Part 4: AN ATTACK OR AN APPOINTMENT

SERIES: VEILS OF LIMITATION   By Pastor Philippi

Part 4: AN ATTACK OR AN APPOINTMENT


We are in the Last Days

What is going on is almost scary if you don’t know Jesus. The enemy’s goal isn’t as much to get you to backslide because you’re not going to backslide. We are not going back to the bars. His goal is to keep you from who God wants you to be. He does that through attacks. Just when you think things are going well things fall apart.


Some attacks are self-imposed because we did something stupid. Even when it’s our fault doesn’t it amaze you how God’s grace covers that and things are better even though you messed up? The enemy is trying to keep us from our destiny, from a breakout, from going higher. We are taking the cover off of that. We are releasing this church to our destiny, getting that breakthrough you need and becoming the people of God.


Many are Called but Not Everyone is Crowned

God anointed David to become king as a young lad, but didn’t become king until he was 30. He experienced attacks; he was called, but not crowned.


When Samuel came to find the next king he went through all of David’s brothers and thought it was the tall handsome one. He went through them all and his dad said, “I’ve got a son on the back side of the desert watching the sheep.” According to Jewish wisdom the reason he was on the back side of the desert was his father suspected David was illegitimate; he always suspected David wasn’t his. David was the one everyone whispered about; he was the one without a future. You may be wondering what your future holds. You may feel rejected or like an outsider. David was speaking about himself, but also looking forward to Jesus when he wrote Psalms 118:22. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (NKJV) This is what Jesus quoted in Matthew 21:42.


It doesn’t matter what others think of you, His eye is on you, His calling. Jesus loves you. Before you were born He loved you and knew you. You may feel like you’re on the back side of the desert, but I’ve came by to tell you, you are special. God has a place for you and your reward is as great as mine if you will just do what God has called you to do.


Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

But before you get to where you’re going there will be a battle. The battle is already won, but you have to go through the motions. For Israel, wherever their feet went, that was theirs. The boundaries are already set, but you have to walk in it.


He is about to take the limitations off you, you will be who God says you to be. The creation is waiting for the sons of God to rise up (Romans 8:16-21). We can change this city. You can rise up and change your home and change your family. Nothing is hopeless.


1 Samuel 30:1-6 tells the story of how David and his men lost everything, including their wives and children while they were away. His men thought about killing David over it, “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (Vs. 6, NKJV)


What confuses many is when you’re out doing something great for God something bad happens; it happened because you’re doing something for Him. While you’re back was turned the enemy hit you while you weren’t looking. Yet God will put limits on it.


Sometimes there is nobody to encourage you. Sometimes nobody understands or cares and you don’t know where to go or how to pray. You are frustrated and discouraged and your hair won’t lay right. But David knew a secret. He knew how to encourage Himself in the Lord. When you don’t have time for anyone else to help you, you better know how to look into the heavens and say that name, “Jesus.”  If you can just get to the throne, just have five minutes away from the noise and confusion. You can be in your car and see somebody swerve into your lane and all you have time to say is “Jesus!” Even though you have no time to pray, he watches you and protects you. He goes where you go, He even assigns angels around you. Some of you have five or six because you need them. I know, I’ve had to loan a few of mine out. You have to learn how to encourage yourself.


David stirred up what was already in him. The difference between a God led person and everyone else is you keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs. A prophet is smiling when everyone else is crying and he is crying when everyone else is smiling; he can see ahead. God gives you the courage of that lion to roar against that situation.


What Looked Like an Attack was Actually an Appointment

Within 72 hours of this attack David was crowned king (2 Samuel 2:2-4); following the moment that he literally lost everything but the clothes on his back. You need to have eyes that can see through the fog, through the veil. The enemy wants you wrapped up in your cares and your questions so that you cannot see the future. His wives are back, his kids are back; he went literally from rags to riches and they didn’t have a lottery!


Now his men weren’t soldiers anymore, they had titles. David recovered everything. I’m talking to someone under attack, who can’t see beyond your pain, on the verge of no hope, or at least you don’t see an answer. There are God fearing prayer warriors in this place; with one email they will stop everything they are doing and pray.


