The Omnipotent One Reigns In Our Exile

May 21, 2002 PM
Pastor Chris Abernathy
Columbus, Georgia

If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Revelation chapter nineteen. Revelation chapter nineteen. We won’t be long tonight. Amen? But we’re going to get a principle out there that will be of great importance unto us.

In the book of Revelations chapter nineteen we’re going to look at verse six. And when you reach there, please stand for the reading of the Word. In verse six it says,

6. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us pray.

Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we count it a privilege and an honor to be in Your house tonight. Father, we thank You for the Word that shall go forth unhindered by the powers of darkness. You said, “My Word shall not return unto Me void, but shall accomplish everything I sent it forth to accomplish.”

Father, we thank You that You give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, God. And Father, as Your people receive this seed tonight, let it take root, and let it grow. Father, hide Your son behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me. As I decrease, dear Lord, I ask that You would increase. In Jesus’ holy and blessed Name.

And the people of God said amen.

God is on the throne. The apostle John speaks the word of encouragement forcefully in Revelations nineteen and verse six. At the end of that verse he says, “Alleluia. For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

Sometimes it looks like the throne of the universe is empty. And sometimes we think in our minds that lies prosper more than truth. When we look around, there’s crime everywhere. There’s murder on the scene.

But while it seems that way, we have got to understand that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Sometimes we wonder if it’s really worth it to trust Christ and to be obedient to Him.

When we look at the apostle John, he lived in a world not too different from ours. Of course, when he wrote the book of Revelation, he wasn’t sitting in a comfortable church study. Do you hear what I’m saying? He wasn’t sitting (glory to God) in a library full of books, with students admiring his work. But he was sitting in a place of exile.

If you’re going to do something great for God, you have got to learn how to be all by yourself in an uncomfortable position.

You see, in the midst of your atmosphere of warfare, God can get His best work done through you. Oh, my God, my God.

See, we think a lot of times when it’s a perfect atmosphere, that’s when God is really going to do His work. But it’s when you’re in the midst of the most warfare that you can possibly stand.

God is going to squeeze water out of a rock. It’s when you feel like you got nothing to give. Isn’t that right? God is calling for even more out of you. When your mind says, “I can’t go on,” Jesus done mapped out a whole other course for you to go down.

It’s when you’re in that very trial, that tribulation, that thing that seems too hard for you, God is going to use you.

John wrote the book of Revelation while he was in exile. He wasn’t around the people that loved him. He wasn’t around those that can tell him everything’s going to be alright. But he was in a lonely place. He was in a place that would say death all around him.

You see, when you think that you’re at the point of death, that’s when God’s going to get the most glory out of you. You ain’t never been there, have you? See, when you at the point, on the brink of giving up, your breakthrough is just around the bend. My God. Who am I preaching to tonight? When they told you you wasn’t going to make it, that’s when He’ll part that Red Sea. Won’t He?

He sat there. And the Holy Ghost started moving. See, we want the Holy Ghost to start moving when we get our mind together. But He want to start moving (glory to God) when your mind ain’t together. He want to start moving in the midst of you anyhow.

He wants to give you revelation when all you have to hold on to is Him. See, He wants to get us one on one. See, He just doesn’t want to come in the midst of the crowd. Oh, my God.

See, we can all get together and lift up holy hands without wrath and doubting. But He really wants to come in when you’re one on one, lifting up your holy hands without wrath and doubting.

He wants to come and talk to you, when you feel like nobody else cares. But you got to listen. You got to be open to receive.

You see, most of us when we get in the exile place, we begin to shut down. But that’s not the time to shut down. That’s the time to open up.

See, it’s a natural response that when you are being rejected to shut yourself down. It’s a natural response. But God is not dealing in the natural. He’s trying to deal in the supernatural. He’s going against the grain. God don’t go... He doesn’t go with the grain like man. He goes against the grain.

In the midst of his warfare he said, “The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” See, he wasn’t suffering as we call suffering. He was suffering with Christ, that the glory of God might be revealed. Oh, my God. I must be in here by myself. I’m going to teach myself happy tonight.

You see, when I begin to suffer with Christ, the glory of God can be revealed through me. You see, because it ain’t no more flesh dealing with flesh. It’s Spirit dealing with Spirit. And when Spirit begins to deal with Spirit, there’s going to be an illumination that’s going to take place. Not only illumination but revelation.

You say when you look at it... You see, when you look at it, John’s flesh was dead. His flesh ain’t have nothing else to live for. It was his spirit dealing with the Spirit of God.

When you get together with the Spirit of God, your spirit gets with His Spirit, that’s when revelation is going to come. He’s not going to reveal anything to your flesh. He’s only going to reveal the things of God to your spirit.

You’ve been crying. You’ve been weeping. Sometimes we get in the place and say, “Lord, why me?” But I heard somebody else say, “Why not me?” Why shouldn’t I suffer the persecution? Why shouldn’t I have heartache? Why not me? If I’m in the image of Christ, why not me? If I’m Christ’s in the earth, why not me?

