Opposing forces to the God vision in your heart


1. God still speaks through vision and dreams. And he will speak through a prophetic people. 
Joel 2:28-32

28   And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 

29   And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 

30   And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 

31   The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 

32   And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. 

2. God is activating the spiritual senses of his people. We must exercise these senses to become mature in Christ. 
Hebrews 5:11-14

11   Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 

12   For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 

13   For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  

14   But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.   
3. You will have opposition but that is how you will prove his overcoming power 
John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 
I’m gonna tell you something that’s going to take place but I’m going to tell you this ahead of time because if you will get in me you will have peace. If you stay in me nothing will be missing nothing will be broken….you will be whole… you will remain whole
You can typically tell when God is about ready to do something great….there comes a band of resistance. 
Oppositions

For Abraham it was the land of his fathers

For Moses it was pharaoh 

For Elijah it was Jezebel 

For Jesus it was the religious rulers of the temple 

For Paul it was numerous perils and sometimes prison.  
Cultural wars 

Babylonian culture

Zion culture
Jeremiah 50:10

And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD. 
Chaldea- Jordan,Syria, Iraq

Spoil is the oil 
Genesis 15:7

And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 
4. Come out from among them. God could not bless Abraham or make a covenant with him as long as he lived in the culture of Babylon. 
Jeremiah 50:44

Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?  
He is Babylon 

Her is zion

Dreams
7/22/17

I had a dream that I was building a house and I could not find anyone to build the foundation. I had people to do the framing the roof the interior work but no one wanted to lay the foundation. 
There is no glory in clearing the land

There’s no glory in excavation 

There’s no glory in a hole in the ground. There is no glory in the footer. No casual observer drives by a house and says “wow that’s an awesome foundation. Those concrete blocks just look great.”
The house represents vision. There are many people to finish vision but it’s hard to find someone to plant a vision. 
The thumb of the 5 fold ministry gifts is the apostle. The church planter. 
Jeremiah 1:5-10

5   Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  

6   Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 

7   But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 

8   Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 

9   Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 

10   See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. 
6. The apostles job is more than digging and planting. It is also excavating. 
Rooting out- there are some deep issues of the past that need to be rooted out. 
Pulling down- there are some lofty attitudes and ideas. Some prideful things some spiritually elevated strongholds that need pulled down 
Destroy- there are some things that are controlling and influencing. Some things that are pulling away your focus from truly being the worshipper of God that you are called to be. 
Throw down- previous structures that look nothing like the plans that God has for you. (sometimes a good renovation is ok…other times the whole thing needs to come down.)
Today we are going to do some excavating.  

7. We can’t build without him

Co laborers. The spirit works with us confirming with signs
Psalms 127:1

..Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:…
Naturally. 

The foundation of this ministry is the youth – 40 years old 

Bearing fruit in a field of tares. 

Matthew 13:24-30
24   Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 

25   But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 

26   But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 

27   So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 

28    He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 

29   But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 

30   Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 
You are a chosen generation- you are a race made of different races
Church folk like to get around other church folk that believe like they believe that talk their language. 
Most of the time in your life will be spent around Gentile’s…among the unbelievers. 
We must learn to live an upright life in a world of sinners. 

1 Peter 2:12

Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.  
Some Christians want to live right among the church folk but when they get into a crowd of Gentile’s they forget that they’re Christians. 
When you’re in the church you feel the need to act right because you know the other Christians are going to judge you on your behavior. But when they get out into the world….the world’s not going to judge you on your Christian behavior they’re going to except you for who you are not who you pretend to be. So those that don’t live uprightly naturally feel more comfortable in the world then what they do in the church. So, are you most comfortable when you are surrounded by the Gentiles? is that who you really are? What kind of a Christian are you? Are you faking it in church or are you faking it in the world?  
God doesn’t want us to be faking it at all. The church needs to be more companionate and the Christian needs to be bold enough to live right in the world of tares.

Maybe a small bunny trail here…a notable side note:

(Christian, are you Judging to condemnation or are you discerning to edification. 
Think about The Speck and beam parable.  

