SERIES: IF By Pastor Phillip
NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTS ABOUT IT 4-10-2016
One man called Romans 8 the great 8. If you read it every day it will bless you. 1 “There is now therefore no condemnation.” (NKJV) It deals with the if onlys. Your past doesn’t determine your future. It goes on to say all things work together for good. That allows you to live as if. Live as if we’re already healed. We need to do like we will when God answers our prayers. How would you shout if they reversed Roe Vs. Wade? Shout on credit right now. Live as if it’s already happening. If God is for us then who can be against us? If you can get the fact He is for you, it will change your life. Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedeness, or peril, or sword? (NKJV) No devil in hell will stop me. I know what God has called me to do. I am going to make it! Paul had experienced every one of these in his life. He was still standing! Nothing can separate you from the love of God. One man said it wasn’t miracles that proved God’s love, but the cross.
I have a brother-in-law that is a pilot. He said the point of no return on takeoff, V1, stands for victory. Another name for it is the decision speed. There is a point when you reach a certain velocity that plane is going up. You have to make a decision before you reach that velocity. Once you reach V1 you’re going up. There is a point of no return. There is no ifs and or buts about it, we are on our way to glory. We have gone too far to turn back. I want to live at the point of no return. If the devil is telling you, you’re not going to make it that is a lie. You have crossed the line of no return. You’re not going back.
I got saved in November, sanctified in December, Holy Spirit baptized in January and called to preach in June. My grandma wondered what took me so long. I had received the Holy Ghost, onboard ship, where the boats were stacked four high, walking between those rows, and suddenly the Holy Ghost spoke to me out of the blue. He said, “You’re mine.” I knew from that moment that no matter what happened tomorrow I was going to be serving God. 45 years later, I’d be serving God. You need a revelation of this. Not that you’re strong enough, but that God has committed Himself to me and He won’t let go! There was a group of people 100 years ago that called the Holy Ghost the Hound of Heaven. The Hound of Heaven won’t let you go.
2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ compels, (constrains, in the Greek, the love of God squeezes us), because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; (NKJV) The toothpaste is out of the tube, we’re not going back. Ephesians 3:17 that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (NKJV) The love of God is what keeps you. When you go down deep in the water the pressure is a thousand times greater on your body than up here. It’s not comfortable. You know how submarines are able to go deeper and deeper? They’ve learned how to increase the pressure on the inside. You’ll be able to walk into hell itself and take back what belongs to you. Greater is the pressure inside of you than outside of you. Greater is He who is in us than he on the outside.
Some don’t understand the one who is always smiling. We’re not smiling because we’ve never been through anything, but because we have been through hell and come out on the other side. We are more than conquerors. Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (NKJV) The Greek word, Hupernikao. Huper – greater than or super (like Super Man) Nikao means conqueror, it’s also pronounced Nike. God tells us to have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel. I am dressed for victory. The Lord shall put satan under your foot shortly. Put a message on the bottom of your shoe, ‘Take that, devil!’ You are more than a conqueror, a super conqueror. The fighter wins the money, but gives the check to his wife. She is more than a conqueror. Jesus came out victorious and handed you the check!
Keep Calm and Carry On
40 thousand people were killed as the Germans were bombing London. This was the sign on the posters they put up when this was going on. You are more than what you’re seeing at the moment. You are going to get through this. During the whole blitz St. Paul’s Cathedral was never hit. God will take what you’re going through and turn it to your victory!
If you know the result and you’re watching a sporting event that has already happened, if they get behind, you can enjoy because you know how it ends. Your life is already on DVR. Your end is already written in the Lamb’s book of life. I’m talking about eternal love. Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. (They are trapped with no way out.) Stand still (be calm, carry on), and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. (NKJV) The power of the Holy Ghost is about to bury your enemies and you will never see them again. God deals with the Egyptian in your life!
Romans 8:37-39 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV When Paul says, “I love God.” He is talking about the kind of love he had when he faced death and fought with demons, principalities and powers, when the fear of the future almost overwhelmed him, the love of God, not the power of God, got him through it. How do you get victory, get joy, get power over temptation? It is not in the trying, it’s through your love. Fall in love with Jesus, it’s not hard to take out your garbage anymore. It’s no longer about the garbage, but about the love.
The Holy Ghost dropped this in my spirit. Remember when Jesus stopped the funeral and the widow that had lost her son was weeping, the whole town was in the funeral procession? Jesus had a few hundred followers coming into the city as the mourners were going out. The one was weeping and crying, and Jesus group was dancing. It said Jesus touched the casket. You’re not supposed to touch a dead man. Jesus tells the woman, “Stop crying.” That was before He raised him from the dead. When the presence of the Lord comes, you need to stop crying, stop worrying, keep calm and carry on. The presence of God demands a faith response. When you feel the presence of the Lord, it’s not just to give you goose bumps, it is a signal to tell you all things are possible. Miracles are about to break out, the dead are going to arise, your children are going to be saved, expect the miraculous!
