Deception of the Saying: "No One's Perfect"
We’ll praise Jesus today everyone. I wanted to speak about this saying that people talk about when they say "No one's perfect, I'm not perfect, none of us are perfect." What are they actually saying? What I have noticed when we say this is it's either a deflection, trying to get people not to look at our flaws, or we're trying to just make excuses. What people are really saying is, I have made my fair share of mistakes, and I don't really want to change and I don't need you pointing out my mistakes. Think about your own mistakes.
When I was in the world, but trying to be a Christian, when I was messing up in the world and then people would point out that I was in sin, I would also immediately come back with, “Well, all of us are sinners, all of us make mistakes, you know I make mistakes, you make mistakes.” What I was really doing is just trying to get people off of my back, not to point out that I was doing things that were wrong. But if I were able to man up to my sin, I would have realized I need to repent of that, I need to change. And instead of actually wanting to change, a lot of men just want to deflect, they want to point out other people's sins. They want everyone to be a sinner, so that then it looks like an even playing field. All of us are evil, all of us are sinners, don't worry about it, it doesn't matter if you mess up.
The truth can be found in Matthew chapter 5 verse 48, where Jesus says, be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. That is a horrible verse for sinners who don't repent, because it directly addresses their sin. Jesus calls people to actually repent, He calls all of us to action. And if we keep on trying to deflect blame, just saying all of us are sinners, it's okay, all of us mess up, we're after all humans, after all we're men, then we're not taking the words of Jesus seriously. What each of us have to do is, when we are in sin, we need to confess our sins, we need to repent, we need to ask for forgiveness for the things that we've done that are wrong, and then we need to move on with our relationship with Jesus. If we can't do this, then we are like the rest of the world, and we don't believe the words of Jesus.
Jesus said, be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. How do we do that? Because it is true, none of us are perfect, but we do have to be perfect for the Lord. None of us are good, but we do have to do good for the Lord every day. The way that you can do this is by receiving the Holy Spirit, and every day surrendering to the Holy Spirit. You have to feed the spiritual man, and not feed the flesh. That is why Jesus calls us to be a new creation, to daily deny ourselves, take up our cross, and to follow Him.
A lot of people do not want to daily take up their cross. They want to daily gratify the desires of the flesh. And so when they wake up in the morning, they're immediately thinking, "Me, me, me, what can I do to serve me? How can I live for myself?" And because they're only thinking about self-preservation, they're only thinking about what will please themselves. Their flesh arises, and with the flesh comes greed, envy, jealousy, hatred, lust, all of the things that are in you that are evil. And when you feed the evil that is in you, you become more and more given to that evil. And eventually, evil and sin leads to death. Death spiritually, and then death physically.
So if we want to overcome, we have to put on the truth of Jesus Christ. We have to be born again. We have to receive His Holy Spirit. And we have to have that prayer language where we're speaking in our new tongues. Speaking in new tongues doesn't mean that you're just speaking in an unknown language, and you don't know what you're speaking of. But you have to pray and say, “Lord, please change my mind, change my heart, and let me be connected to you as the vine so that I can be fruitful and that I can be praying all the time.” If we are really praying in tongues, then we are praying all the time. You can pray all day long. You pray from the moment you wake up. You pray throughout your day. You can pray while you're doing math or science in school. You can pray while you fall asleep, and while you're sleeping, you're still praying. And when evil comes against you, you're still rebuking demons. You're rebuking evil spirits because you are in the Spirit, and your spiritual man is alive. You're connected to the vine of Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit is in communication with you. This is where you need to be as a spiritual man or a spiritual woman.
You cannot overcome the flesh if you're always saying, “me, me, me. I can live how I want. I can have religion on the side. I can go to church on Saturday and Sunday, and I can live how I want.” You have to fully surrender to the words of Jesus, and you have to live for the Lord with all your heart, soul, might, and strength. And when you're living for the Lord, then He gives you more revelation of Himself, and He teaches you His voice. He shows you how to pray, as we know from the Scriptures, He gives us this ability to pray with groans too deep even for our own understanding. We don't know how to pray perfectly ourselves. But when we receive the Holy Spirit into our life, then the Holy Spirit intercedes for our spirit, so that when we speak, we speak mysteries unto God.
And when we speak with this language that the Holy Spirit gives us, then we are able to overcome the lusts of the flesh. We're able to overcome the demons and the evil. We're able to overcome our own sin problem. And when we do that, no longer will we be making excuses, saying "We're all sinners, all of us are evil, all of us serve the devil a little bit and God a little bit." No. When you receive the Holy Spirit, and you become dedicated to the Lord, then you just continually pray, you continually rebuke the devil that comes against you, you rebuke evil thoughts, you take every single thought captive in the name of Jesus.
