Sunday, August 8th, 2021
Our God is alive! "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) It is in Him that we place our trust. When you are sure of Him, then your faith hangs on more. We must have respect and fear for this God. He has never forsaken us. "The Lord is slow to anger and rich in lovingkindness" (Numbers 14:18) With Him, we have the certainty of achieving the purpose for which He has called us.
This name is very important. When the disciples asked the Lord how to pray, He told them, "This is the way you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6: 9-10) "Simon told how God first looked upon the nations to choose from among them a people to bear his name." (Acts 15:14) "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10: 13) This Name is necessary, God insists on it. The word of the Lord came to me, saying, "What do you see, Jeremiah? And I said, 'I see an almond tree branch. And the LORD said unto me, Thou hast seen well; for I have kept my word, to do it." (Jeremiah 1:11-12) God is watching over something: His Word. We must be careful to receive what comes from God. When you are distracted when the Word comes out, there is an emptiness inside. You are not interested, you open the door to the enemy. "The evil one comes and takes away what has been sown in his heart" (Matthew 13:19) Everything we see on this earth will go through the fire. The world can run for it but not the children of God. Let's focus our time on the useful, necessary things in our lives. We must remove the routine. When we come to the House of God, we must pay attention.
This Name must be known. When Peter and John were asked about the healing of the helpless man, they were clear: "There is salvation in no other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) "How then shall they call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear of him, if there be no preacher? And how shall there be preachers, if they are not sent? (Romans 10:14-15) They are sent so that the One who sent them may be known. The One who saves, who heals, must be known. "How beautiful are the feet of the preachers of peace, of those who bring good news! (Romans 10:15) "Do not be afraid; for I bring you good news of great joy for all the people, that today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) His Word is not interpretation but only His Word. We must be sure that when He comes, He will not find us naked but well clothed. We don't have to teach God, but He has to teach us. We must let God work and take control in all areas of our lives.
When Jesus had to leave, He prayed for the disciples. "I made your name known to the men you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me; and they kept your word... For I gave them the words that you gave me; and they received them, and they truly knew that I came forth from you, and they believed that you sent me." (John 17:6 and 8) No interpretation, nothing was taken away, nothing was added but simply the Word. "Sanctify them with your truth: your word is truth. (John 17:17) "I do not pray for them alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." (John 17:20-21) God's desire is that we all be one.
"Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:20) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In the beginning it was with God. All things were made through him, and nothing that was made was made without him. In it was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1: 1-4) God sees to it that it is simply his Word that is transmitted to His children. That is why the channel used cannot be the choice of men because the message will be diluted. The power is in this Word. God is very demanding in the choices He makes. False servants attract crowds but the servant sent from God does not. The Sanhedrin drew crowds but Jesus had only a few. When God acts, man does not like.
We are already included in this prayer that He has addressed to God. Those who are in this age and have received the same Word as the apostles, then you are happy.
"Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough for us. Jesus said to him, "I have been with you so long, and you have not known me, Philip. He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? (John 14: 8-9) "Who do people say that I am, the Son of Man?" (Matthew 16:13) "Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah; for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 16:17) God was in Christ, therefore all the fullness of the Godhead in Jesus Christ! "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8) Human thinking cannot understand this. It was God in the form of a human body. The Almighty God on earth, but no one could recognize Him because He was veiled. Man wanted to see this God they were praying to. God could not send anyone else because the glory belongs to God. We cannot worship anyone else. That is why God became man. May God open our eyes so that we can see as He sees. For this we must come out of our carnal side. God wants to lift you up higher. The flesh must return to dust, that's why God raises you up so that you can have control over all things. You become a god. You have dominion over all things. Satan is carnal, down to earth. Satan distracts you because he knows that if you hear the Word, then it is all over for him. "These are the signs that will follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons. (Mark 16:17) You have the authority. God has given you something: power over all the powers of the enemy. "Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, I give unto you" (Joshua 1:3). "My righteous man shall live by faith" (Hebrews 10:38) Every day, it is faith that drives you. I am righteous because He has justified me. Faith is a gift from God: I believe, then it becomes real.
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15) Adam was created in the image of God and Christ is the last Adam. When a man gives birth, he is said to be a son of man. But Adam was a son of God. The nature of God was seen in him. "But to all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave power to become children of God" (John 1:12) You look for the Father, you find him in Jesus; you look for the Son, you find him in Jesus; you look for the Holy Spirit, you find him in Jesus. We have justification, then sanctification and finally, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: that's when you find yourself in the body. What is this body called? It is the body of Christ. We all become one in Jesus Christ. The Bride of Christ is Christ Himself. "I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; now I am leaving the world and going to the Father. (John 16:28) "And as we have borne the image of the earthly, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly." (1 Corinthians 15: 49) You are no longer seen, but Christ is seen!
God will achieve this unity with you or without you. This unity will not happen, but it already exists. We must be in that unity. We need to know where we are today with God and what time period we are in.
