12/18/19 Miracle City Global
Kimble Love. Good evening and welcome to Miracle City Global this Wednesday night. We’re here to celebrate. You know, we celebrate in here every time we get together. We celebrate the Lord. This is his house; we are his people. We just walk in Joyfulness for the good he’s done, not only for us but for the world.
We’re going to worship and praise the Lord and celebrate Christmas. Christmas songs are God songs. We rejoice in who he is and what he’s done. So I encourage you to enter in. Cast off the hustle and bustle of the day. We’re going to have a time of just soaking in his presence.
Lord, we thank you tonight. We thank you for this season, for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. We’re here to celebrate his very existence, your very existence. And we thank you for allowing us to have an existence in the earth.
Father, I thank you that your fingerprints are on us. That we are yours and you are ours. We honor you tonight and we say, Come and have your way. Show yourself mighty. Release your goodness and your mercy upon us. Receive our worship in Jesus name. Amen.
🎶Let our voices rise. All creation cries, singing out an endless alleluia. There’s nothing better than this right now.
O come, all ye faithful. O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest. We adore you Jesus. We’re gonna praise and worship you no matter what.
Anna Love. Lord, I thank you that every person in this house and watching, and every person connected with this body rises above their circumstances. Lord, I thank you that we are not victims, but we are victors. I thank you that we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus; and Lord, I thank you that you are stripping those old ways away. Lord, I thank you that you are stripping off those old mindsets. I thank you that depression has no place in this house or in these people, Lord.
We say even if we don’t feel like it, we will worship you. Even if we don’t feel like it, we’ll praise you. Even if things don’t look so good, we’ll praise you. Father, I thank you that we will rise up and break out of our circumstances.
🎶You are worthy of it all, Jesus. We raise our gaze. We raise our voices. We lift our hands. We lift our hearts. We lift our songs. O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
We magnify your name tonight, Jesus. You are worthy Lord. We raise our gaze. We set our hearts and minds on you, Lord. Worthy Jesus. We live for you.
Holy, there is no one like you. There is none beside you. Open up my eyes in wonder.
I will build my life upon your love. It is a firm foundation.
Betty Love. Lead us in your love, especially in this season. Lead us to those around us. Help us to be mindful.
O come Emanuel. Rejoice, Emanuel has come to thee O Israel. He is come.
All hail King Jesus, the Lord of heaven and earth, the Savior of the world.
Worship now. Worship now. Worship your God. He’s alive. He’s alive. We worship you Jesus. It’s all about you.
O holy night. O night divine, when Christ was born. You’re always right on time, Jesus.
In the fullness of time. You’re right on time.
Betty. Father, right here we acknowledge your presence, that you are filling each and every one of us with your divine power. Your divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of you. You are drawing us with your cords of loving kindness tonight. Pouring out your presence in this place. The angelic beings are just swirling and moving through here. It’s like they’re rejoicing among us tonight.
🎶There’s movement in this place. We will rejoice. Joy unspeakable. Joy Joy Joy in our midst.
Betty. Baptize every believer in your joy tonight.
Anna. We receive your joy. Let joy arise tonight in every single life. We receive a fresh baptism of your Joy. Joy Joy. We receive your Joy.
Betty. Garment of praise. Oil of gladness. Joy to the world, our light has come. Our Jesus has come. Unspeakable joy. We believe. We give you all the glory, Christ the Lord, sweet Jesus.
I can’t get enough of your amazing love. I just want to be where you are. I just want to be near your heart. You are holy holy. Jesus we love you.
Betty. Praise God. Thank you Jesus. Praise you Lord. We rejoice in your goodness and in your presence. You are worthy Lord. We’ve come to adore you Lord.
Scripture. Praise be to the Lord God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David as he said through his holy prophets of long ago.
Father, I thank you again for your presence, for each one of us that you’re drawn tonight.
Isaiah 9:1-7. Nevertheless there will be no more gloom for those who are in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali. But in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the way of the sea beyond the Jordan.
Here’s the promise.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy. They rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest. As warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
Here it is.
For unto us a child is born. To us a Son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness and his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
So Father, tonight we rejoice that you have given Jesus, that you have given your Son. And Jesus, we do acknowledge that you are Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace. That you have established your kingdom. You have established your kingdom in us and you have established us in your kingdom.
And Father, we thank you the season. We’ve come to celebrate. We’ve come to honor your Son, the Savior of the world. Father, I pray for everyone you’ve drawn into this place tonight, those that are watching. That you would draw us into a place of intimacy in knowing you, in knowing Jesus, in knowing Holy Spirit, in knowing your fullness in a way that we never have before.
Father, that we would not be so caught up in the activities that we miss our moments with you. I pray for your peace that passes all understanding guarding every heart and mind and family. I pray you would draw every heart close to you, that we would be filled to overflowing.
