Good Morning everyone this is Rev Essie wishing you a wonderful and blessed Sunday. I thank you all for coming on this morning and I pray that God blesses you with double portions amen! Yes, may your day be blessed and if it doesn’t seem to be going that way…..Bless it yourself! You have the Most High God within you. He gave His Power to you to use so use it! Get your drink and a snack, and maybe a tablet and pen and sit back and enjoy the message and God bless.
Spiritual Credentials by RevEssie
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Lights in the World
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Php 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Php 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
Php 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
Vs 1 The Apostle Paul is telling us how to get victory in every situation that occurs in our lives and the simple answer is, to have the mind of Christ. That’s the secret to victory….think like Jesus. Christ is not Jesus’s last name, it is a title. It means that He is the Savior of mankind. He saves things and situations, He doesn’t discard them or misjudge them. He restores, repairs, recovers. Do we do the same? I’ve seen so many people who complain at the drop of a dime to where you think to yourself, “NOW what?” You actually look forward to it when you see them. You certainly don’t want to have a cup of coffee with them because you’d get PTSD during the meeting. I know a woman who says she is a Christian and when we used to go out to eat years ago, she would talk about a certain race of people like a dog! I would have to tell her to stop because I’m mixed. Most Americans are. We’re mixed with something. Amen? The only solid race we have in this existence is the Human Race. It made me so mad. When someone from our High School would be in the restaurant and they would call out her name, she would get up from her seat and open her arms and give them a big bear hug! She’d tell them how she missed them and ask how many kids they have now. It was like a nightmare watching this meeting unfold! Did she have the mind of Christ? But she was and still is a Christian. She reminded me of the character that the Wayans Family’s sister used to play on In Living Color. She’d gossip like crazy and then whisper, “But you didn’t hear it from me.” She was such a sweet and kind character! Some of you may remember that.
Having the mind of Christ is having a Victorious mind, a winning mind and not just of us but others also. That’s why we pray for one another. Charlie Sheen, the actor used to always say, “Winning!” It was good that he had a Winning mind set but if it wasn’t in Christ Jesus, was he actually winning? And to this day, you don’t hear much of Charlie. He is suffering with the horrible disease of Aids and most likely being more careful in his living. No, he’s not winning, he is just existing. I pray that he’s given his life to the Lord, IF he hasn’t already, and only THEN would he be winning.
In order to really win in life you have to have your mind stayed on spiritual matters first because the devil is spiritual and will hit you up with everything that he can to make you sway in life and get off of the beaten path. Jesus made the path for us and got beaten with horrible lashes with a cat-a-nine-tails that ripped his skin to shreds. He went through all of that just for you and me. Think about it, not only did Jesus go to the Cross at Calvary, He first stopped and got whipped physically by the Centurions. Whipped and scorned, spit upon and they ripped out His beard and made fun of our Lord. To this day, some still do. Many churches/temples had started at that time and they couldn’t tell that Jesus WAS the Messiah. They had subservient, self-righteous minds. King after King, governor after governor, centurion after centurion, did not know who Jesus was. If they had been given that information, the devil in them would have stopped Jesus’ purpose of dying on the Cross for you and me. Aren’t you glad that they didn’t know that Jesus was actually the Son of God? They would have stopped the Crucifixion and halted our eternal salvation via Jesus Christ. The devil would have done it on purpose. You can believe that.
So, what is ‘having the mind of Christ’? What did Jesus concentrate on? What did Jesus do? When we read through the Word we see that He visited Temples and preached on the Word of God, had compassion on people, healed the sick, prayed to His Father in Heaven, rose people from the dead. He did the Will of His Father in Heaven and glorified God. Jesus did things that glorified God. He didn’t purposely try to draw all of the attention to Himself. Jesus wasn’t an entertainer, here to please the flesh, Jesus pleased God. He especially set His flesh aside when the devil offered Him the whole world if he’d only bow to satan. See? satan tries to get us in our times of weakness. Jesus was getting weaker and weaker in His flesh because He hadn’t eaten anything in forty days and forty nights. Let’s read about it in Matthew.
