While looking online for music and sermons several years ago I stumbled across a [longer] version of this sermon on a church website. Unfortunately, neither a Google search nor the preacher who preached this sermon knows if any copy of the sermon exists now other than this 8:55 minute clip that was uploaded to youtube.
As a young adult it really moved me and convicted me about my prayer life and my walk with God. I pray it does the same for you. (Because it is just a clip I have added some notes to the bottom of the transcript).
Sin and the Devil is Laughing at You
When you’re given an opportunity by the presence of the Lord–when the Holy Spirit gives you an opportunity, and He begins to touch your life, and He begins to deal with you and point out areas in your life that you need to change and shares with you and touches you and causes you and brings you to a place of repentance, and you say, “Yes, Lord, I repent, I turn away from that God, and I turn towards you,” and you say those things to the Lord yet just to turn back and act the same way, you’ve treated that which is holy as common. You’ve profaned the holy. We’ve been touched, blessed, convicted, repented–all these things have taken place–we draw near to God–and I have an overwhelming sense in my presence–we draw near to the Lord only to go home and be the same person that we were before we came.
And then we come back into the presence of God as if it’s an average thing. Some will say, “Well, man, I’m okay! I mean, I’m living this way and nobody–nothing’s happened to me. God’s not striking me down and my life is fine.” Fool! You don’t poison a dog with a spoonful of poison. You take the biggest, fattest, juiciest piece of meat and you inject it with the poison. The dog comes. He smells the smell of blood–he smells that steak–and he devours it without even the notion that there was anything in there that would kill him. And he walks away satisfied, thinking he just had a great meal. Only to find out in several hours his life will be taken from him.
“Well, man, I’m living my life. I’m doing what I want, man, I don’t see any of that happen.” You’re just getting started on your steak. You don’t recognize the severity of the situation. You don’t recognize that Satan has reeled you in and that you’ve become ensnared in his trap. And the devil himself is laughing at you, my friend, he’s laughing at you all the way home. Because you think you’re partying and having a good time or you think you’re keeping your issue a secret. Or you think you’re just doing your thing and putting your Christian face on. And the devil is laughing at you. And he says, “Revival? Ha ha ha, they can’t even live right. How they gonna have revival?”
When you come down and you weep and welp and you repent and you say, “God forgive me. Cleanse me. Set me free, Jesus, please, pardon my sin.” Do you get back up and act the same way you did before you came down? If you had a snot attitude with your mom, do you go back home and have the same snot attitude? If you were a liar before, do you keep lying? If you were cheating on your schoolwork before, did you cheat again this week? Or did you plan to cheat? If God put his finger on that area of lust in your life, did you go back out and still try to act like you were the player? Young lady, did you go back out and still try to get the attention of the boys?
Can I tell you something? It’s profane. Can I tell you something? Listen to me. Repentance is not walking to an altar; it’s not crying; it’s not even asking for forgiveness. Repentance is none of that! Repentance is turning away from the thing you were doing before that was breaking the very heart of God.
If you’re a backbiter–if you like to talk about people–did you come down and repent and ask God to forgive you and get up and keep talking about people? The Bible says it one of the things God hates–sowing strife. Christian repentance–there’s a brokenness in your heart because you sinned against God–you’ve broken the heart of God. You’ve treated the things that are holy as if they were common. And you have a recognition that before God, you are undone. You are in danger of judgment. You recognize that your sin is what nailed Jesus to the cross. Nothing more, nothing less.
Not, “What about that guy?” It’s not about that guy; it’s about you! It’s about your actions! We don’t have time to be cold anymore! We don’t have time to be lazy anymore! You can’t fix your prayer life when you’re standing at the judgment seat! It will be too late! You can’t repent of your sin issue when you’re standing at the judgement seat. It’s too late! So many young people–you’re like an ostrich with your head in the ground. You act like it’s not there. You act like this sin issue is not a sin; it’s a problem. A challenge. “I’m working on that.” As if repentance was like building a house. It’s a change of heart. The problem with most of us is we’re just like the prodigal–we’ve got to be down eating pig slop before we realize that what we’ve done has totally ruined our life.
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This sermon was preached by Billy Humphrey of IHOP Atlanta. I am in no way affiliated with his church or to any organizations to which he belongs, nor do I agree with his doctrinal statement. However, I do feel like what he has preached here is good.
That said, because this is only a clip of his sermon, I would like to add a few notes. My pastor has often said that preachers should always offer mercy to people when they preach. So in this instance, the clip is not the complete sermon and so upon reading it, one might think “Wow, I’m a sinner and have no hope of ever being saved.” This is far from the truth. The Bible says if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God is a just God, and so it is very important that we preach repentance (Jesus did it, as did the disciples and the early church as recorded in the book of Acts). Equally important though, is that we preach that God died on the cross for us so we can be saved. He also promised us multiple times in the Bible that if we repent, He will forgive us.
Isaiah 1:18 – Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
II Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 3:19 – Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
II Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Proverbs 28:13 – He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.
It is also important to note that the Bible does say we need to repent to be saved:
Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Revelation 2:5 – Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Acts 17:30 – And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Luke 13:3 – I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Right now is a good time to make a minute to pray, asking God to forgive you, cleanse you, and to help you turn from any sin in your life. Also take a moment to recognize that God is merciful and is ready to forgive. We serve a great God.
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Here is the youtube video of the sermon clip. Some of the images the video creator put to the sermon may not be suitable for younger viewers. Sin and the Devil is Laughing at You