Destined to Win Part 6
Destined to Win Part 6 with Pastors Lawson and Aaron Perdue. We live in a brand new economy as believers in Jesus! Discover how to walk in boldness and authority from Ephesians chapter 3.
Destined to Win
When Jesus saved you, your destiny changed completely! He radically transformed us and brought us from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and from defeat to victory. Pastor Lawson goes through the book of Ephesians in detail and shows us exactly why we are destined to win. We are no longer fighting to be overcomers, we are made victorious through Jesus and any weapon formed against us will not prosper! Jesus came to give us life and have that life more abundantly! Because of God and his great love, we are destined to win!
Destined to Win Part 6 Transcript
Praise the Lord, friends, we are sharing today from Ephesians chapter three. I have my son Aaron, with us. We’re gonna be talking about, we live in a brand new dispensation. We live in a brand new economy. As believers, we walk in authority. The death burial and resurrection of Jesus changed everything. And as we walk in this authority, we boldly access God’s throne and God’s grace, receive the word of God today. Blessings. Friends, I’m so glad that you’re here with us. I’m here with my son Aaron, and we are sharing on Ephesians, “Destined to Win”. Thank God we’ve got a great future in Christ. And today we’re gonna be in Ephesians chapter three. We’re gonna be talking about, there is a brand new time. We have a brand new message. We have a brand new revelation. And you know what? We not only need information, we need revelation, and revelation will really change where you’re going. There’s a lot of people that have information, but information without revelation doesn’t produce a lot. And so we need revelation that comes from God. Paul begins here and he says, “For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus, for you Gentiles, if you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given to me for you, how? By revelation, he made known unto me the mystery. When you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.” And so he begins by talking about we’re in a different dispensation. And that word for dispensation is the Greek word, oikonomia. Like economy, the management of household affairs, or stewardship and the economy of God. See, a lot of times people don’t understand that God deals with people according to certain times in certain ways. And we are in the dispensation of grace. So the way that God is dealing with people is through grace. In fact, there’s a lot of things here on the earth today that may be as bad or worse, probably worse than Sodom and Gomorrah, and in Sodom and Gomorrah God rain fired, destroyed ’em.
They don’t understand the time period.
Yeah, the disciples asked Jesus, “What is it gonna be like when you return?” And he said, “As in the days of Noah.” You think about what was going on in the days of Noah. You know, things were so bad during that dispensation that God, you know, sent a flood. So things as in the days of Noah, things are gonna be going on similar to what was going on in Noah’s day, when Jesus comes again.
Well, you know, really when you study the scripture, there’s two things happening in the last days on the earth. In one, there’s an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and there’s a great revival. God said, “In the last days, I’ll pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions, you know, there will be signs in heaven, wonders in the earth, and whoever calls in the name of the Lord shall be saved.” So that’s an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:17. But then it talks about in 1 Timothy chapter 4:1, that the Spirit speaks expressly or specifically that in the latter time some will depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. And we’ve got at the same time, revival and apostasy, you can’t depart from something that you didn’t get in. And Jesus talked about ’em both in Matthew 24:12-14, He said, “Because iniquity abounds the love of many shall wax cold.” But then he goes on to say, “This gospel, the kingdom will be preached to all the world for a witness, to all nations and then shall the end come.” So at the same time, there is this apostasy, people are turning away from God, and at the same time, there’s a great revival. People are coming to Christ. You prophesied this a couple years ago. You were in a prophetic meeting, speaking, you said there’s gonna be a great revival in the Middle East among the Muslim people. And then we just got word early this year, from Jason Law, who’s coming to speak at the church here, the son of Terry Law, Dr. Terry Law, great minister of the gospel, World Compassion, I think is their ministry. Really taking the gospel to a lot of these places where it’s illegal to have the Bible. But in Iran and some of these countries, there are many more people coming to Christ. They’re leaving Islam and coming to Christianity.
I’ve heard of people just who’ve never even heard about Christianity before, like just seeing visions of Jesus. Jesus is coming to people in Muslim nations, so.
