What is the Sabbath and why should we honor it?
Does the Sabbath have benefits for non-believers?
How can working less improve our effectiveness?
What are the family benefits of honoring the Sabbath?
What does the Bible say about the Sabbath?
On Spoken Word by Joshua T Berglan we discuss the surprising and amazing benefits of the “Sabbath” and why believers and non-believers alike can benefit from this Holy day.
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Joshua T Berglan
Joshua T Berglan, aka The World’s Mayor, is a voice for the voiceless and is driven to elevate the passion, purpose, and mission of those he serves. Joshua is the Chairman of the Live Mana Worldwide Foundation & Live Mana Network, Shock-Jock Evangelist, International #1 Best Selling Author for the Book “The Devil Inside Me” a Producer, and Filmmaker. Joshua is an expert in the future of media and loves supporting others in helping make their dreams come true.
Joshua T Berglan
Welcome to spoken word by Joshua T Berglan. I am Joshua T Berglan. Thank you so much for being here. I consider it to be a privilege and an honor to get to do this broadcast. And of course, we have our own network and I can broadcast anytime I want. But truly, one thing that is unique about spoken word as opposed to a conversation with Joshua T Berglan, when we’re all talked and have a conversation with anyone for from any walk of life, spoken word is our as a ministry. And this is where I truly will speak the word that God gives me to talk about. And so I don’t know when how often I’ll broadcast, I have no idea. I thought I’d be doing it a couple of days a week. But all last week, I didn’t, I didn’t get a word awaited, awaited. And I’m like, Dude, come on God. And that was like feeling the pure pressure like that I was giving myself and I don’t know how many of you fall into that trap, you know, with Facebook Live. And you know, you got to post got posts, got a post, and everyone’s got their social media strategies. And even though we kind of broke away from relying on social media two years ago, to focus on building our network, and our foundation and driving traffic to our website, and in just Well, anyway, we don’t need to go into that lecture about what we do. As a foundation, you can scan the barcode right there. And you can find out all that information now. But one of the things that I’ve noticed with social media is that I get this, especially Facebook, and I don’t know what it is, or Twitter, I can like, I love Twitter, but I can walk away from it so much easier than I can Facebook when I’m not actually kicked off of Facebook. And I’m now that I’m back, I’ve noticed this this strong desire to like post and, and not almost a tweet, and to do lives and all that. But this deal I made with God, and this agreement, if you will, was to wait on Him. And that’s tough to do. I mean, how many of us are in our own life, we get a vision from God, we get a download. And we’re just like, Okay, it’s time to go and we take action. I’ve learned the hard way with act about acting too soon, that sometimes it’s not the time, you know, God is showing you that as a reminder of the path that you should be on. But that doesn’t mean that you’re going to get that thing or be duped, be doing that action that you’re seeing in your vision visions right away. I mean, heck, I married somebody I didn’t know. Because I thought once you got a vision, that meant go after it. So I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned about waiting. And it’s been one of the most challenging and frustrating experiences of my life. And, you know, the reason why is because I have no patience, I have an ego to please. And I just want now what now What now, and God is a he’s very, very patient. And I can’t imagine how much patience it took for God, Who created the heavens and the earth and everything that we’re seeing now. You know, for the most part, I mean, the trees, the flowers, the the animals, us, you know, God created all this in six days. And he rested on the seventh thing. It was like, how could he have done that? Because I would imagine like if I’m creating all this cool stuff, and I’m doing all these cool things, like you know, making mountains and oceans and stars and planets and a flat earth and everything else. I, I would imagine that it would be really, really hard to want to sit around and wait for it to grow. I just planted flowers around our house. And every day I go out to check them one to make sure that I did a good planting job and they’re getting enough water and they’re looking healthy and they didn’t look like they’re dying on me already. Like I go check on them. But I’m also doing that because I want to see its growth. I want to see if my pretty flowers have grown yet. I bet you didn’t expect me to start talking about flowers. Well.
