New Life Baptist
Pastor Marlin D.
You may take
your seats in the presence of the Lord.
We have had such a wonderful day. You
are just getting the residuals of the Lord
showering His blessings on us today. God is
so good, and Heís good all of the time.
I normally prepare three messages to share
and one at our Seeker Service, and the
message that we preached for the two
services prior to this one was not intended
to be preached all day; it was only intended
to be preached for one or two services.
We had another message that I thought the
Lord wanted me to preach, but I canít let
this message go. I just have not been
able to let it go. So I want you to
open your Bibles to the book of
2nd Samuel 6. Iím going to ask
that you would pray for the strength thatís
necessary to preach.
2nd Samuel 6:1 and when youíve found
it say ďAmen!Ē
2 Samuel 6
gathered together all the chosen men of
Israel, thirty thousand.
2And David arose,
and went with all the people that were with
him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from
thence the ark of God, whose name is called
by the name of the LORD of hosts that
dwelleth between the cherubims.
3And they set the
ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it
out of the house of Abinadab that was in
Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of
Abinadab, drave the new cart.
4And they brought
it out of the house of Abinadab which was at
Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and
Ahio went before the ark.
5And David and all
the house of Israel played before the LORD
on all manner of instruments made of fir
wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and
on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
6And when they came
to Nachon's threshingfloor,
Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God,
and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7And the anger of
the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God
smote him there for his error; and there he
died by the ark of God.
8And David was
displeased, because the LORD had made a
breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of
the place Perezuzzah to this day.
9And David was
afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How
shall the ark of the LORD come to me?
10So David would
not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into
the city of David: but David carried it
aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
11And the ark of
the LORD continued in the house of Obededom
the Gittite three months: and the LORD
blessed Obededom, and all his household.
12And it was told
king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed
the house of Obededom, and all that
pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of
God. So David went and brought up the ark of
God from the house of Obededom into the city
of David with gladness.
13And it was so,
that when they that bare the ark of the LORD
had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and
would you look one more time with me at
David was afraid of the LORD that day, and
said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to
How shall the
ark come to me? I want to talk with
you this afternoon about bringing back the
glory, bringing back the glory. Look
at your neighbor as you are taking your
seat, and tell them ďbringing back the
gloryĒ. This passage is a passage that
I believe speaks of one of the darkest
moments in Israelís history. We donít
need a Bible lesson to know who Israel is.
We know that Israel represents the nation,
the chosen people of God. They are in
the Old Testament what the church is in the
New Testament. Israel is in the Old
Covenant what the church represents in the
New Covenant, the people of God, His chosen
nation. And this chosen group of God
had some very dark moments in their history
because though they were chosen by God, they
neglected God as a part of their everyday
life and their everyday obedience.
They did not live their life in obedience to
the God who had chosen them.
Much of the same
thing happens in this modern culture and
world today; that is that many of the people
who are saved, us, saved folk, donít always
honor God, donít always incorporate God into
our everyday life of obedience. We
have a great testimony. We talk a
really good talk but we donít live that talk
out in our everyday lifestyle. And
thatís what happened to Israel; they did not
honor God, they did not serve God.
They were the keepers of the ark. The
ark, and Iím not sure if you need a Bible
lesson for it, but I will explain it.
The ark was
the physical, natural representation of the
glory of God upon the earth. The ark
represented the symbol of Godís glory and
Godís presence. Where the ark was, it
was understood thatís where God was.
The glory of God resided as the Jews
believed in the presence and in the
existence of the ark.
The ark was
symbolic in its nature and essence to
represent God in a couple of different ways.
One was the ark symbolized the coming of the
Messiah, it symbolized the nature of Jesus
Christ. The nature of Christ is seen
in how the ark was constructed. It was
constructed with gold inlaid on the inside
of this box; itís a linear box that is built
out of gold on the inside, but the gold is
not seen to everybody, the gold is covered
up by shittim wood,
that overlays the outside. So the gold
and the wood together make up the contents,
or rather it makes up the essence of what
the ark consists of.
This gold and
wood parody in the ark represents the coming
of Christ and the nature of Christ because
Christ is the God-man. There is a
duality to His nature. He is God, a
very God, and he is man, a very man.
The two-ness of His nature is seen in the
two-ness of the ark. He is the word
becoming flesh and dwelling among us.
