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March 27, 2022 1:00 am
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2022 Let the Harvest Begin
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Carter, from the historic Times Square Church in New York City.
Your heart, your mind, your power by anything you bring to the table. Authors in just the heart is Lord, I am willing to go where you're calling me to go with glad you joined us for a call to the nation with Carter, from Times Square Church in New York City. We're living in calamitous times here on the type of wars and rumors of wars, time of famines and pestilences, and a time when Christians are hated for following God, but in the midst of all of this, Jesus tells us his gospel will be preached in all the world and in the end. With all this going on, how can the gospel be preached. Let's join Carter now as he gives you the answer to this question with his message titled 2022. Let the harvest begin mess is God's given me to simply call 2022. Let the harvest begin. So father, I want to thank you God with all my heart for the word that you've given to me. I think you Lord that the year 2022.
We go into it, surrounded by your love infused God with the confidence that only your presence in each of our lives can give us. We are not much in ourselves, but you in office.
Is everything. So Lord, we ask God that you would use us for your glory in a new and a profound way. In the days ahead, we ask you Lord Jesus Christ that you would raise up an army of soldiers for your kingdom sake don't even know yet that the soldiers and their army, but God you would break through every wall of unbelief and reach the center core of every hearts and cause a loss cause us to rise up and set on going with God causes us to say Lord if you've given me your Holy Spirit then that's my inheritance and I lay claim to that Lord Jesus Christ before you come and return to this world, we ask that you would grant one great and glorious harvest in the face of the earth, God Almighty, that you would bring in innumerable number people into your kingdom and God you would do it through people that you're going to use for your glory that you're going to raise us up as the end time church you're going to give us the strength that we need the gifting to the Holy Spirit's and father, we thank you. We thank you Lord is not our might, it's not our power. It's not by our intellect. But it's by your Holy Spirit, God, this kingdom will be built by your Holy Spirit animating us empowering us causing the promises of God to come to life as we choose to believe you, Jesus Christ. We ask you did you would raise us out of all weakness and raises into the strength that your cross has provided for us like God raises out of voiceless this and give us a voice Lord to speak to this generation. There was a song as David the psalmist once said, were we were brought out God of the sinking places of this world and set upon a solid rock and put a song in our heart that many can see it in fear and will turn to you God Almighty. We believe that what were about to read is our inheritance and we lay claim on it and we thank you for it. In Jesus name, amen. Acts chapter 2 2022. Let the harvest begin. Verse 14 Peter, standing up with the 11, raised his voice and said to the mentor today and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known unto you, and heed my words, for these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it's only the third hour of the day, but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel in a Chuck on the pass in the last days is God that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams and on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy, and I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath, blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord, and it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved by the apostle Peter identifies this moment that I just read to you from the Scriptures as the beginning of the last days and so the last days according to the word of God began actually on the day of Pentecost and have been unfolding over the last 2000+ years and it is in my heart to tell you that I believe that we are in the last of the last days. Now we are approaching the return of Christ, the last days. Of course as described by Joel the prophet.
He spoke about pestilences. If you go to the Old Testament and read from the book of Joel. There was a pestilences a come over the land and you think about this worldwide pestilence called covert.
That's not going to go away.
It's just going to continue mutating in actually could in the long term actually become more fearful that it arch it is today.
He spoke about famines coming upon the earth. The darkness coming on this earth as in the heavens. The sun shall be dark and the moon shall be turned into blood. The stars of heaven will be affected. Spoke about nations being enraged against both God and against his people, and Jesus Christ himself. In Matthew chapter 24 verses 6 to 14 actually concurs with Joel about the last days listen to what he said when he was asked by his disciples's disciples that tell us what will be the sign of your coming in the end of the age. Verse six of Matthew 24 he says you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
See that you're not trouble for all these things must come the past, but the end is not yet nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, pestilences, earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you and you will be hated by all nations for my namesake. In other words, it will become extremely unpopular as this world launches into its final rebellion against the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It will be unpopular to be a follower of Christ and then many will be offended and betray one another and will hate one another than many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold, but he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. So we look at the calamitous time of the earth time of wars and rumors of wars of famines of pestilences of the trails of people hating the followers of Jesus Christ and in the midst of all of this. Then suddenly Jesus is.
But this gospel will be preached in all the world and then the end shall come in so we ask our selves.
How in the world is this gospel going to be preached all the answers easy its acts chapter 2 verses 17 and 18.