I really love landscaping. In fact, about two and a half weeks ago, three weeks ago I fell out of a tree because I was pruning my giant trees don’t have a ladder so Oh, I tried climbing that was not a good idea. Anyway, the point is that we’re doing all this cool, amazing work, it’s really, really hard to wait on it to develop, for it to sprout for it to grow any of that stuff. It’s been so hard. And so what I’ve done in the past, when I think about anything I do in my life is like, okay, if I’m on this path, I want to just bust it, I want to grind, I want to work, I want to bust my butt. And I want to get to that destination as quickly as possible. Going back to what I was talking about with visions, when God gave me the vision for a media organization, I knew nothing about media, nothing, not a single thing, except for what came through my screen. When it came to, when the visions about what we would do with broadcasting and how I would serve. I again, I’m like, When am I going to get to do all this stuff. And then when you look at the grand vision of what God is showing you all of it looks amazing. And for some reason, I would develop this mindset of like, well, if I just bust my butt and work 18 hours a day, and don’t sleep, and I rise and grind, and I get all hopped up on nootropics and caffeine and everything else under the sun. I’m gonna get to my destination sooner. I don’t have time to rest God, I don’t have time I got to keep on going. And guess what’s happened every single time. I crash, I get burnout. I get frustrated, I get mad. My ego takes over because it’s not growing the way that I want it to in the speed that I want it to. And it’s just like, what what am I doing wrong? God, what am I doing wrong? Why am I not reaching my destination? You showed me this vision. I know it’s your promise because I’m getting these little mile markers to remind me but when am I going to get the whole enchilada of what you’ve shown me? I don’t want the chips and salsa. God give me give me the whole enchilada. Wow, that’s a really weird analogy. I think I’m craving Mexican food anyway, you know what I’m saying? You’ll want the whole thing now. And in the six years I’ve been walking with the Lord. One of the things that I’ve struggled with the most. You is nothing. Meaning doing nothing. It’s not just waiting. It’s doing nothing. Sometimes it’s rest. Sometimes it’s doing nothing but praying. Doing nothing. But sitting still waiting on God to talk. Sometimes it’s waiting just to let what has been sown, and give it a chance to grow. So anyway, today on the spoken word by Joshua T Berglund. We’re talking about the Sabbath. And this is a subject that I am not an expert in I don’t know everything the Bible says about it. In fact, when I looked look at the Bible verses of it, some of it is very, very hardcore. And some of it’s just like, so I’m confused, will you honor it or not? Because some of the verses you know, make you feel like you can kind of do what you want. That’s where the Bible can get very, very confusing for people. So I figured you know what I’m gonna do, I’m going to share this message I’m going to share from a place that I’m at, I just started honoring the Sabbath, my family and I just started honoring the Sabbath about three, four months ago. And it has been the most life changing thing that I’ve ever done it. I mean, yes, I give you my life to the Lord, heart, mind, soul. It was ever it is everything. And maybe that’s that is the most powerful thing I’ve done is give my life and surrender to the Lord. How who would have thought surrendering would lead to so much power, but there it goes. It does. Because God’s power is greater than my own. And surrendering my will for his is enabled me my family to do things that don’t even make sense. But it’s been amazing nonetheless. I also want to make an argument towards to people whether you’re a believer or not about why the Sabbath is awesome, and why you should honor it. So before I get into
well, really what the Bible says about it and I’m sharing my own experience. Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, thank you so much for this opportunity to speak in just a Holy Spirit. I pray that you speak through me. I like all All these messages, I don’t feel like I’m qualified to deliver them. But I also do feel grateful that I get to share my experience with what it’s been like to be obedient to what you call us to do. And it’s cool like I you blow my mind all the time. And I’m not talking about this. Oh, well, God stuff. I mean, cuz you do Wow, me, you do amaze me. But the thing that always blows my mind about is like when we look at all of these rules, and these things to be obedient to Your Word, and your commandments and your your laws and your principles, like when you say when people say you need to be obedient to this, and you need to follow this. It seems like a bunch of rules that don’t even make sense. And it seems stupid, because if I want to get to my destination, I should work nonstop and never sleep, right? I should just rise and grind. I should do all those things. But God you’ve got hold the plant, like you even rested. So why wouldn’t we rest? So Lord, I pray that you give me the right words to say to communicate this in a way that makes sense to believers and non believers alike. Because after all, I don’t believe that the Sabbath is just something for your children, or for Christians. I believe that you have this for us all. Because I believe your principles work for us all. And and of course, your principles are what leads to the extraordinary purpose that you have for us. And I thank you for the purpose you’ve given me. And I’m grateful for the opportunity that you’ve given me to share this message. So please bless the words that I speak. And Holy Spirit, please flow through me. thank you in Jesus name. Okay. I’m sweating, like you wouldn’t believe because now it’s finally warm in Minnesota. So bear with me. If I’m sweating all over, and I look like TD Jakes. It’s coming off of a bender, you know, anyway, I’m not saying that TD Jakes was on a bender, I was just making a joke, because, you know, he sweats his face off. And he’s got the big rag. And I think I need the big rag. Anyway. All right. So all the things that I just said leading up to this moment right now is this simply when I first learned about obedience and the power of obedience, I was at war to God church. And that’s where I was getting to do the gratitude, unfiltered Saturday night broadcast. love being a part of that church. Love pastor Costello love. I love that ministry. fact, it’s probably the only ministry that I’ve ever felt welcomed in. And that’s not why I love them. I love them, because they taught me how important obedience is. In fact, I would suggest that the pastor beat it in our heads, not with like, really physically beat us. But he emphasized it so much that he was like, You ever been in church, and you just feel like you started to feel sick at your stomach, or you feel a little clench. And it’s like, or you feel a little jab, and you just go, Okay, you’re being convicted. That’s what that church is. It’s just like, they put the things that will convict you right in front of your face, and they poke at it until you decide to repent. That’s my kind of church. You know why? Because I’m hard headed. I’m stubborn, I’ve got a giant ego. And frankly, a lot of times I think that I know better. And my history also proves that I don’t know crap. Meaning when I tried to do things my own way I fail miserably as depicted and the devil inside me and which is in that barcode right there, which I’m having a hard time pointing at. I’m gonna flip the camera around, nevermind anyway. But obedience has been what has unlocked everything. For me, like everything good happening in my life has come from obedience. And while I love to talk about the benefits of obedience, there was one area that I was lacking horribly. And I it that was honoring the Sabbath. I didn’t want to do it. You know why? I’m gonna be very, very honest with you why?
