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The Remnant | Pt 3

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October 11, 2020

Remnant = a small remaining quantity of something. 

The enemy specializes in getting us to focus on what we don’t have or what we should have. God specializes in working miracles of what remains in our lives. 

“Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” 

Matthew 15:21-28 

· Every time Jesus does something it’s a setup and intentional. 

· All we need is a Remnant to rise up in our family, our city, and our nation. 

· We can’t be discouraged of all that is occurring around us. God can use YOU, He doesn’t need the majority. 

· Vs. 27 – the dogs eat of the remnant, the scraps, the leftovers. 

· The leftover is still bread. The crumbs are still part of the bread, and God blesses the crumbs from the bread. 

· The crumbs offer as much power as the full loaf when God places His blessing on it. 

· The daughter was made well by the remains. 

· Just because it’s left-overs doesn’t mean God is not in it. 

· The path to God is narrow and few follow it. 

· It’s God’s blessing on your life that secures you, not the crowd! 

· God does not see as man sees. Those overlooked are seen by God. 

· Psalms 123:1-6

· Setbacks set up the remnant for comebacks! Look at what you have remaining. God always uses what remains. 

· Even if your faith is as small as a mustard seed, it still has potential. 

· You can take a seed and do the right thing with it and God can multiply it. 

· Seed never loses its potential. 

“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Matthew 10:5-6

“Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” 

Luke 15:1-7 

· Jesus will not be satisfied until the lost sheep is brought home. 

· Never discount your value to The Father. 

· Don’t ever think there is not enough left in your life for God to save you. 

· What we have does not add value to our life. God doesn’t want us for the things we have. 

· Be careful not to compare and compete with others, 

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” 

1 Corinthians 1:26-27 

· God will use people that are weak to confound the mighty. 

· God can do anything in your life that you are not willing to take credit for. 

· Don’t believe the naysayers. 

“And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these? And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed. And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.” 

Genesis 48:8-22 

· All intentional – first born blessing comes through the right hand. 

· God is always showing us that just because it looks like it’s going a certain way, He never shows favoritism. 

· God sees all things and aligns you to receive His blessing. 

· The double portion blessing falls on all who are faithful to the Word. 

· Just because you’re under someone’s shadow doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know you exist.

The Remnant | Pt 2

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September 28, 2020

Remnant = what is left over, what remains. 

“And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled.” 

Mark 6:35-42 

· So many times we focus on what we don’t have or what we have lost in our past. 

· The enemy got Eve to look at what she didn’t have and that led to the first sin. 

· The one thing Eve could not have, she wanted. 

· The enemy has not changed his tactics from the beginning of time until today. He wants us to focus on what we don’t have and what we have lost so that we can’t see what God has for us. 

· All God needs is a Remnant. 

· God will never ask you to be faithful over what you don’t have. 

· What do you have? Write it down and let God use it. 

· Miracles are worked through the Remnant! 

· There is a pattern of God saying, “show me what you have.” 

· Psalms 126:5-6 – bringing His harvest with Him. 

· God will take what remains and make change. 

· God will always use the Remnant in our lives. 

· When you hear the Word of God, it’s beneficial no matter your age. 

“And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.”

Mark 6:44 

· The miracle in feeding the 5,000 is not just the bread and fish, but the use of the little boy who wasn’t even counted in the 5,000! Only men were counted, not the women and children. God will use people who are not even counted. 

· Reference story: Samuel anointing David. 

· God looks on the heart and not the outward appearance of man/woman. 

· God takes weak things to make strong things. 

· I Samuel 9:21. 

· We can all be discounted to greatness. 

· Focusing on what you don’t have will cause you to get discouraged. 

“And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.” 

Mark 6:39 

· God always causes His sheep to sit in green pastures. 

· Psalms 23. 

· To get to the mountain top, you have to go through the valley. 

“And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.” 

Mark 6:40 

· When we experience loss, God brings order to our lives. 

· We need order in our lives to bring out the best in what remains. 

· The valley causes chaos, order brings the mountain top experience. 

“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.” 

Mark 6:41 

· If we are ever going to be successful, we must be thankful for what we have now. 

· Give thanks for where you are and the places you have left behind. 

· If you will be thankful for the not enough, God will bring you into a season of more than enough! 

· God will use other people to bless and enrich your life. 

“And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.” 

