Honor To Whom Honor Part 13

Honor To Whom Honor Part 13


Would you turn with me to a
couple of openings this morning, Scripture we’ve been looking at
for some weeks now on our series called Honor To Whom Honor. First Samuel the second chapter,
Romans the thirteenth chapter. In 1 Samuel two, Eli and his
sons were the high priests, the ministers over the house of God. And the Lord had warned him to
do something with his boys because the Bible said they were
sons of Belial. They were so disrespectful. They stole the offerings, they
abused the ministry and God’s people and He warned Him. And Eli didn’t do anything about
it. Now judgment has come. The Bible said if you don’t
judge yourself, you’ll be judged. Oh, but the Good News is if
you’ll judge yourself, it’s under the blood. And even though you sowed it you
don’t have to reap it. Because Jesus reaped it for you. Somebody said, “Well, you sowed
it, you’re going to have to reap it.” Not if Jesus reaped it for you. Anybody in here sinned and come
short of the glory of God? Are you going to hell? You sowed it. I’m not going. How about you? Somebody say, “I’m not going.” I’m not going. Even though I sowed it and
deserved it, why? Because Jesus reaped what I
sowed. He took it. He went in your and my place. Know if you won’t repent, you’ll
have to reap what you sow. If you don’t repent and get
under the blood. But thank God you can be
forgiven and cleansed and therefore not deserving of the
punishment and the judgment. They didn’t though and now
judgment is coming. And He told them in 1 Samuel
2:29, “You have honored your sons above Me.” And then 1 Samuel 2:30 He said,
“I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father,
should walk before Me forever: but now the Lord said, Be it far
from Me,” obviously you could receive even some precious
things of the Lord and if you don’t appreciate them and treat
them right, you can lose them. Even though you were supposed to
have them and enjoy them forever. He said you were supposed to
have this, your sons, and your son’s sons, and their sons, and
their son’s sons after them, but He said now, no, be it far from
Me. Because, “Them that honor Me are
the one’s I’m going to honor and they that despise Me,” which is
what they have done, “shall be lightly esteemed.” Say that last phrase out loud
with me please. Together: “For them that honor
Me I will honor and they that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed.” Do you believe that if you honor
the Lord He will honor you? Are you interested in Him
honoring you? A lot of times people are almost
hesitant to answer that. They’re like, “I’m not seeking
the Lord to honor me.” You should be. We need mind renewal in these
areas. If you’re hesitant about that,
you’re at the right place this morning, because we’re going to
get into that from the word. You should very earnestly be
seeking and desiring the honor that comes from the Lord. Anybody want to hear it? Romans thirteen, if you’d turn
there. Romans 13:7 says this in the
God’s Word translation. It says, “Pay everyone whatever
you owe them.” Everybody say, “Pay up.” If you owe it don’t try to get
out of it, believe God to help you to pay it. See, a lot of people spend more
time praying trying to get God to help them get out of it, but
He told you to pay. So instead of trying to believe
to get out of it, you need to believe for Him to give you what
you need so you could pay it. That’s in line with the
Scriptures. Pay what you owe. “If you owe taxes,” well that
covered a lot of ground did it? Somebody said, “Surely not. Do you know what they’re
spending that tax money on? Do you know this?” Hey, I don’t believe my taxes go
for that. That’s somebody else’s that
doesn’t care. Somebody that is going to cuss
and fuss. My taxes go to things that
matter, that the country really needs, and troops really need,
infrastructure, and good stuff. The other people that cuss and
complain, that’s their taxes that they’re blowing and
wasting. “If you owe taxes pay them.” Pay them, pay up. “If you owe someone respect,”
pay your respect. “Respect that person.” If you owe someone honor,” pay
the honor, “honor that person.” So this is a different mentality
than the world has. The Bible tells you and I that
we owe certain people respect and honor just like you owe
money or owe taxes. We owe it to them. And it’s not based on how we
feel or what they’ve done or haven’t done. So many times people when you
start talking about respect, they immediately start thinking
yeah, I don’t get the proper respect. And you need to respect me. In fact, you will respect me in
my house. You will respect me in my place
of business. So they demand respect, and that
does not work. It never works. And you’re not supposed to do it
