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!
Father mentioned 1126 times in bible
Father= – chief, (fore-) father ([-less]), X patrimony, principal
Ephesians 3:14 So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.
SOMETHING CHANGES WHEN WE BECOME FATHERS
Gen 17:5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
TODAY’S SOCIETY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE MEN ARE NOT MEN
Pro_30:11 There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.
2Sa 17:10 And even he who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt completely. For all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are valiant men.
2Co 10:12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise
WE ARE PRIEST IN OUR HOMES
Lev_16:32 And the priest, who is anointed and consecrated to minister as priest in his father’s place, shall make atonement, and put on the linen clothes, the holy garments; HOLY SPIRIT CLOTHES US
Ephesians 3:14So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.
Gen 2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh
Eph 5:23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body Eph 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
Pro 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother
WHAT ARE PRIEST DUTIES
Psa 25:1 A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
Psa 25:2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.
Psa 25:3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
Psa 25:4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.
Psa 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
1 John 2:27 But the wonderful anointing you have received from God is so much greater than their deception and now lives in you. There’s no need for anyone to keep teaching you. His anointing teaches you all that you need to know, for it will lead you into truth, not a counterfeit. So just as the anointing has taught you, remain in him.
FATHERS BLESSING Gen 49:1 And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:
DID YOU GET YOUR BLESSING? A Father’s Blessing
We often hear about God’s love for us, and it is described as how a father loves a child.
Maybe for some of you it’s hard to grasp how a Heavenly Father can love you unconditionally when you never experienced that from an Earthly Father. Maybe your earthly father didn’t treat you or care for you the way a father should. Perhaps the image that comes to your mind when you hear the word “father” isn’t a pleasant one. Maybe you have experienced abusive behavior, neglect, harsh words, unmet needs, or other wounds from your father, or from a husband, or some other man you have been in relationship with.
A father’s relationship with his daughter is important because he’s the first man she’ll get to know in life. In other words, he’s the standard for what she’ll expect of a man and lifelong partner.
How many men have heard their father tell them “I love you” or “I’m proud of you”? When you think about your own father, what do you picture? What did he teach you?
I have good news … through the power of Holy Spirit, the Lord can go back and heal any of those wounds with His perfect love!
Please sit back, listen, and allow me to do two things … first allow me to say on behalf of all those men who may have ever hurt you, in whatever way … I’m sorry, forgive me.
And second, please allow me to speak this blessing over each of you …
A father’s role is to protect, to provide, to bless, and to establish his children’s identity. Maybe your father did that for you; maybe he didn’t.
Maybe he died before you were ready, or left you for some other reason such as divorce.
Perhaps he abandoned you …or abused you: sexually, …physically, …verbally, … or emotionally… perhaps you were molested by your father or someone he allowed to hurt you.
Perhaps he had nothing to do with you, was distant, removed and showed no interest in you.
Maybe he smothered you with so much attention that you haven’t been able to break away to be your own person…
Or he terrified you with his anger and rage.
Perhaps he blamed you for all his troubles, so that you suffered for things other people did to him …
Perhaps he blamed you for things that were not your fault at all.
Maybe he worked too much or played too hard and never spent time with you… missed your ball games or your school programs.
Maybe he spent too much time with you forcing to become the athlete or student you never wanted to be, reliving his life through you.
Perhaps he left you in the care of hurtful, dangerous people… Maybe he didn’t see or believe you when you went to him for help…
Perhaps he was just too preoccupied with himself to see anything you wanted or needed then. I really don’t know….
If you are willing to hear the words of a broken father speaking to you…. please close your eyes for a few minutes.
I realize I am not your father, but please allow me to stand in for him, and in the place of your father who may, or may not have said any of these things… please allow yourself to hear these words…
I ask your Heavenly Father to richly bless you in all the places I failed to bless you.
I ask the Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of His Cross and Blood, to set you free now from any harsh, hurtful, or cruel words that I said… especially the ones you keep remembering.
I ask the Lord to set you free from all the hurts and injuries you sustained from me or from others in whose care I placed you … both physical hurts as well as emotional hurts.
I ask the Holy Spirit to set you free from: rejection, heartache, disappointments, dreads, grief, fear or rage you cannot resolve.
And I as you to forgive me for any other struggles I may have caused you… May you be healed from being ignored by me…or overindulged by me.
