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Lemme introduce you to my father. I believe that we owe God a praise. I have an assignment by the Holy Ghost today, and if you can just be upstanding for a second, we stand for everybody that is a celebrity and we believe the word of God is a person and his name is Jesus. Amen. So Exodus, if you have your Bibles open to Exodus chapter 25. I’m going to pick four verses from there and I’m going to use the new King James’s version. Then I’m going to skip over to First Samuel six 19 and I’m going to use the N I V version, the new international version. So first I’m going to start with Exodus chapter 10, Exodus chapter 10. Give me a second. I know it’s there. Somebody is saying, can you read it? I am old school. I just like to read it from this iPad. I know it’s there. Okay, Exodus 25, the new King James version. I’m going to read verse 10, verse 17, verse 21 and verse 22, and they shall make an arc of a sea wood, two and half cubits. Listen, two and a half cubits shall be its land, a cubit and half its width and a cubit and a half its height.
Verse 17, and you shall make a mercy seat. Everybody say mercy. Seed. Seed. No, say it like you mean it. Say mercy seed, mercy seed. You shall make a mercy seed of pure gold, not fake gold, but pure good. Everybody say pure gold. Pure gold. Two and a half cubits shall be its L and the cubits and a half its width, verse 21. And you shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark. Pay attention please and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I will give you Verse 22. And there I will meet with you and I will speak with you from above. Somebody say above. If you miss it, you’ve missed the whole sermon from above the mercy seat from between the two Cher, which are on the ark of the testament of the testimony about everything which I will give you in the commandments of the turn of Israel.
Now this is something I want you to guys to look at. Samuel Samuel six verse 19. I’m going to use the N I V version. It says watch, it says, but God struck down some of the inhabitants of Beth Shees. Somebody say Beth Shees, somebody like, what does that even sound like? Just say by faith put 70 of them to death because they looked into the arc of the Lord and the people murmured because of the heavy blow that the Lord had dealt with them. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, if you’ve ever felt limited, if you’ve never felt good enough, if you’ve ever felt like you cannot measure up, if you’ve ever felt like you don’t have what it takes to take all of God has for you, then this sermon is for you. For the next few minutes, I want to speak on a subject that says, please close the box.
Look at your neighbor, tell them please close the box. Let’s be upstanding while I pray, father, we ask for the anointing that makes preaching and teaching easy. We ask that you move from center to second friends and feel displaced with your glory. We come against every principality you have and every power, every negative force and influence of the enemy, and we decree and declare that Jesus alone be glorified in this place and Jesus be seen. I hide behind the cross and I ask for your mercy. I ask for your grace, and I ask that at the end of the day, beyond the excitement, let there be a testimony and experience. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Put your hands together for Jesus.
Amen. Tell your neighbor, close the box, close the box, close the box. I’m going to give you seven words that changed my life that I hope will and can change your life. Seven words that changed my life that I believe can change your life. This seven words might not be as profound and philosophical and deep and insightful as some of the posts you put up on social media, but I bet if you understand the importance and the significance of these seven words, it can change the way you talk. It would change the way you leave. It would change the trajectory of your life. If you can understand these seven words, it would change the way you deal with rejection. If you can understand these seven words, it would change the way you cope with C. If you can understand these seven words, it would change the way you relate with your ex.
That one just flew over some people’s head. If you can understand these seven words I’m about to give you, it can change your attitude, how you handle betrayal, how you show up at work. These seven words change my life and let me just warn you, I don’t expect you to shout because it probably is so is that all these seven words can change your life. Are you ready? Yes. Oh, no, you’re not ready. Can you help me online? Can you just put something online and I’m going to know by faith that you put something online because I need some help in here. These seven words. Are you ready? Okay. Okay. Okay, here you go. These are the seven words. God has a plan for life.
If I said God is about to promote you, God is about to bless you, somebody you’ll be running down the aisle. But what you don’t know is that all of that is included in God’s plan. The Bible is a book of plans. Talk to me Jeremiah 29 11, for I know the plans that I have to watch you listen. God is not planning for you. God is not working on a plan for you that would suggest that he’s still working on it. I said, God has a plan for you, which means your future is God’s past. So before you had a problem, God was the solution. Before you had a question, God was the answer. Come here, Jeremiah, before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. I ordained you as a prophet to the nations before your life started. God finished it.
But the challenge, Randy, the challenge is that we find ourselves when we deal with setbacks, when we are dealing with struggles and situations, we find ourselves wondering, is God’s plan still working? I feel it like when we’re going through storms in life, we ask ourselves, is God’s plan still working? And we take it a step further, we try to figure out a plan for what God planned for in the first place. Talk to me Abraham. God told you you would have a boy, a son with Sarah. Yet you feel like God has been delaying his plan. So you try to figure out a plan around God’s own plan and you go ahead and slip with Haggai and now we have a situation called Ishmael. Don’t look at me, Chuck, like you have never tried to figure out a plan around God’s own plan. Come on, come on. I know you’ve tried every night there’s a little Abraham in every one of us, somebody, but I going to talk to the sister here. You’ve been trying to fast track the relationship because he is dragging his feet, but what you don’t know is that this is God’s way of delaying the process because he wants you to see all the red flags.