at all. “Well, they have to show me
respect.” They never have to show you
respect. Criminal sometimes say, “Well
I’ll stick my pistol in your face and you’ll show me some
respect.” No. You might intimidate and scare
somebody and they might do something out of fear for their
life, that’s got nothing to do with respect and honor. No. True honor is a heart thing. It comes from the heart. And it can only be freely given;
voluntarily, be free will given. Else wise it is not honor. It is not the real thing. In Isaiah if you’d look there,
they’ll put up on the screen for us. I believe it’s the twenty ninth
chapter and the thirteenth verse. Isaiah 29:13, “Wherefore the
Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their
mouth, and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their
heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the
precept of men…” Now this is quoted again by
Jesus in Matthew and Mark and Luke a number of times in the
New Testament. He said they’re honoring Me with
their lips, but their heart is a way, way from Me. It’s not there. So real honor is not just lip
service. It’s not just saying we respect
you, and yes sir, and yes ma’am, oh that’s great. You can say all kind of stuff
and have no honor in your heart. Honor has to do with valuing. The literal Hebrew is heavy, and
heavy has to do with back with when you paid for stuff with
precious metals and if they said it costs X amount, you had to
pull out the scale and put this X amount of weight on it. And you had put that much gold
on the side to balance it and then you bought it. Well if it was really expensive,
you had to put heavy, heavy on there to buy it. And when we honor something that
thing, that person is valuable to us. We fix a high value on it or
them. We prize them. We prize it. To despise is the exact
opposite, is to say it’s not worth much or it’s worth
nothing. That’s what despising means. So it’s not just when you say oh
that’s great, yeah that’s important, you could say all
kinds of stuff but it not be in your heart. If it’s in your heart, if honor
is in your heart, when you see them or hear about them or it,
immediately it strikes you and you go oh, that’s important. That’s precious. That’s valuable. And it does affect the way you
talk about them and to them. But it affects how you treat
them. Every time you think about or
hear, it comes up in you because it’s in your heart. You value that. That’s what honor is. When you hear about God, should
something come up in you? Should you think oh, He is the
greatest. He is the greatest. The God Who created the heavens
and the earth. The God who made me and gives me
my breath and my life and my brightness of mind. And He didn’t just make me, He
also redeemed me by the blood of the Lamb. He’s made me a part of His
eternal family. When you hear anything to do
with God inside you ought to come to attention and think
precious, precious, important. Not just talk, not just lip
service, something in the heart. And so anybody or anything that
the Lord says is important, that’s good enough for you. If it’s important to Him, it’s
important to you. So you affix and assign a high
value to it and them; you prize them or it. Give honor, pay honor to those
to whom it is due. Value those the Lord tells you
to value. Now, go with me please to John,
the Book of John the eighth chapter. John 8:48. “The Jews, and said unto Him,
Did we not say right and well that You are a Samaritan,” well
they’re insulting the Samaritans and Jesus, or trying to. You’re a Samaritan, “And you
have a devil?” Now think about it, looking at
the Lord Jesus and telling Him He has a devil. Verse forty-nine, “Jesus
answered, I have not a devil; but I honor My Father, and you
do dishonor Me. And I seek not My Own glory…” I want you to say that out loud
a couple of times. Together: “I seek not My own
glory.” Close your eyes and say it
again. Together: “I seek not My own
glory.” One more time. Together: “I seek not My own
glory.” He said, “There is One that
seeks,” seeks My glory, “and judges.” He’s talking about the Father. The Father. Go to the fifty fourth verse of
the same chapter. “Jesus answered, If I honor
Myself,” now let’s just stop. What did He just get through
saying? I don’t do that. I don’t seek My own honor. I don’t honor Myself. Should we follow His example? Absolutely. Do you reckon you have ever
sought your own honor? Let me help you out. The answer is yes. Repeatedly. “No, Brother Keith.” Yes, yes, you. Yes. I assure you. Repeatedly. The further we get into it, I
believe you’ll see it. You, me, we have. And it’s not good. It’s bad. And we need to stop it. We need to act like the Master. What did He do? He said I don’t seek My Own
