Shaking up the Place with Prayer.Acts 4:24-35There was a conviction of God's mission and of God's concern.Their mission was to "speak God's Word." what they needed and what they prayed.
They did not pray, did not need...• for evil men to be destroyed.• for the persecution to stop.• for God to allow them to stop witnessing until things quieted down.They prayed for boldness, for more courage to bear testimony, no matter the abuse and opposition. They asked to be fearless, for God to remove their fear. They asked for "all boldness."The church desperately needed its fear removed, and it wanted a strong courage to get about its business of witnessing.The church was asking God to concentrate and focus upon the persecution; to deal with it and to overrule the enemy; to give whatever was necessary to endure through it all.The church was saying that they were the slaves of the Lord, to do His will, to share and speak God's Word despite persecution.What we need are some people who can see the possibilities, and who desire to go all out for the Lord.If He has spoken to your heart, please don't shut Him down and turn Him away. Get in your altar and prayer closet get before the Lord and do what He wants you to do today. Could This Be this is the year when everything changes?
The author of Hebrews concludes a section of the epistle which began in chapter 10 verse 19, wherein he exhorts his readers to hold fast and not fall away from the faith. To the untrained reader, it could appear that Hebrews is an epistle riddled with contradictions. We have found at times, even in the very same chapter, the strongest of warnings against apostasy (falling away from the faith) juxtaposed with passages presenting full assurance (eternal security) to the believer. Once again, for the last time in the epistle, we find the same thing. In our text we are warned that if we fail to heed God's word we will not escape the great end-time shaking; yet we are also promised that the kingdom we have received is unshakeable and will remain.
What could be difficult to understand is how, even from our unshakeable Mount Zion, we still must live with reverence, awe, and the fear of God. How are we to understand our assembly at Mount Zion as something that is both at once, festal and fearful? True, God's nature has not changed – He is as holy as He was on Mount Sinai. He remains a consuming fire; however, has not that fire been quenched in the Gospel? How are we as believers to approach God both confidently and fearfully? Is this a contradiction of ideas? As we will see on Sunday, understanding Hebrews 12:25-29 will help us to understand other apparent contradictions in the book.
Stick to the work God gives you because His plan is perfect.
-God will bring His work to a glorious end.
-God's resources are not limited.
-God's work increasingly displays God's glory
-God's work brings His people peace.
The Vision of Renewing The Dead(The Resurrection & Reunification of Israel)Ezekiel 37:1-14Down through the centuries, both kingdoms turned away from the Lord and disobeyed His holy commandments. Their people lived wicked lives and engaged in idolatry, the worship of false gods. Consequently, God's judgment fell on both kingdoms. The Northern Kingdom of Israel fell to the Assyrians in 722 B.C., and the Southern Kingdom of Judah fell to the Babylonians in 586 B.C.The dry bones pictured the hopelessness of death (1-3). The Lord told Ezekiel that there was a solution to the Jews' hopelessness (4-10). The Lord Himself explained the meaning of the vision of the dry bones (11-14). A dead person has no hope whatsoever.God has the power to give new life to the hopeless. As long as we have the breath of life, God's power can give us hope by helping us conquer whatever crisis we face. Whatever the crisis is—a broken relationship, disease, injury, loss of job, conflict, temptation, enslavement to some habit—God has the power to conquer it. He can give us a new life, a new beginning, a brand new start that will make it seem as if we have been resurrected from the dead. May God give all of us the vision to renew life into the dead.
"Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better (Colossians 1:10 NLT)."
The Lord can show us every detail that makes us grateful. Listen to this message and out how to "Always Be Thankful."
God told Ezekiel to eat his bread with shaking and drink his water with trembling and anxiety. This was to picture how those remaining in Jerusalem and the exiles, would eat their bread and drink their water.
God shakes things up to bring about His rescue and when He applies His justice. This has happened in the past. It happens on behalf of His people in the present. It will happen one final time at the end of the age. Rescue and JUDGEMENT. What does this mean for us? How are we to live in light of the coming earthquake?
Main Sermon Points:  When Jesus Christ had accomplished purification for sins as the Mediator, He sat down at the right hand of God the Father as King over all.  As the exalted Mediator King, Christ is shaking all of His creation that is opposed to His rule.  Every believer is called to live in a manner worthy of the unshakable kingdom of Christ that they have received.
Luke 19:41-44 illustrates the true meaning of Palm Sunday. The Lord Jesus weeps over the terrible destruction that is coming on Jerusalem within the lifetime of those who heard him.
Humanity is fickle, but the Lord Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
What is about to happen is part of a divine plan and a fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 25:7–8.
The Second Temple was more glorious than Solomon's (Haggai 2:6–9) because the Lord himself visited it.
Haggai's prophesied a great shaking of the world (Hebrews 12:25–29).
God is a very present help in trouble. There will be calamities beyond our control but we will not fear. Be careful for nothing! He is very present in our time of needing help. Every knee shall bow. There will be a judgment of God upon this world.The church will be cleansed.
Isaiah's encounter with God brings Isaiah to the end of himself. In seeing the absolute perfection, holiness, and righteousness of God, he saw the utter unworthiness and sinfulness of himself. But then, God in His mercy and grace purifies Isaiah with a hot coal in order to use him as a prophet.