Mark 6:42-43 

· Jesus started with the Remnant and after feeding everyone, He still had a Remnant. 

· Jesus chasing the boy was intentional. God never does anything that isn’t intentional. 

· We serve a God that is a God of more than enough. 

· Ephesians 3:20. 

· He doesn’t just want our head above water, He wants us walking ON the water. 

· God gave them more than what they needed. 

“And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.” 

Mark 6:45-46 

· Jesus sent the twelve disciples away and then He went to pray. 

· Jesus was numb from ministry. 

· There is a burden in a blessing. 

· Restoration needs to occur after a big victory. 

“And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.” 

Mark 6:47-48 

· He told them to go to the other side. 

· The storm told them they could not get to where Jesus said they were to go. 

· Jesus at no point lost track of them. 

· Jesus would have passed by them until they called to Him for help. 

· Hebrews 11:1 – Jesus can’t bless you without faith. 

· God will always position Himself to bless you but He is waiting on you to activate your faith. 

· Sometimes as believers we just want God to do it because He knows, but it takes FAITH to activate His protection and blessing. 

· Wind, darkness, and a storm stood between them but it never stopped God to get to them. 

· Everything that had the disciples afraid was under Jesus’ feet – He was walking on the waves. 

“But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:” 

Mark 6:49 

· Sometimes God will show up in ways we didn’t even see coming. He doesn’t always show up in a way that you easily recognize. 

· They called out to Jesus based on His Word. 

“For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” 

Mark 6:50 

· Just hearing the Word comforts everything. 

“And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.” 

Mark 6:51-52 

· God knew when they were going to face hard times. 

· Because the disciples forgot the miracles of the past day, they didn’t have the faith to face the trials of today. 

· In the boat was a Remnant of what God was able to do. 

· The testimony of your life is about what you have come through. What has the Lord done in your life and you still have the remains? 

· We must pull from the leftovers and the Remnant. 

· When you apply the Word, your faith begins to apply miracles. 

· The miracle is still in what remains. 

· We are what is left for Him to do the work through!

The Remnant | Pt 1

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September 23, 2020

Remnant = what is left over, what remains. 

In a society where we are trained there is strength in numbers, that is not the case with the Kingdom. 

God has always used the remnant to do a great thing. 

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14 

  • I’d rather be numbered with the few and find life than be numbered with the great and find death. 
  • We live in a world that values the many, verses the few. 
  • Our flesh seeks out popularity and acceptance.
  • God always uses what remains to do amazing things.
  • The value of life does not rest in the “all”. 
  • With God nothing is proportional !
  • All God needs is a remnant to do supernatural things !
  • With the mindset of us trying to qualify ourselves, we fall short.

“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”

Luke 10:1-3

  • God does not give us assignments based on our proportion and ability. 
  • You can allow the size of the harvest to keep you from laboring/reaping it.
  • If you had all the wisdom, you wouldn’t need God!
  • He has already equipped and empowered you for your assignment.

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31 

  • Quit trying to compare what you have and don’t have. 
  • Luke 4:17
  • His anointing is greater than anything that comes against us.
  • The Story of Nazareth
  • John 6 / Mark 6
  • God always direct our attention to what we do have and not what we don’t have. 
  • Elijah – sent to the women/all she had
  • God doesn’t need the barrel full, He just needs the remains. 
  • Man sinned because they focused on what they didn’t have. 
  • Psalm 126
  • You can’t make a decision on what you don’t have, but on what you do have. 

Feeding the 5,000

  • God used the fish and loaves from the boy who wasn’t included in the 5,000. Only the men were numbered, not the women and children.
  • Will we be the only one that remains?
  • The disciples were more focused on what they didn’t have.
  • God is looking for those that have not even been counted!

Story of David

  • David was the 8th son of Jesse.
  • When Samuel came to visit Jesse’s son, to anoint them king, David was left in the fields. He wasn’t counted or included in the line up for Samuel to chose from.
  • David was the left over; the youngest of the sons to Jesse.
  • God is always looking for the Remnant!

There is a call on the Remnant and we must answer the call. 

Quit counting and comparing yourself to others. 

Jesus said to go after the least of these. 

“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Matthew 17:14-21 

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 9 (Wednesday 4.22.20)

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“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.”
Matthew 24:1-4

 We have been in a time that Jesus foretold of called the beginning of sorrows.

