Priscilla Shirer brings a powerful word to She Rises conference about living a life worthy of God’s calling, and understanding the value of a true encounter with God. This video was brought to you by TBN Networks® WATCH full Praise episodes for free on the TBN app:

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more than anything else the enemy wants


disconnected from the privilege of

hearing the voice of God y’all this is

what separates our faith from every

other so-called faith on the face of the

Earth it’s that our God is

alive it’s that he speaks it’s that we

have the privilege to hear his voice

never downplay or minimize the value the

beauty the lavish Grace of this

privilege that we have to hear the voice


God there was a commercial that came to

my mind it’s a honeynut Cheerios

commercial this lady’s got a hairnet on

she’s been working in the factory all

day long they’re interviewing her and

she says you know I’m just like regular

Mom working moms sometimes after work I

got to go to the grocery store so I do I

run my errands I go to the grocery store

and she says sometimes I’m walking down

the aisleway in GR in the grocery store

just one aisle after the other and every

aisle I go down I see people

going they’re wondering why they why

they can smell what to them smells like

fresh bread baking somewhere or cookies

somewhere and then she said every now

and then I’ll walk past and I’ll just

put people out of their misery and tell

them hey you’re just smelling

me because I smell like the environment

I’ve been in all


day so when we leave from a place like

this we go back into our homes and our

jobs and our neighborhoods and our high

schools and our universities and people

are just like where you

been something different about

you you smell like the environment

you’ve been in all

day Lord Jesus I thank you for this

place that is permeating with the

fragrance of your presence I thank you

Father in jesus’ name that our lives

will have the resid do of your presence

on them that father from this place we

will never ever be the same again we are

your daughters Lord and we are coming

over your word now to hear a fresh word

straight from the mouth of God lord I am

so glad that everybody else in this room

is here but I didn’t come to see

everybody else I came to see you and so

Lord I asking that you would open up the

windows of heaven and come down and

speak to your daughters we are listening

in jesus’ name everybody agreed when

they said

amen amen you may take your

seats years and years ago man my babies

were little I remember this because I

traveled to Memphis on one particular

occasion and I remember this because I

was exhausted I was so tired um you know

my kids were small at the time and I

happened to take this particular trip uh

by myself and I traveled to Memphis and

I remember being so excited when the

lady picked me up from the airport that

was a part of the church that I was

going to be ministering at she took me

to from the airport to the hotel it was

an early evening I was so glad anybody

ever been glad to just go to bed at 8:00

p.m. I could not wait I laid down in the

bed ready to get a good night of sleep

and I was jolted awake about 2:00 3:00

in the morning because there was a train

that went by right outside the window of

our hotel the conductor of the train was

sitting on the horn as the long train

blazed right outside of the hotel where

I was sleeping I sat straight up in bed

sort of alarmed by the noise went and

looked out of the window and realized

that literally the train tracks were

right there and it was one of those very

long trains with a lot of cars that went

whisking by it took a while for the

train to finally pass by and settle I

tried to go uh back to sleep as best I

could lady came back to pick me up that

particular morning because the

conference started I had to be there

very early in the morning so it was

about 6:30 or so anyway that I was going

to have to get up and get dressed and

get ready for a 7:15 or 7:30 pickup and

so I got in the car and I didn’t really

really say anything no big deal we had a

great day at the conference I went back

to sleep that night thinking of course

that the night before had been a fluke

and that that train wasn’t coming by

again went to sleep about 8:30 900 p.m.

