This is a transcript of the sermon by Doyle Williams from January 15, 2012. Listen to the sermon audio HERE.
Thanks for coming back to the Trinity Press website. I would like to explain how this is actually an answer to prayer. If you go back into this website you’ll find the sermons dated around 2008, where they start, but this website’s history goes farther back than that.
He said “God’s answering my prayer, isn’t this great because here I am in Illinois, and yet the things that God has used me to teach these men is now being taught in other countries.” I was like that is just so cool, so amazing, and I remember praying, saying God, I don’t know how you can do this. It’s just beyond my abilities because I was never called to be a “TV evangelist” and I wasn’t going to rise to great glory and heights or anything like that. I had always thought I would be working in small churches in Southern Illinois, which is what I’m doing. And yet I prayed and said God, please, somehow use my ministry, use me, to make a change in the lives of the people all over this world.
Even years after that I remember buying a globe of the earth and praying. I started turning it every day and I would pray for the different countries. I would put my finger on it and say God, bless the Christians in that country, or put Christians in that country, or raise up Christians in that country, or strengthen the Christians you already have in that country. I would pray for these countries, and in the back of my mind I was still thinking God, somehow, I would like you to use me to impact these other countries. How he was going to do it I didn’t know but here it is decades later and these teachings that God has given me and let me share with other people have been put on the Internet If you look down on the Trinity Press website, down at the bottom lefthand corner, there is a cluster map. It’s just a map of the world with all these little red dots all over it. The red dots represent people who have come to this website at least once, and some of them have returned.
This map, as you look at it today, has been cleared once. This map and the previous one had shown that there was actually a red dot on every continent of the world except Antarctica and some of them had repeats. People had come back again to the site more than once, and I was just blown away when it dawned on me, this is God’s way of answering that prayer that was prayed all those decades ago. I just praise God for anybody that’s getting anything from what we’re doing here, that Jesus would be glorified and lifted up and more people would come to him and be strengthened and understanding the grace of God and what Jesus accomplished for us.
It’s just phenomenal, but part of the idea that I want to get out here is God hears our prayers and although it may take decades to make everything work so He can accomplish an answer to prayer, He still is answering prayers. So make the prayers you pray today big, make them grand. Ask God to do great things. It might be beyond your lifetime, but He will still answer our prayers because it says the fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much, and you’re a righteous person. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior and you trust him, all of your sins have been washed away and He has given you the gift of righteousness.
It’s not something you earn, it’s a gift. He didn’t say how you had to get the righteousness, He just says the fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much. So, if you’re a Christian you’re righteous, and if you will pray fervently your prayers can actually change this world. That’s what I want to share, but please bear with me as I chase this down a little bit farther.
Also on the right-hand side of the Trinity Press site you will see a little Twitter thing that got started. I’m not into this kind of stuff so I hadn’t Tweeted. My first Tweet was up there and I was talking about Matthew 18, verse 19. It says, and Jesus is talking, “Again, I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
This verse, combined with Twitter, has just opened up things tremendously because I don’t have to round up some Christian friend of mine and say, “Oh, we’ve got to go pray. ” Christ didn’t say there’s that one promise if two or more gather together there am I amidst, but this promise is for any two of us, anyone on the face of the earth. If we agreed on a subject and ask it will be done for us by our Father in heaven. So that’s what this whole Twitter thing is about. For me it’s like wow, I can post something up there and just say would somebody out there pray for this, agree with me, and let’s ask God to answer and see God’s amazing grace and how God can work this all out.
If you’ll bear with me, please stay with me just a little bit. On this idea of where two or more people agree on anything; in Genesis chapter 11, verse 6, it’s the part where the Tower of Babel is being built and the Lord comes down. In verse 5 it says; The Lord came down, and now this is Genesis chapter 11, verse 5, The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built and the Lord said “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do, and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.”
He is saying that man is capable of great things, but remember all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and the word sinned is hamartia in Greek. It means to have missed the mark. You know, you’re shooting for some particular target and you miss it. You just don’t quite make it. So, while man has accomplished amazing feats throughout history, and as the computer also opens up the door for this Twitter idea that I’m talking about, it also opens up the door for this exchange of ideas. So once again mankind is becoming one and there is nothing that can restrain them from doing anything they put their mind to. As they try to put their mind to stuff it will be imperfect, therefore it will be failing. It will not always turn out to be an absolute positive, so God says we’ve got to disrupt their language so that they can’t talk to each other and slow this process down.
But God wants the church to be in agreement, and God wants us as a church. Ephesians chapter 2, verses 5-9; Even when we were dead in sins hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved) And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not by works lest any man should boast.
The reason I bring that up in connection with the whole Tower of Babel idea is that there are things that man has accomplished for good but used for bad. We have nuclear power and we turned it to bombs. We have medicine and yet they just created a new influenza virus that’s the scourge that nobody has a cure for. As one man finds something that is a positive or could be used for a positive, other people grab it and twist it to something very negative, very deadly actually.
He wants us, as a church, in the Ephesians story to be the object of His grace. He wants us to sit with Christ so that He can lavish His grace upon us and we will be that object so that the angelic host, the demonic host, the spiritual host, that throughout all the ages to come He can show His great riches of His grace towards us. Now He doesn’t want it to be a Tower of Babel thing, which is something we struggle to put together ourselves to our own glory, to the glory of mankind. He wants us, as Christians, to come together, trust in Him, trust in Christ, and be seated. Now that’s a position of rest, not striving and working to make an accomplishment of our own, but rather trusting in Him that He will accomplish great and marvelous things and whowy zowy totally impress the angelic force. Then we will be blessed through this ourselves because of the great things that He has done for us.