 These are the “birth pains” of the earth foretelling of the end of time.

 

“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”
Luke 11:52

 The word of God is alive. It is not a history book that points to past events alone. The Bible is also a book of prophesy. The word of God is being manifested and coming to pass…we are currently living IN the Bible days!

 What separates Jesus from any other prophet is that every aspect of his life was foretold of before he was ever conceived. (Hebrews 10:7)

 For every prophesy that indicated that Jesus was coming there are eight that tell us he s coming again.

 We’ve studied the Satan wants control of three domains: Religious, Economical, and Political. We’ve also recently studied “Faith in the Fire” and “Praying the Word”. Amos 3 says that nothing would come upon the earth before it is revealed to His prophet. We’ve been prepared for this season.

 The body of Christ must know what is written and speak the Word of God over our 40! We’ve been given the authority to speak the word according to Psalm 50:16

 In this passage, Jesus mentions “keys to knowledge”. Things in the Bible were sealed until the end times: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4

Based on Pastor’s study, these are The “Keys” to Knowledge that he has discovered in the word:

1) The Holy Spirit (John 16:13)

2) Let the Bible teach the Bible (Isaiah 28:10)

3) Use the Old and New Testament (Matthew 13:52)

4) Discover the Patterns in the Word (Psalms 40:7, Hebrews 10:7)

5) Always look for Jesus (John 5:39)

 

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Isaiah 28:9-10

 The Word is compared to milk, honey, bread, and meat…all things we consume. If we want knowledge we must eventually come off the milk.

 This is what will give us strength to go into the field and do battle.

Studying the word line upon line, precept upon precept, we are able to get a deep understanding of the word.

 

“Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.”
Isaiah 41:4

 In every generation there is a need for salvation and a need for Jesus. Sometimes we get so comfortable that we forget this.

 A prophetical picture of the last day church was the church of Laodecia.

 There is something about crisis that helps people realize that their life is not as secure as they thought it was. This is where God can take something bad and turn it for good.

Genesis 5:1-29 details the generations from Adam to Noah. The name in each generation is translated into the condition of man and tells the story of Jesus’ coming. The names defined give us: Man was appointed mortal sorrow but the blessed God shall come down teaching, his death shall bring the despairing comfort and rest.

Generations

 

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Jude 1:14-15

Enoch prophesied of judgement coming. He was pointing to the return of Jesus seven generations after Adam and long before Jesus came.

 

“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”
1 Peter 3:20-22

 Jesus compared his return to God’s long-suffering in the the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37)

The Lord could have judged the earth at any time but he was long-suffering.

 

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
2 Peter 3:3-5,8-9

What God is foretelling will come!

God is holding back His judgement for the saving of souls.

 

And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:”
Genesis 5:21-22

MethuselahAge

MethuselahName

 

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV

“For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7 AMPC

 We are a modern day Methuselah called to advance God’s kingdom until the last soul enters in. At that point, the church will be taken out of the earth and judgement will fall.

 We are here with a purpose.

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 5 (Sunday 3.29.20)

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“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:1-8

 Successful people know how to adapt to seasons. Ecc 9:13 reminds us that a wise man knows how to make a judgement call based on the season that he is in.

 We can get so caught up in routines that we won’t break that routine. If we’re not careful, we expect tomorrow to look like today and next Sunday to look like this Sunday. We have to be sensitive to seasons, there is nothing that is certain when it comes to tomorrow. We are to take no thought for tomorrow.

 A sorrow is a birth pain. It comes from the Hebrew word, “Odin” which is a pang or throe, especially of childbirth–pain, sorrow, travail. These “birth pains” are leading us up to the end of time. The closer we get to the end of the world, the closer together and more intense these signs will become.

 What is happening right now (coronavirus) Jesus already spoke on and warned us about.

 Its our job to continue to be who God called us to be in every season. Will we come out of this better, wiser, and more determined than we went in?

 

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
Thessalonians 5:1-10

 The end of time comes like birth pains on a woman with child leading up to the delivery of that child (the return of Jesus).

 For those who have been born again, Jesus’ return will not overtake us like a thief in the night because he has told us in his word what to look for. It will overtake unbelievers like a thief in the night.

 

“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
Matthew 16:1-3

 Jesus said that we should be able to tell the times and what is going to happen by the signs in the earth.