so glad to get a good full night of

sleep but 3:00 a.m. you guessed it that

train went roaring by right outside the

window I sat straight up in bed not

believing that this was happening again

and I couldn’t even get back to sleep

that night I couldn’t wait for that

sweet lady to come pick me up the next

morning I sat down in the car and I said

so hey did you know that there is a

train that goes by about 3:00 in the

morning at least the last two mornings

that that I’ve been here that train has

gone by in the middle of the night woken

me straight up out of my sleep and she

had this look of complete compl horror

and regret written all over her face she

said I am so sorry I didn’t even think

about the fact that that train goes by

because those of us who live in this

community have grown so used to the

sound of the train that it doesn’t even

occur to us when it’s passing through

anymore it occurs to me that those of us

who live particularly in this western

part of the world where the presence of

God has been so lavishly given to us

where on every street corner we see

another church with a pastor that

preaches the good news of Jesus Christ

where we can turn on Christian radio

stations or go across town to the

Christian bookstore where we live as

women in a day and age and generation

where there have never been ever in

history so many bible study resources by

women for women could it be that we’ve

grown so used to the blessing ing of the

presence of God that when the train of

God’s glory Falls when God’s presence

comes and marks and and and permeates

our presence that we don’t even

recognize it

anymore that God has so blessed us that

we’re too blessed for our own

good that we don’t see the Fingerprints

of God in our lives that when there’s

even just a hint of disappointment or

discouragement or frustration or

irritation in our that we are blinded to

the fact that even when things are dark

the light of God’s presence can still be

found if we’ll just open up our

eyes may we never be desensitized to the

presence of

God and if you have your Bibles and you

want to look with me at a passage of

scripture I’ll just read it to you that

I want to point out today if you still

you know actually use a Bible with paper

Pages like I do or your iPhone your iPad

any manner of of iness is fine in Luke

chap 2 there are a group of people who

are about to be in the presence of God

and they’re not even going to recognize

it I will tell you as you turn to Luke

Chapter 2 that the author Luke wrote

this gospel and recorded these stories

really to show us how to have an

encounter with Jesus to not miss him

when his presence is near and by the way

this is our goal as Believers this is

the reason why he died on the cross of

Calvary so that we could not just know

about him but so that we can encounter

him we’re not just supposed to read in

the Old Testament about how he divided

the Red Sea or caused the walls of

Jericho to come tumbling down or met

with a man named Moses in the form of a

burning bush or showed up as the angel

of the Lord in a wine press while a

fearful timid Gideon was beating out

wine uh threshing wheat rather in that

wine press we’re not just supposed to

read about others that had an encounter

with Jesus we’re not just supposed to

see and applaud and experience the

testimonies of other people they’re

supposed to encourage us to realize that

if regular folks like that can encounter

him so can we and Luke comes along and

he writes story after Story in his

gospel to show us that we can have an

encounter with Jesus these people that

he is writing to and that he’s writing

about we’re in a time of national Decay

there is chaos happening and swirling

around them morally and socially and you

and I can relate to that because they

were not just in a time of national

Decay so are

we our country is in a state of more

social de Decay and decline than we’ve

ever seen before and the more God is

marginalized and segmented to the

periphery of society the worse things

are going to get the more he is

completely ignored and disregarded the

more we’re going to see the influx of

chaos and destruction but today I don’t

want y’all to worry about the White

House I want to get to your

house I want to talk about the

destruction and the Decay happening

maybe underneath the roof of your own

home Luke is writing not just then but

now to people who need a

savior folks who are waiting on a hero

to show up and rescue them from the

plight of their own circumstances Luke

was writing to them but by the Holy

Spirit he is writing to us today for any

of you who are in a state of decline in

some area of your life where we’re

seeing against the backdrop of Darkness

this need we have for the Savior to

manifest himself for us to not just know

about him from afar applauding him in

the testimonies of other people but if

anybody wants to experience him

themselves then Luke is writing to you

and I want somebody to know this today

that sometimes sometimes your

difficulties are less about the Enemy

being against you and more about God

wanting you to show wanting to show you

what it looks like when he is for

you sometimes it’s about him finally

wanting his daughter’s eyes to be open

so that when he shows up they’re

sensitive enough to see him Luke 2:

25 says and behold there was a man in

Jerusalem whose name was Simeon this man

was righteous and devout and looking for

the consolation he was looking looking

for some hope y’all looking for the

consolation of Israel and the Holy

Spirit was upon him and it had been

revealed to him by the holy spirit that

he would not see death before he had

seen the Lord’s Christ and he came in

the spirit into the temple and when the

parents brought in the Child Jesus to

carry out for him the custom of the law

he took Jesus he went over to this

couple grabbed this 40-day old child

into his arms and he blessed blessed God

and said now Lord you can let your

servant depart in peace because

according to Thy word my eyes have seen

your salvation you have prepared your

salvation in the presence of all the

people a light of Revelation the glory

of thy People Israel and Mary and Joseph

they were amazed at the things that were

being said about their son Jesus Christ

here on this occasion Mary and Joseph

have come into the temple for um the

purification ceremony it was traditional

it was ceremonial that about 40 days

after a baby was born and the

purification process had taken place

that the parents of a new baby would

bring their baby into the temple to

offer specific sacrifices a burnt

offering a sin offering um and just to

present their child to the Lord now

traditionally when folks came into the

temple they would bring sacrifices and

if you look back into the Book of

Leviticus the details of those

sacrifices are given they would need to

have a pigeon for a particular sacrifice

they would need to have a lamb for

another sacrifice and there is a caveat

I’m just going to take a little Rabbit

Trail for a second because I love that

y’all like rabbit

Trails there’s a little caveat given in

Luke Leviticus chap 12 that says that if

someone is not wealthy enough if they do

not have the resources to actually

purchase a land for this sacrifice that

they actually can just bring two pigeons

and I didn’t read all the details here

but a few verses earlier than where we

started in verse 25 it tells us that

Mary and Joseph come into the temple

with two pigeons or two Turtle dos they

they don’t have a lamb which indicates

to us that they have expended so much of

their resources that they are in a state

of poverty at least enough that they

were not able to afford their own lamb

they’ve got two pigeons it’s all they

had to bring on this occasion as they

bring their new baby into the Tabernacle

to present him to the Lord they’ve got

these two pigeons which means that when

they walked into the temple people would

have looked at them and recognized them

as a couple that was um in that had

insufficient funds as a couple that was

lacking as a poor couple they would have

been looked down upon people would have

marginalize them because they did not

have the accoutrements of wealth that

everybody else in the building had so

they did not have a lamb and yet they

have in their possession the lamb that

takes away the sins of the world can I

just say to anybody who is in the room

and you felt like an outcast because you

don’t wear what everybody else wears you

can’t afford to drive what everybody

else drives you you don’t have the

resources to live in the neighborhood

where everybody else lives listen my

friend even if you do not have a lamb

you might be in the perfect position to

make sure you have intimacy with the

lamb who takes away the sins of the

world and can I tell you that sometimes

it is our our affluence that keeps us

from having the Lamb of God in our grasp

intimacy and fellowship with him like

never before the people that I have met

that have more of an intrical intimate

ongoing fervent passionate relationship

with Jesus Christ they are not the

people sometimes that live in the

Mansion on the hill it’s the people in a

Hut in a village with thatched rooms and

dirt floors who have in their

desperation had an encounter with Jesus

Christ and y’all I have met people in

third world countries who pray for

us oh they pray for us they feel bad for

us because they say we pray anemic

self-centered prayers they listen to our

prayers that are so focused on having

more Comfort than we already have where

in their desperation they have met with

Jesus they have seen him with their own

eyes they have been marked by the

presence of God they have watched God

show up in so much Splendor and they

want that for

us so sometimes when we can afford our


lamb it pushes out the opportunity and

the margin that should be reserved for


lamb comfortable people pray anemic



desperation it’s

insufficiency it’s lack its emptiness

when you find yourself in that state

where like Mary and Joseph you don’t

have enough to buy your own lamb anymore

that might be the perfect setup for your

encounter with the Lamb of God and so

they are coming into the temple with the

lamb he’s in their arms they walk in to


temple y’all they’re at

church there’s a group of people

including religious leaders Pharisees

and Sadducees that have all gathered

around probably hundreds of people all

carrying their sacrifices that have

joined in on this

occasion and they’ve been waiting all of

these people have been waiting on the

Messiah they’ve been waiting for the

kingdom of God to be at hand they’ve

