Pull the trigger – do you want 2009 to be the same as 2008? by Pastor Don Moore

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pull the Trigger Do you want 2009 to be the same as 2008 by Pastor Don Moore

I hope you enjoy the transcript of this  inspiring message for 2009, I sure am ready to step into a new way of being, don’t want to drag 2008 problems forward into 2009. I kept it almost word for word – three … means a pause and what is in [brackets] is what the congregation says.  I know you will be blessed hearing or reading this sermon.

I want to talk to you about something that just spoke in my mind.  Do you ever have something just speak in your mind?  You know, you get a sentence and it just speaks in your mind and you say, “Wow, that really has a message in it for me.  That’s important.”  So, this morning was one of those.  I was just minding my own business.  Do you ever do that?  [yes, laughter]  Minding my own business and something just reverberated through my mind and it said, “Tell the people … to pull the trigger.  To pull the trigger.”

Let’s begin then.  The first verse of the fifth chapter of the book of John.  You ready?  [ready]  Come on say, “I’m ready to have my life changed.”  [I’m ready to have my life changed.]  Hallelujah.  “After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of sick people…” a great multitude.  So that would mean there’s more than one or two or three or four.  There’s a host of sick and disabled people.  “…blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.”  This is the water that’s in the pool of Bethesda there.  “For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.”

It bothers me sometimes when people refer to God as a God of miracles and then put Him, box Him into a time period, as if God hasn’t always, nor will He always be a God of miracles.  God is a God of miracles and He will always be a God of miracles.  He cannot limit Himself because where His divine presence is, His power is and wherever His power is, it will disrupt the natural.  Did you understand that?  Wherever He shows up, His power shows up.  Wherever He is, His manifest ability to change things also exists.  Therefore, if He ever was a miracle working God in the Old Testament, and if He was a miracle working God in the New Testament, then surely in these last days, He’s also a miracle working God.

The limitation of what God can do, it surprises me that people want to take away from us our free will.  But the will of man is so powerful that it can limit what God can do… [yes it can]  It can limit what God can do.  People say, “Well God can do anything that He wants.”  Well, yeah, and what God wanted to do, God wanted us to have free will, and so God then, therefore, said, “I will not override your free will unless you are mine.” … [yes] In other words, if I belong to God and I give God permission over my life, then God can override my will.  What did Jesus say in the Garden of Gethsemane?  He says, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”  In other words, God is a miracle working God, but if we give ourselves to God, the minute that we say, “You are my God.  You are my Sovereign.”  Then we give Him permission to override our will.  And we can therefore declare, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”  But in general situations and circumstances, God will let man exercise his will and have dominion because that’s what He did in the Garden.  So, we have dominion to exercise our will over our lives.  You could get up right now and leave… But if you are God’s and your heart is saying, “Not my will, but thine.” God, He could stop you at the door.  But in a general situation, He’s going to let anybody do what they want.  You want to leave, you could leave.  You want to come in, you could come in, unless there’s a big, burly usher at the door, gonna prevent you from getting out at the wrong time, or at the right time, whichever the case may be.

So these people have come to the pool of Bethesda to experience a miracle by the hand of God.  In other words, God would send this angel.  This angel would do something to disturb the water.  The water would look a little turbulent.  And so, the first person that jumped into the water, at the time that the water is stirred, that first person would get what?  Would get their miracle.  This is an Old Testament miracle.  How do we know that it worked?   Well, why would all these people be there if it didn’t?  Did you hear what I said? [yes] They had seen it.  They knew that it worked.  They knew that God was a healer.  And so, since He was a healer, the first one that would get in, would receive their blessing.  In other words, to put this into modern vernacular, when the water began to stir, the first one that pulled the trigger…would get their miracle…. Can you understand that?

In the sense of, if I had a gun here.  All of us have a gun, and that gun is our will, our power, our ability.  And we pull out our gun and we point it at the enemy or whatever sickness, death, disease, whatever you want to do.  But in this particular case, the first one that would pull the trigger, because they saw the stirring of the water, was the one that got their miracle.  You with me?  Can we do a few more verses?  Let’s go ahead a little bit further.

