Defending a Lion – Part 3

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In this four-part sermon series, Dr. Michael Youssef highlights:

– 3 things that will happen when you read, heed, and obey the Word of God
– 5 telltale signs of the postmodern cultural invasion
– 7 deadly mistakes we make while reading the Bible

This series will bolster your confidence in the power, authority, and superiority of Scripture!

 

 

when God speaks, he reveals himself to us in his words, telling us not only the truth about himself, but he’s telling us the truth about us is not merely words on paper. These words of God have God’s authority in them. These words have God’s power in them. It bears fruit. It produces results. It can change lives coming up next. Hello, my friends, you know the apostle paul wrote his last letter The 2nd Timothy Epistle. And that was his legacy. I’m expounding on this and it is my legacy. I am pleading with every bible believing christians to read this book. Never give up. We’re seeing in our culture today. People giving up for all sorts of reasons. Never give up. Order it. Now learn the keys to spiritual endurance, overcome spiritual burnout and train up the next generation to stand firm on biblical truth with Dr Yousef’s new book. Never give up Dr Michael Yousef unpacks paul’s rich words of encouragement. Found in second timothy words that will help you endure flourish and thrive in the midst of doubt. Danger and despair in this encouraging book, Dr yusef unveils four unique aspects of what it means to never give up biblical truth. A timely message. As christians around the world face mounting pressure to compromise their faith and abandon their biblical values. Pre order your copy today for your gift of any amount and received two bonus resources exclusively from leading the way. Be empowered to live for christ and learn how to leave a lasting legacy of faith for the next generation. Preorder your copy of Dr Yousef’s newest book. Never give up by giving a gift of any amount. Contact us today. Mm hmm. Yeah. I wonder how many people who have a confused and fuzzy ideas about the bible. I just wonder how many people do not have a clue about the tom sequence of the bible. I wonder, I just wonder, I’m wondering aloud how many people just take bits and pieces from the bible here and there and they throw them together and they believe what they want to believe. And the next message, I’m going to show you how to study the bible, the word of God in order to have an accurate picture of it in order to have the maximum impact on your life. But today I want to tell you something. It is just May and I’m just saying may startled some of you. I know it’s not all of you, that’s for sure. But it may startle some of you. So listen carefully please, because I don’t want you to misunderstand what I’m going to say. And that’s a mouthful. But I want to declare to you today that your respect for God can be measured by your respect for his word. Let me repeat this. Your respect for God can be measured by your respect for his word, the bible. But then immediately I want to rush on and say just in case somebody who misunderstand me. The bible is not God. We do not worship a book. We do not worship the bible. We worship a person, jesus the christ beloved. I’m going to tell you something that is common to all of us. You cannot tell me that you are in love with someone and you never opened the letter that that beloved sends to you. You cannot claim that you love someone. And when you receive a letter From that loved one, you leave it unopened. Why? Because an open letter means this person whom you love speaking to you. But by the same token, an unopened letter means that you do not want to know or hear from that person. And when God speaks, he reveals himself to us in his word and he’s telling us something’s telling us what he’s telling us. Not only the truth about himself, but he’s telling us the truth about us. I wonder probably is that why All statistics show that less than 18% of the Christians read the Bible on a regular basis, they don’t want to face the truth about themselves. I just wondered, I’m just wondering in a moment we’re going to stand and read the word of God hebrews four verses 12 and 13. Now, would you stand with me as we read the word of God together, I’m gonna only read the first sentence. Then I’m going to let you read it because I love to hear your voice is reading the word of God for the word of God is living and active. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Be seated please. The question is this, why is the Word of God described as double edged sword I believe with all my heart that had the bible writers are writing today. They would have said the Word of God is sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel. I believe that beloved when your body needs a surgery, the scalper is your best friend. It really is. I’m going to come back to that in a moment because it’s a very important part of this passage. But the writer to the Hebrews said that the word of God is alive. The Word of God is alive. What does that mean? It means this listen carefully. It means it’s not merely words on paper that these words of God have God’s authority on them. That these words have God’s power on them. That these words have God strengthened them. That these words have God’s command in them. That these words have God’s will in them. That is why it is alive. So what does it mean to be active? It means that it produces results that it bears fruit. It produces results, it can change lives. Listen to what Peter said in first Peter chapter one verse 23 we are born again by the word of God which lives and abides forever. Therefore when the Word of God acts of God acts when the Word of God delivers God delivers. When the Word of God heals God heals and that is why I want to come very quickly. 