Jesus – The Person, The People & The Purpose Session 1 – Ps John Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture reference: Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG); 1 John 3:8 (NKJV); 1 John 3:7-9 (MSG)
Praise Jesus. Well, obviously the Holy Spirit is already here, because our mouth is already full of praise, our heart is towards the Lord and our praises have been on our mouth and amongst us. This is a good day, a glorious day to be in church. Will you agree with me that whatever the Lord has to say out of the message, that it will touch you, that it will change you and it will bring about the things that God wants for your life, all those good things. Do you agree? Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.
Well then you may be seated. If you didn’t know it, you actually prayed with me, you know. Hallelujah.
Chariots of Light was started many years ago by Brother Jerry and Brother Copeland, well actually a ministry to bikers was started many, many years ago. Brother Jerry, Brother Copeland and Jesse Duplantis were the guys that sort of used to hang out, riding bikes together and the Lord began to turn it into a ministry.
There was a time, where they had a, and I was privileged enough to attend one of those conferences in the Texas Thunderdome, where they had a bikers week and ministry at the Texas Thunderdome. I think they had some 30 000 bikes there, which is probably the biggest Christian Biker rally ever, I would say, but I mean it was really spectacular and very beautiful and amazing. I did not ride a bike at that time, shame on me. I was there for the fellowship and I was there to absorb all of the marvellous wonders of what this ministry was doing, without really thinking bikes – what are they to me, I don’t ride bikes, those are for guys who don’t like to drive comfortably, you know, because like bikes are cold in the winter and they can get hot in the summer, you got to put a helmet on that sweats, and you got to, you know, what are bikes for?
Well, it was not too long after I separated myself to pray for many things, but it ended up being for Brother Jerry for 40 days. The Lord just began to minister to me and said to me, “If you want everything that he and Brother Copeland and everybody else’s got in your future, then you must receive all their ministries. Not just some of it.”
So, you know the story and I went and I got my learners licence and I got my cyclist licence, booked myself to go on a tour in California. Ended up on my very first bicycle ride, never mind even in South Africa, my very first bicycle ride, riding on a Harley, I did not know. Big touring Harley, in the big highways of Los Angeles, in peak hour traffic.
Kom aan jong, I tell you what hey, if you ever need to know that the Holy Spirit is with you and His Angels are taking care of you? That is when you need to know it. I am still trying to figure out the buttons on the bike and what they mean and I am in which gear and I’m you know, trying to keep up with the rest of the guys. Turned out to be a marvellous and wonderful trip and I have done three now, and Corona Virus won’t stop me from doing a fourth, I promise you that. It might not be this year but it will be soon. Hallelujah.
The real reason that they started that ministry was, there are many many people out there, that have a concept of what life is, and it doesn’t include God. Certainly when it comes to riding bikes, people feel like the biking family is their family and certainly when it comes to biking gangs that is the case. They are people that live for the gang, they wear the colours of the gang and we certainly wear our colours. Chariots of Light for Jesus. We wear our colours with delight and with joy, but they wear their colours for whatever the gang stands for.
How many of you know that a lot of those people have got, have made lifestyle choices that are not very good for them. I am going to read you this passage in the Book of Ephesians and then I am going to tell you a story about Brother Jerry’s cousin.
Ephesians 1 verse 11 says, 11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. It is in Christ, it is not in bikes, it is not in work, it is not even in money or relationships, it is in the relationship with Christ. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG) He is working out our purpose through everything and everyone right now.
I want to tell you a story about Brother Jerry’s cousin. I was privileged in my, probably about two years ago, now maybe three years ago. The first time I went to Kenya with Brother Jerry and Jo. I was privileged to sit with Brother Jerry’s cousin’s widow and some of the people that had been close to him. We supernaturally encountered a presence of God while we were talking, his name was Wade. While we were talking about Wade. In fact the conversation about Wade, moved me so greatly, that it led me to begin to cry, while I was listening to it, and of course, Brother Jerry was crying and suddenly all the people around the table, we just couldn’t control the deep, deep emotion, we felt for what God had done in his life.
I’m going to tell you this story and then the next time I’m with you, I’m going to tell you, I’m going to embellish it and do better with the more time that I’ll have in another session.
Wade, he had something unfortunate happen to him, in his family and in his life. He ended up, as a young man, running away from home and looking for work, doing work. Certainly, he didn’t arrive, at first, in any bad situation, but he was looking for work and he was working here and working there and made his way around and he was finding it increasingly difficult to do life and to make friends.
Well, he got introduced to a cycling gang and, of course, the cycling gang family embraced him and brought him into the gang and he ended up becoming a man that was… Can I say it; he did the dirty work for the gang – “wet work,” as others might put it. Do you understand what I’m saying? In other words, his job was to remove people out of the way. You know, that makes it a very tough job. It also makes it a very difficult experience, if you have to live with that for yourself, but, so it was. He was involved in this gang.
