ON THE VERGE 1-31-2016

SERIES: A New Year in a New Land By Pastor Philippi

ON THE VERGE 1-31-2016

We are on the verge of something great. Joshua was sitting at the river Jordan getting ready to cross the river and take Jericho. God cleared out the people. Everything that is not supposed to be in your life God is about to clear out. Verge means the edge, the rim or border of something. We are on the edge of something great. There’s been a change, God is moving in powerful ways in this church.

There are Things that Need to Die

With Joshua, Moses is dead (Joshua 1:1-2). You can’t let them live and expect new things from the Lord. We’re not comfortable with change. I’m here to make you uncomfortable, so we don’t get stuck where we’re at. It’s been said that nobody will ever change until the pain of staying where you are is greater than the pain of changing to where you should be. God is trying to tell you, “If you insist on staying here, I’ll make you uncomfortable. I’ll put thorns in your nest.”

There’s Been a Challenge (Put on Your Walking Shoes)

Joshua 1:3 “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you.” Your promise is already there. It’s lined out and mapped out. All you need to do is put your walking shoes on. Start walking out the promises of God. If it’s healing start acting healed. If it’s a financial blessing, start acting like you’ve got it. If your loved ones aren’t saved, act like they are. I’m not living in hope, I’m living in faith. Faith will get you to see the result; see it in your spirit. Visualize your loved ones saved. In the economy of God it’s that real. If it’s real, act like it. Believe what God has told us.

Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. (NKJV) He got you through yesterday and today, He’ll get you through tomorrow. He is in charge of your life.

This is what we have to do: Joshua 1:6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. (NKJV) This thing is generational. Some of the things that didn’t happen for your ancestors will happen for you. Some of the things that didn’t happen for you will for your grandchildren.

Joshua 1:7-8 Only be strong and be very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (NKJV)

Don’t meditate on your problem. There is a way in the wilderness. God will bring rivers and streams. Some of you aren’t successful because you meditate on everything other than the Word.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (NKJV) It’s not a suggestion. Can I speak prophetically over you? Be strong. Be courageous. I’m not encouraging you, I am speaking an explosive word into your spirit right now! Strength, courage, let it happen right now!

Some say the three Hebrew children came out of the fire, but the fourth is still in it. He is in the fire with you. If you make your bed in hell even there He is with you. God is attracted to those in trouble. He is attracted to those who are calling out and needing Him. I’m here to tell you no matter where you are, He loves you and will walk with you through hell if that’s what it takes.

You Can’t Go in Like You are Now

The children of Israel could not go in like they were. In Joshua 5:2-6 God told them to circumcise Israel. They were supposed to be circumcised on the 8th day. A lot of us should have gotten things done a long time ago, but it’s not too late. Some are going through things now because things weren’t right in your childhood. God will get you through it anyway.

You can’t go in until useless flesh is cut off. That’s painful. That’s why some people run to another church when they get offended. We want to enter in and be comfortable. We can’t go into the new land like we are, with all of our stuff. The Holy Ghost is cutting things away.

He Will Give You Time to Heal

He then let the men rest for a few days. God knows when you’re hurting, when you need healing. The victory is predicted for you already, but you have to go through the motions; swing the sword and take what’s promised you. The battle is already won.

Once You’ve Tasted You Will Never Go Back

When you’ve been living on manna for 40 years eating from the land excites you. (Joshua 5:10-12) God has a whole new diet for you. The things you relied on to get by are going to die and God is bringing a whole new thing. God is bringing you to an unlimited supply. He is bringing us to a place of milk and honey; steak and lobster; cheese filled crust pizza. He’s bringing us to a land of plenty, gushing with all of the goodness of God. The reason some stay in their old dead churches is because they’ve never tasted anything better.

We need a real glory, real presence, something that will change lives. We need the power of God to confront the forces of darkness to bring real change.

Shout, You are on the Verge of Victory

The walls of Jericho were so wide two or three chariots could ride on the walls. There is a victory coming that will bring walls down. Your victory might look impossible, but with God all things are possible. SHOUT! Some say, “I’m new to this, I don’t know how to pray.” Do you know how to talk? Lift up a shout to the Lord! Start praising Him and see Him bring victory!

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SERIES: A New Year in a New Land By Pastor Philippi


Jesus saw doves in cages. Many churches put the Holy Spirit in a cage. God doesn’t change His word, but He’s new. I imagine the doves flying all over the temple. May our Dove fly free among us. This story of Jesus going in the temple is in all four gospels. Most wrap the story of the temple around the story of the fig tree. There must be a connection. The fig tree is symbolic of Israel. Their religion was wrapped into rules, but their hearts weren’t right.