2, 3 things that I want to share with you from those two verses Hebrews 4, 12 and 13. What you author here through the part of the Holy Spirit who inspired him to write is saying that when you read and he’d and obey the Word of God, three things are gonna happen. You’re going to find that that word of God stretches you on the surgeon’s table. And secondly, that Word of God is going to operate on you and cut out all of the things that don’t belong there. And thirdly, thank God, thank God, it says you back up and heels you completely and restore you fully first, the word of God stretches you on God’s operating table. If the Word of God takes you and stretches you before the great surgeon jarawa rafi stretches you right in front of him. Couldn’t that be one of the reasons why very few people, very few christians actually read the word of God regularly. They don’t want to go through surgery. They don’t want to get on God’s operating table. Now, I am told I don’t have any firsthand personal experience with physical surgeries, but I am told by doctors and surgeons and people who really know their stuff is that when you are on the operating table, this is for physical operating table. I know the spiritual one, I’m going to tell you about it, I have firsthand experience with that. But I’m told that when you are on the physically on the operating table that time, the person on that table is most susceptible to all sorts of microbes and germs. Why do you think this scrub so much? I mean they’ll scrub their hands back. Now. I know that to be true in the spiritual realm. I’ve experienced that on a regular basis when I opened the word of God satan and the flesh work overtime to neutralize the impact of the Word of God. The first thing they try to do is to keep you away from the word of God. That’s what they try to keep you away from the word. If they fail to keep your mind from the word of God and you by God’s power and strength, you make a decision that you will read heath and obey the word of God. If they fail to keep you away, they will distract you. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about. I mean all of a sudden you think of things that you never thought about for years you needed to do. Oh all of a sudden you start thinking of, you know what you can do, what needs to be done. I know I left I left the stove on or you know something happened distract you if that does not work what they do, they bring doubt to your mind as to the authenticity of the Word of God. They’ll bring that in order to neutralize the impact of that word, the power of that world working in you. The surgery that only God’s word can accomplish is what the devil tried to keep you away from. And if he cannot keep you away from it, he neutralizes you. Why? Because when you are on God’s operating table, it is the time when you are wide open. Everything is bare before him. Nothing is hidden from his sight. Look at verse 13 Hebrews four. Again, this improvisation on my part is like an X ray machine. It reveals who you are and it separates reality from fiction. You say, well, how does this work in my life? I’m glad you asked. I want to tell you, I want to tell you. First hand experience. Listen to me. You can go along in life for a long time pretending that you are just fine. Everything is just fine. Everything is great. You and I can go along life’s highway for a long time thinking we’re healthy. I don’t have anything wrong with me. I’m fine. Look at all these people, I’m just fine. I’m healthy. I’m not suffering from any symptoms that will make me worry about my health. But when you go to the doctor and he looks at the results and looks at the X ray and he would say, we need to operate immediately. How does this work? Well? And you compare yourself with others, some nobody else who’s in worse shape than you are. And said, man, I’m fine. You look at somebody who’s struggling in certain areas of their lives that you don’t struggle with and you say, oh, I’m I’m really much better than they are. I can only tell you my testimony, because in the early hours of every morning and I have that X ray machine on my lap and I’m reading the Word of God, praying ahead of time for the Spirit of God to open my eyes and empower me and helped me to listen with the spirit rebuke or encouragement when everything is bare before him, who can see all things when nothing is hidden from his eyes, when hidden issues in my life become wide open before him. When things I don’t want to deal with confront me head on, when pride and smugness and self satisfaction hit me in the face when God’s X ray machine confronts me with his standards, not others. When doors I have sought to keep bolted for a long time bust open when I’m being laid bare before his eyes. I am often forced to conclude, listen to me. I’m often forced to conclude with the apostle paul, nothing good dwells in me in my flesh. I’m forced to conclude that the only good thing about Michael yussef, it’s jesus. And so the word of God stretches us on God’s operating table and that’s why we don’t do it. And secondly, the word of God cuts us like a surgeon’s cobble. It cuts us where we need to be cut. And my beloved, beloved beloved, for instance, as your pastor, I tell you, this is the double edged sword. The greek word for sharper means to cut or to dissect with precision. This is not just waving that knife everywhere. No, no, no. He pointed this couple on the area. That needs to be pointed to. What does it mean, divide spirit and soul and maroon joints? It doesn’t mean separation. Listen carefully, please. This is very important as a matter of fact, in the human body, joints and marrow and not in contact. So you see how they’re separated. I want you to listen carefully. Here’s what it means. The Word of God cuts through to the bones. That’s what it means. The Word of God penetrates so deep into the recesses of your spiritual being. And so the separation is not dividing one from the other. But it means to penetrate every single cell in your spiritual nature. It means the Word of God stops at nothing until it brings it out in the open and deals with it. No, my precious friends take it from me. When you’re lying on the table of the great surgeon on his operating table, there can be no pretense. There can be no pretense in any area. Now. You understand why the world the flesh and the devil conspire collude To stop 82% of Christians from reading the word of God regularly. But there’s more there’s more the bible said that the word of God judges not only our thoughts but our motives, some translations said attitude. It’s the motives. The word of God not only judges our activities, but even the hidden motives behind these activities. The secret motives, the real reason for saying and doing what we say and do when I sense that I have a mixed motive and many times I pray and I would fast and examine my heart, examine myself and I still got mixed motive and I cried out to God. I said sanctify my motives. You know there are so many lies that our culture disseminate in schools, in the media everywhere. So many lies. But one of the biggest lies, the big kahuna of them all is this do what you feel is right? Hello. I want to say give me a break. Are you kidding me? Feelings are so subjective and they cannot be totally reliable. And that is why the word of God is the only power that sorts things out. This is right, this is wrong, this