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Episode: “God’s Spiritual Provisions”
Matthew 7:7–12 addresses tenacity and God’s benevolence in the Christian’s life. The “narrow path” we must walk (7:13–14) is not the path chosen by the majority. Our “fruits” testify on our behalf; likewise, we can beware of those whose lifestyles and teachings stand as an indictment against them (7:15–20).
Series: “Sar Shalom”
Prince of Peace
Explore what it means to walk in the footsteps of Israel’s Messiah. Jeff’s passage-by-passage exposition of Jesus’ principal teachings comes to life through on-location production with real-world re-enactments, all performed by Israelis.

Caption transcript for Sar Shalom: “God’s Spiritual Provisions” (7/8)

  • 01:02 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:04 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:08 PRESENTING THE 7TH OF AN 8 PART TREATMENT
  • 01:11 OF "SAR SHALOM - PRINCE OF PEACE".
  • 01:14 AND GOODNESS KNOWS WE NEED MORE OF IT.
  • 01:18 SOMETIMES ONE OF THE GREATEST PEACE ROBBERS
  • 01:21 IS FEAR AND FRETTING.
  • 01:23 WE'RE TOLD IN THE SCRIPTURE THAT IF WE SEEK HIM
  • 01:25 WE'RE GOING TO FIND HIM
  • 01:27 AND THERE'S A VICTORY FOR US.
  • 01:28 LET'S HEAR JESUS ON THAT NOW AND MORE.
  • 01:49 A WOMAN STANDS AT AN UNOPENED DOOR NOT LIFTING A FINGER...
  • 01:53 "KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPENED", SAYS THE LORD.
  • 01:58 "SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND."
  • 02:01 IT SEEMS SHE HAS THE SEEKING PART JUST FINE.
  • 02:05 SHE LOOKS THROUGH THE WINDOW,
  • 02:08 BEHIND THE HOUSE
  • 02:10 AND THEN RETRACES HER STEPS
  • 02:12 STILL UNABLE TO FIND AN ENTRANCE.
  • 02:15 COULD IT BE SHE HAS OVERLOOKED ONE ADMONITION?
  • 02:19 SIMPLY... KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPENED.
  • 02:30 ANXIOUS ARE WE?
  • 02:32 A LITTLE RESTLESS PERHAPS?
  • 02:36 IF NOT NOW,
  • 02:37 HAVE YOU EVER BEEN AT A PLACE IN YOUR LIFE
  • 02:41 WHERE YOU WERE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS...
  • 02:44 YOU HAD A NEED....
  • 02:46 YOU HAD A PROBLEM...
  • 02:47 OR TO USE THE JEWISH EXPRESSION,
  • 02:49 YOU HAD "TZOROS"... "TROUBLES"...
  • 02:52 TROUBLES LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE!
  • 02:54 IF SO YOU'LL BE PLEASED TO KNOW
  • 02:58 THAT I'M COMING TO YOU FROM BETHSAIDA IN THE GALILEE.
  • 03:02 BETHSAIDA IS FROM AN ARAMAIC TERM
  • 03:06 MEANING "THE HOUSE OF FISH".
  • 03:08 IT'S AN OLD FISHING VILLAGE
  • 03:11 POPULATED BY THE LIKES OF PHILIP, ANDREW, PETER
  • 03:14 AND OTHER OF JESUS' DISCIPLES.
  • 03:18 WHEN JESUS TOLD THE STORY ONCE ABOUT "SEEK AND YOU'LL FIND",
  • 03:23 "KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPENED",
  • 03:25 I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER IF MAYBE, JUST MAYBE,
  • 03:28 HE WAS ALLUDING TO EXPERIENCE HERE IN BETHSAIDA,
  • 03:32 PERHAPS A WOMAN, PERHAPS A MAN,
  • 03:34 SOMEONE GOING HOUSE TO HOUSE LOOKING FOR A NEED.
  • 03:38 I THINK WE ALL HAVE A NEED
  • 03:40 AND SO WE'RE GOING TO LOOK IN THE SCRIPTURES
  • 03:42 AND SEE THIS FAMOUS STORY AND HOW IT MIGHT APPLY TO US TODAY.
  • 03:48 I WANT YOU TO LOOK WITH ME...
