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How to Fire Proof Your Soul

Randy Skeete

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • September 20, 2006
    7:00 PM
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00:00 Good evening, beloved brothers and sisters, delighted and happy to see you; your presence tells me you have a love for truth; your presence tells me you have an open mind; your presence tells me you are willing to let God do His work in your heart; and so for me, this is a privilege that I cannot measure; and I thank you for coming night after night. My colleagues will tell you it was my desire to have meetings every night but we could not get Saturday nights; but I believe we will get this coming Saturday night. So for the rest of the series, until September 30, we will have meetings every night. (Amen!) It is my great joy to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Elder Skeete takes the time to welcome and acknowledge the visitors.] Let us bow our heads as we pray.  

Father in Heaven, thank You for keeping us alive today and You kept us alive for Your will and for Your reasons; one of them is that we would come to this place to listen to the transforming words of life. Lord, I ask You very earnestly, give to me the right words to say and unlock the hearts of Your sons and daughters and allow Your truth to enter in and transform their lives. I pray with all my heart, in Jesus’ name and for His sake. Let all my friends say amen and amen.

Our subject: how to fireproof your soul; or you could also give it another title: How Good is God? The King James Version Bible says, “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100:5. (Amen!) In Luke 18:18 when the rich young ruler came to Jesus and said, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one that is, God.” God is good [all the time]. How good is God? That’s what we will look at tonight. I should tell you every night you were given cards. I frequently make appeals and ask you to fill out these cards. Tonight, I don’t believe any cards were distributed. I have them myself. I want to see how serious you are. It’s one thing to fill out a card when someone gives it to you and you’re polite. I have them with me. At the end of the service I will make a call; I want to see how motivated you are to fill one of these and let God know what is in your heart. So I have them. They weren’t given out. Show me. Show Christ. Show yourself. How to fireproof your soul?  How good is God? Let’s go to my favorite book Genesis. Everything begins in Genesis. It’s the guide. It gives us direction as we study all the subjects pertaining to salvation. In Genesis 3, Eve has taken of the fruit; she has enticed her husband, he has partaken of the fruit, now we are looking at the results, Genesis 3:7, the King James Bible says, “And the eyes of them both were opened”—they became aware of something of which they had previously been unaware—“and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 2:25, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” They had no sense of being exposed. They had no sense of shame. But Genesis 3:7 says, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked”—they were filled with a sense of guilt and they felt exposed and exposed people try to do something about it—“and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Who are mentioned in Genesis 3:7? (Adam and Eve) “And the eyes of them both were opened”—“and they knew that they were naked”—“and they sewed fig leaves together”—“and made themselves aprons.” Who is missing? (God) God is in no degree involved in self-righteousness. God has nothing to do with what’s going on in Genesis 3:7; only Adam and Eve. Not only did they sin by violating God’s law, by eating of the forbidden fruit, but an attempt to fix one’s self is itself a sin because to do it you have to deny and disregard the righteousness of Christ (amen). Any attempt to fix yourself without Christ is vain and sinful: self-righteousness, self-repair is contrary to God’s method of salvation therefore it is wrong. (Amen!) “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked”—they knew something was wrong—“and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” How long did it take Adam and Eve to make the aprons of leaves? God has not yet come. We’re looking at how good is God? How to fireproof your soul? Let’s try to establish a chronology: Eve eats the fruit, and she does not drop dead. Yet, in Genesis 2:17, God has said, “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”—she’s still alive. She comes to Adam, wherever he was, we don’t know how many minutes that took, then she has to talk Adam into eating the fruit, Adam has to deal with the initial shock and time is going by and God has not yet come. And yet they’re not dead. What is preserving their lives? Jesus Christ (amen!) The moment there was sin, there was a Saviour. (Amen!) The Plan had been made way before Adam and Eve were made; and the moment they sinned, Jesus began His work as a Saviour. So while they were in a state of sin, before God came down, Eve ate that fruit, she walked to Adam, time was going by, she tried to convince Adam, Adam had to think about it, he had to deal with the shock of seeing his wife in the state of disobedience, something he had never seen before, then he finally decides to join her in sin; all of that took time. Perhaps the initial sense of exposure