Saturday, 28 February 2009
This was preached on Sunday 17th June 2007;
"Please open your Bibles to Genesis 28. I have what I think is going to be a short message. I want to talk about something that happened here last Sunday and bring some interpretation to it. I really think it is for today and we would lose something of it next week. So I want to talk about the "Downloads of God's Glory". God is downloading glory into our church. Dion and the rainbow - you look in the Book of Revelation and chapter 4 and John was caught up into the heavens and he described the throne room of God and the first thing he said was; "I saw a rainbow encircling the throne". As Dion prophesied, a rainbow means that judgement is over! That is a sign of the covenant at the end of the flood when God judged the world - the rainbow said that judgement is over. There is no judgement but a throne of grace with a rainbow over it where our God sits and rules the universe and we sing praises to our reconciling God who is redeeming the earth and the planet.
Let's have a look at what the house of God is. What is it? It is the church! It is great to be in church where everyone is alive! We are living stones the Bible says. People think that the church is a cathedral in the corner with a few old grannies going to it!
But the church is the most relevant thing on the planet! It is the gateway to heaven! It is where the glory of God finds a portal to manifest into the earth!
"And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven".
(John 1:47) Jesus said the same thing to Nathaniel. That the house of God is the gate of heaven where angels ascend and descend.
Last Sunday morning while I was talking I was aware that there was like a static electricity in the air. Something rather unusual but nothing overwhelming - just an awareness of the Presence of God. When I came to the end of the speaking and I invited people forward and we came and knelt down in the tenderness of God's Presence and let God align us and adjust our allegiances so that we were in proper alignment for the anointing to flow in unhindered power through our lives, I thought we do that for a few minutes and then we would close the service. But as those who were here remember the glory of God came into this place. When we were in the military we were trained what to do if we were in the bush and if we walked into an ambush, we were trained how to get down to the ground as quickly as possible. I said to Dion that I have never seen people fall so fast. I knew something was happening as people began to weep and others began to explode with joy.n
Afterwards I was talking to Marina. She is a very intelligent lady! She thinks - she is not weird. We were talking about the glory of God and every time I said the word "glory" I felt like I was being stung but in a nice way with a thousand beautiful stings. I was shivering and my hair was standing up every time I said the word "glory". So I said; "Marina everytime I say the word "glory" I feel voltage going through me". And very matter of factly she said; "Oh when you got up to speak, 5 minutes after you started speaking 2 very large angels assembled themselves one in one corner and one in the other".
Now this is where some people take a departure from the meeting and say; "Okay! Angels!? These are weird people! They believe in angels?!". No we don't believe in angels! We believe in the Bible and the BIBLE believes in angels! Angels were a common occurance! I want to get out of churches where angels never turn up because if angels never turn up then it is a sign that God has left the place! The House of God is a stairway where angels ascend and descend!
1. She said that they were LARGE angels.
Immediately I knew because I have studied the angelic Scriptures in the Old and New Testament and the Bible is full of the activity of angels - they come on assignment from the heavenly realm through the church and into the nations doing the will of God! They never preach the Gospel - they are not assigned to preach the Gospel. They are assigned to help human beings preach the Gospel! You won't find one angel preaching the Gospel in the Old or New Testament - they help human beings. After Jesus went through His wilderness temptation in Matthew 4 it says that He was exhausted and angels came and refreshed Him. If He needed angels when He was limited to His human body then you and I need angels! Hebrews 1:14 says angels are ministering spirits of fire sent forth to minister to the heirs of salvation! We need them! We don't worship angels and will never worship angels. We worship Jesus Christ!
But I knew they were high-ranking angels - she said "large" angels. And she said they had trumpets in their mouthes. And I want to give interpretation on that. I want to say this - when angels descend they come on assignment in answer to the churches prayers. When angels ascend it means that their assignment is over and they go back for R and R in heaven. They will stay there until the church prays again and asks the Father to help us break into Hong Kong, break into China, to get marriages right, finances right, health right. And you get prosperity angels, warring angels, communication angels, guardianship angels - every human being whether they are saved or not are assigned a guardian angel. That's why the angels in heaven rejoice when someone gets saved becase they know at least if he dies he will go to heaven!
Every human being has an angel - from the time you are born to the time you die, you have an angel assigned to you! As the church prays - we do not command angels around - we pray to the Father and He commands the angels to do the command of His Word. He assigns angels! But many angels are so bored in heaven - they are tired of their harps! They have played their harps this way and that way! They want a church that will get out the boat and walk on the water and take some risks and stop being so religiously conservative and playing it safe and don't want to make a fool of themselves! They want a church that steps out in the authority of God and gets out the boat and says we want to see miracles happen, we are tired of normal Christianity, we want to see signs and wonders!
And God says "Wow - look at them they are praying! Angels go and help them before they make fools of themselves!". Go! And God is starting to dispatch angels that have been on assignment to other groups and other peoples and they are not using them so God will use them on assignment for people who want to change the world around them!
I would not have been in the earth today if it were not for angels. I would have been dead some time ago! I would have been killed in my bedroom in Hong Kong! Demon powers would come into my room from the time I got to Hong Kong and try and push me into my bed and paralyse me and throttle me in my bed and one night Geoff came and layed hands on me and said; "From this night God says that His angels will come around and guard you and stand around you". Angels came on assignment from heaven and guard me when I go to sleep now! Isn't that wonderful?! I am a university graduate and some say I am intellectual! I as a so-called intellectual believe that God has angels in the earth and I believe those angels will activate and move out when God's people believe in the supernatural and believe in the invisible world and stand up and say "God come and help us - come and support us!".
2. Why would they have trumpets in their mouths?
If you look in the book of Exodus, Israel when they were going to their freedom, when they were going to inherit the promises of God in the Promised Land and were going to inherit vineyards, houses, prosperity, land, estate, fruitfulness - God said "I give you the power to get wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18). And they were on their way following a cloud of glory that they could see with their eyes! During the day a cloud of glory was moving across the desert and they would follow it. At night it would become a pillar of fire. Every now and then the cloud of glory would stop and wait in a place for days sometimes even weeks. When the cloud of glory stopped then 3 million Israelites stopped and waited there until the cloud moved again.
A great lesson for us to know - God is on the move! Move when He moves but stop when He stops! Some Christians don't even know that God is moving! Some people make things happen! Some people watch things happen! And some people don't know what happened! The church is full of people that don't know what God is doing! Get on assignment with God! Get purpose and vision and destiny to change nations and you will be the happiest person on the earth while you walk through hell! But if you want to sit on your blessed assurance for the rest of your life and get happy then you will be the most miserable person on the planet! But when you get on assignment for God and angels come to help you and God gets behind you and financial miracles take place!
They waited under the cloud of glory and that cloud of glory was like a shelter from the desert heat during the day! It gets very hot in the wilderness and it is boiling hot - the light is so glaring. There is no moisture in the air! So they would have air conditioning under the cloud of glory during the day and then during the night it would turn to a pillar of fire. How many of you know that in a desert the nights become freezing cold and drop down to freezing? So the pillar of fire kept them warm at night and they were following that. When it stopped they stopped. They knew that they could not go anywhere without the Presence of God. Some Christians do not know where the Presence of God is going and don't know when to stop or when to go! So they go out in the wilderness and say "Where's God?" and they wonder why it is so hot in the day and so cold at night spiritually speaking! The Bible says as soon as the cloud of glory began to move then God spoke to Moses and He said "As soon as the cloud begins to move - I want trumpets to sound. Awaken and get Israel aware!". The prophetic! Get Israel aware that the cloud is now moving! Get up and break camp! Get going!
Some of the Jews said; "No business is good here - we are not moving!". We are staying here! So the cloud went and everyone went off and they stayed but within days there was hot sun and freezing desert and drying up! You have got to keep moving with the glory of God! You can't get offended and get hurt and say "No I am just going to stay here and camp here and I am tired of following the cloud and I will do what I want with my family, my marriage!". Fine - but when that cloud moves and if you don't move with it then you are in serious trouble! I have not moved sometimes when the cloud moved - I got too comfortable. Business was good in Adelaide or in Durban! It takes a few days without the Presence of God and you start running back; "Wait for me - I am coming!". In 1st Corinthians 14 Paul says that the prophetic must make a clear trumpet sound in order for people to assemble. What he is saying is that the assembly is something wonderful - the cloud is about to move! You are going to go into greater dimensions of My Presence!