You need to judge your own Motivation and spirit behind the analyzing of another brothers conduct and the heart. 

Are you wanting to help or condemn that person?)
Tares were planted while the church was sleeping. 

Vs 25   But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 
While men are sleeping life goes on

Sleeping men – unconscious, powerless, insensible- they don’t know nor do they care about what is going on. 
Why is it that we are not seeing a revival. Why is it that the enemy is coming in and bringing destruction to our lives to our cities?

It is not because of our governmental situation. It is not because of our economical situation. It’s not because of our educational situation. 

It is because of our ecclesiastical situation. 
It’s because the church is full of apostates. From the pulpit to the pew we have forsaken what we know. What we have identified as The church are people 

Who know to live better than they’re living

Who know to pray better than they’re praying. Who know to watch better than they’re watching and to give better than they are giving. And to fear better than they’re fearing. 
What are Tares?

Anything that opposes healthy growth and fruitfulness in the people of God. May be opposition that is fleshly, mentally, or spiritually 
Spiritual opposition

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    
Soulish opposition

Mark 4:18-19

18   And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 

19   And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  

-Cares of the world

-Deceitfulness of riches

-Lusts of other things. 
Fleshly opposition 

-Sinful men- wicked and unrighteous men and women may vex your soul as lot who lived in Sodom. 

-A religious spirit- controlling religious leaders- some of your greatest opposition will come from those who claim they are doing the work of God but are operating in a spirit other than the Holy Spirit. 
Acts 17:5-6 Religious leaders moved with envy, hand in hand with the lewd and assaulted the house of God’s righteous in hopes to stop those that are turning the world upside down. 

So we understand what Tares are. We understand the Christian dilemma. We are planted among the tares and there is no escape until the final harvest. 

Since there will be tares until the time of reaping, we cannot use tares as an excuse for an unfruitful lifestyle. 
So how do you bear fruit in a field of tares?
Only the strong survive!

1. Make good use of every beam of light- the word is the light

Receive study and Process the word of God. 
Receive the revival in your own heart

Acts 17:11 Berea- received the word with readiness of mind searched scriptures
2. Drink in every drop of rain

Live in the blessing, the refreshing spirit of God
Gods blessing is upon the righteous 

Walking in His Favor 
Favor- a special attention or preference shown, gracious acts of kindness with rights and privileges granted. 
Who qualifies for God’s favor?

A. Those who are in covenant with him.  

      Genesis 12 

b. The righteous 

      1 Peter 3:12

C. Those who are merciful and speak the truth. 

      Proverbs 3:3-4. 

D. The repenting sinner seeking salvation of the lord. 

3. Fight for your position…give up no ground to your enemy. You must not give any position of opportunity to the devil.

Their is a great cloud of witnesses but there is also an adversary seeking to destroy. You must have a healthy balance of reality. 

Take heed lest you fall

1 Corinthians 10:12

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 

How to Live and be Ready for the Rapture of the church. 

How to Live and be Ready for the Rapture of the church. 
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

15   For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  

16   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise 

17   Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

18   Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  
Spiritual Preparation & Spiritual Perception…

1. Spiritual preparation 
Matthew 25….10 virgins
They all knew the bride groom was coming
Half of them missed it
What was in common 

They were all expecting his coming 

They all had equipment

They all gathered in the same place

They all heard the call

They all arose to meet him. 

Until close to the end they all look the same. You couldn’t tell who was going to make it and who wouldn’t. 
He took the wise in and then he shut the door. 

There was no second boarding call. 
There is no second shuttle- there’s no I’ll get you next time I come around.  

What was different ?

What they were watching was the only difference 
Matthew 25:13

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 
5 wise watched up and watched in

5 foolish watched up but not in. 
Many people are suffering from split focus. 

