Welcome to the Jaime Luce podcast. Thank you so much for joining me today it is my great pleasure to have in the studio with me, evangelist, Tiff Shuttlesworth, I am a huge fan of his, in fact of his entire family. And you would, if you don’t already know who he is, you would do yourself a great favor to go on YouTube. He has got so many videos of teaching hours and hours, probably hundreds of hours of, of teaching that you really need in these last days to build yourself up in your most holy faith and be able to tackle these last days that we’re living in. And he had recently spoke on a subject that I saw some videos he had done on and I just had to have him on the show and make sure that he has an opportunity to share that with you today. I wanted to give you a little bit of biography for him. Tip has been married to his wife, Judy, for 43 years. They have two married children. That’s actually how I found him from his son Jonathan Shuttlesworth, and he is the president and founder of lost lamb Association. For over four decades. He’s been in ministry and has done evangelistic crusades in 56 countries of the world. He is inducted into Billy Graham’s notable names in evangelism and 1994. And, as currently as 2022, he was voted in as the current president of North Point Bible College and Seminary near Boston, Massachusetts, his YouTube channel has had over 20 million views in the last year and over 250,000 people view his social media Bible studies each month for over 100 nations around the world. And I know that that’s us just skimming the surface. If there’s anything you’d like to add to that i Welcome brother and evangelists to Shuttlesworth into the studio. And I just if you have anything that you’d like to add to that you’ve done so much, and been in ministry, so long, you know, we could probably talk about a million subjects today and about what you’ve seen in the body of Christ, what what you’ve noticed about the change in culture of the church, but it with this new year, starting my heart and my my burden is for the people of God to really find how to live this Christian life victoriously. And to be able to do that it is imperative that we know how to live a holy life, the way that God ordained for us to live, and to Lynn that lead that life in victory over sin. So that’s really the subject for today. I’ll let you jump in at any time you had done a In fact, I’m going to link it in the show notes. I want people to go and listen to the full episode that you have recorded, titled, I’m gonna read it from my notes to make sure I get it right. The four seductions of sin, is that correct?
Yeah, I think it’s either that or for waste, sin seduces for waste. That’s right. And they can look that up and watch that entire episode. Because there’s so much richness, richness there to partake of, you’ve got your extra nuggets, not just the stuff that is inside the actual message that you’re giving forth. But I’ve got my Bible open, because you are you’re famous for saying that we start in the Bible, we stay in the Bible, and we finish in the Bible. And so I’m just going to kind of start by asking a question, and I want you to go wherever you feel to go with that. But in this new year, in order to conquer sin, one of the things that you said in that message was that if we don’t recognize the stages of sin, and deal with sin, and its infancy, then we’re going to end up battling the mature version of that sin, which is a warrior, the the warrior of sin that we will have to battle, that by the time most people recognize that they’re dealing with sin, they’re already 75% in and committed to the sin in their life. And so I just wanted to ask you to kind of take us maybe on a journey about what that is to understand seeing that first step of I saw or and you can go into as much as you’d like about that. So take it away.
Well, thank you, Jamie. It’s a pleasure to actually talk to you as opposed to private message in the world has completely changed with social media especially and in my particular calling in world missions and evangelism. For me, it all started at the The age of 17 in a prayer room at the Bible College and Seminary that I’m currently President, my mom and dad actually met on that campus in 1950. And if the Lord Terri’s were almost 100 years old, but I remember as a 17 year old boy in that prayer room, the Lord speaking to my heart, I didn’t hear an audible voice, it was actually stronger than an audible voice. And I felt a gulf from God, to lead a million people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, I wrote it down on a piece of paper. And I think the exact words that I wrote on the paper and tucked in my Bible was my goal is to win a million people to Jesus Christ. But then I hid that in my heart, I actually never told anybody for over 20 years, I think I was 38. The first time that I’ve publicly even mentioned that because I thought, people will think you’ve got quite the ego. If you say that you feel like you’re calling us to win a million people. But to be honest with you preaching in excess of 250 300 times a year. for over 35 years, I sat down one day in this very office that we’re communicating from, and I was trying to calculate, how long did it take me to even speak to a million people let alone to win a million people to Christ, and even doing foreign crusades and stadiums and soccer stadiums of 2530 35,000 larger stadiums with 70,000 Plus, it took me over 35 years of my life just to speak to 1 million people. And then in 2018, the Lord in my January fast began to speak to me about a verse in the Bible from the Apostle Paul that says, using every means available so that we might reach some, I had almost bought into the philosophy that social media was for 25 and under, and really didn’t realize the potential that was there. But in obedience to the Lord, I began using social media more frequently. And then, to make a long story short, we had a single message from one of our last Lamb crusades in Arlington, Texas, that had three points, I think it’s somewhere around 3.53 point 6 million views. And then it dawned on me that it took me 35 years to speak to a million people. And it took one YouTube video that I didn’t even post church, posted it on their YouTube channel.
And with that said, it’s just amazing how the opportunity to reach people with the truth of the Bible has so radically changed this we’re going to discuss today with a particular passage. But quite honestly, and I almost hesitate to say this, but I sometimes have internal discussions with the Lord, am I doing the kingdom a better service by continuing to travel? Or would I be more effective in doing what you and I are doing now staying in our ministry office here in the state of Maine and sitting in front of the cameras, for example, the the last video that I released just a few days ago, has had over 160,000 views in just a handful of days. And I often think even when I’m in large churches, or mega churches, I’ll be in what many people would call a mega church in Texas, in January. But you know, even if you’re speaking to several 1000 people a night, you’re not going to speak to 165,000 people in a matter of days, not to mention the audiences from all over the world. But with with that said, the message that you caught a clip of. We have two people on staff in South Africa that exclusively take our content and make those brief clips that you see on YouTube and Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and so on. And you came across one that I had done an entire message on the sin of Achan, because that’s where we actually receive a modern lesson that’s so desperately needed in the church.
