God is moving the body of Christ into another level of
accountability. Because we desire to go so far in God. We desire
to get to the next level and to higher and higher and deeper and
deeper in God. And any time God moves you to a knew position
in the Spirit, He’s going to bring forth in our lives another level of
accountability. And that’s what God is speaking to me in this
hour, that the body of Christ has been so hungry for more of God
that He wants us to move into another place, into another realm of
accountability, that we would not fall short of the responsibilities
that He’s given us. That’s what God is saying to me.
If you would, turn in your Bibles with me tonight to the book of
Luke chapter nine. Hallelujah. Luke chapter nine, verse one
through verse six. Please stand for the reading of God’s Word.
When you have it, say amen.
1. Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them
power . . .
Somebody say, “Gave them power.”
1. . . . and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
2. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal
3. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither
staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two
4. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence
5. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that
city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against
6. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the
gospel, and healing every where.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You tonight.
We give You glory, we give You honor, and we give You praise.
Father, none of me, but all of You. I decrease right now, that You
would increase. And Lord, let the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my
strength and my Redeemer. I thank You that You’ve anointed
me, God, to preach the Gospel. And it’s not about me; it’s about
You getting the glory. In Jesus’ Name.
And all that agree with this prayer said, “Amen.” Give God a
handclap of praise. Hallelujah.
Tonight we’re talking about accountability. I will be teaching this
word tonight about accountability. Here we are in the book of
Luke chapter nine. If you don’t have your Word tonight, please
get next someone that has their Word, that you would not be at a
loss for the Word of God tonight. Luke chapter nine. In verse one
1. Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them
power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
When we look at what accountability is, it means to be
accountable for your actions. And whenever God gives you
power, He’s looking for you to be accountable for the power that
He has given you. Because a key factor in key management,
because it is a cornerstone of empowerment and personal growth,
is that we have accountability.
And when we look at what empowerment is, it is legal authority.
And what God was doing with the disciples at this time, He was
giving them legal authority in the spirit realm. You see, in order to
be able to operate in the things of God, you’ve got to be legal in
the things of God. There are a lot of people that are out there that
are counterfeiting power, because their power does not come
God is in the process of empowering His people and bringing
them to the next level. The only way God is going to bring you to
the next level is that you have been accountable at the level that
you were already on. Come on, somebody. I cannot expect God
to take me to the next level if I have no accountability in my life.
Every one needs to be accountable to someone.
When we look at the disciples that became apostles, they were
accountable to God. Not only were they accountable to God, but
they were accountable to one another. And in these last days we
cannot afford to continue in the body of Christ to be disconnected
from one another. I need you and you need me, because the
Bible says that we are what? One body in Christ. All this power
that we have is supposed to be surged together, that we may
overcome the power of the enemy. Come on, somebody. The
Bible never said He sent them out one by one, but He sent them
out what? Two by two. Because two heads are better than one.
One will put a thousand to flight, but two will put what? Ten
thousand to flight.
Accountability is what we’re talking about tonight. Go with me to
the book of Luke chapter twelve. Just turn over a couple of
chapters with me. Luke chapter twelve. Look at verse forty-seven and verse forty-eight. When you have it say amen.
47. And that servant, which knew his lord's will . . .
Wait a minute. In order to operate in accountability you’ve got to
know the Lord’s will for your life. Too many of us are off course,
and we’re out of position, because we’re feeling around. That’s
why we have apostles and prophets, because we are able to
activate you into your destiny. It’s not a pastor that what?
Activates you. It is those that operate in the realm of the apostle
and the prophets. Because the church is built on the foundation
of the apostles and prophets. And therefore, what we do is try to
guide you into that place that God has for your life. In order for
you walk in that area, that arena, that realm of accountability to
God, you and I have got to know the will of God. Look at your
neighbor and say, “You need to know the will of God.”
1. . . .that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not
himself, (okay) neither did according to his will, shall be beaten
with many stripes.
