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Direction is Everything

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Deepen and strengthen your relationship with Jesus. 

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • July 23, 2017
    11:00 AM
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00:00 Dear God, assembled in Your presence are Your people whom You love. You love every man, woman, boy, and girl in this place, on these grounds. Because of that love which is undying, dear God, forgive our sins. Forgiveness is a tremendous expression of love and mercy. With the forgiveness, Father, let Your forgiveness leave a thick residue of power to resist that thing in the future. And with Your forgiveness, Lord, bring with it, let it bring with it a tremendous supply of hatred for sin because the things we hate we avoid. Now, God, give me grace. Grant me Your spirit, the Spirit of Truth. Let me restrain all urge to say that which is cute and say only what Your spirit gives me. Bless Your people not only here but wherever the remnant people are found, bless them and make them a blessing where they are. Thank You for loving us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Let God's people say amen and amen.

 

01:00 Our subject: Direction is Everything. We will examine a statement Jesus made about Himself. Let us go to John 8:44 very serious verse by the way. John 8:44-45 Jesus says “Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him when he speaks a lie he speaks of his own for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell ye the truth ye believe Me not”—that's a serious condition to be in. Some people refuse to believe something just because it's true. That is a suicidal state of mind. Just because it is true I don't want it. And because I tell you the truth you believe me not—John 8:46 “Which of you convinces Me of sin?” What is Jesus saying to them about Himself? What is He saying about Himself? I am sinless. He was not bragging. He was stating a fact under the guidance of the Holy Ghost because Jesus is very clear in several passages in John. He only said what the Father told Him to say. If we would live like that we would stay out of a lot of trouble. Only say what God tells you to say. And so Jesus said “Which of you convinces Me of sin?” and of course none of them could. John 14:30 “Hereafter I will not talk much with you for the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in Me.” What a testimony! Who is the prince of this world? (the devil) There was nothing in the life of Christ to which the devil could point and say that's mine. And so Jesus said unhesitatingly that He was sinless. What did the unbeliever say about Jesus? Luke 23:39-41 “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us”—he did not know what he was saying: one had to be saved, one had to die. He says “save Thyself and us” but that was impossible. The plan of salvation called for the death of one of the two and Christ knew He was the One who had to die not them. If He had saved Himself, He could not have saved us; that was self-sacrifice—“save Thyself and us. 40But the other answering rebuked him saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41And we indeed justly”—we are getting what we deserve—“for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.” Here is an unbeliever. He sees in Christ a sinless person. “This man has done nothing amiss.” The closer you come to Christ, the more evident it should be to the unbeliever that you have a relationship with Christ; not just the members of the church, the unbeliever must be convicted even though he or she may be unable to explain. That person must be convicted there is something about that man. What he doesn't know is the presence of Christ in that man. If the unbeliever does not recognize a difference in your life or mine the problem is with us, not the unbeliever. And so that thief said “This man has done nothing amiss.” But if you look at Luke 23:42 the Bible says “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.” I’m digressing again. In verse 41 what does he call Jesus? This man. He calls him a man. What does he call him in verse 42? Lord. What is he seeing? Humanity and divinity—now, he didn't know. There are times we say things under the direction of the Spirit of God and we don't know what we said but it's powerful truth. That thief had no clue he was delivering a profound statement. He looks at a man dying and sees a god who can save him because Christ had to die as a man but he can only save us as God. And so “this man hath done nothing amiss. Lord, remember me when thou comest into Thy kingdom.” And so he saw Christ as a man who did no sin. Let's look at another unbeliever. John 19:5-6 “Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! 