How many words do we say and hear in a lifetime? We need grace words. Miserable comforters are all around as they were near Job in his trials. God makes His strength perfect in our weaknesses. Hear words the edify and convict in love. Speak what draws people to the Lord. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

Speaker(s): Pastor Steven Scibelli
Sermon # 11674
11:00 AM on 5/5/2019


P. Scibelli

2 Cor. 12:7-10, Continue to keep P. Schaller in prayer who is in India with P. Gary, and P. Chuck is in China. I want to welcome Grant Lewis, a great friend. He’s from my favorite church in New England where my brother is a pastor in the church. I said to my mother, you have a precious womb. Out of your womb came two missionaries and pastors. I went to Africa and my brother went to China. What a special woman you must be. She said, just be quiet! They have a great church in Springfield. He’s an awesome man of God and that’s his daughter. You married into a good family, P. Pete Westera. Keep one of our pastors in prayer from Zambia. The child died today. I think it was stillborn, but I’m not sure of the details. We pray for P. Gift and his wife. God, comfort them. Meet them today, in Jesus’ name.

Tonight we will have P. Renaldo preaching along with myself. He is a great man of God with a great wife from Ghana. We’ll have a short clip from the graduation in Malawi, 210 Bible college graduates. There is only 170 in the film because 30 or 40 couldn’t make it because of visas and border crossings. It’s amazing. P. Chris Arman has done a tremendous job along with the Silva’s.

Grace words. Acts 27:25, many years ago, P. Stevens preached a monumental message I never forgot on Friday night in New Freedom, PA in extenuating circumstances with the move to Baltimore. He preached, I believe God it shall be even as he told me. I’ll never forget that message. In my life, it was life changing and then Thursday night in 1984 in Springfield, Massachusetts he preached from Ps. 16:8-10 on following the path of God and pleasure in his presence. There are some messages that just ring loud in my mind.

Another one is a message from Luke 4. Jesus’ first message was grace words. He’s in Nazareth, his home town, with great opposition. And he says the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, for he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to give deliverance to the captives, to let the blind see and set at liberty them that were bruised. He closed the book and sat down. Everyone wondered at the gracious words that came out of his mouth. Grace words. Is not this Joseph? We know this young man. They looked at him naturally instead of supernaturally.

Someone said women speak 28,000 words a day. It seems like a lot of words. I got to check that statistic. I don’t know if that’s possible. I have to check it out. I believe P. Eugene, but I have to check it out. Men speak 14,000. Talk to yourself. Speaking to yourselves in Eph. 5:19. What gracious words came out of his mouth. Since we were children and brought into this world, there have been so many words we have heard. I can hear what they say, how many words people speak. How many do we hear in a lifetime? How many of them are gracious words? Often they are hard words, difficult words, words that don’t help us. I wrote a list of 40 types of words people can speak. We want to speak gracious words.

P. Mike Williams, can you stand up? I came to the first service and he’s the first person I met 42 years ago. He was at the door. You were an usher and it was at the Marriot Hotel. He looked at me and my brother. We both had dark, black suits on. We’re Italians. He said, you’re very welcome. Those words were interesting. I never saw people raise hands in church. I thought it was strange. I never saw someone play a guitar in church and the preacher was someone I grew up around and I never liked that person. He was Greek and we were Italian, so we were enemies. I got the enemy preacher, the guitar, raising of hands and people looking like a bunch of hippies. The words kept me in the seat. Just being welcomed. Someone saying you’re welcome to church.

How important for us to give people grace words. A husband gives his wife grace words and creates a capacity for a response. A wife that gives her husband grace words. Hello, ladies? Don’t give them back what they give you. Give them grace words. Grace words to our children and to students in classes. I had some interesting times in school. I don’t think I ever heard grace words. I said some words in class and the teacher opened my lips with a ruler. I realized I’m not talking in class again. He was good with a yardstick. I never saw it coming. I was quiet for at least a week after that.