Let me read it again. They will come to pass in the last days is God that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams and on my maidservants and on my hat servants I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy. So the answer being that God himself will preach the gospel through people that have abilities which he alone could have given them. It's really that simple. That's the way it started on the day of Pentecost. 120 ordinary people assured. It probably dozens and dozens of times from this and other pulpits because my mind loves to go back into that room were where they had gathered. It was a fearful time. It was a dark time that a murderous spirit had gotten a hold of this world. It just crucified that the son of God, the Lord of glory, and in the midst of all of that, you'd wonder how is this message of the cross going to be preached. He had told his disciples that is the father sent me know.
I'm sending you an most of it in their heart. How in the world are we going to do this, how are we ever going to overcome the limitations of our own abilities. The limitations of our own mind. Our own heart or our own sense of of of worth or worthlessness. Whatever it was that they were dealing with, the answer is simple.
God himself was going to inhabit a people through his Holy Spirit and give them abilities that he alone could give them to do what he called them to do. It's really that simple. These men and women came out of the upper room and by the spirit of God. They were given the ability to communicate with people of other nations, other language other cultures will abilities given by God himself that the observer that the serious observer new that only God could be doing this.
Who could be giving these people, these abilities that they don't naturally have doing things they didn't naturally learn to do going places they couldn't naturally go given resources that they they didn't have when they first went into that place of prayer that only God could have given them a status of the great promise of our day. The harvest is already here. The fields are already white to harvest in God now is looking for a people just another group of ordinary people like dudes or in your home like you man like you young person is not looking for super men or super women is not looking for people with innumerable diplomas on their wall is not looking for you to argue his existence on the earth is looking for you to open your heart and let him be God and prove who is through your life. Every doubter that you will ever encounter. You have to envision with me these people coming from the temple and they had they had just been involved in a very meaningful religious exercise, and yet is there passing by this group of people that had just come out of an upper room with with the glory of God literally in their soul and their their mouths and speaking things that that they've never been taught to do the communicating in a way that they've never known how to communicate understanding in public view of the boldness this perfect love of God that it just touch their hearts and cast the fear of man out of them. The fear of repercussions and fear of the future.
All these things were done because they're the one who so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son is now inside of them and that love that casts out fear is now pouring through these ordinary men and women who just decided they made a decision on when they went into that upper room. They just said I'm I'm going where God is not going to do what God has called me to do and I'm going to do it for his glory. They didn't know how this was ever going to be performed, but suddenly the Scripture says, the room was filled with the sound of a rushing mighty wind, and cloven tongues of fire representing the presence of God's Holy Spirit set appointment to select ones in the room but everyone in the room was filled with the spirit of Almighty God. The rich, the poor, the educated, the uneducated, the strong the week. Everyone in that room was filled with the Holy Spirit and they came out of that room into the marketplace and they began to speak to people in languages that they had never learned know the languages they were speaking about the glorious things that God had done. He is doing and is preparing to do. That was the conversation in the Greek New Testament it says they were speaking the megaliths of God, which means that the anticipated outworking is that this new inward presence of God in their life there there there was member when the Spirit of God comes upon your sons and daughters and handmaids and in menservants they will prophesy, which means there begin to move in unison with God about the things that God is about to do in and through them and in the lives of anyone who calls upon them in their heirs or our generation.
Joel also makes this incredible statement notices this that the harvest is great and were living in a in a season in the world right now are the people that the harvest is ready. They was attentions have been gotten the better. They're not sure about the future there there afraid of disease there. This is the first generation in a long long time, but don't see a hope and I don't see a future in the suddenly being the move is as it is at mature harvest would be being more or less swayed by the wind and Joel said, there are multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision in this season of harvest Joel speaking about in the last day that multitudes are are there is the threshing instruments are beginning to common gather the harvest and there there in their hearts. There they don't know which way to move the don't know what to do there being moved about by winds. Yet in the midst of it all. The voice of God is calling them calling the undecided to make a decision and that's what God is doing for you. Just calling you to make a decision for him. Don't be undecided in the longer don't sit on your couch and declare yourself to be unworthy or just a drug addict or just a depressed person or somebody is found as a mask or hopeless.
You are the end time army of God. You have to let truth come into your heart, not by your mind, not by your power not by anything you bring to the table. Authors in just a heart that says Lord, I am willing to go where you're calling me to go in the book of acts Peter the apostle spoke some great truths about the salvation that God was offering the people in the Scripture says when they heard it, they were cut to the heart and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do when they heard it. Their hearts removed and the question came to their lips. What shall we do, and that's the question I believe is coming to some of your hearts right now pastor I hear you a hard case to not hurt our ties to Teresa heard brother Ross hard those that have been praying a heartedness song since I'm I'm feeling moved upon. But what is it that you want me to do if were going to trust that God will give us his Holy Spirit was go back to the original instructions in the Bible. Peter said to them three things. Number one he said repent.