It says, “For an angel went down…” in verse 4, “…at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first…”  Whoever pulled the trigger first, “…after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.  Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity…” How long?  [38 years]  Is that a long time?  [yeah]  This guy’s sick 38 years.  “When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?“”

Do you want 2008 to turn out and finish, and then take whatever baggage you have from 2008 and carry it into 2009?  Or do you want to be made well?  Do you want 2009 to look different from 2008?  Or do you want to be the same way?  Do you want to just go from one year into the other and just roll on into that year and keep struggling the struggles that you’re struggling?  Do you want to take the same disease that you had in 2008 and just carry it on into 2009?  Do you want to take that same demonic situation in your home and just drag it on into this new year?  Is that what you want to do?  The same poverty that you had in 2008, do you want to just roll that poverty into here?  That same unsuccess, I don’t want to call it failure, because it’s not failure, it’s just unsuccess.  The success of life that has eluded you.  Those things that you dreamed about in 2007 and 2008, that haven’t come to pass, do you want to just go on into 2009 with the same problems?  Do you want to take that old junky car that you parked in our parking lot, that half-way runs, that you don’t know when it’s going to start, do you want to carry that on into the next year?  Is that your plan?  Or maybe you have the Lexus out there for $632 a month, can’t hardly make the payments, but you look good.  But do you want to take that, do you want to take that debt?  Do you want to do that?

What do you want to do?  Whatcha going to do here?  Whatcha going to do?  Whatcha going to do?  Whatcha going to do?  You want to take all of that 2008 stuff?  How about this one?  Do you want to take the fear that you’ve built up in 2008 and carry it over into 2009?  God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.  But we’re still afraid.  Can’t hardly turn on the TV without somebody telling you something depressing.  Getting you scared.  Telling you what’s going on in Israel.  What’s going on here.  Oh it’s all over.  oooh, hu.  Do you want to take that over there?

How about this one.  You want to take your bad marriage on over into 2009?  You know, you called him a bum in 2008, you want that bum, you want to call that bum a bum still in 2009?  You want to just carry it over?  I want to help you.  I want to help you.  You see, there is a problem here in that the people that pull the trigger, the first one that pulls the trigger got the healing here.

This guy’s 38 years, 38 years, 38 years, and Jesus asks him a simple question.  “Do you want to get well?”  Do you want to have things go different in 2009?  That’s what He’s basically saying to him here.  He says to him, when He saw him lying, He “knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?  The sick man answered Him,”  Let’s read it together.  Come on.  “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.

There’s a couple of problems that he’s making.  First problem is he’s looking to a man.  Lord have mercy.  He’s looking for someone with skin on to be the solution to his problem.  He won’t pull the trigger because why?  He’s looking for a man.  His number one excuse is somebody else is my problem.  No, no, no.  Nobody else is your problem.  You are your problem.  [amen]  You are your problem and if you don’t accept responsibility for the way it was in 2008, there’s no way you’re gonna escape it in 2009.  It’s going to turn out just the same as long as you’re looking for a man to solve your problem.  Come on now. [amen]

You can’t find a banker that’s going to fix it for you.  The bank is not going to fix your debt situation for you.  No, no, no.  There’s no counselor.  I had over 30 years counseling experience, and one thing I’ve learned is I can’t fix anybody.  [laughter]  I can’t.  I can feed ’em.  But I can’t fix ’em.  [amen]  I can feed them.  I can put good food out there, but if they don’t eat it, they’re not going to change.  People just sit in the counseling session, shaking their head “yes”  and smiling.  While all the while they’re saying, “I’m sick.  My problem is somebody else.  It’s somebody else’s fault that I am the way that I am.”

Well listen, you can’t start getting your healing until you begin, you know, taking some people down off the crosses you’ve nailed them to. [come on Pastor, yes] You’ve nailed them to, listen, everybody, everybody.  I don’t know anybody that didn’t come from a dysfunctional family.  I’ve been looking for a functional family for 30 years, and all I’m finding is dysfunctional families.  You can blame momma and daddy for everything.  You can nail them to the cross of what’s wrong with me is because of momma and daddy.  But… but at some point you have to stop that.  [yeah]  At some point you have to go up to the cross of momma and daddy and rip those nails out of their hands and their feet and set them off the cross and say, “Momma and daddy, I finally accept the fact that not only was our home dysfunctional, but I bet you.  Tell me about your home.”  [oh, ah, yeah, come on]  And momma starts telling you how dysfunctional her home was.  She starts telling you how messed up her father was.  How crazy her grandpa was.  And if she starts going on great grandpa, you gonna find out you are the fourth generation of a totally dysfunctional functional family.  That can’t function because it ain’t got no unction to function because the function done died out.  And everybody’s dysfunctional.  [yep]

