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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Letter From Lou Engle About Azusa Now"


 

"Letter From Lou Engle About Azusa Now"
by Lou Engle, Pasadena, CA


 Dear brothers and sisters,

I write to the Body of Christ around the world, all who are connecting with the Azusa Now gathering at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on April 9th. I have rarely seen such a stirring of expectancy as I am seeing now. It's really not about a stadium event. Instead, everywhere, men and women are laying hold of the Kingdom in such a way that Azusa Now may be a collective flashpoint.
"Yes, the second Pentecost on Azusa in 1906 came about just like the first Pentecost. This latter rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit started with a ten day fast and prayer season in much the same manner as it did upon the 120 that 'continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.' A few people came to Los Angeles in 1906 and started a 10-day fast and prayer season and the Holy Spirit fell.. Mother Craton states, 'The first thing that was done before the power ever fell on Azusa was a united ten-day season of fasting and prayer. If there was ever any sectarianism, fasting broke it down... I believe another Azusa could be here today if God's people would get to travailing in much prayer and fasting."
With such Bible and Church history roaring behind us, should we not take encouragement to inject our generation into that same Hall of Faith, where those who have gone before now urge to enter?
With their beckoning resting on our hearts and ears, we are calling a 10-Day season of united prayer and fasting as God leads for a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit, March 30 to April 8, leading up to Azusa Now on April 9, the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival.

William Seymour, the catalyst of that great revival, prophesied in 1913 that in roughly 100 years another revival far eclipsing Azusa would come. The fulfillment of Seymour's word is overdue... or right on schedule. Let us therefore "pray for the rain in the time of the latter rain." Who knows? Maybe like those who were baptized in the Spirit in the original Acts 2 upper room, we will say, "This is that which was spoken by William Seymour the prophet.

Sincerely Lou Engle

Sunday, March 27, 2016

He Is Not Here But He is Risen From the Dead





Easter Sunday at Open Door Church – I took notes and present an edited sermon.

Pastor Allan mentioned the verse in Revelations 4:8 b  Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” as we had just been singing that chorus.

Those who needed healing were called forward and men and women joined Pastor to pray for those needing a miracle.  Pastor spoke of Jeremiah the prophet who talked about the water, first shallow but increasing in depth until you could swim in the water.  Pastor said, stay out there and flow with the Holy Spirit.

Pastor smiled as he said, “If this is your first time here, just know we are a bunch who love Jesus.  If you felt something different that is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

If you see people lying down; they are being ministered to by the Holy Spirit.  Changes will come in people’s lives that are good.  God is stretching us to be used.  The stretch may hurt or be uncomfortable, but it is necessary.

History tells us there have been good leaders and some that were not so good.  Some religious people have watered down the gospel, and say Jesus was merely a great teacher.

The difference is, “Jesus is still alive and He continues to minister through his believers.

On Golgotha’s hill, three were crucified on that day; one thief went to Paradise with Jesus. 

Taking the full judgment for sin was the great work of Jesus Christ at the cross.  Our sins were placed on His body on the tree.

It is interesting to notice the words Jesus spoke while on the cross. 

1.       Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

2.       Today you will be with me in Paradise.  (The thief)

3.       Behold your son, behold your mother. (To John and Mary Jesus’ mother.)

4.       My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  (The hour of darkness)

5.       I thirst (but he refused the vinegar.

6.       It is finished.  (The work Jesus was sent to do, was done.)

7.       Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit

The disciples saw their reality coming to an end.  For three years they had traveled with Jesus; watched Him heal the sick, cast out devils, feed thousands with only a small lunch, calm the raging sea.  Now their heart was broken, and all seemed to be lost.

They went back to their homes and were depressed, sad and miserable.

Joseph a rich man begged the body of Jesus and wrapped His body in grave clothes.  Then he placed Him in his personal tomb, positioning a huge stone in the opening.

A few days earlier, Mary Madeline had anointed Jesus feet as a token looking forward to his death.

On the third day, the women brought spices to anoint His body, but the stone was rolled away and two men sat on the stone wearing shinny garments.  They proclaimed, “He is not here for he is risen as he said.”

The women ran to tell the disciples, but they were not believed and it seemed they were telling idle tales.  Soon they were to face Jesus and understand he was risen indeed.

Jesus died know the struggles some of you are having.  Others are experiencing days of being sober or smoke free.  The enemy wants you to remain bound, and he tries to get your friends to influence you.