Luke 13:6-9 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.  7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’  8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.  9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that* you can cut it down.'” (NKJV)

Seeking Fruit

I believe in these last days Jesus is coming to His house seeking fruit. No matter what, He loves you. But He has also planted you and He expects fruit. The fig is alive, but it is just taking up space. The King James uses the word cumber that means to hinder, to overload, to burden. Sometimes we think we’re not doing anything for the Lord, but we’re okay. You are actually a burden. If you’re not doing what God has called you to do, you’re not neutral. He had been looking at that tree for three years, but it still wasn’t bearing fruit.

What does God consider fruit in you? You may look pretty and have your leaves out there. You may come to church waving your branches. Nobody eats leaves. He is looking for fruit. We’re going to keep at you until you bear fruit or give up and go to a church that doesn’t expect it.

Just previous to this in Mark’s account in Mark 11:11 it says, “Jesus… went into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late. He went out to Bethany with the twelve. 12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.”

Built to Build

We are living in a push button age. We would rather buy it than build it. He is wanting us to build something that will carry into eternity. On our death beds we may say, “I wish I had” and fill in the blank, but it will not be I wish I had bought that TV, DVR and watched it more.

I want you to get to the place where you’re ready to build. The World War II generation is considered the builder generation and the greatest generation. They sacrificed through two world wars. If you are a part of that generation you are in your 90’s. The builder generation spoke to their character. We go from builders to Boomers. The next generation got worse, those now in their 30’s or 40’s is Generation X. They couldn’t even find a name for you. It’s like the middle child, just another kid. The next is the millennial generation, those born in the 80’s. You got that name only because it’s part of when you became an adult.

We need to be builders. Occupy until I come. Increase. Not Jiffy meal and Shake and Bake; we couldn’t live without a microwave. Some of us have never had slow cooked grits or eaten homemade bread, or had beans and cornbread simmering. There is something to be said for slow cooking; for using real ingredients. Back in the 50’s they came out with cake mix and it came out with the egg in the ingredients. It didn’t sell, so they took the egg out of the ingredients to make people think they were doing something by dropping in the eggs. We are still in the slow cooking of the Holy Ghost. When it’s done, you’re going to be mmm mmm good.

Jesus told us to build our house on the rock. These guys are neighbors living side by side. One dug until he hit the rock. There is digging that needs to be done. If you are going to be all that you’re going to be, there will have to be some digging done. There is no shortcut to excellence, to destiny. There can be no promise without preparation.

We are starting a college. Why are we doing this? Because it’s where God’s taking us. If we believe in destiny and purpose and we’re on a journey, then we need intentional faith development. If you’re serious about ministry, then you need to pay the price. Make sure that house is on a rock. Some of you are living in lean-to’s. Foundations are never pretty. When they build sky scrapers, how high they are is about how deep they have to go.

Fig Leaves or Fig Fruit

Fig leaves or fig fruit. The law of first mention helps us learn a lot about a subject. The first time the fig leaves were mentioned was when Adam and Eve were trying hide themselves. They were walking with God in the cool of the day, literally the breeze of the day, the Holy Spirit. One day Adam didn’t show up for his appointment. I think we sin more often because of what we don’t have; out of curiosity thinking we’re going to miss something.

Sin will shame you. They saw they weren’t covered. Before, they were covered in glory. There’s no shame in glory. It transforms who we are and what we look like. There’s no ugliness when there’s glory. We need the glory to cover us. They sewed the fig leaves and covered themselves. After the fall, God covered them with animal skins because without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Fig leaves itch, dry out and crumble. Every three or four days you’re sewing another fig leaf; man’s efforts at salvation. When Jesus died He provided a covering, it was His skin, His blood. You’re not going to heaven because of your efforts. When I first went to church I thought everyone was a saint. After about six months they all backslid, not that they did, but I saw them differently.

It’s time to not just have leaves, but to bear fruit. He loves you and wants to pull it out of you for your benefit and those around you. God called out to Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” He wanted Adam to answer. Where are you today? Is everything okay between you and Him? He is looking at your life and looking for fruit. Are you being productive; are you making a difference in anybody’s life? That is fruit. Are you taking anybody with you to heaven?

Father, we love you with our whole mind, being and soul. There is none like you. Everyone here wants to bear fruit, but we don’t know how, or our lives are such a mess right now it’s hard. Help us find a way to be productive, to be more than conquerors, to make a difference.