And I’m not, I’m not legalistic, and I’m not Pharisee nickel and I’m not harsh. I’ve dedicated my life to showing mercy dissenters, and I always, always say in our crusades if you’re the worst sinner, within the sound of my voice today, I’m not your judge. I’m your best friend. I’m here to tell you that God loves you. That no matter what your past What’s your sin As a grace of God, that can bring you into a new relationship and a new life and a new covenant. But there are so many people today that are involved in spreading this teaching, you’ll often hear it phrased like this, you’ll hear and I’ve heard notable ministries and are not mentioned that’s between them and the Lord. God called five specific gifts to the church, the apostle, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastor, and the teacher, and Ephesians. Four, he never called anybody to be his defense attorney. So I never make a practice of publicly attacking names, although I will attack bad doctrine. But many, many times I’m sure you’ve heard people say, and either are aware of it, or subliminally. You’ve heard people say, all of our sins, past, present and future are forgiven through the cross of Jesus Christ. Well, that sounds good. But it is not true. And it is not biblical. Your past sins are forgiven, provided you’ve repented of them, and come to Christ and ask for his forgiveness. It’s not automatically applied, because you have a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart about God or the existence of God, or perhaps that his son Jesus was a great teacher, a prophet. And then what about our presence since? Well, the Bible said in First John chapter one and verse nine, If we confess our sins and circle the word if, right, If we confess our sins, He is faithful, and just to forgive us of our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So even with presence sin, there has to be a recognition on our part, and the repentance before we receive the forgiveness, right. And then what about future sins? Well, I’ll not get into the theology of that, because that would be an entire video or podcast. But there is a responsibility of identifying sin. And there’s a world of difference, Jamie, between people who sin through falling and slipping and human frailty and carnal weaknesses, and I’m not excusing those. But there’s a world of difference between human frailty and the sin of human frailty, and purposefully sinning, right, purposefully living outside of marriage, in a relationship that’s unholy, and violates the scripture, and purposefully going to a nightclub, dressed to the nines, hoping that the night ends in a local hotel, purposefully going to a bar, and drinking and knowing that you’ve had too much and getting drunk, and we could go on and on and on. And again, I’m not trying to be harsh.
But Jesus said in Matthew seven, the road that leads to heaven is straight and narrow, and few there be that find it. And my fear is that there is so much modern teaching and preaching that has added to the clarity of the Scripture, on God’s command, to live holy, and to live in victory over sin, that people feel no remorse for sin. And I’ve been in crusades, we’re on Sunday morning, people have their hands up in worship, and the nightclub stamp was still on the back of their hand, they hadn’t even taken time to clean up from the club to the house of God. And my concern is that there are many people who are living in some type of fallacy and false dogma, thinking that they can live any way they want to live, and that God is just going to wink at it. And I think it’s important and I do it in love. Because those of your listeners that are listening to me, I want you to make heaven. I want you to live in victory. I want you to walk in the covenant of God. God’s blessing God’s favor, is in holy living Psalm 8411. The Bible says no good thing will I withhold from them who walk uprightly and some people would say, well, salvation isn’t based upon works. Of course, it’s not. Salvation is based upon the cross, and Christ alone and grace alone and Faith alone. However, the Bible clearly says faith without works is dead. So I challenge people in these last days because I want people to live ready. I believe we’re living very close to the soon coming of Christ. I have no doubt if you follow my channels, you know that I spend the majority of my time preaching and teaching on eschatology and endtime events and and answering the questions that are coming in from people that are being saved all over the world. And no question is, is foolish to me. I did a study yesterday that I wouldn’t spend time teaching at the seminary on but a lot of people were asking questions about a flat earth, and does the Bible teach a flat earth? And, you know, a lot of theologians and a lot of scholars would just laugh and pass that off. So I never look at somebody’s question as being foolish or not worth answering. I do my best to answer those questions. But the passage that you’re talking about, and, and I want to lead to that, and I’ll take a breath here for you to to guide us, but is found in Joshua chapter seven. And it’s the sin of Aiken. And let me just take a moment to read that, as you said, one of my famous quotes is all ministration start in the Bible, stay in the Bible and finish in the Bible.
Yeah, in Joshua, chapter seven and verse 16, the Bible said, So Joshua, arose early in the morning, and brought Israel near by tribes. And the tribe of Judah was taken. He brought the family of Judah near and he took the family of the zero rights and he brought the family of the zero rights near man by man, and zap die was taken. He brought his household near man by man, and Achan, the son of car, my son of zap die, son of Zeira, from the tribe of Judah was taken. Then Joshua said to Akin, my son, I implore you, give glory to the Lord the God of Israel, and give praise to Him and tell me now, what you have done, do not hide it from me. So he can answer Joshua and said, Truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this is what I did. And I would encourage your listeners to highlight verse 21, because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of our discussion today. Okay, verse 21, when I saw among the spoils of beautiful mantel from shanaar and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold, 50 shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them and the whole they are concealed in the earth, inside my tent, and the silver under neath it. Now this is an Old Testament passage, Jamie, so we’re not dealing with New Testament covenant here we’re dealing with the laws of Judaism, and Aiken received and his family and all that were involved, the severest of punishments, they were executed by fire, and all of the things that they had polluted with their disobedience were also burned with fire, which is harsh, but again, thank God, we’re not living in an Old Testament covenant, thank God through the cross. We have a different pathway to God. But I want you to look at verse 21. I’m going to break those down into four bite sized pieces. And then we can walk through them.
