Twice in these New Testament scriptures we’re told to “Be not weary in well-doing.” Well-doing doesn’t weary the believer. Notice he didn’t say “get weary with well-doing”—He said not to be weary “in” well-doing. Well-doing will not weary the believer.
It is not well-doing that causes us to become weary. It’s getting our eyes off what well-doing means which causes us to grow weary. God’s work will never weary a believer.
Getting our eyes off God’s work, while continuing to do God’s work, will cause us to grow weary.
If Paul told the church in Galatia, not to get weary in well-doing, then I wanted to know what was making them weary. I don’t want to grow weary in well-doing, because weariness has never been the will of God for His church. God isn’t coming back after a weary church. He’s not coming back after a weary youth group. He’s not coming back after a weary organization. We’re not going to “hold the fort” until Jesus comes. We’re going to storm the gates of Hell until Jesus comes! We’re not going to be a weary people.
I wanted to find out what caused the Galatian church to have to be warned about becoming weary. The word “troubled” is introduced to us in Galatians 1:6-7.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
Later, in Galatians 5:12, Paul uses the word “troubled” again, saying:
“I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”
Again, in Galatians 6:17, Paul says:
“From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”
The problem with the Galatian church was there were those that wanted the church to go back from what the Apostolic, Day of Pentecost church brought them out of. They said, “We need to go back under the law.” They didn’t say, “the baptism is no good, and the Spirit baptism is no good. We can keep that. But let’s go back to what God brought us out of.”
Can I tell you, we don’t have time for those to hinder us. Paul said, “Ye did run well. But who did hinder you?” We must have heaven and a goal on our mind. We must have holiness, living right, and witnessing on our mind. We must have World Missions, Missions America, and the Apostolic Crusaders…we’ve got to have all these things on our mind. We don’t have time for those who want to say, “We need to go back.”
The Galatian church was being wearied—people always talking about wanting to go back will weary you after awhile. As a matter of fact, if you listen to folks long enough, they’ll convince you to turn back. That’s why you need to unfriend or do whatever you have do to get rid of the people saying, “You need to come on over here to Freedomville. You need to come over here to where we’re at.” You need to turn them off and tune them out.
Brothers and sisters, the One God message is still the right message. Let’s keep our eyes on it. “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.” That’s still the right message! The message of “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” is still the right message!
The Galatians were growing weary because they had a group of people that wanted to turn back. What would cause them to be told not to grow weary in well-doing? So I studied the church at Thessalonica. The lie that was circulated at that time was that Jesus had already come and the rapture had happened. Why live for God? We missed it! Without a belief in the second coming of Jesus Christ, they had no hope for tomorrow. This would be a pretty miserable place if they didn’t really believe that Jesus Christ was coming back some day.
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,” (2 Thessalonians 1:7).
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).
These people leaving—and they’re nowhere near the majority—want to sound the loud trumpet that everyone is leaving. But that just tells me that Jesus is coming! When we see churches walking away from God and the truth; taking the name “Apostolic” off their church signs; being ashamed to be associated with Jesus’ name people—it ought to cause us to look up because our redemption is drawing nigh!
The spin masters have done a good job of convincing people that if a man has a conviction, he’s mean-spirited. If a man says things you don’t like, he’s insensitive. But when a man is passionate about what he believes, he says it with a red face. He says it with a burning desire in his heart. If preaching about the rapture doesn’t stir you, you’re not ready for it. If you’re stifling a yawn right now or sending some texts, you’re not ready for the rapture of Jesus Christ.
If you didn’t get moved last night [during the World Missions service of General Ministry Conference], pray tell, when are you going to get moved? If you can stand and look around and talk while the Holy Ghost is bathing this auditorium and people are laid out in the Spirit, and you’re just looking around—when, in the name of God, are you going to get stirred up?
If not now, when? If not here, where?
I understand we have men and women in our church that get up at 4 and 5 in the morning to go to work. But I also understand this: I’m not going to let people at our church that don’t want to pray during altar service, and are waiting for prayer to get over for fellowship, hinder me from letting the church pray. Because God can do more with a remnant that wants to pray, than a majority that wants to play. We need to stop being moved by folks that don’t want to pray. If they don’t want to pray, they’ve got some issues.
You see, the Galatians were troubled to go back. The Thessalonians were troubled that there was no future. If you ever get in that shape, you would get weary. Why would you ever want to teach or be faithful to the choir? Why would you ever want to serve, if you were always thinking “I want to go back,” or “there really is no future?”
But I want to sound the trumpet. We shall not grow weary in well-doing because in due season we’re going to reap! The Bible only names two seasons—Summer and Winter. And you’re either in Summer, or you’re in Winter. When you’re in the Summer, you don’t sell your Winter coat. And when you’re in the Winter you don’t sell your sunglasses. Because you know there’s another season coming. So instead of listening to people who want you to go back, or people that say you have no future, why don’t you just realize there’s another season coming! It might be cold, but Summer’s on the way! It may be hot, but Winter’s on the way!
