ENCOUNTER THE CROSS
The ENCOUNTER THE CROSS was started in World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with Pastor Larry Stockstill. Dorman Duggan at New Life Restoration in Hereford, Texas, and a group of people from that congregation were seeking how to do home groups. In this process we discovered the Encounters and started them as part of the base path to leadership. Part of the World Prayer Center congregation came to Hereford and trained us how to start them in our area. We did Encounters for five years in the Hereford area and saw many people saved and set free.
Then God called us to Lubbock in 2000, and we started the Encounters in the Lubbock area. God has blessed this effort as we are now doing five Encounters a year in the Lubbock area. Curtis Ward is doing four per year in the Sweetwater area. We have trained leaders in South Africa, Thailand and Transnistria as well, where people are being blessed. Our format is with men and women sitting in equal table groups, where discussion can happen after each talk. This is where most ministry takes place, as people share personal experiences of how the Great Exchange has exchange them. All of the talks are directed to who Jesus has paid for us to be through the Holy Spirit. Come join us to see what Jesus has for you!
I WILL ARISE
Luk 15:17 “Humiliated, the son finally realized what he was doing and he thought, ‘There are many workers at my father’s house who have all the food they want with plenty to spare. They lack nothing. Why am I here dying of hunger, feeding these pigs and eating their slop? I want to go back home to my father’s house, and I’ll say to him, “Father, I was wrong. I have sinned against you. I’ll never be worthy to be called your son. Please, Father, just treat me like one of your employees.”’
WE NEED TO SEE MORE SPIRITUAL GIFTS IN ACTION
A CHOICE HAS TO BE MADE
1Co 2:12 But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.
1Co 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one. (JESUS)
1Co 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Jos 24:15 “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship GOD, then choose a god you’d rather serve–and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship GOD.” (Message)
I WILL ARISE!
Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you
ARISE = TO ABIDE, TO STAND UP, TO ACCOMPLISH, ESTABLISH
Pro 24:16 for a just one falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked shall fall into evil.
Eph 5:14 Therefore he says, “Awake, sleeping ones! And arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.”
Rom 6:5-6 For since we are permanently grafted into him to experience a death like his, then we are permanently grafted into him to experience a resurrection like his and the new life that it imparts.
Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power.
1Jn 2:20 But the Holy One has anointed you and you all know the
1Co 2:1 -10 My brothers and sisters, when I first came to proclaim to you the secrets of God, I refused to come as an expert, trying to impress you with my eloquent speech and lofty wisdom. For while I was with you I was determined to be consumed with one topic—Jesus, the crucified Messiah. I stood before you feeling inadequate, filled with reverence for God, and trembling under the sense of the importance of my words. The message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sway you with persuasive arguments but to prove to you the almighty power of God’s Holy Spirit. For God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in his almighty power. Wisdom from God However, there is a wisdom that we continually speak of when we are among the spiritually mature. It’s wisdom that didn’t originate in this present age, nor did it come from the rulers of this age who are in the process of being dethroned. Instead, we continually speak of this wonderful wisdom that comes from God, hidden before now in a mystery. It is his secret plan, destined before the ages, to bring us into glory. None of the rulers of this present world order understood it, for if they had, they never would have crucified the Lord of shining glory. This is why the Scriptures say:
Things never discovered or heard of before,\ things beyond our ability to imagine — these are the many things God has in store for all his lovers.
But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit. Yes, he has revealed to us his inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit, who constantly explores all things
WHAT ARE THE DEEP THINGS?
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
CULTURE OF HONOR
CULTURE = CREATE ATMOSPHERE FOR GROWTH
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GROW? KINGDOM CULTURE GATHERS AROUND THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD. WHAT YOU DO WITH HOLY SPIRIT EFFECTS ALL AROUND YOU TO A HIGHER LEVEL
Isaiah 64:1-2 Oh that You would tear the heavens and come down, that mountains would quake before You, as the brushwood fire burns, the fire causes water to boil, to make Your name known to Your foes, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
HIGHER LEVEL WHEN HE WAS BAPTIZED
Luke 3:21–22 One day Jesus came to be baptized along with all the others. As he was consumed with the spirit of prayer, the heavenly realm ripped open above him and the Holy Spirit descended from heaven in the visible, tangible form of a dove and landed on him. Then God’s audible voice was heard, saying, “My Son, you are my beloved one. Through you I am fulfilled!
