[also re-aired Tues 05-14-13]
Church By Phone
“If You Were My Son”
– What a joy to be with you today.
– God will leave no man unrewarded.
Dr. Murdock has received many messages
over the years from people saying that he’s
been like a father to them.
Bishop Matthew Ashimolowo introduced
several Pastors to Dr. Murdock and said,
“Do you realize that you’re like a father to them?”
>> see Prayer City in England
The first weekend of September, 2013 Dr. Murdock
will be speaking at the opening of Prayer City.
Dr. Murdock had asked the Lord to raise up sons and daughters from the ministry
Where will I invest next?
Has my investment of time,
energy, and money paid off?
– Dr. Murdock spoke about this
last Sunday, in teaching on
“The 10 Most Important Words
To A Millionaire”, and one of the
10 most important was “investment“.
We’re walking currency.
Our time, energies, discoveries, knowledge, and information is investment.
If You Were My Son…
The Bible is full of information about fathers and sons.
Abraham grew weary of waiting for
Isaac, his son of promise.
Sarah & Abraham doubted
whether or not Sarah could conceive
and so she thought perhaps her
concubine would be who God used
to bring about the child.
And with Hagar, he had his
“son of doubt”, his “son of
We see Abraham’s affection for his
son Isaac, after God does grant him
and Sarah a son.
And then, whether we understand it
or not, we can read where God asks
Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.
It doesn’t matter if we understand why God asks Abraham to do this, but He does.
The proof of the Bible [isn’t in our understanding
of it, but it] is in the change it creates in us.
When Paul wrote to Timothy, Titus,
Philemon–he was continually
referencing from the perspective of
a father to his sons.
We see this with David, who never
had the affection for Solomon that he
had for Absalom–and the Bible doesn’t
explicitly say why that is.
Throughout the Bible we see
the father-son relationship.
Jesus even goes so far to say, “My Father and I are one.”
“If you were my son, this is
the counsel I would give you…”
#1 – Never, ever leave God out of the equation.
> Don’t leave God out of your day, out of your life, [not even] for a moment.
> you can fail in a second
> be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s dealing with you
> it’s in His presence that your conscience will develop
> And it’s only in His presence that you will develop the power to overcome the adversarial environment of the earth
> you were born into an evil, deceptive, destructive world
> And it’s incredibly important that the wrong voices be exposed to you
> The only way to avoid the trap of the wrong voices is to develop an attentiveness to the voice of the Holy Spirit in your life.
> You will go through, son, a lot of doubts about Christianity.
> You will ponder the ways of the Hindus, the Buddhists, the naturalist, the humanist.
> You will see many contradictions in Christianity, and wonder, ‘If God is really in this person how can the act this way?’.
> You will see the weaknesses of strong people.
> The only thing that will stabilize your emotions is time alone with God–the One Who created you.
The proof of God is in the change of human nature:
– Drug addicts, alcoholics, have been set free in a moment
The miracles of God alone are enough to trust Him, to reach for Him:
– Healings, miraculous events
– not that satan doesn’t have an alternative, he certainly does
– we saw this when Moses went into the courts of Pharaoh in Egypt
– Jannes & Jambres threw their rods on the floor, and their rods became snakes also…
– the difference is, Moses’s snake swallowed up their snakes
Now, you will not understand many, many things.
But work, son, with what you do understand.
You understand your conscience:
when you do right you feel good,
when you do wrong, you feel depressed.
When you do the right thing, you feel empowered, strong.
When you do something wrong, you feel weak.
Don’t leave God out of your day, don’t leave God out of your life.
Don’t leave God out of your money, don’t leave God out of your decisions.
Every decision is going to bring increase or decrease.
Your decisions are going to bring joy or sorrow.
Your decisions are going to bring good things
in the future, or good things in the present.
Every decision has a future.
If you choose a woman, her voice will dominate your mind.
And the quality of the woman that you choose
will make all of the difference in your future.
You’ll want to make decisions in the presence of God.
Don’t leave God out of your equation.
It’s going to be really important, son, to treasure the favor of God.
I urge you to place great value on God enjoying you.
If God enjoys you, there’s nothing He won’t do for you.
I’m not talking about God loving you.
When I read in the Bible that He loved everybody, I didn’t feel quite so special.
But the Holy Spirit revealed to me the great difference
between who He loves and who He enjoys.
His love is an opportunity for us.
His joy becomes an opportunity for Him, authorizing Him to bless you.
You don’t have to do anything to get loved,
but you do have to do something to get blessed by God.
It’s not hard to believe in a God.