So what I’m trying to say is I’m hoping that we as a group and a people as believers can agree. I’ll send out Tweets and ask you to pray for some particular thing, and if just two of us can come together in agreement, for the things that God will do for us because we trusted His word. The people of the Tower of Babel were doing this for their own glory and yet we understand that if Christ be lifted up that He will draw all men into himself and the idea of people coming to him would actually change the course of history, where Christ is there is peace, there is joy, there are the fruits of the spirit, and it’s just such a blessing. We all know that.
If we, as a church, come together in agreement, we’re called together to the obedience of faith, not to the obedience of like works. In Romans chapter 1, verse 5, By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name. And then again it says in Romans 16:26, But now is made manifest, and by the scripture of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.
As Christians we’re not called to obedience of the work of the law because by the law no man is justified. We’re called to obedience of faith. We’re to be trusting in him. Through this obedience of faith is how we are to overcome the spiritual powers. You know, it says we’re not struggling against flesh and blood but against principalities and spiritual powers of darkness.
So we’re to do that not by our own efforts and what we work, or what we work up, but rather by what we agree to in resting with Christ in that position. As I was reading in Ephesians about being in Christ, seated with him, and letting God demonstrate His grace, His favor to us, so that even the spiritual powers themselves will be amazed and awestruck by His favor toward us. Something which, evidently, they don’t quite grasp or understand because it says they long to look upon what God is doing for us.
Now, we the church, this is how we overcome, that faith has been given to us, and as we hold onto that faith and keep holding onto it even though it takes decades, God will change and order things in this world in order to answer our prayers.
Now, I would like to compare this to something about Moses. Moses said in Exodus chapter 33, verse 17-23, And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on those I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you shall see my back; but my face you must not see.”
So even Moses, as great as he was as a minister of the law, under that law he could not see the glory and the face of God but rather all he could see was God’s back as God was moving away from him, the fading glory, because by the law no man is justified.
In Luke, the gospel, Jesus is the son of God, the very God of very God, and Jesus is on his way in this portion of scripture to heal Jairus’ daughter, and as he is going along it says in verse 43, And a woman having an issue of blood for twelve years had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came up behind him and touched the border of his garment and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, “Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee and sayest thou, who touched me?” And Jesus said, “Somebody hath touched me for I perceive that virtue has gone out of me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, “Daughter, be of good comfort. Thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” While he yet spoke there cometh from them the ruler of the synagogue’s house saying, “Thy daughter is dead.“
Now, we know the rest of the story. He raises the little girl from death, but what this is talking about here is she approached Jesus in faith and touched him and received that touching. She came from behind him and touched him, but Jesus came in truth and grace and wasn’t going to let her just see the back parts of the glory of God. He stopped, turned around and faced her and then said to her, “Thy faith has made thee whole; go in peace.”
So the whole idea is I believe under grace we are not to just see the glory of God as it recedes off into the distance from us, but by faith when we touch Him, He turns and faces us, go in peace. Not go in discomfort, not go in condemnation, but have peace. We have peace with God. Where Moses saw God’s glory fading, those of us who are under grace, by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, by His blood were made righteous, we get to see the presence of God facing us just like this lady did. We should seek to face the presence of God. The following are some Old Testament scriptures;
1 Chronicles 16:11. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.
2 Chronicles 7:14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.
Psalm 24:6. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face.
Psalm 27:8. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
Psalm 105:4. Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
And then there is another one that says, To diligently seek thy face, and I have found thee.
This whole idea of we are to do this in faith, not based upon our righteousness but based upon his kindness, I will have compassion upon whom I will have compassion, I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy, but we as the people who are under the grace and not under the law, we are to seek his face and ask him….you know Moses asked to see the glory and under the law, as a representative of the law, he saw the glory pulling away, but we through Christ are to seek the face of God, and we should be able to experience His face smiling upon us, His countenance coming up on us in faith, and we should experience that God doesn’t want us to be just seeing His back parts, He wants us to see His presence in our lives.
What I’m trying to get across with all this is basically this idea; here we are with this web site, here we are with people all over the world and if we could just come together and agree on some very specific things and ask God, and seek His face on that subject, He can turn to us and say your faith has made you whole, your faith has caused me to turn and look upon you and to smile upon you, and to answer your prayers. We can have an impact on this world. We the Christians of the world can impact this world for great change if we will trust in Jesus Christ and come together. So I am gong to try to use the Twitter as times of sharing scripture and prayer requests so that God can use us and that’s not just me, that’s everyone out there, this Twitter ministry, to impact this world for Jesus Christ in a positive way so that people will see the glory of our God and our savior Jesus Christ and be totally amazed.
Shall we pray. Father, in the name of Jesus I ask once again, you’ve answered the prayers of the past, and you’ve used this ministry all over the world. Father, we now ask that you unite the people from all over this world through this ministry that Christ will be glorified and lifted up, that you would find individuals and the word will go out and that word will spring forth not with great joy and then fade but rather take great root within them and become a movement, become a changing force in this world, a force that points to the light of Jesus Christ and that the darkness would be scattered. Father, we ask it all in Jesus’ name. Lead us, guide us and direct us. Hear our prayers and glorify your son through us. We’re trusting you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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