God’s Army Of Worshippers

God’s Army Of Worshippers

 

Rev 14:1-8

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

 

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

 

And they sang as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

 

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

 

And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

 

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

 

Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

 

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

 

Rev 7:9-12

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

 

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

 

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

 

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Rev 13:1-4

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

 

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

 

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

When the Scriptures refer to the “Heavenly Host,” we usually think of “choirs of angels.”  The word “host” in the Bible meant “army” (Luke 2:13).  Let us perceive that the hosts of Heaven are worshipping armies.  Indeed, no one can do warfare who is not first a worshipper of God.

 

The Central Issue In Tribulation: Worship

One does not have to penetrate deeply into the Revelation of John to discover that both God and the devil are seeking worshippers (Rev. 14:7; 7:11; 13:4; 14:11).  Time and time again the line is drawn between those who worship the beast and his image and those who worship God.

Let us realize beforehand, that in the last great battle before Jesus returns, the outcome of every man’s life shall be weighed upon a scale of worship: in the midst of warfare and battles, to whom will we bow, God or Satan?

Yet, while this warfare shall culminate in the establishment of the Lord’s Kingdom on earth (Rev. 11:15), we must realize the essence of this battle is the central issue in our warfare today.  Will we faithfully worship God during satanic assault and temptation?  True worship must emerge now in the context of our daily lives, for no man will worship through the great battles of tomorrow who complains in the mere skirmishes of today!

You will remember that the Lord’s call to the Israelites was a call to worship and service before Him in the wilderness (Ex. 5:3; 7:16).  Indeed, when Moses first spoke of God’s loving concern, we read that the Hebrews “bowed low and worshipped” (Ex. 4:31).  But when trials and pressure came, they fell quickly into murmuring, complaining and blatant rebellion.  Their worship was superficial, a form without a heart of worship.

This same condition of shallow worship prevails in much of Christianity today.  If a message is given that speaks of the Lord’s great care for His people, with eagerness do we bow low and worship.  But as soon as the pressures of daily living arise or temptations come, how quickly we rebel against God and resist His dealings?  The enemy has easy access to the soul that is not protected by the true worship of God!  God’s purpose in the wilderness was to perfect true worship, which is based upon the reality of God, not circumstances.  The Lord knows that the heart that will worship Him in the wilderness of affliction will continue to worship in the promised land of plenty.

Without true worship of God, there can be no victory in warfare.  For what we bleed when we are wounded by satanic assault or difficult circumstances is the true measure of our worship!  You see, what comes out of our hearts during times of pressure was in us, but hidden, during times of ease.  If you are a true worshipper, your spirit will exude worship to God no matter what battle you are fighting.  In warfare, worship is a wall around the soul.

Protecting Your Heart Through Worship

Most of us understand the basic dynamics of the human soul.  We have been taught, and rightly so, that the soul is the combination of our “mind, will and emotions.”  Generally speaking, when the enemy comes against the church, he targets any of these three areas.  We must see that the protection of these areas is of vital importance in our war against Satan.

To further illuminate the nature of this battle, let us add something to our definition of the soul.  Generally speaking, the essence of who we are is made of events and how we responded to those events.  Who we are today is the sum of what we have encountered in life and our subsequent reactions.  Abuses and afflictions hammer us one way, encouragement and praise inflate us another.  Our reaction to each event, whether that event was positive or negative, is poured into the creative marrow of our individuality, where it is blended into the nature of our character.

What we call “memory” is actually our spirit gazing at the substance of our soul.  With few exceptions, those events which we remember the most have shaped us the most.  Indeed, the reason our natural minds cannot forget certain incidents is because those experiences have literally become a part of our nature!

We are what the past has made us.  Yet, we are commanded to not look back and to forget…..those things which are behind” (Phil. 3:13; Lk 9:62; Heb. 11:15).  With God, this is not impossible, for although the events of our lives are irreversible, our reactions to those events can still be changed.  And as our reactions change, we change.  In other words, although we cannot alter the past, we can put our past upon the “altar” as an act of worship.  A worshipping heart truly allows God to restore the soul.

All of us receive a portion of both good and evil in this world.  But for life to be good, God, Who is the essence of life, must reach into our experiences and redeem us for our negative reactions.  The channel through which the Lord extends Himself, even into our past, is our love and worship of Him.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good, for those who love God.”  (Rom. 8:28a) the key for the fulfillment of this verse is that we become lovers of God in our spirits.  When we are given to loving Him, all that we have passed through in life is washed in that love.  It is redeemed and becomes good within us.