In the end, something happened to him and there was a price put out on his head and so he ended up getting out of the gang and he literally went into hiding. For years, he literally went into hiding because he was afraid of losing his life in a violent manner, which was the custom of those bike gangs.
One day, Brother Jerry’s praying and the Lord begins to speak to Brother Jerry and says, “Go and find Wade. Find him. He needs you and he needs Me. Lead him to Jesus.” So now, nobody knows where Wade is. So, Brother Jerry keeps praying and suddenly he gets this impression that he’s somewhere in Montana. Well, that’s like saying he’s somewhere between the Free State and Cape Town. I mean, Montana is massive. There’s like hundreds and hundreds of kilometres between towns. Nevermind all the farmlands that are there, you know, it’s not like; well, if you live in the northern suburbs of Sandton and you need to find someone, that’s pretty difficult enough, but you know one day or another they’re going to go to a shopping mall or a shop or somewhere and you can find them. In Montana, you could go live out in a little store that sells food and live in a cabin and hardly anybody would ever see you or know that you’re there and, in fact, that’s exactly what Wade did.
He grew his hair, he grew his beard, and he found a cabin literally in the mountains and there was Wade living by himself, hiding out. He spent his days, literally he spent his days, wicking wood and making carvings of wood with his knife. Obviously, when you’re living in a cabin, you’ve got to cut wood for the fire, there’s some things that you’ve got to keep doing to stay alive; go into town and buy food. He went into a little town, you know, and that’s all he did was he went into a little town, bought his food, filled up his gas, I guess he bought booze for himself, whatever the case might be, and took it to his cabin and that’s how he lived. He had very little interaction with society because he didn’t want them to find him. He had been living in that condition for years.
Brother Jerry started his tour, and if you know Montana, Billings is the biggest city of Montana, it’s the university city of Montana and it’s sort of towards the east of Montana, and so he kind of started there and then began to work towards the Helena side of Montana, which is going towards the California coast. So, you know, if you do the whole thing across Montana, it’s probably, I don’t know exactly, but I’d say 600 miles, a thousand kilometres, maybe more, you know. Where do you find a guy that’s living in Montana?
They were hanging out in the city of Billings, if I get the story correct and I might get some details wrong, because I was actually very emotionally touched by it, so maybe some of the facts have escaped me. What Brother Jerry did was, I forgot to say, he called his dad and he said, “Dad, we’ve got to go find Wade, will you come with me?” He says, “How long is it going to take?” “As long as it takes. I’m just going to get in my car and I’m going to ask questions and I’m going to take an old photo of him. It’s all I can do; is just drive and ask questions and be led by the Holy Spirit. So, I’ve got no idea how long it’s going to take.”
He got to Billings and he kind of went around to dives and bars and now if any of you had seen Brother Jerry walking into a bar you’d say, “Ah! Heretic!” We have to be careful what we say about people. You know, give them the benefit. Anyway, they were asking questions and they had this old picture and they walked into the one place and the guy said, “Ja, you know, I seem to recall this guy, but he moved out into the lands, somewhere between here and another town that they’d called, but his name is not Wade. He’s changed his name.” That’s all he knew is, “They changed his name, they changed his name. That’s all I know.” They got in a car and drove to another town and they came to this town and they started driving around in a town and they walked into some kind of a saloon kind of a thing and showed a picture. One person said, “Yea, I know this guy. This guy, but his name is not Wade, this guy’s name, he’s called Bear. You be careful, you need to be careful if you go there, you know, watch your step. Don’t just arrive on him, you might find some harm come to you.” “No, don’t worry about that, so where can we find him?” “I don’t know where it is, but I can tell you it’s in that direction, up in that space, up a hill somewhere in the mountains.”
So, Brother Jerry, off he goes with his dad and they arrive at Bears house. They find Bear’s house, supernaturally led by the Holy Spirit they find Bear. There’s Bear standing with his beard. The first question he asks is, “How did you find me?” Because no one is supposed to be able to find me and his whole thought is if you can find me, other guys can find me, “So, how did you find me?”
They said to Bear, “Bear… Wade, we are not here to hurt you, or turn you in or to do anything. We are here to just tell you about Jesus. Remind you, that a long time ago you believed in Jesus.” They spent two or three days with Bear or Wade, just showing him love. He was too far gone for him to actually hear too many words. He was too far gone in his ways for him to really make any meaningful commitments or any changes or anything like that, but they spent the next couple of days, just hanging around Bear or Wade. Brother Jerry made him an offer.