Their eyes are on many things
These foolish people would say I know that he’s coming I know that he’s coming soon I want to be ready when he appears. I am watching for him yet they are not watching with both eyes. 
They were watching up but not in. 
The foolish virgins allowed the oil of their life to dry up. Their flame went out. That which testified of their salvation that which set them apart from the darkness of the world. The light of their spiritual life went out. 
The sad thing is is that they didn’t even recognize it until his appearance. They became so comfortable living in the dim and then in the dark. 
You must watch for him and be ready at his appearance. For when he calls we must have attention upon him and upon our own spiritual condition. 
Preparation has to be made

People always prepare for what is important to them
The foolish virgins showed up at the right place but they were unprepared 

If someone shows up unprepared you can tell the level of priority that they put into what they do. 

Luke 21:34-36

34   And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 

35   For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

36   Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 
Watch and pray- they may say they’re watching they may say they’re praying but if their entire focus was upon being ready they would have noticed they didn’t have enough oil to sustain. They might have been watching halfway but they did not pay attention to the contents of their own spiritual condition.  

2. Spiritual perception 
We must become spiritually aware 
Revelation 1:10

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 
There is a difference between being in the spirit and in the flesh. 

Most Christians fluctuate between the two
The Bible says that we are not just to be occasionally in the spirit, But we are to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. 
Walk in the spirit not in the flesh

Galatians 5:16-18

16   This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  

17   For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 

18   But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 
How did you get the spirit?

How do you walk in the spirit?
Galatians 3:1-5

Did you Work hard or hear faith?

You begin with hearing faith 

You mature with hearing faith
If salvation came through hearing faith

The walking and the working of the gifts of the spirit come by hearing faith. 
We must be aware of our spiritual existence
Visual Illustration 
We are a spirit

We possess a soul

We live in a body
Our body has five senses. 

Sight hearing smell taste touch

These five senses are processed through our mind and our memory. 
In the same way our spirit also has senses. 

The senses of your spirit are also processed through your mind and memory. 
What you do in the body affects your mind and spirit
What you do in the spirit affects your mind and body
The language of the head is logical. Reasonable practical makes sense

It is Structured – left brain

The language of the heart is creative spontaneous inspirational full of design -right brain
There is a natural creativity and there is creativity enhanced by the spirit
Art and music is a release of the creative part of your brain. The release of such can be very spiritual. Can originate from the spirit. It can be Godly or it could be demonic. 

The spirit gives impressions, spiritual feelings, spiritual vision, spiritual thoughts. 
Some people have trained themselves to ignore that which did not come to them logically. 
The spiritual person learns and practices. He work on discerning what has come from his spirit what has come from his own emotions and what has come from the devil. 

The Jews use to cover their head with a shaw to pray. By doing this they shut out many of their natural senses. This would help them to focus on their spiritual sense
Watch to see what the Lord will speak to me

Habakkuk 2:1

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.    

We must be spiritually prepared and have spiritual perception to walk in the spirit and be ready for his appearance. 

Fighting spiritual regression 

Some will Depart from the faith 
1 Timothy 4:1-5

1   Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 

2   Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

3   Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 

4   For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 

5   For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 
The world is in a continual state of decline. 
Satan the god of this world is a downward force. Below are the steps Satan takes to gain total control of your life. 

Regression. – leaving your state of righteousness and returning to bondage. 

Repress – your desires for God 

Suppress– your praise and your prayer life stifling your expression of life. 

Depression– he will bring you into a state of depression sapping all spiritual and mental energy. You start to waste your life

Oppression – torment your mind you will have a hard time shaking off ungodly desire

Obsession – control your thoughts continually 

Possession -loose all control of curtain capacity 

Regression is the first sign that the enemy is at work. 
You must fight it aggressively 
1. Filled with the spirit and the word 

Combat the Seducing spirits doctrines of Devils with praise and the word
The word is a sword only in your mouth
2. We must maintain a forward vision

We must live the truth. Speaking lies in hypocrisy Don’t look back- 

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.   
3. Reject the culture of the world. 

They Forbid to marry and eat meat. 