glory. He said, “If I honor Myself, My
honor is nothing…” What if you honor yourself? It’s nothing. If I honor Myself My honor is
nothing, “It is My Father that honors Me,” is that in agreement
with our text? What if you honor the Lord? Is that good that He honors you? Do you want Him to honor you? Yes, yes, yes. Is it okay for you to honor
yourself? No. No. Is it good for Him to honor you? The best. He said, “It is My Father that
honors Me; of whom you say He’s your God.” Their whole life was immersed in
the teaching and expounding of the law and the prophets and
they’re supposed to be God’s men and women, and He’s saying you
say He’s your God — but He’s saying if you’ve seen Me you’ve
seen the Father; and they hated Him. So it’s possible to be just as
religious as can be and yet not know anything about God. Not know God at all. Back up if you would to the
seventh chapter of John. John 7:18 Jesus said, “He that
speaks of himself seeks his own glory…” How can you tell somebody is
seeking their own glory and trying to honor them self? They speak of them self. Now that means more than one
thing. They speak from them self as a
source, and they speak of them self as a subject. Both of those are true. He that speaks of himself seeks
his own glory, “But he that seeks his glory that sent him,
the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” What would be an example of you
speaking of yourself and seeking your own honor and glory? Obviously the bragging, but it
covers a lot more territory. What is honor? How do you honor something? We just spent several minutes on
it. Value. So if you’re seeking your own
honor what are you trying to do? You’re trying to let people know
your value to them, to their situation. It comes out of number of ways. But it’s accompanied by a sense
of failing to be appreciated. “They just don’t appreciate me
like they should.” Well how much should they
appreciate you? “Oh, they just don’t know what I
do around here. They don’t know.” Stop right here. Who are they talking about? Themselves. Why? They’re seeking their own —
being appreciated and valued and being honored. And trying to educate those
round about them as to their great value and worth and that
they’re being overlooked, and undervalued, and
underappreciated. And so the obvious way to fix
that is to tell people how valuable you really are. And if you think about it too
much, you’ll say it. It will come out. You might hide it and cover it
up for a long time but the pressure will get too much and
out it will come. “Well, I haven’t said anything
for a long time. But, y’all just don’t know what
I do around here. You don’t know what it takes to
do this. The effort it takes.” And even if you don’t come out
and say it the implication is if I wasn’t here, this thing would
come apart. Now you’re groaning and shaking
her head but you know, you know people feel this way. Whether they say it outright or
not they’re like, “Man, if I wasn’t in this house, this thing
wouldn’t last three weeks. I’m telling you. Nobody knows what to do around
here without me. Fifty thousand questions day and
have you done this, and Mama this, and Mama that, and daddy
this, and daddy that, honey this, and honey that, and I just
do it nonstop, and do they appreciate it? No. I don’t think so. I don’t know how long it’s been
since any of them told me, ‘I sure appreciate you and what you
do.’ I just don’t think they appreciate what I do.” Do they need to? People say, “Really?” Based on what Scripture? Do they need to in order for you
to continue to do it? Jesus says, “I don’t seek My Own
glory,” didn’t He? Is that what you should do? People say, “They just don’t
appreciate me around here. They don’t know what they would
do without me. But they just act like I’m
always going to be here and I’m just supposed to do everything.” Well, maybe you are supposed to
do it. What is your job? What would you be doing if you
weren’t doing that? Nothing? Are you going to quit? Are you going to quit life? Quit God? You ought to be thankful that
you can do something. A lot of people don’t have the
strength, nor the mind, nor the health, nor the resources, nor
the opportunity; you ought to be thankful that you can work hard. That you can get a lot done. Somebody wants you to. You ought to be thankful, you
ought to be glad. Don’t you think so? Should be thankful. Somebody say, “Thankful.” Are you thankful? You know folks pray and then
they just all twisted around. “Oh God, use me. Oh God, if you would just use me
some way. Oh God, here I am, spirit, soul
and mind. Here am I, send me. Use me. Lord if You’d just use me.” And He’s gracious enough to hear
that prayer and give them a place and let them do something
and sometimes it’s not a few months and they’re going, “You