Realize the grave is empty, and Jesus is alive.  He desires to live His life in and through you.

Some are still waiting for their Messiah,  I pray that their eyes will be opened. 

You may have said the sinner’s prayer, but as we take communion today, we are to judge ourselves and make needed adjustments.  God demands we have a Holy Relationship with Him.

We are in the soul winning business.  Turn and look now in the back of the church where a gentleman is surrounded by our men praying him into the kingdom.

It is alright to have fun at church, and we have had an exciting day.  Your job is to take the enthusiasm you have here – out to the world where you live.

 

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Ugly Beautiful Cross 2



The Ugly Beautiful Cross

The cross of Jesus Christ was ugly splintered wood, spattered with blood, sweat and possibly other body fluids.

Not a pretty sight, but that was not the most horrible part.  Other unseen things happened that affected you and me.

The sins of all mankind were placed on Jesus as he hung on that cross and the sky turned dark with grief causing the most terrible thing to happen!

Because His father God could not stand to look down on this sight of Jesus carrying our guilt and our sin; God turned his back on Jesus!

"Father why have you forsaken me?" cried Jesus.  When his friends and all others ran, Jesus could take that, but not His heavenly father.  That was too much to bear and it broke his heart.

Jesus proclaimed that what He had been sent to do was done.  "It is finished" he cried.  I did it for you (your name here) the thoughts were in his mind and he could see into the future and view all those he was dying for. You and Me!

It was then he died, and the temple curtain that blocked access into the Holy of Holies was torn from the top to the bottom by the finger of God.  Now we can enter boldly into the throne room and cry Abba Father.

That cross reminds me of a horrible death, but I am go glad the story did not end there.

We know that Jesus rose again on the third day, full of life, power, forgiveness and love.

During the next 40 days he proved to his friends and others that He was truly alive.

On the mountain top, He gave instructions and another promise, I will return, but until then I am sending you a Comforter and guide.  The Holy Spirit will abide IN you and He will be WITH you and never leave you.

Praise God we can celebrate Easter!! - - It is Resurrection Day, a Glad and Glorious Day.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU– SENT JESUS TO THE CROSS



GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU– SENT JESUS TO THE CROSS
 
Our Teacher was called out of town, and I agreed to teach the Bible Study.  Since it is so close to Easter, I chose a study on the Love of God.  I present here an edited version.
 
Romans 5:5  (Darby version) - - and hope does not make ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by [the] Holy Spirit which has been given to us:

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What Does it Mean that God is Love?
 
First John 4:7-9 reveals; "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."   (Love unconditional, Love without end.) 

Because God Loves - - He gave- - John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

God saves us by His Grace - - as we believe on Jesus  

Ephesians 2: 8-9  For by grace are you saved, through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Isaiah 64:6  For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

When Jesus died, our sins were placed on his body and He carried our sins, and our pain to the grave.  He arose triumphant over sin and spiritual death to bring us everlasting life. 

1 Peter 2:24  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His stripes you were healed. 

Romans 5: 6-8  Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

Jesus unites us with God the Father so that we can boldly enter into His presence.

Galatians 2:20  My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 

WHAT HAS GOD “SAVED” US FROM? 

We are saved from sin and its consequences.  We are saved from eternal damnation.  

Jesus taught; there was a Hell to shun and a Heaven to gain. 

Matthew 25:46 These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.

Matthew 13: 41-42  The Son of Man shall send out His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire. There shall be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth."

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 - - in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power ... 

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

As we walk with Jesus – His LIFE is in us, and daily we are saved from temptation, peril, and emotional trauma.  Because Jesus, lives in us, His LIFE continues to rescue us. 

Christians have a blessed Hope for the Lords return - - 

Jesus promised that He would come again and take us to be with Him, He said in John 14:3  In my Father’s house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

 

When Jesus ascended back to heaven, the Holy angels said, Do not fear, because this same Jesus that you see returning to heaven shall come again in like manner to receive you unto himself.