The Bible says ďwe beheld His glory, the
glory of the baby child Jesus as of the only
begotten of the FatherĒ. Heís the only
man, unique in history, that has within Him
the full expression of the deity of God and
the full expression of the humanity of man
wrapped up in the same being, and the ark
was to remind them that their Savior, their
redeemer, would also be their kinsmen.
That their redeemer would be one who is of
them and like them; that He would be the
He would be their kinsmen redeemer. He
would be of their brethren. He would
be man but yet He would be God. Which
is why with all the symbols, and all the
pictures that God gave to Israel about the
identity and the essence of the Messiah and
who He would be when He comes, itís a wonder
how so many Jews have missed the reality of
the Savior. Not just seen in the ark
in the gold and the wood, but also seen in
the Table of Shewbread thatís in the Holy
Place. The Table of Shewbread
represents the fact that Christ would be the
bread of life. He is the bread of life
that always is present with us, coming down
from God but it would be bread consumed by
man. This bread of life consumed by
man would feed man though it comes from God.
continuity of the ministry and the function
of Jesus Christ are seen in the table of the
showbread. He comes from God, feeds
man just as the manna that fell in the
wilderness comes from God and feeds man.
Did not come for any social or governmental
oppressive reasons to deliver the Israelites
from their governmental oppression. He
came that he might be food for manís soul.
and man as he eats the bread, he
demonstrates the reality of the Christ who
comes. Today we still eat the bread.
We eat the bread and drink the cup to show
the Lordís death until He comes. He is
always prefiguring Himself with the symbols
and antics of our Christian experience.
represented those symbols and those antics
in the gold and the wood, but not just
representing the coming of the Christ and
the nature of Jesus, but it also represented
the interaction of God to man. The
whole saga, the entire epic expression of
Godís relationship with man is easily seen
in the expression of how the ark was
constructed. The gold and the wood
again being together, touching each other.
The gold now represents the divinity of God
and the wood now represents the humanity of
man, and if there is to be any expression of
Godís glory in the earth, it has to be when
God touches man.
So the gold and
the wood were together demonstrating that
God comes in contact with man. What
good is it to have a relationship with a god
you canít ever come in contact with. I
donít need a god who lives way up in the
high yonder. I donít need a god who is
the man upstairs. I need a God who is
touched with the feelings of my infirmities.
I need a God whose gold isnít too bad to
touch my wood. I know Iím wood and I
know Heís gold, but I need the kind of
relationship with God whereby the goldness
of God is not shy or ashamed of the woodness
of myself, and God is able not just to touch
me, but He is able to inlay me so that on
the outside you might see my wood -- my
flesh, my frailties, my imperfections on the
outside. You might see the knots and
kinks within my heart and within my life on
the outside. You might see the stuff
thatís not quite together yet, but on the
inside the stuff you canít see is how God is
still working on me, still laying His gold
in me, still producing His spirit within me.
I am spirit-filled, it donít look like it on
the outside all the time, but it sure enough
is on the inside.
There is one
thing this box could not demonstrate.
Not just the duality of Christís nature, not
just the interaction of God with man, but
also the filling of man with His spirit.
That God put this treasure in earthen
vessels; that God made it so that the
treasure of His Spirit lies in the earthen
clay pots of our lives. So folk who
donít look like much, folk who we think
ought not be much, ought not do much, folk
who are illiterate and uneducated, folk who
donít have it going on, arenít big ballers
and shot callers, are the same folk that
when God puts His gold on the inside of
their wood, He begins to make it so that
they get carried in places they thought
theyíd never be in. God is the kind of
God who fills us so much so that we are far
more valuable than we look. A wooden
box isnít worth much but a wooden box with
gold on the inside is worth a whole lot.
While folk might say you arenít worth
nothing, hey tell them Iíve got the gold of
the Holy Spirit deep down on the inside of
my heart and He is the one that makes me
valuable and makes me what I am.
represented so much and it was the glory of
God. It demonstrated His person.
But not just the nature of the ark, but also
the contents of the ark Ė what the ark held
on the inside of it. Inside the ark
was Aaronís rod that had budded. It
budded because they were having a discussion
about how God can speak to more folk than
just Aaron and Moses, and if God speaks to
Moses and then speaks through Aaron, they
wanted God to speak to or through them as
well. And Moses was saying ďYou know
what, we ainít trying to argue with you all
about who God is going to speak to, but we
do know this, that Godís voice is a singular
voice, and whenever God speaks He speaks
with singularity in His voice. He
doesnít just speak in a way where 6 and 7
different people got 6 and 7 different
words; thatís divisiveness in the voice of
God. When God speaks He always speaks
in one voice. Everybody say one voice.
with us is weíve got too many voices talking
into our lives. Weíve got too many
folk telling us what they think God is
trying to say, rather than us just telling
them to ďhushĒ, let me ask what God is
saying. He knows exactly how to speak.
careful who you let speak into your life.
