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July 21, 2021 1:00 am
Mike and Robby are joined by "Try Jesus" host Tony Jackson, who was an early inspiration for Mike.
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My friend Tony Jackson. I met him at Winston-Salem first years and years ago. He would tell me that he was on the radio every Saturday morning and we would talk about it knows that that's great. Don't listen when I was talking to was always preaching to a white light like I would ask to sit on the radio and is awarded alone.
He said want tomorrow morning at 830 I said I'll be there so you know the truth be told I probably would not have if not for God. If it had not been for brother Tony Jackson inviting me to come on now, try Jesus ministries on the radio station and so I'm very grateful for that. Tony Jackson.
He grew up right here in Winston-Salem graduated from Carver high school just retired. He's excited about the recently married his lovely wife Cianci and he grew up what the church maybe on Easter.
All he knew about Jesus was. He just thought Jesus was a little baby in a manger and at the age of 24.
Tony met somebody's right.
I met a friend to talk to Fran and he introduced me to the gospel in the Lord Jesus Christ and that was to turn around right then and there I begin a new season of new life in Christ and is just a bit amazing the way the Lord has unfolded. Is this adventure really because we all know that we have ups and downs part of the transition, but part of a renewed mind to seek him and to thank him. So we just thank God for Mike's wickedness radio station and everything that comes along with it. Your Robbie included Robbie out with this link up with the fellowship and I'm excited about what the Lord is doing and what is going used today to glorify himself and drove many of the kingdom. So we thank God for this absolutely one of the things that I was looking at was actually Matthew chapter 6 and it says using the CSP it says be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by the otherwise you have never worked with your father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor don't sound the trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets to be applauded by people truly I tell you that they have their reward. But when you give to the poor. Don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret, and your father who sees in secret will will reward you whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people truly I tell you they have they have their reward. When you pray going to your private room on your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly on and so when it when I see that I'm reminded of Tony Jackson because I know I know a lot of times when I try to do something I always pray that I'm not doing it for my own glory or anything like that but I know Tony with you. Not only are you always willing to give people a helping hand. But you're also not out there seeking reward for it and and I know a lot of people they help people and they're just doing it so that they can get something in return but I see you helping people just hope you know you're involved in the prison ministry and what compels you to do that was to be open. We got to be honest with ourselves, was once we realize is not ours and we talked about stewardship again. Everything belongs to the Lord, and he just lends to us the things that we use for his glory. So it will open and stuff the Lord is so willing to lead us to not only give what to do with the triple heart because we know is not ours. You can't take none with you. You didn't bring that. So you gotta let go and be quick to let go because if you hesitate if you wait you just blew another opportunity which will probably come again, but not in that same form. So when you let go you let God you metal give an elbow room to work. He's up also be glorify God is what he's about. One of the things I was just looking at it's actually in acts chapter 15 in acts chapter 15, we were just talking about this job.
Barnabas wanted to bring John Mark with Paul and he wanted to bring them all ministry trip and Paul did not want to bring John Mark because John Mark had fled earlier they had brought them on a missionary journey in and what was now would be the rugged mountains of your turkey or in Turkey, and he just left and Paul said no because he left were not to bring him again and Barnabas said no were to bring him in and it's funny the way that the story turns out.
If you look at Paul's last words you say which one of them was right was it was Apollo was a part of this Barnabas was actually right because in Paul's last last words in second Timothy chapter 4, he says to bring Mark with you because he is useful for me in my ministry and we were just talking about this a minute ago about how sometimes when you're doing ministry. Sometimes you have to believe in somebody even maybe when nobody else is believing in them and I know when when we were talking a few minutes ago I had never been on the radio before I I didn't know anything like that but you had invited me to do something, even when you didn't know the outcome and so I know you do a little bit you do a lot with prison ministry or stuff like that but what you what can you tell us about believing in people who may maybe nobody else believes my first outcomes. The idea God never gives up on us. So when he shows me that compassion with all the stuff that we all go through when you take it personally and stuff you have to look at it from God's perspective and only the Spirit can give their perspective to me as a gift because everybody is not open to receive that.