did not come immediately, time elapses, and they realize something is wrong. When a man drinks alcohol he is not drunk 5 seconds later, it takes time. That’s time and they’re still alive. That’s time and that someone keeping them alive is Jesus Christ. (Amen!) Then they embark on a plan: how shall we cover ourselves? fig leaves—they have to pick the leaves, then they have to sew them, then they put them on; in all that time they were kept alive by the covering of Jesus Christ's blood, even though it had not yet been physically shed! When God promises something, what He promises works effectively in your life even though historically it has not yet taken place. Abraham was saved by the blood of Christ! Yet, Abraham lived 2,000 years before Jesus actually died. When God makes a promise the actual thing is in the promise (amen). Christ was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world and so Adam and Eve, by faith, were covered by the blood of Christ and thus allowing them time to come to their senses. That’s the goodness of God (amen). How good is God? Real good! (Amen!) Genesis 3:8, the Bible says, “And they heard the voice of [YHWH] walking in the garden in the cool of the day”—do you believe that was the first time God came to the garden? (no) it must have been a habit with God. God loves to fellowship. And God came down, perhaps regularly, in the cool of the day. God does not surprise us with different habits. God is consistent in His habits (amen). So most likely day after day He came to visit them in the cool of the day; God would come, as we say, and hang out with Adam and Eve in their sinless state. Now, they have sinned. And God being God, He does not change He comes, as usual, in the cool of the day. The Bible says, “8And they heard the voice of [YHWH] walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of [YHWH] amongst the trees of the garden”—this was unusual behaviour; they had never hidden from God before. There is evidence of that in Genesis 2:21, the Bible says, “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22And the rib, which the Lord had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Did Adam run when God approached him with Eve? (no) This shows us that on previous occasions, before sin, when God approached, Adam did not hide; he held his ground delighted to see his Maker. Here’s God coming with Eve, and Adam stands and waits, having come out of his sleep. God brings Eve, and Adam is standing and receives his bride. God unites them and Adam expresses his joy, “23This is now bone of my bones”—he says now because earlier he had seen all the animals go by and not one of them suited him, now this is “bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh”—so Adam never ran from God but sinned changed something 180o and it was instant! Genesis 3:8, “And they heard the voice of [YHWH] walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife”—individual responsibility; individual: if the Holy Spirit touches your heart to accept Christ, don’t wait for you husband, don’t wait for your wife, don’t wait for your buddies on the playground; you make that decision yourself (amen)—“8And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves”—no one hides you from Christ; you have to hide yourself—“from the presence of the Lord God”—in God’s presence is fullness of joy [Psalm 16:11]; that’s what they were hiding from: fullness of joy! And they hid. Genesis 3:9, “And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden”—how many of you can say night after night, I’ve heard? (amen) I heard Thy voice in San Bernardino night after night. Sometimes it was too loud. Adam said, “I heard Thy voice in the garden”—Eve heard it too—“and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself”—Eve didn’t hide me and I didn’t hide her. Individual choices to hide ourselves because sin has the same effect on all sinners: distance from God. Now God wants to narrow that distance and He has to move first because it is not within a sinner to move toward God, it is impossible. It is not possible for a sinner, of himself or of herself, to move toward God; can’t do it! God has to put something in your heart (amen). Long before you accept Him, He has put something in your heart that makes it possible for you to move to Him. (Amen!) That’s how good God is! (Amen!) When people offend us, we back up and we aren’t moving: you come to me because you hurt me; and don’t come walking, crawl. And as the person crawls we back up. God comes crawling. Why do I say that? When Jesus took on humanity, He crawled! He came crawling to the muck and mire and the raw sewage of our human condition; God crawled to save us (amen).  And we can’t walk to accept it?! God doesn’t call us to crawl; He calls us to walk (amen). He said, I’ll crawl; you walk. [Genesis 3:10], “I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11And [YHWH] said unto him, Who told thee that thou wast naked?”