We must separate our life from the culture of the world. In America it is hollywood that sets the worlds culture but it is the church that sets the Christian culture. We cannot allow the worldly culture to set the Christian culture. 
By Reaching forward and pressing toward perfection in Christ Jesus. What are you reaching for?

Philippians 3:12-14

12   Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 

13   Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 

14   I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

From Glory to glory

We are the Head not the tail

We lead and have authority 

We are more than conquerors 

Released from stronghold, and all enemy control. 

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3   For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 

4   (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  

5   Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  

6   And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 
1. You must realize we are in a spiritual battle. We are in conflict against specifically the kingdom of darkness. 
There are two kingdoms….God’s and the devil’s
Matthew 12:25-30

25   And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 

26   And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 

27   And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 

28   But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 

29   Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 

30   He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Ephesians 6
2. Is The Devil’s kingdom at work in your system?
Satan has no power over the spirit. Any authority he may have is only over the natural system.   
Suggestive authority- he has the power to make suggestions to you. 

Delegated authority- he is able to operate only as far as you have given him authority to do so. 
The devil works in the flesh 

The Flesh– sarx- natural, physical, sensual nature. The flesh Is the operating system that Satan desires to work in. 
Satan (who’s name means opposition) works in the flesh realm, through strongholds, imaginations, and thoughts. 
Do not sit idle and allow him to work in your life you must wage warfare against him. 
War-strateuomai- strategic battle, military contending soldier against carnal inclination. 
3. How do you wage this warfare?

 You must pull down – violently to destruction- Strongholds and cast down- by non violent force-imaginations, high things, and thoughts. all of which exalt itself against the knowledge of God
Strongholds– ochyroma-castle, fortress, anything on which you rely. Fortified positions of belief. 
Imaginations-logismos- reasoning or conscience that is hostile to your Christian Faith …..in other words your faulty belief system. 
High thing-Hypsoma- high barrier
Thoughts-Noema-every mental perception. Divisive intellectual disposition. 

Revenge-ekdikeo- to make right and bring justice. 

Be ready to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 

You overcome Satan’s work in your life by renouncing his work,repenting, and obeying Christ. 

I choose this day to release myself from every stronghold every imagination every high thing and every thought that is contrary to the truth that I know in Jesus Christ. I repent of every sin of commission and omission. I repent of all participation in rebellion which is as the sin of witchcraft, and of all the other involvement in occult practices. In the name of Jesus I align myself with the truth of God’s word. And from this day forward I will strive to honor the Lord’s commands and make right the wrongs that I have participated in. 

Breaking Limitations 

The Spirit of God in the Old Testament time would come upon individuals for a certain work and then left again. 

Moses had a great portion upon him. He divided this portion among 70 others. 

Elijah had a portion and Elisha had a double portion. 

When Jesus was baptized in the spirit of the Lord rested upon him and he began to be led by the spirit into the wilderness and onward into his ministry with power. 
  Jesus had the fullness of the spirit without measure. 

..…No limitation……
John 3:34

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 
2 Peter 1:2-4

2   Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3   According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4   Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 
We have the opportunity to walk in the fullness of the Spirit without limit as well.  

Wouldn’t it be great if all of God’s people lived a life without any limitation in the kingdom of God. 

*We would walk in absolute health and administer healing to all around us. 

*We would walk in absolute freedom from Satanic oppression and administer deliverance to all around us. 
*We would walk in the fullness and in the abundance of God’s blessing, and we would be a blessing to all around us. 

How do you live a life unlimited in that which is Godly?
Satan’s desire is to limit your effectiveness in God’s kingdom. 

1. You must first recognize the difference between 

the kingdom of God 

and the kingdom of this world
And there is a difference. 

In fact there is a great contrast The Bible likened it to light and darkness. 
The contrast is so great it is impossible to get the two confused.  
2 kingdoms 

2 authorities

2 lifestyles 
2 Corinthians 4:4

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 
Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.  
Para– perish- to cast off all restraint and run wild. No restraint. they have no limitation In the world’s Kingdom of darkness. Unbridled passion, no conviction no standard, anything goes. 

