Breakthrough Touching the Heart of God It’s Time to Pray! Healing comes when the Church Prays, United Prayer. Acts 4:24 – Praying with one accord. Let the Walls Come Down. Push through, let go, remove the Barriers between ourselves and God.
<ul><li>As a snowball starts its way down a snow covered hill, it begins to grow in size. On its way down it hits an obstacle (Rock, Trees). The impact causes the snowball to divide, still going down but separate. Each obstacle can divide causing more separation, each possibly growing in size on their way down. It comes to the point where all reach rock bottom. At that point all power of movement is lost it becomes ineffective and filled with debris from the travel down. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The church losing sight of God and filled with Pride and Self Will can find itself going downhill. Divisions caused by wrong relationships, bad teaching and many other things become obstacles to one church, one body. It may seem to grow but growth is unstable. A church can only go so far before it reaches rock bottom and becomes powerless, ineffective and no longer one. The debris of its fall being the only remaining things. A church filled with resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness and rejection. </li></ul>
<ul><li>To start moving the snowball up hill again, first it is needed to clear the debris and then mould it together. God wants to take His Church back; He needs to remove the debris. He needs His people to commit themselves to Him and to allow themselves to be moulded together as one Church. </li></ul>Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
<ul><li>To start moving the snowball up hill again, first it is needed to clear the debris and then mould it together. God wants to take His Church back; He needs to remove the debris. He needs His people to commit themselves to Him and to allow themselves to be moulded together as one Church. </li></ul>Surrender ALL Past Regrets Present Problems Future Ambitions, Dreams Fears, Hurts, Weaknesses, Habits, Pride, Selfishness Pre-conceived Ideas
<ul><li>As the snowball is moved up hill it grows in size. As the church is lifted by God it too shall grow. As the sun melts the snowball, water flows onto the valley below giving freshness of life. As the Lord Jesus Christ reigns in His Church then the Living Water of the Holy Spirit shall flow from His Church to the unsaved and the land around. </li></ul>
On one side of a crevasse stands the church. On the other side the lost, those not knowing God, those not even realising they need God, but crying out for help. The church in some way oblivious to the cries, caught up in themselves and how they see things and how they choose to help, not seeing the real need and not meeting the real need. The Cry For Help
People run away not so much from God but our perspective of God, our failings, our unreality. Let us take off our masks and become real to God, real to each other and real to those outside in need and crying out for help. Be Real
‘ I Love them and I gave my Son to save them. I am not far from any one of them. They could hear the gospel message and respond, and their lives could be changed. I want you to share my compassion and reachout to them – Not with cold professionalism, but with tender mercy.’ Towards the Lost Tender Mercy This word I believe anointed of God comes from the book written by Terry Virgo, Weak Men, Mighty God. How true the words are.
We Have a Choice We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it , but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Romans 7:14 -19 OLD nature or NEW nature? The Struggle Within This is from a Word for the Day written for UCB
Sound Familiar? Jacob and Esau <ul><li>Rebekah enquires of the Lord: </li></ul><ul><li>The babies jostled each other within her and she said, “Why is this happening to me? So she went to enquire of the Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” Genesis 25:22-23 </li></ul><ul><li>Even though God has redeemed you and made you His child, you still have two natures within you wrestling for control. What is the answer? The oldest (your flesh) must submit to the youngest (your new nature). </li></ul>
Who will win? The one you feed, protect, and develop most! For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law; but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:22-25
We ALL can go to the Throne of Grace with Confidence Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
An Expression of Love <ul><li>God’s Promise in the Nails: </li></ul><ul><li>I Forgive You. </li></ul><ul><li>Between Jesus’ hand and the wood of the cross there was a list. A long list. A list of our mistakes. God has penned a list of our faults. The list he has made, however, cannot be read. The words can’t be deciphered. The mistakes are covered. The sins are hidden. Those at the top are hidden by his hands; Those down the list are covered by his blood. Your sins are “Blotted Out” by Jesus. </li></ul>
I Really Love You <ul><li>This is why Jesus refused to resist the nails. He saw the list of your mistakes between his hand and the wood of the cross! This warrant, this tabulation of your failures. He knew the price of those sins was death. He knew the source of those sins was you, and since he couldn’t bear the thought of Eternity without you. </li></ul><ul><li>He chose the nails. </li></ul><ul><li>(Max Lucado - He Did This Just For You) </li></ul>
He Forgave ALL Our Sins <ul><li>Colossians 2:13-15 </li></ul><ul><li>When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. </li></ul>
Should We Settle For Less? Don Francisco once said... <ul><li>Satan works overtime to keep Christians from knowing who they are, and what they are capable of. Every single born again Christian is capable of the same things Jesus did and even greater things. So many times we have been convinced to settle for less. </li></ul><ul><li>The gifts and the calling of God is without repentance. He has chosen you. He has chosen you to go and bear fruit, that your fruit might remain, eternal fruit. </li></ul>
The Great Commandment <ul><li>Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. </li></ul><ul><li>With that </li></ul><ul><li>Love your neighbour as yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 12:30 </li></ul><ul><li>Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. </li></ul><ul><li> Matthew 6:33 </li></ul>
Is for……….... Joy Givers There’s one who is. Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach good news, and to set the captives FREE. Jesus Givers - Are We?
