6/26/19 Miracle City Global
Good evening everyone and welcome to Miracle City Global. We’re so glad to have you here tonight. It’s good to see you. We’re about to enter into a time of praise and worship, seek the face of God and see what he wants to do tonight. I just declared before we started that he is here and is moving mightily in our midst.
Father, we come before you tonight in the name of Jesus. We say, Come Father, have your way. Holy Spirit, move through this house and move in our hearts. Bring forth the will of the Father. Open our ears to hear and our eyes to see and our hearts to receive the fullness of your truth.
You’re a good good Father. And Lord, we’re here to honor you. We’re here to hear your voice with a willingness to obey. To go forth, to advance your kingdom in this earth. To dispel the darkness and release the light of your Son Jesus. So order and direct our steps Lord. Thank you that you go before us and you make a way where there seems to be no way.
Release your strength, your power. We humble ourselves before you, and we say have your way over this land, over this city, this state, and this nation. Lord, we so desire to see your glory come and cover this world again like the waters cover the sea.
Father, the world says that these are the worst of times, but Lord, we declare that these are the best of times. So Lord, show us your glory. Fill us with your grace and your mercy. May we walk in love as we go forth advancing your kingdom throughout the earth. We bless you tonight in Jesus name. Amen and Amen. Let’s worship tonight.
Wanda. I see the billows of the Lord.
🎶I raise a hallelujah. He is my faithful Father, my firm foundation. Jesus has broken the curse. He has never lost a battle. Jesus has defeated the darkness. His love will never fail. He has won the war. You are the Lord. Great is your name/fame in all the earth.
Wanda. I see a whirlwind encompassing us inside Miracle City.
🎶God, we lift your name high. Jesus take your place.
Wanda. Blue light is going out, rotating throughout our territory, extending out from Miracle City. It’s a Beacon. Define: a light, fire, or person. A guiding or warning signal from an elevated position. Also a person or thing that warns guides or offers support.
🎶Michelle. Let all other names fade away. Only you Jesus over our lives. Jesus take your place. There’s no other name like yours Jesus. He is Yahweh. That is who you are. You are here moving in this place.
I finally found where I belong. I just wanna sit here at your feet. I just want you. Nothing else will do. We’re caught up in this holy moment. We never want to leave.
Jacob. Let there be oil in my lap. Let my fire not go out when I hear the bridegroom come. Make us ready. There will be oil in my lamp. I am ready.
I can’t get enough of your amazing love Jesus. I can’t walk away for I’ve seen your face. I just wanna be where you are. I just wanna be near your heart. There’s nothing like your love.
Danette. Beacon: flag, banner. City on a hill. I see the lamp with oil turned over and the fire spreads. The Lord says, I’m raising up fire starters.
🎶Jesus I love you. There’s nothing like your love. You are holy holy. I just want you.
Kimble Love. Praise God. Jesus we just love you and love your presence. I thank you for your goodness and your all-surpassing power. You are our Rock. You are our peace that surpasses all understanding. You are Steadfast in the midst of our turmoil, full of grace and mercy.
So Lord, we just cast all our cares upon you this night, and we declare that you are our Lord. You are our hope and our future, our very great reward. We honor you, Lord. We humble ourselves before you. Lord, we just bask in your presence. You are the great I AM, the first, the last, the Alpha, the Omega. The beginning and the end. The One who rules and reigns over everything.
You are our hope and you hold our future. And Lord we trust you. We trust your Word. And we know that you have a greater outcome than we have for ourselves. So, Lord help us this night not to lean on our own understanding. But to trust you and you alone. For I know that you are fully able to take care of everything that concerns us.
I just pray tonight that if anyone in this room or watching, if you have your hands held so tight on things you are trying to control, release it to him; release it to Jesus. Jesus, you take the wheel. Hallelujah. And bring us into that place where you desire to have us go. I bless you Lord. And I ask for these next few minutes that your word comes forth and produces the results that you desire.
Father, strengthen us and encourage us through your Word. Stretch our faith and strengthen our short-lived mortal bodies so that we can run and not be weary. So that we can walk and not faint. So that we can accomplish the purpose you put us here to accomplish. Let us lay down our ways and walk in your ways. We ask it in the name of Jesus. Amen and Amen. So be it.