Wait a minute. If I don’t know the Lord’s will, and I’m out here
doing things that God has not called me to do, or I’m doing things
that (glory to God), I’m not doing anything, I’m not what?
Answering the call and fulfilling the call of God. Then God is
going to what? Judge me according to what I have or have not
done. Come on, somebody. I’m talking to some saints tonight.
We as the body of Christ have got to understand that we cannot
afford to get to that last day and get before God and not be a
good steward. Somebody’s saying to themselves, “Well, I’m
going through a situation.” Don’t you know that in your situation
(and I’ve preached this) that God still expects you to function? He
allowed you to go through the situation that you may be tried by
the fire, because when something is tried by the fire, that’s when it
is purified and perfected. It what? Loses all of the dross. It loses
all the impurities that it may what? Be able to shine. God is
looking to cause the saints of God to shine with the Glory of God.
Somebody say, “He’s talking to me.”
Look at verse forty-eight.
48. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes,
shall be beaten with few stripes . . .
Somebody say, “His mercy endureth forever.”
I don’t want to be in that category either. I want to be in the
category where I operate in the perfect will of God. I don’t know
where people get the idea that there is a permissive will, because
there’s no such thing as a permissive will of God. There’s only
the perfect will of God. We have to what? Do all things that are
what? Good and acceptable and perfect. The will of God for your
life is perfect. Come on, somebody.
We try to fly under the radar. We try to stay in a place where we
get something done. But sometimes we never reach that place
that God wants us. He’s calling us to accountability tonight. We
pick up something, and then we drop it and let it go if we don’t like
Wait a minute. When I got saved and I began to work for God, it
was never on my terms. It was always on His terms. Anything
you do for God is on His terms. Because why? He is our Creator.
He is our Creator. You see, if no one is accountable for a project,
then no one gets to grow through the experience of that project.
You see, any time God gives you an assignment, it’s for you to
grow. But somebody has got to be accountable to make sure the
assignment is completed. That requires commitment. Somebody
say, “I need another level of commitment.” He’s talking to us.
Go to Genesis chapter three. Accountability is what He’s calling
us to. In Genesis chapter three, verse eleven through verse
thirteen . . . When you have it, give me a real amen. Thank you.
11. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou
eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest
12. And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with
me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Accountability has nothing to do with blaming. I might need to say
that again. Accountability has nothing to do with us blaming
someone else, that we would not be the one that God is holding
God put that man and that woman in the garden, but God put that
man in position that he would be the leader. Now, if God is
putting you in position of a leader, even in the body of Christ,
when He says that He has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
you are a leader in your own right; therefore, whatever
assignment you have, God is expecting it to be completed. And if
it is not completed, He’s not looking for you to blame somebody
else for why it’s not completed.
We blame our situation. We blame our circumstances. We blame
people. We blame not having the resources. God told me a long
time ago when I didn’t have the money to pay my bills, He said,
“Pay them with the Word.”
And I said, “Wait a minute. How am I going to pay my bills with
God began to speak to me that my word would not return unto me
void, but it shall accomplish everything that I sent it forth to
accomplish, so I need to be accountable for the word that I speak.
Instead of saying that I don’t have enough, I need to start saying I
have more than enough. Come on. I am a saint of God, aren’t I?
We look at our situation as if it’s permanent. No negative situation
is permanent as long as you have the Word of God. Hello.
We look at our relationships. And when we go through in our
relationships, we act as if the situation is terminal. We act as if
the situation cannot be fixed. Sometimes all we have to do is
humble ourselves and take accountability and responsibility. He’s
speaking to us tonight. Because we want to go somewhere, but
we’ve got to be accountable for where we are now.
Now, where are we, is the question. Do you know where you are
in your life right now? You’ve got to find out where you are in your
life. What season are you in, in your life? Don’t just go aimlessly
through your life, because years are going to wind up passing you
by, and you’re going to wonder where all the years went. Am I
just talking to myself?