—who told you that the first day is the sabbath? Who told you when people die they go straight to heaven or hell? Who told you that you can be a child of God and live a sinful life? Who told you that? Who told you that you may have 3 wives and still be pleasing in the sight of God? Who told you?!” So God said, “11Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” God is reasonable. Every night I ask you to use your mind and reason. God knew what happened in detail. But yet, God does not come accusing; He comes asking questions, Where are you? Who told you that you were naked? Fill me in, says God. I accuse no one, fill me in. In other words, come clean. I want you to come clean tonight (amen). “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” Command and salvation are like this [tight, close]. God’s about to save them from a life of sin, not a long life; but sin nonetheless. [Genesis 3:12] “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat”—we won’t get into blaming people, that’s for another time. Adam has given his account. God is individual when it comes to salvation (amen). You don’t get a group deal as when you fly for vacation to Africa; it is one by one. Then He turns to Eve—“13And [YWHW] said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” Eve, I’m done with you; serpent, I’m done with you. Then God goes back, Adam, here’s your punishment [the consequence]; Eve, here’s yours. Our subject: How good is God or how to fireproof your soul? Genesis 3:21, the Bible says, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did [YWHW] make coats of skins, and clothed them”—immediately, that tells us, “individual.” God did not make one coat and Adam and Eve cozied together under one coat, no. One coat for Adam. One coat for Eve. Salvation is an individual choice (amen). Don’t wait for your cousin! “21Unto Adam also AND to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Let’s compare Genesis 3:7 with Genesis 3:21. Genesis 3:7, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Adam and Eve are present in Genesis 3:7. No one else. The devil has done his work. Sin is in them; they will now naturally do his work. Now he can sit back and drink his coffee. They can naturally do what’s wrong. Only Adam and Eve are involved in verse 7. Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did [YWHW] make coats of skins, and clothed them.” In verse 21 Adam, Eve, and God are mentioned. Many times I’ve told you salvation is a matter of you and God working together. (Amen!) Now we have God involved and we have garments involved. But the people who made the garments in verse 7 make nothing in verse 21. Aren’t you glad (amen) righteousness was not made by people? it would be full of holes and patches. God made the coats of skins. Who clothed whom in verse 7? (they clothed themselves) Who clothed whom in verse 21?  (God clothed Adam and Eve) Only God can save you but you must cooperate with Him. The aprons that they came to God with had to be removed: you can’t mingle sin and righteousness, they don’t go together. God had to remove that nonsense. In other words, God had to strip them naked, first. You have to come before God, put your hands up and say, God, you have me, frisk me. Father, I surrender. I come to You in the nakedness of my sin. There is nothing I can do. All I can do is ask You to save me. (Amen!) Apply to my heart the salvation You provided thousands of years ago in Jesus Christ. (Amen!) You gave me probation by keeping me alive for one reason: that I may accept that salvation. The coats of skins that God put on Adam and Eve represent the righteousness of Christ, who was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world [Revelation 13:8]. The only answer for sin is one thing: the coats of skins that represent the righteousness of Christ. (Amen!) God takes away the aprons of leaves which represent sin, self-righteousness, hypocrisy, and He gives them the righteousness of Christ, with their permission, of course, because Adam and Eve could have said, no. They had said no before; they could have said no again. God said don’t eat of that tree and they said no, and ate. As we reason and use our common sense, we must conclude that they allowed God, they accepted God’s offer of the sufficient covering: the righteousness of Christ. The fig leaves came from a tree and a tree doesn’t shed blood. No tree sheds blood. The coats of skins required the killing of animals and according to Leviticus the animal had to be killed by the sinner, himself. God never sinned; He had to kill no animal for Himself. Adam had to kill the very animals he had named and by naming them he established a relationship with them. He had to kill maybe one or two; Adam and Eve were big folks. Can you imagine what that did to Adam with the blood on his hands; the blood of a dead animal that he killed; an animal that he was responsible; an animal that did not participate in his sin; an innocent animal that represented Jesus Christ? (Amen!) Sin is ugly and the death of the animal was not meant to make Adam feel bad, just for the fun of it, but to show Adam how horrible sin is and the gruesome consequences of sin. (Amen!) When that Lamb finally hung on that cross, 4,000 years later, that Lamb called Christ, suffered for something He did not do. So here we have Adam and Eve clothed in the righteousness of Christ. How much sin is in the righteousness of Christ? (none) God took away all their sin, the past sins, sins they had committed, and covered them with the righteousness of Christ (amen) in the form of the symbolic coats (amen). When God backed up and looked at them, what did He see? (Christ) He saw the life of Christ! (Amen!) That’s the goodness of God because that’s not how it works in the earthly courts, in the criminal system. God removed their sins, with their permission. They must have repented and confessed, we have to assume that; and then He covered them with the life of