It is not just about us moving geographically. I personally don't think I will move from Hong Kong for many years. It is about moving on with God into new dimensions and new encounters and realities of the supernatural.
Bethel - the house of God - the gateway of heaven! Gates are access points and when you go through a gate you go from one dimension into another dimension. The Church is a gateway into realms of the glory! It is a gateway into the realms of what is happening in heaven!
And God says "I am beginning to move again in CCI - you have come through months and months of testing and trials and people analysing and questioning". But the cloud is beginning to move! The trumpets are sounding! It is time to move! The house of God!
John 14 - Jesus says in my Fathers house there are many mansions ... so that where I am, there you may be also. We have always said; "Well that just means going to heaven one day". I don't believe that at all! I believe we will die one day and go to heaven and that will be great. But I am in no rush to get there. Home is heaven! But we must read Scripture in context! Jesus was not talking to the disciples about going to heaven - the whole context was that Jesus was going to heaven but the Holy Spirit is coming to replace Him in the earth and the miracles that I have been doing then you will do also and greater works. Anyone believes in Me - I am going to the Father and He will send the Holy Spirit to you!
Then He goes on throughout the whole chapter talking the church moving in the power of the Holy Spirit. So that "where He is - you may be also".
So last Tuesday when I was praying for the service, I said "Holy Spirit You are an eternal being and You are not locked into time! You are the Alpha and the Omega. You see the beginning and the end simultaneously. You live outside of time! You created time! So Holy Spirit please go ahead to Sunday and be there already and be there for five days perfuming this place and preparing a place for us so that where You are we may be also! Then won't You break back into Tuesday and start working on the hearts of everyone in this church and supernaturally align us to be positioned properly to receive what You have been preparing for us on Sunday". That's why I believe being at church is so vitally important for divine encounters in what God is doing.
3. Now the question I have to ask is why were there TWO angels?
Why couldn't there have been one angel? Why two? One angel could have sounded their trumpet! So this week I began to pray and ask why two? Your head only can catch up with spiritual reality later! Education means you can study for hours and after much study and effort you learn something. But with spirit revelation you can have divine information into your spirit that you just KNOW something that is quite large information but you got it in a split second. So divine information from heaven can come instantly and suddenly you know it!
So I heard God say something very obvious to me. "While you were speaking on covenant - one angel represented the Old Covenant and one angel represented the New Covenant. And this church knows with our heads and some degree with our hearts that we are not under the Old Covenant at all! We are not under law at all - we are totally under grace and under the New Covenant. I am announcing in the spirit realm that there is a moving of the people of God out of long held conditioned positions of Old Covenant thinking and mentality of condemnation and insecurity and guilt and I am releasing this church in the spirit realm to step out from Old Covenant thinking. We know we are not under the Old Covenant but Old Covenant thinking still remains like shadows in our minds. And the New Covenant trumpet is sounding - step into the glory of New Covenant thinking!".
2 Corinthians chapter 3 speaks of two glories! We often say we are being changed from one degree of glory to the next. We try to say by that the New Covenant is going up with ever-increasing glory. That is not good interpretation of that chapter because that chapter in it's context only speaks of two glories! It talks about the glory of the Old Covenant which was a fading glory and no glory at all compared to the glory of the New Covenant! The glory of the Old Covenant was a ministry of death and condemnation written on tablets of stone but the glory of the New is that we get a free gift of righteousness, we get boldness, we lose all condemnation and it is a glory that brings a spirit of life and energy into our lives! The glory is God's view and position of you! The Old Covenant glory is how God sees you through the law. So all He sees is the perfect standards of the law and His righteous holiness must judge you and me because the law demands a perfect righteousness of us all the time. The moment you are below the standards of the law then the wrath of God must come and judge.
In New Covenant God provides His righteousness for us permamently for 24 hours every single day we are seen by God as perfectly righteous in Christ Jesus! The New Testament glory is God's opinion and view of you through only grace. God never looks at you through the law. He never shifts His position of you from the Old back to the New. God is in a perfect position looking at you only through grace and only through the New Covenant glory all the time every second - even when you fail and SIN! Even though we don't want to sin and we hate sin. God doesn't put you back under law when you sin! What would be the point? No God said that the law would crush us and condemn us and judge us! So the New Covenant even when we sin and mess up God can relate to us with authenticity because His wrath was already poured out on Jesus Christ in your place forever and ever - it's not even an issue anymore under the Old Covenant!
This is the point I want to make - if you find your confidence before God is based on your performance and based on how well you are doing then you have put yourself in an incredible place of pressure. Because only when you are doing perfectly well will you feel that the Father loves you and accepts you and approves of you. The moment you start doing bad you will feel you have divine disapproval over your life. How do you know when you are doing good enough to have the Father happy with you? How do you know when you have done enough to keep the Father happy? There is always a pressure to do more!
I want to go more and love Him more! I want to! But if I live in confidence based on me fulfilling all my want-tos then when I don't fulfill all my want-tos then I will feel insecure before the Father. It is not about you and me having to do more! Jesus did it ALL! He was enough! In Him you are accepted! In Jesus it is finished! All the things I do are never to get His approval - I have already got it in Jesus Christ under the New Covenant and that liberates me to have the right motive in what I do for Him! Every week Glenda and I get letters like this from our website and most of them we have never met. Most of them are saying "The grace message has set us free". I don't know this couple - they are from the UK and from Watford.
"Dear Rob and Glenda,
We just have been so passionately stirred - the last two weeks to write this email and tell you what the grace of God has done for us. There are no words to describe what is happening to us. It is a freedom and liberty that has lifted us off our feet with joy. We are truly FREE!!!!!! It has been the most amazing thing to truly understand God as Father and His sweet Presence. I had this revelation a month ago and I had a life-changing experience with the Holy Spirit in my quiet time where it was so tangible it was upon me. The room was so bright that I was afraid to open my eyes. Trembling, laughing and weeping at the same time I don't know what is happening to me - all I know is that I just want to know Him more and more and fall deeper in love with Him. For Rory it is freedom to rise up and boldly speak the gospel to his collegues at work. His journey is at least an hour there and an hour back on the M25 (the biggest parking lot in the world because no cars move there) and the teachings from your website refresh him every day and he says that it feels like he has been born again again! It has helped us understand the Scriptures in such a profound way that you just want to read and read and read!".
It is amazing that people keep asking me if I am under grace then I won't read the Bible, pray or nothing! No! No! No! When the grace of God truly sinks in and you hear that trumpet sound to get out of an Old Covenant mentality and come here - you cannot learn grace with your head, you must learn it with your spirit and when it hits your spirit then you will know! Let me encourage if it hasn't hit your spirit yet then it is going to sooner or later! When it does you will know! You will be changed! You will have confidence before God!
"Our friends have noticed the change in us! Some have said we are drunk??? So as a result our CD writer has been working overtime as we continue to pass the message onto others. We just want to encourage you and thank you as you continue to teach the message of God's grace. Please let us know when you plan to have a conference in Hong Kong! We would love to come! Love in Christ, Rory and Cindy".
Lets read 1st Corinthians. You will never move from that Old Covenant mentality into the freedom of the New Covenant mentality by trying to analyse it with human wisdom. It is too big. You and I have been indoctrinated since we were children that nothing is for free and you have got to earn everything! If you are thirty or forty years of age then you have had thirty or forty years of brainwashing and indoctrination. Nothing is for free! In this world's system that is absolutely the truth! Nothing is for free! You work for it by the sweat of your brow and that is the judgement that came on Adam and Eve. Before the Fall they could think where they wanted to be and be there - from one geographical location to another. They named the animals and had governing power over the earth. They thought let's have prosperity and prosperity came. They thought let the fruits come and fruit came. After the judgement God said that by the sweat of your brow will you work. In the New Covenant sure we have to work in the world's system but in the Kingdom miracles come FREELY!