Am I productive, am I making a difference? Whose life can be touched if I tried? May God open doors of opportunity. God will open the door.

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SERIES: A New Year in a New Land By Pastor Philippi


Housecleaning Required

We may have to do a little house cleaning. You can’t expect the house to be full of glory if it’s full of junk. The week before Jesus’ crucifixion, as Jesus went into Jerusalem, He looked around. He is coming again, but before He comes He is coming to look around. He is checking out the temple. Judgment begins at the house of God. He’s checking out His bride. This bride is looking haggard.

Jeremiah 7:3-8 warns Israel to amend their ways and to treat one another well so that they can live in the land. We won’t be able to dwell in the place until we amend ourselves. Do you want to live in the place He has provided for us?

God says, “Oh shut up, I’m tired of these routine prayers. Get out of your patterns and have a heartfelt worship to the Lord.” We need a fresh move of God that will blow out the old and bring in the new. There are self-help messages that are fine, but we need God help.

Malachi 3:1-3 tells that God will send the Messenger of the covenant that will prepare the way. When He comes He will be like a refiner’s fire and the soap of a launderer to purify the people.

Jesus went to the temple. God doesn’t visit us because we’re cute. He comes that we might worship. It is a worship service. I don’t know where the service has gone in some churches. If your spiritual age is two or three that’s how you act. There’s the terrible teens too, the rebellion stage where we think we can do it on our own.

In the Old Testament when you went to church you brought an animal. The priest can make money if he can find fault. Bethlehem was a place where sheep was raised for sacrifice. Some animals were raised to be sacrificed. Our whole life should be a sacrifice. Money from another country couldn’t come into the sanctuary, only Jewish money could come in; thus the money changers. Plus you have to buy their sacrifice and there is a good mark up on that. They mark up the exchange and the animals. They are making a killing.

Some churches are uncomfortable for people to come into. This is a no judgment zone. There are people who have never been in church in their life. Most visitors are nervous and may not want to be here. The temple had become extraordinarily rich, in today’s money, worth billions. Jesus wants to overturn anything that keeps people from the free flowing worship of God, including judging.

Matthew 21:12-14 Then Jesus went into the temple of God* and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’* but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'”*

14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. (NKJV)

Let this be a turnaround of conviction and change and deliverance.

The Dove: The Holy Spirit

A dove is a type of the Holy Spirit. I bet He saw doves in cages and thought the Holy Spirit was locked out of that place. If God took the Holy Spirit out of churches many wouldn’t recognize it. I bet if that happened here we would notice right away. The first time you see the dove was when He hovered over creation. He brought the chaos of the world and brought it into a functioning system. The day you got saved, God brought order to the chaos in your life. The enemy is trying to bring chaos back into your life. Set the Holy Spirit free in your life!

The second time we see the dove was when Noah was in the ark with the waters subsiding. The dove was sent out and came back. The next time it came back with an olive twig. The third time the dove didn’t come back. The second time is sending Jesus as the olive branch. The third time He sent the Holy Spirit and He didn’t return, He just stays here. The Holy Spirit only rests on life, righteousness and forgiveness. He dwells on life.

The third time we see the Holy Spirit is Jesus at the Jordan when God said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” At that point He hadn’t worked a miracle or preached a single message. We think God blesses based on what we do. He blesses us based on who we are. “This is My beloved Son.” He loves you because you belong to Him.

He kicked over those cages and doves were flying everywhere (Matthew 21:13). He was setting the Holy Spirit free. I believe at that point Jesus smiled. He’s coming to overturn some tables in your life. You have some things that are hindering you. You may think you need to have it. “Oh God, you’re making a mess in my life.” No, you made a mess, He’s getting the mess out of the way. Free the presence and power of the Holy Ghost in your life.

The blind in verse 14 is referring to spiritual vision and the lame refers to ministry.

Matt 21:15-16 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”

And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”* (NKJV)

He pays attention to the children, it’s not how smart you are, it’s your attitude toward Him. “You have perfected praise.” It doesn’t say they perfected it, God perfected it. Worship God out of your heart.

God, release the doves. Release the Holy Spirit. How do you walk with the Spirit? How would you walk with a dove on your shoulder? Carefully, always be mindful of the dove as you walk. Be willing for God to come to the temple and change us. Be willing for Him to drive out materialism. Help us to keep our priorities in order. God gives that we might give.

Father, right now, come to everyone’s temple and look around. Are there tables in your life that need to be overturned? Father, overturn the tables. Father overturn the tables and bring healing and deliverance.

You are the house of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit.

