12/23/18 Miracle City Global.
Betty Love. The Forerunner is in the house. I believe the Lord is going to release a Forerunner Spirit on the inside of us. It’s personal and it’s corporate. I read the first few chapters in Matthew and began to read in Luke what we call the Christmas Story. The Lord began to open my eyes. We’re going to mix worship with the Word this morning. I began to look at Gabriel. How many of you know Gabriel came?
When God gets ready to do something in the earth realm He announces it. He never does anything in the earth without revealing and announcing his plan to His servants the prophets. We’re a forerunner house. We’re an apostolic prophetic people. And I know that if you’re apostolic, if you’re prophetic, you’re going to be a forerunner.
In Hebrews 6:19-20 it talks about an anchor that has gone before us and entered in through the curtain. Where the Forerunner, Jesus, has entered for us, having become forever a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
Luke 1:78-79. Because of the tender mercy of the Lord our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.
We know that our Morning Star has come. We know the Day Star has dawned. I began to see that Angels are Forerunners. The magi or wise men did not come to Bethlehem. When Jesus was born there was a star, His Star. Not the star of Bethlehem, the Star of Jesus Christ. Creation accounted the birth. The Star is a Forerunner because it went before the Wise Men and led them to the place where Jesus was, by then a toddler.
I began to see so many things. How Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit have a forerunner spirit. You cannot be sons of God and not have a forerunner spirit.
The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord at their head. Micah 2:13.
KJV. The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it; and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.
I believe the Breaker Anointing is a Forerunner Anointing because if something doesn’t break open the way, you can’t go up and out. Our King is a breaker. So I believe the very Forerunner Spirit that the Lord is wanting to release in us in this new era, in this new season, is going to serve as a breaker to break open the things of God.
I saw that the Word of God is a breaker. Yay God. When the voice came out of heaven and spoke, the Word is going to come before the action. The Word is going to come before the action.
What is a Forerunner? A person or thing that precedes the coming or development of someone or something. Synonyms: predecessor, precursor, antecedent, ancestor, forebear, prototype, primogenitor. One of the words that Chuck spoke over Mississippi is that we would have prototypes. We would be a prototype. It says to me that our very state is a forerunner. We live in the land that has a forerunner spirit in it.
One of the things that Chuck said was, If the Spirit of the Lord does not move, apart from Holy Spirit we will never be able to birth the prototypes. So, a person or thing that precedes the coming or development of someone or something.
A Forerunner is a sign or warning of something to come. The star was a sign. Yay God. The Virgin, Mary, was a sign. John the Baptist was a forerunner to Jesus—the voice calling in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
A Forerunner is an advance messenger. Angels are advance messengers.
I hear the Lord saying, “Giant steps are fixing to take place right now.”
The Lord began to speak to my heart with this Forerunner Spirit. He said, “Forerunners are agents of change who have assignments that bring alignment. They’re advance messengers who announce the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Who bring an announcement of the Word of God. Forerunners are accelerators because they have an anointing that’s going to activate. They are atmosphere shifters. Change agents.”
Father, I want to thank you. Come and have your way. ?We welcome heaven in the house. We welcome the Forerunner. Come and have your way. Every heart, every life, on earth as it is in heaven. In heaven.
We’re going to present our members unto the Forerunner. A living sacrifice. Forerunners come with authority, come with anointing. Whoa. Present your members unto God. Present your members unto Him. Spirit, soul, body, birthright and destiny. Right here right now. We welcome the voice of the Lord upon our waters. Whoa. Whoa.
So does the word that goes forth out of your mouth Lord. It does not return to you empty but it accomplishes what you send it to do. So is the word that goes forth. It has an assignment on it. So Lord right now, drop your plumb line. Drop your plumb line in us, your people. Drop your plumb line and bring us up Lord. Bring us up Lord and into that heavenly realm. Awaken. Awaken. Awaken….
?Humbly I stand, an offering. With open hands, Lord I bring everything and nothing less,
my heart, my all. You deserve my every breath, my life, my song. I surrender, I surrender all.
Lord take control. I trust you. I’m letting go to give you everything and nothing less, my best, my all. Everything and nothing less, forever. My life is yours, completely yours. I surrender all.
Betty. Anna would you share what the Lord showed you about the difference in submission and surrender.
Anna Love. Submission is doing something because you have to and surrender is doing something because you want to. I realized in my own life I had many things submitted to the Lord but not necessarily surrendered. I think that’s the place the Lord wants to move each one of us. From a place of just being submitted to Him to a place of being surrendered. Surrender comes from love and from relationship. Submission is having Him as Lord over us. He wants us to shift from where we are.
Betty. So we surrender. We surrender.
?We surrender all to you Jesus, every part of me, everything, all to you,
every dream, every desire, birthright and destiny.
You can have it all Lord, every part of my whole world.
Take this life and breath on this heart. This heart is now yours.
Break down the walls. Push back the dark. Heaven flood the earth.
Light of the world move in our hearts. Heaven flood the earth.
