what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but
loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I
have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may
be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but
that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by
faith: That I may know him, and the
power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made
conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the
resurrection of the dead.
Let’s bow our heads
for a brief word of prayer.
Father thank you so much for the service
tonight and for the opportunity to preach. And, God, I thank you for those who
are willing to come to church on a Monday night to hear the Bible preached
because they love you, because they want to learn the Bible. And, Father, I just pray you would bless this
particular sermon and use it in a great way. Fill me with the Holy Spirit,
Father and in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Now, I would like to
read for you one more verse before I start preaching. This famous verse is Matthew five verse
eight. You don’t have to turn there, but from the beatitudes the Bible reads, “Blessed
are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
That’s the title of
my sermon tonight. What does it mean to
know God? What is it to see God? I don’t
believe that Jesus was talking about physically seeing God. The Bible says, “No
man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and
his love is perfected in us.”
He looked at Moses
in Hebrews chapter is described as enduring seeing him who is invisible, seeing
Paul talks about
here in Philippians three, if you look down at your Bible, he talks about the
driving force in his life. Did you ever wonder when you think about the apostle
Paul, what would motivate a man to go through some of the things that Paul went
through? I mean he was beaten with rods
three different times. Five different times he received 40 stripes save one. He
was shipwrecked. He was stoned. He was left for dead. He was in hunger and want
and all kinds of adversities. Why did he do it? Why did he keep going? What
kept him going?
Well, it is found
right here. The Bible say in verse
number eight, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” And then down in verse number 10 he says,
“That I may know him...”
See his goal...I
wonder what the goal of your life is. I
wonder what the goal of Christians is. I
wonder what the goal of most preachers is.
I have had many goals in my life.
I have a goal to see as many people saved as I can. That’s why I went to
to start a church knocking doors. Yes, that is how I started my church. Yes,
that is how I am going to continue to see God bless that church. Yes, door to
door soul winning is what works in 2007. Yes, preaching the gospel to every
creature. Not handing out a flyer. Not just inviting somebody to church, but
opening my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. Hey, that is
what I am talking about soul winning.
I have other goals in my life. I have a goal to see Faithful Word
grow to greater proportions. I have a goal to raise my family and my children
for God. I have a goal...I have many
goals. But I see the apostle Paul’s goal and I am sure he had all those same
type of goals. I know he did.
But he had another great goal that was the driving force all the time. He said,
“That I may know him.”
Now people talk a lot about knowing God.
They talk a lot about having a walk with God, having close fellowship
with God. The Bible talks a lot about this.
Jesus talked about seeing God, understanding God, knowing God.
Now, if you are
going to see God... flip over to...I just want to turn to two more places. Flip
over to the book of James to chapter four please. James chapter four and we are going to read
verse number eight. I want to ask you something. What are you willing to give
up to know God? Isn’t that why you are
hear tonight, because you want to know God?
Is it because you love God? Is it
because you want to know God and have fellowship with Jesus Christ? Isn’t that why you are hear tonight? Well, if you are going to know God, don’t you
think that it...Paul had to give up everything to know God. If Paul had to
count all things but dung he had to say, “Everything in my life is worthless,
all my education to me is worthless. All
my friends and my accolades that I have in achieved religion is worthless to me
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ my Lord,” he said, “That is what
is important to me.”
What are you willing to give up to know God?
What are you willing to give up to see God? Well, look down in your Bible at James
chapter four, verse number eight. The Bible reads, “Draw nigh to God, and he
will draw nigh to you.” What is that saying? It is saying about being close to God. The same thing we are talking about, being
near God, nigh to God. Now he says if we draw night to God, God will draw nigh
to us. If you take one step toward God, God takes another step toward you and
you are twice as close to God.
But don’t stop reading there. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to
you? But let’s keep reading. How are we
going to draw nigh to God? The Bible
says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for
they shall see God.” He said, “If you want to be near God you have
got to purify your heart. You have got to cleanse your hands.”
See, first you
cleanse your hands and then you purify your heart. You say the outside doesn’t
matter. Hey, your hands on the outside of your body. You have got to wash your
hands. You have got to be clean, morally, spiritually, physically and then you
have got to purify your heart and get close to God. And when you get close to
God, you are going to have a pure heart.