In Proverbs 18:21, the Word says the tongue has the power of life and death. And those that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. One of the greatest tools the Lord has given us in our arsenal against the enemy is our mouth. Our words are powerful and effective. When we speak we can release blessing and life, but at the same time we can speak death and curses. We need to watch what we say. We need to think before we speak. We need to know when to speak and when to be silent.
Psalm 138:5. I will praise you oh Lord with all my heart. Before the ‘gods’ I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
It’s the name of Jesus and the Word of God. That’s the two things you need to know. You need to know Jesus. And you need to know the Word. If you know Jesus and you know the Word, there is not a power that you’re going to face that you’re not going to be victorious. Unless you want to hold onto that wheel and try to control everything. You just need to let go and let God.
:3 When I called you answered me. You make me bold and stout-hearted. May all the kings of the earth praise you oh Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great.
I want to share with you tonight about our mouth, the words that we say, the things that we speak, the things we come into agreement with, sometimes out of just habit, the way things are. Sometimes we don’t really mean it like that or we’re just kidding around. I can make that statement from experience. Sometimes I’ll say stuff in jest, being funny; but the words we speak are powerful. And we as Christians, having the Holy Spirit within us need to watch what we say.
We need to be careful about what we listen to. We need to be aware of our surroundings and the things we allow to come into our eyes gates and ear gates on a daily basis because what you hang around, you become, if you’re not careful. And that’s a negative. There is a positive side. What you hang around, you become! You can be led and empowered by positive things or you can let negative things pull you down. It’s a two-way street.
Just because you’re a Christian, you say it won’t happen to you because you’re not around that. ‘I’m in a dome and a bubble and it won’t affect me!’ Well, yes it can. We need to realize who we are, who he is, and be careful of the things we do, and especially the things that we say.
All of you know my dad is in the hospital in ICU. I’m not talking bad about hospitals. Praise God for hospitals and doctors and nurses. But if you stay in a hospital long enough, there is a negative flow that can try to come in and rob you of your peace and joy, and get your eyes off the One you’re standing for and start looking the other way. So I’ve had experience with that the past week or so.
The positive side to that is, Holy Spirit in me has risen up and has dispelled the darkness any time it’s come. And I haven’t jumped on anybody, been rude or anything. But I just come in the opposite spirit with the Word of God. Because the Word works.
All through the Word of God, Jesus is pro-life. God the Father is pro-life. He speaks life. He speaks blessing. In him there’s no shadow of turning. He’s not wishy-washy. He doesn’t waffle like we do at times. Sometimes when the circumstances and situations get hard and heavy on us, our natural tendency is to succumb and come underneath that. But that’s not who we are. That’s not who Jesus is. That’s not what Jesus purchased for us when he went to the cross and gave his life and shed his blood. And he didn’t just give us eternal life when we check out of this earth. He gave us fullness of life in earth.
I believe in life after death. But I also believe in life during life on this earth. (Abundant life.) We’ll praise and worship when we get to heaven and bow down before the throne of God. I don’t believe I’ll get sick in heaven. I believe I’m going to be well, and healthy, 6’4” and 225! I’m gonna be buff! (Kevin: And good-looking!) Haha! Because I’m going to escape from this earthly prison body that’s been holding me down.
I make that statement because as we are here on the earth, bought through the purchase price Jesus paid for us, by depositing his Holy Spirit within us, and what the Bible says, that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength, well that strength comes from the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.
And Jesus told his disciples, I’m leaving here. My mission is complete, but I’m not going to leave you alone. I’m not going to leave you comfortless. And he said, I’m not going to leave you powerless. He said, I’m sending One that’s going to come and dwell in you, and his name is the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the One who knows all things, knows all truth. He’s going to take up residence in you.
So, if you stand up in the fullness of Holy Spirit, the words that you speak, if you’re yielded to Holy Spirit, are going to produce the same results that I spoke as you walked with me these past three years. That’s who we are. We are world-changers. But so many times we allow the world to change us, to cause us to hedge on our beliefs. We come to church and praise the Lord and get out in the streets and curse out the guy who won’t get out of your way because you’re in a hurry to get home or to the buffet. That shouldn’t be. That’s straddling the fence.
We need to be careful to walk the talk. Not just to say it but to do it. I’ve heard lots of people say lots of things. I’ve learned over the years that people can talk a good thing, but I watch what they do. Anybody can say anything at any time. Me included. I’ve heard people say what you want to hear so they can go on and do what they want to do.