I wonder when we get to heaven how many of us will be able to look back where we gave up just before the victory; right there I was about to make you a king and you gave up and settled; gave up on your dream, on what God said you were and who you could be because life got too tough. Sometimes the trial isn’t in what you are going through, but in how long you are going through it. Like Job, how long will you trust Him, how long will you hang in there? God has all of the pieces to your puzzle, this has to happen before this can happen, He sees the end from the beginning. That’s my Jesus.


You need to do something with this Word you have gotten. You must take a minute and worship God in this word. God, open my eyes in my pain, hurt, confusion, depression, in my sickness open my eyes. Persistently push through your attack. Your crowning is certain through the Lord!


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Part 3 SPEAKING TO WHAT LIMITS

SERIES: VEILS OF LIMITATION   By Pastor Philippi

Part 3: SPEAKING TO WHAT LIMITS


A New Atmosphere

There is a new anointing in the house. I notice it when I prepare. The scriptures are starting to take on a different life; they are speaking specifically to the situation we at Journey Life Center are living in today.


Read: Matthew 8:5-10


Know Who You Are and Who He Is

The centurion felt he wasn’t worthy. Do you ever feel you’re not worthy? Jesus makes you worthy. Yet the centurion understood all Jesus had to do was speak a word. We need an attitude that says, “Jesus is my Healer and if he will only speak the word, I will be healed.” Just speak the word. Jesus is looking for somebody who knows who He is. The centurion also knew who he himself was and where he stood. Jesus is looking to bless people who know who they are and know how this word works.


God revealed Himself according to the Centurion’s experience. You don’t have to have a high title or be one who prays for three hours to receive results. He comes to you at your level. Jesus will meet you where you’re at. Don’t think you need cleaned up before you meet Jesus; if you have an accident you don’t clean up before you go to the hospital.


You must get where you don’t care what people think. You must get to where you don’t dwell on your past. You just need to step up and step in because He will meet you where you are. He is not a man with a hammer waiting to pounce on you. He is the Father on the front porch looking for you.


Understand Our Authority

He understood how authority works. He was also a man who knew what it was to answer to authority. He knew what it is for a man to just do it, not think about it, just obey. In that regard the church is the servant of the Lord and should understand that as well.


Matthew 28:18-19 speaks of Jesus having all authority and telling his followers to go make other disciples. Luke 9:1-2 shows Jesus giving authority to the disciples over demons and sicknesses as they went out to preach the kingdom. Later, in Luke 10:17-19 the disciples were ecstatic that the demons were subject to them through Jesus’ name and He told them, “I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (NKJV) Some wonder about demons today. They don’t realize demons manifest according to the culture they’re in. They manifest in Haiti, they hide here.


God is in charge of your life. The extent of ones authority is determined by the authority over him. Some of us don’t have authority because we’re rebellious. You only get authority by giving up authority. You must be willing to serve the authority over you.


You Have to SPEAK to the Limits

Jesus spoke to the condition and it was healed. You can speak to your condition. When Jesus would cast out demons, He spoke to the demons. Many times He asked them their name. It was important that name was exposed. If it is sickness, speak to the sickness as if it were a thing and tear it down. If it is depression, speak to the depression, call it out and cast it out in the name of Jesus. Your condition knows the name of Jesus.


Whatever is limiting you, identify it. You have to recognize the problem. Realize reality. If you are depressed, face it, not in a hopeless way, but call it out. Speak to your depression in the name of Jesus, “Get out of my head, out of my home, out of my life!” Do the same thing with sickness, the same with poverty.


I ask for a spirit of boldness to come over this congregation that we would step over the line, step over the limits, that we would be who God called us to be! Start speaking in your spirit, ‘Breakthrough, breakthrough, breakthrough!’


I speak to the spirit of poverty, in the name of Jesus I rebuke it! We are not subject to the world’s economy. I declare financial freedom in Jesus’ name. I declare pay raises, promotions, checks in the mail. I declare favor, favor, favor, financial favor. Be blessed in the name of Jesus. I speak to the spirit of confusion. I speak to the spirit that would frustrate our minds that would paralyze our spirit. I speak to those who can’t sleep for worry, I declare for everyone that is anxious today I declare peace, shalom. In the name of Jesus I speak to addictions, everything that constricts us by addiction. In the name of Jesus, I declare, set your people free! I speak to drug addictions, to alcoholism, to eating disorders, in the name of Jesus. I speak to that drug, nicotine, in Jesus name, set your people free. I speak to the influence of prescription pills, pain pills, to the effect of it, I break the addiction. I speak to anger issues. I rebuke it in Jesus name, set your people free. I speak to that spirit that wants to destroy the home, the family; mother against children, father against mother, I speak to that spirit that is trying to crush our homes. I speak to the sanctity of marriage and we declare victory in the house of the Lord!