Oh, I’m coming for you. I want to talk to you today because there’s somebody online watching and you are wondering why HR ghosted you. You were ready to apply for that. In fact, you have been given the job already and you’re wondering because it just went cold. They just went silent. They just ghosted you. They’re no longer responding. Let me tell you what is happening. God is making sure he gets the wrong people out before he brings you in. So here you’re trying to send the emails and there’s no response. God says, relax. Don’t try to have a plan. I’m going to talk to that couple that you were about to buy a house and you’ve been trying to buy that house and they have been quoting this price that is way beyond your budget. God says, relax, I’m about to move him to another city. So he would have no option than to drop the price for you and you can get the house. I’m trying to tell you that God has a plan for your life.
The reason your plan is not working is because you’re trying to make a plan for what God already planned for in the first place. You cannot hear me. You cannot make a plan around God’s plan and expect it to go as planned. You cannot make a plan. I’m repeating it for those at the back. You cannot make a plan around God’s plan and still expect it to go as planned. You cannot manipulate God’s plan. You can just collaborate with God’s plan. That’s why the Bible says, trust in the Lord with all heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your common church, in all your ways, acknowledge him and he’ll what direct your parents.
So Lonnie, one of the traps of the enemy. What’s this church? It’s to cause you to believe that just because nothing is happening in your, oh, hear me, hear me, hear me. Just because nothing is happening in your life physically or visibly, that means nothing is working in your life, but that devil is a liar because it’s possible. I’m saying it is possible for nothing, for it to feel like nothing is happening in your life yet something is working in your life and God is working and cooking up something supernaturally. Talk to me David. David was at the backside of the desert and I’m sure he thought to himself, nothing is working or nothing is happening in my life. What he did not know was that God was cooking something up for him. Talk to me Esther. She lost her parents and now she was in exile and she probably thought that nothing was happening in her life.
Little did she know that God was working something in her life. Talk to me, Joseph. You are in prison and you are in the pit and you think that nothing is happening in your life because you are in this place called a pit. You are in this place called a prison. But I came here to serve you notice and let you know, newsflash, that God is working something for you. Talk to me. Three Hebrew children, you were thrown into the fire. Oh goodness. And you think that nothing is happening in your life. I have good news for you. There is a fault man that is about a step into the fire. Talk to me, Daniel, you were thrown into the lion’s dead and you thought nothing was happening in your life yet God worth working something. Oh, that’s why the Bible says I get it. All things work.
All things work together for the good. Look your name and tell them it’s working for my good. It’s working for my good. Look at another neighbor, the one you’ve not spoken to all Sunday morning and tell them it’s working. God has a plan for your life. And yes, his plan took into account your problems. And yes, his plan took into account your enemies. And yes, his plan took into account your personality. And yes, his plan took into account your struggles. And yes, his plan took into account your setbacks, his plan. There is nothing that ever happened to you that is a surprise to God.
Did you hear the words that came out of my mouth? There is nothing that happened to you. There is no experience that God’s like, oh my goodness, I didn’t see that. So there is no need to be concerned about what God has already concluded. There is no need to be anxious about what God has already accomplished. There is no need to be frightened about what God has already finished. There is no need to be restless about what God has resolved. Do you know, do you know Jasmine, that God does not have the liberty, he doesn’t have the ability of planning for something that cannot happen. Thank you.
Now, some of us have plans, dream boards and all of that and you’re like, ah, that was good while I was a teenager. Now listen, God does not have the ability, the luxury or liberty of planning for something that cannot happen because his plan is as good as his word. Oh Jesus. His plan is as good as his word. If God says it, if God plans it, it’s going to happen. If you have ever doubted that God has a plan for your life, just check your pulse. Because as long as you have a pulse, God has a plan for you. I said as long as how many people have a pulse in the house, how many people have a pulse online? As long as you have a pulse, God has a plan for your life. As long as you are not six feet under, it’s not yet over for you. As long as you are alive, you have not yet arrived in spite of the plan.
So we see in our text that one of the greatest pictures of God’s strategic foresight and planning is revealed in what he does. God shows up, Tim God shows up in Genesis as a creator. Then he shows up as Jesus the word made flesh in the New Testament as a builder, a carpenter. So we see that God is a builder. He’s intentional about everything he does and we see his blueprints and fingerprints in the tabernacle. He created this structure called the tabernacle. Now lemme just give you a crash course before the children of Israel ever worshiped God in temples, they worshiped God in Tabernacles because Tabernacles were the portable place of worship. Tabernacles were portable places of worship where the Israelites had to build according to God’s specification. Follow me, follow me. So while they were wandering in the desert, in the wilderness for 40 years, God says, you still need a place I can meet with you.
