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When All Hell Breaks Loose | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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March 14, 2021 4:00 am

When All Hell Breaks Loose | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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March 14, 2021 4:00 am

When things go from bad to worse, there’s always hope. In this Sunday morning message, Pastor Greg Laurie encourages us from the Book of Revelation and shows us why we need to understand Bible prophecy more than ever before. Listen in to the latest message from our series, Revelation: A Book of Promises.

Notes

“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him” (Psalm 25:14).

What is happening is we are in the Last Days, and these are signs of the times.

2/3 of the Bible is prophecy.

Studying Revelation and Bible prophecy will unlock the mystery of history. 

Studying Revelation and Bible prophecy will bring sense to our suffering.

Studying Revelation and Bible prophecy will cause us to live more godly lives.

Studying Revelation and Bible prophecy shows us there will be justice in the world one day.

The Seven Trumpet Judgments can be divided into two groups:

The first four are directed by God at the environment.

The last three fall on humanity.

Satan is a fallen angel who fell from his position of influence (Isaiah 14:12).

Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall as lightning from Heaven” (Luke 10:18).

The purpose of demons seems to be two-fold: they seek to hinder the purposes of God and to extend the power of Satan.

Demons are real and aggressive. Not all are confined to the abyss.

Though powerful, demons have clear limitations.

Demons flee at the name of Jesus Christ.

Never underestimate the power of prayer.

God’s timing is not always our timing.

Prayer is a privilege for God’s children.

Scripture Referenced

Revelation 11:15

Revelation 21:4

1 Peter 4:7

James 5:8

1 John 3:3

Revelation 12:12

Zephaniah 1:7

Revelation 12:9

1 Peter 5:8

1 Thessalonians 2:18

Philippians 2:10–11

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Everybody Greg Laurie here.

You're listening to the Grigori podcast and my objective is to deliver hopefully compelling practical insights and faith culture and current events. From a biblical perspective to find out more about our ministry's go to our website harvest.org so thanks for joining me for this podcast I like you to grab your Bible. If you have one in turn to Revelation chapter 8 it's all of my messages when all hell breaks loose. Let's pray together now.

Father speak to us through your word. We know your word is true.

We know that the Bible is the one book that dares to predict the future, not once, not twice, but hundreds of times with 100% accuracy.

So as we take a glimpse into the future and as we also look behind the veil of the world of angels and demons.

We pray that will gain insight that will help us to walk closely with you in this life. So speak to us from Scripture, we pray in Jesus name we ask it. Amen.

Let me start with the question have you ever been in a restaurant, then maybe your booth is close to the booth next to you and you hear people talking and one is speaking a little loudly so you can't help but overhear what they're saying by the way my wife always says to me in restaurants. Greg don't speak so loudly and I'll say I'm not be allowed to show lower your voice anyway so you hear someone in the booth next to you and they say to their friend. Now listen, this is the secret that I don't want you to share it with anyone. Now here's a question. Do you put your hands over your ears or do you lean over and listen then you know the answer. We all listen in.

Why, because we all like to know secrets even if we don't know these people and it has nothing to do with us and we've never heard of the people there talking about. We love to hear secrets listen to this. The Bible says this secret of the Lord is with those that fear him. Christian see and understand what is happening in this world far better than nonbelievers. Jesus made this statement in a prayer to his father in Matthew 11 he says father, thank you for hiding these things from people that think they're wise and revealing them to people who have child like they God reveals to us his followers what is happening in the world because we've taken the time to read the book and it unveils the future for us and we look at this world and many are just confused and frankly they're kind of alarmed and even freaking out because her thinking. What does this all mean for instance a continuing fallout of lockdown as a result of this pandemic that's gone on far longer than we ever thought it would go the continuing conflict in the Middle East, the moral meltdown in America. What is this all mean what is happening. People ask what is happening folks is these are signs of the times and the signs of the times are all pointing up and they're saying to us pay attention because Jesus is coming, but as we see this turmoil in our world.

As a Christian we should not despair because God is told us what is going to happen.

