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The Beginning of It All

Leading the Way / Michael Youssef
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April 22, 2019 3:00 am

The Beginning of It All

Leading the Way / Michael Youssef

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This is a message from leading the way with Dr. Michael. You sat we pray that it will encourage you in your walk of faith. If you would like to learn more about Dr. you Seth for leading the way, please visit LTW.or statistics, the most conservative statistics are correct 40% of those who call themselves evangelicals have already bought into this greatest lie between 75 to 79% of those in the mainline denominations have bought into the greatest lie. This greatest lie. It's very simple it's very simple because it's easy to fall into and it appeals to our human pride. It places me and myself at the center.

It is palatable to the human taste of the flesh, to one's fallen nature, it demands nothing it demands no moral obligation.

No loyalty no boundaries. It places me in a superior position. It really anesthetize his people into doing their thing. If I think there are so many ways to God and Goddess doesn't care which will you come to him now.

I'm going to do my thing and that is why army people who go to churches all the time and say we are not believing Jesus is my Savior, but is not everybody's Savior. That is part of the greatest lie but falling for the greatest lie will bring me and bring them psychological hell inner turmoil, to say nothing of eternal condemnation, but is a tragedy that greatest lie is not new.

It is not something that people in the pulpits today are preaching for the first time as if it's a new revelation. It is as old as our first parents in the garden of Eden, and yet it is as new as Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of Britain, starting a foundation in America. Not the religions of the world together. It is as old as the Garden of Eden as old as the first human beings ever created and is as new as Oprah Winfrey proclaiming this greatest lie and causing millions of people's many of them are churchgoers to buy into it. Let me just give you an example. Back in 1994.

Oprah Winfrey was interviewing a woman who claimed that she had a near-death experience, the one claimed that during the time that she was dead. Jesus supposedly told her that all religions are equally true.

His withdrawal percent. I believe that there are many paths to God or many paths to the light. I certainly don't believe that there is only one way did Jesus indicate this to you. Also, did Jesus agree with me is not wonderful to have him agree with me.

The great all the woman replied yes absolutely. Oprah said I'm glad to hear that because if Jesus is as cool as I think he would have to tell you that in and thus Jesus is the school as I think he is.

He would agree with me. God have mercy.

Think with your mind with my if I would say to you that I believe with every ounce of my being that 2+2 = 5, you would say that what you're wrong. God bless you. Say it louder get used to it. Others may choose to believe that 2+2 = 3 and you would say no. It is a mathematical fact that 2+2 equal four. This example of my feelings are what I believe means nothing how I feel does not change the fact what I believe is not right is wrong my feelings or my beliefs are irrelevant.

Advise, I believe it's 2+2 equal five years. So are you entitled to belief right now.

Think with me how I'm going to explain my calculation to the IRS that will soon let me know what they think of my belief and also I get angry and I get mad at the IRS and I would say that is intolerance on your part.

You are intolerant to tell me that I have to believe that to us to equal four is intolerance again tried to exercise my calculation, what I believe to the bank and that will show me how tolerant they are.

Tolerance does not mean that I have to accept what is wrong. Tolerance does not mean that I have to agree with what is wrong. Tolerance does not mean that I have to change my facts to make you feel good. Tolerance does not mean that I suspend my faculties and my understanding of the truth just so that I may get along with you now in $1 million. Tolerance says to me you're wrong and very wrong, but I'm going to respect you are leaving on the love you as a person, listen to me, you can bring a church full of bishops that you can bring famous preachers and and famous writers and and so-called Christian clergy at the tell me Michael, you're right to believe that 2+2 equal five.

It will make no difference.

I'm still wrong in the real world there's not very much tolerance for mistaken belief, except when it comes to Jesus that illustrate if you fill your car with prune juice instead of gasoline. You will soon discover that your engines are not very tolerant of prune juice. If you fill your glass with gasoline instead of printers and you drink it you will soon discover that your body is not very tolerant to gasoline. That's how it was from the beginning when God created a man and a woman, and he placed them in the garden. He said to them that you have complete freedom to enjoy the delights of the garden except for this one. You can eat from all of the trees are in the garden except for this tree see that moment God gave them free will to choose because it's really honors God.

When we obey him to. He did not create puppets on strings short in his sovereign plan in his sovereign well he calls people to himself. Sure we understand that but nonetheless he gave us free will. The free will means that you can choose to put prune juice in your car if you want to, instead of gasoline. As long as you know that there are consequences for your choices.