  • 03:50 DON'T GET COMFORTABLE WITH ME
  • 03:51 BUT LOOK WITH ME HERE PLEASE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 7, VERSE 7.
  • 03:56 AND THE REASON WHY I SAY DON'T GET TOO COMFORTABLE WITH ME
  • 03:59 WILL BECOME APPARENT IN A MOMENT.
  • 04:01 JESUS SAYS "ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU".
  • 04:05 YOU GO "YEAH, THAT'S WHAT I WANT...GOD TO GIVE IT TO ME."
  • 04:09 OKAY...
  • 04:10 HE SAYS "SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND".
  • 04:13 "YEAH, THERE YOU GO GOD...YEAH HOOK ME UP."
  • 04:16 "KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPENED TO YOU."
  • 04:20 SOUNDS GOOD DOESN'T IT?
  • 04:21 GOD IS THERE AND WE JUST TAKE OUR PRAYERS TO HIM
  • 04:25 AND HE'S LIKE THE PIZZA DELIVERY MAN, HE'LL GET IT TO YOU QUICK.
  • 04:29 IN VERSE 8, "FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS RECEIVES"
  • 04:33 "AND HE WHO SEEKS FINDS"
  • 04:35 "AND TO HIM WHO KNOCKS IT WILL BE OPENED."
  • 04:38 SOMEONE CAN GO..."YEAH THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT..."
  • 04:41 "I CAN USE SOME RELIGION LIKE THAT."
  • 04:44 "HERE I AM DOWN HERE ALL MESSED UP"
  • 04:46 "AND GOD'S WILLING TO SHOW UP."
  • 04:49 WELL FOR YOU I'VE GOT SOME GOOD NEWS AND SOME BAD NEWS.
  • 04:54 THE GOOD NEWS IS HE MEANS WHAT HE SAYS AND HE DOES SHOW UP.
  • 04:58 HE WILL SHOW UP.
  • 05:00 THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS.
  • 05:01 THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THIS STORY ISN'T ABOUT WHAT HE'LL DO
  • 05:07 AS MUCH AS IT'S ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS US TO DO.
  • 05:13 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT,
  • 05:15 HE SAYS "YEAH, GOD'S GOING TO HOOK YOU UP,"
  • 05:17 "GOD'S GOING TO HELP YOU."...
  • 05:19 REALIZING THAT... WHAT SORT OF MEN AND WOMEN OUGHT WE TO BE?
  • 05:26 THIS IS THE POINT IN VERSE 12,
  • 05:28 MINDFUL THAT WE HAVE A LOVING GOD WHO'S GOING TO TAKE CARE OF US, JESUS SAYS,
  • 05:32 "THEREFORE, WHATEVER YOU WANT MEN OR WOMEN TO DO TO YOU DO ALSO TO THEM",
  • 05:40 WHICH IS THE POINT OF THE STORY,
  • 05:42 "FOR THIS IS THE TORAH", OR "THE LAW",
  • 05:45 OR "THE TEACHING", "AND THE PROPHETS",THE "NEVI'IM".
  • 05:50 IF ONE LOOKS AT JESUS' POINT,
  • 05:54 NEVER MIND OUR OWN WANTING THE LORD TO SHOW UP AND BE OUR SANTA WITH PRESENTS IN HAND,
  • 06:00 THAT BEING TRUE, HE'S WILLING TO DO THAT;
  • 06:03 WHAT HE WANTS FROM US IS
  • 06:06 HE WANTS US TO DO UNTO OTHERS THE WAY THAT WE WOULD HAVE GOD TO DO UNTO US.
  • 06:12 NOW LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION,
  • 06:14 IN YOUR HEART OF HEARTS DO YOU HAVE THAT MESSAGE,
  • 06:19 "WHATEVER YOU WANT MEN TO DO TO YOU DO ALSO TO THEM"?
  • 06:25 INASMUCH AS YOU WANT TO BE SERVICED BY GOD AND OTHERS,
  • 06:28 BE OF SERVICE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
  • 06:32 AND YOU'LL SEE THE LORD COMING THROUGH FOR YOU IN WAYS YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE.
  • 06:54 IT'S A NARROW, PRECARIOUS PATHWAY.
