit.

Pastor West:
You're awesome. Yes. Amen. Hallelujah. You would like you a whole lot better if you just find out who you were. That's right. Huh? Amen. Amen. And so we still have people who want to go through a system of of, you know, having someone to pray for them and they come tell their sins to them, you know, once a week or whenever they come and they sit in the booth and the one sits in the booth and they tell them everything. And I said, Well, that's that's scriptural. That was scriptural under the old covenant. It's not scriptural under the New Covenant. You say, Well, but, but, but it was there was a priest. Yeah. In the old Covenant. But Jesus has become your high priest. Jesus is your high priest. So you don't go to a man. You go to the man. And the man already came to you before you got to him. Amen. So when you go to a man, all you do is go to some guy who turns his collar around backwards and he's got a white shiny. He just turns around backwards. And you got this collar here, and then you just tell him all about you, huh? Well, he's not the Christ. Well, if he's not the Christ and he's acting like one, he must be the. Oh, the Antichrist. In my soul. I'm sorry. Jesus didn't have to turn his collar around. He gave his back. Amen. So you would be highly impressed if you just found out who you were in the spirit.

Pastor West:
Amen. And as a side note, I wish we had a whole seminar on this. And we could one day, especially when we start doing church every day for every day. Amen. Different people will be ministering. There's things that you say, Well, I don't know all the things you don't know, all things in your natural mind. But your spirit knows everything. Everything. Everything about your life, everything about your family. Everything about your future. Everything that's about to come. All the things that you're worried about. You have no reason to worry whatsoever because all the answers is in your spirit. Because you are. You are a spirit of your spirit. You've been born again of his spirit. You have his nature. You have his likeness, and you are called to function like him and the reason why. But when you don't know who you are in Christ, that means you don't understand your identity. So you don't function like him, even though you're called to function like him. Therefore, because you don't function like him in the image and likeness which you created, you don't function that way. That means you malfunction. Amen. But you don't have to malfunction when you got the function. And in first John, chapter two, verse 20 says you have a unction from the holy one. In other words, you have a special anointing from the holy one in which, you know, all things didn't say some things.

Pastor West:
You don't say most things a thing here and there says in your spirit, you know, all things, all things. And you have no man teach you anything. Mm. Amen. That makes most ministers mad. But most people do, because most people don't read or they act like they can't read. I guess they got a reading disorder. I was like, Well, what's the matter? Well, I get sleepy when I read. Well, sleepy people are lazy people who just get defeated. You could read, right? You can read a stop sign, can't you? If not, they're going to pull your license. Right. You could read a Cracker Jack box. See what you want. Well, so. So. So here we are. We don't go to a man to tell him our sins because we are. We already have the high priest. This is the New Covenant based on better promises. So here we're talking about Romans. We're talking about two positions, two individuals to two men. So that's what really verse mostly chapters five through eight, distinguish two positions, two state of beings, two groups of people, those who are in first. Adam Those who is in last. Adam. So either you're either in the first Adam or you're in the last. You say, Well, I'm kind of in between. No, you're not. No, we're going to kill the in between. You're either in Adam or you're in the last Adam. You're either in. You're either in Adam or you're in Christ.

Pastor West:
You say, Well, I'm in church. No, you're either in Adam or you're in the last Adam. And where will you be when you get to Jim and Nick's? Well, I'm Jim and Nick's. No, you're still going to be Jim, and Nick's in. In Adam. Or you're going to be in the last time. Everywhere you go, you're going to be in one of these atoms. Now, you do know I would have a scripture for that, don't you, sir? First Corinthians 15, if you can put this up. We're going to go to the Amplified. I don't know if it's the amplified or the classic amplified. Probably the classic, but I'm not sure. First Corinthians 1545 through 49. I want you to see this in the amplified so it'll be on the screen just a moment, but I'm going to start reading til I get there. It says thus it is written the first man. No, I think I'll wait. I want you to get this. Praise the Lord. Y'all doing all right? Amen. Amen. We only got 30 minutes. We got to go. Y'all may have a date over at Subway? I don't know. Subway slices their meat. Now, what's said on TV? First Corinthians 15, y'all. Are we there? 45 to 49. Amplified. You should have already gotten me Scriptures. I'm sorry. All right, here we go. Thus it is written. Yep. The first man Adam became a living being. And the individual personality.

Pastor West:
The what? Last item. See it first. Adam became a living being. He was an individual personality. But the last Adam whose. Which is. Who became a what? A life giving spirit. He restored the dead to life. Now, the first man. He's a living being, right? He's an individual personality. But the scripture calls Christ the last Adam, not the second, the last. There was no one had to come in behind him and clean up, huh? He became a life giving spirit. Restoring. Our next verse. Which would be verse 46, I suppose. But it's not the spiritual life that came first, but the physical, then the spiritual. The first man. Which is Adam was from out of earth. He was made of dust, which means he was earthly minded. All see that? The second man is the Lord of Heaven. Go. Now those who are made of the dust are like him, who was made of the dust, their earthly minded and as is the man from heaven, so are those who are of heaven, their heavenly mighty. Can you see a contrast? Made from the dust, he thinks Dusty. Second one is a life giving spirit. They didn't make Jesus out of dust, Huh? He's. He's. He's from heaven. And what kind of mind does he have? All right. Stay right there. And I'm going to quote this to you again. First Corinthians 216 says, You have the mind of Christ. Now we all have in heaven.

Pastor West:
You do have first, John 417 says as he is now, So are you in this earth? What are you going to do with that? Ask Jesus says now. So are you in this earth? Not when you get to heaven. Colossians Chapter three and Ephesians chapter three and four says, Put off the old man and put on the new man. And you're thinking. And your what? And you're thinking not in your spirit because it's already been put on. So you already have all Jesus in your spirit. Well, you know, all things. But how do you get what you know in all things out into your other life? Well, you have to begin to to understand who you are in this. And then will you accept that? And will you agree? Will you agree in your mind, will you renew your mind to the place that that was true in the spirit already? True in the Spirit is the reality. Amen. Amen. Which will be one of the hardest things you've ever done. Because you'll have to you'll have to trump your experiences because you know, your body, your family tree, which there's always nuts in everybody, in every tree. There's some nuts in there everywhere. Right? You just you don't have to tree back forward and you'll find flakes and nuts and all kinds of grapefruit and just wow crazy people. And they'll say, well, we first cut it. I said, We don't tell nobody. All right. So we lost.

Pastor West:
It's gone. No.

Pastor West:
Oh, well, yeah. Let's keep it. Next verse. And just as we have watched Airborne, the image just as we have because we were born into this life spiritually dead. Right? Because of Adam. So when we were born, you were you bore the image of the man of dust. But so shall we also let us bear now the image of the man of heaven?

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
So you couldn't help but because of Adam's transgression? I mean, you didn't do anything, but because Adam fell, You. You were born father, and you bore the image of a dust of a dusty man. But how many got born again?

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
So now we're supposed to take place. Now you're supposed to bear the image. What of the man of the man of heaven? So you're supposed to be heavenly minded now. Amen. So you can't walk around? I don't know. How can I do all that? I don't know. I just don't know. I know I can do all things, but not me. See that? We're going to call you Dusty if you do that all the time. I think the last verse 50 will be finished there. But I'll tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot. Watch it now. Can. Cannot is kind of strong, right? It's the Bible tells you something that cannot then take it to the bank. Flesh and blood cannot become partakers of eternal salvation, and they cannot inherit or share in the Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable that which is decaying, inherit or share in the imperishable. We could go home. Right there. Yeah. Say, Lord. Think about that for a week. Break it up in little bitty pieces. But we got just a few minutes, so. So, once again, Romans five is about two atoms. In other words, there's nothing you could do to put yourself in either one of those. Mhm. Did you hear what I said? What did I just say? Nothing you could do too. What? And either one of those. All of you were born into the first atom and you had nothing to do with it. You say? Well, that ain't fair. I know, but Jesus Will was going to fix what's not fair.

Pastor West:
But when you were born again, you came out of the first atom. You and you came into the last item you came into. Christ real simple. So far, your only involvement was to believe. Y'all agree? Amen. Amen. Was it to work for your salvation? No. You heard a message and you believed it. Right. And the Bible says when you believe you went from spiritual death to spiritual life. You went from first item to last item. You went from earthly to heavenly. You became a new creature in Christ Jesus. Old things passed away. Why don't you lead them away? Hmm. So we want to we want to pick them up right now and bear that image. Because we have a mind, a body and emotions. We sit there and pay someone $100 an hour to tell them how we feel all the time, what we might feel that way. But most of them say, Well, what happened now, baby? Tell me how you felt about that. Well, then you can cry a bucket of tears because that's how you felt about it. But. But what's the answer? I mean, some kind of therapy. I mean, do I get a massage or. I do. I mean, what happens? Do you massage my emotions? I'm not all that might help to measure, but it won't be the answer. It's just it's just a band aid is all it is. In other words, someone asked me about two months ago.

Pastor West:
I won't even say who it is because you all may know. They said, How are you doing? I said, Well, I'm doing I'm blessed. They said, What do you mean? I said. They said, But then they come and said, Well, you mean you blessed? I said. I said, Well, I said, I'm blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. I said, Well, yeah, I know that, but but how you really doing? And I said, Well, hang on, I haven't had my Bible with me. So I thought, I can't believe you asked me that, not you. So I went to Ephesians one three. I said, Oh, I'm really blessed with every spiritual blessing to have place across. I said, Yeah, I know how you really do. And I said, Well, let me see how I'm doing. I looked over here for another scripture and I said, Well, as he is, so am I in the Earth. I'm complete in Christ. I got the fullness of Christ on the inside of me. That's how I must be doing. I see. Well, yeah, I know that. But tell me, how do you really feel nowadays? I said, Who cares how I feel? I don't care how I feel. Feelings ain't got nothing to do anything. Why are you so worried about how I feel? How you feel? So I said, Well, hang on, I got an answer for that too. I said, There it is. Second Corinthians five.

Pastor West:
So I walk by faith and not by how I feel. Oh, well, I guess I feel great. So. Yeah, but I know, but. But how do you, as a person feel? I said, Oh, I died. I don't know how I feel. I mean, you know, dead man don't talk no more. You're supposed to die. But we got some really live ones. Like a fish. You put them on the bank and flop flopping. They're trying to get back to the water. How do you feel? Trying to get well. How do you really feel, Mr. Fish? You're trying to work its way back to the water, y'all. Okay. So you had nothing to do with it? What did you. Adam sinned and died spiritually than you were born into this world in Adam right now. What did you do personally to be born with a sin nature? Nothing. What what acts of violence are saying? Did you commit to be born a brand new baby, born to one, born with a sin nature? What did the baby do? I mean, other than kick his mom around a lot and, you know, kept them awake and stuff like that. But I'm just saying they didn't do anything right. So then people who was in Adam. They died spiritually because of Adam's transgression, not even yours. You born with a sin nature. But when you get born again, the Bible says when you believe, then you become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Right? That's what the Scripture says.

Pastor West:
So what did you do to become righteous? What righteous act did you perform To become righteous? What? What unrighteous acts did you perform to become unrighteous? Nothing. So it's about two people. It's about two positions. It's about two conditions. It's two understandings are either in Adam or you're in Christ. Either you are in the position of in sin or you are still in the law or else you're in the New Covenant. To jump ahead just a little bit. Probably shouldn't do this, but when you get to Romans chapter seven, Paul tries to explain this through a marriage relationship. In other words, and we'll get into it a bit later. But just Paul uses a marriage relationship to talk about really. He's still talking about he's never changed subject. He's talking about two people, two atoms, two positions, two two different kind of lives. So he says if a woman marries someone, he says she is bound by law to that person. Right. And which she says she can't just go get married again while she's married. It says. But if she if that husband passes or dies, she's now free to marry another one. It still works that way, don't it? Legally. Right. So Paul was saying, well, Paul is trying to tell you is when you were born in this world, you were born to Mr. Law. But then Jesus came and fulfilled the law and the law died. Freed you up to marry Mr. Grace.

Pastor West:
Amen. Amen.

Pastor West:
Amen. Apostle Paul was nowhere. So if you're married to Mr. Grace, why are you acting like you're still married? Also to Mr. Law. He said, because you can't be married to both. So are you married to Mr. Law? Are you married to Mr. Grace? So he uses the word. Paul uses the analogy of this that if when you're married to the one that you try to have interaction with the other, he said. That's called spiritual adultery. So when you when you live as a person born under the New Covenant in Christ, in grace, but yet you begin to put stipulations on others and yourself after Jesus, who who died once and for all time, He says you have now committed a spiritual adultery. So now your condition changes, but your position don't. In other words, your you did nothing to become a sinner. You was born into sin because of Adam, but because of Christ. You was taken out of the sin nature and you was born with a righteous nature. What did you do to be in either one of those positions? Nothing. It was just who you was tied to.

