If you would, open up your Bibles with me to the book of
Second Peter chapter one, Second Peter chapter one. And
when you get to Second Peter chapter one, just signify by
saying, "Amen." Praise the Lord. In Second Peter chapter
one, the writer of this epistle is the apostle Peter.
1. Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to
them that obtained like precious faith with us through the
righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the
knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3. According as his divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the
knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
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
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank and praise
You for such a time as this. Father, hide Your servant behind
the cross, that Your people would see You and not Me. And
Father, as I decrease, I ask that You would increase. Let the
words my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable
in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Father, we thank You that the adversary is bound all over the
world and forbidden to operate. We loose him from every
assignment that he's on. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
In verse four Peter said,
4. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
The road to the promises of God is not an easy road. It's a
road (glory to God) that's full of uncomfortability. It's full of
adversity. It's full of (glory to God) a fire. It's full of flood.
It's full of everything that you can imagine before you get to
As we're on this road to the promises of God, we have got to
get into a place where we take on a self-examination. As we
do, the Lord our God would lead us into a number of different
A lot of times we believe and we think that self-examination
is due to the sin that's in our lives. But He won't always
cause us to examine ourselves because of sin in our lives.
He'll cause us to examine ourselves to see if we are really
(glory to God) ready and willing to do what it takes to get to
the promises of God.
On the road to the promises of God, through all the hardships
that are encountered on this road, it will cause us to take a
look at how we view God. It will cause us to take a look at
how we think about God.
A lot of us (glory to God) as we're on this road, we think that
God is unjust. We think that God is unfair. We think that
God (glory to God) is somebody that's a respecter of persons.
We think that God is a hard taskmaster. But understand this:
if you are going to get the promises that were promised to
you, you're going to have to endure hardship as a good soldier
of Jesus Christ.
See, we've been going through some things because we're
trying to obtain the promise. You see, our conversation is in
heaven. Our communion is in heaven. And what Satan is
trying to do is cut us off from our communion and our
conversation. If he can cut us off from our communion and
our conversation (glory to God), he'll cause us to look down
instead of looking up.
With the promises there will be trials and there will be
tribulations. Listen. We believe that we have a work to do
for God. But the Lord spoke to me today and told me to tell
His people to work while it's day, for the night is coming
when no man can work.
You see, God promised you that you were going to do
something for Him. But see, the apostle Paul had a revelation
that he counted it a privilege and an honor to be called into
the ministry. Nobody had to drag him into the... You don't
hear me. Nobody had to pull his teeth to get him to do what
God called him to do. He was faithful (glory to God) to what
If you're going to get to the promises, you're going to have to
endure. He's preparing us. He's nurturing us. He's a loving
Father. And he chastens those that He loves.
You see, some of us are in a position where we're being
chastened. We don't understand exactly what's going on.
But there's adversity in our lives. God is chastening us. He's
trying to get us to see what He sees. He's trying to get us in
the position to where we think what He things. He's
chastening us (glory to God) to put us in position to receive
Don't deny what you've been feeling. Because many of us
have been in a position of denial. We've been trying to deny
the way that we feel instead of being honest with God about
the way that we feel and saying to ourselves and to God, "If,
God, my feelings don't line up with You, then I need You to
help me change the way I feel." But a lot of us have been in
denial. And we think that we're pressing into something
glorious, but we're well off course.
If I'm going to reach the promises of God, I must stay
focused. I must stay focused. No matter what's going on
around me, I must be a focused person. I must not be a
person that sleeps and slumbers. I must be a focused person. I
must focus on who He is and what He's doing. Glory to God.
I must be focused.
I must believe. I must have faith. I must stay in the Word. I
must stay in prayer. I must be in His will in order to receive
You see, many of us want to receive the promises, but we
don't want to travel the road to the promise. Who am I
talking to? You see, just like Ruth...
Ruth gleaned off of Boaz's field, didn't she? What we want
to try to do is glean off of somebody else's field. We want to
take hold of what somebody else got. We want somebody
else's promises. We don't want to travel their road that they
traveled. We just want it to come to us.
Many people want T. D. Jakes' ministry, but they don't want
to travel the road he traveled. Oh, you don't hear me today.
The promises do not come without a cost. There's a cost. I
remember when I played football, the coach used to always
say, "You got to pay the cost."
"What did you mean by that, coach?"
"You got to sweat sometimes." You got to be in pain
sometimes, Brother Stuart. You got to go into that thing with
all that you have, even when you don't feel like going into
that think with all you got. The promises are not without a
Let me tell you something. When a person doesn't pay for
something, they don't care about it. They'll trample it up
under their feet. You don't hear me. That's why He told the
disciples to call for faithful men. Why? Because if He didn't
call faithful men, the men that he called would trample the
Gospel up under their feet.
See, Jesus paid the price to get these promises to us. That's
why He's not going to give His Anointing to just anybody.
And those that He gave it to and don't do right by it, they're
going to pay a cost at that last day. Oh, I feel Jesus.
The promises of God, they are not without a cost. We're
going to have to pay the price in order to receive these
promises. We're going to have to walk through the fire and
through the flood in order to receive these promises. We're
going to have to endure in order to receive the promises of
Adversity, you know what it would do? It will reveal to us
our relationship with material things. Instead of valuing God
and people, we value (glory to God) more our material
We value those things that are tangible instead of those things
that are intangible. We value those things that are unseen, I
mean, excuse me, seen more than those things that are unseen.
We value those things that are temporal more than those
things that are eternal.
We will work so hard for our bosses to get a promotion, but
we'll give God as least as we can give Him, and want to be
raised up to the top of the ceiling.