But God has placed us here in this earth to be his ambassadors. To go forth and advance his kingdom with a demonstration of his power. And it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks or says, I’m going to stand on what the Word says. Because the Word works. The Word works, and we need to be people who speak the Word of God in love. In Love.
There’s lots of stuff going on in this world and it’s easy to get caught up in the yah-yah, to come down from where we’re supposed to be walking, and try to fight fire with fire. The Word of God says the weapons that we fight with are not the weapons of the world. It also says that they’re not carnal. But they are mighty Through God to the pulling down of strongholds. A stronghold is anything that’s got a strong hold of you, that is not originating from the Word of God.
You see, we face strongholds on a daily basis. Even as Christians we have strongholds that we have to deal with. But God. We pull down those strongholds and every imagination that would try to exalt itself to the knowledge of God or the Word of God. God is all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful. He is in all things. He is above all things. He’s not only above but he is beneath. He’s inside, outside. He’s everywhere.
And he is for us and not against us. That’s the kind of Father that we serve. But we need to come to a point in our life and in our walk that when we speak, we do what we say we’re going to do, according to his Word.
Proverbs 6:1. My son, if you have put up security for you neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another, if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands. Go and humble yourself, press your plea with your neighbor, allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself like the gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
We’re ensnared by the words of our mouth. We need to be careful what we say. Years ago in youth ministry, we had three groups—junior high, senior high, and twenty-somethings. At one point we began teaching and raising up disciples who were going to come alongside to help us in the ministry. We had requirements. It wasn’t about being in a group. It was boot camp. It wasn’t easy-peasy.
It was God-led, God-ordained, Word of God based. We had meetings, and teaching, training, equipping. We’d go out to do things as we raised up and mentored these young people to come up and so they could walk in the fullness of their callings and purpose.
One guy said, This is hard! We had these young people who said, I want to minister just like you do! Yeah, come on. Walk with me. It’s all a bed of roses. Kool-aid and cookies. He said, This is tough. This is grueling. I don’t know if I can do this. I said, I appreciate your honesty. But you’ve committed for six weeks. I’m not letting you off. The Word of God says you keep your commitments even when it hurts. People don’t want to hear that. You keep your commitments even when it hurts.
You say you’re going to do something, do it. You speak something, then expect it to happen in a positive way. Don’t allow your words to ensnare you. The Bible says to be quick to listen and slow to speak. This may not have ever happened to you. Your mouth got engaged before your brain kicked in. And you said stuff you probably shouldn’t have said. And then there you go.
You can do one of two things. You can do what you say or crawfish, I didn’t mean to say that. I misspoke. I really didn’t mean that. Well, when it comes out of your mouth you can’t take it back. You can’t grab it and shove it back in. I’ve done that. We can say hurtful things. You’ve heard the phrase growing up, Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. I tell you, words can kill you. Words can destroy a person.
I remember growing up hearing things different people said to me or about me; or I would hear people say things about other people, and looking back, that had a negative impact on that person. It really did. I guess I was stubborn or hardheaded growing up. People would say stuff to me and it just rolled off. I was like, Okay, that all you got?
All of us have had times where negative words have hit us and made an impact. But praise God for the blood of Jesus and the Holy Ghost. He can erase and delete those negative words that have been implanted into your soul and spirit, and into your brain, if you’ll allow him to. I’ve seen some rough stuff with words. Verbal abuse is a bad business.
Proverbs 4:23-27 NIV. Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
A negative word, or negative thought, or negative action can come against you and can bury itself in your heart if you allow it to enter in. But the Word of God says,
Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth. Keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or to the left. Keep your foot from evil.
That’s some good teaching right there. That’s where we are called to live and move and have our being. To be an example. We need to guard ourselves. We need to guard what we say and guard what we’re around. We don’t need to give the enemy a foothold, an entranceway in any form or fashion. We need to be vigilant in our walk.
God put Adam and Eve in the Garden and they were to work the Garden. They were to take care of the Garden. The third thing they were supposed to do was guard the Garden. To run off the predators. To be on the lookout. To be aware of their surroundings. Yet the enemy creeped in. And they allowed it.
We need to guard our walk. We need to guard our eyes and guard our ears. We need to guard our lips.
