27 Feb Can You Handle It When It Humiliates You? (The Mary Assignment)
Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, can you handle it when it humiliates you?” Look at ‘em again and say, “Can you handle it when it humbles you?” One more time, say, “Neighbor, can you handle it when it hurts you?”
Let’s talk, let’s talk, let’s talk. Can you handle your Christmas or your Christian assignment when it humiliates you? Everybody say, “The Mary assignment.”
The Bible says that she, in Matthew 1:8, was found with child. What do you do when you Christmas or your Christian assignment humiliates you, humiliates you? Can you imagine the humiliating ridicule that Mary had to endure when she showed up pregnant out of wedlock? Now, I know y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother right now because, you know, you know, “Oh, it’s just life, it’s just life,” but, but let’s be real clear, let’s be real clear, even in 2017 when somebody show up pregnant out of wedlock, y’all still talk. “I ain’t one to gossip, but I heard…” “No, that look more than her just gettin’ big…” Can I preach? Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” We get ridiculed, gossiped, derided, scorned, Hallelujah, and, and, and this is 2016! Can you imagine what she was going through two thousand years ago? Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
I find it interesting that out of the seven abominations that God hates the most, four of them are associated or connected with gossip. You can look that up in Proverbs 6, verse 16 through 19, but, but God says that He hates this stuff, when people lie, and when people bring division, and when people sow discord and bring wicked imagination and they make up stuff. Why? Why does God hate this so much? And why, out of all the sins in the world, God picked these seven and four of them were associated with gossip? Why? Because it destroys people. It destroys relationships, it destroys reputations, it even destroys lives. Many times, this stuff ain’t even true, and even if it was true, who are you to judge another man’s servant? Even if it is true, what business of it is yours, that you gotta go tell everybody what so-and-so done did? Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
So why would God put us through this, then? Why would God? Because our assignment is predestined, and the predestination of the assignment requires us to go through it. Can I preach in this place? Hallelujah. It, it, it is, it is, I’m not gonna take very much longer, but I need y’all to get this: can you handle it when your assignment humiliates you? Why? Because humiliation takes you to predestination. Predestination is about your destiny, predestination is the purpose in which you were called and chosen by God, and the path to destiny always leads through humiliation. I wanna say this again. If you are a child of God, God is not gonna glorify you before you get humiliated, I’m gonna preach right there, God is not gonna glorify you until everybody know the only reason why you made it was because of God, because if you did it by yourself, then God gets no credit, and the path through destination is always through humiliation! I’m gonna preach, I’m gonna preach, I’m gonna preach in this place. Woah, somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
The Bible says in whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate. Mary was humiliated, but she was predestined to be the mother of Jesus, the savior of the world, the mother of Emmanuel, God with us. Mary’s humiliation was necessary for her destination. We don’t think about Mary, see, when I said that, that Mary showed up pregnant, most of y’all, that, that, that, that didn’t kinda register with you all, even though that was really what happened. You know what registered with you? Not the gossip that the people was talkin’ about two thousand years ago, but the glory, I’m gonna preach all by myself, of being the mother of Jesus Christ! See, lies can go, gossip can go, but God’s word, God’s truth, God’s destiny, God’s glory, is what’s gonna last, so I’m gonna speak to some of y’all in here that’s goin’ through a little somethin’-somethin’-somethin’-somethin’, God has told me to tell you that I reckon that the suffering – I’m comin’, I’m comin’, I’m comin’ – is not gonna be compared! Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, your humiliation is necessary, because it leads to your destination.” Y’all give God a praise right there.
I’m a preacher in this place, I feel somethin’ in here, oh, Hallelujah. Every time, every time, every time somebody goes through somethin’, I always listen to them, “Well, I don’t wanna come to church ‘cause everybody’s gonna be talkin’ about me. I don’t wanna do this because people are gonna say this and say that,” everybody say, “Humiliation.” First of all, first of all, you will be humiliated, but let me be real clear, you ain’t all that important. (Laughter.) Most people in here don’t even know you. So the little humiliation you go through, go on through it, ‘cause God’s got your back. As long as God’s got a purpose and a plan through this, stop getting pulled out of shape because you have to go through a little humiliation. Everybody look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, can you handle it?”
When it humbles you, this is the Joseph assignment. The Mary assignment is the assignment of humiliation. The Joseph assignment is the assignment of humbling. Everybody say, “Humbling.”
The Bible says, and Joseph, her husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example or spectacle, was minded to put her away privately. What do you do when your Christian assignment humbles you? Hallelujah. We answered the first question, what do you do when it humiliates you? What do you do when it humbles you? This is the second part of our Christian or our Christmas assignment, and it is humility.