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
Right. So sin is gone because Jesus dealt with the sin. So now all that just leaves you with one position. It's called being right with God. It's called righteousness, which is also justification. Justified. Justified. Just breaking up simply means just if you are righteous, you are holy, you are justified, you are just. It's just as if I'd never sinned. And awesome. Justified means just as if I'd never missed it. So in your spirit, you're born again spirit, which is sealed from all sin. From all times. That's why you're just as righteous as God in your spirit. Because He put his spirit in you, then sealed it off. So sin can't touch it. So in your spirit you're just as righteous as Jesus himself right now on the throne. Amen. Amen. Thank you for those three bolsters. Amen. In your spirit. You are just as righteous as Jesus. You're just as holy as Jesus. You know everything God knows in your spirit. Now, what a little side note for you. Take five minutes to do this. 2 or 3 minutes. Do this. If you would pray in the spirit, if you would pray in tongues, because first Corinthians 14, I think verse 14 somewhere says, you know, it talks about praying in the spirit because then your spirit in your spirit, you know, all things. And when you pray, he says, it's the spirit.

Pastor West:
When you pray in tongues, it says it is your spirit that's doing the praying. And it goes on to say, in your spirit, you know, all things. But if you back up a verse or two, someone verse 12 or 13 says, But if you're going to pray in the spirit, pray that you also may interpret. Why? So that your mind will become fruitful for what you're saying. In other words, you're edifying yourself. You're building yourself up. You're charging yourself by praying in tongues because it's by the Holy Ghost. There's a lot of benefits to it, but your mind is unfruitful. You know? You don't even know what you're praying about. Way back there in the room praying this morning. Pre-service prayer back this morning. I don't know if this ever happened to me before like this Pastor Matt. He was back there praying. We was praying in the spirit after saying, you know. In English for a period of time and then came into the spirit and pray in the spirit. And so he was praying that he came to the end of praying. And we were kind of, you know. Coming to the end of the time of prayer. And then he just began to. Before he began to say some things about what he was feeling or thinking and saying. But that's not how the Holy Ghost told me.

Pastor West:
I was sitting there when he got there, praying in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit said, Now listen to me. He said, Here comes the interpretation. But. But it didn't come like you would think. Tone, interpretation come. And I was like, I was telling them back there, sometimes you have someone has the tongue and interpretation or one person has a tongue, the other person has the interpretation. It could be either way, right? So but it didn't sound like it came from the King James Bible. Did y'all know that Jesus did not preach King James? King James didn't get here at about 1600. Jesus was born before that. He was in the ads. So Matt was saying this is what I'm seeing. But before he said anything. Holy Ghost. Now, listen here. He said, this is the interpretation of what he and y'all were praying in the spirit. And now. Now here comes the interpretation. And I thought, well, okay. And I was thinking he might go into the, you know, make it sound like an interpretation. Now, he just started taking an English what he was seeing in the spirit while he's praying in tongues, that's called the interpretation. The Holy Ghost do same thing to you about your business, about your home, about your family, about your children, because he knows all things. But see in your spirit, you know everything to Amen.

Pastor West:
But what have you got to do? You just draw it out of your spirit. Because this is not a this is not a mr. Rogers sermon. I understand that. I mean, it's not that it's real weighty or meaty. It's not that because, you know, Paul told the Corinthians, I mean, the ones he talked to you most about the gifts was the Corinthian church. And they had gifts abounding so much to where Paul had to stop and bring order to their service because, you know, they were overlapping each other. They had 2 or 3 people trying to give a tongue at one time. Paul said, This is good, but it's out of order. So he had to bring order to it. But yet he said, this is the most carnal church that I ever visit. The ones who operate in the gifts the most. So it could be it could be that the reason why there are so many gifts in the church is because there were babies. They need a lot more help. And there was they couldn't just accept sometimes who they were in the Lord. So they had to have all these gifts in operation. Thank God for the gifts we want, the gifts we desire, the gifts. But we don't have to function by gifts to. Why? Because the word is our answer.

Pastor West:
Amen. Amen.

Pastor West:
The word is your answer. So when I tell you, you know all things and I can give you the scripture on it, you know, First Corinthians 216 says, But but he says, you have the mind of I didn't say Paul, it didn't say Mark or James. It says, You have the mind of Christ and you know all things, Well, what are you going to do with Scripture like that? So you have to say, Well, who me? I mean, Eric, I don't know. All things. My gosh. I don't even know what eight times eight is. Well, I do. It's 81, but I'm just saying. But but, but but that's the natural brain. He's not talking about your natural brain. He knows everything. Just like Kristen was talking about, you know, when she received the offering that God went ahead of Israel and Psalm 77 and said he marked the path where they would go across and deliver Egypt from Pharaoh's army before they ever got to the Red Sea. Which makes me think God can know the future. That's the joke. You understand? But he went ahead of them and decided where they would cross over. He anticipated your needs before you knew you ever had them. So why would you freak out about needs or how you feel when he already anticipated and supplied every one of them?

Pastor West:
Ha.

Pastor West:
In a good appraisal. Can we go to. We got ten minutes. Here we go. Can you all hang in ten? Okay. So Romans six contrasts people's position of either being in sin or in righteousness because it never changes. See, most people read Romans Chapter six. They think Paul changed subjects. And now talking about can I even be born again? Now we're going to talk about, you know, either sinning or not sinning. It's not what I was talking about. Because. Romans Chapter six, it starts off that way. Romans five was a masterpiece. And I wish we had when you read verses 17 through 21, it's awesome because it tells you grace will reign through righteousness. The grace of God, which supplied you with everything. Reigns through your righteous position. So if you don't know that you're righteous, you don't understand your position. You don't understand that your grace can't reign through nothing. There'll be no reigning. There'll be domination by by the devil himself. But when you understand that you're the righteous of God and that is your position, not, not, not your condition, because your condition will try to change on you. Then it will try to change. You know, he'll try to change the coordinates of this whole thing. He likes to change coordinates because he's wanting to affect your mind. So you'll think your conditions change because you could have a really bad day. You could make him a you could make a mistake and the enemy will just you know, he's called the accuser of the brethren. He's good at it, too, but he's good at that thing.

Pastor West:
Yeah.

Pastor West:
Revelation says the accuser of the Brethren comes up before for God all the time and says he accuses you all the time. Well, you know, Jack did this and he did that. And he said that he he cursed, thirsty. He got mad. And, you know, he he told someone they're number one on the interstate. Well, you don't need to do that and you don't have to do that. But see, you might have done good for 2 or 3 weeks and all of a sudden you slipped up. So you certainly don't feel righteous. Y'all here are gone. You ever not felt righteous? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, me too. You know, sin has a way of making you be a coward. Especially when you tell the Lord for the 15,000 time that happened again, didn't it? Well, but. But it didn't change your position. Why? Because. What did you do to get the position? Oh, you didn't do nothing, did you? Well, you did do something you believed. Amen. You believed in Jesus. Who was the atonement for all sin? Have you changed your mind about that? So they would like to get you focused on this sin act. And change your condition. Hopefully the change. He can't change your position, but if he can make you think your position changed. Yeah, but you had to say, Well, now wait. What did I do to get that position? Well, you might get a position to work that you earned. You didn't earn nothing to get this position. You just. You just had good sense to believe. So when you make a mistake, have you changed your mind about Jesus being the savior of the world? Well, how would you lose your position? See, the little Hebrew word of the gospel is too good to be true news.

Pastor West:
It's not just good news. It really means Greek scholars and Hebrew scholars says this. It means the gospel means it's too good to be true. It's a scandal. It's just like it's too good. I mean, it's wild. It's wild. So your position didn't change. But remember, you either. So we're talking about two different people in Adam or in Christ. In Adam or in last Adam. We're talking about two positions. You're either in sin or you're in righteousness. You're either in the old covenant or you're in the new Covenant. So So Romans 512 says, you know, by one man's disobedience, all became sinners. Who was who was the one man who was disobedience? Who would that be? Adam. But it also tells you by by another man, you all became the righteousness of God. Who's the other man and Jesus? So he says now, because you're in Jesus, he says, and you become a new creation. All things are passed away. All things have become new. And then, you know, Paul is not writing another chapter. He's still writing the letter. So he just says in verse, chapter, chapter six, verse one, he says, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Verse two God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein. So the more that you read this, you feel like now Paul's just changed.

Pastor West:
Like, okay, Jesus got you saved last week just as I am. You came up, you know, without one plea, but that the blood was shed for me and you receive Jesus. And then the next week, you're already made a mistake. You're sinning. So you read verse six and say, Well, shall we just continue in sin that grace may abound? Well, God forbid. Well, how shall we that are dead to sin live any longer in it. So you feel like you're like, Well, how could you make a mistake? Because why would you fail? Why did you sin? Because now you're the righteous of God. Well, can can anyone who's righteous make a mistake? But can't. Can't they? Has anyone ever righteous Who is the righteous God ever seen? Wow. How much singing can you get by with? I mean, I'd like to know the answer to that. I mean. I mean, what's too much? Which ones that the Lord doesn't pay that much attention to. Picture? Well, probably the big stuff. You know, powerful stuff. Go. It's not what James said. So you missed one. You're guilty of everything. You're a murderer. You're a homosexual. You're a lesbian. You're. You're everything. You're guilty of Everything. You're a child molester. You stole a pencil. That don't make sense. Sen. Sen. But he's not. Romans six is not talking about now that you're born again. Are you saying or not saying any longer? He's never changed his mindset of we're talking about two contrasts in two people. We're contrasting old life, new life for contrast in the law with contrast in grace.

Pastor West:
Two covenants, he says. So now that we are living by the grace of God, shall we sin? That which shall we go back to the law? Because now we've made a mistake, now we've sinned. And he says, No, God forbid, because, see, he said, Remember you died to this. See, look here. Verse three know you. Not that so many of us were baptized into Christ, Christ was baptized into death. Therefore, you were buried with him by baptism into his death. Now. Now. What caused Jesus to die? Our sin. Right. And you were baptized with him because of your sin. Symbolically, you were. He died because of your sin. He was buried because of your sin. True. Watch here. That, like as Christ, you was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father. Even so, now we should walk in the newness of life. What's the newness of life? This. This is this new covenant. So Paul says, Why would you want to go back and resurrect and go back under the law? Shall we sin? Shall we go back to the law? Shall we go back to the old method? Shall we go back to Adam because we sinned? God forbid. Don't go back to Adam. If you make a mistake. Dear God, don't go back to Adam. Who do you go to? Christ. Amen. So I asked you. I asked you. Now, this is where religious people really get off. You say, Well, what sins do God keeping up with? Getting ready.

Pastor West:
None.

Pastor West:
Nada. The Lord doesn't have an account book on you. He closed it. Colossians two said he closed it. See, Grace doesn't even keep a track of your sin any longer. Oh. Oh, my God, he said. I knew one day he slipped. He's lost his mind. You're right. I did. I lost my mind. Thank God I finally lost it. Colossians 214, The law book translation says Jesus came nailed that which was against you. What was against you? The thing that you transgressed. What did you transgress? You transgressed the law. He took the law. For he fulfilled the law for you as if you did it. See Jesus didn't just come fulfilled the law. He come as your substitute, as if you fulfilled it, as if you kept it perfectly, gave you the full credit for it, and then took everything that was contrary to you. Now, from the past, present, and even to the future. And he paid for everything at one time, nailed it to his cross, the lobby translation said. And he closed the account book forever.

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
So you can't carry a balance over. You said you got me confused because I still make mistakes. I still sin. I know. You may say, but. But what? Huh? Do we still make mistakes? Sometimes. Yes, you do. So what's Paul saying then? He says, God forbid, don't go back out of the newness of life and go and go into the sin of the law. Don't don't go back to that standard. He said don't go back. You're married to Mr. Grace now. Don't go back and have an affair with Mr. Law. He said, Christ died to this one time. He's not going to come die for it again. What he did was forever. So he goes on to say, Reckon yourself dead. Dead to what? Dead to the law. Dad to be a transgressor. Dad to be separated from God. Dead to there. That you need to do something. That you need to add something to what Jesus did. What are you going to do to add to what Jesus did? If Jesus is what He did ain't enough, then what are you going to do to make it enough? You think I'm going to be able to do something? Good enough. I'm going to pick up where Jesus left off. I mean, just tell Jesus appreciate you coming. But, you know, we kind of have some more problems, so we had to do some more stuff. What did you do? I mean, you see what he had to go through to deal with your sin.