Not how much you prayed or how holy you are or how good you are or how nice you are. You could have just messed up and a download of glory comes. A promotion at work, a healing in your body, a miracle in your marriage. You say "I didn't deserve this!" - yep! Never ask God for what you deserve! If you do then warn me so I can get out of Hong Kong! The New Covenant is all about receiving the generosity of a Father freely! Worldly wisdom will never let you move from Old Covenant thinking. You will stay in bondage. The trumpet has sounded! If you just say "God I repent of worldly wisdom and worldly ways of thinking and I just come into the foolishness of the Cross and at the Cross it is enough!". He did it! It is finished! Worldly wisdom says the Cross wasn't enough! Religious systems say that you can't have free things from God! The wisdom of God is the Cross! Worldly wisdom is working by the sweat of your brow to earn it!
Chinese communities have been brainwashed to earn it! A worldly wisdom has to be broken! Let's read 1st Corinthians chapter 1:17;
"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent?".
The Bible is going to speak in a minute about the spirit of this world. We will see that the Holy Spirit can show your spirit what God has given FREELY to you without you earning or deserving it.
(2:1); "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.".
Now Paul is about to say that we do have a wisdom in the church! It is God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that planned the Cross before time began!
When Adam rebelled God didn't have a nervous breakdown! Before time began God knew what was coming and He planned the secret wisdom of the Cross destined for our glory! He says that the powers of darkness, the rulers of this world did not know God's secret wisdom and operated in the spirit of this world and had they known the secret wisdom of God they would have NEVER crucified Jesus because if they had found out that at the Cross you and I would be liberated to the New Covenant and into the glory of the New Covenant then they would have let Jesus live to old age! Jesus didn't come to the earth to live forever and ever He came to the earth to die as a perfect virgin born Son of God.
Jesus is unique in the entire earth as the virgin born Son of God and when He died on that Cross He ambushed every demonic power and ruler of darkness, all their clever intellectualism could not see the secret wisdom of God at the Cross! Neither can any human being but for those who believe "It is finished!" and God's glory is for me and I am out of the Old Covenant and not under law but in grace - from that moment on we live in the trumpet sound of the New Covenant!
(v6); "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory".
Your mind can't work this out in natural wisdom. It must be heard inside. Your brain cannot contact an infinite God and your ears can hear beautiful melodies but only your inner being, your spirit can hear the wisdom downloaded directly by the Holy Spirit. We must be so sensitive to the Spirit of God! No one knows the thoughts of Rob Rufus apart from my spirit and you don't know the deep things of God. It is impossible to know the deep things of God by your natural mind but the Spirit of God who is God equal with the Father and Son searches everything even the deep things of God and we have received the Spirit so that we may know the things that God has FREELY (not earning or deserving) given to us!
When that starts to sink in then you have been delivered from the wisdom of this age which is satanic and delivered into the wisdom of the age to come. You are on your way for deliverance from condemnation and you are going to be a wonder-worker, a miracle worker! Lets read (v9);
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ".
That is absolutely phenomenal!
Demons are about to break and be cast out who are hating this message. My spirit knows these things. Those little demons know that I know that they know that they are already defeated and our power is of infinite phenomenal strength. I am fed up of demons! They just come out now in the presence of the anointing. Straight out. Stand and lift your hands and welcome the Holy Spirit. None of us are 100% in the New Covenant mentality yet - but we are moving there. We are first fruits of generations that will never be born into Old Covenant law teaching and will be born in grace and will never have to struggle with what most of the church has had to struggle with. The next generation will be liberated congregations! We are walking into the rainbow of God and leaving behind chains and bondage and entering into the trumpet sound of the New Covenant! Is Jesus good enough?! Yes He is so therefore I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!"
Friday, 27 February 2009
So this is the transcript of the actual sermon that Rob preached the Sunday that the angels turned up. Fortunately the recording was left running and it is possible to get a strong sense of the anointing that was falling on the church. The sermon itself is incredible. I've heard many sermons on "unity" that seek to blackmail the church of God. This doesn't even have a hint of it. There is some amazingly humble teaching mid-way through on marriage as well. I can honestly say it is the first teaching on marriage that I have benefited from as a single person.
So here it is! Preached on Sunday 10th June 2007 - the day that two angels arrived at City Church International!
"Why don't you open your Bibles please to Psalm 133. This week while I was training in the gym I felt God gave me a very clear word for this morning. He said "I am bringing City Church International into allegiances of alignment for the anointing to increase". Psalm 133;
"How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity - it is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, down on .... even life forevermore".
See the anointing comes when there is a unity. The blessings of God are commanded when the people of God live together in unity. Turn to Romans chapter 15. I want to give four Scriptures here on how important unity is. Reading from (vv1, 5, 7);
"We who are strong ... give you a spirit of unity ... with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ". (v7) is a MASSIVE verse; "Accept one another then just as Christ accepted you".
Then 1st Corinthians chapter 12;
(v12); "The body is a unit ... form one body ... we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body ...". (v25); "one part suffers then every part suffers with it".
Then Ephesians chapter 4:2-4;
" ... with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling".
Then Philippians 2:1-7;
"Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ" - Notice those words "from united with Christ" - we relate to other people to the degree we realise we are united with Christ. We do not preach the brotherhood of man - we preach the Fatherhood of God. The brotherhood of man can have no unity if there is no fatherhood of God to which we are related to in Christ. "... if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men".
When there is a spirit of unity in the body then God causes the anointing to flow down and then it pervades the body and drips down our tunic and there He commands the blessing. The unlimited power of God to do the works that Jesus did and greater works is available now to the church! That anointing has been available for two thousand years since the finished work of the Cross and Resurrection. The power that Jesus operated in His human body is available to the body of Christ in the earth right now. It is not how much you pray that makes it flow or how holy you are or you meriting it or deserving it - since the Cross God turned the tap of the supernatural power of God on and it has been flowing constantly for two thousand years!
I wanted to show you a five inch hosepipe and the tap turned on full! I have had this experience before in Australia while watering my garden. The tap is on full and the water is coming out the hosepipe! It is spraying the dogs and cats and everything! Suddenly nothing happens! I check the tap and it is on full blast! But I notice in my excitement and fun that the pipe has got bends and twists and kinks in it. I didn't need to turn the tap on but get the kinks out of the hosepipe and get them straight again! I believe as a local body this is a pretty well united church! We are known in different parts of the world for the Presence of God that comes into our meeting.
The Lord says there are four areas that we need to work on getting the kinks out of our relationships so the full volume of the anointing can flow.
Winners play on teams and losers hide in crowds. Lots of people come to church but very few people BECOME the church. The tragedy is not that people are dying but that so many people are living for nothing. There is nothing more important on the earth than the church! By you building this church with Jesus you are doing the most important thing in the world because the church is the main agency of the Kingdom. If we get thousands of people saved out there but no strong mature church to add them to then they will be baby Christians for the rest of their lives. The church is the passion of Jesus! Not people coming to church but people becoming the church united with the common purpose of seeing Jesus glorified!
Four kinks in our hosepipes;
1. Our relationship with the Living God.
How do you have continual perfect peace with the living God? He is absolutely perfect and everyone is imperfect! How do you have no kinks in your relationship with God? No condemnation but perfect peace 24 hours a day? If you have a kink in your relationship with God then He can't download the fullness of His anointing in your life. How do we have no separation every split second of every second? It is very simple to have that kind of relationship with God! We have to repent! Repent of our self-righteousness! The false religious system in this world says if you will do good and try and avoid doing evil then you will get so close to God. That lie preached in all religions is from Satan himself and not God! When Satan came to Eve and tempted her to eat, he said; "You will be LIKE God". Without trying to be insulting to Mr Devil I have never heard anything so stupid in my entire life. The Bible says that Adam and Eve were already made in the image and likeness of God! They didn't need to eat to become like God - they were already like God! Eating of the knowledge of good and evil did not bring the power and Presence of God on their lives - it made them hide from God, it made them confused and scared of God!
So for thousands of years mankind lived with a big kink in their hosepipe with God. Then God introduced the law of God during the time of Moses.