  • 06:57 SOME HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY TO THE TOP SUCCESSFULLY,
  • 07:01 WHILE OTHERS HAD NOT.
  • 07:03 THERE'S LITTLE QUESTION THAT THE WAY IS DIFFICULT,
  • 07:07 LITTLE QUESTION THE OBSTACLES ARE REAL
  • 07:11 BUT THE GOAL IS WORTH THE PRIZE.
  • 07:15 WAITING JUST AHEAD AT THE END OF THE PATH
  • 07:18 IS LIFE ETERNAL
  • 07:22 AND THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
  • 07:31 AND JESUS SAID "ENTER BY THE NARROW WAY,"
  • 07:35 "THE WAY THAT LEADS TO LIFE".
  • 07:39 HE SPOKE OF THE OTHER WAY AS A WAY THAT LEADS TO DEATH.
  • 07:47 I'VE DISCOVERED BY THE WAY
  • 07:49 THAT PEOPLE CAN LEAD THEMSELVES TO RUIN VERY EASILY.
  • 07:54 JESUS SAYS THE WAY TO LIFE IS RATHER HARD TO FIND,
  • 07:58 IT'S A NARROW WAY
  • 07:59 AND THOSE THAT MAKE THEIR WAY TO IT ARE FEW.
  • 08:04 THE BROAD WAY, THE WIDE WAY IS THE EASY WAY, IS RATHER SIMPLE,
  • 08:08 IT'S RATHER NATURAL AT ONE LEVEL.
  • 08:10 YOU CAN GO THE WAY OF RUIN ONE FORK FULL AT A TIME,
  • 08:15 ONE SODA POP AT A TIME,
  • 08:17 EATING THE WRONG FOOD,
  • 08:19 DRINKING THE WRONG DRINK
  • 08:20 COULD JUST BRING YOU DOWN.
  • 08:22 IT CAN BE YOUR ADDICTION, YOUR LOVE OF ALCOHOL,
  • 08:25 YOU CAN JUST DRINK YOURSELF INTO RUIN,
  • 08:28 YOU CAN EAT YOURSELF INTO RUIN,
  • 08:30 YOU CAN JUST FOLLOW THE NATURAL INCLINATION OF SEXUAL APPETITES GONE AWRY
  • 08:34 AND BRING YOURSELF INTO RUIN THAT WAY.
  • 08:37 AND WE LIVE IN A WORLD TODAY DON'T WE,
  • 08:40 WHERE THERE IS SO MUCH PAIN,
  • 08:42 SO MUCH DESPAIR,
  • 08:43 SO MUCH DISORIENTATION,
  • 08:45 SO MUCH RUIN.
  • 08:46 WE DO WELL TO LOOK AND SEE WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT THAT NARROW WAY
  • 08:50 AND THAT BROAD WAY.
  • 08:54 AND HE SAID "ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE"
  • 08:58 "FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION"
  • 09:02 "AND THERE ARE MANY WHO GO IN BY IT."
  • 09:06 THE PATHWAY TO HELL IS THE HIGHWAY TO HELL.
  • 09:09 CONVERSELY HE SAYS,
  • 09:11 "NARROW IS THE GATE AND DIFFICULT IS THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO LIFE"
  • 09:15 "AND THERE ARE PRECIOUS FEW WHO FIND IT."
  • 09:21 THE WAY IS NARROW, IT'S HARD;
  • 09:23 FEW FIND IT...
  • 09:25 THIS SOUNDS VERY CHALLENGING TO ME.
  • 09:28 WHEN THE LORD TALKS ABOUT WALKING ON THE PATH TO LIFE
  • 09:33 HE'S HARKING TO A JEWISH EXPRESSION,
  • 09:35 RABBINIC THEOLOGY SPEAKS OF "HALAKHA"
  • 09:39 WHICH IS THE TORAH OBSERVANT WAY TO WALK FOR OBSERVANT JEWS.
  • 09:43 THERE'S WHAT'S CALLED "MIDRASH HALAKHA";
  • 09:46 THE WORD "HALAKHA" IN HEBREW COMES FROM "HALAK";
  • 09:50 IT'S A VERB WHICH MEANS "TO WALK".
  • 09:52 THE JOURNEY WITH GOD IS CALLED A WALK.
  • 09:56 THE LORD BECKONED ABRAHAM TO WALK WITH HIM.
