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Territorial Forces: Scenes 6-7

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What is the truth of the Great Controversy? Is the Great Controversy more than just a conflict over good and evil? Could the Controversy also be over a physical territory? This study will be broken down into a 7 scene drama that will help us see the big bigger picture of the theme Territorial Forces. 

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Lo-Ammi Richardson

Harvest Director for SALT Evangelism Team-(Service and Love Together), Orlando 

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  • April 1, 2017
    2:00 PM
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Lord God We just want to thank you again for your Sabbath Lord thank you so much for this weekend the Lord through your word not only have I been blessed but I've been seeing how your word has impressed the minds of all of us and so Lord I just ask that you may continue to do the same thing that you've been doing thus far so Lord I just ask that you may remove me that your son may be seen and that all men may be lifted that you may be lifted all men may be drawn to you we love you we thank you so much for all that you have done for us for we ask this in Jesus' name amen So we concluded that the great. That is great controversy has now been won and we see that through the sacrifice of Christ by dying on the cross now we see that say ins on our territory has been proclaimed back to God and given back to the took to God and his rightful claim to the world we're going to discuss scene six because now the great controversy doesn't just end at the cross God has commissioned and raised up the church to now proclaim a specific message to win back territory to himself so he can claim this world once again and we're going to be discussing and seeing six is the Church Militant if you have your Bibles was turned to Matthew chapter twenty eight we should be off a miller with this passage in Matthew chapter twenty eight beginning of verse eighteen Jesus gives the Great Commission and as Jesus is going to the part from his disciples He says the following words to His disciples Matthew chapter twenty eight beginning of verse eighteen and he states and Jesus came and spoke to them saying how much authority. He has been given to me in heaven and on earth gave there for John of Peter James an end of the cycles go and make disciples of ever Nations and I want you to baptize and I want you to do it in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit and I want you to teach them to. Serve the things that are commanded you whine because God wants to put a hedge and protection around his people so go teach them that everything that I commend you and the promise that was given to me and lo I am with you always even and to the end of the world so any time I feel discouraged I look at this passage and I know that Jesus wrote a personal message for me lol I am with you and I want you to go ever feel this great commission Matthew twenty eight states that God has given his disciples the great commission to go and share the gospel truth to all the world let the people know that the great controversy has been won I have laid my life for those that for those who are seeking for refuge and strength and we're going to take a look at Philip instructed to verse five we're going to see what Paul has to stay in Philippians have to two and verse five notice what the Philippines Chapter Two beginning of verse five states will get read to verse eleven Philippians Chapter Two beginning of verse five states Let this mind be a new which is also in Christ Jesus and being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God but let the god to he made himself of no reputation taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man He humbled himself and became obedient all the way to his death even the death of the cross therefore God also has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name and that the name of Jesus every need should bow and of those in heaven and those on Earth and all those under the earth and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father we see that the a fairy is returned back to Christ and Christ then gives the authority to his disciples see we are designed to be inhabited Christ wants to dwell in us he. It's you and I it's a possess the mind of Christ and he says as you possess my mind go teach the breach back ties under my name for I have given you a thorough and I want you to live a life of obedience even if it means you dying the death of a cross I want you to stay faithful because at the end of it all you and I will receive an inheritance notice what if each and chapter two verse twenty two states and efficiency after two and verse twenty two and if you just have the two beginning of verse two twenty two sorry we're going to see what the Bible has the same efficiency up to two in verse twenty two the Word of God states in whom you also are being built together and where you go for for a dwelling place of God in the spirit use we already established that God's greatest desire is the is to win you back to him he wants to win back your mind he wants to winkle back your body he wants to win back your soul he was so while in you you are his prize possession you are the territory in which he wants to inhabit and we see that if we choose to verse twenty two he has built us in a way that he wants his Spirit to dwell in us so the question is Who will we have vite into our lives will we have by the God of the universe or will live by the god of this world and just keep in mind that God does not care about your proclamation he is concerned about your demonstration and many of us are deceiving ourselves that we can live like the devil for six days at the week and think that we can come to church on Sabbath and the scent of God is saying I want consistent people I want God's people I want my people to end it to allow me to inhabit their bodies and their minds that are where the their entire life may be consumed by my love and this is a question that I have to ask you this afternoon who are you going to allow to do all in you who are you. You going to allow to influence your mind and the things around you is a God or is it