The law is the knowledge of good and evil! The law is perfect, holy and good. It shows you what is good and the evil that you shouldn't do. But what does the Bible say? Why did God introduce the law? Did God introduce the law to make us more holy and righteous and to bring us closer to God? Not at all! Romans 5:20 says that God introduced the law to increase sin in mankind! Romans 7:5 says that God introduced the law to arouse sinful passion in man! The law drove people further away from God! The law made people judgemental and harsh with each other! The Bible says the law condemned and cursed men! Then when Jesus came 1700 years after the law He came with grace and truth.
But to the Pharisees who believed they could be made right through God by the law - Jesus taught the law even HIGHER than Moses taught the law! He did this to show the Pharisees that they weren’t living up to the law and the law condemned them and none of them were righteous whatsoever! To the humble and broken Jesus taught grace, mercy and favour. Because God wants the human race to know that He isn't interested in our religious attempts to impress Him with our law keeping one bit! God is only interested in His infallible righteousness that is given to us as a gift freely through His Son! Romans 5:19 says through the disobedience of the one man all were condemned but through the obedience of the one Man many were made righteous!
Your obedience and my obedience never ever produces righteousness! It is the obedience of the one Man that has given us the gift of right standing with God forever! This is a fool proof, failure proof and Satan proof righteousness! Because if it depended on the level of my performance then it wouldn't be failure proof because there is not one day where I can keep the law 100% but I live in faith that every split second of every day I am right with God because my righteousness is based on Jesus Christ obedience and never on mine!
Your obedience and my obedience is important but if you ever shift the ground of your confidence before God from Jesus obedience on your behalf to your obedience then you have just put a big kink in your hosepipe! It is called becoming self-righteous. Self-righteous people are judgemental, critical and legalistic and they do not have the power of God. On the Cross Jesus absorbed you into Himself. Colossians 2 says He absorbed the laws and codes that stood opposed to you and He CANCELLED them! He redeemed you and me from the curse of the law so the blessings can come to us freely! Everything about you that could be judged was swallowed up and absorbed into Jesus Christ! Everything you have done past, present and future was totally removed from the memory of God! Jesus who never sinned once was made your sin so that you and I who don't live obediently all the time can be seen as TOTALLY righteous ALL the time in God's eyes!
You died in the body of Jesus! That is what the Bible teaches in Romans 6 and Galatians 2. You were buried with Jesus, united with Him in His resurrection. When He came out the grave so did you. You were co-ascended to the heavenly realms with Jesus and are currently coseated with Jesus in heavenly places! You are not trying to get to heaven - you are in heaven already with Jesus! Romans 5:20 says that where sin increased grace did MUCH MORE abound! What it is saying is that the law of the Old Covenat made people sin more but the grace of the New Covenant empowers us to get strength and mastery over sinning as well!
Romans 6:14 says that sin will not have mastery over you because you are not under law but under grace! When sin increased through the law grace came in abundance to take away the mastery of sin off our lives. When people say that if you take the law off me then nothing is left to restrain me from sinning - people say but if you take the law off me then I can go out and commit adultery! They are giving a revelation of the adultery that is in their hearts. Because the law stirs up sin but grace gives us mastery over sin. Galatians 3:24 says that the law was put in charge to lead the human race to Jesus Christ. The law was to be so severe, perfect, holy, harsh and beyond the standards of man so that we would admit we have absolutely no hope but to depend on Jesus Christ.
The Bible says in Galatians 3 that now we have come to Christ we are no longer prisoners of the law and Romans 7 says we are dead to the law so that we may bear fruit to God. So we must love the law of God for the REASON that God gave the law. If you love the law because you know that the law was meant to lead you to God then you will get closer to God and more humble and more anointed. But if you love the law because you think it makes you more holy and more righteous then you will get further from God and you will get more self-righteous. The law has gone! All I have got is grace and love and mercy and blessing! Not dependant on my performance but on Jesus! What is left?! Permanent joy, happiness, signs and wonders, unity! 100% of your relational problems is based on what I am talking about today. From the Old Covenant to the New God totally changed the way that He relates to you. Under the Old Covenant God only relates to you through the law and never by grace. Under the New Covenant God NEVER relates to you through the law but ONLY through grace!
Hebrews 8:6 says we have a better covenant with better promises and a superior Mediator!
Under the law God demanded of you a perfect righteousness but under grace He provides for you His perfect righteousness.
The law says do - do - do but grace says it is done - done - done! You have perfect peace with God! At the Cross Jesus Christ identified with you and me at our very worst so that we can identify with Him at His very best. There is no height of intimacy and close communion with God that you cannot ascend to because there was no depravity that Jesus would not descend to on our behalf.
One of the most ungodly selfish sinning churches in the New Testament was the Corinthian church. They were having sex with temple prostitutes, getting drunk and were divided, they were very immature. You would have thought that Paul would have written to them, put them under the law and put rules and regulations on them. Paul does not do that because he understood as an apostle better than any other ministry that they did not understand grace but had law thinking! The clearest teaching in the entire New Testament about the superiority of grace over law is given to the most sinful churches in 2 Corinthians 3. Paul says in this chapter that those in the law - that was written on tablets of stone was a ministry of death and condemnation that drives people away from God. We are competent ministers of the New Covenant not of the letter that kills but of the Spirit that gives life. The glory of the Old Covenant was a fading glory compared to the glory of the New Covenant that gave the gift of righteousness! Paul says under law Moses had to hide his face with a veil so the people could not see the glory shining out from his face.
The glory of the Old Covenant revealed God's opinion and view of you through the law. People didn’t want to see that glory. They hid from God! The glory of the New Covenant shining in the face of Jesus is His opinion of you through grace. We are nearly finished point 1! The next 3 are going to be much quicker! This was my most exciting day in Hong Kong because the message of grace is being preached in clear Chinese today! Thousands of Chinese can hear the message of grace in their own language! Now Paul as an apostle noticed false teachers were continually seeking to blur and mix the Old and the New into confusion.
For many of God's people didn't know whether we were under the Old or the New Covenant. It was a confusing mixture! It seemed like nothing else made Paul as passionate in his anger as when people mixed the Old and New Covenant. Paul warns in Galatians 5 that if you try to get close to God through law then you have made Christ of no value and have alienated grace. Today it is the same. I really say this with pain. Today many are hearing a mixture of the Old and New confusingly blurred together. You are either under total law or total grace but you cannot be in between! It doesn't exist in the Bible! In Deuteronomy 28 God said if you will keep the law perfectly then you will be blessed but if you don't keep the law perfectly then you will be cursed!
You see the precious people of Israel cursed and cursed and cursed. It wasn't just Hitler that killed six million. It is the normal story of the people of Israel. Through the obedience of the one man many will be given the gift of righteousness! How many of you believe that the obedience of Jesus was full! Where are you positioned today? You are positioned in the one who was perfectly obedient and ALL His obedience is credited to you! In Christ Jesus all the blessings of Deut 28 belong to the church and all the curses do NOT belong to the church in Christ! If you look at the church today you cannot say they are walking in all the blessings promised!
When you hear someone say if you obey this and do this and pray a bit longer and do this and don't do that and do this and if you do that then God will love you and bless you more - then you have just heard the Old Covenant and you have NOT heard the New Covenant.
The New Covenant says that God accepts you, loves you, favours you, accepts you not because of your performance but because of Jesus obedience and performance on your behalf. That is the New Covenant! Jesus is the superior Mediator! Where the ministry of death and condemnation finishes forever and the ministry of blessing starts forever!
The entire New Covenant can be summed up in this; Jesus is ENOUGH! All Paul's writings to Romans and Galatians can be summed up in this; Jesus plus anything equals NOTHING. Jesus plus nothing equals EVERYTHING!
The church world today is being challenged by the Spirit as to how they will align their relationship to God - a mixture of law and grace which is nothing at all or a pure atmosphere of grace of New Covenant.
I hate sin and I don't encourage sin! I hate it if it come to me! I forgive it in you! As you do to me! I do not encourage sin at all! But the time you are under the most pressure to go back to the law is when you have just done something wrong! You think if I can do enough and pray enough then I may earn my way back to God! You do not earn your way back to God - Jesus already earned your way back to God! You are ALWAYS the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! If you have just sinned don't go into gloom or condemnation then thank the Father that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and;
My disobedience does not disqualify Christ's obedience on my behalf!