6When the chief priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, Crucify Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye Him, and crucify Him: for I find no fault in Him.” So Jesus wasn't saying something no one else recognized. The thief on the cross, under all the stress of suffering on that cross, he acknowledged the faultlessness of Christ. Pilate interviewing Christ, examining Christ, he realized this man had no fault. Is that how we see Jesus? If you see Jesus as having no fault can you be angry with a person who has no fault? Do we get angry with God? How do you get angry with a God who has no fault? Surely that shows we suffer from temporary insanity. And if there's someone listening to me and you've been angry with God and you’ve not yet apologized do it in your heart right where you sit. No human being has any cause to be angry with God; no just cause, none. Let God be true and every man a liar. If you've been angry with God tell Him, Father, I am sorry. I was wrong. How can you be angry with God? Oh, no! Alright, Pilate, the thief on the cross, Jesus Himself. Let's take a look now at the extent to which Christ was made a sinner. Here's a man who said I am sinless. We're looking now as to the degree to which Christ was made a sinner having looked at the fact that He declared Himself and other witnesses said He was sinless. Yet, here's what the Bible says in 1 Peter 2:24 “Who His own self bear our sins in His own body on the tree”—now, is this coat in my body? No, it’s on my body. Christ took our sins into Himself. But how does He describe Himself? Sinless. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He hath made Him”—Christ—“to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Now, let's read that verse microscopically. If there are five significant verses in the Bible, that's one of them. “For He”—God, the Father—“hath made Him”—Jesus—“to be sin for us”—now, when God does a work does He do it well? (yes!) Does He do it thoroughly? (Yes!) Did He make Jesus sin? (no) “God hath made Him to be sin”—I didn’t say did He make Him commit a sin, did He make Him sin? Yes, He made Him to be sin—thank you for allowing me to correct my words. He “made Him to be sin for us.” It was a job well done because only a sinner can suffer death. Did Christ die? (yes) What’s the only reason for anyone or anything to die? Sin, whether it’s sin you commit or sin you took. The only reason why death occurs in the life of a man or an animal is because of sin. And so Jesus says I am sinless. The Father said I made him to be sin. Peter said He took our sins into Himself. Isaiah said He was numbered with the transgressors. Why was He between the two thieves? because He was considered the worst of the three. Now this creates a difficulty. How can someone who took our sins into Himself, someone from whom the Father turned away because—what causes god to turn away from us?—sin!—What causes god to curse a person?—sin!—Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse. Who made Him sin for us? The Father. Then who made him a curse? The Father. He was made sin; He was made a curse; yet, He is sinless. How was that possible? Let us go to Mark 2:7. Mark the second gospel and the shortest gospel. Mark was not one of the twelve disciples neither was Luke. Mark 7:20—first let's go to Leviticus 1:1 but before we read let me tell you a little bit about offerings in the Bible. The major offerings were these: the burnt offering, the meat offering or meal offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering. These were the major offerings. There were others, the drink offering, but the major offerings were these five. Of these five the foundational, central, core offering—before all the others were given to Moses in the wilderness—was the burnt offering. Genesis 8:20 just as Noah emerged from the ark “And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar”—the burnt offering was the offering that went way back. Genesis 22:1 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham and he said, Behold, here I am. 2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” And so we have there Isaac was a burnt offering. There Isaac represents Jesus Christ. Christ was a burnt offering. All right, let's go to Genesis 4:1. Looking at the central—the one offering that absorbs all into it—the ideal offering. Genesis 4:1 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. 2And she again bear his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering. 5But unto Cain and to his offering, He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” Now, Abel brought a burnt offering—even though it's not mentioned; but, you couldn’t bring fruit for a burnt offering. The burnt offering had to be an animal because it, more than any other offering, represented Jesus Christ. Now, the burnt offering was also voluntary, you didn't have to. The other offerings you were under obligation to bring them. The burnt offering was entirely free will. That's why I said yesterday Christ was not under the law. Before He came to this earth He was under obligation to nobody. He did not have to come and die. Christ didn't come out of obligation unless you call love an obligation. And so the burnt offering goes all the way back to Abel. The first one mentioned in the Bible even though the name is not there. We have Abel, we have Noah, we have Abraham, the burnt offering. Now, let's look at the part of the Bible that gives us the most details about the burnt offering. Leviticus 1:1-3. Before we read let's say another prayer.

