Life and Liberty: Messy and Marvellous – Session 1 – Ps John Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture reference: Galatians 3:10-11, 13-14 (AMPC); Galatians 3:26 (AMPC); Galatians 4:6-7 (AMPC); Galatians 4:19-20 (AMPC); Galatians 5:1 (AMPC); Galatians 5:13 (AMPC)
Praise You, Jesus, Praise You, Jesus. Hallelujah. Father, I declare that we are light walkers. We are not darkness-minded, but we walk in the light. It is our choice, it is our great privilege to walk in light. Thank You, Father, that we can see. We are not blind. We can walk. We are not paralysed and have no place to go. We are in perpetual movement, and we are in perpetual moments with You. Walking, living, functioning in the light. Hallelujah.
Thank You, Lord. We are so grateful that we have light in our lives. We, thank You, Lord, that every time we come together as a body, every day we talk to You and we have fellowship with You, we walk more in the light. We have better vision, better understanding, better insights because we can see better. Hallelujah. I, thank You, Lord, that this morning will be again one of those days, when more light comes, more movement happens, more change begins to give us more momentum in our life’s. We, thank You, for it Lord. Thank You, that every ear is open, every heart is ready to receive, every mind is quieted and ready to hear the Word of God. I, thank You, Lord, that as I speak, I speak with clarity and purpose, as inspired by the Holy Spirit. Not as John Bendixen, but as a messenger of the Most High God. May Your anointing rest upon Your people today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Praise the Lord. It is always a good day to be in church. As lockdown-levels change, we are going to have more opportunity to be in church, more, as opposed to having to shuttle you in and out quick-quick-quick, you know. Praise the Lord.
As I’ve been experiencing God in the last couple of weeks. It’s been the most amazing journey that I’ve been on. The journey for me has been that while I’ve been seeking the face of God for certain things, that I wanted Him to be showing and speaking to me about. It seemed though, that as I was separated to Him, things were getting done, and people’s lives were being touched, and there was movement and organisational and administrative things that were happening, that I hadn’t expected to happen, but just things began to move, and things began to change. It was really something special for me to observe, because actually although God needed to use me as an instrument from time to time, there were things that were happening in people’s lives that just moved them forward, just change them and gave them different perspective, gave them different way of seeing things and things just began to move in a very positive and a spiritual direction. It has been very amazing and marvellous for me to observe it. It is really wonderful when God gets moving and God gets working. There is actually not much you do about it, He just does it.
Then you know that this is a special thing to see, because oftentimes you go about doing stuff yourself then you wonder whether it was you or God that did it. You want to give God the glory for it, but you know how much effort you’ve put into it. Then other times, and this has happened to me in my life on numerous occasions, and other times where you just sit back and watch and God does the whole lot. I had nothing to do with that, it’s all God. It’s a wonderful thing. Hallelujah.
I mean for me, today is a marvellous testimony of what happens with music ministry here. I mean it wasn’t a very long time ago, I didn’t know Denholm, I didn’t know Nick, I didn’t know Riaan, I didn’t know their capabilities. They weren’t even known to me, and here they are, helping us go to a level ministry, and music with the Lord and that was marvellous that God actually had a hand in this. It happened so smoothly and so easily, and I couldn’t have gone and found them and done anything unless God was part of it, unless God made it happen. It’s only the favour of God that puts people together like that and He makes it happen, and then when it does happen, it’s a beautiful thing. Actually that’s the way God intended all of us to live. He intended us all to live in that way that He brings us into people’s lives, and He has a plan for us in people’s lives. It’s designed to make things happen, to reveal God in a way that He wouldn’t have been revealed before. Amen.
I wanted just to tell you, in case you didn’t know this. What you are experiencing here is just the beginning of a dream that was placed in my heart by God more than 20 years ago. What you’re seeing here is the beginning of the fulfilment of that dream. Hallelujah.
Sometimes you have to be really patient, when patience is not something that you want to really kind of say, well I wish I had it yesterday, especially when you look at other ministries, other organisations and they seem to be going ahead, and doing stuff and you just have to wait until the fullness of your faith brings about the solutions that you have, because what you are going to get and what God’s got for you, is what God placed in your heart to get, not what someone else’s dream is, but what He placed in your heart to have. Amen.