Therefore, it is essential to both the salvation of our souls and our protection in warfare that we be worshippers.  For the ark which safely carries us through adversity is worship.

Psalm 84 expresses in praise to God the wonderful effect worship has upon the soul.  How blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the highways to Zion!  Passing through the valley of Baca (weeping), they make it a spring, the early rain also covers it with blessings” (vs. 5-6).  If you are ever praising God (vs. 4), your worship of God will transform the negative assault of the enemy into a spring of sweet waters which will refresh you. No matter what befalls a worshipper, their valley of weeping always becomes a spring covered with blessings.  You cannot successfully engage in warfare, nor pass safely through the wilderness of this life, without first becoming a worshipper of God.

Bible Study: Spring Up Oh Well…or Fill Up The Well

Spring Up Oh Well…or Fill Up The Well?

Genesis 26:18-22

18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley and found there a well of springing water. 

20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. 

21 And they digged another well and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. 

22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well, and for that, they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now, the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. 

 

I.  Living in the desert, you will perish without wells.

A.  When a well was dug and water was available, it was a time of celebration.

Numbers 21:16-18

16 And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:  

18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves.

 

B.  Wells in the wilderness were used to keep people and animals alive.

C.  City wells were a place of gathering as well as a place of refreshing.

D.  Wells were landmarks and valued possessions.

E.  Wells were also considered tangible evidence of God’s divine blessings.

II.  It was common practice amongst rival herdsmen to fill up the wells of other their enemies.

A.  This practice was normally caused by jealousy.

Genesis 26:12-16

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 

13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: 

14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. 

15 For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them and filled them with the earth.

16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

 

B.  Let’s look at the previous scriptures before our reading:

C.  As Isaac grew in possessions, he re-dug the wells Abraham dug.

D.  In doing so, the Philistines began envying him.

E.  This envy, or jealousy, caused them to fill up the wells.

F.  This represented the stoppage of God’s blessings.

G.  This was the ultimate insult against a man who had many reasons to celebrate.

1.  Remember, wells were a cause of celebration, as well as a source of survival.

H.  Isaac moves to the valley of Gerar.

I.  Here, he encounters more wells his father, Abraham, dug and were filled in.

J.  Isaac proceeded to re-dig the wells.

1.  He worked for a reason to celebrate.

2.  He tirelessly toiled for the refreshing springs of wells.

K.  The first well re-dug in this valley was filled back up by jealous herdsmen.

1.  They said this well is ours!

2.  Because they did not want Isaac to have it, they filled it up with dirt.

3.  Isaac called this stopped up, filled up well, Esek.

a.  This name means; contention.

4.  Because these men were driven by contentious emotions, they destroyed a place of celebration and life.

L.  Isaac moved along to another place and re-dug another well.

1.  The jealous, contentious herdsmen strove for this well too.

2.  They threw dirt in the well, causing it to cease producing the life-giving water.

3.  Isaac called that well, sitnah.

a.  This name means strife.

4.  Contention and strife will always try to stop the blessings of God.

5.  Contention and strife will always try to destroy another person’s reason to celebrate.

M.  Finally, Isaac found a place no one else wanted and dug a well.

1.  The name of this uncontested well is Rehoboth.

a.  This name means broad places.

b.  Finally here is some room to celebrate.

c.  At last here is room to enjoy the blessings of God.

d.  Now we have room for life.

N.  Every time someone tried to stop the blessings of God in Isaacs life, it was caused by jealousy, contention, strife.

O.  Isaac never rose to the occasion.

P.  He never had to defend himself.

Q.  He just kept looking for a place to celebrate and be blessed.

III.  Jesus spoke of another well.

 

John 4:14

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 7:38-39

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

A.  The Holy Ghost is a well of living water.

B.  This well needs to spring up.  This well ought to bubbling and unstoppable.

C.  The problem is, people who are driven by contention, strife and jealousy will try to fill up this well in our lives.

D.  They will throw the dirt of jealousy in and try to discredit you.

E.  They will be contentious about doctrine, holiness, righteousness, and living for God.

1.  This contention will try to fill up the well of the Holy Ghost will the venom of lies and corruption.

F.  People who strive will try to fill up the well of the Holy Ghost.

1.  Strife means bicker and quarrel noisily or angrily.

G.  We need to be like Isaac…

1.  We will just move over and look for a reason to celebrate.

2.  We will not respond in like manner but pursue the blessings of God.

3.  We will dig for an experience that provides life.

Numbers 21:17

17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well.

