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September 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Mike is joined by one of his personal spiritual leaders, Toney Jackson.
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Your host Mike Swick. If not for God with Mike Swick today. We got a very special guest Brother Tony Jackson in the house. Brother Tony Jackson is actually the gentleman who got me on the radio to begin with and he's on a show. It's called now try Jesus ministries on the white light the triad so every Saturday morning at 830 and I think that if you just Google like the triad.com are like the triad you could see that you check out not now try Jesus ministries but he we got him to come down this morning and we have some good stuff to talk about what I got right now.
As I got Luke chapter 18 starting in verse nine it says to some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else. Jesus told this parable.
Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and pray God. I thank you that I'm not like other people, robbers, evil evildoers, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give all and give 1/10 of all that I get, but the tax collector stood at a distance he would not even look up to heaven, but he beat up on his breast and said God have mercy on me a sinner I tell you that this man rather than the other went home justified before God for all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all those who humble themselves will be exalted and what I hear Jesus saying it is the one guy he was doing pretty well. He was given some money. He wasn't committing adultery he was doing all these good things with the other guy. He knew he had problems he knew we had issues, and he just sat there and he said God have mercy on me a sinner center and Jesus said the guy who beat on his chest and said, have mercy on me. He is the one who went away justified because he did.
He was not sitting there saying I'm a great person are mournful look at me, but he said God I know I need your grace. And as we know it says in Romans 323 that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and on the show again and again and again week we point out injustice in the world and we talked about living a holy life and living a righteous life but I hope that we never get to that point where we look at ourselves we go, man.
I'm a pretty great person. I really I really don't have any problems because then you missed the whole point where that we all are in need of a Savior.
Is that right Tony Jackson, a man we agree totally, and Optima went really stuck out as I was listening and now I'm looking at it and send it.
This man went down to his house justified rather than the other one. Then, in other words, what led to that was his humility. He had to open himself and in the Lord say to yourself, you will exalt you.
So the other guy was, like pumped up puffed up all about him, but the one was, you realize that you need. The lower you went automatically, but the Lord opened that we also need to save you.
We all need is love, his grace, especially just walking by faith. You gotta have these elements in they are central that you have this type of faith to have a relationship.
So my thing is to be reminded because we don't even have the ear and is not about us but God going to use us no matter what was going through, especially when we are praying and that's key right there. We can talk to them about anything medevac everything you know. Don't leave nothing out because the word tell us you know to pray with an attitude that you can walk around out there with Joe mouth going because nobody can get the wording as her head as you open up to him with your spirit.
The Lord is right there for us every moment, every step of the way thank you brother.
Matter fact you know. Speaking of which is is Luke 17 in in verse seven through 10 it says will any of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has coming in from the field come at once reclined at the table, will he not rather say to him prepare supper for me and dress properly and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink this.
He thank that servant because he did what he was commanded he says so you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say we are unworthy servants. We have only done what was our duty and when I hear that is, to say the same thing in a different way.
What he saying is, is that you do everything right. You're only supposed to sit there and say God just an unworthy servant.
I just did what you asked were not supposed to build ourselves up and look at ourselves as if were our own Savior because with Jesus. He said I am the way the truth and the life and nobody comes to the father but by me and you know it's interesting.
I know we've talked about this before but here's brother Tony, but you sometimes it's easier for somebody who is in prison. Sometimes it's easier for somebody who's been on drugs to sit up and look up and say I need Jesus because they know that they've got problems. Sometimes it's harder for the successful businessman or the successful businesswoman or the person is been married to whole life hasn't really had a whole lot of what the world calls problems and looks like they're doing pretty well to sit and say what I need to save your net both of those people need a Savior right, but the one who realizes that they need to Savior is the one who may be on drugs or the one who may be in prison because the person who seems to have it all together. They may not see the knee. But the truth is is that were all in need of a Savior were all in need of a Savior that right a man when you talk about true's, but if you think about it, but it's not like ha ha funny because a lot of time will blind to the culture that we are living in, and that would cause us to lose our focus on our real need dependency and when you think you can depend on it and do it yourself. That's the sad part because you is like blind spots.
You can see yourself the way they did Lloyd see you and a lot of time, we deceive us at that thing that we okay nobodies okay there is nobody there yet and is going take a lifetime for most of us to get the lessons but you gotta be here to get the lesson a lot of people and passed on.
They never were opening.