He told the disciples, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. For persecuted the prophets which were before you.” I’ve got to count it all joy when they talk about me, when they despitefully use me, when they tell me that I’m not nothing.

He understood his mission. When I begin to understand my mission, then I can suffer for Christ. I don’t know if you got that. See, if I don’t understand my mission, then I can’t really suffer for Christ. Because I don’t understand the fellowship, like Paul said, of His suffering. Holy Ghost, help me.

But if I understand the fellowship of His suffering, then I can really suffer for Christ’s sake. But if it’s about me all the time, “They’re persecuting me. They’re talking about me,” where’s Christ at all in that?

He didn’t have time for foolishness. You see, when many of us go through things, the first thing we say is, “I can write a book about woe is me.” But he wrote a book about our God omnipotent reigneth.

He wasn’t trying to get his story out. He was trying to get Christ’s story out. Oh, somebody needs to hear this tonight.

See, your life should emulate His life. When I look in the mirror, I should see Him and not me. I should see those nails in my hands. I should see that crown of thorns around my head. I should see that piercing in my side. When I understand that, then I understand the fellowship of His suffering.

You see, these little things that we do, we get tired and we don’t want to do them no more. Because we think in our finite thinking that it don’t mean much. But see, everything that’s done for the body of Christ, in the body of Christ... I don’t care if you’re the pastor or the usher. It don’t matter. For only what you do for Christ anyhow is going to last.

He understood. He was saying, “My mission has been a great one. But the greatest part of my mission didn’t come until I went to exile.”

See, we’ve got it backwards. You see, we think the greatest part of our mission is when we got Rolls Royces and mansions. Oh, you don’t hear me tonight. We think we’ve accomplished something. But we haven’t really accomplished anything until we’ve died for Christ.

At the end of their mission, it wasn’t all glamor. You see, if you really want ministry, let me tell you something. It’s going to cost you everything. It’ll even cost you your very life. Don’t say you want it if you’re not willing to die for it.

He’ll call you to a place where you know He’s the only one that can protect you. They got witch doctors in Africa that’ll make you turn tail and run all the way home.

When I’m really called to do a work, I understand that it’s even unto death. Death of this flesh and death of this flesh. Did you get that?

His greatest work came when nobody wanted him around. See, and we cry because don’t nobody want us around and don’t nobody want to be around us. That’s when God want to give you something.

Saints of God, he knew who he was. And he understood his mission. We’ve only just begun.

You say, “But pastor, you don’t know what I’m going through.” We’ve only just begun.

During the course you may get prosperous. Men may know your name. But you’ve only just begun. But by the end of this life cycle, we should be able to look back and say you were a living testimony.

There should be some type of mark that you leave on the body of Christ. Some type of mark. I’m not talking about a fleshly mark. I’m talking about a spiritual mark. Something about us that should make a difference. Maybe the whole body of Christ won’t know about it but somebody going to know about it. And all that we did, we did it in the Name of the Lord Jesus, to only bring glory and honor to Him.

So tonight He already knows what you have need of. He already knows. But tell Him you’re going to do His will and His work anyway. Tell Him that anyway.

No matter whether it’s vacuum and sweeping, cleaning the toilet, cutting the grass, doing the parking lot. Whatever it is, giving the Word, singing, dancing, whatever it is. Tell Him you got a new commitment. And no matter what’s going on in my natural realm, I’m going to continue to perform the things of God.

That’s when He’s going to use you. But the devil’s going to come and try you, to see if you really coming from your heart, or you’re just speaking out the side of your neck. If you’re speaking out the side of your neck, then you’re going to wind up giving up. But if you’re for real about it, then you going to go all the way.

He was in a hard place. But God was still speaking. God was speaking. Revelation after revelation. And what God showed him would sound so crazy to the natural mind. But God had it that way for a reason. He was hiding it from the world.

But see, the church is supposed to have the Holy Ghost. And the Holy Ghost will decode the revelation. Won’t He? He will decode what Revelation is really saying. Who can understand those things? These lions and all of these bears. But if you look through the Word of God, you will find out what all of that meant.

They would have thought he lost his mind. But God was giving him end time information.

See, they’re going to think you’ve lost your mind. But when the Anointing falls... Someone will have to say, “These all are not drunk as you suppose. Oh, my God.

Wherever you are tonight in your suffering, count it as light affliction. Because this light affliction cannot be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us. It can’t be compared.

So if you got a problem with anything or anybody, you need to say, “This light affliction can’t be can’t be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in me.” You got to say, “I don’t have time for that.” And keep on working. I need to say that a little mo. Not more but mo.

Just keep on working. God sees you. He sees your work. He does. And He knows your work and labor of love that you have shown to the saints and still do show. He already knows. But whatever you do, do faithfully until Jesus comes back again.

Come on, give God a handclap of praise today.

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