I donít care who comes by your neighborhood
or who stops by your church, or whose coming
into town, or whose going to your school --
you be very careful who you let speak into
your life, because anybody can say something
but only God has the last say and the final
word. Whatever folks say you better
check that thing out with God to make sure
it lines up with the word of God, and if it
donít line up with the word of God -- I
donít care how ecclesiastical it might
sound, I donít care how socially acceptable
it might be, if it doesnít line up with the
word, you better curse it and turn a deaf
ear to it and seek the face of God to hear
what He is trying to say.
Moses said ďYou
know what, you know what, everybody take
your staff. Put your staff and your
rod down and we are going to see which one
God speaks to. Whichever one of these
rods bud is the one God is trying to talk
to.Ē Moses turned around and says
ďLets come back tomorrow and see what
happens.Ē When they came back Aaronís
rod was the only rod that had buds on it,
the only rod that had blooms and flowers on
it. It was Godís way of telling Aaron
that I have approved your ministry, Iíve
approved your voice and Iím speaking to this
people through one set and through one
The whole idea
of leadership had to be established.
Itís placed inside of the ark. The
tables of the covenant are also inside the
ark. Youíve got the tables of the
covenant. The covenant is not a
contract. Itís not just the Ten
Commandments. Thatís what they were,
the tables of commandments, but they are not
just commandments in law. They are the
covenant relationship that God has with His
people. It is the covenant God cut
with His people; thatís what those tables
represented. It was a covenant upon
these principles Ė that if you do your part,
Iíll do my part. But hereís the
blessedness about the covenant that makes it
different than a contract. A contract
can be breached if either one of the two
parties donít fulfill their end of their
deal, but God did not cut a contract with
man, God cut a covenant with man, and made
it so that even if we donít do our part, He
will compensate for what we did not do by
doing His part anyhow.
knows thatís called ďGraceĒ. Is
there anybody in here that has ever
experienced and received grace? Iím
talking to folk now who did not get what
they have because they deserved it or earned
it. Iím talking to folk who didnít
always do it the way the Bible says it ought
to be done. Iím talking to folk who
got some darkness in their past and some
skeletons in their closet and you did not
fulfill your end of the deal, but time and
time again God bailed you out with His
Grace. Did not give you what you
deserved because He gave you mercy and gave
you stuff you never couldnít gotten on your
own; thatís called ďgraceĒ and if you are
honest with yourself and honest with me, you
would stand up in here and testify ďI am
where I am because God has been a gracious
God. If you only knew the hell Iíve
been through. If you only knew the
mess I had to endure. If you only knew
the mistakes Iíve made in my life, but God
took my mistakes and turned it into a
miracle. Now I stand here today
looking like wood but Iíve got gold on the
represents Godís glory. Itís the glory
of God. Glory is the fullest
expression of who God is. It is the
full knowledge of God. Glory is both
person and power, person of God, power of
God. The person of God is seen in the
construction of the ark, the gold, the wood
Ė tells me about His person. Person
always touches and identifies my intellect
and my mind. I have to learn about the
person of God in order to know how to
respond and interact with God. So the
doctrines of my faith, the anthems that I
sing, the hymns I recite, the words that I
know, teaches me about the person of God.
He is a
sovereign God; thatís His person Ė Iíve got
to learn that. He is an immutable God;
thatís His person Ė He never changes Ė Iíve
got to learn that. He is a faithful
God; that means He will always keep His word
ĖIíve got to learn that. We are
doing a whole lot of praying for the hand of
God, but nobody wants to know the person of
God, and if you donít know the person of God
then youíve been way lost, you are way
behind the eight ball if you donít know the
person of God.
you get in difficult times and difficult
situations, you donít need to lean and
depend on what grandmamma or granddaddy said
about God; and they said some good stuff
about God. But youíve got to have some
knowledge about God yourself, on your own,
so when you pray you can pray with some
intelligence. What bothers me are
folks who come to church Sunday after
Sunday, listen to message after message and
havenít learned a thing about the person of
God, and the moment trouble comes, they
start flipping out and being frantic and
catching ulcers and staying up all night,
because they never learned anything about
the person of God. When you know about
the person of God you start knowing things
like God is in charge and He is in control.
says ďHe neither sleeps nor slumbersĒ and if
God is not sleeping or slumbering, it
doesnít make sense for both of us to be up
all night. I mean if He is going to
stay up and neither sleep nor slumber,
thatís my go-ahead to go ahead and fluff my
pillow and get myself some sleep and let God
be God and let Him be in charge.
