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August 12, 2018 8:19 pm
Praise God have thine own way today that's what we want is what we desire of Zachariah Turner to Bob. I'm not sure where I'm no student Philippians verse Philippians chapter 1 and will look there for just a moment and did it to the word of God. So glad you're here once again we are about to. I believe embark on mass evangelism where you as an individual and we as a church can fulfill the great commission.
You know what the great commission is it is to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
A man teaching all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father the son and the Holy Spirit. That's the great commission that's that's what he's called us to fulfill.
But in order to do that we need to remember some things we need to stand up on number one. The promises of God and I will read one to get Philippians 1 and I will look at verse verse number six. The man I want to follow the leading of the Lord this morning. This is from my heart from the Holy Spirit. You. This is something I prepare something I feel right now, this moment is very often but isolated event this morning so I let's pray before we get into the work showing the Lord.
We just ask you to speak to us this morning or hide me behind the cross that you may be revealed.
Lord God forbid that we should glory save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's why were here. That's who we are gospel people today floor with everything going on in people's lives.
Everything going on in this church. Lord, you know, every circumstance, every detail but Lord you are the Potter and we are the clay and your will, your divine purpose for willing vessels will be done despite what the enemy tries to trick tries to manipulate tries to destroy you have come to give life and to give it more abundantly. And today we stand upon your word. We know that there was victory in Jesus Christ.
We know that we stand upon your promise, hallelujah, and God.
We know that you're away and your will is perfect and your timing is always right and we ask you to speak to us today so your word in Jesus name, amen. All right. Philippians chapter 1 verse six. The apostle Paul. Now you have to understand the context of Libyans. We have a man who is been called by God handpicked ordained to be a preacher of the gospel are, you know the story where he's on is on his way to a persecuted murder Christians and God intervenes in his life doesn't he shows up and reveals himself and he saves the apostle Paul.
Not long after that the apostle Paul was taken in these they lay hands upon them is baptized with the Holy Spirit, fill with the spirit and he goes for I spend years training before he ever preaches a sermon he spent two years in Arabia where he had visions from the Lord Jesus Christ himself talked to the Lord, where he was ordained an apostle ordained is the man that would write three fourths of the New Testament.
A man and but now we find him after he has been a product of world missions after he is taken the gospel to the known world. Now he finds himself in a jail cell. He finds himself locked in chains is in a jail and he's hearing people making fun of him about the gospel. Other say there's that preacher bears the apostle Paul bears that the Jesus man is the one who persecuted Christians. Now he's a holiness preacher. Well, he's hearing these things while he sitting in the jail cell, but notice what he says, verse six, Philippians 1. I love this and this ought to be one that you memorize this out of the one that you declare over your life. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it, network performance, better rendered complete he will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. This is unconfident even though I'm sitting in a jail cell. Even though I feel like I've fulfill the call of God upon my life, but nothings working out even though I feel like I've dedicated my whole life to the gospel. I dedicated my whole life taken up my cross and following Jesus, yet it seems like the whole world is against me. The whole world is upon my shoulders and the enemy is having his way with me. People are laughing. People are mocking, but he staying right here unconfident that God, who has begun a good work will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Another rendering of adverse is simply what God starts God will finish you believe that whatever God starts, he will finish it. Hallelujah I go Zachariah. This is the word that I have for my heart. Zachariah chapter are not sure get out. They want to get there. Zachariah, if I can find Zachariah. I believe it's really chapter 4. Yes, let's look at chapter 4 Zachariah chapter 4, the prophet of God.
He has visions one right after the other and we see in chapter 4 that he has a vision concerning the Holy Spirit concerning Israel concerning the body of Christ at the time not only for them but now prophecy always. There's always a lot of double reference so that means one thing at that moment we can use it for our day to two benefit from the promise of this prophecy solicited Zachariah chapter 4 verse one and he says the angel that talked with me, came again and he awakened me as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
Now here's here's what I feel. Here's what I feel for willing vessels is what I feel for the Christian church as a whole, not only America but around the world.