Lord, you didn’t just inherit a drug problem.  Come on, check your family chart.  You’ll find some drugs back there.  You’ll find some totally wacko, waco wackos… I’m good at this.  [laughter]  I’m not practicing.  I’ve got the child.  Listen, you have to get to a place where we finally just pull the nails out of daddy’s hand and say, “My daddy was a bum.”  … But I’m not going to be like that.  I’m gonna to make some other choices… I’m gonna make some other choice and I’m going to stop playing the blame game.

So this guy’s 38 years sick, and what?  It’s good to know what went wrong.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s good to know what went wrong.  You know, if you have a drinking problem, and you found out your daddy had a drinking problem, and your grandfather had a drinking problem, and then it skipped a generation, and it was your great grand momma, who owned a still, ran a bar, lived to drink, and you find that that was the root of it.  It’s nice to know that stuff.  But Jesus is, after you find it out, what are you going to do about it?  [amen]  What are you going to do about it?

And so, this man’s sick 38 years, and what’s his excuse?  I need a man.  There’s nobody to help me get in there.  What do you mean?  He said, “There’s nobody.  There’s nobody with flesh coming to fix my solution.”  … Nobody with flesh can fix your solution.  You need Jesus Christ.  You need the Son of God to interrupt your programming.  Did you hear what I said?  Because we have all our mental programming.  You need the Son of God to interrupt your computer banks and put you know, put a stop to it.

I was watching, the other day I was watching my son play with the computer.  And he lifted it up.  I didn’t know there was that much stuff inside there.  [laughter]  I said, “What’s that?”  He said, “That’s ram.” and I said, “What’s that?”  He said, “That’s a mother board.”  I said, “What’s that?”  He said, “That’s where all the chips are and the information goes from here, goes through there, and it goes to the ram, and what ever.”  And I said, “What, how can we fix this computer?”  He says, “You need more ram.”  I said, “Where are you gonna get it?”  He said, “At the ram store.”  [laughter]  You get the new ram and you do what?  You take out the old ram, you add to the new ram, and if there’s enough space in the thing.  What do they call that space in the, in the, yeah next to the motherboard, and you plug it in, and what ever, what ever.

Some of us need to go to the ram store and get some new ram.  [yeah]  We need to stop trying to live on, on a, you know, too small a megabyte thing.  You got just one chip.  You still running that same old chip over and over and over again.  You need to add some new ram.  That you can overpower that old ram, and put more new information in there.  Just get some new chips in there and get something new.  And if the whole mother board’s shot, lift it out.  Get a new mother board and put it in there and start over.  [yeah, clapping]  Start over with some new thinking.  New way to look at your problem.  Let Jesus redo your nonsense.  (mouth sounds) push, plug that in.

I thank God that at some point I began to recognize that it wasn’t my momma or my daddy’s fault that I was the sick one.  I didn’t have a drug problem because of them.  I had a drug problem because I wanted to get high.  But I didn’t have enough sense to realize that getting high was getting low.

You know, I turned on the TV after New Year’s Day and what were they talking about?  How to get over a hangover.  I wish they’d just ask me.  I would have told them, “Don’t get drunk.”  [amen!, laughter]  You know.  You could have been here at church with us.  We were high. [whoo weee!]  But we weren’t hung over.  We were high.  Had that Holy Ghost joy. (clap)  I’m telling you.  I don’t know about you, but man, that’s the best high.  Feel good.  Jump around the house and you’re in your right mind.  Well, praise God.

Anyway.  So then, what does he say to Him?  He says to Him, “I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up;…”

Some of our spiritual lives are like that.  Can we talk about church?  It says, “Worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.”  But, sometimes when the water is being stirred, you won’t get in… You watching me get in, or watching somebody get in.  And they’re having a good old cry and their tears are rolling down and they got their eyes closed so they don’t have to look at you.  That was funny.  [laughter]  They’ve got their eyes closed, so they don’t have to look at you, and they are in the water.  They are swimming in the Holy Ghost’s presence, and the joy of the Lord is now becoming their strength.  And they’re just loving on Jesus, and Jesus is loving them.

