Free From Sin - 1990 - Preached at Love's Temple in Monroe, GA.
"It's still a sad situation to find that in the greater part of the world, that men are not going on with God (as in the ministry). And of course the church cannot go on with God unless the ministry leads them, because as Paul said here in his writings, the five-fold ministry is set for the perfecting of the saints, and The Lord is coming back after a church that is perfect, and this we wish, even the perfecting of your faith, as to reveal to you in detail the things that God has so allotted you in Christ Jesus. And when we think of these things and we realize that people are not going on with God, we realize that they are not praying that God would grant unto them the spirit of wisdom and revelation. So it doesn't matter if you are a Christian, that doesn't mean that you have the spirit of wisdom and revelation. There's one spirit, many operations. You may be a Christian but just a babe in The Lord, or you may be one that's just getting in as if by fire, in a continual repentance of not really going on with The Lord like you need to, as one that may have life but no strength (as one with physical handicap), making as natural application here (as to a type). See, just living in this world don't mean you're strong and healthy, just because you've got life. Jesus said, "I've come that you might have life," but just having life don't mean that you are fully healthy. He said, "I come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundant," and the word 'abundant' means filled-up and overflowing. A person with filled-up and overflowing life is one that's filled with exuberance. They are kind of bouncing around everywhere and jogging around everywhere, or they are participating in all kind of things (naturally speaking). They are very active, while others are inactive because they don't have the health and whatever. So then God wants us to have understanding. The Bible said with wisdom get understanding, and The Bible said there's one spirit, many operations, and that we should pray that God would grant unto us the spirit of revelation, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may be able to comprehend with all saints the height, the depth, the width and the length of this great wonderful thing of God. For by revelation Paul was caught up into the Third Heaven, by revelation John saw the door open and he went up into Heaven, and it's by revelation that we go into the mysteries of God. For the spirit of God searcheth out the things of God, yea the deep things. And as it was with the disciples when they said to Jesus, "Why do you speak to these people that are without in parables, seeing that they understand not what you say?" And Jesus said, "It is not given unto them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but unto you it's given." Unto the world it's given to hear the gospel, but unto you it's given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. It is little wonder why the church-world today would spend their time in sports, and be so foolish and so childish as to give their time to ball-games and frolics of the world. You know, but yet when you stop to think that the preachers haven't gone on with God, and that they're not walking in the deep mysteries of God, and that they really don't have anything to offer to the congregation as to a growth in the knowledge of The Lord Jesus Christ, then you can understand why that the church has turned the way it has to the beggarly elements of the world."