I feel like a great awakening is about to come here me this morning. I want to look at me like I feel like there's a great awakening coming not only to this church, but to this country and to the world now but when I say that you automatically think miracle signs and one you automatically think people getting out of wheelchairs automatically think raising the dead and all the lights camera action. The loud noise that the revival that we want to say but that's not the awakening I believe is coming. I believe the awakening that is coming is an awakening to true salvation people being changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ truly say truly born again. Listen miracle signs and wonders they have their season. They have their season. God uses them in seasons and cycles and we seen that my Bible tells me a revelation that, in the last days there would be a church that is Luke warm, not a church experiencing signs and wonders and a great revival. It says there will be a church that is lukewarm and Jesus says to the church, I stand at the door and I'm knocking and if any man will come in I will receive him onto myself. But the problem with having Pentecostal churches is that you have so many people trying to find the loud noise you have so many people trying to find the miracles you have so many people chasing the wonders so many big revival it pops up. Let's go check that out.
Well guess what it eventually ends doesn't it eventually gets goofy. It eventually gets shut down because you cannot say something that you can't find is like deer hunting with no deer anywhere thought telling you will be on a continuous chase to find that experience that you want to feel we have a generation is being raised up to feel something if it feels good. Let's do it.
If the music and the lights in the campus if it feels good.
Let's Inc. let's do it. Let's make it happen. And the Bible says in Judges that there arose a generation that knew not the Lord nor the work he did in Israel and it says every man did what was right in his own eyes they awakening that I believe is coming and were going to really hear the awakening that I believe is coming is going to be salvation of multitudes. I believe people are going to be truly and genuinely born again, transformed, regenerated by God's power because today is what I see in churches of salvation. I'm worried about. I'm worried about it because they'll say we had commitments today. What's a commitment policy and commitment of the church, a commitment to a commitment to want but when awakening comes people are transformed by the power of God. When you are transformed by God's power. Something within you pushes you to complete and fulfill the call that he has placed upon your life is right that's right as a pastor hundreds wonders not getting fed well. If there are several people getting Fred and you're not. The problem is not with the cook and go somewhere else.
You will get fed there either right. Sometimes we just isolate them and there are no witches that examine our own hearts examine our own lives and say, Lord, what is it that I'm after right so the angel talk to Zachariah and he says he was old and obviously I believe the church is getting ready to be awakened.
I believe the church in Stokes County, North Carolina, is getting ready to be awakened since County has ever had every kind of church every kind of movement every kind of revival and a ball, they've all gone. But here today I believe is willing vessels Christian center, but you are going to see genuine salvation. People who want to come to the foot of the cross and Satan. God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, who are going to be committed to the body committed to Jesus and committed to fulfilling the great commission is what I believe that's all I believe you will have to clap.
That's probably why verse two. I don't need that. I promise I deleted that so many people shout at me.
I don't need it.
I'm here to deliver his word and I want you to hear okay alright asserted verse two and he said unto me, what see us now and he said I said I have looked, and behold a candlestick of all gold that represents the church right there in Revelation. There's a golden candlestick representing the seven churches of Asia minor, which represent the completion of the church in our day. The body of Christ not notice it. Seven individual churches because not every church is the same. Not every church has the same mission. You may have the same vision but you may not have the same mission. I are several churches that was the people born again, but the way they go about it in the way they make it happen is a lot different is an but the seven represents completion now the candlestick of gold was also seen where in the tabernacle right in the temple in the tabernacle of Moses, there was a golden candelabra in the holy place. That was the only light that was in the whole place was if this was before the days of medicine.
This is before LED bulbs. This is before lanterns.
This was a time when all they had was the candlestick. It was the light in the darkness demand. The church is the light in a dark world. A man you don't want to look like, listen to me today.
You don't want to look like the world you want to light up the world a man all right so I saw candlestick to go with the bolt on the top of something to receive and his seven lamps thereon, and the seven pipes to the seven lamps which are upon the top thereof and to olive trees by one upon the right side of the bowl and the other upon the left side thereof so I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, what are these, my Lord and the angel to talk with me answered and said unto me, knowest thou not with the speak I said no and he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the Lord unto the ruble. Now listen so ruble you have to know who the ruble is right is a ruble and and and Joshua the high priest ruble being the governor when when Israel was trying to read the old the temple. They were trying to rebuild the body of Israel. They were trying to rebuild the people of God. They been allowed to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls under Nehemiah we read that right. But they were also allowed in given money given resources to rebuild the temple that was destroyed by the Babylonian Empire under the days of Jeremiah and Isaiah when when Israel was taken captive in the temple was destroyed, they they were given funds that were given resources to do it and and and bait you know what they started out well, but the people got tired because of what going fast enough. They started facing problems. The Babylonian and Assyrian governors and and the people of the world started telling them that they could not build the temple again and that they did not want them to build the temple again. So there was opposition lethargy fell in and it was years before they started rebuilding again but he said unto the not by might nor by power but by my Spirit saith the Lord of hosts that you tell me what is the most important word in that text.