So God is saying that even though you are in the wilderness of your life, I still want to meet with you. I want to talk to someone that is in the wilderness experience of your life. God says you might be in the wilderness but you still need to worship. You might be in the wilderness, but you still need a word. You might be going through a season, you might be going through a phase, but God says you still need my presence. Just because you’re frustrated doesn’t mean you don’t need fellowship. You can be going through a test, but God says you need a tabernacle. It doesn’t matter what you were going through. I’m telling you, you can always have a song because the Bible says, even though I go through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Can I do a pew check, a pulse check, a praise check, whatever you want to call it.
If God has been ever good to you and you’ve had to go through a season, a phase, a transition, a wilderness, and the only thing that kept you sane is the praise on your lips. The only thing that kept you. Come on Jesus. The only thing that kept you sane is the fruit of your lips, given things when all around is shaking, I’ve never been so glad on Christ, the solid rock I stand all the ground is sinking sand. If God has been never good to you, take 30 seconds and give him the biggest praise, the loudest praise. The baddest praise you’ve ever. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. That is good enough for people who God has just tried to do something. I mean, if you have ever been in the prison like Paul and Silas and you knew you had no option, but somehow at midnight God made a way for you, God opened the door. God broke down the walls. God broke generational process. If God has been good to you, shout yes. Give your neighbor hi from and say He’s been good to me. He’s been good to me. He’s been good to me. Look at
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Your other neighbor and tell them He’s been good to me. He’s been good to me. He’s been good to me. He’s been good to
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Me. I’ve been through the valley of the shadow of death that he’s been good to me. I’ve been through hell and high water that he’s been good to me. I didn’t have no money in my counter. My change was funny, my money was funny. Oh my goodness that he is been good to me. I don’t know about you that if God has been good to you shall yes. Yes, he is been good to me. I know I’m going through the valley that he is been good. I know I’m going through setbacks that he has been good. He gave me a word that kept my mind. He’ll keep him in perfect place whose mind stayed on him. I want to
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I’m in the wilderness of my life. God, do you see me? And God says, I don’t just see you, but I want you to build a tabernacle wherever you are. Praise can leave in any environment. Praise can survive any environment. And so God tells the children of Israel, build a tabernacle and you need to work with me here for the next five minutes because I’m going to give you a crash course on the temple and the tabernacle rather because the tabernacle, I dunno if you have a picture of that. The tabernacle had three, three parts. The outer carts perfect and it matches my shirt. That’s perfect, right? I’m just joking. But the outer court and you have the outer courts, the inner court, which is the holy place and you have the holy of Holies.
3, 3, 3, God the Father, God the Son God the holy three, three man is a spirit. Hold on a second. Man is a spirit man has a soul but lives in the bud. 3, 3, 3. There are three. So the tabernacle, hear me, hear me. The tabernacle was the meeting place of divinity and humanity. So we have the outer court, which represents man’s body. Man is a body. Man lives in a body, right? He’s a spirit man lives in a body. So that’s the outer court man has a soul, which is the holy place or the inner court. Then man is a spirit which is the holy of holies.
But what I’m interested in is the fact that God puts seven pieces of furniture in this place. And lemme just say this because I didn’t even plan for this. If God furnishes anything, because you don’t furnish what is not complete. I just wanted to say that because there’s somebody here wondering, is God ever going to see me through? God says I’m going to build it and I’m going to furnish it because I’m the alpha and the Omega. If I gave you the assignment, I will furnish it. You don’t put furniture or furnishings in a place that is not complete.
So God has seven pieces. Everybody says seven. There are seven pieces of furniture or finishes in the tabernacle. In the outer cott you have the bro alt of sacrifice and the bronzes lever of washing in the holy place. You have the golden lamps stamp or the menorah and the golden table of showbread and you have the altar of incense. Now in the holy place you have the act of the covenant which has the mercy seat on it. Seven. If the tabernacle represents man and God was very detailed about everything he wanted in the tabernacle and you were made in God’s image, you think God is not intentional about you.
Can you just look at somebody and tell him I’m special now let’s do it better. I want you to look at them arrogantly with an attitude. Tell him, do you know I’m special? Some people are so humble that they cannot even say it. Leave it in the child, leave it in the common and say, I’m special. I’m not just one in a million. I’m one of a kind. I’m special. I’m special, I’m special. I’m special. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am the apple. I don’t care what you think about me. I I’m special.
Can I talk about the choice? Everybody said the choice. The choice said the choice. The choice because you are chosen. You are chosen. Lemme say something. Do you know that there were other objects God could have used in the temple? God would’ve used the scroll, but he did not. God would’ve used a bracelet but he did not. God would’ve used the ring, but he did not. But he chose the lampstand. He chose the ark he chose. Do you know that regardless of all the options God had, you are still his peak. Regardless of all the alternatives God had, you are still his decision. Now it’s up to you to believe that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. It is up to you to believe that you are God’s choice. Listen, they might not like the way you walk, but it doesn’t matter. You might not like the way I talk, Betty. It doesn’t matter. You might not like the way I sound Betty. It doesn’t matter. You might not like my thick accent Betty. You know what? It doesn’t really matter because what matters is God’s opinion. You don’t have to like me for God to bless me. You don’t have to know me for God to support me. It doesn’t matter. Give somebody a heifer and tell them, it doesn’t matter. You are special. It doesn’t matter. I’m the apple of God’s eye. I don’t know about you, but I’m special. I’m his choice.
