TRANSLATION ALERT 34
Wisdom | Neal Frisby’s Sermon CD#1781 | 01/04/81 PM
If you expect a miracle, you will get a miracle. But if you come with the mind that it doesn’t make a difference, “Let Him prove it to me” and if you say, “I don’t care if I get healed or not,” you won’t get anything from God. But once you make up your mind and you cross a certain line of no return with God in believing Him, that is when the miracle takes place. There is a point where you are neither in nor out and it is hard for the Lord to reach in there and do anything for you. But there is a point or degree where finally you begin to believe—you reach a point of no return in your belief—then a miracle takes place. When you are alone and you are praying and believing God, once you reach a certain point in your prayer, then things begin to happen in your life. Sometimes, it may seem easier than other times. Sometimes, there is a front that is pushing against you the harder you fight—don’t expect that thing to just break like that—keep believing, God is with you. All you have to do is to begin to praise the Lord; you will see the atmosphere change and the power of the Lord will be with you there. But you’ve got to be sincere and mean business with the Lord. He looks upon the heart, inside the heart.
Now, I am going to start a foundation for this message. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent….hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world” (1 Corinthians 1: 18)? To some people, it is foolishness to teach about the cross, how Jesus came and died. Man has a high level of wisdom for inventions, but his morals have not kept pace. In fact, the more that he is inventing and discovering, it seems that the worse the decay that is coming upon the world. Sure; I believe that that there is a powerful move of God and there will be a powerful move of God as the age begins to close out. However, outside of that whirlwind of the Lord, the world is kind of lukewarm and decaying.
So, with the wisdom of man and the inventions, it seems like the more time they have, the lazier they get thereby promoting the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah—there is a lot of leisure time with nothing to do. Today, man and his invention: what did he do? He has invented something that can wipe out everybody on earth. It’s like a sword hanging over all nations, the atomic hydrogen bomb and the neutron bomb that they have invented in the wisdom of man. God created the molecules and the electrons for good in the great creation, but man has perverted what God has created (for good) into the use of destruction. If men would use these weapons for defense, they would be no better than a sword, but the way that men are arming today, they are preparing for battles and wars, and the Battle of Armageddon will take place.
With his inventions, man had the power to destroy the earth. But the bible says that man will not destroy the entire earth. Although, he will destroy part of it, the Lord will step in. Much destruction will come from the Lord Himself (Revelation 16). He will interrupt them in Armageddon. He will be on the side of the Hebrews at that time, the faithful ones. When the Lord intervenes, man’s wisdom will come to a null. He will not allow them to destroy the whole earth. There will be some people left for the great millennium. He will intervene or else there will be no flesh saved. Man’s wisdom seems to have gone astray on him; it has gone out of hand. Now, he has power in such a large scale like we have never seen before in the history of the world. But the Lord calls it foolishness.
The Lord brought the proper wisdom. He came in divine inspiration through His prophets. This whole earth will pass away but the word of God will not pass away. It is eternal. No one can remove it. They may destroy the bible at the end of the age in the time of the antichrist, but the word of God will meet us all in heaven. The very promises that are in the bible are infallible and they are for you. Let no devil or anybody else tell you that they are not. The eternal promises of God are infallible to those that believe Him. You can have whatsoever you say. Ask and ye shall receive. “If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14: 14) according to the will of God and that takes faith. So we see here, by their wisdom, they know not God.
Although, they came into the world by God’s wisdom, they will not receive God’s wisdom. It pleased God through the “foolishness” of the gospel to save those that believe. He could have used another means, but he saw that by what he had created, that was the best way because it would look completely foolish to those that will not come to Him. He has done that to show that the wisdom of this world is destruction, but the wisdom of God is eternal life. Man creates death, rides on the pale horse—death is written on that horse—and it rides though the world at the end (Revelation 6: 8, 12). But written across God, the One that is coming from heaven is the Word of God and He is life (Revelation 19: 13). One has life; one ends up with death. I am going to stay with the One that has life written all over Him.