Pastor West:
So. So what are you going to do? No one can die for man's sins. It's already been done. No one was worthy to do it. Only one man did it. And then he called. What he did. Finished. So when you get on Hebrews and I'll stop here. So when you get into Hebrews, it contrasts the two. Paul keeps on giving you these understandings all throughout the New Testament. Hebrews, he contrasts the priest of the Old Covenant to Jesus being your high priest. He said he said the high priest of the Old Covenant, you would come and you would bring your lamb, right? You'd bring whatever your sacrifice, whatever it is, and you would bring it and the priest would have to inspect it first. He'd have to really. You couldn't bring the worst that you had. You had to bring the best that you had because it was going to be a type and shadow of the Christ that was to come. Christ hadn't come. He hadn't paid the price. So God instituted this way of man's sins to be not removed, but to be covered. But there was always guilty in their mind because there was never removed. So they would come to the priest and he would examine your your lamb, whatever that you had to make sure it had no blemishes to it. You couldn't bring, like I said, you couldn't bring a gimpy. So. Well, you know, you got a leg about half gone.

Pastor West:
So I guess we'll just take him Sunday. You know, like people walk up to dollar bills, you know, and it's like and Bill's been Dollar General 15 times this week. Finally made his way to the church. So you couldn't bring old gimpy. You had to bring your best. And then the high priest would examine that. And then when you go into the inner court and you see what was in the court, and I don't have time to go through all this, but if you was to go in there, you would see that there was no furniture in there. He would go in there and he was, you know, cut his throat and the blood would be a type of the blood of the shed and the sacrifice that Christ would give. So we got the best sacrifice that you got. And the priest had to say, okay, we can use this one or this is not going to work. This one has blemishes all over. You go back and get your best. So he would offer that lamb's life and he would put the blood, you know, upon what we would call the mercy seat for a forgiveness for your time, whether it was, you know, once a year when you would come, you would tell this man your sins that still works in some areas today, right? With the collar turned around, just do a box. Which is once again, that's called Antichrist.

Pastor West:
Hello?

Pastor West:
It is. I'm not against people. I'm just saying it's anti Christ. I don't care who does it. No man is the high priest for Jesus. You don't go to a man and tell him what you did wrong. Please don't. Please don't come. Tell me. I'm just going to punch you. I'm just a pointer. I'm like a I'm, like, on the interstate. You know, you're traveling these signs, you know, Holiday Inn, you know, Zaxby's Restaurant or whatever. I mean, Shell Gas station, three miles ahead. I just point right ahead. Right here. Right. I'm just a pointer. I ain't never come. I'm the restaurant. I'm the hotel. I'm the gas station. I'm just a pointer. I just pointed Jesus all the time. You know why? Because he's always right. And if you act like him, you'll look smart. Whether you are or not. You don't have to be smart. You can just look like you are. Just act and talk like Jesus and they'll think you just smart because you are, because you just agree with him. So he would examine your lamb. So there was no there was no place for the priest to ever sit down that day. You know why? Here's the only reason why. When they would come lines of people and offer their sacrifice, there was no furniture in the inner sanctuary because there was no place for him to sit because his work was never finished. Hebrews said when Jesus came one time for all people, for all sins Forever did it, and sat down. He sat down to preach, never sat down because Jesus is through. It's called a finished work finished. So in the old Covenant the priest is examining your sacrifice to see if it's worthy.

Pastor West:
In the New Covenant. Jesus is your sacrifice and he don't need to be examined. He is worthy. Amen. So. So it's not someone examining you to see if you're worthy. They don't look in our company. They don't look at us. They look at Jesus. Is Jesus worthy? So now what did you what did you do to to be guilty of all sins when you were born into the world? Nothing. Who did it? Adam. Why were you spiritually dead? Adam sinned. But when you believed upon Jesus, you became the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. True. What did you do? What did you possibly do to become righteous? As righteous as Jesus? Nothing. So your position changed. So the enemy tried to takes the conditions of your world. Some of your worst days and say, well, you can't be the righteous God. You do this. You did that. You didn't do this. You didn't do that. You see, he wants to put the focus on you. And every time you put the focus on you, you take it off. Jesus. So you put the focus back on Jesus. So when I make a mistake, see first John three says, your heart tries to condemn you. Eric would say, don't let it. Don't let your heart condemn you. Now, if it's wrong, it's wrong. And say, Lord, forgive me for that. I'm sorry. That shouldn't have happened. I'm sorry that happened. That is wrong for that to happen. Thank God for your grace. To help me, to empower me. To teach me so that this doesn't go on. This. This comes to a stop. I'm empowered by the grace of God to stop. I don't live in sin because I don't live in Adam.

Pastor West:
That's right.

Pastor West:
We're not contrasting in Romans six. Either sinning or not sinning. We're contrasting law or grace. Adam or Christ. First Adam. Last Adam. Mr. Law. Married to Mr. Law. Married to Mr. Grace. Which one? Mr. Grace. So. So once you have died to this, why would you go back and commit adultery and come back into the law of things when you already have lived in the grace of God? Don't change your position because something happens with your condition one day. So when I make a mistake, when I fail, I acknowledge it. So when the enemy comes and the accuser of the brethren says, You this and you that and you that, and I say, I was wrong, but you're not my high priest. I don't confess anything to you. But even when I was wrong, I was still the righteous to God in Christ Jesus. And I was still your master. Even when you made a mistake, you were still the devil's master because he's spiritually dead forever. And you're spiritually alive forever.

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
Now, that's good, Preacher. That is good, preacher. Not because I said it. Because the Bible said it. Amen. Thank God. That is good preaching. Even when. Even on your worst day, your worst day, you are your foot is still on the devil's head. You are still right with God. Can you see the position and the condition? We all know that we make mistakes. And when we fail, let's just say what it is. It's sin. It condemns our heart, right? Because most of us fail on the same areas. We don't pick new ones. Yeah. Always get quiet when I say that. But I just understand human nature. Huh. Anyway, there's. There's some things that people do that you know. Then, you know there's a place to be free from that. No one says that you. You're not trapped into that lifestyle. The more that you understand who you are, your identification, the sin will lose its appeal to you. When you understand who you really are, the things that grips you and wants to and the flesh wants these things, the flesh will lose all desire for them. In other words, you'll begin to hate what God hates and you'll love what God loves. But while you're in that transition of renewing your mind, the enemy doesn't have free reign with you because Jesus has already paid for you. You belong to Jesus. So the devil don't call the shots. You call the shots. So even when I make the mistake and I fail, you are still just as right with God as you was before.

Pastor West:
Because you can't lose your position because you didn't do anything to earn it. How do you lose what you what you did nothing for? Amen. But you have to see both sides. You did nothing to become sin, but then you did nothing to receive righteous. You believed. And then you became the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. That's awesome. That's awesome. That's awesome. So don't go to these people with the collar, turned around, start talking to them. Jesus paid the full price. It's finished. It's done. So? So you ought to be, you know, if you want to be impressed with something, you ought to be impressed with, with the righteousness of God, who you are in Christ. That's the most impressive thing that I know. This message changed my life. Still changed my life. Anything that I could preach, if I if I just did what I. I preach this all the time, man. I love to hear preaching about the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Amen. Amen. You don't even you don't even have to hear one healing message to be healed. Do you know that Jesus never preached one healing message? Paul never preached one either. We have conferences for healing. That's okay. But they never preached one message about it. Jesus went around just preaching the kingdom because the kingdom encompassed all that. The sick got healed because he was good. He was merciful. He was kind. And he paid the price. But. But sometimes we'll just preach all these sermons about different things, you know, you know, for people to have knowledge and understanding.

Pastor West:
But you don't have to preach healing to be healed. May Jesus never did it. When he sent the disciples out, all he told them, He says, Now, when you go, when you go, he says, he says, Tell them. Tell them the kingdom's come to them. He didn't say, Tell them the healers come. He didn't say, Tell them Powers Come. He said, But I'm going to send you out with power and you can tread upon every serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy. He says, Now, when you get there, Luke, nine, ten and Luke 12, somewhere in there, he said he gave him power. He says, when you when you leave me, he said, you go by twos. He says, when you go he says, Preach the kingdom. He said, Heal all the sick people. He said, There's dead. Raise the dead. He said, there'll be devils will cast out devils and I give you my name. When Peter and John went to the gate. Beautiful. Did they preach a healing sermon? They approached him. Did they preach about the power of the Holy Ghost? All they said. All they said is look on us. You got. You got a whole group of so-called believers and Christians who would never say, oh, I don't know. I would never say, look on me. I won't say that. No, I wouldn't go. I wouldn't say no. That's just blasphemous. Brother, Say, look on us.

Pastor West:
We'll tell Peter and John that when you get to heaven, you all just blasphemed. Peter said, you know, the man was blind. Right. So he's begging. And Peter said, We didn't bring any money with us. He said, Silver and gold, have we? None. But such. Such as I have. Oh, such as I was. Oh, such as he has. Who do you think he is to mark what he has? Peter said, Well, such as I had. I can give it. Oh you can give what you have. You know you can't give what you don't have. But you can't give what you do have. Said I don't have silver and gold. He said, But I have something that's even better than silver and gold such as I have. He said, Be healed the name of Jesus and took his hand and picked him up. Such as I have never preached anything about healing. The guy had never walked. He's 40 years old, never walked in his life. And Peter just said, I didn't bring money with me. The guy was asking we kid about it, Said he was asking for arms and money, but he ended up with legs. And he stood up and he was, you know, and it caused a big stir. You know who's mad? The religious people. Yeah. Yeah, they were. They were flogging Peter and John and whatever. And the church grew by 5000 people in just a few days. He's just such as I have. What do you have?

Pastor West:
Well, you know.

Pastor West:
In the sweet by and by. Well, we don't leave in sweet, by and by. There ain't no problems over there. And the sweet. By and by. When the sweet by bye by. That'd be glorious. But what are you going to do here in the nasty, here and now? He said, Well, boy, I tell you what, I'm going to learn about these things when I get to heaven. I'm going to give the devil what for? Well, he won't be there, sucker. I mean, you can't give him what for? He's not welcome there. He's been kicked out. He's homeless. Dear God, why would you listen to a homeless person all the time? Take. Take counsel from a homeless person. How stupid can you be to get kicked out of heaven? Well, praise God. So I just say right now, just be healed. Whatever it is you got going on, if you got anything on whatever you guys got going on out there, though, you those of you who listen in another time, wherever country that you're in, it's not hard to find people who are sick. All you got to do is wake up and look. So in the name of Jesus, you know, whether you're listening to this live or whether you're listening to it four years from now, or if you find this broadcast and the church has already been raptured for you or not. You know that will happen. It'll be a terrifying place for people to live in, but it will happen. People the biggest, the biggest. Don't do it this way, but the biggest harvest that'll ever take place will be when the church is gone.

Pastor West:
During that seven years. So if you listen to that broadcast at this time, still have faith in Jesus Christ. So still you can receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior. Still, you can become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. What does it make you feel? Good? Righteousness. Just make it real simple. What does that mean? Because you accepted Jesus and he became the atonement. He became the payment for all your sins. Past, present and future. When God looks at you, he says, There. Right. How does it make you feel when you hear the scripture says, Now you're right with God. You got even people who don't even like you. Well, not some of y'all. Some of y'all. Probably everyone likes y'all, but some of us have people who don't like us. Not all of us. Can you imagine people not liking you? That's hard to believe, because I know to know me is to love me, too. To know me is to love me. Right? But you have people who don't even like you. But you're right with God. Boy, that'll just do something to you right there. You get in a hard place and you say, Well, it all looks wrong, but I'm right with God. So this thing is going to turn out amazing. I don't know what's going to happen, but it's going to be major. It's going to be major. If God wouldn't mark the path of the Israelites, if God can mark a path underwater, what do you do above the ground? I mean, how do you get a chalk line to stay down there in the water?

Just. Wow. Mm.

Pastor West:
That little cartoon, Moses and another guy right there. The cartoon. And I was trying to get the guy to jump off the bank into the river. He's about to jump. And I said, Well, jump, jump. He says, Well, I don't want to jump right there. He said, Well, jump. Hurry. Jump. We got to go jump. He said, I ain't going to jump. You make Moses go away. He thought Moses might just chicken just part out and he'll he'll hit the dirt. Or bless God. Hallelujah. Did y'all get that?

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
We'll become established in it and become masters in it. Amen. And by this time, you ought to be teachers anyway. Amen. God bless you.

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Pastor West:
Good morning and welcome to our service here this morning at Gracelife Church. Good to see every one of you here this morning. Y'all look good. Amen. Y'all must have showered and put on the good smell and shaved to mock me and praise the Lord. And I want to remind you of a special meetings we're having with Win and Glenda Goss. If it matters the win. If you want to put him in an office, he he's an office of of a prophet and a teacher. And he's always had the Ministry of Music. He's for years, he he traveled and he sang and they wrote songs and recorded music. But what an interesting testimony he had, I think, in his first book called Don't Kick the Donkey. He talked about in the beginning of the book how he was going through situations in his life and he decided life wasn't worth living. So he went up on a large cliff and begin to end it all. And before he he in the book, it's kind of funny, he said, I looked over the cliff. He made the decision while I was on the on the ground. And he walked up to the mountain and he says, we looked over. He looked a lot further down than it did when he was looking up at it. But anyway, he couldn't see going forward any longer. So he, before he jumped off, plunged to his death, the end of his life, which he thought would bring him, you know, to a place of just peace.

