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TRANSCRIPTION | Sunday, March 20, 2022 | Flies & Foxes Series | How to Save Your Reputation

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I have a two part series that I've had the chance to share with you. The first message already. Second message today it's called little or excuse me is called Flies and Foxes. And in the first message, we talked about little foxes. Today we're going to talk about the other portion of that name in that series. And I want to use Ecclesiastes chapter ten, verse one as an anchor, Ecclesiastes chapter ten and verse one it says this dead flies make the perfumers ointment give off a stench.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

So a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. It may be a verse that you're familiar with. I think there's a high likelihood that it's a verse that not very many of us are familiar with, and maybe a verse that you never heard taught, you've never heard preached. It's a verse that I find incredibly intriguing, and it's it's something that has God has dealt with me through multiple times in my own life.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I'd like to share with you this morning some things that I believe God's laid on my heart for our church and just for followers of Jesus in general. And I hope to see these things applied to my life as well. But Ecclesiastes chapter ten and verse one, one more time dead flies make the perfumers ointment give off a stench.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

So a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. We're going to talk about those dead flies today. Father, I ask you to help me to teach. To help me to preach. Help me to share your word or let it be done in Jesus name. This church said amen. So I've already mentioned that the message series is entitled Flies and Foxes. The first installment of this was about the foxes out of a verse in Song of Solomon.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Obviously, today we're talking about the flies from the book of Ecclesiastes. And the point has really been this, that it's the little things. Just tell somebody. It's the little things. It's the little things. My wife, whom I love with all my heart, and I feel like we really. How far are we into this? 22 years. 21. We're working on 22. It's like our relationship is stronger and more in love today than we were even when we first got married.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And she recently made a statement to me. Eric, it's the little things. And what she was communicating is that she felt like that the reason our our love had grown so much over the years is because we really put a significant amount of emphasis on the little things maybe an intentional as a husband, her being intentional as a wife, the little things.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I think sometimes in our relationship with God, we get so focused on the big stuff that we overlook the impact of the little things. And in this passage of text, what the what the author is trying to communicate to us is it is the little things and that the little things can can have a profound, very big and impactful effect on your relationship with God and your relationship with others.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And the way we've been seeing that is your meaningful connections with God and your meaningful connections with others. It's the little things. So, Solomon, is pronounced by Scripture to be perhaps the wisest man that ever lived outside of Jesus Christ. He was a king. He led the nation of Israel He wrote a book called The Song of Solomon.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

He wrote the Book of Proverbs, which was basically a collection of quotes, if you will, from his wisdom as a king and as a judge. But he also wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes, from which we've read this morning. And the book of Ecclesiastes is referred to as the preacher because it's not just a bunch of quotes from King Solomon.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

He is preaching a message. In fact, when you read the book of Ecclesiastes, you will find that he is encouraging, that he is edifying, but he also provides correction. He also provides moments where he challenges people to take a deep and profound look at their life and the world and the Earth in general. He preaches. And so Ecclesiastes, you could read it as a singular sermon.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You could read it as a series of messages, which I think is actually probably the most accurate way to look at it. And I'm going to show you some of that this morning. But in Ecclesiastes chapter and verse one, let's look at it one more time. Did flies make the perfumers ointment give off a stench? So a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Another way of saying that perhaps a more direct translation is worded this way as dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink. So a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor. So there's a metaphor. And what he's saying is that in the same way, that a little fly can cause a big bottle of perfume to be ruined.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And what would have smelled good now smells bad. So is it that a little folly, allowing a little foolishness in regards to sin to come into your life can have a really big impact on how other people would might view your wisdom or even how they might honor you that it affects you. And so the background for the sin and maybe even just a little bit of modern context first.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I've never met anybody that likes flies. They are a nuisance. They are aggravating. You will swat and you will flip your hand and you will twist your head, and they just keep coming back. Steven mosquitoes to such an aggravating little creature. And we've come up with all kinds of ways to try to get rid of them. Everything from sprays to torches to chemicals to something to try to repel them.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And they just keep coming. Imagine thousands of years ago, without those chemicals without those modern advances, without some of the things that we have today, how much worse those flies in those mosquitoes would have been. This is the context. And so in the day in which that this would have been written, you need to understand there was no city water department there was no indoor plumbing.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

