Accepting God’s Promises by Pastor Don Moore
Transcript of a sermon on Dec, 5, 2010
I slightly edited it for readability. What is in [brackets] is what the congregation says.
Sometimes we’re thinking that the attack is gonna come from the outside. In reality the attack comes from the inside. It is made upon us in the emotional realm of the feeling. And our feelings are something that have to be dealt with; but not something that has to be lived by. [amen] Let me say, you can deal with your feelings, but you cannot live by your feelings.
You can’t even live to satisfy your feelings because your feelings are insatiable. Do you know that big word? [laughter] That means that no matter what you feed it, it still wants more. So that when we get living in the feeling realm, we’d better get ready to be disappointed… [amen] Hallelujah. [amen] Just tellin’ you the truth. If you’re living to satisfy your feelings, ah, no, no, no, no, no, you’re gonna have a problem.
We live for the peace of God that is on the inside, not, you know. I don’t care, how many of you have ever bought a car? … Alright. Alright. Did that satisfy? [no] No, because after you bought it and rode it around the block it was used. [yep, laughter] You know, it’s like having a wife. If you know what I mean. [ooooooh, laughter] …. It’s like having a husband. [yeah, laughter] … Now we get it, right? Yeah, come on. You have to, you gotta polish it up and shine it up and get it going all over again.
And the Body of Christ is in trouble in terms of our marriages because we don’t polish and shine ’em up. We just got all excited. We got this new car. Drive it once, and then it’s used. And then we just go on, and then we wonder what happened? Why I don’t feel the way I felt when I first got married? How come things are not they way they were? It’s because you not polishing it up. [amen, yeah, Jesus! teach pastor] I got one Amen and a teach pastor. [laughter] My Lord, somebody help me here. Let’s try it again. You have to polish it up. You have to stay diligent and vigilant about maintaining relationships. [amen]
You can’t let the devil, he’ll beat you in the feeling realm. He’ll beat you in the mind in the feeling realm. But he cannot beat you in the Spirit realm. [amen] He cannot. You will defeat him every time that you get in the Spirit realm. He can’t, he can’t deal with that. He cannot deal with you as a spiritual being. But a carnal and mental, he’s going to whip you every time. So you have to get out of your mind and get out of your feelings and do what I’m telling you. [Jesus] Do what I’m telling you.
Husbands, if you’re not dating your wives, you have no right to complain about her. [hallelujah] Absolutely none. Wives, if you’re not dating your husbands, you have no reason to complain about him. Don’t wait for the knucklehead to bring you flowers. [laughter] You go buy the flowers and put ’em on his charge card and give ’em to yourself. [laughter] He’ll start gettin’ the picture. [yes] You know, my wife came home yesterday and she says, “Here, here.” I said, “What, baby?” She says, “This is what you bought me for my birthday.” [laughter] After 42 years she knows some stuff. I said, “Was it the right size?” She said, “Yeah.” [laughter] I wanted to know was it the right price? [laughter] But you know, she bought, she only shops on discount. So I’m ok.
The Bible study lesson for today is concerning this. And I want you to listen to what happened this week. While all of the people, a lot of people were just, you know, in trouble this week. But I thank God that I pastor a church where people, when they get in trouble, will pick up the phone and say, “I need some counsel, Pastor Don. In the multitude of counsel there is safety. And Pastor Don, this is what’s going on.” I got to church this morning, a lady’s waiting in my office. You know, she, we need each other, ya’all. [amen] I said, “We need each other ya’all.” [amen]
We need to be careful who you do share with and who you speak to. Because there’s some idiots out there and most of your friends are idiots. [yes] So you have to be careful. Well? [well] Glory. Cause we tend to pick, we tend to pick people that we feel superior to. But then, when we’re having a problem, and we’re goin’ to someone that we feel is inferior to us, and then we’re following their counsel, you’d do better to talk to yourself. [yeah, laughter] amen. [amen] So man is smart. God’s smarter. [amen, that’s right] Man’s smart but God smarter.
