Examine Yourselves Keith Daniel

Thank you for the privilege of being here. I am so aware that God has given me a peculiar and singular privilege of being in your country. And I am deeply grateful. I have met many Godly people and I praise God to be in America and just be surrounded by the cream of the people of God. It has been a great joy. Now, for these few nights…I am very grateful for each one of you…deeply, deeply grateful. Thank you that you love Christ.


Father, I do pray for these that came to the house of God tonight. I praise Thee for their minister who loves them with the love of God, for Thy love is in his heart. I thank Thee for the privilege of standing in this pulpit. Standing along side the work he has done…and is doing…through the grace of God. I ask Thee Lord in Thy mercy…these moments that we are gathered together…that Thou would come and give us such a heart, that would come seeking after God as never before in our lives. We need to hear Thy voice Lord, for that to happen. Not man’s voice. So come make Thy Word to be living. The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. Come give life to Thy Word Lord…and speak to every heart. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.


In the entire Bible, the chapter that is most feared by modern day Christianity is 1st John Chapter 3. Where we read these words…


1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,… that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3And every man that hath this hope in him… purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Every man who this hope, of being like Jesus, when we see Him…of being like Jesus And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14We know that we have passed from death unto life, because… we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20For if our heart condemn us,… God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
The axle upon which this whole chapter revolves is verse 10. 10In this, in this… the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God, neither… he… that… loveth… not… his brother. In this, … the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God…is not of God.


We are living in a chaotic and dangerous and superficial age in the church. And I believe the time has come for everyone who dares to name the name of Jesus as their Savior…to examine themselves…whether they be in the faith. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says Examine yourselves…examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith. Examine yourselves only…only…in the mirror of God’s Word. And…if this Book condemns you…be careful…be careful how you react. Be careful.

We read in James 1:21 “Wherefore, lay apart all filthiness”… lay apart all filthiness “and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness, the engrafted word which is able to save your souls. But, be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only…deceiving your own selves For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” Examine yourselves...whether ye be in the faith. , Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only…deceiving your own selves.

Examine yourselves...whether ye be in the faith. In Chapter 2 Verse 14, James asks this staggering question…


14What doth it profit, my brethren What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith…and I have works: shew me thy faith…. without thy works… and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19Thou believest… Thou believest… that there is one God;….thou doest well:….the devils also believe, and tremble!
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? !!!


Examine yourselves...whether ye be in the faith.


James does not say here…you are saved by works. No, no, he is not contradicting Paul who says by grace are ye saved, through faith…not of works…not of works. The gift of God to “him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” “Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Oh…no, James is not contradicting Paul or the rest of the scriptures. He is not having a controversy in doctrine. There is no such thing as a controversy in the Bible. No such thing. You realize that…no matter what you cant understand…that as the years go by…more and more light comes and you say, “Oh, now I see.” There is no such thing as a contradiction in the Bible. James is not contradicting Paul. No! He teaches exactly in line with what Paul teaches…and Jesus and Peter and the whole scriptures in line with Paul. James does not say here you are saved by works…You are saved by faith! But you’re not saved unless your faith works! Your not saved unless your faith works! You are not saved by works, you are saved by faith, but you’re not saved unless your faith works. That is what James is saying…and Jesus said that. And Paul teaches that (with) every breath in his body, in the context of every verse he says, he is crying out what James is crying out here. Examine yourselves...whether ye be in the faith.

In Matthew 7:17 the Lord Jesus says, Even so every good tree bringeth… forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree… bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit…, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? that means preached, just literally…preached. Preachers are going to say that, do you know that? Christ said preachers…many preachers are going to cry out “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:…I never knew you… I never knew you… depart from me…, ye that work iniquity.
Examine yourselves... Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith. Preachers, you will cast out devils in the name of Jesus Christ…you will cast out devils in the name of Jesus Christ! You will do wonderful works in the name of Jesus Christ! Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith, that you some day stand before Christ and hear these words… depart from me!…, ye that work iniquity. To everyone, to everyone, God holds these words. We read in 1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him… hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, a liar! God says… God says, examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith. Lets look at that verse again. And hereby we do know that we know him… if we keep his commandments.
4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.
To everyone that dares to name the name of Jesus as their Savior, Paul asks this staggering question in Romans chapter 6 verse 1.
1What shall we say then?... Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2God forbid!!! God forbid!!!. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid!!
16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Examine yourselves, examine yourselves…only in the mirror of God’s Word. That’s all I ask. That is all that matters. Nothing else matters. Only in the mirror of God’s Word, tonight. Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith of this Book.