His Son, the righteousness of Christ which has NO SIN! (Amen!) And then God presented them to the universe as righteous (amen). And the message for them was: now you’ve been covered. But a covering is really on the heart because when God applies His righteousness, He changes your heart, He changes the mind, gives you another spirit now with which you live up to the standard of the life that covers you (amen). Here’s a young man; he wants to be a basketball player, he comes to a famous player, Michael Jordan. They’re standing on a basketball court. And Jordan puts on the young man the Jordan sneakers, the Jordan shorts, the Jordan tank top, the Jordan head band, the Jordan wrist band, gives him a basketball and says, now, you’re dressed as a basketball player, you have the heart of a basketball player, start playing. The boy takes the basketball in his arm and starts to run with it. What’s he playing? Football! That’s how people are. Jesus clothes them with His righteousness and tells them, I’ve clothed you with My righteousness, now start living—and we start sinning; and expect Jesus to keep the garments over us? No, no. You are not covered by the righteousness of Christ to have a life of sin and then to look back and say, Jesus saved me so I can do whatever I like. No! Christ will take that garment off in a hurry. You are clothed with His righteousness, clothed with a different mind, that you might then live up to the standard of the righteousness that covers you. (Amen!) When God gives you a Mercedes Benz, He says, that’s yours. When God turns His back, you go ride a donkey cart? No, no. Live up to the standard of the life that I have given you because righteousness is your only protection (amen!)—from hell; there are examples of hell in the Bible, when I say hell I mean God’s destruction of the wicked. Let’s look at one example, the example of Sodom and Gomorrah. In Genesis 18 three men come to Abraham, Genesis 18:1, “And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 3And said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant. 4Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 5And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant”—Abraham is hospitable: sit under a tree, I’ll wash your feet, I’ll get you some garlic bread, relax—“And they said, So do, as thou hast said. 6And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. 7And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. 8And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat”—Abraham feeds these 3 men; 1 is Christ, the other 2 are angels. Then they tell him his wife will have a son. Genesis 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son”—Now Abraham knows who he’s talking to because when he made them a feast he did not know who they were. That’s an example for us. Don’t only entertain big shots. Don’t ask a person where they work before you offer them a glass of water. Abraham didn’t do that. He did not know who they were, he just saw 3 men with dusty feet and he, himself, washed their feet. Abraham had 100s of servants because when he went to rescue Lot from an army that had captured Lot, the Bible says, in Genesis 14:14, Abram “armed his trained servants, born in his own house, 318, and pursued them.” Those were just the men who could fight. What about the men too old to fight and the boys too young; and the wives? Abraham had 100s of servants but he washed their feet, himself. Genesis 18:17, the Bible says, “And [YHWH] said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do”—I told you last night, before God does something in the earth, He tells someone on the earth. So God is saying, “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19For I know him”—does God know you? and if He does, for what reason? “19For I know him, that he will command his children”—that’s a father. Abraham was a father who ran a home and did not let the children run the home (amen). Too many homes, today, are run by children. Parents scared to death to control their children. God said, I know him that he will command his children and his household after him—meaning, he set an example that was the power of his command. Any man thinking of wearing military boots and running your house like Hitler, forget it. The power of his example: “he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment”—what is justice? That which is right. How do you know that which is right? you need the standard: the Law of God. Abraham in his house was run by the law of God. (Amen!) [Last part of Genesis 18:19]—“that [YHWH] may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. 20And [YHWH] said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know. 22And the men”—the 2 angels—“turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before [YHWH]”—we’re talking about the righteousness of Christ—“23And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?”—Abraham divides the world into 2 groups: the righteous and the wicked; not black and white; not rich and poor; that cuts no ice with God: it is righteous and wicked. How many groups are in here tonight? Don’t tell me! Let me believe this is the righteous group. (Amen!)—“Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24Peradventure there be 50 righteous within the city: wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the 50 righteous that are therein?”