John 1:32 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.
EVEN HIGHER LEVEL WHEN HE DIED
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; GOD IS OUT OF THE BOX 6IN CURTAIN
CREATE CULTURE OF HONOR ….DEVIL IS NOT WORTHY OF MY ATTENTION
Matthew 6:33 “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.
WHO DO YOU RUN TO IN TIMES OF TRIALS
Isaiah 4:5-6 Then the Lord will create over all the mount of Zion and over every gathering a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night. And all this manifestation of dazzling glory will spread over them like a wedding canopy. It will be a tabernacle as a shade from the scorching heat of the day and a shelter to protect them from the storm and rain.
ONLY GOD WILL LEAD YOU TO VICTORY
Matthew 13:22-23 “The seed sown among weeds represents the person who receives the message, but all of life’s busy distractions, his divided heart, and his ambition for wealth result in suffocating the kingdom message and prevent him from bearing spiritual fruit. “As for the seed that fell upon good, rich soil, it represents the hearts of people who hear and fully embrace the message of heaven’s kingdom realm. Their lives bear good fruit—some yield a harvest of thirty, sixty, even one hundred times as much as was sown.”
WORD = DEVIL ALWAYS BRINGS OPPOSITION
Matthew13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them.
NO POWER EXCEPT WHAT I GIVE YOU
1Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,” nor has it entered into the heart of man, “the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
CHANGES CULTURE AROUND US
Luke 4: 16-20 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been raised, he went into the synagogue, as he always did on the Sabbath day. When Jesus came to the front to read the Scriptures, they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and read where it is written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, ‘You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun.” After he read this he rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the minister, and sat down. Everyone stared at Jesus, wondering what he was about to say. Then he added, “These Scriptures came true today in front of you.
JESUS CHANGED THE CULTURE TO BE FILLED AND OPERATE IN THE SPIRIT!
1Corinthians 12:11 But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing separately to each one as He desires.
Romans8:11-14 Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you! So then, beloved ones, the flesh has no claims on us at all, and we have no further obligation to live in obedience to it. For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste his abundant life.
Sons and Daughters Destined for Glory
The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 6:8-9 The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self – life into this natural realm, you can expect to experience a harvest of corruption. If you plant the good seeds of Spirit-life you will reap the beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit. And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!
Act 17:6 , “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
Philippians 3:13-14 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus!
Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
PRESS PASS THE NEGATIVE
2 John 1:7-8 Numerous deceivers have surfaced from among us and gone out into the world, people who will not acknowledge Jesus Christ coming as a man. These deceivers are antichrists! Be on your guard so that you do not lose all that we have diligently worked for but receive a full reward.
THEY PUSHED PAST NEGATIVE!
Daniel 3:16 – 17 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
WE ENTER THAT PLACE WITH JESUS
John 15:4 So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.
Hebrews 4:10-12 As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. So then we must give our all and be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.
For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. And may your entire being—spirit, soul, and body—be kept completely flawless in the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. The one who calls you by name is trustworthy and will thoroughly complete his work in you.
WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?
Proverbs 29:18 When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.
1 Corinthians 2:2 For while I was with you I was determined to be consumed with one topic—Jesus, the crucified Messiah.
Mark 15:16-18 And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.”
Philippians 2:14 Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves
Matthew 25:23 “Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you were faithful to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Come celebrate with me!”’
IS YOUR PAST HOLDING YOU FROM THE BLESSINGS OF GOD?
APPLY THE GOSPEL AND BE FREE!