  • 10:00 OTHERS WALKED WITH GOD;
  • 10:02 IT SAYS, I BELIEVE, THAT ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD, STEP BY STEP,
  • 10:06 DELIBERATELY GOING DOWN A PATH WITH THE MAKER.
  • 10:09 IT'S INCUMBENT UPON DISCIPLES TO BE THUS MINDED,
  • 10:13 TO BE THUS ORIENTED.
  • 10:15 IN FACT, "DISCIPLES"... "DISCIPLINE",
  • 10:17 THE WORDS ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH
  • 10:18 BECAUSE THERE'S A KIND OF DELIBERATENESS,
  • 10:21 THERE'S A DECISION,
  • 10:22 THE LORD SAYS BROAD IS THE OTHER WAY,
  • 10:24 IT'S EASY BY NATURE JUST TO BE LED AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 10:29 I BELIEVE IT'S JOB WHO SAYS THAT MAN IS INCLINED TOWARDS SINS JUST LIKE THE SPARKS FLY UPWARD.
  • 10:35 THE NATURAL INCLINATION OF THINGS IS TO GO AWRY.
  • 10:39 IT'S EASY, ONE CAN EAT THEMSELVES TO DEATH WITH ALL THE WRONG FOOD,
  • 10:43 THEY CAN DRINK ALL THE WRONG DRINK AND JUST BE MISERABLE INSIDE
  • 10:46 BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT LOOKING GOOD,
  • 10:48 THEY'RE NOT FEELING GOOD,
  • 10:49 AND THEY'RE NOT THINKING GOOD.
  • 10:50 PEOPLE'S EYES CAN LEAD THEM ASTRAY OFF THE PATH.
  • 10:52 THEY'RE LOOKING FOR LOVE,
  • 10:54 IT'S ALL ABOUT LUST,
  • 10:55 IT'S ALL ABOUT CONSUMERISM
  • 10:57 AND PEOPLE SPEND THEMSELVES FOR THEIR OWN PLEASURES AND TREASURES
  • 11:00 AND DESTROY THEMSELVES AND OTHER PEOPLE AROUND THEM IN THE PROCESS.
  • 11:05 IT'S EASY TO GO THAT WAY
  • 11:08 BUT JESUS BECKONS DISCIPLES TO BE DISCIPLINED.
  • 11:12 HE SAID, "NARROW IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO LIFE"
  • 11:16 AND HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS TO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH,
  • 11:19 OR FIRST METHODIST CHURCH, OR FIRST ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH.
  • 11:23 THE WAY THAT LEADS TO LIFE, HOPEFULLY, IS TOLD IN A CHURCH
  • 11:26 BUT IT'S THE WAY OF LIFE THAT'S LIVED OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH.
  • 11:30 IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT THE LORD TALKED ABOUT ATTENDING TO OUR BUSINESS,
  • 11:34 BROTHERS LEARNING TO DWELL TOGETHER PEACEABLY,
  • 11:36 MEN AND WOMEN LEARNING TO COME TO TERMS,
  • 11:38 ONE'S HOLDING THEIR SEXUAL APPETITES IN CHECK,
  • 11:41 THEIR ANGERS, WHAT TO DO WITH THE MONEY, WHAT TO DO VARIOUS ENERGIES, ETC.
  • 11:46 IT'S ALL THERE IN THE SERMON.
  • 11:47 HEAR JESUS' WORDS, IT'S A WAY THAT LEADS TO LIFE
  • 11:51 AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER BY VIRTUE OF YOUR SO DOING.
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  • 12:37 TODAY THE GALILEE STILL BECKONS
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  • 13:02 FROM A HEBREW PERSPECTIVE,
  • 13:04 TO KNOW SOMETHING IS TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING.
  • 13:06 AND TO REALLY KNOW SOMEONE IS NOT JUST TO KNOW FACTS ABOUT SOMEONE,
  • 13:12 ...IN THE HEBREW "I KNOW",
  • 13:14 IT MEANS TO EXPERIENCE
  • 13:18 AND WOULD THAT YOU REALLY EXPERIENCED THE BLESSING THAT IS ISRAEL.
  • 13:24 OH MY WORD, PEOPLE ARE TRANSFORMED.
