II Chron. 20:1-3 tells us that Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, feared the Lord, set himself to seek the Him, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. The fast was called to seek the Lord and to hear His voice. Fasting changes the person. Spiritual things follow the physical. Cleansing takes out the toxins and wastes, just as fasting does, to help usher in a sense of the holiness of God. Before there is a corporate (a church body) fast, God has to bring unity. In Acts 10:30-34 Cornelius was fasting, praying, and giving alms, seeking the Lord, and an angel appeared to him. Did Cornelius know what he was fasting and praying for? No, but they helped prepare him to hear and obey God’s messenger. During this corporate 21-day fast in January, present your body as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1) and keep it under.
Choose the Fear of the Lord
Text: Prov. 1:28-29; Prov. 2:1-5; Acts 51-11. Preparation of the heart is needed for declaring a fast. You need the fear of the Lord. What is it? It is to hate evil. Sin will make you want to hide, and if you do, then your conscience becomes hardened. Sin keeps you from intimacy with God. So what should you do when you sin? Repent, and He will pour out His Spirit. Our high-stimulus society desensitizes you to sin in the negative and to the Holy Spirit in the positive. What should you do when your heart has been seared? Listen, cry out to God for discernment and understanding. Search for God and wisdom. CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD! Listen as Pastor Dale gives personal examples of the fear of the Lord coming to him and groups of people. Just as you can choose to walk in the fear of the Lord, you can choose to walk out of it. Ananias and Sapphira did not fear the Lord and were struck dead and great fear came on the church. It’s not the experience that bring the fear of the Lord, but it’s the word that brings the fear of the Lord. You must touch and step into the fear of the Lord to know and understand it. God’s presence changes you.
Openly Means Manifestation (testimonies)
Offering sermon: God will reward you openly for giving, praying, and fasting. Openly means manifestation. The reward is tied into the manifestation of the Spirit. Apostle Dale Armstrong gave a word and preached on I Cor. 2:10, Rom. 15:19, 20, and Eph. 2:20. Jesus is the chief cornerstone and the church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Gene Olon shared powerful testimonies of releasing victory through fasting: spine and bone cancer instantly healed, a missing bone appearing, his family members being filled with the Spirit, patients responding to praying in tongues, and a person healed who fell off a roof. In Bible times Esther and Jonah changed the history of all the Jewish people and the people of Ninevah through fasting.
A Word For 2011 Sudden Impacts
Prophet Bob Hawk shares a word for 2011 about sudden impacts. He defines the terms and clarifies the importance of the time we are in for this year and this decade. God is making adjustments in our lives, and it is critical for you to stay in love, submit to God and resist the devil, purify yourself, be single-minded, cooperate with God for divine connections, stay in connection with God, and listen to the Spirit of God. There is an accountability to finish the course.
Praise and Worship Going First
This service consisted of an offering sermon about fasting, praying, and giving alms (Acts 10:1-4 and Matt. 6:1 and 2). Pastor Dale shared about the powerful testimonies of Gene Olon, an Armada missionary to Romania, who is strong in seeing people baptized with the Holy Spirit and healed, along with seeing God’s provision. Sharon Hawk shared a testimony of a homeless man who saw God’s goodness and was born-again and baptized in the Spirit. Bob Hawk spoke out a word from the Lord, and Pastor Dale taught briefly about the victory of Judah by obeying God to put the praise and worship “team” in front of the army and to watch God put ambushes against the enemy (II Chron. 20). We must all enter into obedience of what God is telling us to do.
The next Decade (Second Night)
Prophetic Conference: The next Decade (Second Night) Offering message: Acts 10 and Matt. 6:1 and 2. Fasting, praying, and giving are keys to the open reward, the manifestation. Pastor Dale: pray for yourself to have the spirit of wisdom and revelation. Deut. 34:9 tells us that Joshua was full of the spirit of wisdom after Moses laid hands on him. The Eph. 1 prayer is that we should pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation. Gene Olon ministered on being baptized in the Holy Spirit and then ministered and laid hands on two men, who in turn ministered the prayer for receiving the spirit of wisdom and revelation along with Gene.
Third Evening of the Prophetic Conference The Next Decade
Pastor Dale again reinforces the link between giving, praying, and fasting in secret and God’s rewarding us openly in manifestations of the Spirit. Art Remington shared more details on G. C. Bevington, a surrendered believer and pray-er who fasted. Bob Hawk gives a word about precise precision and an exhortation to stop walking around the mountain, and then Bruce Ladebu ministered to those who felt that they were going around the mountain repeatedly. Both Bruce and Bob ministered strong prophetic and encouraging words and strong declarations of thanks and love to Gene Olon. Gene Olon spoke also.
The Next Decade The Kingdom of God
Bruce Ladebu gave a word to Jon Fike. Bruce talked about his work with the children (slaves) in Pakistan. Say yes and go into the glory and life zone. The church must act and take back the enemy’s territory. Change the world. Have you rescued someone from hell? The word that Bruce received for the next decade: 1) It will be a time of multi-generational teamwork. 2) It will be a time of wonder and amazement of the manifest power of God. 3) Unlikely characters will be raised up to reach cultures that have resisted Jesus Christ. 4) Persecution will increase but so will the church’s authority through love, grace, and mercy. The kingdom of God is about power to prosper, to rise out of your problems and to be joyful. It’s uncomfortable to expand the kingdom. Obey God. The power of God is available to every one of us. Dan. 11:32 The people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits. The church must become relevant. We need to change. The essentials of life in the natural have spiritual compatibilities: air (the Holy Spirit), water (baptism of change to His ways), food (the Word), shelter (covenant relationships), exercise (being a doer of the Word), and to excrete wastes (God’s refining fire). Are you willing to change? Give. Bruce ministers prophetically to several people in the congregation and then he, Bob and Sharon, Dale and Teri, and Gene Olon ministered to the people.
The Next Decade: What We Can Know About the Future
Offering message: Matt. 6:1, 4, 6, 16, 18. Jesus guarded us for our breakthrough. Jesus is our lawyer. The manifestation is like a curtain pulled back on miracles. Get rid of the “I don’t deserve it” mentality. Don’t look for scriptures to condemn yourself. Remember, God isn’t against you. You will fight for what belongs to you- I. E. healing. Why live in poverty when Jesus died for you? Sermon: God wants to reveal your future. What can we know about the future? 1) You win. You are blessed. You are victorious. II Cor. 2:4. 2) We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. You are created for purpose. God has already been where you are going. II Tim. 1:9 God has called us before time began. 3) Is. 45:11 Decree where you are going. He tells us to ask Him of things to come and command Him concerning the work of His hands. The congregation made personal and family decrees and declarations, as well as Pastor Dale and Teri, Bob, and Gene. There was ministry to those who are “Jonahs”. Pastor Dale had a word for Gene Olon.
My People Are the Prophet Over Their Own Lives
Prov. 18:20, 21 tells us about the power of the tongue for life and death Release the Word of God into the atmosphere. Mark 11:12-23. How do we speak life? By putting the Word in your heart, saying it, believing it, and guarding your heart. In Rom. 4:9 we learn that Abraham called thing that didn’t exist as though they did. Heb. 11:3 the worlds were framed by the Word of God. Be persistent and don’t draw back. We have a voice of authority. Yield to God. Job 22:21-28. We live by God’s words. Get to know Him and put His words in your heart. Ask Him what needs to come out of your heart. God assumes you will do what you say. Allow God’s two-edged sword to separate the flesh. You can’t drag your past into your future. Bob shares some personal testimonies and speaks out declarations.
Prophetic Conference: Call for Intercession
Bob Hawk delivers a word about CWI being a preparing, equipping, and sending church. In a prophetic act, the congregation formed a wall against the enemy by joining arms. Gene Olon and Bob ministered to those who are being led into deeper intercession. Bob expounds on the need for intercession.
Prophetic Releasing of Bob and Sharon Hawk into Ministry to Indonesia
Matt. 6:1,2,4,16,18; Acts 10:30, 31; Acts 13:2. God sees your heart when you give, fast, and pray. Giving pulls the greed out of you, and fasting pulls the bad out of you. God wants to show Himself strong on your behalf. Cornelius received an angelic manifestation after praying, giving alms, and fasting. (Angels help when a person does what they can, but there’s part that they need assistance, or they appear to encourage those who are not confident to do it. The purpose of Cornelius’ angelic manifestation was to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles. Pastor Dale has a word for Gene Olon. Sermon: Pastor Dale gives the history of Bob Hawk’s connection with him from the 1980s and the beginning of Church of the Word International. The first part of the “International” was meeting a man from the Philippines, and Bob was sent out to the Philippines. (Pastor Dale releases a word.) Another time in a home-church setting, Pastor Dale anointed Bob to go to all the world, even Russia. (Pastor Dale releases a word to Bob about the curtain being pulled back and that he would be going to Indonesia, that it would be a small door, and he would have to push through three times and then return immediately. The door will rip wide open and God will give him that nation. He will have to find trusted souls like Elijah and blow on them until they’re flaming. There were many other words for Bob and Sharon, such as assignment, not opportunity. Teri speaks over them, and then Steve Broich. Different people spoke prophetic words to them. Bob and Sharon prayed and prophesied over Dwight Miller. Debbie and Pastor Dale spoke about the importance of ministry to children.
Revelation to a Deeper Depth Part 1
Pastor Dale tells about Gene Olon praying for someone in the “cake line” at a wedding. He also tells about praying for a man to be filled with the Holy Spirit while he was driving. Bob Hawk expounds on the word from the Lord given to him between Christmas and New Year’s 2009 about equipping us for His purpose. Sharpen your skill to listen to Him. He will quicken and illuminate what He already has in store for us. The spirit of confusion and fear has to be broken over the Body of Christ. CWI has a breaking anointing to set people free and set them into their destiny. After Oral Roberts died, there was an adjustment, a rearranging. God told Bob, “Revelations to deeper depth with a stronger flow will be released to My people. Righteousness, power to live right before the Lord, understanding how to stand in order in His body.” God is going to make adjustments in us, rearranging us, and putting us in order. Confusion comes into a church when people are out of order. Bob explains “righteousness” and “shift”. We were created for this time, and we must walk worthy, presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, and stand perfect and complete in the will of God. We must shift from believing lies, tradition, and what symptoms say in our bodies, to the truth, which is the only thing we can agree upon.
Revelation to a Deeper Depth Part 2
This is a continuation of part 1 on Jan. 16th.
Your Personal Prayer Life
Phil. 4:6, 7. We are to not fret or have any anxiety for anything. God wants you to be free from anxiety and worry, but how can you do that? You turn your cares into prayers and your worries into thanksgiving. I Peter 5:7 tells you to cast your cares on Him for He cares for you. Make sure your prayers are full of thanksgiving and rejoice in the Lord. Pastor Dale tells of the time he and his wife, Teri, needed a place to live in Moscow and how they prayed and thanked the Lord for His answer. God gave them what they needed and even what they wanted. If you’re not at peace, keep thanking and praising God and look at the good. Phil. 4:8 tells us to look and think on things that are true and noble and just and pure and lovely and of good report and virtuous and praiseworthy. Just as you can lock out channels on a TV, put a lock on your mind. You choose what you think about, so speak scripture in your mind before you go to bed, and you’ll wake up with those scriptures on your mind. Negativity will take away your thanksgiving and praise. II Cor. 10:4 says that you are to pull down strongholds and imaginations, like an enemy building his castle on your property. You have to fight to pull it down. Don’t allow the stronghold to be greater than God. You can be free from depressive thoughts. You cannot stop yourself from what you’re thinking about, so you have to think about something else. Put the Word of God into your mind. (Prov. 6:20-22) (Ps. 112:1-3). Discriminate your thoughts against the Word.
The Next Decade What God Has Called Us To
God gave Jesus Christ all authority (power), and He gave it to us and told us to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- Matt. 28:18-20. The next decade goes to 2020, an important year in the world’s “measuring stick”. This generation is one of change: boundaries, accessibility to the whole world, America as the leader in missions, peoples to be evangelized… What does God want to perform in your life in the next ten years? Obey Jesus. God has the world in mind in everything you do. Mark 16:15 tells us to preach the gospel to every creature; it also tells us all what follows us when we believe. Eph. 4:11 God gave the five-fold ministries to equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building of the body of Christ. What’s your view of church life? Many people risk everything- their careers, finances, friends, security, lives- to worship with other believers. Do you value church life? We in the body of Christ need input from all of the five-fold ministries. One person can change many lives. (Example: An Arabic couple who risked their lives for ten years and have now started an Arabic television ministry in Detroit. Pradeep Perera prophesied over Pastor Dale for the next ten years about his apostolic ministry of church planting. In 1987 the Lord told him about church plants in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Washington, D. C. He also sensed a call to Boston. Listen as Pastor Dale tells how God showed him in D. C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh how quickly He could put him in front of a large group of people. Each time, he had to learn that he needed to be faithful to finish what he was doing and that God would fulfill His word to him when He was ready and when Pastor Dale finished what he was doing. God is never in a hurry. In 1992-1993 God told him that He was opening a door for him and that he was to get through the door. Pastor Dale said that he had finished what God told him to do.
How to Be Led by the Holy Spirit Part 1
We must be led by and yield to the Spirit. Listen to how the Holy Spirit led Pastor Dale to find someone in Greece. Prov. 11:3 “The integrity of the upright shall guide them.” One side of this is that there is a measure of holiness and being in right relationship with God as a prerequisite. God leads the upright. We can be sensitive and hear and be fine-tuned to the Spirit. You don’t have to keep asking God, if you do what’s right. Integrity will guide you. God won’t give you a specific word when you don’t intend to follow the guidance He has written in His Word. Pastor Dale tells of his experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit in the United Methodist Church and having an opportunity to go to Asbury College. There was no decision when he saw that the application would only be accepted if he marked that he had never spoken in other tongues. God has integrity and is a gentleman who needs to be invited into your life. Ps. 15:4b “He who swears to his own hurt and does not change” … (verse 5 “shall not be moved”). Keeping your word is the other side of inegrity. God can’t guide you if you’ve already given your word and made a decision. Choices can confine you. Life is like a train on a train-track. You will fulfill God’s will on that track. Watch your words. God guides us according to the limits of your words. Pastor Dale tells of hearing from God when he went to Moscow and planned to go to Veronich to speak for a pastor. He sensed the Holy Spirit telling him not to get on the plane, but he had given his word, so he went to a great deal of difficulty to reach the pastor. The pastor was so glad he called, because he needed to leave because of a death in the family. Because he was in Moscow, he asked God what to do, and He told him to pray over the Metro stations in Moscow for three days/nights. As a result of his praying, the Spirit of God came and gave him a love for Moscow and the Russian people. BE OBEDIENT TO THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR WORD in order to get further revelation and guidance. When you do what you need to by integrity, God will fill in the gap with specifics. Do what God tells you to do and be usable. God will use whatever He needs to, to get you where you need to be. You don’t need to pray about doing what God has told you to do. FOLLOW THE INTEGRITY IN YOUR HEART.
Testimony to Transform the Church to a House of Matthew
Offering and communion: Pastor Dale reminds us that we can do all through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:13) and that we should see a need as an opportunity to touch others. He ministered communion using I Cor. 11:23-26. Pastor Mats Ola Ishoel, a Norwegian who pastors the vibrant Word of Life Church in Moscow, Russia, inspires the church to be Jesus to the unsaved and unbelievers. It is harvest time, and it is for a season. We should be attracting unbelievers to the church and to Jesus. How do we do that? It is the life and love of God and Jesus Christ in us! The house of Matthew (Matt. 9:9-13) was attractive to unbelievers with Jesus in the middle. There was no compromise, but there was fellowship and then life-changing salvations. Jesus was open and friendly. BE LIKE HIM! We should fear becoming cold and indifferent. Do we care about the fate of others around us? Be alive- from the inside out and care for others as Jesus does. Luke 6:36 tells us to be merciful. Our church should have new people all the time. We need to be interested in people and get to know them and take the initiative and be inclusive in our attitude. James 2:15-17 says clearly that our faith is dead without works. It’s the works and action that make our faith and love come alive. Invite and bring people to church. Connect with people. Do we love our church? Then we’ll talk about it to everyone we come in contact with. Ask God for wisdom and creativity to reach out to unbelievers, our neighbors, and co-workers. Matt. 9:36-38 Jesus was moved with compassion. The harvest is plentiful, and the laborers are few. Always be looking for people to attract to Jesus and the church. Care and be genuinely interested in them.
