SERIES: THE ROAR By Pastor Philippi
Part 1: THE SOUND 6/21/2015
We are definitely entering a new season and I believe it is a whirlwind. God comes in the whirlwind. Ezekiel and Isaiah talks about God coming in the whirlwind, Zechariah talks about God coming in a whirlwind, Elijah went up in a whirlwind, and Pentecost started with a whirlwind. I’m praying, “God, send the wind!”
John 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (NKJV) You won’t be able to figure it all out. God may do things very differently than the past. There is nothing more exciting than living in the Spirit.
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (NKJV) It didn’t say a wind blew in the room, but a sound like a wind. We are hearing a new sound from heaven.
The Roar of God
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (NKJV) If there is sin in your life when God starts breaking in with the new sound, some will go hide. Sin will lead you to hide from God.
The word sound is the word Qol in the Hebrew, which means a loud thundering voice or sound. They didn’t hear the pitter patter of feet or branches rustling. That word can be literally translated roar. When the lion roars all of the jungle comes to attention.
John 12:28-29 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” (NKJV)
Some people will hear this next move of God clearly, some will think something supernatural is happening, but won’t understand it. And some will just know a noise happened.
Ps 42:7 [Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts; all Your breakers and Your rolling waves have gone over me. (AMP) God wants His roar to connect with your roar, with the roar in you. There is a roar in you. God is calling us to lion territory. This world needs strength.
Cool of the day in Hebrew is the same word we get for spirit and for breath. The Holy Ghost is the breath of the Father. God breathes on creation and this world was changed by the blast of His breath! God created the whole earth out of His mind with just a breath. The roar of God made mountains, valleys, streams, oceans and you!
The Roar of God Creates Order Out of Chaos
Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (NKJV) All God has to do is look into your life and say, “Let there be light. Let there be wholeness, healing, prosperity, victory, purpose and destiny, let there be ministry!”
Entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, says everything without an outside force devolves into disorder. If you do nothing, things get worse. You’ve lived that law your whole life, you just didn’t know its name. That’s why evolution doesn’t work. Things don’t naturally get better. Things are constantly going downhill unless there is an outside force that changes the situation. Without Jesus you will just spiral down. You are not the outside force that counts, God is! When God intervenes He puts you back together so you can look like you’re supposed to look. God brings order to chaos, resources to emptiness and light to dark. He did that to creation and He can do that in your life!
This new season is going to come in because of the roar that is coming into our church.
After the roar series we will take three Sundays to talk about what’s going to happen on Sunday, September 13th. We’re calling a solemn assembly that day. We’re asking everyone to be here. God said the feasts of Israel are forever. It is the Jewish New Year. This New Year is the Shemitah. Every 7 years the land has to have a Sabbath. It is the accumulation of all of the Sabbaths through 7 years.
This is the 49th year. The 50th year is called Jubilee. It starts when the sun goes down on September 13th. Some have estimated this is the 70th jubilee since Moses. We’re almost done with 6,000 years of history since Adam, that’s six days. On the 7th we are going to have a thousand year Sabbath with Jesus. After the 49 year cycle, on that day is the last in the series of blood moons. There will also be eclipses of the sun near that time. The Jews believe the world was created on that day, ‘Happy birthday world and Adam!’
Every feast day has a detailed description of how the Jews should celebrate. It is called Rosh Hashanah and the Feast of the Trumpets and the Day of the Sound. Only one thing is said what to do on that day, “Make a sound.” We’re going to make a sound on that day. That’s why they blow the trumpets and shofars, they are making a sound in response to the roar of God. They believe on that day, God lays out your whole year That’s why they pray and fast 7 days. Its the first fruits, get that day right and get the whole year right.
The word shofar means beauty or delight. The shofar is bent which refers to repentance and bending to the will of God instead of being so self involved. On that day we will hear from the Lord and speak over the congregation. At the rapture God will blow the trumpet.
The stock market crashed on the last Shemitah; it lost 777 points, one of the biggest crashes in history. Wouldn’t it be cool if we were all together on that day and God raptured the church? If you get too preoccupied with this life you may not hear the trumpet. This world has a lot of voices, noise, and distractions. If we’re not careful the sound of this world will drown out the roar of God. We need to hear the roar of God! We need to connect to the roar of God!
SERIES: ALWAYS PRAISING By Pastor Philippi
Part 4: THE DIRGE AND THE DANCE
A Biblical Example of the Dirge and the Dance
In Luke 7:11-15 There was a group that were having a party enjoying a great celebration. But there was another group coming through. A widow was coming with a large crowd, grieved over her only son’s death. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion and Jesus touched the open coffin. That would make you unclean in that culture. The whole crowd got real quiet and everyone stood still. Jesus spoke to the young man, “Arise.” He sat up and began to speak and Jesus presented him to his mother.
Live Praise Brings Dead Things to Life
There is a point in your life when that which is dead meets with a praise that is alive. When the praise which is alive touches that which is dead it raises it up. Your praise has power to raise up that which is dead! Praise God and thank Him and watch that which you have lost come back.
When the dirge meets the dance life springs up. There is deliverance in the dance and the praise. Praise is different than worship, it’s more physical, it’s a choice we make. Praise expresses great joy.
Invited to the Dance
I have a picture of three angels that met Abraham, actually it was the trinity. Three colors in the picture are very significant, the brown is Jesus in His humanity, blue is divinity, and green is the fruitfulness of the Spirit. They are sitting like you could put another chair in front. That is your chair. He is welcoming you into this!
There is a Greek word perichoresis; peri means to go around and coresis is where we get the name chorus from. Originally it meant to dance around. They dance in a circle and go faster. This dance is meant to be a group activity. God wants to dance with us. He is inviting us to the table, to be a part of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. God didn’t need us. He wanted to share. If there wasn’t a trinity God would have not known fellowship. God created marriage for that reason, a father a mother and child. Praise brings you into this fellowship, it brings you to the table, it adds you to the dance.
When you’re going through it, try this, call someone up and share what you’re going through and ask them to praise God with you. Praise is not just words, it’s what we do, it’s a dance. Lisa is interpreting the words in a dance. We are acting out our praise in dance.
When in Trouble Gather the Family and the Church to Praise
In 2 Chronicles 20 it tells of a great battle setting up. Jehoshaphat was outnumbered. Verse 3 says, “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord.” Fear is not necessarily a lack of faith. It’s natural to be afraid. You can be fearful but believe God will take you through it. Its okay to know you may be against something that is beyond you. You may not know how to get through some things. When you don’t know what to do, you should do as Judah did, put your eyes on God! Praise lifts your eyes unto Jesus!
Praise Invites God Into the Battle
2 Chron 20:15-17 ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord , who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
Sometimes all you need to do is show up. That’s why it’s important you have a place of prayer. You may not know what to pray or how to pray, but you need to show up for prayer. You may not know what to pray or what to do, but just show up and God will send the power of the Holy Ghost and He will fight that battle for you. Quit fighting and let God fight the battle for you!
You Need to Appoint a Praise
2 Chronicles 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” (NKJV)
He appointed a praise. Say it loud, be specific, be exact. Praise brings victory and spoils. It took them three days to collect the loot. Your praise will bring fruit, it will raise the dead, it will bring back what you’ve lost.
Praise Names Your Valley
2 Chronicles 20:26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day. (NKJV) They celebrated in the valley of prosperity. God will turn your valley into a prosperous place. If you’re praising you will name your trouble, ‘blessing.’
Psalms 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. (NKJV)
When the praise meets the dirge, the dirge is over.