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
POWER VS POWER
MATTHEW 10:1 And when He had called to Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
2. TYPES POWER 1. ABSOLUTE= TRUTH 2. SUBJECTIVE=FEELINGS, IN OUR OWN POWER
Luke 8:24 And they came to Him and awakened Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing! Then being aroused, He rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was calm. SUBJECTIVE POWER
Luke 9:13 But He said to them, You give them something to eat. And they said, We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people. SUBJECTIVE POWER
Mar 9:18 And wherever he seizes him, he dashes him. And he foams and gnashes his teeth and pines away. And I spoke to Your disciples that they should cast him out, and they could not. SUBJECTIVE POWER
Matthew 14:29 And He said, Come. And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30 But seeing that the wind was strong, he was afraid. And beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me!
Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him; and said to him, Little-faith! Why did you doubt? SUBJECTIVE POWER
Acts 1:24 And they prayed and said, You, Lord, knower of all hearts, show which one You chose from these two,
Act 1:25 to take the share of this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell, to go to his own place.
Act 1:26 And they gave forth their lots. And the lot fell upon Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. SUBJECTIVE POWER
2. ABSOLUTE- TRUTH
a value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things.=force ,specifically miraculous power – ability, abundance, meaning, might , (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
ACTS 1:8 But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth. ABSOLUTE POWER
Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee. And a report went out throughout all the neighborhood concerning Him. ABSOLUTE POWER
John 6:19 Then having rowed about twenty-five or thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the ship. And they were afraid.
(4 MILES) ABSOLUTE POWER
Act 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. And the same day there were added about three thousand souls. ABSOLUTE POWER
Act 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. ABSOLUTE POWER
Act 2:1 And in the fulfilling of the day of Pentecost, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly a sound came out of the heaven as borne along by the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed; and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. ABSOLUTE POWER
Act 2:15 For these are not drunk as you suppose, for it is the third hour of the day.
Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:
Act 2:17 “And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
Act 2:18 And in those days I will pour out My Spirit upon My slaves and My slave women, and they shall prophesy.
Act 2:19 And I will give wonders in the heaven above, and miracles on the earth below, blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
Act 2:22 Men, Israelites, hear these words. Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by powerful works, and wonders and miracles, which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know,
POWERFUL= specifically miraculous power
GOD IF IT IS YOUR WILL TO HEAL.. NO POWER, IT DOESN’T MATTER, IT’S OK, AND I CAN LIVE WITH THIS! I SAY THIS BECAUSE I’M WALKING IN SUBJECTIVE POWER
BY HIS STRIPES I AM HEALED… ABSOLUTE POWER
KNOW IN YOUR KNOWER!
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!
HOW WILL WE KNOW?
1John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,” nor has it entered into the heart of man, “the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1Co 2:10 But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of man within him? So also no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Eph 3:8 This grace is given to me (who am less than the least of all saints) to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ among the nations,
Eph 3:9 and to bring to light what is the fellowship of the mystery which from eternity has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ;
Eph 3:10 so that now to the rulers and powers in the heavenlies might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Eph 3:11 according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;
Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through His faith.
Eph 3:13 For this reason I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Eph 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15 of whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named,
Eph 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
Eph 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height,
Eph 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
GRACE EMPOWERS IN US
3 WAYS TO KNOW
Romans 10:17 Then faith is of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession, so that you might speak of the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
DARKNESS TELLS YOU CAN’T KNOW
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He has sent.
1John 5:13 I have written these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have everlasting life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Romans 10:17 Then faith is of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, doubting nothing. For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.
James 1:7 For do not let that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord;
James 1:8 he is a double-minded man, not dependable in all his ways.
CAST THAT DOUBLE MINDED SPIRIT OUT
1John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and you have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
I AM LIST
- I am confident for “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).