Think a New Thought and Be Bold
Mats Ola from Moscow challenges us to think what we have not thought before. In John 4, Jesus shocked His disciples and the woman at the well. He broke barriers by talking to a woman, first of all, and to a Samaritan secondly. The Jews did not do this! What was the result? A village and then a whole region was opened to the Gospel. The first step is: BELIEVE GOD FOR NEW STEPS, THE ABILITY TO SEE OPPORTUNITIES, AND THE RELEASE OF THE CREATIVE GIFT IN YOU. In I Cor. 2:9 we are told that we have not seen or heard and known in our hearts what things God has prepared for those who love Him. Mats Ola tells of a time he was called on to do something “impossible” (turn a glass right-side up with a tennis ball in it), but the Spirit of God showed him how to do it, and he shocked everyone there. In Acts 13:2 the Spirit clearly told the believers that Barnabas and Saul were to be separated for the work He had for them, but they had to seek Him to get the details (Acts 16:6). Mats Ola tells how he was led by the Spirit to go to a home group instead of to a big Christian concert and how he had to seek God and not give up in adopting his twin children. The unlimited is in us. Don’t give up too quickly! Think about your life in God. Ask: Where am I fruitless? Is there something lacking? Where am I stagnant? The second step is: BE BOLD TO DO SOMETHING YOU HAVE NOT DONE BEFORE. Know that there will be resistance, especially in the getting-started stage! It takes more force to get the train started than to keep it going. There are seeds of revelation in us, but there are hindrances and postponements. In II Kings 2 Elisha knew Elijah was going home, so he asked for a double portion of the anointing. He had a challenge when he saw Elijah go. Would the double portion work for him? Standing by the Jordan River with the sons of the prophets watching him to see what he would do, he had to be bold and believe that he had what he asked for. It was a risk, but he took it and the water divided. BE BOLD!
Focus On Jesus
God loves us and gives us the free-will to choose or reject Him. We have the choice to choose life. God did it all, and now it’s up to us to choose. He not only tells us what we should do, but He shows us how to do it. People are watching you as a Christian. Heb. 12:1-3 tells us that it’s our job to lay aside the weights and sins and that it’s easy for sin to come at us. It also tells us to focus on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus is our example. He endured for us and our salvation and so that people would have a choice for life. Matt. 6:22 The light of the body is the eye. Prov. 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle (light, lamp) of the Lord. The Greek word is the same for lamp, light, and candle. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. Matt. 6:23 If your focus is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Matt. 6:24 You can’t serve the world (money) and God. Don’t let money be your focus. Your focus determines who you will serve. I Cor. 2:12 We have received the Spirit of God. You can lose your salvation if you get your focus off Jesus. Eph. 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are in the light of the Lord. Walk as children of light. Repent and turn your focus to Christ. Choose life, focus on Him, and He will bring direction to your life, and it will be possible to cast your cares on Him. Where is your focus?
The Next Decade Part 1
Using texts of Eph. 4:11-12 and Acts 26:13-16 Pastor Dale preaches about the promises of the Bible that are for the body of Christ corporately. Each church body has its own personality traits; they are not right or wrong necessarily, but just different. What has God called us (CWI) to be and do? Transform Equip And Mobilize. We are after transformation, not reformation. What’s the difference? Transformation changes the nature of a person through God’s power and compassion. Pastor Dale shares various examples he has seen of peoples’ lives being transformed. God can change people. Paul’s encounter with God transformed his life. Transformation is happening in our times of worship, in our children’s ministry, etc. What is a change of the nature in a person? It’s a heart of stone becoming a heart of flesh beating with God’s compassion. If we stop seeing transformation in peoples’ lives, we will lose compassion, and we need to question what we are doing. Believe in God’s power of transformation. Also in this service: A video was shown about Global Media Outreach and Dwight Miller and Miriam Remington explained how GMO works. Pastor Dale gave the offering message: Isaac and Jesus both had to cooperate with the sacrifices made by Abraham and God, respectively. Phil. 4:19 reminds us that God is “MY” God who will supply all your needs.
How To Be Lead By The Spirit Part 2
Why should you want to be led by the Holy Spirit? It can lead you to new experiences, give you an accuracy in your decisions that will make you effective in evangelism, and save you time and money. How can you be led by the Holy Spirit? Prov. 11:3 tells you that the integrity of the upright will guide them. Your integrity can lead you, and you can do what is right. If you have a “scratchy” feeling about something, don’t go any further with it. Why should God give you a divine revelation when you aren’t following the scriptures? If you aren’t in fellowship with God, you’re walking in darkness. What will the Holy Spirit do for you? He will convict you of sin and lead you into repentance, and He will lead you into truth (John 16:13) which will set you free. Preach the truth and live your convictions. Follow the desires of your spirit. I John 2:20 and 27 inform you that you have an anointing from God, and He will lead you into what you need. The anointing lives in us and teaches us. It doesn’t matter who teaches you, you are the judge, and you decide what you will learn. You can learn from anyone if you yield to the Holy Spirit. How long will you need supernatural guidance and counsel? Ps. 73:24 tells you that you’ll need it your whole life. Prov. 2:1-11 advises you about receiving God’s counsel. Pay the price for getting God’s counsel. Seek for it. It will help you make decisions to make your life better.
The Next Decade Part 2
Offering: Pat Murphy ministered the offering message from Mal. 3:15-18. When you give, give with faith and worship, and bring your offerings with an expression of love to God. Dale Armstrong: Text: Eph. 1:16-20. Pray to find your calling. There are three core elements. We are to Transform, Equip And Mobilize. God transforms our lives and our thinking to be more like Jesus. Jesus crossed the sea in a storm to reach one demon-possessed man. Satan will try to stop whatever you try to do. Transformation goes into responsibility. Mobilization sends people out. Your calling gives you hope (Eph. 1:18). There is no destiny or purpose in evolution. There are no accidents. God has a plan for your life. Ask God why you are here and hold onto the hope of your calling. Hope is a sure cure for depression. #1 God has put desires in you. Ps. 37:4. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. There are two kinds of desires: the intrinsic desires of what’s inside of you, and there is the desire you pick up from the flesh, devil, and the world. You are responsible to not let go of the desires of God’s plan. Don’t mix the desires He gives with those of the world and flesh. For example, you may have a desire to be a doctor, or you may have a desire to be rich. #2 He gives you relationships. Make disciples and don’t use people. Serve the body and commit to it and don’t divorce your pastor. Value relationships and note divine appointments. Pastor Dale shares several experiences of divine appointments. Ask God for wisdom for the day and for His plan and calling for you.
How To Be Lead By The Spirit Part 3
Offering message: John 6:5 and 6. God will often make you face the impossible. Don’t be afraid of needs and problems. God will put you in a tough place to prove you. He’s going to use, bless, and fill you. He knows what He is going to do through you. Go after the big problems. God always knows what He is going to do. He doesn’t lose sleep over your problems. Pastor Dale tells of Paul Yonggi Cho’s (in The Fourth Dimension) sowing his house and needing $50,000 by the 31st of December of one year and how God showed him what to do during the last hours. Believe when you sow. Sermon Notes: Text: Prov. 6:20-22. You want to live knowing that you’ve done the will of God. How do you know what is God’s will for you? (1) Let your integrity guide you. (Listen to last Wednesday’s sermon.) (2) God has given the spirit of counsel. He wants us to tap into divine counsel. Safety is in the multitude of counselors. It doesn’t say decision-makers. Counsel does not give you the right to abdocate your personal responsibility. You still make the decisions. A good counselor will show you the options and the consequences of your decisions and will direct you to the responsibility to the Word and its consequences. Don’t be quick to guide people too much. You are giving counsel when a person acts on what he or she decides. Ask for anointed counsel. (3) Know that your actions are based on the Word of God. What you do needs to based on the Word of God. The Word leads you. Ps. 119:105 God’s Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. Make a commitment to the Word. It’s an anchor. It will help you to discern. The Spirit and the Word always agree. Let the Word guide you. The Word is counsel. Hold onto it, and don’t let it go. I Cor. 15:57 God always leads you into victory. You are bound to victory like a husband and wife are bound to each other. Regulate your life by the Word of God. How do I apply the Word to my life? What does the Word say to or about me? Walk in love and keep the Word as a high priority. Matt. 6:24-34 tells you that you can’t serve God and money. Money should not be the determining factor when you make decisions. Don’t let the love of money be your guide or god. Don’t let style be your guide. If you start getting your eyes off the Word, you’ll start letting materialism get in. The Word gets rid of worry and will lead you. Be led by the Word, not by the world. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the other things (clothing, food, shelter…) will be added to you. Seek the kingdom. Don’t seek the things. How do you treat the Word? It is God’s revelation to you. I John 2:15-16 Don’t love the world’s system and the world’s way of doing things. The love in us is opposing the world’s thinking and system. Don’t follow the the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life. Kenneth Hagin said that pride kept him from publishing several books.
The Next Decade Part 3
Eph. 4:11, 12. Ministry is work. It is equipping and perfecting the saints. A personal relationship with God requires relationship with others. God will build a perfect church. Don’t focus so much on your part that you lose the plan for the whole Body. John 3:16 tells us that God loves the world, and you should love what He loves. Eph. 5:24-27 explains that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Jesus loves the church. Family is the first description of the church. John 10:10 strongly lets us know that Jesus Christ came to give us life abundantly. The abundant life is in the context of a good shepherd. The abundant life is in an abundant body of believers. People need to know that you care. You have something to give in the Body. The acronym for this body is T(ransform), E(quip), A(nd), M(obilize). The church should be the best equipping service in all arenas. You need all the ministry gifts. Mobilize; do something; get busy. Your ministry is where you are. Begin with prayer and your sphere of influence. Do what love would do. Read and personalize I Cor. 13:4-8. Offering Message: (Pat Murphy) I Chron. 16:25-33. Praise is part of bringing an offering. David worshiped and was a big giver. He provided for the needs of the temple to be built, from worshipers to gold. When the Ark of the Covenant was being moved the right way, an offering was made after every six steps. For a four mile distance, that would have been 6500 oxen and 6500 sheep. Real worshipers give liberally and give as an expression of love. Are you giving what God tells you to give?
Offering message: God meets all your needs. You get to choose what is your need. II Cor. 9:6 and 7 teaches us about the generous and the cheerful sower. The offering went to Alexy’s ministry and orphanage in Ukraine. Several pictures from his orphanage were shown during the offering. SERMON- Do you need more faith? Start with the Word of God. Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus includes a powerful prayer that we should pray, too (Ephesians 1: 12-19). Pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God. We need to be dissatisfied with where we are. Is knowing God a priority in your life? We’re called to know God and to grow in the knowledge of Him. God raised Gideon up to be who God said he was. God loves us and the sinner. This world needs the power of God, and we need to be His mouthpieces for the Gospel. The riches of the glory of His inheritance is for when we go to heaven, but it is also for now. Pray for more than what you have presently.
Offering Message: In John 6:5 Jesus asked Philip to do beyond what he could do. Don’t measure what God asks you to do by what’s in your pocketbook. It’s “His treat”. God is a good communicator. We can go as much by what God does NOT say as much as what He does say. Sermon Message: The first part of Pastor Dale’s teaching on “Divine Guidance” was that your integrity will guide you. Do what you say you will do. Secondly, godly counsel, through a book or other people, can help lead you. People are put into your life to teach you and to give you another perspective through their experiences. Thirdly, obeying the Word guides you. God has given us everything that relates to life and godliness. Satan tries to deceive and complicate things, but slow down and separate the issues in complicated problems. When you are in the will of God, He honors your obedience. I John 1:5 tells us that God is light, and we are to walk in the light of God’s Word and in His fellowship. As we surrender to God, we can be lead by Him. If you are in confusion, doubt, fear, etc. do not make decisions. I John 2:9-11- unforgiveness and walking in unrepented sin clouds the mind and produces a shadow of doubt. Check on your relationship with the Lord. John 16:7-9 tells us that a believer should not walk in condemnation. The Holy Spirit will convict of in, so don’t let the world’s standards or another person judge you. Let God show you your sins and ask to be cleansed. I John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Heb. 4:16 tells us that we can come boldly into the throne room and receive mercy. Let God examine your heart and don’t get paranoid about sin. John 8:12- Walk in the light of life. Repentance puts you into a different state of mind. How do you keep out of trouble? Walk in love. What would love do? Let love direct your decisions.
Special Holy Ghost Service
Offering Message Pat Murphy II Cor. 9:6-15. Just as diamonds can be regarded as stones before they are cut and polished, so the Word can be skipped over. We need to look at it as being of great value, which it is. God supplies seed to the sower. It needs to be sowed and not consumed. Sow the seed. Plant it. Be obedient to do what He tells you to do. God will work with you. Make sure your gift is what God wants it to be. If what you have is not what you need, it is probably seed. Pat and Lynn share a testimony of a big return. See how faithful God is. The Holy Spirit led as Pastor Dale ministered to a Russian couple and Kathy and Leo Neff.
Revival and God’s Glory
Bob Hawk preaches about the glory of the Lord and what needs to happen for us to enter into His glory and into revival. Is. 60:1-5 tells us that we are to arise and shine, that the glory of the Lord is risen upon us, and His glory is seen upon us. We are God’s representatives, His ambassadors. Be hungry for His presence. God is going to shake loose in us whatever doesn’t belong to Him. We need to deal with the heart issues and get rid of the sins and the “good” things that are not God’s best for us. When we stop holding back, increase can come. Rom. 6:4- we should walk in the newness of life, which is revival. Glory is God’s divine presence and His appearance commanding respect. We must respect God to go into His glory, and when we do, Satan will attack us. We can’t pet our sin, but we must take authority over it and be cleansed by Jesus Christ’s blood. Ps. 85:6 asks if God will revive us again. Revival means to return, to recover from death to life, to be refreshed in joy, and to be brought back again into notice. Ps. 138:1-8 God resists the proud. Even in the middle of trouble, He revives us. The Lord will complete what concerns us and His mercy endures forever. Eph. 5:14-21 tells the “sleepers” to awake, and be filled with the Spirit, and Christ will give us light. It is time for the church to arise and shine. Gal. 5:16. Open your heart so God can pour His Spirit into it, and you can have a life of constant fellowship with Him.
Ministering to the Lord
Pastor Dale and Jon Fike ministered in the Spirit in praise. Bob Hawk ministered a word in song, a word of encouragement to Robert Cox, and spoke briefly on encouragement from Isaiah 60:1-5 and Ps. 34:1. There is no want to those who fear God. He is calling us to a life of obedience. Stop your double-mindedness, press forth, and the grace of God will come on you.
Praising God With Our Testimony
Ps. 34:1,2 We should bless the Lord at all times; His praise should continually be in our mouths; Our souls should make their boast in the Lord. We need to talk about what Jesus has done in our lives. Boast about Jesus. Pastor Dale tells of a time in the Philippines. A man who had carried his wife on his back for three days got saved, and the wife who was almost dead was raised up. Our first ministry is on our knees and in praising God. Pastor Dale also told of a woman named Wanda whom was given a new heart by the Lord. When we praise God for what He has done, He can do it again. Praise and prayer are powerful. II Cor. 3:17 Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. We are being transformed from glory to greater glory. Pastor Dale recounts an incident in which he came upon an accident, and the Lord brought the dead teen back to life. The young man later told Pastor Dale what he saw as he was going into eternity. II Cor. 4:1-8. Recount what God has done for you. In I Sam. 30:1-8 David encouraged himself in the Lord in an almost impossible situation. God told him to pursue, overtake, and recover. Make your boast in the Lord.
If You Believe You Will See The Glory of God
Hab. 2:14 (The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.) Knowledge means to know by experience; gained through experience or association. II Thess. 2:13 God chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. God wants us to know His glory through experiencing it. Revival belongs to you. You must receive it. God wants us full of His power. We must trust in the Lord, walk in faith, and make our decisions by being led by the Spirit of God. It’s time for a higher degree of glory and revelation. Believing comes before seeing the manifestation. We must obtain and seize the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Heb. 11:6 – He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Is. 43:5-7. Rom. 9:23-26 God prepared people beforehand for glory. What is glory? It is honor, reverence. splendor, brightness, manifestations of God’s divine presence, the goodness of God, riches, smoke- a cloud. Eph. 1:16-18 – that you may know the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. There are many who have not experienced or heard of God’s glory. Are we going to take the gospel everywhere we go? Col. 1:25-27. Christ in you is the hope of glory, the hope of the manifestation of God’s divine presence. Keep your faith engaged and allow the miracle worker in you to be taken out to the world.