 

18:14 Holy Father in Heaven, as we take a look at the burnt offering which represents Christ so fully, let Your Spirit of Truth continue to guide my mind and bless my brothers and sisters I pray, in this building and by the Internet, in Jesus' name I ask. Amen.

 

18:30  Leviticus 1:1-3 “And the Lord called unto Moses and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. 3If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.” Let's look at those three verses. Now, it says cattle, herd, flock—what does that mean? A cattle is a general term for domesticated animals. Herd would refer to cows and bulls, heifers, that sort of thing. Flock would refer to sheep and goats. And in verse 14 we have pigeons, turtledoves. Let me just digress again. A herd is: bulls, cows, heifers. We have flock: sheep and goats. We have turtledoves, pigeons. What does that tell you about coming to God? No matter at what level in the economy—you sin—bring something to God. Have you ever heard preachers pray, I may have said it myself or whoever is praying for the offering, bless those who have nothing to give? There is no such thing. Go to your supermarket parking lot, walk around until you find a penny, pick it up, bring it to church, put your heart in it so it's worth more than a penny. Put your heart in it, drop it in that plate. There is no such thing as I have nothing. Is there something in your house that is worth $10 dollars, $20 dollars? When we say they have nothing to give we mean they have no cash but the Bible doesn't say tithe your cash. It says tithe your increase. So you have no cash? you have something that’s worth money? bring it. I am not joking. Give it to the church. Let the church cash it and keep the money. There is no such thing as I have nothing to give God. You mean I don't have cash. OK. Bring me something. Bring me that Gucci handbag. Give it to the church. Let the head elder cash it and give it to the poor fund. Somebody say amen (amen). Do not tell God I have nothing to bring—the cattle, herd, flock, whatever. He shall bring it of his own voluntary will. Now, Leviticus 1:3 says he shall bring “a male without blemish” what does that mean?  When the sinner shows the animal—whether it's a bull, a goat, a cow, or a bird—he had to make sure from an external examination that there wasn't one spot or blemish because that animal represents Christ who was sinless. Now, Leviticus 1:4 “And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.” What does it mean to put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering? Let the Bible tell us in Leviticus 16 this is the chapter that deals with the Day of Atonement activities. Leviticus 1 deals with the burnt offering. Leviticus 16 just with the Day of Atonement. Leviticus 23 deals with all seven feasts. Leviticus 16:20 “And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat.”—How many goats were brought? Two. One was sacrificed. One represented Azazel, the devil. Leviticus 16:21 “And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat”—so putting the hands Leviticus 1:4 “And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering”—he is transferring his sins. How does the Bible describe the animal brought for sacrifice? without blemish. Without meaning it is sinless. Here is an animal without blemish. Here's a sinner full of blemish. He puts his hand on the head of that animal without blemish. What is he doing? He is transferring his sins. Where? Where have the sins gone symbolically? Is the animal still without blemish? (no) Is it blemished? (yes) So we have an unclean sacrifice? Who said yes? Sister, repent immediately! This is serious business. That animal represents Jesus Christ. When Christ died, when he told Mary Touch me not for I am not yet ascended to my Father. He had to go to the Father for the Father to accept and approve the sacrifice. It had to be a perfect sacrifice. So if you say when the sinner confessed his sins, the sacrifice became blemished we have a problem because the Father cannot accept a blemished sacrifice. You don't use sin to deal with sin. How do we solve this problem? The Bible solves it. Let's go to Mark 7:20 “And He said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Now why is Jesus saying that? The Pharisees and scribes had accused the disciples of eating bread with unwashed hands and thereby violating the tradition of the elders. Go to Matthew 15, one book before Mark. Matthew was a tax collector which means nobody liked him; which also means he was a thief. When he met Jesus, Jesus changed a professional thief into the writer of one of the Gospels. (Amen!) What was Paul before he met Christ? (A murderer) Yes, for all intents and purposes he collided with Jesus. What happened to Paul? He went from taking people's lives to giving his life for the very thing he once destroyed. Have you met Jesus? He will change your life. The problem is we meet church we never meet Jesus. No church will change your life. Christ will change your life then He will put you in church. Matthew 15:1 “Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.” If you eat bread with dirty hands, what risk do you run? you get sick. But where does the sickness come from? Where is the defilement? In your dirty hands. You were in the garden or washing the bathroom or something; the defilement is in your hand. You grab that bread, Ezekiel bread, and you put it in your mouth with a defilement and you get sick.  