  • 13:27 THAT'S WHY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GOING FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
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  • 13:53 THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT WROTE A TIMELESS CLASSIC CALLED
  • 13:55 "JESUS, THE JEW'S JEW".
  • 13:59 MANY PEOPLE LIKE TO CONSTRUE JESUS AS EX-JEWISH
  • 14:02 OR ANTI-JEWISH
  • 14:03 BUT THAT'S MORE THEIR OWN PREJUDICE.
  • 14:05 JESUS WAS THE WORLD'S GREATEST JEW.
  • 14:08 WE SEE THAT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 14:10 AND ZOLA WEIGHS IN ON IT IN BOOK FORM AND WITH THE CD AS WELL.
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  • 14:28 AND SPEAKING OF PICKING UP,
  • 14:29 LET'S HEAR MORE ABOUT JESUS.
  • 15:28 JESUS SAYING THAT "YOU'LL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS"
  • 15:33 TO MY WAY OF THINKING BECKONS TO A THEME THAT'S REPEATED OVER AND AGAIN IN THIS SERMON
  • 15:39 AND THAT IS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF PRETENSE GOING AROUND.
  • 15:42 LATER ON IN THE NEXT LITTLE TEACHING MOMENT HERE
  • 15:46 JESUS IS GOING TO SAY
  • 15:48 "MANY OF YOU SAY LORD, LORD" AND CAST OUT DEMONS AND ALL THE REST,
  • 15:53 "BUT THE TRUTH IS, IS THAT I REALLY DON'T KNOW YOU."
  • 15:56 HERE AGAIN THERE'S PRETENSE OF RELIGION AND FAITH
  • 15:59 BUT IT'S REALLY NOT THERE.
  • 16:01 PREVIOUSLY JESUS WENT ON RECORD TALKING ABOUT HOW SOME PEOPLE,
  • 16:04 THEY'RE ALL PIETISTIC IN THEIR PRAYERS FOR SHOW,
  • 16:08 THEY'RE CHARITABLE YES,
  • 16:10 BUT FOR SHOW
  • 16:12 AND THEY GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF HAVING SOME KIND OF BIBLICAL FAITH
  • 16:16 BUT THE TRUTH BE KNOWN IT'S MORE SHALLOW THAN SUBSTANCE.
  • 16:21 AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT
  • 16:23 YESHUA IS ON RECORD SAYING,
  • 16:24 "YOU'LL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS".
  • 16:28 NOT JUST THAT,
  • 16:30 YOU'LL KNOW THEM BY THEIR 'TOOTS'.
  • 16:33 YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THAT SOME PEOPLE CAN TALK A GOOD TALK
  • 16:38 BUT THEY REALLY DON'T WALK THE WALK.
  • 16:41 IT'S NOT BEYOND THE PALE OF REASON TO LOOK TO CONSIDER
  • 16:45 WHAT DOES JESUS ACTUALLY MEAN WHEN HE SAYS,
  • 16:49 "YOU'LL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS"?
  • 16:51 IF ONE LOOKS AT THIS SERMON ON THE MOUNT
  • 16:54 THEREIN HE TALKS ABOUT A NUMBER OF THINGS
  • 16:57 THAT HE'S LOOKING TO SEE MANIFEST OVER TIME,
  • 16:59 A GENTEEL KIND OF SEEKING AFTER GOD,
  • 17:02 DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING,
  • 17:04 A PRIVATE PRAYER LIFE,
  • 17:07 PERSONAL PIETY IS MANIFESTED IN CHARITY,
  • 17:10 THE JUST AND EQUITABLE EMPLOYMENT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCE FOR GOD'S GOOD PURPOSES,
  • 17:15 NOT JUST ONE'S OWN.
  • 17:18 IN DIFFERENT WAYS INDIVIDUALS ARE BECKONED TO CULTIVATE THIS
  • 17:23 WHICH IS THE KIND OF LIFE THAT THE LORD'S LOOKING FOR.
  • 17:26 IT'S NOT JUST A QUESTION OF SHOWING UP AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH,
  • 17:29 OR FIRST WHATEVER CHURCH
  • 17:31 AND SINGING THE HYMNS
  • 17:33 AND SPEAKING THE RIGHT KIND OF LANGUAGE,
  • 17:35 HAVING THE RIGHT KIND OF TALK
  • 17:37 BECAUSE YOU CAN RECALL PERHAPS THE LORD WHO SAYS,
  • 17:40 "THEY PROFESS ME WITH THEIR LIPS"
  • 17:42 "BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME".