Speak, speak, speak to that issue now, “In Jesus name. I know who I am, a child of the king!” What is holding you back? What is your limitation? Speak to that thing in the name of Jesus and bring it down. Speak to the mountain. Mark 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (NKJV) A mountain in scripture is always a place of authority or kingdom, good or bad. Some of us are dealing with kingdoms that are coming against us. Name the mountain and say, “Be removed and be cast into the sea.”


Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (NKJV) What authority we have! Speak to your limits. We cut the veil of limitation. We split the veil that kept us from the throne of God. As a family we go boldly to the throne of grace. We are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. We declare that what we speak, what we believe is ours according to the will of Christ Jesus our Lord!

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Part 2 TOMORROW ABOUT THIS TIME

SERIES: VEILS OF LIMITATION   By Pastor Philippi

Part 2 TOMORROW ABOUT THIS TIME

 

Tongues and Interpretation: “The Lord is saying I am near, very near and I am able. As you come to me I am able to change the circumstances of your life, to take off the limits to set you free. To be who I called you to be. I will do what I said; I will do what I promised. I am very near, I am very near.”


Overcoming Limitations

1 Thessalonians 2:18 Therefore we wanted to come to you — even I, Paul, time and again — but Satan hindered us. (NKJV) If he can get away with that with Paul, then he can with us. Hindered means to cut into, to impede to detain, to be tedious. Too many of us have accepted the limits as normal. That is a lie of the enemy.


2 Kings chapters 6 and 7 speak to 2014 and Journey Life Center. In 6:1 it talks of them being in a place that is too small for them. God wants to do greater things.

 

The Enemy is Trying to Limit the Effect and Power of the Word

In 2 Kings 6:5-6 the ax that fell in the water represents the word. It is like not being able to see the solution. Elisha said, “Throw in a stick.” Throw in the cross. Everything happens at the cross. Everything God has floats. He made iron float. If the enemy can put doubts in your life about the Word he’s got you.


The Enemy is Trying to Limit Our Vision

2 Kings 6:13-17 shows how God would expose Israel’s enemy’s plans by revealing them to the prophet Elisha. When they realized that, Syria’s army surrounded the city Elisha was in. His servant responded fearfully and Elisha responded with certainty in verse 16 “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (NKJV) The servant looked around and didn’t see the spiritual help that was all around them. Pray, “God open my eyes.” We need to see the resources that are at our command.


The Enemy is Trying to Limit Our Resources

2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria; and indeed they besieged it until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and one-fourth of a kab of dove droppings for five shekels of silver. (NKJV). They even began to eat their own children.

We are living in a time when it seems the Word of God is everywhere, but this country is as dry as cracker juice. It’s like its raining every day and none of us are getting wet; the crops are drying up; our gardens are dead. The enemy is limiting the effect of the word.


The Solution is Joyful Obedience

Deuteronomy chapter 28 has sixty verses and forty-five of them are curses. Nowhere in these verses does it say God will curse you, but they will come on you. If you reject Him you will walk in curse.


There is yet hope. Deuteronomy 28:47 “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, (NKJV) Instead they served the Lord while grumbling and complaining. You can do the work with the wrong attitude and it will hurt you more than help you.


Deuteronomy 28:1 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: (NKJV) I like that word overtake. They are running and catching you. All of the curses are reversed through joyful obedience.


Many Don’t Recognize the Next Move of God

2 Kings 7:1 Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’” (NKJV) Today it costs a thousand dollars for a donkey head, tomorrow $2 will get you a steak. God will bring it all in for you.