been waiting on a king to ride in on a

white horse and to redeem them from all

that has been lost all they’ve lost as a

nation they’ve been waiting for somebody

to rescue them from the oppression of

Rome they have been looking for a

hero and the hero comes in and they do

not recognize him they are at

church and they do not recognize the

presence of

God the reason why is because he has

come in a package that they do not

prefer he has come in a package that

does not align with their expectations

and so because he does not look like

what they wanted him to look like about

what they had in their own estimation

prepared as the package that would be in

their estimation the best package for

the king to arrive because their

circumstance does not look like an he

has not appeared the way that they

prefer they downplay the Messiah when he

arrives I want want to submit to you

that Jesus is there in this difficult

moment in your marriage in this trying

moment in your finances in this struggle

on your job in this uh difficulty in

this relationship you’re rubbing Corners

with your boss or your spouse or this

struggle you’re having on your

University campus or in your high school

campus this hard time that you are

having he is there he just may have come

in the package you don’t

prefer and that often times the

fingerprint of God are not recognized

not because he’s not there it is just

because the expectation we have set up

about what he looks like and how he will

speak and how he will move the prayer

request the solution that he will bring

doesn’t align with the prayer requests

that we have prayed we have boxed God

into the way we want him to answer

instead of believing that his ways are

not our ways and his thoughts are not

our thoughts as high as the heavens are

above the Earth that’s how high his

thoughts are above our own and so we box

God in when we say Lord answer my

request in this particular way do you

know that you limit not God but you

limit I limit our experience of God when

we say Lord answer my request exactly

this way I have learned to pray here

Lord is my request you said that I can

make it known here’s how I would like to

see you move in my circumstance thank

you Lord that I can come boldly and make

my request known so I’ve made my request

but at the end of that prayer I’ve

learned to pray Lord do it or do


better because do you know there are

categories of options that our brain

doesn’t even know are available and

accessible to us and if we limit God to

what we can think and what we see as the

way we have not even considered the

categories of opport

that this Divine holy Almighty being has

accessible to him y’all he’s not just

thinking about you he’s thinking about

your children and your grandchildren and

your great grandchildren and those that

are to come and how his kingdom purposes

are going to be outworked in this

generation and so on this occasion the

Messiah shows up and nobody recognizes

him except somebody say except

ex except a guy named

Simeon he had been told and

promised just like we have that we he

would see the Manifest presence of God

he’d been told it he’d been promised

just like we’ve been promised because of

our relationship with God through Christ

Jesus and the Holy Spirit indwelling us

that we will see the Fingerprints of God

working in our lives this is called the

Manifest presence of God it is unique to

omnipresence omnipresence means that God

is everywhere all at the same time I’m

so grateful for God’s omnipresence

because God’s omnipresence means that

when I fly back to Dallas where I live

when my new friends that I just met from

Uganda fly back to where they live um

that when you all fly back to whever it

is you’ve come from whether all over

different areas of California or afar it

means that no matter where we go he is

as much with me as he is with you

because he is omn

present but if you’re anything like me

you’re grateful for his Omni presence

but you want more than that you want the

manifested presence of God I’m talking

about where you can look back over your

circumstances and realize that his

fingerprints were all throughout that

thing I’m talking about where you can

see footprints in the sand as you

actually recognize that God was walking

beside you the whole way I’m talking

about what other people call coincidence

encounters you see The Sovereign hand of

God that was aligning your footsteps and

setting you in the right place at the

exact right time the Manifest presence

of God I wanted to know what made

simeon’s eyes open to recognize what

nobody else in this scenario did I

figured whatever opened up his eyes

might open up our eyes as well are you

ready three things that I want to point

out to you it says in verse 26 about

Simeon it says that it had been actually

verse 25 I want to start there there was

a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon

he he was righteous devout looking for

the consolation of Israel we could spend

a whole lot of time in those three but

here’s where I want to hearten the Holy

Spirit was upon

him the Holy Spirit was upon him it

says that he came into the temple verse

27 in the spirit verse 26 says it had

been revealed to him by

the Holy Spirit look at the presence of

the holy spirit permeating this text