When I gave my life to the Lord, I was obviously in a really bad place. I ended up being homeless, right after for a little bit and finding the job finding all that stuff was very, very hard for me. Because one, the decision I made to start talking about all my past, because my dream was to be, you know, doing what I’m doing now, but I wasn’t there yet. So I’m looking for work I’m looking for, you know, we didn’t have a foundation then didn’t even know Jessica then didn’t know I was still in a toxic relationship. And I but I’d given my life to the Lord and I was serious about my relationship with the Lord. And every time I thought that I was about to get the big, big, big job, the $10,000 month, $12,000 month $8,000 month, the retainers, the the sponsorships, all that stuff every time I thought that I was getting that and even when I would sign the contract suggesting I was getting something terrible happened every time. I can’t even explain it. But every time I’m at the finish line, and I’m about to get paid on something, it could have been a global commercial. A consulting job. I mean, the things were just going wrong. I’m like, What am I doing wrong? God? What am I doing wrong? I’m working on I’m sending my resume out. I’m doing all the things that you’re asking me. Why are why is this not? Why am I struggling so much? Why can’t I get back on my feet? Maybe because I couldn’t pay rent couldn’t do anything. I just want you to serve me. But how am I going to pay rent? I just want you to serve me. How am I going to pay rent God, if I’m, if I’m just serving you, if I’m just spending time with you, how, how. So I get a job, something crazy what happened. And then I’d get mad at God. And then I would rebel, I would have a relapse and do something crazy every time to finally I got the hint that God just wanted me to serve. So I just decided, well, I’m just going to serve. Fast forward, get a media organization, nonprofit media organization, still broadcasting, still working seven days a week, but I’m serving God seven days a week. Okay? And then we make the decision, okay, well, you know, we’re gonna start selling some of our things, and we’re gonna start selling some of our services. God, just want you to serve me, I just want you to serve, how am I going to pay rent God, now I have a wife, and I have two kids, how we’re going to pay rent, how’s this going to happen? I just want you to serve me how? Over and over and over again, I went to this song and dance thinking that I know better. I need to do the things like get a job, do all that. But I kept ignoring God’s whisper of just serving.
I finally got it in my head that I need just needed to serve. But then I was not honoring something that has been proven to me over and over again, which is probably one of the most important commandments of the mall. And that is to honor the Sabbath. Because I mean, if I’m serving, okay, then that means I’m going to rely on the Lord’s blessings. But then if I take a day off of serving and not doing anything, well, then what’s going to happen? So in my own confused brain, and this may or may not make sense to you, because whether you Honor the Sabbath or not, or maybe it wasn’t a big decision for you, or maybe you think the Sabbath is a joke, and it’s outdated, I don’t know. But I’m just sharing with you my own experience. So finally, I get convicted of a really hard about three times and it took the third time for me to finally said we’re honoring the Sabbath. I told Jessica, we’re honoring the Sabbath. And here is what I’ve experienced.
While the first Sabbath, we honored it was just kind of like, Alright, I think I’m doing this right. I’m not working. I’m hanging out with my family. Okay, cool. What I didn’t realize though, because even though my heart wasn’t really in it, and I was still thinking, I need to work, I was fighting the temptation to go to my computers, fighting, doing all the things that I love to do every single day, responding to emails of people that we get to help, whatever it may be. I was fighting all of it, because I wanted to be obedient. But I’m going to tell you my heart wasn’t in it. Nonetheless, you know, we had been going through a really rough season with whether it was attacks and failures and let downs and disappointments. And that first Saturday, who really starting Friday night into Saturday, was pretty cool. And I’m going to limit it, uh, pretty cool. You know why? Because what I noticed from it was the next day, my kids, everyone seemed happier. We seem closer as a family. Okay, not really. It wasn’t moving. Okay. It was something. But I noticed the next week. My work was better. Meaning I was more on point. I was more effective. I was nicer to people. I was easier. I was able to handle criticism, negative feedback better and, but more importantly, as a family felt closer and So I noticed also that I worked harder was more focused that next week. And then by the time I got to Friday, By four o’clock, I was like, and I’m ready for this, I’m ready for the Sabbath, I’m ready to rest. Going into that next Sabbath, I was so plugged in and focus to my family. And see why that’s a big deal is because I’m never really fully present, especially when my brain is saying, I gotta work, I gotta get this done. I’m in a hurry, I’ve got this project, I don’t want to be behind. Going into next week, put all that aside. The next week was even better and more powerful. But anyway, I’m not going to go through week on week or the four months, but here’s what’s happened. I failed in every relationship I’ve ever been in. I’ve been in jail because of relationships, because of how toxic they were, and abuse and other things and other bad things that I did. I’ve never had a healthy family life. I’ve never really valued family, it was never important to me, none of those things mattered. Because I just needed to do what I needed to do. What the Sabbath has taught me is that family is the most important thing in the world. And I know that’s a really common thing for people to say. But if I’ve ever said it in the past, there’s no way I could have meant it with the depth that I mean it today. Having that time set aside where there is no distraction, just my family, and we’re gonna go do stuff together, has made us best friends made us a true family where we have each other’s backs. We have the conversations, we come together as a family that’s been united by God. And we’re celebrating God, because of this day. The Sabbath is I know is meant for rest. But I also believe it’s also a recharge of in a refueling of the love that keeps families together. It has been profound. More importantly, even though that we serve full time and taking that day off, we have been blessed as a nonprofit, our, our dreams, and our visions have started to come together faster and quicker. And we are making progress where we never made it before. How is this possible?
