I want to take a few moments of your time to talk I want to take a few moments of your time to talk about a reality we all are facing everyday of our lives I and especially in this season of quarantine because of the Corona Virus.
And a scripture which caught my attention is in 1 Chronicles 12:32 “There were 200 captains who came unto David, from the sons of Issachar. They were men who had an understanding of their times and what Israel should do, with all their brothers at their command”.…These men understood the times they were in, and had influence with all of those who followed them. Right thoughts, produce right beliefs, and that converts into right actions….I’m referring to “Thinking Right To Live Your best life now”. There was a man who believed himself to be an earth worm, is taken to a mental health facility where the doctors did their best to convince him that he is not a earth worm but a man. However, when he is cured and becomes convinced that he is not an earth worm, he is allowed to leave the hospital, but he immediately comes back, he is trembling and very frightened—He tells the doctors, “There is a chicken outside the door, and he is waiting to eat me”. “Please sir,” says his doctor, “you know very well that you are not an earth worm, but you are a man.” “Of course I know,” the patient replies, “but does the chicken know that?”We may know that we are God’s kids, but is the Devil convinced of the same thing after seeing how we think? The place where Satan usually defeats us is in the battleground of the mind and how we process our environment and interact with the world around us.….
Romans 6:13 “Do not yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your body as an instrument of righteousness unto God. v14 For sin (faulty and self-destructive thinking) shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace (khar'-ece...the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life) I believe that Paul is telling us that it is possible to live in a way that does not fall into the world’s mold of thinking, and live positive, effective, relevant lives that are able to not only survive, but thrive in a toxic environment…. While many subconscious thoughts are positive, some of them are “success blockers”. They simply prevent us from progressing or being successful in reaching and fulfilling our goals and our purpose in life. Dr. Emile Coue wrote a book in French, which is titled “Self-mastery Through Conscious Auto Suggestion” He says “When the conscious mind tries to shift into a behavioral change that conflicts with the subconscious mind’s pre-programmed thought patterns, the subconscious mind always wins. (let me say that again) In the conflict between the will and the subconscious mind, the outcome is always in proportion to the subconscious mind’s strength compared to the force of the will” In other words, (even if you're willing to change, you won't change unless you change the preprogramed thoughts that are deeply embedded in your psyche.) Joshua 1:3 “Every place that the soles of your feet shall tread upon, (daw-rak'.. to wear a path by continually walking on it), I have given it to you”... (establishing new patterns in areas you have not done so before)
We need to pre-condition our life each and every day, for where we want to end up, before we get there. We’re telling our mind to be prepared to process what it cannot see, hear, smell, taste or touch before we arrive, because we believe that God means what He says and He says what He means. You are prepared to win since you truly believe God will make a way, even when there is no way.
Romans 13: 12 “Put aside the things of darkness and walk in the armor of His light”. When the darkness comes and tries to close in around you, the Lord says "be a "glow in the dark" Christian! (Paul is telling us that "it's time to glow in the dark" ) People are drawn to the light, and when they see you glowing in the dark places of life, they will want to know what makes you glow, when there is so much to worry and fret over.
The average person processes over 60'000 separate thoughts each day, and 90% of those occur subconsciously. Think about how many things you do, day in and day out, without even consciously thinking about it. Your body performs most of it’s functions through automatic programing, occurring in the subliminal areas of the brain. But it is up to us, to take responsibility for programing the conscious functions of our lives. If we don’t, we will allow our environment and our negative culture to program it for us. It is the foundational principal of Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”. Allow me to Pray with you ……Father, help us remember that the redemption you have made possible is closer each moment, than we can imagine. It is even now working in me to transform the reality around me. Enable me to keep my focus on Christ so that regardless of what I am going through, what I choose to think, say and do, it will move me closer to being the persons you designed and intended me to be. Lord, you are aware of all that is at work in life around us that stimulates our fears and anxieties and brings out the worst in us. Give us the peace that is beyond the world’s understanding. Enable us to be so at peace with You that we have an inner calm as we deal with the various problems and pains in our lives. May we see each situation of life as a possibility for expanding our boundaries and experiencing new ideas and perspectives. Give us such an assurance and confidence of who we are by Your grace, that we truly believe that "we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us". As we are ruled by and walk in the Spirit, may we see that we are able to totally give ourselves to Your higher plan and purpose. Help us be so aware of Your sacrificial love that we are motivated to give of ourselves for the good of others and in the process discover the scriptural promise that "perfect love casts out fear", is truly being fulfilled each day in us. May we understand that our success comes through helping others attain success in their lives. As we begin this season of hope, this season of the celebration of new levels of personal growth, we ask that your grace be so at work in our lives that we are enabled to face what we must face, do what we must do, and endure what we must endure with a sense of peace, hope, joy, faith and confidence in your will.
