Leprosy from world infects, Voice of God heals and resurrects. Abraham heard and obeyed. He listened and understood who spoke to Him. Service under the Lamb. His Blood makes us clean. (2 Kings 4; Genesis 22:1-2; Romans 12:1)

Speaker(s): Michel Texier, Bensku Hollopainan, Ryan Raina
Sermon 12527
7:00 PM on 6/14/2023

P. Schaller –

Revelation 5. Okay. When in heaven and Christ is there to take the title deed, remember John saw there was
nobody, and then he wept. And then Christ came and I was thinking recently of how heaven is
so occupied with Christ. Christ filling heaven, and then who he is and what that means in our
hearts and in our lives when we are occupied with Christ. And Christ is revealed to us that we
are in the same. We are just so amazed at who he is and what he has done for us.

We have pre-Convention this week. That means that people are coming in from different
countries. Convention officially starts on Tuesday, but Monday night, Monday is actually a golf
game, golf tournament. Monday morning. And then Monday night is our, what we call
homecoming, our fellowship time out in the parking lot and with some open mic opportunities,
and so on. So, uh, I’m excited about meeting all the visitors that are coming in, and what a great
time we’ve had these last couple days on world missions and evangelism in the mornings.
And here we are tonight. The service will go this way.

Kind of little housekeeping, housekeeping deals like Scotty Dubay is gonna come up here and say some things to us. I know that Pete Westera says there is a great need during Convention for youth workers. So, maybe it’s in your
heart or you could jump in and help us out with what is it? Teens. Pre-teens. Everything. Sunday
school. Pre-teens. Teens. So, you can check that out. It’s available. Go see Pete Westera and
he’ll put you to work. And that’ll be fun, you know. That’s be great.

So, we have some housekeeping and then I have three speakers and the first one is from – he’s
an Indian missionary in Cambodia, and many of you have never met him. Maybe I could ask
him to stand up. P. Ryan, right over here. There he is. We heard him speak today. He lives in
Cambodia, has a ministry in Cambodia. Uh, it’s so, uh, you know interesting to hear about what
God is doing.

The second one is Benscu from Finland, and he’s over here; and then the third one is P. Texier
from Paris, France. Wow! Alright. God has invested in these men, and they are living in faith and
uh they’re just the taste of what I think the Lord is going to give to us in the coming days. And I
want you to be believing with me.

The theme is discovering God. Discovering God. And sometimes people never find God. And
then as believers, we have found him and we follow him and discover him again and again and
again. And we have found life. We’re not perfect, but we get up and we find him. We know him.
We walk by faith in him. So, it’ll be a great theme for the week. So, let’s start off right now having
Scotty Dubay come on up, Scott.

Okay. Thank you so much for that. The story with P. Ryan. Come on up, pastor. He’s Indian.
Lived in Thailand. Met P. Walsh many years ago. Came into the church in Bangkok. Went to
Bible school. Got training, and then went to the southeast on the ocean there in Mahachai,
Thailand to plant a church. So, he did that. And then, God called him to go to Cambodia to plant
a church there in Phnom Penh, and this is the first time that he’s been with us. First time to be
able to come here to the States. Yeah.

Do I have Cambodia? Oh, it’s up. Okay. So. P. Taggart has been going to Thailand on a regular
basis just to build up the church and the mission and the vision. Thank you, pastor for that. And
the brothers and sisters there, and we have a map of Cambodia I think up on the screen. Is that
right? Okay. Is that good? It is good. I love this guy. Huh. Isn’t it amazing like you may not spend
a lot of time with our brothers and sisters, but we have the same spirit, the same mind, and the
same, you know, the same message and the same work. Wow! So, welcome P. Ryan.

