Leave the Wilderness Changed

Like others, I have too had to adapt to this “quarantine” “Stay at Home” or “Lose Your Mind” kind of lifestyle. It’s like life halted all at once, because it has. Everything was comfortable, normal, we were in control of when and where we wanted to go and BAM! We were left with the economy spiraling downwards, millions of unemployment within three weeks and our lives would be changed. But for the better?

We ask ourselves, what was the point in all of this?

It’s like we have been scattered in a wilderness of isolation, desolate, uninhabited and deserted by others. Let’s face it, isolation is a wilderness!

But I want to point out that the “wilderness” is an invitation. How is that?

God may be shaking us, wanting us to re-prioritize our lives and re-align ourselves for the better. He may be showing you areas in your life where you need to repent, areas that you are lacking. For some, it is a hard thing to do. But it’s been done before.

The Israelites: When they were in their “wilderness” God provided; not for days ahead but each day He made provision. – Exodus 16

Hagar: When she fled into her “wilderness” a promise was revealed to her by an angel of the Lord about her son who was Ishmael. – Genesis 16

Jesus: After being baptized in water by John, Jesus was led into His “wilderness” where he was tempted for forty days and forty nights by the enemy, preparing Him for His ministry. – Matthew 4

The Wilderness is an invitation into dependence. 

Sometimes invitations from God are not wrapped in a pretty bow. Most times it’s going to cause discomfort and loneliness. But remember that we never graduate from being dependent on God to being independent from God.

//QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF\\

WILL YOU ALLOW THE WILDERNESS TO HARDEN YOUR HEART?

OR ALLOW HIM TO CRUSH US, PRUNE US?

LEAVE THE WILDERNESS CHANGED!

The Power of Intercessory Prayer

2. Taking hold of God’s will and refusing to let go until His will comes to pass.

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In the book of John 11 we read the story of Lazarus.

It wasn’t Lazarus TIME TO DIE JUST YET.

SO MANY TIMES WE LOOK AT THINGS IN THE NATURAL AND NOT THE SPIRITUAL.

WHAT WE THINK IS DEAD TO US CAN COME ALIVE AGAIN IN HIM.

IF WE LET THE ENEMY PUT OUR DREAMS, 

OUR PROMISES FROM GOD IN A BOX BECAUSE WE HAVE LIMITED THE POWER OF GOD IN OUR LIFE BY REFUSING TO BELIEVE. 

THAT BOX WILL BECOME A COFFIN.

THE ENEMY WOULD LOVE TO SHUT US UP! AND PUT THE LID ON IT.

LET GOD OUT OF THE BOX!

AND LET HIM BE GOD!

BELIEVE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE

21 “Lord if you had been here…he would not have died.” …Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you. 

JESUS waited 2 more days after he died, why? It was jewish superstition that the soul could return to the body within 3 days of it being dead but on the fourth day there would be no hope for resuscitation.

There is still a rescusitator 

There is still a redeemer

THERE IS ONE WHO IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER WHO IS INTERCEDING FOR YOU AND I THIS MORNING. 

HE KNOWS WHATS AHEAD, 

HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT US THAN WE KNOW of OURSELVES, 

HE HAS THE PROVISION FOR OUR LIVES EVERYDAY!

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Sometimes we may think He is delaying 

THE  promise, 

THE HEALING, 

THE BREAKTHROUGH but in reality He knows the hour to visit you in your state of hopelessness.

Martha said “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”

Before Jesus raised Lazarus

She was expecting a miracle because the one who performs miracles was in her presence. 

Matthew 18:20

“WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I WITH THEM.”

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE INTERCEDE?

When you intercede for someone you are declaring truth in that persons life, whether it be healing, deliverance, salvation etc. you are canceling out the enemy’s plan, binding the work of the enemy and declaring the promises of God on that persons life…

STAY IN THE FIGHT

Who and what are you leaning into? That is the question.

26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” – Genesis 32:26

Maybe at times we have wrestled with God about a certain situation. We think of all the why’s. Why hasn’t He fulfilled that promise in my life, why hasn’t He performed this miracle that He said He would do? Our mind could go in a thousand directions off of just one why. But we are told to not lean on our own understanding. So who and what are you leaning on?

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When we experience the pain from those “why’s” we have two options.

  • Lean into God
  • Lean on self

It took me years, I mean years to learn not to lean, to listen to others, to figure out my understanding of the issue. But to “Be Still and know that I am God” resting in Him will divert your own solution to the issue.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you leaning on His guidance? The direction of the Holy Spirit?
  • Or are we leaning on ourselves to figure the why’s of life out?

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

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  • There’s value in struggles
  • There’s value in trials 
  • There’s value in temptations 

Jacob didn’t understand in that moment but he still leaned into Him…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Struggle, trial, sickness, temptation,) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”- Proverbs 3:5

…And whenever God is ready there will be a blessing in the release. 

James 1:12 blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.


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MARKS OF THE TRUE CHRISTIAN

PART 1 – REJOICING IN HOPE

Have you ever been asked, “how is it possible to be so joyful in your situation?” or ” how are you being so patient with ___________?

Paul in Romans 12 shows us what the true character of the child of God has. A character of hope, a character of patience and a character of steadfastness.