Offering and Tithe Teaching
Luke 6:36-38 tells us to be merciful as God is, judge not, condemn not, forgive, give and the measure of our giving is the same measure it will be given to us. When you give, God works in measure and multiplication. There are three parts to “measure”. Pastor Dale expounds on each with a personal experience. 1) Speed of giving and obedience/ speed of receiving. 2) Quality of our giving. Give your best. 3) Frequency of your giving. Give something away everyday. There is not a problem you can not give your way out of.
Testimonies and The Holy Spirit Revival Is Here
Carlin Winkelman shares a testimony of God’s goodness and miraculous peace in a life-threatening time. Praise and worship of our Almighty God erupts as revival fire sweeps through the congregation of worshipers.
The King of Glory The Glory of God
Ps. 24:1-10. We must open our hearts to receive from God. We were created for good works. We are anointed with the Holy Spirit and promise for function. Compare yourself with Jesus. We must give away what we have received. To get a deposit of giftings we must get rid of what does not belong to us and open our hearts to the King of Glory. Are we logged up? Repent. II Cor. 3:15-18 tells us that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty to release anointing, to speak, to hear, to rejoice, to know the grace of God. We are transformed into the image of Jesus from glory to glory. God wants to fill us up with the right stuff. In II Cor. 4:1-7 we learn that we do not lose heart because we are transformed. Are we partakers of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Are we single-minded? What is holding us back? We have the knowledge of the glory of God in us that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. Do we have a heart for the lost? Pastor Dale Armstrong and Bob Hawk ministered to a couple who are in ministry.
Cast Out the Strongman and Fill the House With the Spirit
Offering Message: II Cor. 9:6-8 God loves a cheerful giver. He is able to make all grace abound toward you so that you always have all sufficiency in all things, and may have an abundance for every good work. The sufficiency is so that you can establish God’s covenant. The anointing is in you. Jesus had financial supply. He had a treasurer, Judas, who, when he was missing, the disciples thought he was out giving money to the poor. Testimony: Anita Trythall shares a testimony of her divine meeting with a sister in the Lord. In Luke 9:1-2 Jesus gathered the 12 disciples and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Before the kingdom of God comes, the devil has to go. In Luke 11:20-26 it says that if demons are cast out by the finger of God, the kingdom has come upon you. When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he will come back with 7 other spirits more wicked than himself, if the “house” is empty. The problem is that the “house” was empty. It should have been filled with the glory and Spirit of God. When you’ve been set free, you need to be filled anew with the Spirit of God. In Matthew 12:28 this same passage says that the devil is cast out by the Spirit of God. You carry God’s Spirit, and you carry God’s power and authority. In Gal. 4:27-30 Abraham and Sarah had to cast out Ishmael and Hagar. Ishmael represented the flesh. There are some things that need to be cast out- the law, religion, religious backgrounds, and you need power and authority to break them. Charismatics have religious bondage, because without the Spirit, we will go into bondage. We need a new impartation of the Spirit. Before we were first filled with the Spirit, we didn’t speak in tongues. It was something new to us. We don’t need a filling of the same thing. We need something new. Expect something different and new, like in the natural anticipating the taste of a new recipe. We must receive at a new level and not what we received years ago. That was for then, but we need the Spirit for where we are now. We are born of the Spirit. When something comes out, something new of the Spirit must come in. Make room for God. There was a time of laying on of hands and prayer for those who wanted to be filled anew with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Helps us in Our Weaknesses
Offering message: (Pat Murphy) Is. 9:6-7 – of the increase of His government and peace there is no end. You cannot come to the end of His provisions and peace, meaning nothing missing, nothing lacking, and nothing needed. He’s given us His peace, and there is no lack. Faith is what is between the promise and the manifestation. If there’s a need, there is a seed for it. If you have lack, you may have failed to sow seed in the past. Rom. 8:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. He helps us go from glory to glory. Jesus said it would be better if He went away so that another (one of the same kind- the Holy Spirit) would come in His place and be in us. The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayer life. Intercession is like rescuing and helping someone who is trapped in a quandry. I Cor. 10:13 – God is faithful and won’t allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to stand. He will give us the Word to stand on in order to escape. Irfirmities are our inabilities to produce. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, one who is called alongside to help. Heb. 13:6 – We can boldly say the Lord is our Helper, and we do not have to fear. Ps. 92:10 – we are anointed with fresh oil. Ps. 71:18 – We pass on what God has done in our lives. God is pouring in the oil and wine. Anoint means to smear or rub in oil or perfume on an individual. Is. 52:7 – how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. II Cor. 3:17, 18 We are being trasnformed into God’s image from glory to glory, becoming more spiritual. The Word is a mirror reflecting Jesus. If you’re not experiencing glory, ask yourself: Am I obedient to do the things He asks me to do? Have I completed the assignment as He told me to do it? Are my finances in order? Have I done everything I can to make this time of my life fruitful? We are to confess our faults (underlying weaknesses) to one another, but make sure the one you tell is someone you can trust. Change means to transform, transfigure one’s appearance. John 16:13-15 The Spirit of Truth will guide you into all truth. The Holy Spirit speaks what He hears Jesus Christ say. The Holy Spirit gives us shortcuts to our destiny. The Holy Spirit is our internal GPS system. Rom. 8:14 tells us that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Ask God for a fresh anointing. Bob Hawk gave a word at the beginning of the service and also spoke a word to Jim.
Water in the Wilderness and Rivers in the Desert
Isaiah 43:15-21 Remember not the former things. Behold, God is doing a new thing. Now it will spring forth, and we will know it! God will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Many Christians are weary, and there is a dryness in them. God has promised us a promised land, but if we believe lies, if we don’t give ourselves to Him as #1 priority, and if we get tired in the everyday battle against Satan, we will be in a dry place. God gives drink to His people, because He has formed us for Himself and for His praise. He wants to water us. Repentance is necessary for revival. What does it mean to “drink”? It is to irrigate, to furnish a portion to, to moisten, to water, to soak, to absorb; a consciousness that we live by the intangible; condoning fellowship; giving drink to a thirsty one condones compassion; to receive into one’s soul what refreshes and nourishes; participation in relationships; a desire for God that only He can satisfy. We must become gluttons for and soak in His presence. Other scriptures: Ps. 42:1,2; Ps. 63:1-8; Ps. 143:6; Isaiah 44:3, 4. The rivers of living water are His Spirit. God’s fire brings into being a sanctified life. He will rip out the things that don’t belong in us, because we were created for fellowship with Him. Drink into your heart and absorb and partake of a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. (There was ministry to anyone wanting ministry to receive an impartation of the fresh living water and rivers of the Holy Spirit. Testimonies: Robert Cox shared a testimony of God’s supernatural power manifested in his life in a time of total breakdown. Bob and Sharon Hawk told of the healing miracle in Sharon’s mother’s body and how they stood on the Word because her mother is a giver to the poor and a tither.
Stir Yourself Up Part 1
Luke 15:11-32 is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Both sons got their inheritance, but the one was faithful and the other one was wasteful. The father ran to the prodigal son. In a revival two main things happen. One thing is that the prodigals come home. People on the “outside” get saved. Critical spirits want to put requirements on the newly born-again converts. Let the Spirit of God clothe them and let the Holy Spirit be the Holy Spirit. The second thing that happens is that, just like the elder brother, some people get upset that the younger brother is in the kingdom. People who went through a previous move of God become jealous or offended at the new move of God. Watch it! We want the move of the Holy Spirit, so don’t let biases and boundaries restrict the flow. Oral Roberts joined the Methodist Church so that people who were healed through him wouldn’t worship and give attention to him rather than to the Lord. Pastor Dale told of a minister who heard about healing before he went blind, but only his wife knew about it. He preached healing, and although he had sugar diabetes and was blind, he received his sight back. Praise God! Another concern with the elder brother is the spirit of: “Why did You do it for him and not for me?” Understand that your body is the temple of God, and God lives in you if you’re born-again. God never leaves us. He is a very close friend. Everything that God the Father has, is ours. When others are being blessed, and you aren’t seeing it for yourself, the devil will tell you that there must be something wrong with you. Eph. 1:3 tells us that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. All blessings begin in the spirit, and we receive them by faith. You already possess what you want. Rejoice with others. Complete the course. It’s your party too when the “prodigals” come home. Pastor Dale shared that some of the harvest in Japan is his because of what he sowed in Titusville for Japan. II Tim. 1:6 tells you that you are to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands. The younger brother prays to be used, and the elder brother complains that he feels used. What God gave us, He doesn’t take back. You can’t go further until the gift that is in you is stirred up. Go back to what God told you and stir it up.
Stir Yourself Up Part 2
This part 2 is a continuation of part 1.
Good God Almighty
Bob Hawk ministers a word to the congregation about what God is doing here and in His people. Bob reminds us to receive- receive an impartation from Him. In order to receive from God, we must believe that He is good to us. In Ps. 145:8, 9 we learn that the Lord is gracious, full of compassion, slow to anger, and great in mercy. He is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. James 1:2-7; we can ask for wisdom and He gives it to us. He wants to deposit goodness in us so we can distribute it to others. Eph. 2:4-7 He wants to reveal to us things that are to come. He wants to reveal His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. We are at a critical time. We must yield and submit to Him. I Tim. 6:17 Trust in the living God, who gives us all things richly to enjoy. Matt. 7:7-9 Ask, seek, knock. We don’t have because we don’t ask. We must be full containers of His love, mercy, Holy Spirit, Word, anointing, healing, miracles. Ps. 84:11 God does not withhold any good thing from those who walk unrightly. If we sin, we repent. He’s already paid the price for our sins and for our healing. Rom. 8:31-32 tells us that God is for us. What can you believe to receive from God? Bob and Pastor Dale ministered to each person who came to receive an impartation from God.
Suddenlies, Desire, Calling, Delight
Acts 2:1-4, 14-18 tells the account of Pentecost. It was a suddenly. Jesus’ followers were in one accord in one place and the Holy Spirit’s presence filled the building. The years 2011 will be and has already been a year of suddenlies- both good and bad. It’s an important choice of how we handle these suddenlies. We must be filled continuously with the Holy Spirit and receive all God has for us. We are in the last days, and according to Joel, He will pour out of His Spirit on all flesh. Expect to receive and deliver prophetic utterance from the Holy Spirit. Expect God to give you visions and dreams. There was a time of ministry to those whose hearts are broken. Bob also ministered a prophetic song about God’s desire, His calling you by name, His delight; about being counted, called, chosen; being in the place in Him; about change and revealing His delight and desire. He said that He requires what He has invested in you. We are carriers of His Spirit, and we should reveal His desire. He has opened doors and given us His favor, presence, desire. He wants us to come under His covering and into His fold. He desires for us to be His mouthpiece, hands, and feet to go out and bring the lost to Him. That is His desire. The congregation responded with “I will come for You. I will go for You.” A prophetic word was ministered to Bob at the end of the service.
Being Confident in This
Offering message: I Kings 17:8-13 God commanded the widow to provide for Elijah, but God did not tell her. She had nothing, but Elijah told her to make him some food. God didn’t fill the jar from the top but from the bottom. When you need a miracle in your finances, you can’t be soft, but bold. You can’t walk in fear and blessing at the same time. You can’t deal with cancer with fear. Fear not! Facing lack? FEAR NOT! Put God first- regardless. Abundance is laid up in heaven. Phil. 1:6 Being confident in this that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it (perform it) until the day of Jesus Christ. Pastor Dale relates about a person his wife knew who was living a life of sin and how God touched and saved him in the middle of that lifestyle. Your prayers will take care of the one you are praying for. Our strength and confidence are in Him, not in ourselves. What can we be confident in and about? 1) We can be confident that God has begun something good in you. Christ’s work is finished, but the work in us isn’t finished until we’re resurrected. What is God doing in you? Regardless of what is happening, God has started something in you. It’s like walking out to the end of the high dive with no chance of getting down the ladder again. He is concerned about your heart. Pastor Dale told of how his father-in-law was convicted in a bar and had to be saved and again how God healed his leg of gangrene. When you minister to others, remember that God has started a good work in the other person and understand that it’s a process. In other words, encourage them. 2) Be confident that He is the one doing the work. Cooperate with God. What is He doing in your heart? What is He teaching you? Pastor Dale told how the Lord dealt with him and vice versa concerning his books and albums. God is still dealing with you today. 3) Be confident that He is still working and continuing to work in you. Rom. 12:1, 2. Christ died and it was over, but the crucificion of the believer is that of a living sacrifice. Your confidence is not in yourself, but in God. Bob Hawk and Maria Krothe shared how God took each one of them through a process of being a living sacrifice.
Asking For and Expecting More
Offering message: (Pastor Dale) I Kings 17:2 ff. The Word of the Lord is Jesus, not the Holy Spirit speaking. This is the time and this is the place. You must be in the place of God’s blessing. Pastor Dale told of a time when he and Bob Hawk prayed every Wednesday and everything they prayed was answered, because it was time. Bob Hawk delivered a word from the Lord about quickening, understanding, and His calling us. The order is to MOVE! Bob first shared that the river is here- now and in this place. Ezekiel 47:3-9. Sue Baughman told of the visions the Lord revealed to her about the river and fountain. Revival brings us to awareness of what God is doing, and He pours out resurrection power. Zech. 10:1-13 Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. Luke 11:1 ff- Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray as John taught his disciples. We are to bring heaven to earth. Be shamelessly persistent. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking for the things of God. Don’t give up! God wants a continual pouring out from our lives. Acts 3:1-11 The lame man was expecting money, but he received something greater, because of the authority in the name of Jesus Christ. We have that same authority. In Acts 4:23-31 the believers prayed for more boldness. The disciples had been filled with the Holy Spirit and had spoken in tongues at Pentecost, but they received another filling to speak the Word with boldness. Other scriptures: Mark 11:24; Matt. 21:22; John 13:14, 15; John 16:23; Jer. 29:11. Bob ministered to those desiring more boldness to speak the Word of God and to minister to others. He had a specific word for Lee Jones. Jim gave a word about God taking us at warp-speed to reach the end-time harvest. Vera Zimmerman told about seeing a river that even flowed uphill.
What Will You Do With What God Is Doing
Offering Message and Introdcution by Pastor Dale: We are in revival! The revival has shifted. It has moved from one state to another. It has gone from one point of acceleration to a higher one. Pastor Syd Ropp and CWI Colorado are desiring, declaring, and decreeing revival! Celebration and laughter filled our hearts. Luke 5:1-6 It came to pass as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the Word of God. They pressed in to hear the Word. Jesus interrupted Simon’s work of washing his nets and put it on hold. Elijah seemed to be without compassion when He told her to make him a cake with the only food she had left. She had told him that it was only enough for her and her son, and then she was going to die. Why didn’t he try to fix her problem? He wanted her to put God first. Seek first the kingdom of God and then all of these things will be added to you. Put God first, and you’ll see increase. Pastor Dale tells of the miracle of getting a beautiful bank building for $120,000. God is drawing our hearts to connect with Him. What are you saying? What are you desiring? The only thing we should be carrying is the anointing. In Luke 5:12, 13 Jesus told the leper He was willing to set him free. He touched him and immediately the leprosy left him. Get closer to God. Connect your heart with His. You must learn to worship Him! There are times and seasons, and in the day of His power, we must be willing. What will you do with the sudden impacts in your life? #1 Deal with pride in your life. James 4:5-7 tells us that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Who are the proud? They are those who do not depend on God all the way. Your pride will stop you from receiving from the Holy Spirit what He wants for your life. If you are carrying care, you are in pride. You can have grace in the midst of worry, mess, and when the enemy seems to be winning. #2 Submit to God, the truth, and the Word. #3 Then you can resist the devil, and he will flee from you. #4 Draw near to God. Cleanse your hands. Purify your hearts. Pray and praise Him. Heb. 10:19 tells us that it’s because of Jesus Christ’s blood that we can have boldness to enter the Holiest. There is an open-heaven for those who diligently seek Him. Bury the past. You can’t take it into the future. Know this: Whenever God shows up, so does the devil. There is wisdom and revelation to know who is the enemy and what to do with him. Eventually we lose ourselves as we draw near to God and resist the devil. Revival is not a meeting. Live your lifetime in revival. Draw near to God, and reisit the devil; repeat process. Revival is abundance. Do you have an evil conscience? Deal with it. God wants to sprinkle and flood us with His presence, until all the smell of the world is removed. Use the keys of heaven to lock and loose. God is faithful! After ministry: There are ruts in our thinking that are out of God’s will and Word. God will put a check in our hearts, so that we do not entertain those thoughts. He will open up our understanding of scripture.