He is a
benevolent God which means He seeks to do
good things for them that love Him.
The Bible says ďEye hadnít seen, ear hadnít
heard, hearts hadnít perceived what God has
in store for them that love Him.Ē Well
Iím one of them that love Him. The
person of God says He never changes His
word, once Heís said it, He will do it and
He said that ďMy eye hadnít seen itĒ, so
just because it isnít here yet, doesnít mean
I should flip out and have a fit. Iím
trying to wait and see what God said my eyes
havenít seen yet. Is there anybody in
here besides me that understands the person
But all person
and no power produces a lopsided Christian.
Iím all head but no heart. You see the
person is in the gold and the wood, but the
power is in the rod and the commandments.
The contents on the inside reminded Israel
of how God demonstrated His power in their
past, and the contents on the inside shared
with them through memory that God is the one
who brought you up out of Egypt. God
is the one who fed you in the wilderness.
God is the one who made it so that your
shoes would never wear out while you
journeyed for 40 years. With no
Laundromat, with no wash and fold, with no
dime washer. You didnít have no tumble
dry. You didnít have no tide, no
detergent, but yet God kept your clothes
fresh. He did what all could never do.
He did what Tide could never do. He
became a Clorox agent to make it so that you
would never have dirty clothes, and when you
grew up, you never grew out of your clothes.
God made your clothes grow right along with
you. Oh that is shouting ground right
there because Iím talking to some folk who
understand that I Ďvet had not enough, Iíve
had a little bit, Iíve just had a little bit
to get me by, and God made the stuff I have
grow right along with me. Iíve seen
one dinner feed a whole family for four
days. I mean you know thatís got to be
God when one can of green beans can feed a
whole family. You go to bed like you
had steak you so full because God knows how
to provide when you are in your wilderness.
You better not ever forget what God has
He put some
things inside the ark to remind us what He
is, and what He has done so we wouldnít
forget the power of God and here we are
driving our fancy cars, living in our fancy
homes and doing our fancy stuff and we done
forgot what God has done. Honey you
donít need a repeat of the lesson, do you?
You donít need God to show you again, do
So wood and
gold represents person. Contents
represent power. You got to know Him
in person, but youíve also got to know Him
in power. And if you only know
Him in one and not the other, you are
lopsided. Now there are these
cherubims that covered the ark. I got
so much other stuff to preach but I just
canít get to it. There are these
cherubims that cover the ark, and the
cherubims that cover the ark, they are
angels and these angels are statues of
angels whose wings span over the ark to
demonstrate the covering of the glory of
God; that the glory of God is always
vindicated. That Godís glory has a
vindication to it so that whenever you enter
into His presence, the glory of God is
vindicated. No sin can ever come near
the presence of God.
angels did for the ark, the church is
supposed to do for the glory of God today.
We are supposed to be the covering and the
vindication of Godís glory so if the world
ever wants to know what the glory of God
looks like, the world should always be able
to come to the church where they will meet
some peculiar people. They will meet a
chosen generation. They will meet a
people who donít look like everybody else,
but we got this thing backward. We
start doing in the church what the world is
doing out in the street and we bring the
street of the world into the church and
weíve lost our uniqueness and weíve lost our
peculiar no more. The same stuff going
on in their house is going on in our house.
The same stuff that they are trying to hide,
we are trying to hide. There has got
to become a righteous standard where some
church will stand up and say ďGod is right
and the world is wrongĒ. God says
ďHoliness without which no man shall see the
Lord.Ē Weíve got to get to a place
where we restore our peculiarity in our
faith so that we become the wings of the
angels that cover the ark and the glory of
God, and with all of this glory that youíve
got in this ark, Israel was the keepers of
the glory. They kept the glory.
Israel had fell into a time where nobody had
anymore respect for the word of God, and Eli
was the priest of Israel at the time, and
Eli had two sons, named Hophni and Phineas
who were understudies under their father
Eli. Eli was a chief priest.