Teach us to live boldly and with purpose through Your kingdom within us.
Welcome to the Easter season quarantine, and the glorious announcement that the grave could not hold His body down… Let’s all declare it together…”You can’t hold us, we’re coming out”….Oh yes, Let me shout it from the roof top, (or at least from the fourth floor, here)… HE IS RISEN!!! And because He lives, we shall live also….
In a few moments, I would like to invite you to have communion together with me this morning. So if you could have your emblems in place, whatever you have available, for the juice, and bread…crackers is fine, and at the end of my message today, I invite you toshare the communion emblems together with whoever is watching us live or recorded.
The Holy Spirit, has been assuring me that this Easter season, when the pandemic seems to have the spot light on the world stage, and so much has changed in all of our lives….we will look back as we unpack this time historically, and it will be known as a time of acceleration and not of decline for the world wide Church of Jesus Christ and His kingdom on earth. A time of strength discovered, of innovation, and creativity. You see, when Jesus’ body had been quarantined in the tomb, Death forgot to read the rest of the story or death would have known that you can’t quarantine a supernatural move of God very long. Satan didn’t bother to read what the Holy Spirit revealed to Job 1800 years before Jesus. In chapter 19, verse 25 “For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” The Devil somehow missed Isaiah 53:10-11 “…though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied.” Oh yeah!! And the Boogy Man must have been deaf and dumb, when in Matthew 17:22 we see that Jesus himself made it very clear, andSatan either wasn’t listening or didn’t want to hear… “Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day”.(Are you listening now Devil?) For the first time in 2000 years, Christian churches around the planet will not meet together in their sanctuaries or temples, to celebrate Easter Sunday with Holy week observances, even though 2 out of every 3 people on the planet call themselves Christians. We have never been in this place, with such global ramifications. And yet, the spirit of the Lord says, we are entering a season of acceleration. The church has always expanded during times of persecution, trials and testing. I believe we are in a season when the supernatural ability of God is being amplified and magnified inour ministries, our time and our circumstances, to bring His plans to pass at a much faster rate than would be possible in the natural cycle of things. When our Father is at work, the things that might be able to stop the flesh, and things on the natural level, cannot stop Him. There is an unstoppable momentum that is building and growing right now. We find ourselves caught up in a move of God that is shifting circumstances, repositioning people and events, removing obstacles and advancing kingdom causes in ways we could never have planned, but God did.
I heard that the president of a company, called all the employees together to make an announcement about someone within the company who was going to be replacing him as the new president. The boss called Rob Frank up to the platform as he presented him with the new position. He said, "you've been with the company for a year. You started off in the mail room, one week later you were promoted to a sales position, and one month after that you were promoted to district manager of the sales department. Just four short months later, you were promoted to vice-president. Now, it's time for me to retire, and I want you to take over the company. What would you like to say to that?" To which Rob said "Thanks, Dad".
Our Father is the owner and manager of planet earth and He’s looking for some folks to run His business here. He’s about to make an important announcement and give some promotions, and advancements. And it’s all based on the fact that His children are His favorites, the apple of His eye. Others may be more qualified, but He reserves the right to give it to whoever He wills, and He wills to give it to His kids!
That was pretty much the condition of Jacob, who labored for 20 years, for Laban and it was where God had told him to go. But he had little to show for all of his effort, because all of his time and energy had only increased Laban, his uncle, and not himself. But there was a wave of acceleration which was moving in his direction. And suddenly, God began to lift, promote, and launch him forward. In a short time, the bible says that Jacob increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and mules. The time of acceleration had come for Jacob!