—will You destroy the whole city if you don’t find 50 righteous? Won’t You spare it for the 50? It wasn’t just Sodom god came to destroy. It was Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela. Jude 1:7, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities about them in like manner giving themselves over to fornication and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” It wasn’t just Sodom; it was Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela. Sodom simply represents all the other cities god came to destroy. So Abraham says [Genesis 18], “23Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24Peradventure there be 50 righteous within the city: wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the 50 righteous that are therein? 25That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked”—Abraham said, that is the furthest thing from Your mind: killing righteous with the wicked—“25That be far from Thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from Thee. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”—the right thing for God to do is to save the righteous and destroy the wicked and He’s coming to do that. I’m supposed to tell you how to be rich. I don’t know. Turn on the television and every preacher is telling you how to be rich but you have to send money, first. I don’t know how you can get rich. There may be some people here who can tell you. I want to tell you how to be saved (amen) and how to protect yourself from the fires of hell because those fires are coming. Abraham told God, You cannot!—if you don’t know God then don’t talk to God like that. Abraham and God were tight, as we say. Abraham spoke with respect but also earnestly because his relative, Lot, was in Sodom. Lot had a wife, Lot had single daughters. Lot had married daughters which meant Lot had son-in-laws and Lot had grandchildren. Abraham knows that. Genesis 18:26, “And [YHWH] said, If I find in Sodom 50 righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes”—let us examine how good God is. God has come to destroy Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela. The cities in that area are by the Dead Sea, the Jordan area, that Lot chose in Genesis 13. Righteousness is such a powerful form of protection it not only protects the righteous person, in some way, it protects sinners that are close to the righteous person. (Amen!) Is God good? [all the time] (Amen!) Righteousness is such a powerful thing it not only protects the person who’s covered by the righteousness of Christ but it protects, in some way, those that are close to that person. This means, if you’re a righteous person in your neighborhood, your neighborhood ought to be safe. (Amen!) I’ve told you before, the only reason God has not destroyed this earth is because there are righteous people on it. And Abraham said long ago, You can’t destroy the righteous with the wicked! You cannot do it! And God did not disagree because Abraham was right. Righteousness is the way to fireproof your soul: it is the very life of Christ that covers you! (Amen!) I said the life of Christ. I did not say the life like it but the life of Christ: the life He lived on this earth, the life people live in Heaven; and you’re saying, well, that’s impossible. No, no.  It is possible: the life Jesus lived on earth is the life people live in Heaven (amen); and the life they will live in the life to come. God said, if I find in Sodom 50 righteous within the city then I will spare all the place for their sake. Let me ask, what has God done for anyone for your sake? What has God done for anyone for my sake? Are people blessed because of you or are they cursed? Has God done anything for anyone for your sake or for my sake? That’s the way it should be because Jesus said, Ye are the light of the world; people should be enlightened because of us. Ye are the salt of the earth; they should be preserved because of us. Those of us that love Christ and desire to be covered with His righteousness can walk out of this place tonight covered with the same righteousness that covered Adam and Eve (amen). Not something like it! There is only one Christ [begotten of the Heavenly Father]! You can be covered with the very righteousness that covered Adam and Eve! “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12] The name refers to the character! That’s why, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.” [Matthew 1:21] The character, all that you stand for is your name! And so Abraham said, God, you cannot destroy the righteous with the wicked!  And God was so determined to show how powerful righteousness was all the way in Genesis down to Genesis 18:32, and Abraham said, “Peradventure 10 shall be found there”—just 10, from 50 to 10—“And He”—God—“said, I will not destroy it for 10’s sake.” Abraham, show me 10 in 5 cities, 2 righteous folks in each city; I will save them—we’re talking about how good God is. That tells me god is more eager to save than to destroy. He is more eager to save than to destroy. How can you think god is a bad god? How can we call god unjust? If god is unjust, he is unjust on the side of mercy. But God is not unjust—just show me 10, Abraham; I’ll save everybody—the righteousness of Christ: God made it available before there was sin. In salvation Adam sinned, Eve sinned; they moved away from God, God moved toward them. Is God good? [all the time] God saw them clothed in fig leaves; aprons that partially covered, this means they were partially exposed. When God covered them in coats, they