If I ever made you feel worthless, less than adequate, or not good enough… I am deeply sorry and ask you to please forgive me.
May the Lord set you free from working so hard to please me when nothing ever would. May the Lord set you free from trying to get from me what I never had to give you … Please forgive me.
May the Lord set you free from blaming me for failing you… not because I need that, but so you can be free to grow … to receive … and to achieve … To be creative in ways you have not yet imagined… May the Lord give you all the things I was unable or unwilling to give you…
May the Lord guide you in ways I never could and grant you peace.
May the Lord free you from the effects of my addictions, my anxieties and my anger… especially if any of those have carried over to you.
May the Lord free you from feeling that you have to always be perfect or that you have to be what I expected you to be. I pray that God will help you to see that the hurt and pain I caused you came from my own childhood. Hurt people hurt people. It limited me, and I am so sorry if it has limited you.
I pray that God will remove from you any belief that you were not wanted…or loved.
I pray that you have no doubt that you are the gender you are supposed to be.
I pray that the Lord will release you from any unhealthy bond that you may have with me… I want you to keep all of the good that came from me, and give the garbage to God.
I’m so sorry. I pray you are able to find it in your heart to forgive me.
Let me decree and declare this over you …
- You are beautiful!
- You are unique!
- You are kind!
- You are worthy of love!
- You are powerful and strong!
- You are awesome!
- You are smart and funny!
- You are kind!
- You are forgiven! You are forgiven!
- You are a world changer!
- You are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ!
- You are a princess / prince of the Most High King!
- You are the head and not the tail!
- You are radically loved!
- You are a Mighty Woman / Man of God!
- You, yes you, are worth dying for!
My precious daughter / son… I love you. I am so proud of you. I am so glad you were born. Take flight … soar into the heights of God’s destiny for you… be blessed, In Jesus name!
Gen 2:9 And out of the ground Jehovah God caused to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food. The tree of life also was in the middle of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Gen 3:22 And Jehovah God said, Behold, the man has become as one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.
Exodus 20:19 And they said to Moses, You speak with us, and we will hear. But let not God speak with us, lest we die.
John 14:16-20 And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you. “I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans—I will come back to you! Soon I will leave this world and they will see me no longer, but you will see me, because I will live again, and you will come alive too. So when that day comes, you will know that I am living in the Father and that you are one with me, for I will be living in you.
John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you
John 16:7But here’s the truth: It’s to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away the Divine Encourager will not be released to you. But after I depart, I will send him to you
Act 1:1-9 Just before he ascended into heaven, he left instructions for the apostles he had chosen by the Holy Spirit. After the sufferings of his cross, Jesus appeared alive many times to these same apostles over a forty-day period. Jesus proved to them with many convincing signs that he had been resurrected.
During these encounters, he taught them the truths of God’s kingdom realm and shared meals with them.
LAST THING SAID TO THESE PEOPLE!
Jesus instructed them, “Don’t leave Jerusalem, but wait here until you receive the gift I told you about, the gift the Father has promised. For John baptized you in water, but in a few days from now you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit!” Every time they were gathered together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is it the time now for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He answered, “The Father is the one who sets the fixed dates and the times of their fulfillment. You are not permitted to know the timing of all that he has prepared by his own authority. But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces —even to the remotest places on earth. Right after he spoke those words, the disciples saw Jesus lifted into the sky and disappear into a cloud!
Act 2:1-4 On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned .
John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me, the works that I do he shall do also, and greater works than these he shall do, because I go to My Father.
1Co 12:1For example: The Spirit gives to one the gift of the word of wisdom.
To another, the same Spirit gives the gift of the word of revelation knowledge.
And to another, the same Spirit gives the gift of faith.
And to another, the same Spirit gives gifts of healing.
And to another the power to work miracles.
And to another the gift of prophecy.
And to another the gift to discern what the Spirit is speaking.
And to another the gift of speaking different kinds of tongues.
And to another the gift of interpretation of tongues.
Remember, it is the same Holy Spirit who distributes, activates, and operates these different gifts as he chooses for each believer.
WHAT IF PEOPLE DON’T AGREE?