I’m going to just see how the Lord wants me to minister on this, but I’m going to talk to you a little bit this morning on life and liberty, and I’m going to talk to you about messy and marvellous. This is all about the way God has put us together and about His life. If one talks about life, then you kind of want to find some way of describing life. The best dictionary way that I can describe life is put this way. It’s vitality, it’s vigour, and/or energy. If you don’t have that vitality, you don’t have that vigour, you don’t have that energy, then maybe you’re living in another description of life which is existence, human existence. That’s another way, that the dictionary describes life, is just a human being, alive, existing. I don’t know which one you want to have, a human being alive existing, or having vitality, vigour and energy. Just broadly speaking, life is something that God wants us to have. Energy, He wants us to have vigour, He wants us to have vitality and energy and purpose in what we do.
Liberty, now, I’m going to just read this to you as it reads in some of the dictionaries. Liberty is the state of being free within society, from oppressive restrictions, imposed by authority, on one’s behaviour, or political views. That’s one version of the way, a dictionary puts, liberty. In other words, they describe it as being free within a society, from oppressive restrictions. Obviously every society has got to have restrictions for the safety of all, but they say, oppressive restrictions, and that are imposed by authorities on one’s behaviour, so your choice is in life and your political views. That’s one definition.
There are other definitions of liberty, and that is the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. A right or privilege, especially some right or privilege that has been granted by a law. The power or scope to act as one pleases. Liberty, the power or scope to act as one pleases. A person’s or a person’s freedom from control by fate or by necessity. In other words, you are not controlled by fate and you are not controlled by need. That’s how they describe in the dictionary, liberty.
Now, I’m going to read you some scriptures this morning, from the book of Galatians, and I’m going to talk about God’s life and God’s liberty, and then we will come back and talk about some of these things. Bear with me, if I read you this morning a number of scriptures, but it is worth remembering that this, the apostle Paul is writing to a group, a community, a culture of people that are in Galatia and he calls them the Galatians, they live in Galatia. They have been Jews and others that have been set free and become born again Christians. They have this relationship with Jesus, but they’re also born into a culture which is a Jewish culture. In this letter that Paul is writing, what has happened is that some Jews have made it their business, conservative, orthodox Jews, to infiltrate the new Christian Jews and start demanding that, as Jews, they still keep the laws. You can worship Jesus, you can live in Jesus and you can be totally dedicated to Jesus, but you are also a Jew, so you must uphold all the Jewish laws. They were trying to be very smart and say “You can do both, you can live as a good Jew and you can live as a good Christian, but don’t ignore your Jewish roots for your Christian roots.” I’m just giving you the background.
The book of Galatians, chapter three verse ten, the Amplified Bible, says; 3And all who depend on the Law [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction, for it is written in the Scriptures, Cursed (accursed, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment) be everyone who does not continue to abide (live and remain) by all the precepts and commands written in the Book of the Law and to practice them. (Galatians 3:10 AMPC). In other words, if you don’t practice one law, just that one law, if you, there are more than 600 Levitical laws, Abrahamic laws, and the Ten Commandments, and if you just miss one of those laws, you are now imperfect and you are cursed. The only way to undo the curse is to make a blood sacrifice. Right? You make a blood sacrifice on behalf of that one sin that you have committed.
11Now it is evident that no person is justified (declared righteous and brought into right standing with God) through the Law, for the Scripture says, The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live (Galatians 3:11 AMPC). The person that has a right standing with God, that is living in righteousness by faith, will have vitality, will have energy, and will have vigour of life. The person who is trying to keep all the laws is oppressed, suppressed and has very little movement and freedom to do anything other than, you have always got to be watchful of the laws so that you don’t break one.
Oppressive restrictions, by an authority, the authority happens to be the God-life authority through law that said, if you want to come to Me, you have to abide by these laws. If you can’t abide by these laws, make sacrifices. How did this happen? Man chose to place himself as the God of himself. God said, “Well if you want to be the God of yourself and you still want to recognise Me as God, then you must show yourself how you are God and keep all these laws.” Then He obviously showed everybody, you can’t keep all of these laws, because you are not God, so don’t try and put yourself equal to God; in the meantime, you have to make sacrifices so that you can be free from the laws you couldn’t keep, because you are not God. Even though, through Adam, you made a choice to show yourself to be God, to yourself. Are you all with me? I hope I’m not being too high minded with the teaching here today. I’m trying to be simple about this.
13Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (and the doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified). 14To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [the promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realisation of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit. (Galatians 3:13 AMPC).
How do you become justified? How do you become righteous? How do you become a person that is free from oppressive inhabiting laws and rules? You live by faith. You receive Jesus by faith. Not by logic, not by clever reasoning, not by some imaginative way of seeing the scriptures; it’s by faith. It’s very simple. Your whole walk with God, is in faith. Faith is what you have to have to be born again and be saved. You have to have faith that Jesus is Lord. When you have the faith, when you choose Jesus as Lord, He gives you faith to receive Him into your life. Now, what happens is that in the Christian culture, there are still rules and they are predominantly rules established by church programs. Some of them are good because they facilitate our ability to connect and get together, but some of them are still restrictive because they don’t allow you to walk free in the way that you need to be free, and live in faith.
Galatians three verse 26 says; 26For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith (Galatians 3:26 AMPC). Now you know what I have been telling you to do every day? “I am a son of God.” You see, because when you say, “I am a son of God”, you are both making a legal statement and you are making a statement of freedom because the minute you declare “I am a son of God” all rules and regulations and all kinds of things that try to come upon you, accusations of imperfection, condemnations about ways that you haven’t lived, things, baggage that is still hanging on in your life. When you make that statement, “I am a son of God,” you immediately recognise that only God can make you free of anything; not you.
I will show you how strong this force is. I dare you. I dare you, to make a decision for the next week, that you are going to pray for a half an hour in the morning and a half an hour at night. I dare you. Then see how many rules and regulations or self-issues start creeping out the woodwork, when you try to discipline yourself to do that. You will see how difficult it is to control self to obey those laws that you gave yourself to obey.
I grew up at a time, in church life, when it was like, everybody used to talk about my ‘quiet time.’ Everybody had to have a quiet time and it was like, really quiet. It was. It was called quiet time because, I now know, having grown up in church, that they didn’t want anybody to know that their quiet time was so quiet that there was no time with God at all because it was meant to be a quiet time. They didn’t want anybody to know that they were having a quiet time with God, it’s just a quiet time, because I’ve found out later that they themselves couldn’t deal with their own flesh and their own rules that they imposed on themselves. “I’m going to spend time with God, half an hour, and I’m going to get up at five o’clock in the morning before I do anything else I’m going to have half an hour with God” and you lost three days and next minute you’re “Oh no, my work was this and my that, and something imposing and my,” come on now. Don’t look at me like I’m some crazy.
You know the way Brother Jerry dealt with himself, [Pastor John laughs], he did this. He put his alarm clock to get up and go and pray every morning and his body just wouldn’t let him, those ‘rules, things’ just wouldn’t let him, and he said: “Okay body if you want to fight me I’m going to go and put you on the side of the bath.” He stood on the edge of the bath and started to pray and said: “Now if you want to fall asleep on me that’s your problem, fall asleep on me but I’m going to stand on the edge of this bath and pray.” That’s how radical he was in trying to control the rules that were imposed.
There is a discipline that comes when God’s life in you, draws you to Him. Then you wake up in the morning and you want to spend time with God but then it’s not about a rule that is imposed in yourself to act, in an act of discipline, it’s because you are in that place where you want to be with God. That’s why He says; 26For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith (Galatians 3:26 AMPC). “I am a son of God,” when I wake in the morning, “I am a son of God,” and the minute that I say “I am a son of God,” I want to speak God’s language. So, I begin to speak God’s language.
Galatians four verse six to seven says; 6And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba Father (Galatians 4:6 AMPC). Your heart is crying every day to the Father of your spirit. It cries to Him. If you let that cry come from your heart and it bypasses your head, you will find that when you wake up in the morning, your heart, you say “I am a son of God” and it just pulls you into that spirit. Hallelujah. The way to be free of habits in your life is not to try and dominate the habit, it is to allow the life of Christ to rise up inside of you and let it just cleanse you from the habit.
Most people think that in order to get closer to God they got to get better. Whereas actually getting closer to God makes you better. It’s a completely different way of seeing things. Let me have a relationship with God that is free of guilt, free of accusations, free of condemnation. Why? I did bad things yesterday because in the life of Christ I’m still His son.