So, now here’s a guy, I mean he’s, he’s dirty, rugged, in bad shape, tattoos everywhere, he’s had a rough past. Brother Jerry made him an offer and he said, “Wade, if you’ll come down to where we live in Crowley, Texas. I’d love you to attend Bible School and we’ll pay for all of it. We’ll find you an apartment. We’ll set you up, I just want you to come and join Bible School. Just come and sit in a few classes.” Wade said, “I’ll think about it.” And off they left.
Well, I don’t know if it was a couple of weeks or a couple of months later, Bear arrived at Brother Jerry’s door, knocked on the door and said, “Here I am.” So, he said, “Glad to see you Bear.” They bathed him, cleaned him up, put new clothes on him, took him into Bible School and his life began to change. Jesus began to change him from the inside out.
I want to read you another scripture or two passages of Scripture, then I’m going to finish the story and that’ll be us done for today. In 1 John 3:8 it says 8 He who sins is of the devil, I’d like you to understand that sin is a twisted wicked way, it’s a way of men or a way of the enemy of God that causes men to live, that is not the way God would live. I don’t want you to kind of get bent out of shape about what sin is or isn’t… and I’m not a sinner… please. 8 …for the devil has sinned from the beginning. He’s had a way that lives away from God, from the beginning, For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 NKJV). He has come to die for us. He has been resurrected by the Father, so that His life can become our life, so that we don’t have to live with twisted ideas and twisted ways in our hearts and in our lives.
1 John 3:7 says, 7-8 So, my dear children, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. Those who make a practice of sin are straight from the Devil, the pioneer in the practice of sin. The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways. 9-10 People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin. How could they? God’s seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin. (1 John 3:7-9 MSG).
What happened to Bear, or to Wade, was that he came out of the mountains and with him came a whole lot of baggage from the past, a lot of thinking, a lot of bad talking, a lot of bad habits, a lot of bad ways.
Now, if we thought that the Christian life is about cleaning the person in the mountain before he can come into the church, we’ve got it all wrong. God has never ever been about cleaning the person in the mountain, that mountain may be in the corporate workspace, maybe it be in an entertainment industry, maybe it could be in your own business, maybe it could be in some kind of physical athletics space, academia, whatever it is. Our business is not to try and clean people before we bring them to church, our business is to let Jesus clean them when they come to church.
When Wade arrived at the church, I mean a lot of people looked at him because here was this rough, rough guy, and to be sure he upset people. He upset good Christian folk.
I like it when people come along and upset good Christian folk because what it really means is, good Christian folk have gotten into such a comfortable routine, that they need to be getting out of it, because actually we’re not here for our comfort. We are here for the world. We are here for people that don’t have an answer. Amen.
Wade got through Bible School and while he was attending Bible School, Brother Jerry was going to go and teach at John Osteen’s church in Houston. Brother Jerry said to him, “Wade, I want you to come with me.” He said, “No no no no,” he said, “You don’t understand, the club that wants me dead, their headquarters are in Houston. They don’t forget a contract and that’s like me going to a death sentence.”
Brother Jerry said to him, “Wade. the Lord wants me to take you to Houston. He will protect you and He will resolve any problems that have come from your past. Now you must come with me.” Eventually he said, “Ok I’m going with you to Houston.” So, of course, the guy is not very happy about this, in one sense, you know, he’s going right back into the lion’s den, where he had left.
So they arrive at Joel Osteen’s church and they’re having some ministry time and then they have some fellowship and in one of the moments of them having fellowship together, Joel Osteen is told by Brother Jerry and Wade himself, he’s told the story of what happened to Wade and that there is a contract on his life, from this gang in Houston.
Joel Osteen says, “I’m running a TV show and it’s live and you’ve got to be on the TV show and it’s going to go all over Houston.” Wade says, “Say what? Not going to happen. You’re just advertising to the whole of Houston that I’m here.” So Brother Jerry and Brother John Osteen said, “We really feel that you’ve got to do this because your testimony must go out on the airwaves.” So it did, he gave his testimony.
The very next night, those gang guys showed up in the church. The message of the gospel was preached, those very same gang guys, that had the contract on him came and walked to the front of the church and bowed their knee before the Lord Jesus and they all gave their hearts to the Lord Jesus and they hugged Wade as a brother and then they said, “Your contract is released, go and live your life in peace.” Hallelujah. Glory to Jesus.
The reason we are on the earth is because Jesus died for us. The reason we live this life that we live and I go back to Ephesians 11-12 It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living. Part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG).
You see, people, if I had to go to, I don’t want to get into an ideological debate today, in your own mind about bad parents, good parents, the realities of people living. I want to say this; if you have a good mother and a good father, they should be raising their children up well. Right? That’s what should happen. Good mother’s, good fathers should raise their children, well. They should have good relationships with their kids and they should raise them well. I’m aware that that’s not always the case, certainly in South Africa but as I said I don’t want to get caught up into that debate.