When you have a pure heart you are going to see God. And when you give
up the sin in your life you are going to know God. That is the truth of the
You can talk all
about getting close to God so many different ways. And I am going to tell you
how I get close to God. I get close to God by reading the Bible, the Word of
God. And I get close to God by being in a constant process. I haven’t attained,
as Paul says later in the chapter. He says, “I haven’t attained. I don’t reach
my goal. I don’t know God like I want to know him.” But he says, “That is the
direction I am going.” It is in the direction of getting to know God. And he
said, “In the process of getting to know God I have had to give some things up.”
You see, you can
only see...you can’t see God and see all that the world has to offer. You must
decide which one you are going to see.
Now, which one is more important to you?
Do you want to see your favorite TV show when you get home today? Or do you want to see God.
You are saying,
“Well, I can see both.”
Oh, I don’t know if
you can see both. Thinking about what is on television right now, I don’t know
if you can see both. But let me ask you something? Do you want to see that worldly DVD that you
are going to pop in when you get home or do you want to see God? Because you have got to decide which one you
want to see.
Now if you say,
“Well, I think the DVD is going to be more exciting.”
Hey, you must know
how exciting it is to see God. Do you
want to see that filthy magazine that you might open up, you might be tempted
to open? Or do you want to see God? Do you want to watch MTV, watch all the rock
music and see all that garbage? Or do
want to see God? What do you want to see
tonight? Why are you here tonight? Hey, do you want to see God tonight?
I was thinking about
it. Do you want to see Seinfeld? Is that what you want to see? Or do you want to see God? Hey, do you want to see Friends? Or do you want to
see God? Do you want to see American Idol tonight? Or do you want to see God tonight? Hey, do
you want to see Will and Grace or What
not to Wear? Hey, all the garbage
shows. I probably preached about shows that are off the air. Because thank God I’m in the process of
trying to see God. I don’t want to see the world and television. I want to see
You see, you are
going to have to choose what you want to see tonight. And the question of what
you want to see and what you want to know is a question of your heart. Is your
heart pure tonight? Is your heart right
Now, I was thinking
about this. My wife and I, years and years back, short on money and we did the
same mystery shop. If anyone knows what
mystery shopping is, put up your hands if you know. You know what I’m talking about? Hey, you know what? We did mystery shopping
for? McDonalds. Mystery shopping for
McDonalds. And we would go to mystery shopping...and if you don’t know what
that is, we would go to McDonalds. We would order the food and we would fill
out all the survey about how it was. And
sometimes we got...one time we got $60 to eat at McDonalds one time. Usually it was about six or 10 dollars that
But we would be in
the drive through at McDonalds. We would order our chicken sandwich combo meal
and we had a stopwatch. And we had to time everything. And did you know that
most of the time when we went to McDonalds and we timed it with a stopwatch we
were out of there—good night—in a minute and 53 seconds sometimes, a minute and
57 seconds. I remember a few times we were at a branch that was doing a
terrible job and it would be maybe three minutes and 47 seconds and we are
thinking good night. It has been three
minutes and 47 seconds and I don’t have my food. What in the world...
But if you think
about it, you know, three minutes and 47 seconds is pretty fast to get a
complete meal cooked.
tonight...is there a Blank Angus around here?
Is that a restaurant? What’s a
fancy restaurant? What’s a fancy
restaurant around here? The Outback. All right. You go to the Outback. Can you imagine sitting down at the Outback
tonight and you are served with your meal in three minutes and 47 seconds. Good night. I mean you would be
thrilled. That would be great. Hey, the things that are worth something in
life, they don’t come instantly ever, never.
Never is it that fast.
Now, what do you
want to eat tonight? Do you want to eat
McDonalds or do you want eat at the Outback?
Do you want to eat chicken Mcnuggets?
Huh? Do you want Christianity
Or do you want to know God like the Outback know God, like a t-bone
steak know God, hey, like filet mignon know God.
Well, I am going to tell you something, it is going to take time. It is going
to take faith because you can’t just say, “Well, you know what? Brother Anderson, I’m so inspired by this
sermon. I think I want to know God tonight.”
