EXPERIENCING THE EXPERIMENT

Webster says, “An experiment is a test made to demonstrate a known truth, to examine the validity of a hypothesis or to determine the efficacy of something previously untried.  In other words an experiment is to take an idea and develop it to get predetermined results.  We will talk about types of “Experiments” today.

Ever sense God said, “Gen. 1: 26.  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” man turned that thing around and has capitalized on making man after his own image; and herein lies the world “Experiencing the Experiment” of man in every aspect of life.

This might be a little confusing if you think of yourselves being used like a little quinine pig in an experiment.  But, let me be quick to clarify that you are not a quinine pig but a person; you are not a chute little pig, but a giant in the land under the watchful eyes of God; and I hope you will keep that thought in mind as I preach to you about the greatest experience of all. 

Unfortunately, the greatest experience of all has been diluted.  What was intended by God to be the highest form is called “Spiritual” was diverted to the lowest form called “Material”.  We church folk call this secular or secularism.  Amen.

Let’s now look at a few types of “Experiments” made by man.  I would like to start in the 1600 century.  You will note that our fore fathers of the Christian faith were suppressed by a tyrant system in England; therefore they set sail to discover a land where they could “Experience Freedom” and worship the God of Heaven without fear of compromise, death or imprisonment.  These folk were known as the Puritans.  Upon the finding land in the new continent they discovered it already inhabited by the Indians, who were “Experiencing” and expressing a different forms of worship from the “Puritan”.  Therefore, the Puritans being skilled in weaponry and advanced in knowledge began the “Experiment”.  Are you still following me?  I hope so, because we are going somewhere and I don’t want to get there and discover I have left you behind.  Amen.  I may not have time go back to pick you up.  Amen.  So stay with me now.

 The “Spiritual Experience” that was enjoyed by both the Puritans and the American Indians was turned into a “Highly Material Experiment.”

I know some folk may want to challenge my point by saying, “the Puritans were simply evangelizing, and therefore carried out the great commission of our Lord.”  And my response to you would be “True that”, but look at the omission and ask yourself who “profited” the most.  And oh, by the way the effects are still being felt on Indian reservation across the west and southwest United States. 

This is simply a brief overview of where we are today.  I do agree the Puritans did their job in spreading the Gospel into the new world, but omitted to do justly. 

Let us ever forget what the American Indians have taught us; it is a valuable lesson if we would only listen.  We currently are facing a threat of the green house effect; and are being challenged by global warming because of not living harmoniously with our environment as did the Indians.  Amen.

We dig deep into the earth and scoop up or pump up rich resources that we might in turn hold the world hostage, because of these discoveries the finder is entitled to capital.   This is “Capitalism” at it best.  

Can you imagine that all of this started because God said, “Gen 1: 26.  And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” 

I stop by here to stand flat footed on this platform to tell you this is not like His image or His likeness and never can be.  God is not greedy for filthy lucre nor will He ever be.  It is not capital God is wants us to seek, but it is Christ He wants us to find.  So dig deep within my friends, and get you a heaping scoop of Christ’s anointing in this New Year!   Somebody say amen I’m gonna get mine.

How many of you know that “GOD HAS A PLAN AGAINST MAN’S PLOTS”.  AMEN.

Man’s “Material Experimental Plot” has crept into the Church.  Many ministries are reaching out to government for its sustenance and are grabbing faith based dollars instead of relying on God’s unlimited supply.  So we have some Christians now praying to the government and not God for their helping hand programs.  And once the faith base dollars are received they are sidelined because of the government’s guidelines.  Any thought of direct spiritual impact to be done will result in falling out of favor with man, which means monies will be jeopardized. 

How many of you know that the separation between Church and State is alive and well?  Amen.  Listen, God met every need of the 1st century Church and He is more than able to meet the needs of the 21st century Church of today. 

Let God’s people say amen!

Man’s “Highly Material” plots, also, includes the “Experiment” of the penal institutions known today as the industrial complex, which are used for warehousing prisoners and extract free labor, (another form of systemic slavery) but God sees the plot and has sent the word of Jesus Christ and His Gospel inside of  prisons across America.  God is setting the captives free from a life of crime to Christ.  Amen.

But there is one “Experiment” by man worth talking about that was frame for the right reason to get the right results and that was the “New Deal” of President FDR  after the great depression for all citizens of America the “Social Security Act of 1933”.  This experiment has being experienced by countless millions for the last 76 years.  This is God’s plan to provide provisions to the least, last and the lost without reference to religious, culture, gender.  Amen. 

And finally, one of the worst travesties of Man’s “Highly Material” plot must include the enslaving of a nation of black people for servitude and inhuman treatment from 1515 to 1863 the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln.

That was 348 year of “EXPERIENCING THE EXPERIMENT” of man.  But God; somebody ought to say but “GOD HAS A PLAN AGAINST MAN’S PLOTS”. 

On January 20, 2009 – 498 years later; On January 20, 2009 – 5, 976 months later; On January 20, 2009 – 180, 310 day later;  my friends, and my black brothers and sisters of the faith “GOD HAS A PLAN AGAINST MAN’S PLOTS”.  The voices of untold number that are to great to be counted that die believing God would avenge their plight.  On January 20, 2009 America will see God spoil a plot as President Barack O’Bama will be sworn to the highest office in America, which is the mightiest country in the world. 

A Scepter of God and the Seal of America will be handed to Pres. Barack O’ Bama.  

Praise God Saints that you are able to “Experience” and witness our God in action.

The Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. was right when he said that the moral arch of the universe is long but it bends toward justice and truth that is crushed to earth shall rise again.  Yes, my brother and sisters the bible is right Psalms 1: 1.  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.   2.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.   3.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

God has a Plan against man’s plots as we have seen, because God knew that man’s plans are void and without form; therefore God moved and a “New Spiritual Experience” began.

So let me invite you today to follow Jesus Christ and enjoy the Christian Experience.  How many of you know that being a Christian is an “Experience”. 

Let me concluded with this example of the “Experience” God offers to each of you.

Luke 10: Luke 10

 1.  After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

 2.  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.   3.  Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.   4.  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.   5.  And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.

 6.  And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.   * 9.  And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.  17.  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.   18.  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.   19.  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.   20.  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.   21.  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

My brothers and sisters you will foil the plot of the plotters and spoil the plan of spoilers, undo the traps of the trappers and solve your problems and the problems of others, as well.  You can “Experience a powerful Spirit filled life.”

Jesus said in John 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.   13.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.   14.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.   15.  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

So my dear friends, it is time for you to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, (sick and tired of the experiments) and I will give you rest.   29.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   30.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28

Roman 10: 9.  9.  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.   10.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.   11.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.   12.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.   13.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

Preached by:  Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr.

I.C.U. Ministries, Inc.

January 11, 2009