And you know, oh my goodness, I woke up this morning, and singing about I love Jesus.  I love Jesus.  I got to find that record.  I told my wife I need to learn that song.  It was just singing, I just kept singing it over and over because, you know, but it was enough lyrics there.  It was, “Lord I love you.  I love you Lord.  Lord I love you.  Love you, I love you Lord.  Lord, I love you.  I love you Lord.  I love you Lord. Lord I love you.  I love you Lord.”  I mean, after awhile I started feeling better.  I mean, my step got lighter.

Man.  I was like, you know, and I said, “I like that song.”  You know, “Where is it?”  I asked my wife, “Where is that song?  Where is that song?”  And after awhile, you know, you see, I’m smart, man .  I’m really smart.  She said, “It’s on such and such a CD sung by such and such a person, singing that.”  So where is it?  “It’s in the car.  I don’t know where.”  I’m gonna find that song and sing it for you.

You have to have a song that gets you into the pool, that puts you in the water so that you can what?  Get healed.  You have to have something that helps you get healed.  You need some ram to help you get healed.  I want a few people to tell me what your song is.  Who’s got a song?  Get you in the water.  Mine is, (singing)  “I’ll sing your praises sing your praises forever.  Deeper in love with you.”  I don’t care how I’m feeling, I could sing that.  I start feeling better.  I start feeling better, why?  Because the water’ll start stirring and I can get my healing.  Who else has a song?

Brother Tony.  [I will worship you.] I will worship you.  Sing a little of it Tony.  [Tony sings]  Good, that’s good enough.  See, he started praising the Lord.  He said, “I will worship”  and He started.  [laughter]  Who else has a song?  Come on.  “I can only imagine.”  That would be right for a school teacher, she’s still trying to figure stuff out.  [laughter]  Let me tell the answer for that song.  (singing)  “I can only imagine…”  but it makes you feel better, right?  Thinking what?  This isn’t all of it.  This present day circumstance and situation isn’t all of it. I can imagine Heaven and the glory of it.  There’s only two people in this church that have a spiritual song.  Yeah.  “Count your blessings, name them one by one.  Count your blessings, and see what God has done.”  That’s a good one.  Yes sister.  Huh?  “This battle’s not mine,” it belongs to who?  It’s the Lord’s.  Yeah, “Above all.”  (singing)  “Like a rose, trampled on the ground, you took the fall, and thought of me, above all.”

Yeah.  “How great thou art.”  Come on, come on.  (singing)  “Oh, Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made.  Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee.  How great thou art.  How great thou art.”  Come on. [all singing] “Then sings my soul, my savior God, to thee.”  Come on, like you mean it.  “How great thou art.  How great thou…” Now put one of those things in there, “art.”  [laughter]  Hallelujah.  Come on give the Lord some praise.  [clapping and cheering]

Well you’re saying, “Well Pastor Don, what does this have to do with that?”  Singing a song of praise will pull the trigger.  [amen]  It will pull the trigger.  It will fell the enemy.  It will shoot him down.  It will break what he’s trying to do, because he then has to contend with your worship.  [amen]  You need to pull the trigger.  2009 will turn out just like 2008 until you learn to start pulling the trigger.

This man is sick 38 years, he’s 38 years waiting for someone else to make him happy.  Someone else to fix his circumstance.  Someone else to do something about his situation.  I just get so tired, I could be happy, IF.  Pull the trigger.  Why don’t you just be happy?

Look at what He says here.  Come on, with me now.  Verse 8. and “Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” …”Rise, take up your bed and walk.”  The man has a choice to make.  He either leaves his gun in the holster, or he sends a signal from his brain to his body, “Let’s get up.”…

The Body of Christ is walking around, we are totally armed and dangerous, and we won’t pull the trigger.  Faith requires an action, you all.  If you are a person of faith there’s something that you have to do to exercise that faith.  Just cause you got a gun doesn’t make you nothing.  You’re just another punk on the street.  Just like them other punks going … They can’t even hold the gun right.  [amen, laughter]  You know what I mean.  They’re going, turning the gun upside down as if it makes them bigger and badder.  You know what I’m saying.  [laughter]  Read the instructions!  Hold the thing right so you don’t break your wrist.  [laughter]  Hold it like.  [laughter]  Hold it straight.  Put two hands on it if you have to, but point it straight.  This is the top.  This is the bottom.  [laughter]  What are you talking about?  And they going around, holding guns and acting big and bad.  But they don’t what?  They have no courage to pull the trigger.