People were not taking two or three showers a day. In fact, they were fortunate if they could even get one shower a week. What that means is that there was a whole lot of stink in the atmosphere and people were still struggling with body odor and so in order to offset or to accommodate this stench of the flesh, there was a trade that developed and they were known as perfumers or as apothecaries.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And what that meant is that they were people who specialized in developing synths and perfumes, and they would use these perfumes to try and help people's body, their flesh, to not smell so bad. It was a masking of the smell. So these apothecaries became really important people in society. In fact, they informed they formed guilds or groups of people who shared their trade and there would be entire sections of the street in the outdoor market places that was reserved just for specific perfumers and specific apothecaries.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

They tended to become very wealthy people, very influential people, very sought after people, because they were providing such a valuable and such an important service. But they had an issue when people would come to buy the perfume. They didn't want to show up and see a bunch of flaws in it.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And in this day, it was really difficult to keep the flies out. And so even sometimes when they would make their best effort to seal it or to make sure that they were keeping it protected, sometimes steal the flies would get in. But this verse, look at it again. This is the way it says it did. Flies make the perfumers, ointments give off a stench.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Now, in the Hebrew, it doesn't read the way that we might anticipate it would read. It actually probably better translates like this the flies of Death just say that to somebody. The flies of death. The flies of death are what make the perfumers ointment give off a stench. Here's what it means. It means this is this verse is not just talking about a fly flew into perfume and died.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Now what it's talking about is that there were flies who would go and they would engage with something dead, maybe a dead animal, maybe even a dead person. And as they would eat away at this dead thing, they would then come back and they were flies that had a bite to them. We almost in our minds can better envision a mosquito, if you will, because of the fact that these flies were transmitting diseases, they were transmitting bacteria, poison and infection.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And so these flies, they would go and they would take of the dead thing. And then they would come and they would come over to a living person and they would bite them. And this infection, this bacteria would be transmitted from the dead thing to the living thing. So one of the big issues is that when these flies would get into the perfume and they would die, they brought the bacteria of death with them.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

They were carriers of death. And when they died in the the perfume, they they corrupted the perfume. They they made the perfume actually could be dangerous. But at the very least, this bacteria that was in these flies would cause this perfume to begin to stink. It's a it's a really big issue. That's coming from a very small thing.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But I told you King Solomon was preaching a sermon. Right. And so we're reading from chapter ten. But before you get to chapter ten, there's chapter seven, and he sets up chapter ten in chapter seven. And so really to understand Ecclesiastes ten one, you have to have the context of Ecclesiastes 71. And we know what Ecclesiastes ten one says.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

If you didn't before you came in here, you're going to by the time you leave today, dead flies make the perfumers anointment, give off a stench. But here's Ecclesiastes 71, a good name or a reputation is better than precious ointment. So now what we just discovered that God is trying to tell us is the thing that the enemy is trying to corrupt in your life is your name.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

He's trying to corrupt your reputation, and he's not going to do it with the big stuff. He's going to do it with the little stuff. And what God's trying to point out to you is that there are going to be issues with dead flies, flies of death, flies that carry death. We're speaking in the natural, but there's spiritual connotation that these these spiritual dead fly is they're going to bring something from the dead things in your life and try to come over here and corrupt the living things in your life.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

They're going to bring something from the stench over into what's supposed to smell sweet. They're going to bring something for what would have been Life-Giving or excuse me, something from poison over into what would have been life giving. The enemy is going to take that attempt in your life. And the reason he wants to do it is because he wants to ruin your name.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

He wants to destroy your reputation. He wants people to think that you are a hypocrite. He wants people to think that you are one way on Sunday, but you're another way come Friday. He wants people to think that you are not authentic and that you are not living a meaningful connection with God. What is the enemy? Want that?