It is not going to
happen tonight. You are not going to see God tonight. You could start on the road to seeing God
tonight. But let me tell you something.
You say, “Well, I
want to go down the road of knowing the world. I want to know what all the
devil has to offer. I want to know what the world can give me.”
You know what? You
can have that immediately. You can have
that in three minutes and 47 seconds. All you got to do tonight...go home, get
out the phone book and call up, you know, Dish Network, call up, you know, Cox
Cable is what we have in Phoenix. I
don’t have it, thank God. But, you know,
hey, call them up and say, “Hook me up.
Hey I am at 2620 West
Greenway Road, Tempe, Arizona.
Would you activate my cable set?
Would you give me HBO? Would you
give me Showtime? Would you give me
Cinemax? I want to see filth. I want to see sin. I want to see what’s wrong.”
It will be
there. They probably won’t even have to
come out for a service call. The jack is probably already there. You probably just need to move a
bookshelf. You might need to move a
coffee table and you could put your television there. You could plug in and you
could watch all the filth imaginable.
But if you get out the King James Bible tonight and you sit down with it, it is
not going to happen that fast because it is not fast food. It is not have it your way. It is not Burger
King. Hey, it’s the Outback.
Now turn to one more
place tonight, Hebrews chapter 12 and verse number one, just one book backwards
from the book of James, the book of Hebrews.
Hebrews chapter 12, the Bible reads in verse number one: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin
which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is
set before us, Looking [watch these words] Looking unto Jesus.” We are talking about seeing God tonight.
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the throne of God. For consider
him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be
wearied and faint in your minds.
have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Now I was thinking
about that phrase before I get into what I want to show you from this. I was thinking about that phrase, “Striving
against sin.” Now what does it mean to strive? Well, striving means wrestling. It means
fighting. It means battling, right?
Isn’t that what it means? It is a fight, right?
Well, I was thinking about fighting against sin. There’s so many fights out
there aren’t there?
You say, “What are
you talking about? We’re in church and
you are talking about fighting?”
Hey, you must be in
the wrong church. You must have [?]
somewhere down the street. Hey, here’s
the Bible that we read around here says, “Fight the good fight. Fight the good fight of faith”
Hey, there is a
fight going on. There is a fight between the forces of evil in this world and
the forces of good in this world. There is a fight going on.
You know I
have...there’s so many things I am fighting for that I said, you know, I am
fighting to get people saved, fighting to keep my family straight, keep them
right, to raise my kids right.
You know, there is a
fight that we might not have to think about.
It is a fight against sin. My church has a goal in addition to all the
other goals I mentioned of fighting against sin. Hey, fighting the fight for
this country, the sin in this country.
You know, there is a
price that you have got to pay. If the Bible says we are supposed to look at
the sacrifice that Jesus made in his fight against sin, “Looking unto Jesus”
“Consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself.”
Hey, think about
what he went through fighting against sin.
You have never drawn blood and [?].
Have you ever been attacked in such a way that you drew blood because
you were fighting against sin? I haven’t. I’ll be honest with you. But the
Bible is saying here that Jesus Christ did shed his blood in the fight against
I thought of this
immediately when I read this and thought, for sure. I thought about 1 John 3:5. The Bible says, “And ye know that he was
manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” So the purpose for Jesus Christ dying on the
cross was to take away our sin. Hey, that’s what salvation is, by the way.
The Bible says in
Matthew chapter one, “His name shall be called Jesus for he shall save his
people from their sins.” What is that talking about? It is talking
about not only are we saved from the penalty of our sin in hell, but we are
saved from our sins, like our sins have been removed as far as the east is from
the west. And we never have to answer to God for our sins because they are paid
for by Jesus Christ on the cross, Hallelujah.
