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BETTER TOGETHER: Journey To The Promise

Joshua 2:8-11 (ESV) Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof 9 and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 11 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.

The Exodus is one of my all-time favorite OT stories. It is so clearly a depiction of God’s love, grace, mercy, leadership, forgiveness and hope in our own lives. It is hard not to see the Israelites as hard-headed, stubborn, and forgetful. About the time God rescues from one calamity the find themselves in another. It is our Journey from Slavery to Promise.

The Journey to the Promise

  • The spies (Joshua and Caleb)

  • The unbelieving nation

  • Rueben, Gad and the ½ tribe of Manasseh

  • Rahab

  • Jericho

This is not unlike us. As we are learning what it means to be a people together, there are those that will fall somewhere on a spectrum. Where you place yourself will determine if you will enjoy the promises

Those Who Are On The Journey:

  • The Doubters – The spies did not believe God or that He was enough (Numbers 13:1-14:9)

  • The Scared – The nation did not Trust God (Numbers 14:10-25)

  • The Satisfied – Were satisfied “Land flowing with milk and honey!” (Numbers 32)

  • The Curious – Was in awe of God (Joshua 2; 6:17, 23, 25

  • The With – Followed God (Joshua 6:7)

  • The Leaders – Carrying the Presence of God (Joshua 6:8-9)

  • The Dreamers – Speaking the Vision of God (Joshua 6:17-19)

Separate held some back from the promises of God! Together allowed them to experience God’s best!

HOW DO WE MOVE INTO THE PROMISES GOD HAS FOR US AS C3 CHURCH? PUSH – Pray Until Something Happens!

2 Corinthians 10:3 (ESV) For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

1. The Power of OUR Prayers

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) IF my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

“This is not the prayer of a single person. It is a prayer of a people. “If” we get ourselves together in prayer, united for the same purpose, then we unleash the greatest power of the Kingdom. Entire nations will be healed in these days through the power of humble, united prayer, from the gathered church.” Ps. Phil Pringle, “The Art of Prayer” (p. 7)

2. The Position of OUR Prayers

James 5:16 (NKJV) The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Ps. Jurgen Matthesius, in his book Push, suggest that if there is effective prayer that avails much, then there must also be ineffective prayer that does little. PS Jurgen suggest 3 Influencers of our prayers:

  • Belief about who God is

  • Belief about who we are

  • Belief about what we have been given (spiritual authority)

Jesus said “ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples…” Jesus gives to us the backing of heaven as we carry out His plans for our lives. When we understand who He is, who we are, and what He has given, we will be unstoppable.

3. His Presence Surrounds OUR Promises

Matthew 19:26b (ESV) WITH God all things are possible.

As Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho, it was the Ark, the presence of God that was drawing a circle around the very thing he had promised! Our prayer partners with the Holy Spirit to lead us to what He has promised. Hint: If God’s presence isn’t there when you reach your “promise”, then He probably wasn’t the one that gave it to you.

Practical Steps:

  • Learn to Pray – It is a skill to be developed.

  • Pray with Others…OUT LOUD! – We pray from a position of victory!

  • Pray with Lists – Pray with focus.

  • Track Your Prayers and Answers – Celebrate God’s gifts and provision.

  • Fight First with Prayer – It should be your most used and closest weapon.

  • Join the Fight – Join us for our NOW! March around our promises!

BETTER TOGETHER: Embracing "Suddenly"

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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!

Your Response:

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!