10/20/19 Miracle City Global
Judah Goes First
Anna Love. Has anyone felt challenged in your faith? The faith to see the good in your circumstances? I believe this morning the Lord is coming to strengthen us and strengthen the core of faith in us, because He’s within us.
I want to decree Psalm 57 over us and step into a time of worship. I want you to step in in a way you haven’t stepped in before or in a long time, without striving or pushing for a word, a vision, a need to see, feel, etc. I know we are listening to see and hear, but if we are functioning as who we are in Christ, then we don’t have to strive to see and hear. We just have to BE.
We need to leave a place of striving this morning. That’s just adding onto the heavy load, to what you may be dealing with and feeling. We just need to stand before the Lord and say, Here we are. Just presenting ourselves unto Him. We’re coming to worship Him and I know He’s going to do a work in us this morning. Who wants a tuneup? Who wants a refresh? Who wants a breath of fresh air?
We’ve talked about that jib sail. Who wants that next gust of wind? I believe He’s coming and is here this morning to strengthen us in our faith.
Psalm 15 TPT. To the Pure and Shining One. King David’s golden song of instruction composed when he hid from Saul in a cave. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy”
:1 Please, God, show me mercy! Open your grace-fountain for me, for you are my soul’s true shelter. I will hide beneath the shadow of your embrace, under the wings of your cherubim, until this terrible trouble is past.
:2 I will cry out to you, the God of the highest heaven, the mighty God, who performs all these wonders for me.
:3 From heaven he will send a father’s help to save me.
Does anyone need a father’s help?
He will trample down those who trample me. Pause in his presence
How quick are we, all of us, to push on and push through instead of taking a moment with Him? It’s the moment He wants to meet with us this morning to deliver us. It’s not a hard thing. It’s an easy thing. It’s just waiting on the Lord because He is coming like the father’s help to pull us up and out this morning.
He will always show me love by his gracious and constant care.
:4 I am surrounded by these fierce and brutal men. They are like lions just wanting to tear me to shreds. Why must I continue to live among these seething terrorists, breathing out their angry threats and insults against me?
:5 Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens. May your shining glory be seen in the skies! Let it be seen high above over all the earth!
:6 For they have set a trap for me. Frantic fear has me overwhelmed. But look! The very trap they set for me has sprung shut upon themselves instead of me!
What the enemy has set to entrap us, the snare, is going to ensnare him. The Lord is opening our eyes to see.
Pause in His presence
:7 My heart, O God, is quiet and confident. Now I can sing with passion your wonderful praises!
This is a morning to listen, to open your ear to hear what the Lord would say to you. We’re not striving, but it’s being quiet; it’s being still. It’s listening to the Father’s voice because in a whisper, in a moment, He’s going to tell you what you need to know. Even as I say that, you hear, On a need to know basis.
I hear the Lord saying there are some things we all need to know this morning, individual and corporately. There are some need-to-knows you need personally, on things you haven’t known how or what or when. And there are some needs to know for the corporate body. I believe he’s going to give different ones of us things to say and release this morning in worship.
It’s a different day. We are presencing ourselves in His presence. In doing that, we’re allowing his presence to come in and presence himself, Holy Spirit, in this place. Even in our practicing this morning, you could feel the Presence of the Lord coming in this place. I believe He is tabernacling with us and we are going to experience tabernacling this morning like we’ve never known before.
I believe it’s that crossing over place. We’ve been in a birthing season and I saw as we were coming into this place this morning that in that birthing, in that childbirth, the mother can grow weary and tired. She can’t push anymore. I feel like some of us have been in that place. It’s like we’re birthing the promise. We’re stepping into it. There’s no turning back now. But it’s almost like you can’t push anymore.
But I hear the Lord, the Holy Spirit, coming and saying, Push. You can do it. You can push through this. I see that the Lord is fighting for us. He is standing on our behalf. Where we think we can’t anymore or that we’ve given all we can give, or what more can I do?
He’s saying, Rest in Me and just push. You don’t have to strive or fight it. He’s saying, Just rest in My Presence. Let me presence Myself among you and just push into fulfillment. Push through for the promise. It doesn’t have to be hard. He’s rewiring the way that we think.
Where we’ve thought that to go over into this next season it’s going to be hard work, that doesn’t mean everything is always easy. But we need to come from a mindset of victory. When we know who we are and we stand up in the faith of the Son of God, and we know exactly who we are, then what seemed hard doesn’t seem quite as hard anymore. Because my Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
My Father sent His only Son into the world. Before the foundations of the world the Lamb was slain. We have the victory. I’ve already overcome. So whatever I see, whatever mountain is in my path, Move! Because my Father has the victory and in Him I have the victory. It’s time we move from striving in our faith to standing in our faith. That’s what I’m really sensing this morning. It’s like a fresh breath that’s come in the air.
:7 My heart, O God, is quiet and confident. Now I can sing with passion your wonderful praises! Awake, O my soul, with the music of his splendor-song! Arise, my soul, and sing his praises! My worship will awaken the dawn, greeting the daybreak with my songs of praise!
Whatever darkness has been in your life, the Light is coming. But it is key in this transition, that even before we see the sun coming up that we are in praise. We need to position ourselves. We need to position ourselves for his glory. We need to position ourselves for his presence. Because the dawn is breaking. But how we step into it and the attitudes of our heart is what matters; because it doesn’t matter if the sun comes up or goes down, if we have bad attitudes and dark hearts.
:9 Wherever I go I will thank you, my God. Among all the nations they will hear my praise songs to you. Your love is so extravagant it reaches to the heavens. Your faithfulness so astonishing it stretches to the sky!
:10 Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens. May your shining glory be shown in the skies! Let it be seen high above all the earth!
That’s where we are this morning. He is showing His glory to us if we will just look up. It’s time to stop looking around us and just look up. As we step into worship, let this word sink deep within you and let the Lord do his work within you. And if you have a declaration, a vision, a song, or one word, whatever it is, if you believe it’s for this corporate body and those watching, you need to be bold and come up here and release it. It could be the very thing that pushes somebody over, or that pushes this house over. It takes all of us working together. It’s not about the one. It’s about all of us because all together we are one body.
So Father, we step into your presence this morning and we stand up in our faith. We stand up in who we are as sons and daughters. And Lord, I thank you that we would know how to rule and reign in this earth as you’ve ordained us to do. Father, give us your words to speak.
I thank you that whatever is bound on earth is bound in heaven. And whatever is loosed on earth is loosed in heaven. Give us the words to speak. In this season where our mouths are so important, I thank you that you would fill us this morning afresh and anew with your word and power, and let your glory be evident in this place. Let your glory be evident among the people. Let your presence come and fill this place. Holy Spirit, come in power. Come in glory. Come in your purpose. That’s what it is.
People gather together without purpose. But our purpose this morning is to present ourselves before the King of Kings and to be face to face with Him. So Lord, we’re not hiding. We set our faces as flint before you and we say, Have your way; do your will. Here we are to do your will, O Lord, what is written about us in your book for today.
Lord, we step in today fully for what you’ve ordained to come forth. We say, We are ready to run on your word. We’re ready to move on your word. We’re ready to hear your instruction and do what you say. We lay down our agendas. We lay down our self-will, self-understanding, self-love. We lay it all down. We come before you, not hiding.