the God of this world and Revelation Chapter fourteen verse one we see that Satan has not and has no power to try to conquer the world to Himself because we see that there is a group of people at the end of the day that is going to optimally reflect the very character and nature of God they're going to reflect his likeness and his and his goodness just has got originally intended in Genesis Chapter one Verse twenty six when he created man in His image and his likeness there's going to be a group of people when it's all said and done there's going to ultimately reveal his character of love to the world and this is what John is saying in Revelation Chapter fourteen verse one he says and I looked and lo again a land stood on the Mount Zion and with him a hundred forty four thousand having his father's name written where on their foreheads Now I'm not here to discuss whether this is a literal or spiritual number that's not the point the point is this that there is going to be a group of people when it's all said and done there is going to reflect the image and the character of God's love to the world and here it is that he is showing John God is showing John John look though the world may seem that they have of they are following the principles of Satan understand that there's always going to be a faithful few who is going to love me with all of their hearts the question is are you going to be a part of that number are you going to be the group of people who's going to reflect the character of the father to the world we see this and looked up to ten for seventeen we see that as as God has given of taste to the disciples and he gave them power and authority to cast out demons I want you to know the pain of God's heart as we read the story and looked up to ten for seventeen will begin there Luke Chapter ten beginning of verse seventeen I will conclude in verse twenty a look at Chapter ten beginning of verse seventeen we see that then the seventy returned with joy saying Laird Even the demons are so. Object in your name here is a God gave all goods to the disciples He gave them power to cast out demons to do wonderful works in this name and they came back with a report saying God Listen men we didn't we knew your name was powerful but when I was that powerful that we could cast out demons out of people they're giving a report to God and I want you to notice what Jesus says and he says to them I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven Have you ever asked yourself the question why would jesus respond that way why would Jesus say yeah yeah yeah so Satan fall from lightning like it like lightning from heaven you see God hearts Herc's even though Satan is rebelling against him understand that God created him he doesn't like the fact that one of his created beings is rebelling against Him God's idea wasn't for him to go and battle to win people over and he was telling the disciples He was trying to tell him listen I don't want you to be happy that he's out be happy that you're in. I was there when this whole thing took place this is why I took on human flesh to reveal to the world the character that he is slandering. I saw Satan fall from lightning from heaven and we see that he continued to say Behold I have given you a Thora to trample on serpents and to square pins and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you nevertheless hear the voice of Jesus do not rejoice in this that the spirits are subject to you but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. Now understand what Jesus said to the disciples. Peter still denied his Lord. This was before Peter denied his Lord and God assured Peter. Of his assurance of salvation he says Listen Peter you may not. Have it all together right now but the good work that I began in you all accomplish it to the end and he was a story his disciples that listen you have a guarantee of salvation if you simply abide and trust in me don't be happy that demons are being cast out because of my name just be happy that you're there just be happy that you're there and we see that the early church and Acts Chapter one when they tapped into this potential power I watched the notice what took place and Acts Chapter one beginning in verse seven and accept the one beginning of verse seven we see the power that they received and God gives the early church the. Power and Authority and notice it is not for you to know times a season which the father has put in his own authority but you shall receive what power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to what to me in Jerusalem and added Judea and some area at the end of the Earth you see there is a progression many of us want to proclaim the gospel to all the world but crisis I want you to start here in Orlando I want you to start in your local church I want you to start here in Apapa I want you to tell it to to embrace the power that I'm willing to give to you and I want you to experience that power in your everyday life so that way you may be a witness to others and others can see the power has been manifested in your own life and this is what God has given to you and I and to the early church and we see that Paul states Romans Chapter sixteen first twenty the following and Romans Chapter sixteen verse twenty he states Romans Chapter sixteen verse twenty and the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet surely and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and he concludes by saying amen the God of Peace shout bruised Satan under his feet shortly and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you amen. So now you can understand that the purpose of the church is to embrace the message of the Gospel and to win back territory that Satan has claimed that he has given you power he has given you are thirty to coming back. To claim back territory that's right fully his and you can understand why Satan is wroth with the woman the woman represents the church and here it is it is a little small group of one hundred forty four thousand who represents the character of God is the reason why he cannot claim the world as his own. And say he goes back to the old methods of how he wants to win this great controversy he figured if I can't deceive them out kill them. But you see they love their life not even into death because