Thursday Night Service 02/28/19
Take your Bibles and turn with me to Ephesians chapter 5 and verse 18 and just a moment. We will read that passage of scripture together. The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6 train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. And so I've been praying about this and how we train our children.
And so I want to take you to what I think might be the most important training step we ever take. the most important training step we ever take we want to train them so that when they're old they will go the right way. Well trained them so that when we're not watching them and we're not disciplining them they will do the right thing.
Now we were promised in the book in the gospels. We could John principally we were promised that when Jesus left, he would not leave us comfortless. We were promised that he would send someone along side of us to work with us and help us. We were actually taught that he would be with us in a way that Jesus couldn't be.
Everything that God does when he deals with humans is to limit himself because he's Limitless. And so when he became a man, he strongly limited himself. He can be anywhere everywhere all at the same time, but he chose to take a human body and deal with the limitations we deal with just because he's God and he can't if he wants to.
And then when and then he died and he was buried and he rose again and he went to heaven but he didn't leave us comfortless. You'll remember that on the day of Pentecost the holy spirit of God came in great power. We now know biblically that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We know that he dwells in us and I want to teach my children to do right?
And I know the world might give you the idea that if you talk to them long enough and well enough, they'll hear your voice in their head when I was taking flying lessons. I think I'm probably told you this but I'm so old I don't remember. So I was taking flying lessons my instructor, you know, you got these heads this headset on he's talking all the time and he talks very softly but it's a you can crank him up I'm deaf.
So I just cracked him up and he would say to me. Alright do this and do that and do this and do that. He was constantly talking one day. He told me when I'm out of this airplane, you will always hear me. For the rest of your life. You will hear me in your ears. Well, I thought I'm not sure I like that idea, but I was flying by myself.
And all I could keep thinking was this what Larry be saying right now. And so I had Mike Staley our dear beloved missionary to the United States military and his wife and his daughter and I had them in the airplane and we were Landing in Toccoa. Georgia and so on the way and I just started talking and I just repeated everything Larry would say to me so I start line up line up.
Yep. Get her like whoop. Get back get back whoop right there fly to get their fighting get there. All right. Well, well, well that's a little too fast and too fast. Oh that wasn't good because we ain't caught a wing and threw me up and then I saw like slow down some watch it watch it. Watch out whoop whoop and they're laying it was a beautiful head.
We gotta play them like said, It might be wise if you not do that again, he said you had me scared to death. But I mean Larry was in the plane with me, but Larry was in the plane. I've far. Y1 far better than that for you. Holy spirit of God. My kids need to know him. They need to be saved and we've talked about that but they need to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
I'm going to give you some verses on that tonight and Ephesians chapter 5 and verse 18, you know the verse as well as I do. Sometimes we Baptist become so Presbyterian that we don't know he really is a. And he really does live and he really does exist and he is really at work in our lives every day of Our Lives somehow the Pentecostals made the Holy Spirit the most important part and some of the Trinity and the Independent Baptist made him the least important person in the Trinity, but God kind of made him like God the Father God the son God the Holy Spirit.
They're all important. All I've got a job to do. So divisions 518 the Bible says be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the spirit and really it's a kind of a indirect understanding. There's a this contradiction of terms helps me understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
It says be not drunk with wine. So a Pentecostal might read that and say so be drunk with the spirit and they may do some drunk acting stuff. I think the real meaning of it is pretty simple alcohol can control you. So don't let it don't let alcohol control you but do let somebody else control you and that's the holy spirit of God now if I'm raising kids I know this.
You know when they're little when they're little a lot of our parents that you old people got old all grown up kids. And so you're like, I don't even know this awesome. Maybe it'll help you with this the spirit stuff. Maybe I doubt it, but maybe as you know as much as I do, but it helps me so maybe could help you.
But those little kids you just by controlling thing. They do except when they poop and pee you're pretty much in control if they move from one room to another you move. And if they don't do what you want to do is pretty easy. I mean, they're basically Wards are prison and you're the Jailer and sometimes you even put them in a bed looks like a jail and then and then you put bumpers around it so they don't get hurt by the jail bars.