look at how the author has over and over

and over again highlighted the work of

the holy spirit in opening up simeon’s

eyes to be able to recognize the

manifested presence of God before him in

the person of Jesus Christ Luke here he

is just in the second chapter of this

book and by the way just in these first

two chapters he has already alluded to

the spirit 10 times

the work of God’s spirit is so powerful

and so needful to a fruitful experience

in the life of the of the believer that

even before the book of Acts even before

Pentecost even before the spirit has

come Luke points out the movement of the

spirit here in the life of Simeon this

shows you how important the spirit’s

work is how critical it is to making

sure that your spiritual senses your

spiritual radar is heightened so that

you can detect the presence of God the

Holy Spirit was upon him now I want you

to see the work of God’s spirit this is

just the first uh characteristic of

Simeon but I want to just just take some

time for just a few moments on it the

work of God’s spirit is so important we

it deserves a little bit of our

attention here there are three ways that

the holy spirit is described as relating

to Simeon in these few verses just just

a few ways that the Holy Spirit relates

to Simeon in these few verses the first

thing it says is that the Holy Spirit

was upon him now listen I want you to

know that if you have placed faith in

Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit lives on

the inside of you Ephesians chapter 1

says that the moment you believed you

received the Holy Spirit you were sealed

by the Holy Spirit of promise I want you

to know that at the moment you became a

believer in Jesus Christ you receive the

most incredible gift you will ever

receive this side of Eternity and that

is the very presence of God living on

the inside of you the holy spirit is not

a ghost or a wind or a fire or a dove he

is often symbolized by those things but

don’t minimize him that ain’t who he is

the holy spirit is the third person of

the Trinity not third because he is

least in value just third because he’s

the last to be revealed to us in the

pages of scripture but all of the Power

all of the glory all of the authority

all of the Grandeur of God the the

father is in the person of the Holy

Spirit which

means if you’re a Believer and the Holy

Spirit lives in you that means all of

the Grandeur and all of the greatness

all of the authority of God himself now

lives on the inside of you so if you are

a Believer you have the Holy Spirit you

are not waiting on more of the holy

spirit all of the Holy Spirit you ever

going to get you got the moment you got


now you do need to be filled by God’s

spirit so that his influence in your

life grows and grows so that you operate

under the gifting of the spirit so that

you can live according to the fruit of

the spirit that means living beyond your

natural capacity it means when your

patience runs out you can still have

more patience with that person it means

when gentleness has long since left the

building you still find you got a little

gentleness for that person when

self-discipline I mean you just don’t

know have no more self-discipline in

that area we need the fruit of God’s

spirit so we need to be filled by the

spirit as we yield to him in obedience

we are filled which means he influences

us more our mind is renewed and

transformed we are Sanctified into the

image of Christ Jesus so the holy spirit

is in

you but

Simeon his relationship with the spirit

is not described in that way it doesn’t

say that the spirit was in him it says

that the Holy Spirit was on

him which means there is a difference

between the spirit being in you and the

spirit resting on

you listen to

me the gift of God’s spirit in you oh

this brings tears to my eyes the gift of

God’s spirit in you

he will never leave you nor forsake you

there is nothing you can do to work

yourself out of a relationship with the

Holy Spirit okay but him being on

you you got to live a life I I want to

live a life that is a magnet for the

presence of God to rest on me we can sit

in this conference until we’re blue in

the face and applaud the truths of God

and say Amen to the truths of God but if

we leave this room and live in a way

that is out of alignment with the truth

of God we will not have the spirit

resting on

us if you want the mark of God’s

presence on you I’m talking about where

other people can see you operating in

your gift moving about in the

assignments that you have been given

where they can just see there’s a unique

favor on your life toward that

particular task or that particular

Endeavor where you are marked by

something that gives you favor that

gives you his grace for a particular

area of your life then you must live I

must choose to live in a way that honors

God so that God’s presence can rest upon

us cuz he will not force himself on you

he offers you this resting of his

presence and his grace upon your life if

you will choose to live in a way that

does not uh disturb his presence that

does not keep him from being able to be

near you because you have chosen here it

is to be

holy listen to me are you

listening y’all we live in a day and age

where we have become more interested in


impressive than being

holy where we are more interested in