P. Ryan Raina – Hello. Before, before coming, I would tell my friends at work that I’m going to
the States. And I’m going to visit my home base. They go like what’s your passport? Indian. And
they’re gonna, they look at me strange like you’re visiting home base, but for the first time?
You’re not American? No, no, no. And they couldn’t understand it. That like someone could have a spiritual relationship with a whole group of people and, and just call some place home base
and not physically be there. But to have like a spiritual connection, and so that was amazing.
Also, my wife said I have to mention her before I preach my first message. She says, hi! And
she loves you all, and maybe in the future she’ll be here.

Hey, uh, 2 Kings 5. We’ll just read three verses, and we’ll think about that. vs. 1-3. So, when you
look at this character call Naaman, you see that he is a very established person. He is the
captain of the army which means he has a very high position, and he has authority. He’s a great
man with his master which means he has a lot of influence amongst the people. He’s also very
respected. He has favor amongst men, and also was a valiant warrior. He had really good skills.
And then it says but he was a leper.

And when I was thinking about, I was just thinking about leprosy. It’s a disease that affects our
nervous system, and it goes through many stages. But one of the side effects of this disease is
that it makes you insensitive to pain, right? And it goes to a certain point. My mom was working
with a group of lepers in India many, many years ago. And it very, really touched my heart when
she shared the story that when she would visit sometimes, the leper’s hands would be bleeding
when they visit. When she visited them in the morning, because they stayed in huts. And when
they slept at night, the rats would come and bite them, but they couldn’t feel it, so in the
morning they would have to treat the wounds.

So, leprosy is a disease that affects the nervous system, and it makes us insensitive to the
touch of a loved one or a cut of a knife. You’e not able to feel good or you’re not able to feel bad.
And actually, just a side point, it shows us that pain is a gift from God. Pain can show us things.
And uh, so I was just thinking that about Namaan, and I was just thinking about us. You know,
maybe we’ve got it all sorted out in life. Maybe we’re in places of position. Maybe we’ve got
things going really good in our life or maybe not. But then, you know, the world system and
Satan does this through the world system. He infects us with leprosy, spiritual leprosy. Trying to
make us insensitive to anything that is good or anything that is bad. We get to a place we are
just not sensitive. And that’s a really sad place to be in, but we need help. Naaman needs help,
you know. What is his help? Where does Naaman’s help come from?

And when you read the portion, it says that his wife told him. And then, it says that the little
slave, Jewish slave girl told his wife. And this is like one of my favorite heroes, this little girl. This
little girl. That’s another message. But just, I was just looking at the connection. Naaman’s wife.
This little girl, you know. And I thought maybe there’s something there.

Now, I don’t have a verse, but I can just like, Naaman’s help came from the vog. V-O-G. The
voice of God. Naaman’s help came from the voice of God. Can you imagine a slave girl just
kidnapped, taken away from her family, put in a foreign land under an authoritarian leader and
she’s there serving them. And she is going to give a solution for this leader. How is that
possible? God spoke to that little, little girl. That’s amazing. And Naaman’s solution was the
voice of God.

And I was just thinking that, you know, really like any problem in our life, like really the only
solution, like the real solution is like the voice of God, you know. The voice of God is the solution
for like really any problem in our life. There are other things that can be sorted, but really
beneath it all, like it’s the voice of God. And we see this throughout the Scriptures.
You know, in the beginning there was darkness, and what was the solution? Let there be light. It
was the voice of God. Lazarus was dead in the tomb. What was the solution? It was the voice of
God. Jesus, Lazarus come forth. The woman was condemned before the group, the Pharisees,
the religious leaders in front of Jesus at his feet, completely condemned. And what was the
solution? It was the voice of God. I do not condemn you. Go and sin no more.

And so, we see this repeatedly in the Scriptures. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve are hiding from God,
their Creator, and what is the solution? It is the voice of God. Adam, where are you? We see
that the voice of God is the healing that our soul needs. It is the healing for the leprosy that
comes to us through the world system. It is the voice of God will, it will make us sensitive to the
good things he is doing around us, and it will make us aware of the bad things that are around
us. And we do not have to be insensitive.