And as we are in the season of dreams and visions, of restoration, I thank you that you are restoring us individually and corporately, on earth as it is in heaven, in Jesus name.
I want to share a little story I heard years ago. It’s meant a lot to me. Sometimes at Christmas I take the opportunity to share it with you. Some of you know it as The Tale of Three Trees. In this particular book it’s called The Tallest Tree in the World. I believe it’s very fitting to share because I want you to know that God never forgets who he ordained you to be, the created purpose, the reason you live and move and have your being in Him.
The Word of God says in Isaiah we are oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Job talks about if a tree is cut down and the stump remains, that at the scent of water it sends out its shoots. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, where we’ve come from, God has a way for working all things for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.
And he never stops. He’s always working. I love the song we’ve marinated in. I remember the first time Kevin Long ever played that song in this house and the outpouring of the presence of the Lord.
He is here, moving in this place. Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper—that song. Then we picked up the part—Even when we can’t see it, you’re working. Even when we don’t feel it, you’re working. You never stop, never stop working.
Jesus said, My Father is always working and I too am working. Then he told us in the Word, This is the work. You want to know the work my Father has given you to do? Believe in the One He sent. Our work is to believe in Jesus. And if we believe in Jesus, then we get everything else. It’s the truth.
I want to share this. I pray you’ll listen with a childlike heart.
The Tallest Tree in the World
Once upon a hill,
Three trees were standing tall;
Dreaming what they’d like to be,
If trees can dream at all.
One tree longed for palaces,
Another treasures rare.
The third tree chose to forever stand,
Pointing men to God.
More than anything the first tree wanted to be part of a beautiful palace where one day a great king would dwell. The second chose to be made into a large seaworthy ship, sailing all the oceans of the world with great treasure. The third tree wanted to stay right where he was. He dreamt of growing so high that whenever men saw him, he would cause their eyes to look to heaven, and then they’d think of God. He wanted to be the tallest tree in the world.
Those trees shared their dreams for years. Don’t you know it was a happy day for the first tree when the axe cut him down, and he was carried into town. But he wasn’t made into a palace. Instead he became a feedbox for cattle and was thrown into a barnyard. His dreams were gone. No king would ever see him now.
The second tree fell to the axe and was thrilled when they took him to the shipyard. But, oh, the disappointment! No beautiful ship to sail the oceans of the world would he become; instead, rough hands fashioned him into a fishing boat. No treasure here—just failure and loneliness.
The third tree tried to stop the woodsman, but the man wouldn’t hear. He chopped the tree—cut him in two, and tossed him in back of the carpenter’s shop to be forgotten. All he ever wanted to be was the tallest tree in the world.
Then one day God’s love touched the little feedbox, and the first tree finally got his wish. He housed a King the night that Mary laid her baby in the manger.
The second tree—the lonely, smelly, fishing boat—his day came when a man was walking by the seashore. The crowds were so great, they were pushing him into the water. A fisherman spoke up, “Master! Use my boat for a pulpit. You’ll be safe here.” Jesus stepped into the boat, and the tree knew he was carrying the greatest treasure the world had ever known.
The third tree hated it when they took his two pieces and crossed them. He cried when they nailed that Man to him and lifted him up. All he had ever wanted to do was grow tall and point men to God. But today, every time we look at that tree, we always think of God, because He’s the tallest tree in the world.
The moral of the story is: You might have dreams that don’t look like they’re turning out quite the way you expected. But I want you to know the end result. God is going to get the glory for your life and my life, even when it doesn’t look like this is the way it was supposed to be.
But I can tell you, all the days ordained for you and me were written in his book before one came to pass. And he has a way of taking those things—just ask Joseph—that the enemy meant for harm and working for the good. You matter to the Lord. You matter to our Heavenly Father.
And during this season, especially of dreams and vision when he is making original intent known, may he draw you near in such a way that you experience and know how dear you are to him and what a plan he has for our lives individually and corporately. So I bless you in the name of the Lord. Tonight was about worshipping him, worshipping together with food and fellowship, just a good time together.
Kimble Love. That was a great story, wasn’t it? I just want to ditto what Betty said. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re going through. Always look to him because he already has your plan and purpose marked out. Be ever looking for it. Whatever you go through, whatever you’re in, it may look like God isn’t in it at all, but he’s got you.
We’re glad you’re here for a good time of fellowship. So just share and soak in the love of God. Father, we thank you for this night and what you’re doing in our midst. I thank you that you are faithful and true and you always do what you say you’re going to do. I ask that you bless our fellowship tonight, bless this food to our bodies, and that we would just enjoy one another as we enjoy you. Have your way tonight in Jesus name. Amen.