making sure we have

likes yes and friends and the Applause

of people more than just being flat out

Holy by making sure that political

correctness is not our main

goal that we’re not after the Applause

of people we’re after the Applause of

Heaven you got to choose to be ye holy

and so I implore you Sisters by the

mercies of God to walk in a manner

worthy of the calling by which you have


called so the spirit rested upon him let

me just show you quickly verse 26 says

that the spirit revealed to him so that

means the spirit not only rested upon

him the spirit’s revealed to him old

preachers called this

illumination it’s shining a spotlight

it’s when you’re sitting in church on a

Sunday and your pastor opens up the

Bible to preach and man he just reads or

she reads that first two vers vers that

that they’re going to be preaching from

and you sit straight up in your seat

because you feel like it’s all about

you anybody know what I’m talking about

it’s where you’re trying to figure out

how did did the church bug my house how

did they

know that’s the illumination of the

spirit it’s when he it’s when the the

old truths of script scripture leap up

off the page and for lack of a better

way word it’s when they grip you in your

soul where you see how that intersects

with something you are personally facing

today that is the revelation of the holy

spirit this is what the Holy Spirit does

he reveals he illumines he shines the

spotlight Simeon was there that day

because he had been promised by the

revelation of God’s spirit it wasn’t

just a random promise it was his promise

oh you’ve had that happen over the

course of these days that we’ve been

gathered you probably have had that

happen where something that has been

said it wasn’t just great to hear it it

gripped your soul you knew it was an

assignment for you it was a conviction

that you knew the Lord was going to send

you out of here with that assignment

because the Holy Spirit revealed it to

you God’s spirit rests he reveals and

then he ruled Simeon CU it says in verse

27 that he came in the spirit to the

temple meaning the spirit told him on

this day to go into the temple and it

says that he came into the spirit under

the into the temple under the conviction

of the Holy Spirit when the spirit said

go Simeon said yes sir he submitted to

the leadership of the Holy

Spirit and he was in the right place at

the right time to run right smack dab

into the Messiah because he was

submitted to the leadership of the Holy

Spirit do you know that the more you

ignore ignore that still small

conviction the quieter that voice will

become not because he is no longer

speaking but because you’ve built a

callus of

Disobedience you have muffled the voice

of the holy spirit so it is better to be

so sensitive to God’s holy spirit that

sometimes you give when maybe he hasn’t

even prompted you to give but it’s okay

because to the best of your capacity

you’re obeying the holy spirit of God

just to keep those Airways open and

clear from the Disobedience that will

begin to muffle his voice in your life

because more than anything else the

enemy wants you

disconnected from the privilege of

hearing the voice of God y’all this is

what separates our faith from every

other so-called faith on the face of the

Earth it’s that our God is

alive it’s that he speaks it’s that we

have the privilege to hear his voice

never downplay or minimize the value the

beauty Beauty the lavish Grace of this

privilege that we have to hear the voice


God so the Holy Spirit rested upon him

there are two other things that I want

to point out to you that were symbolic

or was were significant about Simeon

that opened up his eyes to see Jesus as

he was to be seen in this package that

other people downplayed and found

insignificant that they totally ignored

because they didn’t think that their

king would look like that here’s what

opened simeon’s eyes not only that he

was in the spirit when he came into the

temple and by the way here’s another

Rabbit Trail

sorry if we came to church in the

spirit it would change our experience in

church can I just say

that because while everybody else was

looking at that poor couple wondering

why in the world they were in their

midst and discounting Mary and Joseph

Simeon came in the spirit spirit and he

was less concerned about who was wearing

what and who was driving up what and who

sat where and who was in his seat and

whether or not it was hot outside and

they had to walk far to go take their

children to Sunday school they were he

was less concerned about his convenience

whether or not the preacher preached

good was irrelevant to him he was

looking for

Jesus whether or not the microphones

were perfectly balanced or the lights

were exactly as they should be whether

or not the LD screens were on full

display that day whether or not the

ushers were or were not kind was not his

priority he had had come with his eyes

peeled for Jesus we would be less

critical and less skeptical if we came

to church in the

spirit then the pressure wouldn’t be on

the person who’s on the stage cuz you

didn’t come to see them you came to see

Jesus okay verse

27 so he comes in the spirit and then

look what happens in verse 27 the

parents bring in the Child

Jesus Jesus comes in in in his parents’

