If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of
Deuteronomy chapter eight. Deuteronomy chapter eight. We
will read the book of Deuteronomy chapter eight from verse
one through verse five. Deuteronomy chapter eight, verse one
through verse five. And when you reach Deuteronomy eight,
signify by saying amen.
I’m in a different Bible version tonight, so I want you all to
read together. One, two, three, read.
1. All the commandments which I command thee this day
shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go
in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your
2. And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy
God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble
thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart,
whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
3. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed
thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy
fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth
not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out
of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
4. Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot
swell, these forty years.
5. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man
chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
Your Word tonight. Hide Your son behind the cross, that
Your people see You and not me. And Father, as I decrease I
ask that You would increase. Dear Lord, let the words of my
mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in Thy
sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. In Jesus’
You may be seated in the house of God.
Whenever God begins to lead you into a desert place, He is
trying to get something out of you. I know that we have read
this Scripture before. But God brought me back here, because
it’s the season for this word.
God has many of the saints in a hard place, in a dry place, in a
place (glory to God) that they don’t want to be in. But God
has the saints in this place for a reason. There is something
on the inside of them that He’s trying to get out of them.
He said in verse two that, “I brought you into this place that I
may humble you.”
When we look at that word “humble,” the opposite of
humility is pride. And when we look at the word “pride”
(glory to God) it means that I think of myself more than what
I ought to think, or I think of my ability higher than what I
ought to think of my ability.
What struck me so interesting was this, that God led them out
of Egypt. Glory to God. And in the book of Exodus the Bible
said that they were serving under a hard taskmaster. Can you
tell me this? How can you think yourself to be more than
what you are when you’re serving under a hard taskmaster?
Do you hear what I’m saying tonight?
If I serve under a hard taskmaster, what happens is, it brings
me into a place of deception in my mind. And I begin to take
on the characteristics of who I serve.
Their mind, even though they were slaves, they were still in a
You see, many of us are serving under the hard taskmaster.
And he has brought us to a place to make us think that we are
higher than what we ought to be. But see, in that state of
mind God would lead us into a desert place. He would lead
us into a place where we don’t want to be, a place that’s
uncomfortable, a place that’s going to cause us to call upon
See, you’ve been wondering why you are where you are now?
God is only trying to get something out of you. I’m not going
to get too many amens tonight.
He said, “I brought you to this place, because I’m going to
bring you into a place of humility.” And when I go into a
desert place, not only is it to humble me, but it is to test me.
In other words, it’s to examine what’s on the inside of me.
You see, too many times I’m in a hard place, but instead of
doing what I know to do, I resort to that old way of thinking.
I resort to that old way of doing things. You don’t want to
hear me tonight.
You see, that dry place is going to show me what’s really on
the inside of me. You see, because it’s not only going to be
on the inside. It’s going to show on the outside.
He said, “I brought you here so that I can humble you, and
that I could prove you or test you, so that I could know and
you could know what’s really in your heart.”
Many of us are at a place of testing right now. But He’s only
trying to show us what’s really in our hearts. He’s trying to
show us that, you know, we can praise Him for the good
times. But what about the bad times? Do you hear what I’m
saying? I can lift up holy hands when it’s all good. But I’m
going to keep them down at my side when it’s all bad.
What’s really on the inside of me?
You see, it’s easy to praise God and serve God when
everything is lining up the way it should line up. But what
about when things start getting out of line? What about when
things are not the way that I want them to be? What am I
going to do then? Who am I talking to in this house?
He only has you where you are to prove you. He has you
where you are to bring you even to another level of humility.
You see, humility has different levels. Doesn’t it? Oh yes, it
does. You see, I can be humble with some things. But in
other things (glory to God) the spirit of pride will leap up in
But see, He wants me to be a well-rounded Christian. He
wants me to operate in that place of humility all the time, not
just sometimes but all the time.