He goes...that is
not the only reason that Jesus died on the cross. That’s the big reason. But if you read that same chapter in 1 John
chapter three and verse eight the Bible says, “For this purpose the Son of God
was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
See, I was just
striving against sin. He said, “I want
to destroy what the devil is doing in the world. I want to fight against the
sin that runs rampant in the world. Hey, he gave himself for us that he might
redeem us from all iniquity to purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of
And so there is a
price that we need to pay as Jesus paid, yes, to win people to Christ. Number one. Amen, praise the Lord. There is a price to be paid if you are going
to start a church or pastor a church or build a church. There is a price to be
paid to help people and to help people that are in need. But I am going to tell you something. There
is a price you have got to be willing to pay to fight sin, to strive against
sin, to fight tooth and nail against sin in your life, not just the pastor,
you. Fight the sin that is taking over
Hey, don’t let sin
take over America. Hey, don’t let sin take over the state of New Mexico here. Hey,
don’t let sin take over in your family or in your life the fight against sin.
You know, the queers
have taken over this country. Did you
know that? Hey, did you know that the
queers are taking over this country on Saturday in Phoenix where I live, a few miles from where
I live. The gay pride parade. Gay pride.
Actually, do you
know what they call it? They don’t call
it gay pride. They call it Phoenix
pride. Thank you for using Phoenix
as a synonym for being a filthy pervert.
Pride 2007. And do you know what? I
drove by that because I was on my way to work on Saturday and do you know what
I saw? Do you want to know what I saw?
Thousands upon thousands of people.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. I saw
thousands of them, thousands and thousands like a great mighty army.
They are fighting.
They are fighting to take America.
Why don’t we fight
for a while? Are you ready to fight?
Do you know the
abortion holocaust in America
marches forward at 3000 to 400 per day?
And like a mighty army of machine gun soldiers marching down the street.
You say, “That is
not the way it is. It is in a doctor’s
Hey, I am going to
tell you something. That is the way I see it. Hey, I think that is the way that
God sees it. I think God sees an army of nurses, an army of doctors, an army of
blood thirsty murders of human life. Hey, I am going to tell you something. Are
you willing to stand up and say, “No more.
It is enough. Stop. You have gone too far. You can’t do that. No.”
I am. Are you going to join me? Are you going to join Jesus Christ in the
fight against sin. But let’s...let’s
look back at the chapter [?] fighting against sin in verse number four both in
the world and in our personal lives.
Verse number five
ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My
son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art
rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth
he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure
chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons.
We are in Hebrews
what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are
ye bastards, and not sons.
What is he talking
about? God disciplining us for the sin
in our life. God chastening us for the
sins that we commit. Now what is the
purpose? The Bible says:
we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them
reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of
spirits, and live? For they verily for a
few days chastened us after their own pleasure.
But what is God’s
motivation for chastening us? “But he
for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.”
So what’s the goal
of God disciplining you? It is to bring
about personal holiness in your life. It
is to purify your life. It is to get the sin out of your life. That is why God
Now, the Bible
reads, “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous,”
verse number 11:
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of
righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down,
and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is
lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Now watch this verse
in verse 14. “Follow peace with all men,
and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” That is what we are talking about, seeing
So in verse number
three...actually verse number two we started out looking unto Jesus. I mean we are looking in the direction of
him. Maybe we can’t see him so clearly. But off in the distance we are looking
in the direction of Jesus Christ on the cross.
We are looking unto Jesus. We are
looking in the direction of Jesus. Then
in verse number four we begin to fight against sin in verse number four. And
then in verse number five through 13 God is going through a chastening process
with us where he is disciplining us for our sins, where he is trying to bring
us into a higher level of holiness, where he is trying to clean up our lives
and discipline us so that we can be more righteous and holy before God.
And then all the way
down in verse number 14 he says, “That is where you are going to see the
You are not going to
see the Lord back in verse number three when you just say, “Oh, I think I am
going to look over at Jesus.”
Hey, why don’t you
start striving against sin? Hey, you got to endure chastening. You have got to
go through God’s discipline. And when you get all the way down to verse number
14 you are going to see God when you are pure in heart, when you have cleansed
your hands, when you have purified your heart.
Now this is the
truth tonight. This is the true road to knowing God. It is not that little devotional
book that they will hand out to you and tell you, “Read this every morning.
This is your walk with God.” That’s not how you walk with God.
Hey, you walk with
God when you clean up your life. Hey, your walk with God is when you obey God.
I was thinking about
a...I was thinking about my favorite character of the New Testament which is
the apostle John. I was thinking about
how John was not only one of the 12 disciples—talk about a man who knew God,
talk about a man who knew Jesus Christ. He said, “Our hands have handled him,”
in 1 John chapter one.