Titus 2:11 11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
The grace of God,…if it has ever reached you in any slight element… that bringeth salvation… the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that,…what is the grace of God teaching us?..teaching us that… denying ungodliness and worldly lusts…
Let us just take a moment here to look at this sin called “lust”, that God so completely rejects to any one who would dare to name the name of Jesus as their Savior. Let us just stop here and look at the Bible, to this one sin called lust that God so utterly rejects to anyone who would name the name of Jesus as his Savior.
1 John 2:15 15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


In Matthew 5:28 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her… hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Oh, it is a terrible thing that God is saying here….28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her… hath committed adultery with her already in his heart!


Do you know what God is saying here? He is saying that your heart is so evil in His eyes…it is no less evil than the man who goes and does the very act! There is exactly the same wickedness and evil in God’s eyes…you may as well have done it. The same judgment is coming upon you. You are doing exactly the same thing…it is as good as if you have done it. When God looks at your heart…you’ve done it! you’ve done it!! whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her… hath committed adultery with her already! God says.


1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
1 Peter 1:14 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be… ye… holy in all manner of conversation;
16Because it is written, Be… ye… holy; for… I… am… holy.
Be… ye… holy; for… I… am… holy!
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through… lust!


Have you escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust?? Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith and let everyone that nameth the name of Christ…depart from iniquity! Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ…depart from iniquity!!! -2 Timothy 2:19
10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:


whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
(1 John 3) 10In this the children of God are manifest…in this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God, is not of God!
I was once in a great hall… filled with some of the greatest preachers of our age. Some of the great theologians of this world. And suddenly one amazingly well known man, with incredible academic achievements…theologically revered, stood and made this statement…he made this statement in front of all these ministers…he said, “When you come to 1 John chapter 3, you don’t need to be in fear of this chapter. If you take the Greek,” he says, “it takes away all the fear of the old King James…what it literally writes down and presents…Take literally the Greek, and you will find he’s not saying whosoever commiteth sin is of the devil and whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God. Who so ever commiteth sin is of the devil. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not, because that is no where… no where… what the King James is saying.” He says, “The Greek brings out the truth. You don’t habitually commit sin, if you are born of God. But you habitually live in victory!”


And so, he stood there smiling. Another man stood up of equal fame. I wont tell you their names…you would be stunned who they are. He stood up and said, “Sir, I don’t know where you learned your Greek, but you are wrong. You are wrong. I don’t care what of the original manuscripts you go to…and I don’t care what text you use…there is no possibility of translating it in honesty, to mean anything else than what the King James says literally, “Doth Not Commit Sin!” I challenge you, right now, with Greek…and I will give you every detail you need to know, to know that you are not telling the truth.”


Well, I sat there and I thought, oh, my! Suddenly, a whole group of theologians of great repute and ability, stood up defending the one side. The next minute the whole half of the hall defending the other side. There was this big dispute going on between the two schools of thought. And I sat there…oh, my word, where are we heading? And they went on and on. And after a while, I thought, “But they have missed the point.” They missed the whole point of 1 John chapter 3. No one, not one, seems to be aware of what 1 John chapter 3 is speaking about. They missed the point. The point isn’t whether we can sin after we are saved and if we sin we are of the devil. There is nothing in the heart of John or God given in any verse in the entire chapter of 1 John 3, concerning that dispute. The point is not whether we are able to ever sin again, or cannot ever sin again after we are saved, or if we sin we are of the devil. No, no you see John speaks twice in this same letter…in the same letter…you don’t have to go too far…twice to make sure we don’t make any mistake about what 1 John 3 is about. Twice, he tells us that it is possible that a Christian…born of God…can sin…and it is not the end of him. Twice. Once, before 1 John 3…and once after.