In other words, put away your sin have a change of heart. You walk your own way you've made your own choices. You've done your own thing. That's probably why you're feeling so empty as you're listening to my words will stop going that way. That's what it means stop the journey that where you are prescribing the wastes. The pathway for your own feet are living by your own thoughts near your own judge of what is good and what is evil when there's a clear standard of thought presented to you in the word of God so they first thing Peter says to the people's stop, or you are, stop what you're doing and turn towards God let his word now become your truth be sorry for the way that you have been living that part of repentance is a sorrow for sin be sorry if you are living in a way you shouldn't be living you're doing things you know you know instinctively it's wrong. You might not be a student of the Bible, but you instinctively know that theft is wrong negatively know that cheating on your marriage partner is wrong. You instinctively know that sex outside of marriage is wrong. You instinctively know the Dragon. This is not a good thing or the addiction is not a good thing.
You know that pornography is something that you should not be ingesting into your mind and into your spirit. You know, Peter said the first thing to do is repent. Make a decision in your heart. I'm not going to live this way anymore.
Make that decision come to God and say Lord I am truly sorry for the way I have lived my life I have fallen for so short of what you desire my life to be blessed by the prophet Isaiah says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God is not one righteous, not even one. And then he says let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.
He saw that on the announcements today. The water baptism. It's the just happened. At times, her church and baptism is a symbol of two things.
Number one it going down into the water were making a statement missing God. I'm not going to live in my own strength anymore. Just as inasmuch is the spirit of God raised you out of the grave. Your word says that if I will turn to you. You will also quicken my natural my mortal body, you will raise me up from the power of death and sin that has been operating in my life and you will give me a new life Bible says that you and I will become new creations in Christ so going down into the water is simply identifying that that I am dying to my own way of living am dying to try to trying to craft a path going forward. In my own strength in my own wisdom and am going to live according to your word. Your strength and your will for my life. It's also water baptism is also a public declaration it's coming out of all that is apart from God going down it it's it's in the sense of public humiliation. Vision one way because it it it's an awkward thing for many people until you fully are committed to Christ to go into the waters of baptism.
Basically making a declaration.
That's why the Bible says if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, you shall be saved. And this this public confession that I am not afraid or ashamed to be identified with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. And so Peter says repent baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit is the promise of God turn from your sin put away trying to do things in your own strength.
Trust that I will give you the strength to be the person I called you to be and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, verse $0.39 for the promise that God can break his promises.
The promise is to you and to your children and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call and so I say 2022.
Let the harvest begin because the promise is to you. It's to you. This is what he says if you turn from your sin if you will identify with Christ in water baptism you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Truly amazing. This promises to you. We talked about the need for restoration, our families, to your children the promises to all who are afar off of me as members of your family, perhaps in others that are just seem to be a thousand miles from Christ. Right now, but as they see your life being transformed before their eyes.
They too will turn from their sin and identify with Christ and receive the Holy Spirit and as many as the Lord our God will call people that God's will use your life to reach people that are not even aware that you're going to be speaking to. But once the Holy Spirit is control of your life will be taken in the places that only God can take you and doing things that only God could do through you as a father in Jesus name.
Oh God Almighty God Almighty 3000 people that they had the sense to hear the gospel. It was preached from the lips of your servant Peter I pray with people online by the hundreds, perhaps thousands will have the sense to turn from their sin to identify with you. Jesus Christ, the son of God that we would yield our lives. Everyone would yield her life to you and not be afraid to confess you publicly through their voices and through the actions and baptism in God who promised the Holy Spirit you promise gifting's and abilities, and power. You said you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of million. Jerusalem and Samaria and all the uttermost parts of the earth. This is who your church is my God, this is who you churches always been now going to ask you online to pray a simple prayer with me and make it your own. Say these words after me Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you for dying for my sin. Today I open my heart to you and I do repented my sin and I ask you to forgive me come into my life and be my Lord and be my Savior.
I give you my heart I give you my future. I give you the testimony of my lips. I give you the testimony of my life.
I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to give me abilities to declare you to this generation in the my family and my friends in ways that only you could do it. Change my heart changed my life changed me from the inside out. Let my voice from this day forward be used for your glory of Jesus, thank you for loving me. I shoes to be part of this end time harvest into your hands, Almighty God, commit my spirit. In Jesus name. If you prayed that you meant that when ask you to do one more thing, just text the word connect to 51,000 let's connect 51,000 and somebody from Times Square church will be in touch let us help you get started and you knew what was going and so were so thankful for those you have given their lives to Christ.
You will never regret this decision was thank you for joining us this week for a call to the nation with Carter come from Times Square church in New York City. For more information log onto TSC Don NYC TSC.NYC you can count on a powerful message of each week on a call to the nation with Carter,