I’ve got to be accountable for my days. My days are not long here
on the earth. My days are like a blade of grass. They wither
away after a while. So I need to even give accountability for my
days. Somebody say, “I will be accountable.” He’s talking to us.
He’s talking to us.
It has been everything. Accountability has everything to do with
that individual, and even the growth of us corporately. I’m
accountable for myself, and I’m accountable for you. Why?
Because I am my brother’s keeper.
Have you been accountable for anyone else lately? Have you
made sure lately that somebody else was taken care of? I’m not
just talking about your children or your husband. You’re going to
make sure they’re taken care of. But I’m talking about somebody
else. Have you taken anyone under your wing? Are we full of the
I was talking last night in Atlanta how fat we become. We’re so fat
with the Word. Lot of times we even go from meeting to meeting
to get another word. But we haven’t even been accountable for
the words that we’ve received already. Hello. I’m talking about
us. I do the same thing sometimes. I’m talking about us. Why?
Because the ear is not satisfied with hearing. I want to hear more
and more. I want to hear something deeper, deeper, deeper.
He’s talking to us tonight. He’s talking to us.
Let me give you an example. When a patient goes to see the
doctor and the doctor tells them that the illness that they have
could possibly be terminal, and he gives them options . . . A lot of
times he may give them like at least two options. “You can either
have surgery, or you can see if it’ll heal itself.” And when the
doctor gives us the option, a lot of times the first thing we say is,
“Well, what should I do?”
You see, we don’t want to be accountable for anything. We want
somebody else to be accountable for us. Do you hear what I’m
saying tonight? A lot of times if he knew which one would be
better for you, most of the time he probably would have went
ahead and told you. So now he’s placed the ball in your court.
And now you’re faced with a decision. Nobody likes to have to
make a decision.
A lot of us are lousy decision makers, because if the
consequences of our decisions are negative, we don’t want to
have to flow with saying, “It’s my fault.” But accountability
requires me to have to take risks sometimes, and make decisions,
not just a regular decision, but I’m talking about Godly decisions.
I’m talking about making it in a Godly manner. Are you hearing
me tonight? I know I’m normally in a preaching mode, but God
wants me to teach this tonight. Amen. Amen.
Here we are. What accountability will do, it will allow me to write
my own success story. It will. Because a lot of times when
someone has helped us make it, we don’t want to acknowledge
that they’ve helped us. A lot of times we want to pretend like we
got there ourselves. It’s human nature to want to touch the glory
and get the glory for ourselves. That’s why God said, “Touch not
My Glory.” He said, “I will not give My Glory to another.” It’s
human nature to want somebody to look at you and if you really
Somebody say, “Accountability.” This is where we are in the body
of Christ. Even words that we give as prophets and prophetesses
and people that just have the gift of prophecy, we’ve got to start
learning how to be accountable for the words that we give. We
can’t just open up our mouths and say, “The Lord said.” “God is
showing me.” Eventually we’re going to have a track record,
aren’t we? And then if we’re confronted about a word, we
shouldn’t try to make up excuses as to why that word didn’t come
Now, some words . . . Listen. Some words require our
participation. But some words don’t require for us to participate at
all. Because if God tells me that I’m going to be a great apostle,
and then all of a sudden I start living unholy, unclean, and I lose
my anointing, then the someone that gave me the word doesn’t
mean that the word wasn’t true. It means that I didn’t participate
right. Oh, I feel the Anointing of God. Some words require
Accountability. Somebody say, “Accountability.” We’re just about
there, because I’m not going to keep you long tonight. Because I
want this to just sink in. I want it to really get into our spirit.
Because a lot of us want to take on things that are too big for us.
And the reason why they’re too big for us is because God never
intended for us to do them in the first place.
God is always going to give you something that is too big for you.
