May 31st 2020 Sunday Service Bethel Church

[Music] choose this day to be grateful or I give you praise with an open are I'm waking up I'm waking up I'm waking up to [Laughter] I'm waking up to you I choose this day I choose this to be grateful I give you praise with an open heart I'm waking up [Music] I'm waking out [Music] we can toss I'm waking up [Music] were seized [Music] it's [Music] I'm selling faithful [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] it's much [Music] [Music] it's my choice [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] we are so excited to gather with you this morning but most importantly I have the Lord balancing us today oh gosh oh my word it's Pentecost Sunday you picked a good day you took a great day to be back with us today we're excited that Papa Bill has a great word for us today and we're just excited together like she said on Pentecost Sunday today is the day that we celebrate that the day that the church was really kind of formed and started yep right invite you Holy Spirit we are so excited we just want to say hi to all of our Bethel Redding family we want to say hi to all of you that are on Bethel TV and watching and joining in with what our family is doing today here in our home yeah there's a lot going on in the world Jolla and it feels like a really incredible opportunity to welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit once again remember that he is good that he is with us and if it's not good it's not the end that is oh so true we are just going to worship our hearts out this morning absolutely so we just invite you guys just to join in with worship let's not just spectate today let's actually make our homes sanctuaries of worship today and that we fully engage with the team we fully engaged with the word like we all are in one room together and just a worshipping this one true God it's the Holy Spirit comes and invades our homes today absolutely I'm excited I feel like with being Pentecost Sunday the Holy Spirit's actually filling homes across the planet even more spaces than would normally be filled if we were all in one building crowded together so I'm excited and expectant exciting and expecting so I hope you are excited in expecting as well join you would what join you I don't even know what I'm saying right now we will join you as you worship today yes [Music] choose this day to be grateful or I give you praise with an open I'm waking up [Music] I'm waking us I'm waking up to [Music] [Laughter] I'm waking up [Music] I choose this day I choose this to be grateful or give you praise with an open heart I'm waking up [Music] I'm waking out [Music] we kid [Music] I'm waking up [Music] always be thank you merci [Music] it's me [Music] I'm telling you [Music] faithful [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] it's true [Music] it's good [Music] [Music] it's my choice [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] good morning we are so glad that you have decided to join us today and be with us on this beautiful Sunday this Sunday represents Pentecost Sunday and in the church this is a very powerful time and we're glad that you decided to come and join us today I'd like to read to you a scripture this morning out of Ephesians chapter 3 and I'm going to start with verse 18 and it's out of the passion translation then you will be empowered to discover what every Holy One experiences the great multitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions how deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love how enduring and inclusive it is endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding good thank you Jesus for that this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God verse 20 never doubt God's mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this he will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request your most unbelievable dream and exceed your wildest imagination he will outdo them all for his miraculous power constantly energizes you and I thought this section of verses was so important today because it is Pentecost Sunday and that story was when the church actually was founded they waited a hundred and twenty people in a room for 10 days to be empowered by the Holy Spirit and I don't really think they knew what was coming but when it hit him they did and their lives were changed and so today I think these scriptures are just a reminder of the power that is in us and working in us and don't ever doubt it would you join with us today as we worship god bless you [Music] there is no shadow there is no matter I could ever overcome always ready [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] the breakthrough and anything [Music] [Applause] [Music] there is a kid [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] got the spirit me too [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] we've seen what you can do Oh God your power as noway the things you've done before in greater measure you'll do again [Music] all that you can [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] wherever you are weather-beaten living room come on let's sing this out together [Music] [Applause] very strong here the chains hit the [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] the stronghold [Music] every very strong [Music] you can [Music] Oh Oh did this over you Oh Caterpie [Music] death is overcome you've already oh god I hope arise dad this of a car you've already Oh God [Music] it's just what you do God making all things new [Music] it's just what you do making all things new you don't leave it how you found you don't leave it how you found is just what you do [Music] you're not [Music] I can feel revived all the way forgiveness like time Roman and taking up space shame receiving on that she died another one at the time from [Music] to the earth Hills you're the God of love let me try sing a new zone the glory to the God of love [Music] why kissing an arm [Music] moving ball [Music] yes she do see love [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] Bibles in the air catch it if you can hey moving all the way all in the dark breaking Church slips your eyes to see he's better than you dream everything you've lost loves [Music] loves [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] everything loves Maria [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] catch it if you can he's moving on the way the time is for so lift your eyes and see it he's better bigotry think you've lost [Music] [Music] always returning is returning he's not forgotten about you he hasn't forgotten about you everything he promised he's faithful to perform everything you prayed for my god it's more than recently and [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] you're the God of love I won't stop singing to the earth nose you're the gada last time wherever you are singing to the earth knows through the earth you're the god [Music] [Music] I've tried so to me solo that you choose to carry your perfection could you care what we go [Music] bro [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] for that [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] every wall comes crash [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] because I don't [Music] when she died God look at what she died