Stay in Matthew 15, we skip verse three where Jesus answered them and we go down to Matthew 15:10 “And He called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” When He said defile did He mean Zika virus? Did He mean Ebola? Matthew 15:19 “For out of the heart”—where’s the heart? up here—“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defileth not a man.” Jesus says to eat with unwashed hands, to take something that's contaminated and eat it, it goes from the outside, in. The Bible says not that which goeth into a man defileth a man. That's what Jesus said. Then He said what defiles you is what comes out because it comes out of the heart which is naturally defiled. Then He said For from within—“for out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies”—those things come from out of the heart. He said these are the things which defile a man. Give me one word for all these things—sin. Here's a sacrificial lamb. Here comes the biggest sinner in Israel: Randy Skeete, puts his hands on the head. Out of me comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies and I transfer them from the outside in. They come into Jesus from the outside. But for there to be defilement, defilement must travel from the inside out. So when you transfer your sins to Jesus they have traveled in one direction, from the outside in, and Jesus remains undefiled. (Alleluia!) Defilement can only occur if it travels from the inside out because Christ didn't die to save your fingers He died to change your heart (Amen). When the sinner placed his hands on that animal and confessed ten billion sins all flowing into Jesus, He remained undefiled. A reservoir of sin that's undefiled; because defilement comes from the inside out not from the outside in. So Christ could say which of you convinceth Me of sin? I came to take your sins but no sin ever flowed out of my heart. Now, what does that have to do with you? We want the same heart Jesus had out of which flows only righteousness. We want that same heart and so Paul says Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross [Philippians 2:5-8]. The Bible says Let this mind—the very mind Jesus had, the very heart that Jesus had, must be the one we have and so Matthew 12:35 says “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things”—and that heart is good because it is changed by Christ. And so a good tree bringeth forth good fruit. We want to be good trees—bring forth good fruit. The problem is not the color of your skin, it is not your lack of formal education, it is not the neighborhood in which you grew up, it is this [your thoughts]. There's a power to change this so that your life and mine become a flawless reflection of the human life of Christ. Notice my words: your life and mine can become a flawless reflection of the human life of Christ because the life Christ lived on earth, the character He worked out, He didn't inherit, He worked it out by constant obedience to His Father. That same character is available to us and so Paul says I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for Me [Galatians 2:20]. My friends, my brothers and sisters, direction is everything. What flows out of our hearts? What flows out of your heart and mine? That's the source of defilement. And so Jesus Christ could take the sins of the world, past and present, and remain sinless and undefiled. Say amen for our sinless Savior (Amen!) who took all our sins. Only God can arrange something like that. And so I thank Jesus for His willingness to take my sins upon Him. We all have doormats to wipe our feet; that's what we do. Now, this world is a barnyard where cows run all over the place. When you walk through a place where there are a lot of cows you have to walk carefully because you don't want to step in it. If you step in it accidentally you either wipe it on the grass or you get to the house and you wipe it on the mat. As we walk through this world we step in it—that mat is Jesus. And God says you can't come in this house with that, wipe your feet. You say where?—on that mat. We wipe our feet right in the face of Christ. And the Father says Come in. Then we walk through this world again, step in it—wipe your feet. And the sinless Jesus lies there unmoving—we wipe our feet in His face and He takes it because He wants every one of us saved. Now, how do you let that happen and keep sinning? My mother took me to the doctor many years ago for an injection. I was eight or nine and I have small veins and so the nurse could not find a vein so she kept sticking me and my mother started to cry. I didn't cry. She cried because of what was being done to me. Every time we wipe our feet on Jesus we should cry. You shouldn't have to do that to God to put a smile on the devil's face. We should avoid sin so we don't have to wipe the dung of sin in the face of the sinless Saviour. How many of us will say Lord, help me to hate sin to the point where I prefer death than dishonor? May I see your right hand? Stand up with me. I got a text last night from a preacher, a pastor. He said Brother Randy, pray for me I'm so discouraged. And my heart broke because I had spoken at his church and I prayed immediately but I responded to him this morning. I reminded him that Moses asked God to kill him. Elijah asked God to kill him when Jezebel put a hit on him. Jonah asked God to kill him. There are times we are so burdened we choose death rather than go through this trial. We're not to choose death to escape a trial. We should prefer to choose death rather than to sin against God. (Amen!) Nobody has to sin. Are there ignorant sins? Yes, Christ takes those too because all sin must be punished by death whether it’s ignorant or flagrant sin. All sin must be punished by death but God in His mercy puts that ignorant sin on Jesus. And so as you and I stand to say Father, let me choose death—do you know once you make that decision death does not become that fearful anymore? There are people who die every day for causes that have nothing to do with the gospel: you join a gang—you know you may get shot; you go in a wrong neighborhood—you go; you mess with meth—changes your whole face—or cocaine or unprotected sex—you’re putting your life at risk. People do it every day. Why can't we risk our lives for Jesus? Heads bowed. Eyes closed.