The more you limit your involvement in the kingdom of darkness. The more limitations are removed in the kingdom of light. You have the freedom to walk in the fullness of God. 

Esher– happy- happily blessed

The more you limit your involvement in the kingdom of God the more unlimited we will live in the world. 

2. Friendship with the world enemy of God
James 4:4-10

4   Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5    Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?   6   But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7   Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8   Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9   Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10   Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 
The world- earthly rule, inhabitants of the earth, earthly affairs, earthly possessions, earthly pleasures, that seduce you away from God
These things that seduce you – this is the giveaway that it is of the world and not of God. 
**As a virus affects the operating system of a computer. 

Satan’s demonic spirits desire to operate within and against your operating system. 

We must Bind Every unclean spirit operating in your system, in your body and your mind and your emotions in your attitude in your finances in your occupation and your family
Satan Wants to limit your effectiveness in Gods kingdom.  

Limitation on your spiritual growth

Limitation on your peace and joy

Limitation on your prosperity
3. It is good when God is for us

Romans 8:31-37

31   What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32   He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33   Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34   Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36   As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 

Break the destructive cycles of life and release the limitations. 
The cycle of behaviors 

The cycle of failure 

The cycle of limitations 

Staying the hand of the destroyer 

Applying The blood of Jesus 

Jesus is the Lamb of God applied to your hearts
Exodus 12:21-24

21   Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.  

22   And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 

23   For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 

24   And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 
Redeemed

Cleansed 

Justified

Sanctified

Fullness of life

John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 

1. You only have one life you should live it well. Your life should be abundantly lived. 
Have you ever seen someone who lacked in life? They had no vigor- it’s like the light has gone out- they were living and breathing but they were dead man walking. 
God’s people have the light inside of them, and fullness of life. There is no lack of life to the believer. If you’re a believer and you lack life you do not understand what is available to you. 

2. God wants us to prosper 

3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  

Situational prosperityProsperity looks different in different areas and in different situations

People prosper differently on a farm than in a city. 

They prosper differently in Africa than in America. 

To prosper simply means to move up
. If you go from having to walk everywhere to getting a bicycle you’ve prospered. 
Prosperity is relative to each situation
There is also

Situational poverty

Poverty looks different in different areas and in different situations as well. 
The poor woman who lived in a shoe had so many children she didn’t know what to do. Someone might say she’s poor because she has so many children how was she supposed to feed all those mouth’s
To the righteous they are a blessing from the Lord. 

Psalms 127:3-5

3   Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 

4   As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 

5   Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.   

The poor in America look much different than the poor in Nicaragua. In Nicaragua the poor live in the dumps fighting for the scraps as the refuse truck pulls in. 

3. Prosperity comes from the blessing of redemption but poverty comes from the curse of sin. 

Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  

2   But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

3   And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  

Psalms 32:1-2 A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  

2   Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity (does not hold iniquity against him), and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Deceit)

Both prosperity and poverty are a mindset. The way you filter every situation mentally. The way you process every situation you encounter. 

New heart -new mind -new attitude -new walk
Walk- 

1)To regulate one’s life

2)To conduct one’s self

3)To pass one’s time in occupying one’s life

Ephesians 2:1-3

1   And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 

2   Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 

3   Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  
Poverty is a destroying spirit

He provides a way to escape the corruption – that which destroys and decays spoils. 

2 Peter 1:3-4

3   According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  

4   Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

4. God is interested in the poor
He is interested to deliver them

The poor are mentioned 204 times in the Bible 

Psalms 112:4-9

4   Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 

5   A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.  

6   Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 

7   He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 

8   His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 

9   He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 

Continuance -the lost virtue 

 Continuance -the lost virtue 
Many things in life can be a wonderful blessings. Things that are not completed often don’t show the full beauty. 
Example: 

-you may have a nice haircut but if you’re Barber quit halfway what would you think about it then?

-The plans for a new house in the computer animated design might look beautiful but if the builder quit halfway you will never experience the fullness of the beauty. 