You know, Dr. Delron Shirley, ministers for a man in Africa. And this man was a Muslim, and he went to take pictures at a Christian wedding, at a church and he saw this light. And so he went back after the wedding to the church when they were having services, and got born again and Spirit filled. And he has thousands and thousands of people under him. He’s a great minister of the gospel. And so there’s great revival taking place. You can’t believe all this liberal nonsense. There’s a lot of people coming to Christ. Amen.
Hallelujah, we live in the great day, the greatest day to be alive, I believe is right now and right here, where God’s called us to be. And so he says, “There’s a dispensation of grace, which is given to me for you, how? That by revelation”, this is a new time. He says, “He made known to me the mystery.” So there’s a new message, but what is the mystery, Aaron?
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Yeah, Paul writes a lot about that. This mystery that’s now been revealed, I think have preached a lot of sermons titled, “The Mystery Now Revealed”.
And he says, “I want you to, when you read, I want you to understand my knowledge, and the mystery of Christ.” So it’s a new time with a new message, with new revelation. And he says in verse five, “In other ages, this was not made known to the sons of men, in other time periods, but it’s now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.” So God gives us revelation by the Spirit. You were talking about how we need revelation. And you know what? We need revelation more than just information. Information won’t change your life, but revelation will change your life. And he says that “The Gentiles would be fellow heirs and of the same body, partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” We’re fellow heirs with the Jews, we’re partakers of the same gospel, We’re partakers of the same promise. When you begin to understand, I am a covenant person of God, and I’m blessed by the Most High God, it will literally change the way that you live your life. Praise God. You don’t have to live the same. You don’t have to stay stuck. Praise God. And he says, “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, given to me by the effective working of His power.” Man, the power of God’s working in you, it’s effective when you minister through the Holy Spirit, and minister in the place, doing what God has called you to do and the purpose of God.
Yeah, I love just that he talks about this gift of the grace of God that was given to me. You know, Paul didn’t become a minister of the gospel just through his own will, through his own training, through his own education. God called him to do it. You know, Jesus showed up and called him to do it and he had to step into it. He had to make the choice. But that was a God’s grace upon his life.
And when he made that choice on the road to Damascus, his life changed quickly. And you know, he was on the road to Damascus, to persecute believers as a very zealous Jewish person. You know, they laid Stephen’s clothes at his feet, when they stoned Stephen, who called on God, said, “Lord Jesus, you know, lay not this sin to their charge.” And Jesus stood up in heaven and received him. Man, what a marvelous testimony that Stephen had. But Paul was the one that was persecuting him unto death. And that’s the end of Acts chapter seven. But then in Acts chapter nine, Paul returns to Christ and he’s born again. He’s on the road to Damascus and as he’s on the road, Jesus appears to him, and he tells him, “That you’ve got a lot of things to share, and I want you to show people their inheritance. And there’s a lot of things that I’m gonna show you as you continue.” And the people that were with him, Saul, fell to the ground, fell off his donkey. I mean, the power of God hit him. And you know, they heard the voice, but they didn’t see any man. But he saw Jesus and it changed his life. And you know, he was blinded for a period of time and he went into a certain place, and God sent an Ananias who was a disciple.
A street called straight.
Yeah, and said, “Go over there and preach to Saul”, was his name then before he prays. And he said, “I’ve heard all the damage he’s done.” He wasn’t sure, but he said, “I’ll go.” And he went and then he prayed for Saul, then, and he immediately, the scales fell off his eyes. He immediately was baptized. He immediately began to preach Christ in the Synagogue.