look at what you've done with your blood Jesus look at what you've done with [Music] I was a rancher done [Music] I'm grateful for the God hungry people for the gods I'm grateful for the guy [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] yes conquer [Music] Jesus Jesus Jesus [Music] Oh it's fine it's finished all means all [Music] oh it's fine it's finished Oh [Music] it gives you [Music] once and for all once and for all [Music] forever [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] James forward you still don't feel every battle you who you say I am you crown me with confidence I'm sealing [Music] skunk [Music] [Music] the reign of darkness now has ended in the kingdom of light in the kingdom of light forever under your Dominion you're the king of my life the king of my life [Music] Oh got you poured out your eye [Music] wrong [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] Merson dog [Music] Jesus you're a love it [Music] Wow what beautiful worship this morning he rains and he is our champion Wow if we can just focus on those things he will take us through whatever we need to go through this morning I want to talk to you about something that has just really been stirring up in my heart and I want to talk to you about the release of angels I'm several years ago almost a decade I talked about angels in a message called wakey-wakey kind of a silly message but the story behind it was a powerful story and the last few days I have really been stirred in my spirit about that message again is that first of all we don't worship angels and we don't demand or command angels to do what we want them to do they're only here to do the Father's will but I feel like we're in a season right now where we have permission if you can say that to release angels the angel armies of God and there are all different kinds of angels and there are warring angels like Michael and there are Gabriel the Archangel and there are many different kinds and I just want to speak to that it's interesting that even Jesus needed ministry from the Angels after his temptation in the wilderness after it was over it says the angels came and ministered to his needs and there are many today that need the beautiful ministering spirits of God to come to them because they're grieving they're hurt and they're confused and so today I just feel like we're gonna pray and we're going to release those angels the beautiful angels of the army of God that are here to minister to help and to war for us on our behalf there's a war going on in the spirit realm it's very obvious since a lot of people want to blame people for for it but it's a spear war and we can see it as believers that we are going through it and there is a second realm where the demons and the angels war and I want the angels of God to be released in this war even more and I feel like we're in a place where we can ask permission to do that this morning I was I got on YouTube really quickly and I stumbled I really did I stumbled on a message by Tim sheets which I highly recommend and it's on the Pentecost and the release of angels and it's a powerful message and it was just a confirmation to me that this is what we need to go after right now so we're going to pray together if you will join wherever you are join hands whatever is comfortable for you and we're going to pray and we're going to ask the Holy Spirit to release angels that need to be released right now onto this earth do you know that there are angels that are here to destroy the works of the enemy and there are eight there are demons that are whispering evil intent into people's hearts today and we are going to ask those angels to come so Holy Spirit we thank you for the authority that you have placed on angels and the authority that you have given to us in this time and season to release those angels that are essential for what we need to happen we can't do this by yourself it's by your power Jesus and your assistance of the Angels so in Jesus name we release and we take authority over situations that are happening I especially release those ministering spirits of fire that come into people's hearts and bring them peace and bring them breasts and bring them healing we speak healing into the confusion in Jesus name we release those angels into the confusion to bring the peace that passes all understanding in Jesus name thank you Father that in the days to come we will see spiritual effects in the heavenly realm according to your word and according to your will in Jesus name a men bless you in Jesus name and remember this week remember it's Pentecost and remember the authority that God has put on you to released heavenly realms heavenly angels in two different different places in our lives in this world in Jesus name didn't you enjoy the worship oh my goodness it was so good we just thanked the worship team for what they've done and we're gonna go right into our weekly announcements so enjoy [Music] [Applause] [Music] hi everyone welcome back to your weekly edition of church news we have some exciting updates for you regarding some events that are going online this summer school of creativity will be happening June 12 through 13 come in here creative leading voices such as Teresa Dedmon Matt Tom nee Stacy Campbell to national array and more this event will feature 20 workshops and every guest will be able to pick two to attend live and then through September 15th they will have access to view all 20 and the main sessions be sure to sign up today and for our young revivalist out there if you are ages 12 through 18 we have something for you as well join us at firelight school of revival for three days of impactful teaching worship small group connection and interaction with our leaders check out Bethel comm ford slash events and sign up today come and be a part of our Bethel healing school online happening June 19th through the 20th this is going to be a two-day interactive school where you're gonna hear from Chris gore Chuck Perry Bill Johnson and more there's even going to be a session where you the guests are going to be able to ask real questions live and hear answers come and be a part Bethel comm Ford / events and register today and for you our Bethel men you have not been forgotten or forsaken we are hosting a Bethel men's night next Wednesday June 3rd 6 o'clock so mark your calendars and we will see you on bevel TV and finally we are thrilled to announce the launch of Bethel at home this is for those living in reading or the shasta county region to gather together in many spaces as one church while practicing healthy social distancing to find out more join a group or host a gathering visit the link on your screen that does it for church news this week everyone and now stay tuned for a special video from Bethel music have a great week [Music] something is rattling in the depth of the body of Christ right now I don't want to be asleep I want to be awake for it we've just been chasing this song really fueled by the fervor of this house [Music] Lord we want revival we wanted to look like produções coming home we wanted to look like the sick healed broken hearts made whole and we're full of expectancy turn [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] revival is in the air do you guys feel it you feel it oh my goodness what an incredible morning so