Rom_14:14-18 I know and am convinced by personal revelation from the Lord Jesus that there is nothing wrong with eating any food. But to the one who considers it to be unclean, it is unacceptable. If your brother or sister is offended because you insist on eating what you want, it is no longer love that rules your conduct. Why would you wound someone for whom the Messiah gave his life, just so you can eat what you want? So don’t give people the opportunity to slander what you know to be good. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of rules about food and drink, but is in the realm of the Holy Spirit, filled with righteousness, peace, and joy. Serving the Anointed One by walking in these kingdom realities pleases God and earns the respect of other!
Heb 4:9-10 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Doesn’t really matter it is all about being filled with Him
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.
Acts 2:37-41 When they heard this they were crushed and realized what they had done to Jesus. Deeply moved, they said to Peter and the other apostles, “What do we need to do, brothers?”
Peter replied, “Repent and return to God, and each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of the gift of the Holy Spirit. For God’s promise of the Holy Spirit is for you and your families, for those yet to be born and for everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
Peter preached to them and warned them with these words: “Be rescued from the wayward and perverse culture of this world!”
Those who believed the word that day numbered three thousand. They were all baptized and added to the church.
WHAT IF I
THINK OF ALL THE WHAT IF’S
WHAT IF I BELIEVED
John 6:28-29 They replied, “So what should we do if we want to do God’s work?”
Jesus answered, “The work you can do for God starts with believing in the One he has sent.”
James 2:19 You can believe all you want that there is one true God, that’s wonderful! But even the demons know this and tremble with fear before him, yet they’re unchanged—they remain demons.
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!
WHAT IF I LISTENED
Mat 13:9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
John 10:27 My own sheep will hear my voice and I know each one, and they will follow me.
John 10:20 Many of them said, “This man is a demon-possessed lunatic! Why would anyone listen to a word he says?” MORE THAN ONE VOICE
1 John 4:1 Delightfully loved friends, don’t trust every spirit, but carefully examine what they say to determine if they are of God, because many false prophets have mingled into the world.
WHAT IF I ACTED
James 2:18 But someone might object and say, “One person has faith and another person has works.” Go ahead then and prove to me that you have faith without works and I will show you faith by my works as proof that I believe
Jas 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Mark 16:15 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.”
WHAT IF I TRUSTED
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
Pro 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 We carry this confidence in our hearts because of our union with Christ before God. Yet we don’t see ourselves as capable enough to do anything in our own strength, for our true competence flows from God’s empowering presence. He alone makes us adequate ministers who are focused on an entirely new covenant. Our ministry is not based on the letter of the law but through the power of the Spirit. The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit pours out life.
WHAT IF I MISS IT
Proverbs 24:16 For the lovers of God may suffer adversity and stumble seven times, but they will continue to rise over and over again. But the unrighteous are brought down by just one calamity and will never be able to rise again.
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.
WHAT IF I FOLLOW
Luke 9:23-24 Jesus said to all of his followers, “If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’ as your own, and surrender to my ways. For if you choose self-sacrifice, giving up your lives for my glory, you will embark on a discovery of more and more of true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will lose what you try to keep.
Isa 55:12 “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Matthew 19: 29 For anyone who has left behind their home and property, leaving family—brothers or sisters, mothers or fathers, or children—for my sake, they will be repaid a hundred times over and will inherit eternal life.
SEEDS OF DOUBT
Deu 28:66 Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life.
DOUBT=to separate thoroughly, that is, to withdraw from, or oppose; figuratively to discriminate , hesitate: – contend, discern, doubt, judge, be partial, stagger, waver.
WHAT HAS GOD CALLED YOU TO DO?
Jesus calls disciples to Feed the Five Thousand
Mar 6:37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” “Are you sure?” they replied. “You really want us to go buy them supper? It would cost a small fortune to feed all these thousands of hungry people.”“How many loaves of bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” After they had looked around, they came back and said, “Five—plus a couple of fish
DOUBT, FIRST THOUGHT!
Pro 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he who keeps the law, he is blessed.
SEEDS OF DOUBT
Mar 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Mar 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them
Mat 6:25 Therefore I say to you, Do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 Behold the birds of the air; for they sow not, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them; are you not much better than they are?
Mat 6:27 Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature?
Mat 6:28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not toil, nor do they spin,
Mat 6:29 but I say to you that even Solomon in his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30 Therefore if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much rather clothe you, little-faiths?
Mat 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32 For the nations seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
Mat 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow shall be anxious for its own things. Sufficient to the day is the evil of it. Anxious 5X
1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love.