He only has you there to test you. But the question is, how
long are you going to be there? You see, there should be a
time that you come out of that place. It’s up to you. You can
stay there for your entire Christian life, or you can be there for
the time (glory to God) that you should be there, and come on
out of it.
You see, that place of testing is to show you that what’s in
you, what’s in your flesh is not of God. Paul said what? “I
die daily.” Why? Because every day a part of me needs to
come out of me.
“Why you preaching this tonight, preacher?” Because it’s
time for the flesh to come down.
You see, it’s one thing to be aggressive, and it’s another thing
to be assertive. Hello. Let me say that again. It’s one thing
to be aggressive, and it’s another thing to be assertive.
You see, if I’m too aggressive, then I’m going to cause
confusion. Oh, you don’t hear me tonight. But if I’m
assertive, I can get the job done, and leave everything in tact.
He wants to show you what’s in you. You know why He puts
people around you that wreck your nerves? Because He
wants to show you what’s in you. He wants to show you that
you don’t love as deep as you think you love. Oh, my God,
my God. Why you going there? He wants to show us that
we’re not really on the level that we think we’re on. He wants
to show us that there are more levels.
To everything that God has purposed, there are more levels.
And then there are levels. And then there are levels. And
more levels. And then another level.
He said, “I brought you here, because I’m showing you how
you really are.”
I’ve seen the humblest of people rise up in their flesh when
you press the right button. I’ve seen the ones that you think
that would never rise up in their flesh, because of the right
button being pushed. That’s just God showing them that they
have not arrived yet.
See, when you think that you’ve arrived, then you’re really
going to start going through. Oh, my God. I need to stay
right there. I felt the Glory hit me. Hey, Jesus.
When you think that you’re in a place where you’re really not,
you will be in position for the principalities and the powers
and the rulers of the darkness that should not even come your
way yet, to come and attack you. They will cause you to get
back to where you should be, not where you want to be.
He will bring you into the desert, not that you will die, but
that He would cause you to live.
Somebody needed this tonight. You’re in a hard place. He’s
showing you what you’re really made of. What is your
reaction? What are you... How are you reacting in this
hostile environment? Are you bringing hostility to match that
hostility? It’ll only bring defeat. But if I bring humility to hit
that hostility, then hostility has got to bow it’s knee.
The Bible says a soft answer does what? Turneth away wrath.
Oh, I feel Jesus tonight.
He only has us there for testing. It’s not going to last forever.
It’ll just be there until you pass the test. Now if you’re not
passing the test, you need to say, “Lord, help me pass this
test.” Don’t get bent out of shape. Because then you got to
spend time trying to get back in shape, and go back through
the test all over again.
He put them there to get pride out of them and to test them.
Look at your Bibles. He said, “You’re clothes,”in verse four,
“Did not wear out. And your feet did not swell during these
forty years.” He trying to tell us something. He said, “You
were blessed the whole time.”
But see, those are those quiet blessings, aren’t they? Those
aren’t those blessings that make you just jump and shout.
Those are those blessings that make you bless God for what
you got, not what you’re trying to obtain.
He didn’t say, “I gave you new shoes and new clothes.” He
said, “The ones you got didn’t wear out.” Oh, my God, my
Look at your Bibles. In verse five he said, “Know then in
your heart that a man disciplines his son. So the Lord your
God disciplines you.”
Now look at verse three. Go back up to verse three. The
Bible says again that, “He humbled you, causing you to
hunger, and then feeding you with manna.”
Somebody say, “Appetite.” I find that we spend most of our
lives trying to satisfy our appetites. Soon as leave the house
of God, we’ll try to satisfy an appetite.
It doesn’t have to be food. It can be something else. But we
will try our best to satisfy it. Whatever that desire is, we want
satisfaction for that desire. And instead of spending our time
praising God, we’re spending our time trying to satisfy
There’s no satisfaction outside of God. He is the only one
that satisfies. I can’t satisfy you, and you can’t satisfy me.