Every piece of furniture, watch this, watch this. Every piece of furniture was not just special but it was also different. I feel the, I can’t wait to get to the meat of this. So we had objects made of gold. We had some furniture, pieces of furniture made of wood. We had some of the pieces of furniture made of brass. We had several pieces of furniture or finishings in the temple, in the tabernacle rather made of several different objects or quality or whatever you want to call it, a substance. While I was studying this, God told me if I made you wood, don’t try to be gold because there are some things wood can do. Jesus did not die on gold.
Jesus died on wood. If God made you wood, be wood. Be the best wood you can ever be. If God made you gold, be the best gold you can ever be. Listen, listen the spirit of God drop this in my heart yesterday while I was get the pen and the paper. Let’s write this down. It’s better to be criticized for being an original than to be admired for being a fake. It’s better to be criticized for being an original than to be admired by people for being a fake. If you don’t value yourself, people will put a discount on you. Don’t try to be what God did not make you. If God made you think, listen, you can go to the gym and you can work out and do all of that, but there’s someone that is going to like you the way you are. If you have a big head like mine, there’s someone that’s going to like you the way you are. If you are tall, there’s someone that is going to like you the way you are. Whatever. See, don’t hide it. Flunk it. Whatever God has given you, work it.
We have people that are hiding what God has blessed them with. Do you know God only blesses what he makes and sinces God does not make replicas. He only blesses originals. So here you are trying to get God to bless you and God is saying, you have to be an original for me to bless you, but you are too fake. I can’t even recognize you. I’m going to talk to people who are under pressure. I refuse to settle for the fake version of myself that people admire, that God cannot relate to because he didn’t make me. That you don’t have to change who you are for God to bless you. Make up your mind. I am going to be who I am. I’m going to talk the way I talk. And if you don’t like it, that’s fine. I’m going to sound the way I sound. I’m going to be who I am. If God made you an extrovert, be an extrovert. If God made you gold, be gold. If God made you wood, be wood. If God made you brass, silver, whatever God made you be, you just be you. And do you, you know why? Because nobody can take your purpose. So nobody can take your blessing.
You can copy what I do, but you cannot copy my purpose so you can copy my blessings. So every furnishing in the tabernacle was customized. Yet there was one piece of furniture where God shows that that will be the meeting point, the climax of this whole construct, and this was the arc of the covenant in the Ark of the Covenant. The priest will go once a year in the day of atonement and he will go and he will sprinkle the blood seven times and this will be the meeting point of divinity and humanity. Listen, one of the most powerful revelations you can ever get. Listen. Listen is the revelation of the mercy seed.
And this was the reaction I expected because still God began to unfold what mercy means. I broke down and say, how have I been going so long without an understanding of the mercy of God? And you would never understand the mercy of God until you understand the mercy seat. Because the mercy seat was the cover of the ark and God instructed that the mercy seat be made of pure gold. You would never understand mercy till you understand what was inside the ark. There was something that was inside this ark. So what are the contents of this ark? What is God trying to hide? Why is God involved in the coverup?
What is God hiding? Excuse me. God, you’re God. Why do you need to hide anything? Why would you hide anything? You know what you are hiding it from? I mean you know everything. So why would you hide anything? If you don’t understand the mercy of God, you will be at the mercy of the enemy. I want to talk about something that is going to change your life. I didn’t bring this because I didn’t have anything to do. And by the way, this is not pure gold by the way. So don’t meet me at the door. Say, pastor said no, no. This is not pure gold. This is just a replica.
This is a picture of the arc of the covenant and I want to talk about the content. Everybody said the content, there were three things in the arc of the covenant. Listen, we are going to go ahead and shout and jump, but if you get this, oh my goodness, if you get this, you don’t need the Hammond beat tree to jump and shout. You don’t need raw to be on the bed. You don’t need any of that. You just start screaming if you understand what Jesus did for you. So let’s examine this. Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready? You’re like, pastor, what are you talking about? It’s too heavy. No, it’s not heavy for you. This is the gospel.
There are three things in the arc, three things in the arc, and I want to show you the three things in the arc, and I think I have a picture of it. If you can put up the picture, there are three things in the arc. The first is Aaron’s rod that bought it. The second is the table of the tablets, which is the 10 commandment, and we have the pot of golden manner. Somebody say, pastor, you’ve been shouting and jumping you better land display. What does all of this mean? You better make the connection between your jumping and all of that. What is the difference? So you need to understand that we have in the arc the part of manner, okay, I get it. The part of manner, but you need to understand that the part of manner, watch this, it represents man’s dissatisfaction with God’s decision.