Reading the word of God is like reading tomorrow’s newspaper today.

 

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”
Daniel 12:4,8-10

 Man will run to and fro and knowledge will be shared and increased! Some things will not be understood until knowledge is increased. Our ability to share knowledge instantaneously across the globe is a fulfillment of prophesy in itself.

 The word will test you to see if you really believe what you say you believe. Isaiah 53:1 says whose report will you believe?

 As much as you would store up bread in times of famine, we need to store up the word in our hearts in times of famine.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
John 16:7-13

 The first role of the Holy Spirit is to convince us to believe, the second is to convince us to righteousness, the third is of judgement.

 The Holy Spirit is God’s prophetic voice. We should not be surprised or unprepared about any of this. Nothing should overtake us in our ignorance.

 God is who He says he is. Only a God who stands outside of time could predict the end from the begining.

 There is going to be a harvest. These days are a prelude to revival!

SUNDAY, March 29, 2020 – Online Service

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 2 (Wednesday 3.18.20)

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“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”
2 Timothy 4:1-3

 There is something about a trial that will make the main thing the main thing again!

 Be instant in and out of season…when we can gather and when we can’t gather.

 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

 This is an opportunity for the body of Christ to rise up and declare the Word of God!

 Stop saying “Oh me” and say “Amen” to the promises of God! “

 In Isaiah 53:1, the question is asked “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”  The arm of the Lord will be revealed to them that believe the report.

 FEAR is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Threats and issues may be real but they don’t have to have power over us. Just because “its” out there, “it” doesn’t have to get you!

 The word of God doesn’t change just because our situation or position changes.

 

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians 4:12-13

I am instructed: When you don’t have the word of God in your life, you don’t know how to go through things.

 Everything we go through will not be tailor made for us. When things are not going our way, will we still be who God called us to be? Are you still the head and not the tail? Are you still above only and never beneath?

 Jehosephat put confidence in two things, the name of the Lord, and the word of the Lord.

 

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 Timothy 3:1-2,10-17

 The word knowledge represents a conviction and oneness in truth. This is demonstrated in Genesis 4 where Adam knew Eve and she conceived and bear a son. This verse in 2 Timothy shows that in the last days, people will be ever learning but not have the knowledge of God.

 When we stand on the word, believe it and have hope in the word of God we become one with the word in these perilous times. Adversity will make you one with God.

 When times are hard, you’ve got to stick with what you’ve learned.

 If the body of Christ is broken and defeated, how will the world receive hope.

 We cannot be defeated. Let the word of faith come out of your mouth and confuse the enemy.

 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 – When our mind is really on Jesus, we should walk in peace.

 We are living epistles. The living word. Our lives need to reflect the glory and goodness of God. We need to be medicine to the people around us.

 The enemy wants us all offended at each other and eventually at God.

 There are many believers who only have a physical connection with Jesus and no spiritual connection. John 6:26-29 gives an account of people who only followed Jesus for the bread he gave them, not for him or the miracles he did. Don’t let this be you!

 What will we convey to the Lord in hard times?

 God looks at the remnant who is ready to be used for His kingdom!

Rise up! This is the threshold to revival!

 

Declaration of Psalm 91 over your life:
He that dwelleth 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 will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath 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 honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalms 91:1-16

 

 

Declaration of 2 Chronicles 20:9 over your life:
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
2 Chronicles 20:9

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 6:30PM Service

The Importance of Putting God First (1.8.20)

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“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
“Thou shalt have none other gods before me.” Deuteronomy 5:7

 God’s presence is the master key to life! It unlocks everything else that may be bound in our life but we have to make room.

Isaiah 55:11: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 God should come first in every relationship and in every routine in our lives.

 

1st Fruit Principle

“For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.”
Romans 11:16 

 Whatever you put first in your life is in complete control of everything else in your life.

 Whatever you put first, you have relinquished complete control over to it. “It” could be a habit, a person, etc. You will yield your time, work ethic, and finances over to what comes first.

 Every area where God is number one, He pours out His blessing on everything that comes after. If His is not first or is getting the left overs, He is not in control of what comes in that area.

 Who comes first and where does God fit in that order. He should be first in your: time, energy, habits, worship, prayer, priority, finances, etc. Everything else should follow after God.