Jesus taught in (Matthew 24:36-44) "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Paul reminds us in (1 Thessalonians 4:16-)  "For the Lord [Jesus] himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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(Simple Review)  THE GOSPEL

The gospel is that Jesus died for sinners on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead, (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)  His death was a sacrifice that turns away the wrath of God.  (1 John 2:2)  Believing on Jesus is the only way to be saved.
Jesus is the one who died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2) - He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Jesus is the only way to God the Father.  Jesus is the one who died for the sins of the world, He is the only way to God the Father, (John 14:6)
He alone reveals God, (Matthew 11:27)  He has all authority in heaven and earth.  (Matthew 28:18). 
It is only through Jesus that you can be saved from God’s wrath. (Ephesians 2:3)  He can forgive you of your sin.  (Luke 5:20, Matthew 9:2)
He can remove the guilt that is upon your soul.  Jesus can set you free from the bondage of sin that blinds your eyes, weakens your soul, and brings you to despair. 
Jesus can do this because he bore sin in His body on the Cross (1 Peter 2:24) so that those who trust in Him would be saved.

Romans 10:9-10   If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.   For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Jesus Took Your Place


Photo courtesy Pixabay
 

Sunday Morning, at Open Door Church,  I took notes and present here for you an edited sermon. 
 
Pastor Allan began his message by reminding us that today was Palm Sunday.  We celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus riding into Jerusalem - -  as a King, on the colt of a donkey. 

The crowd threw down their coats, flowers and palm branches as they shouted Hosanna, blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.

This was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See your king comes to you righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Isaiah 62:11 The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, See, your Savior comes, See his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.

Religious leaders in the crowd were upset and were threatened by all the singing and shouting and tried to quiet the people, but Jesus said if the people were silent, the rocks would cry out. 

They were stuck in their tradition and religious mind set and refused to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.   The leaders had read the scriptures, and were expecting a Messiah, but they just didn’t think the Messiah would come this way.

We often try to figure out how we want God to work things out for us, and we miss the truth.  His ways and plans are best.

Jesus left the procession and entered the temple.  There He saw the money changers doing business inside the church. 

They were dishonest, raising prices and short changing the people who were purchasing animals to sacrifice for their sins.  Jesus knew their hearts were evil, and righteous indignation rose up in Him.  He began to upset their tables using a whip.  That didn’t go over very well with the Religious leaders.

Jesus died for the sins of the world, not just the Pharisees and Sadducees, but for you and for me.

Jesus said, the commandments say, “Do not murder, but if you call your brother a fool, you are in danger of hell fire.”  He also said, the commandment tells us not to commit adultery, but it is needful to guard your heart and your eyes not to look on a woman with lust.

People in the crowd were easily distracted; instead of listening to Jesus they were busy using their smart phone to text.

In the households of many they were still talking about Mary anointing Jesus feet with the expensive perfume, and Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.  Now they became fickle and were easily swayed by the mob, because in a few days they were shouting crucify him.

By tradition, Pilot could release one prisoner, and he wanted to set Jesus free.  However the crowd shouted to release Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder.

Pilot yielded to the crowd and let Barabbas go, and his thug friends welcomed his release.  Barabbas was set free and Jesus took his place. - - -

Who is Barabbas really?  It is me. 
 
Barabbas could walk away free because Jesus took his place.  Jesus took your place.

God says, give me your shame, your sins, your brokenness, and stand free because Jesus was willing to go to the cross for you and for me.

We of our selves can never be good enough to earn salvation.  Jesus is enough.  Every-one of us should be facing eternal death, but Jesus took our place and our punishment.

Jesus gives us the power to resist the devil and he will live His LIFE in and through us.

When we stumble, He picks us up.  No matter how frustrated we get, God is able to change your focus and keep you from falling.

Use your freedom to serve Jesus and follow Him.

God the Father was pleased with the sacrifice that Jesus made, and he declares that all who believe on Jesus and confess Him as Lord shall be saved.  God has honored Jesus!

Philippians 2:9-11  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Making Conscious Decisions


Making Conscious Decisions
 
This post is from notes I took during our Bible Study at Open Door Church.

1 Peter 4:1-2  Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh, no longer for  human passions but for the will of God.

Many times we are protected from suffering because God places an umbrella of protection over us.  Other times the storm soaks us. 
 
We do not always live in comfort.  There are times we suffer from wrong done to us by others, or from circumstances over which we have no control.  Other times it is because of our own poor choices.  These trials can become a learning experience which drive us to our knees and we learn to trust God through trying times.

Jesus cried out to the Father for release from what he knew was ahead.  Finally in obedience Jesus was able to say, “Not my will but thine be done.”  He knew it was necessary for the sake of all mankind that he submit to the death on the cross.

