SHIFTING INTO HEAVEN
Luke 1:26–27 (ESV) 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
Everyone in this room is involved in at least one earthly shift - we are a new church family! You will engage in many earthly shifts throughout your life, for all of the good benefits attached, and rightfully so. In those moments it’s important to see beyond the natural and into the supernatural realm so that you recognize Heaven’s agenda that is part of the shift you make here on earth. Shifting through the natural and into Heaven’s agenda will allow you to experience all that God has for you!
Don’t shift only into the natural: new location, additional leaders, cool new signs….
Shift beyond the natural agenda into heaven’s agenda for you - faith, ministry, etc
1. Earthly Shifts Pull Emotional Triggers
Ever had someone shift unexpectedly and dump your coffee all over your lap? Earthly shifts will always attack your emotional weak spots in an attempt to derail God’s best in your life.
Mary is experiencing an earthly shift, and likely all the emotions attached!
Leaving family to marry a man
Likely an arranged marriage to an older man
Moving from her family’s home to his home
She was a virgin…
It is likely that everyone has experienced some uneasiness during a shift. What really makes it unsettling is that most shifts happen void of an audible voice from heaven - that would give everyone 100% confidence
Earthly Shifts Happen: 1) Commanded To Shift; 2) Get To Shift; 3) Forced To Shift
Mary is likely shifting, likely for reason 2 or 3
Remember, MY EMOTIONS MAY BE REAL, BUT ARE OFTEN NOT BASED ON GOD’S TRUTH. THEY TEND TO BE MY NATURAL RESPONSE TO THE ENEMY’S LIE!
FAITH is not the absence of uncertainty or doubt! It’s the decision to take steps in spite of those feelings into the better future that God has for you!
2. Shift With 100% Confidence, IN HIM!
Psalm 37:23–24 (ESV) 23 The steps of a man are established (FIRM) by the LORD, when he delights in his way; 24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
Following after The LORD is always the RIGHT path forward (HE IS GOOD, HE IS FOR ME, MY BEST IS IN HIS HEART!)
FALLING is an earthly reality - poor choice, unforseen circumstance, attack,
He Is Committed To Upholding Me!
Make the best choice you can, and be all in! Circumstances beyond your control? Run through the flames - He Is With You!
3. Shift Fully Into Heaven’s Agenda!
Mary was shifting into marriage on earth, but her shift unlocked heaven’s destiny!
Angels appeared, Martha prophesied, the priest recognized!!!
See beyond the natural as you shift
Fight to see the tomorrow impact
Mark 1:17 (ESV) 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
Shift Into Following Jesus
Shift Into Heaven’s Agenda
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Acts 2:1–4; 41 (ESV) 1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
SUDDENLY in the Bible speaks of:
The normal course of life
Interrupted by God
With an unexpected experience/opportunity
Requiring an individual response
That leads to His supernatural outcome
SUDDENLY for Acts 2 Believers:
120 disciples on day 10 of a prayer retreat taking place in secret
SUDDENLY - a sound like wind, filled the house
God’s Presence entered the room - the Holy Spirit rested upon them!\
They leaned into the moment with a resounding YES!!!
The supernatural outcome: the Spirit filled them, empowered them, theywent downstairs into the marketplace, 3000 were saved/baptized
Today is a SUDDENLY moment for YOU, for US, & THEM
A SUDDENLY For You
Acts 18:26–28 (ESV) 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.
Acts 2:3 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
While they were together, there was a SUDDENLY
In that SUDDENLY there was a a personal impartation.
God will impart a new level of anointing, influence, capacity and grace in the SUDDENLY
What God wants for you always requires a SUDDENLY
To embrace the new you must let go of the old
Your SUDDENLY requires your will. A choice and a decision.
Nobody can make the choice for you.
It not just that WE are BETTER TOGETHER… YOU are BETTER because WE ARE TOGETHER!
A SUDDENLY For Us
When SUDDENLY happens, it’s rarely just a you moment. It’s almost always an US moment.
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.
The SUDDENLY was a corporate experience.
Their SUDDENLY created a unifying experience that bound people together.
Just imagine being one of those that choose to stand by and miss what God was doing in that moment!! - REGRETS!
Yet in that moment those that Stepped into their SUDDENLY together experienced something that had never been seen before
Vs 10 “we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”
Together they were speaking EVERY LANGUAGE. They couldn't do it alone!
There impact was far greater because they stepped into their SUDDENLY together!
Together, those that received the SUDDENLY became the foundation of His Church - emboldened and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
It not just that YOU are BETTER because we are TOGETHER… WE are BETTER because WE ARE TOGETHER!
A Suddenly For Them
Acts 2:41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
It wasn't just about what God wanted to do FOR them, He had an even greater plan THROUGH them.
In embracing their SUDDENLY, thousands of peoples lives were impacted.
Our SUDDENLY today isn't just about us … it's about what God is doing through us. In our Community.
It not just that YOU and I are BETTER because we are TOGETHER… Our Entire Community will be BETTER because WE ARE TOGETHER!
Every wedding has tons of preparation but it requires a SUDDENLY moment: Do You? Yes! Do You? Yes! They kiss and then I say “I now pronounce that you are…”
Our Executive Team has had a SUDDENLY moment, and we leaned forward in faith with our public declaration that we were leaving who we were so that we could become BETTER TOGETHER.
Then, our church families had a SUDDENLY moment. And they leaned forward in faith with their public declaration that they were leaving who they were so they could become BETTER TOGETHER
Today is your SUDDENLY moment.
You were simply doing the good thing that you do
Your world was interrupted with an unexpected announcement one day at church
Here you are, with us, in God’s Presence!
We want to invite you to respond to to your SUDDENLY moment - we want to invite you to lean forward in faith and make your public declaration that you are leaving who you were so you can become BETTER TOGETHER.
As you do, BETTER TOGETHER will be BETTER for YOU, BETTER for US and BETTER for THEM!