Lord, we lay out our attitudes, our fears, our angers. Whatever it is, we lay it before you this morning. I thank you that you are coming to clean house and we are getting things right and in order this morning. That you are lifting off the load. You are lifting off the weariness, sickness, destruction, doubt and unbelief.
I thank you that you are coming and filling your people. You’re filling us up with your love, with your anointing, with your fresh fire and oil. Father, I thank you that we will be your set-apart ones, set apart for the work of your ministry. We say, Yes, to your will this morning, Lord. And we step in. Come and wash us in your love. I thank you that your cleansing waters are here. That you are washing us afresh and anew. Let’s step into worship.
?Here we are.
Kevin. Jesus, I set my heart, my love on you, desire of the nation, desire of my heart.
Lane. You’re all we desire, Jesus.
Kevin. Jesus we love you. How we love you.
Anna. In your presence, Lord, there is life that never ends.
Lane. There is fullness of joy in you, Jesus. You are my joy, my delight, my God. It’s only in you, Jesus.
Catch me up in your story. All my life for your glory, my God, my joy; my delight is only in you.
Kevin Long. I hear the Lord saying, As you delight yourself in me, I’m pouring out my Spirit on you. I’m pouring my gifts on you, dreams and visions, words of knowledge, and gifts of healing. I’m activating My Body. So walk in the Spirit. Be the Body.
Nancy Pitts. This morning as we were in worship, the Lord said he is bringing us to a birthing place. He wants to know if we are willing. Babies change everything. In this birthing place, when the baby is born, are you willing to tend to it? It’s not a one day thing. Are you willing to tend to it? He wants to know. It’s going to change everything about your life. It’s going to change it all, but you’re not going to be a single parent. You are not going to be left alone. He is going to be there every step of the way.
Even in labor, a woman has to rest between contractions. Can you bring this baby forth? Are you going to say Yes to Life? Are you going to say Yes to Jesus and to Life? Are you going to birth this thing? Are you going to birth this child? Are you going to tend to it? Are you going to allow it to change your life? Are you going to allow the Lord to be the one that you lean upon? Are you willing?
?We say Yes, Lord. We are willing. We are willing to have your way. We say Yes, Lord. We are willing. We lean on you, Lord. We lean on you. Have your way.
?Anna. We say, Have your way. Give us a willing spirit to sustain us. I will count the cost and lay it all down for you to have your way. We are wiling to lay down our own ways, to open our eyes, open our hearts. Bring us back to the first. You are my beginning and end. You are my first, my last, my future, and my past. In your presence you are healing me, spirit, soul, and body. In your presence there is life.
Kevin. You’re the One who was prophesied. You’re the King of the world, Jesus.
Brenda Eason. As we started to sing this song, I heard the Lord say, The train has arrived and is at the station. I had a vision of a dwindling track. It was beautiful, the trees, the mountains; it was winding. But when it came in, it came in with force. And Jesus is the Conductor. The Conductor is not only in charge of the train, but he is also in charge of the safety and everything that takes place on that train. And I was like, Lord, it that all?
I started to see in a passenger train; we’ve been on a train. We’ve been on a track. We’ve been going this way and that way and we’ve stayed on it with the Conductor in charge. He said, Today, you’ve arrived at a new destination.
Danette Riley. I see those train tracks. When she said, The train has arrived, I saw the new track veering off to the right. Father, we thank you. We declare and decree, hahaha, We’re laying new track. Lord, I thank you that we are ending a 19 year season and we are laying new track. We are going where no one has gone before. It’s a new thing. And Lord, I thank you.
As the word was brought forth, I heard the Lord say, Do I bring labor and not delivery? Do I bring labor and not delivery? I hear the Lord saying that today is a day of reckoning. It’s a Reckoning Day. That means that everything that’s in the past, He is asking us to reconcile the old man as being dead, because of what He is doing. The train has arrived. He is doing a new thing. We have stepped into this new era.
I want to read the word He gave me in Romans 6. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Now if we die with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again. Death no longer as mastery over Him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God, complete victory over the grave.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but aligned to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal bodies so that you obey his evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin, as an instrument of wickedness. But rather, offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and offer every part of yourself to Him, as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master because you are not under the law, but under grace.
I declare and decree that we are slaves to righteousness. I see the stake that is driven into the ground when a new track is being laid. Father, we declare and decree and stand in agreement and in concord in this place. I see a gold spike. I see Him hammering a gold spike into the ground. We declare and decree, Lord, not our will but thine be done. We thank you, God. We call heaven to earth in this place in Jesus name.
Rosemary Byrd. Hallelujah Yahweh. This morning as I was driving in I said, Speak, Lord. I was listening to Kevin and all the worship and Father just opened up, and I saw a hand going through a wheat field. And he said, By the byways and the highways we will be bringing them in.
He said we’re His glory. We, His family in His house, we are His glory, and we’re going to be bringing them in.
I declared and decreed as I was coming around this corner, Father, we need to bring them in. Who is going to take a city block? I declare and decree this city block is going to be for His glory.
I spoke yesterday about the man who established Hattiesburg. He built the railways so he could bring in from the south to the north and the north to the south. So he could transport lumber and bring trade.
I declare and decree that we are calling everyone from the north, the south, the east, and the west. Father, bring them. And we will show them You. You’re cutting a path through. We follow you in truth. Glory.
?Lane. Have your glory. We’re the Hub City. We prophesy we’re the hub of your glory.
Anna. Right now we prophesy we are the Hub City. We are the hub of His glory. Right now we prophesy to our land, and we say, Glory Valley, Produce the glory of God. Glory Valley, Produce. Glory Valley, Produce. Produce in the people. Produce in the land. Produce in the economy. Glory breakout and produce, produce, produce, produce, produce. All for Your glory.
?Lane. We’re the Hub City. We’re the hub of your glory.
Anna. Lord, I thank you even now for the ones that are coming. They may not be coming today, but Lord, I thank you in the natural for the ones that are coming even on the train, even on the train, even on the train. I thank you for the carloads of people that are coming. They’ll be coming into this place, even on the train.
Father, I thank you that every train that goes forth on these tracks is filled with your glory. And the glory that comes from this place will fill the nation. Father, we prophesy to the land and we say, Produce Produce Produce Produce Produce Produce.
Lord, we thank you right now for what you are doing. We thank you for your glory. I thank you for the waves of your glory. I can see his glory coming in waves, waves of wind hitting a field full of wheat. It’s coming and He’s going to wave the wheat going out.
Lord, I thank you that we are in the harvest season. I thank you right now that your glory is coming and the harvest is coming. (drops stalks of wheat along the floor) We are standing in the harvest. I thank you for your harvest of wheat. Your harvest has come to our land. I thank you that it’s pouring out your glory. Your abundance has come to our land.
?Lane. We prophesy, The harvest is here. The harvest is here. The harvest is here.
Anna. Father, I thank you for the laborers in the field. I thank you for the ones that are here this morning and those watching. I thank you for the laborers. You are strengthening the laborers. You are strengthening us, our cords and our stakes. You are strengthening us in this season for the harvest. We will not become weary. We will not become weary in well-doing.
Lord, I thank you that this is our season. You are lifting us up for the harvest. You are raising us up for blessing, to stand in our birthright and our inheritance and launch us into our harvest, into our harvest, into our harvest. We claim that harvest this morning. We claim the harvest for this land. We say, Harvest harvest harvest harvest harvest….
