God Will Surprise You
Sunday November 15, 2015
Theme – Occasionally, troubling events in life can cause us to question our purposes and destinies, and threaten our positive outlook on life. However, these events are part of God’s shaking the heavens and earth, and should be understood as opportunities to be used by God.
· The Mother Flame
o Similar to what happens with the Olympic Flame, God keeps burning a perpetual flame of destiny for each of us.
o We should prayerfully approach God to ensure we can take advantage of God’s work on the planet.
· Pray for influence
o We sometimes pray for our own perceived necessities, instead of understanding bigger issues through which God is working.
o God takes what Satan does, and uses us in the midst of it, to help fulfill His purpose.
o We should be praying to perceive the empowering meaning of how God is working through troubling events.
· A philosophy to embrace chaos
o Romans 14:17 – “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
o The world may be getting worse, but we can get better.
o What we believe about our experiences shapes our perceptions, environments, and decisions.
o If we can perceive the events of the world through God’s Word, we can powerfully understand and interpret what is happening.
· There is more than one heaven
o Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
o The “shaking” of the world is not a problem,it is a promise.Hebrews 12:26-27 – “whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven. . .that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.”
o The shaking that is currently taking place on earth is a result of the heavens also being shaken by God.
o The shaking that is currently taking place is happening in order to remove the things on earth that are preventing the Kingdom from being manifest.
o This shaking provides an opportunity for us – who remain firm and standing – to be used by God.
· Look up
o Heaven is in the process of invading earth.
o Luke 21:26-28 – men’s hearts are shaken by what is happening on the earth. But, Jesus tells us this is a result of God moving, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near (v.28)”
o When God speaks, everything that is out of order is shaken up, while everything that is established in the Kingdom stands firm.
o Everything that was created was created by God and for God. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.”Colossians 1:16. See alsoJohn 1:3 andRomans 11:36.
o We need to pray for agreement into what God is doing, so that we can gain perspective and encouragement.
o This prayer movement will provide opportunities for each of us to be used by God to reveal how He is manifesting on earth.
o Get in a prayer flow with others, and get in agreement to understand what is happening on the planet and to be used by God.
Reflective Questions for Guard the Fire in Your Life
1. Lance Wallnau indicated his own prayers sometimes focus more on his own immediate needs, rather than on gaining understanding about the bigger issues of how God is moving on the planet. How much of your prayer time is devoted to gaining a heavenly perspective? If you do pray for a heavenly perspective, do you also pray for insight into how you can be used?
2. On the surface, there may seem to be a conflict between the peace & joy referenced inRomans 14:17 and the shaking of the earth referenced in Hebrews 12 and Luke 21. How can peace and joy coexist with the earth’s shaking?
3. Why is it best if we can organize ourselves into prayer teams to pray for perspective, instead of just individually doing so?
4. Can you explain why the shaking of the world is not a problem but a promise?
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