"Please show me Your glory"
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates if hell will be able to keep it out.
Now to him that is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21-to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Restoratiopn Church -- glory
Vertical -- we don't ask what do people want, how can we attract people, what do people like, how can we build a crowd. No, we ask what does God want, how can we get Him here.
* Unashamed Adoration of God's Son
Vertical, simple, physical, emotive
* Unapologetic Preaching from God's Word
* Unceasing Prayer from God's People
* Unafraid Witnessing of the Gospel
1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:39-40 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all things should be done decently and in order.
Don't kick against the Goads part 2 w/ Pastor Chuck Ramsey
GOD is ALIVE!
We often worship Him like He is not alive but He lived a great life at one time. God alive means He will suprise you and disappoint you. Ask Abraham, Noah, the disciples. If you spend more time and energy remembering what He has done as opposed to following Him, you have made Him an idol. Idols don't surprise you or disappoint you, they are predictable, sterile, safe, sanitized. Our God is alive and He is nomadic, He is always moving, surprising, and disappointing.
We preach sermons like His best days are behind Him, like He is a retired Hall of Famer. I want to preach sermons like He is alive, like He's about to do something great in the earth, like His best days are just ahead and they include Him using me and you in significant ways.
Paul -- tell us your story, what was it like?
On my way to Damascus, I couldn't wait to catch some more men and women praying. I was seething mad, I hated Christians. I loved terrorizing them, seeing them get their heads chopped off, watching them get thrown into prison.
Then. what happened?
Paul's followers -- tell us your side of the story.
We've never seen anything like it, ever. It was amazing. That was the brightest light we've ever seen. It had to come from heaven. There is no light on earth like it.
Ananias -- tell us your side of the story.
Well, you know that God was doing a special work in Damascus. He had revealed to me that Jesus was the Messiah. People were coming to Christ and growing in their faith.
Christians in Damascus -- tell us your side of the story.
Well, we had heard that Saul was coming to our city and that the chief priest had given him the documentation that would aloow him to persecute our families.
God -- tell us your side of the story.
Well, you know how I like to do things in unique ways. My ways are kind of different than your ways. I like to give barren women children, especially older barren women. Ask Abraham or Moses. They know, I can be fairly creative. Noah - I thought he was going to lose his mind when I told him how big the ark needed to be. And, Jonah, well that one kind of got out of hand. When it comes to Saul, or Paul, well, I thought how can I reveal my heart to the people I love so much.
From verse 1 - breathing murderous threats to verse 20 proclaiming Jesus is Lord!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, Ipress on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power throough his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know his love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Don't kick against the goads
Blindness--you might be confused about what is happening in your life right now.
Don't believe everything you've heard...
-What you've heard can keep you from believing God's word
-Life is a fight between what you've heard and what God's calling you to do
-Don't try to tell God anything about what He's calling you to do
-This is why Bible Study and prayer are foundational to your life
-Satan challenged Adam and Eve in the garden by saying, "did God really say..."
-He did the same to Jesus after He fasted 40 days in the wilderness
If you'll stop kicking against the goads, and stop believing "what you have heard", and you simply do what God has told you to do, the scales will fall from your eyes...
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it Multiplied.
Don't kick against the Goads w/ Pastor Chuck
...and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you i will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
As Moses went up to meet God, God called down to him from the mountain: Speak to the House of Jacob, tell the People of Isreal: You have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carriedyou on eagles' wings and brought you to Me. If you will listen obediently to what I say and keep my covenant, out of all peoples you'll be my special treasure.
"And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2*And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. 3*Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. 4*Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. 5*Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6*Blessed shal you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7*The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8*The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And hHe will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 9*The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10*And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11*And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12*The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13*And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them.
11*"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
From Saul to Tarsus to Paul the Apostle
Acts 7 - Stephen is being stoned for his faith in Jesus Christ.
Acts 8:1 - Saul was right there, congratulating the killers.
Acts 9 - Saul goes to the high priest asking for documents that give him permission to persecute Christians in Damascus. Then, on his way to Damascus, Jesus "meets him" and he is converted.
12*"In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commisson of the chief priests. 13*At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14*And whenwe had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads."
Why do you insist on going against the grain?
Oxgoads God uses in the lives of His people include sermons, suffering, difficulty, adversity, affliction, godly counsel, holy confrontation, conviction of the Holy Spirit, financial reversal and business failure.
God is fixin' to fix ya but if ya try to fix the fix He's fixin to fix you with, He'll find another fix to fix ya until you let the fix He's fixed for you fix you.
How do you know the difference between going against the grain or spiritual warfare?
1. First, stop, slow down, take your time and ask God through the power of Holy Spirit to speak to you about your situation.
2. Second, ask yourself, "Do I have peace about the direction I'm headed? Do I remember being called by God to go in this direction?
3. Thirdly, ask yourself, "Am I feeling deep down on the inside a tinge of guilt about the direction I'm headed? Is Holy Spirit trying to convict me?
4. Fourthly, ask the Father to show you His plan, ask Him to weight in on what's happening in your life. Trust me, He will.
5. Lastly, ask at least two (the more, the better) trusted people who are more spiritually mature than you what thier thoughts are baout your situation. Seek godly counsel.
Focusing on the Sovereignty of God!
For I am God, there is no other; and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done.
Isaiah 46:11b Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.
Sovereign - possessing supreme or ultimate power
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas...
Genesis 39:2 The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered him.
Genesis 39:20-21 while Joseph was in prison, the Lord was with him, he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
Genesis 41:9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings."
Genesis 41:46 Joseph was 30 years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
1. God is a dream giver.
2. You must learn how to steward your dream.
3. There will be times you feel like the dream is over.
4. You must understand the "It isn't what it is" season.
5. You will never be anything in the palace that you aren't becoming right now.
50 - Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph.
51 - Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house."
52 - The name of the second he called Ephraim, "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."
6. You can still get there from here.
19 - But Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?"
20 - As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.