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Why does he want to ruin your name? Why does he want to ruin your reputation? Because you present yourself as a Jesus follower and the enemy wants to do something through you that becomes a stumbling block to someone else. And any of us that have ever invited somebody to church know that at one point or another, that person we were inviting started trying to use someone else at attended that church as their excuse for not coming.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And what they would do is they would point out something about that person's character, something about that person's reputation. Something associated with that person's name. And they would begin to use that as their excuse for why they weren't going to develop a connection with God. It's called hypocrisy. It's not a new issue. It's been going on since the days of Jesus 2000 years ago.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Jesus talked to his religious audience, his most religious audience and said, Y'all dressed right and all seem to talk right and y'all are going through the motions, right? He said, But you're struggling with hypocrisy. And he said, the way it is. He said this. He said, You're as beautiful as why did Sepulcher is on the outside, but you're full of dead man's bones and stink on the inside.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

He said, the reason is because you focused on cleaning the outside of the cup instead of the inside of the cup. So the point is this The enemy wants to try to get you to ignore the little things in your life that may be damaging your Christian witness because you love Jesus and you want other people to love Jesus.

 

But as long as the enemy can get you to ignore the stuff that stinks he can have an affect on limiting the power of your witness. And I believe in the name of Jesus this morning that God's going to set some people free and you're going to come into a room to a revelation of the power of God, that there's not going to be this stinking thinking anymore.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

There's going to be a breakthrough in your life. So can I get real with you for a second? Yeah. So so my grandma was our family's matriarch and my grandma was quite the cook. Anybody else have a grandma like that? Oh, my Lord.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Sorry, I had a flashback just for a moment. I was headed to lunch My grandma, she wanted all her kids, all her grandkids, all her great grandkids and all her great, great grandkids to be in church. And a lot of times with my little granny, the price of the fried chicken was to get a lecture about going to church.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And she was sweet and she was kind but I remember one particular instance where one of the family members had come in, and grandma kind of started the in about, you know, I ain't seen your church. You need to be at church. And why are you not at church? And I got a seat saved for you at church and looking forward to seeing you at church.

 

And finally, this individual spoke up and said, I ain't going to church. Well, why does that place is full hypocrites? At which point my uncle leaned over the pinto beans and said, Well, honey, you can go to church with them or you can go to hell with them.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And you can't get mad at me because he said it not been but he preached. And that's how the enemy does. Like, the enemy tries to get us focused on something that becomes a stumbling block, something that becomes an excuse to us, something that speaks to us. And some of us, I think, forget the fact how focused we are on what it is that stinks that maybe our life stinks because the worst thing that can happen in a message like this is what's probably happening to a lot of us.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Some of us have been saved so long, we're forgotten how really saved we are no longer I can get no help on a Sunday morning. You know, it's the truth. Like some of us, we're already thinking, Boy, I'll tell you what I wish we look at here. This sheen she needs of all the mornings for her to miss.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

This is the I'm going to send her the YouTube link as soon as it goes up on Tuesday around lunch because she knew she needs it. You need it. You need it. Well, because there's always going to be flaws like it. The best we can do, there's always going to be a fire swarming, trying to get into our lives and trying to bring something did something with the stench over into something that would be alive and sweet smelling because the enemy wants to corrupt your witness.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

He wants to corrupt your testimony. He wants to corrupt your stand for Jesus Christ. And this gets even more dangerous the longer you serve God rule, because we have a tendency in human nature towards complacency and entitlement A first time I ever heard this message, priest was about 15 years ago, maybe even 20 years ago. And the way that the guy brought it out still sticks with me today.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I've thought about it a lot as I was preparing for this message this week. This is what he shared. He shared that as these perfumers, as these apothecaries were making the perfume and and making their ointments that they weren't just servicing where they lived. They also had to service other villages other cities. And that means travel was involved.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And they didn't just go rent a U-Haul or a cargo truck and send it down the road. It was an investment to travel with this perfume. And transportation was a challenge and maybe their own wagons or their own carts or they're using donkeys or camels or horses, oxen. It's a challenge however you go about it. And if they're traveling with mass quantities of this, these containers, it would have been really a struggle to keep them sealed.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And so as they would travel the journey, the challenges of the journey, the difficulties of the journey, the distance associated with the journey would cause the seal to break on the perfume. And sometimes even at the best they could do as they were traveling, they would become unaware of the fact that flies had slipped in and corrupted the perfume.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And so upon arrival, they would discover that these entire container hours of perfume were completely ruined. And it all happened during the journey, and no one even realized it was transpiring at times until it was too late, until it was contaminated, until the pure thing had been poisoned. And that's exactly what happens in our life, in our journey.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

The enemy just keeps trying to find a crack he keeps trying to find a way to break through the seal. He keeps trying to get into your life in a place where you're unaware you're not paying any attention and begin to cause little scenes to creep into your life and a little thing becomes a big thing. Am I making sense to anybody in this?

