Things To Come: P.2 (11.12.17)

Revelation 1:1-3 
[1] The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: [2] Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. [3] Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

The Word of God is sealed by the Holy Spirit. You have to have the Holy Spirit to get revelation knowledge from the Word.

John 16:13
[13] 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.

Isaiah 46:9-10
[9] Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, [10] Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

There are keys to understanding the bible that unlock truths.

Luke 11:52…Jesus rebuked the religious hierarchy for removing the keys of knowledge.

Matthew 13:35
[35] That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Isaiah 42:8-9
[8] I am the Lord : that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. [9] Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

The thing that sets the one true God apart from all the man-made “gods” of the world is that He declares the end from the beginning. He tells us what will happen before it happens.

Isaiah 41:21-22
[21] Produce your cause, saith the Lord ; bring forth your strong reasons , saith the King of Jacob. [22] Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be , that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.

Luke 17:26-29

Ecclesiastes 1:9
[9] The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

God uses the past as a picture of the future…from the very beginning of creation God had the end established.

Galatians 4:4

2 Peter 3:7-8
[7] But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. [8] 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.

Genesis 1:31
[31] And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

2 Peter 3:7-10
[7] But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. [8] 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. [9] 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. [10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

God can’t reveal to you what you never put before your eyes. If you want revelation knowledge, get in the Word.

Jesus being raised from the dead was first revealed to Mary because she was at the tomb.

Advertisements

Things To Come: P.1 (11.5.17)

John 16:7-13 
[7] 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. [8] And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: [9] Of sin, because they believe not on me; [10] Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; [11] Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. [12] I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. [13] 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.

Roles of the Holy Spirit:

Convince to believe

Convince of righteousness

Convince that we have victory because the enemy has been judged

Show things to come

Amos 3:6-8
[6] Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it ?[7] Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. [8] The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

We must have confidence in the Word of God to the point that we declare that same Word and know it will come to pass! 

To prophesy means to publicly declare the Word of God. The spirit of prophesy is the testimony of Jesus. 

Take the Word of God and say it…His Word will not return void. 

God will always have what he says.

God will always have what He says…that doesn’t mean His Word won’t be challenged…but it will never be conquered.

Mark 4

Isaiah 55:8-11
[8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord . [9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. [10] For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: [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.

There is not anything that takes God by surprise…He is always in control.

Gods Word always gets results!

Isaiah 46:9-10
[9] Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, [10] Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isaiah 41:21-22 
[21] Produce your cause, saith the Lord ; bring forth your strong reasons , saith the King of Jacob. [22] Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be , that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.

Satan knows if you ever doubt the Word of God that you won’t live by it. 

Equipped: P.5 (11.8.17)

Mark 16:20
[20] And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them , and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

God’s Word will always get results.

Jeremiah 1:5-7
[5] Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. [6] Then said I, Ah, Lord God ! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. [7] But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

We are equipped with God’s Word and His Spirit

Hebrews 1:3
There is not a more powerful position than for a born again believer to declare the written Word of God in the authority of the name of Jesus.

Take God at His Word and declare it in every situation.

Jeremiah 1:10
[10] See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

The Word of God is powerful.

What things need to be built and planted in your life? What things need to be rooted out?

Jeremiah 1:11-12
[11] Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. [12] Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

If we aren’t speaking the Word, we are not giving the Lord anything to perform.

Exodus 25:31-36
[31] And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. [32] And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: [33] Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. [34] And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. [35] And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. [36] Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.

There is a unique relationship between the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

You can not separate the ministry of God’s Spirit from the ministry of God’s Word

Ephesians 6:10-18
[10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places . [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Equipped: P.4 (11.1.17)

Luke 10:1-2
[1] 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. [2] 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.

John 8:30-32 
[30] As he spake these words, many believed on him. [31] Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

It takes discipline to continue in the Word.

Anything that is good for you takes discipline.

There is a big difference between a believer and a disciple.

Acts 11:26
[26] And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Mark 16:15,19-20
[15] And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. [19] So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. [20] And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them , and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

When you make your life about His Word and other people, God will work with you.

God works with you by confirming what He said in His Word.

Once we get in line with God’s Word, we will be met with provision.

Isaiah 34:16
[16] Seek ye out of the book of the Lord , and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

God always has what He says!

John 17:14-20
[14] I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. [15] I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. [16] They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. [18] As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. [19] And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. [20] Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

The Power To Be Still: P.3 (10.29.17)

Psalm 46:10
[10] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

God will remove the things that cause anxiety and fear because He wants you to be able to rest.