And this is so important, like what is my relationship to the voice of God. What happened in the
last time when man heard the voice of God and thought that as the voice of man? They crucified
him. The voice of God has never walked on the Earth as it has then through Jesus Christ. And
people heard that and thought he was a carpenter’s son. Wow! Right. And made it familiar and
they crucified him. At the same time, there was a group of people who heard his voice as the
voice of God, and they were fishermen, and they were, you know, people. Just normal common
people, and they worshipped God, because they saw and they heard the voice of God s the
voice of God. What would have happened to Naaman if he didn’t listen to that little Jewish slave
girl. Hey, it’s great to be here with you all. Love you. Amen.

P. Schaller –

Oh great, huh? Hearing God, huh. Wow! Good word. Thank you, pastor. Wow.
Hearing the voice of God. Uh, could the voice of God heal me this week, encourage me? Could
the voice of God build me up? Could the voice of God correct me? Could the voice of God just
call my name? Call my name. Lord, I’m a lamb in the midst of wolves. What’s the answer?
When you are sheep in the midst of wolves, what’s the answer? The voice of God. The
shepherd. That’s the answer. Amen.

Okay. How do we do this? We’ll do the offering, and uh pray with me. (Prayer). I don’t know. I
don’t know. But I’m a tither. I love it. Oh my. I do. I love it. Oh, test me. God said test me, try me.
I’m going to take care of you. Why didn’t that policeman give me that speeding ticket? I was
going 147 miles an hour. You didn’t give it to me, because I tithe. Hallelujah. What can happen?
When you live ten years longer than somebody else cause you tithe. I don’t know, but he said
test me. I’ll show you. I’m going to take care of you. I believe in it. Okay. Let’s pray for the
offering. (Prayer). Okay. Turn to your neighbor and you say, have you heard from God lately?
Go ahead. Have a talk. They’re going to come and sing.

Benscu –

So good to be here. This is paradise. That’s what I told P. Steve. He didn’t believe me
but yeah. I’m so thankful for all of you. I could spend 10 minutes thanking people, but let’s pray.
You can turn to Ge. 22 and we can pray. (Prayer).

Now, as Christians, we’re very passionate about truth, aren’t we? We want answers. We want to
know things. We are men of truth. We have the spirit of truth. We are very interested in truth,
and we want to know. But then, there are things that we don’t, we don’t understand. There are
things that we don’t understand, and so often we are so obsessed in knowing that we try to
create a system to explain something, and it seems like sometimes God deviates from that
system. And then we panic. He talked about the voice of God. We see something similar here.
And my question is can we find God in such a depth? Can we find him in such intimacy that
we’re able to see through contradictions in life. Can we find God in such a deep way that we’re
able to see through contradictions in life?

And here is a great story that gives us something about that. So, in Genesis 22:1, it says that. vs. 1-
2. Contradiction. We know earlier God promised Abraham he will have his son. He heard the
voice of God. And we come to this chapter, and Abraham hears the voice of God. We could
perceive this as contradiction. But can we find such depth, such almost violent intimacy with the
goodness of God that no matter what happens, God is good in our life. Though no matter what
the plaguing doubt is, I have such depth with this intimacy that I know there will be an answer
although I don’t understand it. I don’t have to create a system, but I hear the voice of God. And
there he obeys. He obeys. And we read the story through. And we see the outcome of that. We
read in Hebrews 11 what Abraham was thinking about.

So, how can we find this in our lives? We can start this way. How about we stop focusing on all
the things that don’t make sense. How about we stop looking at the things that we don’t
understand. All the doubts and the questions. And we turn our eyes to all the powerful things he
has already revealed to us. He has proved himself to us over and over again, and um we have
to start from there and in time, all of those mysteries and those questions will be answered.
They will be answered even when the experience is a contradiction. We have such intimacy with
him that he has proven himself to us. He has shown himself to us in powerful ways, and scores
of testimonies we have heard from people in our lives. Prayers answered and healings.