Notice in verse 21, that Aiken said, First, I saw, Sin always begins with a peak. I call that if you’re taking notes, the peak at sin, he went on to say, I coveted. I coveted is the passion for sin, and you don’t struggle with the passion for sin until you’ve tolerated the peak at sin. Then he said, I took that brings us to the participation in sin. And you never face the participation and sin and the great temptation at that level where your eye to eye face to face action to action with the participation and sin until you’ve tolerated the peek at sin and the passion for sin. And then he said, I hid which represents the pretense after sin. When you take sin and you hide it from God, hidden the sin by choice causes God’s reaction to be to make your sin public. The Bible says in Numbers 23 be sure your sin will find you out. So it’s a very dangerous thing when we hide our sin. Because when we tried to hide our sin and make it private, we then allow God to take the step that he does not want to take. He desires forgiveness, He desires purity. Second Peter chapter three verse nine, the Bible said he’s willing none should perish, right? He’s willing none should perish but all should come to repentance. He wants us to come to rip atoms, but it has to be our choice. It has to be our recognition. It has to be our humility, it has to be our confession. I liked the fact that you added a fifth point to the outline of this teaching when you talked about the punishment of sin, which I’ll probably steal from you and plagiarize extensively in the years to come, was a severe punishment. But that outlines the progress of sin. We have to remember James chapter one, verse 15, the Bible said, sin when it is finished, brings forth death. So the very fact and of course, that’s a New Testament passage from the Greek sin when it is finish, that renders a lifespan, there’s a lifespan to sin, there’s a start to sin, there is an infancy and sin, there is a maturity of sin, there is the aging of sin. And there is finally sin. When it is finished, there’s an end of sin, sin when it is finished brings forth death. So no matter what sin people are holding on to, they need to realize that it might be pleasurable in its infancy. But there’s a there’s a pathway and a progress to sin, and it always leads to death. So for those that are taking notes, let’s start there by making sure you have the skeletal system of what we’re going to discuss out of verse 21, I saw the picot sin, I coveted the passion for sin, I took the participation in sin, and I hid it the pretense after sin. And then you added a fifth, which we’ll use today, because it’s your podcast and your social media. And credit should go to whom credit is due but the punishment after sin. So let me just pause right there and allow you to catch up on any questions that you might have before we break that apart.
Okay, you know, I found it interesting that you had mentioned this in the recording that you made, but that we see this pattern, not just in Aikens life. But we see this throughout Scripture, we saw it at the beginning with Adam and Eve. We saw it in David’s life with Bathsheba, we saw it, you know, it’s some you can find interesting stories that if you’re willing to look at them, it’s the exact same thing. But for Ananias and Sapphira, that, even though the story seems a little bit different, it’s the same thing. There’s something they see that they want that they take, and then they hide it. You know, I started thinking of all the different analogies in Scripture, well, not analogies are the true stories, these people that fell into the same pattern over and over again. And it’s human nature to use this pattern. It’s not, it’s not our, our God, given new nature, it’s not our reborn nature to do this. It is our sin nature that wants to do this. And we have to be those who are willing to face the fact that we still as Christians have to keep the flesh down, we can’t, we have to live first by the Spirit, and then let the body and the thoughts the soul, all that goes with the rest of the package of us has to follow the leading of the Spirit. Otherwise, our spirit will take the backseat, that our body will demand our our flesh will desire our flesh will, will rise up if given the opportunity that it’s a vigilance that we need to be taking. And I really would like to kind of go into that first one specifically the I saw, because it’s the gate, it’s the it’s the first opening, it’s that you gave some statistics of just the amount of time that people spend on social media. And it’s crazy. The amount of hours that a young person spends, let alone adults who just without thinking just start scrolling and waste hours of time throughout the day. And I’m like you I don’t like to to knock something that can be used so usefully for great purpose. So it’s not that the entity itself is bad, but without any self control, without us using what we have been given by the spirit in knowing Am, I listening? Am I listening for the voice of the Spirit to say, you know, okay, enough, you’ve spent enough time you’ve had no focus, you’re not actually going to look for something that you’re studying or doing. You’re just wasting time. For me, it’s it leads to it’s the snowball effect that In our Christian walk, not just in sin, but if I’m trying to accomplish for the Lord, if I’m wanting to do and be busy about growing the kingdom of God in whatever form, he’s called me to do that, I have to be vigilant about my time, not just what I’m doing in that time I have to, I have to be focused on what is God called me to do? What’s the wise way to do that? What’s the way that God’s leading me to do that. And so knowing that the eye, you know, the Bible does call it the eye gate, it’s a gate for a reason. And the minute it’s open, it’s a picture into our soul. And so I just wanted to spend a moment on that on maybe emphasizing the importance of what to do when we see to catch that thing as early as possible to recognize the subtlety like you said in your title is the seduction, the subtlety that the enemy uses to gain access to us and then affect our decisions that follow?