- I am prosperous for “My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19)
- I am fearless for “God has not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7)
- I am faithful , for “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3)
I am strong for “The Lord is the strength of my life” (Ps. 27:1) and “The people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits” (Dan. 11:32)
- I am more powerful than the devil for “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world” (I Jn. 4:4)
- I am victorious for “God always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus” (2 Cor. 2:14)
- I am blessed with wisdom for “Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto me wisdom” (I Cor. 1:30)
I am healthy, for “With His stripes I am healed” (Is. 53:5); and Jesus “Himself took my infirmities, and bare my sickness” (Matt. 8:17)
- I am carefree, for “Casting all my cares upon Him; for He cares for me” (I Peter 5:7).
- I am free from spiritual bondage, for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17); my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19)
- I am free from condemnation, for “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
- I am full Act 2:4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
We welcome in 2019
we look forward to all Holy Spirit has for us. We would like to thank all that partnered with us
to make last year a total success in Jesus.
Mark 16 15-18 is just as true now as when it was written; And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.”As we reflect back and hear the testimonies from not only here in America, but all over the world, about how Jesus has saved, healed and set people free. We know in the last days Jesus will be the only thing to hold onto, and people are searching and finding all they need in Jesus. Let us keep these in our prayers!
The year 2019, I couldn’t find anything real good to rhyme with teen so I’m just going to go with God’s will for our lives. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. When we walk in His righteousness we walk in His character, then the opinions and love from the world fall off of us.
Our Schedule for 2019 starts with a Youth pastor’s conference in Medellin and Pastor Leo and Silvana Grisales of Jump ministries. We have formed a great partnership with this ministry and are excited to pour into the men and women. Medellin is in revival and we love being a part of what God is doing in this city. This is the 5th year we have joined them and been blessed as God is moving in the ministry and this country. Keep us in your prayers as we move forward.
We will be returning to Cuba this year. This will be my second trip to this country and we are expecting greater works! This country lives under socialism and are much oppressed. They have government healthcare, education, and $ 30 per month, and the pesos is 1- 1 value. But they are praying for freedom in Sprit, soul, body and government. These men and women trust God in a very special way!
In July we will be returning to Medellin to hold a pastors conference. This will be our 5th year with these men and women. Our first meeting started with 20 pastors and their wives. Now we are meeting with 150+pastors and wives. We have been blessed to be a part of this move of God, they welcome us as family!
Our final trip will be to Tanzania to see Pastor Solomon and hold a pastors conference in Arusha. God has been pouring out His favor on these churches and we see growth more each time we visit! These men and women work for the Lord and see His hand on may lives. It is always an honor to work and see the Kingdom of God advance! Keep us in your prayers as we full fill the great commission that Holy Spirit has instructed us. Thanks again for you support and prayers!
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EVER THOUGHT, IT AIN’T WORKING
Ecclesiastes 5:5-6 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay. Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands?
WHAT ARE WE SAYING……YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS
FAILURE, DISAPPOINTMENTS, FRUSTRATION
Jeremiah 15:18 Why is my pain perpetual And my wound incurable, Which refuses to be healed? Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, As waters that fail?
Philippians 3:13-14 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.
DOUBT & UNBELIEF
Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Mark 16:14 Then Jesus appeared before the eleven apostles as they were eating a meal. He corrected them for having such hard, unbelieving hearts because they did not believe those who saw him after his resurrection.
DON’T GIVE UP!
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Romans 8:18-19 I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters
Romans 8:28-30 So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose. For he knew all about us before we were born and he destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son. This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like him. Having determined our destiny ahead of time, he called us to himself and transferred his perfect righteousness to everyone he called. And those who possess his perfect righteousness he co-glorified with his Son!
Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.
John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work you can do for God starts with believing in the One he has sent.”
STOP STINKING THINKING
1Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 John 2-15-17 Don’t set the affections of your heart on this world or in loving the things of the world. The love of the Father and the love of the world are incompatible. For all that the world can offer us—the gratification of our flesh, the allurement of the things of the world, and the obsession with status and importance —none of these things come from the Father but from the world. This world and its desires are in the process of passing away, but those who love to do the will of God live forever.