?Lane. Harvest…. Harvest is here right now. Send forth workers. We pray to the Lord of the harvest. We call forth workers. It’s large, massive. The harvest is ripe.
Kevin. Lord, your laborers, we are here.
Anna. Lord, I thank you for the ones that are birthed out of the Dawn. I thank you that in Christ Jesus, we are all birthed out of the Dawn. We are on the dawn of a new day, the dawn of a new era. Father, we thank you that we are on a new dawn in our birthright and in our destiny, in who we are in you. Lord, I thank you that the lights are coming on, that we see who we are in you. I thank you that there is no more darkness. That the darkness has to flee at the light of your glory. I thank you that your glory is filling this place.
Lord, I thank you that we are the Children of Light, the children of your glory, birthed from your Dawn, your light-carriers. Light Be. I can hear that. Just as the Lord commanded in creation, Light Be. We need to rise up, awaken every morning and say, Light Be in me. That’s where we are this morning. Light be in me. Let me be the light. Because the Light is living in us. Who do you think the world sees? Jesus is the Light of the world and He’s on the inside of us, so stop hiding your light. Me first.
It’s time to let the Light out. Let the light be. So we say, Light Be, in the people of God. Light Be in the church house. Light Be in congregations. Light Be in our cities. Light Be in this nation that was founded on the Light, Jesus Christ. We say, Light Be in America. Light Be in Mississippi. Light Be in Hattiesburg, or wherever your home city is. We say Light Be. Because we have the authority to say, Light Be.
It’s time to rise up in who you are. Me first. Because we have more power, more authority, than the enemy. So we can say, Get under our feet. Because the God of Peace has crushed satan’s head. So in any situation, Light Be. Darkness has to flee. Light Be in me.
So Father, we thank you for this breakout service. We thank you for this breaking forth. I thank you that even if anyone in this place or watching doesn’t feel it, each person has broken out into a new way this morning, into a new place, into a new function. We are functioning in a different way this morning.
So as Nancy released, Will you be willing to function? Will you be willing to step in? Lord, we say, We are willing. We’re willing, Lord, to do your will. We are willing to move. We are willing to go. We are willing to stay. We are willing to wait. We are willing to do whatever you say.
Lord, I thank you that you have already come in and that you are rearranging things. And that your change is here. As Kevin spoke about, not with a negative connotation, but a positive change. Lord, change us this morning in Jesus name. Amen.
Nita Maselle. I want to confirm the word. On the way here I was hearing that faith is a process. And it begins with Him. It comes from Him and you receive it by hearing. You have to present yourself to Him in worship and you hear. I was listening to Hebrews 11 after that and I was seeing how he gave specific things for people to receive as an inheritance. They adhered to what he said and they became a witness and a testimony for God. He even said that he testified because of their testimony. Do you want to be a witness for God? Do you want to be God’s testimony?
Then He said, How do you transition from a drought place? Then I knew, you transition by hearing. And you’re going to hear specifically for you. You can’t run on somebody else’s faith. You can teach your intellect so far in the Word; but you’re going to have to present yourself and process with Him, and hear from Him, and He is going to direct you in your life specifically. It is a process.
I was seeing in the next that it’s about discipline. Faith is going to discipline you. It’s a process where, as you adhere to what God is saying specifically for the new season, for the now, the fresh word now, what he is going to give us, it is going to process us in and discipline us into receiving and being steadfast and being able to stand firm.
So we say, Yes, Lord, we present ourselves to you to hear, to hear the fresh you have for us, and we will process with you. We will process in your faith in Jesus name.
Carol Nicaud. I’m a firm believer that it’s the blood of Jesus, it’s the name of Jesus, and it’s our testimony. Night before last I was awakened at 3 a.m. to pray for a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer, basically given a death sentence. We went and prayed for her last night and the Lord used what I’m about to share. In each one of us, we have a testimony. My testimony is that about forty years ago I literally died three times and was resuscitated. With that I had three bright white light visions.
The last vision was: Under a screen dome, these 14 carat gold leaves were falling and blocking out that white light they were sharing. I was literally prayed alive. We have each gone through something in our salvation, or He’s done something for us that we have a testimony.
We laid hands on her. If God touched me with this healing power that he brought me back to life with, He anointed each of us with our testimony. It took a great deal of pride to be broken for me to stand up here right now, and to go last night, because I can’t tell you this lady is going to live or not. But I know God anointed each and every one of us with our testimony, and that’s all He wants from us. Go there. Lay hands on these people. Share what God has done for you.
And I’m believing, Lord, that miracle you did for me, you pass it through me to her. I’m nothing but a vessel. Don’t get a big head. My head was hard. He had to kill me three times to get the point across. Use what God has given you. That’s all He wants out of us. I don’t have a knowledge of the Word of God like I should, but he did anoint each of us with something.
Anna Love. That’s an awesome testimony. I’ve been asking the Lord where he wants to go. He’s been showing me so many things. And what’s been happening in this place is so much more than even He was showing me. From each word that came forth and the things the Worship Team was saying this morning, and the scriptures Nita shared, it’s all that the Lord’s been giving me.
To enter into the promises and everything God has for us, we have to step in fully like Nancy was sharing. We have to be willing. We have to let go of our doubt and unbelief. We have to let go of anything we’ve held onto. I believe it’s important we know how to shift away from doubt and unbelief and negativity, and shift into the positive promises of God.
If there is any part of you still struggling with doubt and unbelief; or, Are the promises of God for my life or what he’s said for my life true? Is it really going to happen? Then we’re going to settle those things this morning, because I believe as we transition throughout the rest of this day, as we come back into worship and back into the word, I believe that the Lord is going to so transform each one of us that it won’t be a hype, We had such an amazing service, and you’re hyped up for a few hours after the service. But I am believing for the Lord to bring real, transforming change; that it’s not just for a few hours, but it’s for the rest of your life.
Prophets, Pitfalls, & Principles
Joseph’s divine optimism versus Jacob’s human pessimism
We’re going to talk a few minutes about Jacob and Joseph.
Jacob and Joseph have some similarities but they also have some differences. Jacob was a deceiver. He also struggled with major doubt and unbelief. But Joseph was a son of promise. Despite some of the hardest times, he always held onto the promise.
The Biblical characteristics of Joseph and Jacob provide us with a useful study in contrasts with regard to their attitude toward life and ministry.
We started out this morning talking about our attitudes. It doesn’t matter how powerful that you move in ministry or how amazing a prophetic word you can deliver or vision that you can see. If you have a terrible attitude and you treat people badly, then what’s the point? It’s like a lot of hype with no substance.
We find that Jacob’s root problem of a pessimistic personality hinders ministry, while Joseph’s perspective and principles of life can persevere a minister through difficult times.
We want to avoid the pitfalls of the former and imitate the example of the latter.
If you’re looking at the negative side of everything, life and even ministry—if you’re a Christian, you have Jesus on the inside of you; then you are a minister. But your ministry and your life isn’t going to be perfect. That was never promised to us in scripture. But it’s how you handle that.
Whenever the trials come and you start saying, This always happens to me; Things just never work out for me; or, That’s just my luck; If one thing happens, another thing happens. Even if that’s not our confession, sometimes our life can look like that. It’s one thing after another after another. But if you’re standing in a place of being yielded and willing to God, then it doesn’t matter what’s going on or how you feel. If you remain a yielded vessel, and know that in the end the Lord is going to work all things for His glory, He will bring you through.
