Priscilla Shirer shares a powerful message on TBN about having a true encounter with God, and experiencing His blessings in our everyday lives. This video was brought to you by TBN Networks®. SUBSCRIBE:… For nearly 50 years the mission of the Trinity Broadcasting Network has remained unchanged: To use every available means to reach as many individuals and families as possible with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Launched in 1973 by Christian television pioneers Paul and Jan Crouch, TBN began as one low-power television station broadcasting a few hours of Christian programming each day to viewers throughout the Los Angeles area. In the years since, TBN has grown into a family of over thirty twenty-four hour global networks reaching every inhabited continent with entertaining, inspirational, and life-changing programming for every family member and demographic. TBN began as a dream to “build a Christian television network that spans the whole world.” Today that dream is reality…and still expanding! #tbn #priscillashirer #praise 00:00 Intro 00:35 Recognizing God’s Blessing 04:46 Encountering God 06:17 Waiting on a Savior 09:23 Money Does NOT Bring Peace 13:47 Seasons of Disappointment 15:55 Limiting God’s Blessing 17:46 God is ALWAYS Present 19:34 Revelation of the Holy Spirit 21:32 The Holy Spirit Lives in You! 24:23 The Holy Spirit “in You” vs. “on You” 26:37 Living in Holiness 27:33 Illumination of the Spirit 29:11 Leadership of the Spirit 31:07 The Value of Spiritual Mentors 39:11 Experience God for Yourself

sometimes when we can afford our own

lamb it pushes out the opportunity and

the margin that should be reserved for


lamb comfortable people pray anemic

prayers it’s

desperation it’s

insufficiency it’s lack it’s 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 set up for

your encounter with the Lamb of

God 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 ing 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 TR 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 9900 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 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 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 life 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 eyess 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 DEA 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 for some

hope 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 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 purific

ation 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 cuz 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 lamb 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 vers 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

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

marginalized them because they did not

have the accoutrements of wealth that

everybody else in the building had so

they did not have aamb 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 a fluence 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


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 it’s 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 there 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 at 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


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 and he has not

appeared the way that they prefer they

downplay the Messiah when he arrives I

want to submit to 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

Fingerprints 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 opportunity 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 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

omn presence 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 whereever

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 omnipresent

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 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 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 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 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 father is

is in the person of the Holy

Spirit which

means if you’re a believer in 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

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 tell we’re

bleue 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 and friend 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 verses 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 because 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 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 disobedient 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 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 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 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 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 our grandparents

our great-grandparents our forefathers

and our for 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


toast which I love by the way I’m just

always a little nervous when I see them

instagramming all their Rel 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 Oney 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

together and not only that but

underneath that suit she’s gonna have

some actual panty hose on I’m not

talking about spanks with the feet cut

out uhuh I mean panty

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


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 modern 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 acquas or tolerate he 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 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


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 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 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 you have


encountered him before