Hophni and Phineas were the understudies.
Eli was the leader and Hophni and Phineas
were the followers, and the leader, Eli,
failed to lead.
1st Samuel 4 (we ainít
got to go there, but write it down if you
would), the Bible talks about how Eli
allowed his two sons to commit sin,
whoredoms and fornication right in Shiloh
just before the outer court, inner court and
Holy of Holies -- in the vestibule
of the church sin was going on Ė and I ought
to stay there for just a bit because sin is
still going on in the vestibule of the
I just got
finished preaching at Seekerís Service and
telling folk at Seeker Service about
thanking them for sharing their real
testimony because you know we donít share
the real testimony. Ah, you can look
pretty if you want, but we donít tell nobody
what the real story is. We stand up
before the church and tell them ďIím saved,
sanctified and Holy Ghost filled, fire
baptized, on my way to see the soon coming
King, pray my strength in the Lord, been
running for Jesus for a long time, not tired
yetĒ and we sit up and tell folk that
but we fail to mention to them that part about
how we went to the liquor store, way up in
Alpharetta, because we were too ashamed to
go in our own neighborhood, walked out with
a brown bag.
We forget to
tell that part of our testimony, how we
slapped our wife upside the head because
breakfast wasnít the way we thought it ought
We forget to
tell our testimony about how we were tipping
and tipping in the midnight hour and let the
man outside the back door because we didnít
want anybody to see him when he left at 5:00
a.m. this morning.
We forgot to
tell our testimony about how we do stuff we
ainít got no business doing and whenever we
get hard times, we get away somewhere in our
bathroom and light us up a little joint and
try to smoke ourselves just a little bit to
calm our nerves.
We donít tell
anybody the whole testimony, but baby Iím
glad that God knows your whole testimony.
He knows all of it. You can fool some
of the people some of the time, but you
canít fool God none of the time. God
sees you when youíre sleep. God sees
you when the door closes. God sees you
when the light is off.
God sees YOU!
Phineas, Eliís two sons, refused to obey God
and Eli who was the leader refused to lead.
Weíve got a problem when the leaders donít
lead. If the leader doesnít lead, the
people will fall into rebellion. You had a
leader who wouldnít lead. You had two
boys who would not follow. You had a
whole governmental structure that was sinful
and corrupt and they were leading the chosen
people of God. Battle breaks out in
1st Samuel 5.
Philistines come in the land and the
Philistines are whipping Israelís behind.
While Israel is losing the battle somebody
has a bright idea and says ďLets go get the
ark out of Shiloh and all the time whenever
we bring the ark into the battlefield, the
ark always brings us victory.Ē Look
like to me they ought to have the ark in
there before they started the war, but you
know how church folk are? We always
late when it comes to faith. We always
a dollar too short and a day late whenever
it comes to faith and believing in God.
Now we always are going to show up for the
miracle. We going to show up ďChild,
to get our dance on. We going to show
up to get our praise on. We going to
show up to have our time at the mike, our
time in front of folkĒ, but when it comes
down to faith, we ainít got none of that.
We left God back in Shiloh. I know
some folk in church who left God back in
Shiloh while the enemy is whipping your
behind in your house, on your job, in your
career, in your livelihood and you left God
in Shiloh. Somebody said ďGo back and
get the ark and bring it in the battleĒ.
knew whenever the ark comes into battle,
that means God is getting ready to show up.
They never could finally beat Israel because
that ark kept showing up. It was
Israelís God on the field because Israelís
God had said earlier to one named Gideon
ďStand stillĒ, Iíll fight your battleĒ.
But when the ark showed up the Philistine
army didnít lose. They still beat
Israel and 30,000 Israelites died with the
ark on the field. How did that happen?
How you got God on the field and you still
lose? Well that might not be too much
of a shock for us; weíve got Bibles under
our arms. We got crosses around our
neck. We got fish symbols on our car.
We got honk if you love Jesus bumper sticks
on the backside of our bumper, and our
marriage is a mess, our kids are a mess,
weíve got trouble going on in our job.
We canít get to sleep unless we take a pill.
We canít wake up unless we take a pill.
We are on Paxil, Prozac and Zantac. We
got so many ďacísĒ and so many pills weíre
taking Ė uppers, downers, and suppressants
and Ė weíve got so much stuff going on in
our life, but come to church every Sunday
ďhallelujah, thank you Jesus, always jerking
and flipping, always got your hand raised
ďThank you Lord, I just thank the Lord Iím
blessed and highly favored of GodĒ, and your
house is a mess. ďI thank God that
Heís here all the timeĒ, and your kids are
going crazy. The devil is a liar!