Increase in the Kingdom of God
We are on assignments from heaven to people waiting for us to show up, to be touched by God, and to get a word from God. Deut. 1:11 says, “May the Lord God make you 1000 times more numerous than you are and bless you as He has promised you.” The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy of the Holy Spirit. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that you don’t miss any opportunities. God wants to bring increase into His kingdom and into us individually. There was a shift in us, a shift that will take us beyond ourselves into a place of faith for others so they can be made whole. Each assignment is a “must do”. Ps. 115:9-18 God blesses those who fear the Lord. He will increase us and our children. Ps. 2:8 Ask of God, and He will give us the nations for His inheritance, and the ends of the earth for His possession. Possess by your faith. Matt. 19:26 tells us that with God all things are possible. Mark 9:23 tells us that if you can believe, all things are possible. Mark 9:17-29 God wants us to get rid of the unbelief in our hearts. How do you get to belief? Fasting and prayer. Intercession and prayer change the atmosphere. It’s a lifestyle. For the 1000 times more to happen, it will take intercession and prayer. Mark 10:27; Mark 14:36; Jer. 23:17; Luke 1:26-28 all affirm that nothing is impossible with God. We are highly favored of the Lord, blessed, part of the anointing that Pastor Dale has. God is always with us (Matt. 28:18-20); Heb. 13:5, 6. Ps. 138:7, 8; and Matt. 9:36-38 reveal of God’s love and care for us. Pray for God to send forth the laborers into the harvest. John 4:31-38 is the general assignment- to God’s will and finish His work. Go to the harvest, which He has already prepared for you. To do the assignments, people will have to depend on the Holy Spirit and God’s love and mercy. Pray and obey. The steps of obedience will bring His grace and power to bring in the harvest. We are carriers of revival. There was a time of ministry for people who want to make prayer a priority. There were several words to people during and at the end of the sermon.
The Person of the Holy Spirit
Offering Message: Luke 6:38, 39 Give, and it shall be given to you. The seed that you sow today is for the future. Faith takes your needs to God. Give faithfully to God. Trust God with your needs. God gives more than you need so that you have seed for your future and so you can meet the needs of others. You determine the level of God’s provision. Pat Murphy shares his testimony of God’s goodness in a time of no income and their faithfulness to give. Be faithful to do everything God tells you to do, so that God can do everything He promised to do. How generous do you want God to be with you? Bob Hawk delivers a word to Jon Fike and Sandy Burkholder. He also shared about the shift Wednesday and Thursday (March 30 and 31, 2011) in the blowings of God’s wind and that which God’s Spirit is causing to manifest on the people of CWI. He also told about the Spirit telling him about Deut. 1:11, that the Lord will make us a 1000 times more numerous than we are. There were words and minstry to a few people in the congregation, as well as Dale and Teri and Bob. Eph. 1:17-19 God is the Father of Glory. There is the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. You can know your calling and destiny and should pray to know who God is. You should know what belongs to you. God is for you. You must understand the greatness of His power and the person of the Holy Spirit. What happened to Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 was because they thought the Holy Spriit was a power, not a person. Also, there are times of judgment, and that was one of those times. We are in precarious times now, too. Fear is like pain, in that it tells you something about your body. The fear of the Lord is real fear. Fear has a powerful tendency to teach. It can condition you in the way you respond. Pastor Dale told of his pastor who blasphemed the Holy Spirit in a church service and dropped dead. The person of the Holy Spirit gives assignments. He shows you how to accomplish those assignments; you must cooperate with Him. Worship Him and receive Him on His terms. Agree with Him. * You must receive the Holy Spirit. * You must respect the Holy Spirit; He reveals the Word. Pastor Dale tells of his experience as a young man in obeying the Holy Spirit, even when he would have lots of reasons to postpone doing what the Spirit told him to do. * Learn the ways of the Holy Spirit and learn His voice by spending time with Him. Tell Him you are available to be used by Him. * Obey Him. Three steps to knowing Him better are: 1) Obey what He tells you. 2) Come to a place of usefulness. 3) Then you will receive a promotion from the Lord. Make sure you are doing what God is doing. Cooperate with Him.
The Shift, The Move of The Holy Spirit, and Assignments
Bob delivered a word concerning the flow in business. He prophesied about adjustments in relationships and management of financial affairs. “Weird” people would be used by God and come into the church after going into places many wouldn’t want to go. The church will have compassion and love for those who are coming in. Bob continued to preach from last Sunday night’s sermon, starting with Deut. 1:11. God is giving assignments to you. II Cor. 12:1-9 God’s grace is sufficient for you. His strength is made perfect in weakness. Satan tries to control and take you out before you complete your assignment. Remember, His strength allows us to glory in Him, take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, needs, persecutions… for Christ’s sake. His gracious favor is all you need. Phil. 4:13 Christ strengthens you and infuses you with inner strength. Eph. 3:14-16. You are strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man. Is. 40:29-31 He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might. Is. 11:1, 2. It’s the same Spirit in you that baptized Jesus and raised Him from the dead. Eph. 6:10, 11. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might. Col. 1:9; Eph. 1:17-19.
Marriage Seminar: Relate to Your Mate, Communicate
Patty Endrei shares how we are to love each other in our marriages. Communication and loving your mate the way that pleases him/her are important. We communicate through: tone of voice, eye contact, smile, and touch. The areas of communication are consistent, planned heart to heart exchanges which bring life. Listen and consider the timing of what you share. Put action behind your words, and communicate by focusing on the positive in the other person. What you say about your mate, you’re saying about yourself because the two of you are one. Words are powerful, and we will be judged by our words. Communicate with love and spend time with Christ and each other. Paul Endrei: Communication is the lifeblood to your marriage. Our marriages are testimonies for the Lord. If communication stops in a marriage, the devil will start communicating. Have a date night. Men, give your wife your full attention when she is talking. Listen to and compliment her publicly and privately. There was an exercise in which each spouse separately responded to these sentence beginnings: I am happiest when… and I am saddest when… The five languages of love according to Gary Chapman are: 1) Gift-giving, 2) words of affirmation, 3) physical touch, 4) quality time, and 5) acts of service. Men are visually wired, and women are verbally wired. Sex is a God-thing (Gen. 1:3-2:24, 25). Sex is spiritual. Sex is sacred. Not having regular sexual relations in your marriage affects your spiritual and prayer life. Paul explains the old Jewish way of a man’s proposal and his and his wife’s marriage consummation. The glory of God was an important part of the wedding and the sexual part of the marriage. Sex represents the glory of God in our marriages. God opened and closed the Word with a wedding. What keeps couples apart? Time, energy levels, fear of getting pregnant, change of life issues, kids… Did you know that having regular sexual relations is spiritual warfare and helps you live a longer life? Sixty-eight percent of women are not satisfied with their sexual partner. What can help decrease that? Sex is like a sports game. It takes pregame warm-up; throughout the day, men communicate your love for your wife and choose the words that you speak carefully. Someone gets hurt when there is no warm-up. In a real game, there are four quarters, but the average male only lasts two minutes. It’s a pacing, not racing, event. It takes a woman eight to twelve minutes of stimulation. The game isn’t over until both get to score. The post-game is the time to love one another, communicate with compliments and constructive criticism what is the good, the bad, and the uncomfortable. Talk and touch.
Marriage Seminar: Glue Conference
Patty tells how to to fight fair in a marriage. 1) Don’t remain silent, but talk through conflicts. 2) Learn to fight in a healthy, understanding way. 3) Be a peace-maker. 4) Don’t involve other people in your conflicts. 5) Don’t be historical. 6) Don’t find fault and blame your spouse. Paul taught on wedding crashers. 1) Unrealistic expectations. 2) Different priorities and goals. 3) In-laws. 4) (Extra-marital) affairs. 5) Not appreciating your spouse’s God-given personality. 6) Influence of birth order. 7) Growing apart rather than growing together. Patty shared about wedding builders: appreciation of and valuing of your spouse: completing each other, not competing with each other, and encouraging each other. Focus on your spouse’s good points. Paul taught on how a man can meet his wife’s emotional needs: #1 Build up her self-esteem. (A woman needs to hear her husband say these 10 things: You are beautiful. You’re a great lover. You’re so smart. You’re my best friend. You’re the most important person to me. How much money do you need for shopping? You’re the only one for me. I’d be lost without you. You’re funny. I love you. #2 Make her laugh and have a sense of humor. #3 Surprise her with good surprises often. #4 Pray together. Paul ended the session by reminding everyone to pray, focusing on the power of the cross as a place of forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation.
II Sam. 23:20-23. Benaiah chased lions. We need to be lion-chasers. Face and deal with the issues in your life. Fight or flight; scared or scarred. Choose to fight and have scars. Paul had many “battle scars” from fighting for the Lord Jesus Christ. God is raising up an army running to, not from, the battle. There are times when we need to fight in order to fulfill God’s will. What are you chasing? Is it bigger than you? Others are watching your life to see if you are for real. When Benaiah chased the lion into the pit, he could have stopped there. Don’t be an “almost Christian”. Get a word from God and get ahead. Benaiah had a faith resume. What matters most is what you do with what you have. Benaiah didn’t stop at the side of the pit, but he got into the pit and killed the lion. Obey God and don’t be a nay-sayer. David killed Goliath and said that the battle is the Lord’s. He ran to the Philistine. Benaiah was more honored and became David’s bodyguard. He was in the presence of the king the rest of his days. Step out in faith and be in God’s presence.
Sit at Jesus Feet and Then Act
God is giving “must do” assignments to His people, and we must say, “Yes, Lord.” If we get His thoughts, we will get His ways. Wait in His presence to get the word He has deposited in you. Take time to seek Him for the anointing for revelation. II Chron. 7:12-15. We need the fear of God and His grace. Be faithful with what He has already given you. National revival belongs to the USA. We are to carry revival to all nations, so that God’s Spirit can bring life whenever He comes on someone. Are you a believer? You have power. Humble yourself. Pray. Seek God’s face. Turn from your wicked ways and distractions. Then, He will hear from heaven, forgive your sin, heal your land. This is a time to be totally dependent on Him. We need more favor. We need to share the revival spirit with the compromising, lukewarm, and cold church. Luke 10:38-42 is the story of Mary and Martha. Martha was distracted, but Mary sat at Jesus’ feet. Busyness takes us out of the place where we can seek Him. We must see the adjustments we need to make. God wants to deposit more upon CWI that is beyond natural reasoning. Make spending time with Jesus a top priority. Don’t be distracted by the cares of this world. John 6:27 Labor for the food which endures to everlasting life. Ps. 138:7-8 God will revive us and perfect that which concerns us. Put action to His Word. God loves us so much. Matt. 6:33 Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things (food, clothing, shelter) will be added to you.
Text: Rom. 12:1-3. Paul used the word “beseech” meaning to plead or beg, to relate how you are to give your body to God, namely as a living and holy sacrifice, which is your reasonable form of worship. You are to renew your mind, which is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. When Paul said to not think more highly of yourself than you should, he was talking to very confident people, not to people of low-esteem. You are to apply the scriptures soberly to your walk with the Lord. Are you in the good or the acceptable or the perfect will of God? What is the will of God? It is getting people into heaven. Financial prosperity is a truth that helps when it is applied to being used to meet the needs of humanity and living to give. Prayer is the highest form of evangelism. Prayer for the lost is the perfect will of God. The truth is the person you are praying for has a choice. When you pray for people’s salvation, don’t quit. There is God’s grace. Rom. 12:12 tells you how to hope- rejoice in hope. Hope should make you joyful. Hope is not faith. Hope expects something tomorrow. Faith has to do with your will now. Faith will NOT work without hope. (Pastor Dale shares how the common denominator in his answered prayers was desiring the answer greatly.) Hope works toward people. Faith works toward agreement. Start treating the one you are praying for as if they are saved. Faith and hope work together; patience and longsuffering work together. Patience is toward things and circumstances; longsuffering is toward people. Be sensitive to situations and people you should be praying for in an instant, such as seeing an accident. Gal. 4:19 tells about travailing in birth again. A Christian who is mature reproduces spiritually. Is. 66:8 Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day, or shall a nation be born at once? Our intimacy with God and knowing Him is like that of intimacy between husband and wife, only in the Spirit. The outcome of that spiritual intimacy is a birth- the spiritual birth of the person you are praying for. Father Nash prayed and saw individuals and cities come to the Lord by birthing them in the Spirit. When a person is born-again, his/her will is changed. Things can be birthed in the Spirit that will not be birthed any other way. You cannot really describe being saved or speaking in tongues. It must be experienced. In Mark 10:23-27 a rich man did not want to be saved, but we are told that that’s not impossible with God. Pray for wicked sinners to be saved.
Offering message: II Cor. 8:9 Through His poverty we might become rich. The favor of God toward you is to make you rich. God’s favor and grace is not like taking a Tylenol. Ps. 30:5 tells us that His favor lasts for a lifetime. God doesn’t change, and you can’t make Him change His disposition toward you. It’s because of what Jesus went through that He can pull you through what you’re going through. Realize He wants you to be blessed. Jim delivered a word to the congregation. I Cor. 15:9. Our faith will increase based on your knowledge of God. We can only take advantage of grace if we know it’s there for us. We are saved by grace through faith. We have to put our faith in the grace of God. GOD ALWAYS MOVES FIRST. God’s grace toward us should not be in vain. We need to receive it as a gift. Paul said that he labored more abundantly than the other apostles by the grace of God. Grace will never leave people where they are, because it removes sin. We must participate with God’s grace. God puts a grace in us and a desire for something, and then we put labor to it. We must see the grace behind a person’s labor, whether it’s a Michael Jordan or a Tiger Woods or whomever. Gal. 2:20; Eph. 1:17-19. God’s power is released in response to our faith. His power reflects His character. His exceeding greatness- exceeding means to surpass, be higher than some other level. GOD CANNOT DO LESS THAN HE DID BEFORE. God is the God of increase. We should always get something better than what we had. That’s grace. God’s favor is not for a season; it’s for a lifetime. It will empower us to surpass. Pastor Dale gave a word about a career adjustment that would mean the person can surpass in money or influence or learning or position… Pastor Dale told of how John Adams had to choose between being a preacher or being a lawyer. He chose being a lawyer and greatly moved the Continental Congress and influenced George Washington at a critical time in our country’s history. If you’re not following grace, you are in works and self-will.
Who Am I
II Cor. 5:17 tells us that when we are in Christ, all things have become new. Transformation is the forceful power of death and then life. Saul died. Paul was alive to do God’s will. God does not forgive the old man, because the old man is dead. Salvation is of the spirit, not of the body. Heb. 5:14. You can get your body to respond before your mind does. When you get saved, your mind does not get saved. You still have memories; you have to renew your mind. Your spirit is what gets saved. You are spirit, have a soul, and live in a body. Your emotional state is not your identity. Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Word of God divides the soul and the spirit. You can’t trust your emotions, because they can change. What you have is not your identity. The real you is inside of you; it’s your heart. You are the sum total of all that Jesus gave you. It’s not what happens to you that makes you what you are, but it’s what you do in response to what happens to you. In Matt. 15:19 Jesus said that out of the heart come evil thoughts. In Gal. 5:19 Paul is speaking to born-again people and said that the works of the flesh are evil. Before you are saved, evil comes out of your heart, but after salvation, evil comes out of your flesh. John 3:16, 17 God loves you! He loves sinners. God sent Jesus to the world that the world through Him might be saved. Don’t condemn people. He wants to set people free and to make them clean.
