1. God still speaks through vision and dreams. And he will speak through a prophetic people.
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.
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
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.
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.
And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD.
Chaldea- Jordan,Syria, Iraq
Spoil is the oil
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.
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
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.
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
..Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:…
The foundation of this ministry is the youth – 40 years old