I am going to talk about the other three kinks in the pipe very quickly now. Before we go to the next three points let's lift our hands and say "Father I want to transition fully into that realm of grace". Thank Him! Thank You Jesus for the New Covenant! Wonderful Jesus! We have a covenant of peace!
2. The second relationship we need to take the kinks out of is our marriage relationships.
Marriage is a wonderful picture of Christ and the church - us married people say enjoy your singleness while you can. Don't think it will complete your life because it won't! It is not for the faint hearted! Some days it doesn't feel like heaven but hell! In order to get a car license you have to study and take a test. In order to get a degree you have to study for years. But to get married all you have to do is go down the local registry office. Marriage is the most important relationship after God. It is the most sacred covenant on the planet. The covenant of marriage is left in tatters by the world and sadly the church. The divorce rate in the church in the USA is worse than the divorce rate in the world. It may be similar in other countries. Jesus showed the New Covenant by breaking bread and pouring wine and He wanted His disciples to enter into the New Covenant right there. When a married couple get married they break cake, exchange rings - that is a covenant!
The reason why God gives us a sex drive before we can express it in marriage, is that our victory in holding onto it is the victory trophy we can give to our partner. Those that have lost their trophy of sexual virginity - God can restore that trophy of virginal purity before marriage.
At the covenant meal Judas did not take part of it. He got up and walked out.
Later he betrayed Jesus with an intimate kiss. There are people who want intimacy without covenant. Then there are people that want covenant without inconvenience. But covenant means death! When you come into covenant you die to yourself to live to make that person you have entered into covenant with happy and joyful. That is why many Christians avoid water baptism because they know what water baptism means. When we are buried in that water we die to ourselves and rise to a new life living only to please God. The only way to have true life is to first have true self-death. If you do not die to self you will only smile from your face and not from your heart. People who enter a covenant of marriage with the idea that I am going into this for them to make me happy have not got the first idea of what biblical marriage is about. It is guaranteed that thing will not work unless an alignment of covenant life and God's government comes over that marriage. Unless that happens that marriage has got no hope under the sun. Married brothers and sisters - you have never given covenantal love until you have loved beyond inconvenience into sacrifice.
Love is not love until it costs you your entire life to give it away.
In 1997 Glenda and I had been married 22 years. We had a really good marriage and people saw a pretty good marriage. In 1997 God said that He would bring our marriage into covenant pattern and order. Without realising it we are absorbing the patterns from the world around us and not from the Holy Spirit. God said He would bring Kingdom order into our marriage so He could increase the anointing and authority on our lives. I want to talk about the three years of hell that we went through from 1997 to 2000. Don't think I am exaggerating. I have Glenda's permission to say this and wouldn't dare say this without it. There was no adultery or affair or third party - that had nothing to do with it. It was all about God wanting to order our marriage according to Kingdom pattern and government. There wasn't one day in three years without horror and tension and anger in our home. If you had walked past our street you would have never thought a pastor and his wife lived there. They would have heard the way Glenda shouted at me!! We shouted at each other! The anger and frustration! Every time God reminded us what we were going through this for we found temporary peace and the next day the war would start again and this went on for 3 years every day.
I didn't hurt her physically but words can hurt more sometimes. Words that she would say to me would be devastating. We would repent and cry and ask each other for forgiveness and then the war would start again. I felt the manifestation of tangible presence of demons as they tried to take advantage of the reason why we were going through this. I nearly walked out of my marriage several times during those years. Where do you go when you have been preaching marriage for all those years? Glenda knows this is the truth! I wanted to leave Australia and go and study biology and be a ranger in the wilderness of Africa. Glenda was so traumatised that she almost stopped eating very little for 3 years. The rumour went around our city that she had anorexia and that I was beating her up. The doctor was desperately trying to put her on anti-depressants. Several times she walked down to the railway line thinking strongly about throwing herself in front of the train. Every day the devil would say that I should compromise and back off or my wife would end up killing herself.
The Spirit of God said I want to realign your relationship so I can increase the anointing on your life. In the year 2000 we smelt the first permanent peace on our marriage and knew the government of God take place in our marriage and our relationship. Month after month the kingdom order of male and female government began to come into God's alignment and we felt God's peace come and stay and the trauma and pain become a thing of the past. 2003 - four years before we came to plant the church year and it was our 25th wedding anniversary. We didn't know we were coming to plant the church in Hong Kong but we decided to come to Hong Kong to celebrate it. We took a wonderful hotel overlooking the view on Central Island. On our 25th anniversary we ordered room service in our hotel. A table next to the view looking out on Hong Kong. Glenda dressed up in the most stunning dress and I put a suit and a tie on. We had three years of horror and three months of daily government of peace in our marriage. And we sat at the table and exchanged new rings and we re-stated our vows and we read our poems that we had written for each other. In the middle of that without exaggerating we both burst into tears and sob looking into each others eyes.
Because we knew the war was over and the Father was endorsing the government on our marriage. From that anniversary for the next three years we led tens of thousands of people to Christ in the crusades. None of the people knew the hell we had been through and the price we had paid for the anointing. In 2004 we came to plant the church here in July. If we didn't get this marriage right and come into kingdom government then not only would Glenda and I be divorced and our kids and grandkids be robbed, not only would people not be saved - but you wouldn't even be sitting in a church today and would be on your way to a Christ-less eternity. Not only that but a relationship that is tender and deep right now would have been lost for all time because regularly we wanted to take the easy route out.
When I look at the fruit of God getting the government right then I say to you today; "Please fight for your marriage - there is more at stake than just you being happy". It is not about your happiness - there is more about your marriage than just you being happy.
God wants to set something in order!
How did we survive the 3 years? By understanding the message of grace!
3. Our relationships with every person in this local congregation.
If your relationship is kinked in any way with anyone in this congregation then you are buckling the full flow of the anointing upon us. We all irritate each other at some point! There are people in this church that are so gracious that even when they are irritating they don't know because I am so gracious back! I am that way to some of you! But the truth is whether we are living in delusion or not - not only do people irritate you but you irritate others! That's why I believe in the church! There is no such thing as individual piety! We have love one another, accept one another! How many people have left church after church because someone offended them and now they are sitting somewhere else in some other church!?
That is fine if God has called you here - but if you left the church because someone offended you then you are sitting with a kink and left to avoid pain instead of letting the government of God sort out that relationship. And it is called being immature. There is no place for jealousy! There is no place for competing and comparing! There is no place for politics in the church! There is no place for putting on a mask or a face that is not telling the truth! Neither am I saying that you should manipulate everyone with your sulky face either! Mature people deal with their pain and ask for prayer and move on! I want to live so authentically that when I compliment a person then they know that I mean it not to just get something out of them! I want everyone to know that if I have a problem then I will come to you personally and not use the pulpit to get at you personally!
Remember Romans 15:7 says accept one another just as Christ has accepted you! How has Christ accepted you? Remember the message of grace and not law! Christ holds nothing against you at all! You are permanently forgiven! The thief on the Cross says Lord remember me when You come into Your Kingdom today! A criminal! Jesus says to this criminal TODAY you will be with Me in Paradise! Jesus went into the waiting place for three days and rose with all the people with Him! As Jesus walks back into heaven after being away for 33 years the trumpets are playing! All the angels are saying open up the gates! The King of glory is coming back! The Lion of the tribe of Judah mighty in battle! Jesus walks in His robes of majesty and glory! Arch angels singing hosanna in the highest! Right next to Jesus there is a little thief walking along! The angels say; "Jesus who's he?". "I don’t know but he asked me to accept him and I did!". "Did he speak in tongues on the Cross?". "Has he been water baptised yet?". "No there was no water!". "What's his education, his pedigree, his ancestry?". "I don't know!". "He asked me to accept him and I did! Have you got a problem with that any of the angels?!". "No Lord Jesus! If You accept him then we accept him!".