Betty. We surrender. We’ve come to see, Lord. We’ve come to hear. We’ve come to understand with our hearts and turn and be made whole. A yielded heart, a surrendered heart, we give to you today. We turn to you today. We turn our eyes. We turn our ears. We turn our hearts to you, oh Lord. Come on. Come on. Turn your eyes. Turn your ears. Turn your hearts. Turn your heart to Him. Come and turn your heart. Surrender your will. Turn your lives. Turn your ears. Turn your heart. Turn to Him. We turn our eyes. We turn our ears. We turn our hearts. We turn to you Lord.
?I/we turn to you, oh Lord.
Betty. Special Delivery. We welcome the angelic messengers.
?Whoa. Whoa. With everything we shout for your glory, for you grace. Be glorified.
Be lifted high above all names. We shout for your name. Whoa. Whoa. Heaven. Let it come.
Betty. This is what it looks like. This is what it feels like. Heaven in the house. Angelic messengers. Cloud of witnesses.
?This is what it looks like. This is what it sounds like when heaven comes down. This is what it looks like when God is all around. This is what it feels like when heaven is all around. Let it come. Whoa. Whoa.
Betty. I want to acknowledge the cloud of witnesses. I believe we have a cloud of witnesses of forerunners that are standing in the heavenly realm right now.
Father, we thank you for the forerunners that have gone before us. Yayyyy. Forerunners. Enoch was a forerunner. Elijah was a forerunner. John was a forerunner. Moses was a forerunner. Joshua and Caleb were forerunners. Kathryn Kuhlman was a forerunner. John Wesley was a forerunner. Samuel was a forerunner. David was a forerunner. Maria Woodworth-Etter was a forerunner. Smith Wigglesworth was a forerunner. Billy Graham was a forerunner. Oral Roberts. Peter was a forerunner. Paul was a forerunner. And it’s not just was—they are.
I saw angels come into this place and they are carrying scrolls. I see them delivering scrolls to individuals in this room. Father right now in the name of Jesus, I thank you for full functionality in our spiritual senses. We come into alignment for the assignment. I thank you for opening our eyes to see in the realm of the Spirit. I bind fear. I bind the spirit of error in the name of Jesus. I release the blood of Jesus to cover this house. We look to see.
Betty. We want to decree the Righteous King in Psalm 72 TPT that Marian Applewhite has.
:1 O God, make the king a godly judge like you and give the king’s son the gift of justice too. Help him to give true justice to your people, honorably and equally to all. Then the mountains of influence will be fruitful, and from your righteousness prosperity and peace will flow to all the people. May the poor and humble have an advocate with the king. May he consider the children of the poor and crush the cruel oppressor. The sun and moon will stop shining before your lovers will stop worshiping; for ages upon ages the people will love and adore you.
:6 Your favor will fall like rain upon our surrendered lives, like showers reviving the earth.
Father, I decree your word, your rhema, given to your handmaiden, Psalm 72:6. Your favor will fall like rain upon our surrendered lives like showers reviving the earth.
:7 In the days of his reign the righteous will spring forth with the abundance of peace and prosperity forevermore. May he subdue and take dominion from sea to sea; may he rule from the river to the rim. Desert nomads are bowing at his feet, every enemy falling facedown, biting the dust. Distant kings will surrender and come with their gifts from every continent and coastland; they will offer their tribute to you.
:11 O King of kings, they will all bow before you. O King of kings, every nation will one day serve you. He will care for the needy and neglected when they cry to him for help. The humble and helpless will know his kindness, for with a father’s compassion he will save their souls. They will be rescued from tyranny and torture, for their lifeblood is precious in his eyes.
:15 Long live this King. May the wealth of the world be laid before him. May there be ceaseless praise and prayer to him. May all the blessing be brought to him. Bless us with a bountiful harvest, with golden grain swaying on the mountain fields. May the cities be full of praising people, fruitful and filled—so that his name may be honored forever. May the fame of his name spring forth. May it shine on, like the sunshine. In him all will be blessed to bless others, and may all the people bless the One who blessed them.
:18 Praise forever Jehovah-God, the God of Israel. He is the one and only God of wonders, surpassing every expectation. The blazing glory of his name will be praised forever. May all the earth overflow with his glory. Faithful is our King. Amen.
Father, we thank you for the manifestation of Psalm 72. Jesus, we acknowledge King of Kings, Lord of Lords, we adore you, Jesus. We honor you as the Savior of the world. We honor you Lord God. We honor you, Emanuel, God with us.
Gail Gilbert. I was also hearing in this place when we were surrendering all unto Him, I was reminded of one of the greatest decrees we can make in this moment is when Mary decreed, May it be unto me according to your word. So I would say in this moment, let’s all grab hold of that word and make it personal. May it be Lord, unto me, according to your word.
Nita Maselle. I had a dream and when I woke up I kept going over one little portion of it. When I came in here it kept coming back to me. I kept reliving the dream and I began to get understanding and interpretation. And it goes along with where we are. I was in an upper room of my house. It had a window that was open, facing heaven, like an attic window.
I inspected the window and it didn’t have a closure, the part you pull down to close the window. It was left open.
As I was at the window, people began to come around me at this place and they began to receive things by the Spirit. Lots of ministers who already had calls on them but had things that had been left behind or misplaced or not noticed and they were coming forth and reclaiming and re-receiving and discovering things.