Pastor West:
That's not peace. He heard a voice behind him, said, This is not my plan nor my will for your life. And told him to go home and his whole life was changed. So he pastored for a number of years. Several years. He he lives in Wales and ministers a lot in that area in England. Lived in the United States for in Louisiana for a number of years. So he's well familiar. So it may be I think he said the first state that he ever ministered in was was Alabama. I think that's correct. Pastor Mike and Pam Pearson and Pam went on to be the Lord and Pastor Mike's living in Atlanta now. He they pastored a church in Sylacauga for a number of years until Pam passed. And then he's remarried. So I think they're going to be coming to the meetings. So these meetings are not church services. We won't have we will not have a service here that Sunday morning, but there will be a Saturday night and a Sunday night. We're going to be staying at the hotel because we're kind of hosting the whole thing. Along with pastors Randy and Mary Green. We're co-hosting Wynn and Gwen to Coming Together. And so they're they're flying. I could have had him, Gene, but he was he was an American, Gene.

Pastor West:
But he's doing several meetings, and I knew we'd be at the end of it. I didn't want to fatigue him doing that. And I said, Just tell me what it would cost to get you from from Wales to Alabama. And then if you want to, then actually he's going to California, but that'll be after us. Then he'll go home. But he's, he's coming for the purpose of getting on the plane, traveling almost 20 hours to come see you. Amen. That's a lot. That's a lot of traveling. And I think I think he's I think he just turned 70. So we haven't got to see him. You know, I don't think since 2018. And, you know, we got into Covid and he was not able to travel any longer. And, you know, they don't have a constitution like we do in Wales. So they they had to stay in their home and they was only given so many hours, 1 or 2 days a week during that time that they could leave their home for groceries or to, you know, run errands or see a doctor or whatever they had to do. So that went on for quite some time. So his means of income and traveling stopped in one day. But the ministry never stopped. So we're really excited about seeing him. He he he told us 3 or 4 times, he says, you know, I would never lie to you.

Pastor West:
I said, Of course. Why? He said, Well, Glenda just loves all people. Amen. And he says she loves he would come to America if she can only go to one place in America with me. She wants to come here. So she hasn't got to come in the last two times he was here. So she's really looking forward to traveling with him. But she says there's something about well, she didn't say me. She said, there's something about Michelle that I'm attracted to in this church. She said, I just feel I can't hardly wait when I get to Gracelife Church. Amen. So what was your favorite restaurant? She was kind of sad at Closed Macaroni Grill. I said it didn't make it. And she says, Well, you know, like, my gosh, is is America still open? Then I said, Yeah, it's open. But, you know, it didn't make the cut. So we'll have to wrestle the alligator the other way, turn him over. So we've been talking about possessing the promise. Y'all got 45 minutes so I could spend with you. Can you stay alert for 40, 45 minutes? Now you're thinking, can I do it in 45 minutes? But I can. It's not it's not so much me covering all the material. It wouldn't do any good if I had three pages or 23 pages. It wouldn't. It wouldn't be it might make me feel better to to deliver what was delivered unto me.

Pastor West:
But it would be better that we get it if we only covered three, 2 or 3 ideas or one idea, rather than say we covered it all. It's like Michelle was talking about and I'm not against this, and you do how you want to do it. I've never I've never liked a Bible plan that tells me today, read this, this and this. In a year you can read the Bible. That's that's okay. But I mean, what did you do? I know it'll give you a plan. And it's got some, you know, it's got some advantages to doing that. But I you know, some people say, well, I read one. I told me, I said, well, I read the Bible in the Hebrew. And I said, Well, you know, I studied Greek. I read it in the Greek. They asked Smith Wigglesworth one time said, How did you read the Bible? They said, You read in the Greek and the Hebrew. He said, No, I read it in the Holy Ghost. Amen. Turned out his way was best. So we're talking about possessing the promise. And we've been we've been looking in the old covenant. We looked at the Israelites and when they came out of Egypt and God had a promised land for them. And some people, I think, have mistakenly, through the years, have talked about their taking that idea that God has a promised land for us.

Pastor West:
We don't have a promised land. We have a promise. They had a land, a specified land that God had picked out, but he wanted them to inhabit us in the new Covenant. Everything that we have is we have because we're in Jesus, we are in Christ, and so we are to possess. Peter said all the all the great, wonderful and partaker of the precious promises through the knowledge of God and His Word and his glory. So we have to position ourself to possess. We have to, we have to possess it. It's not that he hands it to us. The New Covenant. It says he did it. He worked it. He finished it. He did it for you. But you you have to position yourself to take possession of that. I mean, someone could give you a car or give you a home, but there has to be a transaction. And the transaction that we use is two primary things. It's called grace and faith. It's the same way that you got saved. It's the same way you're going to receive any promise from God. You're not going to get it in any other way. Well, we know that the Israel Israel did not receive the promise. We know that they got over there and then Moses sent out spies, you know, to see which way they would go in. And they should come back.

Pastor West:
You see, you know, God said it's a land that flows with milk and honey. If you can get it, get some evidence. So they snuck over there. They's gone for 40 days and they brought back the evidence. There's 12 of them. He picked out the sharpest and the brightest he picked out. Now, we said before, he didn't pick out the wannabes. Hope two B's could be he picked out the sharpest and the brightest to go search out the land. And now the out of the 12 sharpest and the brightest ten came back. And and the Bible says they brought an evil report of the land. It wasn't evil because it was barren. It wasn't evil because it wasn't what God said it was. They said, we can't possess it because the giant there's giants there, there's fortified cities, there's walls there. And we are in their eyes as grasshoppers. And the Bible says what they brought up was evil because God said it was good. And they said, No, it's evil. Well, I'm really jumping far ahead. Any time you disagree with God, when God says you are good and you say, I'm not good, I'm just a jerk. Because sometimes we think when we debase ourselves and we say, well, I'm just I'm just not anything. I'm just not much. Or they'll go into the, oh, I'm just a worm in the dust. The. Well, when the word says that you're more than a conqueror and you say that you're not a conqueror.

Pastor West:
When the word says you are valuable, you are loved, you have worth, you have you have integrity, you have great value to God. And you say, no, I have no value whatsoever. I'm just this and I'm a failure. I'm this like this. Some people think that you're being meek when you debase yourself. You're not being meek. Well, I'm trying to be nice. You're being rebellious is what you're being. And the problem is, is you're full of pride. See, pride has to. Pride is you resisting God. Resisting God. And you saying the opposite of what God said about you. Based on your saying that based on your life, your experiences, maybe your childhood growing up, the sum total of what you've learned in life and done in life, you choose that as your identity. And we're in a world now that identity is so far off the radar. I mean, it's you know what I'm talking about. I won't get into all that. But it's so far from this book right here. And and now we're supposed to give them rights. And I understand that no one wants to pick a fight, and I don't want to pick one either. So why don't you just leave them alone if they don't bother you? Because I read here I was supposed to warn them. Amen. Not threaten them. Warn them.

Pastor West:
Mm.

Pastor West:
You know the New Covenant. Paul even told Timothy if he was going to be effective. He said, You'll have to live the life in front of them. He said, Then you'll have to teach them. He says sometimes there'll be others. He said, you'll have to correct. He says, Timothy, I know you're young. He said, There'll be some that you'll need to rebuke. Now if you've got to rebuke them, he said, Dude, in meekness and kindness, he said, Because a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. Sometimes it don't go down either way, but it's like a veterinarian time. One time they asked him a question. I know I told the story several times, but I was in this meeting. It was funny, true story. This this guy, he was a he was in the business, but another business. But he actually went to Auburn and he became a veterinarian. Then he moved to Kentucky and got into business. And actually they had a multi-million dollar network business. And but he was talking about, you know, a horse and he says and how you worm a horse and the instrument you use. And it's a big old tablet to worm in the palm. And he kind of just put it down their throat and and it blows it down and into their throat and down their stomach. And he said, of course, sometimes he says he says, it's happened to me as a veterinarian. He says sometimes the horse coughs.

Pastor West:
And I said, What happens while you're worming? And they said, Well, what happens? He says, Well, the horse worms, you, he coughs and the worm goes back the other way about that big appeal and then you get wormed. Well, I had a point to that, but I just completely forgot what it was. But it's a really good story and it's actually true. Well, we want to possess the fullness of what Jesus has. Not just for us. So we have things, but we want to we want to help people. We want to be the the blessing. When we were praying this morning, I didn't say anything while we were in there. He said. It's really important that we as believers, he said this church and he was talking to me directly just reminded me of my instructions. He says they'll need to be established. He says, for the time is short. Much shorter than what you would know or realize, you know? But even before we leave here, we'll see things that we may not have thought we was going to see. We might go through a few things normally for fear for this, but in other words, the Book of Psalms in 91 says, he says a thousand will fall at your side and 10,000 by your right hand. Now words. You'll see it, but it won't come nigh to you. In other words, it'll be close enough that you can see it.

Pastor West:
But he didn't say you'd have to experience it. So before we leave this planet, you know, there's he gave us signs. He gave us all type of things. He gave us indicators. No one no one knows the day nor the hour. But he said you would know the season. And then he rebuked. He rebuked people for not knowing the season. He said, how come? How come the sons of his car. No, no. The days that they're in. And yet my, my, my church don't even know what time it is. So he wanted us to be ready. He wanted us to understand the time and some signs that you give. You have to understand the timing of it. Some are for the second coming. Some are for the rapture. Well, there actually is no signs whatsoever for the rapture. It's the second coming. In other words, if you if you the second coming is we're in heaven for seven years, the marriage supper of the lamb and the reward seat. Then we come back to the come back to the earth after the tribulation. So when you see when you see the signs of what it's going to look like after we come back before we leave. In other words, if it was a if you were standing on this side of the of the bank and there was water out there, and then there's the other bank, if you can see what it looks like on the earth right before we come back.

Pastor West:
And you can see it before we leave. How close are you? You're real close. And so we there's things that we'll see that we might experience. And you're seeing the setup of the Civil War. I hadn't talked to Wayne about it, but I noticed in the UK a couple of years ago, they're getting they're working on getting rid of all cash and they've already got rid of some of their cash. They gave me so long in 2022 to spend this and spend this because it'll be of no value. You can burn it or turn it in. That is the setup for a one world government. Now, according to my study, if it's right, according to what I what I've heard and what I see and what I what I when I study the word, there will be a the temp for the one world government. But it won't happen while we're here. It'll happen during the tribulation if it happens at all. And it will happen, to my estimation, to my study. It will happen. But. But. But you won't see it. You'll see the beginning stages of it. You'll see it's already in progress right now. There's more going on in Washington than they're going to tell you about. That's always been true, but it's working that way right now. You know, if you could control the money flow, you can control everything.

Pastor West:
That's right, man. All you got to do is control the money. When people are hungry, they'll do anything. So this is not something for us to fear. And matter of fact, he said, we was praying and I said I had a little mini vision. We were praying about the service and all of a sudden I just had a little mini vision. Can I share it with you? He said, It'll happen quickly. He said there'll be a spread of what I'm going to do before I come back. He said, You know, just like you see a forest fire, He said, You know what started it? He said, A little match can burn. Tens of thousands of acres, can destroy homes, animals and people's lives. With a little match, someone could throw out a cigarette on the side of the road and destroy thousands and thousands of acres. He said. Such a little match. And I thought about James chapter three. But you know, the match, as small as it is, he's talking about your tongue. He said. James three says, your tongue is the smallest member of your body, he said, Yet it sets your whole world on fire. He said it can bless, it can curse, it can be a whole cursing, it can bless, have all kinds of iniquity in it. He said, Your tongue should not bless nor curse. In other words, the fountain shouldn't have bitter water and sweet water.

Pastor West:
So decide which one you're going to do. He said, Because when my people are becoming established and as they become established and as they speak their word, he said, the word will go out like fire everywhere and it will consume everything that every foe against it. Amen. So we don't have to be afraid. We can be prepared. We can even take some natural things and prepare to do things, if there's any. We were talking with the Greens yesterday about this so we can take some natural steps just to prepare if there's interruption of things. Not the absence of them, but the interruption of things. Are. You mean now? How come we get up on all that? Well. Because the generation that's alive when Jesus comes is going to look different than any generation they've lived on the face of the Earth. Amen. You know, if there was just one sign, just one sign that Jesus gave us of all assurance to know when to know the season in which he's going to come if there's just one and there's many. But if we just had to pick one, he said. The generation that's alive when Israel becomes a nation, that generation will not pass away until they see see him coming. Well, Israel became a nation in 1948. This is 2023. A generation, according to that study, is 100 years. Well, that means on the outside, you'd have 24 years. He didn't say, I'll come on the 100th year.