And if we do, it’ll just be for a moment. Oh, my God, my
He was dealing with their appetite. And the Lord is dealing
with many of our appetites. Because we’re always trying to
satisfy it. But the inner and the deeper longing inside of us is
Paul said, “I put my body under subjection.” He said, “I put
this flesh under subjection.” He said, “I make it do what I
want it to do.” He said, “I’m not going to let you be
satisfied.” He said, “I’m going to make you do what I want
you to do.”
You see, if I begin to make this flesh do what I want it to do,
then it’s going to begin to be like a soldier. And then when
something’s out of whack from where it normally is, then it’s
going to know, “This ain’t right.”
But if I refuse to discipline this flesh, then I always be in a
state of chaos. Every part of me will be chaotic, sporadic.
The Lord is speaking tonight. Get the flesh under. Don’t
think yourself more than who you are. Don’t do that, because
you’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re setting yourself
Now when we say words like these, don’t get nobody else in
your mind. Think about you. Because a lot of time, first
thing when somebody says something and you think that so
and so should have heard that, you should have heard it. And
you should be clapping for you. (Tongues.) Clapping for me.
Their appetite needed to change. When I look around and I
look at all of us, our appetites need to change. Because we’re
constantly seeking for something to satisfy these cravings.
But tell these cravings to die.
Go with me in your Bibles to Proverbs. Proverbs chapter
Now when you hear this word tonight, don’t just hear this
word, and then tomorrow go out and act a fool. Hide this
word in your heart. Because the devil coming. And he going
to make that flesh try to rise. But as soon as you feel it, you
say, “No.” You pat yourself on the head. “Get back down.
Come back down. You are not all of that. He’s all of that.
In Proverbs twenty-three, it says in verse one... And
remember that I’m not in your same version.
1. When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently
what is before thee:
2. And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to
3. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
You see, our appetite will lead us into a place of deception
while we’re trying to satisfy it. It will lead us into a place to
be in a place where we should not be around people who’s
motives are not right.
There’s something behind all of that. There’s something
behind all of that. But because they are satisfying me for the
moment (oh, my God, my God) I’m going to eat from this
table. I need to say that again. Because they are satisfying
me right now I need to eat from this table. But little do I
know that I’m setting myself up for a trap.
Appetite. It can be a dangerous, dangerous thing. It can
cause you to lose everything. It can cause you to lose
everything. Because of your appetite...
Now one of the biggest problems with appetite is sexual
appetite. If your sexual appetite is not right, it’ll take you to
hell. Because you’ll constantly be trying to satisfy that sexual
Now don’t get me wrong. The Bible says that the marriage
bed is undefiled. But let me tell you something. You get
something demonic up in there, and you’re going to defile it.
There are certain things that are demonic. And they can be in
your appetite. If it ain’t right, you need to kill it. I ain’t going
to get too much amen out of that.
“What you talking about pastor?” You know what I’m
talking about. I’m talking about that... You know.
It’s undefiled. But when you bring demonic forces in there,
you have messed up. Because God ain’t in some stuff. I’m
just going to tell you like it is. He ain’t in it, and He ain’t
getting in it. He ain’t trying nothing new. Hello, somebody.
I’m saying that because... (Tongues.) I feel the Glory to...
I’m saying that because sometimes, you know, we deceive
ourselves with our appetite, when we take all of that world
into a Godly relationship.
I’m not saying you don’t have fun. And I’m not saying you
don’t do all that. But I’m talking about crazy stuff like
chaining up folks and all that foolishness, and beating them.
I’m just telling you like it is. I’m going to preach. You bring
them demons in there, and you think that you and your spouse
are getting it on. But you got the whole bunch of stuff in
there getting it on. I’m just telling you the truth.
That appetite can kill you. It can kill you. It’s truth. It’s
truth. It’s truth.
The Lord only lets me say what I need to say at the time I
need to say it. Because I say, “Let the words of my mouth
and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh
Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” So he’s going to put a
watch over my tongue and keep the door of my lips. And I
can only say what He would have me to say. And that’s
something I needed to say.