We know, we know God in Acts 27:25 Paul says I believe it will be exactly as God has said it.
We believe it will be exactly as God has said it. And in many ways, I think that the story of our
life is just like, is just like Joseph’s and Job’s. When we come to the end, we see him. We will
see, we will see, we will see that all the evil that happened was meant for good, and we will see
that every pain and evil that we went through, we will see.

We will say like Job in Job 38 and 42, we will say that I’ve heard you by the hearing of my ear,
but now I see you. I take back everything I said. I see it now. All the evil, all the things that I
thought about you. All the mislabelings and misunderstandings that I heard and I thought. I now
see it. I see it and it was meant for good. All the evil. I see it in heaven. It will be the unfolding of
the mystery of the plan of God, and I know that in heaven all the saints in many places will be
singing that true and righteous are your judgments. We will be in full agreement in what
happened and what God did in our lives.

And now we know in part in 2 Corinthians 13, but then when we will see him face to face, we will know
him fully. We will know fully. We will understand. And I just love this idea combining the story of
Joseph and the story of Job, and that’s almost like the picture when we come to the end of
everything. And we see him and those two combined we will see. We will see. We will
understand. All the questions and doubts, they will be answered. And we will see and
meanwhile, meanwhile through all the contradictions and doubts we can find this type of
intimacy with God.

That even when we experience something like this, we don’t understand. We hear the voice of
God, and we obey. And it will be exactly as God said it. He will find a way to fulfill his own Word.
He will find a way to do it, and we will see it one day. But now, we’re in this place in Ge. 22. So
this was burning on my heart today. I hope it was clear in some ways. I’m amazed how similar
chapters speak to us in different ways always. But amen.

P. Schaller – Well, we got that. It was good. You get that? Want to talk to your neighbor about it?
What did you get? What did you hear? How did you hear that? Put it in your mouth. Say it. For
this is Proverbs 22:18. The word fitted in our mouths. So, go ahead. What did he say? What did he
just preach about?

So, we have one brother more. And he has done an amazing thing in the ministry. Years ago, he
was with, in southern France with P. Demeo. Then he was led with his wife to move to Paris and
plant a church. He’s meant a lot to me, because when I was living in Hungary, our paths
crossed at different times, and uh we had great fellowship just like with all these two other
brothers tonight. You hear the sound. Isn’t it a blessing to hear the Spirit speaking to them and
then speaking to us.

So, P. Texier believed God, stayed in Paris, ministered, started a Bible school, translated a lot of
P. Stevens booklets into French. Uh, is instrumental in the French-speaking African countries
like Ivory Coast for example. God has really him. Excellent Bible teacher, friend, pastor, also
God gave them a property in Paris which is like buying property in Manhattan, right? Like how
can you do that? Well, God did it, and God used him. Welcome him.

P. Texier – Good evening. After everything he said about me, it has to be good. It has to be true.
Greetings from France, from Paris of course. I’d like to read a passage in Romans, chapter 12.

Romans, chapter 12, and we are going to read vs. 1. It’s after the book of Acts. That was for me!
I like this verse, because it speaks to us about what service really is.

We often think of a service, Sunday morning between let’s say 10:30 and noon. But in this
verse, we realize that our life is the service. And to participate in this service permanently, we
are asked to offer our body permanently, in permanence as a living sacrifice. At noon, we spoke
about the lamb, the Lamb of God. We also spoke at the lunch rap how Jesus has sent us as
lambs among wolves. So, we spoke about wolves as well. And we spoke a bit about lions.
In brief, it was kind of like a zoo!

But tonight, we’re going to stick with the theme of the Lamb.
Because we know when the first Passover was celebrated and those following, we see that in
Exodus 12:5. It’s because the Jews were to present a lamb without blemish. This lamb was living. It
was a living sacrifice which was to die. It was put to death, but before death it had to be perfect.
No disease. And we know that speaks to us about Jesus Christ.