No, let me review something I said earlier because I think it gives clarity as to why were going through the book of Revelation together and why it is a good thing to study Bible prophecy in general. Remember there's a blessing promised to the person who reads, hears and keeps the words of this book okay so you want that blessing and I do too, but why should I study Revelation in Bible prophecy number one, it will unlock the mystery of history. It will unlock the mystery of history and Eastern religions. Everything goes in a cycle. That's why its adherents believe in reincarnation, though. Just keep coming back again and again until they get it right. The Bible history is linear, not cyclical. In other words, Christians are moving toward a goal. For instance, when you play checkers you move your amenity Kings Row and then use a crown. That's exactly what God is doing. He's going to move his son Jesus Christ and the Kings Row and say, crown him. Revelation 1115 says the kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah and he will reign forever and ever.

So why study Bible prophecy that unlocks the mystery of history, number two, it brings since to our suffering what you see that someone who is critically ill what you say to someone that has lost a loved one. What you say to someone that is experienced horrible tragedy.

Here's what you say. This is not God's final plan. Because Revelation 21 four says one day God will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death will exist no longer in grief and crying in pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.

Here's another reason we should study prophecy number three, it will cause us to want to live more godly lives.

For instance, if you really are studying and understanding what the Bible says about the end times, it will cause you to want to pray more, not less.

First Peter 47 says now the end of all things is near. Therefore, by the way, whenever you see the word therefore the Bible find out what it's therefore and it's drawing on something that's been said again the end of all things is near.

Therefore be clearheaded and be disciplined in prayer, if we really believe Jesus could come back at any moment. It will give us the strength to persevere through our times of difficulty and trial James 58 says you must also persevere and be patient strength in your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near. You know, we go through hardships in life that make no sense and sometimes it feel like giving up, but here's my advice to you, don't give up. Look up Jesus said when you see these things begin to happen. Look up for your your redemption is drawing near. It should cause us in this understanding of the Lord's imminent return to want to live a life that's pleasing to him. In verse John. It says he that has this hope that is of the return of Christ. They will purify themselves even as he is pure number four studying Bible prophecy shows us there will be justice in the world. One day still be justice in the world one day evil people do evil things, my goodness, I read things in the news that are unthinkable to me.

The horrible things that people do to one another. But the Bible teaches that one day there's going to be a reckoning or I will. With this in mind, let's catch up now what we last left off were looking at this great prophetic puzzle revealed in Revelation chapter rate and at this point in our study chronologically were right in the middle of what is called the great tribulation.

It will last for seven years and will be inaugurated by the emergence of Antichrist and it will be ended by the return of Jesus Christ. The first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation.

A relatively calm and peaceful as Antichrist comes on the scene looking like a good guy, a man with a solution's economic solutions, many other things that he brings to the table. He's a charismatic leader and facsimile even think he's the very Christ because as I told you before the prefix anti-doesn't just mean against it also means instead of will be a false Christ that will be embraced by many but at the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. Antichrist shows his true colors and the wrath of God is unleashed and demons are lease and all kinds of crazy stuff is going on in that drawer at in our study and Revelation. Speaking of this time Jesus said in Matthew 13 Adobe great anguish in those days, more than at any other time since God created the world and will never be so great again. In fact, Alyssa Lord shortens the time of calamity is not a single person would survive, but for the sake of his chosen ones he has shortened those days.

Again, I want to remind you that God takes no delight in this no. Remember, if you're a believer in Jesus Christ, you will be caught up to meet the Lord in the rapture that happens right before the tribulation. In fact the antichrist is coming, world leader cannot even be revealed until the church is removed because the Bible says he who now restrains will continue to do so until he is taken out of the way and then that wicked one will be revealed whom the Lord will destroy with the brightness of his coming that versus speaking of the work of the Holy Spirit through the church once a church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air tribulation. Begins and of course God is still at work, even in this very dark time talked about the hundred and 44,000 who are Jews who have found Jesus as the Messiah. I described them as closer Billy Graham's remember their canvassing the planet sharing the gospel and so many people coming to Christ a great revival breaks out. In fact, it's the greatest revival in all of human history. Revelation 7 says it's an innumerable multitude that come to faith that God will be working mightily in the tribulation. But listen, the devil will be at work as well.

Why, he knows his days are numbered.

Revelation 1212 says the devil is come down to you. He is filled with fury because he knows his time is short.