This message was birthed in my heart one Sunday afternoon while driving from our Sevierville campus back to Maryville. No one had been baptized or received the Holy Ghost at either campus that day. Knowing and feeling the burden for the final service at the Maryville campus, a fleshly thought came to my mind. “When will my good be good enough?” I mean, because sometime or another, our well-doing, our doing good, we ought to stand back and say, “I did good today.” If God can stand back and say, “It’s good;” I think we ought to finish some acts of worship and say, “I did good.”
I remember driving and thinking, “When will my good ever be good enough?” As soon as I thought those words I felt God speak these words into my spirit. He said, “My son, you have been using the wrong standard for measuring. You’ve been using numbers, events, and the response from the people as your standard of measurement to indicate your good. And you haven’t used Me as a measure.” To which I responded, “Wait a minute, God. Numbers are not important? Water baptisms are not important? Holy Ghost baptisms, tongues and interpretation, and the response are not important?” And God responded, “You bring your offering before the people, but you need to bring Me your service before it goes to the people.”
People, response, and events are poor indicators of how well I’ve done. This is not a stage, it’s a platform on an altar. We are not performing to the crowd, we are performing before God. He said, “If you keep your eyes on the number, you’re going to get weary. And if you keep your eyes on the people and on the events you’re going to get weary. Just keep your eyes on me.”
I’ve been using the wrong measurement. It’s not the people, or the events, or the response that should validate my goodness to God. It should be that I go before God.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).
I submit to you that when we perform before the crowd, we’re performers. But when we sing unto God, we’re worshipers. I submit that when we dress to please people, we become Pharisaical; but when we dress to please God, we become holy. Get your eyes off the crowd! Get your eyes on God!
You see the phrase hundreds of times in the Bible, “unto the Lord.”
“Praise unto the Lord.” It didn’t say “praise for the taste of the people.” I’ve got news for you, when you have a particular style you like or don’t like, that’s okay; but when it affects you so that you can’t worship? That’s not okay. It’s alright to like a certain style. Music and styles were never meant to fit us; they were meant to fit God. So whether it’s a banjo or an electric guitar, play it unto the Lord.
“Holiness unto the Lord. Praise unto the Lord. Service unto the Lord.”
“And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart” (2 Samuel 6:16).
She despised him…which him? David, or the Lord? Both! She despised David, but she also despised God. You can’t despise worship given unto God and love God at the same time. Let me tell you, you should never make fun of how someone worships. I still believe in aisle running, leaping, and in giving God praise. If it’s unto the Lord, get with it and do it! If you want to spin, spin! If you want to dance, dance!
Some may say, “I just don’t know about that.” You haven’t been listening to the message. It’s not about how you see it. It’s about how God sees it. It’s unto the Lord!
Bishop McCool tells the story of preaching for Brother Holmes many years ago. And somehow there was a pole there, and they were quite lively in their worship—and I’ve got news for you, I’ve been to their church and they’re still quite lively in their worship. He said that, evidently, some man got excited about Jesus and wanted to shimmy up that pole. But he got up a little bit, and fell back. Got up a little bit, and fell back. About that time, Brother Holmes came in, and they all thought he was about to tell him, “you’re out of order.” But Brother Holmes said, “Do it again! Do it again! Try it again!”
If it’s unto the Lord, spin! If it’s unto the Lord, shout! God likes shouting! I’m talking about “unto the Lord!”
“Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!” (2 Samuel 6:20).
“You made a fool of yourself, David.”
“And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour” (2 Samuel 6:21-22).
“Michal, you’re trying to impress people by who you are. I’m impressing them by who He is!”
You want your church to grow? Get your eyes on Jesus! Get Him high and lifted up. You’re not impressing anyone with your seeker-sensitive camouflage junk. You can pull your shirt tail out, bring a bar stool out, dim the lights down. Your praise team wears their pajamas to church. “We’re going to reach people.” But it’s not about reaching people, it’s about changing people.
“We’re going to be seeker sensitive.” I wonder if you’ll ever tell them what you believe. You won’t put Apostolic on the sign. You’ve got to call it “The Twig,” or “The Branch,” or “The Acorn,” and you won’t even put the name on the sign, what makes me think you’ll preach it in your pulpit. Why do people get weary? They took their eyes off of that message that was set on the Day of Pentecost. We need a Holy Ghost revival. If you want to leave this thing you can leave it, but not me and my house. Not the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ!
I’ve got ladies walking into my church that radiation treatments have them burned up, and they don’t even know if they’re going to be alive this time next year. They can’t run aisles. They can’t sing in a choir. But God looks at them and sees them coming in the door and says, “Oh, they’re doing good!” We need to know what good looks like so we can celebrate it when it comes!
We’re living in a day where if we haven’t baptized 20, and 50 haven’t received the Holy Ghost, and our church hasn’t doubled that we’re sucking our thumbs and ready to resign. I’m telling you, our sister, coming in with cancer and walking down the aisle tells me we’re doing good! She’s keeping the faith!
He didn’t say “you’re the Morse Code of this world,” He said, “you’re the light of this world.”