We could compare it to being at the ocean and you’re caught by a wave of the sea, and you experience a sudden surge forward. It lifts you and propels you to a place different than where you were before. All, you have to do is let it carry you, yield to its strength and power, and let it take you there.
We are in a season where a perfectly timed wave of God is moving in and it’s getting ready to lift you up and move you forward….(along with anyone that is part of your vision)….
Surfers learn to wait for the right wave so they can be propelled by the force of the curl as it sweeps upward and forward.
It was the same story with Joseph, who was a slave in Egypt for 13 years because of betrayal after betrayal. It seemed that the dream of his heart was only there to make his life miserable, taunting and stalking him, as he compared his current condition with the vision within him…. But a wave of acceleration that would change everything, was moving in his direction and he would quickly become the prime minister of Egypt….Andthere’s a wave coming towards you, in this season.
The enemy will always try to hold you back from fulfilling God’s purposes, and block your resurrection, but even when it seems that the enemy has succeeded, it is never too late for our God. He can supernaturally replenish you, overturn the battle and use the situation to launch you forth, and accelerate you into His purposes. Joseph was able to say, “you meant it for evil, but the Lord meant it for good!!!! Hey, that’s your acceleration promise too!
Moses spent 40 years living as a shepherd in the desert. Once upon a time, he thought he could make a difference. Once, he dreamed of delivering Israel out of slavery. Now at 80 years old, he had ceased to believe it was possible. That is, until we read in Exodus 3, that Moses encountered God’s Presence in a burning bush. And God revealed it was his ‘now’ time to deliver Israel. In a short time— in a season of Divine acceleration—Moses was propelled into a confrontation with Pharaoh, leading Israel out of slavery and into the service and worship of God, with global implications. Something that could not have happened in 430 years, happened in a matter of 4 to 5 months….
We can make the choice to think in terms of what is humanly possible—or trust the Father that He can cause things to fall into place in a miraculous way. We need to look at every delay, as God’s method of positioning us for Divine acceleration.
I hear it in Joel 2:25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…” And the words of the prophet Baalam, come to mind here….
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should ever lie, neither the son of man, that He should repent: has He not said, and shall He not do it? or has He not spoken, and shall He not make it good”? v20 Behold, I have received commandment from God to bless, for He has blessed, (favored, honored, prospered, and Celebrated) and none can reverse it”.
In Joel’s time, God promised that as the nation turned to Him, He would make up for the lost years with overflow harvest— That His name might be exalted and He would be glorified
God is celebrating you, right now, because He already knows what can happen when He begins to accelerate the things He has planned for you! God is by nature a Redeemer, and Jesus has paid the price for every mistake, failure, sin and shame. Even when the wages of sin have been reaped, when we repent and turn to Him, He transforms barrenness into fruitfulness. He elevates us from poverty to plenty, and He transports us from emptiness to Divinely accelerated overflow—this is the amazing power of His grace and forgiveness.
The resurrection declares that He is the God of the second chance. And even when it feels as though you have missed the opportunity to fulfil His purpose or to step into your prophetic season, it is never too late for God’s acceleration process. All that is happening, hasn’t taken Him by surprise. Through Divine acceleration, He can bring His prophetic call to pass in our lives. As we return, to faith and trust in Him. We will see that our Heavenly Father has lined up circumstances and people like dominoes falling—What looks like it’s dead and gone, is about to get a resurrection!
Once His power is unleashed, nothing can hold back His prophetic call, and His plan and purpose. Joseph’s own family mocked his calling from God and conspired together to prevent it from ever being fulfilled. The malicious choices of others sent Joseph to slavery and later imprisonment.
However when God’s time came, Genesis 41 tells us that all the forces that had tried to prevent his promotion, were overwhelmed. Joseph’s rise to rulership was immediate. Divine acceleration caused what had been delayed for 13 years, to happen within a day, Joseph put aside his prison garments and put on the mantle of leadership and rulership.