The devil knows his time is short.

Even though some liberal theologians don't believe that the devil believes that Jesus is coming back soon and his objective is to record as much havoc as he can, and in many as and in as many lives at sea can affect the Bible even tells us in the last days there will be satanically energized times does not seem to you like things are getting darker that your Seymour evil on display. That's because were living in the last days. So here in Revelation 8 to 9 with the church in heaven which is acted as a preservative on earth.

We have the devil on a rampage are running roughshod over the planet giving to mankind with the effectively long for pure unadulterated evil. This reminds us how how the Lord dealt with Egypt.

The ancient Egyptians. As you know, worshiped many gods, including the Nile River insects and even frogs who worships a frog but the ancient Egyptians had a frog God's name was Kerr Moto know what the current it was actually called them Hecate is able. As I recall, but it was of a false image that they would worship before it, and so God said okay you guys like frogs. I'll give you more frogs than you can shake a stick at. I was just back at our church on the island of Maui. Did you know we have a church in Maui called harvest to Milani and does so my wife and I were taking a walk one morning and there were dead frogs everywhere because it happens a lot in Hawaii, you know, the ring comes out. The frogs come out. The sun comes out. The frogs are out there get run over by cars over the only giant dead, bloated frogs. It was kinda gross really imagine frogs everywhere. Imagine the roads covered with frogs and then you go to your house and they're all over the floor to wall-to-wall frog floor covering in there in your bed there in your oven there in your fridge are everywhere. That's what it was like so God says you want to stop. I'll give you the stuff you want evil. You want the restraints removed.

Here you go, man have about it. That's exactly what is happening here, CS Lewis once said and I quote there are only two kinds of people in the end, those who see the God, thy will be done and those to whom God says in the end, but I will be done all that are in hell. Choose it without thoughts of choice, there would be no hell." So what is happening now to people is what they wanted. This is what they long for God's is alright, I'm a let you have Revelation chapter rate verse one. Let's read together reading from the new King James version.

When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about a half-hour and I saw the seven angels who stand before God and to them were given seven trumpets.

Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar.

He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer he filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the year and there were noises and thunderings and lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who are the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. There is no a series of judgments fall on planet Earth. 1/3 of the trees are burned up, 1/3 of the sea becomes blood of third of the living creatures in the sea die. Look at verse 13 and I looked and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice whoa whoa whoa to the inhabitants of the earth because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels which are about to sell whoa whoa whoa it's repeated three times. This judgment is coming on you right now. We start with the silence in heaven that this is unusual because heaven is a happening place.

Heaven is a happy place. Heaven is a hop in place.

There's worship and there's praise then and there is working and there's activities happening rejoicing is people getting saved all kinds of cool stuff is happening in heaven would suddenly silence for a half-hour. A complete silence in glory why because judgment is about to fall.

And everyone knows it. Reminding us there's a connection between heaven and earth. Remember we talked about that last time my message would have a knows about earth, heaven is very aware and all the inhabitants of heaven are very aware now that this judgment is going to come on planet Earth. Zephaniah 17 says stand in silence in the presence of the sovereign Lord for the also be of the Lord's judgment has come. So there's a silence sort of like the silence in the court room when the verdict is about to be read when the jury foreman stands up and says we, the members of the jury do fine were all waiting to hear what the verdict is there's a silent that's what's happening here, and the fact that last for a half-hour shows us that God is in no rush to bring judgment. You've heard the expression, a rush to judgment.

It's a very opposite with God, who knows all things. He does not want to do this, but because he is righteous and because he is just he must do.

This judgment must come in. The Lord knows that one said first domino falls. It's going to be like the others are hitting the other dominoes in the ghetto fall in rapid succession, so a whole series of events are about to unfold. Verse two a shows that some high-ranking angels are overseeing this epic operation Revelation a to I saw the notice.

It's the seven angels who stand before God and to them were given seven trumpets. It doesn't just say seven it's the seventh. So these are high ranking angels.

The magnificent seven if you will.

And now the seventh seal brings the seven trumpet judgments in the seven trumpet judgments, progress, and of the seven bowl judgments dump the seven trumpet judgments can be divided into two groups. The first four are directed by God against the environment are reminiscent of the plagues that came upon Egypt during the days of Moses the other judgments are spread over the next three chapters in the fall on humanity.