No most important word is that in that text is the word by this is the ruble saying, not by might nor by power. In other words, might being intellectual ability down because I get people to come to church conferences to see how to grow a church and everything that they tell you come straight out of a business 101 class from the University every bit of it manipulating people to come to church, manipulating them to give manipulating them to feel good bodies like this are cut lights out a worship service. You think that just happened know it was a trend. It's a trend that works in the world. It's a trend that's worked in the church to get people loose and confused. The stuff isn't for the Lord so as not to be by might intellectual ability tactics, strategies to grow church strategies to build the church strategies to take up a better offer strategies to bring more people in the door that we have this mindset that growth is good, but always always so not by might nor by power. Power is our ability to make something happen so they were trying to build the temple with their intellectual ability. They were trying to build the temple like they built the first temple that were trying to protect or resurface areas on their own power that God instructed the instructed Solomon and inspired him by the Holy Spirit to build now Solomon's Temple was granted it was great. It was beautiful. It was like luxurious gold everywhere James.
It was a beautiful tabernacle was a beautiful place and they were trying to fashion it and remodel it like so but they couldn't do it within their own power.
Why because Solomon could not do it within his own power.
Everything that Solomon did God gave them the power to do it. See you can make revival happen. You can't trumpet up you can't you can't prime the button to get people to have revival based upon their feelings. Revival only comes by the divine hand of God, and he said if my people, which are called by my name will humble themselves and play and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways.
Did you hear what I said turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, there are a lot of churches in this country has acknowledged God once again, but would acknowledge God but we have failed to repent and failing to repent will not bring revival folks, you must repent, you must have a change of mind. You must have a change of heart. A man coming to the house of God is not a place for you to come so you can get energized for the week is a place for you to come so you can divvy out the gospel to somebody else church began to play the benediction. Why send you out here. That's when church we dance, what are you doing with the company people have. You want the Christ and your mother why you feel the way you do wonder why you don't want to come to church because you're not giving anything out. He's poured so much into you. You haven't given anything out so you find yourself just aimlessly wandering not really knowing what to do when he has called you to fulfill the great commission.
I promise you hear this church.
What he has started he will finish you believe that University says, but by my Spirit saith the Lord of hosts.
I don't know about you but I would love to see a Pentecostal revival and I mean a true Pentecostal revival, talk about the silliness. I'm not talking about the things it just died out after. I'm talking about a true Pentecostal revival, but we look at the day of Pentecost, the focus was not tongues, folks, the focus was preaching the gospel and 3000 people coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ we made it so much about the evidence we forgotten the product of the product of it was winning people to Christ. We get so caught up on the charismatic on the gifts.
I love the gifts we believe in the gifts. I thank God for the gifts and we believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe the evidence of speaking in tongues, but let me tell you something.
The product of that should be people coming into the kingdom of God, not for you to reach an apex of your experience with the Lord. But it is the Genesis is the beginning of your relationship with God. When you receive his empowerment is giving you that so you can go out and make a difference in somebody's life to hearing what I'm telling you today.
Verse seven marked out great mountain before is livable. Thou shall become a plain, and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof shall crying grace grace unto it was the mountain before the ruble. The mountain was opposition, the mountain was the enemy at work trying to deter your the work of God. Listen folks, when God is at work. Rest assure the enemies working overtime is working overtime is working overtime in your life and you want to quit working overtime this church you would not believe the call I got this morning from an individual who supposed to be a brother to me. As is not one occasion folks, this is my daily life.
You pour in the people you so when the people you give them your life a lot*with no other. They they get out of the ministry I see it now can only take so much right but I just had to say in my heart this morning that when God began to work. He will complete it. What I'm telling. If he begins it.
He will complete it.
He will finish unto the day of Jesus Christ and the fact that there's opposition. The fact that this trial, the fact that there's just an all-out attack and an assault on the people of God is the very evidence that God is at work just like was the ruble he couldn't get a bank loan to get a building to save his life and it was the leader. He was the governor. He was one of supposed to call the shots. It was one of us was to make something happen but he had opposition within and had opposition without but then he gets a word from the Lord right of the Lord and show up to me and Angel did appear in my room and say this will happen no you know what I'm doing. I'm standing on this right here is already given me the promise. I don't need an angel. I don't need confirmation.