And here there is a paradox as we saw. Because the animal had done nothing. He was
considered innocent, and he was to die. And that’s what happened with the Lamb of God. He
was a living sacrifice. And he was put to death although he was without blemish, without defect.
He was perfect. He was without spot.

The wages of sin is death. But what was the price for Jesus Christ? Why did he have to die
although he had not sinned? In reality, we were the wages. He wanted to redeem us. He wanted
to take us to him. And now that we are in Christ, God asks us to offer a living sacrifice to him.
And he gives precision. Holy. Acceptable to God.

We all know this evening that we are not perfect. We have blemishes. We have defects. We’re
sick. We’re sinners. And however God asks us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, in all the
Bible we see that the sacrifice was to be perfect. Jesus was perfect. He had to be perfect. We
are being asked to sacrifice ourselves despite the fact that we are not perfect. And even more
so, we remain alive. We will never die. We will never taste death. We will spend eternity with
eternal life. And in waiting on this Earth day after day, we offer ourselves as sacrifices. Imperfect
sacrifices with blemishes, with diseases, but God says I take you as you are. And give your life
for me. Be my witness.

And we could say, but Lord, you demand that the sacrifice be holy, pleasing, acceptable to God.
And here we have an extraordinary blessing. It is that it is by him that we’ve become holy. We
please the Father, because we are in the Son. And I know you know this tonight. We know this.
But I had on my heart to speak of this subject tonight, because some feel at times that they
have been too far away to be able to serve God. Perhaps eventually, they would be able to
serve God, but they perceive what they are and realize they are incapable.

It could be a husband who has gone too far in sin. And who would like to once again serve his
family. To sacrifice himself for his family. And he could say what am I or who am I? And however
tonight, this sacrifice is holy and acceptable. Each time we repent. Each time we approach the
throne of grace. Ecah time we want to give our life for God day after day, despite the errors of
yesterday. The sacrifice is holy and acceptable to God. And that is what the author to the
epistles in Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 9:14 where it speaks about the blood of Christ, the blood of
the lamb. The blood that was spilled which is a symbol of death. Each time that God sees the
blood, he sees the price that ws paid in death.

Here it talks about the blood of Christ which by the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to
God. He is the one who was without spot. Will he cleanse your conscience from dead works to
serve the living God, so that you can serve the living God. I don’t need a ritual to repair my
faults. I don’t need works to repair my faults. I need his work, and there I can serve the living
God. I’m living. I remain alive in sacrificing myself. And God is alive, because Christ has risen.
May God bless you.

P. Schaller –

Wow! That’s good. Let’s review that for a second. We are a living sacrifice. Do you
feel that way in your heart? Are you a living sacrifice? Watch my hands. Alright. Do my hands,
what are they? Living. Are they tools for God? My tongue, my ears. Are they are living sacrifice?
Does God like chickens or how about you? He loves me, right? God, does he need the blood of
bulls and goats? No, he has us. A living sacrifice. But we are not able. But Christ came to make
us, cleanse us. And our conscience would be clean, so we are not doing some dead works to try
and make it to God. He did it all. And now we cleansed, and our conscience is clean. And now
we are serving but not to pay anything.

Do you serve to pay? No, I’m not paying for anything.
How do you get to heaven? Grace. How did it happen? Jesus. He did it all. Isn’t that good? Very
good. Thank you, pastor.

The first message, P. Ryan talked about Elijah and Naaman, Naaman being the leper. And then
the little girl. The little girl and the voice of God. The second message, Benscu spoke about the
contradiction, the test, the trial of faith, and that we have to go deeper to find God, not just our
reason and our experience and our feeling. God, God is faithful to us to show us and lead us.
And then the third one. We are not operating in any guilt. He did it all. We are living sacrifices
walking around on the Earth. God is very pleased with us, because of Christ and his Spirit that
dwells in us. Amen. Let’s do an altar call. (Prayer). Okay. Would you stand with me, please.

 

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