So what will a good parent do? If that parent is living next to an open field area, and constantly a snake keeps coming or snakes or some creatures keep coming into the garden, at certain times of the day, that are dangerous to the kids. Do you think it’s a good idea for the parents to say to the kids, “Don’t do that. Don’t go out, when you see them in the grass or in the garden? If fact from two until six before it gets dark, don’t go into the garden, play somewhere else.”
Which good parents would on purpose let their kids go and play with snakes? Dangerous ones? I mean they wouldn’t, they’d stop it, right? What if that animal was something more dangerous, what if there was a leopard that was roaming around your house or hyaena or even jackals. Right? I mean you would tell your kids, “Be careful of that.”
Well, our Heavenly Father is a good Heavenly Father and He is all about telling us what we should and we shouldn’t do. So, it’s not a matter of; I’m trying to prevent you from doing whatever you want to do in your life. He’s saying, “If you do what I do in My life. Number one, you won’t feel the pain, you won’t have the hardships, you won’t get into the stuff because I’m a good Parent.”
How many of you know that it’s inbuilt and next week I’m going to have a very live demonstration or the next time I preach? It could be next week, but we’ll see, we’re just being led by the Holy Spirit week by week, but I’ll give you a very visible and live demonstration of how you were born and what it looks like, just I’m going to use chemicals and water and stuff and I’m going to show you what you looked like when you were born. I’m going to show you what Jesus does in your life. I’m going to show you how this all comes together. Jesus is a good parent, and the Father is a good parent. Jesus died for us as an elder brother, the First born. He is saying,”Live in Me. Live for Me. Believe in Me.” Because, like Wade, people make decisions that attract a lot of baggage in their lives.
If you’ve heard me preach at any given time, you would have heard me say, “I’m not so strong,” it’s not the message that I want to bring to people, that makes Jesus the Lord of your life, so that you cannot go to hell. Let me tell you, hell is a bad place. It’s a real place. You don’t want to go there, but if you’ve preached to somebody that’s never made Jesus the Lord and saviour of their life. They are not even sure that they believe in Jesus, then they may not believe in hell, and they may not believe in heaven. So if you tell them, “Make Jesus Lord of your life so that you can make heaven your home, and you’ll skip hell.” Well, they might not believe in that, so the whole point of your argument is gone. Right?
For me, I would rather say that when you make Jesus, the Lord and saviour of your life, the very stuff that’s in you that wants you to be driven to live in a way that is contrary to the ways of God, which is taking you away from the good life of God, taking you away from the peace of God, taking you away from – how did Ephesians put it? 12 …part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone (Ephesians 1:12 MSG). In other words, he has got something for you that makes you design from before you were born, and so in your human self you might have been running away from that your whole life.
Now, when you make Jesus the Lord and Saviour of your life, He saves you from yourself. That self, that is so strong that it thinks it can decide on its own eternal destiny, but when you actually say, “Jesus, save me from myself. I believe You, I trust You, You are the saviour of my life.” You’re getting to a place where some amazing thing happens in your spirit, and it’s in the scripture here; 7-8So, my dear children, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. … The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways. (1 John 3: 7-8 MSG). He comes into your life to abolish the devil’s ways. Next time I minister to you, I’m going to speak briefly about that because it is important for you to understand what you are born with, what God wants to make you, and what you can become.
The title of my message is, Jesus the Person, Jesus the People, that’s all the people of the world, and The Purpose that Jesus came for. Which makes your purpose something very clear and evident. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.
You like this set, here today? Do you like what we are doing today? Well part of what we are celebrating in the next couple of weeks; We are celebrating that God connected us with people, that had the spiritual intuition, they had the spiritual leadership to say, we are not going to consider those people as lost. We are going to dress like them, we are going to ride like, but we are going to take the light to them. Hallelujah. That’s what we do. Like Brother Jerry loves to say, “That’s we do man, that’s what we do.” [Pastor John imitating Brother Jerry] Hallelujah.
Yes, sure, we have the bikes where we can just fellowship and us, Christians we can get out and go ride some place, you know, do pancakes and coffee and do wonderful things. Praise the Lord for that. Take our cameras with us, and take our muso’s with us and go and jam, do some wonderful things. Clarens is still coming. I haven’t given up on Clarens. And the devil is not stealing Clarens from us. When the time is right, we’re going to do it. Hallelujah. Praise Jesus.