far Bethel Church it's so good to be with you we love you our Bethel Redding family and all of you that are able to tune in and watch this morning and participate in worship with us we love you and we just pray that you've you've felt the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit in your space where you are today I'm really excited about our announcement this morning about Bethel at home which we're planning to launch on the 7th of this month we're inviting our local church family here in Shasta County to gather in small groups in homes around the city in a safe way of course but we're really anticipating that as we pray that our world would get back to a normal pace at some point that this would be our exciting next step to actually be able to worship with one another at home so bless you we're super excited about that coming up so soon I get to take the offering this morning and I just want to let you know I've been so impressed this morning in my spirit by the truth that it's the spirit of generosity that comes in opposition to the spirit of the enemy which is to steal kill and destroy and so this morning as we position ourselves to take the offering and to sow into what God is doing here at Bethel Church and around the planet that we would remember our generosity actually comes against the spirit that is attacking our planet at the moment and so we're gonna we're gonna make a declaration as we do each week so why don't you declare offering reading number 1 with me and as we do position your heart in that space of generosity just knowing and trusting that just by this act alone you are opposing what the enemy would would position in front of us to steal kill and destroy let's read this together as we receive today's offering we are believing the Lord for jobs and better jobs raises and bonuses benefits sales and commissions favorable settlements estates and inheritances interest in income rebates and returns checks in the mail gifts and izes finding money debts paid off expenses decrease blessing and increase thank you Lord for meeting all of my financial needs that I may have more than enough to give into the kingdom of God and promote the gospel of Jesus Christ hallelujah hallelujah I want to pray over your offering as you decide what to sow either your tithe or an offering above that this morning I just want to declare in the name of Jesus that it would be a blessed offering that would come in this specific time in history to oppose the work of the enemy and stand confidently in the boldness of Christ knowing that this act alone is warfare we just declare that in Jesus name I bless you church have an amazing rest of your day [Music] [Music] [Music] well hello again Belleville family it's it's fun to be able to talk to you at least this way we have so many in our international community nations all over the world that are watching that's pretty fun I love meeting you talking with you when I travel and get to see you in your church or conference or whatever and I really appreciate all the good reports and then of course our local family we're just so thrilled that at least we get to spend this kind of time together and praying that quickly we can gather once again in the building I can hardly wait people have sent me pretty hilarious videos and what it's going to look like our first Sunday back it's it's it's a right but anyway we're we're just thankful my goodness what did you think about the songs that were led this morning God revivals in the air and this new album that's just been released oh my goodness it's just incredible I just downloaded so quickly and been been playing and celebrating what God is doing in the earth and when you face a crisis and difficulty one of the things that gets us through is promise and hope the promises of God give us hope gives us a sense of a future it doesn't mean we ignore challenges and we've got so many of them right now as a nation and nations of the world it's not just the US but nations of the world are facing so many huge challenges but it's overwhelming if I face them without the promises of God if I face them without the sense of hope that Jesus actually has a plan he actually has a solution and it's maintaining my heart feeding on that solution it just keeps me not only alive it keeps me sane or at least as sane as I'm ever going to get and so we really celebrate the fact that Jesus has a purpose and a plan something I've stated many times in the last 12 months is that every problem that exists on planet Earth and I mean balancing your checkbook at home to the ozone layer to the racial conflicts or whatever every single problem that exists on the planet God has a solution in his mind at this very moment and he simply looks for his people to come to him and pursue those mysteries those secrets and some things are revealed quite clearly in Scripture some things we really have to press into but I remind you of the scripture Psalms excuse me proverbs 25 verse 2 that it's the glory of God to conceal the matter so he hides things not from us but for us it's the glory of God to conceal a matter and then it's the glory of Kings to search out a matter so you're royalty my royalty in a very real sense is demonstrate role T because who our Father is royalty is demonstrated by this privilege to seek God for solutions and now is the time where where we really really need that again and again I would have said that last week in the week before but boy it's just heightened the awareness of our need of God's intervention it's just getting more critical week by week I wrote something this week I wanted to read as I start then I'm going to move quickly into the subject of Pentecost because that's what excuse me that's what today is is we're celebrating Pentecost Sunday racism is evil it is demonic to its core to treat people with dishonor because of their skin color is absolute foolishness to turn that dishonor into violence is barbaric and inhuman in Christ we have the privilege and responsibility to oppose racism in all its forms and to stand with those who have suffered under its weight I wanted to start by just declaring our absolute commitment to protect those and to stand on behalf of those who are abused or rejected or judged in some men are in some cases violence as we've seen this last week is just crazy and so we as a church or just we're doing all we know to do to take a very strong stand to say listen this this will this has to stop and so we're going to do our part we're standing with people and really fighting on behalf of those I love one of the phrases in the song today that we sang it says marching on our knees my goodness what a great picture knees being on our knees as a place of Prayer it's a place of deep intercession and that's the place where great advancement comes so I'm going to be talking about the concept of Pentecost and how it happened how it came about so if you would open your Bibles and we'll go right to Acts chapter 1 and I want to talk to you out of this this amazing chapter many people think that Jesus's final words to the church was go into all the world preach the gospel disciple nations it wasn't his last words his last words were wait in Jerusalem until you receive the promise of the Father wait in Jerusalem until you're clothed with power from on high the go is essential