So, that is not the point. He says in 1 John 2 1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. that is what he is writing about…I hope you know that… that ye sin not. That is what is written to you that you don’t live a life of sin… that ye sin not. But if(you sin)…oh, don’t be like the Jehova Witness, now, Holiness people. They are too scared to look at the second part of the verse, because it disagrees with their theology. Don’t let us be like that. If John said this, then we need to cry it out! If you cry out that you sin not! We need to cry out but, If you sin… otherwise you are heretical. “If”… I am not denying the wonderful, glorious truth that he is crying out, My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. That is the cry! That is what it is for! That is what God wants! But “If”… as you are living in His victory, “If”…some how on your road to the Celestial City…with all the powers of hell against you…God knew they would be against you, but you have turned from your sin and you are walking…you have been repented and you are walking on the narrow road…and oh, you are unmistakable…You can’t be hid! You can’t be hid when you turn from the broad road to the narrow road!! You can’t be hid…and all the powers of hell against you…God says, “If, while you have turned in repentance…and you are on the narrow road…If somehow, with the powers of hell against you, you fall child…its not the end of you! Its not the end…don’t give up. Get up!!! I give you the right!”


If any man,… Christian,… sin…, we,… Christians,… have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: He is the way, He is the Mercy Seat. Literally, what he is saying there…He is the way to mercy to God for our sins, for Christian’s sins….if we fall. But that does not mean we just live on and on in sin and say, “there you are…I’ve fallen again. God forgive me.” Boom, back into the sin again…oh, God forgive me, I’ve done it again…boom, back into the sin again.


But you get to 1 John 3 and you wonder whether you are saved. No, no, no. 1 John 3 is not speaking…has nothing to do with whether you can sin after you are saved, and that means that you are not saved, if you do sin. He told us it is possible! And God doesn’t say, “I’m going to give you up child!” Do you think that that is how cheap salvation is to Him? Get up, now. I knew that this could happen. That is why I said I don’t want this to happen, but if it happens, I still love you! I know the powers of hell! 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.


16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, to the Christ, who knows what you are going through…who went throught that temptation…who understands why you could have fallen. He didn’t. But he went through it to know how to be a High Priest that you can come to boldly!! Get up, God says! Don’t the devil trample on you and keep you in the dust. Get up immediately! Confess it!! and go on!!! Go on!!!
No, it has nothing to do with if you can possibly sin after you are saved, and if you do sin, you can’t be saved…no. All 1 John 3 is speaking about…the whole chapter, is one thing…Have you turned from a life of sin. Has Jesus Christ set you free from a life of sin. Take that out (away) from the Gospel and you’ve got nothing…in truth…to give.


What drunk would believe if you come with a bottle…and you pray with him while you’ve got the bottle, and you let him walk out after he has prayed to be saved…with the bottle. What sin would you like to come with…knowing you are going to walk out with still. Have you repented?? Is what God said, and what John is saying. Is it written across your life, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Have old things passed away? Behold, all things are become new?? Have you become a new creature? Have old things passed away? Has the Son set you free? For if the Son set you free, you shall be free indeed? Is it written across your life…I have turned from a life of sin and God has set me free…and He has given me a life of victory, in Jesus. If you haven’t got a message of victory in Jesus, you’ve got nothing! Be careful.


I am not ashamed of victory in Jesus. He is able to keep you from falling. He will never suffer you to be tempted above what you are able to bear. Never! God promises. He wrote unto you to sin not! but as you live in His victory, God can transform and deliver you! And keep you on the narrow road! But if you fall, it is not the end of you…so long as you have turned. So long as you live in His victory…So long as you know you have been delivered….So long as the world knows you have been delivered…so long as you stand out like a sore thumb…unable to hide. You cannot hide when you have turned from the broad road. You cannot be hid! Every one is uncomfortable as they pass you…from your wife to your children to the people at your work. You cannot be hid if you are truly born of God. Do you know that?
That is all John is asking…have you really been set free by Jesus Christ, from a life of sin? Not that you can’t possibly ever again (sin). In this, in this In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God, is not of God!
whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God! ….neither he that loveth not his brother.
Can that be?? Can that be as important as this….neither he that loveth not his brother.


(1 John 3) 11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14We know that we have passed from death unto life, because… we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer! and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
We are living, listen very carefully this time, in a chaotic, dangerous, superficial age in the church. And I believe the time has come, for everyone who dares to name the name of Jesus as their Savior…to examine themselves, whether they be in the faith.
2 Cor. 13:5 says, Examine yourselves, Examine yourselves, Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;
Examine yourselves, only…only in the mirror of God’s Word! That is all I ask here tonight. Nothing else do I ask you to examine yourselves with…no standard, no word…only in the mirror of God’s Word. If it is the only time in your life you’re going to have to, just this once I ask you to do it. Please, just do it tonight. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. Oh, but only in the mirror of God’s Word.