The Temptation of Jesus
Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Mat 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Now, mind you Jesus had been fasting many days and His own flesh was weak. The weaker the flesh the stronger the spirit. This is why we are told to fast and pray. When you fast you aren’t giving into fleshly desires. This is one reason why I tell people that fasting just isn’t food, it’s fasting from whatever your flesh desires. Fast from whatever means a lot to you. And notice that after He was tempted, weak and tired, angels came to minister unto Him. They were watching for their turn to take care of Jesus just like they are watching to take care of you. NEVER think that you are alone. We all have a cloud of witnesses cheering us on in times of trouble or deceit. They were standing in what they call ‘rank and file’ waiting for our Lord to call upon them. Jesus is the dispatcher of Angels. We go to Him first and He sends whomever He wants to help us. Sometimes you may need a Warring Angel, or a Guardian Angel or a Messenger Angel. Only Jesus knows. Jehovah Sabaoth, Lord of Hosts. He has that name for a reason. You can pray for your Angels, you can bless your Angels but you cannot tell them what to do. God is the Lord of Hosts. We have to watch people who try to control Angels. That’s manipulation. First of all, how do we know whether or not they aren’t or haven’t revolted against the Lord and become disobedient? It happened once with Lucifer who is to say it can’t happen again? We don’t know, the Word says “With God, all things are possible.” Only Jesus knows. Here you are, calling on a demon thinking that it is an angel and then people wonder why things bump around in the night, fall off of shelves, whisper their names, deprive their rest, or rip the covers off of them in bed. You are calling that ‘thing’ that you think is a legit godly Angel. Demons are no joke. Not that we called upon them or anything but my little family has been through some odd stuff. We’ve had our beds shaken as we slept, mine even levitated once while I was sleeping, it woke me up. We all at some point have had something grab our feet and legs as we slept. We’ve seen dark figures walking around or running around in our bedrooms. And I don’t know how many times we woke up in the middle of our sleep and saw ugly faces staring directly in our face as we woke up. We didn’t call on Angels, we called on Jesus and He brought us out of those miseries.
Folks, we are to talk to Jesus first and let Him fight our battles as I preached on last week. Let God fight your battles. Secondly, if Jesus sent us all a portion of the Holy Spirit, why wouldn’t we pray to Him (talk to Him) about our problems first instead of the Angels? Word! So, you’d rather go around the Holy Spirit’s mighty, dunamis power and use…get this…..YOUR OWN? That’s rebellion. Manipulation. Witchcraft. Do as you will.
1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
How did the Angels know to come? According to what the Bible teaches, Jesus either prayed to our Father for them or called them to come help Him especially since He had fulfilled the “testing of temptations.”
Mat 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
As God, He didn’t need help but remember He did it all as an example for us. He was being tempted fleshly as we were going to be, therefore He couldn’t just go back on His Word and kick the devil in His teeth and shoo him away that would make Him a liar and a cheater to us and He already said in His Word that God is not a man that He should lie. You can see that in…
Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Imagine going through something horrible with the devil and you are losing and you get mad and say “Jesus I am not God, I can’t do this like you did! This is unfair!” Jesus is so genius that He actually suffered in the man part of him which represented you and me, BUT! He also gave us the God part of Him to beat the devil’s be-hind. One thing I know, satan won’t mess with the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit in us contacts Jesus and Jesus, who is the only Mediator between man and God, He tells God what’s up.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
And just as Jesus esteemed us above Himself, we should do the same for one another. He knew Who He was and Whose He was. Do we know the same about ourselves? Only a self-righteous, insecure person will always put themselves first. We are to put others first in all situations. Elijah made the Widow make him a cake first with her last batch of meal. She wanted to “pay herself first” as they say, but the Man of God said to pay him first and she got blessed. Although she and her son had one last cake, they wanted to eat it and die, yet, she took care of someone else first.