is of the flesh, this is of the spirit. Let me just give you an example when you’re driving alone in your car down the highway and someone cut in front of you and you react the way you reacted between you and God because you’re alone in the car, right, that some people use sign language or retaliate or whatever. And then you get on God’s operating table, The x ray machine is open and there you confront it. What does God word do? It judges your reaction to that motorist. Now I need to move on because I’m getting under conviction. Now, here’s a fact. You and I are experts in self deception. You and I are experts and rationalization. You and I are experts in deluding ourselves. You and I are experts in trying to project an image of ourselves that we want others to see believe about us. And sometimes we even try to believe it ourselves. I used to have a professor at graduate school, a wonderful gentlemen. He would say, you know, publicity is okay. As long as you don’t inhale it. I’ve not been inhaling ever since. Aren’t you think with me? Okay. So just think with me? Okay, Why we think the way we think, why do we spend our money the way we spend our money? Why do we read the material that we read? Why do we see the things that we see and on and on and on and on. And the word of God penetrates deep beyond all of these security systems that we have set up for ourselves? That gets straight into the vault And you have one. I have one. He goes to the vault there. The word of God begins to sort out which is real, which is fiction, Jeremiah cries Adams said, oh Lord, the heart is deceitful above all things corrupt, but we cannot do the word God does. So the word of God stretches you and God’s operating table. The words of God is like a surgeon’s couple in cuts where it needs to be cut removed, what needs to be removed. But thank God, can you say? Thank God had we started with putting on the operating table and removing what needs to be removed and stopped there, That would be a disaster. Really is. It would be like a surgeon scrubs and it cuts removes and then before he could. So the patient back again, he says, hey, I’m going to lunch by. But thank God, thank God, Jehovah rafa. Here’s a great surgeon, here’s a great physician. He cuts and removes the bad stuff and then he puts that person back together again for complete healing. See, the longing of the Word of God is to heal us not to wound us if we do get hurt in the process, it’s for our good and for our healing. Listen, I know by nature we like to run away from people who know so much about us. I know that even if people try to run away from God because they think he knows too much about them. We always like to run away from people who know no, it’s too much, you know too much about us. But God knows everything that is to be known about you. And he still loves you. Nowhere to hide from his eye. Please hear me right. When you get to this thought that you keep in your heart, when you really grasp that, God knows what nobody else knows. We understand that God only removes and want to remove the bad stuff and then bring you healing. Not partial healing, but complete healing once you know that our God is the God who heals us, who restores us, who fulfills us, who blesses us, who enriches us, who strengthens us. And yes, he forgives us. Once you understand that he wants to pour out more grace more grace, You will walk out of your presence with God on Cloud nine. And that is why Hebrew 4 16. Listen carefully. It tells us, let us therefore, after what we just heard he said, let us therefore approach the throne of Grace with confidence, not cockiness with confidence, not in us, but in him in his mercy and his grace. So that we might receive mercy and find grace to help us in the time of needs my and my beloved friends, when the word of God reigns supreme in our lives, when when we allow the Word of God to rule our lives, we will always experience peace in his presence. Always. It never fails. Why? Because the Word of God has the same characteristics as God did you know that when you go home, read psalm 19, read psalm 19, you’ll you’ll see the same characteristics of the Word of God. Is God himself perfection, faithfulness, righteousness, purity, and truth. Mhm. Mhm. No matter how hard these days, maybe, no matter how trying those times may become, no matter how challenging the situation is, don’t ever give up on the gospel Truth. Learn the keys to spiritual endurance, overcome spiritual burnout and train up the next generation to stand firm on biblical truth with Dr Yousef’s new book. Never give up at the end of his life, imprisoned in a roman dungeon, the apostle paul urged his young disciple, timothy never give up on prayer. Never give up on biblical truth. Never give up on the faith that was once for all, entrusted to the Saints in his brand new book, never give up, Dr Michael Yousef unpacks paul’s rich words of encouragement found in second timothy words that will help you endure, flourish and thrive in the midst of doubt. Danger and despair. Don’t be ashamed of the Word of God. Don’t deluded to the point of unrecognized Ishan. In this encouraging book, Dr Yousef unveils four unique aspects of what it means to never give up Biblical truth. A timely message as christians around the world face mounting pressure to compromise their faith and abandoned their biblical values. Dr yusef also shares personal examples from his life and ministry of how he found the strength to stand for christ amid the pressure to compromise. Pre order your copy today for your gift of any amount and received two bonus resources exclusively from leading the way. Be empowered to live for christ in difficult times and learn how to leave a lasting legacy of faith for the next generation. Whatever the future may bring. Don’t surrender. Don’t be intimidated. Never give up on Biblical truth. Pre order your copy of Dr Yousef’s newest book. Never give up by giving a gift of any amount. Contact us today. He is the same Holy Spirit who is our tutor and our teacher and our instructor. He is the same Holy Spirit who’s willing give you discernment to give you wisdom to give you understanding to give you anointing to give you a favor with God and man. Okay. Mhm passionately proclaiming uncompromising truth. Leading the way with Dr Michael Yousef thanks you for your faithful support through your continued prayers and gifts.

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Dr. Michael Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States and fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming...

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