One thing is clear global warming is indeed coming because the first trumpet targets the Earth's vegetation in verse seven and we see that it will decimate crops and forests in the air will be filled with smoke and ash. The second trumpet targets the ocean of verse eight says something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea.

What is John describing remember he's in the first century. He's on an island called Patmos, and to the best of his ability. He's trying to describe what he is seen in this vision that God has given to him of the future of the world to see. Describing what we would call cataclysmic events that could bring this about, or is he describing nuclear weaponry unleashed.

No one can say with certainty, but God could obviously have this happen through the forces of nature. For instance on Krakatoa.

The volcanic island in the South Pacific erupted in 1883. It was a mighty convulsion, so much so that it was felt, 2000 miles away, in this island. Krakatoa was obliterated.

It just literally disappear. Where was Krakatoa well was east of job. I know that because as a kid I saw a movie called Krakatoa east of Java. It's about all I know about that but sunsets from the explosion at Krakatoa were colored by dunce for two years from one single explosion. So imagine multiple Krakatoa was if you will, or a like what happened there in Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius exploded, the God can bring this about through what we would call natural means that he is orchestrating or we can allow mankind to unleash his sophisticated and destructive nuclear power. I don't know, but is your hearing this, I know some of your thinking menaces like pretty crazy stuff but again I want to remind you if you're a Christian, you will not be here for this you will be safely in heaven as this judgment comes upon the earth. But if you're not a Christian. This will be your future. Maybe I'm speaking to somebody right now that has no place in their life. For God and you're just in whatever you want to do and God is giving you a warning he thing turned to me right now.

Call upon me right now you need me anything. One other thing I'm doing is not wrong will of the Bible says it's wrong. It is wrong. You need to ask him to forgive you of your sin and you need to turn to him. Listen, there might be somebody that's listening to this right now that would be same man this is great. I can hardly wait till this happens, your messed up okay if you're a Christian and you believe these things as we all should you should have a broken heart over this thinking all wow. I know people that are not believers yet.

I want to share the gospel with them. I don't want them to miss the rapture and up to go to the great tribulation. This breaks the heart of God, and it should break our hearts as well you know we shifters and we get to the title of the message which is when all hell breaks loose. So we've seen God pouring his judgment out. Now we see the bottomless pit. Open up and all this demonic activity. Revelation 9 verse one, then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth.

To him was given the key to the bottomless pit in the open the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace.

So the son of the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit and out of the smoke locusts came on the earth them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power and they had as a king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in the Greek is called a Paglia okay so we've all heard the stories of great actors and great singers said have massive success and then the get strung out on drugs or alcohol. Some even taken their own lives and we say well there a fallen star. Here's the original fallen star Lucifer himself that who is who is being referenced here in Revelation chapter 9 when he says I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth and noticed to him was given the key to the bottomless pit is he Satan was once a high ranking angels. Sometimes we bless the question how good a God of love create some of this wickedness Satan answered he did.

Satan was originally this magnificent angelic being that worship the Lord. But the problem was Satan is and he wasn't called Satan he was called Lucifer, son of the morning, but the problem with Lucifer or Satan was he wanted to be worshiped instead of being a worshiper. Don't forget when Jesus was tested in the wilderness. What is Satan say to Jesus he says.

Worship me and I'll give you all the kingdoms of the world see that's what he's wanted all along that the Bible says in Isaiah 1412 how you are fallen from heaven oh shining star son of the morning. Jesus said, I beheld Satan fall as lightning from heaven. Luke 1018 so Satan wanted this exalted position so he was rejected from that of sort of position he held as a once high ranking angel Revelation 12 I'm good to the Slater says that great Dragon was hurled down, that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with them so when Satan fell.

He led some of the angels with him.

One third of the angels went with Lucifer and those fallen angels are now what we would call demon and use it will eventually scary Robert remember he took one third the other two thirds are still on our side. So were still on the winning side, our weight, but look at the what is happening here this bottomless pit is been opened up and out of it come what is described as locusts, but these are demonic creatures that are unleashed upon the planet. Apparently there are some demons and I don't know why they're in this place that have been put in the bottomless pit. Not all demons are there many are just roaming about doing what they do.