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1: 27). He has ways of doing things that are beyond anybody’s conception—satan, demons or anybody. The Lord has a way that people, sometimes, do not understand at all. In fact, they think that they have a better way. It is human nature and that is why we are in all these problems today. There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof is death, saith the Lord. With man and his better ways, we have wound up with the problems of wars and the problems of sin. Look at what happened in the garden (Eden); Eve thought she had a better way. It won’t work; you have to stay with what God has uttered in His word. When you do that; that is His way. All other ways won’t work. Jesus is the way.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 214). What man counts as wisdom, God counts it as naught. If you want to take on the wisdom of God, believe in His word and the power of His salvation. Then you will begin to understand the words that are in the bible. The bible says it this way; the law/wisdom of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul (Psalm 19: 7) to those that believe.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3: 3). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23). See; you need a savior. Some people say, “I am not that kind of a sinner. I am righteous, you see.” They say, “I am going to make it in. I have never hurt anybody.” That is an old lie of satan. As far as satan is concerned, he has never done anything to anybody and yet he is guilty. Unless you have got the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no other way to get in there. You are a thief and a robber if you try to get in any other way. Salvation is only in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe that. “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not (Ecclesiastes 7: 20). That was before grace was poured out. As far as Solomon could see, all those that said that they were doing right, Solomon said that there was no man that doeth good. That was in his own era of time. I will say this, without salvation and the Lord helping us, I guarantee you there wouldn’t be any good upon the earth.
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags… (Isaiah 64: 6). You’ve got to get that word and faith in your heart and you’ve got to believe Him. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53: 6). This, as a whole, speaks of a nation drifting away from God. You must hold to the word of God. In the age that we are living in, it looks like people want this kind of religion that is self-righteous; they are getting further away from the precepts of the word of God. The bible predicted that people will fall away from the word of God as the age closes out. The bible shows the things that we are seeing today; they have part-truth and part-dogma. Man is tangled up in all that and they will all perish unless they have the word of God; even those that have salvation and do not go further. Many will go through the great tribulation. They must have the word of the Lord and great power in order to escape the great tribulation.
There is a certain point that man reaches and if he goes no further, there is no way of escape. He must go to where the Lord says and when he does, he is saved. You can’t save yourself, that is an impossibility. Listen to this: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3: 5)—predestination steps in here too. If you want to know the elective seed of God—there is a true vine and a false vine—if you want to know the true seed of God, who the elect are and if you want to get a mirror of yourself; they will believe this message that I am preaching tonight. They will believe the bible. They won’t back down one bit. That’s your elect. Jesus said, “…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8: 31). The elect of God will believe this word. They will believe His prophets. They will believe the truth. It is in them to believe the truth by providence. The others cannot believe. The elect will believe the true word of the Living God. Put that test to yourself. See if you can be tested by the word.
There are some foolish virgins out there. They believe to a point, but when it comes to where the baptism starts and it breaks forth into the gifts and the fruits of the Spirit, then they start breaking away. As long as they are healthy, they don’t want to believe the whole word of the Lord. It looks too heavy and too radical for them. I tell you; they need to swallow the whole word of God, for you do not know when you are going to need it. The gospel is a great medicine. The Lord is the greatest physician in the whole world. You see, you cannot crawl on your belly and try to do penance as pagans do; not by works of righteousness but by His mercy He saved us. Salvation is the gift of God. Therefore, it is up to you and your Creator. You don’t even have to be with anybody. You can get it by being by yourself with the word of God. You know it can’t be bought and you can’t earn it; but you can say, “It is mine, I am saved and I have gotten it by word of the Lord. I can confess that in my heart and with my mouth. I have got Him!” You’ve got Him. That is faith.
You don’t walk by sight, you walk by faith, the bible says. Faith means that you can rely on what the word of God says. When you put your faith in the promises of God and hold to them, you can’t be shaken. So, when it steps into believing the real word of God, that’s where the separation comes. There is the wheel within a wheel of the gospel and as it gets stronger, a few more people fall by the wayside. Each time the word of God gets stronger, a few more fall off. Yes, they’ve got a nice name on their building, but the Lord says, “I will spew them out of my mouth.” Remember; any building in the world including this one here, the name of it means nothing. You can have a good name, but there is only one way you can be saved in the body of Jesus Christ and that is to join the body of Jesus Christ by the Lord Jesus Christ and admit that He is the Savior of the world and the Lord of your life. That is when you are in the body of Jesus Christ. Then find somewhere and worship the Lord. That’s what the Lord wants.
Man has captured it (faith), dogmatized it and put it in different ways. It looks like it works pretty good, but it is always the same thing at the end of it; it is dried out, the power of unbelief creeps in, people fall sick and everything goes wrong. You have to stay with the word and the power of the Lord. I am telling you something good tonight. You will be positive and powerful, but if you begin to get anything else (outside the word), the negative will start to set in and this will bring diseases, mental worries and catastrophes to your body. Stay positive in your heart. What do you care what somebody says? You know what the bible says. You know that God is not a liar. He has told the truth. The Holy Spirit tells you the truth. He cannot lie; men can, but not Him, He is the Spirit of truth. But satan abides not in the truth from the beginning. He will tell you, “Well, don’t believe that.” That’s satan; he never did have the truth, but God has always had the truth. Amen. I try to walk by this truth just as He has shown me. There is deliverance in it. I have seen thousands of people delivered here and overseas simply because I stayed in the word of God and the power of the Spirit that he has given me.