Proverbs 10:11-14. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs. Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him that lacks judgment. Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
We need to watch what we say. Our words are powerful. We have the ability to build up or tear down. Our words can heal. Our words can destroy. Our words can bring prosperity, or they can bring poverty. What are you talking about? What comes out of your mouth? Do you praise God every chance you get?
Slam the door on your hand—praise God! Jesus heal me. That may be going to an extreme, but that’s the point I want to make. You may say something you have to repent of immediately, before the healing manifests. Praise God.
I read a story one time about a young girl who had been off to school. Her daddy was a preacher and he was on a pedestal. She’d been gone a while and she came home. They lived in the country and she went with him to repair some fence. She loved her daddy. He was the greatest, pure as the driven snow! He was tacking barbed wire on that wood post, slipped and hit his thumb with that hammer and something came out of his mouth she had never heard in her life. Her daddy, the preacher. She couldn’t believe it. No matter who you are, we can all mess up. We can all slip up. But God.
I remember deer hunting. I went up a tree about 30 feet with a climbing deer stand. I’m bad about leaving my stands in the woods year-round. There’s a safety strap attached to the seat and the foot rest. So if it dislodges from the trees it won’t fall to the ground, stranding you in the tree.
I was looking at that strap and it looked a little rotten. I hope it doesn’t break. I no more had the thought than it snapped and I watched my foot platform ratchet all the way to the bottom of the tree. I’m sitting 30 feet up in the tree on a little metal seat with my feet dangling. I’m in a precarious situation here. So I’m trying to figure out what to do, since my bag with all my stuff was on the foot rest. I didn’t have a tether or a line, nothing.
The first thing I do is unload my gun so I won’t get shot if I fall. I decided I would turn around, hug the tree and shimmy down the tree through the tree stand. It was a good plan. I got turned around facing the tree, but when I slung my arm around the tree, the seat cocked sideways and lost its grip on the tree. Straight down I went. All 225 lbs going 200 miles an hour, hitting the foot platform before hitting the ground.
When I woke up, all I could see was sky and tree limbs. My first thought was, I’m in heaven. Because I could feel nothing. Not a thing. I’m laying there waiting for Peter or Gabriel or someone to come help me. I’m serious.
I began to recognize the woods and realized I was still on earth. And I still couldn’t feel anything. I’m laying there with all these thoughts going through my head. My neck is broken. I’m paralyzed. That’s why I can’t feel anything. So I started trying to wiggle my fingers and eventually got feeling everywhere and stood up. I wasn’t hurt. That is a miracle. A miracle. Hunters die every year from falling out of tree stands.
But I remembered that when that stand turned loose from that tree and I had the sensation of falling, all I could say was JESUS! That’s what came out of my mouth. And I believe those angels in charge of me caught me just before I hit the ground. I said the most powerful word there is to say. It’s at the name of Jesus that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. If you don’t know what to pray, it’s Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Because he always, always responds to his name. Always. Glory to God.
Proverbs 10:31. From the mouth of the righteous springs forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked, only what is perverse.
Proverbs 18:4-8. The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is the bubbling brook. It is not good to be partial to the wicked or deprive the innocent of justice. A fool’s lips bring strife and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his undoing and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.
We’ve got to watch what we say. We need to speak words of life and encouragement. Just as negative words will cause a negative effect, positive words will cause positive results.
When Kimble III was growing up, I asked him to mow the grass. Daddy, I don’t want to. Well, okay, there are lots of things I don’t want to do. I don’t like to get up every morning and go work 8 to 12 hours a day to put groceries on the table but I do it anyway because I want to provide for my family. So while you’ve got those nice shoes and clothes to wear and that good meal you just ate, why don’t you go ahead and cut the grass?
He would go out there and cut and I would look at it and think, I should have just done this myself. So I’d show him. Son, this is how you do it. Go this way, keep your edge, etc. Okay. You finally get to a point sometimes, Just go in the house and watch cartoons. I’ll do this. But hindsight, looking back, I think he kind of one-upped me. I think he kind of knew how I was about it and he purposely did that because he didn’t want to cut the grass! He was a pretty smart dude. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! I think he got that over on me.
But you know, I didn’t ever get on him about it. I’m like, Son let me show you. I know you can do better than this. Let me show you how to do it. Let me show you a better way. That’s the response we should have in circumstances and situations. People might not always listen to you. They might not like it. But give them a positive influence. Give them a positive word. Like, Son I’ve been doing this all my life. This works.