But some of these demons are in this bottomless pit June 1 six is owner remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of their authority. God gave them up and when they left the place where they belong to God is kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment struck you recall when Jesus healed the one demoniac it was bound in chains. The demon said don't send us to the bottomless pit, so this is a bad place.

This is for the worse of the worst angels of their led by a Paul Jan or Abaddon in Abaddon is one bad dude.

I'll tell you that much high ranking horrible wicked demonic powers doing all these awful things. So Satan is sort of whipping up this frenzy and they been doing this for a long time, but now they're going into overdrive. The purpose of demon seems to be twofold. Number one, they seek to hinder the purposes of God in number two. They seek to extend the power of Satan. Listen, if you're taking notes.

Here's three things you need to know about demons. I know you want to talk much about this, but it's good to know these things. Three things you need to know about demons. Number one the real and aggressive. The real and aggressive. They're not all bound in this bottomless pit.

This will happen later.

Right now, many are roaming freely in sort of a search and destroy mission. Remember when the Angels of the Lord appeared before God in the book of Job and Satan was among them. And God says to Satan, what have you been doing, where you come from, and Satan responds in Job to to what I've just been going back and forth across the earth watching everything that's going on. While that's creepy is walking around checking things out looking for opportunities looking for ways to bring misery and destruction. That is why the Bible describes the double as a blood thirsty lion, seeking his prey of first Peter 56 is be careful. Watch out for attention to W great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion looking for some victim to devour some years ago I read an interesting book with the title death in the long grass written by Peter Hathaway Sticky was a lion hunter and apparently there was a group of lions who got a taste for human blood and they would sneak into the camp very late at night and and they would choose their prey.

They would step over sleeping men and find the person they wanted and and drug amount and none of the people would even know a lion had been in the tent till they woke up in the morning and found them gone when it was all said and done over 100 men were hunted and killed by these bloodthirsty lions in this book pointed out that a charging lien can cover 100 years. Usually not 100 years a charging lien can cover 100 yards in just three seconds so I don't say this to freak you out. I just say this, that the devil is poised and ready to strike. So put your spiritual armor on, and be careful up for the Bible says that were in a spiritual battle and we do when we must put on the whole armor of God, but now having said that demons are aggressive in demons are trying to create destruction. Let me at this number two, though powerful demons, and the devil himself. Have clear limitations. We say that again, though powerful, the devil and his demons have clear limitations. Let me tell you something that Satan does not want you to know this power is considerable, but it is still limited. Remember, this is all allowed by God word he read in revelation to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.

This is temporary and God is given his permission for a period of time. So all these demons are out and about.

According to Revelation mind like scorpions with the power to sting, but not to kill but notice that they can't attack everyone. Revelation 9 forces there commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing of any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God and therefore memory pointed out last time that when you become a believer when you put your faith in Jesus Christ. You become his property, which is a good thing. The Bible says you're not your own. You been bought with a price and God effectively puts his ID tag on you. Which means your under his protection of the devil can read and he sees that ID tag and knows that he can do nothing than the life of the Christian, without the express permission of God.

So these servants of God in the tribulation. We have the seal are not affected by these demon powers third thing I want to see about demons and I'm done. Demons flee at the name of Jesus Christ.

They flee at the name of Jesus Christ our remember that story that I already reference about those demons that were in that men and there was a lot of because they identify themselves as Legion for there were many. They said don't sentence of the bottomless pit. So Jesus sent them into our herd of pigs, poor pigs and the pigs went over the side of a cliff and committed mass to the side, you might say it's a first case of deviled ham and history. The cliff still would demons went over the side of the cliff, but again they're begging us because they know the power of pricey he was in control.

Jesus is more powerful than the devil. Jesus is our powerful than any demon and he can help you overcome whatever struggle you're facing right now.

Maybe it's an addiction. Maybe it's a lifestyle you can't break free from. You see there's no way out.

There is a way out is through Christ, you have the accompaniments to God. I I've tried to do this on my own and I failed. Help me and he will help you but you must call out to his name. The Bible tells us in Philippians 2 at the name of Jesus Christ every knee will bow and every woke tongue will confess of things in the earth, and things under the earth that Jesus Christ is the Lord to the glory of God the father. Now with all of this horrible stuff happening. You would think people would be turning to God.