We need all the gospel that we can get. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14: 12). Men come up with pretty good ideas about how to get there. Each religious cult says they’ve got the right way. But there is only one way and it is God’s way. If you come by the word of Jesus Christ, you are going to make it in there alright. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14: 6). See; there is no other way. Somebody says, “I believe in God, I will get in that way.” No, you can’t. You have to come through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said no man can come to the Father, but by me. In other words, back through the Holy Spirit. Through all of this, His own self bare our sins and by His stripes, ye were healed (1 Peter 2: 24).
Jesus will enable you to overcome any kind of temptation. He said, “If you think you can’t, just hold on to me; you will make it.” We saw that some of the disciples almost slipped. We saw different things happening in the bible and the situations in which He helped them. He will do the same thing for you. Listen to this: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10: 13). He will make a way. He will do it for you too. There is no other god known to man that can do that for you. The Lord will be right there. He will see you through no matter what it is in this world. He will stand right with you.
“He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalm 107: 20). Isn’t that wonderful? “…and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Exodus 23: 25). That’s right. In the New Testament, there are many miracles and the Lord said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe….they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16: 17 & 18). You can’t get away from the word of the Lord. “…I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15: 26). “And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon them that hate thee” (Deuteronomy 7: 15). This is a scripture to the Hebrews, but it covers the Gentiles in the New Testament because Jesus came and through the atonement we have all that. The word of God is true.
In all of this, we discover a healing truth. It is actually a healing law. It is faith and belief. Each man has a measure of faith. If you don’t exercise it, it will go dormant on you. You keep exercising that faith and believing God, it will grow stronger and stronger. But we discover a healing truth, by your faith, you can trigger a healing process. By your faith in Christ, you can trigger a salvation process. The Holy Spirit is just like a light right there. He is watching over everything. Within you is the power and the kingdom of God is within you, the bible said. There is a power within you. You can unleash that power and blow satan right back out of the way, and become an energizer for God. It’s within you to do that. That much power, that much faith was in the prophets of old and we have seen them use that power and trigger enormous exploits from God. They’ve got so many exploits in the Old Testament that at one time the sun stopped, the moon stopped (Joshua 10: 12 & 13) and there were two days in which the sun did not go down for one day. We have also seen in the bible how water just split, the whole huge sea just split and they walked right through it. That was triggered by the power of faith and it is in each individual. It is according to how you exercise that faith in business-like seriousness that God does these things for you.
He certainly will do them. Jesus said this and confirmed it more than once when He said, “Be it to you according to thy faith.” Again, He said, “Whether is, easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk” (Luke 5: 23). The man just rose up and walked. Can you say, praise the Lord? To another fellow He said, “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole” (Mark 10: 52). So we see, the bible is a wonderful book and the word of God is like medicine. This sermon tonight is alike an anointing. If you take the word of God and read it three times, it will be just like medicine to your body. There will be life in it, there will be power in it and there will anointing in it. You know, when people go to the doctor today, they take whatever medicine the doctor gives them two or three times a day to help them. I’ll say this right here, if you would just take the word of God three times a day and believe it, He is the greatest doctor and the word of God is the greatest medicine you can ever get in your life.
God’s word is actually medicine to your flesh; that’s exactly right. That is why satan keeps people from hearing it or be around it because the word of God is life and it creates faith. “My son, attend to my words….Let them not depart from thine eyes….For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4: 20 – 22). I believe that. How many believe that? I believe that God is the one that answers prayer and he answers it by faith. Remember; built inside of you is enormous power, more powerful than anything you have ever seen. But with the flesh working against you in negative feelings and with the satanic powers working against the promises of God, some people just get on the wayside. But this word and the anointing preached here tonight is health to your body and your flesh. It is life to those that take it into the midst of their hearts.
So tonight, you cannot save yourself. God has already saved you. You cannot heal yourself. God has already healed you. You’ve got to believe that and the process takes place immediately. He doesn’t die each time somebody gets saved. That’s already done and He rose from the grave. His back is not beaten each time somebody gets healed; that’s already occurred. So it is finished and that process is working within you by the power of faith as the Holy Spirit begins to move. Oh! He is all over me now. He is all over you in the audience. He is just wonderful.
PRAYER FOR THE SICK AND TESTIMONIES FOLLOWED
Wisdom | Neal Frisby’s Sermon CD#1781 | 01/04/81 PM