Some months back the man of God made a statement. This statement stuck with me. Nothing happens without a sacrifice. This is the title this morning. Everything in the kingdom requires a sacrifice. You can’t obtain anything worth having without a level of sacrifice. If you’re not willing to sacrifice to get it then that is revelation that you’re not ready for it.
Lately the Lord has been speaking to us concerning honor. It is not by coincidence that honor is being echoed at this particular moment, at this particular time, in this particular season and in this particular climate. Honor is not only vital, it is a commandment from God. For the last two Sundays the Lord has been sharing concerning principles of honor. If you haven’t had to chance to I strongly urge you to go YouTube search Panorama Christian Centers page and go over those messages. Even if you have heard the messages go over the again. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Lady Kathy has blessed us with principles of honor while Apostle helps us to see the process. I want to bring out one of the principles that was shared. This is Principle #3 There’s nothing in life you will sacrifice for or commit to if you don’t have a sense of value towards it. Sacrifice - the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone; The act of giving up something highly valued for the sake of something else considered to have a greater value or claim Synonyms: Deduction Reparation Offering Genesis 4:3-4 (NKJV) And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, In other words God accepted Abel’s sacrifice. By the mere fact that the scripture explains that God accepted Abel’s offering evidently God does not accept any offering or any sacrifice. Genesis 4:5-7 (NKJV) but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. God is saying, I’m not a respecter of person. If you meet the requirement and give me the sacrifice I desire instead of you giving Me what you want to give Me you will be accepted also. Acts 10:34-35 (NLT) Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. Who will God accept? Those fear Him and do what is right. What did Abel do? Abel feared God and he did what was right. What was the revelation that he feared God and that he did what was right? God accepting his offering In the Genesis 4 NLT version it states that the Lord did not accept Cain and his gift. Going back to the principle that was shared in the service. You don’t give a gift based on what you like, you give gifts based on what the recipient of that gift likes. Accept-consent to receive (a thing offered); believe or come to recognize (an opinion, explanation, etc.) as valid or correct.
We are called to sacrifice our bodies Romans 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Let’s look at it in another translation Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Last week we were blessed with several messages concerning faith, grace and putting your faith into action A couple of years ago we use to have 5 am Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During our Tuesday night Bible Study I remember the man of God sharing something with us in the service. By the grace of God what He shared caused me to see something I didn’t see before. Here he is the man of God who is constantly going before God to see what He wants to share with the people, the man of God who praying, warring and battling not only for Him and His family but for the congregation and even those who are no longer a part of the congregation, those who have betrayed Him and assassinated His that that the Lord will bring before Him and He is the first one at church for prayer. That shouldn’t be. That very same night on our way going home my wife and I made a decision that we were going to start getting the church before Apostle, to be ready to serve with whatever He needed. Now we didn’t know what time He arrived at the church so every morning we would go earlier and earlier until we arrived there before Him. We realized that we would have to get up at 2:00 am in order to be the first ones there. After our Tuesday Night Bible Study we typically wouldn’t get home until almost 10:30 pm- 11:00 pm and by the time we get ready for bed it would be almost midnight. From 5 am Prayer I would go straight to work and usually work 12 hours or more. Imagine working 12 hours off of a 2 1/2 hour nap. At first I was exhausted. The man of God encouraged me to believe God to wake us up in the morning supernaturally refreshed no matter how many hours of sleep we get. I still exercise that to this day. You see as we stepped out by faith the grace of God came and caused us to get up refreshed and His grace is still working today in us. You see many of us think that it is sleep that refreshes us. How many have made this statement that “ If I don’t get at least 6 hours or 7 hours or 8 hours of sleep then I’ll be tired?” It is not sleep that refreshes you, renews you, reinvigorate you, It’s the Lord Isaiah 40:30-31 (NLT) Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. We are called to sacrifice our emotions Romans 12:20-21 (MSG) Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. You are called to lose sight of your emotions so that so that someone else might experience the goodness of the Father. Did not 1 Peter mention to honor all people 1 Peter 2:17 (NKJV) Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 1 Peter 2:17 (NLT) Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king. Gad the Prophet came to David and told him to go to build an altar to the Lord on threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite so that the plague would stop. Araunah suggested that David just take what He wanted but listen to David’s reply. II Samuel 24:24-25 (NKJV) Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel. David was aware that a sacrifice doesn’t qualify as a sacrifice if it cost you nothing. Last year we went on a 40 day fast. I had never done a fast that long and it was a liquid fast. I remember when the man of God announced that he was fasting for 40 days, I made a decision that I’m going with the man of God but them thoughts was like 40 days??? For me that was confirmation that yep I need this! I believed that the same God that wakes me up supernaturally refreshed regardless of how much sleep I get or don’t get would sustain me. Because He sustains you doesn’t mean challenges won’t come. I’ve shared before that during that fast in the middle of praise and worship I had to drag myself to the bathroom because all of a sudden I became so weak and started sweating profusely. I pretty much just sat there in the bathroom and spoke life to my body until that thing broke. It was during that same fast that I lost almost 40 pounds. I recall one morning after the prayer line getting up too fast suddenly becoming very dizzy and the next thing you know I passed out. Thank God I landed on the bed and not the floor. It was during that same time that because I had lost so much weight you could see the bone in my face and my boss with serious concerns came up to me and said are you ok? He kept me and He brought me through and He blessed me. You see it is not what you eat or what you drink that nourishes your body. The food you eat is not what will satisfy you it is the Lord. Your dinner or your lunch is not what will keep you full it is the Lord. Psalms 121:5 in the NKJV version says the Lord is my keeper. You see when I mentioned earlier those thoughts that were going through my mind concerning the 40 day fast. Those thoughts that I had to reject just like Cain was rejected. They were centered around this natural realm. How can I maintain strength and energy if I’m not eating? The answer to that question was provided in Psalms 121, the Lord is my keeper. It is He that sustains me not food. He is my substance not what I eat. You see when I trust natural sources then I limit myself to natural results but if I make a decision to trust my supernatural source, my Father, my Lord, my Master then I can faith that the outcome will be supernatural. In other words the natural will produce the natural which itself, while the supernatural will produce the supernatural. In 1 Kings 19 Elijah is fleeing from Jezebel, he is in the wilderness. It is at this point in the wilderness that he prays to God to die. He is asking God that he die but it is enough. There are times where if we are focused on the situation that’s before us it seems to be too much. It may be too much for me however it is not too much for Him. 1 Kings 19:5-8 (NLT) Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. Right when Elijah was ready to throw in the towel the supernatural showed. If he would have given up He would have missed an opportunity to experience God. This reminds me of an powerful message I recently heard. I believe the title was Losers Never Win And Winners Never Quit. Going back to the principle. There’s nothing in life you will sacrifice for or commit to if you don’t have a sense of value towards it. I will never be able to sense the value of something if my eyes have not been opened to see the true value. For those who choose to we are preparing for this 10 day fast of Awe. I am excited and I am in the spirit of expectation. The Lord has confirmed that this is a pivotal time for this nation and for the world. If we don’t believe and see the significance of the timing and this fast we will not be willing to sacrifice and give our all to Him. There’s a term used in poker if I’m not mistaken. “I’m all in”. What that means is that I’m willing to sacrifice it all because I can’t lose. Will you make a decision to be all in today? Our future and the future of our children and children’s children and our children’s children children depend on it