H.  I want to sing the song of Israel in the wilderness:

I.  Don’t let your song be, “Fill up oh well”.

J.  Let your song be, “Spring up oh well”!

Dare to Dream Again

 

God’s dreamers have to be aware that there are many obstacles to overcome before dreams come true. This is true at least for Destiny dreams. We all love Saturday night dreams that come true on Sunday morning. Those are booster shots that encourage us. But for the most part, destiny related dreams take time and we have to learn a lot before God trusts us with their fulfillment.

 

Abraham’s Dream

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”[d] 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

My Dream causes:
My faith to be challenged
My heart to be awakened
My creativity to be released
My character to be forged
My God to be honored
My destiny to be fulfilled
My generation to be influenced

Dreamers of Dreams — The Bible is filled with people who had dreams and had many struggles and setbacks before their dreams were realized.

Jacob–14 years working for Rachel
Joseph–pit, Potiphar, prison, and then the palace
Israel in Egypt — slaves finally freed
Jesus — death, burial, and resurrection
Peter — Leader, failure, the leader again
Paul — Pharisee going after God and then…
John –On Patmos finally saw Jesus coming in his glory.

The Cycle for Dream Carriers
1. Birth of a Dream
2. Declaring the Dream
3. Warfare over the Dream
4. Delay of the Dream
5. Death of the Dream
6. Burial of the Dream
7. The resurrection of the Dream
8. Fulfillment of the Dream

How God wired you…
Our bodies contain approximately
100 million sensory receptors that allow us to see, hear, taste, touch and smell physical reality. But the brain contains 10 thousand billion synapses.
This means we’re roughly 100,000 times better equipped to experience a world that does not exist, than a world that does.(Roy H Williams)

We are wired to see in the realm that is beyond this. To imagine possibilities that have never been imagined and then to believe to see them fulfilled.

The Divine Pattern
Romans 4:17…he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

Fight for Your Future (your dream) with Faith in What God has Said!
1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

Your Dream
1. Will probably be fulfilled in a much different way than you think.
2. Will require more from you than you probably think.
3. Will require the death of the things in you that threaten its fulfillment.

GET UP AND KEEP GOING!

GET UP AND KEEP GOING!

 

INTRODUCTION

Do you know who holds the NFL record for rushing yards in a career? He played for the Dallas Cowboys and carried the ball for 14 seasons in the NFL. Emmitt Smith rushed for 18, 355 yards. You know how he did it? He did it 4.3 yards at a time. Yep, he ran 4.3 yards and was tackled. Over and over again. He did it by getting up and going again.

That’s what I want to encourage all of you to do in life. Just keep getting up and going again. You will have hard days when you get tackled by circumstances. You will have days you stumble and fall and drop the ball. But…just get up and go again.

How many times have we all quit something because we got discouraged? Or somebody criticized us? Or we messed up? Or we were afraid?

TEXT: Gal. 6:9 tells us “Do not be weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you do not quit.”

You see, the Bible teaches us that if don’t quit, we won’t fail.

Consider these facts:

*During its first year, Coca-Cola only sold 400 bottles of coke. Now they are everywhere all over the earth. You could find Coke in some places in the World you couldn’t find water.

*NBA basketballer Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. 

He didn’t quit. He kept trying and is now considered the greatest player in the history of basketball.

Listen to what Michael Jordan said one time: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan

*Babe Ruth held the record for the most strikeouts.  He went on to also hold the record for the most home runs. Why? Because he kept swinging.

 

BIBLE EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO DID NOT QUIT:

In the life of most any leader, you can think of, there is usually an occasion when it looked like it was over and they were greatly tempted to give up.

-Moses fled from Egypt thinking his life was over, but really it had just begun. He was willing to try again and God sent him back to deliver His people from Pharoah.

-David was not willing to quit even in the face of a giant named Goliath and look what happened.

-Elijah once prayed to die. But after God refreshed him, he got up and went and found his successor and anointed another king.

-Peter thought it was over after he denied Christ. But he was willing to get up and go again and God used him to preach the first sermon at Pentecost.

-Jesus did not stop till he said: “It is finished!”

You can keep getting up and going again too!

GUESS WHO?

Did you know that there was a man who kept trying when others would have quit. Had he given up, our nation would be a much different place today.

Listen to his personal history

Failed in business  age 22

Ran for Legislature–defeated  age 23

Again failed in business 24

Elected to Legislature 25

sweetheart died 26

Had a nervous breakdown 27

Defeated for Speaker 29

Defeated for Elector 31

Defeated for Congress 34

Elected to Congress 37

Defeated for Congress 39

Defeated for Senate 46

Defeated for Vice President 47

Defeated for Senate 49

Elected President of the United States 51

That’s the record of Abraham Lincoln.  What would the USA look like today if Abraham Lincoln had given up early on? He stepped into his destiny by getting up and going again.

