Full Sermon- A Call to Anguish by David Wilkerson Full Sermon

Full Sermon- A Call to Anguish by David Wilkerson Full Sermon


Would you open your Bibles to the first chapter
of Nehemiah please? Please
just leave that open on your lap. We’ll get to it in the course of my message. I would have a hard time preaching this if
I believe my own flesh telling me that I preached too much of a heavy message. There have been times I’ve been to the Lord
and asked him can’t you give me a happy message? But I can’t. Now God may be speaking to me. This may not be for you. But it’s a call to anguish. Lord, if you don’t help me Would you open your Bibles to the first chapter
of Nehemiah please? Please just leave that open on your lap. We’ll get to it in the
course of my message. I would have a hard time preaching this if
I believe my own flesh telling me that I preached too much of a heavy message. There have been
times I’ve been to the Lord and asked him can’t you give me a happy message? But I
can’t. Now God may be speaking to me. This may not be for you. But it’s a call to anguish.
Lord, if you don’t help me I can’t get through this. I can’t. Lord I’m too old
for games. Foolishness. And I’m tired of rhetoric, meaningless rhetoric. It never changes
things. Lord, just help me. Folks, I’m tired of hearing about revival.
I’m tired of hearing about awakenings, of Last Day outpourings of the Holy Spirit. I’ve
heard that rhetoric for 50 years. Just rhetoric. No meaning whatsoever. I’m tired of hearing
about people in the church who say they want their unsaved loved ones saved. I’m tired
of hearing people say I’m concerned about my troubled marriage, when it’s just talk,
rhetoric. I don’t want to hear any more talk about how immoral America has become,
how godless our society, how corrupt our business. I’m tired of hearing about Islam taking
control and Christians losing power. And how dead the church has become, because that too
is rhetoric, meaningless. Away with all of our how-to conferences because they accomplish
nothing. How to cope, how to build a bigger church, how to reach the lost, how to improve
your people skills, and how to impact the world in this computer time. I look at the
whole religious scene today and all I see are the inventions of ministries of man and
flesh. It’s mostly powerless. It has no impact on the world. And I see more of the
world coming into the church and impacting the church rather than the church impacting
the world. I see the music taking over the house of God. I see entertainment taking over
the house of God … an obsession with entertainment in God’s house, a hatred of correction,
and a hatred of reproof. Nobody wants to hear it anymore. Tell me now how many churches have you visited
recently when you walk in the Holy Ghost is so strong that every one of your sins are
brought up before your face, and the loving grace of God. When was the last time you’ve
been to a church where you’ve seen young people under such conviction because the people
of God have been on their face? And there�s such a concern, and there’s such an agony,
that young people are falling on their faces and calling on God because a spirit of conviction
is called down from heaven upon them. How many churches have you been lately where you
hear a word comes forth that’s so burns in your soul, you know it comes from heaven,
you know it comes from the heart of God. I hope you hear it here. Whatever happened to
anguish in the house of God? Whatever happened to anguish in the ministry? It’s a word
you don’t hear in this pampered age. You don’t hear it. Anguish means extreme pain
and distress. The emotions so stirred that it becomes painful, acute deeply felt inner
pain, because of conditions about you, in you, or around you. Anguish, deep pain, deep
sorrow, and agony of God’s heart. We’ve held on to our religious rhetoric, and our
revival talk, but we’ve become so passive, our so-called awakenings are stirrings that
last but a short time. And when the short-lived revivings and awakenings come from the hand
of God, they are so short lived, and in those times we promise God we’ll never return
to our passivity. But it’s not long, it’s just weeks or months and we’re back, and
this time we slip further back into passivity than when we started. I speak from experience.
