Full text of preacher Paul Washer’s sermon titled “Four Pillars of Walking With God”
Notable quote from this message:
“Joy comes before obedience rather than after. And if you don’t understand that, you will really be messed up all your days. Joy is not the result of obedience. Joy is the result of what God has done. So now your joy is fixed on a fixed and stable source. When your joy is based on your performance, it’s going to be up and down like the wind, up and down like the raging sea, double-minded, mutable, changing constantly.”
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Paul Washer – Director of @HeartCryMission
It is a tremendous privilege for me to be here this morning. This is going to be kind of unusual. It’s not going to be what you would consider probably a Sunday sermon. It’s going to be more like discipleship.
We’re going to look at some very, very simple but very important and foundational truths that — well, my purpose is this: I want to see you with more joy. I want to see you more greatly encouraged.
Now, this is not going to be a sermon that kind of stirs the emotions so that you walk out here with some kind of spiritual high. But it’s going to teach you a few things that if you will live by them, it will increase your joy. And increasing your joy, it will increase everything else good that the Lord has put in your life. I want you to be encouraged.
So often I look at God’s people – And I’m talking about God’s people… people who show the fruit of salvation in their life, and yet so often they seem so downcast, so tight in their heart, so trodden down. I don’t want that. That’s not God’s will for you.
God’s will for you is to recognize all that He is, all that He has done, all that He will do. For you to recognize that, grasp it, and walk in the power of it.
Now here is something — I want to start off by saying something, that there are great Biblical truths that are absolutely necessary to live by. But oftentimes, in the heart and mind of a believer, they become nothing more than clichés. Because we can say them, we can even know that they’re true to some degree, but we really can’t articulate them. We really don’t know what they mean.
And if we use them often enough, they’ll end up in bittering our heart, because we say things, and yet they seem to have no power to change us.
Let me give you an example. You’re downcast and trodden. And someone comes up to you and says, “You just need to trust in God.”
Yeah, but what do you mean? What does it really mean to trust in God?
Or, “You just need to look to Christ.”
Where? Where do I look? What are you talking about?
Or, “You just need to contemplate and meditate upon the gospel.”
Or, “You just need to savor and relish the gospel.”
Yes. But what does that mean? How do I do it? What are you really talking about?
Or, “Hey, don’t be downcast. The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
Yeah, I know. I read that in Nehemiah 2. But what does it mean? How can it really impact my life?
I was a brand new believer, well, probably about – I don’t know — less than a year into the Christian faith. And I went to hear Leonard Ravenhill preach. But before he preached, a younger preacher got up and preached. And he preached about an hour and a half on how we all needed to walk in the Spirit.