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October 11, 2020 10:23 pm
Powered by willingness as Christian center in Keene, North Carolina in a postmodern culture pastor Atkins preaches an old-fashioned message under a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, pointing many winning to the truth of Scripture and freedom found in Jesus Christ pastor Atkins police the body of Christ has a voice and we declare Jesus is Lord and the voice of power is a recent message from the tabernacle of willing vessels Christian center extra proof read your Bible are just a few minutes. I wanted to do this thought with my dreaded refresh, restore, refresh, restore 3Rs for is what will bring up those three words responsively with me extra with three and verse, but I do not feel the presence of God a man you know I produces is running out varied range in here Holy Ghost writing power of Almighty God hallelujah all right actually watching going to slobber. So glad you're with us and we pray that the Lord blesses you right where you are what diversify did Baxley repent therefore everybody shall repent and be converted, but your sins may be blotted out for when times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you, that heaven must receive until the times of restoration or restitution of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Now what gave the opportunity for Peter to say these words well.
In chapter 3. They go to the our prayer and they see a lame man. He's been lame for a while. Jesus probably walked by them a few times during his own ministry by passing their eyes off him and he's begging for alms begging for money and they say silver and gold have I gone, but such as I have give my baby in the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and all powerful miracle performed by God, his anointing is power, and of course everybody is wanting to give the praise and accolades to Peter and John and they say it's not bilateral. Might the power of holiness that we make this man to walk, but it's in the name of the holy child Jesus that he is one of his enemies walking any sleeping and praising God in the temple.
I was thinking just a moment ago when we were doing praise and worship how much he deserves our praise. I think about the 10 lepers that God but the Lord will heal them.
How many came back.
Do you remember just one wonder if the rest of those folks kept their healing. I don't believe they did. I believe the one who came back was blessed and healed and made whole because they gave God all the glory he deserves all the praise today but notice the first words of Peter as he preaches a sermon.
He says repent. That was the first words of John the Baptist repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. It was the first word of Jesus when he came on the scene in his ministry.
He said repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
First words mean something powerful words repent. She therefore be converted not repent now. I've said this over and over. Repent means to change the mind of supernatural change in the my in fact also means reconsider reconsider your covenant reconsider your relationship with God.
Where do you stand with him today. During this pandemic. All that's happening in our country. All that's happening in our world reconsider where you stand with Almighty God. Today a life lived a life of repentance of turning to God and allowing him to change your frame of mind on how you look at things on how you look at the devil how you look at sickness how you look at disease how you look at anxiety and depression. How you look at the world and what's going on.
I'm telling you I've gotten to the point we have much of you said I don't care who's in the White House because God's gonna be in my house and it doesn't really matter because he's in control of, but live a life of repentance were not slaves to fear no matter what happens in November were not slaves to fear not slaves to fear to coronavirus or COBIT. 19. We are set free by God's power and we have a sound mind, but it comes with repentance be converted now converted to me two things that can mean to turn to, or to return. I like what Jeremiah Proffitt said in Jeremiah 322. He said maternal backslider and I will heal your backsliding. There are many today, watching maybe in this building need to come to Jesus Christ for the first time and there's many who need to come back to Jesus Christ. They need to make that return fresh commitment they need to repent and say here I hear I said in Bonita.
Prayer it's me me me all standing in the need of prayer not your brother, sister, mom or dad it's you standing in Bonita prayer and of the need of God's power be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Now put your finger there. Look at chapter 2 when Peter's preaching on the day of Pentecost in verse 38 then Peter said unto them, shouted with me. Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
What is the gift of the Holy Ghost. Well, it's two forms number one when you come to Christ, you realize it's the Holy Spirit, that brings you to Jesus that it's the Holy Spirit that convicts you of your city and bring you to the father through Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the father. So when you become a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit indwelling in your very being and dwell in your heart and factored spirit comes alive because your spirit and the Holy Spirit hook up together and he regenerates you and makes you a new creation. Now then there's the gift of the Holy Ghost that comes after salvation. Now you can convince me. This isn't real. You can't convince me you can't receive it, you can't convince me that baptism happens at salvation. I believe spirit baptism happens when a man or a woman decides to say I want to be site divide. I want to be set apart and I want fullness of God's spirit.