1 John 2:9 9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.
1 John 4:7 7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another!
12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, If we love one another, God dwelleth in us! and his love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:20 20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God… whom he hath not seen?
21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
1 John 5
1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat… loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2By this we know that we love the children of God…, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
This is what it means to say I love God. That we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
And Jesus said, (in John 13) 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples… By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another!
1 Corinthians 13 1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Do you know what that means? Sounding Brass? In the old days, if you were a specialist working with metal, brass in particular…to test it, there was one method…before they would work with a piece of brass. All the brass would look the same, but there was a simple test. If it sounded too dull…it was going to fail and it wasn’t worth working with.


Even though you look like everybody else. Here is the test for us. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. You know what that means…in the orchestra, with all the beauty of the symphony, there is the cymbal. And the perfection of the conductor and the orchestra is directing this magnificent symphony. There comes a moment where the perfection of all the instruments that can…function. Suddenly the cymbal is expected. It looks like the right thing…and now it has to function, but all it can do is tinkle. All it is capable of is tinkling. And it ruins the harmony of everything that is so beautiful. All those that can…function, but suddenly, there is something destroying the beauty…taking away everything that it was meant to be. For it can’t function, but it is expected to. It looks like it is…but the moment it is needed to prove that it is able to function, it can’t. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love!), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. I have something that means nothing! Paul says. Nothing!


(1 Corinthians 13) 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity…, I am nothing. Literally, I am worth nothing! My spiritual life is worth nothing. Worthless.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity(love)…, it profiteth me nothing. I can give all my goods to feed the poor…I think many people do in charity…magnificent amounts of money. But it isn’t out of love. They are trying to get the esteem of man…to know how good you are. There is nothing of love motivated. I can possibly give all my goods and still in God’s sight…I’ve done nothing…if it wasn’t out of love. Love means everything! If it only comes from love! Though I give all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,…I can be so fanatical, like many religions are, but they are going straight to hell, even though they give their bodies to be burned. I can think of such sacrifices, but if there is no love in my life, God says…even if you give your body to be burned, if you didn’t have love…it doesn’t mean a thing!! Your religion was lifeless.
With all your fanaticism.


One thing matters here…love! Love. Now, the next verse says you can put yourself to the test. Paul says. What is this thing called love? Put yourself there, right now, every one of you. Please. Put aside tongues, prophecies, gifts, faith that moves mountains, all your sacrifices, all your fanaticisms. Notice, for one moment, that God says it won’t get you to heaven. Though you speak with tongues…it won’t get you to heaven. Though you give everything you’ve got…it won’t get you to heaven. If you haven’t got this (love), it’s worthless…whatever you have done. Have you got this? With all you’re saying you’ve got…that make you so evidently a great Christian. Have you got this (love)? Ask your wife, by the way, who is sitting next to you. Ask your children, sir. Ask your enemy. I used to think enemies were outside the church. No, they are in. I’ve found out, living in this age, no, they are in the church. You are sitting there praying for revival and just wishing this guy would get out. It is amazing.


Listen, have you got this (love)? Do you know this (love)? Because that is all that matters!! Because what ever you have got, whatever you are doing…no matter how fanatical, no matter how sacrificial, no matter how emotional it is. No matter how it moves people and stirs people to see what your prayers…what your ministry can do….casting out devils in the name of Jesus Christ. Tell me something…have you got this? have you got this, because if you haven’t got this, sir, you need to seriously examine yourself whether ye be in the faith of this book(the Bible). This is how the children of the devil are manifested…if they haven’t got this. They’ve got counterfeits, even in gifts. Have you got this?


4 Love suffereth long, and is kind;… Love suffereth long, and is kind; Love envieth not; Love is not rash, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
You don’t rejoice when you find out something that can destroy a man’s life, you rejoice not in this but rejoice in the truth.
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies…., they shall fail; whether there be tongues…, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, Paul says, then that which is in part shall be done away.
I hope you believe that. I hope you understand what he is speaking about. When this book came in it’s entirety…when the scriptures…when that which was there for a while, is done away. Nothing can be added to this. Nothing needs to be there to add to this, of anything we say we need. This is the beginning and end of God’s revelation. We only need the Holy Ghost to be in our heart. Nothing else to give revelation.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith of this book, tonight. Please. Do you know what Jesus says? I wonder if you will obey him? Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, Do you? bless them that curse you, Do you? do good to them that hate you, Do you?! Do you obey Christ? Oh, you don’t commit adultery, you say. But do you do the other commandments? Do you love as in His commandments? Even people who are so different. Do you do good to them that hate you? Do you? Tell God right now, what good have I done to the man who I know hates me, to win him. What did I do in obedience to Thee Lord…to show the world that I am thine…by one thing…love. And that I am not a child of the devil…who hates…who will destroy his brother, before he does good to him. Who is longsuffering, but is kind to him…to win his respect, his love.