Now if you can, show me a better way, which I don’t think you can. I’m showing you the better way. That works better than my response, Just get out of here. You’re not going to do this right. Just let me do it. So many times I think we do that. We have a negative response to things and it doesn’t make anything any better. It just enforces the wrong that they’re doing anyway. So we need to be careful about what we say.
James 3:1-12. Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes a great boast. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body. It sets the whole course of one’s life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures are being tamed, and have been tamed by mankind. But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who have been made in God’s likeness.
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My bothers and sisters, this should not be. Can fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grape vine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Go back to verse 7. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind. But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil full of deadly poison.
I want to hit again verse 8. But no Human Being can tame the tongue. Let’s emphasize Human. You, We, Me, cannot tame this tongue. But there is a God in heaven. There is the Lord Jesus Christ. And there’s the Spirit of the Living God that is living within us that is patiently hovering over us and within us to produce good fruit. That we’ll not only walk the walk but we’ll talk the talk.
There are things I’ve tried to do in my own strength, through my own will-power, from my own experiences, that I haven’t had success with. And I just wanted not to do this, not do that, not speak that, not talk like that; but when I found that in myself I couldn’t do it, and I turned it over to the Lord, it was like butter. When you give all you cares and all your stuff to him, he’ll come in and do what you can’t do. Whatever it is.
He is fully able to take care of everything that concerns us. When we realize and come to the point—the power of our words—that they are God-backed when we’re flowing in his stream, then we’re going to see greater manifestations than we’re seeing. There is nothing too big for God. Nothing that he can’t handle. He’ll take care of everything that concerns us.
But our start is to allow our words to be our binding force/voice, to speak words of life. To speak words of blessing. To speak positive in this negative world we’re in. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, what it looks like, I’m going to choose to speak the Word of God. I’m going to allow God’s Word to come out of my mouth. I’m not perfect, and I’m not there yet, but I want to practice his presence. I want to practice his Word. I want to speak his Word in every situation I’m in, in some form or fashion, with the wisdom of God and the demonstration of his power.
Proverbs 21:23. Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Watch what you say. Guard your mouth. Guard your tongue.
Hebrews 4:12. For the Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to the dividing of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and the attitude of the heart.
Let the Word of God be ever in your mouth. Let every circumstance and situation that you face dictate what you say. Don’t take it at face value, but look at it through the eyes of Holy Spirit. See what Father would say. See what the Word says about it. Always choose to speak life and blessing, and never submit to death and cursing. Let no unholy talk or coarse joking come from your mouth.
So speak only that which is encouraging, that builds up, that edifies, that brings life, that produces good results. That’s who we are. That’s who Jesus is. That’s what God put us here to be, HIS ambassadors in the earth, to carry forth HIS gospel, to advance HIS kingdom with the demonstrations of HIS signs, HIS wonders, and HIS miracles.
He has proven that he is who he said he is. It’s not that he’s who he said he WAS. He IS who he said he IS. He is who he SAYS he is. He is I AM that I AM. He is the first, the last, the beginning, the end. He’s the top of the heap. He’s above and below, beneath and beside. He’s in all things. And he’s in us by the power of his Holy Spirit.
So Lord, I pray tonight that you would give us that instructed tongue to know your Word that sustains the weary. Father, that we will praise you and worship you morning by morning. Father, may our tongues be like the pen of a ready writer. I ask that you take control of these untamed tongues that are within our mouths. Order and direct our words. Allow that spiritual discernment that you’ve given us to orchestrate everything that we say.
Father, may we be a positive effect and influence on every circumstance that we face. May we be encouragers to those who are downtrodden. May we come in the opposite spirit when negativity is spoken, that we would release your positive word, the truth of your word, and that we would see those circumstances change.
Father, I thank you that you’re within us. That you do watch over your word to perform it in our lives. And Lord, may we go forth and be repeaters of your word and see things changed.
Father, I thank you that you are the God that calls things that aren’t as though they were. And may we go forth and do likewise in the earth as we advance your kingdom, glory to glory, in Jesus name. Amen. Praise the Lord. Bless you. I ask the Lord to surround you with his favor wherever you go, that you would be instant in season and be prepared for those he sends across your path that need a word or touch from him.