Pastor West:
He said that generation, which means it could be before we leave here. So it's not a time to play. This is probably a time to pray. Amen. It's it's a time of a great harvest. That's why these little tools she was showing you about the father's love letters. It's so easy to give it out. Then the QR code, you know, just takes you right here to the ministry. Not that they need to come to us, but it gives them a place to. In other words, it takes you right to the website. They could access, you know, tons of sermons then links that we have to other ministries just simply by handing out. You know, just a little track. Well, someone handed out Matt Gober a little track. He was in the hills. Hells Angels motorcycle Club. And he was he was a hell young, but his whole life got turned around. Not in one day, but but just that track. He was so far away from the God that the woman who gave him the track. You know, he he he hit her in the face with his fist. Mac did. Now, you met Mac. We've had him 3 or 4 times at our church. And Mac can't preach a sermon without crying. He's with Jesus now. But how many people's lives did Mac take? And of course, Kaneland is still down there. His sons and his wife still have.

Pastor West:
It takes people from all over the world who don't think that they can live one more day tomorrow without a fix, without a needle, without a whatever. He only has so many beds to put them in. He houses, he feeds them and doesn't charge them a dime. Well, he did that for years before he had kaneland. He took them home. How many people would take these people off the streets you don't even know into your personal home. Max said he was really concerned. He said, Because I'm traveling and trying to preach and I've got to create enough money to do this and an income. And I had these people in my home and I'm gone. I don't know how much wisdom that is, but they all lived. Let's. So he has two sons, Joshua and Caleb, and a daughter named Rachel, and they're still traveling on the ministry. But, you know, financially. So I ever preached was when I went down to Kaneland years ago. I think I went there three times and preached. Easiest place in the world to preach. No reflection of you all. But I just when I left there, I was like, Wow, that was amazing. And someone asked me, So what was so amazing about it? I said, Because I was with hungry people. Amen. And when you when you were with people who's not hungry, they're not interested. You can't hardly get it out. I don't care what you study.

Pastor West:
I don't care if you're annoyed. I don't care if you know every Greek and Hebrew word when there's no draw on it. When you do the milkshake and there's no straw. And if there's no sucker, you just stay in the cup. And what was interesting now, because they'd already told me, he said, Now you can do this either way. Have your little piece of paper. And he said, It'll be like 26 million a day in the room and you can put down row two. He said, how some have done it. Row two, row, three, row four or whatever. And he said, because if you flow in any of the gifts, he said, they're going to be in operation. You're going to get words constantly. He said, But don't do that. You're here to teach them three classes. He said, Can you do three classes? I said, I think so. Three 50 minute classes. I think I can. And he was right. I'm preaching. And all of a sudden I just see this and I just know this. And I don't even know any of them in the room. But I know by the word of knowledge or word of wisdom, whatever it is. And I had to write down row three second from the end or whatever, and then get with them after the break and just give them words of knowledge. Don't even know them. And when you get down to the preach and you say, well, start turning your Bible to whatever they say, yay.

Pastor West:
You know why? Because Matt told him. He said the word your answer, the words your life. Then when you finish the class, you say, well, that's that's three for today. They go, Oh, but but they're so hungry. Why? Because they're desperate. Because they can't live life anymore. They didn't want to steal their neighbor's lawn mower. They didn't want to pawn everything from their family that they had, but they were desperate. Their body demanded that they do certain things. Max had them out there, you know, when he was alive. He had them in the gate. He just didn't have the financial means to take all of them in. And they'd be out there, some of them, you know, with a needle in their arm and saying, please, we're going to die. Please take us in. Please. He just cried like a teddy bear. Same guy used to knock off banks. Know have a beard down right here. And he said, I have so many critters living in there. He said. He said, One time we went and robbed a Krispy Kreme doughnut store. He said, we got all the money and some doughnuts and ride my motorcycle, eat doughnuts. And he says, you know, all the you know, all the sugar and, you know, piece of doughnut. He said, Get my beer. And he says, And the critters, you know, eat it 3 or 4 days later.

Pastor West:
Break into churches hiding from the police. And he said, we we we break in churches because we knew they never looked there. He said, But we always smoking dope. So we just take the Bibles. People left there. We'd tear out pages and make papers that smoke dope in them. But God saw value in that man. Amen. Amen. Amen. He saw an evangelist in that man. Mm. Amen. He said, I got saved. And he said. He said, the whole world changed on me. He said. All of a sudden I started we I got saved when I went out and he said, I saw ants. Big Mac, you know, he only had 1 or 2. He said, I think he had two teeth. He says, like fangs. He still had the long beard. You know, it just came out of the headlines. He got saved and he said all sudden the grass was green, the sky was blue. And I looked down and there's a little bit of ants. He said, Hey, little fellers, big man. And he tried to step over him. What happened? He got a new nature. Amen. Did he know much about the book? No, But he knew. He knew Jesus came and changed his whole life. Amen. Amen. He said I wanted to help people do things that I was, you know, I hadn't got cleaned up yet. He says. I went one day and I was in the parking lot and it was raining.

Pastor West:
And I saw a woman struggling to get her, you know, her her groceries in the trunk. So I went over to help her and she says, you know, he says, I always a sight, you know, I had two teeth, fangs. And he says, Here, let me help you. And she she thought he was going to rob her. And she she screamed and she hollered. And he says, I just went away. And I cried. He said, Because I hurt that woman. I wanted to bless her, he says. He says, my appearance scared her. So he said, I went into this place. He said it was a place to get your hair cut in the mall. And he sat down and he said, What do you want to do, sir? He says, I don't know. He said, I need to look different. He says, he says, he says I need a Christian haircut. He said, Why? He said a Christian haircut. He said, Well, look at that guy going right there to the mall. He says, I think like him. He says, Yeah, he said, that's. He said, I think that's a Christian haircut. Do that to me. You know. So because he didn't want to scare people anymore, he wanted to love them. Amen. And it's funny, he had all the love in his heart, but he didn't have the looks on his face.

Pastor West:
And the world thought he was scary, but actually, he. He was a lover of Christ. Amen. It makes you think You're saying we don't, said God looks on the heart. Man, Look on the outside. We judge based on what we see, what we think we know about someone. Lord, tell me one time and I'll get back to my lesson, he says. He says, Don't ever talk about him. He said, don't ever decide who they are or what they are. He said, even if even if they're guilty of what you know about and you've come to know about them, don't ever decide that's who they still are. He said, Because you never know. He said, you never know. He's he told me, he says, I'll tell you this. The one that you think so lowly of right now. He said, You don't know how many hours he's been in his prayer closet crying out for me to deliver him. He said, and I'm forgiving him. You're talking about him? He should. It grieves me. He said. It grieves my heart. Wow. Hey, man, what are we talking about? We don't really know how much God loves people, to what extent he'll go to deliver them. And it's funny how the church needs you cleaned up before you come according to their standard, which you ought to look like. Sound like, talk like. Speak like. Getting really quiet. Just Presbyterian Church. We're not Presbyterian.

Pastor West:
I'm just some say, Yeah, I didn't know y'all's Presbyterian. Well, we're not. I just wrote this down yesterday. I mean, this just actually my I just wrote it down. Can I just read you what I wrote? It's not someone's teaching a book. It's just we called it Don't Live with an Inferiority Complex. So he wants to you to believe that you are something other than what God says you are. If your identity is unknown, your potential will be always be unmanifested. If your identity is unknown to you, then the potential that's in you will be unmanifested. The enemy. Satan has a voice that's trying to shape your image to keep you from possessing the promise. He has a voice. He speaks to you, but he's trying to shape you from the inside. An image of what he wants you to think about you. He attempts to steal your identity through feelings and emotions and other people through your past. So always go to the word God's word for your identity. It's pride. When God says one thing about you and you say another. You may feel like a certain way, you know? You know, this is true. And I've talked about this for years. You know, it's true because Jesus said it, but it's not true because of who you are now in Christ. He said, Well, well, you know, without God, I can't do anything. Well, that's true. Well, I'm just nothing without God.

Pastor West:
Well, that's true. Oh, if it wasn't for him, I couldn't do nothing. I mean, I'd be a nobody. All that's true. Then they just stopped there, and I said, Can I ask you a question? I said, Are you without him? Oh, no, no, no. He. He lives in me. I said, So why do we keep talking about what you can't do, what you don't know and all that because you if you didn't have him, would you have him? If I just went on to talk about all day long, if I wasn't married and I didn't have a wife and I couldn't do it and. Well, you're not married. Oh, yeah. I've been married 40 years. Well, why would I go on for days and weeks if I wasn't married? Hmm. See, it's one to recognize what we would be without Jesus. But it'd be better that we recognize who we are with Him. Amen. Greater. Is he? That's with you. You can talk all day long about what you'd be. How you wouldn't. Wouldn't be greater. But greater is he? That's in you. What you need is a you need a God complex instead of a grasshopper complex. So pride is pride is debasing yourself, even though the word says this is who you are. But you say. But you don't understand my life. I said. I said, yes. I understand that you have challenges like we all do. I understand that you have situations like we all do, but you're casting your vote based on the present circumstances of your life that you're dealing with and your in your five senses, which is in opposition to God.

Pastor West:
Amen. Amen. See, your spirit is what? King The real you is King Your your soul, your mind, your will and emotions. It it becomes it's supposed to serve you and your body becomes a slave to what whoever rules. But in a lot of Christians lives, their spirits are not king, their soul is it? Then comes their body. And on the end, on the Ronda litters their spirit when it's supposed to be the other way. But you said, Well, I just ain't going to say I'm healed when I'm sick. Why? God said, God said you were. I mean, how could you lie saying what God said? Amen. Amen. People call for things that be not as though they were all the time. So well. I mean, you've had people here like that. Well, I've heard that speak and that faith message. You know, you don't want to call things, you know, be not as though they were you know, y'all just you say this and it's like you got God in a box and he's a genie and you going to say something, He's going to pop out and do something for you. We're not saying that at all. I mean, when God created the Earth, it was dark.

Pastor West:
He didn't want it. It was in chaos. I mean, just read read the Genesis story, the Genesis, chapter one, it was in chaos. It was dark. Is there a scripture that God says, Oh my, oh my, it is dark down here. What did what did he just say? Like me, you know? You know why he said like, be because it be dark. But he didn't mention dark. If God was sick, he wouldn't talk about being sick. He would say, health be. And then you see, I think it's 8 or 9 times in creation. It's in God said and God said, And it says And God said. And it says and God said. And then it says God said. And then it says. Then God saw all that He said. And he said, And it was good what he said. That's right. Right. How many of you went out to feed the dog or the cat one time outside and you didn't see the dog and cat, but you took the food out there and you called for them either by name or, you know, you know, years ago you used to work on a farm. And he said, feed the hogs. Or, you know, he said he said, I want you to go down and take some hay. And he said, I want you to take this feed and put it in the trough. And he says, And call the cows up. I said, How do you call the cows? He says, Of course I came from Michigan, But I mean, I've been here since I was 5 or 6 years old.

Pastor West:
He says, You Yankee. So he said, Take the food, he said, and then take this sticker here and hit the bucket and go, heel, heel, heel. I was like, Say what now? Heel, heel, heel. I went down that in Detroit. They went down. Heel, heel, heel. His house to house. To house. To house. To house. I never saw a dirt road. I got to Alabama. So I went, you know, I'm like 12 years old and I'm, you know, heel, heel, heel, heel. I couldn't I couldn't see a cow anywhere. But it wasn't very long. They knew that sound of that bucket and they. Mhm. Well you're calling for the dog and don't see him. Aren't you. Strange. You're calling for the kitty cat. The kitty cat is nowhere. So you believe in calling things that be not as though they were. Oh you just believe it in the physical realm, not the spiritual realm. But Abraham called things that be not as though they were. Why did he do it? Because it said God. Romans four said, God said, This is how you do it. He taught him how to do it. He said, It's real in the realm of the spirit. But he says, but you'll have to. You'll have to by faith. You'll have to call it if you want to possess it, it will obey you because.