And we say this time God you’ve touched me for life, I’ll never be the same. And
it’s like fireworks, a loud bang and a lot of noise and then it dies. All true passion is born out of anguish. All
true passion for Christ comes out of a baptism of anguish. You search the scripture and you’ll
find that when God determined to recover a ruined situation, he would seek out a praying
man, and he’d take him down into the waters of anguish. He would share his own anguish
for what God saw happening to his church and to his people, and he would find a praying
man, and he would take that man and literally baptize him in anguish. You find it in the
book of Nehemiah. Jerusalem is in ruins. This is the center of God’s interests on earth
at the time, his holy city is wasted and it’s full of iniquity and mixed marriages with
the heathen. They were enslaving their own people making slaves out of the poor. The
house of God was polluted with filth. The high priest was in league with Tobiah, a heathen,
reprobate. How is God going to deal with this? How is God going to restore the ruin? How
does he do it? What does he do? You see we face a similar situation except
ours is many times worse. The time when men, according to the prophecy of Jesus wax worse
and worse and that is happening. The church that’s defiled with pedophilia, child molestation,
incest, adultery. A nation in a moral landslide that’s inundated with pornographic filth
that the whole world blushes at. And now out of Con film festival according to the New
York Times there’s a new movie about that hit the shores of the United States with 13
14 year old kids having unspeakable kinds of sex with adults. And they said at the Con
film festival weve not only pushed the envelope, we’ve gone over the edge. And
America is now ripe for it. The ruin and moral chaos is corrupting the house of God also.
How else do you explain that multiplied numbers of Christians go home and watch HBO, a program
I’ve never seen I don’t have television, but I read about it in the newspaper today
in the New York Times called the Sopranos? This is a mafia bunch that kill and murder
and maim, gratuitous sex, cheating, lying, mafia. And we have millions of Christians
now in the United States getting together and talking about the next show and they’re
addicted to it. Some of you hearing me now, that’s your favorite show. No laughing.
This is life and death. Did you come here tonight, did you raise your hands and sing
and shout and have a good time, and you know you’ve been watching this filth? Now I believe in the love of God. I’ve preached
mercy and grace and covenant love. And I believe in preaching the goodness and longsuffering
of Christ. But multitudes today are being saturated with you’re ok messages.
And we’ve got people now that are turning the grace of God into lasciviousness. We’ve
become like the children of Israel who said the right words, but here’s what God said:
I’ve heard the words of this people. They have well said all that they have spoken.
Oh that there was such a heart in them that they would fear me and keep my commandments
always that it might be well with them and with their children forever (Deu 5:29). You
have the right words. You sing the right songs, but your heart is not right. Nehemiah verses 1 through 3.
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu,
in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, (Neh 1:1 KJV)
That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them
concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning
Jerusalem. (Neh 1:2 KJV) And they said unto me, The remnant that are
left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the
wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. (Neh
1:3 KJV) And it came to pass, when I heard these words,
that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God
of heaven, (Neh 1:4 KJV) Here was the word. Here was a delegation from
the ruined city of Jerusalem coming to Nehemiah. It said Jerusalem is broken down, the walls
are down. There’s nothing but ruin. Now these I’m sure were godly men. These were
good men but they had no concept of how God was going to deal with the situation, how
he was going to bring about a recovery. They had no concept of what God was going to do.
All they could see was ruin and brokenness and despair, and hopelessness. Verse 4 when
I heard the words I sat down and wept and mourned certain days and fasted and prayed
before the God of heaven. You see God found a praying man and he takes him down in the
waters of baptism of anguish. This man goes down into anguish. And in verse 6, I pray before thee now, day
and night, confessing the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee,
both I and my father have sinned. Nehemiah was not a preacher. He was a career man. He
was the king’s cup bearer. He was in comfort. He was in royalty. He had it made, so to speak.