I remember reading that passage of scripture. I believe that he was, you know, born again. He received Jesus. He was water baptized. I believe he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Yes he did. And he immediately began to preach the faith that he destroyed. In fact, so much that, you know, the Jews set people at the gate of the city. He was preaching in the synagogue that Jesus is the Son of God, and they sent people to catch him at the gate, and we’re gonna kill him. And the disciples heard of it and let him down through a basket in the wall. You know, another Old Testament scripture that happened and they did the same thing. And so you just see these different things begin to happen. And he says, “I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace.” He talks about that in Galatians. “No man revealed this gospel, but to me.” But when God chose me, you know, and God shows in me, he talks about this. He said, “I profited.” He talks about this in verse 13. He says in verse 12, well, I’m just gonna read verse 11 through verse 16 of Galatians chapter one. He says, “I certify you brethren, the gospel, which was priest of me as not after man.” He didn’t receive this from a man. He says, “I neither received it of man, neither was taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The gospel is the revelation of Jesus. Jesus is the grace of God. “For you have heard of my conversation, my lifestyle behavior in time passed in the Jews religion, how that beyond measure, I persecuted the Church of God and wasted it. And I profited in the Jews religion above many of my equals in my own nation being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God”, this is where I wanted to get, “who separated me from my mother’s womb.” He said he was separated from his mother’s womb. And yet it took him a period of time before he ever found out what it was, “and called me by His grace.” It was absolutely the grace of God. He was persecuting believers, having them killed. “But it pleased God to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen.” He was called by the grace of God to preach to the gentile. “Immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood.” Amen. So he received this gospel by revelation, and he understood the Old Testament. He had studied at the feet of Gamaliel, who was one of the best teachers of the law in that day, and he learned a lot of things. In fact, you can see certain things in Paul’s life that came really from Gamaliel’s philosophy. But it was the grace of God that made him a minister. It was-
It’s really incredible too. And you know, it’s kind of interesting today, you know, if you look at the culture of the church at large here in America and the culture of the world, there isn’t a whole lot of difference. It’s really sad to say, really the church should really stand out like a sore thumb, like culturally speaking. And there are some churches that do just really stick out from the culture of the world, but a lot of the church tries to be like the world, to attract the world, which is completely wrong. But I remember several years ago, my wife and I, when we got married, we went on a honeymoon to Italy, and towards the end of our trip we went to Pompeii where Mount Vesuvius erupted, and preserved this, you know, Roman city I think is around, it was like in the 70’s or 80’s AD. So this is around the time that Paul was ministering to these similar, you know, gentile people, gentile cities, but Pompeii, it’s preserved, you know, by all that volcanic ash. They’ve dug it out, you know, over the past, you know, century or two, and it is a very, very ungodly place. You know, if you think about back then, Paul living before he met Christ, as a very strict orthodox Pharisee, a Jew. He said, “I was a Jew of the Jew, a Pharisee of Pharisees, of the tribe of Benjamin.” You know, he said, “Concerning the law, I was perfect, blameless.” So the the culture of an Orthodox Jew versus the culture of a gentile, was radically different. You know, and Pompeii, you know, there’s just brothels everywhere, there’s you know, male genitalia carved out in the streets, pointing the way to the brothels. There’s, you know, the altar to Zeus where sacrifices are made. It’s just a completely ungodly culture. And you know, Paul’s culture as a orthodox Jew, keeping the law would’ve been radically different. But you know, God changed his heart into wanting to go to these places, go to places like Ephesus, go to Philippi, go to and minister to these gentile people about Jesus. It’s really incredible that he had a love for these people. Who you know culturally from what he was used to, from what he grew up in, was radically different.
And they fought him, you know, because they were worshiping the goddess of Diana, so on and so forth, these pagan gods. It was terrible. But it was the grace of God working in him that changed his life. You know, where, you know.
He was called by Jesus.
One thing people don’t realize sometimes, is it’s not just about goodness and moral goodness. The gospel is not about being morally good. I know when we receive the gospel, we want good morals, but at the same point in time, the gospel is about Jesus. Paul was a morally good man, but yet he was doing these terrible things, persecuting the church. But now he goes like you say to these heathens, and he’s preaching the gospel of Jesus. And he says, “It’s not by your works, but it’s by His grace that you’re saved.” And he knew that grace saved him, grace changed him. And I know they do some things around here in the community, they try to be morally good and change our school, so on and so forth. But there’s people who, for instance, are Mormons that are involved in that and you know what? They don’t believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. And if you don’t believe that Jesus is God, you’re in deep trouble concerning eternity. And you know, I had only-
Only Jesus can save you.