Then I had one come who had never spent any time in church or anything. This young woman came and she was all excited and had others with her. She had received a call from God and she knew it.
I believe God is saying to us that we’re in an upper room with Him. We have a house. We live in a house, a body, and it is an upper room with the Lord. And He is opening the window of heaven. And I believe what Anna was talking about is where we don’t open and close that window. But this window is going to be left open. We’re going to leave this window open.
And people that come in our midst, we don’t even have to work at it, they just come into His presence and they will begin to receive what God’s calling them to—purpose, plans and what He has for them.
Some of them are going to be reminded and some will be refreshed. Some will receive a whole call they had no clue was even there. So, He’s presenting a forerunner, someone who opens up the way, in the heavens so that other people can come and receive what they had no clue was even available or there. So Father, we say Yes to your open heaven window. We say Yes to being fully surrendered to you.
Just take the whole thing off and leave it open. We will let You flow through us. We will be an open window in the earth, of heaven. We will let you flow through us to those around us, to the people who come near. Let them come and receive through the window that you have in our heart, Lord, in Jesus name. We agree with you. We agree with that word. We agree with the Forerunner Spirit.
Open up. Open up. Open up the heavens. Open up the heavens in us. Open up the heavens around us. Open up the heavens in our house, in our families, in our relatives, those nearby, even the passersby. Open up, open up in Jesus name. We declare your heavens be poured out into the earth today in Jesus name. We say Yes, Yes, to heaven. Yes to heaven’s will. Yes to heaven’s plan. Yes to heaven’s call. Thank you Father. Thank you for open windows.
Betty. We say Yes. We say Yes.
Wanda Sumrall. When I woke up this morning I began to pray for my children and all the things that are going on in my life and the Lord said, ‘It’s not about any of that today. It’s about Jesus.’ That’s what He told me this morning. And driving over, every time something would come to my mind, He would say, ‘It’s all about Jesus. It’s all about Jesus.’
I’m sitting over here and Betty says, I’m seeing angels with scrolls. I look at my feet and I see a pile of scrolls. And I said, Lord, a Pile of scrolls? I’m 62. A pile of scrolls! He said, You’re never too old. It’s never too late, no matter how old you are, no matter where you have been. The Lord is going to use a yielded vessel. He’s going to use a surrendered vessel. Today, it’s all about Jesus.
Donna Bass. I’ve been hearing all morning two words—Stunning and Stunned.
Stunning is extremely impressive or attractive, amazing, astonishing, marvelous, splendid, phenomenal—sounds like Jesus doesn’t it?
Stunned—knocked unconscious or into a dazed, semi-conscious state.
I’m feeling like this isn’t just for me or just for the church but will affect all people. They’re going to be stunned. And what we are going to be seeing and walking through is going to be stunning.
I had a dream I feel I’m supposed to share. I had the sweetest earthly Daddy who passed away four years ago. In the dream I was in the car with my Daddy. I was driving and it was peaceful. I didn’t really see him but I knew he was there and we were talking.
After I woke up I knew he represented our Heavenly Father. We were driving along and suddenly the car wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do. I lost control of the car. I said, Daddy, we’re fixing to have a wreck. And he said, Ok. The care spun backwards. I remember seeing a bridge but I don’t remember crossing it. We cleaned out the ditch and went a long way. It seemed to last forever like it wouldn’t end. I knew it was going to be bad, so I braced myself, but I didn’t feel fear. I wasn’t afraid of being hurt. I wasn’t alarmed at all.
We crossed the road and ended up in a store parking lot with gravel, all the way up to the building. When we stopped, we pushed up next to an old silver metal trash can that was very worn and it was behind us. The trash and garbage was behind us. We got out. Everything was fine. No harm done. The trash can got a little beat up and was under the edge of the car.
When we left, we left the garbage behind. I think that’s real significant. When we started back on the road, there was no trouble and no alarm.
Betty. Vehicles we know represent ministry. They can represent an individual. What this says to me is: I see generation. In the cloud of witnesses I see generations standing. It might feel like there is a wreck, and we’re crossing over, but there was no harm to that vehicle. It just cleaned out the trash and left it behind.
It’s going Back to the Future to recover and shift things in the atmosphere, shift things in our territories, tents and treasuries.
Lord, we thank you for the revelation this morning. The Lord said if I would break open the Word it’s going to break open something else.
Isaiah 55:8-11 MSG. I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work. God’s Decree. For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as the rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, so will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do; they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.
What the Lord showed me is that the words, prophetic words, rhema words, proceeding words, are forerunners. They have the ability to activate and produce.
I believe that the word that the Lord gives you, a word or phrase for this year, is going to forerun for you throughout the year. This is going to be a different year, 2019. Literally, where we see and experience the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. The flow is going to be here. I believe this is for me and for you, too. The Lord said when He gives you the word, the phrase for this year, it is going to stand up and activate in you from the very beginning.
Year before last I experienced that to a large degree.
This past year I’ve had to contend for the word Thrive. There has been a war in 5778. It was truly a war season of contending for the things of God. It’s been a time of separation. It’s been a time where the Lord has been dividing the wheat from the chaff in our lives. I’m not surprised about the dream. I’m not surprised because He is wanting to get rid of the trash and the clutter. He is not wanting any ungodly attachments hanging onto our lives. He has given us a new view and a new mindset.