But this was a praying man. And God found a man who would not just have a flash of emotion,
not just some great sudden burst of concern and then let it die. He said no. I broke down
and I wept and I mourned and I fasted, and then I began to pray night and day. When I
heard I wept. Why didn’t his brother, Hanani, why didn’t these other men, who apparently
were godly men because later Hanani was given the rule of the city (Neh 7:2). Why didn’t
they have an answer. Why didn’t God use them in restoration? Why didn’t they have
a word? Because there was no sign of anguish. No weeping, not a word of prayer. It’s all
ruin. That’s all they could see. Does it matter to you today that God’s spiritual
Jerusalem, the church, is now married to the world? That there’s such a coldness sweeping
the land, so many people I know that were my friends and I see them go one by one, husbands
and wives into such passivity, going to churches where they can find smooth messages, no longer
wanting to hear anything of wrath or of correction. Some of my closest friends, I see them falling
by the wayside. Is it nothing to you? Closer than that, does it matter about the Jerusalem
that’s in our own hearts? The sign of ruin that’s slowly draining spiritual power and
passion, blind to lukewarmness. Blind to the mixture that’s creeping in. You see when
spiritual blindness comes very few recognize it, it’s the last recognized thing that
happens to a child of God. If I as a pastor knew you personally and I was watching your
life, and as one of the pastors of this church I come to you and say I love you but I have
to tell you the truth. You’re changing. You know what you were. Something of the world
has gotten your heart. I don’t know if it’s television. I don’t know what it is that
has your heart, but I see changes in you. I don’t see the brokenness. I don’t see
the compassion you had once for your family. I don’t see concern for your unsaved loved
ones. You’re changing, little by little something’s happening to you. Would it bring
you to your knees? When the ruin that you are not even aware of is suddenly brought
before your eyes? And to tell you the truth I thank God for the anointing and the singing
tonight. I thank God for the praises that came from so many sanctified hearts living
in covenant with the Lord. But the truth of the matter is. In all honesty, there are numbers
among us are changing, and they don’t know it. You’ve lost your fight. When you read
the book of Joshua it’s almost a book of failure because they lost their heart, they
lost their fight. That’s all the devil wants to do is get the fight out of you, and kill
it, so you won’t labor in prayer anymore. You won’t weep before God any more. You
can sit and watch television and your family go to hell. Let me ask you. Has what I just said convicted
you at all? Did you just let that go in one ear and out the other? When a pastor tells
you, you’re changing, little by little you’re losing the love of God. Little by little these
things are making inroads. Folks why do you think your pastors cry out against television?
Do you think we get any pleasure out of the flesh. There’s no pleasure in somebody coming
and saying I’ve heard your message and I threw away my television. That doesn’t give
me any pleasure. It doesn’t give any pastor pleasure. We have to give an account because
we watch for your soul. These things I don�t know where it is on the job, these things
that creep in, and suddenly this Jerusalem the walls go down, and ruin sets in. Does
it really matter to you that your unsaved loved ones are dying and getting closer and
closer to the end? Does it really concern you? They could die and go to hell, even though
you’re a lover of Christ? Where’s the anguish? Where are the tears? Where’s the
mourning? Where is the fasting? Now many of you fast, many of you pray, broken before
the Lord. I’m talking about the body of Jesus Christ in general. Where’s the getting
up in the middle of the night. You see he said night and day I began to pray. Where’s
the confessing of your sins and of confessing your children’s sins before the Lord, or
your mate’s sins before the God because this is exactly what Nehemiah does he confesses
his sins and the sins of all the people. And then he says we have sinned. I have
sinned. And then he said we have sinned. When Nehemiah heard of the ruin and destruction
he never asked why? Why can a holy just God allow his city to go to ruin? Why were
so many dispersed? Why were so many killed and murdered? He didn’t ask the question
that we’re asking in America today, why did God allow the towers to fall and over
2000 people died in the crash. How could a loving God folks I share with pastor Carter
said today the holy anger that arises in my heart when I hear preachers on television
or radio or hear that they’ve said on television Oh God had nothing to do with it. God
had nothing to do with it? Don’t put it on God. Why don’t you go to Daniel 9. And I want
to once and for all tell you that this was God allowing America to be wakened. God didn’t
do it. He didn’t stop the plans of the enemy because he had a greater purpose, because
it was love for America that was about to slip into everlasting hell. I’m going to
lower my voice so you won’t think I’m angry. From verse 5: We have sinned, and have committed iniquity,
and have done wickedly, Can you say that about America? and have rebelled, even by departing from