do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be… the children of your Father which is in heaven:
Oh, tell me… Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith of this book, tonight.
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil!!!
whosoever doeth not righteousness... is not of God,… neither he that loveth not his brother.
I have often wondered why God put these two things together as the vital evidence as to whether I am a child of God or a child of the devil…holiness and love!
And then as the years went by, I came to understand…as I watched people’s lives….holiness, without love, is ugliness. Ugliness. It is rigid, separationalist, judgementary. But love…makes holiness beautiful. Love makes holiness, Christ-likeness. A holy life governed by love is the mightiest weapon God could ever have at His disposal on this earth. A holy life governed by love is the mightiest weapon God could ever have at His disposal!!...on this earth. A holy life governed by love is a saved soul.
(pause)
Can you all stand, please.
I do not apologize for the Word of God. But I want to say this…I know…I know, that the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword. Piercing! It is a discerner of thoughts. It exposes us for what we really are, this Book says. Nothing else can do that, but the Word of God, you know. Now, I know it cuts. But I want to invite those of you, who only the Word of God matters, to come back tomorrow night. If there is no place for the Word of God in your life…if it offends…that is not what you want. You wont be back. We’ll know who you are…you won’t come back.
I want to do something here this week, that perhaps is very different. But I want to ask you from my soul, to be here every single night…and bring others. I want to bring only the Word of God to you. I have nothing else of any value. That, I regard as the greatest weapon in the hand of God…to bring the world to God. I want to ask every one of you, to come for one reason to the house of God tomorrow night…because you love the Word of God… you love the Word of God. And you want to measure you life by one thing…this Book…this Book.


I have no appeal. I have a longing though. I have a longing for the church of Christ…get back to the Bible. I guarantee you, because I know…with all my heart…it is not easy to sit under only the Word of God. But those of you who love Christ in truth…I beg you…come back…if this is all that really matters. Come back and let’s get back to look back at this Book again. Perhaps as never before in your life …please.


Pray for this man (Brother Keith). I am the most unworthy of all God’s servants. I have no doubt of that…and God need not remind me. I need your prayers and I implore you to pray for this poor, weak man. I need it. Please pray for me. Pray that God equips me, by His blood and His Holy Spirit…to have the right to stand in the pulpit of God tomorrow night…whereby He can bring the Word of God and make it living…so living that you will never ever want another standard in your life again, but The Book. Come back. Bring others. Tell them the truth, now… Just to listen to the Word of God again. Nothing else. Pray…and come back.
Thank you to this choir that sang tonight. I appreciate from my heart your sacrifice to sing in these meetings. I sat there…it was beautiful… it was beautiful! Thank you, for your ministry to us. And to the dear man that led the singing…it was lovely sir, to hear you singing from your heart. I loved to hear it. As I looked at you. And (thank you) for leading us in the hymns of faith. We need that. Come do that tomorrow. Come listen to the choir tomorrow, if they are coming. I don’t know, but I hope so. What a precious gift to the church…people who can sing like this. And to our pastor, whon I sense that is a godly man. Oh, a man of God. I say that under the Blood. Before he opened his mouth…when I first saw him…I knew I was dealing with a man of God…just looking at him. Thank you to him for letting me in his pulpit. Don’t be offended by the Word of God, please. Please. Don’t let the devil do that. Come back, so that you and I can leave this building tomorrow night…with God’s Word burning in our souls. That’s all. Every night.


Now, our pastor will commit us to God, please. Can you come up here please, sir. No appeal, please. And then we go to our homes to get on our knees. And please be back here tomorrow night. Not one of you….don’t let the devil keep you away. I beg you…even if it cuts. You pray for revival. How can you expect revival to come if you’re not going to let God cut you to pieces…and only one thing can do it…this Book. If you won’t accept this Book, don’t pray for revival. It can’t come…until the Book comes back. Revival is here when the pulpit is just throbbing with the Word of God again. That (is) standard, nothing less. Don’t let the devil keep you away.

 

Keith Daniel Site www.keithdaniel.info

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