Grace words. How important it is to hear grace words. The life of David. He had everyone turn against him in 1 Sam. 30:1-10. Even his own mighty men for the first time wanted to stone him. When they came to Ziglag, all their families were taken captive. David was overwhelmed with sorrow and grief. They wanted to take up stones and stone him. Then they burnt their headquarters with fire. No headquarters and no city left. David said I’ll go to a psychiatrist and get some medication. I’ll get some counsel from some worldly television show. I’m going to find a comedian to make me laugh. What he needed was grace words. David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. As he was encouraged, he had words to give to them. CHAZAQ he held fast to God. He was holding fast to God. I’m not letting God go. You’re going to do something in this situation. And God did. Four times it says David recovered all. If you lost something, you’ll recover all. If you lost your fellowship with God, you can recover it all in a moment of time. Recover all. Maybe some relationship has not gone so well. David recovered all. It might take to the end when everyone has a perfect body, soul, and spirit. I want to recover some physical aspects of bending down. That’s why I wear loafers because I can’t tie my shoes. I’m not having an angel tie my shoes in heaven! If I am discouraged because I’m not listening and receiving grace words, what am I going to do for anyone else around me? I got to listen to grace words.

Paul was in a critical situation in his life. 2 Cor. 11:18 – 12:10, thirty-five times it says what Paul was in: in persecution, in trials, in trouble, in a test, in beatings, in scourging. If he was going to live in what he was in which is what we do sometimes -in a trial, test, in a failure, in a difficulty – all these things I’m in. By grace, I besought the Lord three times. Get this thorn out of my flesh. Every one of us has a thorn; it’s called the osn. God doesn’t take it away when we are saved contrary to what some crazy churches teach. He said get this thorn out of me. I beg you. I besought the Lord three times and the Lord said with finality, stop asking for this. Stop praying about this. Sometimes prayer can be sin. You pray about something God says will happen and you pray like you don’t believe. My grace is sufficient. My grace is made perfect IN your weakness. Paul had a whole new testimony. I’ll glory in my infirmities, be glad in them and take pleasure in them. He heard words from the throne of grace. Amen. Are you here this morning? I like response. He heard grace words.

Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more. What did that woman hear when she was dragged by the religious Pharisees into the temple? Ever been a Pharisee? I have. Legalistic people. You need to do this and that.

Someone said to me, I see people smoking at the break at your Bible study. I said you should have been here two weeks ago. They were all shooting heroin in the backroom. Give them grace. Smoking isn’t good for you but. Grace words. I can tell people have been unconsciously scarred by churches. Sometimes pulpits beat people up instead of build.

Acts 20:32 I give you over to God and to the word of his grace which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance to them who are set apart. Set apart to be built up and give. I set you apart to myself to give you. These are the words these leaders needed to hear in Acts 20. Hearing grace words.

Job said to the people analyzing his trouble. Ever had anyone analyze your trouble? The reason this is happening to you is you don’t pray enough or give enough. Maybe they don’t say it but in their mind I know why they are going through that. Job said you are miserable comforters. His so called three friends and all of them represented sight, reason, or experience until the last man came and built him up. I am going through living hell and you have hell words for me instead of grace words. I need grace words. That begins with speaking them to myself.

I told this precious woman today, she said she wants to live to 125. She went way beyond me. I was thinking I would like to be 100. Those are grace words.

Grace words produce an effect, create capacity, set us free, and build us up. Grace words.

I went to church one time and they said if you don’t give, you’ll be cursed. Thank you! Make sure I don’t come back here again. Rather than give, I’ll take money out of your offering. If I’m going to be cursed, I may as well steal. Thank you that you give. The Bible says tithing but we don’t get into people’s business. Some people check out your salary where you work and they check out your tithe check. And we’ll come to him and say you are disobedient and probably not blessed at all. Stupid people! Are you with me? We are grace givers.

We want to hear grace words. Of course there is truth in grace words. Jesus says to Peter, Simon, Simon, Satan has desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat but I have prayed for you. In other words, you’re going to fail. The Greek language says he has demanded you back for himself. I have prayed for you. When you are converted, not if. You are in a situation maybe and it’s failure after failure and problem after problem. You’re going to be converted. Amen. God is going to give you victory. We overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony and they loved not their own lives unto the death. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. We are more than conquerors to him that loves us. Grace words. I blessed you with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places. You are complete in him. Grace words. “You’ll make it someday”. I already made it.

I like what Jesus said. Fear not. I will make you fishers of men. You can’t make yourself anything and neither can I. Are you listening? I will make you fishers of men.

I will make you a great overseer of the Bible college, MBC&S. He’ll do it. Remember the grace words you received from me when you were 18 in Ghana? You were in God’s plan and not my plan. Grace words.

What do we need when we are not doing so well? Coming to beat us up some more? They just went down so why don’t you kick them. No, I need someone to pick me up and carry you where you would not. Those are grace words. I love you with an everlasting love and with lovingkindness I will draw you. I will build you again, oh virgin Israel. What? He’s calling Israel a virgin. She was living in idolatry and adultery with other gods from other nations and God says you are a virgin. What kind of words are those? Grace words. He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob.