Humility is interesting because the path generally goes through humiliation, oh, I’m gonna preach right here. In order for us to be humbled, many times we are first humiliated. Humility, I, I, I am sure, like most of us, Joseph was a proud man, and I don’t mean proud from the standpoint of arrogant, I don’t mean proud from the standpoint of stuck-up, I mean that he was a good man, that he was proud of his family name and proud of his heritage and proud of the way he carried himself. How do I know that? Because the Bible says that Joseph was a just man.
See, most people, when they would’ve done wrong, they would’ve put you on blast. Most people would’ve, would’ve, would’ve turned up and, and, and made a spectacle and told everybody. “This ain’t me, this ain’t me, this ain’t me.” They would’ve put you on blast, because they felt like you did them wrong. But Joseph, being a just man, a good man, a proud man, said you know what? I ain’t even gonna go like that, I’m gonna turn the other cheek, I’m gonna preach right there.
But what do you do when you turn the other cheek and God says that still ain’t good enough? What do you do, Hallelujah, when you put up with the mess and God say that still ain’t good enough? What do you do when you know you deserve the promotion, and they give it to somebody else, and still God say that ain’t good enough? What do you do when you forgive somebody that ain’t even said “I’m sorry” and God say that still ain’t good enough? Oh, I’m gonna preach in this place. Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, it ain’t good enough.”
I’m sure Joseph was good people, he was a good man, Hallelujah. I, I, I like how the New Living translation puts this: “Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. And yet God said, ‘Not good enough!’” Why is that? Somebody say, “Why?”
Because human goodness can’t measure up to God’s purpose. I’m gonna preach right there. Being humanly good will never get you to your destiny. Being humanly good will never get you to your purpose. Why? Because God says your righteousness is as a filthy rag, and it does fade as a dying leaf. I need everybody in here to understand that we can be good, but God will still say it’s not good enough for your calling because where I’m calling you to, it’s gonna take more than just being humanly good. I’m gonna preach right here. What I need for you, somebody say, “Hallelujah,” is gonna take more than what’s on the inside of you. Maybe you came from a good family, maybe you was raised right, maybe you had, grew up in the church, but God told me to tell some of you all that even that ain’t gonna be good enough for your Christian assignment, oh, Hallelujah. Why? Because God still needs to humble you to get you to your calling. The Bible says, “And we know that all things work together for the good of them who love God, who are called according to His promise, who are called according to His purpose.” In order to walk in your calling, God must remove all vestiges of human pride out of your life. Why? Because the Bible says that God resists the proud, but check this out, but He gives grace to the humble. Everybody say, “Grace.”
What is grace? Grace is the unmerited favor, it’s the favor, it’s the stuff that you need. See, a lot of times in your goodness, you feel hurt because you weren’t treated right, because you want to be treated fair; but God says, you don’t really want to be treated fair, you want to be treated with favor, you want to be treated with grace, because fairness ain’t gonna get you to where I’m trying to take you. Man treating you right ain’t gonna get you to where God wants you to be, so God says, I need to remove all vestiges of human pride out of you, so that I can give you my grace, ‘cause I can’t give grace to proud people, I can’t give grace to people who think they made it by pulling up their own bootstraps, ‘cause I figured out, if you think you pulled yourself up by your own bootstraps, what are you gonna do when God takes your boots away? When you think that you made it all by yourself, what are you gonna do when God takes yourself away from yourself and you can’t even think straight? I’m gonna preach all by myself! Somebody say, “Hallelujah!” Say it again, “Hallelujah!”
And so the Joseph, Hallelujah, assignment is when God humbles us, because many of us have said, “I’ll never ask for help.” And God’ll break you down until He makes you ask for help. Some of you have said, “I made this myself,” and God’ll snatch it all away. You can spend 15, 20 years building up a career, and God will get somebody, fire you, and you ain’t got nothing, I’m gonna preach in this place, and you know you didn’t do right, you know you did right, and yet, you lost — am I preaching to anybody in here? You did right by that company, and as soon as they could save a couple of dollars, they let you go. You did right by that man or woman, and still they messed up on you. I’m gonna preach in this place! And yet God says, I need to break you down. The Joseph experience is, “Yeah, Joseph, you’re doing good, but when it comes to your assignment, it ain’t good enough.” Oh, somebody say, “Hallelujah.” Say it again, “Hallelujah.”