Why do we suffer on occasion?  Often it is because we as Christians do not participate in the unbelief of unbelievers.  We are to BE the Gospel that others see, and that brings conviction of sin.  We must be so careful of our walk, for others are watching us.  Some Christians are actually bullied and attacked for their faith as unbelievers are upset by their presence.

Judgment begins at the house of God.  We can and should set boundaries, but also be careful not to judge.  Gain knowledge and seek God’s will.

Colossians 1:9-10  We have not ceased to pray for you asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him.

What does God require of you?   Micah 1:8  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy - - and to walk humbly with your God.

A woman in another country was badly mistreated by her husband and she prayed that he might be saved.  He was radically saved and began to preach and witness, causing much persecution and suffering to the entire family, all because of his new extreme faith.

It is not so much what happens to you; but how will you respond?

Jesus came to do the will of the Father and He said, "The Father is in Me and I am in the Father."  Jesus was acting out God’s will in everything that he did.

We are called to walk not as fools but to be wise redeeming the time.  We are to live not only for ourselves, but to consider others showing them respect. 

Ephesians 5: 15-20 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Be concerned about the lost, that they will come to the knowledge of Christ. 

The issues of life often pull people down, but Jesus came to lift us up and set us in heavenly places in Him. 

 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Be Lowered to Worship at Jesus Feet


 

Today’s message at Open Door Church was by our Associate Pastor Rodney Waldrop.  He opened by reminding us that Jesus prayed for us to experience the same fellowship with each other that He had with the Father. 

John said in I John 1:3  That which we have seen and heard, we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 

We are one body and are to encourage one another to hold fast.  It is all about Keeping on and not quitting when the going gets tough.  Keep close to Jesus. 

God loves His children much like a parent loves their children . . . not desiring evil for them but only good.  God is our source of Life and God is bigger than our problems.

Mark 2:1-4  Jesus had returned to Capernaum, and many people had crowded to get into the house where he was staying.  Inside there was no room to move. Four friends tried to carry their paralyzed friend in through the door, but it was blocked with many people.

Most would have given up and hoped for another time, but these friends persisted and decided to find another way to reach Jesus.

If in life something is not working, perhaps it is time to seek God for a new direction.

Religion – Good works – Tradition have been tried by many. 

How is that working out for you?  Are you getting through to the throne room?

What to do?  Ask God for help and he will direct your path.  
 
Maybe you need to climb up on the roof top.  Not literally, but find a church where the Holy Spirit is moving and the fire is burning - - and come and be lowered at the feet of Jesus. 

That is a good position to be in.  Humbly worshiping at His feet – like the four friends did for the paralyzed man.  They opened up the roof and lowered their friend to worship at Jesus’ feet.

Jesus knew what was going on.  He saw the poor man’s real problem, so He said, “Son your sins are forgiven.”

Sitting there in the house were some scribes who immediately found fault with Jesus' words.  Jesus knew their thoughts.

Do you not realize that Jesus knows your secret thoughts when you doubt and argue about His will for your life?

The next words Jesus spoke were powerful as he proclaimed, “Rise up and be healed.”

Remember the man was paralyzed.  His thoughts were “I am a sinner, but I need help.”

Jesus took care of his Salvation first and then healed his body.

With God, relationship is important.  Nothing else really matters.  It is our responsibility to come to Jesus. 

Today is the day for your miracle.  Let us come to the feet of Jesus and receive.

Each of us have different situations, but Jesus understand and knows it all.  He is ready to deliver you regardless of your need.

In simple faith - - come.

We have a Hope and Glory reserved for us and it all begins at the feet of Jesus.

 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

No More Sacrifice is Needed - - Jesus Paid it All


 
 
Our Bible Study Teacher, Linda was teaching from 1 Peter chapter 3.  I took notes and gathered here an edited message.
 
1 Peter 3:18-22 (NIV)   For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

Jesus was our sacrifice “Once” for our sins to bring us to God.  He was put to death in the flesh but quickened by the Holy Spirit.  (His body died like we all will do.  Our new body awaits us.)

Jesus is IN US by the Holy Spirit and we are to do the works that He did.  We remember his words in - - Luke 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.

Jesus has given us authority over evil spirits including depression and condemnation.  You have the power to rebuke and declare that these spirits must leave and not return.

What was Jesus doing prior to appearing to the disciples, after his resurrection?   