Do you want to walk through the storm or do you want to suffer through the storm? I want to be walking not crawling and dragging trying to get out of the storm. We get to choose. The Lord has a path for us. He knows our end to our beginning. He knows everything we will face. He knew it before we were ever born. So He is giving you within yourself, within Holy Spirit in you, the ability to walk through the trial, no matter with it is. So you can walk through it and get out of it, or you can crawl, kick, scream and cry. I know there are times to grieve and mourn. The scripture tells us that. But don’t make it your lifestyle.
Think of the worse times in your life where you’ve been in the pit of hell. You didn’t know how you were going to get out of it. Death was at your door. Do you want that to be your every day? I don’t. The Lord has so much better for us than that. It’s time to move from being pessimistic to optimistic. XYZ is happening and things look terrible, but I wonder what the Lord is going to do to turn this around? I’ve been walking this hard season for years now, but I wonder when we get to the end of it what the Lord is going to do; because so much suffering, one thing after another, there’s bound to be a great reward and glory at the end.
You don’t have to go through suffering or trials to receive a blessing, but if you’re walking through a hard time, literally walking through hell, there is a blessing at the end to it. So do you want to kick, scream, crawl, cry to that blessing, or do you want to walk out of it, fixing your eyes on the prize, setting your face toward the mark? Because we are moving on. So how do you want to move?
One thing I love about the Lord is that he’s given us so many personal promises and promises in His Word. His promises are always Yes and Amen. We get to choose if we receive those promises or not because the Lord has given us free will. It’s an awesome thing, because who likes to be made to do something? You have choices. The Lord never forces us. That’s really incredible because we freely choose.
We freely choose whether we live our life with life and blessing or death and curses. We get to choose. Everything that he lays before us, we get to choose. So this morning I decided to choose life, to choose joy, to choose to walk in blessing. I chose what he desired. And that’s what it is. The Lord’s desire for us is good things. Whenever we choose His desire, think about how pleasing that is to His heart.
I know that whenever you that have children see them making wise Godly decisions, doesn’t it bless your heart? Or if there is someone close to you and you can speak into their life, doesn’t it bless your heart to see those you walk with making good, wise, godly decisions? Whenever you’re walking through that trial and you feel like you can’t go on, it’s hard and you want to give up, gripe and complain, in that moment, Stop! Look to the Lord and say, No! Despite feeling like I’m being drug through it, I’m going to choose joy; I’m going to choose peace; I’m going to choose to stand on my firm foundation. Whenever we do that, it pleases the heart of God. We want to be pleasing to the Lord. That doesn’t mean we’re perfect and get it right every time.
I’m going to tell on myself a little bit. Before Tabernacles we really deep cleaned this building and decorated. My Mom said, You’re different this year. I asked, How so? You’ve taken ownership of this place and it’s not, When are we going to be finished? How much more is there to do? I thought, You’re right, and I didn’t have to force it.
We’ve been cleaning out and doing things from the church, the ministry, to our personal stuff, all these things. It’s great and it’s wonderful. I think it’s a representation of what the Lord is doing in the spirit. He’s cleaning things out, all that junk, even things we’ve held onto for years, making room for the new. Fast forward to this week. We took off Monday and Tuesday because we were so busy the week before and looking at things coming up, Wednesday night church and then it’s Thursday morning.
Our garage is used for storage, not cars, because I’ve moved in and moved out; they’ve had larger houses, smaller houses; and we’ve accumulated lots of things. Mom said, Thursday we’re going to clean out this garage. I said, Okay, fine. And then on Thursday I remember from the past how much I love cleaning out the garage, how wonderful it is. (laughter)
I’m sitting there going through box after box, little tiny tedious things, yards and yards and yards of ribbon. She said, just go through all these boxes and organize all this ribbon we use at the church. I’m doing this and I hate it. I organize it. Close the lid and I can’t see it. I stack it up and I don’t feel like I accomplished anything. I was already tired and all this stuff started creeping in, and I started complaining. Not ugly complain, but, Do we really have to do this? Do I really have to do this? Every time we clean out this garage it looks the same. It doesn’t look like we do anything. It makes you happy but I don’t understand.
All this complaining started coming in and I realized by the end of it, That’s what she meant. That I didn’t do that. And I still did it. But I confess griping and complaining. I saw that in the natural what the Lord had begun to do in me, was that I stepped into a servant role the first time around. I was happy to be here. I was happy to help. It didn’t matter if it took hours, days. No other agendas. It didn’t matter if I was tired or the time. Fast forward several days to a similar circumstance, maybe a little more tired. But I was quick to be the opposite.
So what I’m saying to you today is that when you see the change of God, a transformation come in your life, and you identify that transformation. I believe the Lord transforms you but I also believe you have a quick second to come around to it again to see if you’re going to make the right choice or fall into an old pattern.
As the Lord is coming to bring transformation into our lives, it’s important that we identify that transformation, we own it and we take it on. It’s important that we don’t fall back into old patterns.
Jacob is typical of even some present-day prophets with a persecution complex and a negative attitude toward other people and ministry.
Jacob had conflict with his father and older brother. (Example: Prophetic minister who has had to leave his or her denomination or home church due to conflict with the pastor or leaders.) Genesis 42:36; 47:9.
After Jacob had left his home, conflict continued. He worked for his uncle, Laban, a man who constantly tried to use him, deceive him and manipulate him into building his own kingdom. Jacob had to outwit and manipulate Laban in order to survive and prosper.
When Jacob met God and was transformed, he ceased his manipulating methods. But he retained a negative attitude. Every time something unpleasant happened to him, he concluded, “All things are against me.” Genesis 47:9.
The Lord can come with His power to transform, but if we do not yield our self-love, self-will, self-ambition to Him fully—we can be transformed by the Lord—but we can still operate in the old pattern. I want to be fully transformed. I want the Lord to uproot, tear down, anything in me that’s not of Him, and I think you do, too.
I saw this week that instead of thinking I really messed up when I fell into the old pattern, I identified it and said, Thank God I can see it this time. Because it’s worse to step out and complain, or step out in anger, etc., and you don’t see it. Because that’s a real problem.
Prophetic ministers with a background and personality like Jacob’s will continually have to overcome the feeling that others are trying to use them or are working against them. Every tragedy or setback brings a response of pessimism, discouragement, self-pity, and complaining, with periods of non-productivity. You have to recognize this and choose to overcome in Jesus.
The Lord knows our end to the beginning. He knows what we’ll face. Why not just step into what the book says and know that you’re an overcomer, and walk out of it.
Let’s look at Joseph’s positive perspective. Prophets with the Joseph perspective have an overall view of God’s eternal purpose.
They never lose faith in the Lord’s original communication with them about His purpose for their lives.
Joseph believed that everything that happened to him was providentially ordained by God. He declared to this brothers, “Not you. God sent me to Egypt. You meant all that you did to me for evil, but God meant it to me for good. Genesis 45:5-8; 50:20.
Be like Joseph. Joseph’s New Testament counterpart in this regard, the apostle Paul, had the same perspective. Paul declared, “We know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Prophets with the Joseph personality believe as he did that God is providentially directing all the affairs of their lives as they seek to do His will and fulfill His purpose.