thy precepts and from thy judgments: (Dan 9:5 KJV) Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants
the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to
all the people of the land. (Dan 9:6 KJV) In other words the government has been warned
by righteous men. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee,
but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the
countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed
against thee. (Dan 9:7 KJV) O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face,
to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. (Dan
9:8 KJV) Why? because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses,
though we have rebelled against him; (Dan 9:9 KJV)
Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set
before us by his servants the prophets. (Dan 9:10 KJV)
Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey
thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the Law
of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. (Dan 9:11 KJV)
And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that
judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done
as hath been done upon Jerusalem. (Dan 9:12 KJV) Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil,
and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth:
for we obeyed not his voice. (Dan 9:14 KJV) Now let me get back to my message. There ‘s
a great difference between anguish and concern. God’s been dealing with me about this. Concern
is something that you take an interest in, a project, or a cause, or concern, or a need,
something that gets ahold of your attention and usually it comes through some emotional
stimulus. You can hear like what you heard last Sunday from South Africa and all of the
hundreds of thousands dying with aids and you can hear what we heard from sister Hulda
this afternoon of the thousands upon thousands of children dying in Calcutta, India, and
get all stirred up about it. You can get emotional and you get very concerned. But folks there’s
a difference between concern and anguish. Cause you see you can tie yourself to a cause,
you can get excited about it, or some project you can talk it up. You’ll go public with
it, you can advertise it, you can support it, organize it, put a lot of effort into
it. Let me tell you something I’ve learned over all my years 50 years of preaching, if
it is not born in anguish, if it has not been born by the Holy Spirit, where what you saw
and heard of the ruin that drove you to your knees took you down into a baptism of anguish
where you began to pray and seek God. Folks this church was born in anguish, 6 months
of anguish, tears. A little country town in PA where a pastor of a small church cried
out Oh God I’m dry and I’m empty and there’s more to it than this, and if this
is all the Holy Ghost is I don’t want it. It was such a desperation. Weeks and weeks
of calling on the name of the Lord, confessing my own deadness and dryness. Then finally
coming for street rallies here in the city and walking the streets and then wind up on
42nd street and see them selling a kind of heroin that would kill you saying I’ve
got the good stuff it’ll kill you. And I remember breaking down and it didn’t matter
the crowds going by I sat on a fire hydrant type on the side of building and wept.
And I was in anguish. I was in anguish 4 blocks from here on Broadway, weeping and crying
and wailing. I wasn’t looking for a ministry. I wasn�t looking to build a church. I was
feeling God�s pain for a lost city. The same agony I felt years before when he started
Teen Challenge. And I’ve never had anything that’s been any worth to God in my 50 years
that wasn’t born in agony. Never. Never. It’s all been flesh otherwise. And folks
I’ve been around the world again and listened to the cry of pastors dead and empty, some
treating their wives like animals. And here I haven’t prayed in months. I haven’t
prayed in 6 months. And I know that sermons won’t do it. I know that a new revelation
won’t do it, covenant won’t do it. I know now, oh my God do I know it. Until I’m in
agony. Until I have been anguished over it, I’m preaching sermons. Then I said no it’s
too late I don’t have that much time. And all our projects, all our ministries, everything
we do. Where are the Sunday school teachers that weep over kids they know are not hearing
and are going to hell. Everywhere I go somebody�s got a project, somebody’s got a plan or
a dream. That’s all it is, just an idea. They didn’t come to me from a broken heart.
They didn’t come to me after hours of fasting and praying and mourning, not a broken heart.
It’s just an idea. I’m sick of it. You see a true prayer life begins at the place
of anguish, a place where lifetime decisions are made. If you set your heart to pray God
is going to come and start sharing his heart with you. He’s going to open up his heart.
And I’ll tell you there’s pain in his heart. What he sees and so few to hear.
He’s going to show you the condition of his church. He’s going to show you the condition
of your own heart, and he’s going to ask you a question, What is it to you? And
that anguished servant has to make a decision. And everyone hearing me now you’re going
to have to make this decision. I have to make it. You either get up from your anguished
place, you walk out of the baptism waters of anguish, and you say I can’t handle this.