the wait prepares us for the going and the whole point of the waiting is there is something more than what you've seen to this point there's something more that God has in store for you imagine yourself one of the eleven remaining disciples and Jesus appears to them one of the moments he appeared to them is in John 20 where they were hiding in a room thinking they were going to be killed next if you can imagine the hostility of the hour they are literally afraid for their lives as they hide out in this room Jesus always knows where we are and so he just appeared walking through the wall however he got there they were that didn't help the fear issue at all when somebody just appears and they didn't know it was Jesus so you got to keep that in mind Jesus just appears in this room they their fear just got come compounded and they are terrified and Jesus says peace to you that didn't help because they were there way too much fear to receive any kind of peace and so Jesus showed him the scars in his hands his side his feet when they saw that they recognize this is Jesus we saw him crucified as soon as they realized that they they began to experience the peace that Jesus promised and he said again to them again to you I say peace to you this is important to realize in this moment of ebb sometimes we're so filled with fear and terror that that we can't find peace and yet it's it's here it's here there has to be a turning and what happened in the hearts of the disciples there was a turning they recognized oh it's Jesus he is with us and when he spoke peace the second time he breathed on them the Holy Spirit came upon them and they received true peace all right here's here's the deal Jesus gave them in that decree go into all the world preach the gospel he gave them a commission what else did he give them in the Commission our response are yes to the Commission of God is what connects us to the authority of God they were given Authority in that moment but then he said wait in Jerusalem why because we need both authority and power that is how Jesus ministered it's how the disciples ministered when they were deputized under Jesus's anointing they were deputized if you remember in Luke 9 Jesus gave His disciples power and authority he gave them both to function in while he was on the earth but when he left and went to the right hand of the Father they had to find once again this place of authority in this place of power because now they were going to do it without Jesus being at their side I remind you of something that I think is is so critical so important one of the comments Jesus made to his disciples that I'm sure was about the most difficult thing to comprehend they've ever heard him say he said it is better for you that I go I imagine that they've spent three-and-a-half years with Jesus they can ask him anything their constant impacted by his actions his words they learned from his behavior everything is an overwhelming three-and-a-half year school of discipleship and in this moment of of absolute adoration they want to sit at his right hand at his left they want to be there as he takes a dominion over the kingdoms of the world and they're all positioning themselves to be a support to this Messiah and then he says it's better that I go I can't imagine hearing anything in their position that would be more opposite of what they would normally feel he said it's better that I go because if I don't go I can't send the Holy Spirit to you here's the deal picture this you're one of the 11 Jesus is at your side at any moment you can reach out and touch him you can ask him a question you can receive instruction he is there just guiding you with his eyes even the way he does life there's a constant lesson of what it is to know God to follow God he's right here and yet that one who is right here said it's going to be better if I go because they'll send the Holy Spirit so here's the challenge is your relationship with the Holy Spirit better than if Jesus were standing at your side if it's not better than we're not utilizing what God actually provided for us by giving us the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit that rests upon us this is what we were assigned to we were assigned to this the gospel of the kingdom of God Paul says is not in word only it is in power there must be the demonstration of power power in our personal life to overcome a sin temptation those kinds of issues but it's powerful the miraculous its power to confront the impossibility of life this is what we are assigned to live in to walk in is to walk in the absolute power of God to demonstrate the resurrection of Jesus every time you and I pray for someone and there's a miracle it's a demonstration that the resurrection of Jesus is real if I pray for you and you experience a miracle you have just seen what God can do if I pray for you and nothing happens you've just seen what I can do it's the absolute clothing with power that makes it possible for us to demonstrate the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ when we get to Acts chapter 1 we see twice in the first few verses him talking about the kingdom of God all of your parents know that when you're about to leave the house and your your kids are in the house you have final words of instruction maybe they are staying with their grandparents maybe they're staying with a babysitter but you have final words of instruction the final words are your most important words that's what they will you want them to remember before you leave for the evening or for a week whatever it might be Jesus's final words to his disciples was instruction in the context of weight was instruction about the kingdom of God it says in verse 3 the last part he says he spent 40 days speaking to them of things pertaining the kingdom of God their very next words out of his mouth excuse me the very next thing out of his mouth is he says John baptized with water you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now so the disciples then say hey I got a question when are you going to restore the kingdom when are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel and Jesus says it's not for you to know the times but excuse me but you shall receive power verse 8 when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and he shall be witnesses what's the point I want to make twice in chapter 1 is the conversation about the kingdom of God once it was in his instruction second time it was their question when are you restoring the kingdom to Israel both times the very first subject he turns to after talking the kingdom of God was the baptism in the Holy Spirit I just like to suggest use this as kind of a springboard I just like to suggest that the introduction to the realities of the kingdom of God is the baptism in the holy spirit it immerses us into a reality and this is available for everyone this is not haves and have-nots I I don't like that that that whole argument that whole concept this is available for everyone who confesses Christ that the Spirit of God would come upon us he'll manifest differently but the point is Jesus is represented well that's what we're looking for that Jesus is represented accurately for who he really is I want you to move fast forward now into verse 14 verse 14 says these all continued with one Accord in prayer