were fully covered. The righteousness of Christ covers you completely! It covers you not only spiritually; it covers you financially, it covers your health, it covers your children, it covers your social interactions, it covers your professional life. The righteousness of Christ covers you from head to toe. (Amen!) Righteousness distinguishes you at the job because now you’re a righteous person. And righteousness isn’t something you wear in your pocket and take out when you leave; it is WHO YOUR ARE! (Amen!) On the playing field you’re righteous; at the office you’re righteous; with the family you’re righteous; wherever you go you’re righteous; when someone hits the back of your car you get out righteous because that’s WHO YOUR ARE. The righteousness of Christ covers you from head to toe. Every aspect of your life is covered by the righteousness of Christ. And I say again, the righteousness of Christ is the very life of Christ. That’s why Christ can say, “I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.” [John 14:6] He doesn’t say I have life; if He just has life: you could come, get it, and walk away. No, no. You have to come and get Christ (amen). He says I am life; not, I have life—yes, He has it but to get it you need to receive Him; and Jesus covers you—when He covered Adam and Eve it meant He forgave them completely. How many of you have guilt in your lives, you’re guilty for something you did 50 years ago and you cannot get over it? God will remove it tonight (amen) because God will forgive anything you have done; I don’t care what it is. (Amen!) You killed someone? You may have to go to jail but God will forgive you. Better to be in jail forgiven than free and not forgiven. (Amen!) You stole somebody’s money and made the person bankrupt? God will forgive you but He wants you to make restitution. Abused your children? God will forgive you but see what you can do to help them. (Amen!) God will forgive you for anything you have done and God will hold no grudges (amen) and He will not throw your sins back in your face (amen)! How good is God? So good! And all of that is accomplished by the righteousness of Christ. (Amen!) And the righteousness of Christ is the very life of Christ, the very character of Christ. Even dead people can influence others. The Bible says [Hebrews 11:4], “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” This means, the life of Abraham was so powerful that even when he was dead the power of his life continued to affect people (amen). The Bible says even though he was dead by the power of his life he still spoke. What about Jesus who died and resurrected; and Abraham is still dead? Jesus died and rose. The power of His life is what changes you and fireproofs you against hell (amen). The greatest gift in the universe is the gift of the righteousness of Christ (amen). What does it cost you? Your sins, that’s all. Reach into your heart; give all your sins to God. That’s your currency for buying it—if you want to use the word buy—give God all your sins and God takes them and as He puts the righteousness of Christ on you, He has to put your sin somewhere: He puts them on the same Man who gave you the righteous covering. (Amen!) I love God. I love Jesus. There is nowhere in the world you find that transaction, nowhere. Here you are covered—and when God sees you, He sees the righteous life of Christ. You cannot go back and change what you’ve done, I cannot change what I’ve done, yet many people suffer the agony, Oh, I’m sorry I did that! How I wish I could go back 15 years and change—you cannot do it and God knows that. All He says is, Come to Me and I’ll fix your past. I will wipe out; and the same process that wipes out, covers. So that, in My sight, says God, you are without fault. (Amen!) Now, you may be full of fault in my eyes—human beings love to look for faults in other people—but in the eyes of God, a wo/man covered with the righteousness of Christ, which is the life of Christ, which is a sinless life, that person has a sinless covering. (Amen!) Now God says, I have covered your entire past; I wiped out everything; I pressed delete; hard drive was cleaned. Now, God says, keep it clean and I’ll give you power everyday to keep it clean. (Amen!) You could do nothing about the past. You can do something about the present: you can choose to do right; I’ll give you the power to carry out your choice. You can do nothing about the past; it’s covered. Now here’s power to do right! How many of you want to do right? I know you do. God bless you! I want to do right! (Amen!) Jesus took care of my past that caused me such mental problems, when we come to the Father and confess with all our heart. The aprons of leaves were partial but the coats of skins were complete in its covering, meaning we must come to God with all our heart asking: Lord, cover me from head to toe; leave nothing uncovered. No area of my life will I reserve for myself—a total surrender is the basis for a full covering (amen). Someone said today, it is all or nothing. What God wants tonight is a complete surrender of your life to Him; not partial. You don’t serve God on the lay-away plan: pay a little, pay a little, pay a little. Give everything to Him! Yes, you grow gradually but your entire life must be given to Christ. He covers you and then He says, Live in harmony with this covering. Think. Think, now: the very life of Christ can cover your heart (amen). You won’t understand everything now but BELIEVE IT, it happens like that [snap of a finger]! The same way as when Christ comes back and we shall be transformed in a moment in a twinkling of an eye [1 Corinthians 15:52] When you say, Father, I’m sorry, forgive me. I give myself to You completely; I accept Christ as my Saviour—in an instant the delete button, swoosh!