And he is releasing his forerunner spirit on the inside of you so that you can be an advance messenger for the kingdom of God and move in his authority and his anointing and his ability. There is no doubt about it. A forerunner – is a person or a thing that precedes the coming or development of someone or something else. On every mountain of society, sons of God, get ready for the Forerunner Spirit to initiate and ignite in you in such a way that there are things that are going to be produced.
There are people that get an idea. They get a witty invention. It is a gift of God to have a forerunner spirit in the business world, in the tech world, when you have an idea that is first. Think about the person who invented cell phones. Think they had a good idea? Think they produced wealth out of that idea? Think about the person who had the idea of velcro, the paper clip. The paper clip is still being used in this world with such great technology. In our office every day I am using paper clips, still.
I believe there are things that have not been said yet. There are things that have not been done yet. There are things that have not been produced yet. There is a great activity that is coming into the earth out of the heavenly realm. There is visitation and manifestation that is coming. God never does anything that He does not announce.
Again, a forerunner precedes the coming of someone. Gabriel came to Mary to announce to her that she had found favor with the Lord. And that what was about to be conceived within her would be by the power of Holy Spirit overshadowing her.
A forerunner is a sign or a warning of something to come. Look at the synonyms. A herald, a harbinger, an usher, advance guard. God was about to give Joseph a dream and tell him to get up and take your son and his mother into Egypt. Because there was about to be a mass execution of the children two years and under because Herod wanted to get rid of Christ the King. In our depiction of the wise men it’s three magi. But history says there were probably 100 people traveling in this entourage. The magi, the spiritual priests that came from the East, were wealthy. When they presented their gifts, they followed the star. The star was a forerunner, and it stood over the house where Jesus was with his mother. The wise men went in and when they saw him they bowed down before him and they worshiped him. And they opened their gifts and presents their gifts to him of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
If you have the Passion Translation of the Bible, it says that it was enough to finance Jesus’ family, their trip to Egypt, and take care of them for quite a while. They received wealth. Why? Because the Lord in his sovereignty and his foreknowledge, knew what was about to happen. So the wise men fore-ran and came unto Jesus and his family to present what they needed for their journey. God is Sovereign.
The forerunner spirit in you will cause you to come into alignment for the assignment. Message Bible, Isaiah 55. Every word has an assignment. And with the true word of God that has an assignment, there are angels that are assigned. I saw and I know there are angels staged in the heavenly realms waiting. I’m not afraid of the enemy. He is working overtime to try to derail. And I decree and declare over you and over this house and those that are connected with us: We will not be derailed, by the grace of Almighty God. If God is for us, who can be against us? Your birthright, your destiny, your purpose stands. He is well able to keep you. He is well able to keep what you have committed unto him. And the windows are open. Yay God. He is releasing out of the heavenly realm.
I don’t want to step on you Kimble and what you are going to bring. I welcome Gabriel and the angels that are assigned to him. He is an announcer. He is a forerunner angel. Every time there is a divine happening in the earth, he’s coming, now. He’s an Announcer.
Luke 1. One day when Zechariah’s priestly order was on duty and he was serving as priest, it happened by the casting of lots according to the custom of the priesthood that the honor fell upon Zechariah to enter into the holy place and burn incense before the Lord. A large crowd of worshippers had gathered to pray outside the temple at the hour the incense was being offered. 10321 All at once an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing just to the right of the altar of incense. (Now Zechariah is having an angelic encounter.)
Zechariah was startled and overwhelmed with fear. But the angel reassured him, saying, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God is showing grace to you. For I have come to tell you that your prayer for a child has been answered. Your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son and you are to name him John. His birth will bring you much joy and gladness. Many will rejoice because of him. He will be one of the great ones in the sight of God. He will drink no wine or strong drink, but he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even while still in his mother’s womb. And he will persuade many in Israel to convert and turn back to the Lord their God. He will go before the Lord as a forerunner, with the same power and anointing as Elijah the prophet.
He will be instrumental in turning the hearts of the fathers in tenderness back to their children and the hearts of the disobedient back to the wisdom of their righteous fathers. And he will prepare a united people who are ready for the Lord’s appearing.”
Every true forerunner is going to prepare a people in unity and oneness for the appearing of the Lord. It’s about Jesus, Wanda. This house is about Jesus. Our work in the earth is about Jesus. It is about the kingdom of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. So you see Gabriel coming as a forerunner, announcing to Zechariah that he and Elizabeth in their old age are about to have a miracle, and releasing a prophetic destiny.
The prophetic destiny that is appointed to your life through the Word of God comes as a forerunner. There is a forerunning spirit that releases prophetic word. Praise God, because He’s going to announce it before it springs forth. And the announcing of it is going to create it to spring forth.
Luke 1:19. Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel. I stand beside God himself. He has sent me to announce to you this good news. But now, since you did not believe my words, you will be stricken silent and unable to speak until the day my words have been fulfilled at their appointed time and a child is born to you. That will be your sign!”