By putting someone else first, you may be stronger with the Holy Spirit in you, than your neighbor. Share the Power! Amen? Tell them about Jesus so that they can utilize it within themselves as well. Why give them a crumb when you can give them the whole cookie? Jesus didn’t give us a crumb or a cookie, Jesus gave us the entire bag! Just as He had given Judas, He gave that traitor the whole bag. Some of you all know what I mean by that, let’s not turn out to be Judas’s. Jesus gives us the ways and means to make it through this life, let’s not forget to be thankful. Judas could have taken the disciples entire purse/bag and skipped to another town and bought a mansion, a swimming pool and an outta sight donkey, right? Jesus trusted him to do well and just like Lucifer did to the Father, there began a speck of evil within his heart. God trusted Lucifer. Lucifer saw how blessed he was and thought that he could be like God. Power made him stupid. Everybody can’t handle power. The Word says that the disciples and everyone who came with them sold “all that they had” and put the money together in “The (proverbial) Bag.” Judas was rich. They were all rich! Yet greedy Judas still sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of Silver. Notice the Wisemen gave Jesus Gold when He was born, Judas sold Him out for Silver. God walks on Silver? No God walks on Gold. Gold is more expensive. I love Gold. Always did. Therefore Judas sold Jesus’s whereabouts for less than what the Wisemen gave Him at His, then, whereabouts. Wait, Judas charged Jesus’s enemies less than what Jesus’s believers gave Him at birth? The enemy never adds up. The Silver may not have been much but Judas paid for his blunder with his life. There is nothing that the enemy can do to ever be better than God. his arms are too short to box with God. Every knee SHALL bow and every tongue IS GOING TO confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Ok, so your body hurts or your kids aren’t acting right. Make the evil spirits that are using those situations bow! Bind them in the name of Jesus and tell them to never come back again, to “be no more” as the bible plainly states. Rebuke them out of your body and your children, your relationships or your job. Don’t doubt because Jesus gave you the Power and you can NEVER lose. Rev. Ike used to say years ago, “You can’t lose with the stuff I use!”
Don’t let the enemy whisper to your mind that it isn’t working. he’ll whisper all kinds of things to your mind. Your mind is a battlefield, fight that war only, with the Spirit of the Most High God. Use your Spiritual Credentials against the enemies in your life. It’s gotten to the point in my life where I can discern and feel that the enemies sent to harm me are daily dissolving. They are not allowed to take up my time or hinder my living. I don’t allow them to. I refuse. I bind those little buggers as soon as I see them raise their ugly heads. I don’t sit around and wait to see what is going to happen. I just speak the word, believe on it and celebrate the victory with a shout, a prayer and a good meal with my daughter. And I “keeps it rollin’” as they say. Next! As the poster that I once had hanging in my office says, I am “fighting demons like a Champ.” Thank you Jesus. And a Champ I am too. You know why I say that? Verse 6 of Philippians 2 says that Jesus thought it not robbery to be equal with God. This simply means that Jesus had confidence in Who He was. I do too my friend. Do you have complete confidence in Who you are? He made no reputation of Himself. He had no Emmy’s, He wasn’t on marquees, clothing and donkey blankets. This World is at odds with God. He has to be rejected everywhere before Jesus comes back. Worldly Tv and Radio Stations are not going to have commercials about Jesus after each segment and His face surely won’t be on the side of buses. In fact, they are monitoring Christians now and cutting out major parts of our sermons etc. I know one preaching machine that I watch now and then and You Tube is cutting out parts of her sentences when she’s preaching. It’s really hard to watch because just as your mind is picking up and perceiving what the Word is saying, the enemy cuts out pertinent words to make the point. That’s what the enemy does, he sends things or people to distract you from hearing from God or preaching the Word. Like the demoniac in the Temple. Remember that story? I preached a sermon called “The devil was in the church.”
They don’t like us. The best part is the fact in verse 9 that, God exalted Jesus and gave Him a name above all names. When you are in need, don’t call on Mohammed or Buddha, they’re dead. Call on the Living God who sees and hears you and has legions of angels watching over you, your family and loved ones. Amen? Hallelujah! What’s His name? Jesus!
Are you saved? Now is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. With all that is going on around the world, you need a friend. Jesus can be that special friend if you allow Him into your life. He is your helper and His Holy Spirit is your Comforter.
If you are not saved, just repeat the Romans Road after me: Say “Jesus, I repent of my sins, I am so sorry Lord. I believe that you died on the cross and rose 3 days later from the dead, just for me and I accept what you have done, I accept you as my Savior. Thank you Jesus, amen.” Now go find a bible believing, Holy Ghost filled church and learn of Him, it’s never too late. Your new life starts now. All old things are gone away. God throws them as far as the East if from the West. Now….go live, laugh and love!
Thank you for coming on today and I pray that your week goes by Victoriously!
Num 6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
Num 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
Num 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.