Pastor West:
Because it obeys me. And I'm one with you. Amen. Now, here's my lesson real quick. All righty. Okay. There's two ways Christians live their lives. They live a Christian life or they live the Christian life. This is not going to be deep, but this is going to be life. Y'all ready? This is not deep. This is just life. Who violates This is about most Christians I know. Most Christians have several lives. They have a home life. They have a work life. They have a play life. They have a church life. When they leave church, they have a different whole life. Is just being the same all the time. You ever seen someone change? All the time. It's like everywhere they go, different people, they have a different life. They they have a new identity. And now we're in an identity crisis in the nation. I'm not. But there's a lot of people has identity crisis about everything from from religion to what you wear, who you are, who you identify with, who you're not with, you're who you're for, who you're against all this. And I never think to go to the Word of God and get God's opinion on it. So. So they live a Christian life, which is danger, but they don't live the Christian life. A Christian life is being self absorbed. A Christian life is you being self absorbed and know the thing that's on your mind all the time is you.

Pastor West:
Or this way, you mean? Well, you want to do well. You've been born again. You've been. You've been saved. But you. But you're still in the place to where you're trying to be accepted. You know, there's people looking for acceptance all over the world. We all want to be accepted, don't we? We all want to be cared about and valued and feel important. Right? So but if you live a Christian life, you live self-absorbed and you'll do things to try to gain the acceptance of people or worse, try to gain the acceptance of God. If you're a parent, should your child ever have to earn your love? Why do we try to earn God's love? You wouldn't expect that of your own kid, even on their worst day when you would like to pull out your hair and theirs, you know? I mean, there were days I can just remember, you know, you know, having a bunch of kids like doorsteps, you know, it's like, you know, go down there when they were sleeping, said they just never they just never been more beautiful than they are right now. I said, hurry, get get sleep, because I think they're going to wake up again. Make sure you give their allergy medicine. No, just kidding about that. Well, praise the Lord. So when you think what's expected of me, well, it's about working or earning when you're self absorbed, trying to keep perfectly the rules and regulations.

Pastor West:
Here's the list of some things that that I remember. I thought for a number of years that was expected of me when I became a Christian because someone like me was standing somewhere and saying some of these things. So I thought this was what was expected me In other words, they told me to. Now you're born again. I stop sinning. You heard that? Keep God's commandments. Or you would hear something like try to be a better person this week. Trial with God's help to change yourself. The thought was transform my fleshy behavior to a godly behavior. Try to become more righteous. Go out and try to accomplish God's will for your life. And I've always been a you know, I identify with this, but in personalities and studying personality styles, I guess I've always been a Type A personality or however you want to pronounce it. In other words. It was kind of I wasn't waiting. I wasn't passive. I was moving in a direction. I mean, it usually falls in the line of leadership. I don't want to confront, but I will confront. I want to be to the place, to where I can give mercy and do give mercy. But if it requires correction, I'm ready. And there's some people that's not their personality at all. They just don't want to rock the boat, ever.

Pastor West:
I don't want to rock the boat either. But sometimes you don't just rock it. You got to turn it over. So we want to identify ourselves as as as in Christ, not so much a personality type that someone gave us a type about, but if there were types, I was a Type A personality, and this is some of those personality traits. In other words, I would I would have told you that I will pursue I will produce if it's to be, it's up to me. I say it all the time. You know, 25, 30 years ago, I would tell myself, no excuses, Eric. Make it happen. Be the solution. Go for it. Get up tomorrow. Do it again. Do it again. Do it again. And at first I don't succeed. I'll double my efforts, triple my efforts, and I'll do it again. That's a snapshot of a Christian life, not the Christian life. But never arrive and never fulfilling, never experienced a transformed life, only feeling more frustrated. Everyone never been there. You just feel more frustrated, more defeat, more bondage, more turmoil, feeling, more disillusionment. Because it's all about me. I'm living a Christian life. It's not what God intended for you doesn't mean priest. It doesn't mean priest or freedom or joy, but the Christian life, But the Christian life I came to find out, was not living with an emphasis on me at all. The Christian life is not on you based on you.

Pastor West:
You're not the main subject now. Now here's just a simple key to remember. I've shared this through the years different ways, but I'll say it this way You will never live beyond what you believe. It works no other way. You'll never live beyond what you believe. You might have a day or two or a decision or two. You'll do a few things you can get out of your personality. But what you believe in your heart, which is a sum total of everything that you have been taught, experienced the people you've been with, all that you've done, you've created a belief system. Doesn't mean it's right. But everyone has one. You. Would you agree with that? Everyone has some type of belief system. But where did they get it from? Education, knowledge and experience and the people they've been around. And then they created a belief system. I mean, there are some people who just have phobias about different things and they're just, you know, just different. So, I mean, I mean, like Matt, Michelle's mother, she it's not that she I don't know if she ever does she ever fly? I don't think she did. And she she wasn't going to fly. I said, well, why don't you just go? Just fly? She said, I'm not flying. I said, Why? She said, Because she knew enough about the Bible. She said, The Lord said, Lo, I'll be I will beat you always, lo.

Pastor West:
I'll be with you. Always lo stay on the ground. Get in the car. I said, Well, that's not what that means. She said, does to me. So it didn't matter what I said past that point. And you know, I didn't have to argue with him because I was her favorite son in law. Only once she told me. But I was the favorite. So. So you can't never live beyond what you believe. And if if what you believe is a lie, if what you you know, you don't you don't go beyond what you believe. But what if what you believe is not true? What if what you believe in is a lie? Then you'll never go beyond you'll never go to the truth because you're you're caught in a lie and you don't even know it or you know, but you're not willing to make the exceptions and change it. I mean, what has you something or someone's wrong in your life? I'm talking to everybody in here. Something or someone is in control of your life. Amen. I don't care if you're four days old, four hours or 400 something, or someone is running your life. I said, Well, we know, but the Democrats are in office. It didn't change me. See, I understand there's people they go for the middle vote. You know, the undecided. I ain't never been undecided. Like you spend all the money in the world, which they do anyway, and then they print more and they run out of that to, you know, to try to put ads up and stickers and things, you know, and knock on doors.

Pastor West:
Nothing, they say, is going to change my my idea at all. I'm not looking at this candidate. This candidate and not knowing the issues and the platform, you have to understand the platform of what you're voting on. You say, well, I you know, I like their economic policy or I like your education policy. Yeah. Do you like your life policy? We made life, Life or abortion. Women's right to choose or child's right to live. Because if I. If I. If I go for their education plan, then I have to give their abortion plan. Then I'm somewhat responsible because. I encouraged or empowered them with their platform to carry out their agenda. But see, I'm not really looking to their their their financial plan because I'm not looking to them anyway as my source. I can prosper no matter who's in office. Why? Because I'm in the kingdom. Amen. Huh? I mean, Elijah. Everyone was starving. Elijah was at the brook, and a bird brought him food every day. A raven. A carnivorous bird which eats meat. Is bringing him meat. Drop it off. See if you can get a bird to bring you a cheeseburger. And he said next time with cheese. Hold the mayo down a little bit. Love you, man, or whatever you are.

Pastor West:
I mean, Raven brought him food and he had a drink, and God said, Just go here. And he says, I have commanded the Raven a raven. God can talk to a bird. And you know that God had a bird app in the bird. And so he looked and he found on his 360, he found where Elijah was, you know, had lodge on his lodge to move the bird, know where to go to. None of this is in the Bible. I've been thinking about writing my own Bible. There's a weak translation. And I thought, well, why can't there be a website? I'm just kidding. I'm not writing a Bible. Praise God. So this is a snapshot of living a Christian life. So you never arrive and never feel and never having to feel life. But the Christian life is completely different. The emphasis is never on you. It's what we live life in a way, because God is right and he wants the best for you. So that's the key to remember. One of the key to remember it is you never you know, you never go beyond what you believe in your heart. So so what do we have to do? A scripture that you know so well? We won't turn to it, you know, But. But he says, you shall know the what truth and what sets you free. The truth. Doesn't everybody really want freedom? I mean.

Pastor West:
I mean, just boil it down. How many of you would like to experience freedom in your life, in your body, in your finances, in your in your relationships, in your emotions? You'd just like to be free. But there's only one way to do it. He says. He says you have to know the truth. Well, that means when I come in contact with truth and it's opposite of what I'm thinking and believing and believing all my life that I'm at a crossroads. Well, you know, I can't go that because mom and daddy always believed that. And, you know, Granny, Papa, they just, you know, they went there and they buried there and great granddad buried there and all that. Who cares who's buried where? Did you notice they were buried? Christ was buried too. But he got up. Amen. Granny ain't got up yet. Huh? Now they're born again. They're going to get up. The dead in Christ shall rise first. Don't miss the rapture. Okay. Someone says, Well, some people don't believe in it. Well, they may not have to go. They can stay. I'm going. I want to go out with the first load. Do you think Hollywood's got anything that's going to be like that? They've been showing all these things because they know things is coming. So when we're all gone, they're going to have something that says, you know, well, it was really this and the apocalypse was this and all this right there.

Pastor West:
And this is really just this. I mean, I mean, they got away. They're going to try to explain this way, but a bunch of us is going to be missing. I mean, a lot of folks. I mean, I wouldn't want to be a I wouldn't want to be a non Christian and be on a flight. And the pilot is a Christian and the co-pilot is a Christian. And, you know, if there's any stories, does anyone know how to fly? No. Then it's like Reba. Oh, crap. Could you imagine? I mean, Nathan won't be here, but can you imagine how many cars are going to need fixing? I mean, just on any given day. The rapture. Boom. He's going to say, I ain't working on none of them. I'm gone. Help thyself. Hallelujah. So if Proverbs 23 seven says the man thinks in his heart, so is he. But people are living not in Christ. They're living in Adam and the Fall. And Adam had a DNA. The fallen Adam had a DNA after he fell, which was. Which was self condemnation. He had unworthiness. He had insecurity. He had inadequacy. He had rejection. He had guilt. He had shame. And he had fear. Would you would you would you agree that that's what Adam's DNA was after he fell? Why did he fall? Because he he learned from the father pride how to walk in pride. And other words, God says you're this hour told Adam who he was and what he has, and we'll all belong to him.

Pastor West:
He walked with God every day. God come down the cool of the day and just and they just walk in the garden again. Fellowship till the serpent says, you know, God is holding back from you. It's kind of strange. I mean, there was nothing else to tempt him with, I guess. So he just said, you know, you can't, you know, if you'll just eat this fruit. Then your eyes will be open and you'll be like, God. Then he just told us to see. I mean. I mean. Yeah, I can see it looks good. She said it's good for you. She said, Yeah, it looks good. It's good for eating. Who told her that? Who told her it was good deed? Do you know when God says don't ever eat of this? Who said it was good? God said it wasn't. So to fall, you have to be in pride because you have to say what God is saying about me is not right. So I'm going to go my way and do it. So God is your source in the Christian life. In a Christian life. You are. I mean, in a Christian life, you've got to do it your way because you can't accept God's way because you know your experience. I better take control of this thing. I better do something about this situation right now.

Pastor West:
Well, the Bible says cast all your cares. Yea, I know that. And I have, but. And I know, but. Well, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. I know. I know the Bible says that, but yeah, I've been knowing that for years, but. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. So, like, fireworks on July 4th. Just boats everywhere you look. Buts. But. But this and but that. Now what's your So we know the truth is set free So the Christian life is not living. The Christian life is not hard. It's impossible. You can't do it. You can't live the Christian life. The sooner you come to to the realization that you can't do it will be your first day to live it. When you finally come to the end of you, you just got started. I mean, there's Christ and then there's you. The quicker you die, the quicker you live. Amen. The best funeral that you could ever go to is yours. Well, you see yourself in the casket said our boy is dead. Thank God he's dead, you know, because the old man wants to get up and do something. God, I'm going to do something to him. Ain't no one going to talk to me like that. Ain't no one gonna treat me like that. But God. They going to hear from me. You know, ain't nobody going to talk to you very much alive.

Pastor West:
Someone says somebody be of the day and someone's asking about, you know, they say about you. Yeah, I know. They said, Don't that bother you? Said, uh uh. I see one. I see one. I know what they're saying ain't true because they're assuming this is what my intention was when. When my intention at all. But only I know that God knows that. I said, Well, don't that bother you? Don't that bother you when you know people are talking about you? I said, I don't prefer it. I said, But it don't bother me. I said, Really? I said, I remember when it used to ruin my life when I was real young in ministry. I said I said, He said, Well, how do you handle this? My I just pray for my. I said what I feel for them is I feel pity. I remember I used to feel angry. Now I just feel real sad for them. Now, if they're right, I need to examine my life and correct it and fix it. But they're just running around giving their opinion. Your brother Hagan used to say, you know, someone said you need to respond to these. These people who's well known writing books about you. He says, well known. He said, What you mean? Then there's another guy writing a book about an article about Brother Hagan said, He's this, this, this and this. And they said. Don't you need at least defend yourself? He says, Why? He said, I've had experts write books about me, so why would I care about this little spurt when I've had experts write about me so called experts? And this is well.

