Come To the Table - In One Accord

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Come To the Table - In One Accord

Act 2:1  When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. Act 2:2  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Act 2:3  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  • We are pentecostals we love this verse!
  • There is a fundamental reality about this moment that we usually miss.
  • This is a story about a COMMUNITY being filled with the Holy Spirit
    • Yes it is made up of individuals who are filled
    • The Point however is that the Holy Spirit moved upon them as a family 
  • Luke makes a point of this:
    • all in one place
    • in one accord
    • fire rested on EACH ONE OF THEM
    • the were ALL FILLED
  • Let’s walk those points out
    • All in one place - you have to be present to be in community
      • Heb. 10:25 - do not neglect the gathering!
    • in one accord
      • Adam Clarke: With one accord, ὁμοθυμαδον; this word is very expressive: it signifies that all their minds, affections, desires, and wishes, were concentred in one object, every man having the same end in view; and, having but one desire, they had but one prayer to God, and every heart uttered it. There was no person uninterested - none unconcerned - none lukewarm; all were in earnest; and the Spirit of God came down to meet their united faith and prayer. When any assembly of God’s people meet in the same spirit they may expect every blessing they need.
    • fire rested on EACH ONE OF THEM
      • don’t think others can be filled enough for the both of you.  You have to do the work of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
        • Eph 5:18  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
          • the Greek BE BEING FILLED
    • They were ALL filled
      • this is important because of who was in the crowd
      • men, women, apostle, non apostle - older and younger - the filling of the Spirit is for everyone! 

 

The CHURCH is the dwelling place of the Spirit of God:

  • 2Ch 7:1  As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 2Ch 7:2  And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD's house.
    • The day of pentecost was the dedication of the NEW TEMPLE the CHURCH - the new dwelling place for the Spirit and Glory of the Lord.
  • 1Co 3:16  Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
    • the “you” here is actually “y’all”  it is plural meaning they AS A GROUP are the dwelling place of the Spirit.    
  • Eph 2:19  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, Eph 2:20  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, Eph 2:21  in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. Eph 2:22  In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

A people of Worship and Prayer:

1Pe 2:5  you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

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Listen Week 5 - When It Is Hard to Hear

When its hard to hear - 

  • Have you asked Him?
  • Doubt - it is unavoidable but it should not go unchallenged 
    • What are God’s promises?
      • John 10:27
      • Jeremiah 33:3
      • Matt 7:7 - Ask you will receive - Seek you will find - 
    • What is God’s Character? - How does He feel about you?  
    • Return to a promise you CAN believe and use it as a safe place to move forward
    • Was that me or just my imagination? - 
      • this question is not helpful - “Is it true?” 
      • God will use your imagination as a screen upon which to project his voice
         
  • Static - those other voices we talked about last week can act as static to make it hard to hear the Lord
    • find a place - 
      • a quiet place or at least a place where it is easier to concentrate
      • turn off your phone / tv / radio
      • maybe play wordless music
      • for me I need moving air and natural light if possible
    • be ruthless with the static - if one of those other voices intrudes deal with it quickly
      • note pad - write it down to get it out of your head
      • if the enemy is saying things then SHUT HIM UP - 
      • if you have not eaten or you aren’t feeling well go eat something take a nap!
      • if you are emotionally compromised it is not a good time to try and hear God - just go to Him and let Him heal and calm your heart THEN try and get direction!
         
  • You may be hearing God and just not realizing it - Balaam’s donkey - the angel etc.
    • God often speaks in pictures and memories
      • when a picture or a memory pops into your head ask Jesus - is that you?  Especially if it won’t go away
      • Then ask him to interpret it for you - or take it to someone else for interpretation
        • some of the most powerful words I’ve ever received I could not interpret without help.
    • Coincidence
      • there truly is no such thing as luck or happenstance
      • Psalm 37:23 the steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord
    • Wise Counsel
      • Prov 11:14
  • Has he already answered this question?
    • Sometimes the Lord will not answer again a second time if he has already answered and we did not obey
  • Do you really want to hear?
    • sometimes there are things the Lord wants to talk to us about and we do not want to hear the answer.
    • we are afraid
    • we are ashamed
    • we are sensitive
    • we are rebellious
    • we don’t want to do what we know the Lord wants us to do
  • Tuning in - Jesus is there anything you have wanted to say to me that I have refused to hear?

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Advent Week 3 - Dec 17, 2018

Phil 4:4 Rejoice and again I say rejoice

 

On a day 2000 Year’s ago Jesus walked into his home town and almost got killed for what he said.  This is what he said...

Isaiah 61 

Exaltation of the Afflicted

1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;

  • I have good news for the afflicted 
    • The ones having trouble of some kind
    • The poor
    • The meek
    • The humble
  • To bind up the broken-hearted 
    • The ones broken in pieces 
    • He will put you back together
    • He will hold your disparate pieces together 
  • All the prisoners go free
    • A divine get out of jail free card
    • He will open the doors for the ones who want out
    • He will go in and carry out the ones who cannot remove themselves 

2To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfortall who mourn,

  • To tell you the time is NOW!  WAITING IS OVER!
  • To comfort all who mourn
    • All that is lost will be returned 
    • All that has been stolen returned!

3To grant those who mourn [in] Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

  • No longer a time for sadness 
  • Celebration not sorrow
  • You thought all chance at happiness was over but this is the beginning not the end!
  • You will do a victory dance not the walk of shame not giving up but winning 
  • Towering sumbols of life and stability 
    • Unshakable 
    • Deeply rooted
    • People will wonder if you ever weren’t strong 

4Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.

  • Then the restoration will move backward 
    • Restoring what past generations have lost
    • Rebuilding dreams that have died

5Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.

6But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of [as] ministers of our God.You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast.

7Instead of your shame [you will have a] double [portion], And [instead of] humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double [portion] in their land,Everlasting joy will be theirs.

8For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; And I will faithfully give them their recompense And make an everlasting covenant with them.

9Then their offspring will be known among the nations, And their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them Because they are the offspring [whom] the LORDhas blessed.

10I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom deckshimself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to springup, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations.

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