You had best get real with God and get . . .
The problem is
not that your Bible ainít working, or your
cross ainít working, the problem is you
ainít got no glory in your ark. The
ark has lost the glory, and you can come to
church all day. If you ainít got no
glory, if there is no glory of God on your
life, there ainít going to be no change, no
change in your life. Israel died, why?
leading. Leaders failed to lead.
It bothers me that we cannot find a
righteous leader in our modern society and
can I talk about us, Black folk, for just a
minute. Now if you are here and you
are of another race, Iím not talking against
any other race. Iím just talking about
what I know. I mean you would be upset
if I was talking about Chinese folk. I
ainít Chinese, I donít know, but I am Black
and I do know about Black people. If I
donít know much about history, donít know
much about psychology, donít know much about
the French I took, but I know a whole lot
about Black folk. And what bothers me
is that Black folk Ė we have these Black
leaders who do not stand for Jesus Christ,
who do not mention the Bible, who do not
mention what Jesus says about the culture,
but yet we call them our leaders, ainít no
leader of mine. Any Black leader, any
leader in this modern society to be my
leader heís got to have Jesus as the center
of his leadership.
I donít care
what the media says. I donítí care
what the culture says. Donít allow the
culture to give you a leader. Weíve
been told the only way you can have
righteousness is if you are white and
Republican; that being white and Republican
means that you are going to be conservative
and Biblical. The devil is a liar.
Youíve got some Black folk who know the
Bible too, but because you get some clown on
T.V. that says ďIím a leader of the Black
race and I think abortion ought to be legal
so that our young Black girls will have an
alternative to turn to when they make a
mistake and have a child, rather than having
4 and 5 children and getting on welfare, you
ought to legalize abortion so that they can
do that Ė
how you stop children from having 4 and 5
girls from having 4 and 5 babies by you
momma and daddy getting on your knees in
your secret closet and praying that hell out
of that child. Thatís how you stop
that girl. I wish somebody in here
would hear what Iím trying to say.
leaders preach social and economic
empowerment and make us to believe that
empowering ourselves means weíve got to rise
in the economic structure of our world and
of our nation, and corporate America is
going to have to recognize the rising of
Black folk, thatís how we are going to pull
ourselves out of financial degradation.
That all sounds good, but I know some folk
who donít even know nothing about corporate
America. Canít even spell corporate.
Donít know anything about financial economic
empowerment. They donít know what
those three words mean but because theyíve
got the grace and the glory of God that
rests upon their life, they have been in
situations they donít deserve to be in.
Ainít got no degree, sitting down in a
degreed-environment where everybody else got
a degree, came up through the ranks and here
you are unqualified, ainít got the right
resume, your dossier donít say the right
stuff, but you inside the boardroom baby.
You there because God brought you there.
You are not there because you pulled
yourself up by your own bootstraps.
What do you do when you ainít got no straps
on your boots. What do you do when you
ainít even got a boot. You better
learn how to trust Jesus.
Iím hard pressed
to find African American leaders who can
represent us and stand up and say ďWhatís
right and speak righteousness.Ē Say
stuff like abortion is wrong. Yes it
is. Welfare is not the system that we
want our children and our childrenís
children to be supplied by and the way you
break a welfare mentality is you make folks
get a job. The thug mentality says ďI
want to get something for nothing. I
want somebody to give me something for
nothing.Ē The whole thug system, the
bling bling around the neck, the laying on
22ís driving an Escalade, all of that is
nothing but the thug system that says I can
get money in my pocket by getting it in my
pocket easy. Welfare is nothing but
easy money and I want to tell you something.
I thank God for welfare but Iím grateful to
God Iíve got two hands and Iíve got a good
head. I know how to go to work and get
a job and make a living for my family.
But our leaders ainít leading.
The day comes,
and itís a sad day but itís here, when the
homosexual plight has been equated with
civil rights in the 50ís and 60ís. And
they actually want us to believe that
homosexuals need rights because Black folks
got their rights in the 50ís and the 60ís
and they made homosexuality a civil problem
and not a moral problem. The devil is
a liar! Donít taint what my
forefathers did back in the 50ís by
attaching homosexuality to the end of that
civil rights act. No, no, no, no, no Ė
see Black and homosexuality they ainít the
same thing. Being Black ainít wrong,
but being a homosexual is wrong. Being
Black ainít iniquity, but homosexuality is
iniquity and the two ainít the same thing.