The forerunner spirit will bring a word that is appointed to you. It will have an assignment. It will bring you into alignment. And it will happen at an appointed time. It has a date stamp on it. The word of the Lord that Don Lynch released over Miracle City Global was this, and I decree it again this morning because it is a significant word.
He said, “I heard the Lord say, ‘You, Miracle City Global, can become a poster or a postage. If you become a poster, you become a perception. If you become a postage, you begin stamping things with that amount that is proper or adequate for it to reach its destination, and you will become a production.’”
I decree and declare we are a postage that is able to stamp things in time with the proper amount so that it can reach its destination. When I say it can reach its destination, I’m talking about people; I’m talking about words that are sent forth; I’m talking about we are a kingdom house that seeds, supplies and sends. Get your running shoes on because come the first of the year when we stand up in here on January 6 and the decree comes out of your mouth, it is going to set you in motion. It it going to warp speed you into places you’ve never been before. And it’s not just going to warp speed you, it’s going to warp speed this entire place. It’s cataclysmic, is what the Lord is saying. That’s now. Right now. Cataclysmic. Your word is a catalyst. (Train whistle blowing.)
Luke 1:20. But now, since you did not believe my words, you will be stricken silent and unable to speak until the day my words have been fulfilled at their appointed time and a child is born to you. That will be your sign!”
There are going to be signs. There are already signs, wonders and miracles being released in the earth realm like we’ve not seen before. We’re in a brand new era and it is a brand new day. And we are forerunners. You cannot be connected with us or in this house if you are not a forerunner.
Luke 1:26. During the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent from God’s presence to an unmarried girl named Mary, living in Nazareth, a village in Galilee. She was engaged to a man named Joseph, a true descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Grace to you, young woman, for the Lord is with you and so you are anointed with great favor.”
I want you to hear the response. :34 Mary said, “But how could this happen? I am still a virgin!” Gabriel answered, “The Spirit of Holiness will fall upon you and almighty God will spread his shadow of power over you in a cloud of glory! This is why the child born to you will be holy and he will be called the Son of God.
I believe that the word of the Lord that is coming to you, I believe that Holy Spirit is going to overshadow you, and I believe that he is going to plant that word not only in your spirit, but I believe that he is going to baptize you in the word for this new season. I believe you’re going to wear the word. I believe you’re going to manifest the word. I believe that word is going to come alive in you in such a way that it is transforming.
I believe some of you haven’t gotten your word yet because when it comes, it is going to do a major overhaul, not just in you but in me.
Today, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I decree and declare over the house, we welcome the Forerunner Spirit. I decree and declare that we are agents of change. I decree and declare that the forerunner spirit brings us into alignment for the assignment so that we can be those advance messengers to announce the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. And announce the kingdom business of our God and our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of Holy Spirit. I decree and declare that the Forerunner Spirit activates in us today so that we can be those atmosphere changers and shifters for the glory of God on earth as it is in heaven.
So Father, in the name of Jesus, we acknowledge the forerunners that have gone before us. We acknowledge the forerunner signs that you have released in your Word and also in the earth. We acknowledge that even creation works with us as a forerunner. We acknowledge you, Lord Jesus, as our Forerunner. Father and Holy Spirit, we acknowledge that your Word is a forerunner. We acknowledge you Jesus as the Forerunner. Before the foundations of the earth the Lamb was slain.
We acknowledge the angelic hosts that are forerunners. I thank you Lord God that there is a culmination and convergence of the forerunners that are coming together, whether it be a person or a thing, a sign or a warning of something to come, or an advanced messenger. Today at Miracle City Global and Love Ministry families, all those connected with us and our places of alignment, we welcome the Forerunner Spirit in our midst in Jesus name. Amen and Amen.
Kimble Love. Good morning family. It’s such a joy to see you in the house today. We’re going to have an awesome time as we step into worship. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That’s what we’re here for today. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. But it’s about the One who came and laid down His life for all of us so that we can be here today to gather together as one and to celebrate the season, Jesus, the gift that keeps on giving.
I’m so glad to be here. I know that you all have plans with friends and family and whatever it is but I just pray right now that the Spirit of Yeshua Hamasiach invades your home, invades your heart, invades your family, and that He carries you through this season. That He blesses you and gives you peace. That He releases comfort that passes all understanding, that guards your hearts and your minds through Him because He’s a good good Father. He’s a good good God. He watches over His word to perform it in our lives. He loves us even when we’re unlovely. Despite ourselves, He still loves us and He always will. And He’ll not love us anymore than He loves us right now. Because He loves us with an everlasting love.
So Lord, today we celebrate the birth of Jesus. And Father, I thank you that you sent Him into the earth with one purpose and one mission. And that was to redeem your people back into relationship with You so that we could be reestablished as your family on the earth and in heaven.
So Lord Jesus, we honor you today and we worship you. We enter into that place where we seek your face. We come before you with a grateful and a thankful heart. We open our spirits and our minds and our souls unto you and we say, Lord Jesus, receive the fruit of our lips as we celebrate this Christmas season. It’s Christ in us, the hope of glory. It’s Christ in us, the hope of things to come. Jesus, we honor you and we bless you and we say, Come and have your way. Show yourself mighty to us and through us. Let that be our prayer today.