A book is the proof of an author.
A song is the proof of a composer.
A product is the proof of a creator.
Creation is proof that somebody birthed you into existence.
Whether you see Him or not, doesn’t matter.
Have you ever seen a thought?
Held a dream in your hand?
Have you ever packaged an emotion and handed it to someone?
Jesus was God in the flesh.
Don’t leave God out.
If you decide to leave God out of your life, there’s nobody who can rescue you.
>> see Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
Paul said, “…knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”
We persuade men to change, to repent.
We form opinions, judgements in our early childhood.
God has precise expectations of us.
Every relationship depends on the integrity, the honesty of both people.
God made it very clear that if we want success,
we’d follow the path of obedience.
But if we want failure, we can follow
the path of rebellion.
Start with achievable goals.
Set aside a secret place, a prayer room,
but name it. God is very into names.
Establish a routine.
Always enter singing.
The Holy Spirit loves singing.
Sing a new song.
Ps 100:1-3 – Come into His presence singing with thanksgiving.
Keep a prayer book.
Put pictures of the people that you’re praying for in there.
Write down words that the Holy Spirit gives to you.
He may give you words, He may give you a phrase.
Remember the 4-month period where Dr. Murdock spent 9am-1pm praying every day and gave him the 3 words, “Decisions decide wealth.” He never left his house, never received an offering. The Holy Spirit also gave Dr. Murdock 107 decisions to make. They were profound.
When God talks, doubt leaves.
One of the great rewards of entering God’s
presence is that He knows the value of time.
Where ever you invest your time
the most reveals what you love the most.
Time reveals the heart of a man.
When you come into the presence of God, in your secret place:
– keep a large-print, easy-to-read Bible open
– remove all obstacles to God
– don’t make reaching for God any harder
than our rebellious nature already makes it
Set a goal for praying 7-10 minutes.
Don’t try to make it “unforgettable”, just start it.
It’s ok to sleep in God’s presence.
In fact, there’s no better place to sleep.
You don’t have to think of something profound to say.
God is the most comfortable person to be around–
if you accept what He says about Himself in His Word.
Be authentic in God’s presence, be real.
If you’re upset, be upset. If you’re feeling good, let Him know.
Don’t try to be a salesman, or a lawyer, in His presence.
Discuss your feelings, discuss your fears, doubts, and ask questions.
The most powerful thing you’ll ever do is ask questions.
If you were my son…
I would say that getting the Bible, the Word, in your heart is important.
The Word is really seed. It grows.
It grows sensitivity to evil, to righteousness.
The most important benefit of Divine talk with
God–through His Word–is that His words grow
a desire to be right, to look right, to talk right.
When you leave your room of prayer, that world out there
is very anti-righteous–it’s a slick world…
I’m not going to tell you that nothing bad will happen to you…
The very first righteous man that the Bible talks about:
Abel was killed…
Bad things happen to righteous people
Find the right heroes:
– men who live right
– good men
– righteous men, not perfect men
– men who sought to please God
>> see the book by Elizabeth Elliot “Through Gates of Splendor”
>> see William Carey
Dr. Murdock’s mother bought him books about righteous men,
men to admire. People of God to look up to.
Be real careful about who you want to impress.
There’s evil men who have superb, genius minds, clever talking, even “fun”.
Not every evil man looks slick, evil, or coarse.
Not every evil man is an electric orator like Adolf Hitler,
who convinced an entire nation to kill 6 Million Jews.
To eradicate God’s people who Hitler called an “inferior
Choose men who believe and live according to the Bible.
Men with effort towards God, to model your life after.
You can alter your life quickly through decisions.
Change your focus, change your routine, change your goals.
Set your goals, with pictures, on walls
in front of you–to make you want to rise.
Get pictures of your goals and put them up on your walls.
[Remember Dr.Murdock telling us that our walls should
have pictures of our future, rather than pictures of our past…]
Treasure God’s favor.
Do you think we should trivialize the God of this universe’s favor towards me?
Should be minimize His goodness towards us?
Never treat God like He’s a 12 year-old who’s
never seen the world, or a 4 year-old tantrum-thrower.
Never think you can deceive Him.
He requires the holy tithe:
10% of *everything* that comes into your hand.
Everything–that’s birthday money too–He requires
the 10% that’s His.
God is worthy of absolute surrender.
If God took His hedge off of us, it wouldn’t be worth
living 10 seconds in this world.
Read Psalms 91 over and over again.
Read where He describes His
reward system, verses 3-15,
“Surely He shall…” until the end.