I believe that when I pray He hears me.
Turn with me to Ecclesiastes chapter six. In Ecclesiastes
chapter six and verse seven it says,
7. All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite
is not filled.
All men’s efforts are to try to bring pleasure. Yet his appetite
is not satisfied.
See, we’ve been searching for something to satisfy us. We
ain’t found it yet, but in Jesus. Somebody need to hear that
tonight. That’s why we can’t be content. There’s no
contentment. Because we’re on the prowl for something to
satisfy. (For lack of better words, “prowl.”) But listen.
We’re searching for that thing to satisfy. But it says the
appetite can never be satisfied.
Go with me to Romans chapter seven. We almost finished
tonight. Is anybody in the house? You all ain’t going to beat
pastor, are you all? Praise the Lord.
Look at your Bibles in Romans chapter seven, and verse
fifteen. Paul said in Romans seven, verse fifteen... Listen.
15. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do
I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Wait a minute, Paul. You mean you went through the same
thing we go through Paul? As anointed as you were? Yes, he
did. The same things that we go through, he went through.
And you know, that brings it on home a little, you know,
You know, Jesus, the Bible said that He went through the
same things we went through. But still in peoples’ mind they
say well, “You know, He was God. He could go through
But Paul said, “I went through too.” Wrote most of the New
Testament. He went through too. He shared the lessons that
he learned with trying to deal with his sinful desires.
Look at your Bibles in verse twenty-one. He said,
21. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is
present with me.
22. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the
law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of
sin which is in my members.
Wait a minute. You can be in jail in your mind. Your mind
can make you a prisoner. It can hold you captive. Too many
saints are being held captive in their mind. When you look at
them, you see no one restraining them. You see no bars
around them. But it’s all in their mind. Being tormented day
and night by the war that’s going on on the inside.
We need to put these wars to rest. And when these wars start
rising up, uh, uh. Stomp them out in Jesus Name.
24. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the
body of this death?
What do you mean, Paul? In other words, Paul was saying, “I
need deliverance. Who will deliver me?” And then he went
on to say that Jesus is his deliverer.
Jesus is the only one that can keep you. Can’t no man keep
you. Can’t no woman keep you. Jesus is the only one that
can keep you. The pastor can’t keep you, the prophet,
evangelist, teacher, apostle. They can’t keep you. Only Jesus
can keep you. He’s the only one that can rescue you.
Saints of God, let’s deal with these appetites. If you’re in
desert right now, deal with that pride that’s in you. If you’re
in a place of testing, deal with what He’s trying to get out of
you and show you about you. If you’re dealing with that
appetite, that thing that wants to be satisfied, tell it, “I’m not
going to satisfy you no more.” Command it to get under
Remember Jesus has delivered you. And Jesus will keep you
Come on, give God a handclap of praise. Hallelujah. Thank
You, Jesus. Hallelujah. Thank You, Lord.
It can be a frustrating thing dealing with your appetite. That’s
why some people always frustrated all the time. You always
wonder what’s wrong with them. It’s their appetite... I ain’t...
It can be anything. It’s their appetite.
But if they will push that appetite and say, “Uh, uh. I’m not
satisfying you. And I’m not seeking to satisfy you,” then that
craving will begin to leave.
It’s like a sugar junky. I want to satisfy this craving for this
sugar. It’s like somebody that love meat. I want to eat meat.
But if you start pushing it away and pushing it away,
eventually you can deal with that thing.
It’s like that diet I’m on with that carb thing. Pushing that
bread away. Pushing those potatoes away. Pushing that rice
away with that gravy. Pushing it. Lowly baked potatoes.
But once I get that thing under subjection, I can look at that
thing in the eye and say, “You don’t even bother me. Now
back off me. I’m bigger that you.”
That’s how we got to get our flesh. Whatever stimulates that
appetite to bring you into sin, get that thing under your feet,
and keep it under your feet.
Lift your hands to Jesus tonight.