and supplication with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers now this is an interesting verse we know from the rest of the chapter there's around 120 people so let's just say 120 people which is interesting to me because Jesus elsewhere in Scripture says after his death he appeared to over 500 people but there was only 120 in the prayer meeting I don't know where the 380 went I'm sure they got it later I just don't want to miss when he shows up I don't want to miss so here they are says they continued in one Accord in prayer it's established that the prayer out of unity had been taking place in this chapter this is extremely significant Luke who attended the meeting of course we have here Mary the mother of Jesus some of the women that were supporters and his brothers why is that important because one of the last times we read about his brothers they didn't believe he was the Messiah and they tried to trick him into going into a public place to receive ridicule and opposition so something has happened during this journey where they've come to the realization they've spent all this time growing up with the Son of God in the house imagine that realization you've also got the eleven disciples who spent their I'm three and a half years succeeded in ministry for sure but they were also caught comparing themselves with one another thinking they are better than the other arguing as to who was the greatest so we've got this accumulation of 120 people who have many issues throughout their life together and yet this 10 days of prayer I don't know if they settled the issues before the before they started the 10-day prayer meeting or if they got ironed out in the prayer meeting do you remember when Peter denied Jesus and Jesus shows up afterwards and he says to Peter do you love me more than these I think he was asking Peter do you love me more than the other remaining 10 do you do you really think you love me more than everybody else because there was this this arrogance this superiority this this thing that rose up in him to think everybody else is gonna blow up but not me I'm I'm the most secure one here and Jesus confronted that in him and it was in that repentance that he was fully restored so skip back to the store here they continued in one Accord in prayer my translation adds the word and supplication let me talk to you for just a moment about the issue of prayer our prayer life reveals how conscious we are of the God who is with us you can't have someone as glorious and significant as the Spirit of God resting upon a person and have that person not talk to him the depth of our prayer life reveals the level of awareness we have to the Spirit of God in our lives I'm not talking theologically all of us as believers can say we know that the Holy Spirit lives in us we know that the Holy Spirit watched with us he guides us he teaches I get that I know that I'm talking about the daily ongoing consciousness of the Holy Spirit of God David said in the Old Testament he said I daily set the Lord before me it's not that we can position God where we want he he's not under our command we are under his but David was saying he's everywhere so I turned my attention to God being with me and that consciousness of God in his life is what in many ways enabled him to be the greatest king Israel ever had so let's get back to the subject the second thing I want to challenge you in for most people our prayer life are times where we're pursuing comfort pursuing peace the pleasure of the Lord now comfort pleasure let's just take those two words those are biblical concepts God is the one who designed pleasure he is the one who designed comfort he is the one who who made us to be able to rest in him I'm accepted in the beloved he delights in me I'm his treasure I'm the apple of his eye all those things are absolutely 100% true but what happens when we distort our pursuit of comfort we sacrifice having a lifestyle of impacting prayer there are prayers of fellowship with Lord which is refreshingly assuring building hope building faith but the Apostle Paul taught at one point about prayer being likened unto giving birth he actually said and I'm in labor for you until Christ is formed in you and he was the context there it was prayer so think about this this is an awkward subject but it's it's it's the intensity of Prayer and for those who only pursue a relationship with God of comfort and pleasure we'll never know the kind of prayer that moves mountains you have to be able to feel the grief of the Lord the pain of a situation as parents we know what that is to be in a painful situation with our children but here's the vital thing as we come before the Lord and we pray on - until it is lifted until there is that sense of breakthrough I remember my brother is he's 10 years younger than I am Bob or Bobby at the time when he was 11 months old he was very very near death in fact the doctors said that he was within 12 hours of dying I remember my my mom's parents lived with us at the time in fact for a good part of my life growing up years and they lived with us during that season and I remember my grandfather going to his knees I still can see I could take you to the place where he knelt in front of the couch in our living room and he was there for an extended period of time and he was praying you see my grandparents also lost a child at 11 months old this whole thing flashes back on them he he dug his heels in if you will in in a place of prayer he marched on his knees is even a better way to say it and he knelt in front of that couch and he began to pray and intercede as a kid I 10 years old I did 11 years old I didn't know what all he was doing there experience I mean I knew he was praying I knew Bobby was in serious trouble but I didn't get then what I get now he he dug in to that crisis that we were facing as a family and he prayed and he was there for hours and I remember when he got up if I remember correctly it was about two o'clock in the afternoon he got up off his knees and he turned to the family and he said Bobby we'll be okay why because he had a fight the fight is not with people the fight is with the powers of darkness the kill steal and destroy so often we blamed so many other people for what's going on but he dug his knees into the ground if you will and he contended with that that thing until it was broken and he turned to the family said Bobby we'll be okay my parents when they got back to the hospital that afternoon the doctors said in so many words there's been a very interesting turn around since about two o'clock this afternoon that's what grandpa got up and said Bobby we'll be okay you see there's something about prayer that moves mountains it means that I'm not looking for a life of pleasure and comfort only I'm looking to make a difference and to make a difference I'm gonna dig my heels in and I'm going to contend for a breakthrough because a breakthrough must come the problem happens for many as they feel that burden of the Lord they don't ever give it to them and so they walk around as depressed people looks like they've been baptized in pickle juice you know they just they just have no joy about them that's not the answer either the answer is and I'm going to prove our holy a.m. by how depressed I am that is that is anti the whole point that