I can barely make it as it is. I don’t want it. God I have enough. I just want to be an
ordinary Christian and I don’t want to carry this kind of a burden. I don’t want to have
to weep over my family anymore Lord, I want to just take it by faith. See you have to
make a decision. He’s going to come and he’s going to say now if you’re going
to bear my burden, if you’re going to be an instrument of restoration, if you are expecting
somebody else to be an instrument to win your family, to do this work, you’re mistaken.
I’ve burdened your heart. I’ve given you my heart and I’ve opened up my anguish to
you and I’m letting you feel it and share it so that it will bring you to your knees
because it is there that I’ll speak to you the word of direction and that’s what happened
to Nehemiah. He came eventually out of the waters of anguish with a clear word nobody
could reject. He brought the city and nation to its knees. You find that in Nehemiah chapter
8. You see you either walk away and go back to your passivity, you say I’m just going
to be an ordinary Christian, and there’s no such thing. Or your heart begins to cry out Oh God your
name is being blasphemed. The Holy Spirit’s being mocked. The enemy is out trying to destroy
the testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness and something has to be done. It can’t go
unchallenged. Let’s go back to these words. When I heard that Jerusalem was broken down.
You see if he believed this theory that the need represents the call, you know what he
would have done? He would have said gentlemen if you’ll just wait I’ll pack my bags.
Just give me a day or two. This is the kind of challenge that’s my meat. I love it.
Let’s roll. Let’s do it. No anguish. No fasting. No prayer no brokenness. Let’s
just do it. Nothing would have been done. The walls would have never been rebuilt. Anything
you try to do without this baptism of anguish is going to falter and fall. It’s not going
to work. Here’s what a sister wrote to me this past
week. She said Brother Dave I’m so hungry for the Lord. I’m so tired of how to meetings.
It’s all spiritual fluff. I was told of a woman’s conference that was going to be
a great spiritual experience so I went with a group of sisters, there were 15000 women.
I was horrified the first night when they opened the conference with a comedy sketch.
It went from bad to worse. We were hoodwinked by the leaders. There was not a single prayer,
not one mention of prayer. It was a farce. And I’m as empty as I’ve ever been. The prophet Amos cried out with such woe to
them that are at ease in Zion eating, chanting their music, but they’re not grieved for
the affliction of Joseph (Amo 6:6). And in the original Hebrew root word they are not
agonizing in prayer over the ruins of joseph. They’re not agonizing. They’re not in
anguish about the conditions. Comedy yes, happy singing yes, eating, fellowship, good
time yes. Weeping anguish praying fasting, no, no no. They will not have it. Folks I’m
going to tell you something. Out of this baptism of anguish comes a marvelous thing that happens
to those willing to submit to it. It’s the instant prompt knowing of God’s voice. Instant.
Now see if you don’t have a history of prayer, if you don’t have this willingness to share
God’s heart. You get it by asking him for it. He said I’ll give. I’m more willing
to give than you are to receive. This is something you ask oh God I want to step out now; I want
to know your heart. And when you begin to seek his face, you allow him to melt and break
you. You come into this communion with the Lord; out of that experience you see God
hasn’t called us to live in anguish. This is the womb of something God is stirring,
God wanting to accomplish in bringing out of ruin restoration, in your family, whatever
it may be. He brings you down into this baptism. Now just like the baptism of waters you come
up, you come out, but you’ll come out with this instant knowing of God’s voice. Because
you see Nehemiah, he’d been fasting, he’d been praying, he’d been mourning, it left
a mark on his countenance, and the king noticed it. He was his cup bearer. And one day he
brings the wine to the king and the king says, why are you so down, why your countenance?
Nehemiah didn’t have time to go and muse in his heart to the Lord. He didn’t have
time to say give me 3 days to fast and pray. No he had to have an instant word. Nehemiah
said I was very sore afraid so I prayed to the God of heaven and I said to the king.