No person, and no action by anyone else can prevent God’s purpose from being accomplished in our lives when Divine acceleration begins. Instead, our Father can use the very people who have meant it for evil and turn it into good. (Gen 50:19)
By keeping your heart clean, and free of bitterness and resentment, we can stay in position for God’s times of acceleration. Nothing and no one can hold you back when His time comes. He is faithful, He is sovereign, He is powerful and, He is positioning us, and making connections, so that we can arrive at the right time, in the right place, with the right people, for the right purpose.
It is so easy to look back in hind sight, to see that our disappointments have really been His appointments. What if we could receive the insight we need from the experiences of Elijah, Joseph and Jacob, to stand firm in our dried-up brooks, our pit or prison, through our Labans and our Esau’s and make that transformative confession of Romans 8:28 even while the heart may be breaking with sorrow.
“All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”? Do you really believe it? Someday soon, in the future we will all experience a dried up brook. It is very likely that more Christians have lost their faith over their dried up brook than any other event. Every pastor has watched and prayed with those who are sufferingas they struggle with the “why” of their dried-up experience. There are times when no matter how much you may try, you will not be able to discern any logic or reason behind certain situations and events.
I read that years ago, the citizens of Coffee County, Alabama, just couldn’t understand why God had allowed the boll weevil todestroy their main source of income. The weevil had invaded their fields, devastating the cotton industry and shutting it down completely. In Desperation, the farmers had to turn to more diversified farming and eventually doubling their income from growing peanuts. The farmers of Coffee County erected a monument to the boll weevil so they would never forget. In the memorial inscription, credit is given to the boll weevil for forcing the change of crops, creating unprecedented prosperity and plenty in that area.
The end of one thing had become the beginning of another!
Who could have ever thought that two symbols of death, a cross and a tomb, could inspire so many people, to live a bigger fuller life! Our human reasoning cannot see that any good could ever result from some circumstances. But the real issue is that we choose to trust God, more than the circumstances.
Job said this, as he was scraping his painful boils, sitting in the ash heap, having lost all his family, (except his nagging wife).
Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him”. 23:10 “But He knows the way that I take and when He has proven me, I shall come forth as gold”. We know in retrospect, that this powerful declaration of trust, reversed everything, and ushered Job into a season of unbelievable acceleration….
The disciples chosen by Jesus, did what they had done hundreds of times, they went fishing. We are told that they had worked all night and caught absolutely nothing. There was nothing to show for their labor which meant that the bills would not get paid, the money would not be there for groceries, and they would have to go to bed tired and hungry. They were preparing to clean and mend their nets for the next day of fishing, and these guys were weary, disgusted and doubted their own ability. But Jesus shows up and in the midst of their emptiness, He releases a surge of acceleration that no one saw coming!
John 21:6 Jesus told them to go back, out a little ways and then, drop the nets on the right side of the boat for a catch of fish like nothing they had ever seen before. In a short time they went from not enough to more than enough, from empty boats to overloaded boats, from nothing is happening to Good Lord, how can we handle all that’s happening!!!! That tells me acceleration is closer to us than we think.
In the book of Amos, God describes what happens when we are caught in the flow of acceleration. Amos 9:13 “Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that the one who is plowing shall overtake the one who is reaping, and the treader of grapes shall overtake those that sow the seed…” (now that’s not natural)
It is a supernatural process that overrules the natural realm, the natural laws, and the natural processes. I believe great doors of favor are opening and God says, “I will open and none shall shut it, and I will close and none shall be able to open”.
I believe we will have the blessing of the right place, in the right time, with the right people, doing the right things, walking through the right doors, seizing the right opportunities.
I especially believe there will be momentum in the areas of finances, relationships and family reconciliation. We are also going to see a blessing in the harvest of souls. Sometimes you feel like you being stretched pretty thin, but acceleration begins to take place when we come to a thin place, where this realm mergeswith that realm and that realm is flowing into this realm, where the impossible becomes possible….We are allowed to handle the substance of eternity, not just that thing, but the one who is the source and the purpose of all things!
We will never, never, never!!! Be ashamed when we trust in the Lord! It’s important to remove negative words from our vocabulary (it’s called the “shut your mouth” anointing) and get those negative patterns from our thinking. Begin to think possibilities, think miracles, and prepare your heart and spirit to be fertile ground for acceleration.
Create an atmosphere of celebration around you wherever you go and whatever you do.