know, I just feel like I’m being used.” Duh. You said you wanted to be used,
what do you want? “I just feel like they’re taking
advantage of me. Using me.” And the problem is they’re not
acknowledging you enough to suit you. And they’re not publishing your
great value to the enterprise. They’re not making everybody
aware of what tremendous contribution you are making and
that you are basically the axle that the wheel is turning on. Probably a good thing you didn’t
know this is going to be the message before you came today. What if they don’t acknowledge
you? What if they don’t? I mean you work yourself silly
and nobody even acts like you were there. It’s good for you. You need it. Did you hear me friends? It’s good for you that they go a
whole month and not even notice you’re there. Because you’ll find out where
you are, won’t you? Stuff will come up in you and
you start feeling a little offended and a little hurt and a
little annoyed, that’s you having a problem, not them. That’s you. And it’s time to pull out the
nails and the hammer and crucify some flesh. The first little thought or
feeling or twinge comes — you know they didn’t even
acknowledge me. Where’s my hammer? Where’s my nail? And if they haven’t mentioned me
I guess in six months. Hammer? Where’s the hammer? Boom! Shut up flesh. You better be thankful that you
can be used anywhere. Shut up. Shut up. Nobody needs to acknowledge you. Nobody needs to call your name. They have important things to do
besides think about you. Besides all that I’m not doing
it unto them. Are y’all with me friends? Go to Ephesians please. See the reason people are so
sensitive and so easily hurt and all this is because they are not
doing things as unto the Lord. They’re doing it unto people and
for people’s attention. And they’re very insecure. And they crave the
acknowledgment. In fact, they feel like they
need it. And it’s sad that even from some
pulpits people will teach that you need this and you should
have this, and it’s contrary to the Bible. I’m going to prove it to you in
just a few minutes. “Well, Brother Keith, we all
need this.” Contrary to the Bible. I’m going to show you in just a
moment. We have to grow up, guys. People are spending entirely too
much of their life being hurt and mad and offended and upset. And quitting and flat jumping of
the plan of God because somebody didn’t treat them a certain way
and didn’t acknowledge them. There’s a whole lot of people if
you don’t pat them on the back and tell them how wonderful they
are at least twice a week, they’ll quit. They will quit. And that’s not right. That’s not God. It’s not the word. Hey, it applies to me just as
much as it does you. This is all of us, we’re on the
same boat. You want to be free though? How would you like to be free? Just go week after week, and
month after month, without getting your little feelings
hurt. I’m talking about twice as many
happy days per month. Just no matter what happens or
doesn’t happen, you’re just happy as can be. If they never acknowledge you,
you’re just happy just the same. You’re just happy, happy. Just so glad to be here. Just so glad that I can get up
and do something for the Lord today. So glad. Why wouldn’t you feel that way? That’s the right way to feel. Ephesians 6:5 says, “Servants,”
that also applies to employees, helpers, “be obedient,” boy,
that’s a politically incorrect word isn’t it? Obedient, people don’t like that
word. That’s harsh Brother Keith. Obedient, “To them that are your
masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in
singleness of your heart,” what? What? This is talking about how you’re
acting and interacting with people that are over you. You’re responding to them and
acting with them, but you’re doing it, “As unto Christ,”
somebody say, “As unto Christ.” Say it again, “As unto Christ.” You reacted to them a certain
way and you did something to them, but it wasn’t just because
of them and who they are and what they are, you gave honor to
whom honor was due, but it wasn’t because you were so
impressed with them necessarily. You did it because of the Lord. You did it as unto, as though
you’re doing it to and for the Lord. Because you are. Do you see this friends? Verse six, “Not with eyeservice,
as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ,” that means
you’d do the same whether you’re watching you or whether they’re
not. Not with eyeservice, as
menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, “Doing the will of
God from the heart…” See, that’s where the real honor
is isn’t it? Doing the will of God from the
heart, “With good will doing service,” how? “As to the Lord, and not to
men…” As to the Lord. As to the Lord. Phyllis and I had the privilege
