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Are We Listening Yet part one

Text: 1 Kings 19:11-12
11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

Introduction- the physical destruction of an earthquake is Amazing. In 1964 the
Strongest earthquake to ever hit North America happened in Alaska. Mass destruction was everywhere. There were also 131 people dead. In scripture there are clear examples of God communicating with man with or through an earthquake.
 Let us see this today.
The question is; are we listening to God today?

I. Instructions to receive information
A. Elijah was about to receive new revelation and a new commission from God.

B. He had just been through three major moments in his life
  1. Miracle of fire
1 Kings 18:37-39
37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”


  2. Fleeing for his life
1 Kings 19:1-3
19 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

  3. Encounter of Supernatural assistance
1 Kings 19:4-8
4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
5 Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6 Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.


C. God can give clear directions
 Isaiah 30:21
21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying.  
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.


II. Demonstration as part of our instruction
A.three examples
1 Kings 19:11-12
 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

B. Physical evidence is part of end time instruction
  1. The earth of God begins
Revelation 6:12-17
12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

  2. When the two witnesses return
Revelation 11:13  
13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.

  3. When destruction comes to the cities
Revelation 16:18  
18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.

III. Instruction to get back to ministry
A.1 Kings 19:15-19
15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
19 So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.

B.New commission from God

C.Anoint two new kings, Hazael of Syria / Jehu of Israel

  D. Go get his own replacement, Elisha

  Conclusion- God help us listen!



July 10, 2022
Are We Listening Yet part two
“God Hates Halfhearted”

Text: Isaiah 29:6 / 13  
 6 You will be punished by the Lord of hosts
With thunder and earthquake and great noise,
With storm and tempest
And the flame of devouring fire.
13 Therefore the Lord said:
“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

Introduction- God hates when we try to take back part of our surrender to Him.
Lot’s wife just took one back glance and was transformed in death to an ugly pile of salt. Galatians 2:20 we are no longer living for ourselves but God. Let us look at how God was sending physical signs because of halfhearted commitment.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

I. Halfhearted obedience can destroy
A. Isaiah 29:13  
13 Therefore the Lord said:
“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,


B. Getting close to God with only lip service, decays all respect we had for God

C. Luke 16:13 
13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

D. Mark 12:30 
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

E. James 1:7-8 
7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

  James 3:11 
11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?

II. Halfhearted commitment does destroy
A.Retaking of the throne of our heart
Isaiah 29:13
 13 Therefore the Lord said:
“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

B. Example, Demas, Paul’s companion in ministry. 
Philemon 1:23-24 
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.

  Paul’s true friend.
 Colossians 4:14
 14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.

  Deserted Paul to return to love this world more 
2 Timothy 4:9-11
9 Be diligent to come to me quickly; 10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.

III. Halfhearted living means to live for the present

A.Living for the approval of man not God
Isaiah 29:13
 13 Therefore the Lord said:
“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

B.Beware of the danger of living for the sake of one’s reputation

C.1 Samuel 12:24
24 Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

D.Matthew 6:24
 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Conclusion- God through Isaiah told in Isaiah 29:6 there are going to be terrible physical signs and destruction, because of one’s halfhearted love of God.
6 You will be punished by the Lord of hosts
With thunder and earthquake and great noise,
With storm and tempest
And the flame of devouring fire.

God hates this. Remember Revelation 3:15-16, please don’t find yourself in this situation.

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.



July 17, 2022
Are We Listening Yet part three

The debt has been paid
Text; Matthew 27:51-54
 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Introduction- God was so faithful that even in the two very important parts of procuring our Salvation, He sent two earthquakes in a three day span. God is so wonderful in trying to highlight life transforming opportunities for man.
 Let us study God’s compassion today;

I. The Crucifixion (the payment)
Matthew 27:51-54 
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”


A.The judgement side of God was satisfied in full.

B.The law was fulfilled
 Romans 7:6 
6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

C. Grace!!!!!!! 
 Ephesians 2:8
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

II. The Resurrection (the power)
Matthew 28:2-6
2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

A.The power, authority, ability to save was all verified with the resurrection

B.The affirmation of the message.

C.John 3:16 
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 Romans 5:10-11 
10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

III. The Throne (the purpose)
Hebrews 1:1-3
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged [our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

A. “Purge our sin...”
B. “sat down at the right hand of the God...”
C. Interceding for us, NOW!!!!!!!

Conclusion- Two earthquakes in three days to show the world the Salvation sacrifice was done. Have you accepted it into your life?



July 24, 2022
 “Are we listening yet? “part four
  “Fill Ups Are Possible “
  Text: Acts 4:31
 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Introduction- The text today points us to several learning ways to embrace the
Holy Spirit in our life. 
The first question is who is praying? 
Then why are they praying?
* Disciples- transformed followers and believers in Jesus.
* Trouble- key members of the disciples were put in jail because of their testimony.

What happened when they prayed?
* Earthquake the place where they were praying moved.
 God gives special notice.
They were again “filled with the Holy Spirit “


The absolute necessity of God the Holy Spirit!

I. We are “Born in the Spirit”
John 3:6-8
 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”




Acts 2:38-39 
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

1 John4:13
13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

A. When we are born again the Spirit takes residency. (Savior)

II. We can be “filled with the Spirit “
Acts 2:4
 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 4:8
 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:

Acts 4:31
 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

A.When we surrender to Christ we are cleansed of our dual focus and Christ becomes our Lord and Master.

B. Life strives to change our focus but we can be filled again with the Spirit as needed!


III. We can be “helped by the Spirit “.
John 16:7 
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

1 Corinthians 6:11
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

 Romans 5:3-5
 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 15:13 
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

A. We are in constant need of help from elsewhere, God

Conclusion- “Come Holy Spirit, I need Thee”



July 31, 2022
 “Are We Listening Yet?” part five
  “A Moving of Salvation”

Text: Acts 16:25-26
 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

Introduction- We have been learning over the last few weeks that God used earthquakes to signal that great transforming truth was coming. 
Today we learn how He signals the Salvation of an entire family.

 First, who was in this verse and what happened.
Apostles - transformed Disciples of Christ with special calls of God to carry the Gospel to new people in different lands.
Jail sentence
Prayers
Praise
Earthquake
Salvation
Revival

I. Entire families becoming Christians
A. Philippians jailer 
Acts 16:31-34
 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

B. Nobleman
 John 4:53
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.

C. Cornelius
 Acts 11:14
 14 who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.’

D. Lydia
 Acts 16:15
 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

II. How do entire families come to Christ?
A.There is a starter person, who brings them to Christ to;

1. Confess
 I John 1:9
 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2. Repent 
Mark 1:15 
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

3. Believe 
John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

4. Receive 
Revelation 3:20-23
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” 


Conclusion- Do our families know Christ as personal Savior?



August 7, 2022