 

39:56 Father in Heaven, we bow in Your presence dear God, not deserving this honor at all. We're bowing in a presence before which angels who are sinless veil their faces. We come to You, Father, in the name of the bleeding Jesus because He bleeds even now because the fountain of cleansing has not yet been stopped—probation is still open. We kneel to say We're so sorry for the agony we've caused You. We’re so sorry, dear God, for causing our Savior to feel the crucifixion agonies over and over by our constant sinning. Please God, give to us spiritual decency so that we may consider sin something that is beneath us—I don't do that. I'm a child of God. Forgive us, dear God, grant us Your forgiveness to the very foundation of our heart. Send Your spirit. Send Your grace to work from the very bottom up that no level in our soul remains untouched. Dear God, as a sinner sins instinctively let the indwelling of Your spirit give us the instinct to do what is right, an instinct—let's do what's right reflexively. Give us the mind of Christ who chose death over sin. Dear God, as we are praying now and You're looking down upon us we ask You to receive us for the sake of Jesus. Let us not leave this place as we came in. Please remind us, dear God, that Christ is coming back. When He comes as John saw Him on the cloud in Revelation 14:14 He did not have a miter on His head—the priest wears a miter—He had a crown. He's coming back—not as a priest—He's coming back as a conquering king—all His priestly duties are carried out now! Now is the time! Let's take advantage by confession and repentance. Bless Your people gathered in Your presence. Father, I hope I said something that touched somebody. As we leave let us leave with individual decisions that have nothing to do with our spouses, our brothers, our friends, just individual decisions to cling to Christ and to honor God by obeying Him through the power of His spirit. Bless this camp meeting. Bless the institution that sponsored it, Hartland. Bless the leaders, dear God, give them wisdom from above that because of this place many will be ready to meet Christ when He comes. A double blessing on the children, dear God, they are bombarded by so many pressures and some parents are too busy to take notice. In mercy, dear God, strengthen them. I thank You personally for the high honor of being here and I pray, Lord, that You take me to my next assignment. Put Your words in my mouth, dear God, put humility in my heart that I may represent Your right at any cost to myself. Bless Your church worldwide, dear God. Remember Elder Wilson, our chief elder, give him wisdom, dear God, He wants to do what's right. He has many enemies. Give him the wisdom to just do Your work and leave his enemies to You because You know how to destroy the enemies of Your people. Now, God thank You for life. We love You. We praise Your holy name. As Your word says I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. [Psalm 34:1-3] We praise Your name. We thank You in Jesus’ name. Let God's people say amen and amen.

 

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