Hear me, hear me, hear me For the next five minutes, I beg you. Just sit down and listen to me. It represents man’s dissatisfaction. Don’t turn off. No, no, no. Stay on just for the next five minutes, I know I’m talking to you. Just stay on for the next five minutes and your life will change. It represents men’s dis. This is what you’ve been looking for. You just don’t know it. There is a saying if you want to hide something from a black man, put it in a book. There’s a saying, a friend of mine coin, if you want to hide something from a Christian, put it in a Bible.
Come on, people don’t read have Bibles anymore. This is the golden pot. Numbers 11, the children of Israel, mom, the children of Israel, were going crazy and told Moses, we are tired of manner. Give us the garlicy, give us the onions we had in Egypt. God says, right then God says, take everything that represents your dissatisfaction with me. Put it in the box. Okay, Aaron’s raw that bought it. Number 17, that same children of Israel, they rebelled against God said, hold on a second, Aaron, are you sure God appointed you as the priest over this place? And God says, I’m tired of this nonsense. Everybody put out your rods the next morning. The rod that Bo was Aaron’s rod. So Aaron’s wr represented man’s rebellion. Hold on. The pot represents man’s dissatisfaction. The WR represents man’s word rebellion. Okay? God says, take everything that represents your rebellion. Put it into the ark. We have the 10 commandments. And God says, Exodus said, do you know the commandments didn’t even make it to the destination? Moses was up and saw them making a golden calf and he broke it showing that the 10 commandments is already broken. We cannot even keep it. They broke the first law down shall have no other gods before the commandments could make it. They broke it. God says, take everything that represents your limitation and condemnation.
Put it into the box. So God says, take everything that represents negativity in your life. A limitation, rebellion, dissatisfaction, everything negative. Put it where I feel something in this place. Something is about to happen. I said, something is about make no mistake. I’m not talking about the children of Israel. I’m
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Not talking about the children of Israel. I’m talking about you. I’m talking about you. God says, take every condemnation, take every negativity, every limitation, everything you complained about, everything that disqualified you. God says, take all of it and put it in the box. And God says, when you put it in the box, cover the box, cover the box. I want to talk to somebody here. Can I do a pew check? Can I do a pulse check, a praise check in the house to see is there anyone that has something you want to put in the box? I want to thank God that when I acted crazy, he put it in the box. I want to thank God that when I lost my cool and I made the bad decision, he put it where, oh my goodness, I’m going to thank God that when I did not make the right decision, he put it where, look at your name and tell him. Put it in the box. Put it in the box. Put it in the box. Put it in the box. Put it in the box. Put it in the box. Put it in the box, put it. Lemme say something because I need to drive this.
God says, your worries, put it in the box. God says what? Your fears. Put it in the box. Oh my goodness gracious. God says, I know you have some excuses. All your excuses, the box is big enough for real, for your excuses. I know you have some confusions. All your confusion. God says, put it in the box. Oh, insecurities, I can handle it. Put it in the box. Lack put it in the box. Disappointment. Put it in the box. Depression. Put it in the box. Hot breaks, or I’m coming for you. I’m coming for you. I’m coming for you. Generational curses, put it in the box. Addictions, doubt, sickness. Put it in the box.
Regrets, put it in the box. All your past mistakes. God says, put it in the box. I feel like jumping. I feel like shouting. When I think about the goodness of God and all he has done for me, my soul. Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. High, high, high, high, high. All your sins, all your secrets, all your losses, all your setbacks, all your struggles, all your problems. Put it in a box. Put it in a box. Open your mouth and give Jesus 30 seconds of in the box, in the box, in the box, in the box, in the box, in the box. In the box, God says, my box is big enough.
They broke your heart. Put it in the box. You were molested. Put it in the box. Now I ain’t finished yet. No, come on pastor, you are depressed. Put it in the box and this is the best power. Woo. Get my blood for me, man. God says, when you put it in the box, oh my goodness, God says, take a cover. That cover is called mercy. God says, take a cover. Take a cover. God says, don’t leave it open. Take a cover code mercy and cover it. And God says, don’t just stop at that, then take the blood. God says, take the blood. Don’t just put this on and take the blood and sprinkle the blood. Sprinkle the blood over this. The reason God say sprinkle the blood seven times over this is that when he looks at it,
Pastor Rhema (00:44:33):
When he looks at it, he doesn’t see your insecurities. He doesn’t see your fears. Where is your past? Where are my mistakes? Where are my struggles? Where are my limitations? He doesn’t see what you did. He sees what Jesus. He sees the blood of Jesus. Oh, he sees the blood of Jesus. He sees the blood of Jesus. I feel like I feel like shelter. Oh my goodness. He sees the blood. How? Open up your mouth. Open up your mouth and thank him for the thank him, for the thank him for the everything that disqualified you in the box.