Jesus is the master of acceleration….He brings Kairos into our Cronos. Cronos is natural time, but Kairos is God’s time…I believe we are in a change of seasons, and God is ending one season and beginning another
Galatians 6:9 refers to Kairos, when it says, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season (Kairos season) we shall reap, if we faint not”. King David said, “My times (or my Cronos) is in Your hands”….
I believe your Kairos season is here!!!
Would you join me at this time, as we get ready to receive communion…
Jesus offered Himself as a timeless sacrifice in the great exchange, when He took our place, our sickness and disease but most of all our sin, and He overwhelmed everything that would try to overwhelm us when life overwhelmed death and flooded the tomb where they had lain his body. We read in 1 Corinthians 11:23 (Paul speaking) “For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.[a] Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again”.
*We receive the bread, and the wholeness, health and healing which we have in this covenant with our Lord. Lord we thank you for your covenant with us. We receive healing, health and wholeness as we praise you for granting this amazing gift to us, in Jesus name.
*We receive the cup, and the forgiveness of sin, the breaking of every curse, and all that redemption offers to us through the sacrificial covenant which our Lord freely gives to all who believe. Lord we believe. In Jesus Name and through His resurrected body, which forever speaks that it is finished, all is now available to every believer.
Lord, give us faith, now to believe and embrace, your supernatural supply. By your resurrection, You have sealed every promise You’ve made. Help us to celebrate it before we see it…. and establish it with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving. Help us to know that your grace really needs nothing more than a willing vessel, a trusting, receptive heart, and being available to You. Lord, may wealign ourselves in agreement with what you have to say about us, and believe that we are who You say we are, so that we can be what you say we can be, and do what You say we can do, for then,we can have what you say we can have, in new and extraordinary ways, every morning of every day. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning, In Jesus name, Amen!
Thank you for allowing us to be with you and to have the blessing of this fellowship we have in Christ… Till next time…
Welcome and thank you everyone, for being with us on this 2020 Palm Sunday celebration …Winnie and I have hung palm branches on our balcony, just our small way of saying “Hosannah to the king”
I guess you could say we’re shouting it from the roof top…(or the 4th floor anyway) As you can see behind me, Palm Sunday reminds us that, whenever Jesus shows up, thank God, He changes the atmosphere. We know that this is what took place on that first Palm Sunday. Many ran through the streets shouting out to everyone…Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming this way!
The atmosphere of the routine, everyday stuff of life, was charged with expectancy, and celebration filled the air as everyone strained forward to see Him. fear, and darkness and uncertainty were replaced with the reality of their hopes fulfilled… “Hosanna To The King” they shouted, as Palm Fronds were waved and garments were cast on the ground before Him.
On Palm Sunday, the rulers of darkness were served notice that the king of righteousness, truth, and kingdom authority was on His way to the final battle, and they were all on high alert as they began to develop their strategy to stop Him at any cost.
Satan is referred to as the prince of the power of the air (or the atmosphere) …. He had done so well, so long in controlling the atmosphere of the world system as the dark prince….
Now Jesus comes, riding on a donkey’s colt, He had clearly shown His purpose for coming to earth…. He was bringing heaven into earth. He came to change the spiritual climate…and the pervading atmosphere… “For this purtose was the Son of God manifest, to destroy the works of the evil one!” The High atmosphere of heaven had invaded the low places of the earth! Jesus had told all His followers to pray and release the atmosphere of “His will to be done in earth as it is in heaven”…
I think of The song “When you walk into the room” beautifully describes that… “When you walk into the room, everything changes. Darkness starts to tremble at the light that you bring. And when you walk into the room, every heart starts burning and nothing matters more than just to sit here at your feet and worship you. When you walk into the room, sickness vanishes as a mist. Every hopeless situation ceases to exist. And when you walk into the room, the dead are quickened too ‘Cause there’s resurrection life in all You do”.
Paul writes about this process of changing the atmosphere in Ephesians 2:5 “But God, has quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), v6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… ”How important it is that we understand our part in changing the atmosphere… The atmosphere at the high elevation of a mountain, is different than the atmosphere at the foot of the mountain. It’s about elevation.
