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The Birthright of Self Virtue (Faith, Meekness, and Temperance)

PASTOR WIL: Let’s see if we can give you a little piece of this second point, and maybe we’ll finish the third one up on Wednesday at Bible study, but Dr. Grace, the birthright – so, first we talked about brotherly virtue.  In here is also virtue that you need for yourself, called “self-virtue,” and these are faith, meekness, and temperance.   

DR. GRACE: So 1 Corinthians 13:5, it says, love “Doth not behave itself unseemly.  Love does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.” 

PASTOR WIL:  The fruit of the Holy Spirit produces this virtue, these virtues, and, and they include faith, or faithfulness; they include meekness, or gentleness; they include temperance, or self-control.  Don’t let your flesh cause you to sell your birthright.   

So, the first thing was, don’t let people cause you to sell your birthright.  Now, don’t let your self cause you to sell your birthright.  Don’t you be the cause of why you (inaudible).  Sometimes you got to look in that mirror and say, “I’m sick and tired of you, you better act right today.”  No, I’m serious!  You gotta go look in that mirror and say, “Listen, listen, we’re gonna get this together.”   

DR. GRACE:  Sometimes, we have to have that conversation with ourselves.  You know, we’ve got to tell our flesh, we’ve got to bring ourselves, our flesh, into subjection.  And sometimes you gotta tell your flesh, “Flesh, you ain’t gonna take me where the Holy Spirit can’t keep me.  You’re not gonna take me where the Holy Spirit can’t keep me.”  We’ve got to have that conversation.

PASTOR WIL: That’s your birthright.  It’s a part of the Holy Spirit, it’s a part of what God gave you when you was born again.  He gave you this ability, He gave you this ability to, to be patient, to be faithful, to be meek, to have self-control.  You know what, “Well, well, all my family, we’ve been this way all our lives,” that’s why you was born again.  “We, we, we have anger issues and anger problems,” that’s why you were born again.   

When a person is weak or faint, their judgment or choices become compromised, and so, and that’s what happened with Esau.  He became weak and faint, and then he began to make bad choices.  Because he didn’t realize that he had self-virtue.  You have some virtues that have been given to you.  He said, “I just can’t take it no more, I’m at a point of death.  I can’t take it no more.”  Yes you can!  You actually can take it.  The Holy Spirit produces this in you: faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.   

What’s the use in being faithful when you aren’t getting recognized or promoted?  And that’s what happens.  “These people ain’t recognizing me,” and so you wonder, “Well, why am I gonna keep showing up?  I’m just gonna go ahead and get my paycheck.”  You know what?  You know why?  Because you’re getting ready to sell out your virtue.   

Brotherly love.  The reason why you should keep doing it, even when you ain’t being recognized – the reason why you should keep getting, working hard, even though they keep promoting the other person – is because you have a virtue in you called love.  That’s why you keep doing it.  The reason why you stay with that man and stay with that woman is because you have virtue.  So you’re waitin’ on them to change.  I don’t need you to change as long as I got the love of God, because God’s been puttin’ up with me all these years, God has been patient with me all these years, God – oh, no, I didn’t say God didn’t get angry, but praise God, it only lasts for a moment.  He gets angry at me when I mess up, but the Bible, it says, “His anger endureth but for a moment.”  Why?  Because He’s got that virtue of love on the inside of Him.  And His favor is life.  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy, where’s that coming from?  From God.  The same God that was mad at me gives me joy the next day.  The same God that could have killed me, because the wages of sin is death, when I wake up in the morning, He breaks me off some more joy.  (Applause.)   

I wonder what would happen if my spouse made me so mad the night before – and they really did something bad to me, and I’m upset – I got angry at them.  They know they was wrong, they know they was wrong.  Now, the most, the, the typical reaction from us is, we ain’t talkin’ to ‘em for three days until they apologize.  “Don’t touch me.”  I wonder what would happen if – when they know they did you wrong – when they woke up the next morning, you had prepared breakfast in bed for them.  (Laughter.)  “Pastor, I don’t know if I should eat this, I don’t know, I don’t know what’s in there, I don’t know why is she all of a sudden giving me break…”  Okay.  (Laughter.)   

Well, I can tell you this.  If you had that God in you, you would’ve been angry but for a moment, and the next moment, you would’ve gave ‘em some joy.  You would’ve gave ‘em some joy.  Wives, you would’ve gave ‘em some joy.  Husbands, you would’ve gave ‘em some joy.  Oh…  You was mad last night, but today, you gave them some…   

That’s your birthright!  You have the ability to do that!  You just sell out.   

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DR. GRACE: And you know, the, the most powerful thing about this is, as, as funny as it sounds when Pastor’s telling you that, love, it doesn’t cost us anything, you know.  We’ve gotten the greatest gift that life could ever give us, you know, it’s, it’s that perfect God-made love.  It doesn’t cost us anything, because Jesus already paid the cost.  He’s already paid the price.  He died, amen, so that we would experience love, we would experience life.  And so, when we read 1 Corinthians 13, understand that this is our prescription.  This is our road map.  This is God’s master plan for our life.  When it says in verse 13, 13:4, it says, “Love is not boastful or proud.  It is not rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It’s not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”  

PASTOR WIL: So how can you walk around three weeks mad at each other if you got this?  How can you not talk to your brothers and sisters in the church if you got that?  I know they did what they did, but you keepin’ record, “I ain’t doin’ nothin’ until they apologize.”  You keepin’ record.  You’re selling out your birthright.  Look at your neighbor and say, “Don’t sell it, ‘cause it’s worth more than you know.”  It’s worth more than you know.   

See, David felt this way in, in Psalm 73.  He said, “Truly God is good to Israel… 

DR. GRACE: “…Even to such as are of a clean heart.  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps were well nigh slipped.  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

PASTOR WIL: But if you keep on reading, he said, “Until I got into the sanctuary of God,” and I tapped into that love – until I got – see, y’all waitin’ on people to get right.  Stop this mess!  You gotta go to God and get your real birthright, ‘cause when you get that, everything is gonna be alright.  How do I know?  Because the Bible told me to “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down.”   

You keep doin’ right to a person and let them keep doin’ wrong by you.  Y’all ain’t helpin’ me.  You keep doin’ right, you keep showing God’s principles, and that joker keep acting a mess, I feel sorry for that person.  You know why?  Because God said, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  And if I’m sowing a good husband, God’s gonna give me a good wife, even if it ain’t you.  If I’m sowing a good wife, God’s gonna give me a good husband, even if ain’t you, because God’s word’s gotta come to pass!  Let us not be weary in welldoing, for we shall reap, we shall reap, if we faint not!  It’s yours, baby, it’s your birthright!  Don’t you dare sell out, don’t you dare give up!  It’s yours, it’s yours, it’s yours!  Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”   

I love how David said, he said, “Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shall thou dwell in the land, verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of your heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.”  Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, don’t sell your virtue.  It’s worth more than you know.”

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