Sit down. I’m going to talk to you about something. I know you are in the moment. I know I can stop the sermon here and it’s over, but no, I got to give you something to knock the devil out. Somebody said they’re covering, covering the coven was made of pure gold and God says, I don’t want to see what you’ve done. I want to see what I’ve done. Come. God doesn’t want to see your mistakes. He wants to say he’s mercy. Yes, mercy has a soft spot for people that have a weak spot. Mercy is when God gives you preferential treatment in place of punishment. Jesus got what he did not deserve death. So now you don’t get what you deserve. Judgment. Lemme show you something, Sal six, we already read that in our text. The Bible says they looked into the ark, they looked into the ark and they died. You know why they died? Because they looked into the ark without the covering, without the mercy seat.
And God said, and God said, day, you cannot look at it and leave because whenever you look at justice without mercy, you have judgment and death preach. Oh, I’m going to say something to the next five minutes. Listen, listen, listen, listen. I’m not just saying it for saint’s sake. I really mean this. This was going to blow your mind. I used to think, I used to think that that mercy was all about forgiveness of sins and it is, but it’s not all of it. Oh my goodness gracious. This is the lie. The enemy has distorted. I don’t know where you are in this room. This is going to save your soul. Mercy is not just about God forgiving you. Mercy is when God makes up the deficits in your life.
Mercy is when God bypasses your deficiencies. Mercy is when God ensures your limitations are no longer a limit to you. Mercy is when you don’t have faith, but God fills up the void in your faith to give you the blessing. Mercy is when you don’t know what to do. But God fills the gaps of ignorance. Here’s the big one. Mercy is when God takes away the negative consequences of your actions. Hold on, I know you didn’t get it. I have seven men that were here. We had breakfast yesterday. We were discussing just seven men over pancakes and it was good, right? Just having fun. We were talking about generational curses and we had a brother that was in tears that he was like, I’m expected to be what? I was never given an opportunity to see a father. And he talked about generational curses and cycles and sequences and patterns. Watch this, and I said, whenever we see or do things that are negative, it’s almost like taking a nail and taking the hammer and driving it through the dry wall. Do you know what Jesus did? He took out the nail, but you can still see what the hole. And this brother sitting on my right, he said, pastor er, who is going to patch up the hole?
And the spirit of God just ministered to me and said, mercy. I said, hold on. So mercy makes it seem like you never did it. Okay, somebody say, pastor, prove it. Before I prove it, I’m going to share testimony. There was this young lady, she lived a very promiscuous life. She had several abortions and eventually when she got married she couldn’t have a baby because of her womb and all the complications, right? She gets married no one fully. Well, she was not going to have a baby. Two years into their marriage. She has twins. What? How mercy. Because God looks and he doesn’t see what you did. He sees what he did. Talk to me David. Talk to me David. Lemme say something about David because blind but said Jesus thou son of David have mercy in me. David, why would you want to associate with David?
David killed this man and took his wife and somebody can say, but pastor, remember he, but God killed the baby. Yes, but do you know how many people are living under the weight of what they did? Perpetually. David said, okay, the first baby died. That’s fine. Most people will say, oh, the first baby died. Okay, that’s how it’s always going to be, and you live forever under the weight of the consequences. Hear me kiss. You live under the weight. No, the second baby, Solomon, as if that was not enough, grace goes to patch up the wall and says, not only am I going to make you have a child that will leave, that this child called Solomon is going to be the richest, wisest. Hold on. David had other wives. Why is God using this mistake to make a miracle?
Mercy says, no, no, to everything the enemy has said about you. Mercy is watch this. It’s a one-stop shop for everything you need. This is the real stake I’m giving you. Lemme tell you something, I can prove it in scriptures. How many people want to be favored? And this is not a rhetorical question because I want to be favored. Also, I’m raising my legs, my hands, my feet. Okay, how many people want to be blessed better? Raise your hand behind the church. Do you know the reason why you might not be favored? Might be because you’re looking for favor. I’m telling you, when God downloaded, I began to scream scriptures. I’m going to be going through the scriptures. Psalms 1 0 2, verse 13 and 16, the new King James version. Let me show you something because the Bible says something. A lot of times we are asking God for favor.
Where is it? It says, you’ll arise. Who? God. This is the new king James’s version. Please, thou will arise and have compassion of mercy or mercy, right? Okay, have mercy on Zion for the time. Hold on. So God is arising. I’m teaching now. We’re not shouting. God is arising in mercy. But what are you getting? Favor. So here you are saying, God have mercy, but God is giving you favor. That’s not only that. Lemme tell you what favor represents in Daniel chapter two, verse 17 through 19, the N I V. You know the story of Daniel? Daniel and his friends were about to be killed because they did not know the dream of the king and the interpretation. Can you imagine the king doesn’t even know his dream, but he wants to kill me for not knowing his dream and interpreting what you do not even remember.
How do you begin to pray about that? Travis, tell me, how do you begin to pray about that? What prayer point are you going to use? God, show me the dream. God interpret the dream or God, even if the dream doesn’t come to pass, please don’t kill me. What are you going to pray about? There are layers. Then Daniel return to his house. Get to the next verse. Verse 17, verse 17, verse 18, sorry, verse 18, the next verse. And he urged them to plead God for mercy. So he didn’t go saying, God, can you reveal the no? He pleaded for mercy. And the next verse says that God revealed the dream. So I want you to follow this carefully because here you see mercy showing up as favor. Mercy showing up as revelation. And you can see also mercy in the prodigal psalm. The Bible says, when the Father saw him afar, he had mercy on him.