So with that in mind and stuff when you doing his will and his kingdom work and stuff the Lord gentling and he so loving and kind heart of many just present the things of his nature. So we just thank God for him leaving, directing, and even sitting up situations wait, you don't even get it, but in the long run. When you invest in somebody else take care you.
You get Joseph out of the way and just let God manifest in you be a witness because we been called to be a witness to his glory. So is Sharon and Karen, that's a big thing with God because that's what a Sunday. He bowed surrounded his life and sacrifice that you think about this with the blood of the price that was paid we lose sight because so ready to hear things that we don't even know or even understand and there's nothing about when somebody say they know very leery because nobody knows why God knows so if you depend and lean on him, he will be your instructor, August race situation when you know it is out of your hands so it pays to listen and to be aware of his presence, this is a journey, Dino snap, crackle and pop and be patient with yourself because God will be patient with you and we are his. And it makes the difference. We all the difference makers absolutely right.
I heard a story I actually was watching something on the Christian station that we have and I think the name of it but what there was a guy named Bob and when I was growing up he was a Christian and he said all of a sudden there there was this guy who came to their school and he was part of this group called the young wife and he said this guy this guy Randy was actually friends with Bob is say, but Randy came in and Randy had a beard. Randy had a motorcycle. Randy had a girlfriend, and Bob said I wanted to be.
I wanted a better cycle. I wanted a girlfriend.
He said he was part of this group called young wife and he said that Randy just friended him. Randy just came in and he try to be friends with him. He was trying to be nice to them try to do all these things, but he was and he was also sharing the gospel with them about Jesus and he said Bob said that he said I didn't really want anything to do with Jesus. I wasn't ready for that, he says, but I appreciated Randy being friends with me.
He said I decided that I was in a quit school and I was just to get my GED and he said so what I did. He said I went to my friend Randy's house and I told knocked on his door, he said. A few minutes later Randy came to the door and when Randy came to the door, he said. I told him that I was quitting school and I'm going to the Yosemite mountains Yosemite national Park and I'm going there to hike and Randy says okay hold on just a few minutes.
Randy went back to the house came back he had a suit suitcase with them. He had a sleeping bag and a few other things and he says all right. I'm going to now.
Randy had a ministry right now. He had a ministry was working with young wife he he he had stuff that he had to do it would've been really easy for Randy to say to Bob Bob him to pray for you, but what he felt the Lord telling him to do was to go with this guy and go to hike with him and just to continue to be his friend. Long story short, in part because of that.
Bob later became a Christian and now Bob has written several New York Times bestsellers. His name is actually Bob Goff is a lawyer, speaker and author of the New York Times best-selling books.
Love does in every and everybody always and he's written all over the world. He's a big-time Christian a lot of people know about him, but you think about it. It was just because of this guy named Randy who loved on him and who took a chance on Rob you you had something to share while I was just listed above.
This course of not be argumentative always like to jump in there and just as I was processing what you're saying, who was right and who was wrong. Paul or Barnabas and and maybe they were both right that you know there's been a time in my life were you, I couldn't work with somebody that I couldn't count on because I have work to do in my personality type. You know I'm I'm. It would affect my work.
If I'm working with something that wasn't necessarily but the cool thing about it is that God was working on both Paul and so obviously Mark walked further in his walk because of Barnabas and God put this in his walk, but Paul was obviously further to that at some point in time Mark became very useful to so you know I don't know. You know, in the situation that sometimes God pulls people out of my life for a time and then we really really reunite. Emma and I think of a group home. You know, Toby Mac was part of that whole night and I can't yet. The DC talk and I don't know if you've ever seen them back together on any of those things that I was on a cruise where they got back together after they have split apart but just think how much God is used. That division with the talents of those three people and then there still back together and still friend. So if you know there's just seasons where God is at work in one of the things I was alsolove love love love how prison ministry at unit fits in life that here are these people that God you know there in the 16th Psalm is a beautiful line.
You may not think sounds so beautiful, but the more I thought about beautiful. I think it's third for success. The sorrows of those who chase after other gods will be multiplied as Armando Brotherton conference of blood will have the name of the Gautama lips, but the beginning of that says that when I chase after other gods.
