08 May Get Ready To Walk A Good Fight
PASTOR WIL: Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, get ready to walk a good fight.”
In this first letter, Paul says to Timothy, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.”
If you gonna talk that talk, you better be ready to walk the walk. You got to back up what you’re sayin’. You can’t tell people how bad God is and you wimp out after 42 seconds.
I’m gonna preach all my by myself. Let me go over here.
You can’t tell people how bad God is and you quit, and you givin’ up, you tell, “I can’t take it no more, I quit, I’m out of this marriage.” Hallelujah.
Dr. Wil and Dr. Grace can’t get no divorce! We’ve been talkin’ that talk too long. Y’all ain’t hearin’ me. We’ve been writin’ books and talkin’ that talk, tellin’ everybody this thing can work. You don’t have to endure marriage; you can enjoy it. Now, I can’t show up next Tuesday and say, “I’m through. I’m out. Deuces.”
I can’t do that!
Look at your neighbor and say, “Walk that walk.”
Oh, yeah – you gotta walk that walk. If you gonna talk it, you better walk it. Hallelujah. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” You’ve got to talk that talk. Don’t let your mouth write a check your behind can’t cash.
Oh, y’all… I’m preachin’ right now. Hallelujah.
I know, I know, I know First Lady been goin’ through and dealin’ with Pastor Wil from time to time. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” I know y’all think I’m nice and sweet and sugar and spice, but First Lady be goin’ through it with me sometimes. But she’s gotta walk that walk. Y’all ain’t helpin’ a brother in this place. And I know her name is Grace, and she epitomizes it – the epitome of Grace. But Dr. Grace’ll let you know a few things, if you get her on the wrong day, the wrong side. (Laughter.) And I gotta walk that walk.
I’m gonna preach in this place. Look at your neighbor and say, “Walk that walk.” You gotta walk and get ready to walk that walk.
Too many Christian folk have been labeled hypocrites because they don’t live out what they’ve been talkin’ about. Preach! They don’t live what they say. And so the world thinks we are a bunch of hypocrites because we talk about God’s love, but then we show anything but love. We talk about the love of God, and we don’t even like each other in our own church. God said, “By love shall you know my disciples.” These people don’t know us, because we don’t look like God, we don’t walk like God. We don’t talk like God.
Push your neighbor and say, “Walk that walk.” Come on, push ‘em again and say, “Walk that walk.” You gotta walk it, baby, you gotta walk it. Hallelujah.
Jesus went to – oh, preach God – he went to a fig tree, because from a distance, it was talkin’ that talk. That fig tree said, “Come to me, ‘cause I got what you need.” Jesus was hungry, and he went to the fig tree. But when he got there…
The leaves said he had somethin’. The leaves represent your testimony – that’s why God says your leaves shall not wither when you stay in the word. They represent what you have, who you are.
…And when he went there, he found no fruit on the tree. Preach right here.
God was so frustrated that he cursed the tree, and that tree died. You know why? ‘Cause He said, “I ain’t gonna let you tell anybody else this testimony, and have them walk out of their way to show up in your life, only for you to cuss ‘em out.”
I’m gonna preach all by myself. I’m not gonna let any—
And he cursed that tree! You don’t want God to have you being a hypocritical Christian who talk a talk but won’t walk the walk.
Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, get ready to walk the good fight by living the word.”
He said, “Flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” That’s how you walk that walk. You gotta flee, and you gotta follow.
Everybody say, “Flee. Follow.”
First, you gotta flee that which hinders your walk. When that boxer takes on a fight, he has to give up some stuff. He has to flee all the fatty foods. He has to flee sleepin’ in ‘til 12:00 in the middle of the day. He’s got to flee anything that hinders him for the fight that’s coming. He’s gotta wake up early, he’s gotta go for a run, he’s gotta eat the right diet.
And so God told Timothy, He said, “Flee these things.” What things? He said, “For the love of money is the roof of all evil.” He wasn’t telling him to flee money – He was telling him to flee the thing that produces the root of all evil, and that is the love of money.
The Bible says in Galatians 5:19 – are y’all getting anything out of this? – “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these.” This is what He wants us to flee: “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness” – unbridled, uncontrolled sexuality – “Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, and I’ve also told you again in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” You cannot advance the kingdom of Heaven if you won’t run from this mess that’s hindering you. Hallelujah. You got to tell some of that mess, “I left you in 2016, and you ain’t coming with me, ‘cause I gotta fight to fight, I’ve got to flee, Hallelujah, generational curses; I’ve got to flee adultery and fornication.”
Y’all shutting down on a brother. Y’all ain’t ready to work. You gonna have to get up at 5:50 in the morning to go to prayer, preach right there. You gonna have to tell that devil, “Deuces you are out.”
Oh, y’all ain’t working with a brother. Oh, somebody say, “Hallelujah.” Look at your neighbor and say, “You gotta flee, and then you gotta follow.”
Oh, he says, “Follow after righteousness, after godliness, after faith and love and patience and meekness.” And so, when I begin to look at what God was saying, He was telling us what to follow. He was telling us that I don’t want you to have a tree without fruit on it. And so, He said, “I want you to flee the works of the flesh; but I need you to run after the works of the spirit.” And they are the fruit of the spirit, which is love and joy and peace, longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness. Faith, meekness, and temperance. Against such there is no law.”
Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, I gotta learn and produce fruit.”
See, I figured out something. It isn’t that you gotta stop eating; you just gotta start eating the right things. And then, Grace went to the gym, and we said what our goals were. I’m thinkin’, “I’ve gotta diet and stop eating.” But they said, “No, you don’t. You just gotta flee the wrong things.” But when you flee the wrong food, make sure you run after the right food. So I want you to get some spinach in your diet. I want you to get some Greek yogurt. I’m preachin’ all by myself. I want you to get some chicken – not the fried kind. Y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother. I want you to get something that’s gonna be healthy, and I want you – and I – this one blew me away – he said, “I want you to eat three full meals a day.” I’m thinkin’, “You gettin’ ready to cut out a meal.” He said, “No, I’m just gettin’ ready to change your meal.”
God don’t want y’all to kill yourself! He just wants you to get the right thing.
Oh, preach right there.
See, a lot of people think church is about not having fun, about giving up this, and giving up that. “Oh, I gotta go do this, and I gotta, I gotta stop doing that.” But God says for everything you give up, I’m gonna give you something to replace it. When you give up the works of the flesh, I’m gonna give you the works of the spirit. When you give up hate, I’m gonna give you love. When you give up anger, I’m gonna give you joy. I’m gonna give you joy! When you give up depression, I’m gonna give you peace.
Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, I gotta flee; but then, I gotta follow. Follow after righteousness. Follow after goodness.” Look and say, “It ain’t about what you can’t do, but it’s about what you’re gonna do; and I see Christ workin’ it out for me.”
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