2 Kings 7:2 So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”

And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” (NKJV)

That is what doubt will get you. You better watch what you say about the move of God. Be careful what you criticize or come against. Sometimes those in the last move of God is who criticizes the next move. You must remember when you came into Pentecost. Remember the criticism we got? People were falling out and running, and we didn’t have catchers. They fell on the cement and got up smiling. I remember being so drunk in the Spirit we had designated drivers. You can’t put that in the bulletin and make that happen.


God is Preparing to Rip the Veil of Limitation; What Was Scarce Will be Plentiful.

In chapter seven of 2 Kings it says four lepers entered the Syrian camp because they knew they would die anyway. If they went into the city they would be the last ones in the Donkey Head buffet; the last ones to get fed. When they got there they found a camp full of things and food but no soldiers. The Syrian army thought they had heard a great army coming so they fled. God took the sound from those eight little crippled up legs and amplified it thousands of times until the enemy thought it was an army.


The ancient Jewish wisdom said the four lepers at the gate were Gehazi and his three sons. Gehazi is the one who went to Naaman, the healed leprous commander and asked for the money from him that Elisha had refused. The man who had lied to Elisha and received leprosy for his sin was still thought on by God. Maybe Gehazi did more good in his failure than he would have done if he had stayed faithful.


You may feel out of place and alone. You need to take action, step ahead, lay hands on somebody; confess the Word; get doing what God told you. Step out in faith, quit waiting for something, get out of the boat and walk.  “Why sit we here until we die?” God will take that little bit you thought was nothing and use it to transform somebody’s world, including your own.

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Part 1: BOLDLY PAST THE VEIL

SERIES: VEILS OF LIMITATION

By Pastor Philippi

Part 1: BOLDLY PAST THE VEIL  


Move Past the Limitations

We are in a season where the enemy has not stopped us, but he has put limitation on us. We think as long as we are moving we are okay, but we don’t realize the potential God has for us. Just moving may put you in the top 20% of Christians, but that is not enough!

Roosevelt said, “It’s not about what stops you, but what limits you.”


In towns there are signs saying, ‘Don’t use engine retarders.’ It isn’t a brake, it is something on an engine that takes the engine down so you can’t go as fast. I’m afraid the enemy has put engine retarders on a lot of us. Our momentum has been brought down.


Transformation Through Removing the Veil

2 Corinthians 3:12-18 reveals that we should not be held back, if we turn to God he removes the veil. We can be face to face with God with nothing between. This causes our face to shine with His brightness as we become more like Him. We are being transformed, not reformed.


Those who read the Bible without being saved are reading it with a veil. They have read the book, but don’t know the author. There are things on their eyes to prevent them from seeing the full glory of God. In the spirit realm a lot of us are not seeing the full glory or the full opportunity He has for us.


Moses’ face would glow from being in the presence of God. The longer he was away from it the more the glow on his face would fade. We need to stay in His presence to keep the fire going, to keep the fire glowing. It is the direction you are looking. When you’re looking away from Him you are veiled; at Him you are being transformed.


The Oil of Supply is Past the Veil

2 Kings 4:1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” (NKJV) According to ancient Jewish tradition her husband was Obadiah who protected and fed 150 prophets. She is in bankruptcy because it took everything they had to take care of those prophets. This world is like a creditor, it wants you owing it. Fear, loneliness, depression and worry do that too. You will stay in this condition until you get beyond the veil for God to bring freedom.


Beyond the Veil is Jesus, Our Oil, Our Source of Life

2 Kings 4:2 So Elisha said to her… Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” (NKJV) I don’t have anything except… except… except. We get into a mindset where the world has exhausted us, with our marriage, finances, or spiritual life. Life can seem meaningless. We are in the last days where the pressure is increasing. The devil knows he has a short time.


Elisha means ‘turning to God.’ Elisha is a type of God. Her husband is a type of provision we have lost. We wonder where our help comes from. Elisha said, “A little bit of oil is all you need.” Jews believed olive oil was the stuff of life. If you mix other things with oil it will stay separated. Oil is pure. There is something in your life that will never mix with this world. There is something in you that will never get diluted. Call it up. You can never lose what Jesus gave you.