Accept one another just as Christ accepted you! Rejection and pride is because we don't understand grace and still live under the law! If you have any bitterness with anyone outside of this church - any ministry - any person, saved or not saved - if you have criticised them unjustly or gossiped about them and they don't know about it then don't go tell them! Ask the Father to forgive you and go ask those persons you gossiped to to forgive you so that kink can get right. I learnt a hard lesson here. When people come into this church and criticise other churches I should realise that sooner or later they will be criticising me! 100% it will take place. If the person knows you have gossiped about them or if you defrauded them financially by wrong business transactions or done something that is wrong to a person whether they are saved or unsaved, write to them or email them and ask them to forgive you and apologise if they know that you have done it to them.
Lets get every kink undone so that His volume of anointing can flow at full volume!
Father we thank You that Your prophesied 3 Sundays ago that a move of the Spirit is coming whether we are ready or not. That means that people that are not ready for it will not participate in it. It will come and those that are ready with their oil lamps full will go into the inner chambers of the Bridegroom but the foolish virgins who did not make themselves ready will miss the visitation of the Bridegroom. Spirit of God move! Awaken us with a holy righteous urgency! Where there is any haughtiness or high-mindedness or pride then soften it Lord before it is too late. When there is fear of submitting to You, fear of integrity and humility, fear of taking the mask off and being humble and real and honest then deliver us from stubbornness and pride in Jesus Name.
May we stand in the fullness of Your grace. Lord as we make these commitments to You to live in grace, to fight for our marriages and not give up, to be perfectly united in Christ with each other and to not gossip or be judgemental or do harm to others outside this church - we believe for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come rushing unhindered for everyone who prepares themselves. As you order our marriages we know there is a process of pain. We will not be surprised by that pain! Deliver us from the idea of quick shallow fixes and help us to be people who persevere and endure for Your Kingdom. May the sacred honour of the covenant of marriage come upon us in joy, liberty and the genuine fear of God. I pray for every marriage here who's husband or wife is not saved or backslidden and is making it difficult then I pray that person will get saved in Jesus Name! You are the God of miracles and we believe You can do it! I pray for every single person here who is not married but wants to be married - lead them with wisdom O God to find the right person who is going on the same journey with You as they are! That the covenant of marriage would be something of Your destiny and that everyone who wants to get married in You may be married as soon as possible!
Let's stand and lift our hands. This is my desire to honour You in every area of life. Not just in one section but every part of my life. Some of you - the Holy Spirit is going to come and lovingly baptise you in death. Not the ministry of death of the Old Covenant but the revelation that you DIED and are in Christ - in covenant with your God! That your marriage covenant - you died and you are going to live for the happiness of your partner whether they appreciate it or not!"
Thursday, 26 February 2009
This was the main sermon preached on Sunday 22nd February 2009 and it ... is ... AMAZING!!
"What Is Sin In The New Covenant?"
Something that is burning in my heart and all of your hearts I trust is that we are persuaded that;
The church is meant to be a heavenly society residing on earth - a community of people that embody the understanding that God is with us and that we are the temple of God, we are the people who are the walking embassys of God, that we carry heaven's Presence here on the earth because we have learnt how to conduct heaven's influence onto the earth.
This series is simply called; "Faith is Conducting Heaven's Influence into the Earth". The more members of this congregation that learn how to conduct heaven's influence into the earth, the easier and higher and greater will be the miracles.
I am of the persuasion in reading the Bible that we are not meant to sweat and struggle to see the miracles of God. If sweat and struggle is required on our behalf then that means we have got something in our natural soul that can make supernatural miracles happen - but we don't. Every miracle is totally of God and all He wants is partnership with man to do that.
God doesn't work in a vacuum - God works with human beings that cooperate with Him. So I have known over years that something is wrong with church and I couldn't figure it out. Particularly Sunday morning congregations were the hardest to preach into. You go there on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday night and at first it is tough because the ceiling for supernatural miracles is very low in the average church. Then by Thursday night they start to get faith and believe a bit and God is delivering them from hang ups and condemnation and by Saturday night they are rocking and the heavens are starting to come down. The same crowd turn up Sunday morning and they dress and talk and act differently because they have gone straight back into their religious traditions that they have been brainwashed with. So I would go and fast 2 to 3 days in the early 80s. I just was in my room alone with God going without food day and night. I would get as much of the power of God that I could and with all of these downloads. I lost many friends, wouldn't watch TV, denying my wife and wouldn't have fun - just locked in with God and came out and did miracles.
And the people loved it! They just turned up in any state of mind that they wanted and their pastor was full of anointing oil that miracles would happen. Eventually it became unhealthy because we developed like a movie house where the congregation just watches and were entertained or it was a preaching hall and they would come in and watch the pastor do miracles. And I mean miracles! When any of them were sick they would call me and when an aunty was sick they would tell me to go and when I nearly burned out like many pastors - 80% pastors leave the ministry within 7 years because they are finished. They are burned out and their marriage is in trouble because they did it the wrong way like I was doing. And I couldn't figure out how to do miracles without having to get Reinhard Bonke in for a crusade and how you got miracles like the early church had. People were being saved every single day and getting healed every single day and they were meeting every day and had miracles all the time!
And Peter, John, Paul weren't burned out! Why? What was going on there?
They understood that there was no seperation between clergy and laity and they understood that there is a royal priesthood and every believer is to be equipped and trained by apostles, by prophets, by evangelists and pastor/teachers and every believer can learn the trade secrets from these ministries and every believer is to be a conductor of heavens influence.
I am almost embarressed to say that I have only seen in the last few months how easy it is to have a church that is so full of the glory of God that someone can walk in that door with crutches and look at them and while they are standing there in the worship there is so much condensity of heaven's presence in the meeting that before they know it the crutches are gone and they are dancing and no one even prayed for them because 70-80% of the members know how to conduct heaven's presence into the room! Though I still fast and spend hours with God it won't be at the expense of a normal sane life and neither will you have to burn yourself out praying hours and hours a day because what we are learning in this series is how to be a conductor of heaven's influence - not earning it or deserving it but by getting free from condemnation and free from guilt and all the lies of the devil that says; "You are disqualified because of the sin in your life - God cannot use you". Yes He can use you!
If He is only using people with no sin in their lives then there is not one person He can use on the planet!
How would you like to die one day and when you look back on your life the Father says; "You played your part in partnering with others in that local church and turned up regularly not through legalism!". There is no religious date in the Christian calendar by the way! I would do this on Monday morning if you had it of or Saturday! But you come regularly because you are being equipped and trained and when you miss meetings you get the downloads of the website and the CDs because you want to keep on-page with all your partners in bringing heaven to earth! So that it is so easy and effortless - every member in the congregation is worshipping God and bringing their sacrifice of praise. That pain they had during the week - they are not sulking! They are saying; "The pleasure You get Father when I praise You in difficult times - I WILL praise You! I will not sit here and analyse and criticise!".
We are not going to allow fanaticism in this church! What is fanaticism? It is doing things without the anointing and doing things without faith. Whenever you go beyond the anointing and go beyond faith then that is fanaticism!
Every member knows how to conduct heaven. Every member walks in and says; "I will pull heaven down!". The Bible says one can a thousand to flight but two can put ten thousand to flight! There is release of anointing in unity! When people come together who all know that they are royal priests and know they have got equality of faith within their spirits that attracts heaven's presence into the room then the whole thing goes up expenetially! Then we can sneeze and someone jumps out of a wheelchair! I promise you that if we can understand what we are saying in this series then it is this close! It is not complicated! When I fasted in the early 80s because I thought that I had to produce the miracles then I robbed my family and robbed them of their destiny! Now I am including you! I am saying to you that we understand that we get revelation and are regular in involvement in this church! How busy can you be to be distracted from something that will bring heaven to earth! I know that one day you think I am going to heaven and that is so far away and a lot of people will die and go to hell before you go to heaven!
We have got to get heaven to earth so multitudes get saved and multitudes get healed!
Hong Kong is not going to be saved by great preaching or great theology or great cemetaries ... I mean seminaries! Or great churches! If it is just religion and tradition it won't work! Hong Kong will be saved when heaven comes down so beautiful and intense! The people know that God Almighty is there in power! And there is no great evangelist or guru there - just a royal priesthood! And people come and say; "Who is doing this?". Jesus is doing this! Jesus is our leader! Jesus is the leader of this royal band and we are co-ordinated by the Holy Spirit who is anointing us and leading us! We are people of the Holy Spirit!