 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord , and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”
Proverbs 3:5-10

 We should acknowledge God first and then He will direct our paths. There is no sense in getting on a path and then consulting God and realizing you’re on the wrong path. Acknowledge Him first!

 Example: If Jesus is first, you cannot enter into a relationship with someone who would cause you to put Jesus second. Jesus should be the foundation.

 Whatever you put first will end up controlling everything else.

 

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33

 When you have an area in your life that is not surrendered to the Lord, He does not have dominion in your life over that area.

 When God has dominion and seek His kingdom, everything else that we’ve been running after and worried about will be added to us.

 You don’t exercise your will where you don’t have dominion, God doesn’t either. His will doesn’t work in areas He doesn’t have dominion. Dominion and will are attached together.

 What has your mind occupied and has you fearful? Verse 33 tells us to seek His kingdom!

 Go into the New Year determined that you won’t give God leftovers. No leftovers!

 

“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord . And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord . And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”
Genesis 4:1-5

 Cain brought an offering to the Lord “in the process of time,” not first! (Genesis 4:3)

 Abel brought the “firstlings” of his flock. (Genesis 4:4)

 Although there is a deep significance of the two offerings provided, one being the fruit of mans works and the other being the blood of a lamb, we cannot ignore the details that God gave us in that the offering brought in the process of time was not respected whereas the one given that put God first was respected.

 

“All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.”
Deuteronomy 8:1-3

 There are times when God puts us in a position for us to see what is in our heart although He knows what He is going to do. Do we trust His word over our bread?

 Jesus also quotes this scripture in Matthew 4:4

 When God provided food in the wilderness for the children of Israel, it was called mana! Mana means WHAT?!?!?!

When you put God first, He will do something in your life so grand that all you can do is say WHAT!!!!!

 

Scriptures to add to your notes for personal study:

 Exodus 13:12-13

 Exodus 12:1-13

 Joshua 6:18-19

 Exodus 23:19

 2 Chronicles 31:5

 Jeremiah 2:3

 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

 

Ask yourself, “Where am I not putting God first in my life?” This is the area where you have limited God’s blessing and His best!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 – 6:30PM Service

Purpose | Pt.1 (1.5.20)

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“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”
2 Timothy 1:7-9

 God called you and had purpose for you before you were born. God knew you from the womb! (Jeremiah 1)

 Your existence is evidence of your purpose.

 Creation is a manifestation of God’s intention.

 Everything’s purpose is revealed by its design. You are a purpose with a name!

 Your identity is wrapped up in your purpose.

 

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10

 In 1 Kings 19, Elijah calls out the fake prophets. A few verses later, he was in a cave feeling depressed and asking God to end his life.

 If we’re not careful, we will look for big moments to define us and for some people, there is no big moment.

 Don’t look at someone else wishing for their life. You don’t know what they are struggling with.

 

“For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord ; and there is none else.”
Isaiah 45:18

 When anything God created operates according to its purpose, it brings God glory.

 If we are not careful, we will think only the big stuff brings Him glory.

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord , take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord . And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord ; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:”
1 Kings 19:4,11

 You can’t breathe out all the time! You have to have a rhythm of highs and lows to balance life.

 Don’t always look for the wind to break the mountains!

 The still small voice, that’s where He deposits purpose into you.

 Your purpose affects someone else’s life. Your purpose will outlive your days.

 Don’t make your life about one thing, you will miss what God is trying to do.

Sunday, January 5, 2019 – 9:45AM Service

Purpose | New Year’s Eve Special (12.31.19)

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“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
Exodus 12:1-2

 The Lord reset the calendar for the children of Israel before He freed them.

 This was their last night in bondage. They also took the passover meal that we know today as communion.

 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

 1 Corinthians 10, teaches that all the things done in the Old Testament were an example of things we should do.

 Sometimes it can be easy for us to forget that when a believer accepts Christ, they have a new birth, they have new redemption and new life, they have a new spirit.

 Let’s believe God for something new in this new year. God specializes in making all things new.

 

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

 Don’t get caught up in the old things. If we’re not careful, we allow our tradition to rob us of truth.

God can’t do a new thing when we are caught up in the old things.

God knows how to speak in a today generation voice. Don’t force an old way on a new life.

 “Sing a new song” is recorded six times in the book of Psalms and once in the book of Isaiah yet many people don’t want to join a church that is singing a new song. They want the old song that doesn’t take any mental effort to remember and sing.