You would think they would be repenting of their sin, but sadly it's a very opposite. Revelation 920 says, but the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons a modern paraphrase of the verse.

I just read the little beyond it, puts it this way, the remaining men and women who were killed by these weapons went on their merry way.

They didn't change their lives or their way of life. They didn't quit worshiping demons, they didn't quit centering their lives around tablets and cell phones and social media is a man that's a risk that's a really modern translation. I put the last part in there. It's on in their but here's what it actually says they didn't quit centering their lives around lumps of gold and silver and press and hunks of stone and wood. They couldn't see here or move. I added that other part because I thought is unknown what these objects have become for some of us idols say well I don't worship it, don't you, you spend more time with that tablet over that phone and any other thing you're always looking down when you want to be looking up more and all that information that you get online and in social media, etc. can be so destructive in your life that verse continues on to say there wasn't a sign of a change of heart. They plunge right on with their murderous occult promiscuous and thieving ways. That's the hardening power of sin coming back to Pharaoh member him all the frogs and everything else we just read that he Hardening his heart even though he was seen the miracles of God, right in front of them is hard. Just got harder and harder to we talked about a lot of hellish things. Let's close with some heavenly thoughts. This title of this message is titled when all hell breaks loose. Let's talk a little bit about when heaven breaks loose.

Let me loopback to something I read with you. But we didn't talk about back to Revelation 8 verse three another Angel having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all of the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne and the smoke of the incidents with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the Angels hand question what happens to our prayers. When we offer them God, let me say this, that all depends. Because not all prayers are offered to God and you know it's possible to pray and never have a single thought of God, let's be honest, haven't you prayed. I know I have a about something.

Maybe them in a group with other people praying and praying. Oh yes, Lord, do this and then I'm actually thinking about what I meant to have for lunch. I completely disengage from a church and I'm worshiping but I'm not thinking about that song that I'm singing I'm judging the person one row in front of me in the outfit they're wearing or something else.

So it's very possible to say our prayers and not pray.

Jesus told the story of two men that wanted to the temple to pray, one was a tax collector, which basically is another way of saying he was a sinner and then he was with the Pharisee. He was a very religious man but Jesus said King James version.

The Pharisee prayed thus with himself.I think you are not like other men I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I possess and I'm especially not as bad as this guy next to me. What a messed up prayer. Meanwhile, the other man the text like a dissenter simply said God be merciful to me a sinner.

Jesus said that men dissenter went down from there justified, not the other men who prayed with himself. In other words, his prayer never went any higher than the ceiling.

But let's talk for a moment about those prayers that we offer to God. And we don't get an answer. Well, don't we wait a second.

Every prayer is effectively answered yes no and wait and repeat that every prayer we offer to God is effectively answered with yes no or wait you know memo in your kid your your mom for something or your dad can we go to this. Can you buy me that they would say yes, that's an answer. No that's an answer and the dreaded.

Maybe. And so what we pray and we don't get a yes we assume it's a no, but maybe it's actually a weight duly noted for later Zacharias was to be the father of John the Baptist.

The reason he was surprised when the angel Gabriel came to him and told him his prayer was going to be answered is because number one. He was a really old man and even expect that he would be a father and number two he had been praying this for 30 years.

That's a long time to pray and not get an answer long enough to conclude that the answer was no but God was getting answer is friendless of this. He was gonna really answer it. In other words, God was going to do exceedingly above and beyond that which old Zacharias could think or ask because he was not just going to be the father of a son he was going to be a father of the greatest profit of the Bible, the direct forerunner of Jesus. He and his wife Elizabeth were going to be the parents of John the Baptist. So coming back to this story before us, we are prayers that are stored in heaven as I said in an earlier message. Your prayers are in the cloud right there stored there. Duly noted during God's to do box and even if you have forgotten about them. God is not forgotten about them. So the answer to your prayer, your praying that may come 30 years from today. And again I may come 30 days from today and it may even come after you're gone and you're in heaven you prayed for your grandchild, salvation, or are you prayed for something Nelson that prayer may not even be answered in your lifetime it, but it will ultimately be answered, so we need the big picture. We need to think of the eternal perspective in all things. When we pray to quote the great theologian Buzz light year. It's to infinity and beyond get the big picture God hears your prayers God. Note your prayers. God does not forget your prayers.