I don't need somebody to give me a word I've already got a word because he told me if he began something and I committed unto him, he is faithful to finish it against that day a man and he will elected it will, it will do it and he shall so we we have to establish folks and identity of who we are dollar crosses ground and I see people who are part of this church you been here all the remedy. Visitors. But establishing identity as an independent church is very difficult to have the covering.
You have no you have nobody above you, you have no you as an adult denomination.
You have that coverage you have an umbrella you know what you believe what you see is what you get, you know what you're getting right with independent church. It attracts cookie people because they're the people that just go from place to place.
Right because they will implement their crazy theology and you don't have a covering, so they think they can do it anyone you don't I can't do it home buddy. Your point in the spirit now were taking care of the people of God is my job to watch after the sheep hear you I'm telling you, I want to protect you.
I want to help you. I will help you. I will help you fulfill the great commission, with the call on the gifts that God has placed upon your life is my desire. That's what I wanted but you have to be committed to a man, things get tough, don't quit, don't falter, don't don't run away, squared her shoulders like a tea rail and do what God has called you to do and don't you call it God if he hasn't spoken to you as taking the Lord's name in vain that you know the we think it's GD but they had come up with that when the 10 Commandments written you all for taking God's name in vain is saying.
He said something you when he really didn't say some of the new living by your emotions and your figures as taking the Lord's name in vain. Don't be that person. A man quit trying to get a word from God.
We spent so much time trying to prate to get a word of direction when you have it in your lap open that Bible and began to relate the thing a man is a good God is not by might nor by power, the so I want you to leave us today, not by might nor by power but by my Spirit saith the Lord of hosts. Whatever you do in your life wherever you go. Whatever call is placed upon you. Always remember your intellectual ability will not prosper icing businessmen start churches in the grade for time and now they no longer exist. You know why because they were doing it by the world's methods and they were doing it on their own might in their own power.
It will attract a crowd for a while but it will lastů Been in my whole life I've seen it in a note about is not by power stop by influence is not by political influence, but it's by his spirit.
Directing people calling people into the family of God, and God does not call you quit. He doesn't call you to give in. He doesn't call you to lay down and quit fighting folks. He does not call you to do that immense office called you to do something if he started it in you, he will finish it.
You believe that and you'll do it by his spirit is holy spirit. Listen, he has ordained folks unto eternal life and there's nothing that can hinder those people coming to the cross. All listen to me today so he's called you. He will complete the work that he started. That's why he says all things work together for the good of them that love God, who are the called according to his purpose who are the called according to his purpose. The called according to his purpose are those who come to faith in Jesus Christ and put their faith in the cross.
That's the called of the Lord Jesus Christ urinated on first crickets turned their I'm not finished screw this chapter 1, the blastoff first of this chapter 1 relatively versus your all I want you to understand who we are first rate is one and look at verse verse 17 the cross. The cross has become an emblem in our day. The cross has become the Catholics as a crucifix to rappers it's bling to Hayes jeweler it's a consumer product to make money with ornamental lies that, but in our car around our next sleep To do it on our bodies that we look at it as a universal symbol of love and that it is, however, it's also a symbol of suffering and shame. Nothing pretty about the cross. Nothing pretty about a man who's been unrecognizable. Isaiah said the beer was plucked from his face and that there was no beauty that we should desire and he took 39 lashes of Roman whip where Josephus the historian said that with each Lasher that whip pieces of flesh, size of a man's hand failed to the gap polish it. Most men did make it beyond that point they would go into convulsions. They were going to shock and they would die and then they put the cross upon his back. Miles on a rocky, dusty, Jagged Hwy., Via Dolorosa. The cross was a pretty but the cross in modern-day churches has become irrelevant, outdated, and something nobody wants to hear about. In fact, I had a preacher tell me if you can, certain parts of the country going to see a cross in the church building and told me to take one off will invest as one of Jesus died literature. We propose rather inexorably. This is this is this is the churches that you go to is not attractive. Galatians 614 pulses, God forbid that I should glory in anything except for the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ begins to carry that wooden binding beam Via Dolorosa. He doesn't have the strength to make it.
It collapses under the weight of it and I'm convinced in my heart. It wasn't the way to the cross, but it was the light of our sin and they call this African-American man out of the crown's a man, my brother, he would die from it.
We do not and I die for him and he carried the cross all the way to Golgotha and they nailed him to the cross.
Now I want us to read together.
I want you for drives on Colossians 1st Corinthians chapter 1 verse 17 this is our identity. This is who we are a willing vessel's Christian Center for Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel jump the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect, helpless, and I know the ministers out there, they can give it a discourse