They forgive quickly those who abuse them. They bless such people when they repent, allowing their former persecutors to share in God’s prosperity and promotion in their lives. We have to walk free from offense.
If you realize you have been operating with some of the attitudes and character flaws of Jacob, be open to change. God wants to heal you and set you free. Free to be who he has called you to be.
Let’s come out of the old ways, out of the old patterns. Let’s come out of the gloom, doom, agony, and despair. And let’s step into what the Lord has said and what he’s said for this morning. How awesome. His glory is filling this place and his presence is still here. His presence hasn’t gone anywhere.
He’s telling us we’re in the harvest. He’s telling us the train is here, that we’re going to a new destination, somewhere we’ve not been before. I would say to myself, Let’s get on this train without the baggage and junk we carried around last season. Let’s get on this train without the junk we carried to the last destination. Let’s get on the train without the unforgiveness, without anger, without the long list of things.
Let’s get on this train fully, not hanging toward the back, questioning whether we really want to do this. The Lord says to get on fully; fully press in; fully come into Him; fully give your life over to Him. Because he has a good plan and a good purpose for all of us, and He’s ready to do it. What you were made for is coming alive in this hour.
Kevin Long. You were talking about having the victory with an attitude and maybe lapsing. We had Camp Jesus and a brother from Hot Spring, Arkansas, shared and taught on something that really grabbed me. Basically he said that you can’t do ministry in a place apart from intimacy with God. If you think you’ve figured this thing out and you’re able to do it apart from intimacy with the Father, you can’t do it; I can’t do it. I can’t.
Anna. Because it takes intimacy and knowing the Lord. How can you run with somebody, walk with somebody, be with somebody that you don’t know intimately? Lord, I thank you for what you’re doing in this house. We receive your transformation. We receive your glory in our midst. We receive every word that’s come forth this morning. I say, Do it in us, in each one of us in this place, in each one of us watching. Lord, I thank you that you are drawing with your cords of loving kindness. Lord, I thank you for intimacy, just like Kevin shared. Intimacy with you. Let us know your heart, Lord. Let us know you like we’ve never known you. We say Yes to it in Jesus name. Amen.
?Light of the world, move in our heart. Let your glory flood the earth. Heaven.
Kimble Love. I want you to look at those words up there. Let the rumors of your kingdom, let your name without reserve flood the earth, flood the earth. When I was singing that very first verse at the top, Let the rumors of your kingdom, look, I’ve got news for you. News Flash! The kingdom is not a rumor. God’s kingdom is fact, jack. It is here. It is now. It is moving. It is upon us. It is advancing. It’s not a story from years gone by. It is here and it’s now.
We decree and declare, Let your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We declare that the kingdom of God is here. So don’t think it’s just a rumor. It’s real. It’s here. And it’s now. Praise the Lord. So let the kingdom of God come forth and flood the earth like the waters cover the sea. Let His glory be revealed, His anointing flow, and let the power of His Holy Spirit be seen and experienced by all who are seeking Him.
Welcome to Miracle City Global today. We’re glad you’re here. We just pray the Spirit of Almighty God would touch your heart, would enlighten your spirit, open your eyes and your ears to see, to hear, and to receive in Jesus name.
I had a dream last night that goes along with what’s been happening here this morning. I dream a lot. The Lord gives me dreams, but last night’s dream was probably the most vivid real dream I’ve ever experienced in my life. There were people in my dream like I’m looking at you right now—colors, talking, interactions, touching, feeling, experiencing, wind. It was all as real as I’m looking at you right now.
I was in a city in the downtown area close to the railroad tracks. I saw people coming and going and I saw a young man get in a car with another man that had gotten out of another vehicle, and had stepped in and gone down the road. I knew when they left, just by observation, they weren’t right.
They made a circle and came back across the tracks and got out. I began to speak to the young man in his 30s, general conversation, and I could tell he was speaking lies. But I knew that he believed what he was speaking. He thought it was the truth. Anybody relate to that?
I told him I would really like to help him, and he said, I don’t need help. I know everything. The dream shifted and we went into a building, into this brightly lit room. I sat on a table against the wall and the young man came in. Then in came a doctor; then a psychologist; then in came a psychiatrist; then clergy, preachers; counselors; teachers; all these professionals were coming in and they began to speak to this young man to try to help him—based on their wisdom; based on their knowledge; based on their experience—trying to help this young man be right.
Yet they had no power. They had no authority. Nothing was happening. They were trying to help him get on the right track by the track that they had been taught. I’m observing this. I’m like, Lord, what is going on? I heard Holy Spirit say, That young man represents this generation. Biblically a generation is 40+ years. Holy Spirit said, No! I’m talking about the generation, that’s every person that’s alive on planet earth today.
Have you not seen? Have you not heard people speaking lies and taking hold of it as the truth? And calling the truth a lie? The flip flop. I think I read that in the Bible somewhere. The Lord said these are the days in which we’re in. He said there is nobody, nowhere—I don’t care how intelligent you are, how psychologically correct, how much medical knowledge you have, how many prescription drugs you can prescribe—that’s going to help or heal anybody, apart from the Spirit of the living God.
He said, My body of believers that are trusting and walking with me in spirit and in truth, if they’ll just obey My Word and do what I say, take the truth of the Word and apply it to every person and every situation in your life that you experience or that you meet, you’re going to see the power of God come forth and set the captive free.
I’m talking about Holy Spirit power. I’m talking about the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, the word of our testimony. The Lord is taking us off of the track that we’ve been running on. We’re veering off to the right so that we can get on new track, not a new way, but new rails, new tracks. A few month ago I saw them putting down new rails, new cross ties, right here on Hwy 11. They wear over time.
The Word of God never wears out. The Word of God is truth. The Word of God is sustained by the Creator. What gets worn, and weary, and tired is our flesh. But we have to cast off the works of the flesh—our self-love, our self-will, our self-ambition. And allow the Holy Spirit to come in and take control. He’s not going to make us do anything. We still have a choice.
The Lord is saying today, Choose today to yield to the Holy Spirit and do it My way. My way is sustained. My way works. My way produces results that you could never produce in your own strength. It’s not by my might or my power, or yours. It’s by the Spirit of Almighty God, and through Him all things are possible. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Sometimes it’s a hard walk. Sometimes it’s a tight fight with a short stick. And sometimes we don’t have a stick at all. Sometimes you’ve got to fight. I never will forget a line in the movie The Patriot. They were going out to fight the British. The pastor grabbed his rifle and got up on his horse to go. They said, Pastor, what about feeding the sheep? Pastor said, Sometimes you’ve got to go fight the wolves.
It’s not all about being fed, Feed me Jesus. We need to take what we’ve been fed, stand on our feet, go forth and allow the sword of the Lord to come out of our mouths and change our circumstances, our situation, all for His glory and the advancement of His kingdom in the earth. The kingdom of God is not a spectator sport.
The church has become a place of spectators, a good place to go for a Christian concert every Sunday. I’m not talking about you guys (Worship Team). You guys flow in the anointing of Almighty God. These guys are hearing from heaven and letting it flow. They’re not up here to be seen. They’re up here to worship God. And God is using them mightily. It blesses my heart to hear them minister.