I believe he will give you the spirit without measure. And this happened on the day of Pentecost because he's preaching the word with boldness and with power, but just a few minutes earlier he was talking in tongues people were saying this man is in full of and he said were not drunk, as you suppose, but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, but it shall come to pass in the last day say… I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh sons and daughters shall prophesy, men will dream dreams and see visions, and I will pour out my spirit upon servants and ham shop. The Holy Ghost is for everybody.
You don't need to go to heaven. Spirit baptism to spend eternity with Christ. But I want to tell you something now going to go out there and face the devil do anything for God, you better be equipped with the power for improvement with power from on high that only he can give you repent you therefore be converted, that your sin may be blotted out, 141 times of refreshing.
I want you to underline this in the Bible times of refreshing.
That means it doesn't happen all the time not always going to be on cloud nine that always going to feel the anointing of the Spirit because it comes upon you, reasons, and for seasons, but in order to ever have a spiritual, refreshing, or spiritual renewal. You must number one repent and turn to Christ, have him renew your mind become a living sacrifice, you realize God cannot sin the fire to consume the sacrifice until you become a sacrifice until you lay yourself upon the altar. When I give you an invitation to come up here and receive a fresh and filling every person in this building au naturel appear like you just won the lottery.
I stood up here. I said I got a check for $1 million first person that gets up to get.
I bet you would be stated but there looking at your watch say all I got this… No running up here but cannot tell you what Jesus Christ did for you on Calvary's was so much more than $1 million being one second in his presence and his anointed editors power is so much more than $1 million times of refreshing is what I believe is what I'm that 2021 is going to be the greatest year.
This church, I know that I did have this feeling in 2017. I didn't have it in 2018 in the maneuver tent reviving.
I did have it in 20 1900 head of the things on my heart, but now I know when he speaks to know what and I know what he said unto me, and that is 2021 will be a year of refreshing for willing vessels Christiansen and I want everybody in this building. I want everyone watching once we get past this. Whatever COBIT 19 election. I'll be so glad when it's over so we can start doing stuff for the kingdom of God and we will be so consumed with what's happening in the world and people will come to God's house without fear or worry, I'll be so glad when we can gather together a gap under the banner of the holiness and power of God for times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. I love it today.
Hallelujah. All right. He said you received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Verse 39 of X to reset for the promise is unto you. Shout me to your children shut my children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call, and with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, save yourselves from this unported generation cannot tell you that's what I'm declaring on to you today. Save your self from a dying grieving godless generation that's what were seeing in the streets of America.
That's what were seeing in the world today. It is a godless society. It's a society that says I am my own God. Its secular humanism on steroids.
It saying that we came from nothing and it just happened that we are who we are. That takes away the value of life. You see, so a man or woman to go out there and abort a child because it's well it's not a life it's just a fetus. It's just an organism. That's all it is.
So they lose the file life so I like to point when they say well, a woman should be able to do what she wants with her body. The last time we talked about it took to think of about the man's body that's in that body see how diabolically the devil makes it about you about oneself.
I got news for you if you call yourself a Christian, your body is not yours doesn't belong to you because you are bought with a price that prices the blood of the spotless Lamb of God.
So if you call yourself a Christian understand this one thing, your body is not yours, but it is the temple and tabernacle of the Holy Ghost.
I think it's time that we swept our tabernacle and asked the Holy Ghost to give us a fresh infilling refreshing.
That can only come from the presence of God. I want that's what I desire refreshing. Shall I wanted to raise your hand to begin to praise Lord we magnify all she thought about Hussein God magnified in this place. Hallelujah, not all be magnified.
