ARCI – 2020 Oct 4: Church has left the building! Broken to breakthrough, Diminished to be magnified! Revival!

ARCI – 2020 October 4

>> HashTag # Church has left the building!!

  • Aligning with God
  • Season of sifting…Peter >> Luke 22:31
  • Where the heart of man is tested and tried
  • To see how far off one is from the truth of the Word
  • Giving us an opportunity to repent (change direction)
  • …realign ourselves in Christ
  • … back to the straight and narrow path of the Way, Truth & Life.

Church has left the building

  • Not about us trying to contain the Spirit of God
  • …but about God trying to contain & align us through His Spirit
  • >> Taking the vehicle of our lives back to the manufacturer for (spiritual) service
  • …to ensure that we make it in the journey of life into eternity in His presence

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)

  • “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
  • I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
  • >> The motives behind what we do — the thoughts & intentions of the heart
  • …If I am preaching water and drinking wine, it is all to naught in the eyes of God
  • …for righteousness must accompany salvation in our walk with God…Isaiah 45:8

Revelation 3:10 (NKJV)

  • Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 
  • >> God will look after His own during the time of trial and testing

Luke 22:31-32 (NKJV)

  • And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
  • But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
  • >> During the exam, the Lord still rooting for you to pass, then to go and encourage others
  • …You can’t ask Him for assistance during the exam, but His grace is sufficient
  • … Apostle was saying >> you have to go through the fire to see what you are really made of

Isaiah 26:9

  • My soul longs for You in the night; indeed, my spirit within me diligently seeks You. For when Your judgments come upon the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
  • >> Peter thought that he was OK with the Lord until the test came & he denied him 3 times
  • >> I may have been thinking that I am OK with God…until Covid came
  • … as an individual
  • … as a family
  • … as a Church
  • … as a country

>> Challenged: do I really know Jesus or just know about Him?

  • You cannot really know someone you don’t have an intimate relationship with
  • The difference between reading the Word & studying the Word
  • I read to know about Jesus (newspaper) , I study to know Jesus

2020 still the Year of Breakthrough & Magnification 

>> Its not over yet, may have come in an unexpected manner…

  • Many have been broken, some have broken-through
  • >> Others have been broken to breakthrough!
  • Many have been diminished, some have been magnified
  • >> Others have been diminished to be magnified in Christ!

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV)

  • For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him
  • >> Am I available for the Lord to demonstrate his power through me?

During this season, 

  • If nothing has changed positively in our spiritual life…
  • There is a problem 
  • We need to take stock 
  • …personally as individuals 
  • … as families
  • …..as a Church 
  • ……..as a nation

And purpose to be Repented, Restored & Revived

  • According to the will purposes and plans of God. 

>> Repentance

  • Both of the heart & mind >> thoughts & intentions

>> Restoration

  • Of the Spirit of God operating within us
  • Operating in the fullness of who I am in Christ

>> Revival

  • Manifestation of life, and life in abundance

Revival >> Requires Church to leave the building

  • Operate in the Spirit & outside the box (of flesh, world & religion)

 >> Starts with Repentance & Restoration 

# May the Lord help us complete our walk in Repentance & Restoration

  • So that we usher in the period of Revival
  • … in our families, Church, Nation & the world

Romans 8:19 (NKJV)

  • For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

God & the world is waiting for you, 

…God & the world is waiting for me

……God & the world is waiting for us

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