I want you to open your Bibles to Hebrews, Chapter 11. Hebrews, Chapter 11… I have to be funny. Somebody says, “Why are you so funny, Pastor Don?” I have to be funny. Do you know why? Because I’d be dropping bricks that are very serious bricks, you wouldn’t like me if I didn’t make you laugh about the reality of your life. [that’s right] You have to just laugh, and the wife sticks him in the ribs, and says, “You hear what he’s saying? He talking to you.” [laughter]
Hebrews 11, we want to look at verse 12, and I want to talk about this for a second. “Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude–innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.” Let’s take it again. “Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude–innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.” Now, this passage, this verse of Scripture, is one of those verses that people in the scientific realm always said, well that can’t be. [Jesus] And they said that that can’t be, the stars innumerable as the sand of the sea. And so it was, well, that’s a metaphor. Or that’s not literal, that’s just figurative speaking.
And so what we have is, we have these passages in Scripture. There are many of them in the book of Job and Isaiah that have scientific information in them. This is one of them. They had scientific information in it. And sometimes we look at the Bible and we don’t realize that it is the Word of God. And that God is accurate in what He says. And so, when it says that the saints that are gonna be saved and the people and the spirits that God has are innumerable, meaning a number so big you can’t count. Do you understand that? Innumerable, a number so big that you can’t count. So then, when the Apostle Paul, writing under the unction of the Holy Spirit, says that the stars in the heavens are as innumerable as the sea on the sand, that you can’t count them, we all went, well, he’s making a metaphor. He doesn’t mean that literally. That’s figurative talk.
Until this week. [mhnmn] …. [Jesus] Until this week. This week the brilliant scientists of our world, who knew so much, knew enough to say that the Bible is in question, and that they know everything and know a lot, and they are really wise. So they determined, first of all, for until the Hubble Telescope, they believed there was only 6,000 stars in our galaxy. [laughter] … Then the Hubble Telescope showed that there’s not only that, but there’s more galaxies. And so, there’s way more galaxies and way more stars and the scientists just figured out. And they says, “You know, there’s billions and zillions of stars and there’s also billions of galaxies.” … [hallelujah] And remember, I showed you that movie,Indescribable, and you know, some of you loved it and some of you wondered why Pastor was showing a movie. But the wonder of God and His great capability is beyond what the mind of man can conceive. [yes]
So this week, it was just wonderful to me. I just, I just jumped up and down. This week they had to put on national TV and everywhere. How many of you heard the reports? … Where are the rest of you all? [laughter] Too much Nintendo. [laughter] You better get with it.
God is busting out all over. We are in the last days. And everything that has been hidden, the Book of Daniel the 12th Chapter, He says, now He’s opening them up for it to be revealed. So science had to admit that they are now way off on the count of not just the stars, but they’re way off on the count of the size of the galaxies, and the galaxies themselves are innumerable. Not to mention that the stars within those galaxies are innumerable. In other words, God’s space is so vast that it is beyond your comprehension.
We keep looking for the borders of the universe, and God says in the book of Job, He says, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the space and the ends of it? Where were you? You don’t know. You can’t calculate it. You don’t know. You don’t know the number. You can’t even count the hairs on your head.” So, in my case, it might not be so hard. [laughter] But, in some of your cases, it’s very difficult.
So what I want to impress upon you is that this Scripture is true. It has been proven to be a reality.
Let’s read it again and then I want to talk about the first part of it. In the second half it says, “…..as many as the stars of the sky in multitude — innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.” In other words, if you walked out to a seashore, looked down at all the grains of sand, there’s as many stars in the heavens. Uncountable and innumerable. Science is just finally figuring out how dumb they are and how smart God is. [amen] I said, “Amen.” [amen] Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen. Now this has great significance for you and for I.
Go to First Corinthians. … First Corinthians. It’s in front of this. First Corinthians. Now, we get all excited, we’re glad to admit that modern science, they don’t know as much as they think they know. They’re trying to figure things out. You know. And people get smart and the smarter they get, the less they need God. And the less they want to recognize God. You know.