In other words, instant prayer, instant direction. Knowing God’s voice. There are times you’re
not going to know what to do. You have no time to run to the closet. You have to hear
his voice, This is the way, walk in it’. Instant. That is a glorious result of the
baptism of anguish. The servant who willingly takes on the mantle
of God’s pain is the only servant who has the authority and the right to hold God to
his covenant promises. We preach covenant here, but only those who’ve known his heart,
and in those times have allowed God to bring healing, has allowed God to go down deep in
the soul and say Oh God I can’t do this my own, but I’m not going to let my kids
go to hell. I’m not going to let my husband, my wife, oh God I’m not going to live in
this death, I’m not going to live in this lukewarmness and this coldness anymore. God,
change me. And when you get desperate before God you’ve set your heart to seek him, then
you can hold God to his covenant promises. Look at Nehemiah 1:8,9 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou
commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among
the nations: (Neh 1:8 KJV) Now he holds God to this covenant: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments,
and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven,
yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen
to set my name there. (Neh 1:9 KJV) He calls on the covenant made to Moses. He
says here’s what you promised God. And folks when you allow God to lead you into this place
beyond concern, beyond just fleeting emotion. You say God I’m going to set my heart, then
you have every right to hold God to every one of his covenant promises. You see, and
I’m going to close in just a minute. We have a nation and churches today full of diagnostic
experts. Just about anybody can tell you what�s wrong with the church. And now they’re coming
out with statistics and polls. They can tell you how many heathen there are in China. They
can give you polls and charts but not the slightest idea. They have all these how
to books. You won’t hear one word about anguish, tears, and brokenness. In my closing thoughts I want to ask you why
did Nehemiah of all God-fearing men that were left in Israel. Why did God share his anguished
heart with Nehemiah? Because he was a man of prayer, he was already in prayer. Now I
want to tell you something. I believe in destiny. I believe that God chooses men. But God can
choose a man and he can abort it just like that. Nehemiah could have said, Look, I have
more influence right here. I have the ear of the king. I need to stay right here. And
God I’m sure has, I’ll agree with you that God will raise up somebody. No, he said,
Oh God, this is my burden, open your heart to me. I know now, it’s going to take
more than preaching, more than a new revelation. There’s going to be no renewal, no revival,
no awakening, until we’re willing to let him once again break us. I don’t know why.
I don’t know if it’s something that’s coming. The other pastors have shared with
you what they feel about some very very troubling difficult times just ahead, and it comes not
only from the pulpit, it comes from politicians, it comes from all over the world. But I have
to tell you that God’s calling me personally to a baptism of anguish. I don’t know what
it’s all about right now. But I told God, I will not I’m supposed to go on pastor’s
conferences in May in Scotland and wales and Ireland. Then to Minsk and all over the world.
I’m only going out two or three times a year. I say God I’m not going any more.
I won’t take another meeting until I know your anguish for pastors. I can’t go just
because there’s a need. I can’t go just because I’m wanted and accepted. When I preach sometimes like this everything
gets so quiet and I get to feeling Lord I want to make people happy. Folks it’s
getting late, and it’s getting serious. Please don’t tell me you’re concerned.
Don’t tell me that you want your unsaved loved ones saved when you’re spending hours
in front of internet or television. Come on. I don’t know how to end this. Lord help
me. I have a sense that this may not be for the whole congregation, that he’s speaking
to some very deeply. If he’s speaking to your heart like he’s speaking to mine. Maybe
you don’t need prayer along this line but I beg you, I plead with you, I need prayer.
Lord I just have to pray I don’t know what else to do. I just I’ve preached what
you’ve put on my heart, and I don’t know how to end it. You end it, you do what you
want to do, Lord. You speak to us. Lord there’s some that need to get to this altar and confess
I am not what I was. I’m not where I’m supposed to be. God I don’t have your heart
or your burden. I’ve been wanting it easy. I just want to be happy. But Lord true
joy comes out of anguish. That’s where the joy is when we see the results of our laying
hold of your heart and then you give us direction and then we see the results that are lasting.
We see a whole city come to repentance and then Nehemiah stands up and says now’s the
time to rejoice, let the joy of the Lord be your strength. But that joy came out of seeing
the victory that came out of the anguish. Oh God. I’m not chastising this church.