Only Jesus can save you. You cannot save-
Salvation and no other.
You’ve gotta believe on Jesus. There’s only one way to be saved and it’s not by your works. You know what? My grandmother grew up in a traditional church and she remembers at a young age, going to the altar and receiving Christ as her Savior. And her brother grew up in that same church and for his whole life thought he was good enough. He you know what? If you looked at that church in the 1940s, that church preached the same thing that we preach today. Go into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature. But that church is not like that today. That church accepts all kinds of ungodliness and things that are completely unscriptural. They basically teach that you need to be loving, moral, good people, but they do not teach Christ. And we must teach Christ, we must teach the fullness of the gospel of Christ. And anyway, my second cousin, my grandmother’s brother’s son, came to a meeting where I was preaching, and we were having a camp meeting, and the minister got up and said, “You need to preach.” I was about 16 years old, or maybe 18, probably 18 years old then. And his son came and he was married to my pastor’s wife who was a back-sliden Pentecostal. And they got born again that night. And as a result of that, my great uncle, my grandmother’s brother, eventually got born again. And he saw that he needed Christ even though he was raised in the church, and he was raised as a good person. There may be many of you watching me today, that you were raised in the church, but you’ve never been born again. You’ve never believed on Jesus. You know, years ago we were having an evangelistic meeting in our first church in Kit Carson, that we started, and there was a lady they brought from the nursing home, and she was up in her eighties and she just, she came and got born again when I gave the altar call. And she said, “Why didn’t they tell us all you need to do is believe on Jesus?” She said, “We spent our entire life in church.” And she said, “I am afraid that my husband is dead and he’s in hell because he didn’t believe Jesus.” It’s just the gospel. It’s just believing Jesus. And that’s how simple. Now I don’t know the condition of her husband, but if you are not born again, you need to know that you have believed on Jesus. That it’s not your works that saves you, but it’s the absolute grace of God, and you have believed on Jesus. We’re gonna be back after a short break. Friends, I’m Pastor Lawson Perdue, and I’ve been teaching “Destined to Win” from the book of Ephesians. This is one of the greatest teachings that I’ve ever done. I’ve had more requests for this teaching than almost any teaching we’ve done. I’ve got it in eight parts as I taught it in church, in CD form, also in a USB. And then I also have the teaching in 16 parts as we’ve taught it on television, with my son Dr. Aaron Perdue. And in this 16 part teaching, I am just thrilled with all the different things that was brought in. So you can get the eight part CDs or the USB that has all the video and audio, or you can get the 16 part as taught on television. Call us and let us know what you would like to have. We have a special offer today and we’re so blessed to have you check out our website, charischristiancenter.com. We have this and many other materials, and we have all of these things online for free. Blessings. Praise the Lord, friends, we are right here in Ephesians chapter three. And Paul’s been talking about, we have a new message, we have a new revelation. And the gospel is, we’re in a new dispensation. It’s a new time period, a new economy, that the way that we operate is different. But now he begins to talk about we have a new power and we have a new picture. Praise God. Now let’s look at this in verse eight through verse 13. Aaron, why don’t you read some of that beginning in verse eight?