I can go on and on and on and on. Even Jesus, the son of David have mercy of me. The blind mind cry. So mercy now becomes healing. One mercy a one-stop shop. So when you cry, Jesus have mercy. Jesus looks at the situation and says, hold up. What you need is not a promotion. You need another business because some of you don’t even know how to pray. You are praying below your level. So you can’t even motivate God to do what he wants to do in your life. So mercy becomes a one-stop shop. When you shout mercy, there is provision. When you cry for mercy, there is peace. When you cry for mercy, there is prosperity, there is purpose. There is everything you need in mercy.
I am so excited that mercy says no, says, I don’t see all of this. Mercy has a way of forgetting what people remember about you. They say, hold on. Is that not the woman that was caught the act of adultery? Why wasn’t she to death? Mercy said, no, you are going to leave here today not knowing what to do. Like Daniel. Instead of saying, God, can you reveal God? Just say, Jesus have mercy. And Jesus says, yes, you got it. He goes in and gives you exactly what you need, what you want. You know why I love mercy? Mercy? Can you put up Ephesians two, four? People are like, man, pastor Rema, you ready? Yes, I’m ready. Ephesians two, four, the new King James version. Listen, it says, but God, everybody said, but God, but God who is rich. Lemme say something, rod, if I am rich, then it means I spend what I am rich in.
Let me explain. If I am rich in gold, I can use the gold for my benefit. If I have a vacation home, it’s for my benefit. The difference between man’s riches and God’s riches is that man is rich in what he can spend on himself. Oh, but God is rich in what you spend. God does not need mercy. You do. So God is rich in something. God is rich in something that you need. It’s just if I have a child in let’s say Ghana, they use whatever currency that you said is in Ghana. So God says, I am rich in sad, not because I use it in America, but because I need my children there to use it. Do you know what the word rich there means? It means posis. It’s where we get the word plutocrat, which most of you might or might not have heard. You know what a plutocrat is?
That’s a response I expected. A plutocrat, Michelle is someone that wins. Watch this. That wins and woos people over with their wealth. I’m coming for you. So what God is saying is that God is saying, I have so much mercy because the currency of the kingdom is mercy. He’s rich in it. That’s the legal tender. God says, God says, I am so rich in mercy that when I want to spend anything, it’s mercy, mercy. So watch this. You’re going to be blessed. So God says, when I want to win you over to my elections, you want to win somebody over to a political party? You know what, God spends mercy. He looks at you. You’ve done wrong. That’s what the Bible says. The goodness of God leads us to repentance. Jesus will often say, go, I don’t condemn you because he’s spending the currency of mercy. He’s spending the currency of mercy. I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad that his mercies are not just new every morning, but his mercy endures forever.
I can scream and shout and jump. You know why most of you’re not shouting, Lonnie, can you help me? Come on. There is a scripture that says, I dunno, I gave you a scripture on Romans. Can you put it up the Romans? I gave it to scriptures in Romans where it says, that is not of him. That will, I think Romans chapter six or eight put it up. The Bible says, yes, yes. For God says to Moses, I will have mercy. In the next verse, the next verse, next verse, it does not therefore depend on your human desire. Pastor, this is Bible. We’re in church, but on what? Lonnie, I got to stay in your hands for a second. Just hold this. You know why most of you are not shouting? Because you think the only thing we put into the box are the negatives of your life.
I saw all of you that were not shouting when we’re putting all of that. This is your moment. God is saying, leave it up all your desires and human efforts, all your trophies. Put it inside. Put it inside. Oh, no trophies. Everything’s going in here. All your testimonies about, oh, God did this. God says, put it in here. All your accomplishments, all your opportunities. I can see you. I can see all of them. You’re like, yeah, all your successes, your background, I’m connected. God says, put everything where. Oh, but I’m skilled. I’m bad. No, no, no. God says, put everything in where? Oh, do you know who I am? I’m so talented. God says, put everything where?
What? Hold on this one. The blessings. God, you bless me with a car. You bless me with a jump. God says, put everything where. Oh no, not this one. God, no, no, no, my money. That’s why Paul says, I count everything as dong as a loss. God says, put it where? Oh man. Lonnie, you think my PhD, my doctorate, my masters, my education, my expertise. God says, put everything where my connections. Oh, no, no, no. I can have my connections. God says, put everything where in the box, all your experiences. God says, put everything in the box and Lonnie close this for me. And God says, put everything and close it with gold because I don’t want to see anything or everything you do. I want to see the standard is not you. The standard is me.
My father is rich in gold. My father is rich in mercy. My father is rich in grace. My father is rich. He spends his grace on me. His spend is, oh my goodness. Lemme say one thing because it’s 12. We got to go. I was starting this. I was starting this me. I was starting this, and do you know that I thought about gold and it dawned on me that the mercy seat was made of pure gold. Oh, gold. What is it about gold that we have to Then I realized, Paul, that gold is highly conductive, which means when you know what you want to say, you’re already excited, which means that electricity can flow through it with no resistance. Woo.
