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June 20, 2022

Dead Men Tell No Tales


The Bible tells us that when we come to faith in Christ, our old life has been put to death and we are now alive to God. Great freedom is found in this good news! There is nothing to be said of our past – living for Christ is what matters now!

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Real life presents the Jack Hibbs podcast with intention and boldness to proclaim truth, equip the saints and impact our culture. It's 

The beginning of you. When you come to the end of yourself, your friends can't handle that. Why? Because listen, they're dead. They're dead because they're spiritually dead. You are alive because you're physically dead. Think of it. 

You can get the outlines of this podcast by going to Jack hibbs.com/podcast. Today. If this podcast lifts you up and encourages you to live a more fulfilled life in Christ, then make sure you leave us one of those five star ratings to us. That's like saying amen, or yes, then that rating will encourage others to listen. Now, open your hearts to what God's word has to say to you. Here is Jack hips, 

June 20th, 1977, Monday night, around 9:00 PM at night coverage, apple Costa Mesa. In that moment, when I responded to the gospel reality, the truth hip in the face, my old man died. I was 19 years old, but in that moment, old Jack died. And I here's. Here's the number one reason how I know that. Because from that moment on, there was nothing but struggle in my life. <laugh> no, I mean that in a good way, struggle. I never had a conflict with myself, whatever myself wanted. I got it. I didn't withhold. I like Solomon suit. I didn't withhold anything from me. Neither did I. Neither did you don't look at me like that. <laugh> you didn't whatever you wanted, you manipulate it around to get it. That's what unbelievers do. I don't blame them. That's all they're living for. And then Jesus walks into the picture. Amen. And can I say happily ruins everything? <laugh> he shakes it all up. 

Oh, we don't do this anymore. What? And we're not doing that. Not just and maybe low it. Nope. Not at all. How about this? Gotta go. And Jesus moves into your life and listen, he doesn't take out everything at once. He goes from room to room. That's right. He's like a chip and Joanna Gaines. You know, they, they, they work on the house and they get each room done at a time, but they all work off a blueprint. Do they not? And that blueprint is Jesus Christ in you. That's what God's doing to the life of the believer. That's why you're alive right now in the 21st century. Yes. That's why you're here. There's a blueprint that God is working and best. You die to you and accept that reality so that he can get the job done. Yes. It's a beautiful thing to die to yourself. 

It's a beautiful thing to come to the end of you. No longer having to controlled it. All. This means that our new lives are now being animated. I love that word animated. By the end dwelling presence of the holy spirit. He Ezekiel 36 verse 27 says he Ezekiel 36, 27 says I will put my spirit within you. This is God's speaking. This is awesome. I will put my spirit within you and cause see the word. Cause this is a big word. If you look it up later, the word cause here at is eco 36, 27. The definition and application of this word cause is huge. It's so broad, but it means this accomplish. I will put my spirit within you and accomplish minister carve into you. I like that to carve into you. Wow. That's powerful to bestow upon you. Here's another word I love to celebrate. That's what it means. Let's read it again. I will put my spirit within you and cause you to celebrate as you walk in my statutes and you will keep my judgements and do them put an awesome statement. See, I told you earlier in the beginning, God, doesn't call us to do anything that we are to do in our own effort. 

Notice what God said there. Ezekiel, you're gonna do my judgments. You're gonna keep them. That's it's impossible. Yes it is. Aren't you glad? It's impossible. It's frustrating. It's horrible. Yes it is. You need to come to the end of you. Mm-hmm <affirmative> but it's killing me. Amen. Amen. What do I do? Hallelujah. You mean I can't save myself celebrate. How does this make sense? I've been trying to, I've been a good boy. I've a good girl. All my life. I've been trying to just cross all the Ts and dot all the ice. Give it up. Amen. Look, be a good citizen. Don't get me wrong. Keep the speed limits. Keep your trash in your own car. Will you? 

But when it comes to salvation, you can't do any of that stuff. Nope. No. The good news is God says I will put my spirit in you. I will cause you to walk in my statutes and keep my judgements. God will do it. The implications of this are profound in liberating. It's great. When you come to the end of yourself, look, we're talking about dying to self. This is a true story. I, well, I say it's a true story. I read it in a book written by Jay Verna McGee. So it better be true. I trust that guy, especially now that he's dead. I really trust him. <laugh> you can't trust living people. They could change their mind tomorrow, but dead people. They don't change their minds. <laugh> in fact, it's dawning on me that almost every book I reads written by a bunch of dead old people. 

