04 May Get Ready To Talk A Good Fight
PASTOR WIL: Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, get ready to talk a good fight.”
Somebody say, “Talk a good fight.”
One thing I learned about boxing and MMA and these things is, what happens before the fight ever starts.
Paul said to Timothy, “Preach the word; be instant in season and out.” Some people lose the fight before they ever get into the fight, because they got out-talked.
Muhammad Ali won many of his fights before he ever got into the ring. Muhammad Ali won many of his fights before he ever got into the ring. Somebody say, “Why?” Because he talked that talk. Oh, y’all ain’t working with me. He told his enemies, “I’m gonna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit me because he can’t see me. Now you see me, now you don’t. He thinks he will, but he won’t.” Muhammad Ali said things like, “I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m pretty, I’m fast, and you can’t get me.” He said, “I can’t be beat, I can’t possibly be beat. If my mind can conceive it, my heart will believe it, and I can achieve it.” He said, “If you dream about beating me, wake up and apologize to yourself.” (Laughter.) Don’t even dream about it. He had them guys so psyched out, by the time they got into the ring, they was already done, already defeated.
And the Bible says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” You must understand the power that you have in your lips, in your tongue, in your mouth. We hear – and see, here’s the problem: when you let somebody talk to you, but they talkin’ that wrong talk.
Death and life. It’s not just life that’s in your tongue; it’s death also.
When the children of Israel were to take, Hallelujah, the walls of Jericho, God said, “Don’t say a word, because I don’t want no doubters tellin’ us what we can’t do. I know these walls are almost 20 feet tall.” I’m gonna preach all by myself! I know that people can live on the other side of that wall for years and years and years, because they got streams and crops and things, but God said, “Don’t you say a word, ‘cause I don’t want nobody talkin’ that bad talk, talkin’ that talk of death, talkin’ of that talk about what you can’t do.”
We got people around us that talk that wrong talk: “You will never be anything. You will never amount to anything. You’ll never accomplish anything.” We have the world talkin’ that wrong talk. Hallelujah. “You were born on the wrong side of the tracks. You have the wrong culture, the wrong race; the wrong place, the wrong time. If it wasn’t for bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all.”
And you will talk that wrong talk to yourself. You will convince yourself, Hallelujah, that you can’t do it. You will tell yourself that you can’t make it. But look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, get ready to talk the good fight by preaching the word.”
See, I need y’all to get this. See, this is the good talk. Paul said to Timothy, “Preach the word; be instant in season, and out of season.”
So, “preach” here means to talk what God says. A preacher, Hallelujah, tells what God says, and I need every saint of God in here to understand that you got to learn how to talk that talk when your devil is getting ready to take you out. When you’re getting ready for the battle, don’t wait ‘til you get in the battle to go try to learn scripture. You better get your talk on now, you better get that word on now, so that you can talk that talk when the devil ever shows up, you can tell that devil, “Come on, now you see me, now you don’t. I’m gonna sting you like a butterfly and pop you like a bee.”
Y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother in this place.
Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, I better talk that talk.” You gotta learn how to be—
And he said – here’s the truth – he said, “Be instant in season and out.” Let me tell you what that means. That means be ready. Always be ready. When he says, “Preach, be instant in season…”
See, some y’all talk the talk when things, when you are in season, when you’re the flavor of the month, when everything is going your way. When you’re in season, when you’re in season. When your money is right. You can talk the talk then. You dance the dance when you get the new car, the new house. You talk about how God good is [sic], how good God is, when you’re in season. But God, but Peter, Paul told Timothy to be instant in season and out. He said, even when they take the car, still talk that talk. Hallelujah. When you get laid off from the job, still talk that talk. When things ain’t workin’ out, still talk that talk.
See, that’s what the Hebrew boys said, they said, “My God is well able to deliver us out your hand.” But if he don’t, but if he don’t, either way, if we are out of season, God is still able. You gotta be ready no matter what’s going on in your life, Hallelujah. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
Look at your neighbor and say, “Be ready to preach. Be ready to give that good news.”
The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing” – what? – “by the word of God.” So if you’re gonna talk that talk, you better study. You better have God’s word. You better have studied God’s word, heard God’s word, so you can speak God’s word. Most people can’t talk that talk, ‘cause they don’t know what the talk is.
David said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart.” He said, I’ll put that word in me. He said, I’ll meditate on it day and night. “His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Why do you need the word in you? So you can talk it, baby. So you can speak it. ‘Cause you’re about to speak life into yourself. You can’t speak what other people say – you gotta speak what God said. People will tell you what you can’t do. I don’t care what they say. The only thing I care about is, what did God say?
And I read somewhere that God told me I was more than a conqueror. I read somewhere that God told me, “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” I know, I know, I know, I know I’m in a battle. But look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, talk that talk.” God said, “His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
So when somebody tells you what you can’t do, you make sure you study, and you know to go back and say, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” When somebody tells you that you don’t have enough to make it, you better get ready to talk that talk and say, “But my God shall supply all my need according to His riches and glory!” When somebody tells you they out to get you, they comin’ to get you, talk that good talk, and tell them, “No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper. You don’t know who you messin’ with!”
Oh, God, you’re makin’ me get happy in this place, ‘cause I got my talk on, I got my talk on!
Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, get ready to talk a good fight by preaching the word.”
Give God a praise right there.
Let me give you a few more minutes here, and we’re gonna finish this on Wednesday night.
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