But you won't be able to be around them all the time. And it won't be long until they're out on their own doing their own thing and you can say well I trained them, right? There's only one person going to go with them. I have scripture if I get around to it tonight to show, you know, he's always watching.
He always knows what people are doing, but he's not just watching if they're born again. He's there in the middle of it. and
when they masturbate. he's there.
When I look at porn or fornicate. Or commit adultery or get drunk. He's not up in heaven looking sadly. He's living there. We are the temple. of the Holy Spirit. most of us are too decent to get drunk at church. We're too decent to. get drunk at church were too decent to fornicate at church. I mean the very thought that someone would bring a person here and have sex on this platform that we use as our altar would turn all of our stomachs, but the holy spirit is going home with you tonight.
Be not drunk with wine. Wherein is excess but be filled with the Holy Spirit? I think the parallel passage is Colossians chapter 3 and verse 16.
To be filled with the spirit will mean that you're not have to be filled with the word of God.
I don't want to sound braggadocious. Proud or arrogant? And I said, I love the Bible. Because I hope and think we'd all think that. But at the same time I'm free. You don't talk to your family about it. I'm afraid. For any reason will skip church for any reason will push the Bible to the side. For any reason we won't focus on this, but if I want to raise my kids, right I want to train them up, right?
They need to know how to listen to the holy spirit of God. The way they listen to the holy spirit of God. Colossians 3:16 Says let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. In all wisdom now, I'm no Greek scholar. So can I just say something about English richly sounds like a bunch. Let me give you the root word for richly rich.
You know what Rich means a bunch. What's a rich person God that a poor person doesn't have a bunch of money? You'll be given a man right there. This is deep. You need a lot of scholarly study to figure this out. The word of God ought to dwell in them, richly. The word of God on a dwell in US richly the Bible says and it says let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.
Teaching and admonishing one another it ought to be that we come to church and we have Bible discussions and we just so full of Bible that when we bump together. We want to talk about Bible Well, I love the Bible and you love the Bible and let me just tell you why I read this it's good stuff I did too and this is good stuff.
And by the way, the Bible says we ought not do that. The other guy called show me where I'm wrong. Teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with Grace in your hearts to the Lord. So I'm full of the Bible. I'm singing The Bible and thinking the Bible. It's in my heart.
It's in my mind. So I want to talk about how to teach our children to be sensitive to the holy spirit of God that's wanting to talk to you about it how to have our children be sensitive to the word of God. You do understand. They need to be saved. That's the given we're moving on. We already know that.
Secondly, they need to understand that. Little things are going to happen inside of them. That they're not going to understand. It doesn't happen in Lost. See the holy spirit of God is going to be in them. And I think I'm proving Stephen the Bible and they're going to be wanting to do something and you're going to say it's their conscience and I'm going to tell you that a born-again Believer something overrides.
His conscience is called a person that's always fear to God and and that kid goes to cheat on that test and when they get rid of cheat on that test they don't even understand why they feel so bad about it, but he's like, I don't want you doing that. Because they need to know that they need to understand why you feeling that you need sound talk to him.
You need to sit down and talk to him about it. Look what the Bible says if you would in John 16:13. John 16:13. howbeit. When he that's Holy Spirit the spirit of Truth. The holy spirit is come. He will guide you into all Truth for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever. He shall hear that shall he speak and he will show you things to come you need to underline in your Bible the word Spirit of truth.
That's him because all he speaks his truth and I'm not trying to be rude when I say this, but the only real truth that we know we have found right here. You know people always that challenge me all the time about do I believe the Bible like a Lord help me. I live in the book. I memorize the book. I dreamed.
I preached it more than one language. I love it. So if you want to know what truth is, this is truth and science it and I don't get me wrong science is good. Science is real good. I'm glad they figured out what episode in was a man. I'm glad they figured out how to cure polio. But if you want truth the spirit of Truth, this is his language.
This is what he says. This is how he says it and I need to get the book in them. So I need some family devotions. I need to sit him down and say we're just slowly not not being rough on you not about not trying to shove a bunch of Bible down her throat, but week after line upon line precept upon precept a little bit by little bit.