My sorrows could be multiplied because God loves me. He wants me to find the bottom he wants me to say why this work. How's that working out for you Rob, you know, in those people in prison right a lot of times are not better off than that guy sitting on top of that, you know what Kobe building over there because they found their bottom and God's got them and and so when somebody like Tony comes in there like you Michael or anybody in like you just have a friend is in prison.
Man, what a neat thing to go prison visit him because this is an opportunity really for somebody you know say will I like that you got a beard. I love that I love you and so water is is there maybe a story of something that somebody that you've met who is been in prison who is been maybe at rock bottom and were you able to visit them Tony and the Lord really change their lives.
A man, you talk about some testimonies on that over you something up soon Ruth, but because of the culvert right now and stop those those, like close right now, but the relationship over the years and the last choice that people make in the time that they lose away from the family, their life is heartbreaking for a lot of situations and allows the inmates and stuff you know the fellowship I dismissed it all and it does make a difference and stuff but but many of them will tell you that had not been for God in them being locked up their life probably would be so different as was destruction, but because Laura got their attention. Got an isolated separated but does not disturb all of them but the psalmist that's a great story have a lot to turn those lives around and get them to see him and be used of him and calls a great effect on others outside the realm of the present is that so demands that that is so charitable when you can invest in somebody else's life especially in prison when they don't have no one, no matters, no way, except the fellowship of someone coming in praying with them.
Believe in them and share the gospel and a powerful way. So the Lord has so many ways of turning the life drawing and causing renewal and a lot of lives are being restored and I come there to help the relationship instead of you know the enemy still in robbing and killing when the Lord has taken the life because of your prayer, your time and sin Lord, how should I be open to this person on this life are even their families letters over the years is just touch my heart because it's real in the Lord is real yet so we thank him for that testimony and we do say don't have your way with the prison ministry. Even now, in this season and the last remaining don't even know you but the ones that do. May they be affected fruitful and continually to wait on you because you're worthy absolutely. It says in Hebrews 13, three through six and ERV it says don't forget those who are in prison. Remember them as though you were in prison with. And don't forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them and so you know when I hear that it and and I've heard her years ago they said there was the Chinese church. They were they were suffering for the gospel. They were being persecuted and what they said at that time was they said we will let you know that we hear America's being blessed right now, the Christians in America being blessed and we want you to know that we are rejoicing with you because you rejoice, they said, but also it says in Scripture that to you know if somebody suffering to share in that with them as well.
So, to suffer with mental or whatever but just to suffer with us as well. Remember, remember that the pain that were going through one of the things that you said to about how people sometimes and Robbie about how people hit rock bottom, and that maybe the only way that they can turn up Pastor Pastor Brian Biggers for about a lame chaplain actually said the other week. He said he said but you say I don't need to worry on the successful businessman I'm doing really well. Pastor pickers I like what he said. He said the devil doesn't care which road to hell your own closure on the road right and so sometimes God will actually wake us up.
Second Chronicles 15 starting in verse one it says the spirit of God came upon Azariah, the son of Odette and he went out to meet Asa and said to him to hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with.
If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you for a long time Israel was without the true God.
Without it, teach without a teaching priest and without law when in their distress, they turn to the Lord, the God of Israel and sought him. He was found by the in those times there was no peace to him, who went out to him came in for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the land. They were broken in pieces nation was crushed by nation and city by city for God troubled them with every sort of distress you take courage, do not let your hands be weak for your work shall be rewarded as soon as Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah, the son of Odette.
He took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin from and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Africa. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of the vegetable of the house of the Lord. I don't know if you guys heard that are not. It says in Scripture it says right here in those times there was no peace to him, who went out to him who came in for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the land. They were broken in pieces nation was crushed by nation and city by city for God troubled with them every sort of distress actually heard Tony Evans recently talking about this and this on the NRB broadcast. But what he said when he was younger he met his wife and when he met his wife. His wife was acting the way that he wanted her to act she wasn't she wasn't responding the way that she wanted her to respond to what he did he took her to this amusement park he took on the scariest ride that was in the park. He said at first she was, sitting away from him. He says, but as the ride got worse and worse and scarier and scarier. She started to move closer and closer and closer to him. He said by the end of the ride. He said you you would've thought that we were one person she was so close to. He says in the same way. Maybe all of the trouble.