They never received the kindness to mercy, especially the love of God so you know that, like stilt lot. Because of this culture, this world will live in in the flesh, the devil, everything is trying to get you attention to keep your eyes off of the Savior, and that's what we really need to be whole, to be free to serve, to be open to the things of God to the kingdom, especially the kingdom.
That's the purpose what you put into you and that outline that out in such that out by looking for him. You can keep all missing and cannot break the heart of God because he designed everything for his glory and you will partner you may not even know it or even understand it. But if you walk by faith and trust him. God want to draw you back your spirit, and to just teach you his ways that you're not the only one that's hurting, there's a lot of hurt going on and atomic God is giving you the key within you to trust him. That's true and you know it in one of the things that I realize now is that you know a lot of people.
I believe in the past year the past year and 1/2 have been depressed have had tough times they kinda been down this that the other but you know what a lot of people. I don't think they realize Tony is that when you're down when you're depressed when you're out when you feel like you maybe don't have a purpose. The best thing that you can do is to help other people and you know it's funny.
It's like if you want to get your mind off yourself. Help other people, because you realize that there really are a lot of needs that are out there and I know over the years you've seen people as well. You've been in the prison ministry is like. It's kinda hard to feel bad for yourself. When you see somebody else who's in prison and when they're thanking God for the opportunities that they have, then you say will. Gosh, I'm sorry God, I'm sorry I feel bad because I shouldn't be feeling sorry for myself. There are a lot of people who have it out a lot worse than I do. And just because you know things maybe talk or whatever. I do believe that if we get our minds off of ourselves.
The best one of the best ways to do it is by helping others in Jesus did say matter fact, if you've ever looked at Matthew chapter 25 he says what you have done for the least of these my brethren, you have done it on to me and it's funny, it's like people have a tough time talking about it or thinking about or say what how can I do for other people when I have all of these problems and we know that yes sometimes things are tough sometimes we have tough times this that the other but the truth is in and I'm even to look at right now this is the final judgment. Matthew 25 verse 31 it says when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious stone before the throne before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a chef as a shepherd separates the goats the sheep from the goats and he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left and the king will say to those on his right because of you who are blessed by my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for for you before the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, the Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you are thirsty and give you drink and when did we see you as a stranger and welcome you are naked and clothe you, and when did we see you sit in prison, and visit you and the king will answer them. Truly, I say unto you, as you did it unto one of the least of my brothers, you did it on to me. Then he will say to those on his left, the goats, he says, depart for me, you cursed, into you, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Oh, so there is a hell, for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me naked and you did not clothe me sick and in prison and you did not visit me then they will also answer, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked, or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you, then he will save them, truly, I say unto you that as you did not do it unto one of the least of these, you did not do it on to me and these will go into. We go away into eternal punishment with the righteous into everlasting life, and you know it's funny, and there doesn't say anything about not smoking or not drinking and not dusted nothing like that what it said and I'm not saying to do any of that snow is not what I'm saying. But what I'm saying is he saying she sometimes we try to complicate things. We want things to be so sophisticated and so complicated, but we look at is a passage like that in Matthew chapter 25 and it's like we want all these bigger things that God God what the big complicated things that you have for us but I wonder if the Lord is saying to one of you for listening today. While I give you the bigger things.
If you're not doing the simple things that I've asked you to do by helping the poor.
There are so many needs that are out there.
There are so many ways we can help. You can go online I you no compassion international is one of the matter fact brother Tony I know you done the prison ministries that still donors that been put on pause yeah right now that's been put on pause because of the cold that have slowed down a lot, but one of the brothers was telling me that they're doing it by what they call Zoom and Thomas was communication like the newsletters. All this pain, like counsel out. But here's another key that we can overlook. The Lord has given us this key call prayer yes sent to me that if the most powerful weapon that we have on the planet. Yes, you talk about nuclear spreading of this and spreading of this new know the word but that prayer can go through anything time eternity. It will carry you not only over and through but that's the answer to a lot of the questions because to every question I Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the answer. Instead you ask him one another. Are you. What if what if this and what if that talk to God about that is that that's what's that's for and you need to lean into that a little bit more because in these last days, we don't need the connection we going to become collect the dots connect the dots and stay on track because it's so easy to get swayed and swiveled away, and that's all the enemy want to do is just get your attention long enough, just like he did Eve. Nothing is changing stuff he still got the same MO. He came here to suck on S alleles. He's a liar. So don't be looking at the lies that will deceive golf that's my questioning God you asked God about his authority through you and you don't know that's the enemy trying to get you away from him and every time you get you away from your you think about this right here if he can get your way. You get to attention. So when you're not paying attention.