of serving and helping Brother Kenneth Hagin and Miss Oretha
for years. I’ve had people ask me
sometimes, he’d call and I’d run. I’d run. I’d run out of my seat and run
up the platform. I didn’t want him waiting on me. I’d run and go get the car, do
this and do that. They’d say, “Man, you must
really love them.” I said we do. But that’s not the main thing
and the reason I’m doing it. Are y’all with me friends? Because no matter how much you
love people, over years relationships have high points
and not as high, and if you’re just doing something for that
person, it’s not going to be enough. Did y’all hear me or not? If you’re just doing something
for that person, “Well, I just live for my husband.” That’s not enough. “I just live for my wife and my
family.” Not enough. It’s not enough. “You just don’t know how much I
love them.” I’m telling you, no. It’s great that you do, but you
need something stronger. You need something stronger to
keep you steady. I’m talking about decade after
decade your whole life. Yeah, you love them, but you’re
just not doing it for them. Y’all with me friends? You’re not just doing it to
them, you’re not just doing it for them, you’re doing this not
as unto men, but as unto the Lord. Oh, can you see this friends? In Colossians he says it again
in a little bit different way. Colossians 3:23. “And whatsoever you do, do it,”
what? “Heartily, as to the Lord, and
not to men…” Somebody say, “Not to men.” So if you don’t get the reaction
and response and appreciation for the men, you won’t even
notice it. Because you weren’t doing it for
that. And so when people get upset if
they don’t get that, what does that reveal? That’s what they were doing it
for was that. That’s why they got so upset
when they didn’t get it because they were expecting in their
mind and while they’re doing it, “Boy, they’ll really appreciate
this. They’ll really appreciate this. And so I worked all day and I
worked all night and I did the best I’ve ever done. They’ll really appreciate this.” And when they look at this me go
oh yeah, that’s okay. Bye. And you go, “Excuse me. I poured my heart into that. I gave my everything.” So? Who were you doing it for? You were not doing it unto the
Lord. You’re doing it unto them and
you weren’t just giving it as a free gift. It was a trade. You’re going to give them this,
and they’re going to give you acknowledgment, appreciation,
love. So you’re not doing it to the
Lord. You’re doing it unto them. And the more carnal you are, God
Whose Spirit and you can’t see, He’s not very real to you,
people who are flesh and bone and you can see, they’re real to
you, so you’re going for what you can see. “I want something from him. I want something from her. And I deserve to have it. It’s just right.” There some people that won’t
pass you a pencil without holding onto the other end of
it. “Pass me that pencil there.” “Was there something you wanted
to say?” “Oh, thank you. I sure appreciate it.” “They should, Brother Keith.” No, you’re not supposed to let
yourself think about that at all. You have no right and no
business thinking about them valuing you and appreciating
you. That is you seeking your own
glory. And it’s not okay. Ever. Now I didn’t say it was bad to
tell somebody you appreciate them, that’s the other side of
this. We’re talking about you
expecting it and needing it. That’s not okay. Sure, there are times the Lord
can speak to us through other people. I’ve had Him deal with me go
tell them this and that for Me. And so really it was Him
honoring them. It was through a human vessel,
but even at that, they don’t need to look at me. Because I’m not the One they’re
serving. I’m not Him. It’s quiet in here. Go with me back to John the
sixth chapter. John six. Are we still talking about honor
to whom honor is due? Well we just found out who it’s
not due to. You must not let yourself think
it’s due you from men. Must not. John 6:15. They came to Jesus and they’re
going to make Him King. They have decided He is the Man. They saw the miracles, they saw
the amazing things, and they said they’re going to come, and
they’re not going to ask Him to be King, they’re going to make
Him King whether He wants to be or not. By force. So He left. He just left. They were going to have a
coronation party for Him. He’s not there. They gathered everybody
together, it’s going to be great. We’re going to put Jesus in
charge of everything. He’s going to be King. Where is He? We got the band, food is
catered, where’s Jesus? He left and He went to a
mountain so we could be by Himself alone. He’s got a huge crowd of adoring
fans. And He doesn’t want to be there
anymore. He leaves. He goes away in the mountain so
He can be right by Himself. And how many know yet He’s not