-A painter and his mines I can see the picture he is wanting to paint but if he stops halfway no one else will be able to see it. 
Ecclesiastes 3:11

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: . 

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  
God will not quit on you don’t quit on Him!

Don’t start and stop your Christianity. 
1 John 1:5-10

5   This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 
Light – pure and brilliant. You cannot alter the character ,contaminate, or dilute light. It can be shaded, bent and twisted, split and broke down. But what ever you do to it does not actually change what light is at the source. 

Light- is powerful and overcomes darkness. You cannot turn on the dark you can only turn off the light. When the light is present, darkness must flee. 
6   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 

7   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 
There are two words in these verses that I want to expound on; Fellowship and walk. 
Fellowship 

What is fellowship?

Is it more than a gathering together in the same location. It Is more than eating a meal together
Fellowship – koinonia. Contributory help participation and communion (koionia) What is shared in common is the basis of fellowship. 
What you share in common is the foundation of fellowship. But fellowship must have these three attributes. 

1. Contribute

2. Participate

3. Communion – intimate exchange
Communion- an intimate exchange on a mental or spiritual level
Walk- to make one’s way, progress, to make do use of opportunities. 

1)To regulate one’s life

2)To conduct one’s self

3)To pass one’s time in occupying one’s life
Walk- fellowship-cleanses -In the present continuance tense
The blood of Jesus does not cleanse in the dark. – you must walk into the light.
If we choose to continually walk in the light. 

If we continually have fellowship with one another

The blood of Jesus continually cleanses us of our sin
8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 

9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

The manifested Word of God

John 1:1-14

1. The word became flesh.

The spiritual word became the tangible manifested word. The declared word became flesh-Greek word (sarx) living substance

Jesus and the word are one –
Jesus is the word the word is Jesus.

Jesus in the flesh was the manifested uncovered visible tangible word of God demonstrated on the earth.

The word which is spiritual and life-giving became flesh tangible manifested

2. The word is the will of God

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 soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

John 12:44-50
44    Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45   And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46   I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47   And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48   He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49   For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50   And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

3. You must be totally reliant on Jesus. You must be totally reliant on the word
In Jesus,- in the word,-is the fullness of God. Everything that you need is in Jesus,-in the word. The answer to every problem is in Jesus,- in the word.

Ephesians 1:19-23
19   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20   Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21   Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22   And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23   Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

When the word is operating in the body of Christ. The spiritual word becomes visible, and tangible. Jesus is revealed in his fullness.

When you preach Jesus you preach the gospel you preach the word. If you are preaching any word that is not Jesus then you are not preaching the word of God or the gospel. But if you are preaching what is in the word of God then you are preaching Jesus whether it is Old Testament preaching or New Testament preaching you must preach the word which is Jesus.

4. The word has authority

Jesus said all Authority in heaven and in earth is given unto me.

After saying this he then told his disciples to go. He gave the word of authority to them to preach to heal the sick to cast out devils and to announce the coming of the kingdom.

You and I have been given the word. We have been given Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20
18   And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

I am with you always – the word of authority is with us always

I have authority given to me by the word

5. Jesus is the sent word
Psalms 107:20
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Matthew 8:5-13
5   And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6   And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7   And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8   The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9   For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10   When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11   And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12   But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13   And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

This man understood the relationship between the word and the one who sent it.

When we preach the Word we preach Jesus – we send the word we send Jesus. When we share the word we share Jesus. When you receive the word you receive Jesus.

6. You are born again by the faith you put in Jesus. By the faith you put in the word.

Romans 10:8-10
8   But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You and I are born again through the blood in the word. Now we belong. We are citizens of heaven.

I have a birth certificate which legally proves my citizenship. As a citizen I have rights and some authority that’s been given to me.

I was born again now I am a citizen of heaven I have a legal rights and authority that has been given to me

Satan has no legal rights at all

7. Continue in the word continue in Jesus
John 8:31-32
31   Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32   And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.