And you guys (congregation) aren’t spectators. You are participators. We are. We’re all in this together. God is doing a new thing. He is speaking. He’s training. He’s equipping. And we’re rising up. He’s strengthening us in our spirits, in our minds, in our wills, and in our emotions. It’s time to step up and step out; and allow what we receive and hear to manifest outside of those doors, to manifest in our homes, to manifest in our work places. Allow God to be God. Believe that he’s going to do everything that he said he’s going to do. Praise God.
I declare and decree this morning that we’re not going to walk with any type of religious form or function. But we’re going to operate in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. That He is going to order and direct our steps in everything we say and in everything that we do. That we will be looking at every situation with the eyes of Jesus. That we’ll look for the good in every circumstance, even if it’s hell on earth. We’re going to keep moving and keep going forth.
Have you ever heard the chorus to that song, If you’re catching hell, don’t hold it; and if you’re walking through it, don’t stop? We’re going to keep moving. We’re going to keep trudging, inch by inch, step by step, day by day, week by week, because our God is faithful and true, and he’s going to do what he said he’s going to do if we remain faithful.
Father, we thank you today for your Word. We thank you that you are changing our mindset. Father, I thank you that you’re putting us on the right track, the new track. Father, you’re restoring our hearts, our minds, our souls, and our spirits. Father, I pray that a fresh breath from heaven will come and restore and refresh us. That we catch that second wind, that we’re able to run and not be weary, walk and not faint, to stand and keep standing, and go forth and fight the good fight that you have called us to.
Father, I thank you that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through You to pulling down every stronghold and every high thing that would exalt itself against Your knowledge. Father, I thank you that you are the Way-maker and that you go before us and make that way. And we see the way and we walk in it. And we give you all the praise and glory for it in Jesus name. Amen and Amen.
?Spirit come. Speak revival. Prophesy like it is done. Let your glory fill this house. Holy Father, rest in this place. Let your fire fall. Let your wind blow. Let your glory come down.
Anna. We welcome your glory in our midst, oh Lord. We welcome your presence in this place.
Lane. King of glory have your way in me. Oh oh this is the sound of freedom calling. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. We step into freedom, all you have for us.
Kimble. Praise God. I had a flashback, a play on words. I love the smell of freedom in the morning. It’s kind of like victory. Are you all victoriously free today? Hallelujah. You should be because the Word of God says, He who the Son sets free is free indeed. If you don’t feel free you better talk to Jesus, because he will take you there. I feel free today. I know faith if not a feeling, but I feel free today. I feel light. I feel like there is nothing I can’t do. Because God has got me. He’s behind me 100%, and I’m with Him 100%.
I thank you, Lord, today for your freedom. I thank you that you came and paid the price for our freedom. And today we’re going to celebrate that freedom. Because He gave us the ability to live free, to walk free, to love free. He also gave us the ability to give freely, to give cheerfully. As we continue to worship this morning, we’re going to sow our blessings into the work of the ministry with our tithes, our offerings, and our first fruits, that which the Lord has so graciously blessed us with. He’s given us the ability to go forth and produce, that the labor of our hands are fruitful.
As we come today and give, we’re also going to come to the Table of the Lord and celebrate freedom through the broken body and shed blood of Jesus. On the night that he was betrayed he met with his disciples in the upper room, and after the meal he took bread and he broke it and said, This bread is my body which is broken for you. Whenever you eat of it, do it in remembrance of me. He then took the cup and blessed it and said, This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you. Whenever you drink of this cup, do it in remembrance of me.
Today as we come to the Table of the Lord, we celebrate the price that Jesus paid for our freedom, for our salvation, for our deliverance, for our peace of mind, for our wholeness, our fullness, and our completeness. For bringing us back into right relationship, redemption, before God the Father so that we can live and move and have our being in godliness on this earth. To be the light that he’s called us to be. And to go forth and produce and advance his kingdom.
So Lord, today we thank you for your body that was broken, for your blood that was poured out, for the price that you paid, the new covenant you gave us that promises eternal life through salvation, deliverance, healing. For gracing us with your mercy and filling us with your love, for anointing us with your Spirit, and filling us to overflowing, so that we can go forth and produce and advance your kingdom in the earth.
We honor you and we bless you and we thank you in Jesus name. Amen and Amen.
?Peace be still. You are here so it is well. I will trust the voice that speaks. Peace peace over me. Let faith rise up in me.
Lane. It’s time to dream again. I want to be just like a child. So let my faith arise. We receive your faith oh God.
Anna. So Father, right here in this place we say, Let your faith arise in us this morning. Let the faith of the Son of God arise with healing in His wings. Lord, we receive your faith. We receive your unmovable, unshakable faith this morning. Father, I thank you that we’re rooted and we’re grounded in your love, that we’re standing firm in your faith. We’re standing firm in your peace. That we are unmoved. We are unshaken by the things that we see, or the storms or trials of life.
But Father, I thank you that we are planted firmly in our faith. Thank you for what you have done and what you continue to do.
?Open our hearts to hear your voice. The Father is speaking to his children. So we lean in to hear your voice.
Lane. Let our faith arise, oh Lord. Let us believe again, with faith like a child.
Anna. This morning I woke up and it was still dark outside. The word I kept hearing was, Hear His Voice. And it just began resonating in me to hear His voice. The voice of the Lord is ringing out in this hour. We know we are standing in a time and season where our mouths are so important. We’ve stepped into an Amos 3:8 time where the lion is roaring.
So I began hearing the voice of the Lord this morning. It wasn’t in words. It was like I could hear the Father singing. It was a sweet calm, and it increased and increased, and then I could hear the sound of the lion roaring. I believe this morning in this worship, in this, Let my faith arise moment, that the Lord is speaking and he’s saying, Let MY faith rise up in you.
So whenever we say, Let the faith of the Son of God arise, let the faith of the Son of God arise in me. Like we were saying this morning, Light Be in me. Let the light of the Lord shine within you. Lane, I want you to lean into that.
?Lane. We press into you watching over us, oh Father. You sing over us, You are my child. You give me joy. You celebrate with wild dancing over me. You are my child and I have a plan for you. It’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be full.
Anna. So right now, everyone take hold of the plan of the Lord. Lord, we take hold of the plans you have for us, plans to prosper us, not to harm us. Plans for our future and a hope. Lord, I thank you this morning that we stand up in that purpose, that future, that hope, that plan. We say, Manifest Jeremiah 29:11 in your people. Manifest that scripture in us. Lord, I thank you that we’ll know who we are and rise up in it. We thank you for it in Jesus name. Amen.
As I said, this morning I kept hearing, Hear His Voice. I could see the words, Hear His Voice, and whatever I was doing it would come back to me. Hear His Voice. We talked about Joseph and no matter what he faced or how bad circumstances got, he always went back to the original call God had given him, which was the dream. He saw himself ruling over his brothers. And his dream happened. But in the course of the years of the pressing, the years of being in prison, and the years of going through accusations and all this injustice, Joseph never let go of his dream; even though it looked like he might as well pack it up and that it was never going to happen for him.
This morning I was hearing, Hear His Voice. And I was seeing, Hear His Voice. This week the Lord has been stirring several things in me, but he directed me to Jeremiah and the call that God put on his life. He directed me to Ezekiel and that call that He put on his life. He directed me to Samuel and the call God put on his life. There are so many more, but I was looking at these three men. I would think about them and read about them, and then today, Hear His Voice.