LACK OF PROVISION
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
BUT= BEGINNING to UNDERSTAND TRUTH
Mar 6:7 And He called the Twelve and began to send them out by two and two. And He gave them authority over unclean spirits,
Mar 6:8 and commanded them that they take nothing in the way, except only a staff; no bag, no bread, no copper in the belt,
Mar 6:9 but tying on sandals, and not to put on two tunics.
Mar 6:10 And He said to them, Wherever you enter into a house, abide there until you depart from that place.
Mar 6:11 And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
Mar 6:12 And they went out and proclaimed that men should repent.
Mar 6:13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed many who were sick with oil, and healed them.
Philippians 3:13 My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before,
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD
NO MATTER WHAT IT IS YOU ARE DOING OR GOING TO DO, DOUBT CAN’T BE FOUNDATION
Rev 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, you have kept My word, and you have not denied My name.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS AND FRUITS
EVERYBODY HERE HAVE JESUS AS LORD IN YOUR LIFE?
Rom 10:8 But what does it say? “The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”; that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim;
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.
EVERYBODY FILLED WITH HOLY SPIRIT?
Acts 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.
Acts 2:3 And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed; and it sat upon each of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
LETS REVIEW WHAT HOLY SPIRIT DOES
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
WE NEED START WITH IMPARTATION AND THEN TEACH!
John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things whatsoever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Have you heard good preaching? Don’t try to preach like someone else!
2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
PREACH LIKE HOLY SPIRIT INSTRUCTS YOU!
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. = LACK OF KNOWLEDGE Operating in gifts of flesh
1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols(A VIEW), even as ye were led.
1Co 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; HIGHER WISDOM MORE THAN MAN
to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; A KNOWING IN YOUR SPIRIT=science how it works
1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; A BELIEF, ASSURANCE
Romans 12:3, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; A CURE 1Peter 2:24 by his stripes
1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; MIRACULOUS POWER
to another prophecy; PREDICTION OF FUTURE OR EVENTS
to another discerning of spirits; UNDERSTANDING OF SPIRITS GOOD AND BAD
to another divers kinds of tongues; LANGUAGES WHO HAS TONGUE NOW
to another the interpretation of tongues: TRANSLATION OF LANGUAGES
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Mar 16:15 And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel(FRUIT OF GOOD NEWS) to all the creation.
Mar 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Mar 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;
Mar 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.
Romans 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—
IT IS TIME…………… WE ALL DO THE STUFF! YOU ARE FILLED WITH HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS GIFTS……..THEN DO AS HE TELLS YOU TO DO!
2Timothy 3:1-7 Know this also, that in the last days grievous times will be at hand. For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, false accusers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these. For of these are those who creep into houses and lead captive silly women loaded with sins, led away with different kinds of lusts,ever learning and never able to come to the full knowledge of the truth.
John 12:37-40 But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they did not believe on Him, so that the saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they should not see with their eyes nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”
1st THEY WOULDN’T, THEN THEY COULDN’T
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape, like a dove on Him. And a voice came from Heaven, which said, You are My Son, the Beloved; I am delighted in You.
WHY A DOVE = SENSITIVE TO SPIRIT
Luke 4:1-2 And Jesus, full of Holy Spirit, returned from Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness forty days, being tempted by the Devil. And in those days He ate nothing. And they being ended, He afterward was hungry.
Luke 4:13-14 And when the Devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him for a time.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee. And a report went out throughout all the neighborhood concerning Him.
WORD GETS AROUND
Luke 4:15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
Luke 4:16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And, as His custom was, He went in to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read.
WHAT IS YOUR PATTERN?
Luke 4:17-19 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And unrolling the book, He found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Acceptable=seize, now is the time to get it
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.
1Corinthians 15:33 But don’t fool yourselves. Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. “Bad company ruins good manners.”
SOMETIMES IT’S FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND CHURCH PEOPLE!
Rom 8:11-13 It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
Rom 8:12 So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent.
Rom 8:13 There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life.
WE HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE FLESH OR SPIRIT!
Acts 20:22 And now, behold, I am going bound by the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall happen to me there,
Act 20:23 except that Holy Spirit witnesses in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me.
Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus Christ, to testify fully the gospel of the grace of God.
Php 3:13 My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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.
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.
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