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Release your faith

“As long as the earth remains,” Genesis 8:22, “As long as the earth remains, there will be seedtime and harvesttime.”  He said, “There will be hot.  There will be cold.  There will be summer.  There will be winter.  There will be day.  There will be night, and there will be seedtime and harvest.”

People talk about the weather, and nobody changes the weather.  Somebody says, “Well, I’ve decided it’s not going to be hot this summer.  I’ve decided we’re not going to have a cold winter.”  No, it’s not scriptural.  The Bible says you’re going to have hot and you’re going to have cold.  You’re going to have day, you’re going to have night.

“Well, I’ve decided we’re going to extend daylight hours by six hours.”  Well, the government extends it by one hour with Daylight Savings Time.  Or we’re going to have shorter days or longer days.  No, He said we’re going to have day and we’re going to have night.  We’re going to have hot, we’re going to have cold.  We’re going to have summer, we’re going to have winter.  And we’re going to have seedtime and we’re going to have harvesttime.  Now the question is, are we as Christians going to believe it?

Jesus said, “What you give, what you sow, will be multiplied back to you.”  And He said He will multiply it back to some thirty times, to some sixty times, to some a hundred times.  And then in Deuteronomy He said, “I’ll make you a thousand times more.”

It is not a get-rich-quick scheme.  It is a Bible principle that works.  But it only works when you follow the principles.  It only works when you sow unto the Lord, release your faith and expect God to use it for His glory and then multiply it back and get into expectation.

The hardest thing for me when I plant my seed—and several of you said it—the hardest thing for me is to expect that between the time I sow it and the time the answer comes that I can survive, that I can make it.

Some segment of the Bible

And Abraham established the tithing principle, that you sow unto the Lord and you believe that He will use it for His glory and multiply it back to you.  Now this is the principle that is followed throughout the entire Bible.  This is not just in some segment of the Bible.  This goes from Genesis all the way to the book of Revelation.

Now cross over to Jesus, who talked about the principles of sowing and reaping.  In Mark 4 He said, “How shall we liken or compare the kingdom of God?  It is like a seed,” and Jesus himself was referred to as a seed, the seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, the seed of David.  “How shall we liken or compare the kingdom of God?  It’s like a little seed,” a mustard seed.  And if you ever held a mustard seed in your hand, they’re very small, “it’s less than all or smaller than all the seeds that are in the earth.  But when it is sown”—never disbelieve the power of a seed.  When you sow it, something begins to happen.

Scientists today still, with all the technology and all the scientific information that we have in the world today, scientists cannot explain how a seed goes into the ground and literally dies and springs forth to life.  There is power in a seed.

Sometime ago I read an article in a journal where they had found a seed that was 1,500 years old.  It had never been planted.  And they put it in the ground and planted it, poured water on it, and it grew.

You cannot stop the power of a seed.  It’s impossible.  And the reason is because God has set up a backwards kingdom.  Somebody write that down, a backwards kingdom.  What do you mean by that?  Well, the world says, “What goes up must come down.”  God said, “What goes down,” that is, what you sow, “must come up.”  It is an eternal principle.

 

Evangelism

I have a doctorate, an earned doctorate.  It took me three years to get it.  You know, I went through my BA program, then I had a two year’s master’s program, master of arts in theology, and then a three-year doctorate of ministry.  So I have an earned doctorate.

But a doctor of ministry is what’s called a professional degree.  It is not the teaching degree.  I could not go to a seminary, an accredited seminary, and get a job as a professor, even though I certainly have the ability.  No question that I have the ability.  But according to the accreditation associations, you have to have a PhD, which is a different degree.  It’s a four-year degree.  It’s not a three-year degree.  And it has a different emphasis, and it particularly emphasizes Greek and Hebrew.  Okay?

So we don’t offer a PhD, so if we’re going to send missionaries into that world to teach in those many godless seminaries, then we’re going to have to have a PhD program and raise them up.  We have to go where people are.  Okay?  That’s why you hear me say in chapel all the time, “Jesus said go into all the world.”  Well, in order to do that, you have to go into every person’s world.  Okay?

That’s why I said yesterday I have a dream of having a film major, you know.  I’m sure you guys have heard about it, maybe some of you haven’t.  There’s a film that’s going to be premiered this weekend on Discovery in which they’re going to claim that they have evidence that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and they had a son named Judah.  And Hollywood has done it.

Well, are we going to allow Hollywood to make all the films?  Instead of getting mad at Hollywood, you know, for this garbage which they’re going to put on television—there’s been articles all over the country.  There was a big front-page article in the Tulsa World the other day about it.  It was in USA Today over the weekend.  I saw it.  Instead of cursing the darkness, let’s light a candle.  Let’s have a film major and teach students how to make films on a high-class level.

And let’s strike a blow for deliverance that way.  Let’s don’t just sit around and yell and scream at Hollywood, say, “Why doesn’t somebody do something?”  Why don’t we do something?  All right.  That’s too much time on that.

Make an impact for Christ

And I didn’t know, and I was dumber than a box of rocks anyway.  I didn’t have any idea.  I was just a guy, you know.  And there’s probably still some here on campus that are as dumb as I was when I was eighteen.

But, nevertheless, you know, I got up there and I found out, my, these guys are—wow!  And suddenly, man, I’m getting propositioned.  I’m having everything under the sun come at me.  Wow, where is this coming from?  Hey, I like girls.  Man, it was wild, you know.

Well, I was not a Christian, and I wasn’t a witness.  So I didn’t have any impact on their lives, except, no, you know.  But my point is—the reason I’m saying that is because you have to go where people are.  Okay, are you following me?  You have to go where they are.

And instead of cursing the darkness, you have to light a candle.  And so we’re going into that dance world to make an impact for Christ.  Okay?  And to help bring change.

You heard me in chapel yesterday say that I have a dream of opening a PhD program in the seminary.  Why?  Because most of the 220 seminaries in the United States are not really godly at all.  They don’t teach the Bible, that the Bible is the true Word of God.  And they’re raising up ministers who have no anointing and don’t know God, not even Christians.  And they’re coming out of these theological seminaries.

Well, if you want to touch ministers in that traditional world, then you’re going to have to raise up Holy Spirit filled PhD’s to go into that world and to teach, to send them as missionaries literally, to go into those seminaries.  Because the teaching degree, the only way you can get a job teaching in a seminary is if you have a PhD.  You can’t just get a BA from ORU and go teach in a seminary.  You can’t do that.  You have to have not only a master’s, but you have to have a PhD.

Now I have a doctorate.  I have an earned doctorate from ORU.  It’s a doctor of ministry degree.  We offer it.  I’m teaching the fast-track session of the doctor of ministry program this afternoon.  There are about 12 or 14 guys that are pastors across the country that are here this week.  You may have seen them from time to time in chapel.

In fact, one of them, Frank Damazio, who is over 700 churches in Portland, Oregon, will be speaking in chapel tomorrow, a real good friend of mine.  He’s in this group.  And I’m speaking to them this afternoon.

 

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