How many of you remember multiple choice questions as a student? I used to like them because when you didn't study at least you could guess! You get a question and there are 4 or 5 possible answers! God gives you and me a multiple question today! Galatians 3:5.
Question: Does God give you His Spirit and work miracles through the evangelist, clergy, among you?
Answer: Because you observe the law.
Or because you believed what you heard?
Only one is right! One is totally wrong and one is totally right! The Spirit moves through and among the people of God by hearing the message of the Cross and they are relieved from the curse of the law. (v8). Those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham the man of faith. (v12). The law is not based on faith. I am going to say something that some of you have never seen or heard before. It will be a major departure from years of religious tradition. I am going to set you up before I say it and I will warn you before I say it. This revelation that I am going to say I did not get from books. God gave it to me. It will make you a better conductor. (Hebrews 11:6); "Without faith it is impossible to please God". Anything without faith doesn't please God. You can keep all 10 Commandments 100% - no one has except Jesus - but even if you did, God wouldn't be pleased and it wouldn't make Him happy because the law is not based on faith.
So what is faith? Faith is the recognition that God is so good and He is good all the time and His whole nature and His whole being is constantly positioned and His demenour is to constantly bless you without you earning it or deserving it. His nature is so good that even if you are sinning He STILL wants to bless you.
That isn't even the big thing that will shock people! While you are still sinning, the nature of God is to still heal you, bless you, anoint you and love you and show compassion and kindness to you!
Abraham was a lying, cheating Iraqui and God came to him and said; "I am going to bless you". Abraham said; "I believe that!". God said; "You are righteous" because Abraham believed. The nature of God is so good that He wants to bless me and He wants to make my name great! I don't have to earn a thing - I don't have the law! The law is 430 years in the future! But El-Shaddi manifested Himself and I encountered the living God! I didn't encounter religion or a church service! I was an Iraqui and was out in the desert and the God of heavens and earth came to me in manifest glory and said "I will bless you and make your name great! All nations will be blessed through you!". Abraham didn't say; "Oh I don't deserve it, I sinned this week, I haven't been having a good week". He just said; "Yes sure!". And God said "I declare you to be righteous".
Who are the righteous? Those who have faith that God is good and that His desire to bless you is not based on the law.
Now the law will blind you and blind millions of church-goers. Romans 4 - Paul said the law DECEIVED him! The law will BLIND you to the goodness of God and get you into a religious, driven-works programme to try and make you good enough to earn the blessing. That is sin against God. God hates that! It is an accusation against the goodness of His character that He is mean and wants to punish you and judge you and if you aren't being good enough then He doesn't want to bless you but if you really try hard enough then He may get around to blessing you. That unbelief is evil!
To think of God through the law - to think that God wants you to keep the law to earn the blessing is partnership with demonic powers.
I don't believe that Rob! Go check John chapter 8. Jesus is talking to people under the law and who believe that the law earns them the blessing of heaven. "Our father is Abraham". The answer? "Your father is not Abraham! Your father is the devil!". These were people that prided themselves that they were the elite of the religious orthodox of the day! Jesus said; "If Abraham was your father then you would do the things that Abraham did. Your father is the devil and when the devil speaks he lies because lying is his native language".
People who are under the law are liars and they are in partnership with the devil because the devil is their father while they carry their Bibles to their Sunday morning services.
That's terrible then why did God bring the law in the first place!? If being under the law blinds you! You saw from Hebrews 10 and Galatians 3 that God NEVER wanted to bring the law but to relate to man from the generous nature of His heart because He knew that if He continued to bless people in their sin then they would begin to adjust and DEAL with their sin and get victory over their sin and get more holy in their lifestyle! He brought them out of Egypt and slavery under Abraham blessing them and providing for them but they kept on being grumpy and complaining against His goodness and they insulted Him by their unbelief and were in partnership with satanic lies.
Until eventually God said; "Alright if you don't believe in My goodness and are in unbelief against My goodness then I will now give you church and religion full of unbelief - what you want - something not based on faith".
Does God give you His Spirit and work miracles based on law or because you believe? All those who believe are blessed along with Abraham - the man of faith! It is the most difficult thing to understand that God NEVER wanted to bring the law! He brought it because man's evil heart of unbelief in His goodness!
We have religion today so full of moral pride and they are telling everyone about the successful formulas and steps to be an effective person - you have ATHEISTS who are just as successful as they are and are doing it with their sole power.
But it comes to curse and it all comes into misery. Abraham's descendants are walking in joy because they know their God! Faith knows that God is good all the time! Let me give you a Scripture - 2 Peter 1:2; "Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus Christ". So as you get knowledge of the nature of God then grace and peace is multiplied to you. Grace is heaven's influence on your life. It is influencing and capacitating your life to do things that you have never done before. It is a confidence to be so close to the Father and to know the Father! What does the devil say? "Grace and peace will be taken away from you the less you know the nature of God". Grace and peace will be subtracted drastically the more wrong ideas that I - the devil - can put into their minds!
Why does 2 Corinthians 10:4 talk about the weapons we fight with are not carnal but mighty for the demolishing of strongholds that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God? Who puts these imaginations in your mind that is seeking to exalt itself above the image of God? Satan! Most people live on the planet utterly disillusioned with the goodness of God - they try harder and harder and get tired. Remember what this is about? This is about getting more of heaven to earth! This is about getting heaven in - this is about a faith conducting heaven in! Faith isn't something you switch on and switch off. If you have got faith then heaven is attracted to you! Not because you are doing rules and laws! But because you have got faith! There are atheists that are more moral than Christians but there is nothing miraculous in their lives because they have no faith in the goodness of God!
If you want heaven's power by the Holy Spirit then Luke 11 talks about "you who are evil know how to give good things to your children then how much MORE will your heavenly Father?". When you are a dad and you look at your children and sometimes you just want to give them everything! There are times you just want to bless them not because they have earned it!
How much more does a perfect Father full of love just want to dump the Holy Spirit in power on us who come together?!
Now we are getting close to the warning okay!? Go to Galatians 3 and let's look at this well known verse. (v23); "Before this faith came we were held prisoners by the law and locked up until faith should be revealed". Faith should be revealed! That is the important thing!
FAITH SHOULD BE REVEALED!
Something that is revealed is not something your head analyses through academic study. You can study about glasses and learn academic education about glasses but they have never been revealed to you. Glasses are only revealed when you wear them! Until faith is revealed you are locked up and a prisoner of the law! Until faith is revealed you are locked up whether you like it or not! Like the majority of Christians on our planet you are locked up in the limitations of earthly experiences and earthly encounters and you don't know the heavens.
It is not talking about the idea of faith. Paul is talking about the difference between the Old Covenant of Moses law and the New Covenant! This is the big one. The easy one comes first and then the big one.
1. Under the Old Covenant the law was given so that you would do your best to keep it but you would have to keep it 100% to earn the blessing. No one did. Everyone became cursed and Romans 2 says that there was none righteous. Under the New Covenant the law is taken away and cancelled at the Cross.
Under the New Covenant promises are given to believe to get the blessing.
Why are there people who seem to strive to get the blessing but don't get much? Firstly because they are under the law. While they are under the law they have no capacity to have faith. The law has locked them up. You give them the promises and you announce what God has for them but they have no capacity to believe the promises because they are locked up to academic human talents and earthly prison limitations.
When faith is revealed and promises are presented then they don't even think of the law but just believe God is good and just believe that God wants to give this to them!
Here it comes:
SIN IS DEFINED DIFFERENTLY ACCORDING TO THE CONTEXT OF THE COVENANT. UNDER LAW SIN IS DEFINED AS FALLING SHORT OF THE LAW.
Missing the target. Not keeping the law.
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT SIN IS NOT DEFINED THAT WAY AT ALL. UNDER THE NEW COVENANT SIN IS DEFINED AS UNBELIEF IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD.
Everyone who does not believe in the grace of God is in sin! Everyone who is in unbelief is in sin. They are keeping the law but are in sin because the law is not based on faith.
Romans 4:5 says where there is NO law there is NO sin! So the law has been taken off you - it has been cancelled at the Cross! So there is nothing to fall short of! So sin under the New Covenant is unbelief!