Yeah, it says, “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles, the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Christ Jesus. To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus, our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence, through faith in Him. Therefore, I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”
Praise God. So he begins to talk about preaching among the heathen, the Gentiles, like you’re talking about this different culture, the unsearchable riches of Christ, and making known what is the fellowship of the mystery. How does it work Christ in you and you in Christ, as you walk this gospel out in the world? These things that have been hidden in God, created all things by Jesus. And then look at this in verse 10, he says, “To the intent”, and he says it a little bit different in the King James than where you’re reading, but he says, “To the intent that now under the principalities, and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church, the manifold wisdom of God.” In yours says that “The manifold wisdom of God by the church might be known to the principalities and powers.” Now, I wanna say something here really quickly. The position when we’re reading in Ephesians 1-3, is we are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. And when we read these word, principalities and powers, some people automatically think this is demons and devils. But I do not believe that. And I actually believe that it’s angelic rulers because this is talking about our position in Christ, seated in heavenly places. And so he says, “As we walk in our authority as believers, angelic rulers will make known”, praise God, you know, “the wisdom of God to principalities and powers.” So, angelic rulers get involved on our behalf. I don’t believe this is talking about devils and demons. Now, when it talks about principalities and powers in Ephesians 6:12, that is talking about devils and demons, but this, I believe is talking about angelic rulers. And you walk as authority as a believer and take your authority. You have angels on assignment.
Ministering spirits right?
Hebrews chapter one, I think it’s verse 14, says, “That the angels are sent to be ministering spirits to those who of us who are heirs of salvation.” The Bible says, “He gives His angels charge over us to keep us in all of our ways.” And so we have angels on assignment. We’re not here on our own. We’re not just doing our own thing. And when we begin to understand our authority, we take authority to walk in the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus. In verse 11 that fits with John 15:16, where Jesus said, “You have not chosen me, but I’ve chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit.” You know, and that “Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He’ll give to you.” So we use the name of Jesus, and authority in the name of Jesus, to walk in the purposes of God here on this earth. And then he says in verse 12, “In Christ, we have boldness and access, with confidence by the faith of Him.”
Yeah, I was just thinking about Paul, you know, growing up in Israel, you know, around the time of Christ, you know, he knew what the temple was. And Paul, even though he testified to having kept the law perfectly, he knew that he did not have access to the Holy of Holies. He was not the high priest. He, you know, Paul could never go into the innermost part of the temple even though he kept the law perfectly, according to his own words. He could never go into God’s presence, and certainly not boldly, and have been granted that access. But now he knows through Christ Jesus that wall of separation has been torn down. And now through Jesus, he has a bold access-
To His presence.
to His presence.
Yes, we can run to Jesus. You know, Hebrew says, “We come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain help in a time of need.”
And I love that he talks about the mystery being revealed. You know, if you think about being separated from God’s presence, being separated from that Holy of Holies, that’s such a mysterious thing that’s happening in God’s presence, right? ‘Cause only the high priest could go there once a year. So, it’s a very mysterious thing. But he’s now saying the mystery is now revealed. And the riches are now revealed and God’s presence is now accessible with a great boldness, through Christ Jesus.
To take your authority and walk in the victory Jesus won. That’s what he’s saying. Look at this in verse 13. “Wherefore, I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.” In other words, Paul said, “I face some trouble.” But if you read in, I believe it’s 2 Corinthians, chapter three, chapter four, it is where he talks about, “I’m facing this trouble, but it’s because I’m preaching the gospel.” Hallelujah. “I’m doing this for your sakes and so don’t faint at my tribulations, don’t faint when I face some trouble.” You know, if Paul would’ve just went along with the religious majority, he wouldn’t have been effective. But he man, he changed when he received Jesus, it changed his life and he just could not stop sharing that change everywhere that he went. And he didn’t matter what it cost in the natural, praise God. And he man, he changed people’s lives through the gospel. And you know what? When we go in the power of the gospel, it changes people’s lives. I’m so glad that you’ve tuned in today and taken time to be with us and we’re loving sharing this. We’re gonna be back tomorrow. We’re gonna be sharing the prayer in Ephesians chapter three. You do not want to miss tomorrow’s broadcast. Tell your friends about it. Also, you can get on demand. Go to our website, charischristiancenter.com, and get these on demand. Every week you can see all of our broadcasts. They’re up every week. Thank you so much for being with us, and God bless you, we appreciate you. Amen. And thanks to our partners who help us make this gospel known. If you need prayer, give us a call.
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