Because I’m supposed to rise and grind, I’m supposed to work my butt off, I’m supposed to do all those things. But here it is, from Friday at six o’clock to Saturday at six o’clock. And really even carrying over into Sunday, where I’m just kind of chilling with my family and spending extra time with God, that it’s basically giving me a new lease on life ahead of every week. And on top of that, it’s bringing my family closer together. And I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, happy wife happy life. Well, I gotta tell you. I mean, that’s true. But when your kids love tank is full, it’s full. That’s a game changer. Like we have a five and a half and seven year old. And we just it how our family has transformed from honoring the Sabbath is truly, truly truly, truly a gift from God. And I know that God says it’s a gift and we’re going to get into scripture here in just a second. But my body heals. My mind heals, my heart heals. I don’t dread ever. I mean, I love what I do. I’m so fortunate to get to serve full time. But I mean, there’s times where it’s like, okay, I’m exhausted. I don’t want to do this right now. That day. It helps me also not just recharge my spirit and recharge my batteries in my mind and all that. But it also it’s it’s, it’s almost like it makes the purpose in which I was created for make even more sense and become even more important. How is that? I don’t know. I don’t know. So anyway, I’m gonna get into what the scripture says. But I just want to tell you that if you’re not honoring the Sabbath, I know it’s demand from the Lord. But just if we take that, let’s take God and Jesus out of it for a second. And even though they belong in everything, in my opinion, this take them out for a second. If that is the ultimate, it’s the ultimate show of faith of listen, you took a day off, I can do it too. I’m going to do it. And well, that’s not making sense. Help me know, no, we don’t want to take Jesus and got out of it. I’m going to try to make a pitch to the secular audience. Here’s the thing. There’s a creator, you can’t if you deny that there’s a creator, I don’t know what to tell you, I would have really have a hard time having a conversation with you. It’s easier to have the conversations with people that you know they may not believe in Jesus are love Jesus, or he’s gonna may not be their Lord and Savior, but they have other religions or other beliefs, because they believe that there’s a creator. So it’s easier to talk like this, if your Creator can take a day off. Yeah, you should be able to also, but if he can work those miracles in six days. And if we’re made in His image, we’ll surely we can do just not maybe not just as much, because I don’t think we can create mountains. But you know what? We sure as heck can do some pretty amazing things and extraordinary things. And how much more difficult is it to do something extraordinary when you’re exhausted? Pretty hard. Anyway, let’s get into what Scripture says about this. Because I want to know, too. And some of these verses may sound hypocritical to you, or they like they contradict each other. And I will leave this up to the biblical scholars to debate. But I do love the Bible. And I’m going to do my best to interpret this. And do my best to interpret it in a way that it makes sense, and also the way that maybe you can apply to your life. God spoke to Moses, tell the Israelites above all keep my Sabbath’s the same between me and you generation after generation, to keep the knowledge alive, that I am a God who makes you holy, keep the Sabbath, it’s holy to you. Whoever profanes it will most certainly be put to death. She’s whoever works on it will be x Oh communicated from the people. There are six days for work. But the seventh day is Sabbath pure rest holy to God. Anyone who works on the Sabbath will most certainly be put to death. The Israelites will keep the Sabbath, the Israelites will keep the Sabbath, observed Sabbath Keeping down through the generations as a standing covenant.