Won’t you all stand with me please? You guys, if you are saved, you’re walking around with an amazing life force that is Jesus. Whatever habits you struggle with, whatever you think is causing you not to live free that stuff, it’s not what you worry about. Wade didn’t come from the mountains clean. As he was coming out of the mountains, God purposed to clean him. It wasn’t he who made himself clean, it was God who cleaned, and God who fixed him, and God restored his relationships, and God saved him from death and an assassination contract. If you will trust God, He will do the same for every area of your life. Hallelujah.
Will you all pray this prayer with me? Put your hand on your heart like this. Your right hand on your left heart, I suppose.
Let us pray together. Say, Jesus thank You, that you died for me. Thank You, that You are my Lord and saviour, I believe in You, I trust in you. And I ask you Lord, to clean me, from everything, that has held me back in my life, that is preventing me from living the good life, full of purpose. I trust You, and I thank You for continuing to wash me, and help me to become a strong Christian. In Jesus’s name. Hallelujah. Amen.
If you’ve prayed that prayer, you are in a good place today. Hallelujah. You will see who will be going to keep praying that prayer, keep praying that prayer, and if you want to come and find a home here, please come and find a home here. I mean even during lockdown we got lots of visitors coming, lots of people saying they want to come back, and it is a good thing. We’ve seem to have all those people come in the third service, but it is good. Then we have a third service full of new people. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah. Hallelujah
Thank you all for coming, make your way out. God bless you.
19 July 2020 Jesus – The Person, The People, The Purpose Session 2
Ps John Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture reference: Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG); 1 John 3:7-9 (MSG)
Hallelujah! Hey man, I tell you what, it’s wonderful to have sounds like that – to go to church and worship the Lord with sounds like that, isn’t it? Praise the Lord! Hallelujah. Glory to Jesus. Are you glad you’re in church today? Ja, me too, and it’s very nice when you have a church that looks like this [gestures to auditorium set up]. Hey? And when you go home on things that look like this [gestures to motorbikes]. It’s pretty cool hey? Praise the Lord.
Well, won’t you agree with me, that the Holy Spirit, will take both the worship and the words and touch your life today, touch your heart today and bring a change to you, bring growth and increase and good new things into your life. Will you agree with me? Well, then it is so. Otherwise said as amen. You may be seated.
It’s such an opportunity for us, in this sort of semi-lockdown period, level 3 that we are able to have smaller congregations and have multiple services every day. It has given us an opportunity to kind of be led by the Holy Spirit that we can change things up in the auditorium, we can bring these kinds of sets in, we can do different kind of services, and to me, I believe this is an order that God wants us to continue as a ministry one way or another, to have different kinds of services, doing different kinds of things. Amen. Hallelujah.
The Chariots of Light Ministry was started with Brother Jerry, Brother Copeland and Brother Jesse Duplantis, kind of going out on bicycle rides together, and there were others that were included in that, and having some fun together on bikes and then the Lord began to speak to them, to use it as a tool to touch people’s lives. Part of the reason why we’re showcasing Chariots of Light as a ministry, is because what part of this ministry stands for, is the fun that Christians can have while touching the world with the Light and that should be the ethos of every Christian; we’re supposed to enjoy God and enjoy the good things of God, but we should also do things that help other people.
I’m going to read you this scripture in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 11 and then I’m going to tell you a story. 11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG) Without God, you’re born with a reason and purpose. What I’m saying is that even if Christians, even if people don’t make Jesus Lord and Saviour of their life, they’re born into a purpose. God never designs, creates, or lets anything into the world without purpose. There is no waste in God. God has no waste management department. This might be hard for you to understand, but God has no waste management department. God doesn’t waste a thing. Everything God brings into the universe is perfect, it’s good, it has a purpose, it has an assignment and it’s built to make something and to provide for something.
People that have not made Jesus Lord and Saviour of their life, they’re searching all the time; they’re doing this, they might use their skill, their God-given skill, their God-given talent, their God-given assignment even, to do it, but in a place that glorifies themself rather than glorifies God. That’s got to be one of the most empty places you can live in your life, because on the one hand, you think you’re making money or becoming famous or doing something really good with our talent, but in the end, when you realise if you’re doing it for you and not for God, it becomes a bit worthless.
A while ago, I think it was last year sometime, maybe the wintertime, maybe June, July sometime, we did a Chariots ride to Diepsloot and we spent quite a lot of time just mingling with the people at Diepsloot, praying with people and leading people to Jesus, in Diepsloot. Pastor Melusi called me during the course of last week and he asked if he can be excused to go and do a funeral in Mafikeng. The funeral was from someone in the church in Diepsloot and so they were going to get buried at their traditional burial site.