WALK IN FREEDOM
1 John 2 : 12-13 I remind you, dear children: your sins have been permanently removed because of the power of his name. I remind you, fathers and mothers: you have a relationship with the One who has existed from the beginning. And I remind you, young people: you have defeated the Evil One.
1John 4:4 Little children, you can be certain that you belong to God and have conquered them, for the One who is living in you is far greater than the one who is in the world
ALL THINGS NEW!
Last time we talked the fire! What did you let burn up in your life?
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. And may your entire being—spirit, soul, and body—be kept completely flawless in the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. The one who calls you by name is trustworthy and will thoroughly complete his work in you.
HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN!
WHERE IS THE VICTORY OVER THE PAST?
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
WE ARE MADE IN HIS IMAGE…. 3 PARTS
1ST PART= SPIRIT
John 19:30 When he had sipped the sour wine, he said, “It is finished, my bride!” Then he bowed his head and surrendered his spirit to God.
2nd PART =BODY
1Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
3rd PART SOUL = MIND WILL AND EMOTIONS
Matthew 26:38-39 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand
Romans 10:8-10 but what does it say? “the word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
WHEN WE STEP INTO NEW…… WE STEP INTO COMPLETE PEACE !
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Romans16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
1Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me
Matthew 6:9-15 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly
ABUNDANTLY= – exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, advantage, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more,
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
James 3:18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Galatians 2:20 “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!
Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
WHERE ARE YOU TODAY? HAVE YOU MADE THE EXCHANGE OR YOU STILL LIVING IN THE PAST?
PRAYER OF EXCHANGE
GO INTO THE WORLD
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation. GOSPEL = GOOD NEWS….. ISAIAH 53
Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. BAPTIZED= POINT OF GREAT EXCHANGE
Mark 16:17 And miraculous signs will follow to those believing these things: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak new tongues;
Mark 16:18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will be well.
Mark 16:19 Then indeed, after speaking to them, the Lord was taken up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Mark 16:20 And going out, they proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word by miraculous signs following. Amen
Gal 3:27 For as many as were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ.
3 THINGS TO SURRENDER TO HOLY SPIRIT
Pro 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
1Peter 5:5-6 In the same way, the younger ones should willingly support the leadership of the elders. In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because:
God resists you when you are proud
but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble. If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, he will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in his hands
2. ANXIETY= DISTRACTIONS FRUSTRATIONS
1Peter 5:7-9 Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith. For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure
3. CARES OF THIS WORLD
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace vs:7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can it be.
Luke 8:5 “A farmer went out to sow seeds for a harvest. As he scattered his seed, some of it fell on the hard pathway and was quickly trampled down and unable to grow and became nothing but bird seed. Some fell on the gravel, and though it sprouted it couldn’t take root; it withered for lack of moisture. Other seed fell where there was nothing but weeds. It too was unable to grow to full maturity, for it was choked out by the weeds. Yet some of the seed fell into good, fertile soil, and it grew and flourished until it produced more than a hundredfold harvest, a bumper crop.” Then Jesus added, shouting out to all who would hear, “Listen with your heart and you will understand
PLANT IN GOOD SOIL, IN YOU, AND OTHERS.
4 THINGS TO EXPECT
1. POWER Act 1:8 But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
2. MIRACLES Act 3:6 But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!
John 14:12“I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father!
3. GRACE.. Eph 2:8 For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ!
2Corinthians 5:13-17 If we are out of our minds in a blissful, divine ecstasy, it is for God, but if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again. So then, from now on, we have a new perspective that refuses to evaluate people merely by their outward appearances. For that’s how we once viewed the Anointed One, but no longer do we see him with limited human insight. Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.
4. EVERLASTING LIFE.. 1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and He has given us an understanding so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him that is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and the everlasting life
THIS IS THE GOOD NEWS
Encounter 2019 Dates
Jan 18-20 Marion and Mindy Rushing
Mar 29-31 AShley Shelton
June 7-9 Cecil & Lori Morris