 

I feel like I feel like somebody I feel like somebody needs encouragement this morning to just let go. I haven't seen him. You smell so good. Lord forgive him.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

As you know what you said about him this week, oh, I I look at this verse. I want you to see it one more time. Ecclesiastes ten one dead flies make the perfumers ointment give off a stench so that a little folly outweighs wisdom in honor. It's like scales. And you can have this massive amount of wisdom and honor and just a little folly I know we don't use that word.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I know we're not familiar with that word, but that dead flower, that little sin that's coming out of that dead place in your life, that that thing that was dead. But it's poison that the present can flip the scales and so we can't ever ignore what the enemy is trying to do in our life. I had a conversation with my kids, and, you know, they're kids, and you're trying to get them raised and they're going to make mistakes.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And they got it from their momma. What I'm told a lot my son got in a fight in the basketball game yesterday. I looked at the guy who said to me, I don't know, it's his momma. It's just absolutely. It's just Mother's Day. There's no doubt and I set my daughter down in and my son on different occasions.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But this particular instance, I was talking to Natalie and she just had and she just misrepresents the truth. I don't even think she understood the gravity of what she was doing. She just didn't tell it straight. How so? Frustrating. I said it now and then. She was asking for permission to do something else. I'm like, you just lied to me.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Like, there's no way you're doing that. You didn't tell me the truth about that. How do I trust you in this as we were working through it on different occasions with both of my kids, and I know your kids have never lied, so this is for somebody else. Yeah.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And I explained to him, I said I gave him an analogy that I watched another guy do one time. I'll never forget it. It was it was a it was a young man that had built an incredible ministry, and he made a mistake, and it was a dead fly. And when this guy was trying to go through a rehabilitation process, he walked into this place to begin to recover.

 

And the individual that was meeting him, he just immediately starts some he says, yeah, I know what this is going to be. We're going to do, you know, these steps and we're going to do these steps. He's like, let's just go ahead and just fast forward me to about this many weeks, because I teach all this. I know all that.

 

I don't need any of that. And this guy, he saved my life as a parent because he walked this fella that we're trying to help over to the window. He said, Look out there. Look you see that tree big a massive oak tree? Because again, he said, How long do you think it took that tree to grow? Like I said, I don't know, maybe 50, 75 years.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I yeah, that's a good guess. But how long would it take to cut it down? Oh yeah. Come on, the guy. So if you had the right chainsaw 5 minutes yeah, that's right. And how long would it take to grow it back, you know, and that's the part that none of us want to hear is that sometimes a little volley, sometimes a dead fly has a great consequence.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

But God is not trying to punish you with the consequence as much as he is trying to teach you that this thing's going to grow back. And when it grows back this next time, what you what took years the first time? It may take months the next time, but when it grows back, that thing is going to be deeper rooted.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It is going to be highly valued. It is going to be something that's going to stand the test of the storm, because sometimes you don't know how to appreciate what you've got until you don't have it anymore. And so when you get it back now, that thing is precious. To you. It is prized to you, it is valuable to you.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

So I'm all time talking to my kids about trust. Trees grow in the tree and the importance of dealing with the dead flies, the little falls. And I think that that's something that we have to be aware of in our lives, is that there's a journey. And with the journey there's going to be dead flies and sometimes they're going to swarm.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You and sometimes there may even be some consequences attached. But the best thing it can happen to all of us is to learn to live a lifestyle of repentance to her that on a repetitive basis, we are coming before God and we are saying, God, I want you to give me clean hands. I want you to give me a pure heart.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I want you to give me a renewed mine. And God, I want you to reveal to me anywhere in my life that I've got a spiritual think that is beginning to develop. Because, Father, I don't want my life to be a stumbling block to somebody walk with Jesus or somebody witness for Jesus, Father God, I want to be that person that they look at me and they say, I see Jesus in them and I want Jesus in me.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I don't know who I'm trying to help this morning, but I came to encourage somebodies witness. Take a look at your life. Let the Holy Spirit help you examine. I'll show you just seven things very quickly in Scripture that Scripture does point blank says, These are follies and we know that now the falling is a dead fly. Genesis Chapter 34 verse seven says Sexual immorality is a dead fly.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