Jesus Is The Lamb of God
Offering Message: Text: Mark 4:20. Your money is not your seed; it’s your faith behind your giving. Sow the seed in your heart and give in obedience to God. Your confidence should be in the Word. Do you want to see a 100-fold return? Communion: I Cor. 10:16 The bread represents the Body of Christ, and the Cup of Blessing represents the Blood of Jesus Christ. The Body of Christ is one. Acts 2 says that they were in one accord. Satan likes to divide. When anyone in the Body does not fulfill his/her part, the whole Body suffers. Sin breaks us up, and the communion table instills unity. The point of agreement with the whole Body of Christ is the Blood of Jesus Christ. Sermon: John 1:29 Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. I Peter 1:18, 19- Know that you were redeemed with the Blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish or spot. The Jews disagreed about resurrection. The Body of Christ does not agree on everything either, but the non-negotiable is the Blood of Christ and its power. You cannot buy or earn or work for your redemption; it is only grace and faith in Jesus’ blood. Do you realize the sinfulness of sin and its consequences? His blood was the price paid for the sins of the world. Do not hide from God when you sin. I John 2:1. God takes us as we are, but He does not leave us the same. The purpose of His grace is to get you out of sin. In reality, we sin, but we have an Advocate- Jesus! He is our lawyer. He does the talking for us, when we are accused by our sin. He is the propitiation for our sins; God’s wrath was poured out on Jesus, not us. Propitiation means the one who receives the penalty. Jesus paid the price and took the punishment for our sins. Don’t take the punishment yourself! Jesus was our “whipping boy”. We put Jesus on the cross. Surrender the worst things to Jesus, and He will turn them around. I John 1:7-10 As we walk in the light, He gives us more light to walk in. When we are in His light, we are forgiven and cleansed, and Jesus argues our case. God wants us clean.
The Use of the Name of Jesus
Ps. 8. God’s name is excellent. Jesus’ name is far above all other names (Eph. 1). God has perfected praise. To Jesus perfected praise is strength over our enemies. (Remember: people are not the enemy or the problem.) Praise shuts up the enemy. When Satan torments your sleep, praise the Lord and pray in tongues. James 4:7 tells us that we first submit to God (by praising Him), then resist the devil, and he will flee. In Ps. 8:5 we learn that God made man a little lower than the angels, but in the Hebrew language it was “God”. In Heb. 2:7-9 the Greek translation is “angels”. Jesus restored dominion to man. John 14:13 says that if we ask anything in Jesus’ name, He would do it … that the Father may be glorified in Jesus Christ. In John 16:23 He told His disciples that in that day they would ask Him nothing, but whatever they would ask the Father in Jesus’ name, He would give it to them. We can use Jesus’ name as a command of faith, like Peter did in Acts 3:1-11, in which he spoke to the lame man rather than praying for him. Pastor Dale told of a time in Armenia when the Holy Spirit told him that He was going to preach. In that service a deaf mute was healed, and he saw Jesus going through the congregation and touching people. Is. 45:11 tells us to ask Him of things to come and concerning the work of His hand, we are to command Him. Value Jesus’ name. You can decree a thing, and it shall be established for you. Pastor Dale told about Boris, a Russian prisoner who had received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and had a desire to become a translator for American missionaries. He didn’t know English, but he wrote his desire with a rock on a handkerchief and hung it up. He later translated for Pastor Dale. We can use Jesus’ name when we are praying to the Father. Praise and the name of Jesus are weapons for us to use. Ps. 149:5-9 tells us about the weapon of praise.
Offering Message: Ps. 112:1-4 Our seed will be mighty on the earth. Wealth and riches shall be in your house. You have to take wealth and riches by faith before you see it. You can be a believer and be sincere, but still be in darkness. Don’t stay there. Don’t hold onto the darkness, but hold onto hope, joy, and light. Sermon: Acts 3:1- There is a connection with prayer and miracles. Make prayer a habit. When you are praying, you won’t enter into temptation. The disciples had been on their way to pray when they passed by a man, and their ministry to him brought many to salvation. Pastor Dale told of when the Lord set up several situations which put him in connection with people and ministry in other countries. In Acts 16:13 Lydia was a person of prayer, and she was the first person to receive Jesus in Asia. Go to meet God, and He will get you to meet people. Talk to God about men before talking to men about God. Seek the Lord and spend time with Him. Use a time of loneliness for intercessory prayer. You can have confidence to act on what God tells you to do, if you have spent time with Him. Pastor Dale shared how being hungry at night in Argentina put him in connection with Ukranian men who had been praying in tongues, trying to find him. Prayer should be a delight and serving Him should be fun. Don’t let religion and the devil beat the fun out of you. Col. 4:17 Take heed to the ministry you have received from the Lord. You have to receive it, not achieve it. Relax and worship God.
Watch! and Be Witnesses in These Last Days
II Tim. 3:1-5 tells about the perilous times of the last days. This passage of scripture is describing our present time. In Acts 1:6-11 we are told that we are to be witnesses of Jesus Christ, because the Holy Spirit has come upon us. Mark 13:32-37 is a call to watch and pray. We have Jesus Christ’s authority to minister- to work. Prayer is our assignment. Allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse you and be alert and awake, not letting Satan to pull you down. Maintain the mind of Christ, and don’t take on the cares of the world. This is a time to use your faith and not be self-deceived. We represent Jesus and He will never leave us. He needs us to walk in His power and demonstration of Jesus. Joel 3:0 Prepare for war and wake up the mighty men of war (spiritual warfare), because multitudes are in the valley of indecision. Be bold. Rom. 13:8-14 Love one another and pray for the deception to be broken off of people. Assist people to make a decision for Christ and make no provision for the flesh by putting on Jesus. I Cor. 15 tells us to wake to righteousness and sin not. Be people of truth and worship God in Spirit and truth. Get rid of the complacency, deception, and hidden things in your heart. You are not getting away with anything. Will you walk worthy of the Lord? Do your reflect Jesus?
Texts: Eph. 2:1-10; II Cor. 12:9; II Cor. 8:9. God is rich in mercy, and He is in love with you. He wants to show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us. Giving requires receiving. What you have, give away. However, you must be able to receive in order to give out, which requires humility. Do you know how to receive? Give up the pride, set your heart to receive, and say, “Thank You, Jesus.” The power of God is the grace of God. Your faith pulls in God’s free gifts. Jesus became poor, so that you can be rich, but you must receive it. The work you have grace for is the work He has called you to. Sowing starts in the heart. God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you will have all sufficiency in all things. Are you questioning God’s ability? Focus on Him and His grace. Grace is the power to produce what you need. Tap into the grace of God. He gives you grace, because He wants you to get the work done that He has called you to do. Don’t limit God. There was ministry to those who have businesses by people who have creative abilities.
The Goodness of God
The benefit of the Good Shepherd hinges on our believing that Jesus Christ is our personal Shepherd. If He is your Shepherd and Lord, you will not want and lack. You will be in a place of peace, your soul will be restored, He will lead you in paths of righteousness, you will fear no evil, you will eat a feast while your enemies watch, and goodness and mercy will follow you. In Matt. 4:4 Jesus said that it’s written that man shall live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Don’t draw back from God’s table and His Word. He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35). This is a time to worship and to gather together. The devil is intent against you, and you can condemn him. As part of Body of Christ, you are infused with power from God. Ps. 34:1-10 tells us to bless the Lord at all times and praise Him continually. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear God. Your life should be worship. Matt. 7:7-11 instructs us to ask, seek, and knock and that He gives good things to those who ask Him. Keep Jesus Christ in the Shepherd and Lord position in your life.
The Anointing Part 1
Judges 6:13-16 If there weren’t any miracles, then God has forsaken His people. Gideon said his clan was poor. God said, “Surely I will be with you. You shall defeat the Midianites as one man. Gideon, you don’t have to do it alone.” Two together can strike the enemy as one man. Insist on upholding one another.Is. 10:24-27 The anointing establishes the covenant of God and breaks off the yoke of bondage. Moses and Gideon were anointed to do what they had to do. It was like the five-fold ministry as one man. In 2 Kings 2:8-15 Elijah’s mantle (the double anointing) was passed to Elisha, but both Elijah’s and Elisha’s servants left or failed their masters. DON’T DROP THE BATON! Build on what went before. See with the eyes of the Spirit. The anointing does not come easily, and the devil will try to rob it. In 2 Kings 13:14 Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, failed because of the lust of money. When Elisha tried to transfer the anointing to the king of Israel, the king only smote the arrows three times, meaning Syria would be defeated only three times. When Elisha was buried and a dead man was put in his tomb, the bones of Elisha caused the man to revive and stand up. Anointings need to be passed on. DON’T BURY YOUR ANOINTING! We are anointed as believers, whereas under the Old Covenant, only priests, kings, and prophets received the anointing. If you want results, there must be an anointing. There was a time of prophetic ministry to individuals.
Repent and Pursue God’s Presence
Our assignment is to go to the next level for this region, this nation, and other nations. Pray for a demonstration of His power. Take authority over the strategies of the enemy and do what you are to do. There is power, but there is a cost to pay. Don’t miss the will of God for your life. It will take greater seeking for His presence. God wants our heart. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we are told to 1) humble ourselves, not others. Pride is thinking you can do it yourself. 2) Pray. 3) Seek His face (presence). 4) Turn from your evil ways. We must produce. Don’t allow heart issues to continue. Mal. 3:1-3 tells us that God was sending a messenger who would be like the refiner and the launderer. We need to deal with any heart issues and sin in our lives. The fire refines and purifies what is gross. The baptism of fire must be invited. It can be resisted if you don’t want to change. Luke 3:16. God wants His church to reflect His image. Matt. 3:1-5 tells of John the Baptist calling for people to repent, think differently, change their conduct. We can change the atmosphere for miracles. Matt. 4:17 Jesus said for people to repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. In Mark 1:2-15 Immediately after Jesus received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, He was sent into the wilderness. We must repent and believe and do. Doing is where the manifestations of glory take place. Mark 6:7-12 The twelve disciples also preached that people should repent. Allow your heart to be changed by the fire of His presence. Acts 3:19 Repent and be converted that your sin may be blotted out and times of refereshing from the presence of the Lord. Conversion will change people and they way they think and act. Worship the true God and turn back to the love of wisdom and righteousness. Pursue God and His presence. Repentance is not a bad message.
Jesus Walked on the Water
Offering message: Luke 6:36. Sowing begins long before your giving. Being merciful, not judging or condemning, and forgiving all come before giving. Watch what you’re sowing. If you want to change what you are reaping, sow something different. Look at and remember what God and others have given you. Sermon: In Matt. 14:24-31 as Jesus was walking on the water when the wind was contrary, He told His disciples, “Be of good cheer. Do not be afraid.” You do not need to be afraid, but you should also be of good cheer. Jesus is with you. There is some victory or good thing you can remember experiencing. A little taste of victory can change you. Peter obeyed Jesus when He said to come. He did walk on the water, too. When God tells you to do something, have faith in Him and do what He tells you to do. Peter got his eyes off of Jesus and onto the wind and “began to sink”. Again, Jesus told him to not be afraid, and Jesus immediately saved him. What did Peter doubt? He doubted himself. People doubt their ability to receive from God. In Luke 4:17-18 Jesus quoted the Scriptures that talked about Himself. Find in the Bible what tells about you and your situation and speak it. Problems help define who you are when you defeat them, such as David was defined by taking care of the Goliath problem. Don’t back down, but stand on what the Bible says about you and get your eyes on Jesus. Laugh at your problems.
The Anointing Part 2
Offering message: III John 2- your finances will never prosper more than your soul prospers. See your soul prosper in the Word of God and change your thinking. God doesn’t talk about limited resources. God is your source, not your paycheck, Social Security. your employer. Think abundance. The world has limits, but God has abundance. If your thinking is limited, you will consider what one person has as taking from what someone else can have. Sermon message: A word was given through Lee Jones about a new wind stirring up the dormant wind in the CWI body. It’s like a fire that can’t be shut up. We need to give place for God to move; we need both the Word of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. II Kings 2:8-14 is the text for learning about the seven things about the anointing. #1 You need to ask for the anointing. #2 The anointing can be measured. #3 The anointing can be increased. #4 The anointing can be transferred from one person to another. #5 The anointing can be lost. #6 The anointing can be transmitted materially (such as through mantles, bones, handkerchiefs). #7 You must qualify for the anointing. James 4 tells us that we don’t have because we don’t ask. Ask for the Lord to use you. THERE’S AN ANOINTING FOR YOUR CALL. ASK THE LORD TO ANOINT YOU TO DO WHAT HE HAS FOR YOU. Ask, seek, and knock. There are intensities of asking. Enlarge your praying and asking. In the anointing there is access to all things. Get hungry for the anointing. It will keep you safe. Pray for the anointing of God’s favor. Pastor Dale tells of a “scary” encounter with an angel in Armenia and how we can limit God’s anointing, which has no limits. Fear can cause us to limit the Holy Spirit’s anointing, but yokes need to be broken by the anointing.
Hearing the Voice of the Lord in the Time of Harvest
Offering Notes: Dale Armstrong: Eph. 3:20 God’s ability and power are not a question. We must cooperate with God on His terms for salvation and healing. God wants to fine-tune us and He expects us to be more obedient because He has more to give us. Joshua 1:8 Meditate in the Word that you may observe to do according to what is wirtten. Prosperity is more linked with meditation than giving. Meditate prosperous thoughts and be specific. Mark 11:24 Whatever you desire with description when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. In Andorra, Pastor Dale taught someone how to use his faith by the example of putting his faith with his desire. Expect and release faith. Bob Hawk “Hearing the Voice of the Lord in the Time of Harvest” Sermon notes: Deut. 28:1 It shall come to pass if we diligently obey the voice of the Lord to observe His commandments … John 4:34-38 tells us that Jesus’ food was to finish His work. That’s ours also. The fields are already white for harvest, now. We must aggressively win the lost. Look at your field and don’t take your salvation for granted, but be inflamed with the fire of God. Listen to what God is saying. In 1 Cor. 3:6-8 we are told that we are laborers with one another and with God. Everyone will receive his own reward according to his own labor. We must listen to His voice and be in His will, regardless of our circumstances. Rev. 2: 7, 11, 17, 29; 2:3, 6, 13, and 22 say, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says…” Rev. 3:19-20 We must listen to what God is telling us and be where we belong. Things that are hidden will be revealed, so let your light shine (Mark 4:20-25). Be aggressive and don’t miss the greatest awakening. Hear, and He will give you more. Isaiah 1:19 tells us to be willing and obedient and that we will eat the good of the land. Other texts: 1 Peter 1:14; John 10:1-5; Rom. 8:12-14; John 16:13. Are we willing to spend time in fellowship long enough to hear what He wants to share with us? Don’t listen to the voices of past “strangers”. Listen to God with an open heart. Be specific in what you desire or are asking. Live by the Spirit, and He will guide you and tell you things to come.
Breakthrough to the Promises
Neil Miers uses the example of Moses in Exodus 3:7-10 and chapter 5 to teach us what we may face when God gives us a promise. The enemy tries to get our eyes off the promises of God and onto our problems, but God wants to see us establish Kingdom principles. To get to the promise, we must break through the obstacles, strongholds, thoughts, and voices. Negativity and faithlessness, etc., are our prisons that we must break out of. Moses, like us, had to get the people out of oppression and into a place of liberty. BUT, the place of liberty is already inhabited. In order for God to get us in, there are things, such as inferiority and insecurity, that we need to get out. God takes us out of something to take us into something. God tells us what to do, but we must do them. Second Cor. 4:16-18 tells us that there is a war between our flesh and spirit. We are the ones who are to go and be carriers of the Gospel. Was Pharaoh impressed by Moses’ declaration about the Lord God? No, and when we share the Gospel, people may reject us, and we might not see the results we want right away either. God needs strong Christians. We are not building Satan’s kingdom, but God’s, and He sees us as His army. When you start pushing toward the promise, things often get worse. Every plague challenged the gods of Egypt. After plundering Egypt, they faced the Red Sea. Besides that, they realized they were being chased by the Egyptian army. What did Moses do? He looked to God and asked Him what He wanted him to do. Walk into what He told you to do so He can destroy your enemies. Give, invite people, share the Gospel. Pray for people’s needs and keep trusting God. Your greatest enemy is your flesh. You must break through the obstacles.