Right after I got saved I had received the Holy Ghost and the enemy came to me and said, “That falling out in the Spirit is really weird; and that speaking in tongues, that’s not real. And did those people really get healed?” He had me going and then he overplayed his hand. “You know, you’re probably not even saved.” That jar of oil that can’t be mixed, lost or diluted rose up in me and I said, “Wait a minute, I know what God has done! If you lied about that, you’re probably lying about deliverance, healing and the gifts!”


Take Action to go Beyond the Veil

Praise Him when all else is gone. He told her to go borrow vessels. You need to give God opportunities. Say, “Yes, Lord, whatever You want.” She borrowed all of the containers she could from everybody. Shut the door and start pouring; you’ve got to keep pouring.


We must take action regardless of our feelings. If you are depressed the worse thing you can do is nothing. You don’t feel like going to church, I’m going to worship at Saint Mattress today. It is not about what you feel or don’t feel. Get over yourself. I will tell you how to get out of that. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, and Churchill were plagued with depression. Teddy Roosevelt said the reason he had so much energy was in his mind he was outrunning the dog of depression. He never was delivered from depression, he outran depression. Just keep pouring in the area you feel lack no matter what you think or how you feel. Get busy and do something. Sow seed, do acts of kindness. Take the garbage out, do the laundry. Work with someone who is where you want to be.


God Tore the Veil to Give Us Access

True confidence doesn’t come from the praises of others, but from knowing you are a child of the King! You can always exceed your limits if you know where you should be and who your daddy is!!


Every nail hole was an access point for us; the lance in His side and the crown on His head. Nothing was broken, but everything was pierced. That veil was His flesh. Three out of the four gospel writers tell us the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom. Now everybody has access to the very throne room of God. Take advantage of your privileges. You have unlimited access. God’s promise is sure and it is seated behind the veil in His very presence where He has invited us to be (Heb. 6:18-20)!


We are taking you beyond the veil. You are not stopped, you are limited. God, break every limitation on our church, our families, on finances, health, and marriage. Break the limitations! In Jesus name we break through the veil of limitation, it is a lie. What are you going to pour out to make room for Him? What are you going to do differently to allow His pouring forth?

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PART 5: ACTIVATING THE POWER PLANT

SERIES: WHY I SPEAK IN TONGUES

By Pastor Philippi

PART 5: ACTIVATING THE POWER PLANT


Two Types of Water / Two Types of Christians

Imagine the damn where behind it the water is very deep and calm. The water then goes through a gate and gets pressurized causing a torrent of water coming out rushing and raging. It is not deep or even necessarily wide, but a raging torrent. They can power an entire area by the rushing waters going through the gate.


This points to two kinds of Christians: some are the ones who like a calm Christianity, those who want things to go easy. Yet God is using those difficulties to build us. The left side is good for fishing, boating, water sports, and sitting on the edge.


There is nothing wrong with that, but we need to get beyond lazily fishing and floating and start getting to the power that is on the other side of that damn. In these last days we don’t need the entertaining, relaxing and calm part of Christianity. I am not against any of that, but we call Sunday a service. It is something we do, not just receive. God is trying to get us to the place where we don’t just meet needs and be nice or tickling ears, but teaching the truth in power. We are living in a time where drug addiction is rampant with many things wrong in society. A cute religion won’t get it done.  We need services where God breaks in and changes the service. We have to have a move of the Holy Ghost in power to break some of the oppression we are experiencing in our city.


Flowing Water Result in Tongues

The water is the Holy Ghost going through our lives. When He does, one of the things that happens is we speak in other tongues. We all have the water, the question is how fast is it flowing? We need to press in. If you haven’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit you need to, and the evidence is speaking in other tongues.


There is a difference between being filled with the Spirit and baptized in the Spirit. You can be full of the Spirit and yet not baptized. I can take a water bottle that is full of water, yet when you are baptized you are put into a larger vessel. There is a difference between being filled with and immersed in. That’s why we immerse in water baptism, we are completely dead to this life and alive to the next life. To be baptized is to be immersed.


The Gift of Tongues is a Sign of Power

Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (NKJV). Some people’s prayers are just a gripe session or a woe is me session. You need to pray in the Holy Ghost. As you do that you are being built up because of that water rushing through you.


