If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of
Genesis chapter thirteen. Genesis chapter thirteen. We were
in Genesis on Sunday. Glory to God. And we’re going to
start out in Genesis tonight. Amen. Praise the Lord. And
beginning with verse one. It says,
1. And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all
that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
3. And he went on his journeys from the south even to
Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the
beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
4. Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the
first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and
herds, and tents.
6. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might
dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they
could not dwell together.
7. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's
cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and
the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
8. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray
thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy
herdmen; for we be brethren.
9. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray
thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to
the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to
Let us pray.
Most holy and graciously heavenly Father, we thank You for
who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
And Father, as I decrease, I ask that You would increase. I
thank You for anointing me to preach the Gospel, oh God.
And let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
You may be seated in the house of God.
There was a strife that came up between Abram’s herdsmen
and Lot’s herdsmen. Who can tell me tonight the definition
or a definition of what strife is? What is strife? Come on, all
you Bible scholars. Hallelujah. What is strife?
Confusion. Amen. Strife is confusion. What else is strife?
I’m sorry? Agitation. Hallelujah. Agitation. That’s good
also. What else is strife? Anger. Amen. One more. What
else is strife? Envying. Praise the Lord.
There came a strife between them. There came up a quarrel
and fight between them.
You see, we as people, as human beings, we are naturally
territorial. You see, even when we go to certain places, we
will lay down our things at a certain place to let everybody
know that this is my territory, and don’t you come in my...
Oh, my God. Don’t come into my territory.
And what happened between them was that the land was not
big enough to hold all of them. So everyone wanted to claim
that part as their territory. But what happened was, they
forgot that they came to that territory together. My God, my
God. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost.
You see, we have got to continue with the understanding that
it’s not my territory. It’s not your territory. But it’s our
territory. It doesn’t matter who got there first. We’re all
going to receive the same thing. Oh, my God, my God.
You see, if we allow that territorial instinct to rise up in us,
there’s bound to be strife. There’s bound to be confusion.
There’s bound to be agitation. There’s bound to be anger.
Hallelujah. Do you hear what I’m saying tonight? There’s
bound to be envying.
I’ve got to realize that He’s called us to unity. You see, they
were family. You can’t tell me that family can’t dwell in the
same land. But sometimes the can’t. If you remember back
in chapter twelve, He told Abram to get thee up and get away
from your kindred. Why? Because God wanted to do a new
thing with them.
But instead of Abram getting up by himself, he wanted to take
somebody with him. It was Abram’s fault from the
beginning. God said get away from those that you’re familiar
See, if I follow God halfway, I’m going to have problems.
But if I listen to instruction, and I follow instruction, then all
things are going to work out together for my good, not at just
the end, but at the beginning.
The Bible said...(tongues)...that there arose a strife between
them. They forgot that they came together. In the body of
Christ it’s the same situation. We’re all brethren. Because
even though Lot was Abram’s nephew, on later down in
Genesis he called Abram his, I mean Lot his brother. So we
are all brothers and sisters in Christ.
But too many times in the body we forget that we’re brothers
and sisters in Christ. And we begin to say, “What’s mine is
mine.” Oh, my God. Who am I preaching to tonight? We
become possessive over what we have been appointed to. Do
you hear what I’m saying?
We come into a place where we take ownership. But we
cannot take ownership over what belongs to God. Do you
hear what I’m saying? I’m not an owner of it. I’m a steward
of it. That’s where stewardship comes in. I’m looking after
what belongs to Him. And if I would have this revelation, my
God, my God.
Let me tell you what we have to do in church. And I want
you all to hear this message, because I’m talking to
everybody. I’m talking to myself. You see, this pulpit don’t
belong to me. It belongs to God. But He put me in place as a
messenger, as an under-shepherd to bring for the message to
His sheep. But at any time if God wants to move me and put
somebody else there, I’ve got to give up that place, because
it’s not mine. It’s not mine. This church is not mine.
They were brethren. But they forgot that they came there
That’s why the Lord told Joshua to set boundaries. Even
though they were a people collective, He told Joshua to set
boundaries. Why? Because we are territorial. And if
somebody comes on my territory, it’s going to cause strife. It
doesn’t matter about being family or not. We’re family,
Turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis chapter thirty-seven.
You want to know why people get upset about what other
people do? Because they think it’s their territory. But it’s
not. Hello, somebody.
In chapter thirty-seven. And we’re going to begin with verse
three. It said,
3. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children,
because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat
of many colours.
4. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him
more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not
speak peaceably unto him.
Let’s look at it like this. Every now and then you can see the
favor that’s on somebody. Can’t you? And when we talk
about the favor, we can talk about the Anointing. Because we
believe the coat of many colors was different anointings.