Unlike human fathers, and I’m going to be talking about this in time to come. Human fathers, what we do is naturally speaking, we want our children, our sons, I certainly did this. I wanted my sons to reflect my value system; I wanted them to reflect my image. I wanted them to reflect who I am, and you can’t really help it. Because if you’re a good father and if you’re a responsible father, it’s just automatic that you care for them, you protect them, you provide for them and you want to impart to them a lifestyle that will actually give them an advantage. You think of course that you have that advantage.
If you’re circumstances say to you, “Well you don’t have much of an advantage,” then you may spend your life being driven to help your children have better advantages than you, so that they can overcome the limitations that you have, so you make them do things that you know they should do, but you couldn’t do, so that they can do better than you did.
But the whole plan of that comes with discipline, with rules, with regulations, with demands. What do children do when they get older? They say, “Well, if that’s what you want for my life, then give me the freedom to show you that what you’ve done for me, I can do it myself.” After all mom and dad, “Didn’t you do all that stuff so I can be free?” Then mom and dad say, “Ja, but not that way,” because that’s not the way I would be free.
You see, because as a human, father and mother, and I’m not putting down the system, I’m saying as human mothers and fathers we are limited to what we can do in terms of the freedom for our children. Because our culture binds us, society binds us, financial circumstances bind us. There are many things in our world that bind us to rules and regulations and to laws.
Whilst we think we are teaching them to be free, and to live in liberty, we are actually telling them that the liberty that they have is dependent on what we tell them it must be. There is this contest that happens as children get older, as to whether what mom and dad said is the actual way of life or whether what is going on inside of me in terms of my desires, my dreams, my hopes, my thoughts for my future. Now they’re beginning to clash with what mom and dad say it should look like. So, now I want to break the restraint from mom and dad, so I can pursue what I think freedom looks like.
The reason I’m explaining that to you is because we as people take that whole attitude and we think God treats us that way. Automatically, if I’m disappointing dad or mom, or I’m not doing the things they want to do or they’re trying to persuade me to go into a certain direction. We think God is treating us like that, but God has a completely different plan.
Galatians chapter 5 verse 1 says, well sorry I haven’t finished the rest of that other Galatians scripture. Chapter 4 verse 6 6And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! 7Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ. (Galatians 4:6 AMPC)
He gives you all of who He is. He places it in your heart, so that by the Holy Spirit you don’t have to make a fuss of what freedom is. He’s drawing you to freedom and liberty, if you will give into the desires that are beginning to come out of your heart. This is why I say, as a Christian you got to make a choice to go against the life of God, rather than flow with the life of God. Because He’s already given you this desire inside of you that gently is leading you to what liberty and life is all about.
As earthly fathers we have to put it into our kids, as a Heavenly Father, He draws it out of us into Him. Chapter 4 verse 19 19 My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (molded) within you, 20 Would that I were with you now and could coax you vocally, for I am fearful and perplexed about you! (Galatians 4:19 AMPC)
What’s He perplexed about? What’s this story on? There are those that are saying, “You can be free in Christ but you must still adhere to the rules of the Jewish law.” Can I be so bold as to say? That even in our culture, there are some people that say, “You can be free to worship Jesus as long as it is by the rules of this church. As long as it’s by the rules of this organization.” Then what happens is that the people say, “What’s more important, to live in Christ or to live by the rules of the organization?”
The transition that happens to churches is when they put the organization ahead of the freedom in Christ, then the organization dominates your life then it still becomes another basic set of rules, even though they might be preaching freedom.
One of the ways you can tell this is, if relationships are not placed at the highest level. The process and the organization and the administration is the most important thing. You can begin to tell, that you can be a free Christian as long as we tell you how to do it.
Lord, wherever we have got it wrong help us to see us, that even in this ministry we can be free from that. Amen.
Part of the way we did the worship this morning is even in and why we’ve been doing these things in lockdown is because I have seized the moment. I saw an opportunity in God, to break free of even a tradition of the way you come to church and you sit in church and you do things in church. Let’s break free of tradition and establish something that can be more dynamic and more free. We can be led by the Holy Spirit how we do church, where we do church and what we do church, because then in that space we allow God to actually lead us in whatever needs to happen next, rather than we are confined to one way that church must look. To the measure I’m not getting it right, you pray for me and I know you do, and I pray for you that together we collectively become something greater. Amen.