We can't give God attention. So when you're looking at him and stuff. There's always peace you can always raise, that's the key to being in a relationship because if you miss that while there is a lot of ground to be made up in those on missed opportunities you have failed to trust father and to me is really like a slap in the face. You just spin and got face in it. You know better than father. No one knows best, except father so when you own, his alignment with his love is cross his blood and sacrifice got already get everything worked out, but my brother just said my exit. We complicate things.
This thing is so simple that a child can get it, but we got questions while you want to question instead of trust is a time to question but it's only personal. With God, not with somebody else because they don't know they got.
They got a go to what they're going through the line we all on a quest to serve and just like my brother said that Q2 is off yourself, simply number death. Anytime you focus your losing out and and just think about opportunities and privileges you have.
I would just time to desist it just a moment ago. You know, she said. She said I didn't sleep well last night but I got a remedy for that, according to the word of God.
He woke you up so you know we need to keep our focus, we need to keep our minds sick now to think it's a mindset we can all go through it and how it affects anybody is the way it affects him but this is our lifestyle. We don't get caught up. We don't get twisted thinking that is about us in anyway is all about him and I will forever to say this about his glory, you were put in an think for a moment with me please take this into consideration you had nothing to do with your company and you didn't even have a choice. Got going, use whatever purpose that you came.
But take this product right here after you get here you get a choice. You can choose life.
You can choose death.
Now you might not even know what you chose and sometimes, but on time. There's consequences.
So the best choice you can make is to get with the one that knows everything and that makes the difference solid is self-help.
That's off-track. Let the Lord feed and guide you by his spirit. This is short. This is your life. Don't waste your life trying to figure it out as men to figure out except to trust God and let him show you and bring you out whatever you going through in answer we just think God that that revelation right there alone could cause you to just walk through this thing and to realize instead a there's not only hope but you know that God got you. And if God got you there is so much peace. That's it. There's so much peace and matter fact it was interesting. I didn't know I was in a share this but I think I will. I had a dream, and maybe it was in the last month. I don't know exactly what was but was just one of those dreams were you just you wake up and you go home, but in the dream I was dreaming and all of a sudden I was at the gym and there were there were two guys over here. There were two African-American males and then there was another guy, a white male who was over there and they were both working out everybody. They were one was on their saw the other was on their side. Nobody was really doing anything at all. They were just kind of doing their thing. All of a sudden the white guy came over to the two black guys and in any mate. I don't know what he said but I am assuming he he passed a racist remark. That's what I'm assuming okay and show all of a sudden I remember it was like they got in the corner. They went over in the corner and in the corridor they were about to fight. But when they were about to fight, and I realize I didn't realize at the time of their realize this instead of fighting, they almost like started to come together just talk. It was like it was it in the white guy he turned into a demon and so it was like the white guy he wanted the two African-American males to come over to him because he wanted them to get angry. He wanted to rile them up, and he wanted them to fight and then all of a sudden it was like he had them exactly where he wanted them and then in the other corner of the room. There were somebody from LGBT community and all of a sudden they were saying Gay pride Gay pride gay pride and I woke up and I was like what the heck is that all about. And so what I did was I I was just about to go to sleep in the all of a sudden the Bible verse Romans 317, Romans 317 came to my mind and it says what is that. So I got up and I looked it up and it says that the in the way of peace they do not know, and so the devil he doesn't care how he's going to use you. He doesn't care who used me, you know you can be a white person is racist.
If you know that's what he wants you me a black person embraces me Asian whoever it is, if you hate other people because of their race. That's against the ways of God.
That's not godly at all. You know, we could use somebody from LGBT community. If you're going to guess the way that God, you know the marriage between a man and woman you say, hey, there's this other way that we wanted it doesn't matter what he wants to use but see the devil is not a devil of PCE, the devil of his says in John 1010 he says the thief comes but to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus said I've come so that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. And so I felt like maybe that dream was just a word for me to tell somebody today. I know sometimes you get upset you see all the stuff on social media, you realize that a lot of that stuff is just there to row you up and a lot of that stuff is used by the devil to make people angry at each other and did not realize that we should be angry at the devil whose call causing strife. Matter fact but Jesus said something else.
He said in Matthew chapter 5 verse nine he says blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be the sons of God. They called Jesus. They called him the Prince of peace, and so why everybody angry. Everybody's trying to fight each other. Everybody's want to get angry about politics want to get angry about this one get angry about that and my question to you is right now is where's the peace and so I'm not saying that we avoid any issues that could be controversial. I'm not saying we we don't stand up for biblical principles.