And as we go forth from this house, may our lives be a direct reflection of all that you are. We bless you Lord in Jesus name. Amen.
Kevin Long to Kimble, Betty and Anna Love. I am so honored to be able to do this. As a congregation, as a body and the region that you cover, we are so honored and it’s a pleasure to bless you guys in the spirit of giving and Christmas, and we want to bless you and say, Merry Christmas from everybody. Thank you so much for everything you do. We are so blessed. (Presents them with a card.)
Kimble Love. We just thank you all. You guys are awesome. You really are. And it’s a pleasure to be in the family. And we consider you all family. You aren’t church members or just congregants. You are part of our family and we love each and every one of you. Thank you so much.
Let’s stand this morning as we enter into worship to give Jesus all the praise and all the glory because He’s worthy. Say: Jesus, You are worthy. Jesus, we love you because you first loved us. We praise you today not for anything that we want, but for who you are, for all you’ve done, for all you’re doing, and for all you’re about to do. We give you praise. Amen and Amen.
?O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
King of love, the veil was torn, sacrifice was made. All hail King Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth, Savior of the world. We’re forever changed. We join with heaven singing Holy, all hail King Jesus. O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Peace on earth, good will to men.
Kimble Love. Lord, let that be one of our prayers this season, to let there be peace on earth and let it begin with us. May your peace that passes all understanding guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. May we be carriers of that peace. May we carry your peace into every situation and circumstance that we enter into. We worship you Lord and we praise you. We thank you for your sacrifice. We thank you that you freely gave your life, all that you are and were, that you became the substitute; you went in our place. You took on a beating. You took on suffering. You took on very death on a cross in our place.
Lord I pray today that you would allow us to see, to understand, to have the revelation of what you’ve done for us. As we continue to worship this morning, we come and feast from your table, Lord Jesus. We take communion, eat of the bread and drink of the cup, which represents your broken body and your blood that was poured out, that was shed so that we could be brought back into right relationship with Father. I thank you Lord that your blood cleansed us from all acts of unrighteousness, took away our sin, and you gave us the ability to become sons and daughters of God again. Jesus, we thank you for your sacrifice. We thank you for the life that you gave. And in that exchange, as we believe we have taken on you, Lord, we have everlasting life in your presence, walking with your grace and your mercy, one with you, receiving the fullness of your promise.
As we come today we bring that which you’ve blessed us with, our tithes, our offerings, our first fruits, that which you have so graciously blessed us with, to invest into the kingdom work that you’re doing here. To see, Lord God, the fullness of your truth, your Word, your actions restored in this world in which we live. Lord, I thank you that you’ve given us abilities, gifts and talents. That you have filled us with your Spirit. And Lord God, we’re an unstoppable force because you’re in us and you go before us. And we so desire to walk in your purposes, to see your kingdom come on the earth as it is in heaven.
So Lord, we go forth advancing your kingdom wherever we go. We say, Lord continue to have your way in us and through us. Lead us upon those paths of righteousness. Let us not look to the left nor to the right, but that we keep our focus on you and you alone. And Lord, I know that you are going to see us through, you’re going to see us to, and we’re going to complete the work that you’ve purposed us to complete in Jesus name. Amen and Amen.
?Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? I’ve got joy, unspeakable joy, a river down in my soul washing over me. Joy.
Kimble Love. Amen. A couple of weeks ago I had the experience to go to Israel which is literally God’s country. Israel and Mississippi. Love my state! It was amazing to go into that land and experience the places I’ve read about in the Bible all my life. To actually walk in the places that are in the Word. To stand on mountaintops where Elijah called down fire—to be standing in the exact place. That’s awe-inspiring. To lay my head upon the rock where Jacob slept and saw angels descending and ascending out of heaven. To be in the very land where he wrestled with God and God blessed him and changed his name to Israel, birthed a nation. Things like that are just mind-boggling. Not that you doubt the Word, but to know. I’m a visual person. So to enter the land and to see it with my own eyes, to feel it, to smell it, to taste it, to hear it—the land speaks. Praise God. It’s awesome.
Probably one of the most awesome places over there was the Garden Tomb where Jesus was laid. Just a few hundred feet from Golgotha where he was crucified on the cross, not very far off. But put in that tomb. Imagine to be in the proximity where all that took place. And have the opportunity to walk where Jesus walked, to sit where he sat, to see some of the very remnants of olive trees that were in that garden when Jesus asked His disciples to come and pray with Him. And what did they do? They fell asleep. Do you think you might have been one of those who fell asleep? Probably so.
The most awesome thing was to actually enter into that tomb where Jesus was laid, and go in there and realize He’s not here. He’s gone! He’s risen. He’s alive. Hallelujah! To me that was one of the most thrilling things—to walk in that tomb. And I’m here to tell you, He wasn’t there! Glory to God. He is risen and He’s alive.
You might be saying, Pastor, this is Christmas. You’re teaching the Easter story, Resurrection Sunday. But Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. And this celebration season we celebrate now, Christmas, is a special time of the year to me. How many adults can think back to when you were little kids? Christmas was magical. I’m using the word like it was used back then. That’s what we called it then but now we know it’s spiritual. But it was. It was an awesome time.