Here’s a letter that was written to him; Dear Chariot, I think it was from her husband or someone that was with her. Dear Chariot, my heart is full of gratitude, so I thought I should share. We are from laying the body of one of our Diepsloot church members to rest. It is a great consolation to know that last year during the Chariots of Light outreach, she accepted Jesus and made Him Lord. According to her background, I can almost say she had no chance of knowing the Lord, but through your obedience, an opportunity was created for her to make that milestone decision in her life. All glory to God. Never make light of that platform, everywhere, to touch a soul. Blessings.
I mean, that’s really powerful, that we went and we spent a day at Diepsloot and we’re touching people and we’re giving them food and we’re doing all the practical good things, but when you get a testimony like that, that person for whatever reason, it could have been Covid-19 reasons, whatever, she died.
Last year, she made the decision to make Jesus the Lord and Saviour of her life, and I can say with confidence, that she now lives eternally with Jesus. What a grand thing, and we all had a part in that, because we all showed up in our bikes, we all showed up. The show that we put up attracted people to come and see what’s going on here and hear what is going on here. Then we had a chance to witness to people and lead them to Jesus. Praise the Lord.
I read from one John chapter 3 verse 7, 7So, my dear children, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. 8Those who make a practice of sin are straight from the devil, the pioneer in the practice of sin. The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the devil’s ways. 9People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin. How could they? God’s seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin (1 John 3:7-9 MSG).
I would like to explain this to you in this way. If I’ve been raised my whole life, if I’ve been raised and if it’s a cultural value, maybe you’ve been raised like this. If you’ve been raised your whole life that, when you wake up in the morning, you have to make up your bed, brush your teeth and then go and have Future-life breakfast. I am saying that because I know it happens to a lot of families. It’s not my first preference of breakfast or some kind of cereal or some kind of easy breakfast, before you head out to school or work or whatever and maybe includes a cup of coffee.
Now they come out with a test to say, that when you drink coffee in the morning, it spikes your insulin and your sugar levels, to such a point that you don’t want to eat for the next three hours and that it messes with your blood sugar metabolism and the way you actually feel and the way you think about things, because of this irritation that is going on in your body, that you might not know about, you just might feel in a ugly mood, but it is coffee that is doing it to you. The Future-life, and all of that carbs. sugar and all of that caffeine and all of that thrown into the mix early in the morning spikes your blood sugar levels and gets you in a buzz, but actually when it starts dropping you, you feel terrible.
I think I’ve touched on a sore point here. What if a study comes out that says, “Listen, this stuff is so bad for you, if you just cut out those foods, it will change the way that you can actually think. You have increased intellectual capacity. It makes your energy levels steady and stable through the day, so that you may be able to perform better. You’re able to do things in a way and have a sense of wellbeing that is way beyond what you’re experiencing now. If you just cut out your Future-life and your coffee.”
Now you sit with a problem. I’m used to doing this, this is my routine of my life. Many people will say, “Ag man, doesn’t matter what science says, it hasn’t harmed me till now, I’m gonna keep doing it.” Yes? So, I am trying to describe to you what happens when a Chrisitan gets born again, when Jesus comes and lives in their hearts. What’s happened to them is, this life that’s come into them automatically wants to tell them stop eating Future-life and drinking coffee. It’s not good for you, but you are in a habit of drinking coffee and Future-life in the morning. That doesn’t change the fact that Jesus is in your heart. It just means that you have a habit, that you continue to keep doing. Are you all with me?
Every now and again Jesus is going to send someone into your life, the Holy Spirit, a person or a person like me, that will tell you in a morning like this, “Stop Future-life and coffee in the morning.” What shall I eat, what shalI have as an alternative? You could try half an avo, a bit of tomato, balsamic. You could try fresh spinach juice. I said that on purpose. I mean there’s lots of alternatives, I am trying to make a point to you, that if I said to you, “I’ll make you a concoction which is carrot, orange and spinach juice in the morning and it might have a few other a little bit of ginger in there and things like that. I give you some things to eat that will actually lift you up and keep you going for most of the morning and won’t give you a high and most certainly will not drop you, you might say, “Keep it, I’m not so happy with that. I’ll have my coffee and my Future-life.”
You understand how powerful habits are? Some things we learned from our years as kids. You do not want to give up that habit. That doesn’t change that Jesus is alive in you. It doesn’t change that you always wanted to change and sometimes those habits and the trigger points of those habits, like for example you walk into the kitchen in the morning and you now determined you have your spinach and orange juice and your Mom’s busy making coffee. Suddenly the orange and spinach juice goes out of the window and like you normally do you grab coffee.
If you say, “Hey Lord, I really want to do the best that I can do for me and for You and give myself in the best possible way that I can give myself to You. Please help me to quit that stuff and help me to make better choices.” Now you do not need to try it on your own, what you need to do is let the power of God, if you keep speaking it, keep speaking it. One day you are just going to walk into the house and the coffee is going to be boiling, and it is going to smell like – nheh – horrible, what’s that horrible smell? “But this is the coffee you always drink?” “No but it’s horrible, I am not interested” and you walk out.