Genesis 3:8…God wants relationship

The end result of sin is separation from the presence of God.

Our busyness can separate us from the presence of God.

The health of your life is based on the health of your relationships.

Psalm 138:8

Psalm 23:1-6
[1] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. [2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. [3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. [4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. [5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. [6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Restoration for your soul is found in rest.

Impatience is the enemy to excellence.

God wants to always equip you with truth before the enemy gives you a lie.

You get to know God through a relationship.

If you don’t have time to benefit from the relationship you will be insecure in that relationship.

The valley should not be where we get to know God.

Being busy does not mean you are productive.

Mark 2:27…sabbath was made for man

Are we being still long enough to be in the presence of God?

Isaiah 30:15-16
[15] For thus saith the Lord God , the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. [16] But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

The Power To Be Still: P.2 (10.22.17)

Psalm 46:10-11 KJV
[10] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. [11] The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

It is important to live with a Selah mindset.

Do we give God a time to speak? Or are we too busy?
In our families, work, ministry, lives, etc… we must make time to hear from God. Schedule it.

Matt 14:23
Mark 1:35
Mark 6:31,46-47
Luke 5:16

Is 53…Jesus opened not His mouth

2 Samuel 5:17-20,22-25 KJV
[17] But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it , and went down to the hold. [18] The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. [19] And David enquired of the Lord , saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. [20] And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal-perazim. [22] And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. [23] And when David enquired of the Lord , he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. [24] And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. [25] And David did so, as the Lord had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

The way you are assured victory is to always be sensitive to the Spirit and seek the Lord. Even if He gave you a victory in the past, each new situation requires a fresh word from God. He more than one way of doing something.

Don’t go where the Lord isn’t leading.
Don’t walk down paths that the Lord has not paved.

God doesn’t have to use large exaggerated events to speak to us. He speaks in a still quiet voice. We must make time for Him to hear it.

You hear God’s voice when you are still and quiet.

God will not only tell you where to go, but the pace at which you need to go.
Go down the right path at the right pace.

Amos 3:3…can two walk together except they be agreed?

Gal 5:17

You can’t walk in the Spirit of you do not agree with the Spirit.

The way you agree with the Holy Spirit is to agree with His Word.

Spend time seeking direction from the Lord. God will not scream over the crowds. You have to separate yourself from the crowd and get in a place to hear from Him.

Psalm 23:1-6 KJV
[1] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. [2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. [3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. [4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. [5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. [6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Its hard to get sheep to lay down because it is hard for them to get up. If there is any fear or anxiety in the flock, they will not lay down. Also, because of the position of their nostrils, its dangerous for them to drink from running water. They are in danger of drowning. The 23rd Psalm is written from the perspective of a shepherd caring for his flock. God will remove anything that is giving us anxiety because He wants us to be able to lay down and rest with no fear. He leads us beside still waters.

 

Equipped: P.2 (10.18.17)

Luke 10:1-4 KJV
[1] 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. [2] 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. [3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. [4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

Luke 22:35-36 KJV
[35] And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. [36] Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it , and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

God doesn’t send you until He has equipped you.

Luke 10:30-36 KJV
[30] And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him , and departed, leaving him half dead. [31] And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. [32] And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him , and passed by on the other side. [33] But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him , [34] And went to him , and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. [35] And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. [36] Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Matthew 13:30

Matthew 20:1-2 KJV
[1] For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. [2] And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Penny is a days wages

2 Peter 3:3-4,8-9 KJV
[3] Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, [4] 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. [8] 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. [9] 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.

James 5:7-8 KJV
[7] Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. [8] Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

James 5:1-3 KJV
[1] Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you . [2] Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. [3] Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Apply faith to what is being preached here!

Luke 19:1-11 KJV
[1] And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. [2] And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. [3] And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. [4] And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way . [5] And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. [6] And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. [7] And when they saw it , they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. [8] And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. [9] And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. [10] For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. [11] And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

Make your life about souls!

Psalm 73:3,16-17 KJV
[3] For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. [16] When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; [17] Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

Job 27:8-17 KJV
[8] For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? [9] Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? [10] Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God? [11] I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal. [12] Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it ; why then are ye thus altogether vain? [13] This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty. [14] If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. [15] Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep. [16] Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; [17] He may prepare it , but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

Proverbs 13:21-22 KJV
[21] Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. [22] A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

There is nothing that exists that God doesn’t have complete control over.

The Lord will use anything that will advance His Kingdom.