Listen. Many people I talk to, they believe that they have
something that God has called them to do, and that it's
something great. I've been prophesied to since I got saved,
"You are going to be a powerful man of God. You're going
to be a powerful prophet of God. You're going to travel all
over. You're going to travel overseas. You are anointed and
you are appointed."
Let me tell you something. It did not come without a cost,
without a price. Every level that God took me to was with a
cost. He's speaking. You want it? Prove it. Don't just say
you want it. Prove it. Prove it.
"Prove it to you, pastor?"
No, prove it to the Lord. You want to be anointed? Prove it.
You want a ministry? Prove it. Because who is going to give
you your own if you're not faithful over another man's?
Prove it. Prove it.
Some of us will watch over our own stuff, and we'll hover
over it and guard it like this, and dare you to come around it.
Get somebody else's, and they'll handle it like it's nothing.
Oh, you don't hear me.
For everything we sow we are going to reap. Let me tell you
something. The Lord is just placing this in my spirit. Let me
tell you all something. When I got saved and became a
preacher, I was the first one at the church, cleaning the
church, unlocking the door, praying, praise and worship,
stayed until everybody else was gone. Locked up. Cleaned
up. Did everything I could possibly do, everything.
It wasn't a question (you all don't hear me tonight) of whether
or not God was going to be first. It wasn't a question.
Everything else was secondary. Everything. Secondary. My
job needed me to work overtime. They put mandatory six
days on there. Don't you know I got out of it? Oh, you don't
Listen. Prove it. You want the promises? Prove it. You
want the ministry? Prove it. Prove it.
Sometimes in our adversity, in our tribulation, it'll bring us
back to the place where we have a sense of value about the
things of God. You remember the prodigal son? The Bible
said when he came to himself, he remembered what it was
like at his father's house.
He left his father's house with more than you can imagine.
His father didn't even argue with him. He came to his father
and said, "Give me the portion that belongs to me."
See, many of us are saying to the Lord, "Give me the portion
that belongs to me."
And He's saying, "Okay. I'm going to give it to you. But
what you going to do to keep it?"
The Bible said he went out and wasted all of his portion, his
belongings, with riotous living. Don't you know that this
Anointing, you can go out with, and waste it with riotous
living, doing anything and everything to get glory? Oh, you
don't hear me. Performing for people, that people would
know our name. Jesus made Himself of no reputation. And
God gave Him a Name that's above every name.
We're talking about a couple of things in this message,
because this is how the Lord is leading me. I don't know why
He's leading me like this, but this is how He's leading me.
Sometimes we'll get more than our portion. If we see
somebody else got something, we want it. Oh, you don't hear
me. Did God say you could have it, or you just want it? See,
until God tells you that you can have something, just let it be
a desire. Oh, I feel Jesus. The cares of this world and the
deceitfulness of riches will choke the Word out.
When we talk about the promises of God and that road that
we travel to get there, one thing it will reveal to us is our
unwillingness to forgive each other. Those who receive
forgiveness through Christ are expected to forgive others.
In Luke sixteen, verse one through eight the steward was
unjust, but he was shrewd with his forgiveness of the debts.
When we forgive those that have wronged us, we place
ourselves in a position to receive forgiveness.
Many of us are in debt, and many of us have people that are in
debt to us. But we don't forgive them their debt, but we want
the Lord to help us to... Oh, you don't hear me.
Adversity will show us our real heart. It will show us how we
really are. Even though a lot of times we don't want to accept
how we are. We don't want to believe how we are. But it
will show us how we really are.
To fail to forgive puts us in a position of wanting to have
revenge. In Luke six and thirty-seven... Come on. Wave
your hands to Jesus with me. In Luke six and thirty-seven it
37. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged...
But this one says a little bit more than the one that was over in
John. It says,
37. ...condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive,
and ye shall be forgiven:
And then it goes on to,
38. Give, and it shall be given unto you;
Wait a minute. "What are you saying?" This is a part of
receiving the promises of God. When I walk in Luke six,
thirty-seven, then as I follow the principle of Luke six, thirty-eight, then I will be blessed. But if I don't follow Luke six,
thirty-seven first, but even though I'm operating in Luke six,
thirty-eight, I'm still stopping the promises of God.
In Colossians three and thirteen, it says, "If any man, anyone
has a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you,
so ye also must do."
There are many of us in the body of Christ, not just here, but
we're holding things against people that we need to let go.
And once we let it go, we will allow the flood gates to open
up on us with the promises of God.
Many of us are waiting for a blessing. And God said there
would be a blessing. But the blessing has been dammed up
because of the condition of our hearts. If we would only put
ourselves in someone else's position sometime, then it would
cause us to see it not just from our side but from their side.
The promises of God will come to us through our trials and
through our tribulations.
Examine yourself tonight. If you are holding something in
your heart against somebody, then let it go. And then when
it's time to give, give your offering. And what you're going
to do is start to move things in the Spirit. And the promises of
God are going to begin to flow to you. (Tongues.)
But if you're holding something against somebody, I don't
care how much you give in an offering, you're not going to
get a return on it. People of God, if I'm jealous of my
brother, no matter what I'm sowing in the offering, I'm not
going to get a return on it. Do you hear what I'm saying?
If I'm upset with my wife, no matter what I give in the
offering, I'm not going to get a return off of it until I get it
right. If I'm living in sin, no matter what I sow in the
offering, until I repent and go and sin no more, then I'm not
going to get the return that I'm looking for. Listen.
There are promises that have been promised to us, so many
promises. But we have to examine why these promises have
not come. We have to examine why we pay our tithes, but we
still don't have enough to pay our bills. There's a reason.
God is true. Let every man be a liar.
And then you look next door. Somebody else is paying their
tithes, and they're being blessed. Examine yourself. Examine
your atmosphere. Examine how you are, so that the promises
of God won't be dammed up in your life.
Come on, give God a handclap of praise.