Remember that his words to the thief were: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” 
 
Jesus went to the grave –(the place of the dead) and opened up Paradise (enlarging Hell) as he proclaimed to the Old Testament Saints that HE was the final sacrifice and He is the Messiah they had longed for.  At His resurrection, Jesus took Paradise and the Old Testament saints with him to heaven - - when He ascended to the Father to present his blood to God the Father; showing that He had completed the final sacrifice bringing us Salvation and everlasting life.
 
 
1 Peter 1:19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.

Ephesians4:8,9  "Now that he (Christ) ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth...Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he (Christ) lead captivity captive (those in Paradise to Heaven), and gave gifts unto men."

Matthew 27: 52-53  Many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Peter declares Noah’s ark and the water was a symbol of baptism and a testimony that we are dead to our old life, buried with Jesus and resurrected to live a new life IN HIM.  We are saved by receiving Jesus into our life, and baptism is a testimony in obedience to that truth.  Baptism does NOT save us, but if at all possible it is something we should do.  We are reminded that the good thief on the cross did not have time to be baptized, yet Jesus declared that the thief would be saved that day.

1 Peter 1 20-21 In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Jesus commanded us to go forth and use His authority; knowing that we would be ridiculed and persecuted, but He told us - - in Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  

There is so much more power available to us if we will submit to a Holy Life, walking uprightly as we listen to the Holy Spirit and obey.   

Make this proclamation that Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:19-23   And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. 

Understand that we can declare that all things are under our feet.  The enemy shutters at this realization that Christ Jesus in IN YOU and you are IN HIM.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Prayer For Our Nation


 
 
Kenneth E. Hagin prayed the following prayer on January 31, 1983.  It is still a powerful prayer and much needed today as we approach elections in our USA.

Let us pray and agree together as we say this prayer aloud. 

Heavenly Father, we come again today. We come in the Name of Jesus—not our name, not our power, not our holiness, not even our goodness—but we come in the Name of Jesus, washed in His blood, robed in His righteousness. We come because You told us to come. You said in Your Holy Word for us to come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain help and grace to help in the time of need. Thank You, Father. 

We are exhorted in Your Word to pray, to intercede, to supplicate, and to give thanks for ALL who are in authority, that Christians—that believers—everywhere, may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

We pray for our leaders—our President, every member of Congress, the Supreme Court, the president’s cabinet, everyone that’s in authority—that divine wisdom and grace will be given unto them. And direction will be given unto them. 

We come against the powers of darkness, the forces of evil that would try to dominate and rule in our own nation. We rise up against that darkness. We rise up against those spirits and dispel the darkness.
 
In the Name of Jesus, we command the devil to take his hand OFF of the political scene of our nation. We pray for every politician, everyone that’s in office, that they’ll not be so concerned about politics, that they’ll not be so party conscious, but that they’ll be concerned about our nation as a whole—and above all, put God first. 

We come against the powers of darkness, the forces of evil, the demons of hell that would endeavor to dominate the financial scene of our nation. We pray for the economy of our nation.

We pray about the unemployed. We pray that the economy will be turned around, and that we will be prosperous as a whole—as a nation—to continue to carry the Gospel around the world. We command the devil and all of his cohorts: Take your hand OFF of the financial scene of our nation. 

We come against the powers of darkness, the forces of evil that would endeavor to dominate the domestic scene of our nation. We command you, Satan, and all of your cohorts: Take your hand OFF the domestic scene of our nation. May there be peace. May there be tranquility. May there be understanding from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. We sweep the air clean from demons—powers of evil that would hinder, that would dominate.  

In the Name of Jesus!  We come against all forces that are wrong. And Father, we pray with our understanding as best we know how. We’re instructed to do so. Yet we sense in our spirit that our spirits have not prayed as they would like. We remember that Paul said that if I pray in an unknown tongue, MY spirit prays, MY spirit, by the Holy Spirit within me prays. So the great, mighty Spirit of God dwells in us. He is our Helper. He is our Counselor. He is our Advocate. He is our Intercessor. He is our Standby. He will help us. 

We trust The Holy Spirit to help us to pray in this area and about our nation, and the leaders, and all that are in authority.


Help us to pray as we ought to pray, and about things that we don’t even know to pray concerning the coming election. We take authority over every stronghold that would endeavor to hinder the process of the right person being elected to lead our country.  