Walk Worthy of Your Calling
The church is lagging behind where God wants us to be. The early church had more evidence of the revelation of God. Paul had an amazing encounter. We need an encounter with God. Revival will cause us to rise up with signs and wonders. We must be the church until Jesus returns; don’t sit back waiting for the rapture. The revelation of the disciples has eroded. We have an eternal purpose. If you mess up, don’t give up, but press in. God wants to take us into something so big and amazing. The text is Eph. 3:11 through 4:1. The eternal purpose accomplished in Christ Jesus is how we can have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. To have confidence, we need an encounter with God. You need to be strengthened in your inner man. Christ dwells in our hearts through faith, and we have a revelation of Jesus Christ. God wants us to comprehend the love of Christ and the power in His name. We can’t comprehend by our minds, but by our spirits, that we may be filled with the fullness of God. We already have the power, because He tells us that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above what we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us. We are to walk worthy of the calling in which we were called, consistently. How do we glorify God? We glorify Him when we lay hands on the sick and when we testify … In 2 Kings 3:16- they dug ditches. Dig ditches in your life to make a place for God to come to us so the revival will remain and the enemy will be defeated. Change how you speak to speaking the Word, and renew your mind.
The Fire of the Holy Spirit, Winds of Revival, and the Call and Gifts of God
(Pastor Dale Armstrong- offering and communion messages) Offering message: 2 Cor. 9:8 tells us that God is able to make all grace abound to us. We have sufficiency in all things that we may abound to every good work. We believe for faith for the harvest and for those of us already a part of CWI Lancaster to abound. Get ready for abundance and for the harvest of souls. Communion message: First Peter 1:18-19 tells us that Jesus Christ’s blood saves and redeems us. As believers, we should expect daily times of confession of our sins. First John 1:9 to 2:2 affirms that if we confess our sins to Him, He will forgive us and cleanse us. Jesus Christ is our Advocate and the propitiation for our sins. He paid the price and received the punishment for our sins. Is. 53:6 shows us that God’s wrath against sin was poured out on Christ for us. Don’t carry sin. His faithfulness, righteousness, and justice apply to us and restores us to a holy place with God. Know the power of His righteousness in the presence of God. We can go to the throne room and know that we are His beloved. Sermon message: Gal. 6:7-9 Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Sow to the Spirit. Don’t get weary and lose heart. Advance the kingdom by doing what the Word says. Are we doing what God wants us to do? Celebrate Pentecost, the day of the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to be ignited in you again and go out as carriers and demonstrators of of the power of God to the world. The wind is blowing again and rekindles the fire the hotspots that spread. There is a fire coming that will build. The Church is rising with a voice and healing in its wings. We need the wind of Pentecost. Luke 19:11 is the Parable of the Minas. The disciples thought the Kingdom of God was going to be immediate. We have to hear what the Spirit is saying to us. It is not normal for us to tolerate what the devil is doing to us. We have gifts in our lives. The call of God changes you as you find your purpose and plan of God for your life. Be the evidence and the carriers. Don’t just wait for the rapture. The church cannot make excuses. Become the evidence of the Word. There are many who don’t want Jesus to reign over them. He came to bless people. The church has buried its talent and gifts given to them. What are you doing with your gifts? If you buried them, His return will not be a happy day. Every kingdom has its own rules. We must do things His way, whether it’s salvation, being filled with the Holy Spirit, using your gifts, living in forgiveness, sowing into His Kingdom. Whose rules are you going to live under? We need to know God. WE MUST DO IT HIS WAY! We are carriers of His anointing. There’s a cry in us – Phil. 3:10 “That I May Know Him.” In 2 Tim. 4:3-7 tells about the time (now) when people won’t listen to sound doctrine, and they will do their own thing. We must be watchful is all things. Our God is awesome! Endure afflictions and do the work of an evangelist. Fulfill your ministry gift. We are called by God.
The Anointing Breaks Through the Obstacles
Pastor Dale- Offering Message: Ps. 112:1-3 Your seed (descendants, your words) will be mighty on earth. We are the generation of the upright, and we are blessed. Wealth and riches are in our house. Wealth is works of art and investments. Riches is money that passes through our hands to bless others. Moody, Finney, and other revivalists had rich people behind them. Women helped to finance Jesus’ ministry. Sermon notes: Ps. 103:1-5 Bless the Lord and remember all His benefits- salvation from sin, healing of bodies, redemption from death, youth renewed. Bless His holy name! Learn the language of revival. God spoke the Word and created the universe. We need a fresh understanding of why we are on the earth. God has triumphed over our enemies. There’s nothing wrong with God, and His Word will not return void. The world is looking for what’s real. God wants to renew us; we need a touch of God for our bodies. We are joint-heirs with Christ. Break through the obstacles. In Acts 10:38 we find that God anointed Jesus. God was with Him. Jesus Christ is the answer. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a mandate for the church. Come into the power of God. John the Baptist baptized Jesus and the Spirit descended on Him, and then He began His ministry. In Matt. 4:18 and 19 Jesus told the disciples to follow Him. They immediately left their nets, and He made them fishers of men. The church needs the anointing. You have to follow Him, allowing Him to go before you, so you can see what He’s doing and know how to treat people. He had compassion. Mark 1:36 Simon and others with Jesus searched for Jesus. They searched for Him and His presence, because He carried the anointing. People don’t want to follow us when what we talk about is problems. The priests had to wear bells on their clothing when they went into the Holy of Holies. There is a sound from heaven, a sound of praise. Taste and see that the Lord is good. The men bringing the paralytic to Jesus had expectancy. They wanted to get to the real Jesus, and their faith broke through the obstacles and what others thought. A touch from Jesus is needed for life. Be filled with His Spirit again. There is a sound of faith and victory. Do you have a meaningful relationship with Christ? There was a time of ministry for salvation, healing, and a refilling of the Holy Spirit.
It Starts With the Heart
Brian Rohrer shares his testimony as a pastor’s son. He tells how being hurt by church-goers and judging God by looking at people caused him to question and run from God. He saw his father going out of his comfort-zone to minister to troubled kids on drugs. Through different changes, his dad decided to have a church to reach kids like Brian, and his desires shifted to wanting to preach and sing and being excited about Jesus. Once again, something happened causing a church-split, and Brian poured his life into his work, but when his position was eliminated, he was forced to face himself. Through another process, he broke down and chose to forgive himself and others. What did he learn? Among other things: To whom much is forgiven, much is required; we are covered by the blood; we need to offer ourselves to God 100%; we have weapons of the blood of Jesus, the word of our testimony, the Word of God, and the power of prayer. In an instant God can wipe away a lifetime of sin. On the road to redemption, we find out that we are not under condemnation. Jesus does not leave people where they are. Revival is work. It is touching the father’s heart. Signs and wonders should be following us or they can become distractions. Satan wants us to keep begging for forgiveness and living in condemnation, but our fight is already won!
Seven Things You Can Know About the Anointing Part 2
Offering message: Text: Ps. 107:1, 20-21. Offerings are tied to worship. Our offerings are an expression of our love for God the Father and His Son, Jesus. In Mark 4 the seed is the Word in your heart. Everything we receive from God is from the seed of the Word. Sermon: Pastor Dale talked about the blessing of Ralph Wilkerson to the Body of Christ and to his family as they visited with Ralph and Aileen. In 2 Kings 2:7-9 it is recorded that fifty men were watching Elijah and Elisha, but only those two men went through the Jordan. The anointing is the power of God for ministry. What you do gets different results when the anointing is there. Pastor Dale shares about the anointing on him setting a co-worker free from demonic spirits and releasing the power for him to be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. We need the anointing to minister. We should be more moved by the love of Jesus than our love for other people. Jesus never asked Peter if he loved people. He asked him if he loved Him. You need to ask for the anointing. Elisha asked for a double portion, which had a higher cost to go with it, but hardships can’t compare to the blessings. Pastor Dale tells about Brother Dresner being anointed to deliver healing to a family who sacrificed to have Dale and him stay with them. Expect God to provide the anointing for you, but ask for it. Ethen Armstrong was anointed and blessed at the end of the service.
What It Takes To Overcome
The account of David in 1 Sam. 1-6 tells of a time when David and his men returned to Ziklag to find that their wives and families had been taken captive and the city burned. The men were so distraught that they wanted to stone David. First Samuel 30 verse 6 says that David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. There will be times when no one will encourage you, and tragedy often turns people against their leaders. You can’t help others until you are strong enough yourself. How do you get stronger? Encourage yourself in the Lord. Give Him praise and thanks. Everything you have has been given to you from the Lord in the first place. AND if God gave it to you once, He can give it to you again. God is your source, so focus on Him in the middle of whatever you are facing. Ps. 30:5 His anger is but for a moment; His favor is for life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. There’s a time to weep and a time for joy. Even though David had no more power to weep when Bathsheba’s first son was sick, he had power to praise when he died. Heb. 13:15 Offer your sacrifice of praise continually. Eph. 5:20 Give thanks always for all things unto God, but don’t thank Him for what He doesn’t give. First Thess. 5:16 Rejoice evermore. Pastor Dale tells of Terry Law’s experience of bitterness after the death of his wife and children while he was in England serving the Lord. Oral Roberts ministered to him only by telling Terry to get on his knees and praise God and thank Him. After about twenty minutes of doing that, he experienced a breakthrough in the Holy Spirit. Thank God for what He gives and who He is. Worship fixes what is in you. Submit to God by worshiping Him. The Holy Spirit inhabits the praises of His people. Is. 40:28-31 God is bigger, so look to Him. He gives power to the faint and to those who have no strength He gives strength. Wait of the Lord, like the priests in the Old Testament, listening to Him, praying to Him, spending time with Him. God wipes out the bitterness. Minister to the Lord. Your praises may set your family free. What happened when David praised God? In 1 Sam. 30:7 and 8 we learn that they overtook and recovered all. Praise gets you to a place where you can hear from the Lord. Paul and Silas praised God when they were in deplorable conditions in an inner jail cell in Acts 16:25. Their praise was so loud all the prisoners could hear them. What was the result? All the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were loosed, and the jailor’s household was saved. Phil. 4:6 tells you to not be anxious, but let your requests be made known to God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Peace comes by giving praise to God with thanksgiving.
The Intent is to Get People Saved
Offering Message: Matt. 5:23 and 24. God will speak to you in your time of offering and worship. If you bring your gift and remember that someone has something against you, leave your gift, reconcile yourself to your brother, and then offer the gift. Bare your heart before the Lord. God speaks when we get our hearts right. Pray for God to search your heart. Pastor Dale shared about a recent experience of humbling himself to make things right with a pastor friend. Remember: Love never fails. Don’t be wrong with your brother. Sermon message: Pastor Dale tells of the time he was in charge of the youth in his denominational church. Rumors and accusations by people in the church who were against the baptism of the Holy Spirit caused him to be removed. Listen as he tells how he handled the situation and how he ministered Matthew 18 to the adults. In Matt. 18:1-20 Jesus is talking to adults and referring to the newly-converted as the “little ones”. Omar Carberra, who was a powerful leader in the Argentine revival, said that it takes humility to reach the world for God. You have to humble yourself; God doesn’t humble you. The body of Christ must be strong for ministering restoration. We need restorative power in the church. Resisting the Holy Spirit and causing offenses made Jesus Christ very angry. We cannot become offended by the people who are being saved. We need the grace of God, which along with forgiveness is free. The devil’s intent is to get us off God’s intent. Offenses and strife kill. Pride is deceiving, because you don’t know you have it. The world is interested in reputation, whereas the Christian should be concerned about character. When a brother trespasses against you, you go to him alone. Don’t go to anyone else. Don’t resist the grace of God. If the person will not hear you, then go with 1 or 2 more people. The purpose of going to him is to restore him to the Lord and the church. If he continues to refuse hearing them, then go to the church leadership. If he doesn’t hear them, he must be an unbeliever, and then you minister salvation to him. The world should not be dealing with church issues. Privacy is necessary for restoration. Verses 18 to20 tell us to loose the person and to bind the devil. Pastor Dale tells of a time a pastor stole Dale’s church from him. God told him and Teri, “He can’t steal what you give him.” They gave him the church, loosed the pastor and bound the devil. In verses 19 and 20 the 2 or 3 are the people who went through the process of restoration. The purpose is to protect the person. Prov. 17:9 Repentance is not a cover-up; he who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends. In 1 Peter 4:7 and 8 we are told to have fervent love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Prov. 11:13 says that a talebearer reveals secrets. A talebearer is not a gossip. He who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
What Are You Looking At
Offering Message: I Cor. 15:57 God gives us the victory through Jesus Christ. There’s always more grace. Move forward in God and be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Sermon Text: 2 Cor. 5:7 We walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t ignore our circumstances, but we look at faith and the promises. In 2 Cor. 4:16-18 the inward man is being renewed daily. Don’t look at your light affliction, but look at what is not seen. Don’t look at the problem you have today, but look at the promises. It’s not enough to turn away from temptation or a problem. It’s important what you turn and look at. In 2 Kings 4, the barren woman was given a prophetic word and as a result of God’s promise to her, she gave birth to a son, but the son died. She spoke words of faith when she told her husband and the prophet that he was well, although he really was dead. She was stubborn and wouldn’t speak death over him, but spoke words of faith, and God raised the child from the dead. Verse 27 says that her soul was vexed within her. That same expression is used in describing Samson and Jesus. Samson failed. Jesus didn’t. When she released her faith, she remained steadfast to what she said. DON’T WAVER IN BELIEVING. Decide not to quit. Lazarus was sick, but Jesus delayed coming to him for two days (John 11:3-44). The first time Jesus didn’t say that Lazarus was dead, but that he was sleeping. He didn’t want to speak death, and He was looking at the glory of God. He was looking for a live man in the tomb. Look for the good and positive in people. Rom. 4:17 says that Abraham was made a father of many nations by God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. God will honor your word if you don’t break it. Looking at your problem causes your faith to waver. Don’t let your faith waver. Look up! Face the impossibility and look at God. Repent if you messed up, and ask for His forgiveness.
The Anointing: How to Place a Demand on the Anointing
Offering Message: Phil. 4:19 tells us that God shall provide for all your needs according to His riches in glory. That’s a promise that you’ll always have needs. Children don’t worry about their needs if they have a father. You are your Father’s child. Pastor Dale tells of a time when he needed money to pay a hotel bill and how God provided from an unlikely source. Pastor Dale told of God relaying to him that if he wouldn’t have started this church, other ministries wouldn’t be sent out. Robert Cox shared about his recent trip to Switzerland and the walk of faith that it was for him. Sermon: In 2 Kings 2:8 Elijah took the mantle, struck the Jordan River, and it divided. Joshua had parted the Jordan before. The anointing blesses you or curses the enemy. It becomes a chain to the person who rejects the anointing. Satan hates the anointing! After the Ark of the Covenant was put in the river, and the waters parted, it became the Ark of the Testimony. Elijah deliberately used the anointing to bring about a miracle. Jesus said that He was meek and lowly of heart, but He could be bold in the Spirit, because He was going to use the anointing to bring a miracle. Kenneth Hagin deliberately put a demand on the anointing. God touched His hands and the people he ministered to received healing, because the anointing heals. In Mark 5:25 the woman touched the hem of His garment. He told her that her faith made her well. She drew the anointing out of Jesus. When the minister is moving in the anointing, believers should draw on it. While Pastor Dale was in Kiev, he ministered as a teacher . When he was staying at a pastor’s home, he had a dream about the worship leader that he and his wife were fighting about his wanting to go to America alone. Pastor Dale told him that the Lord told him in a dream that he shouldn’t go, but he went anyway. He was killed in an accident and shortly afterward his wife who did not go to America, was attacked, but God protected her. Later, in another place in Kiev, Pastor Dale was introduced as a prophet. In Matt. 10:40-42 Jesus said that whoever received Him received the Father. If you receive a prophet, you can receive a prophet’s reward. The gift that God has given you is NOT for yourself, but for other people. We’re channels of blessing. Smith Wigglesworth ministered with kidney stones while he ministered the anointing for healing to others. Don’t grieve the Spirit by not receiving the anointing. There are many anointings here that we must draw on. Say with your mouth and by your actions that you receive. John 4:6 tells of the Samaritan woman whom Jesus asked to give him water. That just did not happen in that culture. #1 She was a woman. #2 She was a Samaritan, and a Jewish male would never talk to one. Remember that in Matt. 10:42 Jesus said that whoever gives a little one a cup of water in the name of a disciple would not lose his reward. In 1 Kings 17:9 a widow woman was to sustain Elijah. Elijah asked for a little water and for a cake. Jesus and Elijah put the person in a position of receiving.