The Apostle Paul says, “If I was with you I’ll be reminding you of your freedom, I’ll be reminding you of your liberty, I’ll be reminding you of things.” The reason I named my message Life and Liberty: Messy and Marvellous is because the transition from living under laws and rules and under society and cultural regulations and expectations to be free of that is a messy process, but it is marvellous in the outcome.
Oftentimes Christians, look at the messiness that is going on in people’s lives and they say, “But you supposed to be a good Christian you’ve been at that church for a long time and this thing is still messy in your life.” Well, that’s what happens in families. Things are not always perfect; they’re messy. Unless you go to someone’s house you go visit them, we all do this, don’t tell me you don’t. Your house is in chaos and someone is coming to visit and suddenly everything is packed in drawers, and put away in cupboards and vacuumed and mooi blommetjies, flowers are put out somewhere and you know your best of your best comes out. What you want people to say is, “Wow, they live clean, they live neat, they live beautiful. They’ve got beautiful things. Wow.” But actually, behind the doors when you leave, things come out the drawers, come out the cupboards and life is messy.
That’s the way you live. You live messy, because you transition all the time. You transition from work into home and home into social and social into exercise, hopefully, and you’re making food and you doing many things and so life is not always an ordered thing that everything is under control. If you’re trying to control everything and have no messy, that part of your life is already the part that’s making your life messy. Because you can’t control everything, so even in your trying to control it, you begin to mess up, because you have determined what the control looks like. What’s your reason for the control? There is something driving you, there’s some desire, there some fear, there is something that’s driving you to control. Then the measure of control you are wanting to exercise, is already messing up your freedom. Huh?
God has given us life and He’s given us liberty, but it’s messy to bring us to the marvellous and so we mustn’t be afraid to handle messy. Not Lionel Messi from Barcelona, although he’s welcome here too, but, you know, we mustn’t be afraid to be messy.
Relationships get messy, they get all kinds of funny things. I say things and maybe I’m with you somewhere in a shopping place or having coffee or something and I say something and; hmmm, I wonder what he meant by that? Hmmm… Is this some subliminal message he’s trying to give me? It’s messy. Maybe there’s an issue to be dealt with and then deal with it and maybe there’s an offense that comes in, maybe there’s some kind of issue that… Ah, it’s messy. Now we got to fix it. I didn’t mean that. I said that. Why did you say it? Well, because if there’s something that needs… God has got to deal with then, I’m His messenger. The truth has got to be told so that you can get out of the controls and the regulations or the conformities that you’re trying to control and conform to and God wants to set you free. A messenger has got to come and tell you. Now you get upset with the messenger, who happens to be a family member.
If you don’t know it, I’m your family. I am your family, and you are my family. Family members should have the opportunity to be led by the Holy Spirit, that if there is a messenger of the family that God sends to you to say, “Fix this messy thing,” then it must be done in love. If it is done, then God brings a corrective process to your life, that gives you more life, energy, vigour, vitality, purpose. It’s not meant to squash you or to control you or to make you adhere to. It’s meant to liberate you. It’s meant to bring freedom. This freedom is so great that in Galatians five verse one, it says, 1 In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]. (Galatians 5:1 AMPC)
In other words, don’t allow the slavery syndrome of control and condemnation and accusations, and doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing, doing the lawful thing rather than the unlawful thing – don’t let those rules enslave you. Because Jesus has completely liberated us.
Come on, this is a liberating message today. In fact, so great is this liberty, that he has to write to them in the next passage of his letter, and say to them in Galatians, five, verse 13, 13 For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive, don’t use it as a motivation, to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for selfishness], but through love you should serve one another. (Galatians 5:13 AMPC) In other words, this liberty is so great, this freedom is so great, don’t use your freedom as an excuse to be self-centred, and do what you want to do all the time. Use this liberty, to serve one another. What does serving sound like? It sounds like slavery, but it’s not slavery if you choose to do it out of your own will of freedom. Hallelujah.