  • 17:45 THE WAY TO HAVE A HEART THAT'S WITH HIM
  • 17:47 IS THROUGH DEEDS
  • 17:49 NOT JUST CREEDS.
  • 17:51 LOOK WITH ME HERE AS JESUS TALKS ABOUT IT
  • 17:53 AND WE'LL CONSIDER MORE DELIBERATELY WHAT HE HAS TO SAY.
  • 17:56 IN CHAPTER 7, VERSE 15, HE SAYS,
  • 17:59 "BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS WHO COME TO YOU IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING"
  • 18:05 "BUT INWARDLY ARE RAVENOUS WOLVES."
  • 18:08 THEY HAVE THE PRETENSE OF BEING AMONG US BUT TRUTH BE KNOWN,
  • 18:13 THEY'RE BENT ON DEVOURING US.
  • 18:15 AND HAVE YOU EVER MET SUCH PEOPLE?
  • 18:18 I HAVE AND IT'S NOT PLEASANT.
  • 18:20 IT'S IN THE WAKE OF THIS WARNING WHEN YESHUA,
  • 18:24 WHEN JESUS, AGAIN WEIGHS IN FORCEFULLY SAYING
  • 18:26 "LISTEN, YOU'LL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS."
  • 18:29 HE SAYS AS MUCH IN VERSE 16,
  • 18:31 "YOU'LL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS"
  • 18:33 AND HE GOES ON TO EXPLORE THAT A LITTLE
  • 18:35 AND THEN HE REPEATS IT AGAIN IN VERSE 20,
  • 18:38 "THEREFORE BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM."
  • 18:40 I MEAN GUYS LISTEN, HE SAID IT TWICE IN JUST A FEW SENTENCES
  • 18:44 AND THAT CAUSES ME TO BELIEVE THAT HE'S SERIOUS ABOUT IT.
  • 18:48 THERE ARE OTHER REASONS THAT I BELIEVE THAT HE'S SERIOUS ABOUT
  • 18:51 US BEARING THE KIND OF FRUITS IN OUR LIFE AND TEMPERAMENT.
  • 18:54 KEEP IN MIND IF YOU WILL PLEASE
  • 18:57 THAT WHILE HE'LL KNOW US BY OUR FRUITS,
  • 18:59 KNOW THAT IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD
  • 19:02 TO BE JUDGING OUR FRUITS
  • 19:04 AND FOR THE REST OF US,
  • 19:05 KNOW AS WELL THAT FRUIT DOESN'T ALWAYS APPEAR RIGHT AWAY.
  • 19:09 ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION I'VE TRIED TO LOSE WEIGHT
  • 19:12 AND I'D GET UP IN THE MORNING AND WEIGH MYSELF
  • 19:14 AND LOOK FOR THE FRUITS OF MY LABOR.
  • 19:16 IT DOESN'T HAPPEN RIGHT AWAY
  • 19:17 BUT THE RIGHT KIND OF DECISIONS EVENTUALLY LEAD
  • 19:20 TO THE RIGHT KIND OF MANIFESTATION.
  • 19:23 LET'S MAKE SURE WE MAKE DECISIONS FOR JESUS
  • 19:25 AND TRUST THAT WE WILL IN FACT BEAR FRUIT
  • 19:27 AS A RESULT OF OUR SO DOING.