Offering Message: Mark 10:17-26. The rich young ruler came to Jesus with questions. Jesus loved the man. He is always against lack and need, and He was pointing out to the man that he was lacking something. The man was distracted by materialism, but he was held back by what he was lacking. What is holding you back? Pastor Dale shares how a thought of not being able to move to Moscow because someone had just blessed him with beautiful bookshelves in his office. The disciples must have had money, because they questioned who could be saved if it’s difficult for those who trust in riches to be saved. The call of God on your life is greater than anything you possess. There is no man who has left, not given, houses, etc., who won’t receive a blessing. Every quality decision you make qualifies you for a blessing. With persecution means that Satan doesn’t like you getting blessed, and he will try to steal your joy and peace. Don’t back off. Hold to God’s standard. Robert Cox shared a testimony of God’s healing power; Jay and Kim Stoltzfus were anointed as pastors, and a word of encouragement was given about the CWI church. Sermon message: Matt. 8:5-13 tells of Jesus’ healing the centurion’s servant. Jesus used His faith in the Word. Speak the Word only. You’ll never have more authority than you’re under. The centurion understood authority, but it was his faith that Jesus commented about. We do and are expected to obey what He has told us to do. Pastor Dale tells about his giving a gift to a man he had a rift with. He did it in obedience to God when his wife was in the hospital after the birth of their first child. Her condition changed as a result of his obedience. Luke 8:49, 50 says to believe only. Matt. 8 indicates that the Roman centurion begged Jesus, but Luke’s account in chapter 7 verses 1 to 10 says it was the elders of the Jews who came to Jesus. The centurion was not worthy to come to Jesus, so the centurion had delegated the power to the Jewish elders. When we say, “Be healed in Jesus’ name”, it is really Jesus saying it. In 2 Cor. 5:17-21 we learn that we are new creations, that old things have passed away, and that we have the ministry of reconciliation. We are ambassadors for Christ. Receive from God in spite of the messenger. The message you bring changes people. Don’t let the Word slip. The message is more important that the messenger. Is. 55:8-11 God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. His Word shall prosper. Think and act in God’s ways and thoughts. When you speak His Word, you are His delegate.
You Are Blessed
Num. 23:19-20 tells us about God: He doesn’t lie, repent, or change His mind; He does what He says He will do. He speaks and then acts on His Word. When the Bible says, “Behold”, or “Verily, verily”, or “Of a truth”, it means that it is something amazing, something that is hard to believe. God commands a blessing, and His blessing cannot be reversed. In Ps. 30:5 we learn that God’s anger is momentary, but His favor lasts for a lifetime. His anger comes and goes, but He doesn’t change His mind about His favor and blessings. His favor doesn’t wear off. Eph. 1:3 says that God has (past tense) blessed us with every spiritual blessing. His blessings are not because of our performance, but because we are in the Kingdom of God. You don’t have to wait for the blessings. You are blessed. Deut. 28:1, 2 states that blessings shall overtake you. Under the Old Testament, blessings came from obedience to the law. In the New Testament you are blessed and then opportunity finds you. Everything you put your hand on is blessed. Expect the best, bounty, plenty, what you’re looking for, blessings. Speak and see blessing. Is. 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Don’t allow Satan’s power and witchcraft to put you in fear, and don’t let your thought-life tend toward the negative.
The Five-Fold Ministry
Offering message: Release your tithe with your faith. Jesus was strengthened by angels, and He could have called angels to keep Him from having to go to the cross. We have divine protection. Ps. 30:5 God’s favor lasts a lifetime. His anger goes away, but not His favor toward us. God is for us. Be passionate about the things you hate, such as sin. God rebukes the devil for our sakes. God is our rear guard, and His armor is covering us in the front. Interlude message: The Holy Spirit is real and is in us. Pastor Dale tells of the first time he was confronted with the Holy Spirit manifesting in tongues and praise. It is God’s heart for men to praise Him, stand in the gap, worship Him in spirit and truth, and be righteous. Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel. The presence of God will hit people and change them. Pastor Dale tells of two drunks who came to a service to heckle, but who were saved, one of them who is now a missionary. Sermon message: (Eph. 2:19-22) We are to build on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, not just those went before, but those who are living now. First Peter 2:3-6 says that we are living stones, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone, and He is alive. These scriptures refer to the apostles and prophets who are living now. Apostolic ministry must be present tense. First Cor. 12:27-31 names the five-fold ministry gifts. Pastor Dale relates about the experience of being on a train in Bulgaria with an atheistic woman who spoke English and an elderly believer who never had a Bible. You can survive without teachers, apostles, pastors, prophets, and evangelists, but why would you want to. The Word is precious, but we miss out when the apostolic and the prophetic are taken out. Want all of God. (Eph. 4:7) The gift of Christ is apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists. The order is not in rank or value, but in the process of time. The measure of the gift of Christ comes first and then the grace comes. If you see a need, you may be the one who has the grace to meet it. Follow the grace that’s on you. Our yoke is easy and our burden is light. Grace is contagious. Jesus dropped His mantle on the church. The apostolic minister networks the gifts together. Anointings can be on you; you take on those aspects. If you hang around prophets, you’ll prophesy. You may take on the characteristics of all of the five-fold ministry gifts, but you need more. We’re after the image of Christ. The ministry gifts are for equipping of the saints for the work of ministry and for edifying the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12-16). An effective believer needs input from all the five-fold ministry gifts. Speak the truth in love that we may grow in all things into Him. Receive what God is doing. You develop easier and better if you receive from the five-fold ministry gifts. John 15:5 tells us the importance of abiding in Him, with bearing fruit as the by-product. Work in the flesh will come to nothing. Your talent is not your ministry. If you can do it without Jesus, it’s not a ministry.
In 1 Tim. 2:1-4 Paul write to Timothy exhorting him first of all to supplicate, pray, intercede, and give thanks for all men, for kings, and for all who are in authority. Our first ministry is to pray. It’s the first step in every endeavor. Praying is not just for a certain group of people but is what all believers are to do. Prayer is meant for answers. It is being with the Lord, but it will bring miracles and change. Spending time with God without getting answers is like spending time with Tiger Woods and never talking about golf with him. Don’t let the devil make you think that your prayers aren’t working. Your prayers for the President of our country are effective. You do have a sphere of influence; you will get more details when praying for those people and situations. Pastor Dale shares two experiences of answered prayer, one concerning the sale of a house and another concerning friends for his boys when they were living in Moscow. Prayer is the first step in being a Christian. You don’t need to know how to pray. Just do it! You’ll learn to pray by praying. You need to be encouraged to pray. There are different kinds of prayer: supplication, faith, salvation, consecration, thanksgiving, intercession, and others. Some prayers don’t work in certain situations. First John 5:14, 15 says that we can be confident that if we ask anything according to His will (what is in the Word), He will hear us, and that we will have the petitions that we have asked of Him. Your prayers will work when you know the will of God, so you don’t have to say, “If it is Your will.” We have confidence when we know what the will of God is from the Word of God. Pray to get the will of God. Then you can pray with knowledge. When we pray the Spirit will tell us what to pray. Eph. 6:18 says that we are to pray always with all manner of prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Intercession is praying for someone else. Your life of prayer is effective. The highest forms of prayer are praise and intercession.
A Foundation in the Word
Offering Message: Revivalists Finney, Moody, and Wesley all had people behind them financing them. In Luke 8:2, 3 we are told that certain women, such as Mary Magdalene, provided for Jesus’ ministry, out of appreciation and gratefulness for what He had done for them. Sermon message: Matt. 7:24-29 is the parable of the wise and foolish builders. The difference is that the wise man built on the rock (Jesus Christ) and the other built on the sand (things of the world). The storms of life came to both. There are seasons of the evil day. The foundation is the Word, which you not only need to have, but must use and apply. Sometimes you can follow others who are wise and just act like them until you gain experience and wisdom. Pastor Dale told of one of his elders who watched and learned from a veteran who had survived a previous beachhead attack, and he in turn survived five other beachheads. It’s hard to fight when you’re losing the battle, but when you have built on the Word foundation, you can have peace and confidence in the midst of the battle. Ps. 112 tells us to not be afraid of evil tidings. Grab the respect of others when they go through a battle. You not only should be in the Word, but you can delight in it. Make the Word a priority. Pastor Dale tells of his cousin who died three times and how the Lord reminded him to not be afraid of evil tidings and to not make haste, and he saw a miracle. Make sure the foundation of the Word is in you. Go where God is feeding you. Get the Word at any cost. Listen to and get the Word in you, and when you face a crisis, you won’t react. Preparation meets opportunity. You can be in the bubble of God’s grace in a time of horror. Eph. 6:13 tells us to take on the armor of God. Not every thought is safe. You can’t trust them, but you can trust the Word. The grace of God is eternal life. Double-up on the Word of God, and when things are easy and going smoothly don’t slack off.
Pray in Jesus Name
There is power in praying in Jesus’ name. We represent God and His authority. Ps. 9:10; Ps. 44:4, 5; John 14:13. If we ask anything in Jesus’ name, He will do it, so the Jesus can bring glory to God the Father. There are many names for Jesus: Prince of Peace, Lion of the tribe of Judah, Lifter of heads, Light, Almighty, Scepter, Lord of lords… Art tells of a man who was called to a very dangerous area of China. Everyone feared to go with him, but he went, and many people were healed and saved. When he returned, everyone was shocked that he was not attacked by thieves, but the reports came in that eleven soldiers were seen with the man. Eleven people from the church that supported him were praying for his safety at that date and time. God was a Wall of Fire for the missionary as in Zech. 2:1-5. In Gethsemane Jesus asked His disciples to pray with Him for one hour. Art had a video clip of a five-year old boy declaring, decreeing, and interceding for babies being dedicated in a church service. There was a period of prayer, supplication, and intercession, and we were encouraged to do this on our own at home.
A Foundation in the Word Part 2
Offering message: II Cor. 9:6, 7 Sow to the Spirit and reap life. There is joy in giving, but hilarity in giving is when you see it working. Never give grudgingly, because then God can’t give the blessing. Giving is good for you. You need to give; don’t give only when there is a need. Sermon message: Text: Matt. 7:24-29. When you hear His sayings, do them, and then you’ll look like a wise man. Start doing what you know is right. Knowledge that is not acted upon is a waste and leads to self-deception. Use the knowledge you have. We know enough to live a life in victory and breakthrough and to win souls. Write down what God speaks to you. The foolish man built on the sand. It is easier and there is less resistance to build there. #1 The storms came to both men. Being established in the Word of Faith prepares you for the storms of life. You will encounter crises and conflicts. Religion dwells on the storms and the problems. #2 Both men built a house, but they built on different foundations. Your life is what you make it. You have to work at building your future. It is not easy to build on the foundation of the Word. Listen and do the Word. Begin where you are and think about eternity. Building on the sand is thinking that the storm won’t come to you. When the house fell, that represents a life or a marriage. It’s God idea that there wouldn’t be storms that defeat us. In Psalms 91:7-10 He says, … “it shall not come near to you, because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, your dwelling place.” We model the Word of God for others. He tells us who to follow. The issue is: Are you building on the sand or on the Rock? Joshua 1:8 informs us to meditate, observe, and do the Word if you want to see the result of standing through the storms. Build a strong foundation by praying and meditating and working. Help, don’t enable others. When you don’t know what to do, meditate on the Word and then act on it, and then you’ll make your way prosperous, and then you’ll have good success. Prov. 4:20-23. Keep your heart with all diligence. It’s a battle to focus on your destiny and on doing the Word. Guard your heart.
Back to Basics
Offering Message: Luke 6:38. We give our tithe willingly. Giving is an opportunity. It is a seed. When a seed is planted, you wait for the final product. What you plant, God gives back multiplied. Giving is a choice, but the giving back to you is a sure thing. He packs in the blessings. We plant and tend our seed by believing that God will bring increase. We water it by speaking positively. We weed it by watching what comes out of our mouths. Speaking negatively is stomping on your young plants. Numbers 23:19 God doesn’t lie. He does what He says. Sermon Message: Texts: Gen. 1 and 2; Matt. 13:10, 11; Ps. 8:3-9; Rom. 8:19; Matt. 22:30. We were created to speak things into existence. We were created to take dominion over the earth, not over people. We were created in God’s image. We were created in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Dwight uses the analogy of an egg to describe God the Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The shell is like the body of Jesus; the egg white is to be compared to the Holy Spirit; the yolk is compared to the Father. The whole egg is like God. We are a spirit, live in a body, and have a soul. The Holy Spirit hovered over the earth to create it. Jesus was the Word, and as the Word went forth, the Holy Spirit created and fulfilled what the Word said. The Holy Spirit hovers over our words to perform the words that we speak that are out of the Father. You cannot get to the Father without going through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, and you can only go to the Holy Spirit through the broken body of Jesus. When you receive Jesus, the Holy Spirit will reveal the Father to you. We will judge the angels, so we are higher than angels. We have power in our words. We should have dominion over sin, sickness, and disease. God gave us dominion, so the earth is to be under our control. Adam was to till the garden, which he did by his words. He was to be fruitful and multiply and the Garden would have expanded. God breathed into Adam His Spirit, and God lives in us. The Garden was God’s plan for us. Adam was in control. The earth is waiting for the sons of God to be revealed, the revelation that we have control and dominion. The earth is waiting for us to say “no” to the things that are not from God. A kingdom is a place to rule. When Jesus cursed the fig tree, He took the purpose of the fig tree out of it. Our purpose is to take control and to spread the Gospel. Take dominion over your body. After God made Adam, He said that it was not good for man to be alone, so He took the female “side, half” (meaning of the word “rib”), and made a woman. That meant that neither the man nor the woman is complete without the other. Your mate completes you. Listen to what your spouse says. You become one flesh and complete each other. Whatever the husband and wife agree upon (two or three), God is there, and it is established. Adam was to operate as God did, by speaking to things (that was his toil) and by taking authority over every area of life.
Back to the Basics: Prayer
Matt. 6:9. This scripture says to pray in the manner of the Lord’s Prayer. It begins (“Our Father, hallowed be Your name”) with an acknowledgment and recognition of the Lord and His presence. It’s being with Him, (as your devotional time should be). It invokes His name, meaning that it’s using His name to get access and also it’s summoning His presence. It’s the believer’s privilege to access Him and to summon His presence. Everything falls under control by its name. In heaven you get your real name. “Your kingdom come” invokes His power. We learn to pray step-by-step. Praying is hard work and is tough on the flesh. Mark 1:35 If Jesus made prayer a priority, how much more should we? Make prayer a habit. Have a place and a time that will give prayer a priority in your day, such as in the shower, in your commuting time, on lunch break. Create a habit of prayer. You need personal, private prayer times before your expectations and results increase in corporate prayer. It’s relationship first. Suggestions and reminders: record what and who God puts on your heart in times of personal prayer; have a top ten (10) list of people the Lord lays on your heart to pray for salvation.
The Foundation of the Word
Communion message: I Cor. 11:23-26 Jesus paid an amazing price for our lives. He gave thanks to lay down His life for us. He was thankful for the healing of our bodies. Is. 53:4-11. Offering message: Mal. 3:8-11 We give to God, not to man. We rob God in tithes and offerings. Be wary of anyone who tries to explain away the simple truths of the Scripture. Tithing is for today. The principle is not to try to make people do anything. It is to enjoy the favor and blessings of the Lord, because He is so good to us. The devil is rebuked in our lives. We hold the Lord to His Word. What we don’t receive from God is what we really deserve. Sermon message: The chapters of the Sermon on the Mount have become the core of Christianity and give the structure of what it means to be a believer. His teaching was revolutionary in His day, such as when He addressed God as His Father, and then taught His disciples to call Him Father, too. Matt. 7:24-29 is the summation of the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus taught, He took the Messiah’s authority starting from the Beatitudes. He used the analogy of the wise or foolish man. Caution: Don’t fall for lies saying that the Word on different topics only applied to people in the past. Act on the Word you hear. He will liken us to a wise man. Start acting wise. Watch and do what Jesus did in different situations. Be careful where you go to church and what they teach. Most people who come for counsel already know what to do, but they aren’t doing it. It’s foolishness to know what to do and to not do it. We are equipped for victory. In Mark 5 the woman with the issue of blood acted on the Word she heard, and she received her healing. Pastor Dale tells of his experience of being depressed and not wanting to act on what he heard from Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland, who said to take the path that is the hardest. Finish what you start and fulfill your word. The hard way is to build on the Rock. The foundation is the Word, not just a move of the Spirit, a vision, a dream, a prophetic word, which are given at a moment of time. Make sure that what you are receiving is based on the Word and remember that the Word and the Spirit always agree. The Word never passes, never wanes. James 2:15 Faith without corresponding action is dead. Faith is an act. When Jesus ministered healing, He tried to get the people to act, because faith needs action. Rom. 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word. The foolish man had faith, because he heard the Word, but he didn’t act upon it. It doesn’t matter what you believe, but what you believe and act on. You can measure your Christianity by your acts. Who are you? Do you give, pray, serve…? Luke 5:1-5 There must be hunger in us to receive the Word. Peter responded at Jesus’ word. Launch out and do His Word. Search the Word to find out what to put into action. Take Him at His Word and act on it, whether it’s in tithing or whatever.