we're making here is that we pray unto something prayer is supposed to be a moment of exchange that moment sometimes lasts for days that moment sometimes lasts for moments Reed Nehemiah's prayers in the book of Nehemiah one sentence prayers that moved mountains but see if the prayer doesn't move me it's not likely to move him so here's this moment in prayer well we come before the Lord and the Jesus himself said come to me you who are weary and heavy-laden there's a lot of folks watching this that are weary and heavy-laden heavy why maybe it's the coronavirus maybe it's maybe it's the racial conflict maybe it's something completely different it's it's the business that you're lost during this thing maybe it's the fact you don't know what you're going to do when you're able to get back to work it could be any number of things health crisis whatever it might be there's a lot of folks watching this broadcast today that are weary and heavy-laden Jesus speaks to you and he says come to me you who are weary and heavy-laden step one we've got to know who to go to we go to him I don't go to him Plus this person this person this person he's not something I try he's not on trial we are I go to him but I go to him to make an exchange so Jesus had come to me you are weary heavy laden I will give you rest think about it you come to me with your stuff and I will give you my stuff let's make the exchange as I've told so many of you so many times through the years if you walk into the presence of God heavy burden and you leave the same way you came in then you weren't praying you were complaining I might want to write that one down prayer automatically means here is an exchange I'm giving you I was willing to carry this into your presence this type of experience in life but I see you as the source of life let's make the exchange I received now at your rest I want to welcome you into this kind of a journey I need to move on quickly here we get down to chapter 2 and he says in verse 1 he says when the day of Pentecost had fully come they were all with one Accord in one place again here's this one Accord concept one Accord not not a car not the Accord one Accord and 20 people in one Accord that would be a lot of people all right one Accord there in unity unity is not uniformity now listen carefully most people's understanding of unity is the fight for uniformity true unity requires diversity and a man shall be joined to his wife and the two shall become one they are not the same diversity is required for Biblical unity unity does not tolerate diversity it celebrates it it's what makes it so beautiful the second thing I would say about unity is this not something you and I can create most human efforts for unity as Noble as they may be are simple attempts for agreement and our understanding not evil not bad just insufficient the scripture says in Ephesians chapter 4 I think it's verse 2 he says preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace tells us a couple things about unity number 1 preserved I can't create it it's already in existence how did it get there it's the unity of the Spirit true biblical unity is is seen wherever the Holy Spirit has influence anytime you see in a relationship a husband or wife a church family a nation anytime you see real true unity not just will agree for this season true biblical unity it is the result of the Holy Spirit's influence and those individuals lives jesus prayed a prayer that they might be one but what did he join to it he said I gave them my glory that they might be one what is the glory the glory is the manifested presence of Jesus seen as the Holy Spirit comes upon his people I gave them my glory I gave them the manifestation of the presence of God upon them why that they might be one you never see where there's a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit let's just take some of the things we've seen happen in this room I've watched this for years when the spirit when the power of God shows up in a room I don't mean just for miracles although I'm all for that when the power of God shows up in a room it's hard to find anyone who's mad at somebody else there's something that takes place in that in that environment where all the hostilities all the objections all the stuff you know the love remembers no wrong I'm not keeping an account why it just all lost its importance in the presence my challenge my challenge to you is Pentecost yes it's about the demonstration of power but the basis if you if you consider the platform for this manifestation of the power of God the resurrection the testimony of the resurrection of Christ through power the platform was they prayed together in one Accord they were they were united in heart so much so if they saw one of their own brothers or sisters in need they would sell a position a possession to take care of that need the point is is it was it was unity to the point of self-sacrifice in other words I'll pay any price to maintain this what does it look like to preserve the unity of the Spirit it means I am willing to invest I'm not just going to pray something and then to ease my conscience and and move out of doing something I'm not just going to check check the box that I prayed for unity I'm gonna follow my prayer with action I was thinking this morning one of my favorite stories is where Israel marched around the walls of Jericho crazy story they marched around for seven days the last day seven times they lifted up a shout let's just use this as kind of a unique picture the marching around the walls for me symbolizes prayer once the shout was lifted up and the walls fell they still had to go in and take possession of what was there in other words prayer removed the obstacle to their victory they still had to go exercise victory prayer is vital you and I must pray we must pray and tell we can get up and say Bobby will be okay but there still needs to be then followed with an action that says alright let's go see our son let's go see our grandson let's do whatever the situation demands in the case that we're facing as a nation it's important that we pray but it's also important that we pursue and make sure communication is open that it's honest that we are there loving one another we don't need agreement we need just the love and affection for people when they're mourning you know you've had the greatest day of your life put it aside mourn with those who mourn so often people will see somebody receiving attention because they've had great loss as we've experienced this week and then others in the group will say but what about me what about me I suffered this I suffered that you know what give people their moment let's weep with those who weep let's just let the dust settle let's weep with those who weep let's pray for and pursue in action the healing grace of God for every bit of disorder that exists in our nation's now says in verse 2 suddenly there came a sound from heaven I taught on this several years ago and I I want so much to talk about it today but I let me just say that thousands of people from Jerusalem gathered together because they heard a sound I just want to suggest you this sound was not a hundred and twenty people praying in tongues it was not a hundred and twenty people praying in other languages reading is not the biggest cultural center in the earth