I want to feel my kids with. Every decision made he will guide you into all truth. I don't you should underline that. He will guide you into all truth. That's an amazing thought. Jesus said when I leave here this invisible person is going to come and dwell you and overpower you and working God in the truth and he's going to move you and direct you and guide you he's going to take you by the hand and say come on I can take you to truth.
There is a person who lives in you who want you to understand this Bible and who will guide you and take you there and show you the Bible my children ought to know that. They ought to know that I'm looking for the holy spirit to guide me. They ought to know that I'm teaching them that they ought to know that your mom is doing that.
He will guide us into all truth. John chapter 14 and verse 26 John chapter 14 and verse 26. He'll make us remember. I went backwards on purpose. because. you don't guide you into all truth. But first he said he's going to make you remember look at John 14:26 the comforter which is the Holy Ghost whom the father will send in my name.
He shall teach you all things going to guide you into all truth. We were I meet with the young ladies of the training center if you come by my office usually which you're always welcome to come to my office. I have an open door policy with a closed door. It's always closed to the Kingston all the records you guys are making they make enough racket in the office and but so on Thursday afternoons about four o'clock, I meet with all the training center girls want to come there that's on the class.
So today we read 1st John read the whole thing. We wrote down what it said about how to know you saved. They picked it out. They just read it and they wrote it down. You know, I know where's in so we were we were just going through the. And you know, here's a wonderful thing. He'll teach you.
Now when he teaches you is not mystical spooky or any of that, you know, you don't lay down in bed put you Bible under your pillow and hope he teaches you during the night. You open your Bible on a desk or in your lap in a chair and you start reading your Bible and you come to church and you listen to preaching and you meet with other people and you discuss what's going on in the Bible your admonishing one another and exhorting one another and discussing it like we read in Colossians chapter 3, so you're always talking about the Bible and you're always checking the Bible.
And so you're a real strong Bible reader and he teaches you. I have a confession to make. I never went to Bible College. Well, I got a southern baptist degree in the most stinkin god-awful liberal. Miss you ever heard of. They called Jesus a bastard. That's why I'm an independent Baptist. They mock the Bible on a regular basis and Greg has to put up with a lot of junk where he goes and it's a picnic compared to where I went.
I learned this what I'm about to Bible. He taught me. Now he taught me by preachers and he taught me by Sunday school teachers and he taught me by people that took an interest in me and he taught me by spending time alone in my Bible to be taught me but me getting rebuked. But he taught me he'll teach you.
I need my kids to know that I don't know everything son. I don't have all the answers, but you know, somebody has all the answers. So get in get in the book and get on your face and ask God because one day I won't even be here to help you but he will never leave you nor forsake you he will teach you all things.
I didn't make this up. I'm read it out of the word of God and then he said I'll bring you into remembrance. I put this year on purpose because how do you bring into remembrance what you had never learned to begin with? And some people, you know, we read today that if you're one of the if you're one of us and you leave us and you never come back you never were one of us.
That's something that didn't mean they went over and join a different Church. But if somebody who said they were Christians always around and said they loved Jesus and then one day they walk and you probably got a family member and he your family member walked out and they don't love God. I don't love Jesus a flat out say they don't they won't go to church but you keep saying well, they made a profession when they were for John would kind of indicate.
They're not saved. There's a whole bunch of John it was so they weren't saved. There were walking in darkness. They're not obeying the Commandments and I'm not loving the brothers just to be blunt on his first John and pretty well say they're going to go to hell when they die and you got family members trusted and you won't witness to him because you trust that you've got to read the book.
Teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance. Whatsoever. I've said to you, I don't know how many times in my life. I've been somewhere doing something and I'm in the process of doing it and it's like a verse pops into my head and I'm like, I'm not thinking about that verse it doesn't fit.
Well with what I'm doing right now and I can almost hear him say I know thing bad. That's why I'm bringing it to your remembrance. You ought to remember what I got to say here because what you're doing is not what I said. I don't appreciate it. I'll be honest with you. I often don't appreciate him.