 When God says something in His word more than once, He is trying to get through to you.

 New means better!

 

“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.”
Isaiah 42:9-10

 You can’t do anything about your past. This scripture tells us to look forward to new things.

 The other scriptures where “Sing a new song” is recorded is: Psalm 33:3, Psalm 40:3, Psalm 96:1, Psalm 98:1, Psalm 144:9, and Psalm 149:1

 

“Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
Matthew 9:14-17

 Jesus didn’t need to heal the same way every time he healed. He healed one blind man as he was running toward him while he healed another by putting mud on his eyes.

 We want to force our old way onto their new. How many believers were choked Putin church because we try to force an old way on them. Don’t try to make new believers fit into old tradition.

 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” Mark 7:13

 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 3:13

 “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

 Genesis 40 & 41 details the story of Joseph and how he toiled as a slave but eventually went from the prison to the palace. He named his firstborn “Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.” Genesis 41:51. When God told Moses to build the temple, Judah (which means praise) was placed at the entrance in the East. Manasseh (which represents our past) was placed as far away from Judah at the back of the temple on the West (Numbers 2:1-31). If you were to try to access God through Manasseh, your past, you would be on the back side of the temple on the opposite side of the entrance. God has called us to access Him through Judah, our praise!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – 6:30PM Service

Faith in the Fire | Vol 2: Pt 4 (12.29.19)

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“That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.”
1 Thessalonians 3:3-5

 The enemy wants to use trial to get you out of the things of God: prayer, church, etc.

 Many people will quit church when they are going through a trial but they don’t quit work.

 You will be most tempted when you are going through affliction.

 Face your fire with an expectation for wholeness, not a quick fix. A quick fix leaves you in the same position.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Peace does not mean the absence of a trial. Peace is not feeling good about a bad thing. Peace = wholeness!

 Often times, trials move a person to make poor decisions in the midst of the trial.

 

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 This passage defines peace.

 When you speak of biblical peace, you are talking about wholeness.

 Complete wholeness exists mentally, physically, and spiritually. When there is a lack of peace in one of these areas, there is not wholeness.

 Sin has a way of making you watch your back! Proverbs 28:1 tells us that the wicked flee when no one pursues them and this is how sin positions your mind.

 Biblical wholeness is your mind (soul), body, and spirit.

 

“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
Acts 3:1-8

 Quick fixes don’t bring wholeness!

 The enemy wants to give you a pacifier to satisfy us for a while but El Shaddai wants to satisfy us with milk.

 Quit believing God for pacifiers when He is trying to give you the milk!

 Fractured people don’t need each other, they need Jesus! Two halves don’t make a whole when it comes to people. God wants to take two whole people and then make them one.

 When the man at the gates received wholeness in his legs, he began worshipping the Lord in the temple.

 We should ask ourselves, if God brought that thing into our lives that we’ve been believing for, would we be found praising Him.

 God can bring the thing you’ve been believing Him for when you are in line with His will and giving it to you won’t alter the course of where He intends for you to be.

 

“In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
John 5:3-8

 When you have an excuse, you’re justified in that status. It keeps you in the situation.

 When Jesus instructed the lame man to “rise” he was telling the man to change his posture and position.

 

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.”
Acts 16:25-28,36-37

 When Paul and Silas were in prison, they did not allow the prison to change them. That’s how they got to the “and suddenly” moment when God caused an earthquake that shook the foundation of the prison and opened the doors.

 Even thought the doors were open, they did not leave. That would’ve left them in an unsure position on the status of their freedom. Would soldiers still come after them? Instead they waited until the magistrates came in person and brought them out, free to go.

 Sometimes we can get settled with situational freedom.

 “Go in peace” meant that Paul and Silas were completely free versus being free only because the doors opened.

 When God brings wholeness into your life, Satan will be under your feet. “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:20

Master Checklist for making decisions include the will of God. The Will of God will:

1. always cause you to be in line with His word. (Isaiah 55:11)

2. cause you to be lead in peace. (Isaiah 55:12-13)

3. cause you to go out with great joy. (Isaiah 55: 12-13)

4. always bring Him glory.

 When you are enduring a fire or a trial, get a vision for wholeness.

Sunday, December 29, 2019 – 8:00AM and 9:45AM Service