It’s a big sign between me and the Israelites. Yes, because in six days, God made the heavens in the earth. In on the seventh day, he stopped and took a long deep breath. So I don’t know how many people have died from not honoring the Sabbath. But what I can tell you because I was talking about exhaustion and overwork and being tired, which is basically the equivalent of being strung out. And for those of you former, you know, meth and coke heads like myself, you know, you know what it’s like to be strung out when you’ve gone, you’ve been up for three or four days straight, and like what that’s like, that’s what I feel like when I’m working all the time, and I don’t take a break. Like God also, and I know, I’m sure we’re gonna get into a verse. But, you know, part of the other reason for the Sabbath was basically to give workers a rest, including your animals, if you’re a farmer, because I think it references that and one of the verses about letting your oxen or something, letting them rest, and then also letting the ground rest because I believe that for six years, you know, you can plan the harvest and then or the plant and you take the harvest, planting the harvest plant for six years, and then on the seventh year, you just let the rent land rest and let it heal. And if you think about some of the issues that we have, and I don’t know if you’ve heard about this, but the soil that we’ve had has been turned too much. I think I’m saying it, right. It’s been turned too much like we’re over farmed, we’ve over fished. I don’t believe in overpopulation. But you know, some people believe that we’re overpopulated. But the fact is, we have just used and abused the resources that God’s given us. Think about it again, go back to farmland and go back to our vegetables. Now we’re pumping steroids in our meat because it’s not big enough. It’s not fat enough. It’s not sizable enough. We’re overdoing everything and what is the sacrifice to it when I say overdoing everything. Think about the hormones that are injected in food. Think about the long term consequences not only to the animal, but also to the person eating it. The fertilizers that are being used Oh All this stuff that has been doing because we’re doing too much so to speak. It’s having there’s going to be consequences. There’s consequences for overfishing. There’s consequences for too much of anything, including to our own bodies. And it’s easy to say a good night’s sleep. But God intended us to have a day of just rest. And here’s the other thing too. And I think that I don’t think God was selfish in this because God knows us better than anything. And he knows how important our relationship and being connected is. But you got to think when we’re not working, and we’re idle, and we’re resting, doesn’t God have the opportunity then to be able to communicate with us better? What he wants for us the instructions he has for us for the week before? Because I know this, and I’d love to hear from you about this. But have you have you noticed a difference in your quiet time during the week versus the Sabbath? If you’re keeping the Sabbath? Have you noticed a difference in your approach when you’re with God? Odds are you’re in a less of a hurry. And God doesn’t want us to hurry. He wants us to be still and know he’s got John 517. But Jesus defended himself. My father is working straight through even on the Sabbath. So am I. That’s one of those statements that I’m telling you that it was a little when I read it. I’m going wait a second. So we’re going to honor the Sabbath or not. I this is confusing, like God said on a Sabbath. But then now he’s saying he works straight through. So what does that mean? So I’d love to hear from you religious, not religious, but biblical scholars that would know the full context. I’m really appreciate your input on that. Jeremiah 1721. This is God’s message. Be careful. If you care about your lives, do not desecrate the Sabbath by turning it into just another work day. lugging stuff here and there. Don’t use the Sabbath to do business as usual. Keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded with your ancestors. They never did it. As you know, they paid no attention to what I said, in what about their own business refusing to be guided or instructed by me. I gotta tell you, like those of you that just, you know, you’re meditators, you’re not necessarily prayers, what you’re praying out loud, talking to God asking God for things. You’re, you know, you’re able to sit there and I don’t know how you do it. But I would imagine
that on that day, like, you know, we go to church, and a lot of people think Sunday’s the Sabbath. It’s not the Catholic Church changed. But a lot of people think that going to the church and being and all that is where to hear from God, where the only time to hear from God, the only place you hear from God. And that’s where I go do all my holy stuff is church. If you are a follower of Jesus, church is basically like your opportunity to go to the football game, like when you go to the Oh, you football game or whoever your team is, and you go to the game. Going to church is like going to the game. To me. It’s entertainment. Yeah, sure, you hear a good message, your music, but a lot of it. A lot of the experience is manufactured or at least a lot of the churches, the modern day churches that I’ve been to, not all of them. But a lot of the doughnuts, the coffee, the piped up music, the smoke, the laser show, the bass beckon your booty dance all that stuff. Again, not bad mouthing that. But I don’t believe that you can really hear from God. And that manufactured chaos. He can’t, I just don’t believe you can. Sure you can get chills. Sure you can, you know, get the get a good flow going. But do you know how easy it is with a strike of a music cord to send shivers down your spine. There’s a synthetic experience that can happen. So that one day if that’s the one day that you have that you truly are just chillin and you’re quiet and you’re resting and you’re not busy, and you’re not moving and rumbling around, that you have just to be present, not just present with you and God but also present with your family. Because I don’t believe there’s anything more important to God other than us loving each other than your family. Your family is your blood. Your family is, I mean, I hope and pray this for you. But your family is supposed to be the people that you can be honest with, you can be fully authentic with, you can get rid of your secrets with because your family, for the most part is going to love you no matter what. Friends, sometimes they turn their back on you, people that you think are your friends, same story. But because the Sabbath is not just a gift from God for your own restoration, it’s for