Pastor West:
When Jim Baker and all them failed. Jimmy Swaggart and all them years ago. The news media just it was everywhere. They came out to Raymond. They just found brother hanging out there, going to his car from a service. And they said, you know, the camera lights, you know, Oh, what's your take on this? And just what do you think about Jim Baker and all this and all this and, you know, PTL and all the misuse of money and funds and affairs and all this kind of stuff? He said no comment. They said, Well, all you got to have some comment. He said, I have no comment. I said, Well, you got to have an opinion. He said, I don't have no opinion. He said, Well, you can't say nothing. He said, I'm not going to say nothing. He said, because put me putting out one man's life won't make mine burn any brighter. What do you say after that? No comment. Even if what they say about you is true and I'm talking about if I talk about you, then me talking about you doesn't make my life burn any brighter. Amen. Amen. Huh? Amen. Because the day will come that you're going to need mercy from someone.

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
Generally the day comes that we all need mercy. Maybe for our own wrongdoing. And if you haven't been a giver of mercy, you don't ever show mercy. How could you ever expect it? Huh? This church is not the I have arrived group. I mean, I know y'all are good. I get it. I get it. And I think highly of you. But she probably wouldn't want me to follow you around for 3 or 4 weeks every move. Like, I wouldn't want you to follow me around. Not because I'm looking to do wrong or doing wrong, but we would see the humanity of each other, right? So it's easier for us to believe Jesus than it was his disciples. And you think that's wrong. But I'm actually absolutely right. I can prove it to you. So it's harder to it's harder to see someone a certain way when you live with them or you have access to them. That's why in Corinthians they said, we determined never to know Jesus, even Jesus after the flesh anymore, because Jesus had to come as a man, which means he was hungry, he was thirsty, you know, he had on the toga or whatever they were, they were walking ten, 15, 20 miles in the heat.

Pastor West:
I don't know that they had deodorant. I know they sweat, You say, Well, Jesus couldn't sweat. He was son of God. Yeah, Yeah. He sweated. He was a man. Can I go a little bit further? He got hungry. He had to eat. He had to have a bowel movement. Now, how would you like to travel? So when you say, Well, there goes the Son of God, you know, and through the woods. Oh, boy. So it was a little harder for them to accept certain things because they had to see the humanity of Jesus all the time. Paul when they're seeing you. He saw everything by the spirit and got it by revelation. Holy Ghost didn't take him down in the woods with him. I'm hoping. Heaven, they got a new system. He's always right. But it's like, could we upgrade that, eat and just let it disappear? I'm be all for that plan. Everybody said, Amen, brother. Amen. So let me finish here. So this is what Paul said about the Christian life. A Christian life or the Christian life? I'm sorry. I shouldn't have done that. But Colossians three four says, Christ, who is your life? Oh, who's your life? Christ, who is your life? See? What's the emphasis? There you are.

Pastor West:
Christ. Colossians. Three, four. Christ, Who is your life? Oh, watch. Here. Philippians 121 says for me to live is Christ, not you. Not your church. Not your denomination. Not anything that was connected to your life. So Paul is saying that Christ is more than the eternal life that he gave you and even a salvation. He's even more than that. He's telling you that Christ is your life today on August the 6th, 2023, at this very moment, Christ is your life. Colossians 127 says Christ in you, the hope of glory, the Christ life, the Christ is your life is a person, right? Yes. Think about that for a moment. So Christ himself is the Christian life. Christ himself is the Christian life. It's not a checklist. It's not a set of rules, not a regulations. It's not trying not to sin. It's not trying to do your best. The Lord does not want your best. Your people are like, I'm going to give the Lord my best. If you get a big F or you're a loser. How's it on screen? I need to go that way. Or what? Don't. Don't ever give him your best. Because your best ain't good enough. But his is.

Pastor West:
Amen.

Pastor West:
So there's no set allure. So. It's one in my notes I put. Are are you listening? I was actually preaching and writing it down, trying not to sin and try your best. Are you listening? Do you want true peace? True freedom? Do you want to find true rest? That's you find that in Jesus. You don't find that in Adam. You find it in Christ. You're not in church and you're not in Adam. You're in Christ. Amen. Amen. Remove the walls. And, you know, if we would just stand outside in the parking lot, you'd say, Oh, no, we don't have a church. Well, we actually, we would if we were all together. The building doesn't make us a church, does it? No, but you're either going to live your life either in Adam or in Christ. You could live in the combination of Adam, the fall, the rejection, everything that was in Adam after the fall. Or you could live in your born again eternal life. Who you are actually are in Christ and you get your identity from him. And the more that you get your identity from him and you begin to see this in your heart and your mind, you'll begin to take on identity and you'll begin to change. Your life will transform to the person that you see who you are. Because actually, according to James, when you look in the word, you're looking in a mirror. And when you look in a mirror, you see a reflection and you see who you are because you see him, you don't see you and then say, Jesus, help me. Become this. Lord, you don't ask him to help you fix your life. You don't ask him to help you become a better source. You never ask him to help you to be this and be that.

Pastor West:
Why? Because he's the source. How many agree He's the source. So why would he help you be a source? Well, I just believe I can do this and all my needs will be met. Oh, so you're the source? Well, no. I mean, the Lord's going to help me do this, so he's going to help you be the source. Well, no, I'm just going to try to do better this year, and he's going to help me to do better. No, you died for me to live as what? Christ. He didn't say for you to live is to live a better you. There's a lot of books out there, you know, even in Christian circles, they're very popular. Says, you know, live your best life right now. Live your best life right now. I know they can interpret that. When I said that, I did it on purpose, a little slang, you know, live your best life now today's Friday, you know da da da da da da. So the emphasis is on you. There's all this positive thinking which is better than negative thinking, but it's still based in you. It puts the source of it. You. Well, that's what you were already doing when you wasn't living it in grace. You're putting yourself right back under the law and you're trying to produce a better you with a new look. You can't take fleshy tools and make and make a spirit out of fleshy tools. So you're supposed to live in the spirit, but you can't do it in the flesh. You can't take tools of the flesh and fix yourself. Fleshy tools just makes more flesh. It just puts on a new look. A new persona.

Pastor West:
I mean.

Pastor West:
One way that the Scripture said that we would know the end times, he said, people will be lovers of themselves. I mean, how time I do on Facebook and everybody got a new update. Let me look at me now. Now, this is Thursday. This is Friday morning. What is that? Lover of yourself. Now, you may disagree, but I'm not saying that every time someone does that, it's a lover of themselves. But I mean, you know, some people post that all the time. I don't know how I don't have Twitter and Instagram. I don't I don't want a Twitter page and instigate. I wouldn't even do Facebook if I didn't have to do this. I have no need for social media. I'm social right now. Maybe it's not even my personality to do it. Well, why would God call me? I'm more just. I could be happy. Just be with me. Sometimes I prefer it. Like lots of times I had to learn to like me first. You know, just. Just give me my Bible and a notepad and some time. Any little ice cream? That's good. I don't need all this other stuff to be fulfilled. Huh? Some people do. They can't live if they. Whatever. I got to have this and I got this. They got to have you. And I mean. I mean, I need your approval for everything. Some people are working for other people's approval.

Pastor West:
Why? Why? They're not your Lord. They didn't go to the cross for you. Well, they didn't like me. I did a post and I didn't get before likes. Who cares? Quit posting. Why do Christians keep on posting all the time? Scriptures? All the time. They're just talking to other Christians. Why don't you go out and talk to a sinner? Well, I just don't know if I can identify with them. Why? You used to be one. You know what I mean? You don't remember when you was dead sucker lost without Jesus? Well, I ain't never done what he's done, but. Yeah, but Dad's dead. Sin. Sin. Hell's hell. Amen. Like Angie Wong said, who wants to be the best sinner in hell? Well, I ain't never do what you did. Yeah, but, baby, you still have with me. Oh, just tell them about Jesus. Not you. Huh? I know it helps to relate to people when you've been through something. I agree with that. But did Jesus have to become what the world was to save them? I mean, I never did no drugs. I mean, I think, you know, how could you be hooked on alcohol? I just think about all the time, it's like, well, I can't stop drinking. I said, Are you that thirsty? I mean, I'm thinking just from a natural mind. I mean, like, you know, I mean, I drink too, when I eat, right? But I ain't that thirsty.

Pastor West:
I don't drink a case of. Of tea a week. A day. We have supper where I'm only 50. 15 glasses of tea. You know I'm right. You are right. Yeah. This is caffeinated. You drank 15 glasses of tea, your supper. You'd be up all night. Go to the bathroom. I dabbled in some things. I ain't going to give no glory to that because it's pitiful that I ever did. But I hated it. Yes. I said, Well, this stuff ain't what you think. He said, Well, you just ain't doing it right. I said, Oh, you got to hold it in longer. There was no more holding for me. I lost control. I saw on the ground, out in the woods. Mix up 3 or 4 pastor buddies, you know, partake of strong drink, you know, 3 or 4 different type of alcoholic beverages and, you know, a bunch of idiots around the campfire and, you know, you know, you got Boston going top and you're checking all this stuff up. You know, you got Bud and Miller and Schlitz and all the coolers, you know? And I was like, I had this idea. I said, Well, if it feels this good, then more must be better. Well, I just thought, well, if it's even better, some more must be better then.

Pastor West:
Then they handed me this little funny little cigarette. And then fell on the ground. And then I couldn't stand up. And someone took my feet and they jerked me away from the fire a little bit. Then they I was conscious the whole time, but I couldn't get up and I got sick. I don't know why I knew, but 19 times. And it was going over my. I don't know, sweat shirt. And it was going over my shoulder and they were laughing at me and they walked by and someone's kicking at me. Someone stepped on my hand. And I thought, these ain't my friends. That's right. Ain't no friend of mine would do this. Laugh at me and stepping all over me. Pouring more drink all over me. Not 19th time it was all gone. And I woke up. I mean, I didn't wake up. I sobered up just that fast, and I was like. I guess I got it out of my system. And I got up while they were all there, and I got my keys and my sleeping bag. And I walked to that car and I cranked it up. I had borrowed borrowed Barbara's car, and she didn't. Oh, boy. I wrecked it. I could just see. Tell Mr. Scott I'm sorry about the Cutlass. It gone. But I was sober, and I cranked that car up and.

Pastor West:
And they said, Oh, he's leaving. He can't be driving. And he's running after me. Like, Yeah, like y'all really cared a whole lot. And I never touch that stuff ever again. I hated not being in control of my body and my mind in some possessions possessing me. But there's people who live that life to where they don't think they can function without it. And their feeling is real. Whether you understand it or not, their feeling is real. It doesn't mean it's true. It just means that they think it's real. And what we need to do is tell them about the real thing and experience the real thing. And when love grips their heart and changes their life, what I had to hold on them, it'll be broken in pieces. Amen. See, when the devil has hold of you, He's controlling your mind and your body and your emotions. And he has total control of you. But the Bible says once you become born again, that person dies. You can't control the dead person. I don't care what he or she was. I don't care if they cursed you out, you know, out of breath. They won't curse you anymore. If they was an alcoholic, they don't want any more drink. If they was a dope act, they don't want to shoot. They don't want to do no hair on Harry on or they don't want to trace it or nothing because what, they're dead.

Pastor West:
And when you become dead to this world, you become alive to God. And when you come alive to God, you become alive to righteousness. But when you put yourself into laws and rules and regulations and the gospel comes, thou shalt not. Do not, do not, do not, do not, do not. But they never told me what I could do. They just kept on telling what I couldn't do. So I was always trying to satisfy God and please for God and work for God. The best thing you can do is quit working for God. Let him work for you. Amen. You know what I'm saying? Amen. Working for God. What can you give God that he don't have? Amen. I mean, can you imagine? It's like, Lord, you know, come to heaven. I've been wanting. I've been holding this. I barely got up with me because I know you can't take nothing. But I held it so tight. But you just watch. But you ain't never seen one like this. It's 14 karat. He got so. Oh, my God. 14 karat gold. Then you look down what you standing on? He said I paid my streets with it. Amen. You got. Oh, he said, Plus, we don't have time here. Oh, you know, the only thing you can give God he don't have.

Pastor West:
Worship. Worship. I went past my time so I could finish these notes. But I can't. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah. Eric, Fight it, Fight it. Fight it. Fight it. Okay. Fight it. There's only one person who can truly live the Christian life. That's Christ. He's the only one who can live it and he lives it through you, not rules. He didn't come to set up a religion. He didn't come to set up rules and regulations. He didn't. He didn't come to set up anything that man can do for him. But Christ in you, the hope of glory. There's a freedom in that. We had time, I would have got to Galatians Chapter three. And Paul just he just wanted to know. He says, Why? Why? He says, How did you start your life when I told you about Christ? He said, Did you keep laws and rules and regulations or did you become born again righteous by what you believed? I said, Well, we became righteous. But when you preach by what we believe, we accepted Jesus that instead of keeping the laws, we accepted Christ as the payment for our sin. No longer keeping the laws. That he went away. Paul did. And the Judaizers came back in and they said, You, you, you can't be right with God. This way you have to keep these laws and you have to circumcise yourself.