But what I am saying is if we go back to what we were saying at the beginning of the show and we realize that were just as bad as anybody else were just as in need of a Savior as the people who we think are the worst ones that are out there that then we realize that we can pass on that grace, that love that piece to other people and then it's funny because when you love other people who seem unlovable.
Jesus said so himself. He says he never he said he said anybody can be nice to whose nice to them. He said, but blessed are you, he says when you love people who were unlovable, you love your enemies, man. You know the other teachers of the world they don't really teach people that. But Jesus, even the way that he teaches us is to love our enemies because we realize that at one point we were all enemies of God were all enemies of God in that nobody. Everybody goes the wrong way. Everybody's gone their own way. Everybody is sinned and come short of the glory of God and show that we turn around and give grace and we we love those who seem unlovable. That God can give. God looks at us and says yes you're doing exactly what I've showed you to do because even Stephen. When Stephen was when Stephen was about to be stoned when he was being stone. The people who were killing them who were killing Stephen the first martyr in the New Testament. He said God, he says forgive them for they know not what they do when Jesus was on the cross.
People were killing them than the Roman soldiers they were killing Jesus there crucifying up there making fun of them. He says father forgive them for they know not what they do and so if we start to love our enemies, and I think were really getting closer the kingdom of God. What you think Tony I was just thinking about that peace thing. A lot of us don't have millipedes, we haven't forgiven and we are holding things grudges in an up and I will talk to my wife I like and I will study last night. We will send the loan I never say forget now that's a choice and he has to work with you by spirit for you to forget, but that's a part of life because think about it to me personally is that I think I just haven't done somebody else wrong. And God has forgiven me. I have no right to hold anything against anybody no matter what they done. That's a subtle issue. I don't have to struggle with that.
I'm not perfect in it as far as my knowledge of me holding things I might not like what they did, but according to the word of God and his love he has saved me from that. I don't have to return to that.
Think about that do well on that and that's why you don't have no peace because she wanted to go and it will block you in enemy can use any bad you can use me. So we gotta be designed to the degree that we not the fall into that trap. If you stick with God and his program, his plan, his purpose, you won't get called stuff and stuff like that boat anytime the enemy can isolate you engage about yourself that the oath else man you already cook for the goose you put a falcon is already done. You won't come undone until you learn to forgive and the loss it if I gave you. You have no right in other words to me your plan. God ever that I want to be God you make your own choice to do what you want to do when you want to do it but if you submissive like the first thing we talked about was the two that went up, he humbled himself, so if you stay on the list of three got no problem forgiven nobody because if you think about it like my brother Mike, seated on the cross. He forgave his Stephen say late not discharge against the throat don't hold nothing against nobody and stuff and that's the trick trap.
That's what we called the mythos of the enemy to use people usually usually stuff for you to be and we are so vindictive. We are so quick to judge and to assume the wrong thing about anything and you don't even know the whole story got a clue of what you thinking about less wrong if you put your mouth against it. So that's up to God, he said, then this is mine, I will repay, we need to wait on the Lord and see what he going to do, how he go respond your responses to just walk in love and is not hard to love nobody but if you got your ass on yourself. You don't get to crisscross again. You need to get on the cross, like, let me inject this right here. A lot of you don't even know what you According to the cross that is just not to say from Bayou eight eternal flame God is giving you so much that to do the warfare you think about the doctrine of love.
The doctrine of redemption of the document of just being who he say you are you adopted, you accepted and here you are trying to figure it out you can't do that you can't do it in and just finish it up here. We had our friend Brother Pastor Marty for my first Christian church alone. He told us something. He was praying in Revelation 22 seven came to him he know what it says this is I am coming quickly. Blessed is he going to the prophecy of this book when I hear you talking about that brother Tony reminds me, and myself in our lives and all of us were listening that really all the stuff that we think is so important right now are that the stuff that oh gosh, it just has to be done. We have to be angry about this angry about that is all good to be done pretty quickly. Jesus is coming back soon. Might as well forgive people and love from where they are brother Tony Jackson. We are so thankful to have you on here today. It is spelled TONY God bless you. If not, has reminded us how fragile and unpredictable life is not about your loved ones in their financial security plan for the teacher with our line 1873 the Polish Roman Catholic in America has been protecting its members and their families financially join our life today of affordable life insurance community rate and additional member even lower your income to retirement income are like transferring their existing 3.1 years and hundred dollar man on the PRC.more how your level are a for our life protecting my this is the Truth Network