your family restoration. And it’s meant to bring you closer together. And I believe with all my heart that in these coming months and years, and I don’t know how far out that is. But in that time, you’re gonna look around. And the most important thing you have is your family. So either it’s who is under your roof with you, your extended family. But I don’t know about you. But I have in the last year or two years, my heart even though God has given me a new family with Jessica and the girls. My heart misses my family by my brother, my brother’s wife, my nephews, my niece, in my other daughter and my mom and my stepdad like I wish we were all in the same spot. Because if anything the Sabbath has taught me of which has been a lot. But one of the things is just how important family is and the need for it and really what God’s design for it was. Set away, let’s see. But if you won’t listen to me, won’t keep the Sabbath holy, won’t quit using the Sabbath for doing your own work busily going in and out of the city gates on your self important business, then I’ll burn the gates down, then, in fact, I’ll burn the whole city down palaces and all with fire and nobody else able to put it out. That’s Jeremiah 1727. You know, here’s what I know. And I don’t know, if you really means that if you don’t Honor the Sabbath, he’s going to set your city on fire. I don’t know if that’s what God was really saying there. I don’t know. But here’s what I do know. It’s kind of like you get the check engine light goes on in your car, it’s telling you that there’s a problem, like you should pay attention to whether it’s time to change oil, you got a flat tire your engine, whatever it may be. It’s a warning sign, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to die now, but it’s a warning sign of like, Hey, you might want to address this problem, because
before it becomes a bigger problem. This is extremely gross. But I’m going to share it because it’s the first thing that came to mind. I think about the consequences for my actions and all leading up before me finding out that I had HIV. I would get warnings of getting really, really sick. I would get warnings of I would see, you know, my urine would be funky. That could have been from the math document from the code coming from sex could have been gonorrhea. I don’t know. But I would get the warnings. And then I would ignore it or I’d take a medicine and you know, make it go away. Negative warning again a little bit more, a little bit more severe. Then I get arrested for something more severe. The whole time it was God trying to get my attention. Hey, this is not what I want for you. This is not what I called you. What are you doing? This is not your body is a temple? What the hell? Are you shooting that in you for? Who Why are you having sex with all of those people? You’re destroying yourself? What is wrong with you? Just keep on going. No, do more drugs, drink more. So I can drown out any bit of discernment I have left. I got all the warning signs, but I just ignored him. And then HIV. So you see, I could give a story of multiple times in my life where God gave a warning. And it would come through another person. It would come from what it would just it would pop up and I would see it or I’d feel it or I’d experience it. And I would just ignore it. Even after I gave my life to the Lord I would ignore like I told you about God, I just want you to spend time with me. I got to find a job to pay rent, just kept ignoring them and more failure and more failure more failure to the point where it’s like okay, okay, Okay, I’ll do it your way, because clearly, it’s not working me trying to my way I think I know better, because you know, the super successful guy on Facebook with all the fancy cars and all the expensive courses and the Rolex watch. And in, you know, like, they’re saying, I gotta rise and grind. They’re saying, I gotta, I gotta take this course and do this 10 step process, and I got to do it this way, because this is the way the Masters do it. You got to follow this business principle. Because that’s how it’s always been done. This is a proven technique, this is how you’re going to do it. So I’m listening to that. But then I’m here and God say, I just want you to serve me. But God, I’m gonna take this business course because, you know, I gotta, I can’t, this is what I’m supposed to do. You know, I’m gonna learn the business and I’m gonna, I’m gonna make some money, and I’m gonna learn how to do this. And we’ll learn how to do that. I just want you to serve me, but God, I’m gonna learn this anyway. I’m gonna just, I’m just gonna learn it. I just want you to spend time with them. But God. Do it over and over again. And if you’re sick of me saying it, imagine how God felt because I argued with him for years. This was a few minute window, you had a listen to it. Can you imagine being God? How many times have you argued with God for a year straight? No, I don’t want to do that. I know, God, he’s going to change. I know, he’s beating the crap out of me. But he’s got to change. I see the good in him. There’s a lot of women in my life that regret saying that. Well, I see the good in him. There is no good in me without Jesus. None, none. And even with Jesus, there’s times that I’m not really that nice of a human being. Trying to be but you see, this is why obedience matters. Because obedience is the straightest path you can ever go toward the destination that God created you for. And part of that obedience is doing nothing. But chillin with God and your family on the Sabbath. Keeping up holy, not going out and shooting up heroin, not going out and getting smashed, not going out and getting high. No spending time keeping it holy.
recharging the batteries, filling up the lug tanks of the people that love you, and support you every day of the week, that allow you to do the things you’re doing if you’re married, and you’re a man, and your wife’s holding things down to the house. This is when you get to step up and be Mr. mom because she can help during the week too. I’m not saying you don’t do that, because you should. But I’m saying like, this is where you get to step up and really help relieve your wife if she’s who’s taking care of the kids. No matter what, it’s a Sabbath for all. And it’s meant to replenish you and we heart like you know all good. And listen, I got a I got a bad habit with caffeine of luck, because caffeine keeps my mind steady. And you know, instead of taking ADH drugs, I love nootropics you know, like mushroom based stuff. And I love caffeine. Because you know, it’s better than coke and meth. But the fact is, I do take a lot of caffeine. And it sounds like it just keeps me all hyped up. It doesn’t really work for me that way. But it does help my mind