(47:54) Hi church. First I want to say that I am very, very blessed. I have a gift of encouragement and joy. And we all have special gifts. But, as we were worshipping, I pick up a very deep sense of mourning. And we are living in a world of extremes right now. We have extremes, from one side to the other. And sometime we feel like I am bipolar. I mean I am up, I am down, I am up, I am anxious, I am depressed, I am full of Joy. And I am not diagnosed with Bipolar, no way. I sympathize with anyone who is. However, our God is a God of extremes. He is a God of extremes, And in His word, He talks about mourning and joy. We have to feel our feelings, to heal, our feelings. And we have many many losses in this congregations. And when we have deep losses we mourn. We mourn. We just lost another young beautiful person. Another child of god has fallen. Oh dear God , we just come to you and we ask for your comfort, for your strength during these times of mourning. So that we can wake up and have joy in the mourning. (49:49)
John 18 Intimacy Series
Transcribed from Facebook 1:33:22 long recording.
(1:28:20) Steve has so .. powerfully … eloquently … released the power of God into us … through this message .. that Jesus knew .. why He had to come to this earth … and Jesus ... and Steve mentioned that Jesus took the place of Barabbas and Barabbas was the first to be forgiven. And God came down to forgive us … (1:29:00) of a debt … that we could not .. do ourselves … My blood .. is not the right blood to remove sin but His is … He had to come down .. and die … (1:29:22) And yesterday .. our nation … went to the Capitol … and we humbled ourselves … and hopefully each one of us did that yesterday .. for repentance .. of things that we have done and what our Nation has done… against the Father (1:29:47) and against of what He has established here. … But in me … the second most important truth of Christianity … (1:30:03) is that God forgave us … and He says I require you to forgive your fellow man. .. In the “Our Father” it says .. about forgiveness, forgive us as we have forgiven those who have trespassed against us. And the only dialog that Jesus gave was about that forgiveness, (1:30:30) if you do not forgive your brothers sin. The Father cannot forgive you. And if you want the power of God in your life, we have an obligation .. it is not just … something we can do. It is an obligation, Because God has forgiven us a debt that we cannot be released from. He said if you want to be my child , you must forgive your brothers. (1:30:59) If you want your nation free you must forgive your brothers. It does not matter how great or how small. Today it is a decision for us as a body of Christ here in Atlantic County. Release your brothers so that they, that I, your father, can come in and release the power of God in their lives. Because whoever sins you bind on earth I bind in heaven. And whosoever sins you loose on earth, I loose in heaven. I do understand it but God has said it. (1:31:35) We in our lives, we have the power to release God’s work in them. Let us start with ourselves. Forgive our brothers. Because it is a requirement .. it is not just … something that we have a choice. As Christians, we do not have a choice. (1:31:59) … Father I thank you, … I thank you for the word, I thank you for the power of your gospel, I thank you for the power of your blood, I thank you for the power of the name of Jesus. And You came to set us free; that we could be free. But yet, we have the power to release our brothers and sisters. And Father we come before you today .. and we release them .. of the small.. and of the great. (ends 1:32:40)
(47:00) Thank you Dr Steve. .. I just heard the Lord say, I heard “Open the Gates! Open the Gates!” I love to go to the nations. So yes I need the doors open, so I can go. But The Lord said the Fortress and the people that were yelling ‘open the gates open the gates’. The fortress was the Church and the people in the world are now at a place where they see that the church as a sanctuary and a haven and a safe place, and they were saying, “Open the Gates! Open the Gates!” Let’s shout together Church, “Open the Gates! Open the Gate!” and then we say welcome them in, come in, because the harvest is now and the time is now. (47:49)
This morning the Lord gave me a word before we got here. As you were a kid you probably played the game hide-and-seek. You played it outside. You played it inside. You played it in your neighborhood and with your family. It was a cool little game. But the Lord is saying that when we played that game somebody was "it". The "it” person went looking for everybody else. So they were searching and when they came near us, we were afraid to breathe. Oh I don’t want to be found! I don’t want to be found! Well in the current environment we are hiding in our homes. We are hiding behind our masks. We are hiding from other people. We are hiding from gathering together, and we are hiding from going to church. But God says “Come out, come out wherever you are! Ready or not here I come!”
Good morning. When Josh was speaking about champions, I was asking the Lord "how is it that we can be a champion and how is it that as champion that we can shift something for God. How is it that we can shift the atmosphere?" And I felt like the Lord said: David was a great, great champion and when he came up against Goliath those are keys for us. Because he was not afraid for one thing and there is so much fear in the church and in the world right now. It's off the charts! And the fear you've got to stop fearing what the people out there are saying and have a healthy fear of God because that's what King David did. He had a healthy fear. He knew who he was, and he said I am coming to you Goliath in the name of the Lord. I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. In order for us to shift the nation we need to chop the heads off of the enemies that are working in the nation. And if you don't know who they are then you need to find out. Because there are principalities and powers of darkness that we are up against and if we as believers are in fear we can't battle effectively. So when we are battling like King David we are confronting the enemy. When we are praying and asking God to bless us and bring the glory into the nation we are speaking to God. So it's two separate things. And so in order for us to shift we need to become bold people of God that will put the enemy in its place.
(56:00) Alleluia, alleluia, I can worship all day. They did an awesome job in worship this morning. Amen. It’s so appropriate, the word that the lord has given me this morning is in Mathew 25 the parable of the talents and um, I just felt like if you don’t know the story please read it. But what God does is He gives talents to His servant and to some He gives five, and He tells them to do something with it and on down the line to the one just gets one talent.(56:36) And faithful servants take a position in the kingdom and share in the master’s joy. But one aspect of it is that I felt like I was honing in for me is the one who said to the Lord, I know who you are, you reap where you do not sow when you sow where you do not reap and basically what that is saying is God is sovereign, and he can do whatever he wants in our (57:02) lives. And when we say yes to the lord, that means that we walk the road in the journey He has for each and everyone of us. And we all have our own journey, but what the other thing that he said is, I was afraid of You; and so, I didn’t want to do anything and I feel like that is what the enemy is trying to do to the church in this hour. He’s trying to say to us be afraid, hid your talents, hid it under something. Don’t let people see; but, the Lord is saying it’s not a time to hide your talents. It’s a time to let your talents shine. It’s time to let Him double what talents you have. If you’re a prophet prophesy, and if you prophesy once, prophesy ten times. If you have the gift of healing, God is saying speak to those that need healing um when uh. Pastor Joshua was talking about people being set free with addictions (57:59). It’s the time for this spirit to be laid quiet. It cannot take any more of our children. It cannot have this generation cuz this generation is here to rise up for the kingdom of God because it’s God’s finest hour. When the enemy wants to say you are defeated God is saying it is His finest hour church (17) Don’t give up. Know Me as a good, good Father. Don’t Know me and don’t be afraid of Me, because I’m good. Every song that was song that we sang this morning say He is has the victory, He is the one that overcomes. And that’s the God that we serve. And so He wants you to be encouraged (58:35) If you have money invest it, If you have time invest it. If you have gifts and talents use them for the kingdom of God because He reigns, and He’s the victorious One. Amen. Amen. You know. (58:49)