Well, the enemy knows our weaknesses. Now, I want to make something very clear. And I have multiple studies on demonology on our YouTube channel for people that want to get into a depth of understanding this, but Satan is a created being, he’s not God. He’s not like God, he is not a God. He is a created being, he is not the creator. I emphasize that because in doctrine, people need to understand that only God is omniscient. Only God is omnipresent. Only God has these unique attributes of knowing and seeing, without even a discussion, the Bible said, there’s nothing in the heart that is hidden from the eyes of God. Satan doesn’t have one ounce of knowledge about us, until we run our mouth. But sadly, social media has expedited. Most people, their entire life is a window for the public to read, let alone for demons and for Satan. So the devil knows what our weaknesses are, because we constantly talk about them. That’s why the Bible says the power of life and death is in our tongue. So knowing what our weaknesses are, this is very important, Satan and sin, and your flesh will never seduce you with something that repulses you. Satan always put something on the plate that we salivate over. He knows what we want, He knows our weakness. He knows our desires, He knows our hidden fantasies and so on, because we constantly run our mouth. And it comes as no surprise that all the enemy would have to do to find the top 10 weaknesses of any believers just watch their social media page for 30 days. So it’s important to guard your mouth. But listen very carefully to this. Matthew six and verse 22, Jesus said, your eyes are the window to your soul. And he said, If your eyes are healthy, your spirit man will be healthy. But if your eyes are sickly, or your eyes are disease, then your spirit will also be sickly and diseased. So people need to understand that All sin, all weakness, all failure, all left turns that take us off of the straight and narrow and right turns, begin with an undisciplined eye. That’s why I tell people, it matters what you see, it matters what you watch. It matters, what you read, it matters, what movies you attend, it matters what you allow your eyes to focus on. And as you mentioned, social media is an incredible tool for good. It is allowed us to reach the world in ways I never thought possible. Somewhere between a quarter of 1,350,000 people we now have students that many students every month that study the Bible with us at least once a month. That’s almost surreal when you stop and think about it. I mean, it’s drastically changed the ministry. We’ve gone in a short amount of time from five full time and part time staff to 16 just to keep up with the salvations and the discipleship and the commitments and the follow up and the mailings, etc. To help people around the world that are beginning a walk with Christ. But if people don’t learn the importance of the eye, because we’ve all done it, anybody that has social media and needs to understand that we can get trapped, where you just end up scrolling and all of a sudden it dawns, oh, my goodness, five minutes went by, why was I even lost in this trance of scanning or 10 minutes or 15 minutes or whatever it might be. I think with some people, it’s a good part of their waking life. But all sin begins with undisciplined eyes. And I’ll pause there before we go to that, that second step,
Okay. And knowing too, that we are I, because I want to get to the understanding that most people don’t recognize till the third step, when they’re actually participating in sin. But that if we can be vigilant with our eyesight, with what we allow our eyes to look at, for how long we look at those things, whatever that is, even for myself, I know, I can actually be watching really wonderful things, a bunch of teachings, but I get to a certain point where the Lord says, okay, stop and take some notes, do some stuff with this, don’t just let it because I’ll end up losing so much of what I gained that it, there’s a diligence about it, even when we’re doing good things when we’re watching good things, but that we have to be. We are responsible for us, no one’s going to do it for us. You know, when we’re when we’re children, of course, we have our parents who are being diligent to watch over us to put boundaries on us. But it’s up to us as adults, and especially as Christian adults, who understand that there is a way that is pleasing to the Lord. And there are ways that are not pleasing to the Lord. There are ways that lead to life. And there are ways that lead to death, that we need to be vigilant and take that responsibility. Knowing our time is short. I mean, we really don’t have time to waste anymore. We never did. But we have even less now. And that if we’re going to be those who are living in victory, those who are accomplishing our purpose that doing what God has called us to do and doing it well. It is the first step to all of those things. What are we doing with our eyes? What are we looking at? What do we gaze upon? What do we what do we? Well, I guess, because the natural thing is the minute you gaze upon something leads us into step two, the you will either desire or be in essence repulsed by you either turn towards or you turn away from what you look at your heart either goes that direction, or it turns away. So maybe we’ll go ahead and use that and move into into the number two that I wanted the passion for, whatever that is.
Yeah, and just kind of a summation of that people need to remember that your eyes are like the lens of a camera. And whatever you make a decision to focus upon. engraves an image upon your heart, which is the seat of our spiritual life. You know, Proverbs four, above all else, guard your heart, for out of it are the issues of life. So your eyes are like a lens. When you willingly focus upon something, it engraves that image upon your heart, and that is not easily deleted. And so very few people deal with sin at this stage. We’ll come to that in the third breakdown of Aikens confession. But most people never deal with sin until they’re dealing with the participation, stage of sin. And the tolerance for the peek at Sin always leads towards the second confession of Aiken, which is I covered it, which is the passion for sin. So your eyes allow the seed of sin that gets deposited into the heart. And once the seed is in the heart, it blossoms into a passion for that sin. We’re now you’re not only seeing it, you’re beginning to think about it. You’re no longer just seeing it with your natural eyes. You’re seeing it with your imagination, you’re sitting and in your in your mind, you’re going places you’re doing things etc. and the passion for sin begins to go from the natural eye into the spiritual heart. And still people don’t deal with it. They say well, you know, that’s just life. Everybody has human nature. Everybody has weaknesses and or as I heard one preacher say there’s nothing wrong with looking at the menu as long as you don’t place an order. But I couldn’t disagree more because I understand from the Bible and You mentioned earlier which is perceptive. A lot of people don’t get that. But if you take this confession of Aiken, you can apply it throughout the Bible in all kinds of patterns of sin that are given to us in the lives of the heroes and the non heroes of the Scripture. David was a man after God’s own heart. But he committed murder. He committed adultery, he had a baby outside of wedlock, he planned the assassination of his best friend and his loyal commander in military a man that would have run through a brick wall for him and death. So it’s not that sin is is final and failure is final. Because it’s it’s encouraging to know that even with David’s apparent flaws, that were heinous, he still ended life by being called a man after God’s own heart. But, you know, he did the same thing with Bathsheba. It started with being at an advantage from the beauty and the height of the castle, and the temple. And wherever it was that he was checking out Bathsheba from it started with the eyes. But he obviously took that into his heart, his eyes allowed an image of Bathsheba to enter into his heart, once it was in his heart and not dealt with it then blossom them to a lust for passion. And at first, he was probably fantasizing and thinking and wandering. And, but he didn’t deal with it in that stage at all. So people have to realize that, you know, if you’re gonna live in victory over sin, you have to know where it begins. Because the sooner you detect it, and the sooner you recognize it, the easier it is to live in victory over it, to confess it. Because let’s face it, Jamie, there’s a world of difference between I’m sorry, I got caught and repentance. And some people change their behavior only after they’re caught. And in a court room or with family, depending on the severity of the of the sin or the law they violated. You know, they show incredible remorse only after they were caught. There’s a world of difference between I’m sorry, I got caught in repentance.