by Himself, He’s with the Father. Right? He obviously didn’t care too
much about their praise and accolades. Look in the fifth chapter. Forty first verse. John 5:41 Jesus made this
statement, “I receive not honor from men.” Have you ever thought much about
that friends? What did Jesus say? I don’t receive it from men. Do you? Should you be like Him? Or like you? “I receive not honor from men.” Is that a good way to be? Keep reading. “But I know you, that you have
not the love of God in you. I am come in My Father’s name,
and you receive Me not: if another shall come in his own
name,” now how do you know somebody is seeking their own
glory? They speak of them self and they
come telling you how wonderful and amazing they are and how
much you need them. And He said if somebody comes it
that, “Him you will receive. How can you believe, which
receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that
comes from God only?” He said I don’t receive the
honor that comes from men. He sought the honor from the
Father. We need mind renewal. There something about you that
wants that, that wants the acknowledgment, that wants the
appreciation, that wants the praise and the honor, and did
you know that? It’s okay. It’s okay. You’re just not supposed to look
for it from other men. You’re supposed to look to God
for it. You’re supposed to be hungry for
His approval. Do you need His approval? Absolutely. Do you care what He thinks? Every moment of every day. Do you want Him to be pleased
with you? Absolutely. Yes. Do you want Him to honor you? Yes. Do you know the Bible says at
the end He’s going to praise our faith? God is going to praise our
faith? Jesus did on the earth, didn’t
He? I’m getting strange looks across
the crowd. It’s all in the Bible. It’s in the Book. Jesus said, “I haven’t found
faith like this in all of Israel. This boy has faith.” He never changes. Do you know what He’s going to
do with you one day? He’s going to say this boy
trusted Me in this situation and that situation. This woman stood up when other
people cried and quit. She stood up and she trusted Me
and she — He’s going to praise you. He’s going to honor you. Do you care about that? Do you want that? Yes, yes, you do. And if you’ll get focused on
that, then you’ll quit seeking men’s honor. Look in the second chapter of
John. John 2:23, “Now when,” Jesus,
“was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many
believed in His name, when they saw the miracles which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself
to them,” He didn’t give Himself over to them and make Himself
dependent on them, “because He knew all men, And,” what? Say it out loud. He what? He what? He didn’t need it. “Needed not that any should
testify of man: for He knew,” let me say it like this, what it
was worth. He knew, “What was in man,” and
what it was worth. You read both in His life and
ministry and in Paul’s life and ministry and others in the Book
of Acts, I mean you see more than once that one day He’s the
greatest thing in town, and the next day they want to kill Him. You talk about fickle and
changing with the breeze. Human support and adoration. I mean, do you remember there
were masses of people around Him. We just got through reading
about — they’re ready, this is right before what I’m talking
about happened, they want to come and make Him King of
everybody around there. Masses of people. And He gets up and preaches one
message on eat My flesh and drink My blood — do you
remember that? And He lost thousands of them. The Bible said they never came
back. They left and said this is
crazy. What kind of messages is this. We can’t hear this. They left and never came back. I mean that morning they thought
Jesus hung the moon and the stars. He was everything rolled
together. And that evening – “You going
back to the meeting?” “No. I’m not going back. What kind of message was that? Drink My blood. He’s off.” If human beings are repeatedly
that fickle and changeable, why would we put so much stock in
their approval rating? And make ourselves so dependent
and needy on them saying good job. Listen to the Young’s Literal
translation. Young’s Literal translation of
verse twenty-four, “Jesus Himself was not trusting Himself
to them, because of His knowing all [men],” He knew what to
trust and what not to trust in and He knew He wasn’t going to
put His future and the basis of His success in these people’s
hands of them approving Him and liking Him or not. Verse twenty five, “Because He
had no need,” oh, I like that, He had no need. He didn’t need it. People say, “Yeah, Brother Keith
but that’s Jesus. He’s the Son of God.” The Bible said He emptied
Himself. He laid aside His power and