Nu 23:19, What do you call that? Denominational words? Hard words? Fundamentalist words? Reasonable words? Destructive words? Evaluating words? I call them what? Grace words! I can’t make it without grace words. I need to hear words of grace.

It’s my wife’s birthday today. I said one great thing about you, you’re older than me. That’s not grace words! I repent in Jesus’ name. She says, she knows I was a little agitated. She said there is no greater preacher than you. That’s great for her to say; she’s my wife. She was building me up.

I had someone come into my office and said I’d love to go to Africa, but I don’t like you. That didn’t help me too much. You start to evaluate everything you ever said to that person. I had a brilliant answer. I don’t like myself. Let’s have a club. I don’t like P. Scibelli club. We’d have a few members. A man is also known by the enemies he has. If you have no enemies, you’re probably not walking with God.

Grace words. I heard a little girl in 1974 say to me from Jn. 3:16 Jesus loves you. I never forgot those words and when I got saved, that voice was remembered in my mind.

“Pick up your room; it’s filthy.” That’s not grace words. Can I help you pick up your room? That’s grace words. “I never knew you had so much gray hair.” I love how your gray hair highlights your life! That’s grace words! Are you with me? Hello? What we say produces an effect in people’s lives. You failed, Peter. I’m going to use you. John Mark leaves the garden where Jesus is brought to be crucified and then leaves the apostle Paul in Acts 13:13. John Mark is just a leaver. Peter the denier took John Mark the leaver and made him a son. 1 Pet 5:13 he says greet Mark, my son. Paul said in 2 Tim. 4:11 bring John Mark to me. At the end of my life, he’s profitable for me for the ministry. Grace words to your children. Are you listening?

Grace words to your children. I know P. Pete is. Young people and people in the streets that have experienced some form of Christianity what they need are words of grace.

Acts 4:33 great grace was upon them all. Acts 13:43 the grace of God. Acts 14:3 long time they were preaching the word of grace. Acts 15:10, 40, the grace of God. Acts 20:24, none of these things move me. Neither do I count my life dear to myself that I might finish my course with joy the ministry I received of the Lord Jesus to testify of the gospel of grace. I commend you to God and to the word of his grace which is able to build you up.

All I ever received was grace words, Paul said. I was a murderer of Christians and God met me on the road to Damascus and I heard grace words. I want to counsel with grace words, preach with grace words and have conversations based on grace words. God called those thing in Abraham’s life that were as though they were not. Walk before me and be perfect. Ge 22 I am Yahweh Jireh, the Lord will provide. God gives grace words to Joshua. De. 6:1 and Josh 1 Moses was dead and God said the same thing that Moses said. Joshua got it from God and from Moses. He got what? Grace words. How about this one? I’ll never leave you or forsake you. I don’t want to hear about losing the Holy Spirit. When did they become evolutionary monkeys? I can never lose God. I’m sealed and God owns me by the Holy Spirit. Jn. 10:27-39 no man can pluck you out of my hand. My Father and I are one. You can’t be plucked out of my Father’s hand. The eternal handshake. “Shut up” can be grace words too. Tell the devil to shut up. He loves you to use the Bible without the Holy Spirit. The letter kills. People need to hear grace words. Politicians should hear grace words. Grace words draw me to God. I loved you with an everlasting love and with lovingkindness I will draw you.

Jer 29:11 grace words for healing. People need grace words not just when they are down and hurting but all the time because it keeps me where God would have me to be. Speak to ourselves grace words. This is important. As we communicate with other people, we will give them the words of grace. “They don’t deserve it. You don’t know what they did.”

Absalom, Absalom, my son, my son, my son, my son. I wish to God I had died for you. This is the son who took his kingdom and violated his wife. David gave Absalom grace words. How the mighty are fallen, 2 Sam. 1. He used “mighty” three times and called Saul lovely and pleasant in his death. Saul was trying to kill him. What kind of words did Saul have for David? I want to cut his throat. He’s lovely and beautiful. He said the beauty of Israel is slain. He called Saul beautiful, lovely, and pleasant.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Judson lost his third child, Roger, who was 4. He was overwhelmed with grief and ready to leave the mission field. You are with me and your rod and staff comfort me. He got delivered and stayed 37 years in Burma. What delivered him? Grace words.

Satan wants to use the Bible without grace. Condemn people and discourage them. Grace words will guide you and build you. That’s all you hear in heaven are grace words.


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