2 Timothy 1:6-7 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV) It is in you, but you must stir it up.


Let me explain laying on of hands. If your battery is dead and need jumped, you find another battery and you put two cables on your battery and connect it to the dead battery. Then all of a sudden his motor is running. I believe speaking in tongues is your pony motor that gets your big engine going. A pony motor is a smaller one that helps start a very large motor. Tongues are a sign that the power is there. We are talking about activating the power plant. Speaking in tongues doesn’t force anything on, it is a sign that the power is there. You are the battery that can ignite something in someone else’s life.


Peter goes to Cornelius house and he wasn’t even supposed to be there as a Jew. God showed him food and told him to eat. God said, “Don’t call what I give you unclean. If I serve it up it’s clean. Don’t come against my children, I died for them and made them clean.” He goes into the unclean house and began to preach and the Holy Ghost fell on them. How did they know? They began to speak with other tongues. He used it as proof to the elders that God had saved them. God filled them with the Holy Ghost and they spoke with tongues just like we did.


There was a revival at Samaria and everyone was getting saved. Yet, no one was receiving the Holy Ghost. So Philip and Peter went down and laid hands on them.

Simon the sorcerer saw what happened when the apostles laid hands on them and he wanted to do that. They were speaking in tongues is the only thing that explains why Simon would want to buy it.


Years later they found some disciples who had been saved by John the Baptist’s ministry. They then introduced Jesus to them and updated their experience. Then they said, “Have you heard about the Holy Ghost?” They hadn’t even heard that there was a Holy Ghost. They laid hands on them and they spoke with other tongues. When you’re saved you have the Holy Spirit, you just are not immersed in the Holy Ghost. There is a baptism you can be immersed in. Not just He in you, but you in Him. Speaking in tongues is proof something has been activated and the power of God is flowing in you.


Activate the Gifts From the Father

2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (NKJV)


Acts 1:7-8 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…” (NKJV)


In Romans 12:1-8 Paul lists seven gifts of the Father because you are created with these gifts. Sometimes we see these in people before they are even saved. These seven gifts are kind of like personalities: Prophecy, Service/Helps, Teaching, Encouragement, Giving, Leadership, and Mercy. Everyone is at least one of these. If you like to give, then pray, “God, give me something to give.” Encouragers are put on the front door team. A prophetic personality is black and white thinking. Things are definite. We put prophets on the prayer team, not the front door.  Put a prophet and mercy together and you have trouble. The prophecy guy says, “The Bible says!” The mercy guy says, ‘Let’s forgive them.” We need every one of these seven gifts in the church. Everyone comes at the problem from a different direction. We need all seven, so quit judging each other.


Activate the Gifts from Jesus

Jesus is the head of the church so his gifts are the fivefold ministry for the purpose of equipping the saints. My job is to equip you and send you into the ministry. Your job is not to come here to be entertained. It is not how many we seat, it is how many we send.


Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (NKJV) Ephesians 4:11-16 reveal gifts from Jesus as that of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor / Teacher.


Activate the Gifts from the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: (NKJV). A large part of the body is ignorant of the gifts.


1 Corinthians 12:4-11 reveal the 9 gifts of the Spirit are: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.


These work better when you have the nine fruits of the Spirit. Faith works by love. When you don’t have the fruit and you’re operating in the gifts you become fruity. You are a granola Christians, flakes, nuts and fruit. You can have all the gifts of the Spirit and not really be all that spiritual. Spirituality is not about how many gifts you have, but how Christ like you are.


Something for You to Do

When the Jews at Pentecost realized their sin they asked the apostles, “What shall we do?” Peter responded in Acts 2:38-39 “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (NKJV)


What shall we do? It is not enough to have head knowledge, you need heart knowledge. You need a plan to put this in action. In salvation and in power you shall receive the gift.


The gifts didn’t stop when John the apostle died. Can you imagine John on his death bed, “If you need healing you better get here.” It takes just as much power to keep the church going as it did to get it started. That power of the Holy Ghost is still available for anyone and everyone. You can’t explain it away; it is there in the Word of God. Why put something in the Word that won’t apply for over 1,900 years?


The promise is to great grandchildren, as many as God calls. It goes from Jerusalem to Samaria to all the world, and the promise comes all the way to Journey Life Center this morning. We have enough of Amish Christians. Why use a hand saw, when you could be using an electric saw? Let’s not rent the tools, let’s get the tools for ourselves!

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