And when our
leaders donít stand up and have a Jesus
centered message they are not our leaders.
Harriet Tubman she came out because she
prayed to Jesus. Sojourner Truth,
she came out because she prayed to Jesus.
Nat Turner got delivered because he
prayed to Jesus. George Washington
Carver did all that stuff with a peanut
because he prayed to Jesus. Mohammed
didnít do it. Bean pies didnít do it.
Bow ties didnít do it. Bold lies
didnít do it. The only way you can get
delivered is if you have a Jesus centered
message, because Jesus is how we as a people
got to where we are. Please understand
your great, great grandmamma was on her
knees back in a old dirt room floor.
She wasnít talking to no Buddha, she was
talking to Jesus. I donít care what
Oprah says you canít meditate your way out
of the hell you in. You better pray
your way out of the hell you in.
Youíve got to have a relationship.
This is the 4th
sermon today so I might as well preach like
Iím crazy because I ainít got nothing to do
tomorrow Ė tomorrow Iím off. Jesus is
the answer and we need the church to start
saying that. We need the Black church
to tell Ted Kopel and Dan Rather, hey weíve
got another story. That ainít the only
story, there is another story. There
is righteousness in Black America.
There is holiness in Black America.
There is equity and justice in Black
America. Can I get a witness here.
But Eli wouldnít lead. He just let sin
go on and he wouldnít lead. And
whenever he wouldnít lead, the Philistines
came in and guess what ďThey took the ark.Ē
The enemy stole the symbol of Godís glory.
The church no longer had glory because the
enemy had stolen it. Godís name became
a byword. Godís name became a parable
of old because the devil had the glory.
Isnít that happening today. Crime in
our streets; the devil gets the glory.
Drugs Ė drugs ainít no urban thug problem,
you all donít think that do you? Uh,
huh. Drugs are in your address and
your neighborhood. It ainít the thugs
downtown thatís taking the drugs and selling
the drugs, itís your grandchildren. Oh
you all donít want to help me preach on that
And the church
is talking about social empowerment and
economic reform and civil rights for gays
and we ainít talking about what God told us
to talk about, and Satan has got the glory.
When they took that ark off the battlefield,
whipped Israel Ė sent them to flight Ė they
left the glory right there on the
battlefield. The Philistines came,
took the ark, stole the ark, brought the ark
back to their principal city and put the ark
in their temples to their gods. And
they came and set the ark up in the temple
right where their god Dagon was. Dagon
was one of their gods. They left the
building, turned off the light, came back
the next day and the ark had caused Dagon to
get nervous throughout the night and Dagon
fell on his face. Whenever the temple
priests came back and they saw their god
Dagon on the floor, they figured there has
got to be something wrong here Ė Dagon is on
the floor, so what they did was they picked
up Dagon (the priests picked up their god)
to put him back on his perch. Now I
said you know they got to be crazy because I
donít want no God Iíve got to pick up; if I
donít pick him up then he canít do what -- I
need a God thatís going to pick me up when
Iím in trouble, when Iím in distress I need
him to pick me up.
They put him
back on his perch and left again, cut the
light out, when they came back the next day
they found out Dagon didnít just fall again,
but Dagon this time fell and broke his neck.
The statue of their God fell and his head
came off. Right then I wouldíve
switched gods but they put him up again,
took some crazy glue, glued around Dagonís
top, stuck his head back on there.
Because you know what happens to us?
Even when our gods fail us, because of the
rebellion of our heart, we still will not
seek the Lord our God. When the gods
of money, and the gods of power, and the
gods of prestige, when they fail us, when
the pink slip comes and the yellow slip
comes, when your money canít help you
because a terminal illness has you sick --
instead of us calling on God we become so
rebellious we call on God for the moment,
but the moment that God blesses us we get up
and we try to glue back together our old
system and old ways and still will not turn
our hearts toward the Lord.
ďThis ark is causing a problem here.Ē
They took the ark out of the temple and put
the ark in a shaded place in one of their
cities, and they broke out Ė all the people
in Philistia broke out with this thing the
Bible calls emerods. Now I looked up
emerods to find out what is an emerod.