In this case it is an eternal consequences.

Maternity is for very long time. The devil kept on harping on Eve kept on harping on a girl you don't know what you talking about girl God is cool God is cool and of God is cool as a school as I think kids here would not restrict you and keep you from this one tree a cool God certainly would not rain on your parade, you must have just misunderstood him.

You know that your interpretation of what God said is as good as mine in anybody else's and Satan offered Eve and Adam false wisdom, false wisdom, we see the world is filled with false wisdom. It sounds so good. It sounds so convincing but it is false, it is not the true, and she and Adam fell for and they soon discovered that they have fallen for the greatest lie but was too late. There was too late. Is he falling for the greater sly leads to disobedience and disobedience to the word of God leads to a broken fellowship with God and a broken fellowship with God leads to fear, anxiety, depression, self-loathing, emptiness, meaningless life and the effort to hide from God.

And that's exactly what Adam and Eve were doing. They were hiding from God. Beloved, listen to me there are millions of people and I know I'm not exaggerating, who are hiding from God in church pews all across the land, because falling for the greater sly creates a chasm between God and man, and since he is the only source of peace and joy and contentment and happiness and eternal salvation.

When we break that fellowship end up in the life of turmoil and an eternity of a bottomless pit falling for the greater sly leads us out of the garden and into the wilderness of meaninglessness is a bottom-line, the wilderness of purposelessness and Adam and Eve lost not only the garden but they lost the pure joy that can only come from intimacy with God and fellowship with God. Hers was the labor pain is with vessels in the forms of the wilderness to both of them.

Children who are at odds with each other until one killed the other as human race multiplied so that the human disposition toward believing the greater sly, but God in his mercy and his grace he made Adam and Eve a promise. He promised them that he will provide a Savior to save people from falling into the greater sly that was a promise listen to me beloved listen when people say to you that all religions are of equal value. All religions will lead to the light. All religions will lead to God all the founders of religions are all basically saying the same thing you can say to them yes, but not Jesus met Jesus. He did not just drop out of nowhere telling people to try harder. He did not just sit in the cave until he thought he heard an angel speak to him. He did not go out and conquer lands.

He did not kill his opponents and everybody disagreed with him, no no no no no no, but he is the promised Messiah. He is the promised Savior in Genesis chapter 3 verse 15 he was promised by God back in the garden. He was a promise to Savior the Adam and Eve he was God the son, who created the world from the very beginning.

He is the God who has the only remedy to all of man's sin and guilt and frustrations. He is the only one with whom the world for thousands of years, long before he came. He is a hole in the dreams of everyone who believed in the one true God. For thousands of you. In other words, is not a founder of a religion, a man is not a founder of religion. He is the founder of heaven and earth.

He is the founder of the human life. He is a founder of the universe. He is the founder of it on the life and his a promise. If you have your Bibles I want you to turn to Genesis chapter 3 verse 15 that is beloved.

The crux that is the beginning of Christianity the beginning of Christianity is found in Genesis chapter 3 verse 15 marketing your Bible. This is very important. Here is what God said to Satan in the garden. Genesis 315. He said I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring in the singular, and hers. Her offspring again and the singular will crush your head, and you will strike his heels. What is God saying here in Genesis 315 is what he saying listen carefully. The offspring of the woman is Jesus is God of very God before the foundation of the earth was born of a woman. He is the seed of the woman. Satan will nip at his heel and he did you see it in the gospel so clearly he was tempting Jesus on every turn.

He was tempting him in every way nip nip nip at his heels. He never left him alone in the wilderness. He tempted him in the streets. He tempted him everywhere he was tempting him, and Satan was trying to do his Donders to stop Jesus from going to the cross because he knew that this is the only plan of salvation of God and that is why he wanted to stop him from redeeming mankind from offering a salvation, but listen when Jesus rose from the dead. He crushed Satan's head and he destroyed the power of death, that death has no power over the believers anymore and that's what it means, because what it means will nip at his heel but he will crush your head if you living a defeated life is because you listening to Satan's lie because Jesus wanted to live a victorious life.

