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Don’t Sabotage Your Witness (Live a Lie or Produce the Truth)

PASTOR WIL: Number two, Hallelujah, I told you, “Don’t live a lie, produce the truth.” This one here is the sabotage, everybody say, “Sabotage.”

The first one was to impugn your witness with a lie. Let’s talk about sabotaging your witness.

The Bible, again, says “and which accuses them before God day and night.” This here deals with — whereas the first point dealt with lie versus truth — this here deals with immorality versus character.

To sabotage is to deliberately obstruct, damage, or destroy. If our witness is impugned by what others do — that is, lie on them — our witness is sabotaged by what we do. Okay, y’all didn’t know I was gonna make that turn, did you? “Pastor, I thought you was gonna talk about him,” no, I’m gonna talk about us.

See, people can lie on you, but only you can sabotage. If our witness — oh, oh, somebody say, “Hallelujah” — is, is, is, is impugned by others, it is sabotaged by ourselves.

The accuser doesn’t just tell lies on us. Sometimes what he’s tellin’ is actually the truth; we actually did do that. Look at your neighbor and say, “Yeah, they got me, doc, they, you got me on that one.” (Laughter.) “Yeah, I, I really did lose it that day, mm-hm.”

I know I’m saved, but, but I remember, I saw my son in here earlier, I remember there was somethin’ that he did that really frustrated me.

Now, I’ve been teachin’ this class, “Don’t Argue, Criticize, Condemn, or Complain,” I, and I’ve been teachin’ to the couples. I say, “You got to stay in control. Don’t try to handle somethin’ with anger.” But this day, it just didn’t go good. It just didn’t go good, and I went off. Y’all ain’t workin’ with me. I went off.

Now, when you go off, it does feel good, temporarily. Y’all, y’all ain’t workin’ with me, y’all ain’t work— I, I know y’all saved, but when you let ‘em have a piece of your mind, you be like, “Well, that felt good right there.” And I felt good for a second. But then I realized I had just sabotaged what I had been tryin’ to teach.

Y’all still ain’t catchin’ this. You still ain’t catchin’ this.

See, see, sometimes you lose it, but every time you lose it, please understand that you are sabotaging the very thing that you’re trying to teach, that you believe in. You’re sabotaging your own witness.

See, sometimes, Hallelujah, we get in our own way, because we don’t stand for what we believe in. Can I preach in this place? Hallelujah. See, your enemy already wants to shoot you. Just don’t give him the bullets. “Now, look, doc, if you’re gonna shoot me, you gotta get your own bullets.”

Oh, oh, y’all ain’t workin’ with me in here. Can I preach right now?

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See, when you know somebody’s out to get you, don’t give them a reason to get you. When you know they’re tryin’ to get you fired, don’t show up late for work. Can I preach in this place? If you’re gonna fire me, fire me without a cause, but I ain’t gonna give you a cause. “Well, Pastor, you just don’t know what they been doin’ to me.” Yeah, it don’t matter! Don’t sabotage your own destiny! Look at your neighbor and say, “Don’t sabotage yourself.”

See, I, I, I figured out — and what this deals with, see we all struggle with immorality, we all struggle with sin, we all struggle with issues, and one of the reasons why God says don’t let your ministers or your elders or your deacons be novice is that we need you to get some of that stuff out of your spirit before you begin to leave God’s people, because we don’t want you up here (gestures) still dealin’ with immorality down there (gestures). I’m gonna preach right here. Because, see, now, you’ve decided to take on an assignment that represents Christ, and you’re tryin’ to tell people that God is a keeper, and I’m lookin’ at you like, “He ain’t even keepin’ you.” (Laughter.) Oh, no, no, no, no, you tellin’ me to come to church on Sunday morning, and then you tryin’ to fornicate with me Sunday night, I’m, I’m, I’m preachin’ right here, I’m preachin’ right here, y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother. You tryin to tell me that God is love and you’ve been throwing shade at me all week long, you’ve been givin’ me that, that nice ugly, y’all, y’all know how y’all do, you smile but there’s ugly intent behind it, oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah, oh, yeah, oh, yeah, oh, yeah. You in church dancin’ and shoutin’, I see you praisin’ God, and half the people lookin’ at you like “What she got to praise God for after what she’s been doin’ to me?” Why? You are sabotaging your own purpose!

Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, they gonna shoot you, stop giving them the bullets.” They gonna do what they gonna do. Oh, look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, do what you gotta do, but I ain’t gonna help you do it.” If you gonna leave me, you gotta leave me all by yourself; I ain’t gonna help you leave me. If you wanna leave, you gotta pack your own bags. I’m preachin’ by myself. If you’re gonna fire me, you’re gonna have to fire me without a cause, so that, ‘cause I might just decide to go somewhere and sue, but oh, y’all ain’t helpin’ me in this place, you ain’t gonna fire me for cussin’ you out, even though you may have deserved it. Preach right there, preach, preach, preach right there, Pastor Wil.

The point that saints gotta get is we can sabotage, sabotage. See, the Bible says, Hallelujah, “Know that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, and covetous, and boasters, and proud, and blasphemers, and disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,” somebody say, “Hallelujah,” Hallelujah, “despisers of that which is good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” And then God said, “You know who I was talkin’ about? I wasn’t talkin’ about the world, I was talkin’ about y’all.” How do I know? ‘Cause He said, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power” — the power — “thereof.”

These are church folk that are acting like this. These are people. And so, what’s happened is — and, and, and I figured out something, mm — preach right here — see, when, the reason why I talk about character — everybody say, “Character” — and this is why it bothers me so much. To me, character matters, because I believe it mattered with Christ. ‘Cause he didn’t say you would know his disciples by how talented they was. He didn’t say you would know his disciples by how rich they were. He didn’t say you would know his disciples by how, how, how, how high they were. He said you would know them by their fruit, by their love — by their character.