The great physicist Hawking who was born greatly disabled, if we applied the science that he believes in, he would have been destroyed in the womb. Or he would have been aborted, or out of the womb. He never would have lived if we take science and apply it the humanistic way that he, you know, do you understand what I’m saying here, anybody? [yes] And so, what we have then is, as he becomes more intelligent, he works the equation so that God doesn’t exist. Einstein attempted to do the same thing. But Einstein must have been smarter than Hawking because Einstein’s conclusion was this, everything in the universe is ordered. And therefore there would have to be a designer. But he didn’t want to accept that, because if there is a designer, then we have to serve Him. [laughter] … [amen] But he’d rather do his own thing. … Than serve the designer. Now, he’s serving the designer now wherever he is. [laughter] Movin’ right along.
So the scientists come up with the information that they have, when they are only discovering the secrets of how God did things. [amen] But here’s the problem. When they figure out something that God did, they elevate themselves to god-ness… But because you have understanding of something does not mean that you have control of something… [amen] Just because you understand how God did it doesn’t mean you’re in control of it. [amen]
And that’s why we have, you know, rampant cancer running through, through our culture. Because they got so smart inventing things that we could use that are killing us. How are you all doing? [good] All you all red dyed, yellow dyed, four dyed, blue dyed people? It’s hard to brush your teeth without some blue dye, red dye, green dye. You know. I tried with soap once. I didn’t, it wasn’t a good experience though. [laughter] You never had your mouth washed out with soap? [laughter] See, now we know who all the liars are. [laughter] You walked right into that, didn’t ya.
It’s like the pastor, he said, “Next Sunday,” he said, “next Sunday I’m gonna do a sermon on Mark 17. Everybody read it and be prepared next week.” Got to church next week, he got up and he says, “Now how many of you did your homework? How many of you read Mark 17?” And they all raised their hands, and he says, “Now, I want to preach about lyin’.” [laughter] There’s only 16 chapters in the book of Mark. [laughter] You get it? 16 chapters in the book of Mark. He said do Mark 17. [laughter] Ok.
Now, in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 1… Verse 18. A Sunday school lesson like this is meaningless if you don’t apply it to yourself. [amen] I said, unless you apply it to yourself. [amen] Ok, so let’s apply it to you right now and to me. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.…” The message of the cross is what? [foolishness] to who? [those who are perishing] “…but to us who are being saved it is.…” what? [the power of God] “…it is the power of God.” [amen] …
That’s why you have to be careful when you go to witness to people. You kinda have to locate them… [yes] You know, jumping right to the Cross and tellin’ ’em about Jesus dying for their sins and all, they may not be able, that may be foolishness to them. [amen] Make absolutely no sense. And the reason is because they don’t believe in the concept of good and evil or sin and righteousness. So you have to begin with sin and righteousness, in order to get them to accept that maybe they need salvation from their sins…
I’m talking to those of you that have an evangelistic spirit. If you have an evangelistic spirit and you want to talk to people and you want to lead them to the Lord, you can’t lead them from the Cross. You have to lead them from their view, their world view. And if their world view is that the Cross is foolishness, you’re gonna have to back up to, do they have a measure of right and wrong behavior. … [amen, amen] Do they have a concept of good and evil? Do they have a formula for what’s best and what’s not best? What’s effective and what’s not effective? If you can get them to there then the concept of sin begins to make sense, in that sin is error, moral and ethical error, and therefore it has a consequence to it. The wages of sin is death. And then from that position you can say, “AH HA HA! I have a solution for the wages of sin. Life.” [amen] … What life? The God kind of life. Jesus died and paid for your sin. Therefore you can live a gooder life. A gooder life. [yes sir, amen]… A gooder life. [yes sir] I know it’s not good English, but it’s a gooder life. [laughter, amen] I’m living a gooder life.
Now we tend to be judgmental about people because there are many people that are living the good life in the terms of material things. So we can’t put the basis of leading people to Christ just on the basis of financial power. No, no, no we can’t. But there are many people who, out of poverty, will come to the Lord. Because, as Solomon found out, no matter how much money you have, or political power you have, it doesn’t bring happiness. [amen] Come on. Paul says, “I’ve abounded and I have been abased.” And he learned something from it. He learned that whether he was doing well financially or poorly, God was still the best life. Amen. [amen]
How many of you all have ever been poor? I mean, poor. Alright, good, good, good, good. I need some new members. [laughter] Too many poor folk in here. Come on, right? [sure, Pastor] But being poor didn’t make you happy. But being very wealthy doesn’t either. There’s no guarantee because you have, the more money you have the more worries you have, the more things you have to figure out.