Maybe all of the distress that's been going on in our land.
In 2020 with coded maybe all of the problems with with race that we been having right with everything else.
Maybe it's just God trying to get our attention in trying to bring us back to him.
Man, I would totally agree with that because I saw that same program and the close. We walk the better off we are. As far as his kingdom and his work so is really not about us and all but the idea is a great shaking going on now sites in this world that will live in and if you're not careful and mindful, you will miss with the Lord is saying to you personally, especially corporate because the church has two pain for not being what God called them to be and to me that's a deception. This whole thing about deception is and let me interject the stock. I'm thinking about this creative being Leah 1/3 of the host of heaven and deceptive. He was deceived even think that he could be God. For one thing, but think about the whole world is been deceived to think his influence has so captured and will not careful we have been infected so we need to stay daily being cleans and clean from our own thoughts because thoughts are not God, thought it would not line and that with him so deception and check this out about circumstances and experiences we all are being influenced to some way about this world that we live in flash the devil and even ourselves. It would not careful and watch but instead will be led astray in the Bible tell us that in the last days and these are the last days.
Believe it or not. I know you heard it before, but these are the last days.
It is so ever did for them that know him. He's morning he shaken these drawing people closer and the thing about iPod is watch as well as spring because if you know what you're looking at you going to miss it. And it is so critical in his family said that even the very elect would be deceived if it were not for the spirit of the living God. So science it is so easy to be deceived into town.
We don't do it his way. We are deceived is that the thing that we know better.
Father knows best when I tell you because anybody in the nation of these guys out is going south is just as simple and we don't understand the gravity of this thing, the Coliseum sand has Martin not only God's image in the world as we know it.
So you have there been up on the influencing in any and everything will be pulled one day so like if you don't know what it you are deceived. So we got encourage one another, be open to what God is trying to reveal to us through his plan and his kingdom because that's the only thing that really matter and he is definitely in control. He saw we don't get that. But if you rest in that God would bring it to fruition, he will work with you so draw closer by encouragement by love.
And on one another and letting go. Be quick to let go.
The Bible tells us will quit to hear and slow to speak, will be okay. You will get to know it whenever God is presented to you because this is representation of what he's doing in these last days.
That's right is matter fact, one of the things I'm thinking about. There are so many voices out there. We have to stay in the world. We have to read the word because if we don't read the word then we can easily be deceived because we don't know what the truth is, you know the I've often heard this. This said before, they said that people who were taught to detect a fake hundred dollar bill. They said they don't teach them all of the fake hundred dollar bills there taught to learn the real hundred dollar bill and once they were the real hundred dollar bill and when they see a fake $100 bill. They know that it's not the real one. And so we have to stay in the word we have to be obedient friend of mine named Tiger over in Gipson Fillmore Carolina. He told me a story about a guy who was actually in Africa. He was a missionary in the middle of the night he was in his underwear. The Lord woke him up and he said you need to leave the house get out now.
He started running start to get gotta the house left his house just as he was God told run this way you started run this way to go to the tree over there. He went to the tree that was over there said start preaching okay.
He stands in front of the tree he starts preaching the gospel all the sudden this guy comes down from out of the tree comes down gives his life to Christ doubt the guy was about to hang himself. All we have to do listen to me now never giving your life to Christ.
Tony's right time is short. Jesus is coming back need to give your life to Christ to say yes to Jesus choose to follow him all the days of your life around me and that's a big part of his plan.
Don't deny yourself, his presence and we just think God is opportunity for everything. This involved concerning his all ready set go again. And as we rest and trust. Believe me, good) living mansion. These turbulent times. Peace of mind may be the most valuable feeling secure your financial future is worth its weight in gold and liberty bankers insurance can help provide you with that most precious life-affirming sense of security.
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