God is declaring that if we can increase our elevation and by so doing, we usher in heaven’s atmosphere, it will change the atmosphere in the earth around us as we become living portals which bring heaven into the daily affairs of earth.
Are we giving the Lord acceptable praise…..If you only praise God when things are going well, your praise has not matured yet. If you only praise God when you feel like it, your praise has not matured yet. If you only praise God when you come to church, your praise has not matured yet. If you don’t understand that praise is Spiritual warfare, your praise has not matured yet. If you only praise God for what He does and not for who He is, your praise hasn’t matured yet….Hosanna To The King! So when the bible tells us to give Him high praises, it is praise that has moved to another elevation, We’re growing and expanding in our praise….Oh, yes, Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and come into His courts with praise….
Matthew 6:33 But seek first (continually seek) His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you”. The mission we have been given in every situation, is changing the atmosphere and praise and thanksgiving is an important key…..
When the Israelites entered Canaan, God gave them a unique command,
Numbers 33:53 “And you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein, for I have given you the land to possess it”. The word that comes to my mind is “leveraging”…. God was saying, I give you my power to overwhelm the inhabitants of the land, to bring about a huge return and the very best outcome as you invest in the land I have promised you.
The command to “dispossess”, occurs 48 times in the Old Testament in some form. It means to replace something that is there, with something that never existed before…. To set up a new standard, To build a new culture, To serve a new king….
Look at this statement from Jesus Himself…. Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it”.
*…..Someone was flying for the first time, in order to get home for Easter. They were very nervous, they even lifted their feet when the plane took off to lighten the airplane…. But something happened that changed the atmosphere for them, from fearful and worried, to calm and assurance. You see, they looked up 3 seats in front of them and there sat their favorite TV evangelist. Well, that woman knew that nothing was going to happen to THAT PLANE as long as he was on board.
What happened…. For that woman, the evangelist was carrying faith, blessed assurance, grace and favor, the presence of Christ, the anointing of an overcomer, and the ambassadorship of the kingdom…And he was there to remind her to change the atmosphere, and not be overcome by flying too low in her faith!
Notice it says in Ephesians 2;5 that “He has (already) quickened us together in heavenly places with Christ”
The authority and dominion which the Lord Jesus walked in, has become the right and privilege of all believers:
Jesus physically ROSE from the dead, so, we are spiritually being renewed, revived and restored, and strengthened within….
Jesus ASCENDED into heaven , so, we can ascended into heaven, because we have access to the throne of God, which is over all the things that want to stop our calling, our anointing and our God ordained outcome…. Jesus SAT DOWN in heavenly places, so, we can sit down in heavenly places which is a description of getting the situation we’re in, off of our backs and under our feet….
One day every Christian will physically rise, ascend, and sit down in heaven, but RIGHT NOW this is true of all believers spiritually.
Ephesians 2:5 uses the term “Heavenly places”….What does the phrase "THE HEAVENLY PLACES" mean?
Some translations say "the heavenly realms," "the heavenly sphere," or "the kingdom of heaven."
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:2 that he was once "caught up to the third heaven." The first heaven is the atmosphere. The second heaven is space. The third heaven is the dwelling place of God. The third heaven is the same as "the heavenly places." Ephesians 2:6 describes every Christian as seated in heaven with Christ. What does that mean for you right now? THE CHRISTIAN NO LONGER BELONGS TO THE WORLD—HE IS GRAFTED INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. (That’s what the salvation quickening does for us)
The Bible commands us, Romans 12:2 "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing or (elevation) of your thinking”. . .
Christ commissioned Paul to go to the Gentiles Acts 26:18 "to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and FROM THE POWER OF SATAN UNTO GOD".
Our calling is now and always, to change the atmosphere. The reason you have been under such heavy attacks from the enemy, is because he knows that you have the potential to change the atmosphere and sway people’s hearts towards God. So he sets up detours, and pitfalls and snares along the way. He hits you with matters of the heart, for he knows that where your heart is, your treasure is also… Satan’s greatest fear is that you will become what God always intended for you to be….