they understood that if you take my physical life even if you take my physical life my spiritual life is secure in Christ I'm here for a crown I'm here for the inheritance that God has promised to give to me and we see that God has given us either church the authority and the power to claim back what is God's and ultimately once we tap into the power of the Holy Spirit once we start living center fire and holy lives and people start saying you know you used to curse you used to be impatient you used to swear you used to be irritated but now I see you as patient always telling the truth you're always courteous when those moments where it's called for you to rebel What is what was wrong with you what's going on in your life and all you can say is now live across the lives within me and people who want to see the transformation in your life so that way they can receive the same power God has given you authority and power to live that type of life and so as we listen to fall lives as we proclaim the gospel truth to the world we are winning territory back to God and we see and seen seven that the minion is finally we stored. And is given back to you and I notice what Micah chapter four verses one through eight states in the book of Michael as we conclude Micah chapter four beginning of verse eight. Micah chapter four beginning in verse eight. And it states in Mike a chapter four and verse one now it shall come to pass in the what days latter days of the last days that a mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and the people suffer little to it many nations shall come and say Come let us go to the mountain of the Lord to the house of God The joke of he will teach us his ways he was shall seek and work in his past for our of Zion the law shall go forth and the word of the word from Jerusalem he shout judge between many peoples and rebuke strong nations of far off they shout bitter swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning works nation shall not looked up a sword against nation neither shall they learn war anymore but every one shall sit under his vine and under this victory and no one shall make them afraid for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it. For our people walk each in the name of his God but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever and in that day says the Lord I will assemble the lame I will gather the outcast and those who my afflicted I will make the lame a remnant and the outcasts a strong nation so the little reign over them and now Zion from now and are on and even forever and you all tower of the flock the stronghold of the daughter of Zion to usually come even the former daughter sorry from a Dominion shall come and the Kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem we see that Michael prophesies that God is going to establish everything back in his. Rifle order the lame will be able to walk the blind will be able to see and will be able to go in a place will never hear of wars anymore no more death no more sorrow will have trees of abundance fruits are around us will be able to stand spend time in the presence of a holy God and we see this order in Isaiah chapter eleven verse nine as well and Isaiah Chapter eleven Burstein we see that the prophet as they are is the same words and Isaiah chapter eleven verse nine it states they shall not hurt nor destroy for in my holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea we see that is going to be a time when it Earth will be restored back in its already a condition men will have a full understanding and knowledge of the True Living God and there is where we have peace and abundance but you see men claim that they can have peace here on Earth but God says there was a peace peace but there was silence destruction that comes upon them God only promises peace when everything is funny restored Revelation chapter twenty one beginning of verse two are is the following words here the words of Jesus as He speaks to you and I this afternoon in Matthew chapter twenty one beginning of verse to notice the promise and the end the inheritance that you and I can have if we tap into the power that God has promised for you and I to up to obtain in Revelation chapter twenty one beginning of verse two well as Riggin in verse one now I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first seven the first earth has been what has the way also there was no more sea then I John saw the holy city of New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adored for her husband and he heard a loud voice from heaven saying behead the tabernacle of God is. With men and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people God himself will be with them and be their god. And those people that chose not to follow God's principles those people that you bed and pleaded and prayed for that you interceded for and they ultimately did not hear God's voice because they wanted to reject His will for their lives and they Charles to follow the devices of Satan when we get to heaven and we see that those long those people that wills longing for are no longer there God promises that he will wipe every tear from their eyes he says that they will shall be no more death no more sorrow no more crying. There shall be no more pain for the former things have passed away you see this all earth will be a good it will be forgotten for you and I but the passage does not say that Jesus will forget. Do you understand that God is in heaven preparing a mansion for you Did you understand that Jesus is in heaven interceding on your behalf and they will break his heart to know where that one is one is all said and done as he's crawling through the streets of heaven that is made with gold and the sea is the house that he prepared for you and you're not dwelling in. The Briar break that he's going to experience yet remember but he will and my question is would you break his heart would you break his heart will you continue to choose your own way and not abide in Christ but Verse five gives us a promise that. Sits on the throne said Behold I make all things new and he said to me Write for these words are true and faithful You may not see it. But I believe it God said it and it will be done there will be a time that the earth will be restored that they will