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Part 2: ARISE SHINE 1-2-2015

SERIES: A New Year in a New Land By Pastor Philippi

Part 2: ARISE SHINE 1-2-2015

Text: Isaiah chapters 60-62

I believe this is a prophetic word to the church in general and to Journey Life Center. Even though we are in the dark there is a call to get up and shine. God is giving us grace. There were fireworks in Dubai and a 64 story hotel was on fire. The Lord was telling me, “The world is celebrating, but I am trying to get their attention.”

These three chapters in Isaiah are songs of celebration in response to what God had done in the previous chapters as Israel is coming out of bondage.

Isaiah 59:19-21 19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord  will lift up a standard against him. 20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the Lord. 21 “As for Me,” says the Lord , “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord , “from this time and forevermore.” (NKJV)

There are no commas or punctuation in the Hebrew, some read it differently: “When the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” God is about to flood His kingdom with His glory. His glory shall cover the earth. God is going to do it in you, in your kids, in your grandkids. All of us need a 200 year plan. Put things into place that will affect people who you will never meet, who will look back and say that was the guy in the ancestry tree that changed the course of things.

The Song of the City

This is about Jerusalem becoming victorious. The city is in ruins, but God is going to raise it up. You may be laying in the rubble, there may be a lot of things to put back together, but you are going to do it with God.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

(NKJV) Arise – assumes you’re in the wrong position. It’s hard to do a lot when you’re laying down. In boot camp you need to get up and make a bed so a quarter can bounce off it. The rule was never to touch the bed until it was time to go to bed. God is saying to the church, make your bed and get up. Now you can walk, run, fight, move, work, accomplish; be victorious. Arise, then shine. God is going to get you up shining, not groggy. You shine because your light has come. And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. He is about to put light in us and on us.

Isaiah 60:2-3 reveals that darkness will be on others, but God’s glory will be seen on you causing others to come to your light bringing the wealth of the Gentiles. A woman on her wedding day has that glow. You are the bride of Christ and there is a glow on you, light all around you. You never looked better than when you’re wearing the wedding garments provided by the King. You shine in Jesus. God is lining up a parade of blessings to come into your life in 2016.

The Song of the Servant is Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me

to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn,

3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord , that He may be glorified.” (NKJV)

That is code for Jubilee. This is the year of Jubilee, we need to proclaim freedom. Let our family know God is on their side. There is deliverance coming. Jerusalem is in a heap, not a stone left on a stone. Everyone else said that was a funeral, but God said, “I’m giving you beauty.” We are going to a wedding, not a funeral. Your life may look like ashes, but God is proclaiming a Divine exchange, your ashes for beauty. There is a Divine exchange that happens at the cross. It’s time we wear garments of praise. Dress each other up in garments of praise.

Isaiah 62 The Song of the Church

Isaiah 62:1-3 speaks of righteousness and salvation shining from the Lord’s people for all to see.

There is an arising and a shining. There is a name coming from heaven to put on the church in 2016. He is sending a new name to put on us.

A diadem is what the king uses to make proclamation. That means you are going to be able to command devils to get off your property, to get off your back. In the midst of all this darkness we will see marvelous light, miraculous presence of God. Are you up for it?

An angel told Jesus’ mother she was highly favored. Wouldn’t you think the rest of your life would be glorious? The angel didn’t tell her someone would try to kill her son; that she would have to go live somewhere else in order to be safe and her son would die on the cross. The question I want to leave you with is, ‘Can God trust you with trouble?’ We will be favored and walking in the light, but that doesn’t mean everything will be great. I’m here to tell you it all ends well. Mary ended up with 119 other people on the day of Pentecost and was filled with the Holy Ghost. You may have to go through some stuff, but can God trust you with trouble? You have to go through some trouble to get where God wants you to be.

God is shouting to the church, WAKE UP! Judgment begins at the house of God. You can’t wake up the earth until the church wakes up. God will deal with us before he works on them.

There is a place of commanded blessings. I want to live where He commands the blessing. Isaiah 62:4-6 tells that Israel would no longer be called Forsaken or Desolate, but rather the Lord would set watchmen over them and delight in them making Jerusalem a praise. These watchmen are standing on the wall telling God He promised, now do it. There are people standing on the wall of this church making prophetic proclamations. I know all the prophecies that have been given us for the last 34 years. There are a lot of prophecies like seed in the ground waiting for a gulley washer. I’m standing on the wall, yelling to heaven with all that is within me, “God you promised, now let this be a year of favor!” Hallelujah! Proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, what He is going to do in your family. This will be your breakthrough year!

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