I saw in myself there were some times this week where I felt weary, and the thought of pressing in for something new, or the thought of stepping out or doing something just seemed so heavy. You know when you’re so tired and you just need to be. It wasn’t that I wasn’t being or resting or taking time with the Lord, it was more than a physical tiredness. My soul just felt weary. I saw that it was more than with just me. I saw weariness wanting to hit the Body.
In a season to run, where we’re declaring that it’s a time to run, a time to step in, it’s like the enemy is trying to counter that with weariness. Sometimes when there’s something going on within you, whether spiritual or emotional, it’s hard to deal with. I know how to overcome. I know what the Word says. And I can stand on the Word. But I’m dealing with my physical person. Sometimes that’s hard.
The Lord showed me even this morning that it’s back to, Hear His Voice. Have you ever been busy and something distracts you, it catches your eye, your attention, and you look and look again? That’s how it was when I was hearing and seeing, Hear His Voice. Then I was reminded of Joseph. No matter what Joseph faced, he always went back to what God originally said.
I believe this morning if you’ve felt weary, if you haven’t known what to do, or you haven’t known how to step out in this season, or even if you know the Lord is calling you to something and you don’t know how to function in it, I believe this morning is a time to hear his voice and to remember, just like Lane was singing. Remember how to dream. Remember how to hope. Remember how to lean into that call the Lord has given you, something you know He’s said.
I also had a great sense that in this season we cannot lose ourselves. You know who you are in Christ. It’s a season in which you have to rise up in that and not doubt it. So if the Lord has called you to speak for His Word or stand up in the mountain of education, etc., it’s time to own it. It’s time to own who you are in Christ. That’s not in a prideful way, but it’s in all humility.
Standing up in the fullness of who you are and the confidence of the Lord is really operating in a humble spirit. Whenever you try to make yourself less than what God has called you to, that’s really pride. Just BE who He says you are. Back to Light Be in me. We are the light because He is the Light and He is in us.
Jeremiah 1:4-10 NIV. 10819 The word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
:6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
Jeremiah was young when he was called to the ministry. When I was reading that this week, many in this room are not young. We’ve been walking with the Lord a long time. When I read that, I do not know how to speak; I am too young, I heard the Lord say, Stop making excuses!
If He’s called you to something, or you hear Him calling you or reminding you of a dream, then don’t tell Him why you can’t. Ask Him how you can. He has made a way for us. Since before you were formed in your mother’s womb I knew you; I set you apart. You’ve been set apart for the work of the ministry, whether that be inside or outside of the church. Whether that be home with your family or in the marketplace. Wherever it is, He has set you apart for something.
It’s time to stop living your life like you’re insignificant. Every single person matters and every single person has a part to play. All you have to do is yield to the Lord.
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you and I will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
:9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.
In 5780 where it’s all about the mouth and what we speak forth, I was seeing and hearing this morning, Hear His Voice. Speak forth His Word. We’re in a season where it’s not about striving. It’s just being still, hearing His voice, and speaking forth His word. We’ve made it really hard, but it’s back to that simple Gospel. Just hear His voice and do what He says.
Hear His voice and speak forth His word, because He formed you in your mother’s womb. He knew you before the foundation of the world. He set you apart for the work of the ministry, and He put His words in your mouth.
Many times we think about self-starting. Think about starting a business. It would be really easy for some of us to tell you how to do it. And some of us wouldn’t have a clue where to start. The Lord has called us and set us apart to something, and He has given us every key and every step that we need to have success. So all we have to do is hear His voice and speak forth His word and do what He says.
Kevin Long. It was talking about, I’m too young. But in that culture they really respected the eldership, so a young person was lower thought of. But in our culture today, the young people are the ones that are really thought of, and the older people are treated like, Y’all don’t know what’s going on. So, you are not too old. You’re not too old.
Anna. That’s good. That’s really good. I think that even goes back to what Pastor started with this morning from his dream. It wasn’t looking at the younger generation or the older generation. It was all of us. Just like Kevin said, you’re not too young; you’re not too old. It’s time to stop making excuses. Hear His voice. Speak forth His word. Do what He says.
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
I believe this is not just a call to Jeremiah. This is a call to the body of Christ. If we really begin to operate in who we are in Christ, we have the authority to rise up and call things that are not as though they were, and to bring heaven on earth. All the Lord wants is for us to just stand in the place and say, Lord, have your way. I’ll speak forth your word. I’ll be your mouthpiece. I will declare your glory is coming to our land, coming to our families, etc.
But He is looking for us to know who we are and know whose we are and who we are in Him. Some of us have waited for things. Some of you have waited for 30 and 40 years. Some of you have waited for 10, 15, 20 years. But it’s like the Lord is saying, Here it is. What are you going to do with it? I want to yield myself to Him. I want to get over myself, get over my attitudes and all these things I’ve held onto, or trying to shape it or make it into what I think, and just let Him be Him.
We need to stop trying to help God and just do what He says. Because if we’ll hear what He says and do it, then it’s pretty easy; it’s pretty simple. It’s not on us. It’s on Him. We’ve got to obey the Father. It comes back to obedience.
Ezekiel 2 NIV. He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.”
I think a lot of us have been sitting down for too long. Whenever you see something and you know you need to move, or there is something in your ability to do but you remain seated, then that’s not operating in who you are and who you’re called to be. I believe this is a time where the Lord is calling us to attention.
We’re seated in heavenly places, but it’s time to get up physically from the seated position in this earth, and MOVE! It’s time to operate in a kingdom mentality. It’s time to operate from our seated places in heaven, not seated places in the earth.
:2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
:3 He said, “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.
Does that sound familiar? We live in a nation right now that apart from the Lord—which I believe to see the glory of God come to this nation—but right now if you look at things, it looks like we’re a rebellious nation, a people who don’t want God in its midst. But the Lord is calling us to get up, to stand up, to rise up and speak forth His word, speak for His truth. It’s time to come back to the real Truth.
:4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’
:5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.
We have to stop fearing the opinions and faces of men. We have to hold to the true word of God and not be afraid of offending somebody, or afraid of saying the wrong thing. It’s like, I know the truth and the truth I need to say, but I don’t want to offend them. Because maybe I don’t agree with their lifestyle. Or, I don’t want to offend them because I want to draw them to the Lord, but they want me to agree that it’s okay for them to live with someone. Or they want me to say it’s okay for them to be in a homosexual relationship. Or, I don’t want to offend anyone so I’m going to shrink back and sit down and not say anything.
It’s time to stand up and stand on the truth. That doesn’t mean we come across in a critical way. That doesn’t mean we come across in a domineering or a hateful way, because you speak the truth in love. You can love someone unto repentance. But by agreeing with someone—if someone is drowning or if their house is on fire—if you just say, That’s too bad, how are you helping the situation?
The Lord is calling us to action. He’s calling us to stop just sitting around and looking at things happen. He is calling us to action, to bring change, to Be the Light.
:7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
:9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.
Who wants a scroll from heaven? There are many scrolls in heaven the Lord has written things on about us. He can give them to us and reveal them to us. I liked what Nancy said this morning. In a birthing season, in a season to receive promise, in a season to walk out destiny, are you willing to really pay the price? Are you willing to lay yourself down? I saw in this that the Lord has already sent His word, but are you willing to take it and eat it and own it, and let His word manifest and become part of you?