Romans 12:9-12 “ “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

IN ANY WALK OF LIFE, THERE WILL BE TIMES OF GREAT BLESSING AND TIMES OF GREAT DIFFICULTY.

There will be times when we will be joyful, and times of desperation in the middle of our crisis. But experience in the Christian walk is to be a learning tool. You don’t learn truth by just remembering it you learn it by experiencing it in our lives. God teaches us His word through experience.

HOW TO REJOICE IN HOPE WHEN LIFE IS HARD?

  • IF WE KEEP THINKING THAT SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN, AND IT DOESN’T, YOU END UP FEELING SICK, DON’T PUT YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION. DON’T LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU SET YOURSELF UP TO BE DISAPPOINTED.

PROVERBS 13:12 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

As you learn to rejoice in hope, you will not be overcome by life’s hardships. Instead, you will overcome them with good!

IN HIS WORD, GOD CALLS US TO PERSEVERE OVER THE LONG HAUL.

Are you pressing onward toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God? – Philippians 3:14

GUARD THE ANOINTING.

When you value something, you protect it, you cherish it, and you guard it. Do you look at it this way about the anointing? What is the anointing? Why should I guard this anointing? And how to preserve what God has given us will be answered.

First off, the gifts that God has given to us is way different than the anointing.

The gifts of God are the tools in which God has given us to help further the kingdom. The anointing of God is the empowerment of these gifts, make sense?

There are gifted worship leaders and yet there are anointed musicians.

There are gifted pastors but yet there are anointed pastors.

What a gift does:

A gift can fill a room

A gift can entertain a crowd

A gift can stir people up

What a gift cannot do:

Set those who are captive free.

Break off the bondage of those who are in chains.

Isaiah 66:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted; To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

What the anointing does:

The anointing does what it’s intended to do, to break the bondages off of the enemy grip. to free those who are walking in bondage.

2 Timothy 1:14 “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”

How well are you guarding the anointing?

3 Keys To Living the Right Life

We can live a life and live it wrong or live it right.

If you want to live the right life…

1. The right atmosphere – creating the right atmosphere with praise.

2. The right energy source – The power of the Holy Spirit

If you’re fighting the flesh with the flesh you’re not going to win.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness.”

A. The problems, challenges or addictions that we try to “fight” we will always lose.

But we have a Energy Source

1. We have a supernatural energy source — for the believer THE Holy Spirit

PRAYING IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE,

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT,

A LANGUAGE THAT GOD GIVES will give us the energy, the

1 CORINTHIANS 14:2 “FOR ONE WHO SPEAKS IN A TONGUE SPEAKS NOT TO MEN BUT TO GOD.”

WE BYPASS THE NATURAL MIND, AND OTHER OPINIONS when we pray in the spirit

PAUL SAYS IN 1 COR. 14 “I THANK GOD I SPEAK WITH TONGUES MORE THAN YOU ALL”

WHEN YOU PRAY IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE — IT’S THE BELIEVERS ENERGY SOURCE.

It disrupts the enemies plans short circuits

ISAIAH 28:11 “WITH STAMMERING LIPS AND AN UNKNOWN TONGUE HE WILL SPEAK TO HIS PEOPLE, IT’LL BE A REFRESHING. IT’LL BE A ENERGY SOURCE…”

IT’S WHERE WE GET OUR ENERGY FROM! It’ refreshing, it will edify the Believer!


ROMANS 8: “WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY, THE SPIRIT HIMSELF WILL INTERCEDE FOR US.”

HE WANTS TO PRAY FOR THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD THROUGH YOU…

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

  • YOU GET BAPTIZED IN THE Holy Spirit
  • YOU GET FILLED WITH THE Holy Spirit

AMERICA NEEDS TO BE FILLED WITH THE Holy Spirit

⁃ IT WILL MAKE YOU LOVE EVERYBODY

⁃ WOULD’NT BE ANY RACE ISSUES

⁃ IT WOULD MAKE YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER

⁃ BE FOR ONE ANOTHER

⁃ ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

⁃ THERE IS TOO MUCH HATE

⁃ TOO MUCH FLESH

WE NEED THE POWER OF THE Holy Spirit BACK IN OUR LIVES!

Purpose of His Presence

There is nothing like going on vacation to see those who you haven’t seen in such a long time. Knowing the activities and adventures that you will embark on are priceless. The time that you will spend together laughing, maybe crying about stories that you have experienced in the past are priceless. Maybe it’s just a phone call to hear their voice that you haven’t heard in a long time. That time together is priceless.

That is how it is with the Lord, David says in Psalms 63:5

“Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart. My arms will wave to you like banners of praise. I overflow with praise when I come before you, for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul. – Passion Translation

Q: So What is The Purpose of His Presence?

A: He, the Holy Spirit keeps you from wandering and causes you to separate (consecrate) anything else that is trying to take His place.

Matthew 4:18-22

18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”[a]20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

There was something about Him that made these men leave behind their lives their livelihoods all that they have ever know they threw it away for the cause of Christ. What was it? They saw His Presence so valuable.

Psalm 16:11

“You make known to me cthe path of life; 

in your presence there is dfullness of joy; 

at your right hand are epleasures forevermore.”

Do you see His Presence so valuable and so priceless?