I thought they were little rats or
and this is true -- in the Archaic
dictionary emerods are the same things as
hemorrhoids. They broke out in
hemorrhoids. Everybody in Philistia
broke out with a hemorrhoid problem because
they had the ark Ė this is true, this is
true Ė because the ark was in the wrong
spot. The ark was in the wrong place.
Whenever you have God out of place, there is
a perverted, twisted sickness that takes
place on the inside of your heart when God
is out of place, and because God was out of
place the people got perverted and sick.
Isnít God out of place today? Arenít
we perverted and sick. So they said
ďWe are done with this. Take this to
Abinadabís house; we are finished with it.Ē
They took the ark back to Israel, put it in
the house of Abinadab and said ďWe are
through with itĒ. David, when he
becomes king, he says the first thing I want
to do is bring the ark out of Abinadabís
house and put it in the city of David.
He goes in to get the ark. When he
came in to get the ark he said ďI want Uzzah
and Ahio to help me drive this ark out.
They put the ark on a new cart and drove him
with an ox.
Now you know
Moses said ďDo not put this ark on no cart
and have no ox driving him. If you are
going to get the glory of God back in the
city youíve got to carry that ark on your
shoulder like a burden. If God is ever
going to have glory in your life you are
going to have to carry it like a burden.
You canít pray these quick little easy mamsy
pamsy prayers and think that you are going
to move God without being burdened.
The Bible says the ďeffectual fervent prayer
of a righteous man availeth muchĒ.
Whenever you get a burden to carry on your
shoulder honey thatís how you get the glory.
The glory comes whenever you are burdened
down and you want His glory more than
anything else. What if we came to church
and didnít need your cheerleader to help you
praise God. If you came to church with
the glory as a burden on your shoulder the
moment you step in the house of God and that
glory begins to fill your heart, your hands
go up automatically because the glory has
been weighing down on you all day like a
arenít leading, and people arenít praying
and because people arenít praying there is
no weight on our shoulders. The ark
tilts a bit and Uzzah thinks ďIíve got to
help himĒ, so Uzzah holds up his hand to
steady the ark and the moment he did that
his flesh jumped in front of the spirit and
he became fleshly driven and fleshly
motivated, and because his flesh had usurped
his spirit, God struck him dead because he
tried to help God. I wish somebody in
here would hear that.
How you going to
help God? What God has for you is for
you, and you ainít got to help God bring it
into your life. God knows how to do
what Heís going to do without your help.
As a matter of fact, everything that you are
you are because God did it, and He did it
all by Himself. The education you
have, He gave it to you. The job
youíve got, He gave it to you. All the
things you possess God gave it to you.
What you think you are, you are, because God
made you who you are. You didnít help
Him. Your flesh didnít have anything
to do with it. God supplied everything
that we have. Uzzah tried to help out
God and by helping out God, he died.
ďStop, take the ark to Obededomís house
until we figure this thing outĒ. While
the ark was in Obededomís house Obededom
didnít ask for it, he wasnít some high
political figure who could get it, he was
just the man who was available and his house
was the closest house to where they were, so
they brought the ark into his house and his
whole house got blessed the Bible says.
His house was blessed. His children
were blessed. His family was blessed.
You donít have to be qualified, you donít
have to be positioned Ė you just have to be
available. Has anybody ever been
available and God brought some awesome
things in your life because you were
available. Oh my God, look at you.
Look at what Godís done for you. Look
at who you are. Look at the awesome
power God allows you to walk in just because
you were available. Please donít think
you did that by yourself. You were
just available. I mean God couldíve
used anybody. He just decided to use
Thatís why when
you come to church you ought not to fold
your arms and sit there and look like you
are mad at somebody. You ought to just
get happy because you understand I donít
deserve to be here anyway but God just
decided to use me; I was available. I
donít even know how I got blessed like I got
blessed, but God did what He did because I
made myself available. When I throw my
hands up in the air and I begin to give God
the glory, you can laugh all you want to
laugh honey, you donít know whatís in my
house; His glory has filled the house
because I was available.
The Bible says
ďDavid read the bookĒ, came back, found the
methodĒ. When he found the method they
picked the ark up on their shoulders,
carried the ark like a burden, and praised
their way back into Israel. I got so
much to preach about that praising Ė 6th
step (6 is the number of man), 7th
step (was the praise step), walked manís
distance. When man couldnít do any
more, God came in the last step and they
praised God on that last step because God
completes what we cannot do. I got a
whole lot to say about that. My time
wonít let me say it. It has been a
good day. Give God praise. Give