a lot. But I think about what has happened with caffeine, which I’m working on. Reversing is that now I need more caffeine. I need more. I need more. Or I needed more. Because I was wearing myself out going because I was tired that I needed to synthetically pump myself up with something so that I can keep going and keep going and keep going. But ever since I started honoring the Sabbath, those batteries get recharged and I’m ready to take on the world all over again. And also when I have a better attitude, I Ibix a lot easier to reflect the love of Jesus does it not because when I’m tired and cranky, I’m not easy to be around. Like you talking about somebody who needs their Binky or their blankie Yeah, that’s me when I’m tired. I’m a full grown baby. I’m tired. That’s ridiculous. All right, let’s see. Exodus 28 observe the Sabbath day to keep it holy work six days and do everything you need to do. bust your butt. work six days hardcore. There’s no time limit there. But the seven day is a sabbath to God your God. Do not do any Your work not you, not your son, not your daughter, not your servant, not your maid, not your animals, not even the foreign guests visiting in your town. For in six days God made heaven, earth and the sea, and everything in them. He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, God bless the Sabbath day, he set it apart as a holy day. Deuteronomy 512 No working on the Sabbath, keep it holy, just as God your God commanded you work six days doing everything you need to do but the seventh day is a sabbath, a rest day, no work is this back to the Exodus and Deuteronomy of the same verse, how about that? No work, not you, your son, your daughter, your servant, your maid, your ox, your donkey, or any of your animals, and not even the foreigner visiting your town. That way your servants and maids will get the same rest as you don’t ever forget that you were slaves in Egypt and God your God, you got out of there in a powerful show of strength. That’s why God your God commanded you to observe, observe the day of Sabbath rest. Leviticus 25 One God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, speak to the people of Israel, tell them when you enter the land, which I’m going to give you, the land will observe a Sabbath to God. So your fields, prune your vineyards, and take in your harvest for six years, but the seventh year the land will take a Sabbath of complete and total rest a Sabbath to God. You will not sow your field to prune your vineyards don’t reap what grows of itself. Don’t harvest the grapes of your untended vines, the land gets a year of complete and total rest. But you can eat from the land volunteers during the Sabbath year. You and your men and women servants, your hired hands and the foreigners who live in the country. And of course, also, your livestock and the wild animals in the land can eat from it. Whatever the land volunteers of itself can be eaten.
Hmm, okay, this is the last one, Isaiah 5813. If you watch your step on the Sabbath, and don’t use my holy day for personal advantage, if you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God’s Holy Day as a celebration. If you honor it by refusing business as usual, making money running here and there, then you’ll be free to enjoy God. Oh, I’ll make you ride high and soar above it all. I’ll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor, Jacob. Yes, God says so. All right, man. That’s the one I wanted to finish with. Because it’s amazing. This is such a wonderful and beautiful gift that God has given us. And it’s changed my life. It’s changed my family’s life. You know, I’m my wife’s perspective on this will be similar, but she’s got her own stories on it. But it’s been the most amazing gift. And look, I don’t believe this is the thing that I believe with all my heart. God’s principles work for everyone. Whether you’re a believer or not, God’s principles work for you. It’s a fact. And, and so while nonbelievers may not look at the Sabbath as a day of rest to get closer to God I believe with all my heart a rested soul arrested heart arrested mind, arrested body is open to receiving the things that God has for them a lot easier than being strung out. Because one of the things about being strung out, and I’m not referring to drugs here because because it does work with drugs too. But one of the things about being strung out is that you don’t have the ears to hear anything. Because you could be strung out and freaking out and somebody go Here have some water was coffee, not water. But like, here’s some water. But when you’re strung out and crazy, like you know, just leave it alone. Just leave me alone. You ever been so mad or upset or so exhausted? That just hearing people talk felt exhausting, or you you’re hearing things that aren’t really there or maybe they really are there or what you’re hearing. You don’t want to hear you don’t have time for because you don’t have the patience for it. It’s a lot easier to have patience when you’re rested. It’s a lot easier to to seize the day so to speak to rising grind when you’re rested, and I’m not making fun of rising grinders. God bless you. God bless you but you’ll Be able to grind a lot harder. If you Honor the Sabbath, the Sabbath, his wrists like his grown the roots of our family. And look, it’s not like it’s perfect. Oh, my goodness, I have di D, I sometimes turn into someone else didn’t last very long anymore, thank God. But I mean, it happens. You know, it’s not like everything’s just roses because I have we honor the Sabbath. But I’ll tell you one thing, we are able to handle a lot more that’s coming at us. And we’re able to move forward more confidently and more boldly because of honoring the Sabbath. It’s for you. It’s interesting. I really believe that God’s commandments and the things that God asked from us are for our benefit not to be a ruler, a dictator, it’s not like a force vaccination. God gave you free will you can choose, you can choose Do you want great or do you want anything else? Because honestly, With God, everything has an opportunity to be great, even hardship, even struggle, even setbacks, even attacks even what’s, what’s the word betrayal. All of that has an opportunity to be great for you in Christ, and when it’s being done for the Lord, or when it’s surrendered to the Lord. But when you say I’m going to do this my way Do you know what happens? You’re going to have to settle for whatever that is. But count on this. It won’t be great. It will always be less than what it was intended to be