Jesus said, “If I be lifted up…” Of course, He’s talking about Calvary here. We talk about praise, but that’s not what He means there. He’s talking about Calvary. “If I be lifted up…” It’s the cross. The crucifixion. It’s an ugly sight for man to see. But who’s looking at Calvary?
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:10).
Calvary was ugly to man, but God was looking down on it and saying, “I’m pleased.”
Our problem is we can’t celebrate well-doing now. Let’s go to Knoxville when the church first started. There they are, meeting on the corner of Lee and Baxter in Knoxville. They threw up a tent. They didn’t own the property, so asked to borrow the property. There they are. “Oh, struggling missions church.” Don’t tell Bishop McCool that. Because you know what they were doing then and there? Well-doing!
I promise you there was holiness preaching under that tent. I promise you there was Jesus’ name preaching under that tent. There was shouting going on under that tent!
You’ve got to rejoice with what you’ve got in the moment. You’ve got 10 people in your church? Be happy about it. It could be worse, you could have five. If you can’t do well here, you’re not going to the next building!
We don’t hear about the realities of Pentecost. All we tell about is lame people walking. We don’t tell about people rejecting it. The Day of Pentecost? They started with a major church split. Jesus left them with 500. By the time they got to the upper room they were whittled down to 120. That’s reality! But if you can’t be thankful with 120, you’re not going to have tongues of fire! If you sit around wondering where the 380 went, the Day of Pentecost will never come!
Be thankful for what God has given you! If you’ve got a home missions church, rejoice in it! Don’t tell me you’re struggling. There’s Billy McCool and Betty McCool with some souls to baptize down by the river. He’s got his guitar. What are they doing? They’re well-doing!
When they were in a tent, somebody said, “We’re doing good.” When they got their building at 123 West Columbia Avenue, somebody asked them how they’re doing. “We’re doing good.” And now there’s a beautiful new worship center. They would have never gotten from the tent, or from that other building, if they didn’t have the attitude, “I’m doing good!”
The church they were in after the tent is the church I was privileged to grow up in. My father helped put in the baptistery, for my mother to be baptized. You see, you never know who you’re going to affect tomorrow.
It may not mean much to you, but it did to me when Neal Hill announced, “If you bring your Bible, I’ll take everyone to Burger King for a Whopper.” We didn’t have lights, a camera, all kinds of jump jams, and bouncy houses. There was a pudgy little 10-year old boy that wanted a Whopper. Don’t tell me you’ve got to have something to win souls. They hooked me on a Whopper! Laugh if you want, but I counted the days until Neal Hill took us to Burger King to get a Whopper. Stop crying because you don’t have a gym. Why don’t you just offer what you’ve got and God will get hold of it and use it to hook somebody! You may have the next General Superintendent hooked on a Whopper!
Then there was the goldfish. “Goldfish Sunday.” Every kid’s going to get a goldfish, a little plastic bag with a goldfish. “When’s that coming? Three weeks? Oh, we’re not missing that Sunday!” I was counting down the days. They weren’t talking about the book of Revelation, or how many they were going to baptize, or about super-duper miracles, signs, and wonders. They were giving a goldfish away, and I was going to get a goldfish.
So not only did the Knoxville church use a Whopper to get me in, they gave me a goldfish, and I got in the church!
Then, March was coming and they announced “Kite Sunday.” This 10-year-old, pudgy, Whopper-eating, goldfish-keeping, and soon-to-be kite-flying boy is going to get a kite! They weren’t talking about miracles, or how many toes the anti-Christ will have, or somebody telling them their zip code—they were just giving away kites! And I came to church and got a kite!
I’m trying to get some of us to get our minds off what we don’t have and onto what we do have and we can have unprecedented revival. Maybe if we get down to where the rubber and the road meets and not try to be so spiritual and get down where people can understand us, we could win some people!
Somehow or the other, I’ve got to be able to lock the door of my church, go home and say, “I did good.” I taught a Sunday school lesson on One God, the choir sang a song about “never met a man like Jesus.” We passed the tithe and offering plates, sang a song, gave an invitation, and nobody came. (We don’t hear that plastered on Facebook, do we?) We’re going to die prematurely if we don’t learn how to know what good looks like and celebrate good!
Somewhere in our walk with God, we’ve got to shut the doors and say, “I did good.” Because if we listen to some things these days, I don’t know if we could ever be right. We can’t just fast a day anymore, it’s got to be three days. We can’t pray an hour a day anymore, it’s got to be two hours. I wonder if we don’t backslide and resign churches because of frustration from not discovering the measuring stick for telling us we’re doing good.
Micah 6, beginning with verse 1:
“Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD’S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel. O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam” (v1-5).
God says, “What have I done that you’re wearied with me?” And listen to the response:
“Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” (v 6-7).
“I’ll tell you why I’m weary. I’ve been told you require so much. Rivers of oil. What pleases you?!”
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (v10).
Somewhere somebody told you about an unrealistic standard I had, when in reality all I wanted you to do is to bring me a hamburger, a kite, and a goldfish!
Bishop Kenneth Carpenter was elected to his third consecutive term at the 2017 General Ministry Conference. To watch this video in full, as well as many other services from this year’s conference, visit the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Facebook page.