You know, the research on lotto is very amazing cause it finds that a large percentage of people that win it wish they’d never won it after they won it. I know you’re sitting now, thinking what, maybe I’m gonna get the number from the Lord today. [laughter] Not from me you’re not. [laughter] Amen.
So in this verse he says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written” “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” “
What’s God saying? He says, I will reveal that the stars are innumerable, the galaxies are innumerable, it’s all innumerable, for what purpose? To bring you what you think is wisdom, I’m gonna make you… realize that what I’m doing is way beyond your comprehension. Lord have mercy. That’s good stuff, isn’t it? [yes]
I remember in Job, when I was debating, trying to find out if God was real or not, I was debating about this. In the book of Job, it says that there are mountains at the bottom of the sea. [right] But, it wasn’t, it wasn’t until we got, you know, we got into the 60’s, 70’s that they could dive deep enough. And one of the first deep diving bells, a guy says, “You know, there’s mountains down here.” [laughter] And I thought, I said, “Well, yeah, Job knew it 5,000 years ago.” [laughter]
But we tend not to believe those things that are incredulous to us and to our thinking. I’ll get right with you. Now, stay with me. Verse 20. “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age?…” And we have those. We have people that, that dispute this age, and things like that. And He says, “…Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”
Every book that was written, that calculated the number of stars in the galaxies and all of that, right now, this week, became garbage. [amen] They became, you know, let’s use it for burning fires. Because all that great, all that great conversation, you guys missed it completely. You know, the other verse I love in scripture, it says that the universe is wearing out like a garment. [amen] You know, the Hubble Telescope proved that after God flung everything into space, it began to, the universe was expanding. And then they went, well, it can’t expand but so much because we know how big it is. Well now you know, you don’t know how big it is. So it can sure enough expand for eternity. And then keep expanding. … [amen]
But I’m talking to you now. I’m wit’ you. And so, verse 21. “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world… through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” I want you to read verse 26 with me. Come on. “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many might, not many noble, are called.” Keep going. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”
In other words, we have to get to a place in our minds where we understand this very simple principle. Just a very simple principle. A very simple principle. Are you ready? [yes] God chose you cause you’re an idiot. [laughter] God chose me cause I’m an idiot. [amen, laughter] And until you get to that position, you will not be able to step into your calling. Because, here’s why. God wants you to recognize your insufficiency so He can be your sufficiency so that you can do more. [amen] Hallelujah. Hallelujah. [amen, thank you Jesus.] Do you get that?
If you can accept the fact that you don’t have all the answers. If you can accept the fact that you don’t know everything. If you can accept the fact that right now you may not know what God has called you to do or where He’s called you to go. If you can accept that, then guess what? He wants you. [whew, amen] He wants you on His team when you accept the fact that you’re not sure everything that you want to do. [thank you Lord] Alright? [right] You’re not sure everything that ought to be done and how to do it. You can’t figure it out. Guess what? You’re God’s man for the moment. You’re God’s person for the hour. You’re God’s woman, you’re God’s maiden. You are what God has put in place and it is all blessing. [amen] It’s all blessing. You need to know that. How many of you got that? Let’s stand to your feet. I’m gonna pray over you. Let’s talk to Jesus.
Father, in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior, we just say thank you Lord. [thank you Lord] That though we think we’re wise and think we know all things, we’re so glad to accept the fact that you’re smarter than us, Father. You’re more powerful than us, Father. You’re more able than we are, Father. [yes you are] That we can only see what we see, but You see way beyond that. [yes, amen] And Lord, we’re just happy to humble ourselves before ya, and say, Thank you for your ability. Yes. Your greatness. We just thank you, Lord. And we thank you. We just give you praise. We thank you Lord that Brother Timbrouck and his wife, they know what they’re doing. And they got that. [thank you Lord] And you see the future for them as well and how to deal with it. And Lord, you have blessed us to be dumb enough to come to the House of the Lord, to get an answer from Heaven. [amen] Amen and Amen and Amen. Give the Lord some praise in here. [applause, hallelujah]
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