We boldly proclaim that Your will shall be accomplished.  The Holy Spirit will give us utterance. And we will pray and intercede and give thanks in the Spirit.
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Prayer Scriptures  to Stand On – As we Pray Over our Nation   
 1 TIMOTHY 2:1–4 (NKJV)
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 
ISAIAH 62:6–7 (AMPC)   I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, 7 And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth. 
MATTHEW 18:18–20 (Message)
“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” 
JAMES 5:16 (AMPC)  The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. 
EPHESIANS 6:12 (AMPC)   For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. 
ROMANS 8:26 (NKJV)   Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 
2 CHRONICLES 7:14–15 (NLT) 
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.
 
 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Welcome Jesus to Your Home


 
Pastor Allan was ministering at Open Door Church as I took notes and present his edited sermon for you to enjoy.

When God is moving, the enemy will do everything in his power to stop it.  Here will come strange doctrines, false teaching and opinions not backed by scripture.  The enemy brings doubts, criticism and negative thinking.  When you realize it is the enemy, you can bind these things in Jesus’ name.

There is a Spiritual shifting taking place in our church, city, State and Nation.  God is working on us individually so that we become united – not divided.  A lot of us here are hurting in one way or another.  But you are in the right place because God is bringing deliverance.  You are not alone because the struggle is in many Christians and also in the world.  It is hard trying to make a living, and raise your children to serve God.  It is almost necessary to de-program your child from what they are learning at school.

We have been speaking about being just like Jesus.  Believers who followed Christ were actively pursuing Jesus. Crowds pushed and tried to touch him where ever he went.  To find some solitude, Jesus would hire a boat and travel to the other side, but the crowd would run around the lake and find him at the new destination. 
 
They pursued him because they saw the wonders and miracles and they needed him.

If you wanted to spend some time with Jesus, it was necessary to invite him into your home.  Would Jesus be welcome in YOUR home?

Luke 10:38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

Martha wanted everything to be nice, and she was troubled because her sister Mary was not helping her prepare the food.  She complained to Jesus, but he rebuked her saying that Mary had made the right choice to sit at his feet and this was pleasing to him.

Pastor said, that when his sister expects company, she spends weeks preparing, so that when they arrive, she can sit and enjoy their company.

How busy are you doing things that seem important and missing the presence of God.  We try to get every thing in life just right, and miss it when God says, come away and visit with me.

Ministry is a fancy word for “service.” You have a place in this church to minister by entering in and allowing the fire of the Holy Spirit to fall on you. 

When the Holy Spirit comes down in our services; we see changes in life styles.  Some react differently and may fall, others shake and weep, but although this is wonderful, it is not what we need to live.  We must also get into the Word of God and allow the change inside to be reflected in our daily walk.

Prepare yourself before you come to church.  Be ready to serve, and expect to receive.

Jesus left Martha’s home, and moved on to a desert place. 

John 11: 1  Now Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 

This was the same Mary and Martha and they sent word to Jesus “please come and heal our brother.”  Jesus told his disciples this was not a sickness unto death, but for the glory of god - - and on purpose he waited two more days. 

Jesus knew the situation and he was in control.  Finally he told his disciples that Lazarus sleeps.  They thought Jesus meant sleep, so they said, let us not disturb him if he is asleep.  Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead, and I am glad we weren’t there so God will be glorified.

We are often like the disciples, as we think in the flesh and fail to delve into the deep things of the Spirit.

When Jesus arrived, Martha went to meet Jesus and she was in great need.  Mary stayed in the house grieving.  Martha showed her faith, by saying I know that what ever you say will come to pass.  Yet she was thinking about the future resurrection and not a miracle for today.

The people informed Jesus that Lazarus had been in the tomb four days.  After that length of time it would be impossible for a miracle. 

Four days does not matter to Jesus.  He is in control and he knows the answer.  Jesus commanded in a loud voice, “Lazarus come forth.”
 

And wrapped and bound by grave clothes, Lazarus came alive, walking out of the tomb.

Today is the day for your miracle.  Jesus knows that your body aches, and craves deliverance. 

We step up with empty hands, family problems, health needs; but God already knows and He is in control.  Jesus is walking love and he walks through the crowd with your answer.

We live in a society with so much stuff that binds people.  We are distracted and carried away with technology.  Jesus shows up just in time and He is the anointed one.

Come expecting to receive –

There shall be no more night mares, no more falling down, Use your mouth and say, “NO MORE.”

Let Jesus restore your mind and body and walk in your miracle.

Greater is He that is IN you than he that is in the world.