He wants you to live above your circumstances, you wanted to live as a child of the King. Not a proper he wants you to live with the power that he made possible through the Holy Spirit of God, and that is why beloved Jesus and Jesus alone is the fulfillment of what God said in Genesis 315 now anybody can lump him with all the other founders of religions are so-called founders of religions. All the misfits and and and all the murderers and all the confused people and all the charlatans they can do all they want but as long as they understand there is a tragic and to the choice. Those who buy into the greater sly that Jesus was the founder of another religion just like all the others. They are trying to put prune juice in their gas tanks and that is within you wondering why they live a life in shambles and and and in disarray and on till they put the right gasoline in the engine of the life, namely Jesus. They are not only going to be miserable here and now, but they will spend eternity in turmoil. Please listen to me part of the greater sly sub life you like his people say if you love me, you would agree with me and don't tell me that I'm wrong really, what kind of love is that what kind of love. If I see somebody jumping from the 10th floor that I don't do everything possible to stop them up lead with them and if I can literally physically restrain him how to do it. That is real love, not the other way around. And that is why it is out of love that we proclaim the truth. It is out of love that we tell a person that there is a wrong way, and there is a right way it is out of love that we insist that 2+2 = 4. It doesn't matter how sincere and believing it's 503 or any other number. It's out of love. That will tell a person to stop putting prune juice in the gas tanks and gasoline in their stomachs just as it was one way into the garden.

There is also one way out of the garden.

The one way in the garden was obedience to the word of God. The one way out of the garden is disobedience to the word of God.

One way each way the Bible was written in the span of 1600 years.

Did you get that 1600 years not just somebody give him a book in the city can't take this and go and tell people to do what's in the book, listen to me the Holy Spirit off of the buy what he chose tens of different writers throughout that span of 1600 teams and okay from different backgrounds. There were shepherds or doctors. There were different professions in different background all men and women did no variety of them 16 years and yet they tell the same story that is the miracle of the Bible that is the miracle of the Bible and, therefore, beloved, it is not by accident that the Bible begins with Genesis and ends with Revelation is not by accident.

The beginning of humanity mirrors the end of humanity in the beginning human beings live in a beautiful pristine environment called the garden of Eden, and they had an uninterrupted fellowship with God and the in the book of Revelation, we see how the resurrected believers in heaven and those who rose in the Lord Jesus Christ there living in a beautiful garden city that is coming down from heaven, where they are experiencing perfect fellowship with the creator. The opening chapter of Genesis depicts a wedding wedding between a man and a woman in the closing book. The book of Revelation presents us with another wedding between Jesus, the groom and the believers. The bride, the bride of Jesus is made up only of those who have refused to believe that greater sly. Only those who have submitted their life to Jesus Christ and Jesus alone. Only those who believe that there is no other way to heaven except through Jesus.

That's a bride of Christ.

Those who have trusted that there's only one way to salvation, and that is why Revelation 19, seven and following says let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory for the wedding of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready and he said that an angel said to him right.

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb, are you going to be there. The parallel between the first book of the Bible in the last book of the Bible is even more powerful. In Genesis the creator God gives man authority over creation in Revelation, Jesus is people.

Those who refuse to believe the greater sly and believe that he is the only way that is not like all the other they are given authority to reign and rule over the universe was Jesus in Genesis, humanity began in peace and joy and in Revelation because of Jesus.

Those who belong to Jesus will spend eternity in far greater peace and far greater joy than we can even imagine in this life. See what happened between Genesis and Revelation is Jesus just as God promised Adam and Eve in Genesis 315 Jesus came from heaven born of a woman the seed or the offspring in the singular of the woman, and that is why he alone through his death on the cross and resurrection he alone resolve the problem of sin and guilt and self hate and despair and beloved. This is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, there may be someone here today; I have heard preachers and I've fallen into the trap of thinking or maybe just God is so big that he has many ways. Just like they preach and have fallen in that today you can say Lord Jesus, I'm sorry I fell for the greater sly. Forgive me and pray that he will come into your life when you confess your sin. He will come in reign and rule here.

You see, most people think that eternal life begins when we die.

No eternal life begins the moment you say yes to Jesus.

Father, you said not a word of yours will be wasted and that your word will not return to void and that is why I trust the Holy Spirit working in each one here today including your preacher, the father you will bring us to conviction that we would come to know you with all of our hearts and to love you with all of our strength and father above all, not just know you but to make you known without fear. In Jesus name

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