And you need to receive the Holy Spirit if you want to be born again. You cannot be born of water and the Spirit just with your carnal mind and your carnal flesh. You can't enter into the new covenant just with your physicality. You have to be born again, as Jesus said. He said this to Nicodemus. Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus meant, and he said, “Do I have to go back into my own mother?” But Jesus says that we have to be born of water and the Spirit. In order to do this, we have to pray in humility and say, “Lord, I can't do this on my own. I can't reach heaven on my own. I know all of the deeds I've tried to do have amounted to nothing. So please, Lord, please show me the right way. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Purify me from my unrighteousness. Wash me in your blood. And let me be ready to do your work. Raise me so that I can speak with my new tongue, that I may be edified and that I may edify others in the Lord. And let me be able to overcome all sin and all temptation in your name.”
And the Holy Spirit will enter you. He will fill you. And there will be no room in your mind for evil. There will be no room in your heart for evil or lust. All the things that were once in you from the world, from your worldly, fleshly self, will be pushed out. That is the process of purification. And as you're being purified, you'll be purged, purged of old thoughts, old habits, old sins, the old adulterous heart. You'll be cleansed, and Jesus' blood will wash over you and cleanse you and purge you and purify you. This is the process of you putting on your white garments and preparing for the day of the Lord, preparing to meet Jesus, preparing for the wedding supper of the Lamb.
Jesus is coming, and most of the church is not ready. Most of the church is still stuck in dead religion. People have been purifying themselves. They've been coming to the Lord. Jesus has been washing them clean. There are still many people who are stuck in religion. They're stuck listening to lying pastors. They're stuck in deceptive Bible study. They glorify the Bible, but they're ever learning but never coming to the truth of Jesus. They're not putting on their white robes.
So if we want to overcome, we need to stop making excuses. We can't keep on saying, all of us are sinners. All of us have fallen short of God's glory. We need to start truly repenting, putting on sackcloth and ashes, mourning over sin and over evil, shutting out everything that is demonic and evil, not celebrating evil anymore, praying against evil, praying that God will smite the evil one. Take everything that is demonic to hell in Jesus' name. We need to cry out with a loud voice against the satanic empire, praying against the principalities of evil. And when God sees our heart and we're open and exposed to Him, praying that He purifies us, cleansing us, then He will cleanse you. Jesus knows if you are serious, that if you really want His cleansing and His purification, or if you're just full of pride, trying to look like a good Christian on the outside.
Sadly, many Christians are very boastful. They want to be seen as a dignitary. They want to be seen as kings and queens. They want to be seen as the chief of pastors. They want to be seen as the father or leaders of their flock. But they don't put Jesus first. They don't lead by example. They don't lead in humility. They're self-righteous, full of themselves, full of pride and arrogance. Even though they say they follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they act like the Pharisees and Sadducees and all of the religious rulers who put Jesus to death. We cannot be partakers of the Pharisees and those who just go over the Bible, quoting the law like all of the Pharisees and like how Saul did before he had his conversion.
Are we really the children of God? Are we overcoming in Jesus' name? Or are we making excuses? Jesus wants to bless you. He wants to cover over your sins. He wants to purify you and purge you of unrighteousness. And Jesus Christ is also quick to forgive. He's quick to cleanse us. He's not going around just nitpicking, trying to find all your sins to cast you into hell. There are some preachers that go around acting as though God will condemn you for every little problem, every little sin. And that's just not true. Jesus is not looking to nitpick people, but He does want people to come out of darkness and out of loving the darkness into loving the light. We know from John chapter 3 that the condemnation is that men loved darkness. And they loved darkness more than the light because their deeds were evil and people did not want their deeds, their evil deeds to be exposed. Many men love sensation. They love sexual perversion. They love just being entertained. They love movies. They love music. They love their eyes being entertained and their ears being entertained. But they don't do anything that is productive because they're not connected to the vine. They are a branch disconnected from the vine and they're just trying to look good because they want people and a following, following them. But if we want life, we need to be connected to Jesus because apart from Jesus Christ, we can do nothing.
So are we just trying to look good to people and when people notice that we're in sin, are we trying to deflect it? Are we trying to say, “well, we're all sinners. All of us have fallen short. All of us do bad.” Are we just trying to deflect that and get the attention off of us? Or are we ready to evaluate our own life so that then we can repent of sins and truly come into the light, loving the light, loving the truth, loving justice, loving mercy, loving the words of Jesus so that we can be completely pure, holy and righteous?
I want to pray for the true church, for those of you that want to be in God's grace and in His light, that you may hear His voice and that you may walk upright and pure. “So Lord Jesus, I pray for those who are coming out of the world. I pray that they may touch nothing that's unclean, that they may be unstained from worldliness, unstained from the evil that is in this world. I pray that you will unshackle them from the deceptions of Satan and the witchcraft that goes across this world in our cities and in our towns. I pray that our prayers may be heard before you, Lord Jesus, and that you may destroy the works of Satan in this town, in this city and in this country, that people may be set free from the bondage of sin, from deception and lies. They may truly come to You, that they may be washed clean and partake in Your new covenant, that they may eat Your flesh, Lord, and drink Your blood and truly be made new. In Your name I pray, Lord Jesus. Amen. “