<laugh> 

I feel safe in that. But uh, McGee talks about this guy who, uh, whose dad died in Texas, west, Texas, but his dad was born in, uh, Southern California and the old man died a cowboy. And so his son, uh, rented a Cadillac. His dad always wanted to ride in a Cadillac convertible. His son rented a Cadillac convertible, put a cat, put his cowboy hat on, put his dead dad in the passenger's seat of the car, put a cowboy hat on him and drove him from Texas to Southern California to be buried here somewhere. Wow. And the guy was pulled over 

By a patrolman and the, he thought it'd be good to just to slip the cowboy hat a little lower on his dad's head. And uh, the guy was talking to the, you were going a little too fast, but I know you're in a convertible, then it's hot. So I'm gonna give you a warning this time. And I hope you guys are comfortable. Talk to you later. See you goodbye. And then the guy drives away. The whole point was whenever that guy stopped for gas, whenever the guy stopped for ice cream, whenever he stopped for coffee, his dad didn't have anything 

<laugh>. 

And in fact, his dad never said, I could sure go for a lemonade right about now you wanna know why dead people don't demand anything, dead people. Listen, they're only alone for the ride. Jesus is driving. We're the ones who are dead to our demands now. And the truth of the matter is that dead people listen, uh, when someone's dead, you do not. You can, you can, you can pass. You can pass in and out double, double animal style. <laugh> in front of them. They don't do anything. You can pass in front of them. A number two, fish tacos, black beans, white rice. They don't do anything. They don't even move banana split, not a budge. 

<laugh> 

You can't tempt the dead man. And the Bible says I've been crucified with Christ, 

But it's no longer I it's. It's no longer me who lives. Somebody's living put on this truth. It's time I live. It's time that you and I live Galatians two 20 goes on and says, but Christ lives in me. I didn't know how to say this on my notes. The word, but is in red. And it's underlined and I in my, in my notes and I'm preaching this in my head. I need to say, but it's doesn't sound right, but this, but here is very significant. This is a very big here. This is a very powerful this, but is all important. It is a qualifying declaration, but Christ it's, it's a firework show at the end of the day, but Christ it's the answer to everything your life's issue. But Christ, the doctor said, but Christ, my husband said, but Christ my wife, my kids, my work, but Christ Christ lives in the believer. 

This is a fact of almighty God. And don't think for a moment, if that's true, you're gonna have goosebumps. You're gonna feel really full all the time. That somehow there's no room in you cuz Christ lives in you. No, listen. It's spirit. It's a spiritual truth, which I'm grateful about cuz spiritual truths, outlast physical. Amen. I believe though. I think it's the old king James version that puts it this way. Some of you can check I'm crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live yet not I, I like that yet. Not I that's a great t-shirt yet. Not I yet not. I wow. Paul had such a clear cut, understanding that in his life, when he was living that when he sinned, he would declare wait a minute. That's not me read Romans chapter seven and eight later. That's your homework. Wait a minute. Paul would say, can you imagine Paul's walking along, was walking and here's a bad thought, oh, that's not me. 

I've been crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live yet. It's not I, but Christ lives in me. I am reckoning. Now that thought that I would never have known normally ever in my past life grabbed a hold of and hate it like I do now. I hate it now. And because I hate it. Now it's proof that the spirit of God lives in me. And so what I'm doing right now is I'm grabbing that thought and I'm throwing it to the back. And I'm saying right now that thought's under the captivity of Christ because Paul died years ago, the new Paul lives. And thank you Jesus for taking care of that. I'll talk to you. So, and he'd walk and that's what you do. That's what it believer does. Right? Amen. Because it's no longer you it's Christ living in you, but a glorious truth. Amen. 

And so yet not I in Romans chapter eight, verse 11, the Bible says if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies, through his spirit who dwells in you again? Philippians three, 10. This is awesome that I may know him and the power of his resurrection. Stop right there at the comma. Raise your hand. If you wanna know the power of his resurrection. Yeah. Let's keep reading and the fellowship of his sufferings. Yeah. Raise your hand again. No. If we really knew, if we really knew the benefits of suffering in Christ with Christ, we'd all say, you know what? Yes. To that. Yes. Because let me die. Amen. Yes. Let me diminish that. He might increase. Why? Because you'll be conformed to his death formed to his death. 

Meaning this, that again, the dead man is not tempted by this world. He set free put on this truth. It's the beginning of me. It's not only time to live. It's the beginning of me and the life, which I now live in the flesh. I live by faith in the son of God. What a statement? Hey, what are you doing over there? Paul, I'm living by faith in the son of God. It's the new life that I'm living. People who are dead. They don't understand that Christians walk around. Woo praise the Lord. God is awesome. 