As a kid you always had your Christmas list. Anybody have a Christmas list? You had a list of all these things you wanted Santa to bring to you. Around my house sometimes Santa would send stuff early and Mom and Dad would have to hide it until Christmas. I don’t know about you but I was a snoopy little kid. I liked to go hunting, looking in places and moving around stuff.
I’ll never forget, one year on my Christmas list I wanted a Cox alcohol-powered miniature dune buggy car. You’d fill it with alcohol. It had a battery charger you hooked to it. You cranked that thing up and it would fly. It wasn’t remote back in those days so you had to tie a string to it to keep it from getting away or it would be gone. I wanted one of those cars. It was on the top of my list. I just knew I was going to get it.
I was sneaking around out in the workshop one day, climbing up on shelves, seeing strange boxes, reaching up and feeling around. That dune buggy had these big balloon tires that were real spongy. I reached up into a box, under that lid, and I felt that little rubber cushiony sponge. Oh ho! I got what I want. I was so excited. I was getting my little dune buggy. I couldn’t wait. Christmas came around. Presents were under the tree. We started opening them up. I went to that box. That was it. I was so excited. I tore the wrapping off, threw off that top and looked—it was a pair of pull-on rubber boots! The spongy thing was the toe I had been mashing on. I didn’t get a dune buggy. I got some boots—black with yellow on them—fireman boots. That’s what they were.
I’m sure some of you have experienced such things. You’ve expected something and got something else; and may have felt let down. Or got things you didn’t expect and were excited about. I’m here today to tell you about a gift. That gift’s name is Jesus. And it’s a gift that never disappoints. It’s a gift that’s always more than is expected. It’s a gift that continues to give 24/7/365 year after year after year, decade after decade, century after century, millennia after millennia.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is always good. He is always awesome. He is always that ‘more than enough.’ He’s our elder brother. He’s our closest friend. You can talk to Jesus and he’ll keep your secrets. Because He can relate. He knows where you are. He knows what we’re going through. He knows what we’re up against. He knows what we’ve done, good or bad. So be good for goodness sake. See, Jesus was doing that long before Santa came along. He’s a good good good good confidant. He’s a good good good encourager. He watches over His Word to perform it. And He always satisfies.
Jesus is the reason that we’re here today—to celebrate the gift of His presence. He’s always with us. He never leaves us and He never forsakes us. And He came into this world in a supernatural way because He’s God. But He came in the flesh.
Luke 1:26. In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
And I’m going to tell you. Nazareth in there in Galilee. I’ve seen it. Larry was there. Nazareth is there. When it says, Can anything good come out of Nazareth?, Nazareth hasn’t changed. That was probably one of the roughest places we went. It was. Get off the bus, owners come out and start dressing you up like a shepherd wanting you to buy all their stuff.
In the sixth month, God send the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
You see, God doesn’t do anything by accident. God has a plan and a purpose. Here, this lady named Mary was pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David.
The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over (Jacob’s descendants forever), the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’
We serve a mighty King. And we are serving under this unending kingdom. He is still ruling and reigning to this day. He will be ruling and reigning tomorrow, next month, next year, until He comes back. And when He comes back, He will continue to rule and reign. And we will be ruling and reigning with Him. And His kingdom will never end.
:34 ’How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
That’s who Jesus is—the Son of God. He came into the earth supernaturally. It was an immaculate conception. No man was involved. But God chose Mary, a willing vessel, a person that had favor with God and favor with man; a person who God had seen and chose to be the carrier of the Savior of the world. Mary.
So it was as the angel said. Mary became pregnant, with child.
Luke 2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, (The town of David is there; been there, too. It’s still there.) because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available for them in the inn.
:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
So hence, the coming of our Savior, the birth of Jesus. Just as the angel came and said, This will happen. This will come forth. It did. For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son; that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
So every year, here in the Western world, we take this time, December 25, to celebrate Christmas. You know what the word Christmas means? It’s a two-part word. Christ in the Greek is Christos. In Hebrew it means Messiah. The ‘mas’ is like mass, to go to church and celebrate, like the Catholic Church does. So Christmas is Messiah worship.
Messiah worship. That’s what we’re doing. We’re worshiping our Messiah. We’re worshiping Jesus. And Jesus wasn’t born on December 25. But that’s the time when we celebrate, chosen years ago by our government, to recognize worldwide and celebrate the birth of Christ. He was probably born in the fall during Tabernacles.
But it’s the time we recognize and celebrate. It’s the time we allow the love that He had for us to overflow and to flow through us, to love one another. And traditionally we give gifts and have celebrations with food and song and dance and worship. To me it’s one of the most exciting times of the year.
Even in that, it can be one of the most depressing times of the year. Because the enemy tries to come in and steal, kill and destroy and rob people of the joy we are supposed to experience. I pray that this season that we’re in now will be a joyous time for you, for me, for all of us. Because Jesus is our hope and our future and our very great reward. He came, He lived and He died, and He lives forevermore.
It’s such a time to come together to love one another despite our differences. To sit down and enjoy family, enjoy friends, to reflect on all that God has done for us. To realize that we are sons and daughters of the Most High God. That His Spirit lives within us, always. And Jesus is our Lord and Savior and our soon coming King. I’m so excited about what He is doing. I’m so excited that we’re entering into a new year. I don’t know about you, but 2018 was kind of tough. It had its challenges.
