Revivals/Conferences

Press toward the mark

Philippians 3:13-14
In verse 13, Paul told them to forget the past and to move forward. To move forward, you first must forget the past. You also must realize that you have to move forward with God.

2 Cor 10:9
Sometimes The Lord gives you some things and allows you to go through some things just to show you that it is not your doing. Paul was saying that God’s strength was made perfect when he is weak.
The Lord wants us to have a regimented life. He wants us to chase after Him.

In Phil 3:14, Paul said we have to press in. At the time when the weight is heaviest, thats when you’re getting stronger.
To be used by God, you have to be broken. You have to press into the presence of God, even in the midst of hurt and pain. But on the other side of pressing in is victory. Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God. We don’t pray sometimes until we face adversity.
God is waiting for us to forget the past, to press in, and to let Him work!

The quest to see Him

Philippians 3:7-15
What is your mark today? Is it a better relationship with God? Spiritual confidence? Is it receiving the Holy Spirit? There are many events that we mark in life, but our main mark should be to see His face. Not to see just His hand, but to see His face. When you see His face, it’s not that easy to go back into the familiar.
To do more costs more. We are all on assignment. We all have purpose in the kingdom of God. But sometimes what we see before us keeps us from the presence of God. The closer we get to God, there are somethings in the flesh that have to die. God is looking for purity of heart. God will purify you. It is a lie from the devil that we are dirty beyond cleaning.
There are thought patterns that keep us from hearing God’s voice. We must become obsessed with the presence of God. When God’s presence comes, you can’t operate as you anymore. All of us can carry the kaba, or weight, of God on us so that the people around us can be changed.
We have to press for the more like Paul. We allow things to distract us like depression, going after the things of the world, being crippled by past experiences, etc. We can’t see God is those states. We have to be willing to God after God at any cost!
God transferred His power to us. Nothing can stop you from the pursuit of God but you. We have to get to the point where we want God’s presence more than anything. Carry it with you!
We have to detach from the familiar. We are supposed to be above the enemy. The enemy will come after you when you are on assignment, but the presence of The Lord will help you keep your confidence and quench the darts he throws.
Our responsibility is to host the presence of God. It should grieve us not to have it.
Pure worship brings in the presence of God. We have to want a face to face encounter with God.
We have to also be obedient. There are something’s that God will call you to do that no one else has to do. But you must do it to have His presence.
God wants us to re-present Him to others and bring His presence back.
Stop covering what God has given you because someone else can’t handle it. God is calling us to the forefront. Your light is supposed to shine everywhere you go. When you take the cover off, it will make others want it.
The main point to know is that the high calling is beyond the hand of God.
Isaiah 43:7-21

The pursuit of happiness

The biggest hinderance to seeing the move of God and experiencing more of Him is yourself.

Story of Jesus and three men:
First man on the bench: Jesus walked up to him and gave Him a hug. Just like when you’re newly saved.
Second man on the bench: Jesus walked up to him and touched Him. This is how it is after you’ve had the Holy Ghost for a while. You feel His presence, but it’s not like the hugs you used to get.
Third man: Jesus walked past him. After you’ve matured, you have to go after God. You must develop a boldness to be used by God. God may have us, but do we have Him? You have to go after Him. God is saying if you want Me, you have to come after Me.

3 THINGS TO KNOW:
1. Necessity of pursuing gifts and callings both to the corporate body and to the believer.
If you want God to use you, you have to follow Him. He’s giving everyone a gift and calling, but He’s not going to make you use it. He gives you an unction, but you have to obey it. We are looking to heaven for results, but God is waiting on us to move. (more…)

Langham: Get ready, hang on, Jesus is coming!

Scripture: Matthew 24
Evangelist Lorraine Langham preached the message “Jesus is still coming” during Day 3 of the DC, DE, MD District Council Young People’s Convention.

Notes: We are living in perilous times. We are living in a dangerous age. Things are going on both in the church and out. Sickness and disease has overtaken the saints as much as it has the world. Though Jesus has not come back it doesn’t mean that He isn’t coming.

If the Lord had come last week or last night there are some of us that would not have made the Rapture. The devil has deceived the body of Christ to make us think we have time and we can do whatever we want to do.

This same Jesus that healed the body, preached the word shall come in like manner. We should be ready for when He comes back. Jesus mapped it out in Matthew 24, but just like Noah, the people ignored the warning and kept on living in sin and unrighteousness. But Jesus is getting ready to crack the sky. It’s going to rain! And He is coming for a Holy people, a church without spot or wrinkle. (more…)

Langham: ‘Get me out of this and this out of me’

Scripture: Romans 7: 15-24
Evangelist Lorraine Langham preached the message “Get me out of this and get this out of me” during Day 2 of the DC, DE, MD District Council Young People’s Convention.

Notes: Apostle Paul writes that even though he was annointed and filled with the Holy Ghost, the devil would still not leave him alone. He wrote about the law of the flesh. When you want to walk holy, your flesh keeps messing with you and you have a struggle in your flesh. It’s a war and a struggle.

Paul found himself warring after the things of the flesh. When you think you have reached your goal in Jesus and your pinnacle, your flesh will rise up in you and make you do and say  things that will lead you to trouble with God. Paul finds himself in a state of wretchedness.

Jesus is coming for a church without spot or wrinkle and we want to be ready when He comes, despite what the flesh feels like. Things of the flesh just feel good. But things that feel good are not necessarily good for you. God knew that we could never keep ourselves. That’s why He sent a Helper, a Comforter and put Him on the inside of us.  (more…)

Bishop Gates: Stop holding up your Father’s hand

Scripture: Genesis 48
Bishop Lambert Gates, assistant presiding bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith and senior pastor of Mt. Zion Apostolic Church in Indianapolis, preached the message “Don’t hold up your Father’s hand” during Day 1 of the DC, DE, MD District Council Young People’s Convention.

Notes: Moses was anointed and appointed of God to capture the message of Genesis through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Everything starts and emanates through God and His presence. He is, was and is to come. He spans time and the space outside of time. He can never be late, he’s always on time. He has every aspect of our lives covered. Whatever dilemma we find ourselves we can rest in the fact that he is everywhere at the same time. In the beginning the earth was void, without form. Aren’t you glad you serve a God that can work with dark stuff and put it back all together again?

We should be able to relate to the beginning of Genesis and how we used to be. Life does not begin until the Lord gets a hold of you. You were void and full of darkness until the Holy Ghost moved. He made us all over again and has the ability to take something messed up and recreate it without any preexisting material. He just said let it be. Aren’t you glad the word of God still works? We are saved because God says we are saved. We didn’t come from apes but the hand of God; we are his handiwork from the dust of His hand.

God told Abram to make a new beginning. Like Abram, God moves us to bless us. When you look back you can see it was God that put you where you are and were. Thank God for making us move when we don’t want to move and positioning us. Get ready for a move and a brand new beginning. Sometimes our roots are stuck so deep that we can’t go. (more…)