Issues happen in life. The Christian goes, God's got this. I don't understand it. He's got it. I get it. He's got it. Well, come on. And all your unbelieving, friends and families say, come on, freak out with us. Worry about it. Will you chew some mail? Get some gut pain, get sick. You should worry. Like the rest of us. Nope. I'm not gonna go there. God's got this. I can't explain it. But the Lord's in control. I listen friends. I can't go anywhere. I'm a believer. I can't go anywhere. Without him being with me. I don't understand what's happening. That accident, that incident. I don't get it, but I know this I'm here. That means he's here. And in somehow in a way, it's gonna take some time. Maybe the answer's gonna come. Your friends can't handle that. Why? Because listen, they're dead. They're dead because they're spiritually dead. You are alive because you're physically dead. 

Think of it. When your hand says, I want some of that in Jesus name that has been crucified with Christ, your friends, you you're Bel believing friends. They can't do that. They're just walking around like this. They're just going this. I, I don't mean insult your friends outta here right now, but this is kind of how it is. They just go like this. And the hand goes, the hand goes like this and they just go <laugh> and then, and then another, and they go like this <laugh> whatever the body's demanding their slave to it. They're not free. Now it's the beginning of you. When you come to the end of yourself, Colosians 1 26 says that the mystery, which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to his saints, to them, God willed, to make known. What are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is this, which is Christ in you. 

The hope of glory. The good news. I love that. One more verse before we get to the closing argument is in Romans 13, 14, Romans 13, 14 says, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lust. See you, you can be surrounded by the lust of this world. How do you combat it? Please listen, put on Jesus, put on the Lord. Jesus, put him on. So I'm, if you've gotta do this, do this. If you've gotta, if you've gotta get your mind conditioned by acting it out tomorrow morning, do it. 

I know many of us, many huge majority of us have been to Israel. And one of the things I encourage people to do is get a beautiful, authentic. They're not cheap, uh, Hebrew, uh, prayer, Shaw. They're fantastic. But you know, what's cool about it in the morning. No one's looking who cares only. God's only God's with you in the morning. It's dark. It's early. Wrap yourself up in that thing. Amen. Get on your knees. If you want to or go stand out in the backyard with that thing all over you and say, Lord, I'm here to be with you. Jesus, do it. Watch what happens. Listen, another thing I don't want to be, you know, sound like some legalistic monk or something, but, and I'm not, but I gotta tell you, you want, if you ever pray, right? When if you ever pray in your focus, wanders away, you know, there's a cure for that. 

Get on your knees and pray. And you, when I'm I'm talking, I'm talking like this. It, it is very uncomfortable. See this, this is very uncomfortable. It's okay right now. But 10 minutes from now, 30 minutes from now, your prayer life will become much more efficient because I don't know what it is about this, but you will not wander. When is Disneyland gonna open up? <laugh> that won't happen. The pain that starts to happen in your thighs and the, your hamstrings and your, your rear end, it's intense, your lower back sometimes will begin to spasm. He said, are you insane? No, what I'm doing is I'm telling my flesh, you're dead. I don't listen to you. In fact, I'm gonna use you to connect with God. You are gonna obey this moment. We're gonna talk to God and you are gonna comply. And if you don't, I'll make you stay here in another 30 minutes, <laugh> begin to think and exercise the separation. This is just a tool. You and I have. We dress it all up. I put extra cologne on this morning, cuz I'm older. You stink. As you get older, you just start to stink. I'm discovering this more cologne, why I'm dying. <laugh> you gotta cover up the stench. They should have formaldehyde that you <laugh> start. 

It's very important. 

But that word to put on Jesus, the word means to be enveloped or to actually sink into the word means sink, listen to this. The Greek word means to sink into Jesus, to Jesus. Oh, and then finally put on this truth. It's about time it's he who loved me and gave himself for me. It's the very essence in the spirit of sacrifice. Did you know that love? There's no such thing as a sacrifice without love. If you're listen, if you're making a sacrifice without love, it's called religion. God's not in it. If your sacrifice is because of love, God's in it. He's blessed. We can learn a lot. If we sanctify things that we see in this world. When, when you love someone, it's remember, it starts out in phases and it develops into a deep, powerful river, starts out like a splash. Love starts first. Maybe it's attraction, emotionally or physically. You're all giddy. Crazy. Do all these stupid things. Why love the person doesn't matter what they smell like. Doesn't matter. Their hair doesn't matter. Doesn't matter that they snort when they laugh. It doesn't matter. Everybody around everybody is annoyed in the entire room. But because you love that person, they're just perfect. 

They, you know, slopping when they eat their food and people are cringing and you're going, isn't she amazing 

<laugh> 

And then it grows on, it gets deeper and it gets deeper and it gets deeper. And then things, things change. And the maturing of the love never stop sacrificing. It starts out with sacrifice and it matures and a sacrifice. That matures is a sacrifice. That is well pleasing to the Lord. It's about time that we put on this truth. Why do we make this so hard? 

Is 

That he loves you. And he gave himself 

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