It goes back to, We have a choice. There is always life and blessing, death and curses, and we have the ability to choose. We have the ability to choose every time in Christ. He never chooses for us. But He desires the best for us.
Have you ever gotten things ready or you’re working with someone on a project? You’ve done your part and the ball falls in their court. It’s down to what they’re going to do with it now. Are they going to come through? It’s in their hands now. Not that we’re outside the hands of the Lord, but I see that He has gotten everything ready. He’s put everything in place. He’s set everything up for us and now it’s like, Okay, what are you going to do with it?
The promise is here, but what are you going to do with it? How are you going to steward it? Are you going to step into it? Are you going to be willing to lay your life down to step fully into the call? I believe if you’re in this place this morning or you’re watching then that’s really, even if you feel heavy and you’ve been dealing with situations, I think that deep down in your heart of hearts you wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t your desire.
I see that the Lord is saying, Just step out. Just come into me. Don’t be worried. Don’t be concerned. Just throw off the weight. Remember the call. Remember the promise. Remember what I said. Because He never fails to do it. He never fails. He never doesn’t come through for us. I’ve talked with different ones of you and we’ve all gone through seasons where we’ve waited for something or we’ve been in a difficult spot; or you didn’t know how something was going to come through or how something was going to work out.
When is one time the Lord hasn’t come through for you? When is one time He’s let you down? When is one time you needed Him and He didn’t show up? I don’t know about you but I can’t think of one. The Lord never leaves us and never forsakes us. He has a great plan for every one of us. All we have to do is just say ‘Yes’ to it. That’s pretty awesome.
I Samuel 3. The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening,’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
:10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end.
:13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”
:15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.” “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.”
:18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.” The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.
In this season where our mouths are so important, really we’ve spent the last several years meditating on all the chapters in James, talking about getting hold of our tongue, not just saying what we want, but really being yielded to the Lord. As I read about Samuel, I saw that the Lord, especially in this season of Tabernacles, has come and stood before us and wanted to be face to face.
He is putting his words in our mouths and if we will just yield to him, whatever we speak forth will be like Samuel. The Lord will walk with us and not one of our words will fall to the ground. To walk in that kind of authority and to walk in that kind of relationship with the Lord takes a willing spirit. It takes being willing to lay down yourself. It takes being willing to say, I’ll let the flesh die.
It takes the willingness to say, I don’t have to be right; or, I don’t have to argue; or, I’m just going to say what you say over these situations, Lord. It doesn’t matter if I’m tired. It doesn’t matter if I’m worn out. It doesn’t matter if everything is on fire around me. I’m just going to hold to your word.
I believe these three men are great examples of how the Lord is speaking to us today and where he is calling us to. To operate in the level of the authority in which Jesus ordained for us. Can you agree with that? Do you want to move into operating that way? I do.
Psalm 95. This says, Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart. It was one of the first scriptures whenever I was hearing and seeing, Hear His Voice, this morning that came to my heart.The reason I think it did is that if you’re in a place where you feel like you can’t go on anymore; if you’re tired and feeling weary and you’re just in a struggle. Sometimes when somebody says, Look at this wonderful thing the Lord wants to do for you; or, Don’t let go of his promises. Instead of you having joy, it’s like your heart is hard. And it’s, I don’t want to hear that.
But the Lord was saying to me this morning, Don’t let the circumstances make you hard. Don’t let the situation make you hard. Have you every known someone and they were just so wonderful, sweet? But they went through a really hard circumstance or situation, and after walking through that there was this hardness about them? They had been through so much, it was like self-preservation.
The Lord is saying, In the trials don’t let it make you hard on the inside or the outside. He doesn’t want that for us, and I don’t want that for us. I don’t want that for me or for you. It’s not letting the storms wear on you. Or better yet, don’t wear the storms. Be clothed in the glory and the peace and the shalom of God. He has come in this place this morning and engulfed us in his presence and his glory. It’s like whatever has been going on, just wipe it off.
Hebrews 11 NIV. We’ve been talking about faith. Nita mentioned faith this morning.
:1 Now faith is the confidence of what we hope for and the assurance about things that we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
:4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
:5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone how comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
:7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
:10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
:11 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
:16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of bones.
:23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
:26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
:29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
:32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
:35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
:39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Because of what they did, because of their faith, all throughout the Word of God, because of their faith and how they stood, they prepared a way for us. We can stand up on their faith. We can stand up and lay their situation on anything we might face. It’s like giving us a leg to stand on. It’s giving us that push over the top.
I believe this morning that the faith of the Son of God, his glory and his presence has come in our midst, and we will see the fulfillment of the promise. I was hearing as I was reading this, it’s like I could see all of your faces and it was like the Lord said, By Nancy’s faith, by Carol’s faith, etc. I saw by the faith of the people—and it’s not just about us—at Miracle City, the city of Hattiesburg was transformed.
It wasn’t stepping out in faith and waiting for years and years, and one day down the road because of our prayers. No! It was standing on the prayers that had been prayed and us seeing the fruition, us seeing the fulfillment of the promise. I was seeing it’s like the Lord is pushing us over the edge in a good God way, and we are standing in that promise.
I hope all of this encourages you because the Lord is speaking, and if you’ve felt like you haven’t been able to hear his voice, I would say, Just draw aside. Just take a moment. Just be quiet. Just be in his presence. And eventually you will hear his voice. Because he is faithful always to come through. I would say, Position yourself. To not have a hard heart. Soften your heart before the Lord.
Lean into the call. Lean into destiny. Stop trying to put it off, or say, I can’t deal with this; or, I can’t be with you or have a relationship with you, or spend time with you, Lord, because of xyz. Stop making excuses. Give him what you have. Because that’s enough.
I’ve asked the Worship Team to play this song. I want to say, Remember the call. Be encouraged. Don’t be weary. Let the Lord come and strengthen you in your inner man. Let him come and strengthen you. Let him come and increase your faith. You might feel like you just can’t stand anymore, but keep on standing because he is coming through for you now.
Let the words of this song minister to you. Whenever you hear the words, look at it as you and God. Just let him speak this, sing this, minister this over you. We have the victory because he has the victory every single time. Let’s worship.
?You are my champion. I am who you say I am. I am seated in the heavenly place undefeated with the One who has conquered it all. Let all striving cease. This is my victory. When I open up my mouth miracles start breaking out. I have the authority Jesus has given me.
Anna. Father, we thank you for what you’ve done. We thank you for presencing yourself in our midst. Lord, we receive all that you have done, not one part missed. But we receive all you have done this morning. I thank you that you are the wind beneath our wings, and that you are stirring, you are stirring things up in your people. You are stirring things up in this body.
Father, I call all of our spirits to attention, to rise up in our sonship, to rise up in who we are in you, Lord. Father, I thank you that this is a time and a season to know our true identity. Let true identity come to the sons of God.
?You are my champion. I am seated with the One who has conquered it all.
Anna. Father, we thank you that you have conquered it all and we rise up in that victory, the victory of Jesus. We say, So, over our circumstances. We say, So, over every situation, over every trial. We say, So. And we say, We have the victory, in Jesus name. Father, we once again thank you for what you’ve done in this place. Be with everyone as they go out and as they go about their business this week, about your business, Lord. Speak to us. Let us hear your voice. Open our eyes to see and our hearts to receive, in Jesus name. Amen.