That’s what he’s saying; My will, God’s will, that you have chosen that is now in you, has set you free so greatly that you can actually use this freedom and say; I’m going to go and live selfishly. Beware, though, because if you do that, it’s going to take you back to slavery. It’s going to enslave you. Don’t use that liberty for your own selfish reason all the time. Use this liberty to serve one another, because the minute you serve one another, you begin to grow in your walk with God and God begins to reveal Himself to you that true liberty and life, vigour, energy, all of that wonderful, purposeful living is so awesome. Now if you’re serving someone else because you want to, you don’t serve them because you have to. It’s a whole different ball game. Come on now. Huh.
I’m going to… I’m inspired by the Holy Spirit to use this example today; if you have a marriage relationship with husband and wife, and I’m talking about intimacy issues now, if there’s a husband and a wife and the husband wants to have intimacy and the wife says, “I’ll do it because I have to because I’m your wife,” she’s enslaved. She’s enslaved by the marriage contract. Are you hearing me? Because the marriage contract says, “I should behave a certain way.”
But, through the liberty that God places in the marriage relationship, she can take the very life of God and say, “I will never see any kind of intimacy as a contract. I will see it as a joy to serve.” Watch this now. This will be very good for you, because if you see it as a joy to serve, you’re also doing something that the enemy always wants to put on everything you’re doing in life and that is to perform. If you’re both serving each other, not performing for each other, then God gets involved in the liberty that you have in serving each other, and the joy of the liberty of serving each other is far greater than the joy that you get from performing for each other.
Then you’re in a situation where out of your heart, you willingly want to engage and be intimate because it’s always about serving. That means, if you are honest with each other in an intimate moment, that a performance matter doesn’t mean someone has to have a certain outcome. But that the joy of being together in serving each other in the presence of God becomes so meaningful and great that you’re now no longer controlled by performance. That frees you to be intimate with each other in a lifelong, living, serving relationship, that even though performance doesn’t always reach the highest standard, you are still enjoying the closeness and the intimacy, because you’re not doing it for the performance standard, you’re doing it for the joy of serving.
I just changed everybody’s view of marriage, right now. If you will receive it from God. That’s why I’ve preached a long time ago, lots and lots I’ve preached and I’ve said; the world does not know… if you learn intimacy, and sex from the world, they have no clue, because everything they do is about performance and performance is the measure that’s always doomed to failure. It’s always going to fail, because performance can never reach an expectation, all the time.
I felt so badly for the guy that lost the yellow jersey in the Tour de France yesterday. He’s been wearing the yellow jersey for 10, 15 days, he’s been training his whole life and in one time trial, this young boy came by, performed and he’s the yellow jersey and he is the Tour de France winner. Because in one day, his performance dropped just that little bit, and the young guy’s performance went over, and he lost the yellow jersey on the critical day. He can never get it back. Not this year’s Tour de France.
Performance cannot always reach the standard. If you’re always in it for performance, then it’s always doomed to fail somewhere. But if you’re in it to serve one another, then you can always reach that level. Well, listen, even if the performance thing is not there – let’s have fun, baby. The fun is in the intimacy of serving, not in the fun of the outcome, the performance.
I use that to say to you because it’s the same with God. God’s not saying, “If you love Me, you must do this. If you love Me, you must do this, you must do this. Come and enjoy Me. Come and be with Me. Come and have a relationship with Me.” “But I’ve let You down and I didn’t perform for You well yesterday.” “I don’t care about that. I’m intimate with you all the time. I’m watching out for you. I’m loving you. I already died for you. I gave My all to you. I can’t do more for you. All I need is you just respond to My love.” In that, He says; let’s have fun, baby.
That’s why we can live a life of liberty. It might be a bit messy to reach the marvellous, but it’s okay to be messy, as long as we give love to each other and give each other scope to be messy and not judge each other for the messy stuff that we do along the way.
Come on, this is good preaching and I’m out of time already this morning. Get up on your feet. You liked it so much you didn’t want me to stop today. Hallelujah. Praise Jesus.
[Pastor John puts his hand on his heart] I am a son of God. I thank You, Jesus, that I’m free in You. There are no rules, no laws, no regulations that come between me and my love for You. I thank You, Lord, that You strengthen me and help me to enjoy You. Where I feel all ashamed and guilty, You’re much bigger than that. You love me anyway. In Jesus’ name. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.
Be blessed. Have a wonderful week. Enjoy God this week. Hallelujah. Be protected and be in peace, in Jesus’ name and prosper. Go make lots of money. Why not? Just because the world says there’s none – go get it.