Yeah, my mother used to work for the California Youth Authority years ago. And she said that that was very common, you would see these, you know, they were young men usually. And she said they’d be in just tears weeping and saying how sorry, they were but she said they were not sorry. They were sorry. They got caught. There’s a big difference. You know, and really, that’s that’s akin. He didn’t voluntarily come and say I’m the guilty party. He waited until he was called out and said, a word of pointed you out.
Yeah, a beautiful passage that deals with this out of Galatians chapter five. The Bible says in Galatians chapter five, verses 19 through 21. It says when you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear. Sexual immorality, in purity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, dissension, outburst of anger, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties and other sins like these. Let me tell you, again, as I have before that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the kingdom of God. That’s important. Because again, we have all of this modern liberal teaching that has complete tolerance of sin and unholy lives and impurities, and sexual promiscuity and so on. But the Bible is very clear. And Paul, you know, this is one of the Pauline epistles, he’s writing to the church. He’s not addressing unsaved people he’s writing to the church. And he obviously is addressing some sinful behaviors that as an apostle, he has witnessed in the lifestyle of those who call themselves followers of Christ and the church. And after he goes down the list of those fleshly issues. He concludes in that passage by saying, anyone who lives in that manner cannot inherit the kingdom of God. So it’s important people understand that when you truly recognize your sin, repent of your sin and receive Jesus Christ. There’s a sanctification Should have processed it’s in its instantaneous.
The man is made holy from the inside out. But there is also a progressive sanctification process, where we make a commitment as followers of Christ to be obedient, as he said, Be not only hears, but doers of the word that we’re going to carry out in obedience. And it gives us the power, thank God for that in the Gospel of John, the Bible said, as many as received Christ, as many as believe on his name, he gives the them the power to become the sons and the daughters of God. So it’s not as if we’re trying to overcome sin through willpower. Because the average person listening to us right now can’t go on a diet lose five pounds, they don’t have willpower, right, and they don’t have discipline. Some people are short and discipline, you need to understand that the Christian life is not your effort. It’s being saved. It’s being sanctified. It’s being filled with the Holy Spirit, it is being given access to a power that is greater than your flesh. God wouldn’t ask you to live in victory, if he were not going to give you the power to live in victory. And so people need to understand that that God’s command is Be holy, even as I am holy. And when you are saved, there will be a recognizable change in behavior. If your behavior and your habits are the same. Now, as they were before you claim to be a Christian, you have experienced religion, but you have not experienced relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Because when you experience true recognition of sin, true repentance of sin, true receiving of Christ, you become a new creature in Christ Jesus, Second Corinthians five, seven, all things pass away, all things become new, John 330, He must increase, I must decrease. There is a change in behavior that is external and notable in the individual who begins to truly walk in the promises and the precepts of God.
Amen. Amen. Absolutely. Okay. Well, that takes us then into I took the actual participation then in sin, which so many, you were so right about this, this is they people don’t, they don’t begin to acknowledge that there’s a problem until they’re already committing the sin. It’s, it’s the participation, whether whether they have decided to do it, or whether it’s somebody who, like you said at the beginning, is someone who in their natural man has fallen into something, when they’re in it, it’s kind of like cold water in the face. You recognize there’s a line now that has been crossed, at some point and what you do then, now for Akin, then he turned in and he hid once he did. For those who may have fallen into sin, they may then turn and cry out to God for mercy, if they’re if they’re willing to, to acknowledge where they’re at. But regardless, that, that wanting and that participation, it’s it’s a, it’s like a trigger point it finally some light bulbs might go on, they may not, but they may go on at this point. And at this point, sin is big. He’s growing up, it’s I loved that analogy of the boy, he becomes the warrior of sin that you’re having to battle versus an infant. If you have the picture of an infant. They have a brand new grandbaby. He’s only a few weeks old, and they’re just so helpless and tiny. And, you know, versus a warrior. When I think of David having to face Goliath. Well, there was plenty of warriors out there who weren’t willing to face him. It took David who was willing, who was even younger than them, but it you know, it’s it’s this sin becomes really big, it becomes a very difficult thing to deal with when it’s mature. And so maybe we can, we can talk about that for just a minute.
