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“Impact of a Generation” sermon
In this final hour, darkness looms over the city. Death and decay are increasingly rampant. Evidently seen by the lack of love and dissatisfaction of love, in a rising number of divorces, adulteress acts, homosexual desire, poverty and an indifferent spirit; all seems but lost.
But there is a generation that is rising for this very hour.
There is a power that is rising, among the sons and daughters of God. There is an authority above all authorities, that is coming to redeem the captive. There is a champion that has long lived before our time, who holds the keys to all our victories!
Though darkness continues to loom over the city, slowly lingering in, is a silent but over-powering light and brightness, which without err sets everything free in its path. This light has always lived, both now and forevermore.
This light is Jesus Christ.
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Our lives are constantly in an experiment with faith. A faithful or faithless lifestyle can be understood through a glass of water. The glass represents our faith. The water represents our hope. First we must understand that there is no other type of faith, but real faith. You can’t have a half-hearted belief, otherwise it is not faith. There is real faith and there is dead faith.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Examine two points here, “hope” and “confidence” must go hand-in-hand to create the faith. When a glass is being filled with water it may or may not reach the lid. “Hope” works in the same manner. Though we may not have the confident belief in our hope immediately, we do have that “hope” which we must cultivate and build to reach faith- a confident assurance in what we hope for. As we place our trust and hope in God, the water is being filled. That hope will reach its maturity and create faith in you, or in other words a revelation.
Many things seem impossible to a man, especially when God calls him to a certain work. However, it is the man’s responsibility to keep trusting God and placing His hope in Christ, which will lead to a full glass of water creating in him faith! You can also understand this by relating “revelation” to it. For example, a revelation must occur for a healing to take place. This is not always the case when one is receiving prayer, but I find it is very much critical. One may to an extent receive a healing and etc. but to stay in divine health and procreate a lifestyle of spirit-living, the individual must live in revelation.
A full cup represents mature faith. God builds mature faith in us. If our faith is not full in that which we ask, we should not hope to receive it. “Let him who asks, believe and have no doubt” (James 1:6).
In the same manner, faith operates. You see, faith is only faith when it is “without wavering.” Faith without works is obsolete (James 2:17). It is in operable until it reaches the “lid.”
For those who haven’t grasped the concept yet- the lid represents the tipping point of your faith. It represents ‘proven trust’ in God. It is at the tipping point that proves you are still relying on God. Many ask God for certain miracles and works in their lives, but if they ask today, believe for tomorrow, but lose hope after that- how successful can that faith be?
There are many elements to understand here. The fundamentals are as follows:
#1 Without faith it is impossible to please God
#2 He who believes must believe and not doubt
#3 Faith allows God to move
a) We have a free will
b) Believing is trusting
c) Trust invites God in
If we believe for God to act or carry out His work in our lifetimes, dare to believe how critical your personal faith is. We can assume God will do what He must regardless but I just don’t believe Jesus spoke in vain when He said:
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58)
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt. (James 1:6)
Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith also expedites events. Believing for a loved one to change? Are you praying for them- casting down strongholds that hold power over them? Are you blessing them and proclaiming the authority of Christ over them? My friends we must pray and believe without wavering that He who holds the power is just and able to do all that we ask in His name. And He does not wish for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9).
Pray my friends, pray! He is on His throne and is able to do exceedingly more than you can think or ask (Ephesians 3:20). I have heard too many stories and testimonies of God’s power when people stood in faith.
Andrew Wommack was interceding for it to rain in a season of drought. It wasn’t until he aggressively took it upon himself to pray and intercede for the rain that something began to happen. For three days, during his prayer, the clouds would come, darken and thunder, but it would not rain. Not even a drizzle. Wommack recalled how he began to feel the Holy Spirit empowering Him through the prayer. On the third day, the clouds came in again, brewing and thundering, and all of a sudden, it began to rain. It rained steadily for three whole days, and did not cause any downpours. God is good! Not only does He come on time, but in the best fashion possible!
Wommack stated that because He began to pray and believe for it, the rain would have surely come, but it might have come days or weeks later, but the crop needed the rain within days or it would spoil. Faith has a tipping point.