The Church is getting like that.  We know all the Scriptures.  We’re walking around, with all the Scriptures.  Won’t sing the songs of Zion that beat the devil down.  [amen]  Got a demon possessed husband in the house.  Why don’t you start singing over him?  He won’t be able to stand your joy.  Why don’t you start being happy instead of letting the devil make you miserable?  Your misery just says to the devil that he’s winning.  [amen] Talking, talking ungodly talk.  “We need to separate and divorce.”  You need to be talking, “I’m married, and I’m staying married.  It’s going to be a beautiful marriage.  I’m pulling the trigger on you.”  … [laughter]  I’m pulling [laughter]

See, some of you all sick.  [laughter]  Some of you all need therapy.  I’m pulling the trigger of faith.  I’m going to believe for what God said, not for what the devil is saying.  [amen]  I’m pulling the trigger of faith.  I’m believing that this year things are going to be different.  I’m pulling that trigger.  I’m through crying and complaining and whining and stuff.  I’m going to pull the trigger of faith that says, we’re coming up out of this thing here.  I’m gonna pull the trigger of faith.

The devil says, I can’t work, that I’m too sick.  I’m getting up out of bed this morning.  I’m not gonna, you’re not gonna to do that to me.  You know, you got a little cold.  You need to just get like Brother Hagin says, he says, well you sick.  What are you going to do?  What are you going to do?  What are you going to do?  He says, I’m going to act like I’m well.  I’m gonna pull the trigger of faith.  I’m getting up out of this bed.  No fever’s going to keep me down.  No, no, no, no diabetes, no arthritis, no pain in my back, or my shoulders, or elbows.  I’m getting up and I’m taking care of business.  I’m gonna to pull the trigger of faith.  Faith says, “You’re well!”  Then act like it!  Put that smile on your face and start praising God. Pull the trigger.  Start singing a song of Zion instead of complaining.

Get off the phone if you don’t have something nice to say.  Find somebody that brings you up, not brings you down.  If you can’t say nothing nice, don’t speak at all.  Get a Band-Aid, a gaffer’s tape and put it over your nasty, confusing, negative mouth.  [amen]  You know, have somebody else rip it off so that they won’t be so kind.  [laughter]  Leave it on for four days, your mustache will be all up in that thing, and they go wham, never mind.  Never mind.  I get too graphic sometime.  I can’t help it.  I can’t help it.  I just get a mental picture.  I’m just serious.  I am so serious about this.

Do you want to be well in 2009?  Then you’re gonna have to pull the trigger on some things.  You’re gonna have to make a decision that the way that it was is not the way that it’s gonna be.  You’re going to have to make a decision  that you’re going to stop talking about doing stuff.  I get so, somebody asked me yesterday, “Are you frustrated?”  I’m not frustrated.  I’m annoyed… There’s a difference.  Frustration would be that there’s something in me that is disturbed by my exterior.  Well, that ain’t happening.  I’m ain’t going to let nothing outside me mess me up.  You all know what I mean?  I’m happy everyday.  I have a good time everyday.  Every day’s a beautiful day.  Some things annoy me from time to time.  I get annoyed at people that are staying on hold.  Can’t get moving.  Can’t get going.   Always got a mission and they’re never on it.  They’re just talking about it.  Just on hold.  Always got an excuse, and the excuse is always somebody else.

2009.  2009.  Well ok, what’s it gonna be like?  What are you going to do?  You’re going to pull the trigger?  Or are you going to sit by the pool?  The first one to pull the trigger got in.  You got a God idea, why don’t you work it?  Don’t be afraid.  Set your feet.  Get your stance.  Get your firearm out and say, “I’m going for it.”  I’m going for it.  I want a new business.  You want a new business?  Well, let’s go.  Pull out the gun and let your faith fly.

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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