Well, the first thing that I would say is everything that you said is true. That sin begins as a seed, and the conception begins with the eyes. And that lens of focus at that peak it sin in graves upon the heart, an image that’s not easily deleted. If that’s left unchecked, if that’s left, unrepentant. That’s why the Bible said Let the word of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. And that’s the reason why. You know a lot of people continue on the path. They don’t get before God on a daily basis and say, Lord, let my hands be clean. Let my mind Be clean. Let my heart be pure. If there’s anything in my Life that displeases you with the blood of Jesus Christ, cleanse me, wash me, make me holy, I depend upon your power to live as you want me to live, I confess I have no ability in enough my own strength. People need to realize that we live in a body of flesh. And Paul wrote extensively in Romans and particularly in chapter six, and seven and eight, about what I call the tug of war. There is this continual tug of war in the Christian life where I don’t care how saved you are, I don’t care how much you pray or speak in tongues, or sing or worship, or what kind of church you go to or how big your ministry is, or how small your ministry is, you live in a body of flesh. And if you live to be 100 years old, you still have a propensity for sin that lies in your flesh. Salvation is not a one and done. Fix it all right for human problems. It is a beginning. It is a new life. It is attaching yourself to Christ, there’s power in that. But you still have to wake up every day realizing the Bible said that sin lurks at the door, and is looking for an opportunity if we’re not paying attention. So then you get to as we described the participation and said he said I took at that point through Aikens confession, he confesses for things I saw, I covered it, I took a hit. So by the time we get to I took or 75% into the battle. And it’s like standing on the edge of a cliff. You know, if you stand 10 feet away from a cliff, and somebody would have bumped you, let’s just say at the Grand Canyon, and people are taking pictures and, and you’re good 10 feet back, you’re behind the fence and somebody bumps you, you might stumble, but because you’re an appropriate distance and behind the fence, it’s not going to end your life. But when you start living on the edge of sin, and you’re past the fence and your past to God warnings and you’ve bypassed the conviction, and you’ve bypassed the pastor Sunday morning sermon that seemed like he was talking just to you, and God has gone out of his way to bring people in your life, even as this podcast and video might be doing for some of your listeners today.
God has warned you, you’re living on the edge. The problem with living on the edge is you haven’t died living on the edge. But the next bump of temptation does not leave you room for recovery. And too many Christians ask the question, how far can I go and not be in sin? That’s the wrong question. Because now you’re asking how close to the edge can I live and not fall? It’s not a matter of how close can you live. It’s the risk evaluation of decisions that you’re making. Because once you start tolerating the edges of sin, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to fall, it now becomes a matter of when you’re going to fall. And sadly, for a lot of people, because of the weak or the liberal theology that they surround themselves with, they don’t have a man of God or a woman of God in their life that speaks truth starts in the Bible stays in the Bible and finishes in the Bible like we’re doing today. We’re literally reading a passage, executing it piece by piece, hopefully by the Holy Spirit being applied. People need to make life changes. They’re living too close to sin. They’re tolerating things, and they need to make real decisions. If they’re going to live in victory, Aiken decided that he was going to and by the way, the totality of all akin took would be in modern day currency, depending on the country you live in between 1002 $1,000 I mean, can you imagine selling your soul, selling your family selling your wife, your children into brutal outcome and punishment? For $1,000? And, you know, $1,000 is a lot of money for people that don’t have money, but in light of eternity, yeah. What a foolish choice. And a lot of people sell their soul for a lot less. They sell their soul for the cost of a bottle. They sell their soul for a bag of drugs. They sell their soul for a rendezvous at a at a hotel, and on and on and on and deeply realized choices. All choices have consequences. Aiken obviously was not thinking right. He was thinking about temporary stuff, when he should have been thinking about eternal stuff. And isn’t that really the foundation of building a life and victory is keeping your life focused upon once eternal. Right? I became president of the Bible College and Seminary that has impacted our family just recently, but I told the board of trustees, it was a very healthy salary and package that came with that. But I told the board, I’m not going to take a penny.
And I’m not even going to allow you to reimburse me for any expenses incurred. And I sold a significant see into the school and into the students. And we’re getting ready to pass out scholarships for the first time in the history of the school to every single student, both international and domestic. And it’s not like we have the funds to do it. We’re in a position where we need miracles at the institution. But I told the I told the board of trustees, I’m not taking a penny, because I wouldn’t even be alive if it weren’t for this ongoing vision. My mom and dad met on the original campus under the founder in 1950. Our family is connected to this institution, I believe in treasures in heaven. And one of the members of the Board of Trustees said I don’t think we could allow that. Brother Shuttlesworth, the office of the presidency has an honor to it. And it would be a dishonor not to have salary and benefits with that office. I said, Well, you mistakenly thought I was asking for your permission. I’m not asking for your permission. I’m not taking a penny, because I don’t live my life based on things temporary, I believe there’s treasures in heaven. And I told them that I said, I am doing this because the school needs help. I am doing this because of my desire to see young men and young women trained and equipped to fulfill the Great Commission with a Pentecostal passion and distinctive. And I have asked the Lord to allow this to count as treasure in heaven. But there will not be one check written to me while I serve this institution. And I don’t say that to pat myself on the back. I just give that as an example, that if people are going to walk in the supernatural favor and blessing of God, you have to build the foundation of your life based upon how does this affect eternity? Not how does it affect my day or my tomorrow? Or my 401 K or you know, it’s not about us.
You can’t serve the Lord and not be rewarded. God takes good care of all who want faithfully, but there has to be that desire for holiness, again, Psalm 8411, no good thing while I was holed from them who walk uprightly if you want to walk in supernatural favor, supernatural health, supernatural blessing, supernatural promotion. The key to that is not just your offerings and your seat songs as you’d listen to many preachers, you’d think that determines everything. Not if you’re not living in victory over sin, simple shortcut, short circuit, everything you do no good thing Well, I withhold from them who walk uprightly the greatest key to prosperity and blessing and favor, His Holiness. And that’s why what we’re talking about is so important on a very practical level.