  • 19:31 ♪THERE SHALL BE A HIGHWAY IN THE DESERT♪
  • 19:38 ♪FOR THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD♪
  • 19:44 ♪AND FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LORD OF HOSTS♪
  • 19:51 ♪SHALL GO FORTH A FIERY SWORD♪
  • 19:56 ♪AND THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 19:59 ♪YESHUA♪
  • 20:02 ♪AND THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 20:05 ♪SALVATION♪
  • 20:08 ♪AND THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 20:12 ♪YESHUA♪
  • 20:15 ♪AND THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 20:18 ♪HE IS KING♪
  • 20:22 ♪THERE SHALL BE A FOUNTAIN IN THE CITY♪
  • 20:29 ♪TO CLEANSE ALL THE PEOPLE FROM SIN♪
  • 20:35 ♪AND WITH THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE MIDST OF HER♪
  • 20:42 ♪FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS♪
  • 20:47 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 20:50 ♪YESHUA♪
  • 20:53 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 20:56 ♪SALVATION♪
  • 20:59 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 21:03 ♪YESHUA♪
  • 21:06 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 21:09 ♪THAT HE IS KING♪
  • 21:38 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 21:41 ♪YESHUA♪
  • 21:44 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 21:48 ♪SALVATION♪
  • 21:51 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 21:54 ♪YESHUA♪
  • 21:57 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 22:00 ♪HE IS KING♪
  • 22:03 ♪AND ALL THE WORLD WILL SEE♪
  • 22:07 ♪HE IS KING♪
  • 22:18 ♪...HE IS KING♪
  • 22:22 SOMETIMES WHEN WE LECTURE PEOPLE OR PREACH
  • 22:26 IT JUST THROWS THEM ON THE DEFENSIVE.
  • 22:29 I BELIEVE THAT WORSHIPPING THE LORD
  • 22:31 HELPS US TO LOWER THE DEFENSE
  • 22:34 AND LET THE LORD THE MORE SO TAKE THE OFFENSE.
  • 22:37 WORSHIP HAS A WAY OF REMOVING THE FENCE BY THE WAY
  • 22:40 IN HELPING US TO PASS THROUGH THE GATE
  • 22:43 INTO GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 22:45 WE'RE MORE THAN A LITTLE MORE SENSITIVE TO LEARNING OF HIS WAYS
  • 22:49 AND COMPLYING WITH HIS WILL.
  • 22:54 AND SPEAKING OF WILL,
  • 22:57 WE HAVE OUR OWN AND WE DO THE BETTER...
  • 23:00 I KNOW I'M PREACHING TO MYSELF IF NO ONE ELSE...
  • 23:03 WE DO THE BETTER TO LEARN TO SURRENDER OUR STUBBORN WILLS
  • 23:08 AND PICK UP WITH YESHUA'S AGENDA,
  • 23:11 TO PICK UP WITH JESUS' WILL AND WAYS.
  • 23:15 ZOLA LEVITT'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT JESUS
  • 23:17 AND HE'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT AS WE GO TO HIM NOW.
  • 23:23 "THY WILL BE DONE" IS THE NEXT PHRASE.
  • 23:26 THE LORD SAID IT IN THE GARDEN;
  • 23:28 HE SWEATED DROPS OF BLOOD AS IT WERE
  • 23:31 FALLING TO THE GROUND
  • 23:32 AND SAID "NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE".
  • 23:35 AND "GIVE US OUR BREAD, THE DAILY BREAD",
  • 23:39 BREAD IS OF COURSE THE MANNA FOR THE JOURNEY,
  • 23:42 THE SPIRITUAL STRENGTH FOR OUR OWN WILDERNESS JOURNEY.
  • 23:45 FOR US IT'S MESSIAH, THE BREAD OF LIFE,
  • 23:48 THE ONE BORN IN BETHLEHEM,
  • 23:49 "HOUSE OF BREAD",
  • 23:51 THE ONE WHO SAID "THE BREAD IS MY BODY",
  • 23:54 "AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS".
  • 23:56 BELIEVERS ARE CONSCIENCE OF THEIR SINS;
  • 23:58 UNBELIEVERS DON'T KNOW THEY'RE IN DEBT TO GOD.
  • 24:00 OLD TESTAMENT SACRIFICES WERE NECESSARY TO SQUARE ACCOUNTS WITH GOD,
  • 24:05 NOW WE CAN CONFESS OUR SINS,
  • 24:06 I JOHN CHAPTER 1, VERSE 9,
  • 24:08 HE'S JUST AND MERCIFUL TO FORGIVE US.
  • 24:10 FORGIVENESS IS MANDATORY IN THE KINGDOM.
  • 24:12 THE LORD TEACHES IN THE SERMON,
  • 24:14 "IF YE FORGIVE NOT, YOU WON'T BE FORGIVEN",
  • 24:17 "AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION",
  • 24:20 IT'S AN HONEST HEART PLEA BY THOSE CONSCIENCE OF THE SINS AND THEIR WEAKNESSES.