Michael Walker from The Q997 radio station recalled how they stood believing for their pledge drive goal. Several days passed and they were still only halfway with a day or so left. The staff stood believing, encouraging one another, not allowing doubt to creep in. It was fascinating to hear that, because most of us would rather let our guard down, because faith makes you vulnerable, you set yourself up for an expectation you yourself cannot meet. Therefore, you need God to come through. That’s the definition of faith.
As the Q997 team stood in faith with a day or so left, they collected, I believe, more than they did in the past 2 or 3 days. I’m telling you… when God moves… He moves. It’s almost a funny illustration, but I believe it drives a point. I can imagine God watching as His faithful ones stand in the gap believing and God begins to look down and realize there are no human resources for the timing needed. He sees His children have believed Him to the end, reaching the tipping point, and according to His word, He promised faith would have its reward. Therefore, God nudges His heavenly resources over His throne to fall from heaven to earth to meet His children’s request!
We must realize, it is humanly impossible for certain events to take place or certain events to occur. The more we experience those positions of need, the more we can see God work in our lives. Dare to believe!
What does all of this mean for us today? Let’s go back to the glass of water analogy. The water represents ‘hope’ and ‘trust’ in God. Though you are not able to believe in something God said or is saying or for something you are asking, you can make a decision to ‘hope’ in Him. It is that decision to trust God will reveal and work in your life.
Only a revelation can give you a ‘faith’ that does not waver. A revelation is reflection of your spirit man. It gives you the ability to believe in the impossibilities of God. It is a spiritual work and nothing of your doing.
For example, let’s take our ability to believe that God loves us. How do we attain a position where we are fully convinced God loves us? We can say we believe, but if you actually believed, 99% of your day would be overwhelmed with peace and joy. But how much joy and peace do we experience in our daily lives oppose to anxiety and worry? Can you imagine the change in an individual who constantly meditates on the love of God- coming to a point where he has no doubt that an almighty God of great impossibilities loves him. It will change his entire perspective and Christ promised nothing short of that.
So today, do you want to attain that position of power and be fully convinced God loves you? First we must understand that we do not control revelation. So you must realize right now that you cannot give yourself a revelation of God’s love. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. But what you must do is place your hope and trust in God to reveal it to you. That is your responsibility!
Let go of that pressure to try and believe Biblical truths. Fear not, “I have overcome the world ” (John 16:33). Who has overcome? Christ. Not you. So then, it is Christ who will reveal it to you. Christ is the One with the victory. All you have to do is “hope in Him.”
As you keep placing that hope in Him, you are filling a glass of water. When the water reaches the lid, you will receive a revelation of what you are hoping and trusting for. For example, you believe God can heal you of your disease, but why aren’t you getting healed? It is because you don’t fully believe it yet. Your job is to keep placing your hope in Christ as your deliverer. By doing this, you are trusting in what God has said regarding your wellness. And as you continue in this hope, you will come to a realization of the truth. It is in a sense fighting through the soulish man. It is a process of renewing your mind to the Word of God and as you do that, revelation is sure to come.
There is no minimum or maximum time length that you must put in for something to occur because once faith reaches the tipping point it can’t go anywhere else but over. God moves based on your belief in Him. Belief in Him- faith- is only truly faith when it does not doubt.
When you receive a revelation, you receive faith, and faith moves mountains. Thus, you have reached the tipping point. Stand back and watch as God works.
One lesson I can never forget, “Silence is the greatest carrier of God’s presence.” It is in silence that man finds God. Undisturbed silence is the catalyst to an undisturbed relationship with Him. There is nothing like silence that says, “You alone God.” Countless scriptural references can be pointed to the act of silence as a time of prayer and meditation before God.
Why is silence so important? Silence strips us of all self-indulgence, self-righteousness, and self-promotion. There is no hypocrisy or double-mindedness in silence. Silence brings everything but you into the scene. It demotes self-proclamation and self-promotion. It leaves no room for hypocrisy, because silence is no friend of noise. Silence shuns the faint of heart, the ill-willed and the passive spirit.