Philippians 3:20 (The Passion Bible) Paul talks about this " But we are the people of heaven on earth as we cling tightly to our life-giver, the Lord Jesus Christ…”
The Christian lives a life which overcomes the world. 1 John 5:4-5 "WHATSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD: AND THIS IS THE SOURCE OF OUR VICTORY "
I hope you know that when you go to the store, there’s a greater reason than the milk, bread and eggs on your list….When you go to the mechanic you’re going for a greater reason than getting your car fixed… When you’re on the job, you’re there for much more than a pay check. God has put you there to change the atmosphere!
It’s all about what we allow to capture our heart, our affections, and our desires.
A newspaper article told of a man who once found a $100 bill on the street and he resolved that from that time on he would never lift his eyes while walking. He bought a metal detector. The paper went on to say that over the years he had found, 29,516 metal buttons, 54,172 bottle caps, 15,000 nails, two sets of false teeth, a nose ring, 18 pennies, a bent back, and a miserable disposition. But he also lost something—the glory of sunrise and sunset, the radiance of the stars, the smiles of friends, and the wonder of the world all around him.
I’m afraid that some Christians are like that man. While they may not walk around, constantly staring at the ground, they are so engrossed with the things of this life that they give little attention to heavenly values. How can they change the atmosphere anywhere?
You can’t give something you don’t have…. You can’t call others to a place you have not come to yourself… You can’t teach what you have not learned…You can’t impart what you have not received….
There is a wonderful statement in Ephesians, about changing the atmosphere in the earth, and creating an open heaven…. Ephesians 1:19 “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power unto us who believe. It is the workings of His strength and His might” Strength and might are two attributes that flood the atmosphere where His presence is. Strength and might are released into the spirit of God’s people enabling them to cast off their burdens and supernaturally believe the impossible is possible. It ushers us into a place called “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us”!
What an amazing thing it is to see the glory of the King saturate a place and to witness the release of His holy zeal that transforms downcast souls into mighty ones! HOSANNAH TO THE KING!!! Strength and might come when we usher in His presence, when the mighty ones “give unto the Lord, the glory due to His name,” when we “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”
When the atmosphere changes, repentance comes! Yes! The Spirit of Truth begins to convict our hearts, and causes us to be conscious of righteousness and holiness…. The Spirit of Truth is manifested to reveal things hidden and things veiled in shadows. In this atmosphere, those who are bound by deceptions and dark manipulations, step into the light and are released from the weights and encumbrances which have hindered and distracted them.
A holy atmosphere is ushered in, where amazing things happen and transformation can take place. Bondages are broken, the light of heaven begins to shine, truth has the power of penetration and lives are changed forever.
It is an atmosphere where every knee bows, and every tongue confesses the Lordship of Jesus to the glory of God…..HOSANNAH TO THE KING!
It’s like throwing a stone in a lake and the circle of change gets bigger and wider and the ripples go out further and further until they touch every part of the lake.
Listen to David’s declaration of a change in the atmosphere in
Psalm 29 Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders. The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!" The LORD sits enthroned over the Flood, and the LORD sits asKing forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with His Shalom”.
David is comparing an open heaven to a great wall of water breaking through and flowing over everything. Imagine rivers of waters breaking the banks, overflowing the land, and overturning all that stands in its way. David is using these forces in a good way to describe an atmosphere of God breaking in upon the world systems. What can stand against It, and what can hold it back….. Nothing!
In an atmosphere of breakthrough, everything of heaven is intensified and amplified in the earth . Everything increases because the atmosphere has changed, breakthrough has come! Expect a new level of ministry, of gifting, of signs, of the anointing, of wonders, of healings, of miracles, of finances, of wisdom, of revelation, of understanding, and of destiny in your life! Expect more than you have experienced before…..
Heaven is on a collision course with the world system, which has held your job, your home, your community in it’s grip…. Do you need wisdom and direction? Do you want to take your spiritual experience a couple of mega notches upward? Are there brass doors, bars of iron, or hard, impenetrable ground that has prevented breakthrough of any kind in your life – it has withheld your financial break through, spiritual break through, or a break through in the areas of healing and deliverance? Do you have a heart for souls but haven’t seen the harvest? Genesis tells us that at a time when the earth was without form and void, God spoke forth and His words collided with the chaos and the darkness….. The Father spoke forth and commanded “LET THERE BE LIGHT”! And the atmosphere changed…. Light broke through, boundaries were established, harmony and order began to take the place of a chaotic earth as the darkness was driven back….
