Last week we learned we're not a perfect church, but may be we are the best church? ?
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
2 Corinthians 12:7-10|NIV
7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Acts 19:2, 6, 10|NIV
2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
Prophetic Word - March 2009 - by late pastor Dave Huebert.
For this is the day the Lord has specifically arranged to meet with this gathering and to motivate and stimulate in your spirits a greater vision and a higher horizon.
For I have come to you in times past, I have blessed, and I will continue to come and bless but I am coming also to change the perspective, I am coming to look at things differently, I am coming to cause you to see things in my eyes and my understanding.
For there has been a contentment in many of the hearts, saying, this is great and this is good, but the Lord brings a discontent in the spirit and is saying, I want an enlargement, and I am going to cause you to think enlargement.
For I have come to renew your minds and to renew your thinking - no longer shall it be the old ways but it shall be new - with new enthusiasm, with new sacrifice, with new giving.
I am going to begin to move upon you and to make the impossible, possible because you have dwelt long enough on the impossible - and said, it can't be done.
But I go back into the history of this city - and those that have labored in years gone by - 30, 40, or 50 years ago, they that labored have staked out a claim and I have not given up this claim says the Lord - and I have looked for a people and I have found heartless people over and over and over again who said, it is impossible. I am going to make the impossible, possible - I am going to make the illogical, logical, and I am going to make the natural, supernatural even as I said to Moses, stand thou here on the rock by Me, so he stood on the rock.
But I go to Abraham and said to Abraham, look from where you are, look from where you are, and as Abraham looked from where he was, he saw a bleak horizon - and he began to journey and the Lord brought him on and on and made the path plain for him and gave him the inheritance of the Lord -
So there is an inheritance of the Lord that is in this place - in this valley, in these hills, and I am about to claim them says the Lord - hearken to the word of the Lord. Say no longer it is impossible - five years ago this was impossible, that which seemed impossible then became possible. I will do more than your expectations have afforded you.
I will renew your mind as you cry out to me - as you search me - and when your mind is renewed, there will be a supernatural revelation of my spirit that will come and faith will wrap itself around the revelation and it shall come to pass, says the Lord.
If you doubt, I will do nothing. I will just let you maintain where you are. But if you allow faith to wrap around the revelation of my will and my purposes, then I will come and I will bend and twist, push and pull. You will be uncomfortable at times but it is all for the good of the kingdom - it is not for you - it is for me, says the Lord.
The claim is only lost when we pull up the stakes and give them to someone else. But I speak in the authority and the anointing of the Holy Spirit "the stakes have not been pulled out." People have pulled on them, they have jerked, they have pushed on them. But I have launched them in the bedrock of this community, says the Lord, and I will not allow them to be tampered with.