Is for………….... Examples There’s one perfect example Your Attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5 Are We Living Examples?
Is for……………... Sacrifice There’s one who did. At the Cross ALL hopes, dreams and future ended. Nothing more than to die to self. Will We Be Obedient at All Cost?
Is for……….. Uniqueness There’s one who was and is unique. We ALL are special, chosen and unique. ALL are Called. Do We Know Our Uniqueness?
Is for………………………... Safe There’s one who always protects. Immanuel God With Us. If God is for us who can stand against us. Do We Know His Protection ?
Jesus answered, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life John 14:6 <ul><li>Our bodies are like buildings. In that building are many rooms. Some Clean and dusted. Some with cobwebs and a layer of dust, but some are locked where no one can enter. Our spirits long to be free, but there is only one way out into the light and that is through one door at the top of a flight of stairs. To go through that door, the first step is a BIG step. </li></ul><ul><li>Let us not forget... </li></ul>
God’s Temple and a Wise Builder <ul><li>Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? </li></ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians 3:16 </li></ul><ul><li>I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 6:47-48 </li></ul>
The Heart of the Matter Life and Power through The Fragrance of God’s Love The Light of God’s Truth The Nourishment of God’s Word “ Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7
A New Heart <ul><li>I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. </li></ul><ul><li>Ezekiel 36:26-27 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Come to the still, still waters. Step into the clear, pure water. By faith follow the way of the Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and Perfecter of your faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 12:2 </li></ul>
Jesus Calls Us <ul><li>“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 11:28-30 </li></ul><ul><li>Find your rest in Him. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Come in and allow Me to plant you deep in the ground. That ground being of My Love, Truth and Word. </li></ul>
<ul><li>I delight Myself in My garden as I walk between the lilies and watch as you grow into beautiful flowers, pure and white tendered by My Loving hands, watered by the Living Water of My Spirit. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Like a blanket of snow in winter, white and gleaming in the sun light so will those who blossom in My garden, ever shining ever giving a fragrance worthy for My Glory. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Stand firm in the ground I have planted you for there are those who would form their own gardens. The ground in which they grow is an unstable ground, a ground of self and pride. Watch also that you do not pull yourselves out of My garden, but in all situations and circumstances remain in the ground of My Love, Truth and Word, giving all to Me. </li></ul>
<ul><li>As a butterfly flies between the flowers, receiving nourishment from the flowers, others shall come to you to receive nourishment from you. The fragrance of My Love, the Light of My Truth and the nourishment of My Word will draw them. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Come into My garden, remain in My Love, Truth and Word where there is Peace evermore. </li></ul>
As the sun rises so does My love for you. As the sun melts snow on a snow covered hill, so My Son melts your heart, from it coming freshness, life and power through My Holy Spirit. Draw near to Me and I shall draw near to you. James 4:8
<ul><li>As God looks down from the Heavens, He seeks those He loves, not to remain distant as the stars in the sky, but close, walking side by side. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus, looks down, seated at the right hand of God, reminding us He triumphed, and His authority and power is eternal. Through Him we have that same, Given authority. </li></ul>
<ul><li>As an early morning mist covers the hills taking away sharpness and clarity of sight, so to those who seek Me, nothing is clear, but all is there. </li></ul><ul><li>Although you see not clearly, I am there, for I have said, </li></ul><ul><li>“ I will never leave you or forsake you.” </li></ul><ul><li>And that, “I am Faithful.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>As the tips of the trees reach for the sky, bathing in the sunlight, raise your arms in surrender and allow Jesus to bathe you in the warmth of His light, bringing growth as you live in His truth. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to God, and Outreach to others. </li></ul>
Rise UP! “ Let My People Go!” “ Jesus Is Alive!” and be Counted Prepare the Way of the Lord Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. Isaiah 62:10 Light the Fire! Son Holy Spirit Father
Be Encouraged, Yours Mike Murphy God Loves You Numbers 6:24-26