Yes, amen. Well, as we move into that final phase of I hid, I want our our viewers to and listeners to be prepared if you’re wanting to get some things, right, that we are going to be praying, rather, tip is going to lead whoever needs it into a prayer of salvation. And so I want you to be preparing your heart as we finish this broadcast. But it’s amazing to me to think of this really is if people can get this if they can understand this everything you just said it’s almost actually as if we take the the first point, the I saw, and we shift our focus then in the spirit to say, instead of seeing things from a temporal eyesight, we’re seeing now with an eternal mindset of what what do I need to be doing to make sure I’m affecting eternity and how does what I’m doing affect my eternity and those that I affect because no man is an island to himself. Our sin is going to affect anybody that we are connected to in any way. Anybody we have influence over anybody that our life touches, the sin that we would be participating in, or the the good eternal that would we be doing will affect those around us. So again, it takes us back to that. That very first understanding of what the value and the importance of what we’re seeing with our eyes, you know, if I’m looking at the world through an eternal lens versus through this temporal lens, then it does enable me it does help me to lay hold of the grace and the power that he’s given me the strength is given me to make the right decisions and do the right thing, because I’m actually focused in the right place, versus looking right now at what feels good what what my senses are picking up on. So to remove myself from this natural body and take myself into the Spirit, and to be able to know that there is an eternity to gain and I held to shine. So I will let you talk on that fourth point quickly, and then we will go ahead and pray.
Yeah, I think people need to be reminded that God sees I think a lot of people think well, there’s no way God can see and hear and, and know everybody, he certainly isn’t aware of the details of his life. But the Bible said he’s omniscient. He knows all. They told me that Verizon processes over a billion phone calls every single month, and has record of every conversation, etc, etc. So those are the skill sets of the creation. So we can under estimate the Create tour. I believe it’s in Psalm 10, verse 11, the Bible says the wicked thing God isn’t watching us, he has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do. That’s how the average person thinks. They don’t think God watches but he does watch. The Bible says that he keeps records. He keeps books, the Bible said that will stand in judgment and give an account for every idle word. Heaven has a database far greater than anything man has ever created. And the Bible says in Proverbs chapter 28, verses 13 and 14, people who conceal their sins will never prosper. But if they confess them, and turn from them, they will receive mercy. So people need to understand I’m not trying to heat guilt. I’m trying to help you to understand that sin is a thief, the enemy comes to steal, and kill and destroy. And many people that are listening to me right now sin has been a thief, it steals, it’ll steal your health, it’ll steal your marriage, it’ll steal relationships, it’ll steal your peace, it’ll steal your ability to sleep, it’ll steal your finances, it’ll steal your future. It’s a thief, the enemy comes to steal, and kill and destroy. So I’m not attacking your listener. I’m attacking the thief. And I’m asking them to wake up, and to realize that there’s nothing worth going to hell over. There is no sin worth going to hell over. There’s no amount of money worth selling your soul for, there’s no relationship, there’s no pleasure, worth going to hell over. And the Bible said, If you conceal your sins, you’ll never prosper.
The good news is, is that God is a God of mercy. He said, If you conceal your sins, you’ll never prosper. But if you renounce them, and confess them, you will receive mercy. So it goes against human nature, because of our ego and our pride. We don’t want people to see that we’re dirty. We don’t want people to see that we’re weak. We don’t want people to see that we’re unclean. But God’s said, If you confess your sins, I am faithful. And I am just to forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. So once the sin is committed, even if you failed the test, there may be times in life where you’re caught off guard, there may be times in life when you deliberately planned it out. And you deserve everything that’s coming your way. But there is a God that you can run to, even in your sin regardless of how it arrived in your life. Many times we want to blame the devil the devil made me do it. 99% of our problems have nothing to do with the devil have little to do with demons they have to do with I’m discipline flesh, right? And we would rather make ourselves out to be the victim. But God wants you to be a victor. And so let me close in prayer for your listeners. There’s three things that every person has to do not according to me, not according to some denominational doctrine, but according to the Bible. There’s three things everybody has to do to have a right relationship with God.
Would you like to be able to lay your head to the pillow tonight and know if the Lord were to come tonight? I’m ready to go I received a text from my pastor yesterday. I was home this past Sunday. And Judy and I went to our home church. And we have a great home church. My pastor is actually a very dear friend. And I was excited when I came into the auditorium because it was water baptism. And they were having a baptism of new believers. And there were a number of people in our church that had recently been saved, and they were giving their testimonies and they were baptizing the people. And at one point, our pastor, if a couple has been saved, he has them both getting the water baptismal tank together. And so he’s interviewing this husband and wife, and they’re talking about how they recently came to know the Lord. And they’re not old. I think, if I were to guess I was sitting in a seat watching from a distance, but I would guess, 40s, maybe 50s. Maybe younger than that, I’m not sure. But I received a text from my pastor yesterday, that the woman who had just got say, gave her testimony, was baptized on Sunday morning, went to bed Sunday night and didn’t wake up. On Monday morning, she passed away in her sleep, and they’re still trying to figure out exactly what has happened. But all of us have an expiration date. The Bible says in Hebrews, chapter nine, it is appointed unto men that word men in the original Greek is generic, it means male and female, or person, it is appointed unto men who wants to die. But after that, the judgment, death is not the end of life. Death is not a period, death is not an exclamation point. Death is a comma. It’s a brief transaction, between life temporary and life eternal. And the Bible said, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life. People need to constantly be reminded, we’re not just living for this temporary life, we have any eternal life. And you will spend that eternity, either in heaven or in hell. The Bible does not give us a neutral place for recovery or rehabilitation. The decision as to where you spend eternity is a decision, you may decide of glory, you have to make that decision while you’re living. Because five seconds after you die, your address has already been sealed in eternal stone. So here are the three things that I always tell people in our 43 years of traveling around the world, if you want to know you have peace with God, if you want to know that your sins no matter what they are forgiven for that person that’s listening to me. And you’re thinking, Tiff, if you knew my past, as I’ve been listening to you, if you knew the stuff I’ve done, you would know that God could never forgive me, I have failed him over and over and over. Again, I’ve done this, I’ve done that. I want to tell you something, and I want you to listen very carefully.