  • 24:26 "THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, THE GLORY" SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.
  • 24:29 AND THIS WORD "AMEN" MEANS "I CONFIRM IT",
  • 24:31 "I BELIEVE IT",
  • 24:32 "I ENDORSE IT".
  • 24:33 IF YOU HEAR "AMEN AND AMEN" YOU DOUBLY CONFIRM IT,
  • 24:36 DOUBLY BELIEVE IT,
  • 24:37 AND DOUBLY ENDORSE.
  • 24:39 BE A GOOD CITIZEN OF THE KINGDOM; STUDY THIS SERMON,
  • 24:41 MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 TO CHAPTER 7.
  • 24:43 KNOW THE NEW LAW.
  • 24:46 ZOLA TALKED ABOUT BEING A GOOD CITIZEN OF THE LORD'S KINGDOM.
  • 24:52 LET'S EXPLORE WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN A LITTLE BIT.
  • 24:56 WHEN I THINK OF GOOD CITIZENSHIP
  • 24:58 I THINK OF HONORING THOSE THAT ARE AUTHORIZED JUSTLY, I THINK
  • 25:05 OF FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION AND THEIR CHARTER DOCUMENT,
  • 25:09 I THINK OF PAYING TAXES,
  • 25:12 I THINK OF LOOKING TO DWELL PEACEABLY WITH OTHERS.
  • 25:16 THAT'S WHAT I THINK OF WHEN I THINK OF KINGDOM PRINCIPALLY.
  • 25:20 AND THERE'S THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD YES
  • 25:23 AND THEN THERE'S THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND OF HIS CHRIST.
  • 25:28 WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN IN THAT?
  • 25:32 IT'S A RHETORICAL QUESTION TRUE,
  • 25:34 BUT IT'S ONE THAT'S WORTH ASKING I BELIEVE
  • 25:36 BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF BAD CITIZENSHIP GOING ON.
  • 25:40 A LOT OF... ATTACKING MINISTERS,
  • 25:43 A LOT OF NOT FOLLOWING THE CHARTER DOCUMENT, THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 25:48 A LOT OF NOT PAYING THE TAXES,
  • 25:50 NOT TITHING, OFFERINGS, AND THE LIKE;
  • 25:53 I THINK WE DO WELL TO LOOK TO BE GOOD CITIZENS.
  • 25:57 I KNOW HOW IT WORKS
  • 26:00 THAT SOMETIMES WE THINK THAT IF WE REALLY LABOR TO BE A GOOD CITIZEN IN THE LORD'S KINGDOM
  • 26:04 THAT WE'RE GOING TO LOSE SOMETHING,
  • 26:06 WE'RE GOING TO LOSE MONEY,
  • 26:07 WE'RE GOING TO LOSE OUR PREROGATIVES AND RIGHTS
  • 26:09 BUT BE REMINDED OF THIS PLEASE,
  • 26:12 THAT SAR SHALOM, THE PRINCE OF PEACE,
  • 26:13 SAYS THAT IF WE LOVE OUR LIFE WE'LL LOSE IT,
  • 26:16 BUT IF WE LOSE IT WE'LL FIND IT.
  • 26:20 WITH ZOLA I THINK IF WE PLACE MORE OF A PREMIUM ON GOD'S KINGDOM, THE KING'S DOMAIN,
  • 26:27 WE'RE GOING TO FIND THAT OUR OWN INTERESTS BELIEVE IT OR NOT
  • 26:30 ARE GOING TO BE ENHANCED AND EXPANDED ON PLANET EARTH.
  • 26:33 I HOPE YOU'RE LEARNING ABOUT GOD'S KINGDOM.
  • 26:36 THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME INTO YOUR LIVING ROOM, HEADS AND HEARTS.
  • 26:39 COME WITH US ON THE JOURNEY NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:41 AND AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:43 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:45 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. Sermon on the Mount
  2. Crimes of the Heart
  3. The Law Brought to Life
  4. Models of Behavior
  5. Eternal Investments
  6. God’s Material Provisions
  7. God’s Spiritual Provisions
  8. Yeshua — Foundation Sufficient for Salvation

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