Lord you are our supply your Elohim, you are Yahweh's. You are Jehovah you Ray not John Ira you Ray my provider URL should dive the Almighty, all sufficient God, you are a little high, but God sees me right, whereby you are Jehovah. Shambaugh was always present your Jehovah shalom the God who gives peace that passes all understanding. Jehovah God that heals all of our diseases are Jehovah centered in my righteousness are Jehovah nisi my God, we magnify you the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the one who told him and told Moses, I that I would magnified repent, you therefore be converted but your sin may be blotted out four times refreshing come from the presence of the Lord.
Verse 41 annexed to look at this.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized in the same day the same day there were added about 3000 souls. Now I used to be one of these guys. Well were not gonna worry about numbers that I read this one-day Holy Ghost hit my heart and said somebody was counting on the day of Pentecost. Somebody had to click a letter were counting numbers that count not just showing up.
I'm talking about people who gladly received the word gladly baptized in water gladly open to the gift of the Holy Ghost and to the gifts of the spirit that's the numbers were counting but you will talk about a church growth seminar. I bet Peter was on a roll buddy if he was living today that want to become. Every church seminar and say how did you get 3000 people in one day and you know what he would say I don't know. It is a super natural thing that happens you can't tie it to a program you can't tie it to a mailing list. You can type a strong social media. You can't direct a strong praise and worship.
You can't tie it to a strong preacher you can tie it to a nice building.
It must be tied to the power of Almighty God we want revival and refreshing. We have to ask the God who is sovereign to give it to us magnify for go back to chapter 3 verse 21st 20 look at that and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you from the heaven.
Now I want you to pay attention to verse 20 is he talking about the second coming talking about the rapture is lively. I believe he was talking about sending Jesus to us in the person of the Holy Ghost, for I am crucified with Christ. Galatians 220. Nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ lives in me how to see live in you, the Holy Ghost, Christ the Holy Ghost, Christ the man is at the right hand of the father. He's physically there today in the throne room of heaven and God the father, the glory of God is in that throne. But Jesus has sent the comforter, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune God hit number one to convict us. Secondly, to live in us. Thirdly, to baptize us and fourthly, to walk with us, so he sends Jesus to you so I want you to remember something when you feel like you're all by yourself when you're feeling destitute and secluded and lonely and depressed and overwhelmed. I want you to remember the words of this preacher this morning that God the father has sent Jesus Christ to this earth so that the disciples could see the father but Jesus when he went to the father. He sent the Holy Ghost so that we could see Christ and you have Christ in you, I'm with you 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year because you have Christ the Holy Ghost in you by God. That's comforting to me. So why would you not want the fullness of his power. Why would you not want the fullness of his glory, all God help me to preach this. It grieves me what I hear people say that the baptism of the Spirit is at salvation. It grieves me and they always go to one Scripture first rate is 1213 well were baptized into one body by the spirit, but listen to something the Holy Spirit doesn't baptize you into the spirit. Jesus baptize you with the spirit because John the Baptist said I baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I shoes are not worthy to bear and he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. It's Jesus who is the baptizer in the Holy Ghost, you realize that it's all about Jesus Christ that everything you do everything you say he has the preeminence go with me quickly on the close of this Ezekiel chapter 47 now if you ever want to be entertained along with being spiritual. Read the book of Ezekiel, because it's never want to challenge and secondly Ezekiel went through it as a man of God fact when God calls him. He number one just like Isaiah, he saw and witnessed the glory of God.