Tomorrow you come back: horrible smell. That’s how the Word of God works, in a Christian that has to get rid of something. It is not for you to get rid of it, it is for the Word of God to grow up in you, that gets rid of it. I’m preaching good thank you, amen.
Today I want to tell you, very quickly about Chariots, and I want to tell you about Wade, Brother Jerry’s cousin. Brother Jerry’s cousin had some unfortunate things happen to him in his youth, and I was actually reading some notes that I made when I was meeting with Brother Jerry. We were at the table and I made some notes because of some of the things that came out and I made this note because his story was so powerful to me.
I made a note and he said, and I made here, he said: “Wade Porter, a contest for a man’s life and soul.” What I had forgotten in the first service is that, actually what happened was that he went and he visited a – he was so desperate to have some spiritual guidance in his life and some truth in his life, that he went and he visited a Shaman, and this Shaman gave him a mixture which they call Pyodi, which is natural herbs, I guess that is stronger than marijuana, more dangerous, it has much more hallucinatory things in it. When he engaged in that, it was almost like it was a trigger point for dark forces to come and to begin to influence his life.
The end result was that he went, and he had some difficulty with jobs, people and finding things, and he ended up in a gang, a big gang in Houston, a violent gang doing many things, and ultimately he became the man that would do the gang’s “wet work,” dirty work, where people were removed, if they were a problem.
Eventually something happened, he wanted to get out, he didn’t want to live this life anymore, and they put a hit on him. So he ran, he ran into the mountains of Montana. One day Brother Jerry was praying and the Lord said to him, “You must go and look for Wade, he was in a bad way, he needs Me and he needs you. Go and go look for Wade.”
Brother Jerry phoned his dad and said will you take a road trip with me, I want to ride to Montana and go look for Wade. “But where is he living?” “I don’t know.”
I mean Montana is at least the size of the Free state and Cape Town put together, you know. I mean the Western Cape, I mean it is just a huge state, it’s massive, it is on the border of Canada and it comes a long way down into the south, and it is just wide open spaces, they call it big sky country. It’s just huge, hundreds of kilometers and hundreds of miles between towns and cities. So, anyway, they got there under the leading of the Holy Spirit. Brother Jerry decided to start at a town called Billings and he went into places where a guy like Wade would frequent. Eventually, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, they found a person, they showed him a picture, and he said, “You know that guy looks familiar, but, he might have been here, but I think he is in another town, you might want to go and look there.”
Brother Jerry and his dad took a drive, and they went to that town and again they did the same process, but I mean, Montana is huge. They are being led by the Holy Spirit and they went to the next town, and they went to places, saloons, bars or whatever where he would frequent, potentially places where he might go.
They got to a guy, and he said, “Oh yeah, I know that guy, but his name is not Wade, his name is Bear” “Where could we find Bear?” “Well, we are not exactly sure where Bear lives, he just comes and goes, but he is somewhere up in the mountains,” apparently he has got some log cabin somewhere up in the mountains, and it is in that region, and that is a vast area, so good luck with that.
Anyway, so they got into the car, and they just followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. Eventually they arrived at his cabin, and so here is Bear, spending his days witling, using his knife and wood and he is making little animals and little things from wood. Here he is living, big beard, dirty mountain man, full of tattoos, in a bad way, you can imagine. The life that he was living, that he was running from, all of those horrible things still lived with him, I mean, I can’t say, but he maybe took drugs, maybe he took alcohol to get to sleep every night, you know. When you have lived that kind of life then you have done those kinds of things sometimes those dreams and the memories are hard to live with.
Anyway, at first Wade didn’t want to talk to them, the first question he asked was: “How did you find me?” Because he was concerned that others would find him if Brother Jerry could find him. They spent a couple of days with Wade, they never tried to persuade him to do anything, they just lived with him. They made firewood, they chopped wood, they just did what Wade would do, for a couple of days.
Eventually Brother Jerry said to Wade. He said: “Wade, I want you to come home with me and I want you to come to church and I want you to come to the Bible School and come and sit in the Bible School for a year, and we will take care of you.” He said “No, I am not sure I can do that” So he said, “No pressure,” and so they left. Well, it was a week, a couple of weeks, maybe a month or two or whatever it was, that went by, Wade showed up at the door and he said, “I’m here, I’ll do this.”
So, they cleaned him up, gave him new clothes and sent him to Bible School. He started to grow. All of the things that God had placed in his life began to come out, and all of those bad habits and things began to fall away. I’ll tell you what if you get into the presence of God long enough, there isn’t a bad habit that can hold you and can control you and hold on to you. I’m telling you there is nothing in your life that God can’t deal with. He can fix everything.