He interrupts me. He did he makes me uncomfortable. Does he do that to you? We got to teach our kids that. Did you can tell your child all you want? Well, you shouldn't fornicate. One of our missionaries right now is dealing with a couple maybe and fornicate. He told me they said they've been messing around I said son that ain't messing around.
It's called fornicating. He's not telling me do what they're supposed to I said tell him it's it in like Devils. I said quit being nice we meaning the devil to him and he said I am being me. I said be Manor. Said they want to get baptized. I said they keep her zipper up. They don't.
But you know what? It's amazing you can get saved you won't do what you used to do different stuff comes into your mind. Isaiah chapter 30 verse 21 if you would. as you feel your heart up and as he lives in you, and I know you could argue context here with me. But this is an example of an illustration in the Old Testament.
Of what he does in the New Testament and Isaiah chapter 31 30 and verse 21 says and on ears shall hear a word Behind These saying this is the way. walk in it when you turn to the right hand and when you turn the left. If you study the New Testament.
And you like the wobble which I think you do. I really believe you. They were they went from and just and just 50 days and just 40 days in just 10 days just 10 days really they were alone 10 days are kind of alone. For three and a half years approximately Jesus said let's go here. Let's get in the boat.
Let's put the net on this side. Push out a little bit. I want to preach. Pass that this bread right here just do this right here and just do this right here, and he walked around with him telling them what to do. Am I right or wrong about that? It was only about 12 guys, maybe 50 guys and 75 guys wasn't a bunch.
It wasn't a bunch because because of the fact is when Jesus wanted to be alone. And you said 12:15 with him and when he ran the whole crowd chases are always already somewhat do then he died? Before he died. He said and when I die. I'll be buried I will rise again. I live forever. I'll be seated at the right hand of my father, but I won't leave you alone.
I'll send you somebody like me. I'll send you somebody like me a comforter of the same type that I am. So, I don't know how you honestly believe he doesn't deal with you. Like Jesus would.
I'm off and get ready to preach I was tonight. This is not what I was going to do. I had this plant I popped this thing out on Monday, and I'm I'm just messing around and I it's like a but I really want you to talk about this and you can say that spooky. That's weird. I don't care what you. But I just said I just said you only turn that way, okay.
Oh, you don't we do that? Okay.
He guides us. He speaks to us. I don't know how many times I've had him. Tell me. Look at that way. You're looking at that person got that girl in your eyes. You ever done that I'm sure y'all have it. I just see a girl I shouldn't look at her. I'm 60. I don't do it much now but 40 years ago. I did quite a bit of it.
I didn't mean to I'd be looking at a girl in The Mend my heart would say stop. wet and I'd be like but.
Your kid needs to know that. Their friends will tell him I'll you don't need to feel guilty about it and I would tell them they're not feeling guilty. They're feeling him.
Guilts what a lost guy feels what we feel is Holy Spirit conviction and Leadership and direction. offering plate gets coming by the holy spirit says. I don't ever see you put anything in. He said he wouldn't talk about that. You would Jesus. You see if Jesus were here would he say I notice you don't give I think I can show you the scripture.
He would I think he'd even be standing back and watching them give he just walked back in the back and said bring on him offerings. I'm.
A little wetter. She dropped it too much because whoa, you know the story I have to tell you a story. So don't tell me he wouldn't talk about that. Sometimes Betty gets on my nerves. I'm tired. I've been dealing with machetes fighting but dealing with church people won't do what I ask them to when it's reasonable.
When they were family junk and Betty doesn't do anything wrong. She really doesn't let me most times. She's about as close to perfect as you can get but it don't matter when I'm when I'm in a bad mood she could walk in with she could walk in with apple cobbler and ice cream on top of it. I'd be like why you break out in here for because you like it who said?
Okay, give it here now none of y'all are like that. Well, I'll say that and I hear him go. Yep. That's how Christ loved the church we got bring that up for you. Don't ever they need to be taught this. Your children need to be taught this Ephesians chapter 4 verse 30.
I just feel for my Calvinists Brothers in here right now. You can grieve the Holy Spirit.
Walking your side by side. I found Mexicans man to be so touchy. You know, I had my American culture and they had theirs and I'd make a comment that in my culture was perfectly. Okay, but in their culture it was atrocious what I said what I did. And and I finding them and I'd have to beg for forgiveness and I think myself what any American would have been okay with that.