Silence is an agent and friend of presence. The ultimate presence it acknowledges is the one that always is and always was. Because even in silence, God remains. Silence shuns us out, but invites God in. Silence has always been God’s platform. Where else is God given complete free-will control?
We must return to undisturbed silence, a time in prayer, where we remain silent, unmoved by what surrounds us or what captivates us. Undisturbed silence honors God. In this we must continue for some time, because amongst the time that we do not sense His presence, yet remain silent, we are giving him a real honor, respecting His presence, His timeliness and His faithfulness to us, regardless of what we feel, think or see. This is true faith.
Today… if you are facing a giant that has been in your land for some time … there is a new hope. This is the hope of tenacity. Tenacity is the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly (Google.com). Tenacity is the ability to keep fighting, but purposeful fighting that has the hope of victory. Tenacity alone is not enough. In Christianity, the battles we face within our souls are determined by our tenacious spirit. All that’s within you, as a born-again believer, is already victorious, but our fallen souls must be redeemed by our saved spirits. We do not go into battle without victory leading us. We cannot face a giant that is stronger than us. Nor do we go of our own will and strength. The victory has been determined on the cross, what you do with it, remains to be your victory.
To put it into perspective, there are habits and old experiences that continue to haunt us. They determine how we live today. They continue to dictate our perspectives and feelings. Christ came not only to set the spirit free, but the soul and body with it. Today, there is no excuse for our behavior, attitudes, and feelings. We were not bought with cheap coin, but with the blood of the one and only holy Man. He has determined your thoughts and actions to be set free from all bondage and if you are not, well then, Calvary hasn’t fully taken place in your heart yet.
A tenacious spirit doesn’t come easily, but it starts with a choice. A choice to be victorious, a choice to be patient, a choice to be content, a choice to endure, a choice to have hope. The question today is how are you dealing with the giants in your land? Are you overcoming in the heat of the battle? Or is your foe continuing to be triumphant over you?
When the heat of the battle comes, you may not be ready for it, but it is here that your giant falls. When you feel the pressure of everything around you closing in, it is here where the fighting gets tough. It remains tough until you begin to welcome the pressure not as a foe, but as an agent of victory. In this heat, you will begin squirming, looking for a way out, to past sins, to past relationships, to past thought patterns, to past hobbies. You become very uncomfortable, seeking relief, something to satisfy your soul.
This is where giants are slayed. If you persevere and make a determined step towards your victory, you will be victorious. There is only success for the one who makes the right step. As all things in Christianity, they do not seem appetizing at first, but when you produce that fruit, all things have never been better. For instance, patience is a fruit of the spirit. For most of us, patience is a hard word, an unwelcoming aroma, and therefore very few attain that fruit, unwilling to produce it. Little do we realize, if we persevere towards it, patience is a luscious fruit, that produces a quality of life like no other. If nothing else convinces you to become a patient person, take this illustration home with you. Imagine that patience is an apple. You attitude towards patience determines the quality of the apple. To this point, some of you have been eating a rotten apple, while others have been eating a tasteless apple. But how many of you would like to eat the luscious tasty apple? Well then, I illustrate the quality of life to this apple. Our quality of life is determined by the fruits of our spirit, and whether they are produced within us or not. Remember, your spirit has got it (if born-again) but your soul has yet to attain it. What are you appetizing your soul with today? Learn to be patient, allow the Spirit to work it within you, so that your quality of life may change for the better.
Therefore, the same happens in the heat of the battle. We suppose that it is too hard and not worth fighting, but the matter of fact is that we just don’t realize how much greener the grass is on the other side. Accept the pressure you are facing today, determine your victory, and you shall come out as a dazzling diamond, pleasing to both God and men.
God is a healer. He is interested in our freedom. Don’t ever dare to believe otherwise. If freedom is a product of the Lord’s presence, “Where the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom” (2 Corinth. 3:17), then how can we expect anything but freedom?