arms look at the Savior look at how the

Manifest presence of God arrives on this

remarkable day watch him show up into

the experience of this aged saint named

Simeon in a very personal way and onto

the landscape of human history he

arrives in the arms of his

parents there is something about the way

we see Jesus when we look at him through

the well-worn paths that have been HED

out by our parents

our grandparents our great-grandparents

our forefathers and our forem mothers

spiritually speaking the people who have

gone before us and have walked with

Jesus just a little while who spent

their lives serving him I am always

nervous when I see a young group of

Christians with their little skinny

jeans and their lattes and their avocado

toast which I love by the way I’m just

always a little nervous when I see them

Instagraming all their religious

experiences without the oversight of

some spiritual

parents because y’all we have modernized

Jesus today the modern version of Jesus

that we have crafted he has made him

water down now he’s tolerant of sin

without the expectation of Holiness our

Jesus is politically

correct we need to see Jesus coming in

the arms of our parents the people who

have gone before us the folks who have

walked the road a little while who know

what himels

are who sang the good old hymns that

were based in some theology we got to

make sure that our new praise and

worship songs I love them we got to make

sure they’re rooted in some good

Theology and so the package may change

listen y’all I I still go to the kind of

church it’s come a long way but it

started when I was one year old the

church that I go to now so you know back

in the day there was no way in the world

I would have ever gotten on a stage with

with with pants on are you

kidding anybody know what kind of church

I’m talking about we still have a few

people in our church a few mothers of

the church if anybody knows what I

mean jeans in the church are you

kidding they came in in their suits I’m

talking about where the skirt matches


jacket like they were bought


and not only that but underneath that

suit she’s going to have some actual

panty hose on I’m not talking about

spanks with the feet cut out uhuh I mean


ho the ones with the girdle top anybody

know what I’m talking about anybody


that and she’s going to have a handbag

in her hand and that handbag that clutch

is going to match that jacket which

matches that skirt which matches her

patent leather shoes that she has on her


feet closed toe patent letter

shoes but the outfit is never

complete and you know it ain’t no

regular hat right you know it’s got

something it’s a feather or a net or

something that’s sitting just like

this and she’s going to worship God

anybody know what kind of church I’m



about and I love when she comes up to

give a

testimony about what she has seen the


Do It might not be moderate and it might

not be new and

improved but it’s the Jesus of Abraham

Isaac and Jacob it’s the god of our

forefathers there are some things you

cannot learn on Instagram there are some

things you just need to be with a mother

of the church somebody who’s walked the

road a little bit longer than you to

make sure you can bounce off of her or

him the from the true theological

biblically based unchanging venerated

word of

God so the package may change but the

principles never do y’all Jesus was

never politically correct he was always

a revolutionary he never dismissed

sinned he called it out in in Grace but

most certainly in truth he was never

watered down he always said I am the


way I am the truth and I am am the life

he didn’t acques or tolerate he l loved

but he did say repent for the kingdom of

God is at

hand God made us in His image and one

philosopher said we have now returned

the favor favor by trying to make him in

ours we got to see Jesus as he’s always

meant to be seen and sometimes it

requires you going to find a parent a

spiritual parent who can show you the

Jesus of the Bible Simeon saw Jesus

because as he was meant to be seen he

saw him in the package in which Our

Savior wanted to come because there were

some spiritual parents who were willing

to bring him in so I speak to the

younger people that are in this room I’m

telling you check your

arrogance check our lack of teachability

where sometimes we just think we know it

all so we won’t recognize and see the

beauty of our our savior because we

won’t receive him from the parents who

are trying to give him to us so the

package may change change the package

enjoy that freedom but watch and make

sure that you’re sticking to the true

milk of the word of

God and then can I implore you who are

in this room and you’ve sort of

graduated to that parent

Department take this as your

privilege to carry Jesus to those who

need him to see him and experience him

as you will bring him Simeon shows us

that in order to have our eyes open his

experience demonstrates to us that we

need to have the Holy Spirit upon us and

we need to be looking for how the

parents bring him into our experience

but finally it says in verse 28 that as

soon as he caught a glimpse of him he

went over look look at the boldness look

at the audacity look at the eagerness of

Simeon he runs over to the parents he

takes the baby

out of their arms and gathers him to

himself because an experience with Jesus

from afar wasn’t enough for

Simeon C can I just tell you in this

room that that God does not have

grandchildren you got to have your own

relationship yeah you have to make your

own choice you have to go and gather him

up for yourself you have to taste and

see for yourself how good he is you can

celebrate him in the testimonies of

other people in the experience of other

people till you are blue in the face but

there’s got to come a time where you

decide I’m going to stop sitting on the

periphery and applauding his experience

with other folks you got to decide today

will be the day that I go and gather him

up for myself that I start to spend time

with him in prayer and in conversation

so that I can take advantage of this

privilege to hear his voice and to speak

to him in prayer that I won’t let

everybody keep spoon feeding me the word

of God I’m going to go to the scriptures

myself and know that I too can have an

ongoing fervent relationship with Jesus

I’m going to gather him up in my own

arms and when you do you will see him

and experience him and encounter him in

a way way you have never encountered him