I really really believe that we’re entering into a new year that we’re going to see fulfillment of prophecy, manifestation of prayer, of fullness coming to the body of Christ that we’ve not experienced before. Signs, wonders and miracles, oh my, they’re happening. They’re already beginning to start. They’re already happening. Blind eyes opened. Deaf ears being unstopped. Lame bodies being made whole. Inoperable cancerous tumors disappearing out of bodies. It’s already happening. It’s in the news. And we get to participate. Because that’s my Jesus. That’s my Lord.
Greater works will you do in His name. That’s what He said. He told his disciples, Greater works will you do in my name. We just have to trust and believe. We need to look to Jesus. We don’t need to be worried about what’s going on around us. We’ve got to get off of that, What if it doesn’t happen? We need to change our thinking to, What if it does? No. When it does. It’s going to happen.
We’re not going to put up, shut up or back up. We’re going to go forward until we see the manifestation of the promise in our midst. I believe it. God said it. Therefore, that settles it. I’m not here to please man. I’m not worried man. I’m going to please my Father who is in heaven. Whose Holy Spirit lives on the inside of me. And it’s not me. It’s Christ in me, the hope of glory. It’s Christ in me, the hope of things to come.
I want to please Jesus and see His kingdom come. There are people out there who need Him. There are still people lost out there, believe it or not, in this day and age. There are people who knew Jesus who have fallen away. They need to be rekindled. That spark needs to be fanned back into flame. There are those that have never known Him. And God has put us here for such a time as this to show Jesus to the world once again.
Revival is here. Revival is here. Restoration is flowing. Doors are opening. Old ways are being cut off. New ways are being presented to us. We’ve got to cast off old mindsets, old wineskins, lay down old weapons to be able to take up the new. Walk through those doorways that God is opening. Just because grandpa or grandma did it one way then, which was fine, it doesn’t mean we have to do it that way.
We don’t build our faith on traditions but we build our faith on the Word of God and with what the Spirit of God is saying—now, today and tomorrow. We’re moving forward. Praise God for the past. But God has us here now and we’re moving. He’s not going to depart from what His Word says. We’re not going to depart from what His Word says.
But we’re not riding horse and buggies anymore. We’ve got cars. We’re not walking everywhere we go. We’ve got transportation. It’s the same purpose but it’s different vehicles. God is moving in a mighty way. And we need to open our eyes and open our ears and open our hearts and flow with what the Spirit of God is doing and what He’s saying today. Glory to God.
I’m here to say today, I love Jesus. I love people. And that’s the commands that Jesus said were the most important. To love the Lord your God with all our heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Love. Love. Love. I love Jesus. And we’ve got to love people.
I watched an old movie yesterday. It was called The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—Clint Eastwood. I heard Holy Spirit say, Yep, that’s it. You’ve got to love all people—the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s easy to love people that love you most of the time. Sometimes it’s hard to love those who are hurling insults at you. Or think you’re crazy and lost your mind, especially unbelievers.
The Lord will put unbelievers in our path. We’ve got to love them anyway. We’ve got to love them in Jesus. The enemy wants us to get down and fight with them. Not going to do it. I’m going to give them the love of God. Glory to God.
Jesus is here. This is His time. This is His season. And we’re here to celebrate Him. And it’s my prayer that over these next several days, that as we take a break from here, that you won’t take a break from Jesus, but you’ll press into Him with all that you have, to seek the purpose for this new year that He has coming up. Because I’m expecting great and mighty things.
We’ve been through tough times this past year, but this past year was preparation so that we can hit the ground running in 2019. Has everybody gotten your word yet? Most of you. Press in and seek out what your word’s going to be. I’ve got mine, two that go together. You want to know what they are? You’ll have to wait until January 6! So be sure and be here on January 6 and I’ll tell you.
The Day of Decree. Come prepared to declare your word. I bless you and release you. And I pray that this Christmas will be the best one that you’ve ever experienced in your life. I really mean that. I believe that every day can be a better day. I want to live each day better than the day before. I pray that as you go forth from this place over this holiday season, that Jesus would go before you. That He would fill you to overflowing. That when you open your mouth, all that comes out is the grace and the mercy and the love of God to everyone you meet. I bless you in your going and if you’re traveling, I release traveling mercies upon you to arrive at your destination safely. That you’ll bring the peace and the love of God to all that you come into contact with and that you’ll receive the peace of God from those you come into contact with.
Father, I thank you for this season. I thank you for Jesus. And Jesus, I thank you that you came, that you were born to die. You came to fulfill the mission, to bring reconciliation between man and God. To redeem us by your blood. And I thank you Jesus that you live forevermore. That you’re with us right now and you’re in us by your Spirit. That you lead us into all truth. That you fill us to overflowing with all that you are so that we can live a life of Godliness in this earth expressing and declaring your glory.
Father, I pray blessing upon your people. May you use us mightily Lord to advance your kingdom. And let people that we come in contact with know that there is a God in heaven, that Jesus is Lord. And Jesus, you rule and reign forevermore. We bless you and we honor you. Amen and Amen. Praise God.