I said all I can say is, it looks like a wheel within a wheel. See these creatures with resolve the glory of God saw the glory of God being lifted from the temple of God, he saw destruction and judgment coming. God told him to actively act out some of the prophecies. Some of those men meant he had to take his clothes off. Ezekiel had a hard time being a man of God, as did Isaiah, Jeremiah, and many of those disciples you will be a man or woman of God are dead. You now expect tribulation expect persecution, but you can also expect joy in the midst of it all alright. Ezekiel 47 we have various opinions about he describes in the latter part of the book, he describes the temple and many believe this will be a temple during the millennial kingdom. Many believe it's a temple, possibly in the new heaven and new earth, and he actually talks about sacrifices being made and some scholars ask why Christ is paid for the sin of the world now, and of course I say it's just in remembrance of how we do communion. Some believe that this is literal like that. Some believe this is spiritual or figurative talking about salvation. Christ is finished work and then the Holy Spirit. I believe they're both right. I do believe it's either horribly was both a man I believe that there will be a temple. I believe we will remember the sacrifice for all eternity, but also believe this is talking about. Just as Jesus referred to it as a spiritual experience of salvation. The finished work of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit because Jesus stood in the last day the great day of the feast of John chapter 7 verse 38 and he said if any man thirst, let them come unto me a drink for he that believe on me, as the Scripture say it out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water in the next 20 to 70 days of the Spirit and the bride say, come. But him but here of, whosoever will let him come and take of the water of life freely. So we have a figurative picture of Genesis, where there were rivers going into the garden of Eden and how it was cursed with the sin of Adam and didn't revelation you have him culminating the whole thing, bringing everything back in order, with the river of life, but all of that starts right now with our experience with Christ that we can experience a foreshadowing of what we will have an eternity. That's why he heals people today number one to show his glory show his power to be a witness for someone.
Secondly, to show you what's to come to give you a glimpse you're still going to die still going to get sick. But you have a picture when God heals your body on this earth, of what it's going to be like for all eternity. It's a foreshadowing when you feel his anointing and you feel his presence. Like I feel him this morning. That's just a foretaste of what it will be like an eternity with him all the days of our lives. Could you imagine having this euphoric type for all the talk we can handle it in our body. Now all the thin, but I'm thankful for the times refreshing but I want to read this passage quickly for Ezekiel 47 verse one.
Afterward he brought me again unto the door. The house, and behold waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward for the forefront of the house stood toward the east and the waters came down from under the right side of the house at the south side of the altar then brought me out of the way of the gate northward and led me about the way without unto the other gate.
By the way that look of eastward and behold their rent out waters on the right side and when the man that had the line or have the line in the hand. His hand went forth, eastward, he measured a thousand cubits and he brought me through the waters down the basic thing I want you to get this passage is the waters and the waters were to the ankles. Think about this experience. Okay, when you come to Jesus Christ. When you're watching and you give your heart to Jesus you give your life to him today getting ankle-deep right realize that getting ankle-deep your filling his presence, refilling the conviction of the spirit, the tugging of the Holy Spirit. The problem is so many people stay there again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters and the waters were to the knees. How many remember the day that you had just a strong unction to give your whole life to Christ not because you wanted to be Savior already say but you wanted something more something deeper.
You wanted to go further higher and deeper than you've ever been. Well that's me deep you ready again he measured a thousand, and brought me through, and the waters were to the loins. The waste and we go afterward he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass over for the waters were risen waters to swim and a river that could not be passed over and he said unto me, Son of Man has now seen this in the answer is no.
He has not because I Ezekiel like you and I did not work was not able to look back at Calvary in the finished work of Christ. He was not able to read the book of acts and say I want that, but he was looking to the cross.
But God's glory was giving him a vision not only of something in the future beyond our future, but he was also giving him a glimpse of what it was like to be a Christian and that's why Jesus stood and said what he said if any man first started coming to be a great rub his belly shall flow what rivers of living water rivers, poor folks. The Holy Ghost is that river there is a river that makes glad the city of God. But when you come to Christ you get ankle-deep you go a little further in your relationship you did need to give a little bit further, it gets up to your waist, but I'm telling you that you can get to a place where you can't even swim in this thing all hallelujah into the presence and into the glory of Almighty God. And it doesn't stop with the baptism in the spirit. It continues on as you continually give your life to Christ and repent and refreshing restoration.
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