Pastor West:
Always cutting yourself. And Paul come back and he says, he said, You foolish, if you look up the word foolish, the King James used foolish and hideous. But the closer the closer term to it in our vernacular is not foolish. It's stupid. So Paul said, you stupid Galatians who has bewitched you? That word Bewitched means who hypnotized you. He said, Didn't you start your life off with you trusting in Christ? And they said, Well, yeah, he said, And now you think you're going to finish it perfected by you living it out in your ability. And they're like, Oh. That might be an old letter, but people still do it today. Don't you think so? Yeah, they start out. I mean, I went to church all my life, you know, and, you know, keyboard, you know, and you had someone altar call and they sang just. Just as I am. Just as I am. It's a beautiful song. But just as I am going to work for you one week. Next week. We got new rules. You can come just as you were. But next week you better be right. And when y'all go to the church like that. Yeah. I mean, fire and hail and brimstone and the preacher preaching, you know, he clenched his fist and you could see the veins in. Oh, and hell got hot. Like, Whoa!

Pastor West:
It's like we were born last week.

Pastor West:
It was just as I am. Yeah, that was last week, boy. And you knew you'd made a mistake. So he told you that you wouldn't saved any more. That you know, that you failed God. And you come back up there next week and rededicate and dedicate and they buy more Kleenex boxes and they, you know, you come Sunday and next thing they squall you out three times a week. You know why? Because you failed. You made mistakes because you're doing everything in you and you're supposed to have died. You think you have to go around the world to preach the gospel? It ain't being preached in America yet. I mean, America is still under the old covenant. I think you've got to go to some foreign land to preach the gospel. You can go out in your backyard and tell someone you don't even know Jesus. You just think you know him. He's a lover. Hallelujah. Glory to God. Hallelujah. Well, praise God. God's good. Y'all won't get saved again. Y'all know what y'all did this week. Don't make me jump into the gifts of the spirit and discern it. Hallelujah. Lord, don't tell me anything to do. In the name of Jesus, I don't want to know anything. Amen. I just know enough about my household, my wife, and what? She moved last night and hit me in the face with her left hand. And then didn't even know she'd done it. And I've been awake for 2.5 hours after that. Hallelujah. But I'll keep that to myself.

Pastor West:
Lord, I wouldn't want that to get out nowhere. Then I finally went back to sleep. And then the little pup said they wanted to get up and he shakes his head and body like that sleeps over for this day. Then you get up and go to the bathroom and on the way there you see the present from the dog. Praise the Lord. It's a good life. It's a good life. It's a good life. There's now. Dog still won't let me touch you after so many years. But it's the weirdest thing in the world. You know where she's sitting? Of all the places that dog can sit, she has her own place on the couch, got her own place. But when I get up to get ready and I finally get in the shower, she knows. She knows we're leaving because she knows the iron, but she hates the ironing board. She hates that ironing board because that means to her. Mama's leaving. Mama's leaving. Mama's leaving. And she'll start shaking. And that foul smell, that dog get off. You know, when they're terrified. But you know where she goes for comfort. She gets in my recliner. I got a shower. We got, you know, put some clothes on and was walking back to the kitchen. And I was like, why do you want my chair? And she's like, Well, put the blanket on me, fool. Of all places. Ma, ma, Ma. I love Toto. What's your name?

Pastor West:
I don't know.

Pastor West:
I asked you this, Marcello. You won't come to church. Get saved. Michelle says she's already saved. I said, Oh, God. I said, What? She needs to get rid of the spirit of fear. She said, Well, she don't have it when she's with me. I said, Well, that's true. She's with you. She's okay when she's not. Personally, I give her two minutes, just one time when she was gone. I had to confess it later on because my mother used to do that with her dog. What was my mom's dog name? You kept her for a while. Because she.

Pastor West:
Pearl.

Pastor West:
Pearl. Miss Pearl. But she had a little skin situation, so that Benadryl helped with the itching, but mostly wake my mother up during the night. And if she woke up, she couldn't go back to sleep. So she said, Well, I need to sleep. I don't want that dog. Did she take a piece of cheese and two Benadryl and said eating that dog was down for the count and he don't need to go back. He don't need a dog, don't need nothing for hours. So I said, Well, I'm going to help Lola and me. It's like giving that thing an energy drink.

Pastor West:
Oh, where's my mama?

Pastor West:
Where's my mama? I said, This is where you fall down. Who read the instructions? Don't do anything when you take this. You could be out for days. And I'm counting on it. At least if she gets home. Well, I got too close to this morning. I got to get back to my pup. She needs me. God is good all the time. Amen. God bless you.

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Pastor West:
A sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind. And it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared on them cloven tongues like as of fire. And it sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance. It says there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men of every nation under heaven. Now, when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and they were confounded because that every man heard them speak in their own language and went on to name who was all present in their own language. And it went on to say, and they were all amazed and they were in doubt saying one to another. What meaneth this? Others, mocking said, These men are full of new wine. Actually, they were right with new wine was but Peter standing up with the 11 lifted up his voice and said to them, You men of Judea and those that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known unto you and hearken to my words, for these are not drunken as you suppose seeing is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which is spoken by the Prophet Joel. And it shall come to pass in the last days. Well, that was. They thought that was the last days. How many more? 2000 more years has passed by. We're closer to the last days than they were right in the last days, says God.

Pastor West:
I'll pour out of my spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. I thought women couldn't teach you nowhere to preach. Man don't know what they're going to do with their daughters when they start prophesying. Well, look at there. It's in the Bible. And your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams. That's why I'm still having visions, I suppose. And all my servants and all my handmaids. I'll pour out in those days of my spirit. And they shall prophesy. And it goes on to talk about the signs. And the wonders are taking place. Y'all ready for the days of suddenness? Amen. I mean, you were just going along and this. And then all of a sudden, this began to happen. And that began to happen. And it looked like things weren't going the way they were supposed to go. And you're believing God here and you thought surely by now. But you refuse to quit. How many not quitters do we have in the house? Amen. Well, that was most of you. Well, you know, the jury's still out on some of you. We got a few minutes to talk into the other way. We're going to go live here. Good morning. Welcome. Glad to have you here this morning at Gracelife Church. All of you here, those of you joining us either live or seeing the service at another time.

Pastor West:
I think simultaneously we're on YouTube and Facebook at the same time. Then we broadcast to 40 different nations in an audio format, but we're in a series. But the series has never bothered me because someone gets in a series sometimes and they say, Well, I got to stay in this series. In other words, I got to color inside the lines, but then seemed like the Holy Spirit. If you listen to him, he's like, I don't always stay inside the lines that you you know, In other words, he likes to enlarge the borders. And then you say, well, you can't talk about that because we're not in that. We're in this series. You have to stay inside here. And he says, Oh, I forgot, I forgot. I'm sorry. So the best thing to do is just listen to follow him and I'll leave it up to him to make it all sense to you. So but we started off, you know, to me, they all kind of intersect there. They flow together because we started talking about stop opposing yourself. We talked about 5 or 6 lessons on that, and we took that out of the second Timothy, where Paul was telling Timothy his young minister instructed him how to to minister to the people. And he says, you'll have to tell the people because they're doing this, this and this And when and when he says when they do this, he said they're actually opposing themselves.

Pastor West:
And then they put themselves in a position and he said they cooperate with the devil. And by cooperating with the devil, he ensnares them. He entraps them. So you'll have to tell them for them to stop opposing themselves and working with him against them. Amen. So can we. Is that possible? Well, second Timothy, chapter two, I think verse 24 through 26, he had to tell them to stop opposing themselves. And then we then we did about 4 or 5 lessons on how about being strong in the spirit? You know the strong survive, don't they? The weak get gobbled up. The Bible says the devil is as a roaring lion. Didn't say he was. He said he's as one. And he's looking for whom he may devour. How does he know who he can devour? Well, people give him a way. Know they tip their hand, so to speak. They don't have a good poker face and they don't have a good poker mouth. When people say little things like, I can't take much more, the devil, the little imps go, Hey, did you hear that? If this happens one more time, they think we're that close. I mean, we're about to hit it out of the park. They're just that close. So we. We can't work with him. Look. Life will put enough trouble. We'll put enough water in your boat. You don't have to add water to the boat. Jesus said in this world, you will have test trials and tribulations.

Pastor West:
How many you know so far? That's true. I got more hands that time. He said there would be people you know, people have been taught faith sometimes, you know. I know. You know, we all made mistakes. But you think, well, if you had faith that you wouldn't have problems. It's my consensus. After 30 years of ministry, if you have faith, you're going to have more problems. Just be just be different ones. Be just different ones. Some problems that used to really get you. They don't bother you no more like the devil would come at you five years ago or 20 years ago. And he, you know, he'd go boo and, you know, like, whatever. And now he comes by and does the same old thing. He says, Boo. And you said, boo yourself. He said, Aren't you scared of me? No, I married your sister. No. So I know who you are. You don't bother me at all. Not me. I'm just saying that was just a that was a joke. Someone told, you know? Anyway, I get off there, I'll get in trouble. I have to go home with somebody. I don't want to miss lunch. You know, people approach life in two ways, and sometimes both ways are wrong. In other words, some say, well, some say we we're working to live and others say we live to work. And actually, both of them are wrong. He doesn't want you to live to work, nor does he want you to work to live.

Pastor West:
He wants you to live in the kingdom. And so if you allow me this morning, I would like to address you as kingdom ambassadors. As a royal priesthood. This is not kindergarten. The time is very short. You know, most people are familiar with the verse in Revelation 12, it says, you know, we overcome him by the blood of the lamb, by the words of our testimony. But the very next verse, I think, is the next verse. I think it says, the enemy knows his time is short. And when you're running out of time, sometimes you'll take chances. You know, I won't ask for a show of hands that that went under a mostly yellow light because you felt like you were running short. And how have you ever been as the light when it turns green and no one seems to be moving? It's like, are you looking for a different shade of green? I mean, I mean, are you do you go with green or do you need aqua or teal? I mean, what are you actually looking for? Because I actually have somewhere to be. So they in the kingdom, the kingdom is God's big idea. And when you get into the big idea, all the little things of the world just get swallowed up. See, what Satan wants you to do is he wants you to focus your attention on the little nagging stuff.

Pastor West:
And sometimes they're not all so little. And the only way that you can get away from these things is lock yourself in the closet, away from people. Because some of us have have had problems because the devil was bad. But the devil gets blamed for a lot of things he doesn't do. But he gets a lot of ideas from Christians. Yeah, well, the devil did this and he didn't do it at all. And he's like, Write that down. We're going to start that next week. They have board meetings and they get ideas from Christians. He doesn't do that. Sometimes our problems cause from the people that we are connected with. If you have never raised children, you don't know what I'm talking about. I got extremely we had four. I got extremely tired during their teen years. I figured I couldn't sleep. I couldn't stay awake all night long. So my wife and I took shifts. Now, just kidding. But I'm just saying, some people would do things that I mean, what we've been talking in the last week, we talked about a new series, Possessing the Promise. Talking about Joshua and Caleb talking about why the Israelites never saw the Promised Land, because they just simply refused to believe God thought he had showed them enough for them to believe he would be the perfect judge. He says doubtless they're not coming in here. If I'd never if they'd never saw what they saw in Egypt to bring them out, then in other words, I give them a pass.

Pastor West:
But no generation has saw that many miracles and still refused to believe. He says this generation is not coming in. Did you know that we might be in a generation right now that our generation succeeds? See, we build on generations, don't we? Perpetually. We're supposed to do that. The phrase that we stand on the shoulders of giants. And so we see further and if you think about where we have come from in the last 75 years and we think about some of the people who's affected the world in the last hundred years, and you go back to even before Azusa Street, but you think about how a one eyed black man that God used in Los Angeles who was not allowed to go into the school, the rest of them, but he sat on the outside. It was funny that I don't know if God ever used any of the other people, but he used that man and had some of the most artists. Ways about him. You know, if you've been a student of Zoo Street, you know this. William Seymour would come down. And while they were singing and praising him, he put a bucket over his head. Y'all ever read those stories? He put a bucket over his head and everybody wanted to see under the bucket, you know, what was going on. But they were afraid to get too close to Brother Seymour.

Pastor West:
And he just simply said when they asked him one time says, why the bucket? He says, I'm just trying to get closed in with God, my thoughts and everything. So he put either a bucket or a crate over his head. Well, that'd be a little bit strange. Now, when you know what Church and pastor sitting there with a bucket over his head and he's like, you know, I've been called bucket head before, but I mean, it's not because I wore one, you know, I've been called a lot of things. But anyway, but the deal is they had such signs and wonders and miracles that it