be made. When and women and children who are going to worship the LORD with all their hearts and with their minds and soul they're going to love them unconditionally sin will not rise up a second time the bible states and very well you may be living in happiness and in bliss for those children that Jesus lost his heart will forever be hurt. And I want you to tap in and understand that the same hurt that Jesus experiences the same hurt that he wants you to experience when we see the souls who are not in the body of Christ. Would you allow God to suffer because of our in activity of not actively involving ourselves in evangelism and witnessing to others you know people don't really care about you giving a Bible study they just want to know if you can really experience the words of God in your own life. They say oh yeah you are a good Christian but are you Kirsan all you a good Christian but I see you irritated all you say you're a good Christian but I see what you watch all I see you're a good Christian but I see what you post on Facebook I see how you act with people cross you. This is much more than just coming to a knowledge of intellectual truth what you and I must come into is a experience of that truth. First Corinthians Chapter fifteen verse twenty four notice what the Bible states in First Corinthians Chapter fifteen verse twenty four. First great each of the fifteen in verse twenty four states then comes the end. When God delivers the King when he Jesus delivers a kingdom to God the Father who when he puts an end to all rule and all authority and power Satan will have no more territory he will have no more dominion over any planets but Jesus will restore the kingdom and give it back to his father. As we conclude this afternoon I want you to notice what desired. Page twenty six states estates then comes the end when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father when he puts an end to all rule and all of forty and power in the place where sin abounded God's grace much more about. The earth itself the very feel that say Think claims as his is to be not only ransomed. But exalted. Understand that God is not in the business of just restoring he wants to be Earth with the spectacle that all the world sees. Do you understand that there's planets there's other beings around the world that is looking and tuning in to what's happening here on earth do you understand that we're in a reality T.V. show. And I can imagine listen to me listen to I like to think a lot I like to use my sense of our imagination but I would go bare with me I can imagine that Moses I could imagine my guardian angel I could imagine the patrons of all the all of the pictures I will read and he was eleven is turning into my life. And when I wake up in the morning I can see them saying hey hey let me wake up I wonder what's on T.V. today what's going on in his life oh man has his phone vibrating is he going to pick it up or is he going to pray oh don't pick up the phone because once you start opening up the phone in your check your Facebook status and your Instagram and your snapchat and you go spend an hour of your time to social media and not give in to that is he going to do it all right he's on his knees he's praying or hey guys he's crying all right or he's gonna from his knees Oh I see the devil or he has some temptations laid out for him and I see long all of this person just cut him off in the road How's he going to respond is going to act like Christ or is he going to act by the principal the same and at that moment I pray and a whole lot of me prayed look at him well this is a good episode but then things turned to a drastic change all of a sudden you know I. I go to the store and I have the option to eat was healthy and I was like Nah not today I'm hungry you know are the looks organic to let's begin but today I'm just going to cheat on a vet a little bit is that all right and all of the angels in the garden and the pitchers are watching they are doing it is going to Fargo mind are he ate it. All Wait wait wait he repented he started a new. And every single day of our lives where we watched as a reality T.V. show. And the whole world is tuning into your life and my question is this Are you playing the villain or you play the hero. God wants to exalt this world for the world for the all the universes see that this this this degrading earth that rebelled against God the God of the universe came redeemed it there was a group of people who accepted this love in their life and ultimately allow that love to transform them that they were that the whole mission in life was to to reflect that love to others and we see that not only god ransom but he exults it. And all of listen all of heaven will be rejoicing for the decisions that you and I make. Because it's up to us whether or not this great controversy come to an end do you understand do you understand the patriarchs and the prophets of old their greatest desire was for them to live during this time. You and I have the privilege and the honor to live in such a time as this understand that when we get to heaven we we we have these stories that mean I can't wait to sit down and hear Abraham story and Moses story the story of Joseph but do you want to know what I really think is going to happen as we asked him Can you tell us about your story there I know no you read about my life oh no but yours I want to know how you made a decision when with everything seemed to be hard pressed against you. How was it that use able to have faith in such a hard time tell me your story. And there's going to be angels and there's going to be other beings from around the world men and women that we read in the Bible there's going to be bowed out there's going to be sitting down in these are just little listening to our story of what God has done in our lives. We see that not only God will ransom but he will exalt the earth our little world under the curse of sin the one dark blot in his glorious creation will be honored above all other worlds in the universe of God here where the sort of god Tabernacle in humanity where the King of Glory lived and suffered and die here when we shall make everything's new the tabernacle of God shall be with men. And the question is this God has won the war but my question is simply this which