glory and God and became just like other men. He’s operating just with you and
I have to. And if He didn’t need it, we
don’t have to need it. And it is freedom not to need
it. I know as a preacher and any of
you preachers can identify with this, the devil is a persistent,
sorry cuss. I was telling Phyllis the other
day, when he gets his judgment I’m not going to shed a tear. I’m just going to say the Lord
is righteous. He’s got it coming. Right? But endeavoring to minister the
word of God, from the first time I ever endeavored to, until this
day, over and over and over you can study and pray until you
fall out of your chair and preach your heart and everything
you know and the devil will come and say, “That was lousy.” You come and walk out the back
and try to go home and these thoughts come, “You didn’t do
this… you didn’t do that… how are they going to understand
that… you just mumbled and fumbled
then you did this…” Any preachers know what I’m
talking about? Try to make you feel bad. And the tendency, if you yield
to it, would tend to be insecure and so the response of that is
to ask everybody how did I do? Was that okay? How did I do? Really? They tell you it was great, it
was good and you go, are you just saying that? What are you looking for? What are you looking for? How was that? I’ve seen, I don’t mean just a
couple or three, I’ve seen all kind of preachers and ministers,
first thing they do is they start pulling for that. How was it? Was it okay? And you could tell they’re not
just saying it, they need it. Somebody said, “Yeah, they need
it. We all need it.” Jesus said He didn’t need it. Somebody ought to be happy in
here today. We’re talking about getting
free, we’re talking about getting free from something that
will chew you up in little pieces every day if you let it. What you and I should care about
is did the Lord, was He pleased with it? Was it acceptable to Him? Did it please Him? If it didn’t please Him, He’s
good, He’s kind, He’ll forgive us, He’ll help us. We don’t have to stay down over
it. Right? He’s also very gracious and
kind. I remember years ago, it must
been twenty some years ago I was coming back from Central America
on a mission trip we had been on. We had some good things happen. And I was just sitting there,
little bit tired, looking out the window. It was a commercial jetliner. I was resting. And the Lord said to me, I don’t
mean I heard voice but inside me He said, “Thank you Keith for
going and doing that.” I thought — I didn’t hear that
right. That’s just me. And I thought no, you know
better. He said again. “Thank you Keith. You did a good job. Thank you.” I thought, wow. God told me good job. I said, thank You for letting me
go. That is worth more than a
million men and women’s good job. Tell me what you would rather
have. Would you rather have good job
and a pat on the back – I’m not saying you can never say that or
do that, you understand what I’m saying or not? I’m not saying you can’t do
that. I’m saying you don’t need to
require it and look for it and pull for it. Would you rather have somebody
pat you on the back and say good job and they may not really have
a clue what you did or didn’t do. And they may not care less
tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Or would you rather have from
the One Who knows exactly what happened, Who knows your heart
and everything about it, and for Him to look at you and say,
“Well done. Well done good and faithful
servant.” And do you know that men’s words
will fall to the ground and nobody will remember them next
week sometimes, but, His words, His words, His approval, His
well done is in front of all the saints and for eternity. And it will be on us like a
crown and like a garment, generation after generation to
come. Somebody say, “I seek not the
glory of men. I don’t seek to honor myself. I seek to please my Father. I seek His glory, His honor, and
that’s all I need. I don’t need the other. I need His.” Tell me what’s the Good News. What did He say? If you would honor Him what will
He do? He said He would honor you. And that’s all you need. That’s more than you need. Can you say glory to God? Everybody stand on your feet. Praise the Lord. Lift up your hands, everyone in
this service that needs it. Everyone watching by Internet or
TV that need it, that You would pour in the oil and the
wine of Your Holy Spirit. Oh, nobody can do what You can
do to the inside of a man or woman. Heal up. Heal up the hurts. Fill up the emptiness. Oh, somebody needs to say, “I
receive it.” Say it for everybody: “I receive it. I receive it. I receive healing on the inside. I receive restoration. I receive being filled up, being
made complete in the Lord. I am complete in Him.

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