Well, I’m trying to make the story short. Wade was invited by Brother Jerry, to go with him to John Osteen’s church, which has now become his son, Joel Osteen’s church. They went to go and minister there and at first Wade didn’t want to go because they were going back to Houston and this is the very place where the headquarters of this gang was.
He said, “Brother Jerry, if I go there, you don’t understand; if I go there and they find out I’m there, they’ll kill me. I’m still, I, that, that contract never dies. If anyone notices me, if anyone finds me, they’ll kill me.” He said, “Wade, you come, the Lord will protect you, we’ll be there, we won’t do anything, you know. We’ll be led by the Holy Spirit.” He said, “Alright, I’ll come.”
I’m really shortening the story. Off they went to John Osteen’s church. They did some ministry, were having some fellowship and so Wade ends up sharing his testimony with John, about all of these things, he went to the mountains, how Brother Jerry came to look for him, his being in Bible School and how God is busy transforming his life, and about the contract that’s out on him, you know.
John arranged some extra security and all of that, but he says, “Hey, I’m doing a live broadcast and you got to give your testimony on broadcast, that’s going to go to the whole city of Houston.” He says, “No, no, no, you don’t understand, that’s like calling them to a beacon, they’ll know I’m here.” Do we trust the power of God to, to actually set you free? Your testimony can be used by God in a very powerful way.
So, eventually he agreed, and he got on TV and he gave his testimony. The next night church services, the gang was in the service; the gang was there. They came to see what’s happened to this Wade. Whether he was faking it or, whether it’s time to take him now. The whole gang was there. All the core of the gang, that would have had to, that he would have known would have come to take him out, you know.
But guess what happened? By the end of the service, all of the gang members were bowing their knees, and they were lifting their hands towards heaven and they were giving their heart to Jesus. Before they left, they said to Wade, “Your contract is forgiven, you don’t have to worry about us anymore, your life is free.” Hallelujah. Praise Jesus. Praise Jesus.
Sometimes you just got to do something bold and you got to be and do something different in order for God to change your circumstances that look impossible. That looks unchangeable and it looks like you’re going to be on the run for the rest of your life. God is powerful enough, He’s strong enough, He’s amazing enough to be able to fix things that couldn’t be fixed. He can fix your things.
I’ll tell you what happened to Wade; he finished Bible School, he met a woman that he married. Eventually, Brother Jerry had started a missions program out in Kenya. It was growing, they started a church, they were with Brother Oral Roberts. They were doing a hospital, and they needed somebody that would take no nonsense from somebody, but who also was smart with his hands, clever, creative, to be able to build and establish the ministry there. They asked Wade and his wife to go and be the missionaries that lived on the ground, and Wade eventually died in Kenya. Serving the Lord Jesus, till his last breath. Serving the Lord Jesus, serving people, the people of Kenya and Nairobi, and now he’s gone to be with Jesus.
That’s quite a powerful and wonderful story. That’s why we use this platform. This platform is not for us to go and take, to try and help make people clean before they come to church. This platform is to go and touch people where they live their lives, that are damaged, that are bruised, that are broken, that have got no future, and go and tell them about Jesus. Bring them the ointment, the oil of healing, and restoration. Bring Jesus to them, and then He can clean them up His way.
It’s not for us to get people clean, we couldn’t do it even if we tried. You might be able to clean a bike, but you can’t clean a human from their emotional scars, and all of the baggage they have with them, but Jesus can, but Jesus can, but Jesus can, but Jesus can. That’s what He died for. He died so that all of those things can be forgiven and forgotten and you can live as a normal, new, clean, human being. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.
Did you get something out of this service today? Hallelujah. Won’t you stand with me, please. Put your right hand on your left heart. Not your right heart, your left heart [laughter]. Praise the Lord. Let’s just pray this together; say, Jesus, thank You for cleaning me, from all the dirt in my life. Thank You, for removing my baggage. You are the Lord of my life. I thank You, that You give me strength and joy to live for You, and to live in You, and to live with purpose, in my life. Thank You for the Blood of Jesus. Lord, we ask You, that this love, can go to everybody we come into contact with. In Jesus’ name. Everybody said; Amen. Hallelujah.
I’ll tell you; if you prayed that prayer today, you are a child of God. You are a being of God, that is destined to do great things; great things. That great thing might be leading someone to Jesus today, just because your light shines. Tomorrow, the next day. It might be that and other things. Whatever it is, whatever it is in Jesus, it is great.
You great people, thank you for coming to church, it’s good to see you. Please leave now [laughter]. Be blessed in all that you do, be at peace, and prosper and be blessed. Have a wonderful protected week. Safe, healed, and whole.