I’m not trying to bring woe on anybody, but oh God, if you do it for anybody, do it
for me. I want my heart broken again. Lord I want you to take me into your heart and
I want to feel the hurts and the needs of this people too, so that when I stand in this
pulpit I preach your mind and your heart. Will you stand? Nehemiah the 8th chapter, They read in the book of the law of God distinctly
and gave the sense and caused them to understand the reading. And the people said, they all
said amen and lifted up their hands they bowed their heads they worshipped the Lord with
their faces to the ground. Now folks this is the result of this baptism of anguish.
Now God’s dealing with all the families of Israel, he’s dealing with the princes
the leaders. Ezra and Nehemiah have now gathered the people. Ezra opened the book in the sight
of the people. When he opened it all the people stood up. They read the book of God distinctly
gave the sense and caused them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah and Ezra the priest
the scribe, and Levites that taught the people said unto all the people This day is holy
unto the Lord your God, mourn not, weep not, for all the people wept when they heard the
words of the Lord. He said to them go your way eat the fat drink the sweet, send a portion,
for this day is holy unto the Lord, neither be sorry for the joy of the Lord is your strength
(Neh 8:10). That’s the result of taking on the heart of God. The ultimate joy of seeing
God fulfill his word in his covenant promises in your life. There’s nothing of the flesh
will give you joy. I don’t care how much money. I don’t care what kind of new house.
There is absolutely nothing physical can give you joy. It’s only what is accomplished
by the Holy Spirit when you obey him and take on his heart. He gives you the knowing of
his voice, that instant knowledge. God saying, This is the way walk in it (Isa 30:21).
And then the wonderful joy of seeing God answer your prayer, build the walls around your family,
build the walls around your own heart, and make you strong and impregnable against the
enemy. God that’s what we desire. Would you lift your hands? Would you just
tell him what’s in your heart right now? Right out loud. Just tell him what’s in
your heart. Tell him, there’s a reason you came up here. Tell him why. Here’s why I’m
here. Just speak it out. Tell him why youre here. Tell him what you have to do. Lord forgive
me. Wherever you’re at all over this building,
listen to me closely. All we can expect God to do is begin a work in you tonight, a very
special work. When you go home tonight say Lord I’m not going to lay my head on this
pillow .. Folks there’s a discipline to this. There’s a discipline. You have to
will to do it. And when God sees you set your heart he’ll give you all the power and authority
to follow through. But there has to be something in your heart right now. Say, God I’m going
to give you no rest from now on until I see my family saved. I have to do that for my
family. I’m praying this desperately. I want to tell you something. When a man comes
up to me, as he did recently, and said I’m just bound by pornography. I said you had
better baptize yourself in prayer. Immerse yourself in the word of God. And you better
get deadly desperate before the Lord. And that’s what he wants from us. He wants that
heart that’s set. If you do that he will give you he will balance that with a peace
and joy like you’ve never known before. And the joy that you have then will not dissipate
when you get out. It will be an eternal joy, his peace. If he gives you his burden he’s
going to give you his peace to accompany it. He’ll never let your heart be broken without
all the oil you need for total healing. Never before in my lifetime have I want to be
broken before him. Because when I stand now before 4 and 5 thousand pastors at a time
I know, oh do I ever know, and folks it’s the same thing you face when you go to a job
tomorrow, and face all the powers of hell, you’ve got to know that you know that you
know, you’ve got to have his voice. I can’t say anymore, I won’t preach another sermon.
But I want us to sing that and I want you to just yield to the Holy Spirit, and I want
you to set your mind. Now God tells you to get rid of your television set, do it quickly.
Do it quickly. If the internet’s got you get rid of your computer. Do whatever God
tells you. He’ll give you direction. Nobody’s going to have to tell you, it won’t be some
legalistic thing that we establish for you to be something born in your heart out of
God’s own desire for you. Would you just now set your heart and say Jesus I’m willing
to follow you all the way. I want to know you and I want to know your heart. Come Holy
Spirit. You do it Holy Spirit.

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