Speaker: Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj
Genesis 24:64 “Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel.”
Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”
There must be an agreement between the bride and the bridegroom whereby there is unity and a covenant of joining together.
Matthew 21:1-5 “As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Revelation 19:8 “Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
1 John 4:17 “In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like Him.”
1 Timothy 6:16 “Who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen.”
Hebrews 12:29 “…for our ‘God is a consuming fire.”
Psalms 29 “Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in His temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.”
God is a pure light, consuming fire, great commanding authoritative voice.
1 Timothy 3:16 “Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”
Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”
Revelation 4 & 5
Philippians 2:6-8 “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
1. To walk in humility (lowliness and meekness)
One of the greatest lie of devil is this: “No matter how filthy you live but by just confessing the name of the Lord Jesus, you can enter the kingdom of heaven. Why? Because God knows that is your weakness, you’re bond with it”, Satan will say.
Leviticus 18 says that homosexual/gay lifestyle is an abomination in the sight of God. But in other countries people would say, “That is not wrong, it is an alternative lifestyle because God made you like that,” they’d say.
Have you ever seen a gay dog or a lesbian monkey or a homosexual donkey? Nowhere in natural creation will you find gay/homosexuality because all those animals have common sense. They don’t need 6th sense like us. Just a simple common sense that a male can’t mate with a male, common sense. Every creation knows that male can’t mate with a male and a female with another female. The animals know this very well. Look at the plant life; even they know this very well. The creation knows this very well except men who believe in alternative lifestyle. And there are gay pastors, gay bishops, and gay churches. I tell you in all humility that you will never ever find a gay Hindu temple, a gay Buddhist monastery nor gay Muslim mosque. If you claim that they are wrong, why is it that their lifestyles are godlier than yours? Why is it that they know that this is abomination? And why is that we don’t know? Simply because we are under a great delusion. Why is it that the people whom we labeled as heathens can live a godly life or holy life and we who claim who follow the One and true living God lives such a filthy unclean lifestyle?
2. Seeking not to be known – sign of humility.
In Buddhism, there is a teaching called Nirvana which means you take out all the senses and the desires within you until the very desire itself is extinguished. When that person reached that stage that person reaches union in Nirvana and enlightenment opens up. When that person dies, his soul become part of the cosmic universe and becomes nothing. Which means a person struggles so hard in this world to become nothing!
Christians struggle so hard to become well known whilst the Buddhist brothers seek to become nothing. What is the principle? Working very hard to be not known. The self is extinguished. This is humility.
The day you conquered the I-self, me-self and my-self is the day you become a true Christian because that is the nature of your bridegroom. Lowliness means “humiliation and low state” in Greek while meekness means “consist not in a person’s outward behavior only nor yet in his relations to his fellowmen, rather it is an inward grace of the soul. It is the caution of the spirit in which we accept God’s dealings with us for good without murmuring, disputing or resisting; to put this in one word it means gentleness.
1 Peter 3:4 “Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Proverbs 16:5 “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: they will not go unpunished.”
Pride is the greatest of all sins.
Ezekiel 28:2 “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “In the pride of your heart you say, ‘I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.’ But you are a man not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.”
Obadiah 1:3 “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’”
Jeremiah 49:16 “The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the Lord.” This tells us that pride deceives your heart because it creates false humility. Outwardly it may give you an impression that you are humble but inwardly it is inflated with pride. You may not know it unless and until the all seeing eyes of God illumines it.
How to recognize that you have pride?
If you ever feel offended or hurt, it means pride. If not as big as a giant at least as small as an ant. But even ants run everywhere enough to destroy you. Why do we feel offended? Because we are conscious of our reputation. That is why when Jesus walk on this earth He said, He counted not His reputation. If you want to be clothed with humility, take down that stupid and good for nothing reputation of yours and put it on the floor. It can’t save you and you can’t even bring your name up to heaven. It will remain in this earth on the tombstone. Not even all the wealth in this earth.
If while you’re alive you have the opportunity to do good and when you refuse to do good, when you die what good is all dead if your coffin with all your money be buried? What’s the use? You can’t take it to the underworld. It will become illegal counterfeit money. You will need money printed in hell.
Tonight, if we can just be absolutely sincere and honest, you’ll just bow down and look into this heart of yours, you can see there’s a lot of pride.
Pride is the root cause to strife, contentions, divisions, murmurings, backbiting, and self-dependent attitudes.
Why do you want to talk about somebody else? Because of your pride. There is pride inside us. We want to gossip, we want to backbite, we want to create strife. This is a very serious disease in the bride’s life.
If you go around having an air of attitude that your pastor doesn’t recognize your talents or your church leadership doesn’t recognize your potentials. What is that attitude? RECOGNITION! Recognition is an outward manifestation of inward pride.
When you are truly clothed with humility, you don’t even realize that you exist because that “I” is no more there. The self is extinguished. One time, a prophet friend of mine share his spiritual visitation in heaven with two ministering spirits in heaven telling him that pride in the eyes of God is the greatest of all sins. Even God can forgive adultery. Let’s suppose you commit adultery hundred times and you turn to God, He can still forgive you…but don’t take this as a license to commit adultery because if you knowingly do that you’ll end up in the flames of heal. Even if a person does that God will still be merciful with kindness to overlook that because of the weakness of human flesh. But one thing that God can’t tolerate is pride.
Isaiah 57:15 God dwells with the humble people with lowly, meek and with contrite heart.
Matthew 18:4 “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Sin no more. Live a holy life. Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
Matthew 23:12 “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Every pride that you overcome in your life increases the presence of God in your life.
Why was the Lord Jesus Christ able to be filled with the Holy Spirit beyond measure? Because the Lord Jesus Christ was totally dead to “I”.
The very fact that He came to this earth qualify Him to receive the Spirit without measure because He put on humiliation.
John 3:34 “For the one that God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”
The bride of Jesus Christ must walk in humility like the bridegroom. If two can’t agree together how can they walk? If you claim to be the bride whose waiting for the rapture of the church with great love, I warn you tonight except you become converted and humble yourself as a little child, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!