Before we can walk in freedom, we must believe it is God’s will. As we recognize that His will is indeed to prosper us “that it may be well with our souls” (3 John 1:2), we can then start walking into it. But trust me and the Word of God on this fact: Without faith, you will attain nothing from the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, it is absolutely essential to believe in WHO God is before you can reap His rewards and blessings (Hebrews 11:6).
The step to our freedom begins with uprooting ‘once conscious’ thoughts out of our subconscious. This is done by “repenting and rebuking” of old wounds. We must confess old thoughts, patterns of thinking and decisions that were made. In the Secret Place, out of your heart, and unto the Lord, you must acknowledge anything that doesn’t line up with the Person of Jesus Christ.
Sounds a lot like confession? Yes, but entirely not what you think. Repentance is releasing ownership of what never belonged to you. Through the process of “repenting and rebuking,” we are releasing “things” that don’t belong to our spirit man, things that hold us captive and in bondage, until we release them. Let me illustrate this further: Does a certain situation trouble you? Are you instantly offended even at the thought of someone you know? Are you afraid of public speaking? Do you cringe when someone asks you to pay for their meal? Is there someone you don’t want to be seen with?
More than likely, you have several of these situations if not a whole fold. Here’s the problem: men and women are living in bondage but there is freedom if we can access our souls through the Spirit of God. This pertains more to Christians, because if you are not a born-again believer, you have no legal authority over any spiritual foe and the last thing you need to worry about is a character flaw, because you have a much greater underlying problem- your spirit in its entirety is dead and if not “born-again” by the Spirit of God, has no authority to take on any “soul” matter.
Christians, on the other hand, continue to live in bondage as well, because they do not take captive what doesn’t belong to them, but they hold it to themselves and try to live in freedom and victory. We can’t live in freedom if we aren’t letting go of “sin.” In this case, sin is not necessarily sexual immorality or theft. Sin is accepting the dead mentality over the Spirit mentality. The Spirit mentality is believing in the full finished work of Jesus Christ, found in the atonement. Not only do you gain relationship with God, but divine healing and restoration of your soul, “through the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Therefore, if you aren’t releasing the old mentality, you are accepting it.
It is important to realize that on our own we cannot search out and release old habits, thoughts and strongholds. The human soul is unsearchable, but the Spirit of God knows everything about you and He will bring to your remembrance those “things” you must release. He stands with us, as we release those “things” that don’t belong to us. He stands today saying, “Child, release that thing, that I may heal it, cover it and restore YOUR freedom once and forevermore”!
When we “repent” of a certain event or situation that once happened, we are renouncing the authority over that “thing.” For example, let’s say that back in grade school, the class was making public presentations, but deep in your heart and mind, you didn’t believe in yourself and focused on how annoying your voice sounds or your accent. AT THAT POINT, you sowed a seed into your heart, a corrupt seed that doesn’t have any place in the Kingdom of God. This seed will create a hole in your heart that will forever keep you in bondage in some fashion or another to public speaking. As time passes, you affirm that decision, rationalizing that you really dislike public speaking, “just because,” but all you are doing is binding yourself more and more to your master- fear. You are locking yourself away further and further into an isolated dungeon. It is exactly where the devil wants to keep you, stripping you of your authority.
I repeat, this is not the Lord’s plan or way. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”! Rather we must have a continual release and flush of anything contrary to the Word and Person of Jesus Christ! In the depth of your heart, in your prayers, confess, repent and rebuke those “authorities” you’ve allowed in your life through circumstances, situations, and relationships. As you release that corrupt seed, the Holy Spirit immediately patches the wound and heals you, closing the door to that weakness and “authority” *forever. Did I say forever? As long as you hold fast to your confession, you will remain free (Hebrews 10:23), because He, the Lord, holds the keys to Hell and Hades and has defeated every spiritual foe, to whom the Father has submitted every authority and principality. You need not worry about His authorization. It has been given to Him from the Father of lights, in whom there is no darkness or shadow of turning (James 1:17).
He brings us to a place of repentance to restore our freedom. Will freedom cost us everything? Yes. Everything that doesn’t belong to you as a child of God.