I’ve taught you that before. However, He’s going to make sure
that you give Him the glory, that you spend time with him, that you
recognize it’s going to take Him to bring it to pass. Hallelujah.
Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
Listen. We walk by feelings so much. And especially being in the
position of a pastor. A pastor is supposed to lead the flock, but
he’s supposed to rebuke and reprove with all long suffering.
Amen. But what we get caught up in a lot of times, we don’t want
to hurt your feelings. But thank God that I’m a prophet and a
pastor. Because a prophet will get you straight.
Moses was a prophet, but he was also a pastor, because he led
the flock. But he allowed the pastor side of him to take over too
much. That’s why he wasn’t able to see the promised land.
That’s why he allowed the people to frustrate him to go against
and to disobey God’s orders. Hello, somebody. Accountability.
I’m obliged to be accountable for my own actions. I’ve come to
the point where I’m man enough to own up to what I’ve done.
And it’s not an arrogant place. It’s not an arrogant place,
because, if you put arrogance in that place, if you make mistakes,
God can’t move in your arrogance. But it’s a place of humility. It’s
a place of humility. Owning up to the things that you may have
done, the things you may have made mistakes in, is a place of
humility. Being accountable is a place of humility.
Being able to go through the persecution of being accountable for
something is a place of maturity. That’s why the Bible says don’t
put a novice in position, because if you put a novice in position,
after while they’re going to fall under the condemnation of the
I was talking to a brother today, and it really, really blessed me.
Because yesterday in Atlanta I was sitting in the car, and I was
meditating. And I was before the Lord and consecrated myself.
And he came, and he started talking to me. And after while he
said, “What’s going on?”
I said, “I’m meditating.”
He said, “Oh, okay, okay. Okay.” And then he talked to me
today, and he said, “You know what, pastor? Any time that you’re
in consecration or meditation, don’t worry. You’re not going to
hurt my feelings. Just tell me to shoo. Just tell me to go away.”
That’s a place of maturity. Because if you do most folk like that,
they’re going to, “Oh, pastor’s tripping. I’m leaving the church.”
Let the whole church say amen. Glory.
Accountability. Accountability. He’s bringing us to that place. I
thank Him for it. I thank Him for it.
A lot of you was thinking that because we started the ministry in
Atlanta that you know . . . The way it’s looking it’s going to really
grow quickly. However, you know, a lot of you are thinking that
probably I would leave this church and, you know, if that one just
got big, you know, I was just going to stay up there. God told me,
“No, no, no, no.” That’s not what He’s called me. He told me that
this is His church and that is His church. I’m accountable for both.
Sometimes in accountability God is not telling you to leave
something and then start something else. Sometimes He wants
you to handle all of it. I’m talking to some folk, because God has
put some stuff on your plate, and He’s saying, “Now, eat it.
Handle it.” Oh, yeah. There’s some stuff on your plate, you say,
“God I don’t like this.” And God said, “You better eat every bit.”
Somebody say, “Accountability.”
Accountability in our lives (and I’m just about finished) has got to
be worn and honored as if we are wearing it like a garment. I’ve
got to get to the place where I wear accountability like a garment.
I put it on. I’m always at the point (glory to God) where I can say,
“Yeah, I’m responsible for this.” I need to start wearing it. I need
to start putting it on in the morning.
Is there anybody in here on their jobs that wouldn’t rather have a
higher position? Is there anybody? No, no, no. Let me ask that
again. You didn’t hear me. I said, is there anybody in here that
would not like to be raised up? Because if you’re raised up,
you’re going to make more money. Is there anybody that doesn’t
want that? You don’t want it? If you don’t want it, be bold; raise
your hand. That’s okay. You probably ready to get out of there;
you’re tired of that. Tired of that company. And nothing they
could offer you could make you stay.
But for most of us the idea of moving higher agrees with us.
Amen? Because no one wants to stay where they are.