side are you on. Which principles are you abiding by. How long will God continue to wait to restore everything back to himself. He's looking at where you're adding you saying if you can just share my love to others I can win back that territory. I want to exalt you to a place but you're not doing the work that is necessary for me to give you what you deserve how long will allow God to wait for us to get our act together. Now you understand why a Jesus has a return it isn't about gospel it's our doing. We haven't understand the big picture we haven't prayed enough we haven't witnessed enough we haven't done and live by the principle that God has asked us to live by and as you see in the picture he has the world in his hands and with those hands he wants to exalt the world that this little blot of sin this little insignificant planet will be the spectacle for all the world to wonder at. There. All of the planets will gather here on Earth and the beautiful thing about is that the Spirit of Prophecy alludes to this idea that. That when god. Brings the New Jerusalem back here on earth and he establishes earth as a capital of the universe that God is going to recreate everything like he did in Genesis I will be able to see it God is going to say let there be and it was a song God is going to say let there to be and it will come to a place and there while we're watching creation being remade by his voice God then will have a sit next to him on his throne will be rulers and princes and princesses of the universe do you understand the God wants to give you back this earth but you understand that as we conclude in Matthew chapter five as Jesus was speaking on the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus says that these are the ONLY those who are going to be able to sit on my throne. He says. Blessid. Are those verse three blessid are those poor in spirit for theirs is a Kingdom of Heaven bless it are they who may want God says that they shall be comforted. But verse four Jesus says bless it are they that are meek and lowly of hearts. For they shall inherit the earth. How many of us this afternoon once I make a conscious decision of allowing God to live in us and by His grace and His mercy allow him to work out his principles in our lives how many of us want to make a conscious decision here right now this afternoon to say I understand what this great controversy is about and Lord you can start by possessing me allow me to be your vessel. So I can be used by you to win back territory that's rightfully yours it as you desire simply as that you may stand make it public that wish and that today you will make a decision. To not only allowed God to give you the power and authority in your life to have victory over the sins that you struggle with but that God can use you to win back territory that is rightfully God's the great controversy is not dependent on God is appending on us he already did his part but it's up to us to tap into that power that God has promised to give to us by making a stand today we have declared Soboth heaven on earth on whose side we are on and the great controversy but you know I can't say that it's going to be peaches and cream once we leave because Satan and his angels are standing right outside waiting to give the give you every desire that your heart ever wanted to not be fooled by the enemy we know all what Satan offered to Eve in return for your right and your inheritance and we see what happened seven thousand years later I don't know about you but I want to go home. I don't know about you but I want to see my mother again I want to see my father again I want to see them our friends who have lost along in this life that are waiting for Christ to come back and sound that trumpet so that way they can raise up from the grave and forever be with the Lord. And many people ask why do I do what I do is because I know that I have a moral obligation that if I want to see the people that I claim to love and they'll do my part that everything that I say is in vain. If I really love my mother if I really love my father then my job here on earth is to do what I need to do in order for God to fulfill his promise but if I stay stagnant and a golfer bit I get lost then I really never love God and never love my mom and my father never appreciated the things that they did for me and so this is why I took a vow that I purpose in my heart that I would do ever. A thing in my power to try to snatch as many people from the kingdom of hell and show them the beautiful kingdom of God And today in this week and I pray that you have seen the same thing and by you that making a public stand you have decided to be a part of God's kingdom and be a part of the great controversy on the on the side of God the seal this decision with the winner Pearl let us pray Father God I just want to say thank you. Thank you for giving us the of the opportunity to be a part of your great army Lord we have squandered our inheritance nor do we have we have truthfully place other idols and gods in our lives. And Lord because we have deliberately chosen our own carnal central desires is why we have not truly experience the blessing that you want to pour out towards us and Lord to day right now we ask that you first may forgive us learn not only do you the only are we asking that you may cleanse us and purify us and make us whole but there Lor were asking that you may fill us with your spirit the Lord as we depart from this place as we go to our homes as we go to our work as we go to school and I as we in for trade the territory of Satan I pray the Lord that we may be a hub for you to come and when that territory back based based on our decisions to follow you Lord we love you we thank you for you have done for us and thank you for exulting humanity when we don't deserve to be exalted so Lord teach us how to be humble teaches how to be meek and Lord by God's grace we pray that we may be able to inherit the kingdom that you have promised for us to inherit We love you we thank you so much for hearing the most important for answering our prayers for you asses in the name that is above all on. Our lowered our Save Our friend Jesus Christ and this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W audio verse or.

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