—in a moment, click-click: cleansed-covered. (Amen!) And there is no space between the two. The moment you’re cleansed you’re covered because the cover is the cleanser. [Hallelu-Yah!] You have something to say: God, forgive me. Forgive my past—I want to speak to one group: is there someone here who has never fully surrendered their life to Christ? You want to fireproof your soul; you want insurance for a place in Heaven. And tonight, you want to say, Lord, I am coming to You and this time I am giving my life to you completely. The moment you do that God will start moving you up this way; your problems become His. He brings solutions as you trust Him. Very shortly, you’ll see differences in your life: you look at life differently; your stress will go down; you realize nothing comes at you that you and Christ can’t handle. If you will say, Lord, for the first time I give my heart to You 100%. If you have never done that before and want to do it tonight, stand up. Come, God bless you! Tonight you give your life to Christ 100%. God bless you! God bless you! One card for each of my friends that have come. Let Jesus Christ cover you from head to toe. The younger you come to Christ the easier His work is; He does not have all that sin to dig out of your life. Come early and have an easier time. Some people have a harder time spiritually than others because when you’ve sinned for 90 years and you come to Christ: that’s 90 years of sin to get out of you! 90 years of bad habits! When you’re only 13 you don’t have that many. (Amen!) Come when you’re young, come early! Give your life to Christ completely if you’ve never done it before. This is not an easy call but I wasn’t sent by God to make an easy call. Who else is coming? Give it to Christ completely, 100%; this means you’re willing to do whatever He says 100%. Let Him cover you completely with His life; no part of you exposed. Leave this place covered 100% from head to toe with the righteousness of Jesus Christ; live like Christ! We need upright young people and upright old people. Too many people play Christians and they’re experts at it; they ought to receive an Oscar; but no, that doesn’t get you to Heaven it takes you in the opposite direction. Let God see you without fault and then live like that by His daily gifts of power: keep your eyes on Jesus. God is good (all the time!) He moved toward you first. Move toward Him. When the prodigal son came to his father [Luke 15:20], the Bible says, “his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran”—that’s how God moves, He’s running to you tonight. Give your life to Christ 100%—don’t hold back—and see what Christ will do with your life, 100%. To keep your life from Christ is to be guilty of stealing because the Bible says, you’re bought with a price [1 Corinthians 6:20]; don’t steal [Deuteronomy 5:19] what belongs to God. Give Him what He died for. Give your life to Him 100%. It’s really what you want: you want protection, you want insurance, you want a place in God’s Kingdom. You would be shocked how many Christians have never given their life to Christ 100% but they love to look a certain way; just as Adam and Eve were clothed on the outside but God had to strip them and cover them inside and out. Let Him strip you tonight. Too many hold back 5%. The Bible says, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” [Galatians 5:9] That 5% will ruin you! You give yourself to Christ 100% because He has already given Himself to you 110%! (Amen!) Those that are able please kneel [2SM32]. If you give me permission to represent you before the throne of God, so my voice is your voice, raise your right hand; every hand raised, every hand down.  

Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus, my voice is a group voice. We have all come to say: we surrender our lives to You 100%; we are sorry for the sins we’ve committed; we are sorry—whatever the sin is, Lord, we apologize to You; we ask You to forgive us and cleanse us for the times we were hypocrites and we lived partial lies or partial surrender and commitment to You; we apologize, confess, repent; we bow at Your feet stripped and exposed and we ask You in Jesus’ name forgive us, cleanse us, wipe out the sins of the past; and right now as we accept Christ, all over, as our full Saviour, cover us with His righteous life, now, we pray in the name of Jesus who cannot lie, cover us now and give us the strength from this point forward to live as someone covered with that righteousness. Help us to live that life one day at a time by the power of the life of Christ. Dear God, help us renew our surrender every day as we rise from our knees, let us rise believing we’re covered with His righteousness covering our hearts; and you are seeing us as people with the life of Christ covering their hearts. Thank You for this amazing gift: the very life of Christ is ours; we accept it; we believe it with the little faith we have; help us our unbelief; save us when You come in Jesus’ name and for His sake. Let all God’s people say amen and amen.

 

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