SO LEGALISTIC CHURCHES ARE THE MOST SINNING CHURCHES ON THE PLANET!
It is sad! Legalistic churches do not believe God wants to bless them just because of who God is despite their failures or lack of holiness that God wants to bless them like He did Abraham. They don't believe that! They believe you have got to do things to earn the blessing! They are in sin while they think that they are so holy. Let's go to Colossians 2. I want to encourage you - once you are in Christ where do you have to confess your sin? Don't give me 1 John1:8,9 - we have dealt with that! The Bible talks about only one form of repentance in the New Covenant and that is repentance from dead works.
What are dead works? Works done without faith! Dead works are useless religious ceremonies!
All through the book of Hebrews the writer is saying you must repent from UNBELIEF! Repent from DEAD WORKS! So whenever Hebrews talks about sin for those that are in Christ or those that have heard the Gospel but some haven't come to Christ - he is talking about unbelief. Hebrews 3 talks about having an "evil heart of unbelief" - what in? The grace and goodness of God! Hebrews 10 and it says that they are continually deliberately sinning (v26) - why are they trampling Jesus blood under foot? Because they don't have faith that Jesus blood can save them. They believe that the blood of shadow and symbolism and the Temple system is worthy of relying on. They have rejected the blood of Jesus because they don't have faith in the Gospel and are relying on the law and the temple system and priesthood which is what millions of believers around the world are doing! They are sinning and deliberately so!
If you die in Moses then you are going straight to hell. You can only be in Christ to go to heaven. Every sin is taken off and Christ has destroyed every sin but there was just one sin that He could not die for and that is unbelief in the grace of God. To die in Moses is to die in unbelief of the grace of God. Hebrews 11 starts about faith - the substance. And he goes on to give a list of dozens of people who did mighty things. "Through faith". Then it is those who through faith were persecuted and endured! All about faith! Hebrews 12:1; "Since we are surrounded by so great a crowd of witnesses" - who are all the people of faith! "And THE sin that so easily entangles us and run ... the Author and Perfector of our faith". One single sin! Religious people's obsession with themselves and their effort are locked up in a prison of earth. No ability to pull heaven into the earth! The sin that was constantly entangling the Hebrews was unbelief!
Everyone always thinks that the sin that "so easily entangles" must be pornography or lying or some other sin that I have done. We are not encouraging pornography!
I would rather have someone struggling with pornography but with strong faith in the love and glory of a loving Father - because if he keeps believing in the goodness of God then somewhere pornography will lose it's allure and desire and they will be free by the power of the Gospel!
The one full of unbelief is the one so easily entangled and they are putting people in bondage! Colossians 2. How many of you want to see fulness in your life? There is nothing more the Father can give you because He has already given you everything in Christ. Your journey is to grow in revelation of faith revealed - a revelation of what the gospel and law and sin under law and sin under the New Covenant is. A faith revealed! Colossians 2:8. Paul knows that the grace of God is driving the Pharisees into hysterical frothing at the mouth anger! "See to it that noone takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy that depends on human tradition of this world ...". The basic principle of this world is not Christ! (v9); "ALL the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you HAVE been given" - it has already taken place!
(v11); "You were circumcised in the putting of the sinful nature". That happened when you were born again. (v13); "Forgave us ALL our sins having cancelled the written code with it's regulations that is AGAINST us". The law is AGAINST you! "He took it AWAY nailing it to the Cross and having disarmed the powers and authorities triumphing over them by the Cross".
What is fullness in Christ that you have been given?
1. Your sinful nature was cut away when you were born again.
"But Rob I still sin!". Oh you still live in unbelief? "Oh I forgot what sin in the New Covenant is!". He cut away your sinful nature! What is the sinful nature of man? The sinful nature of fallen man is that nature that is suspicious about the integrity of God and secretly believe that God is evil and doesn't really want to do good to you unless you do well. How did it get in there? God had given Adam everything except one restriction - one tree. The devil came and said "Hey God is restricting you - you can't eat from the tree of religion - try to do good, try to avoid evil. God is trying to stop you! What did he do? He created a credibility gap in Adam's conciousness as to the integrity of God's goodness. He said you can do better than what God has given you. God had made Adam in His likeness - he had nothing to aspire to! He had government of the whole planet! But the devil succeeded in making Adam think that God wasn't good and He was holding out on Adam and was being stingy! So Adam ate and the conciousness that dropped into him and the sinning nature - an evil nature that suspected God was not good. A nature of unbelief in the goodness of God.
The sinful nature means that the day you got born again that was cut out - all of that suspicion - and a new nature put inside you that capacitates you to know that God is good all the time in fullness! What is the problem? Our heads! The way we were regenerated! Our heads are still programmed with inferiority and our mind thinks but we must listen to our new nature, our born again nature and it will say "God is good!".
2. He forgave ALL your sins!
When did He forgive our sins? After we have confessed our sins and repented? Ten hail Marys? When? 2, 000 years before you ever sinned! You arrived on the planet with all your sins totally wiped out - the slate clean and can never be dirtied again! The sins are all gone! I have got a new nature! Fully all sins gone!
3. All the Law of Moses - the 10 Commandments - the ministry of death that rates and condemns you was cancelled at the Cross.
Fullness of the law has gone! When that happened principalities and powers had nothing left to condemn you so you are not measuring up! "You are not measuring up!". To what?! The law! Come here devil you haven't been to a good church! Cancelled! As a result they were disarmed! What are preachers doing today? They are preaching the law back on the church and are re-arming a disarmed enemy and then they get the church to fast and pray to do spiritual warfare and bombard the powers operating in this area. No they are operating in this area because you are partnering with them through your unbelief and preaching of the law. YOU empowered principalities! Hong Kong doesn't need any more lies! It doesn't need anyone more telling us that if we fast and pray enough then we will bind principalities and authorities! How much more is fullness DISARMED? They have NO more power or authority! They are disarmed but the church RE ARMS them! People in unbelief love something that is not of faith because you don't have to get out the boat or step out in the supernatural - you can do everything by earthly control based on earthly talent. That is being locked up under the law!
If you have an inner heart that constantly struggles to believe God is good then maybe you are not saved. If you are constantly suspicious of God's goodness then maybe you have been a church-goer all your life but have never had your heart fully saved.
Your conditioning is different. If your inner nature constantly suspects God then you are still under law. How do I get born again? Jesus I believe you are good and that at that Cross you cut away that nature! Give me a circumcision of my heart! Cut religion out of me today! You can't receive it until you believe it! There will a people in hell who have been forgiven all their sins. Because there was one sin that Jesus couldn't die for. Unbelief. The only sin that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of; "because they do not believe on Me". What is the law? Not based on faith! What else did you do? Took away the law - sin conciousness is all gone! Powers and authorities are disarmed! You don't have to fast to disarm them! Just believe! Does God move by His Spirit and do miracles because you are under the law or because you believe!
There is a momentum of grace on the planet - it is so difficult to be a legalist now! There are grace congregations being raised up!
This is too important to not let the Holy Spirit water the seed. The devil tries to steal the seed by hardship so your mind says "This stuff doesn't work". But when the Holy Spirit waters the seed then it starts to produce multiple-fold. It has gone over the website today - the seed of heaven has gone into your heart. This is God's seed and it will keep producing for the rest of your life crops of blessing! Lies have been broken off your life! You are partnering with God conducting heaven's influence into the earth! You are not a pauper but an ambassador! A conductor that we might see the increase of heaven come into Hong Kong!
I am righteous in Him! I am righteous in Him! I am the righteousness of God in Christ!
I am righteous in Him! I am righteous in Him! I am the righteousness of God in Christ!
All my trangressions have been removed and all my mistakes are made new!
All my trangressions have been removed and all my mistakes are made new!
I am righteous in Him! I am righteous in Him! I am the righteousness of God in Christ!
I am righteous in Him! I am righteous in Him! I am the righteousness of God in Christ!
No more condemnation - no accusation now! I am free from the power of sin and death!
I have had a revelation of the glorious grace of God and I am living in perfect grace!
Heaven come to Hong Kong! Heaven come to City Church!