and yet you can go downtown and you see four or five of our Arabic students talking in their language they're not going to draw a crowd of thousands you're not going to awaken an entire city like Jerusalem to something simply because you're speaking foreign languages we are to see from the testimony here the city was filled with people speaking in other languages that wasn't it what drew them was the roar of heaven there was sound there was the sound of the heart of God that was released into the earth and it awakened an entire sea and they they dropped their toys their work tools their their pots and pans whatever they were doing at nine o'clock in the morning and they were drawn to where this sound occurred and when they saw these people praying in other languages apparently acting so much this disoriented because there was the thought that they were intoxicated they stand there and they start mocking them they were confused all kinds of reactions that were negative reactions people say well if it's a real revival there'll be no offense the opposite is true the opposite is true any time God shows up there will be offense it's just as though it's the way it is one one of the great prophets from the recent years said God will offend your mind to reveal your heart and in that moment they mocked and Peter stood up and I want you to see this in chapter 2 verse 14 it says Peter standing up with the eleven raised his voice and he said men of Judea who dwell in Jerusalem let this be known to you and heed my words these are not drunk as you suppose since it's only the third hour of the day that's a strange argument I want to convince you if they're not drunk like you think they're how can I say that it's nine o'clock in the morning strange argument but then he begins to read and I want you to see what he reads but he declares he quotes this out of the book of Joel the Prophet Joel it shall come to pass in the last days I will pour out my spirit on all flesh okay stop for a moment when the Holy Spirit is poured out where the Spirit of God is working in a group when he is truly free to do as he pleases he breaks every barrier that we create now I want you to look at them right now I will pour out my spirit on all flesh all flesh every race when the Spirit of God shows up it's a level playing field there's not haves and have-nots there's not this race versus this race this class versus this class all of that stuff is obliterated in the presence of God that's why we can say preserve the unity unity is the fruit of his working in and through us so look at it again I will pour out my spirit on all flesh your sons and daughters will prophesy sons and daughters the gender barrier and there's only two the gender barrier is broken in the outpouring of the Spirit your young men will see visions your old men will dream dreams the age barrier is broken in the move of the Spirit on your menservants and maidservants I will pour out my spirit in those days the class barrier those who are the wealthy those who are the poorest those who are the servants of others the class barriers broke what's the point when the Holy Spirit shows up in power it's a level playing field it's critical for us we see even when Jesus would multiply food we'll see that he multiplied the food with the four thousand the five thousand but you'll notice a note in that number it will say and five thousand besides women and children women and children were oh yeah seeing the culture of that day they counted a crowd by the number of men in the crowd and then they mentioned and women and children it's interesting then in one of these stories the one who was ignored the child is the one who had the seed for the miracle the loaves and the fishes the ones who nobody counting counted Jesus counted and brought him into the place where his lunch came what seeded the cloud for the multiplication of food you see in Old Testament in the culture of the day New Testament the Gospels what you see is you see a crowd counted by the number of men but all of a sudden something happens the Holy Spirit shows up there's a hundred and twenty people in the upper room praying how many men how many women doesn't say why because they're treated the same see Jesus destroys he destroys the power of division now we have to live in he destroys the power of division that exists between all flesh he's the one who destroys that barrier between men and women what men are qualified to do what women are qualified to do he's the one who destroys that barrier that dividing wall he is the one who destroys the well God speaks through the aged or it's just the young people that have the real spark for revival he's the one who destroys that dividing wall he destroys it and calls it foolishness he's the one who comes and he touches the lowest of the low in this context the servants the slaves of another master and he gives them access to the same wonderful and glorious outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is all for all we have to be careful that we don't return to a cultural standard that exalts one group above another we have to protect our heart to make sure that we don't move to cultural values sometimes good sometimes very corrupt that we don't return to cultural values instead of Kingdom values in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit Jesus said it I gave them my glory that they might be one preserve the unity of the Spirit normally on a day like today I would spend the bulk of my time talking to you about our need for the absolute power of God my goodness there's just never been a time where it's been more needed than right now we've got to have the demonstration of the resurrection power of God flowing through the lives of believers like you in like me there are so many pandemics there are so many crises cancer and various kinds of illnesses that people carry they they are under the weight of that affliction infirmity they need someone like you that will say you know what I'm not powerful powerful by myself but I'm also not by myself the Spirit of God is in me the Spirit of God rests upon me and because that's the reality I live in I would love to pray for you and let's see this thing broken this is who we are folks this is who we are every nation of the world is crying out for the authentic resurrection resurrected Jesus to be put on display where we confront these things that are wrong today I'm taking a special emphasis more than I would normally because of what's happened in our own nation here tragically in these in this last week and let's be honest ongoing periodically for our entire lifetime it's got to stop but it's not going to stop because you and I somehow just become better people I believe in human effort so forgive me if if you'd misunderstand that I believe we need to do all we can do once the walls of Jericho down we still have to use human effort and go in and take possession of what God promised but here's the deal the Spirit of God comes upon us as a people because there is a a demonstration of who Jesus is in our unity one of the metaphors that is used in Scripture is that I am a member of the body of Christ let's be honest if we were to see the body of Christ the way we often act we would have a hand over there a finger over there a leg over there divided parts that don't seem to