Psalms 91 (NKJV)
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
Father, I pray for every man listening–who is
listening with the ears of son. I ask that you
let these words burn like a fire. I ask You
that radical decisions be birthed out of
these moments to please You.
Father, I stand against every error,
every seed of falsehood that was
planted in our minds about You be
eradicated, ripped out, torn out.
And that truth be placed on the
throne of our minds, and our hearts.
Father, we want to grow way past the “judgement”.
We want to get to the love levels, the peace levels
where we feel comfortable with You. And that
comes with our integrity towards You. You never
expected us to be perfect. You expected us to
mature and grow. You expected us to reach.
You’re not an unreasonable God. You’re not
an illogical God. We will never accept that
from a single human’s lips. Never. Never.
You’re a God of profound mercy, profound
understanding. You’re a God that’s impossible
to deceive and You will not lie to us. Awaken in
us a new passion for You…. Just like our elder
Brother. Lord, we don’t understand all of these
pictures in the Bible, where Jesus is both God
and He’s our elder Brother–we don’t
understand that, Father. We don’t understand that,
but we reach, we grow. We’re listeners, and we’ll ask
You questions and You’ll teach us. You will teach us.
You will teach us. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
Father, I pray that You make us masters as receivers.
Masters at receiving. Receiving our own difference,
our own authenticity. Receiving Your assignment for
our life. Receiving the difference in others. We receive
Your mercy with gratitude. We receive the opportunities–
golden opportunities–we receive golden opportunities
that You present in front of us. Lord, I ask You to
make us skilled at receiving correction.
Oh Father…Oh, Father! The rewards of receiving
correction are beyond our comprehension. Beyond
our understanding. Lord, I know that one of the
greatest difficulties in my life was receiving correction.
I ask You for every man listening to me right now.
Every man…oh, let him rise above that. Let him
exercise profound humility to receive quality
correction–not just criticism–and embrace it…!
For Your glory. Amen.
God is doing something profound right now.
God’s going to heal all the wounds your father left in you.
Your father was a human.
And until you accept the humanity in others,
you’re going to hate life, you’re going to hate people.
God’s got ways of keeping people connected to Him.
God’s not going to let anybody become more important than Him.
God’s not about to give you a wife who substitutes for Him.
God’s not about to give you a friend that’ll substitute for Him.
And none of God’s gifts will replace Him.
None of His gifts will come close to Him.
The gifts can’t replace the Giver.
Just like a factory.
Can’t you imagine how the factory is far
more powerful than the product that it produces?
So is the Creator.
This has been the first sharing on
If You Were My Son
It’s been we very full day.
An informative day.
Dr. Murdock says that he’s learning
faster than he’s ever learned in his lifetime.
Any seed that you plant in this ministry is important.
To plant the most generous seed that you can imagine, call:
Dr. Murdock is planning on putting together
a library for his spiritual sons in the The Lord.
He’s going to talk to us about financial secrets.
Things that we should know or do.
He’s going to talk to us about organizing our life, our world.
He’s going to talk to us about reading.
Knowing how to manage time.
Dr. Murdock really believes that money is
more important than anyone has told us.
And our time is the first thing
that we need to learn how to manage.
You need to manage your time before
you learn to manage your money.
So he’s going to talk to us about
that just as if we were his son.
Every father wants a bank account for his son.
Every father wants to impart, deposit into his son.
It’s the son who can receive–he’s the rare son.
Big difference between Absolom and Solomon.
Big difference between John the Beloved and Judas.
There’s not a doubt in Dr. Murdock’s mind
that he can radically affect our lives for success.
And any ladies that are listening to Church By Phone,
stay with us because you’re going to learn how to
mentor your son. It’s worthy.
The phone number to sow into Dr. Mike Murdock’s ministry is
There’s been 8 levels of sowing seed that
Dr. Murdock has seen radical blessings flow out of.
However, the most radical seed-sowing level
is the 9th level, that he’s spoken very little about.
If you want to experience the most wonderful waves of knowledge,
join Dr. Murdock in planting a $112 seed every Sunday.
If you’re unable to do that right now,
sow once a month, on the first Sunday
of every month.
Just sow with Psalms 112 in mind.
There’s no limit to obedience.
God will honor you where you meet Him.
He’ll honor you where you meet Him.
Father, thank You for our family.
[and Dr. Murdock added]:
“Father, if what I’m saying about
sowing and reaping is just for Mike
Murdock, and just for my personal
gain, then let there be a curse on my
ministry. May my tongue cleave to
the roof of my mouth…”