And then the holy spirit is say laying Americans dingbat. Good point. just way the holy spirit is. any human understands you doing what you're doing, but he doesn't because he doesn't have our sensitivities.
Holy spirit says the holy spirit says don't do that. And you say take a leap. and he says. not taking a leap, but third or fourth time you take it you say it you offend him. You can laugh at this. I don't care what you think about me tonight. I mean, I've had one of those days here last two days been pretty rough for me.
Just Junk going on in my life and I just be honest with you I really don't care what you think you can upset him. It says grieve him. Let me explain grieving make him upset. He said I've done it to Betty a million times. I've hurt her feelings. Reeve not he sealed you the day of redemption you want to always be thinking about what he feels.
My children, I don't think he liked that you don't say well what do Independent Baptist think who cares what they think well, what will the pastor's think who cares what they think God lives in me. What's he think? He's in chapter 4 verse 19. You know, we can disobey to the point that we get past hearing his voice.
This is just one of those crazy versus but here it is Ephesians 4 19 who being past feeling. Have given themselves over unto lasciviousness to work all uncleanness with greediness.
All hey all the time as a boy. teenager. Don't till I went to college married my wife pick up 75 pound Bales and throw up in the air. It's what you did every day wasn't that wasn't a show of strength. It's just what what young men did back to it when he money made a buck fifty an hour when the guys were good buck when they weren't.
Always wear gloves always, you know, my daddy never wore gloves. He had hands there were tougher than. I mean, he didn't feel it. I've seen I've seen him stick something in his hand. It didn't even bleed that's taking like a. like a bulb love or something. I mean he if you said somebody's hand he just don't stick it he had calluses on top of his calluses.
That's how some of our hearts get. Huh?
Now here's another verse I challenge you to study. You quench. Not the spirit first Thessalonians 5:19. Let's don't tell him know. Here's what's amazing about him. He wants to work. He is working you preachers and you young guys learning how to preach. He's a best friend's you have he's if you're going to preach it's the only way you'll ever preached that heavy thing happening.
Nobody gets saved without him doing it and no message. You'll ever preach will get in her the famous old preacher say one time I can talk to ears but only the spirit can get to the spirit. It's the holy spirit of God. We need him and yet we quench him. Quench, what's that? I don't know but when I was a boy, we had coal oil lanterns.
You don't know what that is. So like a kerosene lantern and. Because you got lights in the house that you got this globe on it. You got to keep it clean in the white doesn't get up. But when you roll it down real low, it'll still smolder and black jungle come out. So you always let your fingers and you touch the whole little ribbon put it out you do that with a candle you quench it.
You want to you want to make sure there's no more fire. That's what we would hook spirit. He starts saying you had been reading your Bible. You have been praying. I need to teach my kids this I think I sound like tonight. I've preached adults. I didn't mean to here's what I'd like to say to you how your kids going to know what to do when you're not there.
They need to know God. They know how God speaks to him. They need to be ready to listen to God. They don't need to be saying mama says I can't do this. I know that at three years old. They better say that there's they're not saved. In five years old a better say that they need so that when you're eight years old hates it when or 20 that's fine, but the truth is.
your kids are leaving home. They're going to do what they pretty. Well, please. You can teach them all you want teach them. They don't have to do anything. It's sort of like a liberating thing. We're on our way down meet my dad and I we were driving. My Corvair said Corvair. Another Corvette Corvair was a piece of trash car that they made back then it's one of those cars now that that whenever they talk about the worst cars ever made.
I had one. I was driving it and we were going to get married the very next day and we're coming down interstate back. Then. It was speed limits for like 75. 80. So I was running about 90. My daddy said slow down son. Is it? Okay. I never changed a thing. Freedom buddy me what's he going to do?
What's he going to do in 24 hours? I'm a married man bless God. The one thing I'll get you kids do right. If you're honest better. Pray the Holy Spirit goes with them. In him speaking to him that God. Now you've been questioning. Have you been grieving him can't teach your kids how to do what you don't do?