It's a folly. So the enemy tries to make the pure thing impure. So that could be an incredible blessing, something it could be incredibly beautiful suddenly becomes immoral because it's done outside of God's direction. A dead fly disobedience. Joshua Chapter seven, verse 15, talks about aching. He lost his entire life because he disobeyed God. It's a little folly, and it's spiritually stinks when we're disobedient to God.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Anger. Proverbs 1429 says just specifically that when we are people of impulse, it's a folly. In other words, we create a lifestyle that stinks, it hurts our reputation, it damages our name, it affects our witness.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Deceit. Proverbs 14 eight The folly of fools is deceit. It's amazing how many times we'll tell the truth until we're backed into a corner or we'll tell the truth right up until the point. We're about to lose the sail and we'll twist it or will tell the truth rotten to the bone. We think we're really about to get in trouble.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And then we'll bring this. Okay. Drunkenness, Ecclesiastes Chapter two, three and four talks about the fate that Solomon is evidently sharing a part of his own testimony that there came a point in his life where he sought wine and he laid hold on it to the point that it became folly in his life. It became a dead flat.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Opposing the truth is considered a folly or a dead fly. It second Timothy three, eight and nine. Paul tells a congregation through their pastor Timothy that that if they keep believing the wrong thing, they are going to settle for a spiritual folly. Then that it's going to be exposed at the consequence of all of them and their spiritual walk.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And that's happening today. People are calling good, evil and evil, good and light, dark and dark. Lord, it's a dead fly. There's another the last one I'll talk about is unforgiveness. Second Corinthians Chapter two. Paul's talking to an entire church and he tells them that unforgiveness is a folly and it has to be dealt with. And he tells them that because they are willing to forgive, he is also going to be willing to forgive just because he's inspired by them.

 

And I love what he says in verse 15 of Second Corinthians two, he says, And now we are on to God a sweet savior. So he was saying Unforgiveness stinks, but people who are willing to forgive become a sweet smelling saver under God. I believe he was saying, You got to get the dead fly out of unforgiveness, out of your life, and you're going to become a sweet smelling save or do that lifestyle, that worship in obedience.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And so these are the last things I'll share with you. They're going to begin to maybe even just play some music softly. And as they do so, I want you to think through with me the context of one of the most famous passages in text, in Scripture, in fact, in the New Testament, there are two verses that we quote as much or more perhaps than any other.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

One of them is, I can do all things to cross. Two strengthens me. Anybody ever quoted that one? Anybody like that was a pretty good one. I can do all things to Christ to strengthen me. Here's the second one. All the money shall be supplied according to His riches in glory. We like that one. We quote that one a lot.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Did you know they went when we're looking at Scripture, that those two passages are actually in the same can't text of the book of Philippians chapter four right there together through the same passage, the same chapter. And you know what? Paul is talking about when he mentions those two verses he's talking to a church that he's trying to help overcome Foley's sinful things.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And then he closes it out by saying that the actions that they are taking is actually creating a sweet smelling savior unto God. And that the reason they're going to be able to be that sweet smelling savior is because they have learned I can do all things through Christ Jesus, whose strength into me and all of my needs shall be supplied according to his riches and glory.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You want to know how to get away from the stench of the dead flies start believing I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me and start realizing there is no need that you will ever have in your life, that His grace is not sufficient to meet for you. And the greatest need any of us have is not associated with our car payment or our mortgage.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Our greatest need is how we're going to get over sin and make it into heaven. And He's made a way through the grace of Jesus Christ. That's the biggest dead fly we'll ever have to deal with, is sin in general sin. And so this morning I'll leave you with this thought. Jesus, in my opinion, does something unexpected in Matthew, Chapter Ten, Matthew, Chapter 12 and Luke Chapter 11.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

When I'm reading it, I don't expect it because when I think about the enemy, I contemplate that we call him Satan or we call him the devil. But in Matthew Ten and Matthew 12 and Luke 11, that's not what Jesus calls him or not at all. In fact, Jesus is specifically talking about moments where that He's casting out the devil and this is how He refers to Him.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