Before the Messiah could come, there first had to be the fulfillment of certain prophecies. God is a God of order. John said, "I," he said, "am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said." (John 1:23) "Likewise, when you see all these things, know that the Son of Man is near at the door." (Matthew 24:33) We need to know what these things are. You think you have years left before the coming of the Lord. You are playing with your destination. God is good and He does not want man to die, but what is your desire in your life? If your desires are attached to the things of the world, then your destination is hell. It is not God who sends you to hell, but you yourself who sets the path. Hell was never created for man, but for Satan and his fallen angels. But if you go to hell, it is because you love hell. Your walk on earth already shows the difference. The actions you take show that you love hell. The Samaritan woman, even though she was a prostitute, her inside did not want that. God sees your heart. God spoke to Cain. Cain argued, he justified himself. A son of God, when he is in error, he recognizes it and submits. If God can't correct you, how are you going to do it?
When we are in the House of God, everyone becomes holy. But when you are seen outside, let the same thing be said! We have a great responsibility. God wants us to learn in the House of God to shine outside.
A man who complains about his wife all the time, does not love his wife. That is not of God. If God gave you that, you can never talk like that. Get on your knees and pray! "Love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8) God sees every pain and suffering you endure. "I have seen the suffering of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard the cry of their oppressors, for I know their sorrows." (Exodus 3:7) Marriage is a place of happiness, not a place of weeping.
While Paul was preaching, there was a man who came to disturb, Paul said "Man full of all kinds of deceit and fraud, son of the devil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, and for a time you shall not see the sun. Immediately darkness and gloom fell upon him, and he groped for guidance. (Acts 13:10-11) This is the time of Grace but God is Just too. We, the people of God, who walk in the light, await the return of the Lord. "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you be not partakers of her plagues. (Revelation 18:4) God Himself speaking and taking out a people from among the nations. God calls individuals. The Shepherd walks and the sheep follow. "The doorkeeper opens to him, and the sheep hear His voice; He calls the sheep that are His by name, and leads them out. (John 10:3) When He comes for His sheep, none can stay. "... until all the Gentiles have entered. (Romans 11:25) The sheep do not know the way, so they follow the Shepherd. If you are one of His sheep, do you see the Lord before you? If the sheep does not see the Shepherd, it will eat anywhere and everything. But when you follow the Shepherd, then He leads you into green pastures. He is the Good Shepherd. "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27) "They will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers." (John 10:5)
If you have gone out, you must continue to see Him! It is His Voice that shows He is there. You have heard His Voice. You identify His presence by His Voice. So what is the Voice that you have heard? The sheep always listen to the Voice of the Good Shepherd. You can have the greatest ministry, have all the power, but you can never save. No apostle has been able to save anyone. "For without me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) Man must recognize who is the author of his happiness. There is only one Savior. Every heart, every soul must rest on the one Savior. You must put your trust in that Savior and in Him alone.
"I will remove you from among the nations" (Ezekiel 36:24)
Jesus Christ is kept in heaven until the restoration of all things. Without restoration, He cannot return. "Elijah will come first and restore all things. (Mark 9:12) In restoration, there are 2 steps:
The Word of God must be placed in its proper place.
This Word must then restore you
The believer must be restored. The Bride must take her place as Bride. "Therefore the creation waits with eager longing for the revelation of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19)
We are in the gathering phase. God brings you out, then gathers you and then restores.
2 Trumpets: one to gather, and one to go.
There are many angels but only one trumpet. All the servants of God must proclaim one Word. The people of God must be gathered. All the churches that are on the left or on the right are for what? This is the time when God gathers.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
This is the trumpet for departure.
There can be no restoration without gathering. If we don't have the same gospel, how are we going to have the same heart?
God does not seek to change your heart but He seeks to remove your heart. For you to be like God, you must have a new heart.
1 Samuel 10:2-6
Into what man, what nature will he be changed?
1 Samuel 11:4-7
When the Spirit came, authority came. The same Saul, a plowman, when the Spirit came upon him, he put on the authority of a king, for he was anointed for it. When Saul disobeyed God, the Spirit left and he became like he was before.
When you receive this Spirit, Satan can no longer have the upper hand because God lifts you up. "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) When God has changed you, you no longer have a taste for worldly pleasures. Tastes and desires have changed. It is a new creation, not a change. It is the new birth. It is no longer the same person.
Restoration is bringing the thing back to its original position. If you see the bones, there was a body. The Word of man cannot change, we need the Word of God. This man must repeat what God told him, not something else.
The bones have come together, this is the gathering. Then the restoration can begin. We have had the Word restored, but God is gathering his people to be restored.
I will put my Spirit in you, that is, the Holy Spirit. In what are we restored? "In him God chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him" (Ephesians 1:4) No one can be born again who has not existed before. You return to your condition. Judas could not be born again because he was of the evil one. Only the sons of God can be born again because we were in Him. We are the attributes of God on earth.
There are false ones who have received the anointing, but only the pure seed will benefit from the rain of the last season. There is only one God, only one Lord. At the restoration, the Bride will speak and the thing will be accomplished. When the Bride speaks, it is God who speaks because the Bride is in the Bridegroom.
This is the time of the gathering. "Where will it be, Lord? And he answered, Where the body shall be, there shall the eagles be gathered." (Luke 17:37) God's purpose is that we should have one heart, we should love one another. We have a Father who has given us authority, we have authority over all things. Let us not tremble any more, let us not fear any more. You have the authority. Be strong.