And so what I need is not good from myself, but I need God’s grace, ‘cause the Bible says that God gives grace to the humble. Look at your, look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, more than fairness, I need God’s favor.” Say, “I need God’s grace.” As Christians, our calling is to go to God. So I looked at this, and I said, okay, Mary was the mother, and the mother would do whatever it takes to bring that baby into this world. She’ll go through humiliation.
I remember when a few women in this church got pregnant out of wedlock. They came to me cryin’, and some of ‘em wondered should they have an abortion. I said, well, if you came to me, I know you aren’t lookin’ for no abortion, because that baby has an assignment, and your assignment is to get that baby here! I’m gonna preach all by myself! Your assignment is to make sure that you are healthy, so here’s the first thing I need you to do, I need you to stop stressin’ out, ‘cause we don’t wanna bring no stressed out baby in here. I need you to stop worrying about jokers, ‘cause this baby ain’t worrying about them, and I need you to be healthy, and when you walk in that church with your big stomach, I want your head raised up high, ‘cause whatever you did is done, God forgave you, and now you’re gonna go on and bring that baby into this world!
I remember, I remember, I remember, when one of my daughters – I’m gonna put her on blast right now – Michelle got pregnant. She’d been workin’ with a ministry, and she felt so bad, she didn’t wanna come to church, and I told her, the devil is a liar. You bring your behind in this church, and you get in this church, and you sit on the front row, oh, my God. And I said – ‘cause she used to do mime – I said, the day will come when me and you will be smilin’, ‘cause your baby’s gonna be in front of the church, mimin’ in front of the people! And I remember the exact moment that it happened, when I saw the little baby girl doin’ this (mimes), and my heart went back five years ago, when I prophesied about that assignment! The devil wanted to hurt her, abort her assignment, but God said the devil is a liar! You got an assignment! Woo!
So! If the mother gotta, you go through humiliation, to get her assignment, then the daddy gotta be humbled to get his, ‘cause the daddy gotta be the priest, the prophet, the provider, and the protector. And see, God said, Joseph, I know you wanna do good by Mary, but good ain’t good enough, ‘cause if you put her away, you can’t be her priest. If you put her away, you can’t be her protector. If you put her away, you can’t provide for her and the baby. If you put her away, you can’t be the one that goes to God. And so God said, I need you to humble yourself before the hand of God, and let me give you what you need. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” Say it again, “Hallelujah.” Say it again, “Hallelujah.”
Y’all gonna make me preach by myself on Christmas Day? I need some Christmas worshippers to go ahead and give God a praise, right here, right now, right here, right now, right here, right now.
(Singing.) You know why this is so important, ‘cause if there’s anybody that don’t think you can make it, when God humbles you, the Bible says, “And God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you should, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work.”
I read that and I said thank you, Holy Ghost, when God told me to tell somebody that’s been humiliated, that’s been humbled, that whatever you need, God has it; whatever you need, God’s gonna supply it. Oh, Lord, I heard somebody say, “Do not pass me by.” God not only is not gonna pass you by, but He’s never gonna leave you, nor forsake you, and I heard Paul said that my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. So since the Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof, since everything belongs to God, on Earth, and we ain’t even got to Heaven yet, but God said He’s gonna supply it, according to riches in Heaven. Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, I’m never gonna run out of what I need for my assignment.” I’m preachin’ by myself, First Lady. Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, as a matter of fact, if I don’t have it right now, then my assignment don’t need it.” But say, “Neighbor, the minute I need it, God shall supply all! God shall supply all my needs, because the Lord is my shepherd, and I shall not want.” Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, I don’t know about you, but God is my shepherd, and all my needs shall be supplied.” If there’s anybody in here that wants to embrace your Christian assignment, jump up and scream, “It’s already done, it’s already done, it’s already done!”
Come on, grab that neighbor by the hand, that one that look like they got a Christian assignment on their life! Grab somebody that look like they walkin’ in purpose, grab ‘em by the hand and say, “Neighbor,” say, “Neighbor, your humbling is necessary because it gives you the grace for your calling!”
Y’all ain’t workin’ with me right now! God’s gonna give you whatever you need to do whatever He’s called you to do! If He called you to do it, He’s gonna give you what you need to get it done! I need somebody, anybody, get up, start walkin’ around a little bit, and say, “It’s on its way, it’s on its way, it’s on its way, it’s on its way. Whatever I need, it’s on its way, whatever I need, it’s here right now, it’s here right now, it’s here right now. I need it for my assignment, and it’s here right now!” Somebody give God a praise! Give Him a praise! Give Him a praise! Oh!
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