Everybody wants to move higher. And even if you’re tired of that
company, you don’t want to move to another company and go
lower or stay where you are. You desire to go higher. And
therefore, with going higher is another level of accountability.
Now . . . Wait a minute. If I want the position, then I have to be
able to want everything that goes along with the position. I’m
going to say that again. Because even so in the natural, so also
in the Spirit. A lot of us want certain positions, but we don’t want
the warfare that goes along with the position. We don’t want to be
We want a lot of times to just even rely on a gift that we have.
Don’t you know you can’t rely on your gift to get you through?
You’re dealing with real people in a real world. And sometimes
folks ain’t studying your gift. Oh, you’re so wonderful. After a
while you’ll be wonderful with that gift and don’t have no
personality to go along with it. They going to say, “Forget you and
your gift.” Accountability. There’s where He’s bringing us, and
that’s where He’s taking us. That’s where He’s taking us.
We allow or rely on too much, a lot of times, to in our charisma.
We rely a lot of times on, you know, these things that are not
going to harvest a gift of destiny. We rely a lot of times on, for a
lack of better words, you know . . . You know the initials that I
want to say. I don’t want to say it. We want to B. S. Our way
through. Oh, if that’s too raw for you, come on now. It ain’t that
raw. That’s real. That’s real. We pretend . . .
Now, I done heard Bishop Eddy Long say a lot worse than that
now, and we be jumping and shouting at the conference. “Oh,
And we try to get our way through like that. We try to fool folks,
and we have no accountability for anything. Sometimes we try to
pretend like we’ve done something, and we really haven’t.
Because it’s the grace and the mercy of God, especially in the
house, when you stand up, and you know you ain’t done nothing,
you know, and then God move and show out. And then we want
to try to touch His Glory. And when people are patting us all on
the back, we say, “Well, praise God.” Next time you better go in
that prayer closet and say, “God, you know, I didn’t do it this time,
but I thank You.”
Accountability in the body of Christ is going to get us to the
destiny that He has for us. It’s going to get us to that place that
he has for us. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I say . . .
And I’m glad I say it. I say, “Lord, this just can’t be all of it.” And
that keeps me driving on more in God. I’m not talking about
material things, but I’m talking about even spiritual things. I said,
“God, just getting up prophesying to folk and watching it come to
pass, you know, and folks saying, ‘Glory to God. That working . .
.’” “Lord, it’s got to be more. I need more, God. Show me
another sign. I’ve got to have more. I’m hungry. I’m hungry. I’m
Sometimes I look at the television. I’ve been saying now for
years, I look at the television and sometimes I just turn it off. I’m
talking about Christian station. I just turn it off. Am I the only one
in here sometimes? I’m tired of folks just swindling folks. Just
swindling folks, pretending.
Because any time you have God’s people in a place, the
Anointing is going to show up. Even if it’s not for that person that,
you know, is standing before you, God’s going to show up with His
Anointing for His people. That’s why people can live dirty and still
a lot of times get before you, and they don’t have no Anointing;
you the one that got the Anointing on you. Oh, you ain’t heard
that one. I’m keeping that real with you.
God is moving not because of that person, but He’s moving
because of you, because He loves you with a love that you could
never understand or comprehend. He’s going to make sure that
you receive what heaven is doing in this season, in this hour.
He’s going to make sure He gets to you what He’s saying to you,
and what He wants to do with you, through you. He’s going to
You’ve got to be accountable. I have to be more accountable. I
have to be. I know I do. We have to be. Don’t just be
accountable for your personal stuff. Be accountable for the house
of God. Be more accountable to God. Put God first. I’m going to
say that one again. Put God first. I know it’s hard to do
sometimes. But we have a lot going on. But God is still saying,
“Put Me first.” God is still saying, “I won’t play second.” But we
want to play second, third, and fourth, and still want Him to bless
us. But He wants us to get out of that place.
Accountability is where we are.