Confidence in Prayer
Carlene shares a powerful testimony of God’s creative power in blessing and developing a baby in the womb. I John 5:14 and 15 tell us that we have the confidence in God that He hears us if we ask according to His will and knowing that He hears us, we have confidence that we will receive what we have asked for. We must pray according to the will of God, which is what the Bible says. People often pray like they’re playing Russian roulette. If a person prays, “If it’s Your will…” and the person being prayed for doesn’t get healed, for example, then the person praying can say that it wasn’t God’s will. Really, we can know that it’s God’s will, because Jesus came to bring healing to us. To say that it wasn’t God’s will, is unscriptural and full of pride. You need to know your rights and what the Bible says and what His promises are. God said, and He keeps His Word. In Mark 11:12-24 Jesus cursed the fig tree- not that it would die, but that no man would eat food from it forever. Pastor Dale told of a young girl speaking to the warts on her hands and how the warts disappeared. Speak blessings. In Mark 11:23 Jesus raised the stakes from speaking to the fig tree to speaking to the mountain. Your words will work for you. You’ll get what you say, not what you believe. What do you desire? Mark 11:24 says whatever you desire when you pray believe, you will have. Prayer will have power when you have a strong desire to see the answer. Pray for the people on your top 10 list. Dwight Miller shared a testimony about warts being removed by speaking to them.
Assignments Revealed For Increase
A Word was presented for the Church. Offering message: Mal. 3:10-12 tells us that God rebukes the devourer for our sakes when we bring in the tithes. It also says that all nations (peoples) shall call us blessed. Ps. 115:14-15 gives the truth that God will increase us more and more, us and our children. A word was delivered for two young men in the congregation. Sermon message: God has given us special assignments. We have favor and abilities no one else has, and this is the day for us to reap the harvest. Ps. 67:1-7 God wants His way known here. We need to be worshipers and praisers outside of the church service, too. Then the earth will yield increase. I Thess. 3:11-12 The Lord will make us increase and abound in love to one another and to all men. We are to let our fruit show outside the church building, so that He may establish our hearts blameless in holiness. We are to love in deed and in truth or in practice and sincerity (John 3:18). We are to hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, consider one another to stir up love and good works, and exhort one another as the Day approaches (Heb. 10:23-25). We need to seek God as to how provoke one another in love. We need new life in this body. Jesus taught, preached, and healed by going where the people were (Matt. 9:32-38). Get into the center of activity of the people of this generation. The revival in us must go out from here. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few (Luke 10:1-2 and John 4:34-38). Our assignment is to pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. We must step into the lives of people who need help. Win people to Jesus! I Cor. 3:6-8 God gives the increase to our labor. We’re in this together. We receive our reward according to our labor. Luke 14:12-24 relates about the banquet prepared for the poor, lame, maimed, and blind. Rise into action! Invite those who need to hear the Word to church. Invite them to your house for a meal. We are the harvesters of this generation. Take your assignment to this generation.
Prayer Praying in Tongues
Prayer is work, but Isaiah 28:11 and 12 tell us that our prayer language is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest. The problem is further in the verse where it says, “yet they would not hear”. Don’t let prayer wear you out. It should energize you. Speaking in tongues builds you up and gives you rest. Like a dynamo, it produces more energy and strengthens you. John 16:24 says for us to ask, and we will receive, and then our joy will be full. Deepest joy can sustain the heaviest burden. Leave the prayer closet with joy. Ask for a fresh infilling of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the true intercessor. You may feel burdened in prayer and heaviness in the Spirit. Don’t confuse it with depression. It’s a burden that you need to press through. Rejoice and carry it to the birth. When you pray in the Spirit, a person’s face may come up. Stop and pray for that person. [The congregation spent time praying in tongues.]
Third Day Dreams From the Pit to the Prison to the Palace
Offering message: 2 Kings 4:8 and 2 Kings 8:1 tell of Elisha’s relationship as a prophet to the Shunammite woman. The woman got to know Elisha more and more and gave to Elisha; so as we get to know God more and more, and we give to Him, He has already arranged blessings for us in protection, provision, and healing. Sermon message: Art Remington shares of multiple examples of third day breakthroughs in the Bible. Joseph went from the pit due to his brothers’ betrayal. Pits build you up in patience and perseverance. From the pit Joseph went to the prison. It’s in the prison that you impart to others what you got in the pit. Finally, he went to the palace, where he received his robe, ring, necklace, and chariot. Don’t forget those who were around you in the pit and the prison, because they need you, and they need your and their deliverer. Praise God- in the pit, in the prison, and in the palace. Let the Spirit of God fall on your situation. Keep praising Him!
How Do You Cast Your Cares
After a time of praise and worship through songs and testimonies, Pastor Dale taught on Phil. 4:6. Be careful for nothing. That’s a command, not a suggestion, and since God told us to do it, it’s possible to do. Grab peace, and don’t fret or be anxious about anything. It doesn’t mean you don’t care because you aren’t worrying. Sympathy identifies with a person, but compassion meets that person’s needs. Even if you are addicted to and trained in worrying, it is possible to stop it. So what do you do? In prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. You can’t shout and doubt, and you can’t worry with thanksgiving. Praise is a choice. In everything give thanks and praise God. Matt. 5:11 tells us that even in persecution for Christ’s sake, you can rejoice and be exceedingly glad. Praising the Lord isn’t a feeling. It’s like priming a pump. Unless you first pour some water in, no more will come up, but as soon as you do, you will have great amounts of water. It’s the same way with praise: you have to pour some out first, and then your emotions will follow your praise. Luke says to leap for joy, not because you have it, but because you’re leaping to get it, just like holding a treat up for a dog to jump to get. Shout! Rejoice in the Lord (Phil. 3:1; Phil. 4:4). God’s promise to meet your needs is a promise you will always have needs. Rejoice! If you are worrying, you are not rejoicing.
Now We Have Everything We Need for Life
II Peter 1:3 God’s power has already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. We have everything we need for life now. Heb. 11:32-34 tells us about people from the Old Testament who received by promise, because Jesus’ blood hadn’t been shed at that time. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we have His power now- power to defeat our enemies, such as debt and disease, and to cast them out. We have absolute victory through His death and resurrection. We have daily victories over our flesh and circumstances. Judges 6:11-15 is the account of Gideon. The Angel of the Lord was there (verse 12), but he didn’t see him. God always shows up before we think He is there. In verse 13 Gideon questions God: Why is all this happening? Where are all Your miracles? When will we see miracles? When we believe and say that our God is a God of miracles. There are miracles. Pastor Vitali shares a healing miracle and a debt-forgiveness miracle. Gideon questioned what many Christians question: How can I _____? We don’t know what’s in us, because we don’t see ourselves as God does. Vitali tells of a trainer working with a girl on pole-vaulting. The trainer knew she could do it, even when she kept failing. After much encouragement and repeated tries, she got over the bar. God tells us that we can do what we need to do. He knows when things are bad, but He also knows we can get through it, because we have everything we need for life and godliness.
Building on a Firm Foundation: Acting on the Word of God
Offering message: Poor economic conditions creates a cry in the hearts of the people. Cry out to save this nation and to bring deliverance. Sermon message: Matt. 7:24-28 tells us that: both men heard the Word of God from Jesus, both were building something, and both had the storms come. What you do determines who you are rather than what happens to you. Eph. 6 says to stand and that means, don’t back off, regardless of the time it takes. Faith without corresponding actions (works) is dead (James 2:17). Put your faith in the Lord and act on the Word by confessing and believing the Lordship of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. YOU CAN WALK ON THE PROMISE WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE. SOMETIMES THE POVERTY OF SPIRIT IS WHAT IT TAKES TO TAKE AWAY OUR STRENGTH IN OURSELVES, SO WE WILL DEPEND ON THE LORD.
The Two Hands of Victory
Offering message: Judges 6:6 Israel cried out to God in a time of need and revival came through Gideon. Sometimes finances cause you to cry out to God. Sermon notes: (Pastor Vitali preached in the Slavic language, and it was translated.) Encouragement: God is not finished with America. America will again be an example of faith. I John 5:4, Whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world- our faith. The one who overcomes the world is the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Look at things with the eyes of Jesus: He reigns absolutely. We have faith to overcome the sinful system. Don’t be silent, but speak of the Lord. Ex. 17:8-14 tells of Moses needing the support of Aaron and Hur to win the battle. When you face opposition, you should be strong in the Lord, stand firm, and overcome. The victorious cross of Jesus Christ is the nucleus around which our lives revolve. Transform the victory of God into your daily walk. Everyday when the problems come, you must do something in the Spirit. If you’re tired of believing, the devil has deceived you because you weren’t really believing. Be renewed in the revelation of Christ as the living God, your Savior, your Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus gave you the victory. If you make mistakes and fall, don’t ignore them. Find honor, strength, and power in your life to resolve them. See yourself above the problems and hold up your hands. The first hand of victory is to speak and confess victory. The second hand that supports victory is a clean, pure life. When you sin, you lose power. God gives restoration through the blood of Jesus. Confession and a decision of a pure life establish God’s victory. That problem that is raging against you now, hear God say that He will remove even the memory of it.
Pray Prayer Night
Pastor Dale and others led the service in prayer for our president, for CWI events and outreaches, for ministers and missionaries associated with CWI, and for the body of believers at CWI Lancaster.
The Seer Anointing
If you can be a worshiper, you can have anything. Worship is the language of all mankind and is collective expression in God’s direction. We are created to worship Him. Expression is uncontrollable love unrestrained. Learn to be a worshiper. This is the day of the Lord, not the day of the preacher. When you are a Christian, you are living in the kingdom, and there is no lack. You are a king living in the kingdom, and we are family. Depression lasts as long as you let it. The older people must stand as mothers and fathers for this generation. Prisons are full of men who didn’t have fathers. The young ones will have God’s ability. We are the light of the world. People want to know Jesus. Jesus went to where the sinners were. Be in this world, but don’t be of it. Let your light shine and get the heartbeat of this generation to be affective. People are crying out for the love of God. They want to worship and want to be loved, but they never heard the real Jesus. Keith told of being in Singapore and about people with tatooed and pierced bodies lying before God in an altar call. This generation will go out on the streets to minister. God said that He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh and that the sons and daughters would prophesy. The word for this generation is the revelation of seeing. Rev. 4:1 says that he (John) looked and a door opened in heaven, and God said He would show him things to come. God has the answer for every situation. Speak and send out the Word through your mouthpiece. God has a word for you for everything you’re going through, and everything has already gone through the Father’s hand. You’re in the hands of the God who stilled the waters. He’s setting up people to help you. He has everything under control. Enjoy Jesus. He loves you, and He’s a lot of fun. God can turn things around in 24 hours, like in the book of Samuel, when the Jews went from starvation and cannibalism to abundance in one day. God is doing things now. Turn your looking into SEEING. This is a SEEING generation with a seeing anointing. We need to see some things about our money, our relationships, our jobs, our ministries, our future, and about the Word of God. Many of Jesus’ followers were lookers, not seers. They didn’t see His face. See the lost through the eyes of Jesus. Keith tells about a beggar boy in Paris and how he ministered to him by the Spirit of God telling him to give him a new cup filled with Euros and to tell him that Jesus cares for him. The anointing and and love of Jesus in us reaches out to others. We need to know what and how to do things to be successful without wasting time and money. An anointing on the congregation’s eyes was released for each person to be a seer. This anointing is for others. We often ask, “Why can’t that person see what they’re doing?” People don’t want to think for themselves. The direction of this nation is to not think for themselves, but to just expect what they need. This night is the last night we will look. We are seers.
Don’t Limit What the Spirit of God Can Do Through You
The American culture labels people by their faults, allowing Satan to bring condemnation on them. We need to stop this, so people can find out who they are in Christ and where their lives are going. Don’t compromise, living by the flesh or by settling for less . You need to spend time with the Spirit of God in order to change your life and the lives of others. Jesus needed the Spirit of God; the disciples needed Him, and we need Him so we can go beyond what the disciples did in the book of Acts. There is no maximum to the Spirit of God. DON’T BACK DOWN! DON’T LIMIT WHAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD CAN DO! Chester tells about Dominic Russo’s vision to reach Honduras in a week. (It was done in a day in 2013!). Run toward your vision with all that you have. Shoot high! Leave the past and the cares and the people behind who will hinder you. Spend time with the Spirit of God, because He is your source of power and revelation. You are called to reach people who will go to hell, otherwise. Chester told of a dead man who was raised to life on one of his Amazon (amazing!) trips.
Prepare an Ark and Pray for Your Family
What is God saying for the church? He is releasing a fragrance on the church so that others will want to be around us, a fragrance of love for people. This year is the beginning of a new decade, which will be better than the last. This is an exciting time. If you are waiting for something in the future, you won’t be responsible for the present. God is waiting on us. He loves us and wants to show us the many facets of Himself. God is releasing revelation for you to come into the will of God for your money, your ministry, your family, etc. Heb. 11:7 Noah was divinely warned of things not seen and was moved with godly fear to prepare an ark for the saving of his household. God can speak to you in different ways, such as what’s on a piece of someone’s clothing or on a billboard. (Keith told about the words “Last Call” on a biker’s jacket.) God is going to raise us up to show how much He loves us, like a proud daddy with his baby. To save this generation, the ones who are speaking into their lives must change. There is a shift in the church. God wants to move us over into the unseen (eternal) realm. People are looking for the supernatural. God is working behind the scenes. Be glorious, not goofy. As Noah prepared an ark for the saving of his family, you need to pray for your family. Prepare an ark through mercy and love for them. God came to us with a hand, not a pointed finger. Love wins out. Parents, don’t ever close the door on your children. Rejoice and pray for your family. A righteous wife sanctifies the family. Keith also had words of encouragement for Pastor Vitali and Natasha and for The New Jerusalem.
Matt. 9:27-29 is the account of Jesus’ healing two blind men. They cried out for mercy. He asked them if they thought He was able to heal them. They said, “Yes, Lord.” God will speak to you if you will open yourself up to Him and to His Word. His Word changes lives and is the mouth of God. Operate in mercy. God gave us mercy. God loves people. Cry out for mercy- mercy for you, your family, the government. There is a lot of unbelief in the church. Do you believe that God is able to … ? You need a “yes” in your health, finances, job. God is releasing a heavenly “yes”. Everything that has and will happen to us has already passed through the Father’s hand. Jesus said that it would be done to the blind men according to their faith, or according to their “yes”. Don’t whine. “Shut up, go to your room, get it together, and then talk to the Father.” Pray for a “yes” on the inside of you. You were born for greatness. God has a door open for you. [Keith prayed for and laid hands on people for healing and instructed them to ask God to tell them what they needed to change in their habits, their eating, etc. and then to do it.]
Enlarging and Strengthening in a Time of Shaking
Even in times of shaking, whether earthquakes and hurricanes in the natural or things in the spiritual realm, God’s grace protects us, and even then He expects us to keep our vision. God’s kingdom is drawing near. There may be a time when the government won’t have the money to help all those people on welfare. What the government can’t do, the church can do, and it needs to do so much more. Is. 54:1-2 says it is time to enlarge the place of your tent. Make is bigger, and don’t spare or slack off. Strengthen what you have. Pray and God will show you what to do. To people in the dark, too much light blinds them. Stand in the gap for the lost and for your family. Praise God; it stops the devil. Everything is in the process of change. We have the power of God in us. Draw the lost in by the love of God. There are “King Cyruses” for your project, and where God guides, He provides. Praise God. Throughout the service, Mary spoke prophetically to various people. Keith and Mary ministered in prayer to people in ministry and business.