And so here is the
apostle John. Not only one of the 12 disciples, but he was also one of the
choice, you know, Peter, James and John who got to go certain places with Jesus
that some of the other disciples didn’t go. Only three disciples were at the
Mount of Transfiguration, Matthew chapter 17.
That was Peter, James and John. And if you remember at the Last Supper
when the 12 apostles were sitting around the table, who was the one that sat
right next to Jesus? That was the
apostle John, known as the disciple whom Jesus loved sitting right next to
him. He actually leaned on the breast of
Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. He was that close to him. I mean he was leaned
up against him physically. He was physically touching his body at the Last
Hey, here is a man
who knows what it means to have fellowship with God. Here is a man who knows
what it meant to be nigh to God. Here is a man who knew what it meant to have a
And I was thinking
about what he said in 1 John chapter one where he said:
these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God
is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we
lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another
Us and Jesus Christ
is what he is saying. “We have
fellowship one with another.” Hey, can you say that tonight? Can you say, “I have fellowship with Jesus
Christ”? He said:
have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make
him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Chapter two. Listen
little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man
sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is
the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of
the whole world.
Verse three. “And
hereby we do know that we know him...”
John said, “This is how I know that I know God.” He said, “And hereby we do know that we know
him, if we keep his commandments.”
That is how you know if you know God or not.
You want...? Do a self test right now. Do I know God? Do I keep God’s commandments? Same answer. Same answer. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if
we keep his commandments.” Hey, that is how you are going to know God
tonight, by keeping the commandments of God.
I thought about what
David said in Psalm 16. He said, “I have
set the Lord always at my right hand so that I will not be moved.”
You know, I
don’t...a person...I don’t know about you.
I don’t want to be like these people that change all the time. You know,
they change the Bible. They change over from the King James Bible to one of
these fly by night modern Bibles that just came out last week. Hey, they change the kind of music that they
used to condone and have in their church. Hey, they changed.
I am talking about
people who changed the way that they dress. They used to dress modestly. They use to dress like a godly decent
Christian. Now they dress like the world.
And I am talking about people who change their doctrine. They change
what they believe.
Hey, “Meddle not with
them that are given to change.” Hey I don’t want to be like people...I don’t
want to be like churches that are constantly changing. Jesus Christ said, “Jesus Christ the same
yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
He said, “I am the LORD, I change not.” Hey, I don’t want to be like people who
change. I don’t want to be like churches who change. I don’t want to be like the Christians who
have known change.
Hey, how are you
going to keep from changing? How are you
going to still be in church 10 years from now, 20 years from now? How are you still going to believe the things
that you believe right now 10 years from now, 20 years from now? I’ll tell you how. You have got to set the
Lord always at your right hand just like David said in Psalm 16.
You say, “What was
brother Anderson’s sermon about?”
Was it about
fighting sin? That’s not it at all. You
are missing the point. It is about being close to God. It is about having fellowship with God. It is about waking up on Monday morning and
having Jesus Christ right there with you at your right hand where he can reach
out and touch you. Hey, try to have
Jesus Christ with you on Tuesday. It’s
about having Jesus Christ with you when you wake up on Wednesday and, again,
when you go to bed at night on Wednesday.
Hey, Jesus Christ is always at your right hand. “I have set the Lord
always at my right hand that I might not be moved.” He said, “I don’t want to be moved. I am going to keep Jesus where I can always...no
mater how dark it gets, no matter how hazy it gets with right and wrong and
what people believe. Hey, I can always
reach out and touch Jesus Christ. And I don’t get that far away from him.” He
said, “I want to have fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus
Christ. Hey, I want to keep him always
at might right hand so I can just always reach out and say, ‘Well, I know Jesus
didn’t move and if I can just reach out and touch Jesus right now, hey, I know
that I haven’t moved because I am in the same place. Because I know he is in the same place.’”
Hey, set the Lord
always at your right hand that you will not be moved. Hey, draw nigh to God and he will draw night
to you. Hey, cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and
purify your hearts, ye double minded. Hey, blessed are the pure in heart. Blessed are the pure in heart. Blessed are pure in heart for they shall see