Hell has forged no chains, that heaven cannot break. There is no sin in your life greater than the grace of God. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all unrighteousness. And so the three things number one, you have to recognize your sin. The Bible says all have sin. Nobody can raise a hand in this audience and say, I’ve never sinned, including me. All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God. Number one, you have to recognize that you’re a sinner and your sin separates you from a holy God. Number two, you have to repent of your sin. The word repent in the Bible is used repeatedly Jesus said in Luke’s gospel unless we repent, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven is simply a word that means make a U turn. You’re walking in your own direction, your own will your own way, your own, drain your own aspiration. There has to be a time in your life. When you bow in the presence of a holy God, and say, I’m gonna make a U turn. I want your way. I want your will. I want your forgiveness. I want your healing. I want a new life. And when you repent of sin, and come to him with that humility, God, I know I’ve sinned. I know I’ve fallen short of your glory today. I recognize it, and I repent of it. Thirdly, you have to receive Jesus Christ. We’re not offering religion today. This is not a matter of being Protestant for being Catholic or Baptist or Presbyterian.
There won’t be any denominations in heaven, only people who place their faith in the cross and in Christ. That’s why the Bible says in Acts chapter four and verse 12, Neither is there salvation If in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be safe. And so if you’re listening right now, some of you perhaps have never truly recognized your sin, repent of your sin, received Jesus Christ, whether you’re praying this for the first time, or you’re away from God, and like a can, you’ve made one or two or three, or maybe all four of those fatal errors that you can come home today. Hosea 14 Four says, I love you freely, and I’ll heal your backsliding. You can come home and you can come home right now. And so if you’re listening and you need to pray, and the Holy Spirit’s been speaking to your heart, just pray wherever you’re at out loud with me just say Heavenly Father, Heavenly Father, today I recognize my sin. Today I recognize my sin, you know everything. You know everything that I have ever done, that I have ever done. There is nothing in my life. There is nothing in my life, hidden from your eyes hidden from your eyes. Today I repent. Today I repent in childlike faith and childlike faith. I turned my back on sin, I turned my back on sin. And I turned my heart to Jesus Christ. And I turned my heart to Jesus Christ, I trusted the cross. I trust in the cross, and in the blood that was shed, and in the blood that was shed, Cleanse my mind lends my mind, my body and my spirit, my body and my spirit. Make me holy in your eyes. Make me holy in your eyes. Today I receive salvation. Today, I receive salvation as the gift of God as the gift of God. And I vow and I vow, I will serve you, I will serve you. All the days of my life are the days of my life, in place of my weakness in place of my weakness. Give me your strength. Give me your strength. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, and give me power and give me power to live in victory. To live in victory over sin, over sin, and over self and over yourself. In Jesus name in Jesus name. Today, I’m saved. Today, I’m saved. And I’ll never be the same. And I’ll never be the same. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Well, thank you so much for that. It’s I know that that has meant so much to many today. And if you are somebody listening today, and you prayed that prayer of salvation, we would definitely love to hear from you. You can contact us at Jamie loose.com, a mail at Jamie loose.com. All contact information can be found there at the web page. And we will be happy to correspond with you that way. Brother, Tim, if you wouldn’t mind, just giving us some information that people want to contact you. Whether for the school or for your ministry for evangelism or whatever way that they’re wanting to contact you.
Yes, our ministry is lost lamb Association and our website is lost lamb.org just enter that is one word, lost lamb.org. And anything you need to know about the ministry can be found there on the website. Wonderful. Well, by the way, let me just spur the moment thought of this, any of your listeners that would like a copy of this message we have available on a CD. I can also send a link if people want to digitally but any of your viewers that would like a copy of this if they’ll write you and let you know and you correspond with me we’ll we’ll give those to them as a gift. Okay, since it’s December, I’ll say Merry Christmas.
Okay, wonderful. Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time to be with us today. It was truly a pleasure. As well as a gift to us for our spirits in the growth and facing this new year. We can live in victory over sin and live a life of that’s pleasing to the Lord and that brings great blessing to our lives and those around us. So thank you so much for joining me today. I actually hope that we get to do this again another time about another another topic if you’ve ever got the opportunity to do that with me. And to all the listeners listening today you can find me on social media at Jamie underscore loose that’s for Facebook that’s for Instagram, and again all the even Twitter everything is located on my website, Jamie loose.com. Go ahead and give us a like and a Share. And if you are listening on podcast, we encourage you to leave us a rating there as well. Thank you so much for joining us today. We love you, we appreciate you. And we just pray that the Lord blesses you take this message to heart, make it your share it with somebody that you know who needs to hear it. God bless you. We’ll see you next time. Bye bye. Okay, wow, thank you so much. This was a real treat for me. And I know that it will truly be a blessing and a real tool. Actually, I know that this is I’m always asking the Lord, you know, give me something that I know that people can take like a tool in their hand, it’s a tool that we use, and help us to mine out what we need to mine out and do what we need to do to make the changes we need to make and to just live the way we were destined to live for the Lord.