This is what Jesus calls him, Beelzebub that's the term He uses. He talks about the fact that He's casting out Beelzebub the enemy that that you can't miss that one. Here's why. Because Beelzebub, in both Hebrew and Greek tongue, means one thing, and there's really no other way to interpret it. One thing the Lord of the Flies and what Jesus was saying in those three chapters when he was talking about casting out the enemy is that he was giving his people authority over the Lord of the flies.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

All those little dead things that are going to try to crawl out of your past and crawl out of your hearts and crawl out of your habits. And crawl out of your hang-Ups and come over here and corrupt the sweet smelling things that God's doing in your life. God said, through the power of Jesus Christ, I'm going to strengthen you and I'm going to give you the grace to take authority over the Lord of the Flies.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

If you receive that word today, would you give God praise in this house? Come on, the Lord of the Flies. He has no authority over you. He cannot have authority over you. And he will never have authority over you because Jesus is the one that puts the swarm of flies on the run and makes it go in Jesus name.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And just like the Hebrew people in the book, in the book of Exodus, when the flies were swarm and the Bible actually says that they stood there completely free from the flies because they had the power of God over their life. And I'm believing that for you today that your name, your reputation restored regenerated, reconciled, so that your witness for Jesus Christ can go to the next level.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You I feel like preaching, and I can't find nobody to preach to. But I want you right now to bow your heads, close your eyes in this room. Come on. I want you to be real transparent before God. Some of you as is it as I preach this message, it's resonated with you. You're like, Man, that's exactly what I got going on.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I got a fly buzzing around my heart. I got a fly buzzing around my mind. I see. Now, who are the enemies trying to contaminate my life with stuff that ought to be dead? Stuff did not not be infecting the way I think it shouldn't be infecting what I believe. It shouldn't be infecting my faith. But it is.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

And today, God has revealed to you through his word the tactic of the enemy. He wants to encourage you that Jesus is more than enough strength. Jesus is more than enough grace to resolve whatever situation you walked in here dealing with that if Beelzebub himself stands here, he cannot overcome the power in the blood of Jesus. And today, as you see Jesus on the cross, as you see him taking the wrath of the Heavenly Father for your sin, massing maybe this is your moment just to lift a hand in the air and begin to call out to God in repentance for every element of stinking thinking that may have just slipped into your life and you're beginning to say, God, I want to be set free. Maybe there's somebody else that you're saying for the very first time, I'm going to become a Jesus follower. Somebody else. That's a moment of rededication, you're saying. I see what the enemy's been up to. I see the things that I've been settling for, and today I want a fresh start in God.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Come on. Put that hand up in the air. Be bold. And even as you got the hand up in the air, I want you to begin to pray under God. You say, I don't know how to pray. That is a lie from hell. That's a fly. Because to pray, all you got to do is talk to God like you talk to your very best friend right now.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

Just begin to pour your heart out, begin to confess sin begin to repent of things that you know right now are dead flies, flies off death carriers of death, maybe even struggling with anger, maybe even struggling with addiction. Maybe there's been things that have just been literally corrupting your life. And right now you're putting your heart out to God.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

I'm going to pray with you. I want to pray for you, Father. There are people right now that you are giving a fresh start. They will not leave this place the way they walked in, not because of a song they sung or a message they heard preached nearly as much as a personal decision that they are making right now in response to what you're doing in their life.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

God, you're tugging on their heart. You're pulling you're letting them know you're not finished with them. You got plans for them. The God right now, I pray that they would go all in with you, that there would be no hesitancy to say going to spend the rest of my life following Jesus. I'm going to spend the rest of my life loving God because I realize he loved me first.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

God, show them the power of the cross. The grace, the potency of your blood to make all things pass away and everything become new again. Lord, let it be done. In Jesus name. This church said, Listen, if you prayed and you gave your life to Jesus a minute ago before this day is out, you need to tell somebody.

 

Pastor Eric Gilbert

You need to verbally tell somebody or take somebody and say, Today I became a follower of Jesus. And the next step for use baptism and the I have some information for you about the end of the service how that can happen for you, but you got to put the whole world on notice. You ain't who you used to be because of what Jesus just did in your life.

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