get along and people who suffer with horrible diseases illustrate and manifest to us what it's like to have arms that don't cooperate they have legs they cannot control they cannot stand on I'm in regular conversation with a dear friend of mine all she wants to do is walk all she wants to do but she can't she is so bound in this wheelchair and so we're contending for her for all all up to her rise and to a walk because it's the destiny of the Lord he made those legs to walk on so it's you and it's me it's yes it's a demonstration of the power of God but right now I want to call your attention to people around you people around me the need an extra moment the need reassurance more than just when they're watching but when they're not watching we take a stand and we just say not on my shift not on my shift that kind of behavior is unacceptable Jesus loves every race in fact let me just say this what every race in this area we have the Native Americans what they contribute to our life is rich it's glorious we have the the continual migration I use a term of Hispanic population that comes they bring such quality of life to us the African Americans the list goes on and on I know I miss people but the point is we are better because they are in our lives they don't deserve just toleration they deserve celebration they deserve honor and I'd like to suggest to you that's at least one of the biblical manifestations of the power of the Spirit of God coming upon his people the demonstration he said it Jesus said love one another so they'll know you follow me let the display of your care your affection your concern it doesn't even mean that we have to agree on everything it just means I won't let what I think that's different than what you think interfere with the love we have for one another this is all in demonstration of the love of God for every person watching anytime we have a broadcast like this with literally tens and tens of thousands of people that watch from around the world I would want to say to you listen come to know Jesus come to know Jesus I've been thinking about this verse the last few weeks it says Jesus made his statement he said what does it profit a person if they gain the whole world but they lose their own soul what does it profit you if you reach this dream in this accomplishment you're applauded by this group you're celebrated by that group you get all these accolades poured into your life what does it profit us if we hit all that but we lose their own soul profits nothing eternity is a long time it's not a scare tactic it's a reality and Jesus comes in his tender mercy and he says come to me you who are weary and heavy-laden I will give you rest I will give you the Holy Spirit who is the person of rest he is the person of peace and I will release that into your life so I want to encourage you we have counselors we have pastors we got people on our YouTube channel we have people on our Bethel TV channel ready to pray with you if you would say bill I don't want to end this broadcast without surrendering my life to Jesus and that's what you do you just get online you make the phone call do whatever you need to do but say I need to get right with God I need to know what it is to be forgiven of sin to be brought into the family of God I want to pray for you I want to pray for those that are coming to Christ I want to pray for all of us we have we have the opportunity to stand in the middle of a dark dark moment with the love and the compassion of Jesus and to demonstrate Jesus is truly raised from the dead he is alive in me and he is alive in this moment and I will not let any disagreement separate us because you're more important to me than my whatever so father I pray right now and the wonderful name of Jesus first of all for those who had come to Christ let the conviction of the Holy Spirit be released over this entire audience so that every single person those who have have not washed with Jesus and also those who had who have allowed differences to rise up in their heart where they've been hostile or arrogant or indifferent towards another group of people or maybe a family member God forgive us and heal us for this nonsense restore us to the Heart of Jesus in the way we value and treat each other I pray that you bring many many many into the kingdom today and that you'd help us as the body of Christ to demonstrate what it is to value one another and to stay connected you know a love for you I pray this for the honor of the name Jesus amen thank you thank you thank you so much for joining us today I bless you in the name of the Lord Wow such a powerful message on the beauty and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives thank you so much papa bill yeah and I loved how he just spoke about how we want to represent Jesus well we want to represent him accurately and that is by us having the power of the Holy Spirit the power of the Resurrection demonstrated in our lives as believers that we would represent him accurately to a world that is in so in such need of this power demonstration absolutely I was really impacted by how he unpacked the truth that with the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives that is what empowers us to operate in unity and the unity of the Holy Spirit is something for us to protect not achieve that he actually provided that for us is almost a relief to me as I think of it some of what's going on in the world it can seem so insurmountable at times and what's happening currently is is is wild yet if we posture ourselves to protect what the Holy Spirit has provided it's different than climbing some mountain to achieve something that's never been done before it's it's here it's with us he's what that's already given it to us it's actually fruit of Holy Spirit in our lives and that was absolutely like you I love like you said the pressures off yeah I was trying to fight for it well that's already I get to embrace the Holy Spirit rather than create something brand new it's he's done it is he's with us he's here we get to embrace him it's so beautiful and even as Papa Bill talked about today if you haven't surrendered your life to Jesus and you were just hearing about this power in this resurrection and you were hearing about the power of the Holy Spirit and you just have more questions you want to know more about Jesus you want to know more about Holy Spirit in your life we do have as he said a team of pastors that are there ready to pray with you ready to give you all the necessary keys and tools and steps for you to believe to begin your new life in Christ so that you can also experience that power of the Resurrection in your life and the Holy Spirit moving through and each and every one of you and if you have any needs if you have anything that you may need comfort for anything that you may need prayer for any breakthrough that you are believing God for we also have another team of pastors that are ready to pray with you ready to contend with you on your on your behalf or your family and everything else or anything that your heart may need today and we just bless you and we honestly just challenge you even to just go into that prayer life this week and just realize the authority that you do have in that will kind of stick our knees into the 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