So keep praying closing thoughts of this message focused on prayer number one. Never underestimate the power of prayer. When your prayers are in alignment with the will of God. They are on stoppable. How do you get into an alignment with the will of God by looking at the Bible. Jesus says this if you abide in me and my word is at home with you. You will ask what you will and it shall be done unto you more expanded translation would say Jesus speaking. If you maintain a living communion with me and my word is at home in your heart. Whatever you asked for will immediately be yours. See if you're maintaining a regular communion with Christ in talking to him and listening to him and his word is at home in your hearts, it's going to change what you pray for and you gonna find yourself praying for what God wants. So keep praying.

Keep persisting. Don't give up. Jesus said ask and it shall be given to you seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open and there is an ascending intensity in those words, ask, seek, not that thick ass economic means keypad and don't give up number two about prayer.

God's timing is not always our time, God's timing is not always our timing in Revelation 6 we read of the martyrs in heaven crying to God and asking them to bring judgment saying how long, old Lord, holy and true, until you avenge our blood.

What does God say in response. Wait just a bit longer we grow impatient with the Lord were like kids on the long car rides and/or parent are we there yet are we there yet and we might be saying, the Lord, are you in answered this shed when you gonna come.

Are we there yet, the Lord would say just just a little bit longer. Remember God's delays are not necessarily his denials final point, your prayers are not forgotten or not forgotten. Even if you forgotten them. God has not and they are alive before God, let me say this now and closing prayer is a privilege. Prayer is something that is offered to the child of God, because it's based on relationship print since of my wife calls me I'm going to pick that call up now. She doesn't always fit my call up but I always takers of my son calls me on the new immediately answer that is one of my grandkids call me or text me or come up to me whoever I'm talking to him and to stop the conversation and I want to talk to them what its relationship and in the same way when you're a child of God, your father in heaven will hear your prayers is a well aren't we all God's children. My answer may surprise you know were not all God's children were all created by God or a loved by God, but were not all God's children the way you become a child of God is by believing in Jesus Christ and God is said for your salvation, who died on the cross and shed his blood for you and then rose again from the dead, you come to the Father through the son. The Bible says, for as many as received him, he gave them the power to become sons of God, what must I do to be a Christian. I must receive him. My Bible hereby were offering it to you here take my supercool green Bible with ribbons coming out of the bottom.

I wanted you say here you go and you receive the gift to accept the gift the way you become a child of God is by receiving Christ into your life. You're not born a Christian you must be born again to be a Christian. Jesus said you must be born again are literally born from above the spiritual rebirth is about how to set up their prayer. It's when you come to God say I need you. We read that letter earlier about that lady who was driving from California to Oregon and she was despondent and she was afraid and she called out to God and he saved her.

You can call out to God right now the Bible says whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

So let me ask you a question. Do you want to go to heaven when you die, do you want to be spared from this time we been reading about called the great tribulation. Do you want to be ready for the Lord's return to be caught up together in the clouds with all believers. If so, you need to pray and ask Christ to come into your life.

Yes he died in the cross and he rose from the dead know he stands at the door of your life and Enoch's nieces if you hear his voice and open the door he will come in which you like Jesus to come in your life would you like him to forgive you of your sin.

Would you like to go to heaven when you die. If so, stop what you're doing if you would please pray this prayer with me.

Pray this simple prayer you can pray it out loud if you like you can pray them. The quietness of your heart. Pray these words. If you would right here right now. Just pray Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner but I know that you are the Savior who died on the cross for me coming to my life. Jesus forgive me of all of my sin make me ready for your return. Thank you for hearing this prayer. Thank you for answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray, amen. Everybody Greg Laurie here. Thanks for listening to our podcast and the learn more about harvest ministries. Please subscribe and consider supporting this show. Just go to harvest.org and by the way, if you want to find out how to come into a personal relationship with God. Go to know God.org that's key NOW GLD.org


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