And when we look at somebody and we see the different
anointings that they have on them, we understand that God
has shown favor on them. And instead of us loving them the
way that we should love them, we become like Joseph’s
brothers, and we begin to despise them. We begin to hate
The Bible tells me in Proverbs ten and verse twenty-two that
hatred stirreth up strife.
So what happens is, when I begin to hate my brothers and my
sister, I begin to stir up strife. Because hatred and strife, they
travel together. And not only hatred and strife. If you don’t
watch it, contention is going to get in the midst of it.
He had favor with his father. And they hated him for it. See,
you’ve got favor with your Father, and the world hates you
for it. (Tongues.) If you and I would get a revelation of who
our enemy is... The world hates us. Because the Bible said
that they hated Him.
But if the world love you, then you better check and see who
you are in. That’s who should hate you. Your brethren
should not hate you. Your sisters should not hate you. The
world should hate you.
But it was his own relatives, his own blood. They hated him.
And look at verse five.
5. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told...
I’m going to stop right there. Have you ever been in a
position where you knew somebody hated you? You cannot
tell me that Joseph did not know that his brothers hated him.
You can’t tell me that. You can’t tell me that you can live in
the same house with somebody and don’t really know how
they feel about you. Oh, my God. Who am I talking to in this
He had to know that they despised him. But the Bible said
that he had a dream, and then he told it. The first sign of
immaturity. Immaturity can make strife arise. Being
immature in making decisions and making sound judgment
can cause strife in the body of Christ. It can cause strife. It
can cause fighting and quarreling in the house.
So he went on to tell them the dream, knowing that they hated
him. He said that, “We were in the field, and we were
bundling sheaves together.” In other words, “We were
binding our wheat together. But then my wheat stood up.
And then your wheat bowed it’s knee to my wheat.”
Wait a minute. If somebody already hate me, do you think
I’m going to tell them that they have to bow their knee to me?
Oh, who are you talking to? It was a sign of immaturity. It
was a sign of him being overconfident. It was a sign of him
boasting about what was going to happen or what was going
on in the dream.
Have you ever been around somebody that brags all the time?
They don’t know why they don’t have no friends. They just
think that everybody hate them. They hate them because they
always talking about them. My God, my God.
“Did you see what I did? Did you hear what I did? Did you
know where I went? Do you know where I’m going?”
They’re never talking about you and where you’re going and
what you’re doing and what somebody got to say good about
you. But the conversation is always about them.
They’re provoking their brothers to jealousy. And when
someone get’s provoked to jealousy, immediately hatred is
going to follow that jealousy.
He was immature. See, in order to get this, you got to read
between the lines. He was immature in his judgment. I
would allow God to be God. Wouldn’t you? You think I’m
going to tell somebody that hates me about what God’s going
to do with me? I don’t think so.
They’ll smile in your face, won’t they? And they’ll put a
sword in your back. They’ll go and dig up your past, won’t
they? And they’ll have your business all over the street. And
you’ll be in front of folks preaching or teaching or whatever,
and they be saying in their mind, “Uh huh. I know what you
did.” They can’t even receive from you.
If I don’t use discretion, I can cause strife to come up. If you
have been in this walk for a certain amount of time, then
you’ve got to learn to use discretion. If you’ve got somebody
that has not been in this walk as long as you have, you better
watch what you say. And you better watch what you do.
Because what’ll happen is, you’ll begin to place a stumbling
block in front of them. And woe be unto you. Oh, my God.
You’ve got to get in the place where you can say what you
need to say or do what you need to do without causing people
He was immature. In other words, he still was at a stage of
development. He was at a stage of development, being
developed. And because of his immaturity he had to go
through all the things that he went through. Because he was
so over-confident, he had to go through all those things that
he went through.
God could have still got him to Egypt (Do you hear what I’m
saying?) without him being sold to the... You know what I’m
talking about. He got sold to the slave traders. There was
another route. There’s always more than one route when
you’re dealing with that situation. But if you’re coming to
Jesus, you got to come in by the door. And there’s only one
door and one Shepherd of the sheep. And His Name is Jesus.
But let me tell you something. He put himself in that
predicament. Many times we are in a position and in a
predicament where our brothers and sisters can’t stand us.
And why? Because we done put ourselves there. Yeah, you
are anointed. Yeah, you are appointed. But you done
provoked somebody to jealousy.
You can wear the finest apparel. You can be the prettiest
thing alive. You can be more handsome than Don Juan or
whoever. But if you’ve got the wisdom of Solomon to go in
and out of people, you’re not going to have to worry about
folk. If they hate you, it won’t be because of your ego.