If you’re discouraged, I encourage you “Don’t give up!”

Luke 1:37 – For nothing will be impossible with God!

The last thing I’ll tell you is this- “Just be like a postage stamp. Stick in there till you get to where you are going.”

 

YOU MUST BE STRONG

PRAYER POINTS

 

  1. GREAT THINGS DO NOT COME TO COWARDS AND WEAK PEOPLE!

You need strength to bring forth!
2Ki 19:3 These are difficult and disgraceful times. Our nation is like a woman too weak to give birth when it’s time for her baby to be born.
2Ki 19:4 Please pray for those of us who are left alive. The king of Assyria sent his army commander to insult the living God. Perhaps the LORD heard what he said and will do something if you will pray.

  1. Every weakness that is killing my progress, I terminate you today!

    2. In any area of my life that I have been a coward – deliver me! set me free!

    3. Every family trait and curse that HAS the POWER to pull me down when greatness comes – deliver me NOW!

    4. The power to bring forth, The power to excel, the power to give birth to the dreams you have given me – give me now!

You need divine strength to be great!
1Ch 29:11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.
1Ch 29:12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand, it is to make great and to give strength to all.

  1. The courage and strength in God and of God to do great things – give me now!

    6. The courage and strength in God that brings honor, favor, and riches – give me now

    7. “In your hand are power and might” – give me strength! give me courage!

  2. YOU CAN LOOK STRONG PHYSICAL AND BE USELESS WITHOUT COURAGE

Goliath was stronger by human eyes than David but David was more courageous in God than the two of them!
1Sa 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock,
1Sa 17:35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him.
1Sa 17:36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”
1Sa 17:37 And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”

  1. Concerning my God-given dreams for the year and beyond, I refuse to be intimidated!

    9. Every Goliath – physical and spiritual, you will bow in my life!

    10. Every power that is planning to destroy my plans, my dreams will outlive you!

    11. In every area where I have been oppressed -Lord, send my David!

STRENGTH AND ANOINTING GO HAND IN HAND!
Psa_20:6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

  1. Lord! with the “saving strength of your right”, deliver me permanently from Evil!

  2. STRONG AND COURAGEOUS PEOPLE DON’T RUN FROM CHALLENGES -THEY FACE THEM!

1Sa 17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
1Sa 17:50 And David was stronger than the Philistine with a sling and with a stone. And he struck the Philistine and killed him. But no sword was in the hand of David.
1Sa 17:51 And David ran and stood on the Philistine, and took out his sword and drew it out of its sheath, and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, and fled.
David ran towards Goliath! Others ran backward! Those challenges won’t fix itself alone.

  1. From now, I refuse to live in denial!

    14. After now, I refuse to hide my head in shame!

    15. Lord! make me stronger than my enemies!

    16. Daddy, make me stronger than pain and setbacks!

    17. Every “champion” in my life celebrating in advance – put them to shame!

    18. In any area that my past stupid decisions has turned me to a “chicken”, Have mercy on me and make me an EAGLE!

  2. WEAK PEOPLE FINISH LAST OR DON’T FINISH AT ALL!

IT IS STRONG PEOPLE IN GOD THAT HAVE TESTIMONIES
Exo_13:3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
Exo 13:14 And when in time to come  your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

Weak people are emotionally and strategically blind

  1. I receive the strength to win!

    20. Lord! this year – keep me strong and focused until my testimonies come!

    21. I declare, concerning you ( insert name) – BE BOLD, THIS IS YOUR TIME FOR TESTIMONIES!

  2. STRENGTH AND COURAGE HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH AGE, RACE OR CLASS!

    Acquiring strength and choosing to be courageous is a choice!

Jos 14:11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.
Jos 14:12 So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said.”
Irrespective of your age, sex, race or class – receive power to overtake and recover all in Jesus name!

  1. THIS YEAR – ( INSERT NAME) – YOUR STRENGTH WILL NOT FAIL!

    23. When fear is destroying “children”, I will be a MAN!

    24. Make me bolder than my status! Make me bolder than my title!

1Sa 30:8 And David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, Go! For you shall surely overtake and will without fail to recover all.

  1. In the name of Jesus, my strength will not fail!!

    26. I decree, with your courage and strength, I will pursue, overtake and UNFAILINGLY recover ALL!

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