Tongues with interpretation: “I am here to break through. I am here,” saith the Lord. “My love is here, and my love will get you through this. My love will raise you up,” saith the Lord. “I am the Lord and the breakthrough. And you’re about to break through and break out. You will break out and go to the north, south, east, and west. I am equipping you. Listen not to the enemy, for behold I have put him in his place. He has fallen.”
SERIES: IF By Pastor Phillip
WHAT IF… 4-3-2016
You are God’s if. God thought, “What if we made people in our image?” But they know everything, so they know the first two they make will mess up. “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Great things are planned for you, long before you were born knowing you would mess up. You aren’t plan B, you are plan A. God will use your mess up to rocket launch you into what He has for you.
Read Psalms 139:1-18 Wherever you wind up, God is there. He is right there with you wherever you go. Even your problem, your failure, everything you are going through will be light. Good times, bad times, it doesn’t matter times. God uses all of it. We should treat each other better because we are all God’s creation. God wrote your journal before you were born. You may be writing your journal; He already has it filled in.
1 Cor. 12:7 “But the manifestation” (in the Greek that means full disclosure; God showing Himself; the Holy Spirit revealing Himself; the Holy Spirit giving you gifts, authority, know how, the supernatural revelation.) “of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:”
My sheep know My voice. We should be able to hear his voice. You got a church going on when people are receiving from God for the blessing of somebody else. Church isn’t just a good experience, it is a manifestation of the break out of the Holy Ghost so we can be a blessing to somebody else.
What if You Start Doing What God Wants?
What if we can start doing and being what God has called us to be? What if we could do what God says? Most of us are living under what we know. Yet we want to know more. Maybe God isn’t giving you more because you’re not living what you got.
Deuteronomy 28:1-8 God is looking to bless you. The blessings of God are trying to overtake you. They are like a heat seeking rocket. The blessings of God go after the worshipers, the red hot Christian. God’s blessings are trying to get us if we will just get on fire for Him. VS. 8 “The Lord shall command, the Lord shall command the blessing on you!”
What if we obeyed the Lord? You can’t just live any old way. This promise is still under warranty. It was made on a mountain 6 thousand miles from here and 3,400 years ago, but it is still a promise to you!
Read John 14:12-15 What if we believed it? 15”If you love me keep my commandments.” If I visit you and you ask me to take your trash out, I will because I don’t want to look bad. If my wife asks me to, I’ll do it because I love her. Everything is easy when you’re in love. When I spend a lot of time in His presence, what used to be hard isn’t hard anymore. If you love God you will be able to keep His commandments.
What if I Could Overcome My Trouble?
Romans 8:8-11, 13, 16-18 Living in the Spirit brings life. Living in the Spirit proves we are the children of God.
Trouble comes to pass in two ways. It won’t last forever and God will turn it for His glory, to your benefit. Romans 8:18 For I reckon (an accounting term, when I get down to the bottom, when I look at the balance) that the sufferings of this present world is not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:19, 22-23 19 The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next.
22 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. 23 These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. (Message)
What if I Could Do Anything?
If you get Romans 8:31-39 in your spirit, you are on your way. God is for you! You’ll never lose another battle if you understand God is for you. The devil wants to put doubt in your mind, ‘Has God said?’ God is for you! If you can get the right if, you can get the right therefore. The devil likes to go to God’s throne room and bring accusations, and God says, “You know, I forgot that.” Your crime is no longer on the books, it is wiped out.
Mark 4:31 speaks of the small mustard seed that grows out large branches for birds to nest in.
If you start obeying God your ‘if’ will get so big. There are consequences to you obedience. A lot of you are headed for unintended consequences. That seed you planted will make you a place of refuge for other people.
1 Sam. 14:6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” It was just two, but where two are gathered. And they thought they would be crazy that day. God can do it all. He can heal you with a doctor or without a doctor. A little is a lot when God is in it. They went up there and defeated the enemy, just the two of them. 1 Sam. 14:23 So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted to Beth Aven.
Fredrick Douglas said ‘God plus one is a majority.’ Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, ‘My concern is not whether God is on our side, but whether we are on His side.”
What activates all this is a thankful spirit. The Jews thanked God for anything, especially anything new. I wish we would learn how to thank God. Why? Because of all His benefits. “Daily, He loads me down with benefits!”
The Lord is saying, “I’m calling dozens this morning to move ahead. I’ve got something new for you; something wonderful if you’ll just get hot. I have a heat seeking blessing for you.”