This means that whenever gold is involved, there is always a flow and there is nothing. There is no resistance because gold is highly conductive. Let me prophesy to somebody under the sound of my voice that you are getting into a season of an overflow. Things are about to flow into your life. Flow into your life. Blessings about to flow into your life. Breakthrough is about to flow into your life. Miracles flowing, signs flowing, wondrous, flowing, promotion flowing. If you believe it, open up your mouth and shouty, yes, it’s about to flow. Flowing in your mind, flowing in your health. I feel an overflow. God is flowing. It’s moving in your direction. There is an overflow of grace, an overflow of mercy, an overflow of favor and overflow in my, let’s be outstanding. I’m about to close. Stand up on your feet, crystal. I’m about to lose it here. One more thing. Just one more thing. I promise you one more thing, one more thing. It dawned me. It dawn me, Polk. Do you know that gold is the most unreactive?
Speaker 3 (01:05:17):
It doesn’t rust because no weapon sati. It doesn’t matter what you put. It doesn’t matter what you put on me. No weapon from against me. Me. Bring your best devil, but no weapon formed against me shall prosper. No weapon against my family, no weapon against my children, no weapon against my child, no weapon against my spouse. No weapon. No weapon. Somebody said, yes, give God 30 seconds of praise in the house. 30 seconds, 30 seconds, 30 seconds. I said, praise. I said, praise. I plead the blood over your life. I plead the blood over your mind. I plead the blood over your children. I feel something.
The blood is in my house. When I see the blood, I will pass over When I sit, oh, I feel it. I feel it. Change the bound to be broken. Change the bound to be broken. The burden is about to belief that the blood, Satan, the blood of Jesus is against you. Somebody done? Yeah. Whoa. Wow. I feel glory. I feel power. Open up your mouth in this place. Wherever you want to learn, open up your mouth and give Jesus the said no, said no said. Now, said Now. It’s under the blood. It’s under the blood. It’s under the blood. It’s under the blood. It’s under the blood. The blood that speaks better things under the blood. Abel, this is the gospel. This is the good news. Please, can you put up Hebrews four 16? There’s no way I can talk about mercy without this. Lemme tell you something guys.
Pastor Rhema (01:08:14):
Speaker 3 (01:08:15):
Pastor Rhema (01:08:15):
You thought I was talking about an object, I’m not talking about a place, I’m talking about a person. The Bible says Jesus has become our mercy seat, our appreciation. I’m going to go into all of that. That is deep, but the mercy cities note, can you imagine car this on your inside? Oh, this is why I shout. I don’t know about you guys. Can you imagine car this inside you? This is Jesus because the high priest was Jesus. The lamb and the blood was Jesus. The ark that was bought wood outside and inside and covered with gold was Jesus, his humanity and divinity. The gold was Jesus. Everything was Jesus, and the Bible says, Christ in you.
Let us come boldly because what we call the tron of grace is the mercy seed that we may obtain mercy. Some of you’re looking for favor and grace. God says, get mercy verse. Then you got my daughter, my daughter, my three-year-old daughter doesn’t care what meeting. I have some calls in the morning before. She wakes up and she wakes up with her eye, just her hair everywhere. She walks straight to my office. I see her through the French doors and I lock it. On this particular occasion, I forgot to lock the door and I was explaining concept strategies. You were explaining to all these people in different places. I’m like, oh yeah, that’s good. Then I see somebody in the background. I said, this girl is coming boldly for real. She comes in regardless of what you are doing, regardless of what I’m doing, two qualities for accessing mercy. Mercy is brokenness and boldness. Brokenness is a realization of your limitation, and boldness is a realization of your position.
Mercy is not just a place. Mercy is a person. His name is Jesus. He says, I don’t care what is inside the box. What I care about is what is on the blocks the blood of Jesus. That is the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel. This morning, I’ve talked about the mercy seed and how you don’t have to die because something died on the altar, and you might be here today and please don’t leave till we share the benediction. You might be here today and you might, pastor, I didn’t know that grace can take care of the consequences. Now, I know that the blood of Jesus dealt with the nature of sin, dealt with the act of sin, but nobody told me that it can deal with the consequences that I don’t have to keep living under the weight of what I’ve done, that a David and a bee can actually give birth to a Solomon, that I can have a miracle out of this mistake.
I didn’t know that. God says, oh, there’s a lot from where that came from because I’m rich in mercy. I’m going to do an another call today. If you’re here under the sound of my voice and you are not yet in the mercy seat, or you are going through situations in your life and you are saying, pastor, I need to command under the blood. I need to come under the blood. I don’t want to look at my mistakes anymore. I don’t want to look at my weaknesses anymore, but I want to look at your blood and what you did on the cross of Calver. Wherever you are online, if you are online, wherever you are, under the sound of my voice.