Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
The way I see it, this year is very much like Mark chapter 4.
Kingdom leaders in this new era are a tangible, peaceful, non-anxious presence in the midst of chaos and instability.
Jehovah Shalom (our peace) doesn’t show up until Gideon goes to war.
Anybody who shrinks back during this time, the Lord is not pleased with them.
When the world says, “No! No! No!” God says, “Go! Go! Go!”
Suffering and giants are going to be our bread.
Revelation 19:9-10 – And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
The worship of the saints
The very last verse of 1st John says
1 John 5:21 – Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
It’s one thing to have a hero. It’s another thing to have an idol.
Peter got in bad trouble from God himself by trying to deify Moses and Elijah
Matthew 17:4 – Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Cornelius went to worship Peter one time
Acts 10:26 – But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
WHEN Paul was getting worshipped by Pagans of his day, his response is found in vrs 14 of chapter 14 it says that he and Barnabas screamed and tore their clothes.
Acts 14:15 – And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
Paul and Silas didn’t tear their clothes when the people spoke of stoning them, imprisoning them or killing them. But when they spoke of worshiping them, they said that’s it! I can’t stand it anymore.
So here in Revelation we have a fellow servant of the Lord speaking to John. We would to do well to heed his voice the next time you feel like bowing to a statue or praying to a saint see thou do it not!!! – Mizner, Wilson (1876-1933)
Wilson Mizner was a U.S. PLAY writer and gambler. On his deathbed, he briefly regained consciousness before dying and found a priest standing over him. Mizner waved the priest away saying, “Why should I talk to you? I’ve just been talking to your boss.”
NEVER EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, ACCEPT A SUBSTITUTE FOR JESUS
1 Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
THE VICAR OF CHRIST – THE POPE’S TITLE
Vicar means “substitute”
V I C A R I U S
5 1 100 0 0 1 5 0 = 112
F I L I I
0 1 50 1 1 = 53
D E I
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But lets go back:
Revelation 19:10 – I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Those who have the testimony of Jesus also have the Spirit of prophecy:
YOUR TESTIMONY IS NOT WHAT DID BEFORE YOU WERE SAVED.
YOUR TESTIMONY IS WHO YOU SAY JESUS IS.
When the testimony of Jesus shows up, the Spirit of Prophecy shows up.
Supernatural proclamation that changes things and puts things into motion
The God-given ability to know what God is speaking
Supernaturally releasing God’s heart
…and much more
Acts chapter 2:16-18 – But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
HANDMAIDENS & MANSERVANTS – NON-BELIEVERS? GENTILES?
1 Corinthians 14:1 – Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
1 Corinthians 14:39 – Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy
1 Corinthians 12:8 – For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit
The ability to know things by the Spirit of God
The ability to speak wise words by the spirit of God
Did I just say that?
When Jesus shows up the Spirit of Prophecy shows up.
That’s why in the Christmas story…
WHY ISN’T THERE MORE PROPHECY IN CHURCHES?
WHY ISN’T THERE MORE JESUS IN CHURCHES?
WITH THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY: Prophecy exhorts, edifies and comforts.
1 Corinthians 14:3 – But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
It says that Mary was filled with the Holy Ghost and she prophesied.
That’s why it says when Mary ran into Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, she prophesied!
That’s why it says when Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, finally got with God’s program for his life, he prophesied.
Guys, if you would, open up your Bible to Luke chapter 1? I want to show you what Zacharias said when the testimony of Jesus and the spirit of prophecy moved upon him.
Luke 1:67-74 – And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
I want to focus on this last verse
God wants you to serve Him in the things He has delivered you from.