And so, I found out that all that other stuff that y’all so coveted — “I gotta get rich, I gotta get this, I gotta get a promotion, I gotta get that” — that stuff, Hallelujah, does not shape character, it reveals character. Mm-hm. Preach, preach.

Because the, the, the, the more richer you get, the more powerful you get, the more of your real character comes out. Oh, I’m preachin’ right here. Some people, the only reason why we don’t know about their dirt is because they don’t got many options for their dirt. Oh, oh, I’m gonna preach right here. I’m gonna preach, I’m gonna preach. See, when you broke, you ain’t got a whole lot of options, but when you rich, everybody comes home talkin’ to you. Well, oh, y’all still ain’t likin’ a brother in here. There’s a lot of rich brothers gettin’ played that wouldn’t get played if they was broke. Y’all ain’t working with me. “Girl, you see that car?” What’s the car got to do with it? “He got a good job.” What the job got to do with it?

See — oh, preach right there — your character is what’s on the inside of you; and every time this stuff keeps coming out, it tells me that this is about what’s on the inside of you. Look at your neighbor and say, “Character.” Say it again, say, “Character.”

Oh, my God, and, and, and so, I wanna preach to some folk, because we’ve got too many people who have allowed their gifts and talents to take them to places where their character couldn’t keep them. Mm, I don’t know about you, but when I get there, I wanna have the character to stay there. When I get the promotion, I wanna have the character to hold on to it. Have you noticed that a lot of these rich and famous people are very arrogant, very stuck-up? Well, the truth of the matter is, they always was like that, they just didn’t have nobody to be like that with.

Oh, preach right here. But look at your neighbor and say, “Don’t live a lie, produce the truth.” Oh, let me preach in here.

The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory”: we all have character flaws, we all have issues on the inside of us. But my question to you, because you have been called to be a witness, your job is, before you ever get there (gesturing), walk on this right here. Too many people are waitin’ to get rich, waitin’ to get married, waitin’ to get this, waitin’ to get that. Work on you right now, so when you get that, you have the character to sustain it.

A lot of people wanna be married, you ain’t got no character to be married! You wanna get married, and you’re still creepin’ with two or three girlfriends! You’ve gotta get character! Y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother right here. You, you, you, you, you wanna be rich, you ain’t even faithful with the little 10 dollars you got, you can’t even give God, God a one-dollar tithe, why would He ever make you a millionaire? I’m gonna preach, I’m gonna preach, I’m gonna preach, I’m gonna preach, I’m gonna preach. And so, look at your neighbor and say, “Stop living a lie, produce the truth.”

Oh, can I preach in this place?

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The Bible says, “For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” What is He trying to say? He’s saying, now that you have the Holy Ghost, before you get any place, let’s build some character. Let’s build some real love. Let’s build some joy, because the place that I’m taking you is gonna depress you, and you better have some joy on the inside of you, to keep you. The place that I want to take you in your destiny is gonna have some haters. Preach right here, Pastor Wil. And you better have some love that conquers a multitude of evil. The places that I take you is gonna try your very soul, and you better have character to stand on that stand and say, “For God I’ll live.”

Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, don’t live a lie. Produce the truth. Produce love. Produce joy. Produce long-suffering.” Looks like I’m borin’ some of y’all. Look at your neighbor and say, “Stop living a lie, and start producing the truth.”

Oh, I know we all have sinned; but God is a keeper. I know we fall down, but we get up. But there’s a time in your life that you can produce enough fruit that you don’t keep fallin’ down. After you’ve done all that you can do, just stand. Just stand.

Somebody was telling me, “Pastor, I struggle with this sin, and I struggle with that sin, and I struggle with this sin, and I don’t know what to do.” God says, tell them this. Oh, my God. Hallelujah. I, I, I read this and I thought it was awesome. This man, oh, Hallelujah, he said to Socrates, he said, “Socrates, I want the wisdom that you’ve got.” Socrates took him to a river, and he took him by the head, and he pushed his head underwater. Y’all ain’t gonna work with me. And then, when he brought his head up, then Socrates said, “What do you want?” He said, “I want wisdom.” So he pushed his head back underwater, and held it under a little bit longer, and then he pulled it back up, and he said, “What do you want?” He said, “I want wisdom,” so he pushed his head underwater, and this time he held it for a long time, and then he brought the man back up, and he said, “What do you want?” He said, “I want to breathe.” (Laughter.)

Socrates said, “When you want wisdom as bad as you want to breathe…” Y’all still didn’t catch that, see, ya’ll didn’t catch that. See, y’all want stuff — but when you want God as bad as you want the stuff, you will get rid of that mess, ‘cause you know that God don’t like ugly. God don’t like fornication; and when you want God more than you want your fornication — when you want God more than you want your lies — when you want God more than you want homosexuality — when you want God more than life itself — you will get what God has for you, ‘cause you will have developed the character of love. See, I know we got haters, but when you want love bad enough, you will get love to overcome your haters.

Y’all ain’t workin’ with me. I know you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. But when you want joy bad enough, you’ll have joy that’ll get you through. (Singing.) Those depressing times — when you want long-suffering and gentleness bad enough, you will get everything that God has for you. (Speaking.) Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” Say it again, “Hallelujah.” Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, stop living a lie and produce the truth.” Are y’all getting this message? Well, somebody give God a praise. Say, “Bless the Lord.” (Singing.) Oh, Lord. (Speaking.) So let me finish this…

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