Pastor Keion Henderson is the lead pastor of The Lighthouse Church in Houston, Texas Lighthouse is an organization that serves the body of Christ through our 5 pillars. We always ANTICIPATE a move of God in every experience, so we constantly set a great ATMOSPHERE, and we ACCEPT everyone through love. We believe the best way to impact people is by being AUTHENTIC to who we are and by taking ACTION to move everyone towards greater.
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Pastor Keion (00:01):
Oh, I am talking to somebody here today. Oh, now it’s time to go in. This year, the only thing I want fight is something worth fighting. So if I was given this sermon, a subject, I would call it the Unusual Suspect subtitle. God is getting ready to take you from the unseen to the unsuspected. He’s going to take you from the unseen to the unusual. There is a phrase that we use in culture, and it’s an old phrase. They even made a movie about it about 30 years ago called The Usual Suspects. And whenever you hear the terminology that somebody is the usual suspect, it simply means that whenever an action or a thing takes place without much thought, you already know who’s culpable and see these usual suspect ideas, they’re usually shrouded in suspicions without expression. I will even tell you myself, and there is a difference between these two words, and I’m going to say prejudices, not racism, but prejudices.
It’s when you put an unfair a thought process on an individual without due process. You see everybody isn’t racist, but all people are prejudice. Everybody has prejudices. And I know you like to think that you don’t, but you have prejudices. I’m tell you, one of the times I remember having one, y’all remember in DC when the snipers were killing people. Now please Lord forgive me, but when they said that people were being killed in DC by a sniper, I said, man, what white man in his middle age life is out, his shooting people? It was a prejudice that I automatically assumed statistically backed up that most serial killers are middle aged white men. And so my prejudice made me assume they already knew who the usual suspect was. To my surprise that we found out that it was a black man in a cutlass was with the keyhole knocked out of a trunk with the ability to shoot people from a distance.
That ain’t something we know how to do, but he did it because he was an unusual suspect. And the reason why they couldn’t find him is because they were looking for the usual suspect. They were going all around the world with their profiling. It was a white male, middle age, probably bullied probably from rural America somewhere in some city. They took their profile and the profile of the usual suspect had them looking in the wrong direction and they couldn’t find him because he was doing something unusual. The reason why the devil keeps finding you is you do what you usually do. You are where you usually are. You say what you usually say, but this is the season for you to get him off the scent, get him off track, find something else to do, find a new language, find a new way of thinking, find a new concentric circle of friends, and throw the devil off the trail.
Because in this next month, over the next few weeks, I’m going to talk to you about doing things unusual, speaking in ways in which nobody in your family has ever spoke before. I want you to get a notebook, and I just want you to just start writing unusual stuff. I’m going to have $40 million by the end of the year. Some of you won’t do it. You know why? Because the only thing you have the courage to document is what you believe. And what I’m talking about is not some pie in the sky that you’re going to get 45 years from now. I’m not talking about the hope of glory for 10 years from now. I’m talking about by the time July get here, by the time my kids go back to school, I won’t have to drop them off on the way to work. I’ll be at home already at work with an L L C in my name producing the same kind of income from home that I was when I was working 50 hours a week, driving in traffic, trying to get there.
I’m going to do it from a computer on my kitchen table who I’m talking to in this room today. Somebody say unusual. Unusual. I’m going to do unusual things. I’m going to do unusual things in my life. And so I put that out there for you to look at it because we always talk about Daniel as this guy who got out of the lion’s den and this prophet of sorts who was able to speak to the king, and I’m going to tell you his story, but can I just tell you his background from what he just went through? He wasn’t supposed to be here because there was an evil king named Nebu Kza who had made up a province in a place called Babylon. Everybody say Babylon. Are y’all all right for me to teach you this week? So there’s a place called Babylon. Well, Nebu Kza was kind of like a dictator.
He was an evil king in a place called Babylon. Now, lemme tell you why this is important. This is the same place in one chapter. You will see a golden image that has been erected, and it is said that if you do not bow to this golden image, one chapter, you’ll be thrown into the fiery furnace. And who was thrown into that fiery furnace? Three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and the Bedago. The same three men that Daniel said, if you bless me, you got to bless them. Now, let me tell you why I’m telling you this, because what if the fire is the promotion?
When Pastor Philip was up here talking about promotion, all you saw was your car get more expensive, and all you saw was another zero on your check. And all you saw was another furniture set from Ashley. You saw the house, you saw the cars. But I bet you nobody saw the fire. I bet you nobody saw the lion’s den. I bet you nobody saw friends you thought you could trust flaking. I bet you nobody saw a pink slip. I bet you nobody saw a future crumbling because David said it was good that I was afflicted and sometimes like a bow and arrow. In order for God to take you forward, he has to take you back. And sometimes promotion, listen, is losing your current status. It is my opportunity, my observation and my job to tell you that promotion is a multifaceted exercise and that we do not go from mountaintop to mountaintop in this life. In order to get from one mountaintop to the next mountaintop, you must go down into the valley. Anybody still want a promotion?
We are entering into a text. Follow me because I’m going to give you this whole story that I’m not sure that a lot of us are familiar with how Daniel got to notoriety. Daniel was taken captive as a slave by a man named Nebu Kza because he, Shadrach, Meshach, and a Bendigo and a bunch of other Hebrews had a relationship with God. Listen to me. Nebu KR brought them into his province because he thought that if he could capture some of God’s people, he could get some of God’s glory. Do you know that some people have you around them, not because they love you, but because they see favor on your life and they think by having you around them that the favor that is on your life will somehow find its way into their life. But you must understand in scripture you can’t borrow my relationship with God.
Speaker 2 (08:56):
I tell your neighbor, I’ll praise God with you, but you can’t borrow my praise. The reason why you can’t borrow my praise, because you didn’t borrow my pain. You wasn’t with me when I was crying. You wasn’t with me when I was contemplating suicide. You wasn’t with me when I was spending $125 an hour on therapy. So the praise, the relationship, the glory is mine, but I will go to the throne of grace with you. You can’t get to heaven because I’m going, God ain’t going to. He’s not going to bless your house just because you next to me. He brought him in because of the relationship that he had with God, and he thought that by having them in his life, it would change his life. I’m just telling you to be careful that everybody who ingratiates you into their life doesn’t have you there because they believe in your abilities. They don’t have you there because they think you love them or they love you. They have you there because they think they will benefit from the glory that’s on your life.