He was immature in his judgment. Then he had another
dream. And he told his brothers again. I can just see them
snarling by this time. I can see the steam going up from their
He told them how even the stars and the moon and the sun
bowed their knee to him. In other words, he was talking
about the universe, not about God, but about everything in the
heavenlies. I’m not talking about the third heaven. Do you
hear what I’m saying tonight? I got to clarify.
So then his daddy... He told his daddy. And the Bible said
his daddy rebuked him and said, “Do you think that I’m going
to bow my knee to you?” But after what his son told him, the
Bible said he still thought about that thing.
So his brothers were in the field with the sheep. And he was
looking for his brothers. He comes up a walking. Can’t you
see them all with their swords and daggers? They begin to
plot to say, “What should we do to him?” One of them said,
“Well, we should go ahead and kill him.”
See, if you get in a place with folk where they can’t really
stand you, they’ll try to figure out a way to kill you. You act
like you ain’t never seen or heard that before. They’ll do it in
the natural in the world. But they’ll do it spiritually in the
But Ruben said, “No, let’s just put him down in the cistern.”
In other words, “Let’s put him down in the well.” And the
Bible said that there was no water in the well. So after he
said, “Let’s do that,” and Ruben went away... Because Ruben
had a plan to come back and get his brother. But when Ruben
got back his brother was gone. He had been sold to the slave
So they killed an animal and put the blood on his robe, and
brought the robe back to his father. Say, “Isn’t this your son’s
robe?” And the Bible says that his daddy began to mourn,
that he ripped off his clothes and went down in ashes and
sackcloth and mourned for his son. The Bible said his other
children came to try to comfort him, but he would not even be
If I don’t use wisdom, if I am immature in my judgments,
then I can cause strife to arise.
Tonight the Lord is speaking. Because some of us are old
enough to know certain things. But we don’t look out for
those that are younger than us in the Spirit. Do you hear me
I got to get in a place that I’m watching over them, to make
sure that they don’t fall into a ditch. It’s not just the pastor
and the elders that watch over folks. It’s everybody that got
to watch over everybody. Because I am who? My brother’s
keeper. Aren’t I? I am.
Using sound judgment. You may have a better idea than
somebody. If you got a better idea, walk softly. If they got
an idea, let them have their idea. Do you hear what I’m
saying tonight? I got to teach this. I got to use sound
judgment. I got to use sound judgment.
Strife goes all around the church. And it comes in the form of
gossip. And it comes from saying, “Did you hear about so
and so? Did you hear about such and so and such and such?”
And it will begin to destroy. It will begin to divide. It will
divide. It will divide.
Strife and discord are sisters. Conflict. They all run in the
same pack. But we’ve got to get into a place in the Spirit
where we are wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Wise
as serpents and harmless as doves.
And to get into a place like that, it’s a place in prayer.
Because prayer is where I get the wisdom. And prayer’s the
place I get compassion. That’s what we’ve got to do. That’s
what we’ve got to do.
So tonight... And everybody’s not here tonight. So all you
your brother’s keeper. You need to call your brother and
sister and say, “You missed it.”
And they going to say, “Well, what did I miss?”
“You missed the Word. You missed prayer.”
And there’s nothing that can be compared to that, getting into
the Presence of the Lord.
The Lord gave me this message today. Earlier today I went to
school. And on my way to school this morning I heard the
word “discord.” And I meditated on it all day. So I looked it
up. And I only saw like three different Scriptures on discord.
I said, “Lord, I need more than that.” And he took me to
discord’s sister, strife. And there was a whole list of
Scriptures on strife.
So tonight if there be any discord or there be any strife and
contention, envy, discouragement, whatever it is, leave it at
You know who’s most spiritual? Somebody that’s willing to
say, “I’m sorry.” That’s someone that has reached a
magnitude of maturity. When a husband and a wife have a
disagreement, you know who always say they sorry first?
The woman. Most of the time. I can’t say all the time. But
most of the time. It’s something in them. It’s something in
them to want that affection and that love to flow.
But let a sister and a sister have something. Can I go there?
We going to see who claws are the longest, who’s are the
sharpest, and who’s can move the fastest. Get in a place...
And it’s not just women and women. It’s men and men too,
aren’t they? One man got to be something better than the
other man. It’s always competition between men. And we
may say it in a way where it seems like we’re not in a
competition. But really if we could see the root... One want
to out-preach the other. One want to out-sing the other. One
want to be macho, macho than the other. We hitting these
devils, aren’t we?
We got to get in a place where we squash all that. Say,
“Look, we family. The family that prays together stay
together.” Oh, yes.
So tonight if there be any discord, strife, agitation, confusion,
anger, envy, whatever it is, conflict, let it go. Let it go. Let it
Come on, give God a handclap of praise.