God is causing a great exchange to take place through His agents in the earth. The words that drove back the darkness, the chaos, and the toxic atmosphere in Genesis, is in our Spirit now, waiting to be spoken out of our mouths.
It’s Palm Sunday, the king is entering triumphantly… Let us lift our Hosannahs!
Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
Sometimes it’s letting go of the old so we can receive the new thing of God that will change the atmosphere, and usher in the fulfillment of all that God has promised, is our greatest challenge. We want what we’re comfortable with, while at the same time we desire what we know deep down He has in store for us. But this new wine cannot be contained in the old containers of our comfort zones. May we be so consumed with His pleasure in and through us, that it will neutralize our need to hang on. Lord, we let Go! That we may receive every good and perfect thing which comes from the Father who now invites us to enter in ….
Let me close with the words Paul received of the Lord…..
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in your weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me”.
Paul is describing a mature faith, which fully understands the concept… “It is not I but Christ in me, the hope of glory”.
You know, the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, knew that all the applause wasn’t for him, We must be like that donkey, our job is to bring Jesus everywhere we can, and He’ll do the rest! The quickest way to destroy the heavenly atmosphere, is to start thinking that you are some great thing, because God is using you. When we feel like it all depends on us, we have opened the door to paralyzing fear, intimidation, doubt, guilt and limitations everywhere we go and in everything we do….Hey, we are just the mail man, delivering the mail. Just be God’s delivery system, and there is no end to what He can do in your life!!!
Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert”.
I want to close with this prophetic word God put in my spirit… I wrote it down…
This is the hour that Jesus is shaking up our world view. I see Him calling out to many who have been sick, frail, in tremendous pain, weak, wounded, plundered and some who have just given up. He says over us, “Dead bones – (our life, our families, our situation, our churches) – COME TOGETHER. Be joined in faith, built up and restored.”
And there is a new thing happening now. Right Now Today! With every connection and organ and cell in place working properly. Being brought together and being made whole.” And we are coming together, we are being healed and being united. We are being given the strength to stand in the brilliant, transformative truth that is pouring through us and regenerating us.
“Breath of the Spirit – fill with Life! It is time. Now is the time. So, Arise My Love! The grave and the grip of death, which wants to send us backward instead of forward, no longer has a hold! It’s time to dance!! New songs are being birthed, Beautiful songs of the Spirit arise. As we Praise, see what He is about to do! The bells of Freedom are ringing!” Shouts that shatter barriers and break down dividing walls have been amplified! Holy Spirit, enter into us in a fresh visitation. Open wide our hearts and spirits to You. Help our unbelief. Before I go any further, I am seeing someone in my spirit, who is just drained and emotionally numb. The spark is gone, you’re running on empty…Be filled with the spirit, I release the rivers of living waters to flow out of the inner well that Jesus talked about. Be renewed in your very soul. I release your song, I release your dream and your purpose. Be restored and whole to your very core, in Jesus name!
There’s also someone who has gotten on the wrong path, and you don’t know how to get back to where you once were… May the Holy Spirit lift the veil from your mind that you can see clearly and may He give you wisdom from above to bring it all together… In Jesus name… Lord, we invite You into our bodies, minds and desires. Strengthen our spirits to be able to receive revelation of who You really are and Your great design, in and through us.
Open the dusty drawers of our heart and soul, clean out things in our closets that simply clutter and take up space, with no purpose or profit. Cleanse, purge, prune us of all that is not of You. Reveal to us the places of unbelief or pride, fear or doubt, anger or bitterness. Root it all out, Jesus. Plow up our hearts to be ready with good soil for all the seeds of Your Word You want to plant in us. Fruitful, beautiful things from You that can now grow and abound. We now take up the weapons, the tools and authority You have given us and bring every thought captive for Christ. We now receive creative designs, fresh insight, new direction, and knowledge and wisdom that is from above. To the praise of Your glorious grace! Let us receive it, in Jesus Name!!!!
Till next time….HOSANNAH, TO THE KING OF KINGS, HOSANNAH!!! (wave palms)