there’s a book called from good to great I haven’t read it I haven’t read it but I think of this when I think of life with Jesus and life without I was an extraordinary partier. I was an extraordinary Chem sex addict. Extraordinary not in a good way. I was extreme balls to the wall 1000 miles an hour and and I’m just doing it all out. I was never satisfied. Never happy could never get the high the SEC situation that I wanted. Because I always needed more was always unfulfilled was never happy and was just exhausted. But I had to keep going because I’m chasing this thing. This Fake hope this fake glory this fake happiness this fake joy this fake pleasure. It was all fake. None of it had was real. None of it was had substance and it was all fleeting. Because God wasn’t in it now that God is in ruins the ship so to speak. God is now in everything because God is put first I even when I’m struggling with my thoughts and sometimes desires. I just weird as this is start talking to God about it. Like do you want me to do this? Because you see, I don’t know how the devil works with you. But the devil works for me where he makes things sound like it’s a really good idea. And then it’s okay. And sometimes it even convinces me that it’s going to be okay
so I’ve started talking to God about this in detail. And it’s pretty amazing sometimes the answers I get back and no God is not saying go go sit and he’s not saying that at all at all. But it’s amazing how I can have these grown up conversations with the Lord. And I don’t believe that that would have happened without the Sabbath. Because without the Sabbath, it’s it’s like it’s forcing me to slow down enough to be able to hear my thoughts like when I you know I always try outrun God, and I always tried to outrun what God had for me like, he would show me what he had for me. But I want to know part of it, I was running from it. Like, I don’t want that responsibility. I don’t want to act like a good boy, I don’t want to hang around church people, I don’t want to, I don’t want to do that, that life because it all seemed boring and awful to me. Always running from God, well, I learned really good that you cannot run God, because he will run you right into a jail cell and isolation and he’ll get you right where he wants to, if he has to, like you can’t outrun God, he is going to pursue you and pursue you and pursue you and pursue you and pursue you. Eventually, you may run out of opportunities, because you’re dead. But God’s gonna pursue you until then, I learned that because God hunted me down. Got me locked away, kept me away from everything, where he and I were alone.
And now, I think in the same way this, the Sabbath forces us to stop long enough, from our busy week, our busy schedules with the kids, the stress and everything else. God uses that time to remind us that he has gone, he’s got us and if he’s gonna care for those annoying birds, that poop on your car, and your clothes and everything else, if he’s going to take care of them, what do you think he’s going to do for you? I mean, it’s the same principle of tithing. You look when you give God that 10%. So you can operate off of 90. That simple discipline of going here, God, this is for you. Thank you. Because without you, this is impossible. There you go. And then that 90% becomes more than the 100%. Like, how is that possible? How is 90%? More than 10%? I mean, how is 90% more than 100%? It’s simple. When you give that when that 10% is given to God, watch them use it. Same way with Sabbath. How can I get more done? In six days, and I can’t seven days. God knows. Anyway, I hope this made sense. Right? The purpose of this was to make it your idea that you wanted to honor the Sabbath. I mean, look, there’s a there’s a bunch more verses and all that and could have kept reading it. But I want to honestly say to believers and nonbelievers alike, the Sabbath is a gift. And kind of like Salvation. All you have to do is just accept it. It doesn’t cost anything. It truly cost you nothing. To accept the Sabbath is the gift it is and and you will never know. The gift it truly is. Until you surrender all the earthly stuff that you’re thinking that you need to do. And just spend that time with God, and your family and rest. God will do more with less, God will do more with anything then you can do on your own. But that sacrifice that you’re making the sacrifice, the sacrifice that you’re making to receive a gift. It’s like I think about all the Christmas presents, you could get it all the Christmas presents you could ask for none of them are as rewarding is the gift of the Sabbath. Heavenly Father, thank you so much for the opportunity to broadcast. Thank you. I hope that this made sense. I hope I was able to relay why the Sabbath matters and how impactful it’s been on our life. I thank you for that gift. I thank you for the gift of getting to go and into into to pursue my dreams like God dreams, the dreams you placed inside of me. I thank you for that. And I don’t believe that that would have even been possible in the way that it’s just transformed without the decision to honor the Sabbath without the decision to surrender my life to you. My life is nothing without your Lord and I and really even the people that doubt you i pray, I pray that you show them the extraordinary life that you have for them. That is far better than anything that they think that they have. Now, that’s the mind blowing thing, like even, even at the times that I thought that it was a loving life. How grossly mistaken I was to compare to the life that you have for me. And it’s not like they made it sound in church. It’s way more wild, it’s way more fun. It’s way, it’s way more full of joy. In it’s
your promises are so true. And they’re worth trusting. And they’re worth surrendering anything that I want. In my own selfish desires. It’s worth trading that for what you want, because what you want is perfection, our purpose, or the reason why we were created in that specific reason, we can’t operate in that specific reason without you. So why not follow you? Why not surrender my plans for yours. I’m grateful that I did that. I made that decision, Lord, and I pray that anyone out there that wants more, and they know that you have more for them, or they know that there’s more out there for them that just period. Or they’re sick and tired of the failures and the shortcomings and falling flat at the finish line not even crossing because they’re tired and they’re strung out and worried. I pray that they just simply say, Lord, my life is no longer mine. It’s yours. I surrender, take my life. It’s yours. I want what you have for me, and nothing else. It’s so simple, yet so powerful. And I thank you for that gift. I thank you for the gift of salvation. And I thank you for the gift of your Sabbath. I love you Jesus. I love you, Lord. Thank you Holy Spirit. Amen. All right. Thank you guys for watching. Have a blessed day.
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